Monday, February 21, 2011

Let's Get This Straight

Zandi and I talked it over and we decided that one of the first and most important things that I needed to learn to become a girly girl was how to straighten my own hair . I have always liked the way my hair looks when it is straightened. It looks longer and blonder. However, when I want this look, I have to call up Zandi or one of my other friends to straighten it for me.

My beautiful straight hair, styled by someone else haha

The goal is for me to be able to get my hair as straight as the above picture all by myself. Let's see if it is possible.

The first thing you need to know about using a straightener is that it is very hot, but there is no need to be afraid. It may smoke a little, but that is perfectly normal, as Zandi explained to me when I freaked out. For this reason, you should always spray your hair with something that will protect it from the heat. In my case, I used TRESemme Thermal Creations.

oh hey, that's my arm

Then brush your hair out and prepare your hair clips.

Next, take the top half of your hair and leave a small section at the nape of your neck. Clip all the hair up, except for the small section you left.
clip that hair up

Straighten the hair that is not clipped.
work that straightener
After you finish straightening that small section of hair, take your hair down and pull up a smaller section of hair, leaving the already straightened part and more of your hair down. The trick is to keep straightening the layers and work from the bottom layers up. Since my hair is wavy, I tried to concentrate on straightening the ends the most.

making some serious progress
As you get to the top, the top sections are the ones you need to worry about the most. The bottom ones are already straight. If you continue to straighten the bottom layers, it can damage your hair. Also, make sure that as you are straightening the top section, you straighten where your part is. This will make your hair look better once you are finished.
done and done :)
Ta-da! Beautiful straight hair to flaunt at all the social events...or just in class. Now, there were a lot of steps to this process, and Zandi had to assist me during some parts. Straightening my hair is just something that I am going to have to practice to perfect. But, now that I know the basic steps, I am just a couple of practices away from being able to straighten my hair on my own. Girly girl here I come!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Beauty of Bows

Almost every little girl has that picture of herself when she was a baby, all dressed up in a Sunday dress, with a big ole bow in her hair. I know that when I was a baby, my momma would put what little hair I did have up in a bow.

No, this is not me...
However, the bows were soon outgrown, and I moved on to more sophisticated hair accessories.... like scrunchies.

If you are like me, every now and then you miss the carefree days when you could wear the big bows and not care what anyone thought about you.

But, do I have good news for every bow lover out there. THE BOW IS BACK!

Bows are not just for babies anymore, they are for the fashion forward. Today, if you walk into any store and head to the hair accessories, you will find a variety of different types of bows. There are big bows, little bows, glittery bows, and headbands with bows on top. There is a type of bow for every outfit; whether it is a casual day outfit or a night time party outfit. It is the era of the bow, and for me to become a true girly girl, I have to embrace them.

Lady Gaga knows how to rock the bow style.
As usual, my suitemate Zandi, already knew about the bow phenomenon and had started a collection. 

She uses her bows to show school spirit.
Following Zandi's example, I decided that to be a girly girl, I needed to invest in some bows of my own. So for Christmas I asked for some bow hair accessories. My transformation could never be complete without some cute bows. 

And guess what? Santa Clause came through :)

I am now the proud owner of two very cute black bows that I plan to wear anytime I get the chance. Being a girly girl is all about learning to accessorize, and I am on my way with my new black bows.

You see my black bow?
PS- Zandi and I are always looking for new hair accessories. If you see any that you think we would like, please let me know. I am in the market for some bows with some sparkle :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Tomboy Side of Life

I have never been a girly girl. Instead I was the tomboyish, I would rather play sports than learn anything about makeup kind of girl. I did take a year or two of dance classes where my hair had to be curled, but I was only 7 so my momma took care of making me pretty.
I totally rocked those pigtails and braces
 My life always revolved around sports. I began playing t-ball at the age of 5 and then moved on to softball and basketball. I was not concerned with my hair or my looks. During the games, my hair would be up in a ponytail or in some type of pigtails that my momma fashioned for me. After the games, my hair would either be down….or still up in a ponytail/pigtails. 

In high school, I played softball, basketball, and was a member of the marching band. All activities that only required a ponytail. At one point, I was playing for 3 different softball teams, so the idea of looking pretty meant I had the latest trend in socks, bats, or sunglasses. Along with a very attractive tan line.

You know you are loving my tie-dye socks

The first time I wore makeup was my senior year in high school. I went out bowling with some friends and I wanted to try something new. By new, I mean a little bit of eye shadow. 

Then, I got to college.....

My first semester in college, there was always somewhere to go or someone to see. It became almost a requirement to look your best at all times, especially when people brought cameras to parties. Luckily, I have been blessed with roommates that know their way around hair straighteners, curlers, make-up, and clothes. They are always the ones that put me together, and I am forever grateful to them.
My first roomie doing my hair

However, it is almost time for me to enter the "real world." I will graduate college soon and will have no roommate/suitemate to pick out my clothes, help me do my make-up and style my hair. I am going to have to learn to do these things on my own. It will soon be time for me to get a big girl job and to fend for myself.

This blog will hopefully follow my transformation into a Girly Girl. I am going to get my suitemate, the wonderful Zandi Watts, to teach me everything she knows.
I love you Zandi Watts :)
By the end of this blog, I hope that I can style my own hair, put together my own outfits, and choose what color eye shadow I need to match those outfits. The ultimate goal is to be able to get up in the morning, and put myself together from head to toe without any help from anyone. It is going to be an here we go.