Rockalily Style - Wide Legged Collectif Trousers


Today I'm premenstrual, and still suffering from my style crisis. So I'm feeling pretty lame looking.

However, less lame are my new Collectif trousers with braces. They were sent to me last month, but they were super long, and I've only just had them taken up (use REE10 for a discount on their site).

They're a very wide leg, and a lovely addition to my winter wardrobe.


Where will you be in two years time?

Today I took my laptop to do some work from my local Starbucks. On the left, I was doing the same, in the same starbucks, two years prior.

It got me thinking as to where I'd like to be in the next two years. Still in the same Starbucks on my laptop? 

Do you regularly reflect and consider your goals, dreams and plans? Can you visualise where you think you'll be, or where you'd like to be? 

1. What sort of lifestyle would you like in the next 24 months? What would your average day be like?

2. What sort of place do you imagine you'll live in? The same as now?

3. Who will you spend the majority of your time with in two years time?

4. How will you make money? What sort of job will you have?

5. What will be your interests or hobbies? Will you have a new skill by then?

6. What will your body and health be like in two years time?

7. What will you remember in two years time, about your life currently (so reflecting back on yourself as you are now)?


What is beard oil, and should you be using it?

With the seemingly ever increasing popularity of the Beard (with a capital B), beard oils are the new must have product to keep it looking trendy and not trampy. 

Ever wondered what a beard oil is and what it is for? We decided to ask Clarke Knowles from Black Dog Beard Oils to find out!

1. Can you tell us a bit about how and why Black Dog Beard Oils came about?
Black Dog Beard Oils started about five months ago. I'm a barber myself and constantly having customers come in for the latest products and styles especially at the hight of the "hipster". One day someone came into the shop and asked me for some beard oil, which I replied "what's beard oil?"  I spent that full night researching in depth what beard oils were used for, the benefits, how to make it, legal side of it, everything. That morning Black Dog Beard Oils was born. 
2. Who should use a beard oil and what should they expect to benefit from doing so?
Anyone with a beard can use beard oil. Obviously I can only speak on behalf of my brand but most beard oils contain natural oils used to condition hair. Facial hair is a lot different to hair on your head. It's more coarse and harder to maintain so oils are the best way to do that. Customers can expect a shiny well groomed beard along with a great smell. 
3. What makes your beard oil brilliant?
I think we're very unique in the beard oil market. You don't see many companies with our scents. Most go for the original musky smell like old spice. We have looked at things from another angle we like subtle warm smells and most that smell it love it. We're yet to see any companies like us in our market and we're happy we're the first. 
4. Any interesting beard facts you can share with us?
Our dog on our logo has a beard. That's how our name came about. We were looking for beard related products and saw the bearded dog. It was also a black dog so hence the name Black Dog Beard Oils. 
5. Who are your favourite beard icons?
Got to be the one and only Ricki Hall. Pretty much THE beard icon. We would love him to use our products. 

The single best healthy eating investment I made

Since changing how I eat back in Jan 2013 (nearly two years ago now!!) I've bought various gadgets and toys on my healthy life style quest. Many have gathered dust, been donated away, or just not been as useful as I planned.

This Sistema Microwave Steamer has to be the best mini investment in my health that I've ever made.

It's a bargain, ranging from £4.99 - £7.99 depending on size, and I've used mine almost daily for over a year.



I'm not a cook, and I have a teeny tiny kitchen. I want food to be ready asap once I'm hungry, or home from work. I use the steamer for basically any vegetable: cabbage, mini sweetcorn, broccoli, green beans, mange tout, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, etc.

You fill the red base with a small amount of water, and most things are ready in 3-5 minutes.



How to style a quiff at home

Do you dream of the perfect quiff? If you've got the right haircut, you may just have to practice your styling at home. Here are some youtube quiff tutorials to get your creative juices flowing.

Do you own a hairdryer (or live with someone who has one)? You may want to start using it! There's a reason barbers use one! These two videos show two different techniques of blowdrying to achieve a kick arse pomp.

This next gentleman uses Layrite (like we usually do at the salon too!) to comb his slick quiff into life. No blow drying for this type of pomp - just combing and pomade.

If you fancy a messier and modern quiff, maybe this guy will inspire you to get that hairdryer out again


Vintage Hen Party Workshop - Retro Hair Lesson!

Have you been looking for a hen party activity that is a little different to the norm? Don't fancy penis straws and fairy wings? How about a vintage hair workshop at Rockalily?

This isn't the same as going to a salon to get your hair done; you will be styling your own hair! Expect giggles and some playful teasing (of your hair and your attempts!).

If you fancy booking a retro hair workshop with us, drop us an email!


Rockalily Style -My mid life crisis (craving the mainstream)


I feel like I'm surfing the waves of a style crisis. Perhaps crisis is slight hyperbole, but considering my style forms quite a lot about what I think and write about, it does feel rather unnerving.

I crave my brunette hair back, yet I know the blue has become my trademark colour. I often yearn to look more 'regular', and have been toying with getting more standard frames for my glasses. Who am I becoming?!

Is this my mid life crisis? Wanting to look more mainstream? Perhaps so.

My plan is to create a pinterest board of some kick arse women whose style makes me want to be them, and work on understanding what I'm being drawn to now. I like plans.