16.08.2017- A Haircut at Rush, Shepherds Bush

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

If I'm being totally honest, there aren't all that many things which will get me out of bed early at the weekends, let alone earlier than I would usually be up and out of the house during the week. Brunch is perhaps the one obvious exception, but other than that I tend to prefer morphing into something resembling a sloth of a Saturday and Sunday morning. Having said that, however, at the end of last month I found myself up bright and early for a very special Saturday morning trip to the newly opened Rush salon in Shepherds Bush- starting the weekend in style and giving my messy barnet some long overdue tlc:

Opened a little less than a month ago, Rush Shepherds Bush is wonderfully light, airy and spacious, offering a really comfortable and relaxing atmosphere from the moment you step through the door. I've been a regular at my local Rush branch for a while now, so knew I was in good hands from the get go- and, needless to say, my hair was very much in need of a trim. After downing a glorious cuppa, I was treated to a luxurious hair wash and head massage (surely the fastest route to immediate relaxation!), before chatting to my stylist, the wonderful Dee, about what I wanted to go for. 

If you've been reading these pages for a fair few years then you'll be well aware that I've gone through a number of different phases with my hair- from embracing long tresses to the more practical shorter cut which I'm sporting at the moment. As much as I sometimes miss having long hair (and being able to pretend that I'm an honorary member of Haim), my hair is so thick and heavy that it's just much more practical to keep things on the shorter side. Dee worked super speedily to take a lot of the weight out of the top and back, created a layered long bob with a lovely shape to it, and a slight undercut at the back. Adding volume and texture, she blowdried sections of my hair before cutting into them, creating a slightly messy feel which was completed with a spritz or two of sea salt spray. I left the salon over the moon with my new and improved 'do- and now it's had a week or two to settle, I couldn't be happier. A big thank you to Dee and the fabulous team at Rush Shepherds Bush for looking after me! 

To celebrate the opening of the new salon, Rush Shepherds Bush are offering 50% off, for a limited time only. 

*I was kindly invited along to the salon for a complimentary cut. As ever, my opinions and impressions are 100% honest.

(Image credit: Rush and Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

14.08.2017- What I Wore Today #310

Monday, 14 August 2017

Whilst the majority of my wardrobe is essentially something which largely resembles a glorified jumble sale (i.e a complete mish mash of styles!), there are a handful of everyday essentials which I tend to reach for on a regular rotation- and which co-ordinate surprisingly well! I don't think I'll ever be the sort of person to master the art of the capsule wardrobe, but during the week I tend to find myself living in more or less the same sort of pieces, usually incorporating navy in some shape or form:

Blouse- Warehouse 
Trousers- Zara 
Bag- Oliver Bonas 
Shoes- New Look

This Warehouse blouse is a purchase which I made last summer, alongside a matching printed pair of trousers- pyjama inspired style perfection! Whilst the full co-ord might be a little bit much for everyday, luckily it's been really easy to mix and match the separate components individually as I did here, teaming the blouse with my much worn Zara trousers for an almost top-to-toe navy blue look, punctuated by a pop of pattern which is perfect as we head (sadly!) towards the end of the summer. 

What are your favourite pieces to mix and match?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

09.08.2017- Beauty Buys: Glossier Goodness

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Whilst there are countless new beauty bits and bobs being launched every week, a few weekends ago a very special temporary shop near Baker Street was the place to be if you wanted to get your hands on some of the most coveted samples in town. The brand in question? Glossier- that most coveted of US imports, offering a refreshing take on all things beauty, and overseen by ultimate girl boss Emily Weiss. With a selection of their top selling products of offer as a complimentary introduction to the brand, the pop up was in situ for one weekend only, and, typically, I was already busy! Luckily for me, however, I've got some lovely pals- the wonderful Hannah very kindly picked me up some goodies which I've really been enjoying getting to grips with: 

What is there to say about the much-hyped Milky Jelly Cleanser which hasn't already been said? It's one of Glossier's bestselling skincare staples, and, after using it for only a few weeks, its easy to see why. Gentle and soothing, it removes makeup in a flash, and its lovely and calming on a stressed face too. Haloscope is another real hero, and my sample (Topaz) is proving to be a great everyday essential, especially in lieu of a beach break this summer. Even better, it's really easy to use if you're in a rush or on the go, and I'm already excited to snap up some of the other shades. Roll on the full launch in October! 

Are you a Glossier fan? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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