Yesterday, I was contacted by a fashion collaboration site by the name of FStop.FM to be featured as a model. The site is similar to Model Mayhem, where agencies and brands can interact and collaborate with makeup artists, models, photographers, etc… I like that the blog has an Instagram type of feed where artists can post new projects and agencies can advertise. If you want to sign up, be sure to use my profile link: https://www.fstop.fm/#p/Kkarr. Happy trails to you!
I am so excited to have a new puppy as of two days ago. I decided to go to the SPCA shelter in the Mission with my bf and I saw the cutest little dog. Her name was Aly and she walked right up to me and rubbed up against me. I made the choice to wait a day and think about it. By nighttime, I was imagining what it would be like to have Aly in my apartment running around and knew that I couldn’t live without her. The next day, we went back to the Mission location, but a staff member said she had been transferred to the Pacific Heights place. I was relieved that she hadn’t already gotten snatched up, as many more people yesterday came into the shelter after me to look at the puppies. Aly was part of a litter. She had a sister named Kerry and a brother named Egan. They told me she was a Chihuahua mix, but I don’t believe so due to her having floppy ears, soft coat of fur, and sweet quiet temperament. I’m glad she didn’t turn out to be a yappy dog. The Maltese dog next door named Poochie has enough of a hyper attitude, barking through the night. It is nice to have a new addition to my family!
I’ve been singing for awhile and playing violin even longer. It was great to finally set up a sound tent with my boyfriend, who is a guitarist. He met a guy whose brother owns the largest independent record label in Nashville. We’re going to send a 3-song demo to the label. It wasn’t actually too difficult to build the sound tent for recording. The only challenge was inserting grommets into three black moving blankets. We bought some PVC piping from Lowe’s and shower curtain handles for cheap. The setup took about an hour and a half. I’m hoping to take my music to the next level!
The switch to a Marilyn look didn’t go as planned. Maybe it’s my skin tone. I seem to do better with Betty Paige black. Last night’s experiment trying to go lighter with Revlon light blonde mixture was drama central. It looked like I had a bright orange tabby cat on my hat at the end of the dye job. Oh God. My girlish inner fantasy of perfect blond seemed to tatter like a fraying pair of jeans the more dye I applied to my head. So long to an idealism that didn’t seem to fit me. Maybe it was truly some past life recollection that in this life could only be remembered and not accessed. I suppose all girls have their very own Marilyn fantasy and I, Katherine Robbins Karr, go by Reign Diamond as a stage name. I like to play up the Jersey Jewish American Princess fantasy with darker locks and I sport Juicy Couture velour sweat suits and bags. So here’s the scoop on how to “do blonde” if you so dare.
The first dye job may be an orangeish end result. So from there, you will want to get an ash blonde kit to tone the hair so it will turn a yellowish shade. You need to make sure it has a blue based tone instead of purple. According to Bellatory.com, to prepare the dye, mix the chosen color with 10 vol developer with a tinting brush and bowl. Follow the same process with dyeing the hair and leave the dye in so as to neutralize the orange tone. Make sure to condition the hair thoroughly. If you want to make the hair lighter, do it a week later with even more bleach. Use a pearl, ash, or natural tone of blonde. If you want your hair to be blonder, leave the mixture in longer. For care and upkeep, use a purple tone shampoo to keep the hair light. Of course, if you don’t want to put up with the entire bleaching process and want your hair dark again, get black or dark brown dye! Happy hair dyeng!
What would the summer be without hunting for treasure at outdoor flea markets? I’ve been around the Bay Area to various flea markets and have compiled a list of cool and exciting places to shop for bargain goodies! Here they are:
Alemany Flea Market (***)
I love this flea market for the fun vintage stuff sold and that it is near the Mission, which is conveniently located near where I live. It can be pricey, however at some tables and there isn’t any food. Definitely a neat Mission-style market to check out for the antiques!
Laney College Flea Market (*****)
The Laney College flea market has a nice Oakland flavor to it. The first section of the flea market has tables with used or less expensive stuff and the area with newer merchandise costs only $1 to get into. Not a bad price! I love that there is a good balance of used and new stuff. There are plenty of awesome food stands to delight in. I like the roasted corn on a stick and the flavored shaved ice. A five star rating in my opinion because it’s not too far over the bridge and parking is easy.
CCSF Flea Market – ocean campus- resevoir parking lot
Treasure Island Flea Market (****)
The Treasure Island Flea Market is great for it being right on the water and for the scenic view. It tends to cost more to get in there due to the nicer stuff sold. Parking can be a little tricky, but there are some great food trucks and there is always live music!
Oakland Coliseum Swap-Meet (*****)
This flea market is mid-priced for getting into. I love the boiled corn on a stick outside stand and the inside American food joint. The $5 tee-shirt stand is a must! I like that there is usually a live band and that there is also a play area and slides for kids, which makes this flea market very family friendly. Definitely a do!
Alameda Antique Fair (*****)
The Alameda Antique Fair is the largest antique fair in Nor Cal. You can buy anything from collectibles to clothing to pottery. It is great that it is by the water and that parking is free. You can also take a free shuttle to and from the flea market.
Had quite a day in San Leandro Tuesday doing a model waxing demonstration at Eva’s Aesthetics where my lovely friend Eva works! It was painful to go through with the waxing, since I hadn’t had enough time to grow the hair out, but it was well worth it for the cool people I met and the beauty products I received! The products are all natural and great for the environment. The Clear It Blemish Control Gel contains organic colloidal sulfur and is good for all skin types. It can be mixed with equal parts of the Detox Clay Mask for breakouts and scarring as a powerful healing formula. The Green Clean Invigorating Body Wash contains pine essential oil to condition and clean the body and face, sea minerals to cleanse and prevent dryness, and glycolic extract to provide gentle exfoliation! I will definitely be going back for another demonstration in the next month! ❤ ❤ ❤
This past weekend in Prescott, Arizona was truly magical! I enjoyed dancing with fellow alumni at the Prescott College dance reunion weekend. I stayed with 3 different alumni and ate awesome organic vegetarian food! Dance has been a major part of my life since I was young. I grew up taking ballet, modern, tap, and jazz at Dance Innovations in Chatham, NJ. I did a lot of performances at nursing homes and benefits and some competitions. One summer, I spent time in Philly at the University of the Arts doing a summer intensive program, which was amazing. The Prescott College program gave me the tools to be creative and improvise on the spot with movement and Dance Innovations gave me the technical foundation to perform, which is so essential to the art of learning dance. Peachy’s Puffs, the candy/cigarette company I work for in SF, is hiring vintage dancers to do the Lindy Hop and Charleston during the holiday season, which I’m thrilled about! Since this past weekend in Arizona, I’m looking forward to taking classes at the Arthur Murray studio! Stay tuned for more posts! ❤ ❤ ❤