7 simple tips to instantly make an outfit look more expensive

Making a few little adjustments to your wardrobe, and knowing what to look for when shopping, there are a few little tricks you can use to instantly look more expensive and chic. Here are my top 7 tips that you need to know on how to achieve this.

Invest in classic timeless pieces rather than trend led styles

I have come to realise that not all trends work for everyone. I love the look of mom jeans but they simply don’t suit me and they make me feel like I’m walking like the tin man and don’t flatter my figure at all! But I am realising that it’s ok and I don’t have to wear something just because it’s currently in fashion.
Trends also come and go and trying to keep up with each one that comes along can be exhausting. The “ugly” trainer is one of the fashion pieces that most girls are wearing at the moment. However, this isn’t going to be a long lasting trend and next year it will be something completely different. Save your money for the attention grabbing items that will become the main focus of your outfit instead and something that will always be a stylish piece in your collection.
A classic and simple outfit will never go out of style and choosing staple items for your wardrobe will mean that you always have a go to look without having to try! The French are the best at this type of styling and do this so well.

Dress: Zara Belt: Gucci

Shirt dress: Zara, Belt: Moschino

Choose a classic style coat

A quality jacket or coat can really make a whole outfit pop. Stick to neutral shades that go with everything and aim for high quality fabrics. Although you want a coat to look good you want it to actually keep you warm so look for lined coats with quality pockets. Zips and buttons are also an important factor and these always add that little something extra, so again, make sure they are smart and sturdy as you don’t want them to fall off after wearing it only a couple of times! Tailored or structured jackets look elegant and especially if they are a slightly longer length.

Cream waterfall jacket: Boohoo.com

Sunglasses

I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses and they instantly make any outfit look chic. You don’t just have to save these for the summer months as they look just as great in the Autumn/Winter with a fabulous coat and boots. Look after your sunglasses by keeping the cases and storing them carefully. This will extend the life of them and keep them in the best condition possible.

Keep it simple

Now, I’m no stranger to a bright outfit and I love neon highlighter shades and bright, bold clothing. These colours look great but for that ultimate chic, stylish look, try an outfit that is all one colour or a mixture of similar shades as this always looks so expensive. You can add a touch of colour into the outfit with accessories. Also, by keeping jewellery and accessories to a minimum will add to that luxury look. There’s a reason that Coco Chanel said to take off the last accessory that you put on – this makes such a difference to your finished outfit.
I like to style up my outfits with a designer belt or scarf too which make a statement, or wear either bold earrings or a necklace – just not at the same time.

From left to right: Zara, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and H&M

Invest more money in better quality footwear and handbags

I tend to avoid buying cheaper footwear or handbags. They never last very long and the quality is always so disappointing. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but choose items that are made from decent materials with quality hardware. Check out my previous guide HERE which lists all of the key items to look out for when investing in a new handbag.

Boots: Jimmy Choo

Replace the buttons

Buttons are always a give away that something was purchased on the high street. An easy tip to instantly transform any piece is by changing these. Adding new shiny buttons to a coat or jumper can make such a huge difference. You can pick up some great buttons in haberdasheries (John Lewis has a great section for this) and this is a cheap way to update an outfit. You can often find Chanel buttons online or in vintage stores too which would be fabulous added to an item but without the £2000+ price tag.

Maintenance

It sounds obvious but looking after your clothes is one of the most important tips. Wash them correctly, check there are no loose threads and make sure they are properly pressed. It’s a good idea to invest in a steamer as they are quick and easy to use and get rid of all creases which cheapen the look of an outfit. Hang clothes neatly on fabric coated hangers rather than wire ones as these tend to ruin the shape of them and can ruin the fit. If you look after your clothes they will last longer and look so much better on.

Myza – the go to store for getting a fabulous night sleep

We spend around one third of our lives sleeping and it’s one of the most important things for maintaining our health and wellbeing. I’m one of those people that needs a full 8 hours a night to be able to function properly. As soon as I come home from work, I am straight into my pyjamas. I feel that it’s important to relax as much as possible in the evening ready for a good nights sleep. There is literally nothing nicer than treating yourself to a brand new luxury set of nightwear or loungewear. And isn’t it just the best feeling when you stay in a boutique hotel and there is a fluffy dressing gown waiting for you! This is really easy to recreate that little bit of luxury in your own home for every day.

I recently came across the website Myza and they specialise in gorgeous products that are all designed for creating a lovely relaxing sleep. Just looking through the website makes me feel chilled out! There is something for everyone on here, whether its a treat for yourself or a beautiful gift for someone else. If you know someone who has been stressed out lately or perhaps a pregnant friend or someone who has been having trouble sleeping, what a thoughtful gift that would be to make a little package of items to help them relax better!

Nightwear

There are some really pretty Pyjama sets and gorgeous cosy dressing gowns to choose from by various designers. I particularly like the Nightire collection as the bold prints and designs are just my kind of style. There are classic pyjama outfits as well as cute little short versions and so you have an option for if it is warmer or for a colder time of the year. If you want something really luxurious though, there is also a beautiful silk range by the brand Ronja which is really chic.

Body Products

What better way to relax before going to sleep than having a relaxing pampering session? You guys know me and I love skincare and body products and I’m impressed by the varied selection on Myza. There are a variety of brands with products ranging from face masks, soothing body oils, lotions and creams.  Again, there is a great section to choose beautiful gifts in this section. I particularly like the 1001 remedies set which you can find HERE. 

The majority of the beauty products contain natural ingredients that help to aid a relaxing experience which sounds heavenly.

Cosy Homewear

Of course the other best way to relax is with beautiful bedding and cosy comforting linens or pillows. Especially now we are moving into the colder seasons, you cannot beat lovely warm blankets to curl up in and watch a good Netflix series or two! I love buying things for my home so this is a really nice way to get something functional that also looks good and accessorises your bedroom or lounge.

Accessories

If you just want to try out a little item as a treat then there are a lot of really lovely accessories to choose from. I absolutely love the eye masks I am going to have to get one of these for myself. They are made from 100% silk which will feel beautiful and cool against the delicate eye area. Also it’s well known that silk helps to reduce the pulling of the skin, which in turn helps to reduce the creation of wrinkles. This particular accessory would also be fabulous for a flight or long train journey somewhere.

I am also really intrigued by the selection of relaxing teas. I can just imagine having one of these in the evening with a nice book before settling down for a gorgeous relaxing sleep. Divine.

What are your favourite products to use when you want to relax or have a good pampering session? Leave a comment below as I would love to hear about them!

Treat yourself with my discount code!

So if you fancy treating yourself to a little something to help give you a fabulous nights sleep I have a discount code that you can use. Head over to the Myza website HERE and use my unique discount code HANNAHLULOVES10 to receive 10% off your order! Let me know what you what you purchase as I would love to see what you choose.

 

 

CaseApp – The phone accessories that you will fall in love with!

I absolutely love accessories and so when I recently came across CaseApp I was so excited. If you haven’t heard of them yet, then guys you are in for such a treat! CaseApp specialise in phone cases and laptop skins and they give you the freedom to create the exact design that you like. They also offer their own pre-made designs if creating isn’t really your thing and they literally have hundreds of styles to choose from. Trust me, you will be spoilt for choice.

Phone case heaven!

The first thing that really drew me in to this website was that they have cases for Samsung phones. Finally a company that cater for us Android users! Honestly, for years I have looked for decent cases for my phone and have always felt disappointed as they are always for I-phones and never for my phone. This has always really bugged me. CaseApp have got it covered with the phone ranges that they cater for though. If you gave a Nokia, I-phone or Samsung you will find something for your model. You can even design a skin for your laptop or Ipad for various brands which is great.

The design process

The whole design process couldn’t be any simpler. You don’t need to have an art degree or have to deal with any tricky software to do this.

Firstly, you select the model of your phone. Then you get the option of either a matt or glossy finish that you would like your case to have. I personally like a matt finish and this is what I decided on when creating my designs. You will be taken to a blank canvas silhouette of your chosen phone case and then the fun can really begin!

You can upload an image that you would like to be on your case, or you can choose pre-set clip art designs or phrases to play around with. I designed my cases directly from my mobile and uploaded my images in seconds. You are able to scale these uploaded images to fit the shape of the phone case really easily.

Once I got going I became hooked on trying out new ideas. But finally, after a whole evening of playing, I settled on 2 designs. The first design was a classy snake print which is THE animal print of this Autumn/Winter season which you will have already read about on my recent fashion post hereThe second design was a really cute graphic image of a little hand symbol on a pink fluffy background.

The final product

I placed my order and literally within the next couple of days and received them through the post! I love a fast delivery and I wasn’t expecting to receive them so quickly which was fabulous. Overall I am really impressed with the quality of these cases and at £19 these are a really good price point. They are made of a sturdy, quality hard case material and I can see that the printing on these is not going to scratch or peel off like I have experienced in the past with other cases.

You can really go to town with the designing of these. If you’re a business owner, why not upload your logo onto your phone? It would definitely catch people’s attention. If you like personalised items like I do, you could create a really pretty background with just your initials on the case.

Treat yourself with my discount code!

So if you fancy getting yourself a new phone case or laptop skin, I have a discount code that you can use throughout the month of October. Head over to the CaseApp website HERE and use my unique discount code HANNAHLULOVES20 receive 20% off your order. Don’t forget to send me pictures of your designs as I would love to see what you created!

This post features products that were gifted, however all reviews are my own and as always my honest opinion.

 

4 topics I wish I’d been taught properly at school

This is a subject which comes up a lot between myself and friends and I have been thinking about this recently so thought it would be a good one to share with you all.

I didn’t mind secondary school so much. I had a group of friends which I had fun with at the time (although I lost touch with all of them in the end), I was happy in a relationship with my boyfriend (who I am still very happy with to this day), and I never really struggled with the work academically, even though I didn’t always pay attention as much as I should have. All of that aside, I feel that there were a few things which could have really helped with the future if we had of been supported better on certain topics.

I don’t know about you, but I have never used algebra since school and unless you want a career in science or mathematics I really cannot see the point in ever learning this thing. If they had of taught us about the below issues instead this would have been a lot more beneficial to a lot of us.

Money

I admit it, I am not the best person with money. I have always liked to spend it rather than save it, although that has improved over the last few years and I have realised how important it is to have a savings pot behind me for emergencies.  My parents have always tried to encourage me to be more sensible with my money which I am grateful for, but this would have been such a good topic to have been covered at school for a lot of people that didn’t have the same level of support and advice.

When you are young you don’t appreciate the value of things and when you start to earn money it all goes out the window on nights out, drinking and clothes. However, when you move out of the family home and have to pay your own bills, it can be a bit of a shock to the system and you realise you have to budget and plan how you spend your money.

A lot of people when they leave school go onto university, which is something I personally didn’t do, and I’m pleased about this as it meant that I avoided owing anyone a huge debt at the end of it. Debt is something that can quickly build up and when you are younger the temptation is always there to take on credit cards and store cards. This would have been such a good subject to have covered at school to get you thinking early on about managing your money the best way possible.

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Mortgages and property

Similar to the money topic above, mortgages are a complex subject that take time to get your head around. I have a mortgage and they still confuse the hell out of me. Obviously there are not many people leaving school that are going to be able to afford a mortgage straight away. However, learning about the basic points of how they work and the process around buying a property would be really beneficial. Even learning about renting a property, the type of documents and deposits that would be involved and the expected bills that you would be looking to pay each month would give people the confidence to go out there when they are ready and make it feel a lot less daunting.

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Career guidance

We supposedly had a career guidance module for us at school. They booked us all a one to one appointment with an advisor, but when I went along to my appointment the advisor didn’t turn up and it was never re-arranged. The whole thing felt like a waste of time and that no one really cared about what we wanted to do as a long term career. It was more just about them ticking a box to say they had covered this with us (or not at all in my case!)

I had no idea what I wanted to do when I left school. I decided that university was not for me but I really enjoyed art and design so I wanted something potentially creative. However, I didn’t know about what kind of jobs were out there, or how much I could have expected to earn as an adult. I was literally clueless about this and wish we had been supported so much more with what options were available.

My career path

I worked in a book shop while I was studying at school, which I loved but that wasn’t something I intended to do forever. So, I ended up leaving school and enrolling in a beauty therapy course in Brighton. I realised that wasn’t really for me after all and moved into office work. I decided to move to London when I was 20 and started working in the fashion industry which was a perfect choice for me. A couple of years later I enrolled into London college of Fashion and gained a diploma which was great and taught me a lot. This helped to move me forward in my career and I have since worked for some of the biggest luxury fashion brands in the world.

It goes to show that you don’t always have to go to University as on the job experience counts for a lot. If you are at a point where you are not sure what you want to do as a career, don’t worry as it will all work out eventually.

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Drugs and mental health

Unfortunately I have witnessed quite a few people from my home town that have suffered with mental health issues to the point that they have been moved into permanent institutions, where they will likely to remain for the rest of their lives. It’s sad to see and quite scary.

Brighton is an amazing place but it has it’s dark side. There is a huge homeless issue in the City which is getting worse and drugs are treated as the norm from a young age. I cannot help but wonder if we had better a education on mental health and drug related issues that it would have really helped a lot of people before it was too late. I feel that we need to do more for the next generation to protect them and teach them that mental health is important as well as how they look after themselves and others around them that might need their help.

Education and support

If there was a greater support network for young people and they knew exactly who they could talk to if they are struggling or need some kind of professional help that would make such a difference. If their problems could be shared easily, these could potentially be resolved earlier on, rather than escalating and end up changing the whole path that their lives move into. Drug education classes also need to be taught in a different way. I feel the shock factor would be a better route to go down and have actual drug users or ex-users to share their experiences with them.

Mental health seems to be a huge issue that is growing in this country which is in need of addressing somehow in a better way.

 

Are there any topics that I have missed from this list that you feel should have been taught better at school? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading xx

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!

  

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