Tips For A More Eco-Friendly Christmas

As much as Christmas is the time for giving, relaxing, and most importantly eating lots of good food, I think we can all agree on the fact that it isn’t the most environmentally cautious time of the year. December is the time of the year where the most pressure is put on the environment with CO2 emissions increasing dramatically during this period. Being more environmentally aware around the festive period is something we should all be considering, but don’t worry, it doesn’t take away from any of the fun or festivities!

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1. Artificial Trees

Here’s an astonishing fact, it is estimated that around 6 million Christmas trees are sent to landfill every year in the UK alone. If you don’t want to miss out on having a real tree make sure you opt for one that has been sustainably grown and in a way that hasn’t damaged the environment. Unfortunately artificial trees aren’t much better either, seeing as they are made from plastic. However, if you have an artificial tree continue to use it until it’s seen better days, then when replacing consider possibly investing in a pre-loved tree, much better for the environment!

2. Cut Down On TV 

Here’s another fun fact, wow I’m full of them today. It is estimated that the average person watches up to 30 hours a week of telly throughout the festive period. Thats a lot of energy needed to power all these tellies and watch hours. I for one, know that during the Christmas period I watch so much more telly, therefore this year, I’ll be making a more conscious effort to cut down on my own watch time.

3. Eco Friendly Gifts 

When shopping for loved ones, consider buying environmentally friendly gifts, or even shop for gifts with less packaging. Whenever Christmas rolls round again, once my brothers and I are done with the present opening, there is always so much left over waste, mainly unnecessary  plastic packaging. When shopping for gifts, try to opt for the option that has less packaging, resulting in less waste.

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4. Recyclable Wrapping Paper

This is something we can all be doing and theres no excuse not to! I didn’t know this until recently, but most wrapping paper can’t actually be recycled, which is why this year I am opting for brown parcel paper. This can all be put straight into the recycling – it’s such an easy step to take into having a more eco-friendly Christmas. You don’t just have to get plain brown parcel paper either, I know Waitrose have a selection of recyclable papers on offer at the moment. Budget friendly too.

5. Cut Down On Meat Consumption 

This is one that has been drilled into us all over the past year or so, that cutting meat consumption is a m must when it comes to being more environmentally aware. Also a lot tastier. I’m not saying you need to cut out mean completely from your Christmas, as I know that isn’t always possible, but replace a couple of the meat options with a vegetarian alternative, you never know, you might be surprised! Not only this, but if you are consuming meat, make sure it is organic meat,  the benefits of that are fairly self explanatory.

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6. Cut Down On Food Waste 

My Dad normally cooks for 11 on Christmas Day, so you can imagine how much food that produces. You can also imagine how much waste it produces. My family are brilliant at reducing our food waste. Most of the veg, and potatoes from Christmas Day will be saved for bubble and squeak on Boxing Day, with left over turkey of course. Buying a turkey for 15 people will always leave us with loads, so we use the left overs for sandwiches, risottos and even curry. There are so many recipes out there that will get you using up all of your left overs resulting in a lot less food waste!

I’d like to think of myself as very environmentally aware, I’ve always had an interest in the environment and think that we can all be doing so much more to help reduce the impact we are having day to day on our planet, considering how easy it is to do so as well!

What are your tips for a more environmentally friendly Christmas?!

All my love,

Han xx

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

It’s got to that time of year where gift guides for him, for her, for the neighbours,  for the post man and for Sally from HR are cropping up left, right and centre. Literally my timeline is full of them, but I’m not mad about it because I bloomin love them. If ever I’m stuck on gift ideas, I can guarantee one of my blogger pals will have a post to sort me right out. I keep saying this, but I can’t believe how quickly Christmas has rolled round again this year, it feels like only last week I was writing my 2017 version of this!

I hope this is a useful post for anyone struggling with gift ideas for her this year – females are hard to shop for, but we’re no where near as hard to shop for as men!

Beauty: 

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Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette: This is my all time favourite palette, but the UD Naked collection has a palette tailored to pretty much anyone and everyones make up style. The Naked 3 has a beautiful array of natural pinks and browns, perfect for those who take a slightly more subtle approach to make up.

Alien Perfume: I’m super picky when it comes to perfume, which meant that when it came to writing this post I pretty much only had one that without fail would make it onto the gift guide and that is Alien by MUGLER. This is hands down my favourite scent ever, alongside this if you’re looking for a slightly more upper market perfume, of course, I would recommend the Paco Rabanne Lady Million, a classic!

Body Shop Gift Sets: Which woman doesn’t love a good bath and body gift set. Body Shop is always my go to for beauty gift sets, they always have such a wide selection, in a huge range of prices to suit everyones budget. The Body Shop never fail to disappoint on scent either, I’ve been loving the new festive Peppermint scent, it’s giving me all of the festive vibes!

Liz Earl Gift Set: Again much like the Body Shop, I don’t know who wouldn’t want to wake up to this gift set on Christmas morning. Liz Earl, again has a wide array of gift set selections, slightly more pricy, but well worth it. The products are absolutely fantastic, and last such a long time!

Real Techniques Make Up Brushes: I’m one of those girls that really doesn’t wear that much make up at all, however this doesn’t stop me from wanting to have pretty make up brushes. There are so many out there, I went with the typical Real Techniques Metallic Collection here, however, places like Spectrum also have some beautiful brush sets that would make wonderful gifts this Christmas!

Fashion & Accessories: 

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Daniel Wellington Watch: Daniel Wellington is hands down my favourite watch company and I can assure you anyone who opens one of these on Christmas Day will be very happy. They have a beautiful selection of watches, ranging from very minimal designs to something a bit more glamorous. There really is a design for everyone here!

Tiffany Earrings: A very typical girly gift, nonetheless a gift that is very special. Tiffany always have beautiful pieces of jewellery anyway, their basic heart earrings are some of my favourites from their original range and would make a perfect gift for that special someone!

Louis Vuitton Handbag: If you’re shopping for someone who is a bit of a handbag whore like myself, I can guarantee this is the gift for them. A bag that literally will go with anything and everything, also something that they probably won’t be taking off for a long time!

Victoria Secret Pyjamas: Alongside Anne Summers, Victoria Secret is the perfect place to get some slightly more ‘nicer‘ pyjamas, and lets face it you cant go wrong with pyjamas as gifts, can you?! My personal favourites would have to be the classic pink and white long-sleeved pyjama set. I also love the black satin dressing gown, although when it comes to dressing gowns I’m all about the warmth, and I don’t think this would keep me warm, however good I look in it!

Candles: This doesn’t class as fashion or beauty so I’ll just add it to the end of my gift guide. Much like the pyjamas you can’t go wrong with candles, Yankee Candles always have lovely gift sets and deals around this time of year, and with hundreds of scents theres something to suit everyones taste!

I’ve really enjoyed writing this post and I hope it has given you all some ideas if you needed them! I get so excited when it comes to shopping for other people around this time of year! I think you can definitely expect to see some more of these gift guide type posts from me throughout Blogmas!

All my love,

Han xx

Christmas Wishlist 2018

I mean it wouldn’t really be Blogmas if I didn’t have the traditional Christmas wish list post thrown in here! I feel like everyone says this to sound like a good person, but I’m genuinely one of those people that prefers giving other people gifts rather than receiving them. I get so excited wrapping them all up, and watching their reaction when they open it, especially when I’ve put a lot of thought into their gifts!

However, I’d be lying if I said there weren’t a few bits and bobs I’m hoping for Santa to bring me this year! In all honesty, a lot of the bits on my Wishlist are clothes, but being a fashion student, I think thats allowed..right? Also, most of it is from PLT, sponsor me pls xx

Anyway, I’ve broken it up into shop categories as that was just the easiest way around it. Like I mentioned most of the stuff that I was after is from PLT, so we’ll start with them!

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As you can see, I’m still all over that leopard print trend, however the culottes are a bit out of my comfort zone and maybe I’m just kidding myself thinking I’m cool enough to pull them off?? Also can we just talk about how bloomin’ dreamy that pink trucker jacket is, it’s giving me all the Barbie vibes – can you imagine the outfits with this! A slightly random add on their too is the Paris slogan tee. In all honestly I never really jumped onto the slogan tee trend, but when I saw this I thought it would be perfect to take with me on my trip to Paris next year! Yes, yes I am already outfit planning for a trip I’m going on next February, sorry not sorry.

Leopard Culottes: https://www.prettylittlething.com/tan-satin-leopard-print-culotte-trouser.html

Red Satin Shirt: https://www.prettylittlething.com/red-satin-button-front-shirt.html

Pink Trucker Jacket: https://www.prettylittlething.com/pink-cropped-cord-oversized-trucker-jacket.html

Monochrome Stripe Skirt: https://www.prettylittlething.com/monochrome-stripe-denim-skirt.html

Paris Slogan Tee: https://www.prettylittlething.com/white-paris-slogan-t-shirt.html

Leopard Print Satin Shirt: https://www.prettylittlething.com/brown-satin-leopard-shirt.html

Moving onto River Island, which we all know is my favourite high street brand ever – I just don’t often have the budget to treat myself to the bits in there! However, it’s become a bit of a tradition for me to ask for a nice coat at Christmas, so of course this year was no different. Shock, it’s red. I’ve been loving the fleecy/teddy bear looking coats that everyone and their Grandma seems to be wearing at the moment, so when I saw this I just had to add it to my Wishlist! Alongside this, I’ve said it before in blog posts, and I’ll say it again, River Island are the best, and I mean the best for boots. I’ve been after a pair of nice white boots for the longest time now, however I’m incredibly picky, which as a result, I was yet to find a pair I really loved. That is until, I stumbled across these beauties, which again IMAGINE HOW COOL THEY WILL LOOK!!

 

Red Teddy Bear Coat: https://www.riverisland.com/p/red-shearling-faux-fur-cropped-jacket-718538

White Boots: https://www.riverisland.com/p/white-pointed-block-heel-boots-721059

Lastly, I treated myself to a FitBit watch at the start of the year, and being a competitive runner, it has been one of the best investments – it also never leaves my wrist. FitBits actually have interchangeable straps; as much as I love my dusty pink strap it definitely  has seen better days, so I have added a few straps onto my Wishlist also. I particularly like the Rose Gold strap because as much as I love my FitBit, occasionally I do miss having a bit more of a glitzy watch on my wrist (I used to wear my Daniel Wellington religiously before this). When I found out that you could get straps that were a bit more girly and flash, I got very excited to say the least!

Rose Gold Strap:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fitbit-BeneStellar-Milanese-Stainless-Replacement/dp/B072PJPYTG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1543058608&sr=8-5&keywords=Fitbit+alta+hr+straps 

Grey Strap: https://www.amazon.co.uk/SnowCinda-Silicone-Adjustable-Accessory-Replacement/dp/B072BJQWZR/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543058608&sr=8-4&keywords=Fitbit%2Balta%2Bhr%2Bstraps&th=1

So that concludes my Christmas Wishlist this year, admittedly there isn’t anything too exciting on there, but they are bits that I have had my eye on for a while!

What have you asked for this year?!

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

My Favourite Instagram Accounts of 2017

2017 seemed to be the year that every blogger across the world turned against Instagram, with the algorithm playing havoc with everyones posts, it seemed to be at the forefront of a lot of bloggers minds and also the stem cause for their anger. As a blogger I can see why this is disheartening for a lot of people, but often I think people need to remember why they are posting on the platform.

That being said Instagram is by far my favourite social media platform, and being a creative person, this also means I’m very visual so Instagram is a near perfect platform for me. I thought with it being christmas, I would share the love on some of my top favourite Instagram accounts of 2017.

You can find me over on Instagram HERE. 

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Something that I love is when an Instagram has a set colour scheme, I’ve tried this countless times with my feed, but I just can’t seem to stick to it. So when I came across Samantha’s account I just had to follow it. It’s so pleasing to look at because every photo fits well together, something that I have always failed at!

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When I first began blogging back at the beginning of this year, one of the very first Instagram accounts that I came across was Rebecca’s and I am forever aspiring to have a feed like hers. We were both part of the same Instagram bloggers pod, and she was always very supportive of everyones posts, which was lovely to come across.

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As you will most probably know, in September I moved up to Leicester, which prior to doing so, I went on a little hunt to find some bloggers from that area and this is when I came across Maya’s account. Maya has been incredibly supportive of both my blog and other social medias right from the start, she also has one of the sweetest feeds, that anyone would be mad not to follow!

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There has always been something about bright white Instagram feeds that just draws me in, so when I came across Chloe’s account I just had to follow it, it’s an account that definitely deserves more recognition too! Not only does Chloe have a lovely feed, but also a lovely blog, possibly one of the dreamiest blog layouts I’ve come across!

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Lucy was another account that I came across from an Instagram pod and I absolutely live for her outfit posts. If you’re looking for some outfit inspiration, then Lucy’s account is the one for you. Alongside her gorgeous outfit shots, she also has some wonderful product photography on their as well!

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So that rounds of nicely my top 5 favourite Instagram accounts of the year that I definitely would recommend you check out also! Let me know some of your favourite Instagram accounts, so that I can discover some more!

Han xx