Tuesday, 25 February 2014

127. It's just a common view, I guess it's lost on you.

Bracelet: Gift  //  Watch: Gift  //  Shoes: New Look (Limited Edition)  //  Jumper: Zara  //  Top: New Look  //  Skirt: New Look

Hello my lovelies,

Long time no speak after blogging so much beforehand! It's awful to say but don't you think that sometimes life just sort of...gets in the way? I don't want to wish my life away but recently it seems a bit of a drag, a bit of a routine. Maybe it's the horrible weather we've been having, I don't know, but now the sun is shinning on these still very chilly days, the best kind transitioning from Winter to Spring, so I have no excuse but to wear a smile!

I thought I would try and shoot my outfit somewhere different today as Jack has just started a new job so all the free time he had before has gone (amazing for him, not so good for my new 'on location' ootd's!). The only place in my house which has some amount of good lighting is mine and Jack's bedroom and there's not a great deal of room to photograph standing up, so I improvised. What do you think? I felt a bit weird posing on my bed trying to get the right angle but I think I just about managed it in the end. Let me know what you think, I'd really like some feedback :)

I bought this gingham skirt from New Look a few days ago and wanted to style it for work today. I went for a pretty simple outfit to not override the gingham print. I think my cream quilted jumper from Zara works really well with this skirt as there's different textures and prints involved that seem to compliment each other. I accessorised few by wearing only my everyday jewellery; my watch that my Mum got me and my bracelet that Jack got me. To finish this look I went for my trusty leather sandals, tights and my pink coat to add a bit of colour (not photographed as I was indoors!)

I also shoved my hair up as it needs washing tonight but I got quite a few compliments on how I looked today so I was happy :)

I think when I style this skirt on other occasions I will have to keep it simple. Gingham is a print which can be quite tricky to work with but if you get it right it makes for an awesome eye-catching outfit. And of course, gingham is so in this season ;)

Before I forget and end this post, I also filmed today's outfit and put together a little 'ootd' video as I haven't done one in a very long time. I hope you enjoy it!

Speak soon lovelies,

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Braces update - 1 week on

Hello lovelies,

Today, as promised, I have another braces video for you explaining how I have found the first week of having braces and how I am adjusting to them etc. I'm not going to make this a long blog post and talk about what has been going on over past week concerning my braces as I pretty much cover everything in my video so if you would like to know how I got on, how I dealt with the pain and eating etc then give the video a cheeky watch below ;)

If you have any questions please comment below and if I receive enough questions then I will do a q&a video to answer them all, if not I will of course answer them anyway :) Please thumbs up and subscribe if you want to see more!

Speak to you soon lovelies,

Monday, 17 February 2014

LFW & Valentines Day

Hello lovelies,

I hope you all had a lovely valentines day on Friday whether you spent it with your partner, your friends or your family. I was fortunate enough to be invited to Ong-Oaj Pairam's show at London Fashion Week so I was super, super excited about that! It was my first ever invite to a show at LFW and I was so surprised that I had even been invited! I honestly felt so privileged and of course couldn't pass up the opportunity to go! 

Me and Jack exchanged cards and gifts in the morning. I got him the most amazing card (even if I do say so myself) which is also a little personal joke of ours and he got me the flowers and Date Night Fund pot which I thought was the sweetest thing as we never get to spend enough quality time together or treat ourselves. It can hold up to £1000!! So if we managed to fill it it could be our ticket out of Southampton!

After asking Jack a thousand times to join me in London for the day he eventually agreed (I think promising a meal in China town did it!) I only had one invite to the show so Jack entertained himself by drawing up some tattoo design commissions in a cafe whilst I felt super out of my depth surrounded by fashionista's in Freemason's Hall, but also really proud that I was there, soaking in the atmosphere. Unfortunately I hadn't managed to change my shutter speed on my camera (I really must learn how to do that!) by the time the show started so my photo's aren't the best. I feel like a bit of a let down attending an amazing LFW show and coming away with no great photos to show for it, however if I am lucky enough to get invited to any in the future I will be prepared, I promise!! I was gutted as I was frantically snapping away and they weren't snapping quick enough!! (has this happened to anyone else? Such a pain in the ass!). I loved the new collection exploring the fascination with danger inspired by Ursula from The Little Mermaid, especially the flowing dresses at the end, it's well worth a look! Anyway, I had the most amazing time being there and it just made me realise how much I want to do this. It has always been my dream to attend LFW whether it be working backstage, being invited to a show or attending as a blogger, I want to be there, and I feel that this has been a little stepping stone towards my dream, so thank you Katchthis for the invite, I cannot thank you enough!

After the show I went and met Jack in Cafe Nero for a hot chocolate and cheeky slice of wheat and gluten free chocolate cake (yum!). Jack was still drawing and I was sat there with a goofy smile on my face thinking about how fortunate I had been, when low and behold the beautiful Sammi from The Beauty Crush walks in!! All I could think was 'Omg! I watch your video's?! Do I say hi and get a photo or do I leave it?' I had already spotted her on the front row in the show and now she was in the same cafe as me! Anyway, my shy side completely took over and I didn't say hi as I just didn't want to bother her, however later on I tweeted about it and she replied and was so lovely and said I should have, so I was kicking myself! But anyway, fan-girling over, me and Jack headed to China Town for dinner.

Me and Jack found the sweetest little Chinese restaurant to eat in. There was a little bit of a wait but it was well worth it as the food came out quickly and tasted amazing! It was definitely the perfect ending to our day in London together for Valentines Day.

Again, I am so sorry I can't show you any photos of my outfit or the show but you can click here to see Ong-Oaj Pairam's amazing collection.

Speak to you soon loves,

Thursday, 13 February 2014

126. Floral lanes

Rucksack: Mi Pac  //  Coat: New Look  //  Jumper & Shorts: Zara  //  Shoes: New Look

Hey beauts,

This outfit was what I wore on Tuesday when I went to get my braces (last ootd without braces!!). It was taken just outside of my dentist in a pretty little street in Bishops Waltham. I really love this little village, it is right up my street because of the old vintage looking buildings, the traditional sweet shop and numerous cafes and bar/restaurants. It's just so peaceful there.

This is an outfit that I actually wore to Brighton and forgot to photograph (too much exploring to be done!) and I wanted to photograph it as I really love these shorts that I bought in the Zara sale just after Christmas. I paired them with my beloved Zara quilted jumper (all Zara'd out!) for a casual and comfortable look. Obviously the weather is very chilly and windy at the moment so tights were a must, and my new favourite coat of course. I also took my new floral tapestry rucksack for a spin from mi-pac. They very kindly got in contact after this post on the tan rucksack and offered to send me and my boyfriend 2 more rucksacks of our choice. I am super thankful that they did as we both love our bags and Jack uses his on a daily basis, so here's a very belated thank you mi-pac!

I hope you've all had a good week so far and have a lovely Valentines day tomorrow whatever you are doing :)

Speak soon lovelies,

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

6 Month Smile

Hello my loves,

So basically, I got braces!! After many years of being self conscious about smiling because of my wonky teeth I have finally been about to afford to get them straightened out. This is not a decision I took lightly, it did take a lot of uhming and ahhing and 'do I really want to go through the pain?' or 'am I really that unhappy with my teeth?' - the answer was yes! And why not do it whilst I am still living at home and can afford to do it, because let's face it as soon as I move out there would never be a right time to do it.

The 6 month smile treatment is basically invisible 'train-track' braces for 6-8 months depending on how bad your teeth are. They get tightened every month and it is a quicker way of getting your teeth straightened rather than normal braces. I was lucky enough to know someone who was getting the 6 month smile done at the time and she could tell me what they do, how it all works, how much it costs etc so I had a little insight into the treatment before I even went for my consultation. Following my friend, I decided to go to Simon Smyth Dentistry, a small run dentist in Bishop's Waltham, for my free consultation (yes that's right kids, a free consultation! I found that pretty rare when researching!) already knowing I wanted it done. As I walked in it was like walking into a normal house, no typical dentist waiting room in sight which was a massive plus as I usually hate going to the dentist. Everyone there was so friendly and welcoming and made you feel really at ease. The consultation went really well and I booked up my next appointment to have a scale and polish and a mould fitting just 1 week after having my consultation (this was mid January). Skip forward 4 weeks and here I am with my braces fitted!! So that is how quickly it all happened!

Onto the cost. So getting braces is never cheap, that's a fact. Some may think that what I am paying is too expensive, but for me I feel confident in the treatment and the dentist I have chosen knowing someone else who has had the treatment and is happy with the results. In total the 6 month smile will cost me £2850 for getting both my top and bottom row of teeth done. You pay a £500 deposit when you get your braces fitted and after that you pay monthly at around £300 a time. Like I said, this isn't cheap so please make sure you can afford it if you do decide to do this as you cannot pull out and will have to pay the bill. 

I got my braces fitted yesterday afternoon so I have had my first proper day of wearing braces and it is a weird sensation. It is really hard to adjust your lips to the brace to begin with but it doesn't take long to get used to where your lips should sit. I woke up this morning and my bottom teeth were very sensitive and achy but an Ibuprofen soon sorted that out. After that came the braces rubbing on my lips. You get given a little pot of wax to put over the certain brackets on your brace that are rubbing, which I am finding really helps, but it does still tend to rub on your lips as you are not used to it. This has ended in 2 ulcers today so I bought some Iglu and I was also told to buy some teething gel to help sooth my mouth aswell but I am yet to use that.

So that is my update on my braces so far! Below is a video if you want to see me go from no braces to braces to see how I got on on the day. Sorry this post is a bit rambly, I wanted to try and fit it all in one post and then I will do an progress post next week or something. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to comment below or email me at kirstilee24@hotmail.co.uk and I will try my best to answer :)

Speak soon loves,

Monday, 10 February 2014

How To: Store your jewellery

Hello my lovelies,

I was tidying up my dressing table the other day and thought I would just share with you a way which I store my jewellery. I actually got this idea from Zoella as I saw in one of her videos (somewhere down the line, I'm pretty sure I've watched them all...) that she had used plates to store some bits and bobs including jewellery. I bought some vintage plates from various charity shops for a project that I did in college a long time ago and I still had some left over so I decided to use them to store my earrings on. I have layered up the plates too to create a little stack with my jewellery on top which I really like. I love how it shows a little snippet of each plate, the colour and the patterns and also the shapes of the plates too as they have different edging.

I have also used little floral ceramic bowls which once had candles in, bought from Ikea. When I eventually finished the candles I wanted to use the pots for something but I wasn't too sure what until I cleaned them up and popped them on my dresser and realised they went really well with my plates. I have collar clips, rings and brooches in these bowls to keep them all together.

This is something I have done for a couple of years now so I sort of see it as the norm but it wasn't until the other day that I thought it's a nice, different way to store your jewellery and I wanted to share that with you and possibly inspire you? I hope you like this idea, or if you do this too then comment below I would love to know who else does this :)

Speak to you soon lovelies,

Sunday, 9 February 2014

125. It's a walk in the park, doll face

Hello lovelies,

Today is a tie your hair in a top knot and go kind of day (and it's a good job too with the gale force winds we're having at the moment!). Me and Jack took my handsome boy, Josh, out for a walk to the local park and I quite liked my outfit so I thought I would take some pictures and show you my gorgeous dog at the same time (despite my hair and face looking a bit of a mess!).

I always forget I have this blouse which I bought at the clothes show a couple of years back from a brand called Max C London. I really love it because it has a double collar (I'm a sucker for a good collar), the first layer is a peter pan style collar and underneath it has a normal collar poking out. I paired it with these polka dot shorts which I also forget I have (wardrobe clear out anyone?!), my beloved pink coat and tights and boots (essentials for dog walking). Sometimes I think it's nice to just go out for a walk and enjoy your surroundings, and it's always a lot more fun when there's a dog involved, especially one who is 11 years old and acts like he's 2 still!

Coat: New Look  //  Blouse: Max C London  //  Shorts: New Look  //  Boots: New Look-Limited Edition

I hope you're all having a good weekend! Only two more days until I get braces!! Ahhh!

Speak to you soon lovelies,
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