Sealion and Flowers Ring
Aqua and Pearl Earrings
Silk and Lace Top Monsoon
Sparkle Patterned Jacket Charity Shop
Camel Skirt Primark
Patent Shoeboots Primark
Tights Tesco
Baroque Sunglasses eBay

I realised lately that most of my favourite clothes comes from charity shops, so for the time being, having not much money works for me because it means I can look for some thrifty finds when I’m out, instead of heading straight for somewhere a little more expensive! That said, this skirt is from Primark, and was in the sale for £5 – am I the only one who finds it unbelievable that Primark even has a sale?? Its so cheap to begin with, it seems crazy to me!

Anyway, this little jacket (I’m not quite sure what to call it!) was a £3.50 charity find, I love the pattern detail as well as the splashes of sparkle that glitter in the sun. I really love pieces like this that can smarten up an outfit, and think I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of it this summer; the short sleeves mean I can wear it over my summer dresses, without looking too bulky. Also, for all of you in the UK, you’ll be able to empathise with the fact that the weather can be a bit up and down, which means if it does get a bit chillier, this will serve as a good extra layer that won’t be too much, when the sun goes in – great! For £3.50 this is a definite steal, I would say.

I would urge all of you to have a rummage around your local charity shops; I’ve had some really great finds in the last couple of years, and often the clothes are cheap enough that you can make alterations if the fit isn’t quite right, without worrying about ruining an expensive garment! There are always those certain gems that are out to be found, too, which makes it all the more satisfying when you find them. Also, not to mention, the money is going to a good cause… so don’t be afraid to charity shop, there’s nothing frumpy/old ladyish about it, and you could end up saving yourself quite a bit of money when it comes to making fun new additions to your wardrobe!

Peace out for now everyone xxx


Hello everyone! Sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL for the last week or so, I’m in my final year of uni as most of you will know which means I have a lotttt of work to be getting on with! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make some more time for the blog over the next few weeks because I’ve been missing using my new camera, which is probably why today I had the urge to make this little video : )

The sun was out and shining, and it was nice and warm, so I thought I’d take some of the animals out in the garden to play with me! I’m going to be making a proper video for my new business venture Cherry Humbug tomorrow, but thought I would have a little play around today – say hello to my little friends! I am really excited to be graduating from university soon so I can make more videos, and do more photo shoots and anything else that takes my fancy – at the moment I am currently doing a lot of reading so I can write my marketing report, which I’m actually finding quite interesting… but let’s be honest, videos and are much more fun, right?!

I hope you like it! I’ll be doing an outfit post tomorrow, so, see you then – I hope you’ve all had a great Easter weekend and managed to eat all the chocolate you wanted!

Katie xoxox

Ruffle My Feathers

Parrotdise Feather Earrings
Baby Bear Ring
Silver Heart Sparkle Ring
Clown Collar Shirt New Look
Vest Top Unknown
Ruffle Skirt Next
Patent Shoeboots Mulberry
Tights Primark

First things first, how did the Easter Holidays come around so fast?? Not that we’re quite there yet, but it feels like Christmas happened two blinks ago – this year is going by so quickly! I will be putting together some unique little Easter gift ideas over at so keep an eye out of you’re looking for something special for a special someone : )

I bought this shirt back in the Summer, and have been wearing it a lot lately. Now the weather’s warmer, I can justify wearing a half-see through shirt – up until now its simply been far too cold, and I wouldn’t want to hide it under a big jumper because its one of my favourite items at the moment. You’ll be seeing a lot more of it this summer, for sure!

I’m so excited to be back in Somerset in a couple of months, where I’ll be moving in with two of my best friends (I’m very excited about this!) and will be converting my old room in my parents’ house into my Cherry Humbug office – my room is a little bit chaotic at the moment, it has truly been taken over by all of my stock! Its worth it though, I’m really enjoying sourcing fun jewellery for you all to enjoy!

I’m off to watch Dirty Dancing now with my uni housemates, cue ‘Time Of My Life’ and those dodgy mullets… see you soon everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful week : ) xxx

P.S Shout out to my housemate Gemma, since it was her turn to get roped into taking these pictures for me; and a very good job she did too… thanks Gem if you’re reading this!


I’ve been wanting to do video posts for a while now, but didn’t really want to use Photo Booth because the picture is so grainy; so now I have the video recording facility on my new camera, here I am! I’m finding this a bit cringey to be honest, but I just need to get used to it… hearing and seeing yourself speak is so horribe, isn’t it? Haha. I also hope no one will find my Somersetty accent annoying, because I’ve been told before that it is… by one of my friends! (Thanks!) I can’t really hear it myself, so I wouldn’t know how to get rid of it if I could!

But anyway! Sleek Make Up is a brand I really believe in, and I really enjoy the lipsticks I have, and wanted to pass on my recommendation because I’m a firm believer in good value for money – and Sleek totally fit the bill in that respect, as far as I’m concerned!

Anyway… if I disappear from the blogosphere forever after today, you can just assume that I was too embarrassed to come back! Haha. Happy watching I hope I won’t get on your nerves too much! : )

P.S I hope no one will snitch on me to my landlord for doodling on the window with lipstick! Sorry Mrs Rafferty…!

Sunday Lust List #7

01. I’m a big fan of Swedish Hasbeens, and when I saw these on ASOS they reminded me quite a lot of some of the designs I’ve seen before. These are pefectly chunky, as well as being in a great blush red that I think would look great with a little summer dress and some matching lipstick! I also really love the cutout detail, and because of the platform they probably wouldn’t be too uncomfortable. I’m a big fan of redesigned clogs, and these are pretty much the ideal as far as I’m concerned!

02. I really love a cute collar, but unfortunately since they became a ‘thing’, they’re two a penny on the high street and every other person seems to be wearing one at the moment. I’m a bit reluctant to buy peter pan collared shirts now because they don’t have that novelty appeal that they used to, so this would be the perfect solution to this; it would allow me to collar up my existing clothes, which would keep the look unique and a bit more fresh!

03. I spotted this cute little cushion on Gem’s blog, and simply had to put it on my lust list. I’m not sure where its from, but I love decorative items like this because they’re great for adding an air of eclecticism to a room – and positive thinking is the way forward, people!

04. I’m basically obsessed with lipstick at the moment, and I feel quite bare without it! I thought that with the addition of a Pink Glitter lipstick it would crank it up an extra notch on the dazzle scale… love it : )

05. It probably seems really childish that I would be wanting a marabou feather scrunchie! I promise I’m not having a mid life crisis… 90% sure anyway! I’m just forever compelled to decorate myself with feathers, and since I’ll be wearing my hair up a bit more from now on I’d really like one of these to put around a bun. Who’d have thought I’d be looking back to myself as an 8 year old for style inspiration?? Certainly not me, I can tell you that for nothing…

06. That dress, plus these coloured nails = a match made in heaven, don’t you think?!

06. And now, the holy grail. This dress is truly eye-poppingly epic! I would love to take this Versace creation for a spin at a cocktail party, its to die for… something tells me I won’t be having the funds to buy it anytime soon, but a girl can dream, right? B-E-A-U-tiful.

Baroque My World!

    Heart Drop Earrings
    Baby Bear Ring
    Baroque Sunglasses eBay
    Cable Knit Jumper Ralph Lauren Polo
    Collared T-Shirt Dorothy Perkins via Charity Shop
    Skirt River Island
    Lace Up Wedges Primark
    Bow Belt from an H&M Skirt
    Handbag Mulberry ‘Neely’

    For those of you who have been following Cherry Humbug for a while, you might remember that I put the Prada Baroque Sunglasses on this Sunday Lust List last July. I’m afraid my craving for them never quite went away, and with Summer on its way again, and with all of my other sunglasses broken or lost, I felt it was time to indulge myself in their amazingness!

    Needless to say, being the thrifty kind of girl that I am (and a student, living on a budget!) I could in no way justify spending £200+ on the real McCoy – and luckily for me, eBay fronted up the goods once again, and so here we are! I’m in love with them, and am determined to take good care of them so I can enjoy them all Spring/Summer long ❤

    Speaking of Prada, one of my friends compared this River Island skirt to some of the designs from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection; the same that the sunglasses came from. I suppose without realising it, I’m becoming quite the Prada fan! There have been a couple of pieces on my Lust Lists from both Prada and Miu Miu, so I’m guessing Ms Miuccia’s creations are really hitting my buttons at the moment – now all I need to do is win the lottery… shouldn’t be too hard, right?!

    It was a joy to be reunited with my camera remote (last mention of this I promise!) so I could photograph my outfit today with my Canon 5D Mkii. As you can see, there is a vast difference between the quality of this and my trusty old 400D, which has found a new home with one of my best friends, and soon to be housemate, Stewart. You’ll probably be seeing more of him in posts to come, he’s quite the little poser! Haha : )

    Today hasn’t been all that eventful, I had a couple of parcels to pick up from the Post Office (one ties in with the tutorial I’ll be doing soon!) and have just been running other errands and settling back in at my uni house. So not much to report on! The weather has been a joy, as you can probably tell because for once I’m not wearing tights or jeans – woohoo! Fingers crossed that it’ll last, everyone!

    Katie xxx

Paisley Passion

Cute Snake Necklace
Earrings Unknown
Paisley Shirt New Look
Vest Top Can’t remember
Lipstick ‘Mystic’ by Sleek Make Up

I wasn’t planning on doing an outfit post today, but my friend Charlie came round in time to catch the light so I got her to take a couple of snaps for me on the new camera! I can’t wait to be reunited with my remote control so I can take my outfit post photos myself easily – I’m going back to Rochester tomorrow so its all good : ) I’m hoping to train up my mum and my soon-to-be housemates so I can have some help with photo taking, it can be really hard sometimes trying to do it myself and I never seem to get the results I hope for, so with any luck that’ll change soon! This shirt was a Christmas present about 4 years ago. When I was little I used to have little Paisley handkerchiefs, so my mum bought me the shirt for nostalgic reasons. I still get a good amount of wear out of it even now, which is good – I’m not too fussed about whether something is ‘in’ fashion or not, as long as I like it, its all good!

The weather today has been absolutely gorgeous. I’m in Somerset, and since my parents are away I’ve been looking after Bug for the last couple of days; dog walking is such a pleasure when the sun is out! I managed to venture out today coatless, which was lovely – summer is on its way, I’m so happy! I’m also really excited to be moving home to Somerset once I graduate from uni; more about that later on : )

I have a really exciting tutorial coming up for you soon, which I think a lot of you will really enjoy. I won’t say anything just yet because I want it to be a surprise, so watch this space…

Hope you’ve all had a good week so far! xoxox

P.S the light/lack of shadow makes it look like I Photoshopped the snake necklace on afterwards… this isn’t the case, weird! Haha oh dear.


Polka Dot Shirt Charity Shop
Skirt Next
Boots Emma Cook for Topshop
Tights Primark
Lipstick Vamp by Sleek Make Up

I know I’ve already done a post today, but I figured that if I have the content, I may as well post it up! This post is a bit of a testament to what I’ve been saying about my camera upgrade; there’s a stark difference between using the 400D with the kit lens, and the 5D Mk II with my 50mm lens! Like I said last post, I’m currently remote control-less at the moment, and have to use my wide lens on the 400D for outfit posts, and I’m using the 5D for any other shots that I can hand-hold.

No matter how long you’ve been visiting my blog, you may have never seen me with my hair up – but alas, it happened today! I feel a bit bare but as they say, a change is as good as a rest, right? As you may have noticed, I’m wearing polka dots again… what can I say?! I’m also wearing my parrot earrings which you’re probably fed up of seeing by now! I’m trying to be good with my stock and not keep too much of it for myself – so far I’ve kept one necklace, one pair of earrings and three rings for myself, which is quite good given that I’m easily tempted, especially where jewellery is concerned! Haha.

I got this shirt from a charity shop, for a really good price. Its not my size, but I find that I’m quite lenient when it comes to that kind of thing, and oversized charity-shop-found shirts are fast becoming a wardrobe staple of mine! The skirt is one I got years ago from Next, and the boots are the Emma Cook for Topshop 2009 boots that I’m determined to get some more wear out of/wear them enough that they become comfortable. The problem is with my university campus, is that its up a reallly steep hill, so I rarely (if ever…) wear heels when I’m in Rochester. Also, strangely, the pavements seem to have some kind of slopey-ness going on around the Rochester area, which means 90% of the time when I’m wearing any kind of heels, I’m aware of the fact that I’m probably going to fall over and break my neck! Not cool.

If you haven’t seen Bug before, here he is! He’s become quite accustomed to having his photo taken since he’s my favourite subject… and I’m quite sure now that he even has a few poses he likes to do when the camera comes out! A little fun fact for you is that Bug helped inspire the name ‘Cherry Humbug’ when I first started my blog! By the way, if like other people, you’re tempted to ask me why on earth we’d call a dog ‘Bug’, we got him already-named from a rescue centre, so you’ll have to forgive me that one… I think it rather suits him, he’s a funny little thing!

Qoo Qoo

After reading about this amazing Latvian brand Qoo Qoo on Fiona’s blog, Save Our Shoes, I simply had to check out the website to get a taste for more of their ethereal yet funky creations. Having always been fascinated by the sea, and the creatures that live in it (you can probably put that down to the fact I watched The Little Mermaid about 3000 times throughout my childhood…) these underwater and aquarium inspired dresses are right up my street! The graphic prints are done in a way which is both really cute and also a little bit off the wall – perfect! Check out those seals, they look a teensy bit piggy-faced to me; I absolutely love them!

There’s something quite 80’s about the use of the blue and purple shades together, and I’m pretty sure if I’d have been less of a tomboy when I was younger, I would’ve absolutely loved to have these to dress up in! Perhaps that’s why I have finally embraced my girlie side, and it also explains why at the ripe old age of 22, I’m still attracted to clothes which look like they could be worn by my 10 year old self, had I not disliked clothes and shopping so much! I know – I’m as shocked as you are… its true though, my mum has many a painful tale to tell over me and my ‘clothes issues’! (Sorry Mum <3)

I’m also pretty obsessed with these Ultragirl Pink Bow jelly flats by Melissa, and think they’d look amazing paired up with any one of these dresses. The other option would be to wear some really aggressive shoe boots with them, along with some opaque white tights, wouldn’t that look great? Anyway, speaking of jelly shoes (again) anyone would think I was having a quarter life crisis, right?? I can assure you that I’m not, and that I’m simply going through a bit of a ‘pink and fluffy’ phase at the moment, and that these to me are pretty much the modern equivalent of the Cinderella shoe – with an edge, of course. Vivienne Westwood can me my fairy rock-mother any day of the week, for that matter! Melissa shoes are definitely rocking my world at the moment, I can’t get enough of those delectable candy shades which would be perfect for the summer, yummy!

Don’t forget to check out Qoo Qoo for yourself, there are a variety of other wonderful prints too, from Dog collages all the way through to wintery Icelandic prints, definitely worth a look if you ask me! : )


Polka Dot Shirt Charity Shop
Skirt New Look
Faux Suede Boots Primark
Tights Tesco
Lipstick Mystic by Sleek Make Up

Hey everyone! First off, I just want to say sorry if these photos look a bit ‘overly Photoshopped’ – as with any others that look that way on the blog, often the light in the photographs requires a fair bit of colour correction, and since I’m still using my old Canon 400D I struggle a bit to get good resolution/quality at 620px wide without images being grainy – hence the Photoshopping!

In other news, my *NEW* camera arrived today, yay! I made the foolish mistake of thinking the kit lens from my 400D would fit my 5D Mark II, which means for the time being I only have my 50mm lens and no remote control = out of focus self timer photos! So, I’m sticking with my 400D until I can get my hands on my remote (which I forgot to bring to Somerset from my uni house in Rochester, oops!) which is a little bit annoying because I’ve been so excited about using my new one, but hey ho : ) and on the plus side, I managed to find a tripod which isn’t broken which is a huge help! ❤

As for the outfit, the polka dot shirt was a charity shop find, and for something like £3.50 it was a definite bargain! If you're a follower of my blog, you'll probably realise by now that I quite like polka dots, haha. The skirt was a gift from one of my best friends Charlie; she didn't think it suited her so she donated it to me, which I'm really happy about because I'd been eyeing these skirts up in New Look over Christmas, and burnt orange is a colour I really love – a match made in heaven, you could say? I love the 60's vibe it gives off. The boots are a few years old, but still a favourite item of mine – I get quite a lot of compliments on them, and no one ever believes me when I say they were only £15 from Primark! See ladies, there's solid proof that people can't generally tell how much of a cheapskate you might be! Haha : )

I'm currently planning my first video post – woohoo! I've been wanting to do one for such a long time, and so in celebration of the new camera I think its about time it happened, what do you think? Feeling a little bit nervous; its easy enough posting photos up, but there's a lot more to think about when it comes to talking to a camera without sounding like a loser… we'll see how it goes!

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