Tuesday, 27 November 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It's that time of year again and unless you're an organised freak like myself, then you've probably still got your Christmas shopping to do! If you're a student, this term can be the worst financially, trying to buy Christmas presents and still find money to live! So here's some gift ideas for under £20 that you can buy for the whole family this Christmas!


1. Burt's Bees Essentials Kit - £13 Next
2. Polar Bear Inca Men's Hat - £17 Next
3. Cupcake Hand Warmer - £5 River Island
4. Cashmilon V-Neck Plain Men's Jumper - £15 Marks & Spencers
5. OPI Ger-minis Mini Pack - £12.95 Lena White (I own these and they'd be an amazing gift!)
6. Black Bomb Speaker - £10 River Island
7. Burgundy Floral Japanese Men's Polo Shirt - £20 Topman
8. Galactic Oversided Pyjama Tee - £20 Topshop

Don't let Christmas shopping stress you out, it should be fun and with these simple and effective gifts for under £20, it's never been easier!

Hannah xo

Monday, 26 November 2012

Haul!

Hello all!

Sorry I've not posted in a few days, had a hectic few days of work (boo!) but I did get time to get some well earned shopping done on Sunday! What turned into a little trip to Primark to get some clothes to wear for an interview I have on Wednesday turned into a 4 hour shopping spree...oops! For those of you that don't know, I live in Birmingham and a 15 minute walk from the Bullring which is very convenient for a shopaholic like myself! Here's what I bought:

I picked this little beauty up from Primark for just £9! I'm a bit of a satchel-addict and own way too many but at just £9 I couldn't resist. It has a long strap which is detachable and enough space to store my Uni books and pens, so it's perfect for anyone looking for a casual bag for Uni/School/College! 

I'm in LOVE with spikes and studs at the minute and they're all over the UK high street, quite unfortunate for my bank account. This little spiked alice-band was £2.50 from Primark and a cute accessory to make any outfit look fierce.

This is my favourite item I purchased and it's up there with the favourite things I've ever bought now along with my Jeffrey Campbell Lita's! As you may be able to see from the label, this galaxy print bomber jacket is from H&M and only £19.99. I fell in love as soon as I saw it and knew I had to have it, regardless of what it looked like on! It's so comfy and such a unique piece. As soon as I ran across the store with it to show my friend, she just knew I was meant to have it, as she put it: it's "so me". 

Final item I bought is this knit jumper, again from H&M at £19.99. I'm a huge Disney fan so love this a lot. I also love the bright patterning and warmth of the jumper. It's so cosy and perfect for Winter! It's longer at the back so can be worn over leggings and is so soft! I wore it today and didn't need a coat on top as it was that snuggly! They also had other Disney jumpers: a navy Daisy duck one, a Lady and the Tramp one and a red Tigger one but the pattern on this caught my eye the most which drew me in! I wore it today and paired it with a black skater skirt, tights and brown pumps and here's what it looked like on:

Excuse me face, it'd been a long day!

Au revoir for now (I have a French exam next week and to say I'm nervous is an understatement)!

Hannah xo


Thursday, 22 November 2012

November Wishes...

Here's some of my November wishes! Perfect winter warmers for your wardrobe...

1. Pink Space Print Midi Tube Dress - £25 River Island
2. Mystery Space Dye Gem Slippers - £28 Topshop
3. Vintage Cardigan Blue with Ribbed Cuffs and Waistband - £17 Beyond Retro
4. BDG Reindeer Pull-On Skirt - £28 Urban Outfitters
5. Geo Patterned Sweater Cape - £24.75 Forever 21
6. MOTO Rococo Beaded Hotpants - £50 Topshop

Enjoy and happy shopping!

Hannah xo

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Coat + Cardigan = Coatigan. Genius!

As I was in the Bullring the other day, whilst shopping for a friends birthday present, I kept seeing the same thing everywhere: coatigans. Coat + cardigan = coatigan, pretty self explanatory really, possibly the most awesome invention I've ever come across and they're sweeping the UK high street.

If you're a fan of knitwear, like myself, you'll love these. In essence, it's knitwear that's thicker and a lot of the time hooded, similar to that of a winter coat. There's one particular coatigan that caught my eye in River Island, I saw it as soon as I walked in and it was like I was destined to have it, unfortunately, my bank account disagrees and I'll just have to wait until pay day! 

Here is the coatigan in question:

I tried it on and I can confirm it IS as comfy as it looks, just what's needed for cold winter weather! Coming in at £70 it is a little on the expensive side, but considering that I was debating taking out an overdraft for this, it's evidently worth it and I shall be buying it when I get paid next week! Click here to check out the one pictured above.

Coatigans are literally everywhere at the minute and they're not all expensive so I will definitely be investing in a few and from what I've tried on of this one, I'd advise them to anyone too! Super cosy for the cold winter ahead.

Here's a few of my favourites:


Vintage Stitchy Coatigan - £49 Miss Selfridge


Knitted Checked Coatigan - £60 Topshop


ASOS Textured Coatigan - £45.50 (SALE) ASOS

Hannah xo

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

OOTD: 20/11/2012

I know some people like OOTD's and other's don't, but I thought I'd give it a shot. For anyone who doesn't know, OOTD = outfit of the day. I don't know if anyone's actually interested but I appreciate them when I'm reading a blog to get ideas and find out where certain items are from, to purchase myself. 

I've got to admit, I don't make an effort everyday. I'm a student, I'm a little lazy and I'd rather an extra 10 minutes in bed than making myself look perfect everyday. Sometimes, I just wear leggings and a hoody to Uni and other's I'll wear a dress. Me and my bipolar dress sense!

So here's today's OOTD: 
I'd say I don't really have a style but other people say I do. I'm into a lot of black, prints and studs, but who isn't with today's trends? So today, I teamed a skater skirt with a simple vest top (you can't see it properly on the picture, but the top says "I'm with the band") and my faithful vans, which are never ever off my feet! For anyone who's never owned a pair of vans: try them. They're honestly the comfiest shoes I've ever bought and I'd recommend them to anyone. 

Black and White Cross Print Skater Skirt - £14.99 New Look (click here to view)
Authentic Purple Glitter Vans - £50 Schuh (click here to view)

Unfortunately, the top I'm wearing, I bought a while ago in Republic and they don't stock it any more. However, Republic always have tops similar to this so click here to go to Republic's on line store! The best thing is, all these shops do student discount: so if you're a student, like me, you can get 10% or even 20% off your purchase! 

Happy shopping!

Hannah xo

Monday, 19 November 2012

Kiko Cosmetics

If you're looking for good quality make up that's reasonably priced, it can be a nightmare, right? Either it doesn't stay on properly, it causes skin problems or it just doesn't look nice. Well, here's your solution: Kiko Cosmetics. 

I first heard of Kiko in 2010 on a trip to Oberhausen, Germany and since then I fell in love. Kiko is an Italian Cosmetics Brand that sells everything from nail varnish to face cleanser. It has everything you need and it's all cheap as chips! It has recently expanded to the UK and if you're lucky enough to live in the London area, there are two stores. One located at Westfield White City and the other at Westfield in Stratford. If you're not lucky enough to live in London, then don't worry! Kiko have recently opened an on line store, all the same prices and they deliver to anywhere in the UK! There are a couple of down sides: there's a minimum spend of £25 but when there's so many good products, that shouldn't be a problem and if you're a student like me and can't afford to spend that much, why not split the order with a few friends? Postage is also pricey at £5.90 but again, if you're splitting your order, it quickly bumps the cost down!

For any international readers, Kiko have stores in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Portugal and hopefully they'll expand even further soon so everyone can enjoy!

A few personal favourites of mine are their nail varnishes and lipsticks. At only £1.50 for nail varnish, it's extremely hard to say no! They're long lasting, come in a huge variety of colours and are super easy to apply. The lipsticks are also amazing, the cheapest ones coming in at £2.50!! My personal favourite is the Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 Lipstick in "Bright Pink", I wear this lipstick all the time. The colour is fun, the lipstick stays on and it has an SPF of 15, great for warmer climates!


Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 Lipstick in "Fire Red"

Here's what the Ultra Glossy Stylo SPF 15 lipstick in "Bright Pink" looks like on! Perfect for both blondes and brunettes.

Click here to go to Kiko's on line store and if you're in the London area, pop down to the shops, I promise you won't regret it!

Hannah xo

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Best and Worst Dressed: AMA's 2012

Once again, it's that time of year: AMA time. If you're a keen music fan like me, who loves every single award show, it's pretty much guaranteed that you'll tune in every year and sit for hours watching one of America's biggest mainstream music awards. 
    But it's not just about the music, it's all about fashion too. The excitement of who's going to turn up wearing what?  What are the likes of Nicki Minaj going to pull of the bag this year? Something shocking and super unique as expected, or something simple that screams classy fashion? 
     Now the awards are under way, it's time to take a look at what designs were paraded down this years red carpet: who looked hot and on point and who simply failed to impress?


Carly Rae Jepsen
This popular Canadian singer is known for her cute/down to earth style and this number is exactly that. At first, I wasn't keen on this dress from Gomez Garcia but now, I love it! It suits her sweet and cute girly image perfectly and hugs her curves, showing off a womanly figure. Her hair fixed in a glam side bun too, she looks incredible. I personally love this look but what do YOU think? 


Ke$ha
I am in love with this new chic look from Ke$ha! We're so used to seeing her drenched in glitter and outrageous clothes that we never see the pretty face underneath! Ke$ha wore this pale pink lace mini dress showing off her toned pins, paired with killer sky high black heels. Oozing classiness, I'd say this is my favourite outfit I've ever seen on Ke$ha. Classy Ke$ha owned the red carpet and I can't wait to see more from this new look! 


Taylor Swift
Classic Taylor Swift: chic, classy and right on point. Taylor looked flawless as she took to the red carpet this evening in this nude Zuhair Murad mini dress. This dress is from the pre-fall collection and Taylor pulled it off effortlessly. Wearing her hair in a neat up-do, it made this look. This dress is my personal favourite of the evening, but what do you think? Hot or not?



Kelly Rowland
Again, another nude/pale pink ensemble graced the red carpet. I love this dress by Naeem Khan and think it suits Kelly Rowlands' curvy figure lovely. The asymmetric pattern adds a unique touch to an otherwise plain dress to give it that extra edge. My only criticism of this dress would be that it does look a little too casual for a red carpet event. For an after party, it would be perfect but maybe not for such a prestigious music event.



Carrie Underwood
There's something about a floor-length dress on a red carpet that just screams Hollywood glamour, it fulfils all the A-List stereotypes for a typical award show...in a good way, of course. This dress sported by Country-music star, Carrie Underwood, could have mixed opinions from the public. However, I personally, love this purple beaded chiffon gown! Simple curls complete this glamorous look to give it that A-List finish.


Christina Aguilera
Christina's dress is lovely, soft tones of purple with a thigh-high slit. However, when teamed with the OTT glittery clutch and shoes and overly-done make up, she looks more like a drag Queen than a pop Queen. Everything she's wearing is gorgeous but when teamed together, it's all a bit too much unfortunately resulting in this fashion disaster!


Pink
Not a fan of this at all. This bronze metallic gown makes Pink look a gladiator. The top half looking like a coat of armour, not something you'd wear to a red carpet awards show. What are your thoughts? 


Nicki Minaj
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I love this lime green gown that Nicki Minaj wore. It's so nice to see Nicki in something relatively normal for once but still edgy with this colour. It's a dress by Monique Lhuillier and was also worn by Modern Family Star Julie Bowen at the Emmy's recently. Who rocks this look best? Julie or Nicki?



So that's my best and worst dressed of this years American Music Awards but I want to know your opinion, let me know in the comments which star YOU think rocked the red carpet the most?

Hannah xo