January! Not the easiest month in my opinion and definitely a month full of expectations and possible self disappointment. As I am writing this it is currently 'Blue Monday' which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, However, with no specific backing and made in 2005 by a travel company (mmmm maybe to book a holiday ??) so I wouldn't take that one too seriously. Saying that January can be hard for many reasons, its cold, its raining and did anyone else also have snow recently?? The days are also a lot shorter (anybody else ready to pop into bed at 5pm?). 

In December I did the typical of setting myself new years resolutions, and if I'm being honest I haven't really even started them and well that can make you feel a little bit down... January is full of hope, new starts and full blown healthy eating and exercising (what about all the left over Christmas choc still?).

If you read my new years resolutions in my previous post here you will know I set myself the goal to start running more and create a healthier lifestyle, which I have. However, I am not running every day and sometimes not even once a week, as life and uni just sometimes gets in the way. This then leaves me feeling guilty and makes me feel like my January hasn't been the BOOMING month we all expect. Which made me start questioning who made us set all these new resolutions and made us want to start off the year on such a high.

Anyway, what I am trying to say is January is a hard month, it's okay to not have the kick start into the new year that you thought you would have. As we really have 12 months time to work on our goals and ourselves. 

This month I have been working with Boux Avenue on their 'Share The Confidence' this is their main message in their new SS 19 Active Range, which you may have seen me talk about on Instagram. This month Boux Avenue wants you to feel confident in yourself and give others that boost too. This new campaign promotes confidence and healthiness in an attainable, sustainable and fun way that feels right for each individual.

Boux Avenue's new Active Range is amazing to brighten up your month with their amazing different prints and styles (personal favourite is the snake print!). Even if active wear is your thing to lounge around in or run errands in, Boux Avenue has something for you. It's not all just for the gym!

As always you can use my code 'Hannahwboux20' for 20% off all Active Wear range this month as well as all of their new in range!! You can also use this link here to shop their website.

Let me know how you feel about January and what you find perks you up?

Wow what a year! I can't believe we are at the end of another year again. It only seems like a few months have passed since I wrote a blog post similar to this last year. It has been a crazy year starting second year of University, travelling on holidays, working with new brands and new companies on exciting projects and becoming a Boux Avenue Student Ambassador. So similar to last year I thought I would do '18 highlights of my 2018', I loved looking back at my 2017 and remembering everything I was proud of, a really good idea for reflection in years to come.

1. Finishing my first year at University with overall First (wish it was included in my final grade!).

2. Creating my first tailored jacket, a piece I was really proud and happy to have finished.

3. Becoming a Boux Ambassador, I had known about the scheme for nearly a year and was so desperate to work with them.

4. Re decorating my room exactly how I wanted (small but I really love it now).

5. Buying my first Vivienne Westwood Dress, I had awed over these for such a long time.

6. Getting a job at Sandro in Harvey Nichols, even though I am now leaving to focus more on University, I was so proud of this moment, a big step up from Topshop!

7. Three of the most amazing holidays ever with Jack, Grenada and Amsterdam were two of my favourite places (and very different).

8. Celebrating two years with Jack in summer and our third Christmas together.

9. Managing a 13-hour flight, I wasn't a pro flier and this was a proud moment. 

10. Working with so many amazing brands and collaborations like The Body Shop and Danielle Wellington.

11. Visiting the Azzedine Alaia- The Couturier exhibition.

12. Graduate Fashion Week- this was an amazing day and I loved getting inspired and seeing everyone's work.

13. Another year of blogging, still a passion I am carrying on with despite my work load.

14. My 19th birthday with Jack, we celebrated in Amsterdam once my deadlines were over.

15. Snow days! at the beginning of the year we had so much snow and we were snowed in quite a few times, I loved these days.

16. Getting more confident driving, a huge one now I've been driving over a year and it gives me so much freedom, I just love it.

17. Working really hard at University, it has been a struggle in the second year so far but its been a highlight how far i've come, now onto the next term!

18. Discovering my personal style a little more and caring more about what clothes I am buying. 

It's been a great year and I am so excited for next year as there is so much to come like placement year, which could bring me so many new opportunities, working with different brands and companies and expressing my inner creativity even more!

A few of my 2019 goals...

1. To secure an internship, I really want to do an internship next year and have found this process difficult so far, so is definitely a goal of mine.

2. To carry on working with different brands and companies to help further progress my creativeness and share that on my blog and Instagram.

3. Create a better lifestyle for myself now that I have a little extra time with no job. Start yoga and running again on a weekend with Jack (a typical new years goals, but when is a better time to start??)

My skin care routine is always changing depending on how my skin is reacting to different seasons or
different things that are happening in my life. I've never had my 'go to' products that I use and stick to for years. I have always been that girl that is down to try any new recommendations or 'new in' products I see. However, I have just slightly adjusted my skincare routine and I have been sticking with it for quite a while now as I have really found some good products. I have combination skin that is quite problematic, it never stays the same.

Recently, I have been working with the brand The Body Shop and have really found myself exploring into my skincare (and hair care, which also changes with my skin!) and have found some products that I just can't put down and have become my real go to products!

A good place to start is removing my makeup and cleansing my skin. I LOVE the Camomile range from The Body Shop, they work supper well with my skin type and dare I say I almost love it maybe even more than my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse and polish. 

And on the topic of The Body Shop, another one of my favourite products they do is their face masks! I have tried quite a few of these over the past few months and picked out my favourite two for different skin days! My first favourite is the Himalayan charcoal purifying mask which I use when my skin is feeling really congested and oily usually when I have been wearing a lot of makeup for a long period of time.  The second face mask I tend to grab is the Mediterranean Almond Milk with Oats instant smoothing face mask. I love this when I am having a pamper night or a long soak in the bath, perfect for balancing my skin out.

A new favourite of mine and an essential in my skincare routine is the Tropic Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum. This product is my new holy grail and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties as well as helps fight skin blemishes. This has helped improve my skin so much, especially during winter when I have been wearing more makeup than usual!

Another product I have really been using a lot this winter is the drops of youth serums by The Body Shop. They are super refreshing and infused with plant cells and leaves my skin feeling so soft and fresh, one of my favourites to apply on a morning and after using a face mask. 

A product I regularly use before moisturiser, after cleansing my face if I am not applying any serums is a toner. Liz Earle Skin Tonic Toner is an all time favourite and I haven't tried many others than this as it really works well for my skin type.

One of my favourite products are eye creams/ gels and serums. One of my favourites that I have been using constantly at the minute is the La Prairie anti- ageing eye cream, an expensive one but is also an amazing product. Preventing those eye bags from an early start!

Catia Balconette Bra

Christmas is just around the corner and there is less than a week to get those last minute Christmas gifts in for your friends and family. As many of you know I am a student ambassador for Boux Avenue and incase you didn't know, which I am sure a lot of you don't, I thought I would sum up what the Ambassador Scheme is all about and what it means if you use my code.

So to start with, I have a discount code which will change what discount you get every month and this month it is everything Christmas!! which means you can get 20% off with my code 'HANNAHWBOUX20', this covers all aspects of gifting, pj's, underwear, knitwear etc etc! The list goes on and on!

I applied to the scheme last Summer and was luckily successful to be able to work with a lovely team of empowering women! I get gifted products every month that fit to the theme of my discount for that month. I don't earn any commission when you use my code it simply just helps me out to potentially win some amazing prizes at the end of the scheme (the internship is top of my list!!) it is also amazing for you guys to get some discounts off amazing products!

Lace Trim Kimono
Now onto the good stuff.... This month is all about Christmas obviously! and we were kindly gifted some extra gifts this month from different brands as well as Boux which was lovely and perfect stocking filler ideas! My Favourite stocking filler ideas are their pyjamas in a bag (essential to have), socks, hand cream and slippers. You can check out all their stocking fillers under £20 here.

My absolutely favourite items ever from Boux are their pyjama sets. Honestly, my favourites and you can never have enough pyjamas? This year Pyjamas have been my go to gift and Boux have some amazing choices this year from shorties in a bag to long silky pyjamas and even festive matching family pyjamas. They also have pyjamas from all different price ranges depending on how much you want to spend. Favourites of mine are their silky satin ones, so soft and perfect for Christmas eve for you and your family! One of my favourites are these star print long satin pyjamas, they're so festive and silky but can be worn all year round. Definitely my Christmas morning pyjama's this year. 

Star Print Long Satin Pyjama Set

Another great Christmas present is a robe or dressing gown and personally one of my favourites to receive. Boux have so may robes and dressing gowns in so many different designs that are so cosy and warm all the way through to the less practical for this time of year but great for summer, the silky satin robes. This Frosted Deer Dressing gown is one of my favourites, so festive too! And the Lace Trim Satin Robe is another favourite of mine.

As you may have seen in my previous blog post and on my Instagram stories this year Boux are celebrating the leading lady in your life. This year I am celebrating my mum, who is my leading lady. Why not celebrate your leading lady and as a little thank you treat them to some new luxurious pyjama sets for you both to match in.

Don't forget you can use my discount this code this month 'HANNAHWBOUX20' to receive 20% off all Christmas (half the website!!). Also don't forget to follow my Instagram here to keep updated on what discounts you can get every month! You can also use my unique link here, which is just as amazing as using my code if my discount doesn't apply to what you're shopping that month!

Thank you for helping me out by using my code and Merry Christmas! 

This month my Boux discount gives you 20% off all nightwear! So I thought it would be perfect to put together a little post and let you know exactly what you can use my discount on this month. Also, this is perfect timing for Christmas, so this post may inspire you with some Christmas ideas or even stocking fillers for the festive season. Boux literally has a gift for everyone this Christmas.

Tonight I popped into my local Boux store to have a little browse of their new Christmas campaign, which launched last week (insane by the way). This year it is all about celebrating the leading lady in your life. Whether that is the women you admire, who makes you laugh, is a shoulder to cry on, who you just can't live without or someone who deserves something special this Christmas. This could be our Mums, Sisters, Daughters, Best Friends, Girlfriends, Wives, Partners, Aunts, Cousins, Colleagues and You!! They have some amazing celebrities on board this year representing the brand and celebrating the leading ladies in the Christmas fairy tale. This year Emily Shak (Instagram queen) is the Enchantass, Sam Faiers as the fairy godmother, Louise Thompson as the Princess and finally the Queen, Jacqueline Jossa. Make sure you check out the collection at your nearest Boux store.

Firstly I have to start off with one of favourites from Boux, their 'shorties in a bag' or 'pj's in a bag'. These are the ultimate Christmas present, they're as cheap as £12 (with my discount code) and they have some lovely Christmas themed ones too! My favourites are the classic pink and white pin stripe, they have had theses for a few years now and they're my favourite, so comfy too. My favourite Christmas themed shorties are these gingerbread themed ones, so festive for December and Christmas eve! These pj's each come in their only little bag which make them super cute as a gift and they also look so lovely in my pj's draw.

I also wanted to mention when you use my discount code online it is super easy to select gift wrapping (which is free) and have all your Christmas gifts or gifts for yourself arrive in a Boux gift box, wrapped in tissue paper with rose petals which also smells amazing (no Christmas wrapping needed). My discount can get you 20% off pyjamas, novelty nightwear, matching family nightwear (which is so adorable if you have small ones in your family), cami sets, robes, socks and slippers, teddies and bodies, plus so much more.

I love the lace bodies, teddies and boudoir and they're perfect to layer-up and wear as outer wear to Christmas parties that will be cropping up no doubt soon. One of my favourites is this chloe sheer body which would be only £28 with my discount. This would look lovely tucked into some denim jeans or leather trousers paired with a loose oversized satin shirt and some boots or heels- Christmas outfit sorted.

This month I received the lace trim satin kimono in indigo, which is my new favourite colour! I'm so obsessed. We also got stocked out with our Christmas pjs and were gifted some shorties in a bag- I've ordered 3 more sets for Christmas gifts since receiving them they're that comfy. Make sure to check my Instagram to see my latest photos as well as keeping up to date with my live stories and, incase you miss them, they're all saved to my stories highlights on my profile.

Don't forget to share your pictures with the hashtag #BouxEverAfter and use my discount 'hannahwboux20' for 20% off all nightwear this month only!

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