Festival Style

Festival Style

Glastonbury is possibly the best festival I’ve seen in a while, with glorious sunsets, record breaking crowds and Dolly Parton of course. Unfortunately I didn’t actually make it to Glastonbury and had to watch it at home, wishing I was there. With all the excitement, I decided to put together a few hair styling tips to create the perfect festival style.

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Working on dry hair, I applied a small amount of Afterparty from TIGI, the hair is then sectioned, secured with a clip, loosely curled in different directions using GHD’s and finished off with Masterpiece Hairspray from TIGI. This is repeated until you have curled all of your hair. Now throw your head forward shake out the curls and add more hair spray.

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The first style is finished off with this gorgeous Flowercrown from PoppyDaisy at Spitalfields Market in London.

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For the last two styles I have given two braid choices, the first is a French braid done by hand and the second is an easier choice with a braided hairband available at most high street stores, in different hair colours.

For the French braid I started from behind the ear, only adding hair from the crown area, the braid is then loosened by pulling out bits from it and secured on the other side with a Kirby grip. I will be doing a video hair tutorial on this, towards the end of July.

For the second style, I secured the braid with Kirby grips on either side, making sure the grips were hidden under the rest of the hair, easy as that!

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Now that your hair is sorted…throw on your favourite festival outfit, slip into the wellies and enjoy!

Trending: Kilim Rugs

Trending: Kilim Rugs

Some of you might’ve read that I have a cushion obsession, I wouldn’t go that far but Gary and Vicky insist I have a problem. But throw cushions aren’t the only interior trend I love, there are so many.

Although Kilim rugs have been around for ages and many interior bloggers have mentioned them at some point, I still LOVE them. I love the interesting patterns and the vibrant colours. I’ve been pining for a Kilim rug for years,  I just need to convince Gary we need one since he thinks rugs are clutter?

In the mean time I’ve been pinning loads of pictures and browsing through them longingly. Here are a few of my favourites.

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The first rug is from the bright and beautiful home of Danish artist Anne Bungaard, it just livens up her living room perfectly.

This next photo is probably one of the most pinned on pinterest and I love everything about it, the bright Kilim layered over a jute rug, the rustic table, the window seat bursting with cushions, it’s the perfect spot for Sunday Brunch. This is the very talented interior designer Amber Lewis‘ home. You’ll also find some of the most beautiful Kilim’s I’ve ever seen in her shoppe, would kill to know where she gets them!

KilimEdit2Kilim’s don’t always come in rug form, for a relaxed look, a few Kilim floor cushions strewn across your living room, looks pretty welcoming to me! (original source unknown).

How about an entire armchair covered in a Kilim rug, now that’s a statement piece! This one was commissioned for a client of Brisbane based interior designer Anna Spiro, isn’t she a beauty.
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These large square Kilim cushions add the perfect touch of texture to this neutral bedroom (original source unknown).

This one long pillow is absolutely gorgeous, it adds a perfect splash of colour to Bri, from Design Love Fest’s, calming white bedroom.

Now, where to find these beauties? You can’t quite pick them up on the high street. There are a few stores on etsy and as I mentioned above Amber Lewis’ shoppe is filled with some amazing finds and they ship to the UK or you could always get lucky on ebay or gumtree.   If anyone else has a secret spot fill us in!

Now, just to convince Gary we need one in every room!

What a surprise!

What a surprise!

This past Saturday started off rather lazy…breakfast on the patio, light gardening and an early lunch at a friend before heading over to Abi’s house to watch the football (I don’t even watch football). Much did I know that while I was lazing around the house, contemplating on staying home all day and doing absolutely nothing at all, there was an army of friends at Abi’s house setting up the most impressive surprise party for my imminent 30th.

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I walked into Abi’s house expecting the boys stationed in front of the TV and Abi cooking or cleaning in the kitchen, instead I walked into a house filled with all my favourite people waiting to surprise me. I was taken in by the gorgeous decorations, the hog roast was keeping the boys busy, the ladies were chatting and just as I got my wits about me, I turned at the sound of a familiar voice…my sister had flown in from Texas to surprise me. I’m not sure if our friends were more surprised at my sister being there or at the deafening scream I let out when she walked in.

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Needless to say, it was the perfect party with good food, great company, cheesy dancing and lots of laughs in the photo booth. I am so blessed to have such awesome family and friends, I’m thankful to each and every one and all the effort that was put in, to make it a special and memorable day.

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Easy Peasy Basil Pesto

Easy Peasy Basil Pesto

I only discovered pesto about 2 years ago when Vicky made me a fresh jar for my birthday. Easiest week night dinner ever! Make pasta, add pesto. Since then I’ve been making my own. As promised here is my fresh basil pesto recipe. It’s a mish mash of recipes found on Pinterest but mostly just down to taste.

Basil Pesto Ingredients

Leaves of one basil plant
4 Garlic cloves
3 glugs of olive oil (give or take)
Handful of toasted pine nuts
Salt and pepper
and for my twist, the juice and rind of ½ a lemon

Basil Pesto Recipe

Most recipes say you should add Parmesan but if you don’t, it lasts longer, just add loads of grated parmesan to your finished dish.
Now I know the easiest way to do this would be in a food processor or Magimix but since I don’t have one of those I’m going old school and using my trusty pestle and mortar. Chop the basil and garlic roughly and grind it up along with everything except the olive oil and then add that in gradually until you reach the right consistency.

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Here’s a delicious dish to try with your fresh pesto. Make your pasta of choice, spaghetti, fusilli, conchiligia and while that’s boiling away I usually just fry up some (more) garlic, chopped onion, mini chicken fillets and baby marrows with some seasoning (peppers or mushrooms too if you have them), once cooked through add 2-3 tablespoons of pesto. Throw in a few tablespoons of the pasta water (the water your pasta has been cooking in), this will loosen up your pesto ‘paste’ and make it a little more ‘saucy’. When everything is done toss it all together and as I said before, sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese, and enjoy.

Stylin’ Ponytail

Stylin’ Ponytail

As most of you may know, I’m a hairdresser by trade. When I’m not having fun working on our shop, I’m having fun styling hair…in this case it was styling Abi’s ponytail. Here are 4 simple ways to style your ponytail.

Plain-pony

Easy Peasy Pony: Smooth your hair back into a pony, take a piece of hair from the underside of the ponytail, wrap it around the hair band and pin in place with a Kirby grip. For an extra smooth pony, run over with a straightening iron, and use a hairspray for extra shine and hold (I prefer using the TIGI range for styling products).

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Curly Pony: Follow instructions from the ‘Easy Peasy Pony’. Instead of straightening your ponytail, section your ponytail into smaller sections and curl with your straighteners or tongs. Use a strong hairspray to keep curls in all day (Hardhead by Tigi and Elnette by Loreal are good for hold).

Plait-bun

Plaited Bun: Using the ‘Easy Peasy Ponytail’, spilt the ponytail into three. Plait each section and secure with a small band. Twist the sections into a bun shape and secure with Kirby grips. Use strong hairspray to finish off the style.

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Topsy-Turvy Ponytail: Split your hair into three sections.The first section is your fringe. Second section is the top half of your hair. The last section is the remaining bottom half. Take the second section, tie in a loose ponytail (hairband should be approximately 3cm from scalp). Make a hole in the ponytail above the hairband, and push the ponytail upwards and down through the hole. Combine the first ponytail with the remaining bottom half of hair and repeat the steps to create the double topsy turvy pony. To finish this style off, pin back the first section (fringe), or leave loose as desired.

Normally I would tell you all to let your hair down, in this case I’m telling you to tie it up and have fun styling your pony!