Sunday, 22 January 2017

FRESH STARTS











Well hello there,

It’s been far too long since my last blog post, and I have my own personal reasons for that which I won’t bore you with. But after a much needed break I’m finally hoping to get back into the blogging swing of things (if you’ll still have me, of course).

It’s a new year, and that always gets me thinking about fresh starts and making changes. People use the beginning of a new year to mark a start of something new, they use it to make the changes they’ve longed to make but haven’t had the courage or determination to do. I’m exactly the same, and blogging again is one major resolution for me this year. But when 2017 was approaching, I found myself more focused on everything I’d achieved in 2016, instead of just the changes I hoped to make.

2016 was a massive year for me. I’ve obviously talked about it many times before, but after years of health problems holding me back I was finally able to get my life back on track last year. I worked so hard to be able to begin working, and despite my efforts and how much progress I made physically, no employer would consider me. Which don’t get me wrong, I completely understood their reservations, but after working so damn hard to be able to start working again, and wanting to get back into a normal life so desperately, the constant rejection was a tough pill to swallow. But, alas, July 2016 marked my life beginning to get back to normal after I at last landed a part time job. From there I’ve gone from strength to strength. Not only has it enabled me to make even more progress physically, but it gave me a massive confidence boost and has finally made me feel normal again. And in all honesty, despite my permanent exhaustion (awful tiredness is a big part of my health condition as well as the pain), that is what I have wanted more than anything.

Working also meant I was eventually able to go on holiday after 7 years of not being well enough/not having enough money. And not just any holiday, my DREAM holiday to Disney World in Florida, my absolute favourite place in the entire world. Going away honestly did me a world of good and helped put everything in perspective. I came home right before Christmas, and fully ready to embrace a whole new year and whatever lies ahead.

There are many things I want to achieve this year, and I’m hoping I can include dedicating more time to my precious little blog here more than I have been able to in recent months. I still have to take things one step at a time, but I definitely feel more hopeful than ever for what’s to come.

I also want to say a massive thank you to all of my lovely readers, followers and blogging friends for continuing to support me, despite my absence. And I hope 2017 is full of happy things for all you lovelies!

2017, let’s do this!

Katie xx


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Sunday, 30 October 2016

ALL WRAPPED UP












This time of year is my absolute favourite. There are so many things that make me happy for the autumn, but the best thing, other than the fact we’re officially in the run up to Christmas (yay!!), has got to be the fashion. The layering, chunky knitwear, the rich colour palette and the mix of beautiful textures, it all just makes me giddy with excitement.  I have to admit, I go a little bit crazy for all of the amazing goodness that fills the shops for the A/W season and I end up wanting everything! And for me there’s nothing better than the pitiful UK summer of the weather not being able to make its mind up finally coming to an end and the colder temperatures kicking in, making way for all of the gorgeous coats to get wrapped up in.

As regular readers will likely know I have an obsession with boots, and I wear them all year round regardless of the weather. The benefit of it being autumn is that there are an abundance of new styles of boots to choose from, which is an endless struggle for me as I want them all. But something else to know about me is that I also have a real thing for coats. I’m very much one for making my style statement with my choice of outerwear. All summer long I’ve been limited to lighter jackets, but now the temperatures have dropped my coat loving self is in its element. For whatever reason, I instantly feel more comfortable and confident when I have a coat on.

The particular coat I’m wearing here has been a long-time favourite of mine. Truth be told I’ve had it for about 6 years now, and still each and every Autumn I pull it out again. Regardless of the different trends each year, somehow I always end up reaching for this navy and bottle green checked style, complete with velvet trimmings and collar, which is a HUGE trend at the moment.  I’m also wearing a beautiful new scarf from Ilymix that has been a must the last couple of weeks as it’s been getting colder and colder here. I usually go for a checked pattern and was lacking a classic scarf like this. The fabric is so lovely and warm, and it’s a gorgeous shade of grey, perfect to go with any outfit.

Are you a fan of Autumn/Winter fashion?

Katie xx

Checked coat, no longer available, Next
Navy Dress £13 Primark
Grey Scarf $28 Ilymix
Navy Patchwork Boots £49 Warehouse
Bag £25 Accessorize
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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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