Short Hair and Short Trousers


Friends, I cannot thank you enough for your outpouring of love and support over the past two weeks. I am finally starting to feel better physically and emotionally, and even have some new things to be excited about!

As you can see, I decided to chop off all of my hair! I was inspired by some courageous blogger friends, and of course the grief I’ve been wading through. The last time I chopped off my hair, my grandmother had just passed away, and I had found it to be quite a relief to just dive right into life and do something I had always wanted to do. So when I got home from the hospital, I immediately made a salon appointment. Don’t be surprised if I spend the next few months tweaking the style here and there, but in the meantime, I’ll just be having a lot of fun with the new ‘do.

In other very exciting news, Phil and I are just heading out right now to sign the contract for the counter-offer the owners of house #1 made! We are so excited, and after looking at many homes, we knew that we would be very disappointed if this house slipped by us. So, we put in an offer, and they countered with the price we were hoping for! Hooray! Something new to be excited about is quite a relief right now. Soon I’ll share with you the plans I’m already making for our new home. Yippee!

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O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

sweater- thrifted | shirt: thrifted | trousers: thrifted | shoes: ASOS
photo: self timer + remote at home in my living room

78 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    Your hair is soo cute!

  2. Alessia says:

    Love the hair! Glad to hear things are looking up. Can’t wait to see how you decorate your new pad :)

  3. Wow wow wow, I LOVE short hair x1000000! Lost in the Haze: Fashion Blog

  4. Bekuh says:

    I’m really excited about your hair and really REALLY excited about your house. I can’t wait to see all the amazing plans you have for once you move in. I’m glad you’re starting to feel like you again.

  5. Julie Kirk says:

    You look beautiful. Fun, new, exciting. All very good words to see from you. x

  6. Katie says:

    You look so good, Mandi! I love the new cut and that snoopy sweater is fantastic :) Congrats on the house as well – number one was my favorite of the two, and I can’t wait to see how you make it your own.

  7. Sara says:

    This unflattering. It ages you by at least 5 years :/

  8. Ginny says:

    Hurray! Love the new do- especially the short bangs. Doesn’t it feel like your head lost 10 lbs? I loveee a good, dramatic change.

  9. Meanz says:

    Glad to hear things are looking up! Congrats on the house, and your hair is adorable Mandi. Hope things continue to go up for you!

  10. You look amazing! and your so brave! I love you positivity through it all..really inspiring:)
    God Luck with your new house!:)

  11. You look seriously adorable.. it just totally suits you! And the snoopy sweater, HELLO?! amazing! And I thought you were joking when you said I inspired you…ha! I feel pretty honored b/c your style inspires me incredibly. So thank-you! And CONGRATS on the house! WOOT! so excited to see what you do with it.

  12. jo says:

    You really suit short hair! And your jumper is amazing! x

  13. Joy says:

    OMG You look fantastic! So good!

  14. Anna D. says:

    Love your new ‘do! I just got mine cut a few days ago, super short. Anyway, I’m glad things are getting better and hope they continue to get better for you! Good luck with the house!

  15. giselaandzoe says:

    love, love, love the new hair! that sweater is adorable as well. congrats on being a new home owner!

  16. PepperReed says:

    YAY!! House #1 and your hair is super cute; I’m glad you have some sweet to balance out the bitter.

  17. Krystle says:

    yay!! love the new short cut..i just chopped off all of my hair too, and dyed it red! it always has to do with something changing in my life as well. so excited about the house, can’t wait to see what this next year holds for you!

  18. omg, thank you so much for the tag about how you took the pictures – I’ve been wondering what the best solution is, since I feel like a bother always asking people to do it for me. You look beautiful, and once you go short, you never go back!

  19. your hair is UNBELIEVABLE. it suits you so well! really happy to hear that things are a little sunnier for you lately!

  20. anka says:

    This new hair style looks great on you! I recently decided to cut my hair short, too, after almost 15 years of having it long. It’s a nice change. Enjoy.
    Take care and good luck with the house plans.

  21. Oh, it’s gorgeous! I envied your long hair, but short opens your face right up. Lovely.

  22. Margot says:

    so adorable!! Damn, now I want to snip all my hair off.

  23. Jennifer says:

    congratulations, my dear! on the house and the hair!

  24. Maren says:

    Love the new haircut! And that snoopy sweater is amazing too.

  25. Melissa says:

    I love your hair! After my miscarriage I did the same thing. I don’t know why cutting and dying my hair made me feel a little better…but it just did. I’m glad you have a new house to look forward to this holiday season:)

  26. Danette says:

    you are a doll.

  27. Chaucee says:

    You look great! Sometimes its just the perfect time for a change )

  28. shaina says:

    love the new hair, and congrats on the house!! :D

  29. Michelle says:

    Love, love, love the hair!

  30. maranda says:

    that hair cut is so flattering! love the short bangs especially! congrats on the house, i’m sure it’s going to be crazy cute!

  31. awwww snoopy sweater?! Adorbs! I really love your new haircut – its so cute and classy :) Way ta go :)

  32. jodi says:

    Your hair is so beautiful! I am so tempted to do the same. :) I love that outfit!

  33. kelly ann says:

    You look SO pretty! Your new ‘do is so sassy :) And congratulations on the house! That’s incredibly exciting… I’m so glad things are starting to look up. :)

  34. Janna Lynn says:

    Sometimes it helps to change our outer experience and show to the outside world that we’ve changed. You’ve been dealt a lot of grief lately….seeing your strength is an amazing experience. I never lost a child, but I did lose my fertility due to a choice to not ever bear a child once I went partially paralyzed, had emergency surgery, and learned to walk again. Had I not gotten a D&C and tubal ligation I would not ever have been able to heal and would have gone paralyzed again…forever. I send you my love to deal with all these things that have been happening. These things they try our faith but our faith is definitely what brings us through. You look freaking amazing in your short hair…and if it makes you stronger to deal with recent events…that makes it even more beautiful! Hearts, Janna Lynn

  35. Cheryl G says:

    What a darling and fetching haircut!
    Great photos too!

  36. cassidy says:

    I love the hair! It suits you very well. And your sweater is adorable.

  37. Lucero says:

    I Love may do the same you’re inspiring me!
    Sending healing and happy love!

  38. You look absolutely beautiful. <3

  39. Rochelle New says:

    You’re absolutely beautiful. Short hair is very becoming on you. :) Good luck with the house! How exciting!

  40. Kathy says:

    Absoultey Lovely!

  41. So much love for you. x hivennn

  42. Becky W says:

    Fab hair! I also cannot wait to hear and see more on the house. We’re moving into our little ranch this weekend!

  43. Mallory G says:

    It’s amazing what a fresh new ‘do can do!

  44. Dulce says:

    you look so lovely darling, hope you’re better

  45. steffy says:

    your new hair looks gorgeous. i am so excited about your new home!
    <3 steffy

  46. LOVE the haircut! Sometimes a new haircut is the perfect thing to make things fresh. Great snoopy sweater toon.

  47. Adorable haircut!! And congrats on your new home!!

  48. kelsterjean says:

    Your hair is adorable! I cut my hair very short (it was about as long as yours) after a bad breakup. It’s been short ever since!
    Congrats on your new home! New homes warm the heart!

  49. Jeanee says:

    Just now catching up on your blog. So sorry for the loss of your baby and your friend. To new beginnings in 2012! And the new hair looks fresh!

  50. Robin says:

    First I just wanted to say how beautiful you look with your haircut. Its always good to change things and start fresh, I love the snoopy sweater and can’t wait to see the plans you have for your new home good luck to you!

  51. liz says:

    i love it!! but i always tend to gravitate towards short hair. actually, when i’ve gone through some challenging times i always cut my hair too. it’s liberating. a clean start.
    congrats on the house. this is very exciting ;) i can’t wait to read all the updates.

  52. Kristen says:

    I love it! You look a bit like Winona Ryder in the fourth photo with your head tilted to the side.
    I can’t wait to see you decorate the house!
    xo kristen

  53. Kelly says:

    Love the new hair, and the picture of you reclining on the sofa is absolutely gorgeous. Like something lovely from another time.

  54. teeny says:

    Your hair is perfect. You did good!

  55. Kailey says:

    Oooh my, your hair looks absolutely INCREDIBLE *_*

  56. msbeesy says:

    Glad that you’ve got other things happening to look forward to. You’re gorgeous, and the hair really suits you! Very audrey hepburn actually with that cute lil fringe, sort of half hepbern, half audrey tatu (amelie/coco chanel)!
    I hope that you find some peace, and I’d like you to know that your writing really touched me when you spoke about what you’d been through and the way people usually react to miscarriage. It really got me thinking. For that I really thank you.
    I wish you all the best with your new house and new hair.

  57. Felicia says:

    I’m so freaking excited about your new home! I can’t wait to see what you do with it and this will help get your mind off things for a bit.
    Be well! :)

  58. Elizabeth says:

    Very cute haircut!! I’m so happy you have good things to look forward to – hoping all goes well with getting the house. Great sweater, too. Grace and peace to you this holiday season!

  59. Monique says:

    Congrats on signing the contract for your new home! Glad you are feeling better. So great to see your beautiful face. Your hair looks so cute and don’t get me started on that awesome snoopy sweater.

  60. Cristiana S. says:

    Nice hair cut Mandi ;-)
    Bentornata!!! <3

  61. I miss your hair, but you are still cute as can be and that sweater is sooo cool. My mom is a big Peanuts fan and I can see her wearing it even (snoopy especially is her favorite).

  62. Michal says:

    Oooooh I love it! You look gorgeous and I can definitely see the Liz Taylor inspiration! I just cut my hair the shortest it has EVER been and I really like it, even though I’m sure there will be plenty of false compliments. I don’t really care, I needed a fresh start too. :]

  63. Lori says:

    Your hair looks AMAZING! LOVE it! And can we talk about how amazing your sweater is?! LOVE how you styled it too!

  64. Amy says:

    I love it! You look absolutely lovely with your new hair. After reading your latest posts about your recent losses (which really made my heart sink for you and your family) I am so happy to read that the two of you are setting out on a new life venture. I can’t wait to read all about it. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been.

  65. Lisa R says:

    I actually just got my hair cut on Friday too! It’s pretty much a pixie cut but not all one length- the front has side sweep bangs on one side and a “sprout” on otherside where it’s very short. Mine has more of an edgy look and short than yours. I was a bit nervous but I think I can actually do a lot with it– fluff it up or smooth it down and headbands add a change too. Your hair looks great and made me feel good knowing someone else went pretty short with me :)

  66. Katie says:

    You look beautiful Mandi! And I am so happy to hear you guys made an offer on that house! I can’t wait to see what you do with it…
    It’s so good to see you healing and looking forward to the future. I know the past few weeks must have been impossibly tough but it seems like you’ve dealt with everything with such grace. You’re amazing.
    Katie x

  67. Trude says:

    So glad to see all this good news! Nothing like a new home to provide productive distractions. :) And the new hair is super cute! Love the sweater too. ;)

  68. Lola York says:

    You know those haircuts that change the course of lives, careers, etc … Well, I think you just scored yourself one. It’s fab. Well done!
    Wishing you renewal and joy for the new year!

  69. Ilana says:

    You hair looks absolutely gorgeous and suits you so well!! So glad to hear that things are looking up and that you are feeling better physically – I suppose emotionally, the wound takes longer to heal, but hang in there lovely! :)

  70. Anonymous says:

    I love short hair ! I wish I hd the courage to cut mine :) Your hair looks great !

  71. Scout says:

    I love it! It’s such a beautiful, classy hair style, and I think it suits you marvelously.

  72. It’s so sweet, LOVE your new hairdo! Very, very brave of you!

  73. kim says:

    You look absolutely beautiful! The change is stunning.

  74. Good for you! The new hair-style looks nice, and getting a good deal for your new home seems calls for a celebration. Congrats, and here’s to hoping that you guys have an easy time moving in!

  75. Polly says:

    Looks fab, good for you ; )

  76. Meredith says:

    Been following your blog for some time…I love your new ‘do. Welcome to the world of curly-headed brunettes ;)

  77. Renay says:

    I do believe that your hair is absolutely astonishingly gorgeous! I’ve always admired your beautiful long hair, but this short hair is so spunky and quite lovely on you! You wear it so well! It’s beautiful!

  78. jessica says:

    I just realized that your sweater is the cutest most awesome sweater in the universe.