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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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)
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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

Blondie

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)
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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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2 October 2013

Birthday Haul

Good afternoon, everybody!

I'm a little late with this post seen as though my birthday was over one month ago (1st September for anyone taking note). However, as hauls continue to be one of the most popular types of post on my blog, I wanted to share with you some beauties that were either given to me as a present, or bought with my birthday money, in the last few weeks.

The dress I actually wore on my birthday was given to me by my boyfriend. He remembered me cooing over it in Ark's window display when we walked past the shop recently (you know how we fashionistas like to coo)!


Neon Aztec Print Dress - Ark - £22.00

Then I bought the following with my birthday money.

Bowler hats seem to be having another hey-day, therefore I couldn't resist picking this bargain up for only £7.99!


Bowler Hat - H&M - £7.99

I also wanted some new bling.


Gold Knuckle Ring - Primark - £1.50
Gold and Silver Set of 3 Rings - Primark - £3.00
Gold Hoop Earrings - H&M - £3.99

I already have several pairs of these adorable frilled socks in summery colours, so I thought I'd best invest in a couple of pairs in wintry shades for the A/W season. At £1.50 from Primark, they're as cheap as chips!


Navy and Berry Frilled Socks (1 Pair Per Pack) - Primark - £1.50 each

You may have already seen this monochrome, striped, baseball-style tee featured in a recent blog post. I still can't believe it was only £6.00 and it's so versatile; it looks great dressed up or down.


Baseball Tee - Primark - £6.00
Long Sleeved Tartan Crop Top - Primark - £5.00
Sequinned Shorts - ZARA Sale - £9.99

I then used some money given to me by one of my best friends, on this gorgeous little number. I'm not usually a massive cats fan but this dress is so adorable - I couldn't help but fall in love with it when I saw it!


Pussycat Print Dress - H&M - £14.99

I've worn it since I bought it and I've received so many compliments - even from complete strangers! Pick yours up now to avoid disappointment.


Finally, my boyfriend's parents gave me £50.00 on a Topshop gift card (they know me so well now) which I spent on the following.

I love how loud this jumper is - it makes such a statement! Leopard print is very much 'in', once again, for the A/W season.

I had to have the horse necklace, as well, because horses are my favourite animals. I was an avid horse rider when I was a child and I've always said that I will get back into it one day! It's a dream of mine to one day have a horse of my own.


Leopard Print Jumper - £32.00
Horse Statement Necklace - £16.50

Since I bought these Topshop lovelies, I've worn them with a crisp white shirt and jeans.


They're so great - in fact, all of the items featured in this post are!

Thank you so much to my amazing friends of family for their kind gifts and a wonderful 23rd birthday.


(What's your favourite item from this haul? Which shops have you been buying from recently? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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