16 November 2017

How to Perfect Wavy Hair All Year Round


It's officially autumn, the mornings are dark and chilly, and we don't even want to get out of bed - let alone have to mess with our hair before work or a long day of errand-running.

I totally get it.

This time of year, we just want to be able to get up and run out of the door last minute with minimal effort required. Oh, to be a Kardashian with our own team of hair stylists and make-up artists on hand everyday.

*Daydreams*

But, there is a hairstyle you can rock that only takes two minutes to complete, because you've done most of the hard work the night before.

Step forward, wavy hair.

You might have been fooled into thinking that wavy hair only looks good during the summer months, because it has that "just came from the beach" kind of appearance. But, I personally think that wavy hair looks awesome all year round.

I constantly get asked how I achieve my natural wavy hair look, so I thought I'd share my top tips in this post. You're welcome!


1. Wash and condition your hair as normal.

First thing's first, shampoo your hair and use a conditioner on it as normal. If you have thin hair, I recommend applying a volume-enhancing combo, or a shampoo or conditioner that caters primarily for hair that lacks thickness.

2. Use a repairing oil to nourish your hair.

Once you get out of the shower and you've brushed and towel-dried your hair, apply a repairing oil that will rehydrate your hair and enhance its natural shine. 

I can't survive without Moroccanoil and use a small five pence piece on my hair every time I wash it. It keeps my tresses nice and soft, as well as in a healthy condition.

3. Let your hair half-dry naturally.

I usually leave my hair to half-dry naturally. Or, if it's winter and it's freezing outside, I half-dry it with a hairdryer.

Either way, just make sure that your hair is only damp before the next step, and not sopping wet.

Nice one, pal.

4. Plait your hair.

Depending on your requirements for the end result, plait your hair accordingly. By this I mean: do French plaits if you want tighter, curlier waves, or normal pig-tail plaits if you want more carefree, loose-looking waves.

If you need a helping hand, simply call upon your roommate, Mum, neighbour - whatever works!

5. Leave your plaits overnight.

After plaiting my hair, I usually leave it overnight to dry. 

My tip here is not to unleash your sexy, new, wavy mane until it's completely dry. Sometimes I even leave my plaits in over two nights for a more defined wave.

6. Let down your hair and apply a smoothing cream.

Once you've taken out your plaits, simply run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves. Then, take a smoothing cream (I swear by VO5 Smoothly Does It Frizz Free Cream) and apply it through your tresses and across the top of your roots. 

This smoothing cream will eliminate any flyaways, as well as encourage curl prominence. 

7. Backcomb and style with hairspray to finish.

If your hair isn't looking as wavy as you hoped, no worries - you can backcomb it at the roots using a tail comb for added texture and oomph.

The final step is to spritz your hair with hairspray and then you're good to go!


It might be difficult to work out what works for you in terms of your ideal level of curl definition and overall aesthetic. But, once you do, it's so worth it!

And you might just find that you've found a wavy hair look that you can wear all year round.

#WavyHairWin

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9 November 2017

7 Things I Miss About England When I'm Away


It's been a while since I've been back in my home country. Over six weeks, in fact.

Why, I hear you ask?

Well, I'm across the pond. I'm in the USA visiting my American boyfriend, who lives in Green Bay. Come Saturday though, I'll be on that hairy plane back to Manchester.

Have I loved my time in Wisconsin? Oh, for sure. But do I look forward to coming home? You betcha.

Why? Simply put: there's no place like England. Am I right or am I right?

Here are 7 things I miss about England when I'm away.

1. The accents.

Yes, I love the American accent. And I love the amount of people I get asking me how I am, or telling me to have a great day, even when I've only headed to McDonald's for a cheeky Drive Thru McFlurry. 

Americans might be extremely friendly, with an accent that's wonderful on the ears, but I miss my dear Yorkshire folk.

I miss people greeting me with an "alright, mate" or "hey up, love". I miss being stared at in the street and how miserable people look on their morning commute. I even miss being completely left alone when I visit shops on my local high street or ride the train into the city.

But, most of all, I miss the wonderful English accents. We have such variety in our country with an array of interesting accents - and I cannot wait to hear them all again.

2. The food.

Sure, pancakes, doughnuts, burgers and junk food are all good. But, after a while, I start to long for pie and mash and Wetherby Whaler's famous fish and chips.

And don't get me started on Yorkshire roast dinners. They're pretty much a party in your mouth.

It's also really difficult to get a good cup of tea here. When you order tea in a coffee shop, you tend to get an iced, sweetened version that simply isn't right. It's quite a distressing experience.

Give me a good ol' Yorkshire brew any day.


3. The TV shows.

I might have my ol' buddy, ol' pal Netflix to keep me company whilst I'm over here, but what about the rest of the trashy TV shows that I know and love?

Made in Chelsea, Geordie Shore, TOWIE... I can't get them via Google, I've already tried.

Thank goodness I've got the Kardashians to keep me going, or I might just start having a nervous breakdown.

4. The supermarkets.

Every supermarket looks and feels like Costco over here.

Yes, our supermarkets are smaller (oh Tesco, you bae <3), but they have everything that we need. And, on the whole, food is so much cheaper to buy in UK supermarkets.

I mean, $6 for a gluten free loaf of bread? No thanks, pal.


5. British fashion.

I can't believe that it's taken me until point number five to get onto the subject of fashion... I'm a fashion blogger and writer FFS!

But, it's true - us Brits are well-known around the world for our unique sense of style. We also like to dress nicely, even for a casual affair, whereas a lot of other countries just throw on whatevs for a cheeky trip to Nando's.

Also, street fashion is kind of a thing in England.

I miss being inspired by peeps just walking around our local shopping centre, and being able to nip to my favourite high street retailers whenever I want.

Topshop, H&M, New Look and Primark, you ma homegirls! I'll be back soon <3

6. The charm of the communities.

We might be a small country, but my-oh-my, are we mighty!

One massive thing that I've learned since I've been away this time around is: our little villages and towns have so much character.

Even in small communities, there's always things to do, nice walks you can take, and sights to see. You can't walk anywhere in the US. You literally have to drive to get to your local corner shop.

Well, actually. They don't have corner shops. Everything is on a much bigger scale.

The England communities might be more compact, but they're just so bloody cute! Our country has charm in abundance.

And we've got that nice to stuff to look at everywhere. You know, the quintessential English countryside. There's that.



7. My friends and family.

I love being away and getting to know a different place. This time to Wisconsin, in particular, I'll have been here for seven weeks in total. I'm practically living with my boyfriend, as he just moved into a new apartment on his own right before I got here. 

It's been great, but it's been a different experience - living like a local. But the one major thing that's missing?

The rest of my loved ones.

Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with my amazing boyfriend, but I sure as hell miss all my other crazies - and my dog.

Friends and fam-a-lam, I'm so excited to see you all!


If only I could mix my two worlds so that I could have everything and everyone I love in one place, then I'd be the luckiest gal in the world. Maybe one day, eh?

In the mean time, I'm looking forward to being back in my home country with my own kind. 

Because England is awesome. There's absolutely no doubt about it <3

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2 November 2017

5 of My Favourite Articles That I Wrote in October


Hey, guys!

If you're new to this blog - welcome. If you're a loyal reader - welcome back.

The latter will know that I recently started doing a round-up every four weeks of my favourite articles that I'd written as a freelance writer during that particular month. (If you missed the July, August and September instalments, catch up on them here, here and here.)

I'll also start including a little overview of how things are going with my business Dream Scribe for those who are interested! #freelancewriterclub

October was a great month for me and my biz. In fact, it marked six months since I started this whole freelance writing thang. And, I have to say, it's going swimmingly!

I actually had my first four-figure month (mini Mexican wave in celebration of me - a-woohoo) which is a milestone I'm so happy to have reached in such a short space of time.

I'm still writing primarily in the fashion and travel niches, but I've also branched out further into the lifestyle/happiness/self-help sector, which I hope will continue to progress. As a 27-year-old millennial woman who's been through a helluva lot (haven't we all?), I have plenty of stories to tell and tips to share on how we could all live our best lives!

Without further ado, here are 5 of my favourite articles that I wrote in October.

Fashion

1. How to Choose the Right Clothing for a Gift



With Christmas around the corner, I thought this article was very fitting for October's round-up. 

I don't know about you guys, but I really struggle with buying gifts for other people sometimes - especially when it involves clothing. In this article for Love to Know, I share my knowledge and expertise to make sure you purchase a clothing gift that your loved one will not only wear, but wear with pride.

Beauty

2. You're Going to Love These AW17 Beauty Trends



Sure, I love to explore fashion trends season upon season (check out my AW17 fashion trend round-up here), but I also adore seeing what's new in the world of beauty.

As an avid make-up lover, I was only too happy to write this trends-based article for fashion retailer Obsessory, which includes details from the AW17 designer runways. You're welcome, fellow beauty fanatics!

Dating and Relationships

3. Ladies, Chill Out! Let Him Miss You



My friends always tend to come to me with their dating and relationships problems. Why, I hear you ask? Well, they say that I give good advice.

One of my friends (who will remain She Who Shall Not Be Named) was recently making a lot of mistakes when it came to guys, bless her. She wasn't giving the guys that she was dating any opportunities to miss her. Therefore, she inspired this article for women's lifestyle magazine The Bolde, in the hope that other ladies out there will also benefit from it.

Mental Health

4. From Socialite to Recluse: Depression and My College Years



This article was an incredibly personal one for me to write. I was first diagnosed with depression during my university years, and I have battled with it on and off ever since.

I wanted to share my story through mental health community Sad Runner, solely for the reason that it might help someone out who currently in a similar situation as I was. 

Remember, depression is an illness and we must fight back!

Family

5. 10 Important Questions to Ask Your Dad



Let's end this on a feel-good note, shall we?

Your Dad is one of the most significant and influential people in your life. In this article, I explore 10 subjects that you should ask your Dad about whilst you can. Trust me, it'll make you want to go give your Dad a big ol' hug. 


That's all for this month, folks! Hope you lovelies all had a fabulous Halloween and have an even better Bonfire Night!

Let the Christmas countdown begin.

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26 October 2017

5 of the Hottest Fashion Trends for AW17


Following on from the fun, playful fashion of the Spring/Summer 17 season, fall brings with it more of the same, with added drama and boldness.

If you thought SS17 was standout, think again. Whether you're an avid fashion follower, or like to dip in and out of the trends every now and again, I've got you covered.

Here are 5 of the hottest fashion trends for AW17.

1. Boy meets girl.


Androgyny is huge this season, with an abundance of designers rewriting the rules when it comes to designated female and male fashion.

Take inspiration from Burberry, who sent models down their catwalk in relaxed fit knitted jumpers, paired with long-length boyfriend blazers and tailored trousers. Or A.Kira Design, who sent both sexes down their runway in gender-neutral, oversized separates. 

Also, if you haven't invested in fall's key wardrobe staple (the grey check blazer) then I suggest you do so - pronto!

In fact, grey tailoring in general is hot right now. Whether you decide to rock it in the form of a head-to-toe suit a la Victoria Beckham, or just use your boyfriend's blazer to finish off your look a la Calvin Klein, this androgynous trend is cool and quirky - and packs a real fashion punch this fall. 


2. RED alert.


Although this prominent hue was featured in abundance at the A/W 17 shows, it was through a range of different shades and styles. Tomato red trouser suits reigned supreme at Givenchy and Gucci, whereas it was all about the brick red standout coats at Emporio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.

At the other end of the spectrum, burgundy and deep wines were taken to the next level at shows such as Preen and Max Mara, through oversized knits and accessories. Then, not for the faint-hearted, scarlet red sheer dresses were spotted at Alexander McQueen and Chloe.

If you’re not feeling brave, simply rock this fiery colour through key outfit accents, such as a belt or a scarf. However, if you’re up for it, wear the trend head-to-toe or through key wardrobe staples - and you’re guaranteed to be the ultimate lady in red this season.


3. Hippie chic.


Bohemian chic was showcased on designer catwalks for AW17 through an abundance of 60s and 70s style pieces that emulated the famous hippie vibe.

You can follow the lead of Bora Aksu's by wearing flat hats and crochet dresses this fall, wear long, floaty, printed dresses a la Mulberry, or even rock a tan shearling coat like Coach.

As well as clothing, designers were also keen to showcase tribal girl-style jewellery, through unique gemstones and pretty beading through bracelets and rings. It was all about stacking ‘em as high as possible in order to make the maximum amount of impact!

Simply channel your inner free spirit by throwing on a pretty floral dress, or paisley playsuit, with fringed boots, some form of shearling jacket and plenty of bohemian-style jewellery - for a look that screams sassy and carefree this fall.


4. Pink to make the boys wink.


This invigorating colour trend is an extension of the ice-cream pastel pink shades of the summer.

However, these powdery hues have been given a bit of a revamp. Not only did we see pretty pastel ruffled dresses at Emilia Wickstead and Lanvin, but we also saw neon pink tulle dresses at Molly Goddard. That’s right - pink just got more powerful!

If that isn’t enough, fuchsia is having a major fashion moment this fall. This bold hue was present through key pieces at Valentino, such as fuchsia coats, but was also rocked through full outfit ensembles at Emporio Armani and H&M. We also saw plenty of fuchsia trouser suits across many different designers.

The good thing about this AW17 colour trend is that any shade and any style goes - all you need is the confidence to let your outfit do the talking.


5. Sci-fi cool.


If you’re not into androgyny, and the grey check blazer everybody's going crazy for, you can go down a slightly different route and feature metallic grey in your closet (aka silver). Sci-fi looking silver dresses went hand-in-hand with the space theme at Chanel, complete with their very own rocket launchpad, whilst fluid lame evening dresses stood out for all the right reasons at Paco Robanne.

In keeping with this space-age look, we also saw glitter boots, metallic jackets and planet-inspired accessories at Christopher Kane and Mugler. Even Michael Kors got in on the action, showing off a long, flowing silver jumpsuit as their hero piece.

If you're still not sure, simply invest in clothing separates with exaggerated lines and loose structures that have been manufactured from a fusion of fabrics to successfully pull off ultimate sci-fi cool this fall.


Happy shopping!

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19 October 2017

7 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time of Year


It's that time of year again.

The weather's getting colder, the leaves are changing, and hot drinks are back in abundance (okay, perhaps they never even left for all my fellow tea and coffee addicts out there!)

Yay, fall is upon us! And I personally couldn't be happier about it.

Why, I hear you ask?

Because fall is awesome.

Need convincing? Here are 7 reasons why fall is the best time of year.

1. The sexy colours.


New season, new colours.

I'm talking about those burnt oranges, winey reds and mustard-like yellows that we see not just in fashion, but on the trees when we leave the house everyday!

A stark contrast to the summer greenery of the fields, let's not pretend that they're not an absolute treat for the eyes in EVERY. POSSIBLE. WAY.

*Heart-eyed emoji*


2. The cool, crisp mornings.


It's getting colder come September/October time, but not too cold that it causes you to exclaim "OMG it's freezing" every time you step foot outside.

After a pretty humid summer all around, how great does it feel to actually experience some cool air?

Well, I'll tell ya.

It feels bloomin' amazing! 

I can actually breathe again! And, you know, that's always nice.

3. The new season of fashion.


With colder weather comes the need for soft, snugly jumpers and thousands upon thousands of layers.

(Okay *slight* exaggeration - just the one thousand will do.)

But it's true - fall is the one of the only times of year where we can pile on our whole wardrobe a la Joey from Friends when he's trying to get back at Chandler by wearing everything he owns.

In addition to being able to sling on our favourite comfy jumper, we can also experiment with the whole new AW17 season of fashion.

The best trends I've seen so far are androgyny, hippie chic, tomato red and sci-fi cool - but watch out for a full trend report coming soon on the blog!


4. Halloween is coming!


Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Christmas. Christmas is also one of my favourite times of year.

But Halloween is like Christmas' cool, quirky younger sister - and I can't help but adore her!

When you're at school, college and/or university, you have plenty of opportunities to dress up in costumes and go to parties. However, as you get older, Halloween becomes the only chance you get to pretend you're someone or something else for the day and party the night away!

My point is: Halloween is always fun, no matter what age you are.

Whether you're a kid going trick-or-treating, a student going on a themed club night, or an adult heading to a costume party with your friends, Halloween is light-hearted, it's fun and there are always laughs to be had. (Mostly at the expense of your boyfriend's brother Dennis, who dresses up as Cousin It from the Addams family EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.)

Plus, I love the Hocus Pocus movie. #justsaying


5. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back.


Oh for the love of Starbucks, how I do miss Pumpkin Spice Lattes when they're not in season!

Actually - how I do miss pumpkin-flavoured anything when pumpkins aren't in season!

Basically, if you hadn't already guessed, I love the taste of pumpkins - which means I sure do love the taste of Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Starbucks, you babe.

6. The cosy nights in.


Another thing I love about fall is that staying in on a Saturday night is actually considered acceptable.

If you tell people you're staying in on a weekend in the summer, they're all like "OMG what, it's supposed to be, like, 100 degrees - aren't you at least going to sit in a beer garden for a bit?"

Look, guys - I enjoy a night out once in a while. I really do. But I'm getting old now.

If I want to stay in during fall and snuggle with a blanket and a hot water bottle whilst watching endless episodes of Power on Netflix - there ain't no shame in that.

'Kay? 'Kay.


7. The return of the Sunday roast.


Oh, how I miss a good ol' traditional Yorkshire roast dinner during the summer months.

There's nothing better than popping around to your Mum's on a Sunday during fall for a massive catchup and some good scran.

I'm talking about mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, onion gravy, veg, meat of some kind...

...Hubba Hubba, come to Mumma!


SRSLY, what's not to love about fall?


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