Before and After Hair Extensions

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After 5 full months of wearing my last set of hair extensions, I had them safely removed last week and I couldn't believe how much my natural hair has grown. 

I have never felt so happy with my natural hair, so I wanted to write a post to break the misconceptions about hair extensions and how picking the right salon and professional to apply them can actually help your locks grow long and look healthy. 

I first discovered Inanch and began getting my hair extensions applied there 4 and a half years ago, and it's the best decision I ever made! Back then, my hair barely touched my shoulders and after years of bleach abuse, it was completely broken and frazzled! I wanted long Repunzel locks and the only way I was going to achieve this was by getting some hair extensions. I did my research and after discovering the multiple award winning salon Inanch and some recommendations by celebrities on twitter, I booked my consultation and a couple of weeks later I finally had the long flowing hair I always dreamt of!

Each set of extensions last me approximately 5-7 months and I always make sure I return to Inanch to have them removed professionally. There was only 1 time out of the 4-5 years that I made the mistake and booked to have them removed locally in Essex as I couldn't get into London, and I instantly regretted it. They had no idea what they were doing and it took them 3 hours to pull them out of my hair. I learnt never to make that mistake again and to stick to the professionals. Inanch, however, deal with extensions all day, every day, and are experts at it. They use a special oil to loosen the bond and within seconds the extension simply slides away from my natural hair, leaving no damage what so ever. The entire removal process takes around 20 minutes. 

I am utterly amazed each time I have a set removed, at how long my natural hair has grown in between. The first photo above on the left was taken in December 2013, and the photo next to it was taken last week, so you can clearly see that after 2 sets of hair extensions over 11 months, my hair has thickened and grown. The photo on the right was also taken after a trim too!

Although I am in love with my current hair length, I will still get extensions for thickness, mainly because I think I'm a little addicted and can't bring myself to say goodbye to them just yet!
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Straight & Sleek Blowdry Tutorial

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In this video I show you how to blow dry your hair straight and create a sleek, shiny look without the need for hair straighteners. I am using the new Jose Eber blow dryer (US link here) which has an innovative infrared light which infuses a gentle heat deep inside the hair cuticle, not on the surface of the hair shaft, decreasing drying time by 50%. 

Not only does it decrease drying time, but it eliminates the risk of hot spots, burns, and damage with its even heat distribution. Incorporating antimicrobial properties via Ultra Violet technology, the Infrared Blow Dryer helps to cleanse the hair as it dries, removing any bacteria or buildup leading to greater shine, smoother hair, and easier styling. Basically, this is the future of blow dryers!

It has 4 variable speed and heat settings, including a cold button for static control.

Previously when I styled my hair straight, I always had to straighten my hair afterwards in order to create the smooth, frizz-free look, but since using the Infrared dryer I haven't needed my straightens at all! 

I hope you enjoy my video, if you did please give it a thumbs up! 

Also, there will be a BIG Jose Eber giveaway coming soon, so please subscribe to my channel >>here<< and keep a lookout on my blog for the announcement.
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City Social

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Last week I had a lunch reservation at the most talked about restaurant in The City since it's opening in May this year, City Social. 

Located on the 24th Floor of Tower 42, and since the closing of it's former residents 'Rhodes 24', it has been completely refurbished and ready to impress. 

Opened by Michelin starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton, who is on a roll at the moment after opening 3 successful restaurants in London last year, (including the hugely popular Social Eating House) I have heard nothing but great things about his latest venture so couldn't wait to see what all the fuss is about. 

As soon as I walked through the doors of the lift and into the restaurant I was instantly hit by the breathtaking views of the London skyline. 

The floor to ceiling windows allow the light to flood into the restaurant and made it impossible for me to draw my eyes away from the view. 

They even made sure the view is appreciated in the bathroom, with what I like to call "pamper pods" conveniently located by the window for people to sit down and apply their make up whilst taking in the view of London, something I took full advantage of (please see Instagram picture below!). 


We started with a round of Kir Royales to toast the view and to enjoy whilst we pondered over what we should order from the impressive menu. 

After much deliberation and a recommendation from the friendly waitor, I ordered the Guinea fowl and truffle terrine, parfait, crispy skin and grilled sourdough, which was absolutely delicious. 

I also tried some of the yellow fin tuna takiti which melted in my mouth. The cucumber, radish and avocado salad accompanied it beautifully. 

For main, I was tempted by the fillet steak, but I always try to order something I wouldn't normally eat at home so I decided on the venison. It arrived on a bed of braised red cabbage and smoked chestnuts and was cooked to perfection. Just look at that beautiful juicy piece of venison...

My mouth is watering just looking at it!

We also ordered the pheasant with caramelised red onion and the magnificently presented cod with baby squid and squid ink aioli. 

And finally, temptation got the better of us and we obviously had to order the fillet steak. 

Time for desserts. No matter how full I feel after a meal I can always manage a dessert! We ordered a selection, and took the opportunity to admire the views once more whilst we waited for them to arrive. 

I truly believe that panoramic views of London never get old. I could spend hours gazing out to the skyline, pointing out where different areas of London lie and admiring the latest skyscrapers. 

Our gazing was interrupted by the smell of the delicious sweet treats making their way to our table. 

Exotic fruit Pavlova, passion fruit cream with lime and coconut sorbet...

Yoghurt and honey parfait, figs, goats milk and blackberry ripple ice cream...

And the masterpiece...

The apple tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream and soaked in caramel sauce.

Can we all please take a moment to admire this beauty...

Mouthwateringly warm, rich and oozing with caramel sauce. 

Yep, I know. Please try to control yourself from drooling all over your laptop. 

The perfect end to the perfect meal. One of the best I have had in a while. 

Okay, I told a little fib when I said we ended with that beautiful apple tarte tatin, but no meal is complete without a cappuccino and mini salted caramel truffles to accompany! Oh, and a huge pot of tea because, well, I don't have an excuse for that. I'm British so there is no excuse for tea! 

Whether you're looking to impress on a date, for some of the best panoramic views of London or just simply for honestly good food and wine, I couldn't recommend City Social enough. The entire team was so friendly and made us feel welcome from the moment we stepped through the door, and thank you also to Andy for taking the time to chat to us. 

I'll definitely be back, possibly next time for an evening cocktail at the stunning art deco bar I noticed on the other side of the restaurant. Besides, there is only one thing that beats the London skyline during the day, and that is seeing it sparkling after dark. 
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My Hair Routine

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I receive a number of questions from various people regarding my hair, the majority asking what products I use and what I use to style my hair.

For this reason, I decided to film a video to show my current hair routine, covering the products I use and revealing the world's best curling tongs that I absolutely swear by (and no, that's not a sponsored advertisement, they really are that good!!)

I like to switch my products up now and again and try new things, but the products I have used above are my current favourites that I am loving at the moment. 

Here are the products I used:

Enjoy! If you liked my video, please give it a thumbs up and also don't forget to subscribe to my channel to stay updated.

Thanks for watching!
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4 years.

4 years with my love! 

I can't believe it has been 4 years! Time flies when you're having fun.

love you x
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September Beauty Favourites

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I've rounded up the beauty products I discovered and fell in love with during the month of September, and put together a video where I ramble on about them. 

Amongst them include some new Estee Lauder skincare bits and make up, a product that helps you sleep, a newly discovered fake tan brand and my favourite foundation of ALL time (a bold statement I know but I stand by it!)

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel >>here<< if you want to stay updated on my weekly videos. 

Here are the products in order of mention:

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I've began vlogging! How very exciting!

For years I've spent hours upon hours watching different YouTubers vlog their lives, and I've always found it so fascinating. This is mainly down to my nosiness and curiosity when it comes to seeing what they all get up to each day. 

I've wanted to begin vlogging for a while now, but it was only this year that I eventually plucked up the courage to start up a YouTube channel, buy a vlogging camera and begin! The reason for the delay is simply a lack of confidence, and the fact that I am a massive worry head. Whenever I thought about starting my channel, I used to worry about anything and everything. I would worry about whether I would be any good at it, whether people would even watch the videos but most of all, what people would think of me. 

It was only recently when I learnt to let go of these worries that I finally felt happier, and more confident in myself. Don't get me wrong, I still worry about insignificant things a lot of the time, but I've learnt to not over-think so much. 

I began my blog because I enjoy writing, photography and everything else associated with SGW. I then began my YouTube channel because I enjoy filming and editing videos. I didn't start them for anyone else, I started them for me. For this reason alone, worrying about what people think no longer enters my mind! 

So, as well as weekly videos on my channel, I'll also be vlogging a lot more. I'm even contemplating taking part in Vlogmas, which is something I enjoyed watching a lot of YouTubers take part in last December. Vlogmas is a daily vlog every day in December leading up to Christmas. We'll see! In the meantime, if you want to stay updated on all my videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel >>here<<

Life's too short to worry, just do more of what makes YOU happy :)

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Cocktail Making

You all know how obsessed I am with a good cocktail. In fact, you're probably sick of my photos of cocktails plastered all over my blog and Instagram whenever I go out, but I can't help it! I love them. But I'm also very particular when it comes to what I like. If I had it my way I would drink Pornstar Martini's for the rest of my life. Besides, who wants to pay £15 for a cocktail that you might not even remotely enjoy? So, what better way to try out some new types of cocktails than by whipping them up myself at home!

Appletiser contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I wanted to try out their new Apple & Pomegranate flavour drink and incorporate it into a few cocktails. Of course, I said yes!  I instantly remembered I was bought a cocktail shaker for my 21st Birthday and it's been sitting in the box ever since, so what better excuse to finally give it a go. 

They sent me a list of recipes and I made the following 2 cocktails and 1 mocktail. The recipes are as follows for anyone wanting to re-create:

Big Apple Berry
1. Shake up 60ml of Cognac (I used Courvoisier) with 15ml of sugar syrup
2. Pour into a sling glass with ice
3. Top with Appletiser, Apple and Pomegranate 
4. Add fruit of your choice
5. Mix it up with a stirrer
6. Garnish with your berries of choice (we like it with blackberries and redcurrants)

Pom Blush
1. Mix up 25ml vodka, 25ml lemon juice, 50ml sugar syrup
2. Pour into a glass with ice
3. Top off with Appletiser, Apple and Pomegranate 
4. Garnish with fresh berries

Lemon Sling
1. Mix 15ml lemon juice with 25ml sugar syrup
2. Pour into a glass with ice
3. Top with Appletiser, Apple and Pomegranate 
4. Add a dash of lemon cordial
5. Garnish with apple slices or berries

The new Apple & Pomegranate flavour is delishhhhh and so refreshing. It's good for you too as it has no added preservatives (i.e. sugar which is most commonly added to a lot of other branded juice!). Just 100% gently sparkling fruit juice.

Now, before I start making you believe I'm a professional whizz at casually whipping up cocktails in my kitchen, I'm not. Far from it. In fact, with a cocktail shaker in my hand I'm an accident waiting to happen. Please see below for proof...

Hence the reason for the change of outfit!!

Anyway, I felt I had to show you my stupidity (you can see the full clip at the end of my video above) firstly, because I laughed too hard watching it back not to include it, and secondly, as my good deed of the week to teach everyone out there to PUT THE LID ON PROPERLY BEFORE SHAKING!! If this will now save even just one person from spilling brandy all over their freshly washed and curled hair then my work here is done.
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Tapas and Shopping in Ibiza Old Town

One of the things I really wanted to do during my trip to Ibiza was to visit the boutiques in the Old Town, so on our final day we jumped into a cab and made our way to the harbour for a full day of shopping. 

We began with Tapas in a beautiful little Spanish restaurant tucked away down a quiet cobble street that had the most amazing view, before dipping in and out of boutiques. 

I can't get enough of Spanish Tapas at the moment. Especially Spanish Omelettes...

And these salty green peppers. 1 in 10 are ridiculously spicy, and for some reason it's always me who picks the spicy one!

Each corner we turned there was another road lined with little boutiques selling the most gorgeous items. I completely fell in love with each and every one of them. It's the perfect place to come if you want one-off items that you'd struggle to find elsewhere. 

We also found a huge Zara which we spent far too much time in, and I bought a gorgeous winter coat! 

I also picked up this beautiful little dainty bracelet from one of the jewellery boutiques...

We had a late evening flight home so had a spare couple of hours before we had to leave for the airport, so ended our holiday back at the beach restaurant to soak up the last of the sun over a pizza and a bottle of wine. 

Sitting with the sun on my skin listening to the waves on the beach, I was honestly dreading coming home to face the cold and going back to work!

I can't believe our holiday has been and gone in a flash, it went far too quickly! Thanks for the laughs and memories girls, it was definitely one to remember.
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