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Christmas Wish List 2017

I feel like it wouldn’t really be Blogmas if I didn’t include somewhere in the mix a Christmas wish list! Don’t get me wrong, I much prefer shopping for other people and gift giving, but along the way I do enjoy adding things to my own wish list.

Superdry Coat

If you’ve been an avid follower of my blog for a while now, you will remember this little number featuring in a previous wish list. It’s making a reappearance at the top of my Christmas list this year! It’s no secret that I’m a lover of anything red, so when I saw this, I instantly needed to add it into my ever-growing coat collection.

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Embroidered Boots

I have wanted a pair of embroidered boots for the longest time –  I fell in love with them when they started to come into shops last year, but ever since then I’ve struggled to find a pair that  I think would suit me. But long and behold, Zara has the answer to all my problems. I definitely already have too many boots, but there’s no harm in adding these on to my wish list, right??

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Gymshark Flex Collection

Something that I have spoken about before on my blog is that I am rather into my fitness and I have wanted to add the Gymshark flex collection to my ever growing sportswear shelf for the longest time. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this collection, I’m determined to get my hands on it at some point and see whether it really is worth the hype.

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Pandora Halo Ring

So a couple of months ago I lost one of my favorite rings ever, which can’t be replaced. But when I came across this one on Pandora it looked like the perfect one to take the spot where I used to wear the one I lost.

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theBalm Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette

I recently bought this as part of one of my friends Christmas presents, and as soon as I bought it, I wanted to keep it for myself. I’m not a massive wearer of eyeshadow, but because these colours are so neutral, I would defiantly be inclined to wear it more often.

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So that rounds off my final wish list of 2017, which I am in no way expecting everything from, I mainly just do these for the enjoyment of writing them, also for future reference.

Han xx

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Would You Rather? CHRISTMAS TAG

I was tagged by the lovely Lauren to take part in a festive spin of the would you rather tag, so here goes!


1. Would you rather…Give presents or receive them?
100% give presents, I love love love shopping for presents for other people, not only this but I love watching other people open my gifts to them, never fails to make me smile. Despite saying this, I do love receiving thoughtful gifts – a couple of my friends recently got me the most thoughtful christmas present, I won’t lie, I could have cried when I received it!
2. Would you rather…Christmas Pudding or Trifle?
Neither…shock I know. I’ve never had a christmas pudding before, I’m not a fan of dried fruit, and I’m pretty sure thats what christmas pudding has in it, right? Therefore that really isn’t my cup of tea. I’ve also never like trifle,  mainly because it has cold custard (I refuse to eat custard unless its hot), it also has cream, which I hate also. I guess you could say I’m a fussy eater.
3. Would you rather…’Home Alone’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’ ?
I’ve never seen A Christmas Carol before, so it would have to be Home Alone, I do love the Home Alone movies. My family and I always have a christmas movie night on christmas eve, and Home Alone just reminds me of these evenings.
4. Would you rather…Spend Christmas abroad or at home?
Hands down at home. I’ve never really understood why people go abroad, particularly to hot countries for christmas. Christmas for me is meant to be spent at home, with all my family and a classic christmas dinner, it wouldn’t be the same if I spent it abroad.
5. Would you rather…Receive 1 very expensive present or a few not-so expensive presents?
My answer changes to this year on year, my parents normally get me one expensive present then lots of little ones to go alongside it. But this year I have asked for a particularly expensive coat, so I guess this year it would be the first option.
That’s it for this post, I do love tag posts, they’re the best way to get to know other bloggers!
Han xx
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Favorite Festive Movies

Christmas is hands down my favorite time of year, from November 1st I go into full on Christmas mode, and spend 2 months being overly excited and annoyingly happy.

I’ve never really been one for movies, I tend to get quite bored, but when it comes to Christmas movies this is far from the truth. I’m obsessed, and I mean obsessed with Christmas movies, so I thought I would share with you some of my all time favorites!


Christmas With the Kranks

Christmas with the Kranks is my go to Christmas movie and I get slightly offended when people tell me they haven’t seen it. It’s one of the movies that I probably could recite word for word, but I’ll never get bored of. I hear a lot of mixed opinions on it, but its one of them overly exaggerated American movies, which I love.


I feel like Elf is another Christmas classic, and for me Christmas doesn’t really start until I’ve sat cozied up in bed, with a massive mug of hot chocolate and watched Elf. Fun fact, it took me years to finally give into the hype of Elf and watch it, but once I did I questioned why I was so reluctant to watch it for so many years. It’s again one of them movies I’ll never get bored of.

Love Actually

The film that has me go through ALL the emotions, literally, I’ll be laughing one minute then the next in absolute tears. I got introduced to Love Actually for the first time last year and I’ve watched it countless times since. It really is one of those movies that anyone and everyone will love and watch and I mean if you don’t love it, are you ok???

Home Alone

A little Christmas tradition that my family has sort of developed over the years is that on Christmas Eve we will always have a festive movie night, this movie is nearly always involved. It tends to work that my little brother picks 1 movie, and then once he has gone off to bed, my parents and I pick one. But more often then not Home Alone is the one picked by my brother.


And lastly, we have the Nativity. Although controversial opinion, I only like the first Nativity, I think the ones that followed on from the first weren’t as funny. This is another one that is normally featured in our Christmas movie night, a very family friendly one, and easy to watch.

I don’t think I’m ever going to tire of Christmas movies, if I had it my way I would watch them all year round, but admittedly I think I may be judged for that. I hope you’re enjoying these festive posts – where I’ve been absent recently and unable to partake in Blogmas, I thought I would jump on the band wagon half way through, seeing as I have now finished university for the year, and have the time to do so!

Han xx

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The Christmas Tag

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The Christmas blogger tag just screams festivity to me, it wouldn’t really be a blogger Christmas if I didn’t follow the crowd and finally partake in the Christmas tag, its taken me long enough, so here goes!

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

This is such a hard question for me, as I am a sucker for any sort of Christmas movie, I normally start watching them as early as November as I worry I wont be able to fit them all in before Christmas! But ultimately if I had to choose it would be Christmas with the Kranks. I’ve watched this for years and years, I refuse to get festive until I’ve watched this movie. If you want to see what else I love to watch throughout Christmas, check out my Favorite Festive Movies post, HERE.

Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning?

Wait people actually open their presents on Christmas Eve? I can’t imagine opening my presents on Christmas Eve; my family has always waited until Christmas morning to do the present opening.

Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

I have SO many Christmas memories, I could go on for hours about them, particularly ones from when I was younger, but one of my all time favorites was actually in recent years. So I think it was Christmas 2015, I spent the day with all my family, cousins and Grandparents, and this was the year that I had started to drink, so with it being Christmas, my cousins and I were allowed to drink. I vividly remember all the adults having too much to drink, as had I. I’m a very happy drunk, so I vividly remember being in absolute fits of laughter the entire evening, and drunk eating New York cheesecake with one of my cousins, this is a Christmas Day that I will remember for years and years purely because I was just so happy.

Favorite festive food?

Roast potatoes all the way. When it comes to Christmas dinner my weakness is roast potatoes, I tend to pile my plate with them and as much to my family’s surprise I will always eat them all. I mean by the end of the meal I feel like a human potato, but who cares, it’s Christmas.

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Favorite Christmas Gift?

This is impossible for me to answer because every year I’m always lucky that I often get gifts that I have asked for, or things that I have wanted for a while. So I feel like year on year, my favorite Christmas present changes.

Favorite Christmas scent?

It would have to be frosted cranberry scents; I’m always naturally drawn to cranberry scented candles and body butters around this time of year. I think this is down to my Mum always having the Frosted Cranberry Body Shop range in the house around Christmas time, so it just reminds me of my childhood.

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?

Since I’ve got a job, in recent years I’ve not been at home during the day on Christmas Eve, but regardless when I finish Mum will have always put out a platter of food, which the whole family tuck into. Also, as I mentioned previously we would normally spend the evening watching Christmas movies, so I guess you could say these were my family Christmas Eve traditions!

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

There are so many things that I love about Christmas, from spending the day having countless laughs with my family, to having the best meal of the year, Christmas dinner of course. But something that I love the feeling of is when you know you’ve bought someone a really fab Christmas present. I’m one of them people that spend hours fretting over other peoples gifts, making sure they are all as thoughtful as possible. So seeing their reaction to their gifts always makes me happy, its nice to know that being thoughtful has paid off.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Unfortunately not, or not as far as I can remember anyway. In the UK our snowfall tends to arrive at some ridiculous time of year like April.

Where do you normally spend Christmas?

For as long as I can remember my family have always spent Christmas at home, some years we have family over and others we don’t. But regardless, it’s always been spent at home.

What is your favorite Christmas song?

The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, it’s the best Christmas song of all time; don’t argue with me on this one.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Growing up my family have always had a fake one, I’m pretty sure we’ve had the same Christmas tree for as long as I’ve been alive. Despite this, when I finally have my own house, I will definitely get a real one instead of fake.

What is your favorite holiday treat?

I’m a sucker for hot chocolate at this time of year; I try to steer clear of it for the majority of the year as lets face it, its not exactly very nutritious. But when December rolls round, this is normally the month that I treat myself; I have a particular weakness for the Costa festive hot chocolates!

Be honest giving presents or receiving them?

As much as I love opening other people’s gifts to me, I also love gifting other people with their gifts; I love seeing other people’s reactions.

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

So from as young as I can remember, I’ve always said that one day I will move to New York, it has been a dream of mine since I was about 5. I can just imagine Christmas in NY to be absolutely incredible, because Americans really don’t hold back when the festive season rolls round.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I’m actually pretty good a wrapping presents, so much so that last year Mum asked me to help with wrapping hers, which quickly backfired when she ended up giving me some of my own presents to wrap by accident, I’m sure she wont be asking again this year!

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I think I must have been 5 or 6, it was Christmas Eve, I still lived in my old house, which had 3 floors. My room was on the second floor and I could here someone above me. Now bare in mind I was a very paranoid child, like didn’t really like the idea of Santa being ‘in my house’. I asked my Dad who was upstairs and instead of telling me it was just Mum wrapping Christmas presents, he told me it was Santa up there. Let me tell you, you’ve never seen a more terrified 6 years old, I think that’s when I realised.

What makes the holidays special for you?

That everyone is so much happier, even the customers that come into work who are never happy, come in slightly happier, it’s brilliant. Clearly there’s something about Christmas that makes even the grumpiest of people somewhat cheery.

So that rounds off possibly the longest blog post I have ever written, but I did love reminiscing on various Christmas memories and traditions. I can now also say that I’ve finally done the Christmas tag.

Han xx

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Surviving My First Term at Uni


Yes, I’m still alive, I have to apologize for my lack of posts since October, life and university just got in the way and I just seemed to have no time, but I’m back finally, and desperately trying to get back into some sort of blogging routine, so bare with me!

But, I did it! I’ve successfully completed my first term at university, with only 1 hangover, impressive, I know. Admittedly there have been a few bumps along the way, but all in all I’ve had the best 3 months of my life. At the start of the year university seemed to be something far in the future, but September rolled around quicker than I could’ve imagined and now I’m sat here saying I’ve completed my first term, if time could just slow down, that would be great. My first 3 months at university have taught me that time goes ridiculously quickly, another reason to make the most of my experience here.

I’ve managed to survive freshers, overcome freshers flu, cook for myself and only nearly set fire to the kitchen twice, hand in 2 projects and receive a high 2:1 for my first submission, something that I am immensely proud of, despite wanting a 1st, I’m sure this will come in time. Learning how to manage my new workload was a challenge and a half, but once I got into the swing of things I soon learnt the best way to do so. Admittedly I still struggle to balance my social life, with work, training, and clearly, blogging, but I’m getting there…she says.

In terms of work, being on an Art and Design course, I’ve literally not stopped working for 3 months. I’ve completed 2 projects, and learnt a lot about myself while doing so. Incase you didn’t know, I’m studying Textile Design at University, so I arrived with it set in my mind that I would be a printer, as this is what I had specialized in at college. But my second project introduced me to weave and also knit, which I’ve fallen in love with, so who knows, maybe I’ll be converted and choose to specialize in knit, my Nan will be happy about this!

University has introduced me to so many new opportunities and I have made some of the best friends along the way. From the girls on my course to those in my accommodation, they are all the most fabulous people I’ve ever come across. I’ve also been lucky to live with flat mates that aren’t too messy, although I have had to leave multiple passive aggressive notes around so they don’t eat my food, but lets not talk about that.

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Mental health wise university has done me the world of good. I honestly think I needed to get out of my little hometown for my mental health to improve. I don’t know what has done it, but since moving to Leicester and starting my new life my mental health has improved massively as has my confidence (I’m literally a different person) and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that, considering just a few months ago I thought I wouldn’t ever get over it. I’m no longer the shy, and easily intimidated, and overly anxious girl I was a not that long ago, if anything you’re lucky if I ever shut up now. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my bad days, but I’m just better at dealing with them now and I’ve learnt that it’s okay to have bad days, something that took me far too long to learn.

Overall I’ve had the time of my life, what started off as a not so good year for me, has ended up finishing as a pretty good one. I’m so excited to see what the rest of my time at university has to hold for me, the people I’ll meet along the way and opportunities I’ll be offered.

Han xx

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What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging

So I’ve been blogging for about 4 months now, which is just crazy! It only feels like yesterday I set it up! Over the past 4 months my blog has grown quite quickly, but alongside this I have also learnt A LOT about the blogging community, and found out things that I wish I had known before, which is exactly what this post is dedicated to! If you’re a fellow blogger, let me know whether you agree with the points that I have made, also if there’s anything that you wish you had known before you took it up! And for those of you who are looking into starting a blog, then this is the post for you!

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So I thought that planning and keeping up with a blogging schedule would be a breeze, I mean every blogger that I knew seemed to do it with such ease, but boy was I wrong! When I first began blogging I was on summer holiday, so I was able to dedicate quite a bit of time to it, but once I started university, keeping up with 2 posts a week got increasingly harder. I wont lie, its hard to schedule/write posts, balanced with a degree, job, social life and training.


Before starting a blog I was never really too active across my social media platforms, I mean don’t get me wrong I loved a good Instagram picture, but it wasn’t anything I took too seriously. Then as soon as I started my blog, I quickly realised how important it is to be consistent in engaging with your audience through various social media plat forms. If I didn’t promote myself of places like twitter and Instagram, then I wouldn’t have the following that I do so on my blog.


Don’t blog about something that you aren’t genuinely interested in. I remember when I started blogging, I did a couple of beauty related posts and hated writing them, that was purely because I didn’t have much of a interest in that niche. But then as soon as I started writing about things that I am passionate about like fashion/design, and lifestyle I enjoyed it so much more! I also found that my stats went up dramatically when I started to write about what I loved, not what I thought someone else might love.


In the real world, you do a job and get paid for it, right? Apparently not in the blogging world. I have been contacted by so many companies over the past 4 months, and I have been amazed at the amount that haven’t offered to pay, me for writing for them Granted there have been a fair few that have offered, but the ones that haven’t, do you really think us bloggers are always going to work for free?


Stats really shouldn’t make a difference to your blog, you should be writing and blogging because you enjoy it, not to gain a following, the following is just a bonus. Too many people get so hung up on stats, and as important as they are to a degree, its really key to not get too worked up over them, as long as you are enjoying what you are doing!

I hope you have enjoyed reading through this, there are so many other things that I wish I had known before starting out in the blogging industry, but these are just some of the key ones!

All my love,

Han xx

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University Room Tour

Something that I had been itching to do ever since I moved in was a little university room tour. I can’t believe I’m only just getting round to doing it now, but better late than never right? So here are some cute snippets of my room, which is actually quite nice for a university room, even if I do say so myself!

When applying to university back last year, alongside being excited to start my degree, I was also just as excited to be able to decorate my university room, exactly how I wanted it. Being an Interior Textile student I put a lot of thought into my little university room and wanted to make it as cozy as possible – which of course meant a tonne of fairy lights, polaroid pictures and lots of cute nick knacks.

So before I moved in, I had already decided that I wanted a rose gold and white theme in my room with a few hints of pink and mustard. So as you can probably see from the photos everything is very well coordinated!

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Hope you enjoyed having a little peek into my university room!

All my love,

Han xx

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Sportswear Wishlist

Being into my sports and fitness, sportswear is my weakness, I’m constantly on the look out for new running gear, which my bank account doesn’t really appreciate. There is a lot out at the moment that I quite like the look of, but I’m having to be very careful with my money, therefore I thought I would create a little wish list of sportswear that I currently love, and can come back to when I have the chance to have a little splurge!


I feel like I’m probably the worst excuse for a fitness enthusiast because I don’t own even 1 item from Gymshark. I’ve toyed with the idea of making an order for a while now, but every time I add things to my basket the price always stops me, although its not too overpriced, its quite expensive on a student budget! There’s a set that I have wanted for a while now, and it’s the light grey with pink highlights set. Something I love about the Gymshark work out gear is how well it fits, it always looks so figure hugging, but in a very flattering way. On my wish list I opted for the cropped top, as I much prefer cropped tops to longer fitting ones, and I tend to struggle to find cropped sportswear.

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There are also a couple of pairs of leggings that I have had my eye on for a while now too, both being from Nike, and basically being the same legging, but different. My Mum would tell me that I don’t need both as they are so similar, but I’m too indecisive to decide which ones I prefer. They are both black and full length, so perfect for winter, with the only difference of course being the logo size. For some people the ones with Nike going the whole way down the leg might be a bit too much and in your face, but I quite like it.

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One of these is technically a jacket, but I didn’t want to add another category. So, basically I have been using my Mums cycling jacket to run in for the longest time now, its bright yellow, you can’t miss me. But I recently came across this peach one and absolutely love it. Such a gorgeous colour and SO cheap, which is rare because often running/sportswear jackets are mega expensive.

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Lastly the cut out burgundy top, which admittedly wouldn’t really be great for winter, but it is a really pretty style. Its also slightly different to anything that I’ve got in my sportswear collection, so that makes me feel a bit better about spending more money!

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I’m sure you can expect to see many more sportswear wish lists from me as I am constantly on the look out for new bits! Where is your favorite place to shop for sportswear?

All my love,

Han xx

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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

I’m currently sat writing this blog post in the biggest food coma EVER! If you have a sweet tooth, or you’re just a general cheesecake lover, like myself, then this is the recipe for you.

Before we get started, I would just like to give full credit to Tanya Bakes, by Tanya Burr, for coming up with this wonderful recipe, and I will leave a link to her baking book below, and make sure that you grab yourself a copy if you can!



300g Double Chocolate Cookies

100g Melted Butter

Zests of 2 Oranges

250g Full-Fat Cream Cheese

150g Icing Sugar

200g Terry’s Chocolate Orange

150g Double Cream


  • Begin by crushing the biscuits into crumbs, I find the best way to do this is to pop them all into a food bag, and gently bash them with a heavy rolling pin. Mix in the melted butter and zest of 1 orange, add to a 21cm round loose-bottomed cake tin, to create the base of your cheesecake.
  • Combine the cream cheese and icing sugar using an electric whisk, set aside until needed.
  • Melt the 200g of Chocolate Orange in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whiles the chocolate is melting, in a separate bowl whip up the cream so that it forms soft peaks; if you tip the bowl over your head, it shouldn’t fall out! You then want to set this aside and wait for the melted chocolate to slightly cool, before mixing it into the double cream.
  • Add the chocolate mix to the cream cheese mix, and gently fold in, until well combined.
  • Pour the final mixture over the biscuit base, and leave to set. I find it best to make the cheesecake the night before serving so that it has the whole of the night to set. Just before serving decorate with the remaining chocolate orange, and the orange zest.

I’ve never really been a fan of chocolate orange, and could give or take it when given the opportunity, but this cheesecake, I can assure you, is one of the best things you’ll ever taste, and its NO BAKE!!! What more could you want! I hope you enjoy, if you’re an avid baker like myself, I highly recommend Tanyas’ book!

All my love,

Han xx

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University So Far…

Screen Shot 2017-10-19 at 15.28.48As I am writing this I have survived my first 3 weeks of university!!! WOOO GO ME!! Needless to say there have been a few tears and a bit of self-doubt, but apart from a couple of blips, I have so far had the best, busiest and most exciting 3 weeks of my life.

I had high expectations for freshers week, and although I was hit with freshers flu 3 days in, it was still a brilliant time. It taught me a lot about myself, which I wasn’t expecting. I now know that I’m not a massive drinker and never will be – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Freshers allowed me to meet a whole range of people and make some amazing friendships; I instantly clicked with the people I share a flat/floor with, alongside finding my possible future housemates too. Not only this but I’ve made some fab friends on my course as well.

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With a whole whirlwind of different emotions going on, mixed with a very busy social schedule, it didn’t take long for me to get a bit homesick, but I guess this was expected. After and long phone call with Dad, a few tears, and a few motivational words, I was ready to take on the world again. Something I really struggle with is my confidence, I doubt myself A LOT, so I frequently thought that I wasn’t good enough for the course or university life in general, but soon realised I was being silly, and needed to just throw myself into everything, and start working on believing in myself.

Workload wise, I’m on an Art and Design course so my timetable is fairly packed, whereas some of my flat mates have a couple of days of a week, I’m in for all 5, all day. Which I don’t mind at all (am I even a student), I even don’t mind the 9AM starts! I prefer to be lay out all my art stuff and have the space to make a mess, rather than make a mess in my little room then pay £250 to get something replaced.

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That leads on nicely to the last thing I wanted to cover, that being my little university room. I think one of the things that I was most excited about was decorating my own university room, and I wont lie it is the cutest university room (and cleanest) that I have ever come across; if you would like to see a room tour, you can find that HERE. I don’t like having a massive room, because I don’t take up much space, and feel a bit lost and lonely in a big room all on my own, so although its small, it’s the perfect size for me!

So I guess you could say that I’ve settled into university really well, and I am loving my time here. I’m sure you can expect to see from me many more posts about university!

I hope to see you all in my next post,

All my love,

Han xx