Sunday, September 24, 2017

Color-Melted Blonde

color-melted blonde hairstyle

I love my hairdresser! Good ones are not easy to find. Before I started going to mine about two years ago, I went through five. That probably sounds crazy but I want my hair to look good! There's nothing worse than spending hours in a chair and paying a chunk of change, only to be disappointed with the outcome. When I found Cheree at Natural Concepts an AVEDA Salon in Glendora, CA. I was sold on her coloring skills!

I'm always blonde but decided I wanted to try something new for fall so Cheree worked her magic and added some darker hues to my platinum locks. The result is a sombre look that is best described as color-melted hair. As opposed to the hard lines of ombre, this technique is softer, more seamless transition of hues.

color-melted hair
color-melted blonde
sombre blonde hairstyle
sombre blonde

What I love about this look is the variation of rich color. In certain angles I look like a light brunette and in others I still appear blonde. The dimension is amazing. I don't know how Cheree did it, but I am definitely sticking with this look for awhile!

If you live in Southern California, Natural Concepts is in a fairly central location from the Pasadena, Inland Empire, and Orange County areas. Call Cheree to hook you up with the gorgeous look!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Movie Review: IT

IT Movie Review

I feel like everyone around my age is afraid of clowns, and they all gained that fear from the most disturbing clown of all – Pennywise from "IT". Literal terror. But since I’m a fan of horror films, and apparently scaring the crap out of myself, I’ve been so excited for the theater release of IT (27 years later) and had to see the movie in theaters. I wasn't able to find anyone brave enough to go with me opening weekend, and as I waited for week two, my anticipation rose as IT broke a box office records and received great reviews.

I didn’t realize the first original version was a two-part TV series. I was only seven and should’ve never watched, but I was one of those kids that never listed to their parents. Plus I had a huge crush on Jonathan Brandis (tear…RIP!) who was in the original. I'm not sure if I watched the whole thing years ago because the only things I remembered was how freighting the clown was, the drains, and the reveal of what he really was ruined the movie – even for a kid. In case anyone has never seen the original, no spoilers from me.

OK, on to my review about the re-release of IT! ...I didn't like the movie! After all that excitement it was just alight. I wasn't scared once. I almost felt like it was anticlimactic. The end was different - again no spoilers - but I wasn't satisfied with the the movie closed. I made my mom go with me and she was afraid to see it, but then throughout the movie she kept saying it wasn't as scary as the first. At one point  I even looked over and she was asleep! And she's not the type to fall asleep in the theater. IT made me so afraid of clowns and after this re-release, I almost feel like that fear is gone now. Granted, they did a great job with Pennywise and his makeup. If I were to see someone dressed like him in person I may change my tune about clowns again.

With that being said, the actors did a great job and the movie wasn't bad. It just wasn't what I expected. If I had went into it knowing it wasn't going to be scary I would have enjoyed it more.

Fun facts: 
-Pennywise is played by Bill Skarsgard, Alexander Skarsgard’s little brother.
-The movie comes out 27 years after the original. In the story, Pennywise comes around every 27 years. Bill Skarsgard is currently 27. Jonathan Brandis died at 27. Anyone else already creeped by 27 because of the 27 Club?

They already have a sequel in the works for 2019 and I'll definitely watch, but next time I'll wait for DVD.

Did you see the movie? If so, did you like IT?

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Travel Itinerary: One Weekend in Denver

City Park in Denver

This fall, I'll be visiting Denver (and Colorado) for the first time. I've heard nothing but good things about Mile-High City and am excited to see all that it has to offer. My friend, Austin of PeaceJoyAustin, moved to Denver and he's been a great source of info for the upcoming trip. His travel reviews are legit. I've used his posts, Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park, to plan my itinerary. Yeah, I'm one of those over planners that doesn't actually rest on my vacations. I just feel like I have to see EVERYTHING to fully experience a destination. Plus, you never know if you'll go back to a city so you might as well soak it all in.

Here's what is currently on my agenda:

Colorado State Capital - To kick off our trip we're going straight to the capital to learn about the state. The structure is a gorgeous, prominent part of the Denver skyline and I can't wait to see the inside. Free tours run on the hour Monday through Friday, 10am-3pm.

Colorado State Capital

Banjo Billy's Bus Tours - I try to go on a ghost tour in every city I visit. It's a great way to learn the local history while having a little fun. Described as a traveling hillbilly shack, Banjo Billy's looks like a wild ride perfect for exploring the city. Our tickets are booked for our first night and we are excited to be spooked! They also offer history/city tours publically and privately and private brewery tours if you're not into ghost stories.

Molly Brown House - Margaret “Molly” Brown was an activist, philanthropist, and survivor of the Titanic (she was featured in the movie, played by Kathy Bates). Her home was built in the 1880s and her family purchased it the following decade. Once a place for the wealthy to visit, it eventually became in danger of demolition. Lucky for us, and history, it was saved and is now a museum that visitors can tour.

Rocky Mountain National Park - I'm not a hiker, and with my asthma and the altitude, I am thankful that I can drive through the Rockies and still see all of their glory. Trail Ridge Road takes you through the mountains, and across the Continental Divide. It's highest continuous paved road in the US, so I am a little scared to drive it but we'll see wildlife and beautiful sights so I'm game!

The Stanley Hotel - As you learned above, I like scary things so going to the hotel that served as the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining is a dream come true. We'll be having a drink at The Whiskey Bar featured in the movie. Even if it wasn't famous, I'd still want to visit because pictures are quite beautiful of the grand white palatial estate nestled into the foothills of the Rockies.

Red Rocks - Every music lover's dream, this venue is a geologically formed, open-air amphitheater. The acoustics are said to be amazing. Unfortunately the concert for the night we'll be there is sold out, but I'm hoping to score last minute StubHub tickets for a reasonable price.

Coors Brewery - THE beer of the Rocky Mountains, it's only right to visit the facility and taste some freshly brewed beverages. Tours are free and there are beer samples. Sold.

And of course smaller breweries and good restaurants will be enjoyed as well. Is there anything on the list that I missed? Recommendations are greatly appreciated!

All photos are © 2017 PeaceJoyAustin. A big thank you for letting me use the images!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Get Your Sorority & Fraternity Gear at Greek U!

Greek U Sorority Shirts

My freshman year of college, my best friend made me go through sorority recruitment with her. I had no interest in joining. Not because I was anti-Greek life, but because I didn't know much about it. Then I became a Delta Zeta and found my home. I can't imagine not being a part of the sisterhood that shaped my adult life. Flash forward years later and I'm involved in a local alum group and some of my best friends are women I met in my sorority. And of course, I still love showing off my DZ pride.

If you're a member of a sorority or fraternity, Greek U is a one-stop shop for unique, stylish merchandise ranging from clothing to art and stationary. With recruitment and Bid Day coming up, this online store would be a great shop to get your shirts. Prices are reasonable and shipping is fast so if you're in the market, Greek U can help out!

Greek U Monogram Sorority Shirts
Greek U Delta Zeta Shirts
Delta Zeta Sorority
Delta Zeta shirts available at Greek U

I'm wearing the Monogram Slouchy V-neck Tee - great for active and alum women alike. The material is super soft and lightweight and I like the breathable feel of it. It does run small, so I recommend going one to two sizes up. And the neckline is a bit plunging so you'll also want to wear a tank under. But overall, the shirt is really stylish. I like the monogram because its a different take than stand alone Greek letters. The design let's you show your sorority pride in a simple, yet classy manner.

My shirt retails for $28.95, and pricing goes down with quantity. For example, they have the cutest sorority hats and they retail for as little as $5 a hat. When I was active I served as Greek Week chair and it was tough to find cute items that didn't cost a fortune. I would've died over the selection of items and the affordable price tags!

Head over to Greek U and check out their selection. I basically want everything and know you will, too!

In exchange for a review, I was provided with complimentary product. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Life Lately

Newport Beach, CA sunset Unicorn Milkshake from Caked LA Sombre Blonde Waves The Museum of Ice Cream LA The Cliff Restaurant

I'm now getting back into the swing of things with blogging after my unexpected hiatus. Sometimes it happens, right? This blog is a few months away from it's 10th blogiversary so breaks are bound to happen. And now that I'm back, I wanted to do a mini photo dump showing what I've been up to. In a nutshell, beach trips, indulging in treats, new hairstyles, museum visits, and friend time. Things are pretty good in these parts!

In the next few weeks I have posts lined up about travel, movies, food, makeup and more. So stay tuned!