A few weeks ago I received an email from the people at Irresistible Me asking if I'd like to review a set of their human hair extensions. After checking that they're ethically sourced (they are! (I once saw a documentary about unethical hair harvesting... it's not great yo!)) I emailed back, and now I have a set of really cool looking hair extensions.
They sent me the silky touch in Medium Brown with a 24inch length and 200 grams of hair, which is a lot of hair. 24 inches is the maximum length (they have sizes between 14 and 24 inch) They also have 3 weights: 100, 150 and 200 grams. For shorter extensions they recommend going with a lighter weight, and for longer extensions they recommend going with a heavier weight.
Me being me, I decided to go with the most dramatic hair length change available, because if I'm going to stick something in my hair, it may as well bee as dramatic as possible.
If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I like to wear a wig from time to time. I tend not to wear them as often as I'd like because my wigs are heavy, hot, slightly itchy and leave my scalp sore after wearing them all day. I had none of these problems with the Irresistible Me hair extensions. They were super comfy.
They were also really easy to put in (It took me about 10 mins, which is how long it takes me to do my hair normally in the morning).
I have a couple of things I wish I did differently before putting the extensions in (Which I'll do next time I wear them) I should have straightened my hair so that my hair blended better texturally with the extensions. I also should have put them in after putting my clothes on instead of before (trying to get long hair through a head hole is not much fun) Apart from that everything was smooth sailing!
As brilliant as they are, I did have a couple of teeny weeny gripes about the extensions. The first is that there were a few grey hairs in the extensions, which due to the colour stood out a bit (although, considering they're real hair, it doesn't surprise me). There were only like 3 or 4 spread throughout the wefts, so it's only a teeny tiny gripe.
The second has more to do with my current hair (and should be taken as a PSA if you ever happen to be in possession of these extensions). You need a lot of hair to be able to fully hide the seams of the weft. When I get round to having my hair cut short, I won't be able to wear them until it grows again. ( I knew that I'd need hair to be able to put them in/hide the seams, but I wouldn't want my hair much shorter than it is.)
(Just for reference, here's my current hair:)
The construction of the extensions is really solid, and the extension clips gripped my natural hair really well without pulling or hurting. The hair is also silky and smooth. It feels really healthy (and also very different to my synthetic hair pieces.) All in all, I really like the extensions, and will probably wear them pretty often (although, it's still weird to think I was wearing someone elses hair all day).
Feeling fabulous was by far the best thing about today. Usually we have a band rehearsal, but I was very late because of the trackwork/rail bus combination, and one of us couldn't make it. We thought if we couldn't practice we may as well go busking, so we loaded the gear in the car and drove to our usual spot only to have it rain. We ended up hanging posters, and then I went home, back on the rail bus.
My journey was also wasted as I get motion sick (especially on buses). So I spent a good few hours of my day curled up feeling sick not getting any work done.
On an unrelated note, I'm so glad I finally got good photos of this outfit. I wore it a few weeks ago when V shapes had some sydney gigs, but didn't get great photo's of it. I feel like it's got a sort of modern space fairy vibe going on. I overheard a man on the street exclaim "holy shit, is that Alice in wonderland" as well (How he got Alice out of this, I'll never know)
*Disclosure: I was kindly sent this product free of charge by Irrestible Me.I have reviewed this product as truthful as possible. All opinions are my own.
We played two gigs this weekend. The first was on Friday night at Mr Falcons with another Newcastle based folk band Baltic Bar Mitzvah. It was a lovely intimate gig (and when I say intimate, each band took up about a third of the floor space). V shapes had a super fun time playing, and then had a super fun time listening to Baltic.
Baltic are a raucous folk band who play twisted European inspired original music, as well as twisted folk standards and classics such as "my milk shakes bring all da boyzzz 3 the yard" (seriously, you've not heard that piece until you've seen Baltic's version) Unfortunately they don't have recordings yet because they suck, but the minute they do you'll be your gypsy folk starved hearts that I'll link in all the places.
The first band of the evening was the Squeezebox Trio, who play a unique brand of Gypsy Jazz. Their band consists of a Violin, a Piano Accordian and a Guitar. As well as originals and jazz standards (both of which are brilliantly composed and arranged respectively) they play Disney songs (which are SO.MUCH.FUN).
We played our usual crazy music next, but unlike other gigs ended our set in a massive on Dans Mustata Jam with Baltic and Squeezebox. I'm not sure how it sounded, but it was super fun.
Baltic played after us, delighting us yet again with their crazy brand of European folk music.
Finally the Vacationists finished off the evening, taking us on a vacation (har har har) away from folk music. They're sort of an indieish surfyish punkish rockish!
This is what I wore to the Saturday gig. I don't understand why it took me so long to match this dress with blue clothing (usually I keep my clothes/accessories white when wearing this dress)
I shot these photo's a couple of hours before the gig in a park near the main campus of Sydney University. The light was gorgeous, but I got pretty self conscious shooting in such a public space (usually I take photo's in places where there are no people, and I'll stop if there is a person. Kind of not an option when you're taking photo's in a park in Sydney)
I'm also going to do a sneaky and stick my photos of Friday nights outfit here (they weren't crash hot because the sun died before I took them, but I really loved my outfit from that day). I went with a kind of space princess theme, because why not!
We started these paintings at the beginning of July, but didn't have time to finish them until today.
We had brilliant weather for it as well. The sun was out, and it was fairly warm. All of these photo's were taken at yesteday's painting session. (except the photo of my finished work. That was taken today. I didn't manage to get it finished yesterday!)
For those of you who have never done landscape painting before, it is important to note that it's quite harsh on your body. You sit still for extended periods of time in the same position, usually on a fairly uncomfortable surface. Because of this, it's important to wear comfy clothes.
I definitely wore comfy clothes. The coat I had on was loose and warm, the space cat shirt was soft and warm, the skirt was soft, my socks were thick ish and my shoes were supportive.
As well as being super comfy for painting, my outfit was kind of inspired by the blogger Groove Bunny .Her outfits always look so adorable but comfy (which is what I was going for.)
The space cat shirt was actually Rohan's shirt, but he washed it wrong, and it shrunk, so now it's mine :3. I've been wearing it heaps as a kind of pyjama-y comfy shirt because it's super soft and super warm.
So yeah, here's my finished piece. I used watercolour on smooth 300gsm watercolour paper, and used Windsor and Newton Watercolours. Watercolour is definitely my favourite medium at the moment. I really enjoy how it behaves on paper. Dad didn't get his finished today, so we'll need to go back again in the next few weeks. (he's using acrylic paint, which behaves quite differently as far as speed of painting goes) I'll be sure to post a photo of his finished work when it's done.
So, as I mentioned in yesterday's post, I've been incredibly busy. This busy period is making me feel a bit grumpy. What better way to get over grumpyness than by wearing moon boots and dressing like a space Cadet?
It never ceases to amaze me how much a new outfit combination can change my mood (both positively and negatively) the outfit I wore yesterday can't not make me happy. (dem moon boots yo)
The blazer I wore yesterday is one of my oldest and most loved items of clothing. I bought it in Adelaide when I was in year 10. Unfortunately for me, the lining is starting to destroy itself, so I need to sew it up asap.