Posts Tagged ‘self-portrait’

Self-Portrait 12/10/14

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Self Portrait 12/10/14

Sometimes, it comes out perfectly the first time.

The Perfect Haircut (For Now)

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

After a year of premeditating and pinning, I finally got my hair cut in an angled long bob, and it’s exactly what I wanted.

It seems like an insignificant event, but let’s review some background information. Having curly hair is tough; there aren’t as many options out there. I don’t like huge, poodle-like volume in curly hair, so my go-to style has been long and sleek curls for years. I don’t like how most long-haired women get their hair layered where it’s shorter in the front and extremely long in the back, and I also don’t like the un-layered cuts, because it makes my hair flare out like a pyramid. And straightening (either daily blowdrying or chemically straightening) has always been out of the question.

My hair hadn’t been this short since 7th grade. I got a medium-length cut a few years ago, but I hated it; it was just so boring. When I got my previous haircut last spring, I cursed myself for not going shorter. Even worse, I was too lazy to get another haircut for another year, so I admit that my hair got a little out of control over the past year. Below is a recent image of me looking fancy with my long, beautiful hair blowing in the wind, but I’m actually annoyed as I push it out of my face.

The other thing that bothers me about long hair is that, though it’s beautiful, I never know how to place my hair. Sometimes I get frustrated and throw all of it behind my shoulders, and other times I gather all of it in front of my shoulders, which probably looks weird from the back. I often pulled half of my hair back, which allowed me to wear my hair down and still have peripheral vision. I’d been tired of feeling like I was carrying a “pelt” on my back at all times, so I love that the back is short now. It’s one less thing in my life to worry about.

There are lots more I can write on hair, including how hair length is perceived on women in a professional setting, and how Felicity’s ratings plummeted when Keri Russell chopped off her hair, but I’ll leave that for another time.

New haircut photos taken by me, long-hair photo taken by Rotem Eren-Rabinovich, and haircut is courtesy of Ouidad Salon.


Friday, December 27th, 2013

My tribute to the Oxford 2013 Word of the Year.

Violin Upgrade

Monday, June 6th, 2011

I ordered a new violin back in March, because the time had come to upgrade from the annoying-sounding beginner violin I started on three years ago. Lucky me, work became insanely busy right around that time, so I’ve only had a chance to play it a few times so far.

Its sound, like its color, is warmer and more beautiful than the old one’s. Now I have to practice more to live up to its beauty.

Matchingfreak Woes

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Rabid fans may have noticed that I didn’t update Matchingfreak for about the past three weeks until a few minutes ago. I had my reasons…

  • We moved to a new place, and I haven’t found a proper well-lit place for me to take my pictures. I usually take my pictures when I come home from work, but now that it’s winter, it’s always dark by the time I’m home. The lighting in my new room is okay, but the new, fluffy carpet is newly washed, and I don’t want to soil it.
  • My camera died. It all started when the button to take the picture fell off earlier this year. For months I used the camera with the button taped back on. A few weeks ago the button fell off and I lost it. I would have to take the pictures by depressing the indented section under the button with a pencil, which was frustrating and weird to say the least. Finally it stopped working altogether a few weeks ago.
  • Ever since my dad bought me a new camera, I’ve been struggling to put together my “routine.” I whipped out a suction-cup “tripod” (it’s really a unipod), because this new camera can’t stand on its side by itself like my old one (barely) did. And, again, struggling with finding a corner of the house with good lighting where I can wear my shoes.

So I spent the past few days taking the pictures in my balcony during the day, because I didn’t go to work. But now that I go to work tomorrow, I’ll have to find some lucky volunteers to take my body shot for me. I’m too shy to ask people, though. I’m also too embarrassed to get my picture taken in public.

Like my mom said, I put the “freak” in Matchingfreak.

Non-matchingfreak self-portraits

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

When I re-started Matchingfreak back in 2008 for the second time, I was excited that I would have an excuse to take self-portraits again. There had been a serious decline in picture-taking since college, and this project was to salvage the little amateur photographer in me.

Well, I do take more pictures in a day now, but no more “discretionary” shots than I had been taking before. Is it that my surroundings are less inspiring, or that I am less inspired? Perhaps both, and I realize this.

I got a haircut last Saturday. They made my curls look so perfect that I knew it was a good self-portrait photoshoot opportunity, for old times’ sake.

Baby’s First Ad Campaign

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I was blessed with a free $100 Google AdWords gift card sent to me by my website hosting company. I figured I’d try it out, since it’s free (I’m sure this was their intention). I want to milk every last penny out of this opportunity to promote Matchingfreak, so I started an ad campaign for it. When I noticed that my one image ad has an almost five times higher clickthrough rate than to the text ads, I decided to crank out a couple more, almost one of each size available. And here they are!

I quite like the orange one. Which one is your favorite?

Twice in a lifetime

Monday, September 21st, 2009

On Friday I wore a color scheme that reminded me of an outfit I’d worn and documented back in 2003: red, blue, and bright green. Below is a comparison (click to see larger versions):

June 5, 2003

September 18, 2009

I remember that morning in high school well. I had worn a light blue shirt underneath my red v-neck sweater. Just as I was about to head out the door, I had thought, “I need an outer layer. What could it be?” and had pulled out my bright green jacket, which I think I have given away since. It was with the same feelings I’d pulled my bright green cardigan out of my drawer while rushing out the door for work. Those were the only two instances where I was in the mood to wear those colors. Who knows when the next occurrence will be?

P.S. Finding that 2003 outfit would have been a lot more arduous if it weren’t for the Matchingfreak search page.

what to wear to the refinery?

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

It’s been a busy week. Sometimes, I’m so tired when I get home that I don’t even check my e-mail! That’s unheard of.
I received my first paycheck in the mail today! This calls for a celebration.
I’ve been struggling to find outfits to wear to work. I work in a refinery, so the dress code is “casual,” or as people call it, “jeans and a t-shirt.” I often have issues with dressing casually, because my idea of casual is wearing dress slacks instead of jeans, frilly lace instead of t-shirts, argyle socks instead of white athletic socks, and ballerina flats instead of sneakers. That sort of outfit does not really fit in considering that I have to wear coveralls and a hard hat when I go out into the field. I think I’m going to have to break down and buy a pair of jeans, just to wear to work. (I’ve been slightly “protesting” jeans for the past few years, because it’s what 99% of the population wears nowadays. I own one pair, but I almost exclusively wear it at home.) This means that I’ll soon be adding new clothes to my wardrobe; I’m excited about that.
Here are two outfits I wore to work in the past week. As you can tell, I was pretty tired when I took these pictures. However, I’ve gotten so used to taking matchingfreak pictures in the past few years that it doesn’t take me as long to take the pictures anymore. I don’t like the yellow light in my room, but I can’t think of any solutions for that at the moment.

The above picture is a dead giveaway of my favorite color scheme.

Monday, April 18th, 2005

I went to the music library today to look for a book. I couldn’t find the book, but I did take some pictures. The aisles were so narrow that I can’t explain it in words (click on the pictures to enlarge):

Last night, I moved the printer onto the floor, because it took up too much room on my desk. The printer part doesn’t work, but I still use the scanner part, so it’s still connected to the computer.
Today I made a bookcase out of a cardboard box and put all my books and folders in it. Guess where all those things used to be before I made this bookcase? ON THE FLOOR! Now there’s so much space opened up that I’ve realized how badly I need to vacuum.