Friday, August 15, 2014

Flowers in Hair

 A little early 1920's hair inspiration:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A (temporary) New 'Do

Hello everyone! Been a while since I last posted, as things have been crazy busy around here. I went about 2 months without even getting a full weekend off, which left very little time for blogging. I'm totally exhausted! I have to learn to say no to projects.... Although, it's hard to say no to work when you are self-employed, with a rather sporadic income. 

Things have slowed down for a couple of weeks, so I am taking full advantage. I'm trying to balance completing some personal projects (such as some much needed new clothes!) and relaxation time. Today was strictly a relaxation day, so I dressed up and went for coffee. Dressing up always makes me feel so much better, and even my mom commented on how much more cheerful I seemed today. 

You may remember this skirt, which I made from an old bedsheet. I love it's long length (it normally hits mid-shin), but fancied something a bit shorter today. Quick trick to change the length of a skirt: hike up the waist so it sits like a sleeveless dress, then put  blouse+ belt on top. The belt gives it the right shaping at the waist, and changes the looks of the skirt with no alterations needed! 

I paired it with my new set of tights. In the package they looked like an abstract floral design, but now that I look at the photos they rather resemble snake skin instead. Oh well, I have been in the mood for a slightly "edgier" look.

Speaking of edgy, did you notice my red streak? I have been dying to try something new with my hair for a while. Getting a haircut was a good start, but I really wanted to add some colour. I'm allergic to most chemicals, so regular hair-dye was not an option.

 I also have a love/hate relationship with my (rather abundant) grey hairs. They are from several hard years of University and I consider them to be rather like battle scars. I worked hard to get them and don't want to permanently cover them up. On the other hand, I'm only 24 and have been feeling much, much older lately. I'm too young to feel elderly! (My chronic hand/wrist pain is a lot of that. I've had to give up a lot of my hobbies and sometimes can't even hold up a book. My doctor still has no clue as to the cause).

So I did a lot of research into alternative hair colours. I tried some "natural" stains, made from ingredients from my kitchen. They did boost my colour a bit and made my hair feel amazing, but there wasn't a dramatic change. Then I read about hair chalk. "Hair chalk" is basically highly pigmented powder for your hair. Most products recommend wetting the hair and sealing with a hairspray. Many reviews I read said this didn't work, and besides hairspray isn't an option for me. 

Then someone on Pinterest posted an article about using eye-shadow in your hair. I tried it today and loved it! I picked a red shadow from my box of old products (saved mainly for use in photoshoots) and proceeded apply it to my grey streak. You basically just press your hair into the powder and pull it through your hair. It worked great! Even without hairspray it lasted all day. I think having my hair in an updo, rather than loose, helped to keep the colour in place. This is a photo of it after a few hours: 

It's surprisingly vibrant for just eyeshadow!
I went out and bought some "real" hair chalk, as well as a couple of cheap eye-shadows. I'm going to compare the results of the chalk, the cheap shadow, and a more expensive powder. I will let you know how it works out! I'm thinking blue or dark purple would look great in my hair. Anyone else tried experimenting with hair chalk/eyeshadow? 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
That's All.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Beside the Sea (1923)

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Haircut and an Everyday Outfit

Hello everyone! Well I finally got around to cutting my hair. (Only took about 6 months...) I lopped off about 10inches but as you can see it is still quite long. For some reason my hair seems to be really dry this summer, but it feels so much better since I cut off the ends and did a couple deep conditioning treatments. 

I decided to treat myself with curly hair for a day, but unfortunately didn't last long in this heat. Next time I will add some lemon juice to help hold the curl. 

This is pretty much a typical "everyday" outfit for me. I normally wear a blouse, trousers, and some comfy shoes to work. It's fast and easy in the morning, and is comfortable enough to tutor in. 

Here are a couple shots of my hair before the haircut:

Yup..... really long.... 

After (although it looks a bit shorter when it's curled):

I am seriously loving this cut. I think this is my preferred length. It is still long, but short enough to play around with a bit more. 

In other news: IT'S BERRY SEASON!!!!! Eek! I am so excited to finally have black raspberries again. We have more than we can eat fresh, so if anyone has any good recipes let me know in the comments. I made quite a few scones and cakes last year but I'm looking to expand my recipe collection. We have a LOT of berry bushes...

I'm still harvesting lots of other veggies as well, such as kale, rhubarb, and swiss chard. 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

That's All.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sweaters and Spinach

Note: I just wanted to thank everyone for your kind words on my last post. After taking a few weeks for myself, I think I am ready to get back into my normal routine. So to start things off, here is an outfit post:

I've been catching up on a lot of little projects lately. A couple years ago I made the infamous "3-hour sweater". (I used the original instructions, not the modified version.) At the time my seaming skills were rather poor and after a few wears the sweater was tucked into the back of my closet. It then moved to my "repair pile" for another year. Finally, I unpicked the seams and did a proper job. And guess what? Now I LOVE this sweater! I'm just sad I didn't fix it sooner. 

I paired it with a me-made belt, 1930's style sunglasses, and my favourite beret. I was aiming for a casual 30's vibe. 

The garden harvest has also started. My spinach, mint, kale and basil are all ready for their first harvests. I've done successive planting so hopefully I should get food all summer (if the bunnies don't eat them first!). The basil has been turned into pesto, the mint is currently drying so it can be made into tea, the spinach has been eaten immediately, and of course the kale ended up in the best food ever: quiche! There are no words for how much I love quiche. It is the perfect food and great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Mmmm..... I make it entirely from scratch, including a wholewheat crust. 

Anyone else eating from their gardens this year? The season here is very late this year. Our black-raspberries are about a month behind. I want berries! Oh well, I will just have to wait for Mother Nature to catch up.

That's All.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A month of ups and downs

Hello everyone. You may have noticed I haven't posted for almost a month. The beginning of the month I was working pretty much constantly (12 hours a day, 7 days a week). I know that my schedule will drastically slow down in the summer so I was doing as many extra tutoring sessions as possible. I was exhausted and had no time left at the end of the day for blogging.

When work finally slowed down, I was busy prepping for my 24th birthday. The day itself went ok, but sadly my cat passed away the day after. I've had her since I was 6 years old, so losing her was pretty rough even though I knew it was coming. She died very, very peacefully and I really did feel it was "her time", but the house is quite lonely without her.

I'm just starting to recover from everything. Long nature walks and jigsaw puzzles are definitely helping. I promise there will be a more cheerful post within the next few days. Blogging should be a happy thing, but I felt the need to explain my absence before launching back into outfit posts.

That's All.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

1920's Hair Product Ads

I would love to know what on earth was in this stuff!

I'm not sure I'd actually want my hair to look like that!

I've been thinking of doing something to my hair. I am even considering dying it, which I haven't done in years. Unfortunately, I've developed an allergy to most traditional dyes so it would need to be a natural dye. I've read you can dye your hair with walnut husks or sage so I might try that. Anyone have experience dying with henna or other natural dyes? 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Warm Days

Hello everyone! Sorry if anyone was awaiting the answers to the puzzles from my last post, but I took a two week unplanned break from blogging. I managed to fall down some stairs while tutoring and pulled a muscle in my back. Thankfully, it healed quite quickly and despite still having some bruises, I am feeling a lot better.

The weather seems to have skipped spring and gone straight to summer. I'm not ready! I have very little in my summer wardrobe at the moment. Until I can make some more dresses, I have been wearing my mom's old skirts as "fake dresses". The skirts are long, so I hike them up and put a cardigan on top. I wore one with my 1950's style wrap-top today. Not as good as a real dress, but they will have to do for now.

Despite my injury, I've been spending a lot of time outside recently. The flowers have started to bloom and the backyard is covered with, my favourite flowers, forget-me-nots.

I've also been working on some stuff for my Etsy shop. I have some more clothing which will be posted soon, and something a little different which I hope to reveal before the end of the month. I was searching for inspiration for my shop, and came across an old family photo album I didn't know we had. I found some great old photos, especially of my grandmother. 

She has always had a great sense of style, and oh how I wish she had kept some of her dresses. There was one stunning 1940's party dress with a scalloped neckline in what looked like a white organza material. Although, think I may prefer "everyday" vintage style. The mix of simple yet put-together always strikes me as a more comfortable and realistic approach to style. Clothing should be for living in and real life sometimes involves a little mud. 

And finally here are the solutions to the puzzles:

Solutions to cryptograms:

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~Mary Pickford

“There are two kinds of truth; The truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science and the second is art.” ― Raymond Chandler

I may have sort of lost the solutions to the crossword (oops!), but to the best of my memory, these are the answers:
1) Bakelite 2) Vanity Table 4) Setting Lotion 5) Stockings 6) Flapper 7) Snood 9) Clara Bow 10) Bullet 11) Buster Keaton 13) Cold Cream 14) Vamp 15) Bow Lips 17) Miss Lemon
3) Circle Skirt 8) Bob 9) Crinoline 12) Fitzgerald 16) Paper Moon 18) The Charleston 

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!
That's All.