STYLE REFRESH: MESSY BOB

I am not one to be precious of my hair and never have been. My hair has been long(ish), bleached to within an inch of its life, pixie-cut short, darker brown, ombre-blonde, and one (or ahem, a few) case of (unintentional) orange.

As the mercury creeps up the thermometer and us Brits tempt fate by leaving the house without a (gasp!) coat, I suddenly decide I am once again bored with my current hairstyle. Apart from the pixie-crop, my hair has been in every one of those states listed above in the past year and I am about to change it again.

In time for Spring/Summer, I’d like a modern-messy-blonde-bob, with bleach highlights. I know, I know, whenever anyone mentions the word bleach the hair nazi’s come out in full force giving you the “you’ll fry your hair!!!” spiel. Like I said before I’m not precious about my hair. It’s just hair, it’ll grow back.

Below are my hair inspirations…. My original inspiration came from Instagram user chrisspy who’s selfie below I adorrrrrrrre.

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Photo credit: Instagram/Pinterest

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MY NEW GLASSES!

I’m a huge fan of glasses, much to some people’s disbelief. I get people asking me all the time “Why do you not wear contacts?” and the simple answer is that I actually like wearing glasses. I find contact lenses to be a pain, I find them to be uncomfortable and “unnatural” to the eye. For me, my glasses are an important aspect of my everyday look and I try to choose glasses that reflect my style and personality. I don’t choose glasses to be discreet and blend into my face, I like to make a statement. For the past year I’ve been wearing my gorgeous Versace glasses, which I do still love, but I had my eyes tested last week at Vision Express and my eyes have both become worse by two “stages” (I don’t know what the official term is for going up stages in optometry, sorry!) and I was finding it increasingly difficult to see through them.

These are my "old" Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I've had replacement lenses put in them. They're by Versace and I believe they come in four colours.

These are my “old” Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I’ve had replacement lenses put in them. They’re by Versace, bought from Vision Express and I believe they come in four colours.

Now, I do love those glasses and wanted to find out how much it would cost through independent opticians to put new lenses in them to still be able to wear them. Turns out, it’s quite expensive to go to an independent opticians to do it so I enquired about it when I went for my eye test. Whilst I was there, I naturally strolled over to the vast selection they had on display and immediately began trying on as many pairs as I could and of course I decided that I wanted a new pair.

I found these glasses by Polo Ralph Lauren in the men’s section and FELL IN LOVE. I love the electric blue colour because although it’s a bright, statement making colour, it’s still quite neutral and goes with almost everything clothes-wise and makeup-wise.

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I really like big framed glasses rather than the slimmer rectangular styles and the men’s section is perfect for finding the bigger frames! I also like the contrast of the white arms on these. I was toying with this pair and a pair of Prada glasses that I absolutely LOVED as well, I originally wanted a tortoiseshell pair and they were the perfect shade, but in the end I went for these; I might ask for the Prada pair for Christmas this year (fingers crossed!).

I always find my experience as a customer in Vision Express pleasing, the staff are always very helpful, sometimes perhaps a little too helpful, but I don’t mind that really. The actual opticians are always very relaxed and make you feel at ease which is always a bonus! The shop assistants, whenever I go in there, are always on hand for assistance and leave you alone when you don’t want to be hassled when trying on glasses for yourself.

I was made aware of an offer that if you spend over £149 (I think, don’t quote me on that) that you’ll get another pair of £99 glasses for free, which I think is a fab deal! However, I couldn’t actually find any glasses in the store that suited me well enough for me to choose them; because even though they were free it would be a waste for me to have them and never wear them if I wasn’t totally comfortable with the way they looked on me. This is where I asked about the price for lenses to be put into my Versace pair.

The sales assistant left the desk to ask someone about the price and came back and told me that they could treat my pair of lenses in my Versace glasses as my free second pair of glasses so I got those for free too!

I’ve also seen some amazing sunglasses in there which I might invest in at a later date. I have a pair of prescription sunglasses already under my previous prescription from last year and as it’s getting towards the end of the Summer and I’ve already been on holiday, I think it wouldn’t be wise of me to be buying into expensive pairs of prescription sunglasses at this time.

I really recommend Vision Express, (rather than Specsavers because I’ve used them too), as an opticians for the deals they have, the vast expanse of choice in terms of frames and the staff are brilliant too.

Let me know what you think of my new glasses, do you like them or are they too much?

 

Go to VIsion Express to see some of the selection of glasses and sunglasses they do!

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OL’ PINTEREST BROWSE TO MAKE A GAL FEEL BETTER.

So I haven’t been feeling well for the past week (having MAJOR girly issues… Say no more) and whenever I’m feeling down and low or ill and in need of a pick-me-up I always turn to Pinterest. Well in all honesty I turn to Pinterest whenever I’m feeling anything, but illness in particular is a good excuse for some down-time and therefore a good ol’ all night Pinterest sesh. So here is my (extra long) Pinterest post for you, all of which are photos that help add a spring to my step and a smile to my face. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest HERE.

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COUTURE WEEK: ON AURA TOUT VU SPRING 2013

Shining in iridescence, busy with colour and rich in texture, the On Aura Tout Vu Spring Couture 2013 show had a distinct insect theme that was prominent throughout. The colour palette was to die for with rich emerald greens, peacock blues, pearlescent whites, ravishing reds and deep purples. The gothic seductress meets demure extrovert is the woman of the show, I really liked how the hair was softer against the statement of the clothes. It was almost a softer version of a 1940s updo, which on paper doesn’t go with the theme of the show overall, but seemed to really work in conjunction with the whole look. The beadwork was incredible, the intricacies of the craftsmanship in each piece is staggering, I can imagine that these photos do not do the colour justice!

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FREE AS MY HAIR…. (WIG)

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As it stands, I spend more hours in my bedroom experimenting with hair and make up products than I do doing anything else. Ever since I was old enough to understand what make up was, I was using it. I remember once when I was five, drawing a rather obnoxious question mark on my cheek using my mum’s red lipstick. Not to be advised by the way, as I soon learnt that long-wearing kiss-proof Maybelline is rather difficult to remove from the face. And the same goes for hair products. I remember my mum curling my hair every now and then when I was little, she used to let me leave the house with about 67 god-forsaken pink and sparkly (my favourite colour at the time) clips in my poor hair.
And if I’m honest, right now is not a lot different. Candy pink hair clips and red lipstick question marks aside, I still experiment (albeit upstairs in my room or the bathroom where I have the ability of locking the door).
As I’ve got older and more set in my ways, I’ve become more and more opposed to the mainstream ideals of beauty. I like to dress in a way that I like, not what I think is “trendy” (a word I despise) or what everyone is wearing, or whatever the hell Topshop seem to be selling at the moment. I like to dress how I like to dress and in my stubborn attitude towards, well everything, I can’t be told to dress otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I of course have days where I refuse to wear anything but sweats and Uggs, but for the main part, I hypocritically despise said garments.

So anyway, back to the point of experimentation. Recently I’ve been avidly looking into wigs, constantly watching countless videos on YouTube (my favourites being from lovekisses99) and decided that I (all of a sudden) “desperately” needed a lace front wig. For those of you that are not exactly clued-up on all this wig-lingo, a lace front wig provides the wearer with a wig that blends into the natural hair line so it genuinely looks like your hair. So after all the months and months of research (and secretly wishing I was an orthodox Jew so that I could go round all the wig shops in North London without getting strange looks), I finally bought myself a wig from none other than eBay. Now, I couldn’t afford a human hair wig, which is what I would’ve preferred, but the wig I bought is 100% Kanekelon which (apparently) is the best synthetic material for a wig.
After having the wig for a few days now, I can honestly say I love it. I literally feel like a different person wearing it. After much careful consideration (slightly exaggerated), I’ve decided to call my wig Kim. Every time I put it on I feel like a Kardashian, I feel like I should be walking round in 6-inch Louboutins and calling everyone “Doll”.
So my experimenting with the wig and feeling like a Kardashian is probably better than walking round with a lipstick question mark on my cheek or a head full of pink clips.