Old Navy chambray dress; grey chucks Converse
Dress, Old Navy; cardigan & necklace, J. Crew Factory; shoes, Converse

This outfit is a perfect representation of my Sunday visits to my parents’ place (which is where I wore it): brunch outfit on top, chasing-the-kids outfit on the bottom. OK, so this is kind of a half-baked outfit, but I’m 22 days into this never-ending challenge, and I’m trying my damnedest to not turn this into the blog version of Valium. If you’re laughing, chances are you’re still conscious.


Can we talk about my hair? Again. I know. But, you guys, I’ve had a real life-changing experience. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve heard me blathering about this ad nauseam a little while back: I discovered sea salt spray. Yeah, I know: sea salt spray is, like, so 1995 or whatever, but I didn’t have the internet or wavy hair in 1995 and I do now, so – there! My perm is fine and all, but it still needs some help to look, well, less I-accidentally-jammed-my-finger-in-an-electrical-socket and more … intentional. Beach wavy.

More like this.

Beachy waves perm
Beach hair, sans beach

Also, with less poof:

beachy waves perm
Living my childhood Ariel-related fantasies

A few peeps asked about which products I use, and I have a very un exciting answer: I use a cheapie drugstore spray from Fructis, which costs a whopping $3. One, I hate paying a lot for beauty products I’m not sure will work. Two, I am cheap. Period. The spray I’m using works just fine, so I probably won’t upgrade unless I find a killer deal on a better brand at Winners. The only downside is that it does seem to dry out my hair, so I have to be careful about how much – and often – I use it. Which isn’t easy because I’m basically addicted to it. Mermaid hair in a bottle! Moar, please!

8 Comments on 30 x 30: Twenty Two

  1. I would never have guessed you had a perm. Was it a specific type of perm? Now I’m thinking about getting one! It looks really good, versatile and chic. Would be less of a hassle in the summer with all of the humidity!

    • Thanks! I got it last summer, and I definitely like having it. You can read my perm story (lolz!) here: http://bluecollarredlipstick.com/2013/08/the-one-where-i-get-a-perm/

      I think it’s simply called a loose perm. I asked my stylist about this, because I had the old-fashioned spiral perm once and still shudder to think of it, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t about to go in for Round #2. I think the process is the same, the main difference being the rods they use. My stylist used 2 or 3 different sizes, and the majority were of the largest size available. The bigger the rod, the looser the curl – so you end up with waves, not tight spirals. I think if you chat to your stylist about it, they will know what you’re talking about.

  2. I love your hair! And I love beach spray. I use this recipe, I had the same issue with the Garnier version. I add a bit of Moroccan oil curl cream (also from the drugstore) to my hair before spraying this on and I really like it. I have in-between wavy/sort-of-wavy hair, so the beach spray amps up my curls just enough, and the curl cream helps to keep my hair from drying out.

    And not to be a total creeper but you are so dang pretty!

  3. I too love the sea salt spray. When my hair was longer, it assisted in wave maintenance. Now that my hair is shorter and I’ve cut off all the wave, I haven’t used it since! Maybe this weekend I’ll see what salt spray can do for a just-past-chin-length bob.