Monday, 27 July 2015

Sounds of July

My mind has been in one hell of a muddle at the moment (thank you fruitless job hunting and terrible weather) so blogging has consistently slipped my mind. However music, as always, has somewhat tamed the crazy this month and so yet again I thought I would put together a playlist of some tracks that I'm dancing round my room to at the moment. This set of tracks features a brilliant song by the bird and the bee who have just released an incredible new album (I highly recommend you go listen to it all), some of the usual dance tracks and a couple of tracks from Jaden and Willow Smith because I managed to see them at Wireless Festival earlier in the month. This of course has led to obsessive listening even if I don't understand the flower of life or the complexity of chemtrails (both topics that they talk about in their songs).

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol.13

Time to amalgamate the best of the last seven days...

Reading: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This novel is set in a Hunger Games-esque dystopian future except there are two classes of people, red bloods who are normal humans and silver bloods who have powers (like water or mind controlling). This combination makes for  brilliant read and I finished the book in only a couple of days. It takes a little while to get into the story but the characters are well written and interesting. The only thing I'm upset about is having to wait until 2016 for the sequel.

Listening: Last week the new album of the duo the bird and the bee, Recreational Love, came out. The album as a whole is a wonderfully light and airy indie-pop (somewhat tropicalia too) style album. Whilst I recommend listening to the entirety of the album in order because it has a interesting cohesiveness, the standout songs for me are Lovey Dovey, Young and Dumb and Los Angeles.

Eating: Even though I have mentioned them before Ed's Easy Diner deserves another mention this week because while shopping for my sister's birthday present I stopped off to get one of their famous milkshakes (believe me I have said for years they are worth the hype). I drank an Oreo and malt shake but I also love the mint chocolate shake (add malt though).

Doing: This past week I finally took the plunge, after months of build up, and got my septum pierced. I don't know why I waited so long to get it done because I was never scared that it would hurt, which it didn't really, but now I have it done I absolutely love how it looks (despite my dad telling me I reminded him of a bull).

Loving: Tumblr. I run a high fashion/designer/model based blog on tumblr and despite using it regularly this week I have spent every spare moment I have searching new blogs and posts to reblog. I have also spent time this week recoding my theme so it is minimalist and maybe actually quite beautiful (I have too much free time obviously).

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol. 12

Time to amalgamate the best of the last seven days...

Reading: All the bright places by Jennifer Niven. This book is about two teenagers who meet on the bell tower of their school both thinking about jumping off. While this book is a little bit contrived and some of the situations written into the story are totally ridiculous it was an interesting read and I really enjoyed some of the imagery created by the author.

Listening: I've been really into a whole different selection at the moment so I couldn't just pick one song or artist (although I have been loving Florence & the Machine's new album) so I created a new Spotify playlist called Los Angeles which I cannot stop listening to. It is a mix of everything so there should be something you like in it.

Eating: I have been trying to eat more healthily at the moment because my training for my half marathon in October starts this month and the better I eat the better I run obviously. For this reason the other night I made an amazing prawn, ginger and chilli stir fry by just chucking random ingredients in a wok.

Doing: This past weekend I went to Wireless festival (see last post) which was an amazing experience and I got to see Nicki Minaj rap Feeling Myself (I rapped the entire thing along with her, I am that person). It was a great moment because that song requires some talent to sing and the lyrics are so clever, she really is a talented woman whatever people might say.

Loving:  My skin has been having a freak out moment recently for many reasons and so I am collecting spots like they are going out of fashion. To calm my skin down a bit I have been loving using the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush which is a really soothing peppermint mask that helps to reduce inflammation of your spots. I try to use it every other day at the moment but mostly I use it once a week just to keep everything in check.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Katy Goes Outside: Wireless Festival 2015

Last weekend my sister (pictured about getting very excited about cider) and I travelled to London to attend the Saturday and Sunday of Wireless festival in Finsbury Park. I've been to music festivals before but those were of the camp in a tent and not care what you look like as everything is covered in mud style festival (Reading 2013 I'm looking at you) so to be able to back to a comfy bed in an AirBnB every night was a blessing. It also meant that everyone looked amazing in their outfit ensembles as they had time in the morning to carefully construct it rather than just pulling random clothes out of their backpack.
The music was a really interesting array but mostly centered around urban and pop/dance music. We managed to see Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and an awesome performance by Jaydn and Willow Smith (they are way too cool for their age) amongst others. I think my favourite performance of the weekend may have been Avicii though because dancing with thousands of other people around as the sunset was an incredible experience. There was fireworks, insane light displays (see below) and so much confetti projected into the crowd which just added to the experience. 

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sounds like June

Sorry I have been away for a little bit, I genuinely have no excuse, time just seemed to fly past me in the last week but hopefully I can up my game and take some outfit shots for you guys soon. Right now though I have a playlist of some songs that I have essentially had on repeat all of this month. It is a bit of an odd mix but it will make your summer sound great (or at least that is the aim!)

Friday, 12 June 2015

Last days

wearing: top from new look, skirt from tesco, shoes from primark, hat & cardigan from h&m.
It's Friday June 12th which means my first year at university is officially over and I move out of my halls today (I've almost cried like three times whilst taking down photos). This year has been such a whirlwind but I have loved it and have made some amazing friends. Last week we all took a trip into Brighton together for the last time til September (some people left early) and I convinced them to take these photos for me, so thanks to Julia and Holly for standing in the middle of the road for me.
We also stumbled across this gorgeous campervan and so I obviously had to pose in front of it, then the guy who owned it came out and let me sit in it (dream come true really) which was so lovely of him.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Let's get summer ready

This Thursday marks my last exam for my first year of university and so the start of a three month long summer. This means switching up my beauty routine for long, lazy days at the beach or in the park (a pedalo on the lake is my kind of fun) and preparing my skin for an onslaught of sunshine (hopefully), salt water and chlorine.

mermaid memories...
Living near the beach, salt (and sadly sand) is a constant feature of my hair for most of the summer but when I haven't been swimming in the freezing English Channel I love to spritz some Got2b salt spray into my hair to emulate that beach swept style. I just spray some on damp hair, put it into two plaits and let it air dry because who has time for neat curls whilst you are on holiday.
I also like to switch up my scent when the days get hotter. This year I'm heading for the Body Shop Moringa body mist because it is such a light product with a gentle floral scent, nothing too over powering. It lasts all day so perfect if you are out enjoying the sunshine, no need to carry your perfume with you.
The summer is basically the only time I really think about taking care of my toes, I mean with all the sandals I will be wearing I need to make sure that my feet look presentable. I just painted my toes with this Topshop polish in Boy Next Door ready for next weekend (there is a festival in my small town and I will probably rock the bare foot look at some point). This is the perfect summer shade to go with a tan (I'm never getting one of those) but the best thing is that it lasts a really long time so I can be a bit lazy.

silky summer skin...
The thing I tend to take the most care of in the summer is my skin because the sea, sand and sun combined wreaks havoc on my dry arms and legs. For this reason I use the Body Shop coconut body butter religiously post shower (and post beach and post pool, post everything really). It has such a wonderful scent which makes me think of tropical islands. I'm really wishing I was on said tropical island to be honest.
Also from the Body Shop is my body scrub of choice, the Moringa scented scrub. This little pot of joy has the same scent as the body mist above so not as many scent clashes. Apart from that though I find it exfoliates my skin without being harsh or scratchy. Exfoliating is super important if you have been tanned as it will keep it even and hopefully stop anywhere from peeling.
Finally, on my fingers I like to head towards typical summery shades such as this nail varnish from No7 in 230 Mojo. I'm not a fan of neon's at all but this varnish gives me the colour without the need to wear sunglasses whenever I look at my hands (maybe an exaggeration).