Saturday, 12 November 2016

2017 Hobonichi Haul

Eeeeeeeeeeep!!! Oh my goodness. I am so terribly excited about this post because it'll mark:
1) The start of a weekly YouTube upload schedule (Every Saturday minimum); but also...
2) My first ever Hobonichi haul!

If you don't know who or what Hobonichi is, it's a Japanese stationery and planner manufacturer that offers a range of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly planning systems, alongside a bunch of fun and innovative accessories to make your journaling all the more fun and creative! Unfortunately, a lot of Hobonichi items are still not available to buy in the U.K. so that is why I thought it would be a fun idea to share with you some first impressions of what I ordered! I'll also be covering a lot more stationery/planner/journal related content here on the Hannah Delacour Blog, so do make sure to either favourite the site or to follow me on Bloglovin' here and subscribe to my YouTube channel which can be found here to be notified of any new uploads! Please find the video below to see what I picked up, and I hope you enjoy! 
Wishing you a fabulous weekend ahead,
- Hannah x
2017 Hobonichi Haul


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Leesa Mattress Review: Combating Aches and Pains

Hi everyone. I think it goes without saying that I haven't posted much at all recently... and, in short, there's one key reason for that: pain. For those of you who don't know me all too well, I suffer from Joint Hyper-mobility Syndrome (JHS/ EDS-III), which essentially means that my ligaments are extremely loose. In turn, I find that they're not all that brilliant in helping to support my skeletal structure: in particular my spine. As you can probably imagine, that can result in a lot of clicks, cracks, dislocations and more. This is a long-term condition which means that I've had to deal with varying levels of pain for a number of years now, but over the past few months my sacroiliac joint somehow managed to get jammed/stuck (a joint located between the bottom of your spine and pelvic bone) which is extremely painful let me tell you!!!! Or, at least, it was. I'm doing a lot better now and the problem seems to be subsiding all due to weekly physiotherapy sessions, targeted exercise and what I'm going to talk with you about today: my new Leesa mattress.

After experiencing and testing out the Leesa mattress, and seeing the significant improvements I've made since I started using it, it's clear to me now that choosing the right mattress for you and your needs and wants is such a vital, important step when working towards a healthier, better-rested lifestyle. Even if you don't suffer from any obvious physical distress, I often find that people severely underestimate the effect that daily stresses and activities can play upon the body. As someone who also deals with the struggles of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) alongside JHS, I was thrilled when I discovered that Leesa would be interested in working with me to bring you a review of their mattress. I know that a lot of you who are regular readers of the Hannah Delacour blog also suffer from much physical and/or mental illness, and whilst a lot of focus is often played upon altering our every day lives during the day, it amazes me to think how much of us decide to ignore the area of our lives that we consistently rely on in order to maintain, better and prevent illness: our sleep. Additionally, the reason why Leesa's mattresses stood out to me in particular was just how convenient the whole product purchase experience was, which I'm going to tell you about now. (FOREWARNING: prepare to be amazed)...

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Lush Pumpkin Bath Bomb

Ah Autumn, how I've missed you! I've always known Autumn was my favourite season, but I hadn't realised just quite how much I had indeed missed its beauty until the start of October fell upon us. All of a sudden it seems the leaves are changing, the hedgehogs are roaming, the nights are near darkening and I craved nothing more than a lovely warm bath as the rain tapped against the windows all afternoon. Whilst I do have other bath products ready and waiting, I simply craved a fun, colourful Lush bath, and so popped down to the Oxford Street store to take a cheeky look at the recently released Halloween and Christmas collections. My oh my! The colours, the rich, warming scents, the glitter! I think I could have spent quite a bit in there but I decided it wise to stick with two things to stop me from going completely loose: Snow Fairy shower gel (1 litre thank you!) and a new product for this years Autumn/Winter range: the Pumpkin Bath Bomb...

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Five Boomerang Products

Hey everyone! I am back, and I'm back for good. Lots has been going on... doctors/hospital appointments, ill family members, dissertations... you get the gist. Anyhoo, today I thought I'd take it simple as I work my way getting back into things again, and so I thought I'd share with you five of my 'boomerang products' - aka a fancy name for those products I always seem to turn back to and those that are surely missed each time I swap my skincare routine around.

1. Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream (link) < *AHHH it's only £5.99 at Boots right now!! *stocks up* - This is the first moisturiser I ever used back when my interest for skincare first sparked. Over half a decade later and I still always find myself turning to this bad boy. On those days where I want to know my skin will stay nourished but not turn greasy, or on days where I'm going for the best make-up possible - this is the product I always rely on. It's just so easy to smooth into the skin, contains SPF15 (which is an absolute must for me!), and sits under make-up perfectly. I've used this on acne-ridden, oily and then incredible dry skin over the years and it seemed to help a great deal with meeting the unique needs and demands of all those skin types. If you're first getting into beauty, or you're even a skincare pro, I'd 100% recommend picking up and trying out this moisturiser if you haven't already. Don't be put off by its low price! I've found this to be a lot more effective than a lot of high-end moisturisers! 

2. Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Moisturiser* (link) - I'm actually going to be uploading a review focused solely on this product soon so I won't go on too much beyond that I honestly love this moisturiser on days where I don't plan on leaving the house (it doesn't contain SPF). Back in the heights of summer, my skin turned so incredibly dry which left some stubborn patches on my cheeks. Using this daily morning and night proved wonders, so I can't wait to see how it holds up during the winter months too! 


Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Beauty Expert Collection - The Rose Edition

Beauty Expert is one of my favourite places to online shop all things skincare and beauty. Not only do they stock an amazing range of brands and products, but they often host quite frequent discount offers which I've found to prove a lot more enticing than it's competitors. What is even more exciting however is that Beauty Expert have now launched their own collection series, 'The Beauty Expert Collection', whereby each collection that's released will contain selected products that tie in with a particular theme. For the collections launch, Beauty Expert decided to go with a rose theme, meaning all the products contained within will have some relation to rose, which personally I think is a perfect choice for these summer months as rose is one of those skincare saviours perfect for soothing irritated, perhaps sensitive skin that can sometimes arise at this time of year from sun exposure.

As you can see, the collection comes in a lovely little vanity case which feels of superb quality, making this particular collection a nice change from a usual cardboard box. I really feel that this simple touch makes the whole experience of uncovering the secrets within all that more exciting, and it really does help to add that luxury feel to the experience...

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Current Favourites

How are we already half way through the yeaaaaaar? Where does all the time gooooooooo? Before we know it it'll be Christmasssss (Not that I'm complaining all too much about that one, let's be honest). In all seriousness though I really can't believe how quickly time has flown. Nevertheless, whilst the Summer isn't usually my favourite thing in the world (no thanks heat), I have to say that the longer days and sunnier weather really has had a beneficial effect on my mental and physical health this past month. I feel somewhat revitalised, motivated and excited for the months ahead. It has also got me very excited about rediscovering or testing out some more summer-friendly skincare and make-up items also, so I thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at what I've been reaching for and loving lately!

Caudalie 100% Organic Grape Water Spray (link) This is one of those things where I used to believe it would prove totally pointless in my skincare routine and just for use in general. I mean... a water spray? come on. If you currently think the same, well listen to me now because I can honestly say, hand on heart, that this is one of the best things I've added into my skincare routine and I really wish I had given it a chance sooner. Due to the fine nature of it's spray, the Caudalie grape water disperses enough moisture across your face so that it can be quickly absorbed into the skin, adding that extra 'oomph' effect to your moisturiser and/or serum, or by simply helping to replenish your skin when you're feeling a little tired or spending a long day under the summer sun for example. I really didn't think such a simple product would make such a difference to the quality of my skin, but after having used this little beauty for a few month now I really have noticed that not only has my skins hydration dramatically improved, but as a result it also looks and feels so much more plump, fresh and energised - even in the drying summer heat. Caudalie also have a deal running right now where if you sign up to their newsletter, you get 10% off your purchase so I suppose now would be the time to give it a go! Strongly recommend. 

'Emotional Agility' by Susan David (link) This is just one of those books where I have, and will continue to recommend it to anybody and everybody I meet. I was very kindly sent this by Penguin Random House as they saw that I am a sufferer of anxiety. Before delving in I thought that this would be one of those 'Mindfulness' books directed at offering tips to help relieve some of the symptoms of anxiety, but this is so much more than that. I'd state that anybody who wants to understand themselves better, understand how they place themselves within the world around them, and those whom want to improve upon that and even feel happier within themselves - this is the book to read. I will be sure to write a full review on this when I eventually get through it, however it is taking me quite a while as I keep having to stop to bookmark and write note of some of the beautiful language Susan David uses, and I must highlight here her unique talent in being able to awaken those thought processes in my mind that I wasn't even sure I knew I could unravel. 

Fleur de Force by Eylure 'Simply Fleur' lashes (link) In short - I never used to wear lashes before this past month but you know what? My eyelashes suck, and I love the way a little bit of lash assistance can just totally open up my eyes and transform how awake I look and even feel. What I love most about the 'Simply Fleur' lashes by Fleur de Force is that you really can not tell that you're wearing lashes - and I think that says a lot coming from a lash newbie. They look 100% natural too and I haven't had any problems with them coming loose or mishapen after a few uses using the Eylure glue that's included in the box. All in all - a pair of fabulous lashes that I'll definitely be stocking up on for long term use!

Chanel Chance Eau Tendre (link) Since my parents bought me this for my 21st birthday last year, it has been a must-have scent for me. Whilst I grab this throughout the year and love using it no matter what the season, I've just been reaching for this so much more now that Sping and Summer are here and I still can't get over what a wonderfully mature, get humble scent this is. Usually I find the Chanel fragrance range a little too over empowering for my taste, but Chance Eau Tendre is one that I feel everyone should at least try a sample of at least. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydratior (link) Just as I was coming to the end of my first pot of this little beauty, I was very kindly gifted a replacement pot when I attended the Debenhams Beauty #DestinationGlow event and I have to say, if I wasn't I would have been buying my second before being left with the torment of running out that's for sure. The reason why I mention that here is that, even though I've been absolutely in love with using the Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser as a simple day time moisturiser, I was actually surpised to learn of the other ways through which this product can be used from the fabulous Lee who is the lead consultant of the Covent Garden branch. I will be writing a post focusing solely on this moisturiser near future to help express how well it's been working for my skin, so make sure to stay tuned if you're looking for a light, yet deeply hydrating moisturiser for the summer months ahead! Get up to 20% off when you buy at Look Fantastic (as linked) and also receive a free gift worth £40 with any two Clinique purchases.

I really hope that you're all having a good week, and please do make sure to let me know if you've ever tried out any of these products before and your thoughts on them in the comments below!
- Hannah x

*Some of the above links are affiliate links. Fundamentally, all that means is if you click on and buy through that link, I may receive a small commission for referring you to the product. This comes at absolutely no extra cost to you so don't worry, and I have ensured to link to the cheapest prices I could find at time of publish! If you don't want to buy through the links, that's absolutely fine. If you do decide to however, then thank you for helping to support the Hannah Delacour blog! <3

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Living A More Carefree Life

Follow my blog with Bloglovin 'Chillllll, relax... You live just the one life, so slow down, take a breath, and enjoy it.'

All this sounds perfect, right? If only it were that easy to do... Well, if you read my 'Moving Towards a Better Me' poem here, you'll see that trying to lead a more carefree life is something very high up on my agenda for 2016. I'm tired of feeling weighed down by the pressures of life that, ideally, shouldn't matter. I don't want to perceive the future as a burden any more; and I don't want my past to feel as though it's holding me back. I feel more determined than ever to totally transform not only how I view the world around me, but also how I view myself and the role I have to play in its functioning. Today, I wanted to share with you some of the initial steps I've taken to help lift that weight off my shoulders, and I can't wait to continue upon this journey. I already feel so much more content, and uplifted, and I hope these steps may help guide you in the same direction! 

 [Do you ever look back at photos and think... WHY did I not take my camera out that day? Ah well, it's still a miracle in itself we're even able to take photos, let alone on a phone. It'll do. Natures beauty speaks for itself. ]

Stop looking back - I don't think that there's one person in this world that has ever found it easy to totally let go of the past and not let it somewhat influence their present thoughts and/or mindset. Quite frankly, I've got to that point now where I feel like the main thing that has been holding me back the most this past year has been those burdening thoughts of the past... the mistakes made, the horrible people that tried to pull me down, and more. It did take me quite a while to get out of the habit of focusing on these things, but since having done so I've really noticed a significant change in my attitude. I go to sleep and wake up looking forward to the day ahead, rather than feeling anxious it could turn into one of those bad days that happened so long ago now.

Look forward - The more you think about the future, the less intimidating it'll become. For so long I would feel this sense of dread and anxiety whenever I looked forward... why??!
At school it's forever drummed into your head that your entire life, how your future will plan out, alllll falls down to your actions now. Whilst this can prove true to a certain extent (although, I am still a strong believer that it's never too late to change things around and move direction if you so wish), it's wrong to see your own life as one of your most daunting burdens. Since I've stopped caring so much, I feel so much more free. Free to slow down and enjoy the moments of now, rather than wasting them panicking about the future moments that I can not control either way.

Stop aiming to be perfect. - I can guarantee now that what you see as 'perfect', a lot of other people may also see as 'perfect', but then a lot of people won't alongside. The whole idea of 'perfection' is so transient and so incontrovertibly subjective, that once you begin to realise that, the sooner you start to realise that perhaps striving towards this ideology of perfection isn't all that. Don't get me wrong, I always think its a good thing to encourage yourself to motivate towards being a better you, but that doesn't necessarily need to be the you which society projects whom you 'ought' to be. As long as you focus on becoming a better, happier version of the current you, both gradually and steadily, you can't fail. I know I sound like such a parent when I say this but honestly, at the end of the day, is it really possible to fail at anything as long as you try? Just thinking that there's always ways to improve is already a step in the right direction. Try to be content with focusing on the next step, rather than pushing yourself to jump towards that unattainable final destination of 'perfection'. 

Comparison isn't necessary. - Stop comparing yourself to others. They are not you, and you are not them. You're different. Whilst it can be very difficult to embrace this fact at times, I think this realisation and mindset can really change how you view your part to play in the world. I often find that comparing myself to others just makes me highlight all their pros, which in turn underlines my own perceived flaws. Just know, we're extremely self-critical creatures and whilst this can be a good thing at times, a lot of the time it can become quite discouraging and prove detrimental to our sense of self-confidence and sense of self-belief. Drop any feelings of jealousy, loathing, sadness or regret when thinking about others, and focus on comparing how you want the future you to be in comparison to the present you. This can only help project a more positive mindset, and hopefully it'll motivate you to focus on you as an individual, rather than you and your place in comparison to others.

I regret that it's taken me so long to truly recognise the importance of these aspects in moving towards living a more carefree, fun life. I don't want to feel burdened any more by things I know I have the ability to control, and I have found that since I've started to just focus on overcoming these aspects of my life, I've managed to in turn use them to my advantage in building a stronger, more confident me. I know the above may seem pretty straight forward, but sometimes I think it's safe to say that we all could do with a little reminder to highlight that, as long as we try, we really can get there.

(I just wanted to apologise in advance. I do realise that my vocabulary and grammar in this post aren't up to par with my normal standards but I've recently been dealing with some extremely sad news that has made my thoughts all a bit blah. Nevertheless, I very much enjoyed writing this, and I hope you enjoyed reading it too). 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Puffin in Bloom Collection

I have to admit, I was a little nervous about what to pick up for Mothers Day this year. That is, until I discovered these beautiful little gems. The Puffin in Bloom collection contains some childhood classics that, personally, I feel should be on everybody's bookshelf. The set of four includes: 'Little Women' by Louisa May Alcott; 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett; 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery; and lastly, 'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri. Not only does it possess a beautiful collection of literature, but the gorgeously vibrant cover art has been especially designed by Anna Bond, Rifle Paper Co.'s principal artist and my oh my... I know we ought not to judge a book by its cover, but how could you not when holding this collection in your hands? 

The collection itself comes in a fittingly designed display box, which shares that same minimalistic foliage design that Anna Bond has become so well known for. Each of the four books in the collection are hardback, which I think really adds to the special feel of this collection, and gives it that extra quality needed if they are to potentially be passed down through generations in the family. I personally don't like canvas as I think they get grubby quite easily, so I was pleased to see that the Puffin in Bloom collection featured smooth, yet still vibrant covers. Additionally, they're quite a bit shorter than the average paperback book, which makes them so very easy to hold, or perhaps to carry on you if you enjoy a cheeky relaxing read during your morning commute like I do. Lastly, what I think I love most about the design of this collection in particular, is that each of the rear covers feature a proudly framed quote, giving some inclination as to what secrets may lay inside.

Their bold, colourful, contrasting designs fill me with glee and excitement each time I so much as glance at them, which I think is just wonderful. More books should make you feel like that. I hope it'll fill others, especially younger children, with that same feeling of nostalgia and adventure that my mum also feels whenever she picks up a copy for a fun, yet calming read. I think it's safe to say that if this collection is ever expanded in the future (please literary Gods!), then I will definitely be one of the first to check it out as they truly are some of the most bloomin' beautiful books I have ever seen (hehe, I couldn't help it. Sorry)!

If you're thinking about picking The Puffin in Bloom collection, I'd wholeheartedly recommend that you do. Whether you intend to gift it to a child, your mum, a friend, or heck, even as a treat to yourself (luckily, my mum likes sharing!!) - I promise you that you will not be disappointed. I can't imagine anyone not swooning over this beautiful collection (and yes, they are somehow more beautiful in person), so I really do feel that they'll make for the perfect treat and/or gift, for any occasion or reason.

If you'd like to pick up the whole set as I did, you can find it cheapest here (< link). However if you'd prefer, you can also pick up the books individually here (Little Women), here (A Little Princess), here (Anne of Green Gables) & here (Heidi).

What are some of your favourite childhood classics?
Hannah x

*The above links are affiliate links. Fundamentally, all that means is if you click on and buy through that link, I may receive a small commission for referring you to the product. This comes at absolutely no extra cost to you so don't worry, and I have ensured to link to the cheapest prices I could fid at time of publish! If you don't want to buy through the links, that's absolutely fine. If you do decide to however, then thank you for helping to support the Hannah Delacour blog! <3


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Moving Towards A Better Me

I don't want to be stuck in this me...
The me that for so many years
I have
 yearned to flee.

I want to be able to move, aspire, and feel that I can break free -
free to be the me that I so long to be.

I want to feel comfortable, confident, kind, and warm.
I want to feel as though any risk I take
could bring no harm.

I want to look at the trees, and be able to admire
their beauty... the texture of their leaves.
I want to breathe in the crisp morning air, and in my head have 
not one single worry, or care.

I want to move, build, drive, and seek;
Improve my fitness - week, by week. 

I want to keep on top, steer clear, and be more productive.
I've tried my hand at many a game, but I
know that leading a more care-free life
prove more constructive.

I need to release the past, present and future;
and not worry myself about all of the things 
 I cannot nurture.

I need to jump up, run out of the house and say: 
Today - oh today is going to be a better day.

I need to ask myself: can today be that day?
The day that always seemed
so far away...


- H. D.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

The Journal Shop Goodies

For those of you whom have seen my first Youtube video (thank you for all the kind words by the way!) (link), you'll know that I've really been getting into my stationery and journalling supplies recently. One of my goals for 2016 (link) was to journal more and keep a better note of things; and a more study-orientated goal of mine is to try and make my university readings and note-taking a little more enjoyable and fun. So, as you can probably tell, I was absolutely over the moon when The Journal Shop got in touch with me asking if I wanted to review any of the products they sell by designer Iconic. I've purchased many a time from The Journal Shop before and I can safely say that I'd recommend you check them out if you're on the hunt for some 'different' stationery in particular. They sell a vast range of goods and designer pieces produced by internationally renowned and not-so-well-known companies, so it marks the perfect place to discover something new.


Friday, 5 February 2016

The February Reads

Books, books, boooooooks! I don't talk about books nearly enough on this Blog, but never fear all you fellow book lovers out there! I am determined to read a lot more this year, and so share a lot more bookish related posts with you along the way! Today I thought I'd start it off with something nice and simple, and share with you the three main books I aim to read during the following month.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Super Easy Ways to Save Money on The Go

So, saving money. We all want to do it, yet we all somewhat struggle to do it. Soooo I'm guessing that we'd all love to hear some easy tips as to be able to do it, but not feel as though we're doing it... right? Well, all I know is that people are continuously asking me how I managed to save enough money to pay for a trip to New York and pay for my Masters course - all whilst being a full-time student. Quite frankly? I made very minimal changes to my everyday life and thus didn't really feel that I was holding back in any way, but I was definitely seeing the benefits that I'd see if I were to. I'm not saying everyone's the same, everyone is obviously different, but personally - these are the easiest ways I managed to save so I thought I'd share them with you too! Whilst some might be obvious, sometimes we need someone else to confirm that they do in fact work for us to take them seriously. This post will mark the first in this little series, so if you find this post interesting, do know there will be more money-saving tips coming your way in the future!


Monday, 1 February 2016


If there's one thing I love about the start of a new year, it's that it's the perfect opportunity to write some motivating lists of things you'd like to do, achieve and gain in the year ahead. I know you don't necessarily need to wait till the start of the year to do this, but I think we'd all agree that writing down a list of goals is just the motivational kick up the bum that we so need around this time of year. I absolutely love reading other people's goals for this reason too, so I thought I'd share a few of my goals for 2016 with you!

1) Lose weight. Right, so I'm not saying that I lead the healthiest lifestyle ever, but when I started to really exercise each day and eat a lot better, I noticed I wasn't losing the weight. This is one of the things that pushed me to go to the doctors that resulted in my diagnosis of PCOS. Turns out, the lil' beauty likes to make one store fat (yay), so I'm hoping that with the correct medication, and further concentrating that healthier lifestyle that I so long for, that I'll be able to get my weight down to something that makes me feel more comfortable and positive.

2) Save, save, save! No more spending for me! I was very lucky as to receive some absolutely amazing gifts for Christmas, and I 'treated' myself to quite a few things (oops) that I had been lusting over for forever once the sales came round, so I can't see anything that I will need or want any time in the near future. I graduate this year so I need to start focusing on saving up. I'm not exactly sure what I'm saving towards as of yet (I doubt I can save up for anything like a deposit or car whilst being a student), but I just want to save as much as I can whilst I'm still able to!

3) Get a job. Right. I've had jobs before, of course, but I've never had a 'proper grown up ahh scary wow this is amazing job' job. As I say, I graduate this year so it's more important than ever now to start looking around for what's best for me, and what I think will make me feel the most content and motivated with life this time next year... yikes!!?

4) Journal everyday. It's a resolution of mine to note down things more, whether that be significant memories or simply what I ate for dinner that day. Last year I did a terrible job at remembering to fill in my One Line A Day but I am ON IT this year people! (...Lets see how long that one lasts). Alongside this, I also aim to take a lot more Instax photos to remember more of those everyday memories that I somewhat neglected to capture last year.

5) Learn to drive. I couldn't drive for a long time due to medical issues, and since I was finally medically approved, I just haven't found the time or mental energy to learn! I have always said that I'd like to be able to drive by time I graduate as I just think it opens so many more doors, so that's the plan! Well... hopefully anyway! I also like that idea of freedom and mobility that otherwise I currently have to rely on others for; so I really am determined to achieve this goal before the year is up!

6) Launch a Youtube channel. I've been longing to start a Youtube for years now, but I always seem to find an excuse as to not click that upload button. I'm not an insecure person as such, but there is something about talking to a camera, ready to be exposed for potentially anyone and everyone to see and listen to your thoughts, that does frighten me. Maybe I'm over thinking things, I don't know. Either way, if not now, when? (You can subscribe to my channel here)

I think if I were to list alllll my goals for the year ahead we'd be here all day so I think I'll leave it there. I definitely feel that the main focuses for me this year are to improve my health, start planning and thinking more about the future, and to maintain and enhance my sense of mental well-being. I want to make more memories, record said memories as to have something to look back on when I'm older, and in the process of doing so just grow more into the person that I strive to become. 

What are some of your goals for 2016?
Hannah x

Sunday, 31 January 2016


'New Year, Fresh Start, New Me'... Sound familiar? Whilst I don't feel it 100% necessary to wait until January 1st to commit to new goals and aim to be a more improved you, I do feel that towards the end of 2015, things in my life started to move in a way as to imply what I hope to achieve and get out of 2016. I think it goes without saying that I didn't manage to finish Blogmas, but you know what? I'm a full time post-graduate student that had just been diagnosed with two chronic conditions - that was trying to deal with the pain and flare ups of those conditions, alongside having to cope with quite a few bad diagnosis' within the family as well - all whilst trying to submit ten thousand words worth of coursework before mid December and a further twelve by January (...AHHHH). So, whilst I'm absolutely gutted I didn't get to the finishing line, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Perhaps it was a little irresponsible of me to say I'd commit to something that, looking back, I know I could never have achieved, but at the time I didn't know that December would prove to be such a hectic month. I mean, before I knew it it was Boxing Day and left-overs curry time?! Whaaaaaa-??? Where the time flies I'm honestly not sure I'll ever understand. Either way, as I felt I was a little too busy to prepare for Christmas, it gave me a lot of time to mull over the things I'd like to do, or rather, like to be in the year of 2016. Whilst I will be sharing with you my 'resolutions' at some point in the near future, today I wanted to sort of introduce what I hope 'Hannah Delacour' will turn to be in 2016.

Now, I'm not saying you'll never see a product review or a Lush haul ever again, but recently I've really started to think more about what it is that I'd like to focus on, and I feel it only right to structure my Blog and it's content in a way as to suit those perhaps new and more profound interests of mine. I've never been one that could contemplate to sticking to a niche, and that's about to become a whole lot more noticeable as I work to categorise and create a distinctive schedule. I suppose the only thing now would be to share with you where I am with my thoughts regarding the Delacour Blog, and what I believe I'll enjoy posting in the future:

1) Books
2) Stationery & Journaling
3) Beauty
4) Health (Mental, Physical, Dietary, etc.)
5) University
6) Lifestyle

Alongside this, as some of you may already know, I launched my first ever Youtube channel towards the end of last year and I aim to upload at least one video per week during the year of 2016. Whilst I'm still not 100% confident in showing my face on screen, I have a lot of ideas that I know I'll enjoy making and that I hope you'll like watching! You can find my account here (< link).

I'm also super thrilled to be launching the new design and layout of the Hannah Delacour Blog alongside this first entry, and I really hope that you find it easier to navigate around the site and that it perhaps feels a bit more 'put together'. It's really made me ever more excited about this year, and I can't wait to hop right into it, upload more frequently, and become a lot more interactive across social media too: so get following magic beans!
(A little late, I know... but it has to be said!) - Wishing you an absolutely wonderful start to 2016, and I'm sending you all the best vibes to have the best year yet!
Hannah x
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