Saturday, 31 May 2014

Why Short Hair Doesn't Mean Less Care


There seems to be a bit of a common misconception that having short hair takes less looking after than long hair, saves you time  and generally makes your life easier. During the late 90s to early 2000s a short crop was the yummy mummy hair cut of choice for effortless easy style.

Having had short hair since my mid teens I felt it was high time I put a stop to these vicious rumours. If you are considering going for the chop on the basis that you just don't have time to look after your long luscious locks, Stop! Seriously! This is a lie! Having short hair will not save you time, or money on products, at all!

Let me explain.

The pictures above are the various tools and products that I use on my hair on more or less a daily basis - yes a daily basis!  I blow dry and straighten my hair every single day (well if I plan on leaving the house that is.) With short cropped hair there is little chance of falling out of bed with effortless bed hair and walking out the door. The problem with short hair is that when you lay on it, it has the tendency to go flat in places you want volume, and stick up in places you want it to be flat. Usually, as a result of the amount of product that I put on, straightening unwashed hair is pointless as it results in a greasy flat mess, which I end up having to wash anyway. Don't get me wrong, washing blowing drying and straightening my hair takes about 20 minutes, far shorter than if I had shoulder length hair, but if I did have shoulder length hair, I'd probably just bang it up in a ponytail or a messy bun. You can imagine going to the beach ends up being a complete nightmare! The best I can achieve is to wet it, slick it all back, and wrap a headscarf round it, to look like someone does actually own me!

Although its slightly easier to get volume into shorter hair, it still requires some help, and I rely on Bedhead Superstar thickening spray and Osis dust it powder. People often think I have thick hair, but it is purely the way it's cut and styled that gives that impression. The reason I keep my hair short is because it is so thin and fine that I would need loads of extensions in it to make it look thick if I grew it long.

I then need to add a bit of texture and definition, mainly to my fringe and the short side - otherwise it end up being a bit fluffy, which is where the VO5 texturising gum comes in. Finally I finish off with a spritz of hairspray - to set my style- and then Bedhead Headrush for shine, as all that heat treatment and product does not do my hair any good. I do try to have off days at the weekend, but this is literally on days when I don't leave the house, as since I've had my hair short, it seems to have developed a bit of a wave, all of its own accord (although this is useful when I put curls in the front - see I can still style it a little differently).

One of the great things about having short hair is that you can risk trying out new colours and cuts as it never takes too long to grow out.When my hair dresser suggested cutting the shorter side, my response was "well it can only grow back if I don't like it!". I love changing my colour often as I'm limited on how to style it, so I like to show my personality through my hair colour. I loved my white blonde, but it was never very good for my hair's condition. The change came when I went wedding dress shopping and the whole white from head to toe wasn't really working so it was time to go to something much more natural looking. I'm thinking I might go back to the bright red after the wedding though!

So although I'll never be your typical blogger - and trust me I would love to sport a messy bun on occasion - I do think think short haired lovelies out there need to shout out louder and prouder about having short hair. Yes it can be a bit of a pain, and no its not quite so easy maintenance as many would think, but I think having short hair is definitely part of my personality, and it certainly makes me stand out!

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Life Update

Wow! How has it been almost a month since I was last here? I go through phases where at times I blog more regularly than others, but most of the time I know why it's been so long between posts, but this time, the month has just disappeared, with no real excuses as to why!

I've started my temporary promotion post, and it has taken up more of me than I anticipated. Not necessarily in terms of time, but its actually mentally and emotionally taken a lot out of me. Much more than I expected I think as well. Some days I have come home so drained that I have literally just crawled straight into bed (after having a good cry as I was seriously doubting my own capabilities at one stage!). It didn't entirely help that as I was dealing with all this, the other half went away. Scott got back from his 'stag do' earlier this week, but before he went we made some time for each other by doing a bit of shopping and visiting Ed's Diner (hence the picture above.)

The glorious weather we've had lately hasn't exactly encouraged me to blog either. I wanted to make the most of every minute of sunshine, rather than sPending it holed up in front of the laptop. I must have over 500 posts on my bloglovin feed craving my attention too! The good weather also inspired a mini, impromptu hen do, with some of the other lonely stag-abandoned ladies, and we enjoyed a blissful afternoon in the sun, by the river front, with plenty of cocktails!

Wedding wise, things have somewhat slowed down, particularly on the crafty front. The first tier of my cake is currently soaking in copious amounts of alcohol in my Mum's pantry, and we had planned to do the final tier and mini cakes at the weekend, but as it can take around 2 hours in the oven, neither off us felt very inspired to do it in the heat. I've finally organised my table names and ordered my wedding shoes and my younger bridesmaids outfits. I've also finally received my final invoice from my reception venue (there's being laid back and there's being horizontal!) and had an email from my rather techno-ssvvy vicar regarding our order of service. Actually that sounds like I've done quite a lot doesn't it? Maybe its because I haven't glued my fingers together for a while!

June also plans to be a busy month with my 29th Birthday coming up (eeep only one more year of my twenties left!) my first appointment for the alternations to my dress (I really hope they can let it out slightly as my wedding dress diet has failed somewhat over the last three weeks and I have a feeling its going to be very tight!) and my hen weekend. I'm excited, nervous and apprehensive in equal measure. I think my girls will be nice, but I still have that element of doubt, you know?

All in all, I think I'm probably the only person in England who has welcomed a bit of wet weather this bank holiday weekend, as there were so many 'inside' things I need to do, which have been neglected in favour of embracing the sunshine. After pending this morning doing my house chores, I'm genuinely looking forward to an evening spent with a bubbly bath, clean bedding and a good book! Maybe I'll also find some time to get through all those posts I've been missing out on too!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Monthly Mostly......April 2014


Albeit it slightly late (I blame the bank holiday) here's what I've mostly been up to in April.

Writing my 200th Post
Wow! I've finally reached 200 posts. This particular post being 'it'. Not a massive milestone I admit, considering I've just moved into my third year of blogging, but I don't do this as a full time thing, and purely as a hobby. Aside from reading (if that counts as a hobby) it is probably the only hobby I've really managed to stick at - maybe because there's no pressure, no expectations and not so much commitment. Many things involve you doing something every week or on a far more regular basis, whereas blogging can be as infrequent as you please. It's a hobby that can be done at any time, day or night, it doesn't rely on other people, or the weather being OK (although it helps with lighting for photos) or specialist equipment. Here's to another 200 posts! 

Reading
This month, aside from The Vintage Girl  this month, I've also read The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths and Gently Does It by Alan Hunter. Not a bad month reading wise. I'm hoping to read another 25 books before the end of the year. Never too late for a reading challenge - I have a lot to read!

Keeping Secrets
There is a reason for the slight delay in April's post, as I've been holding a bit of a secret. I applied for an job which involves me acting up to a more senior level. A friend of mine applied at the same time. Unfortunately I wasn't successful and she was. Despite this I was given really good feedback, and  a bit of a wink and a nudge that another upcoming position recently advertised could well be mine, although I had clear instructions that I couldn't discuss this as it wasn't a foregone conclusion. After a rather up and down week emotionally in terms of how I felt bout myself and my capabilities, I was given the green light on Thursday, and I will now be working as a Team Manager as of, well tomorrow morning! Scary stuff!

Gluing Anything Not Already Stuck Down.
Have you ever used a glue gun? I hadn't until recently but I've become obsessed with the thing! I invested in one for all the various wedding crafts, and it's been critical in helping me make my bridal bouquet (work in progress as above), and now I keep adding to my already very long list of crafts, to find more reasons to glue gun things! It's becoming a bit of a problem!

Eating
Can Nutella do any wrong? If any of you have ever been to Slimming World, you may have heard of something called Scanbran. If you haven't, the best way to describe this stuff is like the SAS of Ryvita! Seriously, it's pretty unpalatable, but it is pure fibre. A sweep of Nutella and some strawberries on top, is getting me my chocolate fix, whilst feeling slightly less guilty at the same time.

BBB Book Review - The Vintage Girl

There has to be a a level of irony that I'm writing about a book called The Vintage Girl, and that I've photographed it on my Ipad (although accompanied by my gorgeous collection of vintage suitcases!)

I'd seen The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne in my local Tesco. I was instantly drawn to the title and the cover, which reminded me of my own little shoe and suitcase set up in my bedroom. The blurb kinda had me too, but at £3 on a bit of a whim, as Chick Lit is not my usual chosen genre, it was an expense that I just couldn't afford at that time. I mentally added it to my list of books to look out for in the charity shop.

"When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie's passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix and Evie's heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver..."

Considering we both have strong Scottish ties, and it is therefore a key theme in our wedding, a few days later the concept of this book had still stayed with me. When my Mum mentioned it to me, having seen it and thinking it sounded right up my little vintage tartan-clad street, I knew I had to try it out. Luckily I was savvy enough to download a free sample to my e-reader. Fifteen minutes later and I had whipped through the sample and was eager for more. Against my usual policy of  'Kindle for holidays' I downloaded the full book - as it was only 56p!! Bargain!!

Clearly, after all this build up, I liked this book. Its typical Chick-Lit fare and the ending is pretty much a foregone conclusion from the first few pages, but I enjoyed the descriptions particularly of the Scottish reels and the heritage and tradition. It has its funny moments and its sweet moments, and Evie is a likeable heroine. It isn't going to tax your brain or going to be one of those books you think about for hours afterwards, but it will give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling, and an odd craving for Hot Toddy.

I will certainly be looking out for other books by Hester Browne, when a Chick-Lit urges hits me again in the future, (usually when I'm lying somewhere hot on a beach!) and if you fancy giving The Vintage Girl a try, it's still on sale in the Amazon Kindle shop at the bonkers price of 56p!

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