25 October 2013

Girly Tartan

If there's one fabric to invest in this season, it's tartan. Tartan is one of the biggest trends for Autumn/Winter 13, initially seen on designer catwalks such as Mulberry, Vivienne Westwood and Moschino.

It has since been splashed all over the high street and blogosphere.

At first, the idea of tartan seems quite ambitious. Tartan, when overdone, can look cheap and horrifying. However, by sticking to one key piece and building an outfit around it - or using it to accessorise - you can keep tartan looking more minimalistic yet striking.

Is red not your hue? You can buy tartan in different colour ways, as well as in the traditional red. There's some divine forest green and violet purple shades that have been worked into the original pattern, currently available at Topshop, Primark and H&M.

A lot of people assume that tartan must be used for casual occasions. Today I want to show you how you can make tartan feel more girly and dressy, for a smarter occasion.

I took one key piece, a long sleeved cropped top, and muted it with a denim pinafore dress and black opaque tights. I then added black Chelsea boots, as it was raining outside, and upped the glamour with statement jewellery and a sophisticated snakeskin satchel.

Tartan Cropped Top - Primark
Denim Pinafore Dress - H&M
Black Opaque Tights - M&S
Black Chelsea Boots - ASOS
Horse Necklace - Topshop
Snakeskin Satchel - New Look

In terms of beauty, I kept my make-up simple for a fresh-faced look using minimal foundation and concealer. I then winged my eyeliner and added some red lipstick to give the aura of classic femininity.

I hope you're loving tartan as much as I am!

(What do you think to my outfit? How would you dress up tartan? Please leave me a comment! Katie-xo)

21 October 2013

A/W 13 Beauty Trends

As you've probably already read in my Autumn/Winter 2013 trend report, fashion has become more serious since Spring/Summer, which means that the look of beauty has changed as a result.

However, there's still enough variety and originality to play with!

Here are the top ten beauty trends to look out for this season:

1. Metallics

Fashion has gone all sci-fi and what better way to compliment this than with a metallic lip or eye, as seen on catwalks such as Dior.

2.  Gothic Beauty

Designers are taking the Halloween aspect of A/W literally this season, with ‘gothic beauty’ having a significant presence on catwalks such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. A pale complexion, smudged black eyeliner and dark brows are all that you need to channel this!

3. Low Ponytail

Hair must look slick this season! Taking inspiration from Moschino, pull your barnet into a sophisticated low ponytail and then curl the ends for a look that screams A/W chic.

4.  Sparkle

A/W means that Christmas will be upon us before we know it. Sparkle and dazzle your way through all of your Christmas parties by applying glitter to your eyeshadow. You can swipe it over the full lid, or even just glitter the corners a la House of Holland. Dare to shine!

5.  Hair Braids

Hair braids always look so pretty. This season they’re supposed to be neat and elegant, falling effortlessly down your back, as showcased by Matthew Williamson.

6.  Natural Beauty

Hurrah! Finally it’s on trend to wear hardly any make-up! The natural look was huge on A/W 13 catwalks. 

7.  Dark Lips

As part of the ‘gothic beauty’ look, dark lips are making a comeback. So dig out that plum lipstick that you bought last year but pushed to the back of your drawer, and slap it on bold and strong. Vera Wang taught us that this is the only way to use it this season to make the ultimate style statement.

8. Sixties Liquid Eyeliner

Now, where have we seen this before? Oh yes, only last season! Liquid eyeliner, sixties style, is sticking around for A/W. Whether you want to wing it, or dot it underneath, don’t be shy! Get the sixties fever.

9. Ice Princess

Cara Delevingne at Chanel showed us how to rock the ‘ice princess’ look this A/W. Use a shimmery white/silver eyeshadow with understated rosy pink cheeks and a pastel pink lip to get the look(*).

(*) Sorry, eyebrows not included.

10. Poker Straight Hair

We previously kissed goodbye to our straighteners to embrace messy waves for S/S 13. However, it’s time to get them back out! Poker straight hair is back, seen at DKNY, and should be tucked behind the ears to create a ladylike look that even Kate Middleton would be proud of!

Have fun experimenting with these trends, you beauties!

(Which A/W beauty trend will you be rocking? Have you spotted any more yet? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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17 October 2013


I've had several hair colours in the past - brunette, black, purpley, red and coppery - but before Uni I was blonde for 5-10 years. 

I decided a while ago that I wanted to become a blondie once again, as I missed it, but I've had a bit of a struggle getting there. Any half decent hairdresser will tell you that it's impossible to go from dark brown to blonde immediately, unless you want permanent hair damage. The dye completely strips your hair of any moisture, so the trick is to do it in stages.

I started with blondish ends to follow the ombre hair trend of this year:

Then I had the top stripped, highlights in the top and lowlights in the bottom to get a dark blonde effect:

A few days ago, I had even more highlights put in and got this effect:

There is still an element of ombre to it, as it is darker at the roots than it is at the end. Ombre hair is still very much 'in', but much more subtle for Autumn/Winter than it was for Spring/Summer. Examples, similar to mine, include: Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger and Vanessa Hudgens.

I think, ultimately, I want this kind of blonde back (circa 2007):

I will get there eventually! Wish me luck!

(Do you still like ombre hair? What do you think to my blondie progress? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

10 October 2013

Monochrome Swing

Good morning, my lovely readers!

I'm a happy bunny today as I'm currently back up North, in my home town of Wakefield, to see my family and friends.

I got a sweet little OOTN to show you from a date with my boyfriend a week or so ago!

I feel like I'm a little late to the party with this look, as strappy swing dresses first made a comeback on the blogosphere during the Spring/Summer 2013 season. Bloggers tended to style them with sandals and a smile in the lovely sunshiny weather. However, my challenge was to update the swing dress and make it more appropriate for the transition into Autumn/Winter.

I wanted to keep the colour palette simple with my new black swing dress, therefore I just put a white long sleeved top underneath. Monochrome is still extremely popular amongst fashionistas so I killed two birds with one stone (so-to-speak) with a trendy aesthetic, as well as a warmer alternative to bare arms in order to combat the chilly winds.

As it was date night, I wanted to show a little bit of flesh; I kept my legs out but added my chunky cut-out boots to toughen up the, otherwise understated, look. I also added the bowler hat for extra warmth, as well as extra style statement.

Then it was matter of including classy silver jewellery, such as my Harry Potter Deathly Hallows necklace, to upmarket my look for the smart casual occasion.

Black Strappy Swing Dress - Missguided
White Long Sleeved Top - Primark
Cut Out Boots - Ebay
Bowler Hat - H&M
HP Deathly Hallows Necklace - HP Studio Tour Shop

Beauty-wise, I glammed up my make-up by hitting two of the hottest beauty trends of the A/W season. Firstly, I winged my liquid liner to capture the sixties sultry eye. Then I used bronze lipstick to showcase the metallic look seen on designer catwalks such as Dior.

We had a lovely time!

Now, excuse me, I'm off to play with my Northern monkeys...

(Do you like my Monochrome Swing look? How would you take a strappy swing dress through to A/W? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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4 October 2013

Tartan Bowler

Happy Friday, everybody!

I've had this OOTD on the back burner for a good couple of weeks now, so I'm relieved that I finally have the time to sit down and write it up!

If you're not already aware (although I don't know how you couldn't be), tartan is huge for Autumn/Winter 2013. I first communicated this through my trend report and, ever since, I have been on the lookout for the ultimate tantalising tartan piece.

Well, I finally found it! On Ebay, of all places! Rihanna once wore a tartan skater dress when she performed on X Factor and I found this copycat version online.

(Image courtesy of owntherunway.com.)

I'm so in love with it!

The weather is getting colder, which means I have to layer up the dress for it to be practical as well as aesthetically pleasing!

The first time I wore it, I kept it classic. I teamed it with a white shirt, black opaque tights and a black patent belt to define my waist, channelling smart casual chic.

I also added the bowler hat and frilly berry socks from my birthday haul with my cut out boots - for added street style kudos.

Then I threw on a chunky black cardigan and a vintage-looking satchel with snakeskin detail - and I was good to go!

Tartan Skater Dress and Patent Waist Belt - Ebay
Opaque Black Tights - M&S
White Shirt - Topshop
Frilly Berry Socks - Primark
Cut Out Boots - Ebay
Bowler Hat - H&M
Satchel - New Look

(Do you like my Tartan Bowler look? What's your favourite piece? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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