Saturday, 30 July 2016
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.
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
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.
Gingham Smock Dress £19.50 on sale Asos
Black Heeled Shoes £12 Primark
Monday, 27 June 2016
Today’s post is something a little different. I was recently contacted by Farfetch asking if I’d like to enter a blogger competition, the only condition of entry being that my post has to take inspiration from their summer 2016 blogger content pack. Firstly, I love Farfetch, and I decided I definitely wanted to take part, however not necessarily for the chance to win. Don’t get me wrong, of course I would be over the moon to win, however my main motivation for entering was more of a personal one. As a blogger (I hope I’m ok to officially call myself that now), I think it’s important to constantly keep learning and improving and bringing better content to my blog. I thought it would be quite an interesting challenge to actually look through the content pack and see how I interpreted it and what inspiration I took to translate into a blog post that all of you lovelies would enjoy reading.
When looking through, the first thing that sparked my interest was a personal style profile of blogger Marie Hindkaer Wolthers from Blame it on Fashion. I always find it interesting to hear other people talk about and describe their own relationship with fashion and their personal style, and it’s something that always makes me think about my own. I immediately started thinking about this topic, and I thought it would be a great idea to share my own fashion story and journey into developing my personal style.
When I first started blogging at the end of 2015, one of the first posts I did was about my love of fashion and how much it helped me during my health problems (you can read my original post here), but there was so much more I wanted to include and talk about, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to do so.
It’s pretty obvious that I love fashion; why else would I have a style blog? But my relationship with fashion hasn’t always been an easy one. For as long as I can remember I always loved shopping and putting my little outfits together, taking style inspiration from whoever I admired and looked up to. However, also for as long as I can remember, I’ve had a lot of issues with my appearance and getting dressed used to be extremely difficult. I can’t tell you how many tantrums I would have as a child as I just couldn’t handle the way any of my clothes looked on me. I’ve always really struggled and been very self-conscious over my body and my looks. This got even worse while I was disabled as I ended up gaining a lot of weight and it worsened the depression I was already suffering from because I was so unwell. It was this and this alone that prevented me from starting blogging sooner. I had wanted to start one for such a long time but the thought of taking photos for the world to see was my biggest fear. Fortunately I eventually built up the courage to do so, and my confidence has grown massively as a result of having this blog and all of the lovely comments you guys are kind enough to leave me, but that being said getting dressed still can be hard.
There are so many pieces of clothing I love and trends I want to join in on, but I’ve learnt that I just can’t wear whatever I want. Some things I’m just not confident enough to wear until I’ve finished losing the weight I gained, sometimes they don’t fit right with my proportions, and now and then they just don’t work for my style. The most important thing I’ve learnt is that I have to know my body, know what works for me, and use that to make trends and styles work better for me so I can still enjoy fashion in its entirety. I now know that certain silhouettes are more flattering on my body shape and what styles and fits will make me more confident, and I honestly believe that being confident in your outfit is vital to personal style and owning your look. The only way to learn these things is to sometimes challenge yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. To try things on you wouldn’t usually wear to see if perhaps they may be better for you than your usual go to. All of this knowledge is key for me personally.
As I am sure has become very apparent in my outfit posts, I live in dresses and skirts. Pants and jeans are a rarity for me, and there is a simple reason for that: they don’t fit. I have a really hard time finding pants or jeans that fit me right because I have quite wide hips compared to the rest of my body. And on those few occasions that they do fit, they’re too unflattering for me to feel comfortable. This is something I discovered as a teenager at about 16 years old, and it was then I pushed myself outside of my fashion boundaries and started trying out skirts and dresses for everyday wear. It took some getting used to, but it quickly became clear to me that they were much more flattering and I loved wearing a more feminine outfit. I never looked back, and my personal style started to really develop at that point. Throughout college and then further more at university I was able to experiment and get a clear sense of what I loved. I played more with bold colours and prints, different textures and fabrics, and various styling choices.
So, I’m going to try and describe my personal style and fire off some of my favourite things- First up, my style is definitely very girly and feminine. I love pink, full skirts, florals, sequins and embellishments, velvet, feathers, faux fur, and all of the other pretty things you could possibly think of. I have an extremely deep love for shoes, and an addiction to boots in particular. You will most likely never see my happier than when I buy new shoes, which is quite sad but true. A choker necklace is a must have for me, I rarely wear rings, and I like to contrast different styles, colours and prints. I always look to do something a little unexpected when putting my outfit together, and like to add a nice twist or a bit of an edge. I don’t own a pair of trainers, there’s only one pair of jeans or pants in my wardrobe at the moment, and casual sportswear is not my thing at all. Autumn Winter is my absolute favourite season for fashion. I love to layer and I have a weakness for lots of coats and jackets, plus for the colder season there’s even more boots around for me to lust after. I like to take style inspiration from various decades, with the 60s, 70s and 90s being my favourites. I love street style just as much as seeing a fashion show and take equal amounts of inspiration from both. I love the UK high street with Asos and Topshop being my meccas. And I practically live in black tights.
When it comes to shopping, I usually have an idea of what I’m looking for. If that isn’t the case I just like to keep my eyes open for anything that speaks to me and catches my eye. I then try to think how I’d style it and what do I currently have that I would wear it with. And finally I consider the price. How much does it cost? Can I afford it? Is it a justifiable price for me to pay based on how much wear I think I’ll get out of it? Of course there are exceptions such as if there’s a special occasion or event coming up as I will pay more whilst knowing it won’t be worn as much, but that’s my general way of thinking when shopping. I mentioned in my last outfit post that I don’t like to spend much on summer fashion; for the sole reason that here in the UK we just don’t really get a summer. So I’ll add a few key pieces and then look for much more affordable things. I instead save my money for autumn when I have a tendency to want absolutely everything and go a little crazy. But in my defence I know those pieces will get much more wear and be more versatile for me, the majority of the time at least, making it more justifiable in my fashion obsessed mind.
Styling my outfits is my favourite part. It’s what I’m passionate about and absolutely love to do. My starting point could be anything. It could be a piece of clothing, it could be my shoes, perhaps I need to wear something quite specific for where I’m going, anything. If I’ve recently bought something new I usually will be dying to wear it so will plan my outfit around that new purchase. Being a shoe obsessee, I always love to think of my footwear choice very early on in the styling process. And after that I will think about other accessories such as my bag and jewellery. I tend to keep my jewellery quite simple, with some kind of choker and perhaps a bangle or two. I usually prefer to keep the focus on just one or two pieces, so will often keep the rest of my look subtler. I do follow trends, however at the end of the day I know what I like and what I don’t. I will buy the things I see and fall head over heels in love with, and then it’s just a matter of incorporating them with the rest of my wardrobe. I’ll often pair things together that other people wouldn’t or that some might think don’t work, but all that matters to me is if I like it. If I love an outfit I’m going to wear it, and that love will give me the confidence to own it and not care what others think. Ultimately I think that’s what personal style is. It’s finding what works for you and what makes you happy, regardless of anything else.
Fashion is my greatest passion and I can’t effectively put into words how much I love it and how much it means to me. Once I started discovering my own style, my confidence grew, and it enabled me to become myself. It’s how I express myself, my identity and how I’m feeling. And I think that is a truly incredible thing.
I know this has been quite a long post, but I do hope you’ve found it interesting or helpful in some way. I always enjoy reading about other people’s personal style and their approach to shopping and dressing, so hopefully I’ve done a somewhat decent job of giving you a better idea into my style and processes.
I’d love to hear what you think of personal style and if it’s as important to you as it is to me?
Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Here in Manchester we were enjoying absolutely gorgeous weather; the sun was shining, the skies were blue, and it was pretty darn hot. Unfortunately it was short lived and the past 2 weeks have been miserable and full of rain. Luckily though I took some outfit photos before the weather took a turn for the worse. The blinding sun on this particular day did make it quite difficult, so apologies for the quality of some of these photos, but it’s an outfit that I love and had to share.
Sadly, here in the UK we’re used to not having much of a summer, and as a result I’m often quite reluctant on spending much on summer fashion. I will spend more on a few pieces that I really love, such as my recent Topshop floral dress and Asos embroidered bomber jacket, but I usually try and avoid spending a lot on clothes as I know that they won’t get much wear. I instead try and find much more affordable things, and Primark is the first place I like to go. I haven’t been in for quite a while, but I’ve been twice in the last month and got some really great things that I know are going to help see me through the summer. This red floral cami dress is one of my recent buys, and it is perfect to add some summer brightness to my wardrobe.
Layering a cami or slip dress over a classic white t-shirt is my go to, and I love how very 90s this style of dress is. I was a 90s child, and it’s one of my favourite decades fashion wise. Granted, my style choices back then were largely influenced by Britney, The Spice Girls and an array of kids TV shows, and were very poorly executed I’m sure. Now though in adulthood I get to enjoy the 90s in all of their fashion clad glory as trends from back then are re-imagined and modernised. Cami dresses seem to be the key piece this season to add some 90s vibes, and wearing some kind of top underneath is my favourite way of styling them. Of course for evening cami and slip dresses are in their element teamed with heels, but making them daytime appropriate is more my thing. This particular white t-shirt is from Asos, and I opted for some black 60s style chelsea boots which I got last year to finish off.
This look is fast becoming my summer uniform, sadly with an added jacket and tights while the weather continues sucking here. I love the loose shape and the light, floaty fabric of this dress. I actually got a few different colours and prints of this style from Primark, along with some gorgeous plisse dresses that I can’t wait to share with you. Hopefully the weather improves soon and we get some more of the lovely sunshine.
Red Cami Dress £8 Primark
White T-Shirt £10 Asos
Ankle Boots on sale £15 Asos
Fishnet Socks £0.99 Lamoda