The Return Of The Pixie…
So yes, I went for “the big chop,” 💇♀️ and have no regrets. It was fun and a novelty to have my hair a little longer, but after a while, the annoyance of it being constantly in my face outweighed everything else. (As I mentioned in the “growing out” post a few days ago, I was already experiencing the itch to cut. 😬 )
(Lipstick is NARS velvet matte pencil in “Red Square.”)
I’ll admit, I have a rather fraught relationship with color. Or at least with wearing color (other than accessories or lipstick). I really would like to wear more color, but when I do I often feel overwhelmed by it. Part of it, I think was my upbringing. I was taught to view neutrals as more sophisticated and classic. (While I think there’s truth to that, and that neutrals are a good basis for a wardrobe, a wardrobe with only neutrals can feel drab.) And part of it is my own coloring.
I’ve had my colors “done” before, three times actually since my twenties. And each time, the assessment came out differently. The most recent color analysis (several years ago now), put me in the “Light Summer” range. During the assessment the stylist wouldn’t let me put my glasses on, and I’m very nearsighted, so had to take her word for what effects different colors had on my skin. It’s true that some of the colors in that palette are “good” on me, but many of them feel somehow trite and juvenile when I wear other than in small doses (like scarves).
I’ll never be a person that wears a lot of color, I don’t think. Or who completely eschews black. But I feel my wardrobe is missing a certain joie de vivre, and that maybe getting color “right” is one of the keys to unlock that. I was intrigued when I read about Lisa’s (The Sequinist) experience with a color and style consultation with Red Leopard in London. Since we’ll be visiting for a few days in late June, I decided to book a session with them. I promise a full report!
And Those Pants…
In the meantime, I’ve found that color is often easier for me to incorporate with pants or accessories. For many years when we’ve visited France during Spring and Summer months, I’ve spied both men and women wearing pants in a a faded brick red color. It’s a shade I like and can wear, and have often looked for something similar here with no luck. I recently spotted these trousers (I already have the same style in a tan color, wearing here) so ordered this color to try.
An Unwelcome Visitor
Yesterday morning as I was making my coffee, I noticed something that looked like mouse droppings on the counter. I dismissed this as unlikely, wiped off the counter, and started checking email. Not 2 minutes later, a fat grey mouse scurried across the counter and popped up into the console above the stove. Every few minutes it poked its head out, saw me still there, and hid again. I used to keep pet mice when I was young, so I’m not afraid of them, just don’t want them in my kitchen!
I’m not sure where this rodent interloper came from. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a mouse in 22 years of living in this house. I always keep my counters clean, and don’t leave any food open. (In California, we tend to get ant infestations, so removing all sources of food has become habit.)
Le Monsieur hustled over to Home Depot for some catch-and-release traps, but la souris has either made a break for it while I was out of the room, or decided to go to sleep where it was. I haven’t seen or heard it moving since. The traps are set (with some lovely cheese and peanut butter) and I have my fingers crossed that maybe it’ll be looking for a midnight snack and get caught. There are lots of fields nearby where I can release him or her.
What percentage of your wardrobe is neutral vs. color? And do you have any tips to get rid of mice without hurting them?