You can’t beat sparkly unicorn hair!

As a lover of all things glittery, when I saw a post on Lipstick Lashes And Locks Instagram page saying they were going to start doing hair dazzle, I was pretty excited!

With my next appointment booked in I definitely wanted some sparkle put in my hair. There was a selection of colours but being a redhead I thought the obvious colour choice was gold, thinking it would go well with the warm tone of my hair. After my hair had been cut and dried Tina got to work on transforming my usual red mop into Unicorn hair! She tied the hair dazzle into a very small section of my hair just under the top layer near my parting. To make sure they didn’t slide out of my freshly washed hair she put in a wee bit of texturising  powder on before tying them in.

I honestly loved it! With just a few strands added it gave a subtle glitter to my hair and looked amazing when it caught the light.

Tina had advised they can last up to a week, and would be easily taken out by just sliding them out your hair. And, even better, you can still use your hairdryer and straighteners as they aren’t ruined by heat.

Mine lasted around five days, until I next washed my hair and despite being really gentle when I washed it one strand came out. I think this might have partly been down to my hair going really soft because I used conditioner. The rest of the strands came out the following day. One naturally and then I took the rest out myself. They did come out really easily, and without taking any of my hair with it.

I would like to note that five days is normally a bit longer than I would go without washing my hair but I found that because I had the dazzle in I wasn’t touching my hair as much so the roots weren’t getting greasy. Meaning it didn’t really look like five days without washing!

As I suspected, once the dazzle was out my normal hair didn’t quite cut it for a few days! I will definitely be wanting more when I go back for my next hair cut.

If you live in or near Edinburgh and fancy a bit of unicorn hair get yourself booked into Lipstick Lashes And Locks! The hair dazzle would be perfect for the festive season and I think they’re getting more colours in soon. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a copper colour!

What are your thoughts on hair dazzle, would you get some?

 

Photo taken by M Richardson

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I freakin’ love autumn!

The thought of summer excites me but in Scotland you only really have the thought of summer. Every year I just end up looking forward to the end of it and the point when it becomes acceptable to wear black tights again.

There’s so much to love about autumn. The cool, crisp weather. The leaves turning the most amazing red and orange colours and falling off the trees. The fallen leaves crunching under your feet. Pumpkin spice lattes. And another great thing is getting to shop for new clothes, cosy knits, boots and winter coats!

I’ve put together a few bits that I’m loving right now and that are perfect for autumn and winter!

Dr Martens Adrian Smooth loafer – since getting my Dr Martens Chelsea boots last year I’ve been coveting another pair of Docs, probably helped by the fact I didn’t get the crippling pain I was expecting while breaking them in. I have loved the look of Docs for years but lacked the confidence to wear them. These are perfectly my style, I love giving a cute dress or skirt a bit of an edge with a pair of not so pretty shoes.

Fat Face Leia denim pinafore – one of the great things about autumn is getting to dig the tights back out again. A lot of the time during the “warmer” months I’m a jeans and tee kinda girl and denim is such an easy casual thing to wear. Therefore a denim dress for the winter is a no brainer. The thing I love about a pinafore is that much like jeans, you can pair it with different tops to make different outfits. This dress with a black polo neck, tights and boots is the perfect cosy look.

Boden red and white Breton top – so it may be known that I’m a sucker for a breton tee. I honestly don’t know why I’m so drawn to them, I think it’s maybe just cause they’re an easy go to and it doesn’t look as plain as a white top with jeans. I’m not sure my obsession will ever end but I feel like I maybe need to mix up the colours a bit so I own more than black and white ones. I love the colour on this and it’s definitely a way for me to wear a bit more red (and also look like Where’s Wally while I’m at it).

New Look Black Floral Brocade Heeled Boots – I’m so glad embroidery is still on trend! These boots are amazing and the perfect way to dress up a pair of skinny black jeans.

New Look Red Longline Collared Coat – I normally go for a black winter coat but this is lovely. I’m a big fan of the bold colour and it would make a nice change from my usual black or grey.

New Look Mustard Yellow Suedette Biker Jacket – I think mustard yellow is my favourite autumn colour. This jacket is perfect for layering and wearing with a big scarf and bobble hat to keep you warm before you really need to dig out the winter coat.

Fat Face Washed Black Super Skinny Jeans – Fat Face is a company I only really discovered earlier on this year. I know they’ve been around for years but their style is not always a look I’ve gone for. That being said, they make damn good jeans, plus the added bonus is that they are an ethical company.

What’s your wishlist this autumn?

 

 

Images from following websites: Dr Martens // Fat Face // Boden // New Look

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Yup, another month down!

Things were a wee bit quiet over here during September. As you may be able to see my wee blog got a bit of a make over. I moved from Blogger over to self-hosted WordPress and got a fancy new theme from Pipdig ūüôā

And, when I say I moved over from Blogger, what I really mean is Mark moved my blog from Blogger over to WordPress. My contribution to it was getting the self hosting sorted and picking a theme I liked. Mark did everything else including moving all my content over from Blogger and making sure everything looked just how I wanted it. What a bloody champ! He is definitely a keeper (obvs for more than just his coding ability and never ending patience with me when I’m being a teeny bit demanding!).

Although things have been quiet on here while lots has been getting done in the background, Mark and I had a really fun, busy month! September is my birthday month, and this year it was a bit of a big one for me as entered Club 30 (eeeeeek!). As well as taking the day of my birthday off, Mark had a further two weeks off work for us to spend some time together.

My month kicked off with some mate dates though. Me and my bestie grabbed lunch and a really long overdue catch up at my favourite cake place EVER (Tea Jenny’s in Falkirk incase you were wondering)! Despite it being months since we’d seen each other, it always feels like it has been no time at all, she cracks me up and my face is always aching from so much laughing when we meet up! I also got to see her before she set off for a month long road trip round Europe with her husband. What an amazing way to celebrate turning 30 right?! I’m not at all jealous…

I also went to The Luna Cinema to see La La Land. It was a pretty cool experience, and the first time I’d been to an outdoor cinema. We had our blankets to sit on, thermos filled with tea, Tunnock’s Tea Cakes to munch, and because it’s Scotland our rain coats on. Just as well we did too, because it rained pretty much the whole time! Ryan Gosling more than made up for it though and the film was a lot better than I was expecting.

Then came the big 3-0…! Thankfully being 30 doesn’t mean I have to grow up, and this was perfectly demonstrated by the presents Mark got me – a Hello Kitty instax camera and backpack. We headed through to Edinburgh and got some froyo and a couple of drinks before I went to get my hair cut and then headed to my Mum’s for (what was meant to be) my birthday non-party…it was a full blown party! I can confirm that the hangovers don’t get better, there is no tolerance that is built up with age. The next day I felt rough, McDonalds Big Mac rough. And that night I was surprised with Mexican food with the friends group from Fife, I love Mexican food but the hangover was so bad I actually made my dinner choice based on the lack of cheese in the dish!

We kicked off the official start of Mark’s holidays with a trip to Wallace Monument, and it just so happened that we picked the day that was the 720th anniversary of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. There were reenactments throughout the day (which admittedly made me cringe slightly) and birds of prey. After managing to make it through about only ten minutes of the reenactment we headed up into the monument to climb the 246 steps to the top. Now that doesn’t sound like a lot but when there are people going both up and down in the a space that is definitely not big enough it really feels like a challenge to get up. The views across Stirling make it completely worth it though, although we didn’t stay at the top too long cause it was just a bit windy!

It was also Doors Open weekends during September. We headed through to Glasgow to see the Winter Gardens in Springburn, which involved a walk round Springburn Park while learning about the history of the place and the plans to restore the derelict Winter Gardens. As interesting as it was I can’t deny I was a little disappointed we didn’t actually get to go inside them, I have a thing with abandoned/derelict buildings.

Which brings me nicely onto the next thing – a trip to St Peter’s Seminary, an abandoned building that was used to teach people wanting to become priests. The brutalist architecture of the building is really something and the graffiti shows that despite lying unused and fenced off people have still managed to sneak in.

The weather when we were off was pretty disappointing, some may just call it Scottish, but we managed to pick the best day of the two weeks to bag another Munro – Cairn Gorm. It only took an hour and a half to get to the top but it was a pretty steep climb! It meant Munro number six for me, and three for Mark.

I got invited along to the Fresher Festival in Glasgow, a two day long event giving students everything they need for their uni experience. There were food stalls, people there from clubs and pubs, Glasgow Subway, glasses company Iolla and a VIP area hosted by Yada events. Seeing all the stalls related to alcohol reminded me just how much of being a student involved a lot of time in the pub!

The last weekend in the month Mark and I headed to Edinburgh to take part in Maggie’s Culture Crawl, a 10k walk round the city with access to buildings/parts of buildings you would otherwise not get in to. It was a fun experience and I will be writing a blog post all about it soon.

So there you have it, my mega busy September. How was your month?

 

 

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I feel like all months fly by but, man, August felt like a blur!

We went on holiday last month which probably helped it feel so quick.

After quitting my job at the end of July I really felt like I needed a bit of a break. Now, considering I’ve only worked in a proper full time job for three months this year a break might sound insane. But while I wasn’t working I was studying, job hunting and constantly stressing about my lack of job which is actually pretty tiring in itself!

So, I asked Mark to get time off work so we could go on holiday. I think it was needed by both of us! While I’ve been spending months stressing, Mark has had to put up with me. Not fun I’m sure! We had a few options for places to go, but we decided on Berlin. We had a great time, saw lots, ate so much food (I love German food) and drank a fair amount of beer. The history geek in me was loving the city! I’m still sorting out the photos from our trip but I will get a post all about it up soon.

August in Edinburgh is Festival month! The city is buzzing and there’s so much to see and do. Although I spent a fair bit of time in the city we only went to one show. I just love soaking up the atmosphere though. There’s always good foodie stuff going on at this time of year too and we had fun at the Festival Village: Waverley sampling some of the amazing food and drinks. I was all about the halloumi fries!

I spent more time at Business Gateway events last month, this time focusing on ones for starting your own business. We’re planning our next EBC event for December and in the process of setting up the business! Scary and exciting times! During the month we had a few team meet ups and meetings for the next workshop. We now have all our hosts secured which is awesome! This is going to be another amazing event (you can buy tickets here).

I feel like every month we end up with a trip to St Andrews. It’s one of my favourite places in Scotland and I feel really lucky to live so close. A trip to St Andrews was a proper day out from where I lived before, it took me a hour and a half to get there (so far I’ve had mini-holidays in St Andrews!!) and now it’s less than half an hour away. I love the quirky shops and Jannetta’s ice cream is always worth the wait in the queue on a sunny day! If you haven’t been St Andrews should definitely be on your list.

How was your August?

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All the 90’s vibes with this dress!

A couple of weeks ago we headed through to Edinburgh for the day. I was taking advantage of (what I thought was) the last of the summer sun.

I got this cute dress before we headed to Berlin, it gives me all¬†kinds of 90’s feels. I love the floral print and the soft pink shade of the dress. The fabric is very light and summery. In Scotland, light flowing fabric isn’t always a good thing, I live in a very windy country! I put a slip on underneath this, both to keep me a bit warmer and also so my undies weren’t on show to everyone when my dress blew up in a gust of wind.

We had a day of Festival fun planned, so I wanted to wear shoes I¬†could walk about in. Converse are always my go to for comfort and I love the way they look teamed with a dress, it gives an cute girly¬†outfit a bit of a grungy edge. I almost didn’t go for the all white cons, I’m a fan of the classics (white, red and blue), but I’m glad I went for these as they go with so much more.

Our day started off with a trip to Festival Village: Waverley where we filled our faces with some very yummy food (you can read about our visit here). I took the opportunity of the nice weather to pop into Princes Street Gardens and get some photos. I often feel quite¬†ashamed of how little I’ve done and seen in my own¬†country!¬†Climbing Scott Monument is yet another thing I’ve still got to do.¬†Maybe I need to add this to my list!

During the summer a denim jacket is my go to. Unfortunately I don’t live in a country that really gets much of a summer and in Scotland you really need to be prepared for all weather. Saying we can get four seasons in one day is no¬†exaggeration! Yesterday it was sunny, rainy and there was hail… A denim jacket needs to have some pins on it, I love collecting them and adding them on. This super cute avocado was bought recently from Pie in the Sky, I love it, almost as much as I love actual avocados!

I am currently ALL about a backpack! I’m really glad they’re in fashion right now because the old lady in me loves how¬†practical and comfy they are if you’re on a day out. I picked this one up in TKMaxx recently and it’s hardly been off my back since. It’s funny to¬†think¬†at one point¬†when I was a teenager at¬†high school I was so desperate to be “grown up” and ditch the backpack (I had a Warehouse messenger bag, who else remembers them?!) and now I love them!

Dress РPeacocks // Denim Jacket РDorothy Perkins (similar here) // Trainers РConverse // Sunglasses РPrimark // Backpack РSkinny Dip
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