Summer Hair and Beauty

We are on our last dregs of shampoo and I finally realised that Lookfantastic discount codes work with Aveda again yay!  I’d swapped over to Shop Rush and then they stopped having codes that worked with Aveda too and I was starting to get annoyed!  Who wants to pay full price for Shampoo?

I’ve been using Aveda for almost 20 years and it is the only shampoo that allows me to grow my hair past my chin without it becoming a tangled flyway mess.  I have very fine and static prone hair and it’s not that I haven’t tried other brands (at both ends of the spectrum) it’s just that Aveda seems to be the only one that works for me.

I was terribly disappointed when I visited an in-store concession and the sales team didn’t seem that bothered about trying to sell me anything.  I asked about a replacement for the Sap Moss shampoo they did not so long ago to be told I must have gotten the name wrong because they had never heard of it… hmm… here’s me thinking that the customer is always right.

Anyway, back to the point of my post, after almost 20 years of deliberating over one of their colour conditioners (I’ve had the shampoos) I have finally caved in and bought some Blue Malva:

Aveda Blue Malva Colour Conditioner (250ml)

Blue Malva Conditioner

It should brighten my dark blonde hair.  I just feels like it needs a bit of a boost lately.  I don’t have the time or energy for permanent colour or the maintenance that goes with it.

I’d love to try the Madder Root to get some red tones but I am a bit worried my hair would turn fluorescent orange.

Aveda Madder Root Colour Conditioner (250ml)

Madder Root

We’ve been using Rosemary Mint Shampoo for about six months:

Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo (1000ml)

Rosemary Mint

For a change we’ve gone back to Scalp Benefits and it will take us around six months to get through a 1000 ml of it:

Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo (1000ml)

Scalp Benefits Shampoo

They are both nice and light shampoos for all the family.

I love the way online shops have cottoned on to those small ‘at the till’ purchases you can’t help but make so I ordered one of these shampoo massage doofers too:


Kent Shampoo & Scalp Massage Brush (1 Brush)

Kent Scalp Massage Brush

Okay, so they kind of look a bit like giant hex-bugs…

I noticed that there was also a BOGOF on Korres shower gel so I dropped a pack into my basket too.  I’ve not tried the Basil Lemon before but it sounds perfect for summer when you want some fresh zestyness on a morning:

Korres 1+1 Shower Gel Basil Lemon 250ml x2

Basil Lemon Shower gel

Good job I had a code with all of the accidental purchases oops.


July’s Bookshelf

Another slow reading month for me unfortunately. Pesky end of school things and mobile babies getting in the way of quiet relaxation!

First up, a modern classic that has just been released as a Kindle version:

To Kill A Mockingbird

Believe it or not, I’ve never read this despite loving the film.

End of the school year also means no school books to read at bedtime.  I was planning a trip to the library when this children’s classic turned up courtesy of The Works*:

The Early Years At Malory Towers - 3 Books In 1

The Early Years at Malory Towers

My seven year old got a mini Enid Blyton book with a McDonalds Happy Meal a few months ago and enjoyed reading it.  I thought that she was a bit beyond The Wishing Chair et al and absolutely adores school so hopefully this will be perfect for the six weeks holidays.  We have already had tears at the opening chapter when the mothers see the new girls off to boarding school though.  Oops.  I think we’ll be able to read a chapter per night between us.

*In exchange for an honest review of the book.

Summer Wishlist Update

Yay, I managed to bag the Topshop midi skirt in the summer sales.  I actually like it more in the flesh as I was a little worried it might be too pale but it is a more flattering oyster tone.  An incredibly versatile colour and pattern actually with many red through to orange tones and grey through to black.  There is even a tiny hint of lime green in there.  It goes with an awful lot of my wardrobe and I can see me wearing this in autumn with a charcoal skinny roll neck sweater or fitted black cardigan too.

Topshop Midi

Unfortunately I do need some shoes to go with all of these planned outfits…. Step in Clarks sale!  I’m patiently (well not really) waiting in for my delivery right now.  I did try some on in store but unfortunately having titchy feet means store stock is equally titchy so I had to try on some larger sizes to gauge whether to go down a full or half size.  I want a court shoe with a comfortable and chunky heel:


Hopefully there will be a good one in that lot.

On the off-chance of my usual jeans I had a look in the Very sale and thought I’d take a punt on some super reduced ‘slim leg’ jeans to wear rolled up as slim boyfriend jeans.  I got them this morning and although they aren’t super slim they are great straight leg jeans.  Quite pleased I got these for under £7.


South Slim Leg Jeans

I was not looking for a coat at all but spotted this duster coat in store and it called to me to just try it on:

Black Mix Graphic Duster Coat

Marks and Spencer Duster Coat

Another walk-by:

Tropical Floral Maxi Dress

Oasis Maxi

A super fit with the floaty top half and elasticated waist. So really the plan of me just shopping my wardrobe didn’t work quite so well as I planned. Oops.

Recent Card Makes

I’ve had a good run of card making lately.  I love it when you hit on a design that can be replicated using different colours or papers to change it up.

These are wedding anniversary cards. Got three, including my own, coming up soon.

The background paper is by Magnolia.  I thought the distressed look went well with the linen textured card blank giving a kind of an antique tapestry feeling?  The stamp is a Do-crafts one.  It is fairly tricky to get a good stamp with it but I do like the text.  The background card is a mix of Bazzill and Colorbok.

Next are some birthday cards using a pennant design.  This is an excellent technique for using up those small strips of paper I always seem to end up with and odds and ends of ribbons that aren’t long enough to tie.

The papers are a mix of My Minds Eye (purple pleated ribbon card) and Kaisercraft (pearl accent card).  I just arranged them by eye and made sure the sides were equal length but I think anything goes really.  I also did a kraft style version for a teenage boy but didn’t manage to take a photo before it had to go in the post.  I think I’ll be making more of these as I get some more paper pads or double sided scrapbook papers in.

June’s Bookshelf

Well I didn’t get to read a lot.  In fact other than helping my seven year old with guided reading her chapter books from school I only managed to read the last book from May’s bookshelf:

The Rabbit Back Literature Society

It was very enjoyable.  I’m not surprised the reviews on Amazon were so varied as I would struggle to put this into a genre.  It was down right bizarre in parts, certainly one of those books where you have no idea of the ending put it that way.  I’m not sure I would read anything more by the author as the itch has been scratched.

1008 Hollywalk Park – Maternity Capsule Wardrobe

1008 Hollywalk Park - Maternity Capsule
Being pregnant does seriously limit your wardrobe choices but this can be liberating!  I really enjoyed having a carefully curated selection of outfits and clothes that I could mix and match so I have decided to share a similar capsule wardrobe here.  My advice would be to stick to a fairly minimal colour pallet.
In fact, I felt my capsule wardrobe was so successful I’m trying to implement it in my non-maternity wardrobe now.  I’ll keep you updated as to how I get on with that.