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Painting Your Nails to add a Feminine Touch

Posted on 11. Mar, 2013 by in Girly Stuff, Short Hair

I have a love/hate relationship with nail salons. There’s no denying that those spa pedicure chairs are awesome and the nail techs can make my nails look a zillion times better than I can, but these days the thought of spending sixty or seventy bucks a month on my nails makes me cringe.

I wore pink and white acrylic nails and got bi-weekly pedicures for years but decided to give up the habit while I was pregnant. The OB/GYN nearly laughed when I asked if that rumor about hair dye being unsafe during pregnancy was actually true, but I didn’t even ask about nail salons because I didn’t want to risk exposing an unborn child to all those crazy fumes, which easily give me a headache. So I scraped and peeled off the acrylics and suffered through almost a year of paper-thin sore fingernails and started painting my own toenails—even with a pregnancy belly in the way.

My nails are still prone to breaking years later and I’m guilty of biting them when they aren’t perfectly filed (gross, I know) so as you can see they are short, but I make an effort to paint them because they help my hands look a bit more girly. When you have short hair like I do and don’t feel like wearing makeup or an evening gown, painting your nails can help you look a bit more feminine despite your short hairdo.


If you’re going to do your nails at home, do yourself a favor and invest in a bottle of quality polish. My current favorite brand is Essie, but OPI is decent as well. It will cost you $8 or $9 but you’ll achieve much better results than you will bargain rack nail polish. Besides, one bottle is less than half the price of a manicure or pedicure and will last several months or longer.

Favorite Short Haircuts for Women

Posted on 27. Feb, 2013 by in Girly Stuff, Short Hair

If you’re thinking about cutting your hair short but aren’t completely sure it’s a good idea, your inner voice is most likely reminding you “Well, it’ll grow back eventually!”

That’s true in most cases, but letting your super short hair grow out is a tedious experience. I speak from personal experience–when you’re between hairstyles, you look and feel a little funny. I attempted to let my pixie cut grow for about a year, wore a lot of hats throughout the process, and eventually gave up before getting hit with the scissors.

For many people I know, short hair is just about anything that can’t be pulled back into a ponytail, but there are actually several different types of short styles for women. Here are a few examples:

Pixie Cut

Charlize Theron


Michelle Williams


Cropped Hair

Anne  Hathaway



Keira Knightley



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Michelle Tate’s Adorable Short Hair

Posted on 12. Feb, 2013 by in Girly Stuff, Short Hair

My time in front of the TV is usually spent watching Dora the Explorer travel through the jungle or a Disney Princess dance and sing her way to happily-ever-afterness, but my husband has been a fan of TV shows about the paranormal for as long as I can remember.  He can verify that I’ve been known to get Ghost Hunters confused with Ghost Adventures and vice versa since I don’t watch them regularly, but I have a basic knowledge of the characters…er, stars… of the shows.

After being eliminated from Ghost Hunters Academy, Michelle Tate joined the TAPS crew (The Atlantic Paranormal Society, for those of you who don’t watch it) on Ghost Hunters. She has an adorable short haircut, as you can see on this photo from her Twitter profile.

Photo: @MichelleTater

Since I receive a lot of questions regarding how a girl can look feminine with short hair, I’m mentioning Michelle as an example. I don’t know her hair and beauty routines, but she has one of the brightest smiles I’ve ever seen–an easy way to instantly make yourself look better, regardless of your hairstyle!