Monday, September 30, 2013

My New Hair!

That's right, I bleached it!

It was a lot of work, actually, and it didn't turn out at all how I planned. I think with DIY hair coloring, ya gotta roll with the punches, yknow? I had planned on a magenta fade to light pink, so this is close, just more in the orange color scheme, haha. First I bought some blonde dye for brunettes, hoping to lighten my hair without bleach. It definitely worked, but only on my natural hair. So I had blonde roots first! Then I dyed the whole thing what I thought was magenta, but it still turned out pretty red. Then I bleached the tips. They came out quite orange, but I wanted the ombre to start higher. With some worries about over-bleaching my hair, I put more bleach on, starting a few inches higher. It really turned out great, though, I think! And the bleach didn't even wreck my hair.

I think the line where the orange starts is a little harsh, but let's be real: I had no idea what I was doing. I might pink it up in a month or so, but I like it like this for now!

I def love how bright it is. I feel super cool now!

I wore my new dress from Target that reminds me of one that I really liked on Modcloth... I think it was Mata Traders? It would have been great to buy the nice expensive one since Mata Traders has such a great ethical reputation, but this one was on clearance. I'm psyched about my new thrifted vest, too, and I haven't worn these sneakers in a long while! I actually wore them to my junior prom.

Dress: Target
Vest: Thrifted
Shoes: Converse
Socks: Asos
Necklace: Handmade by me

I bet my new hair will look even better once I actually straighten and trim my messy bangs!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This Week I...

This week I...

Hung out with my cats. We had to give the white one a flea bath!

Drank tea from a new thrifted mug!

Went shopping! My mom got me some little gifties!

Looked through some vintage photos at a junk shop.
What about you?

By the way, thanks so much to everyone who took my survey. Your feedback was very helpful!

Friday, September 27, 2013


Sup dudes?
I don't think I have many words for you today, just a bunch of pictures.

I made this skirt using elastic and a skirt from Forever 21, based on this one from Choies. It's price keeps fluctuating, but I figured I might as well make my own! I think it looks a little BDSM, but I'm kinda into it! I guess it fits kinda funky, I'm not sure what to do about that.

To de-sexify it, I paired it with the least sexy thing I could think of: A men's NASA tee.

Dress: Forever 21 + DIY
Shoes: Target + DIY
Headband: Etsy
Tshirt: Target
Necklace: F21
Socks: I don't even know man.

I get to go home and hug my cat this weekend. I hope you all have a good one!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Art Lately

Woah, Hi guys!
Here's some of the art I've been doing this month.

 We finished up the animal section of our anatomy class and have moved on to humans. Here's one of the last snarky drawings I did at the museum!

A little edit I did to raise money for our senior show in April. You can buy the original in my shop, or support our show and buy the new edit! I'll post the link to that when they launch the shop.

A hipster dance party.

A new self portrait of me! I'm about to dye my hair pink, but at least this one will have the right hair length.

I've also got a little blog revamp that I've started, notice the new header? Remember, you can buy a portrait or blog header from me here! I love working with people on this stuff, so don't hesitate to hit me up.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Basically Famous

Hi guys! I bet you've been wondering: "What did Rachel wear yesterday?"

Yeah, I thought so. So here's what I wore! I for real ought to jazz up the types of posts I do on here. I haven't done a DIY in ages... maybe I'll start showing some of the clothes I alter, too? Would you guys think that's cool?

I kindof love the picture above, because the camera caught the exact moment when the skirt left my hand. Also my legs look surprisingly rugged?

Some interesting goings on in my life right now:

1. We did our one-repetition maxes in weightlifting, and I can bench the least. Out of our entire class.
2. I'm officially tumblr famous, as one of my arts hit 10,000 notes last night!
3. I ate sushi last night instead of school food.
4. One of my old teachers wants me to do a mural for her nursery, which is super exciting.
5. I met with some fine arts kids that are going to put on a military-inspired fashion show! Also very exciting, but I was probably the only kid who didn't know anyone else at the meeting, and stared at my feet most of the time.

Skirt: River Island via Asos
Striped Shirt: Walmart
Sweater: Thrifted + DIY
Shoes: Bait
Brooch: Handmade by me, for sale in my shop!
Camera Bag: Thrifted

I hope you guys are having a really great week! <33

Monday, September 23, 2013

Flare Jeans

Helloooooooo jeans!

Now that the weather is finally cooling off a little, I'm getting excited to wear sweaters, drink warm things with whipped cream, and go apple picking (mark my words, I will this year). I found these high waisted flares at American Eagle on sale and thought about them for a whole week before I went back and bought them. I'm glad I did, though, they're actually just as comfy as my skirts.

I wore this outfit to a birthday party of my friend's at a Japanese place where we had to take off our shoes. I was like, "Do these really count as shoes?"

I know it looks like I'm trying really hard to have a good time in this photo, but I really was in a fine enough mood!

Hat, Bag, Shirt: Thrifted (Shirt made sleeveless by me)
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Asos
Earrings: Handmade by me
Brooch: Handmade, available in my shop!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

This Week I

Packed up an etsy sale

Won a bunch of Apples to Apples cards that described me perfectly.

Hung out with Emma and Travis at the river

Saw a crazy caterpillar!

And did cute stuff

With this guy.

How was your week?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Blueberry Muffin

Blueberry muffins are the best muffins.

I have a feeling the oversized cardigan will be my best friend this fall. I've been searching for one of these for months, but no store had any that were, well, grandpa-esque enough for my taste (not even Goodwill)! But I finally found a bunch at our local Miracle Hill, and boy did I stock up! I got three for $8, so now I'm set. Bring it on, fall! 

It's finally starting to feel like autumn instead of July, so that's nice! It's my favorite time of the year, and I really hope we get some dramatic foliage this season. I wanna pick an apple and carve a pumpkin or something!

I do kindof like the weird racer-back-but-in-the-front bodice this dress has going on, but I did not realize it gave me saggy-boob syndrome until I saw these photos. I gotta check my posture when I wear this from now on!

I got this sucker on clearance and had to alter it because it was a size too big. I'm really proud of the tailoring job I did, since it got a little complicated. If you care, I had to take the waist in. But since the skirt is multi-layered I couldn't sew straight down the back like I ordinarily would, or else the lining and overlay would be sewn together. So I had to rip the overlay out some and sew the lining and bodice as one. With me? Then I had to close the hole I made and reattach the lining.

Anyway, I love the color.

I did not know what the fuck I was doing with this braid. I just sorta wrapped it around my head and shoved some bobby pins in it! i like how it turned out, but I don't know if it's kosher.

Dress: UO
Shoes: Target
Necklaces: Vintage (from my Oma) and Flea Market
Pin: Swapped from Megan
Belt, Purse, Cardigan: Thrifted

Happy weekend, guys!
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