Sunday, 15 November 2015

Winter is Coming… Cosy Haul

Winter is coming, well it has definitely come to Glasgow! SO I thought i’d fill you in on a few bits and bobs i’ve picked up recently to make these winter winds a little more bearable. It’s tough to look good in the cold and the rain, especially when you can barely keep a hold of your umbrella, but these wintery winners should ease the storm.  


Let’s start with a winter basic, the fluffy jumper. We all have our old faithful ‘slouchy jumper’. You know the one... it’s typically reserved for time of the months, break ups, Netflix and the flu… Got it? My old faithful has seen better days so this season was definitely the right time to treat myself to a couple of basic knits, ones with a little less emotionally damage. These chunky crew necks are perfect for layering and look cute with both jeans and thick tights. I them up in New Look in both basic rust and wheat tones. These colours are perfect for that transition from autumn to winter and were a bargain at 17.99 each. 



Another warmer I picked up was this cute little beanie by ‘Reason’ for Urban Outfitters. Despite the inevitable plague that is hat hair this little guy looks very cute on a blustery morning. The deep burgundy shade is a great colour match against a classic green parka AND most importantly it will keep you toasty and warm despite the gales. £18



While we’re on the subject of wrapping up warm I recently picked up a gorgeous tartan scarf from Miss Selfridge and have worn it every day since. This thick, deep red and burgundy scarf is the perfect winter warmer, adding interest to even the simplest of outfits. A classic piece to be worn season after season - i’ll probably still be wearing it in Summer. £16


My last wardrobe pick comes in the form of these gorgeous little boots. These bad boys were a definite impulse buy (thanks ASOS) but i’ve worn them most days since. I’d like to formally apologise to my Dr Martens who feel particularly slighted by this purchase, but love is hard to disguise, and I LOVE these shoes. The fringe detail adds femininity to an otherwise androgynous design template, keeping the shoe/boot fun and chic. £60



Next up it’s all about the details. I’ve been a little Vampy as far as make up recently. My winter wardrobe is dominated by rich greens and burgundies, a trend that’s influenced my lipstick look (okay, maybe not the greens). I picked up a MAC Viva Glam in the shade III, a matte brown/red shade which makes a big impact. I love the darker look and am really trying to embrace it this season, even through to the minor details… Well you’ve got to have nails to match! (Maybeline Super Stay). 




That’s it for my winter style so far, how are you rocking your winter warmers? Let me know in the comments. 

Lots of love, 
Katy xo
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Saturday, 19 September 2015

One Little Haul | & One Big Apology

Hello lovelies! It's been a while... I owe you an XL, glitter coated, heart shaped apology. I haven't blogged in weeks! I could rattle off a plethora of excuses, just becauses and i'm sorries but the truth is, sometimes life just takes us by surprise and we RUN OUT of time. So, i'll save you the nonsense and get right back to it with a little haul. 


I was feeling a bit spendy today and my birthday money was seriously burning a hole... First stop, House of Fraser. Having drained my old faithful foundation (Laura Mercier, Silk Creme) it was operation FACE. I headed to the NARS counter to check out a product long coveted, their SHEER GLOW foundation. This product is radiant and light weight with a dewy finish. The liquid glides on the skin without clinging to imperfections. I picked it up in 'Deaville'. 



To compliment this base I went for Tanya Burr's favourite NARS 'Radiant Creamy Concealer' in the shade 'Vanilla'. This luxurious creme glides over under-eye circles without creasing and provides medium-full coverage over blemishes - which after FRESHERS week, I have plenty of! It's definitely an indulgent spend, but good CONCEALER is an absolute must have to brighten your eye bags and lift your mood. IF only bad decisions were covered up so easily...

NEXT UP (I know, this haul isn't really that LITTLE) it's time for a splash of colour. I've noticed recently that HULA bronzer is getting a little bit overpowering for my pasty completion. The brash brown goes on streaky and clings unflatteringly throughout the day. AS an alternative i've gone for something a little softer and, hopefully, more durable. NARS 'LAGUNA'. I've always wanted to try this bronze and believe its olive base is better suited to someone with my OH SO WHITE complexion... What do you think?



TO complement the autumn that is fast ensuing it was time to darken up my blush. I adore ORGASM by NARS so knew i'd love the quality and consistency of their other shades. For a more autumnal hue I went for the GORGEOUS 'SEDUCTION'. A plummy matte blush that fits perfectly into a transitional colour palate. 

LASTLY, it was time for me to replace my trusty ARBONNE 'It's a Long Story' mascara with a newbie. I went for the oh-so-bloggable BENEFIT Roller Lash in black. The product promises to lift and curl... Only time will tell if it's a keeper. 



SO I hope you can forgive my untimely absence and thank you all for sticking around. Check out my INSTAGRAM tomorrow for a preview of how this make up look comes together! @katyjjo 

Lots of love, 
Katy xoxo



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Monday, 20 July 2015

Unapologetically Embarrassing

Call it inspiration, call it madness or don’t call it anything. But, is it possible that we’ve been giving ourselves a hard time (for years) over something that isn’t our issue after all? Hear me out. What if it really is okay to be unapologetically you. The ‘you' who makes mistakes, says the wrong thing and at the heart of it all isn’t very cool. What if the problem isn’t that you’re a little freaky, it’s that the rest of the world isn’t. Truth is, if someone doesn’t like you for ‘you’, maybe that’s not your problem. 


This isn’t some sort of get out jail free card that excuses all your bad mistakes and lapses in judgement (unfortunately). This is, instead, a little reminder that if, for whatever reason, someone has an issue with you doing ‘you’, letting your freak flag fly (and all that goes with it) then maybe they’re the ones with the problem…  Call it a nudge…  Some advice that should help you see the good in those ‘oh so awkward’ blooper moments you’ve tried to forget, and why they could be the best examples of you. 

“That’s really embarrassing Katy, I mean… Why would you say that?”
“Oh, sorry. You’re so right. I really should stop being myself, become a #basicbitch and stop doing all the things that make me different”


The perfect example of something that isn’t your problem is when you’re made to feel awkward for being who you are. 

When someone calls you out for being ‘embarrassing' what are they REALLY saying? I guess the jist of it is that someone somewhere has decided something about you is a little out of the ordinary and that makes them uncomfortable. Whilst I hate the idea of anyone feeling uneasy in my company or whatever there are some things noone should have to apologise for. Being yourself is definitely one of them. 

I normally get that i’m a little too OTT, too into the 70’s, a little too much myself on social media and a little too clued up on Arrested Development references. Whilst I agree with all these statements, what’s the issue? I’m sure people have a lot worse qualities, I know I do. Really ladies, since when has one girls enthusiasm for decent music and Jason Bateman ever hurt anybody? I’m  first to put my hands up when i’ve said something out of turn or done something i’m not proud of, but i’m not sorry for being embarrassing. Not even a little bit. 



The thing that really sparked this post is the criticism internet dwellers (myself, bloggers, people with feelings all included) receive for their ‘online' presence. The use and abuse of social media if you will. I apologise if i’ve been abusing the unwritten rules of Instagram, Snapchat or whatever… But tell me, how could being your true self online and in real life ever be wrong? Okay, dialling back the diva, but the point stands. Why should people have to apologise for sharing their ‘embarrassing’ truth on any platform.  I mean, that’s like Tobias apologising for being a never nude or Lucille apologising for not liking GOB. Oh damn it, i’m at it again… What i’m saying is, that’s just not your problem. 





Personally, i’ve come to terms with the fact i’m a little dorky, a little stupid and a little bit of a mess. I guess if you’re not okay with that, that’s not my problem. If me dancing to the Bee Gee’s, quoting Ru Paul pretending i’m Kimmy Schmidt and being myself upsets you on Snapchat then you really wouldn’t like me in real life and that’s not my problem. 

I’ve made plenty of mistakes which definitely are my problem and that I definitely need to sort out, online and otherwise, but trust me, being yourself is never something you should apologise for. If you don’t like the me I am in life and online unfollow. 



Sincerely, 

A huge embarrassment. Over and out 
xoxo

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Tech Special | Iconemesis Love

Like most internet dwellers I am obsessed with my iPhone. It's my diary, alarm clock, stalking device and selfie machine... I don't know what i'd do with out it. Actually, I do. I'd probably do better in exams and have much better people skills, but hey ho the real world's over rated! SO when iconemesis got in touch asking me to review one of their gorgeous phone cases I couldn't help but say yes. 

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Little Update | Finding 'You'

This post is something a little different. Sorry to disappoint but this won’t be a look inside my make up bag or a tour of my wardrobe, instead i’m going to talk you lovely readers through a little life update. In just a few months so many aspects of my life have changed entirely. I’ve stepped away from negative influences, reconnected with family and friends, rediscovered my music, met amazing people and laid exciting plans for the future. These changes have all been positive and have got me thinking about how things have a funny way of working themselves out… 



A couple of months ago I was in a pretty dark place (excuse the literary cliché, but it’s true) my anxiety was through the roof and every day was a struggle. Worst of all I didn’t speak up about it. I  found myself clinging to people who couldn’t help me for support and validation, and depending on ineffective coping mechanisms. I was on what can only be described as a self-destruct mission, feeling worthless and dealing with depression in isolation. But in a few short months things have completely turned around, and i’m so thankful! No, more than that, i’m proud. Proud that I was able to get out of my own head and learn to be happy. Truly, this summer i’m the happiest i’ve been in years, thanks to a few things… 

There is no magic ‘six step guide’ to battling your daemons and feeling positive, but here’s what’s helped me reinstall my enthusiasm for life this summer. 


  • Do it for you. This sounds like a daft first step, but it’s the only way to start on your positivity mission. For as long as I can remember I had been smiling for someone else and feeling for someone else. All this pretending for other people was getting me nowhere fast and my ambitions were put on hold by it. The only thing I allowed myself to feel for me was disappointment, never pride or happiness, they were always reserved for the ‘other'. It was this cocktail of negativity that facilitated the peak in my anxiety. Here’s what I worked out… Fundamentally, nobody else can install your self worth; and in hindsight, it’s a pretty selfish thing to expect from another person. I can’t remember exactly when I realised this, but I probably always knew it was an unfair expectation. Relying on someone to fuel your own self worth is a sure path to disappointment, especially when you’re relying on someone who is dealing with their own emotional junk (i.e. everyone). So, pull away, find your own reason to be happy - break away from relationships that are going nowhere, and live without a mission, make your only course of action finding fulfilment in achievements that are all yours. 


  • Remember what you do. Who am I? For a few years I truly felt irrelevant, in every capacity. Unnecessary at university, unwanted by my ‘friends’ and disliked by family/extended family (living in your head will do that to you). If you’re feeling a little unappreciated,  think about it. What makes you you? For me that’s aways been my music. Singing is something I put on hold after leaving school, I guess it was embarrassing to be successful and going at it alone wasn’t something people necessarily encouraged. But that’s the crux again, you’ve got to encourage yourself. How?  I started uploading covers more regularly, saying ‘yes’ when people asked me to sing at their events. Getting promo shots. Printing business cards. Before you know it, i’ve set up my own business and i’m a semi-pro function singer… Okay, HOW did that happen?! Honestly, the recipe is simple, a sprinkle of luck, a whole hug full of wonderful people and a cheeky dollop of self-belief. It is true that everything happens for a reason, but it might have happened quicker if you cut your losses and went for it earlier. 

  • Surround yourself with positivity. This is pretty clichéd (um, like everything you’ve said already Katy) but it’s so important. I completely took my pals for granted. Without going into details this time last year I was in a long term relationship and, as we all do when we’re in love I spent all my time with one person. But, this summer,  i’ve really reconnected with my girls, and wow, they are the most amazingly bonkers, golden-hearted, fun filled people I could ever hope to know. Reconnect with the people who know what to say, the people who go out with you, sip on cosmos with you, call you honey pot and make you laugh. They’re keepers and you owe them from all that time you spent being miserable around them. 
  • Lastly, make plans. This summer has been one adventure after the next and it’s only getting started. Book a train to see friends that have moved away, get tickets for that concert you’ve always wanted to see - plan a last minute girls holiday (shout out to my pals). Do things you regret (tick, tick, tick), kiss a few frogs, stay out too late, dance a little too hard to Taylor Swift in the morning, and live your life with purpose: be happy. 

Thanks for checking in guys! 

Lots of love 
Katy xoxo
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Summer Skin | Rehydration

It’s wedding season! And, that means it’s wedding guest season. Which means if you’re like me you’ll be drowning your singleton sorrows in the back row of the church as you watch gorgeous relatives and lucky in love pals tie the knot… Okay, so it’s not all bad. I mean it, there really is no better excuse for a party! For a start, the champers is usually flowing and the Cha Cha Slide will inevitably feature during the festivities, but more importantly, everyone’s happy. 



Recently i’ve been at quite a few events like this, both as a guest and as the entertainment (i’m a singer if you didn’t know already) and it’s been brill. There’s nothing better than an excuse to celebrate, get dressed up and dance! But all this socialising (drinking) has taken its toll on my body and my skin, which is less than ideal when there’s a camera pointed your way! So, recently its been operation rehabilitation. The summer stops for no one and parties/nights out are every other night SO it’s time to fix up to look sharp (see what I did there? ;) ) 



So, time to clear up this skin. My face has definitely suffered recently, full make up and dehydration is a disastrous combination for anyone, especially someone acne prone. I’ve had a fair few breakouts in the past month. THIS routine has been my cure, spritzing Lush goodies in the morning and my Origins clay face mask at night. Usually i apply the masque on when I’m in the tub, i’ll let it soak in and drive the blackheads out. This mask is worth the hype. 


There really is nothing a good pamper can’t cure. I’ve been using these Bumble and Bumble products to rehydrate and restyle my hair over the past month. This gorgeous coconut scented masque has really repaired my tired, sun damaged hair. Secondly, i’ve been using a grooming creme to boost my hairs tired and lank appearance. It’s a gorgeous and easy to use product. Comb it through wet hair to reinstall vitality. 


Basically this post is TLC. If you’re anything like me, this summer has been hugely busy and it’s more important than ever to chill out and treat yourself well. 

What’s your top tip for restoring summer skin/hair?

Lots of love
Katy xoxo
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Summer Glow | Home & Away Haul

Looking out the window, it seems hard to believe it but this is Summer! If, like me, you've got an inside seat and are enjoying today's Great British wind and rain you'll agree that the concept of seasons has become somewhat of a joke, but I promise you, this is that sunshine, legs out, tan time! Don't let the rain stop you enjoying that! 


I jet off to France tomorrow, so i'm hoping to enjoy a well deserved break from this Summer Slump and dip my toe into some real sunshine for a change. In prep for my little adventure i've put together a 'summer glow' haul equipped with a few sunshine enhancers that will brighten up your holidays at home and away! All of these products can be sourced on the high-street, so don't worry gals, you can look like you've been soaking up those summer rays without spending a pretty penny on a plane ticket! Here we go, some simple ways to cheat summer. 

First up, it's the gradual tan. Want to look like you've caught some sun without lathering on fakery and smelling like biscuits? I think i've found the solution. I picked up this 'St Tropez' gradual in shower tan purely through intrigue... I was really taken with the overall concept and I have to say that this product did not disappoint. Combining my usual showering routine with a little pigment saves time, saves on mess and saves my skin from its usual translucent sheen. Don't get me wrong, the product isn't a fast track to Malibu, it really is gradual, but if you take the time to buff it into wet skin over the course of a week it will leave a super natural super radiant finish. 





As you ladies will know, with any fake tan it's important to have a smooth and hydrated skin surface before application. It's essential to scrub the roughest parts of your body so the tan will glide on evenly and with some precision. For scrub, i've converted to the Body Shop's new Mojito range. The scent is fresh and zesty and the product range is one i've really fallen for (although the cocktail infusion doesn't have quite the same affect after a night out!). All jokes aside this range is beaut and the perfect scent for any summer lover.


Summer is all about skin. It's just as important to stay moisturised in the sun as it is in harsh winters. That's why the St Tropez tan is so affective, it's highly moisturising which enhances your skin's elasticity, something that just gets more important as we age, and as we expose ourselves to UV damage. So, face moisturiser is a real necessity - after all, there is no gym for your face, and you only get one - take care of it! This one from the 'Body Shop' is part of the amazing Vitamin range and it really works to combat tired and life abused skin, with the quality of a product double the price. Love this range! Love this brand!


As for make up... Bare faced is beautiful! I know it is, but it's hard enough for me to squeeze myself into a bikini on the beach and i'm really not sure i'm prepared to let everything hang out just because i'm away from home. What I need is natural looking coverage. That summer, your skin but better glow to match my holiday happy-s. AND it's got to be life-proof. There is nothing summer sexy about panda eyes in the pool or tan streaks by a lounger! That's why I was super excited when Mac brought out their latest foundation. The 'Pro Long Wear Waterproof' edition is simply amazing. It's got that mid to full, dewy coverage that I always covet in a foundation and it's ready for the beach! Colour me impressed! (NW15, because bronzer is your best friend).

I've paired this holy grail foundation with a cheeky creme highlight from the Body Shop. This little honey bronze pigment creates a super radiant highlight that is gorgeous in the summer glow when applied to cheek bones. The creamy consistency is perfect with that that dewy foundation finish, plus the packaging is lush and compact. Love it!



So there you have it! Some products i've been using to fake that summer glow in the midst of the Great British gloom.

Hope you enjoyed it and got some tips!

lots of love,
Katy xoxo

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Mac | Green Eyes, Nude Lips

Hey guys, just got a quick post for you featuring some recent make up splurges.  During my last trip to mac I spotted their new AND gorgeous Wash & Dry collection. Not only is the packaging super vibrant and futuristic - the product's aren't bad either. I picked up this gorgeous green Eye Shadow trio and a  cheeky matte lipstick in 'Mehr'. 


Let's start with the lipstick. This shade was recommended to me by a friend who really knows her stuff when it comes to beauty! (thank you Jordan! You know me well babe). The colour is a perfect compliment to my 'oh so fair' skin tone as it's a pink based neutral. You know, that Kylie Jenner, your lips but better nude tone everyone is going ga ga for. The lipstick is balmy and highly pigmented. The perfect every day summer shade. (see me wearing it on Instagram @katyjjo). 


Next up is the gorgeous eye trio. If you know me at all, it's no surprise I caved and purchased yet another eye product. You know eyes are the window to the soul, the nipple of the face, the cherry on the cake... I can't justify the spending but, you know what, this product is lush!

The gorgeous greens really pop and provide a perfect colour compliment to my own grey-green eyes. Typically I apply the darkest green into the lid smoothing and buffing it into the crease, working down the colour chart to link it with white shimmer at the tear duct. Sounds complicated? Basically I create a gorgeous emerald smokey eye, which you can also catch a glimpse of on my instagram. A perfect look for fair skin and brown/green eyes!


Who wouldn't want these beauties in their summer make up bag? I think this alternative to a smokey eye is perfect for a summer wedding and fresh faced night out. Go on, be a little daring, let your inner Elphaba out and embrace this vibrant trend. 


Lots of love, 
Katy xoxo
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Saturday, 23 May 2015

OOTD | The Chelsea Flower Show

Bonjour lovely ladies! Today I'm coming to you with an OOTD post, all about what I wore to London's Chelsea Flower Show. The show is such a brilliant event with Pims on tap, glorious sunshine, entertainment all day long and of course some beautiful flowers. Well, I took this flowery theme and ran with it... "Florals, for spring? Groundbreaking". 




I know, I know call me clichéd but I couldn't help it. It had to be done! After all if there's ever an excuse to have flowers in your hair this is it! My OOTD comes to you featuring pieces by Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Michael Kors, office and some Vintage finds just to spice things up a bit! Let's start at the bottom - these beautiful sandals are from Office and are available in many colours. I've got mine in the gorgeous and versatile croc print that I find really compliments any look (whether it be simple or more out there like this one). These shoes are simple and really comfortable. Great for CFS where I found myself walking around all day long! 


Next up its my gorgeous floral printed cigarette pants from Topshop - they are to die for! This gorgeous mix up of orange and blue is pretty wild for me, especially as someone who has always found printed trousers unflattering. But these sit perfectly. High on the waist and slim on the ankles.I teamed these super statement bottoms with a basic crew neck in cream. This lightened up the look whilst creating an uncluttered silhouette pulling focus to the gorgeous leg detail. (Also from Topshop). 

Next up is a vintage find - I picked up this beaut tan leather jacket from Camden Market. It's an oh so retro little bomber that has really set my heart a flutter, and it was only £35! It looks brand new but it loaded with 70's vibes. I heart vintage. Lastly, my hair inspo comes from my all time favourite - Rapunzel. Gentle curls swept back and twisted into a crown, laced over a butterfly band. (Miss Selfridge). This look is simple, elegant and the vibrant colours match up with the gorgeous Topshop trousers. It's a winner! 


Well there you have it! My CFS look, now pass the Pims darling! Yah yah 

Lots of love 
Katy xoxo
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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Depop | Why i've Set up Shop

Since reading #Girlboss i’ve taken to channelling my inner hustler. Self promotion is really jarring for me, it’s hard to put yourself out there and say "hey you should stop and hear what i’ve got to say"- but I guess, if you don’t do it who will? I’ve been getting myself out there more and promoting my blog and music, and man - it feels good! So this latest venture is along the same vein. I’ve set up a Depop shop! 


I’ve used Depop before as a customer and was so impressed with the service - it’s as easy as scrolling through your Instagram feed, but you can buy it! Click here, to see my last DEPOP related post - a customer review. 




My inner hustler has resurfaced and i’ve decided to set up my own online store, flogging my pre-loved dresses and accessories to make a profit and try my hand at running a little business. I’m loving it! 

Despite being a total novice i’m loving the sense of achievement that comes from someone purchasing an item - that ping that means something you no longer need (or fit in to) has made someone excited! So far i’ve only sold a few items, but i’m loving it - every bit from posting pics to wrapping to running down to the post office. 


I wrap each item in tissue paper and include a little note of thanks - because, I really am thankful! And broke, so every purchase really means a lot to me! 

It’s such an easy way to channel your inner entrepreneur and make a spare bob-or-two! I’d really encourage anyone who’s thought about setting up shop to give it a go. I’m loving it! Check out my shop @katyjjo




Lots of love
Katy 
xoxo
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Summer Staple #1 | The Denim Dress

I'm beginning to dress more and more like my mother in the seventies. But trust me, that's no bad thing! Recently i'm obsessed with all things 70's chic, from wacky florals to hours of Carole King albums. But this little denim dress is a sweet and sophisticated way to channel your inner hippie chick. I adore my little belted number from Miss Selfridge and I know you will too. 



Mum has always been a fashion inspo for me, especially when she was in her twenties - she knew how to put a gorgeous outfit together, and i'd like to think i've inherited some of her style smarts. Well, this dress is mama approved! I think she maybe had the same one when she was my age - just shows you how styles come back around! 



This dress is so easy to wear, it really fits every occasion. I've worn it out with thick black tights and Docs (when the Great British weather hasn't been on my side) and like this with flat little sandals! So so versatile, a true summer staple! The fabric is a lovely soft denim which makes it super comfy and wearable. I've been chucking a cute little Urban Outfitters rain coat over it when i've got to make a dash to the shops or into Uni and it's a combo that always gets compliments! Throwback to 6 year old Katy, who could also have been seen rocking this look!! A truly timeless piece. Invest in some denim this summer gals.


Here's a link to me singing some Carole King so you can get your 70's vibes on too ladies! 


It won't let you down! 

Lots of love, 
Katy xoxo


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