3 Vintage Hair Styles for Short-Haired Babes.

retro-vintage-short-hair-styles4Us Glitterati gals were spoiled rotten this month and received five brand new Crown & Glory designs that are being released for S/S15! As usual, Sophie has so many exciting things planned for this year.

I was particularly taken with this retro-inspired scallop crown and it got me thinking that us short-haired gals often feel left out when it comes to recreating all of the vintage hair styles that are so popular these days. So I thought I’d share how to get a few of these looks without a lot of length.

retro-vintage-short-hair-styles1A casual beehive goes well with almost any hair candy and it’s perfectly suited to the 1960s vibe of this scallop crown. It’s easiest to style with medium-short hair or longer, but even if you have a pixie crop, just backcomb the hair along the crown of your head and give it a little spritz with some hair spray. Then gently comb the top layer of hair to smooth it down. If you need help styling a beehive, Carrie has a great tutorial.

retro-vintage-short-hair-styles3For a simple style reminiscent of vintage pin curls, simply curl the ends of your fringe or front section of your hair and tease the roots to help you create the shape. Then just roll the section of hair into a large curl and secure it with bobby pins. Douse liberally with hair spray and voila, a chic ‘do in less than 5 minutes. You can see how I did a similar style with two curls in this post.

retro-vintage-short-hair-styles2There’s something a faux bang that’s so fun and full of pizazz. You can style it with a long side fringe or by sectioning off the front of your hair. I simply curl the ends of my hair, roll it into place, and then pin it underneath but for a detailed tutorial check out this great one from Ree Ree Rockette.

I’d love to hear from other short-haired babes: have you recreated any vintage ‘dos? Let me know if you give any of these styles a try!

xo,
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The Birthday List: Write an ebook.

write-an-ebookRemember last July when I announced that I was writing an ebook?

Well, I still am!

Admittedly it’s taken me longer to complete than I’d originally planned as the project has grown in scope a lot since I originally outlined the idea. And I got a bit sidetracked by creating and launching Romance Yourself.

But I can you tell you that you’ll be able to buy The Daydream Revolution in May!

And if you want a sneaky peek, you get an MP3 of me reading the introduction when you sign up for my mailing list.

For now, I’m crossing “Write an ebook” off my birthday list because, although it took a different form than I’d originally envisioned, Romance Yourself clocks in at over 80 pages of text when you factor in the course materials and daily prompts. That sounds pretty damn bookish to me.

Plus, my original intention around this goal was to create a digital product that could help people on a bigger scale than a blog post can. Listening to the feedback from the first cohort of Romance Yourself babes who are working through the course, it really feels like I’ve achieved that. They’re busting through blocks, shifting out of negative mindsets, and beginning to shower themselves with adoration. It’s truly amazing to watch!

And this project has taught me so much about writing larger projects, launching digital products, and also how incredible it feels to do my soul work. Here are my biggest takeaways:

Perfectionism is procrastination. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting every detail to be just so but at a certain point, we’re holding ourselves back. We overwhelm ourselves with the details or tell ourselves we can’t launch until it’s perfect. But there is no such thing as perfect. Good is good enough. So set a launch date, tell the world, and I have no doubt you’ll hustle and create your best work in time.

You can learn as you go. In the same vein as above, at a certain point, reading another book or taking another course is not getting you any further along. You know enough to know what your next step is and the rest you can learn as you go. Creating Romance Yourself taught me so much about the technical side of launching and selling digital products, which I really needed to learn by doing.

When it feels good, that’s when you know you’re doing it right. This is a lesson I learned from Qoya but putting myself out there and creating an offering like this has taught me how much this saying applies to all areas of life. I experienced a lot of self-doubt around this project. I worried that no one would buy it and if they did, what if they hated it? But somewhere below all of the doubt and fear I knew I was creating something real and it felt good to be doing this work.

What project are you putting off until you’re “ready”? Because let me tell you, there is no perfect time but if it’s what you really want, why not start today?

And if you’re ready to begin your self-love journey and live the life you really want, then get ready to romance yourself!

I love you, wildhearts!
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Tattoo Talk: An Interview with Emily Fisher.

emily-fisher-mermaid-gossip-tattoosEmily Fisher, 28, Managing Director of Fishee Designs Photo Booth, Blogger at Mermaid Gossip, Designer at Fishee Designs Graphics in Bristol

For this week’s interview, it’s time to hear from another stunning Blogcadette (consider it Blogcadette season over on Tattoo Talk). Perhaps you recognize Emily’s lavender locks from around the interweb – she sure is a busy bee! I loved meeting her at the London Blogcademy Mixer last summer where she was set up with her trusty photo booth but she’s also a fashion blogger and graphic designer!

How old were you when you got your first tattoo? What was it?
15! It was my celtic tiger design on my back. My mum sad I could have it done for my 16th birthday a bit early so it was healed before we went on holiday. It was twice the size it was supposed to be (or so mum thought) and she wasn’t best pleased when I showed her! They did have to do it bigger as the detail in the face would have been blurred the size I had originally wanted it. It’s actually my least favourite tattoo that I have now as it doesn’t really have any meaning, nor is it to my style any more. I have since found a meaning for it, tiger being my chinese year, but that was an after thought. Even though I don’t love it, I don’t regret it as it’s part of what has shaped me.

emily-fisher-mermaid-gossip-tattoos2How many tattoos do you have now?
I have eight in total, but one has been a constant progression in three stages (plus two extra sessions to go over part of that particular tattoo which the ink “fell out”), and my mermaid has been in two sessions so technically I have been tattooed 15 times.

What are your thoughts on tattoo regret? Have you ever had any?
See above, ha! Like I said, I don’t regret it because I feel each of my tattoos marks a certain point in my life as a kind of record I guess. They symbolise certain elements of my life and all have a meaning to me. I can see why some people would regret certain tattoos if they have had them in silly places or made silly decisions when they get them. Personally I think as long as you’re having a tattoo that means something to you, and you think carefully about having it done then you shouldn’t ever live to regret it. (Also the tattoo on my foot states “have no regrets, everything happens for a reason” which I completely believe. It’s in my grandma’s handwriting too!)

emily-fisher-mermaid-gossip-tattoos3Do you think tattoos need to have a special meaning or can they be purely aesthetic?
Oops, seem to be jumping the gun a little bit with my answers here, as above. But I do think it’s up to the individual and I love all kinds of tattoos, but for me I guess they can be both but I wouldn’t want to have one that was only aesthetic. The meaning and thought behind them is what I love about my tattoos. Having said that, I have three hearts on my crotch “because that is the way to a girls heart” or so I used to say, so I can find meaning in many things!

Do you have a favourite tattoo? What’s the story behind it?
Ohh, that’s a tough one. I love them all (aside from the aforementioned) and I love them all for different reasons. The one on my right foot, with hibiscus flowers and a turtle, was the one I had done when I made the decision to change my life and move to Bournemouth from the crappy town where I grew up. It’s also technically very good too, and I designed it so I love it. But I think my mermaid is my favourite because it symbolises so much for me right now with my blog taking off and becoming part of my business and life. I have always wanted to be a mermaid and have always been drawn to the sea and Lucille at Scribe in Bournemouth did such an amazing job of designing it, she’s beautiful and also the biggest of all my tattoos. She’s my logo too! I have plans to extend to almost a full sleeve this year and have Luc working on it so watch this space!

emily-fisher-mermaid-gossip-tattoos4Are there any artists you’re yearning to get work from?
I tend to stick with Lucille in Bournemouth because her style suits me and I love going back to visit. Having said that, I do follow a few that I love on Instagram but I wouldn’t say I was yearning although I would like to experience someone else’s work eventually.

Want more Emily in your life? Of course you do! Be sure to her out on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and hop on over to her colourful blog.

Love, mermaids, & seashell necklaces,
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How to Create a Daily Writing Practice.

how-to-create-a-daily-writing-practice“This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.” – Steven Pressfield

I really enjoyed sharing my tips for budding writers and I was glad to hear that many of you found them helpful.

It can feel daunting – this dream of becoming a writer. But like with anything, the trick is to just start and then keep at it.

If you want to be inspired, have better ideas, improve your writing, or “find” your voice, you need to write everyday.

It really is that simple.

There’s no magic formula or course you can take that will make you a writer. Of course reading a lot, learning the tricks of the trade, and getting critical feedback will push you further. But the simple act of writing day in and day out is how you’ll finish your projects. It’s what will make you a writer.

Creating a daily writing practice is what’s allowed me to amp up this blog, create my ecourse, and get back on track with finishing my ebook. If you’re setting out to create your own daily writing practice, here are my suggestions.

Choose a project.
Rather than facing a completely blank screen, set yourself a task. Participants in NaNoWriMo challenge themselves to write a novel in a month. Perhaps you want to do morning pages to get the creative juices flowing, write a magazine article each week, or try your hand at poetry. Knowing what you’ve set out to accomplish will help keep you motivated.

Carve out time.
For me, I’ve set aside 30 minutes each day to work on my ebook – which is in addition to all of the other writing I do. Depending on your project, you might want to set yourself a daily word or page count. But it’s essential to figure out where this time will fit into your day. Consistency is key.

Determine the where.
I’m happiest writing at my desk or curled up in my favourite café. Either way, a mug of tea is always close at hand. I’ve learned to write wherever I am, whether it’s typing away over my lunch break or stealing some time to work between finishing work and meeting up with friends because that’s what it takes. But as much as possible, I write where I feel most inspired. Xandra feels most like a writer in coffee shops and Rebecca wrote most of her book in the rose garden near her house. Where do you feel most writerly? And if the sidewalk cafes of Paris are calling you but you’re bound to the practicality of life amidst the 9-5, figure out how you can infuse a bit of Parisian chic into your writing routine – buy a croissant to nibble while you type or wear your favourite beret as you scribble.

Create a ritual.
Steven Pressfield recites a prayer from Odysseus before he sits down to write. When I’m at my desk, I smudge myself with sage and light a candle. These rituals bring a sense of intention to the writing practice. They note a beginning and mark the time as sacred. Your ritual might be as simple as disconnecting the WiFi to get rid of distractions, but I encourage you to find something that brings purpose to your practice.

I’d love to know: do you have any thoughts on starting a daily writing practice? What projects are you working on right now?

Love, clattering typewriters, & ink-stained fingers,
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5 Podcasts for a More Fabulous Life.

podcasts-for-fabulous-lifeDon’t you love how your favourite song can pump you up, shake off a bad mood, and leave you feeling inspired with just one listen?

Lately I’ve been feeling the same way about podcasts.

I had the same iPhone 4 for four years and to say it was beginning to lose its power is an understatement. Plus any time I needed to do an update, I’d have to clear off photos and music to make room for it. Trying to subscribe to a podcast just became a burden. So since getting my iPhone 6 a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been binge listening to all of my favourite podcasts and discovering some new ones.

I love that my walks to work and commutes around town can now have an extra dose of inspiration, education, or pure entertainment. Which has inspired this mini series all about my favourite podcasts for enhancing different areas of my life.

First up, here are 5 podcasts that will help you live more fabulously.

The Heatley Cliff
Each week Amy Foster and Sheryl Zetner take you to their imaginary manor house to gossip about their celebrity staff and knatter about their latest obsessions. They’ve created their version of a modern-day salon whilst discussing books, pop culture, fashion, knitting, and whatever’s in the latest issue of The Lady.

The High Tea Cast
The High Tea Cast was created by Sam Sparrow and Lea Rice for “women who don’t give a…” Listening to their podcast is like sitting down with a couple of good friends for a gossip.  They interview interesting characters, offer advice on living an awesome life, and talk about everything from feminism to London’s best cake shops.

Fabulositea
The creation of my friends Xandra and Caroline, Fabulositea is all about what YOU bring to the tea party. Infused with Xandra’s sparkly minimalism and Caroline’s old school Hollywood glamour, each episode will help you make a different area of your life infinitely more fabulous. Although the show is currently on hiatus, listening to their archives will offer glitter-infused advice on everything from creating your own mythology to taking the world’s best bath.

The Lively Show
Jess Lively is an online teacher and writer who helps people transform their lives through values-based intentions. Her show offers mini tips on living intentionally, such as how to an accountability partner or managing overwhelm. She also posts longer episodes, where she interviews experts on everything from wellness and business to relationships and style. I love that Jess’s optimism and bubbly personality infuses everything she does, which makes her podcast really uplifting to listen to.

The No BS Guide to Life
This podcast is the latest addition to the online empire of Bangs and a Bun. I’ve long been inspired by her no-nonsense advice on creating the life you want and her podcast does not disappoint. So far she’s discussed how to grab your life by the balls and why there’s more to online lives than just numbers. Although the podcast is new, I know we can look forward to inspiring content from Bangs each week.

Now it’s your turn: let me know what fabulous podcasts I should subscribe to!

Happy listening,
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