ASOS Must Have Accessories For The Party Season

ASOS Must Have Accessories For The Party Season

Accessories are the part of the outfit that can really make or break a look. The right additions can perfectly complement any part of the outfit, pulling the whole look together. If you’re shy of statement, you can pull it back with simple accessories, however, if you’re willing to make a statement, go bold. With the party season being well a truly under way, I’ve scoured the ASOS accessories page and complied a list of all my must haves for this season. From belts, to shoes, these select accessories are ones you are not going to want to miss this Christmas – they are guaranteed to give any outfit that little boost it may be in need of.

1. Belts

Granted, belts have the ability to transform a simple pair of jeans throughout any time of the year, however instead of adding them to jeans this festive season why not add them to a shirt dress, clinching the dress in at the waist and adding a much more feminine look. I’ve been obsessed with the Gucci belts (you know the ones), but there’s no way you would ever catch me spending that amount of money on a belt. Pretty much every high street store currently has your back though with an endless supply of dupes. ASOS have a bit more of a glitzy one to add that extra sparkle to your festive outfit choices.

(Double Circle Belt)

(Red Valentino Belt)

(Silver Detail Double Circle Belt)

2. Bags

A woman can never have too many bags. They have they ability to take any outfit to new heights, whether it be a compact clutch or a stylish mini backpack, they lend themselves well, not only for convenience, but lets face it, bags are never going to go out of trends, so you can’t really go wrong! If again you don’t have the budget to invest in a high end designer hand bag this year, there are so many other options. I was particularly interested in this ASOS Gold Cage Bag, I’ve never really seen anything like it before, but it is a beg that will definitely have people talking.

(Gold Cage Clutch Bag)

(Embellished Box Bag)

(Glitter Contrast Clutch)

(90’s Fringe Bag)

3. Jewellery 

From necklaces to earrings, jewellery is an essential in my eyes for any outfit. They are perfect for any occasion, this year has seen the return of some major statement tassel earrings, so you will have no problem seeking out a pair that suits your taste. However, if tassels aren’t you’re thing, theres always an array of elegant studs, to add some class to an outfit, it’s a effortless touch.

(Disco Ball Earrings)

(Diamante Chocker) 

4. Shoes 

Much like bags, you can never have too many shoes, am I right ladies. Whether it be a quality pair of flats, or a pair of eye-catching stilettos, you’ll be spoilt for choice this party season. Shoes are an accessory, that in themselves can be dressed up or down, depending on the event in hand. If opting for flats, remember they don’t have to be boring, add a bit of sparkle, and instantly our outfit is work Christmas party ready. If you’re slightly braver (or can walk in heels(I can’t)), then again the selection this season is never ending. I love this simple pair of nude heels with the diamond straps, adding a touch of elegance, but a garment that isn’t too in your face, nor would it distract from your showstopper of a party outfit!

(Nude Diamante Heels)

I always used to over look accessories, that was until I started to put more thought into my outfit. I quickly came to the realisation, they are an essential in completing an outfit!

What is your go to accessory?!

All my love,

Han xx

Outfits You NEED This Party Season!

Outfits You NEED This Party Season!

Hello everyone, welcome to the first Blogmas post! I can’t figure out if I’m completely and utterly mad for attempting Blogmas this year, alongside being on a full time uni course and attempting to upload to my YouTube channel 3 times a week throughout December. Have I bitten off more than I can chew? probs. But here we are, send me all the motivational vibes because I’m definitely going to need them this month!

I’m going straight in with the festive content – I was going to do an introductory post, but screw it. I want to get on with the festivities from the start. Going in right at the deep end with some of my favourite fashion party season picks.

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of the year, not only because of how upbeat everyone is, even doctors receptionists are a bit more jolly! Who’d have ever thought that was possible. But alongside this, glitter is more acceptable than ever. Throughout December I’ll be reaching for the most glitzy fashion garments I own, and taking full advantage of being so covered in glitter, you could probably see me from outer space!

I’ve been gawping at so many party season outfits this year, I think the high-street stores have definitely upped their game, so without further ado..here are some of my favourite Christmas party appropriate garments!

Right so ever since watching Bohemian Rhapsody last month (which if you haven’t seen, you’re missing out), I have been obsessed with flares; flares were a very 70’s thing, and I have seen so many around this season – I am so here for this trend. When I saw these VELVET, yes velvet, flares, I was all over them!

Midi skirts are a garment that I don’t think will ever go out of fashion, also super easy to style whether it be chucking on some heels for drinks with the girls or paring it with some trendy trainers for a day of shopping; they are incredibly versatile. Add a bit of glitter, and you’ve got the perfect skirt for work Christmas parties! This one from Topshop is gorgeous, the colours are so festive!

I’m a lover of jumpsuits at the best of times, granted I’ve never had the balls to buy one and wear one out – thats besides the point. There are so many snazzy jumpsuits around at the moment, perfect for a classy option for a New Years or Christmas party! This one from ASOS has a lovely feminine cut, with an open back adding a nice touch.

Lets get cracking with some of the more glitzy stuff. Obviously, the festive period is an excuse to go OTT with the glitter and sequins – therefore it will be no surprise I spent far too long scouring the internet for the most glitzy garments I could find. We’ll start with this silver sequin dress from Miss Selfridge – a very simple and plain dress, but this silver fabric is giving me all the party vibes!

Now, this may be my fav thing that I have so far came across, and I’m in 2 minds as to whether it’s too extra for a New Years dress, but then again, is there such a thing?? This dreamy dress from PLT will be sure to turn heads, it’s also so affordable, whats not to like! A lovely tight fit, you’ll defiantly be catching peoples eyes all night!

I say this every fashion post, but it wouldn’t be complete without a red garment, so in true Han style, I’ve found the most perfect Christmas party dress. Tight fitting, red, glitter, sequins, need I say no more? Again really affordable, but it definitely looks more expensive!

Lastly, we’ll finish off with another velvet garment – velvet seems to be everywhere this party season, I’m loving it! I saw this green velvet dress, and knew right away it had to be added onto here! Such a beautiful colour, the cut out at the front also adds a really lovely feminine touch to the dress – very figure flattering!

The party season is always my favourite to shop for and I have to have the self restraint of an absolute saint to not go OTT and buy everything in sight! What was your favourite garment?

All my love,

Han xx

Boots Wishlist A/W 2018

There are many ways to a girls heart, shoes being one of them. For me, boots in particular. It’s turned into a running joke the amount of boots I own – I joke about it because it’s a problem that I probably need to address, but refuse to. I mean once your boot collection starts spilling out from your wardrobe, surely thats a sign? One I’m going to continue to ignore though!

We are well into winter now, Christmas decs are up in all the shops, everyone is already starting to buy enough food to feed an army, and along with this of course comes the colder weather. Which, I’m not overly pleased with, but it does mean everywhere starts to get in their winter boots – there isn’t much I like about winter, apart from this.

Everywhere I look at the moment has such a fab selection of boots; that almost every time I head out shopping I full on have to drag myself away from picking up a new pair. My budget doesn’t cover the eccentric boot addiction I have. I’ve here compiled a list of my favourites I’ve come across so far, I say so far because we are still in November and I’m sure this list will continue to grow!

I feel like River Island crop up in a solid 90% of my blog posts, but their boot selection always gets a 10/10 from me, so the first few pairs are from RI, but I’m sure that won’t be a surprise to many of you!

Okay, so I’m not sure about all of you, but I’m still not over the whole leopard print trend that has taken the fashion scene by storm this year. I mentioned in a previous blog post that my leopard obsession was getting a bit out of hand, so when I saw these leopard print boots, I fell in love! This might sound really stupid, but I hope I’m not the only one that is really fussy when it comes to leopard print – if I say it has to be a certain size and placement, please someone tell me you know what I mean?! Or is it just a fashion student thing? Anyway, these are dreamy af.

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This next pair are actually a pair that I’ve asked Santa (the bank of Mum & Dad) for, as a Christmas present this year. A couple of years a go, Office did a range of boots dedicated to David Bowie, alongside a wonderful silver pair, they also had a white pair of boots, ever since seeing these, white boots have been something of a need for me! But it has taken me ages to find a pair that compare to the Bowie ones, low and behold, River Island have just the pair for me!

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I promise this is the last pair from RI, but these are perfect for the party season. Every shop you walk into recently, glittery dresses, bags, and jumpers are shoved in your face. Everywhere you turn in the shop, its glistening. So of course shoes, are of no exception. This sparkly pair, are much like the leopard print pair in terms of silhouette, perfect heel too – not too high, so you’ll be able to last the entirety of your Christmas party without having to later pay the price of not feeling your feet!

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I love boots that have a bit of a quirky touch to them, so when I was recently wandering through Highcross and saw these gorgeous wine coloured boots in the window of Office, I  was instantly drawn to the slightly different heel they had, unlike most boots I had seen – it makes such a difference to the boot having a much more square heel.

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Anyone who knows me well, will know that I am a magpie when it comes to anything red – take me shopping and I’ll instantly head towards anything thats red. So it’ll come of no shock to you all that a red pair of boots are featured on here, would be rude not to really! I’m also loving this patent look that they have going on, so much easier to look after and maintain compared to suede!

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Moving onto a pair of boots that are slightly more pricer, but a pair that I think are definitely worth the price. Now, when the whole ‘sock boot’ trend came into fashion last year, I hated it. I thought they looked awful, which is why when I saw these I was so surprised I liked them. I’ve always been a fan of Tommy Hilfiger’s work, and these instantly caught my eye – such a lovely colour as well, perfect for autumn!

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Well it wouldn’t really be completed if I didn’t include a pair of Doc Martens somewhere in here! I’m a self confessed Doc Martens whore, my bank account might suggest differently though. However, these have been on my wishlist for the longest time now, and I do think I will treat myself to them some point within the next year, I’m just waiting for the right time. My favourite band ever is Joy Division, their music will always be one that I weirdly resonate with in some odd way – it’s not often I feel a connection with music, but Joy Division, I do. So you can probably guess that when Doc Martens came out with this collaboration, I was all over it!

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I’m loving writing these posts at the moment, although it is making me want to shop and lets face it, with it being this close to Christmas, that just isn’t going to happen!

Where’s your go to place for boots?!

All my love,

Han xx

A Shy Girls Guide To Bold Fashion

A Shy Girls Guide To Bold Fashion

As my fashion taste has grown and developed, my love for statement items has grown tremendously. The girl who once would stick to jeans and a top, now reaches for garishly bright jackets and statement boots. Whether it be a very in your face print or the newest pair of embroidered boots; I’m all over eye catching fashion items. However, I have had my fair share of fashion flops, particularly when it comes to styling garments that could be considered a bit in your face. So I thought I would share my top tips on styling these not so conventional items!

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T-Shirts Are A Staple 

T-shirts tend to be a staple at the best of times anyway, but particularly when it comes to styling bold trousers I always find that plain t-shirts are the way to go. They let the trousers do the talking, and by having a very plain top, this will broaden your jacket choices, more so than if you were to reach for a printed or bold top. Something that always needs to be considered when living in the UK.

Style With Black and White

I think this is a very basic one, but black and white is always the easiest way to go when styling bold jackets and shoes. One of my go to outfits at the moment consists of a lime green suede biker jacket, whenever I wear it I always stick to a basic black and white base outfit. Normally black jeans, white top and black boots.

Pull Out Other Hues to Feature 

This one is great for if you’ve gone for a very bold and out there printed garment. These will normally consist of bright colours, take printed shirt for example, pick out a colour/hue from the shirt and reflect this throughout your outfit. Whether it be through shoes or accessories, this is always a brilliant way to feature eccentric prints and make them work.

Stick To Simple Silhouettes 

When it comes to colourful prints of statement items, most of the time you will want that one garment to do the talking, you won’t want to distract from it too much. So go for items that have a simple silhouette, a basic fit, so that the centre of attention is still on your statement item and not elsewhere.

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Denim Denim & More Denim 

Denim is one of those fabrics that can always be used to tone down an outfit, to make an outfit look slightly more casual. This is perfect if you want to wear bold prints on a day to day basis. I know full well I always overdress for any occasion ever, but chuck on a denim jacket or pair of jeans and your good to go.

Trainers 

Much like the denim tip, trainers can always be used to dress down a bold outfit. I know that I always reach for my Vans or Converse when I need to make an outfit look more casual – or when styling bold printed shirts.

Remind Yourself of The Colour Wheel 

Lets go back to year 5 art classes. If you’ve got a very colourful item, look at the colour wheel and see what colours will complement it, then start to consider this when to picking your accessories. You want to go for colours that will complement the choice that you’ve gone for. Equally, if you’re feeling particularly ballsy, go for completely clashing accessories!

Don’t Hold Back

So I’ve spoken about styling statement items in a more casual way, but if you’re slightly more confident in your fashion choices, go all out. Like full out. Whether it be your whole outfit is in one particular colour, or you choose clashing colours, theres no doubt you will look very cool if you can pull this one off! Personally, I don’t think I would have the confidence to do this, however much I would want to!

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This post was inspired by my recent purchase of these gorgeous red boots. Yes, yes I did purchase another pair of boots. My collection is now spilling out of my wardrobe, its a problem. Anyway, I digress. The boots are bright red, incase your hadn’t realised. I’ve gone very simple with my styling here – I’ve gone for the whole black and white tip. Black skinny jeans and then a white flared jumper (which I’ve also been wearing far too much lately). Sticking to a basic outfit, to allow the boots do the talking. I actually have a red bag, which perfectly matches these boots, however silly me left it at university – so just imagine I’ve put a bit more thought into my accessories!

What are your styling tips for bold items?

All my love,

Han x

Winter Fashion with Femme Luxe

This post is one that I have been meaning to sit down and write for the longest time now, forgive me for my slacking with blogging lately; university is getting the better of me!

I was recently contacted by clothing brand Femme Luxury, who very kindly gifted me a selection of beautiful knitwear garments – which being a knit student, of course I jumped at the chance to work with them! If you weren’t familiar, Femme Luxe is a women’s online fashion brand, with a current, classy and forward thinking approach to fashion. In today’s post I’ll just be focussing on their knitwear selection, perfect seeing as the cold weather is now in full swing – I’m not happy about this, but new knitwear is making it more bearable!

Before Femme Luxe had contacted me, I had seen them crop up on my Instagram the odd few times, so I have had a gander at their products prior to me working with them. I was dubious though, as I tend to shop at the same shops all the time, a bad habit as I really should start trying new things out – I’m a girl who hates change, incase you hadn’t noticed! But Femme Luxe did not disappoint, and I will definitely be placing an order of my own at some point.

Quality is always a big thing for me, being a fashion student too, I’m always the first to jump on garments if they aren’t up to standard. The quality of the garments I received are all so amazing – for the price as well, you really can’t go wrong. Knitwear can often be an irritant on my skin and cause an eczema flare up, therefore I always struggle to find jumpers I can wear, however the jumpers I picked from Femme Luxe are incredibly soft on the skin and not irritating at all…hallelujah!!!  

I had great fun playing dress up with my garments when they arrived, doing a bit of outfit planning, so here’s what I’ve gone for and how I’ve styled them myself!

We’ll start with my favourite garment of them all, the White Cropped Flare Sleeve Knitted Jumper. I’m an absolute sucker for anything with a bell sleeve, so it was no surprise when this was the first item that landed in my basket! The flared sleeves are giving me all the ABBA vibes, just the flared trousers and I’m ready to be cast in the next Mamma Mia – whats not to like! I paired this jumper with a pair of red cigarette trousers from Missguided, converse and a baker boy hat, I’ve never looked so ‘blogger-esc’ in all my life!

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Moving onto this cute little number, the Twist Front Long Sleeve Jumper, even though it is officially jumper season, this is one thats slightly less practical for the cooler weather, but who cares if I’m cold, at least I’ll look good while doing it! This was a pick that was slightly out of my comfort zone, and very different to any other jumper I own, but I absolutely love it – it has such a flattering and feminine cut! I’ve gone very casual with this outfit, pairing it with my favourite Mom jeans, and a pair of suede boots, nice and easy, an outfit you can’t go wrong with!

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I’ll do the next 2 jumpers together as they are completely identical, just different colour ways. Again these are both different to anything I own, both very simple jumpers from the front, lovely colour combinations. But the twist is on the back, where it laces up in a v-shape, there’s also some texture added into the back through the use of laddering, and knit students will now how simple yet effective this is, it really does make the jumper. I’ve gone fairly simple in terms of styling both of these, one paired with black skinny jeans and Doc Martens, the other with a pair of black cigarette trousers from Missguided and heeled boots – perfect autumn fashion!

Would it really be a haul if I didn’t pick up something red?? No, no it wouldn’t. This is definitely the least practical of them all, but one that I’ll for sure be reaching for when the weather gets warmer again next year. I’m instantly drawn to anything red, so there was no stopping me when I landed my eyes on this Button Down Red Dress. Very figure flattering and incredibly easy to style, here I have just paired it with a denim jacket and converse. This is a garment that could also be dressed up equally easy – getting night out ready in just a few minutes!

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So that concludes my little style blog post for today. Thank you ever so much to Femme Luxe for sending me out some really beautiful garments that I really can’t wait to wear throughout winter – I really recommend all my fellow fashionistas check them out!

What was your favourite garment here?

All my love,

Han xx

How I’m Styling Mom Jeans

How I’m Styling Mom Jeans

Am I cool enough to pull of Mom jeans? Probably not.

Am I going to do it anyway? You’re spot on, I am. 

Now I may be very late indeed to this party, but I’ve finally got my hands on a pair of Mom jeans – something I’ve never had the confidence to wear – apparently I’ll happily leave the house in bright red trousers, but Mom jeans are a different story all together!

I have seen so many people rave about Mom jeans, I’ve read a lot of the whole ‘once you’ve tried Mom jeans theres no going back to skinny jeans’ and you know what, I think I’m converted! No more uncomfortable wedgies, no more feeling like I’m being sucked in so much I can’t breath and you know what my favourite thing about these are, I can wear actual knickers (not the skimpy uncomfortable ones that go right up) and no one knows!! VPL’s are a thing of the past! I’m not sure if thats too much information, but then again, who wouldn’t be excited about that.

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I’ve been making a conscious effort recently to dress more to how I want to dress and not hold back. All my life I’ve been worried about what others might think about my fashion choices, that I’ll get odd looks for wearing double denim and docs, or wearing pinstripe trousers, but in all honesty, I love it, so why should I care, right?! Watch me say this, then go back to wearing skinny jeans and biker jackets next week…I tried..

So I had been on the hunt for a pair of Mom jeans for the longest time now, and I mean the longest time. I’d seen so many of my blogger friends wear them and look incredible, and I thought you know what, lets give them a go…reckless, I know. I had a wander round town and couldn’t find any I liked in stores, so hopped straight onto Missguided, long and behold they had the Mom jeans of my dreams! (I hope you’re just as satisfied as I am that that rhymed). I had been after a pair that were slightly distressed, I’ll emphasise the word slightly because the jeans that I have gone fore a very distressed (like me really). I mean one wrong move when putting them on in a dazed state in the morning and I’ll probably end up with a pair of shorts.

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Anyway, when they first arrived, I tried them on when I was pale, make up less and in need of washing my hair, it had got to the point where even French braids could hide the grease – a rocky mistake. So of course, at first I hated them, but long and behold, an evening of pampering that included, tanning, face masks, exfoliating and a good hair wash, I woke up feeling like a new woman and I feel in love with these jeans. I will probably be wearing these with every outfit for the foreseeable future, and I’m not mad about that at all.

Going onto styling these jeans, I think they are so versatile, lending themselves to be paired with anything. Oversized tops, body suits, jumpers, heels, docs, you name it, I’m probably going to pair it with them. The outfit that I have opted for in this particular shoot, is just a plain nude, front twist jumper from Femme Luxe, and a pair of taupe suede boots from New Look. A super casual, yet stylish, very blogger-esc outfit. I cant wait to experiment with different styling ideas with my new favourite jeans! I actually have a few gigs coming up, I think these jeans will look super cool with a band tee and a pair of docs!

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What’s your favourite way to style Mom jeans?

All my love,

Han xx

Outfit Details:

Jeans: https://www.missguided.co.uk/blue-riot-high-rise-ripped-jeans

Jumper: https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/nude-front-wrap-knitted-jumper

Diaries of a Textile Student: Take Two

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We’ve successfully made it to week 4 of second year, and we’ve had the first set of stress tears too, I mean I’m pretty impressed I made it to week 4 without crying, go me! Anyway my idea to make these a weekly thing has already gone to pot seeing as I’ve had so much work to do I haven’t even had time to chat about it!

However the past couple of weeks have been fairly similar, I’ve been very stressed, lots of work, sketchbook illustrations for days, and enough samples to make a full outfit. I’ll admit, despite being very stressed I’m still loving every second – I had a realisation the other day that I’m more or less halfway through my degree soon, and that scared me a bit. I think I’ve taken the experience so far for granted a bit – this realisation has made me think that I do need to be making the most of my time. Because after this, it’s 9-5 until I’m 65…cry…

I’ve spent a lot of these past 2 weeks doing a hell of a lot of sketchbook work, this is part and parcel of a creative course, any spare moment I get, I’ll be improving my sketchbook work, creating new artworks, ideas and pushing my project even more. Alongside this, I’ve been undertaking a lot of fashion illustration, something that I never thought I would enjoy doing. Through all of college, I would do anything to have to not illustrate my designs, but long and behold, a year and a half into my degree and I love doing it. I’ve really started to find my drawing style and how I enjoy working – I think this has really helped my illustration skills develop as I’ve now found a way of working where I produce results I’m happy with!

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Alongside the sketchbook and design aspect, of course specialising in knitwear, a lot of my time is also spent in the knit room. I’ve had a fairly good run in the knit room this year, that was until last Friday, when nothing was going right for me, and I mean nothing. Knits falling of the machines, patterns not working out – the whole hog. I spent 6 hours in there, and left with 3 samples, it’s safe to say I felt fairly deflated after that session. I wasn’t going to let it stop me though, come Monday morning I was raring to go again and had an absolutely awesome day in the knit room bashing out experimental samples. I have attached some pictures below – bare in mind they still need to be steamed and tidied, once done so they will look a lot more professional, but you get the idea.

I briefly touched upon placement year in my previous textiles diaries post; when I last updated you all, I was in the midst of writing my CV and cover letter, the absolute torture that was, you’ll all be pleased to know I finally finished them both, well done to me!! Honestly writing a CV when you lack self confidence is such a struggle, but after plenty of drafts I got there in the end! I’ve got very mixed feelings about placement year, I really want to do one as I know it will benefit me so well in the long run, having said this, I’m really struggling to find placements that appeal to me. After all it is a year of my life I’m going to be spending doing it, so of course I want to pick something that I’m going to love doing. I’m trying to stay optimistic, and if placement doesn’t work out, I still have other plans, so we’ll see how it goes!

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur in all honesty, I have no idea where the time is going and all the weeks are just merging into one, but I’m starting to think that thats just how the next few years are going to be! I hope you are all enjoying these little snippets into my course and what I get up to when I’m not airing my problems on twitter or posting over posed pictures on Instagram!

See you for next weeks instalment,

All my love,

Han xx