House: living room part 1

I’m not going to lie, the first time I walked into my new empty living room my heart sank and I had a sudden case of buyers regret.  The smell that hit me when I opened the door was strong and grim.  Can’t quite decide what it is and honestly I don’t want to spend too much time thinking about it.  The previous owners did an amazing job at disguising that during the viewing!

After a few minutes of what the hell have I done panic, I decided to stop being a drama queen and get on with it.  


Aside from the smell, my main issue with the living room was the bright red wall.  Not my cup of tea at all!  Luckily B&Q isn’t far away and they have all the white paint you could ever need.  


I was far too excited to get rid of the red that I didn’t really pay much attention to the wall I was painting – genius plan, I know.  After doing the first coat (and not doing such a bad job if I do say so myself!) I realised that wall had been papered before and was all starting to come away from the wall above the fire.  First dilemma.  Keep painting over the paper or risk taking the paper off and find out the condition of the wall underneath?  

Thank the stars, the wall was pretty spot on.  I’ve never had so many emotions about a wall.  I think I need to get out more.


Nice flat, not so holey, wall meant painting could begin again.  We put our pro team work skills to good use here – I can’t work a roller and Liz can’t work a brush – match made in heaven!  After all the messing around with painting and pulling it off it was pretty nice to know this layer wasn’t going to be going anywhere.


Finally a nice clean wall!  I love the names of paint colours, this is ‘tell me a secret’ the slightest tinge away from being bright white.  

After so much effort, the room is finally at blank canvas stage.  It definitely needs some colour asap though.  I never thought I’d be so excited to experiment with (somewhat) permanent colour.  So many more updates to come hopefully very soon!


Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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General update

After a pretty dramatic month of house, holiday and hospital, right now seems like the right time to stop procrastinating and get back to the blog.

August has definitely been my fresh start month. New house. Fresh(ish) tan. And a very dramatic MOT down at A&E.  Luckily I’ve not completely abandoned my photography attempts during this time, just my ability to type out any of the nonsense going on in my head.

The new house has the perfect make shift office area for all my super important outfit and decorating ramblings to make their way online.

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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

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

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