Thursday, 31 January 2013

That special feeling

Photo by Victoria Adamson from this page.

Doesn't the above photograph really capture that feeling of being totally comfortable in your outfit? Those moments when the clothes look and feel just how you wanted to. When you walk down the street, face beaming, thinking 'man, I feel good today'. Often it is outfits that are simple and casual, yet perfectly matched and well-tailored which provoke such a response for me. Or when it's that newly bought item that you can't get enough of. Oh, I want more of those days!

There is no way on earth that this girl is not smiling. She knows that her perfectly tailored trench is made by Burberry, the king of all trenches, and not only that but it's got to be super comfy. 

This is just one in a series of beautiful photographs of what the ELLE UK team wear to work - Read it here. 

Katie x

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Pin Love

I can't believe that I am yet to mention on this blog my love of Pinterest.
I eventually got an account after all the hype, and I liked it. I liked it because essentially it's all about looking at lots and lots of pretty pictures and being able to see them all at once on a 'board'. I also loved the fresh, white, modernistic layout - like Bloglovin. However, I hardly ever bothered to go out of my way to look at the website. My Pinterest was vacant. Board-less. Boring.

But then I got an Iphone. I downloaded the Pinterest app, and everything changed. I browse the beautiful pictures daily and add to my boards of inspiration. I'm forever longing for my own place as I add to my 'Home decor' and 'Dream home' boards - I cannot wait to decorate a space of my own.

I have a board of 'inspiring quotes' so that there is forever motivation in my pocket. I have a board for ideas that I could use at work. My favourite board of all - Fashion. Any time I can't think what to wear, I can just pick up my phone and look at the fabulous pictures for instant inspiration. I LOVE IT!!


I almost wish that I could actually have all these images on my walls.
Hmm, Pinterest wallpaper....

Katie x

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Rows of Reciepts

I'm feeling geared up for being more creative this year, but first I have to ensure that I meet the tax return deadline.
This weekend I have managed to calculate another tax year's income and expenditure, leaving me on schedule with only a little more to sort out.

It's a shame that there's not much weekend left to enjoy (who decided that we should work 5 days out of 7?), but it's always nice to go into the week feeling a little more in top of things.

I hope you had a lovely weekend, and wish you a good week to come. We're forecast to see snow over here in the UK.

Katie x

Sunday, 6 January 2013


Sorry dear followers, if you're still with me, for yet another period of blog neglect. To be honest, I am a little reluctant to share with you my list of goals for the new year. Mostly because posting it increases the pressure of following it through! There is also a fear of writing a post that is reminiscent of old MySpace questionnaires which I will look back at and cringe. But those are not good thoughts, right? That is not the attitude with which to start a new year, right? A 'can do' attitude please Katie! So here we go, *deep breath* goals for 2013.

• Be creative and artistic - I really must try to stop neglecting the artist in me because I get tired an start making good use of my free time. Picasso said "All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up", and that is so true. I need to stop thinking about creative things that I could do, and start doing them. I need to enjoy the creative process, rather than fear a poor outcome. Though it's a little vague, this is my number one goal for the year.

• Move out - I desperately want my own place. Budget is restricting me and that's very frustrating, but I am determined that this will be the year.

• Do at least one blog challenge - A more specific goal for following the 'be creative' idea. I love the fact that they could encourage me to blog more / better. Though I'm not sure where to find them - so if you spot any good ones, let me know!

• Make or customise at least one garment or accessory - Again, a more specific one for being creative. This is a big challenge for me!

• Be punctual - Perhaps an even bigger challenge, and the one I am most likely not to succeed with. But I'm back to work tomorrow, and would like to start being a little early a lot more often rather than just on time. Mostly because this would mean strolling up the hill to work rather than rushing, and not being quite so knackered before I've started!

• Plan outfits in advance - To save time in the morning, help make the above target more possible and have less poor outfit days.

• Make friend dates - Not just with current friends, but to push myself to set up 'dates' with those people I feel could become good friends.

• Harden up - Though I'm pleased that my sensitivity makes nice gestures and time with friends more meaningful, sometimes I really do need to get a grip, stop over thinking and toughen up.

• Have proper me time - I'm too often guilty of spending time doing nothing but actually not really relaxing. I need intentionally make 'me time' and pamper myself a little.

To help me with all of the above, I'm going to try to have in my mind constantly the quote which has resonated with me the most in 2012. I think I need to see this great quote in beautiful typography every day.....

Wishing you all a very happy and fulfilling new year.

Katie x

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