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HAIR: FLIGHT OF FANCY


 Most of the work I do is very neutral advertising commercials and stills; with very little avant-garde hair design. So when I do get the chance to do something a little different, I leap!
Braided styles have made quite a comeback, and they're not gone yet. They've just gotten a little more boho.


 Then there's the faux mo'...which is a fun style for those of us who dare not shave our locks.
I am always tempted to snip my locks, but they do provide a certain amount of comfort, and a good place to hide in plain sight. But some days I try to envision myself with the lob I may eventually succumb to; that's when I pin and pull my hair into shorter shapes, just for a different visual. But sometimes this process leads to new styling ideas, and new tricks. To get this faux mo' I made a row of ponytails down the middle of the model's head, and then simply styled her long locks to fall into shape, and pinned to hold. It's actually very simple, but quite artistic. Also a nice style to pop flowers into!


And as you may have guessed: I was having an Amidala moment...
My job, thank goodness, is always fun, but on days like this I feel particularly adventurous. It would be nice to feel that way about my everyday looks. I find we just blend so well, that we forget how to play with our clothes and makeup. I'd like to remedy that. Anybody else want to be more adventurous??

SEEING STRIPES

Striped trousers are not everybody's cup of tea. But somehow, stripes in everything just works in summer. Winter has hardly let go of us, yet I'm already plotting my summer wardrobe choices for work. These striped baggy pants are a favourite: I have them in black and navy.
 I have a few jackets that I rather enjoy wearing just to ward off the chill of a spring morning...or an extra early summer call time. Fitted is always best, but not as easy to come by, unless you're prepared to pay a pretty penny for them...and work clothes will never be considered as investment buys: they live a very fast life.
While I certainly wouldn't go to work without a shirst on, I may very well wear a bikini top underneath! Summer beach shoots are brilliant for easy wear from my closet: a bathing costume becomes convenient underwear, and allows for a dip in the ocean ( more likely the location pool, since our Atlantic is bitterly cold), or at least a little cool down in a rock pool!
A cotton shirt would usually be worn in summer, because anything else is just ridiculously too hot and sweaty. I also like to wear a bikini top under my tank tops on extra hot days, but more often than not, a soft blouse or cotton shirt will provide requisite modesty.
Like Liberace, I like my rings!  But they aren't very work-friendly, so I always end up taking them off. But as soon as I get the chance... I am still on the lookout for my most ideal everyday ring. I have seen a few. What I have in mind is inspired by one of my friends who wears her ring every day. And until I find it, I will probably not wear much else...for meetings, yes, but for shoot days...I doubt it very much... but I do so love rings!
 Another treasure for me: bangles, the chunkier, the better. I find some of my most treasured and favoured pieces at the flea market!! I like that they seem to have a story...albeit hidden from me.
I wear scarves around my neck, around my hair, and around my waist. Scarves are my friends. This wee gypsy scarf is more of a teensy bikini sarong, very teensy, and very triangular, but it can provide a simple dreamy touch to take the look to another level.
What do you think??

#CARGO LIPGLOSS QUAD

Cargo lipgloss palette
CARGO is a brand I have seen around the blogosphere, which obviously piqued my curiosity. But I didn't bother reading reviews per se. It was a mention here and there that just planted a seed of interest. So I didn't go out of my way to find the brand, and happily stumbled upon it at Clicks. That was over a year ago! I instantly bought this little lipgloss palette, which didn't last long in my makeup kit. I used it on almost every shoot one summer, and soon the pot was very, very empty. The shades were ideal for neutral, natural lips with a hint of youthful freshness, and the deeper shade was more sheer than it looked, but finished with a beautiful consistency that carried off a more sophisticated look. Certainly a versatile palette, because I could use it for fresh, young casual looks to older, more sophisticated business looks, and I could layer shades upon each other without a hitch.
If I come across these gorgeous glosses again, then yes, they go in my trolley!