Inspiration: For years I've had long(ish) hair. And I treasured it. But then I began to crave the precision of a serious haircut. I got a bit tired of my hair just hanging there. So a few months ago (shortly after the last fashion week) I instructed my stylist to lop off four inches (five in the back). I've kept it up and continue to sport the most precise bob I've ever had. And I love it. So what if it takes the entire year (or more) to get back the hair I had. I am glad to be free of it for now (except when I go to the gym and I cannot get it all into a ponytail without some serious gel). That said, I doubt I will ever go as short as Kate Lanphear. But her haircut is one of my all-time favorites.