Friday, December 27, 2013

Golden Roses: Special Occasion Up-Do for medium-length curly or curled hair

Here's a hair style for Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day, or any occasion where you want to add a splash of special to your appearance.

I'm just back from a beautiful Christmas Eve service, my heart filled with thanksgiving to the Almighty who chose to come down to such a world as this, to suffer and die as a man and rise again from the dead in order to rescue me and you. I surely needed rescuing. You can find out just how much I needed it by listening to my mini keynote concert here.

Rose of Sharon is one of the Saviour's names. A rose of golden glory sort of colour seems fitting when I consider that the manger is empty, the cross is empty, the tomb is empty, because Jesus lives! He's Victor over Death, and Lord of my heart. So tonight I styled my hair with a crown of golden roses.
You'll need five mini claw clips, one larger one (dependent on thickness of hair), and three large fabric rosebuds.

Begin by segmenting the top-front section (a parting on each side and straight across the top level with your ears).

Twist it gently out to one side until the whole length is evenly twisted but not tight.

Place the tail of the comb under the base of the coil and nudge in the opposite direction to your hair tail. Let your hand holding the end follow the hint, allowing the hair to fall into coils against your scalp, twisting more if necessary to maintain evenness of the coil density. Use your fingers to form the coils into shapely loops.

Secure the loops with two mini claw clips.

Lift back section of hair into a pony tail centred at crown of head, twist a couple of times then lift the tail up over the top of your head and let it drape over your forehead.

Secure the base of the tail with larger claw clip (choose a size capable of holding the thickness of your hair).

Feel the base of the claws to check that all of the tail is within the grasp of the clip.

Flip your hair back from your forehead and arrange the curls to cover the claw clip and form a pleasing frame to your face.

This is as far as I go for a normal daytime hairstyle, but tonight I poked in three rose stems into the mass of hair on top of my head above the claw clip (which is now hidden by the fountain of curls).
 Then I gathered the draped curls into a pinch at the back of my head and secured with a mini claw clip.
 The sides were a little bit bouffy, so (below) I added a mini claw clip on each side as well.
Would you like to see a sequence of this hairstyle being created? Leave a comment below.

Best wishes to you!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2 Keys for How to Travel Light and Be Prepared for Every Situation

TRAVEL TIPS for modest women
Modest ladies experience a higher luggage-to-person ratio than most modern women because modest garments use more fabric than many clothing designers consider necessary. Undaunted, we study to acquire packing skills that allow us to travel lighter.

How to travel light and be prepared for every situation

I suspect I may be modest Queen of Being Prepared, an attitude normally in antipathy of standard luggage allowances, but I’ve learned a few things that have helped me be prepared for every eventuality and lighten my luggage.

The two keys to maximize your luggage space and give you more freedom in closet choice are FORETHOUGHT and FLEXIBILITY.

  1. Find out what the demands of climate and environs will be.
  2. Plan ahead for these situations. A) Assess key garments on the basis of functionality. If you don’t have suitable basic items, buy or sew garments that will meet all the situation requirements. B) Base your outfit choices on being able to add layers during cooler weather and remove layers during warmer weather.
  3. Inquire about laundering options. If you’ll have access to a sink, a wet area to drip-dry garments, and the time to wash and dry them, you can take less clothing changes (but don’t forget to organize hangers and hooks or clothes line).
  4. Consider whether you need to take an item with you or you can buy or borrow it when you get there.
  5. Buy small versions of personal care items, or downsize your containers to mini ones with enough product for your needs for the duration of your trip.

  1. Identify all situations you can expect to encounter, and choose garments and accessories that will mix-and-match and adapt to different climate situations and activities.
  2. Train yourself to be flexible in the way you live. For instance, use a smaller towel, style your hair simpler, wear clothing without ironing and for longer periods between laundering, or use the same fleece for cold nights in bed that you wear as a jacket during the day.
Forethought and Flexibility are your best travel mates!

Bon Voyage!

How has this list helped you? Do you have any travel tips you’d like to share? Post a comment below.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Perfect Modest Outfit for an Outdoor Summer Wedding

Do you panic when you're invited to an outdoor summer wedding? Does the question "What am I going to wear?" give you nightmares? It's hard enough to find a modest dress, but a special occasion modest dress? One that doesn't cost a heap? Help!

I recently came upon these photos of a New Zealand summer wedding I attended as guest and wedding singer. I hope you'll be inspired with ideas or at least encouraged to make your preparations well beforehand so you can enjoy the event, knowing you're appropriately dressed.

Remember, my style does not have to be (in fact, should not be) your style. Your life and personality are unique. Allow yourself to express that.

Here you see me at the beginning of the day, before the heat took effect. Waiting for the wedding ceremony to begin, I was able to sit in the shade and enjoy a cool breeze.

Hats are a feature of my personal style, but I also find them superbly practical when outdoors. This hat was white when I bought it from Postie.

The cotton burnout blouse (The Warehouse) with covered buttons and cotton lace was also white. I dyed the hat and blouse together in the same pot. I've paired the blouse with a lace-top JayJays camisole.

The purchased fabric flower is secured with a pearl-headed hat pin. To travel, I removed the flower and flattened the hat to stow it in my bag. The flower traveled in a cosmetic purse that protected it from getting squashed.

The curls are my own.

The afternoon heat was intense by the time I sang, but at least I had my back to the sun, which the valiant orchestra did not. Here I've rolled my hat brim up, better allowing me to see and the audience to see my face. It was hot having my hair down, but it allowed me peace of mind that I wouldn't get a sun-burned neck.

White jandals (thongs/flip-flops) with cork inner soles were perfect for my feet, thanks to the dressy but non-formal style of the wedding. I was thankful for the easy-balance heels, too, given the uneven grassy surfaces of the camping ground venue.

I purchased the skirt on clearance for NZ$10 at Ezibuy. Labelled a "beach skirt", it had a crinkle cotton outer layer and voile half-slip underneath, all transparent. I unpicked the joining seams of the knit waistband, outer skirt, and lining, placed a new full-length layer of cotton gingham in between the outer skirt and lining, and stitched it together again.

I love this skirt. I can wear it for casual or more dressy occasions. It's brilliant for spring through summer to autumn. The roll-over knit waistband is comfortable. It travels well. It's easy care. I launder it in a cold wash with a medium spin and drape it over a drying rack indoors (no pegs allowed near that knit waistband). It requires no pressing. The one downside is the light colour, making it susceptible to grubby seats, grass stains, or dirty cars, but in the 3+ years I've been wearing it, most of these have been removable.

I found this outfit excellent for maintaining comfort and elegance during the heat on a long day. Now I know how well it works, it's one I can pull out any time and know I'll look good and feel great. I hope you find an outfit that does that for you, too.

All the best!

PS For progress on production of the "Magdala Waltz", click here.
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