how to : style a pixie for a wedding

michelle_williams_pixie_beautyLast Friday I published a post on Floral Make-up in anticipation of our wedding anniversary photo shoot. Today I would like to show you my biggest hair inspiration for those who have a pixie cut, like I do. Or, as my mum would say, for people who hate hair.

When I was a little girl, my sister and I actually had very long, blonde hair. Then I went through my obsessed-with-my-older-brother and tomboy phase, from about grade 3 onwards. I had chin-length hair until high school, when I grew it long once again. Then, my fixation switched to Nicole Richie, and I cut my hair into a bob in university. Since then, it has only gotten shorter, then longer, then short again. I blogged about such changes here.

As Michelle Williams has said, “I feel like myself with short hair.” I couldn’t agree more. Like any individual, I have a lot of insecurities when it comes to my appearance, and would change almost everything about me physically if I had the chance. What I wouldn’t change is the length of my hair. My mum and husband have said that it actually takes a lot of confidence to wear short hair. I don’t know if I would agree with that, given that I have always been very shy and have almost none. What I feel is more comfortable when it’s short. I love the feeling of having it almost shaved up the back, just barely covering my ears so that my only piece of jewelry (my earrings) are peeking out from underneath, and have side-swept bangs. Also, it takes about 20 minutes to wash, dry, and style. How could I not prefer shorter over longer length? 

Additionally, I have had every colour of hair that you can think of. Being a natural blonde, but also very pale, I hate how the colour seems to wash my skin out. I tend to not wear a lot of make-up, and I also idolize natural beauties like Marion Cotillard and Audrey Tautou. It took nearly 10 years of experimenting with different shades of brunette colour, then going back to blonde in between, but I finally feel as if we have found the right one. I also love how low-maintenance it is. Now, I can go 2-3 months without having to colour it again, whereas when I was bleach blonde, it was more like 2-3 weeks. Now, whether you like it or not, you know the backstory of my hair.

With all of that being said, it baffles me as to how many Pinterest pins of wedding styles are dedicated to up-dos and hair extensions. Where are the pixie cuts? Granted, you can’t do much with short hair except change the part, maybe add a wave, and a cute accessory. So, I would like to show you my favourite styles from my favourite actresses and pixie inspirations. Starting with Michelle, the reason why I cut my hair in the first place.

301003a84a9885b141a5f612a02a80801. Michelle Williams

tumblr_mmwjdcZhze1qgcmbyo2_r1_4002. Emily Browning

Mia_Wasikowska_0073. Mia Wasikowska

audrey-tautou4. Audrey Tautou

farrowclover5. Mia Farrow

Audrey-Hepburn-Pixie-597x7626. Audrey Hepburn

zoë-kravitz7. Zoë Kravitz. (In having just seen Mad Max, I honestly have a desire to cut my hair like this! She was so badass.)

So, my little pixie lovers, I hope that this was enough hair-porn to sustain you for awhile. I will be choosing one of these styles for our upcoming photo shoot, which is actually only a few days away.

<3

Emory

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leftover turkey sandwich : kinfolk recipe

Kinfolk_Vol14_LunchboxCranberry sauce reimagined into spiced chutney sets this sandwich off with a sweet and savory note while the Brie adds a creamy finish.

The Lunch Box: Leftover Turkey Sandwich With Cranberry Chutney

Ingredients:

(For the spiced cranberry chutney)
2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) extra-virgin olive oil
4 shallots, peeled and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 cup (240 milliliters) prepared cranberry sauce

(For the sandwich)
Dijon mustard
2 slices sourdough bread
1⁄4 cup (10 grams) lightly packed sliced radicchio
3 ounces (85 grams) sliced roasted turkey

2 ounces (55 grams) sliced Brie 

Method:

For the cranberry chutney: Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots, garlic, ginger, salt and dried red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots soften and become translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cranberry sauce and increase the heat to medium-high until simmering. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 2 to 3 minutes to allow the flavors to come together. Let cool, and then taste to adjust the seasoning. The chutney will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

For the sandwich: Spread a thin layer of mustard on the bottom of a bread slice, followed by the radicchio, turkey and cheese. Spread a thick layer of cranberry chutney on the remaining bread slice and assemble to make a sandwich.

Recipe & Food Styling by Diana Yen Photograph by Alice Gao Prop Styling by Kate S. Jordan

Kinfolk Magazine Turkey SandwichAlthough this recipe was in Volume 14 of The Winter Issue, I find that sandwiches are more of a summer meal than a winter one. I will have to make this for my beloved Geoffrey, as I know that it’ll give him something to look forward to on his lunch break.

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Emory

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how to: brew pour over coffee

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About a month ago, I came across a ‘how to’ video on Kinfolk Magazine’s website. It showed viewers the steps in brewing the perfect cup of pour over coffee. You can see it here.

Having been a barista and manager of several coffee shops for several years (I did go to university after all), I am always intrigued on all things related to coffee and tea. Any coffee lover has probably at some point in their lives wanted to own coffee brew system at home for single cups of coffee, and I’m not talking about K-Cups.

I’ve been scouting out several different coffee brews, but have never known which one to buy, nor how to use them. Urban Outfitters has several, and I may just resort to their website to supply me with a pour over set.

After the video ended, I said something like, “Whoa, that’s a process.”

Geoffrey, who was sitting at the table behind me, replied, “How to make the perfect cup of coffee. One, wake up at the crack of dawn. Two, start growing your own coffee tree.” And so on.

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The video was actually very informative, and although there are quite a few steps, the entire process doesn’t actually take that long. Watching the barista go through the directions has only reaffirmed my desire to own a coffee brewer. If you would like to learn more about the making of coffee, from planting the seeds to how it gets to you, visit here.

Do you have any pour over coffee tips for me?

<3

Emory

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help canada choose a national bird

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Do you live in Canada or the United States? If you do, then you can take part in this survey hosted by Canadian Geographic magazine. By doing so, you will help Canada pick its national bird!

Some options for Canada’s national bird include:

Whiskey Jack
Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Whooping Crane
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Tundra Swan
Snowy Owl

I chose my favourite bird, the Canada Goose. Which one would you pick?

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Emory

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home & harvest

HomeHarvest1Many of my HSB fans are aware of the fact that I am also a freelance writer, and have written for a small number of publications around North America. I steadily write for one of my more favourite online magazines, which is entitled HaveHeart. Very recently, the magazine has gone from being solely online to newly printed format! What’s more, in the first week alone, 5000 copies of HaveHeart were picked up by readers. Apparently this number was expected to last two months. Hey, the sky’s the limit when it comes to dreaming big.

HomeHarvest4While this news should warrant a post in itself, the same woman that does 99% of the behind-the-scenes work herself for HaveHeart, has bravely chosen to create another printed magazine to target a much different audience. This captivating publication is called Home & Harvest. The caption for the new magazine says that it’s “devoted to celebrating the lovely life and community of the Palouse!” 

Heather, my editor of both mags, picked two of my DIYs that were once featured in HaveHeart, and had them published in the premiere issue of Home & Harvest!

HomeHarvest2One was the Wood and Wire DIY.

HomeHarvest3The other was the Make Your Own Snow Globe. Little did I know that upon creating it nearly one year ago, that it would eventually land me a regular writing position for two magazines.

This month’s issue features my Reindeer Plate Tutorial.

HomeHarvest5The first issue of Home & Harvest turned out just beautifully, and the second was very recently put into print. Heather and her husband Tony are doing such an amazing job. I can only imagine how difficult, stressful, time-consuming, and yet, fun and rewarding it must be to have not only one circulating magazine, but now two! I most definitely feel proud every time that I see my own name in print, and I look forward to collecting these monthly issues and adding them to my own collection of freelance work.

Please take your time and read Home & Harvest. If you like my blog, then I know that you will love this magazine!

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Emory

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