Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Keeping Hair Healthy in 2020

I’m sure most of you will agree 2020 hasn't been on your side when it comes to keeping your hair in tip top shape. My last salon visit was in February to my trusty Aveda salon in Covent Garden, London. I can’t remember the last time I went a whole seven months without a cut and colour. For a brunette, my hair is pretty low maintenance, but I usually visit the hairdressers every 10 weeks. The moment salons closed with no reopen date in sight, it was time to limit heat usage, increase moisture and give my hair some at home attention.

For the past 6 months, I’ve been using Swedish brand Sachajuan - Minimalist, fresh, elegant, simple – but effective. Everything from the sleek packaging to the high-quality ingredients has been carefully selected to keep your haircare routine fuss-free. I first discovered the brand when staying in Hotel Grands Boulevards in Paris - one of the amenities was the Colour Protect conditioner. My hair had never felt so soft.

There are two tools I use on damp and dry hair. A large wooden comb, and the Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush. Both don’t snag at my hair. I also spritz the Sachajuan Leave in Conditioner. When combing, always remember to hold you hair at the top to avoid pulling at the hair, and never rub your hair with the towel as this will create knots and breakages. Gently squeeze the access water into the towel working your way from root to tip.

For Moisture:
If there’s one product I couldn’t live without it’s the Sachajuan Intensive Hair Oil. I use this on damp hair post wash. There’s something luxurious with all their products. Since using the oil, my hair has never felt more soft and shiny. And lets not forget the Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Treatment which I leave on my hair after conditioning for about 10 minutes once a week - it’s been on my bathroom shelf consistently for over 10 years.

For Scalp Health:
Dr Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum which includes Hyaluronic acid and Purslane - hydrates and protects against free radicals.

Fuss Free Styling:
Blowdrying has reduced these past few months. So on lazy days, I use the Schwarzkopf OSIS + Texture Craft Spray. It gives volume to your hair with a dry and tousled texture. The Spray also leaves no residue in your hair.

Now onto the colour... believe it or not I am naturally dark blonde, and the front of my hairline becomes a lot fairer especially with exposure to the sun. I am still trying to find a salon in Sydney, but in the interim I was introduced to BODA Hair Boutique in Melbourne. Yes, out of state - BUT, it doesn’t matter. With Melbourne in lockdown, I applaud the salon for thinking on their toes and finding an innovative way to keep Victorian clients happy, and hopefully other Australian states can experience the salon.

The BODA Home Colour Kit is designed to give hair an instant refresh during isolation and caters for all hair types including blonde, brunette, balayage or grey. Once purchased, a BODA stylist will compile the kit which includes a tailor-made colour for hair roots and ends, a bowl, brush and sectioning clip, just like the treatment experienced in-salon. 

For $119.00, the kit also includes a 30 minute virtual consultation with a BODA stylist, who will walk through the colour process step-by-step. New clients can also purchase a home colour kit and will be guided by a BODA stylist on the best colour treatment, based on their hair needs. 

I haven’t dyed my hair at home for over 10 years, but I think this is something I am comfortable doing again. I was assigned Prue, and she was so lovely and helpful. I think it’s also so nice to have that interaction with someone if you are struggling with being at home at the moment. Usually when I go to the salon I tend to switch off and enjoy the relaxing time. But this experience was more of a social one and it was actually quite fun!

The day after I coloured my hair, I booked a hair cut at Paloma Salon in Paddington. The trim was long overdue, and my hair is finally blunt and even again!

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Images shot self-portrait


Monday, 10 August 2020

The South Korean Brands to Know

I visited South Korea when I was just 18 years old, staying in a city called Busan. April - Cherry Blossom season, and with it comes a festival surrounding the falling of the flowers. I will never forget the blossom piled waist high on the side of the pavements. I must have walked at least 20k steps a day, the best way to see a new city. Back then I had just finished my full-time dance residency, moving onto university to study Sport and Exercise Science. I worked in a clothing store part-time, so had a fond interest in fashion; but not as strongly as the present day. I’d love to go back to South Korea in the next few years, but next time spending time in Seoul, soaking up the local fashion and appreciating the minimal style from a more mature perspective. 

For the past two years, I’ve been wearing more and more South Korean labels. Muted tones, structured lines and also trialling new skincare to add to my beauty cabinet that not only feels good but also looks appealing on the shelf. If you’re a minimalist and sport a capsule wardrobe, I think this post is for you. I find myself restyling my Korean pieces more than many other key wardrobe items. Plus, it’s easy to shop some of the brands in this post as they are stocked on Net-A-Porter and W Concept which ship Internationally.

Verso Seoul
Clean lines, breezy fabrics and neutral tones. Verso is more of a lifestyle store. I originally found them on Instagram for fashion, but they also stock ceramics, jewellery and scents for the home.

I first wore Gabriel lee in May 2019 at MBFWA (Australian Fashion Week). There are never too many pieces in the collections, and I love a staple blazer makes an appearance each season. Usually with striking detail, whether it’s an asymmetrical button placement or split hems.

My ruched crop top has to be my most worn piece this year. Versatility is key when selecting new pieces to implement into my closet. Style with high waisted linen trousers, or under a white shirt. 

Yuul Yie
I’ve been wearing Yuul Yie shoes for just over a year. Recognised for unique structured heel designs. Perfect shoes to elevate basic outfits. They have a lot of online stockists, so easy to shop worldwide.

Andersson Bell
Korean and Scandi fushion that launched in 2014. Andersson Bell reinterprets Scandinavian vibes to create new objects from a point of Korean’s view. I adore their tailoring and outerwear. I opted for my blazer pictured in a larger size.

Venn Skincare
Skincare streamlined to modern life without compromising on the efficacy. You've maybe heard of the 10 step Korean beauty routine - Venn simplifies that. My favourite products are the Moisture Balance All in One Cleanser and the Age Reversing All in One Concentrate. 

My newest discovery. Jewellery that makes a statement. Chunky chains contrast with a minimal wardrobe. Also the brand which made me fall back in love with silver.

Bags with substance. Like many other Korean accessories, styled with a simple wardrobe will make them pop. I first discovered the brand the start of 2019. You can add extra accessories such as a different strap giving a bit of spice to the styles.

Hopefully when the world adapts to a new kind of normal, I’ll make it back to South Korea. If you have any recommendations from visiting yourself, I’d love to hear them. Hope these brands can inspire you to mix up your wardrobe.

Writing, photography and creative direction by Yours Truly
All images shot self-portrait 


Sunday, 26 July 2020

Farewell Lunch For Father’s Day

Before moving out of my apartment, and spending a fair bit of time apart from close family, it seemed fitting to host one last extended lunch before moving out of my humble home which I’ve resided in for the past two years. The perfect excuse to host a Father’s Day lunch with seasonal produce and the perfect occasion to upgrade from my iced coffee recipe (you may remember from a few articles back) to coconut espresso martinis watching the sunset from my living room window. 

I love hosting guests, and my Samsung Fridge Freezer has been the best addition to my compact kitchen. It’s been my sidekick in hosting Christmas parties, birthday’s and arms reach for healthy snacking whilst working from home.

It’s nice to make an afternoon with family, and I like to do a few delayed courses amongst good conversation and time away from the dining table to feel more relaxed. For my Father’s Day lunch, I decided to cook chicken wrapped in bacon, served with slow roasted Mediterranean vegetables and asparagus. My dad is in his mid 80’s, and he lives for two things: days spent with the family, and holidays to hot climates. So I wanted to make a lunch that ticked both those boxes. It was a beautiful early summer Sunday, the sun beaming in, and a lunch similar to one he would eat on a Spanish Island. With his holiday with my mother cancelled last minute, I wanted to put on an afternoon to make this day special. 

Finally, this day was an excuse to make alcoholic ice cube mixers where I utilised my Freezer tray to make the day before. In case you missed the recipe last time, here it is again.
Ingredients: French pressed/Moka pot brewed coffee, coconut flakes, vodka, coffee liqueur, single cream.
Method: Fill half the ice cube tray (with hot coffee, adding in a dash of coffee liqueur). Let that freeze, then fill the remaining half with single cream. Pop back in the freezer until completely frozen. Place two into a martini glass and add vodka. Add grated coconut for decoration and flavour. 

Sometimes, a creamy cocktail and slab of chocolate is the perfect end to dinner party. We all have a bit of a sweet tooth in my family. It’s sad this is the last time I will entertain in this space, but I am really excited to share my new home with you really soon! The kitchen in my new place is a lot bigger, so more dinner parties to come. I’ve also upgraded my Samsung appliance, to not only match the size of the kitchen, but also to accommodate the frequent dinners I plan on hosting. 

Article in partnership with Samsung Home Appliances
Photography and creative direction by Yours Truly
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