the energy cup

11 July 2011

A different post from me today but this is a place where I share my finds and loves and this is definitely something I found and love! It's called The Energy Cup. This contraption is like a mini brita filter for your office or on the go and it has come in handy so much for me already! I am not one for drinking tap water, I hate it. It's grainy, tastes funny and leaves a stale taste in my mouth so a couple of weeks ago I went on the hunt for a hand held water filter or a water filter cup /drinking bottle. After quite literally searching the internet high and low I came across IvyRose.co.uk which is where I found my new friend, The Energy Cup.

how to use
unscrew and remove the blue drinking cap
 fill the blue section with tap water
 watch as the water filters through to the clear section
 when leveled you can put more water in the blue section
 push the black cap back and forth to open and close
 to empty clear section unscrew and remove the black cap

eh voila. so easy and so convenient


I have managed to get a 15% discount available to for you guys that may be after one of these! The discount code is : AbbzzwOFFER See below for terms /directions of use. 

Visitors to this blog page can claim 15% off the price of one or more Energy Cups using the Coupon Code AbbzzwOFFER which is valid at IvyRose.co.uk until 31st August 2011. Just confirm at least one Energy Cup in your shopping basket, then go to the "View Cart" page using the link in the box on the RHS of each page, enter the Coupon Code in the box marked "Coupon Code" then press "Update". You should then see your discount applied – if not check that your browser is set to allow cookies. P&P will be added to the price of your items according on the goods ordered and the delivery address.


Let me know if you buy one of these bad boys! Some outfit posts coming up in the next couple of days and if you're lucky we'll have a post from my other half fairly soon :)


♥ abby

the ultimate filofax giveaway - CLOSED

6 July 2011

Yes it is the ultimate. I have a total of 8 brand new fully equipped apex filofax's left to giveaway, yes 8! Filofax were very generous and gave myself as the blogger style off winner a total of 12 filofax's to giveaway as I please. 3 have been won in spur of the moment in little twitter competitions which were very popular. But there will be no more of those though i'm afraid. Shaun also nabbed an orange and black one for himself and for all the support he gave /gives me I think it's acceptable for him to keep one :) Which leaves me with 8 to give away right here to 8 of my wonderful, also supportive followers!

You can see below that these filofax's have all sorts in them. Each of the images can be clicked to enlarge and in this competition you have the opportunity to win one of these in whichever colour you'd prefer. Just have a nose at them then follow the instructions at the bottom of this post. Good luck :)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

rules
 you must be a follower of this blog! I will be checking!
include your email in the comment. no email : no entry
 if under 16yrs old, you must have permission from parent/guardian to enter
giveaway closes Tuesday 26th July 22:00 GMT
winner will be selected using random.org
 worldwide entries welcome
 those who voted for my entry automatically get an extra entry when you enter (no cheating! I already have a full record of those who did)

enter
 follow this blog via google friend connect (sorry bloglovin' users it's too hard to track you!)
 comment below & include 
                 your email address
                   which filofax you would like to win. you may choose 2 colours
                 your facebook name, only if you voted for my entry

I can't stress enough that you will not be entered if you do not follow these simple steps. Miss one of them and your entry will not be counted. No exceptions.


Good luck everyone!! :)

♥ abby

creative or cheapskate?

4 July 2011

I like to think i'm a bit of both and that's why i'm obsessed with making my own shorts and tank tops <3

 
put the jeans on and mark a rough line for where you want your shorts

 
meet the line, front and back. be sure to get the angle right (up at the sides, down in the centre)

 
cut your shorts 1 inch below the line. when washing your new shorts they will fray and shorten over time

 
turn them inside out and wash them on a low setting

roll up the hem and done

These jeans are a mens 30 waist and were £5 from primark. I thought it ridiculous that the womens jeans were more expensive when I could get exactly what I wanted from the mens section and they'd be comfy annnnd I intended on cutting them up anyway! Definitely try this out girls.. especially if you're worried about cutting up a pair of existing jeans these have turned out perfectly and the long zip/fly means that they are great for that highwaisted appearance. They give a slight illusion of a longer torso which isn't a bad thing for me as i've been feeling quite stumpy recently.

♥ abby 

frequently asked friday : hair

1 July 2011

Here it is, the one you've all been waiting for (or not).. the hair post. Who knows why you guys ask so much about my hair! But thats neither here nor there, this is going to be a long one so lets get on with it.

I will start by saying that my hair does not look good up close. You may think it's in good condition in photos / from afar but it's not. Especially recently as I went 8 months without a hair cut and further to that another 2 months before last thursday when I had a drastic trim (2-3 inches!) If i do not cut my hair within 2 months it is overloaded with split ends again. In saying all of that right now at this moment in time it's looking alright because of the recent chop so can't complain.

styling tools
what tools do you use to get your hair looking like that?
my fingers. best tools in the world. I use my fingers for brushing throughout the day because it doesn't snag and pull on hair, for drying by fluffing it as mentioned below and all sorts.
 nutri heat hair dryer (without the tablets)
 old ghds
 new mini cloudnines - 




my waves
how do I create my natural wave?
It's no science.. in fact it's really lazy but i'll go through my step by step process any way so you can see how lazy I am.

shampoo with aussie mega or frizz
 condition with aussie 3 minute mirracle for 2-3 minutes
 loosely brush through with paddle brush
 spritz aussie leave in conditioner throughout
 leave to dry, mine takes around 2-3 hours depending on the weather (seriously)
 whilst drying, loosely fluff with fingers every now and again
 once dry, lightly spritz aussie leave in conditioner through the length and ends
 spray a small amount of hair spray through length
 tweak and rough up until happy. and done

So as you can see there's not really a lot to my look.. Not too much effort or technique at all but it that such a bad thing anyway?




straightening
I do this as little as possible but lately in the mornings I have gotten so lazy that it's much easier and quicker to straighten my hair before work. When it comes to straightening I use almost the same technique but almost always blow dry my hair instead of leaving it to dry as it's a huge time saver before work.

 shampoo with aussie mega or frizz
 condition with aussie 3 minute mirracle for 2-3 minutes
 loosely brush through with paddle brush
 spritz aussie leave in conditioner throughout
 apply ghd heat protect spray
 blow dry as normal
 once dry, separate layer and spritz with ghd heat protect spray then straighten. repeat until full head is done
 spray a small amount of hair spray through length to hold


summer hair
Much like my waves i'm quite lazy when it comes to my hair in the summer though I do do a couple or extra things. The first being hair masks /deep conditioning treatments. In summer my hair becomes more dry, no matter what I do it just needs more moisture (partly due to part 2 of this section) and so i do a fortnightly mask. My go to product for this is tresemme's and it always has been. If anybody can give me any recommendations on one they know is better and as cheap then fab but this works brilliantly in restoring some life, moisture and just making it feel fantastic and well cared for. I love this hair mask.

Part 2 is something that can be really bad for your hair.. I create my own sea salt spray, now don't veer off when I say this because it really isn't all that bad. Follow my recipe below and I think you'll be happy with the results.

♥ half fill an empty spray bottle with water (preferably a new one - I use the travel section in superdrug)
♥ add a quarter of your chosen leave in conditioner. (for me this is aussie, of course)
♥ shake it up a bit to dilute the conditioner
♥ now add 2 teaspoons of your chosen sea salt, you may want to use a funnel for this! (I use SAXA fine sea salt from the supermarket)
♥ an optional part for you blondes.. add juice from half of a fresh lemon
♥ now give it a good shake and leave in a cool dry play for a day for the salt to dissolve

This should last about 3-4 weeks before you'd need to make another what with the lemon juice being in there. With the juice it will keep for longer.


hair accessories
As you can see the majority of my hair accessories are flowers, they are pretty much the only thing that I deem acceptable to wear in my hair. Any Crown and Glory fans will notice that almost my entire collection is from there :)



products
Recommended products I reach for all of the time:

Umberto Giannini morning after dry shampoo
♥ Fructis bouncy curls mousse
♥ James Brown shine and fragrance mist - a great hair refresh after a long day. mostly used after dry shampoo
♥ Avon dry ends serum - see why here
♥ John Frieda sheer blonde shine balm - smooths the strays and adds texture without flattening - My go to after blow drying
♥ Aussie miracle hair insurance - There are no words. okay maybe 2, life saver
♥ GHD style heat protect spray - incredibly light for a heat protectant (which is what we all need!) and smells amazing. I don't even need to explain why, you just need it.



hair dye
I have not dyed my hair for a very long time. So long in fact that I can't remember. Yes this is why my hair looks multi tonal at the moment and no I did not mean for this to happen. I decided some time again that I was to stop putting my hair through the horrible process and save myself some hassle too. This led me to let the dye grow out though I was using Garnier Nutrisse Camomille and leaving it on for around an hour so it had become very light. after just over a month I used a brown dye to darken my hair closer to my natural colour, it was a disaster and was horrendously patchy (Onna can vouch for that) I left it for about 3 weeks and bought 2 dark blonde dyes (Garnier Nutrisse Almond) and tried again. The tone evened and was closer to my natural colour than before. Since then I have left it, washed and treated as normal and this is where i'm at. No more dye for me I want my natural colour back!


I think that I have covered everything. It's been quite hard keeping track of all questions but i'm sure this is it. If not then my apologies! Please comment below if you have any more questions of course! I hope that you enjoyed this post, let me know what you think :)

Also, I will probably do my frequently asked skin care questions next so if you have any questions for me to add to the list, please email me at abbzzw@hotmail.co.uk

♥ abby