Monday, July 30, 2012

Traveling in style

It's been miserably hot and humid where I live, and last weekend I went to Atlanta, which I knew would be equally hot and humid. I wanted outfits that looked nice and travelled well, and I found a great one for the first day.  Click here to read and see more.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Childhood photos

My Dad had a major milestone birthday on Friday, so I went to Atlanta so we could all celebrate with him.  While looking through some old photos trying to find a couple that he might like, I of course found more than a couple.  I decided to share a few with you, since I forgot to take my camera to Atlanta with me (how terrible is that for a blogger who loves photography?).
These are old, 60's and 70's photos, no Instagram here, just faded old photos.  The next two I love - how cute is the picture of my Dad rocking his new baby girl with that funny looking pipe?  Dad and I in the rocking chair is a recurrent theme in these old photos. Maybe he could tell at that young age that I was going to grow up to look a lot like him.

This photo is scratched very badly but I can still see myself laughing while my Dad tickled me

I hope that all of you had a great weekend, too.  Maybe next weekend you might want to look through a few old photos of your own!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

How to wear your hair for summer

In hot weather, my go-to hair style is like many women's - a pony tail. But sometimes I want to do something different. So the other night I dumped out my hair accessories (below) and decided to see how many different styles I could come up with.

My many scarves, headbands, barrettes, clips, bobby pins and other hair helpers
In the summer I always let my hair air dry, and if I'm going to bed while it's still wet, I'll braid it so that I get great looking waves on the bottom.  So it's often curly or wavy like in these photos.  One simple way to add a little style is to take a piece from the front, twist it around, then secure it in the back with a pin or clip.  Do the same on the other side.  From behind it will look like photo A below:

And when you take the twist out, especially if you spritzed it with water while it was twisted, you get a great loose wave like photo B.
Another option is to pull back one or both sides and secure it with a fancy barette like the crystal one in the photos below. Although you may want yours to be facing the correct direction, unlike mine. :-)

You can do something fancy, like the beaded and weaved black headband that I have on below

Or something very casual like the cute plastic barrettes that I'm using to put my long bangs back.

You can just dress it up by adding little clips with crystals dangling from them, like these green ones

Or another of my very favorites, a fabric scarf or headband

You can also pull the sides back and clip them behind your head with a decorative clip

You can use a really simple headband like these leather strings just to get your hair away from your face

Or another of my favorite looks, pull hair back in a ponytail, leave a few wisps loose in the front, and tie a scarf around the elastic for the pony tails.

Then there's the classic "side pony"

Then, of course, there are the really hot days when you want it completely up off of your neck and out of your face.  For this look I clipped it up and pushed the front back with a metal and crystal headband.

And if you really want to be daring, you can pull the front back and clip it with something like these - clips that dangle with little beads and crystals.  Or you could always go for the Bo Derek tiny braids from the 70's (Google it if you don't know what I mean).
Last is something that I don't have a photo of because I can't do it to my own hair very well - braids.  Braids are back in a BIG way this year.  Take a look on Pinterest and you'll find some very imaginative braids, along with, of course, the pretty pastel hair colors.  I'm getting to that sometime soon...

Have fun with your hair!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dimming bright eye shadow

As I mentioned in my last Beauty post, I had fun creating the pink and blue avant garde eye look, but I needed to run a few errands, and it really wasn't appropriate for that.  So I used my iridescent eye powder from Make Up For Ever to tone down the bright colors and turn them into a hazy light pink and blue.

I just put a little iridescent powder on the brush, dabbed it in the middle of my eye, and spread it outward to the outer eye.

Voila! I'm ready for every day errands with that one simple change.