Thursday, 24 September 2015

eBay Wishlist - Autumn

I've been a bit of an eBay addict for as long as I can remember. I've bought just about everything on there, from vintage dresses to a 50's china cat ornament (yes really) 90's nostalgic toys to the occasional designer item. There's just something about the vast selection of treasures that people from all over the world are selling that really excites me! I do love to bid on the odd gem every now and again, but you'll usually find me browsing through the 'Buy it Now' items as I know I can't loose them to someone else!

It's also one of my favourite places to find fast fashion. If there's a certain trend or celebrity style that I want to re-create, I always head on over to eBay, as so many of the sellers have designer inspired pieces for a fraction of the price, and often sooner than the high street catches on.

As we're quickly creeping into Autumn/Winter, I thought it would be fun to create a wish list of pieces that I'll definitely be putting in my basket! I think my favourite item has to be this tartan scarf. it looks so cosy and warm, perfect for styling up a simple outfit to make it look more interesting. It would also look stunning with this denim pinafore dress which is originally from Topshop. I'm loving denim dresses at the moment, especially teamed with a big, chunky, cream knit jumper underneath or over the top.

I wore my chelsea boots out last year so I really need to get a few more pairs. I'll definitely be repurchasing a black pair but this tan pair are calling my name! I can see me wearing them with this tan sleeveless jacket, I really love these and want one in each colour!

And of course, my wish list just wouldn't be complete with out some berry toned accessories. I'm loving hats at the moment, but I don't have one in this colour so this wide brimmed, floppy hat would be the perfect addition to my collection! As well as this beautiful designer inspired bag which would be big enough to fit all of the endless amounts of 'stuff' I have to lug around with me. And finally a pop of Barry M's Burgundy Crush Nail Polish to finish off the look.

I love the fact that all of these pieces can be worn together, or mixed with other items in your wardrobe to create lots of different looks. Let me know which are your favourite pieces and what the best thing you've ever bought from eBay is?

Kate x

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

My Night time Skincare Routine

Growing up with acne from the age of 11 has definitely made me more conscious of having a good skincare routine. Unfortunately, having cystic acne meant that no amount of topical cream, lotions and potions would make those pesky spots disappear. My video on how I got rid of my acne is here if you're interested . As i've gotten older and my acne has dramatically improved, I feel it's really important to keep on top of my skincare to insure that the regular spots many of us get caused by hormones, diet and pollution are kept at bay.

I've tried and tested many skin care products over the years, but I feel i've finally got the right balance of products to keep my skin clear, clean and hydrated so I thought it would share them with you in my latest video! I'd love it if you went and gave the video a little like if you found it helpful and be sure to leave me a comment  too!

Lots of love Kate x

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

London's Calling

Top - Primark | Jeans - Miss Selfridge | Jacket - Primark | Bag - Mulberry | Hat - H&M | Shoes - Primark

Last week, Rikki and I headed into London to go and see where he's going to be working. He recently started a new job in the city and we thought it would be a good idea to have a practise of his new route to work! As you may know London is where I feel most at home (apart from actually at home of course!) It's my favourite city and as soon a I step out of the train station I instantly feel happy, calm and alive all at the same time. I can't say Rikki has always shared my admiration for the city, but the longer we've been together, the more he's grown to love it too, and now i'm slightly jealous that he's going to be there everyday.

We had a little wonder around St Paul's Cathedral, and I thought i'd take the opportunity to snap some outfit photos as it feels like I haven't done this in so long and you know what? I really loved it and forgot how much i'd missed it! I think being pregnant for the majority of last year, and having a new baby this year really knocked my confidence and made me feel like I couldn't do look book and outfit posts anymore. But now Archie's turned one, I'm starting to feel more like myself and loving fashion and styling up outfits again. The comments on my latest look book - Autumn Wonders also gave me a huge boost which I'm massively grateful for.

I've tucked this simple ribbed vest top (mentioned in my Latest Primark Haul here) into a pair on Miss Selfridge, high waisted Steffi jeans which I really love as they're very figure hugging but also very comfortable as well. It's a pretty simple outfit but I feel that with the addition of the beige tasseled jacket (a bargain from Primark too) and the H&M hat, it takes on more of a 70's vibe which I hated at first but now I can't get enough of! I also teamed it with some of my wardrobe staples. These gorgeous tan open toed shoes from Primark which are rarely off my feet these days, and my beloved Mulberry Del Ray Bag which goes everywhere with me.

Let me know if you'd like to see more outfit posts on my blog and what your currently favourite pieces are!

Kate x

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Autumn Rose

Nars Blush - Dolce Vita* Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Bahama* Nars Illuminator - Copacabana*

I know there's 'technically' a few more days of Summer left, but come on, have you looked outside? The Autumn weather seems here to stay and I for one am pretty happy about that! Don't get me wrong, I'm a total Summer baby, but there's something about this particular change of season that fills me with excitement for Autumn walks, long evenings snuggled up under a blanket, hot chocolate (lots of that) and of course the chance to change up your look. Along with a transitional Autumn wardrobe that I seem to be suddenly acquiring, I love to crack out some warmer toned makeup options to. I'm usually all about the berry tones, everywhere from my lips to my toenails, but this Autumn I wanted to try something a little different.

The Nars Blush in Dolce Vita is a beautiful dusty rose shade and works on lots of different skin tones. I really like it for creating that English rose look, or that just flushed colour when you've been out in the cold. Like all Nars Blushers it's really pigmented so you only need a tiny amount to achieve a natural pop of colour on your cheeks. I love the fact that it's matte as well so it gives a very natural look. I think I'll be wearing this a lot throughout Autumn.

One of my favourite lip products ever are the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, so I just had to give another shade a try. Bahama is a a really different colour for me, It's a rosy pink colour which compliments the blush perfectly but also has quite a brown undertone to it, It looks natural but not like you don't have any lipstick on. Again I feel it's the perfect Autumnal shade and also works well when you go heaver on the eyes. These pencils apply so beautifully. This particular shade feels quite creamy, I think the lighter shades do. They can be a little drying but I personally find that means they last longer on the lips.

Finally I got the Nars Illuminator in Copacabana, I've heard lots of nice things, and as one of the lighter Illuminators that Nars do, I thought it would look pretty with the darker, neutral shades. It's a pale, pearly pink colour, with quite a bit of sparkle, so a little goes a long way. I've been using it as my highlighter on my cheek and brow bones and and also mixing a small amount with my foundation to get a more radiant, glowy look.

I'm really loving this little trio right now, and even though i'll still be reaching for my berry nail polish and vampy red lipstick, i'll definitely have many more days in between where I'm supporting the Autumn rose look!

Which makeup looks are you most looking forward to wearing this Autumn?

Kate x

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Sunday, 9 August 2015


Jacket Zara | Jeans Miss Selfridge | Top Primark | Bag Dorothy Perkins | Shoes Shoeaholics.com*

Rik and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary this weekend. I had the biggest surprise ever when he told me we were going to The Ritz! It was all a bit last minute so I didn't have the time to take photos of my outfit that night, but I had the most amazing evening. The atmosphere of that place is indescribable. We had some of the most incredible food i've ever eaten, including a delicious chocolate soufflé for dessert and beautiful cocktails. For anyone wondering, I had a Ritz 100 and Rikki had a Mary Pickford which is the most girlie cocktail you can get! But it was ok as he looked rather handsome in his suit, so I let him off!

We finished the night by dancing to L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole which i've always loved as it's in The Parent Trap (One of my favourite ever films) played by the live band and were then presented with a stunning Happy Anniversary cake which made the evening all the more special. 
I was scared that it would be rather pretentious and we would look and feel really out of place, but I honestly couldn't fault it. The staff were so attentive and couldn't do enough for you. I would really recommend it if you want to do something super special for a celebration.

On Saturday evening we went for a more relaxed date to Bluewater AKA our second home. This is where I wore the above outfit. It's quite simple and casual, but I dressed it up with my bag and shoes. The bag was just £7 in the Dorothy Perkins sale, and as it was pink and had a bow on it, I couldn't really pass it up could I? My shoes are from Shopaholics.com and they're the KG by Kurt Geiger Havanas. They're so beautiful and despite the height are really easy to walk in. They have a beautiful faux snake skin strap detail with gold hardware and go with almost any outfit. Shoeaholics.com have really kindly given me a 20% off code to share with you so be sure to use KATESHOE20 to take advantage of that! They also have a new blogger edit where some of their fave bloggers show off their top picks of this season.

I'm also still obsessed with my Steffi super high waisted jeans from Miss Selfridge. They're so comfy, but very figure hugging. I definitely want to get a few more pairs as I feel like i'm living in these right now! My Jacket is from Zara but it's quite old. I had actually put it away in a draw and found it again recently. It was one of those pieces that when I found it, I could't really understand why I had put it away because I love it!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend whatever you've been up to. Hopefully enjoying this weather whilst it lasts!

Love Kate x

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Coco Mademoiselle

Coco Mademoiselle has long been one of my favourite scents. And even though I do like to change my perfume up a bit depending on the season, This is definitely my 'signature scent'. It's so classic and sophisticated that it works for every occasion, it doesn't matter if you're spritzing it on for a cold December morning at work, or for a warm summer's evening event, it just works!

You may have seen in my recent 'What I Got For My Birthday video' that I was rather spoilt! My family clearly know me very well as I received a beautiful trio of products from the range which I absolutely love.

The first was a bottle of the eau de parfum, in the instantly recognisable and ever so classy glass bottle with a frosted top. The middle notes in Coco Mademoiselle are jasmine absolute and may rose absolute which are two of my favourite scents, with fruity top notes of grapefruit and orange and deeper base notes of patchouli, musk and vanilla. It is quite an intense fragrance, but I love the fact it lasts all day. If you've ever tried Chanel No5 and found it far too over powering, then this one by comparison is a lot softer and more feminine.

Next is the delicious foaming shower gel. It comes in a 200ml bottle which is made of plastic, but a glass bottle might be a bit unsafe in the shower so I'm assuming that why. I think it makes a beautiful gift for someone, because at a price point of £34, it's not something most of us would treat ourselves to on a regular basis. It lavers up really nicely and creates lots of soft, scented foam. The best thing about using the same range is that you can layer up the scent and make it last all day, especially when the quality is as good as this.

Finally I wanted to mention the fresh body cream. It comes in a gorgeous 150ml frosted glass pot with a white lid, and I can't lie, I really enjoy just looking at it on my dressing table! This was such a pleasant surprise to me as I had always imagined this to be quite thick, and not one to apply just before going out, but it's so light and easily and quickly absorbs into your skin. Again, you can layer up the body cream with the perfume to get the most out of the products.

I love the newest editions to my Chanel beauty collection. They might not be your everyday products, but I think they make such a lovely presents. Maybe one to add to the birthday or Christmas list?

Kate x
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