Sunday, 30 March 2014

Boots Treat Street

If you live in the UK it is more than likely that at some point you will shop at Boots and have an advantage card but did you know about Boots Treat Street? You can collect Boots Advantage card points when you shop online when you visit certain website through the Treat Street website or using their new point’s booster toolbar which pops up automatically when you visit a site where you can collect points so one click and you’re done without leaving the webpage.

I use it frequently when I shop on ASOS but you can collect points at a wide variety of online retailers from clothes and electrical items to holidays. You only collect points on what you pay for, so if you return any items you won’t receive points on these but I have found that it really helps to bump up my points and then I can use them to treat myself to something special from Boots because who doesn’t like to get a little something extra?

Do you use Treat Street or any other point boosting website? If you know of any others let me know.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

OOTD: Bonjour!

ASOS Coat, ASOS Bonjour Jumper, Topshop Leigh Jeans, ASOS Over Knee Boots, Mulberry 'Tillie' Bag, Michael Kors Watch, Kate Spade Bracelet, Kate Spade Ring

Bonjour! I've been so busy rushing around again that I'm constantly exhausted at the moment so I'm looking forward to my week off next week. I'm going to have some nice days out I hope down to Stratford and my beloved London {I seriously wish I could afford to live there}. I also have my birthday coming up during my time off so I may even get a weekend away but I doubt it as trying to organise my family and friends for day trips are becoming a nightmare.

Spring has really taken a turn for the cold in the UK after a lovely February so I keep having to pull out my OTK boots and jumpers. I was really hoping to be in dresses and shoes by now, or at least for the weather to be warm enough to wear sandals with trousers.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Hair: Growing Your Hair Long and Healthy

Jacquie Aiche finger bracelet, Michael Kors MK5878 watch

Growing your hair can be one of the most difficult things to do as it requires a lot of upkeep and patience. I believe that healthy hair starts at the root and with how your treat it as it grows, so I wanted to take some time today to share some of my tips on how to help get your locks longer.

  • Avoid heat – in this day and age everybody uses heat in some form or another whether it is straighteners, tongs or even just the hairdryer but if you can put the heat tools down regularly {or a least be sensible as to how much you use them} then you will do your hair the world of good.
  • Start from within – Vitamins can really help your hair and skin to be happy and strong. I would never recommend a supplement as a solution because a healthy diet will do more for you than a supplement ever will but you can add a supplement to a healthy diet. I’ll do a post on foods and vitamins that can help keep your hair healthy soon.
  • Scalp massage – while your conditioner is on in the shower give your scalp a massage for a minute. Hair condition can be affected if your scalp gets too tight and by giving your scalp a light massage each time you wash it you can loosen up the collagen in the scalp and increase the circulation to it which will promote hair growth and blood flow to the scalp. 
  • Regular trims – even when you are growing your hair you should still see your stylist for regular cuts to freshen up the ends. The amount of time I have clients turn to me as say “I want just the ends off” after not having a cut for months is ridiculous and I always have to tell them that unfortunately they need inches off the length because of split ends and/or dryness. Ideally you should be having ½ an inch off every 6-8 weeks depending on your hair length just to maintain it while it grows.
  • Oil is good – especially natural oils. I always advise my clients whether they are growing their hair or not that letting your hair get greasy from natural oils every now and again is really good for your hair. So if you aren’t going out or you can style your hair up at least once a month go a weekend {or longer if you can} without washing your hair and let the natural oils condition your hair for you, you won’t believe how much of a difference it makes.
I try to follow these rules and luckily for me my hair grows pretty quickly so I hope they help you too. You can find my last post on how to avoid split ends here. If you have any hair questions or hair topics you would like me to cover on my blog leave me a comment and make sure to follow my blog on bloglovin so you get all my updates.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

OOTD: Glass Heart

Warehouse Jumper, Topshop Spotted Shirt, Topshop Leigh Jean, Primark Boots, ASOS Bag, Kate Spade Ring, Kyusu Glasses

Its not often I wear my glasses but today I got my geek on. I've been running around again this week at a course for work on Monday and seeing Russell Howard in Nottingham last night to have a good giggle. I've got tomorrow off work as my day off from Monday and I'm off to see an advance preview of Captain America: Winter Soldier in the evening and if the weather is nice I would like to go to the National Arboretum as I haven't been down since before Christmas now. I'm might check if Chatsworth House as it is one of my favourite places to go, especially for a spot of photography.

I'm still trying to decide if I want to get a DSLR or if I want to try something completely new to me in the form of a GoPro camera as I would like to get into making videos more and if some of my plans come to pass I will need a camera that can handle a lost of video. I don't know what to do! If you have a GoPro and are reading this please let me know if they are any good.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Shop My Closet #2

Oasis Green lace dress, Topshop deep red pleat front-zip back dress, Asos Jumper dress orange with monochrome heart print skirt 

Shop My Closet is back and this time I'm doing as much as i can in one weekend. I’ve been selecting old designer pieces that I just don’t give the love to that they deserve. Most items come with Free shipping and have been posted because of eBays free listing weekend so they are basically at a price I am happy with but if you do go and check them out feel free to message me if you have a price in mind you’d be willing to pay and I may adjust the price for you.

I’m having a major clear out, not just because it is one of my 14 for 2014 goals but also because I want to save up for an adventure that will be pretty spectacular if I can and getting rid of things I am basically just hording for the sake of it seems a good idea. This way they should go to new homes and receive lots of love.

UK bidders only really, if you are outside the UK message me on the item and I can try to find out how much it costs to ship to your country but so far I can't find anything cost effective for the items as of yet. Unfortunately as well UK shipping restrictions will not let perfumes and nail polishes go in international post either.

My eBay page is here but as these items get listed I will put a link under each image.

Let me know what you win!

OOTD: Love Affair

Topshop Tee, Topshop Checked Cigarette Trousers, Carvela Boots, ASOS Coat, Michael Kors Bag, Topshop Ring

My busy weekends don't seem to be pausing much, today I'm running from one thing to the next again but you know what they say there is no rest for the wicked. After finally getting a day to relax and have some 'Me' time last weekend I am at least feeling a tiny bit more refreshed this week. That whole 'Live for yourself' goal for 2014 really needs to start being enforced but at least I have started making plans.

I'm having a clothes love affair with these checked cigarette trousers from Topshop at the moment, they are so comfy and really different for me as I haven't worn patterned trousers since I was about 14 {I was an unfortunate victim of the 90's throwing bleach on your boot cuts trend} so these are quite a departure for me.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Review: Kérastase Elixir-Ultime Pink

I thought I'd do a more in depth review of this product as I put it down as one of my top products for 2013 and I’m really not sure that my mini review did it justice.

This is a really versatile product designed to nourish hair making it soft and glossy and can be used in 4 different ways, so there is always a way of using It even if you don’t have a lot of time. You can use it pre-shampooing as a treatment if your hair needs some TLC, I use a good couple of pumps on my lengths and ends so that my hair can really soak it up and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing. Then you can add a small amount to conditioner to intensify it, use a small amount pre-blow dry and post blow-dry.

It smells similar to Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume which I think gives it a really luxurious smell but for those that don’t like the fragrance might fine it a bit of a turn off. It is a thick oil consistency which doesn’t make my hair feel heavy so long as I only use a small amount. I find for post blow-dry I  need the tiniest bit of product as it spreads really far from a drop and because of how moisturising it is which is good really because it is not a cheap product but it is definitely worth it in my book.

Friday, 7 March 2014

OOTD: Nostalgia

H&M Lace shoulder shirt, Topshop 'Jaime' Jean, Aldo Heels, Vivienne Westwood Necklace.

Todays a bit of a catch up outfit post as I found the images of this outfit while going back through my photos from my Scandinavian travels last year. Unfortunately it just made me a bit nostalgic for an adventure and a little upset I don't currently have an adventure booked, which always makes me feel better. I'm going to make a move on that soon as I have had an invitation to go and join a friend for his sisters wedding in Rome {and I love Rome} so I may make a move on seeing if I can book that this weekend. So for now I'll just wish you all a happy weekend!

Monday, 3 March 2014

OOTD: White Out

Warehouse jumper, Topshop Baxter Jean, Primark Shoes, Michael Kors Weston Bag, Topshop ear cuff.

Today we got some sunny weather, which frankly is really appreciated after February being as miserable and rainy as it was and I am truly ready for some sunshine. Today has also been the first day I have had in weeks where I haven’t had to rush around after anyone else or plan something or go to a meeting so it’s brightened my mood too.

I met up with my friend Anne for a catch up and we went for a walk to the castle. It was great to see her again and her little one who is growing up to be a right little cutie. She always manages to put things in perspective for me {even though sometimes I don’t want to hear it} and today has given me chance to clear my brain of the fog so I can decide what my future needs are.
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