A New Hairstyle

WOAH, today was a crazy day! I’m really loving my job but it is super busy lately. And September has seriously flown by….I think because I was out of town for the first nine days when I was at Folly Beach.

I’m excited for the fall season – my favorite – but I need to make sure I slow down and take time to enjoy it. Sometimes (ahem, usually)I overbook myself and even the fun things I plan end up stressing me out because I don’t allow enough down time. And I really need down time. For me, down time usually involves a hot bath and a glass of wine. Or playing with Maizey in the backyard or taking her for a walk. Yoga can be great downtime too, as long as I treat it as a mental/emotional/spiritual experience instead of a workout.

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Getting my hair done can also feel like down time if I’m not stressed about getting other things done. Unfortunately, last night, I was stressed about getting other things done so I didn’t really relax while I was getting foiled up. A little wine at the salon helped a little though. 🙂

I had a groupon for a salon in town. I am typically very wary of discounted hair services offered on Living Social and Groupon, but I had heard good things about this salon so I bought it. For you fellow Winston Salemites, I went to Jennifer Kaye Designs and Shane Boone did my hair. {I just realized how outdated my hairstyles page is! I need to find pictures from the last two years to add! Sheesh time flies.}


I am thrilled with the cut and color. I have a ton of hair and he did a full highlight and lowlights and really took his time with it. Most stylists will only do a partial foil on me (i.e. only highlight the top half–if that–of my hair) or charge me a crazy amount for a full, but when I asked him his regular price for the service, I was pleasantly surprised. He recommended that we add some shorter layers to create more movement so my hair didn’t just hang. He also thinned it out a ton. I was really happy with the cut, the color and the regular pricing info that he gave me. I plan to go back.

I haven’t had such short layers in a long time or had a stylist use a round brush to dry all my hair for a long time. Usually they’ll dry it using the round brush a little and then flat iron. He didn’t touch my hair with a flat iron which made me happy since I suck at flat ironing and I tend to like a little oomph to my hair. The layers and curly bounce made it feel like a more natural hairstyle, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I thought I was anti-short layers but apparently I’m not. Plus, he blended my growing-out bangs in beautifully! Finally!

Most of you probably already saw this picture on Instagram or Facebook, and thank you all so much for your kind words and likes! 🙂

What do you do for downtime?

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  • Sana

    Sure cute hair 🙂

  • Bethany

    I just have to tell you that I get really excited every time you post about your new hairstyles–it’s like I live an exciting hair life vicariously through you :). You look gorgeous, as usual!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    I love getting my haircut, too. It’s so relaxing to be pampered. I love the new cut on you! Beautiful!

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    Gorgeous, girl!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Love your hair! I wish mine were thick, it used to be. And I always make sure to have tons of downtime! Too busy if a schedule can be fun but it ends up stressing me out!

  • Lauren

    I adore it! Seriously, like love it girl! 🙂

  • christina

    HOT hair. every time you mention folly or anything charleston i get sad i didn’t get to meet you. come back!!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed

    Lookin’ good! I definitely like getting my hair done… and a mani/pedi never hurt either. A nice nature walk is a good stress reliever for me!

  • Alysha @Shesontherun

    I LOVE the hair!! A variation of this in multiple lengths has been my go-to style for years.

  • Julie

    The cut & color look GREAT!

  • Andrea @ Vegvacious

    I love getting a new look as the seasons change – and yes, hair appointments can be so relaxing for me too! Your new ‘do looks great!

  • purelylori

    wine and getting hair done yes please!! love your color and the cut! seriously you are so beautiful!!!

  • Maria

    Love it! I’ve never colored my hair (I’m so scared since it’s very dark) and am so envious of your bravery in the hair department 🙂

  • Rachel Wilkerson

    Looks gorge! 🙂

  • Lea

    I love your haircut!
    Downtime is crucial to me too. Every morning I take an extra hour to curl up in a comfy chair while I eat my bowl of oatmeal, sip a hot cup of coffee and read blogs. It’s the best way to start the day!

  • Steph

    Cute haircut! My downtime usually involves me being in the kitchen. I love to relax trying out new recipes and prepping meals for the week. 🙂

  • Annette @ FitnessPerks

    I LOVE the hair! Great color & cut for sure 🙂

  • Michelle {LiveLoudly}

    Thanks for reminding me to take some time and slow down to appreciate the moment. Life is crazy busy right now and it’s amazing what a walk in nature will do for you.
    LOVE the hair !! ahhh the silky smooth feeling of a good blow out.

    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}

  • kat

    great ‘do! and I have never gotten wine at a hair salon! lucky! usually I am happy with old copies of People 🙂

  • Becky

    Beautiful cut and color! Your blog is one of my favorites, and since I’m a hairstylist, I really love posts about your hair! Love and blessings to you from Tulsa 🙂