Blonde Ambition: The do’s and don’ts.






Going blonde has been something I’ve wanted to try my whole life but haven’t had the courage to do. What better time to do it than during my make-over year. It has had mixed reactions from those around me but mainly positive. This was phase two, phase one being the first round of colour stripping which left me with uneven, blotches of orange. With 20 years of black box colour on my hair it hasn’t been easy. Approximately 2 more sessions and I should be a proud “bottle blonde”……if my courage holds out.

Kate Emsley


It will take so many sessions to achieve because I used box colour instead of having it professionally done. But lets face it, colouring your hair at a salon is not cheap and not convenient. These days the box colour is so easy to use and is so affordable, why wouldn’t we want to use it? I am quickly learning why.

If you think stripping colour from your hair in one go is damaging, then here’s news for you. The box colour is doing more damage. They contain harsh ingredients that can strip your hair and leave the cuticles irreparably damaged. The likelihood is that your hair will look and feel like straw, and there is no way to remedy this. Once your hair has been destroyed this badly, you simply have to wait for it to grow out, or if it’s really bad, you need to cut it off. Being a regular user of the box, my hair was indeed like straw, I had no idea the damage I was doing. Then suddenly, overnight, my hair went from being straw to being painfully oily and I was forced to wash it every day. I had decided to cut my hair off in a short bob but then thought, what’s scarier, going blonde just once or cutting off my locks.

Deciding to go blonde was the best idea I’ve had yet for my hair since it forced me to go to a professional. Stripping the colour from my hair will take 4 sessions, simply because of the volume of colour that is on there. Yes, my hair feels like straw now if I don’t use the quality, professional product given to me by my stylist, but better yet, I can go four days now without washing it. I am now on day 5 and it is only starting to feel oily now. The product I’ve bought however keeps my hair feeling soft and healthy, the best you can hope for really when bleaching your hair. Going blonde in a salon can cost you an arm and a leg and those of you who know me, know my Scottish blood runs deep, I always find the best quality possible for the lowest price possible. I go to a woman who works from home, with a string of clients leaving the salon to follow her I have to fight for an appointment. Just because they work from home doesn’t make them any less capable, it means you get the care and attention you really want when you have your hair done.

Being blonde is not a long term thing for me since I don’t want to completely destroy my hair, but while I have it I’m going to enjoy it. They do say that blondes have more fun, so far that hasn’t proved to be true.

Fingers crossed.


What happens when you try to go blonde at home:

Orange tint and flat colour.

Lifeless, straw-like texture.

Photo of a brunette girl who went blonde.

Brunette to Blonde done in a salon by a professional.



10 golden rules of Banting

1. Remember: this is not a high protein diet. It’s a high fat, medium protein, low carb way of eating

2. Choose real foods that look like what they are, and cook them from scratch

3. Fat is not the enemy. Enjoy it!

4. Eat only when you are hungry; eat until you are satisfied – then stop

5. Don’t eat when you’re not hungry. You won’t die if you occasionally skip a meal you don’t feel like eating.

6. Stop snacking. You won’t need to – it’s just a habit.

7. No sugar. It’s an addiction, and it’s probably best to go cold turkey. But if you need to make it a transition, substitute with SteviaZylitol or Erythritol – NOT artificial sweeteners.

8. No grains of any kind

9. No (or very, very little) fruit. Think of it as a sweet rather than a health snack.

10. Embrace eggs. They’re healthy, satisfying and very good for you.

Winter Wardrobe!

Oh what fun!! I obviously need an entire new wardrobe for winter, since everything I own was for someone 70lbs bigger. I went through it all and nothing fits. I was shocked and quite disgusted.  I have filled three large suitcases and 3 black bin liners full of my “fat clothes”.  How did I accumulate so much clothing?? I just kept buying in the hope that something, magically would make me look slimmer. Pwhahaha, fat chance. 

Rebuilding a wardrobe from the ground up isn’t cheap, so I suggest purchasing some key items to get started and then growing it from there. Because fashions come and go, try to buy classic, simple items to start.


1. Blue, Black and or White Jeans

2. White Shirt/T-Shirt

3. Black  Shirt/T-Shirt

4. Black Blazer

5. Warm Jersey

6. Cardigan

7. Warm Coat

8. Boots

9. Dress Shoe

10. Leggings


Once you have these key items you can mix and match and dress them up with accessories.






Flour & Water

How come when you mix water and flour together you get glue?..

and then you add eggs and sugar… and you get cake?

Where did the glue go ?

You know darned well where it went!

That’s what makes the cake stick to your bum and hips

Don’t eat glue!

“Diets Made Me Fat” a successful weight loss journey and how to do it.

“Diets Made Me Fat” is about a mental and physical journey to a successful weight loss.

The problem with excuses is they keep you from achieving your goal. I had all the excuses in the world not to lose weight and I let them hold me back.  A big part of over eating for me was depression.  I had suffered numerous traumas. I’d been sexually assaulted at gun point, been held captive by a deeply disturbed man, I fell into a cycle of getting involved with emotionally abusive men and I had suffered a serious back injury which rendered me unable to walk or function unassisted for nearly a year.  If anyone had a good excuse to gain weight and feel sorry for themselves, it was I.  And not only did I allow these things to be the reason for my overeating, I allowed them to break me down.  I was in a dark place for so many years and I never realized the damage I was doing.  Weight gain for me was not just a matter of eating and being lazy.  It was a reaction to events in my life that I allowed to break me down. I had no self esteem and even less confidence. Food was my friend, my comfort. 

An emotional and physical journey to successful weight loss.

An emotional and physical journey to successful weight loss.

‘Biggest Loser’ winner talks controversy, feels ‘proud’ of ‘healthy weight loss’

When Rachel Frederickson won “The Biggest Loser” after dropping almost 60 percent of her body weight, it sparked a backlash on social media from viewers who were concerned about her extreme transformation. Three weeks later, Frederickson wants to set the record straight — she’s healthy, and she’s proud what she accomplished.

“You know, I did work so hard for the finale and finding myself again,” she explained to TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “I felt amazing on the stage. I felt like I shined in my dress. Then I got off the stage, and Twitter was all abuzz.”

Frederickson, who started the competition weighing in at 260 pounds and ended it at just 105, was shocked by the reaction.

“I was (surprised), because I felt proud of everything I’d accomplished,” she said. “My journey was my own, and I loved it; I lived it. So, I felt really proud of what I did.”

Although Fredrickson recently admitted that she might have been “a little too enthusiastic” in preparing for the finale, she now wants “Biggest Loser” fans to know that she didn’t do anything unhealthy to get where she is.

“It was absolutely healthy weight loss,” she assured. “I dieted and exercised and did it healthy the whole way. I appreciate all the concern, and I can see where it comes from. There is the ‘movie magic’ — it’s over (the course of) seven months; it’s almost a year of my life losing the weight. I was very unhealthy at 260 pounds and now, post finale, I’m the healthiest, most alive I’ve ever felt.”

Frederickson said she’s in “maintenance mode” now, “which is just as hard as hard as losing the weight.” And despite her successful weight loss, she still worries about slipping into old habits.

“Of course, that thought always comes up, but I think what I’ve learned is that I have an inner strength,” she said. “I have a voice and I can trust myself. (Before) I didn’t trust myself. I was critical, and I judged myself.”

But she’s over than now.

“That’s why I love Love Your Selfie week,” she added. “It’s just this self-image that you’re with you the rest of your life, so you better accept you and love yourself. If everyone can have that gift, then that’s amazing. That’s what I’ve gotten from ‘The Biggest Loser.'”


source: Today Style