April 28, 2016

My balayage makeover

Before and After

Nervously awaiting the end result
Side shot
Freshly dyed and styled calls for a catch up with the girls
Date night with the husband
Heading to brunch
Off to the gym, by now I think it's time I washed my hair

Following first wash and DIY straighten

The magic stuff

Naturally having dark hair going lighter can be hard work. My first experience going light was about eighteen years ago when my friends and I discovered Sun In. We were addicted to the stuff, unfortunately for us it didn't take long for our hair to develop split ends and turn orange.

Over the years I have yo-yoed between light and dark, however after a long stint of being dark I decided it was time to try balayage, a French colouring technique applied by hand for a natural look.

As I sat in the hairdressers chair I was nervous, was my 'black boxed dye hair' as the hairdresser put it, going to take?

Three hours later, yes it is a long process, I was finally able to see the end result, a lighter 'natural' look which I loved!

Smiling from ear to ear I left the salon feeling like a new woman. Though, it has only been two weeks, I'm still loving my new do. Besides the usual shampoo and condition, once a week I place a blob the size of a fifty cent piece of  Olaplex hair perfector into my hair. Not only does this conditioner smell good but it maintains the colour and protects my hair.

My only dilemma now is, do I go lighter next visit or do I maintain my new colour ?

April 7, 2016

In house kitchen, Nelson Bay

Name: In house Kitchen

Location: Nelson Bay

Menu: All day menu (Breakfast)

What we ate: Ricotta hotcake with vanilla marscapone, local peaches and honeycomb.
Eggs Benedict with leg ham, asparagus, burnt butter hollandaise, bacon and a side of potato croquettes.

What we drank - Chocolate milkshake, Cappuccino, Kids milkshake.

Overall verdict - If you are in the area the In house Kitchen is a must. We visited on a Sunday morning around nine and it was busy. As we waited for our breakfast I spent my time flicking through the Sunday paper and having a quick look at the attached homeware store, The Home Interior. After a thirty minute wait (we had been warned) the food arrived. Appealing to the eye and stomach our dishes were colourful, fresh and flavorsome. Mr FPL and I both agreed the burnt butter hollandaise was the best hollandaise sauce we have ever had. My fear that the hotcake wouldn't be enough was quickly squashed as I struggled to try to get through it. Rolling out of the cafe we promised to visit again.