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

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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: 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

House: garage clearing

The plan for the garage has always been for it to become my sewing/craft/office room.  The perfect space for designing and making new pj styles along with some way of making my craft supplies look less like I’m a crazy person with no social life.  After the first couple of days of being officially moved in, the garage quickly became a dumping ground for all the boxes and anything else that didn’t have a home just yet.


Not exactly the perfect space to grow a business or be productive in anyway.

A quick trip to the skip made a massive improvement.  We accidentally missed the first black bin day (first nightmare), then the recycling men wouldn’t take any of the cardboard from the boxes we had managed to unpack – so irritating when you’re trying not to be a hoarder with a thing for squashed boxes.

It’s not a massive help having basically two double flat packed wardrobes stacked up against most of the walls, but I can’t bring myself to skip all that usable wood (not to mention I don’t know how I’d physically move it all again).  The plan is to use them to try and make a bit of furniture, it seemed like a good idea to use free materials to practice some DIY skills and (hopefully) end up with some unique pieces for the house. 

I found some sturdy looking shelves on offer at B&Q, they seemed like a pretty good idea to try and do a bit of organising and finally get rid of all the cardboard boxes.  What a nightmare to put together.  So much faffing around and making a racket hammering bits of metal together.  After finally getting them together, they definitely seem worth the effort although I completely underestimated quite how much stuff I have.  I swear I’m not actually a hoarder. 


I have a feeling this room is going to be the most frustrating room to get as I want it but fingers crossed one of the most rewarding.  All I need to do now is find the perfect organisational system and storage boxes.  Piece of cake. 

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