Christmas is not all about gifts. It’s about sharing love, time and attention, homemade cookies and a cup of mulled wine, it’s about sharing memories, laughter, tears and compassion.
It’s 2 weeks ‘til Christmas and I am already done with the majority of my Christmas gift shopping. I know, I am crazy. However, I agree that Christmas is not all about presents, I still love to spend time and care thinking what to give to my family and closest friends. I love the moments on Christmas morning watching my loved ones open their gifts. I try to be thoughtful and this year in particular, I tried to find something for each of them that they will actually love and use. This is why I decided to do Christmas shopping a bit early this December. The Christmas tree is all ready and set (this one on the photos is at my boyfriend’s parents – how cute and utterly kitsch it is?!), some gifts are already wrapped and carefully stored in a safe and hidden place (did I mention gift wrapping is one of my favourite things to do as well?). Enough being said, today’s blog post is all about helping you find a perfect fashion gift for him and her at the Tom Tailor store.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR HER
You cannot go wrong with a simple warm and snuggly sweater. Look for nice and high quality materials, make sure you check her usual colour preferences. Also, a big scarf can be a great idea every year. Speaking of accessories, this year warm knit hats with unique details are the ones to look for. Tom Tailor is for sure a great place to check for these kind of fashion picks.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR HIM
Who else finds it incredibly difficult to buy for their boyfriend? Besides the usual classic socks and pants combo, look for classic fashion pieces. Keep it simple, don’t stray too far from what they would buy themselves. A simple V neck sweater and a black scarf are not the most adventurous gifts, but they will for sure come handy.
Considering the number of questions, I get asked about my hair, the topic is definitely not featured enough on my blog. So, I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to the most frequently asked questions about the way I colour, cut and generally take care of my hair. So, let’s start by introducing you to my hair: naturally greyish blonde colour, thick, medium-strong and somewhat on the dry side with non-oily scalp. Now let’s jump to my top 10 Q&A’s!
#1 Where do you get your hair done?
For years now, I’ve trusted my hair to the team of Hair Salon Lasek, located in my hometown Domžale and lead by Danica Žibert. She is a true professional, whom I truly trust. A good relationship between a client and a hairdresser is the first step towards a great hairdo. Danica and her team never disappoint, they know it all, from amazing hair dos to the most relaxing massages of my scalp (warning: you might never want to leave their chair!). At my last appointment I was taken care of by Klara Šarc.
#2 What hair colour do you use?
At Hair Salon Lasek they lighten my hair with professional Redken hair-colours, which are truly amazing! They are super gentle, no-ammonia formula means non-irritated scalp (in the past, other professional hair-colours have made my scalp really itchy), but still provide a long-lasting colour and don’t damage my hair on the long run. The best results are achieved with blonde hair (in the hands of true professional hairdresser, that is), which makes them a great choice despite being a bit pricey. Every once in a while, they treat my hair with Matrix colour correcting product, which neutralizes unwanted brassiness and warmth.
#3 How do you get your beautiful shade of blonde?
The end result depends on many factors, including your natural hair-colour (mine is greyish blonde), the skill of chosen hairdresser and the quality of used products. I’m lucky to have a great starting point, strong hair and a hairdresser, who knows what she’s doing. Only professionals will know how to mix the right colour for your base. Also, they will tell you, how realistic your expectations are (from a vibrant red to ashy blonde in one visit is usually a no-go) and what will be necessary to achieve the wanted result. At my hair salon, they use Redken products and mix them to achieve multi-dimensional blonde colour. For ‘non-helmet’ look, they apply the technique, where darker roots fade to a beautiful, light ashy blonde at the ends. I would call it a ‘subtle balayage’, where the transitions between individual shades are not visible. I’ve been a blonde since I can remember. My wildest hair-experience was trying out the purple shade of L’Oreal Colorista colours. You can read all about my viola-experience here.
#4 How come your hair is so beautiful?
First of all, thank you for your compliments. I would say the magic behind my hair lies in the genetics as my mum was also blessed with really thick and strong hair, which she inherited from my grandpa. So, healthy hair runs in the family, I guess. However, this is not all there is to it! It is still important to have a balanced and nutritious diet (here I fail quite often), choose a good hairdresser and use the right products at home. You should also try to avoid activities, that are damaging your hair (such as extreme cold, heat & sun exposure, chloride in swimming pools, …) as much as you can. Lately I had my hair heat-styled a lot, which resulted in dry unhappy hair, which needed to be deeply conditioned (luckily at Hair Salon Lasek they had just the right treatment for me).
#5 How often do you visit your hairdresser?
It depends on the season, occasion and condition of my hair. Usually I visit my hairdresser once every 2 months to get my hair coloured (in the summertime I might skip a visit) and twice a year for a haircut. Quite often I spoil my hair with an intensive conditioning treatment in the salon, whether it be Redken treatment, Literam therapy, Olaplex or something similar.
#6 Do you swear by professional or drugstore products?
I don’t have a clear answer on this one, however my vote would probably go to professional products due to their consistent quality (drugstore products are a hit or miss) and their nourishing ingredients. Throughout the years I’ve found a few really good drugstore products though.
#7 Which shampoo and conditioner would you recommend? How often do you wash your hair?
Nivea Hairmilk shampoo (I’ve tested only the shampoo for normal hair, but I wish to try more of Nivea’s products from Hairmilk line)
Vichy Dercos Neogenic shampoo (this one is anti-hair-loss shampoo and my boyfriend swears by it; I use it as a ‘deep cleansing’ shampoo)
For sure I have missed some, but these were the first that popped in my mind. I should warn you though, that my hair is strong with natural volume and also quite dry, which means that it does not get greasy quickly. If your hair is similar to mine then recommended products should do wonders for you as well. I wash my hair approximately twice a week, partly due to my laziness and the fact, that washing and drying my hair takes forever and partly due to a lucky fact, that my hair doesn’t require everyday washing. I love my first and second day hair, third day is still ok and from that point on I wear them in a ponytail or bun. In busy exam periods, I would even wash them just once a week.
#8 How do you take care for your hair at home? What hair care products do you use?
Usually my hair cleaning ritual starts by washing my hair 2 times with shampoo, followed by conditioner, which I leave on for 3 minutes before washing of. Then I wrap my clean hair in a big towel and let the towel soak the access water, which saves minutes in blow-drying step. After good 10-minute wait, I spray my hair with spray for easy combing and then I blow-dry them (I’m still searching for the perfect hairdryer myself, all recommendations welcome!). Finally, when my hair is almost completely dry, I treat the ends with a few drops of nourishing oil.
My recommendations for hair-care products are the following:
spray for easy combing (detangling spray): UniqOne All In One spray (the red one or the coconut version), Redken All Soft spray, Alterna Replenishing Moisture Milk milk spray, Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Moisture Kick spray, Phyto Huile Soyeuse moisturizing fluid, John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-in Conditioner spray,
anti-frizz treatment: UniqOne All In One (the red one or the coconut version), Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-in Conditioner spray + light hairspray,
hair mask: MarulaOil Rare Oil Intensive Hair Masque, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor, Redken Real Control Overnight Treatment,
My recommendations are Wet Brush for everyday use and Tangle Teezer Compact Styler for on-the-go.
#10 How do you get your perfect curls? Which hair curler do you use? Which products do you use for long lasting curls?
I start the curling process when my hair is completely dry (it works even better if I washed it the day before). I don’t use any oils, just the detangling spray or Alterna Caviar CC cream, which among other beneficial effects, provides great heat protection (currently I’m testing Alterna Caviar Multi Vitamin spray and Alterna Caviar Iron spray and so far, I’m really pleased with results). To prevent long-term damaging effects of curling I regularly condition my hair with Olaplex (at the salon as well as at home with Olaplex 3).
I use 2 hair curlers:
Bellissima Ricci&Curl automatic curler for stronger hold and smaller curls,
Remington PROluxe 25-38mm curling wand, when I want bigger bouncy curls.
I am extremely satisfied with both of them, the first I’ve been using for years and the second one I started using almost a year ago. I separate my hair in 4 equal parts and pin them with plastic clip. I start curling the ‘lower’ hair and the parts which are less visible, so it is not necessary to make them perfect. Bellissima Ricci&Curl automatic curler beeps when the curl is done, while with the Remington PROluxe 25-38mm curling wand I have to check with my finger if the hair is hot (the hotter it is, the more intense and longer lasting the curl will be) or I just count to 10. When the first quarter is finished, I spray the curled hair and run my fingers through them (I don’t use a comb at this point; in the following days, I use only wide comb to gently tame my curls). I continue doing the same with the remaining sections. I finish with a light, non-sticky hairspray (I hate the cardboard-like finish).
My recommendations for achieving long lasting beautiful curls are the following:
volume and body: L’Oreal Professionel Wild Stylers by Techni.art Crepage de Chignon, L’Oreal Professionnel Wild Stylers 60’s Babe Savage Panache, Kérastase VIP Volume In Powder spray, L’Oreal Paris Elnett de Luxe,
light hairspray: Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Sparkler,
staying power (without feeling stiff or sticky): Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session spray, Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Strong Hold spray, Wellaflex Ultra Strong 5, L’Oreal Paris Elnett de Luxe.
I hope I managed to answer at least some of your questions. If not, you can always drop your questions to my mailbox or my social media accounts. This is not the last blog post about hair, I promise.
Good food, large sweater, warm boots and above all, great company…
The smell of mulled wine, good food, keeping your hands warm at the open fire, all wrapped up in the largest sweater you can find, feet in your soft and warm UGGS, of course in great company – this might count as the definition of a perfect winter moment, at least for me. UGGs have been a staple in my winter wardrobe for the past few years, I find them super comfortable and undeniably one of the warmest winter boots. Since I’ve always been more of a classic kind of girl, this year I decided to go for slightly more daring UGGs – the Irina Dusk boot with a metal safety pin closure surrounded with Swarowski crystals. As opposed to last year, when Tesa (Magnifique blog) and I walked our UGGS in the Moroccan desert, this year we decided to shoot them in their natural wintery environment. Right next to an open fire, surrounded by wood and snow…
You can probably spot the colour theme of today’s outfit post. It’s brown of course! In every possible beigy-brown shade out there (well, I am exaggerating a bit a lot, but you get the point), I was captured by my photographer Katarina Veselič, wearing a warm and cosy knit dress and fluffy faux-fur jacket by Dorothy Perkins, a hat, natural makeup in earthy shades, with my new elegant smartphone in my hands…
In one of my last blog posts (or on my Instagram account), I announced that I switched from my Huawei P10 to their newest smartphone Huawei Mate 10 Pro. I’ve been using it for the past 3 weeks and I must say I am obssesed. Even though I am not considering myself a technical geek and I don’t by any means master all Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s features, I am convinced. Why? Here are the main reasons:
Huawei Mate 10 Pro is elegant
I chose an amazing Mocha Brown shade, which goes well with my today’s outfit
Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a big 6″ screen
the screen is way bigger than Huawei P10’s, but the phone itself isn’t that bigger after all (good space utilization!)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a powerful battery and charging is super fast
you’re hearing this from a heavy user, who practically lives on her smartphone (answering emails, calls, managing social media…); the battery lasts a whole day no problem, I might even charge it only once per 2 days (with some optimization).
Huawei Mate 10 Pro is not a smartphone, it’s an intelligent machine.
it has an AI accelerated translator, camera recognition feature (which recoginses the motive and adjusts the settings accrordingly to get the best shot possible) and it learns from you in order to get you the best user experience possible.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro is powerful, fast and responsive
which also applies to the fingerprint sensor. I am super impressed.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro is dust and water resistant
huray for that!
Huawei Mate 10 Pro has dual SIM support
which will for sure come in handy on my trips
Huawei Mate 10 Pro can be plugged into a TV or screen
I’ve tried this only once, but I find it interesting especially for presentations.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro makes outstanding photos
which is, for sure, one of the most important features for me!
To sum it up, it looks like Huawei made an outstanding smartphone once again. I am not telling you that just because of my close relationship with the brand. I proudly admit, I have been working with Huawei for the past few years. Ever since the Huawei P8 came out I’ve been a loyal and faithful user of Huawei. I am extremely honored to be a part of the Huawei Slovenia team and I am promising you, my content will remain authentic, pristine and honest, no matter what. I will keep you posted about the newest Huawei Mate 10 Pro in my upcoming posts (meanwhile, you can order it here).
Tom Tailor has decided to step out of their comfort zone and create a new Star collection in collaboration with model and icon Naomi Campbell, which is trendy, modern and edgy. I already showed you how I paired the cool leather skirt and shinny blouse in one of my previous outfit posts, in this one I am taking the polka dot dress from this collection on a journey from day to night. Festive season is just around the corner and I believe this Tom Tailor dress is a perfect piece you can pair differently for many occasions. You can instantly dress it down with a warm black sweater, which also makes it a bit more appropriate for colder locations or you can wear it as an elegant and chic cocktail version. A classic black coat will go well with it, wherever (and whenever) you go. Wear classic boots or biker boots during the day (or for crazy concerts at night) and comfortable ankle heels for the party.
Tom Tailor X Naomi Campbell dress Tom Tailor sweater Tom Tailor coat Guess shoes Pedro bag