DIY Blonde Hair Toner

If you’re a blonde, you know the drama of keeping brassy tones out of your hair.

If you’re also anything like me, you have spent an extensive amount of time on Pinterest and YouTube trying to find the best and most cost-effective method of getting your hair the perfect tone.  I love a cooler, ash blonde tone, and this DIY toner I recently tried gives you just that.

Before you try this out, I will state the obvious:  I am NOT a professional. I will also warn you:  If your hair is SUPER dry (which, as a blonde, it most likely is), you’re going to want to prepare your hair for this toner with a deep conditioning treatment, like coconut oil, to avoid hair breakage and further damage.  I will further warn you, depending on the lightness of your blonde, your hair may have a lavender or purple hue to it.  I have some very, very light streaks (I mean like they are WHITE), and those will have a silver/lilac shade after ten minutes.

Bottom line:  Try at your discretion and start off leaving the toner on for the five minutes and add on additional time if need be.

For this DIY blonde hair toner, you’re going to need three items (*Depending on your hair length and thickness you may need more – it’s a 1:2 ratio of ACV to shampoo):

Add the ACV and purple shampoo into the spray bottle and shake to mix.  Apply the mixture with the spray bottle anywhere you want to tone your hair and leave on anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on the condition of your hair.  ACV and purple shampoo can be very drying on their own, so that is why it is best to do a deep conditioning treatment before applying your DIY toner.

DIY Blonde Hair Toner +

After leaving the toner on for the desired amount of time, rinse the mixture and follow-up with a deep conditioner.  Rinse out the conditioner with water as COLD as you can stand it – this step is important as the ACV will have opened the hair up, absorbing the purple shampoo. So, the cold water will help to seal the hair back up and hold the toner in place longer.

You can repeat this treatment as needed but I would discourage you from doing it more than once a week, bi-monthly is probably best!

Again, I’m not a hair professional, but I know that this is the method that has worked best for me.  I wanted to avoid using a demi-permanent color and developer (such as Wella ColorCharm), and this DIY mixture gave me the closest results to that.

Being blonde is SO much fun, but being blonde is also SO demanding.

Aren’t all things that are worthwhile this way, though?

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Have you ever tried a DIY hair toner?  Do you struggle to keep your blonde hair bright?



fave new music + erintuition

Since I’ve discovered the joy of Podcasts, I have been seriously neglecting music.  It’s actually quite a weird thing for me to wrap my mind around.

I used to be literally unable to function without music.  That’s why I started listening to some again recently.

Miranda Hart Dancing

I will also admit (though not included in this collection) that I like ZaYN (is that how he spells it?) Malik’s solo album.  It’s quite soulful.

Funny enough, I was over in the UK when One Direction participated on X Factor.  I vividly remember saying, “this group wouldn’t be famous in America, we’re really over boybands now!”.  Boybands are still pretty relevant in the UK.  It’s kinda ridic.

I ain’t no Simon Cowell.  I’m okay with this fact, though.

Anyhoo, here’s some stuff I like at the moment.

  1. “Couldn’t Believe” – Broods (Such fun).
  2. “Hurts So Good” – Astrid S  (Something I can ignore while simultaneously enjoying).
  3. “Best Love” – Yuna (Tune).
  4. “Fill in the Blank” – Car Seat Headrest (Reminds me of my angsty youth.  In the best way, of course).
  5. “DOPE” – T.I., Marsha Ambrosius (This song reminds me of 2Pac a bit, that’s why I’m feeling it.  I know, think it, it’s okay).
  6. “Since We Were Kids” – Arthur Beatrice (named after Bea Arthur of The Golden Girls – such fun!)
  7. “Summer Was A Day” – Pete Yorn (So very excited about new music from Pete!)
  8. “Chicago” – Sufjan Stevens (Oh, Sufjan, you’re so wounded and beautiful).

What tunes do you love these days?


Kris Jenner Legacy Business School

Thanks, to this Giphy user, for the excellent photo.

I think it’s pretty clear how I feel about the Kardashian family.

I don’t hate them.  I don’t care enough to do so.  I just don’t think that they use their platform to add anything meaningful to most conversations.  It’s not for the lack of opportunity to do so, it’s just, even when they do get their hands on a controversial or relevant topic, they simply are not informed enough to influence radical change and continue to miss the buck.

And by “miss the buck”, I obviously don’t mean they miss out on financial opportunities.  If there’s one thing they do add to, it’s their bank accounts.

Even if it means pushing their glorified laxative diet pills and ridiculously vapid apps down all of our throats.

Or, signing on as the “chairwoman of the board” of a shady (and fundamentally corrupt) private “business school”.  Yeah, Kris Jenner is now the face of the Legacy Business School, a for-profit, private high-end vocational school located in Trump Towers.

The Legacy Business School, marketed to wealthy, international students — or as Kris Jenner likes to refer to them as, the Global Elite — has a tuition of over $100,000 per year and offers a completion certificate and no transferable credits.

What a steal.  Pun intended. 

I never give stories of this nature as much justice as The Young Turks or The Daily Beast can.



Just.  No.

Kris Jenner is the face of a $105k/year vocational school for no real academic credit. Just no. #TheYoungTurks… Click To Tweet

Have you had enough of them?  Seriously.  




I moved over to Glasgow from America approximately 14 months ago.  Living in a new country is exciting and terrifying at the same time.  Being an expat has its ups and downs as well, obviously.  I moved to Scotland for love, and there’s plenty of that in my life, but I still have many days when I wonder if I’ll ever really feel at home over here.

It’s the little things that make being an expat so tough.  Like, you know, everyday things that you learn to take for granted as part of your life that are missed once you are without them.  In fact, the other day I got to thinking after having to add 90 minutes to my travels  — because I had missed the train I needed by one fucking minute — that being an expat is pretty much like being 15 years old again.

I don’t know how being 15 worked out for you, but I’d have to say, without ANY hesitation, that my version of 15 sucked pretty hard.

Am I dramatic?  Of course, I am.  That’s what I sometimes do, though.  It’s how I cope.  So, you might be wondering specifically in what ways being an expat is like being 15 years old again.  Well, let me tell you.

  1.  You have to learn how to drive, take lessons, and pass a test and shit.  I have to learn how to drive on the opposite side of the car and the opposite side of the road.  Every time I’m even a passenger in a car over here, I find myself in a panic about how ass-backwards the whole Scottish driving experience is.  This country is full of rotaries and chaos.  Also, and this could be a category of its own, I am at the mercy of train schedules and other people who own cars.  Either that or I walk everywhere.  Which is fine, but, not always the most convenient option when it comes to the weather.

    Photo: Giphy

  2. You have no credit history.  Trying to get anything that requires any credit reference without having a viable credit history just doesn’t happen.  The computer will say no.  Always.

    Photo: Giphy

  3.  You have to make new friends and it’s super tough as an adult.  Remember your first day of school?  How much easier it was to make friends amongst your peers?  Being in your thirties and moving to a new country makes it super difficult to meet people.

    Photo: Giphy


Call me a crybaby, but feeling like I’m 15 again can mess with my head.  At least I can legally buy alcohol now, and I don’t have to worry about dating.  If I had to worry about dating in a new country, I wouldn’t be able to stay.  Dating sucks enough on your home turf, am I right?

Don’t get me wrong, being an expat is super fun in many ways, but it’s not rainbows and unicorns all of the time.

Somedays you feel like a lost 15-year-old and sometimes you even need the tube of Clearasil to go with it.

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Would you move to another country for love, work, or just because?  Am I the only adult who finds it difficult making friends later in life?



Adore Me Swimwear

I have not always loved my body.  In fact, I have spent the overwhelming majority of my life being less than kind to myself.  Partly because I was indoctrinated into diet culture since childhood and have worked in the health and fitness industry for the past several years.  But also, because it is commonplace to believe that we all must adhere to the rules and standards of beauty created by industries designed to make us believe our bodies are not good enough. And these standards are being pushed onto women at younger ages than ever before as this recent magazine’s “bathing suit” chart proves.

I spent most of my teenage life (and a good portion of my twenties) wearing clothes that hid my body, and if I wasn’t doing that, I was wearing something over my clothes to protect my body from unwanted viewing.

However, there was one place that I never seemed to have any issue with losing the layers and that was at the beach.

Most people find the prospect of having to wear a swimsuit completely nerve racking and the ultimate in body exposure.   And, of course, why shouldn’t people feel anxiety about rocking a bathing suit?  The mainstream media has drilled it into our heads for literal decades that the only women who should be visible in a bikini are women with bodies that fit into a VERY specific mold.

In fact, I remember a particular yogurt company’s commercial and the “itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini” song, which had to be one of the most offensive weight loss ads in TV history.   It’s been years since I’ve seen that awful commercial, and I’m sure they come up with a new one each year because with every passing year comes another “bikini” season for them to cash in on.  Also, it’s technically called Summer the last time I checked.

My friends always found it funny that for somebody who dissected every inch of her physique with such unrelenting criticism that I would always be the first one to be excited to strip down to my swimwear with absolutely no hesitation.  Because despite all of my body hangups, I never felt ashamed or self-conscious in my bikini.    I love swimming, and I love the freedom of wearing my bikini.  I love the way it makes me feel so weightless and how the water feels splashing up against my tummy.  I love the ocean. In fact, even now, if you asked me where I would love to be if I could be anywhere it would be on a beach, in my bikini without a care in the world.  Not one.  Well, except maybe when I was going to receive my next margarita from!  Summertime is one of the most pleasurable times of the year, and nobody should have to feel they need to sit on the sidelines because their body doesn’t “fit” a b-s standard.  Once that time is gone, we can’t get it back, so we need to embrace our bodies and enjoy life right now.

That’s why I’m loving that more and more women are rejecting the idea that there’s only one type of body that is worthy of wearing sassy swimwear.  I love seeing women of all shapes and sizes rocking swimwear and redefining the “bikini body” for all of us! Many swimwear lines are taking notice of this growing and trend giving us all even more reason to love hitting the beach again!   I love the swimsuit collection by Adore Me. They carry affordable, cute, fresh swimwear ranging in sizes XS to 3X —  they totally want to see everybody taking advantage of the summertime!  My personal fave is the Keandra.

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Happy sun and fun, lovelies!