Style: early spring styling

According to the tree in my garden, it is officially spring.

These pretty pink petals can surely only mean one thing, the weather is going to be better. Fingers crossed. I don’t know how much I believe my own lie here, there might be quite a bit of imagining warm beaches in my very near future.

To kick start the season, I’m having a week of colour. Winter obviously means you can only wear black, and that’s a (ridiculous and unwritten) rule I’ve been pretty good at sticking too.

Here’s a little sneak peak of this weeks selection.

It can’t be a style challenge without a few guidelines. At least one item in each outfit has to be a bright(ish) colour. I think it’s also time to dig out some shoes that aren’t boots or completely sensible. I’ve also spent a tiny bit of time organising my makeup collection so should probably test out my new system. Pretty basic aims for the week. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done a week long challenge, hopefully I’ve not lost the ability to follow my own plans.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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Craft: finishing projects

Am I the only person who has literally boxes (big boxes) full of unfinished projects? I hope not.

While attempting (again) to organise my garage/craft room, I came across one of maybe four full cardboard boxes. I thought this was just going to be full of fabric I’ve not gotten around to using yet. I wasn’t completely wrong but did uncover too many clothes that had been put aside for simple repairs probably 3 years ago.

You can clearly see how much I’ve always loved colour in my wardrobe. The two playsuit were bought on eBay and have never been worn. The dress was last worn at Christmas maybe 2 years ago. The jumpsuit used to be a solid favourite probably 4 years ago. This is ridiculous.

I spent about an hour and a half doing these jobs that I’ve been putting off for so many years. It actually felt quite nice to finish something for a change. I will say right now though, I’m a little bit embarrassed at how simple these fixes were, I’ve definitely outdone myself with the lazy factor.

The dress had a little hole where the lace overlay had come away from the sleeve. A nice little bit of hand stitching and my wardrobe has gained a new dress. Luckily I’ve fixed this one before the weather gets too nice and it’s still acceptable to wear a midi length black dress.

The old trusty jumpsuit had been repaired a few times before. Too much pizza and a concealed zip really aren’t the best of friends. Hopefully this fix will actually stick this time and I be out rocking this piece until the fabric gives up on life.

This cute little playsuit was advertised on eBay as having a loose strap. Not a major issue, just one that hasn’t taken priority, until now. I’ll admit, I haven’t tried this one on since the quick fix but I figured there’s no point scaring myself before it’s even playsuit weather.

This is another bargain eBay playsuit. It’s a petite and while I’m not a giant, I’m definitely not petite. I don’t think anyone has ever managed to make a camel toe look nice so my very simple thought was does it really need to be a playsuit? No. A quick chop along the bottom and a hem and I’ve got a top that has finally escaped its cardboard box.

It might have taken far too long, but 4 things out of a box does count as unpacking doesn’t it? I’m going to go with yes and set myself a little challenge to try and ‘unpack’ a few more things every week. At this rate, it’ll only take 10 years to get through all my boxes. Wish me luck!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Craft: jewellery supplies

What’s a girl to do when college is on holiday for two weeks and she has a slight shopping addiction? Make the first (of many) orders, of course.

I’ve bought some minor jewellery supplies in the past but this feels like a more professional starter kit.

It includes: a hand torch, solder, soldering block, saw with blades, copper sheet, wire and brass sheet, oh and some snips.

Pretty good first parcel in my inexperienced opinion. I will admit I currently have no idea what I’m going to make first and my basket is already filling up for order number two. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions of what I’m missing, please leave a comment!

Fingers crossed I’m not going to set the house on fire now!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Travel: Prague

I absolutely love this city.

All those years ago when I was a full blown university student, I got the opportunity to study in Prague for a semester. Absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done. I fell completely in love with the city and have been looking for an excuse to go back ever since.

When I was at uni, I was also lucky enough to meet some of the best girls ever. This bunch of beauties try and meet up at least once a year for some European adventures. Possibly the best long term plan ever made.

We had a vague plan of where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do, basically sightseeing and beers. Spotted by locals had some great suggestions and also helped jog my memory of places I used to go.

We walked a total of 46 miles over four days and drank approximately 1,000 litres of beer. If I never see another pint again, I’ll be just fine about it.

A basic run down of our itinerary goes as follows:

New Town

Old Town

Chapeau Rouge

Charles Bridge

Prague Castle

The Pub

Lesser Town

The Irish Times Bar

With plenty of extra little bars, restaurants, sweet shops, desert stands, riverside strolls and midnight shenanigans.

We found an amazing little street market where the had the most amazing pad thai and lovely cheap beers.  It was somewhere not a million miles away from Charles Bridge and not too far from the riverside.  Sorry I can’t be more specific than that, knowing where I am in the UK is enough of a struggle.

We went to The Pub and got the chance to try (and somewhat fail) to pull our own pints. Some people might think this is a terrible photo, I like to think it captures the moment quite well. Two days of too much beer, followed by more beer.

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The graffiti artist inside everyone can’t resist a little trip to the John Lennon wall. It’s stunning and creative and one of those places that has irresistible character. Cheesy I know. I’ll try to stop.  It is a new tradition to sign the wall every 6 years or so.  This does mean there will have to be a trip planned in 6 years time (if not sooner).

Chapeau Rouge was one of my favourite bars when I was a student.  Don’t you just love it when places you fell in love with haven’t changed after so much time?  The one downside to this bar is all the red lighting that is not camera friendly at all.

This city is just absolutely amazing. Everything is beautiful, the beer is cheap and being there brought back so many wonderful memories of being young and completely carefree.

I can’t believe I almost forgot to mention our mode of transport from the airport.  Being the fancy (or basic) ladies we are, how could we not get picked up by a limo?  At 10 in the morning.  The looks of judgement from random passers by were definitely worth it.  I challenge anyone to come up with a better mode of transport when you’re slightly hungover from the 5am pre flight proseccos.

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I still have some left over currency which to me seems like the perfect excuse to go back again soon.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: curly hair trials

You could say I’m becoming well overdue for a haircut, I’m choosing to view this as an opportunity to see if longer top bits with a fairly clean under cut provide any more styling options.

I can only apologise for the low quality of image and video here.  There have just been disasters all around.  I tripped over my ring light and broke the plug out of the wall and to top things off, my front camera has a nice crack across the lens.  Great.  There’s enough excuses, now time to get on while the attempted styling.

Normally, I dry my hair either straight forward or to the side.  It’s far to long to go forward any more, so why not try straight up?  I used the Bleach London shampoo and conditioner again to revive the pink and then a bit of V05 to try and prevent any more damage than I’ve already done.

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The last time I tried curling my hair while it has been short, I ended up looking like an 80s mum with a very bad perm.  This time, I think it has turned out quite a lot better.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say the blonde and pink definitely helps, but so do the extra couple of cm.

My initial aim had been to come up with some updo hairstyles seeing as the internet doesn’t seem to have anything exciting to offer when your hair is above shoulder length.  There may be a reason there aren’t many tutorials out there.

Look number 1.  A skinny little french plait to nicely show off the full extent of my roots and a curly swoop over to one side.  Very simple.

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Look number 2.  A chunky, slightly messy, plait to separate all the different colours going on in my hair right now.  I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no idea what is going on at the back here, I threw a couple of grips in and hoped for the best.

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I think I may have been a bit too quick to judge other people attempting to style short hair.  It’s hard.  I am a fan of the curly look though, it makes a nice change from the usual straight, windswept or bedhead I’m usually rocking.  Maybe I’ll have to let it grow out just a little bit longer to get some more versatile curls going on.

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Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

 

Craft: jewellery making part 3

So this isn’t technically part 3 of my jewellery making progress, but it is the third completed experimentation.  Hopefully that bit (a linkage system if you were wondering) will be finished in the next couple of weeks, but for now it pretty much looks like a pile of scraps.

This session was about experimenting with enamel.  Honestly, I’ve never been such a huge fan of enameled jewellery but I think I may have changed my mind.

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It does seem to be a bit hit and miss with judging the amount of powder and length of time in the kiln, but that does make it a little bit more exciting.  Yes, I do get excited about craft projects.

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The basic technique is to cover your (very clean) metal in whatever colour powder you want and then throw it in the kiln.  More realistically place it gently on a little rack and use a bit weird fork to shimmy everything into the heat.  Then you have to wait and keep an eye on the powder changing from grainy to nice and smooth.  If you leave your pieces in too long, they go a bit bubbly, but honestly I don’t hate that effect.  I was warned that poorly applied enamel can crack and flake off, so far all of mine seems to still be intact 4 days later so fingers crossed I haven’t done anything drastically wrong.

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I think these two weren’t covered well enough in powder, but I kind of love the uneven effect.

I’m a little bit unsure of how to apply this technique to anything usable or wearable but surely Pinterest will be able to point me in some kind of interesting direction.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: Bleach London

I’ve managed to go a few months without messing around too much with my new(ish) blonde hair, it’s definitely time to change that. Bleach London was recommended by a friend and disapproved by my hair dresser. Any sensible person would probably listen to the professional, that’s not what I decided to do.

The pink shampoo and conditioner caught my eye and I just couldn’t resist.

It’s a pretty straight forward process. Shampoo, leave a couple of minutes, condition, leave a couple more minutes, then get on with your life.

This was my colour before. In true before and after fashion, this is day 2 (or 3) hair so probably doesn’t look it’s absolute best. It’s pretty accurate though for the yellowy tones that have started showing.

After the wash. I got a little bit excited here, not all the blonde is covered but I like how pink the pink looks. It feels pretty good too, not as soft as when I use my normal conditioner but not bad at all.

After drying. The colour doesn’t seem quite as bright as when it was still wet, that’s fine. It all dried as normal and feels pretty healthy for bleached to death hair.

I wish it was a bit more all over pink, but I don’t hate it. I think the colour has only really stuck to my lightest blonde bits, but I do think the brassy bits have been toned down. This could be because it’s freshly washed and straightened, but I’m going to sit on the optimistic side of the fence. My hair dresser had mentioned the colour never really goes away even though it is supposed to fade. I think I can cope with having permanently pink hair, but we’ll see what happens after a few washes.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx