Category Archives: Style

Thoroughly Modern Vintage

Modern vintage? Talk about an oxymoron.

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I may be late to the game, but wearing vintage dresses is my new thing. For some reason in the past I assumed that if one was to wear vintage anything, one would have to match everything else to the vintage piece. Oh, you found a fifties housewife dress and you want to wear it? You have to wear your hair in a 50s style too, dumb dumb. And don’t even think about stepping out in anything other than shoes of the era. You may end up leaving the house looking exactly like June Cleaver.

Not that all of that is necessarily a bad thing. We’ve all seen 1940s pin-up styled gals on the more hipster side of town or in tattoo shops and they are pulling off the look, complete with victory rolls, effortlessly. God knows that people keep trying to bring back 90s fashion, so there’s that too. But something about wearing a head to toe look from a different time feels a little too costumey.

I had what I refer to as a “dumb blonde epiphany” a few months back when shopping at a local vintage fair: What if I bought this 1960s maxi dress and wore it just how I wear everything else? Then, when people inevitably ask where I got such a lovely garment, I can answer elusively with my nose up in the air: “oh, it’s vintage“. Sounds like an all around win to me.

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I don’t have the contact info of the vendor who sold me this blue maxi, but I did get three colorful, loud dresses from this shop that I looooove. This weekend a giant vintage event will take place here in Pittsburgh, and I can’t wait to see what I can score.

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Turn And Face The Strange, Ch-Ch-Changes

Being a blonde hairstylist with ADHD, I can get bored with my hair really fast! I need change often and change can be expensive and damaging when it comes to your hair! I try as best as I can to take care of it and keep it healthy. Washing it only once a week, and doing deep conditioners every other week. When I was at a hair appointment last summer, my stylist told me about a brand of shampoo called Pure Blends by American Culture Hair, you can use the shampoo to help either maintain colors, enhance colors, or use it to temporarily stain your hair. This immediately got my attention. It’s hard to go back and forth with most fashion colors which are semi-permanent, you use a lot of bleach and it can take a lot of time. I decided to try it out and I loved the results! The color mixtures I used came out vibrant and the fade is always a new shade. I would get excited to shampoo my hair because that meant it would be a different color when I was done.

The first trial I did was with the red shampoo on dry hair for 20 minutes. It came out to a soft pink and stayed vibrant until my next shampoo, then it turned into a rose blonde with my next wash, and by the third wash, it was almost all gone. Since I only wash my hair once a week, this color was the perfect amount of time to try something out without getting bored.


Next, I wanted to try purple which I loved so much because it faded into a silver. I re-did this color probably 3-4 times because I loved it so much! With the balayage/root-look being in-style, I was about to go a few months without getting my roots touched up. The purple/silver hair off-set the fact that I had 4 months of grown out roots. Saved me money and I got to change my hair color all at home!

Throughout the process of using this shampoo, I had been posting a ton on Instagam and making sure to tag American Culture Hair in the process. A few months passed and a representative of American Culture Hair contacted me about a blogging opportunity.  She sent me a few products to test out and that’s where I am at today.


Today, I used the Pure Blends Temped Pink Conditioner. I applied it to my prelightened hair and let it sit for 20 minutes. Viola! My hot pink barbie dreams came to life!


This is an awesome product to try out if you want a fun change! It’s also amazing to help maintain your natural colors and enhance the vibrancy of your hair. All of the shampoos are sulfate and sodium chloride free. They also smell like candy so it gives your nose a nice little treat when washing. If interested in trying out the conditioners, you can use my discount code to save 25% XTINA25 at their website. (Conditioners only) the price is not bad at all and you’ll get free shipping over $46!

Shampoo Cocktail recipes:
Soft Pink: 2 parts Chestnut – 1 part Cherry
Lavender: 2 parts Cocoa – 1 part Violet
Ice Blue: 2 parts Orchid – 1 part Violet
Rose Gold: 2 parts Sun – 1 part Cherry
Silver: 2 parts Violet – 1 part Orchid



p.s. if you have any questions at all about the products, feel free to message me, comment, or email me and I’ll answer them to the best of my knowledge.

Putting The “Blah” In “Blog”

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Every blogger on the face of this earth has some sort of blogging equation + schedule that they follow, you know, on their blogs. Whether it’s 3 detailed DIY posts everyday teaching readers how to make or bake something, or a post every now and then about what they wore to the last party they attended, everybody in blogland is doing something. On the off chance that I mention this blog to someone I don’t know very well, the inevitable first question they ask is “what is your blog about?” to which I answer “absolutely nothing, but somehow everything.” It’s a Catch 22 blog.

If you’re new visiting our “little corner” (ugh, gag) of the Internet, here is what you can expect from the Sarah half of That’s What She Said:

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blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah STUFF ABOUT STYLE.

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PHOTOS OF ME STANDING AWKWARDLY IN FRONT OF A COOL WALL blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

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blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah RANDOM SHIT I’M THINKING ABOUT blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been putting the “blah” in “blog” for 5 years now. I can’t stop, won’t stop blah blah blogging.

Shark Tanked

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You could call me an idea man. To which I would reply “I’m not a man, man”. But anyway, I’m full of ideas, or at least… I used to be…

When there is nothing better on tv, my husband likes to watch the show Shark Tank. Every time he puts it on, I feel two emotions: 1. grateful that I’m not in the same room as Mark Cuban and, 2. nostalgic for a time when I too had ideas for super cool, unique business ventures and/or iPhone apps. I used to have ideas in general. WHAT’S HAPPENED TO ME?

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Lately, it’s as though I have perpetual pregnancy brain, only I am not currently, and never have been, pregnant. I only ever use one adjective (amazing!) and can’t recall other words that I know I know to save my life. So what am I doing to combat my lack of vocabulary/inspiration/ideas/etc? The bare minimum, of course! I used to keep the Notes app open on my phone at night so that I could quickly write down the ideas I dreamt up, but that quickly became writing all of the weird shit Joel said in his sleep (big time sleep talker, that guy!). Now, I am just using this relic called a dictionary to reteach myself the vastness of the English language. Hopefully this will be a step in the right direction for the ol’ noggin.

Are there any other 27 year olds out there who feel like their brains are broken?! Nope? Just me? K BYE.

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Shark Tank/TATY, Pink Jacket/SheIn

How to create/wear GLITTER ROOTS!

Because Coachella is always just around the corner…

There’s a new trend where people put actual glitter in their hair, it’s like totally a thing! Whether you’re at home with your cat, going to the grocery store, or hanging out with friends, this is the perfect look to make you shine.  To help me model, I had the alien princess Mikhala help me with some interstellar looks!


Here is what you need:

1 mixing bowl

1 color application brush

1 TBS clear hair gel

1 TBS fine or coarse glitter of your color choice (I used silver)

1 TBS of star confetti

8-10 star stickers

if needed- bobby pins, rubber bands, and hair spray

Directions:

  1. Section out your hair. I did a zig-zag part with space buns but you can also do a half-up/half-down with cute buns.
  2. In Mixing bowl, combine hair gel and glitter.
  3. Apply glitter gel to roots or apply to about 1-2 inches of hair at the scalp down the part line.
  4. Sprinkle in star confetti.
  5. Place star stickers throughout part line.
  6. Go out and party!

 

Isn’t she the cutest? I just want to shrink her and carry her around in my pocket!

 

To remove:

  1. Jump in shower
  2. Shampoo at least 2-3 times, I did 3 times.
  3. Condition your hair and comb or brush out hair before you rinse.
  4. If there are still signs of glitter, DON’T REMOVE IT! All of your friends and coworkers will just think you’re a unicorn!


So what are you waiting for? Go out, glitter yourselves, and tag me when you do it! @xtinatheunicorn

Peace,

Christina

Obligatory Valentine’s Day Blog Post

Because love, PINK STUFF, flowers, and chocolate… duh.

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If a random or made-up holiday rolls along and a blogger doesn’t blog about it, did it even happen?! Sure it does, but there’s a lump sum of people who feel obligated to talk about it… it’s oBLOGatory (I made that word up while I was in the shower and, idk, I think it’s funny. Thinking about trade marking it?).

I am not, in any way, knocking Valentine’s Day. I, for one, love this holiday- it might be my favorite of the whole year because of my burning obsession with all things pink. Plus, a day that celebrates love? I love my hot, nerdy husband! Love, love, love him!

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I mean, any excuse to go take photos with pink balloons by a cute wall, amIright?! To celebrate V-Day,  Joel made us a gourmet dinner of filet mignon (literal translation- cute filet), lobster, with sweet potatoes and asparagus. We had a candle lit dinner at home with Dean Martin playing in the background and it was perfect. It was perfect except for the fact that my lobster still had it’s face and I felt like it was watching me which was awkward. It was 100% dead, but it still had a twinkle in its eyes and I had to keep apologizing as I chowed down.

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Side note- wind + balloons make for an interesting photo shoot.

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Lace Top & Eye Earrings/ SheIn, Dress/No14Boutique, Shoes/Ebay

Valentine’s Day 2017 also marks our 9th month married! Now at least you know for sure that it was not a shotgun wedding…

Night At The (Warhol) Museum

I love going to art museums. I especially love going to art museums when they have free admission (bonus points if they serve wine). Every Friday night, throughout the month of January, the Andy Warhol museum (here in Pittsburgh, Andy’s hometown) offers just that!

Unlike the shit show you might meet when visiting most museums on a free night, the layout of the seven story museum does a pretty good job preventing big hoards of people from congregating in front of one piece of art. We’ve been paying tribute to the King of Pop Art for three years in a row now, and we never get tired of seeing his work. As of recently, you are now allowed to take photos inside of the museum, so grab your camera man and have him capture you looking at art. If anyone ever doubts how cultured you are, just whip out those pics!

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Dancing at the Warhol 2014
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Twinning with Andy 2015

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Some of my favorite Warhol quotes:

“Art is what you can get away with”

“One’s company, two’s a crowd, three’s a party”

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The floating silver balloons are my second favorite installation. It’s a lot of fun to play with those things, but be gentle or you’ll get yelled at.

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Some of the rooms have parachute lined seating areas where you can sit and pose and pretend to look at art.

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The skull/Mao room is my number one favorite! When I first visited Pittsburgh in 2011, Joel took me here and we sat in this room for a long time talking about art and making out and stuff.

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The museum has a stuffed lion as well as a stuffed Great Dane. Taxidermy FTW. I wish I would have thought to stuff my Great Dane, Samson.

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It’s advised to start at the 7th floor and work your way down, which we did last Friday even though I was wearing new shoes and the elevators were out of order. The photo booth in the basement of the museum is the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. AND they have a play area for kids complete with a copy of Where’s Andy, a spinoff of Where’s Waldo that’s fun for people of all ages to play. Also, don’t even get me started on how they have the best gift shop of any museum ever (you can buy your own copy of Where’s Andy)!

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Tomorrow night is the last night to visit the Warhol Museum fo free, but if you can’t make it this place is worth the price of admission!