Oh so Pretty

When planning my trip to California this week there wasn’t much to worry about (thanks Expedia.ca!), but of course I had a few crucial decisions to make. Packing, nail art, and shoot locations all came into play, but as per usual my biggest conundrum concerned my hair colour.

Thanks to all of my crazy experimentation over the years, coming up with new hair colour looks had started to become a bit of a challenge. Luckily Blyss Salon in Yorkville has taken me under their wing, and more often than not they’re the ones behind my hair these days. When I told my colourist Amanda I was headed down to Cali there was talk of “the perfect California Girl blonde” and mermaid-inspired streaks, but in the end she came up with an even better idea: why not make my hair look like a sparkling pastel California sunset?

To read all about the process, what products was used, and the team’s techniques, head over to XOvain!

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Oh so Pretty

The holidays are here, and as per usual the biggest question on my mind is “what do I do with my hair!?”

Just kidding- I’m much more concerned with my glittery wishlist and holiday shopping, but hair is up there too! Pastel and Christmas don’t really naturally fit together, though I’ve been known to trade red and green for pink and mint when it comes to home decor. I always struggle with what to do with my look this time of year, and in general I settle on the same answer every year: silver, gold, and sparkle.

Unfortunately no one has created a way to permanently dye hair gold foil or sparkle silver yet, so I decided to get creative with my dream hair team and do an interpretation of my new favourite metallic- rose gold. I mean, it’s on my fingers, it’s on my bar cart… why shouldn’t it be on my hair too? I headed up to Blyss Salon here in Toronto and handed my locks over to Amanda and Alyson to be spun into rose gold Christmas magic.

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After a root bleach out and toner application in a slightly warmer shade of platinum than usual, Amanda started to apply the colour- three different shades of peachy pink Davines Pure Colour concoctions to be specific. Once the colours were carefully applied and blended together slightly with her fingers, Amanda added a touch of yellow to the tips to really create a golden glow at the end of the ombre. We rinsed, Alyson gave my cut a quick refresh, and voila! I also got to try out a super special new Davines product that won’t be on shelves until Spring called “Dry Texturizer”and it gave my mane amazing full body almost instantly (note: get excited.)

The end result was a bit less peachy than what we were aiming for thanks to residual blue tones left in my locks from opal hair, but it’s still as good as gold in my books.

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Photos by Josh Mitchinson
Originally published on XO Vain

Oh so Pretty

I generally get creative with my hair on my own, but every once and awhile I partner up with a local salon and let someone new get crazy with pastel colours on my mane.

A few weeks ago I booked an appointment with Carolyn and Kelly, a cut-and-colour dream team operating out of Medulla and Co. on Queen West. Together we dreamed up a pastel oil slick colour look, which we later would rename opal hair. With hundreds of tiny strands of pink, purple, baby blue, this colour work basically glittered by the time the blow dry was finished.

The best part? This colour work faded so perfectly into a slight iridescent pastel effect on my ends with a perfect blonde root. Some might call it extra skilled work, but I’m choosing to call it opal magic…

What pastel hair should I try next?

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Dress Up

I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past, but I’m finding it harder and harder to find clothing I actually like in person. For the most part I’m limited to online shopping, especially with my sparkly, over the top taste, and though it’s fun getting special packages delivered to my door I definitely miss the actual experience of shopping.

A few weeks ago Honey reached out to me, and intrigued to see what they had to offer, I headed up to Yorkdale Mall for a little pre-birthday shopping spree. As soon as I walked into the shop I felt right at home- there were sequin pieces and hot pink dresses, statement necklaces and lace skirts. I knew I had found my new happy place, and I promptly tried on half of the items in the store.

I went home with two tops and a dress, and though I’ll be showing off all 3 over the next few weeks, I figured I’d start with this incredible golden magic crop top. Paired with simple light-wash boyfriend jeans, booties, and my classic Hoi Bo bag, it makes for a pretty perfect Autumn outfit, don’t you think?

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Top via Honey, Jeans by Rag and Bone, Purse by Hoi Bo, Booties from Topshop.

*Note: Some or all of the products featured in this post were given to me as a gift for review, but I only write about products and experiences that I genuinely adore, I promise!*

Oh so Pretty

I emailed Amanda, my hair colour expert at Blyss Salon, a few weeks ago asking if she’d be into doing something special with my locks for my upcoming Mexico trip, and oh my did she ever deliver!

Using Davines colour and flambouyage strips, she created a pink and purple mermaid masterpiece, perfectly finished with a cut and styling by Alyson Peach. We all went back and forth on what to call it as the appointment wrapped up and we snapped photos, and we came up with everything from “It’s like a pearl” to “Omg it’s SO Barbie Dream House!” In the end we decided there wasn’t really an official name, but I like to call it simply my best pastel hair yet!

Want to know more? Check out the details on XO Vain!

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Colour by Amanda Quarshie, Cut by Alyson Peach, both at Blyss Salon!