Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Pink Hair Guide

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olaplex, hair care, care for bleached hair

A lot of you guys ask me for advice on dying your hair pink and what products I use. Therefore, I hope you enjoy this guide filled with the wisdom taught by living the dream of a pink-haired girl for three years.

The decision: Say yes to the pink way of life

If you play with the thought of dying your hair pink, let me tell you: It's not a decision lightly taken. It will mean that you have to invest a lot of money and even more time into your mane to make this rosy dream come (and stay) true. Besides, be aware this colour is a statement and it will influence how people judge you and maybe even the kind of jobs you will get. Pink is certainly not for everybody. Once gone pink, there is no fast way back.

The bleaching: Don't do this at home

For a lovely shade of pink, there is no way around bleaching your hair. The darker your natural colour is, the more it will take. I strongly recommend having your hair bleached by a hairdresser. Bleach can be dangerous if not applied the right way, so please don't do this at home.

My hairdresser uses Olaplex while bleaching and I couldn't be happier. Olaplex reconnects the broken bonds in your hair and helps to prevent breakage. Although you hear about miracles in hair care every week, this one is really a game changer and I can't imagine living without it! My hair used to break and I used to lose quite some hair before I discovered Olaplex. It brought my mane back to a far healthier state. Olaplex is a three-step treatment: Step one goes into the bleach, step two is applied right afterwards. The third and final step is a take-home treatment you can use once a week as a deep conditioning mask.

Since hair grows fast (about one centimetre a month) you will need to fresh up your roots about every four to six weeks. Better select a lovely hair stylist, cause you will see each other a lot of from now on ;-)

The most exciting part: Turning into a walking candy floss

No comes the fun part: After bleaching it your hair is white as a fairy and this means it's time to add your favourite colour called pink. Unlike with more natural hair colours, there is no permanent pink dye. Your colour, especially if it's a pastel shade of pink will wash out very fast. I tried many different labels of hair dye, but the effect is mostly the same.

I like best to mix my shade of pink with Joica Vero-K Pak ruby red, a hint of purple and conditioner. Don't worry too much about the right mixture of dye and conditioner: If the result turns out too bright, it's not going to stay for a long time.

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baptiste, dry shampoo, pink hair

The Washing: Your hair will suffer from Aquaphobia from now on

You love it if your hair smells like fresh roses? Then I have very bad news for you: From now on your hair will hate to be washed and with every touch of water your perfect shade of pink will fade. I used to wash my hair every day and it felt like straw. At the moment, I am down to every second day and it helps to increase the quality of my hair. I believe that using a good shampoo and never go without a generous amount of conditioner is crucial; my favourites are the Joico K-Pak shampoo and conditioner.

If you feel that your shade of pink needs a slight touch up, you can use a coloured shampoo like the Rosé shampoo from Bleach London to add a hint of colour. Since my hair doesn't feel very soft after using it, I can't recommend it as a daily shampoo. The Bleach London hair crayons are a handy trick to freshen up the roots and cover wisps lacking pink. If you don't have a crayon ready, you can use a pink blush as a makeshift.

Dry shampoo is going to be your best friend:: It will help you to survive days without washing your hair, make it smell lovely and as an incredible bonus add texture. I am a big fan of the products of Baptiste, they have the cutest designs and come in a lot of different scents. Even better news: They are quite inexpensive, yay!

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The other good friends: Hair Care

No wonder hair oil can't make come true
Hair oil is another miraculous weapon in hair care and my favourite product. It's what poor bleached hair dreams of to keep it soft, makes it shine, helps against frizz and smells so so delicious. My favourites are the John Frida Frizz Ease hair oil and the Redken diamond-oil and I use both of them alternatively.

Avoid the sun like a pink vampire or use SPF
Not just washing makes your pink fade but as well the sun. Therefore, I recommend to either avoid it or use SPF on your hair. My tip is Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil.

Pink saints avoid heat
But we can't all be saints, and I am a serious sinner… If you can't avoid to blow dry or straighten your hair, use a heat protectant – like the Joico Ironclad – and a good quality flat iron. Sorry for mentioning Joico again (no, this post is not sponsored by them) but I am very fond of the Joico styler. It repairs and protects your hair because it works with a keratin fuel that is poured into your hair while using it.

The cutting: You just need to let go

Your hair might have more split-ends now and needs this to look healthy and tidy. I have my hair cut whenever I have the roots bleached; this means every four to six weeks.

The cleaning: Your bathroom doesn't have to copy your look

One point many guides on pink hair don't mention: You'll have to put more effort into cleaning if you don't want your bathroom tiles to look just like your head. I strictly get rid of all rests of dye right after washing it out, and my tiles are as white as a smile from a toothpaste advertising. But I've seen else at friends homes...

The happy end: Having pink powers

I've been dying my hair pink for the first time in 2013 and I never regretted it. I love having a candy floss mane and believe it shaped the person I am. When people call me "the pink girl" I broadly smile and I developed a thick skin to overhear comments such as "Barbie" or "Lady Gaga" coming from strangers on the street. If you say yes to pink like me, I'll be euphoric to welcome you in the crowd of unicorns and be delighted the world got a little bit more pink.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Lovely Label: Fiona K.'s Pinup Wonderland on Silk Scarves

Fiona K. Designs, pinup girls, silk scarf
Fiona K. Designs, pinup girls, silk scarfes
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Fiona K. Design, silk scarf, yellow submarine
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fiona K. designs, silk scarf, handmade
fiona k designs, silk scarf, inspired by music
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Let me tell you about the fabulous silk scarves of Fiona K. These scarves are the place where Alice in Wonderland has a crazy party with cats and diamonds, dwarves from the dark side of the moon listen to the guitar sounds of stunning pinup girls, and the yellow submarine makes its way through a land of ice cream and soap bubbles.

While Fiona is a girl of many talents – she is an industrial designer as well and owns a record store – "Amour Fou" is her first silk scarf collection. The young Swiss designer found her inspiration in the music of the 50s to the 70s. This is a perfect match, especially since her art studio is located in her record store in Zurich. The music from songs like "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", "Sweets For My Sweets" or "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" flows directly from the records into her creative work. Fiona says that she made a collection for daydreamers and unconventional thinkers with a love for nostalgia.

All prints by Fiona K. are hand-painted, then scanned and arranged to astonishing ornaments. The scarves are digitally printed on high-quality silk in Como (Italy) and hand rolled.

Shop Fiona's silk scarves here:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

I Just Love to Smile

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Celia B, blogger look, Asian Fashion
Mulberry, Lily,  metallic handbag
Celia B, Vow London, quirky blogger look
Celia B, Madame Flamingo, pink haired blogger
Celia B, quirky streetstyle, face jumper
Madame Flamingo, platform shoes, rainbow shoes
Peals & Swine, pink glitter sunglasses, leaf fascinator
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Mulberry handbag, metallic lily bag, celia b skirt
Celia B, alternative streetstyle, blogger style

Girls compare themselves with other girls. While we all know life is no competition and it's more fun to be happy for each others fortune we still can't resist. Of course, I'm no exception and catch myself comparing what I do with other bloggers. Apart from the question if they are more beautiful or more creative than me, one thing I often stumbled upon is the issue of facial expressions.

Like the models on the catwalks, many bloggers rarely show a smile on their flawless faces. The blank expression is just so chic in fashion (I loved this article about the question why models don't smile).

I sometimes try to look badass fashionable as well (for example on the second picture coming with this look), but I never succeed in stopping my mouth corners from going upwards for more than a few seconds. I just love to smile, and I believe it makes the world a little bit warmer.

Models don't choose what they wear; sometimes they might even think it's ridiculous what the crazy minds of the designers produced. But it' s part of their job to present whatever piece they have in the best light possible and fulfil the vision of designers, photographers and editors when doing pictures. Unlike them, when I wear what I love on my pictures and only follow my very own fashion dreams.

Therefore, I just have to grin from ear to ear most of the time: I love what I do and that I can share it with you. I am a very happy girl wearing all those amazing pieces and it's my privilege to express my luck in a big broad smile. So you see there is no way to stop smiling at all: Who needs coolness? I say smiling is en vogue in Sara's wonderland!

My Outfit:
Jumper & Skirt: Celia B, Shoes: Madame Flamingo,
Fascinator: Pearls & Swine, Bag: Mulberry, Pompom Charm: The Laden Showroom,
Sunglasses: Vow London, Tights: H&M

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Lovely Fashion Finds: Summer Feelings Included

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Flamingo Cardigan  –  Candy Platform Shoes
Shrimps Sunglasses   –  Pink Crochet Handbag   –   Crochet Necklace   –   Pineapple Swimsuit
Fruit and Parrot Hair Clasps   –   Shell Platform Sandals   –   Pineapple Backpack

I am in the mood for warm weather, for tropical fashion and more than anything else: PINEAPPLES! The sweet pineapple is the queen of the fruits in my opinion: It's a delight to the eyes, and it even wears a crown! I am glad the annual return of pineapples – not just to the fruit shelf but as well into our wardrobes – is as certain as the soon arrival of next summer.

I am thinking about holidays a lot recently and looking at tropical fashion finds helps me to get into the right mood. I have no clue where to go yet. The recent situation with many beautiful countries being not as safe as they used to be is causing me a lot of thoughts. I'd love to visit the pyramids of Gizeh, wander through the spice bazaars of Istanbul or discover quirky Bangkok.

I have the need for an exotic place in my life and dream of this while eating dried mangos and pineapples in grey Europe. I need something different, and I'm longing to see palm leaves moving in the wind. Maybe I could even go to a place where pineapples grow, and flamingos live…

How do you like my shopping finds and do you already have summer holiday plans?

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Lovely Label & Designer Interview: Baccurelli – A Colourful Life in Plastic

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Baccurelli, cute jewellery, acrylic accessories

If you are dreaming of plastic, Baccurelli is what your dreams are made of! Baccurelli is a funky Los Angeles-based label that creates bold plexiglass jewellery since 2014. The label was founded by Meli, a graphic designer who follows her vision to combine her love for plastic and vector art in her accessories. Mel turns all her heroes from David Bowie to Frida Kahlo, Morticia Addams or Lolita into perspex heroes so you can have them with you as brooches or necklaces in your everyday life.

If you fulfil our jewellery dreams with Bacurelli, you buy something handmade with love by Meli and her husband Hugo. The message they give us on our way with their work is that we are beautiful just as we are and there is nothing we need to change. Wearing Baccurelli makes you feel fierce, playful and happy.

Interview with Meli, founder of Baccurelli

Where does your love for plastic has its roots, Meli?
I’ve always loved plastic. My Mom had the most amazing plastic jewelry collection in a wooden drawer that was high up in her closet. I remember standing on my tippy toes and slowly opening it up to grab every piece I could reach. I felt so glamorous when I got older and she lend me some pieces to wear with my own clothes. My parents were very groovy in the 60s and 70s so our home had a lot of sculptures, lamps and decor made of plastic. I remember one epically enormous sculpture in the middle of our living room that looked like a bowl of spaghetti suspended in the air. It was incredible and it engrained in me a fine arts application of plastic, beyond the ordinary industrial usage we are so accustomed to. So growing up, plastic was all around me. Also, I think anyone that experienced the 80s, fell in love with plastic too. There was such a plastic creative explosion in fashion in the 80s. I’ve always loved its texture, bright colors, malleability and fragility too. The fact that its super strong yet vulnerable is so appealing to me for some reason.

What kind of a woman is wearing your jewellery?
The Baccurelli woman is a strong woman that has survived many hard knocks that life has thrown her way, and has risen above them with greater knowledge and awareness of herself. Her personal imperative is to never take life too seriously, never get caught up in her mind too much, and be who she is without caring what others think of her. Its sounds a little cliche, and its something that we’re reminded of all around us these days, but the Baccurelli woman has LIVED it. She has cared too much about what others thought about her in the past, and at some point she relaxed and surrendered to all her weirdness and fully embraced who she was. Thats it in a nutshell. She adores who she is, and really only cares about being happy and having fun in this magical experience that we call life.

Is there a piece of your designs that has an unusual history?
The Be Mine candy brooch heart brooch was actually inspired by a huge cake!

Please tell us about a typical day at Baccurelli. What are your tasks?
My tasks are designing every piece, setting up each piece for laser cutting, order management, production management, hand making the pieces, shipping coordination, customer service, accounting, social marketing and business development. I basically design all the pieces, make them together with my husband (who also packs and ships the pieces) and run the whole business. On a typical day I start out by running through our Production Schedule, which I setup the night before. This is our bible. It has all the pieces that need to go out that day. We crank up our laser machine and start cutting every piece one at a time. Then we assemble, glue, polish and clean each piece. We allow a few hours for the glue to cure, and once everything is set, we wrap up the pieces, write the notes and put them in their envelopes for shipping. Then my husband walks to the post office to drop them off. We play and take care of our daughter, pick up our son from school and help him with homework, in between all those tasks. At night after the kids are put to bed, I’ll share things on social media and catch up with emails/comments from our beloved customers. This is a super fun time for me because our customers rock! We truly have the coolest, nicest and funnest customers ever and I treasure the personal relationship I have with many of them. They are my extended family! So our days starts at 7 am and end usually around 2-3 am.

Do you ever get bored of reproducing pieces and which of your designs is the most popular?
Not really. I imagine someone like George Michael getting bored of playing Careless Whispers (which btw we play at least once every day in our studio!), but I haven’t reached that level of saturation just yet! So far our most popular pieces are our Rosie and Frida brooches (both the large and mini). They seem to empower the wearer and help them through a rough day, which is everything we hope for and more. They are very loved pieces and worn by Baccurellians around the world. Its so beautiful and humbling to us.

Almost all of your cute dolls have their eyes closed and look like sleeping beauties. Is this a coincidence or is there a secret meaning behind this?
There’s a deeply personal meaning behind it. They are all based on our daughter Amelie’s sleeping face. I was enchanted by her beauty one night while she was sleeping in my arms, and was puzzled about what to make for her first birthday, which was coming up. So I decided to make a cake topper with her sleeping face, and because she is such a glamorous little girl, I gave her red lips. The cake topper was a success since everyone that attended the party kept saying how much it looked like her. So I decided to play around with different hair and accessories and see what other women she could embody. And the rest is history! So in essence all dolls are based on my daughter.

If you could pick five people (dead or alive) to design jewellery for, who would it be?
Kate Lanphear, Farida Khelfa, Leandra Medine, Sophia Amoruso and shockingly Marc Bolan, whom I adore. I’ve always envisioned Baccurelli as a brand for stylish men and women. People who like to push boundaries in their own unique style.

What do you prefer: Chanel or Moschino?
Moschino all the way. Tongue in cheek, graphic and full of yummy social satire. I adore Chanel as well, but for me personally, I prefer a little humor and social commentary in my clothes.

Isabella Blow or Anna Dello Russo?
Both! But if I have to choose, Isabella Blow. She stole my heart long before ADR!

You recently started to sell prints (I am lusting after a Bowie print very much). Is this kind of an homage to your former job as a graphic designer or part of a bigger plan to expand the range of Baccurelli?
It’s the first incursion into a bigger plan to create a line of Baccurelli Home. Some of our designs are so deeply loved, that it makes sense to lay down with your Frida pillow, or sip some tea in your Morticia cup and enhance your home with some colorful prints of your favorite icons. Our home is almost fully decorated in my own designs and I adore it. Their simplicity is appealing to both children and adults and its super easy to combine with other styles in your home. So I’m super amped to release more home decor items. Can’t wait for you all to see what we have in the works. But this is still a little ways away. Perhaps in another year or so.

Visit Baccurelli here and don't forget to give them a thumb up on Facebook.