23 December, 2014

A dress from the British Heart Foundation

Dress: The British Heart Foundation Charity Shop, Shoes: Modalu, Tights: Accessorize, Shoes: Dr Martens (via eBay)

The other week I was staying in Southampton at my Sister's. She mentioned that there were some charity shops down the road (Portswood Road if ya know the area). I thought I would take a little wander to the area since I was trying to avoid the ma-hoo-sive shopping centre as I am (desperately) trying to save my money. I went into the first charity shop I stumbled across, purchased this dress and walked straight back to my Sister's house as I felt a spending splurge brewing. Although I broke my (short-lived) spending ban with this dress I am very happy with it. I love the length, colours, shape and the fact that it has pockets. Big pocket fan - I am :) I am looking forward to wearing this dress a lot and believe it will feature prominently in my wardrobe. I'm going to pair it with my leather jacket, my faux fur jacket, faux fur stole and lots more. By purchasing this dress I also donated to the British Heart Foundation - a wonderful charity. Can you hear me justifying my purchase of this dress?

Love, Hannah x


20 December, 2014

Round-Up: The Outtakes

As the year draws to a close I thought I would do a few 'Round-Up' style posts. I am going to split these posts into 4 sections starting with most horrendous - 'The Outtakes'. My pictures are mostly taken by my Boyfriend and my Mum - bless em'. Since I am not the most photogenic gal in the world there are some seriously questionable pictures coming from each blogging photo session and I do sometimes I wonder why they don't just put down the camera and say 'No more pictures - it is too hard and I'm scared of your face'. 

So let's begin - starting with the unexplainable picture above. I cannot tell you what's going on but needless to say it didn't make the cut in that particular blog post. And on we go...

 Looking like a laughing animal of some sort.

 Not quite the swooshing hair effect I was after. 


 This was my 'I just dyed my hair grey and I'm really happy about it' face...I actually liked this colour hair and hope to get it re-done in the New Year!

Just having a quick cry between pictures...

The hair sticking to my lipstick and going in my eyes look. A classic. 

Before my boyfriend/Mum take my pictures I usually take a few test pictures to check I'm happy with the settings. This was one of those test pictures I took of my boyfriend....

**There are a lot more outtakes like this bunch above but some of them are pretty awful so I don't want to subject horror as it is almost Christmas after all**

15 December, 2014

The Blue Coat

 Coat: Cancer Research, Pink Faux Fur: ASOS (Similar), Shirt: Oxfam, Playsuit: Cotton On (Australia), Tights: Accessorise, Shoes: Dr Martens (via eBay)

Every year (around November) when I look out my bedroom window in the morning and see the first frost has fallen I begin my hunt for the perfect Winter coat. For the past few years I haven't purchased a new Winter coat and have relied on an ol' Topshop coat. Last week I was wondering along the Ruislip high-street (in West London) which is my kind of high-street as it is an area densely populated with charity shops. As I wondered into the Cancer Research shop I spotted this bright blue coat with a matching skirt. It was advertised more as a suit ensemble but I like them both separately. I'm looking forward to pairing the skirt version of this lovely coat with a casual t-shirt and my new Doc Martens which I purchased from eBay last week. I was super excited when these shoes arrived on my doorstep. I immediately put them on and stomped round the house. Nothing was going to tarnish my love for the shoes - not evan my Brother mentioning that they look like the kind of shoes our Dad would have worn to school in the 70's. You win some, ya lose some :)

Love, Hannah x


10 December, 2014

The Great British Sewing Bee Book

 T-Shirt: Handmade, Skirt: Topshop, Shoes: River Island (similar here), Jacket & Tights: H&M

A few weeks ago my Mum bought me The Great British Sewing Bee book. The book comes with some of the patterns used in the series so all you need is a bit of fabric and you're all good to go.  The day after receiving this much appreciated book I picked up some navy blue material I've had my eye on for a while, put my college work to one side (naughty Hannah) and got sewing. Only 2 pattern pieces are required to make the t-shirt pictured so it only took a few hours to sew the pieces together and add a bit of bias binding around the hem, neckline and arm-holes. I had a bit of material left over so I sewed a tube of fabric and made a matching bow hair-tie (as shown below). 

Hope you're having a great week. 

Love, Hannah x


07 December, 2014

Duster Dupe

Jacket & Shirt: Oxfam,  Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Backpack & Boots: Topshop, Lip Shimmer: Burt's Bees in Rhubarb

Over the past few months I have been loving the duster style coats (ASOS have a beautiful range) so when I spotted this long-line, kimono style jacket in Oxfam I snapped it up instantly. That's the thing I love about charity shopping - you can go in for a little browse and come out with something you've been loving for a good ol' at a fraction of the high-street cost whilst also donating towards a wonderful cause - a win-win situation? I think so. My other charity shop steal was this round collared shirt (another one from Oxfam). 

One of the things I love about charity shopping is that I feel there is more scope to be creative and adventurous with clothing. I don't worry so much about cutting the length of a dress and shortening it  (risqué) or dipping the material in dye in an attempt to change the colour to make it more to my taste (doesn't alwaayyys go according to plan but hey-ho). Sometimes it happens that I love the piece of clothing just as it is which is just as fun too! It might be that soon I don't like the style of the duster coat as much and may shorten this kimono style jacket to wear with shorts, big ol' earrings and red lipstick for a festival next summer. I won't mind making this adjustment because fashion is fun, the way we choose to wear things makes us s'all different and I think that's kind of cool. So next time you're near a charity shop, maybe go in and pick something to make you're own. I promise you - it's a load of fun :)

Happy Sunday :) 

Love, Hannah x


03 December, 2014

A little fashion DIY idea..

After falling very much in love with the pompom shoes in Topshop recently I decided to get DIY-ing and up-cycle a pair of shoes that I haven't worn in a long time. The only ingredients required were an old pair of shoes, PomPoms - I got mine from a kids craft website called Crafty Little Bugs (which I initially read as Crafty Little Buggers...) and this E6000 glue which I purchased when I was making the Summer Tassel Necklace from A Pair and a Spare's beautiful blog. I think I bought the glue online - you can purchase it from Amazon.

I feel as though this blog post is more of a fashion DIY idea rather than a tutorial of some sort as the process is super easy as shown in the pictures below. I put 4 blobs (a technical term there) of the glue onto the shoe, placed the pompom on carefully and pushed on the pompom for a few minutes. Easy peasy I hear you say.

Since the shoes had been spiced up, the first time I wore them I just paired them with skinny jeans and a shirt. I felt as though the humungous pompom on my shoes did the talking. These shoes are a great party alternative if you don't fancy heels - you can just dance all night to the best songs ever and have a merry ol' time. 

Love, Hannah x


30 November, 2014

Everything Oxfam

Skirt & Shirt: Oxfam, Boots: Clarks (Outlet), Jacket: H&M (Similar), Bag: Modalu, Lip Shimmer: Burt's Bees 

The title should be 'Almost Everything Oxfam' but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it. This skirt is possibly one of my most worn items over the past few months. I think it goes with everything from smart shirts to casual ripped up and overworn t-shirts. The shirt is also a favourite of mine from Oxfam. On the topic of second-hand clothing, Style Bubble's latest post is all about a campaign called Love Your Clothes. After falling in love with all the second-hand outfits created and shown on Style Bubble's blog I headed over to the Love Your Clothes website to find out more. As an avid up-cycler of clothes I have always enjoyed the process of re-inventing my wardrobe but have sometimes lacked inspiration. Step in Love Your Clothes - they provide practical and creative advice on things such as how to make your clothes last longer and how to make the most of your wardrobe. Advice includes useful tips such as how to remove red/white wine stains and smokey smells from party dresses which is very helpful and relevant as we all put on our glad-rags to see in the New Year.  I will be checking this website from now on whenever I lack inspiration or have a fashion DIY issue in the future. 

On a completely separate note, earlier this week I went to Kristabel's (from the blog I Want You To Know) event at Burt's Bees. I had such a lovely time - it was amazing to meet her as I've been a big fan of her blog for a good ol' while. It was also great to meet other bloggers and sample some of the beautiful products from Burt's Bees. My favourites included the Bath Crystals (honestly they smell gooood) and the Rhubarb Lip Shimmer which I went on to purchase and am wearing in these pictures. It's a great and easy colour for the day and feels s'all minty as applied which is just a fresh little bonus :) 

Love, Hannah x


26 November, 2014

The Accessorize Scarf

On the way home from college last week I was fer-reezing so I quickly popped into the Accessorize located in the tube station (always dangerous) and picked up this scarf. At first I was a little hesitant since it was £19 which I thought was quite a bit for a scarf (as a gal used to charity shop prices) but I bought it anyway and it has been put to good use everyday since. A good buy? I think so. It's a good size and can be worn with pretty much any outfit. Here I have worn it with an Oxfam shirt and bag (obvz) and an Urban Outfitters skirt. 

The lipstick is also a new edition - I have always loved pink lipstick but have never been sure if I can pull it off. I was very pleased with this particular lipstick since I wore it out for dinner and cocktails last week and it it didn't budge. The downside to this (I found out later) is that it also didn't budge when I tried to take it off and I went to college with bright pink lips the morning after. I didn't mind too much as I saw it as a good way to brighten up hung-over Friday!

Love, Hannah x


23 November, 2014

Beyond Retro & Save the Children

Jumper: Beyond Retro*, Skirt: Urban Outfitters, Tights: H&M, Boots: Topshop,  Nails: The Illustrated Nail

Beyond Retro have launched a pop-up shop in Old Street Station (London) as part of their Save the Children Christmas Jumper campaign. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area - rammed with the best selection of Christmas jumpers around it also has the addition of some seriously sparkly tops, gorgeous bags and uber cool headgear. If that's not enough for you there are also baskets of tartan scarfs which I dug my way through at the launch. 

Beyond Retro have pledged to sell 10,000 jumpers in the run up to Christmas donating £1 from every Christmas jumper sale to Save the Children - a brilliant charity. I have teamed up with Beyond Retro in order to spread this festive message and after a good ol' while scrolling through the beautiful selection of jumpers on the Beyond Retro website I chose this red, fun, cheery number. Not only do I love the snowy house scene but I also love the added touch of the collar.

You can be in with a chance of winning a £250 Beyond Retro voucher - yes, please! All you need to do is follow Beyond Retro on Twitter (@BeyondRetroUK) and Instagram (@BeyondRetro) and upload a quick snap of your Christmas Jumper styled outfit using the  #xmasjumperstylechallenge hashtag. You have until the 14th of December to submit your lovely Christmas Jumper snap.

You can also show your support to Save the Children by sporting your festive knit on December 12th, otherwise known as Christmas Jumper Day :)

Love, Hannah 

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