21/07/2014

The Graduate


I DID IT! After two years of hard work, I finally graduated with a masters degree in Fashion Journalism, from Central Saint Martins. All of a sudden, the long hours spent in the library, the time spent in the studio observing tomorrow's next hit designers and the tears didn't matter so much. Sure, those past two years have been some of the toughest years of my life, but seeing the proud look on my family's faces made it all worth it. 

Oh, and the hat, of course! If you follow me on Twitter, you know I made the most of the mortar hat emoji on the day. Truth is, I never thought I would get to wear one. Graduating is a very subdued affair, back in France. You get your grades via email, go to your university's main office with your ID, sign a piece of paper and that's it. No 'Congratulations!', no fuss and certainly, no hat. In fact, I only just picked up my BA certificate this summer. I graduated in 2011. This gives you an idea of how excited I was to have a whole day to celebrate, this time around. 

I came home from my Headmasters blow-dry to the most wonderful surprise from my family - bubbles, treats and presents. I really wasn't expecting anything so seeing all the work my sister had put in was incredible. I mean, she made the chocolate cupcake toppers herself! After indulging in a few mimosas and chocolate-covered strawberries, we then got ready to head off to the Royal Festival Hall, on the Southbank. 

Between catching up with my classmates, taking an insane amount of pictures and of course, walking across the stage without pulling a Naomi, the rest of the day flew by. We ended it at Benugo, for some more bubbly, cocktails and a delicious meal. 

And if you can't be bothered to read all of the above, let me sum it up in a few words: BEST. DAY. EVER! 

I'll leave you with a few pictures of the day. Stay tuned to see what I wore under the robe! 



Wondering what was inside those beautifully wrapped presents? Well, it was a brand new Canon 700D and a tripod - I really do have the best family! Now I'm all set to start filming YouTube videos, what would you like to see on my channel

- Elodie x

10/07/2014

New Hair, I Care!


If most of you know me as a mousy-haired Londoner, you should know it wasn't always the case. There was a time when my much lighter locks and I would hit the sunny beaches of the French Riviera every day. The look was the result of sunshine and salty water - but also of a bi-annual healthy dose of bleach. After finishing my Masters and feeling like I had somewhat lost myself in the big city, it was important for me to get some of my old self back. The first thing on my list? My long, sunkissed hair. 

So off I went to Headmasters Soho, to meet with art team member Gareth Williams. Ever since I moved to London, Headmasters has been my go-to salon. Their £28 stand-by appointments are unbeatable value for money and their Me-Day Monday offer is incredible if you are looking to change it up on a budget.

As I said, I had grown really tired of my hair and fancied a change. After discussing it with Gareth, we decided to go for a balayage - a well-known French technique, which gives a natural sunkissed effect, without the stark look of ombré. For the cut, Gareth introduced me to one of Headmaster's 'Classics Collection' cuts, which uses soft layers to give movement and volume to the hair, without losing any of its thickness. I was sold!

After a couple of hours, I was left with beautiful bouncy hair. I have always been afraid of getting too many layers cut in, in fear that my hair would look fine and more damaged. Gareth proved me wrong and I may even go as far as to say that this is the best haircut I have had in a very long time!

Now, to be completely honest with you, even though Gareth did an incredible job at giving my hair some shape and dimension, the colour wasn't exactly what I had in mind... I was going in for a change and the result was just a tad too subtle for my liking. Good thing Headmasters has a 100% satisfaction guarantee! I timidly voiced my concerns and was promptly booked back in with the wonderful Sian Quinn for a touch-up. 

I knew I was in good hands when she turned to me, half-way through the appointment and jokingly said "Lauren Conrad, eat your heart out!" Clearly, we were kindred spirits! Sian is one of those people who are so incredibly passionate about their craft, it really shows. The three hours flew by and I was so excited to see the result, I think I might have even squealed in my chair at one point. 

We didn't touch the cut at all, since I was over the moon with what Gareth had done the week before. Instead we focused on colour. Once again, we opted for a balayage, albeit a much blonder one. I also wanted the colour to frame my face a little bit better, so Sian put in some super fine "baby lights" around the front section of my hair, to bring more attention to my cheekbones. She finished the whole look off with a colour wash, before giving me the ultimate beach babe treatment - soft, bouncy waves. I LOVE IT! In fact, I'm happy to say that I now have my absolute dream hair!

I have now visited three Headmasters salons and can honestly say that the service is nothing but incredible. Whether at the Chiswick, Notting Hill or Soho branch, I have never had anything but a great experience. I don't know many salons who would go through a whole new treatment, just to please their customer and make sure they leave 100% happy.

And because pictures speak louder than words, here is a before and after of my hair, to show you how Gareth and Sian worked their magic on me:

Before / After 

Amazing, right?! I guess it's now time for me to find out if brondes really do have more fun...

Did you change up your hair for summer? I would love to know what your dream hair would be!

- Elodie x

Disclaimer : Headmasters were kind enough to give me a complementary colour and haircut, however, I would happily spend my own money again as I LOVE the result!