26 January 2013

Winter Galactica 12/13

When I blogged about Topshop back in November (you can find the post here), I talked about how galactica, and all things sci-fi, was a key trend in their A/W mid-season range.

Well, next season, sci-fi fashion is set to become even more universal - to infinity... and beyond! (Sorry.)

Yes, this theme could be seen all over the S/S 13 catwalks by designers such as Markus Lupfer, Alexander McQueen and Antipodium.

Therefore I decided to invest in a couple of galactic pieces, and what's more galactic than a lovely galaxy print? However, I had to think how I could layer these pieces for a cool, casual look - that is also warm and comfortable - as the weather has been very snowy recently.

I first invested in a monochrome skater skirt, and added some colour through a cosy, pink, high-necked jumper. Tights were a must due to the cold temperatures in the North at the moment, then I added some frilly socks to maximise the femininity of the outfit and my new leopard print, hi-top flatforms for a hint of street style. I was very snug!

Jumper - Urban Outfitters
Skirt - Urban Outfitters
Tights - M&S
Socks - Topshop
Flatforms - Topshop

I, personally, love the galactic trend and might have to invest in more pieces in the future! Watch this space.

(Are you currently wearing the galactic trend? What pieces have you bought? I'd love to know! Also, check out my article for IDEAL magazine here showing you how to get the galactic beauty look! 

UPDATE - The first outfit has recently been featured on Look magazine's website as one of their 'Street Style Fashion' looks - as well as their Facebook and Twitter page!

Check it out on the website for yourself here. How exciting! Katie-xo)

22 January 2013

The Final Gossip Girl Debate: Blair Vs Serena

This is a very special post in tribute to one of my favourite TV series - which has just recently ended - Gossip Girl.

I only saw the last episode the other day. After six seasons of watching the show (an American teen drama for anyone who doesn't know), I am sad to see it end, but it's true that it has run its course. It was on the air from 19th September 2007 until 17th December 2012 and the writers seemed to use every storyline imaginable!

The show focussed on the lives of five privileged young adults: Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), Nate Archibald (Chase Crawford) and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley). There were constant elements of competition with all of the characters, but the competition that stood out the most to me (and probably the rest of the fashion-conscious audience) was who had the best style: Blair or Serena?

They both looked fabulous all the time - whether they were laid in bed in their fancy apartments, out running errands in the Big City or attending one of the most high profile parties of the season. I could never decide on my favourite, therefore I plan to settle the debate for once and for all! It's about time that I made my mind up!

I'm going to look at these gorgeous girls in a number of contexts and pick a winner for each 'round', if you like. Then I will pick an overall winner based on each round! Without further ado...

1. At School


Blair was the Queen Bee at her private school, and the Queen of Prep. I love her simplistic, stereotypical school girl look - with her signature headband and over-the-knee socks - but I think Serena wins this one! The clash of the stripes and checks means that there's a lot more going on with her outfit and I love that the colour palette varies from grey to pink to purple. Also, I have major bag envy!

2. Travelling


Blair wore this air-hostess-inspired dress, complete with monochrome stiletto heels, during a plane journey. At the other end of the spectrum, Serena dressed down for her train journey back to New York. She sported a look of Parisian chic, complete with Louis Vuitton designer luggage. Due to the fact that casual comfort is always the best way to go when travelling, and Blair looks slightly OTT, Serena wins again! 

3. Running an Errand


Blair wraps up in a thick winter coat over a shirt, skirt and navy tights - but adds splashes of colour through her accessories. Serena keeps it simple in jeans and a blazer, but the shirt she's wearing underneath is very revealing for a daytime look - therefore Blair wins! I also like how the splashes of colour in Blair's outfit add character.

4. At Work

Blair looks the picture of class in her white, frilly shirt and pencil skirt - teamed with red detailing through her accessories. Serena's work clothes look just as expensive, however her navy dress teamed with neutral accessories is a bit dull in comparison! It's true that Blair is the Queen of Accessories, as well as the Queen of Prep - no one can rock a headband like she can. Blair wins.

5. Summer Chic


I absolutely love the snakeskin prints and textures in Serena's outfit. The colour palette is lush and suits her blonde-hair-blue-eyes beauty. I bet that the dress is perfect for warm weather being a silky fabric and loose! However, Blair's dress is just so much more fun and playful! The shape and print of it makes it look like she's just stepped out of the fifties and the colour palette is so young and fresh. It's summer chic at its best! Bravo, Blair.

6. Party Time 


Blair looks a little bit over-accessorised in this outfit. I like the monochrome look on her, and the sequinned skirt screams 'it's party time', but the fussy blouse teamed with her signature headband is a bit too much. Serena, on the other hand, wears lace and satin to perfection. You could argue that this dress is quite provocative, but if you can't dress a little bit sexy for a party then when can you? Serena wins.

7. Red Carpet Event 


Serena looks stunning in this gold number; it really suits her skin tone, hair colour and figure. However, no one can do princess like Blair Waldorf - after all, she was a princess in the show for a while! Her brick red gown reminds me of Valentino haute couture and is accessorised beautifully with a silver and purple stoned necklace and purpley coloured shoes (which shouldn't go with this dress but, weirdly, do)! This one's a close call - as Serena also looks the epitome of luxury - but Blair wins.

If my calculations are correct, Blair is the overall winner! To be honest, I'll always love both of their styles. I think Serena's appeals to me because it's a lot like mine - she tends to throw looks together rather than polish it to perfection. It looks cool in an effortless way. On the other hand, Blair is so well put together and - in a way - I think that's more admirable. More effort goes into her outfits and the way it is done is like a work of art!

I hope that you've enjoyed reading this little post because I've really enjoyed writing it! I will miss Gossip Girl but I will miss the style more! That's for sure.

Do you agree with my winner for each round? Do you prefer Serena's style overall or Blair's? Let me know. Katie-xo

(Please note that these images do not belong to me; they are courtesy of Pinterest. I'm happy to give photo credit to the owners if they wish to contact me.)

11 January 2013

Harry Potter and the Charity Shop Shirt

Happy Friday, my lovely readers!

As you may, or may not, know - one of my Christmas presents this year was tickets to the Harry Potter set tour at Warner Bros Studios in Watford. Being a complete and utter Harry Potter nerd, you can imagine my excitement when I found out!

I decided to wear my new charity shop shirt to rock the dark, gothic floral trend of AW12:

Vintage shirt - £3

I paired the shirt with jeggings, thick socks and Chelsea-style boots for a look that was comfy and casual, yet fashionable.

I then added a vintage leather jacket to toughen up the look, and a warm, cream scarf in order to battle the cold:

Needless to say, the set tour was amazing! I was astounded. You don't realise how much hard work goes into creating the sets, props and costumes for the films. Just being able to walk round the place where they filmed a lot of the scenes blew my mind.

I don't want to spoil it for people who haven't been, therefore I'm only going to upload a few photo highlights. But if you're a fan of Harry Potter, you should definitely go if you get the opportunity! It's not to be missed.

Outside the entrance:

In the Great Hall:

Admiring Dumbledore's office:

Exploring Diagon Alley:

Buying my first Butterbeer: 

It's very tasty! Sweet, creamy and not quite fizzy - but certainly scrumptious!

Outside Number 4, Privet Drive:

And, finally, the pride and joy of the Art department - a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts - which was really impressive:

I also bought myself a few goodies from the gift shop (it had to be done!):

My favourite is the Deathly Hallows symbol necklace. Expensive, but SO WORTH IT. It's incredibly cool:

I can't wait to wear it!

God bless you J.K Rowling for the magic that is Harry Potter!

(Check out the article I wrote for IDEAL, on the do's and don'ts of charity shopping here. Note: this post is dedicated to my Grams, who loved Harry Potter almost as much as I do. RIP, forever in my heart. Xo)

3 January 2013

Seeing Off 2012 in Style

I saw a lot of other bloggers' posts about NYE outfits, therefore it's only right that I add my own!

NYE is my Dad's birthday, and this year we decided to mimic last year's celebrations and go for a meal and drinks in Leeds.

The inspiration for my NYE outfit came from my sale buys earlier in the week. I only had time to go to my favourite store (Topshop) but I definitely walked out with a few bargains:

Camo jacket - Was £65, now £35
Khaki dress - Was £26, now £12
Leopard print boots - Were £40, now £20
Spike necklace - Was £16, now £8

I then added my cross belt and floral-patterned tights to translate the dress, boots and necklace into a NYE outfit that was military-grunge inspired...

...Which went perfectly with my new ombre hair!

It was a wonderful night filled with tasty treats at San Carlos, Cosmopolitan cocktails (Sex and the City style) and festive cheer...

...And a fabulous way to see in the New Year! 

I hope 2013 is amazing for you all! What did you wear on NYE? Leave me a comment below! Katie-xo
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