I have always had long hair. It is a part of my identity, it makes me feel comfortable and it is how I felt I looked best. I always joked that I like consistency when it came to my hair (cut and length) because thats one thing I can choose to remain constant, everything else I have no control over. While I was always told by my friends to never cut my hair, I knew it was time for a change.
You see, every time I sat in the hair-stylist's chair I shrunk back to comfort. Never straying, never craving spontaneity and change. I should also mention that up until a few years ago when I found my current hair-stylist (who is the best hair-stylist in the world in my opinion) I was horrified every time I went in to get a hair cut. So, long story short, I always felt that keeping to what I knew was the safest route for me to take. But now that I trust my hair-stylist and feel comfortable with him, I felt like being experimental...also perhaps I was beginning to feel a little too old for my natural beach waves.
So I went for it. Cut off 7 inches that were donated. And I have to admit that I love it. Sure I have to wash it more often and sure there is the whole figuring out how to sleep with it (since I used to sleep with my hair in a braid...I absolutely hate sleeping with my hair down), but its fun, light and different. It also takes me a lot less time to wash my hair and to have it air dry--not to mention I use half the amount of shampoo/conditioner than I used to. Its given me confidence to go shorter next summer...thats if I dont fall in love with my long hair again by that time!
Sweater: H&M, similar here
Jeans: Old Navy
Socks: Kiss and Makeup, similar here
Shoes: Topshop, similar here
Lipstick: Chily Chilli by Colourpop