With UK shoppers throwing away enough clothing to fill Wembley Stadium each year, our attitude towards fashion needs to change.  Fast fashion means that we can buy what we want and discard it with equal abandon.  New collections come and go so quickly that I don’t have time to fall in love with a beautiful piece of clothing, save up for it, and then cherish it. By the time I have earned enough money, it will be long gone from the rails.

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haulternative

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Buying vintage fashion, I can own beautiful quality, timeless pieces which come with ready-made authenticity, whatever decade happens to be on trend.  I also never have to worry about meeting anyone else wearing the same outfit!

My Haulternative for Fashion Revolution Day is different to a traditional haul. I want to demonstrate that vintage fashion really can provide a viable alternative, not just to the High Street but to Designer fashion as well.  From my floor-length, gold Gucci dress worn 20 years ago on Blind Date, to my denim Burberry jacket picked up from a stand at Glastonbury, here is my vintage #haulternative.

To see more of my fabulous vintage finds, from £10 gold Valentino trousers to red Sergio Tacchini Tennis shorts for a quid, check out my previous blog on Preloved Clothing.

Vintage clothing comes with a ready-made story attached. I wonder who has worn it and where it has travelled. Fashion Revolution Day, on the 24th of April, wants you to think about the story behind your clothes, and ask brands and retailers #WhoMadeMyClothes?

“Be curious, find out, do something.
Become a part of the solution.
You can help to change the world, one outfit at a time”

On 24th of April, I will be supporting Fashion Revolution Day. If you want to join in too, watch my short video to find out how.

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Here I sit at my desk, looking like a character from a bizarre 1960’s SciFi film, this is due to the fact I’m wearing a turban of clingfilm around my head which holds a pot of mayonnaise within…

The idea of slathering my head in mayonnaise is not new to me, as a child, when a bout of head lice went around school, my mother used to smother mayonnaise all over my head and then comb my hair out thoroughly, this made the lice and their eggs which used to stick like super glue, comb right out.
Nowadays, I use mayonnaise for a different purpose, to make my hair look and feel nourished and add a super shine without making your hair look too greasy.

 

My trusted hair dresser is just over 300 miles away from where I go to University in Cornwall. This means my hairdressers appointments are becoming rather infrequent causing my hair to become dry, flat and knotty.

As I awoke this morning, my hair had became a tangled mess overnight, at this point I realised that I was well due a mayonnaise hair treatment. Sienna's Dry hair before mayonnaise treatment wearing fashion revolution t-shirt

As I awoke this morning, my hair had became a tangled mess overnight, at this point I realised that I was well due a mayonnaise hair treatment. (wearing Fashion Revolution T-Shirt)

I’ve done many a bizarre thing whilst being at uni which my housemates can never understand at first, from drying seaweed to drinking apple cider vinegar, but each of them have finally begun to understand why I was doing these things after seeing the results.

When I mentioned to one of my housemates that I was doing mayonnaise hair treatment, she looked at me surprised yet confused and said ‘If you block the drains with mayonnaise, you’re sorting it out!’ which wasn’t entirely the reaction I was expecting and then she carried on to say that she’d never met someone who did as strange a things as I do, which I took as a compliment. So I understand if you think the concept of rubbing mayonnaise on your hair is crazy, but once you try it once, you’ll keep wanting the same results over and over again.

 

 How to do the Miracle Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

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You will need:
Full Fat Mayonnaise (basic brand will do)
Cling film (or shower cap if you have one)

Firstly, and probably most obviously, spoon out
the mayonnaise and cover your hair generously
from the roots to the tips ensuring everything is well covered.
I ended up using around ¾ of my mayonnaise jar.

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Wrap your hair up tightly and securely in Clingfilm (or use a shower cap). Leave the mayonnaise in your hair for as long as you can. I leave mine in usually for about 3 hours, but even if you can only spare 20 minutes, it’s still worth doing it. Whilst I had my mayo treatment on my head today, I managed to run 10k on my cross trainer and write this blog, so that proves it doesn’t prevent you from doing every day things.

 

Once you remove the cling film, wash thoroughly with just warm water to begin till you get the majority of the mayo out, then use shampoo to ensure no mayonnaisey odour is left lingering.

After you dry your hair, however you prefer – I wrap mine in a cotton sarong then air dry – hopefully you will see the dazzling results and have irresistible model-perfect hair which you just want to show off!

 

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Beef Bone Marrow is an absolutely delicious food that you can often get for free from butchers, but is served in posh restaurants around the country and is primary ingredient in classical French dishes such as, Pot au Feu and Bordelaise sauce.

Bone Marrow cooked

There is something almost Palaeolithic about scooping the creamy, rich marrow out of the centre of roasted bones. It is certainly what our evolutionary ancestors did for eons as this prized food is amazing source of long chain fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins and minerals all of which contributed to the growth and development of the human brain (Hello Hangover Cure!).

Its also contains many essential amino acids such as Glycine which many people take supplements of and swear by as a means of improving sleep quality and promote wakefulness in the following morning (Hello, what did I say about a hangover cure?). Bone marrow also contains the amino acid Proline which is used in the synthesis of collagen within your body. As many of you probably know, collagen is key for your skins health, elasticity and overall appearance. As people age, they’re body produces less and less collagen hence making the skin slacker and wrinkled. There has been evidence that an intake of Proline can increase collagen and thus decrease the skin ageing! It is often used in many beauty products from shampoo’s and conditioners to anti-ageing face creams. I may have to start putting bone marrow on my face!

Where to get it

Cooking bone marrow is very simple, but you first need to get you hands on some and you will need to visit you local butcher for that. Most butchers just give it away to their customers who will pass it on to their dogs who absolutely love it, but if you do have to pay it shouldn’t cost more than a pound or two for a big bag of it. It’s very important to get the butcher to saw the bone marrow into 2-3 inch pieces, otherwise you will be in your kitchen attempting to smash a big bone with a rock like prehistoric caveman which I can guarantee will be disastrous for all parties involved. Heston Blumenthal recently sold Bone Marrow for £4.99 in Waitrose as a luxury meal whereas my version is almost completely free!bone marrow with caper and parsley salad

It think the easiest way to prepare bone marrow is simply to roast it in oven and serve it with a bread and a parsley, caper salad which will help cut through the richness of the bone marrow.
Recipe

. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
. Place the bones in a roasted tin baking sheet with the cut-side facing upwards. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper
. Roast for about 12-15 minutes, or until the marrow is soft and coming away from the bone ( as the bone marrow cooks it release a clear oil in the pan.) The Mummy 2017 film download

Please be aware that if you overcook, it basically just melts away completely!
Parsley Caper Salad

What I love about this recipe is that there is no need to be too precise here, but the basic recipe is: 
A handful of chopped parsley
A couple tablespoons of chopped capers.
Thinly sliced onion, shallot, or green onion. (depends whats in the fridge)
A few gulps of olive oil
A wee bit of balsamic
A squeeze or two of lemon juice
Mix all the ingredients, then season with salt and pepper. 

To eat

Just spread the marrow over the bread or toast and sprinkle a bit of the salad on top.

Or if like me it’s become your new favourite comfort food, scoop it straight out of the bone with a teaspoon and feel it melt on your tongue, Yum!

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