Saturday, 11 June 2016

What I got for my birthday!

It's June which only means one thing....it's my birthday! Scarily, I turned 21 last week so I've been celebrating with friends and family. I've been overwhelmed with the kind messages, cards and gifts I've received! Sometimes buying gifts for people can be tricky, so I've decided to share with you a few of the things I was given. In no way is this post to brag about what I got, more so to give inspiration and insight! 



1. Emma Bridgewater Rose & Bee Bedding - If you've seen a previous post which had pictures of my bedroom you will know I love this sort of pattern/ colour scheme for my room. Also, having put this on my bed immediately, it is one of the softest I have ever owned! 

2. A Little Lucky Elephant by Joma Jewellery - I've always loved elephants for some reason, and this cute little bracelet goes perfectly with my elephant necklace. 

3. Olivia Burton watch - I am IN LOVE with this. My particular one is the midi rose gold dial with grey leather strap but they come in all sorts of colour variations and sizes. It is just soooo pretty and to be honest I'm sad when I have to take it off! The only this is though, having not worn a watch for a long time, I still find myself going to my phone to check the time!! 

4. Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette & Lipstick - I've not always been one for make-up and quite frankly I am horrendous at it but I've been trying to experiment a bit more recently so was pleased to open these. I love all the colours, just have to learn to apply them. 

5. Calvin Klein CK2 - I was given a sample of this whilst shopping a few months ago and have loved it ever since, From what I have read this is Calvin Klein's new gender neutral perfume, therefore it is aimed at both boys and girls. I really can't describe the smell but I don't personally think it smells too "manly", next time your in a fragrance section you'll have too have a sniff! For me I like it when the bottle is really pretty and makes a nice feature on your dresser but I suppose that's what you get for liking a gender neutral perfume. 

6. Toblerone - Because they're not really something I would ever buy for myself as they're just too big but I blooming love them. 

7. nspa Spa Skincare Box - This is perfect for someone who wants to look after their skin without owning a million and one products. The gift set comes with 4 numbered, travel sized products including a cleansing gel, hot cloth cleaner, illuminating serum and brightening day cream. For someone who can be lazy with skincare and not always sure about which products you are meant to use first this is a really useful present. Also, nspa is exclusive to Asda which would suggest it is a lot more affordable than other skincare brands. 


And there you have it, a mini round up of just some of the items I received for my birthday. I should also add, with the money I was gifted I have signed up to Papergang which is a monthly subscription box from Ohh Deer.com. Each month you are sent a selection of stationary items, cards and illustrations and I am so excited for my first box to arrive, its going to be like a birthday which lasts 6 months! 

Hope this has given you a bit of inspiration if you are buying for someone soon or even if you have a birthday coming up! 

Do you have a go to gift that you give people? Do you even like buying gifts for others? 

Hannah x 




Monday, 6 June 2016

Spaniels and Steam Trains

One of the things I worried about when deciding to get a dog was how much it would effect where we could go on days out as there are many places you can't take a pup! However, for this short break away we took Milo everywhere...including a steam train! 

Here's a few photos from our most recent adventures in the Yorkshire Dales. Although it was freezing, we had to make the most of it so one day we traveled on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway stopping at Oxenhope and Haworth. Haworth in particular is a stunning little town with the cutest main street which runs up a huge hill (we had the best deal as we were walking down!). It's safe to say we were a little anxious about taking Milo on the train however, he behaved so well and I think he enjoyed it! He seemed a little uncertain a first but is used to travelling in the car so I he soon began to relax, so much so he fell asleep peering out of the window and basking in the sun whilst cuddled up on my lap! 













Have you ever visited the Yorkshire Dales? 
Which strange places have you taken your pup?

Hannah x 

Monday, 23 May 2016

A to Z of me

Hello!


I figured I haven’t really spoke much about me so far so thought I would do an A-Z. Basically, I’ve thought of a word to describe me or it might be something I like etc, it’s actually harder than you think! Hope this gives you a little insight to little old me! 




A – Alcohol. I don’t like/ don’t drink alcohol (SHOCK HORROR… a student that doesn’t drink!)
B – Brunette. All natural, never been one to experiment with hair colour
C – Chocolate. I genuinely don’t know how people survive a day without it.
D – Drama. I love a who dunnit? or family drama series like Dr Foster/ Shetland/ Broadchurch
E – English Countryside and beaches. One of the main things I notice when I travel abroad is how ugly their countryside is in comparison to ours! Walks through fields and along sandy beaches are my favourite.
F – Family & Friends. I hate being alone!!
G – Grey. Got a slight obsession with grey things
H – Home. I’m probably the biggest home bird going, most students are globe-trotting (or wishing they were globe-trotting), meanwhile I’m quite happy in my little city
I – Instagram. I have a love hate relationship with this at the moment! Love the fact I have somewhere to share my snaps. Hate the fact I’m constantly comparing myself to everyone I follow!
J – Job. I still have little idea of exactly what I want to do when I graduate
K – Kind. Such a boring word but I’d like to think people see me as kind!
L – Lovely Hannah. How I am often described.
M – Milo. Our beautiful, disobedient and adorable Cocker Spaniel.
N- Natural. I didn’t wear any make up until I left school and even now I only where a minimal amount, I think that’s more due to my laziness and lack of knowledge as opposed to not needing it!
O- Over thinker. I stress about stress before there’s anything to stress about, also known as chief worrier in the family.
P- Perfect. I quite like things to be perfect (or at least how I imagined them in my head).
Q- Queen. I frigging love The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family
R – Retail. I currently work in retail selling tea, coffee, cake and all kinds of tasty treats!
S – Sport. I’ve loved playing sport, especially netball, since a young age.
T- Theatre. One of my favourite things to do! Love a good musical or going to see a band.
U – University. I’m currently a student (although you’ve probably guessed I don’t really fit the stereotype!)
V – Vomit. Constantly worrying about being sick or those around me feeling unwell.
W – Water. My go to drink, rarely leave the house without a bottle.
X – Xmas. Again a bit of a love hate thing. I LOVE the fact it brings people together but hate the pressures that come alongside that, where people feel they have to spend lots of money and see every member of their family. It’s a tiring time of year!
Y – Yorkshire. I’m so not bias, it’s 100% the best county and damn I love it.
Z – Zzzzzzz. Yes…I’m that person that counts how many hours sleep they are going to get when they get into bed and I get mardy if I stay up too late.

Is that what you expected?! I personally love reading these types of posts and seeing how people view themselves! I challenge you to have a go...

Hannah x 


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

5 things to do this summer


Hello! 
Firstly I must acknowledge the fact that I haven't posted in a while. As you can appreciate, it's been exam/assignment writing season over the past few months so I've spent most of my free time either reading/writing/ in lectures or working and when I've finished the last thing I want to do is pick up my laptop again. However, that stressful little period is now well and truly over (for a few months) and I now have the summer to myself. For many people I know, summer is a time to go off on multiple adventures abroad but, being the home bird that I am, that doesn't appeal to me as much. Having said that, I still like to feel I have done something with my time off and not wasted it! I get bored really easily so it's important I keep busy! With that in mind, I've come up with a small but realistic list of things I want to make sure I do in the next few months. For some people, these may seem small and not very challenging so it's important to remember lists like these are relative to the individual! It's mainly a place for me to refer back to if I have a spare moment and I'm not sure what to do with myself. 

1. Volunteer - Summer is a great time to try something new and fully immerse yourself without the worried of university looming, I have a few places I regularly volunteer but I will also be looking for new opportunities which may be appropriate to push me out of my comfort zone. 

2. Exercise - I find that, during a busy working period, exercise definitely takes a back seat. I want to make sure I don't spend the summer sat on back side and make sure I get out and burn some calories! I've recently rejoined by old netball team but I'm also thinking of starting the couch to 5k app again, I did manage to do this last year but think I'll be back to square one again! 

3. Blog - As much as I HATE writing assignments, I think it's important to keep writing over summer so that I don't have such a shock when I return next year. Obviously blogging is wayyyyy more exciting than academic writing so I'm planning to post regularly. This gives me the opportunity to develop my creativity and take lots of nice pictures!

4. Find new places - It's so easy to always return to your favorite place all the time so I would like to investigate new places to visit over the summer by going to places I've never been before, these don't have to be a million miles away, it might just be trying a new cafe or something like that. I have planned a trip to Brighton in the summer though with my family which I am super excited about! Just hoping the sun stays around until then! 

5. Find the good in every day- Personally, I find it so easy to think I have wasted a day, or not really achieved anything that day, and, whilst it's not necessary to achieve something everyday I think it's important to feel like you have done at least one thing, or something good happened. Competing the 100 Happy Days challenge really helped me appreciate the good in everyday, so whilst I may not post about it everyday, I do want to take a moment to think about the good in each day. 


Like I say, these might seem a little tedious to some people but for it's important to have goals that are realistic to you. I could quite easily say I want to travel the world but I know what wouldn't happen! Have you got any plans over the summer? If anyone has any summer projects too I would love to hear about them! 

Hannah x 



Monday, 22 February 2016

A few bargains...

Hello, hello

So I may have purchased a few things over the last couple of months... However, they were all a good deal so thought I would share them with you. Who doesn't love to have a nosy at what bargains are out there! 

Now, if you asked my mum or sister to describe me in a top, or make a top which they know I would love, this would definitely be it. Having sorted out my wardrobe today I have eight (yes eight) tops with varying length sleeves and colours  but all with horizontal stripes! Burgandy/ Maroon is my favourite colour to wear though so when I saw this in the Jack Wills sale I knew I had to get it. I would never have bought it full price but, as you will have guessed, I am a sucker for a bargain. 






This second item is a fine knit jumper from Primark. The picture makes it look like a mustard colour but it is actually khaki. I already have this in maroon and wear it all the time, so when I spotted this reduced to £5 it was a must have!

The next few things need little description really. The dress was in the January sale at Topshop and the shoes were from New Look, I'm yet to where these yet but hoping they are a good alternative to boots which I also wear ALL the time. Finally, there's the Jack Wills headband which again, I would never have bought full price as I think £16.50 for a headband is a teeny bit pricey but this was reduced to £4.50! I've worn it all weekend so I've already got my moneys worth! 








 

Hope you enjoyed that little nosey at what I've purchased recently.
Have you found any good bargains in the sales after Christmas? 

Hannah x 





Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Arghhh-a-a-arghhhhh!

Good morning! 
I hope you're having a lovely February so far. This weekend I had a much needed weekend off (If you read my last post you'll know how much I love not working at the weekend)! Plus, with it been half term my sister and I decided to treat ourselves and do something that we really wanted to do... Go Ape! For those of you that don't know Go Ape is a tree top adventure where you are clipped on to a wire and have to navigate across the obstacles and down multiple zip wires. If you're scared of heights this is probably your worst nightmare but if you're not, it's fantastic! 





As you can see from the picture on the right, if you don't land on your feet you get rather dirty, but that just adds to the fun! The course took us about 3 1/2 hours to complete so we definitely got out moneys worth. There are multiple site across the UK and I would highly recommend it for anyone looking for some adventure or something a bit different! We were so lucky with the weather as it was beautiful sunshine throughout until we got back in the car and it started to snow, however it seems this is an all weather activity so they don't close when it's raining. One thing I will say... I definitely ache today!! 

Have you ever done anything like this? 

Hannah x 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Real girl in a real world



So, I think I'm writing this post mainly for myself, I may be the only person in the world who feels like this but, I am 99.9% sure that there will be other people out there who share this opinion or who can associate. 

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, personal blogs. As a 20 year old student usually no more than a metre  away from her phone I use these platforms daily, scrolling away capturing a glance into the lives of other people blissfully aware of the damage I am doing  to myself. Now, before you stop reading, I'm not going to lecture you about how you should stop using social media, I'm not going to tell you to put down your phone, I'm simply going to explain the situation I feel like I have found myself in and how I think I can help myself (and maybe others will feel the same). 

It goes without saying that January is a pretty dull, cold and boring month and sometimes people can be a bit down in the dumps. However, this weekend (the last weekend in January) I found myself feeling that extra bit miserable. Yes, I may just be a typical, hormonal student, slightly disappointed to be starting my new modules and already feeling the pressure, but, thinking about it,  I think my reliance and obsession surrounding social media could also be a contributing factor. 

After watching Jim Chapman's documentary "Rise of the Superstar Vloggers" it dawned on me how these platforms are feeding their viewers often unrealistic expectations of the world and how we should live our lives. Now, in no way am I suggesting that all content creators are guilty of this as many YouTubers share large quantities of their lives including the not so positive parts. For example Zoella shares stories about her anxiety and many people blog about illness, the realities of being a parent and other struggles which they may be facing or have experienced previously. However, it is important to remember that many vloggers/ bloggers (for obvious reasons) only show the better parts of life, the happy family days out, the beautifully cooked meal they've just eaten, the pile of new clothes they've just bought. This doesn't mean they don't experience the down moments/ little hiccups in life the majority of us will experience, they just chose not to share it with the world! This also doesn't mean they do the "good things" every day of their life therefore you don't have to either! 

I think Instagram causes the biggest problem for me (if you can call it a problem?!). After being presented with hundreds of perfectly presented meals, super slim women in the latest gym gear, beautiful sunny scenes, clean houses and happy faces all usually immaculately presented I find myself constantly looking for the "prefect snapshot", but why? To prove to the world that I'm one of these people too? To prove that I am enjoying life? I really do not know the answer but it means I find myself missing out on the moment because I'm absorbed in my phone too busy trying to capture it! Obviously I'm not suggesting we stop taking pictures, hell no, I love looking back at old pictures, I think they just need to be more natural and show the moment for how it really was, not perfectly positioned, with superb lighting and a perfect smile (obviously if you managed to capture all that without trying would be good but lets not always go out of our way to pose for a fake situation). Not everyone has the money to have the latest makeup products and line them up to photograph them, not everyone is able to go out and have the most amazing day like many Instagram posts would suggest. Also, BREAKFAST. Avocado on toast, eggs Benedict, pancakes,waffles, granola, chai bowls (?!)... as much as these look amazing, please remember people, it is OK to have cereal, you are not failing in life if you didn't have any of the above this morning.  

Additionally, another issue I have is the fact that, from looking at peoples posts on Instagram, I constantly feel like everyone is having a better time than I am (Yes I have severe FOMO - Fear of missing out). Sundays are the worst. Traditionally Sunday = day of rest/ family day/ Sunday lunch/ just chilling out and, scrolling through Instagram (and usually watching vlogs from a Sunday), usually consolidates this construction of how a Sunday should be. However, what's the reality? For many people, Sunday is still a day of work, which, when looking at others "Sunday Chillday" posts, can be pretty hard to swallow. I've recently found myself feeling super angry when seeing these particular posts. Now, you're probably thinking, "shut up you stupid girl, people can post what they want, they might have worked all week (unlike you) and Sunday just happens to be their day off" and I would agree with you. My point is, to myself (and anyone who can associate with me), I need to remember that. Instead of constantly comparing myself to the people I follow, I need to take into consideration that these photos don't portray their whole life, they are simply a snapshot of one moment, they might have had an absolutely S**T day but managed to capture one nice image. They might have worked for 10 days running and this is their first day off. They may have serious issued going on behind the camera which obviously no one is aware off. Just because their pictures/ videos/ blog posts look perfect and like they're having the best time ever, no-one but them knows the true story. I commend the people that share even the dark moments of their life and I think it is really important that people do but I don't expect everyone to so which is why we need to remember this is just a snapshot.

I think what I'm trying to say is two things. 1) Be critical (I'm sounding like a University Lecturer now, sorry), but, don't take a photo/ video by face value and compare your life to it. Remember this is just how people chose to present themselves, and like many of us, we don't want to share everything, these photos don't define their whole life, their life could be chaos! Also, 2) if you are creating content, don't put pressure on yourself to capture the perfect image/clip. After watching The Michalaks for a few years it pains when they feel guilty because the haven't managed to get out and do something which they can share with us, they often say they feel bad because they haven't managed to go out to a beautiful place and capture some "silky montages" for us, but the reality is guys, we don't expect you to always have these amazing adventures, (obviously it's lovely when you do but,) we want to see the normal aspects of your day to day life which we can empathize with. Many families spend all week working (or week/weekend) then use their days off to do the mundane tasks which they don't have time for during the week (which, I must say, Hannah & Stef often film aswell). This means they don't have time to go explore new places and capture those moments as much as they would like. I again get severely miserable when feel like I "waste" my days off, I often think "right, I've earned this day, I need to go out and do something really exciting" but the reality is it's not always possible, of course if you get the opportunity you should grab it with both hands but you shouldn't get down when you just have day off and don't do something "Instagram or Blog post worthy", it's OK just to have a day to yourself. As a side note for example, I constantly see images of friends and family who have traveled far and wide, often on a gap year. I had a gap year but I honestly did nothing exciting, I simply worked. When I discuss this with new friends I always feel like I should have exciting gap year adventures to share but, more often than not, they say there is no problem with working as I managed to build up my bank balance and if travelling isn't for me then I shouldn't feel forced to do it. 

Have I waffled? I don't want to sound like I'm ranting because I'm not. Social media fascinates me and I think it brings so many benefits to our ever modernizing world, I don't want to stop using it I just want to be more critical of things I am presented with and stop comparing myself with others. Your life is what you make it, you're not a failure for just having Cornflakes for breakfast or not wearing the latest fashion, not everyone is perfect 24/7 even if they look like they are.... I promise. 

I hope at least one person can sympathize with me here, I hope I'm not just a nutter that's thinking about things too much!? What do you think? 

Hannah x 


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

What's in my bag?

Gone are the days you could leave the house with just the clothes you were in, confident in the fact mum would have everything you would ever need. Whilst sometimes I love accessorizing an outfit with the perfect bag it really can be a pain sometimes, especially if you're bag hinders a lovely outfit! Plus, I don't make it easy for myself (as you will see) as I like to be prepared which can result in one heavy bag! 


I think it's really important to get a bag which you adore, after all you're going to be using it most days (unless you're like me and have multiple types of bags to chose from). I am sooooo pleased that the backpack/ satchel has come back into fashion recently, they are tremendously practical and are so much better for my back and arms than any other style. After stealing my sister's black leather backpack/satchel thing for the last few months (Thanks G!) I thought it was about time I purchased one myself so was thrilled to see this lovely little one in the Urban Outfitters January sale! £15 from £45 - BARGAIN 



 I usually carry: 

Purse - As sad as it is, at the age of 20 you have to pay for things yourself! I don't quite feel adult enough to have a purse where all the card pockets are full. I used to have purses like this before I had debit/student cards etc and would love receiving gift cards just to fill the card compartment! This particular purse is from Cath Kidston a few years ago. 

Phone - Need I say more? 

Hair bobbles/ grips - Let's be honest...the bobbles are usually around my wrist and if my wrist is bare and I've left the house with my hair down I do have a mini panic! Hence I try to keep one in my bag! Surely that's not just me?

Hand Cream - This tends to just be in my bag over winter because constant hand washing + cold weather = incredibly sore hands. My mum gave me the Good Things - Argan Oil when I had super sore hands and it smells lovely so I may have accidentally kept it.

Perfume/ Lib balm - Again, winter = dry lips. Also, I'm trying to get into the habit of putting a mini perfume in my bag for when I think I need a quick spritz of something nice! 

Sunglasses/ Umbrella- Only in England might you need an brolly and sunglasses in the same day! A tip for anyone visiting the UK...bring both! These sunglasses are from Next and you can probably guess the umbrella is Cath Kidston 

Water/ Paracetamol - I said I liked to be organised and often worry hence I like to make sure I always have these in case I suddenly feel ill or super duper thirsty. Anyone that knows me will tell you I have a drink on me 99% of the time! 

Canvas bag - I originally bought this bag to carry library books in but it's come in really useful to fold up and put in my bag as in England there is now a charge for carrier bags. Instead of forking out 5p for every bag I need I now just put my shopping in here. It's got a pretty black "H" on either side and black handles and was only £1.50 from Primark! My best purchase from Primark in a long time, they have tonnes of other designs so may have to buy a couple more. 




Monday, 18 January 2016

What I got for Christmas...

Happy New Year! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break, spent lots of time with family and received some lovely gifts. I've decided to share what I got for Christmas as, personally, I love to see what others have been given...a) because I'm nosey & b) because it can give you inspiration for gift ideas for the upcoming year. I am very grateful for the gifts I received and here is a small selection! 



To begin my mum bought be the Yankee Candle - Baby Powder candle which smells DIVINE. I love fresh scents and, although the rest of my family are not overly keen as they think it's quite a strong smell, I love it and as you can see have already burnt it quite a bit. 

During a trip to London my sister ventured into Selfridges and discovered personalized Nutella! Knowing I love Nutella she decided to get my one for Christmas, and I think it's a brilliant idea.. I will definitely be keeping the jar once the content has gone!




I'm so rubbish as choosing perfume and tend to just stick with one so this set of mini perfumes from Next is ideal. Sometimes when I wear the same perfume all the time I get so used to it I can no longer smell it so having three to pick and chose from perfect. 

The next gift is these beautiful earrings, again, I used to just wear one pair now and again so when I saw these on notonthehighstreet  I made sure to drop some hints! 

 Anyone who knows me will know I love to be organised and make lists in the hope that I will stress less. With this in mind my mum bought me a list book from Paperchase which includes small sticky notes, lists and larger spaces for those extra long and detailed lists! I was also in need of a new ipad mini case as my other was, lets say...well used. I am in love with this cover which I believe is from Asda. It it soooo cute and keeps my ipad super safe! 


Finally, it's not Christmas until you've opened some new pyjamas. These are from Marks and Spencer and are the comfiest pants ever. They are long length and have cuffed bottoms and are perfect to lounge around in, day or night! 

I've linked the majority of the products shown in case you want to get your hands on them yourself, if you're lucky some products may even be in the January sales!

Hannah x