Wednesday, December 30, 2009


The stuff on my head has had a colorful history. Some cuts that made me cry, color that just couldn't keep, and everything in between. I was looking at some old pictures today, and thought I'd do a little head history, in photos.

Age: Maybe 12?
Occasion: Visiting the Temple with my future bff. (This friendship wouldn't solidify for another year or two.)

Notice the dress? A hand-me-down from my older sister's bff. The hair? Slicked back and full of chlorine. At this time I had half grown out perm, I believe, that I got in sixth grade.

Age: 14
Occasion: Best summer trip ever, between 8th and 9th grade.

Visiting Trisha's sister in Colorado, where we became best friends. I think the 15 hour train ride helped. Here we are taking some glamor shots, with disposable cameras, at Garden of the Gods, wearing matching shirts, stick on fake nails, and platform flip flops. It was this occasion that made me realize I am not very photogenic. (But was I skinny? Oh my yes!) Here I had shoulder-length hair, no bangs no highlights, in the process of growing it out from a chin-length 8th grade cut.

Age: 15
Occasion: 9th Grade Winter Dance

Can you tell which awkward teenager is me? Yup, in the pink, sort of in the middle. Look how long my hair was! This is also pretty much my natural hair color, there may or may not be some highlights in there, I don't quite remember. Also, this was pre-bang

Age: 15
Occasion: Playing at the beach while visiting my sister in California.

I think I may be confusing this trip with another, so I'm not actually sure where it fits in the timeline, but notice that my hair is much longer than in the last picture. Okay, maybe not that much longer, but I like these pictures and wanted to use them.

Age: 16
Occasion: Going through a personal identity crisis and feeling a bit impulsive, I chopped my hair off on my 16th Birthday. It was a flippey-outey style, 8 inches shorter than the last picture. Yikes! I don't have a picture of that exact style. Sorry.

Shortly after that, I cut it in an A-line, and had it that way for quite some time, all through high school in fact. Here are some pictures to prove it.

Age: 16
Occasion: Homecoming, junior year.

Age: 16-17
Occasion: Jr. Prom, in the blond phase. I believe it was a lot more blond than I had wanted.

Age: 17
Occasion: Choir Tour in NYC.

More of the blond, I think my skin is too red to be a blond.

Age: 17
Occasion: EFY

So toward the end of my Jr. year, I got a really bad hair cut. I think I asked just to get rid of my layers, and came home with far too many bangs, like halfway back my head, and a really short cut, like almost too short to tuck behind my ears. Sort of like Twiggy, but not cute and sort of jagged. This is the only cut that has ever made me cry. Mostly because it wasn't cute, and wasn't what I asked for. At all. That's hair trauma. For the first long while, I would only wear it pulled back, as pictured, because I thought it was so ugly.

Age: 17
Occasion: Senior Pictures

While I was still embarrassed of my hair, and double mad that it looked bad just in time for THE most important pictures of my life (or so I thought at the time,) I finally felt comfortable enough wearing it down. It was still super short, after 3+ months of growing! I had also colored it at the beginning of the summer, dark brown.

Age: 17
Occasion: "Photo Shoot" at Haight Boutique, my old (and probably favorite) job.

Yet more proof that I am awkward in pictures! Here is my Trisha hair, the first time I had her do my hair ever, this is what she did. I think we were both pretty scared, but I LOVED this hair. Vibrant red with white blond peek-a-boos and a drastic A-line. So cute. I had this hair for a long while, till I realized I was probably going to get married and should normalize my hair color for pictures.

Age: 18
Occasion: Teaching a modestly fashionable class to some young women.

Here's the in between. My head underwent a bleach cocktail, making for some orange hair! But these are the things we do. I actually like this color, sort of brown-blond-red. Notice it is also getting longer, also for the wedding.

Age: Too Young
Occasion: My Wedding!

Yes, I was only 18.5, but I maintain that it was the best decision I have ever made. Here' my hair, long enough to do an up do, and pretty darn close to my natural color.

Since that day 2.5 years ago, I've had an asymmetrical A-line, straight-across bangs, red hair, brown hair, blond highlights, and everything in between.

Age: 19
Occasion: Getting my hair done! This style has straight bangs, slight A-line, brown along the hairline and part, and blond everywhere else. A few days later I added more brown.

Age: 20
Occasion: Hiking around Pfiefer Falls in Carmel. Still have the blond, it is super fun to style because depending on how it is worn, people think I have a new hairstyle.

Age: 20
Occasion: Halloween at Disneyland! Here I've gone back to brown with blond highlights.

Age: 20
Occasion: Pointing at my giant head, as if it needed more attention drawn to it. Actually, pointing to my new hair, it is red! Also, I am trying to grow it out, it is now just to my shoulders.

Age: 20
Occasion: Christmas party with old friends. So fun. Here I'm in the middle again, wearing electric blue.

So what will 2010 bring in the way of hair? We'll just have to see.

Note: Sorry for the random picture sizes, a lot of these are from facebook, my cell phone, or a web cam!

jell-o, the sequel.

TADA! The (in)Famous jell-o bundt. It went down the disposal after being seriously butchered. (Let's just say the layers look stable-ish here, but they WERE NOT.)

You can see here the blue layer starting to ooz.

This is the the spread, one jell-o creation to represent each branch of the family. Discussion for next year's ingredient for the competition has begun. Some have suggested beans. I think Chocolate.

Monday, December 28, 2009

call me crazy.

So, I may have just spent all afternoon applying for an internship at the White House. I mean, THE White House. I'm not expecting anything, so that I won't be disappointed either way, but I am pretty excited. It would probably foul up my graduation plans, and I don't know if A could come, and if he couldn't I don't know if I would want to go, and I don't know where we would live or how I could afford it, since it is unpaid, but it would be so awesome. Plus, I think I nailed the essay questions.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

pick up the phone and say "jell-o?"

That's not actually how the joke goes, it is supposed to be "pick up the phone and say yellow," but I needed a jell-o related title.

So here's the down low on the competition. We decided to try a layered jello, but with a spin. First we (read I) tried it in this awesome castle bundt cake pan my sister-in-law gave us for our wedding, inspired by this. Here's how it turned out.

Somehow the layers didn't stick together, so there was some structural failure. I got it into my head that if I just used a regular bundt pan I wouldn't have this problem, so that was what we ended up doing. I hoped it would turn out like this.

If you've made layered jell-o, you know that it takes FOREVER, because the previous layer has to be completely set before the next one is poured, or else it will be a disaster. I seriously have been making jell-o for two whole days. I would be fine if I never had to see jell-o again.

Anyway, this is the recipe I used, for the "cream" layer. Now, I'm going to leave you in suspense as to the rest, mostly because I need A's bro to email me the pictures he took! (Hint, hint...)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

it's Christmas Eve, and I'm still here.

I've noticed that many in the blogosphere signed off yesterday, taking a Christmas hiatus. Well, I'm still here. I actually have more time than usual now that finals are over, and A has to work today. It's okay though, I'm enjoying myself. Here's a list of exclamations.

1-Finals are over, woot woot!
2-The Christmas program I was in charge of is over, and went pretty well!
3-I did some sewing with my mom on Tuesday, and made a cute skirt! (Pictures to come.)
4-I have done some house cleaning!
5-I've started a new knitting project and taught myself how to knit on four needles!
6-I'm making jell-o! The in-laws side is having a jell-o creation competition, and we're going to win!
7-I got my hair done, now it is red!
8-Last week my Germany class had a party, we made vegan pizza, it was delicious!
9- Monday we went to the sing along at the ESA, and got free Jazz tickets!
10-Monday I also went with my friend Chelsea to go see Coco Before Chanel, it was sad and fascinating!
11-It's Christmas Eve!

Okay, so the exclamations are getting a little obnoxious now. I'll stop. So, our plans for today? We're going to A's sister's house, where I think we'll be treated to a fancy dinner and carry out our usual traditions (telling the nativity story, playing pass the candy bar). Tomorrow, We'll have Christmas breakfast at my parents' and exchange family gifts. In the afternoon we'll to to A's parents' house for a late lunch, exchange family gifts, and judge (read win) the jell-o competition.

May you all have a wonderful Christmas, filled with good food and good company. I know I will.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

the list.

This post on WIW inspired me. I think that all too often I go for getting lots of little (not so nice) things instead of a few expensive things of higher quality. So I've decided to make a list, goals of sorts, of quality things to get.

1. Warm Coat. I got one for $50 at Nordstrom during their big sale. It is a wool blend, and not warm in the least.

2. Nice Jeans. I have gotten two pair lately, both from Jr. sections because I like the cut (better pocket placement and such.) I like them, but since Jr. sizing is 3-5-7-9 etc., and I'm in between those sizes, they fall off. Also, they shrink up! My stinking long legs!

3. Boots. These are more of a someday, since I actually have 5 pairs of boots. Granted, I only wear maybe 3 of them on a weekly basis. My goal is to get some that are solid leather, not bonded, which is a lofty goal indeed. I tried last Christmas but settled for bonded in the end.

4. Flats. I would love to find some comfortable and cute black flats. I currently have three pair, none of which are very good. One has an extremely pointy toe, so are only appropriate in some circumstances, the other are sort of a satin fabric and haven't held up well at all, and last are some regular ballet flats that are pretty worn out and fraying.

5. Cardigans. These don't actually have to be expensive at all. I just want more of them, one in black, on in brown.

6. Basics. Long and short sleeve shirts, black and white, not of the Shade/Downeast variety, since those don't seem to wear terribly well.

Now I guess I just have to start saving. Boo. It is so tempting to go thrifting and get some random pieces instead of waiting for some I could really use.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The $6 dress.

The $6 dress.
Originally uploaded by the hipster thrifters
As promised, here's the dress. I did wear it yesterday, but this is actually today. Here it is worn with the vest I found at savers, a belt of my mother's, orange tights, and brown riding boots. Yesterday I wore it with black tights, black boots, and a black belt. I'm loving this dress. (For more pictures, check out my flickr!)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

vintage finds

Hello, Friends.

First of all, thank you, to all you comment-ers. You know who you are. There is nothing more gratifying than to see that people actually read what I write. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Second of all, here's what I did with my ebay money. I went to Savers and Target, and found some grrreat things.

At Target, I got a pretty little dress on clearance for only $6. I plan on wearing it tomorrow, and will definitely take a picture.

At Savers, I picked up two sweater vests and a purple silky shirt. One of the vests is brown with a bone toggle, and I gave it to my dear sister, because it fit her better and I totally owe her for recently snagging me some awesome floral tights, a Mad Men-esque dress, and an awesome tie front button up. The other vest won me over the minute I read the tag. It says: Hand Knit by John Rasmussen. It is off white with brown buttons all the way down, and nice big pockets. Sort of bulky, but in the good warm sort of way. I'm wearing it now, belted. The purple shirt will go great with some black leggings, it is sort of a jewel tone.

Third, we went to Green Papaya tonight. I had the veggie tofu pho, it was heavenly. I usually have the steak pho, but after reading about the cattle lots in Omnivore's Dilemma, I just couldn't face it. The tofu must have been fried, it was delicious. They were out of broccoli, and very apologetic about it, so they just gave me more tofu. Also in my delicious soup? Cute little mushrooms (I spared them, don't worry) bamboo shoots, thinly sliced carrots, the usual vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, basil, and sriracha. I don't think I'll ever go back, the veggie tofu pho was that good.

Fourth (and last,) we have acquired yet another vehicle. Now, don't laugh or be scandelized when you hear what it is. I feel like a bit of a hypocrite about it. It is a Cadillac Escalade, with a blown motor. The plan is not to drive it or be permanent owners of this hunk of unnecessary-ness. The plan is to fix it, clean it, and sell it. Meanwhile, we have 4 cars in our driveway, and another project car at the shop. (The four cars are: the Escalade, A's truck, the BMW which is currently out of commission because it leaks trans fluid and because my last attempt to drive it ended with being stuck in my own driveway in the snow, and the Summit, which I am now driving and have a new appreciation for. The project-ish car: A's brother's diesel Jetta, not really ours, we're just trying to sell it for him. But, until we picked up the Escalade, it was in our driveway.) How crazy is this? Two cars for every person in this house! Anyway, if you know anyone that wants an Cadillac Escalade, BMW 328i, or '86 diesel VW Jetta, let me know!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

new directions

I have had class every Wednesday night this semester, and consequently have had to watch Glee after the rest of the world, on Thursdays, on Hulu. Is it really over for now? I am so disappointed. I like having all loose ends and ties tied up, not the suspense of love between Emma and Will, the unresolved drama of Quinn and Finn/Puck's baby, the everything. Those writers didn't need to do that, they had already sucked me in with the whole show. No more sucking necessary. Anyway, I LOVE Glee and am very excited for next season.

Next, cookies. My mother hosted a cookie exchange tonight. I went, it was lots of fun. I love cookies.

Lastly, I have a little bit of money from some ebay selling (not as much as I'd like, but isn't that how it always goes.) I am trying to decide what to do with it.
Should I...

A. Go to Savers and find some cool stuff. Perhaps some belts/jewelry/sweaters/skirts/dresses/grandma blouses.

B. Find some navy blue or purple suede booties. (Or would black be best? Lately my woredrobe has taken a turn toward the blues.)

C. Find some patent oxfords like the ones from Need Supply.

D. Get a long boyfriend/grandpa cardigan, in black. Or blue. Or brown.

These are all things that could greatly add to my overall look. Decisions are the worst.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

what's in a name?

So, I may not be having a baby, but I think about baby names. All the time. I've heard my share of made-up names that I do not like, so I figure if I'm thinking about in now, I'll have scouted out some traditional (ish) normal sounding names for when that time comes. Let me tell you about one.

Have you seen the movie The Holiday? I love that show. Jude Law is a dreamboat, Kate Winslet is beautiful, Jack black is charming in his seriousness, and Cameron Diaz is actually tolerable, which is unusual for her. Jude Law's name in the movie is Graham, but when I first saw it, it sounded like "Gray-um." I loved that name. I think about it often. Today, I looked it up. It is spelled Graeme. I don't much like that. Would it be torture to name a kid that? Or Graham pronounced Gray-um? I have a feeling it would be, but I just like it so much! A likes the name Lewis, after Lewis Hamilton, the Formula 1 driver. Lewis is okay with me.

Monday, December 7, 2009

looks like christmas

Here's some of my Christmas decorating this year.

First, a hammered aluminum lazy-susan tray with a big triple-wick candle in the center, surrounded by some vintage Shiny Bright glass balls. This is my holiday table centerpiece.

You can also display those vintage Shiny Brights right in the box! I chose just a few that have the neatest boxes and are in the best condition.

I also wanted to feature a few of my favorite ornaments. My mom (who is an amazing thrifter) found a few of these pretty icicles at Deseret Industries. I love them!

This little wooden angel is from a set of three that I bought in Germany this past October.

I love this Santa. A former and favorite coworker gave this to me, it is Danish glass.

Finally, this is what I'm most proud of. I usually have this gold mirror on my lime-sherbet colored coffee table, and around Christmas I love to pair it with glass balls, because of the reflection affect. This year I pulled out my two-tiered hammered aluminum serving tray and filled it with glass balls. I love how the largest ones are almost pink! (Plus, can you see my awesome green chairs in the background? I intended to paint and recover those, but they have totally grown on me. Now I have a red and green living room. I love it.)

What are your favorite Christmas decorations?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

did you know?

Remember daisy-doo-das? Well, they are for sale, online, for reals this time!

Here's where you can find them, and lots of other great products:

This is a great site, started by my best friend Trisha Simon. She is an amazingly talented cosmetologist, who owns Striking Image Salon, with locations in South Salt Lake and Ogden. is also accepting applications to sell on the site, so if you have a great product to sell, let Trisha know here.
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