Thirty-one year old Holly Penikas Parker moved from Ohio to Boston 10 years ago to finish school at Emerson College. She ended up sticking around and created a blog, covetous creatures, where she built a loyal following around her sophisti-Goth meets Sofia Coppola-dream girl looks and photography. Parker’s fans followed her to Instagram (@holleighz), where she gives us major hair envy and documents her day-to-day life as a newlywed woman about town.
Q. OK, let’s talk about your hair. You’re one of the first people I followed who tried out the candy-colored hair. What got you interested in changing it up?
A. I wanted pastel-colored hair from the time I was a very small child. And of course, when I was in high school, my parents would have never let me do that. I think I had color for a little while in college, but once I graduated and stopped working in salons and moved to an office, I had to keep things professional throughout the week. So I keep my hair as light blonde as possible, and then it’s very easy to add in a little color that’s just there for a few days. I’ve become a master at temporary hair colors.
Q. What’s the key to that?
A. You need very light hair to begin with but then there are a lot of different methods. Some of the blues I’ve done, I used Crayola Washable Markers and the pink is actually Davines conditioner that’s meant for red hair.
Q. Crayola markers?
A. It was all washable. My husband Greg actually called Crayola’s customer service to ask if it was safe. They said they couldn’t recommend it, but they said there was nothing they could say that would be bad about it.
Q. What’s been your favorite color?
A. Pink is definitely my favorite. I still have a tiny bit left from last weekend.
Q. Your bunny tends to make a lot of appearances on your Instagram. Do you still have one?
A. Yes, I have two. And they have their own Instagram account, too. It’s @weetzandmarilyn.
Q. Cute! How would you describe your overall aesthetic?
A. On Instagram: ethereal, whimsical. I like photos that are bright, but with muted colors and cooler tones.
Q. You post a lot selfies of your hair in awesome braids and up-dos. Do you have a lot of friends in the industry?
A. My husband is a manager at Bradley and Diegel Salon and I help out there every now and then. I’m spoiled, I have access to a lot of really great stylists.
Q. Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
A. I love the SoWa Market right now, and Bobby from Boston is also right there for great vintage. I get an embarrassing amount of work clothes from H&M because it’s inexpensive and you can get something that’s trendy that you don’t have to worry too much about keeping up for multiple seasons. I also love Daniela Corte, who has a shop on Newbury Street, and she actually is friends with a lot of people at the salon so I worked with her recently to do a custom wedding dress.
Q. She designed your gown?
Q. That’s awesome.
A. She did the most incredible job on that. It was everything I pictured.
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