Saturday, 30 August 2014

Dressing for Autumn

Quilted sweatshirt from Monki, Tartan skirt from Next, Backpack c/o boohoo, Ankle boots from H&M

As much as I love the sun, I'm actually looking forward to the onset of Autumn. There's something about layering up to head outside that is just a bit comforting, and any excuse to wear a jumper is alright by me.

The Man and I headed out last weekend for a wander around Salford Quays, it was somewhere between warm and chilly so I decided it was time to crack out the tartan skirt! I love this skirt but it's that bit too big for my waist so it has to be worn with a jumper rather than my usual tucked in tee, I didn't realise quite how 'school girl' I looked with the backpack until we were half way there, rookie mistake. I paired it with one of my favourite sweatshirts from Monki that The Man's parents' got me for Christmas last year (hi Elaine if you're reading this!), it's my go to jumper at the moment as it's cropped so it's not completely wintery. 

Apparently we're due a heatwave but to be honest, I'm ready to dig out the woolly tights and leather skirts. Plus, it's an excuse to 'invest' in a whole new wardrobe. Roll on Autumn!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Daisy Chain

Sienna stacking rings c/o Buckley London, silver ring from Divinity in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre

Who doesn't love Bank Holiday weekends? Everything slows down a little and three days out of the office feels like it could last forever. Whether you spend it catching up on sleep or exploring somewhere new, it feels like we've earned it. 

So far I've spent my long weekend relaxing with The Man at home and venturing into Manchester with my friend Naomi for a much needed catch up, as well as cake and wine of course! Prepared for miserable weather we were pleasantly surprised to be bathed in sunlight as we pottered around attempting to pick somewhere to eat, we're both incredibly indecisive so sometimes this process takes forever. We settled on Bakerie in the Northern Quarter, grabbed a little table and ordered two of the biggest sandwiches ever, they were kind of incredible. We ordered the beef with mustard and pork shoulder on their homemade bread, as we're so indecisive we couldn't settle on one each so we split them half and half so we could have the best of both worlds! I could easily eat them again, they were delicious, especially the pork shoulder.

As is tradition, after finishing our sandwiches we moved on or dessert, we settled on Sugar Junction and chose a lovely table right near the window. I opted for a brownie which was ever so naughty, after a week of being healthy I thought it was allowed! Naomi had a chocolate orange cake which was effectively a Jaffa Cake, yum. We polished them off and then decided it was time for wine so headed to Dusk til Pawn which was bizarrely dark but smelled hazily delicious, I wish every weekend was a three day weekend!

I hope you're having a lovely long weekend, and we're only half way through!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Growing Pains

It's that time again, the painful time when my hair is in between styles and lengths. Growing your hair out is possibly the most frustrating thing, my hair isn't long enough to be curly but it's too long to be straight without looking flat and lifeless. And then there's my fringe (I have a love/hate relationship with my fringe) which I'm in the process of growing out which means numerous experiments with different fringes, hair styles and plaits, joy!

The main problem with my hair is the thickness though, it looks pretty thick and volumised to the untrained eye but it's actually pretty thin, un-exciting and a bit meh overall. It does have a natural shine though which I'm generally happy with. I've tried all manner of products to try and get it looking full of volume all day and avoid the inevitable greasy fringe situation sitting in a ridiculously hot office every day, but I think I may have finally cracked the formula!

Thickening shampoo and conditioner is an absolute must for me, it sorts my hair out from the very beginning, I have a few firm favourites that I alternate between (I'm not sure if it's a scientifically proven method but it always feels like it makes a difference rather than sticking with the same one!) and my current shampoos are Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo, L'Oreal Fibrology Thickening Shampoo (an absolute steal at £2.99!) and Christophe Robin Cleansing Scrub with Sea Salt (so good for a deep cleanse!). For conditioners I alternate between Label M Thickening Conditioner and Bumble & Bumble Surf Conditioner. They're working perfectly at the moment but I'll keep changing them up as my hair grows so any suggestions are welcome!

Is anyone else going through the growing pains? If you'd be interested in seeing a few hair tutorials for mid-length hair, let me know!


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