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Autumn Tag

I feel like every blogger everywhere loves autumn and Halloween, which I was blissfully unaware of until October came around and my twitter feed was full of tweets and gifs about autumn. I do love the colours of autumn and the clothing; the one thing that I hate though is the weather. I hate the cold, and of course with the colder months, comes colder weather, which I’m not best pleased about. Despite this I thought that I would jump on the band wagon and do a few autumnal blog posts, kick starting them with the I love Autumn Tag, which can be found HERE.

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WHAT SIGNIFIES THE START OF AUTUMN FOR YOU?

It has to be the leaves falling off the trees. Nothing says autumn like walking down a street with the pavements filled burnt orange and golden leaves.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FALL SCENT?

I love love love the smell of cinnamon candles burning away during autumn. Its one of those very cosy smells, that makes you want to snuggle up, watch a movie and drink hot chocolate.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTUMN COLOUR?

This is such a hard question as there are so many colours that I love throughout autumn, therefore I’m afraid I can’t pick one, so here are some of my favorite; burgundy, burnt oranges, golden browns and mustard are just a few of my go to colours throughout autumn.

WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE FALL DRINK?

I think every other blogger would probably say a pumpkin spice latte, but I hate coffee, so that’s a no go for me. Throughout autumn I love my hot chocolate, and also tea, but I’m not sure that counts, because I recon that’s my favorite drink all year round!

WHAT TV SHOW ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FALL?

Unfortunately I don’t watch a lot of TV, as I don’t really get the time to. As much as I would love to watch a new series time is not on my side, so I tend to just re watch old box sets if ever I have a free evening. These normally consist of FRIENDS, Breaking Bad or Miranda.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FALL FASHION TREND

Chunky knit jumpers, 100%. Am I wearing a bra? Who knows.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE AUTUMNAL ACTIVITY?

Carving pumpkins has to be up there with one of my favorite things to do when it comes to autumn, I normally do this with my younger brother. I also love going for walks and seeing the gradually changing colours.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE AUTUMNAL MAKE UP LOOK?

Now, I don’t really wear a lot of make up, therefore my make up doesn’t really change with the seasons. But when autumn is well underway I sometimes venture out and trial a Berry or Red lip, I then decide that I’m too pale and don’t like it, but at leas I tried, right?

Feel free to copy and paste these questions and create your own autumnal tag, I have left a link to the original post at the top of this one for you to check out! I hope this has made you feel all autumnal if you weren’t already!

All my love,

Han xx

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5 Running Truths

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I’ve been running for edging on 2 years now, which is crazy. But over the past 2 years I have acquired a lot of knowledge about running and the general fitness industry, so I thought that I would share with you some of the running truths that I wish I had known before picking up the sport!

IT’S MORE ABOUT YOUR MENTALITY

I have heard a lot of people say that running is more about your mentality and attitude than it is about your actual fitness, and I 100% agree with this! If you have a good mentality, and believe that you have the potential to be a good runner, then you will be!

GAMMY FEET ARE NORMAL

It’s gross I know, but once you have been running for a while, you will eventually experience having horrible blistered feet. When I began running, I didn’t know that you had to buy trainers between 1-1.5 sizes bigger than your actual shoe size, thus resulting in me completely destroying my nail beds. It sounds gross, and it is, don’t let this put you off though.

SOMEONE WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER

Like anything in life, there will always be some one better than you, and the same goes for running. But don’t let this dishearten you. I’m a very competitive person, so when I joined my running club and wasn’t the fastest, instead of getting annoyed at myself, I used it to my advantage and used it to push myself to become a better and faster runner.

GETTING BETTER COMES WITH WORKING HARDER

The only way you will run that extra mile or shave that extra minute off is if you work harder. Some people are all to keen to stop doing something when they don’t see the results they desire, most of the time this is because they aren’t pushing themselves. Once you get past the barrier of being uncomfortable, and you start pushing that extra bit harder, you will be amazed at the difference that it makes.

RUNNING DOESN’T DEFINE YOU

I have quite an obsessive personality, which is both a blessing and a curse. But one thing I get very hooked up upon is my training regime, if I miss a run or training session, I tend to get VERY grouchy and moody, because I think that I will have lost all of my fitness/stamina from missing that run; which we all know isn’t true. It’s important to not get too hooked up on your training and realise that its okay to miss a run, it wont make a difference.

I feel like my blog has recently taken a very different turn and I’ve been writing a lot about running, and fitness, I’m thoroughly enjoying it and I hope you are too! Running isn’t for everyone, and this post may not be for you, despite this, I think that all of these points can be applied to any sport or fitness program!

I hope to see you all in my next post!

All my love,

Han xx

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Autumn Wishlist

I hold my hands up to it, I am a major shopaholic, I own more winter boots that I care to admit, coats for that matter also. But with autumn well and truly underway, surely thats an excuse to do some more shopping, right?

This autumn I have already been crushing on some incredibly beautiful pieces, I’m in awe of the colour scheme that most of the shops have opted for. Mustard, burgundy, and burnt oranges, are the colours that I currently drawing me in; I’m sure when autumn comes to an end, my wardrobe will be bursting with garments fitting in with this colour scheme.

  1. Superdry Puffle Jacket 

This is something very adventurous for me, as I tend to stick to quite smart, slim fitting duster coats during winter, but when I recently saw this in Superdry, I fell in love with it. Not only is it in one of my favourite colours, but it also looks super warm, perfect if you live in the UK!

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2. Vans 

Now, I know winter is the prime time for cute boots, but I have enough of them, my bank account really doesn’t need the burden of another pair of Doc Martens. I recently found out that Vans do a slip on shoe?! Apparently I’m the only one who didn’t know this, but I’ve fallen in love with the all black sliders – also think they would go really well with the puffle jacket!

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3. Faux Fur Coat

Another coat, I know, I’m sorry, but its an addiction that can’t be tamed. I never really had a thing for faux fur coats, that was until I saw this little number hanging up in New Look. Unlike some faux fur coats this one looks quite stylish, also in a very versatile colour.

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4. Embroidered Checkered Shirt 

Checkered shirts are so easy to layer up with during winter; what drew me into this one was the bottle green colour scheme, and also the lovely embroidered detail. I’m sure you’re all aware of the whole embroidery trend, and I won’t lie I was reluctant to jump on the bandwagon, but I’ve finally accepted it. This shirt adds the perfect girly touch to something sometimes seen as slightly manly.

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5. Velvet Burgundy Skirt

Velvet and burgundy, need I say no more? Perfect for the festive period, especially work christmas parties, or even just day trips out. Pairing it with either a nice blouse for a christmas party, or a high neck and a pair of docs for general day to day wear.

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6. Embroidered Mesh Shirt

For what feels live forever now, I have been looking for the perfect mesh shirt, every one that I have come across has always looked rather tacky, but when I saw this one, I was SO excited! Not only does it have an element of class to it, but it also looks as if you have really made an effort with your outfit, but in reality you haven’t. Also paired with the burgundy skirt; now that would be a perfect autumnal outfit!

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I’m sure you can expect another seasonal wishlist soon, as there are SO many lovely pieces flooding the shops at the moment. I do need to have some self restraint though, fellow university students will be able to relate, but my budget doesn’t cover the my shopping addiction!

I hope to see you all in my next post!

All my love,

Han xx

Food · Uncategorized

Healthy Pizza Recipe

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Yep, you read it right; this post is all about HEALTHY pizza!! Anyone who knows me will know that I LOVE pizza, or just Italian food in general, but am also into my fitness, so pizza doesn’t always fit into my diet. That was until I came up with this healthy pizza recipe that also tastes SO good. It’s around 400 calories, which is around 400-600 less calories than the average supermarket pizza, which tend to come in at about 800-1000 calories, sometimes even more.

There is no real secret to this; its just about making food swaps. So I love the thin and crispy pizza base, therefore when replacing this I came up with the idea of using a wrap, instead of dough. Not only does this majorly decrease the calories, but it also stops me from feeling so bloated after eating.

INGRIDIENTS

  • 1 Wrap
  • Tomato puree
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
  • Toppings of your choice

METHOD

  • In a bowl mix together the tomato puree, mixed herbs and also a tablespoon of water. (Adding water just thins the puree slightly, making it easier to spread)
  • Spread the tomato puree mixture over the wrap, if you like the base quite strong add more tomato puree.
  • Add on the cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese alongside any other toppings of your choice.
  • Pop in the oven at 180 degrees for around 7 minutes, although you do want to keep an eye on it as it may take longer/shorter to cook depending on your oven. I tend to take them out when the cheese is completely melted.
  • Enjoy!

This is probably one of the quickest and easiest dinners I’ve ever made, it’s perfect if I’m in a rush or just want something quick after a full day at university! I’m very plain Jane and like to just have cheese and mozzarella on my healthy pizza, but if you’re more adventurous than I am, chuck on what ever takes your fancy, providing its not pineapple, pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza.

I hope to see you all in my next post!

All my love,

Han xx

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How To Be A More Productive You

I’m often so productive that I surprise myself sometimes, I frequently get asked how I manage to stay so productive and balance a busy lifestyle, and honestly there is no real secret, but I do have a few tips and tricks that allow me to get the most out of my days.

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SET GOALS

I’m a massive list lover; I literally make lists nearly every day. By setting myself a set of goals in the morning of things that I want to achieve that day, it allows me to constantly be doing something, and ticking something else off. When I’m not at university, my lists mainly consist of blogging/YouTube and social things that I need to get done, but when I am at university I find lists so helpful in helping me to organize all of the tasks that need doing throughout the day.

GET OUT OF YOUR PJ’S

When I don’t have anything planned for my day, I’m guilty of just showing then getting straight back into my trackies and a cozy hoodie, and I can always guarantee that whenever I do this, I will have such an unproductive day. Some people find that they get a lot done when they are comfy and in their lounging clothes, but I am completely the opposite. I am 100 times more productive when I get my self properly dressed, and resist from putting on an oversized hoodie and trackies.

TURN OFF SOCIAL MEDIA

I find that having my phone switched on when I am doing university or even blogging work, to be such a distraction. Although I can normally restrain from picking it up and scrolling through social media, I still receive notifications, which I find to be quite a distraction, and often cause me to lose my train of thought, which is exactly why I turn off my phone when I am getting important things done, as it so much less of a distraction!

KEEP A CLEAN WORKING SPACE

Find somewhere that you know will keep you productive. So for example I love to work in either my little room, or in the library as this is when I find I am most productive. Although I do find when working in my room I need to make sure I work at my desk, as I am a lot less productive if I resort to working on my bed.

STAY HEALTHY AND GET OUTSIDE

I lead quite a healthy lifestyle, I eat well, I also very regularly partake in exercise, I found that when I changed my lifestyle to a much healthier one, I became so much more productive. I think this was due to me feeling a lot better in myself, leading me to get much more out of my days.

As much as we all need days to be unproductive and not move from the sofa, I much prefer the days where I am productive as possible!

All my love,

Han xx

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A Trip To YSP

This week I took a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with my university, as primary research to feed into my current project. Of course me being me, I did my fair share of research of the YSP before going, and expected it to be a lot bigger, and full of a lot more sculptures than what it was. Having said this, it was still a fab day out, and I thought I would share with you some of the pictures that I got while out on my travels!

All my love,

Han xx

Fitness · Food · Uncategorized

Is Green Tea Really Good For You?

I’m sure you’ve heard multiple people say it before, but green tea is one of the healthiest drinks around. It has multiple powerful antioxidants and nutrients that have amazing effects on the human body – such as improving brain function, increasing your metabolic rate, and even lowering your risk of multiple diseases.

I’ve been hooked on drinking green tea for a good 6 months now, I’m so glad I discovered it. It always helps to wake me up, start my metabolism, and get going for the productive day ahead. I’ve done my fair share of looking into whether green tea is actually as healthy as claimed, and I think after plenty of research and trying it out myself, I can answer, that yes, it is. I’ve tried to condense my research into 5 key health benefits for you.

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CONTAINS BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS

Green tea is know to have multiple bioactive compounds and powerful antioxidants like flavonoids and catechins which protect the cells within your body from damage. These powerful antioxidants are also known to help reduce the signs of aging, which I’m sure everyone wants to put off for as long as possible.

IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION

Green tea contains caffeine, which I wasn’t aware of until I began researching it. Being someone who hates coffee, finding another way to try and get some caffeine in me to wake me up was always hard, until I found green tea. Although green tea doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, it contains just the right amount to have an effect, but not make you jittery. Not only this, but it contains essential amino acids, that are proven to improve brain function.

HELPS TO LOSE WEIGHT

Green tea is well known for helping to boost your metabolic rate, eventually leading to helping you to lose weight. Although this does depend on the person, as metabolism is different for everyone. It is also known for particularly helping to shift fat from around the abdomen.

LOWERS RISK OF DISEASE

Its powerful little antioxidants are also known to help reduce the risks of various diseases, including cardiovascular disease, heart disease and also stroke. This is due to it helping to lower cholesterol and protecting LDL from oxidation, which is the leading cause of heart disease.

PREVENTS INFECTION

Green tea helps to kill of bacteria, which essentially leads to your risk of infection being greatly lowered. I’m not saying that green tea is a miracle worker and you’ll never be ill again, but your chances are lowered dramatically!

I could go on about the benefits of green tea forever, but I wont because I’m sure you will all get bored! Basically everyone needs to drink green tea and we’ll all live-forever, that’s the gist I get!

All my love,

Han xx

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What Freshers Week Taught Me

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, will know that I recently moved out to university, so of course being a first year, I had the whole freshers experience to come. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every minute of freshers, but it was far from what I expected. It taught me a lot about myself, which took me by surprise, so, I thought I would share with you these things that I learnt.

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DRINKING

Freshers week is associated with a lot of drinking and a lot of going out, which I expected, and I wont lie, I thought I would be able to hack going out every night, oh how wrong I was. I’m not a massive drinker; I don’t enjoy the taste of alcohol, it also messes up my training, which is why I tend to steer clear of it. I arrived at university thinking this wouldn’t be a problem, only to find out that everyone looks so baffled when you tell them this. I’m quite a strong minded person, so this didn’t bother me too much, I didn’t let this pressure me into drinking, but for some people who may not be as strong willed, this probably would have been their worst nightmare.

SOCAILISE

Over the past year I’ve turned into someone who loves talking to everyone, which is another reason why I was so excited to start university. One of the most important pieces of advice I could give anyone starting freshers is to try and talk to everyone you can, whether that be people in your flat, on your course, or just people wandering around your block; it’s the best way to make friends, and also see who you’re going to be spending the next few years with.

TIME

I won’t lie; I think freshers may have been the quickest week of my life. I’m sat here writing this post 2 weeks after I moved in, which is mad. It feels like I’ve been here ages, but also just goes to show how quick time goes when you’re enjoying yourself. In order to make the most of my time at freshers, I found it so helpful to make lists of things that were going on that day, and different social activities that I had going on, it just helped me to stay organized and also get the most out of my freshers experience.

SOCIETIES

Societies are another brilliant way to make friends, and there is a society for everyone. Harry Potter fans, there’s one for that. Lover of cocktails? Then the cocktail society is for you! Or if you’re like me and into your sports and fitness, it’s a great way to find like-minded people. I signed up to the running society, as I am a runner, and it’s full of people that all have the same interests as me, meaning we all get along really well.

HOMESICKNESS

I was so excited about moving into university, that the prospect of homesickness didn’t really cross my mind, but when freshers flu hit me hard, and I was rather ill, tired and emotional, that’s when I began to get very homesick. I won’t lie, there were a few tears while I was on the phone to my Dad, but it was quickly overcome. I think it’s important to remember that its okay to feel like this, after all, moving out for the first time is incredibly daunting. In order to combat the homesickness, I just threw myself into university life, attending all the freshers day and evening events, preliminary lectures, and flat gatherings. These were the best ways to keep myself occupied and not miss home!

Freshers was a massive learning curve for me, and I am so glad that I got to experience it. It has allowed me to meet so many new people, make some life long friends, and also experience some pretty cool social opportunities!

I hope you have all enjoyed reading my first of many university posts, and I hope to see you all in my next post!

All my love,

Han xx

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How To Organically Grow Your Following

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With more and more people joining social media everyday to promote themselves, it’s very easy to get lost within these platforms. Trying to organically grow your following is a very hard task, particularly with new algorithms, and social media users going up and up every day. I thought that I would share with you some of my top tips for organically growing your following. Admittedly it does take time and patience and I’m no where near my goals, but I’ve found some ways that really do work when it comes to developing your following.

BE CONSISTENT

One of the quickest and reliable ways to organically grow your following is to regularly post. People tend to follow other people if they are posting regular content to their social media platforms, and the more you put yourself out there, the quicker your following will grow.

ENGAGE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS

When I started to engage and chat to my followers, my following across all social media platforms skyrocketed. It just goes to show that if you take the time to interact with the people within your community, that they will make the effort with you in return.

POST ON MULTIPLE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS

If you’re looking to use social media to promote yourself, whether that be for your own business, blogging or YouTube, you’re going to want to post on more than one platform. Also use your following to your advantage, for example if you have the most following on your twitter, use your twitter to direct people to your other social media platforms/websites, it’s a great way to push traffic towards your business or blog.

UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR FOLLOWERS WANT TO SEE

Find out what your followers interact with most, and what works best for you. For example I find that when I do more lifestyle orientated blog posts, those are the days when I receive the most traffic and interaction. Whereas for my Instagram, outfit posts and food posts gain me the most followers and interaction.

IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS

By setting yourself goals, you will work hard to achieve them, this is the perfect way for you to organically gain your following, as it is and incentive to post across your platforms and engage with your community.

Hopefully this has been a helpful post for those of you looking to promote yourself and grow your social media following. These tips have helped me to grow a social media following of over 4000 within 2 months, I hope they work for you to!

All my love,

Han xx

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How To Get Your Dream Abs

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Being part of the fitness community, a phrase that is constantly thrown around is ‘are abs made in the kitchen’, with it constantly being asked I thought I would explore the question and answer it. So are abs made in the kitchen? Speaking from personal experience, yes they are!

I’ve always been very body conscious, always paranoid that my body wasn’t perfect (in society’s eyes), something that I had always wanted were rock hard abs, but for many years struggled to get any definition around my stomach, and constantly wondered why, the answer was my diet.

I regularly took part in exercise, also did a lot of core strengthening exercises, but when I wasn’t seeing any results, I began to question myself why, I thought I was doing everything right. But no, after taking up running last year, and properly getting into fitness, I found out that in order to get these rock hard slab abs that I wanted, I was going to have to change up my diet. I started to train doing cardio religiously 4 times a week, whilst throwing in strengthening exercises at leas 3 times a week also. I started to make healthier choices, cut out unhealthy fats, and unnecessary sugar, eating cleaner, fresh food, then long and behold, I finally started to get that definition I had been craving for so long. Maintaining a healthy balanced diet is key when it comes to toning up and losing weight, notice the word balanced, its okay to indulge sometimes, just as long as the majority of the time you are eating a healthy diet; I’d also like to add cutting out particular food groups will do no good for your figure, no matter the wonders you’ve heard they work. You’re body needs carbs and fats just as much as it needs the healthy stuff, just in smaller quantities, so there is no need to cut food groups out entirely, it’ll do more damage than good.

HERE ARE MY TOP TIPS FOR ROCK HARD ABS:

FOCUS ON YOUR DIET

Abs are 100% made in the kitchen, as is any diet to be honest. You can’t expect to go to the gym 4 times a week, still eat like rubbish and expect to be ripped; unfortunately that’s not how it works. Exercise and dieting go hand in hand together, if you have a healthy diet alongside regular exercise this is when you will notice the biggest difference. You want to have a diet made up of carbohydrates, fruit & veg, protein, healthy fats and a small amount of sugar, its important to get in all of the food groups for optimum results.

MIX UP YOUR TRAINING

This is one of my most important tips. If you’ve been spending hours trying to get abs just through ab workouts and its just not working in your favor, that’s because you aren’t mixing it up with cardio. In order for the strength training aspect to work you need to be throwing in some cardio within your workouts as well; as this is what will help to burn fat, the strength training is what will build the muscle and tone you up.

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST

Again this goes for any weightloss diet. You’re tired of hearing it, I know, but breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, its what starts up your metabolism, and sets it up for the day. By not skipping meals, you are forcing your metabolism to be constantly active, essentially making it work a lot faster, and a faster metabolic rate, means that you will be burning off food quicker.

CUT OUT BOOZE & DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

I’m not talking about cutting out booze completely, just cutting back, everything in moderation. Alcohol, especially beer and cocktails aren’t going to do your abs any justice so cutting down on them will work wonders. Also, water should be your best friend. Water is the key to any good diet, keeping hydrated has so many benefits, along with helping food to digest, it also helps reduce bloating.

TRAIN HARD, OR DON’T TRAIN AT ALL

We’ve all heard that term, go hard or go home, right? When it comes to the gym, that’s when this phrase should be put into practice. I know all too many girls that will go along to the gym, spend 10 minutes on the cross trainer, then 20 minutes doing 10 reps of 5kg, then spend more time trying to take the perfect Instagram picture thank they do training. Don’t be that person. Go to the gym to train hard, personally I’m not a massive gym lover, I’m a runner, and I go hard when I train. Believe me you will feel so much better for training harder than you will if you only do the workout half arced.

Abs take time, its not an overnight process, and I’m still miles from where I want to be, but following these tips, and improving your diet, I can assure you will have you well on the way to getting those dream abs.

All my love,

Han xx