New Hair!

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Ah… Fresh roots!


And fresh color.

Just what I needed before my birthday. 🙂

Back from the salon, and my hair’s a few shades lighter. My friend/stylist extraordinaire Alis at Fox + Stone salon in Corte Madera lightened up my dark chocolate brown base and made it warmer, and then painted in some lighter pieces. She also cleaned up the long layers and my bangs a bit but didn’t take much off, because I still want to keep growing out my hair (hey, it’s something to do).

If you ever want a change but don’t want a major cut, I highly suggest playing with color. It’s fun, and you have a lot of options.

I usually go to a salon now, because dude! — I wish I was talented enough to do something like this by myself with an at-home coloring kit. I know that it’s possible, because I meet people who do it all the time, but I learned the hard way that I’m not meant to color my own hair, because every time I’ve done it, I’ve done something wrong.


So now I leave it to the experts.


What I’m wearing…
Lips — MAC Matte Lipstick in Persistence (from the new The Matte Lip collection)
Cheeks — Dior Diorksin Nude Tan Tie Dye Edition in 002 Coral Sunset
Top — LOFT

When was the last time you did something with your hair color, and what did you do?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Pavithra says:

    Wow, you look stunning! Your hair looks all healthy and bouncy!

    I’ve colored my hair twice so far, both were disasters because I never bothered going back to the salon to maintain it. So I still have dual-toned black-at-the-top and red-brown-at-the-ends hair, not pretty 😀
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  2. Lulle says:

    Yay, I love your new hair! The color is really beautiful, and the cut looks great too. Your hair looks very bouncy and playful styled like this!
    I badly need a haircut to get rid of my split ends but I confess that I hate going to the salon… I’ve had my share of terrible experiences. The last stylist I found was pretty good though, hopefully I’ll manage to have her do my hair again.
    I’ve only colored my hair a handful of time, and always with semi-permanent, kind of sheer products. I did it at home a few times, it went ok but looked very flat. I also had an amazing color done by a colorist a few years back, I’d go back to that guy if he wasn’t in France!
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Lulle,

      Honestly I feel your pain. Before I found Alis I had many, MANY terrible salon experiences. She’s my hair soulmate, LOL! Hopefully you’ll be able to see the stylist who did your hair the last time around. If you can’t maybe check some reviews on yelp?

  3. Vanessa says:

    Squee…! You look awesome; how exciting.

  4. Savannah says:

    i actually squealed with a bit of a sandwich still in my mouth. You look amazing! Wow, that’s a really great cut and color for you. Just wow.

  5. Alison M says:

    Hey, pretty girl! Your hair looks so fresh and ready for summer! I’m taking a personal day on my birthday and will use it for a hair refresh. I don’t color, but I like it trimmed every two months or so. I’ve waited since the first week of January this year because I should have listened to my stylist. I went too short and needed to let it grow!
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  6. nai says:

    puuuuuurrrrrrr…so pretty!

  7. Chelsea says:

    I’ve nev

  8. YAS! You look so fresh and gorgeous! A beautiful hairdo for a beautiful birthday girl! I love it, Karen!
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  9. Kwmechelle says:

    Two words: #bada$$ #bossLaDy 🙂

  10. Efrain says:

    Karen your hair looks amazing, well you also have a beat face!

    So the last time I coloured my hair was with henna and it was last november I think and now I’m dying to do something with it. Any ideas? (remember I’m letting it grow)

  11. Jen says:

    Your new hair looks wonderful! I love it! I’m 2 weeks ’till my next color and cut – my roots look something awful. I’m looking for slight trim just to get off the icky ends (want to be long-ish for summer) and freshen up my color: a dark neutral to warm blonde with subtle highlights. Can’t wait and I hope I look half as awesome as you!!!

  12. zVintageFashionizta says:

    Your new DO looks FAB-U-LOUS!

  13. Sarah says:

    Karen you look gorgeous !!!

    That’s the best hairstyle I’ve seen on you yet

    I’ll be 33 on 9th June boo cannot actually believe I’m going to be 33 soon… In my head I’m still 21

  14. Lauren says:

    You and your hair are STUNNINIG! I love it!!! It looks so fresh and bouncy! Good for you. Continue to treat yourself for your special day!

  15. Ruchita says:

    Gorgeous! Love the highlights. They look perfect! Now I really want to play with color next time I get my hair done. 🙂

  16. MonicaP says:

    Cute! I love your side swept bangs! Salon color is so worth it. Sure, I can color my hair at home, but I never get ALL those pesky grays.


  17. Yay, it looks great, Karen! I can’t stand the feeling of bangs like that but if I could, man, I’d want them!
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  18. Kim says:

    Oh, I love the new hair! It’s very bouncy-trouncy which I’m a fan of, since I almost always wish I had more volume. 🙂 I’m having my roots touched up tomorrow and definitely don’t do home color because I don’t like to look like a calico cat. HAHA!

  19. Lilly says:

    Girl I am showing your pic to my hairdresser! That’s exactly how I want my highlight!
    Become a hair inspiration – CHECKED!

  20. Stephanie says:

    Your hair! Your hair! WOW, Karen. It is magnificent. And that style – do you think you’d be able to replicate it?? Ha. I bow to our salon geniuses. 🙂

  21. Shawna says:

    You seriously have the most gorgeous hair! The color, the texture, the cut…all amazing! SO jealous!

  22. Agata says:

    Your hair looks absolutely fantastic! The color is beautiful and perfect for the summer! You’re gonna be the prettiest 40 year old woman in the whole world, Karen!
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  23. Raychelle says:

    Karen, you look fabulous!! Love your hair style and color!! My hair is long overdo for a sprucing up, it’s so blah at the moment. Are you planning a date night to show off your gorgeous face?

  24. astou says:

    ++GORGEOUS++ is the only word that came to my mouth !!!

  25. Sarah says:

    A+ you look amazing with lighter hair. Did your stylist do balayage? I think it’s so nice that due to balayage folks with dark hair can now get highlights without it looking like tiger stripes/stripper hair.
    You look great

  26. Trude says:

    So pretty! Love the bounce. 🙂 And that cheek color is so lovely on you! The last two times I’ve colored my hair, I had my stylist weave in two different red shades underneath the top layer of my hair, so it would blend and grow out nicely. That was months ago, and since I’m a natural strawberry blonde it’s somehow still there in places! I’ll probably do it again in a month or two, I love the dimension I get.
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  27. Well, I stopped coloring my hair a year ago, does that count as doing something with your hair? Lol.
    I really like the dimension highlights give you but my hair was so damaged after all the bleach and the pregnancy, I just had to give it a break…
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  28. Rachel R. says:

    Your hair looks stunning! Helena can eat her heart out.

  29. Iris says:

    You look amazing! Cheers!

  30. Lena says:

    I’ve actually never been professionally colored. Relatively new to the coloring game, is bit put off by the price and the time needed. But you look so smashing here, I’m tempted to try it.

    Are you hitting the big four-o this year, Karen?
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  31. Aenea says:

    Love it! Looks so good on you!

  32. Anastassia says:

    I like your hair. You look nice.

  33. Jen says:

    Looking absolutely gorgeous, Karen! You’re a knockout, gal! xo
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  34. Stephanie says:

    Love your hair! I always end up trying to grow mine out in the summer, then I get frustrated because it makes me so hot. But this year I’m sticking to it! I love your top, does it have a little embellishment on it? I’m on a search for white tops that have a little something to them, not plain old boring tops. I found a super cute white t shirt from LOFT with eyelet neckline.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you! Good luck growing out your hair. It takes some discipline but you can do it.

      So, thanks for noticing the top! It’s one of my favorites. I got it from LOFT; it’s the Heart Vintage Broken In Shell, and yay! It’s currently on sale online for 40% off! Hopefully they have your size. I think you’ll love it. I wear mine all the time and get lots of compliments. The material is very soft, but not too thin. And I love how the hearts are sorta tiny and you have to look closely to see them. If you have any more questions about the top let me know!

      • Stephanie says:

        Thank you for the link, I love that top. I put it in my basket, I just bought a bunch of stuff from LOFT over the weekend. I think my husband will think I’m nuts if I buy more so soon. Why is it that boys think we have enough clothes?

  35. Chloé J. says:


    Nothing else comes to my mind, just WAOW.

    You’re so beautiful! You’re beautiful in every photograph you take, it’s amazing! And your new hair are really nice!

    I’d like to make a “tie and dye” in some weeks, for my birthday. I hope it will be as beautiful as your hair!

    Kisses from France!

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