Thursday, 28 June 2012

A Second Shot at Long Hair

About this time two years ago, I was sitting in my hairdressers chair.  When he asked what I wanted him to do with my long natural blonde hair (without any fear) I said "do whatever you want".  He cut my hair short, into a very slight graduated bob that sat just below my ears and, for the very first time, coloured my hair a lighter shade of blonde.

I had just broken up with my best friend and my hair was beginning to look dull and life-less at the age of eighteen.  I needed a change, I needed to see a different person in the mirror.  I woke up every morning and was bored with the reflection I saw.  I needed a fresh start.

I kept it short for about a year and a half.  I decided to start letting it grow back at the start of last summer.  I waited until the end of august and then started moving my hair appointments further apart. I would allow my hair to grow back on my own terms, leading it to the healthiest it has ever been.  The months of not going to my hairdresser were quite grim, my hair looked pretty awful for a couple of months.  I went through some terrible bouts of extreme dryness and still find myself battling against it.

Nowadays, to keep it healthy I'm using 'Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo and Conditioner' then smoothing in some 'Moroccanoil Oil' after towel drying.  I'm also letting it dry mostly naturally and going for a trim and re-colour every eight weeks.

I'm happy with the way my hair has grown and feel like I'm learning new ways to style it.  It's been an crazy roller-coaster and right now, I'm on a high.


Friday, 22 June 2012

Home and Away

I've been away this last week and had planned to keep you updated via Instagram and Twitter. Unfortunately a lack of signal on my phone has left it virtually impossible to communicate with the wider world. I'm in the very wet Northen Ireland, spending my week running around with sleep deprivation (I'm shattered!) and unable to get my usual super uplifting coffee. But still, I'm planning to spend my weekend seeing the sights and spending time with my sister before flying home. I'll try and update my Instagram and Twitter over my remaining days here - my twitter is @isobelle_zee and my Instagram is @isobelle_zee. Hope you guys have a had a good week.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Running the Track

-  all by nike -

Is anyone else mad about trainers?  I'm sure that I'm not the only one.  I haven't acted on my madness yet, but find myself admiring their form every time I see them.  Above all else, I've got Nike High Top Blazers in my mind.  The last time I wore high tops I was 12, and haven't found myself thinking about them since, until recently that is.  I blame Isabel Marant, I'm pretty sure she started it.  Only problem is, I prefer the mens colours rather than the womens, then again, maybe I'm not looking hard enough...

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Cold as Ice

- shorts & top / zara -

I hastily bought these mint leopard print shorts from Zara.  Usually when I buy something with haste and not much thought I either return it or it sits in my wardrobe unworn for months (I know, very bad!).  I decided I was going to return them, but after trying them on again today, I realised if I sent them packing I would regret it (potentially) forever - can't have that!  It was this combo that saved them.  Teamed with another Zara purchase - a chunky knitted vest which comes right up to the collar bone.

I'm gonna be wearing these babies day and night, just you try and stop me!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Grey Days

-top / topshop, jeans / zara, ring / monica vinader-

Here's an outfit I wore recently.  The jeans are a very light pink, rather than the white that they appear in this photo.  I wore them with one of my favourite jumpers - a very thin grey knit from Topshop, and one of my Monica Vinader rings.  Perfect for the not quite warm, but not very cold weather.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Dressing Up Dressing Down

-dress & shirt/asos-

Do you ever have those days where you look inside your wardrobe & can't seem to find anything that fits the day you have planned ahead?  I have those days, & today was no exception.  I often find myself trying on dresses that I know I won't wear that day.  Almost an hour I'll spend rifling through my possessions to see if I can breathe new life into my old loves.  I enjoy the creativity of it and it also helps me figure out what I'm missing in my wardrobe.  

I ended up playing with this red leopard print dress from ASOS & after my hour of trying it with various jumpers, cardigans, jackets, belts, necklaces, tops & tights I ended happily content with the image above.  After all that I replaced my clothes to their hangers & wore another dress - I told you I knew I wouldn't wear it that day, it doesn't suit the day I have planned ahead (a lazy day...).  I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.