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Monday, December 30, 2013

Co-Conditioning

We all want our hair to be in tip-top condition, come rain or shine we want it looking its best. So when I read about the benefits of the Co- Conditioning method I was intrigued. 

After shampooing and conditioning, does you hair ever feel crunchy, stiff to touch or makes that weird crispy sound? If yes, this blogpost is for you, if no, continuing reading anyway... This happens because some of the products in Shampoo, mainly sulphate (found in many household detergents and which causes shampoo suds) whilst cleaning your hair strips your scalp of its natural oils. As a result, leaving your hair dry and bristly and so we put conditioner in an attempt to re-moisturise our hair and scalp. This is why after a good condition our hair feels so soft and smooth.

Therefore, co-conditioning, basically means cutting out the use of shampoo, instead substituting conditioner to wash your hair, thus maintaining your hairs natural oils, adding even more moisture and minimising hair damage. I know what you are thinking, when I first read about this method, I was like ew so my hair is going to be moisturised but dirty? However, I have since tried it for myself and my scalp and hair were left clean as a whistle. 

This is the conditioner I use.
Organic Root Stimulator- Replenishing Conditioner







How to Co-Condition

1. Dampen hair and apply a healthy amount of your conditioner.
2. Wrap cling film OR put on a shower cap leave for however long you desire (I leave the conditioner in overnight).
3. Repeat if necessary
4. Thoroughly rinse hair, dry and style.

Your hair should feel silky smooth to touch.












So far I am very happy with how my hair is looking and feeling, it's sitting right which is always a bonus! Has the Co-Conditioning method worked for you? Let me know in my comment box below. Thanks.





RR x
@roshsrambles

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Return of the Kitten Heel



Ladies we are all in agreement; kitten heels are the work of the fashion Beelzebub. Yet, it seems as if the fashion gods wanted to lead us into purgatory with the latest shoe trends; barely there sandals and court shoes. From designer to high street, from celebrity to fashionista these classic classy heels (and I use that term loosely) are everywhere. A 'barely there sandal' is defined by its literal barely there design; a classic open toe with a thin strap across the toe bridge and another single strap fastening that sits quite high on the ankle, whilst a 'court shoe' is predominately a pointed, low cut, closed toe heel without any fastenings. 

I'll be the first to admit when I first saw these I was in a conundrum, I thought they would pull together an outfit dressed up or down, slim down my cankles and define my calves, amongst other fashion trickery us females employ. However, niggling in the back of my mind was the question "aren't these kitten heels?" You see some versions of these shoes have tittered on being a mid-high stiletto, whilst others, well lets just say I've seen more height on a curb. 

From L-R
Carvela; Cara Barely There Toe Strap; £120
Missguided; Burgundy Court Shoe; £24.99
Zara; Pointed Nude Barely There; 39.99
Zara; Aysemmetrical Court Shoe; £69.99
River Island; Gold Ankle Strap Sandal; £45.00
River Island; Mesh Pointed Neon Court Shoe; £50.00
Missguided; Two Tone Sandal £24.99
Ted Baker; Green Thaya Court Shoe £110.00
Yves Saint Laurent; Classic Jane Strap; £515.00


Whilst technically a kitten heel is a heel of two inches or less, there is no denying that the height of our heels as hit an all time low. We have gone from perfecting our strut in seven inch + heels, to practising how to stay sturdy in these new all time low heels. But hey fashion is fashion and fashion is loving kitten heels at the moment. 

I'm pretty sure this trend will purr it's way into 2014 and quite frankly I cannot wait to see the variations the fashion gods and goddesses will come up with. As it stands, I own two pairs of barely theres and one pair of court shoes and I'm looking to purchase more. I'm embracing this latest fashion trend with open arms, despite their plummeting heel height!


From L-R
New Look; £19.99
Primark; £2
(on sale for £3 but were marked them so I had them discounted)
Zara; £29.99



So it's a big yes to kitten heels from me.
And to all my other barely there and court shoe lovers, we are all fashion sinners, let's embrace our fiery plight in style!





RR x
@roshsrambles
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Friday, December 13, 2013

What Would You Do?


I love the hiding camera programme 'What Would You Do?', especially when you get to see a gem reaction such as the lady's pictured above. I think this is a must watch for everybody. 


H.U.G.S
Helping Us Grow Spiritually. 




RR x
@roshsrambles
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Monday, December 09, 2013

Bargain Hunting

I'll let it be known from the off, I love finding all types of goodies for bargain prices especially clothes! Don't get me wrong from time to time I do enjoy a good browse through Cow rails, Rokit and other vintage clothing stores. 

However, where I really come into my own is in Charity Shops, 'Salvation Army', 'The British Heart Foundation', 'Keech Hospice' , 'British Red Cross' you name them I love love love them all! I am a pro at rummaging through the rails and spotting the diamonds in the ruff!

The other day I brought a fabulous pair of high waisted white jeans, a printed t-shirt, a patterned vintage blouse and a floral head tie, all for the grand total of SIX POUNDS. I nearly keeled over in the store, the jeans alone would have at least cost me £30. Another time whilst bargain hunting in Newcastle Under-Lyme I found a vintage Sherling Sheepskin Coat, the price tag you cry? Eight Pounds! The coat was in near mint condition inside and out. So you can imagine my joy! 

With high street stores prices slyly increasing (that's right we've all noticed), I often question why pay nearly thrice the price, when with a little bit more effort you can find the same item if not better for cheaper and it'll be that little bit more fantastic because you know it'll be a one-of-a-kind piece and that you have done your bit for charity! 

Here a few of my fantastic finds:



From L - R
White Mum Jeans; £2.99; Salvation Army
Patterned Clutch; £1; Cancer Research UK
Sherling Sheepskin Coat; £8; Age UK
Black Mesh Crop; My Mum's Wardrobe
Wrangler Denim Jacket; £3; Thrift Store in East London
Floral Headtie/ Scarf; £1; Keech Hospice
Black and Brown Clutch; £3; Salvation Army
Black Ankle Boots; £4.99; British Heart Foundation
Black and White Patterned Blouse; £1; Keech Hospice

In total the above nine items cost me less than £25.


So let's get to it ladies and gents your charitable pieces are waiting to be found. 

Happy bargain hunting! 


RR x
@roshsrambles

P.S. For more information on how to put together a bargain outfit visit Fashion&Tingz blog here at: http://fashionandtingz.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/five-4-all.html trust me you will not be disappointed. 
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Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Wonders of Cue Cards

Having read The Bristol Tab's article entitled '14 things you'll only understand if you're a Law student' I can wholeheartedly say I resonated with all 14 things, however, numbers 1, 2 and 6 struck a cord.

During my studies I found it exceptionally hard to keep on top of lecture notes, do all the recommended readings (let's be honest nobody every read the entire list), seminar readings and to prepare for seminar classes. 


This struggle continued all through first year, until I found the beauties that are Cue Cards, that is right these little gems changed the game for me, especially in terms of digesting the a lot of legal information (who knew you could take that many notes in the space of any hour?).  


How I used Cue Cards


- After every and I mean every lecture I would re-read through my lecture notes, filling in any blanks that I had missed and adding further information using the core text book for that subject. 


- I would then re-read my notes again making sure I understood those niggling law terms, I cannot even begin to tell you how long I spent on Equity!


- Then I would write up my Cue Cards with the most important information, for example, with Criminal Law under each subject matter let us say 'Offences Against the Person Act 1861' I would write out important case names attributing to the Act; R v Brown, R v Donovan, R v Savage etc


- Having completed my cue cards I would then repeatedly revise them, attempting to learn the case names and link them to law. I would have my friends test me to see if I had correctly learnt the information until I could do so for all my cue cards. By doing this, I found I was able to remember a vast amount of information from a small trigger such as a case name or legal term.


Tips to using Cue Cards


1. This is the most important tip. Do not overflow your Cue Cards! I remember squinting to see some of my classmates cards as they had tried to squeeze as much information onto the card as possible. This is no good, keep the information short, concise this will make it easier to remember.

Some of my own Cue Cards

2. Use colours! My cue cards were a rainbow of colours and compared to my lecture notes which were dully scribbled in black or blue ink this encouraged me to use them a lot more. I also used colourful Sharpies to write them out. 

3. Actually use them. A few people I knew had the prettiest notes, in the most perfected handwriting, but having questioned them it was clear they had no understanding as to what they had just spent hours writing out! Do not let this be you, don't just to work for works sake actually take time to ensure you really understand what you are doing.





Be warned however, you must keep on top of writing up your cue cards, otherwise you'll soon find yourself drowning in a pool of blank, brightly coloured A5 sheets!


Hope this helps, if you have any questions please do leave a comment.


Yours Faithfully,
Roshanne 
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Pucker Up!

Winter is here ladies and gents and allegedly it's here to stay for up to 100 days. Forecasts predict, heavy snow, blistering winds and sub-zero temperatures. As we all know these Arctic climates are not kind to our lips, so in order to keep them looking luscious, moist and healthy why not try out my inexpensive DIY lip care routine! 

At the end of every week I exfoliate my lips using a home-made mixture, here is what you'll need: 

Ingredients
-The juice of half a fresh lemon
- 6 tablespoons of Unrefined Brown Sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon of Clear Honey 

Storage
An old Honey Jar
OR
If you want to have your scrub on the go in a mini lip balm containers 

The Benefits of these Ingredients
- Lemon Juice, a natural source of Vitamin C which helps skin cells to repair themselves.
- Unrefined Brown Sugar , a natural exfoliator, helping to remove traces of dead skin cells, giving your lips a smoother feel and appearance. 
- Olive Oil, very high in Vitamin E, which helps to promote healthy skin and also doubles as a moisturiser and conditioner.
- Pure Honey, contains anti-bacterial properties helping to prevent the break out of cold sores.

Guidelines
- In a bowl mix together the Lemon Juice and Olive Oil 
- Add the honey until the ingredients bind together
- Once a medium thick consistency has been achieved add the sugar
- Add more sugar if your lips need a little extra TLC! 

Rub all over lips for around 30 seconds to 1 minute, making sure you are targeting the sides to avoid them dreaded cracked lips. After application rinse off with lukewarm water pat dry and apply a thick layer of your preferred Lip Balm (I use Carmex original) mixed with Pure Coconut oil; coconut oil functions as a mild sunscreen (even in Winter UV rays can still damage your skin), so you've got to protect that pout. 

KAPOW, you and your buffed lips are ready to face anything The Cold Hearted Mother Nature breezes your way! (K) 


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RR xx
@roshsrambles

FYI. This home-made mixture can also double as a face mask for oily skin!
P.S. Stay tuned for my DIY Lip Balms that will help keep your puckered pouts looking perfectly polished.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

JBCO

So after hours of trailing the internet and countless ethnic hair blogs, I was intrigued to hear about the benefits Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) had not only for hair growth and smooth skin but for eyebrows and eyelashes growth. Many advocates of JBCO praised it for stimulating the growth of thick eyebrows (think Cara Delevingne) and fanned out elongated eyelashes. However, none of the blogs I read had photographic evidence of said progress, so me being the sceptic that I am choose to see for myself. 


This is the JBCO I use.


After years of falling asleep with my mascara on, my eyelashes are dry, crumpled and tbh favour ants legs, even with mascara on (I use ScandalEyes by Rimmel) they still do not have the dramatic wow effect I desire. My eyebrows are ok I've never threaded them or plucked them (big up you ladies who can withstand the pain) so they're not too bad but there is nothing wrong with an extra thickness.


The blogs I read stated that you should begin to see progress between 2-4 weeks of applying JBCO to your eyebrows and eyelashes everyday; morning and before you go to bed. I started this morning and will reapply to my eyelash roots and eyebrows again tonight. 

I'll keep you all updated with my progress. Fingers crossed!!

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RR xx
@roshsrambles
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Friday, November 01, 2013

Hello

My mind is constantly restless and I've always got something to say, so I thought I'd start a blog to share my inner rambles with you! Stay turned for my thoughts on anything and everything, who knows what topics will surface.



RR x
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

D-Day


Thursday 11th July 13*. Graduation time, D- Day has arrived. All those sleepless nights in the Library, energy drink fuelled cramming sessions (excluding us Law students of course) and what seemed like endless Lord Denning Case Comments have all been leading up to this day and it is finally here.



For me D-Day arrived a few hours earlier as I had been awarded the ‘Oxford University Press Law Prize 2012-2013’ for attaining the highest level 3 dissertation mark (73%)! Beaming it was time to graduate.


Steeped in cultural history Graduation is somewhat of an academic rite of passage: you have put the work and so here is a certificate detailing your abilities and new status (Roshanne Dorsett, LLB). It is a day to celebrate all your academic achievements and wish you well for all your future endeavours.

Nonetheless, despite this grandiose ceremony, personally, I felt it was more for my family to enjoy, as I had long before received my degree qualification (a high 2:1) so this day seemed a little overdue. Not to say I did not have an amazing time, but once you have suited up, had your name called out and taken all your fancy photos (of which there were hundreds)the cripplingly realisation that the door to the real world has now swung open hits you, it hits you hard.

No more would my concerns centre around who had stolen my milk and cheese, who had completed the seminar readings or more importantly, what drinks deals were at the Students’ Union. Instead, my priorities will now include; writing a cracking covering letter, ensuring my CV is in reverse chronological order and that and ensuring that I am indeed commercially aware!

Wish me luck.

Yours Faithfully,
Roshanne


*P.s. Apologises for this late post, I left for Thailand, 7 days after graduating!
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