As a blogger, it is incredibly rare to get face time with your readers. It is one of the reasons I finally started vlogging and when I started seeing these ’20/30/40/50 Facts About Me’ videos pop up around Youtube, it really got me in the mood to get to know you all a little better.
I hope you enjoy my quasi-overshare and drop me a few fun facts about yourself in the comments!
Though it hadn’t been too long since I was last in Leeds, my dear Jen’s birthday called for an excitable return and some city shenanigans alongside The Manfriend and our fourth musketeer, Molly.
Starting our day underground at Meat Liquor, we binged on cocktails and burgers like there was no “tomorrow, I’ll wear skinny jeans”. I opted for the lethal ‘Game Over’ (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, pisang ambon, absinthe, lemon juice, and Red Bull) and Dead Hippie burger (two french Mustard-fried beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and minced white onions) with a handful of cheese fries.
As the food coma dictated, we paused for present-opening before moving to our second location. I’d been collecting little gifts for Jen’s birthdays for some time, but really wanted to find something that celebrated her love of tea and keys.
Though it’s no easy feat, Personalised Gift Solutions’ customisable pink teapot ended up being the perfect gift. I have to give them a huge shoutout because even though I found them less than 5 days prior, my concerned e-mails about the gift not arriving in time were met with the friendliest service, a timely delivery, and a beautifully produced personalised teapot.
When we arrived at The Alchemist we were lucky enough to snag a table under the sunshine and drink an innumerable amount of dry ice-garnished cocktails (the best of which warranted an instavid, below) before running up to The Light to take our seats for Pitch Perfect 2.
I may be no stranger to blow dry bars, but the arrival of Blo in Covent Garden had me feeling like a complete blow dry noob. With Gwyneth Palrow as one of the chain’s partners, the mostly US-based business has been on my radar since 2007.
I booked in without hesitation.
Nestled in an underground corner of Covent Garden’s central markets, it took me a bit longer than expected to find, so I’ve included a guide photo below (otherwise, follow the opera singers and you should find it).
Once inside, I was charmed by the space (chic with a hint of pink) and staff (bubbly hair maestros). I can be quite particular about what I want but my lovely hairdresser washed and dried me to voluminous curly perfection.
What I didn’t realise about the salons was they they use a line of products – ‘Unite‘ – that I have never come across before. When five different products found their way into my hair throughout the blow dry, I was worried I would end up with a weighed down mop of blonde but was, instead, astounded by a super bright and bouncy blow dry. Strangely, Blo’s cocktail of products actually helped my hair look healthier and icier in colour.
The sulphate-free ‘Boing’ curling cream has made it’s way onto my wishlist alongside a lifetime supply of Blo blow dries.