For me, February is that slightly awkward month when my New Year motivation is flagging a little, Spring is in sight – close enough to almost feel the slight warmth and lighter evenings – but the reality is it still pretty cold and dark…
T H E F E B R U A R Y M O O D B O A R D
… so I’ve used it as a time for planning and prioritising my work and social things too, to try to maintain the better balance I’ve been aiming for since the beginning of the year.
I’ve also been organising the house – clearing out some clutter, tidying cupboards and drawers and then I revamped the bedroom to make it a more inspiring space! (blog and pics Here)
In between those things, I’ve been keeping up with my once a week ‘chill’ evenings when I have a bit of a pamper session – and I’ve been really loving using some new aromatherapy products which I’m blogging about next week, I stay off social media for the night too and do something old fashioned like reading a book 😉
So here’s my February edit which sums up some of the things I’ve been loving this month….
T H E W A R D R O B E F A V E S
I’ve been getting ready for Spring, I’ve put away some of my chunkier jumpers and been trying to wear less things, but accessorising them more to switch my outfits up.
This was triggered by writing the blog about my jewellery (here) – when I realised I wasn’t wearing half of it, so I’ve really enjoyed digging out some sparkle that I haven’t worn in a while!
T H E B E A U T Y H E R O
Blonde, dark, blonde, pink, blonde, purple, accidentally blue (!), blonde, pink, rose gold, orange-ish blonde – that’s basically been my hair history over the past 18 months ….
… and no matter how much you obsess over your hair like I do, it’s pretty much impossible to make all those colour changes without some damage!
BUT, the damage has been very much minimised because of Olaplex.
I wrote a full blog about it last year here – but Olaplex basically re-bonds the fibres of your hair and is usually used in salons as part of the colouring process, but the general public can now buy it from a few places to use at home.
A couple of weeks ago I was due back at the hairdressers and I always think how we see ourselves can be very different to how others do, so I put pictures of myself with all the different colours I’ve been over the past year on Instagram and I asked my followers to tell me what colour I should go for – and almost everybody said to go for the darker blonde option – so that’s what I did!
My hair was basically blonde that had been stained by a reddish/rose gold colour and was looking quite orange in places, so I knew it would probably need some bleach to get rid of that and even the colour out – bleach on previously bleached hair can be risky – so I did an Olaplex treatment the day before and that, combined with my brilliant hairdresser’s efforts over 4 hours, got it back to a lovely and even beige blonde – don’t worry, I still have some pink at the ends 😉
…. which colour next??
T H E Y O U T U B E
I’m subscribed to a fair amount of people on youtube, mainly beauty accounts, but I also follow somebody who does yoga and meditation – if you’ve been thinking about trying either I would highly recommend this girl as she really knows her stuff.
Here’s one for beginners of meditation – so if you feel the need to chill for a little while, just closing your eyes and listening to it is lovely!
T H E S C E N T
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique in the Eau de Parfum is my absolute favourite perfume and I’ve been wearing it for ages.
I used to play around with different scents at different times of the year, but always came back to this so it’s been the only one I’ve worn for years now.
Its a floral oriental scent with ‘Top’ notes of rose, orange, mandarin, pear liqueur and star anise, ‘Heart’ notes of iris, orchid, plum, ginger, orange blossom and ylang ylang, with ‘Base’ notes of musk, vanilla and amber.
It’s described as sweet, seductive and voluptuous apparently!
When I’m abroad I can usually find it for nearly half the price of in the UK, which is great because it isn’t the cheapest being the parfum version.
BUT here’s where the problem arises – I’ve recently gone cruelty free and perfumes are one of the biggest culprits for animal testing, so once I reach the bottom of my current bottle I’m going to have a big moral dilemma….
Anyone know of any cruelty free dupes for this?!
T H E P H O T O G R A P H E R S
I sometimes feel as if I spend half my life on Instagram, managing my account and interacting with people, but I used to love looking through it just for inspiration and particularly at the work of artists and photographers.
To try to get a bit of balance back I’ve recently stopped myself going on my blog account after a certain time of night, so that I can switch off a little more and I’ve been really enjoying using my personal account again to discover some new people to follow.
I’m such a visual person, I love scrolling through and seeing their work so here’s a few accounts I’ve been really enjoying:
@georgiarosehardy – stunning and creative portraits.
@samuelelkins – commercial and wilderness portraits.
@maxrivephotography – amazing landscapes.
@brandonwoelfel – creative portraits, fairy lights and neon galore!
@folkgreen – forest, nature and landscapes.
@rusticbones – beautiful travel and fashion with rustic, boho vibes.
@charlottelittlewolf – east coast adventure, wilderness photos.
@shainblumphotography – landscapes and stunning time-lapse, night sky photos.
@jonathanchritchley – incredible black-and-white shots of the sea and horses in Iceland.
@keeevsch – teal and green travel vibes.
@alexjiggs – beautiful peachy toned shots by a travelling model.
Those are just a few of my faves, do you follow me?! @tiffybailey
So that’s what I’ve been up to this month and a few things I’ve been loving – apparently we’re getting freezing winds and snow from Russia next week…. good job I’m getting the hell out of here at the end of it!! 👍🏻🏝☺️
(I shall try not to be smug)
My ‘Hand Luggage Only Holiday Wardrobe’ blog post will be coming soon…