Reminiscing about longer days

These photos were taken right before I went to get my hair cut last week, and even though I was feeling in desperate need of getting the dead ends off and the layers refreshed, I couldn't help but feel sad to lose some of the length.

I have always defined myself by my long, dark, never-dyed hair. Sometimes (all the time) it is an unruly beast that needs to be tamed, but the long hair battle is one I'm prepared to fight.

However, on the heels of another cut, I found myself reminiscing about when it was about five inches longer, back in 2012. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to get back to that length and have the hair be healthy - in a few months my split ends will have split ends and the inch I grew will be trimmed off again.

Since I'm taking a stroll down memory lane, I thought I'd share my five favorite long hair posts of 2012.

One | Two | Three | Four | Five

On another note, this Sunday is my birthday! Naturally my weekend plans involve those of the party persuasion, and I'm pretty excited; first of all to go out with my best friends, secondly to see my family, and third of course, to eat lots of chocolate cake. As a bonus, the forecast for the weekend is decidedly spring - high 50s and sunny (I may have done a gleeful little dance when I saw that). 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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The Rundown
Polka Dot Shirt Kohl's similar
Black Blazer Kohl's similar
White Jeans Old Navy
Leather Trainers Nike c/o JD Sports
White Mini Satchel Tignanello via TJMaxx similar
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "My Very First Knockwurst" OPI


  1. Wow I can't believe you've never dyed your hair! I have to say your hair is gorgeous and I would love to have that healthy full mane! :) Love this casual put together look. Have a great weekend.

  2. Loving this outfit and I think your hair looks great at the length you have it (I am imagining it cut, haha) I used to like my hair really long too, but I think I like the length I have now, I used to let it get too long.
    and Happy Early Birthday! :D

  3. u just made white outfits look ass kicking hot !!

    love love love it

  4. Long hair is my area of expertise - and one of my tricks may just work for your growth problem :) Nisim Fast is my latest discovery, and one of the few growth shampoos I've ever seen any results from. It's for length and strength - I love it. Substitute apple cider vinegar for condition once a week - it definitely helps with moisture. And get your iron levels checked, just in case. Low iron = lack of hair growth. I've been on a mission for longer hair for the past few years after a pretty bad low iron scare and I promise, you can get the length back. Although your hair always looks lovely regardless. I truly envy your prowess with a flat iron :)
    PS: Happy almost birthday!

  5. I'm never brave enough to cut my hair, so I give you credit! I'm such a baby, I don't even like losing the length when I get it trimmed, ha ha! Hope you have a wonderful birthday, and enjoy that chocolate cake! -xx


  6. I envy your hair! I've never been able to grow mine long. Also loving this crisp black and white look you have going on here...

    District of Chic

  7. I love the blazer with the sneakers, totally right up my ally! Happy Weekend!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  8. Love your classy and polished look, Lydia.
    You know how much I admire your long hair but I look forward to seeing your new style!
    Have a lovely weekend,

    Annette | Lady of Style

  9. Holy smokes you've never dyed your hair?? That is incredible! It is so gorgeous! I hope you have an amazing birthday and birthday weekend!

  10. You look so classy, love your outfit !

  11. You've got some of my favorite things going on here! Black and white, polka dots and of course sporty kicks. Love this combo. An early happy birthday to you! And can't wait to see your shorter hair! ~Cynthia

  12. Love that blazer! Very cute! Xo

  13. I have huge hair envy!! It's not fair to talk like this when some of us girls have a hard enough time getting it to grow past our shoulders! (said jokingly) jodie
    ps...i forgive you though since you're wearing such a cute outfit!

  14. I understand you because I'm never brave enough to cut my hair.
    You have a gorgeous hair!

  15. What a cute blouse! Hope you have a wonderful birthday :)

  16. You look amazing dear, love the blazer!

  17. I love that blazer and shirt together!
    Melanie @

  18. Just perfect simply look and lovely combo dear.
    See you soon on my blog

  19. love that polka dot shirt!! rocking the white on white look! :D
    have a wonderful birthday!

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  20. I know what you mean about missing the hair we used to have! I had beautiful long long hair a few years ago, but I cut it twice really short (like a bob) and now I'm STILL growing it out.

    Another Beautiful Thing

  21. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I really can't wait to see the photos of your new hair cut! Long hair looks so good on you but I think you can pull off shorter hair really well!
    It also helps that you always dress so on-point ;)

    <(') hoda | joojoo azad

  22. WOW I cannot believe you have never died your hair. Your hair looks fabulous and incredibly shiny! Love it

  23. Happy Birthday! Your hair is amazing, I always try not to look at my older photos with longer hair right after I gotten a haircut, and think of fun ways I can style my new look. :)

    ~ xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom
    snapchat: poshclassymom

  24. Your hair is beautiful - at any length! :)

    I find that I go through phases with my hair now and then, I'll grow it really long and want it really short...and then instantly want it beck to being long again, haha! I find the longer it gets the harder it is to maintain too though.'

    Hope you had an amazing birthday!

    Away From The Blue

  25. Your hair is gorgeous! Love your black and white outfit! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

    Doused In Pink

  26. Your hair was longer! I love seeing the older pictures. Hope you had a wonderful birthday weekend full of lots of family, friends, and of course cake! I love your black and white combo here.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  27. I love the styling of this look, I have a similar blouse and have been thinking about how to style it!

    Much love xxx
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  28. Your hair always looks beautiful. I can understand your wish. I never had a problem growing my hair. I rarely use hot tools to iron or curl my hair, but I have to use blow dry just because my hair on back is thick, it would take forever till they naturally got dry. For me and I think everyone who wants long hair most important is conditioning and less hot tools. Hair masks are the best and I usually choose thick rich with different oils.
    Wishing you a happy Birthday! Hope it filled with lots of wonderful surprises.

  29. This is such a cute look! I love the mix of sporty and classic!
    xo Emily

  30. Happy late birthday!!! :)
    Love all those long-hair posts, especially the white shirt + blue print shorts look, the lighting on those pics is so pretty!
    Hope you had a wonderful birthday weekend. Love that you brought the funk to this classic look with those great sneakers!

  31. It was soooo long ! I had almost forgotten about it-
    Gosh don't complain, it looks really good. I am having really bad hair problems. It's just falling and I've already been to 3 doctors and nothing :(