Friday, March 9, 2012

Chance Comments


It got so warm a couple of weeks ago in SF that I got spring fever and wore cropped pants and sandals -- which was awesome in the early part of the day, but freezing and miserable by the time I left work. However, it was totally worth it to have my toes out there in the breeze for one glorious morning. And hey, it was still only February at that point, and not many people in the Northern hemisphere can boast of being able to wear sandals in February. I still love you SF, even though your late February evening almost gave my toes frostbite.

You may have already seen on Sal's blog that she and Husband Mike were out here visiting for several days, during which time we pretty much packed in as many events and sights as we could possibly pack in. After they arrived in town we had lunch at the always awesome Brenda's, hit 2 great local shops, Wonderland and Jeremy's, and finished with an evening at NightLife. And that was just the first day. More on their visit to come.

Have you noticed I'm growing my hair out lately? For now it's just the bangs, but who knows where it might go from here. In the last few months I've gotten used to seeing my face with my forehead exposed, and I'm finally to the point where it looks natural to me, and possibly better. I always fancied my face as being long, and thus the forehead was something to be covered, but looking at it now I think my face is in fact quite oval. It's interesting to make this observation for the first time at age 42, especially since my belief in the notion of needing bangs dates back to a thoughtless comment from a relative when I was about 8 years old. It occurs to me how ridiculous it was to have held onto that belief for so long simply because 34 years ago someone told me I had a long face.

How have chance comments from others shaped your self image? Have you overcome those impressions or do you still hang onto them?

Shirt: Michael Stars
Vest: Cotélac
Pants: Cynthia Steffe
Sandals: Michael Kors
Bag: Foley + Corinna

10 comments:

déjà pseu said...

Oh, I can relate. It took me forever to get comfortable with having my ears exposed after my mother told me I looked like "ugly Aunt Mary Millicent" when I pushed my hair behind my ears. I was probably about 7 at the time!

Love the new "do"! You look great!

LPC said...

Oh absolutely, the comment about my broad shoulders had huge impact. And I like the new hair very much!

D said...

My mom told me that I have ugly feet and a big butt. In her defense, she also told me that I'm beautiful just about every day when I was growing up, but I still have a hard time being comfortable with my feet and butt...
I like your hair like this!

Kristian said...

I like your hair a lot in this.

Patti said...

Oh yes! My "father's nose" has haunted me, as well as my "five-head" forehead, off-hand comments from 40 or more years ago. I like your hair all the ways you've styled it, and your face does look like a lovely oval to me!

WendyB said...

You're on Huffington Post! http://www.stylelist.com/wendy-brandes/sheer-fashion_b_1317649.html

Elizabeth said...

I really love this look. I can't decide which is my favorite piece—the vest, or the shoes?

Celynne said...

I love the leather vest! Such a great outfit. It is odd the things that stick with us eh? I remember once being told that I HAD to wear dresses with empire waists and for the longest time avoided all us until... wait a minute, I can wear what I want and decide whether or not I like it. Most things just take a little getting used to anyway.

Nyssa said...

Actually, something like the opposite happened to me. My grandmother told me when I was 13 or so that my long, unkempt hair looked "grunge," which she hated. I liked torquing her off so much that I grew my hair out until it was past my waist, with no layering at all. Last January (January of 2011), I cut off my hair to shoulder length and last May, I had it layered. Now, I'm growing it back out again, but I'm styling it as it grows so that it looks nice even when I just brush it, as well as when I go to trouble with it.

Lisette M said...

How funny I was about that age when someone told me the same thing. It was the hairdresser my aunt had taken me to for a haircut and she gave me bangs. I never really liked them straight across my face so I always had some kind of side swept bangs. At the moment I have no bangs, a look which I have always preferred no matter what else people say!