So, as I mentioned on Friday, I got a haircut this week!  Way back in September, Doug told me that he'd take me to Ulta for a proper salon haircut as a thank you for all of my help with his recital.  At the time, I couldn't see the point in going for a nice haircut... I've always gotten mine chopped off at SuperCuts, about twice a year.  But, with summer approaching, I started to feel like I needed a change.  Shorter, for one thing!  And since Doug needed to go get his hair cut too, I decided that I would finally take him up on his offer and try to get a more vintage-friendly haircut.

I did a bunch of research the few days before... looked up styles on Google, watched YouTube videos, and printed out diagrams.  I eventually chose this image of the "Femme Fatale" haircut to bring to the stylist.  It's a longer version of the "middy" haircut that was supposedly a big favorite during the 40s.  I've been chronicling my adventures with the new haircut on my Instagram (including before-and-after shots in the salon chair!) and I'm really quite pleased with how it turned out.
I do need to figure out a few other options for my bangs... they're a little short yet to do much of anything with.

I've been reveling in the amazing California spring weather... warm enough to be outside in short sleeves, but not truly broiling yet.  I'm sure I'll be well and thoroughly sick of summer by the time we get to July!  In the meantime, I'm really enjoying wearing this '50s Hawaiian dress that I picked up near the end of last summer.  I'm not totally sure how I feel about maxi dresses in general, and I've never been the biggest fan of the stereotypical monochrome Hawaiian print.  But...  this dress features my favorite shade of bright lime green, and it's really grown on me since I bought it!  Even with the deep side slits, it's almost too warm for the hottest part of summer, but it's perfect for the transitional days before the miserable hundred-degree weather strikes.

I paired it with some bangles, including this fantastic giant carved Bakelite bracelet that was my grandmother's.  Apparently she almost never wore it, but I think it;s pretty nifty.  And there are matching carved hoop earrings.

Orchid hair clips: Made by me!
Bakelite earrings and bangle: Grandma
Other bangles: Various places
50s Hawaiian dress: Goodwill (!!!)
Green patent belt: Target
40s black leather pumps: Etsy