Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Hi everyone! I’d like to thank Chanelle for nominating me for this. You can check out her blog here: https://chanellehayleyyy.wordpress.com/ Sorry it’s taken me so long to do! I promised I would do it after exams were over and it’s now got to the end of my week off and I’ve finally found a chance!

Award Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site. Put the award logo on your blog. Answer the ten questions sent to you. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer. Nominate seven blogs.

My Answers:

      1. Does your name have a meaning behind it?

My parents didn’t pick my name for any particular reason other than they liked the name. But the actual meaning of ‘Hannah’ is ‘favour’ or ‘grace’ and it comes from Hebrew

2. What perfume do you wear?

Stormflower or Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream- I alternate between them both

3. When it comes to jewelry do you prefer silver or gold? Why?

I prefer silver jewellery usually, I just think it tends to look nicer and more modern perhaps. I do own some gold but the majority is silver

4. Name three things about yourself that you love and why.

This is a tough one! I think my favourite physical feature is my eyes. They’re a green/hazel colour and they’re quite big and I’ve had compliments for them. I also love my hair colour. I have previously done a post about the things that annoy me about my hair, but I do love the colour of it. I have natural highlights which come out more in the summer and people often think I’ve dyed it when I’ve come back from holiday. In fact, I’ve never dyed my hair at all because I love the way it naturally is and I don’t want to lose my natural highlights! Looking at my personality, I think I’m a pretty good listener. My friends often come to me for advice and I care so much about the people I love that I do what I can to help. Hopefully my friends and family think I do give good advice and I am a good listener!

5. Have you ever won a contest?

I can’t think of any contests I’ve won, just silly little things at school like winning a bag of sweets in the dance competition at the primary school disco haha! No proper contests I’m afraid!

     6. What animal would you say you are most similar to?

Well I sat and thought about this one and had no idea.. so I decided to google a test as I know there’s loads of these things around. They’re obviously only a bit of fun but my result was that I’m like a wolf. Some of the features described me quite well- I like company, but don’t mind being alone at times. I’m usually calm, unless provoked or annoyed. And I’ll do anything to protect my family and friends if need be.

7. Given the nature of this award, what does the word ‘sisterhood’ mean to you?

To me, sisterhood is all about girl power and sticking together, like the message the Spice Girls always gave out

8. How do you spend your alone time?

I tend to just chill out and watch some TV. At the moment, I’m addicted to Pretty Little Liars so I’m spending most of my alone time watching that! I’ve recently started watching it and I’m currently halfway through season 3.

9. Top beauty tip?

I’m not much of an expert and I just think the most important thing is to wear make-up etc. that suits you and what you’re happy wearing. If you’re happy wearing no or minimal make-up then go for it! Never be pressured to wear things that don’t suit your skin tone or type just because all your friends are. Make sure you know your skin and know what products suit it best

    10. What’s your favourite season of the year?

Definitely summer! I’m definitely not a fan of cold weather. I love summer fashion with being able to wear cute dresses and skirts, pastel colours and not having to live in my coat all the time. Everyone always seems to be happier and more carefree when the sun is out, evenings are lighter… I definitely love summer!

My Nominations:

Lucy Types- http://lucycowlin.com/

Beck In A Blog- https://beckinablog.wordpress.com/

Life. Love. Lindsey. – https://lifelovelindsey.wordpress.com/

Sincerely, Sammy- https://sincerelysammy.wordpress.com/

Miss Trina Bina- https://misstrinabina.wordpress.com/

Confetti and Curves- https://confettiandcurves.wordpress.com/

Yesy’s Lifestyle- http://yesyslifestyle.com/

My Questions For You:

1. What does sisterhood mean to you?

2. Would you rather go to a gig or the cinema?

3. What 3 qualities do you find most attractive in a person?

4. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

5. If you were hosting a dinner party, what would you cook?

6. What are your handbag essentials?

7. What’s your favourite smell?

8. What was your favourite book as a child?

9. Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

10. What has been your favourite memory of January?

Looking forward to seeing your answers!

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The Eyebrow Craze

When did having perfect eyebrows become such an important thing? On social media, it’s so common for people to post pictures of themselves and for there to be a comment on how their eyebrows look. I’m always seeing the phrases ‘eyebrow game is strong’ and ‘eyebrow goals’. I’ve also seen more negative comments and people being told to sort their eyebrows out. This can be from overdoing the eyebrows, or not doing them enough. Some people can end up with ridiculously thick eyebrows from using too much eyebrow pencil. Is this the craze gone too far?

It’s crazy and sad how eyebrows has become another thing to become self conscious about. From what I can see on Twitter, people worry about getting their eyebrows looking the right way, and want compliments for how they’ve done them, just like wanting compliments for our figures and overall looks. I can imagine that it’s just another factor that young people are bullied for in schools. Bullying happens enough without adding more factors that people need to do ‘right’ according to society.

Personally, I’ve never bothered much with my eyebrows. Obviously I regularly pluck them and have them waxed to keep them tidy but that’s always been as far as I’ve gone, I’ve just kept them natural. However, with the recent ‘status’ coming from how your eyebrows look, a few days ago I decided to purchase my first eyebrow pencil. You could say I’m just conforming to society, which I probably am, but I thought I’d give it a go. I had no clue what to buy and what colour I would need. I ended up buying a couple of colours of Rimmel eyebrow pencils (£3.99), the hazel and the brown. I’m blonde but my eyebrow hair is darker so I thought I’d experiment to find what looks best. I’ve discovered that the brown is a better colour for me, as the hazel is too light. And I’m liking the result- it’s good to have my eyebrows looking a bit neater and more defined. I think I’m definitely going to carry on using the eyebrow pencil just for these reasons, but I definitely won’t be going overboard with it! A more natural look is more my thing!

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Thank you for reading,

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Feeling Happy

Sorry it’s been so long! I had the craziest week last week and a lot of stress! I had my first university exams which I’m very glad are over now. It’s so good having that feeling where I keep thinking I need to go and revise, then I realise that I don’t have to anymore. As I previously mentioned, I was worried about not knowing what to expect as the exams were different to the ones I’ve done at school. I think I managed to remember enough references and information but it’s so difficult to know how I’ve done because I’m not used to the university marking yet. I’m just happy the marks don’t count towards my final grade this year so as long as I pass then it’s alright haha! This is definitely a sensible way of doing it because it does take time to get used to university work so it’s good to not have that pressure right from the word ‘go’. You get a chance to be eased in gently before the stress really kicks in. I hope if anyone reading this has had any exams to deal with recently then it’s all gone well for you.

As if the stress from exams wasn’t enough last week, I also had a driving test to deal with- and I PASSED! It was a massive relief when I was told because it’s one of the scariest things that I’ve ever had to experience so I’m glad it’s finally done now and I can’t wait to get out there and start driving around. It will make my life a lot easier now that I can get myself to places without having to rely on my parents all the time.

I’ve got the whole of this week off so I’m looking forward to chilling, catching up with friends and getting through too many episodes of Pretty Little Liars (I’ve started watching it recently and I’m currently halfway through season 2).

Thank you for reading,

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Revision Revision..

Sorry it’s been a quiet few days. I’m currently being kept very busy by revision for my first university exams. Obviously I’ve done plenty of exams before, but they’ve always been in the same school setting and I’ve come to know what to expect there. But at university, it’s all a different experience so it’s scary for me! I always used to be pretty good with revision but I think after GCSEs I’d had enough and I seem to have lost all the motivation I once had. I can sit and revise all day but not feel like I’ve done much now which is a horrible feeling. I get distracted far too easily! So I have all of this theory and all these names and dates to remember, but not much concentration! I’m definitely looking forward to these exams being over!

Good luck to everyone else doing exams at the moment!

Thanks for reading,
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A Few Newbies

Yesterday I posted this photo on my Instagram captioned ‘New Clothes, New Glasses’:IMG_3756It was a day for wearing all new things, after a spending spree online in the January sales. I’ve received packages from New Look, Forever 21 and Pretty Little Thing in the past few days so I thought I’d share a few of my new purchases with you. First of all, the clothes featured in the first picture. IMG_3769

This grey dress was bought from Pretty Little Thing for £4. I thought for that price, it would make a good pairing as a comfy long top over leggings. I have a few pairs of patterned leggings but not many tops to wear with them, so I thought this would be perfect. It also has cut out shouIMG_3771lders to give it a bit more shape and style. After wearing it yesterday, I agree it’s perfect for what I bought it for.

In the above picture, I paired the dress with a new pair of black and white chequered leggings. These were £8 from New Look. I struggle to get my heel through the leg hole but once they’re on, they’re really comfy and a great addition to my wardrobe. The fact they’re monochrome means that I can pair them with long tops in many different colours. They’re also quite thick so they’re nice and warm for the colder months of the year.

IMG_3767The next purchase is this pretty top from Forever 21. The beaded detail around the neck is beautiful and the floaty material makes it perfect for a night out or for dressing up in something a bit more special. You can’t see in the picture but the beaded pattern carries on down the back of the top down the straps. I bought this for £14, making it the most expensive of my bargain shop but this is still such a good price for such a pretty piece. I’m definitely looking forward to wearing this one at some point!

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Also from New Look is this purple floral boxy top, which cost £5. As it’s cropped, it goes perfectly with a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans. Because of the loose and ‘flowy’ fitting, I think this will also be really comfy to wear. I’m a bit of  sucker for floral patterns, especially when it comes to dresses. I think this is just part of my girly taste!

IMG_3770My final item of clothing to share with you is this ‘baseball tee’ from Forever 21. This cost £7.90 and is a great casual piece. The material is very thin and quite see-through because of this which I will be need to be careful about, but I do love it. The cropped sleeves are good for the coming months where the weather is between freezing and warm.

I do have other new purchases too but I thought I’d just show a selection. The other items include dresses (yes another floral one woops) and more tops. I rarely buy trousers online because I find it difficult to find ones that fit well, so I tend to go into the store so I can try before I buy. This was my first time ordering from Pretty Little thing and I was impressed with the service. I ordered from there last, but their package got delivered first. One of my items was missing but I messaged them on Twitter and was informed it was out of stock, and they efficiently sorted a refund for me.

What do you think of the items above? Have you taken advantage of the January sales yet?

Thank you for reading,

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6 Hair Problems

I’m a typical girly girl always messing around with my hair, and never happy with it. My biggest problem with it is how fine it is, so there’s no volume and thickness there to give it any shape. Here’s some of the hair problems that annoy me most of all. See if you relate to any of these too.

1) A messy bun is supposed to be effortless. This is ideal for lazy days in and when you just need your hair out of the way. However, it takes a lot of work for me to get it looking right, and even once it’s done, it takes a lot of hairspray to make it stay in place. Not exactly the effortless hairstyle I’d like to take advantage of. I’d like to know how people get it looking so good!

2) Speaking of buns, it’s even more difficult for me to get it looking good with my fine hair. The lack of thickness means it just ends up looking like a tiny knot on my head half of the time. The picture below is my attempt today, which isn’t bad- today was a pretty good day going by my hair and my styling! But it took a lot of backcombing to give it any shape and volume! And I needed a lot of hairspray to get half of my hair to stay in the style, and even then I still have plenty of loose hairs flying around.IMG_37443) Is it just me that finds your hair always goes nicest when you don’t need it to? For example, when you’re about to go to bed, or it’s a day where you just need to throw it up into a ponytail anyway. But when you’re heading out with friends, there’s always part of your hair which just won’t sit right despite your best efforts. Grrr.

4) My hair ends up absolutely everywhere. I just always seem to be malting everywhere! In the shower, on the floor, on my clothes. I was on the train the other week and had my bag up on the rack above me when I realised a long strand of my hair was hanging off of that too.

5) Anyone else with fine hair will understand the struggles of trying to get any volume and shape into your hair. I’ve owned so many products over my lifetime that say they’re ‘volumising’ but I never seem to see a difference. I’m always asking my hairdresser for suggestions to add more volume into it, but to me it still seems as unvolumised as ever!

6) When I tell people my hair is naturally dead straight, I get a lot of comments where they say they wish they had hair like mine. But I don’t think anyone is ever happy with how their hair naturally is. I do agree that it’s so much easier to manage and I never have to bother straightening it. However, I dream of having long wavy hair although that will never happen! I’ve tried curling my hair before but it’s never long before the curls fall out and it’s back to dead straight again. Oh the troubles!

What are your biggest hair troubles you experience? Do you identify with any of mine? Share your thoughts below.

Many thanks for reading,

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Goals For The Year

We may have been in 2015 for 5 days already, but I thought today I would talk about setting goals for the new year. People always talk about the cliché ‘new year new me’ and their New Years resolutions, but I’m not really one for that. However, I do like to set out a list of things I’d like to achieve and experience.

Last year, I managed to achieve so many incredible things that I’ll forever be happy about and grateful for. My biggest achievement is definitely passing my A Levels and getting into my first choice university, to do a degree which I’m enjoying so much. I never knew what I wanted to do as a job which made it very difficult for me to decide on a course to apply for. However, once I’d read about my course, I completely set my heart on it and I suddenly had a plan. I’ll always be so proud of myself for working as hard as I did, and it all paying off. I hated doing A Levels but it was all worth it in the end.

Another thing I experienced was my first holiday abroad with my friends. 4 of us went to Crete for a week and we had an amazing time. We have to be proud of ourselves that our first time abroad without our parents was successful without any hiccups. No one lost their passport, no one lost their luggage and no one ran out of money.

As a fangirl, I had to have some goals related to this. I’ve been a music fan from a very young age, and as a 6 year old I fell in love with Girls Aloud after watching Popstars The Rivals. Before last year, I’d never met any of the members so this was something I wanted to achieve. I ended up meeting 2 of the members so I exceeded that goal! I also managed to get a Twitter follow from Cheryl just 3 days into 2014.

In 2015, I’ve again thought about what I’d like to achieve. I aim to pass my first year of university with good results. Even though the marks don’t count towards my final grade in the first year, I still obviously want to do well and I definitely need to pass! I’m not the best at motivating myself to do work but I’ve put a lot of work into my essays so far so it’s always a good feeling to do well and be rewarded for your hardwork.

After Christmas, most of the country suddenly get obsessed with losing weight and getting into the gym. I’m definitely determined this year to try and tone up and get a flat stomach for summer. As a teenage girl, I do get body conscious and that’s the part I’ve wanted to tone up for a while. I just need to find the right exercises to see a result and motivate myself to carry it on.

There’s some things I have begun this year. I’ve just started this blog and I’m enjoying writing it. I’ve found myself feeling more inspired over the last few days as I’ve looked for and thought about things I could write about. I’m determined to find a little bit of time most days so I can keep writing regularly. I’m also loving the idea going around Twitter where everyone who RTs a certain picture gets their username put into a jar. Everyday, I take out a name at random and send them a message to make them smile. I think it’s a really cute idea, because the smallest thing can make someone’s day. I see far too often people feeling down about themselves on Twitter and there’s something so rewarding about being able to make them smile or feel that someone cares about them. I’m definitely going to make sure I get through all of the names in my jar and try to make them all happy for that moment.

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What are you hoping to achieve this year?

Thanks for reading,
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Changing

As we grow up, it’s natural to change our habits and our likes & dislikes. We develop new interests, our food taste can change, our personality can adjust. It’s all part of developing as a person and finding out who we really are. We are never going to be the same person at 3 years old as we are at 30 years old. Obviously I’ve changed in a lot of ways over my life so far, but what is really noticeable to me recently is the change to my attitude to sleep and my sleeping pattern.

As a child, I was never much of a sleeper. My parents had the struggles of trying to get me to sleep when I was young. Even as I got older, I still wasn’t a fan whilst others my ages would never want to get out of bed. I was always such a light sleeper, so the smallest noises woke me up and once I was awake, I could never get back to sleep again. And once I was awake, I couldn’t stay in bed relaxing for long because I would just get…bored. In fact, I actually dreaded the clocks going back an hour because I’d always just end up waking up ridiculously early and have to just lie in bed. I’ve never been able to sleep anywhere other than my own bed. On holiday or staying at a friend’s house, it would take a couple of nights to be able to adjust and have a good night’s sleep without waking up every hour. Forget being able to sleep on long journeys in the car and on flights. I just couldn’t understand how people can sleep anywhere and how they could spend all day in bed. I would just feel as if I was wasting the day doing nothing, and never could get my head around how people could even sleep for that long.

Well things are definitely different now. I don’t know when it happened but I now love my bed and definitely struggle to get out of it. I hate getting up at 10 or 11 in the morning, let alone my early starts at 6am. Gone are the days where I would never be able to get back to sleep once I’ve woken up. This morning, I had to get up at 7 to quickly pop into work to hand something in. 20 minutes after I left the house, I was back in bed again and the next thing I knew it was 10:30. In the past, I could never imagine being able to go back to sleep after leaving the house for 20 minutes before getting back into bed. I’m also suddenly a much heavier sleeper. I can sleep through things which the rest of my family hear during the night now. Plus I can actually get a good night sleep when I’m staying at someone else’s house.

That’s just one thing that has changed about me as I’ve grown up and it’s definitely a bonus! I’ve grown to love sleep and love my bed.

Has anyone else had experiences like this? What similar things have you noticed change about you through your life? Feel free to share your views below. Thank you for reading.

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Selfies..?

I’m definitely guilty of having vain days and uploading selfies onto Twitter and Instagram when I’m not feeling too ugly. Selfies are a phenomenon now and instead of getting someone else to take your picture, people usually opt to take pictures of them and their friends themselves. With a front camera on most phones now, it’s just easier to take selfies. I even own a camera which has a front screen on it which is pretty cool, but it just really emphasises the importance of being able to take selfies in society nowadays.

What got me thinking about selfies so much today is when I saw a group of young girls walking around Sainsburys with a selfie stick. I’ve seen on my Twitter that a lot of people got selfie sticks for Christmas, so they’re obviously pretty popular at the moment. I definitely think they’re useful because I’ve experienced far too many times the struggles of trying to fit everyone in the picture, and no one having arms long enough. But does it not look really vain when you’re carrying a selfie stick around in public? And isn’t it a pain to carry it round? I don’t really know anything about them so I don’t know whether they can fold up or anything, but they’re pretty big to be carrying around. I think they’re all good for using at home with a group of friends or family, but is the phenomenon going too far when people are taking their selfie sticks around school and supermarkets? Does it not just make you look too obsessed with taking pictures of yourself? Does anyone reading this own a selfie stick? What do other people think about them?

Thanks for reading.

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P.S. I felt I should upload a selfie with this post 😉

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Welcome To My Blog

Hi everyone. My name’s Hannah and I’ve wanted to do a blog for a while but never actually gone ahead and done it. I saw someone on my Twitter post a blog just now so I thought now would be a good time for me to start one. I’m not completely sure what I’m going to write yet, so it will probably end up being a mixture of lots of things, just my thoughts and feelings that day and my life in general. I imagine that once I get into it, it will be a bit more themed and based on something in particular. So a little bit about me..

  • I’m 18 years old
  • I’m from South West England
  • I’m currently studying Education & Psychology at university
  • My biggest interest is music, I’m a bit of a fangirl and I love Girls Aloud and Joe McElderry. My favourite thing to do is go to gigs.
  • I’m a typical girly girl in the way I love getting dressed up, make-up etc.

Hopefully I don’t bore anyone who reads this and I’ll be able to keep this up haha! If you want to follow my Twitter, its:

@McElderry_Aloud.

Thanks for reading!

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