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Current Hair Heroes

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I’m going to let you in on a little secret – I have a tiny little tendency to hang on to things for way longer than necessary. It’s not quite hoarder style, but let’s just say I have quite a lot of things. Recently I’ve been trying to de-clutter a bit, create some space and a slightly more minimal living space. What has this got to do with hair, I hear you cry! Well thanks to my habit of hanging on to things with the intention that it will probably come into use at some point in the future, my hair has a bit less frizz and marginally more shine going on.

The first product here actually came to me as a free sample with a magazine. Admittedly it was a long time ago (it’s that clinging on to things habit) but now I’ve got round to using it it’s become a member of my daily routine. The Percy & Reed Wonder Balm is not a product I would have used in the past – I used to be a much more ‘wash ‘n’ go’ kinda gal, but since my foray into hair dye, it takes a bit more effort to get things in order. A small blob of this stuff onto damp hair makes sure my hair smooth and what might even be called sleek.

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Elvive Extraordinary Oil is a product I ‘borrowed’ off my mum, back when I was too poor to buy my own. It’s by no means something that will break the bank, and I would definitely buy my own bottle now. Except I’m still on the same one! This stuff goes a long long way, and a tiny spot is all you need to give your hair some nourishment that might be missing.

My final hero of the batch is the Charles Worthington Shine Spray. This is my fail safe option that never lets me down. Should I happened to have skipped both of the previous steps, then a little spray of shine spray will smooth my hair down to a more manageable state. Anything that requires little effort and time, but does a mighty fine job is a hero in my book.

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Analogue Love #2

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The thing that I love about my little Lomography camera is that I can never remember when I last started the new film, so when I do finally get around to finishing and developing the roll there is a huge mixture of events and places. This particular film runs from my trip to Edinburgh in March, right up until Citadel Festival in late July. It’s a nice little reminder of all the great things that have been going on.

I’m actually quite pleased with how a few of this set turned out, what with my slightly dodgy skills and never remembering to change the settings accordingly, but they’ve got a slight nostalgic look to them this time. Or is that just what out of focus looks like?! My favourite are the ones from Citadel Festival, taken on a gloriously sunny day. They really show how blue the sky was that day. How poetic of me. Although I’m sitting here telling you how pleased I am that all the photos came out, I will also say there’s a bunch from Easter that were just so over-exposed that I’ve now hidden them away, never to be shared or connected with my name again. I guess I’ve still got some practising to do.

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Almond-y Little Biscuits

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In the UK it’s currently the time of year where you can spend the majority of your evenings outside in the open – providing it’s not raining of course. But with it being light until at least 9pm, there’s not really any excuse not to take the opportunity while it’s here.

Except… now there’s a huge reason to ignore the evening light, get yourself home and settle in on the sofa. And that’s Bake Off season. Yes, the GBBO is back and I’m as excited as I am every summer. There’s cake, there’s Paul and his icy stare, Mary Berry being all cheeky. And the ultimate duo of Mel and Sue as the cherry on top, full of fresh witty cake puns. At University it was an official night ‘Bake for Bake Off’. Every week we ate cake and we watched cake. Now unless I’m super organised, I don’t think I’ll have time to bake on a weekly basis, but to ring in the new series I thought I’d make a batch of little almond-y biscuits and share them with you.

For those with a keen eye, you’ll notice that the recipe I’m using here is actually for some very chocolatey biscuits, but unless it’s an actual piece of chocolate, I’m not too hot on the flavoured kinds. So for now I’ve substituted the cocoa for some ground almonds, and I think it might actually be worth it!

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Summer’s Cold Shoulder

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This is the first fashion related post to be featured around here, and since I don’t feel particularly comfortable posing in front of the camera, never mind actually asking someone to take my photo while I stand awkwardly in what I think is an attractive pose; so I thought I would use the opportunity to share a few more of my photos from Italy.

What spurred this new topic on my blog was somewhat of a revelation in my books. Having admired a number of off-the-shoulder/ cold shoulder tops for the past few summers, for some reason I’ve always shied away from the purchase. That reason is mainly because a childhood spent training with a swimming club has given my some slightly wider than average shoulders, which while help my glide through the water with ease, also make a few fashion choices slightly trickier. But after spotting this floaty white number on Asos, I just thought ‘why the hell not’? The slightly wider straps make me feel happier about how the shape looked on me and boy was I happy about the lightness of fabric once I was in the middle of the Italian heat.

This first purchase pleased me so much, that I only went and bought the same style in a dress format – this time going the whole way with a spaghetti strap. It seems that waving goodbye to my shoulder/fashion worries has given me more than just an updated wardrobe but the incentive to wear what I bloody well please! That, and two nicely tanned shoulders.

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