A couple of weeks ago I went to Thorpe Park for the Fright Night event and holy crap I loved it! Extreme coaster rides feels like a whole different experience in the dark. Fright Night at Thorpe Park is perfect for all the adrenaline junkies and horror movie lovers, much like myself (although I don't consider myself the latter). All in all, my friend and I managed to go on almost all the big extreme rides (minus one or two) and sadly only one of their horror mazes. The lines for the haunted mazes are ridiculous, they take up to over an hour to get in and we weren't going to spend hour precious time waiting in line while we could have gone on two or three different coasters!
Since it was Halloween themed, I wanted to dress up and get in to the spirit. I knew that it'll be cold out now that it's autumn in the UK but I didn't want to bother with the hassle only a winter coat could cause. Sometimes winter coats can be a bitch and strain my back and shoulder due to the weight, and for some confusing reason I tend to sweat whilst in them, even when its cold out. I think that the perfect fuss free alternate would be a nice comfortable pair of hoodie.
I bought this hoodie from the men's section in Primark and DIY-ed the rib cage graphic with just a stencil I made out of drawing paper and white acrylic paint. I honestly think that a skeleton is by far the easiest and most last minute costume to whip up on Halloween. I dressed up as one last year, and being a skeleton just really resonates with me, for some weird reason. Maybe because it's dark, much like my soul!
So what did you dress up this Halloween?
My Malaysian 26 degree weather clothes have been desperately calling out to me for weeks. I've been trying my best to utilize my wardrobe while I still can before the temperature plummets. I find that knee socks is a great way to keep my legs warm while I wear shorts and dresses. I love to wear them at home too, since I'm so used to wearing shorts in my room (apparently this is a rare sight in the UK) these babies have kept me warm and toasty. I nabbed up this oversized jumper/dress/sack looking thing from Primark for about £4 at the sales rack. I have a love hate relationship with Primark, I kid you not, you cannot enter a Primark Store and leave without purchasing anything.
Guess what yaaaaall, I have finally bought myself a tripod! I've been into photography for years but strangely I've never bothered to invest in a good one. For years I've been justifying the need to own a tripod with the notion that I don't really need it and that I'm perfectly capable surviving with makeshifts tripod, i.e. books and boxes stacked up on top of each other. I've tons of ideas that I'm dying to try out but I imagine it will be ridiculously difficult to carry out without the help of a tripod. And not to mention, those Amazon deals can psychologically break a girl's willpower, especially late in the night. It's due to arrive in a couple of days time and I'm excited!
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I'm starting this off with a big fat apology. I'm a horrible blogger, obviously. I really should work harder to keep the content running here. As of late I've been venturing into other platforms of social 'media'. Besides posting daily artsy photos on Instagram, I've started to post videos on Youtube. I'm an avid Youtube watcher and I can't go to bed at night without watching a video or two from my subscription feed. Now with all my new found free time I finally went ahead and try out the whole vlogging thing. And I must say, I've really been enjoying it so far! I've decided to continue on doing it and by no means will I stop blogging (the two sort of go hand in hand with each other). If you're still interested to see what I'm up to lately you can head down to my channel.
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Till next time.
This set of photos were taken about a week before I left home. Like that overplayed Let Her Go song, "You only miss the sun when it starts to snow". Although it hasn't snowed here in the UK, and I heard that it wouldn't be for anytime soon, I do miss the sun nonetheless. Oh the overcast skies of England. I've been out of the sun for far too long and for the first time I actually hate the fact that I'm turning paler by the second! Ironically, as I write this down the sun is shining through my window and directly in my face as we speak. I really should be outside and chasing the sun but then here I am, watching The Vampire Diaries on my bed. Yay, me!
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When I sang along to Beyonce's Flawless, this isn't exactly how I imagined it to be. I certainly didn't wake up flawless - oh no. I look more homeless than flawless that's for sure. Thankfully though, I'm the type of person who loves the homeless look so I usually get by without having to stress about my hair on the daily. You know me - I would do just about anything for those extra minutes of snooze in the morning. Especially if you're sleeping on Casper mattresses. This New York based company makes latex memory foam mattresses that will guarantee to keep you sleeping in all morning and evidently forcing you to get ready on a hurry!
I'll share with you guys some of my favorite tips and tricks to tame the monstrous morning mop and have you out the door in literally (I meant figuratively) no time at all!
BEFORE YOU SLEEP
It always pays to do things ahead of time. When I had long hair I remembered it was such a torturous chore to de-tangle my hair in the morning so what I loved to do is to have my hair up in an obnoxiously high bun when I go to bed at night. This will result in the loveliest loose waves when you take your hair out of the bun in the morning. Just rub in some hair oil to your tips and you're good to go! But if you have short hair like I do, you wouldn't need to do much to your hair before you go to bed. The perks of having short hair! Fuss free and effortlessly chic all the time.
TIP: make sure you let your hair dry completely before going to bed / going. I don't have a scientific explanation why moist hair dries frizzy, mine just does. /:
My hair is ridiculously processed. I've had it bleached multiple times, it went through a whole lot of chemical colour processing and not to mention all the heat styling I've done to it. I am in serious need of professional hair treatment care but till I decide to break my bank and go to a professional, I like to use leave-in conditioner as my daily hair care treatment. I just spritz it all over my head and let it air dry. The product brings a bit of moisture back into my ends and it does help in detangling those flimsy ends.
TIP: You can make your own concoction by diluting your favourite conditioner with water. Store it in a spray bottle and you have your own leave in conditioner!
I must admit, there are days where I feel like switching things up a little bit - not too much (because aint nobody got time fo dat) but just enough to make it look like I actually put some thought into how I look. My go to 'switch up' look consists of just a couple of these crocodile clips. They're great for on-the-go styling and I keep tons of them on hand inside my bag just in case.
I love the whole faux side buzz look of which I achieve by clipping a section of hair behind my ear. It smooths the side and gives it a very edgy look.
Second look is for those days when I want to get things done. Basically on days where I get serious. Hair that is in my face is in my way. Clip those suckers up and bam - sleek and tidy.
Sometimes my hair looses it and gets a bit frizzy. Smoothing creams / pomade helps in taming those nasty frizzes.
To Use: Squeeze about a pea size amount into the palm of your hands and rub it into those stubborn pieces.
Dry shampoo dry shampoo dry shampoo!
Whoever invented these things should be awarded a nobel prize or something of the same stature because it has saved me and my hair, and I'm sure countless of other women's hair out there more often than we bother to claim!
I have naturally fine hair, and I have a lot of it. It's always limp and have no volume whatsoever so these dry shampoos really do make a difference by adding volume and life into it. Not only that, now that my hair is colored, I try not to wash my hair as frequent as I used to in order to preserve the color vibrancy. Dry shampoo helps get rid of the grease AND adds volume to your hair. Miracle product - seriously. My current favorite product is Batiste's Tropical scent - HOMG you guys its the best smelling thing in the world. You need to have it. Go and buy it now.
To use: Spray it onto your roots. Let it sit for a couple of minutes. Zhuzsh it a little bit. Voila!
If all else fail, don't fret - hats will save the day! I name my blog The Girl In The Hat for a reason. I love hats, and I love collecting them, Although the weather here in Malaysia don't really allow me to wear some of my favourite hats without drenching them in sweat, I do own a few staple hats that do wonders in covering a bed hair day and yet making my whole look put together.
My current favourites are this snapback that I got recently from Brands Outlet and this really old leprechaun hat that I got from Toulouse over 4 years ago. The snapback completely tone down any look making it look more casual and sporty while this bowler hat looking thing gives the look a more stylish and chic approach.
EMBRACE YOUR BED HAIR LOOK
I'm one of those super low maintanence girl who absolutely hate fussing over my looks in the morning. If it isn't a special occasion - no comb will touch my locks. Well, who am I kidding, I generally never comb my hair regardless of special occasions or not. Like I mentioned, if I could spend an extra 20 minutes in bed rather than getting ready, I'd take looking like a hobo over anything else. I suppose I can consider myself to be one of those lucky girls who wakes up with 'perfect hair', but believe me when I say that the word 'perfection' to me actually mean 'homeless' to everyone else.
Regardless of all that I've shared with you, style your hair the way YOU want it to. What works for me wouldn't necessarily work on you or perhaps anyone else on that matter. Do let me know if any of the tips and tricks I've shared helped you out in any way, and do leave me some tips of your own. I'd love to know! Anything for those extra snoozes, right!