Notting Hill Carnival

This post is a little over due but better late then never I always say! When I lived in London I used to attend the Notting Hill Carnival almost every year as a teen. This year the Notting Hill Carnival celebrated its 50th year! It’s the biggest street festival in Europe celebrating Caribbean cultures and traditions on the August bank holiday weekend.

This feast of colour and soca rhythms began in the early 19th century when the abolition of slavery was celebrated in Trinidad. I wandered the colourful streets, every few metres the music changed and the speakers are so loud on each float that it drowns out any nearby music while you are next to it. The  costumes are vibrant and beautiful and the smell of jerk chicken sizzling on the barbecues lining the streets is mouth-watering. The wide variety of Caribbean dishes makes the carnival a foodies paradise, it is definitely worth checking out the traditional street food. Check out my Carnival Gallery:

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Colab Dry Shampoo

COLAB Extreme Collection.jpgStylists have been telling us for years that if we wash our hair less often, then it’ll be softer, shinier, and way healthier. Sounds good to us, especially since it saves us major minutes in the morning. That said, we still need to keep our hair fresh between washes and this is where Colab Dry Shampoo comes in. But this miracle product only performs miracles when it is used properly.

Make the most of this hair-care staple with these useful tips and really get the most out of your Dry Shampoo:

  1. Try not to spray too close to your scalp. Always spritz your dry shampoo about 10 inches away from your roots to avoid any excess residue.
  2. Don’t get too spray happy. Use your dry shampoo on the roots only as this is where your hair gets greasy. Spraying on the lengths and ends will make hair stiff and lacklustre.
  3. Massage, massage, massage! Don’t just spray on and go. Allow the product to sit for a few minutes to absorb any oil and then work into the roots using fingertips.
  4. Using too much product is a big no-no and can make your hair actually appear dull and discoloured. It is always better to use a little and add more if you feel your hair is still too greasy. If you do, however put on a bit much, simply blast with a hairdryer that will help even it out.
  5. As easy as it can be to do, try not to rely too much on your Dry Shampoo and only use once or twice between washes to let your follicles and scalp breathe.
  6. Try applying dry shampoo before you go to bed. This gives plenty of time to soak in and you’ll wake with fresh looking strands in the morning.

COLAB™ Dry Shampoos come in five captivating scents. From the classic, heritage notes of London, the fresh and fruity scents of New York, to the floral, feminine notes of Paris, you can embrace head-turning, iconic city style wherever you are.

Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo is available in two sizes, a 200ml spray is AED45 and a super travel-friendly option is the 50ml priced at AED 26.

COLAB™ dry shampoos are available from Spinneys and Waitrose supermarkets across the UAE as well as the following retailers in Dubai; Wojooh, Virgin Megastore, Pout Salon and Beauty by Edge. In Abu Dhabi you can purchase from House of Fraser and Virgin Megastore and in Bahrain; Virgin Megastore.

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St. Pauls Cathedral

I was Instagramming the other day and I came across a beautiful building which was geotagged in London and then I realised it was St. Pauls Cathedral. Being a Londoner its kind of shocking that I have never been, pictures are not allowed inside the building which is why I didn’t recognise it but then I saw a few more so I wondered why so many people had pics inside!

I went on their website to discover they were doing something called “St. Pauls Lates” where photographers were welcome between 6.00-8.30 on the 2nd and 3rd of September to pay £10 admission to see the Cathedral and Crypt and take some snaps (its usually £18) I read this at 5pm on the last day of it and quickly grabbed my cam and jumped on the underground! When I got there the queue was unbelievable…around the block! I saw another entrance on the other side so I went to ask and they let me in! YAAAY! Its so beautiful, here are a few of my snaps:

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