Ah, it’s been a lovely story, hasn´t it? From when I first became a pixie, blogged seven ways to style it, wrote about the pros and cons of the hairstyle, tried to give advice for people who consider getting one, and finally styled it five more ways. I fancy a change again, though, so I’m going to let it grow longer again. So many of the arguments against getting a pixie are something akin to “but what about when you want to grow it out? Growing out a pixie is *insert doomsday expression here*“. The Internet isn’t always helpful, either. Many blog posts out there seem to agree with the doomsday scenario, giving the impression that you need to live under a hat/headscarf for six months to look like a human being and not a vile creature resembling a 90′s boy band lead singer. This extremely popular pin is often given the description “how to grow out a pixie”, when only the first two illustrations show something resembling a pixie (after that, it’s a bob, or long hair, if you ask me).
That’s right! I wrote about trousers (or pants, if you will), which used to be my arch enemies – but no more. Click the picture above to visit Emma’s clever blog at This Kind Choice.com and read all about it.
My previous blog post on how to style a pixie cut got so much positive feedback, so I thought I’d create another one! Whether you already have a pixie or are thinking about getting one, it’s nice to know there are plenty of styling options available. The starting point for all these styles is a pixie that’s slightly longer in front and around the ears (compared to my previous post), but still very short from the occipital bone to the neck. In my opinion, the ultimate trick to styling a pixie is to think of it as sculpting, creating lines and shapes with the hair. In fact, none of the styles in this post need special accessories or tricky styling tools; I only used a few bobby pins, some hair gel/spray, and a straightening iron that’s one inch wide.
Guest posts aren’t something I often do here; in fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever done one before! But when Emma from This Kind Choice offered to write something about her own experience with the pixie cut, I knew it would be good. The biggest reason I started writing my own blog was because I struggled to find information about fashion and style that was actually helpful and could teach me something new, instead of the hundreds of articles just telling me to buy more stuff. Emma’s blog falls squarely into the first category, and it has become one of my favourites. She writes insightful and inspiring posts that always make me think, which is so rare nowadays, isn’t it? In her own words: “I want to empower you with satisfying and simple ways of creating a closet that reflects all of who you are. Your values. Your style. Your life.” How wonderful is that! This is her pixie experience, about courage, femininity and commintment.
Though I don’t have the skills, patience or lifestyle to have flawless nails, I still like to play with nail polish from time to time. This is another version of the impressionist nails, just with a pink colour palette. The “technique” is easy as pie. Start with a base colour; I used Essie’s Blanc, an opaque white. Put a few drops of each polish on a piece of paper or a paper plate, then use a small brush (I used an old eye shadow brush from H&M) to dab on the colours. If you want a more blended look, dip the brush in a little polish remover, and dot it on the nails to blend. You can also mix a drop of the polish with a drop or two of polish remover, which will make the polish more transparent and create a nice layering effect.
I think this kind of nail art looks especially nice with several kinds of a colour (like my pink), and then an accent colour (like gold). Shades of blue with a dash of copper would look fantastic, or greys with a tiny bit of neon yellow. Very dark and very light colours toghether are harder to blend seamlessly, and will therefore look more like a pattern. Finishing with a top coat makes all the difference, as it smoothes everything out nicely.
One important aspect of clothing that I’m considering more and more, is fit. With that, I mean how a garment hangs on my body, where the seams are placed, and how the lines in the garment work on the lines on my own body. If you haven’t read my blog post about how to dress your proportions, you might want to read it to learn more about proportions and lines in an outfit in general. I wanted to show you my theories in practice, and happened to have two Breton tops and two black midi skirts available.
At first glance, these might seem like identical outfits: striped top, black midi skirt, brogues, but the tops and skirts have subtle differences that are important for the fit. Oh, and for the rest of this post, please remember that I mean “better for ME”, not “better” period, as I’m using my own, curvy, hourglass shape and my personal style preferences as an example. This post won’t only be of interest to vintage-loving hourglasses, though, as I’ll describe aspects of fit that are important to all body shapes and styles.