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I Meant It To Look This Way. Really.

July 25, 2007 | Category: In My Life

People? I have pink hair.

I'm practically Stephanie.

I did it for Blogher. And for the Chicago Moms.

Tomorrow night, I start meeting in person some of the glorious writers, bloggers, bitches, and chicks that have so engaged my spirit and mind for the past 7 years.

That all sounds like an acceptance speech for some kind of glittery award, but it ain't.

The truth of it is that in the past few years, since getting cobweb lines and lots of extra weight, I have let my own vanity and the screwed-up tapes in my head keep me close to home.

I'm not pretty enough. I'm not a good writer. Trite. Loud. Over my head.

Me. Who everyone says is SO outgoing.

Utter panic, sure I'm not...whatever... enough.

I have come to realize, though, that I don't want the fear to put walls between me and my life.

I want to step in the door and meet you. BlogHer and ChicagoMom women.

And something that empowers me? Pink Hair.

(She started it...)

"Vanessa," I told my favoritest hairdresser this afternoon. "I need Dutch courage."

She met my eyes in the mirror.

"Pink?" she asked, kindly.

"Make it a double," I agreed.

This is what it looked like 15 minutes ago. (It would have been 16 minutes ago, but I made CD wait while I swiped on some lipstick.)


This is what it will look like if I come in the door sideways.


Oh, wait, my glasses are crooked!


Dagnabbit, CD, could you tell me when I've messed up my hair!?

(His response? "Honey, you have to crop anyway - your nightgown is kinda see-through." Me: "Doh.")

Wish me luck...

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Well, the pictures didn't do you justice. You looked wonderful. I'm certain you don't remember meeting me, but I was highly impressed by your comments this weekend.

Posted by: carmen on July 31, 2007 08:38 PM

Love the pink Elizabeth...Have a great time.


Posted by: Sandy Naidu on July 26, 2007 02:19 PM

You look awesome!!! And really young in that last picture.

Posted by: Serena on July 26, 2007 10:25 AM

LOVE IT! I was going to have my nose pierced but decided to wait until after the conference for fear of green goop coming out of a newly pierced nose. At least now I can come up and call you "Elizabeth" instead of saying, "now who were you again?"

See you later!

Posted by: Amy on July 26, 2007 07:55 AM

Love it! Have a blast, Elizabeth.

Posted by: Kris on July 26, 2007 07:51 AM

Woot! I love it!!! Making my inner funky child want to come out and play again!

Posted by: Angela Giles Klocke on July 26, 2007 07:19 AM

You look fantastic! I'd love to hear your impressions on BlogHer. I am glad you are willing and able to go... Have lots of fun!

Posted by: Sol on July 26, 2007 07:15 AM

you look great! And I'm sure you'll have fun!

Posted by: caltechgirl on July 25, 2007 10:48 PM