April 19, 2018

Memory of Wisteria

Sadly there is no real wisteria here in Colorado, or at least I have never seen any around. I had never properly seen the real flower before until I was visiting France last spring and spotted it draped over terraces and old stone walls and fell in love with the delicate purple color and elegant clustered petals. I'll have to settle for the little grey blue wisteria in this printed rayon dress instead this year, but this dress is one of my favorites to wear in Spring!

This is also one of my most favorite hats, and I didn't even wear it once last year *shame* I must prevent such a calamity from reoccurring by wearing it more often this straw season (there is a straw hat season no?). Underneath my hat...well, would you like to hear a tale of woe? Probably not, but I shall provide one nonetheless. You all know I had my purple hair for a while, and then I ombre/gradientified it for a bit, but I decided last week it was time to return to a mousy grey-ish brown. Something similar to what my natural shade seems to be. Though because I haven't seen my natural hair color in over a decade, it is hard to know what it really is! Well, let me tell you, my hair decided to be a real p a i n in the arse. My wonderful hairstylist got the purple out no problem, and I had a light blond shade underneath it that we then tried to tone into a silvery mousy dark blonde/light brown. So of course it turned out a murky teal toned grey... like too murky, like not "oh cute teal!" more like swamp mermaid. Now if I was into rocking the grunge look this may have been okay, but as you all know my style leans a little less edgy cool and a lot more vintage, so tealish grey just wasn't going to work. Of course, we could just fix it right?

Uh sure. My hair had some very odd reactions to most of what we tried to put on it. It was just real angry I had un-purpled I guess. It turned many colors over the hours, peach at one point, ice blonde at another. So now its had color remover on it twice (yes, my ends are real crunchy now...may be time for another trim), and three different color treatments on it in the last week. Not good for the hair kids, and not good for my morale really. In this week's outfit posts you may be able to tell my color is a bit photo-shopped along for some extra help looking normal...so I apologize for getting heavy handed in the editing, but believe me it's for the best. In the end we ended up putting a copper warmth back in, and a light brown over that, and even that only barely took-- my hair is s a d now. In the end it's now a rather golden light brown color and needs some serious deep conditioner (hello Ulta here I come). I don't think I'll be doing any heat styling for a few weeks!

So the lesson is, going from dying your hair since you were 15/16 to your "natural" color is not as simple as a nice tube of brown hair dye, and always find yourself an awesome stylist who rolls with the crazy things your hair pulls, and also: maybe it's better to buy a purple wig and keep your hair brown if you know it isn't going to be a long term change...

but hey, I never claimed to be a real adult so like, eh? Bring on the tubs of shea butter and coconut oil...

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Fishnets: Amazon
Bag, Gloves, Hat, & Earrings


  1. I was always told if you're going from blonde, put red on first, then brown, to prevent it going green. Though that was years ago and modern dyes might be different.

    Could you stick a semi-permanent over the top? Those are usually conditioning, and don't damage the hair as they don't penetrate the shaft. Though there's always a risk of transfer with those, so you mightn't want to wear your best hats if you took that route.

    1. Well we took the purple off first and had nice perfect yellow blonde underneath that we merely tried to tone silvery dark blonde which turned dark teal grey, then we color removed that too and my hair turned mysteriously light peach, then after a few more confusing colors we put copper back in and then the brown. So yes we eventually put coppery red back on before the brown, but only after our attempts at silvery dark blonde hadn't worked out! Chemistry is weird. I'm not doing anything unless my hairdresser approves it at this point, since my hair is damaged! I'm a scaredy cat!

  2. Ugggghhhh you look so amazing!! That dress is just unbelievable and you got the perfect hat for it - absolutely swooning over this outfit!

    1. Thank you Nora! I was definitely inspired to wear this dress again after seeing your gorgeous photos with the cherry blossoms and your own beautiful floral rayon dress!<3

  3. Thus dress is so utterly lovely! Karen x

  4. This outfit is spectacular! I'm so sorry to hear about your hair issue though!! That is no fun at all!! Hopefully it'll pan out soon!



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