Don’t you just love getting your hair done?! I honestly enjoy going to the hairdressers so much. I love the feeling of being pampered, having my hair washed and styled and, even though I only ever have a trim, I love how my hair feels when it’s freshly cut. I always think it makes you feel so much better.

So, when I was asked to visit new Rush hair salon in the beautiful Wimbledon Village for a haircut I was only too happy to attend. Not only for the above reasons but also because I generally love Rush salons and I have always found them to give an excellent service. In fact, my local Rush salon in Greenwich was actually responsible for saving me from a hair colour PURPLE DISASTER 5 days before my wedding day (no, I’m not making this up), but that’s a story for another day.

On this occasion I was booked in for a haircut and blowdry at Rush Wimbledon Village. The salon itself is situated in the rather lovely and upmarket area of Wimbledon Village; a short walk from the main town and train station at Wimbledon. I made a morning of it and as it was a nice day spent an hour window shopping in the cute gifty shops and had a coffee in one of the quaint independent cafes. Rush is located perfectly in the heart of the village.

When it was time for my appointment I was greeted at reception and showed to my seat quickly. The salon inside is really stylish and has definitely got that ‘new’ feel. I’m obsessed with the stunning crystal chandelier they’ve got! Once seated I was delighted to be presented with magazines and my choice of drink (apple juice), but not only that – the drink came accompanied by popcorn, biscuits and Lindor chocolates! Amazing! It was a fabulous touch which will really make customers feel extra special.

My stylist Zoe came over to see me quickly and chatted to me about what I wanted to do with my hair and how much would need to come off the ends. Although I like to keep my hair long, I also love getting rid of all the dead ends so that my hair looks fresh and healthy. Zoe was very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable in the new salon straight away.

So, after feeling super well looked after and chatting through how I wanted my hair cut and blow dried with Zoe I was taken through to have my hair washed. My favourite part! Is there anything more relaxing in the world?! Well, the relaxation is taken to the next level at Rush, with the hair wash room being dark with twinkly lights, relaxing music and reclining chairs that massage you! Bliss. Zoe talked me through the shampoo options and asked me what type of products I like to use. She explained she would be using Shu Umeura products on my hair because they use rich natural oils to moisturise and give life back to the hair – something my locks were in desperate need of! Zoe also explained the different treatment options which I could add as an extra to my hair cut. I chose a deep moisturising and repairing treatment.

After the hair wash it was time for my cut. I was only having a simple style – a few inches off the ends and some graduated layers around my face (my usual) but Zoe took her time and did an excellent job. I was so impressed with how she dried my hair too. I asked for it with a natural curl and she blow-dried my hair in sections, each with a loose, bouncy curl and I have to say it looked amazing! The curls even held for the next day or too and, due to the treatment she used, that ‘shiny, new hair’ feeling stayed with me for several washes afterwards. I left feeling a million dollars, so much so I even took some selfies of my hair when I got home!

Overall, I loved my experience at the salon and I would highly recommend it. I was very impressed with the salon itself, the friendliness of the staff and the excellent service I received, as I have been with all Rush salons I have visited before. I had a great time chatting to Zoe who was so friendly and an amazing hair dresser. Everything from the décor of the interior to the professionalism of the staff made for a first class salon experience.

You can visit the salon’s website for more information and to book here.

***I visited this salon for reviewing purposes but the opinions are my own***

Where is your favourite hairdresser? Have you got a regular or do you change it up?

April has been a full-on month for me! It started well; the easter holidays and a lovely trip to Montenegro! But the last few weeks have been MAD and I’ve been a bit stressed and slacking on my blog and videos. Here’s a look at what we got up to this month – in pictures!

I received my gorgeous GLITZBOX delivery and this little beauty!

First day in Montenegro.

Sun worshipper.

Kotor Old Town.

Got my hair done at Rush Wimbledon Village.

Filmed making these gorgeous chocolate Cornflake cakes!

Had an amazing time visiting family in the new forest – such a pretty place

Finished off the month instyle with a lovely trio to the #BWBLaunch event in town!

What did April hold for you?

 

 

March always symbolises the start of Spring for me and therefore it’s always a happy month! We’ve had some unusually sunny and warm weather in London, and I’ve been sprucing up the house with flowers and Spring like accessories!


I’ve also been loving my homemade brunches in March and have been making Sunday mornings at home extra special. I even wrote a blog post about my favourite homecooked brekkies!

March saw me investing a lot of time and energy into my YouTube channel which I’m really proud of. Now the weather is getting better we’ve also been out shooting new blog photography.

I even attended my first ever blogging event – #BlogConLDN. It was an amazing experience and I met so many inspiring people.


In mid March I also have myself a kick up the butt in terms of my fitness and I’ve been back on it with a vengeance trying to get my pre-winter body back!

It’s been a great month, and I can’t wait to see what April brings!

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We all know that being a millennial in the current economic climate is tough. It’s all over the news, anyone in their late teens, twenties or thirties now will not have it like our parents had it. We spend all our income on rent, everything costs more, the salaries haven’t caught up and the chances of us actually being able to do something ‘adult-like’, buy a house for instance, are basically zero. If, like me, you live in London, you can times all these issues by a thousand and you’ve got an idea of where your salary disappears to 10 days after pay day.

But, here’s the thing. I like spending money.  I’m all about experiences and I like to live life to the full, packing my evenings and weekends with going out any doing stuff. It’s important to me. I’m sure I’m not alone here. I can’t stand it when my money just seems to disappear and I’ve got no idea of what I spent it on!  So, with that in mind I’ve come up with a few ways to save pennies on the ‘boring stuff’, which adds up to saving a wholeeee lot of money in the long run. Money to spend on having fun – yay!

So, for those likeminded people who find themselves straight up broke but still don’t want to sacrifice having a life then give these ideas a go and save the money for a rainy day.

Coffee.

I agree, there is nothing quite like the smell of a barista style coffee shop when you’re on the way to work at some ungodly hour. HOWEVER, did you know that if you buy one medium latte a day you are probably spending in excess of £50 per month on coffee? No, I didn’t either. Buying a flask and taking coffee from home will save a small fortune.

Greetings Cards.

Sorry mum, but I’m just not okay with spending £100+ a year on cards alone which are only heading to the recycling bin eventually. Birthday cards, Christmas cards, Valentine’s day cards – we have gone for a total, blanket ban. This will not only save us money but also it’s our way of doing our bit for the environment too. If you feel super bad for not sending cards try these Lost Ocean postcards which you can colour in beautifully yourself and send for a fraction of the cost.

Couponing.

It may sound lame, but who doesn’t get a kick out of using money off vouchers?! It’s free money! I used to chuck the vouchers they give you in Sainsbury’s, Boots and so on but actually if you get organised, keep them and use them you can save money on your day-to-day shopping.

Points cards.

Remembering to take your points/membership cards to the relevant shops can pay off big time further done the line! We do all our food shopping at Sainsbury’s so our Nectar points add up fast. I’ve also been really impressed with the new Co Op membership card which is free to join and not only gives you 5% back on all your purchases in store but also 1% of what you buy goes to worthwhile causes in your local community! I love that.

Don’t pay over the odds.

A prime example of this is going to the cinema, a regular pastime of ours. Aside from the extortionate ticket prices, a couple can easily blow £10-£15 on drinks, sweets and treats. We have recently started buying a bag of popcorn and bottles of cola on the way there from Co Op (whilst using our membership card to collect points boom) and I’m not exaggerating, we have saved a small fortune. This is the same for gigs, theatre shows, football matches, the lot. Be prepared!

Food prep.

I’m guilty of forgetting this one because it takes a fair bit of forward planning and organisation on my part but when I am on it with the food prep I have notice a huge difference in my weekly bank balance! We try to cook up a batch of meals on Sunday night to take to work for the rest of the week. With the average meal deal costing £3 that is £60 per month on lunches alone which is just too much in my opinion. When you add it up it’s easy to see where that pay check is escaping to each month! Being organised can save you a great deal.

I know how tricky it can be to budget, believe me, so I don’t do it. But by following these few easy tricks I have found my money seems to be going a little bit further, without really sacrificing too much! I hope that you might find these helpful.

What are your fail-safe ways to save cash? Are you a budgeter?

I don’t know about you but I find Instagram THE MOST FRUSTRATING THING when using it as a tool for blogging. The follow/ unfollow culture is ridiculous and I’ve been finding it super hard to build my followers. Now, I’m by no means perfect and there is a lot more I could do to improve my Instagram feed, but there are a few simple things I have done recently to up my game, which seem to have worked as my growth and engagement is improving.

I put work into my photographs

The first thing I did was wave goodbye to the blurry shots from Saturday night and made sure that only the best quality photos make it to my Insta page. I’ve put a lot more thought into how photographs are framed and how I present things. I’ve been working on flat-lays and using props for my blog photography too and I’ve come out with some really professional looking images! There are tons of blog posts and tips on Pinterest about how to improve photography and even pointers on how to get that perfect selfie!

I upped my editing

.. and didn’t invest in expensive editing programmes! I use VSCO to edit my photos and I find it’s perfect for getting the look I want.  I make sure that I put the time in to edit each photo individually before uploading and make sure that they all fit my colour theme. And speaking of theme..

I got myself a theme

This was a difficult one. Because my blog is a lifestyle blog it is about me and my life so I wanted to make sure my Instagram reflects me as well. I know many people believe the key to Insta success and retaining those followers is to follow a strict ‘theme’ with your photos e.g. only upload photographs relating to beauty or fashion. However, for me, this wouldn’t work. I blog about anything and everything – therefore my photography ranges from fashion to fitness, London architecture to food, holiday snaps to wedding photos.  Saying all this, I do see the value in having a feed which flows and seems to follow some sort of colour scheme. Therefore, lately I have been focusing on keeping all my photos edited in a similar way and making sure they are nice a bright with a nude/pastel colour palette. This has prove easier than I thought – as most things in my life seem to follow this sort of colour scheme!

I post regularly

So, I definitely used to be a post-all-my-new-pics-in-one-day kinda girl, and when you’ve got a load of pretty new blogging photos then sometimes it’s hard not to! But having a schedule and posting once or twice every day has seemed to help me retain my new followers much better. If I take a series of photos I tend to save them so I always have something to post. I know it sounds boring but it is quite sensible really!

Before

My pictures were darker, mismatched and generally not atheistically pleasing

After

My photographs have much more of a theme and sense of continuity – it’s still me, just a more polished version!

I hope you will find this helpful, particularly if you find the world of Instagramming successfully as confusing as I do! These are by no means gospel ways to gain thousands of followers (I’m pretty sure the secret to that is serious consistency, hard work and time!), but they are easy tips which have helped me see an improvement in my Instagram engagement.

On that note, if you would like to follow me on Instagram – please click here!

What about you guys? Do you find Instagram helpful or a hindrance as a tool for growing your blog/ online presence?