I don't know if you've ever noticed, but quite purposefully my little corner of the internet has yet to succumb to adverts or banners.
Now before you think I'm galloping off on my high horse, I can assure you I have no issue with advertisements on other blogs, in fact it can lead to finding great new labels and etsy shops, which is obviously great!
I just never wanted it for Yours Truly.
I always want my blog to have sincerity and integrity. Whilst I don't write all the mundane details of my daily life, I'd like to think I give an honest (albeit up-beat) account of my life.
So with all of that said, when I received an email last week from a very pleasant lady offering me a pair of ghd's in the new pastel range. Well I was pretty bloody happy.
My poor old straighteners looked forlornly up at me, seemingly aware of their imminent replacement.
I was going to have a set of ghd's for the first time! And after a moment of pondering if I was 'selling out' I decided that if I genuinely want/like/enjoy something, I should share it. Isn't that what this blog is all about?
And I can't begin to tell you how happy I am with them!
In my excitement I decided to put my new jade-green beauties to the test, and create three looks with my new pastel tresses.
And lucky for me Sam was more than willing to help capture my attempts!
My first look was very much inspired by this platinum legend...
I tried to recreate Marilyn's loose, sexy curls. But with perhaps a bit more of a 'bed-head' element. I always prefer my hair when it's a little messy and rough around the edges!
After spraying my hair with copious amounts of heat protection spray (and a quick blow dry to lift it) I divided my hair into sections and worked the straighteners round to form loose curls.
I then teased the curls to be a little looser with my finger tips, and sprayed the ends (from below) with hairspray.
I also sprayed my fingertips and worked a bit into the roots for extra volume.
My second look was inspired by another hair icon. Miss Golightly's layered beehive has always been one of my favourite movie-hair styles.
That blunt little fringe is just so sweet and stylish!
After using the ghd's to create a sleek, straight texture I then proceeded to lightly backcomb my hair throughout, focusing mostly at the roots.
After spraying a little hairspray on my palms, I then started to shape my beehive, fixing with kirby grips as I went along.
After all my hair was fixed, I pulled back a section of my fringe, to create the second 'mini-hive'.
This style is perfect for ladies with shorter hair like myself, as it gives you height with added volume at the front.
Unfortunately I didn't have a Tiffany's tiara lying around so instead I accessorised with 1950's silk bridesmaid garland, worn as a necklace.
My final look wasn't inspired by a movie starlet! It was the result of a bit of playing around...
Combing my hair forward from my crown, I used the ghd's to create a heavy curl, before rolling the hair round on itself, securing with a few kirby grips.
After pinning the rest of my hair up in similar rolls, I attached a couple of fresh blooms, for a fantastic pop of colour!
I am completely loving having bright pastel coloured hair (after a few wobbly days where I was tempted to dye it back to brown!)
It lifts my mood, and brightens up even the most mundane outfits. It's also re-ignited my love for colour again.
Those ghd's couldn't have come at a better time!
Love Yours Truly, x