Thursday, 23 July 2015

PEACHY KWEEN

 

The magic that new hair possesses is truly undeniable. The ultimate pick me up when you're a little miserable is, just sometimes, a little change to your appearance. 

After a week of seeing instagrams full of festivals and holidays away, catching up with old friends who have new, fabulous lives abroad and even getting a little envious of the kids with six weeks off school, I couldn't help but feel a little bit fed up and bored with my current situation. I am in no way, shape or form trying to say that hair dye fixes everything, and that our outer shells are all that matter, but you know, sometimes, a lil TLC goes a long way.

So Thursday, my day off, I reached for a bottle of Bleach London hair dye, that had been gathering dust on my bathroom shelf for a few weeks and thought "fuck it", lets go a bit peachy. 
The bottle tells you that should apply it to your hair for 15 minutes before washing it off, I left it for 45. My hair isn't the brightest it's ever been, its currently an outgrown, dirty blonde kinda shade.. so I wasn't expecting the best results.
It's actually more pink than it is peach, which was somewhat disappointing. It also already looks washed out. I've used plenty of different "wild" dyes before, and this is the least vibrant I've seen. But, that could be down to the state of my hair anyway.. I don't expect it to last much longer than a wash or two either way. 


Chanel x

Monday, 8 June 2015

WHEN IN FLORENCE



Ciao, I recently visited the city of Florence during a trip to Italy, and I completely fell in love with the place, so much so, I thought I 'd put together a little 'to-do' post. These are all the things I loved the most about the visit, and I want to make sure everyone else that visits the glorious city doesn't miss out on.

BOBOLI GARDENS




Peharps it's me getting older, but sometimes theres nothing I love more than a stroll around some historical gardens, not that I'm into history or anything, I just find the atmosphere so relaxing. Even if the sound of some old gardens and statues doesn't sound appealing to you, the walk up to the very top is worth the view alone. The gardens look over the entire city, you'll be thanking yourself for the trek up the hills afterwards, I promise. 

TRY SOME LOCAL FOOD


Lampredotto sounds as appealing as it looks, it's pretty much tripe on a crusty cob. However, this is Florence's most popular street food, and has been around since the 15th Century. I didn't overly enjoy this, but it was no where near as awful as I thought. I would say this is perfect hangover food, so if you've gone a little too hard on the ol' vino one night, grab yourself one of these and try a taste of Florentine history. 

GIATTO'S CAMPANILE


In total this bell tower has 414 steps, and I genuinely wasn't sure if I was going to make it up those without passing out, go the gym Chanel. My unfit state was no match for my stupidity, as I didn't take a bottle of water with me. But, once I had finished gasping and assured myself that I was actually going to come out alive, I forgot all about the narrow staircases, and gawped at the glorious views. I find it hard to believe that there are many landscapes as glorious as this.


WATCH THE SUNSET


One hundred percent my highlight of my trip. I could do this every night for the rest of my life. 
Walk all the way up to Piazzale Michelangelo (or get a cab if you're a cheat) where you will find a full panoramic view over Florence. Just before the sunset you should find plenty of other sunset viewers, some buskers and a stall selling a variety of beverages (I opted for a small prosecco, obvs) 
There are few amazing things in life for free these days, this is one of them. 

TAKE IN ALL THE ART

Okay, so admiteddly, the only museum we visited over in Florence, was the Gucci museum, and I think in hindsight, it is a big regret that we didn't see as much history as we should have. Florence is home to some of the most famous pieces of art in the world (hello, statue of David) so if you have the time, go check it out.


Chanel x

Monday, 25 May 2015

COLONEL MUSTARD


I am fully embracing the seventies vibes going on in the high street lately, as you can see. I've never had quite so many compliments on a jacket, as I have on this missguided beauty! I sized down for this, and it fits perfectly. Being short, the cropped arms are a dreaaaam. I splurged on the jumper and these boots from ASOS last pay day, and boy, have they served me well. I adore the bright colours of the jumper, it's something my wardrobe has been severely lacking lately, and although we are technically coming into summer now, who are we kidding, it's still fairly chilly in cheery ol' England, so yes.. colours for summer dreams.. knits for reality. 

I have no idea what's going on with blogger lately, but my images just look awful after uploading them, so I apologise for the quality :/
Chanel x
| Jacket (missguided) | Jumper (asos) | Skirt (topshop) | Boots (asos) |

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

POSTCARDS FROM FLORENCE



Ah Florence, lovely little Florence. One beautiful city that I was not all that interested in visiting, until I suggested a trip to Venice to my boyfriend, and he was adamant about paying a visit to Florence whilst we were in the country. So, we came to the agreement, three days in Venice, three days in Florence. Deal. So after our two nights up in Venice, we jumped on the train down to Florence, which was surprisingly a lot more easy than I imagined. 
We arrived tuesday evening, and were instantly hit with the tuscan sunshine, a completely different vibe to Venice, but still very chilled out to how I know cities in England. As we arrived pretty late, most place shops were closing up, we walked past a man shutting his shop up with a glass of red in hand, oh the Italians know exactly how to live.
If you're thinking about a city break in Italy, I would urge you with all my might to go to Florence. It's a very artsy place with a lot of character and energy. We spent our days meandering around the streets, eating ice cream and stalking Tom Hanks (Yes really, he was out there filming the new Da Vinci Code movies with Felicity Jones)
We stayed in a lovely little hotel (Hotel Panorama) which I would also recommend for your visit, reasonable price and a fantastic view from our room and the breakfast area. 

I will be following this post up with "things to do in Florence" very soon.

Chanel x




Tuesday, 12 May 2015

POSTCARDS FROM VENICE


Is there a better feeling than finally ticking something off your bucket list, finally seeing a place you've been dreaming of, ever since you can remember? I think the answer is no. I can finally check Venice off my to-do list, and I can honestly say, it was more magical than I ever imagined. It's unreal, so much so, I had to constantly remind myself that this was a genuine place and not some disney amusement ride. 
Venice is perfect if you're into mazes, the little island is built like a labyrinth, with so many narrow alley ways and turns. It was dead easy to get lost. For the two nights we were there, I completely forgot about the existence of cars, how the venetian people get by with just boats still amazes me. Imagine having your ASOS parcels delivered by speed boat every morning. 
The evenings were much more calm than the days. Trying to squeeze past various tour groups down narrow streets gets old pretty quickly, but after about 7pm, they all disappear, and the place is a lot more relaxed and quiet, much more romantic than avoiding accidentally photo-bombing a Chinese families photo. 
I instantly fell in love with Venice, but if you're going, I'd definitely recommend no more than two or three days there, a short city break is more than enough here. I will be following this post up with a few tips for staying in Venice soon 

Chanel x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

MOMMY DEAREST


Happy Mothers day to all the mammy's out there.
(If your mother is no longer with you, I'm very sorry and my thoughts are with you on this day)

If you are lucky enough to be able to spend time with your mom today, I hope you are spoiling her as best as you can. I will no doubt be waking my mom up with a cuppa and breakfast in bed, then later enjoying a meal out with her, basically treating her so well that she'll have no choice but to forgive me when she see's that I've published so many retro photographs of her.

So, Mom, I'm not sure publicly embarrassing you will win me any brownie points, or make for an appreciated mothers day gift. But because I haven't quite figured out how to express my deeper feelings for the ones I truly love yet (something I've probably inherited from you), I just wanted to put a post together to show how damn stylish you've been  over the years, because, if there's one person that loves to shop more than I do, it's you. Yes, you are living proof that shopping addictions are hereditary, and that shopoholism is in my blood. 






Mother dearest, you are my world. 

Chanel,
your favourite daughter ;)

(and I'm sorry there isn't a picture here thats less than twenty years old.. you still dress good, gurl)


Saturday, 14 March 2015

YOUR DAILY DOSE OF GIRL POWER



Inbetween International Womens Day last sunday and Mothers Day this sunday, what better way to celebrate girl power than with the two biggest days of celebrating ladies, I thought it was just aswel to post some of my favourite empowering quotes. Feminism is so important, and something I am constantly learning more and more about, and something that is definitely way more important and worthy of blogging about than whatever garms I'm wearing today...

"Conceal your flaws by sucker punching anyone who has the audacity to mention them
Miss Piggy

"This is your daily reminder that Kim Kardashian took a mans betrayal and turned it into a multi million dollar industry" 
Gabby Noone (@twelveoclock)

"Wake up every morning and tell yourself that you're a baddass bitch from hell, and that no one can fuck with you, and then don't let anybody fuck with you" 
 Kate Nash

"... women ARE complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy. But because people are crazy, and women happen to be people"
Tavi Gevinson

"Yeah you like me, you kinda like me, but if I was a guy then I think you'd love me. 
But I'm just a girl, and that's good enough for me"
Kate Nash (conventional girl lyrics)

"There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women"
Madeline Albright

"It really pisses me off that women don't get the same opportunities as med do, or money for that matter, 'cause lets face it, money gives me the power to run the show. It gives me the power to define our values, and define what's sexy and what's feminine, and that's bullshit.
At the end of the day, it's not about equal rights, it's about how we think, we have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves"
Beyonce

When you’re a girl, you have to be everything. You have to be dope at what you do but you have to be super-sweet. And you have to be sexy and you have to be this and you have to be that and you have to be nice. It’s like, I can’t be all those things at once. I’m a human being.
Nicki Minaj

"Why do people say 'grow some balls'? balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding."
Betty White

"We can't be feminine, and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking peter pan collar. So fucking what?"
Zooey Deschanel

"Like, why are we waiting for guys to come to us, Ilana? Did Amelia Earhart wait to be asked to fly around the world?
Definitely not.
She asked. And then they said no. But she still did it.
And she died, but she, like, died doing it"
Broad City


I kept this post fairly light, let me know what you thought of this post and if it had any effect on you. Also, if you have any favourite quotes of your own I'd love to hear them!

Chanel x

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