Falling out of love with my Natural Hair – 6 month hair loss update

The reason for this blog and the various social media platforms that I have, is my hair. For those who don’t know, my blogging journey began way back in 2010 when I had relaxed hair. I decided I wanted to take better care of my hair, and therefore started to document my healthy hair journey on my then blog loveyourtresses.com. With time and consistency the blog took off, and a large percentage of the following that I have now, is because of that.

Now whilst I’ve since rebranded, hair care remains one of the topics that I share, because quite frankly it’s my first love, and it brings me so much joy. That said, I’m sure you can imagine my disappoint and frustration, when I started to lose handfuls of hair on wash day at the start of 2017.

This information is old news for those who are subscribed to my YouTube channel, who would have caught the following videos:

It has now been a total of six months since I embarked on my Ayurvedic regimen, and whilst I’ve made a lot of progress, I still have a way to go. In my most recent video I’m sharing on my current hair situation and how I’ve been feeling about my hair of late. If you’ve experienced anything similar I’d love to hear from you, feel free to comment in the video, or in the comments section of this post.

Happy viewing x

Meal prep & food planning – How I do it & how it’s helped my marriage

When people ask how myself and hubby survived our first year of marriage, I often feel bad about the response I give, because I feel like it’s not what they want to hear! Leading up to marriage many couples are warned about the challenges the first year may bring, and told to be patient with one another as they learn to navigate this new journey. Well, that wasn’t the case for us. In fact it was quite the opposite. Don’t get me wrong there were some challenges, we’re only human, but nothing compared to the stories we had heard. One of the main challenges for us, showed itself in the form of cooking, and I’m here to share how we were able to tackle it before it became an even bigger problem.

I entered marriage with the mindset that I was to be a superwoman wife, one who not only did her ‘9-5′, but upon returning home would throw it down with a delicious meal, and then somehow still have the energy to blog and film YouTube videos in the evening.

Who was I kidding?!

This worked for the first three to four months, friends and family were commending me on how plump Lu was looking due to the good food he was eating, and I felt really good about this! BUT, it didn’t last very long. I quickly grew tired and went to bed every evening absolutely drained.

Now, it wasn’t so much the act of cooking that was the problem, but rather two key things that I discuss in more detail in this video:

– Poor monthly food shop prep
– Not planning in advance

So, tired and frustrated, I eventually sat down with Lu, and we brainstormed a way to alleviate the problem. The answer… a monthly food planner.

In celebration of the fact that I’ve since rekindled my love for cooking, and we [yes hubby helps from time to time!] are diligent food planners and meal preppers, I’ve decided to share one of my meal prep sessions with you every month, and hopefully inspire you to give it and food planning a try.

Here’s my first ‘Meal Prep With Me’ video

Any fellow meal preppers or food planners? How do you do yours?

How I rent £1000 worth of camera and tech gear for as little as £1

Last month one of the worst things that has happened to me in my seven years of blogging finally did. I was setting up and getting ready to record a video, when my camera and tripod came crashing to the ground right before my eyes. The moment was surreal, I could have sworn it happened in slo mo because it felt like the most dramatic scene in the movie of my life, as I leapt to try to catch them but failed miserably!

Fortunately, my camera body survived the fall, but my beloved 50mm lens took it’s last breath, and called it a day [forgive the drama Queen in me! Lenses aren’t cheap!]. I was so devastated I cancelled every plan I had made for the day, jumped into bed, and indulged in a YouTube binge watching session with my fave tub of ice cream by my side.

Moral of the story… insure your camera and your lenses!

Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from the title of this post, there is some good that came out of the fall. I decided to look at things from a different perspective, and view the incident as a sign to go ahead with my decision to invest in a new and better camera. I’d been contemplating upgrading to the Canon 70d or 80d since the start of the year, but first of all wanted to give them a test run.

Thus began my search for cheap camera rentals, which led me to Fat Lama, a UK rental website where you can rent almost anything. Cameras, lenses, lighting, drones, heck even caravans!

I was sceptical about the renting process at first, but after signing up and having to provide ID, as well reading through the FAQ’s, I was rest assured that the website was legit, and indeed it was. My first rental was an absolute breeze, and thanks to the initial new user discount code, I paid just £1 to rent the Canon 70d and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens for one day, which total up to £1000!

One of my recent rentals

To top it off, Fat Lama also has a referral scheme which gives you and any person you refer £25 off a rental. Thanks to this scheme, I’ve been able to rent £1k – £1.5k worth of camera gear for 10 days for less than £10!

So my blogger friends or tech enthusiasts, if you’re looking for a new camera and want to take it for a test drive, or you have a special occasion that requires something more glamorous than the camera on your mobile phone, I would highly recommend a Fat Lama rental. I’ve taken my last few instagram photos [below] with the 70d, and I think it’s fair to say I’ve fallen in love!

Finally Fiona Fat Lama camera rental

If you’d like to try out the service feel free to use my referral code which will give you £25 off!

https://fatlama.com/signup?ref=fion-b66aa

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Eating London Food Tour – A Food Lover’s Dream

I don’t know about you, but any blog post that starts off with a delicious photo of food, is one that I’m more than happy to read! The photo above features my favourite British dish, some good old Fish ’n’ Chips, which I had the pleasure of consuming a few weeks back, whilst on my second walking food tour with Eating London Tours.

I first learned about walking food tours last year, when I decided that Valentine’s Day would be my treat. For the past eight years of our relationship, hubby had always been the one to plan something for us to do, so I wanted to treat him to something really nice for once. I had also learned very early on in our marriage that one of the way’s to a man’s heart really is through his stomach, so I figured something food related would always go down well. View Post

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It dawned on me a few weeks back that I’ve been in the blogging game for over seven years!

When I look back at my early blog posts from my loveyourtresses days, I semi cringe at how poorly written they were! Those days I had no clue, I was proud of my posts and loved blogging so much, that nothing could deter me from it. Of course in hindsight those so-called ‘poorly written’ posts, were what helped me to build a platform in the first place, and what I have to thank today for the progress I’ve made over the years.

If there was one thing I wish I had access to in my early days of blogging, it would be a resource that would guide me on how to create the best content possible. Back then I knew nothing about SEO, rarely linked to relevant blog posts, and was clueless about so many other amazing blogger tips and tricks.

Whilst I’ve still got a way to go with my blogging skills, I can definitely say I’ve come a long way, and one resource in particular has helped me. View Post