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

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Style: work wardrobe update

I set myself the challenge of being an organised person for a week (with my wardrobe) and I came up with some results.

Day 1

Amazing.  Felt absolutely fine about snoozing my alarm for an extra 10/20/30 mins, guilt free snooze time feels like a great start to the day.  Being able to get myself ready, feel fairly put together and be at work on time set me up for a pretty good day.  This outfit was also a pretty comfy one, for me that is so important when I’m sat hunched over a computer for 8 hours.  The one downside of this look, I slightly underestimated the weather and did have to resort to wrapping up in my work blanket.  Not the end of the world.

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Day 2

The second day was a massive failure.  I was enjoying what should have been my guilt free snooze when I realised my outfit for the day was culottes and I had the hairiest legs.  I had a bit decision to make. I could either shower, pick an easy outfit and get to work on time with hairy legs or shower, epilate, wear my planned outfit and get to work incredible late and have to explain myself.  I didn’t really think the second option would go down very well, and honestly it was far too much effort for first thing in the morning.  I also knew there was minimum chance of having to deal face to face with any customers so didn’t feel too bad about jeans and a jumper.  So comfy all day.

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Day 3

This day was basically a smart pj day.  So comfy.  Definitely could have spent more time and effort on makeup, but I have to admit I got a little bit carried away with my guilt free snoozing.  I swear these trousers look better in person than they do in photos!

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Day 4

I absolutely love these trousers.  Photos definitely don’t do them justice (I need to work on that) This outfit worked just fine for being in the office all day, but would have been absolutely useless for hunching over taking photos and editing.  I think the only way to make the trousers work for everything would be to stop eating pizza.  That’s not going to happen any time soon.

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Day 5

The last day wasn’t strictly a planned outfit, but with having a spare outfit after the second days fail, I thought I’d mix and match.  Another pj outfit that doesn’t photograph well.  Aside from having my first short hair bad hair day I felt pretty good about this look all day.  Had face to face contact with a few customers and none of them ran from the shop screaming so it can’t have been that bad.

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On the whole I have pretty mixed feelings about the week.  It was kind of nice knowing (as long as my leg hair was under control) I could turn up to work looking presentable without having to think about it.  In the same way, it became a little bit boring not having that input into my morning routine.  I liked having the option of go to looks but honestly I think having pretty simple decisions to make in the morning helps wake my brain up a little bit.

The whole process of putting outfits together, I enjoyed.

Sticking to an outfit plan made me feel a little stuck on a rut.

Another couple of things I’ve learnt over the past week: practice posing and stop eating carbs.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: painted canvas

As a general rule, I hate drawing and painting.  I’d love to love it, but I find the whole process stressful and generally unenjoyable.  Having said that, every now and again I get an urge to do a bit of drawing, and unlike when I get an urge to go for a run, I embrace it.

I didn’t want to overface myself and regret my decision, so I went with a postcard size canvas card.  Once again, hours spent on Pinterest came in very handy with various leaf prints and pretty things to copy off.  Freehand copy and not trace which is my usual go to method.  IMG_2284

I absolutely love this little slice of painting, it’s by no means well done but it’s not horrendous and didn’t make me want to throw away all my pencils and paints when I was done!

Clearing out my current craft room/office, I found plenty of blank canvases if the mood every strikes me again!

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx

Style: work wardrobe

Recently I’ve been trying to put a bit more effort into my day to day work “look”.  I love nothing more than snoozing my alarm until the last possible moment on a morning, this doesn’t give a lot of time to plan an outfit to throw on before running out of the door.  With a thought to help myself out, I decided to spend some day off time putting together a few outfits to see if being prepared and organised will let me snooze and leave the house feeling good about myself.

I’ll be the first to admit, it isn’t the most inspired collection but it’s made up of outfits that are comfortable and give me a little bit of confidence.

My hope is that a little bit of organisation in the morning will give me one less thing to think about and (hopefully) lead to a stress free morning.  Let’s just see if I can stick to it, and if it works carry on trying to be an organised person.

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: canvas weaving

When I first started packing up my life ready to move house, I had a scary reality check when I realised quite how full my craft room was and how many supplies I have been saving and never using.  This is when I decided to set myself a challenge to make as many things as possible to decorate my new house without spending a penny.  To be honest challenge for me was finishing something I’d started, I get so easily distracted.

Looking at all my supplies, I went for the biggest things first.  A big roll of netting, a 24″x20″ canvas panel, a big thing of fishing line.  All things that I’ve literally had for years and have done very little if anything with.

The obvious, time consuming outcome for me had to be a weaving to put on my new living room wall.  I love texture but have always been pretty much terrified of colour and how to use it in any project.  It took longer than it probably should have done to click on to bigger knots and looser weaves take up more space and help those inches get covered faster.

This drove me a little bit crazy at times, but I’m so happy with how it has turned out.  All I need now is a lovely new feature wall to display it on!

Stay tuned!

Much love,

Hannah

xxx

 

Style: new hair

I don’t think I have ever quite appreciated how much a good hair cut can change how you feel about yourself.  I’ve never been too afraid to try new things with my hair, it always grows back, but I’ve never loved a cut quite as much as I love this one.  I made the decision to go for the big chop mainly because it was in pretty bad condition from dying the ends.

I’m not going to lie, when Chelsea starting cutting I had a massive wave of regret and thought I had made the biggest mistake of my life so far.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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It took a few hours to get used to, but I couldn’t be happier with the results.  It’s more than just a cut, it’s given me a new level of confidence and sass.  I’m aware of how cheesy this sounds, but I’m all for anything that makes you feel good about yourself.

I’m only slightly ashamed to say, the sass that came with the cut lead me to buy a selfie light and spend a night playing around with makeup and taking photos of myself.  So vain, I know.  I have to say this did also give me a new appreciation for taking selfies.  By taking a bit of time to focus completely on myself and only looking to highlight the good bits and not focus on the bad bits, it gave my a nice little boost.  I’m definitely not converted into being a full time selfie queen, frankly I’m too lazy.  There’s nothing wrong with everything in moderation though right?

I did love experimenting with different make up and hair styles though.  Looks like my future is going to involve searching Pinterest for lots of new styles to try.

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx

Crafty bits: pom pom canvas

I used to absolutely love making pom poms as a kid, but I always remember them being such a faff with cardboard circles.  So much cutting out.  I discovered plastic pom pom makers about a year ago and, not to be dramatic, they have changed my life.  When the makers first arrived, I’ll admit I got a little over excited and used a whole ball of wool on various sized pom poms.  All in cream of course.  I didn’t know what to do with my new stock pile of fluffy little balls so for a while they sat in a bowl on my shelf.  They came in very handy at Christmas, helping to make my tree look a little less depressing.  As soon as the season was over they were out of a job again.

The answer then became very obvious.  Sew the pom poms on a canvas, duh.

Who doesn’t love wall art that’s a few inches thick?  It definitely fits my ‘style’ of colourless but textured perfectly!

I can’t wait to find the perfect spot in my new house and then move onto covering whatever else I can get my hands on in pom poms, maybe even adding a little colour in there!

Stay tuned!

Much love

Hannah

xxx