Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TWO Summer Outfit Ideas for a Shopping Day!

Click to see two cute summer outfits perfect for a day shopping with the girls!

Summer is here! Well, not officially, but in Las Vegas we have already received a major heat warning so it's summer for me! The weather has actually been surprisingly nice for May. On this particular day, the weather was in the mid 80s which is absolutely beautiful for Las Vegas in May.

This day was spent at a beautiful outdoor mall in the affluent area of Las Vegas. My good friend, Nikki, and I shopped around for awhile to take advantage of the nice weather. Nikki has great style, she usually dresses pretty edgy-glam, but today her outfit was very simple and summery.

Click to see two cute summer outfits perfect for a day shopping with the girls!
Shirt: Forever 21 / Jeans: American Eagle
Click to see two cute summer outfits perfect for a day shopping with the girls!

I love her white top! The off the shoulder style is so trendy right now and I'm so glad because it is so effortlessly flattering while still being comfortable.

I just got this shirt at Old Navy and I am in love. I feel like no one really appreciates Old Navy but every time I shop there I end up with a pile of clothes I want to buy. Their clothes are very timeless while still being modern which is tricky to find.

Click to see two cute summer outfits perfect for a day shopping with the girls!
Shirt: Old Navy / Denim Shorts: Thrifted / Shoes: Target
The cut of this shirt is so flattering and unique. It has that subtle peplum, quarter length sleeves, and a nice v neck. I would have bought every color, but this was the only pattern they had! Sigh.

And can we talk about these shoes! The lace up style is probably the best shoe trend since pointy heels came back in style. I'm in love. I was thinking of making a post all about my favorite shoes. How does that sound? Let me know in the comments!

How would you guys feel about more outfit posts like this? I've been thinking of posting more outfit of the day type posts.

Thank you for reading this post. Hope you enjoyed these two simple summer outfits that are perfect for a day shopping! Comment below and let me know which one was your favorite!


Sunday, May 15, 2016

How I Dyed My Hair Platinum Blonde! (AT HOME!)

Platinum hair has been trending for the past few years and I've been obsessed since day one! I've been building up the courage to actually go for it and I finally did! Since I always dye my hair myself, it was quite the experience, definitely my craziest hair dyeing experience ever. And it's not over yet! I'm still in the process of toning, but I've finally gotten to the point where it looks normal, so I decided to make this post!

The Hair Dyeing Process

Sooooo I was at the grocery store sometime around Spring Break and I was walking through the cosmetic aisles and I stumbled upon the hair dye... which is never good for someone as reckless with their hair as I am. I looked at all of the pretty colors and my eyes eventually landed on the platinum hair dye. So I bought one package and went for it!

I started by using L'oreal Feria Absolute Platinum boxed hair dye. It's basically the same as using bleach, but less harsh (Maybe? Or I'm just telling myself that?). First of all, if you're going to use this, you will probably need to use more than one box! I used two boxes each separate time I dyed my hair and I have medium length, medium thickness hair. So keep that in mind.

I also used actual hair bleach from Sally's Beauty Supply for two of the times I dyed my hair. They were packages of powder that you mix with cream developer. I really don't see a difference between using the box dye and the actual hair bleach, but that's probably personal preference.
When my hair was in the awkward yellow phase

Altogether, I think I've dyed my hair six times since March. I decided to take at least a week break in between each separate bleaching process to give my hair a break. Yes, my hair looked pretty weird for the first few weeks. My hair was yellow with coppery undertones until the fifth bleaching. It's more white than yellow now which is such a relief.

Next thing I'll be doing is toning it. I'm using a blue toner from Sally's. For platinum blonde hair, you'll need to use a blue or purple based toner to cancel out the yellow in your hair.

My Advice

  • If your hair is darker, you are going to have to dye it A LOT of times. My hair is dark blonde and I still had to dye it six times... so think about that if your hair is dark.
  • KNOW YOUR HAIR! Trust me, I have dyed my hair many times so I know my hair and how much it can handle. If you're not sure if your hair is strong enough or you're not confident you can dye it yourself, I recommend consulting a hairstylist and maybe even getting it done professionally.
  • This WILL damage your hair. I have put my hair through a lot, but this was by far the worst. My hair is a completely different texture now than it was before. I can't even brush it when it's wet. Make sure you take that into account.
  • If your hair has been dyed red recently (within the last few years) you will probably have a lot of coppery undertones in between the roots and ends of your hair. The only way to fix this is to keep bleaching until it breaks.
  • You want to make sure your hair is bleached as light as it can go, pretty much the color of the inside of a banana peel, before you tone it. If you use toner and your hair isn't light enough, it will turn your hair a weird grey color.
  • Sally's Beauty Supply is a great store and the workers can be very helpful if you're not sure about how your hair is doing. Don't be afraid to ask them for advice. 


My Hair Care Routine  

I have never had a hair care routine before. I knew after bleaching my hair that it would be necessary to have one, so I did a lot of research. I'm still perfecting it, but this is what I've got so far.

First, I try to go as long as possible between hair washes. Washing your hair too often dries it out and after bleaching your hair this much, you don't want to dry it out any more than it already is. I usually wash my hair about every 3-4 days, and I am working on training my hair to be washed only once a week.

When I do wash my hair, I cover it in coconut oil and let it soak for as long as I can beforehand. Sometimes I'll soak it overnight, other times just for a quick five minutes before my shower.

After I rinse the coconut oil out of my hair, I use this coconut milk shampoo and lather it all over my hair and rinse. Then I use my purple conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes. Once I've rinsed out the purple conditioner, I go back in with the coconut milk conditioner and I comb my hair while this is in, to make sure my hair will dry without any knots, then I rinse. I try to let my hair air dry unless it really needs to be dried quick.

In the future, I hope to find a nice hair mask to use, and I also plan to switch from a purple conditioner to a purple shampoo. For now, this process works on my hair and keeps it feeling as healthy as it can when it's been bleached six times!

This is a pretty lengthy post, but I wanted to be sure to go into detail about my experience because I know reading other experiences on the internet was a life saver when I was going through it. So, how about you? Have you ever thought about going platinum? What is your craziest hair experience? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!