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Pondering on a Pixie Cut

If any of you have stuck with me over the last year you know that I struggled with cutting my hair. Here is a sample of that struggle.

pixie hair cutWell, I did it. It was back in April that I finally decided to chop it off. All the weddings were over and the new baby was here. I spent a ridiculous four weeks fighting a cold that was worthy of the record books and it was time.short hair cut short haircut

Cutting almost two feet of hair was strangely enough, not scary or tearful. DSC02253It was a simple matter of fact. Boom, cut it off.

The stylist, who I have worked with before, was probably more nervous than I. He took loads of before and after shots and was super considerate of my feelings (had I any regrets etc.)

I really liked it. I loved it in fact. It looked exactly like I imagined it would. Credit to my stylist of course.

Then a couple weeks go by…

Yes, it is a lovely hair cut. Yes, it suits me. Four weeks pass, time for a trim.

It’s getting longer, not long but a little bit longer; six weeks pass.

Three hair cut appointments canceled. Now it’s summer.

What happened to my Marcia Brady hair? What, I can’t make a pony tail? No, short hair is NOT cool in the heat, I want to pull it up.

It’s a strange feeling. I had to dig deep to figure out what was bothering me and why I couldn’t keep this lovely chic hair cut.

I missed my hair. I missed tangling it through my fingers. I missed braiding it when I was in a tense situation. I missed all of my hair toys.


What does this all mean? Am I unable to live without my hair. Yup. Once I was finally able to get my hair healthy enough (thank you LivingProof) to grow long I needed it. We were “co-dependent” if hair can have dependendencies.

Happily, it’s growing out. Even better, I have no regrets. It was a great hair cut. It looked beautiful but just like I’ve always been I need to color outside the box and use every single crayon, I need to play around with my hair.

Now, if I could only stop biting my damn fingernails!


Love you!



Photo Courtesy ABC.com

Do any of you watch “Nashville” on ABC?

It’s no secret that I LOVE television. Love it. Watch it. DVR it. Binge on it.  So what if that makes me appear less than intellectual. I’m over 50 so appearances aren’t really important to me outside of professionalism. Therefore, I’m quite comfortable with my TV adoration. More specifically, the night time soap “Nashville”


photo courtesy ABC.com

photo courtesy ABC.com

Do you watch it? Have you seen it? Generally, I lean toward shows on the cable channels as they usually take greater risks but my heart, mind and ears have been captured by this series.

It was when I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law in South Carolina that I first saw “Nashville”. My daughter in law was catching up on season three. Once I got home I started right at the beginning and today, I am one episode away from the end of season three. I’m putting off watching it. Once I watch it, that’s it; the series is done until the fall.

Yeah, there’s plenty of other things I can binge watch but I’ve grown so ridiculously attached to these characters I’m thinking I might go back and watch from the beginning again.

What, you are asking is so special about this little night time soap opera?

photo courtesy abc.com

photo courtesy abc.com

Not only are there some intriguing story lines: lost love, abuse, post-partum depression, angsty teens, but the original music is fantastic.

Ok ok, I know you don’t like country music but I do. However, the songs incorporated into this show are an amalgam of straight up country, pop, and the new alternative country. When I was reading up on the show I noticed that T.Bone Burnett was the musical director. Next I noticed that the woman who created the show is Calli Khouri, the author of Thelma and Louise. Robust credentials, do you agree?

Next, I read that T Bone Burnett was not coming back for Season Three. Hmmm. This bit I discovered after I decided that the music from Season Three is the best. Sorry Mr. Burnett, I respect you greatly but I love the new stuff.

Yes, the music is top notch. So top notch in fact, I down loaded ALL of from iTunes. Hopefully, listening to it will make the time until Season Four on September 23 easier.

Tell me, what shows grab your attention? Are you addicted to any? Do you like music based shows?

As always your comments are the best,

Love you,


Pocket Filofax in the Retro Bloom cover

It’s Filo Friday. Here’s my Pocket Retro Bloom set up.

Hello Hello Hello all my wonderful friends. As I promised, this week is the set-up for my awesome find; Filofax Pocket Retro Bloom. Let me tell you a little story about why I bought yet another Filofax. (yes, I know we are all compulsive Filo and other planner collectors but there actually was a reason for this one joining the family.3 filofaxes and a foxydori in a row

If you recall, a few posts back, the Duck Egg Blue Patent Pocket was set up to be a password keeper to stay on my desk. It’s dandy. Having a password keeper has become more of family data keeper and having it on the desk makes it easy to use. There is only one problem with this tiny little treasure;it’s so darn cute I want to use it every single day and keep it in my purse!

Ok, that’s fine. A pocket Filo can be a great wallet but if Duckie leaves the desk, where do I put all the family data? Along comes the Foxidori. It’s all the rage, everyone has to have one. Me too. Well, lucky me I get a gorgeous Foxydori and when I ordered it, I had “Oh I need a new pocket size to keep on the desk so Duckie can join the purse. Fast forward, Foxidori arrives and I think, “Oh no, I now have to re-write, by had, all of the use names and passwords that are already written in Duckie.” Hmmmm. Color me perplexed at that point.

Now, Like most, if not all, of you, I peruse ol’ eBay every now and again (daily, who are we kidding) to see what sort of Filo treasures we may find. Ah ha! There she was, Retro bloom pocket for cheeeeeeap money. Yes, snagged it. All the while thinking, yay, Duckie joins the purse, this flowery guy will stay on the desk, all inserts transfer, bad bing, bada boom.

Then the package arrives. She is gorgeous! Really, nice quality leather with adorable flowers. She is in brand new condition with 2014 inserts and the plastic still on. Oh no! I’ve named her Francine, Frannie for short. She’s small and adorable and yes, I do love Duckie but he will remain steadfast as the guardian of all things secret and remain at his post. Frannie is hitting the town with me inside my purse.

Here’s a little set up video and we all know what a klutz I am with making videos (see here but I’m just not a quitter. So, I made another one starring Frannie. Take a peek…

Not as bad as the last one right? I thought so.
If you are curious about the Rapesco Punch or the Fiskars Cutter that I used you can find them and similar items here (yes, that’s an affiliate link and if you buy from there I will get a teensy commission. Not even enough to get another Filo so don’t worry I’m not getting rich)

If you are interested in the insert pages,then those are available in my Etsy shop Planner Passion as printable downloads. That way you can use any paper you want and if you don’t like some of the silly phrases I chose, you don’t have to print them. See, I’m always thinking of you folks.

There it is. Our Filo Friday round up. Next week, is another week in the Hobonichi. It would be great to see you here again and even better to see you on FaceBook (I’m HappilyEmbellished-An Etsy Shoppe) and Instagram (@handmadehappily) AND please leave comments below. The comments section is another fun place we can chat about our lovely Filos.

Be Beautiful!