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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…

 

Bournemouth Bloggers Christmas

In my humble opinion, Bournemouth has something to offer all year round. We have arguably the best beach in the UK in the summer and in the winter the beautiful gardens are trasnsformed into a winter wonderland, worthy of elfs and santa’s across the world.

So when an email landed in my inbox from the beautiful Cheryl inviting me to the #bmthbloggersxmas day, I could not be more excited. The German Bar and market cropped up a few weeks ago and every lunch break since I’ve been saving myself from the pulled pork rolls and german sausages thats smells’ desperately reel me in every.damn.time.

But the day had arrived, and myyyy was the weather good. I got down to some serious weatherproofing and caught a few minutes on the balcony watching the paddle boarders before the lovely Hannah swung by and whisked us off to our winter wonderland by the sea!

First stop, as always, Flirt Cafe. Arguably the coolest cafe in the town.

I kicked things off with a bacon, brie and spinach panini, nervously munching away with these crazy babes above.

Anyway, why get a bunch of crazy local bloggers together I hear you asking? Well #makeitbouremouth, thats why! In celebration of all things Christmassy, #makeitbournemouth has really gone to lapland town this year. They’ve built a bigger and better ice rink, hailed in Santa from the North Pole, and built some arty “Garden of Lights” for you little elfs to experience. Bournemouth is the place to visit this Christmas.

Obviously, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas pudding hat…

Or two! These cheeky bloggers came well prepared for the crisp winter air and some serious Christmas fun.

Back to the action and next on our itinerary…ICE SKATING!

The ice rink in Bournemouth Gardens is bigger and better than ever before. Book yourself in for an hour slot (for a mere £8.50) and practice your Torvill and Dean moves in the salty sea are while the Bournemouth Balloon bops up and down above you.

I was eager to get on the ice, so as soon as those boots were on our feet we were let loose onto the rink!

Me and Brogan got off to a good start…

Rhiannon (the most experienced skater of the bunch) chuckled as we tried to get to grips with the ice.

We were slow starters, but us bloggers don’t give up!

Kids whizz past with their penguins…

And Hannah celebrated not holding onto the “side of the rink” by doing some fancy spins … no hands!

After an hour of whizzing around with and our feet were cold and tired, we headed back through the gardens with our mind set on the next adventure of the day.

Not the Santa’s Grotto…thats for the kids…

The German BAR!

Some what a Bournemouth Christmas tradition, the German Bar marks the start of Christmas to us Southerners. Set in the heart of the bustling square, a huge wooden hut takes over offering mulled wine from a german boot and hot ciders and beer for the blokes.

Luckily we didn’t have any of those so onto the mulled wine it was!

And what’s better than a tray of mulled wine being delivered by this babe?

We sipped our mulled wine until we’d warmed up our toes and darkness had fallen, then headed out to the market. There is a huge selection of goodies on offer, but best of all…the german sausages.

I went for the cheese stuffed pork sausage and loaded up with sauce from these mustard and ketchup “udders”.

It was the perfect end to a perfect day with some beautiful local bloggers. A huge thank you to Cheryl from InvestInYourChest who organised the whole day, it was great to meet some Bournemouth Bloggers!

If you fancy yourself a wintery day of sun, fun and santa, then head over to the #makeitbournemouth website for loads more information on what else you can expect from the town that doesn’t just give you its awesome beach…!

 

Coriander Bournemouth

If you’ve spent any time in Bournemouth, you’ll know what happens to the town on Saturday nights. If not, then let me explain. Bournemouth is known by many across the country as the ultimate stag and hen destination. The town is taken over by boozy stag and hen doos paining the town red. We no longer blink twice at a group of scantily clad nuns or groups of men in animal onsies. Its a way of life for our town.

Coriander is one of those restaurants in central Bournemouth which kind of gets caught up in all the commotion. Set right in the centre of town and of course being a mexican restaurant, it is a major attraction for people wanting to line their tummies before they start the evening festivities.

But this doesn’t stop us, I mean, who doesn’t love nachos and fajitas on a Saturday night?

Its all very Mexican inside, and if you’re lucky, they’ll even provide you with a sombrero to enjoy your meal with.

This was a major attraction.

We got down to business and ordered some drinks, of the Mexican variety of course. I’m not going to tell you this is the best Mexican I’ve ever eaten at because it isn’t, but it’s simple and extremely fun. Anyway, how wrong can you go with nachos?

Not wrong at all!

We ordered a sharing platter of chicken wings, potato skins and jalapeño poppers for starter which were basic but tasty none the less.

All meals are served with a Coriander dip selection. Homemade salsa, sour cream and a spicy dipping sauce.

Scott went for the steak fajitas which a little on the “plain steak” side, but tasty non the less.

Jennie has the spinach quesadilla which came highly recommended by our hostess.

And, naturally, I ordered 3 giant chicken burritos which were cheesy and pretty darn delicious.

Unfortunately we were too stuffed to eat dessert, but here’s a cheeky peek of their menu.

Coriander is a great little jaunt for groups heading into the Bournemouth razzle dazzle. Lots of atmosphere and a whole lot of mexican food…go on, you know you want to. These guys get rammed at the weekend so try and book ahead. You can find all of their details on their website.

ARIBAAAA!