Purple hair – Don’t care!


I turn thirty in about 5 months and I am really excited about the big 3-0. As you may know, I created a 30 Before 30 list that I have been working on for the last couple of months to celebrate this big birthday! Number one on that list is dye my hair purple. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It seems like now would be the perfect time since I have (or should I say HAD) such nice blonde highlights… because last night (after 4 attempts), I finally accomplished PURPLE HAIR! Now it’s not totally crazy. This purple hair is subdued, almost work appropriate. Don’t believe me? Check it out! 

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So with that number 1 is checked off the list! Tell me what you think! (But don’t get too used to it… change is coming fast!) 

Here’s the IN PROGRESS List: 


  1. Dye my hair purple.
  2. Lose 30 lbs.
  3. Ride a Motorcycle.
  4. Be in control of my student loans
  5. Finally get that tattoo.
  6. Embark on an epic road trip.
  7. Pay off credit cards.
  8. Cook my way through a cookbook.
  9. Blog more – 300 posts and new forms of media.
  10. Learn to sew.
  11. Save $3000 ($200 per month).
  12. Take cooking and/or baking classes.
  13. Learn how to build something.
  14. Learn how to play poker.
  15. Visit at least three national or state parks. 
  16. Learn how to meditate.
  17. Experience high tea.
  18. Make my own limoncello.
  19. Go to the Florida State Fair.
  20. Read the 30 of the top 100 novels of all timehttp://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/
  21. Get more involved with the community – 30 hours minimum.
  22. Visit a new place I’ve always wanted to visit.
  23.  Go to more awesome concerts.
  24. Go berry picking and my own jam.
  25. Take photos in photobooths.
  26. Host a dinner party.
  27. Watch 30 of the top 100 movies of all timehttp://www.imdb.com/chart/top
  28. Go on a camping adventure.
  29. Write a children’s book.
  30. Finish everything on the list.

The numbers in italics are in progress. 


Adventures in Kool Aid Dye?

So this weekend I visited some friends in North Carolina and had a wonderful time! We went on so many adventures and don’t worry, I got tons of material for my blog! To start with a bang, we begin with using Kool Aid as hair dye! WHAT?

Kool Aid Hair Dye? I know what you are thinking… are you 13 or something? Well, yes. Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with Kool Aid. My amazing and adventurous friend Jenn volunteered to be the guinea pig and let us try our hands at dip dying her hair with Kool Aid. So we set off to do what teenagers all over this country do every day — play with dying their hair with Kool Aid.

Here is the BEFORE:
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First of all, I totally forgot how many colors, oops I mean flavors, there are to pick from when it comes to Kool Aid — strawberry, watermelon, strawberry kiwi. grape, blue rasberry, tropical punch, black cherry…  After conducting careful research, we settled on a strawberry (pink) and grape (purple) combo for Jen. Since her hair is brunette and we were shooting for a purply-pink, the combo was bound to be the just the ticket to give us the color we desired. Secondly, this couldn’t be an easier activity for a rainy day — it only has three steps!

Step 1: Boil about 2 cups of water. Then we added the packets of Kool Aid. iphone 39 014

Step 2: Soak hair in Kool Aid. (We braided it first to reign in Jen’s curls.) Leave for 15 minutes. iphone 39 016 iphone 39 018 iphone 39 020   iphone 39 022


Step 3: Rinse in cool water and style as usual. iphone 39 023 iphone 39 024


Jen’s hair turned out sassy with a tinted berry layer. There is an added benefit of smelling very fruity for a bit which can’t hurt. What’s that you smell? Oh, it’s my perfume — Strawberry/Grape Kool Aid. Jen is ready for her summer fun with her Kool Aid dyed hair.

Thanks for coming along on this adventure… who knows what other wacky adventures we will get into as the summer draws to an end…


Trying something new… Fishtail side braid

Everyone is rocking fishtail side braids! They are flirty and fun and best of all, look best when they are a bit messy!

I know what you are thinking… they are way too advanced for me! I promise that’s just simply not the case. Fishtail braiding is EASIER than french braiding. Would I lie?

As always, Lauren Conrad provides a great tutorial on how to do it…


After you are done with the braid, you should gently tug on the strands to get them even and increase the “un-done” look.

When we went to the On the Run Concert, my friend, Katie, rocked a fierce and flawless side fishtail braid. See what I mean? It took less than five minutes.photo (20)

The next week I saw a whole spread in InStyle magazine talking about the trend. I took a picture of the page and sent it to Katie to show her how hip she was (and didn’t even know it!) photo (21)

Reading that it’s cool in a magazine must make it true. I am all about easy, quick, and stylish looks. And the side fishtail braid has it all!





Five Minute Hair

As you know, I follow the blog The Beauty Department. They do truly excellent tutorials. I saw this one: http://thebeautydepartment.com/2013/11/rodarte-fall-2013-braid-tutorial/



This tutorial is great. I tried it myself on my friend Mallory’s hair. The tutorial looks long ONLY because its super detailed.

Here’s my take on it.

I started by braiding Mall’s hair in two braids into a half

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Then I braided it down the end so that the whole piece was braided.

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Then I took a piece from under the cross-section of the braid and wrapped into a little bun and secured it with three bobby pins.

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And BAM, five minute hair is DONE!  It looks pretty awesome considering it literally took me less than five minutes.

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I think I got pretty close to the inspiration look and didn’t tax myself too much in the process


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I learned how to do this hair by reading about it on The Beauty Department, one of my favorite blogs.



Here’s some pictures from our first ever blog-shoot!

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The secret is to curl each strand 2x and then pin it and leave it for a bit. With super straight hair, long lasting curls are a challenge. But the truth is it’s not an insurmountable problem — you just have to take your time.

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It’s amazing how well her hair curled when set. (I skipped the back because we ran out of time… don’t judge.)


Once the curls were released, I combed them out.

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Meet my newest model — Jess!

This was my first time working with Jess’s hair and I think I have a better grip on the challenges of super straight hair so I am really looking forward to my next lady date with her! Meg, Jess, Sara and I are going shopping Friday night and I promise a blog post with all the details.

In the meantime, this is an early look at my new series of tutorials I hope to start featuring…