Friday, 29 May 2015

Music Favourites Right Now

Seeing as I've decided to blog each day this week, I thought I'd take advantage and to try to incorporate a few different styles of posts that I don't often feature on here. I'm not really a huge music listener (ear troubles), and I mostly couldn't care less about what's going in the charts really. For me, true quality music seems to be quite often overlooked, which I think is a great shame, and I wish more people would share those little gems they love so dearly with the rest of us! So today, that is exactly what I am going to do. The following three songs form a mixture of both new, and long loved discoveries, and I have had these continuously on loop whenever I'm online lately, so much so that they've sort of formed the background music to my life right now! haha. I really hope you enjoy checking their music out, or are at the very least introduced to some new songs and/or artists that you may not have heard of before. & I'd love to hear what songs you've been especially loving recently too, so make sure to leave them in a comment below!
Hannah x

'Premonitions' - Vaults
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'Jaigantic' - Tora
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'Moondust' - Jaymes Young
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Thursday, 28 May 2015

May Favourites | 2015

Oh my goodness, what?! How is it nearly JUNE? More so, how are we nearly half way through the year?? I'm seriously struggling to get my head around that guys. Just... what?? Anyway, I suppose one good thing about the month finishing is that I can show you what items I've been especially loving throughout May! As some of you may know, I sat all of my third year undergraduate exams during this month, so I think it goes without saying that my appearance wasn't really all too high on the agenda this month haha. I wasn't really wearing much make-up, and unfortunately, I didn't look after my skin all that well either so I don't have many skincare or make-up items to show you. Nevertheless, the items that I have included in this month's favourites are items that I've reached for on practically an everyday basis since I started using them this month, and so I thought that they deserved a mention!

Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour-Cream Skin Protectant - I'm sure you've all heard of this little beauty at some point or another, and I have to say, I honestly don't know what I used to do before I bought this cream! It truly is amazing. I use this not only for my lips, but also for my cuticles, dry hands, burns, anything. It seems to be my go to product at the moment and it once again has become an essential daily carry-around. 

Clarins Eau des Jardins Perfume - If you'd like to know more about this perfume, I did in fact write a post on it last summer, which you can find here (< link). This is my all time favourite fragrance, so, enough said I think! I decided to feature it in this months favourites though as I've just been reaching for this so much more during these past few weeks now that we're finally seeing some sunnier weather! I'm guessing that I will continue to use this fragrance throughout the rest of spring, summer... and well, lets face it. autumn and winter too! haha

Josie Maran Argan Colour Stick in 'Glow' - As you can see from my review here (< link), I wasn't all too sure about these colour sticks back in the winter, as the formulation really didn't set well in the cold. The product would go so solid it would sort of tug on my face a little and, as a result, it was quite difficult to achieve a natural look with. Although, now that the weather has warmed up a little, I've found this beauty far easier to use and it adds such a beautiful, yet subtle glow (which I have definitely needed after all the stress this past month)! Another thing, this blush just will not budge, which is especially great if you're running a busy schedule and don't have the time or patience to top up throughout the day! 

Left to right: | Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in 'Fatal Red' | 'Fatal Red' (blended out) | Josie Maran Argan Colour Stick in 'Glow' (blended out) |

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in '530: Fatal Red' - I absolutely looooove this red lipstick and I have no idea why I never hear more people talking about it! They've finally brought it back in stock too which is fab - I was a little worried I'd finish this bullet and have to hunt for another red lipstick! I will be writing a review purely on this product at some point in the near future, so I won't go into too much detail, but all I can say is that this it makes for the most perfect bright red lip, and I've really been loving lightly dabbing this all over my lips and blending it out to add some subtle colour to my everyday face! You can see me wearing it here (< link). 

Nail Paint by Barry M in '310: Mushroom' - I'm really not one to wear nail polish, but every now and again I'll pick up a shade, fall in love, and use it none stop until I get bored and go back to rocking the bare nail look again. Earlier this week I posted a photo of me wearing this polish, which you can see here (< link). I wanted something very unassuming to suit the natural theme of that feature, and as I was tidying through my room I rediscovered this polish which I used to be absolutely obsessed with when I was younger! Yes, it is a brown, which might not be everybody's cup of tea, but it possesses a very slight mauve undertone which I really do love and it definitely helps to soften up any harshness of that brown up. Yes, I have only been wearing this shade during the last week of May, but I am definitely planning on wearing it at least throughout the next few weeks ahead so I felt it worth mentioning!

& that's everything! I really hope you had a good month this May, and I'd love to hear about some of the items that you've been loving this month too!
See you tomorrow, 
Hannah x

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Wise Wednesday #11

As some of you may know (after seeing my screams of joy all over on Twitter), I sat the last exam of my undergraduate degree last week, making this my first week as an 'inbetweener'.  Sorry I just couldn't resist! haha. I refuse to label myself a graduate until the day of my graduation ceremony, so right now, I rather feel as though I'm stuck in an inbetween, and it feels very strange to say the least. I even had a panic attack the other night after dreaming that I had forgotten about an exam! It's so strange to be put under so much stress, then poof! It's all gone. I'M FREE! But... what now? If you haven't read my blog focusing on why it's ok to not know what you want to do in the future, you can do so here. I was watching Mary Poppins not all that long ago and this quote 'popped in' (hehe) to my head, and reminded me to reread that post, which once again reassured me that it is ok to chase your dreams, or to simply 'let' things happen.

I have so many friends that have been an utter state this week. Scared and worried that they don't have a job, terrified that they'll forever be unemployed. Some have even jumped at applying for a Masters course that they're not even all that keen on, and why? because quite simply, they don't want to leave the safety bubble that is university. You're set tasks, given goals and methods to improve. University gives your week a purpose, and it's the main thing you structure everything else in your life around; so for that key part of your life to be thrown out the window so suddenly, it certainly has proved extremely intimidating, almost isolating really. Strange. For a lot of people it's the first time they're actually 'free' to do whatever they want, yet, that comes along with an ascending feeling of entrapment and aloofness as each day passes.

I've decided to label the next year as a 'gap year', as I never took one before I went to university. After this, if I do achieve my anticipated grades (fingers crossed!), I'm planning on taking a Masters, which I'm hoping I can save up for throughout this next year so that I don't run myself into even more debt. I absolutely love working, and I absolutely love studying, so I'm extremely happy with this decision. I'm not rushing or jumping into anything out of panic. I've really thought it through and given myself even more time to really figure out what I would like to do, at least, in the near future. I want to learn new skills and dedicate some time towards new hobbies such as learning French (eek I know!), and spend time doing all the things that I wanted to do but never felt I could really commit myself to due to uni demands. 'Go and chase your dreams, you won't regret it. Anything can happen if you let it', and so I'm letting it. I'm not going to let fear of the unknown push me into something that could raise a barrier to anything else coming along. I don't want to jump into something that isn't really for me because I want another year to think things over. The time is now, and for the first time ever in my life I'll be free to do whatever for the next year and that's so exciting to me, and I definitely don't think that I will regret it.

Right now? My main goals are to clear out my room (an extensive task, believe me), blog more, perhaps start a Youtube channel to inject some more creativity into my week, continue to self study (I know, but I really do love it!), get a part time job so that I can save up, travel a little, start to write my book which I have been dying to do for so long now, improve my health by eating better and exercising more, and just be a happier person! 

I really hope that you're all well and having a great week, and I'll see you tomorrow! 
Hannah x

Monday, 25 May 2015

The 100% Natural Ely Series Wood Watch by JORD*

| WATCH: Jord | HEART RING: Coach | BRACELET: Beaverbrooks | CHAIN: Tiffany & Co. |
| NAILS: Barry M. 'Mushroom' | CARDIGAN: Topshop |

There are times in life when you don't want any fuss, or any flashy rose gold straps. When you just need a watch that you know you can always rely on to go with any outfit, without even having to think about it. This is that watch. The Ely Series Wood Watch by JORD, in black (link). The watches from Jord are designed to compliment a modern, 'sustainable, efficient and simple' lifestyle, which gives them a chic edge that adds to any outfit, yet without proving too distracting. It simply appears as though it belongs on the wrist; anyone's wrist. 

Each and every Jord watch, which can be viewed here, are designed by knowledgeable artists and designers, and built by watchsmiths with a finish that simply screams superb craftsmanship, in fact the best I've ever seen in a watch before; and what's better - they're all made using sustainably sourced woods. You really do feel as though you own something special when you wear this watch which I think is just wonderful, and I definitely have enjoyed wearing this little beauty on a daily basis. The physical finish of the wood is just divine, showcasing a rough texture beneath the sleek (scratch-proof) glass face, encompassing subtle dimension within a perfectly executed, smooth strap. I almost feel as though this watch was made specifically to fit my wrist as it is just that well made, and so I think that the Jord watches would be absolutely perfect, not only as a treat to yourself, but as a gift for someone else (remember, Father's day is coming up!) It's also worth noting that the watch comes in a beautifully, guess what? wooden box with a slide off lid which the Jord logo carved into it. Not only did it prove different exciting to open, but it's something I've never seen before and I love the look of it on my shelf. I think it just adds to the whole experience of the uniqueness of these rare beauties.

I think what I love most about the Ely watch in black is that it's discrete, but makes enough of an impact to catch someone's eye. Each time I've worn this watch I have received numerous compliments and questions concerning where it's from, because you can straight away tell how well it's made, it's individuality and especially gorgeous nature. I mean, am I the only one who'd never heard of a wooden watch before?? Let alone one that looks SO professional? It's almost as if it offers everything I ever wanted in a watch, but I just quite simply hadn't even thought about a wooden body before! I was a little worried at first that it's naturalistic look would mean that I would struggle to be pair it up with my more 'glam' everyday jewellery such as rings and bracelets (as you can tell, I never have the patience or time to try and get things to match one another haha), but I'm pleased to say that I found that the subtle silver detailing within the face of the watch really does compliment them and doesn't make those metals appear too 'harsh' or contrasting. 

What I also love about the Jord watches in general, especially with regards to the Ely series, is that I think anyone would suit at least a few of the wide array of designs that they showcase on their site, whether you're male or female, which is actually quite rare I feel. Also, for a designer watch, of such high quality, I personally feel that they're quite affordable in comparison to other, less distinctive designs on the market. It stands out a lot more which really does give it that wow factor which I love. I actually think that wood is a very underrated and definitely underused material within the fashion industry, so the use of such natural materials and simplistic designs are what gives Jord wood watches that desirable, minimalistic edge. 

I also felt it worth mentioning that, friends who don't usually wear watches actually quite enjoyed trying this one on as it's so light in weight and smooth in texture, that it's very easy to forget you're even wearing anything. So if you usually stray away from watches because you find them uncomfortable, then I'd wholeheartedly at least give these beauties a look. I found that the Ely's face was the perfect size for my small wrists, yet it still looked good on some of my friends' who have noticeably bigger wrists, highlighting the versatility of the Ely series. 

Overall, I absolutely love my new Ely watch, and I can definitely see it as a firm favourite of mine, probably forever, and I don't think that that is an over statement at all. The whole ethos behind the brand and the watches practicality, yet distinctive, unique design - alongside the supreme quality of craftsmanship it clearly showcases have completely won me over, and I already know that I will be adding another Jord Wood Watch to my collection at some point in the future. For me, the Ely Series wood watch in black is a timeless piece, that will always go with everything and suit any temporary styles/trends that come in and would wholeheartedly recommend that you at least give their range a cheeky look (link) because there are such a variety of face and strap designs that I reckon anyone could find something that would make them go 'ooo..' hehe!

I really hope that you all have a fabulous week, and make sure to let me know what designs/series you like the most in the comments!
Hannah x


Sunday, 3 May 2015

10 Things That Cheer Me Up When I'm Feeling Down

I'm not 100% sure why I've been feeling a little 'meh' lately, I think it's a mixture of exam stress, hormones, and not being in New York in all honesty. Either way, following my 'Wise Wednesday' post earlier this week, I thought it might be a fun little idea to list ten small things that help to cheer me up when I'm having one of those days that just needs brightening up!

1. Watch an upbeat film. Whether that be a comedy or a musical, they always manage to put a smile on my face! Personal favourites: Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Shallow Hal & Miss Congeniality.

2. Tidy up. This is a bit of an odd one I know, but I just feel so much more relaxed in a neat and clean environment! (Also, fresh bedding. Fresh bedding just makes life SO much better.) 

3. Write lists, and get shit done. Another odd one, but similarly to the previous point, I enjoy being able to relax; and not having to think about things that will need to be done at some point in the future definitely falls under that. I'd rather get things over and done with so as to not have to worry or think about having to do them! Undertaking anything productive, no matter how small always seems to put me in a better mood because I feel as though I've achieved more and I've come closer to making the most out of my day.

4. Listen to, terribly sing along to, and dance to old hits from the 80s & 90s. Come on (Eileen!... sorry) though, who doesn't like a bit of Abba??!

5. Laugh. I always ensure that I laugh at least a few times each day. What is the point in a day without any laughter or giggles? I recommend you get Snapchat if you don't already! My friends and I seem to have a jolly ol' tear-filled time almost daily haha.

6. Go outside, get some fresh air and go on a little walk. I absolutely love trees, I have this weird obsession with them and so whenever I see one I can't help but go weuifhwiuhgu inside. Don't judge me ok?? We all have those weird little loves in our lives and mine just happens to surround where I live so I always enjoy going out for a little walk! Hear hear to being easily pleased!

7. A bit of retail therapy. Now this is definitely a naughty one and I have to admit I haven't done this in a long long time as I found it a little sad that I found 'happiness' when shopping or even online browsing (and I know I'm not alone here!); but I think that its just in a woman's nature to squeal inside over a new lipstick, cushion or candle which brings me onto my next point...

8. Candles, candles, CANDLES! In my opinion, a good smelling environment is a happy environment. I've been absolutely loving burning 'Black Cherry' and 'Fruit Fusion' by Yankee Candle recently.

9. Stay away from the internet. This one is a little ironic seeing as I'm sat here on my computer, on the internet, writing this, but I don't often include 'blogging' when I think of the internet. I love to discover new bloggers, read new posts and write my own, so it always cheers up my mood when doing those things, but sometimes I really just can't deal with Facebook, the constant notifications on my phone and people stressing me out. Don't get me wrong, I'm always more than happy to discuss things with and offer advice to people if they're having a bit of a rough time, but when its revision time and I'm already stressed out about numerous things, the last thing I need right now is someone telling me all about their dissertation troubles or needlessly unloading their stress on me. It just stresses me out, and I really don't need it!

I also find that if I'm in a bit of a drab mood, I can easily spend my entire day aimlessly wondering through the internet, and I'm sure I'm not alone in doing this. I always end up shutting down my computer with a sense of dissatisfaction as it is only then that I realise how much time I wasted doing practically nothing all day. I always feel a LOT more cheerful and happy when I'm away from my computer, phone or anything that makes a buzzing noise when you throw water on it basically. Well, apart from the toaster. A girls gotta have her Nutella on toast!

10. Stretch, meditate, and attempt doing some yoga before dying of the cold. (I am definitely not enjoying these cold days again!!!!). The last thing anyone needs when they're having a bad day is an achy back, headache or any other physical complaints. I use days like this to really delve into my physiotherapy exercises, take my time completing my stretches and small work out exercises in the hope to further strengthen my body so that future days seem like less of a drag. I particularly find this useful when I'm sitting down for long periods of time to revise - the cold really does make my back so stiff! 

Yay! I already feel a lot better after having written this post (being the list lover that I am!) and it's reminded me of those little things that help to cheer me up that are too easily forgotten at times. I hope you enjoyed this entry from me and perhaps it reminded you too of the small changes that you can make to your day in order to brighten it a little further!

What do you do to cheer yourself up? 
Hannah x
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