So recently, I have had a bit of a fight with my hair. It is so much of my identity so when I want to act out, I simply dye or cut it and it perfectly reflects my mood. Permit me, to take you through my hair history (and please submit me yours!)
- Dying my hair red to look like Lita, the WWF wrestler
- Blonde, in attempt to regain my youth (I was only 15)
- Remember Christina Aguilera’s hair from the ‘Dirty’ video? Yup had that.
- Dreads (at uni, where else)
- No fringes
- Demanding a single lock of blond in my brunette hair after my hairdresser said no to doing the Cruella de Ville hair (good choice)
- Ombre (loved this one)
- Pink (made me feel like a Sailor Soldier)
- Buzzed side shave and full chop
So you can see I love the extreme. And lets face it, after having dreads you really don’t care what happens to your hair, you are just happy it’s growing back!
Recently I went to my friend Blair at Cheynes (www.cheyneshairdressing.com) who has been cutting my hair for years and always complies with my batshit crazy ideas. He and I decided on a great asymmetrical cut, with my left side of my head shaved to a 1. It turned out terrific and now I’m wondering why I didn’t do it before! If you can have the chance to cut your hair short, do it. Its really liberating!
Here is the pic I took in, we didn’t do the underside, but we did the side shave, and it looks amazing!
Let me know what your next crazy hair idea is, or what you would love to get buy aren’t brave enough!
Shameless plugging, but I’ve been going to Cheynes for years and they really are great. Cheynes Bruntsfield is the best, but I’m biased as I’ve been there a lot and the staff are all so nice! If you are lucky enough to get an appointment with Blair, get it
Note: I don’t get paid by Cheynes, I’m just sharing the love!
So this week I am talking about my time volunteering for Barnardos. I lived by and shopped in the Stockbridge, Edinburgh one for ages, and then saw that they wanted a Visual Merchandiser, and wanting to be a Visual Merchandiser myself, I went in and applied to volunteer! I remember being very nervous for my first shift, as at the time, I was in the midst of depression and found it hard to leave the house sometimes. So volunteering even just for a 4 hour shift per week was a huge step for me and in the end, it really helped.
So on my first day, I got to grips with the store and how Barnardos worked. I learned about the company and its values, and got shown how to take and organise donations.
The team were made up of a manager, a full time staffer, and volunteers, and was a very close knit team. There were people from all walks of life volunteering and it was really fun going to volunteer each week!
I quickly came to love my job at Barnardos. We had a vintage section that became my passion, and I loved using props to showcase our fabulous vintage donations and watching people get excited about finding a treasure from the racks.
I also did the windows for summertime and helped come up with themes for it, and refreshing all the trinket shelves.
I also started to help price the vintage items, which was amazing seeing first the goodies being donated. I remember an Alexander McQueen bolero being donated, which was amazing. I also managed to pick myself up some army boots that the names of the 4 previous girls that had owned them – naturally I added mine to that illustrious list.
We had a Christmas night out as a team and I really can remember it being the funnest Christmas night out I’d ever had. We all sat at a long table and got presents and really had a great time. Christmas in the shop was great as well, decorating the windows and seeing all the great Christmas cards and wrap that Barnardos bring out every year and that I still purchase every year!
When I left I got given a beautiful vintage top and a record that I had wanted for ages. I was sad to leave, but by the time I had left, I was more confident in myself and had made so many great friends. Moving back to Edinburgh, I went in and felt that I really missed it. I really would like to go back to volunteering, so once I am out of full time, I would definitely go back, and recommend it to everybody!
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If you are like me, you watched GLOW’s ten episodes if not at once, then over a pretty concentrated time period. Party of Five and Ru Paul’s Drag Race got shafted for this show and it did not disappoint. The music, the storyline, the graphics were PURE perfection.
Not watch it yet? Heres a hypnosis.
Its 1985. Ruth Wilder (played by Alison Brie) is an actress who wants better roles. She auditions for a professional wrestling promotion called the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or Glow. She is immediately at odds with the director Sam Sylvia (played by Marc Maron) as she overacts in the ring. Also underlying tension is the fact that Ruth unknowingly slept with her best friend Debbie Egan (played by Betty Giplin)’s husband – this underlies the series and ultimately forms the main storyline (I ain’t spoiling nothin for nobody).
I decided to scour one of my favourite websites, ASOS for ideas as they did a GLOW feature not long ago but I wanted to check out and form my own edit for the girl who wants a touch of GLOW. (Not sponsored by ASOS but I do love free stuff. No? Okay.)
So here is the main promo image from the show:
JUST LOOK PEOPLE.
I want all of the outfits PLOIZE.
So what I picked is a selection of my fav products from ASOS that fit the genre of this. I WAS going to do a blog on summer fashion but it got shoved to the side for this, who cares.
Lets get STARTED.
I love a good leotard. The girls in the show wear them HIGH but if you are not feeling that throw on some denim cutoff shorts and a light jacket for day. Plus the shoes featured later.
Here is my pick from ASOS:
This is super 80’s and super cute, and the model even has great 80s hair. Its a great colour and easy on the wallet. Get it HERE
The Vest Top
So this vest totally has it. The cropped effect, the retroness of the lettering, and how effortless it looks with – you guessed it! – cutoff denim shorts. This is good for when you are doing the sports. That’s how you say it right? Get it HERE
You can’t go past the adidas superstar 80s premium trainers for your trip to the 80s. Super comfy, super cool, and keep them shoes clean for that fresh look. Pair with your leotard and your denim shorts and you are good to go to the roller disco. Get your kicks HERE
Lets get into the hair and makeup. I only included two products with this as this is all you need to evoke the 80s. First up is ….
I know, its a bit tricky to pull off green lipstick. However, I am in LOVE with Illamasqua’s Apocalips Lipstick, it is so nice and muted, and really taps into the vibe of GLOW, and is much like the lipstick that Ruth wears in a scene. Get it HERE
Last, but not least, the main event of the 80’s was HAIRSPRAY. Everyone teased their hair and held it up to dance the night away with hairspray. I’m including my fav brand of the moment, Lee Stafford and his hairspray in this one as the bottle is hot pink and fits with the theme and the product is great! Get it HERE
Thats it folks! Let me know how your 80s summer is going and if you feel the GLOW. Find me on the social media links below and lets talk about the show and the scandals!
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Hi team! This is a blog about your wardrobe and how to buy smarter!
A woman’s wardrobe can cause stress, grief, joy, and bubbling excitement. You get up for the day, you look into your wardrobe, and there are a million different options on who you want to be today. A top and a cool jean means you are fashionably aware yet nonchalant to be like: “Oh this old thang?” while secretly high fiving yourself on choosing said outfit that morning.
Now here comes the tricky part. There are parts of your wardrobe deemed NO ACCESS areas. This means there are clothes there that you want to get into one day, part their prime but can’t bring yourself to get rid of, and the biggest fashion crime, unworn with tags. This happens a lot in wardrobes I have seen over the years and it is a big crime, but a source of shame for people.
These corners of your wardrobe need to be addressed so they can let the rest of your wardrobe shine.
People often buy and take home items, try them on, then realise that they don’t look good outside the shop for whatever reason, then are too embarrassed to take them back so leave them in their wardrobe. This is a big no no in my books. Send it back, get yo money, then buy something you will wear!
Other things in the wardrobe are sentimental items. Now I know this pain as I have a pair of MC Hammer sequin pants that I have not worn in years, but I have kept as I have had a good time wearing them and they have good memories. However, this is a trap. Do you have pictures of you in your beloved item? Good, theres the memories. Throw the sequins away (can’t believe I just typed that who am I?).
Stop waiting to try get into clothes. A woman’s shape is ever changing and mysterious, so just go with the flow and your body and buy clothes that fit well NOW. If you are working on yourself fitness wise (see my Fitness Athleisure wear blog HERE) then good on you, keep that heart ticking and get healthy. Live life now and get clothes that make you look good on the journey.
Another one I see a lot of is tops that have holes, faded, run down, tired. I had a lot of those in my wardrobe and it is amazing how many things past their date I kept or continued to wear into my twenties when they should have stopped in my teens. Even my nightwear was sad. So I updated in good quality jimmy jams and got rid of my holey tshirts and frayed jeans. Get rid of it. Donate any wearable good stuff but get rid of the rest.
Donating is a great way to keep the life of a clothing piece going. When you think about the work that goes into making a piece of clothing, you want to make sure that it gets the most out it as possible. Plus you could make a grown woman scream in the middle of a charity shop because she has been looking for your top for AGES (may or may not be based on the life of the blogger here).
Buy sensibly in the first place. Invest in clothing, don’t just buy a £3 top. Look at the material, the price, where it was made, who is selling it. These factors match up with our own personal values and ensure that we are buying smarter and not just on a whim, which leads to many clothes being wasted.
There are many clothes swaps nights happening around the world, get along to one of those and take your good quality items to swap with other like minded people. This is a great example of the ‘one in, one out’ theory where if you buy something, you get rid of something.Or have one of your own with mates!
So these are a few ways to really challenge yourself and your buying habits, which building a wardrobe that ultimately makes YOU feel good!
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HI team, welcome to another in this series of Fashion. In. Fiiiiiiiiilm…
Anyway this week is My Best Friend’s Wedding. Now let me start off with saying Julia Roberts is a international treasure. I love her in many films and this is one where she is so good in, you can’t keep your eyes away.
The film is amazing but the fashion is even better, especially when bridesmaids dresses come into play. So here goes!
Now Julia in this film rocks the lady suit. The high trousers, a blazer, a plain tshirt, a necklace and cool round glasses. And the hair. The Hair. As far as I am concerned, that hair is her costar. She has the coolest work style and if I ever work in an office I will be taking tips. She still looks young and sexy but you can tell she means business.
She looks stylish and reserved. She looks like a lady of the 90’s and very Chanel like. I like this outfit a lot.
This pivotal scene is also pivotal in the fashion. She’s obviously just thrown some clothes on without any thought into it, but manages to look like a total babe.
This is a strong look and you might have to do a few sit-ups to get this look (or not, who cares really) and could be your summer look or just your look when you are crashing a wedding? Anyway, this scene was very dramatic but I was just looking at the outfit. Too cool.
Now we come to the crux of the film, and that dress. Oh that dress.
Now my girl Julia can rock it, but this is something else as a dress. My mum had a similar coloured one when she was a bridesmaid, so it must have been a trend!
Either way, she does make it look very good and props to her, as it really could have been worse!
Special mention goes to Cameron Diaz:
She has a really cute preppy look in this film and it really suits her!
Look out for my next instalment next Sunday, same Bat Channel!
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