Sunday, 14 October 2018

NEW SEASON, NEW STYLE



One of the best things about a new season for me personally is the opportunity it gives me to reinvent my style. There’s no better time to try something new, embrace a new trend, step outside of your comfort zone. The beginning of a new season brings with it new colours and prints, new shapes, and new styling ideas you may never have thought of. It’s hard not to get motivated and inspired to try something different.

For me, no season brings about this spark more than autumn. I’ve said it time and time again that it’s by far my favourite season for fashion. Summer style for me is always a bit meh. I just don’t really have much of an idea of what I want to wear or how to make the trends work for me and my personal style. Autumn, however, I come into my element. There’s nothing I love more than playing with layers and textures, wrapped up in knitwear and big faux fur coats. But still, I always want to change up my usual autumn style to suit the season’s trends and fresh approaches.




Case in point, this outfit. There is so much about this that makes it completely different to anything I’ve worn before. I’m not really one to opt for formal pieces, but there was something about these navy tie-waist culottes from Asos that caught my eye. In the spirit of trying a new style, I decided to order them and just give them a try, and boy am I glad I did. They’re super high-waisted, which is exactly my style, and the loose shape makes them comfortable as well.

I’d normally pair this kind of outfit with some trusty block heel ankle boots. In March I really injured my back and I’m still having a nightmare with it (hence the lack of posting), so trainers have been my go to all summer long, and I’ve ended up actually liking the juxtaposition of their casualness against my usual style. Add in a colourful, patterned knit (Primark, by the way, who are killing it for knitwear at the moment) and a contrasting bag and I’m set.




This outfit is exactly why I love embracing new trends. I never would have thought I’d wear this mix of pieces together, but yet here we are and I loved the unexpectedness of the look. I always look for new pieces I can style, something that makes me step away from my style rut. There’s nothing like a new season to inspire me when it comes to fashion.

Katie xx

Tie Waist Culottes, Asos
Patterned Jumper, Primark
Checked Bag, Asos
Trainers, Adidas
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Sunday, 18 March 2018

THE POWER OF THE BLAZER





Blazers have never really been my thing. I tried them when I was younger but I guess I always felt too young, like the style was too rigid and mature for me back then. But in the past few months, they’ve slowly worked their way back into my wardrobe. It started for work, having a blazer to throw on over a dress was a great way to smarten up the look and make it more formal, plus having that added layer kept me warm throughout the cold autumn and winter. Since then blazers have become somewhat of a hero piece for me. And not just for work, I find myself reaching for them more and more for my everyday outfits as well.

I can’t quite explain the feeling I get when I slip a blazer on, other than saying it gives me confidence. I think it’s that typical idea of the suit and the power that can often represent. I for one can in no way pull off a full suit, but a blazer is such an easy piece to have, you can add it to any outfit and it just adds that formal touch. They can look just as amazing with a pair of cigarette trousers and shirt, a colourful dress, or a simple plain tee and blue jeans.
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

TALKING MONEY AND GIFFGAFF GAMEPLAN EVENT






Confession time; I am terrible with money. It’s probably no surprise given how much I love to shop, but I have to start being responsible. I’m going to get really personal with you all and give you a bit of background into the state of my personal finances. As many of you know, I spent quite a few years bed ridden from Fibromyalgia, and then a couple more years getting better at a tediously slow pace, but getting better nonetheless. It took a long time for me to learn to live with the pain and start working again.

Obviously, I had to start by just working part time a few hours each week, and as I continued to make progress I was ultimately able to increase how many hours I worked. After so many years of struggling and basically going through hell, once I started working and had an income again the last thing I wanted to do was worry about being careful with money. In other words, I treated myself. The thing I wanted more than anything was a holiday. I had 7 years without one, and all I wanted was to go back to Disney World once I knew I could handle it physically. This is where I was very naughty money wise. Yes, I got my dream holiday which I feel was highly deserved to Disney World in December 2016, and had the absolute best time. But then 2017 started, I had a really bad flare up of my pain (which is why I had to take a long break from blogging), I worked extremely hard to get better again, got a new job, and then thought I deserved to go back to Disney World AGAIN in November 2017, because if I haven’t said it enough in every other post, it’s my favourite place in the world and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! I worked my butt off doing overtime at work to pay for it, and I was extremely careful with my money because I had something to save for, something I desperately wanted. And that was all fine. But then when I got there this time, I went a little bit crazier than usual, bought wayyyyy too much stuff, had to take out a 0% credit card and I’m now stuck with paying it off. And to worsen things, we’ve had to buy some big homeware purchases in the last few weeks such as a new bed, which was not cheap. So to sum up, we have debt.

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

CHECK MATE





I have always been partial to a check print, whether it’s a cosy tartan check for autumn/winter or a delicious gingham for spring/summer, I’m going to have some form of checks within my wardrobe. The SS18 collections had a variety of checks on show, and the high street seems to be following suit and spoiling us with an array of styles in a rainbow of colours.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am definitely starting to think about the warmer months ahead, especially with how insanely cold it is at the moment. I‘m putting far more thought into any purchases, asking myself if it’s going to be a piece that will take me through to summer and if I’m actually going to get my wear out of it. Enter this oh so pretty grey and white checked dress from Fashion Union. It’s very much a spring dress with the soft shades and feminine peplum shape, it has lovely ruffles on the shoulders as well. I knew it was a style I’d love as soon as I saw it but was reluctant to order it yet. Unfortunately I’ve had to learn the hard way of what happens when you wait to buy something and it ends up being sold out and completely impossible to find, so I figured I’d buy it now and save it. But of course that didn’t end up happening because I’m completely impatient and wanted to wear it straight away (anyone else the same, or is it just me?).

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