Joining the Dark Side 2.0

This is a follow up to my March post Joining the Dark Side

The gist of the post was that after over a decade of dying my hair blonde I wanted to go back to my most natural color which was a light brown.

October 2011

October 2011

I used to be really blonde. I did everything from highlights to Sun In to box dyes to John Frieda Go Lighter Spray blah blah blah. All this coloring seriously damaged my hair. It also put a huge hole in my wallet. I don’t even want to think about all the money I dropped to get my hair done over the past ten years. I could have used that money to buy a new college textbook! Just kidding I stopped buying textbooks pretty much after my freshman year of college…

I turned 22 on April 8th. The days leading up to my birthday, however, my parents kept asking me what I wanted for a gift. After careful consideration I decided I wanted to get my hair fully dyed. No highlights, no lowlights just one color. Before I got my hair dyed I had highlights and lowlights from December; the color was nice, but I wanted one solid color (something I have never done before).

March 2014

March 2014

When I sat down I told my colorist, who I absolutely love, what I wanted. Of course, like most of us I have unrealistic expectations of what I want my hair to look like. I told her just to match my roots. As stylists know, this is a very hard thing to do. She pulled out her color look book and pointed to a color that matched my roots. COOL, I thought. The color wasn’t dramatic and it’s what I wanted.   However, she told me that dying my hair this color would be a waste because it wouldn’t cover all the previous damage to my hair. So we went a shade darker in order to “grab” all the blonde.

I had no idea what to expect. There was no turning back the moment she started coloring my hair. After washing it out she spun away from the mirror and started to blow dry my hair. I felt like I was in one of those makeover shows where they don’t show you the final result until the very end. When all was said and done all the ladies in the salon kept saying “I love it! I love it!” All I could think was: For goodness sake woman turn me around already!

When she spun me around and I saw my hair all I could do was run my hands thru it and try and process what I had just done. The color was dark. I mean dark. It even looked like there were tints of red or purple in it. She did what I wanted and got rid of the color it’s just a huge shock going from blonde to this extreme.

April 8 2014

April 8 2014

My stylist, bless her heart, assured me the color will ease and blend together and this tint of red won’t last forever. Going this dark was just something she had to do. To be honest the red color went away within the first week after a few hair rinses.

I am very happy to report after a month a half my hair is a natural golden brown color! The best part of this hair odyssey: I don’t have any roots! I have been outside in the sun a lot too and my hair has been holding up wonderfully. It’s been such a process and I hope I hope this is the last time I ever dye my hair.

May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014



Throwing it Back to Junior and Senior Prom

In light of it being Thursday and my high school’s prom tomorrow, I decided to do a throwback Thursday of both my junior and senior prom. I saw on another bloggers page a Throwback Thursday where she mentioned ten facts about the photo and I loved the idea! Here’s a brief memory of my night(s) four and five years ago:


1.) Both my dresses were ordered online. Nothing is more exciting or terrifying than opening the box the day your dress arrives in the mail.

2.) My mom didn’t want me to wear a white dress, because I would wear white at my wedding. K.

3.) The back of my blue dress was open back and beautiful, but it was a pain to dance in. Me and strapless dresses: it just doesn’t work.

4.) I cut my hair 2 days before my senior prom. And I mean CUT. It looked a lot healthier, I just had no idea what to do with it, so I straightened it.

5.) I hate getting pedicures. My first and last pedicure was for senior prom.

6.) Still looking back at these pictures I wish I had my makeup done.

7.) After senior prom a bunch of my classmates, including my date, went to Seaside Heights in New Jersey. I wasn’t allowed to go…

8.) Instead I went to Ocean City, MD for a week with my four girl friends after graduation and it was amazing.  We’re talking about going back again this year and reliving our glory days.

9.) I only have one photo of me and my friends from senior prom (we are actually missing one person). And I seriously regret it. I took pictures with my date’s friends and sat at his table. The picture above will always be my favorite picture from senior prom.

10.) My dresses get borrowed a lot from younger girl friends and girls in my neighborhood and I love that 🙂 The blue one is getting worn tomorrow!

What was your prom like?

Added bonus of me and all my lovely friends. Seaside < Ocean City. Just saying.


Ocean City MD.

Ocean City MD.

Just a Spot of Tea, Please. How to Decrease Eye Puffiness with Bags of Tea

It’s the end of the semester and I’m exhausted. This time of the year is bitter sweet, because I’m so close to being done, but the next few days will be so draining and demanding. It’s a known fact I’m not going to sleep at all. Mainly because I leave everything to the last minute, but that’s a different story.

I recently did a review on Olay Fresh Effects Eye Cream. I know creams and moisturizes, particularly under eye creams, can be expensive. There is a cheap, quick method to reducing those puffy tired eyes. If you’re a tea drinker this will work perfectly for you.

Tea has caffeine, caffeine makes people happy and happy people just don’t like tired.

You can use plain or green tea bags. The tea grains contain anti-irritant solution that will help reduce redness and inflammation around the eye area. Chamomile tea bags also contain natural, herbal ingredients that will help decrease puffiness.

If you have two bags of tea try this beauty secret

Cold bags of tea:
1.) Moisten two tea bags in water
2.) Place the tea bags in the freezer for twenty minutes (the cold help shrinks puffiness)
3.) Once cold place the bags of tea over your eyes for fifteen to twenty minutes

Warm bags of tea:
1.) Warm up a cup of water
2.) Place the tea bags in the warm water and let them moisten
3.) Carefully wring out the tea bags so they aren’t heavy or dripping (don’t wring them out to hard or you’ll lose all those natural ingredients you need for your eyes!)
4.) Once at a warm, comfortable temperature place the bags over your eyes for ten to fifteen minutes or until they are no longer warm.

This method is actually really relaxing, the smell and the aroma of the tea also calms me down which says a lot.  If you look tired because school is taking over you life, try this technique; you have nothing to lose except your eye puffiness.

If you’re interested in other, weird, cheap methods to reducing eye puffiness check out: