Just after Easter, I took the plunge and switched up my hair quite a bit, from brassy blonde highlights to soft balayage. I loved the transformation and the lower maintenance of a style where roots are part of it all! I was invited to have my hair done at Nicky Clarke Birmingham which is in the Mailbox. Luxury British heritage brand Nicky Clarke are renowned for their high quality, tailored service. If there’s any beauty treatment I will always invest in, it’s my hair and I love popping into the hairdressers for a few hours to come out feeling like a different person. After an initial consultation and patch test, I headed in for my appointment. It coincided perfectly with my Grad Ball being the following week. Colette was my colourist and was really lovely. She talked me through exactly what she was going to do with my hair which puts anyone’s mind at ease when opting for colour! She decided that the roots needed cooling down slightly as the colour I had put on initially had turned a bit ginger. I also wanted the blonde balayage lifted a bit more for summer and to be brighter so she added some… View Post

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Last Monday, a new restaurant called The Smoke Haus opened in Brindley Place. There are currently two branches, both in Wales in Cardiff and Swansea, so it’s nice to see a smaller, albeit a chain, restaurant open alongside one of the snazzier locations in Birmingham. If you are a carnivore like myself, and can stomach big portions, then this is the place for you. The interior is warm and welcoming, with trendy twists like graffiti on the walls and quirky vintage photos. It’s industrial and vaguely echoes an American diner. Myself and a few friends popped down on one of their preview nights, courtesy of Brad’s boyfriend who is the assistant manager there (thanks James!!) and they let me blog about the evening and, well, you guys are in for a treat! We started off with some strawberry daquiris and a solero cocktail. The daquiris were amazing and really sweet, presented in pretty glasses and topped with lime slices. The Solero was a concoction of Sailor Jerry, Passoa, Creme de Cacao, Lemon and Mango Juice making it a fresh, summery option if you’re a fan of tropical flavours. The food is all made fresh in the kitchen and tailored to how you… View Post

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It’s a strange feeling, isn’t it, knowing that you are standing on the edge of something that’s about to end very soon. I’ve felt a little overwhelmed recently, hence the brief hiatus, because everything I’ve known for nearly three years is slowly coming to an end and there’s nothing I can do about it. Life is moving on very quickly and it’s a strange feeling. There’s been a lot of ‘lasts’ this past few months, from my last dance show, my last assignment, last newspaper as food editor. I can quite put my finger on the strange feeling I’ve got about it all. It’s a very odd mix of happiness that’s tinged with a slight pang of grief, but also the want to go out and savour every last second I have in Birmingham. Through all these weird feelings I’m trying not to dwell on everything that’s coming to a close. I’m trying to look forward to the amount of firsts that are also inevitable. First grad job, first car, first day at work, first pay check. And these are exciting enough for me to feel like I’m not sinking. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Blogging… View Post

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I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about six, and boy have they improved since my round bespectacled days. Glasses are now pretty trendy but for us make-up lovers, how can you work your beauty routine to suit your specs? As I’ve had to wear my glasses more and more, I’ve found that I’ve had to think a bit more about what products I use and how I do my make up. Just because you’re wearing glasses, doesn’t mean you have to skip on the make up! I’ve done a little bit of research and have come up with a few top tips on how to wear make up for glasses and work around the specs! The Base-ics First things first, it’s crucial to get your base just right. I find that my glasses tend to rub off my make up and make my nose a bit oily where they sit, so in order to counter this, it’s worth using an oil-absorbing or mattifying primer. I’ve used Illamasqua Matte Veil*, which is amazing for smoothing over pores and any shiny patches to create a smooth canvas for application. I find this particular product a little drying, so apply a primer that… View Post

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We all lead incredibly busy lives at the moment, so it’s no wonder that sometimes we wake up in the morning feeling completely drained. It is all to easy to reach for a cup of steaming coffee to boost energy, which I’m definitely guilty of, and relying on that to see us through the morning until we’ve properly woken up. Would you believe me when I say I’ve actually been off the coffee for two whole weeks and still managed to leap out of bed (most of the time)? I do love a cup of coffee but I find that mid-way through the morning I end up with a fuzzy head on the dreaded caffeine come down which leaves me feeling more tired than before. I’ve put together five top tips on how you can boost energy without the need for a cup of coffee! Get into a sleep routine As a student, this is pretty difficult at times but giving your body plenty of rest is crucial to how it functions the next day. I read an article recently about how anything less than seven hours sleep each nights slows your reactions down, similar to when you’ve consumed alcohol. Remember… View Post

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