Thursday, 17 July 2014

What I Wore - Studs and Stripes



I bought this top a little while ago in a charity shop, even though I wasn't 100% sure about it. I put it on the other day, loved it and have worn it several times since. I love it when that happens!




Oh yeah, I have blue hair now! My fringe and underneath have been blue for ages, but I was sick of being brunette and had wanted to extend the blue all over for as long as I can remember. So, yay! I'm super happy with it.

I teamed my stripy top with a denim skirt, studded bag, leopard print flats and a little arrangement of brooches - I really love wearing multiple brooches in little groups, it looks so cute.





And just one more shot of my hair, because I'm so freakin' in love with it. It's weird seeing myself with straight hair - I haven't straightened it for months and I can't believe how much longer it is when straight! A real bob!



I have never had much self confidence, especially in my appearance, and going through cancer treatment completely destroyed what little I had. It's been a long, slow process to rebuild it and dying my hair has been a huge part of that: my hair has always been a big part of my identity and to have it forcibly taken away against my will was devastating. As it's grown back, people have always said "short hair suits you, brown hair suits you" etc, and whether that's true or not, the fact of it is that none of it was through choice. I would never have chosen to have a pixie cut or to dye my hair brown. It wasn't my choice and it definitely wasn't 'me'. I was platinum blonde before my hair fell out and I often alternated between pink and blue sections. As soon as my hair started growing back, I was adamant that I was going to go blonde again. But the longer it got, I realised that as much as brunette wasn't me, neither was blonde any more. I'd always liked the blue slices I had, more than any other colour, so that sealed the deal. It somehow feels like my natural colour and I finally feel like ME again. I have never been so happy with my hair and I can finally smile when I look in the mirror. 

xx


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16 comments:

  1. OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair I think it looks amazing, it really suits you!

    I've seen a top just like this in Debenhams, it's lovely! I keep thinking I should go for a rummage in a charity shop, I've never been in one!

    x

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    1. WHAT?! Never been in a charity shop?! Girl, you need get right on that!
      Thanks so much, I'm so pleased with how my hair turned out :) xx

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  2. I love your hair so much. You really do look amazing and that's how you should feel after all you've gone through. Suits you so much. xx

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  3. I love your hair, that blue is absolutely gorgeous!

    I work at a very conservative office, but my boss let me dye my hair purple for 6 weeks once since we didn't have any clients coming in. My purple hair felt more like "me" than all the reds, blonds and browns I've tried. Someday I hope to go back to it full time.

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    1. Thank you! Ohh, I hope you get to be purple again too! Isn't it funny how such unnatural hair colours can feel like they SHOULD be natural?! x

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  4. You look gorgeous and I just can't get over how beautiful your hair is! I love the outfit too! .. I'll stop crushing on you now ;) lisa xx (@cthulhuwakes)

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  5. Your hair looks so gorgeous. The cut and color looks so perfect on you. I love this outfit too! I've never thought about wearing multiple brooches like that before. I hope your self-confidence just continues to build, you are lovely <3

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    1. Thanks so much, sweetheart! I discovered multiple brooches by accident - I'm a fan of more is more! ;) xo

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  6. I love love love the new hair!! Makes me miss my blue hair. I love this outfit too, I have a few pieces in my wardrobe like that, I just forget how good they are until I put them on.

    I know what you mean about the self confidence. I never had much and it took me ages to see that it was because I wasn't me at all. Dying my hair a crazy colour was my big step into the world of confidence, but I'm still stepping.

    I hope you continue to step and build it up because it will be amazing when you are at the top!

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    1. Yes! I go through phases of thinking I have nothing to wear, so I'm trying to rediscover things and mix them up a bit - hopefully I'll find new ways of wearing them :)

      For me my confidence was rocked by several awful relationships and various childhood traumas, and then the whole cancer experience knocked me for six. I hope I can continue to build up some confidence, mainly to follow my dreams and do all the things I want to do with my life :) I hope yours continues to grow as well! xx

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  7. Wonderful styling! I love the blue hair, which is unusual and beautiful. I was stunned after reading the full story about your hair. I think dying it blue is the perfect statement of hope and change. Kudos to you for the job well done! I wish you the best of health!

    Collene Puterbaugh @ Baja Hair Center

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    1. Thank you very much, Collene :) I think most people are shocked by my story - it's practically unheard of for someone so young to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Unfortunately it's becoming more and more common and so I feel I need to share my experience, in the hope of it helping someone else.
      Best wishes to you! xo

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  8. Your blue bob is adorable - you look like Coraline! x

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