Destination, lourve.

I fell in love with Terrence before I met him. I remember waking up every morning and rushing to my computer, knowing there would be a new email or instant messages waiting for me, for weeks Christmas came daily. Once we finally hung out it got harder to appear sane and fight the urge to blurt out my feelings. It took me several months to reveal them, and ever since its been kind of awesome. I knew I wanted to marry him pretty early on as well, everything about our relationship moved quickly, I think it all relates back to our email acquaintanceship. I love to listen to Terrence ramble on, I love his company and seeing his adorable face everyday. He is everything to me and I’m pretty psyched to be contractually bound to him.

This weekend we went out to test run these unsightly glasses for Terrence’s job. He had to take them out for a few different activities, one of my favorites being a bike ride. Usually when Terrence and I go out for bike rides we like to swing by the same couple of spots, one of which being the beautiful Alice Austen House, the location where we will being getting married next Fall.

Being there is kind of magical, it fills the both of us with this spark and excitement. I wish planning weddings were a bit easier, I’d marry him tomorrow if it were simpler. I would get married at City Hall if I could but I know my mother, she would give me the silent treatment for about a decade. I didn’t have a sweet sixteen or go to my high school prom, my mother needs to see me in a puffy dress. I wouldn’t mind it either, I could use a good puffy dress day.

We intend to have the ceremony either on the front lawn or along the bushes on the waterfront pictured above. These details are dependent on the weather. If it rains the front lawn will have to be dominated by a big circus tent. Either way our plan is to have the water and Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as the backdrop.

I’ll keep you guys posted on the details as they unfold… not too many though, I’ve gotta keep some of the mystique for the big day.

We had a lot of fun on our bicycle adventure this weekend, here are a few pictures from along the way.


(This landmark was supposed to become the National Lighthouse Museum… until funding fell through and it was left to just fall apart. The location is one of my favorite spots on the island, sadly it remains undone and closed off.)


(Odd that we came across this Maxx Moses, a street artisit from CA, piece just chilling on the side of Edgewater)


(I’ve determined that these glasses are ugly to distract you from the built in camera capturing your every move)

Ana is wearing: Shirt/H&M, Jeans/Delias, Shoes/Seychelles, Necklace/A Beautiful Mess for Modcloth. Terrence is wearing: Shirt/American Apparel, Pants/Levi’s, Shoes/PF Flyers.

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Give me down to there hair, Pt 12: The Finale.

(Warning, photo heavy post)

So here we are, it’s finally over. One whole year of growing, complaining and celebrating has come to an end. I avoided getting my annual haircut, even though I desperately needed one, just to be able to show off my length. I hope it’s paid off. I need one more haircut to finish fixing the original issues from last years chop job, and also my bangs are stabbing my eyes. I’ve been wearing my hair curly this last week so I wouldn’t notice as much, its working.

I didn’t really have any new milestones this month. One thing I noticed was how irritating it is to have hair clutching to your neck in humid weather. Summer is usually when I forgo my bang trims because I can’t tolerate having hair sticking to my forehead. Damn heat. I’m going to try to such it up this year though.

I’m starting to guesstimate how long my hair will be by the end of next summer. I want at least 4-5 inches more in time for the wedding. Oh the pressure.

My hurr in its many stages of undress. But if that doesn’t show off how far we’ve come… lets try some side by sides.

May 18, 2011 and May 20, 2012

August 17, 2011 and May 5, 2012

August 18, 2011 and May 17, 2012

It really does put things into perspective.

Things I’m still enjoying, feeling my hair plastered and wet on my back, pulling it out from my shirt and when it gets in my way and I have to pull it up into a pony tail… priceless.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey with me, I certainly will miss keeping you posted… but I’ll check in from time to time.

And now… a look back at our (me and all my many strands of hair) progress.

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Part One.
Part Two.
Part Three.
Part Four.
Part Six.
Part Seven & Eight.
Part Nine.
Part Ten.
Part Eleven.

Who, What, Wear: Pink + Stripes

Their isn’t anything particularly stunning about this outfit as far as I’m concerned, I just had fun wearing it. I felt like going to a playground and jumping off swings. It may have been the combination of bright pink and stripes that just made me feel like a child. I took plenty of unusable photos twirling around and running up to the camera.

I also put some effort into my hair today, which made me feel extra pretty, despite it being a bit messy. The point is I tried. I said months ago that I would experiment with different styles as my hair grew out and I failed.

Terrence is still gone, and the vacancy of this apartment gets me wired. I tend to get a little silly when I’m home alone. I blast music and dance about, I sing out loud and eat frosting out of the jar. I have to eat a vegetable soon or I may spin out of control.

Outfit details: Dress/Modcloth, Leggings/Target, Cardigan/H&M, Shoes/Chelsea Crew, Specs/Selima Optique, Necklace/Chicwish

Give me down to there hair, Pt 11.

My hair is constantly getting trapped in my clothes, it’s at an annoying place. Recently, I felt like my hair had begun getting dryer from the almost full year of consecutive straightening. Desperate for a solution, I stood in the hair aisle at CVS for ages examining all the different shampoos and treatments. I settled on Salon Grafix, I began using their Conditioning Cleanser and Intensive Hair Repair Masque. The more I used it the less dependent I was on hair products like pomades or gels. Since using it, I’ve even been able to straighten my hair without using the flat iron, just the dryer on medium heat. I’ve had frizzy gross hair most of my life, I’m a little impressed to say the least.

This whole hair cropping experience, although somewhat jarring, has been a good time all in all. I only have one more of these posts left, I’ll check in occasionally afterwards, but my hair is close to being at my goal length.

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Part One.
Part Two.
Part Three.
Part Four.
Part Six.
Part Seven & Eight.
Part Nine.
Part Ten.

Who, What, Wear: ¡Cinco de Mayo!

Terrence left for New Orleans on business early this morning and won’t be back for a week. His job is making sure I fully understand what life is like without him, as they’ve robbed him from me several weeks this year and only want to take him more. Bastards. While he’s gone I like to fill my days as best as I can, so I grabbed my girlfriend Amanda to occupy me. We decided for no reason at all that we were gonna do ¡Cinco de Mayo! up right this year. So we dressed up, Amanda donned her Día de los Muertos jewelry, and I shoved on as many colors as I could make sense of into one outfit. We also planned to have a Mexican movie marathon (¡Three Amigos!, Selena and Desperado) and eat tacos.

While we were out in public acquiring our food and other assorted goodies I felt peoples stares. I wish I could say it was because they thought I looked good… but I’m sure they just thought I was bananas. People around here don’t really dress outside the box. It’s ok though, Amanda was on my side.

I also enjoy putting outfits together that I know Terrence wouldn’t approve of when he’s not around to judge me. He’s very traditional with his clothes and hates excessive use of colors. But as long as you dress with confidence you can pull anything off. 🙂

Outfit details: Shirt + Leggings/H&M, Dress + Bow/Anthropologie, Shoes/Spring, Purse/Modcloth, Specs/Warby Parker, Accessories/Gifts from Terrence

P.S. Panda and I never even made it through the first movie, we ended up jamming to music and talking about boys all night. Maybe next year.

Give me down to there hair, Pt 10.

I’m starting to feel more of a difference in my hair than actually seeing one. As we come into the home stretch it doesn’t seem to be looking all that much longer to me anymore. However, I do have to move my hair a lot more often. It gets trapped in clothing or jackets, it’s also starting to make me feel hot and I constantly find myself tossing it into a ponytail. I actually like my hair up at this length, well, I’ve pretty much enjoyed how its looked up since I cut it, prior to this I’ve always hated it back. It also gave me a headache to put my hair up, but that may have had something to do with the strain of putting long hair up versus short hair… who knows. I’m also running out of patience for washing and having to style my hair. I used to do my hair twice a week and recently I’ve been cutting back to once a week. That may also have something to do with my recent workout schedule, it seems silly to make myself all purty only to sweat it out and toss my hair up. But then again I suppose you could argue that maybe with my sweating it out I should be washing my hair more often… whatever.

I’ve got to look into different styles as well, I know I talked about practicing different do’s and displaying them here for you. What can I say, I’m bad at it.

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Part One.
Part Two.
Part Three.
Part Four.
Part Six.
Part Seven & Eight.
Part Nine.

Give me down to there hair, Pt 9.

This month was filled with hair milestones. I started to feel my hair on my back, I had to sweep it out from inside my coat, and I was able to wear it curled again. I know what you’re thinking, I was able to wear it curled months ago… but it went through this time for a while where it looked super weird, so I had to keep blowing it out. The sad part is that I straightened it for so long that my curls died a bit…

like a wilted flower.

So maybe you’re wondering what’s up with the cupcake. Back in September I said “Once it passes my collarbone I’ll be celebrating. Maybe I’ll learn how to cartwheel for the occasion.”

I wish I could say that I’ll work on it… but I probably won’t. I fail.

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Part One.
Part Two.
Part Three.
Part Four.
Part Six.
Part Seven & Eight.

Give me down to there hair, Pt 7 & 8!

Since I’ve been sort of slacking on the posts lately I thought I’d rush the do and post a two in one hair blog. I only have four months of intense hair growth stalking left so I thought I’d catch up a bit. Its been eight months since I fell pray to the hormonal scissor mishaps of my previous stylist and I figured I’d try and end it on time rather than a month after.

All the other times I cut my hair I felt like it grew way faster, I don’t know if its the watched pot syndrome or if I’m just remembering wrong… but it really did seem more like…

… then what its actually been.

There were two reasons I went to the salon back in May, initially I just wanted to trim my bangs and shape up my layers for my passport photo. The second, and last minute, reason was that I thought I looked boring and wanted more of a modern style. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll never possess an edgy hair style, I just don’t have the hair type for the hairstyles I covet. I also think I may finally be ready to take my passport picture… once I trim my bangs, they’re getting a little wild. I promise I won’t chop the locks dramatically this time.


(December)

(January)

Progress for the win.

P.S. I really do give up on straightening my hair for these, too much work makes me sleepy and then I procrastinate.

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Part One.
Part Two.
Part Three.
Part Four.
Part Six.

Merry (belated) Christmas!

The initial idea for this years holiday photoshoot came from a picture of Terrence as a wee tike.

In just about every prepubescent picture of Terrence he is wearing red suspenders and a tie. For years I’ve joked with him that he always looks like he just got back from a Macy’s shoot. So I had to, for his mother, get him back in these suspenders. Since he was getting decked out in a childlike way, I figured I would follow.

Not that I dress all that differently as I did when I was a lass. My mother usually had me in tent dresses and saddle shoes, ruffled underpants. I stayed away from the ruffled panties this time around, I wanted to stay classy. I was simply going to have us standing in front of the tree in our tike outfits but Terrence thought the clothes wouldn’t make sense, by that he meant he wanted people to understand that he would never wear red suspenders unless there was a clear reason for it. That reason wasn’t clear enough so I had to quickly come up with some sort of photo story.

The more pictures we took, the more agitated Terrence became about his outfit. He was being a little brat, which I guess was him staying in character. So this is what my brain came up with for our Christmas card…

All in all I feel like we could have done better, Terrence was so ashamed of his silly suspenders and the lost concept that he didn’t send out his holiday e-cards until about ten minutes before midnight on Christmas day. Next year I suppose we’ll go back to a simple photo in front of the tree and leave the ill fitting suspenders in the past.

Outfits: (Ana) Dress/The Velvet Bird, Bow/Red Velvet, Shoes/Spring (Terrence) Suspenders/UO, Shoes/Puma, Pants/Zara, Tie/Vintage, Shirt/H&M

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Who, What, Wear: Business in the front.

Today while at work several people stopped me to tell me they liked my outfit. It made me feel super pretty and also very uncomfortable. Despite being able to open the door to my private life and let myself be completely self-absorbed here… I hate when people focus on me in real life. I’m kind of awkward and introverted… which gets mistaken for being a bitch quite often. I’ve learned to care less about people thinking I’m a bitch, I can’t help my behavior. However, I can totally be charismatic while hiding behind a computer screen. All a ruse. Enough about that and back to the task at hand. Its not the first time I’ve worn this outfit and I usually get loads of comments on it when I do, so I thought I’d share it with all of you. It’s been a while since I opened my closet for you, here goes nothing.

This outfit came about when I was looking through my clothes at items I’ve had for a while but never wear. The shirt and sweater both have been collecting dust in my wardrobe for years, and now have a brand new life. I’ve been doing that a lot lately, it’s great to find new ways to wear old and seemingly useless stuff.

Outfit: Skirt: H&M, Shirt: Gap, Sweater: Aéropostale, Shoes: Aldo, Tights: Macys, Bow Ring: Modcloth, Specs: Warby Parker