My Month…

Hello readers!

It’s that time again… the end of the month is nearing and I’m sharing my month in Instagram pictures (taken off Instagrid). You can see these pictures as they happen by following me on Instagram or Twitter but here’s the blow by blow…

  • Warming up for winter with my new mini hottie bottle and toes in rouge noir for the first toe tidy of winter (DIY of course!) 🙂
  • Decorating the tree.
  • Remember this wreath? – Bookmark the DIY post for next year’s wreath ideas…
  • The lake at Dunham Massey frozen over the week before Christmas in a cold snap, taken on a late afternoon deer-spotting walk with my sister and her boyfriend who were visiting.
  • A last minute gift purchase (Grapefruit body lotion for my Mum) and a Christmas manicure – It’s a seasonal tradition for my Mum, sister and I to get together the week before Christmas in Manchester for shopping, lunch and nails with Champagne 🙂
  • Chocolate bread and butter pudding in Carluccios on another shopping trip pre-Christmas, made with croissants… great idea for a future pudding dish.
  • My two cats supervising the last of the wrapping on Christmas eve, my new lip find – Stila’s lip stain in Acai crush (available at Boots) and my niece pushing her Daddy and Pete on the zip wire in the park when we visited Pete’s folks pre-Christmas.
  • Scouring my bookshelves back home for the books for this month’s book club – Little Women and Good Wives.
  • Christmas outfits… A Reiss oversized jumper dress, boots leggings and my GAP parka which I live in at the moment for Christmas eve, then some burgundy sparkle tweed topshop shorts with a Whistles blouse for Christmas day.
  • And lastly… the much requested earring shot (apologies for the lack of face to accompany it, I was in no fit state last night when writing this!) and my sleek and chic (if a wee bit short) bob.

I hope December has been kind to you all and you’re excited about starting the New Year – You should be – I’ve got lots in store!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

She gives good Hair…

I don’t know about you guys but one of things I have always wanted is good hair. You know, the kind that does as it’s told, falls into effortless waves, thick and shiny. My hair is currently on my shoulders in a rather shapeless long bob. Why have I let it get like this? Because I want it to look like Alexa Chung/Olivia Palermo/Alex Jones. I want that longish wavy bob that looks a bit undone, a bit relaxed and effortless but super shiny of course. And it probably takes hours to achieve. No fair.

I guess I’m guilty of falling victim here to the celebrity illusion… i.e. thinking that the images we see of celebrities are what they achieve at home, not with the help of stylists. Try as I might I cannot find a product that will hold the curls I’ve been practicing with a barrel tong, beyond about ten minutes after I set foot out of the front door. I end up with lank, barely waved hair that looks the wrong side of undone and closer to style-less.

I don’t know if it’s the time of year (parties and people to meet up with looming), the fact that I haven’t had my hair cut since August (erm, yes, that would be a little over due then) or just a bit of boredom, but I thought I would do a hair round up of shorter styles to cure my attack of indecision. Do I leave it longer to allow for styling with the curls I can’t seem to achieve or go for a cut that will suit me and be easier to look good on a daily basis?

It’s got to be something that is actually achievable day to day. This Katie Holmes bob (above) has plagued my magazine-picture-bearing existence every time I go to the hairdressers. I love it but it won’t work because it’s actually a longer cut pinned up at the back apparently and completely unrealistic. What I need is a cute choppy bob that looks great with minimal effort; Because who am I kidding here, I have a life and rarely waste time on a mammoth styling effort, (hats off to you if you have the patience readers!) and I can occasionally jazz up my ‘do for a night out with a couple of flicky curls or waves. It’s a no brainer really.

And my new hair icon for the future? Not much of a revelation, but perhaps a little overlooked recently, Dannii Minogue. That ever changing X-Factor bob reminded me why it’s cool to have short hair, and how much you can actually do with it.

So, tomorrow, I’m off to the hairdressers, hopeful as ever, with this article as a reference tool and fingers crossed, I’ll emerge a new woman (at least I haven’t lost hope!) 😉

Have you got any recommendations for great styling products – something to put on after blow drying and curl with, that holds but doesn’t leave your hair sticky or crunchy?

Or are you also contemplating getting realistic with your hair and making a change?I’d love to hear your hair dilemmas…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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