Entries from May 2012

Hair

May 22, 2012

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It started when I began searching YouTube for Sarah Jessica Parker hair tutorials. You see, I feel like I’m finally old enough to property wield a curling iron and my hair is the prettiest it’s ever been – so I may as well develop proper techniques for fixing it up. But instead of falling down the rabbit hole of how to obtain Botticelli curls I stumbled across a cute Scandinavian girl sharing how-to dread tutorials.

I was intrigued. So I started by twisting and ripping one section of hair behind my ear. It was subtle and cute. So I did another. And another. I hadn’t convinced myself that I was actually dreading my hair until it was too late. I briefly mourned my SJP hair fantasies and embraced my inner warrior who most definitely does not have perfect Carrie Bradshaw hair.

On a somewhat related note, I recently determined that I really love working for myself. And that I do my best work for clients who love what I’ve got to offer – which I’ve been told is a crazy-creative-tell-you-what’s-what style (with a well-designed cherry on top).

So maybe the dreads are kind of a declaration of a do-what-you-want kind of independence. But really, more than anything, it’s a ‘do that will serve me well in the post-apocalypse.

Better Block

May 19, 2012

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New transportation.

Last night Jeremy surprised me by taking me to the bike shop to look at getting me a new bike. Both of our cars are getting old (like 10 years and 130,000+ miles old) and I’ve considered once one goes kaput just commuting by bike. It’s really easy to say when you’ve had a mild winter and haven’t yet hit the 100F summers – but I guess I’ve said it enough that Jeremy thought it might make a good (belated) birthday present. We live in the center of Oklahoma City, close to the places we love and frequent, so bikes make sense.

We immediately hopped on and rode down to Better Block OKC:

Better Block OKC, presented by ULI Oklahoma, is a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. 

Though comprehensive planning projects are often necessary for developments, the cost, scale, and long-range timelines associated with these initiatives can often lead to a loss in project momentum. Instead, Better Block OKC aims to create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes that exhibit permanent solutions for areas in OKC.

It’s kind of genius. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but there were some really amazing pop-up shops + food trucks + bikes + my favorite farmers market. And the place was buzzing with good energy and happy people! When Jeremy and I rode our bikes back home and we were both seeing buildings and homes we had never spotted before. We rode home feeling a little more connected to the street under us and a little more proud of the city around us.

If you’re local please check out Better Block OKC at 7th & Hudson today – it’ll be running until 6PM. And if you’re not local please know that Oklahoma City is kind of rad.

We Like We Love

May 18, 2012

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Exciting news! Tara and I are thrilled to be featured in We Like We Love (my favorite online magazine) issue 10! Click through to see more from our circus-inspired photo shoot and read our story about stepping out on to the tight wire as creative entrepreneurs (+ why you should lead with a personal brand when it comes to your own small business.) And you must check out the rest of the publication. I particularly love the article by Liz about taking social networking offline and into your living room. It makes me excited to gather with some like-minded creatives for a country BBQ this weekend. Happy Friday, everyone!

Copycats or Cohorts?

May 16, 2012

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While spending time in New York my brother walked me by these two side-by-side Indian restaurants on the Lower East Side just off St. Mark’s Place. They’re completely identical and have two very aggressive hosts / barkers out front vying for business. So if you try and go in to one the other enthusiastically explains why they’re better.

I think it’s hilarious. I can’t help but wonder if they’re in it together and share a kitchen in the back. Either way, I bet they both get more business because of it. And there’s enough for all of us. We already had a reservation elsewhere but had we not I would’ve loved to see which one of these places we would’ve chosen to eat at between the two. It would probably come down to who could guarantee the best palak paneer (my favorite).

P.S. I’m kind of obsessed with the cluster of lights combined with the un-designed signage.

P.P.S. Have you guys ever seen the movie 200 Cigarettes? I always think about that scene with Kate Hudson and Jay Mohr in that Indian restaurant in NYC – these two places kind of reminded me of that.

Armpit Matters 2.0

May 15, 2012

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This time last year I wrote a post about my armpits. To date it is the post that received the most comments. It turns out you ladies just want to talk about the space between your arm and your torso – and you’re in good company. Consider this a safe place to discuss all things armpit.

DEODORANT:
Just to recap – here are my thoughts on the deodorants I post about last year:
• Scent of Samadhi – I still love this stuff but on the hottest days of the year it doesn’t hold up. It’s still my favorite when the weather is cool.
• Aromarant by Lush – This bar dried out and kind of hurt to rub on so I wound up never using it much.
• DeoDry by The Body Shop – It smells really great on it’s own but the way it reacts to my chemical makeup makes it smell funky when it goes on. It also seemed to make me extra sweaty and didn’t really last when it came to holding down these powerful pheromones I’ve got.

So basically, I smelled like a hippie through the hottest summer ever. But I was working by myself so it didn’t really matter. This summer I work with two other people and out of consideration I figured I needed to grasp control of the situation. But now along with aluminum in my deodorant I’m kind of freaked out about parabens and other toxic chemicals not just in my deodorant but in my cosmetics.

THE ONE: 
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So, I recently read this article on Rookie Magazine (yeah, I read an online magazine geared toward teenage girls. What of it!?) that reviewed a few different types of deodorants – including those that fit my criteria of being non-toxic and aluminum free. And if I’m going to trust anyone with a solid deodorant recommendation it would most definitely be a teenager. 

I immediately ordered the Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. I’ve only used it for a couple weeks now but it’s worth every penny. I don’t stink a bit! I’d venture to say that now my armpits smell lovely. It’s not an antiperspirant but it didn’t seem to make me sweat more than normal. This cream did irritate my underarms when applying right after shaving. The seller warns you of this but I always tend to think I’m exempt from the rules.

A note on sweating: I think it’s healthy to sweat! I feel for those of you who perspire lots but I had a friend tell me that it just means your body is really really efficient at cooling itself. And I happen to think (and this is not verified with research or even a Google search) if you block your underarms from sweating it will find it’s way out elsewhere… so consider that for a minute.

GROWING IT OUT:
Yeah, I’m going there.

I feel like it’s an injustice in life that I have to shave my underarms. I do it no more than once a week and when I do I get some angry razor burn (and I use a fancy Venus razor that I’m always changing out the blades on). Jeremy also has this theory that underarm hair actually helps you from getting stinky – I mean, it makes sense that it grows there for a reason.

So I considered letting it grow. I like to think of myself as a pretty bold feminist and non-conformist but I caved to societal pressure to shave. So I do.

GETTING RID OF IT PERMANENTLY:
So then, I considered the alternative: what if I had my underarm hair removed permanently? And just as I started considering it a Groupon for 6 laser hair removal treatments for $100 landed in my inbox. I went for all 6 laser hair removal treatments and while at first it seemed to work now it has proven itself completely ineffective. I not only have a burn mark on my skin my hair seems to be growing back at double the rate. I also felt sleezy every time I walked into the liposuction / skin care clinic to get my treatments. I would think “why can’t I love my body the way it is? Hair and all.” That’s still the burning question. Pun intended.

So I want to hear from you. What are your favorite natural deodorants? Do you let your arm hair grow? If not, do you have a favorite hair-removal method? Let’s talk pits ladies!

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