Photo of girl with red hair wearing a yellow hat with pompom and sunglasses

I love being a redhead!

I’ve been dying my hair for almost half my life…so a pretty long time! And red hair is definitely the colour for me.

I actually have a really horrible natural hair colour. Something that upsets me greatly. My Dad is naturally blonde and my Mum has really dark brown hair. And to add insult to injury, my siblings all have good hair colours. I was landed with a gross, dull, mousey brown colour. As soon as I was allowed my hair was getting dyed!

The process of getting my red hair was not an easy one. Apart from a very short time when I was blonde, and then when I had highlights through my hair, I’ve pretty much always used home hair dyes. When I was at the point of deciding it was time to go for red hair I was dying my hair black! I had some failed home attempts. There was one occassion when the colour of my roots changed and the rest stayed black, and then me having to instantly put black dye on it to cover it up.

I finally realised that I was going to have to get professional help. Thankfully, I did have a hairdresser friend who did a nice bleach bath on my hair and then covered up the orange with a lovely deep red shade. That was eight years ago and I’ve never looked back. I think red is the colour I should have been born with. As a super pale human anything dark makes me look even paler and pretty ill at the same time. Red adds a little bit of warmth to my skin tone.

After the initial professional dye, I resumed my home hair colour. I tried loads of different brands before settling on Garnier Nutrisse which I think I’ve been using for about four years now. I use shade 6.60 Fiery Red and I love it! It’s bold and vibrant and I always get loads of compliments on my colour.

At the length my hair is now (a bit past shoulder length) I can still get away with only one bottle of the dye but at times when it’s been longer, I’ve had to use two bottles. Boots or Superdrug often have an offer, so even if you need to go for the two bottles it still costs less than a tenner. Pretty good for hair maintenance! I also manage the whole process by myself but again if you have longer hair you may need help. When my hair was a lot longer I always did the roots myself and then roped my Mum in to help with the rest. Actually reaching all my hair was a struggle! As it stands just now, Mark just checks to make sure I haven’t missed any bits.

The hair dye I use is permanent, so has peroxide in it. I feel like my hair is always in great condition though, despite this. Even after I’ve just dyed it. And it also smells great! The only problem with red hair is that it continues to run for a couple of weeks after you’ve dyed it. It’s always a good idea to use a dark coloured towel to dry your hair and try and avoid white bedsheets. Oh, and be careful not to get caught in the rain! I still love being a redhead despite all this…

Do you use home hair dye?


The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.


Photo by M Richardson


Recently I read a post on Urbanity Blog, where Ruth was sharing a wee bit of what was going on in her life right now, what you would talk about over a coffee.

Now, although I wasn’t tagged in this post I liked the idea so decided to jump on the bandwagon.

First things first. My name is not Keily. I’m sitting in Starbucks while I write this and I’m going to let you in on a secret…one of my simple pleasures in life is seeing the many different ways in which Starbucks employees write my name (I think only one person has ever got it right, they were called Kayleigh too). Actually so much that if they ask they ask how to spell it, I refuse to tell them. Now, I know this seems mean but when you have a name that you are always required to spell out for everyone you don’t really want to do it when you get coffee too. So, no Starbucks name for me, just weird variations of the spelling of “Kayleigh”.

So, if we were having coffee I would tell you that I’m part of the team organising the Edinburgh Blogger Conference in June this year. There are four of us in the team and three of us are bloggers. As well as getting to be part of organising something really exciting the team are great and people I really like, which always helps a team work better. Things are getting really exciting, tickets went on sale a couple of weeks ago and more and more things are falling into place. It’s going to be a great event!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I will be doing Tough Mudder, also in June this year. Actually, it’s the day after the Blogger Conference! I’ve wanted to do it for years but for various reasons haven’t been able to. I’m a bit nervous about it, whether I will be able to finish it, the fact that you get electrocuted… But mostly I’m looking forward to it and the amazing feeling (and the drink) I’ll get when I finish it!

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I’ve recently been made redundant. I finished working on 28th February after eight and a half years at the same company. I have been doing a web design course as I really want to change what I do. I would also tell you that having no job sucks. Apart from the obvious lack of money it’s pretty boring not having work to go to.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that at the end of this month I will have been writing Frocks and Fairycakes for four years! I think it is the longest I have ever stuck anything out (that wasn’t a job I get paid for). I never thought I would enjoy writing the blog as much as I do, and since it’s coming up to four years I have a few changes planned for the look of it.

Photograph taken by me

When it comes to pancakes, I’m not a fan of the traditional type. At all.

Thick, American pancakes, I wouldn’t thank you for them! I much prefer lighter pancakes or a healthy variation of them. I was out on Tuesday night so didn’t have pancakes for my dinner, but as far as I’m concerned every day can be pancake day, and with a recipe this easy there’s no reason it can’t be.

Since I always like a recipe that’s super easy to follow with very little ingredients this one is perfect for me – it has only three ingredients and most importantly they’re really quick to make. The addition of the oats make the consistency of the mixture slightly thicker and therefore easier to cook than your normal two ingredient banana pancakes.


40g of oats
2 eggs
1 banana


1. Put all the ingredients into a mixer (I use a NutriBullet) to blitz them all together.

2. Spray a frying pan with Fry Light spray and heat. Using a spoon start putting the mixture into the pan and cook for a couple of minutes before flipping to cook on the other side. Continue until all the mixture is used. If you put the oven on a low heat you can keep the cooked pancakes warm.

3. Serve with fat free greek yogurt, a teaspoon of honey and fruit of your choice.

And there you have it! Super easy three ingredient pancakes. Perfect for weekend brunch.

Photograph taken by me and created using Canva