Vintage Day Out, 14.08.2014

After talking with Kieran about places to go on a relatively low budget (I can still use that “But I’m a student!” excuse, right?) we decided to embark on a ‘vintage’ day to find the best vintage hotspots in our hometown of Bournemouth.

First, we stopped off at Molly’s Den as Kieran had never been before and it’s always a favourite of mine, as there’s always something unique at every corner. Whilst I was drawn to an array of antique trinkets, Kieran was more impressed with the selection of toys from a bygone era, or ones that took us on a trip down memory lane (We were seriously tempted by a Nintendo ’64 for £50… complete with the absolute classic Goldeneye).

We then stopped off in Boscombe for a spot of lunch at Boscanova, a café located just on the high street. We’d already visited their sister café, South Coast Roast, earlier this year at Bournemouth’s Richmond Hill (which you can read about here) but were seriously impressed with Boscanova, mainly because they served breakfast all day! 

We ummed and ahhed over what to have, before settling on pure orange juice (no tea for me, shock horror) and a stack of classic wheat free pancakes with maple syrup. When they arrived, we couldn’t believe how big they were… you definitely get your money’s worth for £6.50! They tasted amazing and it’s safe to say these were perfect for fuelling our day’s excursions. 

Hat: H&M | Black High Neck Top: American Apparel | Nails: Rimmel 
The café itself felt really welcoming and had some great décor… the balance of a rustic/industrial interior worked well with its slightly quirkier accessories, like a Buzz Lightyear and Woody duo perched upon a shelf (we approved) and street regalia named after Elvis Presley.

We then headed over to Clobber, a vintage store further up along Christchuch Road in Boscombe, as the window display lured me in with its beautifully retro dresses. I had to refrain myself from purchasing one of the (many) lovely hats and scarves!

Last but not least, we visited the Vintage Emporium, which was a slight walk on from Clobber in Pokesdown. When we arrived, I was immediately taken with this beautiful vintage car and was amazed at the vast amount of stalls inside, ranging across the decades. 

The emporium itself also offers a vintage hair/beauty styling service, which I’m eager to try out sometime soon!

To finish off our vintage day out, we stopped for tea or, in Kieran’s case, his usual double espresso in the café next door. The tea room was lovely, with delicate chinaware and décor that gave an authentic feel to the place.

I couldn't agree more!

Love, Lottie x


Manic Panic "Vampire Red" Hair Dye Review

It’s that time… again. For those of you who dye your hair red (or any colour, really) you’ll probably understand how annoying it is when it starts to fade. Keeping my hair vibrant is a tricky one, as the colour literally runs every time I wash it (leaving my bathroom resembling some sort of murder scene. Sorry Mum) The problem I know all too well with red hair is that my hair will fade to a strange mixture of orange and burgundy that isn’t quite the look I go for. So, after looking and asking around for something that will just perk up my colour in between dyes, I ordered Manic Panic’s Cream Semi-Permanent dye in “Vampire Red” – the name already appeals.

This little pot cost me £10.50 (not including p&p) on Amazon and had rave reviews, so I was sold. The dye itself is vegan and no animals were harmed in testing, meaning I was even more won over. The only issue I had when it arrived was its size – my hair is ridiculously thick and quite long, although apparently from other user reviews, a little goes a long way.

Pre-application, I stopped by a local Superdrug to pick up a mixing bowl, tint brush and a plastic cap, all as recommended by the instructions printed on the side. I then washed my hair and dried it, and applied the dye ½ inch away from my roots first where it would take the brightest. Admittedly, I had to apply it sparsely to ensure all of my hair was covered and had only a little left over – which I applied over any areas I thought would need lifting the most. I then combed it through to evenly distribute the dye before placing it in the plastic cap for an hour (the instructions say a minimum of half an hour)

Consistency wise, the dye is quite thick. Calling itself a cream rather than dye, it kind of makes sense. I have to say I’m not a major fan of the smell, which was a little unpleasant but nothing I couldn’t handle. Washing the dye off was a slight challenge too, as it instructs you to wash away from your face and body meaning I had to stick my head over the bath in the hope that it didn’t stain anything (this stuff is stubborn to remove – RIP to the two poor towels that had to endure pre and post application) It’s safe to say I failed miserably at this – I had also managed to dye my ears, neck and hands that had to cope with the aftermath!

You’re instructed to wash your hair only in cold water, which I did – where I saw to my horror that the water was running bright pink. All sorts of thoughts ran through my head, the first mainly being: what the hell have I done?! To my relief, I blow dried my hair to reveal a shocking red colour that I instantly fell in love with. I’ve used three different shades before and this is by far my absolute favourite. The colour is incredibly pigmented and almost multi tonal, with a mixture of red, purple and pink (it had to be in there somewhere!) My hair was soft and frizz free (the price tag of such thick hair) - another bonus.

For £10.50, I’m so impressed so far with this dye. The only drawback I’ve noticed is how this stuff stains pretty much everything after every wash, which means exercising a bit more caution with my clothes and surroundings… a price I’m willing to pay for this colour!

Have any of you tried any Manic Panic or semi-permanent dyes? What’s your thoughts?



The New Hat (Okay, And Shoes... And Jeans) OOTD: 09.08.2014.

Floral Shirt: H&M | Bralette: Primark | Ring: Camden Market

I took a trip into my lovely hometown of Bournemouth the other day (payday, to be exact) to go hunting for some more summer appropriate clothing since, you know, it’s been quite warm to say the least.

I ended up picking up this hat from H&M (anyone that knows me understands my love for a good hat) as I’ve been after one in this style for quite some time! I then spotted these shoes in Primark and, at £14, I couldn’t – and didn’t – say no. 

Bag: Primark
They’re perfect for dressing up a smart/casual ensemble or could be teamed with a classic LBD for a night out. I then picked up these high waisted black skinny jeans from Miss Selfridge for £34 because, in my opinion, you can never have too many black skinny jeans. They’re an absolute staple for any wardrobe and suit any occasion. 

As you can tell, my ‘summer’ shopping trip wasn’t particularly successful and I’m well aware that I was destined to fail from the start – I’m definitely more of an Autumn/Winter girl. At least I’m well prepared!

Gomez being camera shy (for once!)



Compton Acres, Dorset 30.07.2014.

Last week, Kieran and I took a trip to the beautiful Compton Acres gardens in Dorset. We’d passed it quite a few times (mainly whilst on our way to Sandbanks beach to make the most of this summer heat!) and, as a self-confessed lover of all things floral, I was looking forward to finally visiting somewhere that’s been right on my doorstep for so long.

The gardens, originally built in 1920 by Thomas William Simpson, have been open for public viewing for a small charge. Entry was £6.95 for me on student concession, but you’re granted access to all the intricately themed gardens that range from Italian to Japanese. 

Dotted around the meandering paths were sculptures and pieces by various different artists that either fit in or completely juxtaposed their settings. I liked how contemporary pieces sat amongst a woodland landscape! A café sat amongst the top of the garden with perfect views of Poole harbour – a stunning sight in this weather that really made me feel lucky to live where I do.

I also used it as an excuse to wear this navy polka dot number that I bought for a steal from eBay this month – it’s originally from ASOS! The sweetheart neckline and slight boning on the torso gives an amazing shape and real 1950’s feel, perfect for any occasion.  

I paired it with white cut out sandals from Primark and my new tan shopper tote that I picked up from H&M for only £14.99 – I’ve been after one just like it for ages and couldn’t leave it behind when I saw it (not that I really gave it a second thought!)