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