What’s going on?

I realise that I haven’t been posting on my blog for quite a long time. I am so frustrated with myself for possibly letting any of you down by my absence. I’m so sorry. Hopefully after reading this post you’ll be able to understand why.

So why haven’t I been posting? I’ve  been very busy with summer work, National Citizen Service and my other plans. On top of this I no longer have my chromebook which makes editing photos and accessing my blog to write posts more difficult. Depending on where I am next year for school will determine whether I get it back. I’m also, sadly, lacking the motivation and passion for some of topics I write about. I think it is really important that I am honest with you all – I need to fall back in love with blogging again.

During GCSE exam season I simply got too busy and out of the routine of writing posts, which has made it more difficult to come back to blogging now they are over. Posts that I did write sometimes felt like they weren’t from my heart or that I wasn’t passionate enough about them – whenever I am really passionate about a topic I write about I put in so much effort and work to making an amazing post for you all to enjoy. I feel every one of my posts should be written with those levels of passion and that much work, which has made me really think about what I want to be writing about.

Now onto another point – everyone knows I love a good tag or award but I can’t build my blog on those alone or else there would be no point in me being nominated anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I really appreciated being nominated and loved nominating other people for awards and tags, it was just that I had a tendency to use them as posts rather than some of my own ideas and thoughts and feelings on particular topics. I think the best thing for me to do until I get my posting schedule and blog back on track would to be politely refuse any nominations I receive. Again, I apologise and want you all to know that I still appreciate and am touched just as much by you choosing me as if I were to accept the nomination.

Furthermore, it was particularly frustrating when subjects I was passionate about didn’t really generate much of a response. I realise that this is my fault as I had failed to upkeep my blog with regular posts. I did this simply because I prefer to write fewer, longer, more quality posts whenever I can fit it into my schedule.

I’ve also had the frustration of not having stocked up on many photos. As we speak, I now have taken many photos over the summer which will help to support some of the post ideas I have for the near-ish future, detailing my canal boating holiday and my experience with the National Citizen Service, in addition to my GCSE Results if all goes well next week. I’m glad I’ve finally been able to resolve this issue which leaves me in better stead for posting in the future.

So, what is the plan for my blog in the future? Well, next month I’m going to be starting either A-Levels or the IB. I know I will be busy but I’m going to try my hardest to put aside time for my blog and work on developing a niche for my blog. I realise that I have a lot of ideas for posts which I need to streamline. Doing this will help to ensure that I am 100% passionate about everything I write. I want to make a difference with my blog and what I write – to create posts that spread positivity and love, like and that help a community connect over shared passions.

This was a post I never wanted to write, but I felt I had to be honest going forward with my blog after such a long silence. I hope that from now things can start to be different and that my blog will continue to grow from strength to strength.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever struggled with things like this at any point in your blogging journey.

Thank you for always supporting me and my blog,

xoxo

Hannah

 

A Day in My Life: Summer Ball/Prom Night

 

My Prom Experience

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On Friday evening, June 30, 2017, I attended my last secondary school event with people I have known for 5 years. I have to say that the experience was definitely a fitting finale to this chapter of my life. It really gave me a chance to reflect on how much I have learnt and grown over this period of time. I know that I have made so many friends for life and that I have met some truly unforgettable people.

Our prom was hosted in the function room of our local zoo. This may sound odd but it was quite incredible – the tables were so nicely laid out with white ribbons and balloons, and there was a dance floor right in the middle of the room, which you had to go down a few steps to access. We got a view of the whole zoo which was pretty incredible, and we were allowed to go outside (although not into the wider zoo grounds) to take lots of really amazing pictures.

The Run-up to Prom

The evening before prom was time I dedicated to small preparations such as sorting out my nails. I painted them myself, red to match my prom dress, using a Miss Sporty Lasting Colour Nail Polish in the shade 540, Boys Love Me. It is supposed to last 10 days and it’s brilliant as at the time of writing I have had it on for 3 days and the colour has not faded at all! I thought that this was a really great, inexpensive nail polish to use and I highly recommend it as it applies very smoothly and gives a lovely shine. It cost me only £1.99 which was fantastic! I also pampered myself with a charcoal face mask and went to bed earlier so I could look fresh the next day.

The morning of prom I took a shower where I could apply a hair mask and shave my legs. The hair mask allowed me to restore natural oils to my hair whilst removing any residue from hairsprays and other hair products I use. Once out of the shower I made sure to lotion my arms and legs to lock in moisture and leave them feeling smooth.

I then carried on with my day as normal until about 2 o’clock, when my mum brought her friend over to do my hair. I had chosen a tutorial I found on YouTube by Lilith Moon for a braided updo. We finished it off with some gorgeous screw in pearls to make it extra special and applied lots of hairspray so it would last all night.

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After this, I put on my base makeup in preparation for my sister returning home to do the more complex stuff for me. I started out by moisturising my face using Aveeno lotion and then applying a small amount of the Benefit Porefessional Primer to fill in my pores and make them less visible. I then moved on to use the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation in Sand, the Camouflage concealer by Essence for my undereyes and the Maybelline Fit Me! concealer for my blemishes. I blended it all out using an oval shaped brush. I also packed my silver clutch bag with my ticket, some spare change for drinks, a power bank and my perfume. I planned to pack my phone and my lipstick later on.

My sister then proceeded to transform my look from everyday to special occasion. She used a gorgeous Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette called New-trals vs Neutrals which is super pigmented and has lots of lovely shades. It cost £6.99 which I think is well worth it for the quality and number of shades you get. She completed the cut crease eye look by applying lots of silver glitter eyeliner to part of my eyelids to give me that extra sparkle. You can get lots of inexpensive glitter eyeliners from Superdrug, Boots or even Poundland! I also wore the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in the shade 107 Wine which is a gorgeous colour that stays on for a long time. I wore a gold highlighter from Tanya Burr’s Christmas Collection, some bronzer and had my brows filled in with a brow pencil and some Essence eyebrow gel.

Here is the finish look:

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I then got into my red dress and finished it off with a necklace, a red rose corsage, pearl dangly earrings, silver heels and my clutch.

A few photos in the garden later and then we were off to my lovely friend Maddie’s house to catch a ride in our transportation for prom.

Travelling to Prom 

We decided that we wanted to take a really classy vehicle to prom – so what better than a beautiful dark green VW Camper van?

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My friends and I with our prom transportation

The colour of the camper van complemented all of our dresses wonderfully and it was beautifully upholstered. I sat in the front seat whilst my three friends sat in the back. We were taken by the driver to a few locations to have pictures done with the dream machine before we actually arrived at the venue.

He took a few pictures of use all laughing which actually turned out great, as well as a couple of others.

And of course, we had to take some group selfies as well…

This is probably my favourite though:

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Beautiful best friends

Then, we arrived outside the zoo where so many parents, teachers, friends and classmates were waiting for us. It was an amazing feeling looking at how well everybody cleaned up for our last event together as a year group. ❤

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With some friends

Eventually, they let us into the venue (although not without a check for our tickets and a bag search) so we could go off and party!

Prom

The start of the prom itself was a frenzy to secure seats and tables and to get lots of pictures with people. I was very social, going around and greeting people and telling them how lovely they all looked. I’m so thankful and blessed at the number of compliments I received as well. ❤

I saw a lot of teachers, including my Chemistry teacher who is leaving my school at the end of this year. I was lucky enough to get pictures with her and a couple of other friends too.

We had buffet food including chips, sausage rolls, quiche, peppers and sandwiches. The queue was long but well worth it as by this point I was starving!

After we had finished our food it was time to get on the dance floor! For me, this was 100% the highlight of my evening. The DJs were killing it on the turntables and soon near enough everyone was dancing. So many people abandoned their shoes to join in on the action. It was amazing to form a giant circle of people during songs and have people show off their moves in the middle of it! Some of the teachers even joined in and went a bit mad on the dance floor (even our headteacher!)

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There is something inexplicably fun about dancing and singing along to all of the songs with your friends. We demonstrated our dancing skills during YMCA, screamed the lyrics of Despacito, performed the Macarena in style. We rocked out to Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, went mad doing the Cha Cha Slide with teachers and classmates and held hands in a ring with one another during Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams – whilst singing with equal enthusiasm! I even got picked up by one of my guy mates and spun around unexpectedly! We had started out a little awkwardly at first but eventually let all inhibitions go and went crazy with our moves. They do say that the crazier you dance, the better it looks!

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I danced and laughed so much and just let myself live in the experience. Some of the Zoo staff were dancing along as they started to tidy up the venue, which was equally hilarious and also impressive to watch as some of them had really great dance moves. People were shooting videos left, right and centre for Snapchat and the like. There were strobe lights that went in time with the music and it made the entire atmosphere so magic and energetic. I didn’t want it to end and never even wasted a second, constantly dancing along with increasingly more ambitious and absurd dance moves.

Towards the end of the night, at about ten minutes to eleven, they switched all of the lights back on in the function room and turned off the music. Everybody started shouting for one more song and at the Head Teacher’s say so, we got one more song – Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader. That song is such a classic and it will forever be special to me as the anthem of the prom. It was amazing just dancing and singing along with my maths teacher, best friends and year coordinator. The song felt like it lasted forever and we made use of every second that we had.

Regretfully, we started making our way out of the zoo. We took one last photo and I hugged a couple of people goodbye who I’m not sure I’ll ever see again. The ending was the most bittersweet part of it all, knowing that whilst I have the most incredible evening, and indeed 5 year experience, I may never see some of these wonderful people again. 😦 As we made our way out of the zoo gates (which were initially locked, leaving us wondering whether we were being held captive for the night) I started to play Whitney Houston’s Dance With Somebody, a song which is very special to a friend of mine and myself. Soon everybody started to join us in singing along as we made our way to our lifts home and hugged each other goodbye.

It was one of the best evenings of my life and something I will treasure throughout my life. It was the perfect way to mark the end of an era and to reunite with so many amazing people one last time. If you ever get the opportunity to go to prom, do because I can’t imagine myself not having gone!

Big love to all of the members of my year group. ❤ ❤ ❤

I will end this post with a little slideshow of my prom pictures.

xoxo

Hannah

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My 1 Year Blogging Anniversary!! + Q&A

It’s my blog’s 1st birthday! 🎉🎊🎆

Whilst I made this WordPress account over 1 year ago, I only really started using this blog on Saturday 18th June 2016, writing about my Work Experience with the local town council. So much has changed since then and I am truly blessed to have been on this wonderful blogging journey 😍☺️

Let’s go through some of my blogging numbers…

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Accepting Awards (Long Post Ahead!)

Hey guys! I’ve realised how many award nominations I’ve received recently over the last few months, and I have gotten SO far behind! It’s honestly embarrassing how I’ve let myself slip to the point of having to compile EIGHT nominations for awards! I’m honestly astounded that you guys consider me deserving of these awards. My blogging family has given so much to me that all I can say is a huge THANK YOU!! ❤

You lovely people inspire me so much with your kind words each and every day. ❤

Now, onto the awards…

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Original Poetry Shorts

I am a great lover of poetry, especially that of Kayil York and Tyler Knott Gregson. Every now and again, I feel really inspired to write my own poetry, so I wanted to share a few of my own poems today with you guys. If you really enjoy it, let me know in the comments and I’ll upload some more ❤

Just to clarify, not all poems are written from my own point of view, or necessarily from a female perspective. It is your choice to interpret and analyse them as you wish.

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Rapid Fire Book Tag

I feel like I am constantly apologising for my lack of posts, but with studying it is just too hard to juggle this with everything in my life! 😦 I hope you understand, just to put it into context, I’m currently on Easter Break, but still attending school during some week days – I’m just that busy! 😦  But thanks for being there for me when I need you guys! Ann’s Reading Corner! I’m sure you all know who she is by now, but if not, go check out her blog because her content is amazing and she is super friendly!

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Cover Reveal: Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned by Michele G Miller & Mindy Hayes

Boy, am I excited to reveal the cover for this book! This is the third book in the sensational ‘Paper Planes’ series co-written by Michele G Miller & Mindy Hayes. Not only is their writing exceptional, both collaboratively and independently, but these two are also lovely if ever you should have the opportunity to connect with them on their social media 🙂 Please go buy their books, they are 100% worth it!

I know they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but with one like you’re about to see, how can you not? And the writing is excellent, I promise!

Moving swiftly on to the cover reveal…

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My Love for the Classic Movie Musical

A recent trip with a friend to see La La Land in the cinema, a modern-day homage to old Hollywood musical films, which I absolutely loved, has ignited a fierce and sudden passion for all things movie musical, especially the classics with the likes of Sinatra, Kelly, Astaire and others. Whilst I had delved previously into the genre, having sang some of these songs in various choirs and watched some of the most famous on the television around Christmas time, I had not really immersed myself in the classic movie musical world.

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2016/2017 Tag

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The Rules:

1. Mention the creator – David @ theguywhosaidalwaysno

2. Use the image that you find in this article

3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you

4. Answer the questions

5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog


I was nominated by the lovely Ann of Ann’s Reading Corner! I love her blog so much, and she is absolutely lovely, so go and click that link and check out her posts! 🙂 She also celebrated her 2 Year Blog Anniversary today, so huge congratulations to her, and I hope for many years more of her blog! 😀 

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The Valentine’s Project

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My idea for a Valentine’s Day post was to collect different interpretations on what love is from a variety of viewpoints. I wanted to show the fact that love isn’t just for those ‘in love’. I’ve asked friends, family and fellow bloggers the question:

“What does the word ‘love’ mean to you?”

The responses I have received are raw, honest, poetic at times and, perhaps most importantly, diverse. I wanted to share with you today, on Valentine’s Day, many people’s different viewpoints on the definition of love. What love means to each of these individuals may differ in wording, but beneath it all, we are all motivated by the love for the people who touch our hearts daily. I have decided to name this little collection ‘The Valentine’s Project’

I will now share with you some beautiful, varied perspectives on love…

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