Hey guys – how’s it going? What’s new with you?
I’ve gotta be honest, I’m not really ‘digging’ this post title as the likelihood of me using that word IRL (<<<stands for in real life, I know, mind blown.) is zilch. But I couldn’t think of another way to say ‘here’s some shit I like, you might too’ so there you have it.
So here you go, some stuff that’s been rocking my world recently…(p.s. don’t judge my filtered selfie the more I look at it the weirder my face looks, brb *adds Kim Kardashian’s selfie book to Amazon wishlist*.)
1. Curly Hair.
Up until, roughly, 6 months ago curly hair was the bane of my life. My GHDs were my BFF and I had cold sweats about humid days and my unruly mane.
I had also never been able to grow my hair past my shoulders and pretty much needed a hair cut every other week thanks to always having a cute 2748953849795 split ends to deal with.
What a dummy.
Fast forward to the here and now and I’ve finally embraced my natural barnet and jaaaaaysus christ what a revelation it’s been.
For starters I can actually wash ‘n’ go now…Imma just let that sink in for a moment for any gal pals reading this who have witnessed the regular 4 hours stints of washing, blow-drying, straightening & styling I have gone through since the tender age of 15 and I stopped hair-spraying my fringe to my forehead so it dried straight (hey, it worked just fine)…Anyway, it’s true, Hazza is now a wash ‘n’ go kinda gal!
Admittedly I still use *a lot* of product but at least now I can literally get out of the shower shove a bit of mousse & salt spray in my locks – yeah soz GHD’s. mousse and salt spray are by NBF Forevs – and then flounce out the door feeling all sassy, like oh my hair do, took no time at all hunny.
And my hair has grown. It nearly down to my boobs which is the actual *goal achieved* long hair dream.
And it’s so much fucking healthier. Who knew that not blow-drying it every few days and straightening it to death would help it grow and make it healthy eh?
(Alright, smug hairdresser 1 Harriet 0)
So yeah, I am loving my curly hair for once in my goddam life. And basically you should totes embrace your natural hair too because baby we were born this way!
Some product links for you if you’ve got a curly mane to tame:
A good healthy dollop of this: Schwarzkopf got2b Mind Blowing Quick Shape Mousse
Followed by a little bit (ok a lot, ok half a bottle) of this Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray
2. Chai Tea Latte
If you were an alien and you came to Earth and you’d never heard of Christmas, and were lucky enough to bump into me; I would take you straight to Starbucks – which is totally realistic because let’s face it in this day and age you’re never more than a foot away from a Starbucks at all times – and I’d make you order you a Chai Tea Latte.
And you’d be like ohhhh shit. That’s Christmas. Umm DELISH.
Because Chai Tea Lattes are ACTUALLY CHRISTMAS IN A CUP.
So now the season to be jolly is upon us I am almost mainlining these bad boys straight into my system for all the holiday cheer! (Don’t care if I’m not ‘Murican I love the saying holiday cheer!)
And if for one minute you’re thinking, cool story bro, but that Eggnog crap is my festive beverage of choice then you need to buck your ideas up pal because Chai Tea lattes are so much better. For one they aren’t flash in the pan seasonal drinks that pop up for 2months of the year. NO. It’s a coffee menu stalwart which means it totally wins because you can enjoy Christmas all year around.
The cinnamon-y, spicy milky goodness just tastes so freakin’ yum.
If you are still yet to try one then head out and right that wrong immediately.
Or make one at home with THIS RECIPE (which I’ll be honest looks like way more effort than I’ve got time for).
YAY for Chai Tea Lattes (or Tea, Tea Milks which is what the name actually means – so silly…but still delish. Never not delish.)
3. These unreal boots from Topshop
I’ll be honest, I think it’s something to with the curly hair. As soon as I let it wild I started to feel a lot more like a rock star or some badass biker chic and therefore, babez, we obvs need to wardrobe to match – hence my lusting after these lace up black and patent boots.
Aren’t they just the dream?
And they’re just bloody practical too, which is important now I’m over the age of 25…because that is an actual thing that happens when you’re in your late twenties. You get practical about stuff that you never normally would. Like, yah, great shoes and everything but will my feet be warm AND dry? WILL THEY?
And are the comfortable? (I mean FFS Harry who are you?)
These clearly tick all three of those boxes so yeah, I’d like a pair please in size 5. Danke Schoen!!
Probs jumping on a badwagon here but Japanese food is so damn good!
For years and years I thought it was all gross, cold, raw fish and then just boring noodles. I mean, like, ewww how ignorant am I? But recently I found out it’s not and it’s actually the most delicious cuisine out there!!
(well, it’s at least the most delicious cuisine that you can eat quite a lot of without feeling like you’re about to give birth to a food baby – I mean I LOVE everything you’re doing Italy but pizza and pasta might as well be called PUFFY FOOD because I look like a puffa fish post chow down.)
So yeah Ramen is my new fave dish, so much so, I even bought a Kilner Jar (<<< yup there are different types of jars, who knew?) from Tiger the other week so I could make it at home and take to work for lunch (recipe here).
I’ll admit that I haven’t actually gotten around to making it yet. I mean, it’s hard to put in the effort when there’s a great place on my work doorstep that makes Ramen for the charming London price of £8 a portion but I can feel post-Christmas when I’m crying into an empty purse I’ll be all over making my own.
If you haven’t tried Ramen yet then I can recommend any of the below restaurants to lose your virginity in.
Ooh, yeah! All right!
I wanna Ramen it wid you.
We’re Ramen, ramen,
And I hope you like Ramen, too.
(not even a tiny bit sorry for that.)
5. The Lake District
So rather than using the last of my holiday days to be all wild and youthful and exuberant in Berlin (apparently the coolest, hippest and most happening city in the world – I am dying to visit) my boyfriend and I instead packed our welly boots, bobble hats and waterproof coats and embarked on a trip to the Lake District.
Yeah that’s right – Oh hi! I’m in my forties now! I go to places like the Lake District and walk. Yup. – who knew you could feel like a middle aged, married couple without dropping 25k on wedding first.
Just kidding. Walking hols in the Lake District are what all the young, hip cool kid couples are doing. Truussssssme aiiight.
We hired a sexy little Audi A1 from Sixt (that turned out to be a *bit* of a palaver but I’ll explain more about that in another post) and then drove for 6 hours to the tiny, picture postcard village of Grasmere where we had ourselves a wonderful 3-day break!
As I mentioned above, we mainly went walking. Around lakes, through towns, up hills, in the rain, across rivers, over stiles, past sheep and I felt so outdoorsy and Bear Grylls esque and at one with nature. It was just swell. So much so I’ve demanded we go on a nice long country walk on Christmas day this year (Oh yeah, if you’re reading this Dad, this is what we’re doing pre-dinner so start planning a route now plz).
We ate in quaint little pubs by open fires and drank hot chocolates and red wine. Before snuggling down in our massive Queen-sized bed for a good old early night.
It was heavenly and so relaxing and beautiful and one of the best trips I’ve had. I can’t wait to go back next year for another Staycation.
Stayed tuned for the full post I’m going to bore you all with soon!
6. Lush Intergaltic Bath Bomb
Lush totally reminds me of being 15 and shopping in Southampton with gal pals and feeling like a millionaire with £25 in your Claire’s Accersoriez purse. LOLZ like them were the dream days.
And to be honest along with my penchant for buying pedal pushers from Pilot, Lush was forgotten to my teenage years. That was until a MASSIVE flagship store opened on Oxford Street just a 5minute walk from my office.
I was initially lured in by the smell. Who doesn’t know that sweet, soapy, perfume smell that pours out of all Lush store and oozes it’s way into your nasel cavity (<<< ewww Harry, why did you just write that?). So yeah, I couldn’t help but be drawn in…
…And once inside I knew that a proper pamper night was on the cards. It was a Friday, I had no plans (woo go me.) and so I decided to chill the fuck out and have a candle-lit bath and perhaps treat myself to a Lush bath bomb.
I went for the Intergalactic purely for the name but it turned out to be a total dream. It’s peppermint in smell but the real selling point is the way it makes your bath look. (every man on the planet just rolled his eyes at that sentence). LIKE A FUCKING GALAXY.
And then. AND THEN…it left my skin super soft and, wait for it, COVERED IN GLITTER. ❤ ❤ ❤
I was literally sparkling from head to toe and I couldn’t have been happier. I cannot wait for the next time I can bathe in a galaxy far, far away.
Also – just FYI there is a Spa at the Oxford Street store (and probs some of the other stores around the UK?) so you can actually go in and be pampered there if you fancy it, I’m definitely going to look into a post work treatment for myself.
Check Lush out HERE – although I think actually going into the shop is so much better than boring online ordering. It’s a total experience.
So there you go, that’s some stuff I’m liking at the mo that you just might too. If you’re a big fan of any of the above, let me know in the comments or over on twitter @killofox
Thanks for reading,