Style on Demand

In a world where we can record TV from our mobile phones (well, SOME of us can, I’m still working that one out) and have the answers to almost any question at our finger tips, it seems only right that hair and beauty are leaping head-first into the digital age.

Beauty experts have been posting make up tutorials for some time on YouTube, teaching us how to accomplish the latest looks without ever having to leave the house. And now, following suit, is hair maestro John Frieda who has just launched his own YouTube channel crammed with bite sized videos full of inspiration for creating the most luscious of locks.

I’ve long been a Frieda fan – in fact, back in the Dark Ages when GHDs weren’t around (yes, I’m THAT old) Frizz Ease was my weapon of choice when it came to taming my tresses, so not only am I pleased that the brand is still going strong (with products that ACTUALLY work, people) but has moved forward to embrace this new techno culture.

Branded ‘Style on Demand’, eight short videos have been created and are hosted by top John Frieda stylists Jake Davies and Giles Robinson, who share industry secrets which will help us ladies to recreate a variety of 2012’s hottest hair trends from the comfort of our own homes. The videos – which aim to teach new styles and techniques in the simplest of steps – include a master class on retro curls, an elegant 1940s screen siren look and a celebrity-inspired halo plait, and all can be created for day or night.

Personally, I can’t wait for an excuse to try this one out:

The whole Style on Demand collection can be viewed here.


Get into the groove

Ahh, January: the month we love to hate. Let’s be honest now, it’s just rubbish isn’t it?(unless it’s your birthday/you’re having a baby/getting married/lucky enough to be sunning yourself in the Maldives/all of the above – in which case, I salute you.)

Anyway, I digress. I shan’t bore you with a list of seven hundred reasons why I hate this month – instead, I’ll start the New Year, albeit somewhat late, with a selection of pretty things I have been feasting my eyes on in order to beat those bastard blues…

Spotted blouse, £10. Yellow chinos, £11. Skinny belt, £2. Snakeskin court shoes, £10. All from Primark.


Now, since the only thing I’ve been working out recently are my tax returns, there is not the slightest chance I’ll get these b-e-autiful jeans around the Christmas-induced junk in my trunk.  If you can though then please BUY them.  Someone has to.  As you may have noticed, polka dots are kinda my thing, so all is not lost and I can at least console myself with the purchase of this top.






Accessorize Lady Bag, £35.



This bag is pink. It has gold detail. And it’s called The Lady Bag.  Need I say more?








Foundation Lace Mesh Cardigan, £59. Ivory Linen Short, £45. All from Mint Velvet.


Lace? Check. Tailored shorts? Check. Pastel colours? Double check. The only question that remains is why have I never shopped at Mint Velvet before?!





Yellow print dress and floral clutch both from Matalan. Price to be confirmed.


I’m not strictly sure what the rules are about blondes wearing yellow, but I’ll sure as hell be giving it a go this year. AND I’ll be mixing it up like the best of them with some clashing printed accessories.







Shirt £30, ring £6, both from Next.


There is not a single thing I don’t love about this picture. I need a crazy patterned shirt and white skirt in my life. Like, NOW, please.




And just because a) I’m obsessed with homeware right now and b) I couldn’t resist, here are a few little extra treats for the eye…

Glass pillar candle holder, £16. Glass candlestick, £14. Pressed glass votive, £5. Wooden photo frame, £14. All from House of Fraser.

All accessories from Matalan, prices to be confirmed.











Matalan SS12 homeware accessories, prices to be confirmed.



Anyone else need that bathroom in their life right now? Hydrangeas and hearts and crystals, oh my. And  sailor chic for the home? I think I’ve died a bit…