Lace up jumper

Another knitwear post, sorry, roll on spring! I turn in to such a jumper and jeans girl over winter. This lattice jumper from New Look is the latest addition to my already-bursting-at-the-seams winter wardrobe. I have to say, New Look is absolutely owning it with their winter collection! I was a fan of the lace up trend last summer and luckily it's a trend with longevity, living on in the form of snuggly winter knitwear. 

Image of a lace up jumper from New Look

At the moment, I'm all about comfy knitwear like this lattice lace up jumper. I've spent the weekend boxing up our flat as we're moving in to our first house next week - the excitement is real guys and girls! We've been waiting for our house for almost a year so we are literally like kids at Christmas right now. It's been a full on few days of boxing everything up, throwing out loads of stuff and bagging up clothes for charity (11 bags to be precise! Me? A hoarder? Never). Needless to say, cosy knitwear and stretchy skinny jeans have been an absolute necessity this weekend.

Image of a New Look lace up jumper

I really should have left blog photos for a day when I didn't look physically and mentally drained...but instead you have my tired little face to look at, you lucky lot! I'll be honest, this weekend has been absolutely exhausting but hey, I'm still smiling! Heads up though - the blog might be a little quiet over the next week during the move but I'll get some new posts and maybe a cheeky house tour up as soon as I can. 

Hope you're having a good week/weekend lovelies! What do you think of this lace up jumper?

Katie x


Warner Bros. Studio Tour review

I've probably mentioned it here and there, but for those of you who haven't caught on, I'm quite the Harry Potter fan. Not in a creepy way (I haven't turned my bedroom in to the Gryffindor common room...yet) but I have always been in complete awe of the world J.K. Rowling created. Call me a fan girl, but it amazes me how one woman's imagination can create something so huge. 

Aged 11, sat on velvet purple armchair (at a holiday cottage! The velvet armchair wasn't ours, although that would probably be deemed pretty cool and quirky these days), my mum handed me the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I've always been a bookworm and spent every holiday with my head in a book, but nothing had ever gripped me to the point where I couldn't put it down...until Harry Potter came along. I stayed up late and woke up early to snuggle back in that armchair with my book (well, snuggle as well as you could on something velvet). The day I finished the first Harry Potter book, I put it down and begged my mum to find the sequel.

Being a bookworm, the books will always win over the film for me but I do adore the films and I think they've really done the books and characters justice. Visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour was definitely on my last of things to do. I had visited about three years ago and loved every minute, but last weekend I got to go again with my family for my dad's Christmas present (he also happens to love Harry Potter!) And oh my, it's even better second time round.

They have a few new areas such as the Hogwarts Express and platform 9 3/4 (which is absolutely epic by the way. I literally felt like I'd just stepped in to the station). And they have the Forbidden Forest opening in March! Is it acceptable to go for a third time? Asking for a friend...This time round I spent more time reading the facts and paying way more attention, rather than running round like an overexcited child (although there was a little bit of that involved). The detail is absolutely insane - from 500 handwritten labels on the potion bottles to writing the names of the crew on all 4000 wand boxes as a tribute to them. Every little detail had been planned to perfection and looked so realistic. From the troll masks to the animatronics, screaming mandrakes and of course my absolute fave, little Dobby!

I'm trying not to give too much away but the full scale Hogwarts model is something to behold. Probably helped by some dramatic lighting and glorious triumphant music! My brother isn't the biggest fan of Harry Potter (I know, shame on him) but he loved the tour so don't worry if you're not obsessed. If you love films and behind the scenes stuff, you'll probably still enjoy it! Have a read about my brother's a muggle's take on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour over on his blog, Sam Squire.

Top tips for visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour:
  • Take a camera! And make sure it's charged (that's a dig at my dad, who ran out of battery halfway round!) (EDIT: he didn't run out of battery, his camera did...)
  • Dress accordingly - it's a fairly decent temperature in there but there is an outside area so if it's cold (or snowing like it was for us!) take some layers.
  • Allow yourself plenty of time! We took about 2 and a half hours. Although apparently one person took 13 hours. It's amazing but c'mon, 13 HOURS?!
  • Plan your meals ahead - there's a cafe in reception and a small cafe about halfway round which are great for a cuppa and cake (gluten free cake too!) but I'd probably take my own lunch next time.
  • Be comfy - you're going to be walking around for a few hours. I wore my heeled boots which probably wasn't my brightest idea.
  • Get there early! They recommend getting their about 20 minutes early. We arrived 45 mins early and had a cuppa and some cake. To be honest, any day that starts with cake at 10am is going to be good.
  • DO. NOT. TAKE. A. HEAVY. BAG. My arm had nearly dropped off by the time we had finished. 

Enjoy! Have you ever been? And if so, what did you think?

Katie x


Ruffles and knitwear

An image showing ruffle detailing on a grey jumper
I know, I know, more knitwear! I swear I have so many jumpers I could wear a different one every day for about a month. Whilst I'm definitely a spring baby at heart and love longer days and warmer weather, I do really enjoy wrapping up in layers and filling my wardrobe with chunky knitwear. I'm a massive fan of the different styles gracing the shops this year - from embroidery and winter florals to pastel colours and ruffles like this little Topshop number. It's a nice warm knitted style with ruffles on the shoulders for some super sassy vibes! I obviously opted for my usual favourite colour - grey. They do have a pinky colour and baby blue version that I'm very tempted to buy, especially as they're now in the sale. A girl can never have too many jumpers or ruffles, right?!

An image showing a jumper with ruffle detailing

An image showing knitwear with ruffles

So much love for the sweatshirt style, it's perfect for throwing on with some jeans for some casual weekend vibes and the ruffles add a bit of glam so it looks like you've kind of made an effort - my kind of jumper! Although I do think this would look perfect dressed up with an A-line leather skirt, which is next on my wish list. I've spent this weekend being so slouchy, ordering yet another knitwear haul and watching Riverdale (which I totally recommend, especially if you love the whole PLL teen drama type of show!) I'm just gutted that they're only uploading one episode a week on Netflix - a girl needs a good binge watch y'know!

An image showing a jumper with ruffles

I'm currently keeping my eye out for some ruffled shirts/blouses too. They look so pretty (although I bet they're a nightmare to iron haha). Hope you're having a lovely weekend whatever you're doing! Let me know what you think of this outfit - are you loving the ruffle trend?

Katie x