20 August 2015

Happiness Boutique

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Playsuit - H&M
Necklace- c/o Happiness Boutique
Boots- Boohoo
Hat- Primark
 
 
Life this summer has felt somewhat like an aeroplane in bad turbulence. Things are about to get super bumpy over this next week with our big move from Manchester but the good news is, I am starting to see the beautiful sunrise on the horizon.
 
Most of my possessions are currently packed away in boxes so blogging hasn't been on the top of my priorities list of late. I have however been desperate to squeeze in an outfit post before the last of my clothes go away and I spend the next 7 days in mismatched pyjamas!
 
This playsuit was a recent bargain from h&m. I love the print but I was immediately drawn to its gorgeous autumnal colours; I'm not wishing the summer away or anything but I do love a good rusty hue! I will definitely be wearing it loads through the next few months - no doubt with the addition of some tights (boo) and ankle boots.
 
My amazing necklace is from online brand Happiness Boutique and it definitely takes 'statement' to the next level. It is a little on the heavy side but I absolutely love it and have already worn it with a few different outfits. They are based in Germany but don't fret my friends...they offer free shipping worldwide.
 

10 August 2015

My 5 minute face

quick make up
 
I have always been one to favour an extra 10 minutes in bed over putting on a full face of slap. This really comes down to three factors: being lazy, not being very good at make up and loving sleep far too much. It has taken a few years of practise but I feel I have now somewhat mastered the art of doing my make up quickly and without any tragic results. In todays post I thought I would share with you some of my favourite drug store products and the components for my '5 minute face'!!
 
BASE
 
For my base I use the Bourjois healthy mix serum and the real techniques expert face brush (a duo made in heaven!!!)  A little goes a long way with this product and I finally feel like I have found a foundation that keeps my dry skin at bay but doesn't leave me feeling like an oil slick.
 
BROWS
 
Next..my brows. When I am feeling super speedy I will fill them in with some brown powder and an angled brush, otherwise I will just give them a quick brush through (this is a step I cannot leave out) and use a sweep of Maybelline's brow drama. This stuff really tames the beasts!
 
MASCARA
 
The Bourjois one second mascara was a recent discovery and oh my goodness I am not sure I will ever look back. One coat is more than enough to give you long and full looking lashes that last all day. The brush is a little on the large side but this doesn't bother me as my lashes are quite long.
 
LINER
 
I know that it is a bold statement to say that my 5 minute face includes winged eye liner but this is not something that has come without pain and many a wasted trip to boots. It took me years to find a liquid liner that I could actually work with (felt tip style ones.....NO) and then another few years to actually master that pesky flick. Collection's fast stroke eye liner ticks all of the boxes for me and it is only £3
 
LIPS
 
Lastly I will usually go for some lip liner (I recently discovered the KIKO ones and they are a dream) or a quick swipe of whatever MAC lipstick I can find in the bottom of my make up bag.
 

So there we have it...my '5 minute face'. By this point I am usually late and rushing out the door to try and not miss my train but at least I feel semi human.

What are you favourite products for a quick make up look?
 

23 July 2015

What blogging has taught me

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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

22 June 2015

Rare London Marble Midi Dress

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Dress- c/o Rare London
Bag- Primark
Shoes- c/o Marks & Spencer
 
 
I wore this Rare London dress to a wedding reception a few weeks ago and it received a fare few compliments. Being on the shorter side of life, I sometimes struggle with midi dresses but this one falls just at the right place on my legs. I could have done with sizing down so it was a little bit tighter below the waist but this may not have been wise for the ceilidh dancing antics that occurred during the evening!
 
Also, in retrospect, perhaps I shouldn't have chosen a plunge midi dress when you can clearly drive a double decker bus down my cleavage, but I was drawn to the marble print and the gorgeous back detailing - let's appreciate the back cleavage instead!!!!
 
On a side note, you may (or may not) have noticed that may posts have been a little sparse over the last few weeks. Life threw me an unexpected curve ball recently and it completely knocked me for six; I haven't really felt like doing much. My blog however has been such a sanctuary for me these past few years so after some moral support from my mum, I decided that I shouldn't push aside one of my biggest passions. I have some exciting blog plans for when I get back on my feet (and I will) so don't give up on me just yet :)
 

31 May 2015

M&S- dressing for a summer occasion

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Dress, shoes & bag- M&S
Jacket- Bank
Necklace- Forever 21
Sunglasses- Primark
 
To celebrate the launch of their ultimate dress guide and new summer womenswear collection, M&S asked me if I would like to style up an outfit for an upcoming occasion or event.
My diary for the summer is currently a sorry state of affairs and with no festivals or holidays planned and no weddings on the horizon I had to think outside the box. Working full time in the city means I get invited to a lot of events through my job so I decided to style up an outfit for a 'corporate summer drinks party'.
 
I have never been a huge fan of florals or girly embellishments - growing up I was always a bit of a tomboy - so this charcoal grey shirt dress really caught my eye on the website.  I am not sure if the utility trend is still 'in' but I am always late to the party when it comes to fashion so why change a habit of a lifetime!
 
The dress is quite smart so perfect for a business environment but I wanted to add a fun (slightly feminine) element to the outfit with these incredible lace up heels. I can't believe how comfy they are too. Whenever I go out I always have a pair of flat shoes in my bag - definitely a sign of getting older - but I don't need to with these, even though they look pretty lethal.
 
The bag is a really nice contrast in terms of colour and is the perfect size for all you need throughout the day - it's definitely big enough for a laptop too.
 
I added the jacket because, well, it is Britain after all.
 
I can't remember the last time I shopped in Marks & Spencer - perhaps for a school blazer once upon a time - but they have certainly moved on in terms of their target market. I have to say I was spoilt for choice, especially in the accessories department.  
 

17 May 2015

Review: Revolution (Parsonage Gardens, Manchester)

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Vodka Revs: home to cheap cocktails, sticky floors and student nights! At least that is how I remember it!
 
Last week I was invited down to the Parsonage Gardens branch in Manchester to try their new menu and I was intrigued to say the least. I had heard through a few people that the chain had had a complete facelift so I was keen to try it out for myself.
 
The venue
 
I have only a very vague memory of the Parsonage Gardens Revolution but I was still pleasantly surprised when I first walked in. Like many of the bars in Manchester, they have gone for the 'I am cool without trying too hard' kind of vibe. I am all for a bit of exposed brick and copper fixtures. I especially loved the wall of framed prints.
 
After being seated, I was presented with a rather extensive cocktail menu but due to my irrational fear of vodka - I will save the story for another time - I settled for a bramble, a really nice one at that. I also appreciated the glass it came in, there is something about a nice looking glass that makes your drink taste nicer - just me?
 
The food
 
I was feeling boring at the time so to start I ordered garlic bread. Totally unoriginal I know but I fancied something simple and it is one of my all time faves. This one got some major thumbs up on the garlic scale - nothing worse than garlic bread with a stingy layer of the good stuff!
 
For mains I ordered the 'Brooklyn Chicken' burger'. Not going to lie, the thought of it sent me into a carb coma but it was recommended to me by the waiter and I felt I was in good hands. I did order the fried pickles on the side as opposed to on the burger (I am team 'Anti Gherkin') but I was prepared to give them a go - all fruit deserve a chance. Side note: I had no idea a gherkin was a fruit until this very moment!!
 
My burger was exactly what I thought it would be: stodgy - but boy did it taste good. It could have come with slightly more chipotle mayo but that is just me being pedantic.
 
The chips came with a dusting of Cajun spice which was a really nice addition. I also enjoyed the coleslaw; It tasted homemade and came with big chunks of apple in it - delicious. I even surprised myself by enjoying a fried pickle or two!
 
My partner in crime opted for the 'Bourbon Bad Boy' burger; just looking at it made me sweat but he seemed to enjoy it. I had a try of the bourbon chipotle sauce that accompanied it and it was mega.
 
Because I obviously hadn't had enough stodge in my previous 2 courses, I then went on to order a 'banofee fluffwich - mainly because I was intrigued by the concept.
The combination of Soft dough, caramel, marshmallow fluff, banana & sweet batter was nothing short of delicious albeit very filling. I wasn't so sure about the strawberry dip, it definitely should have come with ice cream. Sorry.
 
All in all I was pretty impressed with the new Revs. If you aren't partial to a full crab fest like me, then there are also plenty of other options to satisfy a variety of needs. On a Monday they offer 50% off too  - pretty generous hey! 
 
Have any of your tried Revolution's new menu?  
 

10 May 2015

Halfway to Boho

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Top & Bag- Primark
Jeans- Topshop
Boots- Boohoo
 
My mum said something to me this morning which was mildly offensive/amusing. It went a little bit like this: 'Laura....you have so many clothes, yet I only ever see you in ripped jeans & creased shirts. You always look so nice on your blog'.
 
The thing is, she is so right!!
 
I have a wardrobe - and a bedroom floor - full of clothes, but for some reason I never know what to wear. I always end up in the same fail safe (& creased) combinations because riffling through my floordrobe is so unappealing of a morning. I also can't quite be bothered to put my thinking cap on and come up with different ways to wear certain things - this jacket is a perfect example.
It has been sat gathering dust in my wardrobe - avec label - for months now because I had no idea what to wear it with - until now.
 
I wanted to add some layering to this outfit without detracting the attention from the cute boho sleeves. That's when I realised that I had this sleeveless jacket stashed away and I think it goes perfectly.
 
Lesson learnt: if I actually put my mind to it, I can actually manage to dress myself half decently!!
 
Hope you all had a nice weekend. Tomorrow, I will be into my final week at my job EEK. Change is a-coming.