Above the Plum Tree

Changing My Hair for Spring

Everyone talks about spring cleaning; getting the house all ready to welcome the spring, opening the windows to let in fresh air, mopping the kitchen.  What about spring cleaning yourself?  Getting your first mani/pedi of the season, shaving your legs again to ready them to wear skirts without tights, and changing up your hair?  All this sound familiar?  This year I decided to try a new hair color.

As I’ve gotten a little older, I’ve noticed some silver strands of hair.  Not white, gosh no, silver I say!  In my normal brownish color they seem to pop out like a beacon.  Other people are nice and say that they can’t see them, but I can see them and I find them tres annoying.  I had highlights a while back and thought about getting more, but then I thought, hey, why not try balayage?  I’ve never done it before and I’m always jonesing to try new things.

The cool thing about this technique is that they paint on the color.  You don’t have to worry about your hair getting all dried out like it does when it’s bleached for highlighting.  It’s done in such a way that it looks like the sun naturally highlighted your hair, which is what appealed to me.  I’m going to be honest with you here: I’m rather lazy with hair upkeep.  I don’t go every six weeks for a trim, or to get my roots touched up.  That’s why this is a good technique for me, when it grows out, it should still look natural.  At least that’s my hope!

I went to this salon near my work called Salon de Quartier in Manhattan.  They have a lot of great deals on specific days of the week.  I signed up for their newsletter because they send out deals that way as well.  I would recommend this Salon on 2nd Ave to anyone.  My stylist, Valbona Agolli Agalliu, was fantastic.  It took 2.5 hours to get this, but it was worth the time!  I LOVE IT!!!  What do you all think?  I’m now going to try and figure out if blondes do have more fun!
Back-of-head-beforeThis is the before shot.  My hair looks a little brassy in my opinion.  It’s the highlights growing out.  Doesn’t look natural at all, am I right?


Here’s the crazy look from during the coloring process — yes, the crazy eyes were on purpose.  Tee hee.  I look a bit like an alien.


After.  My mother and sister thought this was a shot from Pinterest and not me!




Cool Clothing Options to Make Music Festivals Fun

April 14th officially kicks off music festival season with Coachella’s two weekend extravaganza in California.  Fuse has a great list of cool ones to attend this year.  Personally, I’d want to hit Bonnarro in Tennessee in June and Glastonbury in the UK even though it always seems to rain, Mountain Jam, and then Lollapalooza in Chicago in August.  Of course, most of these are already sold out, but that’s not gonna stop me from creating the perfect festival capsule wardrobe.  Maybe one of you out there will find it helpful!


Get Excited – Victoria Beckham for Target Is Almost Here!

(FYI – We are an affiliate of Target, so if you click on the links and buy something we’ll get some money thrown back our way.  Maybe enough for a coffee!)  

I can’t believe I haven’t read a ton about this yet on other blogs, but Victoria Beckham’s Target collection launches on April 9th!  I checked out the collection on their website and oh. my. gosh.  So much to love and covet.  I’m guessing it will go on the website at midnight.  This is one time when I’m planning on staying up late to get an order in.

Comparing her Target collection with her eponymous line, there are some similarities.  It looks like flowers are big for both her lines, with a slightly more fun look for Target while her regular line keeps it sophisticated.


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