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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Law of Return

The Blonde Salad


What goes around, comes around. The law of Karma is never more strongly realised than in the world of fashion. This concerns me a little bit, what if Karma only relates to fashion and there is no point in all those good deeds I've been storing up like pennies in a jar in a bid to buy my way out of Perdition?
Those big floppy hats of the seventies, the ones that lent their genesis to Guy Fawkes? They are firmly back on the style barometer as the whole of Europe is keeping warm this winter under the brim of a floppy felty chapeau. 





Fringe Benefits: 
My fingers are scissor happy right now. I've had to  ask my left hand to hide the scissors so that my right hand doesn't get too trigger happy. First it was the lofty cheekboned Jessica Biel and now Michelle Obama. As I have a forehead like Frankenstein this may be one trend I just cannot sit out. 




The return of the Thin White Duke:
 Do you remember when we all  watched the finale to the Olympics and wondered where on earth David Bowie was? Well, just like Guy Fawkes, he was keeping his powder dry but with slightly better success. This month, on his 66th birthday and after a decade of silence he released a new single with the promise of a new album to follow. 

The Times
Ulyana Sergeenko, designer and fashion tsarina

Real Fur: 
Has anyone else noticed that real fur is making a pernicious creep back into fashion's fickle but open arms? Lady Gaga, Kate Moss and Catherine Zeta Jones have all recently been spotted strutting about in their newly skinned pelts. It is a debate that could go on for hours.  


Rumours: 
My hands are up and I'm doing the happy Snoopy dance.   Rumours is being re-released today to celebrate the 35th anniversary. I love this album and when I win the lottery I plan to fly to a Swiss clinic for extreme  plastic surgery to make me look like Stevie Nicks circa 1978.
My favourite track:  You Make Loving Fun



The Charleston:
"Won't you Charleston with me?" I'll do anything that involves pearls, satin and flippy skirts, I'm sure I could even play tennis like that. Claridge's, my earthly love and future mausoleum, have organised a dance paean to the Great Gatsby and are running two hour classes from February to May.

As blog boyfriend Bryan would croon: "Same Old Scene". 

101 comments:

  1. Okay, the Guy Fawkes pic has me lol-ing. That hat can stay firmly in the 70s in my opinion, but the Blonde Salad does look very nice, I suppose!

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Michelle O.'s hairstyle. I am bringing it to my hairstylist when I see her next. I dove into the "fringe" waters last February and I don't know that I will ever let my forehead see the light of day ever again.

    And yummy David Bowie. Great photo. Definitely a cutie.

    I would love to see you with a fringe in a mink skirt. (That skirt--wowza!)

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    1. This hairstyle really suits her, it's amazing what a difference the right cut can make to a face.

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    2. Only problem is fringes do not fare well under hats, so as I see it, it's the fat fringe or the hat. Love the skirt - could hide a family under there!

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  2. Love your 20's style blog makeover Tabitha. Love the big hat too - would definitely wear that, however here in Oz it would be for sun damage (yes, even in the midst of Winter), rather than for necessary warmth. Happy to hear Bowie is making a comeback. As for the return of fur, as my mother always used to say about the mink "they're a nasty little creature anyway". I've inherited a few furs from my Grandmother and mother, and at least now they may get an airing.

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  3. I got bangs this season. I love them. Though, it is irritating to go in regularly for bang trims. My stylist does the trims for free between normal appointments and I give him a tip for his trouble. Still.. Who has time for that every couple weeks?

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    1. Lisa - Oh I cut my own hair, I cannot be bothered with hairdressers - that's code for "I'm a control freak"

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  4. I have long championed the benefits of the fringe, but it's not practical during the summer months here. There's nothing quite like straggly bits of sweaty hair being plastered to your forehead to give you a look of refinement and pure glamour.

    I am a hardcore Fleetwood Mac fan and have been ever since I was a wee child. I recall many, many car journeys out to the country with my father's beloved 'Sara' on repeat.

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  5. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the David Bowie exhibit at the V&A. He still has some chops, I think. Fur skirt, erm...no. I'm debating on whether to pull out an inherited vintage mink for aprés ski on an upcoming trip to the Rockies. Bangs...they just make me look frumpy I think, unless I go very choppy. Not a fan of the big hats, give a flapper's cloche any day!

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  6. To sing like Stevie, you'll need to sound like you're sitting on a Black & Decker "Ladies Personal Massager." Or just swan around the house in something chiffon-y like a white winged dove. Wouldn't require power tools.
    I am swooning over those Flappers above. Oh! Love your new header!
    Queen of the Clean Up Parade

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    1. Q of Cup,
      Do these Black & Decker fellows use the Tradesman's Entrance?

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    2. Coco, I think we should copy Curator's idea, rouge our knees and head for lessons.

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    3. Delman's dusted and headband secure. You ring for the Pierce while I scrounge up some Chesterfields.
      The Savage One

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  7. Have to wear bangs myself as I have a fivehead not a forehead. Stevie Nicks is the best. I love her ethereal outfits and that voice. She really rocks. No fur for me...I don't even eat animals so I'm certainly not going to wear them. I wore floppy hats in the 70's so I won't be reliving that trend.

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  8. Floppy hats are amazing - I already have fringe - Fleetwood Mac yes- Zeppelin .. No words -

    Fur .... Poor babies - fur isn't fashion :(

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  9. The twenties and the sixties had the most amazing fashion. The music was incredible, too.

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  10. I LOVE Fleetwood Mac and Stevie (you knew that already). Her outfits, songs, boots, writing. My favorite songs from Rumours are The Chain, Oh Daddy and Gold Dust Woman.

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    1. LR: Oh Gold Dust Woman - oh can I change my favourite now?

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    2. Absolutely - listen to it on your next trip to LA while cruising down Sunset Boulevard.

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  11. I remember driving around with my mother in her white Camaro playing Rumours on the 8 track. I loved the whole album, still do.

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    1. Do your remember the lambchop puppet? I was in love with that flirty lashed little thing.

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    2. Yes, I do! That's not how I got my nickname, but it's one of the reasons I enjoy it. :)

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    3. I used to have a white Berlinetta camero. :)

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  12. I am happy dancing with you!

    Blog boyfriend maybe singing 'Same Old Scene', but I think David might be crooning 'Fashion'.

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    1. 's all good Claire!
      Don't think Bryan will mind sharing with David.
      (Shame about the names though, eh. Bryan and David...could be insurance salesmen in Slough!)
      Do you think they'd mind changing them to Balthazar and Dax?

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    2. We could only ask! Although, David and Bryan (corruption of Brian) are the names of Kings.

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  13. Oh, on 2nd thought, I'll have the blond salad & skip the entree; Tabs, I've settled your account over at Perdition but any more Uggs relapses & I'm afraid you're on your own.

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    1. GSL: Hang on to that receipt, I might need to show it one day.

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  14. Hello Tabitha
    I, too, had wondered where David Bowie was during the olympics. Looking forward to his new album. I bet you can wear a finge or bangs(USA) beautifully

    Helenx

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  15. I love the look of no bangs. Very classy, very neat and very polished. Back in the days when I visited the island of Karpathos, I fell asleep after my morning swim, on the beach. ( here´s the back- story; I had stayed awake for days and days with a couple of hour´s sleep combined because I was determined to sew an entire warderobe for my trip. I did and it was fabulous and everything was color- coded to black, tan and an occasional splash of bloodred ). I dozed off and awoke at sunset. Needless to say, that papyrus of a skin was not happy. I had used a stone for a neck pillow and this positioned the long- arse forehead on a plate for sunrays. I woke up and belt something wet drippling to my eyes. I got blisters that bled. Ever since I´ve had bangs. My skin is otherwise youthful but I have lines on forehead. It gets sunburnt in a nanosecond and it gets rashes during winter. Besides, I´m been told that bangs makes me look younger. I got carded just before Yule and I´m forty. So I´m ok with my bangs.
    But you should do what makes you happy. OTOH, hair grows and long bangs would look fantabulous on you and they are easy to grow out. Go with your gut- feeling.
    Always happy to have a bit of flapper back and I practically live under floppy hats during sun- shiny months.


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  16. That's a horrible skirt. I think bangs would look great on you! Snip away. Just don't drink before you do it. And leave enough length in case you need professional intervention.

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  17. I think I may still have an original copy of " Rumours" now that's a confession.

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  18. Fringe...yes, but I've had horses with better dentition than Big M.
    Bryan...forever!
    Bowie...likewise.
    Stevie circa '78...fab.
    Fur...just say no. Would you skin a live puppy?
    Floppy hat...hell yeah!
    Pearls, Charlston, Claridge's...got my knees rouged.

    It's a Bryan sing-a-long kinda Monday here in The Old Smoke.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCLguMAcEm0

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    1. Thanks for the link! Today is the Australia Day holiday, so INXS is being given a bit of a spin.

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    2. Who wears a puppy??

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  19. Love Bowie, love Michelle's fringe - and like the idea of a fringe or a floppy hat to cover my wrinkly forehead.

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  20. And I totally love your new header! So much!

    Hooray for the Charleston! It was one of the first steps I ever danced.

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    1. DB- oh of course, you'll actually be able to dance it, I should beg you to You Tube it for the blog!

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  21. Yes...same Old scene..."Nihil sub Sole Novum - Niente di Nuovo, Tutto già visto!" ...haha
    Happy day, Felicità
    Ciao ciao

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    1. Aure: yep, my old Latin classes still come in handy.

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  22. I asked for side sweep bangs to a lovely girl not fluent in English and ironically I got bangs that belong on a communist 8 year old girl so I am still to traumatised to think about bangs.

    Tread slowly.

    Otherwise, you may have no choice but to wear that broad rimmed hat.

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  23. I share your forehead ( in a non-Siamese twin way!)so I'm a fan of the fringe. Mink skirt is an abomination! I'm a hat wearer, so big and floppy, at least when it comes to headgear, is a yes!

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    1. Sulky - I bet that skirt reeks of mothballs.

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  24. I adore Stevie Nicks, since a child. She's so marvellous, even now. That's one of my favourite albums...never gets old! I had my fringe like that some years ago, it was great to start with, then became annoying always having to do it in the morning as my hair is curly, drove me to insanity, so I grew it out. Yes, let's dress up and do the Charleston, will keep us warm while winter is still here :)) Have a great week x

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  25. Love floppy hats and Stevie nicks. Fur,not so much. Luckily here in Miami, it is rare to see fur

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  26. Had to take a look to be sure, but Stevie Nicks has bangs so I think you'd be on your way if you cut your hair. Somewhere, there is a lost recording on a Memorex cassette tape of me and my friend singing the entire Rumours album lol. Let's hope it is never discovered!

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  27. I've worn 'bangs' nearly all my life. Any time I thought I might try to look like Peggy Lipton (did you ever encounter Mod Squad?) I looked more like Ma in American Gothic, even when I was younger. I am positive that my Grandmother would have been a flapper in her day - she had the rebellious attitude to her dying day. I love all things inter-war and look forward to the Great Gatsby, though I'll be amazed if Leonardo can ever outshine Redford. Not in the least tempted by a mink skirt, but am considering collecting vintage furs to use as throws around the house. If I ever do wear a fur it won't be in Newcastle; too many anti-s running around loose. Love those big floppy hats, but being short and square they do nothing for me. I imagine you would look great however. Don't forget to count this blog in your browning points...surely you'll get some good Karma from this!

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  28. You will be happy to know that in the colonies there are no floppy hats to be found. Sartorially speaking, hat fashion has never had a foothold here, though that is silly, since the bare legs trends HAS got a foothold and it has been -20 for a week. They could use a hat, any hat!

    I personally like bangs, but I have two glaring problems: 2 cowlicks, which want my hairy to go in very disparate directions and 2) curly hair..I guess I technically have bangs as they are short enough to be bangs, but no one has told them and they simply will not stay put and they have unanimously swore there can be no fringe. sigh..

    David Bowie is one of my guys. We have always loved him - only saw him in concert once, but he was amazing. All incarnations are welcome. We even danced first dance to him at the wedding 28 years ago, Wild is The WInd - only hardcore fans know that one.

    Rumours! I downloaded that to the ipod a couple of months ago. I can recall being at a party in late 1978, thrown by Minister, which can only be described as a blowout of epic proportions, where that album got played 50 times in a row (remember when you could get move some do-hickey and the album played over and over? and over and over? I always had a thing for Lindsay so I am going to have to go with Go Your Own Way.

    Great post!

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    1. WMM: I forgot about the cowlick, my hair is wavy and I used to have to do my feringe twice a day then practically sellotape it to my forehead.

      First dance - very cool!

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    2. I have a giant cowlick, I used to cut it off right to the scalp, well until I was 10 years old or so. The school pictures are really hilarious.

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    3. Dani, that is a hilarious solution to your cowlick!

      I have a three cowlicks, one right at the front. You know that little rhyme? - there was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very very good, and when she was bad, she was horrid.

      I have had that recited to me so many times, and I have always hated it!

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  29. I have bangs precisely because I have Frankenstein forehead. To paraphrase a stylist I once visited, "the more of your face covered, the better".

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    1. DF: what a hoot! I hope he said it with a sense of humour.

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  30. Love bangs, have always had them, and think they'd suit you very well. Fleetwood Mac with Stevie Nicks are coming to the Hollywood Bowl this May and I can't wait. I've been thinking about getting a Fedora, for warmth and bad hair days.

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    1. Kathy - you can judge very shortly! Fringe will be on the agenda.
      I would love to go to that concert.

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  31. I figure if Lindsay Lohan is doing it...I'm best to avoid it.

    I would love to sign up for the Charleston classes! It's a great dance - I've practiced more than a few times in my living room lol!

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  32. i've SO noticed the "fur" thing coming back - funny b/c i was talking about how furs where such an "old time" thing - and how now-a-days NO ONE buy's a fur .. i love the lux of a piece - but a coat *gag* - i'm still anti-fur for myself UNLESS it's thrift-ed or something - i'm too animal conscious

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  33. PS - just started following you!!! (ekk .. can u follow back, um maybe?)

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  34. FRINGE BENEFITS? Tabs, the problem with bangs in my book is that as soon as you snip them they become high maintenance, although like That's Not...I am craving them to cover my emerging elevenses (cheaper and safer than some kind of 'tox.) From hat to dancing toes, juicy collalation this week. And if rightie gets her way, we politely demand posted photo evidence.

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    1. Gah, please excuse extra l, tab-let catch up.

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    2. Get Fresh - I had a fringe till I was 35, I will fish out some old pics and mail them your way. I might need the full swishy curtain of hair to hide behind as I age, oh and when I leave comments form the iPad - spelling mayhem.

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  35. Hello there Ms. Tabitha! I hope you had a grand weekend.

    I am contemplating bangs as well. Mrs. Obama and Zooey Deschanel make bangs look so chic!

    I will do the Charleston with you. It will look ridiculous, but pearls are involved...anything to wear my long strand pearls!

    Have a nice week!

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  36. I'm very curious to see what the new Great Gatsby film will be like...Surely lots of marvellous clothes and great music

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  37. Bangs are so very tempting. I recently watched Enchanted April and Polly Walker's bob with a fringe looked amazing. Very 1920's fashions too. I will Charleston and wear every strand of pearls that I own!
    I think you would look fabulous in some choppy bangs.

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  38. Stevie Nicke is pretty, but you are much, MUCH prettier than she ever was, Tabitha.

    As to Fleetwood Mac, I loved their music. However, I must say that I saw them in concert back in the dark ages, and they were awful. Can you believe it? The concert was the most disappointing of my young life. I was stunned at how bad they were. Not sure what was going on, but they were just off their game and then some.

    "Landslide" is one of my favorites, but I can't remember which album contained that gem.

    I can Charleston with the best of them. I took dancing class for many years, and one of my favorite rectial numbers involved the Charleston. That sounds like fun!

    Elizabeth

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    1. Elizabeth - you have never met me it's all smoke and mirrors!
      I very much want to go Charleston one day ( re your other comment) it has been on on my list for some time now.

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    2. Balderdash! You have both an inner and an outer beauty, and the inner beauty is what really counts with anyone, male or female, at any age. It shines through in your writing. I see it clearly. But you are blessed with an outer beauty, too, Tabitha. If it's smoke and mirrors, then you need to give lessons, my friend. I'd stand in line to take them.

      And you must go to Charleston. I think you would enjoy it, but go in a season where the humidity is not high. Spring is good. It gets muggy there in summer. You don't want to do it then.

      Elizabeth

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  39. Just got back from a louche weekend at the George V in Paris and literally every robobitch there (and all over town in general) was wearing the same thing: black riding boots a la jump boots, a Birkin/Celine/Prada tote, and a big fur coat. Oh, and a face incapable of smiling due to botox, or simply because they had no soul. Put me off fur for life.

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    1. Candace - I am sick to death of those Prada and Celine bags, every one is carrying them here, individuality seems to be dying out.

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    2. I'm butting in here, but that seems to be the case everywhere. There used to be people who were real style setters, and now there seem to be masses of people chasing a style or aping whoever is flavor of the month. Do you think it is due to the internet? I've been pondering this a lot lately.

      I miss people who are bold enough to wear what they like and have the confidence to celebrate being different from the herd.

      Elizabeth

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    3. Totally agree Elizabeth.
      The pathetic mooing and bleating of herd mentality doesn't do it for me either. Internet, social media, TV, mentally dumbing down to the lowest common denominator...all to blame.

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  40. Another person who thinks that you would look good in bangs! And loving the new blog look :)

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  41. So true, what's old is new again. Michelle Obama looks so good w/ fringe. xo

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  42. Several years ago, I took swing dance lessons, and nothing was as fun as doing the Charleston!

    Can't do bangs - they do nothing for me. Can't do fur - red splattered paint does nothing for me. :)

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  43. Oily, round budgie-like forehead equals no fringe... otherwise hair plastered down in most unattractive way.

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    1. JW - mine is round and budgie like too - and oily. Twins!

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  44. I've been through my share of hair cuts including bangs and I always come back to what is manageable for me. You have to do what you have to do-if having bangs makes you look younger and put off going to the Swiss clinic so be it. I'm into inexpensive treatments for aging skin. Even if it is smoke and mirrors and preventable measures like wearing floppy hats in the summer(only when in the sun).

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  45. David Bowie....check
    Fleetwood Mac....check
    Charleston at Claridges....check -- this includes an 'after class' trip to the bar, yes?
    Felt hats.....definitely cute, but too hot here
    Fur....only if I were living in the Artic....it strikes me as a 'hey, look at me' kinda thing and I dislike *that* kind of attention. Besides, I wouldn't want to be petted by strangers,,,and yes, there are people who would do that.
    Fringe......undecided,,,love them on others, but not so much on me
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    The King's Ginger....oh my goodness, where has he been my whole life? Tabs, how can I thank you for this introduction? Delicious just doesn't describe how good it is. While checking out their website, I noticed a recipe for ginger snaps -- have you made these? They look easy enough for us non-cooks, but I'm always skeptical (way too many disasters).

    A million thanks, satis superque me benignitas tua ditavit (Horace)
    P

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  46. P:I really do have the most erudite readership, I haven't made the ginger snaps but have been pouring it over kugel hopf to much applause.

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  47. I want to do the Charleston... But my curves just don't feel the love of those little flapper dresses. Only stick figures can pull those off! But I'm going to see Gatsby! Can't wait!

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  48. I love my bangs; can sweep them to the side or wear them down. Fun. My lurvely hairdresser has me come in ANY time to trim them as I tend to take the nail scissors to them periodically. No appt needed. You are a goddess, Crystal. Put the scissors down, Tabs ,and see and pro.

    Stevie Nicks is so great-- bit of a mumbler though. Have you seen the parody, SNL, I think, of Rhiannon?? Hysterically funny.

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  49. Big hats remind me of Dynasty and the 80's. So do bangs. Pictures of me in both from that time frame are enough to make me admire the re-newed trend from afar. I am not a fur fan, but I would love to indulge in a real velvet evening coat. I read about your Lipstick Jungle time on another blog. I find that HULU is dangerous. I have discovered some real treasures while working towards some work deadlines. I love the clothing on Lipstick Jungle, although I think that Kim Raver is scary thin. I love your Charleston picture. Great post!

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  50. You will have heard the new Bowie. Where are we now? Indeed.

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  51. Ahhh... I hope David Bowie never retires! And I just hear on the radio that Fleetwood Mac is coming to town!

    No skinning of little furry critters for me, thank you very much.

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  52. Big floppy hat? I had no idea.
    Michelle's hair...fabulous!
    Rumors re-release....no way?! Where have I been?
    Real fur? Really?
    Am I living under a rock? I have to wonder so I know none of this....thank goodness you keep me informed Tabitha.
    annie

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  53. Tabitha- Caveat about bangs. I wore them all the time in the eighties. Years later I tried them again, and I too have dark hair. As I got older, I felt like they were very aging, because they literally created a shadow under my eyes, that was not apparent when I was younger. They did hide my frown lines however!

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  54. Floppy hats: Love them. On others.
    Yes to David Bowie.
    Real fur: Admit that it looks divine but still No.
    Now about Bangs:
    Used to wear them in my teens and early 20s, then never for 20 years. I just cut them back this year and I LOVE them. My hair is naturally curly and frizzy so I thought I would not be able to pull them off but I discovered the trick (from some blog advice) how to style them. You have to blow dry them swept to the opposite site, then just flip them at the very end quickly go over with flat iron for extra shine and voila! Sounds complicated but it it only takes couple of minutes and they stay put for the whole day (or more if you don't wash them).
    I'd say go for it, it is really easy to go back to side swept bangs, i pretty much get there by the time for my new haircut.

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  55. re the floppy hat , saw some white ;straw' ones , they reminded me of 1970s weddings

    Im looking forward to seeing Sydney as Great Neck , do you think Leo can pull it off?

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  56. LOVE Michelle's bangs...and Fleetwood Mac!

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  57. Floppy hats yes for you...me not so good
    David Bowie ... I'll drink what he does as he doesn't age
    Michelle... what a difference a cut makes
    Stevie Nicks... love her and to this day I can't make it through Landslide without tears. That song is probably in my top 10.
    Let's talk bangs on you. My spin instructor got them in December and curses everyday.Over the course of an hour they form mini pleats across her forehead.
    My advise would be to ask your Mother.

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  58. Big fan of the big, floppy, felt hat. I love hats, I have a hat head and that has always made me happy. Meanwhile in the world of bangs... they're so tricky for me, because of my curls, but I do love them.
    And when it comes to Bowie, Rumours and The Charleston, I can't get enough! This post is basically a roundup of Sara Louise's favorite things. You nailed it. x.

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  59. As much as I love seeing floppy hats on others, I don't think they would suit me. I'm more the beret, newspaper boy hat, fedora kind of girl. I said yes to fringe again about two months ago. :) I'm seriously thinking of taking some Charleston classes. And I really hope I will have the chance to attend a '20s style party soon.
    Ada

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  60. Yes to everything but maybe not the fur but does my grannies fur count?

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  61. Okaaay, Tabs and all.....I did it. It's heaven!
    I made The King's Ginger Snaps!
    Talk about a cultural difference.....these aren't your Nabisco Ginger Snaps! After all these years of Nabisco's, I feel a bit cheated....The King's are simply delicious and make a perfect light (ahem) dessert. If you're a bit unsteady, just google Mary Berry's Brandy Snaps and you'll have an idea of what they should look like.

    I haven't even made the cream filling yet. The snaps by themselves are just heavenly. Join me anytime :)

    Tabs, you have started a revolution...in a good way!!
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  62. I'm pleased that hats are in fashion again. I love my hats. They're brilliant for keeping my glasses dry!

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  63. AMAZING POST:) I really like your blog and Im following..I hope you follow me to.

    If you want to see a beautiful Swedish house..check out my new post:)

    have a great day dear

    LOVE Maria from inredningsvis

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  64. My dear you have such amazing style...in words as well as visuals!!

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  65. Rumours is such a great album, so much good news here!

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