Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Life Update #1

Just a quick post to let you in on what I've been up to recently!
Last week I took a trip up to Rockalily Cuts in Shoreditch to have a chat with the owner, Ree Ree Rockette and her hairdresser Lucie Luella about my hair. It was quite bizarre having followed them both on Twitter for a while and then meeting them in person - but I needn't of worried they are both absolutely lovely, and the salon was gorgeous too! 
I was just having a consultation as I've made a big decision with what to do with my hair. I want to dye it bright, electric BLUE. Yes, you did read that right. As in, Katy Perry style blue. I just figured that I want to do something crazy, that I feel I can best pull off while I'm still young, I don't want bright blue hair in my 40s (although I may have changed my mind by the time 20 years have passed!). As you may know, my hair at the moment is really long, and really, really black. Lucie told me that blue hair is out of the question for now, until I can fade it a bit and/or have it chemically stripped back to my mousey brown natural colour. So for the next few months I'll be washing it in washing up liquid and Head & Shoulders to try and fade the black dye as much as possible! It makes my hair feel really ropey and dry so I've been slathering it in Aussie conditioner and then a spray leave in one too. All for my bluehead mission!
 Do you think blue hair is a crazy idea or I should go for it?

I've been working like crazy over the past 6 weeks or so, and I'm so happy to say that this Friday I shall have finally paid off my overdraft, yippee! My next pay packet will then be actual money that is actually mine which is so exciting because I've been in my overdraft for what feels like forever. Damn student life! 

Other than that, my boyfriend got the news through that he has passed his degree with a 2.i and I literally am so proud I could burst. His dissertation caused him so much stress and worry, I'm so glad it was all worth it in the end! 
This is a silly photo of us that I love! 
To celebrate, we're taking a trip to Brighton for a couple of days as neither of us have been before. I'm doing my research on where we should visit but if you have any suggestions I'd love to hear from you! I've already got JB's Diner and Choccywoccydoodah's on the list :)

Much love x

(Katy Perry photos are from a Google search)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Sweete Harmonie Diamond Jubilee Celebration Gig

Some more videos of our latest gig for your eyes and ears to enjoy! A bit late, but better late than never at all.
Of course seeing as the year of the coronation was 1952, we decided that our 50s set would fit right in with the Jubilee celebrations. Three out of our seven members weren't able to attend but we carried on nevertheless, doing two sets at Wennington Church near Rainham, Essex which was holding an open day with videos of the Queen, live entertainment and tea and cake.
We did a few songs this time, and not all of them strictly from the 1950s but these are the one's my boyfriend's Mum managed to capture on video; Do Do Ron Ron - The Crystals, Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles and Going To The Chapel - The Dixie Cups.

What do you think?

We still need a huge amount of work, especially with the overall rounding of all the parts. Nikki (the lady with the guitar) has a very strong voice and I can sometimes be drowned out up on the top part, and there are some problems with tuning but I'm sure we can work it out once we've practised and performed some more!

Our next gig is at Chingford Festival on the 30th June, so if you happen to be anywhere near there on that date, come and have a listen! And this time Nikki is on holiday so my lovely boyfriend will be stepping in to accompany us on guitar! I shall be dressing him up in all the 50s gear as well don't you worry ;)

Much love x

Sunday, 10 June 2012

A BBQ and some random bits

Hi all! So much for my nice free summer of doing whatever I want, I've just been working non-stop! I need to save up for a last minute holiday in September and all my uni stuff, but hoo ha. It'll be worth it in the end.

So on a rare day off this weekend I went along with the boyfriend to a BBQ hosted by a couple he used to work with at our local radio station Time FM. It happened to coincide with their 1 year wedding anniversary so it was a big party with everyone they know - the drinks were flowing!
Here is what I wore.
 Yellow hair flower: Primark
Pineapple print dress: Simply Be
Yellow belt: Primark
Gold peeptoe slingbacks: Tesco

Somewhat sneakily, the dress is actually my Mum's and is a size 24! She has lost loads of weight so had never worn it and I loved the print so I nicked it. It's supposed to be a kind of smock tunic style thing but I've cinched it in with the belt - the sleeves now have a kind of bat wing effect. I don't think you can tell very easily that its actually almost 5 sizes too big for me! 

The print up close:

I was stressing over what to wear for ages as the weather has been pants but in the end it was lovely and sunny so I needn't have worried! This outfit is also really bright but I fancied it after being stuck in my work uniform for days on end. Here is my face:

Foundation: MaxFactor Lasting Performance in shade 101 Ivory Beige
Eyeliner: Soap & Glory 'Supercat!' 
Eyeshadow: from the MUA Heaven and Earth palette
Mascara: Collection 'Supersize'
Eyebrow pencil: Rimmel in black
Blush: Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in 'Pink Frosting'
Lipstick: Rockalily 'Rockette Red'

Now for the random bits side! I was given this book by my boyfriend's Mum as she noticed that I like to collect recipes and want to get more into cooking. It's so cute! It's a book for you to make a note of your favourite recipes in order to keep them all in one place, and it has some already in there for you to get started with. 

I also purchased yet another red lipstick in a blog sale at Paperbacks + Postcards, I simply couldn't resist it. It's Revlon's 'True Red' and not very dissimilar to my classic Rockalily liptick in colour. The packaging is gorge and it's quite longlasting, although you definitely need to wear lip liner with it and it can slide and smudge quite easily.

 Not a terribly flattering photo with me wearing my Carolina Panthers NFL shirt and my hair scraped back with a bandana but you get the idea of how the lipstick looks in relation to my whole face! And Rosie and the Guinness toucan are in the background :)

 How cool are these sunglasses?! White with blue polka dots and a slight cats eye shape and all for £2 from Primark. I will probably live in these. (And go back for the brown leopard print ones...)

 Finally, I am a freak for slippers, I hate all kinds of slippers except for ones that are like ballet shoes. I couldn't find any in the shops or online that I liked so I literally just bought some actual ballet shoes! They are really comfy and great if you don't like fluffy things on your feet like me. Only five quid as well, from eBay.

That's all for now! I have some more videos of Sweete Harmonie's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations gig in Wennington that I should be putting up soon, and also stay tuned if you are a tattoo fan as there may be Tattoo #3 on my horizon very soon! I hope you're all well!

Much love x