Black Hats!

Ok so I have a slight obsession with black hats at the moment, which is no surprise as there are heaps out there at the moment.
I have just bought a black floppy fedora hat from H&M and I love it! Trouble is now I want to start collecting different styles.
I just wanted to put together my top faves on the high street at the moment for you, I hope you like my choice. Other places to look are Marks and Spencers and Debenhams, they are both doing a wide selection of all different colours and styles.
I am also loving the chunky head bands around at the mo too, both H&M and Urban Outfitters do them, they look great!


 Hat – H and M
Dress – Miss Selfridge
Jacket – New Look
Leggings – H and M
Boots – Autograph at M and S
Purple nail varnish – Rimmel

Happy Shopping!

Christina x


Dip Dyed Hair!

I took these photos in the car, on the way up to London for a party. I had just had my hair dip dyed and as you can see I was chuffed to bits with the outcome. I am now addicted to dip dye. My colourist Abbie (from Melanie Giles in Bath) suggested I had it more subtle to start with but at a later stage if you fancy you can intensify it and have  a more contrasty effect. I was told you have to be careful not to make the ends too dry though by having it done too much. Because my hair is long and thick and usually all one colour, it gives it more of a lift. I am very happy with it and can’t believe I haven’t done it sooner. The dip dye is an interesting process, I thought you literally dipped your hair in a bucket of dye but that isn’t the case, firstly my hair was back combed all over and then the bleach was applied to the ends. It is an Aveda salon so she always uses Aveda colour on my hair, as well as all the gorgeous smelling shampoos and conditioners. At home I can’t live without the Aveda Brilliant emollient finishing gloss, it tames my unruly locks.
My top fave products at the moment for hair care are in the photo below. I use Aveda Shampure shampoo and Aveda Smooth Infusion conditioner to wash my hair. After I have washed it and it is still wet I work either smooth infusion glossing straightener into my hair right down to the roots or I use Macadamia healing oil treatment (another staple favourite of mine). After blow drying and using my ghd straighteners I smooth any frizzy or wispy bits with the Aveda Brilliant gloss ,which I keep in my handbag at all times incase of any mad frizzy moments during the day.

Happy Dip Dying!
Christina x


Christmas at Highgrove!

It was a festive night at the Highgrove shop Christmas launch event in Bath last Monday night. We were able to preview all their new luxury Christmas gifts and really felt in the true British Christmas spirit!
One thing I do have to highlight are the stunning Christmas decorations dressing the shop, designed by Shane Connolly himself. Shane Connolly designed the flowers for the Royal wedding! You must go and take a look, his garlands and window display are beautiful!
There is something for everyone in the Highgrove shop and all gifts are hand made by skilled craftspeople. Everything caught my eye and I walked around the shop over and over again finding gifts for all the family, but as usual I am always attracted to anything I can wear. I do however have a small candle obsession and the cinnamon and spice candle they had burning in the shop smelt amazing. They also sell a diffuser, potpourri and a room spray of the same smell…….yummy!

Here are my top picks below:

They sell beautiful cashmere socks (Knitted in Scotland) in different colours as seen in the photo below which you can buy with or without a cosy knitted hot water bottle cover which I also love.
They also do Corgi long wool blend socks (‘using traditional hand manufactured methods dating back to 1892, Corgi were the first company granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment’) They are great for wellies and the Christmassy Fair isle ones for curling up in front of the fire.
The jewellery is unique and beautifully handmade including little bumble bees inspired by the English country garden (handmade in Somerset) and Wren birds which are a frequent visitor to the English garden (handmade in Sussex). Prices do range, whether you have a ribbon tie or a silver chain, bracelet or earrings.

Don’t forget to grab yourself a cinnamon and spice Highgrove candle, it smells amazing! My house is already feeling Christmassy! Also add a traditional Highgrove hanging tree decoration to your collection, I have the red robin. You must take a look at The Highgrove shop website, I love the way each item has a brief description of where and how it was made making each item unique and special.

So go on you too can spend a traditional Christmas at Highgrove!

Happy Shopping!

Christina x

Apart from the first photo, all other photos courtesy of the Highgrove shop.