19 October 2017

7 Reasons Why Fall is the Best Time of Year


It's that time of year again.

The weather's getting colder, the leaves are changing, and hot drinks are back in abundance (okay, perhaps they never even left for all my fellow tea and coffee addicts out there!)

Yay, fall is upon us! And I personally couldn't be happier about it.

Why, I hear you ask?

Because fall is awesome.

Need convincing? Here are 7 reasons why fall is the best time of year.

1. The sexy colours.


New season, new colours.

I'm talking about those burnt oranges, winey reds and mustard-like yellows that we see not just in fashion, but on the trees when we leave the house everyday!

A stark contrast to the summer greenery of the fields, let's not pretend that they're not an absolute treat for the eyes in EVERY. POSSIBLE. WAY.

*Heart-eyed emoji*


2. The cool, crisp mornings.


It's getting colder come September/October time, but not too cold that it causes you to exclaim "OMG it's freezing" every time you step foot outside.

After a pretty humid summer all around, how great does it feel to actually experience some cool air?

Well, I'll tell ya.

It feels bloomin' amazing! 

I can actually breathe again! And, you know, that's always nice.

3. The new season of fashion.


With colder weather comes the need for soft, snugly jumpers and thousands upon thousands of layers.

(Okay *slight* exaggeration - just the one thousand will do.)

But it's true - fall is the one of the only times of year where we can pile on our whole wardrobe a la Joey from Friends when he's trying to get back at Chandler by wearing everything he owns.

In addition to being able to sling on our favourite comfy jumper, we can also experiment with the whole new AW17 season of fashion.

The best trends I've seen so far are androgyny, hippie chic, tomato red and sci-fi chic - but watch out for a full trend report coming soon on the blog!


4. Halloween is coming!


Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Christmas. Christmas is also one of my favourite times of year.

But Halloween is like Christmas' cool, quirky younger sister - and I can't help but adore her!

When you're at school, college and/or university, you have plenty of opportunities to dress up in costumes and go to parties. However, as you get older, Halloween becomes the only chance you get to pretend you're someone or something else for the day and party the night away!

My point is: Halloween is always fun, no matter what age you are.

Whether you're a kid going trick-or-treating, a student going on a themed club night, or an adult heading to a costume party with your friends, Halloween is light-hearted, it's fun and there are always laughs to be had. (Mostly at the expense of your boyfriend's brother Dennis, who dresses up as Cousin It from the Addams family EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.)

Plus, I love the Hocus Pocus movie. #justsaying


5. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back.


Oh for the love of Starbucks, how I do miss Pumpkin Spice Lattes when they're not in season!

Actually - how I do miss pumpkin-flavoured anything when pumpkins aren't in season!

Basically, if you hadn't already guessed, I love the taste of pumpkins - which means I sure do love the taste of Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Starbucks, you babe.

6. The cosy nights in.


Another thing I love about fall is that staying in on a Saturday night is actually considered acceptable.

If you tell people you're staying in on a weekend in the summer, they're all like "OMG what, it's supposed to be, like, 100 degrees - aren't you at least going to sit in a beer garden for a bit?"

Look, guys - I enjoy a night out once in a while. I really do. But I'm getting old now.

If I want to stay in during fall and snuggle with a blanket and a hot water bottle whilst watching endless episodes of Power on Netflix - there ain't no shame in that.

'Kay? 'Kay.


7. The return of the Sunday roast.


Oh, how I miss a good ol' traditional Yorkshire roast dinner during the summer months.

There's nothing better than popping around to your Mum's on a Sunday during fall for a massive catchup and some good scran.

I'm talking about mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, onion gravy, veg, meat of some kind...

...Hubba Hubba, come to Mumma!


SRSLY, what's not to love about fall?


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12 October 2017

10 Reasons Why Life is Beautiful on the Average Day


Sometimes it's so easy to lose sight of the beauty of life. We become distracted by everyday problems and issues which, in the grand scheme of things, aren't really problems at all. If it's not going to matter to you in five years time, then why get so worked up about it now?

We, as human beings, sometimes lose perspective. Instead of focusing on climate change and natural disasters and things that truly matter, we can't help but be self-centred. We become so consumed by our day-to-day lives and it can make us forget or lose track of what's really important.

That selfie no-one's liked of you on Instagram? Irrelevant. That little bicker you had with your sister? Trivial. Your sandwich that someone stole out of the fridge at work when you were going to have it for your lunch? Unimportant.

Here's a friendly reminder that life is supposed to be enjoyable. Sure, it has it's challenges - but it's not meant to be straight-forward. You've got to go through the downs in life in order to appreciate the ups.

Essentially, you've got to appreciate life. Because the next moment, in a flash, it's gone.

Here are 10 reasons why life is beautiful on the average day.



1. You're physically well.


You wake up on the average day and, besides needing a coffee (or five in my case) to get you going, you're feeling good. You're well-rested, you've had a great night's sleep, and your health is on top form. Aren't you a lucky one?

Think about all those people who aren't so fortunate. The people with chronic illnesses, disabilities and health problems that stop them living their best life.

People take their health for granted on a daily basis, and it has to stop. You're still young, you're physically able to do things, and ain't it just wonderful? There's life in the old dog yet.

2. There's a whole world out there to explore.


Whether you're only just starting to explore the world, or you've got the travel pretty bad like a certain someone I know (myself), it's easy to forget that there's a whole world out there.

A world outside your four walls, a world outside your hometown, a world outside everything and everyone that you know. Embrace it.

Travel broadens the mind, as well as makes you feel grateful for the things you've already got at home. So, expand your horizons and travel far.

"I really regret all that travelling I did," said no one ever.



3. You have your own kickass support system.


Everybody's a little biased and think their support system is the best. Whether you've only got a handful of people you can count on, or your popularity is ever-growing, you're so lucky to have people in your life who love you.

And not just love you, but love you fiercely. Make sure you tell your support system regularly how much you appreciate them because why not? They should be told. Everyday. Before it's too late.

4. You have experienced love.


And I'm not just talking about the kind of love you have for your family and friends.

I'm talking about that wild, passionate, irrevocable love you have for your other half. (Or romantic partners in the past if you're currently single.)

Even if you're one of those select few who doesn't experience that head-over-heels, can't-live-without-them, I'd-die-for-them passionate kind of love until they're older - I bet you've still had a taste of the beautiful emotion that is L.O.V.E at least once in your life so far. Am I right or am I right?

And ain't love grand?



5. There's beauty all around you.


A lot of people get so used to their day-to-day surroundings that the novelty of the place that they live in soon wears off.

Sometimes we become too distracted by working Monday-Friday and only having weekends off to catch up with life, that we forget to open our eyes and take a good, hard look at what's around us.

Just take a moment and look what's around you. Whether you're reading this on your phone on the bus on the way back from the office, or on your laptop in the comfort of your own home, I bet you anything that you can find at least one piece of beauty in what's currently around you. Even if it's only a picture that your four-year-old nephew drew for you that's currently stuck on the fridge, or a pretty flower that a stranger has planted in their front garden.

If you actively start to look for beauty around you, then you will find it. And it makes life wonderful.


6. There are things that you're passionate about.


Living on this earth as long as you have, you're bound to have become passionate about something or things. And these are things that you love to encapsulate yourself with, because you enjoy them so much.

For me, my passions are writing and blogging and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

If you spend your time doing the things that you enjoy, and revel in your passions, then you will appreciate life just that little bit more.

Also, find new passions as you evolve as a person, because why not? Variety is the spice of life, after all.



7. You have a purpose.


You earn money, you make a living (or if you don't yet then you will do one day) and you contribute to the economy.

Hopefully you're building a career in which you love and perhaps encompasses some of your greatest passions? If not, then why are you working in a job that makes you unhappy?

Life is too short. Only you have the ability to change your misfortune. Get out while you can and pursue something else that you actively enjoy.

Life's not a dress rehearsal. This is the real deal. And you spend most of your life working, so you have to love your job - or at least like it, right?

8. There are many things to look forward to.


Whether you're a late teenager and you've still got all your university years ahead of you, or you're middle-aged and yet to start a family, there are always things to look forward to in life.

Sometimes they're only little things, like visiting your Grandma tomorrow evening and having a portion of her famous stew, or catching up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones that you missed on TV the other night.

But still, there are always things to look forward to, whether big or small. And they make life worth living.

9. You have some incredible memories.


Sure, you're only supposed to look forward in life. But you can also look back, especially if you're reminiscing happy memories.

The chances are, you've lived through some pretty amazing things already. If there's all that behind you, can you even imagine what's to come? Well, I'll tell you - there's still bucket loads of memories to be made! So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and make 'em!


10. You get to live another day.


Everyday you should wake up feeling thankful that you're still alive. You're still here, living on this awe-inspiring planet, and you've been given another opportunity to live life up to the max.

So, make sure that you do. Because life is beautiful, it's precious and we've only got one shot at this.

Here's to living an extraordinary life!



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5 October 2017

5 of My Favourite Articles That I Wrote in September


What's going on, guys and gals?

So, in August, I decided to introduce a post showcasing my favourite articles that I'd written during the month prior - sort of like a round-up of my freelance writing biz kinda thang. (You can find the September sequel here.)

It's just nice for me to share with you guys the kinds of content I'm pushing out on a monthly basis for Dream Scribe - my professional freelance writing entity - alongside this personal blog.

Needless to say, I'm putting a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears into my business at the moment (no, not actually - it's just a weird sayin') so I want my writing to reach as many people as possible. Gone are the days where I just write for myself; nowadays, I write for myself and other people. I like being able to give advice through my written words, offer a helping hand, or even just make someone smile with a personal anecdote or two. It's why I love writing so much.

Without further ado, here are 5 of my favourite articles that I wrote in September.

Fashion



Ah, androgyny. Who doesn't love dressing like a man when it comes to fashion? No? Just me then.

With androgyny being one of this seasons hottest trends, I wrote this piece for fashion retailer Obsessory in order to let you gals know which pieces you should most definitely be stealing from your man's wardrobe this AW17. You're welcome.

Travel



Travelling can be quite a challenge at times regardless of your gender. But, sometimes, there are things us lasses have to go through when travelling that men simply don't have to.

Light-hearted and fun, I wrote this piece for travel blog The Fun Ways based on my own backpacking experiences.




Continuing with the backpacking theme, I also wrote this piece for The Fun Ways.

If you've never been backpacking before and are soon to embark upon your very first adventure, you can better prepare yourself by reading through my top tips. Basically, I've done all the hard work and learned some key lessons from my own backpacking experiences - so that you don't have to.




Another piece that I wrote for The Fun Ways, I compiled this list based on my own knowledge and experiences. 

There are so many amazing party capitals of the world that it was difficult to narrow it down to just 10 - but I think I did okay! If you've got other suggestions, tweet me @kdavieswrites.

Dating and Wellness



One of my favourite pieces to date, I wrote this for women's lifestyle magazine The Bolde.

I talk about how your perspective of yourself changes as you get older for the better - and it's a pretty liberating feeling. Am I right or am I right?


That's all for this month, folks! Watch out for the October round-up at the beginning of next month.

Happy reading!

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29 September 2017

5 Birthday Gift Ideas for Him or Her


For those of you who don't know, it was my birthday on September 1st! I turned the grand old age of 27.

As my boyfriend and I are long distance, he wanted to send me a present that would make me smile as he couldn't be with me in person on the actual day.

He originally wanted it to be a surprise; however, in the weeks running up to the big day, it was clear he didn't have a clue what to get me. Even though he's known me for two years now, we've only been dating officially since Christmas - which meant that it would be the first birthday gift he'd ever given me.

Every time the subject came up, his anguish was apparent. It got me thinking: in this day and age, where we're overwhelmed with choice on a daily basis, and everybody seems to have everything, something as simple as deciding on your other half's birthday gift can feel super pressurised.

Not only do people always ask you what you're getting your other half, but friends and family are always splashing everything over social media, which makes you feel like you're in competition with each other all the time.

The whole premise of birthday gifts is supposed to be pleasurable, whether you're the giver or receiver. For me, life's not about presents, but rather: presence. It's the people in your life who matter, especially if they're willing to spend so much time and energy in buying you the perfect gift.

I'd settle for just having my favourite people around me, but if they're adamant they want to get me a gift - well, what can I say? I guess I can take it off their hands. Speaking of, here are 5 of my favourite birthday gift ideas for him or her.


1. A purse or wallet. 


Nothing beats the smell of fresh leather when you tear open your birthday gift's wrapping paper. For women, we love a good purse - especially if it's by one of our favourite designers.

Wallets are also a handy birthday gift for men, as they're used on a day-to-day basis. Choosing the right wallet for your man can be quite the challenge, but Walletisland makes the decision so much easier!

Walletisland is a review site for men's wallets, where they collate the best options on the market at the moment in order to help readers make the right choice. (Visit the site at Walletisland.) It doesn't get much easier than that!

2. Perfume or aftershave.


Ever had someone walk past you who smells so good that you consider leaving your other half for them, just to be around that smell?

According to science, if we wear a nice scent, it makes us more attractive to the opposite sex.

If you buy your other half perfume or aftershave as a birthday gift, it's a treat for both you and them! Plus, there's some really nice, luxury bottles out there by different designers that would make the perfect present.

3. A watch.


Most people think that you have to break the bank to buy your other half a watch for their birthday. This couldn't be further from the truth!

You don't have to go with the designer brands - but, if you've got the mullah, then why not? If you're feeling a bit strapped for cash, simply check out some brands on the high street. River Island do some lovely watches for women, and Next are on it when it comes to men's timepieces.

4. Tickets to an event.


Buying your other half tickets to an event you know they'll like is one of my favourite birthday gift ideas ever! Not everybody likes material things, therefore buying these types of people a birthday experience can be a great alternative!

Whether it's taking them to a show, or to see their favourite band in concert, or even whisking them away on a romantic weekend - it'll be money well spent for the both of you!

5. A photobook.


For those who are wondering, this is what my boyfriend ended up buying me for my 27th - and I absolutely loved it!

Buying your other half a photobook of your time together for their birthday is not only personal, but it's thoughtful and it really shows that you care. Another bonus point? You can totally get one on a budget! Just check out sites like Photobox and Snapfish for more details.


Those are just a few of my personal favourites when it comes to birthday gift ideas, but I'm sure that there are plenty more! Whether you decide to go with one of these, or be original, it's completely up to you! Either way, don't forget - it's the thought that counts, and the fact you're there for your other half on their special day matters more than anything.



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18 September 2017

3 Things That Never Get Old About Having Ombre Hair


I've had ombre hair for what feels like years now. (It's actually probably only been about... No, wait. It has been years... About four to be precise.)

Anyway, the point is: I absolutely love having ombre hair.

I particularly love the brunette and blonde combination, which is ideal for me as my hair is naturally brunette, so I usually just get blonde highlights. Whether I let it grow out so that it's only my ends that are frosted blonde, or I decide to take the blonde almost right up to my roots, ombre hair always looks so carefree and awesome. (If I do say so myself!)

After eight months of neglect, I decided to head to the hairdressers last week so that my stylist could re-blonde me. (New word!) It was then that I got to thinking... Ombre hair rocks. I'm not sure if I'll ever go back to the dark side of having my hair just one colour all over. Now where's the fun in that?

Here are 3 things that never get old about having ombre hair.

1. It looks natural and unique.


Ombre hair looks like you've just let your hair grow out, and your colour has faded with it. Some might call it lazy, but I call it the natural look. Instead of bombarding people with just one striking colour, ombre hair usually involves a gradual gradient from one colour to another, i.e. brunette to blonde. As someone who loves variety, why just have one hair colour when you can have several different shades all at once?

Plus, ombre hair is unique. It's not unique in the sense that every Tom, Dick and Harry has it these days (why isn't there a female version of that expression?) - rather, it's unique to every person. Colour takes differently to each person's hair, and the natural colour of the individual affects the shades of ombre they can rock.

2. It's low maintenance AF.


Want to leave it months before you have your hair coloured again? You can with ombre hair. If, like me, it costs you a small fortune to have your hair coloured professionally and you daren't risk doing it yourself in case you screw it up royally - ombre hair means that you don't have to visit the hairdressers as regularly as everybody else. Gone are the days where you had to visit your hairdresser every 6 weeks to top up your roots otherwise they'd look vile - goodbye, hallelujah, see ya never! Simply go to your stylist when you can afford it, and your colour will still look ombre no matter what length your hair gets to.

Result!

3. The opportunities are endless.


Like I just said, you can grow out your ombre so that your contrast colour is minimal, or you can schedule regular hairdresser appointments to keep your contrast colour more prominent at all times. OR you can completely change your ombre colour at any time. Want to switch it up? Go from dark brunette to light brunette, black to red, or even dye your blonde ends something totally out there - like pink or blue. The choices are endless! Being complex beings, us gals do like our variety, and some of us get bored easily (cough) - so this style is perfect as it allows us to mix things up.

Like I said before, I don't think I'll ever go back to that one-hair-colour lyf. This is too beneficial, innit.

Here's to another four years of ombre hair!



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8 September 2017

5 of My Favourite Articles I Wrote in August


What's goin' on, guys and gals?

I don't know if you saw, but last month I wrote a blog post telling you all about 5 of my favourite articles that I'd written during my freelance writing journey thus far.

I've since decided to make this into a monthly thang, because my freelance writing work seems to be a topic of interest to you all at the moment! A lot of you want to know all the juicy details regarding how I'm getting on, the pieces I'm writing on a daily basis, and the types of clients I'm actually writing for.

Well, I'm happy to oblige!

My advice to you, after reading this post of course, is to start with my freelance writing blog. Then simply go from there!

As for me, I'm still writing in the fashion, travel and dating niches as a general rule. However, last month, I actually wrote primarily in the fashion and dating/relationships niches. Here are 5 of my favourite articles I wrote in August.

Fashion



This was a trend-based piece for luxury Italian fashion brand Scarci, where I talk through the key textures of the Spring/Summer season. 

I used the menswear SS17 designer catwalks as inspiration and tied it in with Scarci's current collections.


2. What is High Street Fashion?


Many Americans aren't quite familiar with British term 'high street fashion'.

In this piece, I explore what is meant by this term, where it originated from and the key fashion brands that are on the high street at the moment.


3. In Her Closet: Katie Davies' 5 Fashion Must-Haves


I was initially approached through this blog by fashion retailer Obsessory. The aim was to do a guest post based on the 5 fashion staples I believe all women should have in their wardrobes.

I define the rationale for each of my 5 choices, including where you can currently get your hands on these items! I also posted the article on this blog here.

Dating and Relationships

4. 12 Things That are Guaranteed to Happen on a Single Girls' Night Out


Side note: I'm really enjoying writing for women's online magazine The Bolde, which is all about empowering women in their relationships, and in their lives in general.

This article was super fun to write! We all remember those crazy single nights out we've had with our friends... I mean - how could we forget them, right? I talk about 12 things that always seem to occur on said nights out, when you and your gals are all out together, having fun, and likely intoxicated.


5. I Wear the Pants In My Relationship and I Wouldn't Have it Any Other Way


(Or trousers, if you're British.)

In a relationship, there's always one of you who's considered the leader. The one in charge. The one that wears the pants/trousers.

In this article, I talk about why I class myself as the one in charge in my relationship and why I'm so very happy about it! (Sorry, boyfriend - but I'm not sorry!)


That's all for this one, folks! I hope you enjoy reading some of my recent articles, and I'll be posting more of my published work next month!

If you can't wait that long, check out my portfolio page here, as I try to update that as regularly as I can.

Oh and, if you need a writer for anything, anything at all - then hit me up at dreamscribe.co.uk.

As always, thanks for reading! And thanks for all your support, you babes. YOU DA BEST <3


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31 August 2017

5 of My All-Time Favourite American Sportswear Fashion Trends


There’s no denying that the lines between sportswear and fashion are somewhat blurred of late. From women choosing to wear active-wear just to meet a friend for coffee, to men slinging on a sports cap for work when they’re having bad hair day, sportswear in the fashion world has become the norm.

Why, I hear you ask?

Sportswear is so comfortable and practical. It’s not too try-hard. It requires less effort to wear - and yet still looks just as good.

Influenced by some of the most-loved American sports, sportswear fashion is undoubtedly on the rise in the UK. Being an average English girl who regularly visits her boyfriend in the US, I’ve massively picked up on this in the last couple of seasons.

Here are my 5 all-time favourite American sportswear fashion trends.


1. Converse trainers.

Do you remember when Converse first came out and everybody went crazy? Well, no you wouldn’t, because you weren’t born back then.

Famous American basketball player Chuck Taylor might have started wearing and selling the shoes in the 1920s, but the hype still remains strong two decades after the sneakers retro-ed in the 1980s.

Basketball trainers have always been a “thing”, but they really became more of a “thing” when Chuck Taylor released them in dozens of colours in the 1980s. Originally designed to be a high performance athletic shoe for basketball games, their rubber sole and upper canvas makes them seriously comfy.

I have one trusty white pair at the moment that I wear with everything. They’re so easy to fall in love with that I’m considering going out and buying like, five more pairs.

2. Baseball caps.

More popular with men than women, but still worn by both sexes, American-style baseball caps show no signs of going out of style.

Dating back to 1860, the baseball cap was first designed to keep the sun out of players’ eyes whilst they were playing a game. The baseball cap was also an important means of identifying a team.

Fast forward 157 years, the baseball cap has become a cool way to show off your dedication to your sports team, yet practical to wear in the warm weather. And sales of baseball caps continue to grow, even in the UK.

My boyfriend practically lives in his.

3. Varsity jackets.

Varsity jackets, baseball jackets, letterman jackets; call them what you like, varsity jackets are still very much a forefront trend in the fashion world.
The inspiration initially came from baseball attire in the US, with the premise being to wear the jacket to represent your favourite baseball team. This then expanded to American football, high school and college sports teams, and now the jacket has been given a contemporary, fashion twist.

From their initial showing on designer catwalks back in 2015, varsity jackets have not only stuck around ever since, but they have developed globally each season.

You can now buy these jackets in a variety of colors, textures and fabrics – including polyester, leather, and cotton. However, the most successful type still remains the traditional wool jacket, with one colour for the body, another color for the sleeves, and banded stripe detailing on both the collar and hems.

I’m massively crushing over them.

4. Basketball jerseys.

Basketball jerseys, in the form of vests, remain a common style choice for the warmer summer months.

When basketball jersey vests first came on the scene in the US, like with varsity jackets, the idea behind them was to show up to games wearing the one that represented your team. However, as time has gone on, people have chosen to wear their basketball jerseys outside of games - to the “mall”, in a bar on a Saturday night, to their partner’s cousin’s birthday dinner. And no, I’m not exaggerating!

It’s not just the official basketball team jerseys. There’s a variation of them on the fashion market, even internationally.

Not too long ago, for example, US basketball team-inspired jerseys reigned supreme in some of my favourite UK fashion-forward stores - such as Topshop.

In other words, basketball jerseys are vastly becoming a fashion phenomenon worldwide.

5. American football jerseys.

Basketball jersey vests might be great for summer when it’s warm outside, but what about those colder months? Goodbye, basketball jerseys. Hello, American football jerseys.

With the longer sleeve length and hem length, these jerseys make for a perfect Autumnal alternative. Then you can simply layer them up over a long sleeved shirt for wintery weather.

In the US, it’s very common to casually wear your favourite American football team’s official jersey when you’re out buying your weekly supply of groceries on a Sunday. And not only wear it, but wear it with pride.

Perhaps not quite as popular internationally as basketball jerseys, I’ve still spotted a fair few American football jerseys on the UK high street. Primark - I’m looking at you, kid.


Varsity Jacket - £410 - modalist.com
American Football Jersey - £92 - popmap.com
Baseball Cap - £12 - boohoo.com
American Flag Converse - £27 - gilt.com
Basketball Jersey - £40 - modalist.com


Whether you’ve already bought into some of these trends, or you’re an American sportswear virgin, you might as well embrace sports fashion - like, pronto. It’s fun, it’s easy to wear and, most importantly, it looks like it’s here to stay.

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24 August 2017

5 Wardrobe Staples That Every Woman Should Own


Everybody has fashion staples in their wardrobe that they wear repeatedly. They form the base of most of your looks and one key piece can prove to be the starting point of 10 different outfits. And, it doesn’t even matter whether they’ve only been purchased recently, or been hanging there for the last however many years. These wardrobe essentials are likely to sustain the test of time for a specific reason or to fulfill a certain purpose. If I could pick just 5 to create my own personal capsule collection, here’s what would make it to the shopping list:

1. 100% Cotton Classic White T-Shirt


Project Social T Tiny Crew Neck Tee, £23.84

This is THE wardrobe staple of wardrobe staples; there’s no way you can mess up with a classic white t-shirt. I prefer to invest in the 100% cotton variety. It might be a little more expensive than a cheap fabric equivalent, but it’s worth the investment considering how many uses you get out of it. It will last you many washes without losing vibrancy, shape, fit, or colour.

Pair your white t-shirt with a pretty printed high-waisted floral skirt during summer and your favourite flats, or layer it up during winter with jeans, sneakers and an oversized bomber jacket.

2. Levi’s Skinny Jeans


Levi’s Mile High Super Skinny Jeans, £75.35

Pretty much the ruler of the denim world with jeans as its best offering, Levi’s has always been my go-to for a good pair of jeans that fit like a dream. The brand produces superior-quality, long-lasting denim in a variety of colours, washes, cuts, and styles. Levi’s is loved by both sexes across the globe for its ability to keep on delivering, season after season.

My evergreen staple is a pair of high-waisted Levi’s skinny jeans that flatter my pear-shaped body. I team them with a camisole vest and oversized sunglasses during the day, and then switch over to a structured blouse and sky high heels when I’m taking my skinny jeans out for the night.

3. Black Leather Backpack


Michael Michael Kors Rhea Backpack, £331


In case I haven’t mentioned it yet, I’m an avid traveller and have been bitten by the travel bug pretty bad. This means I’m always jet setting to new cities, countries, sometimes even continents.


The one thing that sees me through it all is my trusty leather backpack. Yes, no flimsy handbags for me. In case you didn’t know, backpacks are big in 2017; they were THE thing in the 90s, and they will continue to be resurrected by fashion houses as a staple piece because they are as functional as they are attractive.

My backpack holds all my important travel documents and essentials which is why I invest in a reputed brand. With good quality leather and make, you don’t have to worry about accidentally overloading because it’s built to last.

Also, black because the colour is so classic - it goes with everything! The silver studs on the MK backpack appeal to my edgy fashion aesthetics which are a bit more rock chic than the average fashionista.


4. Converse Sneakers

Converse Animal Hi Tops, £28


Also ideal for travelling, I don’t think I’d survive without a great pair of sneakers. Sometimes I can spend the entire day venturing around a new city, which means that comfortable shoes are a must.

My favourite: Converse sneakers—I wish I could buy every style on the shelves. Not only do they fit well and are very kind to the tootsies, but they come in a range of extremely eye-catching prints and colours.

Mine are actually monochrome animal print, as I can’t resist a good print. Plus, monochrome complements any colour way, no matter what I’m wearing on my top and bottom half.

Sometimes I throw them on with my classic white tee and Levi’s jeans for a casual, yet fashionable look, and sometimes I dress them up for a dinner out with friends with a skater-style dress.


5. Short-Sleeved Plain Shift Dress


Boohoo Harriet High Neck Shift Dress, £6

My final wardrobe staple is a plain shift dress that’s cut just above the knee in length. I prefer short sleeves as they’re more flattering on my curvier arms, and you can wear the style over a pair of leggings or stockings during the colder months (like a tunic). It also can be layered with a jacket for spring.

In terms of palette, it’s best to choose a colour that suits your skin tone. I usually go for something out of the ordinary like wine red or royal blue because it helps add a bit of vibrancy to my pale complexion. And then there are always classic shades like nudes, greys, blacks for those who prefer to play it safe.

I dress my plain shift dress up with a black blazer, black tights and statement necklace for the office or smart casual occasion - then apply a bold lip to up the ante; I’m absolutely addicted to matte liquid lipstick.

I alternatively throw on a denim jacket, a long bohemian-style necklace, and sandals for ‘everyday casual cool’ during the summer months. Très chic.


Whether you’re all set with your wardrobe staples, or are currently in the process of building them up, I believe you should take your time to invest in good-quality pieces that suit your personal style and body shape. But also, have fun with fashion!


Original article written for Obsessory.com. Images courtesy of Obsessory.com.

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18 August 2017

Make Way for Mermaid Make-Up Brushes


There seems to be an obsession right now in gal world. An obsession that is slowly taking hold, turning even the strongest of independent ladies into helpless conformists. We’ve decided we don’t want to be women anymore. We want to be mermaids.

Mermaids are just so cool, aren’t they? With their long beach-wavy hair, starfish-shaped bras and swishy fish tails, you can’t help but be in awe of them. Whether you’re a male or female, old or young, you can’t deny that they’ve got style. They’ve got sass. They own the ocean.

I blame Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid for kick-starting my obscene obsession.

Mermaids may be classed as mythical creatures, but the fact they’re at the forefront of folklore of many cultures worldwide, I’m helplessly intrigued by them. I mean, what if they were real? 

What if they really did live at the bottom of the sea, helping defenceless crew survive after their ships sink? What if they did have a leader in the form of King Triton who ruled all the oceans? What if they really did think they could use a fork to brush their hair instead of a normal hairbrush?

Okay, I might be getting a little ahead of myself. Or maybe I’ve just watched The Little Mermaid too many times.

Regardless of their questionable status, it’s not just me - everybody seems to be going a little mermaid-crazy this summer. Especially when it comes to mermaid-style make-up brushes. 

These mermaid make-up brushes absolutely blew up when they first hit the blogosphere last season. And can you really blame them? I mean, just look how dreamy they are.




I bought these little beauties on eBay the other day. At £2.45 each, they’re an absolute steal! Not only are the brushes two-tone, but they are soft and fluffy in texture, giving you the perfect coverage when you apply your foundation, blusher or highlighter.

Then there’s the actual brush handles… They’re (gasp) shaped like a mermaid tail! How divine. Plus the brushes themselves are super soft! I simply can’t get enough.




Whether you go bold with the rose gold colour way, opt for the ombre purple and blue handle, or (like me) are determined to own them both, these brushes are truly fabulous. And they’ll aid you in embracing your inner mermaid in no time.

J’adore them!


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11 August 2017

3 Reasons Why I'm Crushin' on Kylighter


There's a relatively new tool in the world of make-up and beauty. A tool that balances out your complexion, slims down your face and defines your cheekbones. What kind of sorcery is this, I hear you ask?

Highlighter.

Admittedly, contouring using highlighter has been a "thing" for a fair few seasons now. Less than a few years ago, however, nobody really bothered with highlighter or didn't particularly know what it was. Perhaps they'd heard of it but didn't know what to do with it, or they didn't own any because they'd never heard of it. I was actually the latter.

However, in the last year, I've got my hands on more than one highlighting product and it's been a revelation. Honestly. Not to exaggerate, but it's changed my life. (Well, not so much changed my life, but it's definitely improved my facial features when I've been wearing it!)

One highlighter that I love specifically is none other than Kylie Cosmetics' Kylighter. (Don't judge me.) I don't particularly care for Kylie Jenner, or anyone who pouts their way through life, but MAN does she make decent make-up!

I've definitely raved about her lip kits in the past (HERE and HERE respectively) but I think that the Kylighter product is even better. Here are 3 reasons why I'm crushin' on it.


1. It comes in an array of dreamy colours.

I got my mitts on the Salted Caramel shade, but it's also available in Strawberry Shortcake, French Vanilla, Chocolate Cherry, Banana Split and Cotton Candy Cream. Sounds good enough to eat, right?

The Salted Caramel is a warm beige hue and looks killer over the top of your daily bronzer or blusher.



2. It's easy to apply.

The smooth, powdered texture of Kylighter means that it sits nicely on the skin, without that disjointed, cakey look.

Salted Caramel looks more prominent when applied with a highlighter brush, but simply use your fingers if you don't have one to hand. (Just watch out for those pesky shiny fingers afterwards!)

It also comes in a cute little compact with a mirror, which is very useful for when you're out and about and feel like topping up.


3. It looks badass...

...And shiny. OH. SO. SHINY! Highlight directly above the cheek bones, under the eyes, down the middle of your nose, in the centre of your chin and in the middle of your forehead to emphasise your facial features in the most flattering way.

Make sure you apply a few layers using the "stroke" movement for a face that lasts a long time and looks fabulous. (#fotd goals!)



Whether you're spending the day shopping with the gals, or heading out for a romantic meal for two, Kylighter makes the perfect addition to your cosmetics for that little extra oomph.

Guys. I'm seriously crushin'.

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4 August 2017

5 of My Favourite Articles I've Written Recently


If you haven't already heard, gurl's been workin' her butt off as a freelance writer for around three months now.

There's been highs, there's been lows - but overall I'm having an absolute blast. I absolutely love working for myself, making my own hours, and deciding who I want to work with - I feel like I was meant to have my own business and be a solopreneur!

I feel fortunate in the sense that I've already written for a number of businesses and publications in different niches. My favourite niches to write in are, of course, fashion and travel. But I'm also really enjoying drawing from my own experiences in the psychology, dating and relationships niche. Just call me the next Carrie Bradshaw! (I wish.)

I realise that I'm not sharing my work with you lovely lot as much as I probably should - or, rather, I haven't yet. Therefore, I'm thinking of making this post a monthly thang. Let me know if you're keen? You can comment below or just hit me up on Twitter @kdavieswrites.

Oh, and you're very welcome to check out my business blog if you're interested in how freelance writing works behind the scenes. I had to do so much research into it before I kickstarted my business, and it's super interesting!

Without further ado, here are just a few of my favourite articles I've written recently.

Fashion



I actually wrote this piece back in May for fashion eyewear brand Zylina. (And I've just recently joined the team as a regular writer - woo! But I digress.)

In this article, I explore the subject of sustainable and ethical fashion, and what we can do as consumers to help with both the environmental and ethical issues that are still a concern in the industry today.

Travel



If you're a regular reader of KatieKat, you'll know that I absolutely adore Singapore. It's one of my favourite places that I've been to in the world so far!

In this piece for adventure blog At Home on the Go, I talk about how's best to spend your time in this amazing metropolis as a first-time visitor.

Life and Happiness



I was a regular writer for psychology, dating and general advice blog Practical Pie throughout the whole of last month. 

It was my idea to write this article as a fun little reminder of what life is all about! I really enjoyed producing this piece so I hope you enjoy reading it!

Health and Well Being



I've never really spoke about this before on this blog, or online in general, so it's kind of a huge deal for me! It makes me nervous, but we really need to get rid of this stigma around mental health.

Throughout my university years, I struggled on and off with depression and anxiety. I still struggle from time to time. (If you'd like me to do a post where I talk about my personal journey with mental illness, then please let me know!)

When the opportunity came up to write for mental health community Sad Runner, I jumped. I wanted to share my own personal battle in order to potentially help someone else with theirs. So I wrote this piece. And Sad Runner loved it enough to publish it.

Dating and Relationships


I've been writing for dating advice blog Go Dates ever since I started this whole freelance writing biz. It's such a laugh!

This article is supposed to be taken with a pinch of salt; it talks about how men will never understand women and women will never understand men! It's a bit of fun, it's tongue-in-cheek, and it was a blast to write.


I think I've sorted you out with enough reading material to get you by for at least a good half an hour - so you better get started! 

Being a newbie when it comes to freelance writing, I still get shy about my work, so please be kind! I'd love to hear your thoughts on these articles but, if I don't hear from you, I'm still very grateful to you for reading the entirety of this post!

Your support means everything to me, so thanks a lot!

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27 July 2017

7 Ways To Spend a Weekend in London


I might have been back from London for over five weeks - yeah I know, time flies - but I'm still reminiscing over the amazing time I had. With my American squeeze. Eek!

We hit up Brighton first for five days, before heading to London for the weekend.

Now, I've been to London like 282 times already (okay, slight exaggeration - more like 281), but I always enjoy it each and every time I venture there.

London is a bit like marmite; you either love it or you hate it. I, personally, love it. When I'm visiting, that is.

I don't think I could live there. Too many people. Too much hustle and bustle. And everyone's always racing everywhere all the time. It's so fast-paced that there's no time to just breathe.

But being there for a little while - man, it's exciting! There's always something going on in London. There's so much to see and do. There's such a good vibe about it.

I do love visiting; however, I find it rather exhausting if I go for longer than a couple of days at a time. The city is incredibly spread out, so you end up taking tubes everywhere. And doing a lot of walking. My little footsies were aching like crazy after being there for only 2 nights this time around.

Trust me though, it's worth the pain! And it's a helluva good workout. Here are 7 ways you can spend a weekend in London.


1. Sit out in the sunshine at Trafalgar Square...

...Presuming the weather is decent, of course.

Can you believe that my American bf had visited London previously but never went to Trafalgar Square? He was amazed when I told him it was one of the top tourist spots.

Naturally, I had to show him it. It's such a gorgeous area!

During the summer, people sit out during the day and admire the view of the statues and the fountains. And it's simply divine.
 


2. Visit The National Gallery.

Trafalgar Square is also home to The National Gallery - and I absolutely love The National Gallery!

Not only does it have over 2,300 paintings, but it's supposedly one of the greatest collections in the whole entire world. Monet, Picasso, you name 'em - you can find all the famous artists here. It's a must-do if you're an art lover, like myself.

Oh and did I mention that it's free to enter? Win, win!



3. Have breakfast at The Bluebird in Chelsea.

Okay, so I might be a wee bit of a Made in Chelsea fan. (You know, the TV show about a bunch of twenty-somethings living in the Chelsea area of London?)

And the MIC gang are always at The Bluebird cafe. Therefore I felt it was only right that I experienced The Bluebird cafe. Obvs.

We had breakfast there on our first full day and it was yummy. They have a pretty little terrace where you can sit out in the morning sunshine and it was just so pleasant. Definitely check it out if you ever have the opportunity!



4. Wander around Leicester Square and/or Piccadilly Circus.

Another two famous tourist hot spots. And another two places the bf didn't realise he had to tick off the London bucket list. (I keep saying bf, shouldn't I just call him by his name? That's easier, right? Nathan - his name is Nathan.)

So I took Nathan for a little mooch around Leicester Square and its array of bars, shops and restaurants. He couldn't believe the amount of people that were in that one area at one time!

Unfortunately, Piccadilly Circus was undergoing some kind of renovation during the day we were there - so he couldn't see it in all its glory. FYI it's usually best to see it at night anyway when it's all lit up.

We still really enjoyed exploring the surroundings though.



5. Stay at the Holiday Inn at Kensington Forum. 

I'd never stayed in Kensington before, but I adore the area! Before we booked to come to London, we spent ages looking for a budget hotel that was near the city centre and easily accessible by tube.

We found the business suites at the Holiday Inn at Kensington Forum hotel on a deal and just had to lock one down for our 2 night stay! Not only was the room spacious with a king size bed, but we also got access to the Executive Lounge throughout the entire duration of our stay.

This hotel is right next to Gloucester Road tube station, which made getting around so much easier! It really was a great place to stay - I highly recommend it.


6. Go shopping on Oxford and/or Regent Street.

A must do whenever I'm in London, I just can't resist browsing the shops in the Oxford Street/Regent Street area.

There's so much choice on offer, whether you're looking for high street bargains or luxury designer goods.

Nathan and I both picked up a couple of goodies each! You can easily kill a day purely by shopping in this area. But, if you're limited on time like we were, why not just head there for an afternoon?

7. Have dinner at Olives restaurant in Kensington.

We were looking for a restaurant on our last night where we could have a nice dinner when Olives popped up on Google.

The food was Italian (my favourite), the reviews were excellent, and it was literally a two-minute walk from our hotel!

Well, we certainly weren't expecting the restaurant to be so high in calibre as it was. The drinks were tasty. The servers were warm and welcoming. And the food was out of this world!

I'd love to go again the next time I'm in London - so I certainly recommend it to you, if you've never been before!




Overall, Nathan and I had such a fantastic time during our two nights in London. Sure, it went quickly, but it always does when you're in the Big Smoke!

I always have fun down there and I'm sure I'll be going again soon enough!

In the mean time, I've got all this beautiful Yorkshire countryside surrounding me to enjoy. It's just a shame Nathan has gone back to Wisconsin for the time being and can't enjoy it with me!

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