California Dreams: Part 1

I've somehow made it through summer without once needing to be in swimwear. I'll pause for that sentence. 

***Slow blinking and dry stares at California near perfect weather native***

So this past weekend I set out to start the end of summer strong by wearing nothing but, and doing things deemed bikini appropriate. I tried to longboard (not as easy as an airboard), hung out in Venice doing what you should always do while in Venice (not much of anything but chillllllaaxxxx), and explored my next-to-real life Uncle's beautiful home nearby. As proof that this did indeed happened Alex Kim Kenealy captured all of it. Three different swim ready combo's, three different doses of Venice lifestyle, and a whole lot of quintessential California beach girl vibes.  Here is the Part 1 of my adventures in nothing but some of the comfiest two pieces I've ever run around in the sun in by Giejo.

Swimwear by Giejo | Shoes by Keds

Swimwear by Giejo | Shoes by Keds


Bringing Back baby

I've definitely reverted back to some of the same attire that I once wore in elementary school. We're talking overalls, tiny skirts, and oversized denim. I've also narrowed the reasoning for this down to being any of the following: a) it's hotter than ever and kids are irreverent about anything unless it's being comfortable, so I'm taking notes (are we not all in agreement global warming is real yet?)b) #babycore is officially a thing, c) I'm just trying to  live out my traits as the child of the zodiac (aries that is- and yes i'm into that stuff), d) this is a response to I immediately get positioned as the one to "baby" in all social situations...even if I am the sassy one. Call me Baby Spice. Whatever the case may be, this look is the epitome of this. Now all I need is one of those "Daddy" or "Babygirl" shirts that have taken over. All kicks and giggles aside, I really love the nod to nostalgia in what people wear, even if that does mean every third human being is wearing a 90's esque get-up.

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Being Blonde| It's All About the Purple Haze

So a few people had requested via my social channels a haircare routine, and being the genie that I am, I made that happen. Unfortunately, no real magic is involved in this routine (although I really wish there was), but on the flipside this means that its steps and products are accessible to just about anyone who has recently crossed over to the Blondtourage. Press play for the rundown.

Oh, but before I wrap this post up let me address the inevitable question: Why did you go blonde?

The truth? 

I've wanted to have blonde hair since I was in junior high ( I've wanted pink probably just a little less longer ), and I'll be the first to state and affirm that I am not jumping on a bandwagon, train, or any speeding form of transportation headed for the trend graveyard.

Why didn't I do it back then?

There is no way that I was capable of maintaining or caring for my hair at the level I do now as a pre-teen. I mean if you are still getting the hang of personal hygiene, you should probably wait things out. 

Fast forward to being a young adult.

Dying your hair is a big deal for some, and as natural as changing underwear to others. I am not the latter.

I started dying my hair at 16 and have since been everywhere on the color spectrum. On the blonde journey It took me about three years of progressive highlighting, toning, regrets, hesitation and second thoughts to get my strands to this level of sunshine. I hovered in that confused overly highlighted/light brown territory for a good year and a half before I met an amazing colorist on set for a project who took my hair under her wings and has healed the damage done by previous hands and gently, and much more naturally (hey Aveeda dye), transitioned my hair to the color it is now.

I see countless people do the overnight blonde which frightens me to be completely honest. I could never, and would never do a process so harsh so quickly. No break-up could drive me to alter my hair so extremely. We may be over but I'd still like to maintain the integrity of my follicles as I go forth into the world single. My one exception for overnight color would be for a movie in which I get to rock leather and kick a lot of ass. I think you get the point. 

But I also commend the very real bravery it takes to risk it all hairwise--quite literally. 

One thing is for certain, the process of dying over the years has made me intensely aware of the health of my scalp, head, and the future of the hair that I have attached to it. So when people assume that my color choice is something done on a whim or to be a part of a fleeting fashion I'd instantly like to roll out my color dying trajectory...but I don't and I wont. What I will say is that dyed hair is a job in itself, and I don't sign up for things I don't think I qualify for or If I feel up to the list of demands it will entail. A year later I think I've got the hang of things--this video is the product of that hair confidence.


**SPOILER** The key to well maintained blonde involves a lot of Purple/Violet.