February Favorite Posts

February is a short month anyway, but seriously, where did it go? It did fly by quickly, but that’s the way we want February to go, right? Because we are so over winter, and totally ready for spring.

So I am now finally able to start putting together spring posts! Woo hoo! Color me JAZZED. Let’s take a look back at some of my favorite posts and photos from February, in case you missed them!

Keep an eye out on Katrina’s Capture Your 365 blog for my upcoming guest post in March!

365 Photo Challenge | Day 45 | Love

365 Photo Challenge | Day 45 | Love

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Seasonal Produce Cards | Free Download

Fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness are one of the great joys in life. Conversely, a mealy, pale tomato or fibrous, wooden orange suck to waste your money on, and they’re more expensive in the first place. How do you know what to buy, and when? Just carry my free downloadable Seasonal Produce Cards.

Keep reading, printable PDFs are down below.

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Morgan’s Cosmic Moon

Every parent thinks their kid is special. That’s a cliché for a reason. In our case, though, it’s totally true. The giant birthday book says so.

Tyler (also known as Papa Bear) has this giant book, called The Secret Language of Birthdays. I thought it was your typical generalized astrology stuff, until I started reading my pages, his, Morgan’s, my mom, dad, and all my exes. It was about that time I started getting goosebumps.

hot n cold by utopic man

Hot n Cold via Utopic Man

Morgan (also known as Baby Bear) was born on June 20th, the day before the summer solstice. That day is called “The Day of Ecstatic Appeal.” According to the book, her strengths are that she is emotional, rousing and charismatic. Her weaknesses are that she is overly emotional and destructive. A few of my favorite quotes from her day: [Read more…]

My Clear Winter Color Palette

Ever heard of that seasonal color analysis thing that was all the rage in the 80s and 90s? At the time, I assumed it was just a silly makeup fad invented by the Mary Kay ladies, so I never paid it much mind. Until it changed my life a little.

I used to go shopping, find something in a color and style I liked, and buy it. For a long time, I never had anything to wear, because nothing went well together. Over time, I began to naturally figure out what worked on me and what did not, but I never knew why they worked or didn’t.

Once I ran across an article on 12 Season Color Analysis, it became clear to me immediately – just because I like a color does not mean that it is doing me any favors.

Let me tell you a little about what I have learned about my seasons.

My Clear Winter Color Palette

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How to Find Your Perfect Stylist or Barber for Short Hair

I heard a stylist friend of mine once said to a client, “I don’t give you a haircut, I cut your hair.” I will always remember that, because it perfectly articulated how I operate as a barber. It is also the key both to building a rabidly loyal following in the hair industry, as well as to finding your perfect barber or stylist, with the caveat that this mostly applies to the shorter styles, on both men and women.
I’m a terrible hair client, and really low-maintenance as far as my look. I know my head, I know my hair, and I know exactly what works on me (from the neck up at least) and what doesn’t. I’m just a pain in the ass in the chair. It is also why I do so well behind the chair.
This is what I do to truly customize my clients’ cuts. The next time you end up in a new barber or stylist’s chair, watch and listen to see if they do any of these things:

1. They pay attention to your cowlicks.
I see way too many men coming in and wanting a combed back style when the eleventy million really strong cowlicks on their head point straight forward. Just because you have had that style for thirty years does not mean it is suited to your head.
The idea is, if you hair wants to lay a certain way, don’t fight it. Work with it. I start with a good wash and finger blowdry to see what the hair does in its natural state. Then I finger comb the hair quickly in a few different directions to see if I happen across something that looks like the beginning of a style. Very often this step tells me everything I need to know.
2. They bring up product and styling early in the visit.
My mother is a hair spaz. I have been cutting her hair since before I did this professionally, and her complaint was that I always made it look great, but she couldn’t do it herself. So I continued to simplify her cut more and more until all she had to do was towel dry it, fluff the waves into place, and then not touch it.
If you don’t mind spending a few minutes or 10 to style your hair in the morning and are proficient with heat tools, awesome. If you’re a wash and wear type, maybe a little goop occasionally, cool. If conditioner is too much of a hassle, then sigh, but fine, there are cuts that can work with that too. Your barber has to have a good handle on which you are or you’re going to look a mess until your next cut.
3. They look at you like an artist.
How can you tell? They will get close up, then farther back, from above and below, all different angles. Sometimes they will get eye level with you and stare right at your face, all creepy-like, sizing up your features. Sometimes they will get all zoned out and forget to talk, and it might seem a bit creepy (I’m so guilty of this). Do not fret, this is a good sign.
There are a lot of failed artists in the hair field (hello!). We have an eye for shapes and lines, good fine motor control, and a high level of attention-to-detail, which is what separates a serviceable haircut from a great one. If your barber mentions and art background, you’re probably in good hands (you might even think about asking if they draw).
How to make the most of it
If you notice these signs in your stylist or barber, especially on your first visit, and they give you a good cut, stick with them, but only if you are willing to consider their suggestions. They are the types that will get to know every detail of your head and hair inside and out, and over time will craft your absolute perfect haircut – one created just for you.