Messy ponytail hair tutorial

As priveleged people, we take a lot of things for granted. Everything from the roof over our heads to, well, the hair on our heads. As a follically blessed human myself I'm just as guilty as the next person when it comes to taking my hair for granted, and it makes me sad that I've only just realised exactly how much of a privelege it is to be able to comb the tangles out of my hair every morning. It sounds silly. Hair is's just that stuff that sprouts from our bodies. But just think for a minute about how much our mood drops if we're having a bad hair day, or if we can't quite make our eyeliner match on both sides. Now think of those people who have - or are still - bravely battling against cancer. A full head of hair or a flush of colour on the cheeks can make the world of difference to how they feel.

I'm a firm believer that when you look good, you feel good. Now I can't and won't speak for anyone suffering with cancer right now, but in my own every day struggles I've found that how you look on the outside really does affect how you feel on the inside. Can a curling wand cure cancer? Probably not, but it can give you that motivation to get up, get out and try again.

For today's post I've been given the opportunity by ghd and Look Good Feel Better to create a hair look that makes me feel confident, but more importantly (and hopefully) open your eyes to a cause that's very close to my heart. 

Studies show that 1 in 3 of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our life, and whilst we can't cure it ourselves first hand, we can do our part. Every week, Look Good Feel Better host workshops for women across the UK to help them combat the physical side effects of cancer. Just in time for Christmas, ghd have launched their limited edition Platinum pink stylers, with £10 of each sale going towards Look Good Feel Better.



Safety first ladies and gentlemen! With every style like this I like to make sure I use a good heat protectant to keep my locks in tip top condition. First I brush my hair through and then spray the ghd Heat Protext Spray all over my mane, and then I run my new ghd Platinum Pink Stylers through my hair to make sure there are no crazy kinks. Since we're going for a super voluminous pony today we want to add as much bounce as possible. To do this, grab a small section of hair and curl away from the face. Repeat all around, leave to cool and shake it out!





To create a super voluminous ponytail add volume and texture to the hair by spraying the Batiste XXL Volume Spray through the roots. Wait for the product to sink in and massage through to add a bit of oomph to the locks! Want more texture? Of course you do. Apply Batiste's XXL Plumping Powder (can you guess what this stuff does?!) through the crown and the roots and rub in. Then once your hair has doubled in size (literally!) grab your favourite hair band and tie your mane into a loose high ponytail (two wraps of a hair band should do).




Next, pull the front sections of your hair down to help frame the face - you don't have to do this, but it does make the look feel a little bit less formal. Next is probably the most important part of this entire tutorial, so brace yourselves. Split your ponytail in half horizontally and wrap the rest of the hair band around the bottom section to help lift the top part of your pony. This works best if you have an Invisibobble style hair band but you can do it with just about any hair band you have lying around. Pull both sections tight to add more volume.



Once you're happy with the position of your ponytail back brush the underneath of the top ponytail section to add more volume and bounce. Next, flip the top layer back down and smooth over any fly aways using the same back combing bruah (one of my favourites is the one on the right from Technic - and it's cheap as chips). I decided to re-curl a few sections of my ponytail with the ghd Platinum pink styler to give my hair more bounce and add definition to the ends. Pop a bit or hairspray through the hair if you curls have a tendancy to drop a little.



Now it's time to neaten up that pony of ours. To do that, take a small section of hair from the bottom of the ponytail, pull it tight and wrap it around the base of your pony to cover up the hairband. Fix it in place using a few bobby pins and voila! What hairband!? Next wrap your front parts of hair around the ghd Platinum pink styler and curl away from the face to frame that pretty little face of yours! Finish  by applying Goldwell's Split End Recovery to the ends of the hair and get rid of any pesky fly aways using the Mark Hill Perfecting Polish.

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* This post is in collaboration with Best Beauty Bloggers and GHD *

How I stopped eye strain with the click of a button


I pride myself in having pretty great vision - especially considering the fact that I spend the majority of my day sat in front of some form of computer monitor or smartphone. However, for the past few years I've been suffering with really bad headaches and eye-strain whenever I spend more than a few hours staring at a screen - not ideal when, you know, it's practically my job to do just that. I've always had a bit of a weird phobia when it comes to eye tests, but the a few months back I finally decided to bite the bullet and get my first test since I was seven years old (yeah, I know). Turns out, that whilst my eyesight itself was good, I was most likely getting the headaches due to the blue light that emits from computer screens. And even though I didn't need glasses for my actual eye sight, the eye folks recommended I pick up a pair of lenses for my office work.

Now, unfortunately I am not the kind of girl that can chuck on just any pair of glasses and look cute, so my initial thought was to opt for a pair of contact lenses instead. However - as an avid coloured contact lens wearer - I decided to give my eyes a well deserved break and pick up my first pair of glasses. And so, when it came to me actually choosing the lenses I decided to do what I do best and - ironically - look for my new computer glasses..on the computer. Typical blogger eh?

Now I don't know about you guys, but I'm a terrible shopper. I change my mind every five minutes, only to come out of a shop empty handed - another reason why I decided to buy my new specs online (and I didn't want to annoy any poor shop assistant that was lumped with me as a customer. I was able to shop from the comfort of my own home, changing my mind as often as I liked, and I was even given the chance to try out a few pairs before committing to just one. 

I found a lot of really helpful tips about buying glasses online with Vision Direct. It was surprisingly simple to input my own prescription into the online system and I received my glasses in no time at all. I've been wearing them every other day for the past few weeks and in that time I've not had a single headache - which means more blogging..and online shopping..

Do you guys struggle with eye strain at all?

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*This post is in collaboration with Vision Direct*

Vogue VS The Bloggers

Oh Vogue, you have got some explaining to do. As some of you may know, a few days ago published an article made up of editors discussing the happenings at Milan Fashion Week. So what, right? Pretty standard procedure. Only in this article, the editors weren't just talking about the shows and the emerging trends - they were targetting the internet folk, calling them pathetic, embarassing and even telling them to 'find another business'. Yes, all this coming from the same magazine that have thrown Chiara Ferragni and Kristina Bazan (namely two of the biggest blogging gals out there) on two separate covers in the space of a year. Um, what? Newsflash Vogue: You pocketted a great deal from having those girls on the cover, and now you're trying to tell your readers that they - as bloggers - are 'heralding the death of style'? Tell that to your blogger funded pay cheque.

I say blogger funded pay cheque because that's exactly what it is. As an industry, everyone helps eachother out - at least that's how I thought it was supposed to be. Bloggers and photographers work together during fashion week to produce photos that credit the photographer, whilst also getting the blogger's face out there. Photographers then sell and/or give those photos to magazines (who need the content) who in turn promote both the photographer and blogger. See how it all goes hand in hand? 

I'm mad, of course I am! As a working blogging myself (albeit nothing in comparison to the girls and guys in question) I'm no stranger to having people ask me when I'm going to find a 'real job'. And that's fine..when it's coming from your eighty year old grandma. But when Vogue - arguably one of the most prestigous magazines out there - slates young girls and boys for being bloggers (who they regularly feature on their own social channels) I'm appalled, offended and downright disappointed.

Before blogging, it was my dream to work at a publication like Vogue. I would hide from the real life bullies and instead sit in my room and flick through the pages of Vogue to find comfort. Vogue was inclusive. It didn't matter who you were, where you came from or how much money you had. You could read it, and be a part of it. But that was about all you could do - buying a Balenciaga bag at fourteen years old was out of the question.

And you know what? It still is for the majority of us. And that's exactly why fashion bloggers were born. We as bloggers buy 


budget versions because we have bills to pay and we style these pieces up in an attempt to inspire others that, actually, you don't have to dress head to toe in Tom Ford to stand out on the street. Topshop will do just fine. 

Yes, we do get gifted pieces to wear for the week, and yes, the majority of that we do have to return - the same as any fashion shoot. Brands want advertising, and we want to look our best. You see how this helping eachother out thing works now? Let's not pretend we're not all familiar with the tens of pages of ads we have to flick through just to make it to the contents page of our favourite publications - including Vogue. Advertisements pay, both in the publishing world and the blogging world - we're all aware of that. In fact, we're so aware that we now places the words #ad or #spon on anthing that consists of some form of sponsorship.

As readers, we understand that bloggers may get paid for things, and we tolerate that, if not even applaud it. I've never considered dropping a copy of Vogue because of the number of adverts I have to flick through. We're all just doing what we have to do to keep our business going. But belittling others and biting the hand that (at least partially) feeds you? That's one way to burn a bridge, and lose a reader.

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22 of my best ever blogging tips

If this is the first time you happen to have stumbled across my blog, hello! Nice to meet you. If not, then chances are you're already well aware of this little thing I do called Tip Tuesdays which is - as you can imagine - pretty much what it says on the tin. I've been writing up blogging tips for a little over a year now and whilst I do try my best to share some of my older articles for you guys it recently dawned on me that some newbie readers might benefit from some of my old posts. And so for today's Tip Tuesday I've decided to put together a bunch of my favourite posts to hopefully help answer some of your frequently asked questions and give you a spot of not-so-light reading this Tuesday evening. If you want a lil more, be sure to check out The Professional Blogger Guide where you can read a few snippets from yours truly as well!


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My not-so-basic wardrobe essentials

Every year I trial (and sometimes fail at) a variety of different trends, and every year a few of those trends manage to make their way into my not-so-capsule wardrobe. This time last year I was coveting baggy beanie hats, slip on sneakers and questionable culottes, whereas this year I'm favouring feminine shapes and - wait for it - super floaty dresses. Oh the difference a year can make.

Having this blog has done a lot of good for me, but it's also allowed me to document every outfit (both the good and, ahem, the not so good) that I've sported over the past twenty four months. Almost exactly one year ag I posted a photo of myself wearing my first ever bardot top - a trend that has gradually made it's way into my every day wardrobe. The baggy beanies? Not so much.

As we start to say goodbye to summer and hello to winter I've decided to give you all a little run down of my favourite every day basics..that maybe aren't so basic after all..


It's no secret that I've been loving bardot tops as of late (#shouldercleavage) - they look good, they're comfortable, and they allow me to show a bit of skin without freezing to death in this not-so-sunny British summer time. This winter I'll be layering them up underneath jumpsuits and pinafore dresses to really bring down that cost per wear..

moto jackets

Leather jackets have always been a staple of mine, but it soon dawned on me - after realising most of my outfits have started to look the same - that maybe I need a few colour variations to prove that I do in fact own more than one jacket. Currently working on one jacket for each colour of the rainbow.


The only thing better than a big fat comfy a big fat comfy jumper dress that does all the hard work for you. I love anything that I can throw on in a second and make an outfit out of. You can chuck them over your every day outfit or style them up in the evening with bare legs and a big chunky pair of knee high boots. 


The real reason for my love of big chunky western boots? You can layer up on the socks and no one will ever know. Granted, I also love how they look when paired with girly boho dresses and/or skin-tight skinny jeans, but when it comes to the winter it's the comfy-factor that gets a thumbs up from me. Plus bigger boots = skinnier looking legs. Bonus.


There once was a time in my life when the only form of dress I'd wear would be some form of LBD, but lately I feel like little black dresses are just far too formal for every day. Whenever I'm stuck for an outfit to wear I almost always opt for something light. white and floaty. Bonus points if it's a bardot dress. Extra bonus points if I pair it with a moto jacket and biker boots.

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