Hello Hannah! Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm a 19 year old Graphic Design student from Manchester with a major love for Amy Winehouse, ugly shoes, typography and the colour black.
How and why did you get in to blogging?
I think I got into blogging through stumbling upon other people's blogs waaaay back in the MySpace days - I've had mine since 2009 and used to use it as a bit of a diary kinda thing rather than a creative platform. Then, I began finding more and more fashion blogs and my daily rants turned into outfits and such!
Who inspires your style the most and which stores are your favourite?
People on Instagram inspire me most! Literally everyone I'm following gives me such life/wardrobe envy haha! Celeb wise, I've always loved the Olsens. Suki Waterhouse is a major girl crush too - she looks flawless always. I think I take a bit of something from everyone though - I'll see a well dressed male in the street and then wanna wear trousers and shirts, bit weird like that haha. I'm a sucker for Topshop - not gonna lie! All the usuals like Zara, ASOS, H&M, Missguided too. Ark is another favourite, though less well known. It fluctuates really though depending on the season!
I would say that your style is pretty laid back and chilled - which I love, how would you describe your style yourself?
Thank you! I definitely agree, but I'd say it's more cos I'm lazy rather than a statement haha. Black is definitely a constant, mixed with funny footwear and odd patterns. And silver jewellery! Always silver jewellery! I think my style is a mash up of loads of different styles - one day I can be wearing Fred Perry and loafers, the next I'll look like I'm off to a festival. I like that though. I like not having one set specific style to have to stick to.
What are your top 5 wardrobe essentials?
At the moment - my new silver loafers, black jeans, arm cuffs, bardot style tops and this lurrrrvley little coral/red playsuit I bought in the River Island sale a few weeks ago. Keep your eyes peeled for an outfit featuring that soon!
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to find their personal style?
Don't give a toss what other people think. Seriously - you wanna wear those crazy floral trousers you DO it and you rock it. I'll wear something a bit odd (and trust me, my wardrobe isn't that crazy) and guaranteed I'll hear a "I wish I had the guts to pull that off" and it makes me sad that girls (and maybe even boys) don't have the confidence to wear what they want. I reckon personal style is all about confidence - confidence to be you and not conform to dressing how others will approve.
As you're going to be studying graphic design at university, do you think your blog has helped shape your creativity in your professional life?
For definite! I've always been a creative person but guaranteed if I didn't have my blog I wouldn't have gotten half as far as I have with my creative stuff. Not only has it brought me opportunities but it's helped me find other blogs and websites which inspire me on a daily basis and keep me going when I'm lacking creativity. It's definitely shaped my design style too - I know now what I can and can't do well, what my strengths and weaknesses within Graphics are because I've spent years finding my style both through fashion and art.
Where do you find inspiration for your art and designs?
A Beautiful Mess, Wrdbnr and Visualgraphc.com are my go-to's, for certain. Tumblr in general is the best source of inspiration for anything - I'm forever reblogging stuff I know will get my creative juices flowing when I've got a brief to conquer. Designer wise, I adore Mike Perry and Wasted Rita's work. My favourite photographer is Steve McCurry.
So tonight you've been invited to a house party! What look will you go for?
Legs out for certain! I don't think I've ever gone to a party in tights or trousers. It's my unwritten rule haha. At the moment I'm mesmerised by cobalt blue and silver so maybe this skirt and this bag with a bardot crop and silver shoes. Probably not heels as it's a house party and I'm like bambi on ice in anything too high!
Thank you! Where else can we find you?
No worries - thank YOU! If you wanna hear me rambling on about music and how much people bug me - @HanValentine_ on twitter. For sneak peeks of what I'm doing and wearing in between posts - @HanValentine_ on Instagram. And to see what's inspiring me - www.masterplans.tumblr.com!