Style: birthday weekend prep

Where are nearly 27 year olds supposed to shop?

ASOS has been my solid go to website of dreams for the past 11 years or so.  I think I’m finally getting to the age where I’m too old to shop there.  It’s a pretty upsetting time.

To be fair, I definitely don’t need to buy anything new, but then again when does anyone really need to buy anything pretty?

With two wardrobes worth of clothes, this shouldn’t be such a hard job but I do feel like I’m struggling a little bit for inspiration.  How dramatic can I make putting two outfits together sound? 

The birthday plans are exciting and as far as I know not too extravagant.  On Saturday, a girls trip the York for all the cocktails and food we can manage.  Friday night is a surprise.  All I know is I can wear nice shoes and something fancy.

Outfit wise Saturday is the bigger challenge.  Shoes that will be comfy enough to walk round all day in (be obviously still look good), something warm enough (without being a fleece), and basically just something that is going to make me feel good about myself.  


First option.  The best high waisted pleather  culottes ever made (from the days before ASOS abandoned me) along with a kind of tasseled top from H&M many years ago.


Second option.  A jazzy, metallic, structured jacket bought as an eBay bargain (originally from Miss Selfridge), love it but only worn it once so far.  Paired with pretty much the perfect black ripped jeans from Topshop.


Third option.  Silky wide leg trousers (ASOS, obviously) and this Miss Selfridge tuxedo style jacket.  Some kind of top would probably come in pretty handy here too.


Fourth option.  Zara ruffle trousers (so love island) with the most versatile and long lived vest top Primark has ever sold.  Definitely need some kind of cover up but haven’t quite got that far yet. 


Fifth option.  This amazing, flowy, swishy, button up thing from Missguided with a cute little New Look lace cami top and weird (but cool) River Island coated jeans.


Sixth option.  The best impulse buy ever, this silky shirt/dress from H&M with a kind of mesh dress (looks a lot nicer than it sounds!) and then a belt.

Currently I don’t feel that amazed by any of these outfits, they’re just not quite right.  I don’t know if I’ve just spent too long looking through the same things or if I’m having a subconscious sulk because I wanted to treat myself to something new.  

I think I need to take a break, do something a bit more interesting than stare at clothes and remember there’s no such thing as a perfect outfit and I’m going to have a great time with my friends no matter what I wear.  I’m getting old.  Need to get glam asap. 

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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Style: holiday wardrobe

Just over a week in paradise feels like a life time ago.  I’m being dramatic.  3 weeks back at work has made pure relaxation feel like a distant memory though.  What better way to bring on the late holiday blues like reflecting on the whole experience and wishing I could do it all again.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve been anywhere with such a blue sky and not a cloud in sight.  Seriously, this photo does not do the sky justice.  It was beautiful.

With all the stress of trying to complete the new house, shopping went way down on my priority list and I put the very least effort into packing as physically possible.  I was that stressed before I left that I didn’t even have the energy to stress about how unprepared I was.

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The first night was pretty chilled after having a ridiculously early start in the morning.  I love this outfit.  So comfy and could definitely wear it in England (maybe without the jelly shoes).  The trousers were part of the panic Zara shop – I think Zara may be my new favourite place to shop.  The top is a good old New Look faithful and the shoes a £10 Asos bargain from a few years ago.

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Second night felt a bit more dressy with this amazing Miss Selfridge jumpsuit borrowed from my roommates wardrobe.  This new collective wardrobe is paying off already!

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Third night took us to the booming nearby bars (think small town nightlife).  Taxi rides meant my new 1.7kg shoes could come out to play (they got evicted from the checked in suitcase for being too chunky).  This was a head to toe Miss Selfridge panic haul and I was pretty pleased with it.  The only down side was that the trousers and flash of belly didn’t really allow for a big meal, which actually may have been a bit of a blessing in practising portion control.

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By day 4, we thought we’d mix things up a bit and go for lunch.  Great idea until you get out into the heat and realise the only thing you can do in the daytime is sweat.  Luckily this Zara jumpsuit is the best item of clothing ever created and bought.  It’s light weight, patterned to disguise any potential sweat marks, and once you remove the belt (which would look great in England) it’s baggy enough to allow the nicest full body breeze to flow through!  What more could you ask for from a jumpsuit?

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Things got a little bit crazy on day 5.  Like really crazy.  We went for the standard food and cocktails.  I got addressed as sir by a photographer whose backtrack excuse was “my English isn’t great, I don’t know pronouns”.  We then copied the start of every kidnapping film and got in a strangers car to an unknown place.  We survived though so that makes it okay?  Luckily we didn’t get kidnapped or murdered.  We ended up at the most amazing all night disco.  Literally dancing til the sun came up.  So much fun.  I was wearing an Asos dress that may have actually been a beach cover up.  So comfy and great for dramatic dancing.  Realised at about 8am that I hadn’t got an outfit picture for the day so tried posing as we were starting to think about how the hell we were gonna get back to the apartment.  This Spanish guy just didn’t get the concept, but I kind of love the photo!

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Night 6 was much tamer compared to the previous night.  Although it wouldn’t take much.  This was one of the outfits I was most excited about trying.  Top and trousers from the Zara parcel and the over weight wedges.  This was my version of a Love Island outfit.  Ruffles, crop and massive heels.  I know it’s not that out there as far as outfits go, but it’ not something I’d usually go for.  I love trying new outfits and I’m very glad I tried this one.

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Night 7 was another somewhat risky outfit.  Pretty Little Thing bought from Asos.  Very low cut, very high split and very sheer.  Very Love Island.  I did chicken out a little bit with this dress though I have to admit.  The dress is designed with a built in body suit.  I opted for a pair of black denim shorts to cover a bit more of my modesty, didn’t really think anyone should have to look at my bare thigh and ass while going out for tea!  I am quite looking forward to trying this dress over some black skinny jeans though, in my head that’ll work for an England look.  I could be very wrong but I have high hopes.

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Last night and unfortunately not the last outfit.  Zara trousers and borrowed H&M top.  These trousers are amazing.  They have the best swish.  I love how this top looks but when it’s 30 degrees at night you definitely need something breathable.  Maybe half an hour into the night, sweat patches started to appear.  Just what you want.  At least I managed to get a dry photo in first though, right?

On the whole, I think my panic buying worked out pretty well!  Apart from the sweating factor, there wasn’t an outfit that I felt uncomfortable in or didn’t feel like myself in.  I did have a couple of left over outfits at the end of the trip.  I hate taking things just to bring them back again.  I do kind of wish I’d been able to put together more of a capsule wardrobe with more creative elements to make things look different.  To be fair though, everything fit in the suitcase and I felt good in everything I wore.  I also managed to fully relax for the first time in I don’t know how long and then get my head in the right space for moving and decorating.  Definitely a well needed break, as soon as I step foot back in Sheffield the house work began!  Lots of house development updates coming very soon!

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

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

Style: soft cup bra week update

I’ve spent the last week without underwires and I’ve loved every second of it.  I expected to be over it after a couple of days and be craving a bit of support but I was so impressed with how genuinely comfortable I was the entire time.  I was a little disappointed in myself for not getting a bit more creative with my outfits, but I can give that a go from now on.

When I did my little shopping spree I went all out and bought matching pants for every bra.  I always buy matching sets but rarely find myself wearing them day to day.  I really had to laugh at myself the first day getting ready.  I felt like that scene at the beginning of The Devil Wears Prada when the fancy fashion girls are parading around in their underwear while they pick their outfits and do their makeup.  My current situation is a far cry from New York glamour, but it did give me a nice little boost to start the day.

I discovered another love this week.  High waisted pants.  So comfy and so sassy.

Hopefully these lovely new soft cups will make everything a lot more comfortable (maybe less sweaty?) during the summer.  I’m just going to have to work on being more organised and planning my outfits in advance, or getting up earlier in the morning – I know which one I’d prefer!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: soft cup bra week

Now I know I’m not the only female who enjoys nice underwear, and don’t things you already love always seem so much better when there’s a sale/discount?  I’m an absolute sucker for a sale, especially when you get the email that says you’re a VIP and get special early access to the bargains.  Boux Avenue, your marketing works a treat – my credit card hates you.

I’ve recently found myself hating underwired bras more and more.  This could just be because I’ve put a bit of weight on so they’re tighter than they should be.  Or I’m just fully morphing into my inner 80 year old who likes being cosy, not wearing real clothes and knitting.  Obviously the cheaper and more sensible option would be to stop eating all the food that crosses my path, but where’s the fun in that?  That only leaves one option, buy more bras.  After all, if you buy in a sale then you’re saving money right?

I added everything I liked the look of to my basket, then took half of it out after I reminded myself I’m not a millionaire and I’m supposed to be saving money right now.  Sale shopping doesn’t count as real shopping so it doesn’t break the budget – justification logic.

When everything arrived I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality and fit of all the bras.  I’ve ordered soft cups from places like ASOS before and although they are pretty, they offer no support at all and basically give up on life after about an hour.  Yes I’m aware when you take the structure out of something it’s not possible for it to offer the same support, but a girl can dream.  Is it too much to ask for comfort, support, style and shape?

A couple of the bras in this bundle need a bit of tweaking on the bands to get them to fit just right, but I had that in mind when choosing them.  As long as I can find my sewing machine between all the boxes that won’t be an issue.

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I’m giving myself the super tricky challenge of wearing a different style every day to see if I can justify my little shopping spree or if I need to give up completely on the idea of pretty and comfy underwear.  I’m looking forward to coming up with some outfits, hopefully a nice combination of comfy and stylish.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx