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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