These “what’s in my hangbag” style posts used to be so popular a while ago and I never got time to do one so I’m making up for it now haha! My good old faithful red bag seems to be on it’s last legs so I’ve been borrowing this black/white one from my Mum recently until I can buy a new one. I don’t generally change bags often or to suit my outfits so it’s very sad when I have to put an old faithful bag to rest ;_; I’m waiting to find the perfect every day bag for my next one so if you see something I might like send me a link!!
Today’s post is quick because I’ve been taking photos for new hair tutorials all day and I am so sleepy now!
I just wanted to show off my new hair cut and colour XD I’ve been thinking of a new style for a while now, my hair had gotten so long and I really needed to trim the ends. I haven’t had layers since I was about 14 so I decided to do that. I also decided it was time for a colour change so I gave myself a pink/copper gradient rather than the dark one I had previously.
This is the dodgy phone pic after I did it all and styled with hot rollers^_^
This one shows off the colours much better and was after pin curling for a night…
The first day I wore it out:
I have to say I absolutely LOVE it. Couldn’t be happier with the result and I think it’s really me! I didn’t lose much length but it’s made it so much more manageable and healthy.
I think the cut is so much more versatile now and I’ve already been able to try a lot of new styles to wear so I’m very happy ^_^ It also means I’ve been able to wear curls all day just from pin curling over night so that is a massive improvement too. Also it’s majorly bouncy so I feel like I’m in a Pantine commercial every where I go now XD
And lastly, here is a bonus pic of me having myself a Farrah Fawcett moment in front of a display fan while we were out shopping XD
So many of my friends are having total hair make overs at the moment, it’s really exciting! What are you all planning to do with your hair next?
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Over the years I’ve gone through a whole lot of styles. I didn’t always like pink things, in fact when I was growing I was the biggest tom boy! I’ve been going through my wardrobe to clean out and make space for things and it’s kind of been like taking a journey back through time!
I’m pretty happy with my current style. It’s not perfect but I think it represents me pretty well where I am in my life right now. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
But I’ve been at a lot of different stages in my life and each had its own look. Not many of you might remember but when I started my blog I looked more like this:
That shade of red has always been my favourite, I spent a year in it then and maybe 4 years with that colour in high school. My look was much more toned down during this time.
Even before then I had short black hair like this…
Back in those days I was a Lolita. I wore Lolita clothing pretty much 24/7 and I loved it to death. I was obsessed with it completely and uncontrollably.
I couldn’t find any photos because before that I was quite camera shy so I made you an artist’s representation of how before that… I was really into punk and alternative styles! I wore red eyeliner all the time and I had spiky blue extensions. I even had blue/green hair at one point but I still can’t find photos of it on my hard drive. Apparently I was wearing this style was before I understood the importance of labelling photos for future reference! XD
Back in those days I was also a pirate 😉 Historical re-enactment for the win! I need more excuses to wear my corset again!
Now you’re probably wondering what the point of this is right? Well the one thing that all of those fashions have in common is that they are full of layers and very un-summer friendly.
Australia is hot. With the exception of Melbourne right now everywhere I’ve lived in Australia has been ridiculously hot. If I was picking fashion based on climate I pretty much failed miserably.
So the question is how do you keep cool in summer when you’re wearing like 20 billion layers of clothing? I’m not proud of this but….
A funny thing happened when I was going through my accessories section. I picked up an Angelic Pretty bow and it was exuding Lolita…
So much so that I was accidentally pulled through a time machine vortex which was swirls and swirls of petticoats and frills. I was lucky not to be crushed by the sheer weight of the petticoats.
It took me back in time… but as I didn’t have a camera for my magical adventure you’ll just have to make do with my time machine induced “artists representations”.
This was me:
Unfortunately this was the climate I was in:
See the thing about Lolita clothing is that under the dress is a blouse, under the blouse is a petticoat and under that petticoat modesty says wear bloomers… plus socks or stockings. Pretty much the only places you’ve got to sweat are your knees and arms if you’re wearing a short sleeve blouse.
In Summer it’s not fun. Bloomers are great for protecting modesty but they are also insanely hot to wear under so many layers!
But I was a crafty Lolita.
I used a trick which has been in play since fridges were first invented…. underwear (in this case bloomers) in the freezer!
Epic cool = EPIC WIN!
And this allowed me to be cool and breezy as I did the miserable walk to the train station to work in the mornings.
Hopefully you enjoyed my little walk back through memory lane ^_^
So Panasonic and Nuffnang are holding a giveaway for those of you who are just coming in to Summer (like me ;_;)
Panasonic have just launched a new range of Eco air conditioners which are aparently both smart and stylish. They’ve even won awards like “Good Design” Award. They have also launched a smart phone application to help people with choosing an air-conditioner easily. Here’s what they say about it:
They are also starting to make little webisode things to explain the technology in simple terms. Here is one of the videos/TV Commercials from their site:
So the prize for this competition is an air-conditioner from Panasonic’s new range PLUS the installation into your home! That’s pretty damn awesome, I want one… I need an aircon XD
What you need to do is leave a comment answering the following question:
“What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done to stay cool in summer?”
You know what my craziest thing is so I’m looking forward to hearing all about yours 😛
*edit* Please note that the date has been extended until the 25th of November. The updated terms and conditions can be found here:
The update Nuffnang information is here:
Good luck, I hope you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait to see your entries!
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Morning! Everyone is always asking me where I get my ideas from. How do I come up with craft ideas? What possesses me to add lace to everything I own? Why on earth do I insist on wearing such impractical looking clothing?
Today I thought I would try to give you a bit of an insight into myself and take you into a very scary place… my brain.
I was given the opportunity by Nuffnang to take a Panasonic Lumix TZ10 camera for a spin so I thought it would be a good way for you all to take a look into how I see the world! The best part is that there’s a competition at the end too ^_^
So are you ready to go in my brain? Make sure to wipe your feet before you enter, I don’t want you tracking mud all over my pretty pink brain!
Press play on the video below. It’s “Super Jet Shoes” by Perfume and it’s my favorite song at the moment. It’s been stuck in my head for several months now! This will be your soundtrack to my life ^_^
Hover your mouse over each of the images below to see the difference between how the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 sees life and how I see it. You might have to hover a few seconds for my view to load but don’t give up, they are all there!
Put on your Super Jet Shoes (mine are my boots) and let’s get going!
My constant companion for the day is my phone. Music, friends and fun are just a second away with this…
ThePanasonic Lumix TZ10 is around the same size as my phone though it’s a little heavier. I have been keeping it in my jacket pocket ever since I got it. It has a lot of features that a gigantic camera has like a big zoom but it still has a little body. Great for snapping on the go. The “Intelligent Auto” feature makes it quite difficult (even for someone as uncoordinated as me) to take a bad photo.
We have started to catch the tram places now to see friends but it’s so different to Brisbane public transport!
Quick start up means you can get photos in a few seconds and snap stuff you wouldn’t normally see like the inside of a tram without the driver.
I actually think trams look like gigantic electric kitties. The second I saw them I was reminded of Susie who is obsessed with kitties!
The big back wires that hang everywhere remind me of spider webs or maybe knitting… or maybe gigantic knitting spiders.
Fancy “Intelligent Auto” feature means I can take photos in terrible lighting without having to fiddle with stuff or have the technical knowledge that James does.
Sometimes not having a car can be tough with getting all of our groceries or bigger items home but it’s much easier with a little help ^_^
Of course you really just can’t go past the shopping here 😉
We visited Chadstone that day too and it’s massive!
Do you see a bit of a continued theme here yet??
More interestingly is what happens when I see something like this…
That happens quite a bit. I really try to see what something could turn into rather that what it already is 😉
I wish our landlord allowed pets but I can always dream!
Very big zoom which allows you to take covert photos of other people’s pets from the tram 😉
Yay time for the Gigantic Nail Art FAQ!
Thanks everyone for sending in so many questions I hope this is helpful to you all ^_^
About Nails In General…
How long do acrylics last?
- Depending on whether they are professionally done etc they tend to last maybe 3-4 weeks then you will need to get an in fill or a completely new set. This obviously doesn’t include chips or breakages.
How long do stick ons last?
- If you use good glue they can last around 3 weeks. I think the average for my nails is around 2 weeks.
What are the options for attaching stick on nails?
- Depending on how long you want them to stay on you can use standard nail glue, nail stickers or double sided nail tape.
Are stick on nails as hardy as acrylics/gels?
How do I remove stick ons?
Can I re-use stick on nails?
Does all the stuff like the diamantes and 3d parts really stay on? How long do they last?
What is the process of sticking the nails on with glue?
What is the easiest way to make french tips?
How do you paint all the small details?
Does having acrylics/stick ons damage your natural nails?
What do you hold the nails on when you paint them?
Do you have tips on how to do Konads stamps?
How can I stop my Konad stamps from running and bleeding?
Why don’t my nails look as good/shiny/awesome as the nails I see in Japanese magazine?
What do I do if one of the charms falls off my nail?
About *My* Nails Specifically…
Are your nails natural?
How on earth do you do *insert menial household task like dishwashing/cooking/scrubbing the toilet*?!
You must sit around doing nothing all day to keep nails like that? Clearly you never do any work/are a horrible girlfriend who makes James do all the housework.
What’s the hardest thing to do with nails on?
Do you wear decorated nails all the time?
Can you make me a set of nails for *insert special reason here* I can’t pay you for your time or materials but could you do it anyway for free?
That’s it for this time so let me know if you have any other questions! I’m going to be doing a big old Decoden FAQ in a while, let me know if you have any other nail art questions 🙂
I have crazy work/moving to Melbourne stuff going on at the moment but I didn’t want to leave you all hanging, so here’s some purikura that James, Susie and I did yesterday!
Susie is full of awesome and she makes the coolest hair bows ever!
As soon as I have a moment to myself I’m going to take care of a bunch of reader requests and craft tutorials I’ve been planning. I have so much planned and no time >_< I promise lots of awesome things soon though so keep reading!