The Flawesome Award

What a fun post, I love a blog award and always feel so grateful if I get nominated. This time around, I was nominated for a Flawesome Award by the lovely Chloe from Chloe Chats so thank you.

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The Flawesome award was created by Sophia Ismaa it’s main goal is to celebrate our flaws!

“It’s time to celebrate the flaws that make you awesome. How many times do we see an award that celebrates all things bright and shiny and sunny in a person? How often do we forget that our weaknesses can be a strength? Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn, we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome.”

Rules: So in this award you write about 3 of your flaws or weaknesses and then turn it into a positive strength. Then you nominate 10 other bloggers. Let them know on Twitter!

So here we gooooo…

Flaw 1:
I constantly doubt myself. I have been doing this for as long as I remember and it’s an awful trait to have. I always look to see how I compare to people at work, bloggers and the way people are in general and it’s so unhealthy!

Strength:
I guess this can be somewhat positive as I always strive to be the best version of myself. I try to achieve everything and won’t stop until I have it.

Flaw 2:
I find it extremely hard to say no to people. This is such a burden; there are so many times when I will say yes to people when I don’t want to just to please them. It also means I stress myself out; especially at work when I take on 100x more things than I can handle.

Strength:
By doing this, I end up doing things that I wouldn’t normally and find that I really enjoy myself. It’s always good to try new things.

Flaw 3:
I can never hide my feelings. Happy or sad, you will know about it. I always wear my heart on my sleeve,

Strength
You know exactly where you stand with me, especially if I have nothing but love for you

I now nominate:

1. Emilia
2. Sinead
3. Chanel
4. Karen
5. Georgia
6. Beth
7. Holly
8. Carly
9. Lavrax
10. Leah

What are some of your flaws and how would you turn them into positives?

-Hannah X

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Women Empowering Women

I am such a strong advocate for women supporting other women, especially when it comes to blogging, infact one of my favourite sayings is ‘throw kindness around like confetti’; so I was absolutely thrilled when Karen from The Mommy Lady tagged me to do this.

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1. What does women empowerment mean to you?
Women empowerment to me is all about supporting people with their achievements, not comparing yourself to others and being a supporter for everyone.

2. What woman/women do you admire the most? Why?
I was going to choose a celebrity for this but I actually chose to make it personal and say my mum. She is always so supportive of everything I do and she is my best friend.

3. Share a story, drawing or video that you think say “empowered women”

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4. Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
I am a strong believer in the saying ‘lead by example’. You need to treat people the way you would like to be treated.

5.What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why? What does it mean to you?
Breast Cancer awareness is so important because it affects so many people and is the most common form of cancer in women. It is always so important to raise awareness so that we can help put a stop to cancer.

Thank you so much to Karen for tagging me. I now tag; Finlay, Lauren and Rachel, Rosie, Lauren and Chloe

Rules

Create a Women Empowerment Tag post on your blog and answer these five questions.

1.What does women empowerment mean to you?

2.What woman/women do you most admire? Why?

3.Share a story, drawing, video that you think says empowered women.

4. Share with us the best lesson you’ve learnt in leadership.

5.What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why? What does it mean to you?

Once you’re done, tag five more inspirational, powerful women to do the same.

– Hannah X

Travel With Me: Paris

Bonjour!

It was recently my boyfriend’s birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to Paris. I mean as they say ‘Paris is always a good idea’.
I have been to Paris before but this was Jack’s first time so I was so excited for show him around.

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We took the Eurostar and arrived at around 2pm on Saturday. Luckily our hotel was only about a 15 minute walk from Gare du Nord so it didn’t take us long to get checked in and get rid of our bags. The hotel was absolutely perfect! It was decorated with monochome wallpaper with splashes of bright colours in the form of pillows and curtains.

After a quick freshen up, we took a short 20 minute metro ride to the Eiffel Tower because where else would you go to first? I forgot just how beautiful the Eiffel Tower is and I felt so happy to be back. After a good photo session, we headed to a small bistro for a spot of lunch before planning our next stop, Arc de Triomph. There was a little bit of construction work so the photos aren’t great but it was still beautiful nonetheless. The Arc is the start of Champs Elysees so we took a little wonder and did some window shopping before heading to a bar for a few drinks and then on to dinner. On the way back to the hotel, we saw the Eiffel Tour as it was all lit up and sparkly. This is one of my favourite sights in Paris and even though we only saw the top, it was still stunning.

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Day 2 started pretty early because we were heading home in the evening so we wanted to get the most out of our day. It was hard because the bed was so comfy, I had to pry myself out! We started by having a stroll towards Le Louvre where we stopped for a spot of breakfast and the most amazing hot chocolate I have ever had. Honestly, I am still thinking about it. We were going to go into Le Louvre but the queue was so long so we took a stroll along the Seine towards Notre Dame, somewhere that I had never been before. As we arrived, the bells were ringing and I instantly got all the Disney vibes and thought of Quasemodo. It was also at this point that I realised I had lost a glove which was the saddest thing because it was so cold.

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We headed back over towards Champs Elysees and stopped off at the petite palais for another hot chocolate and some macaroons and to warm ourselves up. It was so beautiful and the pieces of art they had there were incredible. Now, no trip to Paris is complete without some shopping and I took full advantage of the Sephora there, who else loves their sheet masks?!

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While making our way back to the hotel to pick up our suitcases, we stopped off for some dinner which was so bitter sweet because it was lovely to find another bistro tucked away down some quiet side road but it also meant that it was nearly time to head to the station to get home.

We arrived back in London at about 9pm on Sunday and to say I was sad to be home was definitely an understatement. We both had the most amazing time and I was so glad to celebrate Jack’s birthday in one of the prettiest cities. We are so desperate to go back and will definiely make sure we stay for longer.

Have you ever been to Paris?

– Hannah X

Happy Lushoween

Halloween used to be my least favourite holiday; mainly because I get scared easily, but as each year passes, I try to enjoy it a little more than the last. Now while I still don’t have the guts to go to haunted houses and scary forest walks, I do like to get in the spirit by watching halloween movies and carving pumpkins. Please note that when I say ‘halloween movies’ I mean The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus.

As Halloween gets closer, it becomes darker earlier so another perfect way that I get myself into the spirit is by having a Halloween themed Lush bath. Every year Lush bring out the most amazing little bath bombs and bubble bars and this year I made sure I indulged. My go to combination is the magic crystals and a monster ball bath bomb; the best combo of spooky and pretty.

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The magic crystals are the most stunning purple colour and I use them to exfoliate my skin, especially if I am going to be shaving as I was my skin to stay soft and smooth. This also means that any moisturiser and body lotion that I put on after the bath stays and really hydrates my skin.

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It’s no surprise that I love a bath bomb and monster ball never disappoints. I don’t know if it’s the whole design or the deep purple it turns your bath water too but I am obsessed with. I think I am going to carry on with this combo for a long while after Halloween.

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Do you like Halloween and if you do, how do you celebrate?

– Hannah X

Makeup Revolution Halloween Party

Once again, I am writing this blog post after having the best night at the annual Makeup Revolution Halloween party. Last night’s party theme was Alice in Wonderland and was held at the National History Museum in London (I know, it was definitely the coolest party I have ever been too)

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As always, I took my sister with me and we were completely blown away. After dropping our bags off in the cloakroom, we walked through a keyhole into the main party, which was literally like walking into Wonderland. There were two make up stations either side of the entrance that were offering complimentary halloween makeovers and the bar in the middle was placed neatly under a giant tower of paying cards. There were people on stilts dressed as the queen of hearts and her flamingo croquet sticks and the dance floor was surrounded by roses and mushroom; I actually forgot that we were still in the middle of a museum.

We headed over to the bar to get a drink and we saw that the glasses either had playing cards attached to them or little labels that said ‘Drink Me’, honestly the attention to detail was amazing. We grabbed a glass of prosecco and made our way around the venue to see what else was there. There was a stage set up For Tokio Myers to perform who was incredible. I don’t watch the X Factor so I wasn’t sure what to expect but he was great.

The whole evening was fantastic, Holly got her make up done and we spent the rest of the night dancing and meeting other bloggers; it was great to see everyones outfits and makeup and to celebrate how far the Revolution brand has come.

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I had such a good night and I already can’t wait for next year. Thank you to the Makeup Revolution team for the invite and for putting on a fantastic event.

– Hannah X

Snail Slime Moisturiser

Yes, you read that correctly, I put snail slime on my face.

While I was on holiday, I came across this aloe vera moisturiser which is also combined with purified snail slime. At first, I pointed it out to my friend, Zoe and I was so shocked and to be honest a little grossed out but she told me that actually, the slime has a lot of benefits and is great for your skin.

The cream itself not only has SPF in it, which I love but it also claims to even out skin tone, has anti ageing properties and hydrates your skin – which just sounds like my kind of miracle cream. The 100ml pot was only €5 so I thought why not give it a go and see what it’s like. Oh my goodness; why didn’t I know about this before?

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I have been using this cream for just over a month now and I have noticed such a difference in my skin. I can’t really tell if the elasticity has improved but my skin is definitely more hydrated and even and it makes my makeup stay on for longer which is always an added bonus.

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As I bought in in Tenerife, I was worried about being able to re-purchase when I run out but there are actually a few places in the UK that sell similar products and you can also buy it online thankfully.

What’s the strangest skin care product you’ve used and would you ever use snail slime?

– Hannah X

Memory Walk 2018

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The Alzheimers Society is a charity that is very close to mine and my families hearts so this year I decided to take park in Memory Walk; a 7km walk to help raise money for such a great charity.

I walked in memory of my nan who sadly passed away a few years ago and it was one of the most emotional things I have ever done. I arrived and walked my way down to the start line to wait for my aunt who was meeting me there so we could walk together. I hadn’t done anything like this before so didn’t really know what to expect but I was so blown away and overwhelmed by the love and strength of everyone there. I was so eye opening to see how many people this horrible disease has affected in some way or another.

The walk itself was great, people bought their dogs and it was interesting to see who people were walking for. Crossing the finish line was such an achievement and I was overcome with such a strong feeling of pride for myself and everyone else; knowing that we were working together to make a difference.

There is still time to donate if you are interested and every little does to help find a cure for this life changing illness. Also – check on the website to show your interest; I already know I will be walking it again.

Thanks to my Auntie Jemma was keeping me going throughout the walk and for trying to encourage me to do even more haha. If you would like to donate, here is a link to my JustGiving page

– Hannah X

Tenerife Style Diary

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Okay, wrong language but let’s roll with it. I recently went away for a week to Tenerife with my friends and wanted to share some of my evening outfits; I love these posts so let’s hope I can do this one justice too. I didn’t take outfit photos everyday so let’s start from day 2.

Most of the evenings were pretty much the same of exploring Playas las America’s and trying out the best deals from each bar. It would get a little repetitive if I went into detail about each one so let’s get straight into the outfits.

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Top: Primark
Skirt: Boutique
Shoes: Topshop
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Dress: New Look
Shoes: Primark
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Top: Primark
Jumpsuit: New Look
Shoes: Topshop
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Jumpsuit: Primark

Usually my wardrobe consists of black clothing so on holiday, I like to make sure I go for pieces that are a lot more colourful and this year I definitely went over the top with Yellow but it’s summer so why not. Now it’s October, I have gone back to me dark ways haha!

I am so sad to be back – I know, I say this every time I write a blog post about a trip but honestly, this week was the best; none stop laughing with some of my best friends. Oh, and not to mention the sunsets!

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What are your holiday ‘go-to’ outfits?

– Hannah X

The Perfect Night In

The Perfect Night In

After an amazing heatwave, the weather here in the UK has taken a turn for the worst as it’s starting to become colder and much more autumnal. I am still desperately trying to hold on to summer and the warmth but I need to accept the inevitable, ‘Winter Is Coming’. To get me in the mood, I have been thinking about all of the cosy nights in and what makes them so perfect.

 

Films and Netflix

What is any night in without a few films or binge watching Netflix. There have been so many good shows out at the moment, my favourites being Power and Somebody Feed Phil (don’t watch if you are hungry, you’ve been warned) and of course To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. What better way to watch anything than on a new HD televisions from Panasonic

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Clean Pyjamas 

This is self explanatory. Honestly, is there a better feeling than getting out of the bath or shower and putting on a clean pair of pjs? It’s honestly one of my favourite things to do.

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Hot Drink and Snacks

The essentials for any night in; snacks and all the hot drinks! Popcorn or something savoury like crisps are usually my go to snacks, but if you’re also like me and have a sweet tooth, a bit of chocolate always goes down a treat too. When it comes to hot drinks, if its getting a bit miserable outside I usually go for a hot chocolate or a cup of tea. As well as being tasty, they also warm you up and make you feel so snug.

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A Bubble Bath

Usually, this goes at the start of my night but what is a night in without a bubble bath. I love nothing more than grabbing a Lush bath bomb or bubble bar, a face mask and some candles to really set a relaxing atmosphere. I could sit in the bath for hours as it’s the perfect place to destress and stay calm.

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And there you go, my ‘go-to’s for having the perfect night in, whichI probably do at least 3 times a week. What makes up your perfect night in?

-Hannah X

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Staying Positive

I promise I had thought about the perfect opening line to this post for at least half an hour as I didn’t want to start on such a negative so here goes…1 always try to keep optimistic and upbeat but recently, there has been a lot of stress in various aspects of my life and I’m finding it difficult to evoke any form of positive emotion and that in itself is so tiring.

I realise that the moods that I get myself into and the way I behave has an impact of the people around me and this is something I have been trying to change. I have such supportive people around me but I often worry that when I moan to them, it brings them down too; especially when it is as regular as I do. My poor boyfriend has the patience of a saint I swear. It’s so common for people to feel down and I know that the best thing to do is to pick yourself back up and carry on but sometimes that is hard to do.

Usually what I like to do when I’m feeling deflated is stick to things that make me happy the most; like blogging. Blogging is something that can easily take a back seat due to lack of time and motivation and it shouldn’t. I love blogging as it allows me to be fully creative and really takes my focus away from anything else that is going on so even if it is a post that sits in my drafts and never sees the light of day, it is good to write something down and escape.

Photography has alway been my number one love but yet again I have really let this slip and honestly, apart from taking a few blog photos, I can’t tell you the last time I picked up my camera. Last weekend, me and Jack went out for a walk in a local country park and I told me camera with me. It was so lovely to take some time out and get shooting again, especially all the beautiful nature. I definitely need to do it more, it’s something I have such a strong love for. Here are a few pictures I took!

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Work has been so stressful and I often find myself getting easily deflated if I’m having a bad day but I’ve started making sure that I take my full hour break (I was the worst at this and often used my ‘break’ to squeeze in extra work) and if I can feel myself getting worked up, I just remove myself for a few minutes to make a cup of tea to defuse my mood.

I’m just counting down the days until I am on holiday (8 by the time this goes up) so I can spend a week with some of my favourite people without a care in the world. Hopefully that gets me feeling myself again.

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– Hannah X