Tuesday, April 29, 2014

~ turban tuesday ~

Turbans: the perfect accessory for when you're A) too lazy to fix your hair, B) too lazy to wash your hair, or C) just want to look fabulous.  The fourth reason is that you're too sick to leave the house or do anything but sit by the pool and take several hot showers per day and you want to distract people from the red-nosed, dark-circled look you've got going - which, incidentally, describes me to a T.

So let's take a look back at the practical, easy-to-create, glamorous turban...

  • The 1920s - Ahhh the 20s.  Shorter hems, shorter hair, fabulous turbans.  If you have a bumper crop of satin, feathers, and costume jewelry, the 1920s turban is made for you!


  • The 1930s - the turban style continued to grow in popularity and started to evolve into a more casual, everyday look, as opposed to the glamorous turbans of the 1920s.  The 1930s began what is thought of as the heydays of turbans!


  • The 1940s - In the 40s, with the start of WWII, many women had double roles: housewife and factory worker.  Because of this split lifestyle, and a lack of shampoo and conditioner during the war, turbans became an easy way to hide dirty hair, keep hair out of your face (and out of machines), and add a bit of glamour to a difficult time.  
For the sake of uncomplicating a complicated time, let's split the 1940s up into two parts: wartime, and post-war.

Wartime: During the war, turbans were an essential part of the working girl's wardrobe.  Because of their practicality, factories required women to wear some type of headscarf in order to insure workplace safety.  When you're doing welding work on airplanes, you don't want to worry about singeing your hair.

Housewives also used turbans to keep their hair out of their work, and many times, to hide curlers or oily hair.

Veronica Lake demonstrates the dangers of working with uncovered hair.


Post-War - with the end of the war and the slow decline of rationing, fashion took on a new meaning.  It became lighter, brighter, and took on a celebratory energy.  That is, of course, for some people.  Most were still dealing with the repercussions of war and did not have the time nor the funds to spend on the latest fashions.  But for the sake of continuing on the subject of this post, I'll show you some of the most popular, thought not necessarily the most used fashions.

And of course, the queen of turbans....

The 1950s - The 50s brought about a change in the turban style.  Bigger, brighter, and more fabulous than ever!

{The queen sporting an adorable polka dotted turban}

The 1960s - the 60s brought a change in all aspects of fashion, including head wear.  Turbans went back to their satin and gem days and even Elizabeth Taylor got in on the action!

Several years ago I went through a turban phase of my own...(keep in mind that this was before I learned how to properly pluck eyebrows or apply mascara)

(and before I learned how to adjust the white balance on my camera...)

If you're wanting to add some vintage to your wardrobe but want to take it in small steps, I highly recommend trying out a turban.  They're easy to find, easy to DIY, and incredibly easy to style.  So remember, the next time you have a horrible hair day or a bout of laziness or just want to spice up your look, don't overlook a turban.

Happy Tuesday!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

~ sick day ~

They say you're not a true Floridian until you've had to cancel a day's worth of plans because of horrible allergies.  Actually I'm not sure if anyone has ever said that, but I like to think that a day's worth of canceled plans have a bit of positivity in it.  So for my sake, let's just pretend that someone, somewhere has said that at some point.

{my nurse - and before anyone mentions it, that is my arm.  blame the angle}

Alright, moving on!

Because I'm currently snuggled up in bed with a box of Kleenex and feeling very sorry for myself, I'm going to look back to two days ago when I had just finished my last final exam and was enjoying a great lunch with my mom and sister.....

{Old Navy pants, Gap top, H&M scarf, Gap shoes}

{celebrating the end of finals with a little library downtime}

{veggie burger from Voodoo Dog - if you haven't been already, I'd get on that, ASAP!}

{returning home from a girl's day and being welcomed by the hydrangeas}

I'd post more, but I have a cup of tea that won't fix itself.  And I really can't keep my pity party waiting any longer.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

~ finals week ~

In the midst of finals week, I vowed to find happiness in small moments.  The past two days have cooperated and given me lots of little things to be happy about!

  • My morning was sunny and bright

  •  I finished my final project for photography class - a book of 20 photographs with a common theme.  More on that later!

  • Starbucks and I color coordinated

  • I got a haircut.  Warmer weather calls for shorter hair!

  • My favorite color became obvious

  • I found some old photos.  Sometimes I miss the simple days...

  • And I also found some very good advice.

One more final to go and I am DONE.  Summer will be here before we know it!  Have a wonderful rest of the week.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

~ Earth Day ~

What a beautiful day to celebrate our beautiful planet.  Yesterday Mother Nature put on quite a show!  Blue skies, spring temperatures, flowers in bloom, bees at full speed.  It could not have been a prettier day!

{a freshly-painted landscape}

A simple outfit for a busy day.

{Old Navy shorts, Gap top, Uniqlo scarf, Old Navy flats}

What a beautiful world we live in!


I'll leave you with an outfit photo outtake - apparently 12 years of ballet goes down the drain when I'm standing on the stairs...
I hope you've had a lovely day!