GIFT GUIDE: FOR ME















































1. Navy Blue Astrology Pyjama Set | 2. Desenio Prints | 3. Red Puffer Jacket | 4. Throw Cushion | 5. Lingerie Set | 6. Blue Wash Levi's Jeans | 7. Crosley Record Player | 8. Short Shaggy Coat | 9. Diptyque Candle | 10. Anthropologie Mug | 11. Acne Scarf | 12. Vintage Jumper | 13. Sterling Silver Little Finger Ring | 14. Coco Mademoiselle Chanel Perfume | 15. Mini Hot Water Bottle | 16. Black Casual Trousers | 17. Pineapple Plant | 18. Glossier Phase 1 Set

So here's the deal; I'm not actually great with asking for gifts when it comes to Christmas and Birthdays so rather than actually telling people I usually end up with gift cards or I.O.U.s. When really I think I can be pretty easy to buy for as I usually want everything but I'm sure some disagree, so I decided to selfishly pull together a little gift guide of my own with a little nudge towards the things I'd like to receive for Christmas. 
Some have direct links as they are specific things and I can be a little picky but others are really there to just fuel ideas, but if you find this handy and have someone you want to throw this in their direction then of course, feel free and hey if you think there's some serious must haves I've missed then leave them in the comments and hopefully someone scrolls down far enough to take a nosey.

GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER


Now this is where I really thrived, of course. A gift guide for you to forward onto your loved ones with a pretty please added to the end.. either that or the lucky girlies in your life.

Books again seem to be quite big on the list but with so many good reads out it would be crazy not to keep including them and if your girl is anything like most she has an overflowing wardrobe of clothes she doesn't even look at, so I HAD to include this book by Anuschka Rees.

I had to include the iconic set of Victoria Secrets PJs - I mean look at the pink stripes and what girl is not going to image she is getting ready for the VS show.

Going back the Monday's post you'll understand why I included the Instax film. If your loved one loves capturing moments an Instax mini is perfect for that little keepsake memory and with the new Instax mini 9 out even more reason to grab with a great range of colours and it now includes a little mini selfie mirror.

If you wanted to go all out, there's also a few not-so-eye-wateringly priced bags you can choose from like this gorgeous Dylan Kain bag. Still a special gift to receive that won't quite break the bank but still feels uber luxurious.

Lastly, at this time of year most drinks companies bring out limited edition sets or designs for their already loved products and I know this is a gift I'd be happy to receive as once the bottle is empty it can be kept and used again for things like candle holders or just decorative.

That's the end of my little Gift Guide series. I hope you managed to get some ideas from at least one of the categories I posted. I would love to hear what ideas you have or even which category you feel helped the most so please comment below!

GIFT GUIDE: FORGOTTEN BITS


This is a bit of a thrown in post if you couldn't tell. While I was creating my categories I realised from some I had forgotten to add a few pieces so low and behold, the forgotten category was born.

Shoes are big one for me. I own heaps of shoes and honestly I own more shoes that are exactly the same than not. You can't really go wrong with getting a good pair of trainers for anyone and even this time of year boots would make a great gift too.

I personally love a nice purse / wallet as a gift and I have to say I'm a slight snob when it comes to it but you can also get some lovely ones from ASOS, Topshop and Topman. If your loved one likes a smaller coin purse rather than a full compartment piece then Whistles and Oliver Bonas always do crackers.

Staple pieces are always great gifts to buy for anyone, because they will love them for years to come and that's why I've included a good pair of jeans and sunglasses. If you're feeling really generous I think it's always best to invest in a good pair too, depending on how good your loved one has been this year.

GIFT GUIDE: LIFESTYLE


I feel this category is always a fail safe one as it combines such a wide range of things; homeware, travel, cookbooks, candles and food!

First up is one I love the idea of and that's a travel / duffle bag. One of the handiest things I have ever received and something that anyone who travels often would really appreciate, they come in such a great range of shapes, sizes and even designs.

If you're looking for cute coffee table books and also killer cookbooks I recommend heading to Oliver Bonas as they always do a huge range of books. It's always my first port of call when I need a gift of that genre.

Of course there's also always the home decor gift which can range from the brass ornament option; to the poster variety, I'd also look into brands like Cavallini which do lovely vintage style wrapping paper that 100% could be used as a poster. Lastly, is the friend who is always on the go but also a coffee fiend and you really cannot go wrong with a travel coffee cup, its eco-friendly and you can get all types of sizes and styles. I personally love ecoffee cup.

GIFT GUIDE: FOR HIM


A weird little joy of mine is actually shopping for guys. I'm forever looking in the mens section thinking that would be a great gift, maybe from the years I had to buy gifts for a guy or the fact I have 2 brothers, my step-dad, dad and occasionally I help my sister with ideas for her boyfriend.

I think its great to keep it simple but also meaningful when it comes to shopping for men; anything from a classic watch, aftershave (good choice! You can pick a scent that you love also), I'd recommend Chanel Bleu and Ralph Lauren Big Pony 3; two old favourites of mine! To a good old fashioned shirt (love Fins shirts ;)) I'd recommend a more casual / smart option, so it can be worn for most occasions.

Socks, hats and chocolate are always fail safe options and also great little fillers if you want to treat any guy to a few extra pieces, ASOS always do a great selection of socks; from novelty choices to the more practical option. The hat option can always be a good old beanie (which would be perfect for this time of year) or if your said guy is more into caps then add that onto your list of things to pick up!

Depending on your age audience alcohol is another gift that I feel you can't really go wrong with. As long as you know what kind of drink your guy likes, this is always a winner in my eyes and a lot of places this time of year do some great hampers; be it cider, beer or spirits of choice.

GIFT GUIDE: STOCKING FILLERS


It's that time of year when every blogger and their mum posts some gift guides and this year I decided I wanted to add my two cents worth and get involved. I'm not going to lie I really enjoyed it. Setting up the flat lays while Christmas songs were playing in the background.

I have a little mini series made up of 4 different categories and what better way to start than with stocking fillers, small but great little pressies that could be perfect for friends, colleagues and even last minute filler gifts.

Every year I always love the idea of getting little gifts and can find myself getting a bit carried away as I just think opening little gifts is always lovely.

You can never go wrong with getting a good pair of cosy socks and I love the idea of having a pair that can also be doubled up as a soft pair of slippers. If you know a girl who is forever hoarding beauty items or even stationary a little bag is always a great idea and even better if you can find one with a cute motif or design on it like this one from Urban Outfitters.

Candles and a good hand cream are always wanted / needed by most, you just never really want to spend your own hard earned cash on these items so they make great gifts. Notebooks are fabulous as little fillers and with the varieties you can get now, I'm sure you'll find the perfect one for anyone who loves jotting down their thoughts or just to make quick notes. One that I'm aware isn't for everyone is a pack of Fujifilm Instax films, which for someone who owns a Instax mini, I think is a perfect stocking filler so you can keep capturing little instant moments.

Lastly I love heading to places like Oliver Bonas and Anthropologie to pick up small buys - from mugs of all shapes and sizes, more stationary to ornaments and decorations.

BALI: IF YOU ONLY STAY IN ONE PLACE


This is Villa Phoenix - only the most #grammable villa I have ever seen. Its tucked away amongst rice paddy fields just off of Ecco beach in Canggu.

Its around £70 per night to stay in one of four rooms within the villa but you can hire the entire place for around £300 per night between 8 of you. It's the kind of villa you rent out and spend ALL of your time in, with its dreamy Moroccan interior, floating dining cabana and its very own pool.

This place is absolute interior style goals and if I could have taken everything inside, I would have! I settled for taking as many pictures as possible instead so I could keep them for future reference and hopefully recreate something similar in my own little abode.

It is also set just a 250 metre walk to the famous Ecco Beach and if you keep walking along the beach you can reach The Lawn where you can get an amazing cocktail and watch the sunset. Canggu was by far my favourite area I visited in Bali. It was very instagram-y which helped but also the laid back nature of the place drew me in and I for sure will be returning in the future, to both Canggu and Villa Phoenix.

You can book any / all of the rooms here.
lots of love, Hannah xx








THE BIG REBOOT

 Life has been a bit of a whirlwind recently. I'm back from travelling Australia and Bali (I'll be posting a few posts about that soon) and now I'm settling back, at home, and trying to take as many opportunities as possible.

photos by India and Georgia

Now I'm back I can finally start blogging again and I've been very lucky to meet the nicest group of girls from Brighton and surrounding areas who are all really helpful and motivate each other. We actually organised a day to shoot together and this is when these images were taken.

I love this gorgeous striped tie blouse from Australian brand Glassons. I decided to style it by tucking it into my jeans rather than tying it at the front for a more Summer / Autumn transitional piece.

I'm looking forward to getting back to doing what I love and being in the place I love.

lots of love, Hannah xx








MELBOURNE PHOTO DIARY

Melbourne was always high on my list of places to visit while in Australia, and when I discovered a couple of my friends who have been in Melbourne for a long time were deciding to leave by the end of January, I knew I had to take the opportunity and just go before they left. 
  

Melbourne CBD, Federation Square and Flinders Street Station - One of my favourite areas


I don't know what it was about the Chanel building, but I loved it


There was heaps of amazing Artwork everywhere


I fell in love with these burgers and many were consumed.


Melbourne from 297.3 metres


The Viktor & Rolf show at the NGV was amazing

I was in Melbourne for 10 days and managed to cram pretty much everything I wanted to do in from take a trip to Australias Brighton Beach, visiting the Viktor & Rolf show at the NGV, going St. Kilda, Fitzroy and even down the coast to Sorrento for a couple of days to enjoy hot springs with an unexpected visitor during the night at the place we stayed.

It was incredible and I took so many photos but I picked just a few of my favourites. I would for sure go back before I head home and would always consider living in Melbourne, it is by far my favourite place so far.

Wearing: 
1. Topshop Blouse (Similar), Topshop Shorts (Similar), Longchamp Bag, Office shoes Sandals

WHITSUNDAYS PHOTO DIARY


When I first got out to Australia I had no plans and no clue what I was going to do, just that I had got out here and wanted to see what was on offer. I had a friend who had also been here for almost a year so as soon as I landed I made sure to get in contact. A few days later I was at a soccer, 'football', match when he called to ask if I fancied heading up to the Whitsunday Islands with him and of course I said yes! I honestly didn't know what to expect but I wasn't turning any offer down. He explained we'd be on a 3 day boat trip around the islands and stay 2 / 3 days in a hostel.
My expectations didn't reach reality on both sides. The boat I thought would have seperate rooms for each passenger and be slightly larger. It was one room made of 13 bunk beds for around 25 of us with 2 toilets either side that had make shift showers, you pretty much showered standing over the toilet.
I realised though I loved it and if that was how we had to live to travel around seeing amazing things some only dream of and making friends with people I think I'll know forever, it was well worth it and I'd do it again for sure. 
The views we saw definitely beat expectations. Actually standing at the view point for Whitehaven beach and even standing on the beach itself was breathtaking.


Secret trip to Hook Island, where we saw some little Sharks



Sandy Bums, don't care


The amazing view from the Whitehaven Beach view point

A little side note to apologise for the pictures. Some have been taken from others and some aren't of great quality. I didn't know what to expect when I went but with each photo diary I'm hoping the editing and picture quality will improve and be much more pleasing to the eye.


2. Billabong Bikini Set, Top, Bottoms