My Hair Loss Story, And How We Turned It Around

pippa stood outdoors with back to camera, displaying long brunette hair

I wrote the beginning of this post a while back and saved it as a draft, unsure of whether I felt comfortable sharing it. However, since the team at CareCo kindly sent me a really fitting product for review, I thought I’d take it as a sign and include that review in this very piece. Keep scrolling for my thoughts on their Infrared Massage Hairbrush, but first, here’s that post I thought I’d never be sharing… 

Lately on social media, I’ve had some really lovely comments about my hair and how much it’s grown. Now, anybody going out of their way to compliment me and make me feel like a precious lil princess is welcome any time of the day, but the recent comments about my hair have been particularly appreciated: namely because for the longest time, I was struggling to hold onto it. View Post

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Dirty Dancing On Stage at York Grand Opera House

onstage of johnny and baby in partner work dance pose

Image Credits: Alistair Muir

Expectations: 3/5

Reality: 2/5

Chronic illness-friendly: 2/5

I’ve had such a good run with musicals this year that I was long overdue a not-so-spectacular one. I had really high hopes for Dirty Dancing, having purposefully avoided watching the movie so that I could see it on stage first. And, whilst it did have its moments, I have to say that we did leave the theatre feeling rather underwhelmed.

Set in the summer of 1963, protagonist Baby embarks on a family holiday as the innocent youngest daughter and leaves as an enlightened woman who’s learned a thing or two about romance… namely due to the presence of hunky dance instructor Johnny. The Dirty Dancing film is considered iconic and holds sentimental value for so many people, but how did it measure up on stage? View Post

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Dear Evan Hansen Novel by Val Emmich – Book Review

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“Panic has a salty taste. It’s like I’m standing in a small glass tank and the tank is filling up with water… There’s no way out of the tank. All I can do is wait as the water surrounds me. I stretch my neck up for that last bit of air. I’m gasping. And then, when I can barely catch my breath, it stops. The water recedes, always. I never end up drowning, but it doesn’t matter. The feeling of almost drowning is even worse than actually drowning. Actual drowning is peace. Almost drowning is pure pain.”

Let me preface this review by saying that despite Dear Evan Hansen being at the top of my must-see musical list, I’ve never actually known the full synopsis, or fully worked out the storyline from listening to the soundtrack. SO, when the angels at Penguin Children’s sent out a copy of their new novel adaptation by Val Emmich*, with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, it’s safe to say it was the best bit of book mail I’ve EVER had. You know the excitement is real when you give yourself a paper-cut trying to get it out of the envelope and absorb those all important words into your brain as speedily as possible. View Post

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Six The Musical at the Arts Theatre London

six queens posed together on stage with microphones

Images by Idil Sulkan

Expectations: 5/5

Reality: 5/5

Chronic illness friendly: 3/5

Cast your minds back to West End Live 2018, when six females stood behind their microphones on that stage and turned a relatively unheard of new musical into an overnight sensation. A mere four months later, and Six The Musical’s made its West End transfer, SOLD OUT the venue, and promised devoted fans a return following their upcoming UK tour. Not too shabby, right?

I’d been following the musical with interest ever since that West End Live performance, and I’d made my peace with the fact that I was unlikely to catch their run in London this year before they moved on. Making a six-hour round trip for a 75 minute show just wasn’t feasible for me… or so I thought, until the cast recording dropped on Spotify and I found myself booking train tickets the very next day. View Post

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