Friday, 29 March 2013

Easter, Bangs and Bobby Pins

So while my friends are all having babies like I mentioned yesterday, I'm playing with my hair. Back in 2012 when I use to grace the pharmacy of Boots with my presence I use to do my hair in vintage styles nearly every day, I managed to get it down to a quick five minutes of curling, pinning and spraying my hair in place that it would last the nine hours it would take until I returned home. Amongst the compliments most people wondered why I did it, it was neat and nicely pinned down, not the normal messy styles many of us (even me) do at times. But in the world of corporate retail uniforms it was my way of standing out and adding my own personality. Sadly too many stares wore me down and I never really did anything until the past couple of weeks and with hair spray, bobby pins and flower clips in hand, I've been working at reworking, curling and taming my hair into some vintage inspired styles. 

Ultimately you could spend hours pouring over you tube videos on styling, there's even books - vintage and more contemporary guides providing you detailed step by step instruction on recreating something similar. My research is spent searching on google images and pinterest (you can find my vintage hairstyle board here) - if you're interested in another post i'll show you some of my favourites. The best way, is to just play and create your own vintage-eque style. Mines a mix of pinning back, curling and flower clips. My hairs too thick to achieve extreme pinning back, especially of bangs and the other half is too stubborn - it still needs to be tamed. Some days it refuses to do anything, the next it'll be a dream. If you think I look a little windswept in the above images, that would be true too - a "spring" day in Michigan was met with freezing winds on a trip to the store. Luckily now the stares and the wonder pass me by.

Well that's another week down and nearly another month over. Thank you to you everyone that commented on yesterdays post - glad to know I'm not the only one out there nearly 30 and not having a baby! Easter isn't a bank holiday in the US unless you work in something government related (or somewhere that's nice and lets you have today off) so it's same old same old here. Although I did get some delicious looking Thornton's Easter bunnies in the mail which actually survived their epic journey over the ocean. Next week I'll be sharing with you part two of the vintage recipe challenge with my attempt at baking hot cross buns, introducing the concept of placemaking in reinventing public space, and in honour of Record Store Day I'll be running some great vinyl related posts throughout April. 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


  1. Love your hair like that, you look lovely!

    Julia x

  2. I wish I had the patience to try new things with my hair - I am so useless when it comes to creating anything a little different. I like this look on you, looking forward to seeing the vinyl posts xxx

  3. I'm looking forward to the recipes. Yummy! Lovely hairstyle too. Thanks for posting and feel free to drop by me too when you have time.

  4. Thanks everyone!

    Alice - my hair gets really stubborn that it's hard to feel creative with it, especially the same look repeatability. But yes, I'm very excited about sharing my vinyl posts with everyone, vinyl collecting is certainly a growing love between me and Joe that it's going to be great sharing our collection and hints and tips with everyone!