I knew it wouldn't be long before a change of hair colour was on the cards. I grew bored of having dark roots pretty quickly. Isn't it funny how the grass is always greener on the other side (or, blonder, in my case!) when it comes to hair. When it's short, I want it long, When I have a sweeping side fringe, I want my micro fringe cut back in. One thing I knew for sure since hearing that Guy Tang & Kenra's metallic colour collection was landing in Glasgow (in the one and only BLOW) is that I definitely wanted a piece of the action.
Well hello 2017, it sure is nice to see ya! It's taken me a few days longer than planned to get this blog post up, as I've been hit with that cold and flu bug which loads of folk seem to be suffering from at the moment. But to be honest it's set me up in a good mindset for entering the new year - taking life slow and steady. I have a few personal goals which I'd like to achieve this year, but all in all I want my pace of life to be a lot less frantic and a whole lot more purposeful. Sure, I always live my life with purpose but when you cram so much into so little time... the time you do spend in that moment is always gone in a flash. This year I really want to focus on 'the now' as much as possible. I'll make plans and have goals (girl boss for life, that's never gonna change!) but I won't worry if things don't go to plan or I venture off the path I've set. Being a control freak and a worrier when it comes to anything and everything really doesn't generate the best quality of life. No matter what each day brings, I want to listen to my body (physically, emotionally and mentally) as much as possible. Say yes more, say no more, break the routine, and not let anxiety and habits determine how this year, and years to come, will pan out.
Since April this year I decided to make the switch to going completely cruelty free with my skincare, makeup and hair care products. It's been a really interesting process and I'm still learning something new every single day about animal testing and the different regulations (and often loopholes) which various companies adhere to. I'll only be doing one gift guide this year, so I thought it would be apt to do a little round up of some of my favourite cruelty free brands which are all perfect for gifting your loved ones (or hey, yourself!) this Christmas and beyond.
It's funny how after 7+ years I still never quite know how to start off a blog post without feeling slightly awkward, so I'll just begin by going HEYYY there! Again, I meant to be back into a posting routine sooner but I'm still feeling in a bit of a funk. My motivation levels are all over the place and often being sooked dry by work, but that's the constant battle I face trying to get the balance just right. I tend to get pangs of motivation at the most unlikely times (like yeah let's totally clear out and rearrange the contents of my makeup drawer at midnight because why not?!) rather than when I know I need to get shit done. So it's Sunday night, I'm feeling pretty rested from lots of sleep this weekend, and have decided to treat myself to a bubble bath once I hit publish on this blog post. BYE THEN, THE END. Just kidding, I have some lovely pictures I'd like to share with you from last weekend at wedding number four of 2016.
Wavy beach hair always looks so effortless, but ironically can take quite a bit of effort unless you have a whole load of sun, sea and sand on your doorstep (and the type of hair which likes to cooperate) While sunning it up in Vietnam I can happily proclaim that summer ain't over yet, for either of us! Here's my super easy beach waves tutorial (aka a cheats guide) on how to get those surf laden locks, even if you're land locked. Oh, and a bit of glitter thrown in for good measure.
It wasn't gonna be long before I started missing having a fringe! Or 'bangs' as all the cool kids call them. I get awfully bored when my hair stays the same way for too long, so having a fringe cut in tends to distract me from taking any length off the ends. I'm trying to grow my hair at the moment (and maybe even considering extensions) cause as I get older, I feel like my hair takes even longer to grow. I'd love to hear your opinions and experiences with hair extensions. I'm off to Singapore and Vietnam for two weeks in September, so will probably wait until I get back to look into them properly, as I know it's gonna be ridiculously warm and muggy over there, and my hair will be getting tied up into a birds nest on the top of my head most days.
“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life. ” — Richard Bach
I remember the first time when I was little and my Mum styled my hair into what can only be described as a pineapple pony tail (half up, half down, with the pony swinging about like nobody's business) and I made her put my hair like that every day for the whole summer. This is pretty much how I felt at my recent visit to Paddy for a colour refresh. I'm obsessed with anything Opal at the moment, and my new colour definitely fits the bill. Business in the front, braid party in the back!
It feels pretty appropriate to be sharing my colourful new doo on such a sunny Sunday in Scotland (I actually saw a double rainbow last week, as did most people in Glasgow on my facebook, does that mean we all get to make a wish? Or something magical along those lines) A couple of weeks ago I had a trip to Rainbow Rooms in George Square to let the awesome Paddy loose on my hair again, and do these fun-tastic rainbow roots!
I've had my fair share of different hair colours in the past 5 years or so. Growing up with a hairdresser Mum, she let me experiment with semi permanent dyes and various slices and flashes through my hair (Fudge paintbox, anyone?) However I'm not gonna be pulling any of those photos out from the dark depths of the internet! It wasn't until going blonde for the first time in my early 20's that I really started to take my colour into my own hands (no offence, Mum!) I think she was just worried about me ruining the quality of my hair, like so many others she had seen (and ultimately had to fix) over the years. To this day, despite my hair being pushed to the limit a few times, I think it's pretty safe to say it's still in a great healthy condition. So today I'm gonna share some tips on how I care for coloured hair.
Who am I kidding - it doesn't take the excuse of a new year for me to go for a new hair colour (much to my hairdressers dismay...) After having lovely orange and copper locks for a few months, I decided it was time for a change. Timehop had been reminding me that two years ago I went blonde, which I really loved. I started to get major hair envy over my own old photographs (THAT BITCH, I want her hair!) I only went and ruined it by dying it blue, thinking that the blue would fade out to a nice pastel colour and then go blonde again, just like the pink did. Boy I was wrong! I loved my blue hair, but it was very hard to upkeep. The blonde was beyond saving so I ended up going dark brown over the top late last year. I feel like now is the time for me to head back to blonde again, and hopefully not ruin it this time! Being able to wash light pastel colours in and out of blonde hair should keep me entertained for the forseeable future (fingers crossed, I am a rather fickle wee bird as you can see)
I'm in a bit of a strange daze right now, mainly because my belly is full of pizza and Christmas chocolate and I've been sleeping silly amounts the past few days. It has been so nice to switch my brain off over the festive period, but now it's got to the point that even when I check my phone I still can't remember what day or date it is. The last week has been a total blur of food and laughter, between spending Christmas Day at my Mums, Boxing day at my Dads, and then the day after up at Pete's Dads. It was lovely to get out of the city, get some fresh air and go for walks (So although I've been quiet on here you can still follow my daily updates on Instagram)
I'm really looking forward to cracking out my new diary and notebook (okay, notebooks...) and getting organised for 2016. Along with getting back on the healthy living wagon. Seriously, I look about 5 months pregnant and feel hella sluggish! One of the pressies Pete got me for Christmas was a nutribullet, so I look forward to whizzing up ALL THE FRUIT AND VEGGIES while praying my body forgives me for how indulgent I've been. I had a glass of water this morning and it tasted like sweet nectar, as if I've been trawling through a desert for all of December. Caffeine and alcohol, y u no hydrate me? I feel bloody broken! 2016, I am so ready for you.
I'm sorry about the post title, you're thinking Christmas - right? Not quite yet. But it is gonna be upon us very soon so I hope all the Bah Humbugs out there can stop resisting it angrily and just LET IT GOOO. (See what I did there? Frozen, Christmas... again, sorry!) Anyways, before I fully embrace the festive period into my warm bosom, this time of year has another reason to be wonderful. A week ago today, I got to watch one of my blogging besties get married.
The way we dress evokes "What a plain jane, she's so boring, I'd love to give her a makeover" to "Look at her wild dress sense. You call that fashion? What an attention seeker!"
Our choice to wear makeup goes from "Oh you look very pale today, are you tired? Are you feeling unwell?" to "You wear far too much makeup! Don't slap it on - embrace your natural beauty"
The expectation for us to have children starts with "Oh, you had a baby in your teens? That's very young..." to "SO, when will you two start trying for a baby?! You don't want kids? Why not?"
Talk of marriage is often met with "Oh don't rush into settling down, you've got plenty of time!" to "When will you two finally tie the knot? Hasn't he put a ring on it yet?"
Sex shaming is probably the biggest contradiction of them all "Oh you were still a virgin in your twenties? You're a late bloomer aren't you!" to "She has slept with HOW MANY guys/girls? What a SLUT"
Hello everyone! That's me officially finished up on my BBC job now and back into the land of unemployment (well, self employment) I'm so excited to be taking a bit of time off to focus on my own projects and generally just recharge my batteries. My body and my brain are in major need of some tlc, so that's exactly what I'll be doing on the lead up to my holiday in a couple of weeks. I also just wanted to thank you all for your overwhelming support in the form of comments, tweets, emails and texts about my last post. It genuinely brought a tear to my eye and was such a massive weight of my shoulders finally verbalising something I've wanted to talk about for so long. I'll let you know how I get on with the actual procedure, but for now - I'd like to chat about HAIR!
If you've followed my blog for a while now, you'll know that I went on a hair colour journey from brown, to blonde, to pink, and then to blue. As much as I loved the blue, it was really hard to upkeep so I decided to get rid of it. After some failed bleaching attempts (that blue is stubborn as hell!) I ended up having to go dark brown over the top and I really wasn't enjoying it at all. I'd had a little twinkle in my eye for some titian coloured hair, so over the course of a few months with some colour knowledge from my Mum and a visit to Blow, this is how it turned out...
The weather in Glasgow at the moment is horribly muggy - so warm but dull, with torrential downpours every second day. Sort it out, eh Scotland! For the last couple of years I have spent summer at home, sprinkled with city breaks throughout the year to make me feel like I've got off my backside and went on some sort of holiday/trip. However this year I've booked a couple of weeks in my Aunty's house in Portugal with Pete. We are jetting off to to a little town in the Algarve called Alvor, in August. I spent a couple of weeks there when I was 20, so it will be nice visiting a place that is sort of familiar.
Now, onto the holiday essentials. I am an absolute nightmare when it comes to shopping and packing for a holiday! I tend to be a binge shopper, doing it all at the very last minute and spending a silly amount of money on the cheapest of bikinis, clothes, shoes and toiletries that I would never in a million years wear or use when I get back home. Or the fact that they've been SO cheap, everything has snapped/broken/turned green by the time I return to the UK. This year I have been determined to put an end to the panic buying, and have started picking up little bits and bobs in preparation for going away. Hopefully come August I'll just need to pop out and buy a few final pieces! Here's what I have picked up for my holiday so far
It's got to that point in the year for me where I am craving an image refresh in time for Summer. I have been so busy on this 5 month TV gig that I've not really had the chance to look after myself much. My skin has broken out and won't seem to clear up, my hair majorly needs done, and my mind and body are desperate for a holiday! Did I mention my nails are a mess too, and I've put back on all the weight I lost last year? Yeah... this girl needs to get her shit together - putting it politely!
The skin breakout only seems to be on my forehead, and a shame I don't have a fringe to cover it with anymore! I have been using the new Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue recently as to not irritate my face any further. Most days I try to not wear any makeup at all, but when I do I use this as it's light and hydrating with a nice coverage. Definitely perfect for summer! You can still see my blemishes through it but I'm not so fussed as I don't want to overload my skin, even though you can build this up in gradual layers quite nicely for a heavier coverage. Any ideas or nice products you could suggest in zapping these and getting my clear skin back again? I would prefer one angry spot over a rash situation like this. It just doesn't seem to be budging! Most mornings before work I have been favoring an extra 20 mins in bed over a face full of makeup, but when I can be bothered it usually consists of this quick and easy magic 10:
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla 02
Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Moisture Lotion
Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Powder in 2.0
Mac eyeshadow quad containing Prized, Burmese Beauty, Skintone 2, Showstopper.
Mac Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare
BareMinerals Stroke Of Light
BareMinerals Lash Domination in Intense Black
Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Glimpse
Mac Lipstickin Bare Again
Clinique blusher in Bashful Plum
I am wearing everything above in the first photo. Special mention to the Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel. I finally bought it the other week and it is such a nice product. Goes on really smoothly and easily, is long lasting, and if it doesn't start to dry up in the jar after a couple of months (which every similar product I've bought in the past has done) then it will receive a strong 10/10 from me!
Now onto my hair. As most of you might know, I had blonde, pink and then blue hair last year. I have given my locks an absolute beating so decided it was time for a break. I went dark brown over the blue as it turned out to be the only safe way to get rid of it, and now you can see how much my natural colour has came in since I used that brown dye.
I have been using these absolute saviors from Bumble and Bumble to prep my hair for it's next dye session after the break I've had. The Creme De Coco Shampoo and Conditioner make my hair feel so clean and moisturised, not to mention they smell absolutely amazing (do you like pina coladas?!) I've only been using these for a couple of weeks, but a little bit goes quite far and it lathers up rather nicely (I am quite a naughty person who washes my hair every day) I am keeping my natural colour as a base for the direction I want to go in, and since taking the photos for this post my Mum had a go at lightening up the ends of my hair at the weekend. It went pretty well and lifted a lot better than what she thought it would! With my hair still being in good condition thankfully. I'll share photos of my new colour soon, I'll probably need one or two more visits to get the result I am looking for. In the meantime I'll keep on using this shampoo and conditioner combo to hopefully maintain healthy hair while I get back on the hair dye wagon.
Apart from work being stressful, and me looking like I have rolled out of a hedge into work every day, life is actually pretty good. I finally changed my room around after showing you the first photos a few posts back! My dust sheet curtain is no longer, and I picked up this teal coloured set from Tesco. I had been eyeing up all the beautiful fabrics from Hillarys Blinds after I was invited to their Craft Roadshow a while ago, but hopefully I can update little aspects of my house when I have more time and money. My boyfriend has just moved in with me too, so we are in the process of having a massive spring clean and shuffling the contents of cupboards and rooms about. I finish this job mid July so we have been looking into a couple of weeks in the sun to celebrate. My ideal location would be somewhere tropical like the Caribbean (hello Barbados!) Majorly jealous over Rosie's amazing honeymoon in Bali right now. My Uncle has just moved to Singapore too, so we were talking about a big holiday like that for next year. I think in August we will end up in the Algarve at my Aunty's flat in Alvor. I can't think of anything better right now than lying on the beach with a good book, swimming in the sea, eating fresh seafood and not having to worry about anything else.
The weeks and weekends are flying in so quickly at the moment, which is great as I only have 3 months left on this job, but also quite scary as I feel like life is flashing before my eyes. I definitely need to factor in some more 'me' time, and look after my body and mind a little better as I have been quite complacent lately. Sticking in at the gym, more sleep, eating well and switching off from 'work mode' when I am spending quality time with friends and family are at the top of my priority list at the moment. I am a happy little lady, I just wish there were more hours in the day to achieve everything I want to do. Or a Bernard's Watch, for those who remember the show? That would do rather nicely right about now.
10 of the best things which have been making me smile a lot lately...
My favourite tea house in Glasgow, situated in a leafy part of the West End just off Kelvingrove Park. On a sunny day it is perfect for sitting outside, with a cosy and concealed decking area - and their selection of teas and vegan food/cakes is the best I've ever tasted. We also dabbled in a cherry flavoured shisha pipe last week which was yummy too. Above is a Mary Poppins tea with chocolate fudge brownie.
2. Katy Perry - Prismatic Tour
I'm not over exaggerating when I say this was genuinely one of the best nights of my life. Myself and a few pals had tickets for Katy's latest tour at the Hydro, inside the 'Reflection Section' - which was basically a pit inside the stage.We had a front row view and Ms Perry was close enough to touch! I got to meet Katy at a Meet & Greet a couple of years ago but it was still really overwhelming watching her performance from so close. You can see a video I took from the gig over on instagram (@hellorogue) and I did actually cry at a couple of slower songs :( Ive been in quite a vulnerable place lately and they really tugged at my heart strings.
3. Catching up with Mum
I really miss not living at home with my Mum, and truly cherish when we get to have a proper catch up amongst both our busy schedules. I went to meet her on friday for a haircut (got quite a bit chopped off as you can see!) and then we went to a lovely new restaurant called Ox and Finch. My Mum is a massive foodie so you know when she recommends somewhere to eat, it's gonna be good. Scallops, Steak, Poached Eggs and Asparagus are amongst a few of the things we ate. Absolute heaven!
4. Quality time with the animals
During that last job I had been like passing ships in the night with all the animals of my household. Feeding, watering and cleaning out their tray/cages were about the only interaction we were having. So it's been nice having a bit of time off to rectify that! Dexter and Tinkerbell received a lovely parcel from PetShop.co.uk last week. Dexter only eats dry food, and has ever since he was a baby. So he had a sniff at the Lily's Kitchen food but left Tink to get stuck into it. They both had a good old munch at the Symply Salmon biscuits, and are currently very kindly sharing their favourites - the Dreamies! I don't know why but they go absolutely crazy for them. Dexter also has a major soft spot for catnip, and wasn't up for sharing his Kong Wubba toy (which is catnip infused) as you can see above. Boys will be boys ;)
5. Friday night munchies
Emma and I had a lazy friday night in as we knew we'd be out at Radio One's big weekend on Saturday and Sunday. So on Friday night we watched the live feed from George Square, and had a light snack rather than our usual weekly takeaway. I got us both a light sponge/mousse cake from Patisserie Valerie (which were demolished before I got a chance to take any pictures) Then I made us up a batch of Peach Pear and Honey Ice Tea from Fruitbroo's new ice tea range, which was nice and refreshing on these warm summer nights. I've been a bit obsessed with cheese and ham croissants lately (I do tend to go through phases of eating a certain food until I get sick of it) and since Emma is a veggie I made us an alternative with Quorn bacon rashers, which I have been wanting to try for a while now. It didn't taste much like real bacon at all unfortunately, and missed that salty and smoked taste. Definitely just more like a normal ham! So I teamed it up with a nice applewood smoked cheddar which kicked the flavour a bit. I have no idea how long this croissant obsession is going to last for, but hopefully not too long as my hips won't thank me for it.
6. Spotify playlists
I have had Spotify for a while now, but haven't properly explored it until very recently. I was used to just searching for songs and making my own playlists, but I have discovered a whole load of pre made lists on there, to suit a million different genres and moods - and I am addicted! Most evenings for me now will consist of sitting on the couch or in my bed a bit before bedtime and winding down with music and a book. I pop my ipad mini in this little lapdesk contraption which has a hard surface but sort of bean bag underneath. My evening playlists of choice at the moment are Evening Acoustic, Songs For Sunset, and Sleep Tight (all which you should be able to find under the browse section on Spotify's home page) I'm also a bit of a rubbish reader so have been trying to break myself in easily, and I'm currently reading "Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek" by Maya Van Wagenen, where she decided to follow advice from Betty Cornell's 1952 Teenage Popularity Guide and document the results, what would Betty do?!
7. The Bathory
I am pretty rubbish at being self indulgent when it comes to relaxing and winding down. Reading and listening to music has definitely helped though, along with lighting candles, burning incense (nag champa is my favourite) and enjoying these personalised bath salts from The Bathory. I customised mine with Bergamont, Lavendar and Ylang Ylang essential oils, but only have a shower in my flat so before I'm able to have a full on soak I made myself a mini foot bath which was lovely! :)
8. Dog walks and Beer Gardens
The sunny weather in Glasgow has allowed for nice long walks around the park with Heather and her pups. On the way back from a walk last week we got ice cream from Queens Park Cafe, then stopped by our local Church On The Hill for a cider in the sunshine. This cute little lady above is Cherry, who I believe is a mix between Boston Terrier and Chihuahua. Dat face!
9. Wedding photos
I finally got a copy of some of Luisa's wedding photos (by Vanishing Moments Photography) and they teared me up something awful. Such wonderful memories of a beautiful day. Luisa was only a few months pregnant at the wedding, and now her baby boy Robin is a few months old. Getting to babysit him for a couple of hours on thursday while Luisa goes to the Doctors, so I'm looking forward to lots of cuddles.
10. Radio One's Big Weekend
Theme of the weekend seems to be "I'm getting too old for this sh*t!". What a brilliant weekend though with a fantastic line up, and all on our doorstep. Highlights were definitely Pharrell, Lily Allen, Ed Sheeran and Lorde on the saturday, then Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Paolo Nutini on the Sunday. I feel like a burst couch after drinking and dancing around Glasgow Green the whole time.
This week I am mostly recovering and getting ready for my trip to London on Friday. If any of you blogging lovelies are around and fancy meeting up for a coffee or a wander then let me know :)
Well HELLO there strangers. I feel like starting this post with my usual excuses of being busy, life taking over etc... and I guess that is the truth. But I'm not gonna moan. I've had a tough few weeks dealing with long hours at work and a break up in the midst of that. I finished up my BBC job on monday and have decided to take a bit of time off to recharge my batteries. I've been running on empty for the last wee while and it hasn't been fun. It's been a hard decision to turn down more work but I need to be selfish right now and have some time for myself. Catching up with friends and family, blogging, sleeping, exercising and going on some adventures are the simple life pleasures I've got my sights on at the moment. So be expecting to see a lot more of me on here from now on :)
The picture above was taken at the weekend when I went away to a big house out in the countryside with some of my gal pals. A night away in the middle of nowhere, with no phone signal, good company and a hot tub were much needed.
One night definitely wasn't enough, but I had a great time while we were there. I know a hot tub in the middle of May in Scotland isn't the warmest of situations to be in, but the prosecco definitely warmed my blood up. Oh, and noticed the pink hair is gone?! This time I'm feeling blue!
My first blue application a few weeks ago was using Crazy Colour, which washed out quite quickly so second time around I used the dye above by Chill.
On the left is the before, and right is the after (both wet hair) I used the turquoise, which I like as it still has quite a mermaid green tone to it. I'm going to use the blue this weekend on my hair in time for the Katy Perry gig on sunday! You can use the Chill toner to make pastel versions of each colour too. Or of course to eliminate brassy tones in blonde hair! I've not seen my white blonde locks in a while now but I do miss them. Will be sure to post pictures after I use the blue this weekend!
New sunnies and trying to channel my inner Katy P. Anyone else going to her gig this weekend? What colour do you think I should go after the blue?
Up until a month ago I knew TOMS did shoes, but not sunglasses. In case you are not familiar with Toms, they have an initiative where with each shoe purchase, a new pair of Toms is given to a child through one of their 100+ shoe giving partners. I was pleased to hear that an eye wear purchase also gives help to restore sight to an individual through sight-saving surgery, prescription glasses, or medical treatment. So it is nice to know while I am enjoying my comfy black flats and pink retro sunglasses that someone in need is also benefiting.
It had been 2 years since my last eye test so a few weeks ago I popped along to my local Specsavers Sauchiehall Street. Thinking that my prescription has always been quite weak, I found out that it is moderate, I have astigmatism in both eyes and I should be a full time glasses wearer. I was not expecting to hear that! After the super high tech eye test I got to see a photograph of the back of my eyeball. Sounds pretty gross but it was actually quite cool haha. Okay Ayden, okay...
Since I need to wear glasses all day err' day now, I opted for the 2 for £99 from the new Cheap Monday range. I love Cheap Monday! I have jewellery, tshirts and jeans from them, so it was a nice surprise to see they have very reasonably priced glasses now too.
Left or right, which pair do you prefer? I've been alternating daily between the two at the moment. Blue is definitely a theme all around me at the moment - and rocking my favourite new blue Volcom dress from Spartoo. Hurry up summer, where are you?! Mind you, it can be 12 degrees in Glasgow and that's classed as 'taps aff' weather. We are such a classy bunch in Scotland.
Blue things, you can stay. But blue mood, you are getting obliterated! Good times only from here on out ♥