I keep having to remind myself why i want to grow my hair. 
Cos i like my hair short, i like it short a lot.
its so easy to maintain, easy to wash
it takes 2 minutes to do my hair in the morning.
I only have to comb it every three days.
it looks good.
its different
i can wear ribbons in it
if i don't like it i can just wear a hat and its all covered..
the earrings i wear are in plain sight cos they are not covered by hair
so many good reasons!

i have to keep reminding myself WHY i want to grow my hair, because it is very tempting to cut it short again...

Reason 1: i can have wild and unruly hairdos




 Reason 2: I can have upstyles once again



Reason 3: Or just leave it down and long and still a bit wild





This image is wishful thinking :P


 Reason 4: So i can look like a hippy.
haha.
So my hair can look a little boho, a little indie, and yes, a little hippy
all arty



 Reason 5: So i can tie my hair in messy buns.
cos i like them buns




Now just to decide if this is reason enough to spend the next 2 years or so growing my hair.
my hair grows really slow
really

I decided i will give my hair until December and depending on what it looks like then decide whether to chop it all off again or carry on..

Dear hair, you have 4 months! impress me.

Today is my sister's birthday, she is 22...
and she decided to throw a birthday party, but not just any old party, an English tea party!

That was this weekend.
It was great! 
:-)

Olivia's 22nd Birthday Party

The evening before the party the five girls, my mother included, baked and baked and baked...


The tea table, Homemade strawberry jam and scones, Sarmies, Gingerbread car biscuits.... 
 
We made sarmies, scones, crumpets with cream, mini milk tarts and mini meringues, little quiches, sausage rolls, biscuits and raisin cake...


The birthday cake was the surprise element...


The rainbow cake and pweddy decorations
 
RAINBOW CAKE! :D
i made it...
after forgetting to put baking powder in the first yellow and orange layer and the whole cake slowly getting more and more lopsided and having to rectify that, finally, it was done :)


Nathan and Heather had to hold the ladder still and even then Olivia was afraid to climb up it

Olivia braved the step ladder in the morning to pin up the fabric 'shade netting'. Well done Layla!

There were five little girls at the party and they all got along so lovely, seems so simple being young.
I really like the photo where they seem to be frozen in midair as they are jumping on the trampoline and each little girl has such unique expressions on their faces.


The young ones

oh, and there was also a little baby boy at the party, Bryce, he put his head in the cream and scones and amused us all immensely.



Not everyone dressed in 'old english' clothing, which is ok. Hannah made her dress, it's cute, it has buttons down the back.. she made it out of voile so it was all floaty. After spending quite a while brain storming about what he should wear, Nathan ended up wearing ordinary clothes anyways. silly boy :P 

Medium sized children


The rest of us.


In the morning we had lugged all the lounge furniture and upright chairs outside and arranged them on the veranda and front lawn, along with little side tables. We all ended up sitting on the lawn in the end, under the shade of the tree. We brought out blankets and sat on them as well. In the plans there were games to be played, uno, croquet and cricket... what happened was lunch, chat, swings, trampoline, swing, chat, chat...which was great too :)

All in all it was a lovely day
Let's all have great birthdays like this!

A Birthday Party

by on 31.8.11
Today is my sister's birthday, she is 22... and she decided to throw a birthday party, but not just any old party, an English tea party!...
The thing about fashion is it repeats, what your mother/grandmother once wore is now considered 'cool'. So take a look in granny's wardrobe and see what you can do with it. If you don't have a grandmother, like me, make a plan.
 
I got introduced to a jewel of a second hand clothing store in Pretoria last week by friends, as we went to the shop i was amazed that they were so calm, i was so excited! anyways, that's not what i wanted to talk about. What i wanted to talk about was the following day...


 The following day we went to Joburg and had a look at some of the second hand 'digs' there. Basically, 'digs' are these large metal containers filled with second hand clothing and sorted out in different groups, skirts, dresses, jackets etc.


 These containers are on the street pavement and the 'owners' stand up there and shout, skirts 15, 15 15! (meaning R15) and you jostle and 'dig' (hence the term 'digs') for something that catches your eye. If you find something good, you hold it up against you and take a guess on if it will fit you and how it looks on you and if you are happy, buy it! i bought a skirt and a dress from these digs and i quite happy with both of them.

 This particular dress, my mother says, is the typical dress she wore when she was my age.

The trick to buying second hand things and old fashioned ones at that, is to know if you can make it 'work' for you or not. When you see it, it needs to say: "Austen, buy me! i'm great and i will look good and you and you can wear me with this and this and that." When you find something that shouts that to you, then you buy it.




Whenever i come home with a second hand, boring looking,old fashioned, outdated piece of clothing the reaction from my family has always been: "You bought that?!", but when i wear it, opinions are changed and it is liked and liked a lot and, that's the other trick. :)








My mother's wardrobe

by on 11.8.11
The thing about fashion is it repeats, what your mother/grandmother once wore is now considered 'cool'. So take a look in granny'...
August the 2nd.
That means there are 29 days left till September.... 29 days till Spring! :D

in other news, my bicycle brakes broke this morning making me late for work cos i had to walk down the down hills, what a let down. Downhills are the best part of the cycle!

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August!

by on 2.8.11
August the 2nd. That means there are 29 days left till September.... 29 days till Spring! :D in other news, my bicycle brakes broke this ...