A New Old Look

I had my first quality lie in for a while today, which has put me in a good mood and may explain why I felt the need to twirl around in this skirt! It was quite fun actually, I recommend you try it… There’s nothing I like more than a skirt that really fans out when you spin, because 1. it makes me feel like I’m in a cheesy old musical or something, and 2. it means you’re usually getting a decent amount of material for your money : ) and 3. I guess I’m just easily amused like that…

Famously, when Dior created the ‘New Look’, he used 20 yards of fabric per skirt – that’s alot of skirt, woah! It was also assumed that the more swing you had in your skirt, the more money you had in the bank! As for me, I bought this particular skirt in the Topshop sale for around £15 at the beginning of the summer, so I guess that idea doesn’t exactly ring true anymore, haha. (Hardly sets me up to look like an aristocrat anyway!) I’m also guessing that in those days, they didn’t have the option to bargain hunt online (or blog about it afterwards either, for that matter!)… lucky us, eh? Truthfully, I never really buy anything full price from Topshop, because I think often you can find similar pieces in other shops for less, so I use it more for inspiration than anything.

Dior’s ‘new look’ first made fashion history in 1947.

What drew me to this skirt in the first place it that I feel it has a certain Parisian charm about it, particularly because of the cream and black palette and clean lines (a la Chanel) and its also really comfortable to wear. Also, anything with a little bow detail somewhere is a winner in my book! I’ve kind of concluded that this kind of A-line skirt is well suited to my body shape, because I have quite muscular legs and a small waist – so this is perfect for balancing me out, and actually, if you look at the New Look pictures (above) its a similar silhouette – very feminine and flattering! I don’t really ever wear trousers either, so I’m always on the lookout for variations of this classic cut to add to my wardrobe.

As you can see, I’ve swapped in my Barry M Berry Ice Cream for Mint Green on my nails – its a tough choice choosing which to wear when you buy more than one shade of nail varnish in one go! This shade isn’t quite as pastel ‘mint ice creamy’ as I’d have liked, but I think the darker shade suits my olive skin tone more.

Thanks again for all of your comments – I really do appreciate them! I’ve also really enjoyed taking some time to visit some of your blogs too, I visit every one attached with your comments, there are some very lovely and interesting reads out there. You may have noticed, too, that I’ve been having a little fiddle around with the ‘look’ of the blog too, I hope you like it!

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Down with the Ducks

Having spent a day visiting monkeys earlier on in the week, and an afternoon in the park watching ducks (and puzzling over ducky-related facts) I must say I am feeling rather nature-tastic right now! Haha. When I was a little girl, I had a big obsession with ducks. I had the toys, the ornaments, and maybe the t-shirt too but in my old age I’ve lost track… and so my love was reignited today when Carrie and I stopped off by the pond for a leisurely chat to discuss our Mulberry must haves and whatnot. We also ‘befriended’ (if you can call it that…) one little lady duck who had a withered leg, poor little thing – we’re going back to feed her tomorrow, because all of the other ducks were being crazy when bread was getting thrown in, and her little bad leg stopped her getting any treats whatsoever, how unfair!

Back onto the subject of Mulberry… The one redeeming feature my town possesses, on the fashion front, is its Mulberry factory shop; which has become our little ‘default’ spot to visit on any occasion when we need a little fashion fix! That’s not to say we run on up (we drive, actually… there are far too many hills in Shepton Mallet!!) and burn out our cards on whatever we can get our hands on – we are students after all… but it makes a change from sitting around the house, and also how could we resist, having such a place on our doorstop?! It’s nice to dream, too, that one day, we might have enough money to go on a bit of a spree in there – but for now, we enjoy a little fantasy every now and then!

I found it particularly hard to leave this time since one bag had really caught my eye, aaah! I’ve checked and can’t spot it on the website, which isn’t surprising because the majority of pieces in the store are from previous seasons – but take it from me, its yummyyummy, and in my favourite colour (jade/emerald green) which gives it automatic bonus love points, it’s very ‘me’!

Also, I’m wearing one of my new Barry M nail varnishes today, Berry Ice Cream! What do you think? I love it, it reminds me of Parma Violets… which coincidentally, I don’t love all that much at all, but hey! And the blazer I’m wearing is my mum’s from the 90’s – what a delightful era, with delightfully huge shoulder pads to offer, so it seems… rugby player sized shoulders = tres chic!

I’m finally going charity shopping tomorrow for my party costume, lets hope I’ll find something good! I’m hoping to embrace the 90’s some more and do a bit of a Courtney Love slipdress and ripped tights look – we’ll see how that one pans out, hmmmmmm : )

Walking With Ghosts

Models: Alex and myself
Photographer: Carrie Harwood
Make up: Emily Dodge

Photographs edited by myself.

Its not every day that you get to dress up in a vintage Edwardian wedding dress and prance around a really beautiful old farm yard with some friends, taking photographs, but that’s what I did today!

I’ve wanted to do a ‘ghostly’ photoshoot for a while, so today we grabbed the opportunity before the four of us split off and go back to our respective universities, sob sob. The little back story we thought up was that there was a young, troubled married couple who lived in the Victorian times, who came to a nasty end one night when the poor, tormented husband lost his temper, and shot his wife before turning the gun himself… really lovely stuff, I know! Haha. We’re a charming bunch really, I promise! Since then, ‘our’ spirits wander the cobblestone yards day after day, confused about who we are, what we’re meant to be doing, and also most likely, why on earth some random family is living in and enjoying our house? Haha.

I can hardly call myself a photographer (I cheat most of the time I’m taking photos and use the auto settings, shhhh!) but I do love dressing people and/or myself up, taking some pictures, then taking to my office (well, bed…) with a nice cup of tea, ready for my favourite part – Photoshopping! I remember once in a media lesson, my tutor told us that film editors are generally VERY boring people, does the same go for people who find joy in editing images? Do I even need to ask? Haha, oh dear.

Which is exactly what I’m about to get back to now – and is how I’ve spent my Saturday night, tutor’s point proven, right? Oooops. Thank you to all of you have been visiting by the way, I’m really appreciative of everyone who takes time out to read my blog, and also to those of you kind enough to leave little comments for me : ) you’re all wonderful!

I hope you’ll all enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Love from Katie xoxo

P.S If you’re unfamiliar with Photoshop, and would like to know how to add a vignette (dark frame) to the photograph, like I did in the above images, its very easy! Just go to Filter > Distort > Lens Correction then play with the ‘Vignette’ toggles until you get the desired effect – simple! : ) Happy editing!


I didn’t make it to the charity shops on Wednesday in the end, I’ve been feeling a bit run down lately and by mid afternoon didn’t really feel like moving too far away from my bed. I blame working + being a veggie = not having as much energy as I’d like! Worry not though chaps, I’ve now invested in some good Multivits so I’m hoping to be live and kicking again in no time : ) and also, back to the gym… its been a while, oh dear. That inevitable first meeting with the treadmill is going to be painful.

This dress is another something from my wardrobe that has ‘faced the axe’ in the past – another H&M buy from a few years back, when I first started enjoying having my own money to buy clothes with (I went rather OTT it has to be said) and was enjoying a bit of 60s inspiration. I get quite sentimental about things I own, which is probably the main reason why this and the pussybow shirt from the post before this one are still hanging in there! I really do admire those amongst you who are able to clear out your wardrobes season to season and auction things off on eBay, because its something I’ve never managed to do – perhaps this could be something to consider for my 2011 new year’s resolution, eh?

Before I start to freak myself out over new year being not so far away, and start having a quarter life crisis (I really do know what ‘old’ people mean when they say time flies by… and am facing facts that I’m now one of them haha) I’ve been considering what I’m going to ask for for my 21st birthday, which is equally as scary and just around the corner, eek. I’m having a bit of a shoe-crisis currently – I really should stop buying £4 pairs from Primark, what do I expect?! My work shoes have just died a holey death, and my only other pair of flats will soon follow, so it makes complete sense that I ask for some good quality shoes for my birthday. I’m thinking this pair from Kate Kanzier, what do you think?

So as far as ‘life resolutions’ go, I think at the age of almost-21 I should accept that its time to shell out more than £5 on a pair of shoes… its a tough life, but I’m learning haha.

P.S Thanks to Sally Rose and Carrie for putting me onto Kate Kanzier!

Embracing Lace

I was hoping today to bring you some pictures of some cute monkeys, among other things, after my first trip to Monkey World in Dorset yesterday! However, I did a totally ‘me’ thing and forgot to put the battery back in my camera… not impressed one bit. So I couldn’t take any photos, apart from some nice pixellated ones on my Blackberry, hmph. Nevermind eh?

There has been a LOT of lace around lately. It’s been everywhere, which actually has kind of turned me off of it a bit. Its not because I’m worried about ‘selling out’ or anything like that, not at all… its just that when something becomes a dime a dozen it takes the element of novelty away. Anyway, I bought this pussybow shirt 3 years ago – a bit of a bargain from H&M; who doesn’t love a good buy one get one free offer?! Amazinggg. Since then, I’ve been through phases where I’ve had the urge to change my style, and have almost thrown it out a couple of times, eek! Luckily after the initial impulses had passed, I decided that it was worth keeping, and well, i’m glad it still remains part of my wardrobe today. I’m also glad that VOGUE has declared minimalism ‘in’, not because I’m into following trends so much, but more because my laziness when it comes to accessorising will now be seen as… well, not so lazy?

The bag is Primark, a kind of Mulberry Bayswater and Alexa hybrid (I have actually been asked a few times if it’s Mulberry) and best of all, only cost me £9. It has also made me appreciate the appeal of a simple, tan leather (faux, or fake) bag – no doubt, when this one ‘dies’, I’ll be buying one similar.

Am going charity shopping this afternoon to buy a wacky outfit for a party I’m going to next week, let’s hope the Charity Shop Fairy will bring me something magical!

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