Solstice

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Happy Summer Solstice! (Yesterday.) I have no idea what’s going on with the length of this skirt, but somehow it works. I mostly just wear this with a crop top, big sunglasses, and Doc Martens or my equally 90s-alt-girl red mary janes (pictured above), and it’s a perfect summer outfit. And this Mata Traders beaded fringe necklace is just so perfectly summery too. I want to wear it all season long.

I’m a rainy weather girl, but as much as I’m dreading this summer’s upcoming 90-degree days and endless sun, I do like styling summer outfits. But mostly I just love spending outdoor time with my pooch, giving him strawberry ice cubes (his favorite) and filling up the kiddie pool for him to splash around in. Summer is so much more enjoyable when you have a canine companion to share it with.

7 Things I’ve Learned from Having a Buzzcut

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Well, my buzzcut has been around for about two weeks now, and I’m loving it! It’s growing rather gracefully, and soon I’ll be back at my normal pixie again…before I shave it again in October for an inevitable Furiosa Halloween costume. Here are five things I’ve learned these past two weeks about having a buzzcut:

1. Both men and women like it
A buzzcut, like a pixie, has a gamine-type appeal that men and women both like. For those afraid of men not finding a buzzcut attractive, fear not, because as a woman who has a lot of male friends, I can tell you that I’ve gotten many compliments from guys I know and trust. And of course my wonderful husband also finds it very cute. I’ve gotten lots of compliments from women as well. It’s been generally well-received by all kinds of people. This kind of gutsy cut communicates confidence to others, and people respond positively to that.

2. Makeup and earrings are more awesome than ever
I actually bought eyeshadow for the first time since I was 18. All these years I’ve relied on eyeliner and some sort of nice lip color at the most, but with a buzzcut, I’m having a lot of fun playing up my big eyes. I’m also wearing big earrings, which are a buzzcut’s best friend. In fact, all my accessories seem to have gotten bigger, more colorful, or more theatrical (like the big sunglasses pictured, which I just got in my most recent Le Parcel box).

3. Scalp sunburns are a real threat
When I was getting the cut done initially, an older female client at the salon came up to me while I was getting my hair washed, and she said, “Hey, so I just wanted to tell you that cut looks great on you. I had one when I was your age. But I need to let you know: put sunscreen on your scalp or you will get horrible sunburns, and then this will happen,” and she turned around to reveal to me a bald spot on the back of her head. Now, I have incredibly thick hair, but I’m not sure if my cut is short enough to necessitate sunscreen. I haven’t worn any yet, and I haven’t felt any burning going on, but I’m completely paranoid and always touching my scalp to make sure it hasn’t happened. How do you apply sunscreen to a longer, very thick buzzcut like this anyway? Do you just rub it into your hair like leave-in conditioner? Now that the weather is heating up, I’m going to have to start doing the sunscreen thing for sure.

4. Hair grows fast
This is why you don’t have to be worried about your hair getting cut too short. Hair grows so fast it’s crazy. Let it do its thing.

5. My hair is insanely healthy right now, you have no idea
My pixie was pretty healthy to begin with, but now with the buzz, the hair is all new growth, and I’m washing it less, so it’s super soft and nice right now.

6. A lot of people tell you how they could never pull it off
People will tell you how great the cut looks on your head, but then go on about how they could never do it because they don’t have the “right” bone structure, or their head is “lumpy,” whatever that means. Sure, buzzcuts do look really good on certain faces, but my response is always: “If it makes you feel like yourself, do it. It doesn’t matter what kind of head or cheekbones you have. If you feel happy with this style, that’s all that matters. And others will pick up on that confidence too.” In the end, “pulling it off” doesn’t stem from what others think of you; it comes from how happy you are with yourself. And if you feel confident, others will think nice things about you, which is an added bonus. But really, it’s all about how you feel!

7. I personally haven’t encountered as much staring and negativity as I thought I would
Before I went for the clippers, I did a little research about buzzcuts on women online. I heard a lot of stories of women getting stared at or people pointing at them, so I was expecting some of that. If it’s happened, I haven’t noticed (and I’m very aware of my surroundings). I think I may have caught a woman staring at me recently, but it doesn’t seem to happen to me all that much. This may be because I live in a part of the US that’s known for openness and eccentricity, or maybe it’s because I only went down to a 4 at the shortest. I may have had a completely different experience if I had an even shorter cut.

I also expected I may get negative comments from some, but I haven’t really encountered much of that yet either. I’ve gotten maybe one or two weird comments, and when I went out one day without makeup an old woman told me “you remind me of my grandson” (still not sure if she was just trying to tell me I was sweet or if her eyesight was going and she thought I was a boy), but in general, if anyone has had something not nice to say, it seems they’ve kept it to themselves. I know for things such as physical appearance, a lot of negative comments will often come from people who don’t know you, and since I don’t really make chit-chat with people I don’t know, that may be why I haven’t gotten a lot of pushback on this haircut. Or maybe people just like it. Who knows?

If you’re thinking of getting a buzzcut, do know that some individuals may make stupid comments about you, or they may stare at you. Feel free to call them out on their ignorance if you feel so inclined.

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Buzzcut Season

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Those who follow my Instagram already know I got a buzzcut this weekend. While I’ve had a pixie for about three years now, this is the first time I’ve ever had a true buzzcut, and it was a really cool experience getting it done. I’ve always thought buzzcuts on women were so pretty and stylish, great for showing off eyes, cheekbones, noses, eyebrows, lips…anything you like about your face!

I won’t lie, I was really inspired by Charlize Theron’s portrayal of Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road for this cut. I thought her buzz looked so cool and beautiful, and I thought, hey, I bet I could do it too! I came home from work one day and said to Arthur, “I’m not sure about it yet, but I was thinking about getting a buzzcut during my hair appointment on Saturday” And he said, “Yes! Do it, my little Furiosa!” No hesitation. Not that I was looking for approval from Arthur, but I do value his opinion.

When I got to the salon, I told my awesome hairdresser, “I either want a short Jean Seberg pixie like last time, or—tell me what you think—a buzzcut like Furiosa’s in Mad Max.” She was thrilled by the idea, and we discussed which guard to use on the razor that would look good but still cover up this one mole I have on the back of my head (everybody’s got at least one, I’m sure). The other stylists gathered around to watch and take photos, and everyone was telling me how awesome it looked.

In all these years I’ve had a pixie, I don’t think I’ve really gotten any negative comments about my short hair. But I’m not sure what kind of reaction I’ll get this week from the buzzcut, even though it’s not that much of a change from my shortest pixie. So far things have been great. But considering the general view Americans have on women’s hair, things could get weird. We’ll see what happens. Either way, I’m happy with it, and that’s really all that matters.

In all honesty, it’s when my hair is short that I feel the most beautiful. Whether it’s a pixie or a buzzcut, having short hair makes me feel so pretty. I have a ton of hair, and when it was long, it was gigantic and hard to deal with and got in my face all the time. And I couldn’t do elegant buns or updos, so that was out of the equation. Not only is short hair easier for me to deal with, but I feel like I’ve gained a newfound appreciation for my face, especially with a buzzcut. Turns out, I really like my face! And I actually learned what my head is shaped like, and I like that too. It’s nice to find things you like about yourself, and haircuts like this have done that for me.

This hairstyle also means I get to wear big earrings and cool statement jewelry more often, like these super rad Greenola Style earrings made from repurposed aguayo cloth and this awesome necklace care of Mata Traders (both fair trade of course).

Plus, the growout on this is pretty much going to turn into the pixie I got last time, so I’m totally cool with that! I think I’ll grow it out to a pixie again, then perhaps get another buzz around Halloween so I can do a rad Furiosa costume. It’s a nice change of pace that isn’t a high-maintenance undercut (which I did do for a little while).

If you’re thinking about a buzzcut, I can tell you that my experience so far has been positive. If it makes you feel true to yourself, do it!

All’s Fair

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A few weeks ago, I won a World Fair Trade Day giveaway from The Leakey Collection and Manos Zapotecas! These are two wonderful brands that provide sustainable and fair employment to people in Kenya and Mexico, respectively. The Leakey Collection offers beautiful jewelry made from grass and other natural elements made by a team of over 1400 Masaai women, and Manos Zapotecas offers gorgeous bags hand-woven by Zapotec people in the Valley of Oaxaca.

The Leakey Collection was actually the first fair trade company I ever knew about. I discovered them years ago and bought a few Zulugrass strands, which are still with me today (they’re pretty durable)! They sent me this cool stacked bracelet set, which is made up of four Zulugrass strands and two Zuluwood bracelets. I could even use the Zulugrass strands as a multi-layered necklace if I so desire!

Manos Zapotecas sent me a rad woven bag with fringe all up the sides. It’s really beautiful and well made, and I can tell it’s going to last a long time. Plus, the design is just divine!

And not included in the giveaway, but pictured and worth mentioning: my awesome acai seed necklace from the always excellent fair trade company Greenola Style. I always wear it with this black sweater, because the sweater just doesn’t feel complete without it.

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Another sartorial choice of note here: this is the first and only maxi skirt I’ve ever owned. Normally long skirts just aren’t my thing, but I really liked this striped one with the slits up the sides. I tried to find inspiration for how to wear maxi skirts recently, but most everything involved sandals as the footwear of choice, and since I’m also not much of a sandal person, I thought black tights and Dr. Martens would make me feel like myself despite the unfamiliar length. I think it works great, especially with this strange-yet-lovely bout of cold weather we’re getting. (I hear it may rain on Thursday, by the way!) Yeah, I’ll wear the skirt with heels sometime too, but I’m liking how it works with Docs.

Geometry

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Mata Traders, aka my favorite fair trade clothing company, has really hit it out of the park with this year’s Spring collection. I have my eye on a few pretty pieces, but the first one I knew I had to grab was the Seneca Dress. I love the simple triangle pattern, the soft robin’s egg blue, and the gathers at the shoulders and waist. It goes great with my Matr Boomie fair trade brass circles necklace for a little contrast between angles and curves. But that necklace goes with everything, really.

I feel like I went through a period where I wasn’t really accumulating as much clothing as I used to, but right now I feel like the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction. The thing about buying fair trade is that I feel much better about my purchases when I know they’re actually doing some good, which is great, but then it makes me more likely to add to the amorphous clothing pile blob in my closet. Maybe this means I should do a little purge of some of my old clothes so I can justify getting this dress. And maybe also this dress.

Long Overdue Band Photography: ROME

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It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve posted any band photography here. Since Arthur left Cormorant and I left music journalism, we haven’t been going to that many shows. But when ROME played DNA Lounge two weeks ago, we knew we had to attend to support our favorite Luxembourger, Jerome Reuter, as well as Arthur and my SF metal scene buddies, Worm Ouroboros.

At first, we were on ROME’s guest list, but when the tour manager told me they needed some help running merch and guest list for the night, we volunteered, and spent the night doing some work for the band. And really, that’s what we’re used to anyway, so we loved helping out and having things to do. I ran the merch table for most of the night, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to get photos of our friends Worm Ouroboros during their set. But thankfully I got to watch them perform from across the venue, and they were beautiful, atmospheric, and heartbreaking as always. It was really great to see them live again. Arthur took over merch for me during ROME’s set so I could snap a few photos.

The ROME set was even more beautiful than expected, and for totally unforseen reasons. Of course it was an overall wonderful performance with great energy, but things got really magical when the power went out on the entire block in the middle of the set. The venue was pitch black, with only a little bit of light from the street filtering in through the windows. So while we waited for the power to come back on, the band played an entirely unplugged set while the audience listened intently in total silence. It was really quite lovely.

The outage lasted just the right amount of time, and both lights and sound came back on soon enough. The band finished their set without having to cut anything short, and the people there were totally ecstatic about the whole show. It was perfect.

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Dear

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This sweet little Dear Creatures frock came in the mail this week and now I want to wear it everywhere. It’s the perfect sundress for mild spring weather. The red lip comes from Bite, a line that caught my eye at Sephora recently. All their products are made from food grade ingredients and not tested on animals, so I was sold already. They also happen to make the perfect red for me!

This past week has been a bit crazy for me, but in a good way. Luxembourgish dark folk band ROME was in town, so I was busy most of the week being their merch queen/tour guide/host/etc. It was really great, and I have a few photos from the DNA Lounge show in San Francisco to show you all. It’s been so long since I’ve posted any band photography here, and those should be up soon!

Fresh Crop

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I don’t know about you all, but I love getting my hair cut. Getting it done extra short is always so much fun. I have a metric ton of hair on my head, so getting it closely cropped always feels so liberating. These days I just tell my stylist “give me the Jean Seberg” and she gives me exactly what I want.

These pants are back again, because they’re perfect and I’m still finding plenty of tops to pair them with.

I’m really into these cute lipstick red mary janes from Alegria. Ever since the death of my beloved black naturalizer mary jane heels (RIP) I’ve needed a basic, comfortable shoe I can wear with just about everything. Because Doc Martens aren’t going to cut it for every outfit. These are great because they’re built for comfort, but are actually cute. They’re kind of like something a 90s goth kid would wear, which is exactly why I love them.

Also, it feels like it’s been a while since Odo has photobombed an outfit post, so here he is!

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Hello, Springtime

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This Saturday was unseasonably warm, which means only one thing: crop top time!

These great jeans and sunglasses were part of my most recent ModCloth order. I’ve been wearing the same Ray-Ban Wayfarers since I was 17, and I thought it was time for a new frame. And I’m slowly replacing all of my low-rise jeans with high or mid-rise waist jeans like these, because I’m realizing a higher rise makes it so much easier for me to wear the majority of my tops. These ones are great. I love the material and the two rows of functional buttons. I would have even liked a higher rise, but these are still great.

I originally bought the headband for my Rosie the Riveter/We Can Do It Halloween costume, but now I want to wear it all the time! Especially between haircuts like I am right now. In a few weeks, the mop is getting chopped again, and I have to figure out how to cover up the nascent mullet out back. Seems this headband should do the trick!

Danke Schön

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I had a birthday this week, and I just wanted to say thank you to the people who helped make it great. Thank you all for your kind wishes!

Plus, an outfit photo of a birthday gift I got for myself. It’s Mata Traders of course! The necklace was a birthday gift from Arthur. It’s fair trade like the dress, by a company I just recently discovered called Matr Boomie. I think the two go together perfectly.