23 July 2015

What blogging has taught me

10 things I have learnt since starting a blog 2

3 years ago I sat down and created my corner of the Internet, completely oblivious to the things it would teach me along the way- some good, some not so good. In all honesty, I didn't think the 'blogging thing' would last for more than 5 minutes; my track record for keeping up hobbies past the age of 17 (when I discovered alcohol and boys) was pretty pathetic. The fact that I gave up being a member of the university dance society because it clashed with my favourite student night says it all!

But, lo and behold, LOLA KATE is still going...here are a few things I have learnt along the way:
 

1. Camera envy is a thing. I don't even know how to properly use the one I have now but that doesn't mean I don't want all of the DSLR'S and lenses ever made, EVER
 

2. Make up counters fill me with fear. Going into Boots is like a mine field - I know more information about foundation and the 95 shades of the latest lipstick than my brain allows
 

3. There is no such thing as a spontaneous outfit post. I hate posing in public and I look a mess 99% of the time so it takes planning and preparation (usually on a Sunday afternoon much to my BF's annoyance)
 

4. Plants make for great props!!!! Every time I buy something for the house it goes through a rigorous 'can this be used for a blog photo' process
 

5. It is impossible for me to be away from a phone, laptop or Ipad for more than 10 minutes. You know...in case I miss something super important
 

6. The blogging community is made up of incredibly supportive, helpful and all round amazing human beings *tissue anyone*
 

7. I have developed a love for shoes, mainly for ones of  the heeled variety. 3 years ago my collection consisted of a few pairs of weathered Primark boots - it is now outgrowing my wardrobe
 

8. Instagram is a sanctuary of wonder and jealously in equal measures (and the addiction is real)
 

9. How to do winged liner. Hardly a huge life goal I know but after watching 967 tutorials on youtube, I think I have finally mastered a half decent flick (it only took me 10 years!!!)
 
 
10. All white everything

21 July 2015

Prints & Simplicity

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Shirt- Topshop
Skirt- Primark
Shoes- c/o Shoeaholics
 
I am a tight wad and I like to recycle my wardrobe, so some of you may have seen this skirt on my blog before. I bought it for next to nothing last year in Primark and when I saw palm prints were back in this summer I had to get it out again. I think it goes perfectly with these amazing Kurt Geiger beauties from Shoeaholics. I love shoes that have ankle straps, I find they really flatter my legs; I also have very narrow feet so anything that stops me slipping about like bambi gets a thumbs up from me.
 
I am equally delighted and annoyed about being introduced to the Shoeaholics website. Delighted at the fact they sell designer shoes starting from £9- no your eyes are not deceiving you- but frustrated at the fact that I want them ALL and I have no money!
 
Back to the outfit....I thought I would keep things simple so I threw on this white shirt from Topshop (this has also done its fair few rounds on the blog). You really can't go wrong with a good white shirt, it is one of those staple items that everyone should have in their wardrobe- preferably one that doesn't crease like a paper bag though which this one is guilty of (you all know about my ironing phobia)
 
*side note* I did notice whilst editing these pictures that I am practically wearing my skirt back to front, one should learn to look in the mirror before leaving the house!!

5 July 2015

Boohoo Playsuit- Festival Fashion

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Playsuit- Boohoo
Boots- c/o Ash Footwear
Hat- Primark
Necklace- Topshop
 
You may have noticed that something is missing in this post, and no, I am not talking about a bra! A few weeks back I took a trip to the hairdressers with the intent of getting a quick trim, but I ended up loosing about 8 inches and left with a 'lob'. I have no idea what came over me when I sat in the salon chair but now I have got the hang of how to style it, I absolutely love it. It feels so much healthier and is so much easier to manage, not to mention the fact it no longer gets trapped in my armpits whilst I am sleeping!!!
 
This amazing (albeit very revealing) playsuit was a spontaneous purchase inspired by Leanne Lim Walker. She posted a picture of her wearing it on her Instagram the other day and she looked an absolute babe. I had some credit for Boohoo so I went straight online and bought it. I am a little unsure as to how to wear it as the neckline practically grazes my belly button, but for now this statement necklace from Topshop does the job.
 
I hope you have all had a nice, sunny weekend. It feels so good to do an outfit post, I can't wait to get back into the swing of things - hopefully that will be soon
 

23 June 2015

My Summer Travel Bucket List

Pink sands beach crete

Elafonissi (Crete)

Although the first time I visited Greece was when I was about 14, I still vividly remember how beautiful it was and how amazing the food tasted. I have since been lucky enough to visit a number of the Greek islands, however the one that clearly stole my heart - more than once - was Crete.

I have fond memories of adventure filled family holidays on the island as well as booze fuelled weeks with friends in Malia, although I am not sure that is something I (or my liver) wish to repeat!

My love of exploration stemmed from early trips to Greece, my parents would hire a car for our entire stay and spend everyday going against the maps and venturing off the beaten track, discovering hidden beaches where not a single soul could not be seen for miles.

Elafonissi - otherwise known as the pink beach - is a tiny island separated from the West coast of Crete by a warm lagoon no more than a metre deep. The sand is pink because of millions of tiny broken up seashells and coral. Although locals say the island's beautiful pink hue doesn't linger all year round, it still looks like an amazing place to explore.


Sorrento Italy

Sorrento

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to visit Italy. I have this dream of hiring a car and spending weeks travelling across the country lapping up all it has to offer. For now though I will happily place Sorrento at the top of my travel bucket list.

Just looking at pictures of the historic town fills me with a burning desire to spend hours exploring its meandering streets. And of course, who wouldn't want to spend day on day filling their faces with the finest of pizzas, pastas and ice cream.

I would also quite like to hop on the ferry to Capri and spend a day sipping wine in fancy restaurants whilst pretending I am rich.


Plitvice Waterfalls
Croatia

Croatia is somewhere I have been dying to visit for several years - I am yet to persuade my boyfriend to go there but I refuse to stop trying!
The country encompasses more than 1000 islands and I would absolutely love to spend a couple of weeks sailing around, hopping from beach to beach and exploring all that the country has to offer. Most of Croatia's beaches have pebbly coast lines, this is enough to make me want to go there; I can't think of anything worse than suncream and sand.
One place I have been dying to see for so long time now is one of Croatia's most famous attractions: Plitvice Lakes National Park. Just look how incredibly beautiful it is in the picture, I can only imagine what it would be like in real life - what I would do to dip my toes into that emerald water!!!

So there you have it, the 3 destinations that are at the top of my summer travel bucket list. And because that wasn't torturous enough (I am sadly not going away this year), why not drool over some amazing beachwear!!!
Monsoon Beachwear- Summer Travel Bucket List



 
*post in collaboration with Monsoon