Hurrah, I’ve actually managed to publish my Monday Mix and Match actually on a real life Monday for once! And even better, everyone’s not so favorite day is almost over… which means it’s nearly the weekend!!!! *ahem*… Feast your eyes on this week’s timely favourites including a hair volumising miracle worker, some kitsch-tastic bed sheets to brighten up that spare room and my latest book recommendation.. Enjoy!
It’s not often that I post about hair products on here. This is namely because, and I’m not being overdramatic here… my hair is crap. Rarely does a shampoo, conditioner, spray, serum, or oil manage to make my locks anything other than boringly straight, flat and unmanageable. Couple all that with rampant static and you’ve a recipe for “throwing your hairbrush at the wall” levels of frustration! Basically I am the constant “before” picture in a L’Oreal advert – clearly, I am not worth it!!ha
Whilst I’m still waging war with cold weather induced static (seriously, any tips on how to solve this problem – I have tried all the products!), I’ve found a little bottle of wonder that definitely comes close to solving my flat hair syndrome – Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray. I learnt all about the joys of backcombing many years ago and I can tell you that without it, I am akin to a particularly boring member of Hanson. Unfortunately, so flat and soft is my hair that even the biggest of birds nest falls out within the hour, leaving pancake flat roots. At the risk of sounding like a brat, I have quite shiny, smooth hair, most likely due to the fact I’ve never coloured it. Sounds great, until you realise it means your hair won’t hold any kind of style without industrial strength help! This volumising spray is hands down the best problem solver I’ve tried, mimicking the effects of backcombing with some impressive lasting power and volume.
It’s also much easier to dispense than it’s powder counterparts, as well as being less gritty and sticky. This nifty volumising spray gives the perfect balance of the texture and grip you get with a powder but with the lightness of a hairspray. I hate the feeling of dirty, weighed down hair but somehow this manages to create volume and height without any of that. I like to spray this through the ends of my hair to give a bit of texture and movement and it works equally as well. This is an all-round winner, and as someone who has tried a whole lot of volumising products, I would highly recommend to all!
Like most of the Pinterest lovers, at the moment I like my homewares minimalistic, mid-century and mostly white or grey. But if you’ve come looking to this week’s Mix and Match for that, I’m sorry to say my homeware pick for today is gloriously in your face and not in the least bit minimal. And I love it! This duvet cover set is from the stellar Primark Spring Summer 2015 home collection (See my other recent purchases here and here). With the rest of my house adhering to a more minimal and/or vintage aesthetic, I am living vicariously through my spare room here and going all out kitsch and girly. Also known as the room where we dry our clothes, (who said apartment living wasn’t glamorous), my second bedroom is a glorified shed. You know the one – anything that doesn’t have a place of it’s own ends up in here – the ironing board, my yoga mat, his guitars – sound familiar to any of you apartment dwellers out there? Most of the time I just close the door and pretend it doesn’t exist to be honest!ha
But, with my lovely friend Lesley, of Bellinis and Blush coming to stay this past weekend, I thought she deserved surroundings that suited her fabulousness – and I don’t think my washing would have cut the mustard! Having purchased these sheets a few days before, I knew they would be just the ticket to spruce up the room. Aptly named the Miami Geo set, these are part of the Primark Spring Summer collection that includes a bright pineapple cushions and flamingo string lights. And while I love me a good pineapple, I was able to rationalise that fruit based soft furnishings wouldn’t mix well with my current decor! The sheets however were a forgone conclusion – all things 80s and geometric are definitely my guilty pleasure! These are priced at just €16 for the double set and also come in single, and king size. Available in Primark/Penneys stores now.
It’s been quite some time since I managed to read an entire book in just one weekend, a fact that is testament to how unputdownable “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is. It’s short and snappy yet full of mystery and suspenseful intrigue – I literally couldn’t wait until the day’s next public transport journey (now there’s a sentence not often uttered!) until I could dive in and get one step closer to everyone’s favourite literary conclusion, the whodunit? I’m gonna have to deploy every book cover cliché I can here – this one had me on the edge of my seat.The protagonist is indeed, the girl on the train, tapping into the ever growing market of female led crime fiction. Our lead character, Rachel, passes the same houses on her train journey every day and begins to feel like she knows the people living their lives under the her watchful eye. She even begins to give them names and elaborate back stories. Until one day, Rachel gets a little too involved… As the tag line goes, you don’t know her, but she knows you.
I found “The Girl on the Train” to be an easy, enjoyable read, that kept me guessing until the very end. There are twists and turns aplenty, and Hawkins’ style of storytelling, from the perspectives of several of the various characters, keeps the intrigue up the whole way through as well as giving the tale some depth. It explores not only murder and mystery but the complex dynamics of being a woman in a modern relationship, an aspect that goes a long way to strengthen and ground the story.
Have any of you read The Girl on the Train? I would love to hear what you thought and if not, I would highly recommend that you pick up a copy (It’s buy one , get one half price at the moment in Eason’s too!). I can also recommend my previous read, “Veronika Decides to Die” by Paulo Coelho if you’re in the market for a new read – you can find more on that one here.
Until next time! xx