Hope everyone had a rad post holiday weekend! I spent late Wednesday through Saturday with my family in Pennsylvania, and Sunday was spent having a second Thanksgiving–this one friends style and completely vegan. I was overwhelmed by being able to eat everything on the table, but more importantly overwhelmed in the best possible way that I have some really great friends.
Some of the totally packed table! After dinner we played some games, chatted about roller derby & weird TV shows, and received some solid advice that being in your 20s is basically supposed to be a hot mess that you’re trying your best to figure out. Loved it.
My cousin Keri made all of the women in our family this sweet chalkboard made out of a dish. How adorable, right? I hung it up as soon as I got home. The first thing I thought to write was a phrase that’s been in my head lately. Trying to remember to do everything with intention. Really know what you want & slow down; be sure of yourself. Be deliberate.
I celebrated Small Business Saturday with my Mom, Grandma, and Aunt by walking around a few local shops in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. We spent a bunch of time in this cute little country store–totally more of my mother’s style than mine but I liked it! I bought a handmade pottery piece that I kind of had to have. As a fairly new recognized shopping holiday I hope to see Small Business Saturday get bigger & bigger and for more people to be aware of it. Black Friday has always annoyed me so I love that there’s an alternative!
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what specifically to put my energy into, and thinking of possibly narrowing my focus on less things. I named my blog Completely Unfinished because like most creatives, i’m constantly working on various projects and have many hobbies that I split my time between. I’ve been pondering narrowing my focus on the blog as well. I’ve thrown around the idea of turning it into a solely design blog. I’ve thought about making it about just design + diy–neither of these seemed fitting, but I do worry that i’m turning people away by being too broad and not narrowing into a singular niche. There’s tons of articles and blog posts out there talking about how important having a niche is and I feel like they’re screaming “If you don’t have a specific focus, you won’t get anyone’s attention! No one will understand you!”
I had a small epiphany last night when I was catching up reading blog posts; This series of interviews on One Woman Shop made me do a double take. ‘Multi-passionate.’ That’s me. I don’t know why it hadn’t hit me before; i’ve spent a lot of time in the past struggling with being a jill-of-all-trades and lacking confidence due to not having one specific thing i’m great at. I do love my career, I know that much. I know a lot of multi-passionate people try many different career paths. At the same time though, within my career I have more than one specialization i’m versed in. I do general graphic design along with web design, and also website development. In the last year or so i’ve put my design career above many other things so I would be able to improve in each area. I’m also finding myself increasingly interested in hand-lettering. Often I dream about owning a joint vegan cafe/store and doing freelance design work on the side–I dream of this even though I don’t have any background or training in culinary arts.
It makes sense, looking back on how I was when I was a bit younger. In middle school and high school, I played three instruments in the school’s band. I alternated between flute and piccolo; then switched to the saxophone because I grew bored & wanted a new challenge. After that I used to play guitar in bands, then quit when I found myself craving more time to design. My family often asks me why I don’t play guitar anymore, and I always explain to them that I’m focusing on other things. I miss music being a prominent part of my life sometimes but I know I can always go back to it. When the time is right I can pick it up again. Now in roller derby where there are 3 positions to play, I grab the jammer star and also play as a blocker. It is possible to be a lot more than just ‘a little bit good’ at multiple things you just need to put the time in.
Reading about multi-passionate successful people makes me feel like it is not a negative thing that I have many hobbies and interests, it’s actually a good thing & it’s how I am meant to be. It’s what I need to be truly fulfilled. I’ve always been passionate first and foremost, time to really embrace it.
Also, screw the phrase ‘Jack of all trades, master of none.’ ♥
‘Get Real’ is a monthly-ish series on Completely Unfinished featuring honest ‘real talk’ & more personal posts.
On one of the last warm days of fall in New York, Matt and I went on a little geocaching adventure. This was the first time i’ve been in about 2 years! During one summer my friend Dani and I would spend whole days just going around local areas with a hiking GPS seeing how many caches we could find before it got dark out. If you have no idea what i’m talking about, check out Geocaching.com!
We headed to a nearby park/beach that had 3 caches within walking distance. Now that I have a decent smartphone the geocaching app speeds up the process! Big fan of this mural.
We found a tiny one under this bridge
…And another one along the bushes of a baseball field. I hope to make it out ‘treasure hunting’ one more time before it gets too too cold out :) Geocaching is my favorite way to enjoy the outdoors & explore areas you frequently pass by, but wouldn’t otherwise spend time in because you haven’t had a reason to. There’s always going to be something nearby to find.
I’ve been dyeing my hair different shades of red myself for a couple years now. Right now it’s more of a burgundy color, but my shade of choice has mostly been high maintenance bright, vibrant red. It took me awhile to get it right, and I wanted to share with my fellow red lovers! I am in no way a professional hairdresser, this is just what I found worked for me through trial & error & some research.
1. Permanent Dye: If you have blonde/light hair, do not use a permanent hair color! The developer will cause the color to come out orange. This has happened to me, and it’s not fun! If your hair is light, you can just use a semi-permanent color to get a bright shade. (Skip to step 2!) If your hair is naturally dark, head over to Sally’s and get a box of permanent red dye and some 30 vol. developer. Avoid magenta red or orange red and go for a true red. I love L’Oreal HiColor Highlights in aptly named ‘Red.’ This brand of color really lightens your hair because it’s meant for naturally dark hair.
2. Demi-Permanent Dye: After following the directions that come with the product, admire your bright bright hair. After a wash or two, it will lose it’s pizzaz a bit. Don’t worry! Go out and buy a semi/demi permanent red color such as Manic Panic or Special Effects. N Rage Demi is my favorite. Dye your hair again with this color. It’s OK to use this so soon after you dyed your hair because there is no bleach/developer involved so little damage is done. This easily refreshes & amps your hair back up, and stays for a decent amount of time! A note about the N Rage dye I recommended— This color is awesome, but it is very messy! It will make a mess of your shower, hands, white clothes, and probably other things. Once your roots need a refresh go back to the permanent color.
3. Washing: A lot of people swear by shampoo made specifically for red hair, but I honestly don’t find it makes much of a difference. Make sure the shampoo you’re using though contains no sulfates, as this is what strips color! Try to wash your hair only once a week, go for twice if you’re really physically active. Invest in a shower cap, and let Dry shampoo be your new best friend! In between washes when your hair starts to get greasy apply & by amazed.
Permanent color + demi permanent color + minimal washing + dry shampoo = bright, vibrant red hair.
Are you smitten with red hair? Any other tips I missed?
I bought this adorable used handmade dress on eBay. It was a bit long for my liking so I took the scissors to it. The dress has a circle skirt so it was challenging to hem & I ended up taking too much off leaving me with too short of a dress. The solution? Eyelet lace trim!
I bought the widest trim I could find to give the skirt the extra length it needed. It worked out perfectly! I was afraid the white would stand out too much but it looks nice with the tiny white contrast stripes in the plaid. I really love the color combo.
The dress is a bit big for me size wise but a belt definitely helps. The person who made it even included belt loops :)