Style: hair gone wild

What is the best way to chill out after a crazy busy day at work? Do crazy things with your hair and take photos? That’s what everyone does on a Tuesday night isn’t it?

It might not be what normal people do, but I don’t think I ever claimed to be that normal.

I don’t think there’s really that much (or any) explanation to be given. My hair might be nearly not existent but it can still be made to point in many different directions with very limited effort.

So I could totally get away with these for day to day looks, right?

I had such a laugh doing this little impromptu photo shoot and from the laughing Lizzy was doing I think it must have been pretty funny to watch. I’ve clearly found the perfect place to take photos, perched on the back of the sofa with all the mess pushed just out of shot.

I did get to have a play with my new ring light, and it was the perfect de-stress. Absolutely great Tuesday night! I think there’s definitely more things I can get this hair to do and I can’t wait to try it all out.

Stay tuned!

Much love!




Style: no black clothes for a week

After the last work wardrobe challenge failed completely, I thought more of a challenge might make the whole thing a bit easier. If that makes any sense at all? Probably not really, but hopefully this week will have at least a little bit more success than the last attempt. Not exactly a high bar to beat.

I’ve been wanting to do this self imposed challenge (if you can call it that) for a few weeks but just haven’t gotten around to getting it sorted or planned in any way. Basically the idea is to cut all black out of my wardrobe for a week. I feel like my go to winter work wardrobe has gone a little bit too funeral style and needs a bit of shaking up. At no point did I think about the amount of clothes I have that aren’t black. This could be an interesting week.

I was going to drag Lizzy into this challenge, which being the queen of black and grey she was thrilled at the prospect, but I literally don’t think we have enough colours between us to put enough outfits together.

So I started by pulling out everything even slightly coloured. Such a great selection. Or maybe not.

For a start, there’s quite a few short sleeves in this pitiful selection and I’d rather not freeze during the week. It’s a good job I don’t work somewhere with a strict dress code, I feel like this is going to be quite a casual week. Or just a plain old questionable time. Hopefully I won’t raise too many questions about my mental stability.

Before I get onto what I’ve put together as prospective outfits for the week, I’m going to put it out there that black tights and shoes aren’t being thrown out for the week otherwise I think I would get frostbite.

This is what I’ve come up with. Blue jeans are going to be featuring with the long jacket things and I do need to remember to sew a button back on the check culottes. You can’t expect me to be organised enough to get things like that sorted in advance.

I have really mixed feelings about this whole thing. And I’m being far too dramatic about it, it’s only a few questionable outfits, what’s the worst that can happen? I have a severe lack of colourful clothes so I think by next weekend I’ll either be shopping for more colours or burning the ones I have because it’s been a complete disaster. I am hoping for a positive feeling at the end of the week, after all I do love any excuse to justify a bit of unnecessary shopping.

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: no nail biting challenge 

Since my name has been mentioned on here a few times already I should probably introsuce myself…Hi, I’m Liz. Also known as “the housemate”, “Lizzy”, “the workmate”, “the best pal and “drinks bitch”…

So this is the start of my journey to having nicer hands and nails.

Anything would be an improvement on what they look like right now! Chipped, chewed and tatty. First things first, take that old nail varnish off! I’ve picked and bitten my nails for as long as I remember, I’m 27 now and I now see how important it is to have nice nails. If you were to guess my profession from my hands you would probably think I was a butcher or a brick layer…but no. 

The time has come for me to be a real grown up and stop destroying my nails. The real challenege will be not to bite them. I will be sharing a photo in 1 week to show the progress…in the mean time, if Hannah sees me sabotaging this challenge she has my consent to whack me. 

So I’ll wither see you next week with lovely manicured hands or a black eye.

Stay tuned.

Much love, Liz x

House: diy foot stool

Sundays are for attempting diy aren’t they? Or have I got this all wrong and Sundays are usually reserved for relaxing? That sounds more like it! So anyway, a couple of weeks ago on a slightly hungover whim, I thought it would be a great idea to make some kind of a foot stool type of furniture. Obviously shops don’t sell anything like that and I know exactly what I’m doing. That doesn’t sound quite right either but that’s what thinking on a hangover does for you!

After dismantling all the wardrobes that we’re left in the house, I have a nice stock of spare/scrap wood waiting in the garage.

The most logical first step would have been to do a drawing with dimensions and joint plans. So that’s not what I did first. I went to B&Q and bought everything I might need, a saw, nails, wood glue and a staple gun. What could possibly go wrong?

Stage 1 – attempting to make a square.

Once I had my 4 pieces of (roughly) the same sized planks, the question was how to fix them together? I thought I’d try the glue first. That was a mistake. There’s some nice glue puddles dried into my living room floor now to memorialise that error. Next try was nails. They seem to have worked but they’ve definitely shown that I can’t cut a straight line and they are crazy noisy to put in so best not to try this too late at night if you don’t want your neighbors to hate you.

Stage 2 – finding a bottom

So even though there’s a massive amount of wood in the garage, I chose a piece that was slightly too small. Perfect logic again. My thinking was probably fuelled by laziness and a complete lack of faith in my abilities. To be fair to myself, all the bottom is covered, there’s just slightly less overlap on two of the edges, if that makes any sense at all?

Stage 3 – finding a top

Just like the bottom, the top is also a smidge too small. I think I’m going to try and turn it into a design feature, well fitting lids are so last year.

Stage 4 – polishing a poop (part 1)

I don’t have that much faith that this can be saved to be a beautiful piece of furniture, but I’m pretty sure any kind of improvement can be made. I had a quick look on the internet for proper upholstery supplies, and they are expensive! No amount of money could save this thing, so I thought I’d truly embrace the diy spirit and use anything I could find in the garage. A few Pinterest ‘tutorials’ said to wrap all the ugliness in with wadding. I’m not buying wadding but I do have old curtains. Do two uglies make something pretty? Most definitely not but it should help hide the couple of nails that are trying to poke through.

Stage 5 – polishing a poop (part 2)

Although I hate this red being back in the living room, it does do a pretty good job at hiding the dodgey edges and rogue nails. A bit of padding on the top seemed like a good idea too, for comfort at all that. So the next step was hiding the red. There were a couple of bits of knitting I’d done a while back and had no idea what to do with them. Perfect for a project with no direction. Unfortunately there was only enough knitting for the sides, which leaves the top still being an issue. What better way to hide any issues than with something else that doesn’t really fit?

So. My diy skills definitely need some work. A lot of work. I don’t think it’s completely horrendous for a first try but I’m not too sure how long it will be living in the house for. I’m torn between scrapping the whole thing and starting again or trying a ‘stage 6 – polishing a poop (part 3)’ we’ll see. Maybe I’ll see how well it works as a footstool before I make any decisions.

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: hair experiments

I’ve always been the kind of girl who gets bored pretty quickly with any hairstyle. It probably started when I was a teenager. I never really had a rebellious streak, but every time I had my hair done I always wanted to get my monies worth so that clearly meant a completely different style each time. 

When I went short again this time, I’d been looking on YouTube to try and find a bit of inspiration for anything to do with my new lack of hair. The results were far from inspirational. In fact, they were just a joke. If a title was ‘16 amazing styles for short hair’ you could guarantee it’d be three or four combinations of straight hair and curly hair with slightly different partings. So boring. Now I’m not claiming to be a hair expert, but surely there’s a little bit more versatility even with short hair.

Now I’ve never liked making things easy for myself, so after I’d had loads of potentially amazing ideas, I went for a trim and pretty much got scalped. Not trying to make excuses, just explaining my failures in advance.

So starting of easy, this is my usual day to day style, a side parting with a bit of volume. Not groundbreaking I know, but everyone has to start somewhere.

Second is a getting it all out in the front. I’m still not claiming it’s groundbreaking, but I have to say I wore my hair like this today and felt pretty good about myself and it felt like an effortless change.

Third is, in my opinion, the perfect style for anyone who wants to go about their day and not have to think about hair getting in their eyes or heaven forbid, looking like you’ve made zero effort for that day.

Fourth is a good old quiff. I quite often find myself either not having time to spent on my hair and face in the morning or just being too busy with a project to want to think about my hair. I think a nice textured lump on the top of the head solves both these issues.

Fifth is another plait, but it’s chunky and behind a fringe so it’s completely different from the first one.

Sixth is plaits again but this time there are two of them and there’s no left over hair. I’ve got two confessions to make with this style, Liz did it for me and it worked much better when my hair was a smidge longer. I still think it’s a pretty cool hair style, and I can say that brag free because it’s not my handy work.  

So I may have failed just as much as any YouTube person, but I like to think I’ve tried and not claimed to have the amazing answers to anything. 

While having a play around though, I did discover my hair can now do many wild and wonderful things. We ended up laughing just a little bit too much to actually get any decent pictures though. I’ll definitely work on my poker face, properly stretch the limits of my new limited hair and get some good pictures taken!

Stay tuned!

Much love! 



House: makeup organisation 

In some kind of attempt to be a more organised person, I’ve made the monumental decision to try and put some order into my ridiculous makeup collection.  The wardrobe room is severely lacking in any kind of functional storage and being the domestic goddess that I am, that needs to be sorted.  Who am I kidding?  It’d just be nice to walk in on a morning and be able to find what I’m looking for, that’s not too much to ask is it? 

So this is the mess I had to begin with, pretty much a pile of crap in the corner.  Not very inspiring when trying to prettify myself in the morning.

First stage was definitely assessing the level of makeup hoarding I’m currently at.

Now if you’re a beauty guru, this is a pretty pitiful collection. But, as a girl who basically uses the same 7 products on a daily basis, this seems a little over top.  Especially when a good 70% of products I’ve never used and I’m not entirely sure what they’re actually for.  Note to self: actually try products that come in the Birchbox every month.

So this is the final for now outcome…

Still tragically lacking in suitable storage but a little bit more organised?  Obviously there’s still a box of random products that I have no idea what part of the body they go on, so they can keep each other company in the same box until I work up the nerve to try them out.  New makeup can be scary, give me a break.

Kind of need to figure out some more practical storage solutions, but nothing I’ve seen  in any shop lives up to to my unrealistic expectations of furniture making me into an organised person.  I can dream can’t I?  Or maybe work on some bigger dreams?

Stay tuned!

Much love!



Style: work winter wardrobe update

This should have been the easiest week plan to follow but somehow we have managed to fail spectacularly.  I really don’t know how.  I think I mentioned me and Liz are both terrible at waking up, but this week we really have outdone ourselves.  Twice we both slept through our alarms. Twice.  We also managed to fail at what should have been the most simple part of the week, taking photos.  I contemplated recreating all of our looks for the week, then decided we’ve just failed too much and just need to draw a line under this and try again next time.  There’s no saving our pitiful attempt at a style blog.

The first couple of days started off pretty promisingly and we did manage to document our efforts.  These photos did happen at the end of the day though which most definitely isn’t the best time to try and show off the effort you have put in for the day.  After all your make up has worn off and knee and elbow creases are fully in play.  We tried a little bit though.  Massive room for improvement but we did show up for the blog, that counts doesn’t it?

Day 1

Day 2

So.  We didn’t do such a bad job for two days.  Then it all went down hill.  I think maybe it was too simple, there was no challenge to the week so we kept forgetting to keep up the effort?  Or maybe I’m just making excuses and need to accept the weeks lack of success. 

We’ve absolutely let ourselves down but I promise we’ll do better next time!  Today has been spent tidying the house and most importantly the wardrobe room, so fingers crossed this next week we will have a better mentality and the ability to stick to any kind of plan!

Stay tuned! 

Much love!