Bleaching Asian Hair, Plus A Purple Ombre Flair
Sunday, July 26th, 2015
My lady-love got her hair dyed for the first time, and she wanted to write a post about it. So here’s Ari’s first attempt at beauty blogging. I have trained her well.
I am not your go-to DIY girl, but even though doing-it-myself isn’t my forte, I was able to transform my super thick and dark Asian hair into a fashion-girl (according to Emily) pastel ombre at a DIY cost. Not to brag, but I’m pretty good at finding ways to make other people do stuff for me.
My plan since March was to jump on the trendy colored hair bandwagon. I felt like summer was the perfect time to do it. The only problem: I have super dark, Asian hair, making it next to impossible for my locks to look anywhere close to pastel. Bleach was the only option.
I made an appointment at The Carsten Institute of Cosmetology for two reasons. The first reason – Emily told me to. No, I’m not whipped, I swear! The second reason – because cosmetology schools are MUCH cheaper than salons. A student named Jenae did mine. We are basically best friends now, and it only cost me $40 … Whaaaaat??
If your hair is anywhere near as thick and dark as mine, expect to be sitting there for around 4-5 hours. Along with having Asian hair, I also have “virgin hair,” or hair that’s never been colored before. The teachers AND students at Carsten were very excited about this and it made me feel special. Jenae made sure that my ombre had different levels of bleach in it to add dimension.
After the process was finished, I went back up to Washington Heights so Emily could dye it lavender. Once again making other people do stuff for me. It’s a talent, really. She mixed Manic Panic Ultra Violet with white hair conditioner. She mixed up a ton of dye, and thought she’d have a lot leftover…she had none. Did I mention I have a lot of hair?
Because Emily told me I couldn’t leave the bathroom, I waited not-so-patiently for 45 minutes while the color sat in my hair. Not all of the purple took, even after using all that dye. But I honestly liked it better that way. It was kind of like a double-ombre…is that even a thing?
The Manic Panic washed out in about a week and a half, which Emily told me to expect. But I like it that way because I can switch my hair up as often as I like. I’m hoping to do a grayish-blue color next. Overall I’m really glad I did it. If you also have dark Asian hair and are thinking of bleaching it, it’s definitely worth your while.
Beat The God Damn Heat With These Summer Outfit Ideas
Monday, July 20th, 2015
It is really f**king hot outside. And if you’re anything like me, you have trouble getting dressed in the morning when you can’t layer things, or else you’ll pass out waiting for the subway. Sometimes I need a little bit of inspiration before I throw the entire contents of my closet out on the floor. That’s when I head to Lookbook.nu and scroll through the endless feed of street style photos from bloggers and real people. If you need an idea for what to wear into the world, today’s your lucky day. Because I’ve done all the scrolling for you! Here are 8 outfit ideas that won’t make you sweat your ass off, straight from the fashionable ladies of the Internet.
1. 60s mod swing dress
A short 60s style dress in a funky, large floral print will keep you cool and sartorially on-point. The open bottom will keep you feeling cool and free. If you can find one with trumpet sleeves, even better. They’ll keep the air flowing through your outfit, and you can swing them around like you’re the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella all day.
2. Strapless jumpsuit
AHHHHHHHHHHHH, I am obsessed with this look. I love how all the small details (stripes, little necklace, headband, boots) make this simple ensemble eye-catching. The culotte-style pants are sure to keep you from overheating. BRB, running out the door to go buy a strapless jumpsuit and hair scarf right now.
3. Bralette as a top
Summer is the only time of year that you can wear a bra as a top and no on questions it. Take full advantage of this! Cover up your stomach with a high-waisted pencil skirt, or just say “f**k it” and wear it with shorts, belly out.
4. Sheer skirt
I’ve always wanted to rock a sheer skirt like this, but have yet to try out the trend myself. Everyone’s shows more skin in the summer! Pair it with a sleeveless graphic tee, throw on some sneakers and run out the door.
5. Flared denim mini skirt
It’s impossible to get away from this style of denim mini skirt at the moment, and I’m totally okay with that. Grab one at your local consignment store (or H&M, if your okay with small Cambodian children making your clothing), and rock it with literally anything.
6. Just take off your pants
Risky business style.
7. Get into the overalls trend
I will admit that when overalls started to get trendy, I was adamantly anti-overall. Plus I’m definitely against anyone wearing a shirt that says “do a naughty girl.” But I can get down with a white overall jumper like this one, or a pair of black overall shorts. IMHO, steer clear from blue denim, and pick different graphic tee.
8. Crop top + full midi = girly and cool
Crop tops and midi skirts are a match made in style heaven. This outfit reveals a little bit of skin when you want it to, and keeps a nice breeze circulating below the waist. Stick with cotton though, avoid synthetic fabrics.
Which of these outfit ideas will you try this week?
23 Important Questions To Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet
Monday, July 20th, 2015
Outside of my full-time job, my occasional part-time job, and running this blog, my only consistent extracurricular activity is shopping. As a result, I find myself with a closet that is bursting at the seams…er, hinges…pretty much all of the fucking time. It might sound like a lot, but I clean out my closet just about every 3 weeks. If you find yourself yelling at your closet, “how do I have so many clothes and nothing to wear?!” on a regular basis, then I fully suggest you do the same. Not sure how to get started? Lucky for you, I’ve written a handy guide on how to clean out your closet in 23 thorough steps. LET’S GET IT STARTED…in a cool way, not a Black Eyed Peas kind of way.
This is actually how much shit I had in my closet that I don’t wear anymore. It was a lot.
- Is it in season? If it’s in season, have you worn it this year?
- Did you wait all winter for sunny skies and the ability to wear your crocheted kimono? Well, now it’s July, and it hasn’t made its way out your closet. It’s pieces like these make you feel like you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. It’s time it finds a new forever home.
- Is it out of season?
- It’s difficult to decide what sweaters you’ll wear in the winter when it’s 80 degrees outside. Put them in a box until November, but keep these babies.
- Is it out of season and in poor shape?
- If it’s out of season but in poor shape, you might as well toss it now. Even when it’s below freezing, you don’t want to be seen in an uber-pilled coat with a hole in the sleeve. If it’s still wearable but not for you, donate it.
- Is it damaged, but fixable?
- Maybe you haven’t worn your favorite blouse in weeks because of a seam rip. Keep it, but put a reminder in your calendar to bring it to a tailor ASAP.
- If you fix it, will you wear it?
- If you don’t think you will, donate it. Maybe someone else will love it and fix it!
- Is it damaged without hope?
- A hip vintage t-shirt isn’t quite as cool when it has a big coffee stain on the front. Throw it the world’s shortest trash can funeral and then toss it.
- Does it fit you?
- I bought this H&M faux-suede green moto jacket at a thrift store after a particularly boozy brunch. I can hardly get it onto my body, let alone wear it all day. It’s nice to think that one day you’ll be two sizes smaller, but let’s be realistic. Say goodbye. Unless…
- Can it be altered?
- If a piece is too big, there’s a good chance it can be taken in by a tailor. If you think it’s worth shelling out the cash, keep it.
- Did you DIY it, and then never wore it?
- If you DIY-ed a piece of clothing, it’s likely not quite up to the standards of those shopping at consignment stores. If it looks like a kindergarten craft, throw it out. If you’re a particularly talented seamstress, donate it.
- Is it uncomfortable?
- I know it’s hard to give away or sell a gorgeous dress, but if it’s so tight around your legs you can hardly walk, give it or sell it to someone who’s willing to suffer for their lewk.
- Can you wear it to work?
- The importance of this question depends on your occupation. But for me, if I can’t wear an item to work, it clouds my closet judgement. I love this handmade beaded lace crop top, but I can’t wear it to work. Time to sell.
- Is it still your style?
- There’s probably 3 to 4 items in your closet that were once major staples of your wardrobe. For me, those items are graphic tees with cats or food on them. Now that I’ve moved on to more sophisticated pieces like silk skunk blouses (that I got on super-sale), DJ cat has no room in my grown-up aesthetic. Donate or sell those pieces.
- How many times have you said “well, maybe I’ll wear it in the future?
- If it’s been a year and you’re still waiting for that weird occasion you’ll need red drop-crotch trousers, donate or sell it.
- Did you pay a lot for it?
- This one is a trick question. If you don’t wear it, it doesn’t matter how much you paid for it! Let’s sell that $200 Kate Spade top you bought after a few too many margaritas.
- Is it from a high-end brand?
- Consignment stores will pay good money for the big-name designer duds you just HAD to have from that sample sale. If your Rebecca Minkoff bag is collecting dust, head to Buffalo Exchange for a quick buck.
- Is it from a store that’s exclusively online?
- Consignment stores will buy up clothes from Nasty Gal, ModCloth, Pixie Market, and other online stores in a heartbeat. If you don’t wear it anymore, sell that shit, girl.
- Is it from a department store?
- Re-sell shops tend to be choosy about department store brand clothing. If it’s from a designer collaboration like Simply Vera Wang from Kohl’s, Alexander Wang for H&M, 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, etc., you can probably sell items in good condition. If it’s a lackluster piece from a no-name label, donate that ish.
- Is it from Forever 21, H&M, or Zara?
- Buffalo Exchange and the like are out-of-this-world picky about buying clothes from fast fashion brands. If it’s not a new-with-tags item, or in mint condition, it goes in the donate bag.
- Did you used to really love it and just can’t bear to part with it?
- Get a grip, woman! It’s time to make room for new loves. BYEEEEE.
- Is it vintage?
- This is where things get tricky for me. It’s much harder for me to give away cool vintage pieces, but just because it’s vintage doesn’t mean should keep it around.
- Is it vintage and on-trend?
- If your vintage pieces happen to be trendy at the moment, like fringy jackets, printed maxi dresses, or leather bags, try selling these items on a niche app like Depop. Depop is my favorite resell app. It looks like an Instagram feed!
- Is it vintage and not-so-on-trend?
- I bought a vintage velvet shrug at a thrift store. I dig it, but it’s not particularly stylish and doesn’t match the rest of my wardrobe. The style isn’t popular enough to sell, so off to Goodwill it goes.
- Do you have plenty of pajamas?
- If you don’t have any space in your closet for gym shorts, college sweatshirts, etc., save a few for pajamas and donate the rest. You don’t need ten sleeping sweatshirts.
If you take anything away from this article, it should be that you shouldn’t keep anything you don’t wear. I don’t give a shit if it’s Proenza Schouler, Thakoon, or one of those other designer brands that no one has heard of and thus is fancy and pretentious. Get rid of the old and welcome the new, whether that’s new-to-you thrifted duds or sample sale treasures.
What’s your best piece of closet cleaning advice? Let me know in the comments.
Can I Still Shop At Nasty Gal If They Treat Their Employees Like Shit?
Saturday, July 4th, 2015
Generally, firing people because they are pregnant, and therefor cost more to have as an employee, is considered bad and illegal. Unfortunately, Sophia Amoruso, the self-proclaimed #GIRLBOSS and founder of Nasty Gal, figured this out the hard way. Nasty Gal was recently sued for firing 3 pregnant women and 1 man planning to take paid paternity leave.
Even before the baby lawsuit, Nasty Gal’s poor corporate culture caught the attention of industry insiders. In September of 2014, Racked, sighting anonymous reviews on Glassdoor, wrote that the company suffered from “pervasive low moral,” “no employee appreciation,” and “no clearly defined goals.” As recently as May of this year, an employee lamented that the company is “a sinking ship.”
Using context clues, we can go ahead and say that ethically, Nasty Gal lives up to it’s name. Nasty.
But then again, LOOK AT THESE AMAZING CULOTTES ON SALE FOR $21 THIS WEEKEND:
So here’s the question…
I’m not a fan of companies that produce their clothing unethically. I don’t shop at fast stores anymore for that reason. Fast fashion stores don’t treat their employees fairly in factories overseas. Nasty Gal isn’t treating their employees fairly stateside…they’re just not paying small children pennies to manufacture their merchandise. I don’t feel comfortable giving Forever 21 my money…but should I be uncomfortable giving it to Nasty Gal as well? Because honestly I want to buy this, this, and this right now.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
This Might Be The Easiest Way To Treat Yourself Without The Nasty Price Tag
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
This is a sponsored post from Groupon Coupons.
If you’re reading this blog, I know you’re always looking for new ways to save your cash. Sure, you can shop at thrift stores. Yes, you can embark on a never-ending quest to find the best drugstore mascara out there. But sometimes, you’ve gotta have that expensive pair of shoes, even though they cost more than multiple trips to your favorite bottomless mimosa brunch place. Or after getting $3 lipstick on your teeth for the umpteenth time, it’s necessary to splurge on the good stuff.
Bottomless brunch got me like…
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I love fancy beauty products as much as the next woman, but I’m personally going to treat myself to a Macy’s Herald Square shopping spree. That designer shoe sale section is about as close as I’ll ever get to Carrie Bradshaw just popping into a store and casually buying a pair of Manolo’s like, “K, see you later $500!” With Macy’s 4th of July Groupon Coupon, you get an extra 20% off already reduced merchandise. And that means this bitch is buying herself a pair of clearance mid-priced designer shoes from last season. I’m living in the lap of luxury, baby.
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Celebrate Marriage Legalization With These Stylish As F**k Gay Wedding Photos
Friday, June 26th, 2015
Today is a historic day in the United States, because in case you haven’t heard, gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states! Obviously the queer girl founder of this blog is jumping for joy, but incase you need a bit more visual stimulation to get the happy tears flowing, here’s some STYLISH A F**K same-sex marriage photos to gaze upon.
LOOK AT THAT FUCKING FASCINATOR AND THAT COLOR-BLOCKED SUIT.
THAT PINK TIE. THAT SKINNY TIE. THOSE SUSPENDERS. THOSE MOTHER FUCKING BANNERS.
I’VE NEVER LOVED BOHO LESBIAN CHIC SO MUCH.
CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THESE PATTERNED SHIRTS AND BOW TIES RIGHT NOW.
ROMANTIC GAY BEACH VIBES FOR DAAAAAAYZ.
**SO STYLE, MUCH CUTE, WHAT EVEN, CAN’T HANDLE**
FLOWER CROWNS ARE NOT JUST FOR MUSIC FESTIVALS GUYS, THEY ARE FOR BEAUTIFUL, PROGRESSIVE A.F. WEDDINGS.
THE BEST POP OF COLOR I’VE EVER SEEN.
LOOK AT THOSE CROWNS AND THAT TRICKED OUT BROOM.
ALL GOLD EVERYTHING AND AWESOME FUCKING BOLEROS FOR THIS LESBIAN WEDDING.
HULA HOOP IT OUT, HAPPY COUPLE, YOU DESERVE IT.
PLZ GIVE ME THOSE SHINY-ASS SHOES RIGHT NOW, SEXY MARRIED MEN.
ALL OF THAT TWEED, SO MUCH OF THE LOVE, DAPPER AS FUCK.
CASUAL GORGEOUS BEACH WEDDING PERFECTION RIGHT HERE.
OFFICIALLY OBSESSED WITH FASCINATOR VEILS NOW, TBH.
GIVE ME ALL THE DRAMA, CHESSBOARD WEDDING QUEENS.
LOOK AT ALL THESE FUCKING SOURCES:
Does Manic Panic Work On Red Hair? An Experiment
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
I have to be honest with you, dear blog readers: I really miss having platinum blonde hair. Only because I could change the color whenever I wanted to with Manic Panic, but nevertheless, I miss it. I went back to being a redhead because my hair was totally fried from all of the bleach I’d used to keep it pure as the driven snow, but I miss cotton candy pink, I miss ice queen blue, and I most of all, I miss purple. OHHHHH purple, my long-lost hair color love. How I long for the days you sat atop my head. **SOBS DRAMATICALLY**.
Although you have to bleach your hair to get pale pastel colors with Manic Panic, you don’t have to bleach your hair to use it altogether. Desperate to add some flair to my boring strawberry blonde locks, I decided to use a combination of Pretty Flamingo (a peachy pink, orangey dye) and Cotton Candy Pink dye to create some ombre/highlights/color streaks (I’m not quite sure what to call them, really). I’d tried doing streaks and highlights with Manic Panic before, and it didn’t work particularly well. But Pinterest says it’s possible! And everything you read online is true, obviously. So I took a leap of faith by trying again.
Let me take you through my process…
In an attempt to get the purest color possible, I used Shimmer Lights purple shampoo as a toner. The shampoo is supposed to take out red and yellow tones from blonde hair. I put it all over my hair and planned to let it sit for about 30 minutes. Instead, I got sucked into working on this very blog, and it ended up working it’s magic for about 2 hours. And by magic, I mean it didn’t really work. It left random patches of my hair looking gray and dull. This is step is unnecessary. But if you ever ask yourself, “what does purple shampoo do to red hair?”, then here’s your answer:
Let’s move on to the part that actually matters. Before I applied the Manic Panic dye, I washed my hair and blow dried it. You should not use conditioner before applying Manic Panic. Your hair needs to be totally clean and free of product build-up.
After it was clean and dry, I parted my hair down the middle. I separated my hair into sections and secured them into twisty little buns using bobby pins. I planned on dying most of the hair on the very top of my head with the Pretty Flamingo dye and pinned it all together. Then I randomly sectioned off the hair on the sides of my head into twists, with no real visual plan, because I live on the edge.
The hair at the back of my head towards my neck was too short to pin. From past experience, I’ve learned that the hair back there doesn’t soak up dye as quickly as the front. I applied cotton candy dye back there first. Then I pulled the sections on the side of my head out of their twists and applied either pink or peach dye, alternating colors. I finished off the application by saturating the top twist with peach dye, and a little bit of pink in my bangs.
I let the dye sit on my head for a full 2 hours. When I jumped in the shower to wash it out, I saw that the dye remnants were totally white – a sign that all of the pigment stuck to my hair.
After it was dried and styled, it looked like this:
From the front it looks just a tad pink…
…until I turn to the side. WHA-BAM! Peek-a-boo pink realness.
The fade in the back looks even and matches the rest of my hair.
When I part it on the opposite side, you can really see the pink. I really love this vibrant pink shade. The Pretty Flamingo dye definitely made my hair a lot more strawberry than blonde, but the color isn’t stand-out neon like I had hoped. Next time I try this, I’m going to use Electric Tiger Lily dye for a more intense orange, and apply the cotton candy dye more liberally.
Overall, I’m really happy with these results. I’m not mourning the loss of my platinum quite as much as I was before. I’m thinking this color scheme is going to become my signature look for awhile.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
New York Sample Sale Haul: Rebecca Minkoff, Vince Camuto, And More
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Real talk for a second: it’s nice to have nice clothes. As a sartorially-inclined woman, although I can get down with thrift and consignment stores, there’s no better feeling than walking down the street in an expensive pair of shoes with name recognition. Maybe it’s because every New York City girl really does want to feel like Carrie Bradshaw every now-and-again (don’t judge, I’ve seen every episode). Maybe it’s because an ex-tweenage Blink 182 fan can only pretend not to like Hollister so many times before she wants to buy a $40 t-shirt for herself, goddamnit! No matter what the reason may be, now that I’m a grown-ass woman who knows how to budget (eat Ramen for dinner, use that as an excuse to go shopping 3 times a week), it feels good to spend a bit of my hard-earned cash on pretty designer things. But do you think I’m going to pay $300 dollars for a dress I’ll probably be sick of next summer? HELL NAW. And that’s where sample sales come in.
This sample sale season, I’ve been on top of my overstock game. I’m waking up early to go to sketchy warehouses. I’m hitting up a sale in the morning, and another at my lunch break. I’m waking up early, which I do for absolutely nothing else. I’m proud of what I’ve scored so far, so watch me talk about sample sales and see what I’ve bought in the video below.