18 July 2014

Review | My First Time Using X-Pression Hair Extensions


Even though I'm still struggling with whether I should go back to growing my hair or whether I should cut it again I went ahead and got some braids put in. Yup! I've purple twists in now. And they're sort of amazing. I'd been meaning to get the style and colour for the longest time but between procrastination and feeling constantly busy (even though I hardly ever do anything) it would be about a eight weeks before I eventually sat down for about FIVE HOURS. This certainly reminded me why I only got very short -- so short they were a bit of a crime -- box braids, a bob and a straight back in 2013. Getting braids is so much admin. And if I hear "you just have too much hair" one more time...

Anyway. To the hair... It was my first time using X-pression extensions. They're just so expensive and have always looked too few in a pack for "too much" hair to justify the splurge. As in they looked as though I'd need about eight packets to do a basic style. But let me tell you, expression extensions are the definition of lush. I bought five packs because with ebony, which I usually use, I need five to five and a half packs to get shoulder blade length box braids of medium thickness. I used two packs and two thirds this time around. Each pack was cut into three parts (as opposed to just two parts with ebony) and I used two packs and two thirds.

Look at the length even though the fibre was cut so much. ^_^

I actually got it into my head that I wanted royal blue braids only to be thawed by not finding the extensions anywhere so I settled for purple even though it looked a bit demure than what I was going for. However, I'm extremely happy with the colour now. Sadly it doesn't read well in photographs. I'm already planning my next style with the remaining packs. I will certainly be buying this X-pression extensions in future.

Have you used X-pression extension/hair piece/fibre before? How did you find it? What's your preferred hair for box braids?

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11 July 2014

Book Craving

On Snakes + Bone

I always pre-face any of the million times I over-share my love of Yrsa Daley-Ward's words with this: seeing her share at word 'n sound, in Johannesburg, was one of a few truly good things about my 2012. It had been a long year but an even longer day. I'd gone to see Joshua Bennett, and though his set was lovely, Yrsa stole the day. She moved me to my core. There I was, in a crowd of strangers, all by myself and this wonder started sharing all these stories. Stories that could have been mine or those of women I grew up with and knew.

In 2013, when her short story collection came out I had to have it. The same feeling came over me when Bones was released. I'm yet to get my internet life right and get both books, which I'm certain will make my life infinitely better, into my hands.  But if your internet and money life is correct and you're looking for something beautiful for yourself or one of your people then I recommend Yrsa's words.

What books do you currently have on your wish list?

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30 June 2014

Why I'm Excited About Forever 21 Coming to Jozi

Hey you!

This is just a quick post to stop this place from resembling a graveyard. I've had this post in the recesses of my mind for a while. 

I don't remember now where I first heard about Forever 21 heading to South Africa but I know I was a bit disappointed as that first report only indicated a store in Cape Town. Fast forward weeks and I hear (again, I can't recall where) that there's a Jozi location on the cards. The Johannesburg location will be in Rosebank, if I'm not mistaken and the reports are accurate. I've never actually been to the actual MALL park of Rosebank but I've been in the area a few times. Hey, it'll only be two taxis to some fashun for this fattie! ^_^

I'm really excited about this development and I hope so much that they bring their plus line along. This market needs it. A lot. Maybe the presence of a clothing store that takes fat girls and women's sartorial needs seriously will shake things up and spurr all the local retailers into action. Action that will see proper clothes that are on par with trends designed for the plus girl. Action that may lead to a plus model appearing on campaigns.

All ready for Forever 21 South Africa

\___(collage illustrating all the Forever 21 goodness)____/
Of course, there are plenty other international brands coming this here, which are you most excited for?

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