Montag, 30. September 2013

Liebster Award



I was tagged by Libby-Jade and Cora for the Liebster Award which I am extremely flattered by. Both of their blogs are fantastic, you really ought to have a look!

By being "tagged", you answer 10 questions about yourself and your blog. Both questions would be a very long list, so I will answer 5 of each. Let's jump right in!

Cora's questions:


1. Playsuits or jumpsuits?
Both! I love how easy they are. 

2. Favourite book or film that has inspired you in some way?
Many. But most recently The Fault in Our Stars.

3. A lipstick you'd recommend your followers to buy? 
MAC's Honeylust and See Sheer. Both are incredibly easy to wear and in my opinion not hyped enough.

4. Favourite nail vanish brand?
Sally Hansen for sure!

5. Your life ambition or goal?
Happiness and a healthy, happy family with a good man.

Libby-Jade's questions:


6. What are you more into, fashion or make up?
Close call, but shoes are always number 1.

7. What's your favorite animal?
I am studying something closely related to animals, so I love all of them. I especially love cats and cows.

8. If you could have any job, what would it be?
Something where I deal a lot with people. PR would be great!

9. What's your favorite thing in your room?
Probably my lamps. They were the first thing I ever bought that wasn't from IKEA after I first moved out. 

10. What's your favorite film?
I don't watch many films, I much prefer TV shows as I have the attention span of a gnat in heat.

I now nominate 
Jenny from Lifestyle, Love & Fashion
Monica Andrea at Days off LA
Leli from It's Leli
Rosehorseshoe.com
Chrisabella at Chrissabella
Tanya from Tarte Tanya

Now my 10 questions!

1. What inspired you to start blogging?
2. What are your dreams for your blog?
3. Lipgloss or lipstick?
4. Are you more interested in writing or photography?
5. What is your biggest, best, most wild dream?
6. Fashion or beauty?
7. Who do you take your fashion advice from?
8. What is one bit of fashion advice someone gave you which you wish you had followed?
9. Favorite style book?
10. Youtube videos or blogging?

Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Kate

2 Ways: Boyfriend Jeans | Style


There is nothing better than being completely comfortable. In a previous post I ranted about how much I hate jeans because they are scratchy and confining. I could not have been more wrong. 

It is like these ASOS boyfriend jeans were made for me. They are not confining, scratchy or accentuating any muffin tops (I'm looking at you low cut skinny jeans... yikes!). 

The first outfit I put together is something I would wear out at night. The blazer is from Zara per usual, I just keep going back for more. This is the first gift my boyfriend ever gave me and it has stood the test of time. I have admitted to putting my blazers in the washing machine (I know, I know) and this has not lost its shape.


 A pair of girlie, sparkly high heels give the destroyed, loose jeans a more feminine edge. I just love the contrast between the destroyed look of the jeans with the glam silver heels.
 The second outfit is a more casual take with a Cheap Monday sweater with wonderful detailing and the flats I pretty much live in. This is perfect for uni as it looks pulled together but I can slouch over my papers as much as I please without something pulling or that odd ripping sound (you know which one I mean).



Also, yes, my hair is shorter... and red! The red isn't permanent- I just needed a change from the caramel color I have had for so long. As for the cut- my hair was so damaged from not getting it trimmed regularly and too much heat styling. I will upload a hair care post soon!

What is your current staple piece?

Donnerstag, 26. September 2013

Style Clinic | Stylature

Style books can be a bit of a hit or miss. I am a big fan of the Lauren Conrad books; however, I feel like I may have outgrown them. For teenagers I think these are great as they really cover the basics and set a foundation for future style adventures.

I wanted to start this series on style, makeup and fashion books because, clearly, if you are reading this you enjoy reading about good style as much as I do. Let‘s kick it off with Style Clinic by Paula Reed.

So many fashion and style books are all about the stylist- what they have accomplished, and who they have dressed... Honestly, I might be completely egotistical and terrible when saying that when I read a book supposedly giving me advice, I want it to be about yours truly, not the stylist. Clearly, I am looking for good advice, not to ooh and ahh over their accomplishments (they might as well print their CV and call it a day).

Paula Reed infuses her intelligence into great style.

The book is tailored to any woman's needs and she is clear and direct (often written in bullet points- remnants from her time at Grazia?). Her tips are wearable, budget friendly and based on your already personal style.

                                     (my personal style in a very messy room!)

We all like to think that we will rock that tight leather dress or those hot sky-high lace heels, and while we may do this once in a while, it is not the most sustainable wardrobe in the long run. (restricting leather or lace shoes in rain running errands...? Um, heck no.) Paula clearly thinks so too as she is constantly reminding you to be realistic about your lifestyle.

One of the key ingredients to this book's success is  not only does it cater to everyone, her tips are also completely translatable on a budget as she does not throw around designer names constantly (although she clearly has a thing for the Birkin), which doesn't make you feel like an 800$ bag is what you need to complete the outfit.

Paula Reed is the previous Grazia style director and recently stepped up as the fashion director at Harvey Nichols- now this is a stylish force of nature if you ask me! Not to mention her writing is fresh and interesting. Think Vogue meets Cosmo meets... literary genius. She is that good. Not only is her advice bullet proof and accessible, but it underlines her expertise and brings life to even the most simple outfits she describes.

Conclusion: Go and get this book and get it fast- everyone needs this in their life! It is a staple for any fashion girl as it is simply about cut, fabric and fit of the clothing and your realistic wardrobe needs. Her advice is ageless, timeless and simply darn good.

What are your favorite style books? Do you want me to write another post on make up books? 
I will be reviewing Alexa Chung's new book It next!

PS. looks like I won't have my Macbook for a while- until then it will be iPhone pictures! Sorry :(

Mittwoch, 25. September 2013

Easy Nail Art for Beginners | Tutorial


Good morning, world! So, I will get right to it: I am horrible at doing my nails. It takes too much time, I never wait for my polish to dry and I can't hold my left hand still to save my life (hence you only see my right hand in this post). This is why the nail 'art' (can't really call it that) is extremely simple and anyone can join the fun. no problems. So let's get down to business!

Also, excuse the pictures, I had to take them with my iPhone, since my laptop is still being fixed and I have no way to upload pictures from my good camera to my phone!

What you will need: 
A light nail polish (optional)
A darker nail polish
Reinforcement rings (you can get these at paper/office supply stores)
A base coat (you don't need it, but I highly recommend it since it creates a base, fills ridges and this one even hardens your nails. I am loving it!)


After you have cut, filed, buffed, primed and what ever else you decide to your nails, apply the lighter color nail polish (if you choose not to, skip this step).

Then wait until it has dried completely. I can not stress this enough, if nail polish is still wet you will end up with a sticky goo-y mess later. 

Apply the reinforcement rings to your nails as shown below. You can opt for a smaller or larger shape depending on how far you place it on the nails.
Now, apply darker color and, again, wait until it has completely dried. Nothing worse than ruining all your hard (well...) work in the final step!
Peel the rings off dry nails and voila! 

Let me know how this goes for you! What are some of your favorite tricks? 



Montag, 23. September 2013

Make Up Mondays: Dior Mystic Magnetics | Beauty

There is always that one hyped product which you try to resist but end up trying anyway. For me this was the Dior Mystic Magnetics and I am so glad I tried it! Doing my nails was always a chore, but this is truly an 'experience'.  I'm not sure hovering over my nails with a magnet for 1-2 minutes will become a weekly occurrence, but hey.. yolo, right? (cringe) 



The nail polish comes with the actual polish and a nicely designed magnet. I absolutely love Dior packaging. Even the magnet is gorgeous!

Step 1: Paint all nails with one coat of the nail polish
Step 2: Pain nails with a second coat, then hover over them for 1-2 minutes with the magnet. I found holding it in a 45° angle works best. (Nails are an exact science, I guess). 



Finished! The magnet is helpful to those of us who just cant ever wait for our nail polish to dry as we are forced to wait. I didn't hold the magnet over my nails for very long as I wanted a more subtle effect. 


Overall, I am pleased with the results and the process was actually quite entertaining. However, there are cheaper alternatives from Isadora for only a fraction of the cost. Still, I am a huge Dior nail polish fan and this one did not disappoint. 
Conclusion: Worth the hype!

What beauty trend are you excited to try this season?

First Day of Work | Style

So you got the job (congrats!), did your research and are ready to start your new adventure. However, then it hits you: 'What do I wear?'

I have worked at bars, nightlife and an office job in politics. Through my various 'first days', I have acquired some tips and tricks to make sure your clothing is the thing you are least worried about! After all, you only have a few seconds to make a first impression

1. Do not be afraid to ask! Representing your work is crucial, whether you work at a pet store or as a president of an influential bank- you are representing your employer! As shallow as it may seem, your presentation of yourself is key. You know you have the skills and knowledge for the job- so be as confident in your appearance as you are in your skill!

There is no harm or shame in asking what the dress code is. If I have learned anything- its the people 'behind the scenes' who are most knowledgeable  (i.e. the secretaries, sous-chef, barkeeper) - make them your friends!

2. Back to basics.
Simple and chic always wins. No matter where you are working, start basic. You can still build your wardrobe once you have gotten a feel for your place of work. When I waitressed I started out in a black t-shirt, dark jeans and black vans. At my office job I wore a black dress shirt, black dress pants and brown oxfords. I ended up wearing completely different outfits after getting settled in, but I am happy I always started basic. This way, people will get to know you (the really sweet girl with the really disgusting sense of humor or the powerhouse with the pet squirrel)... Let you shine through before you let your fashion sense steal the show! 



ASOS Skaterdress 

3. Shop for a new work wardrobe after you have settled in
My mom taught me this and oh boy has it paid off. When I first started my office job I got two pairs
of dress pants and some white, black and dark green button downs. Of course I absolutely wanted to
go all-out and buy a fantastic huge new wardrobe, but I am so happy I waited as I ended up needing and wanting completely different clothes than I would have purchased prior.

4. Comfort is key- skip the heels!
For me there is nothing less appealing than being uncomfortable. Make sure you are feeling great in the outfit you have chosen- this will boost your confidence. On your first few days I would skip the stilettos and go for a flat or an oxford (if you are working in a job where you walk a lot and the dress code allows it Nike Free Runs or Vans are the bomb). If you do opt for heels- keep a pair of portable ballet flats (I love Tieks!) in your purse or office drawer.

    Add some personality to your outfit with some great shoes! Oasis Flats (via ASOS) 

5. Don't cake on the make-up!
I will make a separate post for this, but skip the crazy winged liner (I am talking Amy Winehouse) and green sparkle eyeshadow. Unless you can't live without it and wore it to your interview.

NO-GOs:
- cleavage, shoulders, short skirts, skin tight clothes
Let's face it, women as a group sadly still have a harder time being taken seriously than our male counterparts. So don't make it easy for men to see you as a sex-object rather than an equally intelligent woman with the same skills and education. It is always better for men to see you as a colleague or work friend than the other alternative.
Also, if you are working anywhere where alcohol is served low cut shirts and short skirts are never a good idea. You're going to want to be covered if drunk men with half functioning brains get weird- trust me, it's a lot less uncomfortable for you. And no, dressing provocatively won't boost your tips- fast and friendly service will earn you tips! :)
-heavy make-up
-too much perfume (especially in small spaces or if you work with food or beverages)

I hope this helped some of you! Let me know of your tips for the first day of work!



Freitag, 20. September 2013

Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer | Review



When life gives you lemons, you blog about sparkly pink lip gloss.  This week I am studying for exams and my laptop is getting some TLC at the Apple store (I know, life is really tough)... but nothing a little sparkle can't fix!

Since bacteria believes in free love and lip gloss, they tend to procreate quite rapidly in these pretty little tubes.  (Being run over your lips with the same brush is clearly not hygienic.) Hence, I only purchase one fabulous lip gloss a year and then toss it.

Last year I bought the Dior Lip Maximizer (minty and fresh- love!), so this year I decided to go for something that could be worn on its own or over lipstick- a 'my lips but better' color. This is why after much internal confusion and conflict (such problems I have!), I opted for the Guerlain Gloss D'Enfer in color 464.

After testing this for a few weeks I highly recommend it! It is sticky enough to stay on the lips, but not so sticky that everything gravitates towards it in order to get stuck and annoy you, the sparkles are fine enough to be subtle and it conditions the lips.

It has no taste to it, but smells ever so slightly perfume-y in that I'm-ridiculously-expensive-so-I'm-going-to-make-you-fall-in-love-with-me-because-I-smell-better-than-my-cheaper-counterpart kind of way. Delicious! There is nothing worse than having chemical smelling products near your nose.

What is your current go-to lip product? I'm dying to try MAC's Plumful.

Dienstag, 17. September 2013

Pinafore Dress, Woven Wedges | style

So everyone has been making fun of me because apparently my dress fits to what I am studying perfectly. Nevertheless, if other people can wear rainboots and bring their dogs (awww!), I can also be a little bit cliché! 

Love this pinafore, you can wear it crossed over or like I did! The high wedges give it a more sophisticated feel. This dress is classic- it will look great with sandals, wedges or even tights and boots in winter. Love this!


Swarowski Necklace

Freitag, 13. September 2013

Friday Fancy: Neon Co-Ord | Wish List

I have been searching for the perfect co-ord for a few weeks now and I have most definitely found it. Its neon color brings a little bit of summer into fall with us and the leopard print is abstract and not too in-your-face junglecat.


Now Asos just needs to re-stock their smaller sizes and I will be all over this baby! 

What will keep the sun shining in your autumn wardrobe?


(Photos courtesy of Asos)


Mittwoch, 11. September 2013

Candy Rabbit by Chocolate Schubar



These fotos have terrible lighting, but I'm too excited to wait. My Candy Rabbit by Chocolate Schubar shoes came in the mail today and they are phenomenal, and cute, and soft, and cozy, and adorable, and everything a shoe should be! I mean who can resist these adorable faces? 
The sole is comfortable and cushioned. From what I can tell so far these aren't a rainy day shoe as they are velvet, but the quality is fabulous. 
I think I have found a new life-motto. One look at my overflowing shoe closet makes me think that this has been my motto all along. 

I have been a huge fan of the Marc Jacobs mouse shoes, but not their price tag (and cute doesn't cut it for me at that price!). These are of fantastic quality and are not as widely distributed as other woodland creature inspired shoes, which is a definite plus point in my book.



What shoes are on your wish-list? 
Talk soon!

Sonntag, 8. September 2013

Structured Skater, Antique Bracelets


The structured skirt is really well made considering its from Topshop. The material is thick and it is lined which I find is central to how the skirt falls. The texture is very on season for this fall. This could be nicely combined with something very soft such as an angora or cashmere sweater. 
                            
I wore these bracelets which are both antique. Antique jewelry is a great way to personalize any outfit as most people won't have it. I like to take mine to the jeweler to get cleaned and reclasped (a lot of old clasps don't hold very well!). The blue bracelet is from Jordan and the right bracelet is from Chicago. 

Thanks for reading, don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin to get my newest updates!

Kate

Topshop Skater
Black Loafers (ASOS alternative)
Zara Bag

Donnerstag, 5. September 2013

White Blazer, Architectural Shoes


This is what I wore to Vogue Fashion's Night Out last night in Berlin, there will be a post on that as well soon. I paired a comfortable silky camisole with black high waisted jeans and black shoes in order for the white blazer to speak for itself. It is crisp, structured and soft- everything I want in a jacket! 
The gold necklace is a recent gift from the boy and it is the perfect dainty piece to accompany this ensemble.
These shoes I bought from my first ever paycheck. They are quite old and have been well-loved, but they remain a staple piece. Their plateau gives me height and comfort- you can never go wrong with a VAGABOND shoe. 
This is a recent purchase from Zara. I was quite surprised at their selection of bags currently. Most are real leather and their quality is acceptable for the price (don't expect any wonders). The color blocking and clean lines on this add an expensive touch to even the most basic outfit.

Let me know what your go-to accessories are!

Talk soon,

Kate

White Blazer: Zara, Topshop, ASOS (my favorite)
Swarowski Necklace
Vagabond Shoes

Dienstag, 3. September 2013

Skater Skirt, Polka Dot Shirt | Style















       Lately I have been loving this combination. The skirt is versatile and the polka dots give it the edge it needs! Of course not to forget: the plateau shoes.

What are your current essentials?

Hope you're making an easy transition to your fall wardrobe and follow me on Bloglovin!

Kate

Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Skirt: American Apparel 
Shoes: Vagabond

Visiting Barbie




I blame Barbie for turning me into such a fashion (ok, shoe) and make-up addict. In order to confront Barbie personally, I went to her house, questions in hand. When she opened the door...

No, but seriously. I went to Barbie's house. The Barbie Dreamhouse is currently in Berlin and I might have gone to heaven last Saturday, just sayin'. I will say that tickets are outrageously priced, but it was so worth it. Not only are young girls there who still play with Barbie (or in my case until I was 15, don't judge), but plenty of young women who grew up with Barbie visited too (more enthusiastic than the little ones). 

I wanted to share some pictures with you all. Sorry about the pink lighting in all of them, Barbie's decorating scheme can be a bit monochrome.