Friday, 20 September 2013

John Frieda Sheer Blonde



I love being a blonde, I do. I am a born natural blonde but definitely a chemical blonde at the moment and it is bloomin' hard work. I get bored so easily which leads me to start messing with shades when not under close watch of my amazing colourist. I haven't been able to see her recently which has lead me to try a golden, natural blonde. It's just not working for me though. It has faded to a dull, gingery colour that just looks so strange and a far cry from my gorgeous, multi-tone highlights I much adored. 

However, I may have a little saviour in my hands. John Frieda Sheer Blonde; Highlighting Activating Shampoo and Conditioner* is a smart little duo that brings out all of those highlights that get buried in our manes over a period of time. I have used this in the past and I always go back to John Frieda products as they just really agree with my hair. And Mama VLB has used JF from the dawn of time so it MUST be good. 

After using this for about a fortnight straight without straying, my hair is certainly stronger and that little bit blonder and shinier than before. The reason why I really like this so much is that my hair doesn't feel weighted down and actually lasts an extra day before I need to wash my hair again. If you're a blonde then you understand how much maintenance and care goes into your hair as it's prone to damage and this just really nourishes it and gives that little bit of sumthin' sumthin' back into those locks. I was actually drawn to the Blonde Hair Repair Mask and you know what? Pretty darn good too, makes my hair feel super soft yet again, not heavy. I've noticed a difference in those rough ends and it is light enough to use daily if your hair is in deperado need. Now I completely forgot to take a snap of it but you can find that here so you know what you're looking for.

If you're a blondie, then give it a try. I've also spotted they do other products in the Sheer Blonde range for every concern. I recently bought the Go Lighter Shampoo & Conditioner and interested to see whether it meets it's claims or not over the next few weeks. Blondes have more fun so I've heard...


*PR Sample



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Monday, 16 September 2013

Amsterdam



On the 23rd August, I was lucky enough to jet off to my favourite city in the world, Amsterdam. Me and Chris decided to celebrate my 20th birthday in this gorgeous place. Amsterdam is just a beautiful place and there is literally something for everyone. Now I didn't plan on blogging about my trip so my pictures are few and far between. Nevertheless, I'll show you the highlights.

We arrived the Friday evening and stayed in the CitizenM Hotel Amsterdam City. Located just 20 minutes away via tram from the centre. The hotel itself was amazing, ultra modern but perfect for a short trip. I would really recommend this to couples as it's just a complete unique experience to other hotels. The shower and toilet are situated in glass tubes in the room with changeable mood lighting (now you see why I say for couples...), and the bed was wall to wall. So comfy.

We got up early and I was craving one thing only, crepes. We weaved in and out of the cobbled streets and jumped into the first place that we could find. Suitable enough, the place was called Crepes en Waffles. We both opted for the "Old Dutch" Crepes. Apples oozing with sugar and cheesecake sauce along with crunchy waffle pieces and whipped cream. Sadly, I inhaled this so fast, a picture didn't even get a look in. But trust me, it was delicious.




After walking around and taking in the some of the sights, me and Chris needed coffee. It is a scientific fact that European coffee is the nicest. This cafe delivered on that fact. Quartier Putain is actually hidden on The Red Light District, it was extremely cheap and a gorgeous place to people watch. We sat here for quite some time people watching and Instagramming away. There is a definite theme to this trip, food and drink. Can you blame us? I think not.

When it comes to shopping in Amsterdam it does offer a pretty mainstream offering for the most part. All the brands you would expect to see on the high street but with some really nice unique shops thrown in for good measure. My favourite store however was located on Dam Square. A large department store/mall filled to the brim of every designer brand you can imagine. I spent my time lurking and lusting over Hermes bags and Louis Vuitton shoes which Chris politely reminded me to put them down and walk away. It is worth a look regardless of what you have in your pocket, one day we can dream.

After many pitstops for more coffee and blackcurrant Fanta we headed back to the hotel to get ready for my birthday meal. Chris had researched the best places to eat before we left for Amsterdam. He had booked a reservation for a place called, Castell. Castell is a BBQ restaurant located around the Mueseum District of Lijnbaansgracht. After rushing in from the rain we were sat down on a leather sofa around an open fire. The place had a informal atmosphere around it, everyone sat next to each other and there isn't a table in sight. Instead, you're served your dinner on a thick slab of wood on your lap which could be a little challenging at times but a brilliant experience. We opted for Indonesian Style Kebab for starter which was beautifully cooked beef in a rich Indonesian sauce. I think I groaned the most of the way through it but it was just a teaser for what was to come next.





I opted for the Lady Filet Steak cooked rare which came with the creamiest baked potato that has passed my mouth with lashing of garlic sauce on top. I cleared my slab of wood without a second thought, the meat was cooked to perfection and melted in your mouth. Whereas Chris chose the rack of ribs. The ribs that came were huge and he was determined to eat every last drop, with a little help from myself of course. Chris didn't even need to use a knife, the meat fell away with ease and was packed with the smokey flavour from the barbecue. With food babies we jumped into a cab and headed for somewhere rather secret.


Door 74. That's as much as I can tell you. An exclusive, secret cocktail bar that you will never find unless given specific instructions on how to find it. You have to try to make the reservation on the day and if you're lucky enough to get in, only then will they give you the address and instructions on how to get in via text. We were greeted by a suited gentleman and shown to our booth. They spend time chatting to you and recommending the drinks suited for your tastes. I opted for a One Eyed Snake, an Advocaat concoction complete with gummy worm and Chris went something more rocket fuel based. The bar itself was gorgeous and cosy and something everyone should experience. After getting a little too merry and racking up an eye popping bill we decided to head home for the night.




We also found the nicest spot to have lunch right on the main street. We wolfed down the biggest paninis and the biggest side of fries I could stomach. Amsterdam comes up trumps in the food department. You will always find somewhere great to eat no matter what you're craving. I seemed to crave everything in sight. On the Sunday night we headed back into the Mueseum district and indulged in what seemed another small cow. With no lack of Argentinian Steak houses, it is perfect to find a steak to sink your teeth into. 






So coming back carrying some extra baggage I was sad to say goodbye to the Dam but I'll be back soon. Where else am I going to find waffles that good?
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

STYLIGHT



Today's post is slightly different to my usual ramblings. I've been dipping my toes into the fashion blogging world and I feel I need to share this with you all...

Meet STYLIGHT. This website is Street Style HEAVEN. I consider myself a bit of a fashion noob, I have a basic sense of style but find it hard to find inspirations amongst the ever changing trends. Social media is for me, the greatest source of inspo when it comes to all things fashion and Stylight is a brilliant site to get your daily fix.

Stylight is completely user friendly, which is a big sell for me. you are able to view and like different looks and there is something for everybody. Their site also comes complete with a "shop", so if you spy someone sporting that that dream piece then you may be able to snap it up there. Stylight have their own app too, which I was pleasantly surprised about. Again, really easily used and perfect if you're on the go like me. I'm a sucker for good app.

Best thing is, anyone can sign up and join the community. Sign up if you want inspiration or just fancy being the inspiration! Bloggers, they also offer their own platform specifically for you guys too which is a brilliant way to network and to get your work out there for others to see. I've been lucky enough to work and collaborate with such an accessible site and can't wait to hear your thoughts on it too.

For fan's and fiends on Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram, you need to give this a look.

Visit STYLIGHT here
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