The Friday Shop

The Friday Shop by Wardrobe Oxygen

This week I went and got my hair done. In Beforetimes, I used to go every 6-8 weeks like clockwork, but since 2020, I kind of forget and next thing I know I'm parting my hair on the side to keep my bangs out of my eyes and I have 1″ roots of pepper with a dash of salt and my ends are fried. That's how my hair looked before Tuesday when I went to see my hair stylist, Billy.

I started seeing Billy after ending a long-term relationship with a different stylist who was also talented, but over time we had moved in different directions and didn't have the same aesthetic. I was wanting stylish but subtle hair that would go with a range of beauty and fashion trends. Their aesthetic was a lot of creative color, and most of the time it included some shade of red.

I came to Billy letting him know I did NOT want any kind of red hair. No auburn, no copper, no burgundy, no cherry, none of that. He got it, and as he listened and gave me skilled cuts and simple styling, I came to trust him. Billy is the one who pushed me to embrace my natural hair texture and is why I now have curly hair. This summer, Billy suggested blonde highlights which seemed a bit “creative color” to me but I let him do it. And I LOVED it.

This week, Billy suggested dark roots, keeping the blonde, and adding some coppery pieces. And I let him! And I love it! I am sharing this because a lot of times we find something that works and we never branch out. But sometimes going outside our comfort zone may be just the jolt you and I need.

This week in the Facebook community, a member shared she was feeling the way I and many others have been feeling, “I am in a funk, a pissed off, lethargic, unable to concentrate kind of mindset that current situations in our nation are bringing on. I am dealing the way I usually do, yoga, lots of walks, staying busy helping family, but the stress of very elderly parents and their issues and life has been difficult.” She shared how she felt guilty even mentioning this considering the problems others around the country and globe are facing. But then,

“I had to go to the mall and return something for my daughter, and I saw some jeans at Chico's, embellished with scraps of brocade, etc. [I think these are the jeans] and it hit me OMG those are in style! I DO wear jeans! I can wrap my head around that one thing, if nothing else, so I bought them and didn't even wait for a sale (unheard of for me). The line [from this blog post I wrote about fall fashion trends] kept coming back to me, ‘the most stylish tip I can give you is wear what makes you feel good. …it made me feel like I can manage things, I have a fall wardrobe. Yes, just one pair of jeans, but worn with an outlook of I can do this.”

We are all having a difficult time; your time is tough, separate from the issues of others, and shouldn't be compared or diminished. You are important, and so are your feelings. If the old stand-by ways of finding peace and clarity aren't working for you, I recommend getting outside your comfort zone, trying something new, something unexpected, something joyful for your unique self. It may be a new hair color, a new pair of jeans, a new route for your evening commute, a romance novel instead of a thriller.

Sometimes the best thing to feel serene is a jolt to the everyday. It's not selfish; this is a form of self-care in these unprecedented times.

What I Bought and What I Thought

chicos sweater

I am typing this while wearing this sweater from Chico's. It's even prettier in person. It is winter white with navy, cornflower, and cadet blue print. It's soft and a nice weight and no weird threads on the inside. I plan to rock it with some flare or wide-leg jeans and boots, maybe with a camisole or maybe with a turtleneck. Heck, even some well-worn denim and a white graphic tee would look great.

chicos sweater detail

The only issue is I got a size 2, my standard with Chico's, and I find it… trim. Not too small or tight, but fitted. This isn't a throw on over whatever kind of cardigan; this is the kind you could wear with a blouse and trousers to work and look chic and professional. Or pair with linen pants and a straw hat and walk along the beach in late September. You don't need to wear the belt or wear it closed; I think it's pretty versatile (and pretty too!).

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I love Chico's Girlfriend Jeans. On me, they fit like a slim straight leg but the denim quality, the rise, the fit seems made for my body. I usually go with a 2 Short in Chico's jeans, but I got these gray girlfriend jeans in a 2 regular and they are a great length for fall shoes. The gray is a nice change from blue, but not so extreme they are limiting. I even wore them with a blue denim shirt and liked the effect!

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I am a fan of Talbots Audrey sweaters. Thick lofty cashmere and plenty of great colors, the Audrey has a slightly higher neckline than crew. Last year's relaxed vibe made my size Large Audreys feel too fitted and dressy; this year I asked Talbots if I could get this year's Audrey in an XL so it would be a relaxed fit. I regularly do this with Talbots sweaters; I own a few in 0X which is a slightly different measurement from XL and worked great when my body was a different shape. I'd say going up a size on my curvy self makes it a bit looser than it looks like on the model.

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I got the sweater in Cheerful Pink, which is just as highlighter bold as it looks online, and Deep Olive Green which also looks like the photo online and will be so chic with cream and tan as well as denim. I am envisioning them with my Spanx faux leather joggers and gold jewelry. And yes, the quality is the same as the past two years!

wardrobe oxygen b.yellowtail

Wanting a statement earring for fall, I checked out B. Yellowtail, a Native American woman-owned brand and retailer founded by Bethany Yellowtail. The site offers apparel in sizes XS-4X as well as beauty, art, and accessories. B. Yellowtail also showcases other Native and Indigenous artists. I found these earrings from artist Copper Canoe Woman. They also were available in silver; they are mirror acrylic with abalone.

Unfortunately the earrings are sold out, but I did find a white version on the Copper Canoe Woman website. She also has several other similar styles in an amazing array of colors. These earrings are lightweight, wellcrafted, and even cooler in person. Shipped from B. Yellowtail, the earrings were on a heavy board card, inside a muslin pouch, which was inside a drawer-style gift box. Included was. a little card about the artist who made the earrings.

wardrobe oxygen banana republic cargo pants 1

Y'all know I got these cargo pants from Banana Republic and showcased them Monday on the blog. In the comments, Sadie shared that while the pants were sold out in her size, she found very similar at Banana Republic Factory and has had success with Factory items from Banana. In case you missed it and wanted the pants, I updated the post with the link.

13 Comments

  1. September 14, 2021 / 8:55 pm

    LOVE the color! Looks natural but chic and selective all at once.

  2. ErinG
    September 10, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    Such a timely hair post for me- I finally got a steady job that I love and have my first hair in over a year! My friend with gorgeous hair recommended her stylist and I go Wednesday

  3. Anna
    September 10, 2021 / 1:23 pm

    I am definiltey an “older woman” and detest the generic-older-woman-very-short-haircut that is clipped across in the back, has short bangs, and leaves most of the ears exposed. IMOP, women with such haircuts look as though they have caved in and settled for less (unless they really do look chic with some version of a pixie cut, like Judi Dench). It took me a long time in my rural area (where OWs are numerous) to find a stylist who will cut my hair in a way that retains enough length and volume and movement to keep me happy. The search is worth it!

  4. Deborah
    September 10, 2021 / 1:13 pm

    You’re hair looks so good! Love the grey jeans.
    Where did you get the cream off the shoulder top? It’s so cute.

  5. Bette
    September 10, 2021 / 9:28 am

    I’m just about to part ways from the woman who’s cut my hair, off and on, for more than 30 years. I feel like I’m losing a friend. But my hair looks like crap, consistently. I just didn’t get it until I realized, she’s cutting my hair as if I were old. I don’t see myself as old — she does. Duh.

    • September 10, 2021 / 10:08 am

      I felt the same. My stylist did my nails for my wedding and helped with my wedding hair, gave Emerson her first haircut as a baby, and did the hair of my mom and sister and many friends. She cut my hair as if I was a… well a very cool person but not the same cool person I actually am. You deserve a stylist that sees you as you see yourself. <3

      • Monica
        September 12, 2021 / 12:31 pm

        This is so true. I’m a fan of creative color, especially red, but it wasn’t until I found a stylist who specializes in pixie cuts and curly hair that everything came together. Now I’m rocking a dark red pixie that makes me feel badass.

  6. Sherry
    September 10, 2021 / 9:26 am

    Love your hair and style and attitude! Can you share where Billy works?

    • September 10, 2021 / 10:07 am

      Billy left the salon he worked at with the pandemic and was doing outdoor at-home appointments. Enjoying that freedom, he acquired a private salon space in Silver Spring. It’s nice, a one-room super clean area with close parking and you don’t have to interact with any other clients or staff, just Billy who is vaccinated and wears a mask. To book an appointment: https://billymaloy.glossgenius.com/

  7. September 10, 2021 / 9:16 am

    Love your hair and the gray jeans are so cute. I have never bought from Chico’s but keep looking at the slim boyfriend jeans and also the no wrinkle shirt.

  8. Barb
    September 10, 2021 / 8:56 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience with your hair stylist. I’ve had a really great relationship with my stylist for a long time but… It felt like the past few times I’ve gone it didn’t seem like we were on the same page. It never occurred to me that their aesthetic might be different then mine. Of course it makes sense and it explains so much. Thank you for helping me understand my relationship with my stylist better!

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