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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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 – Peacocks // Denim Jacket – Dorothy Perkins (similar here) // Trainers – Converse // Sunglasses – Primark // Backpack – Skinny Dip
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Photographs taken by M Richardson
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On Saturday Mark and I headed along to Festival Village: Waverley in Edinburgh.

If you’re local to Edinburgh you might have already seen it (or even been in), you can find it on top of Waverley Mall. Expect street food, live music, beer, champagne, and of course gin! I made sure I ate light on Saturday morning because I knew there would be loads of food I’d want to try!

We headed in and did a lap of the whole village first to make sure we were making an informed choice for food. Honestly, it wasn’t an easy decision! The burgers at The Butcher Boy looked AMAZING! Steak and chips from The Pitt were also an option, but unsurprisingly pizza from Pizza Geeks won! I opted for “The Mario” – mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and oregano. Simple but delicious! Mark went for “The Braveheart” – mozzarella, salame milano, haggis and Stornoway black pudding. The pizzas were perfect, not too big and thin and crispy. We did a slice for a slice and both tasted amazing.

We got drinks from The Butcher Boy. It was quite a warm day so I chose Thistly Cross strawberry cider and Mark tried the new offering from West, Heidi-Weiss. Of course being in Scotland there was no way we were going to get through the day without a bit of rain…while we were waiting on our pizzas it started and everyone huddled under the spaces that were undercover. Thankfully it didn’t last long and by the the time our food was ready the rain was off!

We also couldn’t resist the halloumi fries from The Pitt. These guys were also at a beer festival we went to a while ago at Summerhall and their halloumi fries are things of dreams! I mean, fried cheese?! Erm, yes please! We scoffed these with some more drinks under the covered bar at Malones, it was the perfect spot to people watch.

Festival Village: Waverley is open until the end of this month daily from 11am – 12am and The Butcher Boy and Fizz & Pearl are open from 9am for breakfast. If you haven’t had a chance to head along yet there’s still time! Make sure you get yourself there and why not catch some shows at the Fringe too and make a day of it!

*Thank you to the Festival Village: Waverley for inviting us along to sample the tasty food and drink on offer.

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Last month was nice and busy!

I would love to say that we had a month of summer in Scotland, but that would be a lie… We probably got about a week of sun and a whole load of rain!

We kicked off the month with the wedding of one of Mark’s friends. I’m not a fan of weddings. Like at all! So I wasn’t really looking forward to it, I also didn’t know anyone else going. This isn’t always a great situation for a shy person to be in! Despite really not looking forward to it, the day was actually good fun. I’m going to put that down to the company, I kinda like my OH and have good fun with him, even when we’re doing stuff that isn’t really that fun! Plus, I actually had a wedding outfit that I liked and felt like me. There have been so many weddings I’ve been to where I have worn what I think you should wear to a wedding and I’ve felt like a tit. Must be something to do with age (and no longer giving a f**k) but I want to wear something that is me rather than what I think you should wear. No fascinators for me and I wore shoes I could keep all all day and night! I finished the look with my leather biker jacket 🙂

One of the sunny days we got was spent in Glasgow, not all fun ’cause I had to go into the Apple shop to get my phone fixed! But after that we headed to see my family who stay in Glasgow. We sat in the sun outside in the garden and had a BBQ.

I got to catch up with two of my favourite people for dinner at Candybar in Edinburgh. Leaving my job at the start of the year meant not getting to see two of my best friends every day anymore. As glad as I am that I took redundancy, not seeing their faces every day is a major downside! Group messaging is all well and good but in reality it’s not the same and you definitely miss out on things that are going on in people’s lives. Bonus was also getting to eat at Candybar, I love the food there and this time round I even had space for dessert!

July is Mark’s birthday month. Obviously when he was younger it always fell in the school holidays and he had the day off. This is something he has continued in adulthood and he takes the day off work. Of course I did too, and we headed into Edinburgh for the day. Our first stop was Calton Hill, a place neither of us have been before. A bit mental considering we actually don’t live far away from our capital! We also climbed up onto the monument, which seemed like a great idea until it came to getting down and my body didn’t physically want to allow me to jump! The National Museum of Scotland is somewhere we both like too so we visited there next, some new galleries have opened since the last time we went together which was cool.

Leonardo Hotels opened a new hotel in Edinburgh near Haymarket. Mark and I headed along to the launch night where we got to sample some of the food, (non-alcoholic) cocktails and got shown round some of the rooms. I wrote a post on it which you can read here.

The last weekend I did a charity walk, 10 miles along the Fife coastal path from Leven where I live, to Elie. We were so lucky and got a glorious morning for it, it was chucking down with rain later on in the afternoon! We managed to raise £800 for Homelands Trust, a charity based in Fife that provide accommodation for people with specific requirements. The money raised is going towards buying new specialist equipment for the lodges.

How was your July, did you get up to anything exciting?

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Last week I headed along to the Leonardo Hotel in Edinburgh.

They were having a launch night giving us the chance to sample some of their tasty food and get a sneak peek at the rooms.

The Leonardo Hotel is at 1 Morrison Link, near Haymarket, and boasts an impressive 282 comfort and deluxe rooms, making it the second largest hotel in the city. We got to look around the rooms and the touches of Scottishness were perfect. Expect tartan throws on the beds and iconic city views behind the beds. There was also a nice Scottish touch in the bathrooms too. There’s nothing worse that going into a generic hotel that has no touches of the city you are staying in!

On top of this there were two fantastic tartan high back chairs in the lobby. Lucy, the Operations Manager, who took us round on our tour told us these are normally red in other Leonardo hotels, but because it’s the Scottish capital they decided on this touch for them.

One of my pet hates when it comes to hotels is mirrors that have rubbish lighting! I mean, come on?! Putting your face on in front of a badly lit mirror doesn’t usually give you the best results. But this definitely isn’t an issue at the Leonardo hotel. The mirrors are nicely positioned near the windows so you’re getting lots of natural light. Conveniently though, there’s also a light right next to it if you’re getting ready later in the day for a night on the town. I don’t know why someone hasn’t thought about doing this already in other hotels! In the bathroom you’ll also find essential toiletries that you often forget to pack – shower cap, shampoo and shower gel. You can also request razors and toothbrushes from reception if you need them.

We also got a sample of the tasty food, naturally I went for the dessert first, picking up a chocolate bomb type thing. Mark picked a deconstructed cheese cake, as is the norm with us we sampled each others. Both were super tasty! After this we moved onto the savoury stuff which was equally as good.

The hotel is in an ideal location, a few minutes walk from Haymarket train station and tram stop, and the city centre is also an easy walk away.

As well as the UK, you can also find Leonardo Hotels in Germany, Austria, Spain and other European cities along with Israel.

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Photographs taken by myself and M Richardson
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