Her little hair-flick is actually in homage of Lina Inverse's hair from Slayers. I thought it was appropriate since we've managed to watch nearly the entire series in as little as a month. Here's a quick drawing of her while i'm up sick and failing to storyboard/plan layouts.
In my failure, at least, i've collected a happy amount of reference. 1920s, children's rooms - messy children's rooms - winter and old tin toys.