Saturday, 1 July 2017

A Summer-time Witch: Bleach London - Awkward Peach

If you read the post My Colour Is My Confidence or you've been around my social media a while, you'll know that I've always been fond of vibrant hair. From ombré, streaks, dip-dye or a full head of colour - I've had almost all of them.

Over the last few months (maybe 6-9 months or so), I've been leaving my roots to grow out and only dying the bottom section of my hair with colour. This was due to the awful build up of dead, frizzy hair and the absolute state I'd let it get in to from the years of damage and constant dying. It really, really needed some time to recoup and regrow from fresh.

With that said, the absolute need to dye my hair and have a confident, colourful style for the summer was slightly overwhelming. Straying slightly from the Directions La Riché colour pots that I usually use, I decided this time to lend my hair to Bleach London. 

With a little scout on Pinterest, I'd pinned a couple of colours I was interested in - seeing as my hair was already in the cooler spectrum, I had planned on having a mixture of purple and pink. Yet when it came to grabbing dyes in Boots, I saw "Awkward Peach" and quite literally had to have it. To cut a long story short, I have new hair!

The dye itself was a lovely, easy application. It was a very soft mixture, packed with conditioner to keep your hair feeling fresh (even with frizz as bad as mine!) and covered my hair really nicely. Unlike the Directions pots, I didn't need to mix this up and dilute it to make it last, because you actually get a fair amount in one pot and I didn't worry about running out. 

Leaving it on for around 20 minutes, I achieved a fairly even coverage of peachy hair with hints of rose pink - and it even smells nice, too. I've had it on for a couple of days now and with two washes it has faded quite a bit. The pink has mostly fallen out and left the rest of my hair a cute orange/peach colour, which is expected because the bottle reads 2-10 washes. I think I'm definitely going to be using Bleach London again, but I may experiment a little with adding flashes of pink from a different brand to make it pop/stick a little longer.

I'm now a somewhat peachy-pixie for the summer and I love it.

With love,
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Friday, 30 June 2017

My colour is my confidence

I think everyone will agree, confidence is kind of a big deal and frankly it's something that we all need to find for ourselves at some point (or various points) in our lives. For me, confidence is that feeling where you're incredibly happy within yourself, where positivity simply radiates and you're knowingly strong and reassured in yourself.

But it's more than just the good-vibe. It's that feeling deep inside you. I've been trying to think of a perfect way to describe it and I've been asking people what do you feel when you feel confident, but it's almost indescribable.

What even is confidence?
Where does it come from?
What does it feel like?

I've been asking these questions a lot because recently I've had a roller-coaster of a time with my mental health and in turn, my confidence. But over the last few weeks, thanks to my family and amazing friends, I'm regaining myself and finding myself happier again.

With happiness comes my confidence.

When I was asking a couple of people to answer these questions for me (my mum, my boyfriend, a few of my friends) I received quite a spectrum of answers:

Confidence comes from liking the way you look, that new pair of shoes or the perfect shade of lipstick. Confidence comes from the knowledge that you're good at what you're doing - whether your hobby or your job. Confidence comes from the compliment you received from that stranger. Confidence comes from feeling proud of yourself and your achievements.

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As I began writing this, I felt confident. My confidence on that particular day came from liking the way I looked, how my hair was styled and the vibrancy of my hair. This feeling had followed a couple of days where I felt distinctly un-confident, again due to my hair. I had dyed it and the colour went wrong.

Is it wrong, is it so vain, that I felt physically depleted from how my hair looked?
My hair has always been something I can take pride in, whether it's messy, frizzy, styled to perfection. It's a vanity thing and it's an appearance thing, but when I asked people where their confidence came from several of them said they didn't care how they looked or what people thought of their appearance and that their confidence was more of a mental state (ie, knowing and being assured in their own capabilities).

This lead me on to thinking - do I rely so much on my appearance for my personal confidence because I don't have a career yet? I don't have those skills and years of experience to offer up with such self-assurance? Or is perhaps that, as an *alternative* person, I turn to my physical traits because I believe that's what defines me as me (my tattoos, my modifications)?

Or perhaps, like my Mum pointed out when I had this discussion with her - it's all just a generational thing. It's a phase. As we grow and find ourselves, we in turn find those things that give us our confidence.

Either way, I suppose it doesn't really matter. Every individual person is entitled to find their own confidence, that pure feeling of knowing and trusting themselves. If a person is made happy by their physical or mental state, so be it. Everyone deserves happiness, everyone deserves to feel good about themselves, their own bodies and their achievements in this life.

At this moment in my life, my colour brings my confidence and I'm not afraid to say that.

What in this world brings you confidence? How do you feel, when you feel confident?

With love,
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Twenty-five before 25

It has been just over a week since my birthday which, this year, I turned 23.

With a lovely surprise from my *boy-type-friend*, we had a rather eventful travel to Newquay. I say eventful because, half way down the country, my lovely Little Red decided to break down and leave us stranded in a service station. Only 14 hours after setting off (on what was expected to be a 5 hour journey), did we make it to our hotel and crash into bed.

With all of that aside, the trip itself was truly amazing. The whole thing was a surprise trip and having dreamt of visiting the south coast for years, was a perfect way to spend my birthday. A lot of beach walks, beautiful sunsets and quirky little towns to explore. We spent a good majority of the time with our feet in the sand and heads in the rock-pools or caves, it was stunning.

The break away from home and my usual head-space was definitely needed. It helped to rekindle some of the motivation and spark inspiration I've recently been lacking.

In light of being another year older (though none the more wiser, except for don't make Little Red drive long journeys) and finding my creativity again, I came up with a little list of 25 things I want to do/achieve before I'm 25!

1. Travel somewhere new, completely on my own

2. Spend more quality time with myself (movie/dinner dates, walks, etc)
3. Fully finish a journal and not throw it away
4. Visit Stonehenge during a Solstice
5. Take up a sport and stick to it (I've always been interested in hooping or pole dance)
6. Start a new online/Etsy shop
7. Meet up with my blogging squad (you girls know who you are)
8. Being confident with/build on my blog
9. Make time for my spiritual/pagan learning and beliefs
10. Become a morning person *or at least try to
11. Make progress on spending less time online
12. Stop biting my nails!!
13. Make steps towards a more minimal, eco-friendly lifestyle
14. Pass my full motorcycle test
15. Graduate from my degree
16. Start a savings account
17. Go completely vegetarian
18. Keep more photo-albums to document memories instead of just via social media
19. Move out from my family home for the first time
20. Go on a road-trip around the UK
21. Work on improving and progressing with my photography/photo-styling
22. Try out starting a Youtube channel
23. Focus on understanding and improving my own mental health
24. Spend more of my spare time volunteering
25. Learn how to properly apply and wear make-up

Obviously some of these points are a little bit more serious or long-term, but they're all things I've thought about over the last couple of months and things I want to work towards in the next two years. Perhaps documenting them here for everyone to see will push me a little harder to work towards them?

Do you have any achievements or goals you want to reach before your next birthday milestone? How about a fun trip or a lifestyle change? Let me know in the comments!


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