Mama Nature 3: Straight Hair Mission 1

hair 09_01_2013So, one Brazilian BLOW-DRY treatment later [I feel I must keep emphasising the second word of this treatment or readers may fear I’m about to share a little too much information about my grooming habits] and am I frizz-free, swishing glossy locks over my shoulder a la haircare ads?

Ah, the things we curly girls have done to fight what Mama Nature bestowed on us! First there was chemical straightening, then came serums closely followed by ceramic straighteners (leaving burn marks on carpets up and down the country). I always viewed the after pictures in the serum & straightener ads with suspicion. Those girls really didn’t look as if they’d ever been curly tops in the first place.

Anyway, post-Brazilian I washed my hair, I let it dry naturally, I peered at it every five minutes or so. Was it springing up, were curls coming back? Was that a touch of frizz on top? Well, yes and no… If you aren’t prepared to spend 40 minutes drying your hair, if it gets wet in between washes and if you go to the gym or walk in fresh air/wind frequently – welcome back frizz, your holiday from my hair hasn’t been a long one…

To be fair, I’m a little less curly.  My hair does feel as if it’s in good condition. I’m taking a little more time over hair care. But I’m also very glad that I didn’t spend the full whack on a Brazilian blow-dry (upwards of £150) and I probably won’t do it again.

It's just pics of wine and cake for me this month... January; a fun-free zone

It’s just pics of wine and cake for me this month… January; a fun-free zone

Quick skincare news flash – anyone else on the frankly dull January detox? Are you wine free but willpower wobbling? A good friend pointed me in the direction of a website where you can download an app called Drink Mirror (android phone app only at the moment, but they are promising an iPhone one soon) which shows you what your skin might look look like after a glass or two or three.

Needless to say, it ain’t pretty… Willpower back on track.

A Terribly Fascinating Post*

A mannequin somewhere is missing its head

I began to worry my blog was beginning to bore with my twin obsessions around food and diet & exercise so thought I’d explore other topics one might associate – in a Family Fortunes** kind of way – with weddings.

Apt then to pick the topic ‘fascinator’… I went old school and looked up ‘fascinator’ in the dictionary***. It says: “a women’s light, decorative headpiece consisting of feathers, flowers, beads, etc, attached to a comb or hairclip”. (Thank you Ms Oxford.)

So, of late there was a backlash against fascinators possibly triggered by the Ascot rules for this year which dictated size of such head attire. (These rules, btw, also applied themselves to hem length and what was going on with shoulders – bare or not. Shame they didn’t apply themselves to what depth of colour you decided with your fake tan.)

Now, fascinators are the absolutely obvious solution. You don’t want the over formality of a hat, but you want to mark the formality of the occasion. So, a pretend hat (and I do not denigrate the fascinator in any way by calling it ‘pretend’) is an absolute must.

The other point with fascinators is of course they are kinder to hairstyles; hats flatten and frizz your carefully coiffed tresses. Fascinators merely slot in to whatever way you’ve chosen to wear your hair (and back here to the handy online tutorials how to straighten your hair and not damage it) and are a lot easier to match to your, say, earrings.

On that note, you’ll like how I’ve done this piece of subtle marketing, my sister-in-law makes fascinators! Mm-hhm she so does. The one pictured in this post was made by her and if you’re after a fascinator, you’ll see more pictures on this site.


*That, dear reader, could be debatable

**Y’know, “We asked 100 people what they thought ladies might wear at a wedding and they said”, fill in the blanks.

***It also means fascinating person.

Mid Facelift Diet and Lovely Lists

So, I’m on day 3 of the Facelift Diet (basically eat salmon, veg, some fruit and nuts for three days straight and see the wrinkles magically melt away – allegedly) and enjoying the increase in energy and happiness.

Bit bored though! And I’ve posted a pic here of the Family Champion Cupcake Maker torturing me with her evil, sugary genius…

It still hurts that she was so much better than me at this

“I get to eat cake and STILL be skinny, ha ha!”

I lost my iPhone at the weekend. Gutted, devastated, lost and bereft – I’ve run out of words to describe it… What I REALLY loved about my iPhone were the apps. Just what isn’t there an app for? (And if there isn’t something, I ought to dream it up, invent it and make tonnes of money). Needless to say, there’s an app for wedding planning, but I feel it takes the fun out of writing endless lists.

I LOVE lists. Sometimes I compose them with tasks I’ve already done just so I can tick them off. (Do try, enormously satisfying). And often, I’ll put the most mundane things on my work to do list. Post letter, clean out email inbox, do shredding, turn on computer… (Maybe not that last one.)

So, a wedding app is going to take away the joy of list writing and therefore is not for me. The most difficult list is the guest list obviously, guaranteed pain and moments of waking up at 3am thinking: “Merciful heavens, I forgot distant cousin Delia Anne Frogerty! Let’s hope she still isn’t married…”* That aside, lists for everything else are incredibly good fun.

And finally, naturally I have very curly hair. In common with most curly girls, I fantasise about long, straight thick tresses glossily gleaming and the ability to toss my hair a la shampoo ads… So, in the blogosphere, there’s a talented lady who can show you how to straighten your hair and not damage it. Fab.

*I made her up. Sadly, she doesn’t exist.