Todays post is a guest article from Sarah Wareing, all about Liverpool. I spent a few days in Liverpool two years ago and absolutely loved it, there was so much to see and do, plus amazing views from the top of Liverpool’s enormous Cathedral, you can see my post here if you’re interested! I’d love to go back and explore some more one day!
If you really want to make the best of everything the UK has to offer – you have to plan ahead. Last year, a group of girlfriends and I headed off to Liverpool for a long weekend that included the Grand National. Unfortunately, not one of us managed to pick out the eventual winner Pineau De Re, which is a pity as it was a 25-1 shot in the Grand National odds. Nevertheless, we did have a few winners between us in the other races on the Saturday and, more to the point, we had a great day out helped along by members’ badges and a few too many glasses of bubbly.
Aintree racecourse, where the Grand National is held, is just a few miles north of Liverpool, so it’s easy to get to by taxi from the city. The National is a great “excuse” for a girls’ weekend away if you ever need one, but you have to get things organized well in advance, particularly if you want tickets for the members’ enclosure.
We had such a wonderful weekend that we’ve already booked again for the Grand National 2015 on the Saturday (the day of the big race itself). If you fancy seeing the course when it’s slightly quieter though, you’d be better off going on the Thursday or Friday.
But of course, Liverpool has a whole lot more to offer than a day at the races. This has to be one of the world’s most underrated cities. It almost goes without saying that the shopping and the nightlife are simply great. But there are a surprising number of fantastic restaurants (try Liverpool’s China-town for example) and the city has more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of London. In fact, the whole place is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
So you’ve no chance of seeing it over one weekend – particularly if you take in the Grand National too; better make it a week!
With hair as long as mine it’s a bit of a job to give it the care and attention it needs to keep it looking healthy. I’m still contemplating going a bit (a lot?) shorter, but I did have an inch off the ends last weekend which is the first time my hair has had a run in with scissors since last November, embarrassingly!
I was offered the chance to review some Jojoba & Clove Organic Oil Treatment from Old Wives Tail, who are a small company who sell handmade hair care products that are 100% natural, with no chemicals or additives and obviously no animal testing either. In fact Old Wives Tail donate 10% of their profits to charities that help stop animal testing.
The selection of oil treatments available range from hair growth to anti hair loss, and the treatment I chose is a hydrating and balancing treatment. I’ve used it twice now, with 6 days between uses. The tub is filled with a thick rich smelling treatment, which is easy to apply to your hair. I tend to have greasy roots so I applied from my ears down to the tips onto wet hair for the first time, but applied to the roots the second time. I wrapped my head in a warm towel and relaxed in the bath for an hour with a good book before adding shampoo to my hair and then a thorough rinse through a couple of times, I found a warm rinse then a cool rinse made my hair feel really clean. When I had applied it to the roots I made sure I massaged it in before rinsing it out, to give my scalp a bit of a massage too! I didn’t feel the need to use conditioner on my ends either time I used this treatment either as my hair felt soft even when it was still wet!
I used my tangle teezer to get any knots out and then left it to air dry. For a couple of days my hair retained the faint smell of cloves, which I quite liked, it reminded me of Christingle services when I was a child! The directions suggest for hair that is really dry and damaged that you could leave the treatment on overnight, which I may try at some point, although now my ends have been snipped it looks a lot healthier now anyway, along with the treatment.
Old Wives Tail also sell a range of Organic hair masks too, again all made from natural ingredients with no sulphates or parabens, including a Coco Loco coconut mask which sounds gorgeous, so if you prefer natural hair care they are definitely worth checking out! You can view the full range of products available online and keep up to date with the latest news on their facebook page. Plus they are currently running a competition to win 2 hair oils of your choice over on their blog!
I’m off up to Norfolk for a family wedding and a little bit of time away with family. I’m taking a little break for a few days from blogging and twitter. I think it will be refreshing to spend some time away from screens and social media so laptop is staying at home and I’m turning twitter notifications off!
I can never stay away from Instagram too long though so you can always see what we’re up to here!
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!