outfit: autumnal orange

Autumn is here and I couldn't be more excited (no seriously, I couldn't).
I've been traipsing about in pants and coats and boots and scarves - I just feel like I finally get to dress up more.

I especially love this American Apparel wool cape - I bought it a few years ago (full retail, errgh) and it is SO warm and SO swishy and just overall awesome.

I am also wearing a shirt and boots from Target, a cardigan stolen from my sister, Cheap Monday jeans and a necklace which was a present from my boyfriend.

You may also have noticed my hair is purple! I love it :) I actually really wanted to go purple initially but got impatient with all of the bleaching I had to do so settled for pink instead. So excited to finally have it the way I wanted it!!


  1. Wow, purple hair rocks even more than the pink one.
    And what a gorgeous top ^_^ Love it!
    BTW, it's Autumn there? Really?
    We're starting Spring here :D

    1. Thanks!!
      It surely is, we've just come out out of the most ridiculously hot and exhausting summer so I am SO GLAD. Although no doubt come the end of winter I'll be dying for a bit of sun...

  2. I am passionate about that lilac lavender hair! Pastels for the win :)xx

  3. I am so jealous of your cape, perfect for upcoming wintery months. I'm so glad to say goodbye to the heat of summer. In regards to your hair, I love it and you're actually the right person to ask advice on the matter. I'm thinking of dying light pink at the end of the year, and as I'm brunette it will involve a lot of bleaching. I'm just worried about hair damage and stuff. WHat would you say your experience has been with dying? Thanks :D

    1. Thank you!!
      Ooh, I'll do my best here.. I am not a hairdresser by any means, but I have been dyeing/bleaching my own hair for at least 5 years now so I guess I have a bit of experience..
      It is pretty much inevitable that your hair is going to cop at least some damage, but a few things can affect how much - does your hair have any dye in it at the moment? If not your hair will bleach really easily (probably just 1-2 tries will work out) and you'll have fairly minimal damage/it will be easy to get your hair back to a healthy state.
      If you already have dye in your hair (like I did) it will take a few more goes to get it as light as you will need and your hair will be more damaged. Also your hair will turn into a rainbow of yellows and oranges because you will probably have parts that have no dye or more than the rest of your hair.
      I haven't really found a good way of making my hair seem healthy again after bleaching the crap out of it. I just try not to use heat on it too often and I use coconut oil as a treatment about once a week and use LOTS of leave in conditioner type products! My hair still feels a bit crap though because I love 50's style hair and I generally will tease and use hair spray on my hair at least once a week.
      Bleach is tricky. If you're doing it yourself, always mentally prepare yourself for the worst. Because you're not a hairdresser, something will probably go wrong. I have had a LOT of bleach mishaps and all I can say is don't freak out, use lots of treatments and hide your hair under hats and scarves for a week, then try again or go to a professional.
      Keep in mind as well if you want the pink to be very light your hair will also have to be very light.
      Something that you can do yourself, or ask your hairdresser to do (if you're not too impatient) to minimise the damage from the bleach is to do a "bleach bath" where you mix the bleach with shampoo and/or conditioner. This will lighten your hair a couple of shades and is not as damaging as doing a whole bleach, so its pretty safe to do it once a week until you get the right shade of pale. The only downside is it takes a lot longer than just a full on bleach.
      Hope this is helpful, let me know if you have any more questions!


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