11 September 2015

STYLE: Change My Hair, Change My Life!!

Anyone who read my last post(here)will know that I recently attended an event for hair extensions.  After having uber long, brunette, curly hair, even for a few hours, it got me thinking about trying something new.  My hair's been variations on ombré for the past few years, with me going blonder and blonder in the past few visits.  I'm lazy when it comes to my hair: for work during the week its normally in a pony tail, and at weekend is either down and straight or salt sprayed the hell out of for beachy waves.  Ombré is easy for me, as it takes no upkeep, meaning that I can go to the hairdressers as often or as little as I want, and seeing as I like the dirty, blonde, grown out look, this suits me down to the ground.

That said, this time I want to try something different.  I'm quite an emotional dresser/hair styler etc, and seem to switch things up either when things are going wrong to cheer me up, or when things are good to make a statement to myself.  I've spoken many times on here about having  a very up and down 18 months: losing one of my best friends to suicide and generally being let down by others, and having crisis of confidence and not feeling very good about myself as a result.  In the last few weeks a person who I cared about massively and who hasn't been in my life for a few months, re appeared.  After a bumpy start, I thought we could sort our friendship out, only for it to blow up in my face again.  Do any of you have people in your life that you love the bones of, but you just rub each other up the wrong way?  That's me and this person.  He's mega, one of the best people I know when he's on form; we're just like oil and water; even though we get each other inside out, we're not good for each other, despite trying everything to be mates over the past 18 months.

Anyway, back to hair!  This has made me want to try something totally different, to put the past 18 months behind me, and stop pining for things that I can't fix, and focus on the good things that I have in my life, cos there's a lot of them!.  I'd love a short choppy Caroline Flack esque bob, but with the thinnest hair on the planet, this will not work, so colour is prob my only option.  I'm thinking an ashy blonde but with some white tones thrown in, but having it all over with dirty roots.  Maybe have some peachy undertones in the bottom.  This hair style is a statement to myself, that things can change for the better, onwards and upwards and all that!

As the bracelet that I bought myself this week says "Be Brave & Keep Going".  The last 18 months have taught me I'm stronger than I think, and its now all about looking forward, starting with a new do tomorrow! 

Here's my current inspo, what do you think?  However, I've just seen Sienna Millers new red hair and am now thinking the Emma Stone/Sienna look may be the way forward!!

I'd love your thoughts!!

9 September 2015

LIFE: KokoCouture Blogger Event

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Koko Couture Blogger event by the lovely guys at Manchester fashion Industry, which was at the lovely Tea 4/2 in Manchester, to showcase their new line of hair extensions and 1/2 head wigs.  In my younger days, I had extensions and hair pieces in every colour under the sun (cringing at the bright red pony tail I used to wear!), so I was excited to try this again. 

I arrived on my own at Tea 4/2 and was late after being stuck in traffic on the M62 (my daily bind). One of my favourite things about being a blogger in Manchester is the feeling of community.  Walking into a place knowing no one, and leaving having spoken to some great girls, is a fab feeling. Tea 4/2 is a cute little cafe/restaurant which I've been to many times, and was great venue for this event with amazing cocktails and cute cake aplenty.

Anyway, back to the point of the evening!  Koko Couture were showcasing their new range of hair pieces.  My hair is extremely thin, and no matter how much product I use, its impossible to get any sort of volume, so I was excited about the opportunity to have thicker and longer locks.  My hair is a very grown out ombre (roll on Saturday when I get it done again), but is very high dyed and very white compared to my natural hair which is quite dark.  Because of this, the strip extensions were impossible to match, so a half wig was suggested.  I love wigs, but had never heard of a half wig, so, willing to try anything and take advice from the experts, I let the lovely girls from Koko Couture loose on my locks.  The half head wig is attached by internal combs just above the crown, and so is matched to your root colour, and the front of your hair styled to cover the joins.  As the front of my hair is very blonde, the join was more obvious on my hair, but seeing as I had my trusty fedora with me, once that was on it looked fab!

The hair feels very natural, and in all honesty, I spent most of the evening looking at the other girls, wondering who had hair pieces in, and who had their natural hair!  I'll definitely be trying other styles and colours once I've decide what my next hair doo will be.  There were some amazing, bright strip extensions in natural hair which I'd love to use.  The world is my hair oyster!!

Thank you to the lovely ladies at Koko Couture for an amazing evening, and for my new locks and amazing clutch bag.  I was well and truly spoilt.

4 September 2015

LIFE: Washouse Manchester

I'm always on the look out for new places to go, and when I heard about Washhouse, I knew it had to be on my list.  Its owned by the same guys as The Laundrette in Chorlton, which is one of my fave places, but the great thing about Washhouse is that it's secret, and they make you work to get in!!

You have to find the phone number (their website is designed to look as though its for a laundrette), call and ask to book a machine to wash a certain number of items of clothes (people) and they will call you back to confirm your booking.  I'm not going to post the web address or the phone number as half the fun is finding it, but I promise you won't be disappointed with the cocktails if you do manage to get a table!

The front of the bar is designed to again look like a laundrette, with a phone on one side which just says "Press Me".  Feeling all Alice In Wonderland, I told the person on the other end of the line that I had a machine booked to wash 2 items of clothing and the door opened!

I promise you  will not be disappointed with the cocktails, in fact they were pretty damn amazing.  The menu caters for every taste and each one (and we had a fair few) was mega!!

This was my favourite, Fools Gold, a mix of Rhubarb gin, ginger liqueur and vermouth.  Quite possibly the strongest cocktail I've ever tasted but that was over ridden by the mini ice cream which it came with!!

Another one I tried which I loved was Let Them Eat Cake, a creamy mix of gin, sloe gin, elderflower and cardamom infused apple juice, topped of with a lil piece of Battenberg cake!!  Literally divine, especially for a gin lover like me!

I'd totally recommend Washhouse.  Despite the quirky nature of having to get in, the cocktails are amazing, and the vibe is really chilled.  The place only fits about 50 people, so is really intimate, with black leather booths and a DJ playing some really cool tunes.  You only get tables for 2 hours, so its a great place to do as a 1st or last stop, I know I'll definitely be booking for our next girls night.

Good luck finding it, let me know what you think!

28 August 2015

LIFE: Manchester Fashion Industry Blue Hues Event

A few weeks ago, the lovely guys at Manchester Fashion Industry invited me along to their SS15 Blue Hues Event.  The idea behind MFI is to bring together the thriving fashion, beauty and retail community in this amazing city of mine through various fashion based  events and networking opportunities.  I've been to a few of their events before which are always great fun, the best being the launch of David Beckham Haig Club Whisky at Selfridges!

The theme of this event was blue, and this was grabbed by both hands by everyone who attended.  I wore a petrol blue scuba dress by ASOS, which was a nightmare to find as I just do not suit blue!!  I took along one of my best friends Kate, who is by standard plus one at all fashion events and set off on a gorgeous Mancunian sunny evening to the pre party at Restaurant Bar and Grill.  

We were greeted by a blue carpet, and goody bags and cupcakes, and made our way to the RBG terrace, which is one of my favourite venues in the city.  We arrived quite late due to Kate being involved in a world record breaking attempt during the day, and it was already heaving.

The fashion show of the night showcased Maniere De Voir  and Esperar Boutique, but unfortunately, due to the number of people who were there, and the fact that the catwalk was just a makeshift aisle through the terrace, we couldn't see anything.  I actually ended up watching half of it through another bloggers camera viewfinder as she held her camera in the air!

We had a great night at the event, and at the party at Milton Club after, but it was a shame that the fashion show, which should be the focal point of any fashion event, ended up not being seen by a huge amount of people.  As great as RBG Terrace is as a venue, I just don't think it worked for this event.  As MFI events get more popular, there will only be more people, so there should really be an organised catwalk.  I know the fashion industry in Manchester would want to see that.

Apologies for the quality of these photos, they're all from my iPhone as I forgot my camera ...... bad blogger!

26 August 2015

STYLE: ASOS Holiday Haul

Long time no speak.  Again, life and work have taken over and blogging has taken a back seat.  However, I've got quite a few things lined up to talk to you  about!

Firstly being my holiday to Ibiza at the end of September which I am ridiculously excited about.  Ibiza holds a very special place in my heart.  I've been going for 16 years, pretty much every year, and to me its the perfect mix of epic parties, cool places to chill and most of all, the the most beautiful sunsets ever.  Every year I have an epiphany watching the sunset, and after having one of the most turbulent years of my life, I'm looking forward to some clarity!  I've been so up and down this year, I need the break to make some plans....... here's hoping the sunset does its usual job!

Anyway, enough of the spirituality, and onto my wardrobe!  Normally when I go away I know exactly what I want to take, and just need to find it, but this year I have no idea, other than I want a baggy off the shoulder black dress which is seeming impossible to find (if anyone knows any, please leave a comment!!).  Anyway, I did a lil shop on the ASOS sale and this is what I bought.






If anyone follows me on Instagram (link in my left bar of here ) you'll know that I'm pretty obsessed with sunglasses (and shoes, and bags and coats!) so there was absolutely no need to buy another pair when I own 27 (!) but I loved these!!

I'd love to know what you  think of this little lot, looking forward to my delivery arriving today - thank God for ASOS Premier!

24 July 2015

STYLE: New Online Site - Nastydress

Just a quick post today to tell you about a site I found from my sick bed yesterday, Nastydress. Despite reservations about the name, I clicked on it, and was really impressed with some of the things I found.  

Apologies for the quality of the photos here, they're just taken from the site, but I'll shoot them myself when they arrive.......... if I like them!!

The 1st thing I bought was this maxi dress, which I thought would be great when I go to Ibiza in September.  I love the colours on this, and thought it was quite unusual, and seeing as I hate wearing anything other people have, its right up my street.  It comes in a few different colour ways too, and was only £8.77!!  In fact I bought 3 dresses and a swimsuit for £32!!  I don't expect the quality to be amazing for that price, but it'll be fine for hols I hope.

The next thing is this beautiful bright coral dress.  I love the shape of this, although I am worried about the material.  It says chiffon, but looks more of a stiff material on the image, so I'm not sure this will look anything like this!  It come in 5 other colours, including yellow which I'm kicking myself about not getting, but for only £9.06, I can order all colours if I want!!  I'm hoping this will look amazing with a tan and gold accessories.

The last thing I ordered is this asymmetric dress.I had one like this from asos, but had a slight accident with a pick cocktail, and it never recovered, so I've been on the look out for a while, until I stumbled upon this for only £8.61!!  

I am really hoping these dresses are like they are in the pictures, as I will have got some bargains, but if they're not, I've not spent that much and can always Depop them.

I'll let you know when they arrive!

Anyone found any great new online stores recently?

16 July 2015

STYLE: Leather Biker Jacket

Its pay day, and whilst that normally means shoes to me (in fact most days mean shoes to me!), I've treated myself to a new leather jacket.

I've been after a new biker jacket for months, but couldn't find one that was quite right.  I wanted the standard motorcycle panels on the shoulder, but not all the way down the arm, I didn't want a belt and it had to be real leather and not look cheap ............ picky, moi???

Anyone who knows me, or has seen any of my social media, knows that a standard outfit for me involves a leather jacket and a fedora, whether that's with jeans or with a dress, so I didn't mind how much I spent, as I know its an investment piece for me, and I'll wear it until it wears out!

I found this one on asos, and thought it looked great, and just what I was looking for. 

 I've got another leather jacket by Barneys Original , from IL2L (here) and the leather is buttery soft and a great fit so I was ecstatic, even more so when I saw it was in the sale reduced from £190 to £98!!

Now that's a pay day treat!!!

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