A Photo Per Day || May


May was a month of happenings. Not all good, actually, barely any were good. The world shattered with the bombing at Manchester that took the lives of too many innocent souls. My mother spent majority of the month unwell, meaning that her birthday semi-flopped. My heart has felt like a boulder that I've been dragging around with me from May 1st to May 30th, if I'm to be entirely honest. Everything has seemed wrong this month, and with that, everything has gone wrong. Next month will be better. I'll be travelling halfway across the world (again) to spend over 2 months with my better half. I'll be ageing a whole year. And I'll make an effort to spark something inside again. I need to get back my writing mojo. I've been half-arsing blogging during May and I want that to stop. This is meant to be escape. Positives? I've read a whole lot during May. And in spite of the tragedy at Manchester, the world came together and the love spread across social media was rather beautiful/ I just wish that something so awful has to happen to make us humans open up our hearts to others. June will be better, but for now, here is May.
01/05/2017: New Post: "Llandudno Victorian Day Extravaganza, North Wales." || Click HERE to view. We're throwing it back to Saturday on the blog with a photo packed post about the yearly funfair that takes place in Llandudno. Rides like these flip my stomach when looking up at them, so this shot was 100% painful to take, heh. What's your favourite funfair ride? 
02/05/2017: Veggie burger, sweet potato fries, and all the relish. What other type of pub food matters? None, agreed, well done. 
03/05/2017: This is Jack. My Nain's "new" dog. He has insane looking googly eyes, a need to jump on everything (including me), and cannot be trusted near anything breakable. Welcome. He also has very large ears that put my cat's ears to shame. 
04/05/2017: Currently Reading: Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. Okay, tiny fib again, I actually finished this mystery last night. My thoughts? I liked it. This was the first mystery book in a long-long-long-long while where I didn't guess the outcome (or at the very least, a large chunk of it). I wasn't too keen on the characters, but I'm beginning to learn that books like this, Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train rarely have pleasant characters.  Everybody has to be a suspect and have layers. Like, well, ordinary humans I guess. I wouldn't pick this up for a reread but I would recommend it to anyone who likes a little mystery in their pages. Have you read it? What'd you think? 
05/05/2017: Dress details. I'm finding it semi impossible to find anything weddingy that I like. Everything is too over the top or too simple. I really like the back detail of this dress from @topshop. Cream, lace and elegant? Check. Would suit my arms and chest? Nope. Life is cruel.
07/05/2017: I recently reread The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and forgot how much I appreciate this book. (The movie is also quite good for an adaption) Charlie is the softest character I have had the pleasure of reading about (in a good way) for a long while - possibly since my last read of this slender novel. It's a convincing portrayal of the modern teenage life. Which is semi disheartening, but.. yeah. Have you read it? Let me know your thoughts. Any recommendations?
08/05/2017:  New Post: "From Brown to Red: A Garnier Nutrisse Ultra Colour review." Click HERE to view.  It's been a fair few weeks since my hair got a makeover but I wanted to get a good overall impression of the boxed dye before writing up a review. Drugstore dye is always hit or miss, after all. 
09/05/2017: Ignore the pile of clothes on my bed (was in the process of trying on Summer clothes), but how cute is this shirt from @hm? A bargain at £7.49! You can really find some online gems when it comes to highstreet fashion. The delivery was so great as well, speedy and free with a discount code.
10/05/2017: I recently won a competition on Twitter (run by the lovely @iamkirstiekins), and received these little gems in the post. I've read Gone Girl, but my mum is hogging my original copy. (Tsk!), but the other two are completely new to me. Have you read or heard anything about them? Let me know!
10/05/2017: Pretty sky made even prettier with a filter. My eyes are quite satisfied right now.
11/05/2017: Throwback to a cutie kitty with an adorable sleeping face/a creepy mama who stares at a little guy sleeping and takes photos (sometimes with herself in shot). When I have an actual child, I'm going to have to own a million memory cards for photos alone. Let's not even think about the videos yet. .
13/05/2017: Shadow play. ⬛ I'm a little all over the place lately. I feel like a flower that's been blasted with intense wind repeatedly for a few hours. My petals are bent backwards and my leaves are falling off. No amount of water is fixing me. I don't really know what to do, to be perfectly honest. BDD is killing my sanity and social life, in the most stupidest of ways. And it feels as though I have a constant cloud rammed in my head. There isn't really a purpose to this post, I just feel like I'm going to go mad if I don't have anywhere to write this down. Blegh. Let's just look at the flowers.
14/05/2017: Happy Mothers Day to all the US people on Instagram! Why not celebrate the way me and my mother do, and watch some horror-motherly flicks? Here are our picks! 
15/05/2017: "Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving." 
16/05/2017: That side profile though. I sometimes want to squeeze the cuteness out of the one Mr. Buki but that would make me a crazy Mama so... I'll just gush over the photos and clench my hands like a child in need of chocolate. 
17/05/2017: Am I a blogger yet? To be honest, I do really love avocado and although I am such a cliché, I find this shot oddly satisfying. Plus yummy. And I just had to have avocado with my sweet potato because I just *needed* to take a photo for today's post. Ya know? Blogger and first world problems. Oh well. [Sideways glance of shameee]
18/05/2017: Throwback: My little sunshine who is always around my heart. I never thought it was possible to grieve a pet this deeply. Everyday when I go downstairs to my mum, I expect Jess to be laying beside her - her thick tail hitting against the couch hard and a smile that never failed to resemble a bad yearbook photo gracing her features. When I eat anything in a pot, my impulse is to call her name so she can lick it clean. When I go to the shop, my hand itches to reach for a 5p lollipop for her. It's been nearly 2 years and I'm still lost in the memories. And I can't decide whether that's a good or bad thing. .
19/05/2017: A vintage style #FromWhereISit. I'm around 6 chapters into Find Her by Lisa Gardner and I'm really liking it so far! I'm intrigued by the unknown and there are two kick ass ladies. Yup, two. The sun is shining, I'm wearing my newest thrifted item and have a tootsie pop between my lips. Summer might not be as bad this year. (She says, in Spring. Watch this space.) 
20/05/2017: Happy Caturday! This is a throwback shot but I absolutely love it. Between his cuteness and the shadows.. oy vey. 
21/05/2017: Dreaming of cappuccinos in a quiet little cafe. I don't know if you fellow bloggers can relate, but sometimes writing in the quiet of your own bedroom can get grating. I need inspiration or the laughter of families as background noise. Some days, vlogs or music can help, but others? Not so much. I'm craving human company, even if it isn't directed towards me. If that makes sense. Sigh.
21/05/2017: New Post: A review of Wild by Cheryl Strayed. || Click HERE to read. Spoiler: I loved this book. So darn much. Have you read it? What were your thoughts? 
22/05/2017: Sometimes you just need to be super duper British and have a veggie all English. This is what Mondays are for...? 
23/05/2017: I go through today with a heavy rock in my chest and thoughts lost towards those affected by the events in Manchester last night. I can't fathom such cruelty, such.. weakness. It's incredibly sad. This place - which is the result of a 2 hour hike - seems wrong in the moment. Too beautiful in a horrific world. 
24/05/2017: Throwing it back to yesterday when I was up in the mountains (literally) and had a decent hairstyle going on. Truth be told, I hate this photo, my smile looks fake, I remember the pain I felt in my back and heart, and its just all round blegh to me. Alas, I had nothing to post today so I'm willing to settle. I have to learn to be okay with that, ya know? Today was a little brighter, but not much. You have to decide when the right time is to let go of the pain that you don't really have a right to feel. I keep thinking of the families involved with the Manchester tragedy, it's like a shadow over everything. Their pain is unimaginable. Maybe we just have to smile for the broken hearts, even when it's hard. I don't know anymore.
25/05/2017: "Focus your energy on the fragrance and beauty of the petals not on the thorns."
26/05/2017: I think I have an unhealthy relationship with snacking. I instantly assume it's something for a "cheat day" and often deprive myself of feeding my rumbling stomach because I think it's best to wait until Dinner - no matter how long away it is. I want to change that. I've been working on my fitness (a never ending battle due to fibro, but hey, at least I'm trying) so my body needs the nutrients. Here's to trying to change for the better, I guess..? 
27/05/2017: Happy Caturday! My little guy is thriving from the sunshine that is gracing us brits. To think he's Irish, he sure is made for the heat.
28/05/2017: Yesterday I finished Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood and I liked it. Wouldn't say loved, but I appreciated the story and I will admit to tearing up a few times. It's definitely a #YA gem from a genre I usually wouldn't pick up. It was a pleasant change. What are you currently reading? Have you read Infinite Sky? If so, what did you think? 

29/05/2017: New Post: "River Deep, Mountain High" || Aber Falls, North Wales.Click HERE to read! A jam packed blog post bursting with photos of our day trip. I'd appreciate a scroll!
29/05/2017: I'm craving a halloumi and salad wrap with all the fried sides. Sadly I'm being healthy and sticking to the salad part. Sad face.
30/05/2017: It's time to embrace my inner Rory Gilmore and read more classics. I'm a sucker for things of the YA genre, rereads, and predictable mysteries. But alas, I want to have more of a gander into the realm of what us modern day humans class as classics (say that 10 times fast). Do you have any recommendations?
31/05/2017: The highlight of my month has most certainly been gaining sight. If you know me personally, you'd of likely been nagging me for a few months to get an updated eye-test. So, voila! No longer am I the squinty girl. My sight has rapidly deteriorated, but lets ignore that and appreciate the pretty frames instead. And can we take a moment to appreciate the Specsavers 2 for 1 deal? 

So there we have it, May in a photo-themed nutshell. I semi failed last months goal of taking more photos on the day of uploading, so I'll just carry it through to June. This time next month, I'll be in California with the man I love and likely complaining about the weather. You know what they say, you can take the Brit out of Britain but you.... You know the rest. Wait, they don't say that? Awks. 

Wising you a good June! 

- Anne x

January: HERE
February: HERE
March: HERE
April: HERE

River Deep, Mountain High || Aber Falls, North Wales


Myself, my mum, and a friend recently took a lengthy day trip to the North Wales Summer hotspot that is Aber Falls. A 2ish hour walk - depending on your pace, of course - that ends in the spectacular view of a waterfall. It was a bloody struggle for me (click HERE for the Fibromyalgia 101), but stopping for a picnic and taking advantage of the many benches saw me through. If I can do it, anyone can. The great thing about this "hike" is that you don't have to walk the whole thing to gain a pretty view. You're on the trail for no more than 5 minutes and you're instantly upon a river, bridge, stones, and dozens of trees. Yes, as you can imagine, I was in my element with that one. Along the way, I of course took many photos so that I could compile a blog post of shoddy quality snaps of the scenery. I really need to invest in a better camera, sorry Samsung phone. I digress, enjoy the photos! 

So there you have it - a day trip in photo form. Again, I need to invest in a better camera. If anyone has any affordable suggestions, let me know! 

Fancy giving my other photo based post a scroll? Click HERE to be beachy instead of mountainy (both of those are words, I stand by them!)

Hope you're having a lovely day!

- Anne x

Wild by Cheryl Strayed || [spoiler-free review]


I wasn't planning on writing this review. It's been weeks since I turned the last page of this book, in fact, it could've been over an entire month ago. But ever since, it's been on my mind. Much like La La Land, the story has seemed to root itself into my heart without my knowing it.

If you haven't heard of Wild, then you clearly aren't a Gilmore Girls fan and I unfriend you. Kidding, sorta. Written and based on the incredible story of Cheryl Strayed, this novel follows a young woman who is finding herself by walking the PCT trail, alone. If you're all for girl power and an uplifting story of pure bravery, you need to pick this up. I've recommended it to most of my friends, and am now urging you to give it a try. It's a beautiful, beautiful book and may have taken over The Host as my favourite.

In this story, we not only follow Cheryl's PCT adventure but we dip in and out of her past, we discover her tipping point, experience the loss of her mum, the unravelling of her marriage, the beauty but pain of her childhood, her struggle with addiction. The whole lot. It's realistic (wow, Anne, shocking. The story based on real events is realistic. Big, big news.) and hearty. The way I just described it may make it sound heavy and bleak, but despite the heavy topics that this book covers, it's light. It's beautiful. The uplift you feel when Cheryl achieves something massive can't be touched. You feel inspired, heard, and there.. despite the fact you're actually huddled under your duvet wearing your 2-year-old Christmas PJ's. You freeze when she does, and you melt when the weather is blistering her. You crave lemonade and feel the pain of her memories. You're on the trail, even if you're not. Does that make sense? Possibly. I'm free-writing here, so this could be a colossal mistake. But I'm too busy fangirling to not.

The writing of her surroundings is undeniably beautiful, it's like poetry for your minds eye. You can smell the pine and feel the water. I can't get across how well she describes the outdoors to properly give it justice. It's something you just have to experience yourself. To go along with all of this, you have Cheryl yourself. A beautiful, raw, and inspiring woman who everyone needs to get to know. She can be ridiculous, idiotic, but yet.. that's what makes her great. She's a real woman and not one dimensional. The friendships she makes during the course of the trail are heartwarming and.. crap, I really want to write beautiful but I think I've already written that word 25 times, um.. heartwarming and rich! Rich. That's a good one. Wild gives you faith in humanity and that is something a book can sometimes not do, especially when it's based on real life. Humans can be difficult creatures, after all.

There are so many other reasons I can give you to pick this book up: The quotes at the start of every chapter, The inner monologue of Cheryl. The pain but uplift that you'll take from the pages. The minimalism you'll crave after finishing. The love of books Cheryl has, and the way you'll instantly want to pick up what she's recommending. Nature, again. But as silly and as illogical this reason is, I want you to pick this up solely for those last few pages of the book.The beauty and emotion she manages to wrap up in a few lines is unbeatable. I had tears rolling down my cheeks, a giddy smile on my lips, and a heart that felt bruised. But for the best reasons. This is something you have to experience, I promise that you'll take at least something from Wild.

As you may know, there was also a movie made of Wild starring Reese Witherspoon and I had initially planned on doing a Book to Movie review, but to be honest, I don't want to watch the movie. I refuse to let these beautiful words be adapted into something that I may not enjoy. For now, the book is enough. And that is a first for me. Have you watched the movie after reading the book? Tell me what you suggest I do, I'd appreciate it.

- Anne x

A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman || [spoiler free] Review

When I picked up A Year Of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman, I hadn't the faintest idea what to expect. The name sounded vaguely familiar but due to the heaps of booktubers I follow, that doesn't mean much nowadays (modern day problems). I went into the pages entirely blind, and to be honest, apprehensive. This genre of book is not one I'm familiar with, at all, and after recently finishing up Wild by Cheryl Strayed, my mind craved for something else that could be thought provoking and inspiring. I wanted beautiful words written on a page, and a last chapter that would cause my heart to swell up to three sizes. Boy, oh boy, did A Year Of Marvellous Ways deliver. Here is my spoiler free review of the magic.

Set in 1947, this story follows an elderly lady, also known as Marvellous Ways, who sits by a creek in Cornwall, waiting for her final story to come to pass. And a young and grieving solider, Francis Drake, who is looking for something to keep him grounded to the earth. Lost, needing companionship, and a reason for everything.. they come together like a sand and water. Friendships blossom, loves arise, broken hearts are mended, and fate is sealed. I hate being the person to say this, but I have to.. I can't fully delve into the story as it's one that you just have to experience for yourself. I know, I know. Annoying. BUT! Really, you do. There isn't even a specific direction to it all until the final chapter, and then everything just seems to click in the most wonderful of ways. Gah, I loved this. So much. A Year Of Marvellous Ways is almost a story of stories - of love, different people, connections you make in life, the ocean, mermaids (not literally.. well..), and untouched pure humans who steal your heart and refuse to give it back.

You aren't delving into this world feet first, you're just there as a shadow - watching the world unravel itself for you. You listen to Marvellous's stories beside Drake, drinking in each and every beautiful word and ache for the losses from both sides. The strange and wonderfully weird Marvellous steals your heart within chapters, and the wounded solider gradually gains your love and respect. It's just.. beautiful. All of it. That may of been my favourite aspect of this story - the stark differences in Drake and Marvellous. It's like night and day. You have the young man who has seen too much in life, and the elderly woman who sees through the eyes of a child. The man who feels the pain, and the woman who replaces the pain with hope for a better day. They mesh like mother and son, but care like friends. Beautiful. All of it, beautiful. *Throws my hands in my air as I give up trying to get across how beautiful this book is*

I actually didn't have any quims about this world - I mean, book -, the only thing that semi tugged on my problematic side was the style of which it was written. No quotation marks! The horror! Okay, I'm kidding. It just confused me at times, especially when we were switching between old stories and the current time, with no specific specifications until someone spoke. But you know, the more I got into the world, the more that seemed endearing to me. To me (ever the over thinker), it represented Marvellous. Her mind. Her confusion when mixing the past and present. I don't know, I may just love the book a tad too much and am now finding everything beautiful. Oh! It did make me want a gin, a lot. Is that a quim?

If words speak to you and you like a little poetic rhythm with your reading.. pick this one up. I can't promise it will touch you as it touched me, but I'm not normally one for this genre and I absolutely loved it. So if you are? Then you're likely to also adore this. If you're not, try it anyway. Get through the first few chapters (as it will seem a little odd - but as with anything in life, you just have to adapt to the new. A thing us humans do not do enough.), and I guarantee the characters and world will grab you.

It truly was Marvellous, in many ways. (Yes, I have been itching to write that down since starting this review. Sue me!)

- Anne x

Tips For Flying Alone With Anxiety

Plan Ahead
Don't be afraid to be that person with a billion printed out documents and a strict schedule. If it helps you have peace of mind, do it. Ask Google the stupid questions that you are too worried to ask anyone in person. (Like How do I know if the plane's bathroom is occupied?) If you have questions that you're going to have to ask the person at the check-in desk, see if you can ask ahead of time via email. Trust me, half of the worry that's clouding your mind is caused by the things you don't know. So ask and find out.

Choose An Aisle Seat
Most airlines allow you to choose your seat 24 hours prior to flying, so take advantage of that if you're in it for the long haul. The first time I flew long distance, I assumed a window seat would be the best option as I would feel hidden away and wouldn't need to disturb anyone. That resulted in an 6 hour need to pee. Not fun. Go with the aisle, not only is it easier to go to the bathroom, but you can keep an eye on whether anyone is in there so you aren't stuck trying to find your balance right outside the bathroom door. On top of that, you'll be able to see when the stewardesses are going to start offering drinks so you can plan ahead AND you won't need to shout what drink you want over the two or three people that'll be sitting between you and her/him.

Try and organise your carry on bag as much as possible. When going through security, you'll of course have to pull out any laptops/tablets/toiletries (check Google for anything you aren't sure of), put whatever you'll have to take out in a separate compartment of your bag so they're easy to get to and won't give you that panicked feeling when you're laptop is wedged between your books and people are waiting behind you. I've been there, trust me, it isn't the best. A backpack is your best option as it's large and usually comes with a variety of pockets. If you're super stressed, you can go as far as to pull off your jacket/cardigan/hoodie and fold it up into your backpack prior to queuing up so you won't have to deal with that on top of the other stuff, jewellery is another one. Take a little coin purse and keep any pieces in there, tucked somewhere safe in your bag, until you're all the way through. It's what I do, and to be honest, it makes it easier on both ends. I hate the part after being through security when you have to rush to try and put everything back into your bag and get your shoes on. The less you have to pull off only to put back on, the better.

A Bag Within A Bag
If you need to put your carry on bag in the overhead compartment but are worried about having to keep going to it for your items of entertainment, I recommend you pack a bag within your bag. Whether a cross body, clutch or any ol' travel bag, put all the things you think you'll need on the plane in it. Then when you're waiting to board, get it out and carry it on as it is. When getting to your seat, put it down and go ahead and stow away your carry on. The easiest option for this is a cross body, as you can then put it on when waiting to get off the plane ridding yourself of the annoyance of carrying two bags. Plus a helpful packing tip for getting an extra bag onto your packing list!

Aisle Companion
Now you've made it to your seat, and there is one person next to you also travelling alone. You just want to sit and be in your own brain, I get it. But sometimes a dreadful thing happens.. they want to talk. On long haul flights, this is rare. But short haul, it's 50/50. It's nice to make chit-chat, of course, but when shy, it can just be plain awkward. So what I like to do is, whether it's music on my phone or the movie on screen, once it seems like an acceptable time to do it, I put one earphone in (the one that isn't between you and your aisle companion), and leave the other out. This way it doesn't feel like you're being rude to them. They won't think you're purposely tuning them out as it still offers them the option to talk to you, but it's also inviting them to get on with whatever they wanted to do during the flight. Most of the time, people are just trying to be friendly and then end up sitting there wondering if they are expected to continue with the talking throughout the flight.

Ribbon That Case Up
So you've survived the flight, go you! And it's the heart-wrenching moment to find out whether your case made it all the way with you. "Ooh, that's my case coming towards me! Wait, no, that other woman just took it. Oh, no, I see it now. Ha. That'd of been embarrassing. Here it comes. Wait, is that my handle? No, is it? I don't know. Crap, crap. Okay, that family took it. Good. There it is! Coming out now. Is it? Why'd I choose black!?" I've been there. (Twice, but shush.) Whether you buy a flamboyant case, a luggage strap, or just tie ribbons on every surface that you can, make sure you'll be able to tell yours apart in a line up.

Smile, Be Brave
No matter what happens, just smile. I know it can incredibly hard when your eyes are welling up with tears and you just want to run back to the familiarity of home, but you booked this flight for a reason so keep your mind on it. Ask a worker if you're lost or don't know what to do about something, believe me, when their shift comes to an end, it is incredibly unlikely that they'll remember you asking whether you ought to go left or right. Don't psych yourself out too badly, and be gentle with yourself. You can't plan the unexpected and airports can be daunting, no matter how many signs they put up. You aren't ever stupid for needing a little help.

Bonus Mini Tips

Choose An Overnight Flight
If you don't do good with loud noises or the hustle and bustle of people, try an overnight flight. The atmosphere is much calmer than your average day flight and you tend to get left alone more.

Be An Early Bird
Get to that airport as early as you're able to, the last thing that's needed in this situation is the added stress of thinking that you're going to miss the flight. You'll only be sitting in a seat waiting to find out the number of your gate, so give yourself that extra 90 minutes. Or heck, 2 hours. You'll be surprised at how fast the time goes when in the buzz of a place like an airport. Grab a drink,  a magazine or your book, sit patiently and get that calm in before the.. storm? Well, that doesn't sound pleasant. You know what I mean. Plus this gives you ample amount of opportunities to use the bathroom before boarding.

Meal Requests
On your airlines website, they will most likely offer you he choice of requesting a "special" meal. Whether veggie, vegan or gluten free, you needn't worry your head too much wondering if there'll be something for you if you take advantage of this.

Buuuuutt, just in case you hate the food, take some snacks in your carry on. To save a few pennies you can pre-buy some packaged snacks preventing the dreary duty-free cost, so long as you either eat them or throw it away before arriving to your destination. I have to finish this bag of chocolate? Oh well, guess it's outta my hands. *wink, wink* But really, it's good to have something at hand for these situations. Especially if your flight is overnight and you won't want to disturb anyone. Also take an empty water bottle to fill up once you're through security, or buy the biggest one you can find. Your skin and lips will thank you for it.


I know these tips may be obvious, but they're what help me when taking a flight. I'm a worrier and most of time, I get my mind freaked out when it doesn't necessarily need to be resulting in non-fun travel. The first time when doing anything is scary, but you can do it. Think of all the others who have and believe in yourself. Heck, if you booked the ticket, you are strong enough to follow through on it. 

- Anne x

From Brown To Red || Nutrisse Ultra Colour 6.60 Review


I went red! Literally! Not like all those other times when I went out with the intention of returning home with dye that will make my hair as red as a cherry, and instead wound up with the same coppery locks that I've had since I was 15. Voila! I can check this one off the bucket list.

Okay, but seriously, I did go red. And I've had a fair few questions on social media (mainly Instagram) asking what dye I used, and whether it's lasting. So I figured a speedy review was in order. Because, well, why not? I used Nutrisse Ultra Colour in 6.60 Fiery Red. My hair reaches mid back, so I did need one and a half boxes of dye, which isn't ideal. It didn't spread very easily and as someone with some stubborn blonde highlights gained from a hairdresser disaster a few years ago, I definitely needed the extra help. If your hair is fine or easily coloured, then this won't be a worry for you. Obviously. Duh, Anne. But I figured it was worth mentioning, just in case. I was so thankful that I had that extra box or else I would've certainly had some questionable ombre going on.

The colour came out quite accurately to the box photo, which pleased me immensely. Though I did want a more gingery undertone but I think that is only achieved by a salon adventure, which I am not yet ready to endure *Points stubbornly at the hairdresser disaster line in the last paragraph*. But I have a big ol' quim, the dye is rapidly leaving. I've washed my hair a grand total of five times since dyeing, and each time I do, it's like my hair has had it's time of month. It's to the point that I'm afraid of being caught in the rain (yes, and I like pina coladas) for the fear of the dye running down my clothes.

Damage wise, I haven't appeared to have any. My hair looked and felt so glossy for days after dyeing. I wish I could buy the conditioner included in a big bottle, as my hair would thrive. And I didn't notice any extreme snapping or falling. My ends aren't dry, and the dye didn't stain my skin. So for that broad topic, it gets a yay.

All in all, this dye does give the results that you go in wanting but it isn't permanent in the slightest. I know boxed dye always states that it'll last for 14 washes or something of that nature, and it never does. But it is kinda ridiculous how much dye I'm losing each time I wash my hair. 5 washes in, I ought to be okay walking around the rain without too much worry. I've never had that problem with the other dyes I've used in the past (Schwarzkopt Color 088 Urban Brown or Garnier Nutrisse Cream Colour 5.54 Light Mahogany). More annoying than anything. 

I want to keep this colour a little longer but I don't know if I can with the upkeep that red entails. Do you have a similar colour that's a little longer lasting? If so, please let me know! 

- Anne x

Llandudno Victorian Day Extravaganza, North Wales || Photos


I recently went on a day trip with my mother to the yearly tradition that is the Llandudno Extravaganza. I didn't get to snap a lot of photos (curse you, shyness), but I got a few that I like so I figured 'why not share them here'? After all, this is a memory I want to remember. I hope you enjoy the snaps. Yes, there are a lot of Ferris Wheels and a fair few of the Skyview ride - which we actually went on, and I feared for my life throughout it. Apparently I'm okay with heights and spinning, so long as they aren't a mutual thing. Good to know, aye? Enjoy. 

What are some of your favourite fairground rides, or are you like me and prefer to watch from the side? Let me know! 

- Anne x

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