Friday, 29 July 2016

Popband London - Mini Haul And Review

Hair, I am very lucky to have lots of it, although I am not very good at styling it, and it normally ends up in a pony tail of some description. Because I have my hair back a lot hairbands are important to me, and I've probably bought a lot over the years that either don't grip my hair at all, or they pull it too tight, which can hurt and give me headaches.

My other gripe is there isn't much choice in the shops for hair ties, unless you want a plain elastic, or vintage style floral, and yes sometimes the quality isn't there and material is fraying on shop shelves as well. When I received a You Beauty Box recently, one of my extras was a Popband sample, and after trying that out, I had to order more!!



A Popband is made from soft, stretchy elastic, knotted to form a hair tie. It sounds simple, and it is, but I think behind the scenes thought has gone into the type of materials used here. The claim is that they will be kind on hair, and leave no kinks, and they have scored on both counts. The hair ties are really easy to knot around my thick hair, and I don't even notice they are there, which is just what I wanted it.

In my mini haul I ordered:

Sweetie - A set of 4 Popbands, 1 with a cute cupcake charm - £8.00

Pop - A set of 5 Popbands in different colours - £6.00

And I ordered around the time of HRH The Queen's Birthday, so I got a cute red, white, and blue set free. Delivery is free to UK addresses, and I received my order in the 3-5 day timescale listed - in a shiny, pink jiffy bag - which looked great sitting on my door mat when I arrived home.




I did hesitate a bit on price - I have bought a set of basic hairbands from the pound shop for a lot less, by the same token I could spend £4-5 on a hair ruffle/set which don't seem to last all that long, and I end up throwing them away. I was indecisive as to whether I wanted to spend £14.00 on hair bands, but I did need to replace and invest in new hair ties, so I am glad I did. the quality is there, and I love the colours. The jury is out on how long they will last before they need replacing, so I'll get back to you on that one.

The free delivery appeals, and I've found smaller size bands and sets in Superdrug, so I would buy again as treat.

See all the colours in the Popband range online, along with their shoelaces and headbands - just click here.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

On My Doorstep - Hylands Park, Chelmsford

I remember once suggesting to Dad he go out for a walk when he was bored, and he gave me a look as if to say I'd feel silly just walking around somewhere. I'm completely different and will quite happily get out and walk or cycle around the area I live, but sometimes I forget the wider area I live in. I know I'm not alone in sometimes forgetting what's on the doorstep, or taking it for granted. So I have made it my mission, now the weather is nicer, to explore places that I haven't yet seen, or don't go to that often, starting with Hyland's Park over towards Writtle.


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I cycle over to Hylands, and it's actually quite a good route from where I live now, although still a hike that tires me out a little afterwards. It partly goes through parks, and a registered cycle network path, and then you end up in the village of Writtle, not very far from the duck pond.

I went to Hyland's for a pet and country show, but the event wasn't all that great. I think they struggled with the concept a bit, and didn't have enough pet, or enough country in there. Most of the things you had to pay for, or donate to, and some of the displays weren't very clear, or in the case of the arena shows, accessible to all the audience watching around the area.

I did however find an amazing food van offering proper coffees and pastries, and got myself a yummy cake - I wish I could remember their name as I'd recommend them for sure. After that I took my cake, and went and sat and enjoyed the view, before heading off with my camera to explore the rest of the park.


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One of the things I love about Hyland's is it's a mix of parkland, and formal gardens, and there's always something new to look at. This visit I finally found the lake, which I'd often seen signposted, but never found, the formal gardens almost looked brand new as they were in full bloom, and very pretty, and it never feels too crowded. It's just a peaceful place to go around, and although it's a longer ride, I definitely feel better after doing it.

There's also a visitor centre with artist studios, café, and a gift shop, and I normally stop off there for a drink and a little shop on the way home. This trip I came back with a scarf, and a model dinosaur for my nephew.


Copyright - These City Days 2016


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If you've been to Hyland's Park, what are some of your favourite things about it, do you have any suggestions for other open spaces to visit in Chelmsford?

To find out more about Hyland's Park, Hyland's House, and their forthcoming events programme, please click here.

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