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The Weekender: Have You Gotten a Haircut Lately?

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Have You Gotten a Haircut Lately?

Since the start of lockdown – over one year ago – I’ve noticed that my friends have fallen into two camps: Camp Get a Haircut and Feel Good About Yourself, and Camp Who Cares No One Sees Me Anyway. Since January of 2020, I’ve fallen into the latter camp, and my hair is longer and thicker (and more unruly) than it’s ever been. I’ve been embracing it for the most part, but my fellow thick-haired Asians out there might understand the dilemma that is the dead weight ponytail. Ouch!

I’ve been fully vaccinated for a month now, so I started to wonder if there was something to the whole Get a Haircut and Feel Good About Yourself thing. I could use a boost, and I’m a firm believer that hair holds onto bad energy. Even more so, I’ve been considering chopping Lucy’s hair, since she refuses to wear clips or pigtails. I asked my hair stylist if she’d cut both my and Lucy’s hair, and she encouraged me to cut Lucy’s on my own. It would be a big chop – at least 3 inches! – but she promised me I could do it.

And I did it! And it’s pretty cute! Oh, and I scheduled my own hair appointment for next week, and I’m counting down the days. Hip, hip!

What Else?

I’ve never felt so seen. (I’m a 1 all the way, ooof.)

Do you own a mug that says Girlboss? You might be cheugy. I cannot stop laughing at this!

Made me smile.

Feeling like we’ve hit the end of the internet lately, I Googled ‘best true crime documentaries’ and landed on Lorena. I have no idea how we missed this when it first hit the small screen (2019), but wow. It was well done, powerful, and was the catalyst around late-night emotional conversations. All I can say is, if you thought you knew everything about the infamous Bobbitt case, you have no idea. Watch it on Amazon Prime!

Rental kitchens pose a unique challenge: They have to hold up to years of continued use by various people with various levels of cleanliness and various interior styles. […] But that doesn’t mean they have to lack the function or aesthetic you’d find in a home you’d call your own.

Inside a Rental-Friendly Chicago Kitchen

A(n absolutely incredible) guide to ‘but I’m just not into politics!’

Two gorgeous DIY fluted beds hit the blog world this week: Malcolm’s tutorial on Emily Henderson’s blog has the prettiest marble + brass details (below), and Matt and Beau added fluting from head to toe!


If you’re able, here are some ways you can help India right now:

  • Feeding From Far | An initiative that has been feeding the poor and unemployed who are struggling to feed themselves during the lockdown.
  • Enrich Lives Foundation | Helping needy families receive grocery kits consisting of rice, atta, dal, sugar, oil, spices and more.
  • Mazdoor Kitchen | A citizen run voluntary initiative working to provide meals and subsistence to daily wage workers in North Delhi.
  • Direct Relief | A humanitarian aid organization distributing oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies across India.
  • Project Hope | Rapidly mobilizing critically needed medical equipment and PPE to help health workers respond.
  • Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust | Funds go towards financially supporting transgender Indians, who are often rejected by their families and experiencing homelessness, a risk factor for COVID.
  • Care India | A humanitarian organization focusing on marginalized women and girls, is providing PPE to frontline workers.
  • Make A Difference | An international nonprofit providing critical services for the children in need of care and protection

IG I Love

Lisa @ourhome.becoming is new to me, but after 5 minutes scrolling through her feed, I thought: Why aren’t we all following her?! She feels friendly and attainable, while consistently sharing tips where I’m learning something new – like how to paint your cabinets, how to countersink screws and lazy pantry hacks. Oh, and don’t get me started on the mural she drew for her kids’ play cafe!

Weekend Sales

Have a Happy Weekend!

I’m sensitive to the term Mother’s Day, as someone who has experienced infertility and once felt triggered by those words. (But on a fun side note: Scott celebrated Mother’s Day with me every year before Lucy, as the mother of our pets!) So to all my friends, aunts, sisters, pet moms, BFFs, mentors, future moms and motherly figures out there, I’m wishing you a happy weekend, however you celebrate your love. It’s also my birthday on Sunday (I’ll be 39!), so I’m pretty sure Scott will let me do whatever I wish, haha.

And I’d love to know: If you celebrate Mother’s Day, are you Team Spend All Day with the Fam or Team Close the Blinds and Binge Netflix?

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  • Karen5.7.21 - 7:06 AM

    After not having a haircut since Dec 2019, I just got mine cut last week.  I’m in San Diego, where infection numbers are very low – like 200/day (which is crazy b/c mid-Feb we were like 3.500/day), and I’ve had my first vax shot.  My hair was obviously unintentionally long, down to my lower back, and I decided to “go for it”, and get a significant cut.  I asked for it to be cut to my armpits, and she went to my shoulders (like, sitting above my shoulders!).  I was so shocked – of course didn’t have the cajones to tell the hairdresser that I wasn’t happy – and for the first four days post-cut, I wore my hair tied back, a sure sign I was unhappy.  On day 5 after the cut, I decided to wash and let it dry down, and it did it’s semi-curl natural thing.  I received a few compliments on it at work (made me feel good), and I also realized it looks pretty good – I honestly think my hair was in shock right after the cut, as it’s since calmed down a bit and just looks better.  Anyways, hoping your treat of all haircuts is lovely from start to finish, including the first few days post-cut :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.7.21 - 9:00 AM

      I’ve definitely experienced that shock before after a major cut! I’ve been known to chop 10” like no big deal, but then I’m nervous for about a week afterwards. Yours sounds lovely! Can’t wait to cut off all my dead ends and bad energy.☺️ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Laura5.7.21 - 9:27 AM

    I would have loved to not maintain my hair, but with artificial blonde I had to keep it up, haha! Can’t wait to see your cut! I also was laughing at cheugy this week…I’m afraid I might be very cheugy, lol. ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.7.21 - 10:27 AM

      That’s a real issue that my blonde friends have had to deal with, haha.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah5.7.21 - 9:47 AM

    My first haircut since October 2019 is this afternoon, and I couldn’t be more excited! Once I also get a pedicure I think I’ll be ready to rejoin society. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Mariele5.7.21 - 10:17 AM

    Lol… I’ve only had my hair professionally cut once, and wasn’t impressed. My mom cut my hair for me the whole time I was a kid and teen, and since moving out three years ago, I’ve been cutting my own hair. I have curly hair and just trim it to barely-above-bust length with a slight scoop twice a year, so it’s not exactly a fine skill. :PReplyCancel

  • Brooke5.7.21 - 10:32 AM

    I had my hair cut the day my second dose fully kicked in. I’m a low maintenance, pony tail every day kinda person even without covid – but it was a huge boost for me mentally! Taking a minute to have someone take care of me, and walk out feeling a little lighter was just the thing I needed to give me some positive energy heading into summer. Hope you get the same boost!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Marquez5.7.21 - 12:43 PM

    So many good links and reads here. My husband cuts my hair, just a straight line across my shoulders, and it turns out great! I’m excited for the weekend, and have the best birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Sara5.7.21 - 1:08 PM

    Im impressed with the cut you did for your Lucy! I have curly hair and mostly trim myself with a professional cut once a year. But curly hair is easy, it does not have to be straight, you just cut curl by curl which takes me a while.ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.7.21 - 4:02 PM

      Thank you! She has a little bit of a wave to her hair, so I felt less stressed about it. And my hair stylist cheered me on, so I felt somewhat confident!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay5.8.21 - 7:53 AM

    Similar hair situation in lockdown. I bought a Crea Clip after seeing it on Shark Tank and it works great! I’ll definitely go back to the salon once our cases come down, but I get a boost every time that I use it. They have a smaller one that might help with Lucy’s cuts, too.ReplyCancel

  • Justynn5.10.21 - 12:26 PM

    I’ve been a few times for highlights/ cut from my salon, it was about early November last year before I headed in. It’s a big place, and they did a great job with plexi/ spacing out the chairs. Other than my stylist I didn’t come within 6 feet from anyone. Digital payments/ online everything they could.  I recently am past my vaccine wait period and today I’m making the first little-scary appointment of having a facial. The place I go to is small and during appointments there are only two guests allowed in the building at a time on opposite ends. Still, with all the precautions and my vaccination, and it felt like it was time to get back to the little luxuries that really help relieve stress. Especially after everything we’ve been through!! Not to mention want to keep the places you miss in business as much as we are able to. ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa5.10.21 - 12:35 PM

    thank you for posting ourhome.becoming. Literally the first thing I see on the new to me feed is a problem solved for our laundry room. that is the power of your shared links. new finds and problem solving! thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy5.10.21 - 3:41 PM

    Haaaaaaa. My last haircut was June of 2019. Since then, I have only trimmed my bangs and shaved my undercut. It is now to the point where if I sit, it touches the seat of the chair. If/when I get my next haircut, it’ll literally be like 20″ off and it’ll STILL be long as hell. 
    I just think it’s funny, because people are like, what do you do to get it to grow so long??? And… I don’t know what to tell them. I just. Don’t get it cut. And it, you know. Does its thing. I do regret not shaving my head when everyone else did at the beginning of quarantine. I would’ve loved to see how fast it all grew back, ha!ReplyCancel

    • Kim5.10.21 - 4:47 PM

      Oh, that would have been a fun experiment, haha! But does it look healthy when it’s that long? I always wish my long hair wouldn’t look so ragged on the edges. Oh, to be young again, haha!ReplyCancel

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