Metals and Neutrals

For those who have known me for quite some time now, they would know that my style often involves neutral colors, metals, and glitter.

This year, included in my self reinvention checklist is “get more exercise”, or more honestly, “enough of your sedentary lifestyle and do more than just walking back and forth from room to room at home.”

In line with that, I now have trainers. They’re the odd ones out from my shoe rack. I love them. White all over with a golden Nike logo and golden lining on the shoelaces. When I go neutral, I make sure there’s something that gives it a little more oomph. That’s why I also love metals and glitters.

This is what I wore when I went to a mall walking/food tripping date with my parents and brother. Basically, everything comfy. A glittery sweater I bought from a bazaar (size XXL), lace shorts given by my aunt, and of course, my new trainers!

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Trainers from Nike

Sneakers (I googled randomly haha) that I also wish I have:

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Last February 11 to 14, my family and I attended the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It’s their 20th year this year. I have always wanted to go ever since I learned of it, but have always been too busy. Glad to finally have “Watch Hot Air Balloons” ticked off my bucket list. Better watch out life, I’m going to start ticking off a lot from my ever growing bucket list from now on. This year, I’m making a lot of changes. I took a big leap and quit my job. I’m going to make a career change. I’m going to pursue my passions. I know it’s going to be hard, but I would rather not  grow old having “What if’s”.

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Top from The Vintage Ramp | Denim shirt from Lee | Boots from Forever21

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Gone Granny Gray

I am currently in the process of reinventing myself. I started doing so just this year. I will go in depth with this  soon, but for now I am just going to share one of the things I did for my Project Pursue Your Passions. I got a makeover.

I decided I should go with something radical or harder to pull off. Why? I need something that would require me to gain more confidence. My aim is to become better than who I was before, to stand out, and to bring back that carefree little girl whose imagination was as vivid as reality. Granny hair has been trending, but in my country, not a lot of people are jumping in on the bandwagon yet. I have been seeing a lot of photos online, and I think it looks great. Thus, after a lot of research and thinking if I could pull it off, I decided, “What the heck? Granny hair it is then.”

With the help of one of my best friends, I have come up to the decision to go gray at Azta Urban Salon in Eastwood. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.  Eastwood branch’s Creative Director Jo Tubato even helped us regarding our inquiries on what we could do with our hair and what would work. If you are on a strict budget, Azta asks you first what your budget is and then computes and figures out how you could get the hair you want using the money you are willing to spend. Great huh?

I started off with this hair color. It’s more of a very light brown color. I got it colored only once after growing out my pixie. I learned from Ms. Jo that it would be easier to bleach my hair to a pale yellow (needed prior to dying it gray) if your hair has had no treatments or dyes prior to bleaching.

 

From this hair color, I was told that they needed to bleach my hair three times. The process takes a long time to finish. Do not worry though, the staff makes sure you are ok. They even have complimentary drinks. The milk tea they make is yummy! My friend had 3. haha.

Please note that they are professionals and they add hair protecting treatments while bleaching. If you are going to do the bleaching yourself at home, it is best that you DO NOT do all bleaching cycles in a single day. Do it gradually to avoid damaging your hair so much.

 

 

(After getting my hair bleached, I thought of going blonde next time. haha.)

  • Another helpful tip: Prior to getting your hair bleached, remember that it has to be in its best condition. Use deep conditioners. And, it is best you do not wash your hair a day before the bleaching session. That way your hair and scalp will get some protection with the natural oils produced on our heads.

After bleaching my hair, they also added purple toner in order to remove the brassy tones from my hair. Next step, dye it gray!

And there you have it. That is how I went gray. :*

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More tips:

  • If you are thinking of going gray yourself, you should also buy purple shampoo/conditioner for maintenance. I bought one at Azta. It cost me Php 1500. It was more convenient than searching online and waiting for the product to come. Just like what I have mentioned before, you need to use toner on your hair to prevent the brassy yellow tones from appearing. Do not use shampoo with sulfates if you want your gray color to last.
  • Avoid using heat tools.
  • Do everything you can to nourish your hair again.

 

Below are some photos of granny hair I found on the internet that I really liked. Hoping these would give you some inspo! :*

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