Friday, 29 May 2015

Hair History

I have always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with my hair. When I was at school, my hair was pretty much the bane of my life. Kids would tease me about it as my hair was rather big and different to their long, straight, glossy locks. My hair is thick and somewhere between being curly and wavy. It dries out very easily and will always be a bit frizzy. In all honesty, over the years I have used so many products on it to try to control it yet nothing has been able to get rid of the frizz. I am now accepting that my hair will always be 10% frizz.
I think that I mostly get my hair genes from my dad. My dad has always shaved his hair short as long as I can remember but, looking at pictures from when he was at school, his hair was massive. His hair was very dark and he had very tight curls. Also it grew outwards rather than downwards - as did mine for the younger years of my life. 
My auntie also has quite similar hair to mine and she was the one who got me hooked on using Paul Mitchell Original The Conditioner. This stuff is amazing. It is pretty pricey but lasts quite a while. It is leave in conditioner so what I tend to do is put it on my hair when I come out of the shower and comb it through. Then you can use a little bit when your hair is looking a bit frizzy and sad then next day or whenever.
Other than Paul Mitchell, I once tried R&B from Lush which is a fairly good leave in conditioner. However, I still prefer Paul Mitchell any day of the week but I would have this product as a back up in case the Paul Mitchell stuff runs out or just for variety. But both products are cruelty free so it is happy days.

When I was younger, my mum liked to keep my hair fairly short as it was more manageable like that. Also it meant that I didn't overheat in the summer as having a mass of hair on your head in the heat isn't the most comfortable thing ever.

Block Fringe & Hair Dye
I think I must have been about 14 when I first dyed my hair. I wanted to dye it ginger but it ended up going this auburn kinda colour which, in all honesty, I like very much. However, having a block fringe was a nightmare. I always loved how they look but they don't work so well with curly hair.

'Scene' Wannabe
Around 15, I got my hair cut with a large side fringe and very choppy layers. I would straighten it loads and I wanted to be 'scene' which like an emo but different - it is very much inspired by Japanese culture. This phase pretty much killed my hair as I really didn't care about using heat protection or anything.

Let It Grow
I then decided just to let my hair grow out and have it natural. Admittedly, I had this much too short side fringe but I was happy with how my hair was at this time. This picture was at prom and I obviously hadn't discovered powder at that time but I had had my hair tied up all the day before in order to get it to curl more and be less frizzy.

After I had got my hair to a level where it wasn't so damaged and was kinda ok, I decided it was a good time to dye it. At the time, I really liked how it looked but it did really damage my hair and I got fed up with it after a while.

Long & Damaged
This is the hair phase that my mum describes as my 'witch hair'. The hair dye made my hair really damaged and frizzy and there was just no controlling it.

The Chop
Soon after I decided I really needed to get all the damaged hair cut off now and let it grow out again healthier. I wasn't hugely keen on this length (I straightened it in this picture) but I liked it more as it grew a little longer.

Current Hair
My hair is now growing out from the long bob I got it cut into. Although I need to get a trim rather urgently, I am fairly happy with the length and it feels a lot stronger and healthier thanks to getting all the damaged hair cut off.

Monday, 25 May 2015

May Collective Haul

It has been quite a long time since I last wrote a haul post despite them being possibly my favourite posts to read on other blogs. The truth is, I haven't been shopping much as I haven't had a great deal of money. But, this month, it was my birthday (last week, in fact) and I got some gifts - but these were mostly consumed before I even started writing this post - and I also got a couple of gift cards which I took great advantage of.

I got this top from New Look and it was reduced to £5 in the sale. I saw the print from across the store and was delighted by everything else about this top too. I am keen on wearing boxey tops and I like that this one is slightly cropped too as it goes well with high waisted jeans and doesn't drown you which longer, oversized tops tend to do. They only had it in a size larger than my size but I am not too fussed as I think it adds to the oversized feel - and who wants to be wearing tight clothing in the summer anyway?

 I also picked up these slim leg tan trousers in the New Look sale for £7. I really like this tan colour and I have been hoping to buy some trousers or a skirt for a while now. I like the cropped leg as it means I can wear moccasins or similar with them in the summer. I tried these on with the top above and I thought the two items looked really nice together.

 I got these Clarks brogues as a gift from my grandparents. I am a long term brogue lover - especially tan colour brogues - and I find that Clarks do some really nice ones. My old pair are very battered now so it was high time that they were replaced.

These two items were gifts from my brother who, evidently, knows me very well. Sometimes I feel sorry for the people living in the rooms either side of me with having to put up with me attempting to rap along to Eminem songs and other rappers (guess who knows all the words to Gangster's Paradise...). Also this Marshmallow Fluff is exciting - I put it between two digestives like smore (with tips like that, this is basically a health blog).

I bought this calendar from 1925 when I went with my auntie to Newark Antique Fair. This is exactly my kinda thing as it is so pretty and it's really interesting - especially as it still has the dates on it.

 I bought this Maybelline Coverstick when I went away with my auntie and realised I had left my makeup at home. On lazy days I tend to just go for concealer and mascara so I picked this up to cover any blemishes.

My auntie brought me this watermelon bowl back from her holiday and I love it. I am already the proud owner of watermelon print glasses so this is a nice addition to my watermelon themed tableware.

I think I must have got this little book as a gift. It is a book of prayers and is so beautiful. I'm not sure what the date of it is but I am guessing it is possibly from the 1800s. It is leather bound and even has a little page marker.  

 The final thing that I bought was a copy of Toni Morrison's 'Home' from Waterstone's. I read 'The Bluest Eye' for my university course and it was such an interesting read. So I decided to give some of her other novels a go and this is the one I am starting with.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Graham & Brown Favourites

Despite being someone who is very keen on homeware and home décor, I hadn't heard much about Graham & Brown until I saw a few posts floating around about them in the blogosphere. From what everyone else was writing, they seemed like a really great quality home décor brand with a wide selection of items to spruce up your home - and I can vouch for this. Soon after, an email popped up in my inbox asking if I would like to review a product from them. No thought was needed in replying about how much I would love to feature them on my blog.
It was only after receiving (and loving) the product they sent that I decided to check out what else they sell. Although I had seen a few things from various wishlists, I found so many different things on their site that I love. I especially like their selection of Disney and comic book prints - especially as they are quite vintage looking. They also have so many different canvases and a lot of wall art for mostly around £20 which, I think, is reasonable for a really nice piece. They also do a lot of really pretty wallpaper which I will definitely purchase when I finally am freed from rented accommodation (I am ever hopeful that that will happen one day...).

Snapshots Cushion
Brixham Harbour Wall Art
Mickey Mouse Wall Art
Yellow Floral Wallpaper
Dumbo Wall Art
Pastel Pier Wall Art
Watercolour Meadow Wall Art
Clouds Wall Art
Misty Trees Wallpaper

The item that Graham & Brown sent me was their Bee Happy wall art and I absolutely love it. I initially fell for the Bee Happy slogan as I felt like that was really fun and I think the slate grey colour could work really well with any colour scheme. This product is really nice quality and I love that the honeycomb design in the corners has little gold, glittery bits on it. Also the bit you hang it from is a gold chain which is a really pretty and unusual design feature.
I would very much advise checking out Graham & Brown - especially if you're looking to spruce up your home with an interesting piece of wall art or a pretty feature wall with some of their wallpaper.


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

20 Facts About Me

It has been a while since I have written a post like this and, in all honesty, I was running low on post ideas so decided to give it another go. I enjoy reading these kinda posts - mostly because I am a bit nosey - so I hope you enjoy it too. Also if you have any kinda posts that you would like to see please let me know or fill out the poll in the sidebar.

1. I don't eat breakfast. The only exception being if there's a croissant going.

2. My surname is Jaji which is Nigerian and a pronunciation nightmare for most people I meet. It also often leads into a long winded discussion of family history.

3. I love watching Gogglebox

4. My current favourite shop is H&M

5. I love watermelon a great deal

6. I have never watched Star Wars or Friends

7. I love going to antique markets

8. I am not carrying on studying German as part of my degree next year. I'm just doing English Literature. Although I might do language courses in German alongside my degree just to keep up my proficiency.

9. I've never been to Paris properly - only Disneyland

10. I'm into both rap music and Taylor Swift. Basically, I'm a gangster with too many feelings.

11. I don't have my ears pierced

12. I attend a lovely Baptist church full of some of the smiliest people I've ever met.

13. I work part-time as a cleaner

14. I am the eldest of 4. I have two sisters and a brother.

15. I was born in Somerset but lived in Devon from when I was about 9.

16. I am scared of spiders

17. When I was a kid, I dreamt of becoming an author

18. My favourite restaurants are Carluccio's and Pizza Express

19. I am not a morning person and I always stay up too late. I find that my productivity peaks around midnight.

20. I collect orange spined Penguin books as I hope to one day have a whole shelf of them as that would look so great.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Summer Wishlist

I have recently fallen dramatically in love with prints (Prints Charming - eh?). Unfortunately, I have no money to buy said printed clothing *sob*. However, this doesn't mean that I can't browse online shops gazing moonily at these gorgeous items and, thus, a love child was born in the shape of this wishlist.
So, I hope you enjoy seeing what items I have picked out and I would love to know which of these is your favourite and whether you are really into any current trends.

Yellow Floral Crop Top
White Patterned Crop Top
Silver Backpack
Rust Tie Front Shorts
Tortoiseshell Watch
Black Lace Trim Shorts
Red Tube Skirt
White Shoes
Grey Patterned Skirt

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Summer Bucket List

This summer I will be returning home for the longest period of time since moving out for university so I am very much looking forward to being able to spend time with my siblings and the rest of my family. Also, I have truly missed being in Devon. Don't get me wrong, I love it in Cardiff but, being West Country born and bred, I do miss the fields and cows and the general cosiness of village life.
So, to really set myself up to embrace the summer, I decided to put together a small list of things I want to do this summer.

Eat lots of scones
Ok, the only scones I have found in Cardiff are in Greggs. They are made with whipped cream. I'm sure Devonians feel my pain in this. So, I am going to feed up on scones when I am back in Scone County. And, I'm sure you'll agree, this is a pretty achievable goal.
And, yes, I put the jam on first as jam is pretty difficult to spread on cream. I know, I probably am not longer welcome in Devon and have shocked, offended and disappointed you all.

Find a job
Coz I iz all abowt da Ps - holla!
But, in all seriousness, going to uni has taught me that stuff is expensive. Although Iceland sells pizza for 89p, fruit - and all that stuff that isn't covered in chocolate that people say you should eat - is pretty pricey. I currently have a cleaning job for 6 hours a week which is good for topping up the ol' student loan but, hopefully, I'll get more hours in Devon.

Learn to cook
I often joke that I am pretty much the opposite of the stereotypical woman as I can't cook, I am very messy, and I very rarely cry. But an incident yesterday made me realise it is probably high time that I learnt how to cook a couple of basic meals. So, yesterday I tried to make microwavable paella. It went horribly wrong. How I managed to fail in cooking a microwave meal is beyond me.
Also, another little culinary anecdote, I once had to cook some rice. I cooked the rice very well. Then I rinsed it in the sink to get rid of any excess starch - just as I had seen my mum do. However, being the absolute genius that I am, I forgot my mum used boiling water from the kettle to wash the rice and decided to wash the rice under the cold tap. *slow clap*


Make Watermelon Ice Lollies
I love watermelon. I just can't get enough of it. Then I started to consider how nice it would be in the summer to have it frozen. So, I googled it and, lo and behold!, you can make watermelon ice lollies. Who knew, eh?

Wear a swimming costume without feeling self conscious
This is a bit of a personal one but I used to be the kinda girl who loved going swimming and to the beach. But, as I got a bit older (and chubbier), my confidence levels dropped - to the point where now I don't even own a swimming costume as I have not had the confidence to go swimming in a long time. However, I feel like my confidence has really grown since I have been at university and, this summer, I really want to try to embrace my body. It is a bit wobbly and my thighs do tend to resemble blancmange, but no-one is perfect and that's what I want to keep in my mind as I put on that swimming costume and head out.

Blog more frequently
My current life problem is that my blogging camera hates my laptop so my ability to upload any pictures is pretty minimal. But, once I am back home, I'll be using the main computer so I can really focus on posting regularly and actually having some decent pictures with said posts. Because, in case you didn't notice, the pictures I have been using lately are taken with the camera on my phone and the quality is atrocious.


Go to London
It has been a long time since I last went to London. But London is definitely somewhere I love to visit. I mean, there is always something going on there. You name it, you'll find it in London. I particularly love the markets in London - my favourite being Borough Market as it has so much delicious food (this has pretty much turned into a 'to be eaten' bucket list). Last time I was in London, my auntie and I got lunch at a street market and picked up some chicken and chorizo paella which was so delicious.

Go to car boot sales
Summer is car boot sale season, in my mind. It always has been and always will be. I'm not sure if anyone else's parents used to take them to car boot sales all the time in the summer (and run stalls at some too) but I certainty have fond memories of it. You can always find great bargains there and there are always burger vans and icecream vans and a huge bouncy castle (not sure they would let me on there now though...) so it makes for a brilliant day out. Maybe it's just because I am a working class lass but summer, for me, is staying in Cornwall for a week in a tiny caravan, going to the beach, spending hours scouring stalls at car boot sales and having picnics in the park.

Have a picnic
I love a good picnic with my friends and, preferably, also with Pimms. Just getting a load of food together and heading out to the park to have a gossip whilst tucking into something delicious in the summer sun - that just seems like an amazing way to spend my time.

Go on a trip with my closest friends
One of the things that I have found the most difficult about university is not seeing my close gal-pals as often as I would have liked to. I really have missed the gossip sessions and just being able to have a giggle about silly things with people who you're really close to and who really understand you. When I get back to Devon I am really looking forward to spending more time with my friends and there is even talks of taking a weekend trip to Paris. I mean, it's a logistical nightmare but it's still a nice idea.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear what you have planned for the summer.


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Currently Loving

Admittedly, I've been very lazy on the blogging front. I would lie and say I have been revising but I haven't really been doing a huge amount of that, in all honesty. But I have finally sat down - at 1am - to write a blog post of what I have been enjoying lately which I hope you enjoy.
Fly Art
I saw an advertisement for this clothing line whilst on Facebook and instantly fell in love. I had a bit of a soft spot for really classic, beautiful things being mixed with pop culture - anyone else seen those pictures floating around online of rap lyrics really beautifully embroidered? I love that kinda thing.
This brand called Fly Art is sold on a website called Rad. Rad also has lots of other nice pieces from a range of brands - in fact, you can buy a crop top with the slogan 'Rollin' With The Homies' on it. Clueless, anyone?
Anyway, these are the few tops which I especially liked. My favourite has to be the 'I Woke Up Like This' vest top though. Pretty tempted to buy it, in fact.

Charity Shops
The truth is, in small Devonshire towns, the charity shops don't tend to stock much that is really all that great. I mean, book-wise, they're great. But for clothing? Not so amazing. However, it's a different story here in Cardiff. The charity shops actually have really great clothes in them. Most of the items look just like new and are from top brands like Topshop and Zara and River Island. I mean, if I can buy a Topshop dress for under £5 which looks new then why would I go anywhere else?
Here in Cardiff, I find the best bargains in the charity shops on Albany Road in Roath and the few near the central train station. But my ultimate favourite charity shop in Cardiff is the Oxfam Boutique shop near the city centre on St. Mary's Street. It is so well laid out and they get some really nice things in. All the clothing is arranged by colour which is really nice and doesn't have that feeling of walking into a dressing up shop which some do. It is certainly a must-visit for every bargain hunter. I recently bought a watermelon print Soulcal & Co crop top in there and any establishment which sells watermelon clothing has my vote.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter
I'm sure the world and his dog know about this product but it really is amazing, right? It smells so delicious and cocoa-y and the consistency is quite thick but it isn't heavy. I'm sure no-one has ever had a bad word to say about this product. It's especially good if you need a fairly strong moisturiser but it's perfect for me even though I tend to use quite light moisturisers.
Leather Jackets
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the amazingness that is a good leather jacket? I have been pretty much living in my fake leather bundle of happiness. I really do intend to buy a slightly better quality one as mine is second hand off eBay - originally from Primark - but is just getting a bit worn out now. I remember I first wore it to a King Charles gig so it has served me well in all my rock-and-roll pursuits.
Lately I have been teaming it with mostly jeans and t-shirts.
To be honest, I'm not sure what I'm doing with my arms...
I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully I'll be posting more regularly from here on in.
I would love to hear what things you're currently enjoying.
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