I've been trying to play around with having a proper fringe* over the last few months. But, for some reason, it hasn't ever worked out. Well, not quite anyway. Either the hairdresser couldn't get it right or my hair just wouldn't cooperate ('guessing it's due to being so used to my usual side part!). Or perhaps, there's something in my psyche that was just fighting against the idea, as they reminded me too much of the bob-and-bangs* cut that I absolutely loathed as a kid.
So, even though I wanted a fringe, I haven't managed to do a straight one. Just kept a sideways fringe or an asymmetrical fringe.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to take out a pair of scissors to cut my own hair. Yep - gave myself this fringe. Still not a full-on one, though. But, a real fringe nevertheless.
I'm liking the look right now, even though I'm still trying to figure out whether or not this hairstyle's making me look like 12 --- or I'm just thinking that because of my childhood association with the fringe. Meh.
And yes, folks. I decided to change "Look of the Week" to "Style Studio" from hereon, as I'm finding it strange to call things "look of the week" when I'm mostly posting my style posts just once a month or so. Besides, I also thought I might expand to covering general fashion/beauty in this section of the Studio. Still with a self-portrait twist, as much as possible.
*fringe - I used to call 'em 'bangs' but people seem to refer to 'em as fringe here in Oz. So, I got used to the term 'fringe' now.Read More
Just when I thought that life can't possibly get any busier, my four-week practicum teaching started over a week ago. And yes, it is full on.
Right now, I get an early morning start to get myself and the rest of my troop ready for the day. Then, I'm off to school as a student teacher from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Some days, I have to stay back for staff meetings. Some days, I add on another couple of hours or so of work, as I report to my other job in a non-profit organisation.
Then, of course, by the time I get home, there are chores to do, dinners to make, kids to play with and to take care of. Not to mention, lesson plans to write and resources to prepare for my classes.
And yeah, some days, we even get the added load of a sick little one.
To top it all off, I'm still trying to find whatever time I can find to push some of my projects along *and* to maintain my blogs.
So yeah, I'm in a constant state of exhaustion lately.
But, I'm happy. Really, seriously happy. About home, work, studies, and life in general.
Not only did I get top marks for the courses I took at Uni during the first semester (two High Distinctions and a Distinction!) - I'm getting some really, really positive feedback from my mentor teacher at the moment. I'm learning heaps. I'm developing my confidence in teaching (I've even been singing to my students --- and, if you know what my singing voice is like, you'll understand why this is such a big feat! :-)).
Family life's crazy busy, as always. But, in spite the fact that my li'l girl's been getting sick on and off the last few weeks, she's growing well and amazingly joyful. At two, she's beginning to speak in sentences, almost counting to twenty, and doing all sorts of wonderful stuff. The boy's back for a third term at school and has been training in his favourite sports (soccer and tennis). He's also loving his science shows and project creations. Hubby's also busy at work, working on getting papers published, attending conferences, and working on his PhD.
It's definitely a full, full house.
And, regardless of the challenges and all the icky stuff that come with it, I can still say that life's good. Real good.
Where To: Off to work at my part-time job
When I mentioned marshmallow socks in another post, some people asked me what they are and what they look like.
So, I thought I'd take some self portraits wearing my very own pink marshmallow socks. I only own two pairs of these lovely warm socks. Got them as pressies.
They're perfect for winter. Especially winter evenings.
Anyway, I did a quick search if there are any shops that sell them online. But, I didn't find any. So, if you know of shops that do have them, please let me know.
In any case, I'm sure that they're available in most department stores. In fact, I found similar marshmallow socks like the ones I'm wearing at a local shop called Best and Less.Read More
Hmmm... I think I better change "look of the week" to "look of the month", as I've noticed that I'm only getting to post these style self-portraits about once a month now. Heh.
Anyway, here are my notes from this shoot -
Where To: Off to the pub for a meeting with Uni group.
Yes, I confess. These "look of the week" self-portraits were actually taken a couple of weeks ago (on my dad's birthday). But, I didn't really feel like posting them at the time.
And, since it has been a while since I last posted my first LOTW, I thought that now might be a good time to share these photos. It's really cool to know that some of you definitely liked my return to self portraiture. So, I'm really going to try and do more of these. Hopefully, push it a bit further.
In any case, in true fashion blogging style, here are the details of this simple look (which I must say, has become a personal favourite for this autumn season):
Whenever I wish to use this look, I try to vary it a bit by changing the sweater top (I have a black pair that looks similar), the tank top, the jeans, the scarf, and/or the earrings. Sometimes, I wear my hair down as you see here. Other times, I wear my hair back in a ponytail.
Where To: Grad school lecturesRead More