I check my look in the mirror, wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face

So I was all gung-ho for my 10:00AM hair cut appointment yesterday. I got Riley out the door, made a plan for Seth, jaunted off to my appointment excited and nervous. I checked in at the salon. Sat down, flipped open a magazine and my cell rang. It was the school and they needed me to come get Riley ASAP.

Buh-bye hair appointment.

I went to get her, not knowing what the problem was. Turns out she was sick. We think it had to do with the bus (van) ride in the morning. A ten minute trip to school is turned into fifty minutes, and she has to get up super early to get on the van at ever earlier times (it’s moved gradually from 7:20 to 6:55AM) and well, it’s just too much. Not a good day for her.

But my hair.

All the wind got knocked out of my sails. I wasn’t sure I was even going to go through with it. I couldn’t fathom driving across town again to get back to the salon. I was in a slump. Then I remembered another stylist very close by, who gave Riley a great hair cut once a couple of years ago. I called. She had a one o’clock.

I still have a few hair cuts to go before all of the artificial color is gone. You can see the gray right at the roots. My initial response? It isn’t as gray as I imagined it’d be. We’ll see in time. I’m not sure how I feel about the cut for me, but I think it’s okay. I’m not devastated. It’s nice not to have a ponytail headache. It’s fun to try something bold and new.

Note to spouses who might be reading: If your significant other comes home on her 44th birthday with a super short hair cut, and you say, “You look like Courtney Cox in the Dancing in the Dark video,” it is very, very good move.  It doesn’t even need to be true. It’s a smart thing to say. File that under Hot Toddy, and you’re welcome for the tip.

Lovingly yours,


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22 Responses to I check my look in the mirror, wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face

  1. *m* says:

    Adorable! How do the kids like it?

  2. Gretchen says:

    You’re the one who did it – braved such a change, moved forward in the face of obstacles, sat steadfast under the shears – so why am *I* smiling so hard over here?

    Michelle, you look fabulous. Young, and hip, and oh so chic. And those eyes? Girl, have you seen your beautiful eyes?

    You are amazing. I LOVE THE NEW ‘DO. Love it so hard!


  3. rhemashope says:

    I love it! Beautiful friend. XO


  5. Carrie Link says:

    “File that under Hot Toddy, and you’re welcome for the tip.” This made me LOL.

    Love the hair, you, and everything about you and the hair!

  6. Kathee says:

    Wow! Michelle, I think you resemble Isabella Rossellini. Absolutely gorgeous. I am so interested to read your experience with growing out the color. I spend a ridiculous amount of time and money trying to maintain hair color and styling my hair… Blah! Happy Birthday!

  7. Michelle O'Neil says:

    Thank you for the nice comments. It’s a little nerve wracking, and I’m not used to it yet, but I’m not completely freaking out. I keep reminding myself it’s only hair.

  8. Meg says:

    I LOVE it!
    I agree that you are looking like Isabella Rosselini – I’d have said Audrey Hepburn at first, but I am thinking more Isabella the more I look at you.
    I LOVE it! It makes your beautiful face the focus.
    My favorite part about getting a really short hair cut? When I wash it and it only takes 2 seconds! Oh, and how light my head feels.

  9. kario says:

    GLAM-o-rous! I agree that it brings all the focus to your shining face and brilliant eyes.

    Hope Riley is feeling better. We had trials with the school bus routes that take an hour to go 3 miles, too, and I ended up driving to school every day instead so we could sleep a bit later and go the direct route.

    Happy (continued) birthday!

  10. mom says:

    I love it!!!! You look stunning! It will be so much easier to take care of. Wash, dry, fluff!!

  11. Heather says:

    Hot Toddy’s got a hot wife…just sayin’! ;0) It really looks great…

  12. Chloes Mom Mary says:

    Michelle, you look stunning!! LOVE it!

  13. naomi says:

    Beautiful! And, OMGSH you do look like Isabelle Rosselini! And, HT, you are the man.

  14. Kim G. says:

    Um excuse me, but I think you accidentally grabbed a shot of a 19 year old girl and posted it on your blog… I’m sure it was an honest mistake. 😉

  15. camille conzola says:

    wow that is an awesome cut!!!!!

  16. Chris V. says:

    With a face like that, you can wear your hair any style… I think you look wonderful!

  17. Shelley says:

    I went short a few years ago. I always get compliments so I’m sure it’s the do for me. The best thing about my hair is that I can go from bed to car in 30 minutes. I love no fuss hair!
    your hair looks fabulous!

  18. Kathy says:

    You look amazing!!!! Wow. Not only are you daring, you are dashing!

  19. You people are too good to me! xo

  20. Sally says:

    You seriously rock this hair cut. Your eyes, those beautiful eyes just pop! You have great hair no matter what.!

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  22. Me says:

    Holy Moly! That is short! With a face like that there is no way you can go wrong! You’re beautiful!

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