Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 Thoughts and Ramblings

I don't really know what to call this post. These past few days I've been itching to write a blog post about the year past, ideas keep popping into my head but I can't quite pin them down to form a full structured post. They seem to appear when I'm doing a boring bit of revision though so maybe my brain is just grasping onto whatever it can to distract me from important quantative chemistry. Anyway I'm going to just throw all these thoughts into one post and see if it makes sense!

This year has been pretty amazing for me, there's no doubt about that. I've been to China, seen my favourite artists perform, expanded my blog, made new friends (especially Jazz and everyone I've spoken to on twitter) and grown even closer to old ones (Becca, Eves and Maizey - ultimate faves). For that I am so grateful and 2015 will always stick in my memory as an incredible year, mainly because there have been so many brilliant days. 

I've changed so much this year, there are so many little details that I can pick out and say "I'm a lot better at that now". I'm going to share some of those now because I'm proud of them and they deserve to be documented!

1) My writing has improved. I've had a lot more opportunities to write reviews and still kept up this blog so I hope practice has made it a lot better. The main sign of improvement is that when someone from school says they've read a post, I don't cringe in embarrassment! (trust me that is a HUGE achievement) 

2) I am more confident in public. I have my volunteering slots at Oxfam to thank for this, who knew that speaking to strangers on the till every week would one day feel natural and comfortable for me? This is one of those milestones that make me feel like adult life won't be so hard after all ... except for the whole student debt, taxes, paying bills things... hmmm...

3) I look better. I don't mean that I'm suddenly ten times more attractive but this year I feel like I've finally got a grip on makeup, even dabbling in winged eyeliner which was a complete no-go last year. My hair is finally in a style that suits me and I think I've figured out my dress sense too. I feel like I put more effort into my appearance which really helps as I used to feel so self conscious all the time. 

I don't really have any blog goals for 2016 because I will probably just underestimate the amount of work I have to do for school. When I'm older and have more time I will definitely push myself to promote more and post more regularly. For now I'm happy slowly increasing followers and just maintaining the content that I love.

Have a wonderful 2016!
Hattie xo 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

♥ What I Got For Christmas 2015 ♥

Merry Christmas! I hope you all had a marvellous 25th of December and a pretty great Boxing Day too. Mine was really lovely and filled with awesome food and fabulous people. I also happened to be really lucky with gifts this year and hopefully the ones I gave were appreciated too. You might want to click off this post if you dislike people sharing what they were given but I personally love reading these sorts of posts because I'm a nosy little elf.

I won't go through everything but my favourite gifts include Adele's new album 25, the new Radio 1 Live Lounge compilation and a No 7 Makeup Brush Set, which are my first ever brushes that aren't stolen from my mum! I also received some beautiful Colouring Books and Pencils, that are sure to keep my stress levels down during the revision season this spring. I'm so excited to fill in my Literary Listography and One Page at a Time books and use all the amazing products in my Lush Snow Fairy Castle box. My favourite presents of all have to be my fluffy New Look Dressing Gown, a mini Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume and my gorgeous Olivia Burton Watch.

Thank you to anyone who gave me a gift, I feel so grateful and lucky! Link me to your own posts in the comments, I honestly love reading these posts.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hattie xo

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Last Minute Gift Guide | Mates

Christmas is so near now that if you don't have your shopping done, time is running out! If there's still some bits and bobs to pick up for your friends, don't worry, I've got your back with this little gift guide for those awesome pals in your life! I've already exchanged gifts with my friends as I'm not going to see them again before the big day, so these gifts are a mixture of what I gave them and the amazing gifts that I received.

1. "Eat Sleep Blog Repeat" Makeup Bag/ Pencil Case. This is such a cute gift for your best blogging pal. My class secret santa bought this for me and I love it so much as it's obvious that thought went into it (I'm pretty sure I'm the only blogger in my class?). This is from Jim Chapman's range of stationary, James and Friends; all of the products are brilliant and you can never have enough stationary right? 

2. Hozier CD. In this age of streaming and having the painful choice of forking out a tenner for offline music every month or praying for a good 4G connection on the bus, it's really nice to actually own music, especially when its a whole album. It's also really lovely to actually have a physical copy of your fave album. I bought this for my friend Becca and I really hope she likes it!

3. Lush Goodies. When in present buying doubt, go to Lush. It's an amazing brand that makes the coolest products that I'm sure many people will really appreciate. I really love it when you can smell your present even before you even open it! Just remember to check if your friend has sensitive skin before buying them bath and shower stuff.

4. Brussels Sprouts Novelty Earrings (Claires). I have been wearing these non stop since I was given them last week, partly because I don't have any other festive earrings but mainly because they are so much fun! Novelty jewellery is great for when you don't quite feel like going all in with a jumper but still want to make the effort to be festive, plus they are an amazing conversation starter.

5. Makeup Revolution Palette. When I first saw Makeup Revolution's beautiful palette range and their price tags, I was a little confused and a tiny bit suspicious. They seemed too good to be true, but it seems to get pretty good reviews online so my doubts were disproved. The Iconic Palettes are also amazing dupes for some of the Naked series from Urban Decay! They make really cute gifts for any makeup lover that you know.

Merry Christmas folks! I hope I've helped a little bit, even though this blog post is really late. May your last minute shopping be stress-free and your Christmas Day unforgettable!

Have a wonderful Christmas!
Hattie xo

Sunday, 13 December 2015

The Christmas Tag


The lovely Sara at About Little Things tagged me to do this tag about 2 weeks ago so I'm sorry I've taken so long to get it written! It's such a cute tag, thank you so much for tagging me, you can find her post here. She's awesome and I'm convinced we look really similar so go have a nose round her blog. 

1. What's your favourite thing about Christmas?

I love the lead up to the 25th, putting up the tree, watching christmas specials of all my favourite shows, seeing beautiful displays in shops and hotels. I love those weeks just before Christmas, when the festiveness creeps into your daily life and reminds you of the happiness it brings to so many people all over the country! Don't get me wrong, the actual day is incredible but I'd have to say my favourite bit is the slow build up to Christmas Day.

2. What is your favourite Christmas movie?

Love Actually is awesome because of the phenomenal cast and Richard Curtis' brilliant writing. Bill Nighy, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson? We're absolutely spoiled for British talent in this film. Though we'll forget about Andrew Lincoln's character because frankly its a little rude to try and woo your best friend's wife....

3. Real tree or fake tree?

We tried a real one for one year but it's just too messy for us! Fake ones are so much less stressful and look just as pretty. It's also nice that we use the same one every year and they last a long time.

4. Giving presents or receiving them?

My immediate thought was that receiving is way better but this year I have bought so many presents for other people, my gift giving skills have leveled up! It's only recently that I've really got into buying other people thoughtful presents. It makes me so happy to give someone a personal gift and see their face when they open it. I love it when someone does the same for me too! 

5. Do you open your presents Christmas morning or evening?

Morning! Always done it that way and it makes Christmas Eve even more exciting.

6. What tops your tree?

An angel, with a gold star sitting a little way down.

7. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?

I think everyone went through that phase where they really wanted a horse for Christmas. I didn't even like horses that much but I still wanted one because I read one book where a girl got a pony for Christmas and had amazing adventures with it!

8. Handmade Christmas cards or bought?

I think I'll get into Christmas cards much more when I'm older but I like the cute cards from online shops like thatlamecompany and Sighh. They are really unique and artsy so they look more personal but you don't have to fuss with glitter making your own!

9. What's your favourite Christmas food?

Pigs in blankets all the way. It's not Christmas without them and there's usually a fight over them at the dinner table! Also Terry's Chocolate Oranges are very christmassy to me and they are just the best food ever. 

10. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

It's not a strict tradition but its always nice to get a take away with the family. Usually there's a Christmas film on so we'll curl up and watch that too!

I would like to tag:
Aisling @ Aisling's Beauty Bytes
Daisy @ Prompts By Dee
Amie @ The Curvaceous Vegan

Also anyone reading this! Make sure you send me a link of your posts as I'd love to read them!

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo

Thursday, 3 December 2015

A Perfect Winter Night In


It's time to dig out the baubles and stick on the Michael Buble Christmas album because December is finally here! While I do love Autumn, I've been getting into the Christmassy mood for the past few weeks because it's just the best part of the entire year. Even though I'll be revising through the holidays, I'm so excited to spend lots of time with my family and spend hours reading in front of the fire. The nights are getting so dark and I end up wanting to curl up on the sofa when it's only 5 o'clock. Staying home in comfy clothes is the best thing ever on a cold night so here's my favourite ingredients for a perfect wintery night in!

Christmas/Seasonal Jumper. They're warm, huge and appropriately cheesy for when only your closest friends (and assorted followers) can see you! Bonus points for cute animals or witty slogans.
My pick - New Look Seasons Tweetings Jumper

Fluffy Slippers. These are essentials for winter and yes, I am an 80 year old woman.
Look how cute these bunny slippers are though!

Social Media. What's the use in having an amazing night in if you can't tell all your followers about it ;) Nights are made better by hilarious buzzfeed posts and your friends commentary during Strictly.
I've been obsessed with adorable phone cases recently and this one from Sighh is my absolute favourite!

Colouring Book (or similar de-stressing activity). I don't actually own one of these yet but I love the idea of them. If you don't like colouring, then hobbies such as knitting or crochet could be just as relaxing. It's nice because they must be so soothing to do, yet you don't feel like you're being unproductive.
This Harry Potter book is so beautiful, I need it in my life!

Bath/Shower Products. There's nothing like the feeling of hot water when it's chilly outside. It's the perfect time to indulge yourself with amazing bath bombs or body butters. 
I am way behind in the blogger hype because I've never actually tried Lush's Snow Fairy Shower Gel but I'm dying to buy some! 

Chocolate. Fact: Christmas chocolate is the best chocolate. I'm talking Chocolate Oranges, selection boxes and of course, advent calendar chocs. Winter is coming, we need all the extra food we can get!
Roses are my personal fave selection boxes, let me know what yours is in the comments!

What are your essentials for a night in? Do we share any of the same ones? Let me know!

Have a wonderful week!
Hattie xo