Style: hair gone wild

What is the best way to chill out after a crazy busy day at work? Do crazy things with your hair and take photos? That’s what everyone does on a Tuesday night isn’t it?

It might not be what normal people do, but I don’t think I ever claimed to be that normal.

I don’t think there’s really that much (or any) explanation to be given. My hair might be nearly not existent but it can still be made to point in many different directions with very limited effort.

So I could totally get away with these for day to day looks, right?

I had such a laugh doing this little impromptu photo shoot and from the laughing Lizzy was doing I think it must have been pretty funny to watch. I’ve clearly found the perfect place to take photos, perched on the back of the sofa with all the mess pushed just out of shot.

I did get to have a play with my new ring light, and it was the perfect de-stress. Absolutely great Tuesday night! I think there’s definitely more things I can get this hair to do and I can’t wait to try it all out.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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Style: no black clothes for a week

After the last work wardrobe challenge failed completely, I thought more of a challenge might make the whole thing a bit easier. If that makes any sense at all? Probably not really, but hopefully this week will have at least a little bit more success than the last attempt. Not exactly a high bar to beat.

I’ve been wanting to do this self imposed challenge (if you can call it that) for a few weeks but just haven’t gotten around to getting it sorted or planned in any way. Basically the idea is to cut all black out of my wardrobe for a week. I feel like my go to winter work wardrobe has gone a little bit too funeral style and needs a bit of shaking up. At no point did I think about the amount of clothes I have that aren’t black. This could be an interesting week.

I was going to drag Lizzy into this challenge, which being the queen of black and grey she was thrilled at the prospect, but I literally don’t think we have enough colours between us to put enough outfits together.

So I started by pulling out everything even slightly coloured. Such a great selection. Or maybe not.

For a start, there’s quite a few short sleeves in this pitiful selection and I’d rather not freeze during the week. It’s a good job I don’t work somewhere with a strict dress code, I feel like this is going to be quite a casual week. Or just a plain old questionable time. Hopefully I won’t raise too many questions about my mental stability.

Before I get onto what I’ve put together as prospective outfits for the week, I’m going to put it out there that black tights and shoes aren’t being thrown out for the week otherwise I think I would get frostbite.

This is what I’ve come up with. Blue jeans are going to be featuring with the long jacket things and I do need to remember to sew a button back on the check culottes. You can’t expect me to be organised enough to get things like that sorted in advance.

I have really mixed feelings about this whole thing. And I’m being far too dramatic about it, it’s only a few questionable outfits, what’s the worst that can happen? I have a severe lack of colourful clothes so I think by next weekend I’ll either be shopping for more colours or burning the ones I have because it’s been a complete disaster. I am hoping for a positive feeling at the end of the week, after all I do love any excuse to justify a bit of unnecessary shopping.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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: 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

House: proud peacock update

I have never been as excited to open a tin of paint as I was with this.  The living room has been screaming out for a colour pop ever since the tidy up white out and this ‘proud peacock’ has been on my mind since I first started planning my new life on Pinterest.

This tin has been sat on the table for about a week while my excitement for colour overtook my commitment issues for anything slightly permanent.  I had a rough idea of where I wanted to paint, but couldn’t quite decide if it was a genius idea or not.  I managed to get out of my own head, stop overthinking it, and get the paintbrush out.

Probably should have had more of a plan.

When Liz painted her room, she did the inside bits around the window frames with the accent colour.  It looks amazing.  I thought I’d be super original and copy her.  Definitely over estimated my painting skills and went in without any tape.  Worst decision ever.  I started with the patio door surround.  The edge was nowhere near crisp and just looked a little bit pants.  The only way to fix this line was to paint further.  With tape this time.  I measured an inch out from the corner and got tape happy.  Really wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out and thought I might be heading back to the shop for more white paint.



By this point, I had pretty much zero confidence in what I was doing but thought I might as well carry on anyway.  Why not?  The other idea I’d had was to paint part of the wall behind the sofa.  I measured the length of the spirit level from the door frame, marked and taped.  Frog tape might be my new best friend.  Still unsure about the colour, I carried on.  Clearly the most sensible choice when you’re unsure.


Next was the little triangle under the stairs and the window surround.  Triangle was no problem at all, and its pretty much behind all the furniture so the pressure was off there.  The window got the tape treatment first time round so seemed to be such an easier process.

I wasn’t in instant love.  But after a little break away from the room, I really do love it now.  It’s still a work in progress and I think the room definitely needs more colour.  I also think I prefer the extra bit of border around the patio doors.  Just need to figure out what colour curtains/window dressings and how to add any more colours anywhere in the room, cant wait.

 

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

House: wardrobe room part 1

One of the main things I’ve discovered in this new house is the fact that I pretty much hate all kinds of traditional furniture.  The previous owners very kindly left each bedroom with a wall sized wardrobe in.  I very quickly (fairly quickly) dismantled all of these and now have the majority of my clothes still in suitcases.  Great plan there. 

The eventual plan is for the little bedroom to be a fully functioning walk in wardrobe with all the clever storage I’ve been dreaming about for the past three years – I have big dreams I know.  These big plans are going to take a bit of time but that definitely doesn’t mean that room has to be ignored until that all comes together.  


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a room quite as dirty as the smallest room in this house.  I don’t think I’m being so over dramatic when I say it made me feel a little bit sick to think of someone living in that room.  The cream carpet was pretty much black and there were big dirt/grease marks at the head and foot of the built it bed. 

The first job was to get rid of the super well made built in bed.  I’m not expert but that wasn’t a well made bed.  Only judging slightly but I’m guessing that wasn’t the favourite sons room!  Once the bed was gone, it showed just how bad the carpet was.  I just can’t imagine getting showered then standing on that carpet to get ready for the day and still feeling clean at the end of the process.  I told a little lie earlier.  I didn’t dismantle the little room wardrobe just attempted to manoeuvre it around while figuring out what to do with that room, not the easiest thing but at least there is a temporary bit of boring furniture to house some of the many clothes hanging around here.  


Clearly step two was to rip that carpet up.  The room looked so much better but there were still the marks all over the walls.  I did also manage to get myself temporarily trapped inside the room after pushing the wardrobe out, pulling the carpet up and not quite having the strength to pull the wardrobe back in. After a quick rest and a few attention seeking snap chats, I put my brain to some kind of (good) use and got myself out of there.  I think all the walls took about three coats of bright white paint to get it all looking fresh.  Such an improvement.  A nice coat of gloss made the perfect finishing touch to the very basic white out.  

For a temporary walk in wardrobe, I think we’ve done a pretty good job.  The old wardrobe is very handy along with the shelf trays from the old wardrobe in my room.  There’s also the good old free standing rail and very flimsy shoe rack from the old house which are helping things look a bit more organised.  


Definitely many more improvements to be made hopefully very soon!

Stay tuned!

Much love! 

Hannah

Xxx