a lesson in shape

If you missed our post last Thursday, we shared with you how we're doing a mini-series with Simple Design! Each week we’re talking about a different element and how we implement that into our life. Well, this week's post is up. And it's... A Lesson in Shape.

We chat and give examples about where we've found shape in our life at home and at the shop. Go check it out!

In other news... today Josiah and I are celebrating being married for FOUR years! Yes... we are only 23. Yes... that means we got married when we're 19. And then opened a store at 22. We never claimed to be normal. Ha.

and now. a special prize for you readers. a wedding photo from 4 years ago:


wow, how things change in 4 years! add some bangs for lauren, some dorky green glasses for josiah, and CUT THAT HAIR josiah. and lauren needs to dye 10 inches of hers pink and purple. (actually there were 2 inches of pink at the bottom but you just can't see it here.)

but some things never change: loving bright colors. loving nature. feeling super awkward being photographed.

ok the end. erase that picture from your memory now. more updated one here.

a lesson in color

Exciting news around here! We're gonna start guest writing for Simple Mom once a week instead of just once every month and a halfish. Josiah and I came up with a fun series on the basics of design which we've titled "Strategies for Designing Your Life". Each week we'll talk about a different element and how we implement that into our life. And our first post is now up! This weeks topic was... "A Lesson in Color".

If you've been reading our blog... you know we love color! We surround ourselves with it. The post has personal photos from our home, the shop, etc. So go and check it out here here here!

and now it's purple!

And now the hair has some purple in it. It goes brown, purple, bright pink, light pink. I LOVE IT!


(did you miss my whole hair saga? HERE PLEASE.) after that saga, I dyed the middle part PURPLE! The bottoms I left pink... so it totally has a sweet ombre effect!

You only live once. Ha.

cutting and dying your own hair

I've been dying my own hair since 9th grade. Well, just dying the tips blonde and then pink, purple, blue, etc.I've also been cutting my hair and bangs for two years. Josiah's been cutting his own hair for two years too!

Seriously... think about all the money we've saved from haircuts. It depends on how often you go and where you're going... but you could be spending $60-300 easily each year. Plus ANY dye work is gonna really cost you. And I've spend $0 at a salon. Yay no moniez!

I just recently chopped off a good 7 inches of my hair. And decided to dye 10 inches bubble gum pink. All at home.


and I documented the dye process because it was "hair-larious" to dye more than half of my hair blonde. You may look below:


(goodness. WAY TOO MANY PHOTOS OF ME. Never again, I promise. and depending on the light, the pink looks different.) Josiah helped me dye it pink. Which I thought was hilarious. Especially because I had small gloves that he had to fit into. Also hilarious:  My blonde hair after I slept on it. It was just blonde for about 9 hours. ALSO hilarious: the baked potatoes hanging from my hair in the second picture.

I'm planning on adding some purple and darker pink/red dye in the middle so that it fades to the pink and does an ombre effect.

OK. What I've been using since I started dying and cutting:

This bleach kit: Beyond The Zone On/Off Scalp Radical Bleach Kit This bubble head pink dye: Beyond The Zone Color Jamz Bubble Head Pink And for the cutting, Josiah and I both use: Jilbere Precision Cut Comb

Altogether, it cost me $14.28 to dye my hair. And I still have half of the pink hair dye left so I can reapply when my hair starts to fade! And that "cut comb", (or razor comb, as Josiah and I call it) costs a whopping $6.29. And it has cut our hair for TWO YEARS.

The razor comb is awesome because it doesn't chop all your hair off in a straight line like scary scissors. It can create jagged little layers. You can just slowly cut off your hair if you aren't sure how short you want it. I take it to my bangs every 3ish weeks and just comb out the very tips for a feathery look. Josiah just "combs" his hair with it once every two months and it's nicely cut.

Granted, I'm sure people at a salon will do a better job cutting my hair than I do. But how many times have you heard people say "they cut it way too short over here!" I have complete control over how long my hair is. I never have to make appointments. Or pay for a bang trim. Or drive to the salon and wait forever. It's awesome.

Ok. Off soap box. If you wanna stop paying for hair cuts, I'd recommend that comb guy. No, whatever hair company isn't paying for me to ramble on about their razor comb. I just love it. But if you don't mind paying for haircuts from professionals who actually know what they are doing, you go right ahead and shell out all that moneyz. :) I will enjoy my cheap highlighter pink hair.

(edit.... and now it's purple!! )


(squirrel clip from Vinca!)