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Glasgowfashiongirl - My Hair Regime

I need to start this blog post off with a disclaimer. I in no way think I have amazing hair. I don't have cascading locks that would make Rapunzel jealous. In fact I have been rocking this bob and fringe for the past 32 years. My hair has been through the wars these past few years. It has been blonde, brown, black, orange, pink and back to blonde. My hair has split ends and I probably damage it way too much with my excessive straightener use (if you saw it in it's natural style you would understand why!) - But you know what? It hasn't fallen out yet so I must be doing something right.
I do keep my hair short and get regular haircuts to keep it healthy, but I also use lots of products. I have pretty much used the same products for the past few years. So want to know how I look after my bob? Read on......
 
Regular haircuts and colour at Kevin O'Neill Hair Salon
There are so many amazing salons in Glasgow that people really are spoilt for choice. Every so often I will try a new salon and love them, but I always end up back at this salon. No one can cut my hair and more importantly my fringe the way Ainsley, my stylist, can. She is the queen of fringe cutting. I have my hair cut and coloured every 2 months with fringe cuts in between. A half head of highlights is much kinder on my hair than my previous full head bleach. Always be careful when a hairdresser is using bleach on your hair and never be afraid to question a hairdresser or complain when you don't like the final outcome.
 
Argan Blonde Silver Shampoo *
Silver shampoo is a staple for anyone with blonde hair. No one wants brassy, yellow toned hair and silver shampoo helps to eliminate this. This shampoo is a new addition to my hair care regime. I previously used another brand of silver shampoo which left my hair feeling quite dry. I was kindly sent this shampoo to test, and fell in love with it. Every time I wash my hair with it I get so many comments about the colour asking if it has been freshly done. It also gives my hair volume which no shampoo has been able to do before. If you don't need the toning side of the shampoo I can highly recommend the Argan Renew Shampoo which left my hair lovely and soft and full of volume. These shampoos really do seem to have the Midas touch when it comes to adding volume to your hair.
 
Redken Extreme Shampoo
This shampoo saved my hair a few years ago when it was completely destroyed by a bad hairdresser and too much bleach. I use this alternatively with my silver shampoo. My hair feels amazing after using this. A little more expensive than a basic bottle of shampoo but worth every penny. I can also highly recommend the Redken Extreme conditioner.
 
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Take The Heat Deep Treatment
Although marketed as a treatment I use this as my usual conditioner and it is hands down my favourite. I think they changed the formula recently, which is annoying, but it is still the best at leaving my hair feeling soft and manageable. It is also great to leave on overnight as a treatment.
 
Hask Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil
These oils costs around £2.50 and seem to work better on my hair than the more expensive alternatives available. Great for keeping your hair smooth and soft. My hair is just plain fluffy without it.
 
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment
Another saviour from when my hair was totally destroyed from bleach. Although I don't reach for this as often as I should, I always make sure I have a bottle available for when my hair feels a little too over-processed and starts to snap.
 
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
The original and the best hair mask for dry hair. It has been an industry favourite for years and I can see why. I use this on my hair overnight at least once a week and wake up with lovely soft, nourished hair.
 
TRESemme Protect Heat Defence Spray
As a hair straightener addict I have been using the spray for more years that I care to remember. I have tried a few different sprays and this one is definitely the best and amazing for the price. The thought of people using straighteners without heat defence spray gives me the fear! Please always use protection!
 
So these are the products that have looked after my hair for the past few years. I am always looking for new products to try out so if you have any recommendations please send them my way.

 
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Six Great Things About June

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Let's just pretend April and May never happened and not that I was too lazy to blog about them. Oh June - you haven't been the best of months. But sometimes you need to concentrate on the good things that have happened - no matter how silly and insignificant they seem.  Everyday may not be good but there is something good in everyday.
  
1. We went on holiday to Copenhagen
We spent 4 glorious sunny days in Copenhagen at the start of June. We saw The Little Mermaid, ate way too much ice-cream, went on boat cruises, shopped, spent hours at the beautiful Nyhavn, went on bus tours, visited Christiania, got freaked out by the rides at Tivoli and shopped some more.

I was lucky enough to visit Copenhagen when one of my favourite vintage sellers, Eltoft Vintage, was hosting an open house sale. Presently she doesn't sell online so I normally have to contend with just swooning over her stock on instagram. It was so lovely to finally meet her in the flesh and swoon over her stock in real life. I may have done a little shopping - well it would have been rude not too! I was also lucky enough to meet my instagram girl crush at the event - the lovely Mathilde. Her instagram is my absolute favourite and I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her. 

I would highly recommend a visit to Copenhagen to anyone. Please don't be put off by people saying it is expensive. Denmark isn't called the happiest place in the world for no reason - it is truly beautiful and the people are lovely.

2. I went blonde again
Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with my hair. Yes I have basically had the same hair cut since I was 3, but I do like to change the colour. I made the stupid mistake of dying my hair darker and it didn't exactly turn out how I wanted it. As silly as it sounds the mucky colour of my hair kinda made me depressed and I didn't feel like myself anymore. I left it for 2 long months then decided it was time to hit the bleach again!

My hair is probably going to hate me forever thanks to the full head bleach I subjected it too but hey ho! I definitely feel like myself again. Who knows - I might even stick a little pink back in there soon.

3. Jimmy got a First Class Honours Degree at Uni
6 years of hard work paid off.I am very, very proud of Jimmy. My boyfriend is a smarty pants! I mean I always knew he was smarter than me and I guess this proves it - but Jimmy, I am still funnier than you!

Now it is time for him to start job hunting .........in Newcastle! Fingers crossed it is goodbye to Lincoln soon. 

4. Orange Is The New Black was back on TV and Game of Thrones ended with lots of girl power!
If you haven't watched Orange Is The New Black on Netflix then get it on! I don't want to give anything away but this series is amazing.I watched it all in two days and went through so many emotions. I can't believe I need to wait a whole year for the next series.

And of course a whole 10 months before the next series of Game of Thrones! This was an amazing series of GOT, and even though I was sad to see it end, I was so happy to see how strong and powerful the female characters have become this series. I can't wait for April 2017 for the next series.

5. I wrote my most popular blog post ever
So when I wrote this post I was feeling a bit angry about some things I had heard. The post was basically just  a little rant from me. I never expected so many people to read such a personal post. I thought people just liked outfit pictures. Guess not. Thank you to everyone who read my post and shared it. Maybe I will share some more personal posts in the future.

6. I started reading again
Back when I wrote my 2016 Goals post I mentioned how I wanted to start reading books again. It has taken me a while but I have got back into the swing of reading again and I am loving it. 

I am currently reading the Grant Country series by Karin Slaughter recommend to me by Lyn. It's is a bit graphic and maybe isn't for everyone but I am loving it so far. If you have read any great books recently I would love your recommendations.

Here is hoping for a wonderful July and lots of sunny days.
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Why Does She Even Have a Fashion Blog?

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Blog: a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

Can I technically call myself a blogger? I mean I don't blog regularly, I can't do the poses and damn it, I don't get sent free clothes to model. Or maybe that isn't what makes a blogger. Maybe what makes a blogger is that I have my own little space on the internet for me. For me to say here I am. This is me. I can write and post photographs of whatever I like.

When I was 16 years old a TV show called Sex and The City aired on channel 4 and Carrie Bradshaw was brought into my life. Carrie changed everything for me. This amazing woman who dressed completely different to everyone else. The bright colours, the vintage, the corsages, the tacky gold jewellery and the miss-matched shoes. Carrie Bradshaw gave my personal style life.  And because of her I am who I am now. I like to add a little bit of Carrie into all my outfits. I love colour. I love sequins for any occasion. I love 80's fashion. And sometimes I love just a simple pair of jeans and a t-shirt. That is my personal style.

Like I said my blog was created as my little personal space on the World Wide Web. I didn't start my blog in the hope that I would become a famous blogger or to get sent free stuff. My blog was created to push me to be more creative in my style. To step away from my wardrobe basic pieces every now and then and wear all those lovely items I had been "keeping for good". I also wanted to remind people that style has no age or size restrictions - wear what you want. If I got some comments saying someone loved my shoes or top - well that was just an added bonus! Everyone loves a compliment.

But along with the compliments comes the negativity. Some people really do think their opinions on my personal style matter. And basically....... it doesn't. It is called personal style because it is personal to me. No one else needs to like it. In fact when people don't like items of clothing it makes me love it more. 

I will make mistakes with fashion; I will look back on some photographs and be like why did you wear that? But that is OK. My look is still evolving. I am still learning what suits me - even after 34 years.  And yes, I will buy an item that 1 million other people have bought and will wear at the same event as me, but I will also buy that one off vintage piece that no one else has bought because it was ugly. I will rock that ugly top and own that look.

So the next time you ask yourself why someone has a fashion blog - just remember that it is their little space online for them to do whatever they want. 
   
What I am wearing: Quay Australia Sunglasses// Boohoo Top// Monki Trousers (Sold Out)// Black Vans // The Whitepepper Bag (Sold Out)

 
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Alexa Chung - The Harry Blouse

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When I first heard about Alexa Chung teaming up with Marks and Spencer to create an Archive inspired collection I knew there would be something I would want. Turns out there were a few items I wanted, but one more than the rest. The Harry Blouse. As soon as I seen Alexa wearing it I knew I had to have it.

Of course I knew there would be a great demand for the collection and with Marks being really cagey about the launch time myself and Lyn devised a plan. Whoever got online first would order the others person's items. So the morning came, I woke up early - nothing on the web page. Looked on Twitter. Everyone talking about the items they had bought which had gone on sale on the app. Que panic mode downloading the app and ordering stuff. Feeling all chuffed I messaged Lyn - don't worry I got us the stuff before it sold out...... However, it didn't sell out and it's still for sale. M&S did the unthinkable thing and actually ordered enough stock! Which means those other pieces I didn't pick up on the day are still available and I can still buy them. Elsie Dress I am looking at you.

This shirt is actually something a bit different for me and at first I wasn't sure how to style it. I went for a more casual look with it and teamed it up with these crop kick jeans; this style of jean is everywhere this year. To be honest I haven't been into Gap for years until I went in and picked out these jeans, but I will definitely be back. The jeans are a perfect fit for me, which also means I can order online without worrying about them fitting me or not. After seeing these photographs I think next time I will style the shirt tucked into jeans or trousers.

A word of warning - you will probably need someone to help fasten and loosen the buttons on the back of the shirt for you! I may have had to go out with the buttons loose until someone could button them up for me haha!

Did you pick up any pieces from the Alexa collection? I would also love to know how you would style this shirt?
  
All photographs taken by Lyn Duncan-Ward
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