Craft: jewellery making part 7

This was a little bit of a fail week.  To be honest, I think I’ve had a bit too much luck with experiments recently and it’s probably about time I had a disaster to bring me down a peg or two.  There’s a very good chance I got a bit too carried away with carving without thinking too much about how the shapes would work.  Do you know what?  I’ve learnt from my mistakes, know how I could make things better, and most importantly I don’t feel bad about any of it.

I managed not to stink the class out completely with the weird burning fish smell, only a little bit.  This did raise a few eyebrows but nothing that couldn’t be laughed off.  I don’t know if the outcomes made reactions better or worse.

Pre stalk removal it kind of looked like I’d created a load of weird magnifying glasses.  And a rock.

Post stalk removal we have four questionable rings, and a rock.  The rock was supposed to be a super multifaceted piece.  I didn’t use enough silver or have enough definition in my mould.  Ah well.  If this one had worked, it would have been crazy heavy and not practical at all as a pendant.  As for the rings, I don’t quite know what to say.  To be honest I don’t hate them as much looking the day after.  They aren’t all perfectly lined up, but I do (theoretically) know how to make this work next time.

I think my plan going forward from here is to attempt cleaning the rings up and see if they can become remotely passable as jewellery.  The rock is going straight back in the melting pot.  Right now, I think there’s a high chance everything will end up back in the fire and in a (hopefully) more successful fish.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

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Style: Pinterest styling update

The week of Pinterest (officially) ruling my life is over. There’s no doubt it will still be unofficially ruling any spare time where I’m kidding myself that I’m being productive. There was plenty of inspiration on my boards, half the challenge was narrowing down my options and making decisions.

The weeks fashion inspiration. I had wanted to get more of a mix of styles, shapes and colours, but my wardrobe turned out to be more limiting than I expected.

I managed to keep my makeup inspiration pretty subtle but definitely different from my usual day to day attempt. Didn’t think the crazy colours would go down well at work so gave them a wide berth.

Hair was a struggle. I’m still on the search for styles that will actually work with hair as short as mine. Not going to lie, I did end up dreaming about growing my hair out.

Day one

Black trousers, striped top, peachy heels, bronze eyeliner, side parting with plait. I’d have liked this outfit so much more if the trousers weren’t too big, it was one of those where they felt fine when I got dressed but as soon as I started walking around, they were threatening to make me flash. The eyeliner was much more successful than I had expected it to be. It was surprisingly easy to make a flick with a fairly chubby soft pencil. Hair was a little bit meh by the end of the day, far too much heat going on.

Day two

Sandy culottes, black top, white trainers, rose gold eyeshadow, side parting. These trousers really don’t photograph well (I’m going with that over they don’t flatter me at all) very comfy outfit, definitely more of a casual day in the office than a polished day but that’s absolutely fine. Love this makeup. Very simple two shadows all over. The first time in years I’ve used my finger to apply eye makeup. Don’t think I did such a bad job on the days blow dry and didn’t end up dreaming of longer hair this night.

Day three

Cream wrap blouse, skinny blue jeans, flat peachy shoes, double eyeliner, front plait. I’m fairly certain I’ve worn this outfit to work before. In fact, I’m wearing this top in my website staff photo. That was before I had all my hair chopped off though so it still counts as a new look in my books. I liked the double eyeliner and think I somehow managed to do a pretty good job of in my opinion, but hay fever doesn’t agree with any eye makeup. By the end of the day I was looking a little bit smudged. Who doesn’t like a plait? I was pretty impressed all the short bits right at the start actually stayed in place all day.

Day four

Off-black skinny jeans, white sleeveless shirt, mauve? 3/4 length jacket, cream wedges, pinkish hair, smudged eyeshadow, darkish lip. This outfit was a lot nicer in my head. In real life I felt more like a cross between a member of the Addams family and a school girl trying to make her uniform look not like a uniform at the end of the day. When I first did my eyes, I looked a bit like I’d woken up after a late night having not taken my makeup off. By the end of the day, I didn’t hate it so much. Hair, how can you go wrong with a bit of pink?

Day five

Black culottes, white textured box top, black velvet boots, mini quiff, gold lower lash shadow, fine black flick. This outfit felt a lot better all day than I expected it to. I’d forgotten about these boots but think they gave the outfit that extra fancy bit to stop it being a standard boring outfit. I was very impressed with my eyeliner. I think this was the first time I’d managed to get both sides even and thin, usually the flicks end up a lot chunkier in an attempt to get them to match.

I felt pretty put together this week. Got quite a few compliments for looking smart, although the standards in my office are set pretty low. Every morning I felt like I had too much going on around my eyes, but consistently by about lunchtime I was feeling it a lot more and sometimes think I could have gone further. It could have just been my fault for the pins I chose, or Pinterest’s for what it brings up for workwear but everything was very safe and simple. It could just be that’s the socially acceptable office uniform, which is fine, it’d just be nice to mix in some colours and textures in the future maybe. Life’s too short to be safe and simple. The next challenge is going to have to be a lot more challenging I think.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Craft: silver mushrooms

I may have mentioned (once or twice) how much I love the jewellery course I signed up for at the beginning of the year. I love it. It might turn Wednesdays into the longest days every, bit it’s worth all tiredness.

My latest obsession is delft clay casting. Not too complicated (once you kind of have the hang of it), makes use of my ridiculous stash of old buttons, I get to play with the big fire torch, and they look pretty. One of the other ladies on the course joked about my enthusiasm and the mission I seem to have been on the past couple of weeks. It might be time to try something new before I become the weird clay girl in class.

My mission has been quite productive. They will all look prettier after they’re all cleaned up, but before, they look like weird little mushrooms. Possibly drunk, not quite perfectly formed mushrooms.

Am I the only one who finds these little guys pretty cute? I feel like they’d be the base for some simple sketches. Imagine arms, eyes and expressions added on. Doodle mushrooms. Sounds like quite a good photoshop break to me. Especially if it gives me just the right distraction to figure out what to actually do with the cleaned up fellas.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: budget styling update

Quick recap, the aim of this week was to attempt to style accessories that have been buried in the back of my wardrobe for far too long. Not convinced how successful it has been, I’ll let you all be the judges.

Day 1

So this is the newest disregarded item to enter the wardrobe. It came from ASOS a few months ago and the label has just come off. This challenge came at the perfect time (I wonder who planned that?). My hair drier broke and I discovered how hard my hair is to style with out heat. It’s basically impossible. Cue the headband. So the rest of the outfit was a bit meh and did make me feel a tad bit frumpy but at least my head was kind of sorted out.

Day 2

This belt has been hanging around for maybe 4 years, I really don’t think I’m exaggerating there. I thought I’d play it safe with the rest of the outfit. That definitely doesn’t mean I chickened out. It’s not like I wore the exact same things the week before. I think the belt worked at making me look less like I’m in pyjamas, but on the other hand it also felt less like being pj comfy.

Day 3

I think this may have been a Topshop bargain about 8 years ago. (I’m starting to feel very old). Kind of loved this little mix up with this great little faux suede skirt I found in the charity shop. The necklace needs to go though. For the first half of the day I sounded like I was wearing a cow bell, the second half I had to tuck it into my skirt before it drove me crazy. I think it’s been hanging around long enough without any purpose, it’s time to be dismantled and maybe have a shot at a new life. Who knew old jewellery had so many possibilities? Maybe.

Day 4

This day was a fail. My plan was to wear the metallic shoes. For more than 2 minutes. I bought them just before Christmas and haven’t dared to wear them. Not for any kind of ‘out there’ factor but because they have to be the most uncomfortable things in the world. I was running late this morning and trying to get one foot in one shoe was more than enough to put me off. These definitely need to go. Very soon.

Day 5

This belt (magically) appeared about the same time as the previous one. It still had the label on. Didn’t completely hate how this looked. It was ridiculously uncomfortable though. I sat in the car and it felt like I had a mini corset on. That might be slightly dramatic but the whole thing was so rigid. I feel like this might have to be evicted from the house.

This hasn’t felt like the most successful or mood boosting fashion week. On the bright side I’ve found some things I can get rid of and a new wall (minus a skirting board) to pose in front of. This could be the slowest way to have a wardrobe clear out.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: early spring styling update

It feels like so long since I’ve done one of these self imposed styling challenges. I’ve kind of forgotten how to awkward pose. First world problems in a nutshell there.

Quick recap, the challenge was to wear at least one brightly coloured item, put some effort into my makeup and wear different shoes to the winter ones I’m so sick of wearing. This should be so simple but if anyone put money on me not following through with everything completely, they’d be winning.

Day 1

The first day was forecast to be the coldest of the week so thought a jumper was a good place to start. My initial plan had been to have bare legs. I chickened out. Me and my bare legs have a complicated relationship and I couldn’t bring myself to start the week with that stress. Just to bring the drama level right down, this was a 30 second decision, not something I had agonised over.

Day 2

I actually quite liked this outfit, but I pretty much hate all Tuesdays. There’s just something about them. I’d rather have a week of Mondays than a week of Tuesdays. This outfit gave me that casual but put together feeling, that’s not something I ever usually feel so that’s a massive bonus for the day.

Night 2

I thought I’d throw this little bonus outfit into the mix. Mid week cocktails deserve a bit of colour too. I love this little top. I did feel a little bit self conscious having a flash of belly on show, then decided I needed to get over it.

Day 3

For the first time ever, I managed to take my outfit picture before work. I never thought I’d see the day. Not sure I’ve ever worn such a bright pink, thought I was going to hate it but honestly, kind of loved it. This hair though, not the worst it’s ever been but it’s definitely up there. Photos early on in the week have me the push I needed to get back to the hairdressers.

Day 4

This threatened to be such a hangover day. The night before had been food and drinks with the work family, we’ve never been out and not gone overboard. So glad I had my outfit ready in advance, this morning was the quickest getting ready. This didn’t give much time for makeup, so my face did let the outfit down just a bit. I feel like I need to point out these trousers are definitely quite a bright green, it’s not a cheat outfit I just didn’t figure out how to deal with the sun while taking photos.

Day 5

This last outfit felt like a little bit of a cheat. My top could have been brighter. It was the end of what felt like the longest week, to be honest at this point I was just ready for the super short weekend. Plus point for the day, I found my favourite (and aptly named for my day job) wine on offer in a huge bottle. The Horologist for anyone who’s interested. This jean and shoe combination has to be my favourite basic thing to come out of this week.

On the whole I don’t think I failed too badly with this challenge. The last top was a bit boarder line (I’m being very generous with myself there). Makeup game started off well. I impressed myself and actually managed to put eyeliner on for three days in a row. It all kind of went down hill from there though when I stopped waking up early enough to utilise my (pretty) perfectly organised makeup station. Next week I will definitely (try to) do better. I’ve just had another amazing hair cut that deserves to be shown off with a good face. The shoes. I can’t lie (you can see for yourself) I didn’t do very well on this front. I did wear shoes that I hadn’t been able to wear during winter but I had planned on pushing myself to wear more than two pairs all week. I’ll do better next week.

I enjoyed this week. It definitely helped that the weather was actually pretty amazing. Is this scientific proof that willing good weather with brightly coloured clothes actually works? I might just have to try it again next week to double test this theory.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: eBay haul update

This week has possibly been the worst week for short skirts and (wannabe) fancy outfits. There has been so much snow. For England anyway. Sensible people would probably have postponed the fashion show and opted for long johns and thermals, but then I’ve never claimed to be a sensible person.

Day 1

First day and I fully embraced the short, tight and high. It all made me feel pretty good, the slight downside was the top rising up and flashing a very cold sliver of flesh.

Skirt – Miss Selfridge £0.01 (£3.40 postage)

Day 2

Head to toe black and white. I loved this outfit. Velvet boots don’t work very well in the snow though. I wasn’t such a fan of the little tummy podge going on, but I’m going to choose to blame that on there being too much top tucked in.

Skirt – Miss Selfridge £0.99 (£2.90 postage)

Day 3

This day had the most snow so far and a high temperature of -3. The sky did look pretty on my half snow day though so decided to suffer for my art and try to take some photos outside. This is definitely the same skirt as day 1 just in a very slightly different pattern. What a good job I’m a new fan of the short, tight skirt.

Skirt – Miss Selfridge £0.99 (£2.90 postage)

Day 4

This wasn’t quite the outfit I’d wanted to wear. My plan was to mix patterns up and put my tailored check trousers with this jumper (this might be the softest thing I’ve ever bought). The snow had other ideas for me. I had decided to walk to work and any shoes that went with the trousers would have left my with two frozen stumps by the time I’d finished the treck. I don’t hate the result, it’s just a little bit safe and not that exciting. As soon as the snow is gone I’ll give my original outfit a chance to see the world.

Jumper – Miss Selfridge £0.99 (£2.40 postage)

Day 5

This dress came with the tags still on. Winner. It’s lovely and soft but really not that warm. I spent all day feeling a little bit fat and absolutely freezing. Not my favourite look of the week but in slightly warmer weather, and when I’ve not been eating quite so many carbs, it might be a more appropriate outfit choice.

Dress – Miss Selfridge £0.99 (£2.20 postage)

Well done wine. I think this has been a pretty successful eBay shopping session. It felt pretty good having a little capsule wardrobe, it would have been a little bit nicer if every day didn’t require two pairs of tights. I did manage to wear a necklace every day, just forgot to do any close up photos. Idiot. I’ll do my best to work on photographing my of myself in the future.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: dressed by Liz

After a good few weeks of planning work outfits, and 20 odd years of having to dress myself in general, this past week I have given up completely. What’s the use in having a housemate if you have to do everything yourself? I have given complete control over to Liz. She has had the pleasure of choosing all my clothes, shoes, accessories, hair styles and makeup flair (I got to stick with my usual base routine seeing as I’m obviously a pro at that).

Day 1

Great start to the week. Culottes I haven’t worn in about two years, white half button down top that also hasn’t been worn in about two years, knee high boots, goldy necklace and a red lip. I was a little bit apprehensive at first, pretty sure I stopped wearing the top and bottoms because they got a little bit too snug. Massive bonus, they both fit just right. The top is a bit more booby than I usually wear for work, but luckily all conversations were aimed at my face. Both these items are very welcome in the standard rotation – if I ever end up back in that cycle.

Day 2

This is an outfit that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself but I felt amazing. Pretty sure it’s from Liz’s ‘Bridget Jones’ collection. The only down side to this outfit was a slight modesty issue. I spent most of the day on my knees taking photos. It’s a good job I was in the office alone. Pretty sure I was flashing the room at quite a bit. This day also turned into a pub night (cue the bathroom photo shoot), perfect day to night look.

Day 3

I think this has been an old staple in my wardrobe rotation before. Definitely more practical for sitting on the floor for half the day.

Day 4

Liz started the day by saying she had the most daring outfit of the week planned that was just her style. Knitted jumper, knitted tights, docs and a pretty skirt. Loved this style. The skirt did feel a smidge tight though which made me feel slightly uncomfortable, if I can lay off the pizza for a bit it could be a future winner.

Night 4

What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t help my other friends celebrate Friday night? The absolute worst kind. I loved this outfit and felt amazing. Wasn’t feeling heels but these leopard pumps are my favourite go to flats. Turns out a bar isn’t the best place to get a solo outfit picture, who knew? Can’t beat a mini photo shoot with the best bouncer in town though.

Day 5

This was a complete dead day. Too much fun on a Friday doesn’t leave much time for an outfit to be planned on Saturday morning. If anyone is interested, I went with the old classic grey jumper, jeans and docs.

I loved this week. It was so nice not having to think about a thing and always feeling good in what I was wearing. It was nice having someone else’s perspective on how I should be dressing. It gave me some inspiration for how to dress myself in the future. Or I could just try and get Liz to pick out my clothes for the rest of my life.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx