Monday, 14 November 2011

Bedroom Inspiration

The redecoration of my bedroom, shown in my last post, was largely inspired by Laura Ashley and shabby chic. I had so much fun looking through google images and weheartit for ideas so I thought I'd show you some of the things I found

I love the "it's beautiful here" shelf, if only I could find where to buy it from



Room Update

At the start of the year I decided to redecorate my room, which at the time seemed like a great idea. In reality it's meant spending all spare my money and time on things for it for the last 8 months. I'm so glad I've persevered though because it's really starting to take shape now. My boyfriend and I spent a while looking at colours and ideas, neither of us had put up wallpaper or coving before so we decided that we'd probably be able to put it up between us. Luckily, we could! 

I wish I'd have taken more pictures of how my room used to look (bang on the door pink/bathroom paint green alternate walls with a pink painted chest of drawers and a HUGE frosted glass wardrobe that was so big it restricted the door opening! I had a lot of things in my room but no practical storage so it was constantly messy) so I could really see the transformation, but it's been a total change -the only thing I've not replaced is my bed so you can imgaine the work that's been involved.
It's taken all year to save up for bits and pieces, buying and adding to it bit by bit so after the final lick of paint this weekend, I can see it's all coming together now. Here's a few pictures taken at different stages, it's so nice to look back and see how things have progressed. 

 Sorry for the awful quality pictures, picture 1 was taken after we'd spent a whole day moving furniture and painting the walls. Picture 2 was the next day after we'd wallpapered!

 A few weeks later we bought this gorgeous ceiling light, it's so beautiful but it was a bugger to put up! 

I wanted a tv stand but I didn't have a lot of room to put one, so when my boyfriend spotted this in Ikea, I knew it was perfect and had to get it. The baskets and boxes are from Ikea also. 

The next project was putting up coving. With my Carol Vorderman math skills and my boyfriend's beefcake strength, we managed to cove 3/4 of the room. 

My birthday was in May and instead of prezzies for me, I asked my family to chip in for a few things for my room because I'd spent far too much money on it already and had none left to get any further. My lovely boyfriend bought me my chest of drawers (which I haven't taken a picture of, silly me-one to follow), my sister bought me my bedside table and my parents and grandad gave me some pennies which I splashed out on a Laura Ashley blanket i'd had my eye on for months.  

I've found out through experience that Ikea things look lovely, but gosh, you need the patience of a Saint to assemble them!

 I bought new bedding from BHS to match my lovely blanket, I really wanted the Imogen duvet set from Laura Ashley but It was a few too many pennies :( 

By this time I was tired of decorating and annoyed that all my money was being spent on things for my room. I was missing buying shoes and lipsticks so I took a break from it all and had a rest to regroup and think of some new ideas. (Also I had a HUGE heavy wardrobe that took up so much space on the other side of my room that I knew needed to be dismantled and I couldn't gather the energy to take it down. Note to self:choosing to ignore something doesn't make it go away, just means you have to live with a big ol' wardrobe for a few months until you do take it down haha) so I lived in my half blue half pink room for a few months in ignorant bliss.

My car was on it's last legs in July and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take ownership of a sporty little Micra. It all happened so quickly that when I had a flash thought that I needed to get a new wardrobe, that I wanted one from the same range as my chest of drawers from Ikea, which meant buying it THAT NIGHT before my car goes tomorrow as it wont fit in the Micra! So off the boy and I toddled to Ikea, lugging a lovely but very heavy wardrobe home and having to carry it up the stairs in pieces because we couldn't physically lift the boxes it came in! There it sat, propped up against the wall for a few more months while I happily carried on in my little bubble. Life gets in the way sometimes and you have to get your priorities right, decorating wasn't on my to do list for a while.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, the boy decided that we'd put it off for far too long and that we needed to pick up where we left off. I relucantly agreed. 
We managed to dismantle the old wardrobe in a few hours and put up the new one all in a day! But because the old wardrobe was so big, we couldn't move it to paint behind or cove the ceiling above it, so this weekend was spent running backwards and forwards to Homebase to buy new paint rollers and more coving glue (as we found out on Sunday that our had dried up) to paint the rest of my room and finishing off the coving.


So that's all 4 walls painted, all the coving put up and we're very nearly finished! The coving will need a quick paint to conceal the joins but that wont take long and can wait for another weekend.

 I have a few lovely little decorative things dotted about my room already, but I'm starting to put together a mood board of things that i'd like to get which I'll post up once i've picked a few things.

I hope you like my room and if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave me a comment :)

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

My hair care routine

This post is pretty simple compared to some of the fancy products that some people use, but I thought I'd still do a post on what I use on my hair. 
I like to try out different shampoos and conditioners and often change brand every time I run out and have to repurchase, but I find herbal essences suits my hair really well. 

I didn't realise until I put them all together that they're all pink! 

I've been colouring my hair for as long as I can remember, so I try to buy shampoo's aimed at coloured hair to reduce fading and add shine as those of you with dyed red hair will know that it doesn't tend to stay vibrant for very long at all :( I really like this shampoo and conditioner, they leave my hair feeling clean and looking healthy. Not to mention they smell so yummy!

Next, I cannot rave enough about this product! I've always suffered from short hair syndrome, where my hair reaches my shoulders and then decides that it's had enough of growing. Teamed with me dying it too much and the hairdressers chopping off a fair few inches every time I go because of dying it too much, I've always had medium length hair and dreamed of long flowing locks.
Then I found this pot of magic one day when browsing in Boots. You massage it into your roots and leave it on for 5 mins in between washing and conditioning your hair then you're left with beautiful shiny locks. 
At first I was sceptical but keen to see what all the fuss was about and after using it every time I washed my hair for 3 weeks, I noticed that my hair was not only looking, but feeling much stronger. 

I've been using this once or twice a week now for a little over a year and my hair has grown A LOT and I genuinely believe that whatever wizzadry they use to create this pot of magic, is the reason why. I'm not sure if it actually makes your hair grow any faster or longer, but it certainly improves and conditions your hair which means there's much less to snipp off and less breakage. 

My hairdresser uses TIGI Afterparty on my hair once she's rescued cut and styled it and I'm always so impressed with how it keeps it frizz free and shiny that I invested in some. It's quite expensive, I think I paid £13 for this tube but It's lasted ages and you really only need a small pump of it so it's well worth it. 

I use a heat protection spray when I straighten or blowdry my hair, I've got a few and am currently using them up as part of my spending ban so I can buy more. I've got GHD, Lee stafford and Lee Mitchell sprays, I find them all good and a must when using heat on hair. 
I try not to use too much heat on my hair, I think this also has contributed in my hair getting stronger also. I used to forever blowdry and straighten my hair, but now I leave it to dry naturally or plait it when it's damp then run the straighteners over lightly if needed. 

As I said before, I've been colouring my hair since I was young. I remember using a shaders and toners dye when i was 11 and have become obsessed with changing my hair colour ever since. I've been all colours and shades, bar blonde. I've always wanted to join the fun side, but never got any lighter than strawberry blonde. One day.
I had dark brown hair for a while when John Frieda launched his foam colour range, I was lucky enough to win a free box in their launch competition and opted for a red shade and was really impressed with it. I used the dye quite a few times and grabbed a box every time it was on offer (RRP £9.99 no thank you!)
But after a while I'd not seen it on offer anywhere and my roots were showing badly and the colour had faded so I picked up this little gem

 Schwarzkopf vital colours in Dark Ruby, I found it in Home Bargains for £3.99 and i've been using this for a few months now. I'm really impressed with it's staying power and colour. 

I'd be really interested to know what works and what doesn't for other people.