Wanna Know The Gloss?

Last week I made my first Glossier order after swooning over the gorgeous website for weeks, and well I think I have fallen head over heels in love with the brand and its products.

If like me you hadn’t heard of Glossier before, the beauty brand was created by a bunch of amazing beauty editors in America who developed this wonderful brand based on what they’ve tried and tested, and what they’ve learned works best. I really like how empowering the brand is and how it celebrates being your natural, beautiful self, while still allowing you to have fun with playful beauty products, and helping you to create an effortless makeup look and routine. It’s also totally cruelty-free, and a lot of their products are vegan too. Which was one of the many things that totally won me over.

I only ordered two products initially. I could have shopped ’til I dropped because everything looks sooo aesthetic, but you know, gals on a budget and I thought I would leave myself something to look forward to.

The two beauty products I chose were Boy Brow and a Generation G lipstick in the shade Zip.

After hearing lots of rave reviews about Boy Brow, when I ran out of my usual brow pomade I thought I’d give it a go, and omg I’m obsessed.

I have rather bushy eyebrows naturally, so I like to use a ‘fixant’ to keep them in place and looking styled. What I love about Boy Brow is that the spooly is really small, which means it picks up the really tiny hairs that larger brushes might not, making for even fuller, wispy brows.

I love a good lipstick but haaaate having to keep topping it up. I have lots of bold reds, matte nudes and gorgeous oranges, but was looking for something more natural looking that still had a bit of oomf about it. I don’t do pinks in my makeup because it just looks odd with my ginger hair, and it’s hard to find a red that doesn’t look full on colour pop, but then I came across Generation G.

I went for the red shade zip as I wanted to look like I had naturally blushed lips. Sometimes you don’t want to wear anything heavy but need a little definition. I’m very pale so that’s true for me, and this lipstick, because it’s so sheer, makes you feel like you aren’t wearing anything at all. I also love how it’s sheer formula allows your own lip colour to bleed through making a shade completely unique to you. The colour is like when you’ve kissed someone, that cloudy, pale hue you’re left with on your lips, minus the smudge.

That’s what’s great about glossier products though, they adapt to suit you and not the other way around. What I really love about generation G though is the way it fades. It hangs on for ages and comes off evenly, so you don’t look like you haven’t topped up your lipstick. It doesn’t seem to transfer, move around, or smudge either. It really is a winning formula for me which has already made a solid staple for day to day wear.

On your first order you also receive a tester product too. Which is fab for if you’re like me and don’t want to/ can’t make a big order and spend lots all at once, but you still would like to try things out.

I picked a sample of Glossier You, the brands own fragrance, and after pretty much the first spray I knew I needed it forever.

It’s a hard smell to explain. It can’t be described using comparisons because honestly it doesn’t smell like anything I’ve ever smelled before. I can only describe it as being feminine, sexy, fresh and slightly musky. And I don’t mean feminine in the way of florals, I mean vintage. It makes me think of classy women in the 1940’s, sat in a smoky bar, drinking gin whilst smoking cigarettes in a crowded, dimly lit room. It has a depth to it. A real sultry note. But it’s fresh at the same time. And it’s not overpowering either. It’s a smell you’ll catch every so often when you toss your hair or adjust your clothing. It’s a true delight and I can’t wait to buy it and enjoy it in it’s full glory.

The other thing that totally made me swoon was the packaging it all came in. It’s like every millennials dream. We’re talking that pale tumblr pink packaging, gorgeous little welcome postcards, and even some free, damn adorable stickers too! I just sat opening it squeeling with excitement. It doesn’t feel like you’re getting a package from a big brand, but rather a friend. It feels very personal and youthful. To top it off you also get a cute little pink makeup bag too! LITERALLY what’s not to love?

For my next order I’m definitely going to treat myself to Glossier You, I feel like it’s a real staple that I’d like to wear everyday. I’d also like to try the blusher named Cloudpaint. I’ve never actually owned a blusher, but being so pale I could sometimes do with a little colour in my cheeks to make me look a little more alive! It isn’t a powder blush. I believe it’s more creamy so I’m excited to try that out as well, and also Haloscope which is a highlighter. I’m a bit addicted to collecting highlighters but i’m really drawn to this one because it seems quite balmy unlike a powder, and is meant to make you look more naturally glowy which i’m all about.

If you fancy trying some products for yourself you can visit Glossiers site here! Do let me know if you buy anything and what you think of your products, i’d love to hear!

If you’re a friend of mine who’s reading this, feel free to message me for a 10% off code too! Sharing is caring after allūüíõ

Kate xx


Pretty In Pink

There’s something I’ve just always loved about faux fur coats. They keep you super warm in the chilly northern winter, and you really can’t beat them for adding a touch of glamour or nostalgia to any outfit.

I have a small collection now of different styles, some being more classically vintage, mid-length ‘Narnia’ style coats, and some fluffier, shorter cut jackets. They’ve all been pretty classic in colour, and so recently I’ve been finding myself lusting after something different.

I was having a little shopping trip a couple of months back and popped in to one of my favourite highstreet stores Zara, and instantly spotted this gorgeous pink coat.

As soon as I put it on I fell absolutely in love with it. It feels really high quality, it’s super soft to touch, and has that lovely drape and weight to it like a real vintage one would.

I’d just started my new job at the time so thought I should wait to buy it, but unfortunately it sold out. So I was delighted to find the outerwear discounted on Black Friday making it around ¬£70.

I’ve only worn it a couple of times but have been styling it with frayed hem jeans, paper thin knitwear, a clashing baker boy hat and bucket bag for a real seventies, nostalgia vibe.

I love how eye catching it is with its ice cream tone, and I really like to clash that with other popping colour such as reds and oranges. It also looks great with darker colours and in particular khaki, and prints including leopard too.

If I were to dress it up it would look great with tailored retro mini dresses and a red lip for a classic, Lady Penelope style look, or with something long and floaty, paired with metallic silver ankle boots for a more bohemian feel.

It embodies everything I love in a faux fur coat, in that it looks expensive, is eye catching and can be worn with practically anything. It’s definitely going to be be one of my year-on-year winter wardrobe staples!

Kate xx

It’s A Bugs Life

I’ve always been a bit of a shoe hoarder. I think I must own approximately 40 pairs at least, and I’m ashamed to say, I  only have a select number that I seem to wear often and I most definitely need a clear out.

A year or two ago I decided that I was going to save up and spend more on shoes that were more classic, that were made to last and unlike some of my cheap or kitsch styled high heels, weren’t going to destroy my boney feet. 

However, that was until recently whilst on a shopping trip with a friend. I discovered these skater style slip-on trainers, which quite frankly made my 12-year-old Avril Lavigne loving self internally scream.

These luxe lovelies were from Primarni and cost me just ¬£8!!! Whats awesome about them is the fact that theyre super comfortable and are made out of a Merlot hued velvet, which can be paired with many an outfit, casual or dressy. 

The bumble bee embroidery adds a bit of a regal class to the shoes, which, in my opinion, makes them look much more expensive than they really are. The insect detail also makes more of a feature of the shoes which means if you’re not big on accessorising with jewellery, your feet can do the talking. 

They can be dressed up or down and look cute with loose fitting dolly dresses for a more dressy look, or can be alternatively paired with denim in the form of frayed hem jeans and distressed shorts. Pair them with fishnet tights or socks for an edgier twist on the current nostalgic grunge trend of the 90s.

Kate xx 


Cottoning On 

For me, one of the best things about summer, apart from the obvious warmer weather (Yes! We’ve actually had some in the North East too recently!) is that feeling of total freedom when it comes to fashion and style.

I’m a total hippie at heart and so when summer comes around I feel more confident and even more experimental with my fashion choices. It becomes less about layering and more about that light, easy way of dressing, where fabrics are floaty and legs are bare. 

Normally, I like to wear more closely fitted clothing, at least on the top of my body, with being small I try to show my waist as I’m quite petite. But recently, I’ve found myself falling for much looser fitting dolly style dresses, which seem to be pretty much plaguing the shops at the moment whether they be in pure white fabrics or striped nautical patterns. And you can see why. I mean, what’s better than a thin, crisp cotton dress to keep you cool in the humid summer air? 

I spotted this beauty a couple of weeks ago in Primarni (for ¬£13!!!!) and was heartbroken that my size was gone, but praise to the gods of fashion, I managed to get my mitts on one this week. 

It’s a bit of a different look for me as it’s super oversized, but because of the fitted sleeves and the shorter hemline, it’s still really flattering. 

I adore the flared half sleeves and the gorgeous leafy embroidery on its bodice, which adds a hint of colour and detail and a bit of a vintage vibe. 

I styled my dress with a mini statement cross body bag, matching the blue of the embroidery, and wore my favourite seventies suede platforms to keep the look a bit more retro boho. Though, it would also look great with vans or sandals. 

It really is one of those great transitional pieces for exploring through the day or for attending barbecue garden parties on a night. 

The cotton dress really is the go-to garment of Summer ’17, and if this number’s not your vibe you can also check out these pretty little wonders below…

Happy shopping! 

Kate xx

Image copyright Vintage Style Me

Cactus Smock, ¬£46, Vintage Style Me 

Image copyright Joanie Clothing

Gingham Dress, ¬£38, Joanie Clothing

Image copyright Nobody’s Child

Tie Shoulder Poplin Dress, ¬£25, Nobody’s Child

Image copyright Mango

Puffed Sleeve Dress, ¬£19.99, Mango

Easy Breezy Brand of the moment… Son de Flor

As many of you probably know by now I have something of a vintage soul, and while scrolling Instagram a few weeks ago I came across this beautifully nostalgic brand, Son de Flor.

I was instantly captivated by its ethereal images and the wonderful simplicity of its folksy garments.

The brand is all about that easy breezy slow life, a world away from the usual fast fashion that we see every day.

I’ve always thought there is something delicious about owning that one classic, well-made, well-loved staple garment that can be worn for every adventure and occasion. One which can be your signature item that you can practically live in. One which, one day, will be adopted by someone else and will become an old book full of stories. I think these frocks are just that.

Son de Flor’s dresses have something of an eclectic, modest charm. They sort of remind me of something a new age Elizabeth Bennett would wear or one of the girls from Little House on the Prarie, and although their garments are simplistic they stand out from the crowd for that reason. They possess that ageless, vintage look that you don’t often get today.

What is even more wonderful about the brand’s dresses are that they have a classic timelessness to them which means they can be worn for a range of different occasions and be, as the brand puts it, ‘just right’. They are easy to pop on through the day for trips to the countryside, at tea parties with friends, or dressed up with heels and a classic red lip for an evening occasion. They really do make for effortless dressing and style.

As a massive added bonus the brand is conscious and creates its clothing with linen, sourced and made by responsible producers and suppliers. What’s more, the fact that they are made of linen means that the dresses are easy to move and adventure in and are light and airy for warm summer days and layerable for winter or for an added touch of detail.

I adore these smock dresses layered up for a retrospective look. They come in a range of bold beautiful colours too!

Which is one of the factors that draws me to the brand so much, the fact that you can buy one staple dress and then add separate layers to add an alternative neckline or hem or another layer of warmth. They will never go out of style or season.

These little petticoats are perfect on their own in hot summer heat or layered under dresses.

The linens come in a range of different colours, for if you like striking, standout hues like yolky mustards, crimson reds or more natural and subtle colours like oatmeals, crisp whites, and olives.

If I were to style these dresses myself I’d definitely add a white layer underneath for a more vintage look and would match it with little leather sandals or brogues and straw boater hat for summer. Alternatively, I’d pair it with brown ankle boots, chunky knitwear, and backpacks for winter.

This is one of my Kate favourites of the collection. I just love the crisp white cotton for Summer.

If you happen to have a mini me, you can also go matchy-matchy with the brand’s adorable little girls range (I mean seriously, how cute?)

If you’re not a dress kind of girl, the brand have also created beautiful blouses and skirts in the same airy fabrics and tones for the new season.

If you’d like to check out some more of Son de Flor’s wares you can find them online here-Son de Flor. You can also give them a follow on Instagram @sondeflor for more beautiful, whimsical imagery.

Kate xx
All images copyright Son de Flor

Grunge Girls Gingham

Do it like Dorothy this Summer and get your gingham on.

Gingham is one of those staples that seems to come back every summer in some shape or form. Remember the days when you couldn’t wait to pull your checky dresses and frilly socks out for school? Well, this year the look is back with a bang.

Gingham never really disappears. It is often about annually, at least as a micro trend, and as always, there are the usual pastel hues around for the warmer weather. However this year, the usually pretty girly patterns are much more oversized and the in-tones seem to be darker hues of navy’s and black with the occasional pop of red, giving the trend more of an updated, grungy, retrospective feel.

This monochrome dress, I actually bought last year from Warehouse and is a dead ringer for the Isa Arfen resort dress Emma Watson wore back in 2016.

It is a button-down style and has a more fitted silhouette reminiscent of that of the fifties. Like Emma, for this shoot (shot by my wonderful friend Hayley Crone, check her out on Insta and Facebook for updates) I kept with the vintage theme by accessorising with bright crimson colour-pop heels, a matching post box red lip and a classic box bag.

To make this trend a bit more relaxed, I would pair it with a skinny scarf and chunky clogs for a more 70s boho vibe, which is my favourite era to replicate. To give it a grunge update for the new season pair it with fishnet ankle socks and a pair of trusty old Vans.

If you’d like to get your hands on a dress just like this, you can check out warehouse’s updated A-line button version which reflects a more relaxed nineties button-down style.

Or, you can also check out some more of my favourite picks for sale online, below. For whether you’re a laid back Lucy, a preppy Polly or a vintage Verity, this one is a¬†trend for everyone.

Kate xx


Copyright: HE Official

Elsie Top, £32.99, He Official

Copyright: Nobody’s Child

Navy Peplum Cami, ¬£18, Nobody’s Child

Copyright: Joanie Clothing

Ellen Sun Dress, £40, Joanie Clothing 


Copyright: ASOS

Off Shoulder Jumpsuit, £35, ASOS


Copyright: Mango @ASOS

Frill Hem Trousers, £35.99, Mango @ASOS


Seersucker Frill Mini Skirt, ¬£20, Nobody’s Child



I Have This Thing For Vintage…

Last weekend, as I very regularly do, I visited one of my favourite places in the North East- Tynemouth market.

I adore visiting this place as it is just a complete treasure trove for all things vintage, handmade and up-cycled.

I always go there with my usual mental list of specific things to look out for like vinyl and vintage homeware from my favourite sellers (OH and cake ofc), but no matter how hard  I try will often find surprise pieces which I never knew I needed and can’t resist spending on.

I’ve always been a massive lover of vintage clothes, I think I was supposed to have been born in another era, so I was all eagle-eyed when I spotted this sunny vintage dress hanging from a vintage stalls rail, like the holy grail amongst an overwhelming sea of tweed.

I had been just five minutes later it would have been gone as a blonde lady spotted it simultaneously. I’d say it’s from the early sixties/ very late fifties as it has the most beautiful, bold flower pattern which is an iconic look of the era, however the hemline isn’t short enough to be mini and although it’s yellow, it’s subtle, which may suggest it not being from the height of the swinging 60’s.

What I love about it apart from its beautiful daffodil yellow hue is that it can be worn a range of different ways.  It is a bit big for me, so initially, I thought of using it as a sort of summer trench coat over skirts, dresses, and shorts as it is quite tailored.

When worn buttoned as an actual dress, it’s quite boxy but comes with a belt so becomes slightly A-line. It also has a high oriental-style neckline which adds a pretty little twist to the look. The collar also looks great folded down to create a more relaxed V-shaped neckline for when the weather gets a bit warmer.

The thing I adore about vintage clothing, apart from the fact that it is more of a one-off, is the detail and quality of the clothing from the 20th century and before. Garments like this dress were just made to last. The material is a crisp cotton which makes it more durable and there is so much attention to detail in the matching crafted buttons and stitching.

As a huge lover of vintage, I have to say in my opinion the North East isn’t the best when it comes to vintage shops, and a lot of the ones we do have can be rather pricey, unlike the amazing Northern Quater of Manchester. So I was delighted to find out that the dress was a complete bargain at fifteen pounds!!! Which was the best offer I’ve had on vintage clothing since I visited COW Manchester.

So yes, the North East may not have many vintage stores but sometimes if you are willing to hunt, you might just find the best retro easter eggs in the most unlikely of places (like quirky little train stations).

Kate xx

Is this the most versatile accessory ever? 

I’ve always had a thing for headwear and hair accessories. It’s always been my ‘thing’ as I have never been someone who wears jewellery but I love to play around with shoes, bags and headwear. I like to add a bit of quirkiness or nostalgia to my outfits because, hey! It’s fun to be different and I think the way to do that best is with accessories. 

As I am a recent graduate and have things to save for, I tend to try and be a bit more savvy with my buys where I can. I spotted this gorgeous satin scarf the other day and it was an instant impulse buy. I fell in love with the bold, satsuma orange colour with its oriental bloom pattern, which gives the glamorous 1940’s land girl vibe that I love. 

I have found that unlike some hair-ties, it is a perfect length to be a really versatile accessory, which is great because you get more looks for your mula! 

Aside from using it for multiple hairstyles, you can tie them around your neck for another more sophisticated, polished vintage vibe. It also makes for a nice alternative to the choker trend if you want to be a bit different. Pair with a trench, red listick and sunnies or a crisp white blouse and tailored trousers for a glam, retro daytime look. 

If you like to be a bit edgier with your fashion, scarves also look super cool wrapped around ankles and wrists to add a more effortlessly casual, boho accent to any maxi dress, shorts or jeans combo. 

Finally I really love to use vintage scarves to upcycle thrifted or basic bags. It helps to give them a retro twist, adds detail and gives them a new lease of life. Tip: they look great wrapped around smaller handles multiple times and knotted to finish. Also the great thing about having a scarf attached to your bag all the time is that you’ll never be caught out having a surprise bad hair day! 

If you want to experiment with scarves you can buy them new at H&M, (where the featured scarf is from), they have a couple of different patterns so you can choose one which suits, or you can pick them up from almost all vintage sales and shops if you’re looking for something a bit more individual. 

Remember you can follow me on Instagram for regular styling posts @katewears, I’d love to see your take on the trend too! 

Happy accessorising! 

Kate xx

Fishnets & Florals

After what feels like a long winter, Spring has finally sprung, which means freshening up the wardrobe and beginning to trade in jumpers and coats for something a bit lighter and more exciting.

It’s not always the easiest thing dressing for the new season. The weather is rarely predictable (particularly¬†up North), so it’s good to have some more transitional pieces for those in-between¬†days.

I picked up this lovely dress about a month ago while looking for something to wear for a night out, though I have since realised just how versatile it is.

It is long sleeved, which makes it perfect for breezier days, but the fabric is a light cotton which makes it light and airy for when the sun shines.

It also has a dropped waist, which I never really go for as they tend to make me look out of proportion being small, however, on this dress it is more graduated giving it a fuller, floatier skirt and more of a dolly kind of vibe. The¬†only thing I’d¬†say is it’s not great for is windy weather, which I quickly learned when I¬†inadvertently flashed the majority of the toon¬†the other day.

For some reason this frock really gave me Dolce and Gabbana¬†vibes, maybe it was the rose embroidery detail, which I thought gave it a bit of a classically regal feel. To keep this transitional piece current, I¬†added fishnets and a distressed denim jacket with rolled up sleeves to make it more grungey. It’s also great for adding a layer of warmth for those colder days.

Bottle blue loafers and a red ribbon choker were added to add a pop of colour for the new season and to keep in with the Italian chic side of the outfit.

The look is quite dark but I added little pops of colour in the accessories to match the embroidery as a gradual submersion back in to brighter hues, rather than charging full force in to bright colours as the weather is still changeable.  As for mid-spring, it would also look really cool with no tights and some mules or knotted pool sliders.

I don’t know about you but i’m super excited for the brighter weather, and can’t wait to wear brighter clothes and pretty shoes again, and to have a play around with the new seasons trends!

Kate xx

Featured clothes

.Dress, Primark.

.Denim jacket, thrifted, brand- Diesel.

.Loafers, Zara.

.Fishnets, Primark.

.Ribbon for choker, Paperchase.

The five beauty products that saved my skin

I wouldn’t normally write about beauty solely because I am no beauty guru. I’m pretty crap when it comes to makeup and cosmetics, but when it comes to skincare I have tried and tested a lot over the years including high street and high-end, and would like to share my current favourites¬†which have ultimately saved my skin.

All throughout my teens, I was pretty lucky and generally had a clear complexion but in the past three years, I’ve¬†been prone to the odd bad breakout. Last year I can honestly say¬†that my skin was the worst it had ever been due to a range of things including stress and sickness.

I¬†had already been using some of the products earlier in the year and they’d kept my skin super clear but when it got really bad I tried to use other products which didn’t¬†really work out of panic. I finally went back to them at the end of the year and started 2017 much more fresh faced, in the knowledge that natural products are much more suited to my sensitive skin.

Now my first three products are all by the same brand which is Biore. I discovered¬†these guys on Instagram as I follow Shay Mitchell who is an ambassador. Usually, I don’t really buy into the whole¬†beauty ambassador stuff, but I¬†clicked the link and started reading up on the brand. They seemed really positive and trying them has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

So my number 1 product has to be the Biore ‘Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser’ which I have used for ages. Charcoal is known to draw out impurities and the bottle claims to deep clean 2x better than a basic cleanser and naturally purifies. I have to say this product has been amazing. It really cools your skin and works really well on oily skin too, balancing it out which of course¬†stops new spots forming. I saw a difference within about two days so it’s fast acting too and it has, touch wood, kept my skin clear for the longest time. I really can’t recommend this product enough.

My next two products I’d probably put on the same level. They are both again Biore products and are scrubs and I tend to go between the two.

Firstly there is the Blemish Clearing Scrub which claims to “clear and polish without damaging skin’ and is oil free. This one is good I think for if you, like me, have really sensitive or combination skin. This¬†one also releases deep rooted dirt which causes spots and polishes the spots already there. It also has a super fresh smell and leaves your skin really soft and polished. It is a nice gentle scrub which doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry but also doesn’t equally encourage more oil.

The second scrub product I’d recommend is the ‘Baking Soda’scrub which comes in a smaller pot but lasts forever. It comes as a usual Baking Soda power which you just pour into your palm and add water to. This one is more of a gentle exfoliation which leaves skin really smooth. The only thing I’d say is after¬†scrubbing wash it straight off as if you have sensitive skin it can be quite drying. If you have oily skin though it could be good for balancing out your complexion.

After I’ve done with my scrubs and cleaners I like to use coconut oil as a moisturiser, which is relatively new for me but seems to be working really well. It is an oil but it sinks in really quickly and doesn’t make your skin greasy so doesn’t encourage spots. It is also known to clear acne and scars and leaves your skin nice and fresh and moisturised. I know coconut oil can be quite expensive but I picked up a big pot from the cooking section in Aldi for an amazing ¬£2.99. A little goes a long way and can also be used on the rest of your body and as a healthy alternative to cooking oil also, just split it into different pots. This is definitely one of my cannot live without products, it’s just made my skin so much fresher and hydrated, so this I would 120% recommend to anyone.

I then finish off my regime with Freederm’s ‘Fast Track’ gel which I’ll occasionally apply to the odd spot I have that’s cropped up. It works within three hours by reducing the size and redness. I’ve tried a lot of these spot-on treatments and this one is definitely the most effective.

So those are my current top skincare recommendations. I don’t claim to have perfect skin, I do still get the odd breakouts every so often, but they are nowhere near as bad or as frequent since I’ve used these products. So if you’re having trouble I’d definitely consider giving them a go!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and let me know what you think if you give them a try!

Kate xx