Saturday, 27 July 2013

MAGAZINE MATERIAL


From fashion and beauty to hobbies and home decor, there's a magazine to suit everyone's tastes, and I personally love them. Not just for the articles, but as picture references for inspirations or mood boards for projects.

At home, I have a small collection of back issues of Teen Vogue and Company Magazine, with one or two other mags thrown in there. Although I no longer read Teen Vogue, being American, you can't purchase much they promote. So the new British Miss Vogue has been a great alternative - let's just hope they continue with it!

Unlike other mags, the revamped Company isn't mainstream and focuses more on Bloggers in fashion. Don't get me wrong, I love to read others, such as InStyle, Elle and Vogue, but sometimes a change in focus is refreshing.


For those into crafts and sewing, I would definitely recommend Cloth. There are lots of simple and fashionable projects to have a go at, following the latest trends. As well as info about crafting events and where to shop.

Coverage on runway shows for every S/S and A/W can come on paper as well as on film. Both Hello! and Marie Claire's handbooks are practically picture books (which we all secretly love), just filled with Designer shows, to spot what upcoming trends will be.


WWD, i-D... the list of quality magazines to read is extensive and nothing beats the real paper deal. The electronic versions on tablets and phones just don't measure up to paper format.

Kat xxx


Saturday, 13 July 2013

INTO THE SUNSET

I seem to lack much variety of colour in my wardrobe. Amidst chunky knits, boots and cardigans in an array of blacks, navy blues and plums, I have a very limited selection of bright, summery clothes.

So I'm trying to train myself to be more adventurous and wear more colour this summer, which all starts with what I buy.

Dip-dye and fades of colour are definitely on trend for this summer and combines lots of bright colours nicely to lighten up an outfit!

Here are a few that have grabbed my attention when I've been browsing...
Bags - Furla, Shoes - TopShop, Watches - Nixon, Bracelets - Cheap Monday, Earrings - Tatty Devine, Dress - ASOS

Now, I definitely wouldn't go all out and wear this as one WHOLE outfit - I might just become a walking headache! 
But certainly, individually they would brighten up a potentially dull outfit.

Many of these items would also be perfect for beachwear on holidays, and the dress could make a lovely evening outfit with some sandals and gold accessories.

I absolutely love the Furla bags, they look a good size and are on trend for the transparent look too - shame about the price!

I hope you enjoyed this fairly short post, more will be up soon!

Kat xxx

Thursday, 11 July 2013

PROM

Last week, was my Year 11 Prom to mark the end of 2 years of GCSE's! It was lovely to see everyone dressed up, looking smart and each to their own individual style. The actual event flashed by, like most when you're having fun! But it was definitely a memorable evening, with music, photography and a sit-down meal (roast beef and chocolate fudge cake = YUM!)
On the evening I wore an emerald green dress I bought from Coast. I had originally intended to buy a long gown, but I felt this dress was perfect and more wearable for other events. What I liked most about this dress was the high neck and the pleated effect that made a diamond shape on the bodice of the dress. The dress was great for the humid evening as well because it was made of a light, airy chiffon fabric.
Emerald is also a key colour for S/S 13 which drove me to buy the dress. Emerald goes well with metallic colours, especially silver. I had intended to wear silver shoes but I was unable to find the 'right' ones, so instead I focused on metallic accessories.
The shoes I wore were from Clark's, which I'm so glad I bought in the end, as they didn't rub or make my feet hurt as much as other heels would. I usually find Clark's shoes a bit hit or miss, whether that's because I don't like the style, height or colourings. But these gave me a nice height without looking like a giant! (I'm 5"10).

To 'glam' up my outfit, I wore large crystal-esque earrings with a beaded clutch both from ASOS. The earrings were part of a pack of two and I decided to wear the larger stone earrings for more of a statement. What was great about the earrings was that they were lightweight, as with chunkier earrings you can run the risk of weighing the earlobes down.
The clutch was a good size and to my surprise was made of leather (which justifies its original price of £40, but fortunately I got it half price in the sale).
I also wore a bracelet I picked up in the sale for £3 in Republic (USC as it is now), which reminded me of the Cartier bracelets I love the look of.

BEAUTY

Overall I decided to use natural colours for my make-up and focus on my hair. A hairdresser put my hair into an updo, forming tight curls which were them put up into a bun shape. It worked really well with my dip-dyed hair too, which I was worried I would have to re-dye as I LOVE it too much, but it looked good with some blonde curls.
For make-up, I used Bourjois smokey eye trio in Vert jungle 14 with B's gold eyeshadow as a highlighter. The two together linked in with the metallic and green colours in my outfit and were long lasting. To finish off my eyes, I used my Maybelline eyeliner and Sheer cover mascara, as seen in my previous post.
On my lips, I used Avon's glazewear duo reflect in 'bronzed & beautiful' and Revlon's colourburst in creme brulee to seal the colour.
I painted my nails with Essie's 'buy me a cameo' and a glittery OPI nail varnish as a top layer. I also wore the Jimmy Choo perfume I got for my Birthday last year, as its a long wearing perfume.
I had such a fun time, getting ready and at the actual event and can't wait for another event like this! I know  its prom season at the moment, so if your getting ready or have had your prom, comment about it, I'd love to see your dresses!

Kat xxx