St Boxing Day

Being half English/half Irish, with one English parent and one Irish parent, it’s often that I’m faced with the short dilemma of choosing phrases. For example, the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day in England, but it’s called St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland. So for the name of this post, it only seems right to put both together, that’s why this post is entitled: St Boxing Day.

Now I don’t know about you, but my day after Christmas consists of more or less the exact same traditions as Christmas Day, minus opening presents. Watching TV and movies with my family, eating leftover turkey, stuffing my face with crisps and chocolate, staring at my Christmas presents in awe and staying in my pyjamas all day. Today was an exception though, as my brother’s girlfriend Courtney suggested that we go for a walk. We got dressed and set off to a local area set on a really steep hill, and once you get to the top, you turn around and then there’s this stunning view, there’s Ireland in all its beauty. Sort of like Primrose Hill, except instead of the city, there’s wind turbines and cows and hills. Since my dad and I are recovering from the flu and coughs, we really thought that the fresh air would do us good. We were wrong.

Perhaps we wouldn’t have felt so light-headed if we hadn’t decided to hurtle up the last part of the hill. By the time we had reached the top, I thought I was going to be sick. Now I’m telling you, I really thought I would be warm enough in my duffel coat and gigantic new scarf, but no, I couldn’t feel my hands, my toes or my nose. My mum, my brother Sam and Courtney caught up with us at the top of the hill and we all took in the breathtaking view. My mum was sensible enough to bring a hat and gloves as well a scarf, but even she was freezing.

We got home, and my mum used some of the leftover turkey to create a kind of pastry parcel, with gravy and peas and it was magnificent. During dinner we made a toast to George Michael. We were all shocked at last night’s news, and as my mum is (or was, when she was younger) a huge Wham fan, it hit hard and we all got a bit upset.

After dinner, we just relaxed and watched an episode of Black Mirror, a very very good show. I would highly recommend watching it, my favourite one is “Hated in The Nation”. We also had a laugh messing about trying to guess songs. Another show we’ve been watching a lot of is Sherlock, and my god, I’m becoming obsessed. My brother, my mum and my dad have all already seen it, and they wanted me to see it too, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Right now, a sing-song is in progress. My dad and Sam have sung some 80s songs, with my mum and Courtney joining in, I’d love to join in too but I’m not very good at singing in front of people. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start singing in front of people. What are yours?

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas day, and apologies for not posting in a very long time. Enjoy the rest of the holidays! x

Hana

 

 

Why You Should Get The iPhone SE ♡

I don’t think I was the only person that was stuck with an iPhone 4S, I really don’t. Upgrading to iOS 9 was definitely a mistake, my little old phone couldn’t take it. I was in need of an upgrade, and I ended up waiting nearly six months for it, but let me tell you, it was worth it.

Last Saturday I got the iPhone SE, and as soon as I took it out of the box I knew I would absolutely love it. I got it with 16GB, and in the colour Rose Gold, because y’know… it’s beautiful.

Today I’m going to give you some reasons why you should get the iPhone SE:

First of all, the speed. The speed. It’s so quick, it’s insane. Since it has 2GB ram it’s super fast, apps don’t refresh as frequently, you can get from one app to another in a split second. This is one of my favourite things about it.

Secondly, the camera is amazing. The back camera is 12mp, making it crystal clear and making your photos crisp and clean. You can also shoot videos in 4k, which is like, TV standard. The front-facing camera is the same as on the 5S, so it’s not too up-to-date, but it isn’t bad at all, it’s still very clear.

It’s also very comfortable to hold, since I never had a 6, 6+, 6S or 6S+, it wouldn’t be a big deal to go from a big phone to a much smaller phone, but since I upgraded from a little 4S, the size difference wasn’t too bad. It’s hard to drop (that sounds so stupid), but it’s true, many a time have I held my friends iPhone 6’s and nearly dropped them smack on the ground. The SE fits perfectly in my hand and there’s no worry of breaking it.

The colours are also lovely, rose gold is stunning, this was (pathetically) one of my reasons for getting it, a little bit shallow but way too true.

The battery is incredible. I can go from 9a.m. to 10.p.m without running out of battery. It really does last for ages, and that’s one of my favourite things about it.

The price is also very good, it is one of the cheapest iPhones (if not the cheapest) that’s ever been brought out.

Overall, it’s an incredible phone, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Bye for now x

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Book Review: All The Bright Places ♡

First of all, I am speechless, in so many different ways. You must read this book, if you can handle it. I’m not sure I can. This book will send you into a frenzy of different emotions, and at the end you will want more. It will have you thinking so many thoughts, too many to count, and your head will be filled with quotes. So many beautiful, different quotes. You’ll want to write them down and stick them on your wall, like Finch does.

This is what it’s about, and don’t worry, I won’t give spoilers.

This book focuses on the lives of Violet Markey (or Ultraviolet Remarkey-able) and Theodore Finch (or just Finch).

Violet is grieving over her sister, who recently died in a tragic accident.

Finch is suicidal, and his world is shrinking day by day.

They first meet on the ledge of the school tower, where they are both considering jumping, until they see each other.

Suddenly, Finch becomes engrossed in the life of Violet, and becomes desperate to get to know her better. He takes it upon himself to become her partner in a school project for their U.S. Geography class, where they must visit and in their case, wander different parts of Indiana, where they live. They discover the most unique and wacky parts, and it has made me want to go there someday.

Graduation is approaching, and so is college. Violet is counting down the days and crossing them off on her calendar, until she meets Finch.

Finch wants to protect Violet, he wants her to live, he wants her not to be stopped by her own shadow, or the shadow of her lost sister, but as her world begins to come alive again, his begins to stop.

This is an amazing story, and the characters are so complex and absolutely brilliant, you will fall in love with Violet, but most of all you will fall in love with Finch, the most intriguing, wild, unpredictable, lovable character I have ever come across.

“You are all the colours in one, at full brightness” – Theodore Finch

I hope this review was informative, and I hope you enjoy the book too, but be warned, you may need tissues. I would recommend this book to anyone 15 and over.

Bye for now x

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London Day 1: ♡

Sitting in my grandparent’s garden in London, with the sun beaming down on me, and the chatter of family talking, I can safely say that I’m loving life.

Although that wasn’t the case earlier, about six hours ago I would’ve been happy enough to tear my eyeballs out, here’s why:

4:00a.m The usual dumb alarm clock noise, ducks quacking, what is wrong with me… Anyway, I managed to maintain the struggle of getting up at such a ridiculous hour, and stumble across my room (in the dark) to turn on the light. No sooner then being blinded by the sudden brightness, I nearly fell over due to that thing you get when you stand up too quickly, y’know, that white fuzzy eye thing. I somehow managed to get dressed, and go into my brother (Sam)’s room to wake him up. 30 minutes later and the suitcases were in the car, we were all set to go.

7:10a.m We were at the airport by this stage, and I was enjoying the constant bickering between the rest of my family (not). Soon to board the plane (thank jesus…). I didn’t get the chance to look at any duty-free makeup which was a shame, but maybe I will on the way back.

8:05a.m On the plane, stress levels through-the-roof, I cried my eyes out when we were taking off. Due to my whole family’s pettiness towards each other, I didn’t get to sit next to my mum on the plane, that was a real pain, because we’re usually each other’s comfort company during the flight. I felt so anxious and terrified for the first half of the flight, but when my mum saw my petrified expression she swapped places until she was sitting with me, and we comforted each other.

8:55a.m Near to landing, I felt awful. The turbulence was so bad, and I didn’t think we were even going to break through the clouds. But we did, we landed, safe and sound.

10:30-3:30. At my grandparent’s, my friend’s mum was kind enough to collect us from the airport and bring us here, and I’m just enjoying the sun. My mum’s brother (my uncle, Proppy, it’s a nickname) stopped by for a while and we all had a good catch up. A little while before that we nipped to the town to have a look in the charity shops, but they were closed, I went into the pharmacy and got a couple of little presents for people, which was fun. I’m sitting here in the sun, feeling MUCH better then before, and enjoying life.

3:20p.m I decided to put on a little makeup, because it’s FUN! If you would like to see what I used today, click here

4:00p.m My mum and Bubba decided to make an afternoon tea, and invited friends. My mum invited her friend and her mum and her little son Gabriel, it was so lovely to see them! My life-long besties came over and we snacked on tuna and cucumber finger sandwiches and egg sandwiches, and of course crisps! For dessert we had mini-scones, bakewell cake and no-bake strawberry cheesecake (and real strawberries). The weather was amazing, and the atmosphere was great.

It is currently 8:39p.m and to be quite honest, I am ready for bed. I’m gonna just chill and catch up on some YouTube videos!

Bye for now! Day two will be all about my trip (which is tomorrow) to London!

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Today’s Makeup: 7/8/16

Hi! So if you followed the link from my post about London Day 1, you’ll be here to see what makeup I wore that day, or if you just stumbled upon this page hello!

This is what makeup I wore today: and if you click on each product it’ll bring you to where you can buy it.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer

Collection Contour and Highlight Palette

Bourjois Blusher in ‘Rose d’Or’

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter

Rimmel Wake Me Up Mascara

Natural Collection Lip Gloss in ‘Turkish Delight’

So that is what I wore today, I don’t think it was too much and also all of the products are very affordable, I love all of them!

A Little Bit About Me ♡

Hi everyone, as I’ve been blogging a lot more lately, and all my posts have been kind of random, I thought today’s could be something a bit different and it should also give you a little insight into what it’s like… being moi! xD

My name is of Japanese origin. Instead of naming me Hannah, (which would’ve been a lot easier…trust me…) my parents opted for something a little more on the unique side of things and decided to name me Hana, meaning flower in Japanese. Although it’s a pain having to correct everyone when they spell my name wrong, I do appreciate having a name that is different, it fits well with my personality and over the years my interest in Japanese culture has grown, thanks to my name.

I’m half English, half Irish. My Mum is originally from London, and my Dad is from Dublin. I was born in England but we moved to Ireland when I was quite young as my Dad wanted us to experience living in Ireland while my brother and I were still kids. It was hard to adjust, and with our English accents, my brother and I were easy to pick on. As I was younger I didn’t get it nearly as bad as my brother did. Luckily now he’s totally grown up, and is confident in himself, as he should be. Living in Ireland has taught me several things, some good, some bad, but let’s save that for another day. Put it this way, some days I love the freedom Ireland and its countryside gives, other days I beg for surroundings other then fields full of cows and their poo. You get it? Anyway here’s a picture of us now…

My best friends and I met through social media. A few years ago I was faced with the difficult decision of choosing a secondary school to attend. As a shy yet insane person (some of you will get it…), it was a very hard decision to make. I didn’t know where I would fit in best. My two options were a school in my local town or another one about 20 minutes away. In the local school, I would know a lot of the people there, and in the other school I would be thrown in at the deep end and know no one, I think I considered this school as I thought that starting fresh was a bold and brave decision to make, but now I know that doesn’t matter, I should’ve just known wherever I feel comfortable, I should go. I couldn’t decide which I thought was better until I met my (now) best friends. We found each other through Instagram, we found that we lived only a few short minutes away, and our mums became friends just as we did. On my last day of primary school, my mum and I went round to their house for the first time, and we all immediately became best friends. It was amazing to become friends with people who are like me, who like the same kind of things as me, who enjoy talking about the same subjects as I do. Knowing that they were going to the local school, it was now a very easy decision to make on which one I should go to. A few years down the line and our friendship is still as strong as ever. Here you go folks! Meet my best friends.

That’s all I’m going to talk about for this post, because we all know if I talk anymore we’ll be here forever, and you’ll just get bored! I really hope you enjoyed this post, and maybe learnt a little bit more about me.

Bye for now x

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Antique Shop Finds ♡

So last Saturday, my mum, my brothers girlfriend (Courtney), and my friends (Hayley and Holly) went into my local town and to an antique shop, to find an old camera that my brother wanted for his birthday (which was on Saturday…haha).

Anyway, while we were in there, my mum came across these exquisite cups, made of fine China (seriously they were the lightest cups I’ve ever held), with a beautiful Japanese print on them. Courtney and I pounced on them immediately, (not literally, if we had, they’d have broken). But seriously, they were beautiful. I’m not exactly sure where they come from but I know I love it. They also had little saucers with them, but mine didn’t match, I don’t really care though. Here they are:

Aren’t they lovely? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post, sorry it was short, this is very unusual for me xD

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