Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Joules Eyewear Collection

As a girl who wears glasses -Sometimes I'm naughty and take them off for photos but trust me I need them. I always love seeing what new frames may join my ever growing collection. As you know I like my glasses to be practical yet still look sleek and stylish, as I have a pretty round face this is sometimes more of a challenge. Thankfully Joules have finally launched a glasses range at Vision Express, taking their country chic from clothing into specs. The  32-piece range of beautifully hand-crafted glasses very a great mix of  sharp and modern, with hints of floral to keep the Joules touch. This also includes the sunglasses range too, I spied a pair with aqua blue trim that were just simple but effortlessly cool. 

It was designed  in a collaboration with eyewear experts Mondottica exclusively for Vision Express due to customer demand, and they really have stayed true to the Joules vision (excuse the pun). The launch was buzzing with everyone trying on glasses, and having eye tests with the Vision Express expert team. The choice was huge and I really had to take my time on picking a frame. They even have kids eyewear, which was beyond cute and designs are taken from the adult range so you can match with mini me designs. 

The glasses I decided upon after staring at them for what felt like a week (seriously they are all so nice) were the Suzie frames, they are pretty classic but I love that their a blue frame rather than black it makes a nice change and they have a square bottom which helps my round face. The eye test was pretty quick and they make you feel at ease, they also tested my eye health to check for possible eye conditions that can ruin your sight which was as simple as a puff of air to the eye.  I also discovered that I now have to change all the lens in the rest of my glasses as my sight is even more poorly. So no more being naughty for me my sight is too important,  I need to make sure I have them my glasses with me always. The collection is online and in store, you can virtual try on the glasses too to find the right match for you.

Monday, 18 August 2014

How I Wear: A Off The Shoulder Dress

Necklace: Topshop
Shoes: Primark* 
Bag: old

It's been so much fun having Baz (my other half ) on holiday from work, we have taken our boys out and enjoyed the last of the warm summer days. Soon it will be getting cold and I'll be digging out tights, so this summer even if I loath them I've been getting my legs out. I am trying to over come my body hang ups, and enjoy trying  new styles like the off the shoulder dress.

I've seen these floating around the old blogsphere and been waiting to find the one. Lucky for me H&M produced this beauty which has a skater skirt bottom rather than being bodycon. Also how cute is this cupcake print, they have some amazingly kooky pieces in their divided section with Batman prints and all sorts worth checking out if you like a little fun in your wardrobe. Yes I know it's those Primark sandals again, but they give me a little height and honestly are so comfortable. We went for a walk down by the river, and ended up getting on a tourist gallon The Golden Hindu which the boys loved. Growing up my mum use to take me to all the tourist parts of London and I loved it, I think as I got older I forgot just how lucky I am to live in a place full of so much history. It's refreshing to rediscover the exciting parts of where you live and not take it for granted. 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

How I Got My Colour Banding (Tie Dye Effect)

If you read my blog all the time, you will know I love to dye my hair my latest is this blue into purple and pink tie dye effect using the colour banding method. I would have liked to have more pink in the middle, but sadly I run out so first thing is make sure you have enough product to cover your hair or you will have to mix in another dye. Saying that for my first try at this style of dying, I usually do doped ends or section colour like in this post I kinda like it. As I tend to get a bunch of questions of what I used and how I did it, I thought that every time I change colour I'd write a post on either tips or just what colours I used. It's great for me to as I can use it as trail and error and also for colour play as sometimes I forget what combination of dyes I've used. So lets begin. 

Firstly I had to bleach my roots, I used Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL 00A Absolute Platinum as it's not as harsh as some other bleach kits. Never apply bleach to clean hair, it strips your hair of oils so making sure you leave it a couple of days will give you the best result. Make sure your hair is dry, than follow the instructions step by step, make sure the bleach has no lumps and is yoghurt like in texture (it may be a little runner). This will insure that your hair won't break and that it lifts and you get the same colour over all. I skipped toning my roots as I was going to apply dye once my hair had fully dried, but you can use toner if your using pastel shades to remove the yellow from the blonde, making it more white blonde.

I'm using:
Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour XXL HD 96 Turquoise Temptation*
Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour XXL HD 94 Purple Punk*
Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour XXL HD 93 Shocking Pink*
Bleach London Bruised Violet* 


Sorry I don't have step for step photos, my camera died half way, so instead I have tagged where I have used the dyes. Sort out your colours, by making sure they are all pre mixed in bowls and it helps to have at least two brushes. If you once have one make sure you fully clean it between applying colours. I started with the top section and made sure to cover my roots than started on the lengths with Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour XXL HD 96 Turquoise Temptation*. Next I took Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour XXL HD Purple Punk 94* into the top part of the middle section and blended up with my fingers. 

Than I blended it down so that there where no harsh lines, to create a more tie dye effect I added more of this colour in the front to give the colour a more star burst effect. Next I started at the back with Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour XXL HD Shocking Pink 93*, and again blended with my fingers into the top and bottom  (like I said I run out of pink so had to blend more of 94 into it. Lastly I took Bleach London's Bruised Violet* and started from the ends with the brush and than blended up with my fingers. I also adding more at the front and blended up to keep it darker at the sides and lighter in the middle. Left the colour on for two hours, and rinsed out with warm water. You may found you have little patches  that you missed, you can always do a top up dye and leave this for an hour. It's worth doing as it will give you a more professional look. 

That's it, make sure you use plenty of conditioning products on your hair as it will need some love and may be drier than usual after a fresh bleach. Please let me know if you have any questions, via comment or tweet me at @law1sfab 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

It's A Paris Thing

White Floaty Top/ Stripe Trousers/ Cross Bag/ Gem Necklace

Some times I'm not always in a kooky mood and I like looking more chic and sleek. I think that I have dreams of being Carrie Bradshaw in Paris, apart from the part where she steps in poo (I'll leave that bit). I love French style as it's so effortless and clean, it's more about simple pieces that still have a ton of style without being too in your face. Looking towards the autumn I think I'll be wearing more prom style skirts with quirky tees. 

I also want to get some stripy trousers, as they are bold and will be perfect with all my jumpers (yes I said jumpers, summer is almost over we have to face it sadly). I tend to live in jeans, so I'd like to mix it up more I wear trousers. I like a gather waist band as I have an odd waist to hip ratio and I hate when trousers are ill fitted around the waist. I'm going to buy some vintage pairs I think as they have such fun prints. I love this clock bag, I think a fun bag will be a must this A/W and it's perfect for adding a little spark into any outfit. I like some spark.  

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Learning More About Hair Colour With Bleach London

As someone who changes hair colour, as often as I change shoes I would say I've learn a thing or two about hair colouring. Yes I learnt the hard way making mistakes with both bleaching, and on getting the right shade and tone for my many hair colours. So there's always room to pick up new tips and to get the best possible hair colour. Those tips are even better when they come from Alex and Sam (co-founders of Bleach). 

  • Get inspired: What colour do I go for? What will suit me? Bleach have all the inspiration you need, with regularly updated Lookbooks on their site and daily peeks at customers hair do's over on their Instagram your question won't be what will suit me, rather which should I try first. If your new to hair colour why not go for pastel (this seasons hair trend) if you have every colour going than why not try rainbow. The possibilities are endless and with so many how to's floating around the internet, just go for it.

  • Bleaching at home: I was chatting with Alex and saying that maybe if I used foils while bleaching, maybe I would get better results. She said you can but they don't use them at Bleach, she said that as long as you mix it well and start from the front and work your way back (roots first, than the rest) and leave it on for the recommend time it will work just as well. 
  • Colour on your skin:  Coat your hairline, ears and neck with vaseline, lip balm or conditioner this well stop hair colouring your skin. If you do get colour on your skin, use makeup remover and the colour should go. Use an old towel for covering shoulders and wear old clothing when dying. Also if your messy put down some newspaper/ old towel on the floor to stop you destroying your bathroom floor.

  • Getting even coverage: As shown below if you have long hair, adding the colour in sections and than twisting helps with making sure the hair is evenly coloured (great for dip dye). If your doing a full head of dye, just like with bleaching do roots first and work down the lengths of hair. 

  • Keeping colour bright: If you have one colour in your hair, add some dye into your  conditioner bottle a couple of tablespoons shake to mix it and than next time you wash your hair leave your condition in for a while after shampooing.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

How I Wear: Clashing Prints

Floral Dress: Charity shop
Record Necklace: Old
Shirt: 90s Vintage
Gold heart Belt: Beyond Retro

I love clashing some print on print at the moment, I think summer makes me want to wear every print going. Sometimes even when it's not quite right it works, you need to just go for it. I've had this shirt since I was 13, I loved printed shirts in the 90s and this was one of my faves. These Primark leopard print sandals are still going strong, I was shocked that they have not fallen apart as I've worn them non stop. They have been my summer stable.  I'm stuck in a 90s wave, and just want to fill my wardrobe with vintage and watch movies from my teenage years.

So you may have noticed my new hair colour, but I have a whole post all about that so you will have all the details. Its been great this last week as my other half Barry has been off for some of the holidays, so we have been trying to keep our boys busy and happy. We took our little monsters to TGI's for a long overdue family meal out, and soaked in the atmosphere at Covent Garden. It was great the sun was shining and it was so nice to not be stuck in, as we have been having our kitchen done (which has been nice and stressful). Still it's all good, the weather has made for an ennoble summer. I'm looking forward to layers and hot drinks now for autumn, and having some more fun days out with the boys. 

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