Pretty, Girly Things

Some says blondes have more fun. Those people have obviously never been a redhead. I always said I was born a redhead, but someone forgot to tell my hair. The more bright red my hair is, the more I feel like myself. Right now, my hair looks like this.

This works for me, because I love Emma Stone. She’s completely cute and fun and classic and I’m honored my hair color turned out like hers.

This post isn’t about my hair, though. This post is about things I love that I want to share with all of you. You know, girl talk. So if you’re a guy, I’m not trying to kick you off my blog or anything, but you might be disgusted if you stay. You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

I know this is awkward, because normally my blog does one of two things. One: It uses snarkasm to make fun of the ridiculousness that are people, especially the ones on Craigslist. Two: It still uses snarkasm to tell the tales of my life, which throws the most innately unusual situations at me because it thinks it’s hilarious. I agree, so I write about it. Ever so occasionally, so much so that we won’t count it in number form, I do tell heart stories, the sentimental stories of life and love and survival. This post falls under none of those categories. In fact, in my past eight years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve really done anything like this. It’s abnormal for me. In fact, I’m a little abnormal right now, but in the good way. I’m normally snarky and cynical, but I’ll just let my friend Sandye sum up for you how I’ve been acting lately.

“Ok I don’t know how to take the new Amy. You’re all girly and I’m like wtf do I do with this? LOL!”

Look, I make a horrible girl. I might make a really good, sassy black girl, but as far as being girly and cute and soft, that’s just not me. Things can happen to give you hope. People can change. It’s a good thing. So let’s take this change and run with it. I won’t even tell you the story of the woman on Craigslist who wants what I’m selling but can’t afford it, so she keeps telling me the story of her life hoping that I will basically give her what I’m selling. Nope, not even going to go there. Instead, I give you the girly guilty pleasures that I love and that you all should check out. You know, if you want to. I’m not getting pushy with you or anything.

Red Hair – This is a no-brainer if you’ve been reading this post. However, if you’ve ever dyed your hair red, you know how difficult it is to get it bright red, especially if you have dark hair. I want to make a disclaimer stating that I have absolutely no affiliation or contract with Garnier. I’m just giving you all a tip. Garnier Nutrisse recently came out with a brand of hair dyes called Ultra-Color. They work specifically on black and dark brown hair to give you a vibrant color, and I can vouch that the red works. I used this shade specifically and went from almost black hair to Emma Stone hair in one hair color.

Hart of Dixie – I thought for sure this show was getting the ax, and I was quite honestly disappointed in this. Out of all of the shows that came out this year, this was one of two that I actually kept with all season. It’s cute, it’s girly, it’s Southern…you can see where this is going. But it didn’t get cancelled, because apparently the viewership was high enough online to keep it. Yay!

If you don’t know about the show, it’s like the new Gilmore Girls of the south. If you’re a guy and you’ve continued to read this blog despite the warning, I know you’re groaning now. I can’t help you out there now, Sir. Essentially, the show is about a young doctor, played by Rachel Bilson, who, after being refused a¬†cardiothoracic fellowship because of her astute personality that causes her to form a personal disconnect with her patients, and being dumped by her long time boyfriend, moves from New York City to a small town in Alabama to work as a general practitioner for a year in order to find a way to bond with her patients. After arriving there, she ends up finding out dark family secrets that throw her life into a frenzy. Meanwhile, she has to learn to adjust to small town after coming straight out of New York. It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s mostly clean, and it’s honest. A lot of people don’t care for Rachel Bilson in the part, but I say phooey on them. I think she’s playing it exactly how she’s supposed to be playing it. So check it out. You might also get a case of the serious cutes. The serious cutes are contagious.

In other things I love about Hart of Dixie comes Lemon Breeland’s (Jaime King) accent. There’s two accents I do when I’m goofing off, and that’s the classic, overdone Southern Belle accent and then The Lemon Breeland. The Lemon Breeland never gets old. Maybe for the people who have to listen to me do it, but not for me. It’s fun to do.

Grimm – Okay, so this one admittedly isn’t girly, but it’s fun to watch. When it first started, I was skeptical. Grimms’ Fairy Tales are well loved. Okay, so the bastardized Disney versions of the fairy tales are well loved. I was ready for the real thing. I think the writers did an excellent job of taking a bunch of dark fairy tales from 1812 and modernizing them into a show with a cohesive storyline that runs through all of the episodes. Plus, it’s completely funny. A few episodes in, I was hooked. This and Hart of Dixie are the only shows that I stuck with this year, and I’m so glad both are getting second seasons.

In related things I love comes Monroe. Oh, dear gosh, Monroe. Without Monroe, there wouldn’t be a lot of funny in this show. To be honest, the consensus seems to be that the show wouldn’t have lasted without him. When I first saw him on the show, I recognized him as “that guy.” I just didn’t know who “that guy” was or where he came from, because he was a character actor. He typically played dark, mentally disturbed parts, as opposed to the hysterical Monroe. After watching him in Grimm, it’s clear to see this guy is extremely talented, and it’s about time he became a regular in a television show.

Ellie Goulding – I’m obsessed with her right now. Obsessed. This is far from the music I usually listen to, so I can’t explain why, but I’m just completely taken and all-consumed with her music. Her whole album is an honest take on falling in love, and it’s a raw take. Typically I would make all kinds of childish sounds about this, but for some reason I’m captivated and enamored with it. I can’t stop listening to her. Check out Starry Eyed, The Writer and Guns and Horses for those cute little songs about falling in love. If you’re really angry and not down for falling for anything, check out her title track Lights.

The Original Version of Skyscraper – Most of you know this hit song as sung by Demi Lovato. What most people don’t realize is that it was written and originally recorded by Estonian artist Kerli Koiv before she ultimately turned it over to Demi for her own album. I love Demi and her version of the song. I think it’s phenomenal. But there’s something to be said for the original version. As much as Demi was able to identify with the song and feel the lyrics, this woman wrote this song and that’s about attached as you can get to a song. Add in her beautiful Estonian accent and it brings a whole new life to the song.

Little White Lace Dresses – This is the summer alternative for the little black dress, and a must have for all the simple girls out there. The make you look pretty and classy without much effort, and even Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon approve.

A Cute Pair of Cowboy Boots – I know this look isn’t for everyone. I grew up in cowboy boots, back when they weren’t popular and I was riding horses. These are particularly on-trend these days and more comfortable than I remember. They’re cute to pair with a little dress, say, a white lace one, or just a pair of jeans for a casual, not-trying-too-hard look. P.S. – The cowboy boots in the picture are way cuter in person.

Selena Gomez Perfume – Let me just start by saying that I’m not a perfume person. However, I’m the nerdy twenty-six year old teenager who just had to go and vote on Selena’s new perfume in a whirlwind of boredom one night. In doing so, I got a free sample of her perfume when it came out. Naturally, the scents I voted for didn’t win, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to smell. The only real way to tell how something smells is to put it on, because each perfume mixes with your specific body chemistry differently. The raspberry scent that I wanted to see in the perfume the least was the one that ended up balancing it out the most. The raspberry is the one scent that jumps out and announces itself over all the other ones, and keeps it light and from becoming one of those musky smelling perfumes that young people really don’t like at all. It’s also a romantically mature perfume, and the longer you leave it on, the more you can envision yourself out on an alluring date in it. Then again, what do I know about romance? I wore it last night and can honestly say that I would have asked myself out with that perfume on, which is saying something since I’m not my type.

The only downside to this perfume is that it’s only sold at Macy’s and retails for $55 for 3.4 ounces. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend that much money on perfume, nor would I ever use that much before it went bad. If they start making it in smaller bottles, I’m all over it like a duck on a Junebug.

Katy Perry Purr Perfume – Before I proceed, maybe I should just explain the joke in the name of the perfume. Katy Perry has a cat named Kitty Purry, hence the perfume. I’m so disappointed that I even know that.

I didn’t know what to expect from this scent, especially seeing that I loved Selena’s so much, but seeing as it runs around $29 for one ounce, this sounded better to me. I know in the long run it’s a bit more pricey, but at the same time, I can use an ounce before it expires and won’t be wasting it.

This was one of those perfumes that I had heard smelled natural and fruity, as opposed to musky and, well, perfume like. I’ll be the first one to admit that it doesn’t smell too tasty in the bottle, and when you first spritz it on, it has a similar effect. But after leaving it on for about ten minutes I became completely obsessed with it. It truly blossoms into a light, fun, summery scent. Though not as romantic as Selena’s perfume, it’s perfect for a casual date (What do I know about dating?) and even a night in with someone special. It also works for just hanging out with friends or a quiet evening in watching movies with your dog, because yes, my dog LOVES this perfume. She keeps running over to me to smell my wrists, which isn’t usual behavior for her, and is quite ironic considering the perfume’s name. This perfume can wear many hats, but also doesn’t overwhelm you after it has been on for a little while. It’s one of those scents that could be picked up by the wind and believed to be a local flower to those who haven’t walked up and sniffed you. And honestly, if they have, that would be weird. Yes, it’s a bit youthful, but every woman needs to know that she doesn’t have to take herself too seriously, so I think it’s a plus. If that’s not enough to make you love the perfume, there’s always the bottle.

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