Tuesday, 31 May 2016

My helix piercing feat. Karma Se7en

Some of you may know that I got my helix pierced a few weeks ago (my sister and I got matching piercings!), so when Karma Se7en contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out their helix jewellery, it was perfect timing. They have such a huge selection of piercing jewellery that it was difficult to choose my favourites, but I settled on four different ones in the end.

I have collaborated with Karma Se7en in the past (post here) and their jewellery is always great quality and really decent prices. Delivery is fast and the jewellery comes in little purple boxes that are perfect to keep the smaller pieces in.



I love the colours in this little stud - it really stands out. This piercing has a little ball on the other end (that is very fiddly to put on - I'm still trying to get the hang of it!). Plus it's only £2.95 which is a bargain.



This one was really difficult to photograph as it is so small on either side of my ear, but it's basically a bar that goes through the hole, which then looks like there's a little dog bone sticking through your ear. This was the piercing I requested first, as I think it's really cute, plus it's probably the easiest to put in on account of there being no little ball! This is the most expensive at £3.99, which is still a very good price.



I love this stud - it's so dainty and pretty, and will definitely be one that I wear on a day to day basis. It is only £2.99 and is solid silver, so can be worn in the shower or when swimming.

I also received Karma Se7en's Piercing Ring with Dangle Feather* but I haven't yet worked out how to put it in! It has a tiny ball on it that has to come out, and then be put back in again once the ring is in the ear, but it's so fiddly. It is really pretty though - one of my favourite of the four I have. Bear with me and I'll try and get a photo of it in my ear up over the next week or so.

I would definitely recommend Karma Se7en if you're looking for any type of body piercing jewellery, as they have so much choice and really decent prices. My sister also bought some of their helix piercing jewellery and loves them too.


And then Dad had to make fun of me because of the way I was standing... All in the name of blogging, eh?!
You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward.



Sunday, 29 May 2016

The countryside is my happy place


It has been such a beautiful day today, so my parents and I decided to go on a walk with the dogs this morning.


I love being in the countryside - it always makes me feel so relaxed and happy. I'm very lucky to live somewhere so peaceful, where you can just step out of the door and go for a walk through a field or forest.


Our dogs love going in the water, so we spent a while throwing sticks to them (before Buster shook water all over me...).


I also always think that the countryside is the perfect place to take my camera out and get some good shots of nature.


The rest of the day has been spent revising and shopping. I bought quite a few things for when I go away over the summer, so I'm sure they will be featured on here soon!


Enjoy the bank holiday :)
If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.
                 - Steve Jobs



Friday, 27 May 2016

Starbucks Drive Thru


Today I have travelled back home for the long weekend with my housemate, and we ended up going through a Starbucks drive thru on the way, which was a bit of a novelty! I had a banana and caramel s'more drink, which was delicious.

The rest of the evening has been spent practising clinical skills and catching up on Britain's Got Talent.

I'm very glad Friday, and am looking forward to the long weekend!

Hannah x

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Wahaca


Wahaca, 24 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DS

A couple of my housemates finished their exams today and will be leaving Liverpool for the summer soon, so we decided to go for a meal as a house tonight to celebrate.

There are so many amazing places to eat in Liverpool, but after some research we settled on Wahaca. Wahaca is a Mexican restaurant that I have walked past a couple of times recently, and always thought it looked cool from the outside - I love the bright colours and paintings.


Wahaca actually turned out to be having an open night of their upstairs bar today, so we went up for half an hour to sample some of their cocktails and food. We were given a free drink each and some nibbles came around, such as quesadillas, which were all delicious. The rooftop bar is really cool and would be lovely in summer; they have lots of squishy seats and benches, with some blankets provided for when it gets a bit cooler. It would look lovely lit up in the evenings.


We then went back downstairs to the restaurant, which is also decorated really nicely. It is quite modern with lots of bright colours and cool light fittings - exactly my style.


Wahaca's menu is quite extensive but consists of all of the Mexican classics you could think of - burritos, tacos, taquitos and tostadas.


We were given a voucher for a free margharita cocktail after the upstairs bar event, but I wasn't too keen on it - it was a little sharp for my taste. But you can't complain about a free drink!


Wahaca currently have a deal on where, if you sign up to their newsletter, you receive a voucher for a free 'street food' dish when you buy another dish. We decided to get the black bean and cheese quesadilla, and the sweet potato and feta taquito (below), to try between us. The taquito was delicious - one of the best things I have eaten in a while. It was covered in feta cheese and mayonnaise, and contained sweet potato inside. I think next time I would order two of them and have them as a main meal!


For my main I ordered the cactus and courgette burrito, and had it 'pimped up' so that it came with guacamole and nachos. The burrito was incredible - it also contained feta cheese, and the cactus was surprisingly tasty. Very filling!


I also got a side of sweet potato, which were slightly crispy and had a lovely dressing on them. They were also delicious.


You can't go to a Mexican without eating some churros, so I shared some with my housemate as we were both quite stuffed by the time we were ordering desserts. They were covered in sugar and cinammon, and came with melted chocolate in a cute little teacup.


I think Wahaca is actually the best Mexican I have ever been to, which is a big claim as I love Mexican food. I loved the decor inside, and the rooftop bar made it extra special - not to mention the food being delicious. It had a really lovely vibe inside, with funky music playing and really friendly staff. Plus it was a really good price - I only paid £14 for all of the food that I consumed. It's a great place to go with a group of friends and sample lots of different dishes, and they cater for everyone (I believe they have a great gluten-free menu, and there were loads of vegetarian choices). I will definitely be back in the not-so-distant future!
Your past has given you the strength and wisdom you have today, so celebrate it. Don't let it haunt you.



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

20 things to do this summer that will make you smile


Summer is (basically) upon us (wishful thinking?) and I'm looking forward to chilling out, so I thought I would give myself a break from revision and write a list of things to do this summer that will make you smile.

1) Picnic
Picnics are one of the most quintessential British summertime activities - but for a reason. Grab a blanket, lots of food, and some friends, and find a field to sit in for the afternoon. Take along your iPod and some speakers and play some card games. Zoella has a great post on a picnic party here - the food looks delicious!.

2) Beach day
Obvious, but one of the best things to do on a warm summer's day is to sit on a beach, with the sea nearby to paddle in when you get too hot. Plus if you don't live close to the seaside then the road trip there is half of the fun! I'd love to visit Brighton at some point; it looks gorgeous.

3) Cocktail masterclass
Get some friends over for one afternoon/evening, sit out in the garden, and make up some cocktails.

4) Go back to your childhood
One of my favourite days from a couple of summers ago was sitting in a vacant field with friends, chatting. I ended up doing some cartwheels, handstands, dancing, and running around with a football - it was exhilarating and made me feel so good.



5) Afternoon tea
Make your own afternoon tea - bake a few different cakes and get some tea (or champagne!) to go with them. Present nicely on a cake stand and you have the perfect Instagram opportunity.

6) Meditate
There's something so relaxing about sitting outside and focusing on the world around you. This summer try and take 5-10 minutes each day to quietly meditate, whether in your bedroom or on a beach in Bali.

7) Music festival
Listening to music is many peoples' favourite pastime, so a music festival is a perfect event to do this, while socialising with your friends and dancing the night away. If you don't have £150 to shell out for Glastonbury or V, there are plenty of free festivals around the UK, such as LIMF (Liverpool International Music Festival) from 21st-24th July, which is Europe's biggest free music event. Acts such as Sigma, Wretch 32 and The Wombats are in the line up this year - I went last summer and really enjoyed it (posts here and here).

8) Stargazing
I love lying out in the dark on a summer's night, stargazing. It's really relaxing and really inspires me - plus it's something you can do on your own or with other people.

9) Blow bubbles
I know one point was going back to your childhood by doing cartwheels, but why not blow bubbles too?! This used to bring myself and my sister so much joy when we were younger, and I don't see why the novelty would have worn off.

10) BBQ
So you haven't done your summer properly unless you've had at least one barbecue (even if it was on the wettest day of July and you had to huddle in your shed to eat your food). Food always tastes so much better when it's been barbecued. You could even have a little garden party and invite friends and family to dress up a little.

11) Photography
There are so many beautiful things around during the summer that can be photographed, such as flowers and wildlife. Even portrait photography is so much better when the sun is shining.

12) Strawberry picking
I used to love going to a strawberry farm in the summertime to pick strawberries. Eating half of the ones you pick is all part of the fun.

13) Open air cinema
Go to a drive-in cinema or an open air cinema. Liverpool has loads on during the summer.


14) Jump through a sprinkler
Again, something that my sister and I would do when we were younger - put the sprinkler on in the garden and run through it as fast as we could. We would be soaked by the end of it, but really happy.

15) Sleep with your window open
So simple, but being able to sleep next to an open window makes me feel really happy and relaxed.

16) Slip and slide
Right, I feel like this post should be called '18 things to do this summer that will take you back to your childhood'! Do you remember making a slip and slide in your garden when you were younger? We used to get a sheet, make it damp, put loads of washing up liquid on it, and launch ourselves onto it so that we would slide all the way to the bottom. I think it would be absolutely hilarious to do this as a 'grown up'!

17) Hire a bouncy castle
One of the most fun ways to spend an afternoon. Perfect for a summer birthday.

18) Go on holiday
The most obvious thing on this list, but you don't have to go abroad to go on holiday. Take a weekend break in a city somewhere in the UK, or spend a week by the British seaside. There are some beautiful places in Britain that I still haven't been to, and would love to visit during the summer. Less travel time = less stress = more relaxing!
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.



Tuesday, 24 May 2016

HOST


HOST, 31 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9HX

Today was my last teaching day in university this year, so our teacher decided to take my group out for a meal at HOST for lunch. HOST is situated on the lovely Hope Street (hence the name), and is a Pan-Asian cuisine restaurant, that is bright and modern inside with wooden benches and big square tables.

HOST has a lunchtime menu called 'Chop Chop!', which has 5 different menu options for just £7. I had the Char Kway Teow, which is a Malaysian noodle dish, and added prawns to it for an extra £2. It was delicious and just filling enough for a lunchtime meal, especially as it was fairly cheap. 

Chinese or Malaysian is not my favourite type of food, but I always enjoy it when I do eat it. And HOST is probably one of the best places in Liverpool to sample some good Asian food - alongside Four Seasons that I visited the other week.
Train your mind to see the good in everything.



Monday, 23 May 2016

6 things that have made me happy today #9

Revision is very boring right now, so I really need things to keep me going throughout the week. Here are 6 things that have made me happy today...

1) Britain's Got Talent
Britain's Got Talent is my favourite TV talent show competition, so I always love the week where all of the semi-finals are shown. This week it will give me a chance to relax in the evenings, and a couple of hours away from medicine.

2) Molly The Newfie Snapchats
I am obsessed with Newfoundlands, and have been following Molly The Newfie (@mollythenewfie) for a while on Instagram, to keep up with the adventures of Molly and Boomer the Newfoundlands, and Lady the Pomeranian. They are all gorgeous, so when I found out that Molly had Snapchat I was over the moon! Her Snapchats keep me entertained through the day - the Snapchat username is mollythenewfie.

3) Examination teaching at hospital
We have some great teachers at hospital, and some of the best teaching is ward-based and focused on clinical examinations. Today we went through a neurological and cardiovascular examination, and I really felt like things were starting to click into place. Plus we got to meet some really lovely patients, which is always a bonus.

4) Food shopping
I don't always enjoy food shopping - sometimes it can seem like such a chore. But today I went and decided to treat myself a little to get through this week of revision. My favourite purchase was Quorn Mini Savoury Eggs - they are like scotch eggs, but vegetarian, and are delicious. I've been snacking on them all evening.

5) Elective planning
I am going away to Fiji in a few weeks' time as part of my medical course, as we have to do some work experience in a hospital for 4 weeks - a so-called 'medical elective'. I am going with two other friends and we keep talking about what we're going to get up to abroad, which is really exciting! I can't wait to blog while I'm out there!

6) Chilling out with a book
I love reading, and am currently enjoying The Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond. It's difficult to put down, so I have been reading it during study breaks and as a way to relax in the evening. There's nothing like curling up in bed with a good book.
Never love anybody who treats you like you're ordinary.
           - Oscar Wilde



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Feeling French


Stripe Bardot Top - New Look
Jeans - Topshop
Neckerchief - Boohoo
Sandals - Primark

This is actually the outfit I wore yesterday, and at least three people commented and said how French I looked. Must be the stripes and the neckerchief!


These mom jeans are the comfiest things to wear ever, and I love how the neckerchief adds a little je ne sais quoi to a fairly basic outfit. My lipstick is a new MAC one that I bought at Duty Free last week, and is a dark brown colour - called Antique Velvet.


Today has just been spent revising and sleeping, before getting the train back up to Liverpool. I only have two weeks left at hospital placement before exams; this year has gone so quickly!

I am feeling very content with life at the moment - I have some amazing people around me and a lot of things to look forward to over the summer and beyond. And Liverpool now feels like my second home - I am very lucky to be living in such a wonderful city.
Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.