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Apartment Take Two
audrey, palms
So after I lost my apartment with the bar, I went out last night to look at more apartments without bars.
They were clearly inferior, having no bar, but they were actually pretty damn fine. I had a hard time deciding which one to put the application in on.
I finally picked one that was in not as nice shape as the other two but that was on the third floor and had really big closets. The other ones were beautifully finished but on the fifth floor, and I didn't like the layout quite as well.
This one is a block closer to work than the last one.
Fingers crossed. Again.

Here's the door to the apartment! I just took pictures of doors of apartments I was looking at so I could remember which pics went with which apartments.

Kitchen! Only they are going to put a dishwasher in for me, I hope. That's the one thing we're working out now.

World's Biggest Closets. In the living room.

Bathroom. Will be getting a complete re-finish, so you can ignore the icky tiles.

Windows in bedroom!

BONUS PICTURE OF ME. Usually I come out looking like suck in pictures. I don't know why, because I think I am fairly cute in person, but so not photogenic at all. Here? I actually look cute for once. Yay.

Also, Colin is having a Twin Peaks party on Sunday. I am going as Audrey Horne. I have the skirt, I have the top, I have the shoes (the red ones I posted the other day), but alas, I spent last night attempting to get my hair to wave instead of curl in ringlets and I ended up looking more like I was from Hairspray than from Twin Peaks. Still no idea how to get it to work. I need it to look like this. I know it won't be exactly like that, but Marilyn Monroe-esque waves would really help. Otherwise, I'll probably cave and buy a wig, but it's so much more awesome if it's my actual real hair. Does anyone know a thing about getting curly hair to do ANYTHING but curl or frizz? I tried blowing it straight last night to no avail, then I tried a big-barrel curling iron, also to no avail. Shucks.
Other thing I've been thinking: Does anyone know good tutorials or tips online for drawing clothing? It is the one thing I consistently suck at and can't figure out how to do right no matter how many sketches I do from life. Any suggestions would be muchly muchly appreciated.

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Yeah, I'm leaving work now and I'm going to buy rollers and try.


My roommate's hair is as curly as yours and she straightens it with a straightener. You could do that then curl?

That picture is actually what my hair looks like in CT at that length if I let it dry right. (I have completely different hair in New Orleans, though.)

Straightener like a chemical or straightener like an electrical appliance?

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You'd probably have to straighten your hair first, then curl it

That's what I was trying to do; I can't get it straight to start.

I would try some straightening serum while it's wet, then do some pin curls. That might work, but I've never done it on hair as curly as yours.

Good luck on the apartment! We are still on the prowl for apartments, and apparently it is Not Fun. Luckily, I'm not in New York. I just have to look at pictures and show up to apply/sign the lease.

Straightening serum! Okay. Will try. Thanks!

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Thank you! I think for the party worst comes to worst I can get the top straight and then pin the curls back a bit.

I have the exact same problem with photos.

I echo the straightening iron sentiments. Velcro rollers are nice too, and pretty cheap. Maybe straighten the hair and roll them up in there, shalacking the whole thing with hair spray, and let it set while you run around getting ready.

If you try to blow it out, try using a big flat panel brush or a round brush to pull the hair straight as you blow dry...sectioning off your hair and focusing on small areas might help too.

I also second the straightening serums, or maybe there is a product to straighten and then defrizz. John Freda has products in targets and drugstores that works well and isn't crazily overpriced. I have a finishing cream from that line that you use afterwards to smooth flyaways... Good luck!

Thanks! I got some serum and the straight iron. And I got megnetic rollers, the velcro kind of scared me.

My hair is curly like yours, but it hangs halfway down my back at this point. When I straighten it out, it's really really long.

To straighten mine, I wash, skip the conditioner (otherwise, it tends to get too soft and frizzy instead of holding whatever style I'm trying to do), then blowdry with some kind of frizz preventing balm while using a round brush. Or one of the brushes that looks like a flat iron or crimper, only it's a brush, if that makes any sense at all. LOL!

For me, the trick to blowdrying my hair is to first part it the way you normally would, then section it off in a ton of small sections, instead of big chunky ones. Also, you want to separate the hair into sections horizontally. Like, you'd have a row near the nape of your neck, which you'd then section into smaller chunks, then you'd have a few more rows working toward the top of the head. Ug. I know what I'm trying to say, but not quite how to word it so it makes any sense. You want to start working with the row of sections nearest the nape of the neck, and make your way toward the top of the head, so that the sections nearest your part would be last.

Anyway, it's important to make sure you blow it all the way dry, else you'll have waves, and not the kind you want. Don't worry if your hair is frizzy when you're finished, because it'll more than likely require a good going-over with a big barrelled curling iron anyway, and that should smooth it. You want one that gets really hot. Personally, I've always found flat irons to be a waste of money, but maybe the really high quality ones would be ok. You don't want to curl your with the curling iron, just pull the iron tight down the length of each section. Go over and over it until it's smooth, then you can use a light spritz of aerosol hair spray if you want (I avoid the non aerosol types for this, because they give off too much moisture which causes me to curl right back up). Then, your hair should be pretty darn straight! I've used a clothing iron in my younger years, and the results are fabulous, but it's not so good for the hair, obviously. :-)

As for the loose waves, check out this website:


Christina Aguilera does her hair in the style you've described, and there are a lot of options on this site, and it looks like they give instructions, too.

Good luck!

Bummer...it looks like you have to pay for membership there to view all the instructions aside from one. The free one is pretty close to what you seem to be looking for, though, so maybe it will work for you.

The apartment looks awesome! Good luck! Anything I would have said about hair has already been said- looks like you'll be spending a fortune on hair products!

I DID! I think I spent more money on beauty supplies than I have ever spent in my life!

I think your hair is adorable without doing anything to it.

And 22 is my lucky number!!

Thank you! I love my hair, too, but I have to look like Audrey for the party! And I want to do it perfectly if I can!

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