This is Beth. And it’s March.

1. The Do—It’s Up and Accessory month.

Inspired by celebrity updos (several examples from the Academy Awards, thanks Jilly):

up Adele Adkins imgres up Amanda Seyfried up Charlize Theron up Christine Teigen up Jennifer Garner up Jennifer Lawrence up Katy Perry url up Keira Knightley up Sandra Bullock 2013 Oscars up Taylor Swift

The very dark continues (so, not a new brunette, but I like the song).

2. Music (what was playing at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: While I do get to pick the blog post title song, I don’t get to pick what plays at Bang. Often the salon is noisy, I only hear a few songs. This time: Don’t You Forget About Me—Simple Minds (the fourth time the song [or The Breakfast Club] has come up in as many days), I Wanna Dance With Somebody—Whitney Houston, and TIme After Time—Cyndi Lauper. Seriously ’80s.

3. Drink (what I sipped at the salon during the doing of the do)—Note: I do get to choose the do-appropriate drink. This time, a recipe from my Northampton friend—Jeff’s Bellini Martini.

March mixin's March with drink

Vodka, peach schnapps, prosecco (or champagne). The drink is fancy, like some of the updos I’ll attempt. It requires a shaker and special glass. All totally worth it.

4. The Theories—Two ends of a spectrum: super fancy party-ready undo or (and) super casual throw it in a ponytail.

From Style by Marianne Moro: “An updo hairstyle involves pinning the hair on the top or sides of the head in a formal fashion. Usually reserved for special occasions like parties, weddings and funerals, the style can be adapted into a loose version for everyday wear. The most common “updo” stereotype is of a librarian with a tight bun of hair pinned on top of her head. But in the modern day updos are commonly used by teen girls at prom time, by actresses during award shows, and by everyday women who want a new look.”

By the way, I know lots of librarians and none of them wear buns. None fit a traditional “librarian” stereotype in any way, really.

5. Reactions—Although I just saw Monica at Bang, I started wearing the do up/with accessories (simple styles) the first of the month. So far not much of a reaction. Gotta admit, I’m glad Liz made a big splash with a dramatic, fun March do.

Monica spent some time time showing many ways to do updos, I hope to remember even half of them!

March with Monica

P.S. Title song: Billy Bragg from Talking With the Taxman About Poetry (“Whoops, there goes another year [whoops, there goes another pint of beer]”).