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Sometimes, inspiration comes from the strangest places. Dark corners that you’d never think to look in. Places that you’d normally pass without a second glance. Crevices filled with doubt and trepidation. The past few weeks have been eye-opening for me. I’ve learned so much about myself – what I’m capable of, what I want, what I don’t want…but most of all, I’ve been learning to believe. In myself. It’s been a long journey of self-discovery and I know I still have miles and miles to go. I know I’m not alone in my quest to understand the real me but I do know I am definitely on the right path. Finally.

Yesterday, with the help of my dear friend Lauren, I took another step in the direction of Me-Land. Crazy what chopping off 11 inches of hair can do to a girl! Whatever the case, I feel confident. Like I’m not hiding behind the idea of me. It’s the me I see in my head. I feel like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and dang, I feel inspired. And it’s come from the last place I’d ever look…from within.

Thanks to my dear friend Mary for coming to take a few snaps of me, with literally 5 minutes notice. Love you!

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  • Alison @ The Knotty BrideSeptember 9, 2010 - 7:55 am

    Ala, that is THE cutest little outfit, ever. And you are THE cutest chick to ever wear it. You look AWESOME!!!!! I adore this shoot! Oh, and more importantly, I LOVE YOUR HAIR. LOVE IT. This post almost made me cry, by the way. I’m emo.

  • Damaris MiaSeptember 9, 2010 - 7:57 am

    I love it! It suits you very well!

  • VSeptember 9, 2010 - 7:57 am

    ahhh, luv it!

  • Megan WelkerSeptember 9, 2010 - 7:58 am

    you are so damn fabulous ala!!!! LOVE the new do 🙂 gorgeous gorgeous!

  • KristiSeptember 9, 2010 - 8:01 am

    Oh you look GORGEOUS!!!! Love the new cut…it looks so freeing! Man do I wish I could look that good with 5 minutes notice!


  • AndaSeptember 9, 2010 - 8:03 am

    omg, ala, you are the cutest!! love the hair and the outfit and the photos!

  • laurenSeptember 9, 2010 - 8:15 am

    yay… for INSPIRATION…thanx for letting me go with it! I’m so glad we were on the same page with the cut as we usually are with lots of our visions! I loove the pics! can’t wait to steel them for my blog lol! ive never had pro pics of a cut to put up before lol! you will be the first! Rock the hair!

  • Evie PerezSeptember 9, 2010 - 8:39 am

    Adorable!!! You are just plain gorgeous 🙂

  • Catie RonquilloSeptember 9, 2010 - 8:41 am

    Love the haircut! And the outfit. And now I really need to go buy boots. PS. Do you color your hair/What color is your hair? LOOOVE. 🙂

  • gladys jemSeptember 9, 2010 - 8:43 am

    im glad that you’re happy. you deserve to be.
    and this haircut, just gorgeous. you make me want to be like you when i grow up. grow up as in like a few years! xoxo

  • Harmony LovesSeptember 9, 2010 - 8:55 am

    you are just too cute and SASSY for words! 🙂

  • Jasmine*September 9, 2010 - 9:43 am

    Love it!! Stop being so cute already! 😉

  • MarciaSeptember 9, 2010 - 10:50 am

    All from a haircut?? Alrighty then.

  • SoniaSeptember 9, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Cute pics, but please dont make that “crunchy” face anymore! lol!

  • kellySeptember 9, 2010 - 11:25 am

    SO freakin’ cute!! you look fabulous!

  • MeredithSeptember 9, 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Beautiful- congratulations on the new look!

  • ChelleSeptember 9, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    Marcia’s just jealous her life she needs cataclysmic events to inspire her. Keep waiting on that. You’re wrinkles are showing.

    Sonia’s just jealous she can’t make a cute wrinkly face. See Marcia. She might be able to help with that.

    I adore your hair, your photography and your spirit. Keep doing what you do! Hater’s be hatin’!

  • Araceli OlivasSeptember 9, 2010 - 1:35 pm

    Oh’ Ala, I have followed your blog since forever and this is by far my favorite look on you! Mr. Cortez must be beaming 🙂

  • BeaSeptember 9, 2010 - 2:35 pm

    Go on with your bomb inspirational hair cut and crunchy face. Nobody rocks either like you can. <3

  • VanessaSeptember 10, 2010 - 8:32 am

    Que bonita 🙂

  • AdisSeptember 15, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    I’m only a rookie, and shoot my kids and my family w/my mini cam. You’re TOTALLY my new inspiration! <3

    (Wish I knew about u when I got married)

    –A fan

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