25 February 2016

Getting Your Cartilage Pierced at Claire's

5 weeks ago I had my cartilage pierced. This was so unexpected and something I never thought I'd get done in my life! 

That random Sunday, my sister begged me to go with her to Claire's Accessories in Leeds so she could get the thirds in her ears pierced. I went along for moral support and, lo and behold, walked out of the store with a shiny brand new stud at the top of my left ear.

It was a spur of the moment decision but I'm so glad I had it done because now I'm a little bit in love with it! 

I'd always seen other girls my age with their cartilage pierced and thought it looked pretty cool and fashionable. I was never sure it was really 'me' though. But sometimes you've got to try things out of your comfort zone and I think this time it was worth the risk!

I can't wait until the 12 initial weeks where I have to bathe it three times a day are over - then I can change the earring and put a gold hoop in it! 

In the mean time, I'm proud to have my little sparkly stud on show and, if you're thinking about getting yours done, I couldn't recommend Claire's Accessories enough!

A big thank you to the Leeds Trinity store!

Cartilage piercing - Claire's - £20.50 including free bottle of Aftercare Solution

(Do you like my new piercing? Have you had your cartilage pierced before? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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18 February 2016

Khloe Kardashian's 'Strong Looks Better Naked' Thoughts Etc

A lot of people hate the Kardashians.

I can understand why they might get on people's wires - specifically the one or two who come across as incredibly self-absorbed, obnoxious and appear to have never had a hard day's work in their lives.

However, I like them. Well, I like one in particular. Step forward, Khloe.

Khloe has always been dubbed 'the ugly Kardashian' and has been through a series of trials and tribulations which have inspired her to get healthy. But this healthiness doesn't refer to just her body.

She recently released her own book where she draws from her own life values and experiences to advise readers how to get a healthy mind, soul and heart as well as body.

'Strong Looks Better Naked' pleasantly surprised me. I found that I could relate to several topics that Khloe touched upon and felt inspired to improve my way of thinking and better myself in every possible way. After going through such a rough time personally (you can read more about this in my previous post), reading this book felt like therapy to me.

Khloe has motivated me to get in better shape; but not to measure this by using weighing scales, measure it through going by the way I look and feel. As well as looking after my body, I've been inspired to look after my mind by changing the way I think about things. This will help me to destroy any negative energy and result in a more positive, hopeful outlook on life. I also want to protect my heart by treating people how I wish to be treated and refusing to put up with bullshit. Furthermore, I need to allow more time for myself. I need to take more 'me' time to do the things I like to do, give myself a break and indulge in my hobbies. This, Khloe preaches, is good for the soul.

It all started with exercise for Khloe.

I was recently bed-ridden with tonsillitis for a few days. But, before that, I was exercising twice a week and I did find that I felt so much more awake, so much more energetic and so much more ALIVE after each period of exercise.

I can honestly believe Khloe's theory that the secret to getting strong starts with exercise. This means that I'm already on my way!

If you fancy a feel-good, motivational, inspiration read - then, by all means, give Khloe's book a go. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Grab your own copy HERE.

(Have you read Khloe's book? What did you think? Thanks for stopping by! Katie-xo)

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10 February 2016

THAT Motel Gabby Iridescent Green Dress

I'm definitely late to the party, jumping on the bandwagon (or however you'd like to say it) with the deluxe Gabby iridescent green sequin dress from Motel Rocks.

Other bloggers have been buying, wearing and posting about this dress for months now (in fact, it might even be years) and I only just got mine a few weeks back as a Christmas present.

See, I needed the perfect dress for NYE. I needed a dress that would be a knockout. I needed a dress that when I walked through the halls of the Atlantis hotel on The Palm in Dubai, people would stop, stare and say 'wow'!

I knew how lucky I was to be able to spend NYE in Dubai in the first place (see my blog post about Dubai here) and I needed a dress that was worthy of the cause.

I purposefully chose the Gabby. It is sequins on luxe velvet with a plunge V back and just looks and feels like the ultimate party dress.

When I wore it for NYE, and when I wore it since for my work's Christmas party, I felt like a celebrity. People would shower me with compliments and cries of 'who are you wearing, who are you wearing?'!

As it's such a stand-out dress, I had to keep the shoes and accessories minimal. I went for simple black wedges in Dubai with a black evening-style satin clutch.

I then added a bit of additional sparkle (you can never have too much sparkle on NYE) with silver drop-down earrings and black and silver rings that were the height of bling.

Hair-wise and make-up wise, I glammed it up to the max. I put curls in my hair and used purple eyeshadow and lipstick for the maximum amount of impact (see my blog post on the lipstick here).

It's not often that I feel confident on a night out, but maaannn did I feel good on NYE... And I have the Gabby dress to thank for that! Thank you, Motel Rocks!

Dress - Motel Rocks - £48 (here)

(Do you like the Gabby dress? What did you wear for NYE? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)


7 February 2016

The Most Honest Blog Post I've Ever Written

Time is honestly running away with me this year. I cannot, for the life of me, believe that it is now February and the first month of 2016 is over.

I find that I've been a bit of a bad blogger of late, only posting now and again every few months when I decide to get my ass in gear. For this, I can only apologise.

The truth is, I love writing. I love my blog. That's never going to change.

However, sometimes life gets in the way. I don't plan on being so blase with it, but I have had a lot on my plate recently.

Everybody has their own problems and their own battles in life that we know nothing about. The truth is, I think I lost my identity a little bit. I forgot who I was and where I was going... and, as my blog is such a big part of myself, it got neglected too.

Sometimes I forget how much I love writing when I'm not writing regularly. Then when I get back into it, I realise how much I've missed it.

I probably only have a few real loyal readers left, which I know is nobody's fault but my own, although I'm hoping as I post more and more in 2016 and fall back in love with writing (and myself) that I will gain more followers and make people smile again.

This is the turning point for me. Goodbye negativity and sucking myself into a deep black hole, hello positive mindset and a more hopeful outlook on life.

I'm always cautious of giving away too much of myself on my blog and letting people in, especially strangers, because sometimes I don't show my emotions to even my closest family and friends. But I'm finding that, as I'm writing this, it's feeling quite therapeutic so I'm willing to share more and more.

If I'm honest, I've been stuck in a rut a bit lately. I've been working to pay the bills, plodding along, keeping my mind afloat by trying to feel nothing. That's not to say that I haven't been social - I've been doing things with my evenings and weekends, but I've found I haven't been enjoying them as much as I normally do.

I've come to realise that I need to allow myself to feel more. I am only human at the end of the day, there's only so much I can take. I don't have to keep my emotions in - nobody is going to judge me if I hold my hands up and go, 'hey, you know what? I don't feel good today. I don't think I'm coping and I need to talk about it'.

Sometimes I don't want to burden others with my negative energy. But we all need to let it out every now and again and true family and friends will be there for you to rant to and won't mind one little bit.

I do truly believe that I need to fall back in love with myself. I need to make myself happy, before anybody else can make me happy. I haven't been happy recently. But I want to be happy. I strive for health and happiness more than anything.

This dark cloud is passing. The night is ending. I can see the dawn and the light at the end of the tunnel.

I will get through this and I will be okay. I just have to keep making the baby steps towards recovery.

(Thanks for listening to me moan. I really do love and miss you guys and will try my best to not disown you again. Katie-xo)

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4 February 2016

My New Favourite MAC Lipstick

I have recently become crazily obsessed with MAC make-up and, in particular, their lipsticks.

At £15.50 a pop, they're not cheap - but maaannn are the shades gorgeous! The quality is also incredible which means that they last a long time so it's worth the initial investment.

My new favourite MAC lipstick is called Heroine; it's a dark shade of purpley goodness. I've been mostly wearing it at night as it is quite vivid, or during the day for those fancier occasions.

It was a Christmas present from my sister and I've worn it a handful of times since I was given it - it's so lush and I find I always get compliments when I wear it.

This brings my MAC collection of lipsticks up to a nice number of 5 and I cannot wait to keep it growing!

[Image courtesy of Pinterest]

(What MAC lipstick shades are you currently wearing? Thanks for reading! Katie-xo)

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