Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Denim Duster

Hello! Ok, so all of my blog posts will now start with an apology! Catwalk Killa is more than a full time's 24 hours a day! Not that I'm complaining, as it's so much fun, but I have just not had time to take blog pictures. However, I am here!

It's a short but sweet post about the new love of my Warehouse denim duster! Where do I begin. Well, it was love at first sight when I saw a fellow blogger rocking it last month. I saved up and luckily got a massive 20% off as it was a student event (my hubby is at uni mwahaha!).

It goes with EVERYTHING. This particular look was for the Jigsaw A/A15 event which was fantastic, although it was such bad light that the pics didn't come out. Luckily, we shot these before the fashion show. This is my favourite part of Manchester. It's just behind the town hall, next to the library. It's just so arty! 

So I wore my duster as a sort of dress for this outfit, but I have big plans for this bad boy, including wearing it as a dress with my gladiators (oh yes!).

I teamed it with my staple £12 F&F heels, New Look Bag and Primark hat. It was very much thrown together, but I'm quite happy with the result :)

Hope you're all well guys, see you soon!


Duster: Warehouse // Shoes: F&F (similar here) // Bag: New Look 
Hat: Primark (similar here)

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Vintage Twist

Hey guys! I've gone back to my favourite style in my latest post...Vintage! 

I feel I must confuse a lot of my followers, as I don't have a 'signature style'. I literally wear whatever I like, or feel like that morning. I used to really dislike the fact my instagram account wasn't all perfectly matching like other bloggers. But my life is not I can't reflect a style that isn't mine on something as personal as my IG. I love having days where my look is simplistic, tonal and matching. However, on the flip side I also love to stand out and wear bright, clashing colours. The reason I'm mentioning this now, is when I shot this look, a immediately thought to myself, arghhhh I've just done a simple, Scandinavian type outfit, how will people react to a sudden change. Then I remembered that I started my blog to inspire people. I know that I may change my look more than most, but I hope at least some of what I wear will inspire some people to step out of their comfort zone, try something new or just be themselves and have multiple styles!

So on to the dress. 'The dress of my dreams' as I like to call it. This is from our boutique and when we chose to buy this I knew I had to keep one for myself! What can I say, it's just perfect. It's very seventies, which is a trend that will last way after S/S and into A/W15 so it's a great transition piece. It's a mini but not too short. I paired it with my face Topshop gladiators to give it a modern twist.

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Another busy week at Catwalk Killa HQ, we've been working with some lovely bloggers and we can't wait to show you the results very soon!

Have a great week!

Dress: Catwalk Killa // Gladiators: Topshop // Satchel:The Leather Satchel Company

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Catwalk Killa Is Here! 

So I can finally tell you what I've been so busy with the past few months. I do want to apologise for not telling you all and neglecting my blog. Now we have launched, I am back on the blogging! 

Catwalk Killa is my new online boutique. I run it with my best friend and business partner Vicky. It all came about when Vicky arrived home from travelling the World for the past 3 years. We'd missed each other and wanted to spend more time together. She was also a big fan of my blog and could see how passionate I was about fashion and all things blogging. I call Vicky the brains behind the brand, as she genuinely loves taxes, VAT, accounts and all the stuff I can't stand, whilst I do most of the buying and fashion based side of things.

We have been working on Catwalk Killa for 3 months now, and we are having THE best time together. We have our little office, and get to see each other every day. 

We're definitely taking a risk, but if you never try you will never know. We hope we can inspire people to follow their dreams and give it a go. We are both 26 and have degrees in unrelated subjects. We would never have thought we'd have the confidence to set up our own business. We couldn't have done it without the support of friends and family. The blogging world has also been a fantastic support, and you will soon see bloggers wearing our pieces :)

My first ever look from Catwalk Killa is the Embroidered Aztec Jacket. It's a hard job not keeping all of our stock, especially this, as it's my absolute fave! It's embroidered so look smuch more expensive than the £32 it is. It goes over literally everything and has tassels which are not only bang on trend, but also my fave things as you can twirl them!

I've work this over a LBD for a night out, and also with these jeans but some white trainers for a more casual look.

Jacket: Catwalk Killa // Jeans: Zara (similar here) // Shoes: F&F (similar here)

My second look is our Pom Pom Playsuit. So last week when the sun was out (for like half an hour) I embraced my paleness and shot this look. I'm obviously biased as I chose the stock, but this playsuit is a massive hit for summer! It's super comfortable, which I find hard in a playsuit as I'm 5"8 and I can usually never find one to fit me! It's really light and airy so great for holidays and festivals. I teamed it with my fave gladiators, but it looks just as good paired with heels for a night out!

Playsuit: Catwalk Killa // Sandals: Topshop

Win a Glamping Holiday!

I've teamed up with the guys from the amazing for your chance to win a glamping holiday at one of 35 Wigwam Holiday sites, £75 to spend on Get The Label and your very own glamping survival box as pictured above!

As you probably know by now I have been really busy these past few weeks. I've had no time to blog, take pictures or even relax. So you can imagine my delight when this amazing package arrived at my house last week. It was a total surprise, and it made my day (week actually!).

I felt like Alice in Wonderland when I unwrapped the giant box tied around the box, and the read "open". Inside is absolutely everything you could need for your own glamping trip! 

So inside was; Havaiana Flip Flops
             A Selfie Stick
                                         A Blue Tooth Portable Speaker
                                A Solar Powered Charger
                                                    A Brita Filtered Portable Water Bottle
              Dry Shampoo
                  An Energy Drink
                  Femfresh Wipes
                         Stain Remover Wipes
               An Energy Bar
                Glucose Tablets

Absolutely everything you could possibly need to have an amazing glamping trip! They have everything covered. I've never been a massive camping fan, but 'glamping' sounds right up my street, especially now I have everything covered to survive! 

To enter the competition follow this link here and follow the instructions. 

You can follow Get The Label on social media at @getthelabel

A massive thank you to the everyone at Get The Label, I cannot wait to start using everything! 

Lauren x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Collaboration with THIRTY8BIRDS

Hello guys! Sorry it's been a bit of a while since my last post. I have been working on a very exciting project that I will fill you in about soon (most of you may have seen it on IG anyway!). I'm back with a collaboration that I couldn't wait to show you. 

You may have worked out by now that I'm a total vintage addict. I go through phases of buying just high street stuff, then I visit a charity shop or go to Afflecks Palace and find an amazing, one off piece that makes me question why I don't buy everything vintage! Well, I'll tell you why! Because it usually takes me about 2 weeks to find anything remotely decent and I get bored searching, not really knowing what I'm looking for. Even on ebay, you get outbid or pay waaay too much for something, 

So imagine my excitement when I was asked to collaborate with THIRTY8BIRDS. A cool new Vintage Boutique on Asos Marketplace. Their store is incredible as has bang on trend vintage right there for you, already picked out and at very affordable prices! I was asked to choose a few items, and I straight away noticed two beautiful tassled 70s kaftans. Ahhh dreams come true! This is the first of the 2, which I have styled as a daytime look. The second I will use as a beach cover up, so keep an eye out for that in a few weeks. 

What can I say? I it could literally go with anything! I chose my girlfriend cropped jeans and platforms to stick with the 70s vibe, but I could easily have worn it over black skinnies and heels and made it an evening look. I have work this so much already! 

They have some beautiful 90s pieces on at the moment, and an amazing pair of striped trousers that are so hot right now. Prices range from around £8 to £20 so you do not have to break the bank to go vintage.

I can't wait to show you the next kaftan in a completely different look. Thanks again to THIRTY8BIRDS for the collaboration, I will treasure them for a long time!

Lauren XO 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Spring Layering

It's Spring! It has well and truly thawed up here in the North, and I decided to celebrate a few weeks ago with planning some Spring looks. I must admit, most of my looks at the moment are still airing on the side of caution and staying wrapped up, but when the sun does appear I wanted to be ready. I thought I'd show you an outfit I wore out for a day out which incorporated some essential layers!

I bought this H&M shirt/dress whilst in London in January. As you all know my love for stripes, it won't surprise you that I was bowled over by it. I intended to wear it as a dress, but this happy accident came whilst I was trying on some new jeans and discovered that it looks quite good layered as a shirt. I also thought It was mix up the 70s flare vibe, and make it a bit more modern. I wore a plain white tee underneath and undid the shirt when it was warmer. 

The flares have become my 'go to' night time jeans. I always feel so glam when a wear them, and they are really easy to pair with tops and shoes. 

I finished the look with my staple H&M bag (see almost every other post) but tucked the strap in to use it as a clutch. I just love functional pieces! 

Hope you guys are enjoying the sun, I am making the most of it! See you soon!

Lauren XO

Shirt: H&M // Jeans: M&S (similar here) // T-Shirt: Asos

Beauty Event at Harvey Nichols

"The minimalist look? Pah! We say, the more the merrier. In life, and in lipsticks, so join us at our Spring event this Thursday"

With an invite like that, how could I say no to attending the Spring beauty event at Manchester's Harvey Nichols on Thursday night. As soon as I walked through the door, the fabulous ambience hits you, and I was transformed from day time blogger to big time celebrity (in my mind anyway). I made my way up to the second floor Brasserie, which has stunning views of Manchester from the floor to ceiling windows, there I was greeted with pink champagne. 

I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I noticed the 5 tables filled with beauty products, testers and trials. Instinctively, I made my way over to the Espa table, which is a fabulous beauty brand based on the ground floor at Harvey Nics. There, I was treated to a wonderful hand and arm massage with the divine smelling products. I'm new to Espa, and loved finding out about their range and services. They have to most beautiful essential bath and body oils designed for a range of needs. My favourite was the clove infused 'restoration' bath oil. I was then given a voucher for a complimentary facial at their spa, also based in Harvey Nichols. I cannot wait to try it go, I will let you know how it is. 

I then moved over to the Bare Minerals stand. I already use a lot of Bare Minerals products, so didn't need much convincing when it came to trying their brand new tinted gel foundation. As with most of the Bare Minerals products, the gel actively helps nourish and moisturise your skin whilst you wear it. It had a beautiful texture, very cooling and indulgent. I'm no beauty blogger, but I will try and get a review up when I get my free taster next week.

I didn't get the chance to have my hair done, but a lovely guy from Umberto Giannini was there transforming hair from drab to fab, and giving us the latest advice and info on hair products. 

The girls from the nail bar were also there giving mini manicures, which looked fab (damn my acrylics!).

Overall it was a lovely evening spent in beautiful surroundings. I was well and truly pampered and cannot wait to go back next week to get some of the free goodies I was gifted. I'd definitely recommend a trip to the Harvey Nichols beauty department, it's truly a great place to get some advice and inspiration this Spring.

Lauren XO

Here's the links to OOTD I wore to the event:

Jacket: Boohoo // Jeans: Asos // Shoes: Asos // Bag: Radley

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