style | hazy effect with sharpies

Dainty Fawn Hazy Effect
Dainty Fawn Hazy Effect

Orange and purple corners! :D

I've wanted to do this for awhile now and finally got around to experimenting with this. I used a plastic bag to create a hazy effect and added in some color using sharpies. It took awhile waiting for some sunlight to peek through the trees to hit the lens. It was fun while it lasted haha.

Now that I'm not doing sessions anymore, it makes me want to get out to shoot some personal projects/concepts. I still really want to stay out of the business for awhile. I want this summer to be fun, maybe have some last minute shoots!

top- forever21 | skirt- thrifted | shoes- payless | flower clip- forever21
Happy Friday!! :D


Daisy Granny Heart Bags

It was birthday last weekend so I wanted to make some things for myself. I added the Daisy Center Granny Heart pattern from Daisy Cottage Designs to my queue earlier in the month. I've been wanting to make it but not as a dishcloth since it'd be too pretty to use! So I decided to make them into some bags.

I made 2 hearts, single crocheted them together, and added a strap. It turns out the day after I made mine (on my birthday!), the pattern designer put up a Granny Heart Purse pattern on her blog!! Go check it out! It's cute!

 Made in May 2014.


style | sunflowers + lavender

Ion came out with pastel colors for their Brights dye last year. I never once thought I would ever buy any of those.   The consistently of these dyes are too thick by itself.  Added some conditioner with it for an easier and even application. As you can see... I only did half my hair.  I normally use 2 full tubes for my whole head but figured out quickly that it wasn't enough this time!

Not sure if it's because it's a pastel dye and it must be extra saturated to fully coat the hair?  I don't know, I'm a pastel hair noob. I've had this "in between" hair look for probably a week already. Good thing I love Cruella Del Vil hair!  I haven't seen this color combination before so it's just different.

dress- @10dollardressshop | shoes- payless

This print is something I normally wouldn't go after. But why not?! Sunflowers. I'll try it! I kind of dig the faded fabric but those straps need to be fixed and shortened.

I made the decision last month to "quit" my photography business. It felt inevitable. It's time to move on. It might happen later but I need to focus on a different path for now. I might do some side projects with photography with friends.
I'll love to hear experiences similar to mine. Quitting something and pursuing something different, did it work out for you?


Octopus Pattern

I'm sharing my first octopus amigurumi ever!  I actually kept most of my patterns as drafts in Blogger. This goes far back in early 2009. Obviously when I didn't have any safety eyes and used beads instead.

Hook D 3.25MM
Caron's Simply Soft yarn.


Magic Ring (6 sc)
1. 2 sc in every st.
Go through backloops from now on:
2. Sc in next st, Inc in next st around.
3-6: Sc in each st around.

Start stuffing, insert safety eyes, etc :)

7. Sc in next 6 sts, Dec around.
8. Sc in next 5 sts, Dec around.
9. Sc in next 4 sts, Dec around.
10. Sc in next 3 sts, Dec around.
11. Sc in next 2 sts, Dec around.
12. Sc in next 1 sts, Dec around.
Cut a short tail and weave in.

Chain 17.
R1. 'HDC twice in the next 2 sts, 3 hdc in next st' repeat until last st.
R2. HDC in the last stitch. Leave a decent tail to attach.


Fading + Bleaching aftercare

This was my first attempt in actually going blonde. I am basically doing the same method for it from here except it won't be that easy. Red was the easiest color to fade but those blues/purples like to linger in my hair.  There's at least 6 months worth of depositing different dyes.

Hot showers with clarifying shampoo or sulfate shampoo will take out some vibrancy. Ashley has done a vitamin C mask to fade hair colors and it's pretty good by itself or with baking soda :D

I used clarifying shampoo and baking soda soaks for 30 minutes. Repeated the next day! It's super drying and a vinegar rinse afterwards is necessary to restore the pH.


I've never done pastel hair before but know it's best to get that even base all over.  All bleaching sessions used coconut oil and were diluted with shampoo. The first session took out most of the color and the second was targeted in the middle where this little rainbow stayed:  

What a pain in the butt! I had to wait a week before bleaching those green/pink bits and it still didn't fully come out. It's mostly blonde with a light tint

Ion Color Solutions Cool Blonde Conditioner 

I went for a toner conditioner instead of a shampoo or regular toner. Honestly can't see myself using a whole bottle of shampoo and I would prefer leaving something in my hair as a treatment.  I applied this on damp hair and left it in for 30 minutes.  The bright yellow on top turned to a light yellow.  I used this all up within a week and majority of the hair turned white blonde.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in Moist & Strong

After bleaching the best conditioner to use will have silicone in it. It's a quick "fix". Normally I just use Aussie's 3 minute miracle for that. It's amazing.  I found out they recently came out with new ones here. I WANT THEM ALL.  The condition of my hair was a huge improvement after using the Strong one. I left it in for a hour.  I think I'm going to have to return to using silicone because I'm sucker for this brand :(  One bottle is under $3!!

What's your go to products for bleached hair?
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