Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Old Wives Tail Jojoba & Clove Organic Oil Treatment* review

It's hard to believe, looking back, how much my hair has changed over the past few years and, as well as that, how much my attitude to my hair has changed. Go back a number of years and I had hair so long I could almost sit on it, I wore it in a plait and did nothing much with it, I did then start getting it cut a few years ago but even then I wasn't really sure what to do with it. These days my hair is normally in a super short style and I just love using products that will help the quality of my hair and help it feel as strong and soft as possible and have it looking healthy and shiny.

One of my favourite things to use in my hair is oils. I've tried various oil products and have enjoyed all of them, but I'm never against trying something else, discovering something even more perfect. And that's why, when I was offered to try something by Old Wives Tail, I said yes! I had a quick read of their story (here) which is a delight to read, and then took a little while deciding which of their products would suit my hair the best.


All of the Old Wives Tail products are hand made and 100% Organic which is seriously impressive! In the oils range there is an oil for hair regrowth and an anti-hair loss one too - My hair's not in too bad a condition and I've been lucky not to suffer with hair loss, as of yet (don't want to speak too soon!), so I felt that these weren't the ones for me, but I do think the idea behind them is very interesting.

That left the Argan & Rosemary organic oil and the Jojoba & Clove organic oil - In terms of scents I was interested in the Argan & Rosemary but that was listed as being for frizzy and fly-away hair which mine Used to be (back when it was uncared for) but it isn't really any more. The Jojoba & Clove oil product, though, is for dull, thinning, brittle or broken hair and, although my hair isn't doing badly, I find that it's very dull so this one instantly sounded like the right option.


The product arrived in this simple plastic tub with the cute, distinctive logo on it but nothing over the top or in your face (yay!). On a separate little slip of paper comes the ingredients and directions for use, which I've kept hold of as you never know when you'll need that sort of thing!

The directions are quite simple, 'Use on damp hair and massage in to the scalp' - You then leave it on for an hour before washing it out with clean water and shampoo until your hair feels product free. I'm still struggling, as with other products, to remember to use things like this as I always forget to use something Before a bath because my baths tend to end up being a 'oops I forgot I need a bath, need to bath now or there's no time!' sort of affair. But I have managed to remember to use this a good few times in the lead up to the wedding and in the week since, too.


As you can see above the treatment is a pale, lemon yellow sort of colour and doesn't look much like an oil, but when you apply it to the hair you can feel that it does have an oil-like texture. Cloves are an ingredient in this so you Are going to smell them when using it. I'm not a Massive fan of cloves but, although it's noticeable, I don't find that it bothers me when using this (though that might be harder for people with longer hair?)

The first time I used the Oil Treatment I was a bit disappointed - My hair felt good but it felt weighed down, too heavy. I had been sure to wash it all out but it seemed like my hair had found it a bit too much. Not to be deterred, though, I had a think about things and thought about the fact that my hair is Actually in quite good condition, so I thought that maybe an hour would be a good time for someone whose hair was struggling, but for my almost ok hair it seemed too much. As such I've only left it on for half an hour the rest of the times that I have used it and thank goodness for perseverance!

I now use this once a week, and leave it on for half an hour, and my hair Loves it! I mean LOVE! I can't stop touching my hair on the day after I've used it, it feels so soft and healthy and it looks so so shiny! Without a doubt this stuff does a Good job! I shampoo twice when I'm washing it out and my hair feels perfectly clean after that. I then use a normal conditioner and leave it in for a few minutes and then that's all. I don't  need to add any extra treatments after cleaning, it just feels amazing! I may use some of my normal oils part way between uses of this, but definitely not straight after. My hair is, honestly, the best it's ever been and I do find it quite funny that I've ended up having a similar experience as the account in the 'Our Story' section of the site, I really Can't stop touching my hair!

Absolutely true love. A pot of this is going to last a long time and it costs £13.99 with free postage. If you're interested you can find the one I've trialled here: http://www.oldwivestail.com/collections/organic-hair-growth-treatment/products/jojoba-clove-organic-oil-treatment-100ml

If you want to try one of the others then take a look at the rest of the Oil Treatments range. I am intrigued by the masks, now, though, so they may have to be a future purchase!

Have you ever used a product that makes your hair so amazing you can't stop touching it? Please do let me know if you try any of the Old Wives Tail products, I'd love to hear what you think.  

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*This product was sent to me for the purpose of review but, as always, my opinions are totally honest*

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

'A Mother Dimension'* by Mink Elliot - Bahlsen Book Club - Book Review

I instantly liked this book, just from the title. 'A Mother Dimension'* was such an obvious, but pleasing play on words that it instantly warmed me to the book and to the author. Whenever I write I find it Very hard to write titles and when I used to write stories for uni the names were simply awful because it's such a weakness of mine. For someone to have something so basic but also still a bit clever, well it's the kind of thing that makes me smile.


We were given the book in digital format, this month, so I was able to read it on my kindle. I do love paper books but using my kindle is so much less strain on my hands (plus I'm utterly in love with my Paperwhite haha) - It didn't matter very much, though, about the strain on my hands, even if it had been a paper back; I read the book so quickly that there wouldn't have been any time for hurting my hands any way!

I think it's safe to say that the title gives you a little insight in to what the book is going to be about, and it's not deceptive at all 'A Mother Dimension' is a perfect title - The story is about a wife and mother who's at a point in her life where she's feeling a real slump. She's not got that buzz anymore, she's not even sure what lust for her husband feels like and getting drunk with her best friend is a much bigger highlight than it should be. She loves her husband, and her children, but she also spends a large amount of time daydreaming about her past, when she was a young, successful type who worked in media and had a laddish, attractive boyfriend.

One day, whilst the kids are shovelling their breakfast and Kate's washing up, she goes faint and feels like she's going to pass out. And... have you guessed yet? No...? When she comes to, she is back in the past, in the 80's when she was that aforementioned, younger, slimmer version of herself, when she had that boyfriend she day dreams of and when she worked a fun and fast paced job.

I'm not going to tell you what happens when she goes back, I've already told you more than I normally do in a book review but I think it's perfectly safe to have given away as much as I have - If you pick this book up you'll still have Plenty of surprises in store!

Honestly, I loved this book. It was light hearted but with some important messages included, it was funny and it was easy to read but it was also very clever and very well written. The characters weren't always the easiest to love, but they were real and they were characters you wanted to know more about.

This isn't a 'type' of book. The time travel aside it's a pretty normal story about some normal people and their lives, their interactions and how they are traversing the dangers of their young, carefree years. I think most people would enjoy it, though it's definitely more likely to fit the female demographic.

If you want to pick the book up then it's available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-Dimension-Mink-Elliott-ebook/dp/B00GLTOJVK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409001442&sr=8-1&keywords=a+mother+dimension 

Make sure you let me know if you give this a read, I feel like this is the sort of book that I want to chat to people about! Any recommendations? I've got a long list of books to read but always love to add recommendations on to my 'to read' list. 

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*This e-book was sent to me for the purpose of the review but all opinions are my own*

Monday, 25 August 2014

My Wedding Week in Instagram pics

I love reading 'My week in photos' or 'My week in Instagram' posts (or other such variations) but I never get around to making them myself. I've been using Instagram a lot more, recently, so I have enough photos to actually do this sort of post now, so here we go!

As some of you may know (it's not been all over my instagram or twitter or anything,  honest!) I got married last weekend and, so, I thought that I'd upload my 'wedding week' in pics. It's not exclusively wedding related, it's just pics that have occurred in the lead up to the wedding and the week since!


Last minute centre pieces | Excited Ethan the day before the wedding | Final Wedding makeup practice
Trinket box from my sister | My sister and Ethan the morning of the wedding | Beautiful bouquet charm
Walking down the aisle | Exciting review items | Remembering Skye's bouquet

I realised I hadn't uploaded any bouquet photos which is why the photo of Skye's bouquet is last as I uploaded it today. I know the Melvita post isn't very weddingy but I got home the day after the wedding, checked my blog emails and had this op waiting for me, it felt like such good luck being the day after the wedding hehe.

So that's my first Instagram post, hopefully there'll be more! Almost 400 of you follow me on Instagram so there's plenty of space for more, please do have a look: http://instagram.com/petitmoi_bigworld

I've still got plenty of wedding posts to come up, there should be a gift guide, my wedding makeup and just a general wedding post so share some beautiful photos with you all - Hope you like weddings!

I'd love to know what people think of this sort of post? Do you enjoy them? Do you do them yourselves? If so please link up in the comments as I'd Love to see! 

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Blog planning or Back to school - Stationary with Viking*

There's something you might not know about me yet, but you probably should, I'm a stationary addict - Have been for most of my life. A new packet of pens, a new pencil case, a new note pad... those things have always bought an unreasonable amount of joy to me.

Thankfully, I know that I'm not alone, lots of people have a problem with stationery and I know that bloggers are some of them! And, if you're not here as a blogger, there's a good chance you like stationary anyway; it seems many of us have felt the lure of a blank page in a brand new note pad.

When I was first offered the chance to work with Viking it was to review some acrylic storage drawers but, sadly, there was some problems with delivery so I'm not able to write about them for you. I can say, though, that the customer service with Viking was great and they were fantastic to sort things out, and beyond that are looking in to the particular issues with delivery that I had.


I was asked what I would like to review, in lieu of the drawers, and I thought it was a great opportunity to see what sort of pretty stationary Viking have. In the past I've always known them for office stationary rather than the prettier pieces so it was nice to get a chance to look at the other parts of their ranges. As you can see I found some rather lovely bits.


This is the A5 Sweet Rose casebound notebook which I thought would be just perfect for bloggers. I wouldn't cope without my notebooks, I write list after list after list and I much prefer it when it's in a pretty norebook, none of this plain cover nonsense! The notepad is really well made and the cover is really strong, this is a note pad that will last you a long time, it'll cope in a handbag as well as at home.


I went for the beautiful, matching A4 document wallet, too. I have all sorts of different bits of paper that need somewhere to be kept; tax stuff, delivery notes, medical stuff, all sorts. I have a letter holder and a big file box upstairs but it's really handy to have something to keep everything in before I take it all upstairs for sorting. This one would be equally as fab for a back-to-school item, I'd have loved to have been able to have something like this to keep my work in back at school (or I would if I was at school now, back then I liked skulls and wolves)


And What's a stationary haul without some pens? Now, first things first, I do have to agree that there's an innate problem with having pens 'for Her', women don't need it to have a 'thinner barrel' and they don't need pretty pens in pastel shades. They don't Need them but some of us do Like them. So as much as I agree that there's no reason at all to have a set of pens just for women, I did quite want some pretty pastel pens, I'm fed up of my boring looking ones.


I did misread the listing and I thought that they were going to be in the same colours as the casing, which is the main reason I got them, but it turns out they're all black. As it happens that's rather more sensible than a box of 20 pastel coloured biros. As with the folder these would be great for both bloggers and back-to-school hauls alike (as long as teachers knew they contained black ink) - This box is great value, with 20 pens for £4.99 and they're that little bit different which will appeal to lots of those returning to school as well as to bloggers.

It was lots of fun looking through the stationery pages on Viking's site and I definitely know that they're not just for functional office stationary now. Their storage is great, their fashion stationary is great and they also have fantastic offers on that more standard, functional stuff too. Rather impressed with Viking, especially their customer services and the speed of service - A company I've definitely enjoyed working with.

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*These items were sent to me for the purpose of review but all opinions are my own*

Saturday, 23 August 2014

'Waiting for Summer' by Anna-Maria Athanasiou* - A Book Review

For some reason I've struggled to write this review, I've started a lot of times and there's been a wedding to plan, to have and to celebrate with a week of no Ethan afterwards - As such there's been a big delay and I'm sorry for that. The delay has nothing to do with the book, and neither does the struggle to write it, I actually loved both of these two books.

In fact I loved the idea behind these books even before I wrote them - Anna-Maria Athanasiou disappeared off to write these books without telling her husband and, as such, he thought she was having an affair! Imagine his relief when he discovered that she was sneaking off to write a novel rather than to see another man - Quite a different type of love affair!


The book is written in two parts. It's totally understandable to see why it was split up as both parts are rather large as it is! It didn't take me long to read them, though, as they were really easy to read. I was going to recommend these as a great summer read but it already seems as though summer is on its way out so I can't do that anymore.

What I can recommend them as, though, is a pair of books that you can read snuggled up under a blanket, with a nice drink (be it tea, hot chocolate, wine or whatever beverage you may decide upon). If you are still lucky enough to be going somewhere warm then I'd definitely recommend these as something to take with you but if you're going to be in the cooler climbs of the UK then these would still fit in just fine as a cool Autumn evening read.


This book is about Sylvie, a wife and mother who lives out in her little Cyprus paradise - She's content and settled in her very happy part of the world. But in books this long you can be sure that things aren't going to remain quite so happy, or quite so simple and things become somewhat more tempestuous in Sylvie's life when she sees a text message on her husband's phone which makes her sick to her stomach and turns her world upside-down.

As always I don't want to give too much of the plot away but there are certain things that I think will tell you if this is the sort of book for you. This book is romance but it's also about people, family and friends, it's about how one persons life changing can change the lives of so many around them. It's also about perception, about how people expect life to turn out but how it Actually turns out in the end.
I enjoyed this story, I liked the characters, the way the story developed and the way it turned out. There were times when it was very stereotypical, there was times when the grammar wasn't quite perfect but those things didn't detract from how easy and enjoyable this was to read and for a lot of people it's just not a problem because they overlook these things as they read.

I really recommend these books if you want to get enveloped in a story and be taken away from your day-to-day life (unless, of course, you're from Cyprus that is!), to imagine somewhere warmer and so different from here. If you want to let yourself escape for a little while and just enjoy some easy-reading then these are the books for you.

- As a little side note I have to say that I am really enjoying reading more romance. I didn't used to read them a lot but with review books and book clubs they seem to be appealing to me much more. I do love keeping my reading tastes diverse and romance is definitely not the least likely choice for me these days. I'd love to know any recommendations you have, romance or otherwise - 


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*This book was sent to me for the purpose of review but all opinions are honest, and my own*
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