June 28, 2012

I hear the midnight birds, the message in their words


I feel like it's been AGES since my last outfit post! Last week's outfits were all dedicated to a special remixing post for Ton Petit Look, so I had to keep them secret! ;)

Speaking of TPL, my fellow collaborator Sophia kindly gave me this Ève Gravel dress the last time I went to Montréal. I don't have a big sister and I rarely receive hand-me-downs except from my aunt, so I was excited to get some! I was unsure how to style this one, but I accepted it anyway (free clothes from a totally cool person, yowza!). It had some weird black knit strings attached to one shoulder and once I removed these, the dress suddenly appeared to me like the perfect weekend basic. Awesome! Today, I styled it with soft pastel shades. I felt all cute and girly in this outfit (it must be the bows. I've been a sucker for bows lately).


I don't think I've shown you this satchel yet, but it really is the most fabulous bag ever. It was a bit of a splurge (50$, eek!), but I've carried it everywhere since I bought it last March. The pastel colours are delightful and it has enough room for notebooks and magazines, which is a huge plus for me! I'm a big doodler and magazine junkie...

Dress: Ève Gravel (hand-me down) / Shirt: vintage Simons / Earrings and shoes: thrifted
Headband: old / Satchel: Hibou via Little Burgundy

God Help The Girl - God Help The Girl (2009)

This was my theme song during my senior year of high school!

June 20, 2012

Faites Vos Jeux


I am still exhausted from the weekend! For those who don't know, I'm a waitress at a local restaurant. It was scorching hot and very sunny last weekend and our outside tables were very popular. It was my turn to work outside... so I worked a lot! Thank god it was fun. The customers were nice and I soaked up a ton of vitamin D. However, I must say that I was glad to get a well-deserved day off afterwards ;)


This is what I'm wearing right now. It's very humid outside and we're expecting 40°C temperatures today. I put on a lightweight dress and golden sandals, but I felt like something was missing to I threw on a boater hat. I really wanted a boater hat, but I was not willing to pay much for it. I was pretty lucky to find one for just 5 $ at Urban Outfitters. I love it when they offer 50% off sale items! I try not to attend those sales too often, though... It would be absolutely deadly for my wallet!

Hat: BDG via Urban Outfitters // Dress: Sans Souci via Simons // Sandals: H&M

Modernaire - Faites Vos Jeux

June 15, 2012

Daily Design: Cocteau


Personal project, June 2012

« Les plus belles robes sont portées pour être retirées » is a famous quote by French poet/designer/filmmaker/novelist/playwright/artist  Jean Cocteau (1889-1963). I made a print with the English translation, but I think I'll do another one with the original French quote and a colour photograph.

the name of the game is lightworks


For those who were wondering what's hidden under the white tarpaulin, which appears on my last outfit pictures... I uncovered the mystery this morning: it's an old snow blower. It was annoying me and I tried to move it to another spot, but it was way too heavy to move and there was a strong gas smell coming out from under the tarpaulin. I didn't want to pick another spot to take my outfit pictures, so I simply exchanged places with my camera. I was more visible to my curious neighbours, but at least I'm not standing in front of a mystery white mass. Ha!


This is an outfit I wore a lot last winter (with tights, of course!). I like loose, flowy, slightly oversized clothes, so this swingy pastel kimono really strikes my fancy. It looks great with my lace dress! The subtle mix of patterns and textures is lovely :)
Dress + kimono: H&M // Necklace: Ardène // Moccasins: American Eagle


Raymond Scott - Lightworks

Yup, 60's music. Raymond Scott was very ahead of his time!

June 14, 2012

Quick Photoshop: participating in Alex Beadon's "Edit This Photo" challenge


Young English photographer Alex Beadon has a section on her blog called Edit This Photo. The concept is simple: Alex gives out an high-resolution photo and asks her readers to edit it and send it back to her. Then, she puts all the edits in one blog post for the world to see. It's so fun to contemplate all the different versions of the same picture!

This was my first-ever Edit This Photo participation. This month's photo was already beautiful, but I wanted to increase its ethereal feel so I went for a warm, glowing atmosphere. I can't wait to see what other people came up with and I'm looking forward to another of Alex's retouching challenges :)




June 12, 2012

BAD BAD THING


I'm not an expert in summer outfits. Without the possibility of layering, I feel like I can't get creative with my clothes. It sucks...

I'm much, much more of an autumn gal. I love the smell of leaves on the ground, the warm colours, the chilly weather, layering clothes... I might be the only person on Earth who would like to have classes during summer in order to get her two months of vacation during the autumn. Ha! I know, I'm crazy! But my college has air conditioning and my house doesn't ;) I better invest in a good fan, otherwise I'll just suffocate. Right now, there is a little breeze outside and it just started raining. It makes the heat much more bearable :)

Shirt: United Colors of Benetton (thrifted) // Bike pin: vintage // Shorts: H&M // Shoes: Kimchi Blue

King Tuff - Bad Thing

If you love Wavves and the Sex Pistols, you'll like this too!

June 7, 2012

Funfetti


Short sleeves are awesome, but sometimes, I wish all my dresses were sleeveless! I found a quick trick to solve this problem: ribbon. I rolled up the sleeves of my dress and tied them to my bra straps with two pieces of ribbon that matched the fabric. So cute!


I love how the tied sleeves give the neckline a more retro shape. With the confetti print, it looks like a fun mid-century party dress! I put my hair into a low bun to draw attention to the little red ribbon bows.

Dress: Fun & Flirt / Earrings: Aldo / Shoes: thrifted


Rockin' Robin Roberts & The Wailers - Louie Louie 


The long-awaited hair post!

I often get a ton of questions about my hair: do I colour it? Is it layered? Which products do I use? I felt like a hair post was overdue, so here it is! :)

** The pictures were taken near my bedroom window, which is near the pool. I do not have blue undertones in my hair, it's just blueish reflection from the pool.




For those who were asking, here is my natural colour. Now you're in a state of shock ;) I often wish I could go back in time to beg my rebellious teenage self not to dye her hair, but I think black hair suits me well. It's very beautiful against my fair skin and it makes my light eyes pop!

My natural colour, 2005

I've been dyeing my hair since late 2005, when I got blue streaks into my natural reddish light brown shade. I liked it for a while, but when the streaks started turning green, I freaked out and went brown. Then darker brown. Then super dark brown. Then full-on black in early 2008. In June 2010, I was sick of having black hair, so I went to a hairdresser to attempt going back to my natural colour. 4 hours and 150 bucks later (ugh), the black dye was completely gone, but I was a bright redhead, which kind of put me in a state of shock. I tried to cover it with brown dye, but the red tones kept popping up, so I gradually went back to black!

An unflattering DIY haircut and some 100% pure black hair in 2009
Hating my accidental red strands, june 2010.
This picture was taken after trying to cover the red with medium ash brown dye.

I dye my hair about once a month. I have very fair skin and from experience, pure black dye washes me out. Using the darkest shade of brown looks more natural and allows me to keep some auburn undertones, which are not visible on the picture, but absolutely lovely in the sun. Until two months ago, my go-to colour was Clairol Nice 'N Easy in 121A Natural Deep Brown. However, I decided to give foam formulas a go and switched to Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Foam Colour in 3 Darkest Brown. Each kind has its pros and cons, but now I really prefer Garnier Nutrisse. It gives me pretty undertones, makes my hair soft and shiny and smells kind of good. Plus, it doesn't stain my hairline like Clairol did.




I've been cutting my fine and wavy hair myself for more than two years (in fact, the day I went red was my last visit to a hair salon). I am not a professional hairdresser, but I'm always satisfied with the results. If you want to start cutting your own hair, remember the following rules: 

1- Always work on clean, dry hair.
2- Use appropriate scissors. Get a pair of pro scissors at the drugstore and make sure they're sharp.
3- Don't rush it!
4- If you're feeling insecure, visit YouTube for some how-to tutorials first.
5- For drastic changes, put your pride aside and visit a hairdresser. I wouldn't cut my hair into a pixie at home!
My current haircut is medium-lenght with thick, straight bangs. It's a little layered. My shortest layer is above my ears (very thin layer, just to add volume), I have another one under my ears and the last one is chin-lenght.


Sometimes, I'm really not delicate when cutting my hair... To get my current haircut, I divided my hair in two sections and brought them over my shoulder. I held the scissors horizontally and just chopped off 8 inches (and years of damage!). Blunt ends make hair appear fuller and healthier, but mine looked choppy and severe. My solution was to hold the scissors vertically and cut a little through the ends to soften them. Now they're still blunt, but not too blunt!


Oh, and even if it's not recommended to do so, I always cut my bangs straight across. I proceed by cutting a little section, then I move to the next one, grabbing a small piece of the previously cut strand as a reference. I do this every two weeks.



I love to try new products and to switch up my routine! Here are some of my favourite tools. Of course, I don't use them all at once :)


1-2. Tresemmé shampoo and conditioner. Very moisturizing, good for daily use and you get a huge bottle for less than 5 $.
3. Finesse unscented hairspray. This is my mom's, I should get my own bottle!
4. Pantene smoothing crème. This is THE best hair crème ever. It really smooths hair!
5. Tigi beach spray. I use it when I'm lazy and I don't feel like blow-drying my wet hair. It gives me beachy waves and smells like coconut.
6. John Frieda serum. It's pretty awesome on very dry/damaged hair, but watch out for product overload. I go easy on this one, since it tends to make my hair look greasy.


7. Herbal Essence hairspray. For the days when I can't find the other bottle of hairspray.
8. Attitude 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner for kids. It's vegan, carcinogen free and skeptic tank safe. It makes my hair soft, shiny and easy to manage, but my hair colour fades crazy-fast when I use it. It's an awesome product for people with natural hair, though! I keep it in my gym bag.
9. An old bottle of Sunsilk leave-in conditioner. I use it before going to the beach or taking a dip in the pool.
10. Organix cherry blossom ginseng conditioner. It smells delicious!
11. Dryer sheets. In the winter, I rub some on my bangs to get crazy shine and eliminate static. Try it, it really works.
12. Professional scissors. Very important!



After years of perpetual conflict against my hair, I finally won the battle. My hair is now very low-maintenance. I wash it every nigh with shampoo (1) and conditioner (2), then I put in into a ponytail at the nape of my neck and let it dry overnight. My hair is a lot healthier since I stopped blow-drying it every morning! After taking my morning shower (wearing a tacky plastic shower cap!), I undo my ponytail and brush my hair, then I wash my bangs over the sink. After that, I blow-dry and straighten them. Then, I create soft waves my hair with my trusty flat-iron. I brush through the curls with my hands to soften them and I finish with a non-scented hairspray (3) or some hair cream (4). And I'm done!

Remember that healthy hair = happy hair. Take care of your hair and you'll make peace with it :)

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