Pages

  • Home

Friday, July 25, 2014 /

I had to re-dye my hair yesterday because the color fades out so fast. It's not even just from washing it, but the sun is a huge contributor to the fade. I guess I'll start off my whole journey so you can understand, well... My hair is naturally blonde. Not that I haven't lightened it at all ever, but I haven't for years. I wanted lavender, however my hair is thin so out of fear of bleach burning my entire head off my hairstylist only bleached sections to achieve purple. This is the color it was when we first dyed it, hoping that it would fade to lavender.


It was really really purple, not that I didn't like it but it wasn't what I wanted exactly. So then it started to fade and I liked it a whole lot more. It looked something like this. The only issue with it fading was that it wasn't fading evenly at all because only certain parts were bleached and it was fading to an orange-y tone because of my natural blonde. After a few days of it fading it drove me crazy, to say the least.
I took matters into my own hands, not wanting to go to the salon and pay yet again for color that I knew was going to fade in a week. Nothing about my salon because I'm in love with that place, however any color esspecialy a bright is going to fade and fast.
I bought this leave in conditioner which was basically exactly the color that I had originally wanted my hair.
After dying my hair with that Unique Freak in Lilac stuff, my hair looked like this. This picture isn't the best it was definitely more lilac-y. It was really cute. But it faded super fast as well. It looked like this after three days.




This was where I was yesterday. I had done that Unique Freak color twice, deciding if I wanted to do it again or go all out and dye it darker. So I rolled the dye-ce. Ha ha ha. Sorry. This was the kit I got for myself. 


Mixing bowl, color, comb, WHITE conditioner, and a clip to separate it all. I added conditioner to the hair dye to make it more manageable and a little bit diluted, hoping it would end up being pastel. 



I start using this color and I'm like why is it so blue. Then I decided to do a test strip on my hair... I did entirely too much (just the streak first then I did the bottom). I was so confused. Like, why is this blue? How is it not purple? I let it sit for a while hoping it would turn into the dark purple I thought it was going to be but it never did. I then said just screw it, this is the color I chose I'm just going to to go with it. I immediately regretted my decision when my entire head was covered with the dye and I really thought my hair was going to be bright bright blue. I swore I was going to have hair the color of that crayon that looks dark blue but when you color with it it's bright bright blue.



After all of that little panic, my hair came out amazing. It was the right color, a little more indigo. But that was perfect because I do not want that orange-y tone at all.


If you want colored hair, here is my advice. I'm still learning about it because, it can be completely unpredictable. But,
  • Be aware and prepared for the fact that it is going to fade. Every time I wash my hair I have to put some sore of color into it.
  • You cannot wash your hair as ofter as you're used to. I usually wash my hair about every 3 days in the summer, now it's about every week. Dry shampoo and baby powder has become my best friend.
  • You have to bleach your hair, be ready for the damage, keep in mind you might have to cut your hair short when you're off your color trip. I am preparing myself for this as well.
  • Do NOT go out in the sun for a long time with your hair showing. Invest in hats, scarves, anything to cover your hair.
That's all I can think of right now. It's been a fun journey. If anyone is thinking of doing something crazy to their hair my personal advice is to do it, it's just hair and it's going to grow back. I held back on changing my hair for years but, it really is just hair.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014 /

I just got finished with looking at my monthly supply of magazines, I've been having issues finding my 'inspiration' lately. I feel like I wake up wanting to dress a little different everyday, which isn't an issue. I had a said signature style for so long that now, as I explore, I'm just like "where do I want to go with all of this?" But I guess before I have an existential crisis about my fashion, I'll start with the things I'm really into right now. So, here is
A List of Things I'm Really Into

Pearls
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2014

Rihanna is known for her pearls, and I love it. When it came to jewelry, I used to be strictly silver. Then I was obsessed with gold, and then I started mixing it all which was always some kind of taboo for me. Well now, I'm adding pearls to that combination.
A classic string is awesome, and is so cute mixed up with a grungier outfit. There's some new ways that pearls are coming into stores though like this choker and hand chain,
Forever 21



Forever 21.com, Lulus.com, Nastygal.com

Bucket Hats

From what I have gathered on social media and in person, a lot of boys hate this trend for females. Probably because it's a "masculine" style that we adopted and look a million times better in. So, I could really care less about how many people are against it. I think bucket hats look insanely cute on girls, they keep the sun out of your eyes, and for me (and my purple hair) it protects hair from the sun so the color doesn't wash out as fast.
My advise is always go for a bucket hat, why not, it can really be added onto any outfit and there's so many options right now.


All from Urban Outfitters.com


Patch Work

I'm still trying to figure out what piece to buy to incorporate this trend, I first saw it in the winter but I guess it's going to make it's real "statement" in the fall. Maybe I'll make it into a DIY project. Hmmm..

Pixie Market.com, Pixie Market.com, Nasty Gal.com




These are the trends that have been on my mind lately, I'm sure I'll be posting some more every week. But I love this, it's great to have a little place to organize my fashion thoughts because everyone knows waking up in the morning and picking out that outfit is a mission. Having a good place to start is always helpful in gaining direction.

Taylor




Tuesday, July 22, 2014 /



video

I've had a long long long day so far. Well, I woke up at 7AM to go see 5 Seconds of Summer. They were, well Luke was, beautiful. And the line outside was insane, I mean just to get a glimpse of them. People are so dedicated to the things they love, it's so awesome. I really enjoyed myself they seemed cool, like they really love frozen pizza as much as I do cool. Like, I wish I was from Australia and could have grown up with them (and surf). Afterwards I came to my friends house and we hung out for a few and I was able to tan, something I haven't quite gotten enough of since I came back from Puerto Rico.




It was a little sunny outside, a little, so don't mind my face



TOP: Forever 21

SKIRT: American Apparel

SHOES: Vans (from Urban Outfitters) 

NECKLACE: Urban Outfitters






Monday, July 21, 2014 /



I don't get why everyone is still so stressed over Mondays when it's summer and the weathers perfect and you can do things like go to Soho with your friends. So, that's what I did. Today I went to this pop up shop with my friend Talisha, it was for a brand called "Odd Sox". Pretty cool, my favorite were the Kanye socks. Duh.




DRESS: Topshop

FLANNEL: Uniqlo

SHOES: Dolce Vita

BAG: Vintage

WATCH: Burberry

NECKLACE: Urban Outfitters

Tip: I loved the cut of this dress, very loose fitting and perfect for the city heat. However, it moved around a lot due to the ruffle at the bottom. I wore a pair of black biker shorts from American Apparel under, the dress was 100% more comfortable for me since I had nothing to worry about. No slips and whatnot, you know?


Well, I got Uptown pretty early and didn't want to go home so I walked around my neighborhood for a few and I saw these. They made my entire day. I guess this is a little random but, I think it's really easy to lose site of what's important. I know that seems very cliche to say. However, being fresh out of college I'm constantly being told that I have to face the real world now, get a real job. Somehow, that's synonimous with dropping all your hopes and dreams for the 'love' of money. Money just isn't always the most important thing. I'm trying to understand that doing something you love is an million times more important than making money. I don't think there's anything wrong with allowing the littlest things to make you purely happy even if people think it's dumb, and allowing your mind to create opportunities for you based off of that. Maybe you don't know what career path is perfect for you, but I don't know you really love socks. That's a starting point. I mean, happiness can pave the way. Anyways, that's where my mind is at tonight. That's all.

Taylor

Monday, June 30, 2014 /

Yes, the return of how awkward I am while taking pictures. I swear one day I'll get used to it, just not today. Well this is what I wore to work today. I have to wear a uniform (womp) so I always wear something that's comfortable and easy to change out of.

Top: Dimepiece
Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Shorts: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: KDB
Watch: Burberry
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Random, but I've fallen in love with this shoe brand. I need to look into it more, I found them at Urban Outfitters.. obviously I need to stop giving them all my money but I can't help it. Back to the shoes: they are so so comfortable. I'm happy that these bulky sandals are "in" because my feet can finally flourish all summer.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 /


Today I went to this big annual BBQ, the "ITYB BBQ" ..I guess I should hashtag that. But anyways, it's thrown by a bunch of guys and wow it was so packed. I was going to wear a skirt, and look really really cute but due to whatever I ate for brunch giving me a stomach virus and my getting ready time being delayed by 3 hours I just threw on a T-Shirt. Rolling my eyes at myself.
I got to wear a REALLY amazing necklace though,


TOP: it was actually my brothers, I think it's from a concert
SHORTS: a brand called "Walter", I found them thrifting
SHOES: Steve Madden
NECKLACE: Urban Outfitters 
BAG: Vince Camuto


I also wore orange lips because I felt a little.. bleh. I used a Color Burst Matte Balm stick by  Revlon. The color is called "Mischievous". This thing is SO GOOD! It goes on like butter, and it smells really nice.. like, minty. I was surprised. My only suggestion is that you really need to exfoliate your lips with a lip exfoliator before wearing. The color does last and it is really bright but it had the tendency to get in the.. "crevices" of my lips. Sorry, I really do not like that word. But I am obsessed with the orange lips for summer, orange goes perfectly with a tan. Which for me, is fading. 

Friday, June 27, 2014 /

FIRST THOUGHTS OF SUMMER
Honestly, I don't know when Summer began. It was cold, rainy, and miserable one day and suddenly I can't leave my house in anything other than shorts. I'm totally not complaining though, I always find that I'm the most productive and the happiest in the summer. 
With that being said, I've composed a  very short list of somewhat random tips I've been reminding myself of while getting dressed in the morning throughout this past week. I'll probably update this many, many times but I feel like it's important that people appreciate my favorite season just as much as I do. And one way to do that is to be ready for the heat.

First off... DO NOT, EVER, WEAR POLYESTER IN THE SUMMER.
Looking at clothing tags may seem well, anal. But there are reasons why linen and seersucker fabrics are popular in the summer; they let you breath. Unlike the demonic greenhouse-effect causing polyester. If it's hot outside, make sure you're wearing a cotton, jersey, linen, silk, seersucker, chambray or rayon fabric. I guarantee you will be ten times cooler. Not to mention when you sweat in polyester it smells like.. well, it smells. Stay away from anything with wool in it as well, obviously.

VENTILATE YOURSELF
Luckily for Summer 2014, all these sheer paneled clothes, crotchet tops, and low-cut muscle shirts are in trend. Take advantage of this. It may seem counter-productive, but it's not: layer yourself up in bandeaus and cut out shirts. I feel like this seems like it would be very self explanatory, but with the amount of females I see outside dying in tight cut thick I feel the need to state this. Wear a-line skirts, loose shirts, baggy shorts, harem pants. It's too hot to be outside dressed like Lady Gaga, channel your inner Vanessa Hudgens or something. Just let yourself breathe.

GO AU-NATURALE
I hate to break it to you all, but no straightener or curling wand is a match for humidity. So just give up. Give up on foundation, primer, hair styling, all that. Maybe this is just a personal bias, I've been on a California dreaming trip lately, but women look beautiful with natural hair and little to no make-up. Get tan, ditch you foundation. Stick to a powdered bronzer and mascara so you don't feel your face melting off when you walk outside and try minimal heat styles in your hair like this one (which was my favorite last summer). I'm so excited to bring it back. But anyways, you're beautiful lets yourself be free of over-styling for one season.


Blogroll