Out and About | Bolton Abbey


I recently visited Bolton Abbey which is in the Yorkshire Dales. On the way there we drove through small towns such as Ilkley, where I spotted so many colourful bikes which were still up from when the Tour de France went through Yorkshire. The little towns looked really cute with colourful bunting and quirky bikes and I would love to go again and explore by foot. Bolton Abbey itself is the ruins of a monastery, and it was great to walk through what is left of the building and take in the scenery. 


Haul | Back to University

I am moving back up to university soon so I've been on the lookout for new items for my room, kitchen and bathroom. I have only bought a few items because I'm going into my final year therefore I have collected lots of home-ware over the past two years and have all the general items you would find on the 'take to university check list'. But I think it's important to go into each year with some new additions as it changes up the interior of your room, especially if you're staying in the same accommodation like myself. 
I love bright colourful things, as you may gather from this haul. I  naturally gravitate towards bright things but also as I'm away from home it's nice to have colourful things to make the environment more welcoming and homely. It's mostly very grey and constantly raining for most of the university year, especially up North, so a pop of colour always lifts my mood. 

Here are the details and there are a few click-able links: 

Trio of cannisters from Asda Living £1.50 (sale)  - I am in love with these cannisters and they were such a bargain as they were five pounds originally! 

easy comfort food cookbook - This is not actually a new purchase as I found it in my kitchen, but I'm taking this along with me for when I want to make some hearty food. Also I find it easier to follow recipes from cookbooks rather than the internet. I'm trying to eat a lot healthier and hope to carry that on whilst at university but this book will come in handy when I need some of that comfort food. 

Yellow speckled mug from Wilkinsons £2 - It's massive so will be great for soups.

Happiness mug from Wilkinsons £2 

Accessory Hanger from Primark £1. 50 (sale) -
It's looking a big dusty at the moment and I think that's why it was on sale, but once I've cleaned it up I'm using it to hang necklaces and bracelets. 

Incense sticks in Vanilla, Frankincense and Rain from Evolution £1 each 

Leaf  incense holder from Evolution £2 

Pencil case from WHSmith £3.99 

Shower curtain from Asda Living £5 

What's your favourite item from this haul? And what are your favourite home-ware stores? 


Hafsah's Journal | Blog Name Change

I have changed my blog name! I have been wanting to change the name for a very long time, probably since the beginning of this year because the name 'ispyGlitter' didn't really reflect me anymore. I started this blog in August 2011 and it took me days to come up with the name but three years on I just didn't feel comfortable blogging under that blog name. I'm about to go into the third year of my degree so this was the best time to change my blog name, as I'm hoping to blog a lot more whilst at university to share my final year experience. So welcome to 'Hafsah's Journal'. 

p.s. Shout-out to Rinica for this very informative post on how to change your blog name:



Week in Pictures | 09.08.14 - 16.08.14


It feels a bit weird doing a 'Week in Pictures' post many weeks after the pictures were taken but I really want to share these photos so why not, I'm sure no one minds too much. 
I attended a friend's wedding in this week, hence the mendhi/henna and fancy clothes, which I was very excited to wear. I've not had mendhi on my hands in a very long time so I was happy that my sister offered to do my henna as I'm not very skilled in this area. 


Whilst organising my skincare I found this little gem I had purchased from Lush months ago, it's the Angels Delight soap which is actually from Lush's Christmas collection so I might have even bought it last year! It smells so fruity and was a lovely soap to use throughout August as it screams summer. 

A half-face selfie, how original I hear you say. Haha. I've been obssessed with my highlight from my Sleek Contour Kit, which I have in the shade medium. I use it everyday (in moderation) but this week I was loving the super glowy and tanned look so here I was wearing the highlight from the Sleek Kit and Soap&Glory's Peach Party, which has a gorgeous mixture of shimmery bronzes and peach blushes.