Styling my hair has been the bane of my life for years. As a teenager – long before straighteners were really around – I remember being horrified at the idea of going to school with the frizzy and uncontrollable mess that was my hair. So much so that for years I wore it in a bun every single day. And then at the age of 17, I chopped it all off! In a pixie style much like Victoria Beckham’s (around the same time!). It didn’t suit me. A couple of years later, as it grew out, I discovered hair straighteners and have never looked back!
Over the years, I’ve learnt a few tricks to stop the frizz without too much effort. I’m a lazy girl – what can I say?!
If, like me, you struggle to get up in the morning, wash your hair the night before.
I no longer use conditioner when I wash my hair and instead spray it with a leave-in conditioner afterwards.
I like to rough dry my hair before I go to bed – so that it’s not a complete bird’s nest the next morning.
When drying my hair, I section it off and start at the roots, so that these are as smooth as possible.
The next morning I again section off the layers and straighten like that.
And I’m ready. In less than 10 minutes!
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As discussed previously, getting dressed can be something of a problem, as you stand in front of your wardrobe and look upon the collection of clothes you’ve spent years building up and ask yourself, what will I wear?! This new series will offer solutions to this seemingly impossible question:
This is the definitive cool girl off-duty uniform for the weekend: ankle boots, parka and trilby. For me, weekend dressing is all based around my skinny jeans and ankle boots: practical, cool and easy. The rest sort of falls into place around this, whether a loose-fitting blouse, or an over-sized jumper, my main mission at the weekend is comfort. Continue reading →
Audrey Hepburn is the perfect example of simple and chic dressing without too much fuss. It’s the ideal formula for those days when you’re running late, or are having one of those moments when you stand in front of your over-packed wardrobe and think I-have-nothing-to-wear! We all have a variation of this look in our wardrobes – it’s just a case of reminding ourselves on those mornings before we start to panic: Continue reading →
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your hair for the festive party season, you’ve come to the right place. This post is dedicated to up dos of different descriptions. For parties, I have realised after years of experience that an up do is just more practical. I can spend hours curling my hair, or straightening it, with the idea of wearing it loose but within five minutes of dancing, I have tied it back anyway and my time would have been better spent, putting it up in the first place. So here are my cheap and quick tricks to the perfect party up dos:
1. Add embellishments:
However you plan to put your hair up, it’ll always look party-ready with a few well-placed sparkly clips for added embellishment, like this pretty crystal hair slide.
2. Choose a simple top knot:
A top knot might seem like the simple – and possibly boring option – but if you use a hair donut ring and place it high on your head, you’ll find it becomes something a little bit special for your big night out!
My hair is frizzy with a distinct wave. Which basically translates to, a mess:
For years, as a teenager, it was the bane of my life. Nothing I ever did made it look any better. So, I spent my early teens with a messy bun, every day. And then the latter part of my teens with a short pixie crop which I hated but that was reasonably manageable. Then, in my early twenties, I discovered straighteners and my hair was transformed. Continue reading →
The smoky eye is perhaps one of the most enduring and iconic make-up looks. It has endured throughout the decades and is still one of the most popular make-up looks to grace the catwalks at Fashion Weeks year after year.
The classic smoky eye look is heavy and created with black and grey shadows and liner. But it needn’t be the only smoky eye look you ever try.
For day-time, and particularly the office, the classic look is perhaps a little too much, so why not go for a more youthful approach and choose browns to create a similar effect. I do this for work most days:
I’m not going to profess to be any sort of an expert on skin care but I thought I’d share with you my own night-time facial skin care routine. I’m pretty lazy when it comes to most things and if there is an easy or quick way to do something, I’ll generally take that option. My approach to skin care is pretty much the same. Continue reading →