Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Fashion Excess Sponsored by Dr. Martens

We were invited to take a look at the new seasons DM's in the Norwich store before the final NCHFW show last Thursday, which was sponsored by the brand. I fell in love with the Persephone boots and Salome shoe boots, I also loved the red heart design 1461's but realistically I only ever wear black, cute though!
The fashion Excess show always combines music and fashion, this years band being No Holy Men, fronted by Alexandra Hill, who wore a stunning jumpsuit by French Connection and of course Dr.Martens boots. I spotted some great Docs in the crowd, including the Salome in white, which made me a little envious, they look great with a long skirt.
It was a great finale to what was a roaringly successful Norwich Fashion Week, the band were simply great, I'll definitely be heading to their next gig.



Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Flint is at the forefront of hairdressing in Norwich, situated on St Benedicts Street in the Norwich Lanes we caught up with owner Conor O Brian to find out more about what makes Flint stand out amongst Norwich's many salons.

Flint Opened in 2009 and has been a firm favourite with Norwich folk since the beginning. Starting on Bridewell Alley Flint soon needed to expand is now located on St Benedicts Street in the Norwich Lanes. 

The current team are a mix of local talent, home grown stylists and assistants who are taking their first steps on the hairdressing career ladder. 

The idea was to open a modern salon  to reflect our interests in art and design and of course our hairdressing ethos. We were also very keen to collaborate with local business's,artists and also to spread our wings further a field through our events bringing artists and photographers from other parts of the country to Flint to help fly the flag for Norwich and promote this wonderful city.

What do you think makes Flint so popular? 
We aim to provide a relaxing and inspiring environment with a focus on giving clients high standards of service, not necessarily in a typical hairdressing .environment. But as well as good cuts and colours our clients seem to enjoy the friendly environment and the design element of our approach

You hold exhibitions and art events at the salon, how does this impact/benefit the hairdressing and clients?
Hairdressing is influenced by a myriad of everyday things as well as art, fashion, graphic design, photography... we enjoy sharing with our clients the work of artists that inspire us. And the private views give clients and staff a great opportunity to hang out, share a drink and a chat without the time restrictions of a hair appointment. 

The products you use at Flint are not ones you see at other salons how do you select what brands you work with?
 We try to keep it simple...  we only stock a couple of brands but they have been tried and tested. 

The Fourth Floor range was developed by Richard Stepney of the Fourth Floor - Clerkenwell London where I (Conor) worked for many years. Its a simple and effective product range of 4 shampoos, 4 conditioners and 4 Styling aids.  And the packaging was designed by North Design

The Davines range we chose for its effectiveness and environmental credentials as well as its great looking packaging.  The OI range of products is our Staff Pick of the month EVERY month! 

For us its really important to be able to provide the right products for our clients to continue caring and styling their hair at home, when they leave the salon.

What do you think will be key trends for 2016? 
Overall we are seeing a trend towards more natural looking hair styles. In women's hair you will see  bobs  dressed with a very natural look with a matt finish, lots of natural waves and even volume and strong fringes with soft edges. We are seeing very effective new products out in the market to help achieve these looks. 

We are also seeing  the classic chin length bob's Sassoon / pulp fiction and quite a few shorter style,  like the mia farrow which will always be a heavy inspiration with various twists.

As for styling hair, there will be lots of ponytails low side and central and braids tight to the head or loose as well as the natural dresses and undressed waves as refered to earlier in the article.

In colour trends we moving forward with the ombre'/ balayage trend and going for subtle bleeds /blends using more muted colours.

Salon photos by Tristan Conor Holden

Follow Flint on Instagram @FLINT_HAIR_ 

Book Appointments and find out more WWW.FLINTHAIR.CO.UK



Friday, 11 March 2016

Pandora's Kitchen High Tea

We love Pandora's Kitchen and we're often popping in for one of their famous 'squashage rolls' or one of my favourite lunches the houllumi and roasted veg ciabatta, so when Jeff invited us in to sample their new 'High Tea' clearly we jumped at the chance.

So what is High Tea?

High Tea was originally for those who worked in grand houses and was more hearty than the delicate sandwiches and cakes of Afternoon Tea. The team at Pandora's wanted to offer something a little bit different so opted to add this option to their already extensive and delicious menu.

We arrived and had already spoken to Pandora's about our dietary requirements (Vegetarian/Vegan) we were seated upstairs in a bustling area (you guys love this place as much as us)

Drinks were ordered, tea for me and raspberry lemonade for Ruth. Two cake stands filled with amazing looking food was brought down, Jeff talked us through what was on the plates which all looked so good, I'm pleased to say High Tea delivered on every level, we barely spoke to each other for a good 30 mins except to say how great everything was. Our table attracted quite a lot of attention too with lots of looks and 'ooh that looks good' from other customers.

So what did we eat?

Cheese (lots of)
Vegetable crostini
Delicious fresh bread
Pickles including the BEST piccalilli ever ever ever!!
vegan carrot and lemon cake and
 a salted caramel brownie



Most Curious Wedding Fair 2016

The Most Curious Wedding Fair is a must if you're a bride to be, back again in Norwich and held in one of our favourite venues St Andrews Hall on Sunday 20th March. 

We caught up with Rebecca Hoh Hale one of the organisers for a flash style prediction for 2016 weddings

The boho vibe still reigns supreme, but it veering more towards a 'boho-luxe', so bohemian dresses are still en trend with flowing shapes, pretty embroidery, low or open backs, and a 70s Stevie Nicks feel - but people are mixing it up with sparkle and sequins to give it a little fun, glamorous and edge to keep the party vibes and specialness of the day alive. Cakes will once again have a simple shape, block colours will big. 2016 will be all about the non floral bouquets, with succulents, cacti and foliage taking the centre stage! The main thing for the couples who come to curious wedding shows is they want to look good and party hard with their nearest and dearest! 

We love this shoot by Natalie J Weddings 



ns to give it a little
fun, glamourous and edge to keep the party vibes and specialness of the d
ay alive!

Monday, 7 March 2016

42 King Street

No.42 is a lovely little bar and restaurant, they serve breakfast rolls from 10am, lunches, world tapas and cocktails galore. It's an intimate venue with some great interior touches, they've used local artists to put some zing on the walls, behind the bar was painted by Anmar Mirza and the tables are adorned with bottles painted by Liam Clark, you might even spot one of my pineapples.
The food is great quality and locally sourced and the menu is constantly changing so you'll never get bored of going, I really enjoyed the battered jalapenos and sweet potato dish last time I went. They've recently started opening for Sunday lunch, I took my girls to test it out and they gave it a double thumbs up, and they're really hard to please! The vegan nut roast was delicious, I couldn't have asked for a nicer roast or a nicer place to eat it.



Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Morning Glory Breakfast

I was pretty excited when Alex from Morning Glory invited us to come and try breakfast, having seen the menu on Facebook it was definitely on my list to try. Located in Gonzo’s Tearoom I had high expectations and knew the guys wouldn't let just anyone take over their kitchen.

Opening at 7.30am it makes it a great option for a midweek breakfast as you can nip in before work and be out in time to make it to your desk and for those of you who struggle in the mornings take out is available too!

The Mexican breakfast options all looked delicious and there are loads of options for vegetarians (hurrah) I went for the blueberry pancakes and my husband went for the Huevos Rancheros, the food arrived quickly and looked amazing, the eggs really were perfectly shaped.
I'm pleased to say the food was as good as it looked, the only problem we had was that we couldn't finish it all, although if I was going in at the weekend after a night drinking I doubt that I would have that problem.

With local produce from Easters, Provodore and Peters Family Butchers for their very own recipe chorizo sausage you know that the food you get is going to be pretty special.

I can’t wait to return! 


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