Some of the girls and I kicked off May by heading up to Grafton Lake for a lazy Saturday afternoon in the sun...
Ohhhh yeahhhhh..... :)
March went out with some b-e-a-uuuuutiful weather... The perfect example of a sunny Spring day! And we (Ali, Trick, and JP) just couldn't pass it up!
First Trick and I stumbled across the Cohoes falls on our hunt for a yarn shop, so naturally we stopped for a quick photo...
Then we grabbed JP and headed to EMPAC hill (after a quick detour to the Cookie Factory) for some kite flying!
Trick was very focused on his flying...
JP was significantly more interested in his cookie...
Once Upon a Time, my dear friend Katie W. (perhaps you know her as KT Dubs) volunteered to play with my hair. I had some temporary hair color - Splat Washables - that I had yet to try.
I have ALWAYS (ok... maybe not always... but for at LEAST the last 3 or 4 years) wanted to add some super bright colors to my hair. So I bought these a while ago, thinking temporary was a good way to have a rebellious few days and then quick recovery back to adulthood.
Armed with pink and purple, and the support of our loved ones (Krista, Shannon, and Cici), my artiest settled in and got to work.
All in all? The color went in nicely and when it dries it's a little powdery - i.e. won't make your hair crusty and weird (NICE!) but therefore might rub off a bit... so don't wear light colored clothing! Oh, and be prepared to blow your nose in technicolor...
Not too bad, right??
So I go to the farmers' market like this... And started getting all kinds of compliments! My favorite? The little old lady who told me my hair was "a rainbow of happiness!" - yup, love her. :)
Then came this fun little challenge from JP - If I got more than 20 compliments, I had to make it permanent. (Well, more permanent than 24-hours...) Yup. So that happened...
(But let's be honest... I was kind of hoping it would...) :)
So I took a leap of faith, got THE Splat dye ("lusty lavender" - I wish I was kidding...), and just went for it!
Before we go for the big reveal, let me just remind future-me of a few stars that aligned to make this work out as well as it did - and perhaps help out my fellow first-time extreme-colorists...
First, my hair was super healthy to begin with - as I refreshed the purple (I re-dyed it a total of three times), I noticed that my ends became more and more dry. I was really dillagent with conditioner though and careful not to over-wash it, which definitely helped. Plus, that helped me keep the color vibrant longer.
Second, my hair color was already set up in a really nice ombre. My roots were my natural dark brown and they had a very subtle gradual fade to blonde. This let the purple that was closest to my face stay dark and almost unnoticeable (believe it or not) and then it faded to a more vibrant purple (and later magenta and then light pink as the color faded with washing over the weeks).
Third, I chose a color ("lusty lavender," remember) that I thought would best mesh with my skin tone. And along the same lines, one that I thought would fade favorably. I lucked out that this was more of a pink-based purple, instead of a blue-based one, so it faded through shades of pink instead of getting gray and weird. (The blondest hair actually started to look strawberry blonde by the end - like I said... I got SUPER lucky...) Another thing that helped? I didn't color all the way to my scalp - I left some rough roots. 1. I figured not having bright purple directly against my skin would help the "blending" process and 2. the dye stays with your skin for roughly a week... so there's that...
But! Without further ado... The results:
Quite pretty if I do say so myself! :)
I can't lie though, the coloring in this photo is a little weird... it was actually a lot more purple when I took it, instead of pink. It turned pink like this about three weeks later. Thank you, phone camera for the foreshadowing!
So maybe this one is a little more accurate, color-wise...
I realize the white balance in these is relatively terrible... in different directions... but work with me people! The one on the right is actually pretty accurate...
BUT I LOVE IT!! Plus it matches my ballroom dresses... :)
JP, Krista, and I had a chance to visit the newest addition to our little group last night!
Adrienne and James welcomed Lucas Charles at 5:01 PM on Sunday, January 20th. In summary? He's perfect. :)
We were itching to meet the little man so we had to do everything possible to stay contained (and at least look calm on the outside) when James said we could come say hello!
They are my favorite little family... Did I mention, he's perfect?
<3 <3 <3
Just a little motivation to get me through this Qualifier... it's going to be fine... just fine... right?
Alison "Ali" Rose
Currently working on a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and all of the side projects that help get me through it!