Full Skirted and Garnier Olia Intense Copper Review

Roll neck, 50s skirt
Roll neck, 50s skirt
Roll neck, 50s skirt
Even though I’ve got a couple of sets of outfit photos to post from over Christmas, I decided to go ahead and post some actual current photos – this is what I’m wearing today, novelty! I’m mainly doing it though so you can see my current hair colour, because in a couple of weeks it might be washed out. My hair does not take colour well at all, even when I used the maximum strength bleach to ombre it (is that a verb?!), it took 3 goes of the maximum time to get it to actually change colour! So anyway, I’ve been trying to get a good ‘red’ colour for my hair for ages; purple/blue toned reds don’t really suit me because they make my skin look very washed out and pale, so I have to go for more orange toned reds. I’ve previously used copper toned henna to get this, but I find it such a hassle! It takes longer than normal dye and is more difficult to apply, but it sticks around a bit longer. Anyway, I planned to dye my hair a proper red colour (sort of like Ariel!) and planned to use Garnier Olia Intense Red. I found that in the supermarket, then spotted the Garnier Olia Intense Copper which is a gorgeous orangey copper, so decided to go for that one first! It’s a permanent dye, which means with my hair I’ll probably get a couple of weeks of colour before it’s no longer obvious that it’s been dyed. Unfortunately, we had a few issues with it! Ben always does my hair dying because I’m too clumsy to attempt it myself without covering the bathroom in dye. As I’ve mentioned, my hair doesn’t take colour well, so usually, if any parts get missed out, there isn’t a noticeable difference. This time, however, there was a noticeable difference – ie. the top of my hair was bright orange and the underneath was still dark brown. Uh oh. We ended up having to go to 3 different supermarkets to find some more of the dye to colour the rest 2 days later!! Apparently I’ll need two boxes to get all of my stupidly thick hair covered!!
Roll neck, 50s skirt
Roll neck, 50s skirt
Roll neck, 50s skirt
Roll Neck Jumper: Zara
Skirt: Primark
Tights: No idea but similar here
Heels: ASOS
I’m feeling a lot more myself after my procedure on Tuesday now 🙂 I’ve been off work for the week recovering from it, and feeling a lot better now. I’ve pretty much just been wearing pyjamas and loose clothes that aren’t tight over my bladder though, so it’s nice to get back into normal clothes!
I haven’t really set any resolutions for this year – I’ve never really done that before anyway – but this year, I’ve made a sort of decision to wear more ‘classic’ pieces of clothing and more from independent, particularly British, designers. I usually buy most of my clothes from ASOS, mainly because I bought ASOS Premier so I get free next day delivery whenever I want, and also because they have so many different designers/brands on there, and frequent discount codes! But that means I’m spending most of my money in one place and not really shopping around for pieces I really want. I really love vintage shapes such as full skirts like this one and my new Tiger Milly dress and petticoat. And I’m also realising that quality is really important too. This isn’t too say that I’m going to stop shopping at places like Primark, ASOS etc. but I’m also going to start looking at places like Psyche, which is pretty local to me and sells good quality pieces by better designers than I would normally look for. In general, I want to put my money towards fewer more expensive pieces than more cheaper pieces.
Roll neck, 50s skirt
Roll neck, 50s skirt


  1. Christine from The Hitchcockian Cockatoo
    January 11, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Beautiful! The hair color looks so vibrant but also natural (which a lot of redish hair dyes seem to fail at). Also that skirt is amazing. Such a fun pattern! Great backseam tights as well. I need to get me some of those . . . 🙂

  2. January 11, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    Beautiful outfit and great photos!

  3. January 12, 2014 / 2:15 pm

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  4. January 12, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous outfit!! The skirt with the seamed tights works so well. Is the skirt current season? xx

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