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Pretty Pretty Hair

I wanna dye my hair so badly, and not just red, brown or blond. I’ve done all of those many times. I want purple, pink, teal, green…..you get the idea. One of the worse things about my job is that I can’t always be “myself”. Which especially rankles since I spent so much of the last decade figuring out who exactly “myself” was. It’s an on going process, one of the many that I am  working on with the ladies of Whole Soul Lab (shameless sponsor plug). One of my biggest fears is that I’ll fade into a beige cube dweller that wakes up 40 years from now to find that my life has passed without actually living it. A little dramatic right? But irrational fears are just that. And before you start to worry, I know that I can still be me without all of the other stuff, but I like the idea of the Julie in the mirror being able to match the Julie in my head.

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In my boss’s defense, he does try his best to accept my extracurricular body modifications (piercings/tattoos), which is really tough since there is a 40 year age gap and he is very, very, very conservative. He did let me dye my hair purple for three weeks one December (since we didn’t have any clients coming in). Plus, I get to keep all of the piercings I came into the job with and I don’t have to cover my wrist tattoo, but I think anything more would be pushing my luck. So I’ll wait…for now.

All images from here.


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Friday Link Love

Friday Link Love

Who would have thought a four day work week could be so very very long? But it’s the weekend now, and there are so many links to peruse…

A great weekend DIY, a bike porter crate for you bicycled.

The Midsummer Night’s Dream collection by Free People has some great pieces for any and all summer occasions.

Terrain has a great tutorial on creating your own Dark Botanical images.

I saw a design feature on Tempt Cider, I may not have much interest in drinking…okay, honestly i’d at least try it, but I would really like to get my hands on some of the gorgeous cans and bottles.

A very long and involved tutorial on creating the “modern dread”, kind of involved, but it doesn’t require the level of commitment of the “traditional dread”

Last, but not least fancy sparkly sandals.

Image from here.



Hair Trick

I never have, and will most likely never be a morning person. Growing up, my mom would wake me up by switching on the light and quickly shutting the door.  Even now Andy doesn’t usually speak to me until i’ve shuffled my way to the kitchen and eaten breakfast. Needless to say, my morning routine is pretty no-frills during the week, and more often than not i’ll just pull my hair back or give it a finger tussle and go. I am very thankful for anything that gives me a few more minutes of sleep or helps me get out the door a little faster. Enter great three step tutorial:

This tutorial is twice as awesome for me because I have hopelessly straight fine hair and without product and a hair dryer, it is really difficult to get any volume or texture.

Side note: I got braces today! This is something i’ve wanted for a long time, and I am sure in a couple of days, when the awful tight feeling and jaw pain go away. Yeah, that’ll be nice.

Images from here.

Coincidence or a Sign from the Universe?

One of the first posts I ever wrote on this blog was about how badly I wanted pink hair. A year later it still hasn’t happened. Of course I am still at the same office, with the same restrictions, and while no one has commented on my wrist tattoo I feel like cotton candy hair might be pushing my luck. But I think this tutorial by The Beauty Department might be just the loophole I need.  If I only color the tips of my hair I can keep it pulled back at the office and still take baby steps towards my ultimate goal.

DIY: Rainbow Tips

TOOLS: highlighting comb, clips, foils, color brush, hair bleach with the appropriate volume (always seek a professional when using bleach), light pink color, dark pink color, light blue, dark blue, clear gloss.


Step 1 Highlight the tips of the hair using hair bleach with the correct volume. I lightened the bottom 3 inches of Lauren’s hair, taking it as light as possible without causing any damage. As you can see above, I like to “feather” on the bleach. Painting a jagged line makes it blend better.

Step 2 Fold up your foil and let it process until it reaches a pale blonde. Use the appropriate heat if necessary.

Step 3 Shampoo and lightly condition bleach out of the hair.

Step 4 Blow hair completely dry. If it’s still wet, it will soak up less color.

Step 5 Place the hair on a foil. Imagine the bleached out part being split into 3. You’re going to leave the top 1/3 blonde.

Step 6 Next, paint the light blue (or whatever color you choose) on the entire bottom 2/3.

Step 7 Paint the very tips (or bottom 1/3) using the darker version of that color. It should look almost feather like. Be sure to blend. Last, rinse out the color. I highly suggest washing them out one piece at a time and towel drying well so the colors don’t bleed into each other. If they do, you may see a “marbleizing” effect. I love when the colors all swirl together like that, but if you’re looking to keep them more defined, keep them away from each other when they’re wet. I like to finish up by sealing it with a clear gloss. That’s a professional use only product so if you don’t have access to it, you don’t have to do that. Blow dry and…Tah Daaah!!

*Note: Bleaching your hair at home can have varying outcomes.  When I bleached my hair in college I ended up with an orange mess and minor chemical burns on my scalp. If you haven’t tried this process before it might be a good idea to consult a professional at least for the bleaching step of this tutorial.

Original tutorial here.


This weekend Andy I took a day trip to Jacksonville.  Originally we were going to see the movie Myth of the American Sleepover the indie film that my cousin Brett (Scott Holland for those of you who have seen it) was in. Unfortunately, the theater schedule had changed from earlier in the week and only the latest showing was left, and with a three hour drive home it didn’t seem like the best idea.

However, the trip wasn’t a complete loss, I got to sit down with Lucy de la Guardia, the talented woman doing my hair and make up for the wedding, and talk strategy.  She came up with some really beautiful yet simple options for me consider, and all and all, I am feeling much better now that one more thing is off my list.  While hair and makeup are two of my favorite topics, the best part of our trip was indulging in the delicious white pizza and decadent garlic knots from Perrads. Sometime the diet just has to take the back seat.

Andy and I discovered Perrads on our way back from Savannah last year.  We had been on the road for hours and were well on our way to the cranky snappish phase of hungry, and for the sake of peace in the universe we decided we HAD to stop soon. We had just made it to I10 and all of a sudden we see this giant billboard advertising some absolutely mouth watering Italian food. We took the next exit and the rest is history.  Now any time we come even remotely near the junction of I10 and I95 we make a pizza stop.

I haven’t felt so full or content in quite a long time. It’s probably a good thing we have to drive so far to procure a slice, otherwise I’d easily be the size of a house, and I’d have to buy stock in stretchy pants.

Menu and restaurant info available here.