This story has been told time and time again. It’s quarter to nine and you are running late to work. Frustrated that you are still at home, you start mildly panicking.
On your bed there is a pile of clothes, that were outfit options at one point in the morning - but
but for what ever reason, you just was not feeling it.
What to do? What to wear? Is that the time?
Panic really setting in now.
Shit. Shit. Shit.
This is the outfit I settled on.
Dress - IamTinashe Custom, Necklace - Lovisa, Belt - Temt, Boots - Novo Shoes
Something Old That Has Become New Again - Crotchet Braids..
If you have been reading my blog you would be well aware that I was getting tired of my box braids and wanted something new. After extensive research I settled on Crotchet Braids using Marley Braids.
I mean with the above pictures for inspiration, why wouldn’t you want to try it?
To achieve the look things you will need:
Hair extensions - I used Marley Braid. It suits my hair texture, I feel afrolicious with it on.
A long bobby pin. You will need to open it at about a 45 degree angle, as this will be you crotchet instrument.
Scissors - allow you to shape and even out the hair.
To lay the foundation for you crotchet braids, braid your entire head of hair from the forehead to the nape of the neck.
Starting from the back row, insert your bobby pin under your braid line. Grab a piece of your extension and insert the hair in to the loop created by the bobby pin. Once the extension is secure in the loop pull the bobby pin throw the cornrow ensuring that you are holding on to the end of the extension. Using your fingers pull the extension through the loop and tighten - basically doing a knot to secure the hair.
Repeat step two until you have covered all the cornrow braids on you head.
Cut and style until your heart is content.
Even though I have gone to a lot of trouble to explain the crochet braid install process in writing, sometimes its just better to see it for yourself.
My girl @abenalove has created a great how to video here.
As you can see I am now sporting my crotchet braids done by yours truly.
Now to the outfit.
I knew I would have an endless love affair with this leather pencil skirt from the moment I laid my eyes on it.
It has become one of the hardest working members of my wardrobe.
Perfect for days when I really should have been on my way to the office thirty minutes earlier.
Strutting my stuff as I walked to the office, no lie i was really feeling myself - I was walking with vengeance. Pause. As I dramatically flick my hair to the side - giving you a moment to appreciate my strut.
Leopard print is my signature print slash colour and I seriously consider leopard print as a neutral. Yes you read that sentence correctly, leopard print is a neutral. When i wear leopard print i really feel fierce, extra pep in my step. Yup, Over the top dot com.
So as you can probably imagine I was having one of those days were I didn’t want to go home because I felt like not enough people had seen my outfit. Gosh, just have to laugh don’t you. Has this ever happened to you? No? Well this is awkward.
Top - Temt, Jewellery - Lovisa, Belt - Country Road, Skirt - Dotti, Shoes - London Rebel
I like my hair a certain way, that is my f**ken problem. The ‘art creation’ above I can not really explain. Perhaps I was embodying the confidence found in Kanye to create this master piece? Cheap. Shot. I Know.
Once of the hardest things about a woman of colour ah..fcuk it a woman. Is the ongoing demands of my hair.
These relentless demands made me do the maths to calculate the answer to the age old question, “How much time does an average black woman spend on her hair?”. I was shocked to learn that on average I spend 2.5 weeks per year participating in activities involving my hair. Can you believe it? Lets break it down. I spend 12 hours every 6 weeks (4 hours undoing, 8 hours creating the new look) which equates to 96 hours. On a good week I work 37.5 hours. Which equated to 2.5 working weeks, I spend on my hair - Unpaid.
Two years ago I did the ‘big chop” I thought going “natural’ would solve all my hair dramas. When you stare at the cold hard black and white facts it its really unbelievable - no really, I need a moment.
Some readers have been writing to me asking about the hair style I am currently sporting. Basically I thought about taking it back to the old school, where things were so cool. In the 90’s it was all about the braided bob. I googled ‘braided bob’ and images of the Salt and Pepa ladies came up. I took the images to my hairdresser who recreated the look on my head.
…drops mic and walks of the stage.
P.S - I will be looking for ways to snatch back the time spent on hair - if you are interested I will share my “hair time savings” with you as I find them.
The Weekend Doesn't Seem Long Enough, Lace Dress...
Growing up, I would sometimes over heard older women having what they perceived to be private conversations. Little did they know there was a little someone listening in. They talked about being madly in love and spending days in lace. At the time I really didn’t know what that meant - but i have a fair idea now. Blushes.
My lace interpretation isn’t literal or as descriptive as the women mentioned earlier.
Instead its a not so subtle attempt to make something that would otherwise be considered feminine and dainty - to be a little more edgy and provide some street credibility.
Perfect for a breakfast outing.
Dress - West End Boutique Belt - Cotton On, Shoes - Converse
When i was in Johannesburg, South Africa every second woman I saw had Marley Twists. Not the big sized ones you see on this post, but the itty bitty ones you get when you know you will have a small army to help you remove them.
I could have had them done in my short whirlwind visit to Johannesburg, but in my experience whenever i have had some hairdressers do my hair its either its too sore (scalp is so sensitive), braids are too tight or the hair irritates my scalp etc. I decided not to chance it. So yeah, I am pretty lucky that i can do my own hair.
The beautiful women you see on this post really serve as a great source of inspiration as i am doing my hair myself.