Plop it like it’s hot!

It’s no secret that I love talking hair and I love trying new styles and techniques (I was featured on Whoorl here & here AGES ago). As you can see, my hair was fairly curly back then. I did straighten it about once a week, but this never seemed to effect the overall condition of my hair. It would go straight back to curly after washing.

When I moved to London six years ago, my curls seemed to abandon me as soon as I left Canadian soil. No matter what I tried, they just weren’t the same. My hair would look curly while still wet, but as my hair dried the curls fell out and just looked limp and untidy. I like my hair to look good or at least decent so I spent the next five years living my life with straightened hair.

Throughout these five years, I did try to rejuvenate my curls with deep conditioning treatments, oils and masks, but to no avail. I resigned myself to the fact that I would never have nice, curly hair again when I stumbled across this video on YouTube. Now, my hair is kind of an asshole and usually these sorts of gimmicky tricks just don’t work. I was definitely sceptical, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway.

I plopped my freshly washed, combed through with product, hair into one of my old, long sleeved Gap t-shirts, went to bed and crossed my fingers that I would wake up with beautiful natural curls in the morning.

And, you guys – I’m shocked, it totally worked!

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I’ve tried plopping it overnight and plopping my hair for a couple hours in the morning and both work great (although I’m not sure Martin is particularly enamoured with this new, sexy bedtime look). I’ve been wearing my hair curly for the passed two weeks and it’s been so nice not having to bother with a blow dryer or a flat iron.

If you have curly or wavy hair, definitely give this a try and let me know how it goes!

xx BHF

No two ever the same.

Since moving to the new apartment, we’ve experienced some spectacular sunsets. On more than one occasion, usually during dinner, I’ve dropped what I was doing to pick up my camera and capture the cotton candy skies. They truly never are the same one day to the next, or even one moment to the next, and I never tire of witnessing (or photographing) them.

xx BHF

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Crocheting – not just for grannies!

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Last Autumn I felt compelled to learn a new craft. I’d tried knitting a few times in my life, but just never stuck with it long enough to complete anything other than a small tea towel (a craft my mom suggested when I moved back home during summer break in University).  IMG_1896

Back then we also didn’t have YouTube. You can learn how to do anything on YouTube these days (I just learned how to “oil pull” this morning – stay tuned!). So I decided to try crocheting instead – one less stick to worry about.

Since I started learning this craft in November I’ve made 3 scarves, 2 blankets, 1 hat toque, 1 headband and 4 amigurumi mice.

IMG_1929Once you get the basics down, it’s fairly simple to learn new stitches. My favourite has been the simple single stitch. I also love my trips to the craft store to pick out yarn for a new project. I recently ventured down to their lower level and it’s a craft junkie’s heaven down there (plus, it’s super clean and organised because Switzerland). It took some serious willpower to stop myself from buying all of the things. But I will be back…I’m talking to you, magical bead counter.

IMG_2012If you’ve got some spare time to fill and like to create things for yourself and loved ones I definitely recommend taking up crocheting. But I warn you, it is very addictive and you will become that woman…the one crocheting on public transit.

xx BHF

Helpful YouTube links to get you started:

Single Stitch

Amigurumi Mouse

Magic Circle

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My thoughts on being [not so] new to this.

I’ve been writing at “Bored Hausfrau” for about a month now, but I’ve been blogging for almost 10 years…10 YEARS! I started my first blog in August of 2004. I was 21, in my 4th year of university and I had just started my 2nd UBC Arts Co-op work placement at a large, Canadian insurance company in Downtown Vancouver.  It was an eight month placement and for the first few months while they were working out the kinks and logistics of our project, there was literally NOTHING for us to do. A friend had started a blog and sent me the link, so I thought why not start one myself? I was obsessed with Sex and the City at the time, as a single woman living in a big city, so I decided to name my blog  “Bryanna and the City“.

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I posted regularly on this blog for a few years. I went through two relationships, a few jobs and countless dating catastrophes; all of which I documented in detail. This was the blogging era when blogs were online journals; rarely specialised like the fashion, travel, foodie and photography blogs of today. My main readers were family and some friends, but I also became part of a small blogging community as well. It was such a thrill getting to know the authors behind the blogs that I followed. I even met up with a few of them, which was kind of awesome. Over the years, for one reason or another, I stopped writing on this blog regularly. It became a chore and I felt that my content was being stifled by certain followers.

When I moved to London in 2009, I decided to create a new blog. I called it “Vodka. And Chaka Khan.” after a line in Bridget Jones’s Diary. Before I moved to London I went through a year of ridiculous dating drama and decided that I would, like Bridget says, “choose Vodka and Chaka Khan” over bad men. I wrote on this blog for a couple of years, mainly about my weird/funny experiences  in London.

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I got the itch to start blogging again in the spring of 2013. I wanted this new blog to be about fashion and design. I only wrote 5 entries before I lost interest. I called it “Parva Pirum”, Latin for small pear. I’m short and pear shaped, so I thought it was an interesting title and I liked the alliteration.

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Bored Hausfrau was created a couple of months into my move to Switzerland. I had a lot more time to get back into photography, cooking, DIY and traveling. I wanted a space to collect all of these things. It’s been great getting back into it. I really do enjoy thinking up posts, taking and editing the photos and writing the entries. It’s a bit strange as I feel like the new kid on the block, but in actuality I’ve been doing this for quite a while. I guess this is how “mature” students feel when they go back to university years after getting their degrees.

I’m hoping to continue writing here as long as it remains enjoyable. Whether it’s one year or another ten, I guess I’ll have to just wait and see!

xx BHF

La vie en Suisse: Paper Recycling

recycling 008Recycling in Switzerland is complicated, but very thorough. I’m used to Bexley Council rules where each household gets 5 bins; three small bins for paper/cardboard, glass and metal/plastic and 2 large wheelie bins for general household refuse and garden waste.

In Switzerland there are very specific rules regarding waste management and recycling. Household refuse is picked up twice weekly and must be packed into specific blue garbage bags which you can buy from the supermarket or post office (they come in three different sizes and are quite expensive).  Glass, which you sort between white, green and brown, must be taken to a designated recycling bin in your area. Plastic can be recycled at most supermarkets, however, it’s the paper recycling that fascinates me the most.

When I first witnessed a pile of neatly tied up parcels of paper on the pavement, I instantly thought of the song, “My Favourite Things”, from The Sound of Music. More specifically the lyrics “brown paper packages tied up with string” as the neatly tied up bundles of paper looked like wrapped gifts on the side of the road.

I’m used to just chucking my paper recycling into the green paper bin and forgetting about it.  It takes a lot more effort to organise your recycling like this:

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My strategy is to sandwich smaller items like cardboard packaging, envelopes and paper in between the newspapers. This allows for a very uniform parcel, which satisfies my OCD tendencies as well. I have to be honest though, for the first couple of months I didn’t bother with this and binned most of our paper recycling. Now that I’ve done it a couple of times though, I’m definitely on board with this quirky Swiss custom.

Is recycling common and readily available in your country?

xx BHF