Monday, 15 May 2017

A Few Things I've Learnt As A Full Time Blogger..


 Hey everyone. I've decided that I'm going to start doing more personal posts to accompany the outfits. I love posting the fashion looks but I created my blog as a place to write down my thoughts so I'm doing both at once. Expect to see more fashion posts with personal musings/rants alongside.

I thought I'd start these new posts with a few things I've learnt as a full time blogger. I've been doing this for over a year now so if you're interested just read on...





It's Hard Work

First and foremost let's be real for a second. Being a blogger is bloody hard. Especially if you're active on all social media including YouTube.
There's no get home and switch off - you are working every hour of the day you're awake. It may not be conventional work but when you wake up and reach for you're phone, that's it - you're off. And you won't stop until you go to sleep. Filming and editing a video, shooting multiple blog and instagram posts, regularly updating all social media platforms, researching future content, keeping your tax accounts up to date, website development and all the other little jobs don't take 2 minutes.
People will tell you it's not work / your job isn't a job / what and easy job you must have. You'll role your eyes. Which moves me on to my next one..

People Will Have An Opinion

Get ready to have opinions forced upon you every time you meet someone new. I dread the question, 'So what do you do for a job, Hannah?' because 9 times out of 10 this will be followed up by a 10 minute conversation of ignorant statements and lines of questioning you wouldn't dare ask anybody else. And what is it with people straight up asking how much money you make? Alright Steve I've known you 5 minutes I'm not asking you what underwear you're wearing can we have a level of respect please???

But seriously. You will get the occasional, 'OH WOW THAT SOUNDS AMAZING' but don't be surprised if that's followed by 'that must be so easy'/'so you just basically take pictures for instagram everyday'/'you must have loads of free time.' 
My favourite is the 'any one can do it' line. This makes me literally laugh out loud. Okay then mate - do it. I'd love to see you set up lighting and sound for a video plus adjust the ISO, f stop, shutter speed on a camera. How about post production.. can you colour correct? Do you know how to sync video and audio? How's your website development and coding? Must be tip-top. I would honestly love to see you try.
Annoying. I have no problem with people taking an interest in my job. I get it -it's fucking awesome. But do they have to be so rude about it?
It's Okay To Have A Day Off

Okay so maybe a full day is not very realistic but you are allowed an hour off to watch Jeremy Kyle if that's what you want to do. I've found myself feeling SO guilty in a morning after waking up, having my breakfast, watching Judge Rinder and then.. Damn! Its 11am and I've done nothing!
Chill. It's okay.
Why is it so hard to allow yourself these moments? Why are we so switched on all the time? I've come to the realisation that this is my job and I am allowed to handle my business however I want. I certainly won't feel bad for taking time out to go to the gym, cinema or have some family time.



It Can Be Difficult To Get The DRIVE

On the completely other end of things it can be really difficult to not procrastinate and get your life in order when you're working from home. I go through spells of this exact feeling where I can't find the drive to do all the things I need to do. I have a list as long as my arm and to be honest - I just can't be arsed. I know, how bad is that!
But it happens. I find it helps to break the list down in to morning, afternoon and evening. Focus on your morning tasks before you even think about moving on to the next group. This makes it much easier and manageable.
Also take time out every now and then. Say to yourself okay when I've done this, this and this - I can watch an episode of Ru Pauls Drag Race/ go to the gym/ meet a friend for coffee/ whatever it is.

Get dressed in a morning, do your makeup, put your shoes on. It really helps,  I promise. It's hard to not act like a slob when you're wearing PJ bottoms and a stained baggy t-shirt that hasn't been washed in a few days. So, dress to work.
It's The Best Job

This is the only opinion that people tend to have that I can get on board with. It is awesome. Seriously awesome. And I'm so lucky to be able to do it, I know that. Sometimes you just have to take a moment to be grateful and this is something I've been doing daily. I love that I don't work for someone else. I love that I get to spend all day at home with my kitten, Ralph. I love that I can drop everything to be there for a friend/family member if they need me. I love that I can go on holiday whenever I want. It's a truly magical profession and I couldn't be more proud to call myself a blogger.

Hx

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Jeffree Star X Manny MUA Collab Review + Swatches | Eclipse Skin Frost & Daddy Liquid Lipstick



When the Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA collaboration went live, it sold out quicker than I could get my hands on it. So when I got a re-stock email from my homies at Beauty Bay, I popped those goodies in my basket as fast as possible. I decided on the 'Eclipse' skin frost (my first Jeffree Star skin frost) and 'Daddy' liquid lipstick. 

My order arrived by midday the very next day and I filmed my review the following hour. You can check out my full, in depth review and first impressions above but i'll do a mini review here too.

So.. the eclipse skin frost. And before I go any further I think it's worth noting that as far as human's go I'm quite pale. My foundations of choice are called 'Ivory' and 'Creamy Vanilla'.. Thats about a NC15/20 in MAC.
So bare that in mind as the shades may look different on my pale skin.
I've never had a skin frost but have debated getting Ice Cold for a while, I just worried it may be TOO light for me as when I've seen swatches online, the pigment pay off is insane and it comes out gleaming like the moon.

When I saw the colour of this one I knew it was the one. Its a champagne / peach colour and not too far from my own skin tone. I think for that reason, the pay off is not absolutely blinding when you first apply it. It gives quite a natural glow but is definitely buildable and get's more intense as you apply. I'd describe the texture as a shimmer although there are flecks of glitter in the formula.

When I saw 'Daddy' liquid lipstick for the first time in the reveal video I knew I needed to get my hands on it. It is quite literally my PERFECT shade. Anyone who knows me knows I love browney nude colours. It applies super easily and leaves no streaks. The colour is beautiful, not too light and not too dark. I feel like it really would suit all skin tones. I ate a sub sandwich after I filmed the review and was happily surprised to see no difference in the quality after eating, it looked good as new!

Please check out the full review above!

Buy yours here

x



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Friday, 7 April 2017

Back To Black..













Well guys, we had a good run. I made it a few weeks without the signature all-black look. But this week the sun finally came out and the little sadist in me decided on an all black, heat absorbing outfit complete with skin tight faux-leather trousers. But I'm not mad about it..

Black is for any season and truth be told I kinda missed it. Also, it's been a while. Sorry about that. But I can absolutely promise you content is on the way. I've hired an extra body to help me one day a week so be prepared! Videos are still going up weekly on my YouTube channel and you can always catch up with me on Instagram. But until next time.. Be safe.
Hx



Wearing:
Mesh T-Shirt - Pretty Little Thing
Faux Leather Trousers - Pretty Little Thing





This post is not sponsored.

Photography by KVL.

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink




Just a quickie..
I don't know why but I have been OBSESSED with pink this week.. (month..year) 
Check my Instagram if you don't believe me!

I thought it would be fun to showcase my favourite pink things before this moment passes for me and I'm back to the black and white lifestyle. Have a scroll through the widget below to see my faves.

Also, I'm going to FREAKIN Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday. I am so so excited I cannot believe it. It will be a quick 24 hours in Paris type scenario but I just cant wait. I feel so grateful and lucky to have been invited and I'm excited to make content for you guys* on the trip. 

Let me know in the comments what you'd like to see. A 24 hrs in Paris vlog? A Paris travel diary? PFW Roundup? Just let me know.
x








*You guys are the absolute best. You make my life and you dont even know it. Yes, you. You reading this. Please don't ever feel under appreciated or undervalued in life because I owe everything I have to each one of you. You're the reason I get to do exciting things like this and I cant wait to share the trip with you.

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Gran Canaria Travel Diary + Things To Do



Fresh off the plane from a week in beautiful Gran Canaria, I'm writing this on the train back to Sheffield with rain pattering against the window. It's January and the weather in the UK is abysmal, as always. I knew I wanted a quick get away and some winter sun and Gran Canaria was perfect for that. In this post I will summarise my get away and tell you a few things you should definitely do if you're in the area!

Gran Canaria is the second largest of the Canary Islands and provides a much needed relaxing vacay for young professionals. I did notice that we seemed to be the youngest there with the average age being about 50, I dont know whether this was the area or the time of the year. Either way this meant for a super relaxing, no stress holiday.

The island in general is very hilly with winding roads and cliff edges. Not for the faint of heart when you cross a bus on a winding cliff edge! The hotels are stacked high in front of the grey volcanic hills all over looking the beach. I stayed in Taurito, next to Mogan at the Paradise Taurito Hotel.




The Hotel
We stayed for one week on an all inclusive basis. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks were included in this. There was a large selection of drinks and multiple bars around the complex. Your wristband also entitles you to drink for free at other Paradise hotels in the area! There is a large menu and cocktail selection which are mostly free although some will cost you. It will tell you this on the menu so no stress there. You can get cocktails, wine, beer, soft drinks, liquor and mixers for free (mostly.) Also the menu may say certain items cost but if you ask for an all inclusive version it will be free (Baileys for example.)



The food was generally good for an all inclusive. I tend to get bored of the food after a couple of days but this hotel kept it fresh with themed nights such as Italian and Mexican. The breakfast was by far my favourite with freshly cooked omelettes, crepes and churos on selection plus loads more.
In the evenings you will find some items consistant throughout the week; fish, pasta, salad, chips etc. with new options added daily.

There is also a selection of pools, INCREDIBLE water slides and the beach is just a 5 minute walk away. The beach has a few bars and restaurants and water sport options. It is a grey, volcanic style sand and the sea is generally quite warm.








Puerto de Mogán
This little village 10 minutes from Tarito hosts a market every Friday, a beautiful harbour with little shops and delicious restaurants - it's definitely worth the 2 Euro bus fare! We also ate here one night at the Casito Mediterraneo. Let me start by saying the food was absolutely stunning. It was without a doubt the nicest sea bass I've EVER had. Presentation on the plate was superb with a mix of veggies, sauces, pumpkin mash and vegetable crisps. I also had a lobster cappuchino for starters which as bizarre as it sounds was delicious - I need to find the recipe! Plus the cocktails.. Jeez the cocktails. My strawberry daiquiri was perfectly balanced with intense fresh juicy strawberry flavour. 

The only reservation I have about this place is the service. As awful as it is I wasn't too impressed by the service anywhere in Gran Canaria. At this particular restaurant, the German server (who may have also been the owner?) was a little abrupt and took offence if you didn't choose his recommendations. It was also my friends birthday so I asked for a candle in her dessert which never showed up. He also insisted on giving the bill directly to the male of the table while making jokes as I watched him do this several times to different tables which I found a little odd and boarderline offensive.

Mogan in general is stunning with wide corridors in between buildings decorated with bright flowers, definitely worth a visit!











Another definite must for your trip. This was about 40 minutes away by bus and 15 minutes by taxi. The outdoor cinema is located on a roof top lead to by a red carpet and consists of rows of sofas where you sit and watch the movie on a cinema size screen outdoors. We arrived to our showing to find out the performance had been pushes back by an hour. A little bit odd but we we're hungry anyway so just wandered around and found a lovely restaurant to eat at. We went back an hour later and were taken to our seats, it was a little chilly that evening so they handed out lots of blankets and duvets for you to warm up under. They also provide you with a light to press if you want to order any drinks or snacks. There were cocktails, pizza, icecream, coffee etc. the menu had a good selection.I went for a baileys hot chocolate and some popcorn.
Also did I mention the film selection? I was worried it would be films from 10 years ago but NOPE. We watched La La Land and Passengers was the film before ours, two new releases!


The boat is a day trip of around 5 hours and holds a maximum of 30 people. I would say ours has around 20 people which was great for us as it meant there was so much room on the boat to just walk around, relax and take photos. 
The boat supplies free soft drinks, beer and sangria as well as a meal of potatoes, meat balls, salad and a selection of sauces. Included in the trip is a 10 minute speedboat ride and a banana boat. There was also the option to do more water sports at a discounted rate. The boat sails out and then anchors up for several hours allowing you to do some snorkelling or if that's not your thing you can just sun bathe on the boat with music playing in the background. Plus on the way home we saw a pod of dolphins so that's always a bonus!





I loved this little break and would recommend a week to do everything you need. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please check out the travel diary video I made below and please let me know where I should go next!

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Most Instagram Worthy Places To Visit in 2017











Welcome to my top places to visit in 2017 that will ensure an enviable Instagram feed! One of my new years resolutions is to travel more so I thought why not kick it off with this list. These are (no doubt about it) the best places to visit in 2017 - according to Instagram.


Croatia

Croatia is at the top of this list as it seems like everyone and their cat has been talking about Croatia for the past few months and to be completely honest I had never even considered it as a holiday destination until 2016. 

Beaches and islands a plenty, this gorgeous country gives you those crystal clear blue waters of Bali for European holiday prices.


Rich in night life, day time activities and architecture, whether you prefer relaxing on the beach or hiking through the hills, there's something for everybody here.



Thailand

How could you not include Thailand in a list of Instagram worthy vacation spots?! The beaches really do envy that of any where else plus this place is jam packed full of fun activities and thai culture.

Get yourself to a buddist temple, explore the jungles, wake up early for the morning markets and dont forget to experience a night out in Bangkok!



Budapest

I write about Budapest with a smile on my face knowing I will probably visit here within the next couple of years. My boyfriend has practically begged for a weekend in Budapest since we got together. If you're looking for a fun city with vast architecture and cheap food and booze - you've found it!

You'll probably want to pack this holiday into a weekend so take some decent footwear. If you need a break, they have some of the best spas in Europe!




Vietnam

Vietnam absolutely had to appear on this list. I have personally never been before but the three people I know that have visited cannot sing its praises any louder. I found this surprising as my ignorant self associates Vietnam with the war (why?) Completely incorrect, just check out the photos below. Few countries have transformed so dramatically in such a short period of time than Vietnam.

Be sure to take a cycle or boat ride on your travels. The Old Quarter of Hanoi will see you drinking with the locals and the markets are meant to be amazing.




Cuba

Cuba holds a special place in my heart. I experienced Cuba several moons ago (back when you couldn't travel to and from America) and I remember my child self thinking, "It must really suck not being able to experience this." 

The country is absolutely beautiful and the people have the biggest hearts. I have never been so overwhelmed by spirit where people who have almost nothing will give you everything. Plenty of places to relax mixed with amazing streets lined with stunning colourful houses - this is one trip you wont forget.


Also if you're able to stay a little longer and take a connecting flight don't forget to visit:

Dominican Republic

Another one from my childhood and very similar to Cuba in terms of hospitality, Dominican Republic is great for relaxing. If you can get over the loooong flight from the UK you will love it here. Visit the bright, white beaches to see locals selling fresh coconuts and aloe vera or wander into town and party with the rest of them. 

It's a truely lovely place that could not be any more picturesque if it tried.



Dubai

I'm putting Dubai on my list in hopes it will encourage me to visit this year. You can go all out on a relaxed 2 week vacation of aquariums and shopping or make it a quick weekend of partying and sand duning, the choice is yours. You may need to read up on the culture of Dubai to make sure you're respectful and aware of the way of life there but the atmosphere of Dubai is addicting. 

This is definitely one I'm adding to my ASAP list.



London

I couldn't possibly exclude my home capital without feeling like a massive traitor. London is great. It really is. But as someone who spends a lot of time there, it's easy to take for granted.

You couldn't possibly be disappointed with a trip to London. You might not get the great weather of abroad or the Northern hospitality of Manchester (another great place to visit in the UK, known as 'London on a budget.') But you will get a whole load of amazing food, impeccable architecture, breath taking broadway shows and awesome shopping opportunities. This really is the ultimate city break. Plan for 3 days and you'll be happy as Larry.

Be prepared to go hard or go home as Londoners hate nothing more than dawdlers. So get a move on. Look forward, keep it moving and you'll have a great time.


Did I miss anything? Tell me where YOU think will be big in 2017!

Hx
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