Monday, 28 December 2015

SEVENTIES CARDIGAN







I hope everyone has had a nice Christmas! This was the first Christmas in years that I could really enjoy it after having made so much progress in the last year and it’s been amazing for me. I was able to go and do all my Christmas shopping myself, I made Christmas dinner and I was able to be up out of bed for most of the day. I still struggled and there were things I still couldn’t do, but the improvement from last year has been incredible for me and I’m feeling extremely grateful for that. For any readers who are living with pain or any other health problems, I hope you have been able to enjoy Christmas as much as possible. I spent 4 Christmases confined to bed having to eat my dinner and open my presents lay down in absolute agony, so I know how hard it can be to enjoy this time of year.

I took a few photos of one of my Christmas outfits. The absolute highlight for me is this little sass pot of a cardigan. I have wanted this for months from Asos, and a few days before Christmas it went into the sale and I snapped it up. I’m obsessed with it. Its thick shaggy knit and chevron pattern make it the ultimate seventies piece for my wardrobe, giving instant cool and style. Plus it has metallic gold thread running through it making it perfect for over Christmas and New Years by adding some seventies glitz and glamour. I’m usually all for anything sparkly, glittery and sequined at this time of year, but I wasn’t really feeling any of the party dresses around at the moment. I’ve instead been opting for something more classic and adding some sass with my styling and accessories. This very special cardigan is ideal for that, it keeps me warm and is a great alternative to throwing on a jacket. Being a cardigan, I can wear it anytime and it’s going to look great in the day too. I can’t even tell you how much I love it and how happy I am with it. Thank you Asos sale!

The dress I’m wearing is a gorgeous little black party dress from Misguided. Its loose flowy shape, sheer fabric and pleated flared sleeves and skirt have got me feeling like an Abba Dancing Queen with the seventies inspired cardigan over the top. It’s gorgeous on its own too and I’m also contemplating getting it in berry pink. Now on to my boots. I have wanted Topshop’s black leather boots with marbled tortoise heel for months; I pick them up and lust after them every single time I go in store. They’re £85 though which is more than I usually pay for boots and I couldn’t really justify it no matter how much I loved them. But then I found these pretty much identical ones from Ego Official. I can’t actually get over how similar they are. My favourite part of the Topshop ones is the heel. I’ve seen many versions of them from various places, but the heel was never the same. These, however, are perfect. The heel is exactly the same. They’re gorgeous boots, and at only £29.99 they’re £55 cheaper than Topshop. The heel makes a statement all on its own and I can just about manage the heel height, although I still need practice. I’m swooning over them.

Katie xx 

Chevron Knitted Cardigan £29 in the sale Asos 
Black Pleated Swing Dress £30 Misguided 
 Boots £29.99 Ego Official

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Monday, 21 December 2015

PATCHWORK SADDLE BAG AND 60S ANKLE BOOTS






One of my absolute dream wish list handbags is of course the Chloe Drew, probably the most coveted and Instagrammed designer bag of 2015. I’d have to win the lottery to have any chance of owning one any time soon, so instead I have to settle for the various high street versions that come with a much more affordable price tag. I love the easy style aesthetic and functionality of saddle bags, and I have Topshop’s current copy of the Drew in both black and tan. Earlier this year, Chloe brought out a ridiculously gorgeous patchwork python version of their new ‘It bag’ and I was desperately lusting after it. So, when I saw this patchwork Aldo saddle bag I had to have it. It gives the perfect 70s influence to my outfits and the patchwork pattern adds style and personality without being too over powering. With the right mix of modern and retro due to its classic shape and chic gold hardware, it truly is a great bag. What really appealed to me was that it has the ability to work with different styles. It would look as amazing worn effortlessly with jeans and a plain white tee as with a pretty printed dress. The styling possibilities are endless.

For this outfit, I wanted the bag to be the focus of the look and so kept it casual. This denim pinafore is still a favourite of mine. I’ve worn it so much since I got it; it’s basically become my denim go to in place of jeans. I’m also wearing my black turtle neck with eyelets at the neckline. I usually wear this top with skirts but I’m really liking it under this pinafore. It adds some detail to my simple look whilst not taking the spotlight away from the statement making bag.

My black suede ankle boots are a 60s style, a trend this season that I’ve loved. They have a low heel which makes them completely wearable for me during day time. The 60s are a favourite style decade of mine, along with the 70s. It’s been very beneficial for my wardrobe having both eras be so popular for designers and the high street in the last year. These boots are just adorable and add a stylish retro vibe to any outfit. They work so well with my wardrobe of primarily dresses and skirts and compliment my personal style.

Katie xx

Patchwork Saddle Bag £45 Aldo 
Denim Pinafore £35 Asos (Now on Sale £21)
Black Turtle Neck Top £35 Asos (Now on Sale £17.50)
60s Ankle Boots £32 Asos (Now on Sale £19)
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Monday, 14 December 2015

LITTLE RED DRESS AND GOLD HEELED BOOTS


Everybody loves a little black dress; known for coming to the rescue in those ever occurring ‘I have nothing to wear’ situations. Personally, I’m also partial to a good little red dress too. As much as I love wearing black, I tend to find myself drawn towards more colourful, printed and bolder pieces. The great thing about this dress is that it satisfies my thirst for colour whilst being simple enough to offer versatility. The classic shift shape means it won’t go out of style, and its plain yet bold colour means I can style it pretty much however I want whilst still having it brighten up my look. I’ve always been fond of the colour red. Not only do I find it glamorous, but because of my blonde hair I usually suit it quite well. What drew me to this particular red dress were the gorgeous flared sleeves which I love and the on point turtle neckline. My camera struggled to capture just how beautiful the colour is, but it’s very much rouge red. The perfect colour to wear over Christmas.

I’ve paired this mini dress with my patchwork shoulder bag from Asos. I love this bag so much. It’s my dream 70s style bag with suede and leather patches and a delicate gold chain. It’s the ideal size to make it usable for both day and night. The black snake print ankle boots I’m wearing are from Topshop. I have this same boot in patent tortoise that I got back in September and they are seriously the comfiest boots I’ve ever worn. A couple of weeks ago I saw that Topshop had brought the same boots out in 3 new styles, all of which I want, including these. I can’t believe how amazing they are and only £36. The gold heel was too much for me to handle! I had to get them. I’m still learning how to walk in heels again, and these are just so comfy and easy to wear. I want to wear them with everything. I clearly have an obsession/slight addiction to boots. I’ve bought a few new pairs in just the last couple of weeks and I now have to figure out which to keep and how the hell to pay for them. It’s becoming a problem, especially as I have absolutely no room left for any of my new ones. But I digress. To compliment the gold heel of these incredible boots and the strap of my bag I opted for gold jewellery to complete my outfit. I wore this out for a meal with my boyfriend at weekend. It’s such a cute dress and my boots got a lot of compliments. Now if only I could get the other 2 styles from Topshop as well.

Katie xx

Tunic Shift Dress £42 Asos 
Patchwork Bag £35 Asos 
Ankle Boots £36 Topshop
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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

KNITTED METALLIC CHEVRON STRIPE DRESS








One thing you should know about me is that I absolutely love Christmas! It’s my favourite time of the year. This year, I managed to find my perfect Christmas jumper dress from Asos. There are many reasons I fell in love with it: the knitted fabric and ribbed high neck make this super warm, its loose swing fit makes it comfy and cosy, the stylish chevron pattern makes it bang on trend, and the rainbow coloured metallic detail makes it festive and Christmassy. As an added bonus, the tinsel thread is only on the outside of the dress, meaning none of the skin itching you often get with anything metallic or glittery. I’ve already worn it a couple of times and love it so much. It’s going to be getting plenty of wear now that we’re in December. Speaking of, I can’t believe how quick Christmas is coming around. I haven’t really started my Christmas shopping yet, which is very unlike me. I’m normally totally prepared and organised. I don’t know what’s up with me this year. I’m planning on going into Manchester this week to try and get some done.

Anyway, back to this merry little outfit. I’ve shown my knitted swing dress with two different pairs of boots. I love it with the damson velvet boots because the beautiful colour is complimented perfectly by the multi coloured tinsel, and they add to the festiveness of the look. Especially so with the matching faux fur cuffs, yet another pair I got from Boohoo. I’ve also worn it with over the knee black suede boots, which I think pair really well for an alternative style choice. I feel so bad that I keep showing the velvet boots when they’re sold out, so I wanted to show a different option that I equally love. On a related side note, I have noticed that Asos have had the damson boots available in a couple of sizes but they quickly sell out again, so it’s worth checking if you’re really wanting them. 

I’d also like to officially introduce you to my baby girl, Angel. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have already seen lots of her. She always wants to be in my photos, so I decided to include her for this outfit. She loves Christmas as much as I do. She gets all excited and giddy for her Christmas presents, which yes I do wrap for her so she feels included with everyone else when we’re opening them. And I always let her have a small Christmas dinner with us. She’s far too greedy and goes crazy when there’s a Sunday roast, or any kind of meat being cooked for that matter. She’s the sweetest little dog ever, and I don’t know what I’d do without her. She’s looked after me so much over the last few years; she means everything to me and Lance. We spoil her.

This dress is really getting me in the Christmas mood, and I know it will continue to get worn throughout the winter months as it keeps me so warm and comfy. All I need is this outfit, a big mug of hot chocolate with marshmallows and a huge dollop of whipped cream, a Christmas movie on TV and Angel cuddled up to me and I am one very happy girl.

Katie xx

Swing Dress in Knit £45 Asos (also available in petite and curve
Velvet Ankle Boots £45 Asos (similar here
Suede Over The Knee Boots £60 Asos 
Faux Fur Cuffs £8 Boohoo (similar here)
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