Sunday, November 9, 2014

Perfect highlights/ Ombré style

While most women my age are turning to lighter hair colours because they are dealing with grey roots I am struggling with my still brown roots wishing they would turn grey. It occurred to me this was more than a little crazy. My greying friends would love my dark roots while I am looking at their grey ones with envy. My hairdresser suggested the new Ombré style of colouring.

Having spent years dealing with re growth and trying to stay on top of my six weekly maintenance regime to keep me the shade of blonde I like, I have decided to embrace the new french trend of Ombré hair. By allowing the roots to be my natural colour and adding highlights further down, I'm hoping I can achieve a more low maintenance hair colour.

First step was to have some much darker highlights through my blonde hair - a little challenging given I have been a blonde for over 30 years.

Whether I add more blonde (above right)
Or opt for a darker version. I am looking forward to a less high maintenance option with my hair which will also hopefully leave it in better condition too.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Overcoming your fears

Are there things you are scared of doing because you have a fear of failing?

One of my fears is playing tennis in front of others.
If invited for lunch and tennis I spend the time leading up to it trying to devise ways of getting out of it.
I would love to be able to play without this fear .
I have decided to tackle it by asking a friend to play with me.

What are your fears? I encourage you to think of small ways you can tackle them and overcome them.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wardrobe essentials

If I had to choose a few essentials in my wardrobe to take me through spring,  these would be my favourites.

The trench is a great coat for this time of year to layer for some extra warmth.

A pair of skinny dark denim jeans... 

A classic navy jacket and white jeans.

Add to these a black , white and Breton three quarter sleeve T.shirt.

A pale blue chambray shirt  and white shirt

A grey v neck cashmere jumper for cooler days and evenings

Add a classic black dress for evening 

These classics will take me everywhere.
What are the classic pieces you can't live without?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Style queens

During a recent discussion with my daughter on style and fashion and who inspires us, she declared I really should find some younger role models. Interestingly, the women I find most inspirational are definitely on the mature side. 

When we are younger we are thrown to and fro with the latest trends and don't know ourselves well enough to stay with what suits our body shape and our personality. As we mature, our confidence grows and we dress in a style which is distinctly and uniquely our own.

Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, wears the sheath dress in many different colours and patterns. She layers it in winter with furs, cardigans and coats and always wears her delicious semi precious stone necklaces. Her make up is natural and her bobbed hair is always perfect. 

Carolina Herrera is a woman of style.

Carolina's signature look is based on a crisp shirt often worn with pants and strong, statement jewellery..

Linda Rodin has a more avante garde and eclectic range of fashion yet carries it off exceptionally well with strong red lips, heavy rimmed glasses and her long grey tresses pulled up elegantly.

To quote Anna….

Who inspires you...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Benefits of being an early riser

Two weeks ago I returned from holidays having made a decision to get up at 5 am every weekday.
These are things I have discovered through my trial.
1. I have time to fit in the important things to me which otherwise get crowded out of my day, eg. Prayer and bible study, planning my day, exercise and eating a healthy breakfast.
2. I am accomplishing so much more and my days are so much more productive.
3. I feel energised and whole and as though I finally have time to do all things I want to do at my own pace without guilt of not being able to accomplish in a day all I would like to. 
4. It is incredibly liberating
5. I am exercising more ( something that has never come easily for me and always been a battle)
6. My house is more organised 
7. I have time for family, friends and for myself. 

I only wish I had discovered the secrets of rising early many years ago.