Spring Fever

Spring Fever | Sophster-Toaster

I did pretty well this year. I managed to stay positive about winter all the way up to the end of February. I lived in the moment and enjoyed everyone’s least favourite season through the snow, wind and ice storms, through the dull root vegetables, through the plastic on my 1926 windows, through the cold mornings and through the endless layers of bulky window clothes until around my birthday. At some point between catching a bad cold and running out of the pickled jalapenos we grew and preserved from last summer’s garden, a switch flipped inside me and I started desperately longing for spring.

Spring Fever | Sophster-Toaster

Something inside me needs to shake off the winter wool and see the snowdrops poking through the garden soil. I’ve been dreaming about open windows and the feeling of a soft, warm spring breeze on my skin. I am so ready to wear pastels, short dresses and anything but my big winter boots again.

Spring Fever | Sophster-Toaster

The unseasonably mild weather we’ve had the past few days has been such a tease. I got a chance to wear something other than my jeans and a heavy sweater (with optional long underwear) uniform of the past month, but knowing these above 0 temperatures have come too soon to stick is only making my spring fever worse.

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Dress Gap
Blouse Banana Republic
Stockings What Katie Did
Shoes ModCloth
Glasses Warby Parker
Necklace Suzy Shier

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All photos by me.

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm | Sophster-Toaster

We had a bad ice storm earlier this week. We didn’t get a day off to play, but Matt and I did get a rare opportunity to work from home together. We didn’t lose power until the middle of the night so we were able to get lots done while making each other tea, sharing snacks, showing each other what we were working on and staying inside, warm, safe and together.

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Overalls thrifted
Sweater L.L.Bean
Socks ModCloth
Glasses Warby Parker
Ring & Earrings old
Phone Case Rosehound

All photos by me.

Back in Colour

 

Back in Colour | Sophster-Toaster

I had been envying women with bold hair colours for a while when I came across Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair. I browsed the rainbow of unique hair colours and thought it might be fun to dye my decade+ naturally chestnut brown hair an exciting bright pink. That was almost a year ago.┬áSince then, I have been working to get my long dark hair light enough to go pink while trying to damage it as little as possible.

Back in Colour | Sophster-Toaster

 

Over the course of ten months, I went from natural chestnut, to sort of auburn, to “bronde”, to decidedly blonde, to pink. I started, regrettably, by trying to lighten my hair as much as possible, without bleach, by using a home dying kit. I got maybe one level lighter but not nearly light enough for the pink to show if I were to dye it then. I waited two months after that for my hair to grow, fade and recover. This time, knowing I would need to bleach, I made the right choice and booked an appointment at the salon for some dark blonde, warm/neutral balayage highlights. My stylist did a fantastic job working through and blending out the box dye. My hair still felt quite healthy after this but, nevertheless, I waited another six months to bleach again, all the while babying my hair with few washes, cool water, fancy shampoo and conditioner, and very little heat styling. At my next balayage appointment, we really went for it and took me up to a full blonde, deciding to leave lots of natural, healthy, new growth hair at the roots. After enjoying the fruits of my labour and living as a blonde (for the first time in my life!) for another two months, I went pink with a semi-permanent, deep conditioning dye that made me, and my hair, very happy.

Back in Colour | Sophster-Toaster

After nearly a year of getting my hair to a point where I could play with colour, and being stuck at boring transition shades, I can’t wait to try out new looks as the seasons change.

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Sweater ModCloth
Jeans Angry Rabbit
Glasses Warby Parker
Earrings ModCloth

Hair Lime Crime {an equal mix of “Strawberry Jam” & “Bubblegum Rose“}

Back in Colour | Sophster-Toaster

All photos by Matt.

A Black & White January

A Black & White January | Sophster-Toaster

I had a lot of fun challenging myself to only shoot in black and white this month. I think I’ve learned a lot about lighting, contrast and how my editing software works but I know there is still so much more to learn. I’m excited to jump back into colour but also a little sad to see it go. For this shoot, knowing it was my last in black and white for a little while, I tried to have fun playing with shapes, movement and colour in my favourite thrifted sweater.

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Sweater thrifted
Pants ModCloth
Shoes ModCloth
Glasses Warby Parker
Necklace Emery & Opal
Earrings old

All photos by me.