Monday, August 8, 2011

bangs of old



last week was terribly long. i survived on iced coffees. that the last week of summer school happened to collide with the week of this year's Largest Proposal at work, was a cruel coincidence.

so on tuesday, when i couldn't bear the fact that the week still wasn't half over, i got bangs.

because i haven't had bangs since i was seven. and then, they were paired with a sweet side pony and an oversized pastel sweater with a unicorn motif. and that was for my school picture.

on this blog, i advocate doing whatever it is that makes you feel like you. like the best version of yourself. whether its a swipe of lipstick before running out the door. those high heels that cost a week's salary. reading your Bible by lamplight. as long as you feel authentically real, it's worth it, justified and logical.

but last week, i didn't really want to be me. at least  not the me i am now. not the girl behind the monitors. under the piles of schoolwork. frantically looking up MLA style online because for the life of me i can't remember.how.to.cite.my.sources.

i wanted to be the me of old. the me of seven years. with elementary graduation up ahead. still to discover the extra wide halls of the middle school. the wonders of high school. prom and college yet to be tackled.

so i reverted. and the crazy thing?

i feel more like myself now than ever before. maybe its the fact that i woke this morning to a hazy carolina sunrise. maybe its the sweet tea, not iced coffee, chilling beside me.

either way, it's good to be back.

35 comments:

Off the Cuff said...

chitty chitty bang bang
oh you so pretty
you turn everybody's head today...

remember that song? Your bangs made me think of it! I love them! You look beautiful! Here is to hoping your week is filled with all things you...and that it rolls on by smoothly.

Jennifer Rod said...

thanks for this post courtney... because i've been feeling like this, like i dont want to be that me that i am now, like i need something such a this that refreshes and makes me feel me, unique and all.... you look beautiful, mature adn chic.

HazelandMare said...

You are such a cutie pie! I love the new look- very Parisian! It suits your beautiful spirit so well :) I'm so sorry these are stressful times for you... just remember to take deep breaths, and think about happy things, and remember that iced coffee will help you through.

P.S. I used to have an oversized unicorn sweater too! We could have worn them on twins day :)

ash said...

LOVE them! you're adorable, and they totally suit you. hurray for impulsive hair decisions that work. :) oh, and i feel you on the citations. gah.

lovelove.

Bon Bon said...

Welcome back:-) You are just the cutest! I like your life philosophy, my dear! xoxo

Stephanie said...

Those bangs work soooooooo great with your face. I love them.

Laura Darling said...

I can never remember MLA citation guidelines either. Glad to hear I'm not alone. :) LOVE the bangs!

Thisisme. said...

How lovely that you feel more like you now than you have ever done before! I love the new hairstyle - it looks great.

Blondie's Journal said...

You make the bangs look very stylish and sophisticated. I love them. Now...I just grew mine out!! ;-D

XO,
Jane

Christi said...

You look beautiful!

cara said...

it suits you so well! i've been itching to just lop my side bangs into a straight-across fringe, but, like you, i've not had those since i was about seven or eight. about once a month i get really frustrated and brush my hair forward into my eyes, gather all my bangs in my hand, scissors poised to chop, but then i talk myself out of it and wait for my next hair appointment. maybe next time i'll just go for it!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely LOVE the line about advocating anything that makes you feel more you. So perfect and something I need to really focus on! Thanks for sharing. And the bangs look amazing! :)

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Your bangs are totally hot! Love em!

Amber Blue Bird said...

you look adorable with bangs, seriously i love it. Oh and I checked out the Honeycutters and I dig their music. Thanks for the tip. Have you ever listened to Sarah Jarosz? I featured her on Friday and think you will like her.

chambanachik said...

I love the look and the concept. You're gorgeous.

mary kate said...

those bangs look so great on you!

Janette said...

I love them!!!!! You look fantastic! Welcome back!!

Janette, the Jongleur

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

That's amazing how something so simple could be such a good reminder. I've had bangs nearly all my life -- except my senior year of college when I grew them out. I stayed bangless for a year or two, and when I finally cut them into my hair again, I appreciated them for the first time in my life. It was like coming home.

Bibi said...

The bangles look gorgeous! They are so you :o)
Good luck with your upcoming semester and hope work won't be too much of a bother.
♥ Bibi

Cara-Mia said...

You look lovely with bangs! And I am glad to hear you are re-enegergized. :)

O'Melly said...

HEY So glad you stopped by so I could discover YOUR wonderful blog!! haha You are gorgeous by the way!

I loved this post. I have had so many bouts of not feeling like my authentic self.. simply because I often worry (as most of us do) about what other poeple think. I loved what you said about doing little things that make you feel like you. For me it would have to be sugar. Eating sugar makes me happy haha.. and when i first started working at a health food store.. I felt judged and guilty for my bad eating habits. Now I just shrug and say "it tastes good", and that seems to put the guilt to rest. Hehe.

P.S. Bangs suit you uber well! They were too much maintenence for me since I have cow licks and naturally wavy hair. *tear*

Amylou said...

Beautiful! I think bangs suit you!
And I get wanting to go back to your old self sometimes. Sometimes it feels more...right.
:)

Ana Magdalena said...

you carry those bangs with such grace!

Sometimes, I can't assimilate the idea of adulthood. I feel like a child with responsibilities very often.

Kristie Price said...

Aloha, Courtney :) I'm your newest follower from over on Angie's blog. Loved what you had to say about being a confident woman and pretty much everything else. "She has the courage to be kind, the confidence to be sweet and the self awareness to blend in." Love the way you're able to string the words together. So excited to read more of what you've written.

Also, the bangs? Fantastic!
-Kristie

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

i love the bangs! so pretty :)

Danielle said...

You are beautiful. I am loving the haircut - looks so good on you!

sarah nicole said...
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sarah nicole said...

They look gorgeous, Courtney! I love them!

xo,

Sarah

Shalyn said...

YESSSSSS! You look amazing! I wish I could pull off the bangs as well as you do!

charla beth said...

I love Love LOVE this post. What a wonderful, freeing concept. I have been learning the same thing these days and it feels refreshing for you to put it out there and reassure me of it.

And gosh, Courtney, you are beyond gorgeous. :) Those bangs are just perfect on you.

Gentri said...

After reading your most recent post I had to come find the post about your bangs... LOVE THEM!! Seriously, I can't have bangs like that 1. bacause I don't have lovely thick hair like that. and 2. because I couldn't pull it off. You look AMAZING! :D And your writing is simply beautiful. I've missed your blog!

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

love the bangs they look amazing. sometimes when we feel less free we have to find ourself again, our true identity :)
i love this post.. this part is my favourite:

'on this blog, i advocate doing whatever it is that makes you feel like you. like the best version of yourself. whether its a swipe of lipstick before running out the door. those high heels that cost a week's salary. reading your Bible by lamplight. as long as you feel authentically real, it's worth it, justified and logical.'

its so true. xxx

CeL said...

Oh you look wonderful in those bangs! I'm a pro hairstylist too, so it matters what I day ;) Have a great weekend!

DACIA {THE RUFFLY OWL} said...

you look great! :)

Holli said...

I think they look PERFECT on you!

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