Style: crazy trousers night

Have you ever wondered what happens when you mix the ASOS Black Friday sale with wine? I’m sure this is a burning question to most people, so here we are to answer that question.

The result is basically a shed load of trousers that seemed like they’d be a massive laugh and would be sent straight back. My credit card is very disappointed in me right now.

It’s been a communal Christmas splurge, completely unnecessary but honestly I don’t think there are any regrets. This could be the start of a quarter(ish) life crisis.

So. Here’s our attempt at styling what we bought. It goes without saying, neither of us are professional stylists but we do our best to scrub up when we have to.

Trouser #1

These got an initial ‘hmm not sure, they can probably go back’ and then they were tried on. These trousers are so comfortable and soft and plain old not black. They fit us both really well and definitely won’t be going back.

Trouser #2

For me, this was the start of a series of ‘who the hell do you think you are?’ Lizzy looks far better. I may not have found the perfect combination, but these trousers feel like they’d be so warm on a winter night out, surely that’s a reason to give them a space in the wardrobe?

Trouser #3

Velvet. Do I need to say anymore? Probably. I feel like velvet is a bit of a marmite thing, some people love it, some people can’t stand to be in the same room as it. Or is that just my sister over reacting? This pair is amazing though, so cosy and soft and are not being sent back under any circumstances.

Trouser #4

It wouldn’t be Christmas without sequins. I absolutely love these ones, they’re fully covered. Front and back sequins. Most sequin trousers I’ve looked at before that aren’t a ridiculous amount of money are little liars and are only covered on one side. Nice little bonus with these, they’ve got a nice cosy lining. Definite keepers.

Trousers #5

I feel like these metallic paper bag top things look better in person and neither of us has completely nailed the top half. They feel amazing on though. There must be the perfect top out there somewhere, that could just be the next challenge. I don’t think they’ll be going back any time soon.

Trouser #6

These look far better on Lizzy than they do on me. They’re also another pair that we had a bit of a laugh about and thought they’d be going straight back in the post. I’d say for me they are the second in the series of ‘who the hell do you think you are?’ But what’s so wrong with attempting to channel your inner badass wannabe every now and again?

Little bonus here, but when lizzy isn’t coordinating her wine with her outfit, she loves nothing more than pleather and a woolly jumper.

Trouser #7

So I think with this shop the no black challenge was in my head. Another pair of green trousers. They’re amazing though. The fabric feels great and they look pretty great on both of us.

Trouser #8

I had mixed feelings about this pair. Half thought they’d be going straight back, half had my fingers crossed they’d look pretty cool on. I think they look pretty cool (a little bit ‘who the hell do you think you are?) and they’re one of those bit of clothing that forces you into feeling confident. Winner.

So. Not entirely sure what else there is to say. I think this has been a pretty good haul. Probably a lot of what I wouldn’t have tried if wine hadn’t stepped in, but I’m very glad I’ve tried out some new styles. Luckily ASOS offers extended returns over Christmas so if any of these are still sat sad and lonely on the rail after Christmas, my credit card will be very glad to see the back of them. I’m hoping more for some pretty creative new outfits to see this year out in style. Because clothes are so important, obviously.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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Style: no black clothes for a week update

This week has been a pretty successful one I think. I did forget to document one day, but I’ve decided to let myself off with that one. So just to remind anyone who cares, the (very complicated) work wear challenge was to cut all black clothes out of my wardrobe for a week. When I realised how few non black items I had, I did expect this week to be a lot harder than it was. Maybe having very limited choice actually made things a little bit simpler, no over facing amount of options, all decisions were pretty much made for me.

Day 1

I can’t quite decide how much of a cheat day this was. I’d said last time black tights and shoes were allowed, but with shorts this outfit turned out to have a lot more black than it probably should have. Mixed feelings about this outfit, I was pretty comfortable all day and didn’t freeze, but the jumper was slightly too cropped and I was wearing fake leather shorts in an office full of slight perverts.

Day 2

This was a crazy day at work. Honestly not too sure how I made it through the day. I was pretty happy with my outfit choice though and there wasn’t any cheating. I was warm and comfortable all day and felt I was at a decent level of professional.

Day 3

Failed at this day. Woke up late and had plans straight after work. Worst excuse ever I know but that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. I did manage to stick with my planned outfit though so wasn’t a complete failure. I did like this outfit (I went with the jeans from day 2 with the tops) the long sleeveless jacket thing did get a little bit annoying though seeing as I was running up and down stairs all day, there were a few times when I had to take it off before I injured myself. That could just be me being a bit of an idiot though and not having the skill to wear something long and loose.

Day 4

I loved this outfit. There was a little bit of cheating at the ankles with some black heeled boots but we can all live with that, can’t we? The one downside I did have with these culottes was with the fact I never actually got around to sewing the button back on. I did spend the whole day feeling like I had a cheeky secret though, which wasn’t all bad. I need to get out more.

Day 5

The last work day wasn’t strictly a planned outfit. It was a last minute change but I actually loved it. The top might look like a cheat but I promise it’s blue and white not black and white. What better for the end of a long busy week that an outfit that you feel good about yourself in and it happens to be pretty comfortable?

Night 5

After feeling pretty good about my last minute day time outfit, I fell back into old habits with my evening outfit. My very pathetic excuse is that I was in a rush to get ready and didn’t want to make a scene at the engagement party I was heading to in front of a load of people I didn’t know. Clearly the only thing to do in that situation is to wear black and metallic grey. I do kind of wished I’d properly planned ahead and sorted myself with a more colourful outfit, but what can you do. This is an old faithful that I know I generally feel good wearing.

On the whole, this past week has been a success in my eyes. I do think I could do with investing in some more colourful (potentially brightly coloured) work suitable clothing. It did get a little bit samey basically just having a different coloured jumper each day. I realise I didn’t try anything completely mental through this week, but I would quite like to keep my job and not raise too many questions about what I’m doing with my life. Let’s see if I manage to keep any colour into the usual rotation of outfits.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: no nail biting challenge 

Since my name has been mentioned on here a few times already I should probably introsuce myself…Hi, I’m Liz. Also known as “the housemate”, “Lizzy”, “the workmate”, “the best pal and “drinks bitch”…

So this is the start of my journey to having nicer hands and nails.

Anything would be an improvement on what they look like right now! Chipped, chewed and tatty. First things first, take that old nail varnish off! I’ve picked and bitten my nails for as long as I remember, I’m 27 now and I now see how important it is to have nice nails. If you were to guess my profession from my hands you would probably think I was a butcher or a brick layer…but no. 

The time has come for me to be a real grown up and stop destroying my nails. The real challenege will be not to bite them. I will be sharing a photo in 1 week to show the progress…in the mean time, if Hannah sees me sabotaging this challenge she has my consent to whack me. 

So I’ll wither see you next week with lovely manicured hands or a black eye.

Stay tuned.

Much love, Liz x

Style: hair experiments

I’ve always been the kind of girl who gets bored pretty quickly with any hairstyle. It probably started when I was a teenager. I never really had a rebellious streak, but every time I had my hair done I always wanted to get my monies worth so that clearly meant a completely different style each time. 

When I went short again this time, I’d been looking on YouTube to try and find a bit of inspiration for anything to do with my new lack of hair. The results were far from inspirational. In fact, they were just a joke. If a title was ‘16 amazing styles for short hair’ you could guarantee it’d be three or four combinations of straight hair and curly hair with slightly different partings. So boring. Now I’m not claiming to be a hair expert, but surely there’s a little bit more versatility even with short hair.

Now I’ve never liked making things easy for myself, so after I’d had loads of potentially amazing ideas, I went for a trim and pretty much got scalped. Not trying to make excuses, just explaining my failures in advance.

So starting of easy, this is my usual day to day style, a side parting with a bit of volume. Not groundbreaking I know, but everyone has to start somewhere.

Second is a getting it all out in the front. I’m still not claiming it’s groundbreaking, but I have to say I wore my hair like this today and felt pretty good about myself and it felt like an effortless change.


Third is, in my opinion, the perfect style for anyone who wants to go about their day and not have to think about hair getting in their eyes or heaven forbid, looking like you’ve made zero effort for that day.


Fourth is a good old quiff. I quite often find myself either not having time to spent on my hair and face in the morning or just being too busy with a project to want to think about my hair. I think a nice textured lump on the top of the head solves both these issues.

Fifth is another plait, but it’s chunky and behind a fringe so it’s completely different from the first one.

Sixth is plaits again but this time there are two of them and there’s no left over hair. I’ve got two confessions to make with this style, Liz did it for me and it worked much better when my hair was a smidge longer. I still think it’s a pretty cool hair style, and I can say that brag free because it’s not my handy work.  

So I may have failed just as much as any YouTube person, but I like to think I’ve tried and not claimed to have the amazing answers to anything. 

While having a play around though, I did discover my hair can now do many wild and wonderful things. We ended up laughing just a little bit too much to actually get any decent pictures though. I’ll definitely work on my poker face, properly stretch the limits of my new limited hair and get some good pictures taken!

Stay tuned!

Much love! 

Hannah

xxx

Style: birthday weekend

I’m going to start off by saying I was having so much fun over the weekend, I pretty much forgot to take any photos.  Super helpful when you’re trying to blog about life.  Really need to get better at that.  Promise I’ll try.

Anyway. Back to the weekend.  A few weeks ago my hair dresser convinced me to make a pretty drastic change.  I was a little bit nervous but honestly so glad I trusted her.  Friday afternoon saw this exciting transformation…



Absolutely love it. 

Pretty much all my proper outfit planning went straight out the window as soon as I got home after the hairdressers.  We were on a tight timeframe after the hair dressers to get to my surprise on time.  Luckily, I think I usually find getting ready a bit easier when there isn’t the time to overthink and flap.  Seeing as I didn’t know where I was going or what I was doing, I thought I’d keep it simple and pretty safe.  


I went with black skinny jeans, black kimono top and black, slightly glittery cape jacket.  Very simple but I was ready and feeling good about life at 27. 


What an absolutely amazing night at the comedy club.  I’ve wanted to go for so long and honestly haven’t laughed so much in ages (I do need to get out more in general, but this was legit a hilarious night).

Waking up the next morning was fun.  Many, many bottles of prosecco don’t usually make waking up very easy.  Places to be and more fun to be had though so after spending far too long sat on the floor I managed to pick an outfit.  A bit like getting ready when you’re in a rush, I think getting ready slightly hungover can also make life a little bit easier because there’s the same no faffing and no overthinking.  I really do regret not getting a full length picture of this outfit because I felt absolutely amazing!  (Does a picture with a guy dressed up as a moneysupermarket.com count as an outfit pose?)


Shredded jeans, black top, maroon long shirt and little heel boots.  Again so simple but with the hair and red lippy I felt maybe the coolest I’ve ever felt in my life.  

Had such a good girls day out and ended it all by my dancing my heart out and somehow only really embarrassing myself for about 10 mins when I lost control and started dancing like the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man.  Good times. 

Great start to being 27.  I’m looking forward to attempting to style my new look some more and hopefully find more outfits that make me feel as good as I did all weekend.

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