Thursday, 20 February 2014

Book Club #2 - Kiss Me First

Way back in December, I wrote a post about books I would like for Christmas. Luckily for me, I managed to nab seven books (!!!) from Santa and Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach was one of them. I had wanted to read this book from the very second I heard about it - it's got a great online campaign - and after getting myself into a new reading groove, I settled into it.

Hardback Front Cover Jacket. Quite pretty.
Kiss Me First tells the story of Leila as she embarks on taking over the life of a woman she has never met. Sounds interesting, right? The main themes of the story are the right to choose suicide and euthanasia. Leila isn't a likeable character - she sees things in a matter-of-fact way and seems socially inept after years of caring for her long-suffering mother. I didn't dislike her too much, I felt sorry for her, mostly, but I felt like she was a good character and this kept me wanting to know more.

Ooh, words! Moggach uses different fonts to differentiate between characters. 
I gave this 3/5 on goodreads as the ending just didn't cut it. I kept glancing at the lack of pages remaining and wondering how it could possibly be ending so soon when so much had been left unfinished. Of course, some people like this sort of ending - the opportunity to come to your own conclusion - but it just felt abrupt. I think I would recommend it to people on the basis that we could discuss it, but it wouldn't be my first suggestion, if that makes sense. It is Moggach's first novel and I would definitely be interested to see what else she comes up with. 

Let me know if you've read this - I'd love to discuss a few bits with you!

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Not So Peachy...

I should have known that getting my hair grey would be a long process - even if I did take the shortcut. Instead of sensibly going to the hairdressers, and having a professional do their thing, I took my own lead. As I type, I have peachy/orange hair and instead of getting lighter, it seems to be getting brighter. Which is annoying. If only I dreamt of being Mario's damsel in distress...

All taken from pinterest
So, this is how I'd like my hair, please. It's not all grey and gloomy, I've added splashes of lilac and the palest blue. Isn't it dreamy? I really like how some of the 'looks' have dark roots peaking through, which gives me hope that I won't need to be bleaching my roots every few weeks. I'm going to go toner/purple shampoo-mad with my hair for the next few weeks and hope that I lose the peachy edge. Fingers crossed that by my next hair update, I'll have the wonderful hair that I have always wanted! 

Do you have any tips for going grey? How can I get away from peach?

Chelsea xo

Friday, 14 February 2014

What is Love?!

So, right now you've either got the Haddaway tune or that scene from Friends (for what is life without love?) stuck in your head. I won't apologise, you should thank me. Really, you should. Hopefully you didn't open this post thinking you would get an anti-Valentine's rant, as I'm not going to be going down that route. I like Valentine's day. Sure, it's commercialised but what isn't, these days? It doesn't stop non-religious folk celebrating Christmas or Easter! Plus, it doesn't even need to be an expensive day full of needless tat. This year I've made Joe's card - I can safely say this without spoiling any surprises, it is evidently homemade!! - and I usually just bake him things as a gift. 

from here
Of course, whatever you're doing today, I hope you have fun! I'm kind of wishing the weekend away as I go up North on Monday - yaaaaaaay! I cannot wait to see my family and friends and with any luck, some snow! It's going to be so nice to escape the floods, leaky roof and stiff doors. I'm planning on taking my LUSH magic wand I bought myself in October (I've only used it once, sob) and bathing practically every day. I really wish we could go up for longer, but despite Joe getting a few weeks holiday from work, I didn't manage to get the time off I needed! Boo, life! But yeah, basically this post is just a heads' up that I might get a tad quiet on this here blog as I go out and do things with my family and chums. If anything, I'm hoping it will give me things to blog about, so that'd be a happy bonus. 

See you on the flip side! 

Chelsea xo

Monday, 10 February 2014

G is for...


Okay, so I think it is a well-established fact that I am a bit of a miserable cow. There, I said. It's not something I'm proud of, obviously, but it is just how I am. Living in a wet and cold country clearly doesn't agree with me as I am at my happiest when the sun is shining and ideally, I'm by a pool. As it's February and it's raining I thought I would tell you about all the things that I am 100% thankful for! Yay for gratitude and not complaining for once!

- Joe & Dylan making me smile, even when I don't want to
- Monty
- my strange extended family
- Winnie the Pooh and his wisdom
- my papa having a house abroad (I will visit soon!)
- having plans
- having great friends
- an undying love for Morrissey - to the point of trying to defend his silly statements
- Dylan's love for Disney
- my love for Disney
- Dylan not giving a shit about gender stereotypes
- my Q&A A Day journal making me think of things I might have forgotten
- happy memories of lost loved ones
- pretty dresses
- my boot collection
- having nice work chums
- having a car to travel home in!
- half term!
- my teddy collection
- Dylan's book collection
- my nail varnish collection
- green, yellow, orange, teal and purple being the best colours
- this song
- having a tattoo I don't regret
- my ticket holder (and matching passport wallet)
- baking
- baking for other people
- I'm quite lucky
- my love for singing and karaoke 
- Red Pandas
- Cows
- toad in the hole
- tapas (even better when Joe makes it!)
- riddler pie
- being close to Bristol
- going to uni in Bath
- marzipan
- frozen blueberries
- ankle wellies

Okay, so I definitely didn't think I'd get 40 things, but I did it! See, I'm not a misery after all! I'd love to know what you're grateful for. Is there something you think I need on my list? 

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Explaining the Interruption

I am very hit and miss with blogging. I love reading blogs, and I enjoy writing new posts but I can't, for the life of me, organise myself to always have a constant flow of writing. For which, I apologise. I wouldn't even be typing this now if my train hadn't been cancelled, so at least there's a silver lining to that. 

I've said previously that my ultimate hair dream is to have grey/lilac hair. Now, I'm not sure if you've ever thought about dyeing your hair to extreme lightness from natural darkness, but I have. Often. It really is my dream hair, and I know it's kind of superficial of me to place my happiness on my hair colour, but that's what I'm doing. You can't stop me, etc etc. 

So, I decided I would dye my hair grey. I ummed and arred about the process, saving my pennies to get highlights done a few times by a professional. Then it happened. I went into Boots, saw there was an offer on some hair lightener and like the div that I am, I bought it. Let's have a look and see what happened...

Before - After
Wow, look how totally blonde I am! I've lightened my hair before and was 100% expecting to go orange. I rocked orange, though, so this wasn't a huge worry for me. This colour was a reddish brown, and a bit disappointing. The ends are lighter, and the roots are too. Not a good start. Never one to fall at the first hurdle, I kept going!

After2 - Now (please excuse my face in all of these photos)
I lightened it again, and it went orange - yay! I do really like this colour, and as I said, I think I kind of suit it. The roots and ends are different colours, and this made me unhappy again. Dammit, hair, why won't you just be one shade?! The second photo is after a light blonde dye (not a lightener this time) and a few goes with a toner (hence the slightly gluey/grey roots). 

After using a proper lightener (powder+cream+activator) twice my hair was overall in quite good condition. I mean, it wasn't perfect, but it definitely wasn't straw-like or falling out. After using the final dye - with its claims to nourish the hair, yeah right! - my hair is somewhat poofy, but I think after a conditioning mask it should be okay again. I'm due a haircut anyways, so I'm not too bothered about the state of the ends. Diabolical, right? 

So now my hair is a mixture of goldeny blonde and lighter bits. I really don't know what direction to take my hair next, should I just start trying to tone it with a purple shampoo? Or does it need another lighten? Tell me your thoughts, hair fans! 

Chelsea xo
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