24 December 2010
Lauren Conrad's book: Style.
Now, i have always been an avid LC fan, and also a complete book worm, but this made me fall in love with her all over again. I've followed her from Laguna Beach, through The Hills and beyond - and this has just topped it all off. Now, i've read my far share of books (so my acheing bookcase would tell you) but i'm going to make a bold statement and say -
that this is my most favourite book, i've ever read.
It combines my absolute love of fashion and style, and is written in a beautiful mix of chatty and helpful. Without sounding very arrogant, the writing style reminds me very much of myself. I'm unsure if it's because she writes with a similar style to mine, or if it's because she sort of reminds me, well, of me! Either way, i've already read it once and am starting on it again! It gave me the boost i've been waiting for, to have an extreme, and brutal, clear out of eveyrthing i own - from clothes to shoes, from tights to nail polish! Now i've read every one of Gok Wan's books, and i'm in love with him as much as the next person, but his books never showed me the passion i was looking for. Until i found this book, i was waiting for that passion.
(I also thought i'd show you a sneak peek at what i bought for the mr!)
That would be 2kg of jellybelly jellybeans! A little extreme, maybe, but he loved it and i'm very pleased with myself!
I hope you all have a merry little christmas, and a cracking new year!
10 December 2010
These simple, black leggings are PURRRfect for me as they're from the lovely next TALL range! As a rather tall lady, i find it difficult to find trousers/leggings that are long enough for my fabulously long legs! After casting aside topshop, new look and dorothy perkins leggings, i finally landed on this perfect pair. They're soft, they're stretchy and what's even better is that (so far) they don't go baggy at the knee, which i have found in most other leggings! That is my pet peeve and i'm glad i've finally landed on these to keep my legs nice and cosy this winter! (However, i am wearing a pair of gorgeously warm tesco tights underneath, as it's particularly nippy at college!)
For any others of you long legged beautys out there, i seem to have tried and tested a whole lot of long items in my time, and here is my quick summary!
Despite being, a lot of the time, out of my price range and being pretty pricey (for highstreet) at a purse draining £40 a pair, Topshop jeans are my favourite of favourites. They're soft and cosy, and they keep they're fabulous shape. Whether they're flared or skinny, my ultra fave being super skinny, these jeans are the best! If you're desperate for that new pair of jeans and are flagging a bit in the bank balance, this month, they take a look at Dorothy Perkins jeans, they're not as well fitting as others, i've found, but ranging from £12 (in the sale) and £20 otherwise, to about £30, they're worth the money. I've found they're well made and the denim is always at a very good quality. I am also an avid wear-er of leggings, and also jeggings (jean leggings), (i know a lot of peole think they're a complete fashion faux pas but i find them comfortable, stylish (when dressed well) and flattering for my long, slim frame.) and as i said above, i have found that Next have fabulous both leggings and jeggings. I am always on the hunt for new Tall collections and am interested in any suggestions you may have!
Where are your favourite collections? Or are you petite and have some favourite petite ranges you'd like to share? I'm always interested!
28 November 2010
A Life In The Day: Alexandra Schulman
Editor of Vogue UK for 16 years; Named one of the most powerful women in fashion, a working mother and an outwardly strong and passionate, modern day woman.
Spending time with my son is something I wish I could do all day, every day but it isn’t practical or realistic. My very early mornings are swamped with preparing for the difficult questions and problems of the long day ahead; as well as juggling spending time with my son, before he goes to school.
After growing up in such a creative, and hard-working, family, my mother being a journalist/editor and my father a critic, it may have seemed like my only option was this path – but it was also the only one that felt right.
Being the editor of Vogue for 16 years is something that I am proud to brag, and boast, about, as I believe it’s an honour and a privilege. Despite the pressures of such a high-powered job, I feel like a free spirit. I spend my life feeling 25, wafting around in second-hand cocktail dresses, when in reality I’m just your average 47-year-old businesswoman.
I lead an exciting, fast paced life – it’s fabulous bus I’m fed up of anorexia, drug abuse and every other teenage related issue being pinned on me, and my magazine. I really wish that models were a bit bigger because then I wouldn't have to deal with this the whole time. There is pressure on them to stay thin, and I'm always talking to the designers about it, asking why they can't just be a bit closer to a real woman's physique in terms of their ideal, but they're not going to do it. Clothes look better to all of our eyes on people who are thinner. I have written to designers to draw their attention to the situation calling for larger sized samples to be produced, but alas, my plead just seems to fall on deaf ears. We’re so stuck in a rut, it’s hard to change how we think things should look, and be.
“Anti Fashion” is spreading, globally, and is becoming a ridiculous issue. Our industry is all about expression, it’s supposed to be a lift in our day-to-day lives. With my job, I am expected to be obsessed with retail and all the latest trends but I think i’m just a real sucker for that feeling that your world can change because of something you’ve bought, whether it’s not in the shops yet or vintage.
I have one of the most high-power, high-pressure jobs; add single mother to my job description and things can get pretty hectic. Despite being criticized and scrutinized every day of my life, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I have to say, that my Mr is also a dab hand in the kitchen! Considering he's a student he feeds & looks after me very well! We had stir fry as well! But for our final night, i bought us a takeaway, yummm. It's just rubbish he's so far away!
& Finally seeing my gorgeous Mr's new glasses! Also Yummmmm.
All in all i had a fabulous weekend! It's making me more & more excited about my future, hurry up present - i've got lots to look forward to!
16 November 2010
I don't think that Kate would ever think of having anything like that, but i don't think the royals would let her have anything too simple, and go under the radar, either! Personally, i think she would look devine in a simple, but extravagent gown, maybe a Vera Wang or maybe something a little more interesting but equally as elegant - an Oscar De La Renta, (his fall 2011 collection is gorgeous! Check it out Here)
(In white, obviously!)
I just hope that the royals give them enough room for Kate to decide how she wants her special day!
15 November 2010
I find travelling quite a personal thing, but it wasn’t always this way. In the past, I felt that a journey was only about getting from A to B, doesn’t matter how, it’s just a way to get where you need to be, but this is no longer about the past – it’s all about my present and future. I have never really enjoyed travelling, until I really needed to do it. From never having been on a bus on my own, to travelling across London, with a suitcase, to get to my final destination – Southampton, all by myself. But now I have the bug.
There has never been a time in my life where travelling has been more important to me, and my daily life, than it is now. Whether it’s travelling to college, half an hour down the road, or travelling to see my boyfriend, about four hours away, in Southampton. Wherever my journey takes me, I now thoroughly enjoy every second. I have come to be a regular train passenger, and I enjoy every step. I’m quite a city girl, so the hustle and bustle of train stations keeps me excited. Obviously, my favourite journey is to Southampton, as the reward of my journey is the most wanted, needed and most exciting. However, they do say absence makes the heart grow fonder! It is, probably, also the most complex. However, it is split into manageable chunks – Huntingdon to London, Kings Cross – London Kings Cross, Southbound Victoria Line, to Warren Street – Warren Street, Southbound Northern Line, Waterloo – Waterloo to Southampton Central.
Regardless of being an avid train user, my other favourite way of travelling is by car – my car. Despite taking almost a year to learn to drive, consistent putting off of my driving test, due to nerves, I now love to drive. Knowing that it’s all down to me to get myself around, the independence I have always wanted. Preferably on my own, and it usually is (unless going to college), I can listen to my music and go wherever I want to go. However, driving with passengers is just as exciting – now we have the opportunity to get ourselves around, it gives my friends and I the perfect excuse to take adventures to nearby cities and attractions.
Now all my friends, and boyfriend, are off at universities – pretty much all the most important things to me are a journey away. They’re scattered all over the country, from the north to the south, and the only way to keep things the way I want them is to travel all over the place.
Whether it’s by car, train, bus or aeroplane – I have the bug. You could say it’s been forced upon me, but either way, I’m appreciative of this change and I wouldn’t want to change things – not for a while, anyway.
A cheeky little Brach's Cinnomon Hard Candy! (I don't like cinnamon, but it's the thought that counts!)
14 November 2010
I'm sure you all have your own feelings about what makes christmas, christmas, BUT the one thing that really means it's christmas for me is..
THE COCA COLA CHRISTMAS TRUCK ADVERT!
And i have finally seen it for the first time, this year! Nestled between the x factor, there it was! The infamous tune, the sparkling christmas lights and the little boy desperate to see the truck!
I can sleep happily tonight, knowing that the christmas season is not too far away!
I don't know if anyone else has seen it yet, but the new John lewis christmas advert is not only a-dorable, but the music is gorgeous. Ellie Goulding isn't my number one go-to when i'm looking for new music to download but i have to say that her cover of 'Your Song' is simply lovely. Her voice compliments the lyrics beautifully and gives the song a whole new meaning than the Moulin Rouge version we have all come to know & love.
Check out the advert Here and the video for Goulding's 'Your Song' cover Here. Both are lovely, and have a lovely emotional feel - something to shed a tear to!
13 November 2010
BUT is it just me, or have her roots miraculously appeared on this weeks x factor!?
WHAT IS GOING ON!
However, nothing makes me more excited for this sparkly time of year than christmas advertising! And i have to say, my favourite so far is the M&S christmas musical! Packed with snow, dancing and celebrities - it's the perfect christmas package!
Check it out here Here!
(Also, if you pay the marksandspencertv channel a visit, it has behind the scenes videos and interviews with all the celebs who took part in the making of this fab advert!)
(ANNNNND, keep your eyes peeled at the end because my friend got the part for one of the dancing santas! He's a fabulous dancer, that attends Laines Theatre Arts! (He has also recently danced at GAY with Kerry Ellis! JEALOUS.) But i think that this is a brilliant claim to fame!)
The gorgeous (detachable) red, leather bow; The super high heel and the fabulous large leopard print - YUM-MY. If only i had £160 to spare!
Here are a few others that have tickled my fancy!
12 November 2010
I'm sure you've all, at least, heard of the Turner Prize - four contemporary artists nominated to win one prestigious award. The maximum age of entry is now fifty, which i personally think is too old - i think young, new, up and coming artists should get the chance to be nominated and at least get recognition for their work. ANYWAY, if you don't already know these are this years four nominees:
He was born in Bristol, in 1960. He studied at Central St Martins, London, and at the Royal College of Art, London. He now lives and works in London. He has been nominated for his solo exhibition at Tate St Ives of paintings, that draw upon historical tradition as well as contemporary cultural and political events.
She was born in La Coruña, Spain in 1965. She moved to the UK in 1987 and studied at Goldsmiths College, London and the Slade School of Art, London. She now lives and works in London. She's been nominated for her solo exhibition, After, at Camden Arts Centre, London. SHe uses the language of painting and sculpture to create striking works that combine formal tension with a deeper emotional presence.
She was born in 1965, in Glasgow. She studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and the The University of Ulster. She now lives and works in Berlin. She's has been nominated for the presentations of her work, Lowlands, at the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and 'Long Gone' in the group exhibition Mirrors at the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo, Spain. She uses her own voice to create uniquely evocative sound installations that play upon and extend the poetics of specific, often out-of-the-way spaces.
The Otolith Group was founded in 2002 by Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar. Eshun was born in London in 1966. He studied English Literature at University College, Oxford. Sagar was born in London in 1968. She studied Anthropology and Hindi at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. They have been nominated for their project 'A Long Time Between Suns', which took the form of exhibitions at Gasworks and The Showroom, London with accompanying publication. The collaborative and discursive practice of The Otolith Group questions the nature of documentary history across time by using material found within a range of disciplines, in particular the moving image.
NOW, i have to say, i'm not one for having humongous opinions on things - but i personally think there is a real lack of interest in these finalists. The Turner Prize is supposed to be about the best of British contemporary art, and i think these don't show the young British art scene in a particularly exciting, or interesting light! I think Susan Philipsz has the best work out of these four, but even her work doesn't exactly stand out to me. I think it's about time that the Turner Prize considered younger, and fresher artists!
What do you think? Who's your favourite? & do you think the age limit should be lowered or increased?
10 November 2010
It's called American Sweets and it's fabulous! They sell all your american favourites from Hershey's to Twizzers, from Mountain Dew to Root Beer! They have everything an all american (loving) girl could want! You should definitely check out their website, as their prices are also brilliant! They also have a range of British products that you maybe can no longer source - take a look, you may be surprised!
I've already ordered my sweet treats! What are your american favourites?
9 November 2010
28 October 2010
After scouring the internet in search of inspiration, i finally landed myself at
So, by taking a leaf out of Jen's book and not going running in with what i want to do for the rest of my life and how many children i want, i think i'll just start with a few basics: -
My name is Kathryn, Kat and for the past 4 years i have also been known as Legs. It's a nickname given to me by an old friend, purely because i have always had height on my side and to go with that - longer legs than most. I used to hate it, but have come to terms with it and learnt to love them - and now, it doesn't stop me doing anything! (Even wearing platform heels, when i'm towering over everyone) I am 18 years old and am currently studying on an Art Foundation Course. It's not the most exciting thing in the world, but i know that it's going to help me along to where i want to go; which is university (next September (hopefully)) studying Fashion Advertising/Fashion Writing/Fashion Communication.