Since the disintegration of her parents marriage, she’d only loved two things: The first was her long dark hair; the second was how easily she could cut it off… and feel nothing.
For some particularly strange reason, when I decided to write a post sharing my hairventures, this line from 5OO Days of Summer popped into my head. I have been cutting my hair since university, however, I’ve never cut my hair and not felt anything; instead it is always like a lovely continuation in a great series for me!
I love hair, because it is so diverse and such an easy way to express oneself! You can perm it, curl it, straighten it, wear it it’s natural form, lock it, sport an updo, or crop cut…the possibilities are endless.
Being a restless soul, changing my hairstyle is something that I have done often over the years and I sure do enjoy it! In the past five years (random number), I’ve had so many different hairstyles that it’s a little uncanny! I’ve gone from dreds to a short perm! Below is a little lookbook of all kinds of phases and stages (I have a hardcopy of me sitting in a barber’s chair, that I will one day share)!!
To me it’s really cool that I can express myself and what I’m feeling through my hair and that it doesn’t have to be permanent. After all, we only have one life to live – I say we need to do what makes us happy!
We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
~ C.S. Lewis
As for this egg. It hatched…and then went bad.
I am no stranger to change, and I’ve found that one thing that I can change easily is my hair! Since I’ve had a say in the matter, I’ve been no stranger to cutting, big chopping, braiding, colouring, going natural and lately, trying a weave! Nothing about the latest hairdo is normal for me, but sometimes, we must hatch. Must we not?!
So, as this story goes, I was recently browsing the net for a photo of Rihanna’s skrillex inspired cut. I like the ‘toned down’ version and figure I’m gonna get it done one day. Of course, since my hair is shaved down already, Skrillex hair wouldn’t be hard for me to achieve!
So I looked for photos of Rihanna’s skrillex cut and lo and behold I saw a photo of her with another style and thought. ‘Heh! I like that! or perhaps it was ‘Heyy, I’m gonna try that!’
My hair was seriously due to be done,so I decided to find out from my stylist whether or not she could pull it off and of course, she said yes!!
At some point, the indecisive, wimpy part of me started to get cold feet. ‘Maybe I should just ask her to comb it down on one side’;’ I’m gonna tell her make it look as flat as possible’; ‘I don’t know if this is ok for work.’ but in the end, I went and let her do her thing!
The sides of my head are shaved so low, I look like cassie! (I can think of something else, but to write it may be offensive to some 😉
I kinda have a Janelle Monae thing going on… and since I like her, that can’t be too bad!
A plethora of compliments!
Rihanna probably got her hair done like that for an event. For a simple chick like me, it’s a bit much for the daily grind. Especially because it draws so much attention. So next time, I’ll need to be taking environment in mind!
Overall, while I think the next time I’ll do anything remotely close to this is New Year’s Eve night, it’s been interesting and I’m ok with being out of ‘the box’ for a bit.
When I lived in NYC, I decided that I needed some extra cash, so I began tutoring a high school student in history and english. Even though my pupil was lazy – which made my job harder, I enjoyed the experience!
The high school curriculum in Jamaica is very different from that in the US, as a result, I actually learnt a whole lot because I had to teach myself a whole bunch of stuff in order to effectively teach my pupil.
Our arrangement never covered assistance with literature, but I guess they figured I was flexible, so one day she asked for my assistance with some questions from a literature book she was using. It was called The Great Gatsby. I admitted to her that I perhaps couldn’t be of much assistance, because I’d never read this book (Neither did I have any plans to read it because I was completely immersed in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude). She couldn’t believe it. Anyway, I read the passage, read some Cliff notes and assisted her as best I could.
Last year, a blogger I follow, mentioned fashion from the novel and earlier this year a friend stated that she’d love to throw a party similar to the ones in the novel. By the time I heard that Baz Luhrmann was doing a film, I decided it was time for me to read the novel!
Except in a few cases, I am normally disappointed in movies based on novels. so I soaked in all that F. Scott Fitzgerald had to offer and as is typically the case with me and a good book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I’d read it. I analyzed and wondered about certain things – a lot – especially since money class and love are themes/issues that I’ve been seriously thinking about lately.
The movie opened in Montego Bay last Friday and my ‘other kind of sister’ and I went to see it. I think it is marvelous! I found that Luhrmann stayed very true to the book and loved how he portrayed certain little things like Nick saying he was without and within at the same time. I also liked that Luhrmann found a way to show the actual words on the screen in some instances.
The parties were as lavish and over-the-top as I imagined them to be from reading the book and the fashion was more than I could have hoped for. My goodness these girls looked goood! I especially adore the little black veil of a hat that Jordan Baker wore to the first party!
And while we saw the Vogue spread which featured Daisy’s fab dresses, I very much liked one that she wore in two casual scenes in the house.
Of course, because of Fitzgerald’s writing style, many things are left open to interpretation. For example, what may have been written in the letter Daisy received on the day before her wedding. And I have always wondered whether or not she had told Tom that she was actually behind the wheel when Myrtle was killed (would love some feedback on this).
The soundtrack I think was great. With the exception of Izzo (if someone could explain to me how it was relevant…) -_- and one other song which I can’t remember at present. I was however completed captured by Lana Del Rey’s Young & Beautiful. What a beautiful piece of music! Her voice is ridiculously mesmerizing and haunting…and beautiful.
With all that said, I believe the movie is brilliant and I’d watch it again in a heartbeat.
This post has absolutely nothing to do with style or even fashion.
Today is the great Stevie Wonder’s birthday and I really do hope his birthday has been as special as his music has been to me!
Here’s one of my favourite songs of his (with horns)!
In her video Bossy, there’s something about the way Kelis rolls out of bed, looks in the mirror, casually decides she wants to change her hair, grabs a pair of scissors and starts snipping away! It must be total and complete liberation, spontaneity and confidence that would make you get up and ‘change it up,’ just like that. And I LOVE IT!
I am no stranger to that and have cut my hair on three occasions. Two out of three times it was done as spontaneously as the above example 😉
I’ve long loved Kelis’ trendsetting hairstyles and had my eye on one particular do since 2011.
I just got around to it for my birthday last month after drawing additional inspiration from Rihanna
and some lady whose photo I saw in a local newspaper.
In order to achieve the style I needed, I had to get a perm, but I love my new hair so much that I don’t regret it! Since I got it done, I’ve gone back and had them shave the sides right down, because it’s way easier to handle when it’s low like that. And I’ve gotten hella compliments! Ching 😉
What do you think?