Going Blonde(!) + Biscuits

A has been bothering me to go blonder almost ever since we started dating, which was why I dyed my hair a blonde ombre at first as seen here and then got blonde highlights for my wedding as seen here but it evidently wasn't enough because he asked me to go blonde yet again while I was home on maternity leave. So I decided to just go full on blonde like he wanted so he can see how it actually doesn't look very good on me and never bother me again. I know this seems like a huge thing I'm doing just to satisfy him but it's also to save my sanity since I'm sure he would have bothered me about it every year if I didn't do it now, which is the best time to do it before my baby can see all too clearly. :) After doing as much research as I could - there's not much out there on blonde asians - I made an appointment!

Dress: Shein Black Long Sleeve Casual T-Shirt Dress mentioned here. Jacket: Caslon  Knit One-Button Blazer mentioned here. Shoes: Madewell Sidewalk Skimmer. Bag: Boohoo.com (old but also mentioned here).
Surprisingly, it wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be on me but this took 7 hours and the burning of my head and nose and eyes to get done. I wasn't sure if it was possible at first to go from black hair (that was box-dyed brown recently) to full on blonde but it worked! My stylist was very hesitant because he wasn't sure if my hair could handle it, which is why it took so long, but after two bleaching sessions, toning, reverse toning, and adding dark lowlights, I was blonde! However, it wasn't until after I left the salon that I realized the top part of my head was much more blonde and lighter than the bottom. This gave it a cool reverse ombre effect, but was not what I was looking for, though I did love the bottom very much with its ashy blonde color and black lowlights. I went back a few days later wanting to fix the top so it was more like the bottom but had to get it completely redone instead, which took another 3-4 hours.

Jacket: Burberry (old but cure one here). Bag: Boohoo.com (old but also mentioned here). 
The second look turned out much more grey and I lost the color I loved at the bottom since all of my hair was one color now with brown lowlights but I wasn't about to subject myself to yet another grueling few hours to further damage my hair and not know if I would like it even less. I was told the grey would fade, which it did, as you can see below:

Coat: Shein (old and mentioned here). Tights: H&M Opaque Tights. Shoes: Nine West (old but similar here).

From left to right - Cardigan: Urban Outfitters (old but cute similar here). Shoes: Payless (old but simlar here). Tank: Splendid Ribbed Tank. Jeans: LOFT skinny legging jeans (old but similar here). Blazer: Old Navy (old but similar here). Shoes: Marc Jacobs (old but similar here). 

In the end, I'm glad I tried it but I wouldn't do this again. I'll have to figure out how to blend my natural color with the blonde when my hair starts to grow longer, most likely by adding in more lowlights but will stick with my natural black hair with blonde highlights after it all grows out and I'm back to normal. I do have to say that purple shampoo really does work and I like the one I'm using, which is Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo. I don't use a purple conditioner and just wash my hair every 3 days, switching between purple shampoo with a deep conditioner and my regular shampoo and conditioner each time. A bonus is that I always seem to have extra volume now and my hair never looks dirty. :)

I've only just cooked for the first time over the weekend since I gave birth. Here's a recipe for classic, fluffy biscuits:


BISCUITS
Ingredients:
2 cups of whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup solid coconut oil
34 cup milk (any kind)
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Combine flour with baking powder and salt.
3. Use a pastry cutter or two forks to combine your solid coconut oil (solid but soft and not hard), until it reaches an even, crumbly texture.
4. Stir in milk and mix to form biscuit dough.
5. Roll out dough until it's about 1/2" thick. Use a sprinkling of flour on your rolling pin and board to prevent sticking.
6. Use a biscuit cutter or small cup to cut out biscuits. Re-roll dough until all biscuits are cut.
7. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with oil.
8. Place on baking sheet and baked for 10 minutes.
Nutrition per biscuit:
109 calories
15g carbs
5g fat
3g protein

Leaving you with the quote of the day, "Nothing will work unless you do." -Maya Angelou

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