Hip2bMom’s professional hair cutting shears

Hip2bMom's professional hair cutting shears

Just as I was congratulating myself on having successfully palmed off my hair cutting duties to Nick the Pro, he absconded on us. I’m really disappointed in you, Nick! I hope your hair turns algae green when you bleach it blond 😉.

Well, as I recall, there’s a piece of sweet wisdom that says – when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. So off I went and hohoho, what did I find?

My first pair of, dare I say, professional hair cutting shears! And just like that, I’m back at my old job as the family’s official hairdresser!

Hip2bMom's professional hair cutting shears

I figured if I can’t claim to be a pro, I can at least pretend to be one with these professional hair cutting shears lol! My old stainless steel pair has served me well through my kids’ growing years. But now that I have to deal with way more hair and length, I need a bigger pair that takes off more hair at one go and won’t slow me down.

My Utopia Care professional hair cutting shears arrived in a neat portable case that’s great for storage and even better for travel. The shears are just the right size, very sharp and with finger inserts for a better grip. I don’t use the inserts as I like to be able to slip the shears on and off quickly. The blades are 100% stainless steel so no worries about rusting or tarnishing.

Hip2bMom's professional hair cutting shears

So far, we’ve used these shears for 2 rounds of haircuts and we’re lovin’ every snip. I say we because Hip2bDaughter1 is now my trusted hairdresser. Yup, you heard me. My baby now styles and cuts MY hair and she does an amazing job.

Somewhere along the line, you guys are probably wondering, so why don’t you just go to another hairdresser? Well, yes, that would be the logical next step for many people. Not for me. I’m a very hands-on mom who enjoys doing stuff for/with my kids. It’s what I call seamless bonding.

Personal experience also tells me that dream haircuts don’t always turn out the way you envision them, even after forking out those big bucks. So I’d rather steer clear of any potential hairy situations and take matters into my own hands.

Thankfully my amateur haircuts are turning out okay. This week alone, the girls have had 3 random people complimenting them on their cute haircuts at school. I heard that these 3 people when told they are Mom’s home haircuts, and not pro cuts, were impressed and gave the thumbs up.

Many people here cut their own hair or for their families and are proud of it. Others applaud and encourage them. That’s the spirit. Many of us have never been to hair school but have simply learned the techniques from watching videos. All you need is a good pair of shears like my new professional hair cutting shears which gives me the precision I need to do a better job. Who would’ve thought some of the best haircuts in the world are free?

(I wasn’t paid or compensated in any way for writing this post (though it’d be nice if Utopia would send me a free pair of these amazing shears, hint hint) but it does contain affiliate links. Opinions are entirely mine. Thanks for clicking on these links.)

Hip2bMom’s hair salon

Hip2bMom's hair salon

If you’re a mom, you’ll agree that moms have the world’s most unexpected job specifications, often running into uncharted territory, such as Chief Executive Hairdresser, for instance. One without proper qualifications, I might add lol.

Back in college, I used to attack my bangs every once in a while. It was the only part of my hair that needed maintenance. Since I have an aversion to hair salons, this worked out perfectly. And that’s all the ‘training’ and experience I have.

When time came for my kids to have their first haircuts, I naturally assumed it was my job. Taking them to the hair salon was never an option. It might have to do with having witnessed kids being hauled up by their parents, kicking and screaming, and pinned down to that dreaded chair so a complete stranger, armed with a deadly weapon, could attempt to snip off what little hair they had.

I couldn’t bear to think of subjecting my kids to that kind of trauma. So when it came time for my firstborn to have his first ever haircut, I took it upon myself. If I could cut my own hair, a kid’s hair should be a piece of cake and it’s not like he’s going to see the Queen, right?

Hip2bMom's hair salon

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So that’s how far back Hip to be Mom’s home hair salon goes. I designed my bathroom to be 3 times bigger than normal so I’d have enough wriggle room to turn it into a hair salon every few weeks. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, right? lol Don’t even get me started on the things I’ve done to child-proof the house.

And so that’s how I ended up being my children’s hairdresser from kindy through college, and all the years in between. Those early haircuts were without struggles. My kids would sit there quietly and patiently while I danced around them. Cutting boys’ hair or even layered haircut for girls isn’t hard. It just needs confidence and some juggling skills.

I probably don’t say this enough but my kids are such sweethearts about a lot of things, which is why I’ve been inspired to do things with/for them that I might otherwise have been hesitant to try. They always cheer me on and tell me I do a good job – and in this case, give me the Nike assurance: “it’s okay, Mom, hair will grow back so just do it!” – and I love them for it.

There was a spell during their teen years when I got lazy found Nick and sent them on their merry way. Of course, at the time, I didn’t know Nick. He was just some random guy who had a different hairstyle and color every other day. But I figured, well, if he had hair like a k-popper, he should be okay. Yup, I’m deep like that lol.

Nick the Pro would definitely be able to cater to a whole range of different hair styles that I couldn’t possibly offer. “Kids, you’re not babies any more. It’s time you went to a pro. Nick does a better job than me. So off you go!”

And just like that, I washed my hands off this whole hairy business. Or so I thought…

(to be continued)

Tigers in the woods

Tigers in the woods

This is one of those weekends that Hip2Dad isn’t playing the El Nino Open. I say, what a great decision! Better to be enjoying a day in the comfort of home than chasing golf balls all day in this oppressive heatwave.

That said, I have to admit that at one point in my working life, I too had a golf club standing in my office. Scattered across that corner of my room were golf balls, each bearing the initials of my beloved boss, carefully carved out in permanent marker.

At random times of the work day, you could find me behind closed doors whacking the living daylights out of said golf balls✌. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe in violence any more than I believe them initials should be allowed to run amok in the workplace. But there were times when 5:00 pm was just too far away and I needed to de-stress pronto.

Speaking of which, I wonder why ‘coming home from the office to your kids’ isn’t listed anywhere as a stress reliever. For me, it wasn’t meditation or a vacation away from it all. It was my kids who kept me sane when work was a beech (oops, I’ve done it again, haven’t I? and this ain’t no Britney Spears song either!).

Back then, I did consider taking up golf. That was when Hip2bDad began telling me to stop calling golf clubs ‘golf sticks’. He introduced me to each golf club by name. Meet Dasher, Dancer and Prancer Putter, Driver and Iron! But that didn’t stop me from using a driver to putt. Duh!

And he showed me how to swing a golf club without killing anyone in the process. Good thing we never got to the real game where I had to drive the ball across the grass, I mean, green. Apparently someone drove a ball right smack into our K-friend’s head and he promptly fainted. See, it could happen even to experienced golfers. So don’t even try to imagine what I would’ve done!

Tigers in the woods

At some point, Hip2bDad began to think he saw potential Tigers in our three pre-teens. In fact, he was so sure he signed them all up for golf lessons. So began our suntanning sessions as I played doting golf mom! Soon we all began to look like roasted potatoes even as our sunblock investments went shooting through the roof.

Golf fashion quickly dominated our weekend lives. “Hey, why are you wearing that? Where’s your polo shirt?” our resident golf fashion police could be heard hollering up the stairs. “Belts please! Hey, hey, don’t forget to tuck in your shirt!” No offense but who even wears belts any more unless they’ve been living in the woods since World War 2?! You have no idea how much it pained me to see my poor kids dressed up like fusty old men with golf sticks!!

Never could understand golf fashion. Which is why it’s probably a good thing I never signed up for lessons myself. One look at Mrs K-friend in long-sleeved polo shirts and covering herself 머리부터 발끝까지 (from head to toe) in sun-protective garb and I was like, no no no, I ain’t wearing no hasmat suit!! There’s just no way!

To top it off, they even have golf fashion police patrolling the course in case you decide to get all New York Fashion Week-like. My kids got told off a few times but they just shrugged and carried on. Go kids!! Honestly, who the heck cares? It’s only a game! Or a work stress reliever, if you’re like me?

New eyeglasses from Firmoo

New eyeglasses from Firmoo

Okay, so I’ve been long overdue for a new pair of eyeglasses but between the hectic days and the usual dose of procrastination, this whole idea never quite got off the ground. Along comes Firmoo.com offering to send me a pair of glasses for review, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

So I set off on my mission. Yup, I could literally spend hours browsing through Firmoo’s amazing collection of fashionable eyeglasses and sunglasses for men and women, and I did! I do this every time! If you’re guessing that this isn’t my first time ordering from them, you’re right. The fun part is you can upload your photo to try on your frames, and actually see how each one looks on you.

And each frame comes with detailed measurements of the lens width, length height, bridge distance and even the temple size so you can easily compare frame sizes. I usually shortlist like a ton of frames and then spend the next few days “trying them on”. It’s hard to decide when you like almost everything, you know!! I think it’s a girrrl thing? *wink*

Well, my package finally arrived in the mail over the weekend – ta-daa! – and inside was a hard case and a drawstring pouch. Love the storage options especially when I travel. But if I were to be completely honest, I would’ve preferred the hard case to be a more funky color like magenta or neon green maybe? Brown is so not my color but…

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I’m really loving my hipster frame though! It’s the perfect size for my face and it makes me look every bit the hip mom that I am too (lol)!

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Inside the black pouch, I found a little surprise – a mini screwdriver on a key ring. Just what I need! The one I used to have in my bag went missing on one of my travels and I’ve been wanting a replacement ever since. The best part is this came free with my order.

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So am I happy with my new glasses? You betcha. They are so lightweight sometimes I forget I’m even wearing them. The frame is super cute, and the lenses come with anti-reflection and anti-UV coatings. Love!!

Okay, so enough about my glasses. Let’s talk about getting you a new pair. Firmoo.com is offering new customers 15% off all frames on their entire site. You can grab the coupon code from their 15% off page and remember, new arrivals are updated every day.

I received a pair of free eyeglasses from Firmoo.com to facilitate my review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.

Hip to be Shopping – Cyber Sidewalk Sale

Harlow Faux Wrap Dressy Cocktail Dress, Ravishing Rouge (Women's Plus Size)
Harlow Faux Wrap Dressy Cocktail Dress, Ravishing Rouge (Women’s Plus Size)

A curve skimming faux wrap silhouette epitomizes easy elegance. It’s kept simple with ¾ length sleeves and a flattering surplice neckline but made it modern with a wide sash. A striking print with bold black sash gives this classic silhouette a more contemporary edge.

Deep purple and black noir are timeless colors your wardrobe will thank you for. Wear this figure flattering style with a bold cuff or cocktail ring, platform pumps and a textured clutch for simple sophistication.

Smitten Lace Ruched Top, Black (Women's Plus Size)Smitten Lace Ruched Top, Black (Women’s Plus Size)

The Smitten Lace Top isn’t just a name, it will have you completely smitten and in love. With ruching all along the torso, this top will flatter and hug all of your fabulous curves. It is lined except for the high sheer neckline, which has a skin tone mesh behind the lace to hide your bra and give you a little more coverage.

The sheer lace sleeves fall at about your elbow and are sexy with added room for comfort as well. Although this top has great ruching, it is a slim silhouette and will work best with pear, hourglass and slight apple body shapes.

Peyton Palazzo Pants, Black (Women's Plus Size)
Peyton Palazzo Pants, Black (Women’s Plus Size)

Be stylish and relaxed in these Peyton Palazzo Pants. These wide-leg pants are made of a soft knit jersey material that has a wonderful gaucho-like drape that falls away from the body as not to cling. A fully ruched waistband gives you a comfortable and flattering fit for all body shapes.

Save big at Kiyonna’s Semi Annual Cyber Sidewalk Sale with $30 separates and $60 dresses. Don’t wait, stocks are limited and will go fast. Sale ends January 6, 2015.

Hip to be #Shopping – The #flat #shoe lover in you

Hey everyone, my weekly shopping post is back with something for that flat shoe lover in you. A flat shoe lover myself, I’m completely blown away by my selection this week. You just have to see these shoes yourself.

Craving Cute Flat
Craving Cute Flat

Infuse more than a slice of style into your steps with these white, Frooty flats by Jeffrey Campbell! Festooned with a variety of fresh, fruity snacks – from strawberries to watermelon to bananas – these leather espadrilles are a naturally sweet addition to your outfit.

Fluttering Down Fifth Ave Flat
Fluttering Down Fifth Ave Flat

Youre feeling light on your feet today, ambling down the avenue in these floral flats by Dimmi! Navy blooms spread across the cream fabric of these ballerina flats, while an elasticized navy strap criss-crosses by the tan heel to ensure your foot stays secure as you skip. Launched as a new line of the family business, Dimmi is dedicated to the memory of Richard A. Carrington IV and donates 100% of its wholesale profits to medical research.

Playing Cat and Mouse Flat
Playing Cat and Mouse Flat

Just like the embroidered cat chasing mice across these burgundy Irregular Choice loafers, you simply must get your hands on this quirky pair! Made from vegan faux leather, gold-dotted fabric, and glitter-cover heels, these fun shoes follow a brown feline in pursuit of five rascally rodents as they run across both toes and down the side. With their Gold Label, which is available only to hand-chosen retailers such as ModCloth, Brighton-based Irregular Choice inspires the imagination and fosters individuality in daring, delightful new ways.

Save 50% off awe-inspiring styles at ModCloth’s Wow Factor Sale. Sale ends July 14, 2014.

Hip to be #Shopping – An #ensemble fit for #spring

You can’t deny it. Spring is here and you know you can’t wait to shed the layers, spring into one of these pretty dresses and step outside. I don’t blame you. It’s gorgeous outside.

Spring It On Me Dress
Spring It On Me Dress

Going out? Charm and be charmed when you slip into this pink petunia print concentrated at the waist of this smocked-back white dress by Fever London.


To and Fro Tote

Yesterday, it was lunch with the mommies. Today, it’s the farmers market, and who knows what tomorrow has in store! Always on the go, what you need is this convenient and eye-catching number to brighten up your day.


Spring Around the Posies Heel

Spending a Saturday amidst the botanical beauty of the greenhouse, you can’t help but skip along the path in these white heels by Swedish Hasbeens! With flowery stencils in your every step, your feet will feel fancy-free.

Look chic all season and enjoy FREE US shipping and FREE returns on your order of $50+ of perfectly polished styles. For a limited time only. Oh, and don’t miss the Dress & Cardi Party while you’re there.

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