Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Dip-Dye-Diaries - Button Down

Hola! Everyone's done it but I couldn't resist, I love it and its super cheap and easy.
This is a lovely shirt that I was donated, a small male button down from Burtons that's a gorgeous sky blue with baby pink cuffs.

Just a quick overview of what I did.
  • I tied off how much I wanted to dip dye with an elastic band, filled up half a bucket with boiling water and added half a bottle of cheap thick bleach from ASDA.
  • Starting from the bottom I put 5ish cm of the shirt into the bleachy water for 10 minutes, then put 5 more cm in for 10 and so on until I'd reached the elastic band, keeping it down with a coat hanger.
  • After I'd finished I washed it with cold water to get all the bleach off.

Normally this would have left an ombre effect running from the bottom upwards,except this shirt decided to be unbelievably hench and the colour didn't budge. Annoyed I left it in the bucket over night scrunched up to clear up the next day, and this is what I was left with. 
A beautiful cloudy patchy pink - SO HAPPY.
This will almost defiantly not work for all shirts though, but i would recommend if you have a nasty one leave it and see what happens!


Monday, 2 July 2012

Going Ombre

Had been um-ing and ah-ing about doing this for such a long time, I always loved it on other people but was never quite sure if it would look nice on me.
Finally I just did it, and I can't explain how happy I am with how it came out.
All down to this bad boy (Jerome Russell Bblond - Superdrug £6ish) and my boy Katherine.

How To

The process was pretty easy, it just took a long time, all credit to the poor people you convince to do this for you becasue it really is easiest and best if you don't do it yourself.

After mixing all the ingredients into a bright blue Amonia soup I worked out how far I wanted it to go up. Then from the bottom upwards Katherine put on the dye, coating about 5cm up, leaving it for 10 minutes, coating 5cm further up, leaving it for 10 minutes and so on. This made sure the colour faded into my tips rather than there being a blond block of hair at the end.

By the time we'd finished, the very bottom 5 cm of my hair had been bleaching nicely for 35 minutes. At this point with the bleach coloured gloves, katherine ran her fingers roughly through my hair near the top, giving me some nice highlights that faded into the ombre at the bottom, then waited another 10 minutes.

So after 45 minutes, and a good wash, this was the webcam-result!

Wonderful and beautiful and non-coppery and fiery ombre goregousness! (in my PJ's)
Do it yourself right now!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Welcome Back Outfit!

Exams are all done and now I have so much free time I'm missing revision (lame) but that does mean a heck lot more posting!

St. Botolph's Priory

 I was walking during a free just down from college and came across this little gem in the middle of town! 
A quick Wikipedia told me how it was once a priory church, founded at the end of the eleventh century and  became ruined following the siege of Colchester in 1648.
I am no history buff, but this place is beautiful, and it always makes me a bit sad and nostalgic when you can recreate the rooms and the corridors in your mind.
Nevertheless, it was pretty much deserted, and wonderfully quiet - OutfitOfTheDay Time!
More after the break.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Goodbye for now!

I have/am taking a raincheck for exams!
These are big'ns so have to sell my soul for a couple of months.
I will be back for the summer!


Monday, 2 April 2012

Springtine Wander in the Woods

I was cooped up inside on a lovely day so I thought I'd have a little adventure in the woods by my house.
I hope you enjoyed your day as much as I did.

What I'm Wearing
  • Shirt: Ben Sherman dark crimson and white - Thrifted - £1
  • Trousers: Rolled-up black straight-legged suit trousers - Thrifted - £1.49
  • Shoes: Beige Gladiator Sandals - Tesco - £4
  • Bag: Pleather and Print - Matalans - £6 
More after the break.

Friday, 30 March 2012

On the Road - Nottingham

Me and mum had a 260 mile trip to Nottingham University so I thought I'd take a few unnecessary snaps.
The University campus itself is outside the city on a beautiful 300 acre plot, mostly made up of amazing green open space and a boating lake!
However this was my first visit, and I thought it would be a bit strange if I was more concerned with taking pictures than my degree!
Here are some on-the-road pictures, mainly lorries, hah.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Trip to the Tea Room

I skipped a day of college today (I have pre-Easter-Holiday blues) which was stupid I know but the sun was giving me a big warm hug and I thought I better enjoy myself before the Exam stress kicks in.
After Mumma B had got back from work me and her went to the tea rooms in our village, and also the most beautiful and homely vintage shop, that I will introduce you to soon.
More after the Break.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

The Art Trail 'Gangster Route'

I took a trip with my mum who looked completely and utterly adorable to Chelmsford to take a quick look at the Art Trail.
Its a little route hidden away that I only noticed when I was staring out of the train window.
They do an Art Trail every year, and you follow a route around the town and look at all the local art!
This is a section that has been left, and they're all on boards that surround the building sites in that area. 
I love, love LOVED it, if you can, come and see these beauties in person.
I'm not usually that interested in graffiti, but there's something about this that is just gorgeous!
These are only some of my favourites, more after the break.

It goes on and on and on, it took us 20 minutes to get round!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Dressing Up 22-03-2K12

There was gorgeous weather in England today, my knees demanded exposure. 
Here are the stupidly cheap threads I wore to college.
Spring is my BFF.

Hello pasty legs.

  • Jumper - Thrifted: £2.50
  • Shirt - Thrifted: £1
  • Shorts - Cut from old trousers
FYI: I use the word Thrifted now because a) It sounds like I hunted my clothes down in a dramatic way and b) Americans say it how it is.

  •  Necklace - Small Jewellery shop in Southend: £1
That badboy has the best plastic stone rip-offs I have ever seen.
Pairing high necklaces with collared shirts is my favourite thing to do at the moment. 
Had to pin between the buttons to avoid the awkward 'boob hole' however, I hope that makes sense because that could sound dangerous. 
  • Shoes - Ebay: £5
  • Cheeky tattoo show
I have a tattoo on my leg which I'll post about soon, it is actually black but my tights are making it look a little lighter. 
I suncreamed this guy quite a bit before letting him out.

  • Nails - Collection 2000 'Angel Wings' from Superdrug : £1.79
  • Ring - Dorothy Perkins: £1
I am defiantly on the hunt for more cut-out rings.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Inspired: Star Spangled Banner

A collection of Stars and Stripes

My American Obsession continues.
See more pieces after the break.