Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Little Off Lately

Sorry everyone.  I know I haven't posted anything in the last few days.  I've been feeling a little off thanks to my sinus.  I'm not sick, just...a little off.

I have something I'm putting together for Friday.  Expect something!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, Readers!  For a lot of people, this is a religious holiday.  For me, it's a celebration of spring!  I find that Easter is a great time to start seeds and I often give/receive a potted flower.  This year my mom got me a fragrant muscari flower.  Below I have my plants.  Don't let the snow outside fool you.  It's almost gone and I think it's 35F to 40F.  That might sound chilly to you, but things around here are melting!

R to L: Muscari flower, coffee bush (on tiki stand), and polka dot plant (pink and green leaves).

R to L: Bamboo, Crown of Thorns, Cantaloupe, and tray with flowering vines (black-eyed Susans and morning glories).

R to L: Radishes, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Mixed Beets.
What traditions do you have for Easter?  Aside from giving each other plants and getting seeds started, we always have a family dinner (me, my parents, my sister and her family of 6).  We usually have some sort of Easter candy floating around too.  I have a godiva chocolate bunny.  I made an icebox cake for dinner tonight...and for my cookbook.  Okay, so it's more for my cookbook than anything.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday

I went out Friday night.  I was supposed to go to a production of "The Buddy Holly Story", but they were all sold out.  I met up with my friend and we went to Denny's instead.  Had some coffee and dessert.

Saturday, I worked on making food for my cookbook.  Ugh.  I shouldn't be eating all of this stuff, but I can't let it go to waste!  lol

Always looking for a little encouragement!  You all want to read my cookbook right?  Of course you do!

Friday, March 25, 2016

A New Book!

Hey Everyone!!!  I published a new book!  It's not the cookbook.  That's still in the works.

HERE IS THE LINK

An examination of Vlad III Dracula in two papers. “Vlad III Dracula, Caught Between Good & Evil” & “Dissecting Dracula: Understanding the Dichotomy of Hero and Monster through Postmortem Media”. You decide, based on the evidence presented, if he was good, evil, hero, or monster.

Available as paperback or e-book.


I really need people to check it out and write reviews!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Camp X & WWII Secrets

Lately, I have been finding myself gravitating towards WWII "secret" stuff.  I've always been interested in UFOs and the occult during WWII, which you can find quite a few documentaries on, but I recently watched (via Netflix) WWII Spy School, a documentary on Camp X.  Camp X was a Canadian-based training camp for spies (for England, Canada, and USA).  It is super fascinating!




Through Amazon, I was able to get the Camp X training manual and a "how-to" combat manual by the head combat trainer for Camp X, W.E. Fairbairn.  I haven't started reading these yet because I don't want to deter myself from the cookbook I'm putting together.  I have a feeling that these might just inspire some kind of spy story.

Here is the official Camp X Website.  You can visit and go on tours if you're visiting Whitby, Ontario, Canada (go to Intrepid Park on Boundary Road).

I would love to have a vintage Camp X crest.  If you see something on ebay or etsy (etc) let me know!  I wonder if anyone sells replicas.  I can't find anything online, but I haven't looked too hard.

I grew up absorbing heavy influences from my dad and grandpa (his dad) - not to disregard my mom's influence, but I'm looking at my dad in particular right now.  My grandpa was in the military for a little bit (wasn't everyone's?) in the Army Air Corp.  He was born in 1926, so he wasn't able to sign up until 1944 (age of 18).  He wasn't allowed to sign up at the age of 16, when he graduated high school (super smart guy), despite being very proficient in sports, because he couldn't meet the height and weight requirements.  I'm told that he set some shooting records during his training in Alabama, before returning to the PacNW (Tacoma, WA - was where he was from) to be a parachute rigger.  He joined his mom up in Fairbanks, Alaska around 1949.  He found his way into Local 375, plumbers and pipefitters union, eventually becoming a mechanical contractor.

I get my love of jelly beans, jelly fruit slices, whiskey, fishing, smokehouse almonds, ambrosia salad, etc from my grandpa.  If only he would have helped with my trigonometry homework 17 years ago when I was in 11th grade.  I might be a whole different breed of creative person with a science degree.

My dad was lucky enough to not be drafted for Vietnam.  He was born in 1953 and was heavily influenced by the Beatles and Rolling Stones, along with classical music and jazz.  Doing what his dad did, he is a mechanical contractor with a degree from Cal Poly.  Interestingly, he went to Cal Poly at the same time Weird Al Yankovic was also attending.  They didn't know each other, but my dad saw him play on campus a few times.  My dad gave me a love for James Bond movies, more fishing, shooting (he hunts birds), etc.  If I'm going to sit down and watch a spy movie, my dad is the first person I ask to join me.  We just really like that kind of stuff.

4 fingers, from my animation days.
This WWII "secret" stuff that I came across made me think of my dad and grandpa.  I should probably talk about my mom's parents at some point, but that will have to wait for another post.

I've spent the last few days, especially with that new incident in Brussels (OMG!  Another one!), thinking about an upcoming WWIII.  I admit that I feel like it is going to happen sooner than later.  Is it going to be a war that people want to get behind?  I mean, it was a big YES for WWI, WWII, and the Cold War, but the other wars.....meh.  I feel no need or duty to sign up for the military.  If a war was to pop up, it could be against ISIS.  Does ISIS have a figurehead to target?  Not that I know of.

I don't think America is ready for a war.  Have you met these new millennials?  I was born in 1982 and I cannot relate to these jerks at all. To the right, I have a quick sketch of my interpretation of the "Millennial Attitude" - don't care, focused on social media, a hand out for whatever they feel entitled to, and a desire for a bland but comfortable lifestyle without having to put in much effort.  On the complete opposite side of what I just finished saying, it is possible that WWIII might be exactly what is needed to turn these millennials into working people, instead of trust fund or wanna-be trust fund kids.

I'm not going to leave this on a sour note, so I'll share an idea that I had.

I think it would be fabulous to have a WWII-themed rockabilly gathering.  Instead of going more with 50s, aim for the 40s.  I'm not even sure what would go on, but I think it could be immensely fun!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Let The Cooking Begin!

I will be as moody as Donald in the kitchen.
I'm to the point in creating a cookbook where I have to start making photo-worthy food.  Since I'm lucky enough to have my parents as neighbors, I have informed them that the time is nigh.  I will definitely need some help consuming everything over the next few weeks.  I have decided to start with some easy, fast foods.  Today is egg and gelatin day!

I ran to the store after the gym this morning and got everything I needed.  I spent this morning watching the newest episode of Gotham (so much happiness!  Paul Rubens as Penguin's dad!!!), making gelatins, and getting some eggs hard-boiled.

I am not finished writing out all of my recipes, but I'm getting there.  I figure, if I can knock out the breakfast items and the desserts by the end of the month, then I'm doing pretty good.

I want to emphasize how important this phase is to the cookbook.  There are five major reasons why this is the most crucial step to a cookbook.

  1. It allows you to double-check your recipes and make any adjustments.
  2. Photos of food is always a major plus for a cookbook, and this means proper plating and excellent food photography.
  3. Tasting the food you are about to unleash on the world is very important.  If you won't eat it, why would other people eat it?
  4. Cooking for better writing.  While you're in the midst of cooking, you might say "I'll use the word 'blossom' when describing gelatin".  You'll find that you might want to adjust your terminology accordingly.
  5. Notes and tips.  I find that while I can come up with notes and tips while sitting at a computer, I will come up with notes and tips (even more) while I'm in the process of cooking.  This also goes for describing the process of creating items like: it will look like THIS, then after a minute of vigorous whisking it will look that THAT, and after you stir in A you will end up with it looking like THIS.
I am hoping that this cookbook really opens things up for me.  I have a few more cookbooks in mind after I get done with this one.  I am really looking forward to having a finished product and hearing feedback from people.  I will probably hold some sort of cookbook giveaway, but that will be discussed in the future when I'm finished writing.  For right now, it's just me working on a cookbook full of vintage-inspired recipes for daily living!

I wouldn't be opposed to having someone design a cover for me.  I can always do it myself, but I'm willing to help someone get their name out there.  If you think you might be up for the task, send me an EMAIL.  Tell me about yourself, send me to your portfolio site, that sort of thing.  What I'll do is send you the size of the front and back cover and ask for a quick 5 cover sketches, in color.  Use pencil, use marker, use paint, use photoshop...I don't care.  If I like something, I will choose you, if I am just not jiving with you then I'll say "Maybe next time".  Yes, I can pay for final art.  Send me an email.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Product Review: FSLESI Dress

I saw this dress on Amazon for $18.90.  It was reduced from $49.99!  Here is the LINK.

Since that other dress was too short, I was pretty hesitant about this dress.  Turns out, that it is also too short. If it wasn't so short, I would keep it.  It's a stretchy knit fabric, so it's super comfortable.

I was hoping that this would be a cute new dress that I could wear to the office.  It could use another 7" on the bottom.  It is definitely misrepresented on Amazon.

I've asked for a return label.  I'm not keeping something that I'm not going to wear.

**Yes, that is my vintage 1941 RCA V-302 behind me.  It belonged to my mom's parents.

Coffee For Company

When you have people over, coffee is one of those usual beverages served.  If you want to spice things up a little, try some of these coffee recipes.  These are considered to be classic parlour coffee beverages, usually served at breakfast, during the afternoon, before dinner, or even during dessert.  It's important to note that these are made with brewed coffee, not espresso.  This makes it super easy to make at home.

I would like to suggest that you have people over to try these coffee drinks while playing a board game or a card game!  This is also a great treat if you're just having people over for a little chit-chat.



Cafe au Lait
Hot Coffee, strong brew
Warm Milk

  1. Warm your milk over the stove.  Do not boil.
  2. Fill your cup one-third of the way with the warm milk.  Fill the rest of the way with hot coffee.


Spiced Cream Coffee
1-1/2 cup Hot Coffee
2 tsp Chocolate Syrup
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
3/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1 TBSP Sugar


  1. Begin by whipping the cream until it begins to stiffen.  Add in 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the sugar -- then continue to whip until it is completely stiff.
  2. In two coffee cups, place 1 tsp of chocolate syrup and 1/4 tsp cinnamon.  Stir in the coffee.
  3. Top with the spiced whipped cream and serve!

Cafe Vermont
Hot Coffee
1 TBSP Maple Syrup
1 TBSP Heavy Cream

  1. In a coffee cup, mix the maple syrup and heavy cream together.  Mix in the coffee.  You can serve with or without a sprinkle of cinnamon.



Bulletproof Coffee
Hot Coffee
2 TBSP Grass-fed Butter, Kerrygold (recommended)
1 TBSP Coconut Oil
  1. Place the butter and coconut oil into a coffee mug.  Fill the cup with hot coffee.
  2. Stir until the butter is fully melted.  The coconut oil will melt very quickly.
  3. You can also add in spices (cinnamon or nutmeg) or cream, but it is not necessary.

Cafe Napoleon/Emperor's Coffee
Hot Coffee
1 Egg Yolk
1 TBSP Heavy Cream or Cognac (cognac for the alcoholic version)
2 tsp Sugar or Honey

  1. In your mug, mix the yolk, cream or cognac, and sugar or honey together until smooth.
  2. Stir in the hot coffee.

Cafe de Olla
1 qt. Water
2/3 cup Ground Coffee
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 3" piece of Orange Peel

  1. Place all of the items into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Strain through a filter placed in a strainer, before pouring into cups.  This is strong, sweet, and spicy.


My favorite out of all of these is the Cafe Napoleon (aka Emperor's Coffee and Kaisermelange) with Bulletproof Coffee coming in second.  I tend to just drink my coffee black, so super sweet stuff like Cafe de Olla is not my thing.

Let me know what your favorite is!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

What Genre Is Your Life?

I write all the time.  I have some novels in the works, a cookbook, some screenplays....you get it, lots of projects.  When I really get involved in a story, I often find myself wondering: what genre do I live my life in?  I often reply to myself that I live in a drama, like that beginning part of Fight Club where you learn just how bored and how boring Edward Norton's character is.  The odd thing, is that I like films with those kind of characters.  They often find themselves in an adventure and along with it some sort of meaning, sometimes even happiness.

Readers, I am asking you: What genre do you live your life in?

It's one of those questions that I recommend thinking about while in the tub or shower.  Do you repeat the same things every day?  Maybe everyday is a new adventure.  Some people seem to live in a comedy, others in an action/mystery, while others strive for romance.  HERE is a list of genre definitions.

Tips For Your Life Genre:
  • While we are all side characters in other people's stories, do not end up being a side character in your own story. 
  • You are the only one who can change your own genre.
  • Make your own story worth reading.  Do you really want to be just another face in the crowd?  If not, keep it interesting.
  • Venture out of your comfort zone if you seek any kind of change.  This could be as simple as signing up for a dance class or a cooking class or getting drunk and buying a plane ticket.
  • There are multiple volumes to your life.  It's okay to switch up the genres of your life.
  • Try not to be a villain or a stereotypical character.
  • Sometimes you just need a montage...do things that would be fitting for a montage.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Product Review: Rosie the Riveter Lip Balm


I ordered a new product put out by Archie McPhee called Rosie the Riveter Lip Balm.  I bought it for three reasons: 1. I needed a new chapstick. 2. It's Rosie-themed. 3. My friends and I are trying to put together a local pin-up contest and we are looking for potential items for goody bags.

The flavor was a light cherry and it moisturize my lips for quite a while.  The price was great $2.95.  It arrived pretty fast, always a plus.

This is going to remain in my pocket until it's completely used!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Product Review: SYLVIEY Dress

Amazon pic
Me
I saw this dress on Amazon for $22.99 (Prime).  Here is the dress LINK.  Why did I get it?  It's a low price and I wanted something new that I didn't have to spend time making.

When this dress came in, I was pleased to find that it is a stretchy knit fabric.  It's perfect for these final days of winter, the office, and the spring season.

Is it me, or is this dress cut a little shorter than what the Amazon picture depicts?  I feel like it's shorter than what I'm used to.  It's short and I'm only 5'-3", so tall people might want to avoid this dress.

I would say that this wasn't a great purchase.  It's a good thing it didn't cost too much.  It's too bad because I thought this was super cute.

Final thoughts: DON'T BOTHER BUYING THIS.  I'm returning it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A New Book

I am working on a new book, a new cookbook!

I can't believe the difficulties of creating a cookbook.  It's not in writing the recipes.  That's the easy part.  I keep thinking about chapters.  This is cookbook geared towards daily use.  I thought "I'll just do Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert".  Now I'm wondering if I should do Breakfast, Light Fare, Heavy Fare, and Dessert.  I mean, some people like a heavy lunch, light dinner; others like the opposite.

I also need to make and photograph everything.  I hate it when a cookbook doesn't have a picture for things.  I always wonder if I made it correctly or I totally ignore it.

The cookbook will be geared for everyday vintage-life.  I know that I eat paleo and some things in the cookbook definitely are paleo, but be reassured that not everything is paleo.

I'm actually thinking about producing a handful of cookbooks for everyday vintage-life.  I have ideas pouring in my brain like water into a pitcher!

Do you have a favorite vintage recipe?  I have two: my grandpa's ambrosia salad and pretty much anything with jello.   Leave me a comment with your favorite vintage recipe!!!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Product Review: Hats In The Belfry

Belfry Kay
I ordered myself a black and green fedora, the Belfry Kay, from Hats In The Belfry.  I'm not the biggest hat wearer, but I think it looks classy if you are on the go and have a lovely hat.  It's one part of the vintage life that I really have neglected.

I received my hat in the mail within a few days of ordering it.  When you live in Alaska, that's a big deal and a super bonus!

I was surprised by the softness of the hat.  Some hats are hard or don't feel nice, but this one is lovely!  I tried it on and it fits.  This was  concern of mine since my head is big.  There is an elastic drawstring on the inside of the hat, in case a wearer needs to make it fit.

The Belfry Kay was on sale for $37.00, but originally it is listed for $49.00.  I think that's a pretty fair price for a nice hat.

I wore the hat today with an oatmeal heather blouse I made and black linen trousers that I also made.


Before I finish this product review, I want to share my top 5 hat pics from Hats In The Belfry.  These five other hats are awesome and retro.  I want to share that if you want an "Agent Carter" red fedora, you can find one at Hats In The Belfry. *wink*

Broner Floppy Fedora - 40's inspired.  I love that blue!
Belfry Goon Fedora.  Basic and classic!
Betmar Demetria.  This would be darling with beachwear!
Giovannio Studded Pill Box.  For the classy lady!
Grace Claudette - 40's inspired cloche.  Sophisticated!

Friday, March 11, 2016

On The Job Front

I applied for three jobs that don't seem like they would suck.  There was a weird job at the newspaper, a park ranger, and a librarian job.  I fee like I'm beating a dead horse.  I've applied for these types of jobs multiple times before and have never received a call back.  I hope this time it's different.

I was informed that my uncle is going to sell his house and might need a place to stay.  My dad has offered up my apartment while my mom is avidly against it.  This means I would be kicked out.  I've been looking at places to rent around here and it's not looking good.  I need a place where I can have a dog and those pretty much start at $950/mo.

Maybe I should just find a job in another state and just move.  I can get rid of everything and just move.  I'll just take the essentials.

Any tips on good places to move to where there are jobs and not terrible rent?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

New Section

I have added a new section to the blog.  If you look up top, you'll see that there is 'Shopping' next to 'Home'.  It's a list of places you can shop for all kinds of stuff for your vintage-inspired rockabilly needs.  I am open to updates for it, so send me links!  I'd also love to do more product reviews, so we will have to see how that goes.  I haven't done any in a while.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Lost My Work Value

This isn't real work, just facebook and twitter.
I've been doing a lot of thinking in the last two months while keeping an eye on the job market.  I find that I'm constantly questioning my personal value as a potential employee.  Am I really qualified to be an executive assistant?  Am I really qualified for that night stocker position?  Why didn't I get that copy editor job that I would love to have?  Lack of experience?  Where do I get experience in this town?

If you've been job hunting, you know these questions - I'm sure.  I am employed as an Office Manager for a mechanical contracting company (non-residential).  I could tell you all the things I do in this position, but I will just tell you that some days I look at the clock and it's ONLY 8:30am.  There are days where the phone doesn't ring, more days where the phone only rings a few times, and rare days where I am swamped with stuff to do.  I also happen to be employed by my dad.  It's not a bad thing being employed by your family, but it has it's issues.

I can't actually sleep at work, but I seriously consider it.
I've been looking for work elsewhere because I am bored with this job.  I'm pretty sure that a monkey could do my job.  What I'm looking for in a new job is something that pays at least equal to what I'm making ($15/hour), 40 hr week, and something related to my field of interest.  I have two bachelor degrees, a 14-month internship at a museum, and a lot of various skills that no one seems to care about.

I am a writer.  I know this because I write stuff all the time and I've even been published.  I tend to write articles, fiction, screenplays, and historical essays/articles.  I wrote a non-fiction book, a how-to, on being a ghost investigator called The Professional Ghost Investigator.  It's available through your local bookstore and on Amazon.  It's not self-published.

How I feel most days.
I have a history degree.  I don't know if people realize this, but those with history degrees are really awesome when it comes to research.  It also means that I can look at something objectively, something that seems to be a dying art in this world.  BA History from University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

I have an art degree, but I have decided that I'm not out to be an artist as a career choice.  I am quite creative and I can draw stuff out for work.  I seem to have found a tiny bit of work, locally, as a logo designer.  I'm talking a few jobs over the years, very sparse.  I'd like a job that would allow me to use some of my creative skills.  BA 2D Animation from Joe Kubert School of Art.

I perused the local craigslist to see what's available.  Mechanics, cooks, waitress, nursing, receptionist, insurance agent, cable technician, hotel work....Nothing is really striking me.  The school district is looking for people, but pretty much nothing starts until August.  The city has openings for fire fighters and police officers.  Most everything pays less than what I'm making OR I'm not qualified for the position like mechanic jobs.

What if this is what employers think of my skill level?
Work skills.  I have them.  I can use adobe programs and microsoft office suite.  I'm punctual.  I get work done in a timely fashion - often to the point where people are surprised that I'm finished so quickly.  I have customer service skills.  I'm a problem solver.  I'm good at managing my time and getting things scheduled.  I can manage social media too.

I have non-work skills like sewing, cooking and baking, playing music (bass guitar, etc), knowledge of antiques, traveling, survival skills, bowling a 120-130 average (not the best), and interviewing skills.

Yesterday and today I've started work early...due to boredom.  I should probably get back to it.



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Vaudeville Show?

I've been thinking about trying to put together a vaudeville show.  I've thought about doing this a handful of times over the years, but just never did it.

What is a Vaudeville Show?
A vaudeville show is a variety show that is typically kept clean, though occasionally burlesque acts will appear.  Vaudeville shows are synonymous with singing and dancing, but can also have the following type of acts: magicians/illusionists, mentalists, one-act plays, comedians, juggling, contortionists, bellydancers, strongman, clowns, stage acrobatics, living statues, tap dancing, quick-change acts, mime or silent actors, etc.  In general, vaudeville shows were kept clean because they catered to a family audience.

I think it sounds like it would be a blast!  I'm not sure if I can find people who would even be interested.  I see so much stuff half-assed around Fairbanks....ugh.  I wouldn't allow it to be half-assed.

If you live in Fairbanks, and this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please get in touch with me!

New Shirt

I made a shirt from a dress pattern.  I used Butterick 5846, which is actually quite a cute pattern for a 1940s dress.  I like the fit, so I made a shirt.

I didn't cut out the skirt portion.  I did extend the top  by about 7", as well as extend the pleat.

One thing I should have done is add a little extra to the arms since my upper arms are a bit thick, but it will work.  Luckily, I used some spare suiting polyester for the shirt, so it has a little stretch to it due to the weave - not due to a percentage of elastane or spandex.

The best things about this top is that I can reach overhead with out stressing the fabric, it's comfortable, and busty people can fit into this.  If you know a thing or two about sewing, it wouldn't be hard to alter this pattern for the bustier woman.
I'm actually pairing this with a black cardigan and black/coral heels from Ruby Shoo.

What do you think?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Razzmatazz Hair

My goal is to have Bettie Page hair!
I didn't know what to call this, so Razzmatazz Hair it is!  It was the first thing that came to mind.

On my "sluggish, lazy" days...those days where I just make sure I have pants and some kind of shirt on, I tend to put my hair into two coiled buns that sit behind my ears.  This is how I devised this little hair shortcut.  I suppose I should start by telling you about my type of hair.  I have medium hair and LOTS of it - so it's thick.  I have never been to a stylist where they didn't say anything about how thick my hair is or how much hair I have.  I have a little bit of natural wave to my hair - thanks to some Greek heritage.  It tends to be super frizzy, curls fall out super easy (why?!), and it doesn't straighten easily (why?!).  It always takes some care to get it under control.

Since I now I have Bettie Bangs, I can't just throw my hair into a roll(s).  I did the bangs to get myself to do more with wearing my hair down.




Here are my 4 coiled buns.
Post-Shower

The Razzmatazz
1. Part your hair down the center, into two parts.
2. Part each of these two parts again, so you have 4 parts.
3. Twist each section until the hair wants to coil up on itself, then wrap into a cylindrical bun and secure with a hair tie. (see above)
4. Take a shower and try not to get your hair wet.  This is crucial.  If you can't shower, spritz with water - very lightly.  Use a spray bottle filled with water.  You want the steam and light moisture to help set your hair.
5. Allow to air dry.  The longer the better
6. Undo the coiled buns and run your fingers through it.  Voila!


30 min after my shower
I did this at night.  One of my biggest problems is that I can't wear curlers to bed because I go to the gym.  I'm afraid running for 30 minutes would just make curlers fall out.  I can, however, throw my hair up into these coiled buns and go to the gym.  I tend to shower at the gym, then tan.  By the time I get home, have some coffee, get dressed, have a protein smoothie....my hair is ready to go!  This is definitely one way to go for the girl-on-the-go.

So this is a picture of last night's hair-do.  Since I am posting this on a Monday morning, I am also posting Monday morning's hair-do since my hair is up for a longer period of time in these coil buns.  Last night, you could estimate my hair being up for almost an hour, about 50 minutes.  The longer you let your hair stay in the buns, the better the results.