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Getting the swish factor

28 Sep

Picture beautiful, perfect waves. The type that’s shiny, bouncy and looks totally effortless – I’m a big fan of the effortless hair look, there’s no point in looking like you’ve had a battle with the hairdryer, straighteners, curlers and a bottle of hairspray! That Serena van der Woodsen easy, breezy, flipable hair. You know what I mean, right? Unfortunately, that type of hair is unattainable by mere mortals. My thick, tumbling locks go flat at the mere mention of a hairdryer so when I had a black tie ball to attend recently, I called in the big guns – Joe’s Salon.

I was a little stressed and tired upon entering the salon and explained to the lovely Oray that I wanted ‘sort of wavy, maybe a little curly, beautiful hair’ in a very vague manner before my hair was transformed. It was a pretty big job, my hair was sectioned and dried using a round brush then my hair was neatly rolled up into a little curl before Oray moved onto the next section. He must have arms of steel after painstakingly tending to my thick mane. After he took the pins out and we shook my hair out, I definitely had big diva Beyonce-esque waves but they settled into a shiny swish of subtle waves which looked uber natural.

I was a little bit stressed about what to wear for the ball and eventually settled on the gorgeous ‘Samantha’ dress by French Connection. I don’t usually shop there but I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it. They do an update of their gold sequin dress every autumn/winter and this is my absolute favourite. It’s a little low at the front so I had to pin it, but other than that it fit perfectly. I paired it with some semi sheer tights and my lovely charcoal Georgia Rose courts from Sarenza. I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit plain to dress down the gold sparkles a little but the dark tights and dark shoes had a leg lengthening effect too which was a bonus. I was going to go for a black and gold vintage clutch but it just seemed a bit too matchy, so I went for a deliberate mismatch with this stone, highlighter yellow and snakeskin oversize clutch from Marks & Spencer Limited Collection


Review: Joe’s Salon, Mayfair

22 Jun

My last trip to the hairdressers for highlights didn’t quite end happily, the colourist spent four hours massacring my hair taking it from dark red/brown to orange (like a tangerine!) to blonde to a mid brown colour – which was not even what I asked for. Add to this a junior who was so splash happy that my back, cheek and even arm were soaked in water, I don’t think it’s any surprise that I vowed not to return to any branches of this UK-wide chain. I took a bit of a chance when I saw a Groupon deal for Joe’s Salon, I checked out the website before I booked and it seemed like a good, high-end salon.

The location in Mayfair’s prestigious Burlington Arcade is telling of the level of service you can expect. I was a bit apprehensive when I walked in, but everyone was very warm and welcoming. The interior was beautifully sleek, it wasn’t very busy but the salon felt very intimate and personal rather than empty. My colourist Dan was an absolute angel, we spoke about my colour and what I wanted then he set to work. What I love most about Joe’s Salon is that everything is so relaxed, it’s not a chain where you feel like you’re on a conveyor belt sped through your allocated time slot. 

And the end result? I couldn’t be happier. I absolutely love my new hair colour. It’s exactly what I wanted, and Dan didn’t have to bleach my hair twice and put a ton of toner in. I would definitely recommend Joe’s Salon, it’s a little pricey but the service and end result are more than worth it. 

Aussie Colour Mate party

25 Aug

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the Aussie Colour Mate party, and was literally counting down the weeks, days and minutes til it kicked off. Wondering what the heck a Colour Mate party is? Well, all of my fellow Aussie angels have been split into hair tribes and as someone who frequently abuses their hair with all sorts of dyes and colourants, the Colour Mate tribe seemed like a natural fit for me. The guys at Aussie have arranged parties for all the tribes to meet up and learn how to look after our hair. We were asked to dress up as our hair colour idol, I had so many! I was tempted to go as Leigh Lezark from The Misshapes, Rihanna and Katy Perry. I decided (on the day) that Katy would be the most fun to dress up as, even if she cheats and wears wigs rather than dying her hair blue and purple.

Me as Katy Perry, Tor as the Gaga

We had oodles of coloured cocktails to carry on the colour theme and super stylists Amber and Zara showed us how to make the most of our locks without heat styling. We even had the most amazing Lady Gaga and Beyonce impersonators ever! We also had a little mini hair makeovers which are always fab. I had a plait which went over one shoulder and some loose curls. It was lovely to catch up with fellow bloggers Tor from Fab Frocks, Kristabel from I Want You To Know, Maria from Mediacation, Christina from A Sense Sublime and Lucy from Snippets of Shiny Thoughts

Just hanging out with Gaga
Lucy as Paloma Faith et moi

Hair raising Charlie Le Mindu A/W 2010

5 Aug

Hair is my new obsession, and I blame my imminent Aussie hair tribe party fully for this! All I’ve been thinking about is hair, I’ve had an impromptu haircut and also bought a new hair colour. The hair obsession coupled with looking forward to Autumn fashion made me think of Charlie Le Mindu’s hair-inspired collection for Autumn/Winter 2010. It was such a visually entertaining collection, coats, hats and capes all made out of hair shown on black body painted models or sexy lace cut out pieces and a smattering of Swarovski crystals. 

* Source Charlie Le Mindu