First of all, I came across these month-old outfit photos on Jacob’s phone and am posting them here, for completeness’ sake:
Probably the best outfit I’ve ever put together. I got the dress at a thrift store in Paris!
BONUS! A glimpse of the aforementioned living room!
Nextly. Not sure why you’d want to read more of my crazyass ramblings, but I’ve got a super huge mega giant 2012 biz highlight post over at the other blog. The parts written by the shop wenches are particularly heartrending.
And thirdly. I finally found a hairstyle I like in the list of 27 hairstyles I’m trying out. Squee, and all that.
It’s a variation on Heidi braids (also called Frida hair [by me, above], and milkmaid braids) but where you do a little pouf first. This is good because having that part in the back is always annoying. It looked messy in the back, but we were just taking Anandhi to the beach, so I knew it was only going to get messier (girl has a thing for chewing on hair), so I didn’t care.
Otherwise, I’ve had some real hair clunkers lately. I’ve been watching YouTube videos about braids and special buns and reading way too many hair blogs (IT’S RIDICULOUS, I KNOW.), and here’s what I’ve come to realize:
every cool girl in the world is teasing her hair before she puts it up.
I was never let in on this secret before. Oh, and it’s called “backcombing,” not teasing. And also, for reasons I can’t for the life of me figure out, you are supposed to curl your hair before you put it up—even in a bun, where pretty much none of it is seen.
Why? I have no fucking clue.
The beach was great, though!
The Piece-y Pony
Basically you make a low ponytail with half your hair, then divide the remaining hair into thirds and twist and pin it into the ponytail. If I’d tried harder (read: at all) I think I could have made this look cute, but it was such a giant fuzzy mess that I’m only showing you this completely useless photo of it from the front, taken from about 50 feet away. I think this could only look good if I had wavy hair, as pictured in the tutorial. And I twisted the twists too hard, methinks.
I always go for tight control over loose cuteness.
It’s a big problem with my life.
(Well, ok, here’s one of the back…)
Bun with a braid thingie
I did this on New Year’s Eve, and if I’d teased it first, I think it would have looked better. Owing to the crap light in the cottage, none of the closeup photos of it came out that great, but it’s a style with potential, sure.
We went to a party at the Big House (Jacob’s dad’s house 50 feet away) where his Thai stepmother had invited a dozen or so Thai families who all made the most unbelievably delicious food in the entire universe. They made a ton of it vegan just for us. I made the one dessert I make all the time in Hawaii: tapioca pudding with coconut milk and a caramel sauce made with lilikoi (passionfruit) from the backyard. I dressed it up with star fruit, young coconut, and bananas from the back yard or the farmer’s market. I was super psyched that Warunee’s (Jacob’s stepmom) BFF, who runs a Thai food truck, asked for the recipe.
Happy New Year, my rabble-rousing pretties. Here’s to revolution, cuteass hair, and delicious desserts in 2013.