Wednesday, 2 April 2014

It's all about the new hair..... extensions

I decided to celebrate the arrival of spring by changing my hair and putting in new extensions.  I have been hearing raving reviews about virgin hair ( brazilian, peruvian, mongolian) as they are supposedly the revolution of hair extensions especially for black women. 
The main selling point about virgin hair is that you can wash it, dye it, curl it, straighten it and use it over and over again for up to two years (if you look after it properly) .As I have only had mine in for less than a week, I really need to test this out.
I had my hair done at the weekend  at what seems to be one of the most popular salons in South East London called Crown and Glory. There was literally a crowd of 50 or more women in the salon  waiting to be seen so this was definitely a sign that they were good. The hairdresser was recommended to me by a close friend of mine who lives next to the salon and raved about her. I'm always very apprehensive about using someone new purely because I'm so picky and have an exact idea in my head of what I want.
I decided to go for a side parting though I'm always nervous about it because my forehead is basically the size of a small island, and I feel much more safe behind a fringe.
I got the hair from PAK cosmetics in Finsbury Park and I ended up buying the Peruvian Gold body wave weave in 16, 18 and 20 inches in a colour 4 to give myself a layered look. This hair is not cheap and is supposedly the premiums of all hair so I hope it does what it says on the packet. The lace closure is 14 inches, also virgin peruvian wavy and  I actually bought it on Ebay and had it dyed the same colour as the rest of the hair. Apparently you can easily dye your hair yourself but as I was having it done for the first time, I didn't want to chance it.

Initial Thoughts
I really like my style and the way the hairdresser has given me a parting that can sweep across my face ( and give me a side fringe at least!) I'm a little unsure about the colour though.  When I have this colour in synthetic or non virgin human hair,  it's much much darker and I find this a little too light for my comfort zone. I feel like at this point is washes me out as it's similar to my skin tone and I wish I had chosen to go at least a shade or two lighter.
If the hair is as good as it says , I should be able to dye it darker in a few weeks but just want to get used to it before changing it again.
This is just the initial review of my hair and so far so good, but I am only less than a week in. I will be doing a 'how's the hair' update, even if do just do quick posts to show you how it's performed after a wash, dry, dye, blow dry and re-installation. 2 years they say???? Let's see ...

Just come out of the Salon - How come it never looks as good as when you've just come out of the salon??? Annoying

Monday, 31 March 2014

CoCo Made me do it

Hello, a quick post of one of my outfits from last week. I’d bought a ‘COCO MADE ME DO IT’ t-shirt a while back from Rubysky London  which naturally inspired the rest of this look.  I decided to go for my trusted disco pants , boucle blazer  and studded boots, finishing it off with the H&M floppy hat  (my new favorite accessory) Sorry about the quality of pics, not enough lighting on the day.

Coco Made Me Do it t- shirt (currently sold out at Rubysky London but can be bought at ROMWE here)| AA disco pants| H&M floppy hat| Chloe Susanna boots (see similar here) | Primark Boucle blazer (sold out) 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Blog Crush : Q&A with Anna of South Molton Style

All images from Anna's blog South Molton Style

Part of my job incorporates working with a lot of fashion bloggers and I spend quite a lot of time finding, reading and looking through blogs. There are so many inspiring women out there with real bodies, real budgets and real lifestyles that thankfully now have a creative outlet through fashion blogging. I'm much more inclined to like or buy a product from a blog than a fashion magazine as I'm not  6ft tall, size 0 with a limitless bank account. While fashion magazines are aspirational, fashion blogs are real and inspirational so I wanted start a 'blog crush' feature  where I get to do a Q&A with some of my favorite bloggers. What better way to start  this series with a Q&A interview with  Anna of South Molton Style .  Anna has been blogging since 2011, lives in London, works in digital marketing and is one of the most sought after bloggers in the industry.

I love Anna's style because ...
It comes across as so natural and effortless. She is really comfortable in her own skin and manages to put together amazing outfits by putting her own spin on things. She also has a good eye to pick out brilliant investment staples and mixes up luxury and high street in a versatile but wearable way. So without further ado, here's a quick Q&A interview with Anna: 

Q: If you could only have three items of clothing in your wardrobe what would they be? 
A: That' s a tough one but it would probably be a pair of blue jeans (probably skinny legged but not spray on tight), a good white tee shirt (an expensive one, unfortunately paying peanuts gets you monkeys when it comes to your basics) and finally... either a pair of leather trousers (M&S ones are amazing) or a camel coloured coat.  
Q: How would you best describe your personal style?
A: Pretty basic, but considered. I never splurge anymore and if I buy something new, I sell something on eBay or Vestiaire Collective to make sure my wardrobe never gets out of control. I live in my jeans and basic tops. My friends would probably tell you I have a thing for breton stripes and leopard print too...
Q: What do you think makes someone stylish?  

A: I have a thing about the word "stylish" - if someone really is, then it almost goes unspoken.  I just like it when someone takes time to think about what suits them and then it looks effortless.  It certainly isn't about trends or particular brands for me, its about someone looking comfortable and confident in their own skin (and clothes). ME:  Haha I honestly wrote her intro before seeing this! lol 
Q: What is your biggest style tip?

A: It's nothing new but, dress for your shape not for anything else. The most annoying thing for me is making myself say "no" to something I really love because it doesn't quite fit me right. At the end of the day if you don't feel good in something it will stay unworn in your wardrobe!