Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Feeling Festive

With December upon us I officially give you all permission to get Festive! 

'Tis the season for Christmas Jumpers, Festive Tunes, Sparkly Jewels, Tacky Novelties and here are a few of my favorites I have found so far!

1.Vintage Christmas Sweater, £14.73_2. Penguin Hat £7.99
3. Fairisle Print Christmas Dress £35.00
4.Jumper with Stag Print £38.00_5. Christmas Wreath Necklace £120.00
6.Gingerbread Socks £7.00_7. Santa Sweater Dress £68.97
What are your favorite festivities?

Hannah x

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Autumn Winter 14/15 Knitwear Lowdown!

Looking for a trans-seasonal buy? Wanting to get ahead of the crowd? Here is an overview of what could be made available to you in the knit market for Autumn Winter 2014/15!

The Coatigan

The bigger the better. Expect to see dressing gowny, cocooning, swaddling cardigans with exaggerated colalrs and kimono sleeves. Knitted in aran cables, fisherman ribs and bobbled yarns!

Navaho and Tribal Patterns

Chunky cowichan jackets use marled and rustic yarns to reinvent and add further dimension to tribal patterns. Not only are the yarns turning this artisan style into a modern trend, expect to see the knit paired with chunky biker zips, toggles and chunky button bands to update the old into the new.

Crew Neck/Cable

Next season sees the cable being developed in a manner of ways.
Slouchy cables are being used to create voluminous shapes then being paired with intricate detailing to create a soft and feminine appease. Fair Isle and Marl yarns are being infused to add colour and pattern to add dimension. The use of soft yarns, such as soft mohair, angora or fluffy yarns, are causing patterns and colour to blur into a dreamlike sugar rush.
If you’re after an urban trend, don’t panic! Knits will be colour blocked into wide blocks and oversized prints to create a bold statement with an urban feel.

Roll Neck

As this season saw the roll neck slowly creep into the limelight, this was all in preparation for next years spectacular!
As the necklines widens, the hemlines shortens! Slouchy and cowled necks are being paired with rising hemlines to crate super slouchy and super cropped jumpers. Whether being knitted in a cable, rib or with fluffy yarns I think we can all agree these are adorable!
Heavy gauge knits are being used to fulfill and emphasise proportions of the garment in; as I said, the bigger the better thesis! 

If any of these have inspired you to get knitting, (and lets be honest, a jumper will take a year... at least) then there are many ways to get going. Try using youtube videos to teach yourself the different stitches and techniques. Start of with projects that you want/will use, as it encourages you to finish! If you are looking for projects to do, then is a website which is free to sign up and contains thousands upon thousands of patterns (alot of which are free) for you to try!

Writing soon,


Thursday, 29 August 2013

I'm A PES(ce)T!

Hey Guys! 

So this is  post 1 which will feature sort of a weight loss / about my diet / lifestyle choice esque information which I have been meaning to write ever since I starting blogger at the beginning of summer, and just didn’t have the balls to do. I couldn’t be more nervous about posting this if I tried, but, I have convinced myself though if it will help only one person it worthwhile posting!

So through a series of events (starting from 2 years ago when I started uni) I felt I’ve gained a lot of weight, which I noticed a lot more this past year, which was making me feel very down in the dumps, so I naturally began a deep re-evaluation of my lifestyle.

One of the major decisions I took was to become a pescetarian, which for those of you who don’t know, is a vegetarian who eats fish and seafood. I made this decision for 2 main reasons.

1) Being a student. I can only afford the vilest of meats, the ones with about 80% water in, I was just becoming bored with the taste and texture and wasn’t enjoying eating meals anymore

     2)  I also challenge you to name a fat vegetarian. (I am aware there are a few… damn you cheese…but you get what I am saying)

With eating fish, you are still able to gain a wider variety nutrients, have a wider menu selection so you’re not feeling so restricted; It has just been a guideline to making healthier food choices and to get me back into eating proper meals again rather than just eating junk so I avoid the dreaded water infested meat.

If this is a decision you are thinking about making yourself, there are a few things to consider.

Firstly, is anyone you are living with an omnivore? For example, I am currently living with my parents, grampy and brother who are all omnivores and we always eat the same meal at dinner together. So I had to consider the implications of changing my diet, as in would I have to make my own separate dinner every night etc, Luckily for me because of gramps we have very ‘English’ meals. Meat, Potato, Veg. So switching the meat for a veggie side wasn't too difficult.

Another subject that may be interest you… you may want to look into sustainable farming of fish and research into how they’re are cultivated if that’s a subject that matters to you, as sourcing our fish can have a massive impact on the environment and other such things.

Also, without trying to make you all sound dumb, you don’t eat fish or seafood every day. I’d say I would have it about 3 times a week. This is because if you eat too much fish you can get high levels of certain substances, reportedly mercury which could be… problematic.

One more thing... I would advise to slowly change your diet. maybe only eating one veggie meal a week or removing one type of meat from your diet and make the change slowly, as myself and a few other people I know who took meat out of their diet felt really ill a week or so in! It does pass after about two weeks but you just feel really tired and that you have no energy! Just to warn/advise!

Overall I would highly recommend considering it as a lifestyle choice. I have lost weight, improved my health and eaten a lot of new foods as well!

I would also like to give a shout out to Georgia at the pescetarian pantry, as I love looking at her recipes and her guide to becoming a pescetarian posts are also 10x better than mine!

If you still have any queries, feel free to ask! Tweet, Comment, Message whichever floats your boat!

Hannah x

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Autumn Winter 13 Trends: Make Up

As summer wraps up and they days are becoming shorter I thought I would start posting about different trends for Autumn Winter 13!

I'd say this autumn there are 3 key 'wearable' make up trends!


This sees dewy looking, fresh as ever faces, with no blush (eek!). natural coloured eyeshadows with the occasional microscopically thin line of eyeliner on the upper lashes!
 Fantastic excuse for a 'can't be bothered for make up today' excuse, it's on trend guys!


The modernisation of iconic looks from decades ago can't get old can they?
Well autumn/winter 13 collections saw new spins on grunge, punk and 60s make up looks
I especially love the first Anna Sui one, the subtle sectioning of the lower lashes is a really wearable take on the twiggy classic!

Berry Lips

Glamourous, Seductive and voluptuous berry coloured lips are perfect for the Christmas season. Can be hard to find a colour that works for your skin tone, I would advise spending the time finding the perfect one  though as the results can really finish off any look!

What Are Your Favorite Trends This Season? 

Monday, 12 August 2013

Best Of Teen Choice Awards 2013

So Yesterday saw the Teen Choice Awards Ceremony 2013 taking place at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California , and it's the perfect opportunity to see what the young, uprising and future stars are wearing to grace the stage. 

After looking through the outfits, here are my 4 of my favorite outfits, 
Seems I may have a slight Jumpsuit addiction ey!

Bella Thorne Wearing Fausto Puglisi

Crystal Reed Wearing CH Carolina Herrera

Shay Mitchell Wearing Jenni Kayne

Nina Dobrev Wearing J.Mendel

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Retro Glam Nails

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My first (and awful) attempt at the nails on the Rimmel
 Retro Glam advert! 

I tried to copy it the best I could.. I used a nude base instead of white as I personally really hate white nails! Then used the brush part of the models own nail art pen to create the black border! 
On reflection.. I need to let my nails grow longer.. and I also would try to repair the metal nib; as mine has dried up, that would create the circular blob at the base of the nail better. I did attempt to do this with the brush but they where all to different... so I spread the polish out to create a thick, curved 'half moon' border!

 I think this could look really nice as a 'french manicure' colour scheme.. a pinkish base with a white border? Will give it a go and try!

What are your seasons favorite nail trends?

Friday, 2 August 2013

Dior Over Curl Review.

Hey Guys! 
 This post is kind of a make up review / is it worth paying more? kinda post! I have had an issue with mascaras for half my life. 

With having naturally long eyelashes and wearing glasses, I faced the mare that when I wore mascaras, they would just accentuate my eyelashes straight, outwards, so that they would hit the back of my lenses, snap, and leave black marks all over the back of my lenses! 
My previous routine to try and prevent this from happening, involved eyelash curlers then 4 different mascaras worn at the same time to try and get the to curl and stay up! 

Researching into which mascaras where best for this, two brands kept popping up. Lancome and Dior. Well I just thought,is this a joke? I have to spend £20 on a mascara to see if it will do anything!?
A few simple calculations later... I realised that I was spending a massive £29 a MONTH on masacara! £29! 

 So after growing some balls I decided I would treat myself into buying one.. So I trundled into a boots store and decided I would get the Dior Overcurl seen as the Lancome man was busy with a client. That's what made my choice. 

23 quid down the drain and a 2 hour train ride later I arrived home all excited to try it out. It comes in a neat little silver box which I destroyed through travelling! 
The tube of masacara itself corresponds with the metallic silver box it came in. Fancier stuff than your matte black and neon bottles of the High Street! 
The brush has a weird globular design to it... not the straight up 'c' shape you get with high street store 'curl' mascaras. Only way to see if it makes any difference is to use it! 

The first few days I didn't really feel it was WORTH £23... until I started working and putting it through to the test...

This is a picture taken at 7.30 yesterday morning. I curled my eyelashes using No7 Eyelash Curlers and applied the Dior overcurl mascara to the lower lashes and top lashes using the wiggly method (technical term there) 

 This photograph was taken 12 hours later at 19.30 after 8 and a half hours in work on the hottest day of the year!

So although the effects have died down.. There is no doubt in my mind that any high street mascara would have preformed aswell under these conditions! There's little smudging around my eyes my lashes still aren't lying flat, colour is still there, its evenly spread. I also quite like the look left.. very natural!

I don't think I will be returning to high street masacara in the near future!

Whats your opinion on high street VS high end?