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

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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

House: bedroom transformations part 1

In the long lead up to getting the keys for the new house, I’d got it into my head I was going to be super organised and have this amazing plan in place to make the whole moving process as simple as possible.  I was clearly in a dream world.  As soon as a few boxes were moved in any logic or ideas of a simple life went straight out the window.  I do usually like taking the more complicated road anyway.

The first night staying in the house was complete squat life.  I’d ordered bed frames and mattresses from Wayfair because that seemed a logical place to start.  The frames turned up no problem, the mattresses on the other hand, nowhere to be seen for over a week.  After quite a bit of time on the phone, being on hold and chatting to a lovely customer service rep, it turned out my delivery had been taken next door.  Luckily my neighbours are really nice and didn’t mind keeping massive parcels in their garage for a week.

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Here’s the part I didn’t quite think through.  The house was now slowly filling up with boxes of more and more stuff and flat pack furniture and nowhere to put any of it.  Both bedrooms still needed decorating, when I first looked round the house in January I thought the house was ready to move straight into.  The more I looked after all their furniture was gone, I was very wrong.

Ordinarily, I love anything the colour of red wine – usually because it is red wine.  When it’s covering the walls in a not so lovely patchy/dirty effect or with a (in my opinion) garish print, I’m just not a fan.  Both rooms also came with massive wardrobes.  At first I thought it was great the previous owners were leaving them but in reality life, for me would have been so much easier if they’d have taken them.  Before any cleaning of decorating could begin, they needed dismantling.  Silver lining – it was a pretty good work out!

I was far too impatient (and a little bit tired of lifting) to finish getting all of the wardrobes out before starting the decorating part.  I was striping wallpaper and painting walls around the left over bits of wardrobe that I’d managed to get into the middle of the room.  So sensible.  Taking the paper off the walls was a job and a half without a wallpaper stripper (I was definitely an over confident idiot with that decision) it also uncovered some interesting choices from the last people – some nice sized holes that need more than a bit of filler to fix.  No idea what to do with these so I made the master mind decision to paint around them and deal with them another day.

For my paint choices, I went super edgy.  Off white and grey, crazy I know.

I did think I’d try and be a little bit creative though and get the frog tape out.  I’d seen a few photos on Pinterest of accent walls extending round the corners of rooms, and I love that idea.  My off white was a matt ‘polished pebble’ and my grey a silk ‘warm pewter’.  I’m so happy with how the corner wrap turned out, and the tape gives such a crisp edge.  So proud of myself!

The floorboards were bare and a bit stained.  I made the quite sensible (in my opinion) decision to hold off on buying a carpet/laminate/any kind of floor covering until I’ve paid out for more important things first and decided completely what I want.  Until then, floor paint goes a long way, and seems much more special when it’s called ‘moondust’.

The other bedroom was super easy, for me anyway!  I pretty much left my new room mate to it, and she did such a good job.  She went for a similar crazy colour as me – off white and blue.  You can just imagine what a crazy house we have.

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I think we’ve both done such a good job, massive pats on the back for us! There’s still plenty more to do in each room (and the rest of the house) before we celebrate too much.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

 

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