Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pink Hair

Since I started linking up with the pleated poppy's What I Wore Wednesday (wiww)I have remembered why fashion is so fun. (WWIW link up was started by blogger/business woman extraordinaire, Lindsey, as a "fun way for us to encourage each other to simply get dressed each day, and get out of our pj’s or yoga pants.")  

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It's playing dress up.  It's about fun.  It's about self-expression.
A few months ago I felt silly worrying about my outfits so much and taking pictures.  It was a bit overwhelming to try and put the time in to myself, especially when I wasn't particularly happy with my body this past year.

But now? I am loving it.  Totally having fun with it.  I feel inspired to take risks, embrace my curves (which sadly aren't in the places I really want them) and stop worrying so much.  

Bold, beautiful and pink?

It has long been a dream of mine to have pink hair (way before the singer Pink, think Frenchy in Grease).  I've actually colored my hair for years. It began when I was around age 6 and my mother would spray Sun-In in my hair and make me sit in a chair in the front yard for an hour.  My mom, sister and brother all have black hair and I was born with blonde-ish hair.  She didn't quite know what to do with me, but thought it was cool to keep me different.  So she tried to keep my darkening hair blonde-ish.  The color ended up being an orang-ish brown, not really the look she was going for, but I was hooked on the magic of hair dye.

I peroxided and bleached my way through high school.  A hair stylist in college told me "Blondes may have more fun, but redheads get remembered."  I was bad ass enough that I wanted to be remembered and went red.  I had a short lived purple-ish punk phase.  Stopped dying my hair during one of my pregnancies when I was worried it wasn't safe.  After a little more research, I quickly went blonde again and got pregnant again, and again and again.

Looking at one of Lucy's Barbie's she was playing with recently I was inspired. "Lucy! That's what I want, pink streaks, I want to look just like your Barbie."

"Um, mom, you will never look like this Barbie," she replied. (Remember all those misplaced curves I mentioned? She's right, I won't look exactly like her Barbie.)

Armed with Lucy's Barbie and a couple kids, I went into the salon and requested pink streaks.
The streaks actually turned out a little lighter than I had hoped, but I loved them anyway. 
I am having fun, expressing myself, feeling bold and sort of beautiful. And guess what? I just might go a little darker pink next time.  Why not?

Cheap Fashionista Look # 1
Clearance rack dress/cover up from Old Navy $8.98

Favorite Bracelet (that I wear all the time) from Francesca's Collection $5.00

Other Bracelets are priceless gifts from friends that have traveled to Africa and Taiwan 

Cheap Fashionista Look # 2
Black Cami from Target $8
(looks sheer-ish in this picture and I'm hoping it doesn't have the same look in public in the sunlight)

Skirt (the big splurge of the weekend) Old Navy $15

I may not look exactly like Barbie, but I am really enjoying myself.

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  1. Love your pink streaks! I've added some with chalk but haven't gone perm yet. You look awesome. Glad I found your blog via WIWW.

  2. Love this! My 9 and 12 year old girls wanted pink streaks underneath so I figured what the hell! There are worse things they could want... of course their grandmother is mortified.

  3. Love your pink streaks! They look great on you.:)

  4. I love the pink, I did pink in my hair a few months ago. Now I have a washed out pinkish blond streak in my washed out red hair. (it's really time for a new dye job but I'm not sure what I want to do yet). It looks great on you and why shouldn't we get to play with our hair as we get older. Your outfits are cute too.