Sunday, 4 January 2015

We got the dreamer's disease

Greetings 2015!! It is my first post of the year and the fourth birthday of my blog! I cannot believe that it was four years ago in my Uncle Colin's spare room that I suddenly decided, to procrastinate doing my A-level work, I would start a blog. So much has happened over that time! I went to uni, I've had some really amazing opportunities, met some great people and now I'm on my way to starting my career. Crazy! I have a lot of high hopes for the next 12 months. I have set some resolutions for myself which I feel are going to bear great impact on my life. My main aim is to be more positive and only surround myself with positive people. Sadly, last year I realised that not everyone you meet has your best interests at heart, and life is way too short to spend time worrying about people like that. Adios!

My favourite accessory of the moment is this zesty, orange bag! I love it so much I just had to express it to you guys haha. I have been craving a juicy orange bag for so long, it's been such an ordeal. Last year there was carroty-coloured bag in River Island that I lusted after for months. It was over the £50 mark, which is more than I like to spend on my bags. So I contemplated it for awhile until the item went out of stock. And I am glad I did not get it my friends, because this gorgeous, burnt, orange bag from Topshop looks so much more classy and expensive, even though it was only £32.40 (with student discount taken off; at normal sale price it is £36). I feel that sometimes River Island gets it so right with bags, and other times I'm look at one and think: 'did someone design this while drunk and watching the magic roundabout?' Their accessories often run the risk of bordering on chavvy in my opinion. Not to say I don't love River Island, because I do adore them, I'm just not always a fan of their bags.

I paired the bag with my kitschy tartan/floral dress from Ark (last years Winter season, sorry guys) because I like how the red and navy shades complemented the bold colour of the bag. I also threw on my prize jacket of the moment, this faux sheep skin number from H&M, which is still in stock and so cosy by the way! This outfit has been one of my go-tos this winter, and I have been reusing it probably a bit more than I should. However, I think one of the dangers in Winter is to dress in dark colours and avoid bright colours for their association with summer, yet this outfit uses pops of colour without feeling summery! Anyway let me know what you think and enjoy the photos.

Jacket: H&M
Dress: Ark
Bag: Topshop
Boots: River Island

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

For auld lang syne

Happy New Year's Eve everybody! I hope you are having a fabulous day so far and have all your arrangements made to welcome in the New Year. 2015! Gosh how fast did that come around? For me 2015 is going to be a year of change. I know, I know, how cliche Katie! But 2015 will mean the end of my education, (hopefully) obtaining a degree, getting a job and becoming (shock) a grown up! Although I have complained over and over about having to do four years of uni, I am glad that this is the path I have gone down as I needed 2014 to figure some things out. Looking back on this past year, I think this has been one of my most transitional periods. I have learnt a lot from the ups and downs, and I think that has made it ever more clearer what I want from life and who I want to be. Is this getting a bit too deep haha? Sorry let's move onto the lighter stuff!

I wanted to share with you guys my New Year's outfit. I am heading to a small gathering/party tonight that one of my childhood friends is hosting, so I wanted to go for something pretty but not like my usual 'over dressed' self. Yesterday I hit the sales. Yes, it happened. It happens every year. My family kept asking me 'when are you going to sales' and I replied with 'I'm trying to be responsible with my money'. Hah! Liar! So clothes were tried on, cards were flashed and money was handed over. Oopsy? In my defence I did try to be good, the intentions were there, I just can't resist a spot of shopping (more like a Tsunami of shopping but oh well). This exquisite lime-green/yellow coat was an absolute find for only £30!! They only had one left in my size so I assumed it had to be fate telling me it was meant to be mine. I also bought these decadent, glittery heels for £25; they are so beautiful, they make my feet look dazzling. And 'where from?' I hear you ask: River Island. I purchased a few other items yesterday but I thought that River Island was the best value for money in the sales. 

My newest hair obsession is dutch braids after a friend taught me how to master them. I have noticed that many bloggers, fashionistas and celebrities have been loving the halo braid at the moment, so I have been styling my hair in this way a lot recently. Yesterday I picked up this pretty headband from Primark for £3. I thought it would look so cute if it was delicately placed in with my halo braid hairstyle. The results can be seen in the photos above. I think it looks lovely; what do you guys think?

Coat & Heels: River Island
Dress & Headband: Primark

Have an amazing time tonight cherubs xxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

This year's for me and you

Hello all! I am so sorry that I have not written in a long, long time. It has been a chaotic, but nevertheless amazing, term at uni. I've been so busy with assignments, placement and my hockey team that I've not had much time for myself. Over the Christmas holidays I've become a bit of a recluse haha; I'd rather sit in my room and become immersed in a book than see other human beings. Anti-social I know, but I've spent the last term organising so many social events that I think I'm getting a social overload hah (any friends reading this, I still love you, I'm just becoming a bit of a crazy cat woman)! So it has been nice to have some time off to myself and actually indulge in some of my hobbies such as blogging!

This sounds extremely cliche, but this Christmas all I have been wearing is glitter or sequins! I think I was a magpie in a past life or something because if I walk past a shop and see a sparkly item, five minutes later I'm at the till buying it. But there is nothing more festive than wearing a gorgeous party dress. I have had a lot of compliments when I have been working this fabulous sequined dress from Ark. The first moment that I saw it my thoughts were 'it looks like glittery mulled wine, I MUST have it'. Evidently, it is my favourite dress of the moment and I wore on Christmas day, proving my adoration for this frock! Luckily, we have had some snow where I live so it was an ample opportunity to take some festive photos. The dress looks superb on the backdrop of shimmering snow!

Anyway I hope you enjoy the photos and I will try to update more often over the Christmas break. In the meantime you can see more fashion and beauty posts on my instagram which is @katiejean48

Friday, 10 October 2014

A heart of steel starts to grow

Hello cherubs! It has been another busy week for me; I'm starting to feel like I'm running on a treadmill that never stops! There's a lot to think about with uni. My dissertation is constantly looming over me, as I imagine it is for most final year students! I'm trying to think of it as 10, thousand words essays. But that still doesn't help when I remind myself of the other 10 assignments I have to complete, wahhh! As well as that I am fully enjoying my sports committee role for Women's Hockey, it is keeping me well occupied! In fact, we have our first joint event with the Athletics team on Thursday, so if you are a Derby University student reading this then please come along to support us!

As you can see on the poster we are also donating 10% of our profits to Alzheimer's Research UK. Alzheimer's is an issue that is very personal to me, and I believe with more support and awareness we can make life easier for those suffering with the disease and support their families. So if you do come along to the event some of the money you use to buy your ticket will be going to an amazing cause!

Anyway on to the fashiony bit: I think you're all going to get sick of me banging on about how much I love tartan and plaid, so I'll just shush this time. However, I love this dress that I recently got from Ark (yes I am predictable). It's still available as part of their Autumn/Winter line so if you're a fan snap it up soon! I'll also add here that students can get 20% off at Ark with Unidays, so it is well worth snapping up this bargain. My fave feature of this dress is that fact it has a smock-like structure, so it looks kinda oversized. This also makes it super comfy! I paired the dress with some chunky sandals and this adorable, dark green bag that I got from Primark for only £8! 

Dress: Ark
Handbag: Primark
Shoes: Redbox in Derby