Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Outfit: Botanical Florals & Desire Boots

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I was contemplating how to wear this shirt and skirt combo, I couldn't decide whether to tuck my shirt in or leave it out. In the end I decided to go for a half-and-half look, sometimes you gotta wear something a little different, mix it up a bit! It's been a bit cooler these past couple of days which I've been slightly relieved about, I've missed my wardrobe! I've been living in cami dresses in the heat so wearing something different was welcomed. I'm not really one for florals, but I was really drawn to this shirt as it isn't too bright or overly flowery (if that makes any sense?!). Oh and I can't get enough of these chunky cut out boots, they're surprisingly easy to walk in too, not to mention pretty damn comfy.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Beauty: How I Get Silver Hair

I tend not to delve into the world of beauty blogging, I'm no expert here but I've been getting an increasing amount of questions on my Instagram and Twitter regarding my hair. I thought I'd put together a blog post that will hopefully answer your questions!  

COLOUR

So we'll start with a brief history of my hair colour, I'm naturally a mousy colour but I've been getting blonde highlights since the age of around 16 . I tried to go dark with my brief ombre stage but as my hair has been so heavily coloured it didn't take to the darker shade well at all and would wash out almost instantly. So back to be blonde I went! I get an all over head of highlights, usually the lightest shade and one just under so it isn't too much of a block colour. 



It might surprise you that I didn't actually dye my hair this current grey/lilac look it has at the moment. To achieve this colour I used a Bleach London toner on my already highlighted hair, this was to zap away any yellows and give it an overall more 'platinum' look. I then use a silver shampoo and conditioner (also from Bleach) which gives it those ashy tones. I've tried a lot of silver shampoos in my time and none have ever been as effective as this one. To get those lilac tinges I use the shampoo 2-3 times a week and keep it on for about 5 minutes before washing it out, and there you go! 

CARE

As I've had bleach on my hair regularly it does take its toll, though the condition of my hair isn't too bad I try and maintain its healthiness as much as possible to avoid any straw-like textures!



One item I always use is a strengthening spray, something that will 'repair' my hair. I've been using this Paul Mitchell spray (via hairtrade*) recently and I'm really impressed. I spray it onto my hair after I've washed it, as it also helps to avoid too many tangles! After this I run a small amount of the Body Shop coconut 'beauty oil' through my hair, it gives a silky smooth feel and it smells insanely gorgeous! 

STYLING

In terms of styling, I've never been too adventurous with my hair. I usually stick to a simple down style, I tend to straighten my hair and add a little bit of volume spray just so it isn't too flat looking. The Charles Worthington bounce and hold spray is a god send! I usually top it off with a quick spritz of my James Brown shine and fragrance spray for a glossy look. 

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So there you have it! I hope this has covered everything, if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to you!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Outfit: White ASOS Skirt & Stevie Tote

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I'm finding it so difficult dressing for this heatwave, I'm really running out of flowy outfit options that I won't melt in! As much as I'm enjoying having a sunbathe in the garden, I feel like a sticky mess as soon as I leave the house. This white Asos skirt has been one of my go-tos at the moment, teamed with a simple crop top. I adore these shoes and need to tell you how comfy they are. I can walk around in them all day and actually come home without blisters/shredded feet. Win! I'm trying to be really good with my spending habits at the moment, it's proving tough! I think a wardrobe clear out is in need, I might pop a blog sale up if anyone would be interested?!

So I've had a pretty chilled week, saw my gal pals a few times and went for drinks and lunch by the river today which was cute. I'm quite enjoying being a lady of leisure, it's nice to be able to spend a bit more time on the blog and I'm also planning a couple of trips in Europe for next month. I'm craving a holiday so bad!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Outfit: Darccy Moncia Dress & COMPETITION!

Hola amigos. How beautiful is this dress I'm sporting today? It reminds me of the sort of dress I see in vintage boutiques that's usually way out of my price range. I think there's something really special about it! What's even better is that you could own one too! The lovely ladies at Darrcy are giving one of my readers the chance to win ANY item of clothing off their website! It's totally up to you what you pick but definitely check out their gorgeous dresses, or a Chanel-esque jacket which Arabella has styled up to ladylike perfection in her post.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Wishlist: Breitling Watches & New Season Drops









Ooh very monochrome today. I do love a wishlist post, mostly because it's what I spend 95% of my time thinking about at the moment (the other 5% is how I'm going to make it to A lister on the Kim Kardashian game). So I can't deny my excitement for seeing the new season pieces slowly making their way into 'new in' sections. I feel like I'm pretty much settled on my summer wardrobe, so for now I'm looking past the leftover sale dregs and onto shiny NEW things! Uhoh! As I will be returning to uni in September for my third and final year (send help) I always persuade myself I must get a new bag. I realise I'm not a school kid anymore but it's a good excuse, and that grey Whistles tote is pretty spectacular. My white leather prayers have been answered in the form of the Topshop Boutique jacket, it's perfect, and I think I will swiftly have to chop up my Topshop card before I do anything spontaneous! Now, I'm in need of an event to wear the above Karen Millen dress to so if someone could throw a party or have a baby or something that would be great. 

Last but not least, I have to talk about these Breitling watches which I've been drooling over this week. They are obviously on the premium end of the watch scale, but I honestly think that a good watch is a necessity in life along with you know, water, food etc. I couldn't decide which one to feature so naturally, I've included both! I've always worn a watch on my wrist so it's definitely staple and an item I don't mind saving up for (though did I just spot 0% interest free credit...?) ha. Stop it Tilly.

What have you got your eye on at the moment? Oh and this week I'm going to be putting together a couple of different posts that aren't just purely fashion based. Starting with a little post on my hair routine, let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see or include!