23 March 2014

I'm a Unicorn! Bleach London Hair Dye Review

If you've seen me in person recently, you'll know that I'm championing unicorn/My Little Pony hair.

Yes, folks - my hair is currently pink. (PINK!)

I've never dyed my hair a crazy colour before. The closest I got was the purpley tint on my brunette do last year, but that didn't last long.

I've been blonde, I've been brunette, I've been a redhead - heck, I even went through a gingery stage back in the day.

But when I read about this new semi-permanent dye that could give a gal a hair update, enough to eliminate boredom without the pressure of having to commit long-term, I thought: why not?

Bleach London is a London-based hair salon that specialises in colour. They currently sell their own-label products in the salon, as well as in Boots and online. This bottle of semi-permanent dye is a mere fiver, and comes in a variety of colours; from 'Sea Punk' to 'Tangerine Dream'.

I chose 'Rose' pink as my first experimentation.

You wash your hair as normal and then apply the dye after towel drying. You just apply it where you want to see the colour - whether it's just a few strips here and there or, if you're feeling brave, all over your head.

As it's my first time with pink hair, I decided to just colour the ends to start with. I'm going for a bit of an 'ombre' effect, with this still being on trend after transcending numerous seasons.

You leave the dye on for 15 minutes, then simply rinse it out with water. It lasts between 2 and 10 washes, therefore fades with time.

I'm so happy with the results! The pink is quite pastelly and subtle enough not to change my look dramatically, but prominent enough for people to notice and comment!

(Buy the Shampoo and Conditioner set HERE.)

It's also quite summery. I definitely want to try the 'Parma Violets' one next!

As Bleach London say, life's a bleach and then you dye...

(What do you think of my new hair? What colour would you try? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)


14 March 2014

March Haul

Happy Friday, everybody!

It's been a while since I treated myself to shiny, new things. Therefore - behold - shiny, new things!

I always like to have a little splurge around this time of year when the Spring/Summer collections start to filter their way onto the high street.

The most popular trends from the SS14 catwalks that I've seen in the shops so far are pastels, gingham, structured tailoring, texture, utilitarian chic and digital prints.

I bought into pastels last S/S, but my first pastel purchase of SS14 is this checked beauty from H&M. I liked the shirt so much that I bought a scarf from Primark in practically the same print and colour way!

I also got a summery photography print tee to wear with my denim skirt and a basic black boyfriend tee to throw on with my geometric print leggings.

Pastel Checked Shirt - H&M - £14.99
Pastel Checked Scarf - Primark - £4.00
Photography Print Tee - Primark - £5.00
Black Boyfriend Tee - Primark - £3.00

Then I needed some new sunglasses in preparation for the sunshine that we'll hopefully get this summer! I absolutely adore these leopard print sunglasses from Primark, as well as these black ones with round rims which make me look like an oversized bug!

I also grabbed a bit of bling; I'm in love with midi rings, in particular, at the moment and Primark has some super cheap!

Leopard Print Sunglasses - Primark - £3.00
Black Round Rimmed Sunglasses - Primark - £2.00
Gold Midi Rings - Primark - £1.50
Gold Leaf Ring - Primark - £2.00
Gold Triangle Earrings - Primark - £1.00

I'm a big fan of the monochrome trend too, which seems to have transcended the last couple of seasons. Therefore, I couldn't resist this gingham monochrome smock dress from New Look. It's so cute and a great piece to wear through the transitional period from A/W to S/S. I can layer it with chunky knits and leggings, or strip it right back with just bare legs and a pair of converse.

Monochrome Gingham Smock Dress - New Look - £17.99

I also found these bad boys in the Topshop sale; they were the only pair left so it was meant to be! They are quite unique as far as shoes go, as they are a cross between boots and sandals, but that's why I like them! I always say it's better to embrace individuality, than be afraid of it because it's different or out of the norm.

I'll be giving these a go, anyway!

Sandal Boots - Topshop - £20.00

Now that my debit card has taken a good bashing, I don't think I can buy anything for a while! But this haul should last me a good few months? Okay, maybe not months, but definitely a good few weeks.

(What's your favourite piece in this haul? What will you be buying for S/S? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

Bloglovin / Twitter / Instagram Lookbook

8 March 2014

Sun, Moon and Stars

Hello, everyone!

Apologies for not posting last week - I've been super busy with work and then I went to Liverpool at the weekend for my friend's belated birthday.

However, I am back! (With a bang!)

I shot this OOTD a couple of weeks back and meant to upload it sooner - bad blogger! I've noticed lots of other fashionistas uploading OOTD's around the very same dress in my absence, so I hope I haven't missed the boat!

I am, of course, talking about THE sun, moon and stars smock dress from Motel. A little bit 90's print, a little bit's 60's babydoll style, a little bit grungy - this dress is adorable and I'm very much in love with it right now.

As a lot of bloggers have already been styling it, I've tried to go for something different.

In the transitional period between AW13 and SS14, it's tough to get it right with an outfit as the weather goes from one extreme to the next. I put on a jumper and I'm hot, flustered and looking like a tomato; I put on a t-shirt and I feel like I belong in the North pole.

It's all about the layers, people!

On this particular morning, it was sunny but rather chilly. I put on a white long sleeved top underneath the dress, which highlighted the white in the sun, moon and stars print.

I also threw on the thickest pair of black tights I could find and my black cut out boots. I added the white frilly socks to tap into the 90's look of the dress and balance out the prominence of the white in the top half of my outfit.

I decided to keep the colour palette simplistic in order to let the dress do the talking. Monochrome is a key trend this SS14 (read my SS14 trend report here), as well as ice-cream shades.

I added the pastel blue satchel as the colour-popping piece in the outfit.

I also added some silver accessories to dress up the outfit for a day out with friends.

Pastel Blue Satchel - Fossil (*)
Deathly Hallows Necklace - Harry Potter Set Tour Gift Shop
Silver Watch - Fossil (*)
Silver Rings - Emporio Armani

Then my natural-looking make-up and wavy hair adds to the laid-back, casual essence of the look.

Sun, Moon and Stars Dress - Motel (use my discount 'ispytrends' to get 20% off)
White Long Sleeved Tee - Primark
Black Tights - M&S
White Frilly Socks - Primark
Black Cut Out Boots - eBay
Pastel Blue Satchel - Fossil (*)

Have a lovely weekend!

(What do you think to this outfit? Do you like the sun, moon and stars dress? Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo)

Bloglovin / Twitter / Instagram Lookbook
© KatieKat. All rights reserved.