Attention, Shoppers

My Super Sweet Fashion Diary brought this article to my attention this morning, and I thought it was worth re-posting:

About a month after courts charged eleven people with participating in the country’s biggest identity theft scam, Forever 21 has issued a press release about its role in the security disaster. The company wasn’t aware of any kind of problem until the U.S. Secret Service contacted them on the day the scammers were charged. Since then, they’ve gone through their records and determined that the thieves nabbed “approximately 98,930 credit and debit card numbers.” They’ve also put together a list of specific dates when their system was hacked: March 25 and 26, June 23, and July 2 and 3 of 2004; plus August 4, 5, 13, and 14 of 2007. Two facts that make all this news very slightly less scary for New Yorkers: 20,500 of the cards were from a Forever 21 in Fresno, CA, and half of the cards have since expired.

This is good to know, especially for those of us living in Fresno who frequently stop by Forever 21 at Fashion Fair Mall.  Scary!

Falling for the Trends

I have been noticing more and more girls getting into the purple nail polish trend and, being the completely original & non-conformist that I am (HA), I just had to try it for myself.

They're actually not that bright of a purple in person... weird...

I have to say, I was a bit skeptical of wearing the darker shade on my nails at first.  This is probably due to the fact that two of my friends still tease me about that time I wore black polish when we went out a few years ago, when I thought it was incredibly chic and sophisticated and glamorous because EVERYONE ON THE HILLS IS WEARING IT! Apparently those girlfriends of mine didn’t watch The Hills (I know… What?!) and still tease me to this day for ever thinking dark polish could be anything other than gothic.  Whateva, I say.

I give it a thumbs-up too, Lauren.  Har-har.
I give it a thumbs-up too, Lauren. Har-har.

So what do you all think?  Do you stick with more natural colors on your nails?  No polish at all?  Or do you go all out bold, dark, and don’t care if people say you look like you should be wearing a trenchcoat and casting spells?

Do you definitely not put as much thought into it as I do because you actually have this little thing called a life?  Yeah, that’s what I figured.

The Look for Less – Maria Menounos

I don’t know much about you, lady, but that outfit is freaking adorable.

The Look for Less – Anne Hathaway

Well hello there, little people. My name is Anne Hathaway and I’m freaking adorable in my size 2 red flouncy dress. Go ahead and attempt to copy my amazing outfit on your more …humble budget.

Oh, and while you’re at it, be a doll and find the fat, pregnant version of this amazing dress for my very close & personal friend Morgan. She’s desperate to look like anything but a beached whale these days, poor dear.

  • Ruffle Hem Halter Dress – Wet Seal: $15.00 (sale)
  • Patent Platform Pumps – Charlotte Russe: $22.99
  • Tracy Cardigan Sweater – dELiAs: $34.50
  • Metal and Wood Bangle Set – Wet Seal: $6.50

Hair Issues

Hair Evolution:

1987 – Fatty Mo rockin’ the mohawk

Pigtails & Dad (when he had hair)

Naptime at preschool, then:  “Smile, Morgan!”  …

Big bows, scraggles, and little brother.

3rd grade flyaways & vest action.

Senior photo – hated my hair that day.

Chunky highlights (Sarah, recognize this place? haha)

Getting lighter…

Blonde and some roots at Steph’s wedding.

Blonde bob

Fried blonde

Getting darker…

The Big Black Mistake.

aaaand the dark, growing-out, in between, sucky stage.

As you can tell, I have some hair issues.  Let’s not talk about the first half of my life — I don’t hold myself fully responsible for that mess.  But since I’ve been coloring my hair, I have yet to commit to a single shade for more than a few months.  I’ve been black, blonde, and everything in between.  I have my favorites, and I have my those-photos-need-to-be-destroyed-not-so-much-my-favorites.

Tomorrow I have an appointment and I’m dying (get it, DYE-ing?  har-har) for a change.  I already know I’m going to keep growing it out… I’ve commanded my hair stylist not to let me talk her into cutting a bob again (those things are the devil to grow out, let me tell ya…), but the color is the big question.

So now what?  Suggestions?  Is anyone as color-happy as I’ve been?