10 Hair Color Makeover Ideas to try in 2013

New year, new you, new hue! With lingering leftovers and the security of a few more shapeless parka months ahead, it's easy to postpone those New Year's resolutions. Instead, take a cue from these celebrity hair transformations and you'll be ready to make the leap—headfirst no less.

Rooney Mara's Ashy Black Hair Color

Rooney Mara's Ashy Black Hair Color

If you're coveting Salander's edge (sans the dragon tattoo), these coal-color locks alone could put you on the naughty list. Ask your stylist for a non permanent dark color like this, called a Glaze or demi permanent color. It fades away slowly without the longevity of permanent black.

Rachel McAdams' Cool Brown Hair Color
 Rachel McAdams' Cool Brown Hair Color With more than a few chilly days ahead, there is no better compliment to those rosy cheeks and winter white skin that Rachel's sleek brown bob. Notice her color matches her eyebrows!

Kristin Wiig's Ombre Auburn Hair Color

Kristin Wigs' Ombre Auburn Hair Color

Her blonde to dark transformation is a fun take on the ombre trend, and will be the new way to wear ombre color in 2013. Notice the softer dimension rather then the harsh dark to light ends from Summer 2012.

Scarlett Johansson's Fiery Red Hair Color

Scarlett Johansson's Fiery Red Hair Color
Red is a naturally seductive color, and with a bold hue like this, you'll be nothing but a beacon of sexiness!

January Jones' Strawberry Blond Hair Color

January Jones' Strawberry Blonde Hair Color
Not ready for a drastic color change? Take a cue from January and and go a little strawberry.

Emma Stone's White Blond Hair Color
Emma Stone's White Blonde Hair Color
No caption needed, she looks great in any color.

Ashlee Simpson's True Platinum Hair Color
Ashlee Simpson's Platinum Hair Color
While I loved her auburn shade, there is nothing more rock star than platinum blonde hair. Notice the shorter haircut as well. They most likely had to cut a lot of her length due to the damaging process of red to blonde. Do not try this at home.

Rihanna's Black-Cherry Hair Color
Rihanna's Black Cherry Hair Color
Rihanna's red was fierce, but the new look works like a draped leather jacket- its both edgy and refined.

Amy Adams' Warm Auburn Hair Color
Amy Adams' Warm Auburn Color
Abandoning your red roots can be hard to do, so instead add a little auburn glaze to illuminate in a pinch.

Drew Barrymore's Orange-Red Hair Color
Drew Barrymore's Copper Color
Look how delicate her skin looks next to the copper red color, gorgeous!



Amsterdam Part 2

I am so happy to report my Amsterdam situation has improved greatly! After a great nights sleep and a renewed sense of adventure (along with a heavily edited map) I headed back out into the city for day 2, 3, and 4!

My first order of business was to visit the Anne Frank House, where a 13 year old girl spent 2 years in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of World War II. During her time here, she developed a strong writing ability and her diary went onto become one of the worlds most widely translated books. Sadly, her family was discovered and she lost her life In a concentration camp. Her story touched me deeply when I first read the book in 8th grade. Visiting her secret annex was both profoundly sad and touching, and the reality of her situation really hit me making my way through the home. Below you can see the 4 flight staircase she lived above, as well as the bookcase that concealed the entrance to her family's hiding place.

Once I finished there, I headed on over to Westerk Church, a Protestant church where the artist (not the toothpaste) Rembrant's funeral was held. Oddly enough, it was the most modern church I have visited, with its building dating to the early 16th century. So new! :)

Amsterdam has amazing cuisine, you can eat in every language! My friends know that I am a sandwich connoisseur and am always trying anything between 2 slices of bread. This city has the best sandwiches I have ever eaten, I am in absolute heaven. The bread, the cheese, the pesto... My last meal on earth must come from this city. My last drink on earth must come from Dublin.

Amsterdam also has a wonderful selection of museums too! On 1/9/13 I admired the Amsterdam Museum, which displayed the city's entire history from 600 A.D. forward and the Maritime Museum of nautical history. I found the maritime museum absolutely fascinating. Constructed on pilings, its a floating wonder that showcased instruments, vintage globes, paintings, and other watery wonders. In addition, parked next to is the 16th century Dutch East Indian Trading Company ship. As part of the museum, I was allowed to enter the ship and investigate, which was so cool! Although terribly creepy, since it was very dark in some spots and I was alone. Not so secretly, I love Pirates of the Caribbean, so getting to step onto this ship was the closest i may ever get to a "pirates life for me".

It is an art lovers paradise here, and in this case I am so glad to be traveling alone since museums and galleries tend to bore the stew out of most people. I've visited 9 here in Amsterdam alone. My main goal was to visit and enjoy the works of my main man, Vincent Van Gogh. His artistry has inspired me is since I was a young girl, and I am a huge fan of his technique. Why? This man devoted his life to his art, and experimented in every style before settling on his own unique brand. I admire his passion, as well as that of others, who commit their lives to becoming the best they can at what they choose to do. Van Gogh is also responsible for one of my favorite paintings, which you can see below.

I also took some time to visit the Hermitage Museum, which was filled with the Impressionist style works of art. Impressionism rose to popularity in the mid 18th century with the help of Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas. Again, I was enthralled with all of the paintings, and spent a substantial part of my time between these two places. The diamond museum was pretty neat too, and I learned how to cut a diamond and viewed some absurdly large stones.

Another reason I spent so much time indoors was because it was cold! So, so cold. I decided to take a hop on,hop off canal cruise, since so much of the city is connected via waterway. I highly recommend this mode of travel in this city, it was so beautiful. I found a new appreciation for Amsterdam once I viewed it from a boat. Over the course of a few days, I partook in all 4 boat tours the company offered, each one with a different route.

When I wasn't working my way through a museum or a sandwich, I was visiting the cities numerous open air flea markets. Here, you can buy virtually anything. I thoroughly enjoyed meandering past antiques, books, clothes, jewelry, trinkets and more. I picked up some jewelry, and some vintage bookends among others.

It's a shame Amsterdam seems to be overshadowed by marijuana and sex to many people. There is so much more to that here, and I wish more people took the time to investigate the charm of this city beyond the red light district.

There was a moment when I was sitting on a bench watching the swans in the canal, eating something delicious on a stick and listening to some live musicians' notes lilting through the air- I thought I may abandon my American life and take up residence here. I will retire to this city, no doubt about it.







































































Amsterdam + Lost In Translation

Hallo, Goedmorgan! That means hello good day in Dutch, which is also the only amount of Dutch I know. After taking another early morning flight on my tuna can in the sky airline, I arrived in the stunning city of Amsterdam. The city is filled with canals and colorful buildings, so it's a wonderful change to the sandstone and grey architecture I've been looking at for the past 2 weeks! Unfortunately, it's been years since I've been here and my first time visiting alone.

Today proved to be more challenging than anticipated; between the language barrier and extreme fatigue I faced between Dublin, early morning flights, and constant travel. After checking into my hotel, I struck out into the city to start my adventures, only to be so confused and lost and frustrated. Also, it's not the cars you need to worry about, the bicycles will run you over first!

I stopped into the most colorful church so far, called St Nicolas and walked through centraal station and the beginnings of the red light district. I wandered around for 5 hours, just enjoying the look of the city before becoming hopelessly exhausted and returning to my hotel.

I've spent the rest of my evening marking my hotel on the map in relation to the places I wanted to go and have better formulated a plan to get the most out of my next 3 days here. But, in my opinion, no language should have double a's or o's strung together in one word. Example: waterrlooplein or sarphatistraat

Stay tuned..