See you soon

Hey Guys,

I just wanted to let you all know that I will be taking a little break from blogging for a couple of weeks.

Life has gotten really hectic lately and I’ve now found myself trying to balance 3 jobs, a degree, a blog and a house move! Something has to give! So unfortunately that means the blog will have to take a back seat until I settle into my new routine. Hopefully in a week or two.

As always thanks for the understanding and support.

Love from JJ

Here comes the sun

Hey Guys,

The first sign of sunshine and I’m already dressing like it’s the middle of summer!

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I took these photos at my mums house and my sister’s cat decided to join in, isn’t she a cutie?

The weather this weekend was perfect so I took full advantage of the fact that it was warm and got my legs out. There are no new items in this look but I don’t think I have worn them all together like this before. I still love this top, you have probably seen it before here and here. It’s a one off piece from Cage City and it goes with everything so I literally live in it these days. The weather got a little chilly later in the evening so I switched the skort for some tartan leggings, which still looked pretty good.photoI’m still living out of a suitcase at the moment, so my wardrobe is super limited. but I am finally getting used to it and having fun mixing items I don’t usually wear together to create new looks like this one. On the plus side I’m starting a new job today so hopefully we will be back on track with finding a new home soon. Yay!

Today is the last chance to enter my Marisota giveaway, there have only been 30 entries so far so if you do decide to enter there is a pretty good chance you could win. Good luck!

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Bristol fashion week S/S14

Hey Guys,

Yesterday I attended Bristol fashion week’s live blogger show. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen me live tweeting the show. This is the third time I have attended the blogger show and I always have a fantastic time. This season was one of my favourite shows I have seen so far, the atmosphere was fantastic and the show was wonderfully well presented. If you want to see what happened on the live blog click here.

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The atmosphere inside the fashion pavilion was buzzing!

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The show kicked off with a mad hatter’s tea party theme. I loved the collared dresses and hats with cakes on.

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The hosts Andrew Barton and Mark Heyes were brilliant as usual. They always make me giggle.

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Everyone seemed to love this nautical swimsuit.

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My favourite part of the show was Ann Summers Bollywood themed dancing.

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The outfits were all styled gorgeously.

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I love that fluro bikini!

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Thank you so much to The mall at Cribbs Causeway for inviting me again. I can’t wait until next time!

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Friday fancy #23

Hey Guys,

I don’t wear denim at all but lately I’ve been considering the idea of buying some jeans. Shocker!

River island mom jeansThese River Island ‘mom’ jeans in particular have caught my eye. I think the shape is really flattering and I love the cute turned up cuffs.

Don’t forget you can still enter my giveaway. There haven’t been many entries yet so if you do enter you have a high chance of winning ;)

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Marisota pop up store and giveaway

Hey Guys,

Today I wanted to let you know about a great pop up store coming to Bristol and also give you the chance to enter a giveaway!

Marisota is part of J D Williams, the UK’s largest independent multi-channel home shopping retailer. Marisota launched Shapeology last year as a new design breakthrough that combines cutting edge technology and a host of new fitting techniques to help you look your very best. Shapeology offers women of all shapes and sizes the chance to wear fashionable pieces, which will enhance their figures and ultimately give them ‘can wear’ confidence.

As well as clothes in sizes 12-32 Marisota also sell beautiful accessories, swimwear and lingerie; so there really is something for everyone. Personally I love their range of lingerie, the bras range from cup size A – K.

Check out some of their beautiful pieces below. How gorgeous is that bag?

Marisota - Beaded ethnic print shopper - £40 marisota Marisota Gold dual chian necklace - £20The Pop Up

The Shapeology Pop Up Shop tour launched in London on 13 March. It will be in Bristol (23 Penn Street,Cabot Circus, BS1 3AU) 25-30 March and in  Manchester (Arndale Centre  L16) 3-6 April. Each of the pop ups will feature a selection of fashions in sizes 12-32 as well as key accessories, swimwear and shapewear. Customers will be able to order items featured at the events in-store and will be given a special 20% discount AND free home delivery.

TV super-stylist Mark Heyes, who designs his own range for Marisota will be popping in and out of the store to meet customers. A team of specially trained Shapeologists will also be on hand to guide customers through the ranges and show them they can wear this season’s new fashions. Then the  ‘magic mirror’ will enable customers to capture their new look and allow them to send it instantly to their friends via Facebook, Twitter and Email. They will also be able to print out a copy to take away with them. It sounds like it will be a really wonderful event so definitely be sure to check it out if you are in Bristol.

The Giveaway

To celebrate the pop up store coming to Bristol, Marisota have been kind enough to offer one of my readers the chance to win an item of their choice from the collection worth £50!

To enter the giveaway simply comment on this post telling me what gives you ‘can wear’ confidence and then register your entry with the widget below. You can also earn extra entries by following my blog, twitter or facebook.

Good luck!
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Atomic turquoise

Hey Guys,

After months of red hair I’ve finally dyed my hair again. I used Manic Panic’s Atomic turquoise. Although it has turned out a lot darker and greener than I was expecting I am really pleased with it. I am planning on writing a full review once I have had it in for a couple of weeks, but for now I thought I would share a few snaps of my new hair colour with you.

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Friday fancy #22

Hey Guys,

It’s the return of Friday Fancy! Yay! I haven’t done it for the last couple of weeks but now I am back to blogging regularly. :)

1394698467198974372I’m totally obsessing over this sweatshirt right now. I love big prints on tops and the little mermaid is one of my favourite kids movies ever! This sweatshirt is from SheInsideand is only £20.49. Bargain!

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Down by the sea

Hey Guys, 

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to the seaside with my little sister. As you may know I am living out of a suitcase at the moment with only a few key outfits. This is one of those outfits. It was a lovely day and I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the seaside backdrop to take some outfit photos, even if the outfit isn’t all that groundbreaking!

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How to lighten hair without bleach

Hey Beautiful People,

Recently I tried a little experiment to lighten my hair without the use of bleach or other harsh chemicals. If you read my recent post on damaged hair you will know I have had a few issues with bleaching my hair in the past. I’ve been desperate to dye my hair back to blue for a while now but I really wanted to avoid bleaching my hair as it has taken so long to get my hair back into a good condition after the damage caused last time I bleached it. So the big question was how to go from red to blue without bleaching. I needed to remove the red and get back to the bleached blonde that was underneath before I applied the blue dye. I scoured the internet and came up with a plan and I have to say I am really happy with the results. How to lighten hairThere are a few different products on the market for removing hair colour such as Colour B4 which claim to be a gentler alternative to bleach. However, I have heard that even these products can cause hair to break and so I wanted to try something that would be even more gentle on my hair.

Now the first thing I should point out is that this only works for removing unnatural colour from hair that has previously been bleached. It wont make naturally dark hair turn blonde. It also wont return your natural colour if you have previously bleached your hair (the same is true for products like colour B4) Seems obvious but I think some people still get confused.

What you will need:

First take about 5 or 6 vitamin C tablets and crush them up into a powder. put the powder into the bowl and add the head and shoulders. There is no specific measurement for the head and shoulders, simply use enough to cover your whole head. Mix the shampoo and the powder into a paste. Next take the tint brush and cover your hair with the paste until it is saturated. And that’s it really, simple as that. I covered my hair with a plastic bag but if you have a shower cap that would probably be better. I left the paste on my hair for a whopping seven hours before washing it out. photo 2 photo 3When I washed it out the colour had lightened considerably. As you can see it has not removed the colour completely but I kind of expected that as red is a very difficult colour to budge. I think this would work a lot better for more unnatural colours that come out easier, such as greens and blues.

But I am really happy with how I have managed to lighten my hair without damaging it. The blue should go on a lot better now.

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M.I.A

Hey Beautiful people,

I’ve been M.I.A for a couple of weeks now so I guess I owe an explanation as to my sudden blogging absence. It seems that I only ever write these personal/life posts when something crappy is happening. In future I will try to start writing life updates when positive things happen to me too. My life has kind of turned upside down lately. So I thought I would do a little bit of an update for anyone who is interested.

I like to think I’m a fairly laid back positive person, it takes quite a lot to get me feeling down, but lately a few things have happened that have left me feeling a tad bit overwhelmed. Work has been going downhill for a while. I unexpectedly lost one of my jobs in January and I still haven’t managed to replace it. I wont go into too many details but basically one day I showed up to work to find the company gone, no warning or anything and they owed me money. It hasn’t been the most pleasant situation.

Losing my job came at the worst possible time as Dave and I had already made plans to move out at the end of February and had given notice to our landlord so there was no going back. Although we moved out we haven’t been able to move in to a new place yet because I no longer have the income to afford the rent. So now I am living out of a suitcase staying with different friends and family members. The worst part is I don’t know how long the situation will last.

I struggle a lot with anxiety and depression and right now in this situation I’m finding it really hard to cope. I know a lot of people have much worse problems to deal with so I am trying to stay positive but sometimes it all feels a bit too much. It has been really hard to find the motivation to blog lately, which is kind of frustrating because blogging is actually something that makes me really happy.

I’m sorry if this is a bit of a whiny rambling post but I thought I owed a bit of an explanation as to why I haven’t been blogging much lately. Also my wardrobe is VERY limited at the moment, as like I said I am living out of a suitcase and most of my clothes have been put into storage, so I will try to be creative and create some new content to make up for the lack of outfit posts.

Thank you for bearing with me and putting up with my infrequent posting. I am really grateful for everyone who reads my blog. You all mean the world to me!

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