New inspiration, new hairdo

As I mentioned yesterday, I recently went for a MAJOR change of hairstyle. I’ve had my hair long for almost three years, and I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with braids and twists and so on. But lately, I’ve been itching for something different and to go short again. (I have had bobs as well as a pixie cut in the past.)

Here are the pictures I printed out to show to my hairdresser:

Librarian for Life + Style | New inspiration, new hairdo

The top left is me and Sam in 2009, when I had a short bob. Below that is Katie Holmes’s classic bob from 2008 — still one of my all-time favorite hairstyles — and opposite that is Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher, the title role of the Australian TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I ♥ Phryne (pronounced FRY-knee), in both her TV incarnation, as well as in the original mystery book series, written by Kerry Greenwood. I have been jonesing for a cut like Phryne’s classic ’20s bob, all angles and structure.

So that was the inspiration. And finally, here’s the reality:  me freshly shorn, posing with my cut-off hair:

Librarian for Life + Style | New inspiration, new hairdo

My hairdresser and I decided to soften the angles a bit for my own bone structure and to make the style more modern. It really is like a perfect cross between Katie Holmes’s and Phryne’s bobs. And I LOVE it. I have to admit, it is COMPLETELY different from my hair before — it’s amazing how a different hairstyle can transform your look!

Librarian for Life + Style | New inspiration, new hairdo

Librarian for Life + Style | New inspiration, new hairdo

Outfit details:  Black + white striped tank top:  Old Navy, old {very similar}  /  Black cardigan:  August Silk via Fred Meyer, last spring {same brand in different colors}  /  Tuxedo-stripe skinny jeans:  LOFT, fall 2013 {similar} /  Leopard flats:  Karen Scott via Macy’s, newly gift-carded {exact}

What do y’all think? When I have had short hair before, I like to have a lot of fun with headbands and head scarves, and I’m already excited about all the different ways I can experiment with this hairstyle.

To properly say au revoir, here’s a collage to celebrate my long hair these past three years:

Librarian for Life + Style | Long hair collage

Top row, left to right:  1  /  2  /  3  /  4  ; Second row:  5  /  6  /  7  /  8  ;
Bottom row:  9  /  10  /  11  /  12

Link ups:  Beauty Buzz  /  Look What I Got


19 thoughts on “New inspiration, new hairdo

  1. Sarca

    Ooo, cute, Jen! 🙂
    I love love love the bob, and have tried it out myself. But alas, I have fine and thin hair, with a natural curl, so my hair wings out all over the place. Aaaand…I’m also lazy. If I can’t fix what’s broke with a hair dryer and flat-iron, the style will not work for me. My hair is shoulder-length with layers right now.

    I do love the pixie cut and have had that cut several times in my life.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Sarca! I’m finding this bob really easy to style — and I don’t have anything fancier than a hairdryer or a flat-iron, either. My hair is also quite thin in texture, but there’s a LOT of it. It was funny to see my hairdresser so excited to do this cut — and so many others came over to see the cut, as well! Another hairdresser had to leave, but made my hairdresser promise to take a pic so she could see the final hairdo! 🙂

  2. Kezzieq

    I shall the loss of your mourn your beautiful ornate hairstyles but to exchange all that for an edgy modern twist on flapper, well that’s darn cooL!x

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Hah! I love how you put that, “mourn your beautiful, ornate hairstyles.” I don’t know about the “ornate” part, but I’m glad I finally discovered joy in experimenting with my long hair. And now I get to do that with my modern flapper ‘do 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Awwww, thanks, Gracey. I remember I was in full “Kate Middleton” hair mode when we first met, so this IS a big change! The most frequent comment I am getting from friends and colleagues is that I look *sassy* with this new ‘do. And I LOVE THAT. 😀

  3. Isabella

    Oh my goodness, how fabulous! I’m a big fan of Phryne and 1920s-inspired hair, and yours looks lovely! The softened edges around your jaw are very chic and pretty. As the photo collection demonstrates, you did long hair the right way, playing with lots of styles and never letting it fall flat. I have no doubt you’ll do short hair right, too!


    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Three cheers for Phryne! And that is so nice of you to say, that I “did long hair the right way.” I had had long hair — like REALLY long hair — while growing up but never really experimented with it. So it really wasn’t until these past three years — and I don’t think it a coincidence that this coincided with my style blogging venture — that I really embraced the idea of experimenting with it and trying braids and buns and other variations. And that has given me confidence to now experiment with this short hair in even more ways than I did before. 🙂

  4. Salazar

    Ooh, I love it! And the fact that you got your inspiration from Miss Fisher makes it even more awesome. I’m way too lazy to change my hair (anything that requires more than brushing + pulling back into a pony tail is too much trouble for me), but I can’t wait to see how you’ll style this!

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Hee hee, I figured you’d like the Phryne reference. 🙂

      You know I am NOT a fussy girl, and I am all about the comfort. And this ‘do is proving to be quite easy to maintain (until I have to get it trimmed, of course). I’ve air-dried it, and the shape still holds. It feels nice to be EXCITED about my hair again.

  5. amberiam

    Love the new style! I’m in grow out mode right now, but this makes me itch for a chop. Can’t wait to see the different styles (then I’ll REALLY be ready to chop mine!)

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