How to Take Care of Your Hair

If you’re noticing that your hair is starting to feel a little tired and it’s not responding well to the styling measures you take each day, it might be time to start thinking about how you can begin to look after it a little better. There are lots of ways in which you can begin to take better care of your hair and we’re going to discuss those things right now. Read on to find out what you need to know about keeping your hair in optimal condition.

Deep Condition Every Week

A deep condition is the least your hair deserves, and you should be doing this once a week. Regular conditioning often isn’t enough for many people, so it’s worth going the extra mile and ensuring your hair gets the level of nourishment it needs and deserves. Doing this once a week will help it to feel alive and revitalized throughout the week and that’s how it should feel.

Use the Right Vitamins and Supplements

Using good vitamins that can help you to improve the health and strength of your hair is a good idea as well. There are lots of hair vitamins out there that you might want to consider, so find out more about the options and find the ones that you feel will be most beneficial to you. Everyone’s hair is different so you might want to try some options and see which works best.

Eat Plenty of Healthy Protein

Eating the right kinds of foods will also help you to ensure your hair is as strong and healthy as it should be. In particular, you should try to make sure that you’re getting enough healthy protein into your diet as possible. This is great for your hair and you can get it from foods such as leafy greens, oily fish such as salmon and various kinds of nuts and fibers.

Give Your Hair the Chance to Chill on Some Days

Some days, you should really give your hair the opportunity to just do its thing. You don’t always need to be applying heat and lots of products to it. If you dedicate a day or two per week to just leave your hair as it is, it’ll get the chance to chill and that can be really beneficial throughout the week and all year round.

Get it Cut Regularly

Getting your hair cut regularly is not just about maintaining your style. It’s also about making sure that the quality of your hair is strong. And even if you’re trying to grow your hair out, you should get it trimmed by a professional regularly to remove problems such as split ends.

Taking better care of your hair is something we should all do, and we all can do it. It’s easy to neglect your hair and not go to the lengths you should. But when you see the outcomes that come from taking these extra steps, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start taking better care of your hair sooner.

What to Consider When Buying Jewelry

Ya’ll know I love my jewelry. There are many reasons that you might find yourself buying jewelry, and no matter what the occasion is you are going to want to make sure that you get it right. There are different factors to consider when trying to figure out the right jewelry pieces.

Special Events

Special occasions are one of the top reasons people look at buying jewelry. If you are due to propose to someone, for instance, then you know that you are going to need to find designer diamond engagement rings to choose between. If you are buying for a birthday or Christmas, it will be something else entirely. And if you are just buying something for yourself for no particular reason, then that too is something that you can consider.

Price

We all know that it is easy to spend a lot of money on jewelry, but the truth is that the prices can vary so much that you never quite know whether you are going to spend a lot or not. There is such a huge variation, and what might cost only a few bucks here might be much more expensive over there. So make sure that you are considering not just the price of individual rings but the prices of those similar rings at different stores, as that way you are much more able and likely to make the right choice economically.

Style

What kind of style do you want for the piece? This again might depend strongly on the occasion you are buying for, but it is likely that a few other factors are also going to come into play here as well, so you need to be aware of those. Such as the general style of the person who will be wearing it, for instance, whether that is yourself or someone else. As long as you have thought about the style of the piece in this considered way, you are going to make a much better decision overall.

Ethics

In today’s world, finding ethically sourced jewelry can be an important factor. It is always a good idea to do your research on the supplier of a piece of jewelry, as well as the supplier of their gems, and of any designers and crafters who have worked on the piece. It’s not too hard to find all that out, and it will ensure that you are remaining moral when it comes to choosing items of jewelry to buy. I have some ethically sourced jewelry items on my boutique so go check it out here

How to Stay Sane During Quarantine

We’re at a strange point in time right now. It’s fair to say that the world is a much different place than it was a month ago, there’s not a corner of the earth that hasn’t been affected by the recent pandemic. Whether you’re on formal quarantine or lock down or are just choosing to self isolate, being at home can feel a little tedious after a while and can increase anxiety when you’re sitting around with too much time on your hands. If you can, see this as ‘downtime’, try and make the most of a bad situation and aim to do fun and productive things where possible to make yourself feel better. The only thing we can do now is to try to make the most of this situation, so here are some ideas to make your day a little better.

Have a spa day

Chances are you have tons of spa products in the house. If you’re like me you probably have them in your cabinet but totally forgot about it. But now is the perfect time to get them out- bath bombs, bubble bath, oils, hair and face mask, foot masks. Spend some time really pampering yourself, get a hot bath and relax with music and candles, treat your hair and skin and paint your nails. On a normal day you probably don’t get the time to do all of this, so why not make the most of it? Not only will it make you feel better physically but it can reduce stress and make you feel better mentally too. If you and your partner are isolated together you could even give each other massages and turn your home into a mini spa for the day. 

Try some new makeup looks

Playing around with makeup can be a lot of fun, but again it might not be something you get the time to sit and do that often. If you have a lot of products, get them out, fall in love with different things again and follow along with some makeup tutorials on Youtube. You might be all dressed up with nowhere to go, but you could snap some photos for your blog, Instagram channel or just for a new Facebook profile picture. You could get really creative and try things you wouldn’t normally do, just because you have the means to do so and the time on your hands! Have fun with it, you can always just wash it off if it goes wrong so don’t worry about trying to get it perfect on the first attempt. I did this the other day, as seen in the photo above. I saw a photo that Kathleen Lights posted on IG and tried to recreate it, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Do some online shopping

Online shopping has become a real lifeline during these times. You can continue to support business by ordering from them and having goods shipped to your door. Just be aware of social distancing when your deliveries arrive, leave a note asking for things to be left on your doorstep or just call through the door so you don’t need to come in contact with people unnecessarily. Maybe some new summer dresses will cheer you up (hopefully we’ll be over the worst of this madness by then) or perhaps you could order some homeware items and have fun redecorating and decluttering a room in your home. You could treat yourself to something that will cheer you up, get materials for a project or buy something you need but have been putting off for a while. If deliveries are still going ahead in your area then do continue to buy as it helps the economy in these difficult times. 

Also don’t forget to shop my boutique John and Suki! Use code SHOP20 for 20% off any item.

Organize your closet

This is something I need to do that I’ve been putting off. Take everything out and put what you won’t wear into boxes labeled donate as it can help to make decisions easier. Put back what you want to keep, and pass along the other items when you get the opportunity after you’re out of self isolation or quarantine. Having a thinned out wardrobe can actually give you more clothing and outfit options as you can see exactly what you have, and you’ve only kept things that fit you and that you like. No more rummaging through items you don’t want or need. 

Write some blog posts (or start a blog)

Blogging is one of the best hobbies you can have. It’s fun, it’s productive and there are lots of ways to earn money later down the line. If you already have a blog, now is the time to create some great content for it. You could review products you’ve been loving, take outfit photos, write a diary of your thoughts or give tips and advice to others. If you don’t have a blog then what better time to start one? It will likely take you a few hours to get set up, think of a blog name and open an account on blogger or wordpress. Buy a template off Etsy to make it look nice, and purchase a domain name to link to your blog. From there you can open an email address and new social media pages linking to your site. Once all of that is done, you’re free to start creating content and networking with other bloggers. Since it’s this starting point that takes the time, it’s a great opportunity now that you have the time to get it up and running. From there you could just post once or twice a week if you wanted to and enjoy this hobby for many years to come.

How will you be staying sane at the moment? Leave your tips in the comments below!

 

Girls Trip Guide to Savannah, Georgia

Last weekend a few girlfriends and I took a quick trip to Savannah, GA for my birthday. It was my first time in Savannah, and I’ve been wanting to go for some time now. If you haven’t been I highly recommend. Savannah is such a beautiful charming southern town with a lot of history. Of all the things we did, I wanted to share some of my favorites.

What to do:

Ghost City Tours: On Saturday night, we took a ghost pub tour. This was honestly one of my favorite things we did during the weekend. We hopped around to about 4 different bars and learned about the history and hauntings of Savannah, GA. Did you know that Savannah is essentially built on top of a grave? We didn’t see any ghosts (kind of sad but also kind of glad) but still had a great time!

Forsyth Park: You must go to Forsyth Park while you’re in Savannah. It’s absolutely beautiful to just walk through, with all the Spanish moss and fountains. It’s very dog-friendly, so we took Baguette. We even saw someone walking their pet raccoon there.

Where to eat:

Cotton & Rye: Our first dinner was at Cotton & Rye. It was absolutely delicious. This was my type of restaurant, chic and trendy but with amazing tasting food. Their thyme lemonade cocktail was SO good.

Savannah Seafood Shack: Savannah is known for its seafood. We had to try the low country boil while we were there and boy did it not disappoint. Be aware that this is A LOT of food but it was so delicious!

The Olde Pink House: We ate here on our last night. It’s a beautiful old pink house (duh) converted into a restaurant. I got the scallop and shrimp fettuccine and it was AMAZING. This was one of the more expensive restaurants we went to but I highly recommend it.

Where to grab a drink:

Jen & Friends: Go here for a martini. They have all these crazy martini flavors, so many to choose from. I’m not a big martini girl but had to do it for the gram. I got a birthday cake martini and it was delish!

Alley Cat Lounge: After Jen’s we went to Alley Cat. This place was such a fun cocktail bar. We told our waiter what spirit we liked and how sweet we wanted it and he just came up with something for us. They have a million different cocktails to choose from. This would be a great place to go with a group of friends for a casual night out.

Step Up Your Food Game

Okay, if you haven’t gathered from the title of my blog, I love food. It not only serves as a beautiful means of turning ingredients into works of art, but it’s also a craft, a social experience, and an act of love to serve someone. However, for those who truly do adore the entire experience of eating and appreciating good food, ingratiating yourself in foodie culture can also be a great way to connect with your passion.

Connecting with food outside being a seasoned eater can help you learn more about the art and practice, and it can also educate you to no small degree. For instance, if you enjoy steaks and eating high-grade beef, learning about the maintenance, rearing and care practices of Wagyu cows can be a fantastic idea. It textures our knowledge that little bit more, and we can therefore pass on our knowledge. But how else might you connect with food outside of eating it? Here are some ways you can step up your food knowledge.

Read Up On Food History

Read up on food history. From shows such as A Taste of History or reading into a particular ingredient or foodstuff, such as the first creation of sandwiches or the true societal-shifting implications of hunting down salt, the more you understand about how culture has developed the more you can gain an appreciation for it. Additionally, you will also find yourself appreciating other cultures more, as no one society, civilization or race of people has ever had a monopoly on fantastic food. For this reason, the act of learning allows us to appreciate our mealtimes more.

Visit Food Destinations

Visiting authentic locations can be a fantastic means of exploring your gastronomic interest. For instance, heading to Marseilles can help you eat at the restaurants prized among the culinary world, with legendary chefs that are still serving incredible food to this day. Appreciation is the name of the game here, and you’re sure to appreciate such a wonderful display of worth in more ways than one here. It’s even better if you can share this journey with those you most love, as the act of sharing a meal in a social setting is perhaps the only exception to the phrase ‘hunger is the best sauce’.

Source Incredible, Quality Treats

It’s important to treat yourself, and that means going for the best of the best when it comes to a certain foodstuff or ingredient. Sure, you may enjoy eating crab, but have you ever ate crab freshly picked and cooked from the ocean that morning in New England? Sure, you may enjoy pretzels, but have you tried the best pretzels from esprovisions.com?

The more we can try the best of the best, the more we’ll be able to distinguish quality from quantity, and good preparation techniques from the ineffective. That’s a vital skill to have.

The Best Products On Amazon

If you’re anything like me, Amazon is your go-to destination for pretty much everything. I’m not going to lie, I probably go on Amazon at least once a day. There are so many amazing products on Amazon that I can’t recommend enough so I thought I would share with you some of my favorites!

Barefoot Dreams Blanket: The blanket you see above on Baggys is one I got for Christmas (thanks Dad!) I’m obsessed with this Barefoot Blanket. I use it everyday on the couch. It’s super cute and cozy. It’s not very warm so if you live in a super cold place or it’s winter you might have to double up with another blanket. This leopard print is absolutely perfect and a must have!

Wisdom Panel DNA Test: I got all three of my pups this DNA test for Christmas. It was super easy to use and it was so fun to see the results!

Mini Crumb Vacuum Cleaner: This is a lifesaver! I’m a mess, I’ll admit it. I love having this crumb vacuum for when I make a small mess or drag in dirt from my boots. It allows me to clean up small amounts without having to whip out the big vacuum.

Laptop Backpack: I started a new job recently where I have to go to meetings with my big laptop. I was searching for over a month for the perfect laptop backpack and I definitely found it! I love this, it’s fashionable but also very functional. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on it already. And it’s so much cheaper than a lot of backpacks!

Philip Hue Light Bulbs: It’s the way of the future. These Philip Hue lightbulbs are seriously lifechanging! I have them around my apartment and it’s a lazy girls dream.

What are some of your Amazon favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Budget Friendly Date Ideas

Life can be expensive. And no matter what your age, it’s good to save money when you can. It’s definitely something I’m trying to work on in the new year. When it comes to date night (or afternoon), sometimes the expectations don’t align with your budget. 

While it would be nice to indulge in a meal at a Michelin restaurant or head off on another expensive experience every time, the reality is that sometimes your bank balance simply won’t allow it. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an unforgettable experience without it costing you the world. Whether you’ve been with your partner for a few weeks or years, the below ideas make for a magical date idea – no matter what your taste or your budget!

Explore The City 

Following the words of Ferris Bueller, it’s good to stop and take a look around once in a while. So for this date night or day, why not explore the city with your partner? 

Taking in the sights that it has to offer, you’ll rediscover the beauty of the city that you live in. Whether you spend your time walking along the streets or you enjoy one of the free local attractions (such as a museum, an art gallery or a park), you’re bound to have a wonderful time. 

I recently had someone tell me they do “urban hikes”. They pick a spot in the city and just walk to it without a plan and stop at different places along the way. This would be such a cute date idea!

Host a Movie Night 

Prefer to stay in and get cozy under a blanket? Then why not try a movie night at either of your houses. With so many romantic movies to choose from, from Pretty Woman to my personal favorite: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days , you won’t be lost on films to enjoy. A cheap and easy way to have a romantic evening just the two of you, you can complement it with sweet treats and ice cream!

Grab A Coffee

Love coffee? Then why not head out to your local coffee shop and grab a drink! Now, this doesn’t have to be the Most Expensive Coffee, but whatever you opt for, it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up and enjoy a refreshing drink. This can also be part of a more extensive date, enjoyed before ice skating in the winter or heading to the city to explore in the warmer months. 

Head For A Picnic 

Know of a romantic spot for a picnic? Then pack a hamper with both of your favorite treats and head out on a picnic. Sitting on a rug, you’ll be able to look out at the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. It’s also a very cheap idea, only requiring an outlay on the food and drink!

If you’re in NYC some cute picnic places (once it gets warm) would be Central Park, or Domino Park.

Get Active With A Hike 

Are you both walking enthusiasts? Then maybe a hike is a good option to choose. Whether you live in a city that’s surrounded by hiking trails or you’re in the countryside, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get your walking shoes on and head out for a bit of exercise! Not only will this make both of you feel great, but it will also give you the chance to talk and experience the picturesque nature together.

What are your favorite cheap date ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

Where to Eat in London

Last month, I went to London for the first time with my friends Amy and Vinny. It was a super quick trip. We took the red eye Wednesday night and came back Sunday. I honestly wish I could have stayed longer because I absolutely fell IN LOVE with London. I’m already plotting my next trip back. Before I went, everyone kept telling me that the food in London was not good. So I went in with low expectations. My expectations were wildly wrong because I found some AMAZING food spots in London that I want to share with you. These were my favorites from the trip – ones I would not only highly recommend but would go back again.

Sketch – Go to Sketch for Afternoon Tea. Sure, it’s pretty pricey but you get unlimited tea and refills on the sandwiches and treats. The decor at Sketch was honestly probably one of the best decorated restaurants I had ever been to. It was cool, sophisticated and so instagrammable.

Dishoom – London is well known for it’s Indian food and Dishoom is one of their popular spots. I’m a huge fan of Indian food but I find it not as popular here in the states. I was excited to go to Dishoom and see what all the hype was about. It did not disappoint. The food was so incredibly good. We tried to go again another night but the wait was too long. I would highly recommend making reservations for this place or you might end up waiting upwards of two hours.

Chiltern Firehouse – Shoutout to Jackie Schimmel of the Bitch Bible for talking about Chiltern Firehouse on her podcast. If it’s good enough for Jackie, it’s good enough for me. We went here for brunch. I obviously had to get the avocado toast (which not going to lie, I didn’t think looked very appetizing) but boy was I wrong. This was absolutely delish! Chiltern is a little on the pricey side but if you’re looking for a nice brunch or dinner option I would highly recommend.

Breakfast Club – This is a The Girls Who Brunch after all so I had to add some of my favorite brunch spots. Breakfast Club is a great little diner-esque spot that has an amazingly delicious brunch. Be prepared to wait on line because it’s a popular spot.

Granger & Co. – The cutest little spot in Notting Hill. I mean look at all these amazing drinks. From the coffee to the blood mary – this was a great place for brunch. I got the pancakes – which I would say I normally don’t ever order but they were delectable!

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to London. I will definitely be making another trip (hopefully soon!). If you have ever been to London, let me know your favorite spots to eat so I can add them for my next trip!

Three Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

You all know by know that mental health is something I take very seriously. It’s something I’ve been open about in the past, as I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression.

If you are feeling anxious or low, I’ve come up with three different tips to improve your mental health.

#1: Make changes in your home

We come home to relax and unwind, but if your home is causing you to feel stress, then you probably need to make a few changes. So, you might want to declutter your home if a lack of space is getting you down, and you should get on top of any repairs if there are any niggling issues that are adding to your stress levels. This is something I am planning on doing this weekend. I want to declutter and get rid of items that I just don’t need.

You might want to include a few additions to your home too. Houseplants are great stress-relievers, so add one to two to your home, as you will instantly feel calmer by the scents and aesthetics they provide. Be sure to place a plant grow light nearby to give them a chance to grow and flourish. 

You might also add works of art and personal photos to your walls, as these can both invoke feelings of calm and happiness. Think about the other elements of home decor that are personal to your tastes, and add them to your home to boost your happiness levels. 

#2: Make changes to your diet

I’ll be honest here, I haven’t had the most healthy diet recently and this has definitely affected my mood. Sugary goods, takeout and processed foods have all been linked to depression. Not only that but it makes you feel like crap.

It’s important to improve your diet, which can be difficult, especially if you regularly reach out for unhealthier options for comfort eating purposes. Still, it’s worth having a clear-out in your kitchen, as if you replace junk items with foods that can improve your mental health, you will be unable to eat something bad for you. 

By eating a healthier diet, you will also be less prone to other health issues, of course. The knock-on effect of this is that you will then have less to worry and stress about, so let that be another incentive to improve your diet. 

#3: Make changes to your daily routines

If you regularly suffer from stress and low moods, it might be because of your daily routines. 

If you never carve time into your schedule for relaxation purposes, you might be pushing yourself towards burnout, especially if you are always busying yourself with something. On the other hand, you might spend too much time of your time relaxing, and this is problematic, especially if you’re forever sat on the sofa with your feet up. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to depression and other health issues. 

Consider what you do during the week. If you’re always busy busy busy, you really do need to slow down once in a while for the betterment of your stress levels. And if you’re forever sitting on the sofa being lazy, you need to make a change to your routine and exercise more, as you will feel both the physical and mental health benefits if you do. 

Keep in mind, these tips might not be easy but they definitely help! These are some tips that I myself need to incorporate into my daily routine. Hope you all have a healthy and happy weekend!

 

 

From Fixer Upper to Dream Apartment

I just recently moved into a new apartment. While it’s not exactly a fixer upper because it’s a brand new construction, I came into a blank space with no idea where to start. If you’re like me, you probably have a to do list as long as your arm, and you haven’t even considered your costings yet. Here are some ways to fix up your brand new space without breaking the bank.

If it’s a TRUE fixer upper:

Before you do anything with your new apartment, you must ensure that it is fit to enter. A simple hard hat may not do. Some fixer uppers haven’t been lived in for decades, and they have seen better days. They may have structural issues and are at risk from letting in damp. You need to instruct a qualified surveyor to assess the safety of your site. Top floor apartments, in particular, can let in water if the guttering isn’t sound. Look up and check the roof. Are there any leaks or slipped tiles? Many mid century apartments have flat roofs so need inspecting more regularly than most. Check your windows for drafts and cracks. If your glazing needs replacing, consider vinyl replacement windows to cut costs and ensure that you don’t lose heat from your interior. Ensure that all utilities are connected including mains drainage, electricity and gas. These are the things you might easily forget about but they’re super important!

Figuring out your budget:

It’s vital that you go room by room and construct a budget for your plans. Yes, you might want that granite quartz kitchen counter but can you afford it? There’s nothing worse than starting a project, only to then realize that you don’t have the money to finish it. List every job no matter how tiny to get the most accurate budget possible. Apartments are naturally smaller than houses but it’s easy to spend money. Once you have budgeted for your plans, get started!

The fun part, decorate!

This may or may not be your forever dream apartment, so don’t be too concerned about following trends or opting for color palettes that maximize resale value. If you aren’t planning to sell, then what’s the point? Try and opt for decor and fittings that suit your lifestyle. Go for the exposed bricks walls, the integrated kitchen appliances and the white walls to create a fresh and bright ambiance to your pad. Create an apartment that makes you excited to come home each day.