Latest obsession: culottes

Friday, 23 June 2017

When culottes became the 'it' thing, I honestly thought they were the ugliest item of clothing in the world.

Fast forward a bit and now they're all I want to wear. I love them.

You think at first glance they'll be really unflattering because they're so shapeless, but they're actually the opposite (for me, anyway). I'm quite big around my belly, hips and thighs and I find culottes are surprisingly good at flattering that part of my body. The way they cut off at the shin means they're showing off the slimmest part of my legs instead of making me look squat.

Culottes are comfy, versatile, roomy, and can be dressed up or down. If you're unsure about the style, try some on next time you go shopping and see what they look like on you. Granted they won't suit everyone, but if you're a bit iffy with your middle area like me, I'd suggest styling them with a slim-fit t-shirt tucked in to balance out the bagginess of the culottes (plus most culottes sit on your waist so they conceal any bumps you're not keen on). 

Pop on a leather jacket and some trainers and you're set.

I've featured 10 pairs of culottes from all over the web - they vary in price, colour, material, and length. Enjoy!













Kate

What's in my bag 2017!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Hi!

My first WIMB post was in June last year so it only makes sense to update it a year later. Here goes...




Hope you enjoyed that short but sweet bag tour. I don't carry a lot around with me, mostly because I hate cluttered bags and because, well, my bag is tiny(!)

P.S. I took these photos on a Leica C-Lux 3. Trying to get away from iPhone photography so I'm testing out a few digital cameras instead. Let me know what you think.


Kate

Birthdays, walled gardens, & ladybirds

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Hi!

My mum celebrated her birthday yesterday. We didn't have anything planned so I suggested a walk since the weather was beautiful.


We took off to Clumber Park for a few hours in the morning. We arrived a few minutes before the park officially opened (the early bird catches the worm, or whatever) and headed straight for the lake to explore the re-imagined Lincoln Frigate while there was hardly anyone around. Yeah, I forgot to take pictures of it but you can see and read more about it here. I did take some good pics of the lake though, as you can see above. I love the reflection of the sun in the first photo.

We wandered up the lake a little more then did a U-turn to head to the Walled Kitchen Garden to snoop around their huge rhubarb collection and gorgeous flowers.


So peaceful. All we could hear were bees, birds, and footsteps on the gravel. I love being away from the town centre and traffic and big crowds of people. I need to live in the countryside, it's honestly all I want in life.

There are now NT deckchairs scattered around the garden which my mum and I could've sat in for hours. We sat under some apple trees in the long grass and had ten minutes with our eyes shut, soaking up all that vitamin D.

Once we'd finished up at Clumber, we visited my aunt's house where I got to see my nan and cousin who I don't get to see very often which was lovely. We scoffed cupcakes and sausage rolls and had a right good chinwag.

Downside to all this - I got heat exhaustion from being in the sun all day, not drinking enough, and basically not protecting my head or topping up my sunscreen (I'm blonde and pale, so that should explain a lot). Because of this my mum and I haven't gone to the Black Country Living Museum today (mentioned in this post) because I've been feeling hot, poorly, and tired since yesterday afternoon. I'm so clever, aren't I?

So that's that. If you're passing through Notts, do stop off at Clumber and don't forget to visit the Walled Kitchen Garden.

P.S. Look at this darn cute ladybird I spotted in the garden the other day.




Kate

Hey June

Sunday, 11 June 2017


Hi!

Hm, June hasn't got off to a good start, has it? Way too much rain and wind, it's supposed to be summer isn't it? Or near enough...

I am currently at the beginning of my week off so I'm hoping to do some exciting things this week if the weather gets better. A bit of sun would be lovely, thanks. God, I have to stop talking about the weather all the time, don't I? It must be so dull to read about but I'm not a true Brit until I've moaned about the weather. It's the law.

At least Friday afternoon brightened up a bit just as I'd finished work - see image above.


In other news...

My NT membership card came through the post the other day. This was an impulsive purchase, I just felt like I should get one because I visit a lot of NT sites and, y'know, entry prices aren't cheap and sometimes forking out around £5 - £15 each for a ticket is not doable, but a membership means you only have to fork out once a year (it cost me £32.40) to have access to everything for free. And I'll probably be fine paying £32 a year (up until I turn 25) to be able to visit hundreds upon hundreds of incredible places.

So yeah, hoping to get a lot of use out of that this summer.


I really want to get outside and move more. I've put a lot of weight on over the last year (I blame my thyroid just because I can) and although I have a decent job where I'm on my feet a lot and doing lots of walking throughout the day, it's not doing much for me. I don't eat great, I'm not a huge fan of veg and fruit (the bane of my existence) but I try and drink a lot of water and I always eat breakfast in a morning, but I know it takes so much more than that. Exercise and gyms scare me because I feel like I'm being watched, that I look like an idiot or I'm doing it wrong and someone's laughing at me. Ridiculous paranoia I know, but I can't shake it off. Even if I do some exercise in my room I feel stupid because I'm painfully unfit and I feel like people can see me mucking it up.

Anxiety. Boo, hiss.

Anyway, apart from working and glumly looking out of my bedroom window at the rain, I've not done a great deal. I know, I know, I'm the most thrilling person you've ever met. Settle down.

Hope you had a fab weekend. Enjoy the above photo of some ducklings being all cute and small. Everybody loves ducklings.



Kate

Wednesday wish list #10

Wednesday, 7 June 2017



Back again with the Wednesday wish lists! It might be easier for me to put these posts out more often now I have a new Wish list board on Pinterest. It's easier for me to dip into that board and pick a few items than spend way too long scouring the web beforehand.

I'm especially loving the straw basket in this WWL, I've seen them all over Instagram and Pinterest and I am quite drawn to them. They look as if they should have hand-picked daisies and fresh strawberries in them. I also saw that Florbella vase in OB a few weeks ago and it is beeeaaautiful, kinda regret not picking it up there and then.

So yeah, hope you enjoy this week's wish list picks!


Kate

My make-up routine & favourite products

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hi!

Today I'm going to show you the contents of my make-up bag. It's not overly exciting - there's no high end brands or anything technical or complicated in here, it's very basic, simple, and affordable. First I'll go through my base products (primer and concealer) then the finishing touches (eyes, blush etc.) Lately I've been trying to use as many cruelty free products as I can and ones I am currently using that aren't I plan to replace with cruelty free alternatives when they're empty.

CF = Cruelty free.

Base:


Finish:

🙂 I would highly recommend those two primers up top; used together they're even better. The Hydro Primer has a jelly consistency which feels weird to use at first but it soaks in really nice, and the other primer is more of your typical velvety creamy texture (with bonus tea-tree). I put the jelly one on first then the Pro-Base and let them both soak in for 3-4 mins.

🙌 I use a crap ton of concealer - I'm not a fan of foundation so I tend to just use concealer on the areas I need it most. The Seventeen Stay Time concealer is my all-time fave, I only ever use the Collection one on hard-to-cover spots and the MAC one when I'm having a naff skin day (it's the most foundation-y concealer out of the three). The MAC concealer looks way darker in the picture above but trust me it's a very pale shade (because I am the whitest of white).

😚 When the base is done, I brush some KIKO powder over my T-zone - you can use this powder as a foundation too but I never do. I should probably try it out one day, though. I then use probably the best blush I've bought in years by Natural Collection. The shade Peach Melba is stunning, I cannot put into words how gorgeous and highly pigmented this blush is. It's so cheap too. You only need the tiniest bit on your brush to cover both cheeks. I then dust some highlighter onto my cheekbones and nose. Not too much, I'm not crazy in love with highlighter but I do appreciate it on dull skin days.

👀 I then work on my brows with the Eylure pencil - I like my brows to be slightly darker than my hair colour, so instead of opting for the blonde pencil I go for dark brown. My hair is naturally dirty blonde so I feel dark brown matches better than blonde. Next I run over my brows with a clear brow gel from GOSH so they stay tamed all day. I finish off with mascara - this Barry M purchase is fairly new and despite it's meh reviews online, I love it. It's very subtle which is what I wanted. It doesn't give you thick, dramatic dark lashes but instead gives them a healthy coating of black and makes them look fluttery and natural.

👄 If I'm going all out, I'll add some lippy too. My faves at the moment are Tanya Burr Lipstick in Pink Cocoa (CF), and Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Rum Raisin. I don't tend to wear eyeshadow but when I do (which is usually if I go out in the evening) I turn to my trusty Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte Palette (CF) which is packed with neutral versatile shades.

🛍 My favourite place to pick up make-up is definitely Superdrug - their rewards scheme is the best out there, so if you're not already consider getting a Health & Beautycard. P.S. Superdrug's own skincare ranges are all cruelty free.

Hope you like that little tour around my make-up bag. I might do a skincare version of this post very soon.


Kate

Sunny shopping in York & a blazing sunset

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Hi!

Ma and I visited York on Thursday. It was pay day for me (not good!!!) so we decided York would be a lovely place to spend the day shopping as the weather was goooorgeous. I even whipped out the sandals which only ever come out on the hottest of days.

If any of the shops we went in didn't have air-con we were outta there. No way could you spend even a second in an un-air-conditioned shop on Thursday, you could practically feel your skin melting off. We discovered the shop in York with the best air-con was Zara, so we really milked it in there.


I bought three tops from Zara (here, and here - got this one in both colourways), some bedding from Primark, and Frankie magazine. Not the most exciting shopping trip, but walking around sunny York made up for it.


I love summer, I really do. I don't love sweating to death or chafing or not being able to sleep at night but I love summer clothes - I love floaty dresses, sandals, short-sleeved tops, denim shorts, linen, bright colours... my wardrobe is made for summer. My wardrobe is so bleak in winter, I hate it.

I also love how summer makes me feel. Who doesn't love sunshine? It makes me so happy. Sunshine gives me life, literally. I feel so alive when it's sunny and warm. I love summer evenings too when the sunsets look like that ^. Incredible. I have the best view of sunsets and sunrises from my bedroom window. It's the only time my room gets any natural light, I think that's why I love this time of year so much.

Ahhhh...

Summer is good!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway. Hope you all had a good Bank Holiday weekend. Mine was pretty chill, spent 90% of it in my pyjamas (the sign of an excellent Bank Holiday weekend). Hope you enjoy the nice short working week!



Kate

Showcase: sleek tech accessories

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Hi! I'm showcasing stylish tech accessories today, from docks to speakers to flash drives. I love my gadgets and techy things but I have to admit I find buying accessories for them slightly more exciting. I like collecting phone cases a lot and I really like my headphone stash (I own two Panasonic pairs but I'm currently using - and loving - a second-hand pair of Bose ones, mmmmm beautiful sound quality).

Anyway, hope you enjoy this post as much as I did putting it together.












Kate

Results & things

Friday, 19 May 2017


Hi!

Thought I'd feature this 2-month old photo of a beautiful butterfly showing off in the garden. Apart from what I assume is bird poop on the leaves in the bottom right corner (let's just ignore that and focus on the butterfly shall we), it's a lovely picture. I can't believe we had such gorgeous weather in March yet it's now May and the weather has been nothing but naff. Can we rewind back to March? Then I get to celebrate my birthday again. 🎁

I've not done a great deal in May so far. It's been a bit of a boring month, but I'm OK with that. One good thing happened though (I say good...) - I recently asked my doctor for a blood test because I figured it's odd a 23 year old hasn't had one yet (I suppose not having one means I'm healthy, right? Ehh) so I went on Monday because I just wanted to check my general health.

Results came back on Wednesday and it turns out I have an underactive thyroid and a bit of an iron deficiency. Hm. I expected the lack of iron but not the underactive thyroid, so that's... a thing. Started on tablets on Thursday. I can cope with the hypothyroidism because you just take one tablet a day in the morning (forEVER), but the iron is tricky. You have to avoid eggs, cheese, and milk two hours before and after you take the iron tablet, and dairy is basically 99% of my diet so trying to figure out when I can take the tablets and when I can eat is proving difficult, but at least I don't have to take iron tablets for the rest of my life...

It's a shame these meds don't kick in quicker because I could really do with feeling human again soon. The excessive tiredness has gone on for too long. I'm excited to see what happens when I'm a few weeks/months in. Because of the underactive thyroid I will be going for maaaany more blood tests in the near future, which is not my fave thing in the world but at least they don't hurt.

So there's a little update on things.

To make myself feel better I have made one or two cheeky purchases on the web which I will either Tweet about or feature on the blog next time. They're good 'uns. Have a great weekend!



Kate

Lovely quotes #7

Monday, 15 May 2017

#7 is here, enjoy.


"You know I’m old in some ways — in others — well, I’m just a little girl. I like sunshine and pretty things and cheerfulness — and I dread responsibility."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."
— Desmond Tutu

"Nature is so fantastic. Enjoy it. Let it make you happy."
— Bob Ross

"Be a good boy, remember; and be kind to animals and birds, and read all you can."
— Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure


"'No books!' I exclaimed. 'How do you contrive to live here without them?'"
— Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

"I am somebody. I am me. I like being me. And I need nobody to make me somebody."
— Louis L’Amour

"Practice living every moment of your daily life deeply and in freedom. If that’s what you really want, then what you need to do is let go of pursuing the past, the future, and all your worries, and come back to the present moment."
— Thích Nhất Hạnh


Kate

May journal pages

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Hi!

I spent this morning adding more bits and pieces to my journal because it's been a while. I even did a painting which looks like something a 3 year old might paint at nursery but I love it nonetheless. I just wanted to use my bright paints. 🌈 Enjoy!


Look at those beautifully detailed fish, their blobby black eyes are almost as big as their bodies (ha).


Kate
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