Wella Turned Me Platinum (and gave me an Afro)

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 I'm sure you've seen all of my blog posts for the past TWO MONTHS of me with blonde hair, and today I'm going to share how I got this way. I know I'm literally the worst blogger ever for waiting this long to do this post when I've had the pictures, and everything for so long. Anyways...
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 You might have remembered I talked about trying to get my makeup off after my Herff Jones shoot, luckily it did eventually all come off, and I made it to my casting 15 minutes early, or so I thought. My agency had told me an hour earlier than I needed to be there so I sat in the lobby waiting, luckily I wan't the only one who'd been given too early of a time so at least I wasn't alone. Plus the lobby of the Conrad isn't too bad of a place to hang out. 
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 Finally it was the actual casting time so we went upstairs into one of the hotels meeting rooms, and sat down. Then one by one the hair stylists walked in and started whispering among themselves. They went down a line picking people, a few times getting up from their chairs to feel someone's hair or ask a question. I did however get picked as soon as I said I was open to any color (brunette isn't all the popular of a hair color) and after that just had to fill out some paperwork and get details for the salon. 
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 Since they were doing a major change for my hair I had to be at Zen Salon and Spa by 10 a.m. which of course isn't too big of a deal because with summer school I'm used to getting up early and because the salon is like a five minute drive from my house. It wasn't long before I was herded into a chair to get my hair done. Since the theme was Red White and Blue  the first step was getting the dark dye from my Brocato Shoot  out before doing two bleaching rounds and a bit of toner. All of this was done by the talented Jacqueline Epley who not only was able to get my hair to almost white, but did it without damaging my hair or burning my scalp. After that I was cut by the main hair stylist Jason Schwind before heading home with some leave in conditioner. The next morning we were back at the Conrad before going to the Circle Center Mall. From there (in the basement which has huge dressing rooms and such) it took an hour to get my hair curled then put in curlers and hair sprayed. Then on to wardrobe and makeup before lunch provided by Wella (they gave us breakfast too and lots of food at the salon) and finally we had practice on the runway. Since I haven't done that aspect of modeling since I was like ten, I was a bit nervous about it. 
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 However the show went very well. I was Jason Schwind's power set (making me awesome, not really but still) for the "white girl afro". Although my look was the most extreme, from bleaching to styling his whole show was really cool. He had fun pieces, for the models to walk with and paired us well. Much more creative than I could be. 

Now for a few selfie photos because I couldn't stop myself.

 Although it's not something I think I could do myself I loved having a blonde afro for a day and miss it more than I think I should. Plus when someone like Randy Shamma does your makeup, you've got to take more than one picture of it. 
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Too Close, Studying, and Mosquito Bracelets

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 I've been so busy lately that I haven't had any time to update you guys this past week. Don't worry I'm not doing anything interesting, just going to school. Speaking of school I figured I could show you guys a little of what I did today.

I started out this morning by getting up at 6 A.M and heading to school. I was a few hours early for class so I studied for an upcoming test before heading inside. It was only an hour lecture and afterwards I went out to my car to grab my lab papers when I saw how someone had parked next to me (the above picture), really next to me. A long time ago I showed you guys a picture of a car with a similar parking job and to be honest I'm just happy neither one hit me. 
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How to Dress for a Picnic

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I've talked about things like outfits for going to concerts and summer date night looks but up until now I haven't even mentioned an activity that I think is great for a summer date going on a picnic. For this outfit I wanted something that was more street style than my Hiking Outfit but still practical for a picnic. 

  • Top - I'm always on the lookout for a modest tank top, that's still cute and this one fits the bill. I love the cross strap back and the two tier ruffles. Of course the bright blue color isn't too bad either. 
  • Shorts - One of my favorite trends has to be the boyfriend jean, and the other is high waisted shorts. This pair of pants combines those two things for a modest pair of shorts that are still stylish. The dark color is great for not showing stains too. 
  • Bag - Fringe is another one of those things that's really in right now. Normally I'd add it to a tank top but this bag was too cute to pass up. 
  • Shoes - Gladiator shoes seem to be a constant summer trend from year to year. For this look I went with a basic pair that's pretty sturdy for walking. 

Outfit: After a Run Internet vs. Reality

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 Headband c/o Fast Mile / Top / Sports Bra / Running Belt c/o Run Baby / Shorts / Socks c/o Groove / Shoes (similar) 

For this Fitness Friday I thought I could show you guys my current running look, and a funny comparison between two photos I took after running. Before we get into that though I have to talk about this new water bottle I was given to try out by the people at Futurepace Tech. When they said they were sending me a stainless steel water bottle, I was a little skeptical. I expected something heavy and militarist (not in a good way). However I was quite wrong, this water bottle is modern (it comes in three chic colors), lightweight and holds the perfect amount of water for me.  You can get your own HERE from Amazon. 
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 Headband - When I run, jog or really do any type of exercise my hair can't help but look terrible. It's messy, maybe a little oily, and always in my face. This fleece headband not only covers my ears, a pet peeve of mine even if the weather's warm, but it makes my hair manageable with its wide design and ponytail hole. 

Top & Sports Bra - For a run just try and wear a pretty colored t-shirt with a sports bra underneath. This particular sports bra is extremely comfortable and actually supports, and there's no smashing. 

Running Belt & Shorts - Running belts are all the rage right now and this Run Baby one is one of my favorites. It's bright orange, comfortable to wear, and holds all my stuff. Its paired with a basic elastic waist short that are super comfortable.

Socks & Shoes - Although these running socks from  Groove are meant for men I'm absolutely loving them. They're just below the knee have a fun design and compress without discomfort. The shoes are just an old pair that I've had for at least three years, and have stood up well. 


And now for the not so hot pictures, also taken after my run. 



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