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When you have left the hairdressers with a new hair color, you want to keep the color looking as good as it did on day one, right? But sometimes, even after one wash the color can fade and not look as good as before. So how can you keep that ‘just done’ look even after you’ve left the salon? Here are some tips to help you to care for your bleached or dyed hair.

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Use a Quality Color

The difference between going to a salon  or doing it yourself at home, can be that the quality of the product you’re using at home is likely to not be as good. When you use professional hair color, it is going to be well made, with conditioning properties that will carry on moisturizing your hair as time goes on.

If you’re going to do it yourself, then look for the colors that are labeled as ammonia-free or that use natural oils like avocado oils, for example. These are much more likely to make the color last. I’ve been known to use a box from time to time, and my other tip, and this only applies to blondes, is to go darker and cooler than you think. Bleachy and brassy is not a good look, but I love my most recent experience with a darker ash color.

And make sure you love your stylist. There are three people in the world I trust with my blonde: Sylvia & Jenn P. at Progressions (Sylvia did my highlights from when I was 12-18 and Jenn started doing them when I was in college) and Amanda at Illusions.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Daily

Of course, you need to hop in the bath or shower daily. But you don’t need to always wash your hair when you’re in there. Washing your hair every other day, or even longer perhaps, can help to make the color last longer. Plus, the things that you are washing your hair with can strip the natural oils from your hair. And when your hair is drier, it is going to absorb color less. So do think about how often you wash it.

Use a Shampoo For Your Color

If you want your hair color to last longer and keep looking as glossy as it did on day one, then using a shampoo and conditioner that are specific to your color is going to help. Not only will it help to keep the color to last longer, but it will be designed to treat drier hair, just as colored hair will be. You could look at a site like The Right Hairstyles, for example, as it has a review of shampoos for dyed hair if you needed to find one right for you. But speak to your hairdresser as to what they recommend too.

Choose a Toner

This can be specifically if you have blonde in your hair, but a toner works wonders to bring the color back to life. If you have some blonde in your hair, then it can fade with time and become a little yellow or brassy. Which is where a toner comes in as it adds in tones of blue or violet, to balance out the brassy yellow tones. This is good to do every couple of weeks, to keep your hair looking as good as new. It is especially important if you’re trying to achieve the silver or platinum blonde look.

BONUS: Play with color

When I was in college, this girl Missy dyed the underside of my hair hot pink for Halloween. A ton of fade, two bleachings, and seven months later, I was back to blonde. But gone are those days! There are shampoos and conditioner with fun colors abound, but my favorite is the Celeb Luxury brand shampoo. I’ve used their silver and lavender and I’m going to have a little pink somethin’ somethin’ for my bachelorette party but the best part is I can use it for a few days, and then it comes completely out in a couple washes once I’m sick of it!

Do you have experience of dying your hair different colors? Have you found anything that works for you? It would be great to hear what you think.

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When we think decor, we usually think of things like colors, patterns and price. It’s a fairly abstract construct and “good” decor is usually defined by the person looking at it. Everyone has different tastes and it’s hard for two people to agree on decor in the same way. If you look at websites such as www.ThisOldHouse.com then you’ll find plenty of decorating tips that can be used for general purposes. However, not all of these are going to be well-received because style is something personal.

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However, there’s nothing more personal about style than using meaningful decor that you have an attachment to. Be it an antique piece of furniture that was handed down to you from your parents or a special souvenir you received while on holiday, here are a couple of things that you can do to your home to give it more meaning.

Save your children’s drawings

Even if your children are using crayons on the walls, don’t wash it off. Unless you absolutely have to clean it, why not take pictures of it or even frame it? Think of it this way; the drawings your children do on your walls are part of their personal expression. It’s their creative outlet. Sure, they could just draw on pads of paper but there’s always something unique and different about the things that your kids draw in your home spontaneously.

They might look like gaudy scribbles to some, but if you point to a drawing on the wall and tell someone “that’s a drawing my 5-year old did after playing in the park” then it takes on an expressive meaning that is different to anything else. Alternatively, if you prefer not to have your children draw on walls then you could take some tips from this article at www.ArtfulParent.com and frame them instead. Remember; the idea is to respect their creative minds even if they’re young and to preserve those meaningful scribbles and drawings for the future.

Be inspired by your decor

Your decor is something personal, so why not be inspired by your own decor to do something? Whether you search for bohemian-style accessories from www.ZenLikeProducts.com or hang up fine-art paintings in your minimalist office, there are plenty of ways to let your decor inspire you to do something.

Inspiration from your decor can come from a number of different sources. Some people find it easier to concentrate with relaxing tranquil colors like white, earthy greens and browns. Other people prefer loud and bright colors that are reminiscent of bohemian designs. In fact, if you’re going to use colors correctly then you need to make good use of color psychology. This informative web page at www.Colour-Affects.co.uk is a great starting point. It shows all the major colors and what type of emotions they evoke.

Meaningful decor is a brilliant way to give your home a completely new feel. If you’re unsure how to progress with your interior design, then consider these tips to create a home that tells a story.

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I love a good party, especially with a theme where I can throw in a ton of adorable details. My roommate and I had a couple great ones when I lived in Georgetown. I mentioned before that we had a Pumpkin Spice Friendship party. All the food and drinks were pumpkin themed and we all wore our best “basic” attire. Today I’m bringing you another type of Basic that I’m sure you’ll love. Meet Basic Invite.

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In my humble opinion, the art of the invitation should have never dissipated into the land of texts and Facebook invites. I know I have slipped in this department, opting for a mass text rather than a cute invitation. Getting mail is such a novelty now, especially when it’s mail inviting you to do something fun with your friends and family. Basic Invite makes it so easy to customize and add details to your party before it even starts. Do you love a design but it doesn’t really fit the colors you want? No problem. Using my Pumpkin Spice Friendship party as inspo, check out how I elevated this original Basic Invite Botanical Brunch Party design and made it fit our theme:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See how cute!? Just totally customizing the color, I changed the whole vibe of the invite. And just to be sure, you can order a custom sample of your work to see how it really looks on paper before you purchase the lot to send to your guests!  Another cool customization feature? Basic Invite has over 40 colors of envelopes to chose from. (Pumpkin is one of them!) That would definitely make your invite stand out in the mail.

And if you’re like me with such bad hand writing that you were literally not allowed to help make sorority formal awards, don’t fear, because you can use their free address collection service to share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Now, my love of invitations started with a catalogue (I can’t even remember which one) that my mom used to get when we were little. I’d pretty much build my birthday parties around the themes from those invites, so it’s totally fair to say that invitations set the tone for a great party. I’m starting to appreciate those head-to-toe details again now that I’m planning my wedding! Besides your (not so) basic (ha!) surprise party invitations, birthday invitations, and quinceañera invitations, they also stock a myriad of stationary and other paper goods to round out your event. Think stickers, guest books, even business cards! (Hey, blogger and entrepreneurial pals- it’s one-stop shop for your next event!)

Be sure to follow along with Basic Invite on social media to get for inspiration for your next party!

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Printed garments might sound like a great way to show off your personality, communicate a message, or raise awareness about an issue you care about. But to pull it off, you need to wear them in the right way. Get it wrong, and you’ll be lambasted for your lack of fashion sense, but do it right, and you’ll be the talk of the office, and other people might even think about joining you.

Pair Prints With Prints

You might think that the best approach to wearing prints is to keep them isolated or limit them to one item. But it turns out that prints tend to work really well with other prints and not so well with plain clothes. Think for a second how bad it would look to wear a plain shirt with a printed dress. Instead of trying to minimize prints, layer them on top of each other and really start experimenting.

Use Prints From The Same Color Palette

Prints are chaotic. This is one of the reasons they’re worn so infrequently. Prints ask a lot of the eyes and demand our full attention when we look at them. To make things easier on other people, trying sticking within the same color palette when choosing print items. If you’re wearing a patterned greeny-blue dress, for instance, stick with a greeny blue bag, shoes, and accessories. Pairing like colors will help bring the pattern together and stop visual overload.

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Use Prints To Tell People About Yourself

Many people use printed items to tell other people more about themselves. You can get ideas from GeckShirts and other sites about how exactly to do this. Some people wear clothes with funny messages, while others use them as a platform to share their interests. When a piece of clothing actually says something about you, that gives you even more of a reason for wearing it. It doesn’t so much matter about the style of the item, so long as it fits your personality.

Combine Textures

While it’s best to keep the colors similar, combining textures is fine. Floral patterns often work well with polka dots and even text. Why not try mixing a jersey-style mesh dress with a polka dot silk blouse underneath. Not only will the combination of textures work well, but it will also give you a 70s vibe – if that’s something you’re going for.

Wearing different geometric patterns in the same outfit also works well. A striped blue and white top, for instance, will go well with a checked blazer.

Use Items From The Same Aesthetic

In interior design, designers often talk about the “design language” of a room. Business consultancies use the same language when talking about a company’s brand. What they mean by this term are the common features shared by particular designs that make them recognizably related.

If you wear prints, you need to adopt a similar approach. Every item you wear needs to come from the same family of designs, otherwise, things can get messy. Pair organic designs, like floral patterns, with other natural-looking patterns. Likewise, put grid-patterned clothes with other man-made designs.

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Your wedding day is one the most memorable, exciting and expensive days of your life. You only plan on doing it once, so you need to get it right. You want to be able to look back on your wedding photos and smile, not be reminded of how your makeup artist didn’t show up or how your hair was ruined by your hairdresser.

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Book with someone familiar

This goes for your hair, makeup, and nails. If you’re happy with the way they do it normally, then why should you go to someone different for your wedding?

Make sure you visit them in plenty of time so you can practice your hair and makeup. There will be a few styles that you can try out, and then you can pick your favorite. Also, this will give your stylist plenty of time to book themselves out for your wedding day.

When it comes to your hair, think about whether you’re going to keep your regular length, or go for something much different. Plan out the color you’re going to go with, and the style you’d like to have it. Remember, your hair will be like this all day so you must make sure you’re comfortable.

It’s no secret that everyone has an insecurity about themselves. You want to be able to love looking back on your big day, and not cringe at every photo you appear in because you don’t like the way you look. Why not do some photo preparation to make sure you’re looking the best you’ve ever looked? If you’re unhappy with your skin, change your diet and cut out junk food, you will notice the difference! The same goes with your weight. If you’re insecure about your weight you could try and lose a few pounds before your big day. You will feel fabulous!

Dresses, suits, and color schemes

You’ve probably got an idea on what kind of dress you would like, and also a color scheme in mind too. Try to match your attire to the scheme of your wedding. This is something you could also think about with your hair and makeup too. If you’ve got purple as your main color, think about going for a purple eye shadow with your makeup and purple nails. It will all tie in beautifully.

If you’ve got no idea on what kind of dress you would like, then have a look around online before you go out dress shopping. There are thousands of websites that can give you inspiration. If you’ve got an eye for drawing, why not sketch out what you’d love to have. You can then take all of this with you and speak to the shop owner to see if they have anything similar. They may even recommend certain dresses depending on your body shape.

When it comes to picking out suits, you need to think about what kind of suit you like. There’s quite a few styles to choose from. Also, do you plan on buying the suit or renting? The same goes for dresses. If you’re buying, would it be something that could be used again? You may want to think about matching ties and cravats, not just for the groom but for the groomsmen too.

Also, make sure you go for regular fittings, wedding planning tends to make you lose a few pounds!

Do your research

When it comes to booking your photographer, make sure you do a little background research on their service (and of course, photos). Don’t just look at their portfolio and make your decision based on that. I was lucky enough to find Darrell McDavid through a local bride I trust.

First and foremost, look at their website. Does it look professional? Red bank photography are a prime example of what professionalism looks like. All of their information is laid out clearly, and they have stunning photos to show off on every page.

Another bit of research you should do, is how they treat their clients. Read reviews on their service and meet with the photographer. You’ll soon know if that’s the person you want to document your wedding day for you.

Visit your venue and check out the scenery. Decide where you would like your photos to be taken. Wedding venues are very pretty in general, but if you’re not keen on the surroundings, inform your photographer that you’d like to go elsewhere for your photos.

There’s a lot to think about, even just for your wedding photos! Being organized is the key.

One final thing, enjoy your special day. You’ve no doubt spent months planning and stressing out, so you deserve to enjoy one of the best days of your life.

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