Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Really Good Hair Day ... (which you won't get to see)

A Good Hair Day is one of my favorite trivial but very happy experiences. It isn't world peace, or enlightenment, or the practice of committing random acts of kindness, but it is a special event nonetheless. There is definitely a shallow end to the pool that is my life, and I'm not ashamed to admit I play there as often as I can. It's just nice to be able to savor the sweet surprises that can make all the difference.

On Saturday morning, I did my tired husband a solid and drove to the big city to pick up some additional important items we needed for our pre-St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage feast that we threw at the restaurant this weekend. If we need to make an unscheduled trip, he usually goes in early before work without me, because I hate Sam's Club on Saturday mornings. It's Amateur Night, all day long on Saturdays. Recreational shoppers clog the isles, and everywhere I need to be is occupied with a cart dispensing food samples of heat-and-eat pizza bites or the newest flavor of microwaveable chicken strips. These carts are usually surrounded by large families who are feeding everyone lunch by grazing from cart to cart to cart. Getting what I need to get done in a short time without accidentally cart-crunching someone's errant child or granny is my goal.

I'd colored my hair the day before and didn't hate how my hair looked when I went out the door.

An hour later, as I maneuvered my cart in a civil but politely determined way toward the frozen fish aisle, an older couple about my age passed me going the other way. The pleasant looking man caught my eye, pointed at my head and said "Beautiful hair!" as they passed. I stammered out a surprised thanks. His wife shot him a filthy look and grabbed his arm possessively. ( I'm pretty sure I would have done the same if Dan had said that to a strange women.)

"Cool," I thought, feeling a little more cheerful about the whole trip. I got the fish and headed to the meat case to start digging through the big,uncut ribeye pieces to get the best one. One of the regular meat cutters popped out of his glassed-in work area, glamorous in his white shower cap and lightly blood-stained apron to say hello.
"Have you cut your hair since the last time you were in? It looks really good," said he.
"Thank you!" said I, grinning from ear to ear.

I finished the shopping, feeling pretty darned good about my trip to Sam's. I checked out, and at the door, the dour-faced guy who checks shoppers receipts against the contents of their cart gave me a chaste little hug, saying, " There's my favorite red-head! You look really nice today." Very non-mashy, but sweetly sincere.

Sadly, I didn't have the presence of mind to even shoot a selfie. Might have been useful to try to duplicate what was clearly a successful look. In the photo below, taken the next day, I'm back to my ordinary old hair. No raves from the masses, but Dan said he liked it. That's the only opinion besides mine that really counts, of course.

Still, it was nice to be out in public on what turned out to be one of those Really Good Hair Days.
Shallow? Definitely.
Satisfying? Oh, yes.



This is me trying for a spring transitional outfit, demonstrating the folly of trying to dress for the weather you wish you had instead of the weather you have. It was freaking cold, and I ended up with a coat thrown over the whole thing. Me, being optimistic!

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Linking up (late and with apologies) with the Multi-Lingual Seeker at  Tres Chic Style Bits

92 comments:

  1. Well I can certainly see why you are turning heads. Just so pretty. Ahhhhh the power of a good haircut. Matched only by the power of a good pair of shoes!

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  2. VersatilestylebytraceyMarch 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Everyone loves a red head! We all deserve a day where people take notice!!!! Love the nod to Spring in your outfit and wish Mother Nature would tell winter to behave and let go!

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  3. "Walking on sunshine", sings me. Three compliments, one day, one store no less! Who cares if the weather says freezing! You are bringing sunshine all the way! Love that bag!!!


    Okay, I have now six pairs of shoes that I am test driving, LOL. I'm pretty sure you're right, I am a 5.5. Still have to get a pro fit though. I'm really surprised at how many stores are now stocking small shoe sizes! It's fun!

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  4. How fun to get a bunch of compliments! That can make even Sam's Club fun! Love your bag in this pic!

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  5. Your hair always looks stupendous. How nice to get so much (deserved) attention.
    Love that huge shopping bag! Yesterday's weather was the same here, I'm glad I had a spare coat in the van to throw on or I'd have frozen.
    xxx

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  6. Oh, Jan! What wit! What voice! "Amateur Hour" indeed! I applaud you for even braving bog box stores; I loathe them. Even my kids know that after a round of Costco shopping , Mommy needs to decompress by going to Target.

    And of course you'd get compliments. I think you're fooling yourself. It wasn't just a good hair day. It was you! :)

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  7. PinkCheetahVintageMarch 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    That is a good hair day!! Congrats! Compliments are the best!

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  8. I hate, hate, hate grocery stores after 4pm and on weekends. I shop with purpose GTF out of my way LOL.
    Sweetheart, I just don't see the "bad hair". I should look half as good on my best day as you on your worst. You're a knockout; deal with it ;-)


    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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  9. You always looks gorgeous to me and you hair looks great! I can't even imagine how it could get better than that. My hair is usually a disaster because I neglect it. It's perfectly healthy since neglect also involves no processing or heat treatments. I am always changing my mind about the length and style I want so basically I am always just growing out my hair a little or getting it all hacked off.
    This was a fun post to read. Thank you for writing and sharing it!

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  10. Your hair always looks pretty bloody fabulous to me, Jan! Of course you got compliments, they are no more than you deserve. The shopping trip sounds a bit vile, but the compliments made up for it, so balance is restored. Love the big shopping bag, you look wonderful! xxx

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  11. Haha! I like lounging in shallow end of my life for as long as possible when I can too. Loved this post - it made me grin. Every woman knows that a truly good hair day is like gold dust and should be savoured while it lasts! Your hair always looks great so it must have looked super fab!
    The salmon pink top looks lovely on you and those are great accessories (like the gold bling and the bag!)

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  12. Well hey that's good for the soul, some sincere complements from strangers. Those are the best you know, no strings attached. You do look great! I think blogging helps refine one's style and gives confidence to us. I would have never guessed this when I started. It feels good to me to be part of the group of great looking 40+ women worldwide that have "it" going on!


    blue hue wonderland

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  13. Such a good feeling when you get compliments like that. I think your hair color and style is always cool. Your tote is really pretty, I like the patterns. The pink blouse is so bright and cheerful.

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  14. HappinessatmidlifeMarch 20, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Nothing shallow about receiving complements from strangers. This is a good reminder to compliment strangers when you mean it - it could really make their day and who knows what kind of day they are having. Personally I think your hair looks great and really like how you rolled your sleeves.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  15. A good hair day indeed to get compliments from strangers but no wonder your cut and colour are really lovely.The coral is such a great colour and goes so well with the black blazer, a touch of spring.




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  16. Mrs_Jack_of_all_tradesMarch 20, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    I don't have good hair day, I have good hair hour. I have this problematic, flat, thinning (thanks to Dubai overly hard water) hair. It is nice only an hour or so after washing and blow drying and then it'll psssssss... deflate. Pre Dubai I used to have full head of hair that everytime I visited the salon, the girl would 'complain' that she had to work hard blow drying my hair. Anyway, you are blessed with good head of hair, full and from here I can say healthy too. I am 44 and already left with half of what I used to have, can you imagine me in 10 years?

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    www.mjoat.com

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  17. Awesome day. I don't care how shallow it may seem...compliments from random strangers are ALWAYS the best. And you deserve every one of them. You are looking exceptional, as always. I have been toying with a hair color change for a while now, perhaps I too will go red?! LOL


    xo,
    Alyssa

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  18. Dawn @ AlterEgoFashionistaMarch 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Even without a selfie, I really enjoyed your Sam's Club story for a number of reasons. Most of us can relate to feeling not-so-put-together sometimes and then others react positively to us! What a wonderful feeling! It's like that with my artwork sometimes...my least favorite piece will sell first, or get a ton of attention! By the way, I didn't think of your story as shallow at all.

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  19. Dang, I'm going to start hanging out at Sam's Club more often! :) Totally deserved compliments. You are one beautiful woman. Most women would die for your hair alone...and then those eyes. I do love your bright coral for spring. It's blazer weather for sure but that's ok. We southern women don't get many blazer days.

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  20. From red head to red head, I also love your hair. :p
    A good hair day = an amazing day!!
    It feels great going out on an errand getting so much positive feedback. c:


    <3
    Harlynn
    mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

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  21. Congrats' dear Jan! A perfect hair day should be marked in the calender. Although I always find your hair style amazing and perfectly fitting, I know that hair is a special thing. Only the owner knows when it fits right, nobody else, not matter what they say.
    Not only your hair is pretty, your look is also gorgeous. I love that light pink shirt.
    Sabine xxx
    http://www.achtstundensindkeintag.blogspot.de/

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  22. You always have wonderful hair! And the coral blouse has a bright, spring colour which really suits you! Beautiful combination with blue!
    theprettycute.blogspot.com

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  23. so fabulous you received some compliments about your hairstyle!!, you look cool and gorgeous, wearing your pink-coral top, and that pretty bag!!, love how you sport your blazer!
    Sometimes I also dress for the weather I would like to enjoy, we're crazy ladies!!
    besos & fabulousness

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  24. Compliments from total strangers always makes one's day. Love your bag.

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  25. Aww!! Congrats on the compliments. Nothing like a good hair day to make you feel great.

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  26. Happy for you -- you deserve the compliments! Your hair color is beautiful. And the whole outfit is very tasteful! The bag is amazing! Is it from Target?

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  27. Awww, what a happy story. I loved it Jan. It made me smile. By the way, I am one of the Sam shoppers that goes for the tastings :)

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  28. My dear Jan, every one of your comments moves me and gets straight to my heart. You are such a treasure to have as a friend.
    Lots of love and sunshine of the soul.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  29. What are you talking about - your hair looks fabulous in this photo! But wow, so many compliments in 1 day?! At 1 place?! That definitely takes the cake, and I'd be walking on the moon. I love the compliments of strangers and find them the most endearing since they typically can be taken at face value! And I miss those tastings since we don't have a Sam's nearby any more!
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  30. I loved reading this piece! and yes, sometimes it's great to have a little pick me up, especially if you work from home , like me, and have no co-workers. Your hair looks amazing, I do like the shorter length - getting ready for warm weather I see!

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  31. Your comments always get straight to my heart, so I know they are written with lots of love.
    I am so honoured to have you amongst my friends.
    Have a fabulous weekend, and don´t you everrrrrrrrrrrrr leave me, lol
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  32. Your second paragraph was hilarious! Oh, that describes a weekend at Costco perfectly. I think you look great and your hair color is fabulous! Red color is always hard to maintain, but it's my favorite color to do for highlights.

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  33. Haha! All week I've been overly optimistic wearing things I freeze in. There's nothing better than stranger compliments. I was at JCPenneys a month or so ago near the escalator. This man and his wife were going up and I heard him say, "Look at her hair...it's so pretty." It made my day!
    PS...I think your hair always looks fabulous!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  34. Hi my dear!! How lovely to get those compliments, I love your hair that length it's very flattering! Such a great outfit too and your bag is fabulous! Have a great weekend xx

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  35. Haircuts and shoes ... Alpha and Omega. Everything in between is just clothes!
    Thank you so much, Connie. It was the very fresh color, I think. Nice to have a day like that!

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  36. Thanks, Tracy, for your sweet comments! I do have to note that not everyone loves a red head. I have an ex that isn't my biggest fan, and I think I've spoiled it for the rest of the redheads he'll ever meet. ( Good.)
    I had a couple of warm days but they're not steady yet. I have to remember that this weather IS our spring. But one can always hope!

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  37. I'm glad I wrote about it ... it's easy to forget these banner days. Never enough of them! Thanks, Sue!
    SIX pairs! I'm glad you're finding shoes to love. It takes a kind heart to give a little pair of shoes a good home. Good for you. If you don't take them home, who knows whose feet they might end up on, out on the street, walking God knows where!

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  38. Thank you, Dawn Lucy! It was. I'm thrilled with just one!
    I love this bag .... it's a Duro Olowu from the JCP collaboration and
    it works with a lot more things than I thought it might!
    So glad you stopped by.

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  39. Thank you, Vix! Glad you think so. It was nice to hear nice things from almost strangers!
    I like big totes, but am learning to tuck in a clutch with the basics ... often easier than hauling everything I own around in one bag all day. Or almost everything I own!
    I wish you some nice weathers soon ... you look like such a tropical flower. We're getting rain and warmer evenings, which means grass, which means happier horses, which means a happier me!

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  40. Glad you enjoyed it, Maricel. Thank you. We gave up on the local, crappy distributors and buy everything we need at the restaurant ourselves. Here, that means Sam's Club. We'd love a Costco here, but it's Walton-WalMart territory here and they aren't allowed. I have to be plied with dinner and wine after a trip there, usually. At least the wine part.
    Nah. It was the fresh color. Kind of you to say, though!

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  41. Grażyna Naszkiewicz-SmukalskaMarch 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    What a fantastic bag! Greetings,ps.Very interesting blog.

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  42. Tamera Ferguson WolfeMarch 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Finally am able to post with the new tablet!!! You look fabulous as always!!! I just love your hair...The color and style are perfect for you!!!
    I avoid Sams Club and Walmart on the weekends like the plague!!!

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  43. I know what you mean about hair--a woman's hair is her glory, and a good hair day makes you feel ... well ... good!

    You look like you always have good hair days!! Love the colour of your top!!

    Have a great week!!
    ♥ carmen

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  44. I missed your funny anecdotes, Jan and yes, looking at the next day picture, I can still that fabulous red hair. My good hair day happens on the day after I dyed my hair too. Promise! ;)

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  45. It is the best thing when you get unsolicited compliments. I don't care what anyone says about it being shallow. Everyone wants to know they are looking good and people notice. Plus...us faux red-heads need to stick together : )


    I love the outfit. The peach and black are great together.


    Nothing worse than a Costco on a Saturday. I'm really picky about when I go.


    bisous
    Suzanne

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  46. THAT is a great day : )

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  47. I agree with you Suzanne that us (faux red-heads) need to stick together :)

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  48. Thank you, Becky! I FINALLY got around to adding your site to my home-page list. Sorry it took so long. So glad when you stop by!

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  49. Didn't say it was "bad hair" ... just "ordinary old hair" ... but that's a sweet thing to say, Alicia. Thank you, adorable girl. You are a darling exaggerator, but I'd rather have flattering comments about the the things I don't mind about myself than to have my faults exaggerated. Much rather!
    Grocery stores for us are like parts stores for motorheads. Guess that would make us foodheads!

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  50. That's so kind of you, Shawna! I really love a pixie, but the young lady who cuts my hair has been kind enough to steer me away from one. (Actually, she refuses to do it. Kindly but firmly.) It takes pretty features for them to look best, and I always overestimate my looks!
    I think you look charming in your cut ... very modern and flattering. It does, sometimes, take some tweaking to get it right.

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  51. And you are the kindest woman alive, Curtise! The shopping was just another day in the restaurant industry. Dan and I make a game of finding the quickest route to all the stuff we need ... they just did a reset of EVERYTHING in the store, and the aisles of this stadium sized-store were full of angry, lost people.
    As always, thanks for all!

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  52. I'm always tickled when my posts entertain, V. Thank you. I'm always disappointed that my colors don't come out better on my jewelry ... the north light on our front porch is always so cold. It was all rose-gold colored and looked really pretty with the coral top and navy blazer, and it really made the otherwise casual outfit a lot more polished, I thought. It didn't read well, I know. I will learn to get that right some day.

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  53. Thanks so much, JT. Always neat when you stop by!

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  54. I'm so glad you mentioned that. I try very hard to make sure that I compliment strangers when the opportunity arises. Especially older women. Even if it's just admiration of jewelry or their hair, or a pretty bag ... so often they are just delighted. Even older gentlemen, especially when it looks like they've made a special effort to look dapper. That should never go unnoticed, and especially, it shouldn't go unmentioned!
    Thank you, Alice!

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  55. Hey, Jill! So kind of you. As I was saying to Veshoevius, I'm sorry that my photo colors don't read well. The blazer is navy (but very dark navy) and my metals pink gold toned. Really makes a difference when they don't read right! It's officially spring, but still chilly!

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  56. Awwh. I know a little of what you mean. I've admired you sleek hair, and have always thought it looks very elegant on you, but I get how crazy it can make you crazy, especially the thinning. You do a great job of making the best of what you have! My hair sags in the summer humidity, and I've been using minoxidil for androgenic alopecia ( genetic bald spots) for several years. SO glad its a pretty safe treatment, and it works well. Color helps too. My problem is just associated with aging. Have you checked with your doctor?
    Thank you for your very kind comments!

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  57. I'm betting you won't, but I've always thought you had the best hair! Great cut and color.
    Thanks for stopping by with nice things to say ... always a pleasure!

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  58. Thank you, Dawn, for reading and liking my post. By the way, the young woman who cuts my hair was all cracked up over the fact that I knew what a selfie is! The young chronically underestimate us old ladies. You won't experience it for at least a couple of decades yet!

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  59. It's certainly a diverse audience at Sam's. I've even seen tourists having their pictures taken with the sample-vendors.
    Such nice things for you to say! Too kind, Alison. But thank you ... I won't give you a chance to take them back.
    Blazers ... yes! I wear them a lot more during the winter now as it no longer looks strange to throw on an overcoat over the blazer. A trend I heartily approve of! But it will be too hot very soon, and I'll miss them a lot.

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  60. Yup! You are so right, and we reds get our share of comments. I'm tickled that you read and replied to my very long post ... I know they make you crazy. But I'm as interested in what people think about what they wear as what they wear, and frankly, I'm a much better writer than a self-stylist. Not saying much, that!
    So glad you stopped by, kid! You are welcome, always.

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  61. They are the best, aren't they. As I was saying to Alice ... I try hard to let other women, particularly older ones, know when they're looking special. Even just a little thing, like a pretty pin or nice bag. We should make a movement of it. Hey, there's a blog post there!
    Thanks, Ann, as always for saying such encouraging things. I don't know about having it going on, but I know blogging keeps me more aware of what I put on and how I think about what I wear.

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  62. Thank you, Sabine! You are always so kind. You are so right ... hair is very personal. That makes it extra special when strangers like it. I always love it when you drop by!

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  63. I just noticed, I called you "kid" in my reply below. That was rude, and I'm sorry. I call people "kid" a lot, but they're mostly old people like me. It sounded condescending, and I didn't mean that for a moment. Sorry ... won't happen again!

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  64. Thank you, Dan! From someone who manages color as beautifully as you do, I'm very happy to hear your kind comment! Nice of you, and I'm happy you stopped by!

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  65. I'm happy to be a crazy lady along with you! I'm happy if you think I did well. I love my blazers and light jackets as there are not many months that we can wear them here. I'll carry that bag all summer ... it goes with a surprising number of outfits. Thank you for saying all those nice things!
    I'm so pleased you dropped by, dear Senora!

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  66. I don't know if the lady was as much pissed as flabbergasted. This guy was at least my age, so it might have been just the audacity of senior dementia.
    I hadn't thought of that. Rats.

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  67. Thanks, Elsie! I'm especially fond of this bag ... works with so many outfits. Glad you stopped by!

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  68. Nice of you to say so, Oksana. Thank you. Glad you like my hair and outfit. No, the bag is from that amazing JCP collaboration with Duro Olowu from last year.

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  69. Glad you liked my story, Glenda! It was a good day. So you're a serial taster, huh? I wonder if the stores in California have better stuff to taste? Here, it's fried, has processed cheese-food as the first ingredient, or is "pizza-flavored". Ew. Somehow, I just know you're so ladylike that you'd never block the aisles or keep other shoppers from their appointed rounds!

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  70. Darling Sacramento! I'm so happy you are around to inspire us all. Queen of Hearts, and my Queen of Skirts! Thanks so much for your kind wishes ... I can use all you have!

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  71. Nah ... I was just lamenting that on the REALLY good day, I missed a photo! It was really a fun visit. Sad that you're deprived of the tastings ... no Sam's? I know that must keep you up nights, Kim! NOT! You crack me up.
    Seriously, so happy you stopped by, PopCosmoSuperMom!

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  72. Awww. Thank you again, Sacramento. Your international style has no match, and you're a pretty cool lady, to match your style.
    Have a great week!

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  73. What I wouldn't give for a Costco here ... I really like their approach. We really make use of the warehouse concept. The quality is so much better than what distributors can or will do for us here. I'm finding that with shorter hair I can color a little more often ... just a little makes a difference. I've also found a good red glaze that helps in the third week! Thank you for your sweet comments, Monica!

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  74. You're so sweet, Debbie ... thank you! And you do have the most glamorous hair. It does feel nice to hear about it unexpectedly, doesn't it? Thanks so much for your nice remarks. You know I'm always tickled when you drop by!

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  75. Hey, Nell! I'm always happy when anyone likes my writing. Thank you so much. Glad you like my hair, too. You're right, I am looking foward to having a cooler neck this summer, but I'll have to remember to put sun block on my neck. It hasn't seen full sunlight in years!

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  76. Hello, adorable Sharon! Glad you like the hair and the outfit. Since you're the Queen of Denim, I'm extra happy. I'm having trouble with my BFs (which are harder to style than these skinnies) and styling them is confusing some times ... but I'm learning. I'm determined! Thanks so much for your comments!

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  77. Thanks, Grazyna. I appreciate your kind remarks. You're always welcome here!

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  78. We do know the guys and gals who work at Sam's. We're there at a minimum of twice a week, every week, so we're not among strangers.
    What a great day, Greeje! It's a good thing they don't happen to us very often. We'd get big heads. I think it's only one-to-a-customer for days like that!
    Glad you liked my efforts. I'm dull dressing right now 'cause everyone has seen the combos I like best and I'm uninspired. I'll get inspired soon!
    Thanks, kiddo! Have a great week.

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  79. It was! Probably won't have a day like that again soon.
    So happy you dropped by!

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  80. Good to see you out and about, Tamera! So cool that you are posting off your tablet! Which tablet do you use?
    We try to get most of the shopping done on Wednesday, but we have to have plenty of everything for the weekends. I agree ... and avoid it when I can!
    Hope you are feeling better, sweetie!

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  81. Thank you, Carmen! Not so many good hair days right now, 'cause I'm still trying to make this cut work. I like it some days, hate it on others ... so thank you! Good to know it works more than I think it does!

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  82. Glad you had fun with this one, Che. That hair color day is always best, isn't it? Thanks for all!

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  83. There's nothing shallow about enjoying a nice complement, but I thought it might be a little shallow to devote an entire post about it. I had fun anyway, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.
    I usually don't go at the busiest times, but I won't mind so much in the future ... I think Dan might go instead after all the attention I got!
    I'm so pleased you stopped by, of course. Thank you!

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  84. Sheila (of Ephemera)March 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Why are comments from strangers so much more fulfilling and satisfying than those from our friends or family? You look awesome - I love the pinky touches in the blazer. I hope you get spring soon!

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  85. Nothing beats a compliment from Dan, but compliments from strangers are such a surprise! That's the fun, I think. Glad you like my efforts, Sheila ... admittedly jeans, tee and blazer aren't so much of a much, but I've been uninspired by the weather. It will be too hot to live pretty soon, so I need to be better about appreciating the late winter-early spring!
    Glad you stopped by, and thank you for all!

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  86. You always entertain me and inspire me.

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  87. oh my, that sounds like a really great hair day, but I really adore your haircut right now no matter what the others say. You look so fresh with that shorter do! Really lovely though what all those people said. btw, that blazer shirt and jeans combo is a killer! Need to restyle that asap!! Thx also for your thoughtful comment on my apricot colored outfit. I will take your advice seriously - right now looking for a good sun lotion with even higher SPF for the upcoming months! Already got enough freckles going!

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  88. That is a fun day and a fun story! :) I am glad that you share such lighthearted stories with us. You always look AMAZING, Jan! I bet half of the times people are just too shy or self-conscious to tell you that. That is one of the reasons I love medieval festivals, by the way. Somehow people are much more relaxed and playful, and flirtation is in the air. I miss it being from Russia. We are still very old-fashioned in that way over there. :) You'd be showered with compliments to your gorgeous hair and everything else in Russia. :) At least, in my circles. I am not so sure about stores. :)

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  89. Highland FashionistaApril 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    The hair looks AMAZING. Perfect length for your beautiful face.

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