26 September 2013


Those of you who know me, will know that I love a bit of grunge.

My personal style can be described as 'when grunge meets glam'; it is often influenced by rock and indie bands, and their fierce female lead vocalists.

For instance, Hayley Williams from Paramore has a strong, confident sense of style. She's not afraid to experiment and likes the loud and lairy looks, as well as the grungy. Also, could her hair be any more eccentric? 

Alison Mosshart from The Kills is another girl crush of mine. She's a bit more effortlessly stylish compared to Hayley, with her laid-back, couldn't-give-a-damn attitude.

Then there's Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless. I've talked about her in previous blog posts, but to me she epitomises grungy rock chick fashion. She wears a lot of black eyeliner and prances around practically naked half of the time, but this just seems to enhance her cool-girl image.

These women inspire me to be fun and rebellious with my fashion, as well as project my love of alternative music through what I wear.

If you read my A/W 13 trend report, you'll know that Gothic Glamour is making a big comeback this season through both fashion and beauty. I'd love to experiment with this trend through my make-up for a smart casual occasion in the future; however, for the purposes of this outfit, I kept my make-up to a minimum in order to showcase the 'can't-be-bothered' attitude a la Alison Mosshart (plus I really couldn't be bothered that day)!

Camo is also going to be a micro trend and is currently doing the rounds on the blogosphere. I absolutely adore the jacket I'm wearing here - bought in Topshop sale circa 2012 for half of the original RRP.

Camo Jacket - Topshop Sale
Grunge Sleeveless Top - eBay
Denim Shorts - MOTO at Topshop
Black Tights - M&S
Leopard Print Boots - Topshop Sale
Tan Belt - Topshop
Spike Necklace - Topshop
'Rock' and 'Roll' Rings - River Island

Grungy is such a fun way to dress and I recommend that everyone tries it, even if it's not their usual style!

(Do you like my outfit? How would you dress grungy? Katie-xo)

20 September 2013

Baseball Chic

Good afternoon, all!

Today I wanted to show you how to take a Spring/Summer trend through to the next season by using key pieces and colours.

Sports Luxe was one of my favourite S/S 13 trends; particularly the American baseball influence through shirts and jackets.

I recently bought a traditional, vertically striped, copycat baseball tee from Primark (at a mere £6, it was a bargain) which I thought I would style to create a laid-back, yet glamorous, look.

I teamed it with my structured black leggings, as structure and tailoring is a key trend for A/W 13 (read my trend report here) and then threw on my baseball-style varsity jacket to continue with the Sports Luxe theme.

I then glammed it up with my shiny-brand-spanking-new heeled boots, with cut out features and buckles, which are becoming a big trend on the blogosphere! I love them so much - they're so pretty!

To compliment the red stripes on the baseball jacket, I added burgundy socks as burgundy is going to be just as huge this A/W, as it was last A/W, taking inspiration from the Burberry catwalk.

Finally, I piled on the gold bling and grabbed my black studded bag to add extra oomph and style statement to my look.

Baseball Tee - Primark
Baseball Jacket - eBay
Black Leggings - Topshop
Cutout Buckle Boots - eBay
Frilly Socks - Primark
Chunky Gold Necklace - eBay

(What do you think to my outfit? How would you take a S/S 13 to the next season? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

14 September 2013

Last of the Summer Outfits

Hello, everyone!

Judging by the weather, it's official: summer is no longer with us. It's left us for a colder, darker (and generally more mischievous) Autumn. This is the time of year where we kiss goodbye to our summer wardrobes and welcome cosier, chunkier outfits.

As a homage to summer, I'd like to show you some of my favourite holiday outfits this year.

As you may already know, in July I went on a Mediterranean cruise for 12 nights with my parents, sister, sister's boyfriend and my boyfriend. It was amazing! I meant to put these holiday outfits up sooner, but I've been preoccupied with being a Social Media and Marketing Consultant for Fashion Cosmetics in my spare time (read about the company here and here).

I tried to narrow it down to a 'top five' list, but couldn't make my mind up on the last out-take! Therefore here's my top six favourite holiday outfits and, as always, where I got them from...

6. Floral Vintage

Floral Dress - Topshop
Necklace and Bracelet - Vintage
Tan Sandals - NEXT

5. Flamingo Maxi

Sleeveless Flamingo Print Shirt - Topshop
Maxi Skirt - River Island
Tan Belt - Topshop
Tan Sandals - NEXT

4. White Lace and Cobalt Blue

White Lace Dress - Topshop Sale
Necklace - NEXT
Wedge Sandals - New Look
Snakeskin Clutch - H&M

3. Aztec Maxi

Maxi Dress - Monsoon Sale
Necklace and Bracelets - Primark
Hair Braids - River Island

2. Cut-Out Neon Florals

Cut-Out Floral Dress - Primark Sale
Necklace and Wedge Sandals - As Before
White Cardigan - ZARA

1. Coral Queen

Coral Dress - Topshop Sale
Snakeskin Clutch - As Before
Necklace - Topshop Sale
Gold Wedges - New Look

Spring/Summer 13 was one of my favourite seasons yet for fashion trends, so I'm sad to see it leave! But there's some good trends coming next season (read my trend report here).

Farewell, summer! Bring on the Autumn/Winter fashion!

(Which is your favourite outfit out of my top six? What trends will you be sad to see leave? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

5 September 2013

A/W 13 Trend Report

After a glorious Spring/Summer 2013 (where we have experienced everything from 60’s chic to sports luxe) that injected some fun and frivolity back into fashion, Autumn/Winter comes at us with a slightly more serious and sombre tone. It might be different, but that’s always been celebrated in a new season’s worth of collections, so bring on the diversity!
1.  Winter Florals

Florals have taken a dark, romantic turn for A/W 2013. Gone are the vibrant flower hues of S/S 2013, and instead we are left with jewel-like tones in purple and burgundy, as seen on catwalks such as Erdem and Christopher Kane. These designers teamed floral applique with sheer fabrics and velvet, giving it an interesting revival and the ability to make some impact during the cold winter months.

2. Gothic Glamour

Erdem also used floral applique to showcase another key trend, in the form of gothic glamour. This trend will very much be in full force this season, after a dominant presence on other catwalks such as Jonathan Saunders and Meadham Kirchoff, with black being one of the key colours in the palette. The way Erdem used lace, chiffon and ruffles to project this trend made the models look like glitzier versions of Morticia from the Addams family. It’s time to embrace the dark side!

3. Heritage Chic

Countryside chic is one of the most recurrent trends of A/W. However, this time it gets given a Scottish twist! Tartan was everywhere on the catwalks and is currently everywhere on the blogosphere. If you invest in nothing else for this A/W, invest in some tartan. This, coupled with fur trims a la Mulberry, will make you want to start doing the Highland Fling in no time!

4.  Mixed Texture

As mentioned previously, textures are an ongoing trend this A/W; but - not just any old textures – mixed textures! It might initially sound bizarre to try and mix pleather and fur in the same outfit, or leather and a sequinned skirt, but get used to it! All of the designers were doing it on the A/W catwalks, including Topshop Unique and Erdem. Satin, tweed, lace and lame fabrics were also crossed over to produce outfits that stood out from the rest and made the ultimate statement.

5. Burgundy

Now, we all fell in love with the burgundy colour trend last A/W, and I’m happy to announce that it’s here to stay this A/W! Burberry showcased midi skirts and shirts in all different kinds of berry tones which lifted their camel, black and nude colour palette. So dig out any burgundy that you bought last year hiding at the back of your wardrobe and wear it loud and proud!

6.  Animal Print

Speaking of Burberry – their giraffe trench coat was a standout piece on their catwalk, as well as the leopard print body worn by Cara Delevingne under a latex skirt. These garments triggered off the animal print trend once again for A/W 2013. Tom Ford also illustrated this trend through numerous animal print coats trimmed with fur.

7. Structured Silhouettes

Shape was very much apparent on catwalks for A/W. Oversized shoulders and sharp hemlines at Topshop Unique gave a nod to the power dressing of the 80’s. Then full, rounded skirts at John Rocha were reminiscent of the ladylike 50’s trend. There was even masculine tailoring, in the form of suiting, which brought a hint of androgyny to the proceedings. Whichever way you decide to go, give it some structure!

8. Shiny Show

The amount of glamour and maximalism apparent on the catwalks this A/W made the clothes feel even more premium than usual! Lame fabrics, in the form of sparkle and patent, gave a futuristic feel to Topshop Unique’s collection and it was all about shimmer over at May Katrantzou. The message was: don’t be afraid to be dramatic this A/W!

9. Winter Pastels

Ice cream shades have been one of my favourite colour trends of S/S 2013, and I would have been sad if I had to say goodbye to them soon. Luckily, I don’t! The likes of Mulberry, Moschino Cheap & Chic and Simone Rocha showcased them aplenty at the London shows, in a mixture of powdery and sour shades. Scrummy!

 10. Red

Another key colour trend of A/W 2013 is red. There was a number of different vibrant shades visible on the catwalks, but the most popular shade was blood red. It was loud, it was daring and it was dangerous – but it worked! There was also a beautiful orangey-red hue shown at Topshop Unique. It just proves that now’s the perfect time to see red!

(What do you think to the new season’s trends? Which ones will you be wearing? Katie-xo)
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