Monday, 31 July 2017

Natural Hair Care: What I Am Using Now

Like many curly haired girls (and boys) alike, it took quite the journey to get to a point where my curls would actually reach their full potential. Not too long ago I shared my natural hair journey, which saw my hair evolve from frizzy waves to the full head of ringlets that I am so proud of.




It took a long way to get to this point, after endlessly trying to manipulate my hair structure and damaging it in the process, I finally embraced the beauty of curly hair. Once the damage starts to repair, seeing your curls pop back to life or seeing them evolve to something unlike you've ever seen before, is just the most satisfying feeling ever. 


Therefore, in today's post I would like to share the little expertise that I have around the subject of Curly Hair Care in case you are a curly haired person looking for new products, tips or even if you are just interest in the topic. Although there are more and more products out there nowadays, and everything is much more accessible than before, we still have a long way to go to make natural hair care accessible in high-street stores. 

After many trial and errors, I think I managed to find the perfect combination for my current hair type. When I just started transitioning, many of the natural products were almost too advanced for my hair. As frustrated as it made me, I started off by using either Tresemme or L'Oreal hair products. Both did the job, but aren't very nutritious for your hair. 

A couple of months into my transition, my curls started to become more defined, my hair density increased and suddenly I was able to use heavier and more nourishing products. This eventually led to my current routine:
- Wash once a week with Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo and Conditioner
- Style with Cantu leave in conditioner and ORS Olive Oil Wrap Set/Mousse

In the morning I just wet the curls that became a bit frizzy overnight, re-apply the styling products (sparingly) and I'm good to go! Make sure to shake out your curls once dry for extra volume!


Stay curly my friends!

Lots of Love,
Savannah

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Friday, 28 July 2017

New Music Friday: Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

Lana Del Rey is probably one of the best, if not the best, singers of our generation. Not a single person I know has ever told me that they don't like her, or at least that they can't hear how talented she is. Lana's music always creates this brilliant mood of nostalgia, that inexplicable feeling that you know what she is singing about (but really you don't) and feel like you were transported back to the 60's.


What I love most about her, is that she is capable of brining people together, musically. For example, some of my friends have quite different tastes in music but we all seem to agree on Lana. And luckily for us, she is back with a brand new album Lust For Life.

Now, for those of you that are less familiar with Lana Del Rey, let's have a look at some of her previous work shall we? You will notice that her melancholic voice doesn't only instigate sadness, but simultaneously creates a strange feeling of happiness and serenity.

Summertime Saddness is a good example of the mood that only Lana is capable of creating. (I actually prefer this remix).



Brooklyn Baby creates that strange nostalgia of a life in Brooklyn (I've never been to New York so I find it strange).



High by the Beach is quite different compared to her older work.



Lust For Life (ft The Weeknd) reintroduces that melancholic happiness.



All in all, I think this new album shows us a much more determined Lana; one that isn't afraid to address (political) issues. Up until now I have loved every album Lana Del Rey released, but this one must be the best one yet. 


I give Lust For Life 5 out of 5 stars

If you like Lana Del Rey you will like:
- FKA Twigs

Lots of Love,
Savannah


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

How to Style Merchandise

It won't come as a surprise when I tell you that I've got a passion for music. On many occasions I have introduced the subject on the blog, be it concerts, my favourite songs or album reviews. Unfortunately I wasn't blessed with a talent to actually sing or play an instrument (I've tried and failed many times), so I decided to focus on one thing that I know I can do: casually incorporating my favourite artists into my outfits by wearing merchandise.




Now I must say that these days, merchandise has really improved as certain logos have become true fashion items. Time and time again you see the occasional band tee appear, the cotton tote bag or perhaps a branded cap. Yet I still feel there is a taboo when it comes to certain artists that are much more mainstream. When people are seen wearing this merch, they aren't 'indie' or 'aesthetically pleasing' but rather a fangirl (or boy) that is preferably avoided. 

  

Today we are going to break that taboo once and for all.




In recent posts you have already seen me style merch in a way that I would normally style any other outfit. In this post I will be sharing different looks, to encourage you to wear your favourite merch on the streets, without looking like you just spent the last 36 hours queuing in front of a concert venue. 


By now you should already know that I am a big fan of Justin Bieber, luckily the Purpose Tour and Stadium Tour merchandise (which is now unfortunately cancelled) really stepped up the march game. The collection is a very wearable, casual, but still sufficiently branded selection of items. 





Purpose Tour Merchandise pop-up in Selfridges

Other merch that caught my eye is by The 1975, Lorde, The Weeknd and Beyonce. Bless all of them for making actual wearable and loveable items! 
 

 Will you be wearing merchandise?

Lots of Love,
Savannah
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Monday, 24 July 2017

A Day in Lille, France

A couple of weeks ago I went to Lille in France to attend the North Summer festival. Although we were actually in Lille two whole days, because we spent the first day queueing we only really had Sunday morning to explore the city centre.




Naturally we were quite hungry (starving rather) after such an eventful Saturday. So the first thing on our to-do list was to find a café to have breakfast. We stayed at the Kyriad Lille Center, which I can recommend for a short stay in the city. The room was pretty small, but the bed was really comfortable! The hotel does offer breakfast, but we decided to go out and explore Lille. 


We were a little surprised by the fact that most shops and restaurants were closed on Sunday, many years ago it used to be the same in The Netherlands but nowadays almost everything is open. The fact that there was a huge shopping mall not too far from our hotel didn't exactly help either! Our bank accounts must have been so relieved the shops were closed though 😉


After breakfast, instead of going on a shopping spree, we decided to go for a walk around the city centre. Much like many other cities in Europe, there are a variety of streets and boulevards leading towards the main square with a cathedral nearby. I can imagine that, on a commercial day, this city centre is so charming and vibrant. The atmosphere was still very much present even with most of the stores and restaurants closed. 


We drove to Lille, but there is actually a really huge international train station in the city centre. Travelling by train would be a quick and easy way to get to Lille, in particular if you are looking to explore different cities around Europe. I know I've always wanted to go on one of those train trips across Europe, just exploring a different city each day.



I'm sensing a pattern in my adoration for European cities, it is a combination of the strong presence of the rich history, the architecture and cosy restaurants that always steal my heart. 


As we were making out way back to the car, we discovered that a vintage market was about to open. The items that caught my eye immediately were the vintage Vogue covers, ready to be framed and hung on your wall. Looking at the image now, I regret not getting my hands on one of these beauties!


Perhaps that's a good reason to return very soon?

Lots of Love,
Savannah

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Friday, 21 July 2017

This Season's Must-Have Jacket

British Summer Time, much like Dutch Summer Time, is not known for its sunshine and high temperatures. Although I must say that this summer has been pretty good so far. Therefore, it is essential to invest time (and money) in flowy, breezy cover-ups that are both on-trend and serve as a summer jacket.


Personally, I am a big fan of the kimono. You can see me wearing one nearly all summer long, like here and here. Yes, I really do love that particular kimono! This year, however, it was time for an update. The kimono has made a come-back (thank goodness) and is now very much loved in a silky material that looks like you are wearing a bathrobe even more. Don't you just love it? 






I'm very much looking forward to my summer days in Lisbon, wearing this kimono on top of a nice pair of denim shorts and a top or even over my bikini as a cover-up. A kimono is just so versatile, and a great way to cover up any 'food babies' too! The jeans I am wearing in this outfit are pretty tight around the waist, so after our delicious brunch at The Breakfast Club I was so glad that my huuuuge (but satisfied) belly wasn't showing! 


The sandals I'm wearing are so gorgeous, but they are an absolute pain! It really is such a shame, as they are a wide fit as well. Yet , the strap that goes around the toes is just too narrow, which leaves a very painful blister... 

Photography by Anuschka Giersthove


THE LOOK
KIMONO BERSHKA
TOP MONKI (SIMILAR)
JEANS ZARA (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE)
SANDALS NEW LOOK 


Will you be wearing the kimono this season?

Lots of Love,
Savannah 



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Monday, 17 July 2017

Festival Report: BST Hyde Park

Words will not bring across the excitement of this brilliant, brilliant day! On Sunday the 2nd of July, I went to the British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park, and here is what happened... 



We were so lucky with the weather, although it was only about 23 degrees Celsius, it was so hot (but still bearable). The sky was beautifully clear and we watched the sunset all while enjoying live performances from Anne-Marie, Tove Lo, Martin Garrix (with a surprise  performance from Dua Lipa) and Justin Bieber


Shop the look




As soon a we arrived, we did a quick round exploring the different food trucks and bars. We took the necessary selfies, Boomerangs and Insta Stories before messing up our hair and make-up. This quick round took us a bit longer than expected, as a 'small' part of Hyde Park was set up for the festival. Little did we know that even a small part of the park would still be massive!



With Valeria and Amber

We stopped a couple of times to admire a carnival-like parade and we just had to ride the carousel! What is a festival without thorough planning right? So, to avoid leaving the stage between Martin Garrix and Justin Bieber, we decided it was best to go for an early dinner, to avoid the crowd during actual dinner time. We enjoyed some delicious burgers and fries, which I am still dreaming of today! 



We had an amazing time and ended with a great finale! 



 OUTFIT
DRESS - STRADIVARIUS
SUNGLASSES - NEW LOOK (similar)
T-SHIRT - PURPOSE TOUR MERCHANDISE (similar)
SNEAKERS - H&M (similar)
BAG - PARFOIS (similar here, here and here)

Lots of Love,
Savannah



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Friday, 14 July 2017

New Music Friday: HAIM - Something to Tell You

I've got something to tell you, our favourite Californian sisters have returned with a long-awaited second album! HAIM released their album Something To Tell You last Friday. 


Their debut album Days Are Gone, released 27 September 2013, is to this day one of my all-time favourite albums. Few people manage to debut with such a solid piece of work, one that sets the tone and is beautifully timeless. After this masterpiece, HAIM basically became their own enemy as it would have been quite difficult to create a better record. Let's see what they were up against shall we? 

Among my personal favourites on Days Are Gone are: 




Pretty good right? I instantly fell in love with their cool Californian girl vibes, their up-tempo beats, vocals and heavy guitars. 


This second instalment, although slightly different and definitely slower than their debut, does not disappoint at all. Something To Tell You tells a more serious love story, one that isn't told in a sad way (luckily! We're not really looking for an album that makes us cry right in the middle of summer are we?). 



Do I like this album more than their debut? Probably not, but then again, I am practically in love with Days Are Gone, so comparing anything to it is simply unfair. 

I will definitely spend many days singing (and dancing) along to these tracks, all while pretending to be an equally cool Cali girl. There is just something about their music that makes me want to go on a road trip as well, maybe that's just me...

 

I give Something To Tell You 4 out of 5 stars. 

If you like HAIM, check out:

- Jessie Ware
- Tame Impala

If you haven't heard any of HAIM's music yet, I can highly recommend checking them out! 

Lots of Love,
Savannah









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Monday, 10 July 2017

Four Must-Have Items This Summer*

Now that summertime has finally arrived, we are all excited to start packing our suitcases for the upcoming beach holidays. I might be speaking for myself only here, but I am the type of person that likes to pack her suitcase at least two weeks in advance… On the bright side of this slightly OCD habit, I’m always left with enough time to make any ‘last-minute’ purchases in case necessary.



Within the timeframe of about two weeks, I can even still make my final online orders and have everything delivered to my doorstep on time for my holiday. Bless technology. If you are looking for a new web shop to bankrupt you this summer, I can highly recommended checking out Yoins.com. They offer a wide range of on-trend clothing and accessories at very affordable prices. But ain’t nobody got time to browse through thousands of pages these days am I right?


Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I have included a summer essentials list with all the trends you should keep an eye out for.

1. Trendy sexy dresses (shown above)

1. Long dress with split 2. Off-shoulder dress 3. Off-shoulder playsuit

Summer is the perfect opportunity to wear dresses; this season off-shoulder is definitely a winner.  But if you prefer to avoid the bra struggle, opt for a dress with either cold shoulder holes or a deep v neckline.

2. Jumpsuits


1.   Pin-striped playsuit 2. Striped playsuit with skirt

One-pieces have been growing on me more and more recently, especially after I purchased this beaut. Like dresses, they are so easy to wear during summer and there is something about a playsuit that just makes you look so chic!



Off-shoulder gingham top

If this isn’t the top of the season, then I don’t know what it. This top ticks all the boxes: off-shoulder, ruffled sleeves and gingham!


4. Bathing suits


1.   Bathing suit 2. Bikini

What is summer without a swim in the ocean or a pool? Believe me when I tell you I’ve spent quite some years without going to the beach and I was seriously missing out. Don’t make the same mistake, pick your swimsuit and go swimming!

What is your summer must-have item?

Lots of Love,
Savannah


*This is a paid for post written in collaboration with Yoins.com
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