Friday, 29 September 2017

Going Blonde...

At the beginning of Spring this year I took the plunge and went all over blonde - an idea that bounced around in my head for probably a good 10 years before having the courage to do it!

I really wanted to go blonde as alot of my heroines are blonde  (Gwen Stefani is one of my ultimate girl crushes) Rich is also blonde, I could then try pastel colours and I just desperately wanted a change. I felt like my brunette hair just didn't feel like me, even if it suited me.

1. See a Pro and ask for a strand test

One thing I recommend as the absolute golden rule of this is to see a professional. DO NOT use store bought bleach and chuck it on thinking your hair will look fab.

It may be expensive to do but the end results are worth it. Having bleached in my own highlights over the years and coon tails (remember those, scene kids!) before I knew I have only ever managed a very raw looking yellowy colour which resembled straw. A salon can advise you on upkeep, keep it looking its best and keep the colour even. Totally worth every penny.

I did some shopping around and spoke to a few people I knew who also had done drastic colour changes (and the colour and condition of their hair was really good afterwards!) and was recommended to Tanya @ Beehive Salon in Eastbourne.

Don't think that necessarily the most expensive or Instagram hyped salons are the best and only options. I visited Not Another Salon (which is as Instagramable and amazing as the photos show) and had a chat with one of the girls there and had a strand test. It came out to the same quality and colour as the local salon (Beehive) did, only as it was London prices I was quoted £600. At Beehive's it's cost me about half of that. A trip to Not Another is still on my wishlist of places to pamper myself though, its just outside of my budget!

As you can see in the above picture on top left, my natural hair (aside from fringe) is a auburn brown, darker at top before it goes reddish in the middle.

This makes the poor stylists job alot harder, with reddish hair this does mean that through the colour wheel to get to blonde (see below) we will hit more orangey, goldey yellow tones.. not a good look!

After my consultation with the lovely Tanya, we agreed to do a strand test - an absolute must if you are shopping for a salon to go blonde from brunette. Even if they do not suggest it do make sure you ask and they should be happy to do this for you. At the end of the day, it will help you see for yourself (and the stylist) how much bleach and mixture they will need to for you application to get you closer to your desired colour , and , just as importantly the condition of your hair.

If its gonna go a good shade but then snap or break then you have had a warning that you desp need to sort out the condition of your damaged tresses before that bleach touches down on your barnet. Don't argue with the stylist about it and say you want to get it done anyway - at the end of the day they are trying to make sure you make the right decision as well based on the conditions of your hair.

2. Don't expect to go from dark - light in one sitting

After researching (I researched for MONTHS before I began enquiring) I was well aware that on my first colouring session I wasn't gonna walk out a full blown Daenerys, the mother of Dragons. At least not yet.

Above is the colour wheel for shades going to blonde, my natural shade being a cross of medium brown and red orange. This is why my hair is an even harder one to turn blonde. the reddish lightens to orange and then eventually a garish yellow! not a good look!

Luckily, I  was in Tanya's hands as we did our first hair lifting session and we got it to a really nice shade of Strawberry blonde. Much better than I had feared, I had thought I was gonna have to be gingery for a good few weeks following.

The reason for the separate sessions is to prevent damage. as my hair is not the the best of condition this made total sense and is the better way to generally go lighter. We also gave it a good sesh of toner and conditioned with Loreals Smartbond conditioner. I bought a bottle of it also to maintain the silky softness Tanya had managed to go (she is a hair wizard I tell ya!) and a bottle of purple shampoo (that stuff will become your bestie if you also choose the blonde life)

I lived it up as a strawberry blonde hottie for 6 weeks before my next appointment. See my pic above on the right to see how shiny and in good condition it was in after! We did cling to that stubborn orangey looks for a while whilst I was in there so on your first visit make sure you go equipped with a book, sweets and some tunes. Lifting hair to blonde from brunette is truly a labour of love n can't be rushed!

3. Root maintenance and getting icy white locks! 

To keep your blonde looking top notch, you will need to keep with salon visits every 6 weeks to touch up the roots. If you don't mind a growing out root look then that's ok, but bare in mind that the reason salons ask you to make frequent visits for root touch ups is to avoid what is called "banding" on hair. The further the hair is that the need to touch up from you head, the harder it is to get the same ashey  light blonde.

Science behind this is due to that the colour develops faster nearer the heat of your head, the further away it is down the root means its much harder to get that colour and may result in a slightly off coloured stripe across the new/older hair. not good!

For my second visit we lifted from the strawberry blonde colour to the icy white I wanted - the perfect base for then going pastels! :) Sometimes the whole process can take three sessions to lighten but in my case it took two luckily.

So basically going blonde  from dark hair is a biggg commitment and is definitely worth the research and making sure you have the fundage to keep on top of it. I am loving being a blonde though and looking forward to being an ice queen this winter! :) Perhaps experimenting with colour in the new year...

Have you ever made the switch from brunette to blonde? Let me know about your experience in the comments below or if you have any extra tips!

Love, Sarah xx


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

A/W17 Lust List

I am so excited for this season I could easily of made my wish list wayyyy bigger than this. But I have condensed it down to my top picks :)

I adore how for once the colour palette is not just burgundy's, black and brown. So much neon! <3

For a super colourful winter wardrobe, hit up Lazy Oaf, Pretty Little Thing and Tunnel Vision.

1. Pink Sequin Sleeve Jumper - Pretty Little Thing | 2. Neon Mom Jeans - Asos | 3. Neon Zippy Knit Top - Lazy Oaf | 4. The Way We Dress Doesn't Mean Yes - Minga London | 5. Vintage 90s Reversible Cow Print Jacket - Tunnel Vision | 6. Green Satin Bralet - Pretty Little Thing | 7. Red Glitter Stripe Trousers - Missy Empire 

Love, Sarah xx 


Friday, 22 September 2017

Sporty Spice

Seriously digging track pants right now, these popper ones are giving me all the 00's feels! 

Red Stripe Popper Side Trousers // Missy Empire
Red PU Bralet // Pretty Little Thing

Happy Autumn equinox, and the first of my autumn looks! These colourful track pants were creepin around on the scene a teeny bit earlier this year but it was getting too close for Summer and I just had a feelin these were gonna be big for autumn so I decided to wait and I'm glad I did!

After so many boring winters stuck in leggings and jeans I'm pretty hyped for the first time about A/W17s offerings with 00s style trackies like these and cropped trousers making a comeback. It's literally all the stuff I really wanted to buy and wear at the age of 13/14/15 but obvs couldn't as was at school so I'm loving that I'm getting a chance to now wear them. Sporty was always my fave spice girl too :)

I want to get loads of different colorssss :) These Missy Empire ones are so comfy as well, will be so much fun to style these up. This is also my first purchase from Missy Empire and I have to say I'm really impressed and obsessed with their new in section at the moment...this won't be my last buy from them this season for sure!

Check out my track pants GTL below!

Love, Sarah x

GTL - Popper Side Track Pants 

1. Disney Princess X Local Heroes Team Trackpants - Local Heroes | 2. About to Snap Satin Trackpants - Dolls Kill | 3. Green Popper Panel Trackpants - Miss Pap


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Jaded London

Check out this Summer sale bargain! I'm in love with this Jaded London dress!

Rainbow Flame Lace Up Side Dress // Jaded London
Iridescent Backpack // SkinnyDip London
Large Fishnet Tights // New Look
Black Silver Zippy Boots // Primark

Finally got something from Jaded London yaayyyyyy! Jaded London has been on my radar a while, just haven't had the occasion/moneys to buy anything from them but have always lusted over pretty much everything!

Luckily this dress was in sale and it was one of my faves so I snapped it up. Keep your eyes on all things black n white check as that is set to be a hot favourite print coming up for A/W17...

Love, Sarah x


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Colour Carnival


Listens to Despacito once...Missguided are serving up the perfect Cuban influenced styles this season and in to A/W17.

Hot Pink Frill Bardot Choker Neck Bodysuit // Missguided (Just £10 in sale!)

Been a little late posting these but this outfit is the perfect one to say Adios to Summer. Pretty sure one of my Barbies had a similar outfit to this! Its definitely got that sipping cocktails, summer party vibe!

This bodysuit is in Missguided's Summer sale at just £10 and is a perfect match for these blue frill trousers. I love clashing bold colours. Just remember to do block colours for this look and just play with different colour combinations, the clashier the better!

 I've definitely had more fun this season being blonde and experimenting with wearing new colours I wouldn't of bothered experimenting with before. Sounds weird to say but I feel more "me" as a blonde even though I've only had blonde hair less than 6 months. I don't see me going back to brunette for a long time. I'm digging being a barbie blondie, Loving wearing fuchsia and bright colours even more than before!

Cuban and Spanish styles are still a hot topic for AW17 but with a more gothic twist so will enjoy checking those out in the coming weeks :).

Love, Sarah x

PS. Sorry bout the visible tag in the first pic! lol! I know I should just edit it out or just not include the pic but A. it's my fave and B. I don't edit anything on my pics really aside from basic cropping or zooming in :) Just decent lighting, pretty local backdrop and (hopefully) and good hair n face day! 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Chasing the Sun

Not feelin ready to let Summer go just yet... 

Rainbow Maxi Prom Dress // Charity Shop 

Still not over the fact I got THIS DRESS from a charity shop earlier this week! After spotting it in the window of Help the Aged, Hayward's Heath, last Friday I was completely in love. 

Luckily it waited for me as I saw it was still there on my walk to work after the weekend and just went straight in and bought it without trying it on or anything, thankfully it fits perfectly and I loveeee it! 

I wore it out to the Eastbourne Steampunk Festival today (not really going with the theme, but hey ho)  There was a bloke with a crossbow and a lady with a frog on her head, pugs in top hats etc so I thought well why can't I then go along in my rainbow dress for today as everyone's super dressed up? So I did! :) 

I've been going to the festival the last couple of years, though last year it was abit of a let down (weather wise) whereas it was really nice out yesterday so you could stroll around the stalls, watch the bands and belly dancers in the sunny sun sun. If your about in the area I'd def recommend you go to check it out! 

Love, Sarah x

PS. Like the trippy fillterey look? Played with the brush filter on Glitche app to get this effect! 


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Brunch Club

Sunday Brunch? Don't mind if I do...

Brunch Club Slogan Frill T-shirt // Pretty Little Thing (also available in black :) )
Denim Distressed Shorts // River Island

Sometimes nothing is better than a cute simple slogan tee, and this one is my new fave! Such a nice easy Sunday outfit for seeing out the last of the warm weekends before the best season arrives! :) 

I actually went out for a really nice brunch yesterday. One of my fave spots in Eastbourne (aside Bills, you can't beat a good Bills brunch!) is the Beach Front Cafe on the Eastbourne seafront, no avocado toasts but its really nice to have a little Pimms, toasted sandwich and crisps down by the sea alfresco. Gotta make the most of it whilst clinging on to the last of Summer! I have yet to try the Beach Deck further down the seafront, as I've heard good things about this one also.

I was hoping to take my pics outside a cafe spot for full effect but living in a tourist town makes this almost impossible to do during peak season! That said and I like my bed too much to get up early. Managed to get in a full 12 hour sleep last night, I was shattered!

Wheres your favourite brunch spot ?

Love, Sarah x 
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