Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Punk'd Hair & A Mink Coat

As I'm sure you've seen from previous posts, I tend to wear my hair on the longer side of short.  That is to say, I generally wear my hair about mid-neck to shoulder-length.  When I was in high school, I used to wear it super-short in a pixie cut, but haven't had it that short since then.  Well, when I went in to my much-talented hairstylist at Salon Selah V, I asked for something short enough to be "low maintenance," but long enough that I could still do pin curls for a vintage style on date night.  Beyond that, I left it up to him.  Well, this is what came out!  What amounts to a pixie cut on one side, transforming into a longer bob on the other...very edgy and punk rocker (to me, anyway).  At first, I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure I could pull it off.  My personality tends to be more "quirky" than truly "edgy."  But my hairstylist always knows best, and after a few days of living with it and realizing how easy it was to style (shampoo & quick blow dry for a simply ready-to-go-out hairdo, or a few extra minutes with some spike gel for a super punk rocker look), I was pretty much in love with it too.  I actually had women stopping me on the street to compliment my hairdo.  And I found that having a more edgy 'do actually made me wear my vintage more often when I went out, because instead of saying "Oh, I'm too tired to do my hair today to match my pretty clothes," it was "hey, my hair already looks awesome, so let's add a killer jacket, red lipstick, earrings, and heels to match!"

Which brings us to the mink coat...oh, the mink coat...*dreamy sigh*

I purchased this amazing GLMA ("Great Lakes Mink Association" - the makers of the "Blackglama" line) dark brown mink coat from a local estate.  It had the previous owner's name "Jackie Thompson" embroidered on the lining.  I'm guessing the coat was from the 1980s or 1990s, so it was vintage, but only just barely.  The coat was in pristine condition, and so soft it was a dream to wear.  The coat fit me perfectly, and I was sorely tempted to keep it.  The problem is that (1) I'm so petite that I tend to drown in full-length coats, (2) I like the earlier coat styles of the 1930s thru 1950s, and (3) the coat - though amazing - was almost too decadent for my personal style.  It needed someone far classier than my quirky self.  So, I ended up selling it on Ebay, and bought myself some new hats and vintage furs (that I'll actually wear) with the profit.  It was hard to say goodbye, but I know it's going to a loving home where it will be worn and adored...

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