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Something recently just occurred to me: my wedding is in six months. Holy merde! I haven't started any of the preparations. To be honest, I don't know the first thing about putting together a wedding in France. I'm finding comfort in the fact that it's not going to be a big brouhaha that weddings have now become in the States, so this has been relieving some of the stress. The idea is to feel celebrated but not carry on as if I'm the first person in the world to get married. I hate that. With that said, this means that I will not be coming out on a jeweled elephant. Sorry guys.

Unlike my last engagement (I get a kick out of saying that), the dress isn't effortlessly falling into my lap like it did on an impromptu trip to my favorite vintage store on Sunset Boulevard. Like a novice, I actually Google searched "wedding dress". You can imagine the results: a fleet of floor-length, powder-white strapless dresses staring back at me, threatening the creative direction I'd love to go in.

Shelving the dress "sitch" until after the holidays, I figured I could at start my quest for the perfect coiffeur. Easy task, right? Haha! Silly me. I live in Paris. No task is easy. Over the course of the last few months, I had popped into several salons to talk hair. My "concept" of a simple flower-free chignon fell flat on confused French ears. They had no idea what the hell I was talking about...or I am just terrible at explaining. I suspect the latter. Feeling frustrated and deflated that I can't even manage these basic details, I decided to set aside all wedding decisions until after the holidays and like the mini diva I am went to get my hair done to start auditioning salons for the big day.

Despite my vicious cold that has kept me in bed for almost three whole days, pumped up with more meds than Neely O'Hara, I bundled up and got the hell out of my apartment to go on and get gorgeous. If was getting tired of my greasy pulled-back bun, red-nosed, leggings and over-sized Evergreen State College sweatshirt look, odds were so was my fiancé. I had to get my chic on. It's Christmas for pete's sake!

And this is the result...

I had no idea I had this much hair! I'm still figuring out styling details, maybe a splash of color? A hair bow? Cotton candy pink? Perhaps some feathers? An owl's beak? The options are endless! I have appointments with other salons before I make my big decision, but I think I am heading in the right direction...at least some decisions are starting to come together! Oy vey, planning a wedding is work, even a simple one!

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  1. Yay, glad you got something sorted! With my unruly mop, I settle for a trim and good colour job from the hairdresser, and styling it myself when I get home because it seems an impossibly insurmountable task to find a hairdresser that understands what to do with fine, curly hair! I'm thinking a trip to Paris for a haircut might be a tad extravagent though...

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    1. Finding someone who knows how to work with curly hair really is a daunting task, especially in Paris! I'm so glad that I found Style Pixie, I know I'm going to look just lovely on my wedding day.

      The salon is certainly worth the trip if you're in Paris otherwise I agree, it would be a bit extravagant! : )

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  2. Congrats, Sweetie! Are you a redhead now?

    It's official: I've handed in my last grad assignment for 2012! I'm officially on school (not work) holiday until Jan. 14th! I'm elated! Paris, here I come!:))))

    Bisous

    Mxox

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    1. No, I have "no color" now. It's just whatever was left over from my last dye job. Getting color at the salon is next on the agenda. I want to take all the red out and have a basic chocolate brown.

      WOOOO HOOOOO to vacation!!!! I have two more days. I'm counting every second! You'll be here sooo soon! I'm so excited!

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  3. WOO HOO! Carin @ Paris in Four Months recently put up a post asking people for hairdressing tips; this should go straight on her bulletin board. Funnily enough, I have never gotten my hair cut in Paris during the last 3 years I lived there. I always waited for a trip to Vancouver, London, or even Buenos Aires to get my hair cut. Like you, I too live with curls, upon which I feel all French stylists look with suspicion. It's so awesome that you found a place where they would get the treatment they deserved!! Will definitely add this to my list of places to check out.

    And thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog! Congratulations to you as well for winning the awards! I think at the end of the day, all of us deserved a medal or a pat on the back. These blogs - whilst being therapeutic creative spaces for ourselves - always take so much time, effort, and SOUL to put together. All of that merit a cheer and some champagne. :)

    Looking fwd to seeing how your wedding planning unfolds! Am sure it will turn out splendidly.

    x Milsters

    (http://www.littlepiecesoflight.com/)

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    1. I'll pop over to Paris in 4 Months to spread the word about Style Pixie! Thanks for introducing me to a new blog. I don't know this one.

      I've always waited for a trip back to NY as well for a cut but now that I'm here "forever", I figured it wouldn't hurt to find not just a hairdresser, but stylist. I still have my Arabic salons in town that I love for a quick and cheap blow-out.

      I'm really happy with my findings. When you come back, I highly recommend a visit! They're fantastic!

      And Congrats again on your GOLD award! Your readers left such lovely comments. You should be proud! :)

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  4. I hear theArchibald headbands make you look like a princess! I tried one last week and shockingly, it works on thick hair!!! In the mean time, Reciproque may have your gown... let me know if you want to go during les soldes in Jan. You're going to be a stunning bride!

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    1. I still have yet to try one. Kristen made it look so easy but I was wondering how it would work on our type of hair. Good to know that Archibald headbands don't discriminate against us big-haired girls!

      As for the gown, there have been some advancements yesterday! And funny thing, it happened right before I ran into Kasia Dietz on the street. Blogger magic, I swear.

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  5. Boo on the no jewelled elephant! But it will be fabulous anyway!

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    1. Sorry to disappoint! Although there will be fire breathers, belly dancers and a basket-weaving station. So I hope that makes up for it.

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  6. How fun and therapeutic! A fresh haircut always improves my view on life AND my appearance. I had heard of this place but never have been. Thanks for checking it out!

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    1. Right? A new haircut totally works wonders! I walked out tossing my hair side to side. I was feeling so Salon Selectives. :)

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  7. Beautiful hair! I will def be checking this out!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! From photos, I gather you have a lot of (beautiful!) hair too! Style Pixie is definitely worth checking out!

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  8. Obsessed with the pic! I cant wait to help you plan. THERE WILL be an elephant if I have anything to do with it.

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    1. Thanks Katie!

      I found a site that rents elephants, you just have to go to India to pick it up. Will you actually do that for me? You said you did want to help plan. : P

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  9. Good for you! Your hair looks beautiful. Thanks for the salon info, too. Perhaps I will get my hair cut in Paris after all :)

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    1. Thanks Danielle! I'm really happy with their work! So much I had to post about it!

      If you're coming to town, you should book an appointment. They really know what they're doing over there.

      Thanks for commenting! : )

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  10. "Unlike my last engagement" - love this! So very Elizabeth Taylor. Gorgeous hair too.

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    1. Hahaha YES! LOVE the Liz reference! Now I just need to be dripping in diamonds and I'll be halfway there!

      Thanks for the giggles Milla!

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  11. Looking good girl! Glad you are feeling better enough to go and get a hairdo. I have never been brave enough to get a haircut in Paris but maybe I will try inn January. My hair will be ready for it's next cut then.

    I have had three weddings. All different.I suppose I learned as I went along(LOL!) and the last one was the best and more laid back.

    I look forward to hearing about your plans as you go along.

    Love Denise

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    1. Thanks Denise! If Paris is where you want to get your hair done, I'd say Style Pixie would be the place to go. They may have holiday hours, so if you're serious about checking them out, I'd send an email first.

      The wedding planning is moving along. My in-laws are anxious for details and to help, so we have great support here. Our theme is simple and creative and so far we've had some fun with coming up with ideas! We're both such cornballs!

      Are you excited for your Parisian vacation that's coming up very soon? I can't believe the holidays are here!! I have vacation in 2 days....CANNOT WAIT!

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  12. This salon looks like so much fun! She did a great job with your hair! You look like a movie star! Thanks for sharing this little secret of Paris!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I felt like a movie star all weekend! This place is awesome!

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  13. Excellent concept for a salon. You are so right, what you wrote on your Facebook page that sometimes you just want to speak your own language when it comes to getting beautiful! Great find!

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  14. Very cool. I love your insider's guide into the city. Thank you for NOT sharing with us a great place to get a cut is at David Mallet or some other ritzy Parisian spot that many of us couldn't afford. You had mentioned on Twitter that it's more pricey than you normally pay, but I looked at Style Pixie's price list and for the service, great cut and fun atmosphere that you described, it sounds like a deal! I'll pass this on to my friends in town!

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    1. Hahaha Thanks Steph! I had to do a Google Search for David Mallet because I didn't know who that was! Just shows how much I know! No, I would not write a post encouraging you guys to get a 220 euro trim.

      Please pass on Style Pixie. Thank you. They are such nice people and do great work, they deserve it! This wasn't a "sponsored post", I was just really pleased with my experience and wanted to share it with you all.

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  15. Everything about this post is making me happy (except that there won't be a jeweled elephant. totally bummed on that one). I'm definitely going to be making an appointment at Style Pixie when I finally come up to Paris because my curls need it. x.

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