Beauty, Review

Do or Dye

To be (grey) or not to be (grey), that is the question: (Artwork by Luigi Tarini via Saatchi Art)

Customer Review: Josh Wood Colour DIY

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I’m a not-so-natural Blonde these days. My greys – I say grey, yet they are mostly wiry whites – showed up to my root party early then completely trashed the parting place postpartum. At 35, I’m not there yet when it comes to embracing this latest gift from generous Mother Nature, though I’m noticing a seismic shift in attitudes towards that transition & heartily applaud it; shine on silver sisters!

When it came to my Lockdown locks it was finally time to try Blonde in a box. As a Home Colour hair virgin there was only one man & brand I trusted enough to give my roots a touch up (& remember to pop on protective gloves): Josh Wood Colour. There’s a clue in that synonymous name. You don’t have to take my word for it, but seeing is believing when it comes to his genius in a bottle – take a look!

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Mental Wealth

(Image by LDRooch via Society6)

Mental Health is relative – we all have brains, therefore we all have our own unique, circumstantial experiences, chemical balance & resulting states of mind. Whether by nature or (lack of) nurture, the complexities of the human condition & its’ associated Conditions remain, & probably will always be, our greatest mystery. 

Despite the modern day privilege of being at the pinnacle of scientific, medicinal, therapeutic & psychological endeavours; no mind or its matter is fully understood. A literal grey area. We are all being told how it can be ‘solved’ while being sold to. Are we being sold a lie?

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Accessories, Home, Kids Fashion, Lifestyle, Review, Womenswear

Top 5 Indie Christmas Shopping in Cambridge: A.K.A Where to send your other half

Indie & Pop Christmas Shopping

Indie & Pop style shopping : Gestuz available at Boudoir Femme. You might get a drink too 😉

A gift should be for life, not just for Christmas.

In the first part of the Indie & Pop Christmas Shopping Edits I’m shining a halo over 5 of my favourite Cambridge independent boutiques; a where to shop not necessarily what to shop because each of these retailers have such an incredible curation of pieces that you simply cannot go wrong.

So much so, it’s where Mr O goes to guarantee gift joy. This post might be one to print off & stick somewhere obvious…

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Indie & Pop Charts: Top 10 Beauty products to make you feel better

Cowshed Travel Beauty Indie and Pop

Feel good things in small packages

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a Hospital stay to make you appreciate the little things in life &, moreover, LIFE itself. Having spent a vast amount of time at God Bless Hotel NHS, I can speak with a fair bit of authority & experience when it comes to what to take in your Hospital Bag & what stuff to have on standby if, like me, you often end up there via ambulance unexpectedly & leave a bewildered significant other to do the packing for you.

These are things that are guaranteed to make you feel & possibly look a bit better when you’re feeling crappy full stop. They all make excellent gifts & are perfect pick-me-ups for busy Mums or Mums to be especially.

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Crop it like it’s hot: How to get more wear from your cropped trousers & jeans in Winter

 

Street Style Wide Crop Jeans

Ensure your Crop Yield continues throughout Autumn & Winter by simply adding boots & layers (SOURCE)

I’m sat writing this in a pair of wide-legged, cropped khaki cargos which have been undoubtedly one of my best purchases from earlier this Spring. Deceptively simple at first glance & with little ‘hanger appeal’ yet they gave me an entirely new silhouette that I’ve become fond of.

I’m not the biggest fan of body part exposure even when the temperature soars but ankles are something I love to flash (I’d have been the talk of the town in the 30s, eh?) & suddenly I’m finding things a bit chilly down there. What’s a girl woman to do?

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fashion, Lifestyle, Motherhood, Parenting, Womenswear

Beautiful Chaos: Modern Motherhood

Boden Womenswear Campaign Wear It Like A Mum

Hello velveteen floral tuxedo! Do you wanna come for a cuppa at mine? (SOURCE)

What does Modern Motherhood or Parenthood look like to you? Which Mum/Mama/Mummy ‘tribe’ do you identify with or which Team are you on? Aren’t we all just on the same side anyway?

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The Indie & Pop Charts: A Top 10 of life enhancing stuff

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Making my world a brighter place: Business Cards / Business Card Holder / Cosmetics & similar MakeUp Bag / Neckaces c/o SWYC / Similar Notebook / Pom Pom Bedspread

This is your chance to tune in to the things that have rocked my world recently because they might just rock yours, too. A list of things to make you look good, feel good or that just DO good.

NB: Although it’s a Chart they’e not really in any particular order of preference. You can play D.J with the Mix.

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Getting my Greens at (m)ARKET: My visit to ARKET, London

Arket Store Interior London Merchandising

It’s easy being GREEN at ARKET, the latest store launch from the H&M Group. Photo by Sophie Osborne

I can’t remember the last time I felt this excited about a new chain store launch. Hailing from the stable of one my ultimate High Street heroes, H&M (I still call it Hennes), I’ve been awaiting ARKET‘s arrival to UK shores with excitement; signing up to the Mailing List as soon as I heard the first whispers of the concept online.

I made it down to the shiny new store on Regent Street, London at the first opportunity. It didn’t disappoint. I’m already planning my visit to the newest (& even bigger) Long Acre branch.

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Inspirational Women: Mary Portas

Mary Portas Illustration

Part 2: What I’ve got in common with Mary Portas

‘Mary Portas meets Mary Poppins’ it boldly claims in my Bio. Well what have I got in common with Queen Of Shops – Mary Portas?

As foremost authority on the UK Retail landscape & hero of the High Street, I’ve not got much in common when it comes to comparing her wealth of expertise. What I have got though is the desire for change. Have you?

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Mary Poppins’ Style

Russell Bromley Roxanne Boots

Magic Carpet Boots & Poppins style accessories : Boots (past season) / Bag (vintage Celine bought second hand) / Lipstick & Cosmetic Pouch / Powder Compact / Hat / Umbrella / Veggie Percy Pigs

‘Mary Portas meets Mary Poppins’ it boldly claims in my Bio. Well, what exactly do I mean by that & how can I compare myself to these inspirational & influential women? To be taken with a spoonful of salt 😉

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