Balance – it’s a juggling act right? Where do you draw the line between working to earn money to pay bills and working on your hobbies to stay happy? Creative humans similar to myself always feel that this is the biggest struggle when it seems that you need to spend money to get money. One of the biggest adjustments I have found when becoming a mum is how to find time to fit “me” stuff in. When I had my little girl the amount of people who told me I would never do anything else in life was deafening. It destroyed my soul – temporarily. Then I created something called balance and decided that I was going to adjust and find time to still do the things that I loved. It sometimes meant getting up when it was pitch black or staying up and burning the midnight oil – but it was all worth it. I am a worker bee and love tasting the honey when it comes in.
“Balance is not something you find; it is something you create.”
Girls Who Want Curls Need Curlettes In Their Lives! Simple.
“Like a queen crowned with curls” – having bouncy curly whirly hair is something not everyone is blessed with.
Since adopting The Curly Girl method on my own hair, I have managed to improve the overall condition of my own hair. However, it still isn’t quite how I would like to wake up. Of course, going with what my mamma gave me – I’m not complaining. I have natural beach waves that some people would pay good money for. Having lusted over big full and bouncy curls parading themselves all over social media recently, I knew I had to try and investigate further.
I have tried a lot of sleep in rollers, curlers and plaits and never really been a fan of them. I like my undisturbed sleep! But when I heard about “Curlettes” – comfy curls for vintage girls.
I knew I had to test them out.
Sixties style on a shoestring. Fabulous budget buys that won’t break your bank!
Welcome to the sixties woaaah oh oh oohh ohhhh oh (sic – Hairspray)
Yes, whenever I think about the swinging sixties, I just cannot help but hum that famous tune from Hairspray the musical. Okay so obviously the sixties are SO much more than big hair and catchy tunes but it’s a good place to start right?! For those of you who regularly read my blog, you will know that I am a big advocate for “wearing whatever ya like.” I think it’s important to express yourself through your own style. My personal preferences change from season to season and I have always been described as a person who “wears their mood.” View Post
As you know, I am not shy of big hair. The bigger the ‘do – the closer to God right. I love nothing more than huge bouncier than life curls or a straight up into the sky kind of beehive up-do. Having long (naturally wavy) hair can sometimes be a burden too – that’s why I learnt to deal with it! I am in no way shape or form “good at hair” and definitely do not proclaim to be a whizz at up-dos or anything of the sort. I just know how my hair handles and what I can make it do and not do.
I have NEVER been “fashionable” – right from being a dot. My mother always said I dressed how I felt when I woke up that morning. One day I wanted to be Sporty Spice by donning tracksuit bottoms, a hoodie and trainers – the next it would be a wiggle, heels, and hair do all before 7am. She could never keep up. When my close friends bought me a dress for my birthday one year they spent about an hour deliberating because they had no idea what my actual “style” was.
I think I get my love of colour, pattern and quirkiness from my Grandma Monica – whom my blog is named after. She loved colour and often brazenly clashed them with sass. She certainly passed this down to my own mother who in return carried on the tradition of an artistic and colourful style as I grew up. Patterns do not faze me, the brighter the colour combination the better. I think this is why I am so drawn to the sixties – for their love of colour clashing and crazy patterns.
As January is already flashing before my eyes, I thought it was a good time to take a moment. Recently, my other half and I were out driving and he suddenly stopped the car and said – “this is a right spot for some photos” – I love him.
I was wearing the “Freak Out” dress from one of my favourite sixties reproduction brands – Madcap England and my old faithful black knee boots from New Look that I bought a few years back. You know when something just fits you well, your sass levels are at their maximum and you have great hair – well this day was one of those days. Today was a good day to take a moment.