That’s it I’m 25. It’s mad to think how much my life has changed in the last year alone, never mind the last 5! This post however, isn’t about what’s going on with me over the next few months, that will come later. Rather about some of the cute birthday gifts I got and my favourite bits and pieces.
First up, my new Thomas Sabo charm club bracelets. I love jewellery to be meaningful because I like it to express my personality, like my Posh Totty pieces I got at Christmas do. When there's a reason behind a piece of jewellery it's made meaningful, and a charm bracelet can be a great way to express that. I've wanted one for a while, having had a Truth charm bracelet in college, but I didn't want to fall into the Pandora box. Instead I'm now a member of the TS charm club, the first was a quirky beaded bracelet with a hiking boot charm attached (for obvious reasons this is the perfect charm for me). Absolutely love how different this piece is and I'm obsessed with the charm. Second I have a more classic silver link charm bracelet, this one has three charms on it. The first an aeroplane (because I love to travel), next a mix tape (this reminds me of Guardians of the Galaxy) that captures my love of all things 80s and last (but not least) a lobster claw holding a pearl which reminds me of Danny (he has a pet lobster in case I haven't already mentioned that). I know what I'll be asking for this Christmas now...
I also got a Kate Spade bracelet, I already have two bangles but this understated silver piece is a completely different style. It has four gems in the band and a slider, embossed with the spade symbol. With Kate's recent passing this makes it even more special to me. I’ve forever loved her quirky fashion sense and she was the queen of statement pieces, I'm sure her brand will continue to thrive.
Now let's get to the sweet stuff, my Candy Kittens and Hotel Chocolat. These are a few of my favourite things! I love vegan sweets and a mixture of watermelon, blueberry and peach (my absolute favourite), were delicious. I got a few selectors from Hotel Chocolat mostly dark chocolate (with rum centres) and some strawberry puddle buttons. Safe to say I’ve done nothing but eat the last few weeks. Holiday and birthday calories don’t count right?
I also got a pair of gorgeous baby pink Nike suede trainers. I love my footwear and these are a perfect spring/ summer shoe. I’m running out of space in my bedroom but I’m sure I’ll find a place for them. My other trainers are more gym or outdoorsy in style, so these will be great for more formal summer days out and will look cute with a dress or denim skirt.
My vinyl collection continues to grow, with the latest addition of the Baby Driver Soundtrack. I absolutely adore this film and the music even more. I plan to have this on repeat throughout the rest of summer. Bellbottoms! If you haven’t seen it I would definitely suggest you do (I’ve been on a bit of a film binge lately both on Netflix and at the cinema), even if it’s just for the awesome music! I’ve been tempted by a lot of soundtracks lately so I’m sure soon I'll be needing a bigger bookcase for these.
Then we have the pick and mix stuff (not sweets sadly), these include a lot of little goodies I got on my birthday. We have some more Instax Mini Polaroid film (as I’ll have run out again before long), some new Topshop underwear (there was a SALE on so I got lots of pieces from there) and my first ever Tsum Tsums, a Marvel selection including Thanos, Rocket and Drax. Finally I recently sold my old Olivia Burton rose gold watch because I wanted to try a new style, I'm so glad I did because I got a silver mesh Olivia Burton with a much smaller face. It works perfectly with my new jewelry collection, so I'm sure it'll be a new permanent fixture on my wrist.
I do love birthdays because they give you an excuse to eat cake for breakfast, and drinking cocktails is a must. They also give me a time to indulge in something I love to do! Last year I was climbing Snowdon, this year I spent the night in a swanky Manchester hotel with Danny.
I love to celebrate because we’re never guaranteed the next one (as depressing as that sounds) and it’s important to enjoy these moments. Make the most of the time with people and appreciate the little things. Whether you're throwing a huge party for all your friends or just chilling with a film and your fella. I’m excited to see where my 25th year will take me, hopefully Italy, Australia and Canada (to name a few). I also would like to be halfway to buying my own house this time next year but that's for another blog post. I'm sure I'll still be writing here in my little corner of the internet, whatever happens.
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Hello everyone (or anyone who reads this), todays post is short-ish and sweet because I'm busy working my way through Barcelona bits and bobs. I thought I'd do a short post of my five summer favourites! Items I have picked up over the past six weeks, let’s take a look…
1. First up (although technically two purchases), I visited the Skinny Dip Sale. On this occasion I was looking for a purse after the inside zip broke off on mine, (I also needed to downsize because I have too many cards) and there was an adorable one for just £8! (This embroidered piece was reduced from £20) I am a sucker for embroidery because it just feels like better quality, plus the floral toucan design makes it a summer essential.
My browsing didn’t end there, when I noticed a bag I wanted a couple of months back, now just £14 (marked down from £36). This ‘Out of Office’ embroidered straw bag also screams summer holiday. Unfortunately, I didn’t have it in time for Barcelona but I’m sure there will be plenty of trips to the beach, and another getaway on the cards, before the year is over. It’s a medium size that works for my everyday essentials, and includes a detachable shoulder strap. I love to make a statement with my accessories, so the typography on this is definitely my style.
2. Next up, I was browsing Instagram when I saw a product advertised by @SophieHannah – Electric Ink Skincare. I don’t really do much for my tattoos once they are healed, as I’ve never considered it to be important. I take care of my skin but Electric Ink has stuff specifically to restore inked skin so it looks fresh. I’ve ordered the Vibrancy gel serum and after reading reviews am excited to see the results. Watch this space!
3. TEEQ.CO are a made to order fashion company who specialize in little Disney inspired embroidered ranges, from Toy Story to Star Wars. I’ve wanted to order something for a while and finally gave in. I went for Stitch (obviously) the little blue alien looks even cuter in embroidery. Usually made on a blue jumper, I specifically asked for pink to make it extra special and it’s so cute! I’m looking forward to wearing this everywhere in winter.
4. I’ve had my Polaroid camera for 3 years now, I’m considering an upgrade because it goes everywhere with me. I recently took it to Barcelona and had to buy a new album for the prints (I’ve so many now). I’m showing it some appreciation this month as I’ve been stocking up for the trips ahead (more to be revealed). Amazon I always find cheapest with 20 prints for just £13!
5. Any creative, if you’re like me, will go through hundreds of notebooks in their lifetime. I’ve always preferred getting my ideas down on paper, making to do lists and taking handwritten notes in meetings. I dropped into Urban Outfitters over the weekend and found the GREATEST notebook (of all time perhaps). For just £3 I got this, it’s covered in illustrations of Tom Hardy holding puppies. My boyfriend even knew I wasn’t leaving without it, I only regret I didn’t pick up a couple more!
There you go, this month I’ve mostly been living out of a backpack so it’s nice to have a little splurge on a few pieces. The sunny weather has meant more time with my camera out and a few summer style pieces. I’m sure as we go into the second half of the year there will be more books, dog hoodies for Chewie and jackets added to this list. Plus before you know it, the Christmas shopping will be starting. Until then I plan to squeeze every last cocktail out of this summer.
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With the summer holidays approaching, and my trip to Barcelona booked! I've been guilty of a little SALE shopping recently. It's perfect because moving home has allowed me that extra money to treat myself again (I've really missed it!). I've rejoined my old gym so I can get some fitness classes in along with my running, just done a bulk order on Graze for some delicious protein snacks and I figured that with Winter behind us, it's only fair I update my summer wardrobe ready to show off all my hard work.
This month I've been obsessed with a few Instagram accounts, especially @mikafrancis, who is constantly styling Motel Rocks and it's made me fall in love with the brand. I've realised that I am a lot less conservative with my fashion choices now, which is most definitely a good thing. I buy a lot more clothes that have bold prints or patterns, and since I started hitting the gym many moons ago, I am more comfortable making daring fashion choices.
Motel Rocks just have so much style, it's a very bold brand, that I think are all about standing out from the crowd. The colours and prints are a graphic designers dream! It's literally made for me, there are a few items I'm lusting after (sadly some are out of stock in my size!), but they'll have to wait until next payday. I figured I would do a little haul of my collection so far, as I can see us being the best of friends in the future.
Unfortunately, with no festivals on the horizon, I have not quite managed to talk myself into one of the sequin numbers but I do have a holiday to shop for! It was far too tempting to resist, especially with the mid season sale, it's filled with summer staples we all need in our wardrobes.
First up swimwear, I am very fussy with this and being particularly self conscious I opt for swimsuits over bikinis. In the past I have gone for colour but don't usually try patterned pieces, that changed today with this stunning Amazona Off The Shoulder Swimsuit in Gypsy Heart by Motel. The design is truly beautiful with an aztec pattern and cutout, I thought it looked incredible (it was on a model in the photos remember). It was also just £10! I couldn't help myself. At £45 full price I might have been a little dubious because I don't get to use my swimwear all that often. I was surprised when it arrived how great the quality was, it also helped that the fit was perfect for my shape and I instantly felt comfortable.
I went with a size S (I'm usually a size 8 in Topshop if that helps) although this is classed as a size 10 on the website. Like most women I differ in size especially top and bottom, usually depending on fit I have to go for a 10 in some jeans (bigger bum problems) so I wanted to be safe. I'd say opt for a size up for most products. If you're an 8 or 10 then the Small should be a perfect fit. I can't wait to get in the pool now (hurry up June), I think it may be a little too much for a swim in my gym.
Next up was a very daring purchase indeed, this Leandra Slip Dress in Floral Eyelash Lace Black by Motel. The detailing totally blew me away online. I'm not often a midi person but this was so delicate and feminine that I figured it was worth the risk. At just £15 it was another steal! A little warning though, this dress is VERY see through, it would be perfect over a swimsuit for a beach day or with a bodysuit underneath. Maybe it would even work with fitted shorts and a crop top but I definitely wouldn't wear it alone for a night on the town.
Again the size S fit perfectly, it's simple and easy to move in which makes it perfect for taking on holiday. I've paired mine with black heeled boots but I think sandals would also look incredible. It works for me tucked into a skirt or jeans as well and I have worn it out already for dinner with a waist belt on top, there's just so much you can do to it!
My next item was another dress, Roppan Slip Dress In Burgundy by Motel. I was drawn to the colour of this its burgundy but with a hint of pink (this was just £15). The satin slip reminds me a little of nightwear so I think it's perfectly cheeky for cocktails while in Barcelona. I've paired it again with my River Island black boots, (these do go with absolutely everything) to add a little more sophistication. It's light and summery, so doesn't stick to my body, I think that I'll be strutting around in this one paired with my cat woman shades whilst on holiday. Definitely taking advantage of the Barcelona backdrop for some style shots in this.
My last outfit was a two part one, I paired together the Elena Crop Top in Rib Knit Orange by Motel along with the Volta Mini Skirt in Black Wash by Motel. Now, I did go for a medium in the skirt (again just £15) as I find that some materials aren't very generous around the bum and better safe than sorry. The crop top I was struggling between the red and orange (both were in the SALE for £12), but in the end I went a little more out my comfort zone.
The jumper is so vibrant and matches my new backpack perfectly (a happy coincidence), teamed with my new grey leopard print Nike trainers (another SALE purchase), it's the perfect outfit for city exploring! This look is comfy and casual but definitely makes a statement. I can even make this work with tights and boots in the Autumn months, so there's no chance of this one going away anytime soon.
I wanted to mention the next item to buy on my list, Sanna Slip Dress in Solar System by Motel. I would have bought this already had it not been for the unfortunate OUT OF STOCK message I was shown when selecting my size. Not to worry I will be keeping my eye out, and there are plenty of other items in this pattern that i could choose instead, if I have no luck with this dress.
That's it so far my summer holiday shopping list. I'm very happy with this and I know there will be plenty more orders to come, but so far so good! Motel Rocks may be my new go to for festival and holiday wear, especially when there is a SALE on. Until next payday, It'll be quiet on the fashion front.
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Last weekend, I took an unexpected trip back down to London (after just visiting a couple of weeks ago). Friday morning at 5.21am, I was sat on the train heading down to a place I’d consider my second home. This trip was for Carnaby Fashion Festival and with London Fashion Week taking place I took advantage of the sights to get some 'outfit of the day' style shots done.
We arrived in Euston at 8am, whilst most Londoners were busy heading to work on the tube, we walked from the station down to Benugo’s (next to Vogue House) for a welcome breakfast and spot of wifi. The plan was to get the action camera out as well as snap some colourful city shots for my photography portfolio (also known as Instagram). I began in Carnaby the amount of typography and artwork around this city is incredible, every time I visit I always spot something new, even in places I’ve been to a hundred times. There was a vibrant wall I noticed on arrival, painted with palm trees (not sure how long it's been like this), I took a little outfit shot in front of. Not going to lie I did look a little like a powder puff, with my pink fluffy top (Zara) and the Pom Pom trainers (Topshop).
Next I ventured into Liberty for a nosey at their Christmas section, only to stumble across their very impressive stationary section. I’ve been really into print illustration lately and found myself drawn to the huge selection of humorous and sarcastic cards on offer. After a good hour (or two) of window shopping, and a couple of Christmas baubles later, we headed down to try out the new Farm Girl Café! (I went here last time, but this store is brand new and opened the week after my last visit) I was served the most adorable chai latte (who doesn’t want a puppy with there morning coffee) while the place bustled with excitement for the following day of donut decorating and glitter roots!
A few shots later and it was lunchtime, so I picked Benito’s Hat (burritos, nachos, tequila & rum, what more could a girl want) you can't go wrong here! The food is delicious and for the price you get pretty generous portions too. We actually bumped into Josh Widdicombe, a comedian/ co-host on ‘The Last Leg’. He was so lovely, and it turns out I know where the cool kids eat (he features in my blog briefly). Whilst strolling down Oxford Street we came across so many creative displays. My favourite being Topshop! They had models walking the runway (mini treadmills to be precise) right in their windows. Every 15 minutes the models switched out and we got new outfits to drool over.
The rest of the day included a trip to Selfridge’s Food Hall (the most amazing peanut butter cupcake ever was found here) and more walking, snapping signs and typography. This often confuses people as I tend to find the more abstract or obscure things appealing to photograph, you won't find me snapping selfies in front of Big Ben. We headed to our hotel, after a food and fashion filled day. I was functioning on 3 hours sleep (thanks to a long shift and early train, bad combination) and it was certainly taking its toll on me. A hot bath and nap were both desperately needed! The hotel we stayed in was absolutely stunning, very old fashioned with ornate windows and staircases over one half and some modern décor used to expand the space in the middle (Crown Court Hotel).
More Issues Than Vogue
For the second day, I decided to do something a little touristy, while we were just a few stops away from Baker Street, it only seemed fair to stop by Sherlock’s house. There’s so much history in London and I don’t often visit the more touristy hot spots because I prefer to avoid the crowds. This is why I’ve never stopped off in Trafalgar Square since I saw it when on my first London visit, I prefer getting lost in the side streets and walking when I can, you can miss some gems by just hopping on the tube between locations.
I purchased a new pair of Autumn boots on my trip (it was fashion week after all so I needed to look my best), and took to chance to get another candid shot (shown top). The setting was perfect, a piece of board covered in ‘GUESS’ advertisement pages, some torn and peeled back, it created a very edgy backdrop for my outfit of the day. I didn't do too much shopping on this trip, it was more about capturing the city through its artwork and architecture, I'm at my happiest when I'm out snapping away, my camera in one hand and a coffee in the other.
Heading down Regent Street, I found Maddox Gallery off a side street, they had created a huge bouquet outside there window which could have made it easy to mistake them for a florist (I wasn’t the only person who stopped by to snap the stunning window display). We passed multiple street performers and singers who had more talent that I could hope to in that department (pretty sure I’m tone deaf), who just brightened up the city and showed the variety of artists that occupy the huge creative hub that is London. It was a particularly sensational Saturday on the streets, vibrant in the culture on offer.
I found potentially my new favourite shop for gifts called ‘Sass & Belle’, they offer the cutest little creative knick knacks and I left with an adventure notebook for my upcoming Trek (matching my passport cover I ordered from them online last month). It will be handy to jot down little comments ready to write my blog on my return from the states. Another couple of coffee breaks along the way, including a Starbucks (basic I know) stop off for the seasonal Pumpkin Spice (I even treated myself to the loaf cake this time). It was getting into the afternoon, my camera was filling up and we headed back to Euston to catch our 4.45pm train.
On the walk back to Euston I passed by a group of people painting a shop front in a rainbow of colours ‘Watch This Space’ in bold font across the front. I don’t know what shop is coming but I got very excited about the prospect. We got to Euston with an hour to spare, I filmed the people coming and going before it was time for the train journey home. I’ve said this again and again, London never disappoints! It doesn’t matter if you go with money burning a hole in your pocket (there’s no better place to go shopping) or if you go simply with a camera and some spare change for a coffee, there’s plenty to see and experience.
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
With 23 days to go before Trek America I think the next few weeks will involve packing and staying up North for the time being. I plan on a trip to the Vegan Food Festival in Manchester this weekend, not sure how well that will fit in with my holiday diet but if it’s vegan it’s healthy right?
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It's official Autumn is here! I've had my first pumpkin spice of the season (basic I know) and I am ready for the halloween movies, fluffy jumpers, log fires and festive fun to begin! This also means a change in fashion. In the last month I have picked up a few key pieces (in the SALE of course) that are going to see me through the winter months and all the wonders that await. As well as a few party pieces that I want to share. It does however mean putting away my rather impressive collection of sunglasses, I've been adding too all throughout summer. Before that happens though, here are my favourites from August.
First up, I've seen the blogging community going crazy for big earrings, especially tassels. In Topshop's SALE I managed to pick up these ornate gold and rose coloured long earrings for just £3! These beauties are perfect for the coming months and will add a bit of glamour to an understated outfit, like a pair of ripped jeans and oversized jumper combination.
Sunglasses have been a massive thing for me this summer (they weren't something I ever really invested in before). I've been drawn to the more bold and creative shade styles (pictured below), my favourites being: Rose gold aviators with pink lenses from Primark (£3), my catwoman-esque black patterned shades from Topshop SALE (£5), and finally a pair of gun metal grey aviators (£3) from Urban Outfitters SALE. As I like to mix up my style often, its important to me that I have lots of pairs to choose from.
This last month has seen me getting into denim in a big way. I've always been a skinny jean, ripped knee denim lover. However, the past few weeks I've been living in my distressed mom jeans paired with a chunky statement belt and crop top, they give off a perfect 90s vibe. Next on my 'to buy' list is this ripped denim jacket, shown above (I tried this on in Topshop but sadly I couldn't convince myself to spend the £49). Double distressed denim is certainly a look for me, I will be investing shortly when payday next rolls back around. I love the idea of collecting patches for the back too when on my travels, to give it a little more personality.
I've been a lot bolder in my style choices last month, throwing out the usual choices of little black dresses and fitted tees (I've enough of these already). Introducing a bardot style, or a bit of embroidery can go a long way in brightening up your fall wardrobe.
I love a shirt but crisp white ones remind me of high school uniforms. Then I found this safari inspired shirt (Topshop SALE) with it's bold embroidery across the chest, decorated with palm trees and giraffes. It's a fun item to pair with plain black jeans or tuck into a leather a-line skirt. The second shirt added to my collection is this oversized red check classic print (more of a dress on me). This stood out because of its off the shoulder, bardot style tops and just screams autumn time. Paired with tights and chunky black boots or converse it's going to be a staple item in my wardrobe for the next few months. The green lace dress (made me instantly think of Tinkerbell) is for a birthday this month, I bought it because I don't usually wear pastels but the cut and colour are unlike anything I already own. Plus it was only £7 in Topshop SALE, it really does pay off to be patient.
I also updated my everyday bag, usually I stick with black (it does go with everything), but I decided to invest in this little red babe, it'll add a pop of colour to every outfit. Finally, I've been obsessed with my Olivia Burton Rose Gold watch again, it's understated and sophisticated. I lost it a while back but was lucky enough to be reunited, so it's never off my wrist now. Think it may be time for a new model though.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Through August I've also been investing in some gear for my Trek America adventure. This includes my Cobra Adventure Camera (£80 from Very), as well as all the accessories and attachments. I have been playing non stop with it and it's been the best thing I've bought this month. For anyone interested in creating content (but wanting to experiment before investing in anything too expensive) I would recommend one, especially if you do a lot of travelling (around the UK or abroad). Capturing adventures on film is very different to photography, the results are more individual and I think it's good to be able to replay those memories.
Now I have walking boots I plan to take already but rather than packing my normal running trainers, I wanted something a bit sturdier for the hiking. I found these outdoor Timberland ones for just £31 reduced from £105 (or something around that) on SCHUH. I've currently got an order coming with my sleeping bag, power bank, memory cards and polaroid film all on its way, so I think that a packing blog is on it's way (because I have no idea how I'm fitting it all in my case).
I can't lie, the idea of digging out all my scarfs, bobble hats and jumpers makes me very happy indeed. Experimenting with layers and adding chunky jewellery to my chunky knit jumpers. I'm going to try and create some seasonal look book content for next month. Maybe even documenting my outfits and placing myself into quirky backgrounds around nearby cities. Just thinking of all the Halloween and christmassy content I will be able to shoot soon, theres going to be lots of market mayhem coming up.
I always say this is a work in progress, and I'm slowly finding my footing so feedback is appreciated. My videos aren't pristine they're fun and rough round the edges. My posts don't have the most staged shots in them but I'm working on it. In the next 12 months I'm hoping I will be a lot more skilled at producing this stuff. There are a few goals I'm setting myself that I hope to share here soon.
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Last weekend I finally took the plunge with something I have been wanting to do for quite a while! I went from beach blonde to BLEACH blonde. I figured, if I can commit to something as permanent as a tattoo, then I could take a risk with this. I'm happy to say it paid off! This post is just a little information about the process and how I am now looking after my hair, as I never had to worry about it as much before, but the aftercare for bleached hair is pretty essential.
In my own personal opinion, something major like this needs to be done in a salon, I wouldn't risk attempting to bleach my own hair at home. That's a bit too much responsibility for me. It was worth investing in a trip to the hairdressers, because my hair needed cutting anyway and it made the whole process into a less stressful experience. It feels more like being pampered when you have someone else do your hair for you. I also worked out that with the cost of two boxes of bleach (because I have longer hair), two boxes of toner, silver shampoo & conditioner (not to mention the time it takes to ready all the instructions and not destroy my towels in the process), it wasn't any cheaper anyway!
After a quick conversation with my hairdresser, who I know from previous trips to Hair & Beauty Link (Rainhill), she started mixing the bleach. I had gone in for a skin test a few weeks earlier and shown her some photos of what I was looking for, so it was easier to get started when I arrived for my appointment. I've never bleached my hair before and I know it's not the best thing for you, so aftercare is important. I got some tips from my hairdresser, because this was a long visit taking in total about 3 1/2 hours.
NO GOING BACK NOW
The bleach was applied (which took quite a while because I have pretty long and thick hair) then once most my hair was covered we played the waiting game. It's no fun when you don't have wifi or data on your mobile either, lesson learned. After reading multiple magazines and editing photos on my phone, I began to see the colour lighten, this was when panic set it. Had I made the right decision? I'd been dreaming about white blonde, platinum silver hair for the past few months so I tried to ignore the doubt and thought if the worst happened, I could just go back darker. It's not like trying to get light hair back once you've dyed it dark, I did this in high school and it took years to get my natural 'baby spice' blonde back.
After the bleach had been left on for about an hour and we could see that it had lightened my hair enough, she then mixed up more of it too bleach my roots. Now, because these were completely 'virgin' (untouched by any hair dye products) the bleach took to these a lot quicker and they ended up virtually white (in no time at all). This is why she didn't put the bleach on the whole of my head because we were aiming to get an even colour all over. It's also not recommended because bleach on your skin can get uncomfortable, so I've heard. I didn't have any problems luckily, if anything it felt like a normal dye job, just like my previous experiences when dying my hair at home in the past.
Another 20 minutes later, my hair was finally ready to be washed. She used plenty of conditioner and silver shampoo to tone down any brassiness that was left. There was some slightly blonde parts that hadn't fully lifted (my own fault for all the colour experimenting over the last 12 months. Did you know, pink is difficult to shift out of blonde hair), but all together it was a pretty even tone. This is one of the most difficult things to achieve yourself, especially as you can't see the back of your head.
I only wanted a little trim to get rid of any split ends and a quick cut in the front to frame my face a bit more. It wasn't until she began drying my hair I realised just how light it had actually gone. The colour was very bright! I think now it could have done with some toner on it but I had plans to go out afterwards with my sister. I decided against it because this was something I could work on at home. I didn't take a photo after just leaving the hairdressers because there were still some strong blonde tones, but it was completely fine to go out around Liverpool with in the afternoon. (The pictures below are from the day after). Once it had a couple of washes with the BLEACH LONDON silver shampoo and conditioner, as well as an overnight treatment with some hydrating hair mask by MARK HILL, I was officially a 'Targaryen'.
I'm super happy with the finished result (for now). I can be quite impatient which was why I spent the following two nights shampooing and conditioning to get the colour right. I didn't realise the difference the products would make! Having never used silver shampoo before. I got the BLEACH LONDON silver shampoo & conditioner from Boots, along with the Mark Hill MiracOILous 2 Minute Mask. The mask smells sensational, very tropical and has Moroccan Argon Oil in it.
Now the silver shampoo says to leave on for 5 minutes but I left it on for closer to 15 (for a more intense colour). Then I used the silver conditioner afterwards and these worked wonders on toning out the remaining brassiness. In certain lighting there are still more blonde bits than I would like, I'm hoping that by using more of the silver shampoo and conditioner in the coming weeks, I can get it to the silvery finish. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the process, it wasn't as complicated or nerve wracking as I had been anticipating. Bleaching can seem like a daunting experience and after watching some blogs were people had struggled to do it at home I opted for a salon, and found it to be an exciting makeover. I've since slept in my MiracOILous Mask a few times and it really has helped the silky smooth condition of my hair. I can't wait to get out and take some photos for future posts with my new do.
Not going to lie I do feel a little like a member of 'The X-Men'. I've already had one friend tell me it makes me look like a superhero, another call me Casper and the obvious 'Game of Thrones' reference (Daenerys Targaryen). You always worry with this stuff you won't like it but wheres the fun in life if theres no risk involved. I would definitely recommend both the Mark Hill Mask and Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hair Mask (with coconut oil). I've invested in both and they've worked wonders for me, I tend to alternate and use the Mark Hill one to sleep in once a week. I'm using the silver shampoo for every wash (at the minute) but will begin alternating to keep the colour from getting a purple tint. This lighter, blonder me does mean that I can now experiment with colours. The temptation is strong but I'm staying blonde for now, just excuse me while I go browse the BLEACH LONDON colours collection.
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Aby, 24. Northerner.