Momma Told Me: In ribbons and bows...
Every little girl dreams of being a princess. Yes, even the tomboys like me spend time as a child jealously eying the popular kids, and carefully planning pretend lives for their dolls (even if they happen to be G.I. Joes). I was never a girly girl; Momma never taught me how to style my hair, or makeup techniques, my first Homecoming dress came from Hot Topic, and my Prom dress was just as unconventional, hand designed by me. I'm the sort of girl who would have happily taken on the Duck Tape Stuck at Prom challenge, if resources had been available, and puts on neon blue eyeshadow 'just because'. I'm a little bit quirky, hopelessly vintage romantic, and extremely expressive. The best part of being a girl, in my opinion? Being able to change faces 100 times a year; clothing, hair, makeup- they're all tools for expression that let others see just a tiny piece of who I really am.
I've been blogging on Momma Told Me for almost 3 years, originally a very humble blog determined to infuse personality with integrity driven posts and childhood tales. Thanks to the blog I've been inspired to go beyond my comfort zone on multiple occasions, had some amazingly exclusive opportunities, and met the coolest people. Some of my original readers are still around today, a few of them (like Mrs. Mary B.) have even become quasi family. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of depth my online friends and readers have behind those screens- For example, take one of my original fans, Christine; a huge supporter of the original Priscilla Dawn posts, and enthusiastic winner to many giveaways. It didn't take long for me to friend her on Facebook, and I instantly fell in love with her bubbly character and ever-changing styles. Christine is very much like a living doll herself, always consumed in Pink with curly locks and a friendly smile. Speaking of those locks, I have always admired her style, especially her hair; she is always seen online with the cutest accessories!
I don't know why I was surprised to hear Christine made her own headgear, she's clearly a talented woman in photography, modeling, and fun. So, when she reached out to me to take a look at her emerging hair accessory brand I was quite tickled. Her online shop was no different than her, and covered in comfortable shots of her as well- It seems Christine is the perfect model for her merchandise. I especially enjoy all the colorful, gorgeous, wigs she models alongside her creations. At Juicy Bows you'll find unique bows and headbands with vintage and (on the other spectrum) cartoon inspiration. There are the lifelike Hello Kitty clip in style bows and headbands, or the Turban Headbands and Satin Bows. While one creates a very natural, 60s bombshell, look- the others are more playful and whimsical. Both are captivating, and sure to catch stares and compliments.
Right now my favorite style is the Sweetheart Style Headband in Vanilla Cream, which can easily be styled for a trip to the beach, gym, or even a trip to the mall. It looks extremely comfortable, with the easy stretch, wide band, and can be worn with hair down, or an updo.The Minnie Mouse inspired bows are also adorable for big kids at heart, and the Hello Kitty bows are the perfect costume addition, or statement accessory. There simply are too many style ideas and themes at Juicy Bows, there's something for everyone! I highly suggest you all stop on by to discover your new favorite accessory- those headbands can fix a styling nightmare in a pinch, great for when you wake up late! Lucky for you I had a chance to experience Christine's Etsy Shop firsthand when a bubble mailer arrived on my doorstep with 2 beautifully wrapped headbands.
Both pieces came nestled inside tissue paper, within a gift ready bag (also great for storage); the Pink Satin Bow and Black Band Headband protected from crushing with lightly stuffed tissue paper. As a girl who typically resorts to clip in hair accents, which Juicy Bows offers as well, I was a little hesitant of the headbands. One was a very narrow elastic, while the other was a soft, wide, cotton turban headband with bow. While the Pink Satin Bow falls under the Medium size bow category, it seems to be just right in size for me head, and my typically styled straight hair. My locks will always naturally wave, and 'fluff' up in volume without meticulous drying, so I'm glad to know I can wear this accessory either way. This bow was not only very lightweight and invisible to wear, but held in place for hours without any adjustments.I like that a little bit of the black band can be seen on either side of the bow, similar to a classic headband style, but is otherwise invisible in styling.
Without a doubt the Black Turban Headband Bow was a huge hit all around. Right away I knew I was going to fall in love with the vintage styling and practicality of a wide cotton band. Not only can I wear this during late night beauty routines, to keep stray strands away from my face, but it styles perfectly with everyday wear for a soft, yet bold statement. This piece can be styled so many ways, but I chose to wear it day long with my hair down on Sunday, for (bowling) league. Not only did I get endless compliments and inquires (I should have had Christine's business cards on hand!), but the other half kept going out of his way to remark how much he liked the 'bow'. And, you know, when a guy says you should wear an accessory more often, it's really made an impact! This piece made it through 3 games of bowling without a lock of hair out of place. I actually would adjust the wide band down over my ears (beneath my hair) to keep my ears warm when we'd go outside, so it doubled for warmth, and is also very easy to hand wash and clean. This is my favorite piece, by far, but I'm sure I'll be back soon to add to my collection.
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