02 October 2007
i'm so vain
(i probably think this post is about me)

Last Friday, I was in the Marina thinking about how long I'd have to wait for a bus to get back up the mountain when I wandered by a hair salon run by the wife of one of P's friends. I've never gone to her and, in fact, always felt a little guilty whenever I saw her because of it.

It so happened that two young guys from the village were getting haircuts there, and one offered me a ride if I wanted to wait. So I waited for them, figuring the bus would take much longer to arrive.

And then I felt guiltier and guiltier about never going there for my haircuts the longer I sat there.

So at the last snip, I worked up all the nerve I had and asked Giovanna if I could make an appointment with her and made a decision on the spot to not only cut, but color. I've never colored my hair before (some highlights, yes, but not in years--and not in Italy), but the little white ones were really just starting to annoy me far too much.

Plus my birthday's coming up, so I thought I'd treat myself to some "me" time and count this as my present to myself.

Now you're all dying to know how it turned out, right? Well humor me anyway.

Yesterday morning I looked like this:

me (before)
Now I look like this:

me (after)
I love the color, love the cut, and now I even have some private English lessons lined up as a result of finally going to see Giovanna. Turns out she wanted to ask me about them the previous day I was there but was too shy to ask. Seems we have at least one thing in common.

And? You want to know how much it set me back? Wash, cut, color, and style (including blowing out my not-so-straight-hair)?

Come on.


Thirty euros ($42).

Happy early birthday to me!

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Blogger Taffiny said...

you are sooo cute.
(pretty too, but really it is your cuteness that insists on being commented on. Must be)

I don't see any grey in the before?
My grey is starting to stick up like alien antennae.
I admit it, I covet both your cute, and your non-grey.

Well your where you should be all the time, but when you're not your with.......

Blogger Karen said...

Very stylish and suave. I love the colour too. I've been thinking of getting some colour - it's been a long time. Maybe you'll inspire me. However I have no chance of getting all that for $42. Lucky girl!

Blogger Annika said...

You look absolutely gorgeous! But €30??!!! That's nothing!

Btw, I must second what Taffiny said. You really are sooo cute!

Are you sure that price isn't missing a 1 in front of it?? I guess Milan IS different than Calabria :)

I am holding out on my next cut since I had the "asymmetrical" cut and I'm letting that grow out....unfortunately I have premature gray so I have been dyeing my hair since I was 18 :(

I'm envious!! I like what she did, and the color looks natural but fun! (I also think you looked cute before, too)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Taffiny, well thank you, and believe me, the grey (white, actually) was there in the "before." I should've taken a close-up and you would've seen it. But I'm far too vain to post something like that ;)

Karen, do it do it do it! I think hair coloring is a lot like getting married/having babies...once you do it, you think *everyone* should ;)

Annika, cyber-blushing here, and I know--30 euros is *insane* for what went on in that salon. Moral of the story for you is to *not* move to Calabria when it's time to open up your place in Italy (not that I wouldn't love you to work your magic on my hair, of course) :)

Sara, believe me, I took 200 euros with me just in case...when she said 30 my jaw literally dropped. I gave her a nice tip, needless to say, just because I was so excited to get change from the 100. I was planning on it being my birthday present to me, but I'm worth more than 30 euros right? Hee hee....

Hey if you want to "treat" yourself for your upcoming bday, I can hook you up ;)

Michelle, your new "do" looks fabulous! SO sassy! :-) Excellent new look...not that you needed one!


You look MAHVELOUS dahling!!!!!!!

I love it! We still have the same cut. ha ha ha... but yours is a little shorter.

I love the color, it's beautiful!

Scarlett & V.

Blogger sognatrice said...

Christina, thanks! My next step is to get some new sassy glasses (I'm nearly blind, but I've been living on contacts for a loooong time) :)

Scarlett, hah! What a surprise (sarcasm). For the color I wanted something pretty natural but with a little kick from my usual-- and she gave me just what I was thinking :)

wow! great cut and color. I cannot believe you only paid $42.

Looking forward to seeing you in your new sassy glasses.

Blogger Piccola said...

Very cute! You are very photogenic! You've inspired me since it's been like 4 months since my last cut and color and the whitey's are starting to become a little too obvious for my liking!! Isn't it cool how so many door open if we just get past the initial shyness?? Good for you!

Blogger Piccola said...

P.S. $42 isn't even a haircut these days!!

Anonymous Sabine said...

Woohoo! You're looking terrific!!

And you know what? Now that you've quoted one of my all-time favourite songs I like you even better than I did already. *grin*

Blogger jennifer said...

Che bella ragazza!

Blogger Ninotchka said...

You. are. a. doll. Love it!

Blogger somepinkflowers said...

you look
so *cutely stylish*
so ~~stylishly cute~~

i am not sure which one,
but it is all good...


no wonder
you have that hottie boyfiend!

when is your birthday
and will you be turning 21?

Blogger Audra said...

You're soooooooooooooooo cute!!! *dies from the cuteness* It looks great on you!

I cut and colored my hair recently too (only my brother did it.. he's a parrucchiere!). But wow.. 30 euro, what a steal! I don't know if you're up on prices in America but at my brother's salon that could cost about $200.

And congrats with the English lessons too! Yay.

Oh man - 30 Euros! I am envious! Especially now that I have to hunt out a new salon in Germany...what we women put up with!

Blogger flutter said...


Blogger Lisa Milton said...

You look so lovely - well, before and after.

So happy birthday a little early. You deserve it.

Blogger Live From Tuscany said...

Che bellllllla...

Anonymous Erin said...

Very, very nice! You are too cute. It looks great. I wish my hair cut and color only cost me that little. Next week I'll be dishing out over $100 for both and that's cheap for me.

Blogger Christine said...

Happy early birthday indeed.

Pretty girl!

Blogger janeywan said...

I think it's a lovely do! Now lets talk about those grey hairs. Just kidding.

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous Tejase said...

Fabulous look!!! Isn't it wonderful what a good stylish cut and color can do to us (externally and internally)? What a great way to start 31! ...and what a price!

Thanks for reminding me that we don't really know what we're going to experience unless we take that first step. Looks like this may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Giovanna. English lessons and great hair... what a combo!

Blogger SUEB0B said...

Wow. You look great!

Anonymous Aimee said...

Very cute! And, I couldn't find any grays in the before, but I know exactly what you are talking about. ;)

Anonymous midnightbunny said...

You look absolutely beautiful. :)

Blogger Texas Espresso said...

Cute! young and fun! love it. I am SHOCKED at how inexpensive it was. Mine is 3 times that - I've been dying my hair since my early 20s due to a very prominent white streak that has sense spread a bit. And my hair grows really fast so I have to go alot. Maybe we should move there just to save some haircut money. hehe

Blogger Madelyne said...

The new hair style looks great, especially the side fringe (bangs as Americans call it)softens up your face.

30 euros is so cheap, so no excuse to keep it up.

Blogger Shan said...

You look great. I love it! Great gift to yourself.

Blogger ViVi said...

Wow, look at you! You're adorable!! :) You are so lucky to have found such an amazing deal! Is that the price for everyone or because you the stylist? Last time I got a haircut here they butchered it for 45€ so I'm not in a hurry to go back!

I have to admit, though, I've been coloring my own hair for years. Way less expensive and the only reason my extended family even noticed was because I went through a period where I kept changing colors until I found a new one I liked.

Blogger ViVi said...

*because you KNOW the stylist

sorry it's very early here!

Blogger sognatrice said...

NYC, I'm excited for the glasses too--it's been years since I got a new pair!

Piccola, doors opening all around, yes! Sometimes you just have to take the hair by the roots, so to speak ;)

Sabine, glad you caught that--one of my all-time favorites as well. I think that's the song that taught me about irony in fact :)

Jennifer, Nino, grazie :)

SPF, 21? You're funny...but the 1 at the end is right ;)

Audra, you're so lucky to have a parucchiere in the family! I think I'd be much more adventurous with my hair if that were the case. Well or maybe not. I'm still a scaredy cat with my hair! I was expecting to pay about 120 euros--I even asked her to repeat it b/c I was in disbelief! When I got a cut and highlights in Philly 5 years ago, I paid somewhere around $130.

Cowgirl, ain't it the truth?! An American friend who lives in Germany is visiting now and she was recounting her tales of trying to find a good hair person--and then of course found one who promptly moved to Italy or something. Isn't that always the way?

Flutter, Lisa, Live, grazie, grazie, grazie :)

Erin, best of luck with your hair--if only a flight to Calabria were cheaper!

Christine, thanks, and thanks :)

Janeywan, what grey hairs?! Hee hee....

Tejase, this really was an all around great experience, so I just had to share; glad you saw all the different aspects of "great" here :)

Sueb0b, why thanks!

Aimee, that's why there was no zoom on this one ;)

Bunny, thanks :)

Stacy, you know now that I'm thinking about it, for those in London who can get a really cheap flight down here, it'd probably actually pay to make the trip for a hair cut! Crazy!

Madelyne, I decided on the fringe/bangs at the last minute. Giovanna has them (and I like them) plus I haven't had them in about 2 years--I figured why not go all out?

Shan, thanks! Now I'm working on another gift b/c I got off too easy ;)

Vivi, honestly didn't even notice the missing word the first time I read your comment! Anyway, I wondered too whether it was a special price--wouldn't be because I know her since it's such a small town that everyone does(!), but maybe like a first time client thing. Guess I'll find out in a couple months ;)

I thought pretty hard about doing the color myself too and still may someday, but for now, I've found a good hair home :)

I should add here that I felt kind of weird posting this as I don't think I've ever even posted another photo of me on the blog (except for the little avatar thingee)--but a haircut is something you just have to share with your girlfriends (especially when you get a great deal!), so thank you all for sharing in this one :)

I can only ask P whether he likes it (he does!) so many times you know ;)

Blogger MB said...

Great haircut (and song choice)! That's about what I pay around here too. It's funny, when I first moved here I continued dying my hair at home like I did in the States to save money. Then O talked me into having it done at the hair dresser and now I won't do it at home at all.

Anonymous grace said...

You look fab! I like the new look!

Anonymous alexmom said...

Doesn't a new haircut and color just make you feel great? Your's is adorable. And I crave some new Italian frames for my glasses. They're so cool. Hmmmmm, better put those on my list.

Blogger sognatrice said...

MB, yeah, when it's cheap enough to go let someone else worry about the color, it's definitely better than my playing around with it!

Grace, thanks!

Alexmom, hmm, maybe we can go frames-shopping together?

Blogger Vee said...

You look gorgeous ! Great haircut and great price.

Blogger Leanne said...

I like the (semi) fringe too. And nice to see photos of you!

You look great! What a lovely way to celebrate another year of wisdom in Earth school :0)

Blogger stefanie said...

Cute! And just 42 bucks?? What a deal! Almost worth the flight over there, huh? ;-) (OK, not quite.)

Blogger Karina said...

Great haircut! And I ditto what everyone else already said about you being so cute! The cut really suits the image I have of your personality from reading you. :D

About the glasses, I had to stop wearing contacts a few years ago, and have a new found love of glasses now. I own 5 different pairs that I change according to my moods or outfits. There is so much fun to be had with eyeglass frames. Enjoy shopping for them.

Anonymous Sara said...

Looks great! Also -- and this is a silly thing for someone who's never been to Italy to say, but -- I think it makes you look more Italian.

Blogger KC said...

I love the cut! I pay just a little more when I go to the salon. Isn't living in the south great (sometimes)?

Blogger sognatrice said...

Vee, thanks, and to be honest it's the great price that's making me smile so widely ;)

Leanne, I was ready for a change--glad you like the fringers ;)

Cleopantha, Earth School! Love it!

Stefanie, but as a bonus you'd get to hang out with the dogs!

Karina, I'm *so* excited to get new glasses. Perhaps I'll post photos of my old pairs and then the new ones when I get them. So, so, so excited!

Sara, that's a compliment, right? Hee hee....

KC, there are definitely some advantages to living down here. Every now and again. Sometimes ;)

Blogger witnessing am i said...

Love the haircut, love the angles. It does good things for your face, me thinks.

I suggest you and P go dancing somewhere -- what an amazingly attractive couple -- and let all the other men and woman slither jealously in your wake.


Blogger Roam2Rome said...


Both pictures look great Michelle :)

Happy early birthday! Hehe... my sister also starts to celebrate her birthday early, I like that...

Blogger La Casalinga said...

I love the haircut, the color, and your blog. I just got my hair cut to shoulder length but I'm feeling the need to go even shorter 9up to the chin) before my trip to Italy on Sunday....for the price you paid, maybe I should wait until I get to Italy to do it!!

Blogger anno said...

Gorgeous! I love the cut and warm color, but the smile is a winner -- before & after!

Blogger SabineM said...

Wow the cut and color really changes you! LOVELY!!!! And what a bargain on the price!!!

Anonymous Kelli Estes said...

You look wonderful! Of course, you did before, but your new color and cut really suit you. And, what a bargain!

Now I'm thinking I'm in need of a change. Hmm...

Blogger sognatrice said...

David, good luck getting P to go dancing (truth be told I'm not much of a dancer either, so it works out well) :) And thanks for all those other lovely words, including the birthday wishes!

Roamer, thanks! I think birthdays should really be month-long celebrations...are you in?

Casalinga, be aware that prices vary greatly throughout Italy, but if you're coming to Calabria by chance, I can hook you up ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Anno, thanks--and I'll pass that compliment along to my mom as well ;)

Sabine, grazie :)

Kelli, woohoo! Change is good! Thanks for visiting :)

Anonymous Enza said...

love the color! i agree, i didn't see any little grey hairs. What's P think? My hubby wants mine long and luxurious. U know men! I just got mine cut about 6 inches this summer but he actually loved it. BTW, i pay 40.00 here for a cut, blow dry and style and that does not include tip!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Enza, P loves it! Luckily he's not one of those guys who just loooove long hair--good thing b/c I can't handle it anymore. I had long hair most of my life, and I'm pretty sure I'm done with it now (unless, of course, I look into wigs)!

The problem with the white hairs was that they weren't little--full grown and starting to get comfortable! So I said "ciao" and wouldn't it be nice if they just took the hint?

Blogger Jen said...

What an amazing haircut! It looks fabulous on you. Congrats for working up your nerve. Also, thanks for the Burma post today - I didn't know this was going on and now I have a post up, too.

Anonymous Elle said...

How pretty, really looks lovely. Happy early Birthday!

Blogger sognatrice said...

Thanks Jen and Elle :)

Blogger Poppy Fields said...

Your new do looks great! And what a great deal, too.

Blogger Dana said...

Love the new cut and color! It looks fabulous on you. The english lessons are a fabulous bonus too!!

Blogger Fran said...

I love the haircut! And you look so pretty. Thank you for the picture. Maybe one day I will get up the nerve to post one of Frannycakes herself! Thanks for such wonderful posts. I look forward to your blog everyday!


Blogger sognatrice said...

Meredith and Dana, thanks!

And Frannycakes, can't wait to see you :)

Blogger Alex said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your new look! She did a great job!

Blogger Dee said...

First off, great to put a face to the sea of words!. You look lovely pre and post (read sophisticated) hair cut. Just as I had imagined you to be ! (Well..almost!).

Second, is hair styling that cheap all over Italy..? If so, I am moving there!

Blogger A Novelist said...

You look fabulous! I love your new style! :)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Alex and Novelist, thanks :)

Dee, glad to oblige, and nah--prices aren't this low all over Italy. The further north you go (Rome and up), the higher they get. In a city like Milan, I think the prices are pretty comparable to other major cities elsewhere.

Blogger Gumby said...

che bella!!!

Anonymous Jessica said...

Fantastic cut & color (I'm a wannabe redhead myself, so I'm partial to red color); is it something you can do easily on your own? That's the thing I struggle with most - my ornery hair behaves nicely for my stylist, but trying to recreate what she does when I'm at home is another matter entirely.

Blogger ChristinaG said...

Wow! You look great! And €30 is such a bargain. Here in Germany, €30 will only get you granny-style helmet hair, or maybe a mullet. I've got to go in for a cut and highlights soon and I'm looking at well over €100!

Anonymous My Melange said...

Well, I know I am very late on this...but Happy Birthday to you Michelle!!!!! Just tryin to catch up on your blog..I have been away too long!!! I love the new hair. Seems like birthdays are a good time for a little change. I got a new do and new glasses in Paris for my 40th. Oh God...leaves me wondering what the he#* is my 50th gonna be...a little lipo, tummy tuck...Nah..I would never!!! Don't beleive in the stuff! So...what does *P* think of the new you?

Blogger sognatrice said...

Gumby, thanks--and great name :)

Jessica, it's reasonably easy to recreate at home if I wanted to put the time into it; I'm just not one to spend a lot of time on my hair, though, and since I have naturally wavy/somewhat curly hair, I wear it wavy most of the time--luckily I like that too :)

Christina, it really was a true bargain--I hope you get a great cut and color for whatever price you end up paying ;)

Robin, well you're not late with the bday wishes (you still have 9 more days as of this writing)...P loves the new hair, and now I'm turning my attention to new glasses :)

Anonymous Emma said...

I love your hair, too. It really suits you.

It costs the same for me in Sardinia.

As for the English lessons, it must be something in the (h)air (sorry, couldn't resist). Last time I went in for a cut, I came out with English lessons, too.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing the new glasses...

Blogger sognatrice said...

Emma, see, yet another reason why people should come and see you in Sardinia! Thanks for stopping by...and stay tuned for glasses!

Blogger Rob Kistner said...

From beautiful to more beautiful -- and brilliant as well... OooLaLa ;)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Rob, you're too kind...but I'll take it :)

Blogger elena jane said...

love the new hair, suits you very nicely!!
been meaning to stop by your blog again and actually reply....so here i am :)

Blogger sognatrice said...

Elena Jane, so happy to see you :)

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