Friday, February 10, 2017

The Colorist: Chromatique Salon, Bellevue, WA

I left a bit of a cliff hanger at the end of my first 2017 post to everyone. Thought I would follow through with the final result. Here's my before and after photo from January into February. I'm starting this new year/month with a lot of changes and am 100% putting myself out there.

This decision didn't take nearly as long as I thought. I went back and forth numerous times back in December but while I was visiting my Grandmother, she mentioned how she loved my hair lighter and I thought it'd be a nice change since I haven't dyed my hair in over 5 years.

I went through a crazy beach babe phase back in 2008. I was living in Florida, out in the sun every single second of the day and NOT taking care of my locks. I figured I'd go lighter but would go for a soft balayage instead of a full head of highlights. I honestly didn't decide to go drastic until I was sitting in my colorist's chair and she was looking at my pinterest board saying "You're kind of all over the place. These are subtle and sound like you want a drastic. If you want a real change and a 'wow', leave it to me". So I did. I couldn't be happier with the end results!

She did an amazing job. I'm in love with the shade and how it blends so perfectly through out. What I love the most is that I know it's going to grow out nicely and I won't need to go back to her until September when I've had enough and want to go back to being a dark brunette again. I'm also obsessed how it looks when it's in a bun. My hair used to look so boring up and now I don't feel totally silly when it's in a messy bun, at work.

It's been a long year and a lot of obstacles for me but after making this little change to my everyday life, I feel hopeful. Strange, right? It's a change I can control right now and make on my own without anyone else opinions because no one else mattered. It's a good feeling to know your consistent in your personal style.

The best challenge has been to mix my hair with my wardrobe. My eyes are 6 times brighter and wearing greys wash me out, for once. It's wonder to be attracted to warm gold shades and know I can pull it off with ease. I had no idea my wardrobe was so blue and yellow based until my hair change. Now I get to find what matches and get rid of what needs to go.

It's wonder how the littlest changes can make someone so happy.

If you're in the Seattle or Bellevue area, I highly suggest my colorist out on the east side. She's on instagram and works at Chromatique Salon at both locations. Check her out, her name is Ashlei Peyton! She's not only worth the trip, professionally, but she's an absolute delight and knows her numbers!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

It Only Snows in February

I have this theory that the minute Seattle gets ready and set for spring, it snows. In fact, I find that we're more likely to get snow in February than any other month out of the year. In 2016, we got snow in November. Out of no where. Now we're in 2017 and, of course, I'm fully prepped for all of the new Spring lines and I'm back to my blanket scarf, Target duck boots and full sweaters. 

Ohhh Seattle. 

So far, my best purchase for all of 2016 have been my Target duck boots. These beauties were something I took a risk buying because I was unsure on how to style them. Once I discovered how comfortable they were and easy to work with ... well, I suppose the rest is history.

I do this a lot. A trial run in a less expensive shoe before going all out and buying a named brand that's more heavy duty. I need to know I'll get my money's worth and these have most certainly hit the top of my bar. I've worn these to Taos in December, through out our snow week in November and for the past two days.

Scarf: Boutique find in Snowqualmie (similar & similar) // Sweater: Frenchie - thrifted (similar & similar) // Jeans: Joe's Jeans // Socks: Target // Shoes: Target (similar & similar) // Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs // Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Colorful Greeting to 2017

Well, I've had quite the hiatus and I've been trying to get back into the swing of things with this blog. I've had a terrible time when it comes to being creative and thinking of new and improved idea for myself. My little mind gets nervous of the judgement and pettiness of society. ... Like I said, it's been a long while.

This past year has brought priorities into perspective for me. To summarize, my beautiful Memére isn't doing well and I've gone to see her twice in a manner of two months. It's a bit of a travel to get where she is so it's not only expensive but it's also time consuming and, unfortunately, to the point where you don't end up with much time spent there. Old age has put things into perspective for me. Living life to your upmost passion has shadowed over me like fog, walking around in a haze of loss and yet strengthening everyday.

I'd decided in the New Year that I would focus my energy on making myself happy. Which is a rarity for myself. Generally putting others before me, etc. I've been through a lot with my grandmother being sick to a living situation scene, I've had to do a lot of thinking and evaluating of how I'm going to proceed through life in 2017. In the end, I came to a nice compromise of "...maybe make some changes...".

After all, you won't see a change unless you choose to make some yourself. I see the same people everyday, I work long hours and eat lunch at work, I meet the same friends at the same bars and I cook the same meals - No more!

I'm making the cuts as I see fit. If I don't like being around someone, I've realized that I don't have to be around them! If I want to meet new people, I can start a conversation with anyone about anything. If I want to try new foods, I can go to a different bar. I've somehow become a creature of habit and I don't know how. In my little turtle shell, unsure of how to get out.

To bring in the new year, I went with a jump. I went to a colorist and got balayage.

Oh yes, I decided to go drastic. My original color ideas were subtle and easy but I wanted a challenge and so did my colorist.

So, here is to new style, new grace and not tolerating nonsense. Happy very belated New Year, friends!