Leaping Leopards




Thanks to everyone for being so patient for the "after" pictures while I "lived" in the cut for a few days...  It has been a WILD and, disregarding puniness, Precious last month.  To all of you who walked beside me and supported The Pixie Project {click here to see all related posts}, I send you a million heart felt hugs and deep gratitude.  It would have been crazy fun to have all of you at the salon with me when I got the cut -- such an empowering event.  The encouragement and elation I felt falls short of only a few other events in my life... ranking under getting engaged, getting married, and giving birth to my sweet daughter.  So though you weren't there,... know that you were.  I felt it.  I put together this time-lapsey video of the experience -- from the first cut (done by David) to the final spin in the chair...



Its hard to come up with what to say to recap a month like August was.  What started as a flicker of an idea grew into something bigger than I knew to imagine.  The Pixie Project's original goal was to raise enough money to take three women off the streets / out of the sex industry of Ethiopia and put them through a year of holistic rehabilitation including counseling medical attention, spiritual guidance, job training, as well as support for their children.  The total need for three women was $1,200.  In just the first 10 days of the project we blew that amount out of the water.  The final total? $2,501!! Two Thousand Five Hundred and One!!!!!!... enough to fund SIX women!

And it's not just those six women.  When a second chance of life is given the way that Mocha Club and the Women at Risk program is able to give, that life fills to the brim and overflows into all those around.  Six women's lives have the power to transform entire communities, and dare I say it... the world.  That's huge!  My heart could explode.  

Lots of people want to know what reactions I've been getting to my hair.  I have some shocked middle school youth kids, but mostly they say that it feels like I've always had this cut or that it is the "cut your face has been waiting for."  My reaction?  I immediately liked it.  After a week, I love it.  There's still a lot to get used to and figure out, but it feels so good - both literally and figuratively.  I'm 100% glad I did it.

I want to take a couple seconds to thank Barrett, Marisa, Jordan, Emily, Matt, and the rest of the Mocha Club crew.  Thank you for teaching me, guiding me, cheering me on, and cultivating passion and change.  Thank you to Jordan (at salon N fuse) - my awesome rock star stylist who donated the cut.  Thank you for making me feel beautiful through not just your mad skills, but also your words.  THANK YOU to all who donated and spread the word -- who brought this project to fruition.  You left a permanent mark on my heart.  And lastly, thank you to my sweet love David -- I've never felt so beautiful, so cherished,  so believed in, and so loved.

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In the Tennessean:
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About the outfit:  lucky jeans c/o langston's  //  sweater c/o conversation pieces  //  Steve Madden Croquet shoes in leopard c/o heels.com. What I love about this outfit is the mixture of stripes and leopard -- so fun to mix patterns.  I stumbled upon these Steve Madden Shoes on heels.com and fell in love.  So comfortable.  And leopard basically counts as a neutral this fall -- goes with nearly everything!

If you are into shoes like me, you've got to check out heels.com -- so much to choose from and so easy to navigate... Not to mention better prices than department stores!  They have the name brands and styles you love at more affordable prices.  All the trends + all the classics + quick shipping and great customer service.  I give them my stamp of approval!  {heels.com on: twitter  //  facebook  //  pinterest}


31 comments...:

  1. Gorgeous!!! I love your pixie! And what an awesome journey in just one month. I knew you would reach your goal, and doubling it is just awesome!! I don't know how you didn't cry...I teared up just watching the video.

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  2. You look beautiful!! Very similar to the haircut I had and I loved it!! So easy to take care of.

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  3. And what an awesome adventure you have shared with us! You are stunning woman! I had no doubt that you would rock the pixie. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. I'm thrilled the program will be able to help 6 women. I just adore the haircut, it shows off your pretty face so much better.

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  5. Ok, so I'll say it. I totally teared up during the video. I was not prepared for the immense heart swell from seeing you and sweet Jordan and your proud hubby and little Magnolia playing with the comb. Are you kidding me? Just the most precious moment. I'm proud of you, friend. Oh, and also? YOU LOOK SMOKING HOT. Seriously. Hot. xoxoxo

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  6. oh man. just cried some really happy tears watching that video. so so proud of you girl. it was such an honor to walk this journey with you!! and you look so foxy. i love it!!

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  7. Blair, you are amazing, courageous, and beautiful. All teary-eyed after your video, I'm glad to be able to have met you + your sister, even if it was brief. Congratulations on the good deeds you have done for these women!

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  8. I'm sitting here bawling my eyes out watcing this video!!!! What an amazing, amazing thing you have done my friend. I'm so incredibly proud of you, and blown away. These women have been changed forever. A huge crown you will receive for that!!!! Love, love love the hair!

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  9. Always an inspiration.I am in love with the haircut. Looks SO good on you, even better because of the meaning behind it. Xoxo

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  10. It's times like these I'm grateful you blog. To see this journey from the beginning has been a gift. You are a beautiful inspiration (inside and out) to all of us.

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  11. LOVE your new haircut girl! you are soo beautiful!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  12. Oh man I got ready-eyed watching that video.. It's amazing what you've accomplished with this.. You are such an inspiration Blair. And I knew you'd be able to rock the pixie.. It looks awesome apon you!! You look stunning! What an incredible experience.

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  13. I don't think I can fully express just how FANTASTIC you look with short hair...you were made for it! Beautiful and adorable all rolled into one!!! :)

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  14. It looks fabulous! I totally know the feeling of the pixie...put on a shirt and go to fluff your hair out of it and OH...no hair. It looks great, you did an amazing job!

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  15. You look fabulous! Love the short hair!!

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  16. That video made me cry. I'm proud to be your IRL friend! The Lord is using you in mighty ways, Blair! Keep up the good work!

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  17. Blair! You look beautiful! I love it...so proud of you!!

    Lovins!

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  18. what a beautiful cause, and a beautiful cut. You should be so proud of what God has done through you.

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  19. I love your outfit + your hair is so beautiful!! xo

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  20. That was such a great video!! And your hair suits you so perfectly!!

    Love it!!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  21. you can SERIOUSLY pull that off. i think it looks amazing. and what a cause -- so great, blair.

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  22. It. Looks. Amazing! And even better, it means something amazing. Way to go, Blair! xx

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  23. just found your blog through the pleated poppy! the hair drew me in! and what a small world...i'm in nashville too!!!!! awesome!!! new follower! can't wait to read back on the pixie project and follow along!!!!

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  24. LOVE your hair! What a great cause!

    Lindsey
    http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

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  25. You look GORGEOUS! You and the hair look made for each other :)

    You are such an inspiration, Blair. I want to share a bit more, but I will message you directly for that...

    You are so beautiful, inside and out. I think God is looking at you and just beaming with pride right now!

    xoxo J

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  26. It's been great following this journey with you. You did a really incredible thing for those women! I love love love the haircut...I mean seriously LOVE.

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  27. Thanks for stopping by my blog so I am now returning the favor. I was reading some of your recent posts and let me tell you, I love your pixie cut but I also love your long hair. You look awesome either way but you definitely can pull off the pixie 'do (which a lot of people can't).

    I'm also really diggin the leopard shoes.

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  28. So proud of you!!! And you look wonderful!! You were meant to have that cut!!

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