January 8, 2013

The great wig unveiling!


1940s winter skirt and turtleneck outfit, image_1


Outfit details

1940s black felt hat with red and light pink bands: eBay
Silver hop earrings: dollar store in Kelowna
Black turtleneck sweater: Thrifted (Salvation Army)
Vintage silver tone arrow rose brooch: eBay
1940s style grey a-line skirt: Thrifted (Value Village)
Red bangle bracelet: Forever 21
Black carved bangle bracelet: Ten Thousand Villages
Leopard cuff black velvet gloves: eBay
Red vintage purse: etsy seller I Love Vintage Stuff
Black opaque tights: (probably) Arden
Black 1940s style shoes: Thrifted (Salvation Army)
Lip colour: MAC Russian Red

Photography by Antonio Cangiano
 
 

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1940s winter skirt and turtleneck outfit, image_8 (vintage rose arrow brooch)
 
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In many respects, the title of this post assumes that you read last week's post here, in which I discussed the fact that, due to many years of ongoing hair loss, I've recently started wearing a wig for the first time in my life. If you didn't get a chance to check out that post, you may want to do so quickly, and then scurry back here, as it really goes into far greater detail on the subject that I'll be delving into in today's post.

The photos here were the first that we took of me in this wig after I received it, and stand as my favourite prior to when I trimmed the bangs. As mentioned in my recent intro-to-the-wig post, after three shoots, the last of which the length of the bags bugged me the most, I trimmed them a bit and am so, so glad that I did!

There wasn't anything overly wrong with them as they were, but I don't have a very large face over all compared to many other adult women, so the bangs sat pretty low down on my forehead before I cut them, nearly obscuring my eyebrows. If I was going for a Zooey Deschanel/Katy Perry/Olivia Wilde/Taylor Swift kind of look, this would have been perfect, but I'm not. As much a pre-styled wig will permit, I'm trying to keep my hair looking as vintage appropriate as I can, so I'd much rather my bangs channelled someone like, say, Bettie Page, and that's who I kept squarely in mind as I (super carefully - wig hair, after all, doesn't grow back if you cut too much off!) trimmed my wig bangs a few days ago.

Autumn lingered on, rather delightfully, well into November here in Penticton. Even after the leaves had lost their golden luster and the hours of daylight dwindled, the temperatures were kind enough to remain above freezing. In early December though, as is so often the case, all that changed and winter really and properly showed up, brining scads of snow in tow with it as it did.

Naturally, as many of us who regularly take outfit photos know, snow can make grabbing snaps outdoors a bit tricky sometimes, but unless you're dealing with gale force winds and/or blinding snow, it doesn't have to be a deal breaker entirely. On the damp afternoon when Tony and I popped down to a stretch of land beside the marina at Okanagan Lake to take these photos, both the wind and the snow were howling, but amidst the flakes, we were able to get in quite a few photos (albeit quick ones!), many of which we were really happy with once they were uploaded.

Turtlenecks are an interesting garment to me. I've always enjoyed wearing them, appreciate their warmth, and doubt I've ever gone a whole winter without sporting one, but I'm also the first to admit, that they aren't always the most flattering item of clothing on many people. They tend to swallow up your neck, give you the an additional chin or two, and can also snag on longer length earrings. Nevertheless, they're a winter wardrobe must for most folks, myself included, so I figured it was high time I busted out my trusty black one and sported a turtleneck on camera.

I suppose I'm resisting winter's chill in a way, because, so far, I've been dressing a touch more like it was still October then December or (now) January. I love winter, I truly do, but as I discussed in this post last fall, my warm weather clothes far outnumber my cold weather ones at the moment, so I've not got as many snow appropriate garments to turn to as I do ones to, for example, wear to a picnic in June.

To partner with this black turtleneck, I opted for notes of silver, grey, and red. I've always loved this colour combo, and find I reach for it most often during the coldest months of the year. Long after the last Christmas decoration comes down, there's just something about red that makes it seem so very well suited to winter, if you ask me. Perhaps it calls to mind thoughts of flames dancing in a fireplace on a bitterly cold eve, or of rose hips poking out of the snow in the garden, and of course, there's always the abundance of crimson that Valentine's Day entails come February. Whatever the case, I love love to enliven winter's palette with red, and opted to do so with this outfit in the form of the purse, one of the bangles, and as an accent colour on my vintage hat (on top of my usual vibrant red lipstick, that is).

Though, admittedly, it can be a wee bit bone-chilling indeed, I actually love shooting outfit photos in the snow. The cool palette of icy whites, greys, bleached browns, and delicate, almost melancholic blues can make for a fantastic backdrop against which to highlight the true colours of your ensemble. They can also be very flattering to one's skin tone. If you've been on the fence about taking outfit photos in the snow, I highly recommend it to one and all - just make sure you wear sturdy footwear with good tread/grip on the soles, as you don't want to risk injuring yourself in the name of fashion by slipping on the ice or snow.

I was thoroughly impressed with how well this wig stayed put that day (just as it's continued to do each time I've worn it since). We got hit with a few mighty big blasts of powerful wind, and it really didn't budge an inch (I should note, I'm not wearing any wig glue or tape underneath, the wig is merely resting on my scalp). That hat wasn't holding it down either, if you were thinking as much, it was just gingerly resting on top, and would have been far more likely to have blown off than than the wig itself, I think (luckily neither happened).

Suddenly wearing a wig fulltime is a change for sure, but not an unpleasant one at all, and - especially once I trimmed the bags - I'm continuing to be very happy with this cute, inexpensive topper. I sincerely appreciate all of the thoughtful, caring, supportive comments that I received on my post about the wig last week, they really meant a lot to me as I adjust to life sans natural hair.

This is a fun, exciting journey and development to my personal style, and one which I'm eager to share with all of you throughout the brand new year that lies ahead of us - and beyond.

161 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous, like a Winter Queen <3

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  2. Well it looks great on you :) I would not have noticed had you not said ;)
    We used to buy wigs for my MIL, from 'The Wig Company', which sent out catalogues for us to peruse :) She was always very happy with them.

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  3. you look great my dear and that is a perfectly coordinated outfit. lots of New Year love to you. xxx

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  4. <3 lovely look!

    I just read your post about wearing a wig and losing hair, and I am admiring you so much! I have a problem too, I am losing my hair all the time and it is getting thinner and thinner, but it's because I stress all the time and I don't eat properly. Your wig looks so natural on you, you look so lovely !:) Lots of hugs!

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    1. Hi sweet Sara, thank you very much. I'm so sorry to hear that you're experiencing issues with thinning hair, too. I'm convinced that stress played a role from day one in my hair loss, too, but I don't think it was the sole factor (as even during periods of relatively little stress, it continued to fall out at the same rate).

      If you ever need anyone to talk to about hair loss, to vent about something that's stressing you, or anything else, please know that I'm hear for you.

      ♥ Jessica

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  5. You look beautiful! And I love love love the wig! Great photos!

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  6. I truly love the length and color of your new hair. The tint of the hair and the tone of your skin are so beautiful together.

    I, like many of your other readers I am sure, am looking forward to seeing how you made your wig more you.

    HRF

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  7. Oh, I just love it! You look so beautiful and at peace. The color is perfect for your skin and the bangs frame your lovely face.

    I also love the colors of your outfit and that you chose to photograph it against the snowy backdrop with snowfall actually visible in many of the pics.

    Just stunning! I cant wait to see more!

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  8. You look fantastic! I would never know by looking at the pictures that you were wearing a wig. It looks lovely and very natural. Great color too.
    -Emily

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  9. Your wig looks wonderful Jessica! Very natural and flattering. And the colour is divine too! Also - you look great in turtlenecks! I look like I'm being swallowed whole (chalk it up to my short stature, including my stubby neck and arms).

    xo Laurie

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  10. Wig looks great! Can I ask...do you wear it all the time at home as well. If not do you wear anything (scarves, bandanna, etc) while at home?
    I ask because I'm thinking of going this route soon and just curious about what other wig wearers do when they're not out and about!

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    1. Hi Christi, thank you very much for your wonderfully nice compliment, as well as your great question (it's so fun to be asked my first wig related queries this week).

      As it's just my husband and I (and the cat :) ) at home, I don't wear my wig 24/7. Just depending on how I'm feeling, if I'm not planning to go out, I'd say I wear my wig about 40% of the time at home. Then I'd say that about 40% of the time I let my shaved head breath sans anything on it, and 20% of the time I've been wearing hats (beanie toques and crochet hats for the most part), especially now that we're in the thick of winter. I'm really comfortable with my bare head and my hubby doesn't mind at all either, which is great because I don't feel any kind of pressure to cover my head unless I want to.

      If you go the wig route, too, please let me know. It would be wonderful to swap tips, sites, stories, etc about wearing a wig on a daily basis.

      ♥ Jessica

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    2. Hi christie!
      I wear wigs too, have been for 4 yrs now due to alopecia areata. Through my local foundation I have heaps of friends who wear wigs too. Most of us just wear beanies, scalfs of go AU natural if we're at home. In summer sweating under your wig can make your head itchy so giving time to air is a great idea. Also never sleep in them- that's the quickest way to ruin a wig. Basically if you are comfortable without it at home, it's better to wear alternatives as it will prolong the life of your wig. I love wearing wigs- makes getting ready on the morning so quick and I have fabulous hair at all times! :)

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    3. Thank you for the reply!
      That's fantastic that you feel good about going wig-less.
      I was just curious if it felt weird going from long hair to basically no hair (without wig).
      Not that I have long hair at the moment but shaved is definitely a step away from having some hair.
      I'll definitely chime in if I find a nice wig and go that route.

      Thank you for sharing all this with us, its a huge help for those who may be thinking about going the same way. :)

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    4. You're very welcome, Christi. I think that if I'd had a lush head of a great hair and suddenly lost/shaved it for whatever reason, it might have been a whole lot tougher to adjust to, but having watched my hair dwindle year after year, it truly hasn't been that hard to part with the last of it. I suspect each of us would feel differently in this situation and I'm sure it would be hard to adjust to being "hairless" for sure for some people.

      Thank you very much for your comment, Mel. I completely agree with about going au natural to prolong the life of your wig. I've been really mindful of that with "Pin Up", as it's such an inexpensive synthetic wig and I really want to help ensure it lasts as long as possible.

      I appreciate your comments so much, ladies, thank you both again!
      ♥ Jessica

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  11. you look so lovely! your hat is the cutest and I was really interested to see how you styled the roll neck! I've been really debating getting one recently and after seeing how you styled it I think I'll take the plunge! ps. you wig looks great, i love the colour! xx

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Hollie. I did a lot of figure skating as a wee little girl (chiefly ages 6 to 8 in terms of lessons, and then just skating for fun after that), and my mom would almost always dress me in a turtleneck for my skating lessons. It was there that I feel in love with the combination of them and a swing skirt, and why I still partner them to this day.

      I got the turtleneck here at a local Salvation Army shop for just a few dollars (I'm thinking maybe $4.00), and suggest grabbing one from someplace similar if you're just easing into wearing turtlenecks (that way if you don't like it, you aren't out much cash).

      Thank you again, my dear!
      ♥ Jessica

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  12. Lovely outfit and if you hadn't told us you were wearing a wig I would have never been able to tell. The colors looks really good on you too. I've always had to trim bangs on most of my wigs. I drives me nuts that the bangs would end right at my eyelash line. It would make my eyes really itchy and get in the way. I'm glad you like your new wig. It'll make you feel more confident each time you wear it.
    Mariela

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    1. Mariela, my dear, I didn't know that you had experience with wearing wigs, that's really interesting. Have you striven to find ones that were vintage looking or made modern ones seem more vintage? At the risk of sounding noisy (you don't have to answer of course), do you were wigs by choice/for fun or out of necessity? I'm just curious because there aren't too many of us vintage loving gals who wear wigs and I'd love to get your perspective on things from just such a standpoint.

      Many sweet thanks,
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. I used to Cosplay a lot when I was younger. So a lot of my wigs were very colorful and on the cheap side. I was into Lolita for a while too so I bought some very full wigs to complete the look. I used to wear them for fun too but they always made me really itchy. Luckily, I haven't *needed* to wear a wig. There are a lot of options out there, it just takes time to find them. I know that there are also some wigs that are made of plastic fibers that can also be styled to how you want them. I can't remember what the name of them are. It starts with a K. I had one or rather might still have one. I never used it and it cost me a pretty penny. Would you be interested in it? I'd gladly give it to someone who would appreciate it instead of just collecting dust. I think it's a medium to dark brown hair color. Can't remember.

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    3. Hi Mariela, how cool that you were into Cosplay. That's something that's always appealed to me, but I've not ventured into exploring it much. I completely agree that it takes time to find good wigs. I truly feel like I'm going through a major learning process these days and suspect it will take years, and multiple wigs, before I feel like I can really judge the good from the, how shall we say, not so good ;)

      The first wig that I bought (which, sadly, didn't work for me) was heat-resistant, which is a big part of why I opted for it in the first place. It was from the Raquel Welsh line and could be heated (with a curling iron, blow dryer, etc) to something like 330F. As it didn't pan out for me though, I never tried styling it with heating tools.

      I'm incredibly touched by your offer. Thank you! Yes, certainly, if you have a wig that you don't plan on wearing again, I'd be happy to have it. It will be a while, I suspect, before I can save up enough for a good quality real hair wig, and in the meantime, it never hurts to have multiple synthetic options to work with. I sincerely appreciate you offer so much, thank you again! (Please email me anytime to chat more about this.)

      ♥ Jessica

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  13. This look is beautiful. I love that it looks both vintage and modern. Great job!
    Cheers,
    L A

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  14. You look great! It's a wonderful color and suits you well. :)
    Also, I've given you a blogging award at my blog. Check it out if you can!

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  15. very good done - girl!
    interestingly, you look on these pictures a lot more self-confident....
    and your "beatnik"-outfit is great. now i know what i wear tomorrow.
    usually i avoid black but a black turtleneck is a must-have.
    can you send me some snow?

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    1. Thank you very much, my dear! You know, you just hit on something I hadn't even noticed, but now realize is spot on completely. I did feel more confident that day, and have other times when we've subsequently taken photos, due to the wig. I think I'd grown used to trying to hid the thinning in photos so much that it was zapping a bit of my self-confidence without me even realizing it at the time. I sincerely appreciate that you made that point and helped me to see that interesting element of this new wig wearing chapter of my life.

      We have scads and scads of snow, which I'd gladly ship to you by the tanker-ful, if such a thing were possible.

      Thank you again so much!
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. You're welcome :-) and thanks for the snow ;-)

      beate

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  16. Tu es très jolie, cela te va très bien. J'aime beaucoup tes nouveaux cheveux, ils sont superbes.
    vivement la suite. Biz

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    1. Merci beaucoup, mon doux ami!

      (My schooldays French is rusty for sure, so do forgive me if that's not perfect.)

      Thank you deeply for your wonderfully kind comment,
      ♥ Jessica

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  17. I love it! It looks fabulous, flattering and natural and the colour is great. You are beautiful.xxxx

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  18. It's just so natural! Nice color and nice style... I don't think anyone can guess the secret behind this pictures by just watching at them!
    I love snow shooting, light is so special!!!

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    1. Thank you soooo much, Laurence! Having just started taking outfit photos (for all intents and purposes) last March, I hadn't shot in the snow prior to the day we took these photos. I instantly feel in love with it, too, and am looking forward to more snow shoots before spring rolls around once more.

      Thank you again - not only for your comment here, but for all of your sweetness lately.

      ♥ Jessica

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  19. Oh My Goodness, you look wonderful! The wig fits you beautifully, I am so impressed, you did a great job, I love it and am so happy for you:)

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  20. I was just picturing what might have happened if your wig would have came off. I bet you and Tony would have had a big laugh. I can quite imagine you doing a mad dash to try and grab the hair and hat before falling:)

    My very first impression upon viewing your blog entry was how beautiful you look. I think the wig looks so natural. I can also see that you are quite enjoying the experience which is the best part:) Before long, we shall have a Marilyn Jessica, Rita Jessica, Lana Jessica,etc. The list goes on:) I've thought that a bob wig would be fun to try:)

    I love your outfit. It all matches so perfectly. It has a collegiate feel to it.

    http://dividingmoments.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! Eeeeck! I think I would have had a quick little chuckle, snatched the wig up - snow and all - and quickly put it back on. Mind you, there was no one else anywhere near where we were that day, so it probably wouldn't have been a big deal if it had blown off. I would have just been worried about it getting thrown by the wind into the lake. Knowing me though, I'd probably have been crazy enough to jump in and get, especially since it has just arrived a couple of days before after waiting about three weeks to have hair again.

      I love the idea of a bobbed wig, too. I haven't had short(ish) hair since I was in my early teens, and it would be really fun to play around with above-the-shoulders lengths.

      This whole process has been a both a learning experience and a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to continuing to experiment this year, and I guess come to think of it, for the rest of time now, with various wigs.

      Thank you again very, very much, my dear friend,
      ♥ Jessica

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  21. I think that you look beautfiul Jessica! The color is perfect for your complexion, very nice!

    Michelle

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  22. Such a lovely outfit and beautiful photographs. Like everyone has said here, the wig looks completely natural. A great shade of red, too! Kudos for writing about this, my darling gal.

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  23. LOve it! Gorgeous outfit, too, with the pops of red!

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  24. You look so pretty in this wig! And the whole outfit is very nice - I especially like the turtleneck (maybe because I can't wear turtlenecks myself - I hate having something around my neck :P). I also realized that I have the same - or very similiar - shoes as you :)
    I'm so jealous for that you have a "real", snowy winter! Here, in Poland, temperature is below 0C, but no snow at all - and a snowless winter is the kind of winter I hate...

    xoxo,
    Monika

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Monika. I wish I could zip a cargo ship's worth of snow to you - there's just about that much in our front yard alone at this point! :)

      I completely understand about your dislike of things around your neck. My mom is the exact same way (it's not terribly uncommon, and interestingly, is sometimes a trait seen in those with thyroid problems, which interestingly enough, my sweet mom does have).

      Thank you again!
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. Wow, you really DID send me some snow! :D When I woke up this morning I saw everything is snow covered :) Kind of magic! :D

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    3. :) Awww, that's awesome, I really happy for you. When I got up about 5am this morning it was raining for the first time in weeks, but the temps have since dropped again and snowflakes are tumbling down a mile a minute here, like usual, again.

      ♥ Jessica

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  25. Hello my lovely! Wow...You look A-MA-ZING! If you hadn't told us, I would never have known that you were wearing a wig! The style and colour suits you perfectly. I read your previous post, and you truly are incredible for being so practical and accepting of your situation. So many will draw inspiration from your confidence, and the beauty that you radiate from within. The outfit looks wonderful...well put together and very flattering. As for the hat, sigh...just gorgeous! Thank you for being so inspiring to so many of us! Wrap up warm! Tania ♥

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    1. Thank you so, so much, dear Tania, for your terrifically touching words. I really hope that you're right. It would be amazing to know that my own story was/is able to help other women dealing with hair loss in some capacity.


      Deepest heartfelt thanks again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  26. You look great in the wig and I really love your outfit.

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  27. This is like the most eagerly anticipated unveiling in the vintage blogosphere so far this year! Well the wig looks TOTALLY fabulous so I'll bet you're enjoying wearing it. I think you were right to trim the bangs, but besides that I just love the way the tousled curls tumble so naturally over your shoulders. Really, really lovely.

    I wish we got more snow here, it makes for such atmospheric photos! But usually there's only one or two days a year, and some years not even that!

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'penny

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    1. *Blush* Thank you very much! Your first line put the biggest smile on my face - that is such a fabulously sweet thing to hear, thank you!!!

      It's been snowing here pretty much every day since New Year's, if I could send you a few cratefuls for you to use for your photos, I'd very happily do.

      Really, thank you again deeply - that smile will be on my face all day long now.

      ♥ Jessica

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  28. You look marvelous! And I agree with the rest of the crowd, the wig is totally natural looking and a fantastic color!

    I really admire you for talking so openly about such a subject. It's certainly a little more tough for women to discuss hair loss than women. I think many women applaud you and look forward to future discussions on that matter.

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  29. Great outfit (especially the bangles!) and your hair looks perfect, you'd never know it was a wig. The color and cut is particularly pretty. Good work!

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  30. You look positively fetching! I admire your spirit and honesty. Life can be difficult. I've had cancer twice and lost my hair both times. It was a struggle to see someone in the mirror that just didn't seem to be me. So, whatever you need to do to feel "like yourself", then do it. I'm doing well now and wish you good health and lots of lovely vintage outfits!

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    1. Hi dear Ema, thank you very for your understanding, caring words and for sharing some of your own personal story with hair loss with me. I'm deeply sorry that you've had to endure losing your hair twice to cancer (and moreover that you've had to battle cancer), but am incredibly happy that you're in a positive place on the health front now. I hope with all my heart that such continues to me the case for countless years to come.

      Thank you again deeply,
      ♥ Jessica

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  31. You look wonderful! The color is so similar to before, and is such a striking color on you. I can see why you wanted to trim the bangs a bit, but I do think that style with bangs suits you really well. It looks incredibly natural! I hope you continue to have fun with it and learning more as you go. :)

    Gorgeous outfit, too. The black turtleneck and gloves together are just so seamless. And almost missed the leopard print cuffs on your gloves, love it!

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  32. At work so don't have long to stay, but just had to stop in and say...dahling, you look just mahvelous! (You truly do! Excellent choice! :) Pam

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  33. Fantastic! As others have said, if I didn't know it was a wig I wouldn't have thought it was. Great color, too!

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  34. Wow! Truly if you had not let us be privy to this wig unveiling I would never have known it was not your own hair. I realise this was probably one of the hardest things you have ever done and quite a long story behind the final photos. Wearing your wig will become a natural habit in your every day life.
    Gosh it really suits you. What does Tony think? I bet he is happy as long as you are too :-)

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    1. Thank you very much, it's so wonderfully nice to hear people say that it looks like it could be my real hair. That was an important factor for me as I was shopping for a "starter wig".

      Honestly, though there have some bumps in the road (as in when the first wig I bought didn't end up working on me one iota), this really hasn't been an overly hard or stressful process (the trickiest part has just been trying to find a wig that works for my vintage look).

      I think that because I'd been dealing with ongoing hair loss for half my life (it started when I was 14 and I'm now 28) and I'd made peace quite a while ago with the fact that I'd most likely end up becoming a wig wearer at some point, it was actually more of a relief than anything to shave my head, embrace wearing a wig, and make the best out of this interesting curve ball that the universe decided to throw me (starting all those years ago). Is it ideal? Goodness know, but there are countless worst things to have to deal with, and I'm grateful that this is something that I can combat with a cute wig and a positive outlook.

      Tony just loves this wig. From day one he's said it looks really natural, too. He's truly been so caring and sweet throughout this whole transition, and it helps, I think, that he started going bald early in life, too, so he can relate to my hair loss. He doesn't mind one way or the other if I wear my wig at home, and tells me I'm cute/beautiful without it on, which is so heartwarmingly sweet and has really helped me get accustomed to not having any natural hair on my head anymore.

      Thank you again so much,
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. That's the kind of man you hold on to :-) So glad you have a loving and supportive man by your side!

      -Holly

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    3. Thank you so much, Holly, he's a keeper of the highest caliber for sure, and there isn't a day that goes past that I don't count my lucky stars that I'm married to the man that I am.

      ♥ Jessica

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  35. You look beautiful, as always. Your wig is very complimentary and I'm sure if you've shaped it up to your liking since then, you must be even more stunning.

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  36. It's a lovely colour and it looks fab. I am not a lover of turtlenecks, or any high neck, being of the short necked variety, so I am jealous as it would be lovely to wear such a thing to keep warm! We have only had snow once in the UK and it stayed on the ground for just a few hours - well, at least that is what happened in Kent where I live. It is a great photo opportunity though, sadly the only suitable footwear I have are trekking boots which aren't the least bit vintage!

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    1. Thank you very much, my dear. I'm sure you'd look lovely in a turtleneck! I don't have a long neck at all. It's not short per se, but I'm petite (5'2") and not very long anywhere - neck definitely included.

      Thank you again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  37. That's an awesome outfit! It's simple, but I love the hints of sass with red and leopard accents. Super fun!

    Your hair looks great, too! It's a beautiful color, and you're rockin' it! I'm amazed at your positive attitude about everything, and it's great to see a cute gal that's beautiful on the inside, too!

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  38. Jessica, you look so natural and beautiful. No doubt: new hairstyle suits you amazingly! And I also belong to those who thinks this hair looks like own and real.

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  39. I think it looks great! I think you look just darling with bangs and I'm glad your new hair is working out for you!

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  40. Your wig is SO adorable and does not look "wig-like" at all!

    After reading about your experiences, I want a wig! I have the opposite problem where my hair is too thick and coarse to hold a curl, plus there is an impossibly stubborn cowlick in the front that can't be tamed by any amount of flat-ironing or hairspray. The only way that I'll ever have curls or bangs is to fake them!

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    1. Thank you very much, Kim! One certainly doesn't have to experience hair loss to rock a wig! In recent months I've watched tons of videos of ladies with hair who enjoy wearing wigs showcasing and reviewing their wigs on Youtube. If you're feeling pulled towards trying a wig, I say go go for it! Get something fairly inexpensive, that way if you find a wig just isn't your cup of tea, you're not out a huge chunk of change. Have fun and be sure to let me know if you do venture down the wig path! :)

      ♥ Jessica

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  41. My dearest Jessica, you've chosen such a beautiful colour and the wig is great. It looks very natural on you and isn't so different from your own hair before. I wish you lots of fun with that wig and others that may come later. I'm so impressed that you talked about this topic so honestly. I think your a very admirable lady. Many big hugs from Miss Maple

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  42. Late to the party, but I can only echo what other posters have said. Your new hair looks amazing, and so natural. I am also jealous of your ability to rock a glamorous winter look!

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  43. Oh gosh I just got emotional when I saw your photo. I am beaming with pride for you. I know how different it must feel but girl you look amazing (as always)-truly it suits you beautifully. I love the way Tony has reacted to all this-he just rocks. We are very lucky girls to have such loving husbands for sure! Just imagine me giving you a great big hug full of joy and happiness. This just made my day brighter (am dealing with a sicky 3 yr old today-sooo not fun lol). xox Bunny

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    1. Thank you so much, my dearest Bunny. We are immensely blessed to have such understanding, supportive, wonderful husbands, it's very true. Proof positive that there still some chivalrous knights in shinning armor out there.

      I'm so sorry to hear that your little one ill at the moment. Sending huge get well wishes over to your house.


      Warmest thanks again, honey,
      ♥ Jessica

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  44. Oh Jessica! The colors in these photos are truly stunning. My husband (a hairdresser) and I sat on the couch earlier in the week and read your last post...mouths hanging open in awe and love as you recounted shaving your head with sweet Tony. Joe says that this is the number one problem that women come to him with - thinning hair. "Please make it look thicker!" they ask, or "can you hide it?". Our respect and good energy flows your way to the great north! And...this wig is stunning. The color suits you deliciously, and your confidence radiates!! xoxo, erica

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  45. The hair looks so natural!I can't believe it's a wig. I'm sure the hair looks even more cute when you cut the bangs. I'm super exited to see the follow ups to come!
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    I love love love the grey skirt! It looks lika a trusty wardrobe must have besides black woolen A line skirts and perncil skirts

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  46. Blogger did its random "delete instead of approve as checked" move again (it's been a while though, to its credit), which I very much apologize to recent commenter "Non de Plume" for. No clue why that happens, but I encounter once or twice every few hundred comments.

    Here's your comment: "This is the first post I've read on your blog after your wig post caught my attention with that gorgeous outfit in the snow (clothes/figure envy!!!!)

    You're gorgeous. Hair or no hair. It shines through.

    Just sayin'

    x"


    Thank you so, so very much! I adore your cheeriness and am completely touched by your beautiful compliments. Thank you again!

    ♥ Jessica

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  47. Your new hair looks beautiful! I'm a firm believer of wigs and hairpieces. I've always stuck to hairpieces when wearing a vintage look but this one looks like a great full wig option. I just ordered one in the dark brown color.

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  48. Darling Jessica, Love your new look, but loved your old look as well! I can identify re the thinning hair. Mine has always been fine but through different drug therapies, and time, it's gotten much thinner and the hairline recedes much the same as yours does. I did try wigs...wow how wonderful it is to have lots of hair!...got lots of compliments...had one partner who insisted I wear particular wig every time we went out (but that's a whole nother story!)...and when I was working in airconditioning all day it went well, but these days, well Australia's just too hot making wigs uncomfortable. At the moment I'm toying with getting some extensions and then wearing it up...will let you know how it goes...
    Big love to you in this wonderful new year!

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  49. This wig is sensational!! Just perfect for your lovely face. :) Of course you are always lovely!!

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    1. Thank you soooo much, dear Sean, you always warm my day with your support and thoroughly sweet comments (compliments!).

      ♥ Jessica

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  50. I have always been in awe of your gorgeous red hair and this whole time I had no idea how much you've been through with your hair! I respect you so much for sharing what you have gone through over the years with your hair, and for your honesty about the fact that you wear a wig now.

    I think this hairstyle is simply incredible on you, I LOVE the bangs and this length on you so much! It does not look like a wig in the slightest and I'm sure after reading this post next time I read your blog I will have completely forgotten that it's actually a wig. If you hadn't been so honest and shared your experience I don't think anyone would be able to tell it's a wig!

    These photos in the snow are so gorgeous, the lighting is perfect and the snow covered banks are the perfect backdrop for this outfit :)

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    1. Thank you so, so much, honey, for your immensely sweet comment. It truly means a lot to me and I'm thrilled to know that you think this wig looks so natural. That was such an important element for me as I was shopping, but without being able to try it on before buying, I just had to take a stab in the dark. So glad to know it paid off. I am so touched by what you said regarding that in future posts it would be easy to forget this wasn't my real hair. Awwww, that's awesome, thank you.

      ♥ Jessica

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  51. The new wig looks great and very natural too. You look very sophisticated in these pictures. I love the red, black, grey and white combo and is what I happen to be wearing today also!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear lady! I adore red, grey and black, and it's not even funny how often I reach for that pairing during the winter months. Not my next outfit post, but the one after that, will see me in these same colours again (but via different garments and a different location.

      Warmest thanks again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  52. I love it! It looks so natural that I can't tell that there's a wig in here; the bangs look terrific on you!

    <3

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  53. You are stunning!! I've almost purchased that wig for myself and now that I've seen it on you, I may have to! My mother says I wear wigs very well but I never really understood what she meant until I saw you in this one. I've seen this same hair on other women and it doesn't look as nice on them as you make it look! It really looks very natural on you :) Lovely outfit as well! I love the little pops of red you've incorporated to make the seemly grey winter very cheery. Well done!

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    1. It means so much to have your impute on this wig, thank you deeply. I'm with your mother 100%. I read through oodles of your older posts after discovering your blog and completely agree, you wear wigs gorgeously. You clearly have a keen sense of what works for you in the wig department, and are also awesome at styling your wigs.

      It would be so wonderfully neat to see this wig on you as well. If you get one some day, please post snaps of it on your blog, I'd love to see how it looks on you as well.

      From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything lately,
      ♥ Jessica

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  54. Jessica....my favorite outfit that you've ever blogged (at least of the outfits I have seen). Love the color combination, the black turtleneck, the skirt, everything. I do like turtlenecks, even though they do all those things you have mentioned to me too.

    I love love love the leopard bracelets. Oh my, oh my. I love the way you've styled the bracelets.

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  55. You look radiant Jessica, I'm loving the new wig! The style is beautiful and it looks so natural. Also I am so jealous about the snow that you guys got haha.

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  56. It's beautiful Jessica! It's very stunning, especially with the wintery backdrop.

    Stay warm!

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  57. So beautiful Jessica...I love the outfit =)

    With Love
    Miss Lil'Susie <3

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  58. It looks great! I agree the bangs a just a teensy bit too long for the vintage look, but it still looks very nice on you. The color is very similar to what you had before and it suits your skin tone perfectly. And that's a lovely outfit. It certainly looks cold where you are though! I wish you could share a bit of it, since it is too hot to be winter here and my husband and I are a bit bummed out!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Chrissy. Two wardrobe posts from now you'll start seeing the shorter bangs, which I like a whole lot more. I didn't hate them at this length, but they were a touch too long and I wasn't a fan of not being able to see my eyebrows.

      Thank you again - I wish I could send you some snow to help make things feel more wintry on your end.

      ♥ Jessica

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  59. How absolutely gorgeous! I love your whole ensemble, and that wig is really remarkable. It looks very much like your hair before you made the switch, except, of course, there is much more of it! I'm waiting eagerly to see it with shorter bangs, the length in these pictures does look a touch on the long side, and seems to be competing a bit with your lovely eyebrows.

    I'm a bit jealous of your gorgeously snowy photos... we're lucky if it gets below freezing in the winter months here, so the snow can seem very romantic and lovely from a distance.

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  60. Oh my word Jessica, you look incredible! That colour and style just makes you look amazing. I am so glad you found a very wearable, very natural (because let's admit, a lot of wigs can just look horrid!) wig that works for you. I myself have bought two wigs recently, one with very long black curly hair and lots of bright true red chunks, as well as a multidimensional blonde that is just past shoulder length in case I need to hide my bright pink bangs and look "normal" (bleck!) for things such as job interviews and the like. You should check out eBay for wigs, that's where I got mine for dirt cheap, and they look very natural and luxurious!

    And those photos you took in the snow - just stunning! Just had to add that one last thing heheh :-)

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    1. Hi sweet Holly, thank you very much! I completely agree, not all wigs look natural at all, and if you're aiming for natural, that can be a downside to wigs for sure. I like a wig to look either very natural or so impossibly unnatural that no one would ever think it was your real hair. To start out, and for most of the time, I want to aim for natural, so I'm really touched to know that you think this one looks believable and natural.

      I've been eyeing wigs on eBay for a few months now. There are some great deals there for sure, but many of them want $25-$50 to ship to Canada, so on, say a $35 wig, that can add up quickly. Not all sellers charge such high shipping, it just seems that those with wigs I like that moment mostly are. Not, really, that that is terribly cheaper for shipping than what most dedicated US wig sites charge.

      It's so cool that you have some wigs, too. I'd love to see snaps of you in them anytime (both sound beautiful).

      Thank you again so much for all of your wonderful support and sweetness, dear gal!
      ♥ Jessica

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  61. If you hadn't told us you were wearing a wig, we would never have known. The color is perfect and style suits you exactly. Your eyebrows are hidden which I am glad you rectified by trimming. A definite thumbs up dear Jessica! How is it to wear, is it irritating or slightly itchy?

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear! I'm not finding this particular wig to be itchy or irritating. Initially I tried wearing it with a wig cap (I tried two kinds) and they both gave me headaches really quickly. As my head is shaved now, I don't really need a cap, so I've been forgoing it and have found the wig really comfortable. I've worn it for as long as 14 hours at a time now and haven't gotten a headache or felt uncomfortable yet, which is awesome, as the first wig I tried (despite being about six times the price) was fairly uncomfortable. I wonder if a sense of itchiness will arise in the warm weather when we all sweat more. It will be interesting to see.

      Thank you again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  62. You look wonderful and I love the snowy backdrop. :)

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  63. You look super cute! :) I'm so impressed the way you handle each aspect of life with grace, even the difficult ones.
    Xx,
    Naomi

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    1. Thank you deeply, Naomi, that is a truly touching thing to hear.

      Love to you as well,
      ♥ Jessica

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  64. Jessica, you look gorgeous in your outfit and love your hair :) your have style, grace and elegance worthy of a royal person :)
    You look very cold there in the snow but the touches of RED look fabulous and so sorry about your illness, not very pleasant :(
    I wish you all the best for the New Year ahead, good health and happiness always...... so love your vintage blog, I must have a look at some older posts on your wonderful journalling vintage blog. LOVE IT :) Take care and hugs Adriana XXX

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    1. Thank you deeply, dear Adriana, I truly appreciate your caring wishes and thoughtful comment. It was a bit chilly that day, but still tolerable - at least for a little while - without a jacket. Must be the Canadian blood in my veins, but I like a little shot of snowy cold sometimes. :)


      Truly, thank you again, so much,
      ♥ Jessica

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  65. You look fabulous, no need to worry about it looking unnatural or fake. And I love your shoes and your hat!

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  66. You look beautiful Jessica. If you hadn't told us that it was a wig I'd have assumed you'd had a new hairdo!
    The backdrop of the snow is perfect & shows the red hair off perfectly.
    I love snow but it's been unseasonably warm here in the uk recently.
    Look forward to seeing the new bangs xxx

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Bambi! It's awesome to hear that so many people think this wig looks natural. I strove to found one that would, all the while ensuring it was vintage-y, too, and really love knowing that you wonderful ladies think that this one hits that mark.


      Sweetest thanks again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  67. Dear Jessica,

    This photo shoot is almost magical! I love the snow fluttering down and the white contrasts so nicely with your new russet locks and black turtleneck nicely and the splash of red spices it up nicely. Your new tresses look a million bucks and you wear it so well. I can totally see how you might want to trim up the bangs a la Betty Page and I'm sure it will look great too! xx Shauna

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  68. You look great Jessica! I totally agree that the fringe length is better this way, it looks natural and really suits your style! I love it!!!! Love every detail of this outfit, you really know how to accessorise!!

    Nora
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  69. You look fabulous! Your outfit is beautiful and your wig looks really, really natural. The colour is gorgeous too.

    I think it's really wonderful and brave of you to share your experience with us. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet lady, I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful comment. It's so awesome (and reassuring) to know that people are finding this wig to be realistic looking.

      ♥ Jessica

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  70. You look lovely! The wig look very natural looking- I would never have thought you wore one if I hadn't known!

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  71. You look great Jessica, I really applaud you for you courage and honesty on this subject, I'm sure you have helped a lot of women feel better about themselves. Keep up the positivity that you always spread.

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  72. I LOVE it, Jessica!! You look beautiful and a bit romantic with the snow falling around you. So glad you are happy with your new wig. The color is so pretty with your signature red lip and you look darn confident! ;-)
    Jamie

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    1. Hi sweet Jamie, thank you very much! I didn't realize it until I saw these photos up on my blog, but you're right, I do look more confident. That's really neat - and meaningful to me, as self-confidence is something I've struggled with for my whole life. It's awesome to know that, in its own small way, my new hair is helping in that regard.

      Thank you again deeply,
      ♥ Jessica

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  73. Yay! You look great! I agree that trimming the bangs would improve this, 'cause your eyebrows are so incredibly cute we don't want to cover them. I'm eager to see the "after" pictures.

    Your outfit and the photos were a serious project. We readily see how much care and polish you put into them. Very impressive and attractive. You clean up nice!

    With reference to your concluding remarks, I also found the experience of actually wearing a wig to be easier than I'd feared. I never worry about it falling off; the elastic in mine keeps it secure and, after a while, you forget it's there. The goal, I believe, is to feel so natural about wearing it that we're no longer conscious of it. Good luck!

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  74. very cute!! i love it!! what a great choice you made!...and might i add, great choice in your husband too!! from all you have written about him, he sounds like a gem, and i am so happy for you that you have such a blessing with which to travel your life's journey!
    xo

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    1. Thank you very much, Kelly, that's so wonderfully nice of you to say. You're spot on for sure, he's a gem of the highest caliber and truly one of the most amazingly wonderful, caring, thoughtful people I've ever known. He's a blessing, my best friend, and my beloved soul mate (not to mention my personal photographer, too! :) ).


      Deepest thanks again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  75. You look stunning ! I just adore everything you have on ! I'm still looking for my second wig,I've a short one and love it, but would love to try a longer style. I'm a petite head size and have trouble finding styles I like/or look good on me. I absolutely think the color and style is Beautiful on you !
    Happy New Year as well.
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    1. Hello sweet Elise, thank you very much for your wonderfully nice comment (compliment!). My head veers towards the smaller size, too, but I've found that this wig works well so long as I set the little straps on the underside to a pretty tight (but not so tight as to give me a headache) setting. I haven't bought from them, but there's a Canadian site called Gorgeous Hair Wigs that has a little selection of petite size wigs amongst their offerings. Depending on what you're looking for, perhaps something there (www.gorgeoushairwigs.com) could work for you.

      Happiest New Year's wishes to you as well, my dear, and all the very best for 2013!!!
      ♥ Jessica

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  76. i love these pictures ... your hair looks beautiful (konad-licious is totally right, if we didn't knew about the wig, we wouldn't have noticed that it's not real hair).

    the little 40s hat is totally cute! i love everthing about it.

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  77. I think the wig looks totally devine on you Jessica and just think that the beautiful red will be a beautiful red for a long time, no hair dye reguired! Honestly if I had just tuned into your blog just now I would never of thought it was wig. And of course...another awesome outfit :)

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  78. Well hello there pretty lady! I have to admit I looked at the pictures without properly reading the blog/title, and thought you'd dyed your hair at first and had extensions put in!! Now that I'm properly informed after reading your post, I have to say it's a fabulous look on you, and like others have said, a very natural-looking one. And the outfit is put-together as always. I'd love to rummage in your wardrobe!

    You've touched a lot of people by talking about this issue from all the comments - and I feel emotional just reading them all!

    x

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  79. Oh yeah! *gives appreciative nod* I expected you to look good in this wig and indeed, you are rocking it! The colour is perfect and the hair looks so real, I wouldn't have known it was a wig if you hadn't told us...I'm liking the outfit too and look forward to many more outfit-post with the new hair in place!

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  80. I am very impressed with your wig. The colour is very flattering and I love the long soft curls. If I hadn't read the previous post I would have thought it was your own hair! I am sure I am repeating many of the previous comments, but there are too many for me to read at the moment. Anyway, you can never have too many compliments!

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    1. Hi Phil, thank you very much, that means a lot to me. The soft curl is such a treat. My natural hair is bone straight and always struggled to hold a curl (pin curls were my best bet), so it's a joy to be able to "put on" curls each morning now.

      Thank you deeply again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  81. Oh my Jessica, you look so beautiful! Absolutely beautiful, I love these pictures.

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  82. The wig suits you very well, the (altered) style and colour. And this turtle neck certainly isn't unflattering, I don't think they are particularly unflattering personally but sometimes I would find them a bit itchy...I seem to think a lot of things like scarves and gloves are though! Sometimes I just find gloves intolerably itchy, depends what they're made out of obviously though...The snow is pretty even if it was difficult to photograph in - can't say I relate to the taking photos in the snow very well living in Melbourne, doesn't snow very much at all haha (though in reality it actually has a couple of times, it just melted as soon as it hit the ground...and I didn't see it! Shame as I love snow)

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    1. Hi Madeline, thank you very much for your lovely comment. Have you ever considered that you might be allergic to wool? I'm allergic myself to lamb's wool (it gives me hives and if I wear if I have too much repeated expose, contact dermatitis) and always try to avoid wearing it (with the exception of winter coats, for which I create a buffer with a scarf and gloves between the coat and my skin).

      ♥ Jessica

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  83. Hello, and thank you for your comment on my blog! :) I'm a petite girl myself - a bit under 5'4'' - and very skinny, I know how difficult it is to find vintage dresses that fit well. I almost always have to take everything in a bit in the waist and boob area. *Sigh*... ;) I love the outfit you're wearing in these pics! And I agree that red looks good in the winter, against the white glistening snow! The colors you're wearing goes really well with the color of your new hair too! I would never have thought it was a wig if you hadn't written about it in the text! Looks great! :) xox

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  84. Awww I think that my last comment didn't end up posting...so here goes second time lucky!

    You look fab in your new wig, and I have to say that I would never have guessed you were wearing one, as it looks so natural! The colour and length is great on you, and I think the bangs realllllly suit you (I can't wait to see them post-trim!). What an exciting chapter of experimenting with new hairstyles - I am excited to read about future developments and see how you style your new 'do!

    Really cute outfit too - I especially love that brooch! So adorable! xxx

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear, that really means a lot to me. Oh no about your previous comment not showing up. I don't see any other awaiting moderate from you, so please let me know if you run into this issue again (so that I can investigate it with Blogger). I always want you to be able to comment here and have your comments show up.

      I'm really exciting about this fascinating new chapter of my life, too! I'm still wrapping my head (no pun intended) around the fact that I'm buying my hair now and all the endlessly fun and exciting possibilities that entails. It will be awesome to explore this new side of my life here, especially with the support of wonderful online friends like you there with throiughout the journey.

      ♥ Jessica

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  85. Jessica, you look absolutely lovely in your new wig! The colour suits you well and the cut looks natural. If I didn't know it was a wig, I would've never guessed!

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  86. I am sure I am repeating the comments of many other readers but your wig looks very natural and pretty. I love the bouncy curls and the colour really suits you. Actually you look stunning in these pictures X

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  87. wow the wig really looks so beautiful, a really great color for your face, you are so beautiful here, i adore that look from head to toe, oh and what a cute hat you are wearing, timeless chic and fabulous!
    kiss,mary
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  88. Love the outfit, love the hair! What a beautiful colour! x

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  89. I think that your wig suits you very well (as others have said, it would have been difficult to tell it was a wig if you hadn't said anything)! I love how the colors of your outfit are so perfectly coordinated with the landscape and how the red accents give everything a cheery touch!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear! It's fun to have winter to use as a backdrop for the first time (for all intents, I just started taking vintage outfit snaps here at the end of last March, right as winter was wrapping up, so I didn't get any in before the snow vanished) and to try and stretch my little cold weather as far as I can (I have way more spring/summer/early fall clothes these) so that you guys don't end up seeing the same couple of garments all the time.

      Thank you again so much!!
      ♥ Jessica

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  90. You look WONDERFUL! Just stunning -- the outfit -- the wig -- and your accessories are fab as always. Black really does become you! And the winter scene behind you is just beautiful. Tell Tony that this is one of my favorite photoshoots!

    xoxo,
    Collette

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    1. Awww, thank you so much, dear Collette! I always love to share kind comments directly at Tony that come his way here, and am sure your's will brighten his day immensely (we're having a big issue with our internet service here this week, it's not working at all and so I'm using the web from my iPhone out in the car right now).

      Tons of hugs & thanks,
      ♥ Jessica

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  91. I absolutely love this outfit. I'm a big fan of little accents of red in outfits. The colour of the wig is gorgeous and really suits you and the curls look lovely. xxx

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  92. Oh Jessica! IT LOOKS SOOOO GORGEOUS!! The hue is perfect for your complexion! If I didn't know, I would never think it wasn't your own hair. I can't believe you lucked out on your 2nd wig purchase - finding the right one can be a trying task. When my mom was battling breast cancer, she tried a ridiculous number before she found one that was *just right*. I love the length of the bangs (wise choice to trim them - very Betty Page), and the waves are very pin-curly-esque! Damn, girl.

    You mentioned you would probably save up & end up with a higher-end one eventually, so I thought I'd share our feedback on the wig my mom bought. (I'm visiting her this weekend, so I shared this with her - she says hello & congrats on your new 'do!) While I would say she was enviably brave when it came to her treatment, she was not as confident & brash as you when it came to the hair aspect (her words). She ended up buying one made of real hair, from a shop that caters to ladies with health concerns in Portland, OR. We can both attest, although it was pricey, the quality was certainly worth it. There was no "gaps" along the cap, like a lot of wigs, so she could fashion it in many ways without giving away that it was a wig. And she could curl it & wash it like you would your own hair. And OMG it's so natural looking. It was basically magic. She still wears it sometimes when she's having a bad hair day haha;) But in the mean time - I'm oh-so-loving what you are rocking!!

    Mega cheers to you, from my mom & me. Your gumption & grace is so refreshing, & I can't wait to see more of your new, glamorous hairstyle!!

    Best wishes & love,
    Sara & Lynne

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    1. My very dear Sara & Lynne,

      Thank you deeply for your immensely thoughtful - and helpful - comment. It is so, so informative to hear from those with firsthand wig experience, and I'm really happy that you shared about your mom's wig story with me. I would love a wig with a cap like you described. Do you happen to know what type of cap it is on that wig? Being able to style a real hair wig in a multitude of ways is probably the biggest reason why I'm hoping to eventually go the real hair route, so the more factors that can help make that possible, the absolute better.

      Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
      ♥ Jessica

      *PS* Our moms both share the same first name, though mine spells hers without the "e" at the end.

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  93. You look beautiful, Jessica!! Absolutely stunning!

    I am out of the loop with regard to your wig. My dog's illness has had me making trips to the vet's office quite regularly, so I haven't been online all that much in the last week.

    Anyhow, I LOVE the color of your wig. And I love the hairstyle...not to mention your outfit. You are just all around beautiful!

    Love and hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Thank you so much, dearest Patti. Please don't worry at all, I know how much you've had on your plate lately. I appreciate that you found a moment to comment and want you to know that you and your dog have been in my thoughts constantly since you shared with me about that situation.

      Sending tons of love & wishes of serenity your way,
      ♥ Jessica

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  94. Absolutely stunning! I love your whole outfit, and that wig looks amazing on you (such a perfect colour!!) :D

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  95. You look fantastic - good choice on the color!

    Having been involved in theatre for years, I have worn my share of wigs and I think they are a fabulous way to completely change your look, and can be a lot easier than styling hair each and every day.

    A long wig made of human hair is incredibly expensive. I can remember wearing a couple that had human hair along the crown and in the front of the wig for styling ease, but the back was synthetic, which cut down on cost. Perhaps that is an option?

    Have a blast playing with your new hair!

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    1. Hi Laura, thank you so much for your lovely comment and suggestion. It truly is incredible how high good quality real hair wigs can go for. I think that for me, honestly, the most important thing (aside from a comfortable fit) is that the "investment" wig is get is able to be styled in an array of vintage hairstyles (with the option to safely use heating tools, if desired) without the wig cap showing through, so one that was part human hair/part synthetic was able to do that, I'd be all of over for sure. I'll be looking into this option for sure. Thank you so much much again for your great impute.

      ♥ Jessica

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  96. Hi Jessica,
    Love your blog, and absolutely LOVE your winter outfit here, especially the gray skirt, arrow pin and gloves.

    Thanks Jessica, for inspiring me to start stepping out into the vintage and unique look I so admire in you

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  97. Quite some news, I've been away, so I missed your previous post. I'll just say I hope you feel confident and beautiful always, that's what is important. The wig looks really beautiful and natural. I do love the outfit and the white backdrop (although I'm sure it's tricky confronting the elements for a snowy blog shoot). :D

    http://meggymoo0.blogspot.com

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  98. hi Jessica
    usually in reading blogs, I often look at the pictures first, and then read the message.Really, I didn't realize you were wearing a wig! the colour is just perfect on you, and it looks very very natural. I wore a wig only one time for a dance show, and it was really strange to look at the mirror !they have a magical power I think, why don't use it :)Plus your outfit is really beautiful, I like it a lot, maybe because it's very simple and cute

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  99. You look lovely! And I love how your glasses match your hair colour. :)

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  100. You look beautiful in your wig!! The colour is really wonderful on you and dare I say you look incredibly vibrant and healthy with thicker hair!

    I can't wait to see how you style it in future posts!

    Lisa.

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    1. Thank you deeply, dear Lisa - your description of how I looked in this shots really warmed my heart. I do try and ensure I look healthy (which, I never actually am) in the outfit photos I post here, so if this wig (and/or wigs in general) can further that cause, I'm even more happy to be wearing it/one now. Thank you for sharing that, I'm so happy that you.

      Huge hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  101. Stunning outfit. I love how the details in red match with your bag. Love love ! ♥

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  102. Hi Susanna, thank you so much for your wonderfully lovely comment. I sincerely appreciate it and cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to know that I've helped inspire your own passion for vintage fashion. Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime with questions or just to talk shop! :)

    Thank you again,
    ♥ Jessica

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  103. Love how the red of the wig complements your complexion....you look absolutely gorgeous my dear! Love that 40s hat too....the outfit is a fabulously chic one! You must have been frozen to the bone in all that snow...but the photos are beautiful so it was worth it.
    I think the older I grow the more I realise that there is no perfect human being...I have had greying white hair since the age of 16 and have only started dying my hair twice a year only a few years back...but the funny thing is that I am allergic to black dye though I have black hair! The boys use to say I must be like Rogue from Xmen when I was a teenager...which saddened me then as I wanted to fit in like every other teenage girl. Joke aside, I am truly grateful that I have been blessed with hair and decided to donate 12 inches of my black and white confused hair to a charity called the Princess Trust who make wigs for children with cancer last year...hopefully they were able to pick out the white bits! And I would never have guessed you were wearing a wig had you not said in the post!
    May xx
    www.walkinginmay.com

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    1. Hello dear May, thank you very much for your comment and for sharing some of your own hair story with me. It sounds like you've truly taken greying so early in life in stride. I really commend you for that, honey. It's not that uncommon to be allergic to black hair dye (and hair dye in general). My husband's mother had a near death experience many years ago due to an allergic reaction to hair dye. Have you ever tried more natural dyes like the kinds sold at health food stores? I can't of course say if they'd bother you or not, but perhaps there's less of a risk there (just an idea).

      How beautiful that you're donating 12" of hair to such a wonderful cause. You're so very thoughtful and caring.

      ♥ Jessica

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  104. Dear Jessica,

    I really like your outfit. I have to say that your wig looks wonderfully natural and lovely.

    I deleted my blog "The Simple Life of Hope" but still have "Women Then", which I may post on occasionally.

    After returning home from our trip to see my father-in-law, I came home to hear the news that my father has leukemia and was told that he has 2 weeks to 3 months to live.

    I will visit you when I can.

    Much love,
    Hope

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    1. My dear Hope, my heart breaks for you and your family. I can scarcely imagine what an incredibly tough blow it must have been to receive that news on the heels of FIL's recent passing. My thoughts are with you and your loved ones during this trying time. Please, please don't worry for the tiniest of seconds if you're able to visit here or not. I completely understand and want you to focus as much on your family as you need to in the coming weeks and months. I'm not planning on going anywhere, and will be here whenever you want to return to blogging.


      My deepest sympathies,
      Jessica

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  105. Your hair looks so natural I never would of known, you are one beautiful courageous lady for sharing this xxx

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Hannah. It's been so, so immensely wonderful to have the support of my sweet blogging friends throughout this interesting chapter in my life and love knowing that so many people think my wig looks as though it could be my real hair. I was aiming for just that.

      Thank you again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  106. I went back to your archives to see this and you look amazing. Never, ever would I guess this is not your real hair. I love that you have shared this. Everyone has their own issues and challenges, but what matter sis how you deal with them. You are an inspiration.

    kate-the old fashioned way

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    1. Thank you so tremendously much, dear Kate, that truly means a lot to me.

      ♥ Jessica

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Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts, questions, and opinions with me. I read and sincerely appreciate each comment I receive - they brighten my day like rays of sparkling sunshine.

♥ Jessica