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 

 

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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 

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Copyright: ASOS

Off Shoulder Jumpsuit, £35, ASOS

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Copyright: Mango @ASOS

Frill Hem Trousers, £35.99, Mango @ASOS

 

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

 

 

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.