Fun With Hair Chalk

Hey there, everyone!

So one thing that has made me particularly sad lately (besides the fact that we just received ANOTHER snow storm after I thought it might be over!) is seriously missing my tealish ombre hair! I was in love with that hair… but I was only able to keep it for a month or so before I acquired a more professional job… and thus had to opt out of just regular brown to blonde ombre hair…. which don’t get me wrong, I love my hair that way too, but the teal was just so much more fun!

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Anyways, I had known about hair chalk for some time now, but it wasn’t until I watched this video on hair chalking with normal soft pastels you could find in pretty much any craft store that I became VERY interested. I instantly headed to the nearest crafting store (Michaels in my case) and grabbed up a 36 pack of soft pastels for less than $4! I was pretty stoked.
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Hair chalking with the pastels is super easy! Just make sure you brush out your hair before you start. The video suggests using gloves; I didn’t, and it was fine, but it probably depends a lot on the color you choose.

To get on with it, take a small section of your hair and dampen it with some water. Also dampen the pastel you’ve chosen, but not too much. We don’t want it to turn to mush.
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Now apply the pastel to the section of dampened hair moving it in one direction from the top of the section you want colored to the tips of your hair. Repeat this on sections of your hair until you’ve applied the color everywhere you want it to be.

Now that that’s done, blow dry the damp, colored parts of your hair. Once its all dry, apply hair spray. This kind of seals the pastels in place. After that you can go ahead and style your hair normally with a curling or flat iron! Avoid brushing as much as you can though as the chalk will come out some every time you do. Now enjoy you’re fun colored hair!

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Don’t worry, it washes out pretty easily. I’m pretty excited to try a bunch of different colors for different occasions! Maybe I’ll do a green for St. Patrick’s day or something!

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-The Whale

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Refreshing My Portfolio

Hello!

So lately I’ve been working a bit on re-branding myself. At least from a professional standpoint. I just felt that it was time to freshen things up. I wanted my new look to be cleaner and less cluttered, while still being me and being fun.

Refreshing My Portfolio

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I’m pretty fond of how it turned out. It was a somewhat long process with a lot development from where I started. I did get some help from my graphic design friend Matt Tout. For serious he’s awesome.

But anyways. Check out my new portfolio and give me your thoughts!

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-The Whale

Bench Refashion

Oh hello.

I have a new project to share with everyone!
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I came across this cute little bench at a flea market over the summer for only $8! For months it sat in my parent’s garage as I waited to find the time to make it into what I had envisioned.
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Finally I found some time, so I proceeded to paint the bench a nice off-white. I planed on putting the bench in my kitchen, and I wanted it to be neat and fresh. After the paint was applied and the bench was transported to my kitchen, it was buried under odds and ends and mail as I waited to find the time to sew up some appropriate cushions. I had the perfect fabric already…
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Lovely vintage fabric! I love the color and the print!
So a month or two after being moved to my kitchen, I have finally completed it all!
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I really love the result! No more acting as a storage table; the bench now serves as a quiet little sitting area by my window. It’s a rather nice place for coffee and a bagel in the morning!

-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine: September

Hey, everyone!

So, I’ve been slacking a lot with this lately… I know I’ve missed a month or so of my Interior Design Magazine series… I know… I need to step it up a notch! Well, here goes.

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As usual I’ll start with my favorite projects featured in the magazine!
One
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Aesop is a high end skin care line started by hair stylist Dennis Paphitis in 1987. Paphitis then hired Giovanni Lepori as a general manager. Each Aesop store is unique. Lepori likes to choose architects early in their career to design new stores. All the stores focus on using raw materials and center around a sink with running water so that customers can wash their hands and try out the products!
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I’m a huge fan of the curved, wood ceiling and creative, geometric shelving designs!

Two
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This next one is the loft space of Eric and Julie Ronning by Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design. The whole place is animal themed starting with the swallow wallpaper featured in the entry hall.
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I absolutely love the wood look of the trompe l’oeil wallpaper for the back splash in the kitchen!

Three
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This last of my favorites is… well my overall favorite! This is the Midtown headquarters of the advertising firm McCann Erikson. The new headquarters were a design collaboration between Gensler, a top 100 design firm, and Tom Dixon, a company focused on lighting and furniture. (I’ve mentioned my love for Tom Dixon Lighting before in a previous design post!)
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I really love the stools sound the bar area, and I LOVE all the Tom Dixon lighting installations, as well as the chevron rug!
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Like seriously… the lighting… I can’t get over it. The copper lighting cluster above the lounge area blows my mind! It’s amazing how much lighting can make or break a space.

So now onto products I love!
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1. Pelle Soap Stones:
“The Soap Stones are handcrafted glycerine soap intended for both use and display. Consisting of all natural, vegetable-based soap ingredients, the Soap Stones are made and hand cut in our Brooklyn studio.”
2. CX Design:
“CX Design is the creation of Italian-born designer Monica Missio and British-born entrepreneur Richard Cleves. Established in 1990, it offers the only complete lighting collection individually hand-crafted by master Italian glass blowers on Murano, an island just north of Venice – the centuries old, undisputed center of the world’s most treasured glass. ” I love how the pendants and chandeliers can come on chains!
3. Erica Rosenfeld Capsule Light:
Handblown glass table and floor lamps that resemble pill capsules. I like the variety of colors and sizes these come in!

Well, that’s about it for my Interior Design Magazine September post! Check out their website for more information on any of the projects I talked about!

-The Whale

Launching Golden Owl

Hello, everyone!

Today I have some very exciting news! I have been working really hard lately to launch a new Etsy shop! The shop is called Golden Owl (By The Whale’s Endeavors) and features hand painted glassware!
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Another exciting thing about this post is that in order to kick off the shop, I’m doing my very first giveaway! One lucky winner will receive $5 off a purchase from Golden Owl!

Here’s how to enter:
Go check out the shop and leave a comment telling me which item is your favorite!
Bonus Entry!
Like the Facebook Page and tell me you did so in a separate comment!

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The winner will be announced next Saturday, Septemeber 28th on this blog, so be sure to check back!

For those of you who don’t win, no worries! Just enter the code TWEBLOG at checkout and receive 20% off for the next few weeks!

Hope you guys like it!

-The Whale

Fuji Instax Mini Collage

Hello, hello!

Today I have another small project I did for my apartment! A while back I shared some information about my Fuji Instax Mini camera. At that point I was trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do with my growing stack of photos taken with the camera. I really love the look of these photos and I certainly didn’t want to stash them away somewhere. I wanted them to be on display!

Well, as you can imagine, I finally figured out how I wanted to accomplish this!

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I eventually settled on making a collage I could display out of the photos. At first I decided I wanted to aim for a circle shape. I taped the photos I currently had together into a circle and hung it about my tv.
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This didn’t really work out for me…. It was fine for a bit, but I had a hard time getting the photos to lay flat, and I also felt it was missing some sort of ‘wow factor.’ It definitely needed something. Also, I wanted to be able to easily add more photos to the collage as I took them.

At this point I decided that some sort of backing would for sure help out with making the photos lay flat better, so I thought, why not make a big circle, place the photos I have right now in the center, and then add to the outside as I go? Sounded good to me!

I cut out a big circle from a cardboard box and taped my current photo circle in the middle. I then made the decision to construct a grid around those existing photos to place any new photos in.
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When I began, I felt like I wanted the grid to be a series of color blocks, so I started out going with that… After maybe a fourth of the circle was complete, however, I felt that I wasn’t super into how it was turning out. I decided instead to opt for an entire gold background and a simple black grid. I didn’t wan to take away the focus from the photos with all of those colors!

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I’m now quite pleased with the results! It definitely is a nice way to showcase my little Instax Mini photos in my living room!

-The Whale

So. I Moved!

Hello, everyone!

So if you’ve been reading my posts lately you’ll know that I’ve been rather busy. Well. Part of that is the fact that I have moved! That’s right. I’m out all on my own now!

I am so excited to have found the apartment I did. It’s in the exact area I wanted, for a price I like, and it’s pretty much just an awesome space! So having said that, I figured I would show you guys a few photos of my new living quarters…

This is of course a work in progress… (hence why there are no photos of the bedroom.. it’s very much still in progress). There’s tons of windows and hence natural light, and super high ceilings. Plus its located in the historic Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati, Ohio. This area has a not so great history, but recent efforts to revitalize it are going well. Very well. Some of my favorite bars and restaurants are here as well as a super cute vintage shop.

Well that is that. I’ll be posting updates and little home projects on here as I work on my space, so be on the lookout for that!

-The Whale

Interior Design Magazine: May

Hello, hello!

So, I know I’ve been MIA for a week or so… Life gets busy sometimes. Or maybe I just get lazy. Or maybe its a combination of both? We’ll go with that.

What is important is that I’m back, and its time for my Interior Design Magazine post for May!

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As always, I’ll start with my favorite projects from the magazine!

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First up is this fantastic mausoleum in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Designed by HGA Architects & Engineers, this lovely building features a granite facade along with marble, bronze, mahogany, and onyx. I love how the rough granite texture works with the shiny gloss of the marble. Texture is one of my favorite things to play with!
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This mausoleum was built to hold up to 10,000 remains, and also has a chapel, and a lounge. To top it all off, it was built surrounded with 4 acres of beautiful landscaping!

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Next up is a temporary pop up shop for one of my favorite fashion designers Louis Vuitton! The shop was designed to feature a new line and collaboration with Japanese octogenarian multimedia artist and certified iconoclast Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi is well known for her pumpkin sculptures and polka-dot paintings, so the installment, done by Marc Fornes & the Very Many, features carbon fiber ‘pumpkins’ and water jet cut polka-dots.
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I love the unique and artisticness of this shop!

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My final favorite from this issue is the new Adobe offices! This building, located in Utah, was a design collaboration of architecture firm WRNS Studio, and interior design firm Rapt Studio. The idea was to create a space that would promote the flow of creative juices, while featuring not the Adobe products themselves, but what could be created with Adobe products.
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The structure was built with a wing going straight across an interstate! They view this as an effective advertisement solution. Genius really. Check out more information and photos of this awesome building here!

Okay, on to my highlighted products!
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One:
Emma J. Shipley with Camira Fabrics. I love this gorilla jungle upholstery fabric titled ‘Tangled’!
Two:
Aceray chairs. I an a huge fan of the new line of seating offered by Aceray! I enjoy the shapes of these chairs a whole lot.
Three:
Shaw Contract Group: Hexagon. The idea of carpet squares being anything but square is a great thing to me!

Well, I do believe that wraps it up for this month! Check out more from Interior Design Magazine here!
I promise to try to not disappear again for a while… but life is busy! :]

-The Whale

June in Bloom

June in Bloom

Hello!

So it is now time for my monthly photo series! I decided to title this month ‘June in Bloom’ partially because (like usual) I have a lot of flower shots, and partially because it sounds kind of nifty…

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This month there are a lot of daisies in the field by my house. I enjoy this. Daisies for sure make me think of summer.
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Honeysuckle is also in abundance. I love honeysuckle. It smells so sweet and reminds me of my childhood. Have you ever tried honeysuckle nectar? Its fantastic. I used to spend a lot of my time pulling apart honeysuckle blooms in order to get to the sweet nectar.
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Yellow Lilly
Lots of lilies have been blooming in our flower beds.
Basil
I bought a basil plant a few weeks ago. It’s doing well and that makes me happy! It reminds me of the origins of this blog…

-The Whale

May Flowers (and stuff)

Oh hey there, everyone!

Today I have some more photos. I kind of have felt the need to challenge myself a bit photography wise… so I’ve decided to start doing a monthly photo series basically starting last month with April Showers. So of course I had to follow that up with May Flowers!

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Well. May flowers and stuff… cause I only really have a few flower shots… I hope you understand.
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texture: fossil

Make a wish.

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Pretty flowers.

I hope you guys enjoy these photo series!
You can check out all of my photos on Flickr!

-The Whale