I toned my hair at home! (Brassy Yellow to Ashy Blonde/Bronde)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hey everyone! Thought I'd write a quick blog post because I toned my hair today! It was my first time doing it by myself at home. The last time I did my hair was actually after my Costa Rica trip, so since August. It was first a super icy grey colour (Shown below!)


My colourist is always booked 3 months in advance is it's tough to find a time that works for both of us. My hair was getting SUPER brassy and was definitely overdue for some TLC. I felt pretty comfortable with toning my hair because I knew that the worst it could come out was grey, which I definitely wasn't opposed to. Soon after,  I looked up a few videos of girls doing it themselves. Conveniently, I already had the Wella toner and the developer because my sister bought it a while back!

Before/After = a big difference! 
My supplies! (LOL paintbrush definitely not recommended)

I used Wella Colour Charm T18 (light ash blonde) - which is the go-to colour that I saw most of the tutorials using. I didn't have a hair dye application brush so I opted for using a paint brush that I had... (obviously something I do not recommend. I followed the instructions and left it on for about 15 minutes!

Once I washed out the toner, I was left with a much cooler brown tone (as seen in the title pic). I like that it's on the warmer side, and I'm thinking maybe next time I'll go even cooler. I have a warmer skin tone so I figured it suited a warmer-toned hair. It's a lot blonder in person but the toner did make my hair go slightly darker.

More before/after! Much more honey-caramel-toned now than yellow & brassy
For those who are curious about my full hair colouring experience/going blonde/hair care, I'll also insert the video that I filmed all about it a few months back!

This video is from one session before my last one (ash blonde/grey) with my colourist (in May). I would say my hair now though is much more similar to the colour it is in this video! 

Love Always,


Best Designer Bags ... on an 1000$ Budget | The Lazy Fashion Girl's Guide to Saving

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Photo credit: @marianna_hewitt

Hey guys!

So let me be clear before I continue - my intentions for this post were good, BUT may I say how difficult it is to actually find a designer purse under $1000. Ridiculous, I know, but a very, very real fact. That being said, not all of these bags are exactly under $1000 Canadian, but are definitely within reason if that is around your price range. Welcome to my second instalment of The Lazy Fashion Girl's Guide to Saving!

This post is more for those who are looking to start a designer bag collection, but are on a smaller budget (aka me lol), and do not want to strive for the Givenchy Antigona or Celine just yet. One good thing about purchasing a designer bag, is that usually (as long as you keep them in good condition) they do not lower in value. In fact- if it's a classic piece, usually they raise in price each year. If you find yourself not loving the bag five years from now, chances are that you will be able to to resell it at least at what you bought it for.

Not all of these bags in this post are necessarily "investment" items, but they are all beautiful, quality and great for all seasons - something I kept in mind. For those who are budget-conscious, I definitely kept in mind how wearable it is, and the timelessness of each piece. I'll also go into a little bit more about what to look for when purchasing a designer bag, and some other things to consider.

Without further ado, let's get right to it!

Unseen Costa Rica Pics!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Hey everyone!

If you've been following me since this summer, you would probably know that I have been reminiscing about mine & Dylan's trip to Costa Rica that we took in late July. It was really fun and making me already think about where we are going to go next. Today while looking back at my photos and videos, I realized that I never shared them with you guys! I know it's been quite a few months but I figured they were worth sharing. The cream of the crop are on my instagram so definitely scroll down a bit on my profile and you can see the ones I have shared already (I've included a few of them in this post too!).

I added some captions for context. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

To my wonderful readers,

I spent most of November 9th feeling dark. I was fearful, disappointed and angry. I couldn't sleep, and had this pit in my stomach that felt a million times bigger than myself. And as I woke up yesterday morning, one of my worst fears for the world had happened.

Even though I'm a born-and-raised Canadian, I know that this lunacy will not be contained within the borders of the United States. This affects the world. This affects how young children see what it means - and what it takes - to be one of the most powerful leaders. This deeply affects my generation. This deeply hurts LGBTQ, women, black people and hispanic people.

Scrolling through my Facebook posts yesterday was a never ending circle. I wanted to look, but at the same time, I knew that it probably wasn't the best thing to do, feeling still so hopeless. Most of what I read made me feel even more despair. And it's okay. The wound is still fresh and people are angry. I feel it too.

But after having a few very meaningful conversations with other people who were in the same boat as me, I'm more compelled than EVER before to step up and take action for what I believe in. We have to fight for climate change, love, acceptance and rights for groups that are at risk of losing them. We cannot be complacent, and as my aunt was telling me - every little bit counts. I'm already thinking of my plan to help make a better world and support these communities, and I'm hoping to inspire others to do the same.

A few of my fave fall things (Over-the-knee boots, Happy Podcasts, Teen Reads ... & more!)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hey everyone! It's been a while. Decided to blog today about a few things that I've been loving the last couple weeks. Fall is here in full force; Even though we're nearing the end of the year, this season has always been a time for me to reflect and start anew. There's nothing fresher to me than the autumnal breeze, freshly lit candles and yummy sweaters.

This Fall in particular is pretty special to me; it's the first season post-undergrad that I have been working non-stop on my own projects, and not for other people. SHOP SPENNY is in a small lull right now, but prepping for holiday, and my youtube channel recently entered a phase that the kids like to call "viral". Aside from my own scattered brain and natural anxiousness, I would say that it's been alright over here at RachSpeed headquarters (aka my basement office, more on that later)!

Thank you so much for all the support thus far, all 11,926 of you!  I'm always looking for new ways to indulge, better myself, and of course, get inspired. Without further ado, here are a few things that I've been loving this Fall!