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

Fashion By The Numbers

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Oh January – you’re killin’ us! How are we supposed to enjoy the sales and fund our ‘New Year, New Me’ goals when our empty piggy banks are still crying from our Christmas splurges?

The key is in the basics of it all. Why do we always wear the same things when there is a tonne of cute clothing at the back of the wardrobe?

Because we haven’t cracked the idea of versatility. Sigh.

Why do we buy 2 different tops when you could buy 1 that can be styled in 2 different ways, saving you half the cost?

This  February (yes, January is a total write off for me…) I’m going back to the basic mechanics of my wardrobe. Staples. Individual pieces that can be switched up. Versatile shopping! 

Maybe I’ll buy another yellow rain coat, or another pair of stripy trousers. That’s cool wth me, I need the odd random piece in that closet o’mine. However, the fact of the matter is; maybe I could buy something to go with the trousers, which can also be easily worn with other pieces in my wardrobe?

So lets get the basics down to a tee. That way, when we’re crying into our penniless piggy banks, we can still be smoking’ hot without any effort, switching between the most basic of styles for the biggest of impacts.

With this framework in mind, here are a few of my favourite staples right now on Boohoo.com that won’t break the bank and definitely give effortless style…

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The midi dress – the apple to the pie. Get the midi! I love that a midi dress can look cool with trainers or boots, being worn effortlessly to work or out in town. I need this bad boy.

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This beautiful top is so adaptable for easy style, day or night. Wear it to work with a pair of trousers or on a Saturday with a pair of jeans! Adaptable? Yes?!

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I’ve had a break through recently with the bodysuit hype. They can literally change a pair of trousers or a skirt – they are one of the biggest staples you can get right now for your stapler. And what could be more perfect than a turtleneck bodysuit?! Smart casual everyday.

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Swishy Swing dresses are cute with trainers and flats and are easily styled with a statement jacket or blazer. Effortless, again. Yet so versatile!

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T-shirt dresses have always been so cute. Again, change what you have on your feet and your choice of jacket for completely different styles. One dress, multiple styles.

Nutribuddy: First Impressions

I have been fortunate enough to receive some free goodies  from Nutribuddy to review this month, and can’t wait to share my experience with you! I am really excited to try out the products as part of my attempt to get fit and healthy this year, whilst also trying to slim down after the heavy eating over the christmas period… I will let you know how I get on with the products in the next couple of weeks! So – what gifts did I receive?!

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  1. Sculpting Whey and Shake Bottle

Ah I am super excited to try this out! The shake is chocolate flavour, so should hopefully serve as a craving deterrent (the vending machine seems to have my number and keeps calling me?!)

Nutribuddy claim that the shake contains ingredients that boost metabolism, so it should hopefully burn calories quickly whilst giving me a nice energy boost – fingers crossed, I’m gonna need a boost now I’m starting to work out again! I like that they say the shake is natural, as it is super reassuring that I can trust the product. The bottle is super cute too and perfect size for taking out with you when you’re in a rush – so yeah, I’m really excited to try this one out!

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2.Recipe Book

Totally adorable, this little recipe book is full of good ideas for shake and meals. I think this is going to be really fun to try out, as theres a couple of recipes in here that I am dying to try – they sound so delicious! This is a great little addition to the pack as it gives you a little bit of guidance on what you should be eating, so the whole process seems so much simpler. Planning meals is my downfall, so this should be pretty motivating!

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3.  The Little Book of Weightloss

Another adorable little read, this Little Book of Weightloss tells you everything you need to know about the products and how to use them – it also includes an eating plan which I am excited to follow. It features a FAQ section, covering all the things you might be concerned about – just that little bit more reassurance, if you’re like me and need it!

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4. Hunger Fix Tablets and Multivitamins

I’m a little sceptical about the hunger fix tablets, purely because I only really eat when I’m bored, not necessarily when I am hungry. Therefore I’m not sure whether I will be using the tablets, but will definitely let you know how I get on with them, should I get any big cravings that need fixing! The multivitamins look like a really cool edition to this kit, providing daily vitamins for a healthy boost whilst using the kit. I’ll be using these, definitely!

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Overall, I’m really excited to try out these products and can’t wait to let you know how I get on! Thank you Nutribuddy for sending these to me – lets see what happens!

Let me know if  you join the Nutribuddy family too!

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NB: *This product was provided to me free of charge from the company in order to review it. The opinions expressed in this review are my own*

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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Embroidery Baby

I absolutely adore the embroidery trend right now. I think it is absolutely adorable!

Embroidery boots, dresses, skirts, tops, bags…. it is a trend hitting everywhere, and is super versatile even when it is so simple.

I particularly love my boohoo shift dress that I recently purchased – it is really easy to dress up or down. 

Me and Ben visited Cadbury World on Sunday and I opted for a little Sunday elegance, wearing my shift dress, black tights and a pair of black trainers. To dress it up, little black boots would do!

And of course, a little black leather jacket was essential in this super bitter October…
Outfit details:

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Shoes – dzz7530610514

“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.

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

Beep Beep: Coming through!

Good morning everyone, how are you doing today?

Recently I began my driving lessons, and have now had 6 HOURS worth of lessons (lets not even begin to dwell on the amount of money I’ve already spent…), so I believe that this is a reasonable volume of hours to be able to share some experience with you. If it had just been 2 hours, I probably wouldn’t have a lot to say…

My first lesson was a 2 hour block, and from then I’ve been having 2, 1 hour lessons per week, with the exception of one lesson last week due to a lesson being cancelled because of illness! So I’ve been driving a car for on average 2 hours per week for the last 3 weeks… and wow it is scary yet exciting!

You don’t actually appreciate your everyday sense of spatial awareness, or your ability to judge distance, for example. However when you begin your driving lessons, you appreciate it so much more, because as soon as you get in that car, your judgement fades. I currently perceive a car that is 1 metre away from me on the drivers side, as 10cm away from me, in contrast to a car that is about 10cm away from me on the passenger side, being perceived as 1 metre away from me…. This isn’t great when trying to steer a car (which is a challenge in itself!) because I always try and dodge the cars on the drivers side (which look SO close!) but in doing so, forget about the parked cars on the passenger side (nearly had a few ‘whoops’ moments there…)

Another thing that is not appreciated is how DIFFICULT it is to steer a car! I’ve heard so many people tell me when they start driving that they underestimated the steering and how difficult it would be, but as I hadn’t experienced it myself yet, I would often just shrug it off, and panicked more about changing gears and knowing where my feet would be. But after starting driving lessons, I totally understand!

Steering is so weird. To steer correctly when driving to the appropriate test standards, you must feed the wheel through your hands as you turn round a corner. This sounds so easy, I know it does. But it isn’t when you try! Yes practice is certainly helping, and my steering is finally improving, but I had never taken into account how difficult it actually would be.

Changing gear and controlling my feet across three pedals, is a skill that has actually been pretty decent if I’m being honest. And it was this that I was the most concerned about as a new driver! God knows why… I guess it just sounds complicated when someone tells you, you have three pedals and two feet, and they can’t all go down at the same time and you must be smooth and you must change gear and you must change gear again and again and again and oh look…. that sounds complicated!

But it actually does become easy very quickly, as you begin to learn to handle the car. Listen to me sounding like a pro on my 6th hour of lessons, pft.

What I must stress is the importance of keeping your lessons going! When I only had one lesson last week, it was the worst lesson of them all. I literally forgot everything. I had entered the car with the mindset that it had been over a week since my last lesson, and that I had forgotten everything already. With this mindset, I honestly fulfilled my expectation. I was steering into random places, stalling the car, putting the car into neutral ALL THE TIME, and just totally forgot because I had worked myself up prior to the lesson.

So although I’m certainly no expert in this field, and I definitely have a long way to go before I ever receive my driving licence, I believe it is important to let you know some important little details I’ve learnt as a new driver, which could help you if you are soon starting driving!

1) Don’t work yourself up – you’ll end up wasting a lesson, and feeling really unhappy with how it went, all because you set yourself up to fail! Believe in yourself, trust your instructor, and take it step by step. You’re a learner – you didn’t learn how to walk without falling back down when you were little, so why would driving be easy?

2) Practice steering on a plate! Grab a round plate, and practice feeding the wheel if you’re as bad as me! It honestly helps. I spent 15 minutes before my lesson on Monday, using a round plate to practice feeding the wheel through my hands, and my steering was so much better on the lesson. It totally helps.

3) Dont panic if you try and change gear and you mess it up. For some reason, I really struggle with going into second gear! My instructor says I’m being too ‘girly’ because it’s quite a tough gear that requires a big push – but with a bit of practice, I’ve began to ace that gear!

4) REMEMBER – Practice makes perfect. You won’t be a good driver immediately. You’ll probably suck. But when you start improving, you’ll certainly notice. And it’s a great feeling!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post today and are all doing well in your driving ventures too! Speak again soon!

Katy xx

My Surprise!

Good evening fellow bloggers & welcome to my post where I can FINALLY share my wonderful trip to the Warner Bro’s Studios in London with Ben, as my long awaited surprise!

I have compiled all my photos and videos and tried to make it as quick as possible by only sharing bits and pieces from the day (that was tough because I wanted to show you EVERYTHING!)

As you may remember, I was informed by Ben before Christmas that I would have a surprise, and not find out where I was going until I arrived – of course I was highly skeptical of this statement, judging by the number of people who were told about where I was going suggesting I would eventually find out, likely by accident…

BUT I DIDNT! And I seriously had no idea where I was going, until we drove through the gates on the morning of April 4th 2015, where I burst in hysterical chorus’ of screams. It was amazing.

Anyway without further going into the day before even showing you, here it is – My Anniversary Surprise!