May 24, 2013 in DIY
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May 23, 2013 in DIY
Photos By: Josh Groom
It's felt like a while since I've posted a light and bright outfit... feeling a bit sad looking at these shots that are only a week old and now as I write this I am now covered head to toe with many layers to fight the cold and rain!
Every girl should own that beautifully tailored and classic white silk blouse, not only will you be chic all year round it will literally go with everything. I loved skirt when I first came across it especially its vintage inspired doiley lace overlay - it is just too cute reminds me of my Nan's favourite table setting.
Until my next post hopefully it stops raining so I can shoot my next look tomorrow. Expect for the Winter curve styles to hit; knits, leather, studs and feminine silhouettes.
May 18, 2013 in DIY
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April 25, 2013 in DIY
April 20, 2013 in DIY
It's been a while since I had a DIY project on here. You've already seen a sneak peek of these in my "Whites" post. The boots came out so well that I just had to make a quick DIY post. It's really a wonder what a pair of old, rarely worn boots, scissors, paint and a bit of imagination can do. You can easily find all of the ingredients and make yourself a pair of trendy footwear for SS13. Since these were white, I didn't want to mess around too much so I just went with that shade. You can pick whatever color you wish, maybe even statement neon yellow? The transparent part is optional too. I thought it goes so well with snow white so I used a piece of transparent foil (you can get it in art supply or crafting stores). Let loose and toy around with the idea: maybe use a printed fabric, silver or gold foil, neoprene? The choice is always yours, that's what I love about these DIYs the most. You get the idea, but are free to do everything according to your liking!
As for the process, I removed the buckles and cut off the top part of the boot. Be sure to unzip them before the cut or you won't be able to zip the boots afterwards! Secure the cut off ends with a bit of silicone glue or a thick thread so that the zipper won't slide off. For the heel, I used white acrylic paint to cover up the ugly brown color as much as possible. Then it was all spray paint. Since mine were white and I wanted them to stay white, I needed just one coat. You might need two or three if you choose a different color. Be sure to let them dry between each layer of paint. When done, put them in a well ventilated area for a good dry overnight. Then you're pretty much done. You can add foils, fabrics, chains, studs... I like my footwear as simple as possible so I just added transparent foil.
Et voila! You have brand new booties for spring without breaking the bank or cluttering your shoe cabinet. Recycling is indeed my favorite sport ha ha!
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What you'll need is a bag, a belt (a scarf, a tie, a rope - whatever you want to use as a handle) and scissors. Cut off the old handle from your bag, take the belt you've chosen and fasten it around the metal hoops. The same goes for a scarf - just tie it around the way you want and you're done. You get to keep your favorite item!
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February 14, 2013 in DIY
2. Section your hair using a comb. I like to do the front part first because I want the bleach to work longer in that area - no one cares if there are yellow parts in the back, the front is what's important. It's best if you do one by one section, lightly combing through each time you apply the bleach. DO NOT apply it to already bleached hair as it's likely to cause damage! Make sure you distribute the bleach evenly so all of the dark parts are covered. So let's review - section, apply, comb through. Repeat until you're done.
If you're bleaching your hair for the first time, same goes. Section, apply evenly and try to work as quick as possible. When all of the hair is coated, take a big piece of foil or a plastic bag and wrap it around your head. This helps develop the color faster as it preserves the heat to leave the head. Leave the bleach to work its magic for at least 30 minutes. I leave it to an hour. After 30 minutes check the process. You're shooting for a light yellow so if it hasn't reached that shade yet, leave it for another 20-30 minutes. It's important that you don't panic and rinse it out earlier than you should. Relax, read something, grab a snack.
If you're a redhead, have black hair or have already dyed your hair before, it's almost certain that you will not get a light yellow the first time. You might need 2 or even 3 or 4 takes. I highly recommend taking a 2-3 month breaks between each bleach job as it will allow your hair to recover. If you cannot wait that long, at least do a one-month break. Before bleaching, you can also try one of those color removers. I've never used them so I can't tell you much about them, sorry.
3. After the time is up and you've reached a light yellow shade, you can rinse out the bleach. I like to use baby shampoos as they're very gentle to your hair. Wash your hair once, twice, three times - just the way you do regularly. Warm to cold water works best at this point. After that, be sure to use a conditioner or a hair mask. Use plenty of it and leave it in. Don't rinse out!
4. You're half way there - it's time for fine tuning! The easiest way out is the purple shampoo, it works the same way as a normal shampoo. Massage it into your hair and leave it for at least 20 minutes. The label often says 2-3 minutes, but I found it does literally nothing in that time period and that you need to leave it in at least 10 times longer. Be careful not to leave it in too long though, it might color your hair purple. If that happens, don't worry - just rinse it out with warm water and normal shampoo until it's gone.
I don't really use toners, but I've heard that they're quite good. Basically, toner works the same way hair dye does. You pour it into a plastic bowl and mix with developer, apply to your hair, wait 30-40 minutes and rinse out.
If you use hair dye, be sure to pick white or ash/ silvery grey shade, it will get rid off that yellow tone. Always do a test before using hair dye - it's done to discover if your skin would react to the dye product. Put a small amount of dye on your forearm, if you don't have any reaction to it within 48 hours, you're good to go. Now, you can use it according to the instructions provided in the box, or you can dilute it. Pour half of the dye in a bowl, mix it with half of the developer, put a tablespoon or two of conditioner and add a little water. Mix well until smooth and apply to your hair. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes, checking the process every 10 minutes. You can use the same technique with dye as you did for bleaching - wrap your hair in foil or a plastic bag. Feel free to scrape the dye off one strand of hair to see the progress. When you're satisfied with the color, rinse.
5. At this stage, your hair is pretty vulnerable and weak, it craves nurturing. Take a generous amount of hair mask, conditioner, hot oil, whatever you have and massage it gently into your hair. Make sure you cover all of it! Leave it in for at least an hour or more, if you can. When the time is up, rinse out but not all of it. That way your hair will stay silky and protected. Also use cold water since it closes the pores and your hair will look shinier once it's dry. Wrap it in a towel. Don't ever rub the hair with a towel! If you must, lightly pat it until mid-dry. It's also important not to comb wet hair, especially not freshly bleached one - it may leave you half bald. Kidding, but you really shouldn't do that.
Be sure to use heat protecting sprays, nurturing ampoules or hair creams, whatever you have will work fine.
Blow dry if you're in a hurry, but it's not recommended. I personally blow dry most of the times, but I make sure I keep the blow dryer at least 20cm away from the hair. After your hair is dry, use silicone drops or serums for dyed and damaged hair for a silky finishing touch and additional health points.
And there you have it, girls (and maybe boys)! The definitive guide on how to bleach your hair in the comfort of your own home while spending ten times less than you would normally in a salon. I hope you all made it to the finishing line without dropping dead. I'm sorry the post is so freaking long, I just wanted to make sure I covered all the stages and that it'll be helpful to you. Of course, if you have any further questions, you're more than welcome to send me an e-mail, a Facebook message, a Tweet or leave a comment below, I'll gladly reply. Also, be a friend and share this post as I know a lot of people struggle with getting their hair color right, thanks!
PS. Be sure to read the comments below, you can find some good advice there as well! Also, feel free to add suggestions and tips if you have any!
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