Thursday, 28 February 2013

An Electric Elixir - Jade Jagger Kérastase

Posted by Jilly Mabbitt at 18:13 7 comments

For the past five years years I have had long blonde hair, however towards the end of last year something strange came over me, and I decided to follow the trend and go for the “balayage/dip dye" look. I had the top half of my hair dyed brown, and the bottom half left blonde.

A good look, you would think. But no. It wasn’t good. For 3 months I looked like I had horrific roots growing out - as if I had a brown fringe slapped on top of a head of blonde hair.

So last week I finally made the decision to go back to blonde, and, to have all my lovely long hair chopped off. And, thanks to Kirsty from Electric Hair Salon, Brighton, who is Electric's Art Director and a  L'Oréal Colour Expert, my hair has been saved!

Before - "dip dye"
After - (looking a bit fresh with no make-up)
With this new hair, and after all this bleaching, a new hair routine is also needed. Kirsty advised me that, for my bleached blonde hair, I need to use products that will repair my hair from the inside. And so I came across this Limited Edition "Elixir Ultime" by Jade Jagger for Kérastase at (currently offering 15% off Kérastase products!).
Compared to the L'oreal Elvive elixir
Elixir Ultime by Jade Jagger for Kérastase

The elixir contains four different oils: Moroccan Argan, Pracaxi, Maize and Camellia. It can be used before shampooing, before blow drying or even afterwards (so on wet, damp or dry hair).

Having previously tried the L'Oreal Elvive "Extraordinary Oil" serum for coloured hair, which left my hair greasy and weighed down, I had my reservations about the Kérastase Elixir. However, much to my surprise, it was a completely different story.

My hair (pictured above) has been left feeling sleek and shiny, not at all weighed down, and feels like there has been no damage at all from bleaching. The trick, I find, is to apply a tiny, peanut sized amount to the palm of your hands, rub your hands together, and then smooth through the ends of your dried hair. Or to apply a small amount to wet hair before blow drying (also works as a great de-tangler!) The Elixir Ultime is my ultimate colour saviour! Thank you Kirsty, thank you Kérastase, and thank you Jade Jagger.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Dahlia and Denim Shorts

Posted by Jilly Mabbitt at 13:19 14 comments
At the Brighton beach Band Stand
Over Christmas, it is a usual consequence of our indulgent festivities that we put on a few pounds. And though throughout the year I follow rigorously my low carb diet plan - at Christmas I am no different to the rest of us.

During Winter, my super tight denim "skinny shorts" go into hibernation, however now as the sun is starting to come out and the Christmas weight has been lost (thanks to some hardcore low carbing and Bikram yoga), it is time to resurrect the shorts.
In celebration of the beautiful weather, I took to Brighton seafront to take some photos of my new blouse from Dahlia - teamed perfectly with my denim shorts. I adore the darling oriental baroque print, and the chiffon-like fabric makes the blouse feel so luxurious to wear.
Mabel blouse from Dahlia, denim shorts from Urban Outfitters, Cooke Bayswater bag from Mulberry, boots from Topshop  
The beautiful oriental baroque print
How my Dahlia blouse arrived in the post - so pretty!
Dahlia is also holding a competition at the moment, offering you a chance to win an entire season's worth of clothing from them. For your chance to be the lucky winner - click on the banner below, or on the link at the right hand side of the page:

Friday, 15 February 2013

Dina Malkova - from Uzbekistan to Lewes

Posted by Jilly Mabbitt at 15:34 13 comments
This week I was lucky enough to start an internship for a designer that I truly adore – Dina Malkova. Originally from Uzbekistan, and now based in the historic, picturesque town of Lewes, Dina specialises in beautiful embroidered jackets. This one below happens to be on sale at the moment!
Short Sleeved Cotton Jacket
 She also makes what I think are going to be a HUGE trend his year – bow ties – custom made out of vintage fabrics, to be worn my both men and women.  Here’s one of my favourites:
Vintage Cotton Bow Tie
On top of this, you can also get beautiful hand woven scarves (made from silk made by worms fed on the Mulberry tree!), adorable jewellery and brooches, bags and boots, and she also offers dress making.

I look forward to modelling for her SS13 50s inspired dress collection on the 2nd March, at the “Red Nose Runway” at the All Saints Church in Hove (all proceeds will go to Comic Relief). So if you’re in the area, please come along and support some of Brighton’s best up and coming designers!

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