Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Holiday 2014: Jewellery

Hi Everyone

When you go on holiday, you don't want take all if your collection because it can get lost or damaged really easily. I also, only wear jewellery in the evening because I am constantly in and out of the pool, so really I only where it for 5 hours maximum. 

Here are the pieces that I chose to bring with me this year.

My pandora bracelet:

I love my pandora bracelet. Most of the charms mean something to me:
Aeroplane: my first trip alone to Tanzania, with GapMedics last year


Cupcake: this is how my friends and I celebrated are GCSEs so my mum got me a cupcake to remember 
H: my name
Lock and Chain: a secret my sister told me...she was pregnant
Star: my mum said with my AS results 'I was her little super star'
16: my 16th birthday
Pearl: birthstone


Work books: from my dad for GCSE results

Carriage: from my sisters for prom
18: my 18th birthday
Camera: I love taking pictures and I bought myself this on the day of my lasts A-level exam

My 'heart' necklace:

Half rose gold and half sterling silver. This necklace is from my dad three Christmases ago and it is my favourite necklace. It is my go-to piece of jewellery. 

My Silverstone track necklace:

A few posts back, I described this. It was an 28th birthday present from my older sisters and I love it! 

Butterfly earrings:

My cousin, Emma, brought me this gorgeous dangly butterfly earrings from Thailand and I love them. I find some earrings really uncomfortable and these are so comfy, you don't even notice them. And...they don't get tangled or caught in your hair. Massive bonus! 

I took 2 necklaces because one is a longer chain and one is a shorter chain. If my dressed have a higher neckline, I would wear the Silverstone necklace and with a lower neckline, the heart necklace. 

Hope you like these items. For more information leave a comment and I will try to answer any questions. 

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Holiday 2014: Day OOTD

Hello Everyone

Here are my outfits of the day from Portugal! 

1:
Purple floaty dress from Debenhams about 3 years ago. It's really comfy but it is very fiddly to put on and off.

2:
I got this from Debenhams this year, at £25, and I love it! It's surprisingly cool, super comfy and really easy to get on and off. Also, the colours look great with a tan!

3:
This is from ASDA this year. Cheap and cheerful. The prefect bikini and round the pool outfit.

4:
Probably 3 years old from Marks and Spencer's. Really easy to wear but I wouldn't recommend it to go out in because it is a little bit see-through...as you can see above!

5:
I wore this to Albufiera and Villa Moura on a day out. It was a little bit cold with lots of clouds blocking the sun. Crop white trousers, from who-knows-where (old!) and a new top from Next. It was really cheap because it was on sale as England had just left the world cup. Haha.

6:
Similarly to the maxi dress, both match the bikini. This sarong is the perfect length and wraps completely. From Debenhams this year costing £20.

7: 
Another sarong but this time in blue. I got this in Turkey about 6 years ago so it is a little small now; it opens up hence I experimented with a few styles. I love how diverse they are: skirts, tops, dresses,wrap arounds ect.

Stay tuned for evening wear. 

Hannah xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Meeting My First Love Part 1

Hi Everyone,

My first, and currently only, love is my gorgeous niece! I am going to do a few blogs on her being part of my life :)

The very first look I had of her <3
How did she tell me?
She was coming up for the weekend, as she lives in London, and came to my dad's house. My dad already knew and I had no idea what was about to happen. She got me and my younger sister, Jessica, together and gathered us around the computer. Clicking play, a little grey blip on the screen moved. She was 3 months pregnant! 

How did I feel?
Honestly, when I first heard that my oldest sister Victoria was pregnant...I was shocked. In my mind, you should be together, engaged, married and then start a family. I have nothing against families in any other order but the picture-perfect, in my eyes, was that fairytale step. 
I went upstairs to my room and cried. When I look back I don't know if these were tears of shock, saddness or happiness. But after about half an hour, I ran downstairs hugged her and was over-the-moon!

Birth?
Victoria had a difficult last month of pregnancy. She had a very high blood pressure and so had to go to the hospital every morning to get checked. Two week before her due date, she got admitted. We happened to be visiting at the time because she was moving and we were helping. We said goodbye and a week later, we heard she was being induced. 
After 48 hours of induction, and nothing progressing, an emergency caesarean was carried out. On the 28th October 2012, a healthy 6lbs 8.5oz baby was born.  

What happened when she was born?
We went down the day after, so Grandpa, Karen, Auntie Hannah and Auntie Jessica met her when she was less than 20hours old.
As soon as I laid eyes on my gorgeous niece, I fell in love. Hallie Rose Beney was perfect.

First visit

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Monday, 21 July 2014

Race Weekend: Outfit of the Day

Hi Everyone,


As you know I am a massive Formula One fan and this weekend I travelled to Milton Keynes for the British Grand Prix 2014. 

It was an amazing experience as said in my previous post. 

Wednesday 02/07/14:
I wore a long tunic top that is about 5 years old. It has holes in now but It is so comfy and a really pretty colour! This was paired with black leggings from Warehouse coating £14, black FitFlops and a paired this with a brown leather jacket from Joe Browns, an online company, costing around £30 I think. I wore my heart necklace half rose gold and half Sterling silver, from my father 3 Christmases ago...my favourite necklace! 

Thursday 03/07/14: 

I wore a grey horse top from Dorothy Perkins, around £15 I think, paired with turquoise jeggings from Dorothy Perkins and my black FitFlops. The same necklace again.

Friday 04/07/14: 


I wore a blue dress from Dorothy Perkins prices at £12. It is so comfy and in the summer I wear it as a dress and winter it can be worn with leggings so win-win. Again I wore my black FitFlops and my heart necklace half rose gold and half Sterling silver, from my father 3 Christmases ago...my favourite necklace! It was a really hot, sunny day so my black sunglasses finished the outfit. I'm sorry but I can't remember where they are from  because I got them from the airport on the way to Iceland last year 😂

Saturday 05/07/14: 


I wore Team McLaren's Female Jenson top from McLaren F1 Team's online shop costing £29.99 and leggings Warehouse at £14. The same FitFlops and a little cardigan that is long sleeved and goes down to about mid-thigh. 
As you can see, my niece Hallie wanted in on the action. 

Sunday 06/07/14: 


Today Jenson Button organised a special day in rememberence of his father, known as Papa Smurf, and to celebrate he designed this special pink shirts. I wore my Pink for Papa top from McLaren F1 Team's online shop again priced at £29.99, black jeggings from Dorothy Perkins £19.99 and pink pumps from Deuchland £12.99 and my jacket from Joe Browns again. 
I wore the necklace from my sisters! See previous posts for details.

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer Foods

Hi Everyone,

When it's hot I hate to eat heavy meals. I get really full, really fast and it feels stodgy. 


Now the English summer has well and truly arrived and the temperatures are consistently in the 20°C I thought I would give some ideas of what I like to eat when it's hot. 


Number One: Barbeque.

Eating BBQ food outside on a warm summer evening is so simple but yummy! Get the BBQ on and loaded with meat and then start with the sides. My family and I tend to have a bowl of salad, a fresh crusty bread that we can chop into slices, jacket potatoes ect...


Number Two: Sorbet.

My guilty pleasure will always be Lemon Sorbet but I have recently got into Mango Sorbet as well. Sorbet is a refreshing, light and cold snack/pudding.  It is definitely a palate cleanser.  



Number Three: Cucumber.

Yet another refreshing snack to have and it is relatively healthy. One of your 5/6/whatever the new recommendations are. It is great because it retains moisture so it can be prepared before you want to eat it and is really quick and simple! 

Number Four: Pizza.

Not necessarily a summer dish in particular but I love pizza. Recently, instead of eating the whole pizza, I eat half and then have some fresh, crisp lettuce with it instead! 

Number Five: Sausage Rolls.
Yummy. The perfect snack. End of.


Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Monday, 14 July 2014

Sun Care Tips and Tricks

Hi everyone

In a hot country and on holiday, it is really easy to get burnt. I am usually pretty good but this year I got badly burnt on my back the first day :( 
Excuses, excuses... I fell asleep for 2 hours so didn't reapply hence the burnt back but also I managed to burn my hair line and hair parting! 

Prepare: 
If you live in a moderate climate place, e.g. England, spend some time outside on the warmer days so you can acclimatise slightly to hotter conditions. 

Protect: 
Use suncream! When you first arrive, use AT LEAST factor 30 and put it all over the body, even places covered up. As you stay longer and get used to the environment, then you can start to go down. But never lower than 15! 

Reapply! Even if it's once-a-day suncream, put more on, especially on areas that are constantly exposed: neck, face, arms and legs. 

Where possible also wear other protection. Sunhats, sunglasses and t-shirts are great ways to minimise sunburn. 

Care: 
Number one! Sunbathing also dehydrates the skin. Be sure to replenish liquids by drinking plenty of water while recovering from a sunburn. Being well hydrated will help burns heal better. 

After sun containing aloe vera is especially. It causes blood vessels to construct hence reducing redness and swelling. FYI-putting the moisturiser in the fridge to cool is especially soothing! 

A cold wet cloth applied to the burn can help relief pain and discomfort. Similarly, a cool bath helps as well, but not too cold as you can go into shock. 

Thank you for reading hope this helps some people. 

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Late Presents

Hello Everyone, 

My gorgeous sisters always know the perfect presents to get for me and this year was no different. 

I love meaningful presents and those given for a reason...to remember special moments. 


This year they got me a gorgeous necklace from Alyssa Smith. This talented 27 year old makes gorgeous and delicate jewellery. 

This Silver Silverstone track for the British Grand Prix was worn by Suzie Perry during BBC One F1 coverage. Of course I wore it during my F1 adventures at the beginning on July! 


I absolutely love this necklace so much! It's the perfect way to remember my first ever Grand Prix weekend 💕

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Throwback: GapMedics

Hi Everyone,



Last year, I travelled to Tanzania with a company called GapMedics (http://www.gapmedics.co.uk/) to spend 2 weeks in a Pre-Medicine work placement.
If you are interested in any health related medical work experience, check them out. Here's a little snippet from there website:



Want to know what being a doctor is really like? Our overseas medicine work experience placements are the perfect way to find out. Whether you are looking to gain valuable medicine work experience to put on yourUCAS application or an in-depth insight into working in a hospital, there is no better way to learn more about medicine than shadowing clinical experts carrying out their day to day duties.
Our overseas pre-medical placements can be tailored to your interests:
During your time on placement, you will spend each week in a different department, according to your interests. Within this department, you will be assigned a doctor who will act as your mentor, explaining cases to you and answering any questions you might have. 

I thought I would share some of my diary entries from my two weeks here and some pictures! 

I went from the 4th August  to 18th August 2013. I stayed in Morogoro; worked in Morogoro Regional Hospital and I also went to Mikumi National Park for a Safari!
The garden sculpture! 

The Hospital

Some of the people I met over there. Lucy from New Zealand, Abbey , Hashim, Joe and Charlotte from England, Katie from USA and me! 

I spent the first week in Paediatrics and the second in General Surgery. 

Paediatrics is my passion and so I loved every second of it. Children don't judge you and even though they didn't understand me, they make a connection instantly. One little girl called Zulu (I think that's how you spell it) clung onto me through the entire ward rounds. 

The neonatal intensive care unit is completely different to any healthcare in the United Kingdom. It was an eye opening experience. 

General surgery gave me an insight into what sort of conditions the population deal with, specifically malaria and edema. Many people suffer but unfortunately the doctors, seemingly, do not have the knowledge or resources to treat them and as such few patients recover. 

I also spent time on the Gynaecology and Obstetrics ward. Seeing babies being born and helping assist with a birth is incredible! 

Down Time
There was an orphanage about 15 minutes away from the house we were staying at and they had the cutest kids. Everyone took little gifts for them and they just loved all the attention. Considering they don't have electronics, I was shocked at how well they could work iPad and iPhones! Haha.


On a Friday we went to the 'fancy English' restaurant and did karaoke! 



Extra

GapMedics provide opportunities for different adventures while out there. In Morogoro, Tanzania you can do a safari or a weekend to Zanzibar - a little island just off the coast.

I choose to go on the safari and it was so cool to see all the animals and at times you are within touching distance! 


Open vehicle!

If you are interested in some sort of work experience I would recommend this. It is quite expensive but it is also worth it. The team out there look after you so well. You have chefs and a house assistant and then the team programme manager and security guards around the house. You are really safe! I promise! 

It's amazing to see how different people live. I happen to love integrating myself in different cultures and as a first trip without family or school, it was so fun to be independent but also with other people to guide you. 
How many people can you fit in one truck?! 


Hope you enjoyed this throwback post and if you like these, like below! 

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx

Monday, 7 July 2014

My Time In London!

Hi Everyone,


Monday 22/06/14: 

On Sunday my mother and I took a train down to London. I had a meeting to go to at University College London ready for September and the hotel was only a short 10 minute walk from the campus, so I woke up, got ready and walked to the appointment. It didn't take very long and while I was there I got chatting to some nice friends! I then walked back and had breakfast with my mum. 

After a long relaxing breakfast, we went back to the room and got ready for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Presentation. 

I only needed to change my dress so while mum had a shower I watched the start of Wimbledon! Andy Murray's match was obviously what I was waiting for ;) Then we got a taxi to St James' Palace. It truly is beautiful inside.

Official invitation!
Talking to the presenter: Andy Kirkpatrick, Adventurer 



After I went to get some professional photographs taken. Photos being posted soon! 

Then we walked to the Apollo Victoria Theatre to watch Wicked and just managed to fit in Pizza Express for tea. I had my usual Pizza Margherita with ham!



The show was really good but not as amazing as people seem to make out. I won't be going to see it again; I would much rather spend my money on something I haven't seen already! We then got another taxi back to the hotel, had a quick drink at the bar and then off to bed!

Tuesday 24/06/14: 

After a long lie in, we lazily went to breakfast and then packed and checked out. We left the luggage with the reception staff and went on a day exploring. We went on a Big Bus London Tour. The staff are so nice and very informative! Onto Trafalgar Square then to the houses of Parliament. We walked along the River Thames and up to the London Eye- it takes ages to go around!



Finally, we found a very cute little restaurant on a boat with lovely views of the area before we took a taxi back. 



After collecting the luggage, we walked back to Kings Cross station for the train home...surrounded by a family with four children! Not so peaceful but my mother managed to sleep through it anyways...miraculously. 

We were very lucky with the weather. It was gloriously sunny the entire time so a very nice little trip!

Stay tuned! Hannah xxx