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Monday, July 23, 2012

ROOKIE MAG MEETUP: Meeting Tavi Gevinson

Hey loves! Yesterday I attended a Rookie Mag meetup at Space 15 Twenty in West Hollywood. If you don't know what Rookie is, check out my post about them here. Pretty much, they're an online magazine that publishes photos, stories, playlists, DIY's, and more. 

Tavi Gevinson of Style Rookie is the Editor in Chief of the magazine. This summer, Tavi, Petra Collins, and Hazel Cills went on a road trip of the USA, meeting Rookie readers around the country. Their last events are being held in Los Angeles, so I forced my mom to drive me (*insert I-am-a-13-year-old-and-I-can't-drive lecture here*) to one of their meet-ups. 

It was so much fun! We shopped around at a thrift sale, fangirled over Petra Collins's photography, sat in a Rookie-fied mini treehouse, took awkward photos, and made new friends. I went alone (my mom was distracted by a nearby Farmer's Market) and met a few nice girls that walked around with me the whole day. 

Tavi was the nicest person and really down to earth. We talked about my deprived childhood because I don't like candy and I've never had soda in my life. Then everyone pitched in and bought me a Horchata, which is pretty much a cold, liquid churro. It was awesome.
xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 19, 2012

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: new creepers

new creepers from Steve madden! $70 off yess

I got new creepers yesterday! They're from Steve Madden.

My shorts are Levi's and I got them from the Melrose Trading Post for $20. 

My jumper is from Wildfox (I don't think they sell it anymore) and my friend got it for me for my birthday last year. It is the most comfortable sweater in the universe.

My bag is just the shopping bag Steve Madden gave me to take home my shoes. 

xxx Alyssa

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DIY Miu Miu Cat Collar

Okay, I know I'm really late on this one. Two years, to be exact. Anyways, I made my own Miu Miu Inspired cat collar! I used a template for the cat that I found online (I used iron-on paper to get it on the collar) and I sewed the collar using a plain white t-shirt.

miu miu inspired cat collar I made! and an awesome work mat from covent garden!

I also got this super rad mat from Covent Garden that's pretty much a big collage of anything related to London.

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 13, 2012

DIY Ombre Hair/Aftercare Using Bleach

Hey loves! I recently did my own DIY Ombre hair. I love how it turned out, and it was 10x cheaper than if I were to get it done professionally in a salon.

I used L'Oreal Paris Super Blonde Lightening Creme in the shade 200. Since you're only putting the bleach creme on the bottom section of your hair, you'll only need one box. I didn't even need to use half of the bottle to do my ombre.

Things you will need:

Bleach (you can use drugstore bleach, but I've heard Sally's Beauty has really good bleach too)
Trash bag
Newspaper (to cover up your bleaching area)
A ventilated space
Two hair ties


If you have light hair (light brown to blonde) you will not need to leave the bleach in as long.
Bleach does damage hair. If you hair is already dry and damaged, it will damage it more than if your hair is healthy.
If your hair is dark, the bleach may make your hair look orange. Be prepared to have this result.

If your hair turns orange or is really damaged, continue on to the aftercare section of this post for more tips.

Step 1:

Lay out the newspaper all over your workspace so you don't get bleach on anything. I would recommend working in a bathroom with windows or a fan/air conditioner because bleach smells HORRID and your eyes may water. Don't forget to actually open the windows and turn on the fan!

Step 2: 

Cut arm/neck holes in a trashbag. Wear it. I've found this is a much easier way to prevent the bleach from getting on your clothes than simply using a towel. Plus, you won't have to adjust the towel if it falls, and you can just throw out the trash bag after.

Step 3:

Mix your bleach. There will be bleach powder and a developer in boxed bleach as well as bleach purchased at beauty stores like Sally's. You will need bleach. You will not achieve a light enough ombre with blonde/light brown hair dye. 

Step 4: 

Using gloved hands, apply the bleach as far up as you want it to go on your hair. It should be more saturated on the bottoms of your hair, and fade towards the top. You can use your fingers to put bleach on certain strands of hair to help with the blending process. 

Step 5: 

Wrap the beached hair in tin foil and leave it on for the recommended amount of time. More time means lighter hair, so continually check the bleach to make sure you have the shade you want.

Step 6: 

Remove the tin foil and wash out the bleach from your hair.
If you are happy with the results already, shampoo and condition your hair and you're finished! If you want it to be lighter, continue on to step 7.

Step 7:

Apply more bleach to the ends of your hair, not going up higher to where the bleach was previously applied. This will make the bleach more saturated and lighter at the ends of your hair, giving it a gradient/ombre look.

Repeat steps 5 and 6.

You're finished!

------------------------------------------- Aftercare -------------------------------------------

If your hair turns orange/brassy... 
You can use toners to get some of the orange/brassiness out of your hair. I recommend L'Oreal's Brass Banisher. I have heard many good reviews on this product, and it's way cheaper than getting it done at a salon.
You can also use toners found at Sally's Beauty, which have also gotten great reviews.
Remember: toners do not take all of the orange out of your hair. A blue or purple based toner will simply help cancel out orange and yellow tones, making your hair less orange/yellow.

If your hair is damaged after bleaching...
You can use hair masks and oils to replenish it. I recommend Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle for a deep conditioner. You can leave it on for more the three minutes, also. It's extremely cheap and works wonders for my hair. 
Olive oil can be used as an oil treatment if you want to have more moisture in your hair. Simply rub the oil into your hair and cover it in tin foil so it doesn't drip and get everywhere. Leave the olive oil in for as long as possible, then wash it out with shampoo.
Also, try to limit the use of heat styling products on your hair. I haven't used any heat whatsoever for a month since I've bleached my hair, and it feels so much healthier and less dry.

Good luck! If you have any questions at all, comment and I'll reply for sure.
xx Alyssa

Sunday, July 1, 2012


Walking along in London today, I spotted a cool tunnel where graffiti is allowed. I had to take a picture with my new Topshop bag and the cool walls. I'm loving London!

We're leaving for Provence in the South of France tomorrow. I really wish I had more time in London, but Provence will be lovely. Talk to you soon!

xx Alyssa