Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Dealing With Disasters at the Hairdressers


A lot of us have been through the awful experience of hair being ruined at the hairdressers. No matter what people say, it can be a very traumatising situation to be in. Your hair stays with you, unlike an accessory which you can swop and change whenever you fancy. For me, mine is like a comfort blanket! So when things go wrong at the hair salon, sometimes we have no choice but to nod and smile weakly at the finished result, because let's face it, we're British and that's what we do. Here are a few tips to help you out and even avoid the getting it wrong in the first place!


COLOUR:
If the process involved bleach, take a deep breath and don't panic

1. First of all you need to avoid washing your hair for a few days. Bleach strips away not only colour, but your hair's natural oils, so you will need to give it a chance to rehydrate itself. 

2. Slather your hair with coconut oil, it has amazing moisturizing properties which people swear by, and it will really help your hair to recover and prevent it from drying out even more. You could alternatively use a hair mask, Lush do some lovely masks or you could go down the moroccan/argon oil route. 

3. Next you need to go back to your salon or a colour specialist and have the problem fixed professionally. You might have to opt for a different colour to your original plan if it is really bad, but don't lose hope it will be fixed! Don't be tempted by shop bought hair dyes, you don't want to risk turning your hair green! 

4. Try to avoid using heat on your hair, you need to treat your damaged locks with caution. Instead research non heat techniques for achieving beautiful curls and waves, or brave going natural for once! 



HAIR CUTS:
This problem can vary from having a bit too much hair chopped off, to a completely awful style which you did not ask for. If your hair is long anyway, it can often be salvaged with a trip back to the hair salon, if not, google hairstyles which can be done to cover the damage up with various braids, or even a bit of texturising spray - all hair looks good with a bit of volume! If you find this does not work for you, then you could even play around with some hair extensions to add some weight and length to your hair. 

To encourage hair growth:
Source

1. Drink plenty of water. This will also help clear out toxins from your body, thus maintaining great skin and overall health.
2. Eat healthy, exercise and get 8 hours sleep a night. Hair won't grow if it thinks you're in trouble and will stop growing to save you energy.
3. Massage scalp and roots to encourage blood flow to the head. 



AVOIDING DISASTERS:
1. Research respectable hair salons- google their reputation or ask around for recommendations

2. Have an extremely clear idea of what you want. Your hairdresser cannot mind read and will only do his/her best based on your description. 

3. Bring lots of photographs to help your hairdresser understand what you have in mind. Whether this be based on colour, style, length, having something visual will help you explain things better. 


I hope these tips will help some of you out, let me know if you enjoyed them and good luck!


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Shopping is my Cardio







T-Shirt- eBay
Cardigan- Topshop
Jeggings- Obey via TK Maxx
Boots- TK Maxx
Necklace- Zara
Bag-Nica

Simple, comfortable outfit, jazzed up with a big statement necklace (the one I wore in my wedding OOTD) my favourite style to wear. Plus I can't get enough of a monochrome outfit with red lips!



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Green Tea: 11 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking It




I'm sure everyone is aware that green tea is good for you. It is not highly rated for its taste, but many swear by its health giving benefits, so I thought I would research a bit deeper into why green tea is just so amazing. I personally drink 1-3 cups a day of jasmine infused green tea, it masks the sour taste of raw green tea and adds a beautiful floral fragrance. Failing that, squeezing a little lemon juice or honey is also a great way of adding an alternative taste. 





From my research, here is a list of the amazing benefits green tea is said to have:
Weight Loss. 
Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.


Diabetes. 
Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. 
This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.

Heart Disease. 
Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.

Esophageal Cancer. 
It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.

Cholesterol. 

Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 

It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.

Tooth Decay. 

Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions

Blood Pressure. 
Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Depression. 

Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.

Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. 
Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.

Skincare.
Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, this is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.


How much should you drink? 
Nobody knows how many cups a day you should drink to reap the benefits. I would say 1-2 cups a day is a good start, until you get used to the taste! Don't forget green tea does have caffeine in it, so best not to drink before bed. Happy drinking!







Monday, 31 March 2014

Outfit of the Day: Country Wedding





Hello! This is my outfit for a country wedding last weekend which I wanted to share on here-
It was a little breezy so excuse the untamed hurr!


Dress: Monsoon
Clutch bag: Karen Millen
Jacket: H&M
Necklace: Zara
Heels: Dorothy Perkins
Lipstick: Hourglass in Riviera

I also wore Mac eye shadows in Jest Frost and Sable Frost as I wanted something natural which wouldn't compete with such a bright lipstick. Because the necklace and clutch were extremly sparkly I also kept my nails simple with a French manicure. 





Friday, 21 March 2014

Current Obsession: Jewellery Stackers




Meet my new obsession, Jewellery Stackers! These are individual trays which grow with your jewellery collection. You can mix and match the type of tray, whether it be a ring holder or small sections to just a simple, deep tray. The Stackers are designed to fit seamlessly on top of each other (you could quite literally build them as high as your ceiling!) however I prefer to use mine in my dressing table drawers. I currently own 8 of these Stackers and they are perfect for keeping everything organized. The great thing is that they also come in so many different colours, my favourite being the cream with a luxurious purple lining. I bought my trays from eBay, so if you are also interested in these, that is probably the best place to purchase them from! Also, let me know if you are interested in seeing a jewellery collection post, as I have been refining my collection recently.

Until next time...

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Saving up for Something Special- Rose Gold Michael Kors Watch MK5128



It's taken me a fair few weeks of super scrimping, but I have finally saved up enough money to purchase a new watch! I chose to treat myself to a Michael Kors MK5128 in rose gold and so far I am really enjoying wearing it. Originally I was tempted by the cheaper versions and even by the second hand watches on eBay. But I couldn't get over the idea that it could be a fake, or at least a cheap knock off version. 

As well as time keeping, like a lot of watches the MK5128 has a date keeping function, which I find incredibly useful. Particularly as being a student, knowing the date can be quite handy now and then ;) Other features include chronograph dials, luminous hour markers and arms and a stopwatch. The battery is Japanese Quartz and apparently it is waterproof 50-100m, which means you can go swimming with it. I don't think I'll be getting this watch wet any time soon however!

The watch new is retailed at £229, which is quite a chunk out of your purse (I saved up every penny for it!). But I know this piece will be strapped to my wrist for years to come (especially as it has a 2 year guarantee!). I would say this is quite a large watch, it's not too bulky, but certainly a statement piece. The specs say this is 455g, and it does feel like a nice weighty watch. I find it comfortable to wear throughout the day, though it is nice to take it off at the end as I wear it quite tightly so that it doesn't slip around. If you're thinking about getting this watch for yourself, I would recommend you buy it from the shop in person so that you can get it fitted right away. Although I have seen this watch for a cheaper price on The Watch Hut but there is nothing worse than not being able to wear your watch straight away once it has arrived in the post!

Rose gold is such a nice colour and it goes with both silver and gold, which is nice when creating an arm candy stack. Something I am excited to do once I've invested in some nice bangles and bracelets! 



This is my one other watch I own, it's a Bcbgmaxazria and it was a Christmas present from a couple of years ago. The strap is a lovely, soft leather in black and gold. Again I love this watch, but am so precious about it! To the point where I've kept the little sticker on the watch face to keep it scratch free! This watch is probably more appropriate for the evening, as it's not really a very functional watch for daytime use!

So that turned out to be a little watch collection post (even if I only own 2!) I love the idea of investing in good quality pieces which will last for years. What do you think of the Michael Kors watch obsession? I know it's seen to be quite 'trendy' amongst you tubers and bloggers, but I can really see why!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

lunch Date OOTD!


I had a spare moment to grab my camera to record this ootd this morning, before my bf picked me up for a family lunch. I was originally going to go with a nude sequin jumper, but then felt it would be ever so slightly overdressed. Instead I chose this Zara blouse with a horse and crop print, teamed with a plaid French Connection skirt, which is a little bit too big forme, but thought this would be an advantage for consuming a three course meal! I didn't feel like including the shoes in this post, but I ended up going for some tan ankle boots. The necklace (got to have a bit of sparkle!) I think is H&M, and then I finished it all off with my favourite rings. Hope you all had a happy Sunday! 



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