hair thursday makeover 80


I declare today Hair Tuesday, so let’s get rolling.


Marie’s hair:
Dark brown, normal condition
Thick and straight with a minimal amount of wave
Willing to try something different
Loves ponytails because they’re easy

From Marie’s email:

I have a hair dilemma that I’d love to get your advice on. I’m a graduate student and I’m going on the academic job market this year for the first time. I’m 31 but frequently get mistaken for being an undergrad (by both professors and undergrads), and I’m looking for a hairstyle that will help me to look more like a potential colleague and less like a student.

The problem might be related to the fact that I’m very low-maintenance when it comes to my hair, nearly always putting it up in a half-ponytail or a ponytail, and often neglecting cutting it until I can’t stand it anymore. I’d be willing to try something dramatically different–bangs (which I haven’t had since 6th grade) or a much shorter length–and am willing to put more time and care into maintaining a hairstyle.

I think we can definitely find a more sophisticated look for Marie under one condition. Marie will need to keep her word and put more time into maintaining and styling her hair, because no matter what style I suggest, if she continually wears a ponytail like the above, she will continually look like an undergrad. (Hey, at least you look young, Marie!) However, it sounds to me that she is definitely ready for a change, so let’s look at the options.


Be sure to check out other gorgeous celebrity hairstyles and tips at Daily Makeover!

Ohhhhh, I think Option #1 could be it. America Ferrera‘s shoulder length cut with cheekbone-grazing, sideswept bangs is total sophistication. The shape would work beautifully with Marie’s bone structure, don’t you think? All Marie would need is a large round brush, a blow dryer and a shine serum to achieve this look.

Option #2 is another great look if Marie chooses to keep her hair longer. Lindsay Price‘s piecey bangs add a whole new element to the look and would give Marie a style that could go both ways – sophisticated for work, but fun and flirty for when she’s not on the clock. (Click here to learn how to replicate Lindsay’s style.)

What do you think?




Because you are on the edge of your seats…



photo lovingly borrowed from Deb

The Cheesecake Marbled Brownies I made for the bake sale this past weekend were a hit. Thank you to the lovely Holly, who not only also shares an intense addiction to white noise machines (we realized this while rooming together at the Broad Summit), but gives fantastic bake sale advice.

(Currently enjoying the Quiet Noise iPhone app, by the way. I highly recommend the air conditioner sound.)

Did I mention that when it comes to bake sale recipes, I’m set for the next 60 years? Thanks to you and you and you, the next time I need to bake something, I am going to use to pick a recipe from your comments.

However, my baking did not end at the marbled brownies. No sirree. When I popped those babies in the oven, I realized I had 80% of the chocolate chips remaining, so I made these chocolate chip cookies. (All before 7:30 am on a Saturday. I am baker, hear me ROAR.)


So good, so good, so good. In fact, there are crumbs all over my laptop as I type this. You might want to make some this very minute.


The Perfume Diaries


Listen up, ladies and gents!


I’m super excited to be working with Leslie Blodgett of Bare Escentuals and Sephora (OMG, pinch me) on a contest that starts today and goes through October 23, 2009. Many many MANY of you all need to enter immediately. Why?

#1 – (1) grand prize winner and a guest will receive a luxurious vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii for 5 nights/6 days and a gift basket of Leslie’s Bare Skin collection (approx. $2000 value).

#2 – (3) second place winners will receive a gift basket of Leslie’s Bare Skin Collection (over $100 value/each).

#3 – The contest involves writing about a personal travel experience, and considering so many of you are TALENTED BLOGGERS, you could totally win this thing. For reals. I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.

#4 – Because I said so.

Leslie’s brand new perfume line, The Perfume Diaries, is a series of fragrances inspired by Leslie’s travels around the world, and now she wants to hear about the scent memories you’ve created while on your own travels. The official rules and entry requirements are over here. I can’t tell you how incredibly stoked I would be if someone I knew won this contest.

(Even though I’m not eligible for the contest, I wrote about my own scent memories revolving around my wedding in Hawaii.)