My Signature Summer Look {Tag!}

Nath at Beautycalypse  is hosting a  Signature Summer Look Tag for green beauty bloggers because, as she says,  “why should make-up brands have ALL THE FUN”
of determining what should be the signature style of the season.

I am not a green beauty blogger. I don’t wear make-up and it’s not summer, here, but I want to have FUN, so this is my take on Nath’s Tag.  In its own way, it’s very green, both in the ecological sense and in its naivety.

Here is my adventuring with signature style. ~

A flock of nymphs I chanced to espy,……
And each one had a little wicker basket
Made of the finest twigs, entrailed curiously,
In which they gather’d flowers to fill their flasket……

Two of those nymphs meanwhile two garlands bound
Of freshest flowers which in that mead they found,
The which presenting all in trim array,
Their snowy foreheads therewithal they crown’d;

 from Prothalamion by Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

 

 

Calm was the day, and through the trembling air
Sweet-breathing Zephyrus did softly play – 

from Prothalamion by Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

 

So what thinkest thee?  I had fun. Did you?

The only slight ‘downer’ on my fun was that I was only brave enough to venture in to town with one of my signature styles; and it wasn’t one of my better efforts. If people noticed at all, it would have been to wonder if I had been working in the garden,  had become entangled in a bush, and had forgotten to check in the mirror before leaving the house, bush in tow. 😦  Sigh.  Also a touch sad is that I live in a society that deems it natural (  indeed, almost obligatory ) to disguise gray/white hair with unnatural dyes, and deems it unnatural ( if not eccentric ) to appear in public, on an every day basis,  with  natural flowers in one’s hair.

 

~~
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it fall and die that night;
It was the plant, and flower of light.
In small proportions we just beauties see,
And in short measures life may perfect be.

from Proportion by Ben Jonson ( c. June 11 1572 – August 6 1637)

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123 thoughts on “My Signature Summer Look {Tag!}

  1. violetski

    Ah, such a beautiful post, beautiful photos, dear Gallivanta ❤️! Loooooooooooovvveeee your hair decorated with many flowers or leaves❤️
    Your are so creative dear freind❤️❤️❤️
    xxx

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  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    wow wow and wow again! i have enjoyed the ‘string’ of posts that i have missed, but this one was so very personal and special! it’s sometimes nice to come along in a tardy manner, as the bonus is getting to read the amazing comments!

    amiga, you are so talented and sensitive and kind, and the globe is studded with people who adore you!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Awww, you are so kind. Next time we go on a magic carpet ride I am coming with flowers in my hair. How about you? An hibiscus in your hair as well as one to eat and one for your drink!

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  3. lagottocattleya

    You look truly beautiful wearing flowers. Your hair is exquisite – wish mine would go that silvery hue…it is mousy grey…
    What a lovely comment from one of your readers about her mother’s hair – how she barely had the time to fix it but grabbed some flowers on her way from the garden only. And how much her husband appreciated that…Beautiful.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Wasn’t that a lovely comment from Sheri? It really touched me; that those few flowers were part of a loving relationship and greatly appreciated by both partners. And, Ann-Christine, I am more amazed than anyone that my hair is finally attaining a silvery hue. I thought it would never get to that stage! Also, I was highly amused to read in the fashion pages of the Press today that plaits and dishevelled hair were the in-style at the moment. I think I officially qualify as trendy. 😀 😀 😀

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  4. LucyJartz

    I have actually had to walk past, under, through a crepe myrtle bush to get to my car, and missed a few entangled blossoms and twigs… yours looks much better. 🙂

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  5. Britt Skrabanek

    Your natural hair is gorgeous! Agreed on everything you said about the obligatory dye job later in life. It’s sad, really. I used to wear flowers in my hair all the time in middle school during my in-your-face hippie phase. The other kids made fun of me but I felt pretty so I didn’t care. : )

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      And that old nursery rhyme is well known to me. However, I didn’t know, until now, that it was this very nursery rhyme that brought Ella Fitzgerald to wide public acclaim in 1938. I didn't actually check flasket; I assumed it was some kind of basket for flower gathering; good to know I was right. Flasket makes me think of a contraction of flowers and basket, in the same way we make up words like bromance.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          And what did your sources say about Bro? Elizabeth Barrett Browning called her favourite brother Bro, so it is not the modern word that I assumed it to be.

      1. Steve Schwartzman

        The Wikipedia article on bromance says that “Bromance is a portmanteau of the words bro or brother and romance. Editor Dave Carnie coined the term in the skateboard magazine Big Brother in the 1990s to refer specifically to the sort of relationships that develop between skaters who spent a great deal of time together.”

        The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online) claims the first known use of bro dates from 1838.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Natural beauty is wonderful isn’t it, Alex? I think with easy access to make-up and jewellery, we have forgotten a little bit about using natural adornments.

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  6. melodylowes

    Ooh, I love them all. Especially the rosemary and lavender. You would smell so good, you would soon have a following down the street. And THAT would be enough to write a poem about – Spenser eat his heart out. I do think it a sad thing to find that our society frowns on such things as – shock and horror – going gray, or the wearing of live flowers. I say DO IT! I am allowing myself to gray without covering because I am determined that the real me is ENOUGH, so I am rebelling against the system. Your hair is so pretty as is. Don’t cave! 😉

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I love your inner rebel shining out in the future silvering of your hair. Silvering is my new word thanks to Kerry’s comment. And, yes, rosemary and lavender smell so wonderful, no matter how strangely they may be arranged in one’s hair. I am trying to imagine me with a following on the street…..mmmmm??? I think I prefer WordPress followers. 😀

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      They do lift our spirits and souls; for me, more than fine jewellery. I would give almost anything for one of the beautiful hibiscuses you featured in your latest post.

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  7. Clanmother

    I have been away from blogging for a few weeks of family and work projects. How refreshing to come back to your place! You look amazing. The older I become, the more I enjoy being exactlfy what I want to be!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Sheryl, it was very tricky! However, I am sure it would get easier with practice. And some flowers are more suitable for hair adornment than others, as I soon discovered.

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  8. KerryCan

    This might be the coolest thing you’ve ever done! I love the look and wish I had long hair so I could get on board–if we all did it, we could be at the leading edge of a trend! And we could make naturally “silvering” hair the trend, too!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      We could, indeed! And I love your choice of the word ‘silvering’. That is going to be my ‘mot’ from now on eg my hair began silvering when I was in my thirties. Sounds so elegant.

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  10. BEAUTYCALYPSE

    This is so, so beautiful – I’m very lucky to have you as a blog friend, and absolutely happy that you’ve joined the fun! x

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      So much fun, Nath. As I mentioned in another comment, I am in a bit of fluster over tax returns at the moment, otherwise you might see more examples of my floral style. I have the most beautiful camellia in a vase in front of me. I know it would just love to sit in my hair. 🙂

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      1. BEAUTYCALYPSE

        Well, I can’t wait to see your Christmas look 🙂 I simply LOVE how you own this tag.

        Oh, and camellias are so, so beautiful. Strangely, I have only seen them in pictures, but never in person :/

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Christmas! Okay now you have me thinking. Feijoa flowers come out about Christmas time and they would be perfect for hair adornment. Simply perfect. At this time of the year, camellias are everywhere. But they seem to bruise easily so don’t stay looking nice for very long.

        2. BEAUTYCALYPSE

          Feijoa… wow! I haven’t seen the fruits since my childhood. I have no idea why or how but it’s been possible to get them in winter in Moscow 😀

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          That is amazing! You don’t need to watch all of this but I couldn’t find a smaller clip to show how my idol Aung San Suu Kyi wears flowers in her hair. I think it is subtle power dressing and a political statement all on its own.

        4. BEAUTYCALYPSE

          GNARF. Google and GEMA won’t let me see the video as but will try later tonight. Would love to see it!

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh dear! Is London summer being harsh on hair? Naomi, my hair is ridiculously thick, and takes forever to dry, even using a hairdryer, but I am lucky, in lots of ways, to have such a mop. It used to be quite curly in younger days; these days the curliness only appears if I am in a place with high humidity, which is not often. Do you think I would get a shot at a place in Vogue? 😀 😀 😀 😀 http://www.vogue.com/vogue-daily/article/revealed-vicki-woods-silver-hair/

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  11. The Twisted Yarn

    One word: beautiful. Silver hair is a gorgeous background against which to apply colour. (My own hair is slowly greying so I may be a little biased in this matter.) I love your pictures.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you JAA. I like them all, too, but my favourite is day one. It was also the easiest to do. Yesterday I found some daphne in an abandoned garden. I thought that would look good in my hair so I brought some home. Haven’t tried it yet because I have been too frazzled with sorting out tax returns. That task just makes my hair stand on end. 😀

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  12. Joanne Jamis Cain

    If my hair was longer and I was able to pull it back, your post would certainly inspire me to put the beautiful rose that is blooming in my garden this morning in my hair!
    I love that you went into town this way, and I bet more people noticed than you are aware of!

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  13. April

    I like your summer look. I can’t wait for my hair to fully turn gray. I’m not liking the look that I have place highlights. I want it all or nothing—but I won’t color it.

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  14. Mélanie

    excellent text, as usually… you’re classy, chic and elegant… ❤ btw, I studied Ben Johnson's works at college… 🙂
    * * *
    @"to disguise gray/white hair with unnatural dyes, and deems it unnatural ( if not eccentric ) to appear in public, on an every day basis, with natural flowers in one’s hair." – same here, in "old Europe"… 🙂 btw, I've had gray/white hair since the age of 30, I have plenty now and I've NEVER dyed it… and I'll NEVER will! 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Sadly, I did not study Ben Jonson in College. 😦 Studied very little poetry in my youth. I don’t mind if people want to colour their hair; but it’s not for me. And I would like that choice or that decision to be as valid as another person’s choice to colour her hair. The women in my family all start to grey in their thirties. I grew up knowing them with beautiful, gray, then pure white hair. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

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  15. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    One comment I’ll always remember from my father when referring to fresh flowers, “Your mother was never more beautiful than when she had flowers in her hair.” My mother was a rancher’s wife and didn’t have time for morning makeup rituals. Between 35-50 showed up at her table 3 times a day for each meal (the hired help for the ranch) plus she had children to care for and a household to run. Mom grew her own vegetable garden and late in the evening she tended her award winning flower gardens. She never purchased a single plant from a fancy catalog, money was saved for children’s education, etc. However, year after year, her flowers and overall beautification of the ranch won hands down. The flowers Mom had for her hair she grabbed on the run from the vegetable garden or fruit trees but I agree with Dad, Mom never looked more beautiful than when she had flowers in her hair. It’s a childhood memory that’s among my favorite. The same as my mother (although you are much younger), I bet any amount of money that you positively glow when you have flowers in your hair. It’s this back to nature that makes us beautiful and not what comes in a box. Think about the fancy packaging telling us that the make-up is made of the finest natural ingredients. What is more natural and fine than what mother nature has produced for our enjoyment?
    Go forth and enjoy the flowers – they are beautiful.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Dear Sheri, You are probably wondering why it is taking me so long to reply to your comment….it’s because I have been treasuring it, holding on to it for its sheer loveliness. I keep coming back to it and marvelling at your father’s joy in your mother’s flowers and your mother’s joy in placing the flower in her hair. Then I am imagining her beautiful gardens, flower and vegetable; and imagining the pleasure I would have had meeting your mother, with her flowers in her hair. I am always surprised by the comments that come to my post; I delight in them all but this comment has my heart overflowing with happiness.Thank you.

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      1. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

        Gallivanta – My dear, you evoke the most precious memories in my heart. As I was reading your beautiful blog, your words and photos of flowers in your hair and then the comment about the people in town may not have enjoyed the flowers in your hair, my memories cut lose and with tears streaming down my face; I wrote. There’s a quality about your blog that wings into my heart and I always read it multiple times and savor the beauty of your photos. My father was the romantic and I like to believe my mother wore the flowers in her hair out of her love for him and only him. Thank you for triggering this memory for me.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          What can I say but these are precious, precious words to my ears. Next time I put a flower in my hair I will remember this lovely memory of yours and smile.

  16. leapingtracks

    How beautiful you look! What a wonderful idea. I bet all the people who saw you when you were out and about were wondering how quickly they could get home to follow your style and try the same thing for themselves 🙂

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      1. leapingtracks

        Despite a heavy summer work schedule, I am delighted to say that we have friends visiting next weekend and will be taking that opportunity to do our fringe-partying with them. I am even more delighted to be able to confirm that we already have our tickets for Haka. That was one show we knew could not be missed when the brochure came out. You can be sure I will report back when we have seen it 🙂

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  17. Tiny

    Where’s the voting button? I’d vote for all of them 😀 They are gorgeous! It’s true that the society has tried to “norm” the styles we wear, but who cares!? We’re also not supposed to have long hair after a certain age…that’s when I grew my hair long!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Tiny! I tried to put in a voting poll, but I failed. I guess there is only so much new technology I can cope with in a week. Figuring out the Kindle used up my quota of brain power. 😀 I have had times of long hair and of short hair. When I got to 50, I decided that short hair was the way to go but my daughter was horrified. She encouraged me to grow it out again. She said,”Your hair will be much more interesting that way and more fun.” Which is true but, then, she doesn’t have to care for my hair and take the weight of it. 😀

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      1. Tiny

        I like your daughter 😀 Your hair looks really great the way it is now…and the extra care longer hair requires just gives us a bit more exercise 😉

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Exercise! Yes that’s a good way of looking at it. And attempting a plait keeps my fingers nimble. So many benefits to having long hair. 😉

  18. thecontentedcrafter

    I think they all look beautiful! And, further, I think you should entwine flowers in your beautiful silver hair regularly! It is long past time that we stopped caring what others think and also long past time for NZ to get over it’s ‘don’t be different, don’t stand out’ Victorian roots. I often wonder how long it would take to start a new fashion going if one just did something like this and carried on happily with their life, influencing others by their beauty and ease and playfulness!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I wonder! Probably would take an awfully long time in the South Island. My love of flowers (on one’s person) stems from my Fiji childhood. This video was made a little before I was born but, in parts, it shows the lovely, natural relationship between the body and flowers that I remember so well. In other parts, it is just a great old-style news reel. Enjoy.

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      1. thecontentedcrafter

        Great Scott! I remember that tour! I was 4 years old and lined up excitedly with hundreds of others along the side of the road somewhere between Wellington and Plimmerton in my new ‘bunny wool cardigan’ and my little flag with my favourite aunt. It was so hot and we waited so long. Then they whizzed past in an enclosed car and she didn’t have her crown on. I was devastated!

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          NO CROWN! I can imagine your disappointment. I don’t remember that tour but I do remember the excitement of later tours. And, in more recent years, I was standing quite close to the Queen when she came out from Rehua Marae in Christchurch. I was very taken with the beauty of her skin. Exquisite.

      2. thecontentedcrafter

        I know some Pacific Island women here who wear flowers in their hair [in summer] – you can claim the same right with your Fijian heritage 🙂 Those old newsreels are amazing to watch now – I used to think they were so condescending – now I think they are wonderfully informative 🙂 I did enjoy, thank you!

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Hooray, for the Pacific Island women keeping up their traditions. One of the cashiers at a nearby supermarket wears a fabric frangipani in her hair sometimes; it brightens my day to see it, even if it’s not ‘real’.

  19. Lavinia Ross

    I like to think every season has its beauty, including winter. Gray/silver and white hair are beautiful in their own right. Many people think I have frosted mine, but Mother Nature did it all on her own, and is now a mix of silver and light blonde with reddish highlights.

    Your hair looks beautiful – no need to color it!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Mother Nature did a wonderful job for you. And, yes, every season has its beauty. When I was very little I had the most beautiful blonde curls. They were perfect then but wouldn’t suit me at all, now. 😉

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  20. vsperry

    beautiful…and you are so lucky that even in winter you can clip things from the garden. If I did that, my hair would have a lot of twigs. At least until the witchazel started blooming.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks Virginia. Yes, there’s always something about in the garden. But, hey, sticks could look fine. You could weave them in to a very artistic comb of some sort. 😉

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        1. pleisbilongtumi

          No, Noting monitoring.

          I can imagine how lovely your silvery hairs is with white moon orchids on or the bright-spotted purple orchids from my garden and even I love to see our scent yellow-white frangipanies being tucked on the hairs. 😉

        2. pleisbilongtumi

          Thank you, Gallivanta. It is really a miracle, a miracle that descended from heaven! he is a man with 68 years old of age, on August 11 he was declared by the doctor that his life was going away. his kidneys, liver, and brain had been damaged and not functioning anymore due to the sudden heart attack on August 7 and hospitalized for 5 days until he was brought home by his family for this reason, in a very critical condition.
          A miracle came to him. Now he is recovering without medical treatment at all.

          I wish I could write about the happening, but it is a long story to be written here.

          God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

  21. Mrs. P

    My favorites are the three on the left with the top left being my absolute favorite. So impressive that you did this with live plants. Had I been there with you, I would have proudly walked the streets with you…buds a blooming and white hair whisping out behind it. I think the gray hair is a nice compliment to the flowers, not sure that color behind it would look good at all.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Mrs P, if you were here with me, you could arrange the flowers for me, and I could arrange some for you, and then we could go a walking together. It’s very tricky trying to put flowers in one’s own hair. I managed some quite hilarious arrangements before I got a look that seemed more or less okay.

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