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15.5.17

Casual florals



Is it even spring if you don't wear florals? I do love a floral top and this strappy cami is a new addition to my already overflowing wardrobe. Thanks to my parents who spotted it in Mango in Barcelona! But serious style kudos to my goes to my Papa who chose it - he knows me well. I'm loving that we can finally crack out some spring clothes now that the weather has decided to play ball...although the sun went in as soon as we started with the outfit pictures so yeah, cheers for that!

I've spent the weekend back up in Lincolnshire at my parents and you know what, it was rather lovely. We bimbled around shops, I bought some Pandora rings because oh my, they are beautiful creations. How have I only just discovered them?! We then went out in to the country for a walk around some cute farm shops and a cuppa with some gluten free cake (because I genuinely can't have a cup of tea without cake accompanying it. It's terrible, I know).






I'm so flipping in love with the back detailing of this cami. I mean, I know it has 'dodgy tan lines' written all over it, but I think it's worth it. I've started packing for my Valencia trip later this week and I'm at the point where my suitcase won't close. I'm going for FOUR DAYS, people. Four days. I just have so much summer stuff I want to wear because, hello UK weather. It's probably the only time I'll have to wear it all *cue ten outfit changes every day*.





This bag is hella coming with me though, even if it has to get squished in to a corner of my case. I'm quite a fan of the blush pink trend (along with the whole of Instagram, apparently) which is pretty unusual for me as I'm not really a pink kind of gal! I am, however, a sucker for pastels so I think that's why I love this colour so much. I actually have the bigger, black version of this bag but y'know, if you love it, why not get one in every colour? I'm also debuting an absolute STEAL on the blog today. My new trainers, reduced to £30 in the Nike outlet at Freeport Braintree. I was pretty impressed with that find, and my feet are pretty chipper about it too.

Hope you're having a good week guys and girls. Also, any recommendations for Valencia would be hugely appreciated!

Katie x

8.5.17

Jewellery heaven - meet the designer

ChloBo jewellery


Warning: photo heavy post AND gorgeous jewellery - prepare to drool. I was kindly invited to Fenwick's Meet the Designer event on Saturday where I had the chance to peruse some fab jewellery and accessories companies, as well as meet their designers/team. I have to start with ChloBo first, having heard amazing things about this brand before (pictured above). I was excited to see the collection in person and to also meet with the brains behind ChloBo, Chloe Moss. Chloe was great fun to chat with (and put up with my millions of questions and also let me take a picture of her arm candy - because LOOK AT IT). She really is the epitome of a 'girl boss' and I loved her story about how ChloBo started and where she finds inspiration. The idea formed while Chloe was travelling in Bali, and she is still an advocate of going to places far and wide and complete disconnecting from modern life - something that's pretty rare for us these days with all the technology about! She also tries to source as much as possible from Bali, which is such a nice touch.

ChloBo jewellery
ChloBo


Chloe's bohemian spirit is definitely reflected in her designs, which feature healing and calming stones such as moonstone and blue lace agate stone (which are the prettiest pastel colours) and spiritual symbols such as Hamsa hands, evil eyes and lotus flowers in one of my favourite collections, Maya's Light. The Pearl collection is another favourite of mine - so soft and pretty! Chloe was telling me you can mix and match the different metals, colours and styles from different collections to create your own personalised look, which is fab (especially if you're indecisive like me).

Edblad

SCMYK



I also had the pleasure of looking over some gorgeous Edblad jewellery, which really focused on simple, high quality designs but for decent prices (no seriously, I had my eye on the rose gold hoops and expected them to be at least £60 and they were only £31). Again, I oohed and aahed over everything rose gold - the blogger's favourite, right?! I'm quite a minimalist kinda gal so I really liked the simple circle designs. SCMYK was another Swedish jewellery brand at the event and I love the fun, bright, summery feel of their jewellery, from bold patterned bracelets to sassy tassel earrings. It immediately reminded me of being on holiday, sipping on a pina colada!

Emily Mortimer



As if I wasn't already in jewellery heaven, I also had a chat with Emily from Emily Mortimer, a high end jewellery shop featuring lots of statement pieces with gorgeous gemstones. I especially loved the bangles and the gemstone stacked rings pictured above, perfect for a subtle statement piece. We spoke about how jewellery shopping is becoming more and more popular online and Emily was explaining how she's taken more of a digital presence with her jewellery, featuring it on sites like notonthehighstreet.com.

Lisa Taylor


I loved the variety shown at the Meet the Designer event. Lisa from Lisa Taylor was an inspiring lady to talk to, creating her own line from recycled vintage saris after having previously worked for companies like Warehouse and Oasis. No two items are the same and Lisa puts a modern twist on the recycled saris, like the AMAZING bomber jacket pictured above. I also dropped by to speak to the girls at Astley Clarke who had some pretty bracelets on show and some cute gemstone jewellery, including little stud earrings which, being a minimalist, I loved.

I had a fab afternoon (if you couldn't already tell) and it was lovely to meet the people behind the brands. It's interesting to hear about their inspirations and how they have got to where they are today - probably helped by the fact I'm super nosey and love finding out about people! I then popped over to the Glow bar to get my eyebrows threaded - I've been going there for about three years now and love it. Marina is such an eyebrow wizard, how she tames my caterpillars is beyond me. I also got given a gorgeous goodie bag at the event and I'm currently delving in to the Jo Malone goodies as we speak. Thanks for having me Fenwick! 

Katie x

P.S. This post is in collaboration with Fenwick Colchester but views, opinions, photos and general ramblings are all my own.

1.5.17

Step out



This week I did not one, but two things outside of my comfort zone. I don't mind leaving my comfort zone every now and then, I get a bit restless and curious and kind of enjoy the danger of stepping out in to the unknown. It can be exhilarating and I'm a firm believer that it's good to step outside of your comfort bubble every now and then. But then there's the other part of me, the part that does a little wee of fear at the thought of venturing out there and doing something out of the ordinary. Truth be told, it's really no big deal leaving your comfort zone...once you've done it. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, right? 

Earlier this week I had lunch on my own, in a cafe. To tell you the truth, I've never been good with my own company. I get bored so easily, especially when there's no one to have a natter with. I put it down to the fact that I love being around people - I'm a slightly unconventional introvert in that sense. I might not be the loudest or the most talkative (well...my family and friends will beg to differ!) but I love being around people, hearing their stories and having a chat. So for me, being on my own usually sucks. Plus, I hate the quiet and I can only sing for so long (without the neighbours complaining...I guess they're not Spice Girls fans).




So I stepped out of my comfort zone and took myself to lunch. I know it's not unusual to see people on their own and this probably isn't a big thing, but there's something about being on my own in a restaurant full of people that makes me feel slightly uncomfortable. Naturally, I turned to my phone for comfort and I soon realised that actually...this is alright. No one is staring at me, everyone is getting on with their own lunches and I actually felt like a proper independent woman (where's that sassy emoji?) I put my phone down and enjoyed my bloody glorious ploughman's salad (hello plate of meat and cheese), spending my time people watching and planning my weekend ahead. It was empowering, refreshing and one hell of a confidence boost. I guess I've been so used to having people around me all the time that I forgot what it was like to spend time with just little old me. And you know what? It's not so bad. If you ignore the fact that my brain chatters away to itself at 100mph.


Um, excuse the creases! I did iron it...I promise...






I'm the kind of girl who likes to have plans - I'm not too good at sitting still. I have this constant twitch like I need to be doing something or seeing someone, so I like my weekends to be full, but kind of chilled at the same time (it's a fine one to balance, I know). So when I saw Hannah's tweet about meeting up with fellow bloggers and local ladies, I jumped right in there. I love living in Suffolk/Essex but I don't really know many people round these parts, and I can't tell you how lovely it was to meet with ten other ladies to chat about, well, anything and everything. Obviously it helped that cocktails were flowing and snacks were involved! It was lovely to meet everyone and fab to have so many creative ladies all in one place. We talked about our work, our blogs, our loves and life - and not forgetting, our recent Netflix binges. It was a gathering of complete strangers and it was blummin' marvellous, even if I had to dash off after a few hours. More times like this please! 

I guess the moral of this unexpectedly lengthy post today is a) when step outside your comfort zone, wonderful things can really happen b) it's nowhere near as scary as you think it'll be and c) we need more of these positive vibes in life - let's be supportive ladies and gents. Twitter/the blogosphere has been a bit of a sad, negative place over the last few weeks so it was lovely to spend time with people who just wanted a good time! So there you go, some positive, motivational vibes from me to you. Just in time for going back to work after a long weekend! 

Katie x