Crackling Harlean?

But no, before anyone thinks this is going to be about my health matters, you’re wrong!

One of the things I’m now in a position to catch up on, and get inspired by, is the Blackpool film festival next year, which is a bit later next year, not in March, but in May, weekend starting on the 22nd to be exact, and seemingly going on to the 25th, given its a Bank Holiday weekend, so that will be fun.

One of the suggested themes for the weekend is the old dance based musicals, though I think its safe to say that as I will then be 62, I wont be wearing anything quite as revealing as anything young Clara Johnson, and the other dancers did, lol. Something fun, and a dancer type outfit, but crazily revealing, not without very large amounts of personal sponsorship, lol.

However, one of the other considerations involves science fiction films, and one film got included in the discussion, Metropolis. Just think about, and even ignoring my less than subtle robot kink, what could be better for a recovering cancer patient than wearing a full robot bodysuit outfit, able to sit down for recovery periods in the seat that was designed for the Metropolis robot to sit in? And lets face it, if a robot feels the need to walk slowly, well again, its what she’s meant to do? And besides, if me hair, or anything else is in less than perfect condition, even by then, who is going to know? Oh, and yes, fine, I’d love every moment of wearing it, anyway.

Of course, if I needed an absolute incentive to make sure I was fit enough to work at the Festival in May, that would definitely be it!

Mind, I might get some early practice of living as a robot over this weekend anyway. The hair hasnt been cut since March, just before the health issues all started, but all (or pretty much all) is coming off tomorrow morning. Oh, should I mention that at the moment, the only wig that has turned up is the silver one? The 2 redhead ones (a bob and a just longer than shoulder one), the email says will be delivered by Monday, but in the interim, its either the almost bald (or actually bald) robot look, or a silver wig, so well…? I have some old (and I mean as in over 10 years old) silver Lycra type suits that might also get used at weekend, assuming I can still get into them of course? No, as far as I know, I’m not going out at the weekend, and Lycra isnt going to work for outdoor wear at my age, but indoors…

As far as I know, after tomorrow the next time I need to venture out is a week today, for the meet the team get together in Leeds hospital. It was also going to be meet the blonde wig day, but that is now on 29th, as its a day that suits the team providing it, after a phone call this morning. Oh, we got there on call 3, they’d been given the wrong Christian name, so twice said Julie, but she eventually worked out it was me, rang me back, and then… Fine, I’ll settle for one of the redhead wigs on the 24th, lol, unless someone wants to dare me, with a sponsorship payment?

No, despite the subject matter, its not a certain Queen video. Yes, there is a big clue in the blog title though.

 

 

Its time to bob my hair!

And maybe paint my toes too, though I will have to see on an appointment for that, and arranging that at such short notice might be fun! There is also the issue of cost as well! Yes, I know its not that expensive, but throw in that I need the brows waxed too, and not knowing how short a flapper dress (see video) I might be expected to wear next Friday in Blackpool, maybe the legs need doing to? Thankfully they arent hairy, so I might pass on that, but the brows, oh dear! Yes, hazard of only being able to work a 4 day week, on a 5 day week expenses!

In truth, the main thing I need to do though, is get my hair done! Yes, its due to be colored (what, you thought I was a natural blonde. lol?) again, and its also the time to take the shears to it, though scissors will probably have to suffice. Well, you see…

The last time my hair really got cut was about 18 months ago. It did get the ends chopped off last November, but that really has been it. Thing is, at my age, your hair doesnt grow so quick, so no, its not down my back or anything, though it is (just about) longer than the back of my neck at present. I started growing it out nearly a year earlier than then, because of the wedding last September, and my normal 30’s cut would be a bit short if my hair needed to be put up, or anything. So I let it grow, and grow…

Last November, I asked my lovely hairdresser when last coloring it, to cut it a lot shorter. I think she thought I meant the usual take the ends off stuff, and I thought fine, I’ll roll with that, but now…Yes, its starting to get annoying!

Anyway, I have already warned her that I want dramatic change this time, given the 2 20’s events I have coming up, and that I want it bobbed. No, I’m not going in for the boyish bob, a la Louise Brooks, or anything as dramatic as that, but a lot shorter, and a lot sleeker, most definitely! I’m too boyish looking for the Brooks look, even with my boobs! But something far more flapper like, most definitely. So yes, tomorrow, for the last time for a while, I’ll go into work with a mop of unruly hair, and then shock them on Friday (hopefully) with the new flapper me! No, I’m not going to wear a short dress or anything, its March, in Yorkshire, not August in California lol! Not that I’m sure a woman of my age should be showing off her knees any more, but I guess I might be on Friday week anyway? 😉

But yes, assuming I can get my new dress taken up in time (its too long, even on a relatively tall woman like me!), I will be the perfect flapper on Saturday, and I might be a more saucy flapper a week on Friday. Might definitely have to let Clara Johnson take control of my thoughts if its that short lol, she probably wouldnt care!

I cant get anyone an invite to Saturday, unless already on list, but if you’re in the Blackpool area, and are free on the evening of the 16th March, and want to flirt with a flapper (kidding, at my age) then head here, and book your tickets, its for a good cause.

http://www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk/some-like-it-hot/

I know, wont work for most readers, but if it does…?

Yes, lets just say that the more mature flapper, with the long(ish) bob haircut could well be me!

So, video time. Well, beat the drums because here comes thoroughly (non) modern Harlean now! Just remember when watching this, Angela Lansbury was on the wrong side of 40 when this was filmed!

Of course I’m a natural blonde, lol!

Yes, I only wish! But at least for a few weeks now, I might look like one! Thats right, the time was fine, the money was there, so I got my hair colored again today, long after it needed doing, but hey, fitting it in before now was complex! I must be the only person who wishes her hair would go grey, so that the cover up wasnt quite so critical! Ah well, cant have everything lol!

No, unlike Jean Harlow, I’m not a natural blonde. Just the opposite in fact, my natural hair color is quite dark, unfortunately, and sadly, still is at 58! I know, most would be proud of that, but me…Now, if only permanent hair coloring really was permanent, I could save a fortune. Let me add that Jean wasnt a natural platinum blonde, that was colored too. But she was a golden blonde, naturally, that just wasnt enough to stand out from the crowd though!

My only letdown today, I wasnt put under the hair drier at any point, and ‘brainwashed’. I know, not really, but at least when I’m under there, I can dream, but…never had that chance today! She has actually got one dryer that seriously looks like a brainwashing machine, but I’ve never been under it yet, so have no idea. It might be one of those things that looks better from the outside, as a concept, than actually sat under it, who knows?

But fine, I’m going to enjoy those few glorious weeks, where I look like a natural blonde as much as I can! Next trick, remove most of my hair, apart from that on top of my head, sometime soon! Yes, a nice (ha ha) waxing session all over! Most will be fine, but getting under my arms done, eek!

OK, the video moment. I must have noticed blondes by then, as I was 13 when she first became a star, but if I could blame anyone for being the first person to make me think I wanted to be blonde too, then Sally Carr, of Middle Of The Road would be a major culprit! Yes, Agnetha, from Abba added to the cause, but it was actually not until about 40 years after Sally that I first went blonde. I know, I love it now!

Firstly, as she was back in the early seventies. Yes, I know the outfits are dreadful (audience, and group), but it was the 70’s, and they were the trend then. Oh, I love her boots here too.

This is a more recent live version, and is genuinely live, for once, with them. Still got it, clearly!

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.

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

Just the way it is, I guess?

Its always the way, isnt it, if you order 3 items, and 2 arrive promptly, its the one you really need to arrive thats the one not to turn up? Yes, I ordered a couple of things for myself, plus a birthday present for someone else, and no prizes for guessing which one I’m still waiting on.

OK, fine, as long as it arrives before Monday, all will be fine. Hey, if it arrives Monday, I’ll live with it. But…

Oh, and thats not the only amusant that way at the moment either.

Today, I got my hair highlighted, cut (barely, remember I’m growing it out to Harlow lengths), and curled 30’s style. Nothing extraordinary there you might think, other than that the next time it gets done, it will be 2 days before my holiday. Normal tactic would be to have had it done next week, but as I’m out on Monday evening (said person’s birthday meal), I lined it up early. But yes, its getting closer, 9 weeks Saturday, in fact.

After that, I headed across the road, with the idea of camouflaging a couple of lost gel nails, with nail polish, so that I had a full set on Monday, as the plan was to them a week tomorrow. So there I am, looking for Abbi, no sign of her. But Linda’s there, waiting for me, but she’s meant to be busy all day.

Apparently a mass switching of appointments, and a cancellation meant she was free, which was handy, as Abbi wasnt there, back problems! So anyway, after making a start on preparing them (and one other slightly damaged one), I asked when her next appointment now was. Two hours later, so it seemed. So, we switched things around, nails got changed completely, a full set.

So, all these things, just the way it is, I guess?

Which leads me to the video…

Moving forward a decade

No, dont panic, time travel isnt happening just yet. Just my hairstyles, thats all. And yes, I have to say that the fringes in the 30’s are a lot more friendly for a middle aged lady like me, than the ones in the 20’s were. The one thing I have to do now, is get my hair longer, but thats hardly a hardship, lets face it. In fact, it will be good, because more hair will mean more curls, and waves, so that has to be good?

Yes, in the end, it wasnt coloured, just extensively highlighted. Why, because my roots are dark, and my hair isnt in perfect condition, which is related to both my age (I suspect), and the fact I’ve had it done a few times before, so…but for now at least, you’d never know! And yes, it has some curls to it, gentle waves of blondeness. Oh, and with some good advice, the curling/wave wand has now been ordered from Amazon, should be here at some point next week.

So yes, out with the 20’s, in with the 30’s, and my attempt at the Harlow look at least. OK, so because of a slight tremor in my hands (life long, related to polio), I wont be applying multiple layers of mascara to my eyelashes, but apart from that, I’ll take it on. Actually had my eyelashes tinted yesterday, to help on that front, but that will be it, unless someone kindly does it for me.

Due back in 5 weeks, just before my holday, so if anyone has a magic hair growing formula I can use in the interim, let me know lol!

Other than that, I lost a few hairs today. But that was planned too, waxing…as a guinea pig for someone. Dont get me wrong, it would have been done before my holiday, but someone had done their training, needed someone to practice on, and I volunteered. She was fine, too. So my head might have some curls, but my arms have no hairs!

The video, well, its a touch of the 20’s, as decades pass by. The recording though is new, by a group called Postmodern Jukebox, who I know little about, but love their sounds!