Confessions of a Bottle Blonde

Everyone knows that blondes have more fun, but what they don't tell you about is the amount of maintenance required to keep up with those golden locks. A few months ago, I decided to trade in my pink hair for a blonde ombré and I quickly learned the two cardinal rules of being a bottled blonde:

1. Thou shall not let your blonde hair turn brassy.
2. Thou shall go to great lengths to keep your deep fried hair hydrated.

Easy enough right? Absolutely not! I'm not saying that I have it all under control, but I've picked up a few tricks (and products) that I'd love to share.

Here's a photo of my lovely goldie locks to start things off!

#1 Thou Shall Not Let Your Blonde Hair Turn Brassy

How the heck do you do that? Let me just say, I had a complete freak out after my hair started turn orange a couple weeks into my new do. After some research, I picked up some purple shampoo to aid my brassy hair. From the ones that I've tried, Phyto's Phytargent Shampoo is my favorite. The purple was the most pigmented (see photo below) and my hair seriously brightened and lightened after one wash. The cost is a little steep, but since I only need to use it on part of my hair, I mix it into my regular shampoo for daily use to help justify the cost.

2. Thou shall go to great lengths to keep your deep fried hair hydrated

Unfortunately for me, cardinal rule #2 is much harder than #1. I've struggled my whole life to keep my lion's mane looking healthy. Since I have naturally wavy hair, it tends to look more fried than it is and the blonde is not forgiving at all. Fortunately, I've come across a few products that I'm absolutely loving right now!

The Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde line is simply amazing. It's super hydrating and also helps brighten my blond hair, although I wouldn't use it without the purple shampoo. I use Forever Blonde Shampoo, Forever Blonde Conditioner and Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair.

On top of using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, I've also started to use hair masks. The Hello Hair Hydrating Mask from Hello Hair is my favorite. Aside from the cute packaging, the product smells simply divine and it leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.  I got the 100g size and I've been able to use it 4 times on my super thick shoulder length hair. 

That's pretty much it for my tips on being a blonde! What are some of your hair secrets for keeping your locks on point?


Three Words

For today's post, I'm taking it somewhere a lot more personal, so please excuse the much more somber tone.

A few years ago, I worked for a fabulous woman who also doubled as a life coach. During one of our meetings, she gave me an impromptu lesson about choosing three words in life to strive towards. Although it was extremely difficult to cut down my long list to only three, I realized the importance of having a succinct list, thus began my two year long mission to cut down my list. 

Although I would never use these words to describe myself (they're more of traits that other recognizes in you), these are words that I will continue to aim to become. 

Passionate. I can get so caught up in mundane life that I forget about my passions. I don't ever want to be someone who is defined only by one single skill-- in fact, my goal is to constantly explore and create new passions to keep inspired and stay interesting. 

Graceful. In movement, speech and manner. I want to handle life gracefully through (but not limited to) success, hardships, confrontation and failure. 

Survivor. Inspired by Nora Ephron, I've made the decision to be the heroine of my life, not the victim. There are many events in life that are uncontrollable, but I get to decide what and how it impacts me. 

I've been on a wild wild roller coaster ride called life these past three years and it's a awkward struggle to balance, but I choose to stay put together-- hopfully applying these three words as I go. 


Latest Haul: Lululemon

I've recently discovered the wonders of SoulCycle (see my reviews for the SF locations here and here), which definitely refueled my love for Lululemon. Everyone wears Lulu there, so it's hard not to want to swing by after class! It's such an outrageous relationship, but there's just something about their gym swag that keeps me forking out the big bucks.

Here are a few things I picked up within the last few weeks. Most things are still available and some are even on sale!

1. Wunder Under Crop II *Full-On Luon (Roll Down) in Moody Mirage

I fell for these crops the minute I spotted them on LululemonAddicts. In fact, I called multiple stores to try to locate them. The material is great and I didn't have any issues with them being see through or sliding down my hips.

In hind sight, I really wish that I had held off and waited until these came out instead. The print is similar enough that I simply can't justify the cost.

2. If You're Lucky Bra in Moody Mirage White Deep Navy/Heathered Slate/Naval Blue

As you can tell, I just love this Moody Mirage print! I actually bought this bra with Coachella in mind. I knew I needed some bra tops with enough support for my gals and that isn't string tied. I don't want to risk someone pulling off my top. 

This bra top offers just enough coverage in a cute shape and style. I don't typically like Lulu sports bras, but this one actually offers enough support!

3. Seamlessly Plunge Bra - This bra isn't in stock on the US page, so I linked from the HK site. This color is currently on sale in store for only $34! Snatch it up before it sells out.

I love the back detail of this bra and the front is extremely flattering. Unfortunately, this doesn't offer enough coverage for heavy work outs, but it's a cute little crop top that could work for yoga, spin or even going out. 

4. The Oneness Tank in Black

This is another one that's currently on sale! I got it for $39 and I'm absolutely lovin' it. I know it looks  a little odd in the stock photos, but I highly recommend giving it a try in store. It's super cute for yoga, spinning or even a hike.

Do I need to say more about this lovely top? The back mesh is beautifully draped and the front has two mesh panels to keep it interesting. The material is also buttery soft and made of their swim fabric which is sweat-wicking. I could definitely wear this as a cover up to and from the gym and also as a normal top. 

There you have it, my extremely guilty haul from Lululemon.