stepping out of the box

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Because I’m always thinking intentionally, I generally plan things out, buy what I know I’m going to love, and stay pretty safe with most decisions when it comes to beauty. But two weeks ago I took the plunge and did two things that pushed me out of my comfort zone.

  1. I bought a furry vest at Urban Outfitters.
  2. And I got my hair cut and colored by Salon Sanjoy (they have a blog, too) and Nick Arrojo (from What Not to Wear) without telling them what to do [they had invited me to the salon for this awesome treat].

And the best part is that by stepping outside my usual intentions, I grew a little.

I love the the new, darker hair color and the layered cut that Nick, Sanjoy, and the salon team picked for me (I never would have thought to go darker). And I am so happy that I trusted them to work their magic. I’d definitely recommend trying them out if you are looking for a great cut and color in Chicago.

And my furry vest… it’s awesome. I had always admired the people that wore them, but I was scared that if I got one myself I would feel too silly or tire of it easily. I also thought that Mr. Lively would hate it.

And at first I did feel a little silly and Mr. Lively wasn’t the biggest fan right off the bat. But we both grew to really like it and now I’m so happy to have taken the plunge.

Sometimes you gotta surprise yourself and challenge the limitations you put on “who you are.”

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  1. That’s so awesome! I loved Nick on What Not to Wear!! Your hair looks great! 🙂

  2. That’s so awesome! I loved Nick on What Not to Wear!! Your hair looks great! 🙂

  3. Nikell

    I love the vest and the hair cut!! Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone ^_^

  4. Nikell

    I love the vest and the hair cut!! Kudos to you for stepping out of your comfort zone ^_^

  5. hehe I JUST finished watching the Oprah Life Class episode about stepping out of the box! What a coincidence!

    You look fabulous!

  6. hehe I JUST finished watching the Oprah Life Class episode about stepping out of the box! What a coincidence!

    You look fabulous!

  7. Marguerite/@chicspace

    You look really relaxed and fresh with the new hair! Love it 🙂

  8. Marguerite/@chicspace

    You look really relaxed and fresh with the new hair! Love it 🙂

  9. I love your haircut and the vest! I need to step out of the box too with my wardrobe choices.

    I think I’ve found my next hair salon! I haven’t gotten my hair cut since moving to Chicago (5 months), and you had me at What Not to Wear…plus, it’s right by where I live!!

    xo,
    Laura

  10. I love your haircut and the vest! I need to step out of the box too with my wardrobe choices.

    I think I’ve found my next hair salon! I haven’t gotten my hair cut since moving to Chicago (5 months), and you had me at What Not to Wear…plus, it’s right by where I live!!

    xo,
    Laura

  11. I am in the furry vest contention that you were prior to your purchase. Your look is so fashionable, maybe I should take the plunge too!

  12. Jess

    Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts on the hair! And to you ladies thinking about the fur… go for it! : )

    Laura, happy to hear you found your new salon! Sanjoy and the team are great!

  13. Jess

    Thanks everyone for the nice thoughts on the hair! And to you ladies thinking about the fur… go for it! : )

    Laura, happy to hear you found your new salon! Sanjoy and the team are great!

  14. Lauren

    You have no idea how insanely jealous I am that you got your hair cut and colored by NICK ARROJO!!! He is my hair idol! In fact, the only reason I continue to go to my current hairstylist is that he used to work with Nick and did hair color with him, so I consider it is one degree of separation from my hair idol. And your hair, of course, looks so fabulous!!

    I also got a fur vest for this season and have been hesitant about wearing it in public :). I did so for the first time last week – hoping to be more brave and wear it more!

  15. Lauren

    You have no idea how insanely jealous I am that you got your hair cut and colored by NICK ARROJO!!! He is my hair idol! In fact, the only reason I continue to go to my current hairstylist is that he used to work with Nick and did hair color with him, so I consider it is one degree of separation from my hair idol. And your hair, of course, looks so fabulous!!

    I also got a fur vest for this season and have been hesitant about wearing it in public :). I did so for the first time last week – hoping to be more brave and wear it more!

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