Hair Styling- Winging It.

I like to do my own hair, and i am good at just winging it.  However, my hair has no hold.  No amount of product, special device, heat, or professional stylist skills can make any curl hold for a long period of time.  Up-dos last a good amount time, but by the end of my fancy event, they are loose and falling out.  Curls are just flat before I even get there.  So at home, for curls, I use these spongy things on a wire that I put my hair in….think of “grandma curlers”- that is what I use.  I put my hair in them while I am getting ready as a first step.  I give a good dose of hair spray, blast heat with my hair dryer, and then another coat of hairspray.  Then I do make up, get dressed, and do whatever else.  Right before it is time to go, I take them out, fluff with my fingers, and maybe pin a piece or two away from my face, loads more hairspray, and out the door.  By now, the lovely tight, bouncy curls hanging longer and losing the bounce.  I get there, and I now have waves and volume.  But, at least, some wave and volume will last.  So basically if I want my hair to be styled “wavy” I need to to tight curls and in no time they will turn into waves- ha.

Here are the curls I did that quickly morphed into waves:

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I did this on my entire head, and get this:

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By the end of the night:

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Silly faces.

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As for up-dos, they stay up, but become loose and dishevelled, but hold a bit better.  Here are some samples of the finished products at their prime:

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Back view.

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Same as above, side view.

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Wedding.

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Fancy event.  

I did the one immediately above by places my hair in 3 ponytails spread apart.  Braided and secured each.  Pulled on braids to make them loose.  Rolled them up, and squished them up with bobby-pins.  Perhaps because I have never coloured my hair and don’t plan to, nor do I blow dry or straighten on a daily daily basis, my hair is super silky.  If I braid my hair and let it go, it instantly flops back to normal.  It is too “slippery” I guess.  In fact, I don’t even own a hair straightener!  I hate blow drying, I just air dry.  Every day.  On that note, I have also never had a piercing, not even my ears.  Never.  I have never, not do I plan to get a tattoo either.  Weird, I know, but I like not having to pay loads of money for hair colour, keeping it up, spending time styling or blow drying, etc.  And… I don’t even go to a salon or barber to get my hair cut- my Artist cuts my hair!  He does good layers and has a good eye for it.  He cuts his own hair too.  I was a little nervous at first, because he just “eye balls it”.  But he does a great job 🙂

Then I thought of making a knitted head band for a friend who is having a baby girl.

What happens when I try to follow directions:

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Recycling haha.

What happens when I wing it:

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However, this flower is not attached in a good way, it flops all over the place so I don’t think I will gift it.  Perhaps I will try again.  And then I thought of making myself one that is actually functional and not just for style!  To keep my ears warm in winter 🙂  I think it is safe to say I will be winging that too.

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Sick Artist

How to know if the Artist is seriously ill, usually with allergies, versus feeling rundown or having a cold:

– instead of his brilliance being turned on 24/7 and him not being able to ever turn it off, it is in fact, off

– instead of laying awake until the wee hours of the morning unable to sleep due to this brilliance always being on, he is asleep before 9:30pm with the TV and lights on (***note- the Artist NEVER falls asleep in front of the TV, he can be tired, but can’t fall asleep until he turns the TV and lights off)

– instead of his legitimate fear of something near or touching his eyes preventing him from taking eye drops for his quite severe allergy symptoms, he no longer cares and drops the stuff in

– instead of cracking jokes, making mischief, and pestering me (I love to be pestered by him 😉 haha, we have a lot of fun with it), he is bed ridden and curls up around me….when I ask him if I can get him anything or do anything to help, he says he just wants to cuddle and be near me

– he falls asleep on the bed, laying upside down, on a diagonal, with his feet on my pillow

– he has little energy for eating or showering, which are essential things he likes to do several times a day (cool rinses are key in this hot weather here)

– he stays in the same clothes for far too long

– he becomes a cuddle monster 24/7

– instead of waking up to every little sound, some that I don’t even think exist, he sleeps through the TV blaring, me on the computer, lights on, me talking on the phone, me sneezing, and/or loud neighbours or other outside ruckus

– I will find multiple kleenexes as I make the bed in the several days following his illness

I will always take care of my sick Artist, and he always take care of me.  When I am sick, he cooks for me, serves me in bed, gets me hot beverages and snacks, covers me with blankets, cuddles me like crazy, gives me back rubs, and the tenderest of kisses.  Sometimes, if we are feeling like having a lazy day at home in pyjamas in front of the TV for an entire day, we call it “having a faking it day”.  Essentially, we joke that we are faking sick.  So we stay in bed, in comfy clothes, eat delicious, yet junky foods, cuddle, give back rubs, and watch guilty pleasure movies.  Usually we need one of these days as a mental health day.  So it is not like we are sick from a virus or anything, but having a lazy day to just us, to avoid burnout.  It is a great tool for us when we are super busy, on the go, especially the Artist with school, to rejuvenate and spend some quality time together talking and giggling and indulging.  These “fake sick” days are something I always look forward to it on a lazy weekend day.

Self care is very important, and I think I have a very good self care tool kit.  My number one item/tool in it is my Artist.  If I have had a rough day, just seeing his face makes it all better.  A hug and kiss and cuddle just makes me melt.  Then we talk about what is bothering me, and he helps me through it all with so much love and support.  And I for him.  Sometimes he just calls or emails me because he wants to hear from me or listen to my voice as a little boost to get through the day until I get home.  And in turn, my day gets boosted.

Cozy bed, kisses and cuddles, and screen time.

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I love my Artist ❤

Happiness is contagious.

Back to School for the Artist

The Artist has been back to school now for a few weeks, and has his yearly “back to school cold”.  I used to get them too when I was going to school.  It consists of cold like symptoms accompanied by seasonal fall allergies due to the mental strain of going back to school.  You see, the Artist and I both like to spend our days doing whatever we want, on our own schedule.  The key here, is our “on our own schedule”.  Having class at certain times, and due dates for assignments does not mesh well with a person who likes to run on their own time.  I suppose that is why I excelled extremely well in online non-paced university courses- you just had 6 months to complete all the materials, assignments, exams, etc.  So if I felt like going to the beach one day instead of doing homework, I did.  And made up for it on a rainy day, or in the evening.  So this back-to-school-cold is basically caused by the stress it takes to shift from this style of schedule for the 4 months of summer, to the school/attending class/deadlines style.  It makes one feel rundown and exhausted, and when accompanied by allergy symptoms, makes you ill.  Since I am not in school, I am available to tend to the Artist and take care of him, and give him lots of extra TLC.  Except on days when I have “out in the world eyes”.  Those days consist of the two of us recovering in bed, taking oil of oregano, and eating comfort foods.

Out-in-the-world eyes is a similar oddity that we share.  When out and about all day, interacting with people, learning new things, and just being social in general, one comes home and begins to relax and the effects become apparent.  I usually wear make-up which makes it much worse, and if allergies are in the air, well now you are just miserable.  The effects include dry, irritated, tired eyes, and if left untreated, a headache evolves, and you feel exhausted.  All the stimulation from the world, combined with allergens in the air, combined with make-up, combined with sunshine, combined with being on the computer, combined with reading, combined with sensitive eyes…equals out-in-the-world eyes.  To treat them, I like to remove my make-up, rinse my face with cold water, and take a few minutes to relax and chat with the Artist about our days.  Ideally, a shower and comfy clothes should follow, if the evening’s itinerary permits.  If none of these can happen, a headache will evolve, and I will be likely to take Ibuprofen, and then do the above, resulting in feeling exhausted.

Unfortunately, I don’t really have any photos to go with this.

Switching gears, I wanted to tell a cute story.  I was waiting at the bus stop near our apartment building the other day and the Artist was out.  The bus was not showing up.  In St. Louis, transit runs anywhere between every 20-40 minutes, depending on the route and day of the week.  Well, I was 20 minutes past the time it was supposed to come, I was going to be very late.  But then, I see the Artist pull up to our building in the car!  So I ran over as fast as I could, and he gave me a ride.  When I got in the car, he had a huge smile on his face.  He said that his meeting was over and he wanted to zip by to see if I had caught the bus before we went to his studio, because he had a feeling the bus wouldn’t make it on time.  So when he saw me running in the distance, he had a huge smile 🙂  What a thoughtful guy.

Reminiscing back to this time last year; we were still settling in to our apartment having just arrived in St. Louis, my parents helped us move, my parents, brother and aunt came to visit during the Labour Day weekend, things were new and exciting, the Artist was moving into his studio, and so much more.  It is crazy to think that a year has gone by, it went by so fast.  And I just know that this next year will go by even faster.  St. Louis will be the longest I have ever lived in one place other then my childhood home in Creemore, and also the longest time the Artist and I have lived in the same city together.  Who knows what opportunities we will be pursuing at this time next year- but I look forward to it.  It will be bittersweet I guess.  Cheers to another great year in St. Louis!

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Almost a Year With my New Lifestyle.

It has been almost a year since I made a big change in my life.  About a year ago, the Artist and I were talking and we decided we wanted to get gym memberships at his school.  We had been doing “home workouts” here and there, and were really excited to start working out in an actual gym again.  I had been been a little displeased with my body, and found myself wondering how to maximize these workouts.  The Artist is an expert in all things fitness and food, so when we were talking he was able to explain to me how the body works with regards to eating and exercise- my mind was blown.  This conversation changed my life.  With the incredible knowledge the Artist had, I was able to re-evaluate my lifestyle and decide what I wanted to change.  We are such a good, supportive, encouraging team.  The Artist was supportive of me in my goals to change my lifestyle, and I couldn’t wait to get home to tell him about my workout or how I had improved on something, and he was so happy for me every time.  And I was encouraging and supportive of his workout goals too, and on the weekends we would exercise together.

So not only am I proud of my body, but I am proud of how I changed it- with a healthy lifestyle.  For me, it is not about how many calories I consume or how many hours I spend exercising each day, it is about where my calories are coming from and the type and efficiency of my exercise.  I eat like 5-6 times a day LOL!  I treat myself about once a week, and try to do a variety of exercises including strength, cardio, core, and yoga.  I also like to do fun classes like kickboxing or zumba for cardio, I am not much of a runner.  Another goal I had was wanting to ride my bicycle more, so I rode it to and from each workout.  Even in the winter (in St. Louis…what winter? HAHA!).  It has taken a long time, weight has come off slowly, but that means it will be off forever, because I have a whole new outlook on food, exercise and being healthy.  Learning about foods and exercise and how they effect my body sort of “shocked” me into change.

So all in all, I have dropped about 20 lbs.  My pant size before: 14, other clothes: S-XL, weight: 170-175lbs.  My pant size now: 14 (maybe a 12 if they are stretchy), other clothes: S-XL, weight: 150-155lbs.  Now much change right?  Well actually, there is a huge change.  I have much more muscle, less fat, I am stronger, I have a lot more endurance and stamina, I am more flexible, and I have tons more energy and am often in a happy mood.  My body is very different, but based on the scale and my pant size, it doesn’t look like much.  Which is why I don’t pay too much attention to those, but going by how I feel- and I feel great.  Yes, some of my clothes are much too big to wear now, but mostly, my clothes fit nicer, my “muffin top” has shrunk, oh it is still there for sure, but definitely smaller. and I feel more comfortable and relaxed in my clothes because I am not constantly thinking my stomach is hanging out or having my pants dig in because they are too tight.

And just to make myself a little more proud, I continue to do all this while combating a pretty hefty thyroid condition and a little genetics, none of my female relatives have small frames, we are curvy 😉

I love how good I feel.  I love to exercise.  And I really love food.  That’s right, I ate/still eat pasta, pizza, etc. on a pretty regular basis, and I did not go running/jogging every day for hours, and I still lost weight.  But most of all, I love my Artist.  I am so lucky to have him as a coach, and to have shown me good fitness routines and eating habits.

I feel much healthier, and have more energy.  And therefore, the energy to embark on lots more fun adventures with the Artist.  ❤

I don’t have any “before” photos really, but here are some recent photos of me, down 20lbs and feeling great 😀

New Jammies :D

New Jammies 😀

Heading to the gym.

Heading to the gym.

Sewing project complete

Sewing project complete

The Zoo

The Zoo

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park