The simple things

My goodness it’s been a while. Once again, I’m terribly sorry for being such a bad blogger. It would seem spare time is a luxury I don’t currently have.

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Dress: H&M (similar, very similar) // Boots: ZARA // Rucksack: Spain // Sunglasses: Monki // Watch: Urban Outfitters // Rings: H&M and Dixi

But anyway! Pay cheque in the other day, I spent quite a lot of money. But I was careful not to spend lots of money on one or two items, but instead, to pack my wardrobe with the simple things that I desperately need. My serious lack of dresses needed to be fixed. So this outfit is one of those simple ones, consisting of a dress and boots, that can be mixed up with belts and jackets and jewellery.

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A jumper dress just seems perfect for this kind of weather, and I think I may be a little obsessed with navy stripes already. Spring makes it totally ok to dress up like sailors.. 🙂

Speak soon!

Katie x

Boyish blue..

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Denim Jacket: Topshop (similar) // Cardigan: Fat Face // t shirt: ZARA // skirt: ZARA (similar and here) // Boots: Topshop // Cap: My dad’s

I keep having brief flirtations with girly,  with blouses and floaty dresses. And then going straight back to boyish. The backwards cap has returned, as has my once beloved denim jacket. Quite fittingly, my boyfriend actually inspired this outfit, I was so excited I had to run out and take photos before the sun set. Which it promptly did midway through my shoot.

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 There’s noting like being totally comfortable and happy in what you’re wearing, and apparently boyish is where I’m most comfortable. So admittedly the skirt, chunky, soft-as-soft-can-be cardi and cobalt nails (and boyfriend too) are all new, but the rest are just my old favourites. It would seem I may never stray too far from blue denim and caps… d

So there it is, New Year (almost), new post about Katie being exactly the same as she always was :). Here’s to consistency..

Speak soon!

Katie x

Deep ocean

DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS!

Any recent attempted blog shoots have been ruined by wind and rain and the odd patch of flooding. Luckily, this particular shoot was only almost ruined by wind. And no rain. Hurrah!

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Jumper: Fat Face // Skirt: ZARA // Boots: Deena and Ozzy at Urban Outfitters // Chunky Socks: Waitrose // Rucksack: Market

I’ve always known I have a penchant for men’s clothing, this lovely massive jumper from Fat Face, is absolutely no exception. Along with my new favourite skirt ever, and motorcycle boots, no wind can stop me!

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The leather mini-skirt story goes like this. My lovely friend Jas asks me what I consider to be the Winter equivalent to pretty summer dresses, comfy, and always look nice. I go shopping (for research purposes) and return like a triumphant hunter with a pretty piece of PU saying “mum! I’ve got it! Winter staple sorted!” absolutely confidant that my legs are comfy and pretty like a dress in summer. Mother laughs in my face. Apparently leather mini-skirts might get chilly (and if worn wrong could make you look like Julia Roberts as Pretty Woman) and therefore couldn’t possibly qualify. I am determined to prove her wrong.

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Typically, I can’t find the skirt on the ZARA website. But Missguided do some pretty good copies here and here which I’d like to share, since I honestly think every girl should own one 🙂

Also, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I know it’s belated, but I hope you all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the New Year!

Speak soon,

Katie x

Midnight

Thank goodness for boyfriend jeans, thank goodness for ZARA, and thank goodness giant collar type necklaces you cut off old t-shirts.y

Top: ZARA (not in blue here 😦 but it is still in stores) // Jeans: Misbehaver at ASOS marketplace // Boots: Topshop // Necklace: cut off an old Topshop top // Belt: ASOS (similar)

Winter is upon us! Autumnal berry hues and earthy tones have turned into black and blue and purple. With silver and gold accessories and pints of blackcurrant and vanilla tea to match. So my joy when wandering round ZARA the other week, to come across this midnight blue long-sleeved, low back piece of sartorial genius, was incomparable! It’s soft and slinky, and surprisingly warming. Worn with suitably blue boyfriend jeans, or leather mini skirts, it won’t disappoint.

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Because the top is plain though, I thought it would best suit a heavy necklace like this one to go with. I first wore this about 2 years ago and since then, it’s always just felt like too much! But for some reason, with this, it just works! I think I like how it’s a charcoal grey instead of bright silver, makes it look less dressy? I like these similar ones from Topshop, some brand from America, ZARA and Urban Outfitters.
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Hope you are all having a happy December so far.. 🙂
Katie x

Smockin it…

It has been AGES since I last posted. But it’s ok, I have reasons! I have a job (a fairly brilliant job) that makes me work very anti-social hours. I get free things (almost) and get to work with great people, BUT it means I’m almost never around at the same time as the sunshine to take outfit posts. Oops. Last day off however, me and the sunshine did manage a quick rendezvous in celebration of my new obsession: SMOCK DRESSES!

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This one is handmade, from a lovely little stall in the market that appears in my hometown on Saturdays. It’s made from daisy material and has a swingy little line across the chest. But isn’t it fun to put on a hat, some layers and a pair of boots and float around like you’re in the 60s? I think yes…

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And then for extras, a giant sheepskin coat that my father gave my mother in the 90s..

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Dress: market // Top underneath: Vero Moda // Coat: vintage! You’ll have to ask my Dad (Similar)// Boots: ZARA // Hat: Primark // Chunky and awesome boots socks: Waitrose

There are many, many pretty smock type dresses out there.. my one looks a bit like this. But I also love this, and this, and this and most definitely this. Happy shopping.

Also something exciting that I completely forgot to mention on here, I was nominated by the team at Inside Fruits for their November edition of Insider’s Tip, showcasing their favourite blogs! Competition is over now and December’s favourites should be popping up soon, so sorry for not mentioning and being rubbish at blogging, but thanks SO much to anyone who voted!! It’s also a pretty clever little blog so I reckon you should have a look 🙂

Goodnight lovely readers, speak very soon!
Katie x

Boyfriend

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I don’t have many curves. The ones I do have, I’ve spent so many stressful years trying to find ways to unleash, by means of tighter-than-is-healthy belts and size-down trousers etc, that the idea of a baggy pair of jeans, is just mental. High-waist and skin-tight, is my friend. Baggy…. can piss off. (‘scuse my French).
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My biggest fear in life (exaggeration) is that I’ll buy a pair of jeans and they’ll get all loose and unflattering and I’ll need to buy some more. However…
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Boyfriend jeans. I know, I’m late to the party. But to be honest, I’ve been trying to like them for months. So many times have I gone into Urban and tried on the BDBG pair, that seem to have lived on almost all of my wishlists, and every time thought EUGH! But then something magical happened.
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I don’t know if it’s because my body shape changed, or my eye sight got worse and I just need glasses (really quite possible), but I went in the other day and tried on the standard BDBG pair, and they looked…not eugh! And I started dancing round to the music and swishing my hair and trying on other cool things like more crop tops (damn you winter) and awesomely oversized check shirts, and I started feeling pretty awesome (dancing in the changing room always induces a certain feeling of awesomeness… no?)
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So, I went home (can’t afford the BDBG pair) and found these!!
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I love stomping around in the thick stiff denim. My mum thinks they’re “alternative” and pretty “out there”. Her exact words when I opened the package were “whaat…. whaatt??”. And now I feel so brave wearing slightly un-conventional denim! I think the rest of my quaint little home town is almost as unnerved as my mother.
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Top: Urban Outfitters // Mom jeans: Missbehaver at ASOS marketplace // Boots: ZARA (old) // Rucksack: Market in Spain // Tweed Coat: Topshop (Old)

But you know what, they’re NOT shapeless! They’re tight in all the right places, and baggy where they don’t need to be tight = comfy! Like skinny round the waist (I OWN A WAIST!) and baggy at the hips (I also own hips). I thought it would be impossible to wear them with anything but crop tops and heels, but no! You can mix it up and wear trainers and baggy jumpers. All things I thoroughly intend to do soon enough. I have a feeling they may become my Winter wardrobe staple.

Sorry these photos are a bit dodgy, I’m working on getting a new camera. Until then, you may just have to put up with it!

Hope you’re all having a good week!

Katie x

Liquorice

TTop: H&M (old) // Jeans and Hat: Primark and DIY // Boots: Topshop // Khaki Jacket: ZARA

I said in my last outfit post that I’d been wearing a lot of black recently. I honestly could not tell you why, perhaps it’s the days getting darker, or because I’m a little obsessed with these jeans! But my mother is convinced I’m in mourning, or planning to re-visit my emo stage (another story…). Either way, all black is not something I’ve done before, except in school plays or waitressing, but I am definitely enjoying it, even if it does make me look/feel like a giant stick of liquorice.

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And if in doubt, add ZARA…CIMG9549I’m definitely having to make the most of spur-of-the-moment type outfit shoots too, what with these pesky short and rainy days, so sorry if these shots look a little odd! Off for a late Halloween party now, I’ve made an outfit out of a pile of make-up a litre of fake-blood and a pair of tights, some photos hopefully to follow…

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend 🙂
Katie x

Bluuueeee

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Bomber jacket: ZARA // Jeans and trainers: Asos // t-shirt: Topshop (old) // Rucksack: Market // Cap: my dad’s

I’m really excited about how bright these pictures have turned out.

Fave bomber jacket, fave old cap, fave blue jeans, fave everything else = HAPPY AND COMFY AND BRIGHT KATIE!

I’ve basically been living in all black recently, as you may soon see, so I think I almost forgot how much I love colour. I felt like letting loose. I’ve also decided that I refuse to give up my summer bomber when the cold weather hits proper. I will pile jumpers underneath, call it “winter florals” and SUCK IT UP! All in the name of fashion.

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But I mean, would you look at that print?! It’s like serious eye candy, in jacket form.

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On another note, my collection of social-media type sites to waste my time on has expanded to Asos Fashion Finder! Which is just the most fun.. It’s like an interactive wishlist (my favourite kind!), good for getting inspiration and keeping updated on all the trends. It can be quite a lot of effort if you want to get involved, but is seriously addictive. Guess what I’ll be spending the next week doing….!

Hope everyone is preparing themselves for the great storm this week!!

Katie 
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EDIT: I always get comments about this jacket (even my dad thought it was nice, and he knows everything), and was just browsing through Choies now, and found the exact one! Which you can find here  just in case anyone was interested….. 🙂

Waxed out

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Shirt: Charles Tywhitt (i.e., my dad’s) similar or here or here // Waxed trousers: ZARA, basically the same here or here // Shoes: Urban Outfitters // Perspex necklace: Topshop (old) // Rings: Primark // Tartan Scarf: 99p store!

This shoot was tricky for another weather-related reason. Not this time for the pouring rain, but for ridiculous sunshine. Making it difficult for either me or my camera to see anything at all. I also got really awkward when my Dad started laughing at me taking photos of myself. But I wanted to show off this outfit particularly because of how proud I am of my new purchase. The very stylish tartan scarf, guess how much it cost…? £15 I hear you say, £10? NOPE! It was 99p. Yep. I got this scarf from the 99p store. Because I’m classy like that.

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Admittedly, it’s not particularly warm or functional, and may well fall apart pretty soon. But since my brother has been rubbish at bringing my original tartan scarf down from Scotland, it’ll have to do.

I got these wax-coated trousers over a year ago, for a pub crawl costume going as Zorro (excuses to spend money on pretty things), back when leather-look trousers were still a little “out there”. The rest of the world has fully accepted the trend by now, and good! Because they’re pretty fun to wear. I’m all about wearing men’s shirts at the moment though. It’s androgyny in its truest form. I wore this one buttoned down a bit with my ripped jeans rolled up over the weekend, which I spent running round London (in the rain). I like wearing them with crop tops or mini skirts too, and a pile of jewellery (think ear cuffs and delicate chain necklaces) to exaggerate the oversized look and make them super girly.

So, when it comes to putting together comfortable autumnal outfits, I encourage you all to give the unusual places a chance. Never mind charity shops and Primark, I predict Poundland will be the next big thing for sartorial bargains! (…..maybe)

Katie x

Fedora

8am Katie– “One aim for today: take photos of self wearing new hat, without looking like Boy George, before it rains….”

6pm Katie– “….fudge.”

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Well ok, I just about managed to avoid the rain…. just… But it was a tense moment! (esp for my camera)

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Hat and midi rings: Primark // Trousers: mum’s old (similar here, here and here) // Top: ZARA // Shoes: Ecote at Urban Outfitters // Lipstick: Sephora colour lip last no. 16

Well, rain or no rain, my head was nicely protected thanks to my new hat! Which I bought in Primark, on my recent trip to London along with a pile of other nice shiny things. I’m pretty late joining this particular bandwagon, but for £8, why not!

I’m clearly still clinging on to all my summery outfits though, I might need to stop wearing t-shirts soon. This t-shirt, which I still can’t find on the ZARA website (is Spanish ZARA just different?) I bought in Spain at the end of summer. Perhaps it’s just because you’re on holiday or maybe it’s just me, but abroad all the shops seem soo much more exciting! I could have easily spent all my money…

As for the trousers, I’ll be so sad to give them up when it gets too chilly. They’re so comfy, and seem to make quite normal outfits slightly more interesting. I love wearing them with jumpers and shirts too, or fully embracing the monochrome. Well almost, I can’t go without a bit of brightness! But there are loads of similar items on the high street, following the tartan and check trend for autumn/winter. ZARA are the champions when it comes to great printed trousers (I want these!!), so many different styles, and usually reasonably priced! I reckon they’re a great way to make a change from jeans when the winter months roll in too. To go androgynous with loafers or brogues, or lady-like with heels and a floaty top and slick coat..

Hope you’re all having a happy Monday!

Katie x

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