practice is for dweebs, ergo...

1:: leopard scarf: DIY, similar here
2:: cardigan: my husband's, Urban Outfitters
3:: hello kitty purse: Hot Topic
4:: hello kitty pullover: Forever 21
5:: skirt: Forever 21
6:: plush knee highs: Chinese Laundry
7:: chunky booties: Urban Outfitters

Here it is-- my shorter, more manageable hair. After half an hour in the salon, my stylist managed to chop off 6 or so inches in length, and the floor was littered with gobs of fluffy green hairballs. My hair feels so much lighter now, but I'm at a loss at how to style it properly. Practice, I suppose.

You know what else needs practice? taking photos in low light. These photos were taken at 5:00 pm, and I was frantically searching for an area with as much lighting as I could find. I guess that means I'll have to make an effort to get out of the house earlier in the day or learn how to use my tripod. But for now, I'm gonna take a little trip to the mall and check out the Hello Kitty Forever collection. EXCITEMENT!

Happy weekend!


  1. Your hair looks lovely :) Have fun at Forever 21!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  2. i like your new hair. it's still long and feminine framing your pretty face nicely!
    what a perfect outfit for your outing!
    have a happy weekend, Laura. ;)

  3. If you figure out how to use your tripod, let me know. I'm still at a loss. I can only get it to take pictures at an upward angle which is not at all attractive. I've tried standing it on things and that doesn't seem to help. I'm only 5'4", so I don't know how this is an issue!

  4. I love going to the mall spontaneously to look at new collections. BUT HELLO KITTY!!! :) I miss those days when I could do that :(
    I like your new hair... it looks really nice :) You'll be able to come up with something creative and fun, I'm sure of that!

  5. I like your shorter hair! It looks really pretty on you!
    Good luck with shopping! Hope you find some great stuff!

  6. Girl why are you so pretty?? Love the outfit...Hello Kitty is my fave :) Your hair looks so pretty...I don't think I've told you that since you colored it either!!

  7. I have such lighting problems with photos now that winter has hit and I'm reduced to after dark photos when I get home from work. Ugh. On another note, best cardigan ever!

    Courtney ~

  8. Ahhh I hate winter! No matter how early I try to get out of work, it's alway to dark for photos! Its light in the morning, but I hate getting up early! I still do not understand the point of daylight savings, besides making people working 9-5 miserable

  9. Yes, it has taken me some practice to figure out picture lighting - and I still haven't totally gotten it figured out!

    Love the Hello Kitty sweatshirt!

  10. Laura, I love the new do! Practice does make perfect but your hair looks precious to me so really, methinks you don't have to practice too much! Would you believe I bought a sweatshirt type shirt with Hello Kitty emblazoned in the front at a second hand store here? I love it! Have a nice weekend! :)

  11. Wow, your hair is still this long after cutting 6 inches off? It's really cute! It looks even shorter in the first picture, like just past your shoulder, which is also cute if you ever decide to lighten up even more :)

  12. Ugh, low lighting is the worst, I've yet to figure out how to take a decent looking picture without tons of natural light. :P I really like how yours came out, the first has a "under the streetlights in the dark" type of look, which is pretty cool! I keep wanted to try some stylized photos like that.
    Can we talk about your awesome looking hair? I am just loving the green, it so fun and different, there's something very whimsical about it. (And the sideswept bangs on you are killer.)

  13. I love this shirt! You could... put your hair up? MAke it super straight? Put in some loose curls?

  14. What a coincidence, I was JUST looking at the Hello Kitty Forever collecion online just now, its AMAZING! Love it aaaalllll. I love your new haircut, it looks great on you!

  15. i love your hello kitty sweater and glasses!

  16. Adorable look! I like your glasses.

    <3 Melissa

  17. You can't realy go wrong with hello kitty and pairing it with a mini is a good idea to separate us shorties from tweens :D

    A Preponderance of Fashion

  18. Love your new hair cut, Laura! And in these pics, maybe the lighting isn't ideal for detail, but it makes your hair look like a glossy Pantene ad -- look at that shine!
    I just saw your Hello Kitty/F21 post -- soo so cute! Can't wait to see what you get from the collection.

  19. Your nerdy Hello Kitty tshirt is the cutest thing and you look really great with this haircut! Anyway, the first photo has a really nice street feel to it. Great job with taking photos under low light!

    Fang Ting

  20. I love this kawaii school girl look !

  21. Gorgeous
    I love your style and the way you layer clothing
    Such a cutie

  22. I just love your outfit! Such a cute Hello Kitty top! I bought a few things from the Hello Kitty Forever 21 collection on Friday!


  23. Love your hair and hello kitty top Laura! HAHA You look cute!

  24. It's dark here by 4:30 so after work photos are pretty much out of the picture, I have a feeling that winter pictures will be less frequent! YAY for Hello Kitty, she is adorable like you and hope you found oodles of wonderful things (for cheap of course!)

  25. these days at 5 pm, forget it! I was in the same situation on saturday. grrrr.

    Chic on the Cheap

  26. I can't believe you cut off 6 inches! goodness my hair takes forever to grow I am very jealous. and I have the same issues with taking pictures when its not sunny outside!

  27. Your new hair length is gorgeous on you! I can relate to the lack of photo friendly hours. It starts getting dark here around 4! Ughhh.

    What Lola Wants

  28. you look good with your hair slightly shorter :D Still loving that hair colour on you! Im getting some cute punk-rock vibes from your outfit!

  29. I like you better with the new do. I'm heading over to F21 and lemme see if we have the Hello Kitty Collection here.

  30. Let the two weeks' worth of commenting commence! Hehe... or, maybe I shouldn't laugh... o_O

    Anyway! I like your new hair length! I am always at a loss for styling, too, but mainly because my hair is very thin and straight and won't do much other than just hang there.

    I've been thinking about getting back into outfit blogging, but the whole low light thing has been a deterrent. Might just have to wait for spring!


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