Five on Friday

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{This week was half term and we were so lucky with the weather at the start and end of the week. On Monday we went to a nearby National Trust garden and walked around the lake, stopping along the way to climb trees and skim some pebbles.}

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{I also took the boys to have their hair cut. It was long overdue as they could hardly see from under their fringes, but we only seem to have time to go in the school holidays.}

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{I went to have my own hair cut and coloured the following day. A bit of a radical change but I think I like it.}

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{Today, of course, was Halloween so the pumpkins had to be carved and placed on the porch…}

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{…before my three little monsters went out trick or treating around the neigbourhood, returning with buckets full of candy. Enough to last them until Christmas I think!}

I’m pretty exhausted myself so that’s it from me tonight. Hope you have a great weekend! X

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Links I love

1. I’m loving this simple twist on the classic ponytail

2. 25 products under $20 that will change (or at least improve) your life

3. Great tips for organising your closet and some inspirational pictures

4. The best back-to-school backpacks

5. Missing that holiday vibe? Here are seven magical winter travel destinations

6. Find out which everyday habits will improve the quality of your sleep

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1. Best Workout Tips – 30 Fitness Commandments to Live by: Elle.com

2. I would love one of these in my house. Maybe I need to drop some hints before our next anniversary! Personalised First Dance Song Lyrics Print: Not on the High Street

3. I just booked my tickets for May 2015! Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty is coming to London next year: Victoria and Albert Museum

4. I’m seriously thinking about cutting my hair shorter for the summer. Here are the key questions to ask before going for the chop: Byrdie.com

5. How to Stay Motivated Around the House – Six Steps to Accomplishing Your Goals: Apartment Therapy

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Links I love

Everyday I’m stumblin’…Here are few links that I’m loving at the moment:

1. The older I get the less bothered I am about keeping up with the latest fashion trends so I was relieved to read that not falling victim to fly-by-night trends is one of the seven habits of highly stylish people! Find out what the other six are at StyleCaster

2. 16 Signs You’re A Little (Or A Lot) Type A. I’m not entirely proud that I read this article with a pang pf recognition. Just about all of those points apply to me, especially the sleeping (or lack of it) and worrying too much about things that may never happen

3. We’re in the process of upgrading our eldest son’s room to make it more suitable for a pre-teen. Out go the pirate cushions and in come these cool headphone bookends.

4. My default hairstyle when I’m not wearing it down is a messy bun or a simple braid but this week I’ve been trying out this cute dutch braid. Find a step-by-step tutorial here

5. How To Make Your Child Feel Special With Just 3 Magic Words .This article is a must-read for any parent out there. I’m a strong believer that you should not need to raise your voice in your own home but sometimes that’s easier said than done and life coach Lisa Parkes shows parents how to transform screaming to peaceful.

6. Great art doesn’t have to break the bank. We recently renovated our downstairs cloakroom and while I love the monochrome colour scheme the walls were looking a bit bare so I’ve ordered this limited edition print by Dutch fashion illustrator Judith van den Hoek from Swedish website Arte Limited.

Blonde Ambition

{Two of my favourite hair products for keeping those highlights gleaming: Paul Mitchell 'Blonde'

{Two of my favourite hair products for keeping those highlights gleaming: Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair and L’Oreal Professionnel Gloss Protect System in Silver.}

Apart from a rather unfortunate encounter with a bottle of red hair dye in my late teens (my hair was a gorgeous vibrant red for two washes and then a horrible light orange hue for months), I have always been blonde. These days my natural colour is definitely at the mousy end of the spectrum, thus requiring a helping hand from either the sun (unfortunately rarely seen on these shores) or a tinfoil wielding hairdresser to restore it to the shade of blonde I was blessed with as a child.

At the moment my tresses are in dire need of some TLC. I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I haven’t visited a hairdresser since the end of July (before we went on our summer holiday..) and three months between haircuts is far too long. Part of the reason why I haven’t made that call and booked an appointment is that I just find it such a bore. I’m fine for the first hour or so, having a cup of coffee and reading magazines, but I resent having to give up the two or three hours it takes to have a full head of highlights, cut and blow dry.

But today when an email offering 50% off all colour treatments landed in my inbox, I finally took the plunge and booked an appointment for Friday. I had been toying with the idea of going slightly darker but I think I’m going to stick with my regular colour. Length-wise I’m afraid there’s nothing much to get excited about either as I like my hair to be at least shoulder length so I can tie it up and wear it wavy or straight.

I am tempted by this picture of the always perfectly coiffed Jennifer Aniston, It would mean chopping a few inches off but I suspect my hairdresser will recommend that anyway to get rid of three months of split ends…

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Here are some other inspirational pictures from my Pinterest board Hairstyles:

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Keep Cool and Look Chic: Top Knot Tutorial

If you have long hair like me, you’re probably pulling it up into a ponytail or top knot to keep it off your neck and stay cool in this hot weather. Summer is the perfect time to rock a sexy casual updo but if you’re struggling to create a look that’s chic rather than just-came-out-of-the-gym messy, the lovely people over at Refinery 29 have put together a step-by-step tutorial to take your top knot to new heights.  

Click here to see the slideshows

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