Thursday, 31 December 2015

My Year According to My Pocket Planner

It's that time again, when I look back on the year behind me before welcoming the year ahead. To mark the end of another 365 days I flicked through my 2015 planner to spot the highlights. Some have been documented online, while others are making their debut today. Regardless of whether they made it on the blog or not, these are my biggest moments of 2015...

I satisfied my wanderlust early on with a short trip to Newcastle to visit a dear friend.

Next up was a culture shock. I was hit by chaos and tranquility in Shanghai, before catching the high speed train to Beijing.

In November I visited Amsterdam for the second time, and loved it just as much as the first. The highlight has got to be eating at Ctaste, a restaurtant where you are served by blind waiters and dine in the dark. More on my trip in an upcoming post!

And, of course, let's not forget Ibiza. I left my camera at home for this one, hence why it never made an appearance on my blog. There was no time for photos anyway, far too much sitting on the beach, dipping in the pool and partying in Pacha to be getting on with. It's a hard life, eh?

Over the summer I did an internship at a digital advertising agency called i-Believe. Here I got the opportunity to develop the skills I'd learnt in an academic setting. Plus, it gave me a much needed glimpse into the working world.

Then September came along and with it came my first day as Content Coordinator at Web Summit. Here I flex my blogging and social media skills on a daily basis, while learning about the tech industry as I go.

I'll end on the defining week of the year. It kicks off on Tuesday the 3rd of November, when Web Summit was finally upon us. And by that I mean the actual conference. The one that the whole company had been working towards for months. I had a long list of talks to attend and report on, including Sean Rad (Tinder's CEO), Ed Catmull (Pixar's Cofounder) and Jefferson Hack (Dazed's Founder). For three days straight, from 8am 'til god-knows-what O'Clock, I blogged my little heart out.

Later in that same week was my graduation, where I celebrated being free of the digital marketing masters that consumed two thirds of my year. Add a Michael McIntyre comedy gig in the mix and you've got one hectic week!

On December the 31st, 2014 I was a penniless student with no idea what the next year would hold. Today, December the 31st, 2015 I am a somewhat self-sufficient career girl with no idea what next year will hold. Here's to finding out.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions Review: Thoughts of a Hair Extensions Virgin

Ever since a scary salon visit - which turned out to be my best haircut yet: my buzzcut - I've been eager to continue my adventurous streak. So when Irresistible Me contacted me to review their hair extensions I couldn't turn them down. I'd been playing with the idea of hair extensions for a while anyway - the thought of Rapunzel-esque hair is rather tempting.

After a scroll through their website, and a chat with the lovely Madison from the company, I decided to go for the 200g Silky Touch in Platinum Blonde. Don't worry, I wasn't going for a slapped-together ombre effect here - my plan was to dye the extensions to my shade of ginger.

Being a hair extensions newbie, and a bit useless with hair in general, I had no idea what to expect. This didn't stop me from squealing with excitement when I saw that the extensions had arrived. Christmas had came early as I tore off the outer parcel to reveal the sleek black Irresistible Me box. Their branding? Spot on.

In the first few seconds of opening the box I knew they deserved their name, Silky Touch. Running my hands through the hair I noticed that there was a lot of it and that it was all seriously smooth and silky.

Finding the right hair dye was a challenge. Apparently all those dotting grannies were right when they told me never to dye my hair - it would be rather difficult to get it back to the way it was! However with a little experimentation, mixing hair dye and leaving it on for different lengths of time, I finally found a colour that would work. Nice 'n Easy Golden Auburn, in case you're wondering.

With the extensions in the right colour, I was finally ready to try them out. Though I will admit, getting them to work for my hair wasn't easy. My hair is extremely thick and this makes it difficult to make them look anything but stuck on. My normal hair and extensions was just a mess. With straight hair you can clearly see where my hair ends and the extensions begin. Finally, I tried GHD curls. And hooray! Suddenly I had believably longer hair. Ta-da:

What do you think? Personally, I'd recommend these hair extensions for those of you with thin to medium hair. If you have super thick hair like myself you may find it difficult to make it look natural. Having said that, I'll be getting wear out of mine despite my thick hair, since curling the hair is a great way to blend the hair and extensions together to give it that natural look.

Now to put on a sparkly dress, a pair of skyscraper heels, and hit the town with super long hair.

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