The nightmare of buying a house update

After waiting 6 whole months, I have finally completed on buying my very first house!  When my offer was accepted in January I had no idea it would take so long and be such an emotional roller coaster of a journey.  Obviously a lot of people told me what a stressful process it is, but I think it’s one of those things you never really believe until you go through it.  Or maybe I was just being a bit cocky.

I always like to think I go for the easiest options whenever possible, but that clearly isn’t true.  While I was overjoyed and relieved to not have to deal with solicitors anymore, 4 days after completion it’s holiday time.  Great timing.

Mentally and physically I’m definitely ready for a break.  I currently have a million and one things I want to do all at the same time.  I’m hoping a bit of time away in the sun will put me in the right frame of mind to come back and be a boss at being a first time buyer!

Fingers crossed!

In the mean time, I’ve pretty much panic bought and packed for a lovely girly holiday so hopefully I’ll be able to pass for someone who has their life together while I work on my tan!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: H&M shopping spree

It’s taken approx 14 years of practice but I think I’ve finally cracked the mystery of successful clothes shopping.  After a lovely trip to the spa with my new roomie, what better than an impromptu shopping trip?  I usually avoid the high street like the plague (I know, shops need support or they’ll disappear blah, blah, blah).  We went into H&M after seeing a gorgeous jumpsuit in a magazine while waiting in the relaxation room.  Didn’t think about the fact it was an old feature and it had clearly sold out by now.  Never mind.  In our completely relaxed haze, we pretty much bought everything we touched without stopping to really see what we had or how much it cost.  What can I say, we know how to live dangerously!

I am so impressed with our communal haul.  We accidentally managed to collectively buy the perfect capsule wardrobe.  Pretty much everything fits us both perfectly and pretty much everything looks like it’ll go together to make the best outfits.

This has to be the way forward.  Communal wardrobes.  Twice the amount of clothes without having to fork out for everything.  It’s also a refreshing change having options that I wouldn’t necessarily pick myself.  We’ve got fairly similar styles but do usually pick out pieces that the other wouldn’t.  Perfect harmony if you ask me!

Either H&M have an amazing shop layout with subliminal shopping hints, or we both have incredible natural style and ability to pick out outfits without having to think about it.  I’m going to be unrealistically optimistic and choose to believe the latter.  In all our circuits around the shop, there’s a very good chance we’ve just shopped a ready made collection, but the whole experience was stress free and felt a little bit cheeky.  Perfect shopping trip for me, might give real life shopping a go a bit more often (I’m sure my bank account will hate me for that!)

I am very excited to get properly into styling all these new pieces and transforming into the grown up goddess I’m picturing in my head right now.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: jewellery week update

So this was never the most challenging challenge but it did prove to be a little bit more difficult than I thought it could be.  I did try and do a bit of prep work and plan sets of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings, but I didn’t think about having to pair everything with clothes and it’s amazing how long it can take to put jewellery on!

I have always been a massive fan of stacking rings, they lasted approx 20 mins on the first day.  In my opinion, they look great for posing but are so impractical for any kind of hand movements.  Not saying I won’t try them again, but maybe when I’m trying to be good looking in a bar.  Wearing earrings every day for the first time in I don’t know how long was slightly painful but doable.  I probably cheated my own challenge a little bit by sticking with pretty safe necklace options, I could have gone a lot bigger and crazier but honestly, I didn’t want to get laughed at at work.  Bracelets for me are a bit of a pain, I find they just get in the way or get caught on things (I’m aware that probably makes me a little bit special).  I’ll be sticking with watches though, they’re a nice little perk of the job.

Basically what I’ve taken from this week is I definitely prefer more delicate pieces that I can put on and forget about.  I think it’s definitely time to get rid of the big bold statement things that I probably bought about 8 years ago because they were from Topshop and an absolute bargain.  Is it really a bargain though if you never wear them?

I think I’m just going to have to get rid of the old tat and shop for some new more grown up pieces and try my absolute hardest to put more effort in try styling myself.  Good luck to me!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: knitted blanket

Like any cool and hip twenty-something, my Friday night has been spent crocheting knitted rectangles together.  Such a party life I know.

Like the majority of projects I start, this has been half done for quite some time.  Just a sad pile of forgotten rectangles getting tangled up every time they got shifted over to a different seat.  What better way to spend Friday night than finally putting them all together into yet another blanket.

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I’m definitely not claiming to be any kind of knitting expert – I was first taught by the local lollypop lady when I was probably around 7 years old.  YouTube has been a massive help jogging all those dinner time knitting club lessons but so far I’ve been playing it pretty safe and sticking to fairly basic stitches.  I like my knitting to be chunky and grow fast.  I think I’ve mentioned before my slightly irrational fear of committing to colour.  My usual tactic would be to stick to one colour and then not be a massive fan of the outcome.  When I was browsing online for reasonably priced wool (basically all my shopping is done online) I came across the best wool website ever – yes I am that sad.  Loveknitting.com has all different colour packs, selections of colours that i think are supposed to have been chosen by designers so they work perfectly together.  I feel like I need to point out I’m not sponsored by them (although I’d love to be!).  I’m so happy with the results.

I can’t quite decide if I’d hate to work out how many hours I’ve spent knitting or if I’m quite proud of my dedication.  One of the plans for my new house is a hygge feel (is that how you use that word in a sentence?)  I want anyone who comes to visit to feel cosy and at home.  Anything that avoids paying for heating is also a pretty good bonus – not that I’m a cheap skate or anything.  I still need to do all the pesky stitching rogue tails in, but there’s plenty of time before any sign of a move in date!

One pretty satisfying thing about (nearly) finishing a blanket, I can now curl up under up with a glass of wine and finally watch the final Pretty Little Liars episode!

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Stay tuned for the many more blankets in the near future!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: jewellery week

While I’ve been packing up my things in anticipation for the move that doesn’t ever seem to be coming, I started packing up my jewellery.  I knew I had a lot but I didn’t think I had quite as much as I actually do.  The crazy thing is, I barely wear any of it.  I occasionally remember to put a pair of earrings in or maybe pop a ring on, a watch if I’m given it at work.

I’m trying to put a positive spin on this whole waiting process so why not have a clear out and a style challenge at the same time?  I want to figure out if I’m too lazy to think about accessorising or if I’m just not a jewellery person and I have another box I can send to the charity shop.

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This is just a tiny somewhat neat selection of the pieces I currently have.  There’s a bit of a mix of chunky statement things and more delicate things.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to find pieces that work together and I don’t end up looking like a kid playing in a dressing up box!

When I was younger I remember a friends mum teaching us that you’re not fully dressed unless you have earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces all at once.  To this day I don’t think I’ve ever followed that rule, but this week I’m going to give it a pretty good go!  My super hard challenge this week is to wear as much jewellery as possible (hopefully without getting laughed at).  Fingers crossed this is going to give me a new found love for blinging up, any excuse for new things to shop for!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: soft cup bra update part 2

Not to be overly dramatic, but going wire free has been a complete game changer for me.  I think during the first week I played it pretty safe with my outfit choices, mainly to suss out how practical the bras would be and how much coverage they would offer (I didn’t want to risk a nip slip in the middle of the office!)  After being incredible pleased with the results, I thought I’d push the boat out a little bit and put a smidge more effort into my weeks outfits.

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I did have to reign myself in a couple of times though and remember (as my mum used to say) I’m going to work not a fashion show.

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Day 1 – The beginning of the week was so hot, especially in an office where the closest thing to air con is a weak little fan in the corner of the room.  I was so happy with how the straps on this bra matched up perfectly with my top – I had it drilled into me when I was a teenager that bra straps should never be seen.  I think this is the first time in years that I’ve found two pieces that fit so well together.  I’m also loving these new metallic mules from New Look, I couldn’t decide if they were a bit old lady but now I think I love them.

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Day 2 – This little top is so comfy and cool but a nightmare for a normal bra.  That’s where a lovely little racer back soft cup comes in.  I bought this bra ages ago but never really gave it a proper chance, the high racer back makes it feel like the worst fitting bra in the world – you know when the under band rides way up.  It fit pretty perfectly with the shape of this top, just showing a little flash of netting at the sides every now and again.  I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t mind a cheeky flash.

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Day 3 – This is another bra/top combo that fit perfectly together.  I did feel a little bit weird wearing a top that I have only ever worn going out out in the daytime, but I figured it’s only a top and it doesn’t flash anything inappropriate so where’s the harm?  I’ve always been kind of split between wanting separate work and not work wardrobes, and mixing everything up wearing whatever, wherever.  I’m still not completely sure about mixing, but I suppose as long as I’m not turning up to work wearing mini dresses I’m sure it’ll be fine.

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Day 4  – I love this little eBay bargain top, it’s a weird knitted metallic mix that’s (you guessed it) pretty comfy.  It’s not that spacious in the chest area though so I doubt it would work with any kind of padded bra.  I probably could have gone a bit more smart than casual with this outfit (I’ve already got the trousers in mind for next time) but I felt pretty good wearing this combination so that’s good enough for me.

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Day 5 – This day was probably the coolest of the week so I thought I could get away with a full sleeve.  I went for a lacey crop top under this, very daring wearing black under cream.  It’s so stupid but I felt a bit self conscious at first having dark underwear under a light top.  I managed to get a grip of myself, get over it and accept the comfort I was in.  It’s not like it’s a sexy bra and a fully sheer top, surely that makes it acceptable?  These shoes on the other hand nearly killed me.  My walk to work takes 5-10 mins, that’s all it took for these to give me the biggest blister.  Silver lining – it stopped me going out at lunch for a fatty lunch.

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Day 6 – This was my ‘brunch with the ladies’ outfit.  I think I was so excited about having a catch up with my lovely gang that I was probably a bit over dressed and overly made up, but then again I felt pretty good about myself so that’s all that matters, right?  I took this opportunity to flash more than I could on a normal day, wearing a soft cup bra with extra straps under a v neck, lace up top.  I’m not sure it worked 100% but I didn’t hate it!

As vein as it might be, I do love the more put together feeling that comes with putting in the effort and taking a bit more time when getting ready in the morning.  Next step is to find something other than bras to obsess over!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Lifestyle: getting fit with an app

So I may have given the impression from some of my previous posts that I’m lazy and like eating just a little bit too much.  This isn’t completely false.  I tend to go through phases of loving exercise then not having the time of day for it – I can’t be the only one who does this?  I’m starting to get that urge to improve my fitness and put a bit of effort in, but then the question is how do I go about it this time?

In the past I’ve done the gym and various classes, right now I don’t feel like they’re the best options for me.  First off they cost too much money.  Secondly, it feels like too much of a time suck committing to going somewhere else to get sweaty when I’ve got other things I want to be getting on with.  So, how to get fit?

In this day and age there’s an app for everything (I realise how old I sound with that expression) so why not put my health in the digital hands of an app?  I think I may have found the perfect one.  It’s basically a combination of all the 30 day challenges going – abs, arms, legs, bum, general fitness.

Now if I’m going to be taking orders from my phone, I refuse to follow the rule of only being to start a diet or fitness regime on a Monday (such a rebel, I know).  There’s a very good chance I’m taking on a little bit too much doing all the challenges at the same time, but go hard or go home, right?

The app seems to have a pretty good set up.  It has little demonstrations for all the exercises, recipe ideas, sections to track your weight with numbers and photos, and most importantly a motivational quotes section.  Best part is, it’s free!

One downside to this re-found enthusiasm for exercise, all my work out clothes are packed away waiting for the big move.  I might just have to abandon my stubbornness, bite the bullet and unpack a bag.  Or I can just make do with whatever isn’t packed, after all it’s not like anyone else will be witness to the walking workout fashion disaster.  Not the end of the world, and not worth worrying about – unless I give working out outside a go then the neighbors might be worried!

Fingers crossed I’ll be able to muster up enough motivation to stick with everything for 30 days.  It’d be pretty amazing to get to the end, feel better in myself and in my clothes!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx