Until recently the main exercise I did was dance. However, circumstance has changed and I have been doing a lot more exercise classes and sports which has called for a revamp in my active wear wardrobe. I have always been able to pick up nice work out tops from H&M for reasonable prices. This includes the white sports top I am wearing here, they are super comfy and fit so well I got mine in a size small. My go to stores and brands for active wear are H&M, Nike and Ivy Park. In particular I like to get my sports leggings from Nike and Ivy park as they are really supportive and so far seem to last well in my experience.
I picked up these khaki leggings from Nike as I loved the colour and thought they were slightly different than usual. I liked the military colour and style, especially the mesh detail down the side.
I thought I would share with you guys some of my favourite "drug store" picks, which I use in my daily make up routine. Firstly mascara, I use the Va Va Voom black mascara by the brand seventeen, it is great for lengthening my lashes, compared to other more expensive mascaras I have tried in the past, I get the same if not better results with seventeen's mascara.
My go to concealer is the lasting perfection concealer by collection, I use the colour "fair" because I have such a pale complexion. I apply it under my eyes to cover any dark circles, the bridge of my nose, forehead and over any spots of imperfections on my face. It lasts pretty much all day and is also good for highlighting the skin and keeping it looking illuminated.
NYX Lip Liner & Rimmel Lipstick
Recently I have been trying more of NYX's products. Including their lipsticks and liners. I picked up this liner in the colour Nude Pink / Rose Diaphane. I pair it with the Rimmel lipstick by Kate Moss in shade 03, they work really well together.
I haven't used any Sleek make up products before, so this was a first, above is the Sleek highlighter palette in "Precious Metals" I use the shades Platinum and Royal Gold the most on my cheeks to highlight them.
I had seen this suede jacket on the Noisy May website but it was a little out of my price range. I happened to be looking on Asos sometime later and found it on there, on sale for half the price! For this outfit I wanted to keep it casual, so paired it with ripped jeans, boots and my favourite cap. Its March here, so is still a little chilly so I threw on a chunky scarf for added warmth. The scarf I got from H&M and it has been one of my most used accessories this winter/spring. I was really impressed by the fit and quality of the jacket, I ordered it in size small.
Photography: Joe cannon
It has been pouring with rain all day today and I have been wrapped up in this cozy knit that I got from H&M. It was an absolute bargain, it was only £12.99 you can't really go wrong, well I didn't think so anyways. I picked this one up in my local store and saw it also comes in a variety of other colours but I preferred this ecru, fawn colour the most. I bought mine in a small as the fit is slightly oversized.
I finally got my hands on the Morphe Nature Glow palette. I am not very adventurous in general with my make up routine. However, after seeing this palette on Instagram I loved the colours and thought I would give it a go and try out some new colours and try out a new brand for that matter. I haven't used any Morphe make up products before so this is my first experience with their products. I ordered this palette from cult beauty, I had to wait for a few weeks as it was sold out everywhere! I got it eventually and it was definitely worth the wait. I have used it so much and I particularly liked the fact that there is a good mix of neutral colours as well as some really amazing fiery, glitzy colours to experiment with. I have blue eyes and have found that the coppery and orange toned coloured eyeshadows really make them pop and accentuates them nicely. Its great because there are colours that I can use on a daily basis as well as more evening wear shades if your going out. Overall I would say that this is a great and affordable product and would highly recommend it to anyone. There is such an array of colours to choose from as I mentioned before you can't really go wrong.
I had been looking for a while to add to my wardrobe a puffa jacket and I eventually found one, sale shopping which is even better! This ones from Zara and yes it is still in the sale if you hurry. Im wearing a size small. It does also have a hiddle hood which is useful and is very cozy, I also decided to go for a colour rather than my usual black and grey which is progress.
In addition to my camel coat that I bought earlier this month (see last blog post), I expanded my winter wardrobe further with the purchase of this longline coat from Newlook. I feel like this coat is a classic winter wardrobe staple, it can be styled smart or casually and therefore goes with a lot. Layering is very important in winter, I am definitley some one who feels the cold. So for me I like to layer and add accessories like hats and scarfs to keep cozy on those frosty winter days. I am loving the subtle feminine detail of my H&M frilled sleeve jumper, in fact I like it so much that I also got it in another colour way, a cream colour with black frill detail on the sleeves, they also offer a grey version if I remember correctly. I have dressed my outfit down by contrasting my strcutured coat with my comfy vans and round sunglasses. I had my eye on the round raybands but found these imitation ones from Zara for half the price.
I am in love with this Zara bag. When I saw it i had to have it, its so unique and just so cute, its just big enough to just about fit in the essentials. I wouldn't normally go for such a bold colour however I think the burgundy is the perfect colour for fall and finishes off this outfit perfectly.
As the seasons are changing, I am thinking about my winter wardrobe and more importantly that perfect winter coat. Last year I had my eye on a few camel coats but never committed to buying one. This year I have found a fantastic bargin from New Look, at the moment they are offering fall discounts on outerwear and knitwear which is where I found this coat. The added bonus for me, is the fact that they offer a Tall range, which is great for someone like me who is on the taller side and often struggle to find well fitting coats, especially in the arm length department. This coat is effortlessly stylish, comfortable and warm.
Fall is here and it is the season for jackets. I got this classic Camo jacket from Topshop. It is easy to just throw on now that its beginning to get a little more chilly, as we are approaching November. Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, everything is so beautiful as the trees begin to change colour to rich reds, oranges and yellows totally transforming the landscape. This Camo jacket stood out to me because of details such as the tortoiseshell buttons and oversized pockets, which a lot of the other Topshop camo jackets didnt have. I have kept the element of casual by pairing the jacket with ripped jeans and boots.
Similar Jacket: Topshop
I have always had a slight obsession with handbags i'm not going to lie but until recently I usually purchased my bags from high street stores such as Zara, Topshop or Riverisland however, after stumbling upon the Camelia Roma instagram whilst flicking through my feed I knew I had to buy one of their bags. I had been searching for a Chanel esque cross body bag with a chain strap and reptile skin detail for sometime but nothing had captured my interest until I began to scroll through Camelia Roma's website. I spotted a few bags immediately that were my taste and fitted the criteria. I was after a bag that was slightly more high end than those in the retail shops and I certainly found what I was looking for, Camelia Roma's beautifully crafted Italian bags looked so luxurious and sophisticated I knew I just had to have one. I spent sometime on the website trying to decided on exactly which bag I would chose (there were so many that I loved) but finally settled on the leather shoulder bag in black (it also comes in a brown/tan colour, which I am very tempted to get at a later date). I found delivery was prompt and the cherry on top was the packaging. The bag was packaged in a white box with a black ribbon tied into a large bow on the front with a flower placed in the centre of the bow. This extra little touch does make you feel like you have spent your money wisely and that the presentation shows a certain level of quality. I will definitely be returning to Camelia Roma in the future i'm positive!
I have styled this Missguided blazer with blue jeans, a layered camisole and loafers for a casual summer look. Generally I am not a frequent suit/blazer wearer however after finding this piece online I thought I would try it out. I got the blazer in a size six, it fits well, with structured shoulders and is not restricting in anyway. I feel like I have a lot of casual bomber jackets however, wanted a jacket that was a bit more sophisticated and smart. My style is mainly casual on a day to day basis but sometimes its nice to switch it up a bit and try out something different. This tailored monochrome blazer gives the impression of looking more expensive than it is, if your looking for something affordable I would recommend this one hundred percent. One of my favourite aspects of this piece is the contrasted lapel on the blazer. I have also been hunting for a pair of mirrored sunglasses for quite some time now and finally found this pair, which I picked up from Topshop.
Meandering through Mikonos I feel like I am on the set of Mamma Mia, crystal clear blue water, blues skies and white washed buildings. I love the architecture of Greece, the unique and recognisable characteristics of Cycladic architecture, the bright blue paint on the shutters and doors against the white washed buildings, which are designed to keep the heat at bay throughout the hot summer days. Flat roofs and cubic shapes of the houses, which so i've read help to protect against the sometimes strong winds that sweep across Mikonos, which on our last day in Greece we experienced first hand. The winds reaching up to the speeds of 23 miles per hour on that particular day. I was also pleasantly surprised by the amount of flowers in bloom throughout the town, brilliant bright colours and fragrances, that creep up walls and trellises.
As we were wandering around the town we came across an art exhibition. As we were looking at the sculpture in the photo above the artist who's exhibition it was happened to come out and introduced himself. He told us that the horse sculpture was made from materials he used to cook with from his restaurant, old pots and pans and appliances, which I thought was pretty cool. As we continued to walk through the town we came across a more open but busy area, where many restaurants and cafes were, the interior design of a lot of the places to eat we quirky and modern with contemporary twists like the photo below.
Yes we did squeeeeeze through the tiniest street I think i've ever walked down...
At around eight O' clock we walked back up to the hill that the windmills were on to sit and watch the sun set. I don't think Ive ever taken the time to sit and watch a full sun set completely disappear from view, at home im surrounded by houses or buildings and in day to day life, I never really take much notice of it. Its quite surreal and calming to behold and the Greek sunset was just stunningly beautiful.
Today Joe and I made plans to visit Mikonos town as I had my heart set on going to find the historic Mikonos Windmills and walk around the town and explore a little more. We spoke to the hotel staff and they gave us a lot of information on what we could do there and when was best to go, they recommended we wait until later in the day than the morning as we had initially planned. The staff explained it would be too hot to walk around the town in the mid day heat and we would most likely get burtn! Instead they suggested it would be better if we were to relax and stay by the pool or beach durning the day, so we took there advice and spent they day poolside of the funky sun loungers, then ventured into Mikonos around 4pm.
Day Three in Mykonos! We decided to explore Ornos a little bit more and grab some more supplies from the shop in town. I am wearing mostly all Asos today, i've kept it light weight and breezy in my all white outfit. I adore this scallop style cami top from Asos. Its such a simple but effective piece, the cami is made from polyester so was very affordable however, it gives the impression of being a much more expensive, it is a sheer material but is not see through as most cheaper white cami's can be I find. I have paired the cami with this cotton skirt again from Asos. The white skirt has a double layer, almost like a slip underneath so again makes the skirt less see through. I liked the way paired together they almost resemble more of a playsuit, co-ord or dress which is cute and works well. I love the tiered effect of the skirt, it makes a simple item a little different and gives a nice structure to the outfit. All in all its a nice crisp, clean outfit for a hot summers day, its floaty and keeps you cool, which is always important.
White Scallop Cami: http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6533422&CTAref=Saved+Items+Page
Tiered Skirt: http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6650924&CTAref=Saved+Items+Page
Its day two in the gloriously sunny and beautiful Mykonos and myself and my boyfriend spent the majority of the day chilling by the pool, soaking up the sun and fully getting into vacation mode. I threw on this casual and comfy romper as the sun was starting to go down from Free Girl, an online shop I ordered from for the first time before this trip. I was searching for some outfit ideas for Greece and came across them, I found them on instagram and and happy with my purchase. The romper/playsuit is really cute and easy to wear, it fits pretty well. I sometimes have issues when ordering online, as I find a lot of clothing comes up quite short on me, this romper was a decent length however the arms were slightly on the shorter side, but I do have rather long arms so all in all I was satisfied. I loved the tassel detailing on the ties, which allows you to chinch it around your waist, creating more shape.
Playsuit / Romper: http://www.freegirl.co.uk/
Hi, my name is Kathleen. This blog is a collection of my thoughts, inspirations and interests as well as a place to share my fashion and beauty favourites!