Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hair - a Year Later

It's hard to believe my hair disaster was a year ago, but it's been a year and a week since it all started. Shall we review the awfulness?

Where I started, a few days before my first appointment to go from black to red.

After the first visit, lost roughly 8 inches and didn't get the color I wanted

After the second visit, where it went straight to hell

don't you just love those overprocessed blondish orange bits here and there? You know, since the overall uneven color wasn't bad enough, I got to have that too.

and a couple weeks after that when it really looked like shit since the color faded. Plus green tinges began to show too!
part 3 is here, if you're interested in what I was thinking about it all.

4 months later, salvation after finding a new salon and stylist, Sami.

I've posted the cuts & recolors that Sami has done over the course of the year. Here's the latest, from last week. Sami flat ironed it super straight, but I slept on it so it's messy. There's 4VR mixed in there but hard to see since it wasn't bright out.



The most damaged sections are now gone. Sami's had to cut my usually long layers much shorter to get rid of the damage, but it's been worth it. My hair feels good again, nice and soft and healthy.

I want to focus on letting it grow for a while. I'll still have Sami trim it every 6 weeks or so with the recolor, but only a tiny trim. I'm lucky that my hair has grown very quickly, even with multiple cuts from Sami over the last 8 months you can see it's still longer than where I was after the first cut when it just grazed my shoulders.

Here's my goal, this photo is from August 2009. I miss the length and really want to get the purple foils back. Maybe not as much purple as back then, but definitely need some purple in there!


Part of me wants to slap myself, since it seems like I went through this whole nightmare and only want to get back where I started! But what's done is done, chalk it up as a learning experience and remind myself not to do it again.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Swatch Labels

I've been meaning to label all the swatch photos on my blog and just haven't gotten around to it. I'm going to start working on it whenever I have some free time. I'm also going to delete a bunch of old posts, mostly FOTD/EOTD type posts.

Not a big deal, but I'd like to get this mess cleaned up a bit.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Vacation Plans

Summer vacation has begun. Ian's summer school program begins in July, and although it's more a playgroup with activities, the half day program will allow me to go to work for a couple of hours each day. Until it starts, I have to take him in with me. Fortunately I don't have to spend much time physically in the office, it'll be more stop by, pick things up, and get out as quickly as possible. No one wants to be stuck at work, much less a six and a half year old!

I also have some home school type lessons planned for him. We bought a large notebook, tabbed dividers, and plenty of loose leaf paper. He loves writing down various bits of information and has a lot in there already. I plan to tackle one subject daily, reading/comprehension, spelling, history, science, math, and whatever else we think of. Certainly music - he picked up a nice book about classical composers at Barnes & Noble the other day.

We also have kits that he's acquired over the year - Grow Magic Rocks, Crystal Garden Lab in a Bag, Grow Prehistoric Sea Monsters, Ladybug Habitat, and tickets to a local aquarium. These will work quite nicely with our lessons.

He loves learning and keeping him challenged IS a challenge. He's not one to sit and stare at the TV, he'd much prefer reading a book or quizzing everyone around him with Presidential trivia or other facts. I did take a peek at some of the local academic programs but none seemed to be the right fit for him, aside from the fact that they're all insanely expensive.

I bought him a basketball net a few days ago, and will start working with him on that. He's not into sports in the slightest, but we're not a sports household. I believe I've married one of the only men in the free world who does NOT watch baseball, football, hockey, boxing, NASCAR, basketball, tennis, golf, nor any other sporting event most guys watch. On rare occasion he'll watch rally racing or motocross, and I do mean rare occasion.

I've tried to teach Ian that it's not important to be great at sports, but to just have fun. He likes playing kickball (hard to do with just the 2 or 3 of us), play on his swings and slide, or a little baseball in the driveway. We also finally got our little Intex pool set up and he loves that. It's not big enough to really swim in (10' x 30") - but enough to cool off in. Keeping physically active is important, so I'll make sure we have outside playtime daily.

We're going to do some local trips to various places that peak his interest. He's a big history buff and there's plenty of places he'd love to see, particularly anything in connection with the Revolutionary War. The Continental Army spent more time in NJ than any other state, so there's plenty of interest points! We're not quite ready for overnight trips to Washington DC or Gettysburg, so hitting all the nearby areas is first on the list.

He's been interested in currency for a while too, and has a nice coin collection started. I bought a large coin box for him, but have to get the trays and organize everything. He's not interested in coins for their value, but enjoys the history behind the coins.

We're setting up playdates with school friends, which isn't the easiest thing with everyone having a crazy schedule. Whether we have someone over or meet up at the park for an hour, he enjoys playing with his friends.

In between work and Ian, there's the usual household responsibilities - cleaning, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, running errands.

I have so many items sitting here waiting for me to take pictures and get listed on various auction sites. My deadline is the end of the summer - if everything I have set aside isn't gone, it's all going to be donated.

I'm ready to start our bedroom - we've selected the paint color and I have to start working getting as much out of the room as possible and begin painting the trim. John will paint the ceiling (he's 6'5" so it's much easier for him to do it!) and the "cut in" painting, then I'll tackle the walls. It'll take a couple of days, and then we'll start on Ian's room!

He's changing his room's theme. It's been an "ocean" theme since he was 2 1/2, and he's ready for something new. He's got the new theme picked out, and no surprise that it's a patriotic/presidential theme. There's not much painting involved, but I do have to remove wall stickers (huge Walls of the Wild ones), clean up any adhesive, touch up some areas, and then redecorate. Part of the summer fun is hunting for the new decor. We bought him his own US flag for finishing kindergarten, and he's anxious to hang his prized prints - the Declaration of Independence and Washington Crossing the Delaware.

I don't post regularly as is, but with all that's going on, my blog will be neglected even further.

I hope all of you with kids enjoy your time with them and have a great summer vacation!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wild Wednesday

We have lots of frogs living in the ditch.

there was a third smaller one but he jumped into the pipe under the driveway.


they can't see me here in the grass

There's usually 5, three on one side of the driveway and two on the other. Across the street there's 6 or 7. They croak in the morning when Ian's waiting for the schoolbus, which he finds hysterical.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Darling Girl Swatches

Here's the remaining Darling Girl swatches from my recent order. Three of the shades - Aerial, Cornucopia, and Antiquity were free samples.

I applied the samples with a damp wet/dry shadow brush. All photos taken outside, no flash. They're a bit dark because a storm was rapidly approaching. Darling Girl's descriptions are below each single shade photo, with my thoughts underneath.



Adoration is a great creamy pearl.
a nice soft ivory shade, perfect for anything.

Bare Nekkid is a gorgeous, pinky-beige pearl.
a slightly peachy pink nude

Well Dressed is a strange mix between taupe, lilac and gray with a purple flash.
greige with purple shimmer, photo doesn't do the shade justice. Much prettier in person, and better foiled.

Aerial is a soft, wispy, sea foam green pearl with blue undertones

Cornucopia is a burnt orange with gold undertones and color shifting glitter, shifting from teal, blue to red.

Antiquity ???
I can't find a description of this on DG's page, sorry. It's a warmer mid golden pink shimmer shade. It wasn't in a sample bag, but a mini jar. I think it said "GWP" on the bottom as well. Sorry to be so clueless, whatever it is it's pretty.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Darling Girl Neutral Swatches

I ended my 3 month long no buy with a small sample order from Darling Girl. I questioned myself about ordering - was I going to fall right back into the same old habit of buying everything and rebuilding my collection? NO. Not gonna let that happen again, thank you.

I applied each shade with a damp wet/dry shadow brush. Darling Girl's descriptions are below each single shade photo, with my thoughts underneath. Photos taken outside, no flash, bright sunny day that was rapidly turning dark.



"Corpse Candle is a sheer, light gray with violet sheen and purple iridescence."
Just the right amount of shimmer, sort of a red violet purple sheen. Very pretty.

"Dune is a semi-sheer, soft, creamy beige pearl, like the white sand beaches in Hawaii. It has a satin pearl finish."
kinda peachy pink on me

"Ramblin' Rose is a gorgeous ecru with a delicate red shift."
I can't help thinking about the crab boat Ramblin' Rose from Deadliest Catch. The captain annoys me, but the shadow is lovely!

"Saddle Up is a great, neutral, pinky-beige, satin pearl."
nice soft pinkish nude shade

"Calla is a soft, creamy off-white matte like the lovely leaves of a Calla Lily."
creamy ivory shade

"Gerard - Pale peachy pink with soft metallic silver undertones."
I kinda globbed up this swatch, sorry. Didn't redo it since I was racing a storm. Definitely metallic!

"Gypsum Rose is a dusty pink/mauve with a little gold sheen. When foiled, the gold is a little more prominent"
nice golden pink (I applied mine w/damp brush)

I didn't redo the Gerard swatch because a thunderstorm was racing in. I'm never really satisfied with my swatches, so any suggestions you have are always appreciated.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Painting the Bedroom

After years of living with white walls, hubby and I have come to an agreement on what color we're painting the bedroom. He really wasn't keen on the purple, but liked the grey. I stopped by the paint store (Benjamin Moore) and picked up samples earlier in the week. I love Benjamin Moore paint.

I did small swatches on the wall, here's the first three shades. I knew "Storm" was too light but it was to convince hubby that darker would be better. He eliminated that shade immediately. Looks kinda institutional, doesn't it?


I painted larger swatches of the other two shades the next day. I like Cinder but it's just not the right shade. In person it has a green tinge to it, battleship grey. Not what I want.


Stormy Sky was my favorite from the start. But again, gotta put comparison shades to convince hubby I'm right. It's got a tinge of violet in it which is perfect.


When we painted the bathroom, I wanted a dark shade, and everyone convinced me it was too dark. I picked a lighter color, lived with it for a year, and didn't like it. I finally convinced hubby to repaint (well, he hired a painter!) to paint it the darker shade I wanted in the first place. Everyone said I was crazy, but every person who sees my bathroom loves it. They all agree the darker shade works, and looks so much better than the lighter.

I don't want to make the same mistake of picking a color that's too light. Our bedroom furniture is natural maple, so it's light. The bed linens are black (cotton comforter in the summer, velvet in the winter). The floor length drapes are black velvet. The Stormy Sky is going to make it dark! We're also going to paint the trim white, and the closet doors which are the same as the trim. The door into the bedroom is already white. A fresh coat on the ceiling too.

I think I'm going to add some sheers under my velvet drapes - not sure whether I want to do white or purple, but likely purple. It'll help tie it all in to the bathroom, which is purple, with white sink/tub/toilet and black vanity and cabinet.

The Stormy Sky does look dark if it's not bright out (raining when I took these pics)


I think it's gonna look really good in the end. Hubby says it better, because he's not repainting! It'll be a few weeks before we get to the painting, but I'll post some pics when it's all done.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wild Wednesday

I ordered 750 ladybugs from a garden supply shop to eat aphids in the garden.



We released the bulk of them in the garden, but maybe 100 or so in the front yard for the wildflowers.

Thanks for looking!