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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

So, I'm moving.. Again! I wasn't especially planning on it, but we're moving into a fancy new three bedroom home, it even has a conservatory ( which is fancy for me, in Bolton at least. ) Having lived in various homes I already have most of the furniture I love, but I'd like to add a few new pieces into the mix. I've got a lot of 1950s mid century pieces that I'd like to mix in with a bit of a scandinavian style - I'm thinking lots of white, lots of teak, and a few geometric patterns with monochrome. And of course, plants on every surface.

( 12 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 )

The main thing I'm really dreaming of for the new house is new sofas. The ones we've got at the moment aren't bad, but the springs are half broken so you really sink in, and the cats have absolutely plucked it to death, made worse by how open weave the material is. I've loved for so long, I always go on and just swoon over how beautiful everything is. There's a few sofas I really love from them, but my absolute favourite is the Ritchie. I think there's enough space for a 3 and 2 seater in the new place, but I'd probably just get two seaters, although I might have to go for a cheaper model in the end. I'm going to have a big clearout anyway and hopefully raise some funds for them, but we'll see!

Monday, 1 September 2014

This weekend was a lovely little trip to Wales with my Mum; it was short and sweet, and really was so we could go and buy stock for my shop ( which we found a ridiculous amount of! ) but we managed to see lots of beautiful places along the way. We started off at Prestatyn and worked our way down the coast, stopping at Beaumaris in Anglesey. The weather wasn't really on our side but we didn't mind much, from the looks of my photographs I appeared to be inside eating food most of the time anyway!

What did you get up to this weekend?

Thursday, 28 August 2014

I've been reading a few posts along the same lines over the last week or so, and Rebecca's Summer Slump really resonated with me the most. The past few weeks I've felt so lethargic, absolutely everything has been such an effort, and I've spent far too many days on the sofa infront on the TV than I'd care to admit to. Whereas I have always got such joy from blogging, it's been something I've been forcing out of me recently, and I feel like the content quality has dropped whilst I'm at it. I'm going through a bit of an inspiration-lacking phase, so I thought in an attempt to improve, I'd do a little post on how to feel more inspired on a day-to-day basis.

- watch old films.
- read blogs ( but not so many you just end up stealing post ideas! )
- take a trip.
- visit a little town or village.
- go shopping.
- read a magazine.
- take a break.
- visit a gallery.
- meditate.
- try something new.
- create a vision / moodboard.
- write a bucket list.
- listen to music.

Personally, I'll be doing a combination of a few, but mostly I'll be taking a little break. I'm off on a weekend trip away with my Mum to Wales, and in the meantime I'll be thinking about what direction I really want to take my blog. I've always said I'd like it to be a mixture of fashion, interiors, make-up and lifestyle, but recently it's been 90% make-up and I'm getting a little bored with it. I don't want to be one of those people who has thousands of products they buy purely to review and never use, it's wasteful. I'll be back next week anyway with hopefully better posts!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

One of the really good things about having short hair is that it doesn't require so much up-keep, resulting in me being able to have a good clear out of my haircare drawer. A few products survived the cut though, and whilst I don't need to use them as often, I still have these on rotation to keep my hair looking tip-top.

I used to use masks for my dry ends at least every other wash, and now I just keep it as a weekly treat. My favourite at the moment is the Old Wives Tail Organic Clove & Jojoba Oil Treatment*, which is 100% cruelty free and vegan. It's a nice thick, oily texture that you massage into the scalp, run through the ends of your hair, and leave on for an hour or so, but if your hair is really in need of some nourishment you can also leave it on overnight. After washing off my hair looks so healthy, it looks incredibly shiny and feels really strong. The only downside is ending up having greasy hair after touching it so much, it feels so so soft!

I still like to use a little bit of oil on a normal day after just washing with S&C, and one of my favourites is the Dr.Organic Morrocan Argan Oil Serum. It isn't too heavy which is perfect having shorter hair, I just like to pop a bit of this on my ends and it's not obvious at all I've used anything, my hair still feels nice and light and bouncy. One I've been using a lot in summer is the Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist, which is so perfect if you have thin hair and most products weigh it down as it's such a lightweight spray. It really helps smooth down any frizzy areas as well as making my locks shine like nobodies business, it's lovely.

I've found a couple of volumizing products that work so well for me after years of using horrible, sticky mousses that did nothing but stick all my hair together and really weigh it down. I've spoken about the Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam before and my love is still going strong, I've just been using less after having my hair cut. Just one pump of this emulsified and applied to the roots really makes such a big difference to me; I wouldn't say my hair ever goes huge, but there's definitely a visible difference. I've tried the Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip recently too, and whilst I don't love it as much as the Aveda, it's a lovely product if you're looking for a bit of extra volume and bounce too.

And last but definitely not least, I don't need to say too much about the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray, I don't think I'll ever be without a can of this. If you've ever spent hours blowdrying, curling, backcombing, and using various products a long the way just trying to add a bit of texture and style to your hair, you need this in your life, it's that simple.

What are your haircare favourites?