Too busy thinking?

Earlier this week, I was honored to receive a magical reading from a wonderful woman, due to entering a competition at her wonderful website last month. For those who want to go and support her, or are just curious, that website is http://www.banditsranch.com/ . The contest (at time of writing) is still actually on her home page, though obviously its too late to enter now!

Anyway, quite wisely, in my opinion, my angels want me to wipe my slate clean, and let them start again with me, probably wise words after the last year or so that I’ve had! Me, I’d quite literally like to wipe my slate clean, and start all over again, from scratch. I know, I wish, probably not possible, even though I would love it.

Then, amusingly, the next day, this image appeared in my feed at Facebook

brainwashing machine

Yes, that does translate to what you think it does, and yes, I’d very happily take his place! If nothing else, I’d love to be in that situation, whether the electrodes actually worked, or not. So yes, as I’ve mentioned before as a request, if someone wants to do that to me, and make me at least think I’m going to be brainwashed, please shout in the comments section here! Oh, and you dont have to brainwash me exactly like that, that just acts as a guide, shall we say? 😉

The other image I’m going to use tonight probably looks like a brainwashing device, but in fact, if you wanted your hair permed in the 1930’s, this was how it was done! And yes, this 30’s girl would love to once, and almost certainly only once, love to have her hair curled like this!

hair curling

Fine, the equipment to literally do it like that, probably doesnt still exist, though I’m sure something similar could be done, by using modern heated curlers, I guess? If so, and someone fancies doing it to me, I’d love to know what it was like! Again, if anyone can help in any way, shout through comments, or something.

Right, the video. Lets just say that if I was connected up to that first machine (please!), I wouldnt be capable of doing this.

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A full set of blondes

I could have told you about an interesting little project that I might be getting involved in, but lets leave that for later in the week!

So yes, lets have a blog full of blondes, including me!

Firstly, one of my favorite actresses/singers of all time, celebrated her birthday yesterday. If you believe some figures, she was 92, if you believe others, she was 94! Yes, Doris Day, movie star, singer, and well known animal lover reached a landmark again yesterday. And just think, but for a car crash, she may well have stuck to dancing, never been a singer, and without that, never a movie star…Yes, its amazing what fate can hold for some. Whichever birthday it was, I hope you had a good one, Doris.

Second one is me. Yes, being honest, I’ll be properly blonde again, after tomorrow. In an ideal world, I’d have had it colored about a month ago, when the dark hair began to show through too much. Understandably, due to the lack of money, I tried to put it off. But yes, fine, last week, it annoyed me too much, so as I can scrape the money together, its getting done! So yes, it will be back to a more Harlowesque sheen, and style, from tomorrow lunchtime on! I wish someone would create a color that made you genuinely permanently that color! It wouldnt be so bad if my hair went grey, a little (I’m in my late 50’s, after all), but no such luck.

Third one is Jean. Yes, she had a few quirks, which basically comes down to no nightwear, no bras, and no knickers. The first 2 I cant replicate, because of health issues with the former, and the size of my boobs in the second. The last one, well, I thought it sounded weird, until I tried it. Yes, like Jean, I discovered that my bits quite enjoyed being able to breathe. I only do it indoors, sometimes, never outdoors, mainly because its not as warm here as California!

Lastly, Blondie, aka Debbie Harry. No, nothing sensational about her, just a convenient video of her, at the David Bowie tribute concert.

Vintage lady, for a day

The one thing I’ve barely done since getting back from Hollywood, is just having a day out, anywhere. In fact, in truth, after the first month or so of post redundancy life, I havent actually done a lot of things, just fun, for myself, apart from the 2 US breaks. Yes, they were quite something, believe me, but other than that, Harlean has been a pretty dull girl, in all honesty. To be fair, my own choice, I’ve been trying to (apart from those delights) to keep costs to a minimum, apart from the lottery of late, though that so far at least, has proved to be wishful thinking. At least Saturday, it has to be paid out, so I wont have to buy one again for a while at least. Mind, 1 of the £20,000 prizes would be enough to preserve my sanity, not part of £57 million, but I’m not likely to get either, I’m sure. Still, compared to the Powerball lottery in the US, which has now reached $600 million, its chicken feed, but anyway…

So yes, I’m beginning to feel a bit of jail fever, of sorts, especially as of course there were no interviews over the Christmas Period. I should have had a registration trip on Tuesday, but I havent got ID until that passport actually arrives, so its been put back until it does. Anyway, I’m planning a prison break tomorrow! No, not seriously an escape, I can still walk out of here in freedom, but a day away from here might just do me good. Yes, its an expense, a rail fare to Nottingham, and actually having to pay cash for bus fares around here, but apart from that…

A couple of years ago, or so, I actually went to a Vintage fair, in Leeds. While there, I had my hair, and make up done, by a couple of lovely ladies, using their mobile studio. Yes, you’ve guessed it, their main place is in Nottingham. An example of their work?

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

Earlier this week, they were looking for a volunteer to help out, with training a new person in the ways of vintage make up styles. And I offered, if they got no one more local, and I guess they didnt? So tomorrow, I’m off down there. Strictly, no fee, though I will leave with my make up done, and my hair styled, 30’s style, so not altogether a bad deal?

But yes, it gets me out of here for a day, and even if I wont be going anywhere, I’ll look nice for a day or two!

Right, the video. What my look will do for me tomorrow. Might not be a true Jean Harlow, but I’ll have the 30’s look!

Now I’ll never know what their training methods were!

OK, sadly it looks like I will never discover the training methods used at that place in Batley. I was meant to hear by yesterday at the latest, and still not heard a thing, ah well…I’ll have to settle for fantasies lol! At least it means “Jean” didnt get the job, and have the right to take over my mind, and body for herself lol!

But yes, you’re right, if they had asked me to sit in some strange chair, have my wrists, and ankles restrained, so I couldnt move, and had a big silver helmet lowered over my head, I wouldnt have objected in the slightest. Just the opposite, I’d have looked forward to every minute of it, but anyway…doesnt look like its going to happen, shame! I know, it almost certainly wouldnt have done anyway, but…

I really, really would love, one day, to do that as a role play at least. Reality, oh fine, but in practice, at present…But lets face it, if anyone was doing that for a shoot now, they’d probably want someone a lot younger, and prettier than me. But who knows? If someone wants a challenge though, the more realistic you can make it look, and feel, the better!

Oh, fine, one more thing. Sunday, I went to the vintage fair at Leeds, did a little bit of shopping. But of more interest to you, I had my hair curled into Marcel Waves, my make up, and eye lashes done for me. And just for you, a couple of photos!

Digital Camera
Digital Camera
Digital Camera
Digital Camera

Now, dont you really want to get her under a sparky silver helmet, and turn her into your mindless, obedient slave? Real, or just for fun? 😉

The video. Well, I suspect if all your staff sat under that silver helmet, they would all think alike, if not look alike. So, I thought of this. I prefer the longer version of the song, but the video is to the single version, so…

An old pair of new glasses

Ha, that fooled you, not giving away the video in the title! 😛

Yes, today I had my sight test, and after all the clever stuff, I went and selected 2 pairs of frames. Yes, with Specsavers, when you spend more than £69, you get two sets of frames, and lenses for the price of one. So yes, I got my very 30’s style cats eye’s glasses, in a blue frame, really lovely for a vintage loving lady like me. I also got a pair with silver/white frames, not quite as round, but very much in with the time, and look, all the same.

Absolutely thrilled, will get them in just over a week.

The thing I really noticed is how much the eye test has changed over nearly 50 years. Back when I first needed them, it was a lit screen at the optician, and you simply read down the list as far as you could. Nowadays there are multiple ways of doing things, and the letters can easily be changed, just so you dont know what they are. Of course, nowadays they have devices that look at the back of your eyes, test the pressure in your eyes, and several other things too.

And to be honest, today, including eye test, I paid less for 2 pairs of glasses, the eye test, and anti glare on both pairs than I was 10 years or so ago, for 1 pair! Just under £170 ($260) in fact.

Oh, and I finally got my hair done, but not at the usual place. My regular lady had to go to the doctor, so I went elsewhere, just around the corner in fact. Judging by reaction from everyone, including me, I will be sticking to going there! You want a look, oh fine. Thanks to Nicole this afternoon for taking this for me, not a strict selfie, but close enough. The curls have died down a bit since Thursday, but you can get the idea at least

Me with curls

There will be even more shortly, after the perm make up top up, I’m absolutely sure. Seriously, its getting to the point where I really do only need the Jean Harlow neural download, and she really could live again!

The video, a song from the year I first started wearing glasses, 1968, though this is a live ’69 version.

A glass of champagne, and other drinks!

Yes, on Thursday, its here, the works Christmas Dinner! And typically, just because for the first time ever, I’ve got the day off, can get my hair done, get my make up done for me, and everything else, the weather forecast is awful! So fine, knowing my luck, the whole effect will be ruined anyway! Aargh!

And OK, to add to the entertainment, I havent even finally decided what dress I’m going to wear. Its pretty much down to, err, 4 at present, though in all honesty, its most likely going to be the new, vintage dress, which is full length, very stylish, but I’m beginning to wonder if I want to risk it, at a booze fest, like this could well turn into. I probably will, but…there is a far more important date for that dress next year, so…

The other candidates are a blue, sparkly dress, just about below the knee (I know, the inner sexy Harlow), which would certainly work as a 30’s number, and beyond those that have seen the photo shot pics, no one has seen it. Thats the most likely option, in all honesty, if I decide to play safe. After that, and definitely ranking as outsiders, are a gold, pencil/wiggle dress, with a cut, so that I’ll show plenty of leg, or very unlikely, a nice, but unexciting green number.

Choices, choices, I know.

At least (assuming they survive the weather) the hair, and the make up will be pure Harlow! Yes, even those eyebrows, in all likelihood!

As per usual, I will stay overnight in Leeds, though at a different hotel this time around, the usual one having priced itself out of the market. I know we’re coming out of the recession, but 40% more than last year, I dont think so! At least it wont be so far to work on Friday morning, but I will need taxi’s both ways, but even so, its far cheaper!

Some things are traditional, though I’m not prepared to name names, so…not that most readers here would know them anyway lol!

The other thing I’m considering at present, is to take, or not to take the laptop with me. Normally I would, but normally I’d be going from work, with time to spare, so…Its the choice between going direct from hair/ make up session at 4.00, into Leeds, in which case I will have time, and need the laptop. But, if I leave about 5, or just after, by the time I get there, have a coffee, and get changed, it will be about time to go. And in the morning, given I’m on an 8.00 start, I could get away without it…

But yes, the big issue is the weight. Not taking it turns a quite heavy bag, into a feather! So all in all… like the dress, a late call, I suspect.

Ah, the video. Well, normally before we go into the meal, we get offered a drink, of Bucks Fizz. No, I very much doubt its genuine champagne, but who knows? So, the call has to be

Hairdressing methods, past and present

When you think about it, arent modern hairdressing methods wonderful? Safe colouring methods, relatively at least, clever curling tongs and the like, that given expert hands (and I put my hair in expert hands), makes it all look very simple, and safe. No, I have no desire to colour my own hair, I prefer to let someone who knows what they’re doing, do all that clever stuff.

But, back in the good old days, things werent always as simple, take a look at some of these delights!

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2013/05/sleek-vintage-salon-hair-dryers_5.html

Some of those hair dryers, yes, fine, they really arent (apart from styling) that different from what we use today, but seriously, have you seen that interesting machine that was used to curl hair in the 20’s and 30’s! As is pointed out, one of those isnt actually a brain sucking machine, but it sure looks like one!

Oh, alright, fine. Yes, they look awful, but would I give it a try, if I got the chance, of course I would. Hopefully it wouldnt brainwash me, but…a price worth paying, hmm?

Thankfully Jean Harlow only went in for Marcel Waves, which was still more of an art to do than modern curling tongs, but less drastic than that! A picture, to show you what I mean

jean harlow hair waves

The snag for Jean was, even if modern colouring methods still rely on bleach, the stuff we use now is a lot safer than the stuff they used back then. Also, she had the hazard of having her hair coloured virtually every week (to keep the platinum blonde colour), whereas mine is only done about every 2 months or so. Therefore, reputedly, near the end, she had the problem that her hair was beginning to fall out, over use of bleach, wrecking her tresses. Of course, we never got to know what the outcome would have been, given her tragically short life.

So, however much of a 30’s girl I might like to be, I might be grateful that we use more modern, and seemingly safer ways of colouring, and curling our hair now.

The video, a tribute to one of those brainwashing machines, sorry, 20’s curling machines