Evo Fabuloso at BLOW: Aftercare for my Liquorice Hair!

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Wanna know a completely believable fact about me? I’ve been dying my hair since I was 16. I know, try not to fall over in shock. Over the years, my locks have been a range of different colours from flamingo pink, to turquoise and a lot in between! But, I always go back to black with a slight blue sheen to make it extra shiny (my go-to colour is called Liquorice and that describes it perfectly).

Blue-black was the first colour I tried when we experimented in Gary’s mum’s kitchen, trying not to get blobs of dye on the linoleum (and my precious Converse!) and, by this point, I now think of it as my signature shade.

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But, here’s the thing about dying your hair this dark: it has to look healthy and, for that, the colour has to be very intense. Don’t believe me? Dull black hair has a tendency to look like a bad wig and no-one wants to look like they just bought their hair from Amazon for a tenner, right?

All manner of things can leave hair with that faded look – heated styling, washing and blowdrying, the environment (I love sunshine as much as the next gal but, if I’m not careful, my hair colour will strip FAST!) and more can be pesky foes for your ‘do. Before you know it, your super fly hair is looking, um… super dry.

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I’m therefore a big fan of trying different treatments and potions to keep my dye job looking fresh for as long as possible. Evo had initially caught my eye on social media a while back with their eye-catching visuals and products dedicated to giving your hair its groove back. So, when my favourite salon BLOW started to stock the innovative Evo Fabuloso line, I was looking forward to giving it a try at my next appointment.

Evo Fabuloso are where intense colour and oh-so-soft conditioning form the ultimate dream team! The treatments are completely custom and mixed for you at the salon, after you pick out your colour match.

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For me, this was the best part! I was presented with a range of raven shades to look at – from Blackcurrant (red hue), to Cola (chocolate hue) and even my beloved Blue Black. This attention to detail is what makes Evo a great brand match for BLOW. After all, if they have multiple options of black, they’re bound to have a match for almost everyone! Soon, I had my own bottle to take away.

Using Evo Fabuloso at home is an easy way to give a boost of intensity and shine, without having to make one of those emergency appointments! The product is somewhere between a conditioner and dye top-up, so leaving it on a bit longer before rinsing out is recommended (about 20 minutes should do it, so grab something to read or belt out a few shower classics to fill the wait time…).

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If you fancy checking out the full range of aftercare from Evo, be sure to pop into BLOW Shawlands or Finnieston for a chat, or ask the stylist during your next appointment!

Here’s to keeping coloured hair looking less Amazon and more Ah-mazing (see what I did there?!).

 

 

Staying and Playing… At Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, LA

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

Here’s a fun fact you guys might not know about me: when I was 16, my first job was working in a fancy hotel. Seeing how the hospitality industry operated from the inside out made me appreciate the little details and the effort that goes into a running hotel. Oh, and it’s also shaped me into an official hotel nerd!

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

When we were picking a place to stay for our 4 nights in LA, we wanted somewhere with a central location, awesome style and a little bit of an edge – so Farmer’s Daughter hotel felt like the perfect choice.

I enjoyed our stay there so much, I wanted to share some details today…

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

As non-drivers we didn’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, so the fact that Farmer’s Daughter is within walking distance of a lot of visitor attractions made it really easy to plan our days. We were just across the road from The Grove and about ten minutes from Melrose. CBS and the trendy 3rd Street were just a hop, skip and jump away. Oh, and you could see the Hollywood sign from the hotel (it’s the little things, huh?)!

We were never stuck for something to eat, as there were tons of options across the street and the hotel’s own restaurant, TART (more on that below!) to choose from.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

If you hadn’t already guessed from the name, the overall vibe of this boutique hotel is country bumpkin meets LA chic – think oversized gingham walls, barn-style doors and high-end products. The team are kitted out in denim shirts and you can graze on home-made potato chips in the lobby while you talk to the budgies who hang out there, chirping away.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

After a couple of busy days at Disney (and even busier to come), having somewhere relaxing to come home to was super important to us. The rooms at Farmer’s Daughter are a decent size, with good use of space to create a feeling of calm (everything you need is there, but cleverly stowed away in purpose-built units so there’s not much clutter).

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

There are extra treats in the room, but if you decide to eat them, there’s a hefty price tag attached, so watch out for that! But the Nespresso machine, pods and toiletries are all included in the price of your stay. Plus, they serve free whisky in the lobby in the evening – so if that’s your thing, it probably all works out OK, right?

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

The outdoor areas of the hotel are very inviting, with a cute pool area (I mean, come ON! They have yellow rubber ducks in the pool!), fooseball and lots of outdoor courtyard seating. The warm weather could make it very easy to lose a whole evening curled up on the sofas!

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

The hotel also houses a very popular restaurant, TART – which specialises in seasonal comfort food, fitting in with the cosy feel of the rest of Farmer’s Daughter. We loved watching all of the LA regulars pop in for a bite to eat while enjoying a long, lazy brunch with piping hot coffee.

Farmer's Daughter Hotel

Overall, I would say that staying at Farmer’s Daughter gave us the opportunity to live like locals for a few days. We were able to walk outside and go about our day immediately, only really needing Uber a couple of times for the further away areas like Venice Beach and the Hollywood Hills.

The little details and overall vibe made this hotel nerd very happy! Tell me, have you ever stayed in an LA hotel? Where should I visit next?

Hot Damn! Hot Cakes at Pot Luck

hot cakes at pot luckWhen was the last time you got so excited about a plate of food that you wanted to tell the world about it? Well, that’s what happened to me recently when I tried the hot cakes at Pot Luck, a new(ish!) cafe on Nithsdale Road. I was texting friends, tweeting photos and telling almost everyone I spoke to about them!

And now? Well, now I’m telling you guys. Anyone who has known me for even the shortest amount of time knows that I am a dessert person – so, when my sweet tooth spidey senses were telling me about some life-changing pancakes in the Southside, I just HAD to investigate.

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At my last visit to Pot Luck, clearly delighted about the prospect of hot cakes

I’m not sure exactly what the difference between a pancake and a hot cake is but the hot cakes seem thicker and fluffier. So a thicker, fluffier version of a pancake? Excuse me, I think my mouth filled with saliva just typing that! Anyway, I’m not 100% sure if there is a massive difference but what I do know is that the hot cakes at Pot Luck are different to most pancakes I’ve tried!

So, let’s get to it. Why am I so in love with this dish? Aside from how delightful a stack of fresh hot cakes are on their own (we covered the thick, fluffy factor right? Say no more!), there’s the toppings. At Pot Luck right now you can have your hot cakes three different ways, so far I’ve tasted two of them: pistachio & peach, and lemon & blueberry.

hot cakes at pot luckIt’s hard to pick a favourite, but I reckon the lemon & blueberry ones have the edge, topped with ricotta, lemon curd, lemon balm and fresh blueberries. They’re sweet, zingy and full of flavour (*stares dreamily off into the distance*). I think we might be heading towards a committed relationship here, folks! The peach & pistachio variation are also awesome, and they come topped with pashmak (Iranian candy floss) which adds a really fun (not to mention, delicious!) touch.

I’ve not tried the third flavour yet, but I do know it comes with strawberries, kiwi’s and maple syrup (plus, more pashmak!) so it’s only a matter of time, right?

The hot cakes at Pot Luck are my new favourite indulgence, giving me an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, lunch and maybe even an early dinner (they close at 5pm!). If you haven’t been along to try them for yourself, put them at the top of your to-do to-eat list! You can thank me later…