So I have never done a How To before! Many people ask me how I manage to Milkmaid Braid my hair and after I have seen it over the catwalk I thought now would be the perfect time to teach you guys! Hopefully you can understand my step-by-step guide and get the same results as me – or even better!!
It is best to braid on one day old hair as then its not too slippery and then it is easier to control. All you need is a hair comb, hair grips, hairspray and a hair toggle. Sorry about the initial lack of make-up!!
1. Divide your hair into two through a center parting. I also tie the parts I don’t want to be included in the plaits now.
2. Start by backcombing you hair lightly. Then french braid your hair from the back of you head like an upside down pig-tale.
3. Tie the braid at the end.
3. Repeat on the other side.
4. Cross over the braids on the top of your head. One plait will fall better in front so see what suits best.
5. Now start pinning, the more grips you fit in there the more secure you will feel.
6. Finally spray a generous amount of hairspray over the do!!
I love doing the milkmaid braid this way, my hair is quiet thin that if I just do a standard plait and pin to the top of my head it looks a bit sorry and limp. I hope you all get on well. I would love to see your pictures!!
Last week I ventured out on a rainy eve to go to my first ever Haute Couture evening. I didn’t know what to expect but I was very exicited to have been invited by a very close friend.
The first dilemma was certainly choosing what to wear, I knew I would be rushing straight from work so I had to wear something that transgressed easily from day to night. Thankfully my lovely room mate was on hand (the dress is from her wardrobe) I love velvet too. The boots were an ebay find and are so comfy – well that is for most of the day! – I will post a separate OOTD!
The collection was shown on the bottom floor of a tiny boutique and Olivia herself was so welcoming and bubbly although suffering from a horrid cold. Something I can relate to too well! Her collection was heavily inspired by a tropical gothic goddess.
My favourite out of the 6 pieces were the Samantha dress and the fully feathered trousers. They were totally amazing. As you can see on my Instagram. The wine was flowing and it was lovely to see so many people turning up to support Olivia.
It was amazing to see all the hand beading and sewing so close up! It was incredible experience being able to see my first Haute Couture press event and I hope it isn’t the last.
What do you think?
Tuesday nights are beginning to be one of my favourite evenings to settle down with a cuppa and watch TV. I am totally getting into the second season “The Great British Sewing Bee” granted it’s not the coolest thing on TV but I love watching the challenges. It is most definitely making me miss my sewing machine.
Contestants have been working with a range of fabrics and have had lots of challenges, although quiet homemaker-ish I love watching the techniques and how other people adapt to new sewing experiences. Usually they work from bought patterns and some hadn’t even used an overlocker until this weeks episode!! If you have missed the other 2 episodes you can catch up on the BBC Iplayer.
It really is interesting to watch being from the fashion industry to how differently I see their challenges from the fashion point of view rather than a maker’s eye. I am routing for Chenelo to win as I think she is very technically talented, sometimes she doesn’t even use a pattern just cut the fabric to shapes from eye! I also find her more fashion minded than the other.
Are you watching it? Who are you routing for?
So the only day that I feel I have money is pay day. You know that feeling you purchase a bottle of wine that isn’t the cheapest on the shelf. It’s reassuring relaxing with a glass of vino that doesn’t taste like perfume.
I try really hard to budget my money without feeling as if I’m missing out. I usually spend money on all things fashion and food. This weekend after getting rid of my HORRID cold, a friend and I decided it was the perfect weekend to head to a couple art/fashion exhibitions.
Beware there are some exhibition spoilers.
Richard Hamilton Exhibit. I would really recommend going to see this! Hamilton was one of the founding figures of Pop Art, although it wasn’t what i expected. There were pieces which of course I have seen in many art books yet there were so many pieces which I would have never realised were Hamilton’s. I saw so many pieces that had beautiful colours and interesting subjects!
Here are some of the images spotted around at the exhibition and at the Tate Modern.
After spending a few hours roaming around the Modern we headed to The Design Museum to the Paul Smith exhibit. This was good, but a bit on the small side. I also thought that you couldn’t really call it a fashion exhibition as there was only a maximum of 12 garments. We got to see other aspects of Smith’s work but it was slightly disappointing when you’re going there to see work from a great designer and seeing his photo collection.
Top Tips on how to save money:
1.Take a packed lunch with you. It is crazy how much museums try and charge for a soggy sarnie and slice of cake. Take lunch and a bottle of water, if you do have a bit of spare cash you can always buy a coffee when your feet start to ache.
2. With most Museum charges they add extra as a donation fee – you don’t actually have to pay this, you don’t even get judgmental looks when you ask not to pay the donation fee.
3. Travel can gobble up a lot of money too. If you are local to London an Oyster Card is probably the best way to travel. If you have any railcards you can connect it to your Oyster Card thus a cheaper day. If you are driving to London then there are places around Richmond and Ealing where you can park for free – or you can find cheaper car parks.
4. Exhibition books. I love buying exhibition books from exhibits I find inspiring, however the museum shops obviously are super expensive. I have a QR reader app on my phone. This enables me to scan the bar code and it will find the cheapest website. I do buy postcards when they are available of my favourite paintings/photographs.
I hope my tips helped! Have you seen any good exhibitions recently?