The second guester at thereafterish. is the lovely “Lar” Lauren of AsianCajuns. Lar is a brilliant, vibrant graphic designer with some serious urban/downtown flair, based out of Decatur, Georgia (the extremely trendy/stylish suburb of Atlanta).
Here, Lar dishes one of the elements that is quintessential in her style:
The Hair Pouf
I remember when I was about 14, I was pretty sure I would know myself completely (or close enough to it) by the time I was 20. This was a somewhat arbitrary age, but 20 seemed a safe distance away from 14. Knowing myself would also include my more superficial attributes. By 20 I would be completely comfortable with myself AND have an iconic style.
It sounds arrogant, but I think I was just being naive and/or overly ambitious. I am now 27 and do not have a definitive style let alone an iconic one. What I do have is… a hair pouf. As you can see in the photos pulled from my blog over the past year, I am rarely without that gravity-defying swoosh of hair on top of my head.
How did it get there? I have no idea. I don’t remember being inspired by Suzy Menkes, or anyone else in the fashion world for that matter. I’ve always hated to have my hair in my face (one reason my twin sister Cath can pull off bangs with aplomb and I can’t). I remember pinning back the top bit of my hair one day and thinking it looked weird pulled flat against my head. I teased it a bit underneath, scrunched the hair forward, and clipped it in place. Voila! The hair pouf was born.
If you would ask me if my hair pouf is fashionable or trendy, I wouldn’t have an idea (though I’d probably lean towards “no”). However, I think it’s enough of a fixture that most would consider it part of my style.
Now I’ve just got to get everything below the neck figured out.
I beg to disagree, Lar, I’m quite certain you’ve gotten it all figured out. Maybe you just don’t realize it yet.
For more of Lauren and her twin sister, Cath, you can catch up on their style and exploits at AsianCajuns.
Photo credit: Lauren, AsianCajuns.