Style: legs out challenge

After last weeks not so much of a challenge, challenge, this week I’m going to push myself so far out of my comfort zone I’m probably going to be questioning my sanity on a daily basis.

I hate to follow suit with female stereotypes, but I’ve always been self conscious about my legs. Shocker. I very, very rarely get my bare legs out in public. Culottes have been a recent break to this unwritten rule, but generally anything showing more than high ankle requires tights or long boots. This really is a stupid hang up. My mum once said when I was younger, you’ve got legs that work and get you where you want to be so be grateful not critical. That might not be word for word but it follows the general gist.

I’ve been going backwards and forwards on whether to attempt this, and I’ve finally decided my anxiety about showing a bit of leg skin is a little bit ridiculous and I need to get over it.

So, I still have to be at work and don’t fancy highlighting myself as a perv object (I work in the 1950s, it’s not right but it pays the bills). I’ve picked out a few things that do show skin but not too much. Think has to be the first self imposed challenge that has got me genuinely nervous. Fingers crossed on a confidence boost and not a trip down memory lane to school ground bullies.

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

Style: Pinterest styling

I’m setting myself up for my hardest challenge yet.  Hair, makeup and outfits.  All Pinterest inspired.  All at the same time.  Such a challenge, I know.  I have spend many, many hours over many years pinning things I like and never really doing all that much with anything.

I’m mainly dressing for work this week.  That place is enough to drive anyone crazy, so it is quite nice to have the distraction of thinking about absolutely anything else.  I’ve definitely got a couple of key styles that I keep being drawn towards.  Skinny jeans and a nice top.  Wide leg trousers and little tops.  Everything needs to be office appropriate (i.e. not something that will give an old man a heart attack or an opportunity to perv.  I want to try and mix it up over the week though and not end up with basically the same outfit in a slightly different version.

pinterest fashion board

Hair styles do seem quite limited with super short hair, so fingers crossed on this one.  I’ve pinned quite a few blonde/coloured styles so that will be a good way to mix up the week.  There’s also a bit of texture and plaiting go on which I think will give plenty of scope for different hair everyday.  As long as I don’t end the week hating how short my hair is and wanting to grow it out, everything will be okay.

pinterest hair board

I will admit, recently I have been tending to get distracted by the crazy makeup on Pinterest.  Looking back to before I got addicted to the weird, there are actually quite a lot of sophisticated looks that are a lot more polished than my usual 5 minute job.  Hopefully they won’t be too difficult and I won’t find myself getting stressed out and wanting to get back into bed.

pinterest makeup board

So, I’m going to give myself a slight break with this challenge (or I could be making things harder here), I’m going to broaden the title to ‘Pinterest inspired/Pinterest worthy’.  I don’t really think that is going to make anything any easier on a practical level, but hopefully it will on a psychological level.  How much am I kidding myself right now?  Currently I don’t have any looks planned out at all, I think the plan is to swap my morning snooze for a quick Pinterest session to find my inspiration for the day.  What could go wrong?  Anyway, hopefully this week is going to be spent feeling like a well polished, functional adult.  I’m well aware being a proper adult is about way more than how you look, but it’s a pretty easy (and fun) thing to play around with.

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: budget styling

After a recent adulting session of going through my finances, I realised what little spare cash I have at the moment. Nothing to worry about, but definitely no room for a cheeky ASOS shop. The fact I literally have a room for my clothes should suggest I don’t need to buy anything new. Who can resist though?

I’m a general nightmare for buying things I’m not too sure about and never quite getting around to sending them back. The amount of tags and unused items isn’t absolutely appalling, but it isn’t great either.

Clothes are the usual focus of these little self imposed challenges but I think I’m the absolute worst for buying accessories and chickening out of wearing them. It could just show how lazy I am that I can’t get it together enough to put anything on after clothes.

I had a very quick rummage and grabbed the first five things I’m pretty sure have never seen the light of day. Two belts, a necklace, a headband kind of thing, and some very metallic shoes.

Absolutely no idea how I’m going to style these things, and I’m fairly sure I’m setting myself up for a massive fail. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to pull something out of the bag, otherwise these pieces are getting evicted.

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: early spring styling

According to the tree in my garden, it is officially spring.

These pretty pink petals can surely only mean one thing, the weather is going to be better. Fingers crossed. I don’t know how much I believe my own lie here, there might be quite a bit of imagining warm beaches in my very near future.

To kick start the season, I’m having a week of colour. Winter obviously means you can only wear black, and that’s a (ridiculous and unwritten) rule I’ve been pretty good at sticking too.

Here’s a little sneak peak of this weeks selection.

It can’t be a style challenge without a few guidelines. At least one item in each outfit has to be a bright(ish) colour. I think it’s also time to dig out some shoes that aren’t boots or completely sensible. I’ve also spent a tiny bit of time organising my makeup collection so should probably test out my new system. Pretty basic aims for the week. It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve done a week long challenge, hopefully I’ve not lost the ability to follow my own plans.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx