So, one sunny late afternoon, I popped round to Trish's gorgeous house and we did rag curls – with excellent assistance from Betty-dog, as you'll soon see! As Trish had washed her hair earlier and it was already completely dry, we brushed it and then sprayed it with a little water, so it was damp. Not too damp, though, you want it to dry overnight! I find it curls much better with a little watery help, but to keep this simple and something anyone could do without having to get anything form the shops for it, we didn't use any setting lotions and so on. Just water. And it looked very dramatic, catching the light! Then, starting at the tip, start to wrap a smallish section (about the thickness of a big texta/permanent marker) around a rag. Roll it up towards the head, and then tie the rag in a double not. Don't go too close to the head, or it will be uncomfortable to sleep on and the curls will start too high. Betty showed us her couch-matching skills as we went. And then got a bit bored. But seemed interested in the final result. The hair all curled up. The ones at the side are a bit shorter, as in curled closer to the head, than the ones at the back, to make a nice curved shape. The next morning, they were still all in place. We gave them a quick blast with the hair dryer (on hot) to make sure they were toasty and dry. And then waited for them to cool. And then started to take them out. Betty was quite used to this by now. Cute little spirals! Boing! Finally, we carefully brushed them out. We used a little bit of smoothing product followed by some hairspray, and voila! A cascade of curls ready to be styled. Easy!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Afterwards it was such a beautiful Melbourne Autumn day that we just had to get outside in the glowing sunshine. After some sweet chai with extra honey, we bought some balloons for Truly Vintage, and then checked out some op shops in the foot of the mountains that seem so far away and yet take just minutes to get to in the car. It was so nice to see the trees turning orange and red and rusty against deep blue skies. We saw some rozellas enjoying a meal with some galas! I now see that we were mirroring their colours..! They let me get pretty close before deciding it was time to fly up in a tree for a bit. They're in there somewhere! We both were wearing 1950's dresses with full skirts. Mine a pale yellow with embroidery along the hem in blues and greens... ... and Trish's in reds and oranges... ... with an amazing vintage print! There was a cute little chair outside a house covered in 1940's style bow print fabric, so of course we had to check it out and then take it in turns to sit on it. But we were soon back in the sunshine looking at dream weatherboard houses with pale blue woodwork and perfect picket fences. Such a perfect afternoon. Again, again, please!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
I didn't count on cooking for 6 taking so long – maybe the cocktails slowed me down a bit! – and we had a lovely late dinner, talking about everything and including the next morning, when we'd be up early to do a yoga class. Yoga! This is what the sportswear was for. Early morning outdoor yoga. Yep, I did it. And... more about that soon! First, we somehow managed to stay up far too late and eat far too much pasta... which has got to be the nicest introduction to a long weekend with friends.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
After brunch with a friend, John and I went for a drive in the hills and watched a storm blow in. It's amazing how quickly it turns dark here when that happens; the sky goes black in just a few short minutes and then the rain drops on the windscreen make the lights outside big and sparkly, disco snowflakes. We were soon home again with hot tea and the heater going – no wood fire for us, but one day! ONe day we will have one! – and watched Call The Midwife. The perfect cosy Sunday night in.