July 28, 2011

Henna

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I struggle with hair colour. My hair comes in brown and by the time it reaches the top of my ear it is auburn and then somewhere around my jaw it becomes red. And that is my natural hair colour. What do you even call that? I usually go with auburn, but most people reffer to me as a redhead. My paternal grandmother's hair was nearly the same as mine when she was young and she was considered a redhead. In the sunlight my hair looks very red, but in low lights I have tri-coloured hair that looks like I'm a teenager growing out some bad hair decisions. It's very frustrating. So I figured that a henna dye would brighten the red, colour my roots, and even out the colour.

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My mom used Henna when I was a kid to give her red hair a little more oomph, so I figured it would do the same for me. Afterall most hair dyes never really take to my hair. They colour it and then about a week later start to fade, and by the time a month has gone by you can't even tell I dyed it. which is why I've never bothered keeping up a hair colour, I know it'll fade and my weirdo natural hair colour will still be weird. I assumed that this would be the case with henna, maybe it would last a little longer, but it would just give my hair a nice toned colour for the time being. Normal hair dyes have to be left on my head for and hour to an hour and a half before I can wash it out. The box of henna suggested 45 mins. I figured I'd go with that.

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I should probably tell you that I didn't add enough water in these at this point. It ends up looking like runny baby poo.

Henna is messy. And smells awful. It's like seaweed and boiling leaves with a hint of dirt. The instructions I had suggested that to counter the smell, and to brighten your red, add some paprika. So I did. I added quite a bit figuring that this might help achieve that brighter, more toned colour I so desired.  Henna has to be applied with golves on at all times. It gets everywhere and dyes everything it touches. The finished product looks like baby poo. The instructions call it yogurt like. There is a reason I hate yogurt. When you are done applying it to your head is looks like you took a ritual tribal mud bath and didn't bother to rinse out your hair.

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I was very pleased to find that it took less time to rinse out that traditional hair dye. But it smells awful. Seriously awful. When I got out of the shower it was quite obviously much brighter. So I toweled it dry and went to bed. And woke up like this:

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Basically, I love it! It's taking a little bit of getting used to, but I really love the way it come out. Of course it wasn't what I expected. I was aiming for a nice auburn and came out looking like Amy Pond. Actually the ends of my hair aren't all that different than they were before, but at least my roots look like the rest of my hair now! But I quite like it!

oh yeah, and I cut my bangs.  :-)

July 25, 2011

Simple Saturday

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Earrings & Brooch- Thrifted
Cardigan- Target
Tank- ???
Skirt- Made by me
Shoes- Off Saks

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Y'know those outfits that just seem perfect despite being totally unspecatular? Where you kinda of just grabbed all the simple items in your currently nearly empty closet (More on that later)? The ones that just fit biking, and shopping, and cleaning, and sewing, and lounging, all at once and make you feel like a million bucks even though you're mostly at home all day? The ones where you happen to find your favourite lipstick after losing it months ago?

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That's what this was. I know it's very simple, and not too exciting, but I liked it, and felt very girly and pretty. For me, those are the best kind of outfits.

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Tomorrow I will have something much more exciting for you, but for today I'm just thinking about the simple joys of life. :-)

July 21, 2011

Cherished Collections Blog Tour



Today I have my contribution to Casey's Cherished Collections Blog Tour! I am super excited about this and can't wait to see everyone else's collections! I have two to show you today. Both are somewhat silly, but I love them very much! I actually collect a few other things (like anything Nancy Drew or Wizard of Oz related), but I think these two are my favourite! I hope you enjoy!

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Up first is my little collection of singing children figurines. I used to teach music to kids ages 3-12 and loved it! A few years ago I found this little choir boy and thought it was so cute! And pretty soon I started finding more, and so this collection was born. Honestly they aren't the common to find which makes finding one all the more exciting, but I think it's kind of hilarious that most of the ones I found are all little carolers. Anyone who knows me knows that I adore Christmas music (like, absurdly!) and I always loved going caroling as a kid. So I guess this collection has a two fold meaning!

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Second we have my favourite collection. When I was about 14 I fell in love with a certain Scottish actor. It's a long story and highly embarrasing, because I went on his website every day in an effort to make him fall in love with me. I was convinced that I would marry him some day and we would of course live in Scotland. So I started learning everything I could about my would be home. My library card was incredibly abused. I checked out all the books about the country, and pretty soon moved on to actually reading Scottish literature and poetry. I watched Brigadoon more than is healthy, and my mom finally let me see Braveheart. I'd already long been obsessed with England and dreamed of visiting one day, and I'd always been curious to learn more of my Scottish ancestry. Pretty soon I fell more in love with the country than the original object of my affection. When I did eventually get the chance to visit the UK I was incredibly sad that I wouldn't get the chance to visit Scotland (the trip I was supposed to go on went there but I was transferred to a different group for some reason), so I still dream of one day visiting and seeing all those places that captivated me as a teen. Some people dream of Paris, Rome, Hawaii, and California, but my dreamland is Scotland. I was never much of a conformist. (by the way the Prince Albert tobacco can is also of significance. When I was a little girl I had an imaginary friend named Albert. He was a prince. His father sold used cars, and his mother's name was Sally. He had 17 sisters and 16 brothers. My great grandpa used to tease me that he was Prince Albert in a can, and I used to get really irritated and insist that he wasn't in a can. Someone finally explained to me that Prince Albert in a can was a reference to the tobacco and ever since then I've been trying to find a can. Last year I did. It is one of my most beloved possessions.)

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This collection actually started in 2004 when I went to the UK. I bought the patch as a sort of consolation prize for not actually getting to go to Scotland, and soon followed the rest. Books, postcards, hankies, anything I can get my hands on that is in anyway Scottish. Naturally Scottie dogs are very much a part of that (and totally double as Toto!). I've actually been quite surprised by the number of Scotland themed jewelry pieces I've found. These thistle earrings were a gift from my parents, and I found the thistle scarf clip just a few days ago. I was so excited that they matched! Someday I will have a Scottish Terrier named Angus and we will finally get to see the country together, but until then this little collection makes me smile each day.

What do you collect?

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELSEA! 

July 20, 2011

Livin's Easy

Summer is:

Picnics with friends:

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This the park where most of us met. Kinda cool.

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Ice cream cones by the pool:

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Birthdays Galore:

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There are still four more before the summer is out!

Making the most tedious birthday present ever:

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Never. Making. Doll clothes. Again.

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Eating here far too many times in a week (the record is three!):

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This was my first meal back in California. Appropriate.

Good Old-fashioned Fourth of July:

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My family has realized that whenever we have a gathering, there are about 10 varieties of drinks. The big San Pells were for making Italian Sodas, which we had about eight different flavours of. And then there was two kinds of tea and two kinds of lemonade...

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Sparkly toes. never mind the missing polish on a few of them...

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My mom's bbq sauce is the best!

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Perfectly yummy berries made useless by perfectly disgusting berries (I hate the taste of strawberries! Ew! yes I know I am weird...)

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Silly brother doing his best Hipster impression

Growing out my bangs (yes it's now a yearly tradition):

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Getting way too overwhelmed about moving:

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Because this is all the stuff I've got to move:

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Trust me, it's all clean now. And I got rid of four bags of stuff. And four bags of trash. 

Y'all know I am not exactly a fan of summer, but this one has been pretty swell despite the heat. I'm excited to see what the next two months bring before I finally take to the sky.