Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Choosing the Right Hair Color

Hello, my friends!
This is my face.
And my hair.
What you may notice is that my hair is (indeed) a dark brown! I'll let you in on a little secret: this isn't my natural hair color!
Although the fact that I die my hair is actually a well known fact, feel special, because I am openly admitting to you that I am addicted to dying my hair.
I have stopped doing it mostly because my hair is becoming incredibly damaged but also because I want to try growing out my natural color to see what it looks like on me.

Now you may be wondering,"If she's stopped dying her hair, what in the world is she making a blog post about it for?"
Well my little question-ers, I am trying to help you out from the mistakes I have made over the past few years! I have had every color (besides the crazy ones, those aren't allowed at my school per dress code) from blonde to orange. I have seen it all on myself and have come to the conclusion that all of those online "guides" to choosing the correct hair color for you are all a bunch of whooie.

As a disclaimer, I am not nor have ever been a professional cosmetologist. I have not been trained in beauty but am just going off of my personal experience. 

Purple hair is absolutely
gorgeous when done right.
It is my personal opinion that a person should have whatever hair color/style they feel most comfortable in. Some people just feel like a blonde with bangs, or a redhead with a middle part. It's all about preference and how you want to express yo'self.

She has the prettiest hair. 
Another contributing factor is how you want others to see you. Although people say appearances don't matter, they most certainly do. If your personality is sweet and innocent and you want people to perceive you that way, it would seem counterproductive to shave your hair and dye your eyebrows pink. Choose a color/cut that represents you, not someone else.

If you don't want to make the full commitment
of dye, ombre/highlighting is a good option.
As much as I'd like to say skin tone and eye color don't matter, they do. Even though they in fact matter, I do not believe that they're as significant as the online guides make them out to be. 
Obviously if you're olive toned or darker you may want to stay away from the unnaturally light and yellow. Just as if you are in incredibly pale, black hair can make you appear ghostly. 
What the guides don't tell you is that you can go for a color as long as it's in moderation. If you're pale, rather than going jet black, go dark brown and it'll seem darker on you.

Random Tip: Black hair dye is extremely to difficult to get out of hair once you've dyed it. Be weary of that and make sure that you want black hair before you actually buy it and use it. I've been there, done that, and now it's incredibly difficult to lighten my hair. 

Another Tip: Deep Conditioner and Leave In conditioner are your friends. If you plan on dying your hair multiple times, attempt to use these at least once a week. Believe me, it will make a difference. 

Before I sign off to head to bed, I just want to leave you with one last thought. Explore all of the options. Before deciding on a color, head to the nearest Walgreens or CVS and peruse through the hair dye isle. Look at all of the different colors with an open mind, and who knows, you may find a color you could never even imagine pulling off. 

Happy Hair Styling!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Zombies and Updates

She looks murderous... hehehe.
Hello my lovely friends! Happy Thanksgiving!
I thought I'd take some time to just update a little bit since I haven't been posting as much as I'd like to.
School has been incredibly hectic with Thanksgiving break and teachers trying to throw in tests before we left.
Because of that, I haven't had as much time to do things I would like to :(
Anyway, the other night I had a photoshoot with my friend Nicole and some of the pictures turned out smashing.
The one above is my absolute favorite!
We were just taking normal head shots until we started playing around with her makeup and hair, and well, this was the result. 

Got these from the Flea Market!
We teased the poop out of her hair and put eyeshadow on her legs to make them appear bruised. Turned out pretty creepy.
Another thing I've been doing a lot of in online window shopping...
I need help.
I lack the funds to actually buy anything but I'm constantly looking at it all!
Thankfully I'm heading over to a mall near me to go Black Friday shopping at midnight! I'm hoping I can find stuff at Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Possibly H&M.
If not, there's always Cyber Monday :D

I thought I'd show you my outfit for today!

Sorry the quality is so bad, for some reason it got altered when I cropped the picture. 
The dress, purse, and blazer are all from F21. (Unfortunately they're all a tad large on me now)
The shoes are from Payless I believe! And I curled my hair with this awesome curling wand my sister brought with her. It did some serious stuff to my hair. I love it!

This week I also bought some stuff on Modcloth.
Well I say bought, but I really got it for free.
When they were doing their whole give 20 get 20 promotion. 

The ring is called the No Conquest Ring:
I got it in gold but it's also available in silver.
The socks are the Space of Your Own socks:
And they are my absolute favorite pair of socks I have ever owned. I want to be an astrophysicist one day, so I thought these socks were absolutely adorable. Anyway, I'll probably be posting later tonight or early tomorrow, so look out for that!

I'll talk to you later!
I'm gonna go eat some stuffing!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Out-erwear for the Out-Going

Each of these coats I found on the--of course--marvelous website of Modcloth. I'll say it a thousand times: I am in LOVE with this website.
I have probably spent around $300 dollars on clothing from this website alone. Whenever I'm feeling a little drained fashion or creativity wise, I take a quick peak at some of their items and it always gives me some inspiration.
 I would wear every one of these coats until the stitches rip, they are just so adorable. Anything with "fur" is faux and vegan! So if you thought that would prevent you, you're in luck! Anyway, sorry this post is a little short and quick but I'm at school (en la classe de francaise) and I have no ability to creat collages and whatnot.

 Yesterday, I went to a flea market and I picked up some pretty fantastic stuff, so either today or tomorrow I will be posting pictures/prices. Possibly a thrift with me post?
Regardless, you're all lovely and I will talk to you soon!

 Au Revoir


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY Floral Crown

Well, I stayed home from school sick today so I decided to post another DIY!
This time it's for those floral crowns that everyone seems to be wearing.
I personally love the look of these headbands, even though some find them a little overbearing.

1. Flowers of your choice, at least 5 recommended with metal stems
2. Any old headband
3. Scissors/pliers and floral tape

For your flowers you have complete freedom in what you want to add. I went with sunflowers because they are my favorite flower. If I were to make another crown, I would probably mix it up more and probably add smaller things like leaves and what not.
I found my headband at my local thrift store for 50 cents, so I recommend looking at thrift stores or dollar stores for the headbands. They begin to get a little pricier at drugstores.
The flowers and tape were both found at Michaels. The flowers were 3 dollars for the whole bunch, which is a steal because fake flowers can get a little expensive. After going to Michaels  I went to the same thrift store I found the headband at and found 3 buckets full of fake flowers for a tenth of the price at Michaels. 

Step One: Cut the Flowers

Take your pliers/scissors and start to cut where you want. I usually leave around 2 inches of the stem so I have something to tape onto the headband itself. Make sure to cut the stems all around the same length  to make sure the flowers are equally spaced. Once I cut off all of the flowers, I also harvested the leaves from each of the stems to add them to the crown later on.

Step Two: Start Taping!

Take the stem of the flower and bend it either to the right or to the left (it doesn't matter, but make sure you bend all of the stems the same way.) Once you've bent the stem, hold it onto the headband, take a long piece of floral tape and start taping. I usually start at the base of the flower and just wrap it around covering the entire stem of the flower. Once you have one flower taped, start adding even more! 

This is a failed attempt at me trying to show
you what the taping process looks like!
Step Three: Check for Any Loose Flowers

If there are any loose flowers or exposed stems, just go through with the tape and cover them all up. Make sure the flowers are secure so they don't fall off, but also make sure that they're a little loose so they can be adjusted throughout the day.

Before the added leaves

Step Four: Add Any Other Details

With the added leaves

For me, I just added in three of the leaves I took from the original stems of the flowers. I just kind of shoved them in there and added a little bit of tape. I like the extra details because they break up the monotone-ness of the headband and cover up the gaps.

Step Five: Put it on and Bask in Your Craftiness 
Filters optional!
This is what my finished headband looks like! I would pair it with this burnt-orange dress for a very autumn feeling outfit. I'd love to see what your crown looks like! If you make one email me a picture at :)
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

DIY No Sew Detachable Collar

Hello hello hello!
I come to you today with a fabulous DIY.
Like the collar trend? Hate the bulkiness of button ups?
Well do I have good news for you!
I am going to show you how to make a collar without the shirt!
The best part?
No sewing involved.

Let's get started!

First and foremost, clear off an empty workspace.
I was limited by the fact that I needed somewhere with natural light, and it was quite dull out today. 
Instead of a table or the floor I did it on a bookshelf, which I advise against.
On the left I have a chest full of little doo-dads and craft stuff and next to that I have a jar full of paintbrushes.
On the right is just a jar full of buttons and random items and (of course) my phone.

Just an old shirt will suffice. 
Next, select the shirt you are going to use.
It can be any old button up shirt, as long as it buttons all of the way up to the collar. The collar can be anything you want it to be. Yellow, red, green, etc. Mine is white because It's what I had available to me.
This shirt is just one of my mom's old work shirts that got a little stained and tatty. The collar was in great condition, so I decided to use this. 

Lay your shirt out on the flat surface, making sure that the collar is completely straight.
It helps if some of the buttons are left done on the bottom so the shirt isn't falling all over the place.

Cut just underneath the seam between the collar and the shirt.
Make sure not to cut the actual collar. 
You want the seam on the collar itself to be as intact as possible. (It looks much better this way!)
Continue to cut just below the seam until the collar is no longer attached to the shirt. 

Then, gather your supplies.
You can apply almost ANYTHING to one of these collars and it look great.
This is all about customization and self expression, so you can do what you like to the collar.
I personally love the look of water color on fabric, so that's exactly what I did.
I gathered water color, paintbrushes, a black marker, and a cup of water.
Now comes the fun.

Start decorating! In my case that was painting. 
In your case, you can do whatever you want.
You can add sequins, buttons, brooches, anything. 
I painted the ends of my collar red and had it gradient up the collar and in the middle I painted it black.

I used a black marker.

To add a little bit more of a personal touch, I also drew little, black cat faces on the ends of the collar. :3I chose cat faces but you draw/paint literally anything on the ends of the collar. 

The finished product!
And it's done!
In the end you're left with an adorable accessory that can change up an outfit so easily. 
This can also be done with other shaped collars, such as peter pan collars.

Shirt-Thrifted Dress-Charlotte Russe
Belt-Forever 21 Collar-DIY
This is how I would wear my collar. Does it give you any ideas?

Till next time!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bubblegum Pink OOTD

Hey guys! This is a video I made a few days ago.
It's just a short outfit of the day, but I decided to share it anyway.
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Feeling Fifties