PinterestLondon is always a whirlwind for me and last Wednesday was no exception.

Taking my Mum along for a rare night away and quite the party (more of that soon), I had some exciting meetings by day (I’ll reveal more when I’m allowed, I promise) taking us through chic coffee shops in Farringdon to the place I call home in the city, Charlotte Street Hotel, a bustling yet relaxing boutique hotel where meetings can turn to dinner easily and they serve the best fresh mint tea in town (with gluten free biscuits for dipping).

Being so close to Soho too, and the production company I have a TV project in development with, truly makes it the ideal place for my blogging and TV career to meet.

Its close proximity to the film, TV and media world often means being in illustrious company too..

Film powerhouse Harvey Weinstein was sat at the next table to us (I had to tell my cinephile Mum not to stare-Muuum!) and one of my favourite comedians ever- Jon Richardson (8 out of 10 cats) was to our left.

We did also pass David Walliams being filmed on Tottenham Court Road minutes earlier too. I do love the London buzz.

…The day was busy, stimulating and so full of promise.

Life as a blogger is never boring that much is true, and I really do LOVE it.

…After a quick spot of shopping after our meets (my Mum sure is hardcore when it comes to shoes) we got ready for Pinterest UK’s Event ‘Front Row Ready with George Northwood‘ a few streets away on 24 Wells Street.

And it was all so pretty-

Pinterest UK Event

Pinterest Event…I must start off by writing that Pinterest really is my happy place online.

I’ve always said this.

But I’m honest too and will admit that I’ve cheated on it for a while with Twitter. A long while. Somehow, I stopped pinning regularly over the last year, only getting back to my old lover again a few months ago, but it’s safe to say I’m head over heels once more (sorry for the lusty metaphors, Valentine’s had quite the effect I think)!

Seriously though, what I ‘heart’ most about Pinterest is how personal it feels-my own little online world. Pink roses and a ‘I love Pinterest’ sign might help illustrate my adoration…


Please don’t get me wrong, I love interacting with everyone across my social media channels, the conversation on twitter rocks my online world but it’s good to have quiet time too and there’s something so utterly personal and compelling about curating my own passions in one small online space.

And it’s pretty diverse on my profile too-from boards dedicated to glorious glitter (make-up and vintage disco pics mostly), food, travel, home decor, kids style, love, people kissing (really, and truly beautiful too), my personal style, menswear and more, I’ve loved every  single second of getting back in touch with Pinterest.

And then, as with so often in this amazing blogging world, the universe (or pintervse) seemed to catch on to my reconnection with them and got in touch after I was recommended to them, saying they loved my pins and blog and wanted me to hotfoot it to a pre LFW event by Pinterest UK …

So of course, not wanting to let my ‘hair fans’ down (you know who you are twitter peeps), it was off to the salon I went, Mama on my arm (so this season) for cocktails, truffle-adorned pizza by Pizza Pilgrims), mini meringues by the famous Meringue Girls and, most importantly to meet the Pinterest UK team and Mr George Northwood himself, THE hottest hairstylist in town.

George his name deservedly in neon light, really is the man who can with scissors, tongs and more…

George Northwood

He’s the chap you ‘head’ to if you want an ‘Alexa’ (she describes him as a, ‘hair magician’ oh and his other muses just happen to include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gwyneth Paltrow (although he told me she’s now back in LA), Kim Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon and many, many more stars of today!

…George started his career at Daniel Hersheson, moving on to the Josh Wood Atelier before opening his own self-named salon at 24 Wells Street, W1 last year, a chic, understated super-cool New York loft style space where he tells me the A-listers love to sit with all his regulars, and mostly shun the private room he has there ‘just incase’…

George Northwood salon

It’s no surprise really, the atmosphere is warm, welcoming and the least pretentious salon I’ve ever been in (a chic, tidier home from home) and that’s thanks to George along with Sally, his sister and head colourist, and the whole team who are sweet, humble and complete and utter experts in their field.

Good vibes all round equals happy hair and happy customers!

George Northwood salon

The night was a small, intimate affair, there was probably only 10 of us in total which made for a relaxed, fun evening, a chance to properly connect with Pinterest UK who’d really done their research, they’d read my blog, checked out my pins naturally, with even the man of the night George being familiar with my blog- testament to the true attention to detail and utmost respect they have for us bloggers.

They love us people!

As you can see the feeling’s mutual:

I love Pinterest

First things first, Mum and I settled in with one or two (hic!) tantalising cocktails by The Travelling Gin Company (quirky cocktail bikes in London and beyond) which instantly transported us to sunny quintessentially English country holidays, adding to the boho vibe of LFW 2015!

The Travelling Gin Company

Chin, chin!


Then Pinterest asked if I wouldn’t mind George styling my hair for their press photographer. Mind? I was honoured and rather thrilled!

Since the event, excitingly pictures of me have turned up on Pinterest’s FB page HERE and on The Pin Post with other press in the pipeline.

George’s tools-


But back to my locks-giving me a romantic 70’s style (the first time I’ve had it styled this way), George transformed my hair within minutes.

70’s is one of my favourite eras and as you can see George and I had a ball as he tousled my hair into loose waves.

He kindly said he thought my hair was ‘amazing’, such a compliment from a man who truly knows his locks. Thanks George!

And then he set to work-

hair George Northwood

To start, George flattened my hair from the root first with a hairdryer before curling with wide barrelled tongs around my face. He brushed it through with a big mason brush, added volume with a bit of backcombing and finally, lots of hairspray to hold it all together.

The process in pictures-

hair by George Northwood

George Northwood

Not sure why I’m in full ‘jazz hands’ mode here-hilarious!

hair by George Northwoodperfecting the hair

…Hair selfie with my Mum unknowingly photobombing me!

I love this feminine soft look, do you?

And here’s a shot with my ‘proper camera’ of my amazing Mama (not photobombing me).



Oh and I couldn’t not share a live action shot of me pinning away on the night!

pinningThanks too for all your sweet words on social media about my frock, as you asked, it’s c/o Great Plains, last season. Leopard print lasts forever right?!

…Next, I had a little make-over as Isobel, the talented resident make-up artist at George Northwood created a glittery eye-look for me, channelling the boho meets glam vibes of the catwalks this season.

I’m a little bit obsessed with glitter so all the shine made me smile.

Check out these shiny pots of happiness!


Ta dah! Sparkly!

glittery make up

I also got to hang out with some awesome lifestyle and beauty bloggers including Hollie (a fellow Yorkshire lass) of Good Golly Miss Hollie who’s written about the party HERE and lovely Hannah of Away With the Fairies.

What a fun stardust kind of night!

Pinterest UK sure know how to throw a party!

Thanks for having me, my Mama, and my big hair too!


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78 Responses

  1. Sian

    Gorgeous blow dry! The Pinterest party looks amazing too, I wonder if they pinned their party inspiration ideas beforehand like everyone else does?!

  2. Caro | The Twinkles Momma

    YES! This is my favourite thing EVER!!! Getting your hair and make-up did by a top stylist??! WOW! Jealous — much?!

    What an absolutely fantastic experience!! You look fab — and the pics are amazing!! Love it! X #Brilliantblogposts

    Caro |

  3. hannah Mums' Days

    Fabulous Post lady!! Your hair looks amazing and George sounds so nice (and talented – mind you your hair is easy to make look fabulous!!) – The party sounds awesome too, I love a bit of pinterest, and certainly love and a flick through your boards – you pin some fabulous things and I can’t say I noticed a hiatus in your pinning 🙂 Glad you and mama had fun xxx

    • honestmum

      Love the sound of those boards, what’s amazing is that whatever our interest, they’ll always connect with like-minded pinners.

  4. Jen On Beauty

    GORGEOUS, Vicki – what a FAB occasion and amazing post that really captures it all! Love the hair – always amazed by what the pro’s can do with crazy, Med-girl mane – its lovely crazy and doing its own thing, but also looks so gorgeous with the soft and glam waves by George – have you tried the Babyliss Big Hair round brush, the one that rotates as it dries? If not, totally recommend for getting that look from wet at home! And what a mama – she rocks!! Have a great weekend! XXX

    • honestmum

      Oh thanks darling you are so right, it really is crazy med hair and George knew exactly what to do with it, I do know the Big Hair round brush and it’s amazing, a real change from when I straighten my hair at home. Thanks for your lovely words xx


    Wow Vicki, it looks like you had a fab evening. Absolutely love the hair, I have total hair envy!
    I use Pinterest but I have never really got that in to it. I sometimes find myself sitting pinning stuff for hours, then don’t go back to it again for weeks x

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much, loved having my hair done and meeting the Pinterest team. I love getting lost in Pinterest, it really makes me happy x

  6. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    What a fabulous day/night you had! I love the Charlotte street hotel! Often go here with work for film screenings in their fab viewing theatre downstairs. I love Pinterest – it’s definitely a ‘happy place’ to go to although am not a regular user… you’ve inspired me to get pinning! #brilliantblogposts

  7. Kelly

    Wow, looks like you had an amazing time Vicky! Gotta love London 🙂 Has inspired me to get back on the Pinterest train too! Toot Toot xxx

  8. life as our little family

    Looks like you had so much fun. I am rather jealous of that blow dry! I have been the same recently with pinterest, I am just starting to get back to it but have neglected it since before Christmas. KA x

  9. Mim

    Looks like you had so much fun, Vicky! What a beautiful venue too – so ‘Pinteresty’ of course 🙂 I love your hair – he did an amazing job – so lovely to try something new and in the hands of a pro 🙂 Mim @ #brilliantblogposts

  10. Ebabee

    Your hair looks stunning – love the soft waves. Ooh and those glittery eyes. Your mama is looking great too. I’m a bit pinterest obsessed at the moment too – took a break but back with a vengeance. So handy with all my house renovations coming up too.

    • honestmum

      It was fab, I love that Pinterest can be whatever you want it to be, it’s your personal space to collate all your passions x

  11. jess Paterson

    What an awesome night! Love the gin waiters’ little aprons.Your hair looks beaut waved like that, must have been amazing being coiffed by the hairdresser to the stars! Your mama looks fab too and how nice for you two to have some girl time together. Looking forward to reading more! xx

  12. Ting at My Travel Monkey

    Oooh fab hair! I’ve always dreamed of having luscious waves like you. It looks like such a fab event and so nice that you and you mum could have some girlie time. I LOVE Charlotte Steet Hotel. I haven’t been for a while, but the cocktails are very good x

  13. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Vicki I don’t know where to start, this all sounds (and looks) sooooooo fabulous!

    First: my Pinterest addiction has to be properly controlled. The husband is under strict instructions to intervene if he sees me on Pinterest after 11pm as it will be 1am before I get off it.

    And you hair looks so gorgeous – it always does anyway but wow they did it especially beautifully for you. Blogging certainly has its perks, eh…? 😉

    Catherine x

    P.S. Harvey Weinstein?!!! The man’s a legend!!!

    • honestmum

      Haha I am exactly the same, the addiction has taken hold and I love it there. Blogging certainly does have incredible perks, feel such a lucky lady. HW is a total legend, my former boss at Redbus now Lionsgate UK modelled himself on him, it was an ‘interesting’ experience! x

  14. Amy

    I am SO glad I got that dress when I saw it in a Mummy’s got style. Love it. Love the hair, that’s my all time fav look. You and your lovely mum look beautiful. What a fantastic time you had and so exciting. Just brilliant! Xx

    • honestmum

      Yay so glad I inspired your purchase because it’s literally one of my all time favourite dresses! Thanks for your kind words too, we had so much fun xxx

  15. Katie/Pouting In Heels

    Wowzers! What an amazing party! So glad you had a ball (you certainly looked like you are ready for one with your beautiful mane!).

    Like you I love Pinterest. To be honest I don’t use it nowhere near as much as I should, and I don’t really use it from a blogger point of view (more for inspiration for myself)| but it is wonderful and I get so much from it. Lovely post darling. So many good things happening for you and all well deserved. XXX

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much darling, it’s always been something that’s never felt like work, I pin my images from my blog but it’s my place for fun and inspiration. In the last few weeks I’ve been learning a lot more about it and how it can help my blog more but what I love is how it never feels like work. It’s there to inspire. Thanks for your lovely words x

  16. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Oh wow – a real-life world of Pinterest, and it is just as pretty and wonderful in real life! What an incredible experience! So I’m guessing that real-life Pinterest was as equally happy a place as online? Hair fan here – I bet you are a stylist’s dream with that beautiful mane!

    You know that I need to do a lot of work on my Pinterest account – it is very neglected. This is rather inspiring, though.

    Right, no I’m off to get a vintage bicycle and serve cocktails from it for my birthday (today). Xxx

  17. Renee @ Mummy Tries

    Wow hon, just wow! What an exciting opportunity. I’m not on Pinterest at all because I just do not have the time for the social media channels I am on let alone more,but know I’d be addicted when I do… It’s only a matter of time isn’t it 😉 looking as gorge as ever, and the party sounds fab xxx

  18. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    HUGE fan of Pinterest here too, love that you can look back over your pins over time as a record of what’s really rocked your boat. Utterly glam mama as always honey – you look amazing! What a fab party to be invited to and brilliant that you took your own Mama along – the photobomb shot had me chuckling into my coffee 🙂

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much darling, love to keep things real and take my Mama with me, she had a lovely time but wasn’t too happy about that photo! Whoops xx

  19. John Adams

    Having seen your hair Vicki, I find it hard to believe anyone could actually improve it! Great work by George. Anyway, looks like a fun night and Pinterest is somehitng I really must get back into. I used it for a brief while but have concentrated on ohter things. I know I have to add it to my social media portfolio though.

    Anyway, was on Charlotte St myself a couple of days ago. Alas, I can’t tell you why just yet! ALl will be revealled… #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • honestmum

      Oh John what a lovely thing to say, thanks very much! You must get into Pinterest, an amazing online world! Ooh excited to hear your news, must meet up soon in real life too for a catch up!

  20. Wave to Mummy

    Looks like a Pinterest perfect party 😉 What a fab night out, glad you enjoyed it! I love Pinterest too, sadly not much time for it lately, but I will get back there soon as I need some renovation / decoration inspiration for our new home 🙂

  21. Natalie Ray

    Wow. SUPER glam! I love that your mum goes with you to things like this. It also reminded me that I need to get on it with Pinterest, it’s the one network I just haven’t got to grips with. Thanks for the reminder 😉

  22. Mel

    Looks like you’ve had a great time. I love the 70s look on you. Really suits you. Pinterest rocks!

  23. Mummy Says

    What an amazing party! I’m just getting in to Pinterest and I can tell it’s going to become an addiction! It does look like they really know how to throw a party. Your hair looks amazing lovely, and I love the make-up and dress too. Glad you had fun in London. Must see you next time you are here xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, definitely want to see you next time, was sad I couldn’t make it work on that day. So glad you like my hair, lots of love xx

  24. International Elf Service

    This all looks amazing Vicki and yes I agree – Pinterest has a very different feel to it than other media channels – in a good way. Calmer and allows the browser and the collector more time and space to explore. Permission to slow down and enjoy…what a wonderful thing.


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