Meatballs In A Roasted Sweet Potato

As you know after doing the 21 Day Body Reset Plan I found loads of delicious recipes and also created a few of my own! This dish was actually so yummy that I had to write it down and tell you…

Ingredients

Sweet potatoes (one large or two small ones per person)

500g beef mince

250g of chopped mushrooms

1 chopped onion

1 chopped celery stick

1 can of chopped tomatoes

Tablespoon of tomato purée

Teaspoon of the following spices:

Paprika, Italian herbs, mixed herbs, garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Salad (if you like)

Method

Prick and wash the sweet potato and place in the oven at 150C (Fan oven) for one hour, checking on them when necessary.

Then put your 500g of mince in a mixing bowl. Add a teaspoon of paprika, mixed herbs, garlic and then mix and make the meatballs. (This is a super fun meditative process if your looking for some me time) I made around 17 meatballs then placed them in a pan on medium heat. Once they are brown on one side carefully turn them over so they cook nicely.

Chop an onion as small as you can go (without cutting your fingers!) and add them to the meatballs once they are fully brown as well as chopped celery. Once they have cooked for a few minutes add in the chopped mushrooms. I kept these quite big so they tasted meatier but however you fancy. (At this point add in any other veggies you have in the fridge)

Then add some more herbs into the pan; a teaspoon of Italian herbs, mixed herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Then add the tin of chopped tomatoes. I then put another half of the tin amount of water into the pan too. Add in a tablespoon of tomato purée. (At this point it smells divine)

Then bring the whole pan to a boil, pop the lid on and let it simmer for 20 minutes on a low heat. I checked it a few times to make sure it was cooking nicely and season to taste.

Whilst this is simmering and the sweet potatoes are roasting, prepare a simple salad to go with.

Take the sweet potatoes out the oven and cut open so they are ready for the meatballs (you could add knob of butter to the potatoes if you wish). Then take the meatballs in their yummy tomato sauce and spoon them into the sweet potatoes. And enjoy!

Variations

If you’re not a fan of beef mince, you could use turkey (healthier) or pork. You could also add a variety of tasty veggies like spinach, kale. This meal is gluten free so perfect for supper and is utterly delicious!

Hope you enjoyed my recipe post, let me know if you make it or have any good variations xxx

Best Cocktail Bars In Oxford

Hi guys, a joint blog post today! How exciting?! Was so much fun putting this together with Emily. Emily is a blogger and photographer based in Oxford and a lot of my content I shoot with her. It’s Bank Holiday weekend, the perfect time to treat yourself to a cocktail or two… Enjoy!

Me and Em both love our cocktails so here is our faves in Oxford!

OXO Bar

Hannah: Well, they do my favourite cocktail… Pornstar Martini! OXO is the best place to go when your meeting friends or want a quick happy hour cocktail because of its great location on George Street. It’s my go to for a cocktail because of the great music and dj’s who play here. What more could you want? Pornstar Martini’s, long happy hours and good music. It’s a fave spot for me!

Emily: Looking for the best martinis in Oxford? Look no further. Not only is the whole atmosphere amazing and laid back, they do a mean martini. Of course I went for my favourite – a good old espresso martini. I think it’s the perfect location for special occasions and celebrating!

Dirty Bones

Hannah: One of my personal favourites! Dirty Bones always transports me to 90’s New York with the hip hop music, cool moody interiors and amazzzzing mac n’ cheese. I love that they have a low alcohol cocktail option. So many people are now looking to drink less so its great you can still have fun with family and friends without feeling like you have to drink. Fave cocktail? Uptown Spritz – like an Aperol Spritz but even better!

Emily: Dirty Bones is perfect for every occasion – date night, drinks with the girls, business talks. They also have an extensive menu meaning there’s a tipple for everyone, especially with the introduction of their low alcohol/no alcohol cocktails. I would highly recommend the wave hill spritz – it’s a light, fruity cocktail perfect to have alongside some weekend lunch.

Hanks

Hannah: As you guys know from my instagram stories I am a big fan of Latino music and Hanks offers the best songs AND top cocktails. Looking for a dance and a drink in Oxford? Then look no further than Hanks!

Emily: Hanks is the best place to go for quirky, well priced cocktails. Starting at £7, and all £5 at happy hour! They also have a great mocktail menu, starting at £5, £3.50 during happy hour. It’s a fun, welcoming environment and hosts great live music – so perfect to go with friends to take in some good music, and good cocktails.
   

Freud

Hannah: one of the coolest bars I have EVER been to! It’s like an old church with the coolest interiors and cocktails you will have never tried before. I had a Bailey’s milkshake which was divine and the setting just made this so so fun!

Emily: Based at an old church with a beautiful interior and a fab menu. This is a great place for social events and celebrating! It’s a fair price, and has student discount offers, so is perfect to go to with a group of friends.

I hope you enjoyed me and Emily’s cocktail blog post! Please check out her blog instagram here and also check out her photography account (she’s amazing!) here. Speak soon, Hannah xxx

Happiness Is A Choice

Hi guys!

I wasn’t actually going to write a blog post today but i had such an inspiring day I just had too. The last week or so I’ve felt like I’ve had challenge after challenge. You know when your having one of those weeks where everything is going wrong? Like this morning i opened my bag on the train and my water had spilt all over my new phone,,my book (that includes my 5,10,20 year plans and ideas!!) and my business cards. I was like wow. Your really trying me aren’t you? It was gonna be another one of those days that just didn’t feel quite right.

But then something switched. I had a really amazing experience in EE where the guy was so friendly and kind trying to help me sort out my phone upgrade. Then i went to my fave coffee shop in Oxford (you know if you follow my instagram stories ahah) and had an amazing conversation about wellness and living life in a positive and healthy way. Just talking about wellness and health put my mindset back into gear.

It’s so easy to let little things get to you or build up into bigger issues. However, if you take a minute, breath and look at the situation from a different viewpoint you realise how it doesn’t matter.

In one of tony robbins books i read about how you to process your emotions in a better way and how your vocabulary can actually effect you way more than you think. Like, lets say how many times you say in one day, ooh I’m tired, I’m so bored etc? If your saying this all the time – do you not think you will feel it even more?? Or if you change your mindset and start using more positive vocabulary like i feel a little tired but I’m going to eat an amazing salad that’s gonna energise me. Or if you say this isn’t inspiring me, let me try doing something else to motivate me. Using powerful and positive language regularly is like the power of positive thinking. (Another great book)

I truly believe when you put positivity out to the world it comes back to YOU. So if you go and get your regular coffee before work don’t smile and grumble at the server. It’s gonna be a bad start to your day, right? What if you smiled said thanks for the coffee hope you have a lovely day. Do you not think this would be a much brighter start to your morning?

I completely understand the whole thing of I’m having a bad day mindset but sometimes you’ve just gotta take yourself out of it and realise happiness is a choice. I know that might seem a weird concept but it really is. Being grumpy is so EASY. Like letting little things get too you is easy and allowing them to take over your mindset is so common in society. If you choose to be happy, put a smile on your face and spread that kindness and love around to everyone around you you not only make other people happier but yourself too. So its a win win!

Having these challenges are just tests life is giving you to see if you can take it, and you CAN. You are so much stronger than you think.

“When life gives you lemons, make Lemonade”

– (had to get Beyonce in somehow didnt i!) when life gives you a challenge, how can you turn it on its head and make it amazing??

Try this mentality for a day i dare you! Choose happiness! I hope that you have the most amazing week and i will be back soon. Love, Hannah xxxxx

21 Day Body Reset Plan: Complete!

As you guys know from my Instagram stories, for the past three weeks, I have been doing a body reset plan created by Mimi Bouchard. Mimi is a transformational specialist who has transformed her own body and always posts about positivity and motivation (which you know I love too). So I was beyond excited when she gifted me the plan so I could share my journey with you.

What’s The Plan?

High protein, high fibre, low carb & moderate fat. The plan includes a 5 min ab workout and 10k steps everyday. It includes meal ideas, what to avoid and what to enjoy as well as keeping you motivated along the way. Its super easy to read and my favourite part about the plan is the secret Facebook group that Mimi has started for us all to connect and share recipes. Its like a motivational support group; it’s amazing!

Food

For me I struggled more with the food side than the exercise side of things. The first couple of days my energy levels were all over the place due to not eating carbs anymore and not having any refined sugar. This is completely normal though, if you started eating completely differently and working out more you would. However, once I got over that initial hurdle I felt SO GOOD. It completely changed my mentality to the way I look at what I’m eating and seeing it as FUEL. Once I adapted to the plan and found recipes to make that were fufillliing, I felt AMAZING.

Exercise

The 5 minute ab workout was my favourite thing about the plan. Forever lying on the floor thinking what exercise should I do to work this muscle and ending up just scrolling on Instagram for half an hour. The workout is SO QUICK with high intensity so you feel amazing for it. 10k steps was easier for me too as I am always walking everywhere in Oxford. It’s actually so good for toning the body and using all your muscles; honestly walking is so underrated! Especially the mental benefits, walking through a park, listening to your favourite songs or a podcast can be so much fun!

 What I Learnt? 

The BIGGEST thing I learnt during the plan was how much I was overeating without even realising. By reducing my portion sizes I felt so much better. Feeling full is not a pleasant feeling, you feel super lethargic and it isn’t great for body confidence either. (Ever been to a lovely restaurant ate way too much that when you get up your stomach is so bloated your buttons on your jeans start popping?! Yeah me too!) Also, my energy levels were so much better. I read in a book about Japanese culture called Ikigai that they eat until they are 80% full and I think it isa really interesting topic; because from eating to 80%-100% fullness I felt so much better.

I also learnt that my body really bloats when I eat food with gluten in it. Now that I have finished the plan I am 100% going to apply some of the aspects of the plan into daily life. Particularly the ab workout and 10k steps becausefelt amazing for it , I have never felt so healthy and strong and actually had toned my stomach! I also am going to keep to portion sizes, and minimise the amount of gluten I eat. Maybe 2/3 a week eating bigger carbs like pasta, rice but when I can, eating a gluten free alternative or just sticking to meat with salad/veg.

Best Thing About The Plan? 

The best thing I have found from the plan is delicious recipies. I have created a few myself found some amazing ones online, it’s been really fun getting inventive in the kitchen. The plan is not a typical diet, it is a change of lifestyle. I have learnt so much about my body whilst doing this and feel so much better for it.

If you have any questions about the plan please comment or dm me. If you want to know more or try the plan yourself (you won’t regret it) then click here. Want to know more about Mimi? Check her website out here and her instagram here.

Thanks for reading, be back soon, Hannah xxxx

Top 3 Self Help Books

Hi there! How has your week been? Productive and fun I hope. Just a quick post today. I have been head down in books recently and thought I really should share it with you guys. As you know from my instagram stories I am a real lover of self help books. I still remember when I read Tony Robbins, Unleash the Power Within and my mind was blown! I couldn’t believe that some people had not experienced this amazingness!!

I have a goal to read three more self help books at least by the end of the year. They normally take me slightly longer than an average book because I see it more like a workbook. I find I want to write down some findings, quotes and also start putting into practice what the book says!

Now I must say even though the title of this blog post says my top three self help books, these are my top three this year. As I really couldn’t pick just three all time! Hehe! So here goes…

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This is quite the book! 100% this is a workbook that if you do exactly what it says in the book the rewards are outstanding. You may read the title and be pessimistic and think its all about getting rich quick but it is really not. This book is more about changing your mentality to bring money your way. It’s also got really good manifestation points in there. By reading out loud everyday what your desires are, what your plan is and your confidence in your plan to grow rich, you find your mentality changing and therefore your actions. Ive actually read this book previously but when I read it I don’t think I was ready for it, mentally. Reading it a second time and stopping to put the work in before carrying on in the book has been a real game changer. This is one of those books your gonna read again and again and learn something new every time. For me its got to be 10/10

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2. When to Jump by Mike Lewis

This is a book I have mentioned before in my I just quit my job blog post, read it here if you missed it. This book is super easy to read and has real life stories about people from all walks of life and how they had a passion for something and went for it. The book is split up into the different stages of a jump. The bit where you have a tiny voice in your head saying just do it, to the full on jumping and panicking what am I doing!! This book came at exactly the right point in my life and meant so much to me. If you are someone who has a niggling feeling that they should be doing something else, a burning desire or passion I beg you to read this book. My favourite part about the book was the quotes by real life people at each section of their jump. It really hit home that feeling of , if you don’t do it will you regret it? It also featured one of my favourite quotes ever:

If not now, when? If not you, who?

For me, this book is a 9/10 – really easy to read, great real people stories and split up in to easy to pick up again sections. It’s a great first starter self help book.

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3. Ikigai by Hector Garcia

I picked up this book after reading a book about the Danish concept, Hygge. I really loved reading about danish culture and their perspective on happiness that I wanted to see it from a different side in Ikigai.

Ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) is, above all else, a lifestyle that strives to balance the spiritual with the practical. This balance is found at the intersection where your passions and talents converge with the things that the world needs and is willing to pay for – Forbes

If you are interested in self help books but would like to focus on the mental wellbeing and health side of things or even travel culture then this book is for you. My favourite part in the book was when the researchers went to this small rural town in Japan where it is said the longest people are living to to see how they live and why they are so healthy, happy and living for so long! The results were fascinating, a combination of health, mental wellbeing, exercise and social gatherings seemed to be the answer. It’s a great contrast to Think and Grow Rich because this book focuses on living a happy life unfocused on the materialistic and financial rewards. I would give this book an 8/10, not as high as the others only because there is less self help content and more cultural content. However, still a fabulous read. Actually its a great book for going on holiday!

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Overall, these books are my top three for different reasons. Each book educates me in a different area of improvement and that’s why reading self help books are so important and interesting. Each book is so diverse and you can learn so much. Please do let me know if you have read any of these books, what your opinions are or even if you have any recommendations for me! Hope you have a fabulous week, be back soon, Hannah xxx

I’m A Failure, and I LOVE IT

Good evening, hope you are all well. Thank you so much for the lovely comments about my Is It All About Balance post. I love writing abut self improvement, it’s something I am passionate about; and I guess that comes through in my writing! If you didn’t see the post, check it out here. As you liked it so much I thought I’d do another self analysis blog post about failure, so here goes…

Failure

Dictionary definition is: Failure is a lack of success in doing or achieving something, especially in relation to a particular activity.

But why has it got such a bad wrap?

All through our lives starting at school we have competitions, sports days, exams, driving tests and more tests where we are congratulated if we come first or get an A (or whatever the number thing is now in the UK… Oh wow I sound old now ahh) and if we don’t pass we FAIL. There’s pressure and stigma around the name.

So what did you get in your biology exam? Did you come first in the running comp? No, I failed. Just the words give me anxiety I don’t know about you. Ive always been a super driven person, very determined to achieve my goals and do well. I thought that failing was so bad, it just wasn’t an option for me. Whereas now, I’m older I think about things a lot more, I’ve read a 100 or more self help books. And now the word failure doesn’t seem so scary.

I am currently re reading a book called Think and Grow Rich by Napeolan Hill. It’s fantastic if you have a business head, an idea or just generally want to thrive in life. In the book there is a whole section on causes of failure from procrastination to over caution to lack of persistence. There are so many reasons why people fail, but what matters more is how you pick yourself up again, right?

Because, in the end failing is amazing. Yes I said it, its fantastic! Failing is just a lesson. Think about a time you failed at something. My last big fail was my driving test (for the third time ouch) at the time all I could think of was wow I’m such a disappoint everyone my ages passes their driving test. Ive done it three times, why is it taking ME so long. Your such a failure. It’s like a catalyst for all failings in your life. You think about that spelling exam you did when you were 10 and got one word wrong.

However when you breath, take a minute you realise that failing is just a part of life. We ALL fail at some point or another at something. If we passed everything we did in life we would all be the same and that would be so BORINGGGGG. Failing means that we learn something about ourselves. We learn why we failed, is it for a reason, is it we weren’t prepared or is it we weren’t ready for the win? Think about the time when you re did an exam or tried again at putting together furniture that you failed at first time. When you finally conquered putting together the Ikea furniture (those instruction manuals tho) doesn’t it feel even more amazing the second time around? When you work hard for something the reward is always so much greater.

I am super happy I am a failure and so should you be! I cannot wait for all the failures that I have in front of me. Because you know what, I will learn from these mistakes and best of all I will improve as a person and self improvement is what its all about! Now, the word failure, you love it too now, right?!

Hannah’s Definition is: Failure is a step towards success.

Lots of love xxxx

“See a failure as a challenge, to modify your approach” – Tony Robbins

Is It All About Balance?

Hi lovely ones! Bit of a thinking post today, I was chatting to my mum about this and thought it’d be an interesting topic to get us all pondering….

Picture the scene, out for a meal with family and friends and you’ve just eaten a lovely pizza and your thinking: I’m full but there’s like a little space left in my stomach just at the bottom on the right, a little hole waiting for a pudding. (When really your stomach is quite content with the nutritious food you’ve just eaten.) You ask the rest of the table, “Anyone fancy a dessert?” With a cheeky grin on your face like the devil on your shoulder going, “you know you want a pudding…” a few people say they will and you give in to temptation and order a sticky toffee pudding (my personal fave) and quote the classic line, “Well its all about balance isn’t it”. But. Is it really?

So I often quote this line when out with friends and then go on to proceed about how the main meal has just the right balance of veg, carbs and protein that means I can have a cheeky pud. However, it got me thinking is having a pudding really balance? Do we say its all about balance as a way of allowing us mentally to give in to temptation more often? I say it on the basis that I’ve been healthy all week and this is my little treat. But if your going out to eat again two days later and have a pud again is that just indulgence? Or are we just quoting this line to allow ourselves more cheat days in the future?

Now out of the food context, we work all day and then come home to watch our favourite series (at the moment Killing Eve season 2… give me Villanelle’s wardrobe please!) and its 11pm, we know in our heads that we have an early start in the morning and bedtime is calling. But we say, “Well I’ve gone to bed at 10pm every night, we’re allowed one night off, right?” So you end up watching one more episode. Effecting your sleeping pattern and making you groggy the next day.

The same can be applied to fashion. I have to have the newest Gucci handbag. You know you can’t afford it and delivery is three weeks. Too long to wait? Give in to temptation, use your savings and collect it from store next day. This level of impatience isn’t helping us be better versions of ourselves. (Or are bank balance!)

Giving in to temptation, saying we are giving ourselves balance, cheat days, indulge, but I fancy it… all these words that have become part of everyday society are just ways that we have been able to make it easier on us to be naughty! Are we actually being to easy on ourselves these days? Do we need more structure and rules? In our heads we think we’re just having one more pud, or one less hour of sleep but when you add that all up, one month later your 30 pounds heavier and your drinking more coffee because your sleep deprived.

What do you think? Is it all about balance? Or is it really all about saying no and being stricter with ourselves so we are better to our bodies mentally and physically. Just a thought, or a rant to myself to stop eating puddings! Ahaha! Hope you have a lovely week xxx

Sorrento and The Amalfi Coast – That’s Amore!

Buonasera!

Where do I begin… I spent a week in Sorrento, Italy with my family last week and it was honestly such a dream holiday destination. You arrive in Naples airport (home of the pizza, see Naples and die) then the whole Amalfi Coast is filled with bucket list travel spots. You’ve got Pompeii, Vesuvius, Naples itself, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri and you can even get a train to Rome!

For our holiday we focused on Sorrento and Capri. As we only had a week we wanted to really appreciate our time and not rush around doing lots of trips – it also gives the excuse to go back and visit the other areas.

Sorrento

Stunning, exactly how it looks on Pinterest, beautiful cliffs and amazing coastal views. The food on holiday was the best I have had in my life – the pizza is nothing like what you can get in the UK due to the amazing local ingredients used – better for the environment and so much tastier! Famous for lemons and orange trees, they grow everywhere and local cafes sell orange juice fresh, which is divine. Another favourite dish was aubergine parmigiana (this dish alone could convert me to being a vegertarian) and of course pizza and pasta and gelato that you have never tried better.

Capri

The most beautiful place on earth. Filled with million dollar villas, yachts with heavenly views and eye dropping designer stores. Just rent on a store in Capri town is £25,000! The boat tour was the best if you ever go to Capri I recommend it; it shows you the real natural beauty of the island.

What To See

Sorrento in the afternoon. Much quieter, all the big tourist groups have gone and you can really appreciate the beauty of the city. Same goes for a Capri town. We visited Anacapri in the morning then Capri town in the afternoon and it was much quieter. However do remember some stores will shut for siesta! (I do love a good afternoon nap)

Want to see more local Italian life? Head to Sant’Agnello the area we stayed in, like a suburb of Sorrento. The weekend is when all the locals are off. Sit in a coffee store or Il Buon Buccone and eat a sfogliatella or spaghetti alla Sorrentina.

What To Do

Shopping! Of course I would say that. I bought the most lovely backpack for just €20 in Giani, it had some really trendy and affordable products. Then there are the Limoncello shops, there are a lot of them and they love handing out free lemon sweets. One sweet I would try is the frozen limoncello drops – candy hard shell with cold limoncello juice inside. So good! Be careful though stores near to Piazza Tasso are more expensive then ones on the little back streets.

If going to Capri, Anacapri is so picturesque filled with more local shops and less busy then Capri town. The views from the top are magnificent too.

What To Eat

As above aubergine parmigiana is a winner. Try seabass or dentex the local fish in the area, eat gnocchi alla Sorretina, my personal favourite, its to die for. Best pasta dish – meatballs and pasta at Il Buon Buccone (according to Dad), such a friendly place with good food. Best pizza and zucchini flowers head to Ristorante Zi’Ntonio. Best gelato goes to Buonocore Gelateria in Capri where the cones are made warm in front of you!

Where To Stay

We stayed at the Majestic Palace Hotel in Sant’Agnello. A traditional Italian hotel with beautiful food, a rooftop martini bar and lovely people. The food was amazing at the hotel – highly recommend!

The people on a holiday is what makes it for me. You could stay at the fanciest hotel in the most beautiful place but if the people are rude it ruins it for me. The Majestic Palace was the epitome of kindness. Every person I met smiled and generally seemed to care when they asked how I was. I was so sad to leave because I didn’t want to say goodbye to this happy place. It made me realise how much kindness matters. It cost nothing, you gain nothing, but it can make all the difference in cheering up someone’s day. I saw a lady hold out her hand on a bus to help someone sit down, people chatting just to be friendly. People being understanding when your Italian isn’t the best and going into the nicest limoncello shop (called Vino In in Sorrento) where the guy offers his pasta he’s eating to you just because he loves it and wants you to experience that too. Thank you Sorrento for showing me such kindness in your food, coastline, beauty and people. I love to learn about culture when I am on holiday and live like the locals. I hope that I can take a little bit of this magic and bring it into my life in Oxford.

Ciao for now Italia, I’ll be back soon! Xxxx

Holiday Shopping at Banbury Gateway Shopping Park

Holiday, Celebrate, Holiday, Celebrate… I’ve got this song in my head now!

It’s that time of year when summer holidays are on there way and you need to buy sun tan lotion, hats, bikinis and all those holidays essentials, then pack your suitcases full and jet set into the sunshine. However, before we start dreaming of cocktails by the sea, its holiday prep time and I went to the perfect place to do just that.*

Banbury Gateway Shopping Park has a range of great high street stores including Superdrug, River Island, New Look, Next, M&S and more. I visited the shopping park on Sunday with my parents. First we went to New Look where I found so many fantastic holiday items. (See what I bought on my Instagram soon) I just loved the changing rooms – so many hooks for lots of clothes to try on – yay! The stores are really big and spacious so it means shopping is so much more relaxing. I am one of those people that loves a quite coffee shop and visiting stores when it’s just me – you too? On the subject of coffee shops, my Dad had a lovely time sipping a coffee in Costa while me and mum shopped, we were only an hour or two…

After Mum and I bought some new holiday clothes we headed to Superdrug, meeting caffeinated Dad on the way. I always take face wipes on holiday and face masks to freshen up after flying. The new Superdrug store at Banbury is so big and new. There are SO many products and its laid out nicely too. I spent ages in the skincare aisle. There was also the travel minis and sun tan lotions, I am ready for you sunshine!

To top it off there was free WiFi throughout the shopping park so I could share with you guys instagram stories of my visit. (If you missed it, head to my events highlight). In need of food or drink there’s, Starbucks’s, Costa and McDonalds to keep you energised on your visit.

Banbury Gateway Shopping Park was the perfect shopping destination to get me holiday ready. It was such an enjoyable experience, I might have to book another holiday so I have an excuse to visit again… or the less expensive option of just visiting for shoppings sake. Yes, I will do that instead!

Want to visit too?

When I visited my Dad drove which only took 20 mins, it was super quick! (FYI I do not drive so normally I would take the bus option, helping the environment and all)

By Bus: there is a shuttle bus, B6, from Banbury town to the shopping park

By car: just off the M40, Junction 11

You can even cycle as there is a handy cycle rack – if I could ride a bike I would…

Want any more info head to: https://www.banburygateway.co.uk

Are you going on holiday this summer? Message me and let me know, I love a bit of holiday inspo! Speak soon, Hannah xx

*This was a paid trip to Banbury Gateway Shopping Park. All thoughts are my own.

Spring Update: John Lewis

Last week I went in to see my favourite style guru Mechac to update my wardrobe ready for spring. These are the looks that he put together for me!

Click the links to shop the looks!

Look 1

This suit was featured in the Fenn Wright Manson event I went to and I had to try it. I love this pastel colour for SS19 and it fits beautifully. I wore a petite trouser in this both trouser and jacket are size 8. I think this suit is perfect for so many occasions and can be dressed up or down.

Suit jacket, Fenn Wright Manson – click here

Trousers, Fenn Wright Manson- click here

Top, John Lewis & Partners – click here

Trainers, Mint Velvet – click here (nearly out of stock but other colours available)

Bag, Aspinal of London – click here

Look 2

You can never have too many denim jackets can you? It’s the perfect addition to a summer look. I love the fit of this jacket with the shorts. The top gives an pop of print and colour from Whistles. The shorts for me are the winner in this look – so comfortable but also smart for a short, a great addition to your summer wardrobe.

Denim jacket, Mint Velvet – click here

Top, Whistles – click here

Shorts, Reiss – click here

Trainers, Mint Velvet – click here (nearly out of stock but other colours available)

Bag, Kin – click here

Look 3

I really loved the material of this matching suit jacket and shorts. I love the combination of a suit jacket and shorts, so different from the usual jacket and trouser vibe. A great look to dress up or down again; I loved the heeled sandals with this. However for day a white trainer and a naughty heel for the evening could take it from day to night. Also, could be a great evening look in the autumn with tights and a heeled boot!

Suit jacket, Reiss – click here

Top, Reiss – click here

Shorts, Reiss – click here

Bag, hush – click here

Sandals, Carvela – click here

I feel like my wardrobe is so ready for SS19 now! Thank you to the team at John Lewis for all their help in styling the outfits. They offer a range of styling services from occasions to updating your wardrobe, they are super friendly and helpful. If you want to make a visit to John Lewis Oxford then get your new look by booking here

Have a lovely week, speak soon, Hannah xxx