Thursday, 20 October 2016

Autumn Layering with Navabi*

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the cold air with the warm sunshine, I love the colours of the leaves and nature, and I love the fashion. Layering always makes me feel like an outfit is just that bit more put together, that bit more chic. And when I saw this Navabi Manon Baptiste Colour Block Cardigan* I was in love.

It is absolutely perfect autumn colours, with shades of rusty oranges and grey, and the long line style is perfect for those colder days and nights. When this arrived and I opened up the packaging, one touch of this cardigan made it obvious that it was a sublime quality. The material is so soft and beautiful, and it is the sort of fabric that does not crease, which is perfect for a lazy girl like me!

I paired the cardigan with a cold shoulder dress from New Look, fun mesh leggings from ASOS, platform boots from Yours Clothing and necklace from Bloody Mary Metal. The oranges and grey of the cardigan with the red of the dress aren't a combination I would usually go for, but I think all the tones really worked together. I look like a chic pumpkin!

The leggings are really fun, a mixture of jersey and mesh that shows my leg tattoos off even in the cold. I always end up wearing leggings a lot in autumn and winter, and styles like this are just a bit more interesting. I always size down in ASOS leggings, and with these I could have probably sized down a second time as they do stretch a good deal as you wear them. My boots are from last year, Yours are one of the few places to sell up to a 10EEE which is the size I need, so I tend to leap at the chance to have cute heels. These are adorable, but not suitable for a lot of walking. After we shot these photos we walked all over Cheltenham visiting my parents, and my poor beans suffered badly for my footwear choice!

You guys know Stevie Nicks is one of my style icons, so I had to do my best Stevie Nicks pose to really show off the oversized style of this cardigan. It is one of the nicest things I have ever owned, and the quality of it is just wow. It is the ultimate in comfy chic.

I felt so cool in this outfit, but so cosy too. All the stripes and colour blocks make simple oversized lines really interesting and add so much to the outfit.

This cardigan also comes in a blue/grey/mustard combo that is beautiful too, and I really want that to wrap myself up in too! I love the length and style of this cardigan, I'm 5ft 11 and it hits to just below my knees which is awesome, and so unusual! It would be more of a true midi-style on someone of a more average height.

Navabi are the ultimate in dreamy high end plus size fashion, and I love that I can collaborate with them and share their designer pieces with you guys. That I can share both the cheapest of budget pieces, and then a truly delightful designer piece is so amazing to me!

Now, something different. Some of these blog photos are not like the others, there's a little something hidden in them. Comment if you find it!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

*denotes an item that was gifted for review purposes. In no way does this impact upon my opinions, which are entirely my own.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Dreaming of Autumn Fashion

Autumn is my favourite time of year for fashion. The colours, the layering, it just feels more chic to me, and it feels like I can make more of an effort. I am doing some serious window shopping right now so had to share some favourites!


Club L Plus Velvet Dress                              ASOS Curve Green Faux Fur Coat

ASOS as ever have some real treasures in their new in section. I'm loving the leggings they have right now, with the cold comes a need for leggings and they have some really great options with the fun mesh inserts. High necks are a real trend for autumn/winter that I am enjoying too, it's not often plus size fashion really offers high necks so I'm glad to see it as an option for us too.

Khaki Ribbed Long Line Cardigan                            Faux Fur Collar Maxi Coat 
                 Black Floral Print Dress                                       Burgundy Velvet Skater Dress   

New Look have the velvet party dresses of your dreams! Velvet and winter just go together so beautifully and I'm glad it seems to be a yearly trend right now. Long line and maxi length cardigans and jackets are so chic right now, and throw faux fur into the mix and I'm in lust.

              Samoon Polkadot Pussy Bow Top                   Manon Baptiste Faux Suede Jacket  

And for truly stunning high end beauty, I had to share some of my picks from my favourite's Navabi. For true style, look no further. They have everything you could ever want to ooze glamour. They also have the most gorgeous jackets and cardigans, and because it's Navabi, you know the quality is absolutely top notch.

What are your favourite trends for this year?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Leopard Print Pretty with CowCow*

Will my CowCow obsession ever stop? No, I don't think it ever will. I wish they'd existed years ago, teenage me would have adored what they do. And 28 year old me is still so very into it. This time it's a dress from their Amazon store, the women's leopard print double sided skater dress in turquoise*.

Their Amazon store is full of vibrant prints and adorable patterns in skirts, dresses and leggings. The variety in their Amazon store isn't as vast, but it is all ready to ship designs, unlike their own website. I love leopard print, but rather than opt for a more typical leopard print colour, this bright turquoise green was so fun I couldn't resist.

The skater dress is an absolute fave of mine, the sleeveless design is great for nights out, and the spandex material is soft, comfortable and stretchy. It has a good amount of material in the skirt to skim over your hips and give good twirl!

I'm 5ft 11, and this particular dress sits a couple of inches above my knee. Usually they are slightly longer, but this dress is actually a 3X, and I usually wear a 4X in CowCow. Not all their designs are available in every size (yet! They are working on it) and this is one that stops at a 3X. I decided to risk it and I am glad I did, whilst a little shorter than my usual size, it's so fun I couldn't resist.

Because this dress is a size smaller than my usual, it is a little more stretched out on me. In this close up you can very faintly see white horizontal lines down the dress where the fabric has stretched. I've lightened this photo so you can see them, but they are nowhere near this noticeable in real life. In the interest of transparency, I just want to be honest and share this because the dress does have a white base, so as it stretches it will become sheerer. However, the lines are so faint in person that it wouldn't stop me wearing this at all. This happened because I got a dress in a size too small, so in the correct size this wouldn't happen.

CowCow dresses have become my go-to wardrobe for gigs. The fabric is lightweight and breathable enough that you can dance and get all hot and sweaty and the dress doesn't exacerbate it! Paired with my trusty pleather jacket, favourite Demonia boots and leggings, this is easy Autumn wardrobe that still looks fun and is so comfy.

This dress costs £8.99. For real. It's £8.99 and the shipping is free. That's seriously incredible, and helps explain why I now have so much CowCow! It's a real bargain, and I just can't resist.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

*this denotes an item that was gifted to me. In no way does this impact upon my opinions which are entirely my own.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Sainsburys Halloween Homeware Haul

So this might just be part 2 of what is at least a 3 part Halloween homeware haul... I have a problem and I have embraced it! I love Halloween and I love keeping Halloween themed things around my house all year round. Spoopy goodness!

Sainsburys have most of their range online, and in fact a whole bunch of stuff that they didn't have in my local store, however this adorable plastic Monster Munchies container is not on their website. As soon as I saw it I had to have it! It's an adorable popcorn style container and it's so damn cute. I use Halloween themed bowls like this all year round for parties and this is my new favourite.

These little felt bats are actually tree decorations! So I am absolutely keeping these to have on our actual Christmas tree. Because I like our Christmas to be spooky too!

I also couldn't resist these Halloween baubles. It's maybe a little odd to think of Halloween stuff as so cute, but I really think it is! Especially when you make it glittery too.

These baubles are only £3 a pack, so I snapped up a couple of each.

And finally, this doormat was reduced to only £1.99. We've got doormats, but they get worn out so I like to replace them, and what better theme to replace them with than a haunted house one!

I could have bought way more from Sainsburys, especially now I've been online and have seen all the other homeware they have.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Colourpop Haul!

Sometimes you find a makeup brand that gives you serious lust, and you are just desperate to try them. Especially when it turns out they are cruelty free! Colourpop are definitely one of those brands. They have made such a splash in the cosmetics world, but didn't offer worldwide shipping for a long time. Earlier this year they started offering UK shipping so I knew the time was coming that I'd place an order. And then I got an email letting me know they had free worldwide shipping for over $25, and it had to be!

It took about two and a half weeks for the package to arrive, and I got a £17 customs fee. Ouch. But with the free shipping, it still worked out as a pretty good deal and I was excited to get my hands on it all! I bought a mixture of their classic ultra matte lips, and their lippie stix. I love matte liquid lips, but they can be a bit drying and with winter coming I'm wearing lipstick more and more.

I couldn't resist trying out one of their collections, and opted for the lippie stix collection 'Staycation'. At $25 for 5 shades it seemed a bargain, and all the colours looked like ones I'd wear. 

They come displayed in this gorgeous box, with a magnetic clasp and a mirror in the lid. It's really lovely, and would make such a nice gift! 

The lippie stix all have their colour on the base of their packaging, and the rest is plain white. They have the Colourpop logo and lippie stix written on them in really cute holographic type. I love the holographic touch, it's something really pretty and fun. The lid has a good 'click' to it which shows the quality, and the actual lipstick is a twist up with a smaller application area than a traditional lipstick.

You get 6 colours inside, ranging from a more natural beige tone, through to a darker brown, a classic red, and even a pretty purple.

I also picked up 'Creature' in the lippie stix format, and a lippe stix primer. I tried to veer away from my usual purple tones and instead try out something different. The lippie stix retail for $5 a pop, so even with the crappy exchange rate these days, it's still a pretty good price.

Some of the bottoms on the lippie stix in the Staycation box have worn a little on the base, so some of the text has come off. I'm not particularly phased by this as they are a for me, but I'm not sure I'd be too pleased to receive them as a gift looking worn.

Creature, and then the Staycation pack. Cookie, Brink, Grunge, LBB, I <3 This and Bossy.

Creature is a deep reddish brown, a perfect Autumn colour. Cookie is a very light fawn colour, Brink is a similar tone but darker. Grunge is a true brown, LBB is a gorgeous purple tone, I <3 This is a bright fuchsia, and Bossy is a blue toned red. All are very smooth and go on beautiful. All of these swatches are a single swipe, no layering, they are SO pigmented! The primer is clear, so can be worn as a base under any colour.

I tested out Grunge both with and without the primer. Without the primer is slowly wore off and vanished as soon as I ate food, which is to be expected for a lipstick. With the primer however it faded only when I ate, which is pretty impressive! I also think it helps it fade more evenly, rather than fading more on the inside of my lips.

The packaging on the ultra mattes is really cute and solid. Clear plastic bases with silver lids, and the holographic logo that is so striking. These are products with really nice chunky packaging, it feels sturdy in your hand which is always a good sign of quality.

I went for a mix of colours, getting Limbo, Time Square, Beeper and Viper. Brown lipstick is a trend I so wanted to try out, and Colourpop seem to be one of the few brands who have a good range of brown tones.

Limbo is a gorgeous brown, Time Square is a light pinky brown, Beeper is a pale brown, and Viper is a rosy browny red. These dry down fully matte, and within a couple of minutes too. This is one coat! They apply beautifully, and the pigmentation is fantastic. They will need to be removed with an oil based remover. I forgot I'd run out of oil based remover when I swatched these... and ended up using sunflower oil to clean up my warm. Oops!

Overall, I am so very impressed with these lip products. I would absolutely order from them again, but I would wait for a sale or discount code so the customs hit isn't so bad. If you have a good discount, it basically makes it back up to what the original price should have been, which I can totally tolerate. I wish they had a UK stockist, but for now their website is the only place to buy them from.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Sunday, 9 October 2016

A Galaxy Far, Far Away with CowCow*

During my hunt for beautiful galaxy print goodies that resulted in the discover of this skirt on CowCow, I couldn't resist further ogling and stumbled upon this beauty. I've been making a conscious effort to expand the colours in my wardrobe and this luscious green colour really caught my eye. Green is my new favourite!

This is the Green Galaxy Skater Dress* and it retails for $50.99. It's a traditional skater skirt style with a lovely full skirt. It's made of a spandex type material that is so comfy to wear. The material means it isn't too hot in the summer, and isn't too cool in the autumn, perfect! You can also get this dress in the short sleeved skater dress style if cap sleeves are more your pace.

I got this in my usual style and it fits great. It sits just above my knee which I am more than happy about (I'm 5ft 11 for reference). The waist section doesn't sit on my waist, but this style of dress never does because of my height, instead it flares out from about an inch under my bust which looks just as cute.

The print is just everything. The mixture of greens and blacks and browns with lighter flashes makes it ideal to add to my wardrobe now it's autumn. While this has no sleeves, you can easily pop a long sleeve tshirt underneath it to keep it wearable all year round. I paired it with my trusty pleather jacket, leggings with a mesh side panel and converses. Classic Kitty! I can never resist.

As with all the apparel at CowCow, you can customise and design your own prints! You can find out how to find free to use images here! Be careful with usage rights and make sure they are available for use. I'm seriously tempted to have some of my nature photography made into a badass dress. You can sell your own designs through CowCow, and having a store with them is free! There are literally thousands of ready made prints to choose from, so if you have an idea just search for it and you can almost guarantee they have something in that theme.

Unlike their Amazon store, apparel on the CowCow website is printed and made just for you when you order it. Their Amazon store is full of ready made and ready to go items, but their website is where the real magic happens. It has so many different styles and designs, and all sorts of products and prints you can't get through their Amazon store. The products on their website are pricier than their Amazon, but that's because the prints are designed by independent artists who are also being paid for their artwork. So when you buy from the CowCow website, you are also supporting artists!

My CowCow addiction is never ending at this point. The dresses in particular are like Pokemon, I gotta wear 'em all!

Much love,
Kitty xxx

*denotes an item that was gifted for review purposes. In no way does this impact upon my opinions which are entirely my own.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

A Surprise Fashion Print Colouring Book!*

The lovely folks at Laurence King Publishing recently surprised me with a beautiful new release from their adult colouring book range. They sent me Matthew Williamson's Fashion, Print and Colouring Book* which you can buy direct from their website and anywhere good that sells books!

I thoroughly enjoyed the last book they sent me, Floribunda by Leila Duly, so I was really excited to see this one. As a fashion lover, I was intrigued to see what form this book took, and it really blew me away. It's huge, a real coffee table book, and boy is it beautiful. 

The focus in this book is prints in fashion which just absolutely delighted me. I half expected waif-ish models to be coloured in, but instead gorgeous prints greet you on every page waiting to be coloured in in whatever way your heart desires.

The quality of this colouring book is amazing. The paper is thick and I'm pretty sure you could use sharpies in this and it not be a problem. It's different from most colouring books in that each print actually have an example of it in colour, with a blurb on the history and design of the print itself.

Look at those beautiful thick pages! I am seriously impressed. Especially by the price point which is £15.95. For that price and this quality, this is stunning. Theis would be a beautiful and unusual gift for Christmas!

Moths, butterflies and dragon flies are a recurring theme throughout the book, which you know is right up my street! It made me so happy to flick through and see creatures that mean so much to me.

Just look at those colours! This is the sort of book you could leave out on your table and feel proud to share. It's something really special and I was blown away by it. The book itself is quite large, measuring 33cm x 25cm, so you really are getting a lot for your money.

I love this, and I am really looking forward to colouring it all in! Laurence King make such gorgeous books, I highly suggest checking our their range. Colouring books for adults are a wonderful trend and I'm glad it's continuing.

Much love,
Kitty xxx

*this denotes an item that was gifted to me for review purposes. In no way does this impact upon my opinions which are entirely my own.