Trick or Treat Yourself

Halloween, it sure can be a ghoulish affair, and I’m just talking about the inevitable ugly wardrobe choices. It seems to me that there can be two ways to go with this, full on fancy dress (usually expensive) or using a bit of imagination with clothes that you have a vague chance of wearing again. I for one fall firmly into the second category. Okay, so you might not be winning any prizes for most creative outfit, but you’ll look sexy and hot, and that’s all that matters in my book.

img_9589-1.jpgNow, in case it’s not already clear, I’m not Halloween’s greatest fan. In fact I don’t see why we Brits have adopted this American annual day of spookiness. Maybe I’m bitter at the idea of buying shed-loads of sweets and not being able to eat them myself, only to have some little s**t knock on my door and demand I hand them over. Whatever the reason, there’s still a part of me that wants to join in (maybe the same part that likes wine).

Ultimately I do love a party, and I like seeing what everyone else is wearing, even if I personally don’t want to look like a naughty nurse for the night. And so this Cinderella will go to the crazy blood-soaked devil-horn-adorned ball.

But what the hell will she wear?? Well, this is where PRETTY LITTLE THING steps in. The clever people over at PLT HQ have created some really affordable Halloween-esque outfits which won’t break the bank and can be re-worn throughout the winter party months.

Here I’m linking my faves which will be sexy enough to wear after all the Halloween hysteria has calmed down, but vampy enough to dress up with some extra thick eyeliner on the night.

MESH DRESS

img_9866I absolutely love this dress. It’s daring, it’s full on and lets face it, the only time you can get away with walking around in a see-through get up is for Halloween.

I’m opting for a black layer underneath to hide my undercrackers but do as you please. Big Knicker style a la Kendall if you like, just make sure you add a massive faux fur coat to hide your modesty for the journey (especially as you just know you’ll end up in McDonald’s at the end of the night).

For make up I painted a ‘day of the dead’ style eyeliner situation; I feel like it suited the gothic vibes.

To dress it after Halloween, go for a little black dress underneath and brightly coloured heels. It will look eye-catching on a date night out, and you’ll just be glad you got to wear it again.

BUY IT HERE

BLACK FRILL DRESS

fd120af2-85d6-4506-95dc-cb195e32ebb0-1This dress is the ideal for those (like me) wanting to loosely partake in dressing up. I actually think this one will be my personal Halloween choice for the night. It’s fitted and chic, and you could easily wear it out to dinner (and I did by the way!!!). I mean let’s be honest, screw Halloween, this dress is hot!!

If you’re feeling the pressure maybe finish the look with a witches hat (available at all good Poundlands across the country).

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BALLGOWN WITH SLIT

img_9763Okay this may be one of the only times you get to rock a floor length gown on the tube without stares. The material is super slinky, and I adore it. The cost is minimal too – at a mere £20 this dress is a total snip!! Speaking of snips, the long slit is sexy as hell, maybe add some devil horns to fully look the Halloween part.

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LACEY CROP

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Where do I start with this outfit? The lace on the crop keeps things gothic but this is sooooo wearable after Halloween too. I chucked it over a sheer shirt and jeans for date night with the Mr, but you could totally wear it with a pleather skirt for a girls night out.

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T-SHIRT DRESS

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The most versatile (and cost effective) outfit of the bunch, you could use this shirt dress in an unlimited amount of ways.

This is such a re-wearable piece – check out how I styled this with OTK boots for a sexy vibe. All you need to do is add in your make up of choice (think fake blood or maybe cat ears and whiskers) and you have a perfect Halloween look.

Throw on a big statement coat or pair with oversized denim to keep this look fresh yet warm into November and beyond.

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So there we have it, my Halloween hot list.

Whatever you’re up to, have a good one guys. And remember, if you’re out for the night it means you’ll avoid the trick or treaters and keep all the sweets to yourself 🙂

Hannah

XOX

This blog post is a collaboration with Pretty Little thing but all views are my own (pinky promise) 😛

Don’t judge a book by its pictures

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THAT AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN…

About a week ago someone lovely tagged me in one of those ‘5 things you don’t know about me’ posts on Instagram and between you and me, I bloody dread them. I am such a secretive, complex human being, sometimes I shake my head in disbelief at the elaborate, fun and fashionable double life I’ve tried to create on that stylish square grid we call Instagram.

All sorts of thoughts started to go through my head…

AM I GOOD ENOUGH?…

‘Should I mention I work in healthcare but I find it unbearably stressful’.
‘Maybe I’ll tell everyone I’ve had one of the most challenging years of my life, a year that could be written into a plot line of Eastenders’.
‘Perhaps I’ll casually slip in that I’m pretty sure I have anxiety but I won’t admit it to myself because that would be admitting I suffer with some form of mental health problem and therefore must be a raving nutter’ (even though statistically 1 in 4 of us are …. but I’m willing to bet it’s much higher).

‘Nah, I know, I’ll just say something about liking red wine and German Shepherds and hope to sound interesting enough to my followers’.

Interesting enough. What the hell is interesting enough anyway? How can we decide this on an electronic device without any real human interaction? It seems (and is statistically proven) that these judgemental squares are affecting people’s happiness and self worth (including mine at times) And I HATE that. I HATE that I could be part of the problem for someone undoubtedly amazing who is sat at home suffering with FOMO thinking that my Instagram is shot in real time and that I’m sipping cocktails all day without a care in the world.

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

For me it all started a couple years back when a good (real life) friend showed me Insta on their phone. ‘You should totally get Instagram’ they beamed, as we drank Sauvignon Blanc together in my flat. I looked at the glossy pictures on her screen and loved the creative aspect. The photos all looked so pretty and interesting. I signed up there and then, took a picture of my Eggs Benedict later that day and that was that.

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WHAT IS INSTAGRAM?

But was that ‘that’? What exactly is Instagram and what effect is it having on us? This debate rears it’s argumentative head all too often. I’ve heard people talk about ‘keeping it real’. And I will be the first to hold my real life usually badly manicured hands up and say for me it just ISN’T real. How can it be? Insta is sharing snapshots of life, it can’t possibly show the in’s and out’s of someones relationships, goals, dreams, likes, dislikes, personality.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that some people want to share snippets of their lives, and take comfort from other lovely humans they meet on the squares in doing so, but that just isn’t me. It’s not why I joined this space.

I joined to get holiday and shoe inspiration. I joined to share pretty things and pretty places that inspire me. I joined to escape my real life at times and drift off into a picture perfect beach with a beautiful sunset with palm trees gently swaying.

If times were tough in the real world, I could just plug into an ideal life and post a picture of a pretty dress I’d bought. For me, Insta was a kind of therapy. Looking at pictures of other people’s stylish additions to their wardrobe (sometimes even seeing inside their perfect wardrobes). Notice how you’ve never seen mine – it’s a bloody shambles.

Now, I hear you say, who cares? Fair point really, but I guess my point is Insta is whatever the hell you want it to be – and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for it.

PRETTY PICTURES

I personally am not comfortable airing my (extremely) ‘dirty laundry’ in public (sorry for the mental image ha!). Nor am I comfortable posting an unclear photo of an old sock in bad lighting which my Nan could take (no offence to my Nanna, she is an incredible woman and a total babe by the way). Does that mean I judge anyone else if they feel nice doing the exact opposite? Of course not. In fact, it makes me feel good seeing a shed load of variety and different ways in which we all like to express ourselves. Does that mean I should ‘keep it real’ and post more pictures in the community park outside my flat by the dog poo bins? Nah, that’s just not me babe 😂 and whilst we’re on the subject I probably won’t be mentioning when I have PMS, when I’ve had a shit show of a day, and when I feel insecure either as it just doesn’t fit in with my OOTD shots.

DON’T BE A WHINGEBAG

Now I realise I’m coming across like a bit of a Negative Nancy. And I really don’t want to sound that way at all. I’m lucky to have an incredible life filled with love and awesome people who make me happy, and I am grateful for that every single day. I am extremely lucky to have yummy food, a roof over my head and access to beautiful clothes which I’ve carefully accumulated over the years. I am also super grateful for (and still surprised by) all the lovely people who actually take an interest in what I wear. I am what you might call a lucky duck and I promise you I fully realise this.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I guess my takeaway message from this post for me and everyone who has an Instagram account/doesn’t want to beat themselves up in life is simply this: Instagram is NOT real life and it NEVER can be. The two are extremely but wonderfully different. The most perfect, well curated shots have usually taken a lot of effort, a well planned trip, mental anguish and incorporated an argument somewhere along the way 🤣😂.

And guys, if you should feel the weight of the squares resting heavy on your shoulders one day, I say unplug yourself. Put your phone on airplane mode. Get back to real life, get out in nature, stroke your pets, wear some ugly-assed clothes and hug your loved ones. But if you happen to catch me posting a picture in a new outfit with a beaming smile in a good light situation on a day when you’re feeling blue, please remember IT’S NOT REAL LIFE.

Peace out beauts,

Hannah
xox

P.s Special thanks to @lucysheridan (The Comparison Coach) for unknowingly inspiring this post and @thestylish_mrsmint for innocently tagging me and making me think about all things Insta.

 

AW18 Trends that can’t be missed

Okay, its officially that time again. The leaves are starting to lose their colour, the windows are closed at night, and the pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the menu at Starbucks. It’s only bloody Autumn isn’t it?

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So, how do we get ourselves excited about these colder times?? We jazz up our wardrobes with this seasons hottest items and drink cocktails in town silly!!

Now I know fashion works lightyears ahead, and these trends were cooked up by some clever folk behind closed doors whilst I was eating Coco Pops in my dressing gown last year. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a slice of the 90’s/Sex & The City-esque action present in the stores right now – and boy are there some goodies to be had.

In this blog post I’ve rounded up 5 of my favourite Autumn/Winter 2018 trends and picked out some irresistible key pieces, which will make you smile when you’re on your way to date night dressed like a total babe. Continue reading “AW18 Trends that can’t be missed”

London’s Prettiest Coffee Shops

It is an understatement to say I like coffee – in fact, I can’t spend a day apart from it. I’d go as far to say we are pretty much in a committed relationship. I also love pretty picturesque places; hence the reason why on my days off I enjoy mooching around London looking for the snazziest places to have a cuppa joe.

img_6608Now, I was going to title this blog ‘Londons most instagrammable coffee shops’ or something equally obnoxious but then I had a word with myself and realised that people actually go to these places not just for the photo ops, but to actually re-fuel and have fun.

So here goes… Continue reading “London’s Prettiest Coffee Shops”

Cute as a Button

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So, unless you’ve spent your spring/summer hiding under a rock (which you could be forgiven for, with these current inferno temperatures) you will have noticed that big buttons are all the rage at the moment.

It started with a couple of brilliant designers using buttons as statements rather than mere functioning fastenings. Since then, the big button trend has spread like wildfire and these circular accents have been popping up left, right and centre (literally).

That’s why I’m a little bit obsessed with RIVER ISLAND’S new collection. Take this beautiful bardot dress  as a prime example. Continue reading “Cute as a Button”