Signature Piece

Everyone has a piece, whether it be jewelry, clothing, or even a makeup look, that they consider to be a signature.  Mine started out as a small diamond necklace on a gold chain. I got it on my 18th birthday, my mom had bought the necklace right after I was born in 1996. It was the prettiest piece of jewelry I had ever received; with so much meaning engraved into it. I wore the necklace everyday; until one day my sophomore year of college, the small golden chain broke, and I lost the diamond. I was devastated, that may seem dramatic, but that small necklace had become a part of me.

Years later, living without what I had considered my signature piece, my 21st birthday came along. Only two days before my trip across the world to Australia, my mother gifted me an upgrade to my lost necklace. Another beautiful diamond, on a rose gold chain. A gift that she gave to me, that I will continue to pass on to my daughter.

What's your Signature Piece?

I wear my necklace everyday, no matter what my attire; even if I am in a sweatshirt with no plans for the day. I consider it my signature piece, not only because it is the most beautiful thing I own, but because it holds such emotional value to me.

So what is your signature piece, what item do you own that you can’t go a day without wearing?

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,

Hannah

 

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5 Products I Use to keep up my Silver Hair

I’ve had every hair color under the sun, however my favorite and probably most fullsizeoutput_6dfconsistent has been silver. I got my hair done at Bleach London while studying abroad because I was so obsessed with the company (even more so now with their amazing new makeup line) & I’ve been in love ever since.

Two full-head bleaches later here I am with silver hair & I’m still obsessed with it, even though I had to cut it rather short due to the damage I caused it. I’m going to share with you a few of the products that I’ve used to keep up lovely silvery color.

1. Bleach London Silver Shampoo

Obviously, since I got my hair done by the salon, I thought that I would give their product a try. They are clearly experts in hair color & the shampoo worked wonderfully as well. I never had any brassy color coming through when I used the product. The only sad thing was the bottle was rather small and I had very long hair at the time so I flew through a bottle in about a month. If in the United States you can easily find the shampoo online on Amazon, and be sure to buy the conditioner along with it!

2. Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo

After doing much research I found a new shampoo, that came in a little higher quantity. Fudge’s toning shampoo does it’s job wonderfully. I always liked having bits of purple coming through in my hair, and this shampoo achieved that. It also left my hair very soft, sometimes toning shampoo’s can dry out your hair. However, if you do not like any purple coming through your hair (if you have really REALLY light hair) I would not leave this product in long, it works very well & very fast. This product is also not sold in stores in the USA, but again you can find it online. I remember before leaving Australia I stocked up on this shampoo!

3. Fanola No Yellow Shampoo

This shampoo truly is something else. Now this shampoo is not for everyone, it is specifically for individuals who have colored their hair silver or are naturally gray. The product works very well, I went from brassy to silver in one wash. The down side of the shampoo is that it dries out your hair because the sulfates in the shampoo. I try and aim for sulfate-free shampoo when I can, however this product tones my hair too well to give it up at the moment! So be sure to condition when you wash with this product, but you will be surprised at the results in color.

4. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

You treat yourself, so that also applies to your hair as well. Especially after bleaching treatments on your hair is Very important. This elasticizer brings shine to your hair as well as making it extremely strong & soft. I love love this product and if I could I would buy everyone a bottle just to see how amazing it really is.

5. DIY Treatments

I’m a college student, working a part time job, most times I can’t afford these fancy treatments so I make my own!  I put coconut oil in my hair after class, wrap my hair in a plastic bag (I know I’m classy but you gotta do what you gotta do), and wash with warm water and shampoo when I go to shower. It makes my hair feel so soft and shiny. I also spray my hair with Apple Cider Vinegar when I get in the shower and let it soak a little, it helps keep up shine!

These are just a few of the products I’ve used & some of the most notable that I thought I would share! Love yourself & love your hair!

Cheers!

xx Hannah

 

 

Spring Break in Chicago

Wow.. first and foremost where does time go. Spring break was in March and I’m a full month late on this post. Final months of college are taking over my life, and truthfully it all slipped my mind.  I was just looking through the photos that I look during the time, as well as it being my lovely friends birthday that I stayed with while I was there I figured it was time to write this up, even if it is a month late!

I came home from school ready to start spring break only to be met by a massive snow storm that was closing down airports all over the east coast. Luckily, my flight was only delayed 30 minutes or so, and I was able to make it to Chicago bright & early on Friday morning. I was met by a friend who I had not seen in 2 years after our amazing adventures in London together. We had made a promise to not lose touch even after we had returned home, and it is a promise that I refuse to break!

Much of Friday was spent catching up, having a few drinks and reminiscing over past travels. Soon a craving of tacos came over us and we spotted the cutest exterior of a restaurant, Su Casa & we couldn’t resist trying it out. It had amazing food & I wouldn’t hesitate to go again. We were also able to take super cute pics in the bathroom so definitely go check it out!

Saturday’s plan was to pretend that we were back in London enjoying our favourite afternoon tea. We had made reservations at The Allis, about 2 weeks before and everything was amazing. We dressed up and of course took a few pictures posing sipping our tea. But when you go be sure to order 2 towers, we easily scarfed down 1 tower ourselves!

Sunday & Monday were jammed packed with everything I wanted to complete during my time there. Of course I visited the Bean 2 times, I couldn’t help myself. We also took on the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It was so beautiful inside with all the amazing flowers. Another photo shoot worthy destination. It was an amazing break from the cool weather outside & even more of a plus it’s FREE! Right next door is the Lincoln Park zoo, which is also free! Even though it was a little cool outside, the sun was shining so we were able to peak at the lions sun bathing. A short walk from my friends apartment took us to Cafe Iberico where we had our fair share of tapas & sangria. Let me just say, the sangria was amazing. Even though the waiter was a bit surprised when we ordered a full pitcher for the two of us he can’t say that we disappointed him by leaving not even a single drop behind.

Monday was a more artsy day, where we stopped by the 3 Arts Club Cafe for breakfast. In my ‘where to go’ search of Chicago on Pinterest I came across this place. First and foremost its beautiful there. When you walk in it’s all brick inside, there are trees and fountains inside with a glass ceiling, and you get to eat in there! I could have stayed there all day, and not only did it just have a pretty face the food was excellent as well. We explored some history at the field museum, even though Sue, the giant T-Rex that normally greets you, was being moved I still got to see her skull was pretty exciting.

Now, I may not know about you but cheese is an important thing in my life. So of course, one thing that my family made sure that I did when I went to Chicago was have Giordano’s pizza. WOW. Deep dish pizza is just amazing, I don’t care what any one else has to say. Even though I could eat one piece I wanted to marry that pizza, and that is not an exaggeration.  The night ended in a food coma and we shared a few beers at the closest thing we could find to a English Pub. Unfortunately, I had to go back home on Monday, but we made sure to stop in the Art Institute. Of course I had to see my favorite man, Vincent Van Gogh before I went back home.

Even though I did not get a break from the snow or cold over spring break, I was able to spend time with a friend, which truly was the best thing ever. Though you may not see your friends every day, or live states apart like we do, make sure you take time for the people you care about.

 

 

Melbourne

The last trip with the three other girls I met while in Australia had to be a big one! We were leaving soon and wanted to make sure we could see as much as possible in such a small window of time.  We decided to take the short flight to Melbourne from Newcastle, it only ended up being an hour or so of a flight. We found a cheap hostel before hand, even though none of us are fond of them, and we were ready to explore the city.  Friday was a full day, we booked a tour that would show us around the Great Ocean Road.  It was pretty spectacular! We got to see koalas in the wild, hold parrots, see the 12 apostles, and see the beautiful sights as we drove along the Great Ocean Road. Before getting on the road itself we stopped at this Chocolate Factory, and let me say I felt like a kid, so overwhelmed with all the candies and chocolates to choose from, I couldn’t contain myself.

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A few of the 12 Apostles

The road is quite windy so if you get car sick, much like myself, I recommend taking something before hand! The story of the road is filled with lots of history, it was built to remember those soldiers from Australia who died in World War I.  The 12 Apostles are rock formations that come up from the ocean, which honestly I could have stayed and looked at them all day.  There are no longer 12 standing because of erosion and what not, but there is still a lot to see!

 

After a long day Friday, we spend Saturday just roaming around the city.  Of course we had to stop and have a photo shoot at the Brighton Beach Boxes, I mean how could you not! We also stopped at the famous Hoiser Lane to check out all the awesome street art.  I also tried to visit the Van Gogh exhibit at the Melbourne National Gallery, but sadly the line was incredibly long. My favourite thing that we did was check out the South Melbourne Market.  Being the foodie that I am I was so excited to see all these food stalls and the smell was just taking me to my happy place.  I couldn’t resist and get some fresh oysters as well as some gelato that was just out of this world!  The atmosphere was just amazing, if I could go back right now I totally would.

I was grateful to check off Melbourne with those lovely ladies. I had a wonderful time and it is definitely a city that I will be returning to!

Cheers,

Hannah

Surf’s Up

Bondi Beach is a very popular tourist destination, but the Sydney locals also love the area.  The beach is beautiful, there are also amazing restaurants lining the shore.  Through TEAN Abroad we were gifted a free surf lesson.  I have never surfed one day in my life.  I was so excited, but I was still a little scared.  I mean what if a wave just knocked me out, or what if I got stung by a Jellyfish (for the third time)?  I will be happy to report that none of those happened.  I mean I did get knocked by a few waves, but that’s unavoidable, and it was all part of the lesson! Waking up at 5am to take a 3 hour train into Sydney, squeezing into a drysuit, and carrying a surf board three times my size was all bit of a challenge.  However, the biggest challenge was trying to stand up on the surf board.  The instructors give you a mini-lession while on land, but let me tell you, it is not comparable to when you are in the water trying to actually catch a wave.  I fell more than a few times, and managed to stand up once, but for a first timer, I will take that as a victory.  After trying surfing for myself I totally understand why so many people take it up, it had to have been one of the most fun things I have ever done.  I mean who doesn’t want to just ride a wave, it feels like you’re just floating. Also be sure to check out one of the many restaurants in the surrounding area, trust me after surfing you will need a full meal!

Also you will get the chance to take photos where you look less like a model and more like you just got smacked by a wave. IMG_3231

If you have the chance, GO SURFING! Take a lesson, trust me you will love it!

Go find your adventure out there

Cheers,

Hannah

Newcastle is Sweet

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a massive sweet tooth! Just about everyday I’m craving something sweet to sink my teeth into. Now that I’m off in college & traveling abroad at the moment, I dabble in the occasional, sweets for breakfast, because I’m an adult now & I can have whatever I want, right?! I’m going to tell you about three of my favourite treats I’ve had in Newcastle so far!

Newcastle has definitely came in clutch with their various sweet treats around town. One of the first treats I’ve tried in town are donuts from a local bakery named Doughheads. First off, walking down the street I could smell the bakery from the top of the road! I wasn’t even initially planning on going in there but the smell was so captivating, I was like one of those cartoon characters floating towards that freshly baked pie on the windowsill.  I choose two donuts for takeaway, & it was one of the biggest challenges not to dig in right on the bus. I bought a Nutella stuffed donut as well as a peanut butter and pretzel donut for my roommate & I to share. The dough was so fluffy & light, & the toppings were just perfect! Just make sure you have a glass of milk ready to wash it down!

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Check out Doughheads website here!

The next stop is to a little cuban restaurant in Charlestown Square named Coco CubanoMy roommate & I were in need of a quick meal before we continued shopping. Something caught our eye, & we just couldn’t resist.  I know this isn’t quite a dessert, but it was totally a treat! We each ordered a Frose, or a frozen rose. Let me just say, it had to be one of the best drinks I’ve had, the alcohol wasn’t too overpowering & it had the perfect amount of sweetness, just get ready for a brain freeze here & there! 

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Check out Coco Cubano’s instagram here!

Last, but definetly not least is the ‘Freakshakes’ from The Depot.  The Depot is located on Darby Street in Newcastle.  They offer these crazy milkshakes, I mean they’re insane! Toppings piled high, you just can’t miss out on them. I suggest making this a meal in itself because you will be rather full after, & you might be thinking, “but Hannah, that’s just sugar”! Well you’re right, it is all sugar, but I never said I was a health blog, & this post isn’t about veggies.  I choose the cookies and cream freakshake, which included a cookie bowl with cookies and cream icecream ontop of the shake itself. While my friend choose the churros freakshake, which included many churros and tons of whipped cream ontop.

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Check out The Depots instagram here!

Also check out my roommate Molly’s instagram to see all of her photos of the sweet treats: @molly.mcqueary 

Hope you’re day is as sweet as all these treats!

Cheers,

Hannah

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