7 Aug 2019

All About My Hair Extensions || Great Lengths 101

I've been getting asked quite frequently about my hair extensions as of late (I feel like my hair has grown SO much in the past couple of months, which is probably why you guys are taking notice. haha) and I thought we were due a little update on the topic! You guys sent over some great questions, so lets jump straight in! 


For the past 7 years, give or take, I've been wearing Great Lengths Hair Extensions. My very first set were from the brand Balmain (in specific, Balmain Double Hair Extensions).


My Great Lengths are single individually bonded extensions (although, Great Lengths do supply tape in extensions too)! The bonds are tiny. To apply them, your stylist will pick out a really small section of your own hair, wrap the bond around it and then using a little heat applicator (that basically looks like a mini straightener), bonds it to your hair just below the root. As I said, they are super small bonds and go virtually unnoticed. For the most part, people have no idea that I wear extensions (I have physically had to pick them out so that people can see them in the past. Haha). I'm pretty sure there are individual extensions out there with larger, slightly more noticeable bonds but these ones definitely slide under the radar. 

I've never tried tape in extensions, although, my first set of Balmain extensions were somewhat of a hybrid between individual bonds and tape ins because they were on a strip. I personally far prefer individual bonds. I find them much more comfortable to wear and easier to manage (especially when it comes to tying your hair up - no playing around with hiding tapes and trying to get them to sit flat against your head.. if you know, you know. haha).


Right now, no. I get about 3/4 of a head of extensions. I get my extensions for both thickness and length and wore a full head of extensions for years. For the last 3 years or so I decided to cut down on the amount of bonds I get in. I prefer the feel of less extensions - a full head feels a little too full for me, if that makes any sense? Haha. I think this is just something that I've managed to figure out over the years and it works for me. I was always a little more comfortable with the thickness once a month or so had passed and they had started to thin out a little bit through brushing / styling etc. This is definitely a personal choice though and if you decide you don't quite want a full head, your stylist will be able to advise you on the least amount of strands you can opt for whilst ensuring that they blend properly with your own hair.


I'm not sure if it's just because I've been wearing them for so long, but I honestly don't feel them at all. They really aren't something that I notice or even think about. As I mentioned above, the bonds are super small, so you can't feel much. I guess I notice them most when they've been freshly applied (which still isn't much) but after a couple of days they completely loosen up. 

When it comes to growth, because they aren't tape in, you don't really notice the growth. Actually, anyone other than you wouldn't notice the growth at all. You might just feel the bonds around your ears (sounds strange, but you can just feel the bonds because they're harder than your hair. haha) as they grow down but again nothing really irritating. 

For brushing, you can use a soft bristled brush or tangle teaser to brush over the bonds and they won't catch on them at all. I just use a regular paddled brush now and I'm just conscious that I don't brush over the bonds. 


Going on my own personal experience, yes! 100%! I originally had extensions applied because I really damaged my hair with hair straighteners when I was in school - I'm sure anyone that can remember the time when GHD straighteners first launched can relate. Haha. (I'm not kidding, you guys, my hair could never be straight enough. I would come home from school and straighten my hair even if I wasn't going anywhere. Thankfully, I've learned over the years. Haha). Anyway, I had the extensions applied for length and thickness and now, my own hair is in so much better condition. I find that I don't heat style my hair quite as much when I have extensions in because they're great at holding a style (ie. if I curl my hair today, I usually won't have to re-curl it in the days following). 

All that being said, my own hair is still never going to be as thick as it is when I have extensions in (I've never had super thick hair, it's always been pretty average) - which is why I still get them applied. Also, in between sets of extensions, I like to give my hair a good trim to keep it healthy!


This is one of the most common questions I get asked and, although I can't speak for any other brand of extensions, in all the years that I've had Great Lengths applied, they've never ever damaged my hair. I really do think it's down to proper care and maintenance (i.e. simple things like making sure that you brush them and that you don't leave the bonds wet so that your hair doesn't matte). Having them applied and removed correctly and carefully by a hair stylist will also make a difference.


For reference, if I didn't wear extensions, I would still blowdry my hair and I'm good with using products, styling etc. so I don't think they are any harder to maintain. The only real maintenance is making sure that you brush them and that you don't let the bonds air dry. If you leave the bonds wet (or to air dry) they can matte - you can let the rest of the hair dry on it's own though! Also, avoiding using conditioner around your roots / bonds is something to keep in mind - that can cause the bonds to prematurely weaken and slide out earlier than they should.


Another set of questions I get asked really frequently and also a set of questions that are really hard to give a solid answer to because each case is so different. With proper care and maintanence, they should really last you at least 5 months (I've definitely gotten a little longer out of them but never any less than 5 months). The cost completely varies based on how many strands you're having applied, the length of extensions you're getting and where you're getting them applied / who is applying them. Ball park? I could say they start at approx. €700 and can go up from there - again, that's super hard to say for sure though! 

Okay, that's about it! I'm pretty sure I've covered your most frequently asked questions / main topics of interest but if there's anything I've missed, do be sure to pop me a message and I'll help out as best I can! If you are interested in getting extensions, I would totally recommend going for a consultation with a stylist who can give you a better idea of cost and what would suit your needs! :)

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25 Mar 2019

Mules : The Spring / Summer Shoes You Need Right Now

Spring has sprung you guys, SPRING. HAS. SPRUNG - can you believe it? I don't know about you but even though warmer weather hasn't quuuuite become permanent here at home, I've went all in and made my seasonal wardrobe switch over and with that comes a little rotation in my shoe game. I'm ready to say buh bye to boots and hello to all things Spring! It looks likely that mules are going to be my shoe of choice this season and you guys seem to be love love loving them too! 

Whether you go for a loafer style mule or a more casual open toe, you're sure to get so much wear out of them! They're so versatile... and so comfortable (a win win, am I right?)! I've been seeing so many really cute pairs about recently so today I'm sharing some of my favourites! Get ready to up your shoe game Friends!

When I picked up these little Zara mules, I honestly didn't realise that they would practically be glued to my feet from the moment I brought them home. They are super comfortable and for those of you with slightly bigger feet (I'm a UK size 7 or 8, depending on the shoe), they don't make your feet look bigger than they are (I know, the struggle is real. haha).

I think these white mules are going to look AMAZING for Summer. I love love love the thick strap and they also come in black.

I have my eyes firmly locked on these mustard open toed mules from Topshop and these adorable blush pink ruffled beauties too. They've both got a small block heel which can dress up an outfit really quickly but will still be super easy to walk in. I can imagine them paired with some flirty Spring / Summer dresses or with some Mom Jeans / Boyfriend Jeans for a totally different look!

Here are a few more that I've found online recently that I love!...

What are your favourite pair?

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20 Mar 2019

Extra Special Gifts For Mother's Day • The Ultimate Gift Guide

ALERT! This is your 10 day warning! Mother's Day is just around the corner.

If you watch my YouTube channel, you'll know that my Mom is quite literally my best friend from her regular cameos in my vlogs - I genuinely believe that in a former life we have to have been sisters! Haha. She's taught me strength, patience, resilience, kindess and love. She's passed on her goofy streak (you should see us bust a move :P) and most importantly, taught me how to shop - the apple definitely didn't fall far from the tree. ;) So you'll bet that I'll jump at any opportunity to celebrate the most incredible woman I know.

Anyway, all gushing aside, if you're at a loss as to how to spoil your own Momma this Mother's Day (or just incase you've forgotten - don't worry, I won't tell anyone!), I've rounded up a selection of gifts, at all price points, to suit every type of woman out there! Whether you're hoping to treat your Mom, your sister, your friend (or yourself ;)), this list should help you find something sweet for the special ladies in your life!


Here are a few of my faves for the beauty lovers out there! I feel like beauty products (from makeup palettes to skincare) can make great gifts because more often than not, they're the things that we don't really want to splurge on!


If your Momma is forever riding the fashion wave - these gifts are a sure fire way to her heart! Let's be honest... I'd love any of these pieces myself!


Ahhh.. a category after my own heart! Think cozy loungewear, candles, silk pillow cases and mugs calling out to be filled to the brim with tea! I'm gonna need one of everything here! 


Pieces to spruce up your gym bag or help you feel a little more glam mid-workout are always a hit for Mama's who love their fitness!


For the ladies in your life that love to wine & dine (don't we all? Am I right?) - here are a few bits to fill up the kitchen or help with entertaining!


And to finish off, a few splurge worthy gifts...

A few other things that I think make GREAT gifts are tickets to a show, an afternoon tea for the two of you (you know there had to be something food related in there. haha) and something I've been seeing a lot recently is a years worth of floral arrangements delivered to your Momma's doorstep (I personally would LOVE this!).

Hope this gave you a little inspiration for gifting the special ladies in your life and Happy Early Mother's Day!


14 Dec 2017

Christmas Gifts For The Girl Who Has Everything

I'm pretty sure we all know someone that is ridiculously hard to shop for and somehow we always forget about it until Christmas comes around and we're landed with the task of trying to figure out what to gift them! For today's post, I thought I'd pull together some gifts at all price points that I'm sure even the girl who has everything would be over the moon to receive!

1. Gucci Soho Disco Bag
2. GLAMGLOW Let It Glow! Super Mud Set
3. Kate Spade Thermal Mug
4. Jo Malone Candle
5. Eve Lom Kiss Mix Duo Cracker
6. Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition
7. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette
8. HP Sprocket Mobile Photo Printer
9. Slip Silk Sleep Mask
10. BAN.DO The Getaway Passport Holder
11. Lululemon Workout Gear  this jacket these pants this tank
12. Hadid Eyewear Jetsetter Sunglasses
13. Champagne - Perrier Jouet
14. Ugg Slippers

4 Dec 2017

5 Completely Random Facts

Happy Monday everyone! Firstly, I hope you've all had a great weekend - I spent mine kicking off the festive celebrations at a Christmas party and followed it up with a super chilled out day at my parents house. It was perfect! Secondly, for today's post I wanted to quickly share this cosy, casual outfit and also, a few random facts about me! Turtle neck jumpers are my life at this time of the year (anything to keep me warm! haha), I picked this one up in H&M and it's so cosy! These leggings are a new buy from Zara - they're really comfortable and even though I've styled them really casually here, they would equally look amazing dressed up with a pair of heels! I've tried to link similar items and these exact boots down below for you. Anyway, on to the facts!

1. This most likely won't come as a surprise to anyone that knows me but I am obsessed with Christmas. Halloween hadn't passed this year and I was already cracking out the Christmas mugs. It has always been such a special time of the year for my family (we're big on decking the halls) and I feel like it's gotten even more special as myself and my brother get older. Every Christmas morning we're still up at the crack of dawn but now, instead of my brother coming down to my room to see if I'm awake, he texts me - the most childish twenty-something year olds you'll find. Haha

2. I never wear my hair tied up - you may not have noticed before but you will now. Haha. I think I wore my hair tied up that much when I was in school that I completely turned myself off it, so unless I'm doing a crazy workout, my hair is always down.

3. When I was 10 or 11 I decided that I was going to 'run away from home'. My parents must have given out to me and I wasn't happy about it - drama queen much? Haha. I packed up my pyjamas, a change of clothes and my money box and climbed out my window (my room was on ground level). I got as far as the bottom of our garden and then the fear of getting in trouble for running away got too much and I came right back home.

4. My first 'real job' was working in a gourmet food truck (one of the quirky ones that you see at events). Not very glamorous, I know, but I actually really enjoyed it. We traveled a lot to work at different festivals and concerts so you never really got bored of what you were doing and your lunch breaks were always interesting - it was a really cool experience, I could have done without constantly leaving work smelling like burgers though. Haha.

5. I HATE styrofoam / polystyrene. The sound of it freaks me out. I literally have to leave the room if someone is unboxing something that is packaged in the stuff.

G x

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