Sunday, November 30, 2014

Once Upon a Time I had Long Hair... But I Got Bored

Lilla Rose Hairsticks
Once upon a time, I had long hair, but I would get bored with it... and wasn't quite sure how to spice it up and keep the look fresh and new.  Then I discovered these Hair Sticks!  Wow, where have they been all my life?

There was a time when I wore a french twist, with the ends popped out of the top for an easy, casual and fun look.  Now I know there's a name for that and it's a French Twist with the tails up!

Then when I was a young girl in the 70's, I almost always wore my hair in what I now know is referred to as a "half up" style.  This is me wearing a 70's groovy blouse that my Mom made me, and my hair in a half up style.

And the other day at Thanksgiving dinner, I did this half up plus the 2 other styles for my sister-in-law's sister's hair:

 Here are all three of them in a collage... do you have a favorite?  Right now my favorite is the bun with the hairsticks.  Below is me on the way out the door to work the first time I decided to try them in a messy bun style!

I tried to get a more perfect picture, but I desperately need a phone that has a better camera!

So these are just a few of the styles I still use today.  But I'm constantly trying to reinvent the wheel by coming up with new and creative styles too.  So this begins my series of the "Once Upon a Time I had Long Hair but I Got Bored" posts... I hope that YOU don't get bored with them!  It's going to be fun digging into the old photos, I may add an oldie or two in each post just for fun :-D

You can purchase these hairsticks by Lilla Rose and the Flexi Clips too, on my Lilla Rose webstore, by clicking the button on my sidebar or going to this link:

I would never sell a product that I don't feel I can stand behind, and these are by far the best quality hair accessories I have ever found.  The Flexi's are hand made, with piano wire to make them flexible and comfortable... and the Hairsticks are made from Birch wood and I am now crazy about them.

There is a sale that ends tonight at midnight Pacific Time.  It's by far the biggest sale of the year for Lilla Rose.  20-50% off everything and FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50!  If you have questions, please message me or comment, I will help you with sizing etc.

Until net time, What are YOUR favorite hairstyles that you would like to see me feature here?  Feel free to send me pictures of yours and I may have a contest, and feature your picture, and send you a prize!  Send me your feedback and I will post more details later...

My best,


Friday, October 31, 2014

Another Hair Clip for your Scarf Idea

It was Halloween day... what to wear to work?  Everyone will dress up, its a doctors office after all.  Black is easy, orange?  Not so much, but I found an orange stripe in this scarf so I was good to go!  Clipped it in place with a flexi.  What do YOU think?  I want to hear from you!  


Sunday, October 19, 2014

When A Hair Clip Becomes a Scarf Clip!

Sometimes my infinity scarves are too big and puffy.  Other times I have a hair flexi that goes perfectly with my outfit but I want to wear it up front like jewelry.  Here's my solution!  The one shown here is a mini.  An extra small or a small would work too depending on the scarf thickness and how many layers you want to add.  Lilla Rose hair accessories offer so many solutions to polish off your outfits!  To order, click on my sidebar button or on the link below.  I would be forever grateful if you'd share this.  Thanks for visiting today ;-)


Friday, October 17, 2014

Who Loves a Deal?

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love editing photos and making ads of sorts like this one! This is my SALE announcement! On Lilla Rose hair accessories.  The sale is 10% off everything Lilla Rose Hair - 15% off select Black, Brown and copper items. The sale ends SATURDAY NIGHT 9pm Eastern (midnight Pacific time)!  What are you waiting for?  Try some today.
Until next time,
Enjoy your weekend! :-D

Monday, September 1, 2014

When Dirty Hair is Good!

What is YOUR hair type?  Mine is wavy to curly, medium to thick and will be FRIZZY to the MAX if I just let it dry and do nothing with it.  I have lived with my hair for 47 years so I know it better than anyone by now.  If you have my hair type... I suggest you do NOT over shampoo your hair.  That's right, I wash my hair about every 3 days only and I use a very minimal amount of shampoo.  The less SUDS the better.  The more suds, the more detergent in the shampoo and that seems to contribute to the puff & frizz.  Tools that are key for me are:

FAT Curling Iron
Jumbo Velvet Hot Rollers
Leave In Smoothing cream
Styling Gel
Hair Spray
Dry Shampoo

The most important of those being the ones that produce HEAT. Heat is the best weapon of defense against frizz.  This photo was taken last Saturday, and I had not shampooed my hair in 4 days.  Sounds gross but I do take a shower in between, I use a shower cap.  I also use Dry Shampoo spray sparingly, in areas that tend to get a bit oily by day 3 or 4, just to get my by for one more day!  Not only does this method save time, it saves your hair!  All that blow drying and brushing and heat is HARD on your hair.  I only touch up with my fat curling iron on day 2, 3 and 4 and let those curls cool... then a little bit of spray and sometimes gel, a hairband or a clip and I'm good to go.

For this photo I was wearing the Lilla Rose Victorian Inspired Flexi in an XS (for finer or thinner hair, the mini would work for this style).  There are 7 Flexi sizes so no matter how thick or think your hair, there's a size for you .  If you have finer or thinner hair, an XS may work better when you are twisting up ALL of your hair into an up do.  I would call this style the "Half Up"...

How often do you shampoo your hair?


Friday, August 29, 2014

Layering Hair Accessories

I thought it might be fun & creative to try using what I've got in my closet to capture a new look.  Sure enough, this Vera scarf is a favorite thrift store find from way back when and has the look I was going for.  Pink and gold makes a gorgeous paisley combination.  How pretty it is when layered by pairing it with my Lilla Rose flexible and adjustible hair band?  This hairband is called "Rays of Sunshine".

This is my Blogger phone app so I'm cutting this short to see what it looks like on my laptop!

Have a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!  Until next time... what's in your closet?


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Morning Walk in Marblehead is Food for the Soul

SUMMER is slipping away and sometimes we have to force ourselves to just send the CHORES to the back of the line!  I have less and less time to stop and smell the roses these days (how did that happen?  I remember thinking that I would have more time to enjoy the small things in life after the kids got older).  
So this morning our youngest son Colin had to meet his band manager very early for a GIG down on Cape Cod at noon!  His band is called Kik-it by the way and they really truly are just the most AWESOME boyband in the USA!!!  ((insert plug for sons band here))  Look them up on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Vine etc. as #kikitband.  Oh sure, I’ll pop in a picture while I’m at it, why not?  After all, it is MY blog Laughing out loud
This is them at their sound check getting ready to perform!  My son Colin is on the far left!  Many of these boys have practically lived at my house this summer while they’ve been busy touring, promoting and doing photo shoots.  I have three sons of my own but these boys are like my OTHER kids!  (Special thank you to my fellow band Mom & friend Donna for being there today and taking this picture).
Okay back to my Marblehead post!  So my husband and I took the long way home, drove down the coastline and ended up in a favorite town for a morning walk. 
One thing that always strikes me about our older COASTAL TOWNS here in New England is that the homes are so COLORFUL… I mean SPLASHES of VIBRANT color!  They coincide with the beautiful gardens and flower boxes that are so abundant here.  
Now that I’m posting these, I wish I had taken more and that we’d brought our good camera!  Of course, when I was taking pictures, I wasn’t thinking of doing a blog post!  We were literally just going for a morning walk through one of our favorite towns!  I took these with my old Samsung Galaxy.
The older homes in old NEW ENGLAND towns are never uniform or perfect.  Apparently there was no contest going on back in the old days to see if everyone’s home could be as BEIGE and COOKIE CUTTER as possible… which I see too much of in  homes today (like my OWN ooops!).  I think that the people way back when were more daring, bold and carefree than we envision. This house (above) is just one of many SKINNY HOUSES in Marblehead.  I wish you could see the whole thing - I should have left some space to the right when I took this shot.  Many houses are CROOKED and LEANING here too!  I LOVE them even MORE because they are NOT PERFECT (perfectly imperfect?). 
If you park your car when you’re in Old Town Marblehead, you can just walk and walk and see so much more than you would if you stayed in your car.  I could see myself having my COFFEE on this patio by the sea roses every morning!
Okay here we go… every morning of my life, I spend a few minutes at my make-up table… at LEAST I cover up my dark circles.  But not this morning, because we left very early and yeah… I wasn’t planning on photographing for a blog post ha ha.  But I’m posting this anyway because (#1 to prove I’m not VAIN)…I love the little RED MINI COOPER so much, and the AMERICAN FLAG too… the real CEDAR SHINGLES, that will have that classic WEATHERED grayish patina in a couple of years… (kind of like me lol).
Thank you for joining me on my morning walk through Marblehead!  Since you ended up being my walking buddy, I have to share what I would have shared with you during our walk (other than talk about my son’s band and all the lovely flowers and homes)… that is that:
TODAY is the last day of the SALE for the NEW and RETIRED Lilla Rose hair accessories!  I am a LILLA ROSE consultant.  I stumbled upon their hair products one day while online and quickly became obsessed.  I later learned that both Lilla Rose the company and the family that founded and owns it…is one that I’m proud to represent.  To shop or just check out Lilla Rose hair accessories click here or on the link on my sidebar:
freestyle tiara flexi
Above is an old favorite Flexi of mine called FREESTYLE TIARA (not in the sale, just a colorful old favorite of mine kind of like old Marblehead)… below a picture of another favorite FLEXI, for those that don’t want all the beads and color (the Flexi is the patented hair clip that everyone is falling in love with)… there are MANY different styles, so comfortable you can fall asleep with them on, they last forever… they turn into an addiction because you will want to have different ones to go with different outfits and seasons of the year…or just to add to your private collection – so proceed with caution Laughing out loud.  Sorry this CELTIC CROSS FLEXI is also NOT in the sale at this time because it’s not retired – but like the Freestyle Tiara,  it IS available in most sizes (this is the medium which retails for $15). 
celtic cross flexi
If you check out my Lilla Rose website, let me know which one is YOUR favorite!!!  Please DO comment here or on my Facebook page Chellebelle Style FB Page 
Until next time…. do something that feeds your soul!  It will do wonders for your spirit, make you a more pleasant person to be around… and the dirty laundry will be just fine when you get to it later!