Daily Archives: October 8, 2011

New ‘do

I used a Milwaukee based groupon type coupon this morning to get my haircut at a new salon. I had a great experience. The salon owner cut my hair and she did a wonderful job. We had a lot in common, so the conversation kept going and I felt comfortable with her as a stylist.

After my cut was over, she touched up my lip gloss and cheeks and then took head shots of me. That is part of the salon experience there. I thought that was pretty unique and nice. Next week, I’ll be able to download the photo to my computer. If it turns out good, I’m hoping I can use it for my new gravatar picture.

So, how did it turn out?

Before:

before haircut

After:

I got side bangs, but didn’t go totally short. I think she cut off about two inches. I figured the new bangs were enough of a change for now. I don’t love my hair too short anyway. If I had an oval face, I think I’d go short all of the time. But with a round one, I feel like my face shape is just emphasized.

When I was out running errands after the cut, I did notice that I kept touching my bangs to keep them out of my face. I think if I hairspray them good enough, they won’t annoy me like that.

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new haircut-side swept bangs

I think it will look better when I flat iron it. The stylist noticed that I have wavy hair naturally and that does tend to make my hair look frizzy on the ends. She didn’t flat iron it and just used a round brush while she blowdryed.

haircut

After my haircut, I went to A Gluten Free Frenzy, which was nearby. I don’t need to eat gluten free, but I think doing so helps colitis when I have a flare up. So, I checked out the shop to see what they had to offer. Like most gluten free products, the prices were high overall, but they had a really good selection and I am sure it is paradise for someone with Celiac Disease or a gluten intolerance. There were many familiar healthy food brands available like Bobs Red Mill, Amy’s, Pure Fit, Kind bars and Think Thin.

A Gluten Free Frenzy Brookfield

There is only one Ulta location in my area, so I went there to use my $5 off $10 or more coupon. I got this Kenra hairspray after seeing it recommended on another blog. I’m going to need it to control my new bangs!

kenra hairspray breast cancer

Next, I stopped by Penzey’s to use a coupon for a free “teach” box (my second one, it’ll be great to use as a Christmas gift for someone) and I purchased some Italian salad dressing base to get the teach box for free. Craig and I loved the Italian dressing we had at Ann’s Italian restaurant last weekend and I want to try to recreate that.

Penzey's Italian Dressing Base

Finally, I hit the mall, even though the weather was too nice outside to stay there for long. I just wanted to look at a couple of stores that I knew were having good sales.

I was craving a pumpkin based drink from Starbucks, so I got a Pumpkin Spice Frappucino. Trying on clothes had worn me out.

pumpkin spice frappucino

I hadn’t had whip cream on top of a drink for a while and it tasted yummy!

whip cream on top of starbucks frappucino

The only thing I tried on today that fit perfectly were some gray pants from the Gap. They had 50% off certain pants and with a $10 gift card, I got the pants for about $21. Fantastic!

It’s still gorgeous outside so we’re going to hike around a local pond. Last time we went there, we had bad luck with bugs, geese and deer on the trail. I am hoping we have a better experience this time!

Panettone French Toast

I received these Panettone breads from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program and thought I would finally open one of them up and make some french toast this morning.

According to Wikipedia, panettone is a sweet bread loaf originally from Milan. It is usually enjoyed at Christmas or New Year’s. I actually have had it before when I lived in Europe. Since I lived alone, I purchased a very small panettone just to try it. I remember it reminding me of my mom’s stollen bread that she makes every Christmas.

Panettone boxes

Panettone French Toast recipe

panettone raisin bread

I decided to save the best for last and try the chocolate last, so I opened up the raisin bread.

Panettone raisin bread

how to cut panettone

Using cream cheese, vanilla extract and powdered sugar, I also made the topping the recipe suggested. It was quite delicious! It tasted like frosting.

Panettone French Toast

french toast using panettone

Panettone French Toast

Panettone French Toast

Looking forward to trying the chocolate one now!

chocolate panettone