Lea Michele in Beverly Hills

Posted on September 20, 2013

Our hearts are full of love, darlings. We’ve ragged on her plenty of times before, but now is not the time.

Lea Michele leaving the Meche Salon after getting her hair done in Beverly Hills, California.

Besides, she looks really cute. Yet another argument for why she should strip things down a bit in her personal style. The uber-glam sexy-sexy looks never serve as well as when she’s just looking cute.

What kind of major, “This is Mrs. Norman Maine” moment do you think she’ll have at the Emmys on Sunday?






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  • Diego!

    I agree with you guys! She looks gorgeous and much more chic when she keeps it simple. Great legs Lea btw! πŸ™‚

  • Sobaika

    Simple suits her, absolutely.

  • thecitysleeps

    That shirt is very cute. The Cory necklace makes my heart ache.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      I know, I feel the same way. She normally annoys me, but I can’t be too tough on someone who just lost their boyfriend at such a young age.

      • Kate

        I know! And it didn’t seem like one of those boyfriends you have because you happen to work together. It really seemed like true love. My heart breaks for her, I cannot even imagine.

    • fursa_saida

      OH NO, I didn’t notice. So sad.

  • mmebam

    Now to translate this to her red carpet looks…

  • Jennifer

    How thin she has become! Though she certainly looks beautiful.

    • Mismarker

      Grief is a natural appetite suppressant. : ( It is nice to see her smiling, though. I hope she doesn’t feel like she has to force it for the cameras.

      • fursa_saida

        I was thinking the same thing. πŸ™

  • alyce1213

    I really love that she has an actual book (Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn) in her hand. The shirt is very adorable, the shorts a little skimpy (visible pockets), but they’re just fine for the salon. I also wish she’d tone it down on the RC, I would like her more.

    • Mismarker

      Re: actual book, me too. I feel like she also needs to be reading The Year of Magical Thinking.

      • marlie

        Oh, nooooo. Not right now. That was a beautifully written book, but it’s painfully heartbreaking to read (it hurts just to think about it). She doesn’t need something like that right now. Maybe when Monteith’s death isn’t still so “new.”

        • Mismarker

          Yep on all accounts. I’m just now seeing that I didn’t word my comment the way I had intended. I had a feeling someone would call me out on that! On a somewhat related note, I need more coffee.

        • Just Me

          Well then, she should not be reading Gone Girl, either. I read it for my book club. Serious dysfunction all around in that book.

          • Spicytomato1

            Yes but I think it’s very escapist, which can be therapeutic. I couldn’t put it down just wondering what crazy turn it would take next.

          • Just Me

            True. I was ok with putting it down because I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. When it finally did, I thought, “Of course.”

          • marlie

            I think the difference is that Gone Girl is fiction, and it’s a thriller. If you haven’t read TYoMT, it’s Joan Didion’s memoir about her daughter’s very serious illness and her husband’s death, which happened within days of each other. It’s too much real-life pain for a lot of people, not just Lea.

          • d4divine

            Wait…Lea ISN”T the first person in the world to experience loss….oh….I was lead to believe…

          • marlie

            Heh, I didn’t quite mean it that way. I meant that there are some people I know who I doubt will never be in the right frame of mind to read it. And I’d guess that right now, Lea certainly isn’t.

          • d4divine

            Lol. I was being sadcastic

          • marlie

            Also, I’ve found that – even when I’m at my lowest – fictionalized dysfunction and sadness don’t bother me. It’s the REAL stories of heartbreak and loss that I have to stay away from. I suppose I’m able to disconnect the fictional story from real life, no matter how dark it is.

          • Just Me

            True, but a really good writer can make fiction feel so real you can see it happening, no matter how crazy it gets. You understand/see/feel the real life in the fiction. Reading stories like that will haunt me. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it is amazing

          • marlie

            I’ll have to add Gone Girl to my list. I agree that a good author can make things seem real; I appreciate that too. But I suppose there’s always something in the back of my mind that reminds me that it’s still not “real.”

          • Sarah

            I’m going to chime in here and say that it’s sure suspenseful, but I didn’t care for it. If you want to go on a ride, go ahead and read it, but you may or may not be satisfied by the end. I felt it was more of an exercise in how to create a real mindf*ck of a story and less of a piece of literature. But that’s just me.

          • Spicytomato1

            “it was more of an exercise in how to create a real mindf*ck of a story and less of a piece of literature”

            Can’t disagree with you there. But while it may not have true literary merit, I think it’s safe to say that it’s a step up from other best sellers (coughFiftyShadesofGraycough).

          • Sarah

            Haha and I can’t argue with THAT, but it’s not too hard to take a step up from total crap.

          • fursa_saida

            I guess I don’t see the distinction, really, but I have a weakness for explorations of form and narrative for their own sake (when it’s done well and with interest), so that’s probably just my thing. The books I most often turn to for sheer emotion and character are, in fact, YA. (A very specific couple of YA authors, though–while I loved The Hunger Games for how well it portrayed the experience of having a total emotional breakdown and/or PTSD, I’m talking about something very different here.)

          • Sarah

            I dig YA too. Really good character development. I’m a hardcore sci-fi/fantasy nerd, and I only read Gone Girl because I work at the library and damn if EVERYONE wasn’t reading it, and I should’ve known I wouldn’t like it. Hence, “that’s just me.”

          • fursa_saida

            Yay! I’m an SFF fan too. Have you read Tamora Pierce’s stuff? (This is apparently the official thread where I love all over Tamora Pierce.) Her books were integral to my adolescence basically my entire life. I also really loved Erin Bow’s Plain Kate and Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go, more recently.

          • Sarah

            Yes, I’m familiar with Tamora Pierce. I’m a little older, I guess, because the ones that were integral for me were Madeline L’Engle and Ursula K. Leguin. Escapism FTW!

  • MilaXX

    A prime example of less is more.

  • Cute. But, I can already feel my benevolence for her wearing thin and my instinctual skepticism taking hold. What can I say, I’m a bitch like that.

    • demidaemon

      That’s okay. At least you are honest! πŸ˜‰

  • nannypoo

    She looks good. Love the shirt. For the Emmys, restraint would be good.

  • SugarSnap108

    Love the shirt. Wish the shorts were slightly longer. The legs should not be cut off at hoo-ha level, IMO.

    • twigg

      Agreed, I can’t even imagine where they would cut off when she sits down.

  • Mrs. Julien

    She can have all the Mrs. Norman Maine moments she wants as long as she never, ever sings The Man That Got Away. I would want to drown myself while she sang, if that happened.

    • d4divine

      Not bitchy at all…because it is true

  • Jessica Freeman

    Quite love this, even though I really dislike the short shorts. I read the book she is reading. It was not one of my favorites.

    • Imasewsure

      Agreed. It was a stupid book… started well, ended up dumb… and she looks really cute here – I don’t mind short shorts when the right person is wearing them (in the right way)

  • mhleta

    I didn’t realize she was such a wisp. What’s she reading? I can’t see.

    • VioletFem

      Gone Girl by Gillian Flynch, It’s on my reading list.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        It’s one of those books that you won’t want to put down, but I found the ending to be too pat and perfect.

        • alyce1213

          Yay Librarians!

          • Angela_the_Librarian

            Thanks! I work at a library in a medical school. An interesting assortment of questions cross by my desk every day πŸ™‚

          • alyce1213

            You must know a lot of yucky stuff.

        • Heather

          Indeed, I don’t think Flynn is a bad writer at all, and I don’t generally have an issue with unsympathetic characters or unreliable narrators, but I’ve read a couple of her books and they always leave a bad taste in my mouth. There’s something misanthropic about them that I can’t quite pin down.

          • Just Me

            The main characters are CRAZY. My book club read Gone Girl. You know it is an interesting discussion when folks are looking to google for the difference between a psychopath and sociopath to understand the characters.

        • VioletFem

          I’ve heard that caveat about the ending quite a lot, so I’m a bit hesitant about the book. I’m still going to read it as soon as I can make the time for it.

          • Sunraya

            I really liked it, and I rarely like fiction anymore, since most authors are just so repetitive. Worth getting out from the library, at least.

          • travelgirl28

            I absolutely loved this book. Many twists and turns, a ripping read. Give it a shot, I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did.

        • Jessica Freeman

          I found the same thing. I was really let down by the ending.

        • Just Me

          Exactly and can we talk about the crazy-ass sociopath main character? TLO fashion blog and impromptu book club meeting is now in session:-)

          • Angela_the_Librarian

            Don’t want to spoil the story for others, but I found the parts where she explored how the media frames and manipulates missing people stories to be the most interesting. I think I would have enjoyed it more if that would have remained the focus of the story.

          • Just Me

            Yes, that part rang very true and was interesting, as well as how clueless just about everyone was about the extent of her manipulation (and his sick-puppy self) until much, much later. I’ll stop now…no spoilers:-)

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            I just want to go on record saying the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde is one of the most fun, witty series and The Eyre Affair is one of my favorite books ever. Thursday is one of the best written female characters in literature. And for the BKs who have read it, I dare you to tell me that anyone other than Cate Blanchett could play SpecOps 27 Detective Next. For the BKs who have not read any of the Thursday Next series, imagine if Cate Blanchett was a James Bond of the literary world in an alternate universe where time travel is possible, and you can literally enter a work of literature.

          • Angela_the_Librarian

            I love the Thursday Next series! Have you read Shades of Grey? (it’s so unfortunate that “50 Shades of Grey” came out around the same time)

            I agree that Cate Blanchette would make an excellent Detective Next πŸ™‚

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            YES I have read all of Fforde’s stuff except for his YA series, but that is on the list. The next Shades Of Grey book comes out next year supposedly.

          • fursa_saida

            I LOVE Thursday Next. I still haven’t finished The Well of Lost Plots (I forget what happened, I something must have distracted me or taken up all my time), but I completely adored the first two. Must get back on that. All the amazing meta play with books and tropes and character and memory, plus a really delightful female heroine, I mean, what’s not to like?

          • demidaemon

            I too love them. I only own one and it’s not the first one, but I really want to start the series from the beginning. It would be an interesting exercise to translate them into screenplay form, certainly. I’m not sure how I would feel about the result, but, if Cate Blanchett was involved, I think I could live with it.

    • alyce1213

      She’s tiny, and even thinner now – sadness weight loss.

    • filmcricket

      Yes, she’s so teeny. I think she had to stand on apple boxes in a lot of her scenes with Monteith. Sniff.

  • Trisha26

    If I came out of the salon with my hair looking like that I’d demand a refund. Hate that cocker spaniel/ombre look.

  • decormaven

    There you go! That’s such a better look for her.

  • sagecreek

    Poor thing. As much as I’ve made fn of her, you’re right…now is not the time. Anyway, she looks adorably casual.

  • marlie

    Cute, cute, cute outfit! And really “attainable.” I like. This is so much better than her usual “sexy” look.

  • Joey Melliza

    … OF COURSE!

    • marlie

      I disagree. This outfit has none of the trying-too-hard vibe that almost ALL of her red carpet appearances have. This look, on the other hand, is standard 20-somthing woman running errands. Sure, the shorts are short, but that’s “in” right now, and everyone I know (non-celebs) would and does wear this exact outfit on a regular basis.

      It’s actually a rather refreshing change, for her.

    • VioletFem

      Of course someone would say “of course!”. Even when it is completely off base!

  • mozzer0906

    She looks great, natural, relaxed and still sexy. Brava darling.

  • bellafigura1

    Gillian Flynn must be happy. Happier.

  • Lucia Kmaid

    Is having a celebrity carry your book a new promotion technique? If so, TLo should definitely get a celebrity to carry their book around town looking like a total fashion bitch, or maybe have them emulate some of the advice on the book? Imagine LiLo looking all prim and proper while going to her therapy session and carrying the TLo book!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Maybe Charlize Theron could use it to shield her eyes from the paparazzi. Or, now that she’s finished the Parking Lots Of LA leg of America’s Sweetheart Tour 2013, Reese Witherspoon could add another leg, the America’s Sweetheart: Barnes And Noble Fall Tour 2013. Parker Posey could carry TLO’s book around Manhattan, being photographed pretending like it was a phone she was pretending to talk to her pretend friends on. Does The Sev have a fashion blogger alter?

  • mjude

    she does look cute. i am still so very sad for her loss. πŸ™

  • Jessica O’Connell

    The only problem I have with this is that she’s reading Gone Girl. HATED it.

    • Lea Setegn

      I didn’t get past 100 pages before I wanted to kill both main characters. HORRIBLE book.

      • Jessica O’Connell

        Yup, AWFUL characters. I made it to the end just because I was curious what was going on, but the ending was the worst part, IMO, and just made me want to throw the book across the room!

  • Imasewsure

    Well she clearly loves Judy but I’m hoping she doesn’t go Mrs. Norman Maine on us (well actually I won’t be watching). She really looks cute here

  • This is why I love you guys – for the mrs Norman Maine comment. The sole reason to watch the Emmys, in my opinion

  • d4divine

    She looks cute….but I am about to cut a bit@$ if I see one more pair of flip flops. They really should be outlawed!!

  • formerlyAnon

    “What kind of major, β€œThis is Mrs. Norman Maine” moment do you think she’ll have at the Emmys on Sunday?”

    To repeat a cliche, y’all are evil and I love you for it.

    Yes, she looks so much better (as well as sexier) dialed back & dressed down.

    ETA: if she’s really reading Gone Girl, rather than just carrying it around trying to read it, my respect for her mental concentration goes up several notches. During times of upheaval in my life, I always end up re-reading things that I find comforting and undemanding. Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, The Hobbit & Cold Comfort Farm were in rotation after the last death in my family.

    • Kate4queen

      Your reading habits are my reading habits. πŸ™‚

    • fursa_saida

      When I’m depressed I just reread all of Tamora Pierce’s books over and over again. Once in college I got desperate enough that I was hunting down all sorts of books I’d loved from childhood and reading the free excerpts you can find on Google Books and Amazon because I couldn’t just BUY all those books (and/or I already owned them, but they were in storage a thousand miles away). At this point there is a kind of large number of books (mostly Tamora Pierce, but also some others) that I own both on Kindle and in hard copy because I need to be sure to have access to them at all times in case of emotional emergency. I call them my security blanket books.

      ETA: Cold Comfort Farm is great! I need to reread that. My most-beloved high school English teacher gave it to me when I graduated, so even after having only read it once I have a lot of fond associations with it.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yup. The pharmaceutical industry would have much more of my money were it not for aerobic exercise and genre fiction. There are a lot of “young adult” authors on my reading list. [not to go too book club – I was SO disappointed in the 3rd Beka Cooper novel. Not up to the first two at all, IMO.]

        One of the things I Iike most about having a Kindle is handy portable access to my comfort reading.

  • Kelly

    Were these pics taken at the same time? So did she stop somewhere between the first pictures and the last one to twist her freshly-“done” hair into a bun? Or is the last picture a “before” and the earlier ones are “after”?

    • BrooklynBomber

      Maybe this is Elle Woods-y of me, but someone who JUST had her hair done does not twist it into a bun. On top of that, she’s not holding her book or her keys in the last picture. Therefore (and maybe this is Nancy Drew-y of me), I say the last picture is on the way in, and all the others are on the way out.

      • Kelly

        Nancy, I bet you’re right! Glad you’re on the case /g/.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Between Nancy and Harriet the Spy, I learned to be quite the detective.

          • Cz

            Your comment gave me the smiles today.

          • Alloy Jane

            I LOVED Harriet the Spy. I really got on board with her because of the tomato sandwiches. I never knew it was ok to do that, have a sandwich with just tomatoes. It was very liberating.

          • BrooklynBomber

            I adored Harriet the Spy. Only problem was when I went back years later (as an adult) to re-read, I thought there was a lot of racism. But I just stumbled upon this, which discusses that a bit http:// toveyjones . com/harriet/?page_id=196 (I’ve added spaces so it wouldn’t be a live link here). Anyway, I really identified with misfit Harriet, and carried around a miniature golf pencil and a little notebook for while.

  • Elizabeth Flowers

    I think she’ll go simple for the Emmys if only because she knows she’ll be getting photographed A LOT because of the passing of Cory. Don’t want to come off in a negative way. I’m just happy to see her out and about and smiling and looking adorable.

  • lrhg

    She does look good, love the shirt. And nice to see her smiling.

    I do think the hair is too much for her though; she’s so tiny that it and the thick bangs just overwhelm her. I like it much better in the bun in the last shot, even if we only see it from the back.

    • filmcricket

      I’ve hated the bangs since she got them, they do overwhelm her face. And she has a beautiful brow, too; when the bangs are swept off her forehead she looks utterly stunning.

  • Wellworn

    Farewell “of course”. We hardly knew ye.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Here’s the thing: She’s still showing off tons of leg, and that shirt is open all the way to there. Only now she looks like That Smart, Fun, Goofy, Cute Girl, which is infinitely sexier than anything she could vamp up on the red carpet. Bravo to pretend-heterosexual-me’s Type.

  • Mizzy

    So much self-absorbed, faux empathy on here it’s genuinely nauseating. Glad she looks to be doing well.

    • Alloy Jane

      Oh please. Just because folks here have low tolerance for her strippertastic red carpet habits doesn’t mean they can’t feel for her as a human. If you can’t understand that, that just speaks to your own deficiencies.

    • Uh-oh! The GRIEF POLICE have arrived. Everyone look appropriate!

      Get the hell out of here with your pretension and moral judgments, honey.

  • Ashleigh

    serious “get away from me” vibes, poor gal

  • clairellis

    So cute.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Ohhhhh the Emmys. This is going to be the LONGEST “In Memoriam” segment in history, I think. I read an article once about how the Oscars have a special committee who decide who makes the cut and it is just as political as the awards themselves. I hope the Emmys have a bit more class than that.

    • demidaemon

      It has been a pretty rough year, TV stars loss wise. I expect there will be a couple big ones (probably Cory Monteith included) while the rest of them will get the usual montage with a sad song.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I do have a personal pet peeve about seeing the pockets peaking out from under denim cut offs. That’s my sole complaint.

  • bueller

    Didn’t even go the Emmys. Smart of her. Anything else and people would claim she’s milking his death.