Monthly Archives: October 2011

New hair with Balayage highlights!

For the last few weeks I felt it was really getting about that time that I got some highlights in my hair again. During the summer months I don’t tend to highlight my hair at all because luckily my hair naturally gets more sun-kissed over that time. But with the winter month’s fast approaching my roots really need fixing! However with so much on recently; moving, trips and work I hadn’t had time to fit this in. This week I desperately tried to get an appointment to get my hair done this weekend but most salons were fully booked. Since moving to London I haven’t really found my go-to salon, I’ve more been trying different salons on the search to find my favourite. Struggling to get an appointment my friend was so kind to recommend her hairdresser to me and he was able to fit me in on Friday evening after work, perfect! :)

My friend had found her hairdresser in London, after moving here from Beijing, because he was recommend by her hairdresser in China. She was specifically looking for someone that could give her ‘french’ highlights like she’d always had done in Beijing. Before my appointment on Friday she told me; don’t expect much of the salon, it’s nothing flash but she raved about the talents of her hairdresser Cedric.

Credric works from the City, Cuts & Colours salon in Victoria, which is indeed nothing flash but promises experienced top hairstylists without the high price tag. After a consultation with Credric I decided to try comb highlights instead my standard foil ones. Comb highlights, or also known as ‘Balayage’ is the hottest thing in highlighting right now. Instead of applying foils it’s a freehand technique where a stylist ‘paints’ on highlights giving the client a natural sun-kissed highlight look. I’d read quite a bit about this technique already (with celebs like Jennifer Anniston being a fan) so was definitely keen to give it a go!

This is me while getting my highlights done!

Hair+Highlights New hair with Balayage highlights!

As you can see Credic painted stripes of highlights throughout my entire hair to get a more natural look. I only have colour on my roots because I wanted my roots to match the ends of my hair, which means no need to take the colour all the way through to the ends (as this would only damage your hair!)

After applying the colour, he placed me under the heat for about 10 minutes to let the colour fully develop. Then he washed out the colour and gave me a quick cut (nothing special, because I am still growing out my fringe) and TADA here I am with my finished new hair:

I have to say I love my new hair! It feels so nice to be all blonde again & I think the painted highlights look FANTASTIC! Balayage is also popular because your re-growth should be more forgiving; not providing that harsh re-growth line that foil highlights can give but I suppose time will tell with that :)

Cedric actually has a great website and besides working at the salon in Victoria he also does mobile hairdressing, which means he can do your hair from the comfort of your own home at a great price!

Check out his website here. I think maybe I have found my to-go-to hairdresser in London? ;)

  
15 Comments | Posted in Hair, HOTD, London, Styling

Metallic Kimono Outfit Post =

Ever since I saw Laura in this metallic kimono on her blog ‘Buy now, Blog Later‘ I was keen to get my little paws onto it! Kimono cardigans are pretty on trend at the moment so when I spotted this little beauty in ZARA whilst shopping in Nice and tried it on, I was sold. 
This weekend I had my friends round for flat warming drinks in Notting Hill and I wanted a casual but fun evening look so I decided to wear my new kimono :)
OOTNKimono Metallic Kimono Outfit Post =
Pants: my ‘leather’ SQIN &Denim H&M Jeans as seen here
Kimono: ZARA Metallic thread kimono (available online here)
Top: White racer back cotton singlet from ZARA
Shoes: Gladiator style heels by ALDO
Necklace: Long chain heart pendant from Tiffany & Co
Watch: Michael Kors
Actually a funny story is that when I returned from Nice and I showed my flatmate my kimono purchase, it turned out she recently had bought the exact same one, wooops! Haha oh well it shows we both have fab taste right? Now we do just need to make sure we don’t wear it at the same time ;) 
Here some more pics of me at my flat warming drinks which shows you the proper colour of the kimono a little better. It’s a mix between silver and gold and so comfortable to wear.
OOTNKimono2 Metallic Kimono Outfit Post =
I’m loving my new metallic kimono because it’s so easy to throw on with jeans or a LBD to add that little bit of sparkle! What do you think of the Kimono trend? xoxo
  
3 Comments | Posted in Fashion, HM, OOTD, OOTN, Outfit, Zara

Joie de vivre!

As you may know the weekend before last I went away for a girly trip to the South of France for 3 days! We had a lovely time exploring the sights in Nice and Monaco and enjoyed some delicious food and wine in the sunshine. The weather wasn’t as warm as we’d been expecting but 18-20C at the end of October isn’t that bad I suppose ;)

 Joie de vivre!

Beautiful Cemetery in Nice overlooking the city  // Day Trip to Monaco, the famous casino behind us! // Casino of Monaco…and no we didn’t go in for a gamble ;) // Moi with the port of Monaco in the background

 Joie de vivre!

Brunch in Nice, overdosed on bread and chocolate spread, yummmm! // Browsing the markets in Nice  // Early Sunday morning at the Irish Pub in Nice to watch NZ – Australia Semi Final (Rugby). Hadn’t worn my All Blacks jersey in a very long time, felt very kiwi again! // Along the beach Promenade in Nice

 Joie de vivre!

Me with the girls // Look I I found Nemo at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco! // Dressed up for dinner and a few drinks out in Nice // Overlooking Monte Carlo

We had a FAB time! The French really do know what they are talking about when they say ‘Joie de Vivre’ in La France :) Plus it’s that time of the week already…..

 Joie de vivre!

Happy Hump Day everyone :)

  
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NOTD: Estee Lauder – Metallic Sage

Hey lovelies,
I hope you all had a great weekend? Mine was pretty busy so I am really looking forward to a more relaxing week & weekend. But I am happy to announce that internet has been connected at my house so I can finally return to more regular blogging, yay! Starting off with a quick NOTD post :)
I got this Estee Lauder nail polish a little while back and am loving this shade for autumn!
It’s called ‘Metallic Sage’ and was released as part of the Modern Mercury collection for A/W 2011.MetallicSage NOTD: Estee Lauder   Metallic SageEstee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Metallic Sage is a deep olive/sage green shade with a gorgeous pink, gold and green shimmer that shows as a duo-chrome in some lights and as just a regular shimmer in others. In some lights it can even look like a golden brown shade. The formula of the polish is quite thin but it applies smoothly (great brush) and dries fairly quick.
In these photo’s I applied two coats, but I actually think now it would have looked even better (more opaque) with three coats. 
MetallicSage2 NOTD: Estee Lauder   Metallic SageThe gold shimmer gives this nail polish a lot more depth, making a dark green/brown polish so much more glamourous. What do you think, would you wear this nail polish?
Pure Colour Nail Lacquer is £14 for 9ml, available from counters nationwide and at esteelauder.co.uk
  
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Weekend Brunches – Formosina

Most people that know me, know that one of my favourite things to do in the weekend is going for brunch! I just love having a relaxing morning and then meeting friends between 11am-12.30pm (depending on what I’ve been up to the night before hehe) for lots of cups of tea and delicious food. When it comes to brunch food I am a big fan of poached eggs with mushrooms or smoked salmon but then again I also can’t resist a creamy honey banana porridge or fresh bread smothered with chocolate spread :)

In London I am always exploring new places for brunch and thought I might start sharing my favourite brunch hounds on the blog, I hope you like it!

This weekend me and a friend met up at my house in Notting Hill and walked over to neighbouring Maida Vale for brunch. We decided to try out the swanky looking eatery called ‘Formosina’.

Formosina 5 Weekend Brunches   Formosina

This lovely little Maida Vale restaurant opened about 6 month’s ago and is owned and styled by Jacqui B, who also owns the interior design shop ‘Jacqui B’ down the road from the restaurant. I just love the funky interior of Formosina. It has a very high girly Kitsch factor due to the crystal chandeliers, white tables but most of all the awesome art work!

Formosina Weekend Brunches   Formosina

All the art work in Formosina is by the artist Maximillian Wiedemann. I seriously want one of those VOGUE canvasses for my house but doubt they are in my price range…

Food wise the menu had various breakfast and lunch options but me and my friend both craved porridge so we ordered that. It was served perfectly hot, thick, creamy and topped with fresh fruit and honey. It was absolutely delicious and filled our tummies in preparation for our morning walk along Regent’s canal to Regents Park. I will definitely come back to Formosina again to see what the rest of their food is like. I think this restaurant would also be a great venue for a fun girly evening dinner because the cocktails on the menu looked yum!

18 Formosa Street, London W9 2
Area: Maida Vale

  
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