Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Makeover

I like watching the makeover shows, like How Do I Look? and What Not to Wear. When you get to be my age, you wonder if you could've looked better if only you had known what colors to wear, what styles, and how to wear your hair. Last night I saw this How Do I Look? episode where this woman who had gone through rehab, lost her son, and now wanted him back since she had a job and was on track now, but her "look" was holding her back in both job and convincing the judge. That is pretty profound in seeing that yes, we should judge based on a person's heart and actions, but as a society people DO judge you by how you present yourself.

Colleen Coble over at Girls Write Out is looking for a new hairstyle. Her publisher, Thomas Nelson, thinks it's time for a new photo and new look to go along with her scary suspense novels. She's getting rid of her long hair (ahhh.) Colleen is a super friendly and warm person, but I do agree she needs to have some photos where what she writes is reflected in her appearance on books and her web site. I can even imagine what kind of photo would be good. Maybe a serious look as she overlooks the water in Michigan, or a semi-smile as she sits on the beach in Hawaii. Or wherever else her next book is set, because the setting in Colleen's books is always important, so her photos need a presence of her setting.

Anyway, she's been looking for a hairstyle. I went through that a while back and finally got a good haircut that my husband really liked, too. Well, I had to go to a young hairstylist after I got my initial style, who just wasn't "getting" this style, and I don't look anything like I did when this photo was taken:




I need to look for a new stylist and unfortunately, this is a tough process. I will probably drag this photo with me to explain to the stylist. Also, I realized that I probably am a "spring" in coloring, and my hair may be a bit too platinum blonde for my coloring, so I went to the place Colleen did to try on hairstyles and colors. I finally narrowed it down to two colors: Light Titian (which is a brownish red/copper color) and lightest copper blonde. These colors really look like my old photos before age and hair coloring took over.

See if you like any of these styles, and/or colors. Also, looking at this person, what kind of a novel would you expect from her? Remember these issues: I'm 50 (this photo I'm using was taken last fall,) I like to get up and "go" and not spend hours on my hair, and I prefer casual, western or sporty looks.


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5. Go back to this look:



And what genre does this gal write? (the photo you chose) Remember that if needed, I could have a serious facial expression(grin.)

1. romantic comedy
2. women's fiction
3. romantic historical
4. romantic suspense
5. cozy mystery

By the way I have manuscripts and plots for all of the above. (ha)

If you leave a comment, I'll put your name in for a drawing of the book, Chill Out, Josey! by Susan May Warren. Leave a contact email or be sure I have your email if you win. Susan has written all of the above genres, I think, except maybe cozy mystery.


P.S. I forgot to show you the other color...lightest copper blonde. Really, it's pretty close to the Light Titian, but just to give you a comparison. The copper blonde is just a bit darker.


Color:
1. Light Titian
2. Lightest Copper Blonde

11 comments:

Grateful Gramma said...

What fun! I like cut number 4 in the darker shade; doesn't seem to wash your face out as much. I think this stylish woman could write anything but I'd pick women's fiction.

I'm having the same problem with hair cuts/styles. Haven't had a really good cut in years! I need one now but dread going, just to come back with some hohum style. I can't seem to convince the stylists that, even though I'm almost 60, I'd still like an edgy style.....

Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks and good luck!

Ginnie
vmstokes[at)verizon{dot)net

Colleen Coble said...

I love that first picture of you, the one you want to go back to.#351 looks pretty close to that too. That might help your stylist. And I like the light Titian color. But I might really like the lightest copper blonde if I saw it on you.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Ginnie, I like the style (no. 351) of #4, and while either color is good, I think the slightly darker shade makes your eyes pop and your smile sparkle.

I'd say this gal writes romantic comedy . . . okay, any genre really as long as comedy/humor were part of the tag-line!

Ya'll are making me want to re-think my long (mid-back) length hair with face framing angles at the front (which are seldom seen because I tuck my hair behind my ears). Except, this hair is easy. Way easy. I can pull it back, put it up, let it wave as is it's natural want, or straighten it. I don't do hair. Short hair requires more fussing than I want to do. I'm lazy!

I've got a great stylist and colorist (who maintains my "natural" blonde hair beautifully! Well, it is my natural color before gray creeped in and made it dull. ;D)

Put me in coach!

Carrie

Cara Putman said...

I like 345 and your photo :-) I'm not good at color, both looked fine to me. But 345 looks easy to take care of.

Tracy Ruckman said...

I like #4 and #5 - your original.

And I would say the writer would write romantic comedy and women's fiction.

I tried to talk my favorite stylist into moving with me when we left GA and came to AL - but I couldn't afford the rates to uproot her family of 4! :-) Haven't found a good one since. Waah!

Crystal Laine Miller said...

I'm trying to go back to my original color (what a process! ) and my hair is currently cut sort of like my original cut. I think it needs "tweaking." It's hard to find a good hairdresser. Sigh.

Thanks for all the input! I drew a name for the book and it's Grateful Gramma!

Crystal Laine Miller said...

I'm trying to go back to my original color (what a process! ) and my hair is currently cut sort of like my original cut. I think it needs "tweaking." It's hard to find a good hairdresser. Sigh.

Thanks for all the input! I drew a name for the book and it's Grateful Gramma!

Crystal Laine Miller said...

I'm trying to go back to my original color (what a process! ) and my hair is currently cut sort of like my original cut. I think it needs "tweaking." It's hard to find a good hairdresser. Sigh.

Thanks for all the input! I drew a name for the book and it's Grateful Gramma!

Grateful Gramma said...

Thank you!!

Ginnie

Delia said...

I'm late and missed the drawing but I don't care I still want to give my opinion...

I like your original. #5. And the lady in that picture writes romantic comedies and romantic historicals.

Of course, you're a natural storyteller so you could write anything! I'm sure each and every one of those manuscripts is wonderful. I just chose those two genres because they're my favorite!

Karla in Indiana said...

Hi! I like the short sassy hair cuts best. I think any of the short ones would look great on you! And I like the copper color, too. I think a lighter color washes you out.

I actually came here to introduce myself. I just joined ACFW and I live in North Manchester, Indiana, which I think is about an hour from you!

I look forward to meeting you sometime at an ACFW event! :-)

Karla Akins
http://homeschoolblogger.com/karlakakins
http://jesuslovesbikerchickstoo.blogspot.com
karla.akins@gmail.com