lighten up!


What is it about highlighting that’s so durn addictive? It starts as a few innocent foils “for dimension,” and before you know it, you’re blonde.

My stylist is the best enabler. It started last season, with some subtle highlights to try and hide the lovely flat shade of orangey-red I acquired from a home hair color fail. Then two weeks ago, when I went in for a trim, we filled my head with foils, banishing the last of the brass. Two days later, she texted me and said, “I’ve been thinking about your hair all weekend. I want you to come back in to paint on just a few more highlights, if that’s cool with you.”

And I was all, “let’s do it!” Because I figure if a little blonde is a good, a lot of blonde is better…

It’s a slippery slope, the hair highlighting.


So Saturday afternoon, she put in a few more foils, and then balayaged — my spellcheck really doesn’t want to let that word happen, but it’s happening — lighter pieces all throughout. We left my roots natural for easy maintenance, and decided we’re probably done.

For now.

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  1. 12.27.13
    xaviersd said:
  2. 12.20.13

    I love your color! Check out my blog for more color ideas!

  3. 12.8.13
    Kortney D said:


  4. 11.23.13
    kailamo said:

    Aww that dog is the cutest thing EVER!

  5. 11.22.13
    elkee said:

    I think blonde would suit you. I have seriously been considering going blonde myself.

  6. 11.22.13
    CrifJohnson said:

    You look really pretty! Nice pair of shades!

  7. 11.21.13
    Whitney said:

    I do the opposite! I started with a just a few low lights and now i’m basically black. I think it’s the change – we crave the difference in the mirror since so many of us have the same hair style day after day.
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  8. 11.16.13

    Since I enjoy reading your blog so much I’ve nominated you for a ‘One Lovely Blog Award’!
    Make sure you check out my last post to read all about it :)

  9. 11.13.13

    Got told my hair is gold by kids in my class after putting in highlights!
    idiolisticdreamer | A great site

  10. 11.12.13

    Your hair look very nice!! And i love yr jacket and sunglasses too.

  11. 11.9.13

    love your hair so much ♡

  12. 11.7.13

    I really like it:) and I LOVE your jacket. super cute <3 :)

  13. 11.6.13

    In love with your hair!

  14. 11.6.13

    You look so pretty here!!!

    Love the subtle curls in the hair :)

  15. 11.6.13

    I’ve nominated you for a sunshine award! (woo)
    Check out my last post to read all about it.
    Keep up the great blogging!

  16. 11.6.13

    I love the color! Great for Fall!

  17. 11.6.13
    Stephanie said:

    you have been nominated for the liebster award!

  18. 11.6.13
    anastasiac said:

    looks gorgeous!!!

  19. 11.6.13

    what’s wrong about it?

  20. 11.6.13

    Beautiful hair and super cute doggie! xx

  21. 11.5.13
    Girl on the Go said:

    That is exactly how I ended up blonde lol. Your hair looks great!

  22. 11.5.13
    suezanne said:

    you look beautiful what ever shade your hair is:) and you wear it with ease:)

  23. 11.5.13

    It looks awesome!! I’m off to do the same this weekend and can not wait. There is something so fun about highlights & going lighter. You look fabulous!!

    By The Shore, a life + style blog

  24. 11.5.13

    I recently put the popular “wine” color underneath my darker brunette hair. I’m already ready to go back and dye my whole head because of it! Hair color gets a little addicting!

  25. 11.5.13
    rachelle said:

    I love highlights but they are so high maintenance that I’ve moved on to ombre.

  26. 11.5.13
    Sara said:

    I like it! I don’t think it looks “blonde” at all. But that’s just me. :)

    • 11.5.13

      Definitely not blonde yet! That’s a little more maintenance than I have time for these days. But it always seems to go extreme with highlighting, before you know it you’re platinum ;)

      • 11.5.13
        Sara said:

        I could how that would happen. I’ve never dyed my hair—too cheap! But I have curly hair and it seems to “make” highlights due to the curve of the curl and catches light, so I guess I have natural highlights?

        • 11.5.13

          Lucky girl! Those are the best kind!

          When I was in the salon, there was a little girl with blonde curly hair that had the most gorgeous natural highlights. I pointed her out to my stylist and said, “she doesn’t know how good she has it!”

    • 11.14.13
      joannapop said:

      It looks great! I recently went completely dark..the opposite as us Canadians usually darken our hair in the winter!

  27. 11.5.13

    Oh I can’t wait to get my hair highlighted again! It’s been long overdue!
    Love yours!