01.07.2016- Beauty Buys: Summer Haircare Essentials

Friday, 1 July 2016

As this time of the year (and probably now that I'm faced with a serious case of overdue haircut syndrome!), I tend to find that my barnet requiring a little bit more tender loving care than usual. Whether it’s the constantly changing weather or more intense than usual sunshine, I’ve found that looking switching in a few hero products to my usual haircare routine pays dividends in the long run, particularly if I don’t want to have a fight with a hairbrush on my hands! My current crop of favourites are proving to be real essentials at the moment, making for a hassle free haircare routine- especially in the face of rain/wind/sun/thunder/lighting...

Philip Kingsley’s products are a go-to when I find my barnet in need of a little more maintenance than usual, and this Swimcap serum is a summer essential if ever I saw one. With sunscreen and protection from chlorinated and salt water, it’s definitely worth investing in for your holidays- and the citrus scent is lovely without being too overpowering. During the winter months I tend to find myself reaching for hair oil once or twice a week, but in the past I’ve struggled to find a formulation which doesn’t leave a residue behind. Dilemma well and truly solved with Percy and Reed’s No Oil Oil which is light as a feather and brilliant for an instant barnet boost. Finally, Swell’s protect and renew serum which is a great all round essential- especially if you’re looking for a hero product ahead of a holiday which offers lots of different things in one.

What are your summer haircare essentials? 

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

29.06.2016- Exploring Northern Ireland: Titanic Belfast

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

On our third and final day in Northern Ireland, we caught the train from Coleraine into Belfast to explore the city. Our first port of call on another gloriously sunny day was Titanic Belfast- opened in 2012 as a permanent museum and monument to the RMS Titanic and the maritime heritage which the city was built upon. I was especially excited to visit as one of my relatives used to work for Harland and Wolff, so the opportunity to find out more about the history of Belfast and how shipbuilding shaped the city is one which felt fantastically personal too. As well as being blessed with stunning weather, we also happened to arrived in the Titanic Quarter on the day of the tall ships festival, which lent an extra special sense of occasion to the trip as well:

As you might expect, the exhibition is expansive- and takes in every aspect of the Titanic experience, from the process of building in Belfast to the recovery and exploration of the wreckage. The whole experience is perfectly put together, as visitors are first introduced to the social, economic and political backdrop of Belfast at the start of the 20th century, before discovering more about the nuts and bolts of shipbuilding and learning how pivotal the industry was to the tens of thousands of casual labourers employed by Harland and and Wolff. From inception to launch, the exhibition (and the amazing primary artifacts on display) captures the sense of excitement and anticipation which came with the building of Titanic in Belfast, something made all the more profound looking back at events in retrospect. 

The sinking is handled with wonderful sensitivity, bringing visitors closer to the experience through firsthand accounts of the disaster- as well as the heartbreaking SOS calls relayed for help. Immersed in reports of the sinking and the subsequent enquiries into accountability, you are then propelled into the search for the wreckage in a wonderfully interactive series of exhibits, contrasting scientific exploration with the mythology and legend of Titanic- and, perhaps most importantly, unpicking how our understanding of the tragedy has been informed by popular culture and replacing it with the facts about the true scale and profound tragedy of the disaster. A must visit for anyone heading to Belfast- so much so that I'm already planning a return visit. 

*Our visit to Titanic Belfast was complimentary, but all opinions are, as always, 100% honest. 

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

27.06.2016- What I Wore Today #266

Monday, 27 June 2016

With things still proving rather topsy turvy weather wise (as well as in plenty of other ways after last week...), I'm sure I'm not the only one taking things back to basics as far a my summer wardrobe is concerned. Whilst the summer sales are in full force, I'm already shopping around for a selection of staples which I know will see me through to the winter months in style, and a few weeks ago I picked up a piece from Cos which has now become completely indispensable- the basic black blouse:

Jacket- Zara 
Blouse- Cos 
Jeans- Weekday (via ASOS) 
Shoes- Converse 
Bag- Radley 

This all black ensemble has become something of a go to for me of late, purely as it's so simple and easy to pull together when I'm in a rush of a morning. I adore the ruffle detail on the blouse, and it's one of those perfect pieces which lends itself to so many different styling options. I've been more or less living in it since I picked it up too, so it's definitely already on the path to fulfilling its cost per wear potential!

Have you picked up any new staples recently?

(Image credit: Sophie Warner, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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