Beauty

Guest post – 10 Curly Hair Tips for Holiday Travelling

June 16, 2019
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If you have curly hair you certainly know that caring for it is no easy task and it can get even complicated when you are on travel. Travelling for holiday comes with a number of challenges to ladies with curly hair. This means that if you have curly hair you must adhere to some tips and tricks that will help you care for your curly hair and ensure that you don’t damage them while away on holiday.

In this article, we highlight for you some 10 curly hair tips for holiday travelling that should help you:

1. Find the right products for curly hair while abroad

One of the major worries for ladies with curly hair is the products used to maintain that kind of hair. Perhaps if your duration of travel is going to be short, maybe a week or two, it can be easy for you to come along with your curly hair products from home to your destination. However, if your travel is going to last for many months you will need to find an alternative source for the products you use on your curly hair when at home.

2. Find the right kind of shampoo while away

As you pack to leave for your holiday away ensure that you are carrying enough stock of your curly hair shampoo. You definitely don’t want to get there in a foreign country and fail to get your usual shampoo from the shops. Trying to clean your curly hair with a different kind of shampoo can cause problems on your hair. If you like, you could first check from online stores in that destination that you wish to travel to if your usual hair shampoo exists in shops there. Only then can you can be sure that you will get it when you finally get there.

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3. Make efforts to find the right conditioner while abroad

Sometimes getting the right conditioner that’s ideal for your curly hair while in a foreign country may be hard. You should, however, be able to find one that is almost similar to that which you use while at home. Like for instance in Asian countries finding curly hair conditioning products can be quite of a hassle. For this, it makes sense for you to carry with you enough supplies of your curly hair conditioners when you are planning to visit Asian countries.

4. Carry with you your own silk pillowcase

Carrying your own pillowcase will not only make your rest comfortable but it also goes a long way in ensuring that friction is reduced while you sleep. Curly hair is known to easily get damaged when it is exposed to friction on rough pillowcases that you may find in a number of hotel rooms.

5. Carry a diffuser with you

You should carry with you a diffuser but just ensure that it is travel-friendly and small enough to easily fit into your bag without taking much space there. Carrying a diffuser with you when on travel comes in handy when you wash your curly hair and need to dry it quickly.

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6. Always carry a scarf
As you move around during your travel ensure that you wrap your curly hair with a scarf. This will help to keep your curls less frizzy and also more moisturized. Just ensure that the scarf you use is colourful to help give you that great overall look that’s appealing to everyone who sees you!

7. Carry essential oil for hair conditioning

There are a number of essential oils for hair care and conditioning that you could carry for your curly hair. You can carry with you coconut oil as it a general purpose oil that you will use to help condition your curly hair as well as your body moisturizer. Just ensure that you are keeping this in a safe pack such as a Ziploc bag so that if in case it leaks, it won’t ruin other things in the bag.

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8. If you are going to holiday more at the beach-side look out for the dryness of your hair

If your holiday is going to be more centred on the beach and swimming activities just ensure that you do heavy conditioning to your curly hair to prevent dryness.

9. After swimming rinse your hair

Just after swimming it is advisable to rinse your hair with clean water before you return home as this will help to rinse off both chlorine and salt water from your curly hair. Leaving chlorine or saltwater on your curly hair makes it get too dry and will easily break.

10. Just ensure you style your hair securely before you set out for your holiday journey

Doing this certainly prevents any chance of your curly hair getting entangled something that is known to easily damage curly type of hair.

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Travel – Hiking in Nittedal, Norway

May 29, 2019
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Lately, I have been feeling a bit tired… of social media, of the constant pressure to produce new artwork, making rent etc. As certain things cannot be helped – like paying the rent, for example – I’ve taken a step back on artwork and eased up on social media. This has been great as I have been dedicating myself to other creative projects that have been on hold plus spending more time tidying the space around me… Which is also important in order to restore the balance.

That said, I find that nothing is better to feel better in yourself and in your mind than travelling and spending some time in nature… and that’s exactly what I did the last time I visited Norway to see my boyfriend’s family!

 

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We went on a hike on the mountain around Nittedal, which is fairly close to Oslo. As you can see, the views were glorious… but then all of Norway seems to have been designed to be perfect and beautiful looking!

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e followed some of the easier trails, as I haven’t been on a hike for years… It’s something I used to enjoy a lot and I am glad that I will be doing more of, when I spend time in Norway, particularly.

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One thing that I can’t help doing anywhere I go is taking pictures. I am far from being a nature photographer but I have to say that I really enjoyed this. This time I only used my phone but I am hoping that I can bring my DSLR the next time I fly in for a visit.

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I can’t complain too much about lack of greenery in London, as it’s one of the cities that has the most trees, but somehow, being in the middle of nature, in the middle of nowhere can’t be beaten by all the London parks… I think that not being around millions of people has quite the calming effect!

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Another thing that I realised is that if we continue going on hikes like this often, I will definitely need some appropriate clothing. We picked up a pair of snazzy purple hiking books this time as it was the most important thing… I haven’t had a pair of proper hiking boots for years… but I guess that I will slowly have to build a hiking wardrobe as my city clothes aren’t at all fit for this purpose!

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We walked up to the little mountain shelter, this was built back in the 1960s and it’s for communal use… and people are respectful and keep it tidy, as well as leave coffee and other things behind for others to enjoy. How nice!

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I had fun checking out all the little details, such as the wooden fish or the old pots and pans hanging in the shelter.

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Besides flowers and bees, we didn’t get to see much wildlife but we did spot a bunch of moose droppings, so we know they’ve been around. They’re usually very shy animals and keep away… and that you have to be careful not to annoy as they can get angry and dangerous.

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This is the kind of thing you only see in an actual forest and it’s beautiful… The colours and the shapes are definitely inspiring and very stimulating to the imagination.

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There is a little lake at the bottom and that’s where we got the water to make tea and coffee… a change from getting it from a tap haha.

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So here we are, at the end of a glorious yet tiresome day. It was all worth it, though and I would love to do it all over again!

 

 

 

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Art – Brexit?

February 15, 2019
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Where to start on a subject such as this? I wouldn’t want to pretend to be an expert in the political and economical ins and out of the whole thing but I have to say that I am against Brexit. I say this not only as a European citizen living in this country which I have called home for nearly 9 years and where I have built a life and an art career for myself… but also as someone who has grown to love this country and the people in it. I believe that this is a big mistake and mostly because of greedy politicians who are looking for their next meal… rather than look after the good of the people who have elected them.

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I know this is a very divisive subject, even within families and that there are many emotions involved but somehow the majority of the arguments for it don’t make much sense to me… particularly when you start hearing that due to this whole mess there is going to be a shortage of food, medicine etc. I’m starting to think that we should start buying gold and silver such as from Golden Eagle Coins, as the pound is also due to lose (even more) value. Or even start stockpiling tinned foods for us and our pets, as I have heard being suggested in the media. Great!

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As I feel fairly strongly about the issue, it was with a lot of happiness that I have agreed to participate in the Brexit Art Machine project, from the makers of Artobotic. I created original mini art pieces that will go in a vending machine, which will hopefully get to tour the country. Even if you don’t see it or get to purchase one of the art pieces from myself or the other participating artists, you can at least see them now! These are tiny painted collages, no bigger than the palm of your hand, so they could be fit in the vending machine.

I am not allowed to vote… but I am allowed to make political art… for the time being, at least. Who knows what the grim future brings?

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Style

Style – 90’s and personal style revival

January 11, 2019
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I haven’t been blogging for a while as you might have noticed. I rarely post things on my blog these days but one of the things that I used to blog about and you may remember was personal style late.

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In the last couple of years ago, my personal style has changed a lot, for a variety of reasons. One of them was that I became ill- I had cancer and that changed my ability to sometimes have the energy to spend on figuring out what to wear, so clothes became an afterthought a lot more than they used to be.

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Also because of my illness, I stopped being employed full-time so I stopped having enough money to spend on updating my wardrobe as I used to. On top of this, there’s the fact that in the last year or so I have put on a lot of weight due to you now getting old, the medication that I’m on etc… That meant that a lot of my clothes stopped fitting and it took me a little while to get used to my new size and shape. What was something that used to be easy (shopping for clothes online or even in the shops) became a harder task. I didn’t need to try more sizes on and figure out what was now fitting for my shape and size and it took a while to get there.

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I have recently discovered that I am now able to pick clothes that are fun and fit me and don’t make me look like I’m trying to break out of them like the Hulk. Liking wearing clothes was something that I missed.. one of the turning points that made me realise that I needed to find joy in the way I get dressed again was after visiting the exhibition about Frida Kahlo’s clothes and style. This has been on for a few months and it’s been very successful at the V&A and Museum.

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One of the things that I remember it from the exhibition was a quote on how important it was for her to have a mirror and for her to see herself. That made me realise that not having a mirror currently because my current room due to lack of space is also hindering me from expressing myself with the way I dress. At this point, I still don’t have a mirror but I’ve decided that I needed to get colourful again have fun with my clothes.

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There aren’t that many reasons to be happy these days, with my health and constant tiredness always getting in the way of things… But I decided that I did not want to be boring or feel boring and that I would like to carry on feeling like myself when I get dressed rather than just having whatever is easy.

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I’ve always liked a style challenge and to pick up and mix some unlikely pieces and somehow make them fit together. I picked this dress from a selection of evening dresses from ever-pretty.com as I thought it would be something that could be worn also to events such as weddings but it can also be dressed down. I liked the colour, which I knew would go well with my hair colour and for a bit of fun and seeing that it’s a strappy velvet dress, it would fit a 90’s theme. Should be noted that I didn’t have a full-length mirror so it was a bit of a surprise to see the photos haha. I think it worked out OK. I might have to restyle it again at some point but I liked what I did for now. I also thought it was a fun opportunity to style one of my t-shirts into a look here on the blog! The reason was that although they had evening dresses with sleeves and it’s a bit too cold to go out in straps, this was definitely the dress that best suited my style and that I see myself wearing again.

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I also looked at 90’s makeup – which I really dislike, let’s be honest – but I made something I do like inspired by it – the dark chocolate lip being the main reference. I also checked out hairstyles and decided to try this one – I’ve never been big on spending too much time on my hair – but I really liked it and I’ve worn it again since!

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So without further ado, here are the outfit details: Earrings – Ali Express / Dress – Ever Pretty / Knitted jacket – Vintage, bought from a shop in Hamburg 3 years ago / T-shirt – Hello the Mushroom (my own design) / Boots – Dr Martens.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did putting it together. Thanks to Zabou for nipping out with me in the cold to take these photos!

How has your style evolved in the last few years?

Lifestyle

Lifestyle – Home improvements

November 15, 2018
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In the last couple of months, I’ve been working on improving my surroundings. In this case, my bedroom! You may recall a post I did a while back where I showed you when I painted and added some much-needed shelving to the spare room.

This time the work was to get a new mattress in, deal with the black mould proliferation and increase the storage/display space for my collection of knickknacks.

The first job we did was to clear out the whole room – here’s a before photo of some of my art collection:

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These are mostly pieces that have been gifted or traded with other artists.

After clearing everything out, it was necessary to wash and repaint and get rid og that nasty black mould, which is not only ugly to look at but also extremely unhealthy. I chose a warm pink, that I think ties the whole room together by creating a focal point on two specific walls where the art will be hung.

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I did the painting mostly by myself, with some help from my boyfriend, who was a sweetie and also helped me with the heavy lifting.

With the help of my housemate, I picked up a wider wooden plank to use as a shelf – which meant that I was then able to unpack some stuff I had stored away. You see, I can’t be let loose in a charity shop or a car boot sale as I will immediately find cat and deer figurines that I must bring back home!

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I still have some back home in Portugal too, maybe one day they will all be reunited in some place!

Here are a few more images with the contents of my beloved junk collection, that I’ve been amassing in the last 8 years in the UK. They are a collection of memories, gifts and little things that inspire me an that I like to keep around.

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The spray can art is by Ruth Knapp and the kitty by the lovely Swenya, a yarn artist from Cologne.

I was also able to put back my nail polish collection on the wall already:

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My boyfriend continues to be the best and he gave me a new duvet cover – featuring art by Tom of Finland. I love it so much!

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The next steps will be to change the bed – I already have a new IKEA bed, which I think will look nice in my girly girl room, which will be complete with fairy lights and all. Hopefully will be able to do the switch to the new one in the next few days, as it will get me some super good extra storage space under the bed!

Then I will be able to continue adding back the art – with some changes, for sure:

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The painting in the gold frame is by my friend Keone and was a piece he created by a show I organised earlier in the year to celebrate (or not, depending on your opinion) the Royal Wedding. It was funny that I ended up in the German press over it.

Once the bed is its place, the rest will be dealt with and hung. Can’t wait to have all nice and organised! It’s a lot of work, but maintaining a house and keeping everything clean and organised is hard – kudos to those who manage to do it!

As this house that we are living in is fairly old (Victorian, actually) and London is a humid city, the whole house could do with a once over, actually. At this point, the area that needs more attention is the kitchen – the last time it was refurbished, they added a fake ceiling and the light spots are embedded in it. Now that it’s deteriorating and the connectors are not working properly, we are getting less and less light – and to fix it means the landlord probably rip everything out. I keep dreaming of having LED ceiling lights or something – that would be easy to maintain and make our kitchen nice and bright! If I had the funds, I would also replace the whole cabinet unit, make space for a larger fridge and freezer (there’s 6 of us in the house and only have the tiniest under counter units, how stupid is that?) and get some decent pullout kitchen faucets and better storage altogether.

As this is a rental, the amount of work and money we are willing to invest in making it better is also limited, so at this point I’m focusing more on my room, which is where I spend the most time in, especially that currently I work mostly from home. I’m happy that at least I can make my own living space nicer and that I can finally feel more at home in it.

What are your best bedroom decoration ideas?