How-To

HOW TO: NO HEAT HOLIDAY CURLS

When travelling who can honestly be bothered with the straightener and curler when you’ve got so many other fun things to do? In ode to us just landing in the beautiful area of Krabi in Thailand, I thought I would share with you my go-to holiday hair routine, seriously easy – and perfect for super humid destinations like Thailand where a messy curl goes a looooong way to disguising crazy frizzy lampshade hair. The best thing about this little morning routine is that you don’t need loads of creams or potions – just your conditioner and some bobby pins – I used the handy bottle from this travel set which worked perfectly!

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 You need - conditioner, hair pins, a comb, a towel

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How to:

1. Wash and towel dry your hair.

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2. Put a small pea sized amount of conditioner on your fingertips.

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3. Add it to the ends and mid lengths of your hair.

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4. Pin your hair in some small buns at the back of your head and let your hair dry naturally. I usually do this little routine before breakfast and take out the pins before my hair is completely dry so they curls aren’t too tight. You can add some spray to hold he curls but I don’t bother unless I remembered to throw it in my suitcase – and let’s face it I usually didn’t.

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Let your hair out and have fun!

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Psst, there’s 25% off over at  Grown Alchemist this weekend including the travel kit that’s been my trusty Thailand companion.

HOW TO: FARMHOUSE JAM SUMMER COCKTAIL

By now you’ll probably be aware of my love of this pink, mason clad jar drink – indeed it has played significant role in my instagram in the last few weeks. In ode to the start of summer and my love of hanging (aka drinking) outdoors, and my week with Ferragamo, I tracked down the creators of this delight – the guys at Hong Kong eatery Fish & Meat – and got them to spill (in more ways than one). Read on to learn how to make your own, and let’s just say – once I saw what went into it I realised why the rest of the night was a blur after drinking 2 or more.

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Ingredients:

  • blueberry jam (theirs is homemade but store-bought would work too)
  • vodka
  • lemon juice
  • prosecco
  • thyme
  • fresh blueberries

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How to:

1. Add a generous dollop of blueberry jam to the bottom of the mason jar.

2. Add in a splash of lemon juice.

3. Add 1 and a half shots of vodka.

4. Fill the glass with ice.

5. Top with prosecco

6. Add thyme and a spoon of jam as a garnish.

Now drink 5 of these – you know you want to

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Photos by lovely Marion Tessier

DIY SPRING FLORAL HEADPIECE

I have to admit to hair being my last priority when it comes to getting ready. One reason for this is no doubt the crazy humidity in Hong Kong which turns your hair into a Fran Drescher style bouffant within a minute of leaving the house, which leads me to generally adopt  the hair-in-a-bun-with-lethal-amounts-of-hairspray situation. Although 90% of the time this works for me (particularly when I’m just hanging in the studio), there are times when it’s nice to do something a little bit special, which is where this amazing floral headband Gemma and I created comes in. Surprisingly easy and not requiring all that many flowers, it’s the perfect accessory for a Spring picnic, or for when you’re hosting a party and have flowers on hand (or even better, for the day after when you need a little bit of sunshine in your life).

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You need:

  • A bunch of florals – Gemma suggests picking a few round full blooms like roses or ranunculus and and a few longer ones and then a few smaller finer flowers as filler. This will help you create lots of colour and texture in your piece.
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors (I love these bonsai ones)
  • Bobby pins

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How to:

1. Start by snipping your flowers down to about 5cm (2 inch) long stalks.

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2. Do that for all of your flowers.

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3. To begin, start by wiring together two flowers along the stalks.

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4. Keep wiring them together, alternating the different flower types so that you have lots of texture, differing colours and no gaps.

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5. Rather than creating a simple string of flowers, we started with one strand and then thickened the headpiece out by adding more flowers in width to create a more dramatic headpiece shape. Having said that, you can create whatever shape you want for this style.

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6. To check whether the length is right as you start adding more, hold it up o your head to decide how many flowers to add – we decided to do mine on the one side of my head but you can all the way around if you like – it’s really up to you!

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7. I then created a very simple up do using pins (kinda similar to this) and then pinned the headpiece in. So easy!

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What I’ve learnt from Gemma is that floral wire can be used for soooo many fun projects, this is clearly just the beginning.

Stay tuned for more floral collaborations with Gemma and I (I love having her in the office because she always leaves so many nice florals!)