I have used ghd’s for 10 years now so I was pretty excited when I received an email to be part of a summer 2014 hair trends shoot. I got to catch-up with my blogger pal Tara from the Style Rawr and meet Hannah of Hannah Louise Fashion who were the other bloggers involved. We got to see the 4 trends on the models and then pick our own interpretations of them and have a little photo-shoot.
Later added edit: this experience was the one of the best experiences of my life. I have always had an interest in wildlife and conservation, but this really sparked my interest in Lions and protecting them. I have since been researching and even though I did love it with greater knowledge, I wouldn’t advice walking or petting lions and I won’t be doing it again. Although I feel the owner was genuinely passionate about lions and assured good intentions (I know of the wildlife reserves were some of his lions go); there are a lot of places in South Africa that breed and sell lions for canned hunting and you don’t know who! Also I feel the conservation of lions should be spend protecting the wild lions and their habitat…not breeding tame lions.
I was toying with the idea of taking the post down as not to encourage, but I thought I would leave it with the above message in the hope that if people were researching somewhere to visit, they would see it.
I am a member of born free, if you are interested in the conservation of lions…rather visit and donate via the membership page. Also my daughter has adopted a lion called sinbad in which she recieved an adoption pack and a cuddly toy, which is a really sweet gift and way to interest the next generation in wildlife conservation – adoption page
We have had a beautiful first week in South Africa, the second isn’t looking so fabulous with rain forecast for the rest of the week. Seems I have brought the rain along with me here as I am seeing the sunshine updates in the UK, just my luck! We went with Luke’s mum to visit the Voortrekker Monument situated in the Pretoria region.
It was constructed to commemorate the pioneers that travelled from the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854 waaay up to the northern part of South Africa. Looking at the paintings, carvings and tapestry’s inside the monument – it seemed like a tough old ride! More on that on wikipedia if history floats your boat.
Howzit! (That’s what the saffas say). I am currently in sunny South Africa enjoying some well needed vitamin D – look how translucent we are! I am married to a Saffa and 5 years together and 1 Eva, amazingly I have never travelled here before. We are staying with Luke’s family for the 2 weeks that we are here and works out a lot cheaper . We have more money to go out and explore, go shopping and all that good stuff. I made a beeline for the MAC store to stock up on some goodies. The price worked out about 3 quarters the cost of the UK.
I going to be blogging the stuff that I enjoy while I am still here and it’s fresh in my mind. Yesterday we went on a mini safari at the Rietvlei Game Reserve. Luke’s dad gave us a teeny weeny little car to use for the 2 weeks that we are here and it really was put through its paces on the dirt roads. I felt like a proper explorer with my zoom lens hanging out of the window.
I mentioned in my lfw aw14 highlight post that I went backstage at the Kristian Aadnevik show. MoroccanOil UK and Ireland Ambassador Errol Douglas showed me step-by-step how to recreate the late 70s, early 80s bohemian sweep curl. I thought it deserved a post of its very own. There is a visual ‘how to’ directly below, I will post Errol Douglas’s quotes at the end of the post for further instruction.
What is it with girls and their stationary! We seem to be obsessed and it’s something we don’t seem to grow out of. I remember at the beginning of each new term scouring the stationery shops for a whole new collection to proudly display on my desk.
I was only able to attend LFW on the weekend this February. I had trouble with trains from Surrey on Sunday morning so in the end, I only managed to go for a day and a bit. Other than that I streamed the shows on my laptop in the comfort of my own home.
I have decided to only physically go to London Fashion week on Saturday & Sunday this February. The rest of the time I will be streaming (probably from my bed). I am hosting the video here for the entirety of LFW Live. The video will automatically update for each show. Here is the AW14 show schedule for your viewing pleasure:
We moved to the sticks about 3 years ago in north Surrey. If we want to enjoy the countryside around us, it pays to have suitable footwear! Today we went for a Sunday walk around the Horsley Park estate. I thought it was time for another mother/daughter style post and to put our Sorel boots to good use.
I seem to be spending my time between home and Shoreditch lately. North-East London is becoming ‘the’ place to hold fashion based events. Last week I went to Hoxton studios – which was actually were I did one of my very first photoshoots in 2011 for Look Magazine. I won a style competition and was heavily into vintage inspired fashion.
This time it was a blogger based event/photoshoot around the John Lewis February edit. The edit (new proportions) was coincidently full of pieces that I would choose to wear for 2014. Or maybe I am just a bit of a trend whore…
At the Orla Kiely SS14 presentation last September, I noticed the models were wearing some super duper cute sandals with knee high socks. When walking out of the venue I was handed a press release and spotted they were from non-other than Clarks.
My mother wouldn’t get me shoes from anywhere use when I was a child. I remember the petrifying foot measuring machine. Like closing in walls and you weren’t sure if they were going to stop, or crush your feet! thank fully they never did. It looks like Clarks will become a place for me to look for shoes as an adult too. I never did get those mary-janes with a key!
This post comes with a warning, Lots of shoe porn for you to feast your eyes on. If you are as weak willed as me (I can’t resist a bit of heel) then look away now. The Apartment invited me for an evening of fun and footwear. Steve Madden are huge in the US, they are now looking to take the UK by storm with a UK site and a London store coming soon!
I may have had a subconscious obsession with the above brogues in black. Looking through my images, I took the above snap…
Last September I was invited by moroccanoil to cover Kristian Aadnevik SS14 backstage. The show was held in The Royal Horseguards grand ballroom. I mentioned in the post how impressed I was with the hotel and a couple of month later I was invited for afternoon tea… Bonus!
When I looked at the shape of the Toni and Guy reverse conical wand* for the first time, I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to like the curl it produced. I imagined tiny little spirals at the root which gradually turned bigger at the ends. I am obsessed with hair electronics, I will be shocked to find anyone with more than me! So I was quite keen to see how the curls with the reverse wand would pan out.
I am staying in tonight, I don’t think I have been out for New Years Eve for years and years. I was bored, Eva was bored; so I decided we should get dressed up in some sparkly numbers. Then have a little make-shift photo-booth session in my bedroom. I have been sick with flu, in food comas and had a broken down blog over the last couple of weeks, so I desperately wanted to squeeze a post in before 2014.