21 December 2013

Naughty December Haul

Does anyone else have this problem?

Somehow I can't help but splurge on fashion near Christmas, even though I should probably wait and see what Santa brings me!

I admit that there have been a few instances this December, where I have gone shopping with the intention of purchasing gifts for my friends and family, but instead have come back with treats for myself! Oops!

When I see something that I instantly fall in love with, I can't seem to resist it. It has to be mine.

Here are some examples:

Floral Dress - H&M - £24.99

Black Fluffy Jumper - Topshop - £28.00

Floral Kimono - eBay Store - £14.99

Also included are some little goodies that I have recently acquired from Fossil!

Geometric Print Cami - Fossil (*)

Green Floral Dress - Fossil (*)

Metallic Shopper - Fossil

Rose Gold Watch - Fossil

Tokidoki Timepiece - Karl Lagerfeld (*)

(Read my original blog post about Karl Lagerfeld's Tokidoki timepiece here.)

Silver Band Ring - Emporio Armani
Silver Belt Buckle Ring - Michael Kors (*)
Gold Sparkle Ring -DKNY (*)

Merry Christmas to me!

(What's your favourite piece from this haul? Do you sometimes splurge in December? Thanks for stopping by! Katie-xo)

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15 December 2013

Leopard Print and the Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki

Good morning, all!

I have some exciting news - I've finally invested in a professional DSLR camera to use for my blogging!

I got my Canon EOS 400D from eBay (of course) for a bargain price, so I'm pretty chuffed. This is my first OOTD post shot with the DSLR. I'm a total beginner when it comes to modelling, so please be kind!

This OOTD revolves around the Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki necklace. Last week I was gifted this wacky pendant by the lovely Helen from Fossil.

Available in Karl Lagerfeld retail locations since August, it is a collaboration between Karl Lagerfeld and the Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand, Tokidoki, known for its statement aesthetic and cute characters. The initial aim was to deliver high fashion jewellery, with a watch function, to create an innovative, digital timepiece.

The character of the necklace is, undoubtedly, Karl himself - with his trademark dark sunglasses and white ponytail. When you push the buttons either side of his glasses, the time displays digitally on the front. It's really quite clever!

As the pendant is rather eye-popping, I thought I would (try to) tone down the rest of my outfit with simple cuts and colours. Then I remembered my new leopard print, faux fur coat!

Denim Shirt - ASOS
Leather Skirt - Topshop
Black Glittery Tights - M&S
Cut Out Boots - eBay
Leopard Print Coat - eBay (originally from NEXT)

Also from eBay, this coat is perfect for keeping toasty during the cold winter months. Just pair with a neutral, woolly scarf for comfy, cosy chic.

Warm, fashionable, with a quirky pendant able to tell the time? Thanks, leopard print and the Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki.

 (Do you like the Karl Lagerfeld Tokidoki necklace? And my new leopard print coat? Thanks for stopping by! Katie-xo)

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7 December 2013

1920's Glamour

Hello, everyone!

I'm so sorry that I didn't post last week. I've been incredibly busy with my new job and often, after a long, challenging day, I don't have enough brain power to then bash out a blog post! The bloggers that manage to post once a day, never mind once a week like I do, amaze me! You guys deserve a medal.

Anyway, this week's post revolves around the theme of Fossil's Christmas party this year - the 1920's. I'm absolutely in love with 1920's fashion, especially the era just before Coco Chanel revolutionised the wear women wore clothes. This was the era that had variety in the form of long, highly embellished dresses and then - at the other end of the spectrum - short, flapper-style dresses with an abundance of tassels!

I'm a big fan of Downton Abbey and the style of the characters, particularly Mary and Rose.


Therefore I decided to go for a look that was more Downton Abbey glamour goddess, as opposed to cheeky, party-girl flapper. This consisted of a long, flowing evening dress, of a bottle green hue, with a stunning, swirly, silver embellishment design. I teamed it with strappy, silver heels, a sparkly headband and pearls to create a look that communicated luxury and adornment.

I received lots of compliments when it came to my dress - it was actually £18 (including postage and packaging) from eBay! eBay always wins.

1920's-Style Dress - eBay
Silver, Strappy Heels - New Look @ ASOS
Silver Clutch Bag - Debut @ Debenhams
Silver Headband - Topshop
Pearl Jewellery - Primark

I then made my hair and make-up glamorous so that they weren't upstaged by my outfit.

I wanted to attempt finger curls for my hair do, but there just wasn't enough time! Instead I used my Vidal Sassoon heated wavers to put a modern twist on the effect of finger curls.

For my make-up, I accentuated my eyes with silver eyeshadow, black liquid eyeliner and a pair of fake eyelashes! You can't beat a good pair of lashes. I buy the Eyelure ones from Boots because they stay on all night and I can re-use them! I also used a classic red lipstick for a hint of retro allure.

Everyone from work put such a huge amount of effort into their outfits for the Christmas party and we all had such a good time!

It was held at the Woburn Safari Park Lodge and consisted of a three-course sit down meal, with a murder mystery performed by actors, followed by a disco.

I really enjoyed dressing up - I'd wear that dress everyday if I could! But I suppose it wouldn't be practical, hence why Coco Chanel came along and was so successful with her tailored trousers!

(Do you like my outfit? Have you dressed up 20's-style before? Thanks for reading! Until next time... Katie-xo)

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23 November 2013

The Fossil Flagship

This is the second in a series of posts about Fossil, my new company of employment!

Last week I blogged about the Watch Station International SS14 press day (which you can find here) and how much I enjoyed going to London for it.

Then I was allowed to go to London again this week to do a competitor shop for Emporio Armani!

It is so beautifully festive on Oxford Street at the moment. Last week, I had the chance to briefly pop in the new Fossil flagship (which I mentioned in my last post) but I wanted to explore it further this week!

I was just as impressed this time around, or maybe even more so! They have done such a good job with the space and have managed to include an extensive range of leathers, jewellery, watches and accessories. It's very bright and airy with homing touches, such as photos in frames and plants in pots, on the top shelves.

A lot of the product is displayed in glass cases, which adds an element of exclusivity and creates a luxurious image that consumers will want to buy into. However, at Fossil's prices, the brand certainly classes as affordable luxury!

The colourful back wall, constructed from Fossil's world-wide famous watch tins, is extremely eye-catching and colourful. It is visible from outside, which is clever as it invites consumers in the store to take a closer look. Then the big digital screen shows feature shots of current watch styles in the AW13 range, demonstrating that Fossil is ahead of the game by incorporating the latest technology into their in store environment.

My colleague and I got chatting to the Sales Assistants and they are so lovely! You could tell that they would make the in store experience a very pleasant one for the customer.

I managed to take a few more photos this time! I was also a bit of a tourist on Oxford Street with the pretty Christmas lights.

I even found the street where I belong:

(My surname is Davies!)

I keep saying it, but the Fossil flagship on Oxford Street is really worth a visit! It's very innovative as far as in store environments go.

(Have you seen Fossil's new flagship yet? What did you think? Thanks for stopping by! Katie-xo)

16 November 2013

Watch Station International SS14 Press Day

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to Watch Station International's press day, for SS14, which was held in London's Covent Garden.

Watch Station International is Fossil's new venture. It has its own stores and concessions, as well as a fully transactional website (click here). Watch Station allows Fossil to showcase their portfolio of watch brands in an upmarket, boutique environment, in order to best represent the luxury nature of the products.

Watch Station's watch portfolio consists of Fossil's own brands, Fossil, Michele, Skagen and Zodiac, as well as Adidas, Armani Exchange, Diesel, DKNY, Emporio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors.

The press day venue was modern with a premium feel, but the event itself was quite stripped back. The focus was on the product, on one long table in the middle of the room. Then there were special hero pieces in glass cases on the edge of the room, underneath a projection of a series of luxury fashion shows.

Each brand had their own display of watches:

My favourite range was Marc by Marc Jacobs; I could easily have picked any of these pieces of arm candy for my wrist!

But my favourite watch is this beauty by Michael Kors:

Gold with a pool-blue face, this just screams elegance and style!

I also had my beady eye on this rose gold icon of sophistication:

Maybe now that I work at Fossil, I can get my hands on one of these!

After the event, I went to visit Fossil's new flagship store on Oxford Street. It is amazing. If you live in London, or just visiting, get yourself down there!

(Apologies for the poor quality photographs featured in this post, I only had my iPhone on me on the day!)

The architecture of the store is really innovative; it's quite wooden and rustic, but contemporary. Leather goods are displayed at the front, with a separate room for jewellery and watches in the back. The jewellery and watches are displayed in glass cases, with Fossil's world-wide famous watch tins decorating the back wall around a large digital screen.

It's super impressive!

All in all, I had a really good day in London. Bring on the next event!

(Have you heard of Watch Station International? Which is your favourite watch from my post? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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10 November 2013

Plum Florals

Good afternoon, my lovelies!

How are you all on this sunny, crisp Autumnal day?

Today I want to show you how you can transition florals from Spring/Summer to the Autumn/Winter season.

As you're probably now well aware, juicy berry shades have filtered their way down onto the high street after initially being seen on designer catwalks such as Burberry. They also bring with them a new addition to the colour palette in the form of prominent plum shades.

I decided to give my floral shirt, which I've had since S/S 12, an A/W 13 update by teaming it with plum leggings from this season's gorgeous colour palette.

I also wanted to toughen up the florals and add a bit of gothic glamour, which is another huge trend for A/W 13. I used black to create this effect in the form of cut-out boots, a snakeskin-textured satchel and a warm, woolly pea coat.

However, to avoid my colour palette being too dark, I threw on a snugly cream scarf and pearly white jewellery, which plays on the glamourous element of my outfit.

Finally, I added a touch more berry to my look through my new specs and dark lipstick. Tres chic!

Floral Shirt - Topshop
Plum Leggings - Topshop
Black Cut-Out Boots - Ebay
Black Pea Coat - ZARA
Snakeskin Satchel - New Look
Cream Scarf - Vintage
Pearl Jewellery - Primark
Berry Specs - Specsavers

(What do you think, do you like my outfit? How have you transitioned florals from S/S? Thanks for stopping by! Katie-xo)

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31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everybody!

I'm feeling quite festive today.

Halloween is one of my favourite times of year; this derived from uni as there were so many themed events and club nights where scary and ghoulish dressing was an absolute requirement.

I remember during my last year at university, my friends and I did three separate Halloween nights out in three different costumes that we shabbily put together from Primark and Poundland. It was so much fun!

Night one: witch

Night two: vampire

Night three: zombie

At the time, there was nothing better than getting dressed up out of the ordinary, playing drinking games and hitting a heavily decorated Halloween-themed club.

Last year, the first year out of uni, was the first year I hadn't done anything for Halloween in such a long time! I'm getting older now, and happily living with my boyfriend, which means that my priorities are changing. I still love an occasional good night out, but I also like staying in with a movie and a takeaway (and snuggling up on the sofa, of course)!

There's a misconception when you're young that as you get older, you get more boring. I don't see that as the case, I just believe that we realise that there's more ways to have fun than to go out drinking all of the time!

This Halloween is the first Halloween Kane (my boyfriend) and I have been living together. He got dressed up to go to work earlier, because apparently his work always dresses up on the day of Halloween in the office, but I'm not dressing up at all. (Other than having cats on my dress today!)

None of my friends are doing anything special for Halloween. I'm a little bit disappointed, but it also means that I don't have to waste time and money trawling around the shops for a costume!

Instead, Kane and I are carving pumpkins and having our own little treats. Heck, we're even going to throw in a Halloween-themed movie (or two).

We are still celebrating it, but in a different way!

I hope you lovely lot have fun whenever, and however, you decide to celebrate Halloween! It's going to be SPOOK-TACULAR!*

*Sorry for the bad joke.

(How are you spending Halloween this year? Are you dressing up? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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