Wednesday, 26 August 2015

My Head Is On Fire

I bleached my hair. Pfft. No big deal.

I tried to dye my hair purple twice but my hair was too dark. The only solution? Bleach. Argh, I know.

So I have a group chat with my friends and every now and then we just end up sending lines of GIFs back and forth. I sent one of a blonde Asian woman and jokingly said that I should go blonde. Enough encouragement was there for me to seriously think about it.

I started to look around for a decent box bleach purely because I'm too poor to afford a good bleach powder and developer separately. Initially, I was all for buying Live Color Max Blonde since I know that it is a strong brand and it did manage to dye my hair purple initially. It faded to red after a week though.

I went into Boots last Saturday before work and saw that the Live Color bleach was not allowed on previously dyed hair so I couldn't have it. I found Jerome Russell BBlonde (Yes, two Bs) next to it on the shelf. It's a bit more expensive but still looked pretty strong to battle my thick, dark, almost invincible hair.

The next day I went to my boyfriend's house and got the job done. At first, I was applying the bleach properly, using the brush to evenly distribute the bleach on my hair... And then I got impatient. About halfway through, when I was doing the back of my hair, with some help from my guy holding a mirror behind me, I started to just scoop the bleach into my hair. As a result, some parts got more bleach than others.

When I was checking on my hair, I kind of liked the colour it was midway through the development time. I sort of expected the uneven-ness because of what I did. I also got bored of waiting for all of it to reach blonde.

So now I have this cool, slightly weird fiery hair; a mixture of colour ranging from a burnt red to a bright blonde.

My head is figuratively on fire.

I like it! Some do, some don't - my family aren't fans except for my little sister. People at work like it, one of the guys pointing out that the colour "highlights my cheekbones."

I plan on keeping this for a while. My hair takes forever to grow so it'll be a while until my roots start to get too long. After that, who knows? I might go lighter or attempt to go to a purple shade. Third time lucky, maybe?

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

My Future Flat Stuff


Yes, I'm going to have a purple room. I'm also cheap and bought everything from Primark.

It's a nice colour. 

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

That Cushion Project

I made cushions!

I wanted to make some cushions to take with me to university so I did. There's no proper reason for making them other than me wanting something unique for my bedroom whilst I am living Birmingham.

To make the cushions, I bought everything online from Hobbycraft since they had what I wanted and I'm too lazy to go out and buy cushions and carry them back home. I didn't expect the cushions to be so big and fat and cuddly; being £3 each I didn't expect the quality to be that great but they were! I used two packs of fat quarters, a wine and a black set, for the covers. The wine set was a much better quality than the black - the pieces were thicker and therefore easier to handle. I bought some black lining fabric to make the black and white pieces look more solid and prevent you from seeing the cushion inside.

I got creative with the backs of the cushions since I started to run low on fabric really quickly. My patchwork skills are on point.

I drew the designs for the cushions in my sketchpad beforehand so I knew what I was doing and what the pieces looked like. To make the templates, I used newspaper since I'm too lazy to go out and buy pattern paper and I had everything already so I couldn't bear to wait another few days for a delivery.

The cushions are really big and they work so nicely as a set. I'm glad that the finished products turned out alright. I'm pretty proud of them. 100% Pinterest worthy.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

My Week On The Coast Of Yorkshire

I went to Scarborough, York, Bempton Cliffs, Filey, Bridlington and Primrose Valley. The beach was the same for all them: a long expanse of sand meeting a shallow tide of waves.

Panorama skills on point
It was good to spend a whole week being outdoors and active; that's not something I would usually do so it was nice to go and explore everything. I did some damage to my knees and feet though, aching whenever we came back to our caravan in Primrose Valley. I'm pretty sure there is something wrong with my legs; I just haven't had a check on them.

The views I took in, though, were impeccable. I tried my best to capture them through photos but I'm no photographer and I used my phone.

The actual caravan park had a huge host of ducks and the maps and signs suggested that there are otters too but I never got to see one... 

The weather whilst we were there was OK. It didn't rain much but, being the coast, it was pretty windy and cold even when the sun was out.

The first place we went to was Filey beach. The first day we went, it was cloudy. My brother seized the opportunity of the fact that the beach was near empty and wrote out his Instagram and Snapchat usernames on the beach; the idea worked and he gained more followers but I'm not going to give him the opportunity to have more by posting the photos I took of them here. 

The second day was much better and I sculpted out a fish in the sand. That was pretty much all I did that's worth mentioning.

York Minster
We also went away from the coast for the day, travelling to York and exploring what was around there. I liked how it was very local with most of the stores on the high street being small village shops. Those are always good to venture into. I couldn't really do that as much as I would have liked, though, since the places I like aren't exactly places which would interest the rest of my family; we walked past two vintage stores before I saw a book store - a charity shop called Books For Amnesty - that I could quickly run into whilst my family was in a different store. I ended up buying two books since they were so cheap: "Criminal" and "Skin Privilege" by Karin Slaughter.

The last place that we went to that I actually liked quite a bit was Scarborough castle. The view from the hill it is on was gorgeous, I could see little bits of everything from there and the coast looked really nice from high up.

There was also a cat there. I guessed it was a wild one which just happens to live here and probably helps to control the amount of mice and other small creatures around so visitors don't get scared. It doesn't mind people; my brother and I went near it and it lied down in front of us. 

On the subject of animals, we also had a duck follow us briefly at the lake at the caravan park.

That's all for now. Stay beautiful x