16 April 2014

blasian


i did it guys!

for those of you who know me well, it has been a long time coming. i have been talking about wanting to go blonde for over a year now, i even blogged it about 8 months ago, have been pinning it to death and also posting various pictures of blonde girls on this blog. so you can't say you didn't see it coming.

my experience:

i did a lot of research. i talked to lots of people, including a few different hair dressers, to get their opinions and experiences with asian hair going blonde. most people told me that my hair will be ruined and warned me about the high maintenance. i also talked to a couple of asian girls who had gone blonde to get their tips and stories.

i went to tao of hair, as it was recommended by a few people. tao has a great reputation for looking after asian hair. an asian friend of mine had gone to them about 9 months ago to get her hair bleach blonde as well and hers turned out amazingly.

i spent 9 hours in the salon - don't worry, i brought a book and some snacks haha. for those interested, my hairdresser used a medium strength bleach, but left it in for a long period of time. i got it bleached twice (after the first time my hair was bright orange!). she said the highest strength bleach would have completely ruined my hair if she had done it twice. the bleaching part was fine. i hadn't washed my hair for 2 days, so there was a good amount of natural oil to protect my scalp. all i felt was a little tingling.

next was the toner and dye. this was probably the worst part as the toner tends to burn. i had been forewarned of this so i was mentally prepared. it's not painful per se, but more an uncomfortable hot burn - like when you eat a strong mint. i was sure all my hair would fall out at this stage haha...

and that was it! i don't have to go back in to get a third bleach as my hair is pretty much where i want it to be. there are a few yellowy patches, but that is to be expected first time. and the purple shampoo will help tone it out.

overall not an unpleasant experience, but a long one.

people have said i look:

"like storm from x-men" - husband

"like an old lady" - mum

"like an asian popstar"

"like legolas's wife" - brother

"like a rock chick"

"like daenerys targaryen (game of thrones)"

haha... mixed bag. most people just think i'm crazy.

here's to being blonde - i think this is going to be fun.

14 April 2014

baggy

tee: zara | pants: zambesi (mum's) | shoes: comme des garcons play x converse | clutch: louis vuitton (mum's) | watch: vintage cartier

my mum has owned these pants for something like 12 years (!!). she bought them on our girls trip to melbourne - mum, my sister and me. such fun times. mostly shopping and eating. ok, only shopping and eating. 

the pants are so, so comfortable, yet add a bit of shape with the fitted waist. once again, i am convinced by how great a brand zambesi is. they make and continue to make pieces that are so wearable, incredible materials, fashion-forward, durable and timeless.

i wore this outfit to a date night with hubby. i initially wore the pants to work with my perfect white shirt, then swapped for the tee to dress down the corporate factor. i also opted for a simple pair of heeled sandals to "class it up". the above outfit is my weekend wear. it just goes to prove how versatile these pants are as well. or maybe i just like to wear whatever i want, whenever i want.

10 April 2014

right now


getting real now. 11 days til we leave.

we have a jam-packed weekend - wedding all day tomorrow (i'm a bridesmaid), church then blues n' roots on sunday. best part about it is the weather - feels like it's summer all over again. fun times all round!

hope you all have a great weekend!

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07 April 2014

mine

dress: etoile isabel marant (mum's) | booties: acne pistols | clutch: antik batik | sunnies: ray ban | bracelet: cartier love (mum's) | watch: michael kors | necklaces: isabel marant

my mum got this dress in london at 70% off or something as awesome. since i now have 24/7 access to her closet (living with my parents until we head to london), it has somewhat migrated to my closet. i think i've worn it more times than mum has so far haha... hoping that if i wear it enough and hang it in my closet enough i will be able to trick my mum into thinking it was mine all along.

06 April 2014

you beauty


i had to go to a seminar in busselton on friday, so my husband and i decided to make the most of it and spend one of our last weekends in the most beautiful part of western australia (big call, i know) - just us and our little dog child.

i found a beautiful b&b right on the beach. it was absolutely spectacular. louis was loving it!

as we were walking along the beach at sunset, i thought that we are so blessed to have this right at our doorstep. i really could not imagine a more beautiful part of the world. the sky was overcast, but the air was so still and the water so flat. you couldn't tell where the ocean ended or where the sky began (forest gump anyone?). it was definitely a great way to spend one of our last weekends in australia and will leave us with a lasting memory to take with us on our travels.

31 March 2014

27 March 2014

pinks, whites and pastels

 
there are exactly 25 days until we head off to london.
 
last night was the first of my goodbyes - had dinner with some girlfriends and realised it was the last time i would see them before i leave.

i can't say that i was sad. it was more mixed feelings of anxiety, excitement, fear, glee. it's all really quite surreal and overwhelming. and part of me is like, "um, we'll be back in about a year so what's the big deal?"

but it is a big deal. a huge deal. neither of us have ever stepped out of our comfort zone like this before. we're not just moving to london for a year or so, we're embarking on an incredible journey that will grow us, potentially break us, enlighten us, push us beyond what we could ever imagine and it will be the experience of a lifetime. how can we not come back changed?

 bring it on.

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