21 Apr 2020

The “At-Home” Diaries: You Have To Laugh

The "At-Home" Diaries on vickiarcher.com


While I might look serious, Today I Am anything but.
Why am I wearing a long dress? With sneakers and a crazy hair-do? The last time I wore this “gown’ was to a divine black-tie wedding with all our mates; fast-forward 2020 and here I am taking pictures of myself with nowhere to go. I remind you this is tongue in cheek today.

I would love to tell you I am dressed in the formal because I am making a super-human effort to look attractive and “not let myself go”. Dressing for myself and all that – banishing the tracksuit and not saving the best until last. Nothing could be further from the truth and while it is a perfectly adorable thought; my foray into the evening dress was for a different reason altogether.


As I bathed after my walk and observed the few extra pounds creeping on (walk more) I noticed something else. The legs; they are no longer smooth, silky and hair-free. They are decidedly unattractive with their motley hair growth. The toes don’t look much prettier either. Time to keep them well covered, really well covered. This is the woman who can have at-home beauty anytime (daughter has the biz). I’m waxed, tinted, trimmed and primped within an inch of my life. It’s on tap so why not turn it on; saves me time and means I am groomed to go. Except all this wonder has stopped. For now, anyway.


Shaving is not my thing; waxing is my only solution.

I’m not concerned. How hard can it be? So I ordered the home wax kit from the local supermarket. No fancy brands for me and besides I was lucky to even find one. That’s when I saw the funny side. This spoilt-never-been-anywhere-but-the-professionals was doing it for herself. And with very dodgy equipment. I am the one who waits for her favourite beauty therapist to become available rather than rush in for treatments with an unknown. What was I thinking? First mistake.


Second actually.

The eyebrows have been privy to home tinting. It’s an interesting look. There is a reason I am wearing my reading glasses all day and every day. My eyebrows are so black they make Groucho Marks looked washed out.


So the legs were a failure – what a mess – new respect to all the beauty babes out there and the eyebrows; one word, hideous. The only good news, I didn’t blind myself tinting the eyelashes. Note to self; Stick with what you know. Don’t ask me why I don’t shave my legs; I can’t tell you. I just can’t stand the feeling. Nonsensical, yes; the truth it is.


And the hair.

The plume up-do, like a Dalmatian Pelican – yes, there is such a bird and my hair looks just like that – is hardly a crowning glory. I need a haircut and badly. What is the saying? “Be careful what you wish for.” I wanted the long grey tresses but this long? Mid-back and some is way too long and I am in desperate need of a chop. The question I ask myself is can I hang out another month without a cut? Impatient and impetuous are second nature to me. I should learn from the waxing (ouch) and the ugly brows and wait. It remains to be seen.



So here I am, in a bit of a beauty mess, having a laugh at myself. Why ever not? If not now, when? I don’t always have the answers ;) xv


P.S  I would wear this one – in blush – all day, every day.

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38 Comments

Jessica Pace-Berkeley

Your choices, beauty mishaps and ability to laugh at yourself are a welcome read ! We are all in this boat together !
Now ! Out to the studio in my usual dress down , paint spattered , comfortable and forgiving outfit !
PS
I don’t mind shaving whatsoever!

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Linda B

Thanks for the bit of humor today, Vicki! To me you will always be gorgeous. . . But I hear you on how hard it is to not have access to our professional treatments. My hair–I have a layered cut to make the most of my curls, that usually sits somewhere between chin and shoulders–is now definitely dragging and also the bangs are getting in my eyes if they don’t happen to curl the right way on a given day. It doesn’t help that we are now definitely well into the annual transition from spring to early summer weather here in the SW desert–which means literally almost no humidity to help my curls. I have been doing all sorts of wacky pinned up styles to deal with this. . . The other issue is that I so badly need a pedicure. I can and have done many at home in the past, but recently have gotten used to going to a lovely little salon (that I pray will be in business when this is all over!) It doesn’t matter at home that my toes aren’t pretty, I guess. But I miss the spark of happiness of seeing some pretty color on my feet when I am barefoot or in some sort of sandals or open toed shoes!

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Vicki

I hear you about the toes!! I didn’t dare mention mine on top of all the rest.. but they are really unattractive.. ha ha… they will come good.. ;)

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gail p bingenheimer

yes, i haven’t worn make up in over a month . And of course have not had my hair done either, i rarely even wash it.

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Stephanie

Oh my goodness I love your honesty Vicki! I am walking right beside you
with shaving my legs! Ugg! Life has certainly thrown all of us a curve ball
recently but I am so appreciate of your At Home Diaries. Each and everyone
has given me reason to stop doing what I am doing and contemplate and appreciate
“the little bits” in life. Please continue to be Healthy and Safe! xxx

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Vicki

Thank you so much, Stephanie… I am sure we all go through many of the same feelings and sometimes putting a voice to it, helps.. It does me.. so I am very grateful for all your feedback too :)

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Catherine Pezze

Soooo easy to slide that slope and “ relax” on the self care! Thank you for making us feel validated

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Mumbai

I think everybody needs a general service like a car after 100.000 km when the Pandemie is over but you still look decent with that hairstyle and the dress. And I admire your discipline …it’s too easy to let oneself go. but there is a little excuse…
you are allowed to walk around but I am locked in at home since 6 weeks and no light at the end of the tunnel

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Vicki

I’m sorry for that… having the daily walk makes all the difference… I appreciate it so much… Thinking of you :)

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Nelson Bartley

I use Just for Men Beard and Mustache dye for my eyebrows. I’m a medium blonde with some gray and when I have them done at the salon it seems the only choice for color is BLACK. The box of Just for Men lasts for five or six dyes, comes in all kinds of shades (I alternate between the medium and light blondes) and literally takes 6 minutes.

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Jean Builder

When my eyebrows have been tinted too dark I put whitening toothpaste on them for a minute and it removes some of the color. 😳😂

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Victoria

Wonderful Vicki – I am sure that this topic has been front of mind for many of us these past few weeks. We are all in this same dodgy looking boat. What’s a girl to do??Laugh, laugh and then weep. I, too, have been a ‘waxer’ since my teens and therefore would never revert to the blade. I bought said waxing strips from the supermarché a week ago and still have not had the courage to even open the packet. However that day will inevitably arrive. In the meantime I am covering up with items not as glamorous as your gorgeous dress, but covering up all the same. As for the eyebrow and eyelash tinting, this is a step too far for me. As a blonde, I cannot imagine the havoc I could wreak trying out such a process alone. Even if we are to stay incarcerated for weeks to come I fear that there would not be enough time to remedy such a situation. And so, patience must prevail in that department. Patience, living in the moment and finding some humour each and every day is all we can do – until the salons once again open their doors!

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Vicki

My advice… stick with the hair ;)
On the legs… or maybe you are better at the waxing than me but all I can say is I’m still getting it off.. ;) ;)

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Victoria

!!! Legs stuck together for ever??? Thank you for the advice – time to return to my undergraduate self perhaps? This may also make me feel younger . And use some eucalyptus oil on the wax which is still sticking. It should help dissolve it. Bonne chance.

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Sunflower

Vicki, love your honesty here and we are all in similar situations. I don’t mind shaving so legs are ok but toes are not looking as neat as I would like. Hair is getting longer but surprisingly I’m actually liking it and can’t remember when I had it so long. As for facials, my daughter who has moved back for lock down, decided to treat me to one using all the samples I’ve picked up. Some fabulous Darphin ones too. It was a lovely treat. I reciprocated too. Searching out those fabulous samples we all get is a must. Needless to say this facial wouldn’t have happened had there just been my lovely husband and me at home!!!
Loving the posts Vicki.

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Vicki

Thank you … and how lovely to have your daughter with you.. special times :)
I do love those samples..

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Jen

Groucho! Oh, thank you for the laugh. I can’t see it in your photos but I’ve had black henna done and I’m grey/blonde so I know the look. Stay safe!

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jeanne..c.

Oh Vicki…thank you for not saving the best for last! You still look adorable! What a remarkably funny post…I needed that…I feel your pain…haha
ps….I trimmed my husbands hair….not a bad job at that…I wished I could trust him to do mine:-)

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Pamela

Haha, Vicki! Such good advice! I was complaining about how long it takes to wash and dry my super thick hair. I was overdue for a trim before lock down, now it’s halfway down my back too. My husband kindly offered to cut it for me. But I shudder to imagine the result. My eyebrows have almost disappeared! My last eyebrow tint was now too long ago. But after your story I won’t attempt to do it myself. I also miss the facial threading as I’ve reached the age where little white hairs appear on lip and chin if they’re not threaded off. Even with my reading glasses I find it hard to track them to tweeze off. But the only person who sees me now is my hubby who’s totally relaxed about it all. At the weekly shopping forays I wear a mask so no-one sees my face except the eyes. And then they’re increasingly being hidden by my lengthening fringe!!
Stay well and safe!!
Best wishes, Pamela

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Vicki

You too, Pamela…
I’m going with the long hair too.. don’t dare ask my housemates to attempt that… there might be war then… LOL :)

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MARLA

Even my professionally tinted brows seem too dark to me sometimes. Just scrub when you are cleansing your face. They will fade in less than a week!!
Cute hair and pretty dress. I’m just a lump right now! I have days better than others when it comes to grooming! This to shall pass. Terrific blog!

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Vicki

Thank you Marla… yes, know what you mean about grooming… some days good and others… mmm .. best left hidden ;)

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Jeanne

And the hair…is now 3 inches shorter and slightly lop-sided. I feel refreshed and don’t regret doing it!

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Maria

I am SO laughing with you, as it’s so relatable! Love your honesty Vicki. ❤️

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anitapelayorivera

Oh Vicki, I am late to the party!
First of all, I must say that THIS is my favorite photo of you! You gorgeous hair piled high shines against the pale blush of your gorgeous frock and background. I love this and I wish I could photograph you.

I hear ya about all the body parts. Oh my goodness. The only chance I get to “dress up” these days is when I get on Google Meet with my students or my lunch group of 24 kids. Yesterday was “wear your favorite hat day” so I put up my now long-enough hair, wore a pair of REAL diamond chandelier earrings and I wore a TIARA, BABY! Yes, I had to sparkle. I had to feel as I made an effort.

Then there is the hair. Patience is the buzz word around here with my hair, but I am stubborn. I want to see what would happen if I let it grow through all the awkward growing out. So far, all I’m contending with are my own unrealistic expectations. I say to myself, “My hair doesn’t look like it did when I was 17.” WELL FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, I’m going to be 62 on Thursday! So, I have to reshift my expectations. I am learning to look at who I am now and to get creative to make the best of what I was blessed with and how it has evolved.Oh my, so much musing over hair! LOL

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Vicki

Is ‘Hair” the number one conversation with us women? Could possibly be :)
I love your tiara idea… what fabulous shine for your students… and let your hair grow… not as long as mine, perhaps… ha ha… that’s too long… but persevere…. it will look fab!

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Deborah

You always look lovely, Ms. Vicki!
I was planning to tint my brows myself (never had it done professionally) but now giving it a second thought. A few grays are poking up and they drive me crazy. Can cover these with eyebrow gel but tired of that. Oh well, at least with social distancing, if we make a few beauty bloopers no one has to know, except our families! Thanks for your honesty!

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Vicki

You can tint yourself, Deborah… I would say don’t leave it on long and re-apply if necessary… that was my mistake… got a little bold with it and distracted!

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