Tuesday, 23 July 2013

T R A N S I T I O N E R L O O K B O O K - Part II 'Bowed Scarf Love'

Happy Tuesday!!!

I'm back with another L O O K B O O K, it's no surprise to most of you that I'm super into headscarves [1, 2, 3], especially on bad hair days!!! Well this is most certainly another styling option when it comes to getting through my transition. I decided to get a bit dressed up for gelato and a movie with one of my faves... any evening with Idris Elba on screen and a scoop of milk and coffee gelato is a good one!

Hope you've had a great start to the week! Peep the Lookbook video below...

Avec amour...



Friday, 19 July 2013

T R A N S I T I O N E R L O O K B O O K - The Video [1]

Morning Beautifuls & Happy Friday!!!

Thank you for letting me know the video did ot show in yesterdays post *mwah* [I've re-added it there now] Here it goes in case you missed it!

Will be filing Part II this weekend ^_^

P.s don't forget to watch in HD!

Avec amour...


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

T R A N S I T I O N E R L O O K B O O K - Part I 'Curled Protection'

Hello loves,

 I've decided to try something very new on the blog and I hope you like it! For the more fashion savvy you'll be very familiar with the term LOOKBOOK, 'a collection of photographs compiled to show off a model, a photographer, a style, or stylist or a clothing line' thanks Wiki!

Well, I decided as per your lovely comments from the 3 year birthday giveaway entries that it was high time I invited you all on a more personal journey with me during the last few months of my transition, a.k.a more pics and more transitioner updates.

I'll have about four lookbooks, five if I can squeeze it and hey I thought I'd do a mini get ready with me for all of them too! P.s do excuse my mediocre makeup skills! God definitely did not intend for me to be an MUA!!! I guess you can think of it as Fiona's quick fix!

Right so here goes look one and dare I say my absolute favourite, 'Curled Protection', this has gotten me through the past 3 months of my transition and I wish I had braved it much earlier.

Fingers, legs and toes crossed in hoping you like it! Check out the video below and have a fabulous Thursday xxx

Love always,



Monday, 15 July 2013

D.I.Y - Ankara Espadrilles

P.R.I.N.T.S are an absolute no.1 for me this summmer and there's nothing more fulfilling than tranforming something you were so close to chucking out, into something you cannott see your shoe stash surviving without!

Feeling the look? Well here is what you need...

E S P A D R I L L E S 
G L U E  G U N
P E A R L  P I N S 
T I M E ! ! !

[Espadrilles from £3 @ Primark, Ankara can be bought from most markets e.g. Liverpool Street Market, Glue Gun £9.99, Time - 1-2 hours]

[see photos below]

- Cut slightly oversized piece of Ankara and place unto the drilles using pins to secure
- Once pins have been secured, begin to fold and glue the side unsecured by the pins
- Once one side has been glued, move unto the unglued/pinned side, remove pins gradually and begin to glue the material to the drilles
- Repeat above for the front of the drilles

Please be careful with the glue as it gets very hot, don't be tempted to touch it like I did! Also, allow 10-15 minutes for last glued section to cool and set.

Et voila!

Any cool ideas for the next project? I'm on a D.I.Y high?!

Avec amour...


Monday, 8 July 2013

G I V E A W A Y - 3 Years & more to come [closed]

It's a rare thing to find a hobby you love and can stick to for a long time, I've tried to pick up so many different hobbies over the past 2/3 years, from Arabic, to pattern cutting, to becoming a young black Martha Stewart, and out of all of those things this is the only thing that has been consistent for me! I'm so grateful for the support from each and everyone of you, for the new found friends, funny comments, Youtube love and for simply making this hobby worth its while!

Literally three years ago I started my hair journey as a heat loving, hair just past shoulder length relaxed chick, I then became a hair forum, long hair loving junkie and challenged myself to longer, healthier hair... just over a year later R E S U L T S baby! My hair was longer and a lot healthier. I then reached 'Bra Strap Length'... oh the length I had longed for... BUT my ends were on the thin side and as the matured individual I had become I decided they had to go, so snip snip snip and right back to just past shoulder length I went! It was at this point my journey then took a complete U-turn and I decided it was time to embark on a new journey... the journey to natural Hair!!! Well, here I am 3 years later no longer owning a pair of straighteners and I'm about to do the one thing I had never thought I would do... go Natural!

The journey goes on and I'm just thankful for your love & support every step of the way. I would raise a glass but who am I kidding a giveaway is much better!!! 

G I V E A W A Y   G O O D I E S

Pukka Organic Castor Oil
Jane Carter Natural Hold Spray Gel
Jane Carter Hydrate Quench Spray
Olive Oil Mango Butter Moisturizer
Mixed Roots Curl Stretching Custard
Naked Shine Hydrating Conditioner
Naked Style Little Miracle Leave-In Conditioner
Ojon Rare Blend Oil
Anita Grant Jasmine Floral Water


Comment below with what you like the most about the blog & what you would like to see more of

Giveaway Ends: Wednesday 10th July @ Midnight, winner to be announced shortly afterwards


The winner of the LYT 3 Year Birthday G I V E A W A Y

........... [drumroll]

     J U L I A S   C H A N N E L 

Thank you so much for your entries, as ever there will be many more giveaways to come! 

Julias please send your mailing address to fiona@loveyourtresses.com within the next 24 hours to redeem your gift xxx

Avec amour...



Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Under the Cover Up

Before I go ahead and explain the mysterious title of this post I just have to say merci, cheers and spud me for being so patient whilst I sat exams! My work course is now done and liberated does no justice for how I currently feel! 

So... I officially crown this the resumption of blogging...  Here is what is going on in the wonderful world of me "hair care" wise...

19 + months post transition and approx 4 more months before I snip off my relaxed ends!
Protective styling 99% of the time minus weekend hair style experimenting

I really should stress that the 99% ought to be 100%! Any and every hairstyle I've rocked over the past few weeks has kept my hair up, away and super protected.  In fact it's gotten to that protective style "crazy" stage where you  max out things like deep conditioning, baggying, steaming etc just because you can and nobody can tell because your hair is hidden ... Hidden under your wig, weave, hat, turban, headscarf... it's just HIDDEN!

As of late and especially during exam month I opted for the coconut deep conditioner a.k.a the coconut relaxer as my main method of deep conditioning, it may ring a bell from this ancient post. In my last haircare focused post on deep conditioning I mentioned that coconut oil can take up to 16 hours to fully penetrate the hair shaft. If you have hair that does take well to coconut oil and you allow it to sit on your hair in a warm environment for this amount of time, I'm sure you'll  know how darn amazing your hair can feel afterwards. This does not mean that I no longer deep condition the "normal" way, but I've been sticking to the 15 minutes post shampoo dc and compensating with this pre-shampoo treatment. 

So... that's pretty much me summed up over the past month, I've crowned July and August as months of hair styling and have invested in a heap load of perm rods, flexi rods, styling creams, and finally another order which I can't wait to share with you! 

My new found headscarf wrap look, channeling my inner... India Arie?!

Have a fab Wednesday Loves!!!

Avec amour...