Nov 19 2014

[try this] hair extensions for short hair

I’ve wanted a set of hair extensions for a long time and finally bought myself a set this summer. ¬†A friend of mine had bought them for herself for her wedding but couldn’t get them to match her hair colour, but wouldn’t you know, they matched mine perfectly!

Last Autumn just before Lucy was born (ok, technically I guess it was still summer) I chopped off all my hair from below my shoulders to a short pixie cut. ¬†I had logical reasoning behind the cut. ¬†I figured being a new mom, I wouldn’t want all that hair to take care of (and I have a LOT of hair). What ended up happening though was that with all the changes that come from being a new mom, I did not feel like myself at ALL. ¬†I had gained weight, pregnancy had made my skin angry, I was tired all the time and my pretty long hair was gone. ¬†To add insult to injury, my lovely hairdresser went on maternity leave as well shortly after she cut my hair off, so I bounced around from hairdresser to hairdresser until February when I decided to just grow it out.

In retrospect, it was not a good move.  Pro-tip:  If you are thinking about chopping your hair, wait till a few months after you have your baby to settle in to your new life.

So here I am, growing my hair out again.  It was a pixie in February, and I have had it trimmed three times since then to even everything out.  Because I want the look of long hair, I have come up with a few ways of wearing extensions with my bob length hair without looking like I have strange layers.

Here’s what my hair looks like before the extensions.

Here are my extensions freshly curled.  I try not to curl them too often because it just dries them out too much.  After wearing them I brush them lightly and store them in their box.

1.  Start by pinning up the crown of your hair.

2. Spray and tease the bottom half of your hair, to keep the extensions in.

For this hairstyle, I tease the entire back and pin it up in a kind of french roll, to hide all the short hairs.

3. Pin in the extensions. ¬†Even though this style is more of an up-do, I stagger them so that there aren’t any weird gaps.

Looks cool, eh?

4. At this point, if the extensions are freshly curled, I pull them a bit and run my fingers through them so that they aren’t so Shirley Temple- ish.

5. ¬†This step probably could have (or should have) been done first. ¬†At this point I curl the top layer strategically to match the extensions. ¬†I don’t do too much, just to blend the hair.

6.  Pull the hair to one side to a low side pony.  It should cover up all the short stray hairs.

7. Pin all the loose bits for the finished look.  I usually put a couple of bobby pins at the back, pinning the extensions to my actual hair (to keep it all in place).

All done! ¬†¬†This usually takes me about 5-10 minutes in the mornings (depending on whether or not my extensions were curled to start with). ¬†If my extensions are starting to look a little limp, I’ll opt for a braid instead of a side pony (again, I try not to curl them too much). Sometimes I will pull it back into a low loose bun as well.

This has been a great option for me as I grow my hair out! ¬†It certainly doesn’t replace having my hair long and curled, but it’s a good in-between until it’s long again.

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Nov 19 2014

47-52 Sick Day

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 47:  Sick Day

14 months

Lucy woke up at midnight last night full of snot and sadness, which of course meant that my night was shot. ¬†By 3AM I had her asleep again, only for her to wake up for the day at 5:30. ¬†OY. ¬†She’s never actually had a runny nose like this, so it’s a bit of a new thing for us…everything is covered in snot and I feel like I’m constantly running after her with kleenex. ¬†Thankfully, she loves kleenex and thinks it’s a treat so we’re all good. ¬†I took these pictures after she got into some kleenex while I was on the phone. ¬†Look at that sweet little snotty face! Haha.


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Nov 14 2014

46-52 Colder Days

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 46:  Colder Days

14 months

We’ve been having really lovely fall days here lately–nice and cold and sunny. ¬†Today Lucy and I were going to go out for a walk to the park, but I didn’t plan well and it was getting a little too close to nap time to do anything at the park. ¬†We ended up playing in the backyard; something that we don’t do too often because it’s not the nicest space to be in. ¬†I really wanted to be outside a bit with her and enjoy the weather though. ¬†Plus, we FINALLY found her a nice winter coat yesterday at Old Navy (and it was 30% off!) and I wanted her to wear it a bit today. ¬†Funny story: When we came home with the coat, I realized it is exactly the same as my winter coat. ¬†This has been happening a lot more than I’d like to admit, and it’s completely unintentional. ¬†I am creating a mini-me.

Also: I didn’t know I had this toque, and found it in her winter stuff that I had packed away. ¬†I have no idea who gave it to us (it’s homemade too!), but it’s SO adorable.

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Nov 7 2014

45-52 a whole new world

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 45:  A whole new world!

13.5 months

Dave and I have both agreed from the very beginning that we should be careful about the amount of technology/digital entertainment Lucy is exposed to (especially now at such a young age). ¬†Every now and then I will let her hold my phone on the forward facing camera (while I try to do shopping–she HATES the stroller). ¬†Since we only have Netflix on our computer and no TV it’s been easy to limit the amount of shows she watches too. ¬†Today was a first though-she played on the iPad all by herself while I worked on her One Year Book. ¬†She was pretty excited to get a whole half hour to hold the iPad herself. ¬†It’s amazing how entertained she can be by a simple app (Winnie the Pooh, and later some National Geographic kids app). ¬†I can see how easy it could be to have that turn in to a babysitter! ¬†Thankfully she loves her other toys too and (unless we give it to her all the time) I don’t foresee her being insistent on it (for now! haha).

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Oct 31 2014

44-52 Happy Halloween!

Project 52 ‚Äď A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 44:  Happy Halloween!

13.5 months

I was just about to post a different picture this morning when I realized that it was halloween and maybe I should do something a bit more themed. ¬†I had not planned to do anything because, well, she doesn’t really care so why bother? ¬†But when I had some extra time this morning I thought “Maybe I should just make some critter ears for her…” and then that turned into making her a whole mouse costume. ¬†I made the sweatshirt too because I had the fleece and didn’t want to wreck a sweatshirt she had already. ¬†She wasn’t too pleased about the makeup and I had to distract her with a toy while I quickly drew it on.

We just went to grandparents and then one of my brothers house before she melted down and we had to go home.  She was a sad mouse.

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