embracing my inner jerk:::

9:00 AM

What is with this polar vortex guys? Seriously, I am so over winter Chicago. Quit it, cut it out, stop, I'm over you. I get it, you are a real beast this year... we mess with mother nature by littering & polluting so she's out to get us. I get it, but I really feel like the point was made, so if I could have a forecast that is no longer single digits with windshields negative a thousand degrees that would be great. Meanwhile, I am staying warm with wraps, shawls, scarves and layers. I saw this colorful paisly scarf hanging on the rack and I tried to walk past it without buying it, but there was a magnetic pull tugging me back to it... so I *had* to purchase it. I wore it out the other night and it was the perfect piece to drape over my shoulders in lieu of my [trusty]cardigan. I really wanted to wear some fun shoes with it, but with ALL THIS NON-STOP SNOW I am bound to boots... Anyway, this shawl, I like that I can wear it different ways: open over my shoulders like a sweater, or wrapped around me -making me feel like a magician hiding a rabbit in her cape. heeeey. 
On another note, I'm growing out my hair... it has been 3 years since I have cut it (aside from occasional trims)...  my hair hasn't been this long since I was around 12 years old.  c r a z z z z z y. 
Also, being that I used to dye it {obsessively-due to my short attention span and constant need for change} every month or so, my hair got SUPER damaged... which is why I decided to stop dying it... (this goes along with turning vegan last year & just trying overall to reduce the amount of chemicals I put on/in my body...)  so it has been one year since I have dyed it.. my goal is to grow it out to my waist and then cut it... cut off all the processed damaged hair that has been abused by me for years... I think another year of growing it out should suffice... 
um, not dying it means coming face to face with gray{or is it grey?} hairs and not running to a hair salon to hide them... but I have gotten used to them and now I like them... my gray hairs are like my badge of being a grown-ass woman. yep. grown-ass woman status up in here. :)

I will say that I DO NOT like (most)anything (or anyone (with the exception of my child)) high maintenance.. because I get annoyed very easily...and my long hair has been getting to be high maintenance and if I don't braid it at night it gets tangled when I sleep.. and I wake up with annoying knots & tangles... I got a knot that was huge in the back of my hair... and I tried (a little) to untangle that giant hair knot but it annoyed me so much I took a razor and sliced it out.. haha. It felt great to get rid of it quickly & efficiently, & I didn't hesitate... as I get older I hesitate less and less when it comes to cutting things/people out of my life that aren't good for me or that annoy me ha. I love getting older, I'm embracing my inner jerk more each day. 

I just checked the weather and Chicago is at ONE degree right now (!!!!)... winter has indeed embraced its inner jerk too. :) Thanks for stopping by today to visit my blog.


Desiree, Mano y Metal 

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  1. I've been able to completely restore my hair by using the pro naturals hair repair mask. IT is definitively the best treatment I've used in a long time!

    1. I am going to have to look into that! My hair is so damaged, I just use natural oils to nurish it... but I know I need to treat it with a mask too. Thank you! <3

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  3. Such a gorgeous scarf - I can see why you "had" to buy it. As for letting your grays grow...where are they??? I don't see any :) I have had gray hair since I was 16 so I have been dying my hair forever.....


  4. Que bella. I am adoring that pashmina. Love the colors.

  5. I felt like that with my hair when it was long, too! I finally was like "what the heck! It will grow back!" Then I made an appointment and chopped it off!

    Love this low maintenance outfit!

  6. A good DIY hair treatment is olive oil - it restores hair and it's a lot cheaper than lots of specific hair treatments. Just rub some into your hair, leave it in and do some housework, and then shampoo it out.

    You look great! Your lipstick really compliments you.

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  9. You're rocking those boots and that scarf, Desiree! You look amazing! As for the gray hair problem, you could use natural or herbal dyes to hide them, or concoct a hair care formula using some fruits and other foodstuff. That way, you'd avoid the graying while staying true to your no-chemical hair maintenance. Stay beautiful!

    Catherine @ Cameron's Salon


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