I Wore This! Mellow Monday 18/03/13

I’m on a 90’s hype at the moment! Just look at this pink wash denim, so bad it’s good

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These leggings are my new favourite thing, they are from Lazy Oaf and are £45, the plain black skater dress is from H&M and the shirt and scarf are vintage from Pop Boutique. My necklace is by the wonderful Tatty Devine and my boots are steel toe capped Doc Martens.

I found some look-a-likes for you guys (click pictures to go buy)..

Here’s a nice pink denim shirt for sale on Etsy!

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The best boots in the world thanks to Dr Martens (it’s all about the steel toe cap!)..

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And finally, a cute check headscarf from Lulu in the Sky on Etsy to complete the look..

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 You can follow me on Instagram if you like my style and my blog, my name on there is ‘igetdressedinthemorning’. I also have a facebook fan page under the same name, so please go ahead and give that a ‘like’ too!

Kate xx

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If I Owned It: Dream Summer Wardrobe!

Hey guys!

Tonight I used the power of Polyvore to bring you my dream summer 2013 look.

I am an unashamed fan of 90’s fashion, but I tend to veer towards a more bratty 90’s punk look than Buffy influenced goth vibes. In my world I could totally get away with retro slogan tee shirts and dungarees everyday. I’d go for bunches too but at 26, I feel that’s gonna look a little weird, so a high ponytail it is!

Here you go guys…

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I already own a pair of dungarees, and I have my sights set on the Lazy Oaf ‘slime’ tee for my birthday next month! I regularly stomp around in my DM’s so i’ve got that base covered.. all I need is to stock up on spacey patches and eat lollies all day!

My brat look will rock your summer!

Kate xx

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Style Swoon! Spotted Shopping – Jo and Ayse

So a few days ago I was lucky enough to spot TWO lovely ladies whose styles I absolutely ADORED, they came into the shop I manage, one straight after the other!

The cool kids know where to shop…

Here’s Jo!

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Jo was actually putting some gig posters up in the fitting rooms downstairs. I totally fell in love with her hat, which is from Mishka (probably something to do with my obsession for eyeballs!), her 80’s tee and camo jacket is the perfect grungy look (I wish I could pull it off!) and the addition of cute frilly socks is the icing on the cake!

Meet Ayse!

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Ayse was just browsing, but I interrupted her to ask if she minded me taking her picture. I especially admired her amazing hair! The cute collar and crew combo is a firm favourite of mine, and the big bow really ties everything together. Keeping the pants neutral means the focus is on her key pieces, the jumper and studded collar.. and of course, her amazing hair!

 

If you know of anyone whose style I would swoon over, please let me know in the comments!

 

Kate xx

I Wore This! Super Workday Sunday 17/02/13

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Today was another busy workday, i’d never complain though, my job is great! I wanted comfort today so I opted for this super cosy get-up!

I bought this dress earlier in the week and it was delivered yesterday so it is literally fresh out of the packet!! It is so adorable I couldn’t resist wearing it straight away! 

My dress is from Verity Styles (you can find their Facebook page HERE), leggings are from M&S, drape cardigan thingy is from H&M (years ago!) and my shoes are from Office.

I’m wearing THE cutest necklace by Kuma Crafts, it actually has little Swarovski crystals as sprinkles! 

I also did my nails this evening..

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I used Illamasqua nail polishes in Obsess (pink) and Radium (green) and some cheap black eyeliner as a nail art pen.. super simple tip for you there! I top coated it so it would all stay put, but i’m STILL struggling to find the perfect top coat! 

Thanks for reading! Kate xx

OMG! Nailgasm!

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Picture by Nailgasm/BRASS

So I had been hearing about this documentary someone had made about Nail Art for a long time… and I finally had a spare five minutes which coincided with me remembering said documentary and BOOM! I bought and downloaded it!

‘Nailgasm’ was created by filmmaker and photographer, Brass. It is a down-to-earth, realistic and honest film about the nail art world, documenting it’s early days, it’s transition into the fashion world, and it’s current trend explosion! 

As you’re all aware.. I am a great fan of nail art, so it was cool to see the names of some artists I recognised such as The Illustrated Nail, Britney Tokyo and Nancy MC (all of whom I only know of through trawling Tumblr and Instagram) It was also great to find out about new talented nail artists to follow, and the film is full of eye candy to really inspire you to go crazy on your claws! The only bad thing about this film is that it wasn’t long enough… I could have happily sat through another hour of mesmerising nail porn!

I’ll let the film speak for itself now, you can buy real life disc versions of the film, badges and stickers HERE. If you are impatient like me you can buy and download it from HERE.

Here is the trailer!

 

Etsy Cute 10/02/13 – Be Mine

We don’t celebrate Valentines in our household (boo! hiss! something about Boyfriend not needing an excuse to lavish me with attention!), but I know a lot of people love this Hallmark holiday (myself secretly included). Here I have picked out some cute valentines alternatives… because any kawaii lover would be disappointed by a bunch of flowers and some chocolate.

Valentine Monster!

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Grumble Cave Monsters create and sell super cute furry pals for you to squish and cuddle!  They are UK based, so the shipping won’t be ridiculous, and at £25 this piece of adorableness is very reasonably priced! This particular little fella is one of only six of this valentines design! I love his huuuge eyes and soft plushie heart!

There is even a little description about the monsters and where they live! It’s too cute for words. The listing states only one left though so hurry!

Rocket Card!

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It’s not a secret that I love cute things, nor is it a secret that I love space and science. This card is basically PERFECT! I love the retro feel to the graphics and the little heart touches everywhere! It’s pretty pricey shipping on this item but if it’s for the one you love, it’s worth it!

It is designed and made by Emily Kuznar of Captain’s Print Co. She’s a graphic designer based in Minnesota some times and Wisconsin the rest of the time.

Check out her other designs as there are loads that will appeal to pop culture fans!

Heart Crayons!

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Now, these are advertised as a child’s valentine present but HELLO.. what about the big kid in all of us! Just imagine what a cute date you could have building a den and colouring in together!

We don’t get ‘Conversation Hearts’ sweets in the UK, but we do get ‘Love Hearts’ and they are very similar! (also in my top 10 favourite sweets… hmm, possible future blog post!?)

I love how seller Merrill of Ivy Lane Designs re-cycles old crayons to make them into something adorable and far more appealing. I’m a great fan of using everything up so as not to pollute this lovely planet so A+ for Merrill! She also makes notebooks re-cycled from packaging, record covers and paint charts, and little matchbox party favours!

They come in sets of five, and I gather you can pick your colours, but I may be wrong. If you buy two sets you could have all 10 colours anyway! And they are a steal at only £10.50 (that’s with me including the international shipping!)

Cat Lady Shirt!

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 If you are destined to be a lonely cat lady this valentines (or even if you are not, and just love cats), why not embrace it and don this cute tee by Courtney Wyman of Wider Awake?!

I love the simplicity of the typography and the sweet little whiskers and heart nose! Perfect for injecting a hint of subtle valentines into an outfit! It’s only £19.50 (again I included shipping for you guys), so there’s no real reason not to go for this beauty!

Her other items are super simple but equally adorable, there’s more tees, cards and prints!

Also, this would look cute with some skinny jeans and some kitty shoes from Em & Sprout!!

Vintage Hankies!

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Nobody seems to use handkerchiefs anymore, and that’s a real shame since there are so many adorable ones kicking around on Etsy right now! They are so useful.. as decoration tied around a bag handle, in your hair, poking out of a pocket, as a little table decoration under a bowl or plant and for blowing your nose with!

This set of two vintage valentines hankies is being sold by Pixie Dust Linens who have loads of amazing vintage textile items and clothing patterns in their Etsy shop!

If you love the idea of giving a little hankie to a loved one do check out all of Etsy as there are literally HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS to choose from!

That’s all for now folks! Kate xx

Video: Harajuku Adventure!

I first went to Tokyo in 2010 with my boyfriend, his friend and his friends girlfriend.

We shot a lot of video on that particular trip of the places we went and all the crazy things we saw. Today I am sharing the Harajuku video with you as you may recognise some of the shops we visit from my earlier Harajuku shopping guide posts! If you are interested in using my guides to actually shop in Harajuku, watching this video may help you determine where places are by looking at the streets and landmarks! 

I make a few appearances here.. with blonde hair and big goofy teeth! Enjoy!

An Introduction to Slimeball Zine

A slight break from style theme posts today.. I thought I would share with you all my experience co-creating and co-running an independent zine!

Slimeball Zine was dreamt up by myself and the wonderful Charli (of ValentineXO). We realised that we like a lot of the same things, we like to draw, write and be creative just for the sake of it and we like to share fun stuff with the world! 

The concept behind Slimeball Zine is that we wanted to create a fully independent publication that was completely free, unpretentious, inclusive and really good fun. Our choice to set a theme each month was brought about to provide inspiration for any creative types to base submissions around and also to ensure some variety in our issues. 

Me and Charli meet every Thursday evening to plan, draw, cut, stick and more for each months issue! We never wanted to rely on computers too much in the creation of each issue so you will usually find us slumped over the table physically writing out our editors letter or drawing little pictures to decorate the pages. There is something incredibly satisfying about making things with your hands and getting stuck in. When I draw, or type something on my typewriter, or cut out bits from magazines to collage together, or take photos for Slimeball, I feel part of a movement (okay maybe a movement of two for now) with the intention of getting back to true creativity, the bit in our brains that say ‘pick up the crayon and scribble’ when we are kids.

We work super hard on each issue and we do hope that shows! Details for how to be involved are at the end of my post, but for now.. onto the zine!

We launched with the ‘Teen Angst’ issue..

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We figured a launch issue about the awkwardness of your teenage years was perfect, and we brought it out in September which coincides perfectly with ‘back 2 skool’ vibes and fresh starts. Included in this issue were angsty playlists and film suggestions, reviews, an article, plenty of art and illustration, DIY tutorials, collages and more. This issue set the tone for what we wanted Slimeball to be about. There’s no minimalist pages, no posey posh paper and probably plenty of mistakes. It’s honest, it’s creative and it exists because we just wanted it to!

 

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We’re suckers for any kind of seasonal event so out October issue was obviously going to be vaguely Halloween themed! Charli did an AMAZING job of the cover, dragging Buffy back from the 90’s and planting her as our star! We had submissions for the first time in this one as we had invited all creative types to submit work! There were more tutorials, a whole story and photos too!

 

We decided to go with ‘Voyeurism’ as our November theme. This wasn’t a mistake, as we had some submissions which were great.. But this was definitely a pointer that we maybe shouldn’t make our themes so vague or cryptic. The issue itself was great but it didn’t seem to grab as much attention as previous months..

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I drew the cover for November, which I was happy with, and it made me want to draw more! As time goes on and we produce more issues, It’s becoming obvious that working on Slimeball has really encouraged the creative side of me to make stuff without needing a real reason, and without having to justify my creative choices through a sketchbook full of mistakes or a 1000 word essay, like you would if you were in school!

 

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December was all about things that make us feel good. We wanted the issue to be about ‘Comfort and Joy’, extending beyond Christmas too! We had a DIY den building article, a feel-good film list and a Yorkshire Pudding how-to! 

 

We decided to have a break in January, as things were manic after Christmas. We needed to wind down and plan.. We decided that our February issue would celebrate things that come in pairs and settled on the theme of ‘Just the Two of Us’. Choosing a theme is something we do quite impulsively. We try not to think too much about it as I wouldn’t want to find myself expecting certain types of submissions because I’ve chosen a very specific theme, but then also we don’t want the problem of too vague a theme cropping up again. I always love hearing feedback from people, so if you feel like you have come up with a killer theme for us don’t be shy to let us know!!

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To date, February is the latest issue we have created.. I drew this cover too, and thought the image of Sid and Nancy says so much about partnerships and pairings, the fun and spontaneity but also the destructive element that can sometimes arise too from being bound and linked to a person.

You may have noticed that the covers alternate in style, we take it in turns to create the front covers with me thinking up the September, November and February ones so far and Charli making the amazing October and December covers! I’m super excited to see Charli’s ‘Out of This World’ cover for March!

The latest (Just the Two of Us) issue has lots of submissions, which we love to see. The future of Slimeball now is in the submissions. It is a platform for all you creative people to make some art in any form to be shared! 

If you would like to be involved and be a Slimekid, please ‘like’ our page on facebook, which should appear if you search for ‘Slimeball Zine’. We would urge you to try get your hands on a copy too! Each month we only print 100 copies so the key is to get in there quick! Slimeball is stocked in Travelling Man, Pop Boutique, Mad Elizabeth, OK Comics, Birds Yard and Black Crown Tattoo in Leeds for free, but we are happy to post issues within the UK for 50p (just to cover postage!) and for a little bit more we will even send them to exotic lands!

To submit to Slimeball be sure to keep your eye on the Facebook page as that’s how we communicate to the Slimekids.. We are also on twitter too @slimeballzine. Once you know what the theme is and the deadline date you can get busy creating whatever it is you create which could be (but is not limited to) poetry, art, illustration, tutorials, articles, photos, collage, prose, stories, lists, reviews and whatever else you can think of!! We then ask that whatever you create be viewable in Black and White and make sense in A6 format. We don’t mind shrinking down A4 or A5 pieces on our copier, but please don’t write tiny or put teeny details in the original bigger drawing as this will get lost when we shrink it!

Once we receive submissions we decide which ones go in the issue based on whether they have the Slimeball feel to them. We are working on a way to showcase any submissions that we unfortunately don’t have room for in the zine by putting them online. We are also working on ways we can show off the work of video makers and other digital format artists online too!

All submissions must be sent to slimeballzine@gmail.com and we would love it if you could say whether you would like to be credited or not! You always get a copy posted to you if you submit too so please include your address in the email!

I hope I have given you a little glimpse inside what goes on at Slimeball HQ. We love the response we get from people who have experienced our little zine. Please.. spread the word and be a Slimekid 4 Life!

Kate xx

PS: March’s theme is ‘Out of This World’!

Review! Illamasqua Blush Duo and Speckle Nail Polish

I have a mega huge love affair with Illamasqua make-up. Before I discovered Illamasqua I felt like doing make-up was something only big girls knew how to do and that I simply wasn’t enough of a proper girl to have a clue! The day I walked into Illamasqua, I discovered that there really is no definite ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way!

I now seem to know the girls at the Leeds branch so well I’m on first name terms. I have gone from not having a clue and kind of just slapping stuff on my face, to actually spending evenings free (when I ever have any), experimenting with make-up just for fun!

As a brand, they support all the things I support, individuality, experimentation, self-expression, fun and also have a really good sense of community surrounding them. I never thought there could be such a thing as a make-up ‘fan’ but I am the HUGEST fan of Illamasqua. I don’t have a big sister, so I feel like they’ve taught me everything I should have learned if I had.

Two days ago I bought the Powder Blusher Duo in ‘Ambition & Katie’ and the ‘Speckle’ nail polish, both from their new ‘I’mperfection’ range.

Powder Blusher Duo

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I had been entranced by ‘Ambition’ blusher for a while as it has existed on it’s own previously. It is a coral shimmer blusher with teeny gold flecks in it. I would stare at it and imagine I would have magical mermaid cheeks if I bought it. It was released in the new collection alongside ‘Katie’ in this duo. Katie is a wonderful icy pink blush meant to highlight your cheekbones.

I was given a demonstration in store using the new ‘Blush Up Brush’, and tried to recreate the look using my normal blusher brush and it really isn’t the same, so as a mini review.. I think the Blush Up Brush works miracles on my face I can’t even explain!

Here is my attempt with the new duo..

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This is a great product to experiment with, the two contrasting shades give you plenty of scope to try out different quantities of each to get the right look for you. The ‘Ambition’ colour seems more powdery than ‘Katie’ and my brush picked it up as soon as it touched it. The glitter caught the light throughout the day in a wonderfully subtle way and it made me feel all glowy!

This is the first time Illamasqua have done a blusher duo, so I expect they may be doing more in future collections!

Speckle Polish

 

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I love this product, also in the new range! As far as i’m aware, no other company has ever made an eggshell nail polish before, I think it’s really innovative and certainly looks adorable! It’s limited edition though, so try get your hands on some quick!

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I painted my nails in Speckle last night, and since worked a full day in a busy shop. They have chipped, and I did have to repaint a few but to be honest, that could be to do with me not using a basecoat, and topcoating it with some weird Sally Hansen stuff I had lying around. I would imagine if you used Illamasqua base and top coats too it wouldn’t behave in this way!

The brushes on the Illamasqua polishes make painting your nails so super simple! I’ve found these particular pastel and light colours work well to make short nails look a little more elegant too! 

Well there’s my round-up of my new Illamasqua haul! Overall, very good products as always.. I’ll be hitting up YouTube for some blusher tips and also experimenting with base and top coats to make Speckle last longer!

Did you buy any of the ‘I’mperfection’ collection? How do you like it?

Kate xx