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Hair Me Out!

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!

Channeling Rihanna: Decent egg gone bad

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!

Rihanna channeling Skrillex

Rihanna channeling Skrillex

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!’

the style that caught my eye!

the style that caught my eye!

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 Result:

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!

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Lessons Learnt:

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.

The Great Gatsby

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!

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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!

Jordan Baker's veiled hat

Jordan Baker’s veiled hat

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.

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!

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)!

What To Wear In Case Of a Fire

I was on the phone with a friend ’til veeery late on Saturday morning (about 1:30 a.m.). While we were talking, I said to him, “I smell something like incense burning.”

“No. It smells like smoke,” I retorted.

“God I can’t stand it.”

I get up and look through my windows and door, I don’t see any hint of smoke. I get back into bed and we continue to talk.

“No man, it’s really strong. It smells bad,” I continue.

I remember thinking that my dog whose nostrils are way more sensitive than mine must be dying.

Anyway, I didn’t smell any smoke after that and went to bed.

I woke up at some point coughing and went to relieve myself of some mucus, thinking my sinuses were up to no good.

At some point (turned out to be after three in the morning), I heard the guy who lives in an apartment below me shouting to a guy who lives above me. He was repeatdly shouting the guy’s name. So I got up, and lo and behold all I saw was a billowing, angry red-orange row of flames; hissing, popping and crackling.

I immediately started looking for a bottom, since I’d gone to sleep in just a camisole night top.I saw my itty bitty pink shorts and figured those wouldn’t do. My head was a whirl as I wondered where to find some decent pants and ran to the closet. I frantically rummaged through the closet. It may have been one, but I felt like it had taken me 5 minutes to find some jeans and pull them on.

I ran upstairs to get the guy (mentioned earlier) and when he groggily came to the door, I told him he had to get out because there was a fire below him. As I ran back to my apartment barefooted (because Fela chewed on my indoor slippers and destroyed them), I figured that since the fire was practically just outside my window I’d better grab some stuff. I figured I can’t live without my laptop and perhaps I should just zip up the suitcase full of clothes lying on the floor and take that out too.

But before I could grab anything, the same guy from upstairs pushes his head in my door and tells me I need to get out because the stairway is full of smoke and soon we won’t be able to get out. At that point I became an even more nervous wreck. I grabbed my bag (pocketbook), then put it down. I ran to the closet, grabbed a pair of sandals. Ran to the bed, got Fela, picked up my bag and with slippers in hand ran through a back exit and outside.

Once there, I was prompted by someone to call 119. Lots of other dramatic events occurred, but while I sat there in ‘unknowingness’ (… that would be the unknowingness of whether or not I would have a bed to sleep in once the sun had risen and other such things), I desperately wanted to go back. And when I say desperately I mean like Lot’s wife during the escape from Sodom & Gommorah.

I really wanted my laptop, I remembered my passport and I needed a sweater! I was cold and then when a guy stopped to say something to me was when I realized how absolutely uncomfortable I was in my worn out little night top which made my boobs (which I don’t think are nearly as perky as they should be) and pointy nipples stand out most disturbingly! Lord how I needed my cardigan! 

White cardigan

White cardigan

So for the rest of the morning until the fire was put out, whenever anyone approached me, I would pull the bag across my body (as best I could) to avoid them seeing my boobies. And when I was finally able to get back into my apartment, two things occurred to me:

1. I NEED to have a little emergency bag – in case of emergencies 😉 But seriously though, I have at least two empty small 2-wheel suitcases. I shall fill one with a few items like a change of clothes, pj’s maybe a bar of soap, my passport and other super important documents that would be time consuming and difficult to replace, my mom’s watch and  such items!

2. When clothes get old and seedy, they shouldn’t be in my drawers. It must be my upbringing, but I have a habit of keeping old, worn clothes and wearing them to bed or around the house. Well on this particular night, I only became conscious of the fact that it was sorta stretched out and a bit worn, when I was out in public! Now I’m gonna have to make sure my pj’s are camera worthy! That way, if I get caught on the news with my last piece of clothing on my back, I can be at least 1/2 way fab! 🙂

Inspiration for the Cut

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!

A clip from Kelis' Bossy video

A clip from Kelis’ Bossy vide

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.

the hairstyle that started it all!

the hairstyle that started it all! 

I just got around to it for my birthday last month after drawing additional inspiration from Rihanna


Loved this Rihanna look!

Loved this Rihanna look!

and some lady whose photo I saw in a local newspaper.

Photo I saw in a local paper

Photo I saw in a local paper

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?

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