Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Hair Modelling Adventures at Thomas J William

I want to start off this post by saying that I'm not a bride; not now, not in the near or even the far future (sorry Mum!). In fact I'm so far from a relationship, let alone marriage, that the only time I say the words "how about we take this to the bedroom?" is when I whisper them to my snacks.

But if you think that's going to stop me from signing up to be a Bridal Hair Model for the day, then you've got another thing coming!

I'm purely in it for having my hair played with for hours on end.

Now I'm having several inches of my hair chopped off in a couple of days so I can best survive the oncoming summer heat (because 20 degrees is considered HOT here in the UK) so when I saw that Thomas J. William Hair and Beauty Design in Dorchester were looking for people with longer hair for their stylists to practice for the day, I decided it would be one last hurrah for my mermaid hair before it waltzes off into the sunset. At least until it all decides to grow back in three months time...

Monday, 26 March 2018


"What's a girl to do when she has one full day left in Rotorua?" That's the thought I awoke to first thing this morning. Well ok, the first was probably "where the hell is that rotten egg smell coming from?!" but I'm all for starting my posts on a more positive note.

Sidebar, the smell was coming from both the window we'd accidently left open overnight (Lesson Number 27: thanks to the rampant geothermal activity going on underneath it, the beautiful city of Rotorua kind of has a slight sulphuric smell to it. Best keep the windows closed if a) you're not quite used to yet or b) you're majorly hungover!) and my swimming costume hanging on the radiator next to me, despite having washed it several times since the dunking in Hell's Gate...

Thank GOODNESS this room has it's own bathroom. Blurgh!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Have you ever heard a song played over the radio (or should that be 'on Spotify' nowadays? I find at the ripe old age of 27 I'm not so hip with the kids anymore) and it has made you remember a special time, place, or feeling from your past? 

Of course you have! Everyone has at least one song that they associate with a memory, good or bad, somewhere in their arsenal; I just needed to write some form of introduction so that you wouldn't all go "Hey Elle, this isn't a travel-related post? What the deuce?" 

Stewie Griffin impersonations included, of course.

Well, the gauntlet was thrown by the lovely Kerri from Kerridiculous to create a list of songs that take me back in time. After reading her fabulous collection - then spending an hour on Youtube working my way through the said list, because 'Hello, serial procrastination' - how could I resist?