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29.9.15

ICEBAR LONDON...ROCKS


So. Many. Ice. Puns. I've tried to keep them to a minimum but we'll see what happens. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, ICEBAR LONDON created a brand new theme - rock. I was invited along to the sneak peek last night which was pretty awesome (thanks to Chloe Nelkin Consulting for the invite). The theme changes once a year, going bigger and bolder every time. I hadn't been before so wasn't sure what to expect apart from the cold! The bar itself is a toasty -5 degrees but the cape and mittens (and whiskey cocktail...) helped with that.





(Single image above copyright Peter Kindersley)
The level of detailing and contouring on the ice sculptures was insane. The sculptures were much heavier than I thought, thank God, so it was pretty hard to knock anything over or worry about destroying the place with my massive handbag. The rock theme included plenty of ice studding, skulls, guitars, rockers and a Throne of Rock, as well as your very own ice glass. Definitely one way to keep your champers cold. 

It's such a cool atmosphere (literally) and everything from the bar to tables are made of ice shipped over from Sweden. To add to the 'rock vibes' their cocktail list has been recreated with names such as Back In Black and November Rain gracing the menu. As someone who had never been before, I totally recommend checking this place out if you get the chance. It's definitely an experience and not the sort you can have in any old bar. The perfect place to CHILL (there we go, had to get a pun in there somewhere). 

Katie x

17.9.15

Mint Tortoiseshell



WOAH HELLO GLASSES. Part two of my Vision Express collab! I chatted about the eye test and process last week, and found that I needed a prescription to help with my eye strain. I sit on a computer for 8+ hours a day at work (and then blogging at home) which can be a massive strain on the eyes. I was actually pretty excited to pick out my glasses, although I took about an hour and a half to make a decision because I'm the most indecisive person on the planet. I think this Ralph Lauren pair (c/o Vision Express) was one of the first we picked out but I tried loads on, it's the best way to figure out what shape and style suits you.



I've been wearing these for around 1-2 months now and couldn't be without them. They're a massive help with all my computer work (I didn't realise how much I needed them) but I also adore the style, especially that dark tortoiseshell print with the contrasting mint colour. I've had so many comments on these over the past few months, I like that they have a classic style and shape with a fun pop of colour.



I was pretty amazed/overwhelmed by the amount of choice and tried on everything from Dior to Tiffany, Julien Macdonald and these Ralph Lauren beauties. It took me a while to get used to them, and to get used to seeing myself in glasses (I look more intelligent though, right?!) 

Katie x

14.9.15

Tropical prints



Ola! This is the first set of outfit photos from my trip to Portugal. I have enough blog pics to last me for the next month so I apologise for all the summery photos you'll be seeing! If it helps, it's giving me a major case of holiday blues. I had the best time in Portugal and the weather could not have been better. I was worried that going at the end of the summer would mean naff weather but we were greeted with sunshine and blue skies the whole time.
I had a pretty big Boohoo haul before I went away, including these tropical leaf print shorts. I became a bit print-obsessed this summer and fell in love with these shorts straight away (they were so cheap too). I teamed them with my Boohoo bikini, at the top, and my trusty Topshop crop top above for a wander to a local beach. I'm so sad to have packed away all my summer clothes now...somebody take me somewhere hot and sunny?!

Katie x

12.9.15

Autumn stripes




Coming home from sunny Portugal last week, I knew these cosy socks were waiting for me at home. I received these alpaca socks c/o Tom Lane, a new luxury womenswear brand, just before I went on holiday and couldn't wait to try them out. I have never been so cold than when I arrived back in the UK last weekend! I usually go on holiday at the start of summer so I come back to a warm (ish) England, this time I stepped off the plane in London to wind, rain and 14 degrees. Lovely. 




I was worried they would be an itchy or harsh material, but they are so soft (and handmade too - pretty impressive). I have God knows how many pairs of cheap thermal socks as my feet are permanently cold, but these alpaca socks have been way more effective at keeping my feet warm. Turns out alpaca yarn is a natural thermal insulator so these are going to be one of my autumn/winter staples - perfect for under jeans/boots or for snuggling up at home. I'm not happy that summer is nearly over, but I am a little bit excited for winter... anyone else looking forward to cosy evenings?!

Katie x

6.9.15

Ray-Ban Lovin'


Ola! Apologies for the lack of blogging lately, I've been sunning it up in Portugal (I'll do a whole separate post on my travels next week!) It's definitely one of the prettiest places I've ever been so naturally I took heaps of photos for the blog, much to my boyfriend's delight ha.

I had the pleasure of collaborating with Vision Express earlier in the summer and I've been wanting to share these with you for ages! I had an eye test done which I was a bit nervous about as it's been over 3 years since I went for one (naughty me). It went smoothly and everyone was really lovely. The test itself was thorough and Amrit talked me through everything, it was actually pretty interesting to find out how much they can tell from checking your eyes - it's not just about your sight but your overall health too so definitely worth booking in and getting checked. It's only a few minutes out of your day and could potentially save your sight. 

My eyes turned out to be pretty healthy, I have a condition called astigmatism in my right eye (basically means it's shaped like a rugby ball rather than a sphere - more info here) and my right eye needed a slight prescription. I also suffer with eye strain due to the nature of my job so then began the task of choosing some glasses. I'm indecisive at the best of times!



Over an hour later I finally picked a pair (big thanks to Ross and Laura for being so patient!) and a pair of sunglasses too. I went for some Ray-Ban Wayfarers (c/o Vision Express) which I am in love with - they were altered there and then for the perfect fit. I'm obsessed the tortoiseshell style and they got plenty of wear on holiday and on the beach! I've always been a fan of Ray-Bans having owned a couple of pairs of Aviators and I'd been eyeing up some Wayfarers for a while so these were perfect. What do you think? 

Katie x

P.S. Keep an eye out for next week's post featuring my amaaaaaazing Vision Express Ralph Lauren glasses!