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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Brunette.

Hello! Yesterday I dyed my hair with Clairol Nice'n'Easy in 116 'Natural Light Brown', and here is the result...
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Yaaaaaaaaaay. I really, really like it. I think it suits me, and it's near my natural hair colour, which I wanted. When it was cooking on my hair, it looked black, and I was a little worried, because I can't rock that look, but no, luckily, it's lovely! Well, I think so anyway. What do you think?
PS. If any of you have any make-up colour tips, I'd be grateful...ie what colour eyeshadow/lipstick would go well. I've not had brown hair for over a year and I can't remember what suits me really....
xo

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Weekend Wishlist

Weekend Wishlist



01. I saw this gorgeous jumper in Topshop earlier, and now I want it. I know, it's July, but the weather isn't doing what it should!
02. How beautiful is that dress?! At the moment I'm staying away from greeny/blue in case it clashes with my hair, but as I'm dying my hair brunnette later today (eep) it will no longer matter. I shall probably post a picture of it over on my Twitter if anyone is bothered!
03. I'm in want of another sheer, black, long-sleeved shirt, and this is gorgeous, I love the pockets on it.
04. This tan purse is so cute, and look at the little birds! Little embellishments like that steal my heart!
05. The Cath Kidston bracelet is divine, so girly, I love charm bracelets.

xo

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Hair Progression.

I know, I know. Another hair post. But I said I would show you the progression of my hair, and I shall do. Now, I've been dying my hair since I was 12, that's 6 years of torture my poor follicles have gone through. (That sounds very rude, doesn't it? Ooh er.) It started off as blonde highlights, and then black - the dreaded Goth stage, complete with emo fringe, heavy eyeliner (including a couple of months wearing bright pink liquid eyeliner - possibly the worst make-up mistake in history!!) and a furious stare whenever I didn't get my own way. I was pretty horrid, but that's irrelevant...From black I went red - didn't work, tried blonde - which went from blonde roots to brown tips in a non-fashionable ombre style (it was so bad - I deleted all proof) and then back to my natural (sort of) light brown. And this is where the pictures begin. Excuse the vanity, and the lolworthyness of the pictures. From the ages of 14-18 (now):
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Look at that orange hair!! Bloody hell, it's bad, isn't it? You can imagine my dismay when I took off the towel, expecting luscious blonde locks and instead had....that. The roots in the 7th picture were the result of a blonde hair dye that I thought would change my entire hair colour, how wrong I was!! I loved that purple colour, but it faded to the colour in the following picture within a month :/ As I said in my last post, red hair can be very annoying. Looking through these pictures, I can't actually tell a significant age difference, despite there being 4 years between the first and last picture. Clearly I shall perpetually look about 14.
Trying to find a favourite colour out of them all, definitely think either the purple or the fourth picture - the latter being the colour I want to be (although that might take a while, I'm dying it 'medium brown' tomorrow.) Which colour do you think works best?
Just noticed, my hair style doesn't change at all through the years really, I don't know what would suit me, so I stay the same!! Would love a new style, but as I say, I have nooo idea what to go for!
xo

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Hair Envy

Once again, I find myself lusting after another hair colour. Well, a few in fact. I also want turquoise/lilac/bright purple hair but I'm well aware that getting a job with that colour will be difficult. So my colour of choice is brunette.
I dye my hair quite a lot. I was a redhead (bright, fake red, you know the colour) in April (early followers may remember this,) then I was ginger/bright orange (a bleaching session went oh so wrong,) and now I am blonde. Only, not really blonde, but more gingery/strawberry blonde then the blonde I envisioned  when I was slathering hair dye on my poor, battered hair. You see,  I used to be blonde, about two/three years ago. Very light blonde, and I loved it. For a while. And then I changed my mind and dyed my hair a lovely dark brown the day before my 16th birthday...and then bright red a month after my 17th birthday. A warning to wannabee redheads - it is impossible to remove red hair dye from hair without bleaching or dying it black. I tried three dark blonde dyes, but the red hair remained steadfast, so I bleached it. Twice. And then dyed it three more times over the space of three months to get the colour I am now. How I still have hair I will never know. Ironic really, as I find red hair dye is the quickest fading hair colour I've tried, but when you try and erase it? Impossible. I dyed it purple, it faded back to red within a fortnight. Mad. To those that have had bright red hair and got rid of it, what colour did you go, and how much difficulty did you have getting rid of it?

I am now lusting after dark brown hair. As a natural brunette, I'm very aware that brown hair is much, much easier for me to upkeep, I don't have to worry about doing my roots on such a tight schedule, it will be in much better condition and I know it suits me. (I don't, however, know what make-up suits dark brown hair...but I'm leaving that for a post all of it's own...I know I say that a lot, but I will! If you have any tips, let me know.) So tomorrow I am popping into my local boots and I am buying even more hair dye. I should have shares in both Boots and Clairol's Nice 'N' Easy range, the amount of hair dye I buy!

I am constantly envying celebrity's hair, and the following pictures are women whose hair I especially envy (I'm certain there are grammar mistakes here but I just can't figure them.)

Daisy LoweMarina Diamondis
Lily AllenLeighton Meester
Daisy Lowe, Marina Diamandis, Lily Cooper and Leighton Meester.
(The beautiful Lea Michele was also here, but that made it odd, so I removed her.)

As you can tell, these women have very dark hair, bordering on black. Oh how I wish I could have black hair. Long black hair with a block fringe, yes please. But alas, I have an abnormally small forehead (not my words) and I don't think I can pull off black hair. I had black hair once, but I was 13 and going through my Goth stage and bloody hell, it did not suit me. I wish it did, I so wish, but it doesn't. Which is a shame.
So, within a week, I hope to have luscious brown hair. I can't imagine my hair will end up looking as beautiful as the above women, but I can wish, right?

Whose hair do you envy?
xo

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Weekend Wishlist

Weekend Wishlist

01. I love Tee and Cake clothes, they always have such cute designs!
02. This dress is perfection. Perfect colour - I loveee navy, and perfect style. I want this in my life!
03. Such cute earrings. I love serpentine jewellery!
04. How gorgeous are these? Christian Louboution has, once again, created a beautiful shoe completely out of my price range.
05. Carrying on the serpentine jewellery theme!
06. Such a nice colour, perfect for A/W!

xo

Saturday, 23 July 2011

This fortnight:

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01. Two new recent purchases, a Body Shop mascara I got free in this month's 'Instyle' and Davidoff Cool Water Wave - which at the moment is selling for £10 in Boots for 30ml - perfect for me as I chop and change with my perfumes. 02. Earlier in the week I tried curling back my fringe as an alternate way of keeping it out of my face. 03. When I was staying with my family, there was a random, fat, ginger cat who would come in and eat all the cat food...despite having a home of his own! He's very pretty though, isn't he? 04. This is the poor cat that he stole the food from. She's 19 and only has 3 legs! ....And refused to let me take a good photo of her, she looked away every time I went near her with the camera. She can be an absolute madam! 05. 'Men I've Loved Before' - the book I've just started, and 'Point of Rescue' - the book I've just finished. Point of Rescue is very good, I recommend it. If you've read it, what did you think? 06. I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last week (I plan on doing a post on it, I want to know other's opinion's of it!) and we asked for the special round glasses. THEY'RE SO COOL.

I have been watching: The new X Men film - which is really good, Closer - my favourite film, seriously, watch it. Michael McIntyre Live at Wembley - incredibly funny, but not as good as his first DVD. Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 - I love HP so much, distraught that it's over :( RENT - Made me cry, but it took a while to get into the random singing. But once into it, I LOVED it. The Reader - Not as good as the book (it was never going to be) but still worth a watch.
And I'm currently watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. LOVE this film.
I have been reading: Afterwards - Rosamund Lupton - Not as good as her debut Sister, but good nonetheless. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan - a re-read, and one of his better books I think. Body Double and Keeper Of The Bride - Tess Gerristen - Not an author I'd read before the two books, very easy to read, as is James Patterson - Jack and Jill. All three last books are crime thriller-y books. There was also 'Point of Rescue' but I already mentioned that one.
Incidentally, I don't usually read that many books, but all but the last book were read when I was away staying with family - I always read a crazy amount of books when I'm there!
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think. I'm interested in other's opinions of them :)
xo

Friday, 22 July 2011

Best place to sell books?

I spent the morning going through some old books, and quite a few of them are in good enough condition to sell on instead of donating to a charity shop. Is Ebay, Amazon or somewhere else the best place to sell them? I could sell them on my blog, but I don't know how much interest it would generate?
Any ideas anybody has would be recieved very gratefully, having never sold anything before, I have no idea which place is the best.....
xo

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Rainbow nails.

Evening! Thought I'd show you my nails today, as I have done something a little bit different with them. I've bought 4 new nail polishes in the past month or so, but not really used them, so I decided to put them all on different fingers and have rainbow nails!

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The yellow polish is an older one, but one that I don't think I've ever worn, so I thought I'd add that one!

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I can only apologise for my awkward hands, turns out photographing my nails is harder than I first thought! I'd only just applied the polish, hence the little bits of polish that are around my nails.
The Nails Inc 'Copacabana' which  I got free after purchasing Dove deodrant, (an offer which has since stopped unfortunately)  is such a good nail polish, I only had to apply one coat to get a good cover, brilliant.
I'm not sure if you can get the colour normally, if so, I recommend it (if you're okay with spending £11 on a nail varnish, personally, I'm not, but it was free so....)
I like that the colours are all a bit clashy clashy, different to how I usually have them!
xo

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Review: Barry M's lipstick in 'Sunset'

Evening :)
Seeing as it's supposed to be Summer....although the sun appears to have missed that memo, I thought I would share with you one of my favourite summer lipsticks, Barry M's #151 'Sunset'. It's a beautiful corally colour, and although I usually steer from bright colours, I love it.

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The tube, swatched, my lips before, and after. (Both with flash).

I'm surprised at just how pale my lips are with flash!

This is a brilliant lipstick for me to wear when I'm feeling more summery and bright, and especially when I'm wearing coral nail polish! Although it can dry your lips out sometimes, so keep some lip balm with you!I've been wearing it the past few days in an attempt to bring out the sun, so it feels somewhat like summer, and not Autumn/Spring, but clearly it's not working because the weather is still shit!

What's your favourite summer lipstick?
xo

Sunday, 17 July 2011

I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything is right.

Evening :)
I was going to save talk of my new shoes for my 'Week in Photos' that I plan on posting tomorrow, but then I decided my new beauties deserved a post of their own.

When I was away I popped into New Look to have a look around their sale I found some beautifullllll shoes. I know I don't actually need any more shoes, but hey ho.


The first I found were these beauties:
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I've wanted some moccasins for a while now, and when I saw this reduced from £24.99 to £10, I couldn't say no, especially considering that there was only one pair left, and they were in my size! I love them so much, although I must make sure I don't wear them in the rain because they're suede!

And then I found these:
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Aren't they pretty! High, yes, but beautiful. I was originally, looking at these a few months ago, when they were full price at £24.99 - when my bank balance hated me, and then again a bit later, when they were on sale but not in my size, and then I found them sitting there, in my size, reduced to £8! 


I am now imposing a shoe-ban for the time being though, I've bought 4 pairs in 2 weeks, eek! 


Have you bought any nice shoes recently?
xo

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Hello!!

Helllllooooo! I am back! Just!
I got back this morning after a partially horrendous train journey - not only was my seat reservation double booked - and the other woman was a hard-faced bitch, but I also had a couple of screaming children in the same coach as me - it was meant to be the quiet coach! I was extremely tired, and ended up a bit grumpy. It's all good now, although I think I might complain about the double booked seat, or is that really pedantic?

I had a nice fortnight, I read 9 books! I'll talk about them a little bit in another post perhaps. I'll blog properly on Monday when I'm all sorted out, but thought I'd say hello!
I was thinking about doing a video post to catch up a bit - I enjoy watching other blogger's video's, what do you think?

How have you all been? And what do you think of the phone hacking scandal, I have a feeling it's going to just keep going with more stories....

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Mid-Week Wishlist: Maxi Dresses

Wishlist - Maxi Dresses.
01. Sandro Rafaella lace-trimmed cotton maxi dress - I love the bely nipping this in, and how floaty it is, and the patterned rings around the lower half are lovely!
02. Lotta Stensson Printed silk-chiffon maxi kaftan - I have a dress a bit like this, different colours, and knee-length, and I love this. It's a really flattering cut, and the pattern is so unique! Perfect for summer.
03. 3.1 Phillip Lim Belted pleated silk dress - This is dressier than the other two, perfect for the evening, and once again, a brilliant cut. I love navy and white, and I love the pleats!

Now I cannot afford any of these gorgeous dresses...I should stop scouring net-a-porter for clothes and bags I can't afford! I'm debating maxi dresses, I'm only 5'2, would they suit me? Or should I steer clear? Opinions appreciated!!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Guest Post: Jazzy Elizabeth at Hivenn.

Hey.

It's me again (Jazzy Elizabeth, Hivenn) and I will be guest blogger today (while Katy's away).

I love photography and I rarely use digital. Film is such a beautiful format. I like to go on adventures and take lots of photos. Here are a few from one of my favourite locations,









This is my go-to dress, it suits so many occasions. My mum bought it in the sale from Gap (£22). The wedges (not seen) are also from Gap and all jewellery is made by me (for more check out, hivenj).
Well this is my last post for Katy, I bet you can't wait to have her back.
I hope it's sunny with you today.
Love, x

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Guest Post: Blue at Metaphors in Blue.

A Personal, and By No Means Complete Guide To New York City:

First of all, let me say that I am thrilled to be a guest blogger here on Sirens And Bells. Let me introduce myself: My blogging name is Blue and I am relatively new to the blogosphere. You can check out my blog: http://metaphoricalblue.blogspot.com/

Last week, I took my very first trip to New York City. So even though many of you would probably be more qualified to write this post than I am, I still want to share some of the things I loved most.
The thing about New York is that it is not like any place I've ever been. Nothing like Paris or London, or Berlin. The houses are huge, I don't think calling them houses is even appropriate. Let's call them buildings then. Skyscrapers. There is so much going on, so many people there. A lot of whom are very well-dressed, too, so people-watching is even more fun than usual. And guessing who is a tourist and who is a local. Makes you wonder what category other people place you in…
There are obviously millions of things to do in New York. Here are some I enjoyed:
  • Museums. If you're into architecture, check out the Guggenheim. If you're into art, but can't make up your mind, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is definitely the place to be. They have every kind of art imaginable. And if you go there in the near future, know that the Alexander McQueen exhibition is worth waiting in line. Or go to one of the hundreds of other museums and let me know which one you liked…
  • Columbia University. I don't know about you, but places like that just make me feel smart…
  • You get a nice view of the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry. Plus, a round-trip is free.
  • Grand Central Station is truly the most gorgeous train station I have ever seen. It is so timeless, I would not have been surprised if people from other eras would have just walked in…
  • Go to Williamsburg. Brooklyn is so quiet and relaxing compared to Manhattan, I could not believe it. Bedford Avenue is a really pretty street with some interesting stores and places to eat (at least between N 3rd St. and N 14th St. where I was…). Bliss CafĂ© (191 Bedford Ave) serves only vegetarian and vegan food and it tastes GREAT. And this (http://www.beaconscloset.com/) is definitely the greatest vintage/thrift store I have ever seen…
Have you ever been to New York City? What was your favorite thing to do?

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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Mid-Week Wishlist: Bags.

Bag wishlist



01. I am a big fan of the Bayswater, they're quite big bags so I could fit all my crap in, and they look quite structured which I like.
02. I love the black/brown combination and the briefcase feel of this bag.
03. Navy and gold are always winning colours for me, and I like the little lock detail.
04. Basically, I just love Mulberry bags. I love the green colour of this Alexa, and how it's more slouchy and informal than the Bayswater.
05. The aztec trend at the moment is right up my street, and this bag is cute!
06. As is the floral trend. I love how big this bag  looks, and I love the design!


**Just a reminder,  I am currently away, and this is a scheduled post. I am back on the 16th. If you need to get hold of me for any reason, you can contact me via Twitter.**

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Guest Post: Jazzy Elizabeth at Hivenn.

Hello there.

My name's Jazzy Elizabeth (Hivenn) and I will be guest blogging today (and next tuesday) while Katy's on her travels.

My passion is photography. This is a short editorial from my favourite photographer, Bill Georgoussis (part of the fun is trying to work out how to pronounce his name). I hope you love these as much as I do...






Well it was nice blogging with you today. Until next time, have a lovely day.
x

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