Purple Hair For Dayz

Purple Hair For Dayz - Little Lady Little City
I'm not sure why but I have been more bored with my hair this year than any other. I got bangs for a little while, then I chopped it all off, and now it's purple which I'm finally completely in love with. This is the first time I have ever dyed all of my hair a fun color. In college I usually had dark hair with pops of color under the bangs. How hipster of me I know, hehe. 
Purple Hair For Dayz - Little Lady Little City
While there hasn't been a crazy amount of humidity here in Delaware there has been enough to make my head full of flyaways! Where is the hot dry climate when you need it? Haha.
Purple Hair For Dayz - Little Lady Little City
I had some issues getting this color, though, it isn't exactly the color I was originally going for I'm digging the way it came out for sure. After lightening up my hair I got the dye mixture all ready and put it in my hair then left it in for three hours, only to rinse my hair and find it basically unchanged. It was the weirdest thing, there was only one small patch that was a very, very light purple. You would think three hours would have left it more purple, but no such luck. So, the next day I added a little bit more of the purple dye with conditioner. I'm talking from a half tablespoon to a full tablespoon, and left it in my hair for 45 mins. Bam I had Grimace colored hair, haha! I washed it with a little shampoo to help lighten it up a little, at last I got the purple that is currently on my head. 
Purple Hair For Dayz - Little Lady Little City
 shirt // thrifted
jeans // Forever 21 
shoes // Lulu's
Purple Hair For Dayz - Little Lady Little City
I really have no clue what's going on with my mouth in the above picture. I think I was pointing at my hair but my hands got cut off. Not that that is a good reason for whatever is going on with my face haha. Anyways, I think my hair is probably going to stay this color for quite some time. I'm just so smitten with it! If you guys could color your hair any color what would it be? Or what was the funnest color you have ever dyed your hair?

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Week in Instagram v17

We've been relaxing with Will's family back in Delaware so it has been pretty quiet on this little blog, but I'm not going to apologize, because this small break has been nice. However, I am pretty darn happy to get back into my posting routine, so to start off I thought I would dust off my Week in Instagram series again.
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  1. The cats atop their stair throne, their favorite place to hang out.
  2. Sylvester sleeping on an extension cord, I guess there is nothing like the feeling of a cord between your toes to help you nap, haha.
  3. My new purples hair! Ahhh I love it so much but I have getting some of the nastiest stares from people in DE. Whatevs, I love it and that's all that matters!
  4. This is how conference calls happen at our office. 'Hello? Yes this is cat.'
  5. Went to a Shorebirds baseball game. 
  6. Part of the baseball game crew. My hair looks super grey in this photo haha. 
As nice as it has been visiting family I cannot wait to get back to the mountain, I seriously think I'm going to move all of my work stuff outside and just enjoy the view and the air once we get back! So what have you all been up to? How was your weekend?

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Back On Our Mountaintop

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We've been back on the mountain for just under a week now, and it's been pretty wonderful. The stress of packing everything up and driving across country tends to overshadow just how nice it will be to be back, but once you get here it's pretty darn great. Of course there is a lot of cleaning to do after being gone for sone long, it is a little surprising just how many dead bugs one can find after 6-7 months away (stupid stink bug infestation). Friday we spent all day cleaning the place so it is feeling nice and cozy once again. I think the cats are also so happy to be back on the mountain again too, they have been enjoying all the woodland creatures that wander the property.

I think today calls for a little walk and a picnic under the warm sun. So wonderful to be back.

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Peach Upside-Down Cake

Peach Upside-Down Cake - Little Lady Little City
As much as I love staying with my dad when we are in Phoenix I am so happy to be back in my own kitchen on the mountain. My dad doesn't cook much, and he is not the biggest fan of his kitchen being a little disheveled, even if it's only while the cooking is happening. He does enjoy getting to eat whatever was being made, however. To celebrate being back in my kitchen I thought I would make a cake and we got back to the mountain just in time for peach season, so peach upside down cake it is! 

3-4 peaches
1 1/2 cups flour
4 eggs
3/4 cup butter
3/4 and 3 Tbsp brown sugar
3/4 white sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder 
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 salt
1-2 Tbsp water 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 

Combine 1/4 cup of butter and 3/4 cup of brown sugar in a sauce pan or skillet and melt over low heat. Once butter is melted cut peaches and add to pan/skillet. Keep on low heat for about 5 minutes. Be sure to mix around so it doesn't burn, then pour into baking pan and set aside. Separate your eggs and beat egg whites on medium until they start to form stiff peaks. Once this happens add in your white sugar 1/4 of a cup at a time. In another bowl mix together your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, add to egg whites and sugar mixture. Add vanilla, egg yolks, butter, water, and remaining tablespoon of brown sugar, mix on medium until combined. Pour batter over butter, brown sugar, and peach mixture. 

Bake for 40 minutes or until cake is golden brown. 
Peach Upside-Down Cake - Little Lady Little City
Truth time - While I was making this I foolishly grabbed a detachable cake pan instead of a regular one and soon my kitchen was up in smoke, sigh. I'm taking about smoke billowing out of the oven because the butter/sugar combo was spewing (well, more like slowly leaking) out of the pan. So I did the only thing I could really do without totally ruining the cake and put a glass pie dish under the cake pan to catch the remaining butter and brown sugar mixture. That glass pie dish is now taking a long soak in the sink, haha. I seriously don't think I have ever felt any more stupid, but I guess it makes for a funny story now right? Have you guys ever done something silly while cooking? 

Let me know what you think of this cake if you give it a try!

x's and o's

Guest Post: Kick-Arse Date Ideas On The Cheap

I’m super stoked to be guest posting here on Little Lady Little City and have been a fan-girl of the blog for quite some time. My little slice of the internet is over at Just Jess May and, if you’ve read any of my posts before, you’d know that I kick around in a beachside town in Western Australia with my partner of five years, Andrew, and our pooch, a Kelpie named Max.
Like Amanda & Will, we built a house six months ago. Actually, wait. I’ll rephrase that. A builder built our house six months ago (I’m sure we would have murdered each other if we’d done it ourselves). We had the bare bones constructed for us, and we’re finishing it ourselves inside and landscaping the backyard. It is both the most amazingly rewarding experience and the most hair-tearing, tantrum inducing situation I’ve ever been in. We both work long hours at our day jobs and all spare time is spent painting/flooring/digging. To add to all of that, Andrew works in gold & copper mine here in Western Australia as an underground electrician, so works away and lives on site for eight days at a time. The six days he has at home before repeating the cycle are usually dedicated to fixing the DIY mistakes I’ve left him while trying to prove I’m helpful…

Not only is all our precious free time together going towards our love nest, all our money is going into it to. Throw an evolving, passionate relationship into that mix and you’ve all of a sudden got to get creative with your date ideas. If you only take one piece of advice from this post, please let it be this or I’m failing at what I’m trying to do over at the blog.

Don’t skimp on your time together, regardless of your finances.

“For real?! We’re paying a mortgage, I’m/He’s studying, we’re freelancers!” Trust me, I am hearing ya. You’re preaching to the choir. But there are some seriously fun (and kinky, if you wanna go down that road) things you can do together that aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg!

Select a three course menu and cook it together - even if it's tinned soup, microwave rice and ice-cream, serve it like its a five star meal. Make sure you sit at the table, pop some candles in the middle and make it about the experience, not the food.

Cook your favourite takeaway meal - The wonders of Google! Punch in recipes for your favourite  takeaways and make them yourselves. Guilt-free junk food, yay!

Stargaze - google the constellations that can be seen in your part of the sky, grab a cozy blanket and park up outside.

Exchange DIY massages - Pick a few gorgeous essential oils, mix a few drops with some carrier oil (coconut works really well) and take it in turns giving each other a divine massage.

Have a movie marathon or tackle a TV series - Drag a mattress into the lounge room, comfy it up with all the pillows and blankets you can find and chill-ax together. Plan to stay there a while? Build a fort to hang in while you’re catching up on Sons of Anarchy.

Pick characters + a fake (but believable!) story - go and test drive a new car, visit an open home and pretend like you’re going to buy it. Make sure you’re story is believable, or you might get told to bugger off, but not so politely. Cheeky and a bit of a rush!

Geocaching - Feeling outdoorsy? Check out geocaching. A little bit adventurous and a really cool way to work as a team. Its like orienteering, high on sugar. Check you the Geocaching website, punch your location in and you’ll get given the GPS coordinates to head out and find any form or random item. 

Play a messy game of Twister - Grab some water-based (non toxic, of course) paint and cover each spot on the board. You’re going to get a bit bendy-wendy and will have no choice but to have a shower afterwards. Why not, ahem, save water while you’re at it…?

Stay home and celebrate No-Undies Sund’y - I don’t think I have to explain this one. Its probably a good idea to tell your friends and family you won’t be home so they don’t turn up unexpectedly.

Can’t decide what to do? Write a whole heap of ideas on little pieces of paper, fold them up and pop them in a jar for a lucky dip on date day. Added surprise!

Liked this post? I’ll be releasing my e-book, Quick Bit Of Lovin’, in the next few weeks. It’s chock full of ideas for busy coupes to love deeper, love sweeter + love simpler. on this wicked quick (and free!) guide. 

Hope to see you hanging around my corner of the web soon!

Jess xx

So many great ideas, thanks so much for sharing Jess! You can find Jess on her blog, twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest

July In Review

Simple crockpot four bean stew.
10 free fonts I'm currently loving.
Boldly going where no cat lady has gone before. My amazing new shirt featuring Wigs!
Instagram vs Reality. Poking fun at some of my staged Instagram photos.
Will made me this amazing Teen Witch illustration!

Well holy cow guys it's already August?! What the heck happened to July?! I guess that's what happens when you get slammed with work and do way too many 10+ hour work days sitting in front of the computer, haha. And now instead hours sitting in front of the computer, we are currently sitting a equal number of hours in the car on our way back to the mountain! However, we are trying to stop along the way to check out fun things- you can check them out on my Instagram

What were some of your favorite parts of July? Share them in the comments below, or if you have your own Month in Review post share the link! 

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