Food & Drink Ibiza style

For such a small island, we are blessed with a vast array of places to eat and drink.

From freshly caught seafood to fresh meat you can prepare yourself at the table on hot stones, to vegetarian & vegan restaurants!

As for drinks, experience some of the best sea views to sip a cocktail or better still have the mojito man swim up to your boat at sea and prepare fresh mojitos on board.

Obviously being a small island there is a vast choice of restaurants providing freshly caught seafood. However with this being a Mediterranean island the fish available differs from that available in the U.K. Typical fish you will find here are john dory, lemon sole, grouper fish, lobsters and large prawns.

My personal favourite is Can Puyol which is in the Cala De Bouarea of San Jose. Offering some of the best seafood on the island. They are especially famous for their paella. My favorite dish here is the seafood mixed grill, the size and variety has to be seen to believed. To top it all off Can Puyol has incredible views of the ocean and even the famous Ibiza sunset. Can Puyol isnt at the cheap end of the dining scale, however for a treat every once in a while diners will look to pay approx 100E for 2 people including drinks. You will not be disappointed!

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Another great fish restaurant and a hidden gem on the island is the fish shack. This isnt your conventional style restaurant as the decor is minimal and the fixtures and fittings basic. This restaurant is all about the fish, and the menu consists of what has been freshly caught that day. The price also reflects this as 2 can dine for approx 50E. You will find the fish shack on Talamanca beach.

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When we talk about meat, The Old Cock ( El Viejo Gallo) springs to mind straight away. The owner also owns the locals butchers which guarantees the meat served is of the highest standard. In the old cock they serve fresh ox which you can cook yourself over hot stones, the meat literally melts in the mouth. The cock also serves a wide selection of fresh seafood, but its the meat which makes this restaurant. You can find the old cock in Port Des Torrent San Jose just up from the beach. Diners will look to pay approx 80E for 2 people including drink.

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As opposed to recommending the usual famous cocktail experiences, e.g. cafe mambo etc im going to go for something a little different. My recommendation is the mojito man, who if you happen to be around sunset in your boat will swim up with his waterproof bag, climb on board and make fresh mojitos on your boat for a reasonable price approx 8E. What a service!

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Another underated cocktail bar is the Tulp bar on San Antonio beach. A lovely relaxed setting with hammocks and chill out lounges and a great selection of cocktails with fresh ingredients, for example why not sample their peach daquiri, highly recommended. Their prices are pretty standard ranging from 7-10E

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As for the healthy option the undoubted winner is passion cafe for food and drink. Their selection of fresh smoothies and juices are unrivalled. resulting in them now having 4 premises on the island. They also offer a raw menu, which includes things like a tagliatelle pasta made from courgettes. All their juices are made from organic produce found here on the island. You can try an ultimate detox juice or the an energiser to give you a natural boost. They can be found in Playa Dem Bossa, Marina Botofoch, be fit gym and Santa Eulalia. The best thing about Passion Cafes is the positivity not only in all the food and drink but so the positive affirmations everywhere. No matter how you feel when you enter you leave feeling fantastic! This place is also great for my wedding diet! 🙂

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Now you have no excuses to sample some of the best local dishes on the island and make sure you wash them down after with a fresh cocktail to make all your worries disappear!

Where ever you go in Ibiza and what ever you do , you are sure to make some amazing life experiences, am sure you wont forget!! I feel like this every time I get a day off!

 

Kellie xxxx

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The Secret

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Nearly six years I was in a place in my life where I was enjoying myself living a single life. Enjoying time with my girlfriends then one sunny Sunday afternoon with the family, I decided to go and get my fortune told, what was said when I left that place my life or mind was about to change, not because what I was told about my future, more what I was told to go and buy!!! It was a gent who told me my fortune, half way through the reading he stopped looked at me and said why are you so negative towards men!! I was took back and said I am not to which he replied unfortunately you are. He then went on to say that I would meet the man I was going to marry by the end of the year this being July at the time! But I had to go and buy a book called THE SECRET.

 

Now when I say this book changed my life I honestly believe it did, when you read the book yes you have to be realistic at times but what is the harm in believing. We live in a world of judgement and perception of whom we should all be. So why not believe in ourselves and our dreams!

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I believe every now and again you need things like this in your life to change your perspective to the positive rather than the negative! This is what it did for me with men rather than thinking I always meet the wrong ones ( sorry ex boyfriends) I started to see myself with the type of man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with! The positives I wanted in a partner.. I imagined myself going to parties with him , going on holiday . Not to the extent of planning our wedding but that may have helped me organise my wedding better 🙂 Now even though I say I feel it made me meet the right guy it has changed my life in many other ways too always seeing the good in things , seeing the little things in life as such special things. From a stranger smiling at you, to a little baby giggling or the sun setting after a lovely day.

This also is the key for anything you desire, see it , believe it, dream it!

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Now many of my friends often think I am a bit crazy and at times a bit full on with this! We are all in control of our own destiny and I believe the secret has led me on my path by believing it myself. I use the secret in my everyday life too when I am having a bad day I try to turn it in to a positive and make it in to a good day!

It’s amazing a smile can go a long way!!

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Often I feel the need to pass The Secret on and I feel like I am giving the gift away someone gave me all them years ago! I see how it can change people lives!

Now yes I am realistic and life does have its challenges but making the best of out every situation I believe is the right attitude! You have to be open to The Secret to let it in.

Whats amazing now is living on this amazing island , most houses I visit I see The Secret on most of my clients book shelves, this may of helped them create their life here, just may be .

Ibiza is a very spiritual island and I definitely feel like I am in the right place right now with the natural instinct I get from being here. I love the spirit of this Island and the pure beauty!

Especially as this is where I am going to marry my best friend this September!

 

Kellie xxx

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Planning a wedding in Ibiza

Well with my wedding only now less than 12 weeks away I had a lot of meetings last week and I want to tell you a bit about some of them. Now these are only my choices of whom I have decided to use on the island for my wedding needs!

Wedding flowers now when you get married abroad it can be difficult to get what you need especially when there is a language barrier , well not with the company I am using for my Flowers, Floral Dreams Ibiza. I first met the lovely Gary and Holly (who are a couple) when I moved to the island three years ago, I was organising a photo shoot for my website at the time, one of the shoots was a bridal shoot, so I asked them if they would like to get involved to which they agreed. 🙂

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As soon as we met we struck a friendship, then as soon as I saw their work I knew when I got married these guys where the ones for me! So not long after our engagement when our date was set, I was straight on to Floral Dreams Ibiza

As soon as you meet the couple you will see that they are professional in everything they do, Their work is just outstanding and I am always amazed at Holly’s talent. In my meeting with them to discuss my wedding flowers I left feeling completely as ease and totally excited at what Holly is going to create for me!

So if you are getting married in Ibiza these are the florist for you but I would be quick as I know they are getting booking’s for 2016 already! Find Floral Dreams @ http://floraldreamsibiza.com/

 

Another meeting I had this week was with my Cake lady! Not only did we discuss the cake further we also got to taste some cake. Taking my mum and her husband Bob along they were very happy as I am still on my wedding dress diet they got to sample lots of delicious cake!!

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The nice thing about my cake is I have sat down with Mitch who is the owner of The Cake lady and designed it ourselves with her professional input to what I can have and ideas she had for me! Mitch was as excited as I was which made the experience a good one with her professionalism standing out knowing her knowledge on cakes .My cake will be individual to our wedding and not just ordered out of a book. What I will say its going to have three different flavoured cakes!!!

I really am super excited to see my Wedding cake as I have gone for something a bit different (well we are in Ibiza after all) . Plus with Mitch’s talent I have seen from many of her other cakes am sure it’s going to be impressive! Find Mitch @ http://www.thecakeladyibiza.com/

 

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It’s all getting a bit too exciting everything is just coming into place! Getting married along with all the little stresses defiantly is the best feeling in the world!!

Happy Planning

Kellie xxxxx

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Tips for brides when getting married abroad

I thought I would write a little blog on a few tips for all you brides to be getting married not just in Ibiza but hot climates. These are just things I have come across when working on wedding here in Ibiza and hopefully this will help you not come across these problems yourself!

 

Now first of all when you and your bridal party arrive at your destination the party normally begins as even though it is your wedding it’s all your guests and of course bridesmaids holidays! Now as us brides know we can decide what they wear etc but we can’t tell they what to eat and drink when they are on holiday! Now if your wedding is not till a week after you all arrive this is where I have seen disasters happen! Like on the big day the bridesmaids haven’t tried their dresses on for a few weeks just half hour before the ceremony and they put them on!! o no they don’t fit! Now I am not saying this happens all the time but it has happened and I have had to sew bridesmaids in too their dresses! Lady of many talents you see! 🙂

So top tip one don’t get your dress to fitted or took in too much as remember we all swell in the heat (that’s my excuse all the time anyway) . Also don’t leave it till last-minute before the ceremony to put your dress on as this wedding was a 45 minutes late and the poor bride was very stressed!

 

Another top tip shoes!!! Now we all love our shoes I am really thinking of going for it with my shoes, I have always wanted a pair of Louboutin’s or Jimmy Choo’s and I think now is the time to treat myself as if I can’t for my wedding day then I never will!!! But anyways again remember you feet can swell in the heat so may be not so strappy shoes!

At my wedding as I know all my girlfriends with be all heeled up I am putting just next to the dance floor a flip-flop basket! So my guests can keep on dancing all night long without the pain of their shoes stopping them…

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Weddings abroad means also you are dependent of a lot of people turning up ie hairdressers , make up artists even to your wedding car! I would make sure you personally make a connection with these people, add them on Facebook and Twitter so you can see their work and what they are up to business wise before your big day!

If you have a wedding planner they keep in touch with them with emails and never be afraid to ask away. My wedding planner has been really good and sent me a lot of information. All this leads to a more relaxed wedding day!

With my wedding getting closer am sure like all your brides to be it is the most exciting times! My mum is over in Ibiza beginning of July , I literally can’t wait as I am going to see the venue and decide on seating plan, meet with my cake lady and also a meeting with my florist Floral Dreams (WHOM have just been in Hello magazine should I point out) So I will let you know!

I think all these details on the run up to the wedding arranging it all is a great excuse for spending time with your closest and always an excuse to celebrate with a glass of bubbly or two!!!

 

Kellie xxxx

Wedding countdown 100 days!!!!!!

Summer Hair

As the tourists come flooding on to the white isle I enjoy seeing the many different looks and hairstyles. Some may be different shall we say and some are very individual. With many different club nights on the Island you really can experiment with your hair. Your hair is there to be played with try different styles, wear it in ways you haven’t before. Hair pieces are always good when you are in a hot climate , to wear as top knots, long pony tails or even messy buns. As the summer goes on of course the humidity heightens and the nights get warmer so hair up do’s are always in favour, to keep your hair looking good all night long!

The look this summer seems to be very femine I love that in my industry colour has come back in full force if it’s from hombre to sombre looks, intense coppers, warm strawberry blondes, platinum blondes to chocolate and caramel brunettes. Our hair is our everything like most girls know if your hair doesn’t look good you don’t feel good! So make sure your hair colour represents you and your personality!

So go for it try something different!

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Beach hair is always a tricky one as many girls like to look just a good in the day as they do the night here in Ibiza, Try sea salts sprays these are good to keep your hair from drying frizzy, but remember don’t use too much you don’t want your hair looking like card board 🙂 . Try an up do a top knot or kipper plaits, french plaits or crown plaits which are all on trend right now are perfect for the beach.

Also accessorize till your heart content from flowers, headbands, hats are always a good idea as they protect your hair and your colour from fading plus look good.

 

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Another BIG tip ladies, Sunshine can make your highlights shimmer but remember the UV rays damage the protein bonds in your hair and can cause breakage so always use a leave in conditioner on your hair to protect it, we all use sun cream on our skin so don’t forget your hair!!!!

Going round the Island working I am loving getting everyone ready for summer with their hair , with all the opening’s of clubs, bars, beach bars and restaurant’s everyone is wanting to look Fabulous..

Often groups of girls book me to go to their hotel to have a pamper party with them all getting their hair done before their big night out! This is where the rollers come out in full force ladies! As women its important to feel good about yourself and your hair helps you do this. We should all walk with our heads held high with fabulous hair!

As we know Ibiza is the beautiful white isle!

 

Kellie xxx

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My special place in Ibiza

Wow what a difference the way the Island is feeling , summer is definitely here!

Ibiza is a incredible Island like you all know, the way it changes through seasons amazes me. One minute the beaches are empty the bars and clubs are closed then literally over night! The Island wakes up!

Ibiza to most is known as the party capital of the world however it also has so much more to offer. This Island is truly beautiful with the most amazing areas to discover. The best way to discover this is to explore the Island when you visit!

People who live on the Island and tourists who visit the Island regularly all have their special place here where they like to take some time out from the madness or just to Chill….

Mine is the beauty that is Es Vedra, I am lucky enough to visit when I choose of course and when friends and family visit and they are in need of a wish shall we say, then it is always a must! I love to go for a picnic there with my friends. When at standing on the hills above the beach looking over to Es Vedra you cant help but feel totally at peace and chilled. This majestic magnectic rock is visable on the beach of Cala de Hort. Shrouded in myths and legend, Es Vedra is said to be the 3rd most magnectic place on the earth (after he north pole and Bermuda Triangle) Its also predicted that if the world was ever hit by a nuclear bomb Ibiza would be one of the last surving places because of Es Vedra!

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So next time you are visiting Ibiza be sure to visit this beauty and make a wish as soon as Es Vedra comes into your eye sight, and let the Island’s magic do its work.

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Kellie xx

Wedding dress Diet

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The realization came in January that my wedding was only 9 months away and I could no longer put off the wedding dress diet which I had been avoiding since getting engaged! The main thing is to find contentment and happiness with in your yourself not matter what shape or size. But I knew the time was getting closer to me finally ordering my wedding dress!! How exciting! I am getting my dress from the UK as I feel there is more choice , you have to remember as Fabulous as this Island is, its very little too.

 

Since trying it on after Christmas and the underskirt not going over my hips, I knew changes had to be made with my body, like us all or maybe not (but makes me feel better saying that 🙂 ). Feeling content in my relationship and also living between two countries I got into a bad habit with food. Not preparing my meals and eating convenient food most of the time. Now I do prefer healthy food as it stands but it’s just the time and the preparation you need to make time in your life to do..

So my journey began by joining the gym, the owner of the Wedding boutique where I am purchasing my dress from, gave me untill April to lose weight in order to order the dress size in the shop which would not even zip up at the time!! So here goes I went the gym and each time i was there working away at the cross trainer all I could imagine was me in my dress and feeling amazing!!! Often messaging my mum for encouragement!

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I worked out my own little routine in the gym and was steadily losing a pound a week which I was happy with! So when returning for my dress fitting in April, I felt good, putting the dress on and feeling the under skirt drop down, and the zip going up (just not the top 3 inches) but ha its didn’t go up at all at Christmas! I was over the moon, as all you brides to be know when trying on all the bridal dresses you feel like a amazing but when you find THE ONE your feel like a Princess!! So the dress was ordered!

Since returning back to Ibiza I have been very lucky to be offered some personal training sessions with a new company here on the island called Pure Training Ibiza a guy called Tom! I have only done a few sessions , wow I thought I worked hard in the gym this guy is making me ache with pain even struggling to walk! I look drunk when I walk as my legs keep going like jelly!. But I do smile with the pain, as we all know ‘ no pain no gain’……

The only problem is I have to follow Tom’s rules, he said I can have one, yes one treat meal a week not a day!! How strict is he! His mains tips also are too cut of wheat from my diet, cut down on dairy and eat very much like a vegetarian..Plus a lot more of course . His details are below!

The reason behind all this is like us all, I want to feel like I am walking on air on my wedding day….

I write this with the sun beaming through my balcony ,so for any of you brides getting married in Ibiza this year the island is looking mesmerizing.

Wedding countdown 4 Months 14 Days!

Kellie xxxx

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Contact number 0034653358058

Coco Riko Ibiza Fashion shoot

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Styling on a shoot has become a new passion of mine… why? because it pushes your boundaries, lets you play with the hair and styles to create the overall look which the fashion designer and the stylist are looking for!

Coco Riko Ibiza is a new and an utterly fabulous, chic and high-end Ibiza beach & lounge wear brand ♥www.coco-riko.com .

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When meeting Hayley the morning of the shoot ( it being very early to catch the best light) 🙂 She showed us in to her office which was just filled with her incredible master pieces. Hayley herself had hand-made each of these pieces spending hours at the sewing machine… I was stunned by the pieces, the colours and the fringing, not only they are perfect for Ibiza but any holiday destination.

For any lady wanting to look and feel FABULOUS!

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The incredible model Racheal Montague is just utterly gorgeous so was very easy and super professional to work with, we had a team of 5 of us including the designer Hayley, a photography Eva Kruiper @ www.evakruiperphotography.com, the stylist Charlotte Kennedy , the make up artist Vanina Rodriguez. . All Super girls I loved working beside them on this shoot.

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Hayley had pre decided on the locations to fit with her pieces , each of us ladies exchanged pictures in the evening after the shoot which we had each took on our phones of course, I thought they were amazing then came Eva’s photography images and just wow!! It great when such incredible images showcase each of our work!

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Loved working on this shoot and want to thank Hayley for asking me to be hair stylist, for the launch of her fashion brand which I am sure is going to do incredibly well!!

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My Wedding Invites

I think Wedding invites give the first impression of what the theme of your wedding is going to be like. It’s also gets everyone geared up for the wedding with the excitement between your guests.

As my Wedding is on the beautiful Island of Ibiza I wanted to give my guests a bit of the WOW factor. I had an idea , so when my salon in the UK The Salon where doing a wedding fair in The Vincent Hotel in Southport, showcasing all our bridal hair . I came across two girls and I immediately I was drawn to their table, it was full of sparkles, lace, gems every girls dream! It was then I got the idea confirmed of making each of my guests passports!

On arranging a meeting with the girls whom business name is The Paper Dolls in Maghull Liverpool . We discussed what I would like and what they had to offer, the shop is incredible with so much choice its every brides heaven for ideas! We sat and discussed the invites with my colour schemes, I decided to go for the passports, usually on each passport is a pictures of the bride and groom to be, but I wanted something different I asked Sarah if it was possibly to personalise each of the passports for each of the guests and she said yes!! Sarah made me up a proof and took all my details about the wedding etc! The girls are also doing all my table plan, name cards, Order of services, mail box for cards and also confetti cones!

Well when my Bridesmaid picked them up and brought them to The Salon when I was last in the UK working I couldn’t believe how amazing they looked! I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait for everyone to receive them. Each and every one of them different. When my guests have received them have sent me messages saying how AMAZING they are and so different and unusual. The RSVP is even a personalised boarding pass!!

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I am so happy with them and it has made it all seem so much more real! I know is happening but each detail I tick off the list it gets me more excited!

I have my first bride of the season here next month here in Ibiza styling her and her bridesmaids hair with Stylistic Hair Ibiza and I can’t wait, even more so now to be part of ladies special day’s as I will be that special lady in September..

( even writing this has got me butterflies in my stomach:) )

My Ibiza Wedding is now 5 months 22 days away!!!!

Kellie xxx

www.stylistichairibiza.com For all your Ibiza hair needs!

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Bridal Hair

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On your wedding day you want to look and feel your best. Of course prior to any brides big day including myself the wedding dress diet begins, looking after ourselves much better, to have our skin hair & nails looking fresh, shiny & strong. I also recommend to brides to have their hair trimmed regular every 6-8 week, up to their big day as it will keep your hair in its best condition!

But of course the question is; How are you going to wear your hair? you can imagine being a hairdresser myself this is the question everyone is asking me. When I trained as a hairdresser all those years ago ,I found that I had such passion for up dos and especially bridal hair. I worked on my first bride at 18 and I just loved it being part of brides special day! With Bridal hair it is always quite classic but of course season hair trends & fashion venture into the trends of bridal hair! The best thing I believe that has helped brides have any style they would like, is hair pieces and hair extensions as I say ‘if you haven’t got it put some hair in’. I am loving all the vintage trends with bridal hair at the moment, the soft vintage waves, pin curls, plaits, Kipper plaits and lots of soft curls!

I believe a trial is very important to any bride as it gives the bride a chance to visual see their ideas. It always good to find ideas of what you like and sometimes what you don’t like to show to your hair stylist. This is also a good opportunity for you to build a relationship with your hair stylist for the day . For your trial it is ideal for you to take with you any hair ornament or accessorizes you are wearing in your hair and also your veil. This gives you chance to see how you will look and decide on the position you would like to wear your veil if you are wearing one that is.. . Another tip I give to my brides is to book your trial or an appointment with your hairdresser just before your wedding dress fitting then you can see how your hair works with your dress!! A good excuse for another trial or just getting your hair done!

A tip on choosing the right style for your wedding day!! What style is your dress, like any other big night out, we wear our hair to suit our outfit , so think your hair is showcasing you and your dress. Also where are you getting married, a church, a hotel, a stunning beach these all can help you make the decision on how to wear your hair. If you want your wedding to have a complete theme!

The morning of your wedding should be so enjoyable with your bridesmaids around you, having your hair & make up done and often sipping a nice glass of champagne! of course! After being part of many brides mornings I am just so excited to be the bride on my wedding morning!

Here are a few of my most recent brides from UK & Ibiza.

From soft stunning bridal waves to a Boho beautiful beach bride to a bridal shoot I did in Ibiza with a soft Glamourous vintage look.

 

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For my wedding I keep changing my mind how I am going to wear my hair , I thinks it’s just because I can, as having the girls who work at my salon all coming to Our Wedding I wont be short of a hairdresser!!

Happy Wedding Hair planning!

Kellie xxx

www.stylistichairibiza.com