The one with the Instagram notes | January

Family Birthdays | List Life | Retro Treats

Kind Friends | New Babies | Lush Delights

As I sit here writing this at the end of January I cannot quite believe that we have finished off the first month of 2017 already. It has flown by, quite scarily.

January for me was a month of catch ups, new starts, and setting things in place ready for the upcoming months. I am now in full swing of my last few months of uni before graduation, I have a couple of workshops to run, reports to write and a research task to tackle and then I will be free to flourish and make some huge changes i’ve been waiting almost a year for. Some have already begun, I’m so excited to see where we will be at the end of this year; determined to make it a good one in so many ways.

So how was your January, do you have an exciting plans for the year or month ahead?

Hannah  

Instagram Log: December 2016

Window Dressing at Work | Ballooning in York | New Baby-ness

Homemade Advent Calendars | Family Gifts | Cheesy Cards

December has felt like a super quick month, we’ve been very busy and it’s just passed by in the blink of an eye! It was a creative kind of month in lots of ways, I helped with the festive window dressing at work. I ran my a Christmas Wreath workshop for my own business Millefiori and Modello, which went really well and has spurred us on for lots of exciting things in 2017. Outside of ‘work’ I got the chance to get back on my sewing machine and enjoyed making our very advent calendar trees with the help of Lucy at The Vintage Sewing Bunny aswell as other festive bits! Call me a geek but I absolutely love sewing and the land that it whisks me away to.  Towards the end of the month as work was finished, I got the time to go back home to Yorkshire and visit some of my family in York. Seeing the sights is always fun in a city as beautiful as York but meeting my brand new baby cousin topped it all. It was a perfect way to finish off the year.

It has been a years of up and downs, but overall I have so much to be thankful for. Here’s to 2017 and all that it may bring. What are you looking forward to in the new year?

Hannah  

Instagram Log: October | Blogtober #31

Current Beauty Faves | Barcelona Adventures | Birthday Month

Press Tent Essentials | Welcoming Autumn | Learning To Sew

 

Oh October, my love forever! It’s birthday month for me so feels exciting all the way through right to the big day at the end of the month. However inching past mid twenties, yeah I’m not to sure about that part. It seems to have whizzed by, heading back to uni, getting back into work, taking up a new hobby and having a sneaky trip to Barcelona all before my birthday.

This is just a snippet of my month, what did you get up to?

Hannah  

Beauty Handbag Essentials for Autumn | Blogtober #7

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As the cooler weather starts to creep in and the crunchy Autumn leaves appear. It is time for lots of changes to suit the incoming season. You may immediately think of digging out your favourite scarves and bobbles hats and making all those chocolately drinks to make sure you stay cosy. However you may notice that you might have to switch up your handbag and its contents too, in order to swish through the change of season. Here are five essentials I always have in my bag in Autumn.

A lipbalm – I use a balm all year round but even more so as the days get colder. I have been enjoying the Burt Bees with peppermint. These lipbalms never fail, so moisturising and all natural. It hard to find a good one that does the job well, but I would definitely give these a try if you haven’t already.

A lippy – It is always nice to have a bit of colour for your lips in your handbag for those unexpected drinks after work or to perk yourself up during the day. I tend to prefer something lighter on my lips. So these Benebalms from Benefit which are more sheer than a regular lipstick are perfect to add a bit of colour, yet still be moisturising.

Anti-Bacterial Handwash – This is an essential for me everyday but as it starts to get chillier and people start to get colds it is such a handy thing to keep one your bag. You will be so grateful of this little bottle during those public door handle moments and it will save you till you can get to a bathroom and wash your hands properly.

A Hand Cream – Keep those hands soft and moisturised with a rich hand cream. If you have been using an anti-bac hand wash, they have a tendency to dry your hands in places sometimes if using them quite often. So having a cream to add some moisture back into the skin is a easy way to keep them in tip top condition. The hand bag friendly tubes from The Body Shop are brilliant and come in a whole range of scents. I have been trying out the Absinthe Purifying Hand Cream, it is a slightly more herbal fragrance than I would normally choose, however it is so nice to apply and feels light on the skin with no slippery residue.

Hair Brush – With wind and rainy drizzles getting more frequent, it is a good idea to pop a comb or hair brush in your bag, to tame your hair when you need it most. With long but fine hair mine gets knotty quite fast, so I always have one with me. The Ikoo Metallic Brush is in my stash at the moment, it is great for de-tangling without snagging or damaging the hair.

Mirror – this one need no explanation, such a handy little piece to save you in bad hair or makeup moments. You’re best friend will also thank you so much, when she has forgotten hers.

 

What essentials are in your handbag / manbag at the moment?

Hannah  

Breast Cancer Awareness Month | Blogtober #6

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October brings round the time of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Something that I have always been aware of due to close family friends sadly being affected but it has recently become much more poignant in our own family and something which I personally now think about regularly. This is both a good and a bad thing, it is good that we are consciously more aware of breast cancer and looking for the signs as early as possible, but it is awful that it sometimes takes someone who is suffering to remind us of being more proactive in self checking and talking about it.

It appears that more and more people are being affected by cancer who we know, some are able to fight it and some are sadly taken away from us.

When we donate to charity it sometimes feels like we will never what our money go towards, will it benefit anyone? It is hard to know when we are not giving it directly to somebody in need. A couple of pounds is nothing for the majority of us, but those pounds go towards key research which is absolutely crucial. We wouldn’t have advanced to the point we are at today without your kind and generous donations to cancer research.

You may not feel like you can donate money on a monthly basis for many reasons and this is absolutely fine. However lost of brands now work together with Breast Cancer Research and bring out a selection of gifts or everyday products to which they generously give a portion of the money to charity. This is great as you can stock up on many basics which you normally would buy knowing that you are making a contribution to a good cause too.

There are so many out there from deli wraps and shampoo to more luxury items, which could be great gifts. I have put together a little guide below, to show you some of the beautiful things available this year.

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Hero Collection, Elemis| Smint| Oral B toothbrush available at Asda

Shopping Tote Bag, Dorothy Perkins | Crumpets | Pin Bag from Diamonique at QVC

Every penny and every conversation counts to building awareness and raising money to find a cure and treat people in the best way possible.

If there is one important thing you take from this post, please get to know your body and check yourself regularly. You too boys, breast cancer doesn’t just affect ladies!

Hannah