A Hair, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog - By Charleigh Victory

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Midnight Margaritas!


I think everyone and their mother knows how much I love this time of year. Now that it's officially October, it's time to get the candles and pumpkins out. I met my best friend in Morocco last year and ever since then, we've become inseparable. 


Other than my Mama, Sister and Jessie, no one I personally know has ever seen Practical Magic. When I found out that it was Charlotte's all time favourite movie, I just knew we had to re-create it. Not to mention that it is also her birthday on Halloween, so it seemed like the perfect time to get our 'spook' on. 

If you've never seen Practical Magic by the way, you absolutely need to. It's the ultimate chick flick but with a twist. It's a little bit dark and teaches you a lot about love, love with a partner and love with a sister. It stars Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, two of my all time favourite actresses. Perfect film for Halloween too. You can purchase the movie (here) for just £3.98 

We went shopping for the ingredients to make the Margaritas and we also bought our first pumpkins of the year (mainly for the photos but whatever.. haha). When we got home, we put our cosy pyjamas on and got right down to business. Straight away, my phone was plugged into the speaker doc and we were dancing around to the Practical Magic soundtrack. It is so, so good and makes both of us extremely happy. 



Midnight Margaritas (Alcoholic)
"I could drink a case of you.."

What you need: 

- Ideally Margarita Glasses (wine glasses will do)
- 2 Limes (four wedges)
- Crushed Ice 
- 4oz Rum (1/2 cup)
- 2oz Cointreau (1/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup of Lime Juice
- Orange Juice (optional)
- Salt/Sugar 

How To: 

Run one of the lime wedges around the rims of the Margarita glasses and then dip them into the salt OR sugar. We opted for sugar because we felt like it would taste nicer but I think in the original recipe, they use salt. Add crushed ice into the glasses and then pop them into the fridge to chill. 

Roll your limes around, pushing down firmly to loosen up their skin. This makes it easier to squeeze and you'll get more of the juice. Squeeze until you have half a cup (about 4oz). 

Put the Rum into a blender, along with the lime juice and Cointreau. Blend until you have a slushy mixture and then Voila. 

Pour a splash of pure orange juice into the glasses. Add the mixture to the crushed ice and add a lime wedge to the rim to garnish. Then serve. 





These drinks are from the scene where the two Auntie's wake Gilly and Sally up with the noise of the blender. They both come down the stairs, with Margaritas handed straight to them, in which they all dance around the kitchen to "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson. 

If you're under 18 years old, an alternative to these would be the Virgin Margaritas: 

- 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice 
- 1/2 Cup of Lime Juice
- 1oz Lemon Juice
- 2oz Simple Syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)  
- Lime (garnish) 
- Crushed Ice

Firstly, add crushed ice to your glass and then chill in the fridge. You can do the whole 'sugar around the rim' thing if you wish to, if not, you can get straight into blending. Combine the liquids into a blender and blend until it becomes smooth. Pour over the ice and add the lime wedge for decoration. 

These will taste exactly like Margaritas, just without the alcohol. 








Also, have you ever made dried oranges? They smell amazing. 
Cut up a few slices of orange, sprinkle on some cinnamon & pop into a pre-heated oven of 120 & cook. We let ours cook for around 40 minutes and they were perfect. 


If you make any of these, I would love for you to tweet me a picture or upload a picture to instagram.

"There are some things I know for certain: always throw spilt salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can."

Have the best Halloween guys.

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Dear 13 Year Old Me
With Love, always..
Charleigh
Xo 

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Losing Myself & Surviving | My Break Up


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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Dear 13 Year Old Me.


(I don't actually have any photos of me when I was 13, so heres a bunch of embarrassing baby photos instead)

If I could go back in time and write a diary of how my life was going to be, I probably would. Just for some reassurance that things in life do get a little bit shitty but eventually everything falls into place. 

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

It's Okay To Go Against The Grain



I'll be honest, I am not a people's person at all. I never really have been and don't think I ever will be. I'm not very good at socialising, I'm not too interested in meeting new people and I very much like doing things alone.
I am very content with having a limited number of friends and choosing who I want to spend my time with and that is okay.
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Hair Growth Journey Tips


So this post is for those of you who want to start your natural hair journey and aim to grow it out as long as possible.

First things first, you need to have the big chop. Yup! - To start the process of getting long hair, you need to have it short first. Your hair will not grow whilst it's covered in split and dead ends so book an appointment with your hairdresser as soon as possible and have a few inches off. You should also cut your hair every 6 months to maintain healthy hair growth, I had mine cut today. 




Cleanse

When it comes to washing your hair, always wash with lukewarm water as that opens the hair cuticles but when rinsing, use cold water because that closes them and also seals in moisture. Try to remember this every time you wash your hair. 

When shampooing, you should only be focusing on your scalp and the roots of your hair, rather than the ends. Use your finger tips to really massage the product into the scalp and to of course get rid of any product build up. You can also use the Tangle Teezer 'Aqua Splash' brush to massage your scalp. - This brush is great for brushing your hair in the water as the brissles are super soft so they do not tug or pull away at your head. Scalp massages are crucial for hair growth because it increases blood circulation to the follicles and helps to strengthen the roots. 




Conditioner should be focused mostly on the ends of your hair as they tend to be the driest but you can also run the product through your hair using your fingers. 

Treatments and Masks

Hot oil treatments do wonders for my hair, especially when my curls are starting to feel dry which makes it easier for my hair to snap and break. I like to apply the oil about an hour before I go to bed, this gives the product time to completely dry so no residue is left on my pillows. I do my usual wash-and-go the next day and my curls are always left feeling healthy, soft and they look poppin'. 

You will need:

3 Table Spoons of Coconut Oil
3 Table Spoons of Castor Oil
2 Table Spoons of Moroccan Oil 
2 Table Spoons of Olive Oil

How to: 

Heat your mixed oils together in the microwave or leave the bowl inside another bowl filled with boiled water. Once the oil is warm (not boiling) - apply to hair focusing mainly on the roots but try and saturate all hair. Wrap your hair in cling film to help seal in moisture and blow dry for 5/10 minutes to warm up the oil and help speed the process. Once your is hair completely dry (which may take up to an hour) take off the clingfilm and you can go to bed. Voila! 

You can buy hair masks from almost any retail and high street shops but it's super easy to make your own. If you would like to know how to make your own deep conditioning hair mask, I have a post here all about it. 

Water and Diet 

I think we all know by now that drinking plenty of water and having a balanced diet helps with our skin but it also really helps with getting healthy hair. Water helps the body to process and flush out all toxins and also keeps your hair hydrated from the inside out. If you drink plenty, your hair will grow stronger which means less breakage, more growing. 
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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

When In Paris


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I just got back from a 4 day trip to Paris and i'm so sad about it. I had one of the best weekends of my entire life and I never wanted it to end. I knew Paris was one of my favourite cities even though I had never been and it lived up to ALL my expectations. If you ever get the chance to go, please do. I'm going to be posting lots of pictures over the next two weeks of my trip, starting from day 1 right up until my birthday (the day I flew home) 
Oh yeah, I'm 21 now ^_^ 
- Hope you've all enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend, even though its pouring down with rain as I type this. 

Lots of love, Charleigh x 

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Coconut Oil | Three Hacks To Use



I tweeted not too long ago about how much I LOVE Coconut oil and that I was going to write a post about it. A lot of you seemed to favourite the tweet, so here it is. Coconut Oil is honestly my go to product for almost anything and everything. Not only is it great for the skin, it has a fantastic amount of health benefits that really make a difference. 

Here are three ways in which I incorporate Coconut Oil into my everyday routine:

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