First of all, apologies for the Snapchat photo, but it’s the only one I’ve taken since changing my hair. I’ve had blonde in my hair since 2010 - on and off, but more on than off. I had been debating wether or not to get a fringe done for the last couple of months, but earlier this week I decided to call up my hairdresser and make an appointment. And look, I went for it!!

I got rid of the very light blonde I had on the bottom half of my hair and went back to the dark side. I didn’t want to go completely dark, so I asked for a light brown with honey highlights. The colour is absolutely gorgeous! I normally regret dying my hair back brown as soon as the hairdresser washes off the dye, but not this time. The colour looks very natural and goes really well with my skin tone. 

Now for the biggest change, the fringe!! Last time I had a fringe was when I was eight! I absolutely hated it and pinned it up straight away, so deciding to get one after all these years was pretty nerve-racking. I had never had butterflies sitting in a hair salon chair, but I did this time. I asked for a thin, wispy fringe with longer bits on the side of my face. As I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, I didn’t want to go full throttle. But as it turns out, I bloody love it! 

It was a massive change for me, but I’m so glad I went through with it. I’m still not sure how hard or easy it’ll be to style, but I’m hoping it’s not too much work haha. 

Have you ever had a fringe? If not, would you go for it?

Hope you have a fabulous weekend! 
Lots of love, SFS <3


So you know I mentioned in my life update post about making my first ever Chanel purchase? Well, here it is! I’ve owned many Chanel beauty products, but owning something other than makeup from the brand was something I never thought would happen for me. I am petrified of walking into designer stores. Ricardo would tell you! It took me 3 days to finally gain the courage to walk into Chanel. The day before I made the purchase we were making our way there and all of a sudden I said ‘let’s go back to the hotel’. Ricardo did try to tell me how stupid I sounded and that I have every right to enter a designer shop, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to reach the door!

However, on the last day before we left I decided to woman up and enter the shop! We were actually on our way back to the hotel when I said ‘sod it, I’m going into Chanel’. I knew what I was going for, the ever so famous slingbacks. I know you’re probably thinking they’re so last season, but the thing is that to me, they’re timeless. I didn’t see these immediately, I saw a burgundy pair, a lace pair and a black pair. But under a pile of shoes a girl was trying on, I saw these beauties. 
Ideally I would have preferred them in leather, rather than suede, but they only had my size in the suede. I was in Chanel for the first time, in Rome, trying on shoes, and I just got swept up into buying them. Ricardo loved them too, so it was a no brainer. The whole experience happened very fast. All in all it must’ve taken 30-40 mins in total and no champagne in sight! The store was crowded and the sales assistants were all running up and down. I imagined a store this luxurious would be a lot calmer and quieter, but not in Rome I guess. The sales assistant was lovely and very helpful. She took the shoes into the back to have them packaged up and sent me to the till. I paid and waited around 10-15 mins for the shoes to be brought to me. 
It sounds silly, but I was so ecstatic after!! I couldn’t believe I had made my first ever Chanel purchase. Little old me walking around the Spanish Steps in Rome, carrying a Chanel shopping bag. It was surreal! After the excitement wore off, I started to worry if maybe I got pressured into buying them, not by anyone other than myself. I kept thinking if maybe I just bought them to prove a point to the sales assistant, if maybe I had bought them because I didn’t want to walk out empty handed, if they were in fact the correct size and would I be able to exchange them if they weren’t? Uff, I tell you, the thoughts running through my mind were real haha. 

Eventually I unboxed them and walked around in them for a bit. I will tell you, at first they got me worried! The strap at the back seemed like it was falling off, but actually it’s just because it sits lower than regular slingbacks. It’s a bizarre feeling at first, but once you get used to it they are the most comfortable shoes ever. They’re very classic so I initially wasn’t sure how much wear I would get out of them, but they’re the shoes I reach for the most at the moment. They go with jeans, skirts, shorts, t-shirts, dresses... absolutely everything. They are a very versatile piece that can be dressed up or down and are a real eye catcher. I always find people walking by and staring down at my shoes. I’ve also been stopped and asked where they’re from. So yeah, last season my ass haha, Chanel will always be in style. 
Considering how much I’ve worn them, they still look pristine. The suede isn’t dirty at all and the sole is hardly marked. Of course I took care of the suede before wearing them, so hopefully they’ll look their best for as long as possible. I paid €650 in Rome, which worked out to be around £540. It is a hell of a lot, but I think they’re so special and they really make you feel that way when you wear them. I would highly recommend them for anyone who is on the fence about them. In terms of sizing, I went up half a size. One, because they didn’t have my size in stock and second, I didn’t want my heel to hang out the shoe.

Sorry for how long this post was, but I just had to describe my experience. I’m also thinking of writing a post on how I afford luxury pieces. I don’t own many designer things, but I think it would be nice to see how someone with a regular job, and someone that doesn’t come from a rich background can afford to buy a designer item every now and then. Let me know if that would be something you’d read.

Have a fab week!! <3 
Lots of love, SFS.


Well, good afternoon you beautiful people! I think I’m past explaining myself, as you may have already gathered I’m not a very consistent person. I’m not one to do something just for the sake of it, and blogging wasn’t something I felt like doing until now. I don’t know if it’s down to the weather, or if it’s because I’ve finally got round to watching Sex and the City - it only took me a few years and Carrie is always typing up a storm, if it’s down to the glorious weather we’ve been having in the UK, or if it’s simply because my creative juices are back. Ew, even I have to admit that sounds gross. Sorry!

I went to Rome last month. It was mine and my boyfriends seven year anniversary and so I surprised him with flight tickets and hotel reservations. Rome was even more beautiful than I imagined. I only wish we had stayed a couple days longer. By the way, my boyfriend’s name is Ricardo. I always seem to refer to him as ‘my boyfriend’, from now on it’ll be Ricardo.

I’ve also gone back to the gym!! I quite like the gym, it’s just getting there that I can’t be bothered to do... my sofa misses me, ok? My favourite series at the moment is 13 Reasons Why. I’m sure most of you reading this have also watched it or at least heard of it. I’m currently on Clay’s tape. I’m waiting for Ricardo to catch up so we can watch it together. I feel like it has such a powerful message and it’s definitely a series that I believe should be shown in every school. It does bring my mood down a little bit, but in a way that’s why I love it so much, it has an affect. For something a little more lighthearted, I’ve been watching Sex and the City. Like I mentioned above, it’s taken me all these years to watch it. I've watched both movies so many times, but for some reason I had never been drawn to the series, but I bloody love it! Their passion for shoes is something I can definitely relate to haha :-P
Choker Topshop, Shirt H&M, Faux Fur Gilet Zara, Jeans Topshop, Boots UGG, Sunglasses CĂ©line, Bag Louis Vuitton, Belt Gucci

Speaking of shoes, I made my first ever Chanel purchase. So exciting for me! I’ll write about it soon. And lastly on my life update, I think I’m off to Lanzarote next week. It’s all very last minute but I came up with the idea with Ricardo, and now my mum and my brother want to join us too. It’s going to be so nice!! I have never been on a foreign holiday with my mum and brother, so it’ll be something very special to me. I told my mum it’s a 2h flight when in fact it’s 4h. My mum is terrified of flying, so lying about the flight time is a necessary evil haha

Oh and I almost forgot! Me and Ricardo went to view a house yesterday as this current place is a tad too small for us, and we fell in loveeee! It’s the most perfect little house I have ever seen and I honestly hope we can get it. We’ll be renting, not buying (although I would buy that house in a heartbeat!). There is a possibility that the landlady will allow us to have a small dog which makes me want to jump around with joy! Do you have pets? Let me know their names so I can have some inspiration for mine :'D

Hope you guys have a glorious weekend! <3
Lots of love, SFS.
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