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photo diary | one day in cadiz

Cadiz, Spain

we’re off on holiday again soon (i know) so i thought i’d better get the last of my spain photo diaries posted! these shots are from cadiz, a little port city not too far from africa, where we decided to day-trip to after our flight home from seville was cancelled.

cadiz is apparently the oldest settlement in europe & though it looked more modern than i’d expected it still had enough narrow cobbled streets & pretty plazas to keep this snapper happy. plus, it’s home to the most beautiful turquoise sea i think i’ve ever seen & there was a delicious coastal breeze (though i may’ve had an unfortunate marilyn moment or 2).

most interesting was the abandoned fort of san sebastian; it definitely had a creepy-cool “lost” dharma initiative vibe (sadly sans matthew fox). hasta luego españa!

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my haircare heroes (& giving up a bad hair habit)

Best haircare products: Moroccanoil, Kerastase Ciment Thermique & Tangle Teezer

i recently had my hair cut into a mid-length ‘do. while the fact it’s all-that right now was a contributing factor, the condition of hair has been going downhill & a good old chop seemed like a smart move. my stylist confirmed the reason for my dry locks & increasing (eep!) hair loss: my beloved straighteners. apparently, 10+ years of daily ghd-ing is not good. who knew? i instantly vowed to cut down & guess what? i’ve almost totally quit!

also on my stylist’s advice, i took home kerastase ciment thermique heat-activated reconstructor milk. i rarely buy products at the salon (of course they try to up-sell, duh) but i love kerastase’s purifying shampoo; i use it monthly & almost every time someone tells me my hair looks shiny! well this heat-protection cream is equally awesome. i can already feel the difference plus it smells divine & i’m a sucker for that.

of course i still often use the-best-hair-product-of-all-time-ever, moroccanoil, & i’ve switched to a tangle teezer but the jury is still out on whether it’s worth a tenner. i’m thinking a good leave-in conditioner should be next on my list. do you have any recommendations on how i can obtain a thick, shiny bouffant à la zooey deschanel?

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climbing an 816-year-old bell tower

The view from the Giralda, Seville, Spain

our little spanish holiday seems a long time ago now so the temperatures we’ve had in london this week have been most appreciated! there really is nowhere like london in the sunshine. anyway, back to seville & to one of the highlights of our trip, the giralda dominates the skyline at 104.1m & you can climb to the top via a series of ramps (apparently wide enough for 2 mounted guards to pass though it seems a tighter & tighter squeeze as you get higher up!). originally serving as a minaret, from where a muezzin would call the faithful to prayer, it was converted to a church following the christian conquest of the city in 1248. the view is spectacular, of course, & includes other seville landmarks such as the alcazar (royal palace) & plaza de toros (bullring). if you’re lucky you may also spot birds of prey hovering around the rooftops of the neighbouring cathedral.

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