I recently had the urge to change up my hair, so naturally I went to youtube to find out how to do it myself. What I found was loads of at home balayage tutorials, but very few of them were on hair that was a dark as mine. Soooo… I made my own! Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/7QzLq52Rygk
I used a combination of the teasing method and my own method of choosing small pieces and bleaching them for a more effortless and dimensional effect. Here are the steps that I took:
- Section hair off into 3 chunks – one on each side of your face and one in the back of the head.
- Mix up your bleach powder with developer according to the packet instructions. Add Ion Absolute Perfection Booster.
- Starting with the front sections, take small slices of hair and tease them.
- Apply the bleach to the hair left out of the tease.
- Process according to packet instructions, wash and dry hair.
- Asses where your hair could use some additional lightness and apply bleach to small pieces of hair, blending it well where the bleached part of the strand meets the unbleached part of the strand (see video for clarification).
- Process, wash and dry hair.
- Mix up root smudge colour with developer and apply at roots, blending a couple of inches down into hair.
- Mix up end toning colour. I used wella colorcharm demi-permanent hair color in 6N and 7A. Apply liberally to remaining hair.
- Brush hair from roots to ends using a wet brush or wide tooth comb to bend the dark colour into the light.
- Process, rinse and apply colour protector treatment.
- Rinse and style as desired.
Products used (all from Sally’s Beauty Supply):
– wella color charm demi-permanent hair color (3N, 7A, 6N)
– salon care 30 vol developer
– salon care 10 vol developer
– l’oreal super oreal blanc professional bleach
– ion after color treatment packette
– ion absolute perfection booster
– ardell unred
– plastic bowl and brush
– rattail comb (for teasing)
– latex gloves
This post is a little different, but I’ve recently had an interesting revelation that I think is worth sharing. I am a constant closet purger. I hate to be surrounded by stuff that I rarely use or that doesn’t make me happy, so I gladly (and continuously) edit my closet and donate what I don’t use or love.
Even though very much enjoy donating what I don’t use, I still have that emotional attachment to some things – as many of us do – and I find it difficult to let them go. This is especially true when I’ve spent a considerable amount of money on an item of clothing and that I just don’t end up wearing or liking as I had expected. It’s recently become increasingly evident to me that often times the reason why I’ll buy a beautiful (and expensive) piece and then not wear it is because its just not comfortable.
Here are my top offenders and easy swaps to make your closet a little comfier:
- Jeans that are too tight or too small. Walking around feeling like you’re going to spill our of your jeans or bust a seam at any moment is not fun (and don’t even get me started on sitting down!!). If you’re anything like me, you may occasionally be tempted to size down in a pair of skin tight jeans because feeling like you’ve dropped a size can feel amazing. HOWEVER, just because you can wiggle your way into a smaller pair doesn’t mean that’s the size you should be buying. Sizing down to the point where you’re not comfortable in your clothes can actually make you look bigger. You’ll not only be creating pinches and bulges that wouldn’t otherwise be there, but you’ll likely be pulling and adjusting your clothing all day trying to get comfortable. Moral of the story: buy a size that is comfortable on you and save yourself the money and the discomfort.
- Dresses and skirts that are too short. If you’re on the curvier side, I feel you girl. This can be so so frustrating! There is nothing worse than finding an adorable mini skirt only to discover that it covers little more than your underwear. As difficult as it can be, sometimes you just gotta let the cute skirt go.
- Too-high heels or generally uncomfortable shoes. We’ve all been there. Heels are so tempting to buy, but can be so difficult to wear. This is probably one of the most common mistakes I make in my wardrobe and I’ve recently decided that unless we’re talking about a block or a wedge, I’m keeping my heels under 4 inches. I know I won’t grab for them otherwise.
If you’re not comfortable in it, you won’t wear it. I’ve learned this one the hard way.
Thanks for reading friends!
I thought it might be fun – since we’ve been talking so much about basics over here – to show you how I love to mix and match those pieces with stand-out statement pieces to create endless amounts of fresh, new outfits. Once you have your basic wardrobe down, its SO SO easy to create loads of different outfits with just a few new statement additions. I think I’ll do this from time to time with pieces from different online stores and call it the “wardrobe refresh” series. Today, I went to boohoo.com and found a TON of cute pieces to play around with. For this post, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 different pieces for a total of CAD $112. Heres what I came up with…
First, this flirty summer bodysuit is just adorable. The halter neck and ruffles keep it super light and fun while the white colour makes it SO easy to wear! Pair this with black, blue or white jeans topped with a cute jean or army jacket, a jean skirt and sandals or a leather skirt and heels for a night time look.
Next up is this gorgeous embroidered mini skirt. This would pair perfectly with the bodysuit above and a cute pair of heels. It can also easily be dressed down and worn with a black, white or grey t-shirt and a jean jacket with some cute scrappy sandals. Another idea is to wear it with a black lace cami and top it with a leather jacket and black heels or booties for a going out look.
Finally, we have these cute little gingham sandals. I love these because 1) they have a low block heel which will make them comfortable and practical and 2) the gingham print will add a little pop of interest to an otherwise basic outfit. The wrap around tie detail will also add a fun, flirty vibe. I’d wear these with the bodysuit above and any pair of jeans or a jean skirt, I’d wear them with a little white dress and a jean jacket, or even with an all black look for nighttime.
Whenever I shop, I love to think of all the possible ways that I can wear an item before I commit to it. My rule of thumb is that I need to be able to wear it with 3 different outfits that I already have in my wardrobe in order to buy it. This ensures that I get the most bang for my buck (and a bunch of new outfits!).
Let me know what you think of my little series!
I’m back with some more of my thoughts on wardrobe basics for easy and versatile dressing! In this post, we’ll cover tanks and tees any why they’re pretty much all I wear day to day.
Basic tees and tanks are amazing wardrobe additions because they essentially expand your wardrobe into a ton of new outfits you didn’t previously have. For example, a pair of straight-leg cropped navy work pants that you typically wear with a button down or blazer can be paired with an effortless white tee and sneakers and finished off with a denim jacket for an adorable springtime look. Once you have your basics down, the possibilities are endless.
I like to ensure that I always have simple, comfy short sleeved t-shirts in at least black, white and grey. ASOS sells multipacks with each of these colours for around $30. One of these tees with a pair of jeans are the perfect base for tons or adorable outfits.
In addition to the tees, a solid collection of tanks and camisoles are extremely versatile for the warmer months. Camisoles can even be super useful during the fall and winter as they look great paired under a cardigan, sweater or leather jacket. Camisoles can get pretty pricey really fast and although there is a ton of really gorgeous high end options (ie. Cami NYC), my favourite place to go for camisoles is definitely H&M.
Tanks and camis are often sold as bodysuits, which can be an amazing choice for anyone who likes to wear their tops tucked in – like I do – as you don’t have to constantly be re-tucking and your look is always neat and sleek.
Camisole (on sale!!)
Now that we’ve covered basic jeans and tops, we already have the basis for a ton of different outfits!
I’m loving sharing my thoughts on building a wardrobe here and I’ll be back soon with lots more!!