Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pai Skincare Discoveries

Beauty is something I rarely talk about around these parts, it's not that I don't love blusher, lipstick and moisturiser as much as the next gal it's just that when I find a product that works I tend to stick with it, which doesn't make for the most interesting reading. That said when I find something that does work, I have to put fingertips to keyboard.

Since finding out I was pregnant my skin has kindly taken itself on a roller coaster - we've had ups and serious downs but it's finally on the straight and narrow and I'm partially putting this down to my new skincare regime. Say hello to Pai skincare.

Pai is a London based organic skincare brand specifically targeted at sensitive skin (try and say that fast) which crept onto my beauty lovin' radar sometime in November. As luck would have it Pai ran a Black Friday deal to end all deals so I picked up the Pure Hydration Starter Kit for £77, a right ol' bargain as it'd cost over £160 to buy the whole caboodle now.

In my kit I got the Camellia & Rose Cleanser - a creamy beauty which leaves my skin feeling fresh and plump morning and night, the scent is heavenly too. The Rice Plant & Rosemary Skin Tonic - a super light and refreshing toner which doesn't leave my skin feeling tight, just nourished. The Perfect Balance Blemish Serum which is something else - I don't know how this milky serum manages to keep blemishes at bay/reduce them immediately and boost my skin but it really does. The Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream, how such a lightweight moisturiser keeps my skin perfectly hydrated I'll never know. Final additions to the kit include the Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream, delightful but nothing to shout about and the Kukui and Jojoba Skin Brightening Exfoliator which gives my face an instant glow, this smells pretty awesome too.

I know skincare is incredibly subjective and what works for one can cause havoc for another but I'd be amazed if you tried a Pai product and didn't love it. I've been using this line up of products every morning for six weeks (and counting) and I cannot rave about this range enough.

Have you ever tried anything from Pai? What staples are in your skincare routine?

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Stripes, Checks & Leopard Print

Blue & White Oversized Striped Shirt: H&M
Camel & Pink Check Scarf: Zara
Blue Leigh Skinny Jeans: Topshop
Leopard Print Boots: Warehouse
Medium Navy Pashli: 3.1 Philip Lim

Straight after taking these snaps I dashed upstairs, threw on my furry gillet, lit my This Works candle and snuggled up under a blanket in our spare bedroom, our home while the wardrobes in our room undergo some serious construction. Let's just say it's a tad chilly to be stood outside sans coat, I call it pie and mash weather. This ensemble may not be the most groundbreaking but it's certainly my kinda style. I sized up in my Colgate ad style shirt for that borrowed from the boyfriend look (well I have got a growing bump to think of) and added balance with skinny jeans. Accessories pull this look together. I can't get enough of these leopard print boots, good job Warehouse. Can you believe I'd misplaced this check scarf until my wardrobe clear out today? My neck missed you. Not forgetting the elephant in the room and the latest addition to my handbag collection, the medium sized navy Pashli. So I may struggle to close the fastening (it's not made for the heavy handed) but I'm sure you'll agree she's a beaut who can carry some serious shizz. Stylish and practical.

The weekend has been awesome as always, Saturday was a bit of a Hannah day as I got my roots refreshed at Volt. It may have been an early appointment but that left plenty of time for 'mooching the shops', read that as you will. Last night Craig and I went on a spontaneous date night and devoured huge burgers at Fancie, just delish. Today things have been low key with tidying and wardrobe action taking place, Craig constructing and me making room for my new purchases. Just a few more days and I'll actually have a useable wardrobe, huzzah! 

What do you make of my simple ensemble? Have you had a jazzy weekend?

Don't forget there's still lots of beauty bargains to be had here in my blog sale.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Return Of The Cardigan

Hooded Colour Block Cardigan: Topshop
Long White Shirt: H&M
Black Leigh Skinny Jeans: Topshop
Cut Out Suede Boots: Topshop
Cream Furry Pom Pom Hat: River Island

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I used to dig a cardigan or two, not the twinset and pearls kind but those thin knit, sometimes jersey ones that used to cover your rear. Remember those paired with leggings? Seems I must of OD'd on cardigans a few years ago because there's not a single one on my rail...until now. A few days ago I was browsing Topshop for maternity wares (read all about my covering the bump woes here) when I came across this hooded colour block beauty. Not only does it make me feel like Paddington bear when I wear it (score) but it's also super cosy whilst having an understated edge. The styling for this cardigan was just so on point online that I had to try and recreate the look myself. I think this may just be my new favourite outfit.

Over the past year my style has started to evolve, once a pattern obsessive I now find myself drawn to simpler clothing with the craziest pattern being a classic breton stripe. Who'd of thought it? While I may be slowly developing a uniform of sorts I find it so much easier to mix and match these pieces than I ever did my patterned friends. I've even bought myself a monochrome shirt dress. Hannah in black? Try not to faint. My new confidence in style has led me on a quest, to buy fewer but more quality pieces and to start decluttering my wardrobe. What will make the cut? I've already made a start on my beauty stash, check out my beauty blog sale here. Well we've all got to start somewhere.

This weekend has been a change from the norm, I relived my teenage years with a trip to Bramall Lane to watch Sheffield United win on Saturday and today I've been shopping with my mum. Well the football was a change...

What have you been up to this weekend? Will you be embracing cardigans this season?

Beauty Blog Sale

MAC Lipstick in Speak Louder - used twice - £7 plus £2 postage

MAC Lustreglass Lipgloss in Love Nectar - used once - £6 plus £2 postage

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in shade 4 - used for a week - £20 plus £3 postage

(L-R) MAC Odd Couple Eyeshadow Duo - never used in original box - £4 plus £2 postage

MAC Eyeshadow in Knight Divine - used once - £6 plus £2 postage

MAC Eyeshadow in Parfait Amour - never used - £7 plus £2 postage

MAC Eyeshadow in Parfait Amour - never used - £7 plus £2 postage

MAC Eyeshadow in Club - never used - £7 plus £2 postage

MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters - used three of four times - £7 plus £2 postage

MAC Eyeshadow in Embark - never used - £7 plus £2 postage

Chanel Les 4 Ombres in 51 Stage Lights Eyeshadow Palette - used twice - £9 plus £3 postage 

Nars Cordura Duo Eyeshadow - used once - £9 plus £2 postage

Nars Laguna Illuminator 30ml - never used - £10 plus £3 postage

MAC Later Pigment - never used in original box - £4 plus £2 postage

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel - used every morning for two weeks - £12 plus £3 postage

REN Rosa Centafolia Cleansing Gel - used every morning for one week - £4 plus £3 postage

Eve Lom TLC Cream - used four times - £14 plus £3 postage

Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate - 70% full - £12 plus £2 postage

Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream - 70% full - £10 plus £3 postage

Items are sold on a first come, first serve basis and must be paid for by PayPal using the friends and family option using my email address (find it in the Contact section). Items will only be posted within the UK and postage will be combined should you buy more than one item. Items will be sent first class via Royal Mail.

All items have been bought with my own money.

If you fancy buying anything just tweet me or leave me a comment below.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Life Lately #1

I love reading life lately/catch up style posts on blogs, I mean who doesn't want an insight into the life of the blogger behind the blog? Try and say that quickly.

Many dread the first couple of weeks/January as a whole but I for one kinda like it, sure we may all be a little bit skint after overspending at Christmas (hands up who's guilty?) and we may be mourning the loss of the festive decorations, to be honest our house suddenly looks way bigger without a Christmas tree glowing in all it's glory in the corner! Not only is January Craigs birthday but it's also the month to start planning and getting excited about the year ahead, those diary pages won't fill themselves. Over the past eight days I've been...

Watching Paddington - Both my mum and I were dying to see this film so we finally took ourselves off to see the cutest, Marmalade lovin' bear on Tuesday night. As soon as the opening scene appeared on screen I knew I was in love. We laughed, I cried and most importantly we had the best time. A must see, I promise it's not just for children.

Buying my second MAC lip liner - MAC took my lip liner virginity way back in 2013. Must dig that out. As a bold lip lover, especially those Wintery red and berry hues I thought it was about time I got some precision in my life, enter the much raved about Cherry lip pencil. I'm hoping it's love.

Excited about the return of the heavyweights - No I'm not talking boxers but Broadchurch, Scandal and Revenge, well what else are January evenings made of? I think this trio is finally filling the Homeland shaped hole. Note, viewing is always accompanied by a selection box and or a hot chocolate - Nutella hot chocolates are the one.

Discovering that dressing a pregnancy bump is a tough gig - I may only just be starting to show (if you look closely) but I'm definitely struggling with my threads. Regular skinny jeans are a no go so I'm embracing tights and maternity Leigh jeans from Topshop. The real debate begins when you factor in dresses and tops. While there's lots of choice out there it's like some sites want you to throw your fashionable self out of the window. Motherhood is going to be a huge life change all on it's own so there's no way I'm changing my sense of style too. Right now I'm sizing up and ordering from Topshop maternity, I've got a huge order at my feet so fingers crossed.

Falling in love with wedding dresses - Last night I found myself looking at wedding dresses, something I've not had an urgency to do yet. I've fallen in love with one designer and I'm already looking forward to trying some dresses on this Autumn. 2015 you're looking good.

How have you started off the new year? Do you enjoy lifestyle posts?

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Birthday Weekend

Oh Sunday, haven't you crept up on us quickly? This weekend has been a real winner, even though we were back at work on Friday Craig found out it was his Saturday off on his first day back - who doesn't enjoy a no work birthday weekend? Saturday saw us being incredibly chilled with a late pancake breakfast followed by a dog walking adventure to Derwent Valley (so pretty). We rounded the day off with a meal at Wig & Pen with our fave marrieds, they even wrote happy birthday on a rustic slate for the birthday boy to be.

We started today with scrambled eggs, birthday bunting and present opening - I treated the husband to be to a Canon 1200D so fingers crossed he'll take some sharp outfit pictures for me soon. We then headed to Smith & Baker, a fairly new restaurant to Sheffield and my is it a winner. The decor is Scandi chic, the atmosphere relaxed (with a pretty awesome playlist), the service is friendly and the food. Well it's another level. I started with a smoked haddock and leek gratin & finished things off with a roast chicken dish. I love the concept behind Smith & Baker, the menu changes daily ensuring the customer is eating the most seasonal and fresh produce - I know I'll be back soon.

We wrapped up the most sublime meal with my mommas homemade chocolate cake (isn't she a cutie making Craig a birthday cake?) Tonight we're keeping things chilled and trying to find something to replace the Homeland shaped gap in our lives. Any ideas? Happy 28th birthday fiancee! I think this year's going to be a goodie...

What have you been up to this weekend?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Oh Hello New Year: 2015

Christmas wreath in the making - Dreamy morning with this babe - When the man comes home with Valerie - Things are looking decidedly festive at Cagney & Lace HQ - Son of a nutcracker - Girly pizza catch up - Feeling thankful - My new favourite mug - Christmas Eve dinner date - My first ever onesie - Non alcoholic mulled wine is a taste sensation - It's time - My favourite snow buddy - Big love to my bro on his 29th birthday - Fancie fish n chips - My faves

Happy New Year! I hope you're all feeling as excited for the next 364 days of newness as I am. Last night I celebrated the arrival of 2015 with close friends, games and fodder - it couldn't have been more perfect. 2014 was one special year - I got engaged and set a date to marry my best friend, I inherited a sister in law as my brother got married, I watched two of my beautiful friends say I do and Craig and I received the greatest news of all, that we're soon to be parents. Somehow I don't think I'll be forgetting 2014 in a hurry. 

2015 may be one of the biggest years of my life so far, hello wedding planning and new born baby but I've never been one to say no to challenge. I may not have done so well with last years resolutions, new recipes became a non starter, I found myself getting a jog on sometimes. I did relax with a book and found a pretty decent mascara (Max Factor Clump Defy) but it'll come as no shock that my savings plans didn't quite take off. Must. Try. Harder. While a new year isn't about being a new, all singing and dancing improved you it is a good time to set new goals...

Make just the two of us time - This year is going to be pretty baby centric but that still means we need to remember how we got here. Whether it's date nights or just getting up earlier and making breakfast for the other we need to remember to make time for each other.

Declutter and get saving those pennies - Hi I'm a Hannah and I'm a hoarder. I save everything from Christmas cards, clothing tags, plastic carrier bags to pretty packaging - not mentioning clothes and make-up I haven't touched for years. With another little person to make room for I think it's time to get my act together and stop being so frivolous.

Don't be so hard on myself - Ah the eternal female worry, I'm sure we could all benefit from being more mindful of this one. I like to think of myself as a pretty together kinda person but I'm sure a baby is going to throw this into disarray. I don't think anyone really knows what they're doing when they first leave a hospital with a newborn so I'm taking comfort in this.

Try something new - Whether it's trying mum to be yoga, eating at a new restaurant or finally introducing a new recipe to my repertoire. It's time to get out of my comfort zone.

What are your life goals for 2015? Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline? 

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