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Francesco Group Bournemouth – Review

It has been a very long time coming but I finally dragged my tired, straggly, thinning hair to the hairdressers! When an email popped into my blog-box asking if I wanted to review the newly rebranded Francesco Salon in Bournemouth, I jumped at the chance.

You see, what they don’t tell you (along with many other things, mainly boob-related) about what happens after pregnancy, is that your hair will most probably fall out at some point after having your baby. Just as you’re starting to feel a little more human, one day you’ll be enjoying a nice shower while your little baby is playing happily in the Jumparoo and you’ll notice your luscious, thick, pregnancy hair falling out in clumps, literally. So this salon visit was needed! The balayage which I’d had done nearly 6 months ago had gone all yellow and grown out way too much (think dip-die), and my hair was generally in a very bad, dry state!

This was until I met Kinga, at Francesco.

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The Bournemouth Francesco salon is located right in the town centre just along from New Look and La Tasca (I parked in Richmond Gardens for just over 3 hours for £2.50). The small entrance is very deceiving considering the tardis inside. The System Professional products line the reception and you meet lovely Lucy. Lucy was so helpful in making my appointment, and extremely accommodating considering my lack of organisation in the childcare department! I had already popped in a few days before for a patch test as I had booked in for colour (this is required by law so make sure you do this before your appointment).

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Once I’d checked in, I made my way up to the beautiful salon upstairs. (Side note – I feel they’d already won my heart as I sneaked a Werther’s Original from the reception desk on my way up, total fave) I really couldn’t believe the size of the place. The salon is so bright and airy and somewhere I felt completely relaxed straight away (hairdressers can often be a nice little anxiety trigger for me!).

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Then I met my stylist, Kinga. We chatted about my hair “issues” and what I wanted to achieve and before I knew it, I was sipping a latte and Kinga got to work on colouring my locks.

After the colour had developed, Kinga applied a toner to blend in the new blonde balayage and then a hydrating mask to replenish the dryness. She spoke to me about Nioxin, a specialist treatment for hair that is damaged and dry, especially good for women who are loosing hair due to pregnancy.

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Kinga then gave my hair a trim and added some long layers and the most beautiful bouncy blow-dry I have ever seen!

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The entire experience at Francesco Group was so relaxing and professional, and I could highly recommend Kinga for both colour and cut. I absolutely love the colour, it is just perfect – not too warm and not too white blonde. Kinga kindly gave me a few samples of the products she used so that I could try them out myself, but if the smell is anything to go by, I think I’ll be stocking up very soon!

Now lets see how long I can dodge the flying food from Seb and teething slober from Theo as I want this blow-dry to last forever…

 

Our home this Christmas

First things first, Happy December!! My favourite month of the year is here and I can finally share it with my little baby boy! We’re beyond excited to spend Christmas with Seb and have been making the most of getting Christmassy at every opportunity we can! I know he’s going to hate me for this picture one day but I couldn’t resist…

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Anyway, sorry it’s been a little quite over here. I’ve been busy getting things ready for Christmas and just making sure we make the best memories of Seb’s first Christmas. I’ve been trying to make as many things as possible, like footprint gift tags (easier said than done with a wriggly 4 month old baby!) and footprint salt dough tree decorations!

Here’s a little peek at our home this Christmas!

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I picked up this stocking holder from HomeSense a few weeks ago and I love how it looks on our mantelpiece. Perfect for Seb’s new stocking…

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Stocking from Curiosity in Swanage

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Our Christmas Kiwi and Pukeko take pride of place on our mantelpiece too!

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During the madness of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and whatever other sales were on in the last few weeks, I managed to pick up these beautiful gold wreath decorations from M&S with 50% off. We’ve put the wreath in the porch (replacing our BBQ sign!) and the other over the mantelpiece.

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I’ve put a few decorations in Seb’s nursery too, including this wind up musical soldier from HomeSense. He loves that it moves and sings!

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And of course his Santa suit ready for Christmas day!

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We decided to splurge on a real tree this year and we absolutely love it. Seb is fascinated by the lights and would happily stare at it for hours on end!

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Obligatory “First Christmas” decoration from Nanny!

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We moved our usual artificial tree into the landing upstairs this year and love how it looks! Turtle Mat kindly sent me this awesome door mat in their Christmas Jumper design and we love it!! In fact we’re debating if it is acceptable to use it all year round in our porch! We decided to incorporate it in our decorations and it very conveniently hides the Christmas tree light wires!

So there it is, our home this Christmas! How is your Christmas decorating going?

Bedroom Inspiration

Bedroom Inspo

Pictures via Pinterest 

It’s approaching our 1st year anniversary in our first home and I can hardly believe it. I had so many plans for this house when we bought it last year but things came to a bit of a halt when we found out about little Sebastian! Instead of our oak floors, we bought a cot, pushchair and decorated a nursery which was once destined to be an office/walk in wardrobe!

Now this house has become our family home, I’ve been rethinking our vision for the decor in many rooms of the house – mainly to make them relatively baby friendly too! I want to add pops of colour to the rooms by painting some of those white walls and I’d like to finish rooms which we started and have not finished.

One of my favourite rooms in the house is our bedroom. We bought the bed of all beds when we first moved in and I’ve recently added a grand set of chest of drawers. The theme has always been very grey, so I’d like to finish the theme by painting the walls and redesign the built in wardrobes. I’d also like to purchase a bamboo effect rug and bring in more of that gorgeous copper accent in some frames and vases.

Do you have any unfinished rooms in your house?