Monday, 25 August 2014

Greece: Holiday Outfits

If I know I'm going to be spending the day sightseeing I love to wear dresses. I always find that walking around for hours in the boiling hot sunshine can be so uncomfortable and dresses are so much cooler to wear. I was instantly drawn to this dress from H and M because of the bright coral colour which is so perfect for summer. I also loved the fact it had a bandeau style top which means no annoying strap marks! 

I'm a little bit obsessed with jumpsuits at the moment and I got this gorgeous tribal printed one in the sale at River Island before I went away. I wore it on the first night as well as to travel home in as it's super comfy! I love how you can easily dress it up with some jewellery and a clutch for the evening or dress it down with some flip flops for daytime. 

I always take a maxi dress on holiday with me as they're just so easy to wear and again, can easily be dressed up for night or down for day. This one was an absolute bargain from Primark and was actually in the beach section of the store but I thought it looked slightly dressy so I wore this on an evening instead. I love the patterned waistband to give the illusion of a slimmer waist and the bandeau style top. Plus, white looks fab with a tan.

I practically live in shorts and cami tops on holiday and this time was no different. This loose asymmetric cami in a nude pinky colour was from Zara. Cami tops are great to layer over a bikini.
There was an evening when we were in Greece when the weather wasn't ridiculously hot on the evening and so I took it as the perfect opportunity to wear my white jeans. These are the Topshop Leigh ones which are my faves as they're always super tight but stretchy. I wore them with some black and silver sparkly sandals and a silky turquoise cami top.

Hope you're all having a good bank holiday :)
x x x


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A Trip to Greece: Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos

Well there's nothing like writing a holiday post whilst it's dull and gloomy outside to make you feel completely and utterly depressed! So if you're reading this wishing you were lying on a beach, don't worry because I'm currently feeling exactly the same. If only English weather could stay dry and warm for well forever. I recently went on holiday to Greece which involved lots of sightseeing, sunbathing, wine and our fair share of feta cheese and Greek salads. 
We started off our trip in Gouvia, a little village on the east coast of Corfu just north of Corfu Town. It was a nice place with plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from and there were lovely scenic views from the bay whilst you sunbathed. 
We visited Kassiopi on the north east coast which had gorgeous beaches all hidden away with beautiful clear seas. What I would give to be swimming in that water right now! We spent most of the day here having lunch and sunbathing. 
Corfu Town
Corfu Town

Corfu Town

I really liked Corfu Town, especially at night when the streets were all lit up and the many candlelit restaurants. We literally got lost soo many times here because all the narrow streets seemed to look exactly the same! It was really pretty with so many nice tavernas, plus it had a Sephora so it instantly won me over!

I literally have no words to describe Antipaxos. I have a bit of a thing about clear seas, I hate swimming in the sea if you can't see anything at all or if it's quite dirty. So as you can imagine I was in paradise when I got to Antipaxos as I'd never seen seas as clear as there other than in holiday brochures. We got a boat here which stopped about 100m away from the beach and everyone got to jump out into the sea. It was just like being in a swimming pool, the waters were so beautiful and warm. If you're looking for an amazing place to swim I would definitely recommend going here!
Blue Caves - Paxos


Blue Caves - Paxos
After swimming at Antipaxos, our cruise then took us to the island of Paxos. We got to explore the island's capital, Gaios which was lovely and pretty. It had a nice marina as it can only be reached by boat and again, the beaches there were just gorgeous. 

 A four poster bed on a beach? Erm yes please. What better way to relax whilst you're getting a tan?!
Greek dancing
The atmosphere in some of the restaurants was so good. All of a sudden the waiters would start dancing with fire and try to get everyone in the restaurant to join in with them, which many did. I had such a nice holiday and definitely want to go back to Greece, have you ever been here before? Watch out for both a holiday outfit and a Greek food post which will be up very soon!

Hope you're all having a lovely summer,

x x x

Friday, 1 August 2014

July Favourites

I got back from Greece last week and I'm currently suffering from the holiday blues! Waking up to gorgeous blue skies every day and swimming in clear seas seems way longer than a week ago now, in fact it seems like it never happened at all. I've not had the best of weeks since I've been home and it's also been pretty hectic so blogging has kinda taken a backseat so apologies for not getting a blog post up recently but there's plenty to come! Now for my July faves...

Garnier are one of my favourite skincare brands and their Intensive 7 Days Ultra Replenishing Lotion has to be my favourite body moisturiser ever. Oh yes ever! The sun really dries my skin out and so I'd use this every night on holiday to moisturise my body after a long hard day of sunbathing. I actually kept it in the fridge on holiday and the coldness made it feel super refreshing on my skin and so it worked wonders as an aftersun. I've also been using this every night since I've come back to help maintain my tan and avoid the whole peeling situation as it's so nourishing and makes my skin feel incredible.

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Ultra-Replenishing Lotion

Okay so MAC Face and Body Foundation seems to be a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it. I personally for one, love it. It's been my go-to foundation this month due to it's light coverage which basically looks like your own skin but a lot lot better. The natural slightly dewy finish it provides makes it great for summer when you don't want to wear a thick foundation. Another bonus is that it looks great under flash photography because of the lack of SPF and it is apparently used my many makeup artists for their models on photoshoots!

MAC Face and Body Foundation

If you didn't see my post all about this little wonder earlier in the month you can see it here. I'll have to admit that I've been a little bit obsessed with Essie's gorgeous Fiji this month. It's a very pale pink that almost looks white and I have to say it hasn't left my fingers or my toes! It's my favourite summer shade that looks amazing with a tan.

Essie Nail Polish in Fiji
The Real Techniques Setting Brush is actually an old favourite of mine that I bought quite a long time ago now. I unfortunately lost it for a while after it somehow fell down the side of my wardrobe which made me realise how much I actually needed it! Luckily after much searching I have finally found it again! This has to be one of my fave makeup brushes. I use it to blend in my concealer as the bristles are so soft and gentle so it doesn't pull on my undereye area and I also use it to apply highlighter - it's the perfect size to blend highlighter into the tops of cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose! Such a good multi-purpose brush.
Real Techniques Setting Brush

Another MAC product has made it into my monthly faves. The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer. This has featured in so many makeup tutorials I've watched on Youtube yet I never caved in and bought it as my trusty Collection concealer never seems to let me down! However, as you can fully well see I er eventually caved. I've been loving this concealer this past month and it is definitely up there with my favourites. It is long lasting, provides fabulous coverage and covers a multitude of sins and is great for both spots and undereye circles alike.
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
My final beauty fave this month is the Rimmel Eyebrow pencil. For £2.99 I wasn't expecting much but I was in need of a new eyebrow pencil and so thought I'd give it a go. I have to say that I am very impressed! Firstly, I love how it comes with a little built-in eyebrow comb on the lid which is a quick and simple way to shape your brows before applying the pencil and I sometimes find if my eyebrows look a bit too harsh I can kind of sweep the product away with the comb and make them look more natural, if that makes sense?! I got the shade Black Brown which I was a bit sceptical about as black eyebrows definitely wouldn't look right on me but it's actually just a nice shade of brown with no reddy tones and it suits my brows perfectly. Such a bargain!
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil
I hope you've all had a good month, I can't quite believe it's August! Have you tried any of these products? What are your monthly faves? Feel free to leave your links, I love reading new blogs :)

x x x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

End of an Era: Graduation

It's one of those days I thought would never come. Me? A graduate? I still feel about 15...For those of you who don't know, I studied English Language at Newcastle University and it was my graduation on Monday. It has been a whirlwind 3 years, some amazing and unforgettable times and some extremely low points that I really hope I do forget! But all in all it has been the best 3 years of my life and I had the nicest day celebrating the end with the people I couldn't have got through it without.
The day started with the big getting ready process, listening to music, doing our hair and makeup, reassuring each other about a million times that we weren't going to know the gist if you've graduated before! We had hours to get ready but in typical Hannah style I was still rushing around at the last minute!

I went for quite a simple look, wearing a white shift dress with nude slingback heels, a black clutch and of course the gorgeous Essie Fiji on my nails. I also kept the jewellery pretty simple, wearing a pair of silver earrings, my mum's ring and my Thomas Sabo bracelet. My best friend and I went for spray tans a couple of days before as her graduation was also on the same day but at a different uni. I had two coats of the classic St Tropez tan, I was originally going to go for the dark shade like my friend but I was a little unsure about how dark it would look against the white! If you're looking for a good spray tan before a big event I can't recommend St Tropez enough, no hint of orange and I think (and hope!) it looks very natural.

Then it was time to put the gown on, for a million photos to be taken and for the ceremony to start...

It's the nicest feeling having people being so proud of you. I know there were times when my parents thought I wouldn't make it which made the day extra special knowing that I got there in the end. A speech was made in the ceremony which was so lovely yet also so emotional. She emphasised how much you should never give up on your dreams and that failure is always acceptable as long as you try *vows to remember this* but if you don't try then nothing will ever happen. Wise words there guys, take note! It finally hit me that this is the end of student life and now it's time to face the (scary!) adult world. It was reassuring that there were many others there in the same boat as me though, not 100% sure what career path to follow or what to do next really. All my life I've known what's coming next and it's pretty scary not knowing!

Either way, I've graduated from Newcastle University and I couldn't be happier with that. Uni has taught me so many things about life and changed me so much as a person, bit of a cliché I know but it is so true! It's even given me the confidence to start and come out about this blog and write this blog post, to not care what people are saying about you behind your back is something I've only recently realised is so important. There were countless amounts of times in first year I considered dropping out and the amount of times I cried, god I dread to think...I've lost friends who I thought would be in my life forever but I've gained true and much much better ones. So if you're currently at uni and you're going through a hard time, remember that it won't last forever and before you know it you'll also be graduating, so definitely try to make the most of it because it goes by far too quick! After the ceremony there was a champagne reception with food, followed by lots of talks about the future and emotional goodbyes. Of course as a major food lover, the day wouldn't have been complete without an amazing meal to top it all off. I can't even describe how delicious the roasted goats cheese in a balsamic and pine nut dressing was, all I can say is yummmm.
So that's that chapter of my life over with but with so many memories and lifelong friendships made, I doubt I'll forget it anytime soon!

Have you graduated recently? Or have you got it coming up? I hope you have the best day! I'm away for the next week so there won't be any blog posts but I will be doing one all about my trip to Greece when I'm back,

x x x

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