Wednesday, 6 June 2018

New hair and bimblings

 I did it! I finally got my hair cut. I went for the Emma Peel as it's longer than the Scully, so if it didn't work out it could be cut into a Scully next time, whereas the reverse wouldn't be possible. Turns out, all it takes cut-wise is for everything to be the same length, and after that it's all in the blow drying. The hairdresser didn't get as much volume into the roots as I'd have wanted, but I did carefully watch how she did the flicks. And then this week I've been out and bought all sorts of brushes, sticky stuffs AND a hairdryer so hopefully I can recreate it myself. I've yet to try that, so today it's exactly like it was before the cut, only shorter, ie messy.


I have a new old dress. I've bought a few bits from Secondhand Rose of Worcester on Etsy, but this was on her Instagram feed and I snapped it up before it went in the online shop. I ordered it assuming it was 60s, then started to wonder – the lilac shade and the blocky, squared-off shapes of the flowers made me think. Anyhow, it's made by Fredrick Howard of London, and it's definitely vintage. I haven't been able to find out anything about the firm, but there's a reasonable amount of their 60s-70s stuff online and the label in this matches those. The print's got navy in, so should go with my Goody bag and Modshoes - and my lime green loafers, if I'm feeling more casual. There's a bit of gappage round the bust, but if I stick to my salads and exercise hopefully that will sort itself out. (Not that it has so far, wah!)
My friend Tim Weaver had his annual book launch. His new thriller, You Were Gone, is out now. The person who announced him said he is the 'fastest growing UK crime writer', which makes me imagine him putting on the inches day by day... obviously it's his sales that are growing, not him!
And Mr Robot and I are off to see The Rolling Stones later this month!

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  1. Love your hair! A bit of velcro sewn in might help the gap in the dress. The print is so fun.

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    1. Oooh, I never thought of velcro - I did consider slip-stitching it shut.

      It's a very loud print, but has very clean lines. I really like it. Though I have the urge for paisley at the mo, lord knows why...

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  2. I'm glad you went for the Emma Peel as it really suits you, and I understand your reasoning! Hope you'll be able to find a good way to do the flips. I'm quite low maintenance when it comes to my hair, just a quick brush and that's it, but I'm trying to use the hairdryer after washing, which makes all the difference. Love the print of your new frock! xxx

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    1. I used my brand-new dryer for the first time this morning. I think it's the first time in 20 years I haven't gone to work with sopping hair after a morning's wash! (I don't wash it every day, it's too dry.) And it worked. I can't quote get the flips right, but with a special spray I got more volume in the roots, and it mostly looks right.

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  3. & the rich color tooLove your new 'do!
    You do realize that hairdo Emma Peel was sporting in the pic got her volume in the roots with a bit of backcombing, hair from the front smoothed over the top, & then a shellacking with a dry look hairspray- typical '60's hairstyling just before blowdry cuts became popular. Fine hair doesn't do root volume well without backcombing- it gets to heavy beyond shoulder length.

    Boob gappage is my bete noire & lifelong curse, I need to buty a mile of velcro or stop buying clothes that button in the front!

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    1. Yes, I've got a backcombing brush and backcombing spray too, though I don't think I'll do that most days - I'll probably save that for special occasions. The root volume spray I got (it goes on wet hair) worked better than I'd expected, mind you. I hadn't known such things existed till Sarah Porcelina mentioned it.

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  4. Your hair is gorgeous, I love the flippy ends and it looks so sleek and shiny.
    The Secondhand Rose dress is fab, I've sold quite a few Frederick Howard pieces, they must have been stocked in lots of boutiques back in the day - the prints are always good.
    When I saw the Stones I said that if I never saw another live band for the rest of my life I'd die happy. They are incredible and Mick's just brilliant, you can tell he still absolutely loves what he does. xxx

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    1. We're seeing them at a stadium, so I suspect they'll be very energetic specks on a stage very far away, but heck, it's the Stones! Now I need to decide what to wear for the gig. Argh.

      Getting the mop chopped really helped the condition; the ends were like straw.

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  5. I like your thinking and your hair looks fab so good call. I usually sew a popper in between the two buttons but Goody's idea of velcro is inspired!

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