changing up your hair is a quick and easy way to mix up your everyday look. the problem is, coloring your hair at home can be intimidating. (i know it freaks ME out, ever since my mom turned my hair ORANGE the day before my senior prom. haha) but it’s time to give it a shot!
we teamed up with vidal sassoon pro series who recently launched a bold collection of at-home hair colors, blue, purple and red. i’ve been really into purple hair lately (kelly osbourne!) so we went with that one…
jeanette was brave enough to let us experiment on her hair, she had been wanting to make a change and was game to let me try my hand at it. it’s a 4-6 week commitment, so that’s not too bad. we read the instructions very carefully, but really, it was only four steps. pretty simple.
mixing everything together was straight forward and simple, and then it was just a matter of working the color evenly all over her head. we let the mixture stay on for about 6 minutes which is less than recommended but she had previously colored hair and the purple seemed to be soaking in quickly. so then we rinsed…
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we definitely won’t be wearing winter coats, but there will most definitely be a lot of beach time. we leave for thailand on the red eye this evening! it’s our first alone vacation to the beach since our costa rica trip 4 years ago. i’m racing around trying to pack and prepare everything at home for while we are gone. (ps thanks for your thailand tips here. you can see our itinerary there too.) i’m mostly trying to prepare my mind for the EIGHTEEN HOURS of travel we have ahead of us! yowza.
i’ve spent the last week planning lots of fun posts that will be going up while i’m away. so programming as usual, folks. and fingers crossed there will be wifi occasionally and i can check in here and there! i have to admit, i’ll miss the normal blogging routine…but i’m also really excited to get away for a little while with my guy. i’ll check in soon! and you can bet i’ll be gramming our adventures. thailand, here we come. -bri
photos by jesse chamberlin, outtakes from this shoot!
i have been searching for the perfect placemats for our dining room table ever since i hosted thanksgiving at my house and realized i didn’t have any! today we will be making some dip dyed linen placemats that i just LOVE. this would be a great DIY project for a wedding reception or your next outdoor event. the texture of the linen looks really great, and each placemat has it’s own unique look.
what you’ll need:
• Heavy weight linen fabric (one placemat = 13×18”)
• Fabric dye (we used Fiber Reactive Procion dye in Bubble Gum and Elephant Grey from Dharma Trading Co.)
• Soda Ash and salt (for Procion dye; for Rit Dye follow instructions on packaging)
• Plastic tub
• Two plastic cups
• Two wood craft sticks
• Plastic spoon
• Measuring spoon (do not use utensils also used for cooking with dye)
how to make them:
• To start, rip your pre-washed linen into 13 x 18 inch pieces, leaving a raw edge. To rip linen, make a small 1/4-inch cut on the edge of the fabric with a scissors and then tear so that the linen rips along the grain of the weave.
• Combine 2 teaspoons of dye and a small amount of water in plastic cup. Stir with wood stick to create a paste and completely dissolve dye (this step prevents “freckles” of undissolved dye on finished piece.)
• Combine dye mix with about 8 cups of water, ½ cup salt, and 2 tablespoons of soda ash in the plastic tub. (Or follow more precise dyeing instructions on the Dharma site.) Stir with plastic spoon until everything is completely dissolved.
• Hold placemat above plastic tray and lower one end into dye bath, keeping as straight as possible. Submerge about 2-3 inches and let dye penetrate for a minute.
• Remove fabric and set on a piece of plastic to dry. The dye will continue creeping up the fabric a bit while drying.
• Repeat previous steps with second dye color and dip dye opposite edge of placemat.
• Rinse each end in cold water and then wash the whole placemat in warm water with detergent. Hang to dry.
So, will you be trying these out? Experiment with a bunch of colors and send me pics!
project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
styled by: bri emery
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here
ok, honest moment. after 5 years of dating…dating becomes watching the walking dead on the couch with unshaved legs and pajamas. because we are both freelancers now, a lot of the time we end up too tired to go out. but we must keep the spark ALIVE, know what i’m sayin?
while i sure do love our couch time, i love that HowAboutWe for Couples opens up the possibility of going on fun dates without having to work out all of the details. they give you all sorts of date ideas for your city. you can choose dates like a champagne brunch cruise, a ballroom dance class, a vodka flight freezer tour, a make your own cheese kit, the ballet and a lot more. you select the date and they take care of the details! sounds fun, right?
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This pin lineup really represents the color palette I’m into these days, I like to call them fresh pastels. They are more like sorbet colors. With a touch of yellow neon, they are just perfection. Right? -stephanie
neon legged bed via cotemaison
bubble gum via libertatea
kate tucker shoes via gorman
the travel issue via lucky peach
stella mccartney backpack via svpply
artwork by allyson smith
kyoto sideboard by colonel
pastel cakes via herriot grace
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