Just like last year, I took a break from blogging for a few months – I mean, summer IS the prime season for social events and outdoor activities. But apart from that, it gave me the opportunity to dabble in a side job, reprioritize my life, set aside some much-needed time for myself, and improve some aspects of my lifestyle that I wasn’t satisfied with. But since I can’t recap my entire summer in a single post, I’ve decided to do a series of entries to get all my followers caught up. Enjoy! :)
A few months ago, in her heavy Korean accent, my hairdresser told me that my locks underwent “chemical melting” from all the harsh bleaching I had put it through. Which explained why my ends were so thin and uneven. So she chopped it all off. But because having my hair at shoulder length made me feel less feminine, my confidence dipped significantly. :( Thankfully, a friend recommended clip-in extensions as a temporary solution while it grows back. At first, I was skeptical. I had so many questions! Would they look natural? What is the color doesn’t match perfectly? Could I heat style them? How much would they cost? How long would they last? Would they fall out if I wasn’t careful?
So I took to researching all the different options for my hair type. At the end of the day, I decided that a 7-piece set of wefts in varying widths would give me that layered look I wanted. Nervously, I ordered a set of 18” dark brown human hair extensions from the eBay seller “ldszyz” for about $31 with free shipping. When they arrived at my doorstep a week later, it occurred to me that I had no idea how to put them in. >.<; But, naturally, I was an expert three YouTube videos later. :P
I was pleasantly surprised that the color blends beautifully – you can hardly tell they’re extensions! They aren’t heavy at all, it they stay put really well. Typically, it’s recommended that my extensions should last 3-4 months before replacing them – but that’s with everyday wear, heat styling, and regular washing. Since I only wear mine on the weekends, I estimate that they should last me about a year. And by then, my hair should already be six inches longer! :D My only issue with them is that they sometimes give you too much volume in humidity, especially if your hair isn’t naturally straight. But this is something that can easily be fixed by wearing it in a sleek, long ponytail. What do you guys think, would you ever consider wearing clip-in hair extensions?
Since my post on the Garnier Nutrisse: R3 Light Intense Auburn had become really popular over the past two years, I figured that I’d become a redhead again. Easier said than done. My first attempt with Garnier Nutrisse: #56 Medium Reddish Brown (Sangria) last month resulted in a very dark burgundy brown that only looked red in strong sunlight, and faded almost immediately within 2 or 3 washes. I’m not even going to provide photos; not worth it.
Thankfully, my second attempt the other week with L’Oreal Féria: R57 Intense Medium Auburn (Cherry Crush) was a bit more successful. Although not as vibrant as I would like, it came out more of a deep mahogany. Again, the color didn’t stay for very long. Now it’s faded to a very warm dark brown with red undertones, getting lighter towards the ends. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
My new endeavor is to find out how I can manage the dip-dye hair trend at home. Sure, there are plenty of excellent DIY tutorials on YouTube and several of my favorite blogs. But if done wrong, I can seriously look like a ratchet mess. Which is why I’m considering getting it professionally done at a salon come mid-Spring. Here are some photos of Jamie Chung rocking her beautiful ombre locks. I’m still deciding whether I want my gradient to go from black to brown, or brown to blonde. What do you guys think?
And while we’re on the topic of red, I was invited to a wedding this May and was perusing around the interwebz for a fancy dress. Although a little too formal for the occasion in question, I came across this high-low gown that is definitely drool-worthy! I’m a sucker for bold, contrasting underlay fabric that tastefully peeks through. I can actually imagine myself wearing this while working some Latin ballroom magic of the dance floor. *sigh* It’s a shame that it costs upwards of $300. x_x So my search continues for something less extravagant, but equally as stunning. Until next time! ^.^
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Sometime last week, while I was compiling all of my hair dye posts into one page, I decided that I had already gotten tired of having black hair. So I tried coloring over it with a dark brown shade over the weekend. But, silly me, it didn’t take. The roots and ends lightened somewhat, but I wasn’t pleased at all. Here’s a picture of me the day after my attempt.
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So what did I decide to do? Buy a box of bleach, of course. >.<; So with complete disregard for the health of my hair, I ended up picking out L’Oreal Feria: 205 Extra Bleach Blonde. Since my target shade was dark/medium brown, I figured that leaving it in for only 15 minutes wouldn’t result in too much damage.
My boyfriend Billy volunteered to do it for me, despite it being his first time. And I wouldn’t say that the color came out uneven.. but the bottom layers are definitely lighter than the top ones. And although the bleach doesn’t smell are strong as others I’ve tried, it definitely works harder I only left it in for 10 minutes after application, and here’s how it came out. You may not be able to tell from the photo, but my ends are fried. I’m due for a trim soon anyway. :X
Camwhoring at work with my phone. #nomakeup #chapstickdoesntcount
I’m not completely satisfied with the shade, but I suppose it will have to do for now. x_x I promised myself that I’m going to start experimenting with Palty shades in the near future, though – which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I hear it’s more effective on Asian hair textures anyway, so why not?
On a completely irrelevant note, I’ve been lusting after several pairs of Madden Girl wedges. And the only way to keep myself from splurging on them is to tell you guys about how much I want (but currently can’t afford) them. Not at the same time, at least. :P Which reminds me! If any of you are looking for a good store to buy comfortable shoes for women, my friends at Schuler Shoes may be able to help you – check them out. :) Until next time! ^.^
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Especially when there are so many different options to choose from! Because my preferred temperature is 80°F, and I can already tell that this upcoming winter in New York is going to be brutal, I decided to invest in a new winter coat.
Leather Jackets. I was delusional when I thought that I could even survive late Autumn in these, regardless of how much I love them. :'( As a matter of fact, not too long ago, I helped le boyfriend pick out a leather jacket from Express – the same store where I bought mine. And what I’ve noticed is that while his keeps him warm and toasty, mine barely does in chillier weather. I think it’s because a lot of stores focus more on fashion than function for women, compared to their products targeted for men, and design these styles accordingly. Which is a shame, since it makes it even more difficult to find something that meets both requirements without having to spend a small fortune. Side note, doesn’t he look handsome in said jacket? :D
Fur Coats. For me, fur coats (faux or otherwise) are really hit or miss. I’ve seen fashion-forward women in the city wear an oversized white or leopard print fur coat and pull it off. Then I see multi-colored grey/green/blue knockoffs paired with Ugg boots on teenaged girls at the mall and cringe with how tacky and cheap it looks. But last month, I was seriously considering one of these faux fur beauties by UNIF: The Amelia Bomber and The Donna Coat. Unfortunately, I decided that an on-trend piece of outerwear shouldn’t be my primary go-to with winter approaching quickly. Though still something I want, a fur coat could wait until I find something more tame and practical. :< (A girl can only dream.)
Wool Coats. My previous winter coat was an adorable dark magenta wool thinsulate toggle coat from Delia’s. Although the color and style were a little childish, it did keep me warm during my whole college career. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on how you look at it, I’ve shrunken a few sizes and it no longer fits comfortably. I was looking into buying another wool coat, a pea coat in particular. Nothing says mature and put-together more than a 100% wool pea coat, after all. :P But my body type usually isn’t cooperative with the classic pea coat shape – they tend to either be too tight on the bust and perfect at the waist, or perfect at the bust and too loose on the waist. It’s a lose-lose situation most of the time for me. ;_; I would love to have either of these Victoria’s Secret pea coats, though. But since they only sell them online, the shipping cost on a return in case I order the wrong size would barely be worth it.
Down Jackets. Not going to lie, I hate the way most of them look. The last thing I want to resemble is a giant marshmallow. Most styles drown your body’s natural figure, even when you buy the right size, and are rarely fashionable. But I do admit that they are one of the warmest and affordable options out there, and my best bet at keeping my temperamental body at a happy temperature. Thankfully, I finally found what I was looking for in the Kelly Jacket from Abercrombie & Fitch. The full retail price of $220 is a little steep for me, but I was lucky to have caught it at 40% off when I ordered it from their website a few weeks ago. ;)
I ordered a navy one in size S, and it fits me perfectly! The quilted design keeps the down from shedding like past experiences I’ve had with similar jackets. I like the belt because it defines your waist, especially when you have an apple-shaped body like mine. The fur trim on the hood doesn’t look or feel cheap, and has the right amount of fullness. And one of my favorite things about this jacket is how the pockets are lined with the softest and warmest fleece. <3 Whenever I wear it, I feel like a cute eskimo and have yet to complain about the cold. The real test is whether I’ll survive the winter without a single shiver. :)
Oh, and if you couldn’t tell from the photo above, I’ve dyed my hair again. >.<; This time, I used Garnier Nutrisse: #61 Light Ash Brown (Mocchaccino). Different from my usual warm shades, this color has cooler undertones. And so far, I’ve received a lot of compliments from people I don’t even know! :D It definitely looks a lot less harsh than my previous bleached color. I actually really like it, and may be my favorite shade of the year. =) Anyway, that’s all I have for now – don’t forget to comment and subscribe. :P Until next time! ^.^
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I know, I’ve been neglectful of this blog lately. But to be honest, this is the happiest I’ve been thus far in terms of where I am in life right now. I’ve got a degree, a full-time job, a supportive family, wonderful friends, and an amazing boyfriend. Everything is looking up, and I feel optimistic for the first time in too long. Blogging can wait a little bit while I enjoy life for the time being. :)
Me and my brother on graduation day! :D
Of course, I can’t keep myself away for too long. :P I just wanted to share my new hair dyeing experience with you guys. It’s no surprise that I’ve decided to go dark again, since AnimeNext is next week. And although Sailor Mars has pitch black hair, I figured it would be too harsh against my tan skin (I went to the beach last Saturday!) and picked out something a little softer.
Garnier Nutrisse in Dark Chocolate transformed my locks into a deep, almost-black shade of brown. At first, I thought it was wayyyy too dark! But that’s probably because I’ve been so used to my hair being significantly lighter. I know it’ll lighten in the sun anyway over the next few weeks. :P What I like the most about this shade, though, is that the neutral undertones of the color make my warm complexion look much fairer and less yellow. :D I look like a mess from the humidity on the day this photo as taken, but it’s a pretty accurate representation of what my hair looks like right now.
Excuse the awkward 16″ height difference. >.<;
In other news, remember my recent craze over tinted lip balms? I just purchased the L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm in Plush Plum (which I’m wearing in the picture above) and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s not as moisturizing as Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, but definitely lasts longer and has a better color payoff. The selection of shades is much wider, too. Plush Plum in particular is a rich, not-to-sheer, not-too-opaque shade of plum with just the right amount of sparkle! It smells like vanilla, and definitely applies more red than purple on my pigmented lips. I’m tempted to buy a couple more in different shades. :P
I also bought a bottle of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight in NY. Black nail polish will always have a special place in my heart, and the multi-colored micro-glitter in this one had me at hello. :) Unfortunately, it’s not as long-wearing as the solid creme shades from the same brand. It was already chipping after less than two days, but maybe it’s because I handle a lot of paperwork at my job? ;_; A top coat is definitely needed, and it was my mistake not taking the time to apply one.
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your week. I’ll be busy basking in the glory that is youth and freedom. (I like to exaggerate.) Until next time! ^.^
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Tagged 40, asian, balm, black, brown, chocolate, color, colour riche, complete salon manicure, dark, dye, garnier nutrisse, hair, l'oreal, le, life, midnight in ny, nail, neutral, plush plum, polish, sally hansen, shade
Hello! Sorry once again for the long wait before another post. It’s the last four weeks of school for me, and I’ve been swamped with group projects and presentations. Before I go about about giving tips for what to wear to an interview, let me just update you guys on the current state of my hair. It’s been about two months since the last time I dyed it, and my black roots were growing in much quicker because of the warmer weather. (It’s true, look it up!) I ended up buying a box of Garnier Nutrisse #63: Light Golden Brown (Brown Sugar), and apart from the roots, it didn’t change my previous shade by much. So I’m not going to be posting pictures this time. :<
I probably shouldn’t be experimenting too much with new shades anyway, since I’ve been spending the past two or three weeks applying for jobs and waiting for callbacks. Who knows if something can go wrong with a hair dyeing session the night before an interview? :P Speaking of which, I just had my first interview yesterday for an entry-level job relating to my major! :D Which inspired me to write this post.. here’s a good Polyvore representation of the outfit I wore:
Always dress appropriately for the position you’re applying for.
This is common sense. Yet I still hear of horror stories of applicants who show up to interviews in jeans and a blouse. At the same time, it also depends on the field you’re looking to work in. As a Health Care Management major, I always assume that the company will be a distinguished organization and bring my best business attire. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed, after all.
It’s 2012. You can look put-together without being too conservative.
What always irked me about putting together an outfit for an interview are reading websites giving advice on how to dress demurely. Given, these websites mostly target middle-aged women. And I think that many younger college students are led to believe that they have to dress in their grandmother’s Sunday Best in order to secure the job at the interview. I disagree. In fact, I firmly believe that you can wear clothes that are more fitted to your body. Many websites tell women to avoid skirts, on the risk that they may be too short. But I think that times have changed, and it’s now acceptable to wear a skirt above the knee – as long as the hemline and the rest of your outfit is still reasonably modest.
You can never go wrong with a blazer.
I understand that freshly graduated college students may not have the wardrobe or income to provide them with several full business suits. Thus, I’ve come to the conclusion that blazers are a lifesaver. A single-button blazer looks great on top of many dresses, shirts, or blouse you may already own – and add instant class to your outfit. :) Invest in one or two, for now!
Avoid patterns – solid shades look neater.
While I was looking at websites targeting young women, many have a “professional wear” section. I was horrified to see pages and pages of fashion faux pas in the business world. Gaudy embellishments, tacky pinstripes, and too many ruffles to count, just to name a few. In my opinion, sticking to solids in a more traditional cut looks much neater for a first impression.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors.
Monochrome suits are dated. Many companies seek applicants who are on top of current trends and technology. To a certain degree, I think you should look like it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think you should wear anything too trendy. Sticking to neutral colors like black, grey, and beige are very safe bets. Just don’t hold the old-fashioned mindset that your outfit should be limited to a suit in the same color. In fact, statistics have shown that navy blue is the most successful color to wear to an interview. ;)
Leave your statement jewelry and dramatic makeup at home.
This, too, is common sense. Don’t wear your giant feather earrings or tribal necklace. In fact, I had to take off my favorite necklace before my interview because the pendant was a pair of scissors – which may have raised some concerns if my interviewers were from an older generation. Additionally, don’t make up your face to the point where you can be mistaken for a street walker. Keep it natural and light. As a girl who really enjoys lipstick, I would advise settling for chapstick or tinted lip balm for your interview. Good luck!
Posted in Hair, Personal Life, Post-Grad, School
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