Boohoo.com Slogan T-shirts – the easy to wear trend that I am loving

Slogan t-shirts have been having a moment for a while now and if you follow me on Instagram you will know that I have a slight obsession with them! They are such an easy go to item in your wardrobe which you can wear as either part of a casual weekend outfit, or as a stylish dressed up evening look. I personally like to pair them with denim such as jeans or a distressed skirt – or even with a matching denim co-ord which is also one of my latest favourite trends at the moment. They are also really easy to throw over a pair of cycling shorts or leggings for a quick and stylish look.

Practically every store you go into at the moment will have more than one slogan t-shirt design to choose from. There is literally something for everyone and you can wear these depending on your mood on the day which I love. This could be anything from sassy sayings, to cute words, or place names. The choices are endless. My personal favourite selection this month is from Boohoo.com as they have a good range of colours and really cute quirky slogans. All of their t-shirts are so affordable as well, so this is such an easy trend for anyone add into their wardrobe, knowing that they will create a great outfit easily.

Boohoo.com are offering 20% discount this Bank Holiday weekend also – just enter code GOGOGO when you check out and the discount will be applied to your order.

Are you loving the slogan t-shirt trend too? What styles have you been going for? Leave a comment below to let me know!

A morning spent at The Biscuiteers boutique, Notting Hill

I first heard of the Biscuiteers company around 5 years ago after reading a magazine article about them. Since then, they have become hugely popular and their Notting Hill branch has been voted as one of London’s most Instagrammable places so I just had to go and visit the store for myself.

Based near to Portobello market, the boutique is in a pretty little street and as soon as you see the outside you just know you are in for a treat. This is not the sort of store that you get to see every day so I was so excited to have a look inside!

The perfect gift..

One of their mottos is ‘why send flowers when you can send biscuits?’ and I couldn’t agree more. They literally have a biscuit design covering all themes and occasions, from birthdays to weddings to sport events such as Wimbledon, fashion themes, animals – you name it, they have it all covered, and there’s something for everyone. Imagine receiving a beautiful box of luxury hand iced biscuits – it would be such a lovely gift to open (and to eat of course!)

The designs..

Walking around the store looking at all of the biscuits was so much fun and I felt like a big kid. Children and adults would definitely both get a lot of enjoyment looking at everything in this store and you cant help but get excited. I just love all of the colours and quirky little details and everywhere you turn leads you onto a new design that makes you smile.

Towards the back of the store is a small seating area so you can have a drink and a biscuit while you are there. We were lucky enough to get a table right outside the front of the store and I had a pot of tea and a little Dalmatian biscuit which was divine! The biscuits kind of have a slight chew to them with a sweet crunchy icing. Downstairs in the store they host icing workshops where you can learn how to ice your own biscuits which sounds so much fun, as well as a high tea experience.

A little treat for myself..

I had to treat myself to a box and chose a selection of 4 biscuits in the shape of some of my favourite ice lollys. I am obsessed with lollys all year round so I had to get these as I fell in love with them! The biscuits and gift sets are quite pricey but when you see the level of detail that has gone into making them and the quality of them, this really does justify the price. I think the most expensive tin that I saw was £50 but there were a lot of biscuits inside and it would make such a luxurious gift for a special occasion. I would keep the tin afterwards to store things in as even the boxes are gorgeous and I don’t think I could bear to throw it away.

I highly recommend paying them a visit as I had such a fun experience. They have 2 boutiques to choose from. The one I went to in Notting Hill and another one based in Battersea South London. Let me know in the comments if you have been before or if you do decide to go. I would love to hear your thoughts and of course to find out what you bought as you won’t be leaving there empty handed I promise you!

  

LullaBellz clip in hair pieces that I am loving right now

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I have never been that girl that can do amazing things with her hair. I can do basic plaits, buns or curling but I would really love to be able to French plait or braid my hair properly. If there was a workshop on how to do this I would definitely be the first to sign up! To add to this, my hair is really fine and it’s is not the easiest to style. As soon as I step out the front door it becomes a bit of a wild mess so I’m always on the look out for easy tricks to make my hair more interesting.

With the options of what I am able to achieve myself being pretty limited, I was really excited to try out the clip in hair pieces from LullaBellz and to see the difference that they would make to my hair. I was really impressed with these products and I had to write a blog post to share these with you.

Clip in hair – the styles

There are a few options of clip in hair pieces on their website to choose from – from long lengths, shorter lengths and pre-styled/curled hair. I wanted to try a natural looking style but something that would give my hair a bit of a boost in terms of volume and length. So I decided to go for the Super thick 22″ 5 piece clip in sets in both the crimped wavy and the straight options to test them both out.

You can view the Super Thick 250g 5 Piece Straight Hair Extensions that I chose here and the Super Thick 22″ 5 Piece Crimped Wavy Clip In Hair Extensions here

These kits include 5 pieces of premium synthetic hair that clip into your hair. 3 wider pieces clip in at the back of your hair and 2 narrow pieces clip in at the side to frame your face and give all over length and volume. They’re pre-styled so you can literally clip them in and you’re good to go.

Image: LullaBellz

Choosing the colour

I have dark brown hair and this is exactly the shade that I chose from the colour chart, but there are 25 shades in total to choose from. I hoped for the best with the colour I had selected as it is not always easy to tell when ordering online, but luckily the colour was perfect for me. If you are really stuck and unsure which one to go for though, LullaBellz offer a free colour match service. All you need to do is send them a photograph and they will help you to choose the shade they think would be the closest match to your natural hair colour.

Quality and overall look

I have tried clip in hair pieces in the past and not been impressed with the quality. As soon as I took these out of the packet I was instantly impressed with the feel and quality of the hair. Considering these are synthetic pieces, they don’t feel plastic, overly shiny or artificial which is great. If you do find them on the shiny side though, you can add a bit of dry shampoo to them which will reduce this easily. I brushed each piece as soon as I took them out of the packaging as they can get tangled up. There was some slight fall out but this was expected and nothing to be worried about.

Here is the before picture of my natural hair:

Here is the transformation with both the straight and wavy pieces added to my hair:

Care instructions

These clip in hair pieces can be washed with hair extensions shampoo and conditioner and then left to dry naturally. It is also recommended that you store these on a hair extensions hanger to avoid tangling. LullaBellz sell hair wardrobe hanging bags on their website for this reason which I think is such a fab idea. You can brush them by using a soft bristle brush when brushing/detangling. I used a Tangle teaser brush which worked fine. These hair pieces are also heat resistant up to 180 degrees but there are a good range of styles available, so you can buy exactly what you want without the need to re-style the hair.

Hair storage – image LullaBellz

Worth the money?

The 5 piece clip in extensions sets are £28 which is a good price for the quality. I was lucky to get these discounted during a promotion so keep an eye out for their promotions. As I have such fine hair, I do find that wearing all 5 pieces a little bit heavy. I would mainly wear these for a night out or an event rather than every day use. However, if you have thicker hair you will find these easy to wear.

LullaBellz also sell a range of other hair pieces such as buns, pre made plaits and wigs. I really want to try out the wig selection and that’s next on my list of things to do. Look out for future blog posts on those!

I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on the LullaBellz clip in hair pieces. Have you tried them before? I would love to hear what you tried and how you got on with them!

Instagram – The good and the bad and the addictive

Instagram has literally become one of my biggest addictions. When I wake up in the morning one of the first things I do is check Instagram for the latest news. I will then find myself scrolling through my feed during the day and even before I go to bed. That’s right, my name’s Hannah and I am literally an Instagramaholic!

They say that on average us Brits checks our phones 28 times a day. That’s at least once an hour… and more than 10,000 times a year! I personally think the figure is actually a lot higher than that for most people though and it’s undeniable that many of us would struggle to live without our smartphones and apps. 

Instagram has given us a look into the personal lives of celebrities in a way that we never had before. We get to see their rants, their sad times as well as their fabulous luxury lifestyles and I find it really interesting as they are just like the rest of us – apart from the millions of pounds in the bank part obviously.

In June 2018, Instagram reached over 1 billion active users which is pretty impressive. What is also crazy is that certain celebrities have a following figure that is almost as high as this. The most followed person at the moment I believe is Selena Gomez with over 140 million followers. Imagine that many people knowing who you are – that’s pretty insane!

Here are the things I have learned about Instagram over the years:

Networking & New friendships

Since I started my blog back in June, I have found that a large percentage of traffic is driven from my Instagram account. I have quite a few followers that have been really supportive of my content from the beginning and regularly leave likes and comments which is so nice and I am really grateful for this. I have started to meet some really amazing girls through Instagram and it has been a great way to find people with similar interests as me which I never expected.

Trends

Instagram is such a great place to quickly gage the latest fashion items of the moment and I get a lot of inspiration through using this app for fashion trends.

You will notice certain trends in how people style their Instagram pictures, for example the way in which people are filtering their images. Some accounts have a yellow sepia tone to all of their images or others where the backgrounds are abnormally bright and deliberately made to look this way. A new trend which is quickly emerging is to have 90s polaroid, blurry style photographs which have the date on them.

You will see hundreds of the same image of places to visit also – especially in London and once a few people catch on to a good photo opportunity then everyone else wants to visit the same place too. I saw an article on the news the other day that said pubs in London are spending up to 50 grand on huge flower installations to draw in the crowds of people looking for that perfect Insta worthy shot.

Creative content

I love finding Instagram accounts that are creative and different. This can be tricky as I find that once people discover them they try to imitate the same style and before you know it there are a load of accounts that all look the same which is a shame. I personally see Instagram as my own platform to add images that are in my own style and as a mood board of my life. Here are some of my favourite Instagram accounts for unusual, pretty and creative content

  • @meganhess_official for dreamy feminine fashion illustration
  • @sean_charmatz for a cute and quirky take on every day objects
  • @shopvioletvoss for beautiful eye make up inspiration
  • @jodiehulme for gorgeous and unusual makeup looks
  • @vladmua for insane lip art which is absolutely stunning.

Promotions and adverts

You will find that some blogging or celebrity accounts will advertise a tonne of brands, and don’t get me wrong, that is fantastic and a great way for their followers to find out about new products on the market. This is the way that many brands get their name out there now through the use of social media and influencers. However, there becomes a point where it becomes slightly obvious when an Instagram account turns into a purely promotion driven machine. You start to question if they really did like or use the products that they are plugging or if it was purely for the pay cheque, This kind of turns me away from their accounts as it all becomes a bit fake for my liking. For me personally, I wanted to start this blog, talking about the products, stores brands etc that I am genuinely loving and I wouldn’t ever endorse something that I had no interest in or love for.

Insecurities

With the plus sides, there are always the negatives and Instagram can defiantly cause insecurities with how we feel about ourselves. How many times have you seen people going away on what seems like 10 holidays a year to stunning destinations while you are sat at your desk at work feeling rubbish…and how many times do you see girls with perfect toned figures and flawless make up that make you look in the mirror and feel like a wilderbeast. We all do it.

I’m sure even the prettiest and most perfect of girls have these same insecurity feelings which stem from looking at other peoples images. What we need to remember is that Instagram is a showreel of people’s lives. It is certainly not every day life. No one is going to put up a picture of themselves looking like they have woken up in a bush as nobody wants to be seen like that. Not only this, but the majority of people use filters on their images now which is altering our perception of reality which is quite scary.

Follow/unfollow

My last point to mention about Instagram which is probably my biggest annoyance and that’s the follow/unfollow strategy that many accounts are using. This is the reason that some accounts have grown their follower count so much in a short period of time. If you are not familiar with this method, it is basically when someone follows you on Instagram – usually they are of a similar niche to your account and you are likely to follow them back. Then, after a couple of days they will unfollow you and you probably wont even notice, but this means they have gained a new follower by doing this and reduced the number of people they follow back. There are companies you can even pay to do this for you. For me, I feel like this is cheating – if you follow someone and they follow you back that should be the end of it. I don’t like the sneakiness of the unfollow tactic!

I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on Instagram – the good and the bad points. My addiction wont be going away any time soon I’m sure. Do you love using Instagram? Leave comment below to let me know your favourite accounts that you follow!

The animal prints to be wearing right now

Leopard print is a classic that continues to be in style year after year and no matter what the season is, it always looks amazing. I am personally a huge fan of animal print, and when worn well, it can look really stylish and expensive. Now there are other animal prints that are starting to really catch my eye and are appearing in all of the shops and Topshop in particular are killing it right now with the animal print selection.

I have picked out my favourite zebra, snake and ditsy cheetah print pieces that I am obsessing over right now from Topshop.

Zebra Print

Choose between traditional black and white stripes or go for a beige and black version for a stylish and simple way to inject some animal print into your wardrobe. I love zebra print and this can really liven up a simple outfit without looking like you have over done it. Experiment with this print in faux-fur accessories, or try out a maxi dress, skirt or blouse and you will feel instantly fabulous I guarantee it!

Snake Print

This is the animal trend of the moment that I really want to start wearing and plan on investing in. This trend will be rolling over into Autumn/Winter so I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this style. Snakeskin prints work really well with 70s-inspired styles like flared trousers, patent coats or A-Line mini skirts as well as gorgeous leather accessories. What I love about this print is that there are loads of really cool colour options available to experiment with. I am seeing acid yellows and greens, bold oranges and reds as well as the traditional grey/brown shades and I love the look of all of them!

Cheetah

If leopard print is a bit too much for you, then cheetah print would be a great alternative way to ease yourself into the animal print trend. It is more of a subtle print and a mixture between leopard and polka dots and is extremely easy to wear. Go for bright colours to really make a statement or keep it classic with beige and monochrome shades.

Blouse: Topshop

All of the above looks are available from Topshop – Leave a comment below if you are loving the animal print trend or plan to try a new print style this Pre-Fall season!

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