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. Since 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.

Black & White

Black & White | Sophster-Toaster

As a way to push myself creatively, and really learn the ins and outs of light and shadow, I’m challenging myself to only take photos in black and white this month.

I learned the basics of photography on high saturation 90’s colour film and then graduated to bright and clear digital, completely missing any opportunity to practice without the easy allure of colour. I’ve spent most of my time focusing on the interplay of colours in my images, using them to draw attention or conceal. For the most part, I’ve striven for scenes that are well and evenly illuminated. I’ve played with light here and there, but why use light to create drama and intrigue when I’m surrounded by all these dazzling colours?

When switching into black and white, the first thing I noted was that I needed to change the way I look at anything I want to photograph. No longer am I looking for complementary colours and brightly lit spaces, now I need to see the world in light and dark, geometric shapes, and shadows.

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I decided to take my first honest stab at black and white in the comfort and control of my little home studio. I set up and found right away that taking pictures the way I do in colour, results in flat, boring and dull images. (What do you mean this black sweater and these dark blue jeans are reading as the same colour!?) Instead of trying to mimic the natural light coming in through the window and basically bumping up the total light in the room, I found I had to light my backdrop indirectly. I had to bounce light off the walls and ceiling while lighting myself with one light higher than usual and off to the side, thus making the window light the only true, direct illumination. I had fun stepping in and out of the shadows and seeing how things changed in my photos. I’m quite looking forward to how much I have to learn this month.

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Top ModCloth
Jeans Angry Rabbit
Socks ModCloth
Shoes ModCloth
Glasses Warby Parker
Brooch found item

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All photos by me.

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T-shirt Weather

T-shirt Weather | Sophster-Toaster Blog

It finally feels like spring is here in Canada. There’s a still a bit of snow kicking around in the shadows, but it looks like we’ve seen the last of the under 5°C days. After a very long and drawn-out winter, it seems like we’re jumping right into late spring/early summer. It’s officially safe to put our boots and shovels away and pull out the sundresses and lawn chairs. It’s perfect timing, since my first t-shirts of the spring/summer season are just coming out and my first market of the season is this weekend!

I’m so excited about my first new screen print shirts of the year! I hooked up with an amazing North American made t-shirt brand for my nostalgic, double binding ringer tee and paired it with classic Cooper Black for a fun vintage vibe. I used a really neat UV ink that looks nearly invisible indoors but shows up the second you walk out into the sunshine! I had so much fun wearing this shirt around and seeing how the ink responded. I’m also planning to make a regular ink version in the same golden yellow colour for a lower price-point tee for anyone who likes the print so much, they want it to show all the time.

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T-shirt Sophster-Toaster
Jeans ModCloth
Socks ModCloth
Shoes Keds
Earrings Nicole Gagnon / Craft Arts Market
Sunglasses The Bay

All photos by me.

Come shop my tees in person, this weekend, at the Etsy: Made in Canada: Niagara Spring Market!

The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors | Sophster-Toaster Blog

I as mentioned in a previous post, one of my favourite things about January is spending lazy days indoors. There’s no pressure to go outside and enjoy the weather when it’s -20 degrees Celsius and windy or the backyard is a swampy mess of melting snow and mud. We can stay inside and cuddle up to watch movies or read books all day without feeling like we missed out on anything. The puppy still needs lots of mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy, but she’s just starting to appreciate a good snuggle session – and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Sweater ModCloth
Jeans ModCloth
Socks Roots
Earrings ModCloth
Ring Blue Ridge Notions

All photos by me.