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6 Month Growth Challenge Update & Changes

6 Month Growth Challenge Update & Changes

It still amazes me every month how quickly the previous month flew by, and especially now with a wedding to look forward to, how much closer I am to officially walking down the aisle! Ahhhhh

If you remember my last length related post, you’ll know that I embarked on a 6 Month Speedy Growth Challenge with hopes of growing my hair long enough to wear it comfortably in its natural state on the D day. So how am I doing so far?

You’ll be pleased to know, and I’m sure have guessed from the photo below, I’m not doing too bad! Whilst it’s definitely not growing remarkably fast, I’m very happy with the length my hair has managed to retain, even after an unwanted dusting session last month, caused by a high puff worn for way too long which led to a plague of single strand knots [post on this to come!]. With now just less than two months of the challenge left I’ve gone into army mode and will be tweaking a few things, as well as letting go of a few techniques to really push the boat out for my last lap. So here goes my ‘keep, ditch, tweak or add’ list with my experiences so far. How are you getting on and what is or is not working for you? I’d love to know!

#DAILY LIQIUID INTAKE – [Keep & Tweak]

Of all of the growth enhancing methods of the challenge, drinking a Smoothie, cup of Bamboo Leaf  Tea and lots of Water everyday have been the most consistent part of the challenge for me so far. I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in the health of my nails and strength of my hair from the combination of three drinks, so much so I’ve been asked for my skincare regimen from a few friends over the past couple of weeks which really is quite a foreign experience for me! I was out of Bamboo Leaf Tea for almost a week and literally went into panic mode! I drink this twice a day now [tweak] because I really love the taste and cleanse it gives my stomach, as well as the fact that I now experience little to no shedding or breakage on wash day!I’ve been buying this from a friend for some months now and I’m so excited that she will be launching her very own online Tea Boutique on July 1st, be sure to follow her on instagram and check out her store she’s also giving away some free samples!

#OIL DROWNING – [Keep]

No changes here this method is a must for all hair types. Read more on this Here

#EXERCISE & INVERSION METHOD – [Ditch & Tweak]

Believe it or not I decided to ditch exercise last month. If you’ve followed me on the blog for longer than a year you may know that I’ve been trying to gain weight for, well forever! I lose weight a lot faster than I gain it and a minute of exercise is like an hour on the treadmill for me, I burn fat way too quickly and it began to show! I have continued to do my core muscle stretches every other day but I’d rather have some meat on my hips for the big day, so both the inversion method and cardio are out for now. In terms of my hair growth I have resorted to daily scalp massages to increase circulation to my scalp, and for that I am alternating between my trusty fingers and a new tool, the Vitagoods Scalp Massager. I’ll fill you in on this next week.

#STIMULATING SCALP CREAM – [Keep]

I literally made a new batch of this yesterday, I can never get enough of how refreshing it feels the moment it touches my scalp. It’s so easy to make, if you’re interested here is the recipe

#WASHDAY INCREASE – [Add]

When I look back on my hair journey and think of when my hair has thrived the most, there is no doubt it has been when it is getting a lot of moisture. Whilst I moisturise and seal almost every day and feed my scalp, I have decided to go the extra mile and wash my hair twice a week. I will be revisiting cowashes so as to not strip my hair, and will keep you posted on this. Washing is most probably the best source of hydration and moisture for our hair, a clean scalp also allows for our scalp to breathe and thus grow in a healthier environment. My main hair worry is manipulation from styling but I’ll be getting my hands on a new protective style soon, so hopefully my hair will be in braids for the next few weeks.

So that’s my update loves! Bring on the new week!P.s I’ve been asked a few times about my length check T-shirt, it’s from here

With Love,

Fiona
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The Secret Weapon To Sexy Smelling Hair, Hello Alcohol Free Hair Perfume

The Secret Weapon To Sexy Smelling Hair, Hello Alcohol Free Hair Perfume

Whether it’s a job interview, date, meeting, or party, one way to leave behind an unforgettable impression is through your fragrance. A situation I found myself in a few weeks back will put this into perspective, here’s what happened.

The long-awaited day had finally arrived when myself and two very special friends would meet for dinner. We had not seen each other in close to six months and had finally found a date that suited us all despite our busy schedules. I was the first to arrive at the restaurant that evening and minutes later the ladies followed. The very minute we saw each other we filled the restaurant with laughter, screams and excitement, as we embraced each other with a group hug and kisses.

Now here is where things get interesting.

One friend in particular caught me off guard as I leaned in for a hug, she wore her hair as she usually does in a tightly defined twist out, but this time unlike others her hair smelled somewhat magical. I had never experienced anything like it! If you could bottle the smell of an ocean view whilst laying down on a tropical beach sipping on a mango mojito, then that was exactly it!

The evening continued with laughter, a few more hair sniffing sessions, and as usual in-depth discussions about the future. But I’m sure what you’re more interested in knowing, is whether or not I found out the name of the mystery product that left behind such a lasting impression. You bet I did!

Shea Decadence Mango Sorbet (Shine & Define Styling Balm)

Sound familiar? Well, if you’ve been on the blog long enough you’ll know I already use and love the Shea Decadence Mango Lassi Conditioning Hair Milk, which has the same scent. But the secret according to my friend is to pair the milk and styling balm together for the full fragrant experience, something I had yet to do.

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty big on fragrances, and love that they have the power to change your mood and even the mood of those around you. Having a great body fragrance is one thing, but try amazing smelling hair too, it’ll change your life and have heads turning, trust me!

If that isn’t enough I recently learned that huge fragrance brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Byredo, Valentino, Thierry Mugler etc, have also caught onto the wonder of hair perfumes, and have their very own hair perfume ranges. I just picked up a bottle of the Chanel Chance Eau Vive hair perfume after smelling it last week, and can’t wait to use this alongside my Shea Decadence duo. Next on my list is the Sachajuan Hair Perfume which has some amazing reviews.

If you’ve yet to jump on the sexy smelling hair bandwagon then I invite you to join me. Seriously, once you do there really is no turning back!

 

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 5 – Black & Brown present GLEAU [x3] [CLOSED]

LYT Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway | DAY 5 - Black & Brown present GLEAU [x3] [CLOSED]
Black & Brown have stolen the spotlight once again and will be sponsoring yet another giveaway!  For those of you who are just as hair crazy as I am and perhaps for the relaxed heads more than anyone else, you may have come across hair guru, blogger and youtubber Nadege from Relaxed Hair Health
Nadege has been on the hair scene for some years now and who can blame her, her hair swoops across her back, is thick, lustrous and forever picture perfect! 


In search for a multipurpose oil infused with natural goodness, great as a sealant and a giver of intense shine and softness, Nadege created Gleau; her very own nourishing oil blend! I have been graced with a bottle myself and am very eager to careess my strands with it!

Here are some words from Nadege herself:

‘As you may already know, there are dozens of plant oils out there to choose from. Each with their own unique qualities. What makes Gleau special is the oils selected to comprise this amazing blend. Each one of the oils selected is said to have “moisturizing’ qualities. Some of the oils used even have the ability to penetrate the hair strand, nourishing it from the inside. Another thing I should mention is the blend a pretty varied mix of some truly healthy oils-all in one bottle! Gleau contains moroccan argan oil , camellia seed oil from the orient, two varieties of jojoba oil, wheat germ, meadowfoam seed oil, and more. These are definitely ingredients your hair should be exposed to on a regular basis. It’s like food for your hair!’

There are 3 bottles up for grabs so make sure you enter!!!

HOW TO ENTER

– Simply leave a comment on this post saying what you believe Gleau can do for you! –

[please be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment entry so that you can be contacted. If you are not comfortable with this I can contact you if you are an LYT follower on Google Friend Connect]

COMPULSORY

– Entrants must be at least 18 years old to enter. If not, guardian permission must be given –
– Entrants must be a blog follower of LoveYourTresses on Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin –
[links can also be found on the right hand side bar]

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

To give yourself an extra chance at winning you can also:
– ‘LIKE’ Black&Brown on Facebook and post on their wall saying ‘I would love to win the LoveYourTresses Gleau oil giveaway sponsored by Black&Brown’ –
[additional entries count as an extra submission only if you also remember to post the comment on this blog post first and also mention in your entry that you commented on the Black&Brown wall]

Entries are open worldwide!!!

NB: The LYT Birthday Extravaganza period and entries for giveaways will be finished/close on 26/05/12. Winners will then be announced the following Monday 28/05/12 and prizes sent soon after.
Avec amour
  Fiona ❥

Product Review: Keracare Natural Textures Butter Cream

Product Review: Keracare Natural Textures Butter Cream

Price: 227g/8 oz £8.40

Product Claims

A moisture locking soufflé that employs Lanolin plus Argan, Abyssinian and Castor natural oils to achieve proper natural oil and moisture (lipophilic) balance.  Amla & Shikakai Botanicals enhance the shine of the hair. Hydrates curls and coils. Smoothes hair amazingly. Promotes healthy hair growth.

How to Use

Apply sparsely or generously based on the hair’s need for moisture, manageability and vitality.  Rub between palms and scrunch onto hair gently so that curls & coils are not disturbed.  Also may be used to set soft lustrous twists and twist-outs.  May be used daily.

Ingredientsaqueous extract, phyllanthus emblica and acacia concinna, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrogenated vegetable oil, theobromo cocao seed butter, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, emulsifying wax NF, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, glycerin, lanolin, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, beeswax, argania spinosa kernel oil, crambe abyssinica seed oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, carbomer, panthenol, tocopheryl linoleate, triethanolamine, potassium sorbate, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, fragrance, citronellol, benzyl benzoate, d-Limonene, lilial, linalool, methyl ionone gamma

My Thoughts

I accidentally came to use this product after running out of the Jane Carter Curl Defining cream which I was previously using as a daily moisturiser. I had been meaning to replace the Curl Defining Cream anyway because I thought it to be rather steep in price, especially for something I was using so often. The very first time I used the Butter Cream I was so blown away I decided I had to give it another try on another occasion, because I wasn’t convinced that the softness and shine was solely from the cream alone. It clearly was though, each and every time I use this I fall in love all over again.

The Butter Cream is a heavy moisturiser which softens the hair and gives it great shine without feeling too greasy. It’s my go to for the L.O.C Method [will fill you in on this in the next post or two], and really does a great job at sealing in moisture or at being a moisturiser to well conditioned hair itself. With regards to the smell, it’s definitely quite pleasant and the packaging is durable. I throw this into my travel case every other week and have had no spills thus far. *Touch wood!

If you’re looking for a moisturiser that has some hold then this definitely will not give you the results you are after. My hair was quick to poof when I used this in the warmer months. Whilst I didn’t mind this so much some people will, so perhaps it’s one to reach for in the colder autumn winter months a.k.a Now!

Most of the ingredients are naturally derived which I think is great. I think I’ve said enough, a definite staple! P.s. before I forget, I have used this every other day since August 2nd and still have some more of the product to go. Not too bad right?!

Product Review | Kérastase Nutri-Thermique Masque

Product Review | Kérastase Nutri-Thermique Masque
I mentioned being sent some products to review a while back and the Kérastase Nutri-Thermique Masque was one of them. I have been in close communication with the Social Media rep from PR London, and it is great to know that more and more companies initially perceived as catering only to Caucasian hair, are branching out and realising that many advanced formulated treatments such as the Nutri-Thermique Masque, can also cater to kinky/curly/relaxed hair needs.

I still have the Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Care Treatment to review but simply haven’t had enough time considering my blogging break and a demanding study timetable. Mind you I prefer to observe one product at a time in order to get consistent results, so chose to stick with Kérastase. Here is how I found it….

Price | RRP £22.30

Ingredients | Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Trideceth-5, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Caprylyl Glycol, Trideceth-10, Trideceth-6, Benzoic Acid, Glyceryl Linoleate, Boron Nitride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Coumarin, Xylose, Safflower Glucoside, Glyceryl Linelenate, Parfum, C39415/1.

Claims

I figured it would be best to assess the product in terms of how it suited up to it’s claims so…
Softness| I’ve used this product at 3, 4 & 5 months post relaxer as a moisturising DC, and I can say now more than ever that it gives remarkable results, such that contend with my beloved ORS Replenishing Pak & Porosity Control combo. The most profound result I get with this product is softness, but more so softness that lasts. I feel fully committed to blowing this products trumpet good and loud and say that it makes my hair butter soft and a breeze to detangle.

Nutrition| Perhaps I’ve already given it away in my softness glorification, but I cannot let this product find its way anywhere else but in my product staples list. As stated on its packaging this treatment needs a dose of heat to amp its effects and I most certainly noticed the difference when used with and without a heat cap. My hair with this product feels like it has the perfect balance of proteins and moisture even though it is profoundly a moisturising treatment! The best way I can explain it is it feels like my hair has had a good detox after I’ve used the mask.

Styling| I experience NO tangles whatsoever after rinsing and detangling- it’s RIDONKULOUS! Even parting my thick head of transitioning and relaxed strands is a breeze when styling.
General| The product was easy to apply and lasts long which was a must for me considering I’m going to have to fork out on it myself next time! It gives reasonable slip and despite the cost, I’d be a fool not to buy again!
To the Product Staples list you go Kérastase!

My hairy weekend! Curl patterns and more…

My hairy weekend! Curl patterns and more...

Last weekend was super duper busy for me! I spent the whole of Saturday doing my hair which meant study study study on Sunday, and they say the Sabbath is for rest! *sigh*

I shared on Facebook and Twitter that I would be using my Gingernut brulee prepoo, followed by the Anita Grant Organic Kelp + Ylang Babassu shampoo bar, followed by!!! A banana ‘n’ chocolate deep conditioning hair mask and finishing off with some hair moisturiser and my Castor oil scalp stimulating oil! Now can you imagine what a busy day it was?!!!

Well, I won’t reveal all of my weekend shenanigans in this post. I will, however, show you something very interesting!

 My curl pattern!!! 

I don’t even think I should have one considering I recently relaxed my hair! In fact my last relaxer was an EPIC fail, flop, shambles! If not for the blowout I had done at the CuttingRoomCreative salon, I’m sure my hair wouldn’t have looked as near as lush as it did in all of my haircut pictures! It simply did not relax!

Major News!
Dare I say it! I guess this means I’m transitioning!!!
P.s. I will be posting my banana ‘n’ chocolate hair mask recipe and results [especially for the lovely Anne-Marie] , as well as my review on the Anita Grant shampoo bar and of course the highly requested Castor oil scalp stimulating oil recipe. Stay tuned for those posts!

Weave Maintenance

How to maintain your weave

One of the biggest topics for just about any weave wearer, is how to keep the good stuff looking good whilst maintaining a great standard of hair care. The common misconception is that maintaining a weave is very complex. However having been a frequent enough weave wearer, I know it doesn’t have to be. 

 

I won’t say that rocking a weave is easy because we all know…. weave wearing can be as messy as wearing stilettos with two left feet. Truth is….

when rocking your weave you:

– have limited access to your actual hair (especially if rocking a full head weave)

– tend to want to straighten your hair (if some is out) so that it looks like the weave

– wonder how you can moisturize and seal whilst wearing a weave

– steer away from oiling your scalp because you don’t want to ruin the good old indian or brazilian hair

So… the real question at hand i guess is how to maintain a weave if you are stretching your relaxer, and/or simply using weave as a means of protective styling?

Here are a few things to keep in mind

1- You can still wash your hair at least once every 2/3 weeks. Though u may be worried about ruining your   weave, it wont! Or should i say with a good weave shouldn’t. Smelly weave due to lack of washing, product build up and straighteners isn’t cute. Bacteria build up can reduce your hair growth rate.

For easy shampooing you can dilute your shampoo with water and apply it to your scalp using an applicator bottle. This allows easier access to your scalp whereby you can then do a general head massage on the top of the weave and then rinse. You can also do the same with your conditioner. Be sure to rinse thoroughly so that no product is left behind as this can harden and cause problems.

2- You can still feed your scalp when rocking a weave. All you have to do is invest in some hair clips to hold your hair in the right position so that it steers clear away from oils. Castor oil on your scalp and weave is a magical combination

3- Scalp massage. You can still do this! Of course its a pain especially with a full head weave, but it can still be done. Even if you’ve oiled your scalp and then massage the weave, you are still massaging, and your scalp will be stimulated.

4- For those who have to straighten some of their own hair, always remember to use heat protectant. Also to avoid having to straighten several times in between washes, try and wrap your straightened hair. If on the other hand your weave is curly, you can also create curls (on your own hair) without heat, by using rollers, pin curls, flexi rods, curlformers etc

5- Having your cornrows braided horizontally works better than vertically. Vertical cornrows make the whole weave system almost like a game of noughts and crosses. You can barely fit your fingers anywhere!

6- If you want to go the extra mile with your weave regime and find time to do this (even if it isn’t everyday), it would be a great idea to moisturize and seal when wearing a weave. Despite the fact that your hair has been cornrowed with extensions, you can still add a moisturising spritz to each cornrow and then seal the cornrow with oil. This will require more time however will keep your hair moisturized and super protected. This works best if you intend on washing your weave, otherwise you will experience product build up.

7- Avoid weaving freshly relaxed hair, too many people do this and forget that this is when your hair is extremely fragile and weak. A week or 2 later is much better than straight away.

8- If you do decide to wear weave using the bonging glue method, only do this if you are 100% sure that it is being applied and removed in a professional way. Otherwise this method can be extremely damaging to your hair. I would not recommend using glue at all!

Weave advantages:

+ it is a protective style

+ less manipulation in the long run because you cannot comb your hair everyday

+ hair is not so exposed. e.g strands are tucked away

+ more of your hair is close to your scalp which means closer to warmth. Hair grows faster in warmer temperatures.

Weave disadvantages:

– its is initially quite stressful on your hair. This is usually at least for a few days when the braids feel tight

– you tend to want to straighten your left out hair in order to suit up with the weave (heat damage)

– washing and/or moisturizing and sealing seem to require to much effort

– when you take your hair out you seem to lose quite a bit of hair (however note, this is because your hair has shedded during the period of the initial wearing of the weave to the weave removal. Therefore this is hair you would have shedded if your hair was left out and without weave).

P.s I’ll officially be rocking my stretch weave in 2 weeks time! All the way till November. I’m going to have it re-done more than once of course! Look forward to showing you 🙂

x edF

New Series: Vintage Revamped!!!

New Series: Vintage Revamped!!!

So Sunday and Monday (bank holiday in Munich) were the most frustrating days I’ve had in a while… 

I manage/edit the blog using google chrome and safari… so about to post a blog I’d prepared, I decided to do a quick blog preview only to find that all of the pictures in my side bar had somehow been replaced with question marks… I’m thinking huh… Major joke…blogger must be down because there really is no other excuse for this nonsense!

So I switch from google chrome to safari thinking it’ll all be fine but no! Same thing!

I make a call to a computer whizz kid friend who logs-in as me and tries to figure it out because everyone else’s blog seems to be just fine. He says my photo configurations were messed with and I’m going to have to republish all 501 photos one by one.

The most painful part is I couldn’t dodge it… There was no shortcut or here’s something I prepared earlier. I spent 7 hours photo re-posting!!!

I can’t lie I wanted to cry but every cloud has…. U know the rest… and funnily enough I had a reunion with my old posts. Oh goodness, why didn’t you guys tell me how corny and mediocre they were! I had many cringe moments… The text font, the weird pictures… I wonder what made you still choose to read!

It wasn’t all bad though because it’s what has brought about a new series…
‘Vintage revamped’


So many of my old young fiona posts are so relevant but lacking juicy and indepth information so I’ll be re-posting them and making them up to date. They’ll have the same titles but begin with Vintage revamped so u know they’re the updated version!

Inside Story | Now that’s what you call a Launch! Beautiful Textures UK Mixer

Inside Story | Now that's what you call a Launch! Beautiful Textures UK Mixer
I received my special invite to the Beautiful Textures UK Launch from Lukwesa [Gidore] a few weeks back, and the one word that stuck out in the e-mail was ‘glam’ … An evening of glam! I must say upon reflection the launch hit glam on the head with a juicy diamond encrusted nail and said…. ‘Now that’s how to do a launch’! It was a fab night with glamorous, beautiful, and hairlicious individuals!
There were so many faces I dare not start naming, but it was great to meet the hardworking Charlene Bastien, National Marketing Director and strong force behind the Beautiful Textures line. I’m an undercover Marketing nerd and was so inspired by her immaculate presentation which was might I add VERY captivating. In fact when the Bf called to say he had arrived at the station for me to pick him up, I could have whipped off the heel on my shoe and smacked somebody!
Now unto other news! Yes the Bf came!!! It was his official meet the hairlovers crew event and I must admit, I felt a bit naughty inviting him to an event where the majority wore curly, kinky, coily hair. He’s very team #healthyhair but is still trying to grasp the idea of me losing the relaxed silky tresses he “feel in love with” when we first met! Haha!!!
Lukwesa did the honours of taking him to a corner for a chat and must have worked some cray cray magic because he said he really liked her hair, and wouldn’t mind a look like that on me! Whoop whoop we’re getting somewhere!!!
All in all I had a blast! I strutted in with my 18′ weave [U-Part wig] praying not to be dismissed at the door, but as ever each and every hair type was embraced with love… I can’t imagine what will happen when I do become fully natural. Team natural buys Fiona a Maybach maybe???
The day wouldn’t have started off any better without my 3 hour coffee date with old school friend and fellow blogger Michelle from KurlsKoilsKinks. Hair really does bring folks together! It was a real joy meeting Mary and her friend Sally who won the Day 7 Giveaway and came along! Thank you chicas ^_^
Here is some evidence of the great night itself… Enjoy x
Starbucks with Chelle and prepping our evening photography skills!
Flawless beauty! Wouldn’t you agree?
Let the Fun meet the Bloggers!!!
P.s. Anyone who witnessed the mini several brawls between myself and onscreen husband Laila of FusionofCultures … We are currently working on marital issues! We plan on sorting them out before the next event!
 
Oh my goodness and the goody bag!!! Hello hi 2 big juicy hair treats! I shall be using you in very due course!
 
Avec amour… 
Fiona ❥

My Blog Break & What Happened When I Started To Dress Like Today Is Important

My Blog Break & What Happened When I Started To Dress Like Today Is Important

Today is important. If you dress for each day expectantly, importantly, smartly, then each day will become that.

Being at home for the past six months I quickly came to understand the true meaning of ‘letting yourself go’. It was something many people [aunties in particular] warned me of just prior to getting married. The saying ‘you always have to make an effort, don’t let yourself go‘ became one that I came to know all too well! But it wasn’t until I became an at home and unemployed wife that it all began to make sense. The ladies in my life were simply preparing me for a time that was sure to come, when self-esteem would be low, and efforts to look and feel beautiful would be non-existent.

Now, you may not be unemployed, but as females we have a whole lot on our plates, be it children, things we aspire to achieve, career goals, keeping our homes in check, let’s not forget societal pressures to look a particular way, you name it, the responsibilities and pressures are huge. What’s more we tend to put others first and many times to our own disadvantage. There was one week in particular during my time off when the concept of ‘letting go’ was at its peak . I went four days without taking my headscarf off or wearing earrings, wore pyjamas throughout the day, and did I mention I had missed two wax appointments making me five weeks overdue! I can look back now and laugh at how far I had let things go, but had you been in my shoes at that time you would know it was far from funny.

So what am I getting at and where do things stand for me now? Well you’ll be glad to know that my time of ‘letting go’ is over. Your girl has a new job! Whoop whoop! But guess what, it wasn’t getting a ‘new job’ that got me back on track, no, my moment of change came weeks before that and it was actually a book that helped to steer me right back in the right direction.

You see most of the time it’s our mindset and not our situation that shapes how we feel and react to the challenges of life. So it’s the mindset that needs the makeover before the situation itself. In this book (fantastic read), Richard Templar talks about the power in greeting each day as if it’s important.

You get up and shower/wash/shave/put on make-up/comb hair/clean teeth etc. and basically do all those things to make you look good, feel good, smell good. And then you dress smartly, cleanly, snappily, stylishly, as if you were going to a job interview or a birthday party or on an outing. If you dress for each day expectantly, importantly, smartly, then each day will become that.

Yes, yes yes! I absolutely love this! And better yet, it really does work. On May 10th I decided to put Richard’s theory to the test. I woke up at 6am, had a hearty breakfast and got all glammed up in preparation for what I named my ‘return to greatness’ day. My first stop was to the spa where I finally made my wax appointment [I sure did regret not going sooner!], and then from there I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure at my favourite local spot. An hour and a half later I took the fast train to central London and met a good friend for lunch at Côte. I highly recommend the ‘fish parmentier’ it’s so delicious! Almost three hours later I headed back home and was straight to filming my most recent video at the time which was a spring lookbook. By the time it was 6pm and hubby had returned from work I was smiling from ear to ear, I couldn’t believe how much I had achieved and how great I felt. I knew from that day on there was no going back.

The mind is so powerful, I’ve been aware of this for some time but what I often forget it how often it needs feeding. All it took for me to feel like myself again was to first understand that more often than not you give what you get. If you give the day a poor attempt at getting dressed and a poor attitude [despite your situation], it will most likely greet you with the same in return… a poor day. I want to encourage you to give this a try if you aren’t doing this already, dress for each day expectantly and slowly but surely things will start to change for the better.

It feels good to be back
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