I've been taking photos of myself lately and I'm not very good at it, but it just seems too dorky to ask people at the office to do it and then try to pose to look "cool" or whatever (I just want to look like the stunningly gorgeous woman I see staring back at me in the mirror most days, that's all). I'm no good at posing despite all those seasons of Top Model I've absorbed. Sigh. In trying to take photos of myself I can just be as silly as I want in front of the camera and there's nobody there but me, so I don't care! I've deleted tons of pictures, darlings, let me tell you! That's the wonderful thing about a digital camera - loving it.
Anyway, here I am, after a "trim" (I think she took quite a bit off, actually -- you'll see what I mean when you see the picture that I took of myself with a laptop cam on Sunday), and a custom-color job. My "stylist," Joni at Executive Edge (Milwaukee), had to talk me into this darker color. Okay - a note about using "stylist" - that seems to be a fashionable word but I've been used to calling her my hairdresser, you see. Yeah yeah, LOL! Talk about old fashioned!
Back to my text: I wanted to go with perhaps a deeper red color with a touch of brown. After going back and forth, back and forth, and looking at the color samples and me emphasizing that I wanted a color that would complement my complexion, which has olive undertones, we reached a compromise. This color is a blend between two colors, and has "blue/red" undertones. That made me leery because I thought it would be too cold for my warm skin tones, but she said the color I had, which was just a temporary non-permanent color, had too many orangey tones. Yeah, she was right about that. The temporary wash-in color fades quickly. Today we were going to do a "permanent" color with more staying power.
I like this color because it is complementary to my skin tones and when I first looked in the mirror at myself at the salon I thought my eyes really "popped" out of that portrait because of the new color of my hair. My eyes are not a true brown, they are hazel; this hair color seems to bring out the gold and brown specks of color more.
So, here I am on Sunday, October 2, 2011, no make-up, sweatshirt on all funky from yardwork earlier in the day, and my first attempts at taking photos of myself. Notice the hair color:
|About all that can be said for this bare-faced photo is that my|
hair was shiny and my double-chin wasn't showing :)
Looks just a few shades lighter, maybe, than my current color, and a touch (?) more red.
But, here I am on Sunday October 9, 2011 - doing my patented wine glass divination (I correctly predicted that the Brewers would defeat the Cardinals by a 3-run margin, although I had the final score wrong: I said 10-7 Brewers, the actual score was 9-6 Brewers):
|Oh, flaws, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...|
I need to update my inventory of Walgreens 'readers!' These
are from 2001 - and look it.
That backyard grunge "look" is still a hell of a lot better than this awful photo that Isis took of me in St. Louis while we were having lunch with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk on Saturday, September 10, 2011:
|Alexandra looks beautiful in this photo. Mr. Don used this photo|
of me at Goddesschess. And he wonders how come I kicked his
skinny butt to the curb two years ago? The man has no fricking sense!
Here is another photo that 'Sis took of me while eating dessert later Saturday evening:
The funny thing is, I'd already had Joni the "stylist" take off a good inch from the sides and even more from the back, about the first week in August, 2011 - well before the St. Louis trip. And when I visited Joni again on September 14th, two days after I got back from the St. Louis trip, I had her take a lot more off the back, and angled the sides toward the face and she cut off at least another inch on those sides.
So, in the space of about four months, I shed several inches of hair, although it doesn't necessarily show in photos. What I need to find are some photos - if any exist - of me and Mr. Don when we went to Las Vegas in March of this year. I also travelled through several incarnations of hair coloring. I've also shed twenty pounds, and that doesn't show, either. More to come off.
And so now, here I am, back to a basic warm brown hair color. LOL! That's the color I was trying for back in August, 2008 when I used a "medium brown" hair color in a DYI fit (those fits always end up costing me money in the long run, don't ya know) and it turned so DARK it looked nearly black!