Monday, 30 January 2012

LOVE this!

What to wear: Fashion Interview (Warmer seasons)

Off-duty!

Off-duty!

Racerback top
$95 - net-a-porter.com

Vero Moda pleated pants
€40 - welikefashion.com

Cross body shoulder bag
$50 - topshop.com

Metal bangle
£30 - whistles.co.uk

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Affordable Everyday Looks

Affordable Everyday Looks

Tuck the top in to the shorts, smack on some heels and change the accessories for a nighttime look.

Affordable Everyday Looks by xxblondielocksxx featuring high waisted short shorts

J Crew jean jacket
$98 - net-a-porter.com

Racerback vest
£29 - jackwills.com

High waisted short shorts
$66 - topshop.com

Pretty Polly opaque stocking
£7 - debenhams.com

Star shoes
$45 - dsw.com

Linen shawl
$40 - witchery.com.au

Monday, 23 January 2012

My Favourite..Hair Products for Coloured/Dry/Damaged hair.

I think the bigger the investment you put into your products, the better the outcomes, generally speaking. Thus bringing me to a shortlist of the most beneficial hair products available at the moment. These are found in a reputable hairdresser's, and won't be found in a pharmacy etc. I'm not going to deceive anyone, none of these products are by any means cheap, but they're more than worth their salt in their results. Though my hair is fairly manageable, due to it being coloured, it needs something to maintain it, these products are designed for hair of drier textures. I'll look into doing a list for fine, oily and limp hair types soon too. I'll also think about making a similar list of more affordable hair products for these hair types in the not too distant future.

These are the products I find most effective and worthy of their prices.

Macadamia Deep Repair Masque- The Macadamia range has been increasing in popularity in enormous amounts. Easily being one of the most popular ranges on the market at the moment, its fantastic packaging, good marketing, great smelling and very effective products. The Deep Repair Masque surpasses the entire range in my opinion. Only use a small amount once a week/fortnight, depending on your level of need for it, rub in throughout the hair, and let it work for 5 minutes to half an hour, rinse out thoroughly. It smells divine, and its affects are immediate.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment- Think of this as the equivalent of dry shampoo in terms of convenience, you get all the benefits of the Deep Repair Masque but none of the time commitment needed for it. Can be used on damp or dry hair, before or after styling. Apply to mids and ends of hair, avoid the roots, or your hair will look like a bucket of grease! Again, as with all Macadamia products, it smells fantastic.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Range- New to the market, but easily one of the best product ranges I've tried in a while. Available as in salon treatments (well worth it if your hair is coarse/ dry/ unruly/ coloured/ damaged- all but fine, limp hair will see benefit from this!), in larger bottles, or as gifts sets (retailing at around 40 euros for a decent quantity of products), it's definitely worth having a sample if you can at all. I've heard nothing but success stories about this one, and I myself am an avid fan. I'll be shocked to hear if anyone was not immediately impressed by their results. My favourites from the range are the shampoo and the cream-rinse. The shampoo can be a little difficult to lather, so you have to really work it through your hair, but the result is soft, relaxed hair. I quite like the sea- spray from this range, though this one is definitely not necessary.

Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me Wash and Rinse- Kevin Murphy is big news in the hair industry at the moment, understandably, this shampoo and its conditioner are fricking amazing, I don't want to lament on about them, but I do love this range, the only issue I have with it being  the amount of squeezing of the bottle you have to do to get the conditioner out, and the shampoo oozes out of the bottle immediately without any squeezing. Such trivial faults have to be forgiven though, as these are definitely my favourites out of all the hair products I use. The smell is beautiful, subtle but lingering, you'll still smell it on your hair the next day. I've heard great things about its Luxury-Wash range but have yet to use it myself.

So if you've got extra cash floating around, have hair which needs some attention then get thee to a hairdresser and try out one of these products!

These are products which I've bought and tried for myself, I've listed my personal preferences and favourites and am not affiliated, encouraged or employed by any of these companies to promote their products.

Sunday, 22 January 2012

How to: Stop biting your nails

I've been a serial nail-biter for all of my life, my nails were bitten down to the nub and looked awful. They could be quite sore sometimes too. I used to put on false nails every week, but it's an expensive habit to maintain, and I found out I'm allergic to nail glue, super allergic, so I would go around with horrible, bitten nails, relentlessly biting them and making meager attempts to stop, which lasted two days, at most.

During the summer of 2011 I decided no more, and began to stop biting. I do not take credit for these ideas, I found them online when I decided once and for all that I would stop biting. So, as a person who made, admittedly, feeble attempts to stop biting I went about it in a strange way. Instead of the nail polishes that stop you biting, which you got used to if you bit enough, I followed advice I saw online. (Ha, I sound like one of those scam/virus ads)

It's super simple, pick one nail and say "I'm not biting this nail anymore". You can continue to bite the others, and just leave this one nail alone for a week. It's a small battle when the rest are bitten and there's one leftover, but a mild amount of willpower stops this. The next week you pick another nail which you will not bite, including the first nail you didn't bite and so on and so forth. This method works great as you wean yourself off your biting habit slowly and by the end of the second week you see the incentive of the first un-bitten nail that it'll encourage you to keep it up. The only qualm I had with this was the thought of how ridiculous/dangerous I would look with a series of random length nails. I counteracted this by lightly filing and shaping the first un-bitten nail after two weeks. It also occurred to me that my nails weren't going to appear much worse at random lengths than they did when they were bitten.

Now my nails are no longer the awful, bitten messes they used to be. I can paint them as much as I want, and they make my hands look better(?!). I'm not going to lie and say that I don't get tempted to bite them, I do a lot, especially when someone mentions nail-biting or one of them gets chipped. But after spending 12 weeks (I relapsed once or twice!) growing them out, and looking at how much they've improved now, I know better to leave them alone.

My only advice would be to stick to selecting one nail a week in combination with nails you've already stopped biting, and not taking on any more than that, or you'll more than likely end up biting the lot again. By the time you're down to five nails, you'll probably get antsy with being reduced to so little, so get a glass of water each time you want to bite.

This post probably sounds hilarious to people who don't bite their nails, but it's something of an addiction and is incredibly difficult to stop, most of the time you'll do it subconsciously.

Let me know how you get on!

Friday, 20 January 2012

No Jeans Day!

Pro Colour Blocking (still)

Prints- the easy way

Prints- the easy way

Shift dress
£79 - houseoffraser.co.uk

Striped blazer
£25 - dressrail.com

Christian Louboutin platform heels
$945 - net-a-porter.com

Gucci canvas handbag
€1.290 - veryeickhoff.com

Christening

Christening

TopShop embellished dress
£80 - topshop.com

Rochas silk coat
£1,885 - brownsfashion.com

Christian louboutin shoes
$1,795 - net-a-porter.com

Paul s Boutique pouch handbag
£61 - bankfashion.co.uk

Gucci pyramid jewelry
$1,295 - net-a-porter.com