You guys know how low maintenance I am when it comes to my hair. I’m lucky if I even get *one* cut in a year! But when it comes to my hair being cut, there are only a few salons I trust to look after it, and Myla and Davis are one of them. After getting thirteen inches chopped off in October 2014 by Vicky at the Herne Hill location, I popped along to their latest salon in Brixton. The lovely Jess was handling my hair this time, and after a consultation (you know you’re in safe hands when your stylist asks about your lifestyle and how you usually look after and style your hair) she got to work …
And here’s the finished product! Well, not *quite* finished – Jess has since given me a little colour update too, so head to my Instagram to check it out, and I’ll be rocking it in my next post too of course. We went for a subtle balayage effect, with lighter brown and blonde tones woven through the ends for a sun-kissed look to take me into summer. I love how thick and full my hair is all of a sudden! I always find that when I go shorter, because you seem to think you’ll be losing volume as well as length, when actually a lighter body gives your hair more oomph and flounce! Jess styled my shorter locks with Bumble and Bumble products for a tousled, boho vibe to go with my American Eagle Outfitters dress (worn as top), Paige Denim jeans from Trilogy, and Reiss boots.
I love my new lob! If you’re looking for a hair transformation, or just a trim and refresh, make sure to pop down to Myla and Davis in one of their three London locations – Herne Hill, East Dulwich and Brixton! Your hair will thank you for it! x
London weekends recently: Soho, shopping, sushi, coffee-shop stops, Instagramming, talks about life, the universe and everything. Tired feet and happy hearts. It’s been a creative, inspiring time recently. I had a whole post written but accidentally deleted it so now it’s just a quick one to wish all my beautiful ladies a happy International Women’s Day! Let us all focus on the unique wonder and possibilities we each hold. Remember – powerful women (and men) empower other women (and men). x
Leggings – when did they become acceptable as an everyday fashion choice? I remember when they were becoming popular again and I vowed I’d never wear them out of the house. VPL! More tights than trousers! I love jeans too much! Every fashion magazine was lamenting their returning. And now most days I’ll be found wearing a pair, whether it’s for a super casual look with sneakers and a crop, or a slightly cooler look like this one with a luxe knit and heeled booties. The lure of the leggings is just too much. They’re comfy, easy, and the right pair can make your legs look super sleek – like my ones from Boohoo (can’t believe they’re just £8!).
Anyway, since this is our first post of 2016 let me wish you all the most wonderful year! I’ve had an exciting start already, with lots of writing news and promising ventures, a little seaside break, and my 26th birthday! And though I’m still recovering from a nasty flu I must say it was a pretty good January. Bring on Feb!
PS. We shot these photos at the rooftop garden of our friends’ flat in Victoria! How amazing is this view?!
*HAPPY NEW YEAR MY LITTLE SUGARCUBES!* If you can’t tell, I’m rather excited about the start of 2016! While every day should be an opportunity for a fresh start, there’s something satisfying narratively about the blank slate a new year offers – like the fresh, crisp page of a new notebook. It’s a time for beginnings. For re-imaginings. If I’m being completely honest, 2015 was one of the hardest years I’ve ever had, both personally and work-wise. Every week seemed to present a new challenge, sometimes many at once. Many more than I felt capable of handling. But I got through it with the help of amazing friends, my family, persistence, patience and a little bit of luck and dreaming, and now I’m ready to rock 2016. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I have a good feeling about this one. For all of us.
Wishing you all a lovely, lovely week. I hope getting back into the swing of things after the Christmas break isn’t too painful! If you’re like me, all the leftover Xmas chocolate will definitely be helping the transition x
Usually I avoid London on the last weekend before Christmas – to say it gets a bit manic in the main shopping areas is putting it politely! I’m typically quite a calm person, but there’s something about crowds and narrow pavements that brings out the beast in me. But this year Callum and I thought we’d immerse ourselves in all the wonder (and mild terror) of the festivities. I’m also super excited to be bringing you guys a lifestyle post. There’s still fashion involved (don’t worry, it’s not about to become No Girl In the Lens around here!), but it’s mixed in with travel and lifestyle inspiration too to get your teeth into. Have a read on to find out what we got up to in London …
After a hectic journey through the Christmas crowds, we checked into the Amba Hotel Marble Arch, the perfect base for a weekend in London. It feels like a hidden peaceful oasis in the midst on Oxford Street, with quiet rooms, big plush beds, and a complimentary minibar with goodies to refuel after a busy day’s shopping! We were treated to a spot of afternoon tea in the cosy restaurant, just what was needed before hitting the shops. Location is definitely the hotel’s winning factor. It’s just around the corner from Selfridges (my favourite spot for a bit of window shopping) and we nipped back a few times to drop off our bags. I’m not sure whether this is the best tactic though as it freed us up for more naughty purchases!
For dinner, we walked down to Soho to one of my new favourites, Eat Tokyo. I was so hungry I forgot to take any photos, but trust me, if you love authentic Japanese food you’ll love this place! It’s unbelievable value for money – £15 will get you a bento box bursting with super fresh sushi and sashimi! When we got back to the hotel, Notting Hill was on, so of course we were obliged to stay up until 3am to finish watching it!
Sunday morning we headed out bright and early for matcha latte (my latest obsession!) at the lovely Timberyard, a great cafe for working between meetings as they have tonnes of power-points and lots of delicious teas to choose from. Afterwards we popped into the UGG store at Piccadilly Circus to pick up some last minute Christmas treats. I’m not a fan of the classic UGG boot, but their other shoes and accessories are gorgeous, so luxurious. I love how cosy these ear muffs are! I also found these beautifully thick gloves, which will make the perfect Christmas for my dad (shh, don’t tell him!). UGG have already launched their end of year sale with up to 30% off, so be sure to take a look!
With my UGG goodies in tow we headed over to Covent Garden. It felt super magical eating our Shake Shack burgers (obsessed) under the canopy of mistletoe lights! After a little wander around the shops we went to view more Christmas lights at Leicester Square, Regent Street and Carnaby Street. The Regent Street lights are by far my favourite this year – so understated and elegant. I love walking around London at night when the crowds are a little quieter and everything is lit up, and with the Christmas lights it feels even more special. A lovely end to a weekend that has left me feeling very festive indeed!
Wishing you all a most wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. I hope this year brought you lots of beautiful memories to cherish! I can’t wait to see what 2016 brings – I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one! x