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

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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

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Inspiration: house plants

A (possibly) wasted night spent on Pinterest convinced me that when I move house I need some house plants.  They look nice and they’re good for the air, and let’s not forget it seems to be pretty trendy to have plants hanging around everywhere (who knew plants could be a trend).  The only downside here is I’m the kind of person who has recently managed to kill cacti.  That’s right, I killed unkillable plants.  That’s right again, not just one but multiple.

In my (terrible) defense, I got carried away and over committed to too many plants at once.  I’m not sure how forgetting to water more plants can be justified, so I just try not to think about it.

I’ve seen a few posts that claim to be links to lists of hard to kill plants but so far I haven’t committed my desire for pretty green things with actually following the links.

Maybe I should try buying one healthy looking plant and take it from there.  If there’s only one maybe I can keep it alive?  Failing that I might just have to find some realistic looking fakes and just pretend to embrace my inner hippy.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Inspiration: picture frames

So I definitely jinxed everything by announcing my moving date.  It’s been postponed again.  Not 100% confident it’s ever going to happen at the stage, but that doesn’t stop me dreaming about the house that might one day be.

I’m guessing it’s pretty normal to be a little bit obsessed with planning out all aspects of a house when you’re in the process of buying a house.  While I’ve been trolling through Pinterest trying to distract myself from the stress I’ve been trying to pretend isn’t happening, I’ve come across some pretty cool ideas.

I really didn’t want to become one of those girls who creates their life around Pinterest pins, but it really is inevitable.

One kind of idea I found that I’m quite excited about is the use of photo frames.  Frames on walls, groundbreaking.  Since I was 18 I’ve lived in rented accommodation and haven’t had the freedom to hammer holes everywhere, I probably could have done if I really wanted to but I never felt like being that kind of rebel.  I’ve also built up a few commitment issues about anything too permanent, very dramatic when we’re talking about photo frames but there we go!

Back to the ideas I found on Pinterest.  I love the idea of anything that is a bit unusual and involves a bit of effort or creativity to put together.

There are so many aspects that I love about all the images I’ve seen and they have given me far too many ideas.  The idea of layering frames up to create a more 3-D wall feature is interesting, I think I would want to combine that with photographs and artwork though rather than leaving all of them empty.  I also like the idea of adding small mirrors into the mix as well for some extra detail.

I am fairly confident that in one of the boxes I’ve already packed there are a load of vintage style frames I bought years ago when a local photography shop was going out of business.  As soon as I’ve moved in and gotten bored with all the important stuff that definitely should take priority, I’ll definitely be procrastinating with placement and most importantly content.  Who says I don’t have my priorities in order?

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Inspiration: dressing room

I’ve been inspired and motivated by my new found ambition to fill my new house with colour and creative touches.  Seeing as I have no immediate need for a nursery, I thought the best use for the smallest bedroom would be a walk in wardrobe/dressing room.

My plan is to paint some kind of mural on the wall.  Obviously Pinterest has many pretty ideas.

I really love the idea of having bold splashes of colour with line drawings over.  I think I kind of like the idea of making the space where I get more creative with my wardrobe and makeup to feel like a nice, exciting place to be in.

I do also have a feeling that I’m going to regret all these decisions once it actually comes down to trying to paint pretty things on the walls!

The other side of this room has to be a bit more practical.  As in it needs to have some actual storage space.

I love the idea of being able to easily see everything I have, ideally with most things being hung up.  In practice though I can’t see anything like the images above being practical at all for the amount of clothes I have!  I can’t be the only person who would fill either of these spaces with one load of washing.

I do really want to make a conscious effort to keep this space tidy and organised and not have it turn into a floordrobe as soon as I’ve unpacked my many cases.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

The nightmare of buying a house.

Towards the end of last year, my best friend bought her first house.  This got me to thinking about the future and made me decide to plan to be a real grown up and put together some sort of 1 year plan (a 5 year plan seemed like too much commitment – makes perfect sense when you’re spending your life savings, right?).  It was a pretty perfect and foolproof plan, save hard for 6 months then start viewing houses in May/June time.

You’d think that would be an easy plan to stick to.  It was going well until the Christmas holidays and I was a backseat passenger for 2 hours with RightMove on my phone keeping me company.  By the time we arrived, I had booked a viewing and applied for a mortgage in principle.

Within about 4 days I had been for a viewing and applied for an official mortgage offer.  I’m great at sticking to plans.  This sale fell through pretty quickly and looking back now it was a blessing in disguise.  The property was lovely but it really didn’t have any of the things I said I wanted – garden, drive/garage, space for a sewing room.  It was basically a flat on a busy main road with a shared access garden – all the bad parts of where I’m living now and what I’m trying to get away from.  I probably should have taken that set back as a sign to go back to my original plan and save until May.  That would make far too much sense.  Not long after, I found the perfect looking house.  It was in my budget, had a drive, garage, private garden, 3 bedrooms, and outdoor space for a hot tub.  What’s not to love.

My offer was officially accepted on the 17th January.  4 months later and I’m still waiting to move.  There was a glimmer of hope that we would complete mid April.  That didn’t happen.  I did however start packing around that time.  This means I’ve been surrounded by cardboard boxes for 6 weeks.  Ready to move for 6 weeks.  Slowly going crazy for 6 weeks.

I could be jinxing things by writing about it now, but completion has now been set for next Tuesday.  If this doesn’t happen, I’m giving up and moving abroad.

In anticipation for the new moving date, I’ve started packing (again).  I made the very unwise decision to start with my wardrobe (so stupid).  I’d already started with my gym clothes and going out out clothes that don’t fit right now, I have no desire to get into any of these things right now!  To make things extra complicated for myself between now and the completion date I have work, potentially a date, a night in London and a 30th birthday night out.  Instead of just throwing everything into suitcases, I’ve got to try and plan outfits again.  Work outfits are fine, everything else I feel like I’ve forgotten how to dress myself like a functioning human.  This could be an interesting week.

When I first had my offer accepted, I started clearing things out that I had been hoarding over the past 2 and half years living where I am now.  I took at least a boot full of bags down to the charity banks (trying to up my karma points, like you do) but I still have a ridiculous amount of clothes, and obviously never anything to wear.  So far I’m up to 2 suitcases and a holdall, I still have things hung up and things in drawers.  I don’t think I need to shop for another 10 years, like that’s going to happen though!  I’ve also realised just how much makeup I have that I don’t use.  The boxes on the left of the end photos are full of all the makeup I wear hardly ever if at all.  The bag at the side is what I use all the time.  I need to either have another ruthless clear out or just start experimenting with more new looks.  I know which option I prefer the sound of.

It may have become quite clear, I’m not very good at sticking to plans.  I like rash, un-thought out plans that leave me no time to overthink or talk myself out of it.  What could possible go wrong with logic like that?

Fingers crossed everything will run smoothly and next week I should be blogging from my new house!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

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Inspiration: living room

I recently made the very adult decision to by a house and once the solicitors have got the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed I should be moving in.  Hopefully in the not too distant future.  I’ve already started packing and have not so little box forts taking up the corners of most of my current rooms (I have far too many belongings).  To distract myself from the towers of cardboard boxes, I’ve been planning out all my new rooms and basically window shopping my next 2 years wages away.

The first room on my decorating hit list is the living room.  From what I remember of seeing the living room (at this moment it feels like years ago) it was perfectly livable but not my style at all – picture red, white and leather.  Whenever I’ve thought about decorating in the past I’ve always thought of keeping everything neutral and using coloured accessories to brighten things up, basically playing it as safe as possible.  I may have lost my mind at the beginning of the year which would explain why I decided to commit myself to 30 years of debt and go completely colour crazy.

I may be completely mistaken, but I’m fairly sure my new living room had plenty of natural light.  My basic thought is 3 off white walls and a feature colour wall.  Ground breaking, I know.  I’ve already got a lovely old fashioned arm chair that was reupholstered by a sweet old man who used to live down the road from my mum.  This chair is a terracotta/rust coloured velvet and I’m hoping it’ll be a pretty good anchor for the rest of the room.  Colour and texture.  And while I’m waiting to afford everything I want, I can sit in my loner chair and stare into the garden.

My best friend Pinterest has come up with plenty of inspiration for my new room.

Plenty of coloured cushions, wall art, and little trinkets to gather dust nicely.  Realistically a lot of these things I’m going to try and make myself, partly because I don’t want to work 6 day weeks for the rest of my life and party because I have a crazy amount of patience for making things that would cost thousands of pounds in man hours alone if they were from a shop.

A lack of funds doesn’t stop me browsing apps and online window shopping.  My two fave apps right now are Made and Wayfair.  So many pretty things and nice long wishlists.

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Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx