Lipsy Dipsy Daisy

Oh lipsy, how I do love you. Have you ever noticed how a lipsy dress always seems to flatter you in all the right places? You walk around wearing it, feeling like a complete and utter sass-queen. But have you ever brought a lipsy dress… in the sale?!

Oh how much more exciting it is to wear that £65 dress that you brought for just £32. Especially with a handsome, suited & booted guy like Ben on your arm!

We had a wonderful time at our friend’s wedding recently – I adore having an occasion to dress up for. This embroidery lipsy dress was a last minute purchase after a tonne of panic shopping, and I am so glad I found it in the sale! The blue really stood out and was just absolutely perfect for the occasion.

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Katy xx

Pixel2Print: Bringing Instagram to Life

I recently had the opportunity to receive numerous free prints of my choice from printing company, Pixel2Print, to see if I could use them for my blogging – I have been so impressed by the experience, that I NEED to rave about it to you.

*Before I go any further, I want to make it super clear that I received the prints free of charge from Pixel2Print, in exchange for the opportunity to try them out – this review is entirely my own opinion and I’d like to thank Pixel2Print for the wonderful  opportunity!*

The Power of a Backdrop

A backdrop is powerful in your content. It’s completely underestimated, but completely vital for a good feed.

When you look at certain blogs and Instagram feeds, themed content is always more engaging – isn’t that just how it is? As a predominantly lifestyle-based blogger, I find it really difficult to create any sort of ‘theme’ in my Instagram and blog, purely because my life doesn’t have one! I don’t just wear pink clothes, or drink from white mugs, I don’t live in a white box, or have marble kitchen tops… Life isn’t always Instagrammable!

So I explored a way of using the opportunity with Pixel2Print to create more themed content which could look professional, whilst sticking to the type of content I wanted to share – By no means does my Instagram feed have a consistent theme, but I like to create splashes of linked content every now and again!

I chose three high resolution pictures that I thought would make cool backgrounds – A blue splashy effect, a pink splashy effect and of course, marble. To find these pictures, I wanted to make sure that I could use them, so I searched for copyright free images and discovered a few free pictures that I liked via vecteezy.com.

Pixel2Print then printed my backdrops in their three most popular print types and sent them to me. The delivery and print experience was super speedy – my prints arrived the next day in perfect condition!

Each type of print is different – some are glossy whilst others are more matte. I personally think I have preferred the glossy prints, but the matte are equally as useful, especially when combining the two together…

So what do they look like on my feed? Here are a few snaps of my Instagram feed recently…

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To fit into a lifestyle blogger’s feed, you don’t need to use the prints in every post. Instead, I have tied in the colours to a few photos that link e.g. the last few shots have a pink theme, in contrast to the blue theme which tied in from the print alongside my trip to the seaside! And it isn’t all about a ‘theme’ – its about creating neat and tidy looking content which engages with my followers.

Since using this more tactical approach to Instagram, I have seen my average likes soar from around 15 per photo to 30/40 per photo – isn’t that evidence enough that this works?! Here are a few shots of what my feed would generally look like before the prints…

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My feed was messy and inconsistent, and would drive me insane! But now, I make sure to incorporate the prints into my feed to help tie my content together more – they gave my feed a natural flow.

Thank you so much to Pixel2Print for sending me the free samples, I will certainly be looking into getting a few more different colours and styles to experiment with!

If you want to check them out, here is their website for all your printing needs –Pixel2Print!

Happy New Year – it’s 2017!?

It is officially 1st January 2017, an entirely new year. I am so excited to start 2017 with a fresh mindset and a new tonne of goals that I want to see fulfilled by this time next year! Bring it on!

A new year shouldn’t be about a ‘new’ you. Why? Because you are already a brilliant person as you are, so why would you want to be any different? Instead, it should be a blank page. Not a blank page ready for lots of big changes, but instead, a blank page for you to fill with all your hopes and dreams and aspirations for the year ahead!

Aim to live life to the fullest, and you’ll see positive changes in yourself without aiming to directly make them. Keep a positive attitude about the year ahead, because you can only go up from here.

I hope you all celebrated the new year in style and are excited for what 2017 has to bring! Happy 2017 everybody!

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“Describe happiness without saying a word”

Ask me this question and I will show you this video. The moment I could finally see Ben, after 3.5 months in training, and after witnessing him in his passing out parade, feeling so overwhelmingly proud of the man he had become. This, is happiness.

As the sun sets…

Good evening bloggers! Thought I’d wish you all a good evening/night/day depending on where you are in the world today…

Myself and my sister have just had these shots taken as the sun is setting this evening and I figured I’d share them with you and remind you how precious family really is! My sister is my best friend and we might argue (a lot!) but I’d be lost without her 🙂

Speak again soon! 

Katy xx

Molly’s 21st Birthday

Hi everyone!

Last weekend, my big sister turned 21 years old… 21! *shouts 21 in the voice of that vine kid for the next week*

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To celebrate the occasion, the weekend planning was left to me… And we had an amazing weekend, because, well – I am the best. I really am. Okay so maybe not the best, but we had an epic time! Lets start at Friday…

I decided to book Friday afternoon off work in order to prepare for the weekend, so left work at lunch time. There is no greater feeling than leaving work at lunchtime on a Friday. No greater.

Once I was home, it was decorations time! I had a trusty team of helpers (well, Mom and Ben…they were useful) who helped me decorate the house with balloons, banners and these weird streamer things (?!) from all the windows.

We invited a tonne of Molly’s friends round for a pre-drinks get together, allowing me to play hostess, providing pizza and snacks. (Guys, I ruled at this hosting thing.)

We then went out to town and partied the night away at Snobs. For those of you who don’t know, Snobs is a timeless classic here in Brum. Those that say Snobs is a bad night, do not understand Snobs. They are Snobs themselves! WE HAD A GREAT NIGHT!
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On Saturday, we were all a little fragile. When I say ‘we’, I mostly mean myself. My hangover defeated me.

But come 5:30, we were out again, enjoying a dinner out with our dad, boyfriends, uncles, aunties and cousins (Chinese Buffet Island – look it up. Fan-tas-tic.)

So it was definitely a well earned early night for me on the Saturday, ready for Molly’s birthday the next day. And yes. Lets not forget. Molly Love, is of course, a Valentines Baby!

14th February: Valentines Day aka Molly’s 21st

I woke up on Sunday to a delivery from my beloved beau – it was adorable. 12 red roses, two teddies and a cute balloon. I was totally feeling the love.

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But of course, Valentines day isnt just Valentines Day… its Molly’s birthday! To celebrate, I am taking Molly to London for the first weekend in March. I’m planning lots of cute lunches and dinners, sight seeing and general tourist crap that everyone enjoys. PLUS we’ll be indulging in the shops – perfect.

One of my Mom’s gifts however, took place on that very day! SPA DAY! The three of us enjoyed massages and facials whilst circulating between the steam room and jacuzzi, indulging in a wonderful afternoon tea afterwards. We had a perfect day, and it was so nice to spend some time with just my beautiful mom & sister.


 

So that was our weekend! It was pretty busy and I certainly went on a roller coaster of feelings, from excited to nauseas to full with chinese to relaxed… but it was a perfect weekend.

To finish the post, I’d like to share with you a video I made for my sister’s 21st. Theres lots of home videos in it, so I hope you enjoy… p.s. i was a cute kid.

Love  Katy xx

 

 

 

Work’s Annual Party

Hey everyone! Today I’m feeling a teeny bit fragile after a fantastic night out last night at our work’s annual party… We celebrated in style with a Brazilian theme featuring people on stilts dancing to a chorus of drums, and glitter and feather covered ladies dancing on the floor – all night, with a free bar (Too. Much. Wine.)

It was an amazing night and I had such a good night! So I thought I’d give you a Sunday Funday style post sharing pictures from the night! Make sure to add me on snapchat (katylouise15) to keep up with things I’m up too, and to see all these cringeworthy drunken selfies I’m about to share with you….

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New Video: Me Singing!

Hi guys! It’s been 2 YEARS since I properly uploaded a video onto YouTube with just me singing alone, but today I have ended the silent period and uploaded!

Please check out the link and share it wherever you can! The song is all about losing someone important, and looks at how sometimes it is the people we think are building us up that are just always knocking us down again… I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you like it!

Lots of love
Katy xx

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A Level Results, Fancy New Career and a Hot Sunny Holiday…

Hello everybody and welcome back to my little space on the internet! I have so much to talk to you about today, and I’m honestly not quite sure where to start! I’ve been having so much fun lately, and if you follow my Instagram or Snapchat (katylouise15), you’ll likely know more than I will write about today (such as Nerf wars & Ukuleles!) To keep things at a reasonable length and enjoyable read for you, I’ll just stick to three BIG things i’ve been up to recently!

Let’s start from the beginning…Sort of…

The ‘Hot Sunny Holiday’

I’ve been on holiday! 7 days in the hot sun in Cala D’or, Majorca, spent with my Dad, Step-Mom, Sister, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin & his girlfriend (That’s a lot of Brummies!) I had an ace time soaking up the sun, eating ice cream and tasty meals every night, and making memories that will last for a very long time, such as jumping off of a big boat in the middle of the sea and going for a swim! Okay I confess – I PERSONALLY didn’t jump off of the boat, or slide down the huge slides that were attached of either end of the boat, purely because I’m not my most confident in water… but I DID get in and have a swim. And it was amazing! The holiday was a real treat and I enjoyed every single day, even if I was practically melting in the 37 degree heat every day, with no air-con to retreat back to (Never again will I go without air-con!)

Here are a few pictures of our lovely stay – enjoy!

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The Fancy New Career

I finally know what I’m doing in September! I finally have a job! And I am over the moon!

Before I went away, I had an interview with a big law firm at their Birmingham offices, hoping to become a legal apprentice within their Real Estate group… and I received an offer of employment the following week whilst I soaked up the sun in Majorca – It was surreal. I begin at the end of September, and am so excited to finally have something to tell people about, because i’ve really struggled with finding which route to take whilst almost everyone around me seemed to be going to university. The job is a blessing and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with such an amazing company and start my career at such a fantastic place!

A Level Results

Today’s date is Thursday 13th August 2015, aka A Level Results Day. I have been (as you know already..) extremely nervous about today for a very long time, after working to levels I never knew existed before the world of A Levels – and I am THRILLED to let you know that it was all worth it!

I received a B in Geography, B in Business Studies, and Distinction* (A* equivalent!) in Law. It is an amazing day for me today, and these past few weeks have been a whirlwind due to suddenly seeing results from my hard work; I’ve never been so happy!

The best thing about getting such brilliant results is that I finally feel like I have proven myself against all the odds which were set up, saying I wouldn’t catch up, then saying I shouldn’t expect higher than a D grade… So take it from me, on a day of complete and utter happiness due to being filled with a sense of accomplishment – if anyone tells you that you can’t do something, if anyone ever predicts your result, or if anyone ever puts you down before you’ve even tried… do it anyway, because proving them wrong is the best feeling out there.

So here’s to the future everybody! Everything finally seems to be going right for me recently, and I couldn’t be happier! I hope that if you received your results today you received the results you worked for, and are super proud of yourself – but remember that if they didn’t go so well, don’t let teachers or parents or any other figure in your life stop you from making the next choice if it’s what you want, because its our own choices which lead us to the best pathways (If I hadn’t have continued my A Levels in September, I wouldn’t be where I am today!)

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Speak again soon!

Katy xx