Monday, 26 September 2016

THE COMFIEST TREND AROUND











Yep, I am seriously late to the party, but I am officially a convert to the pyjama trend everyone’s been loving. I always thought it wasn’t really for me and not something I could pull off, despite looking great on others, but that’s definitely changed now. It was one dress in particular that was responsible for my conversion. I had seen and immediately loved it whilst aimlessly scrolling through Asos, as you do, but I added it to my saved items and sadly forgot all about it and its cuteness. It was only when my birthday came around in July that I remembered.

I wanted a new dress to wear for my big day, as I’m sure we all do, but it was just to go out for a low key meal with my boyfriend. Despite its casualness, I knew this dress was the right choice for me. I didn’t want anything fancy, just a nice dress I could dress up with some heels and something I could wear again for day or night. I eagerly unpackaged it the second it arrived, slipped it on and instantly knew it was perfect. It has everything going for it; its loose shape is made flattering with the tie waist, it’s made of a soft, light fabric that makes it insanely comfortable, and it has a pretty floral print with contrasting piping to add that classic pyjama look to it.

Paired with my AH-MAZING rose gold boots from Office, this casual outfit had some serious sass injected into it to make more of a stylish statement and give off less of an uber casual ‘I just got out of bed and left the house in my PJ’s’ vibe. I don’t really do ‘casual’, so dressing it up a little is much more my style.

I also want to say that taking these photos was actually a huge accomplishment for me. I’m still really self-conscious and hate photos of myself, and posing for blog photos is never easy for me. These are the first ones I’ve been brave enough to take outside of the privacy of my back garden, and I love how they turned out and the different aesthetic they give. I need to say a HUGE thank you to my lovely friend Tash for her support, encouragement and patience and for doing such an amazing job taking them for me. If you haven’t already, please be sure to go check out her blog love-laughter-fashion because she’s awesome!

A pyjama dress was definitely a great choice to ease me into the whole sleepwear as day wear trend. I’ve now got my eye on some beautiful, silky pyjama style tops that will hopefully be making their way into my wardrobe very soon. This is one trend that looks set to carry on way into the new season, and why say no to being comfy all day long?

What do you all think of the pyjama trend? Is it for you?

Katie xx

Pyjama Dress £38 Asos
Rose Gold Boots £75 Office
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN CONCEALER REVIEW



Hey lovelies, I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I’ve been really busy over the last few weeks and I’ve been struggling to find a balance and just needed a little blogging break. But I’m back at it and hopefully I’ll be able to get back on to a more regular posting schedule soon. Thank you all for bearing with me!

For today’s post I wanted to share with you a new concealer I’ve been using for the past month that I’ve been really impressed with. When it comes to my beauty products, I am very much of the mindset that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I have products that work well, some better than others, but I’m happy with them all. Something else to know about me is that I HATE wasting my money on things that don’t work for me. It’s happened way too many times where I’ve splurged on what’s new in the beauty world only to be disappointed and have it sit in my drawer never to be used again. As a result I’m now very reluctant to try new things unless I really think I need to.


Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer, however, tempted me to change my ways and try something new for a change. Truth be told I’ve been unhappy with my concealer for quite a while now. I currently use 2 different ones: Mac’s Studio Finish Concealer for blemishes and those areas I need a little extra coverage, which I love, and YSL's Touche Eclat for under my eyes, which isn’t performing well enough for me. I’m constantly tired and suffer from a lot of darkness under my eyes, and lately it’s been getting worse. YSL’s Touche Eclat is a great highlighting concealer, but it just doesn’t have enough coverage for me. I’ve also noticed it’s been settling into my under eye lines a bit too much for my liking as well. So it’s safe to say I really wanted to find something better.



Since Urban Decay released their Naked Skin Concealer I’ve seen countless beauty bloggers talk about how great it is and I’ve read so many positive reviews. When I was searching for a new under eye concealer it consistently came up in my search results, so I decided to look into it further and eventually took the plunge and bought it.

Described by Urban Decay as a weightless complete coverage concealer, it’s supposed to give buildable, even coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish. So did it deliver? I would say there are pros and cons. Yes it is high coverage, it is buildable and it does dry very much like a second skin as Urban Decay claim. I do find that the formula is quite dry though. I already suffer from very dry skin and this includes the delicate skin around my eyes. My usual Touche Eclat is definitely creamier, but the drier formula of Naked Skin is making it last longer and prevents it from settling into my fine lines as much. It blends quite well too, although not as seamlessly as stated. I also feel like the colour range was lacking a little bit, specifically for those with pale skin like mine. There are 3 shades that are supposed to be for the fairer skin tones, and I went for the palest shade which is Fair, as I felt like it was the only one pale enough for me. The problem is that it’s actually a bit too light and yellow based despite being classed as a neutral shade, but there was a big jump between this and the other 2 light shades.

Outside Swatches

Inside Swatches

This concealer does have a lot going for it and I think it does live up to its claims for the most part. I’d imagine for those with other skin tones and skin that isn’t very dry like mine that it would be amazing. Ultimately, for me personally the pros still definitely outweigh the cons, and it is a big improvement on the YSL Touche Eclat. For anyone that’s thinking of trying the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer or is looking for a new high coverage concealer to try, I would absolutely recommend.

I’m so happy that I decided to try something new with this concealer. Although not perfect, this little baby has made a big difference to my make up.

Katie xx

Naked Skin Concealer £17.50, Urban Decay
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Saturday, 30 July 2016

BIRTHDAY MONTH, BIRTHDAY SHOES


Tuesday happened to be my birthday, and in my case, I don’t just want a birth day, I want a birth month. So for the whole of July I used my upcoming birthday as my excuse to basically try and get my own way and to justify my terrible spending habits. Not that I ever need an excuse, but hey it’s nice to actually have one.

My birthday ultimately means more shopping, more clothes, and yes, more shoes. Shoes, shoes, shoes and more shoes; my name is Katie and I am a total shoe addict. In the past month or so I seem to have gone a little crazy and got a ridiculous amount of new ones. And for various reasons; some have been birthday presents from loved ones, some have been birthday treats to myself, some really affordable and gorgeous, and others amazing sale finds I would have been stupid to pass up. So, with that in mind, rather than show some of them in various outfit posts, I thought it may be a good idea to do a whole post dedicated to all of the new additions to my shoedrobe. Fair warning, the majority are actually boots as they are most definitely my weakness, but each and every pair has brought me so much happiness and I want to share them with you.

Rose Gold Boots £75 Office

First up are my absolute favourites and a pair I have been wanting for a very long time. These rose gold beauties are from Office, one of my favourite shoe stores. I had wanted them in silver for months and had been planning on asking my boyfriend for them for my birthday. That was until they brought them out in rose gold and I died a little, I can’t get enough of it, and so to actually have a pair of rose gold boots is like a dream come true.




Black Leather Boots £75 Office

I loved my rose gold ones so much I had to get them in black too. They’re such a classic boot but with a nice little twist thanks to that gorgeous wooden look heel. I knew the black would be a smart choice as they’re so versatile and I know I can wear them with pretty much anything, anywhere, anytime. I’m basically just obsessed with these boots and want them in every single colour.





Slingback Heeled Sandals £35 Next

These shoes were love at first sight. I’ve been paying more and more attention to Next lately, and I spotted these slingback heels in store a few weeks ago. I immediately fell in love with that amazing chunky tan buckle detail and how it contrasts with the black patent. They have a flared heel too which is gorgeous. I feel like they have a kind of sixties vibe to them as well which makes them even dreamier. And if all that weren’t enough, they’re shockingly comfortable.





Over The Knee Boots £30 Asos

Every Autumn/Winter I have a thing for over the knee boots, but at the moment I only have flat pairs and no heels. With the new season fast approaching I decided to add these bad boys to my collection after seeing them in the sale on Asos. Classic black suede style, good heel height, nice length up the leg, and they actually stay up and don’t fall down all the time, which is surely one of the most annoying things about thigh high boots. They’re the perfect addition.





Magenta Boots £99 Topshop Limited Edition

Would you look at that incredible magenta colour! How could I resist? These Topshop boots really are dream boots. Not only am I in love with the beautiful colour, which already makes a major statement on its own, but then they have the most amazing abstract shaped heel. I just think they’re so cool. People keep asking what they’re like to walk in because of the oddly shaped heel but they’re really comfortable, you’d never know it wasn’t just a normal block heel. They cost more than I would usually pay for boots, but I love them and couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the store without them, so I decided to treat myself for my birthday.






Black Pointed Shoes £12 Primark

I’ve shown you these before in my last outfit post, but I wanted to include them again with a closer look as I think they were a really great find. They’re the ultimate classic black shoe for me. They’re exactly my style with the pointed court shape, they have an ankle strap fastening which I always favour, a nice inverted block heel which is a great height to wear every day, plus being black they go with everything. And only £12, what more could a girl ask for?




Khaki Ghillie Shoes £14 Primark

These khaki ghillie shoes were another lovely find from a recent trip to Primark’s shoe department. Also available in black and tan, but I felt like the khaki were a little bit different as I don’t own any other khaki shoes at all, and I’m a big fan of ghillie shoes. I’m also kinda loving them paired with some glittery silver socks. I thought it was a slightly odd combo when I first put them on but I really like it, and it’s a great way to add that something extra to an outfit.




Chelsea Boots With Tortoise Heel £32 Asos

I actually got these boots with some Asos reward vouchers I had saved up (seriously, Asos doing loyalty points has to be one of the best things that’s ever happened). I have a real thing for tortoise heels and these low heeled Chelsea boots were perfect for me and are super cute. And I can’t get over how comfortable they are as well. I highly recommend them if you’ve been contemplating buying.





Navy Patchwork Boots £34 Warehouse

There may not be many people who agree with me, but I happen to love navy and black together. It’s one of my favourite colour combinations. I had wanted these gorgeous navy patchwork boots from Warehouse for months but I couldn’t justify the £85 price. So imagine my happiness when they went on sale for just £34! I absolutely love the patchwork design on them in suede, leather and patent and I can’t wait to wear them through AW with black tights and big coats.





So there we have it, all 9 new additions to my shoe collection. Now I am completely aware that this is more shoes than some buy in a whole year never mind a month, but shoes make me very happy. These are all going to get lots and lots of love and wear through the next season and beyond, and like I said it’s my birthday month so it's allowed. I am so in love with them all and I am one very happy birthday girl.

Katie xx
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

MANGO TRENCH JACKET











In my last post, I talked about personal style and how it’s important to try something new and step outside of your fashion comfort zone. I was thinking about it more and more after I published it and heard back from lots of you, and I ended up doing just that last week and I am so happy I did. I clearly should follow my own advice more often because I found this AMAZING jacket in the Mango sale, and if I hadn’t stepped outside my norm I never would have found it.

So, let me explain why this long, flowy jacket was such a big deal for me to find. I’ve always really loved Mango. I think they do some gorgeous and classic pieces, and there’s always loads I see online and like but I never end up trying any of it. The problem is that years ago I used to attempt to shop there all the time, but nothing ever fit me right and eventually I just gave up and admired from afar. Recently, however, it was my mum’s birthday and we went into Manchester to do some shopping. We ended up having a look in Mango and there were so many lovely things. I have to say that a lot still didn’t fit me right, but as soon as I spotted this trench style jacket, the last one in my size in the sale, it was love at first sight. I tried it on and knew there was no way I would be leaving the store without it. I actually also found my DREAM pink coat as well hidden in the back of the sale with some other winter coats, and I cannot wait to start wearing it once the temperature drops. To be honest I struggled taking it off to go and pay for it I loved it that much. I will definitely be paying much more attention to Mango from now on.

I should also mention that typically I avoid the summer sales. I’ve said time and time again that Autumn Winter is by far my favourite season fashion wise, and for me the summer sale signifies the beginning of the stores getting the new season stock in. I try my best to avoid the sale and wait for all the beautiful newness to come in and I start buying ready for the autumn. Besides, by the time the sales start I’ve normally already bought enough to fill out and complete my summer wardrobe along with pieces from past years. This year though I decided to do something a little different. I decided I would have a real look in the sales but for pieces I know will actually work in my AW wardrobe as well as what’s left of the warmer season. I instantly knew this jacket was a winner for me. The colour of the jacket is such a gorgeous shade of rust, a colour I happen to be quite the fan of. And being a long, lightweight jacket I know I can wear it during all of this miserable British weather we’re having, and it will be perfect to transition into AW over layers and knitwear. I wouldn’t have ever picked it out online, but seeing it in store I saw its versatility and potential. I really love its loose, flowy shape and I think it adds a great laidback feel. It is just pure love.

I’m also wearing a gingham smock dress from Asos which was too cute to resist. I’ve expressed my love and strong nostalgia for gingham in a previous post (here), and this adorable dress features a navy and white checked print in an oversized smock shape. I would normally wear this kind of outfit with some black ankle boots, but I was dying to wear these new black shoes from Primark. Another buy from my shopping trip with my mum, I did go a little bit crazy in their shoe department. Primark have got some really great shoes in at the moment, and these were one of three pairs I ultimately left with. I thought they were a great classic black shoe for me. Other than their versatility, I really love the heel on them. I always go for a block heel as they’re much comfier and easier to walk in, but these have a slightly inverted heel which is something we’re probably going to be seeing more and more of as they were a common feature during the AW16 fashion week shows, along with a lot of other statement heels, albeit far more severe and drastic than these.

It turned out to be a very productive and successful shopping trip. I went into it completely open minded, not searching for anything in particular but rather actually looked at everything, and sometimes that ends up being the way you find great pieces you never knew you needed. And I don’t know about you, but I often find that kind of shopping the most fun.

Katie xx

Flowy Trench Jacket £39.99 in store Mango (similar here)
Gingham Smock Dress £19.50 on sale Asos
Black Heeled Shoes £12 Primark
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