Amidst the usual morning chaos, who has the time or energy to wash their hair everyday? Whether reaching for lashings of dry shampoo or trying a sleek updo, I’m a big fan of clever haircare cheats. Norris Ogario, Creative Director and co-founder of Ogario London, has some top hair tips for keeping your style when skipping a wash.
A head scarf or band pulls hair off the face, hiding grease and making you look more ‘dressed’. Working on all lengths, this is a great distraction for less than perfect tresses.
Slick it back
Hide any hair woes by slicking your hair back into a high ponytail using wax, gel or serum to keep the look smooth and super sleek.
Nothing rocks bed head like a messy bun. Pull your hair into a ponytail on the top of your head and twist loosely into a bun, securing in place with a hair-band. The more tousled the better, so don’t over-think it- you can even tease some extra tendrils of hair loose.
The roots of hair are a guaranteed grease giveaway, so hide them with a half ponytail. Pull the entire top panel of your hair into a ponytail at the back of the head and opt for a sleek finish by brushing it all into place. Or, you can add volume pushing the ponytail forward to create a slight quiff, then twist the half pony into place at the back.
Twisting hair into a plait can hide a multitude of hair sins. Plaits are so versatile; create small plaits on the side of your head or twist your plait into a bun. The possibilities are endless.
And when you do refresh those locks, reach for the luxe Ogario London line. Ogario’s amazing Restore & Shine Hair Masque keeps my previously untamed mane in soft, comb-able condition for days at a time.
Transitional trend time calls for new season accessories. Today I’m Me are a London based bag brand adding “3D vision into a 2D world”.
Styling their Colour Me Neon Pink Shoulder Bag, I was suitably impressed with this vibrant slice of arm candy. Large enough for your iPad and available in several different shades, the bag is covered in distinct detail. In particular, I love the shiny enamel button and patent panel. I’m now lusting after the Graphic Me collection, with purses, clutches and shoppers to covet.
Paired with classic Converse, the All Star Hi in Lavender Glow from Mastershoe, forever maintaining the title of my all time favourite trainer. The perfect way to embrace pastels, which are set to continue their reign throughout A/W, you can never put a foot wrong with Converse.
Dress- Whistles; Colour Me Neon Pink Shoulder Bag- c/o Today I’m Me; Bracelet- Links of London; Converse All Stars- c/o Mastershoe.
We headed to Oulton Hall in Leeds this weekend, covering the hotel for an upcoming travel feature. It was a luxe family break, which of course called for new packing purchases. Ever the animal print enthusiast, I stuffed my suitcase with a leopard two-piece plus sparkle and shades. Found in the George at Asda swimwear collection*, this tankini turned out to be the perfect poolside accompaniment.
Even though it was a short staycation-style trip, the chance to take a complete breather was total bliss. We returned relaxed, recharged and full to the brim with delicious food. Roll on our next expedition…
*Sponsored post. Leopard Print Tankini c/o George at Asda.
The summer holidays are in full swing, and somewhere between crafting, drawing and general chaos, L continues to love her weekly swimming lessons. It’s been remarkable the impact these sessions have had on her confidence, both in and out of the water.
This month HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® have created a campaign called Start a Habit That Lasts a Lifetime, encouraging parents to take little ones swimming from an early age. Recognising the value of this vital life skill is Katie Mathews, training and development manager at Swimming Nature. Within the campaign Katie explains why swimming is of benefit to babies. Reasons include; removing the fear factor, helping to improve co-ordination, balance and muscle control, plus an introduction to peers and social interaction. Hear more from Katie by visiting www.littleswimmers.co.uk for expert top tips, advice and information.
To celebrate such an inspirational initiative, Huggies® and Mummy Mode are launching a family competition to win lots of swimming goodies.
Make a splash with the HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® swim kit
HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® are teaming up with Mummy Mode to offer readers a baby swimming kit to make swim time fun. The prize includes a waterproof camera, a year’s supply* HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® swim pants and a HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® Hygiene Mat.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply look on the Little Swimmers website to answer the following question and put your entry in the box below.
How many easy steps does it take to get your little one swimming?
Competition ends 31/08/2014. The winner will be contacted by email after this date. By entering this competition you will also be included in the Mummy Mode Mail list, receiving notification of future blog posts. Open to UK residents only.
Win competitions at ThePrizeFinder.com – See more at: http://www.theprizefinder.com/content/waterproof-camera-years-supply-swim-nappies-and-swim-mat#sthash.XQDQYamM.dpuf
L breaks up this afternoon, marking the end of her time in early year’s / foundation class. Although it’s two years ago in September, I remember clearly the day I dropped her off at nursery, a tiny three year old decked out from head to toe in school uniform. I could have burst with pride at L’s excitement, holding hands tightly as we walked along the path. Beginning a whole new adventure of her very own, and signalling a distinctly symbolic day for both of us.
Due to the system at L’s school she’s had the same fantastic teacher throughout nursery and reception, meaning a seamless transition so far. In a way, because of this, entering the next stage almost feels like the end of an era.
We plumped for Lindt as our parting thank you, from their Gifts for Teacher range. After a long week with my own children, let alone an extra thirty, I reach for the sweet stuff with a glass of Gordon’s and slice of lemon. As nicely as it would have fit into the metallic gift-bag, a celebratory can of Marks’ G & T alongside the choc seemed a little inappropriate.
Token packages aside, the main thing I want to pass to Mrs P today is my immense gratitude for giving L the precious foundations of her education. This invaluable mentor developed the confidence of my shy little girl, making her shine through all the things she loves. Showing L the beginnings of her own budding ability and guiding her steely strength of character, Mrs P sums up the true power and inspiration of a great teacher. Words of a slightly emotional parent that no present could ever be big enough to convey.
As always, the latest collection from British brand Joules* is a veritable mix of major must-haves for the wardrobe wishlist. Covering gorgeous floral dresses as well as chic breton tops and sleek cut shorts, their summer pieces are brimming at the seams with hand created prints and beautiful fabrics. Taking you from work to weekend are tunics and capri trousers, striped shirts and tailored jackets. I put together my top picks; ticking off lace detail, a bright pop of coral colouring and all important layering options for chillier days.
And those cosy evenings when you just want to collapse after a Saturday packed full of al fresco dining or paddling/ shivering in the sea? Always a treat to have some new PJs, perfect for stylishly sipping fizz by the fire.
Items featured- Lisbeth Lace Top; Floella Cardigan in New Melon; Southcote Coat in Indigo; Elspeth Shorts in French Navy; Jenny Flip Flops in Navy Floral and Evette Pyjamas in Creme Bouquet.
It’s summer holiday packing season again and top of my wardrobe seaside picks are the latest Seafolly finds from BeachCafe.com. I heart this heavenly Desert Springs Swimsuit with graphic palm tree print and shimmering effect. Paired with the Sherbet Maxi Dress in Coral for pure pastel perfection, they make up my sandy summer wishlist.
Full of flowing festival fabrics and chic coveted patterns, Beach Cafe dazzle every time with stunning luxe swim and beachwear to suit all. Streamline silhouettes are their forte, and the fitting service this beautiful boutique offers is also well worth a look.
Seafolly Desert Springs Swimsuit and Sherbet Maxi Dress in Coral c/o www.beachcafe.com. See the rest of their Seafolly range here.
Mhoula recently sent me some Teapigs Matcha, a super concentrated green tea with a 1g shot containing the health benefits of fifteen times your standard cup. Already a fan of green tea, I was keen to give it a go and eager to beat that dreaded three o’clock slump with something other than coffee. As much as I enjoy caffeine, the amount I drink is a little on the excessive side.
Given that the Matcha came with a shot glass and tea bowl, there are lots of different ways to sample this mini wonder. Some days I’ve just had a quick slug of Matcha to wake me up before the school run, and others I’ve added it to juice or hot water for a more relaxing tea break. Matcha tea is high in anti-oxidants, offers a natural boost and kick starts alertness. These are facts listed in the information sheet accompanying the tea, which I wanted to put to the test myself. After a decent dose of Matcha, I can vouch that the results I’ve experienced have proven the Teapigs Matcha promise. It’s a tiny tea energy boost with bags of goodness. I can see this one becoming a new part of my daily elevenses routine.
Receive 20% off Teapigs Matcha Tea over at www.mhoula.com. Enter MMMHOULA14 to redeem this offer.
Despite loving the various lotions and creams on offer, they’re not the quickest beauty regime to contend with or be bothered to maintain daily. On sunny bare leg days I’m reaching for the savvier alternative, body oil. La Sultane de Saba Body Oil with Orange Blossom is soothing and softening, not to mention it smells delicious.
I’ve also been using this to replenish my hair, a tiny bit of it taking away the dreaded fizz and re-hydrating lethargic locks. A luxe brand, La Sultane de Saba is well worth the price tag, with products that are multi purpose indulgence. This beauty even doubles up for sandal season cuticle care. Non sticky and lightweight for those hot days which will hopefully continue, you could even call it summer in a bottle.
RRP £30.50. Stockists- www.burntlily.co.uk, Nature & Co and Hydrofit. For mail order telephone Spa Voyage Ltd on 01483 450830.
Jacket- H&M; Top- New Look; Trousers- Topshop; Trainers- Call It Spring; Bracelets- Dior.