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

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Day At The Beach

I had a lovely surprise recently which was that I was going on holiday to Greece! I go on Thursday and so I'm currently rushing around trying to sort out holiday clothes and panicking that I am not very bikini ready right now (why can't I just stick to a diet?!) but I'm sooo excited to get away from everything for a bit and have a nice relaxing break.

A day at the beach wouldn't be complete for me without a good book to read. I've heard such good things about John Green's The Fault in Our Stars but I've been pretty busy for a while and so haven't had a chance to read it. I can't wait to just lie on the beach and have a good read and probably a good cry too! I also like to take a notepad, when you're lying there it's the perfect chance to scribble down a few notes for your blog. This super pretty embellished purple one was a present from Paperchase. I also download a holiday playlist before I go away. From old pop classics to the latest songs in the charts, I like a good mix so I never get bored of lying there.

I'll admit I am a bit of a sun-worshipper when I'm on holiday, I swear I was destined to live somewhere hot and not in rainy England! However I always wear suncream, I normally start with a higher factor and then eventually decrease the factor as the week goes on. I'm so excited to finally get a natural tan!

Sadly, my hair tends to have a mind of it's own when it comes to the sun and the sea. I like to spray it with a UV protection spray to prevent the colour from fading and avoid it getting dry and brittle from the sun. Quite a lot of haircare brands do mini travel sized ones that are perfect for slipping into your beach bag, like this Charles Worthington one. If you don't want your hair to get soaking in the sea, a sea salt spray is perfect to achieve natural beachy waves. I'll spray my hair, plait it, leave it to dry naturally in the sun and then take it out in the evening to reveal perfect holiday hair. Sometimes though, when I'm far too hot, I just want it all off my face and hair donuts are an easy and stylish way to put hair up in a high bun if you're too hot. 

Every year I struggle with bikinis but I got this gorgeous pink floral one from H&M and I love it. I was very impressed with the H&M bikini range, definitely worth having a look if you're on the search for a nice one! My white flower flip flops are from Primark, I mean for £1.50 how could I possibly have walked out of the shop without them?! The colour means they'll also look great with a tan! I always wear a kimono or a kaftan to the beach as it's the perfect cover up if you fancy a cocktail or an ice cream mid-sunbathing. I bought this one from Italy but I've seen so many nice kimonos in shops recently, I may have to buy another! 

Are you going away anywhere nice? Hope you're all having a lovely summer!

x x x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Nails: Essie Fiji

When it comes to nails I can't say mine are the best. I'm always searching for a nail polish that will transform them into something a million times more glamorous in a matter of minutes and how can I or anyone possibly go wrong with Essie's much raved about Fiji?! I love Essie's nail polishes. There's so many gorgeous colours to choose from whatever the occassion or whatever mood you're in, some of my faves being Mint Candy Apple and Peach Daquiri, both perfect summer shades with the cutest names. However, nothing seems to beat Fiji for me and I've whipped it out this summer because it just looks amazing with a tan and the colour makes both my fingers and toes look a hundred times better.

Fiji is described as an opaque creamy pale pink and as you can see on my nails it is the very palest of pinks and it does nearly look white under certain lighting. I apply three coats of Fiji for a very opaque and streak-free finish as two just never seems to be enough. This has to be my favourite nail polish at the moment and I'll more than likely be wearing it all summer long!

Are you a Fiji fan?! What are your favourite summer nail colours?

x x x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Tour De France in Yorkshire

Nothing exciting ever seems to happen in the area I live, let alone right next to my street in Leeds and so it felt only right to do a post on the beginning of the Tour De France as it departed from Yorkshire...

I'll admit I'm not a huge cycling fan, in fact I can't even remember the last time I rode a bike but I couldn't believe how many crowds of people were stood on every street throughout the county cheering everyone on. It brought everyone together and felt like a proud moment for Yorkshire. Apologies for a few of the photos with various heads popping in though, I clearly didn't even manage to get down my street early enough to get to the front of the crowds! However, I'm sure you'll understand that a lie in on a saturday is much needed...

Luckily, it was such a beautiful day with clear blue skies which made the Yorkshire scenery look beautiful on the TV.

The first time I've ever seen the police high-fiving people as they drove by on their motorbikes as well as ambulance drivers waving at people.

However, the saddest part of the day has to be that the closest I got to meeting Prince Harry was seeing him on my TV and I unfortunately didn't get to meet Kate Middleton to share some royal fashion tips with you, gutted! 

x x x

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