Photo of girl in amongst trees with black, green and blue hair

I take a lot of photos.

So when I got asked if I wanted to go to a photography workshop with Kilometre Zero Events recently, I jumped at the chance!

I’ve been interested in photography since high school when I did a class in sixth year. We got let loose around the town (probably one of the attractions for me) during school time. After taking photos on 35mm SLR cameras we then spent time in the darkroom developing them. I loved it. But despite enjoying taking photos I didn’t invest in a good camera until last year. And only took it off auto setting a good few months after.

The workshop I was attending was portraiture photography run by Kilometre Zero Events. It took place on a lovely sunny (and warm) day in Edinburgh city centre. I arrived to meet the photographer taking the workshop and the rest of the people attending, at the canal at Fountain Park. I was really quickly put at ease when I realised that not everyone was a pro! As someone who is not confident with the manual settings on my camera, I was a bit concerned that I wouldn’t have enough knowledge.

Photo of girl with black, green and blue hair and nose ring looking through bars on a gate

Our tutor for the day, Julien, split us into two groups – one of the beginners and one for those a bit more knowledgeable. There was a model for the day, who went with the more experienced group to start with and within my group we took it in turns to play the model. I found this a bit awkward at first despite quite often being in front of the camera. It was an experience having someone other Mark taking my photo!

After we all got a turn of modelling and directing, we switched about and we got a chance to work with the model. I haven’t yet got to the point of investing in lenses, so I turned up with the 18-55mm lens my camera came with but I was given different lenses to try during the workshop. It was really interesting to see what the difference between the lenses was, and how it affected the final result.

Throughout the whole workshop, Julien kept checking on everyone and giving pointers and tips on the settings on your camera. In total, we were taking photos for two hours. This felt like just the right amount of time while also flying in! It was so much fun. And because there was a group of us I was thinking nothing of sitting on the ground. Something I would normally feel self-conscious about!

I had a great afternoon and I was pretty pleased with some of the photos I took. And even more pleased with the fact I feel a little bit more confident with using my camera on manual mode! I met some really nice and interesting people. Plus I got some great new accounts to follow on Instagram – which I always love!

Kilometre Zero also run fashion photography workshops along with workshops for yoga and meditation. You can find all the experiences they offer here.

Photography of girl with black, green nd blue hair looking from behind green leaves

A bit about Kilometre Zero Events:
Kilometre Zero create unique creative events where you’re not just learning the theory of something, but getting hands-on experience. They offer a range of workshops and classes that you can enjoy without any long-term commitment or membership needed. As well as group classes and workshops, they offer one-to-one tuition and can even be hired for parties with a difference.

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photographs taken by me

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Photo of place setting at a table, with cutlery on top of a napkin and a green and white Christmas cracker

Christmas crackers in November?!

A few years ago I would not have been getting excited for Xmas so early.

But a few weeks ago I was invited along to the Salon Success Jingle Mingle at Tigerlily in Edinburgh, and the Christmas theme was right up my street! It was a fantastic night with amazing food, nice wine and lovely chat from some other Edinburgh bloggers and the girls from Salon Success.

We were in a private dining area in Tigerlily and were greeted with a glass of prosecco. Perfect! The table was set up with Christmas crackers and we each had a place with a name card and a fantastic selection of haircare tailored to each of us.

Photo of two croquettes on top of red berries with cress on top of them

The food was brought out and I’m not gonna lie, it was the best food I’ve had in a long time! We started with ham hock and cheese croquettes, however these were nothing like the croquettes of my childhood (which I was not a fan of as a kid, they had too much potato in them)! I ate this so quickly, it was delicious. The main course was equally tasty. It was some sort of meat, beef maybe, I’m not 100% sure. But it literally feel apart when you put your fork through it! This was served on a bed of mashed potato.

Photo of a plate with two small bits of meat on top of mashed potato with cress on top and gravy

Then onto the dessert…I really don’t know exactly what this was (I promise I wasn’t drunk) but I could’ve easily eaten more than one. All I can really say was that it was some sort of frozen berries and honeycomb with cream and pistachios. I was a lot better than I’m making it sound…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Photo of a pink frozen berry desert with honeycomb and cream and a small pink flower on top

After we finished our food we were talked through the products at our places. It really was such a nice touch that we all had products that were tailored just for us. The ladies had obviously done their research on us to make sure we got the right products for our hair colour. We all had a bottle of gem lites shampoo, this was the one that was specifically for each of our hair colours. So, obviously I got one for redheads. The shampoo actually has hair colour in it, meaning if you don’t have red hair and use it you will after it! I’ve already warned Mark not to use it. The shampoo itself is bright red and has a really nice shimmer to it.

We all got the same Kenra products. The packaging of these are just so nice and give the feel of luxury. The shampoo and conditioner smells amazing! We also got a hairspray and hot spray, which was gratefully received by me. As a natural curly haired person I use my ghds daily, not so great for my hair! As well as these there was a MarulaOil detangling brush. I don’t think I’ve ever been so enthusiastic about a hair brush before, but this is an amazing brush! It beats a tangle teezer hands down.

Last up we got a Paul Mitchell product, and again we got different ones. Mine was a box with shampoo, conditioner and a hair mask for coloured hair. I don’t normally specifically go for products meant for coloured hair so it’s nice to have some to use that will keep my red vibrant. These sets would make a perfect Christmas gift.

Photo of haircare products and a hairbrush

So far I have tried all the products except the Paul Mitchell ones. I was really excited (and a little bit nervous) to try the gem lites shampoo. The fact that it has red hair colour in it is amazing. We were advised to use gloves for some of the colours of gem lites and I definitely wasn’t going to risk red hands! It did make my hair more vibrant and I think I’ll use it for every second wash, which means I’ll use it probably once a week.

The Kenra shampoo and conditioner are also fantastic. I normally go for a clear shampoo, and despite this one not being clear it gets my hair squeaky clean. They both smell amazing. There is nothing better than good smelling, squeaky clean hair, right?!

Thanks to the lovely ladies from Salon Success. It was a really fantastic night and the Christmas crackers (and of course the hats you get inside them) got me feeling suitably excited for the festive season!

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photographs taken by me

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Red hair with glittery gold strands

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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