I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I love the drama, the plotting and scheming, the set designs, costumes, and in particular the hair styles. I love the hairstyles of the female characters, some simple and some complex like Daenerys Targaryen’s. Lately, when trying to recreate these looks I found that if you can master a basic plait and a french braid you could then go on to create the more complex looks. Try these steps to create your own Game of Thrones hairstyle.
1. Separate your hair into 3 equal strands. Hold 2 strands with your right hand, 1 section in your palm and the 2nd section held between the pointer and middle finger.Hold the third strand in your left hand.
2. Take the middle strand and place it over the left strand, then bring the left strand under so that it’s now in the middle.
3. Move the right strand under the middle strand.
4. Move the middle strand over the left.
5. The strand that is now in the middle goes over the right.
6. Keep repeating steps 4 & 5 till you get to the end and secure with an elastic.
Use your thumb to guide each movement and to keep the strands even and tidy.
Make a basic plait with the hair at the base of your scalp or make smaller ones on the side of you hair and then pin them in different draping styles or as a band.
1. Take a small section of hair from the top of the head and the separate into 3 strands crossing right over middle and then left over middle.
2. Switch all of the strands over to your left hand and keep strands separated.
3. Gather a small even section from the right side of the head with your right hand and add it to the right strand.
4. Bring the strand you have just added to, over to the middle and bring the middle strand to the right.
5. Switch hands and keep all strands separate, so that the left hand will be free.
6. Gather a section of hair from the left side of the head. Add this to the left strand.
7. Bring the left strand over to the middle and bring the middle section to the left.
8. Repeat steps 2 and 3 till you get to the end of the hair and secure with an elastic.
Events of the past few weeks led me to believe I had become a time traveler Travelling backwards and forwards in time, not in years, months, weeks or days, but in seconds. Never more than several seconds at a time, but long enough for me to notice a gap in time where something had changed, of which I had no memory of doing anything to facilitate the change.
The time traveler's wife is one of my favorite books and I found myself being able to relate to Henry DeTamble and the time travelling predicament he was in. Feeling it best to keep this realization to myself till I could provide believable evidence of seeing/meeting the future/historic me, I kept this secret hidden away. That is until my time travelling was witnessed by Mr B.
It appears I had slipped into an old and disliked habit of not being in the present. I would start a conversation or activity and before fulfilling it I would be on to my next thought and be fully absorbed in it, whereby not being aware of those seconds of finishing what I had started. Mr B had to fill in the gaps of what had occurred, not because I had forgotten, but because I wasn't consciously in that present moment long enough to create a memory of it.
I've begun channeling my personal totem, the bee. Why a bee? It reminds me to ‘be in the present’ and because I think they are beautiful little creatures that make honey and wax for candles, and importantly play a significant role in the world. I wouldn't mind being a real time traveler, though I’m happy to be here in the present and not miss a thing.
Is it just me or have tv shows become really scary? I do love a good horror/thriller/crime show on tv, particularly if it’s a part of a series, and I admit some of my favorite ones have the word vampire or criminal in its title. Dexter is also a firm favorite in my household, which really isn’t for the squeamish, though there were a couple of episodes in season 6 where I did cover my eyes with my hands and then peek through my fingers.
Season 1 of American Horror story was horrifically addictive and I was eagerly looking forward to season 2. However after watching a couple of episodes I decided it wasn’t for me as I was becoming too scared to watch it. Thinking it had something to do with my tastes maturing I tuned into a new show called Hannibal, an intelligent thriller. My friends, I’ll be honest, this show scares the bejesus out of me! The terror experienced watching an episode, the increased heart rate and nightmares that followed after the first episode was enough of a reason to throw in the hannibal towel.
Perhaps my viewing tastes have matured like a fine wine or maybe the shows are more scary, and S for scary needs to be added to the Australian Classification guide.
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There’s been a lot of talk about Angelina Jolie and her mastectomy in the media this week, and as a result it’s been a hot topic amongst many people around the world. In this instance talking about boobs is a conversation worth having, particularly with your G.P if you’re not sure what it all means. Pink Hope is a charity worth looking into as it designed to inspire and support people to be proactive with their health. If there is a history of breast or ovarian cancer, taking preventative measures can ensure a longer and fulfilling life and the first step towards this is to talk to a doctor. If necessary they can recommend the relevant test to detect a gene mutation.
“BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that belong to a class of genes known as tumor suppressors. Mutations of these genes have been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. A woman's risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits the harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Men with these mutations also have an increased risk of breast cancer.” Source: National Cancer Institute.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer four and a half years ago and I can tell you it is a crap experience. With no history of the disease in my family, I did have the genetic test just in case someone along the line had a lapse in memory (turns out they were right, I was the first in the family). Coming through the other end of a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, breast reconstruction, and hormone therapies, I’d love for everyone to be breast aware and consider preventative measures if there is a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Treatment is a far worse alternative to preventative measures.
If you or someone you know would like to read about what it’s like to receive a diagnosis and go through treatment and recovery,‘The things I learnt about cancer without doing a Google search” is my personal story. It’s available on iBooks, Kindle and Smashwords.