26 January 2014

Hot for Haim

Surely you must have heard of Haim by now? The cool Californian female trio who's indie rock music has been played more times on Radio 1 in the last few months than I've had hot dinners?

Well if you haven't heard of them already, you sure have now.

Founded in 2006, the band consists of three sisters: Este Arielle, Danielle Sari and Alana Mychal Haim. 

I recently bought their debut album, Days Are Gone, and I seriously cannot stop playing it in the car on my way to work.

From the laid-back folky sound of 'Falling', to the retro pop tones of 'Days Are Gone', and even to the dirty bass rock track 'My Song 5', the album is diverse enough to satisfy every alternative music craving that you might have. Out of eleven tracks, I only tend to skip two. 

As well as their amazing music, I adore the sisters' style. Mixing leather and denim with band tees and the odd quirky print, they tend to encapsulate the 'pretty grunge' look that I often strive for myself.

Their outfits always look so casual, effortless and thrown-together. It just adds to their cool appeal!

I've also caught snippets of their interviews on Radio 1 and they seem like they are so fun, happy and loving life! They're brilliant role models for young girls interested in music and I'm sure they're going to go on to do great things.

I now have three new girl crushes.

Hooray for Haim!

(Have you heard of Haim before? Do you like their music? Just a quick note to say that I'm sorry if I'm a bit MIA on the blogging front for the next few weeks - I've recently had some bad news in my family. But, as always, many thanks for reading and I really appreciate your support! Katie-xo)

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19 January 2014

Pretty Grunge

Hello, everybody!

Sorry for the delay in posting this week. I've been super busy! I had two team away days with Fossil on Thursday and Friday and then yesterday I spent the day catching up with old friends. I saw one of my best uni friends who I hadn't seen since graduating in 2012 (how crazy is that?!) then a friend that I used to work with at Debenhams. I've absolutely loved the past few days. I know people say that January is usually long and boring but I'm thoroughly enjoying mine this year!

The outfit that I'm going to show you today is one that I wore last weekend for the cinema. I went to see '12 Years a Slave'. It's an incredible story - definitely worth a watch.

Unfortunately it was raining that day so I couldn't make use of the natural light; I had to settle for my (not so) lovely looking corridor.

I always like to go 'smart casual' to the cinema, so I thought I would pop on one of my new Primark dresses (originally showcased in this haul post).

I couldn't resist this dress when I saw it. I'm a sucker for anything floral. The cobalt blue hues were a bonus as I thought they'd compliment my blue eyes and blonde hair.

However, I decided that it needed toughening up to fit in with my 'pretty grunge' kind of style - hence the thick black tights, lace-up heeled boots and bed-head hair.

The weather was super chilly, as well as rainy, therefore a snugly scarf was needed! I picked out my cream one to lift the cream tones of the florals in the dress.

I then added my new woolly grey jacket (which I'd purchased from Tesco F+F the previous week in the sale) for extra comfort and warmth.

Floral Dress - Primark
Cream Scarf - Monsoon
Black Tights - M&S
Lace-Up Heeled Boots - New Look
Silver Bracelet - Fossil (*)
Woolly Grey Jacket - Tesco F+F

The final touch was my beautiful metallic Fossil handbag. This added contrast to my colour palette without it being too contradictory. 

Metallic Handbag - Fossil

Silver Rings - All Pandora
'Pretty grunge', right?

(What do you think, do you like my outfit? How would you do 'pretty grunge'? Thanks for stopping by! Katie-xo)

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8 January 2014

January Sales Finds

Hello, everyone!

If you read my previous post, Sister Animal Power, you would have known that this one was coming!

I think that the post-Christmas sales this year are okay - not great, but not poor either. I was a bit disappointed with Topshop, as I usually buy bundles of discounted stuff in there. I did walk out with a pretty sexy jumpsuit though.

I went to Harrogate post-Christmas sales shopping on Saturday 28th December. I'm not one of those people that get up ridiculously early to go on Boxing Day - I think they are crazy! It's still Christmas so I can't understand why you would waste time shopping, when you've probably been given lots of goodies the day before, instead of spending the day with your loved ones?!

I do love a good bargain though! Here's what I picked up in the sales:

Floral Dress - Primark - Was £12.00, Now £5.00
Black Boots - New Look - Were £40.00, Now £22.00

Cream Poloneck Jumper - H&M - Was £24.99, Now £7.00
Berry Dress - Primark - Was £12.00, Now £5.00
Tan Cut-Out Boots - Were £29.99, Now £12.00

Black Jumpsuit (Under Top) - Topshop - Was £38.00, Now £25.00
Pleather Top - Primark - Original Price Unknown, Now £8.00

Gold Chunky Ring - Primark - Was £2.00, Now £1.00
Pink Stone Ring - Primark - Was £2.50, Now £1.00
Gold and Silver Midi Rings - Primark - £1.50 Each (Full Price)

And there you have it!

(What do you think to my haul? Did you pick up anything special in the sale? Thanks ever so much for reading! Katie-xo)


3 January 2014

Sister Animal Power

Hello, everyone!

I forgot to say in my previous post – the 2013 review – that I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I ate and drank too much, as usual, resulting in food babies and comas aplenty.

I absolutely love Christmas; it’s my favourite time of year. But it’s always the same – there’s such a huge build-up before the big day then, before you know it, it’s over. The anti-climax is as steep as the climax, which means that January equals post-Christmas blues.

I’ve got something a little bit different for you today. Even though there’s a lot of ‘what I got for Christmas’ posts about, I didn’t feel the need to join in. I think the sales shopping hauls are much more interesting as who doesn’t love a good bargain? (Have no fear; my version of this post will follow shortly!)

But, whilst I was in Yorkshire over Christmas/New Year, I wanted to test out my new DSLR and photography skills through shooting an outfit post with my sister as the subject.

Say hello to my older sibling Nicola, 25 years old and a Primary School Teacher.

I really like Nic’s style – it’s very smart, trend-led and classic. She’s a lot more well-put-together than myself and always looks ultra-glamorous!

This outfit reminds me of something that the cast of Made in Chelsea would wear. It’s loud through the clashing of the animal print, accessorized well through the hat, scarf and handbag - and makes a serious style statement.

I like the simplicity of the black and white colour palette, with a hint of brown from the leopard print coat.

The combination of textures, through the faux fur coat collar and black leather handbag and boots, gives more of a premium feel to the outfit as well as adds diversity.

Finally, with a slick of dark berry lipstick and a scrunch of the coppery hair, she’s ready to go.

Fedora Hat - Topshop
Leopard Print Coat - Topshop
Zebra Print Midi Dress - Topshop
Black Tights - M&S

Gold Chunky Ring - Diesel (*)
Gold Wing Ring - Topshop
Midi Rings - Primark

Black Satchel - Fossil (*)

Black Boots - Topshop

Good work, sis!


1 January 2014

2013 Review

Happy New Year, everyone!

I thought I'd jump on the blogger bandwagon and write a special post to review 2013. There's something strangely satisfying about looking back on what I've done with my life over the past year and coming up with ideas on how I can make 2014 even better.

2013 has been a pretty tough one for me; I've had a lot more downs than I've had ups. Those who know me know that I'm a private person and I find it difficult to share personal details with people that I'm not familiar with - so let's just leave it at that.

However, 2013 has brought me some good times. Highlights include:

1. Visiting the Harry Potter set tour in Watford (January).
2. Moving in with my boyfriend (March).
3. Spending 12 nights on a cruise ship around the Mediterranean (July).
4. Dancing to KOL - again - at V Fest (August).
5. After struggling as a graduate in today's job market, finally getting a job in Fashion Marketing (October).

Last year, my New Year's resolutions were to move in with my boyfriend, get a job in Fashion Marketing and make more effort with my true friends. I'm happy to say that I've managed to do all three!

This year, I want to get fitter - as I feel like I've eaten and drank so much during the back end of 2013. I also want to try and see my friends and family from home more. Living in Milton Keynes, whilst they're all in Yorkshire, has made me feel cut off from my loved ones since I moved down here last March. I've only seen them a handful of times so I would like to see them more in 2014. Then, finally, I want to save more money.

Blogging-wise, I've had a good year building my content and readership. I've had this blog since Uni, but didn't start regularly posting on it until October 2012. I get asked all of the time - 'why do you do it?' Well, I enjoy it. It's as simple as that. I love having a place where I can share my love of fashion with like-minded people.

My blog is just starting to give me some of the opportunities that I could initially only dream about, and I hope I can continue to grow and improve it throughout 2014. This is my chance to just thank each and every one of you that do read my ramblings every week. It means the absolute world to me knowing that people, however many, care about my thoughts and opinions! I'm genuinely so grateful and I hope you will keep enjoying my posts and commenting.

Without further ado, here's my top ten favourite posts of 2013:

2013 was the year that Gossip Girl ended and I had to make my mind up, once and for all, whether I preferred the style of Blair or Serena.

I'd previously wrote a female version of Get the Look: Made in Chelsea for IDEAL magazine and, immediately after, there was a demand for the male version! I am addicted to Made in Chelsea so I really enjoyed writing this post. You're welcome, boys.

SS13 meant the revival of disco pants and looking like Sandra Dee from Grease on a regular basis. I found this very fun!

Mary-Kate Olsen is one of my ultimate style crushes; she brings a fresh modernity to the term 'boho chic'. I loved exploring how I could mimic her individualistic look.

2013 was the year that I started to include more outfit posts on my blog. I fell in love with the AW13 tartan trend and just had to base an OOTD on it.

SS13 was the season of 90's nostalgia - and not just for the mad fashions! As I was a 90's kid, I had so much fun looking back on the era in reference to what was going on at the time.

I went to V Festival for the first time in 2013, just for the day to see KOL, however I was eager to dress the part!

I was lucky enough to get a DSLR camera recently, used for the first time on this post. I'm so pleased with the result of the photographs and think it will make a big difference to my blog in 2014.

This was the first press day that I'd been invited to! I loved it and I hope there's many more to come!

How strange that this was the very first post of 2013 and it's my ultimate favourite! Kane (my boyfriend) gave me tickets to the set tour in Watford for Christmas last year. To say that I love Harry Potter is an understatement, so this day out was kind of a big deal for me! Next stop: Harry Potter World in Florida (I wish)!

I hope you had fun last night on NYE, whatever you did, and here's to an amazing 2014! Let's make it a good one.

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