So today the "Seaside" bustle gown had it's debut! It was a warm day but the breeze off the ocean kept me from getting too hot and the light striped cotton was just the thing for a Victorian stroll along the bluffs above the Pacific.
I wore some tiny bluebell earrings I'd gotten years ago, just because they matched the blue in the dress, and a cameo pendant that had once been my great-grandmother's on a blue velvet ribbon round my neck. The parasol is an antique I got at the DC "Big Flea" years ago. It's in very good shape actually and quite sturdy, just a bit stained in a few places.
Since the day before had been scorching and today was also supposed to be hot too I formed a cunning plan to keep cool: after my shower I put my wet hair up in a bun. My hair dries incredibly slowly so I knew it would help keep my head cool all afternoon - and it did. Then I put a bun of fake hair over my bun and a long switch of curled hair underneath.
I'd bought one of those cheap long straight switches of hair attached to a jaw clip just for the hair. It was synthetic but a nice quality and just my color. I cut off part of the switch, braided it, and added it to the bun to make it even bigger. The other part I left intact on the wig lace. But I didn't want straight hair, I wanted curls. So I rolled the hair up on sponge rollers, put it in the sink and poured boiling water over it followed by cold water. I took the curlers out and voila - a nice little bunch of curls on a comb! It made my hair today totally fuss-free!