Change Came.

…Maybe it’s the fact that I couldn’t remember a time when it wasn’t winter; perhaps it’s simply because I’d been feeling stagnant lately.  No matter what the reason, the fact was this: I needed change.


And when I say “change,” I mean the good kind: the uplifting, awe-inspiring, and {just in case} the easy-to-switch-back kind.  Nothing too big and scary, just…change.

First up was a new header for the blog.  Poor Kyle and I struggled for an hour last night trying to put one together…but to no avail.  It was a very “off” day.

headerSee what I mean?  Quirky, yes; but it just wasn’t coming together properly.  No bueno.

Finally we decided to sleep on it, and whaddya know?  I woke up with an inspiration. Little by little, that inspiration spread its wings and flew, and eventually turned into this new-and-improved web design.

{Sorry, by the way, if you’re one of those haters who can’t stand the sight of pink.  I have always liked pink.  I even used to wear it a lot, but those days were about three years and 10 pounds ago, so it will be another few weeks before I can wear my old pink clothes again.  Anyway, if you hate pink, it’s going to be a long couple of months for you, because I’m quite enraptured by this new layout, and don’t intend to change it for awhile.  Too bad, so sad.}


So I woke up with the inspiration for a springtime, whimsical sort of blog look; sketched out a few things for my tech guy (PK); and headed out into the -6°F weather to run some errands.  When I came back, not only had Poor Kyle finished everything I’d asked, but he’d made some other hugely beneficial changes to the layout of my blog, and I was delighted.  We worked some more on colouring issues, and then I was struck with another inspiration:

Why stop with my blog?  Why not overhaul my own look?  So I phoned the Mayberry hair salon and booked an appointment for 2 p.m.  When the hour approached, I arrived at the salon, took my seat [and a deep breath], and boldly told the stylist, “I want to go back to my natural colour.”

Considering I’d been faking blond-ness for the past six years, this was a big deal.

But I am thrilled with the change.  Firstly, it’s going to look much less horrific than the blond version in two months (because I’m pretty bad about keeping up on my roots).  Secondly, I might go ahead and keep my natural hair colour for awhile—maybe even years.  Heaven knows it’s more cost-effective, especially since I can’t get it done for next to nothing anymore.


But mostly, I’ve just decided that, for now anyway, I don’t want to put on any more airs.  The truth is, I’m not blonde.  I used to be, when I was a wee lass, but those days, like the 10-pounds-ago-pink-days, are gone.  So why fake it? Sure, it is fun and quirky and even looks good for the first four weeks, but it’s not me.  Not anymore, anyway.  I can’t promise I’ll never go back to blonde.  In fact, I’m sure I will.  But for now, this change is refreshing—I feel like a new person, or maybe just a remake of the old one, but either way, it’s nice.

Thank you to Poor Kyle, who has been slaving all day at the computer screen.  Where would I be without my tech guy?

And who knows?  These changes might be just the stuff to get me through ’til spring.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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31 Responses to Change Came.

  1. anonymous says:

    First!!!!! I LOVE the new look! :)

  2. Kathryn says:

    Yep, I did the whole go back to natural thing. Now I don’t have root issues and I feel like I’m back to my thrifty self. I like the new looks, they are refreshing.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! Your hard work (and PK’s) was worth all the effort.

  4. Whitney says:

    I absolutely love the new look of your blog and your hair. Natural is so much easier.

  5. jami says:

    I love the blog, and I love your hair…I really like brown hair the most!

  6. Tisha says:

    Love both the new looks! I need a tech guy like PK!

  7. Cristin says:

    The hair looks good, but I don’t know if I’m brave enough to go natural. It’s scary for me.

  8. Lauren says:

    I am in love with the new look of your blog. It is so springy and pretty…just like you! Love your hair, girl!

  9. afton says:

    i am LOVING that header of you and PK!! i’m pretty sure it describes everything about this blog to a T! although this new layout is lovely as well. crisp and clean!

  10. Kyle's Granny says:

    Oh Camille, I am so sick of WINTER. It has been beastly this year…according to the locals, they’ve never (well, almost never) had this much continuous days and weeks of snow, and cold, to boot. And hey, guess what a complete shampoo-and-set costs here in my lodge, $10! I get my hair done every Thursday, who wouldn’t!Well, I give her an extra toonie, actually, always. Haircut, shampoo and set $15 (I give her $20 when that happens, about every 6 weeks). Come on over! to beautiful downtown Magrath!

  11. Lindsay says:

    oh i love it!!!!!!!!! now you and chelsie have gotten their hair done and now i’m going crazy trying to decide exactly what i want done to mine!

  12. anonymous says:

    i absolutely adore the new layout and your hair!! so cute!!!

  13. jeff says:

    I don’t mind repeating myself some, a skinny, smart, pretty, blue-eyed, brown haired wife? Oh poor Poor Kyle.
    I think the natural look totally sets off your eyes and lovely skin tone. And you look very happy with it.
    I had been growing my hair out for about a year, then went back to my usual brush cut a few weeks ago. Now i feel so much more like the REAL ME. If there is such a thing.;-)

  14. jeff says:

    PS, the new header is BEAUTIFUL. Loving the flowers.

  15. Joel says:

    Spring? What is this? There exists nothing except for leafless trees, brown, matted-down grass, and white precipitation! There is no such thing as a temperature above 45, either.

    Maybe I should get my hair done…

  16. anna says:

    Both looks are nice and refreshing.

    I love pink.

  17. HeatherPride says:

    I love both the new looks!!

  18. Niki says:

    Seeing your new blog design was like smelling orange blossoms at the first sight of spring.

    I know you can relate with me in that one.

    So lovely. As are you, dear camille. And your hair.

  19. EverybodyNose says:

    You know how I feel about change…….
    But I will admit……
    These are good ones.
    Love that header….please use it.
    Love you in pink.
    LOVE your hair!!!!!!!

  20. sarah says:

    It looks great Camille!!! I didn’t know you were a pink fan. Cool! It’s very refreshing. :)

  21. Holly Decker says:

    as hilarious and quirky as the other opted header is… i dig this one loads.

    its inspiring, your change.

    do i dare try to copy you and go from brown to some other whimsical color? do i dare try to do it without a… tech guy?

    you are gorgeous regardless of your hair color… its nice to see a smile- and besides, at least if you pretend its spring on your page, you just may believe it!

  22. Patti says:

    okay, I’m sad. Is it just my computer? I dont see anything different about your blog. It is the same as always.

  23. Patti says:

    Okay, Its amazing what that refresh button does. It is beautiful Camille and so are you!

  24. raygon says:

    WOW! i love it all…the pink background, the pink sweater, the new haircolor, the faux header you posted (i prefer you strait faced and kyle shoving oreos in his mouth over the flowers, although they are nice). It is all so beautiful. Hurray for change.

  25. Just like everyone already said, both changes look great! Your hair looks FABULOUS!

  26. I love the new look!! You should make sure to give PK an extra kiss and hug for that one :-) It is a nice hint of spring.

    I love the hair too!

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  28. Katie says:

    I LOVE IT! Love the blog, love the hair, love the pink. LOVE IT!

    Props to Poor Kyle and his authority over the color pink. It looks really great! As I sit here, the sky is pooping 10 inches of snow on my house. I needed some pink in my life right now.

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