Friday, July 25, 2008

Kathleen Gets Makeover and So Can You

Let's have some fun!

I'm feeling a little sorry for myself with everybody in the car talking about going to the RWA National Conference in San Francisco next week. I'm not going this year. I love National, and I've been many many times. I'll miss seeing friends. Right now I'm missing the preparation. Oh, the outfits! The makeup! The coiffure!

But our dear friend Ann Stuart put me onto a website that lets you redo your do and try out all kinds of looks, and I indulged. Spirits have thus been lifted, and now I dare to share. First, notice the promo picture. It was taken a few years back, and it's me. It will remain me. In perpetuity. I hate having my picture taken. However, if you want to play Makeover, you'll need a picture with your hair slicked back. Few of us have anything like that on hand, so get out the digital, grab a photographer, have him shoot you a few times, and come on back here. (I went outdoors. Mine was made in the shade. Otherwise I'd have bug eyes. Probably red ones.)

Got your likeness? If you don't want to do yourself, the site offers an assortment of models. But what fun to play the game with your own face! So here's what I came up with:

I can't remember which movie star loaned me her hair, but this is Look #1. I had a hat like this in 1965. It was plaid.

I've always wondered about red locks. I could have chosen a more daring shade, but we all know I'm not very daring. You can put any hairstyle with any color, and there are tons of choices. The makeup shows up better on the site. Unfortunately, you can't do anything about the sags, bags, lines and wrinkles. This is a reality show. So this is Look #2.

Ah, the joy of blond. I would love to wear really short hair. To me, it's the epitome of sassy. But I have no body in my hair and no hair dryer/round brush skills in my hands. This will be Look #3.

Which do you like best?

Now it's your turn. Go to Makeover-o-Matic and have at it. What kind of a makeover have you done or would you like to do?

Now, I'm off to get my roots touched up. I'm showing my age.


Cindy Gerard said...

Hey Kathy
You are one brave woman to go out in public 'bare'. Applause, applause.
And I love you as a blond with glasses :o)
Too cute.
We'll miss you in SF :o((

Michele Hauf said...

Oooh, go for the red locks, dahlink! You look smashing.

Betina Krahn said...

Kathy, I LOVE this! What a cool thing to do! And like Cindy said--so brave of you to bare it all in the name of. . . blogdom!

I have to say, I like the blonde you best. Too cute! Though I can see you in the hat, too.

I'll miss you at national this year. I need to get my Eagle fix occasionally. I guess I'll just have to go re-read one of your books or dig into some old blogs!

Helen Brenna said...

OMG, Kathy, this is fun. I'm packing today and leaving this afternoon, but I'll try and get a pic of me for you to play with next week!

Very fun post!

Liza said...

This looks like such fun! I'll have to give it a try when I get home tonight.

Sean and Anna said...

How fun! I like the cute blonde look with glasses but my daughter likes the red. I m going to check this out and maybe find a cute look so that I can grow my hair out. I currently have red hair but last month was black and blonde. The style is short and messy/spiky- sorta skater punk. I would like to grow my hair longer but I don't have a style yet. Maybe this will help.

Kathleen Eagle said...

We took a picture of my 6yrold granddaughter, and she's having great fun with it, too. She plays with both our pictures. Summertime entertainment.

Kathleen Eagle said...

You guys, I'm not exactly baring it *all* but everyone knows how old I am, and the funny thing is, I know it, too. Good news about that is, the lines and wrinkles don't bother me anymore. It's character.

Playground Monitor said...

Oh how fun! I'll have to share the makeover site on our blog one day. And yes, you were brave to do that bare-face photo.

Hair dryer/round brush technique can be learned. I know cause I learned it. I'm still not as good as my hairdresser but I augment with a curling brush. I've had short hair for a while but have been changing the style over the last few months to let the layers grow out. I'm lovin' it! If you get the nerve to cut your hair just remember it will grow back if you don't like it short.

I'm packed and ready for the first phase of my trip. Will leave for SF on Tuesday afternoon.

I heard from a friend who is vacationing with her family in the SF area this week and she said she's freezing and to bring a fleece jacket -- and not the thin Walmart kind either. So I swapped out my Old Navy fleece pullover for my Land's End polartec jacket. I may have to wear that over my sparkly outfit on Friday night, but when I remove it, 'twill be like a butterfly emerging from the cocoon.

Debra Dixon said...

Kathleen-- Absolutely cool !

I love the sassy blonde. Really do. I know you say your hair doesn't have the body but that's cute cute cute. It's got that whole, "I'm a kick-ass contemporary librarian who can wipe the floor with you while reciting Faulkner." look to it.

Kathleen Eagle said...

Deb, that's exactly what I want to be when I grow up. A kick-ass librarian who can do what you said. Wouldn't that be cool?

I enjoy a birthday club with my daughter's mother- and sisters-in-law, and we had a "makeover" party one time. I'll have to blog about that group sometime.

How would you feel about being nominated for "What Not To Wear" or "How Do I Look"? Wouldn't that be fun?

Kathleen Eagle said...

It's Sunday, so I don't know if anyone will see this added comment, but I've been thinking of doing a post about lessons--hard and otherwise--learned over the years, and since my bare face is plastered at the top of the blog for all to see, here's a lesson I've learned pretty easily. I'm not a sun-worshipper. I notice Susie Law mentioned last week that she doesn't enjoy sitting out and soaking up the rays, and neither do I. (I'd say Susie and I are equally pale.) I never have, and it wasn't necessarily forward-looking. I just didn't like baking in the sun. It's paid off in lack of age spots. My mother loved sun-tanning, and it showed by the time she was my age, particularly on her arms and her beautiful hands.

So here's a lesson accidentally learned: sunbathing takes its toll on fair-skinned people. I've really only ever had one bad sunburn, sustained on my legs on a day spent out on the water early in the season. I'm sure age spots have a place in my future, but I don't have any to speak of now, and I'm 60 years old.

If you're fair-skinned, your ancestors evolved in northern climes. As I understand it, your skin is made to take more vitamin D from fewer hours of sun. But less melanin means less protection. Be careful out there.