Sunday, 1 March 2015

Dear Diary #7

This week started off slowly, with me working lots, doing chores and running errands, but ended with a road trip to the New Forest and a spectacular Sushi Sunday which more than made up for it!

Monday and Tuesday saw me working and catching up on laundry, food shopping and meal planning.

On Wednesday I had to take my car to the garage, which is never a good thing. Fortunately I got it back before the weekend but not after spending a fortune on it. One thing I do love about having to walk back from dropping the car off is passing this cottage on the ponds. How cute?

Thursday was another morning at the office, and more general pottering at home in the afternoon.

The weekend started with some happy post being delivered on Friday morning... my no.3 print from Your Type! I'd wanted one of these for ages and am so, so pleased with it. You can buy one of your own from their Facebook store here. Please do say I sent you!

On Saturday we ventured out to the New Forest for the day. Daisy was like the horse whisperer, making friends with all the wild ponies! We stopped off at Milford-on-Sea as a bit of a detour on our way home but it was so blustery I didn't let the girls out of the car in case they blew off the cliffs! 

Sunday involved sushi as always, and I beat my personal best with eight dishes from Yo! Sushi. The girls had three each...... I think they need more practice!

My song of the week is this one by Sam Smith. I've not listened to anything of his before, but I saw him sing this at The Brits on Tuesday and was blown away. I've bought his album now and love it!

Linking up with TWTWC over at Make Do & Push


BLUE Hair & Beauty, Grayshott

Until last month, I had a proper phobia about going to the hairdressers.

It all started back in 1994 when I asked my then hairdresser for The Rachel (from Friends) and it went horribly, terribly wrong. I ended up looking like a Backstreet Boy; I'd been given a pudding bowl hair cut with longer strands poking out from underneath. Of course I said I loved it and gave my hairdresser a massive tip - and then I cried all the way home.

That might have been my first hair disaster but it was enough to scar me for life; and over the next six years I coloured my hair myself (hell-OH Sun-In) and refused to cut it at all.

In the early noughties I got a job at a local hairdressing salon and for the first time I actually trusted a hairdresser again. My hair went from waist length to a very short graduated bob in three cuts. And I LIKED IT! And that's how it stayed until fairly recently. After I left the salon, I had a friend that did exactly the same highlights and cut every time I saw her and I was happy. I wouldn't have dared go to anyone else.

Then last year I made the decision to revert back to my natural (ish) colour after being a blonde for twenty years. After moving out of London I visited lots of random hairdressers to get my roots done but had never been impressed enough to go back to the same one twice. So I chose yet another random salon for The Big Transformation which, of course, turned out to be a mistake. 

Although I quite liked the original colour change, they buggered up the second one (it was way too dark) and then I stupidly gave them another chance which resulted in a total DISASTER where they turned my hair pillar box red instead of chestnut brown.

Anyway, that's the history of my hair in five paragraphs, and not what this blog post is about AT ALL. I wanted to tell you all that I'm thrilled to have finally found an amazing salon very close to me. It's called Blue and is in Grayshott in Surrey.

I was invited down there last month to have some highlights put into my chestnut locks; nothing garish or stripy - just a few natural golden streaks to lift it and bring it back to life after the Pillar Box debacle of the end of last year.

I loved everything about the whole experience, and it reminded me just how important it is to take time out for yourself and to get pampered, especially when you're a mum - and even if it's just once or twice a year. Getting your hair done at a salon can be time consuming as well as expensive but it's totally worth it.

At BLUE I was given excellent advice, I wasn't given a hard sell on hair products (nothing makes me hate a salon more) and, of course, I left with beautiful, bouncy, golden brown hair...... exactly like I'd wanted.

If you're local and looking for a brilliant salon, you absolutely must give them a go.

BLUE Hairdressing
28 Headley Road
Surrey GU26 6LD

Tel: 01428 607555

DISCLAIMER: I was given my highlights free of charge but was under no obligation to write this post.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Step into Spring with Hotter Shoes

So the temperature might still be in single figures but we've all caught glimpses of that big orange thing up in the sky and there are crocuses and daffodils popping up EVERYWHERE which can only mean one thing....

It's almost Spring!

Being the uber prepared and organised person that I am (not really) I've already managed to tick one thing off my SS15 fashion wish list; and that is a pair of canvas shoes.

I spent last summer in clogs and jellies, which I fully intend to wear again this year, but for this transitional period from now until May or June, I really fancied a pair of shoes with toes. You know, just in case we're hit with those pesky April showers.

I chose these pumps from Hotter Shoes; the design is called Mabel and I picked the red stripe design, although I really liked all of them (there are six altogether - the navy floral and denim were my next two favourites).

I didn't realise this but all Hotter shoes have a patented shock absorbing sole and breathable removable cushioned insoles which makes them super comfy - and I am literally DESPERATE for the weather to warm up so I can wear them without getting frostbite in my little sockless toes.

I'm thinking these would look amazing with a denim shirt dress, top knot and pair of Rayban Wayfairers. What do you think? xoxo

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