Month: March 2015

To Dye For + Giveaway!

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Here at buddingfashionista.com, we’re (ok, “I’m”) all about dabbling in this and that, expanding horizons and being open to new beauty and fashion experiences. I recently did just that with my hair! My blogger friend, Erica Bunker hosted a giveaway for a free color/cut/style on her Facebook page…and whatdyaknow?! I won! I figured it was the perfect opportunity to try hair color for the first time! Yes, at 35 years old, I still had virgin hair. Mostly because I don’t want to spend the money on the process and maintenance. I’d rather spend the money on clothes or shoes or something that will last longer than a 6 week dye job. Plus, my hair is one thing I’m actually happy with when it comes to my appearance. But for free, I’ll try just about anything. So, I visited Barbara at To Dye For Studio located in Salon Suites. I told her this was my first time and didn’t want anything that was too dramatic or required too much maintenance. Here’s a “before” picture:

My Virgin Hair!
My Virgin Hair!

Then Barbara got to work (there she is in the background)!

divvying up the tresses
divvying up the tresses
foils are in!
foils are in!
time for toner and shampoo!
time for toner and shampoo!

In the end, Barbara went with peek-a-boo style highlights to keep the shock factor down! You could hardly tell from the front with my hair down…

from the front
from the front

…and even from the back, it wasn’t the easiest to see …but you could really tell once there was some movement.

peek-a-boo!
peek-a-boo!

And a few days later, I curled my hair before an event and it really helped bring out the highlights!

dolled up!
dolled up!

I decided I could handle a little more color and took Barbara up on her offer to do any touch-ups after the initial visit! So, the highlights are now a little more visible and I love the effect I get when I curl it! What do you think?! If you live in the Birmingham area (or are willing to drive here), you have a chance to have a little fun with color! Contest ends  April 5th.

To Enter:

-follow my blog, buddingfashionista.com (if you can’t see the space to leave a comment, click on this post title and scroll to bottom of page)

-comment below with your favorite hair style/color treatment

For extra entries:

-follow Budding Fashionista on Facebook

-follow Budding Fashionista on Instagram

-follow To Dye For Hair Studio

Budget Breakdown – January 2015

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One of my goals for 2015 was to get my shopping budget back on track. I read a great article on Who What Wear that covered how much of your income you should allot for shopping. It is a FANTASTIC overview on what you really should be able to afford. Essentially, the financial expert in the article advises spending 5% of your take-home income on shopping. Of course, bills and other expenses could bring that number down. You know best! Deep down, as much as you may want to spend 5% or 7%…you know if you can afford it!

Before having read that article, I decided to set my budget at $150. It’s actually less than the 5% recommendation in the article, but it is a realistic number for me.

I’ve kind of been dreading writing this post because I know I went over in January. Surprise, surprise, right?! I spent about $200. Of course, I stretched my dollar to the max and am happy with all of my purchases! Here’s a breakdown!

From Old Navy (30% off sale prices):

striped pencil skirt – $8 // plaid top – $10 // men’s plaid top – $10 // sleeveless LBD- $7 sold out, similar here // (not pictured: Shirt dress w/ tiny heart pattern – $11)

From Banana Republic (60% off sale prices):

Mixed Media Tank- $8 // (not pictured, Lace shell-$10 in store/sold out, similar here.)

From local boutique Soca Clothing (who was having 60% off sale prices!):

Rebecca Minkoff envelope clutch – $38, similar here// BB Dakota Mayer Sweater – $38 (but currently $30 here) // (not pictured, two shift dresses in black and burgundy $12 each)

From Forever 21:

Forever 21 Cape $20

From Marshalls (not pictured):

Black Culottes – $10…can’t wait to wear these now that it’s warmer!

I will say, I gave up shopping for Lent, so my February budget is definitely UNDER! YAY! I haven’t been able to wear everything I’ve purchased so far because it’s just now starting to warm up, but to see how I’ve styled some of these items, be sure to follow me on Facebook (Budding Fashionista) and Instagram (@buddingfashionista).

Thanks for following along!