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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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We all suffer with self-confidence issues at some point or another. The fear that you may not be good enough or that you’re bound to fail isn’t something that’s easy to get over. There are very few people on this planet who have never been afraid of taking a risk. But, that fear can hold you back from achieving your dreams. You owe it to yourself to boost your confidence, get out there in the big wide world and grab the bull by the horns. But, how do you do that?

I’m not going to lie- I had a total breakdown on Monday. A project I has been working on kind of fell apart at the seams and the higher-up I was working with was (understandably) not thrilled. I thought I was going to be fired. So I called my mom, my fiancé, and then my boss in panicky tears. I hate letting anyone down. After talking it out, I realized I had done the best I could under tricky circumstances and all was not lost. It’s sometimes really hard to not get down on yourself, but I woke up the following morning with a little boost and by the end of Tuesday, everything had fallen into place.

How do you give yourself a little confidence boost when you need it most?

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Dress to Impress

No, not to impress your boss or your partner or anyone else. Dress to impress yourself. There’s something about being in the right outfit that gives you the confidence you need to tackle the day. For example, if you walk into a meeting with potential clients feeling scruffy and under-dressed, you’re unlikely to win them over because you won’t feel at your best. If you walk in dressed to the nines and it makes you feel powerful, you have what you need to make them see your potential. My personal power outfit is a fitted black dress, a black heel, and a strong statement necklace… this outfit.

Take Care of the Exterior

Isn’t it amazing what a bit of grooming can do? Often, if you’re happy with what’s on the outside, you feel more confident on the inside. It could be anything, from a simple haircut to a consultation at drstephanieteotia.com. Self-image is one of the major keys to how you view your confidence levels. If you’re not happy with the way you look, low self-esteem often quickly follows. Do what you can to take pride in your appearance and you could see a big boost. I always feel the best after a hair-did situation with Jenn at Progressions or Amanda at Illusions.

Positive Outlook

Many of us don’t even recognize how we talk to ourselves. If you’re constantly convinced that you’re going to fail, it’s likely you will fail. Sometimes, we set ourselves up for failure without even realizing it. If you hear yourself saying the words, ‘This is too hard’ or ‘I can’t do that’ you need to start training yourself to think differently. Replace ‘I can’t’ with ‘I can’. It can help to give yourself a little pep talk every morning by enforcing positive thoughts, like ‘I am capable’, ‘I am confident’ and ‘Nothing can stop me but me’.

I actually woke up Tuesday to words clear as day, “you get out of the universe what you put into it.” It may have been God or guardian angels, but some force was telling me to get the hell up and put on a smile, so I’ve been repeating that in my head all week.

Learn to Act

Did you know that everyone you see on a daily basis has some sort of struggle with self-confidence? If you see someone acting confident, it’s often just that – an act. Acting confident can lead to actually feeling confident. Sometimes you just have to take yourself out of your own shoes for a while to be able to see that confidence is achievable. When your actions begin to change, so will your thought process.

I look back to when I first started blogging. Yes, I was terrified to go to events surrounded by gorgeous women in perfect outfits, but I went! I eventually found the perfect crew to run with all because I pretended not to be scared to meet Dani for brunch!

Find Your Tribe

Real queens fix each other’s crowns. I stand by this, and this is one of the main ideals of Bubbles & Bloggers. Surround yourself with uplifting people and even at your worst, you will have support you need to lift yourself back up. You have someone to commiserate with when your day is crap. On the flipside, they’ll celebrate the little achievements with you (no matter how little!)

Be Kind

It’s important to be kind to yourself and to others. Have you ever experienced the self-confidence boost you get from helping someone in need? It can help you to realize your self-worth.Improving your self-confidence, no matter how you choose to do it, could open up a whole new world for you.

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One of the most daunting tasks of planning my wedding thus far was picking a photographer, mostly because the options are endless as far as price points, styles, and package details. I took to Facebook asking at least which price points were reasonable and *spoiler alert* it’s all over the map! And everyone just started giving me suggestions. One of my bridesmaids’ brothers recently got married, and his wife, Emily, suggested Darrell McDavid Photography, and I knew it would be a perfect fit after seeing their wedding pictures gallery with a fantastic dancing shot.

Darrell and his wife Kristin shoot together the day of the wedding, all day, and it was actually a huge selling point for me to work with a couple. Darrell shot our engagement pictures solo, and it was so nice to get to know him and his style. Even though we felt a little awkward kissing on command for a couple hours, he made it fun and easy for us.

We decided on the Georgetown Waterfront because that’s where we had our first date. Somehow, Darrell made it look almost empty on a busy, hot Saturday night. We wanted to go with a style that was very “us”- kind of vintage rockabilly with a hint of prep? Is that a thing? It’s totally a thing. Plus we had a nice juxtaposition of nature + city.

My hair was done by the lovely Amanda at Illusions– highlight and a sweet up-do that she designed herself. (That my mom liked much better than the original style I was looking at so thank you Amanda!)

Small world: my makeup was done by a woman named Dreama (I’ll pass along her info to anyone who would like it- she’s an absolute star!) who did my mom’s friend’s makeup for her wedding… to Marisa’s cousin. Nails were (and will always be) Oriental Oasis. Hand’s down best nail salon in DC.

These pics are just some of my absolute favorites. It’s getting real, you guys!

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A week ago, I had the most incredible chance to walk the Strong Women in Fashion show. It was a chance to sip champagne and enjoy hand-crafted hors d’oeuvres by Via Umbria, while supporting women from all backgrounds. The Strong Women in Fashion showcased the latest spring trends with new arrivals from Signature Dresses and LiLi The First, as well as the newest trends in hair and makeup featuring Illusions Salon of Georgetown.

This event was hosted by female business owners uniting together to empower more women in the workforce by donating proceeds, including ticket sales, to Suited for Change. Suited for Change is the leading area nonprofit providing professional attire, mentoring, and job-readiness skills to women seeking financial independence.

I am by no means a model, but it was such a cool experience to be part of the show and with some of my closest gal pals. Getting dolled up with my friends is always fun, but knowing we were supporting such an amazing cause really made the hurry-up-and-wait kind of day totally worth it. That, and it was such a boost to see how many of our other friends, family, and significant others came out for the show.

You may have seen my Instagram post, but Kendall actually took the day to help set up and generally do whatever needed an extra set of hands. Then he got all dressed up to take tickets and to see the show. Watching him watch me actually made me tear up a little bit because in less than a year, he’ll look at me again like that for our wedding. It was really awesome for him to meet so many of my blogger babes in person, finally, and to have so many people tell me what a huge help he was. He’s the best.

While we were getting dressed above the show, we could actually look down on the attendees. You should have heard us getting excited seeing our friends and family arrive! Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who came out to support! My mom came with her Quad Squad (the four on the first grade team who are out in the portables) and my cousin who I haven’t seen in years was able to attend at well. That meant so much to me! It was an amazing event ~ thank you infinitely to everyone who helped set it up and attended to support Suited for Change!

photos by Snapshots by Sierra

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Happy Friday! I’m going to Illusions tonight have Amanda  fix up my hair but then staying for a sip and a shop with my other Amanda. Whistle & Wild is doing a pop-up complete with wine + truffle tastings! Saturday, Kendall and I are finally seeing Sing (because we love singing cartoons) and Sunday I have a Bubbles & Bloggers meetup at Kate Spade City Center and, of course, the Super Bowl Official Snack Day. We’ll be spending it at a little gathering hosted by Sarah + her manfriend.

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This week on The CaroLøve:

I have to applaud Dana on her post about what’s going on in the world. It’s so scary thinking about being judged for either your political opinions or the fact that maybe you don’t totally understand everything that’s going on. It’s just important to stay educated for yourself and to be kind.

Also giving props to my girl Roxanne. I honestly had never noticed any acne scars on her, but I am so impressed that she shared pictures and her rather unpleasant experience with micro-needling. The things we do for ourselves are not always pretty or glam, but I do appreciate that she showed us the good, the bad, and the ugly of her skincare.

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock- but did anyone else know that Fornash has a delivery box club for $25 a box? (less expensive if you buy yearly). I did Birch Box for a bit and was disappointed, but I think I’m going to treat myself to the every-3-months box.

I’m super into dolled-up sweatshirts right now. I’m currently waiting for the Draper James Love Y’all Sweatshirt AND the J. Crew French colors sweatshirt (currently on sale if you’re and XS or smaller) to come back in my size.

After putting together the post about green purses for my coworker, I stumbled across the GiGi New York Winter Sale + found her a set that she ordered ASAP. If you’re in the market for a new bag (I’m not- for once), this sale should NAHT be missed.

Have a great weekend!

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