Trends // the trend that needs to come back

Hey Babes!‍

Fashion trends come and go, and then come again, and a lot of times, you never see them coming.

When a trend does resurface, you might be all about it, or you might wish that it stayed in the decade it came from. There’s a lot of mixed opinions, but since it’s a trend, there must be something about it that makes it “cool.”

Nowadays, you don’t have to look very hard to find out that a lot of the current fashion trends that “came back” are from the 1990’s/early 2000’s, and I, just like every other Milennial, LOVE the how today’s style reflects that beloved era.

But, even though I’m all about the chokers, crop tops, and mom jeans, there’s still one trend that I haven’t seen make a big comeback just yet: shell jewelry. More specifically, cowrie shell chokers and puka shell necklaces.

You might have read those names and thought “What?” And it’s ok if you did, because honestly, before writing this post, I didn’t know that this type of accessory had names other than “shell jewelry” either. And if you didn’t recognize the names, you’ll most likely recognize the pictures. Honestly, it’ll be pretty hard not to if you’re a 90’s baby.

In my opinion, these two trends deserve to come back along with the rest of the era they’re from, and I’m about to break them down and tell you why I think so.

 

The first of the two necklaces, the cowrie shell chokers, basically consists of a a row of cowrie shells woven onto a hemp or hemp-like string. The one I have is about as simple as it gets, but you’ll find that there’s a really wide and unique selection of styles when it comes to shopping for pieces such as this one.

They might have colored hemp, decorative beads, or the shells may dangle instead of being in a fixed position. It’s also common for the shells to be in between two pieces of string, so it looks kind of like a ladder.

 

 

 

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When I was little, I loved the cowrie shell chokers because they were a chunky statement piece, and always looked handmade, which gave them a really home-y feeling. Plus, all of the older girls that I looked up to and wanted to be like always wore them so well and looked super stylish while wearing them.

I remember one summer camp I went to where we took a trip to Sea World, some other girls and I thought my group leader was the coolest person on the planet because she had a cowrie shell choker and a tounge piercing. After that, I just had to have one.

I can’t remember where I got it, but I did end up getting one eventually, and I still have it even though it’s just been sitting in my jewelry box.

The other trendy piece of shell jewelry from my childhood, the puka shell necklace, is a string of several small cone shell pieces. A lot of times, they have other beads or charms, such as a surfboard, or the shell shards can be dyed another color so that the necklace is something other than white.

The puka shell necklace itself, along with the process of making it, can actually be tied back to Hawaiian roots, but most people associate it with surfers and beachy lifestyles. I know it’s not just a Florida or California thing though, because when I was growing up, it seemed like every character on tv was wearing one, regardless of the setting.

Like the cowrie shell choker, I still have an old puka shell necklace sitting around in my room somewhere, but since I couldn’t find it in my old jewelry box, my sister let me borrow hers.

This particular necklace is from Ron Jon Surf Shop, so it’s most likely not “authentic,” and it’s probably overpriced, but it’s still the perfect example of a trend I want to come back.

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That brings me to another good point and little side note: if you’re visiting any beaches this summer, and looking for some shell jewelry to take back as a souvenir, stay away from big tourist beach shops, and look for independent local shops, or individual local sellers themselves. It might be a search, but I know it’s common for the residents of beach towns to handmake and sell things like shell jewelry. If you’re lucky, they might even come up to you and have you take a look at their work while you’re lounging on the beach, I speak from experience.

Even though the puka shell necklaces appear a little more basic, and don’t always look as handmade as the chokers, I still think they’re cute, and I feel like their subtlety makes it easier to find things to wear them with. Pairing a cowrie shell choker with an Aztec print skirt might not look very good because they’re two different styles, but a puka shell necklace might go really well with said skirt, because they’re a solid white and don’t have a lot going on.

Also, the whole shells found on the chokers limits them to beachy styles, but the puka  necklaces look more like shards and aren’t as obvious, so it won’t look like you’re wearing two contrasting styles if you wear it with a more boho or grunge outfit.

 

If these trends did come back, I’m not sure if I would wear them every day like my tattoo choker, but it would definetly be a cool acessory to wear to the pool or the beach, or if I happen to be wearing a beachy outfit. And since I already still have both of them, I wouldn’t need to go out searching for new ones.
I might just get my wish too, because the Prada Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear runway show  features quite a bit of shell jewelry, and anyone in the fashion industry knows that every big trend is first seen on the runway, so I’m going to take that as a very big hint from Prada.

 

 

 

 

What do you think about this trend? Is there a certain trend you want to see make a come back? Or not come back? As always, let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

dress well. eat well. live well.

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Addie

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Hair // what you should know before getting rainbow hair

Hey Babes!

 

I feel like every time I take pictures for a post, my hair is a different color. I was never the person that dyed their hair every month, but that’s who I’ve become in the past year.

I was really attached to my bleach blonde hair, and after seven years, it became a part of my identity. I never thought I’d be in a hair salon for anything other than a root touch up, until last summer when I decided it was time for a major change.

When I first made the desicion, I wrote about my experience and thoughts that led to it, but now that some time has gone by and I’ve done some experiementing, I thought I would do an updated version about what I’ve learned, and what you should know if you’re thinking about dying your hair an unnatural color.

 

 

But First, Bleach

 

Before getting into the colorful dyes, your hair needs to be bleached, or at least very light. If it’s not, the color won’t turn out and hold like it should, and you’ll end up wasting time and money. I happened to be lucky enough to be way past that step, but if you currently have dark hair, lightening it is a must before you can get to the fun stuff.

The thing about bleach is that it’s really harsh on your hair, and you have to be careful not to damage it too much. There’s no way to completely prevent damage, and once it’s done, you can’t undo it. It’s definetly something to think about, and you should definitely go to a professional, especially if you have long brown hair that’s never been dyed.

If you do decide to go through with bleaching your hair, you should know that getting to the color you want might even be a longer process. Depending on how drastic the change is, it might take a few trips to the salon before you get to the blue or pink shade that you desire. It’ll take patience, time, and money, but your hair will thank you for it in the long run.

If you’re on the fence about it, you might want to test the waters by dying a small section of your hair first, like a streak or the ends. That way you can get a feel for how harsh the chemicals are on your hair, how the color looks on you, how fast it fades, and what it looks like when it does fade.

Before I decided to go completely silver, I would just do the ends, so that I could still have the blonde I loved so much. I actually really liked the silver color, and well, you know the rest.

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It Will Fade Fast

 

Speaking of fade, if you’re planning on having a funky hair color for awhile, then you also need to plan on getting it touched up regulalry, because it WILL fade, and fast. When you first walk out of the salon, you’ll have the vibrant color you were aiming for, but after the first wash you can expect it to become much more dull, and maybe even completely gone. However, if you stick with the same shade long enough, you’ll start to notice that takes a little more than two washes for it to disappear.

When I first went silver, you could barely tell after the second wash, if not the first, but as i kept getting it redone, my hair started to build a base and it would stay on longer every time. Eventually, by the time i went back for my next appointment, a lot of the silver was still there. I feel like that also helped pave the road for the rainbow colors I have now, because after 2 washes, it is still very much rainbow, and I don’t think that would’ve been the case if I had done it a few months ago.

You should only wash your hair every other day anyway, but if you want to keep the color bright for as long as you can, you should replace a couple of washes with a dry shampoo. When it is time for a real wash, using a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically for color treated hair will also help to keep the color from fading quickly.

Two other major things you want to stay away from are sunlight and chlorine, so if you’re planning on getting blue hair right before you head out on a tropical vacation, just know that it probably won’t be very blue by the time you leave. Last summer, I had a fresh color right before my cruise, and by the end of the 7th day I was definitely considered a blonde. To give you a side-by-side comparison, the first picture below was taken on day two, and the second was taken on day four. Of course that’s after being in the sun all day, every day, but there’s still a pretty big difference.

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It’s an Investment

 

If you haven’t figured it out already, then going, pink, blue, green, multicolored, or whatever else, is an overall investment. How much of an investment depends on your hair now, what colors you want, and how long you want them for, so it’s different for everyone. Going silver, and then rainbow, was actually easier for me because I don’t have to worry about my roots as much, but it’ll be harder and more costly for someone who currently has jet black hair.

If you’re thinking about using a box dye to save money, you might want to think twice, especially if it’s been colored before, because you could end up ruining your hair and spending much more trying to repair it than you would’ve for an all over color. Whatever method you choose, I strongly suggest doing lots of research and at least getting a professional consultation first.

But the color itself is only half the investment, the other half is the care and maitenence. Like I mentioned before, if you’re going to want to find good hair products for color treated hair, and you want to make sure any products you’re using won’t cause damage, strip the color, or turn your hair green. If you love to swim, you’ll probably have to sacrifice going underwater without a swim cap, because chlorine is bad for the color too, but if you’re up for the challenge, then go crazy!

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dress well. eat well. live well.

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Addie