Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Speak Until The Dust, Settles In The Same Specific Place, Light Refused To Go, Drink It From A Cast and Iron Plate...

Last week I took my Marley Braids out. Not the ones from my last post but the super long ones I did afterwards and never got round to posting here. Now it might not seem too strange that I should take out all my braids in between hairstyles but this was actually the first time I've taken them all out since my hair has been long enough to braid!! I've literally been washing it in sections and just re-doing it braid by braid because i've been so reluctant too see all my hair out at once and be crushed by disappointment in the length. Last week  that is exactly what happened. After months and months of neglect my hair really hasn't grown very much at all. 10 months of growing it and nothing to show for it. My hair regime has been virtually non-existent and I haven't been moisturising it very often, my diet has been appalling and i've been scraping my braids into tight, high ponytails almost every day. Combine these factors with shrinkage and my painfully unrealistic expectations and there really was only one way this was going to end... In bitter, bitter tears. I really did give up and had resolved to forget the whole frustrating ordeal, nip to the barbers and shave my kinky lil problem off and live my life (at least for the foreseeable future) as a content #NoHairDontCare kinda girl... That was until a few very wise yet very simple points from my mate Cedric changed my mind... He basically made the point that this is where the real growing starts- this is where I begin to work on length.

The reason why this is so important is because I think when your 'big chop' is a real big chop... As in a hardcore 0.5 down to the scalp big chop, it's easy to forget that you are literally starting again. From scratch. It's not like cutting away relaxed ends and growing your hair out from a few inches. This for some reason just jolted me into seeing sense- If I can't get over my impatience I will never have decent length hair. This really is where the true grow out begins and if I look after myself and my hair properly then this time next year I should start to see some real progress. After prescribing myself: Biotin, MSM, lots of water, an improved diet and some serious TLC for my hair- starting with the purchase of a bottle of coconut oil and a tub of raw shea butter, I decided Havana Twists were the next protective destination for my hair...

I'm definitely a fan of this style. I've admired twists for years but always thought they'd be really hard to do (don't ask).... Turns out they're pretty easy. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of room for my technique to improve but I was happy with my first attempt results.
Maintenance wise though I think they will be a bit of a pain and they definitely wont last as long as braids but i'm glad to have a style change... Even if it's only a small one.

What do you guys think of twists??...
Yay or nay?? xx

(P.S. Title = lyrics to 'Cavalier' by James Vincent McMorrow)

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Pulling Shapes Just For Your Eyes, So With Toothpaste kisses And Lines, I'll Be Yours And You'll Be...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Yet again i've failed to keep my posting promises since last time but I think my New Year's blogging resolution is going to be- stop the laziness and post when you can, as consistently as possible without all the excuses and drama. 

Yes, yes indeed.

Today's photos are pretty simple. A Forever 21 ensemble of a fuzzy black jumper I chopped into a crop and my booty shorts, heeeyyyyyyyyyyy...

Hopefully as the year progresses and my own hair gets a lil longer i'll be able to put in longer Marley braids!

As per usual photos are re-bloggable on tumblr from zizzisfaces and zizziswardrobe so don't be re-posting please.

Any resolutions guys?? xx

(P.S. Title = Lyrics to 'Toothpaste Kisses' by The Maccabees)

Monday, 4 November 2013

When Things Are Thrown Away Like They Are Daily, Time Passes And The Constants Stay, So If That Is How It Is....

James Blake's new album really has been giving me life these last few days!! I loved his first one but didn't even know he had another one out- i'm always so late with music.

Well the main purpose of this post is actually just to publish a bloody post... Time flies by so quickly, one month becomes two, two become three and next thing you know i'm writing a blog about the joys of parenthood!! I've got so much half done stuff backed up in my drafts it's ridiculous... I will publish about going to London Fashion Week S/S14 if it kills me... Or if it takes me 'til next season.

So yeah, nothing particularly inspiring here but here are a few shots of me as i'm looking now anyway.

I'm channelling Sandy from Grease...

(I still have blue face paint in my hair from dressing up as an Avatar for Halloween, only really shows up with flash. Ergh. How the heck d'you get face paint out of marley hair??!)

Yep... As soon as my hair was long enough I put my marley braids back in.
Certainly wouldn't recommend protective styling when your hair hasn't even hit three inches yet but I can't be dealing with the TWA (teeny weeny afro) lengths. 

Nuh-uh. Not me.

Thanks for all the 'where have you gone?' e-mails and comments. Much appreciated and I promise i'll see the year out posting as much as possible to make up for my Summer disappearance.

Toodles to you bitches xx

(P.S. Title = lyrics to 'Overgrown' by James Blake)

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

You Was Foolin' Me Once Before, But I Tell Ya There's No Foolin' Me Twice No More, Cos When I Open Up My Third Eye, My Third Eye, You Can't Get Away With Murder, With Murder...

This was my day.
In chronological order!!...

... Basically eating Albion cafe desserts and looking a lil scary messing around with make-up.

Productivity is my middle name after all.

Day off well spent.

  • Jewellery- all Forever 21... Except...
  • Eye ring- Amelia's from Topshop... Soon i'm gonna have to rename this blog Amelia's Wardrobe, ha
  • Shirt- Beyond Retro
  • Jacket- Vintage, Oldham Street, Manchester
  • Shorts- Beyond Retro
  • Headscarf- was it from The Shop?!?!
  • White liquid eyeliner- Illamasque
  • Black liquid eyeliner- Collection 2000
  • Nail polish- Nails Inc

Toodles to you bitches xx

(P.S. Title= lyrics to 'Third Eye' by Black Eyed Peas)

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Can You Read Thoughts? Can You Read Palms? Can You Predict The Future? Can You See Storms Coming??...

My hair has been a constant source of frustration for the last few weeks; it's too long to be restrained and too short for any real styling *sigh*. Also I can't help but get angry with waiting for it to grow- I know we all go through it but it's worse than watching paint dry when you don't even have a protective style to tuck it away in.... Misery, misery.

Anyway this is a quick progress check as people keep asking me where my hair's at right now...

Hair dry and combed out 

Hair after shower, naturally drying with small application of John Frieda frizz ease...

Left side of head

Right side of head

Top of head

Back of head

So as you see my hair has grown but not half as much as people keep saying!! I think it's the sides that are really killing me- why must they grow so much slower than the top?!?!?!?

 I don't do actual length checks cos I think they can be really discouraging and distract you from the overall goal, especially in these early stages, but pulled i'd say my longest strands of hair on the top of my head are almost 3/4 of an inch (at the time of writing- Tuesday 23rd July) and my hair has been growing for nearly 7 weeks.

My Essentials for the following weeks:

From top to bottom they are: Biotin, Cod liver oil and an empty body spray bottle i'm using to spritz my hair with water before I seal it with oil.
I'm rubbish at keeping up with taking supplements but a lot of people have recommended Biotin so i'll give it a go and Cod Liver Oil is something i've been wanting to start using for a long time anyway.
I will update you on how effective I think the supplements are!

If you have any suggestions or stories to share feel free to comment or drop me a e-mail.

Toodles to you bitches xx

(P.S. Title = lyrics to 'Patience' by Nas & Damien Marley)

P.P.S. Did anyone else go to Lovebox on Sunday specifically for Lil Kim only to find her set cancelled last minute??? Bloody outrageous!!!!!!!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Oh You're Different, You're Different From The Former, Like A Fresh Battery I'm Energised By You...

Back!!!... Still as fed up with my wardrobe as ever but at least my blog is looking kinda refreshed... New layout, new header (designed by Layla) and a new blog name to boot... I'm now Zizzi's Locker (though my url will remain the same), to reflect the fact that I don't only blog about my clothes.

Today i'm sporting a top I bought in Afflecks Palace a few weeks ago. You can't really tell in the pics but it's pretty see through and perfect for the baking weather we've been having in London recently as it's probably the closest you can get to being naked without actually being naked, ha...

  • Top- Afflecks Palace (Manchester)
  • Necklace- Forever 21
  • Lion earrings- Forever 21
  • Rings- Forever 21
... I expect i'll be wearing this a lot over the next few weeks, might wear it to Lovebox next weekend actually, hmmmmm.

My hair has been growing for 5/6 weeks now and i've got all kinds of ranting to do about that in my next post...

Toodles to you bitches xx

(P.S. Title = Lyrics to 'New' by No Doubt)