DIY Hair: Finding your part

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Hey guys! This is Aya from Strawberry Koi with another hair tutorial! This one seems overly simple, but it’s often taken for granted… sort of like how eyebrows were in the ’90s (hello Drew Barrymore!). The part in your hair can enhance or downplay your features, so experimenting and “finding your part” is actually essential to playing up your natural beauty. (If you have bangs/fringe, you can still experiment with parting your hair just behind them… it still counts)

finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog
finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. You should find your part before drying/blow-drying your hair. This is because it’s difficult to achieve a desired shape once it’s dried and styled itself. before parting, brush it all backward to create a little volume and a sort of “blank slate” to work with.

2. Use a “rat-tail” comb for what’s next. I don’t suppose this is truly necessary, but it’s fast, and it creates a beautiful and clean part in your hair.

3. THE MIDDLE PART. Part your hair in the middle, and see what you think. I’m not a big fan of middle parts because it’s hard to make the sides of the hair hang symmetrically. With that said, some people pull it off VERY WELL. Those people usually have long beautiful hair, and a slightly taller forehead. If you’re like me and have a short forehead, thick bangs, and/or short hair… most likely, this part is not for you. It can make a person look plain and frumpy… so just beware. If you are determined to do it anyway, just make sure to give your forehead a little room to breath by blow-drying your hair away from your face to build a little volume, so the hair stands up and away from your hairline a bit.

4. THE SIDE PART. The side part is pretty universally flattering, and most common to see. I started my side part here with a rather deep angle, because technically, you should part your hair at a tilted angle using the pupil of your eye as a guide. You can also use your rat tail comb as a guide – just hold it in front of your eye and tilt it slightly to see where the part should be from the stick of the comb. In most cases, this creates a very sultry look and frames the face nicely.

5. THE SIDE PART (2). This is a slightly shallower side part, coming up at a straight line from my tear-duct area. Although it breaks the “rules,” I find this to be my perfect part. The reason why is, my bang area is so full that it looks like a lot of hair hanging against one side of my face compared to the other side… It’s definitely something to consider when you are experimenting for what best works for your face.

6. I switched sides! Yep, we all have a side we favor, and mine is my left. But sometimes you just don’t even realize how flattering the other side can be… so just try it and see. Maybe even for a day or two! For me, I choose my left because the right side of my hairline is a little harsher (more square), so I’ll stick with parting it on the left to show off my “best side.”

finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog
finding your part - drifter and the gypsy blog

What’s your favorite way to part your hair, and why?

Aya (DIY Hair Contributor)

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Much ado about nothing

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Happy hump day! I hope your week is off to a great start. It’s been pretty cold here this week (for California, heh), but the skies are crystal clear and sunny, so I’ll take it (although we really really do need rain).

School ended for me last week, so I’m on break until January, which is pretty cool. I’m planning a personal photo shoot, designing my first logo, and I’ve started reading The Book Thief (per my mom’s suggestion. I’ve actually been meaning to read it for the past three years or something crazy like that, but now that it’s made into a movie, I have more impetus to read it). Oh and I ran my 8th half marathon last week, which I shall blog about soon!

much ado about nothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
much ado about nothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
much ado about nothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
much ado about nothing - drifter and the gypsy blog
much ado about nothing - drifter and the gypsy blog

I really love this time of year because things start to wind down, people start to relax, the year comes to fruition, people take time to self-reflect. Oh yeah, and there’s the small fact that we’re going to Hawaii in a few weeks!

blouse and shorts are from crossroads trading co, vest is banana republic, capri necklace is c/o tat2designs, shoes are juicy couture, tights are hue, and bracelets are from chinatown

A few (fancy) things

a few fancy things - drifter and the gypsy blog

onetwo, three, fourfivesixseven

I don’t know how you spent your Black Friday, but I spent mine at home in my PJs with my computer and a snoring dog by my side. Internet access, a cup of tea, and a big imagination is all I needed to dream up a fancy wish list for myself.

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A day at the museum

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For my art history class, one of our assignments was to take ourselves on a field trip to a museum and write about our experience. I went to the Legion of Honor. They had a Matisse exhibit going on that I was excited to see because we studied about Matisse in our textbook. Although the exhibit was much smaller than what I thought it would be, that was okay, because I was able to see lots of other artwork that was in my textbook, which was pretty cool. I found myself more knowledgable of artistic styles and was able to correctly date different artworks without looking. Everything wasn’t as overwhelming.

a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog
a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog

They have an Anders Zorn exhibit that I want to see when I go back. I love living by a big city and being able to visit museums like these. It really is a privilege. Do you like going to museums too?

a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog
a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog
a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog

Those pigeons sitting on top of the statue… they crack me up.

a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog
a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog

As a side note, how awesome are these Venus Flytrap Earrings from Stephanie Simek? They’re made with a real live Venus Flytrap; a work of art in themselves!

a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog
a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog
a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog
a trip to the museum - drifter and the gypsy blog

dress and shoes are from crossroads trading co, tights are from hue, necklace is borrowed from my mom, and venus flytrap earrings are c/o stephanie simek

Mrs. Pomeranz Autumn Winter 2013/14

mrs. pomeranz autumn winter 2013/14 - drifter and the gypsy blog
mrs. pomeranz autumn winter 2013/14 - drifter and the gypsy blog
mrs. pomeranz autumn winter 2013/14 - drifter and the gypsy blog
mrs. pomeranz autumn winter 2013/14 - drifter and the gypsy blog

Oh sweet dresses that I wish were mine…

I don’t know how I first came across London/Moscow label Mrs. Pomeranz, but I sure am glad I did. I love their Autumn Winter 2013/14 collection. The inspiration behind the collection is the “Pleasure Garden” episode in the Fritz Lang’s 1927 film “Metropolis,” but I totally see a reminiscence to the movie The Help as well. I’m TOTALLY crushing on that tartan Peter Pan collar dress. What about you?

Fractured Flora

fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog
fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog

Do you have a green thumb? I kinda sorta do. Or used to I should say. My childhood home in Connecticut had a HUGE yard (an essential part of any childhood). I remember afternoons spent in the garden with my mom. We weeded. We planted. We watered. We had a flower garden and we had a vegetable garden, though the latter only sprouted us a few cucumbers and tomatoes before the deer came and ate our crops. Now that we don’t have a backyard, the only thing we grow are herbs (which is still cool. I love fresh herbs).

Allow me to introduce you to The Planthunter.

fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog
fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog

“The Planthunter is an Australian online magazine devoted to celebrating plants and the varied ways humans interact with them. Plants have been inspiring, feeding, sustaining and soothing humans for aeons. The Planthunter documents and celebrates these connections.”

Their first issue is themed ‘Death’ (sorry plant-lovers; a bit morbid I’m afraid) and my favorite series is Fractured Flora by Anna Thomas.

fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog
fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog
fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog
fractured flora - drifter and the gypsy blog

(found via bookmaarks)

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