Fresh New Start: How to Go Platinum Blonde from Dark Hair DIY

I’ve gone platinum blonde once before; previously, I had decided to for 2 reasons:

  1. I was turning 25 and wanted to have pink/purple hair before being officially in my “mid-twenties”
  2. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I wanted to dress up as Sia for that Halloween

I went to my stylist in the East Village; it took 3 days and was an expensive hair investment (my hair was long at the time; see previous length of hair here).  We made it work.  I even went pink for a bit before going back to a more natural dark color #unicorn !

This time, I decided to go platinum blonde because I may not always have the opportunity to go have fun with my locks, so…YOLO. #useitbeforeyaloseit

The difference this time is that I DID IT MYSELF (despite the cautions and worries of my fellow platinum pal, Benjamin of Style Guise).  As of the below photos being taken, I still probably have a few more lightening and tonings I’d like to do, but until then we’re in a good place with not too much breakage and a pretty satisfactory color.  What do you think?

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Tips for DIY hair bleaching and toning (to platinum blonde from dark brown/black hair):

  1. Expect it to be a journey that will take some time; pushing your hair too hard too fast will cause more breakage (this is when your hair becomes to damaged it falls apart, which gives many the concern that their hair is “falling out”).
  2. Get an extra set of hands for help if you can! It’ll help you be more thorough and swift. *When I had long hair, 2-3 stylists at the salon worked on my hair at once to try to make sure the bleach and toners were applied for an equitable amount of time. If you can’t get help, precess your hair in manageable sections and time them closely (e.g. how long it takes to apply the bleach to a section, how long you keep it on for before rinsing)
  3. The lightening processings are largely about time and the volume developer for the bleach powder you use. A high volume developer (40 vol) will be more intense and move your hair up more levels in lightness more quickly. Theres more risk of breakage at that level if you don’t watch it closely (I would generally only leave the bleach + 40 volume in my hair for ~15 minutes max before rinsing to ensure I did not over-process). A 30 volume developer can still lighten your locks, but it’ll take a bit more time, as you can leave it in your hair for a bit longer with less breakage-concern.
  4. Toning is key to get to an ashier, cooler blonde and to get rid of the warmth and brassiness you may see at first.  I did 2 bleach processings before my first toning with the Wella T18 (and toned twice to get to where I’m at in these photos).
  5. Take breaks in between processing your hair!  Your hair will be healthier and thank you for it.  I took a 3 day break in between my first 2 lightenings & tonings before the last two.
  6. Get a toning shampoo/conditioner; it’s a more gentle way that you can maintain your ashy platinum blonde every day while conditioning and cleansing your hair.  I use a popular one listed below.
  7. I prefer using a creme to a clear/liquid developer (I think it mixes up more easily and at a better consistency – the pancake-batter-like consistency that you want for both your bleach cream and your developed toner); here are some of the products I’ve tried and liked using:

Wella 40 volume creme developer | L’Oreal Quick Blue lightening powder | Manic Panic Flash Lightening Kit (40 volume), full kit includes everything you need except for toner; though it doesn’t come with that much bleach/developer so you may need multiple kits if you have a lot of hair like I do | For toning: Wella T18 with a 20 volume developer | Clairol Shimmer Lights | Reusable gloves | Bowl, clip, brush kit |

what i’m wearing:

| everlane turtleneck | veda leggings (soldout, similar) | acne boots (soldout, similar) | céline phantom (similar pre-owned)

similar boots:

similar leather leggings:

 

Have you tried lightening or coloring your own hair?  Please, share your tips and suggestions in the comments below!

xx,

Huckleberry Kim

A Huckleberry Coco Loco Recipe

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I heard coconuts are really good for you.  I’m not sure if it still counts if you add the below accoutrements…but I’m still counting the 10 coconuts I’ve consumed in the last week towards my health goals.

My favorite tropical cocktail the “Coco Loco” is usually made by blending an array of spirits (rum, tequila, vodka) with lemon juice, simple syrup and the juice from a fresh young coconut with some ice and pouring back into the coconut shell and serving with a straw.  I usually like my cocktails like my favorite people: strong and straight-up. So checkout my version of the refreshing cocktail!

Huckleberry Kim’s Coco Loco Cocktail Recipe

  • 3 oz. fresh coconut juice
  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. rum
  • 0.5 oz vodka
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • ice
  • 3 mint leaves
  1. Muddle a few mint leaves with ice in a cocktail shaker
  2. Crack open fresh coconut and add 3 oz. to shaker (reserve remaining juice for another cocktail)
  3. Add in spirits and simple syrup
  4. Stir down for ~60 seconds in shaker
  5. With a hawthorne strainer, pour back into coconut shell (or cocktail glass if you don’t have fresh ‘nuts)
  6. ENJOY! Sit back, sip, and feel your heart rate come to a relaxing 65 BPM ;P

Fun fact: Coco Locos are even better paired with shrimp and octopus tacos with a side of habanero salsa!

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xx, Huckleberry Kim


song of the moment:
the girl from ipanema

#fbf: Lovable, Even At Your Worst

About three years ago, I sat on the porch of this amazing beachfront bungalow soaking up the sunshine and yelling at Trigger to stay away from the stray perros that seemed to run the beach town of Tulum.  It was easy to fall in love with this place – in all its magic and perfection.  It is easy to love under the easiest circumstances.

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As of about three days ago, the place is quite run down and clearly has been abandoned for some time.  Though its bones remain intact – undoubtedly surviving through many storms and wild inhabitants* – it is, now, definitely a ghost of its full and lively past.  I’ve seen it: the cute young family that lived in one of the main yurts on the property – they’re gone.  No longer does it host young so-in-love couples ready to elope in its wake.   No longer is it as easy on the eyes nor so easy to be completely enamored by.

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Looking at it now, some might think this little bungalow has let go its final death rattle, but I don’t think so.  I still love it, even in its imperfect dilapidated state.  It may never be a reoccupied nest of love (and impeccable design) that it once was, but even in its worst shape, one of the greatest loves I’ve ever known was still as inimitable and strong there 3 days ago as it was 3 years ago.

If you won’t love something at its worst, you don’t deserve it at its best. 

And if you are lucky enough to find that sort of great, amazingly powerful, true love for/from someone/thing – the kind that transcends time, struggles, challenges, and the worst parts of life – you should consider yourself extremely lucky.  I know that I do.

With all my heart,

Huckleberry Kim

(*re: wild inhabitants:  in its state now, I found some dead reptiles inside – potentially dragged in by some of those stray perros who still run the town (lol); three years ago, I’d crawled up to the loft space to surprise Tom after he’d run out to the car to grab something…but rather than surprise him, I was surprised by the giant opossum waiting up in the loft for me #terrifying)

 

sound of the moment:

the smiths – there is a light that never goes out

…to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die…

A Huckleberry Haircut

The times they are a-changin’ y’all.  I’m probably going to have to start styling my own hair again for the next few years. FUN FACT: I used to cut all the boys & girls hairs in my university dormitory freshman year.  I was compensated with wine (of higher value to college freshman than any other currency).  I might also reopen the Huckleberry Hair Salon…bring wine. ;P

Enjoy!

Huckleberry Kim

Sunset Sunset

Whether we wake up at dawn to climb up to a rooftop in Chelsea, climb over fences into the East River, or climb up steep San Francisco hills, Mitch and I have made some epic sunrise shoots happen over the last few years.  A few weeks ago, we were back on the west coast again, and this time we decided to take on the sunset in San Francisco’s Sunset district to catch our wonderful star disappearing into the Pacific.  I’m usually still working while the sun goes down, so it was an extra special treat to get to do this! Checkout some fave selects, outfit details, and a song of the moment below <3

Photography by Mitch Blummer

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what i wore:

| off the shoulder sweater – sold out (similar) | topshop jeans | loeffler randall sneakers – sold out (similar) |

chunky grey off the shoulder sweaters:

High-top slip ons:

Distressed boyfriend jeans:

song of the moment:

Feels, Kiiara (+ a favorite remix)

| I have way too many feels, way too much emotion | I don’t even know what’s real |

xx,

Huckleberry Kim

A Healdsburg Weekend Itinerary

One of my best friends, S of Fork & 5th, decided that she wanted to escape frigid NYC and spend last weekend in wine country prior to our annual bonding week in SF for work.  We decided to do the girls weekend Healdsburg rather than Sonoma or Napa this trip to give ourselves the opportunity to explore a new area a bit further northwest of our usual wine country haunts, and IT WAS PHENOMENAL.

We stayed at an adorable Airbnb in Glen Ellen given that we’d planned to stop over at Ad Hoc in Yountville, where the daily-changing menu included a fried burrata we had to try.

Our itinerary included some lovely new wineries including Jordan Winery located on 58,000 beautiful acres and Lambert Bridge winery, which was amazingly pet-friendly for Baloo (my 3 month old puppy).

The tasting at Jordan Winery had lovely food pairings with their Burgundy style Cabernet & Chardonnay.

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Walking around the Jordan estate is a must. The main building pictured below is where the end-to-end winemaking happens – grapes come in, bottles come out.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

what i wore:
| cos cape (similar) | goorin hat (now on sale) | everlane chelsea boots | citizen of humanity jeans |
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The lovely garden on the Jordan estate is where their kitchen sources many fresh ingredients for their pairings and parties.
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This adorable dream-house nestled away atop a hill overlooking the Lambert Bridge Winery. Look. At. That. Wrap-Around. Porch. #slay
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Wine weekend squad at Lambert Bridge (minus the boys).
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Ever been to Healdsburg? Have any other suggestions for where to go?
xx, Huckleberry Kim
…hold on to everyone good…

Huckleberry Travel Guide: The French Riviera

I was lucky to spend Thanksgiving week in the French Riviera or Côte d’Azur with some of my family this year – and it was such a magical time! Here’s a quick post to share some photographic highlights and quick tips from the region:

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Enjoying le Promenade des Anglais in Nice on a sunny day!

| asos jumpsuit, soldout (similar) | westward leaning sunglasses | club monaco cardigan, soldout (similar) | black on black birkenstocks | everlane petra crossbody |

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Gorgeous beaches like this line the coast, steps from the Promenade des Anglais (above); here’s my father enjoying the lovely Mediterranean Sea.

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Everyone in France seems to have a scooter – it sure made me miss mine.

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Le Negresco is a lovely hotel situated right on the Promenade des Anglais – common to spot celebrities like Madonna, Julien Lennon, Prince Albert, Elton John here.  I really loved their holiday décor!

| minnie rose fringe poncho | boots from italian shoemaker in venice (similar) |

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Le Chantecler is “worth a detour” per Michelin review sites; I’d especially recommend it though if you get excited about food adventures and gastronomic experimentation.  My wonderful parents took me to a belated birthday dinner here – such a treat!

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The Musée Massena is located on the Promenade des Anglais – right next to Le Negresco, actually. It’s filled with ornate art and artifacts of the French Riviera and houses Napoleon’s death mask.

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The Musée Matisse was one of my favorites in France.  Not only do they have a great exhibition of every imaginable media of Mr. Matisse’s work, but the building’s façade and grounds are a beautiful site to admire as well.

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The Musée d’archéologique de Nice-Cimiez is a a nice stop after the Matisse Museum – after being indoors enjoying artwork, it’s a nice break to explore the archaeological site outside!  By the way, it’s definitely worth getting the French Riviera pass if you’re into site and museum hopping around the region – it grants you access to a lot of these cool places (kids are free, students discounted).

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Saint Paul de Vence

One of the oldest towns on the French Riviera, Saint Paul de Vence is a must-see for art-lovers.  It is full of history and seemingly endless art galleries.  Many well-known artists – including Marc Chagall, Jacques Raverat, and Gwen Raverat – spent parts of their lives and are buried in the local cemetery here.

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Here’s a photo of my father with our friend Stephane outside of a gallery.  Stephane who is from Saint Paul de Vence & showed us around the area.  He runs a private car service across the Côte d’Azur, and I’d highly suggest booking his services if you’re in the area; he’s extremely knowledgeable, honest, kind, and accommodating.

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It’s easy to get lost along the cute cobblestone streets here!

| everlane anorak | citizen of humanity rocket | adidas stan smiths black leather + leopard sold out (similar) |

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This beautiful “bonsai” iron sculpture was actually created by Stephane’s friend and is exhibited outside of a historic church on the street in Saint Paul de Vence.

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Monaco

Wondrous and opulent Monaco features many of the lavish experiences one stereotypically expects – luxury boutiques, incredible cars, beautiful casinos (below is a photo of the world-famous Monte Carlo casino).

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What’s also rather amazing – and family-friendly – about Monaco are the many sites to visit, including the Musée Oceanographique de Monaco (below) where you can get lost among the large aquariums and learn some cool things about marine life for a few hours 🙂

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Struggling against the wind with a map outside of le Cathédrale Notre-Dame-Immaculée or Saint Nicholas Cathedral of Monaco.

karen walker harvest with mirrored lenses, soldout (similar with regular lenses)

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There are beautiful views along the walk up to the Place du Palais where you can go see the royal guards.

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The family was actually in Monaco for american Thanksgiving, so we celebrated a French brasserie-styled Thanksgiving with a feast at the Cafe de Paris on the Place du Casino.

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Cannes & Iles de Lérins

I snapped this shot of my parents at sunset in Cannes after we returned from the touring Lérins Island off the coast.  They’re hands-down the best people I know.  Their love inspires me.  And they are just so adorable.  I love them to pieces.

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Sunset in Cannes

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It’s only a short ferry ride from Cannes to visit Île Sainte-Marguerite and Île Saint-Honorat – the first on which there is a huge fortress prison you can tour (where The Man in the Iron Mask with Leo DiCaprio was filmed).

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Getting the kids into Céline early 😉 special edition navy/tortoise color (similar)

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By the way, if you enjoy seafood, it’s AMAZING on the French Riviera.  I had so much fresh, tasty sea urchin.

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Cap Ferret

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: OMG this gorgeous pink mansion seems unreal and gave me a whole new appreciation for the color pink.  Definitely a place one should stop for a few hours to tour the extravagant history and take in the beautifully manicured gardens whilst listening to beautiful symphonies timed to the water fountains in the courtyard.

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Ok guys, I’m exhausted for now.

Tell me: have you been to any of these places on the French Riviera?  Let me know what you think!  I’m definitely going back to the Côte d’Azur sometime soon and am open to more recommendations <3

xx, Huckleberry Kim

home is…

Officially Autumn – Miami Daze

We’re officially into autumn 2015, guys; but problem is: I’m still smitten for summer.

No, not this summer – I poured myself into work this summer and left little room for much else..

(I wish I had some dreamy story to tell you about this summer #eyeroll)

What do I mean?  Summer.  Not a summer; I mean the idea of that summer, that vulnerability of summer, that endless feeling of possibility that comes with summer.

The feeling that makes you overly adventurous, so uncomfortable, naked & afraid, swooning so hard, blissfuly happy, dangerously curious.

THIS SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY OVER.

but I’m not mad about it…because it has only just begun for me 🙂

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Autumn is here to lead us into layers, bundled with warm beverages and familiarity.

snore, snore, snore; not interested.

LET’S KEEP ADVENTURING

WITH SUMMER IN OUR HEARTS

UNTIL OUR TOES FREEZE OFF IN BERLIN OR MOSCOW

BECAUSE AT LEAST THEN

WE CAN SIT AMIDST CRACKLING FIREPLACES

& SWOON OVER OUR MUTUAL LOVE FOR THE WANDERLUST

THAT SUMMER INSTILLED IN OUR HEARTS.

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| Slapper of the day: What Do You Mean? CHVRCHES Justin Bieber cover (a little more adventurous, naked, and raw compared to the original) |

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| mirrored sunglasses | neoprene bikini (similar) | sandals | poncho | hat | bag |

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so long sweet summer, i stumbled upon you and gratefully basked in your rays

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and enjoyed your beautiful colors

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and yummies

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and merriment

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, see you soon <3

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delightful star alignments & dirty drinks

A friend introduced me recently to the wonderful merits of a classic dirty martini. The basic recipe for a dirty martini includes: vodka, olive brine, dry vermouth, and a green olive garnish (see following). dirty martini ingredients
…though I’ve never been the most keen of basic..recipes. So a few days ago I soaked 6 green olives, a slice of pickled jalapeño, and a slice of pickled beet in about 1.5 cups of Hangar1 vodka. It gives the vodka a lovely blush color!
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And this is the recipe I came up with after a few nights of experimentation for my ideal super dirty martini.

Huckleberry Kim’s Super Dirty Martini

  • 4 oz. of soaked dirty vodka
  • 2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 oz. olive brine
  • olives to garnish (I like 3 olives in my dirty martini because yum.)

Good tips for mixing your drink:

  • Vigorously shake the ingredients with ice for no more than 45 seconds; if you’re going to stir, use a large hunk of super cold ice so it doesn’t melt too fast; don’t stir for more than 30 seconds.
  • Freeze your martini glass ahead of time to keep it all super cold.
  • Use a fine strainer when pouring the drink from the shaker into your glass; lots of olive/pickley gunk should be filtered out 🙂

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New favorite Major Lazer jammy; thanks for the share T.

xx, Huckleberry Kim