Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bye Bye, 2014!

Christmas is done and over, and one of these days, I will take down the tree and all the decorations. Not today, though. Today, I'm procrastinating and reflecting on 2014, which is about to become 2015. I'm ready for the new year! 2014 was a great year in so many ways, but it was also one of the more challenging years of my life. I went through some difficult times: my boyfriend moved to another state, which resulted in a heart-wrenching breakup for about two weeks. The day after Joe announced his plans to move away, I was fired from a great paying job, which is always a great ego booster. I struggled with money and often felt crushed by stress. It wasn't a totally awful year, though. I found a job that I love, I learned that a long distance relationship can work and work well, and I finally worked up the guts to cut my hair short. All these things have been amazing, but the best part of 2014 has definitely been this blog. I've wanted to start a blog like this for quite a while, but I was too scared to do anything. I was afraid that I would suck at it and that people would laugh at me. I decided that it wouldn't be such a bad thing to suck at something at first, so I jumped right in, resolving to learn and improve as I go along. I'm quite proud of what I have done with my little corner of the internet, and I have big plans for this space in 2015! Before we start looking forward, let's take a quick look back at some of my favorite Kalidikeds moments and a few outtakes of 2014: 





























Ah, I love photo montages! Talk about a great way to make your life look much more exciting than it is. 2015 is going to be an incredible year for Kalidikeds! I will be bringing in new writers and models, and I will be expanding the repertoire to include more than just fashion and style: we will be talking about books and food and cute baby animals and shoelaces and bubblegum as well. I will also be changing the entire look of Kalidikeds, just as soon as I can agree with myself on a configuration of some sort.

I hope everyone out there has an incredible New Year! I hope everyone does something scary and difficult in 2015, just to prove it can be done. Tell me about it if you do! Happy New Year to all my readers, and to all the people who aren't my readers, since they deserve happiness, too, I guess. :)



Monday, December 29, 2014

Are you ready to dye?

You remember Amma, right? She's my best friend, and she currently has blue and purple hair. Everywhere she goes, people go gaga over her unconventional locks and demand answers: How do you DO that? I told her she should start dyeing her arm hair and eyebrows so people might believe that she's a special unicorn with naturally blue and purple hair, but let's be honest, that's an awful idea. How does one dye one's arm hair without dyeing the entire arm? I suppose she could end up looking like a character out of Brave New World, and that could start a new trend, but more likely, it would probably just suck. So, instead of dyeing her arm hair, we went ahead and documented the actual process of making Amma look fabulous.

We start out with some dark roots, which don't look too terrible with the blue and the purple. I know from experience that if she had blonde hair, her roots would look grey and awful right now. This is why I no longer dye my own hair, but I digress. Our before shot:



Isn't she just a frame full of adorableness? Next up, we mix this purple powder stuff with this white cream stuff to make some pasty bleach stuff:


Bleach is exciting! As you can see, the powder is Ion Color Brilliance powder lightener, and the creme is Salon Care 40 Volume Creme. For the next step, I call forth my inner mad scientist and pull on some gloves so I can brush the bleach paste mixture onto Amma's roots. Basically, I just paint whatever looks brown, making sure to put it on thick enough so the roots will properly lighten. This part of the process is best done with a helping hand and an extra set of eyes so you can be sure not to miss any hair.



After all the brown is coated in bleach, you just let it sit there until the hair is the proper shade of white/yellow/blonde. It's all good, as long as it isn't brown anymore.


Don't forget the obligatory towel monster step:


After letting the bleach sit for a good twenty or thirty minutes, we rinsed it out and towel dried Amma's hair. Honestly, I think the platinum roots with the teal and purple looks amazing, and if she really wanted to, she could just leave it like that.


Next step: get the color going! For the purple, Amma prefers Color Brilliance Ion. For the blue, she used Beyond the Zone Color Jamz in Tripped up Turquoise. You know it's extra good because it has a kicky name.


The coloring part of the process is pretty simple: just smear the color where you want it to go. Amma likes to do an all-over touch up with the colors, so her roots won't be more vibrant than the rest of the hair. This makes for some delightfully fun messes:


Once every single strand is coated, simply let it sit there. Dyeing your hair involves a lot of letting it sit there. Amma prefers to don a plastic bag hat and let it sit there for hours on end, and sometimes, she even lets it sit overnight. This time, we let it sit for the amount of time it takes to watch Seven Years in Tibet (while talking all the way through it), eat a pizza, and talk about cats. Cats are a serious conversation for us, so I can safely say we let her hair sit for at least three hours.


Once we were done with our pizza, we rinsed out the hair color, gently towel-dried it, and let it air dry the rest of the way. Amma does not use shampoo during this step, which is important for maintaining the vibrancy of the colors. In fact, the less shampoo you use in general, the better off your color will be. Amma also recommends staying away from hair dryers and curling irons to keep the color from fading too fast, but also to avoid burning yourself. Once your hair is dry, it's time to make smug faces because you know you look your favorite My Little Pony!





Freshly dyed hair looks awesome! It's totally worth all the hassle and the mess and the smell and the plastic bag hats. Actually, the plastic bag hat is awesome in its own right and might be appearing in the regular wardrobe soon. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve!

So, it's Christmas Eve, and I'm super excited! More than anything, I'm looking forward to December 26th, when my life will begin to shift back to my normal routine that I love so much. I'm a creature of habit, and I have a difficult time adjusting to the holiday season. I feel like I have to put my life on pause while I wait for this festive looking elephant to cross the street in front of me. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the holidays, and I participate in all the obligatory ways. I bought a normal sized tree this year, since last year's two-footer was a little bit of a bummer for the kids. I went shopping for presents and managed to wrap them all before the very last minute, though I didn't wrap them well or make them look pretty. I have a variety of Christmas-themed baked goods in my house, we have watched quite a few Christmas movies, and our Elf on the Shelf has moved more often than not. I've done my part! I will revel in my day off tomorrow and spend quality time with my kids and their new stuff, I will help my boyfriend cook a Peruvian turkey recipe (more on that in a later post), and I will probably drink a beer. It is snowing right this minute, so we will be having a rare white Christmas, which is the only instance of snow that makes me happy. It's going to be awesome, and I can't wait for it to be done. :)


                                                      


I hope everyone has an incredible Christmas! I hope you get to spend the day with the best people, eating the best food, and opening the best presents. And, if you're like me, I hope you really enjoy tucking your Elf in the Shelf back into his or her storage box, because that's the best part of Christmas. :) 

For the curious: I know how it looks, but my tree lights are that way on purpose! Bunnies love to chew on things, especially electrical cords, so I had to string the lights where they can't be reached by little rabbit teeth. This is the same reason I have no festive tree skirt, and also why the presents are stacked on top of my bookcase instead of under the tree. Bunnies are cute, but they ruin everything. I don't have a real tree topper because I have managed to forget about it every single time I've gone shopping. The kids don't seem to notice or care, so I think it'll be fine until next year. 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Beer!

I'm not much of a drinker. My tolerance is very low, and I'm not fond of the taste of most alcoholic drinks, so I tend to forgo it altogether. However, lately I have been pushing my boundaries, so I have been trying to acquire a taste for beer. I don't have a good reason to start drinking beer, except that it seems like the kind of thing real grownups do, especially here in Montana where we have (I'm told) some amazing local breweries. This endeavor shouldn't be too difficult; after all, I did acquire a taste for coffee and for certain (super sweet, fruity, bubbly) wines, so I should be able to acquire a taste for beer, right? I decided to start small, and headed to Mighty Mo Brewing Company for a taster, which is essentially sample sizes of four different brews, which add up to the equivalent of one whole beer. 



It seems like everyone I know drinks these fancy beers, and they all seem to know so much about it. All my friends and my boyfriend like to use words and acronyms that don't mean much to me, like "hops" and "pale ale" and "stout" and "IPA" and "IBU." What I want to know more than anything is whether or not the beer will make my face contort. As you can see, the answer to that question is almost always a resounding YES.








It was a bit painful at times, but I did make it through the entire taster! I was pretty proud of myself, and everyone around me was shocked, especially the boyfriend.


Who is photobombing whom?

Drinking an entire beer is no small feat for me, and I feel I couldn't have gotten through it without the support of some awesome people! I know that Ryan Johnson wasn't playing music just for my beer-drinking adventure, but the sweet sounds of his guitar definitely didn't hurt.




I also had a cavalcade of excited friends cheering me on! Tyson and Sara were so vocal with their support, we got complaints! Okay, that's a lie; there were no complaints, but they were very supportive. Amma just likes to use her face as a means of support; she definitely helped distract me from the bitterness of my beer, and admonished me to never give up!




I don't think I have acquired a taste for beer yet, but I do think I just got one step closer. Last night, I spent three hours drinking a single fancy can of microbrew at home, and I managed to get through the entire thing with minimal cringing! Before you know it, I'll be one of those women who drinks beer like it isn't gross! Maybe I'll even be able to finish the beer before it gets warm! You gotta have goals, right? 

For the curious: For my taster, I chose three light beers of varying bitterness and one dark oatmeal stout. Turns out, I like dark oatmeal stout the best, since it's sweet and tastes the least like beer to me. Next time I go out, I'll know to order that instead of being open-minded about trying other beers. My yellow shirt is from The Walk In Closet and my hot air balloon cardigan is from Target. Tyson, the guy leaning on his hand in the second-to-last photo in this post took the photos of my beer face, and I might add, enjoyed my facial contortions just a little too much. Joe, the boyfriend, took most of the photos of my beer glasses, and he and Amma both took the photos of Ryan playing guitar. Everyone had the camera at some point that night, so I'll just give credit to everyone. :)