Friday, June 8, 2018

Six Months of Sarah Selfies

So I spent nearly six months not blogging, which is definitely weird for me.  I was still taking selfies the entire time, mostly because I am straight up fascinated with hair and I'm forever taking pictures to make sure it looks good.

Completely unsure about this top.  I got it on sale from Lane Bryant, it was under $10, it's a size 14.  The sleeves are floofy and weird.  It's literally the only white shirt I own.  I get compliments but it's just not a shirt I wear often.  I've had it for a year, I think I've worn it twice.  And of course, I spilled coffee on it, because that's who I am as a person.

I love this photo of me.  My eyebrows look great, I like my cute bird scarf (got at Goodwill for $2, peeps!), my skin is clear and my hair looks great.  I like this photo so much that I use it for my LinkedIn profile.  Do you use LinkedIn?  I like it more than Facebook.  

I'm not crazy about the color of my hair here, but this...this is my favorite cut.  I can never recreate the cuts, either!  Then my sister reminded me that my stylist always straightens my hair, and that I don't own a straightener.  Oh.  That must be it.  I'm definitely an inverted lob hair girl.  

And here is the inverted lob without a straightener.  Still cute, but I do like it straighter.  This posting of pictures is really helping me figure out the hair situation!

This had to have been a chilly day.  I'm wearing my chunky gray sweater (instead of my usual thinner gray cardigan) again with a scarf (this one is from Target from probably 5 to 10 years ago!) and if my hair is pulled back,  that means I'm unhappy with it or it needs to be washed. 

Blue is a great color on me.  Unfortunately, I need to see my stylist,, stat.  This is awful!

Roots.  Oh my.  Younique makeup too, which is seriously the bees knees and does amazing stuff for my skin!

Another sweet top I scored at the Goodwill, probably for around $3.  

My eyes match the color of this top.  It's a cheapie Walmart $5 tee. 

I liked this shirt, but I ended up donating to Goodwill because it kept riding up and exposing my gut.  This royal blue color is the world, amirite?

Me and the girl, during one of the times she was out of rehab or jail.

Hair time needed again.  And I'm wearing one of my daughter's tops from City Chic which I bought her when she was a freshman in high school.  Hey, if she's in jail, I get to wear her clothes, right?

Bangs and purple hair.  Super cute!

Close up of the purple in the sunlight.

Yeah.  Digging the bangs.  I've got a teeny tiny forehead so I think this is cute.  

A gorgeous spring day in Florida means I get to ride home with the moon roof open.

This was after I got the rose gold on my birthday in May.  Still don't own a straightener.

My necklace is the NYC skyline!

And there you have it.  6 months of me obsessing about my hair and makeup.  All the makeup is Younique (except maybe some of the eyeshadow, I still do have some of my older palettes) and most of my clothes are Goodwill.  Ain't that something.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Rose Gold

My 43rd birthday was a few weeks ago, and my tradition is to get "mah hair did" for my birthday.  As a youngster, my hair was so dark brown it was nearly black, with no highlights at all.  But as I'm getting older, the grays are coming in quickly and that super dark color washes me out.  I'm probably about 30% gray at this point, so I brainstormed with my stylist to find a color that will blend those grays nicely.

I walked into the salon like this.  This is my actual 43rd birthday, May 15.

And came out looking like this!  It's birthday magic!

This subtle rose gold color is everything!
My birthday was a rainy, windy day, as you can see here.  This made me laugh.

I normally change my hair color every six to eight weeks, but this time, I'm keeping it.  I love how the gray and the rose color blend so prettily, mixed in with a bit of gold.  Because it contrasts with my blue eyes, my eyes seem even bluer and it seemed to perk up my skin tone.  As you can see, my pixie cut is long gone and I'm back to this shoulder length hair.  I'm in the process of growing it out a bit so I can do a chic inverted bob.  

So, I'm 43 now.  So far, I'm really enjoying my 40s except for dealing with my daughter's drug issues.  My boys are doing pretty good.  My oldest son, Tiger, moved out recently with friends, and he's 21 now.  21!!!  My youngest, Bucket, will be 20 in July.  My 24th wedding anniversary is coming up in August, and my husband is back at work.  I am praying that the crisis mode that I've been living in the past couple of years will calm down and this will be a time of growth and happiness.  I wish the same for you!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

No Excuse But Then Again, I Don't Need One

I have not logged into this blog in six months.

It's been a very long, trying, sad six months.

In six months, my daughter has been back and forth to rehab three times.
She's been to jail three times too.
She's actually still in rehab right now.

My son broke his engagement to his girlfriend of many years and is now seeing someone else (I do actually like the new young lady.)

My husband lost his job, leaving me the sole breadwinner of our household.  He just started work again this week and I'm grateful.

Due to the sadness and lack of money, I gained back most of the weight I lost, because cheap food is bad food.  But I'm back on track as of May 1 and I've lost 15 pounds and more importantly, my blood sugar is doing much better.

I find a lot of comfort in God, and I thank Him for bringing me to the job I have now.  It brings me a lot of personal satisfaction.  It's hard to believe that I'm coming up on two years with them.  Despite the long commute, I really love what I do.  I've also been blessed to just recently sign paperwork to start teaching medical coding online!  I can't even fathom this.  In 2014 I couldn't get anyone to give me a chance in the career I wanted.  Now my inbox is full, my phone rings off the hook, and I feel like a confused squirrel in traffic, chasing to chase all the nuts!

But just to prove that I'm truly alive, here's a fairly recent picture of me.

I hope all of you out there are doing better than I have recently.  I find a lot of comfort in the book of Job; I feel so many afflictions coming down on me, but I will not stop praising His name.  Even though all of my pain, He is mighty to save.