Tuesday, 28 April 2015

An Afternoon In Bakewell

This weekend has been pretty epic, not only has it been my birthday weekend but I've been incredibly lucky to share it with all my favourites, you know who you are. I must confess I didn't feel as excited as I usually would this birthday, call it getting older or carrying round a baby the size of a coconut in my stomach but strangely enough I think it was my best birthday yet. It was perfectly chilled, full of amazing fodder and I got two birthday homemade birthday cakes, yes two.

To round off celebrations Craig and I made a trip to Bakewell for a country perusal, with our pooch Kez tagging along - he just can't stand to be apart from us! We started at The Pointing Dog & Duck, took a pew in their garden and shared a rather divine pizza (sadly we munched it far too quickly to take pictures). While it was pretty breezy the sun was shining and we were surrounded by honking ducks and a lake, just dreamy. After our pizza lunch we headed off to the green with a cookie monster to share while we watched ducks swim by and groups play boules and croquet. Idyllic non?

It's crazy to think I've only got 6 weeks to go until my due date, where have those almost 8 months disappeared to? I'm definitely starting to get sleepier now but with less than 2 weeks left at work I really can't complain. Next time we head back to Bakewell we'll probably have baby Wild with us, I cannot wait.

What have you been up to over my birthday weekend? Have you ever been to Bakewell?

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Happy 27th Birthday To Me

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Today is my 27th birthday! I'm hoping to be surrounded by cake, balloons and flowers right about now although I don't mind if things aren't in that exact order. While I may not be sipping on glasses of prosecco this year I'll be enjoying a mocktail or six for sure, don't you worry. To mark my 27th year on planet Earth I thought I'd look back at the twenty sixth year of Hannah and talk life moments, things I've discovered or just silly things I've enjoyed. After all who doesn't enjoy a lifestyley post?

1. October the 13th 2014 became one special day as my boyfriend, roomie and best friend proposed to me on a beach in Norfolk. I said yes.

2. After little deliberation (what can I say? We're decisive) Craig and I set a date, get your hats at the ready - we become man and wife on Saturday 16th April 2016.

3. Three days before getting engaged I vowed to wear the blue Manolos should I ever get married and I'm a woman of my word.

4. A few weeks after getting engaged I found out I was pregnant. We couldn't be happier and will be welcoming our new arrival in June.

5. We went on our first couples holiday to Sardinia, it was absolute blast.

6. I visited ASOS.com, yes actual ASOS. It was everything I'd hope it'd be and some.

7. Remember my brother who set a wedding date? Well he got married, it was the perfect day and I gained a sister-in-law.

8. I got my first onesie, what did I do without it?

9. My peanut butter obsession reached new heights thanks to Rosie and the best snack, slices of apple with a huge dollop of PB. Dreamy.

10. Our home renovations have finally come to an end, until we can have the kitchen of our dreams that is.

11. Speaking of renovations we tackled our hideous bathroom earlier this year, it took a grand total of 3 weeks but gosh was it worth it. Hello bath of my dreams.

12. Wedding planning is so much fun - we've got the church, venue, cake, photographer and bridesmaid dresses all in the bag.

13. Mean Girls the musical became a thing, I cannot wait.

14. My bud Claire and I got to meet our favourite bloggers Anna & Lily at Beauty Chat Live, they were even more gorgeous and down to earth in person than we expected.

15. Chocolate flavoured milk became my go to beverage, who'd of thought it?

16. Everything happens for a reason.

17. I upgraded my car to epic proportions, I've never been so thankful for my four wheels.

18. I finally got to visit Brighton for my sister in laws hen party, it's such a vibrant and fun place that I'm dying to go back to.

19. I became independent conscious and starting giving my local Costa a wide birth to discover independent coffee houses instead, Sheffield is FULL of them and some are real gems.

20. A trip to Manchester went down as we caught Peter Kays charity show, Rave On and Jerry St Claire were epic. 

21. Claire and I also got to meet the beautifully turned out Redknapps who were absolute babes.

22. Succulents became a new obsession, I now have two and counting...

23. Visits to the Krispy Kreme drive-thru became a pre Ikea thing. Don't knock it until you've tried it.

24. My mum and I went cray in Burberry, she got the most amazing dress for my bros wedding and I got to try one of those amazing capes.

25. We got to see the Arctic Monkeys for maybe the sixth or seventh time, they were on top form and made me beyond proud to be from Sheffield.

26. I can't believe that this time next year I'll be celebrating my birthday on my honeymoon with my husband and bambino.

27. I've got an inkling that my twenty seventh year may just be the best yet...

Friday, 24 April 2015

A Mini Sephora Haul

When your dad and brother are hitting up Florida for a work trip it'd be wrong not to make a Sephora request, especially after they handled my previous shopping list so well.

Spurred on by Anna and her luscious looking locks the first item on my list was the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, try and say that fast. Anna raves about this multi-tasking all in one hair prod and anything that tackles more than one hair styling issue is a match made in heaven for low maintenance gals like myself. I don't think I've ever been more giddy to wash my hair.

Next on my list was the sunglasses inducing Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade A Go-Go which can only be described as the kind of shade MACs Lady Danger and Nars Red Square would produce if they had a baby, am I right? I adore bold matte lips that last an age so I'm giddy to give this a go go, get it? Keep your eyes glued to my Insta, this one's got birthday lips written all over it.

The final prod on my roster is the Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion Spray. I've not seen a stitch on this one so it's definitely a new release in the US and it would appear B&B have finally answered my Surf Spray prayers. My hair is pretty coarse and unruly at the best of times so while I love the look salt sprays give they do dry out my hair, enter the Infusion Spray which contains tropical oils as well as the usual ingredients to give beachy waves WITH A SHEEN. I cannot wait to give this a bash and promise to report back, hopefully with dreamy tousled hair in tow.

Do you send Sephora lists off with your nearest and dearest? What would you buy in a Sephora haul?

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Double Dose Of Denim

Oversized Denim Shirt: Topshop
Blue Maternity Joni Jeans: Topshop
Sam Edelman Trina Sandals: Daniel Footwear
Orange Satchel: Topshop
Where is this month disappearing to? I can't believe it's my birthday in just seven days, the countdown is officially on and my wish list is here, just in case you....joking. This weekend has passed by so quickly (are you sensing a theme?) Saturday I woke early, took a shopping trip to Meadowhall and treated myself to a few pre-birthday treats before meeting up with my mum for an al fresco dining sesh. Later the fiancee and I headed to our fave couples abode for games night in their magazine perfect home #kitchenenvy. We chowed down on Moroccan fodder and played Tension which is a pretty hilar board game. Today things have been pretty chill as Craig and I took a walk around Derwent Valley, check out my Insta for some swoon worthy countryside snaps. Sadly I didn't take any pictures of the new lambs so you'll have to use your imagination, so cute.

Todays shots typify the kind of outfit I've been reaching for lately, if it's not maternity jeans it's leggings I've been wearing paired with either a shirt or a dress - let's just say the fashion conscious maternity opportunities are few and far between. One positive that has come from having less clothes available to me is how easy it is to get dressed in the morning, there's a lot to be said for a more streamlined, edited wardrobe - even if there are days when I long for a little more adventure. Double denim is always a look I've admired so I'm thrilled to give a nod to the current revival, even with a baby on board. My nude Sam Edelman sandals say chic and help to elongate my pins while my orange satchel brings a much needed pop of colour.

I may not be rocking a seventies inspired suede mini or an airy, white off the shoulder top now but as soon as baby Wild arrives I'll be treating myself to one almighty shopping trip. You've been warned...

What have you been up to this weekend? Do you enjoy a bit of double denim?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

20 Things I've Learnt About Pregnancy

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It really does feel like two moments ago that I was announcing my pregnancy and now I'm edging closer to the final furlong, I'm 31 weeks pregnant. Being pregnant is probably one of the most wonderful things your body can do but it's also a time full of 'what was that's' as you feel things for the first time as everything prepares for birth. I'll not lie and say pregnancy is a walk in the park because it's not, some days are brilliant and others you just want to hide away under the duvet so in typical Hannah, tongue in cheek fashion I thought I'd put together a list of things I've learnt about pregnancy and everything that goes with it. Promise they're all true.   

1. Movement feels surreal at first but becomes a welcome way of life.

2. Acid reflux and sickness won't be around forever, hang in there and drink milk.

3. Baby brain is a thing, kiss goodbye to your short term memory and embrace the diary.

4. Sleep is your new best friend, even as someone who struggles with it. Get it wherever and whenever you can.

5. Hypnobirthing is fun, informative and incredibly relaxing. A highly recommend.

6. Watching your husband to be talk to baby is just magic.

7. Changing bags really are an ugly breed. The search continues...

8. Sometimes you just want to eat chocolate and carbs, it's ok.

9. Buying things for your new arrival can be overwhelming, just what is ISO fix?

10. You may be mistaken for being conscious of your stomach in Topshop instead of being pregnant, revert to changing room immediately.

11. Life will slow down, even if you're still trying to dash here and there. Trust me, I've tried.

12. Getting out of your car when you've parked too close to another becomes a Navy seal-esque mission.

13. Your boobs will get way bigger than you ever thought.

14. Some smells really are horrendous and if you could, you'd throw rocks at them. Embrace a lightweight scarf.

15. Reading blogs and fashion magazines will have you craving this seasons clothes, not maternity ones.

16. People will offer you their shocking birth stories, ignore, ignore, ignore.

17. Instagram pictures of poached eggs will send you cray.

18. You will miss amazing London blog events for antenatal classes, someone pass the Easter eggs.

19. People will continually ask how you're feeling, smile politely.

20. Never forget it's your body and baby, always do what's best for you.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Review: Zelens Youth Glow Foundation

I was really hoping to bring an outfit of the day post to proceedings, as I do every Sunday but as I was about to shoot my ensemble the heavens opened and it's been pretty windy and miserable ever since, where you at sunshine? I miss you already. So instead of fashion I'm chatting foundation and one that I've been sat on the fence about for a little while.

The Zelens Youth Glow Foundation* is packed with potent anti-ageing, skin loving goodies and is said to reduce signs of stress and tiredness while creating a smooth complexion with a radiant finish. Now this I would wholeheartedly agree with - on application this creamy (and I mean creamy) yet medium coverage foundation perfects skin within an inch of it's life, it's almost like you've been airbrushed but in a natural, weightless way. With a subtle, fresh scent of cucumbers I find this incredibly soothing to apply and a little goes a long way when blended with clean fingers, I'm yet to find a brush that I get the same natural look with. 

So what's the problem? Doesn't everyone want radiant, airbrushed skin that's perfected whilst looking natural? In a word yes but I find that this foundation doesn't last all day on my skin like my usual favourites (Nars Sheer Glow and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonderand I put this down to it's creamy consistency. Now if you have a drier or more mature skin that drinks up product then this would be the perfect foundation for you but as a normal to oiler skinned gal I do find this starts out beautiful before disappearing from my face later in the day and at £65 that isn't what you want. That said the look this foundation gives is something else so I do still wear it, just not everyday but for weekends instead when make-up doesn't need to last a full eight hours.

Have you ever tried any make-up from Zelens? Does Youth Glow sound like your kind of base?

*PR Sample, all thoughts my own.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Birthday Wish List

Let's get one thing straight, this is by no means a definitive birthday list, if money was no object I'd have a dreamy Celine and a pair of Aquazurra flats for dessert. Head in the clouds gifts aside I'd be absolutely thrilled to receive any of these rather Hannah items for my impending birthday along with a huge cake and some quality time with friends and family. I don't ask for much do I?

(L-R) Front Roe by Louise Roe - I've followed Louises' career for as long as I can remember so I'm thrilled she's doing so well and has brought her own book out. I'd be more than happy to read this on my maternity leave instead of my hypnobirthing book, the girls got style. Not a clue who Louise is? Check out PixiWoos latest Tuesday chat with the lady herself here.

Ray-Ban Cats 5000 Sunglasses - After unsuccessfully lusting after a pair of Burberry sunglasses in my last birthday wish list I've now set my sights on a pair of Ray-Bans *note to self, must go try these on in store soon*. Sure I haven't tried them but how amazing does the model look? I'm forever 'borrowing' Craigs array of Ray-Bans so maybe it's time I got my own?

Chinti & Parker Stripe Heart Pocket T-Shirt - Chinti & Parker are one of those British brands I've lusted after for a while, with a buy better philosophy I love the luxe basics they make so audibly swooned when I spotted their collab with Liberty. A match made in heaven non? It may just seem like another breton striped top to the untrained eye but I know this would be in my wardrobe forever.

Joyeux Canape Plate - If you didn't know by now I have a thing for blue and white plates, while some say food looks better on a minimal white offering I vote blue and white every time. Throw a french phrase into the mix and it's a match made in plate heaven. 

ASOS Leather Minimal Backpack - After admiring the backpack movement from afar it's time for me to pounce especially with baby Wild hot on my heels. My thinking? Hands free bag action so I can still carry all my paraphernalia and a baby while looking all minimalist - a look I've never quite mastered but I'm sure I'll not struggle with when a baby's taking up my accessorising time. 

Catfish & the Bottlemen CD - As much as I adore Taylor Swift it's time my car got a new jam. Am I the only person out there who still likes a physical CD in my hands? Answers on a postcard.

Astrid & Miyu Wishbone Necklace - Astrid & Miyu seem to come out of nowhere, they're forever gracing my Instagram with their beautiful, lifestyle image shots and I for one am hooked. I adore their simple, elegant jewellery aesthetic that looks much more expensive than it's price tag. Can you believe this beaut is only £29? No me neither.

Are you lusting after any pieces in my birthday wish list? Do you still make a birthday list?

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