Monday, 6 April 2015

They say that the world was built for two


Greetings from my bed full of half-eaten Easter eggs! I hope that everyone had a smashing bank holiday weekend. I went out in Nottingham on Saturday as one of my friends from university came to visit and spent all of Sunday reaping the effects of the night haha. Now I am back to my dissertation and the onset of assignment depression. However, whilst I was taking a break from staring blankly at my laptop screen, I managed to get some photos done of the outfit that I wore out on Saturday night!


I picked up this vibrant playsuit from Topshop. It isn't the sort of thing I would usually wear for a night out. I am a mono-chrome girl at heart and I find bright colours a bit intimidating if I'm quite honest. Nonetheless, I thought I'd push my fashion boundaries and try something a bit different. I found the playsuit to be very flattering on my figure too as it covers up my hips but compliments my waist and bust. To keep the outfit lovely and bright I paired the playsuit with coral heels and a clutch bag of the same shade. Luckily for me I also had a lipstick at home that matched these accessories so I felt very coordinated! I thought this was a nice outfit to transition into the spring and summer months, and I can see myself wearing it numerous times. Let me know what you think in the comments :)










Playsuit: Topshop
Heels & Clutch bag: New Look

Don't you worry, don't you worry child


Hello all! I am so sorry for the delay in posting again! I am currently having a catch up because I've actually taken loads of photos recently, but just haven't had the time to upload them. I've had a crazy few months, but I feel that I'm always having a crazy few months so what is the difference haha?

 So what's new for me? A lot of things. I set out this year to really make a change to my attitude and the way I approach things. It has been a challenge. I had a tough final teaching practice, with near on 40 pupils across four year groups to teach. Unsurprisingly, it was extremely stressful and there were points where I doubted myself. Nevertheless, after much resilience I got to the finish line and actually learnt the most from a placement than I ever have before. The thing that got me through it was my support network; I've been very lucky this year in that I have made an AMAZING set of friends through my hockey team (though it is such a shame I have not known them as long as I would like to) who were just there for me to rant to and blow off some steam. So a massive shout out to you fab girls :) 


So now that I have finished placement I am onto the next immense task: my dissertation! Why on earth universities advocate this hardship on any poor student I do not know. As far as I can see at the moment, they only cause an abundance of stress. I'm sure once I've completed it I'll feel proud of what I've achieved, but right now I feel like bashing my head against a wall! I am making progress with it now though. I'm not entirely sure what I have written but the word count is slowly increasing, which is a good sign.

At the same time as slugging away at my diss, I'm looking for jobs. This is slightly daunting and disheartening as I've not had much luck as of yet, but I truly believe everything happens for a reason and I will find the place that I am supposed to teach at. I'm trying not to think about how little of university I have left, but when I'm looking for work and the deadlines keep creeping up on me, it's hard to ignore that I will be entering the next stage of my life. It's bittersweet because I have loved everything up and down of uni, the people I have met along the way, and how it has shaped the person I've grown to be. But at the same time, I do want to begin the next step. It is exciting but scary. There is a lot to leave behind, but also a lot more waiting to be discovered! So on the whole I feel like I have learnt to be a lot more resilient this year, and try and see the silver linings.


Anyway, these photos were taken an embarrassingly long time ago (as you can probably tell since I am tanned in the photos and at present I am much paler), so I am not even going to admit exactly when. Over the last year I have seen patterned trousers and leggings becoming a staple item on the high street. I got these patterned leggings from Topshop some time ago, but I think they are perfect for the transition from winter into spring, as they are relatively neutral. In these photos I've paired them with a slouchy white jumper for the chillier days, but recently I've been matching them up with a gorgeous yellow blazer (which I'm sure I'll be sharing soon on here) to give a more summery vibe. Let me know what you think!










Leggings: Topshop
Jumper: Primark
Shoes: Redbox at Intu Derby

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