Monday, August 25, 2014

So Many Scarves!

As autumn approaches, the weather is cooling down. While I love summer, cooler weather allows me to start wearing some of my scarves! I absolutely love scarves, since they can add so much to an outfit as well as keeping you warm (a much needed thing in Wisconsin!).

Here is my scarf collection! (By the way, putting shower curtain rings on a hanger to store your scarves is a great way to store them without taking up much space!)

These are my infinity scarves. It's a bit hard to see, but I LOVE the burgundy one that's second from the right-it has dinosaurs on it!!!

I taught myself to knit over the winter, and the pink one on the right is the first thing I made. The pink one on the left is the next one I did. That pattern was a bit more complicated. My mom made the blue one in the middle. 

I bought this pink scarf from a store called Mango when I was in Paris. This scarf is one of my favorites.

I love my silly moustache scarf!

The shiny red one on the left I bought at a cultural festival. The purple one I think is from Rue 21.

I hope you liked seeing my collection!
Until next time

Thursday, August 14, 2014

France 2012

In the summer of 2012, I went on a trip through my school to France. The trip lasted about 10 days, which definitely wasn't enough time to see and do everything. It was still an amazing experience, and I had the time of my life. My little dabble in the country was enough to make me realize that I really want to continue learning French and hopefully studying (and maybe even living) there someday.

The first stop was in Paris. We stayed near Bonne Nouvelle in the 2nd arrondissement. We did all of the things you'd expect in Paris, like seeing the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and Versailles, among other things. Even though seeing all of the history there was amazing, one of my favorite parts was just walking around the city at night.

The next stop was Geneva, Switzerland. We were only there for a few hours to do some shopping. 

After Geneva, we went back to France to a small town in the Alps called Chamonix. It was so beautiful, I can hardly describe it. Our hotel room had a balcony facing toward the mountains. 

Oddly enough, after we left Chamonix, the fastest way to our next destination was to cut through Italy. Though I didn't see much but the landscape through the bus window, the view was so beautiful, and I really want to go back to Italy and see more of it. Also, at one point, we stopped at a truck stop in Italy for lunch. The pizza I had there was the best meal I had the entire trip! Also, when I asked for a slice a pizza, they literally gave me 1/4 of the whole pizza!

Our final stop was Nice, France. Nice is right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. You can see Monaco from there. This was the warmest and my favorite part of the trip. After a trip to Fragonard to make our own perfumes, we didn't do much in Nice other than relaxing at the beach and swimming in the sea.

*FUN FACT* Louis Tomlinson and I were both in Nice on the same day! Though I never saw him, it's still fun to be able to say that I was in the same city on vacation as a member of One Direction for 24 hours!

I absolutely LOVED France, and I am planning on going back in the next couple of years, either on vacation or to study there. I had such an amazing time there. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget. 

Au revoir!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Shopping Adventure

This past Wednesday, I went shopping at the Mall Of America. One of my birthday presents this year was a shopping trip there. My mom, sister, and I drove over for the day.

We arrived at the mall just in time for lunch. We decided to eat at an old favorite, the Rainforest Cafe. If you've never been to one, the inside of the restaurant is decorated like a rainforest, complete with waterfalls, animal sounds, and even thunderstorms. 

These cute fish were right next to our table.

Here is my "Rainforest Ricky", a smoothie made with orange sherbert, apple, pineapple, orange, strawberry, and grapefruit juices. It was delicious!

Here I am with my mom and sister, ready to get to some shopping!

Here is all the stuff I bought!










It's so fun to go on a shopping splurge like this every now and then!

Until next time!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Product Review: SPLAT Hair Dye

Hello! I've done this sort of review post before and enjoyed writing it, so I thought I'd do another. The product I'll be reviewing today is SPLAT hair dye. The colors I've used and will be talking about are Pink Fetish, Lusty Lavender, and Blue Envy.

I am beyond pleased with this product! The instructions were easy to follow, the dye didn't stain my skin, and it really lasts! Also, my hair still felt soft and healthy.

Depending on how long you want the color to last, you can leave the dye in for 10-30 minutes. I left the dye for about 20 minutes. I did this in February, and there is still some color left six months later!

The first time I washed my hair after dying, it only bled a little, and didn't bleed at all after that.

There is bleach that you can use to lighten your hair so the color stands out better, but I didn't use it, as my hair is already very light.

Last year, I got the same thing done in a salon. This was more expensive, and most of the color washed out the first time I washed my hair, and then bled every time I washed it. Overall, the color only lasted about a month. I definitely recommend using SPLAT over going to a salon. 

I bought SPLAT at Walmart for only $10 per box. There are a lot more great colors that I'd like to try out. I also still have a lot of dye left over for next time, so you get a lot for your money.

  • inexpensive
  • lasting color
  • great colors
  • home-dying can be difficult on your own the first time you do it

Have you ever used SPLAT?
What did you think of it?
What other dyes have you used and how did you like it?