Style Swoon! Neon Tie-dye dream

Yet again, working in an amazing vintage shop is paying off! So much style passing through on a daily basis!

Here’s my first Style Swoon snap of the Summer, meet Martha!

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Martha was shopping and kindly took two minutes of her time to pose for me!

In hindsight, I should have taken the photo outside to show how amazingly bright this outfit was! Just check out those wedge sandals, so perfectly on the 90’s trend! And  her bright orange backpack looked to be made of scuba suit material!

Martha’s shoes reminded me of some I had seen online previously, so I dug out the link for you… Feast your eyes on these beauties! ‘Ego and Greed’s platform ‘She Cray Remixed’ in Lime Green… Click HERE to buy!

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Let’s take a minute to marvel at Martha’s beautiful locks too! Pastel hair is all the rage right now, check out dye brands ‘Crazy Colour‘ or ‘Directions‘ (available in hair shops worldwide!) for the perfect shade for you, and always be careful when bleaching your hair!

Stay tuned for more of my Dream Summer Wardrobe, news on my clothing brand and more style and beauty posts!

Kate xx

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Etsy Cute 01/04/13 – Sugar Rush

I’m guessing you’re all full of chocolate eggs and Easter sweets? Well i’ve been a sweetie fan from the second I could talk, and todays Etsy Cute is all about sweet things, candy, sugar and confections!

Sweet Insults!

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Plz Die

I’ve had my eye on this for a while… there are some things I find on Etsy and don’t post straight away because I feel like I want them all to myself, but this sweater is perfect for the sweet theme we’ve got going on.

Created by fASHLIN, this super cool sweater is adorable at first but look closer, it’s covered with insults! It appeals to my juvenile brat perfectly and is definitely on my birthday wishlist!

Their products are totally 90’s influenced, with Daria T-shirts, head jewellery and slime effect everything! Check them out and re-live the days of Goosebumps, bindis and The Craft!

Cosmic Lollipops!

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I wanna lick Uranus.. teehee! 

Much like the sweater, I had seen these amazing space-pops a while ago on Tumblr, and since found the creator ‘Vintage Confections’ on Etsy.

Being a huge science and space fanatic, I desperately want to shove them all in my mouth in one go… but I think i’ll wait and save them for a special treat purchase one day! My favourite planet is Saturn, but my favourite of these lollies is the Sun, I think the ones that take up the whole lolly and look globe-like are amazing! Guys… It’s a planet, in sugar form, ON A STICK! *drool*.

Vintage Confections sell other amazing candy too! Loads of designs and flavours! You can even order flavour samples, in case you’re not sure which to go for. This is true gourmet candy at it’s finest, expertly made and unique!

Jelly Beanie Bow!

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Sweet hair bow, bro!

I can never get enough of bows, I do worry I’m getting a bit old to rock them now without looking ridiculous, but then I remember that I DON’T CARE!

The pastel dreaminess mixed with sugary perfection of this little treat have me practically thrusting at my computer screen. Made by the aptly named Super Kawaii Bows, it’s also a total steal at only £3.40 (not including shipping).

They have a TONNE of amazing bows in their store, including ‘starter packs’ of 11 solid coloured bows and multipacks of different metallics! Perfect to bulk out your bow collection!

Crotchet Cupcake!

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Swirly cupcake confection perfection!

Yes I know it’s Twinkie Chan again!! WOOOH! (love that girl so hard!). I’m also loving this swirly cute cupcake slouch hat currently for sale on her Etsy! It’s a custom listing, so the colours can be changed and as with all her masterpieces, it’s really reasonably priced at just over £30.. remember guys, that’s all crocheted by hand!

You’ve probably heard (read?) me bang on about Twinkie Chan before.. but just in case you haven’t.. she’s a wonderfully inspiring crafter based in San Francisco! She learnt to crochet from a friends Grandma and now runs a food themed crochet empire!

Check her out, it’s pretty amazing stuff!

Just four for today.. Unfortunately I am a human and my head is killing me! What I would give to be a sexy android robo-babe who never gets ill… 

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have an Etsy Cute theme to suggest!

Kate xx

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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

 

Something Beautiful: Meadham Kirchhoff SS13

Take roughly 4 minute out of your day to watch this beautiful catwalk show from Meadham Kirchhoff for their SS13 ‘Cautionary Tale’ collection.

I love the eccentricity, the mash-up of Marie Antoinette/ 80’s vibes and all the BOWS!!

Meadham Kirchhoff never disappoint me, they always bring a pastelly tinge of joy to my day. I dream of owning something by them one day!

In the meantime though I shall start scheming on how I can incorporate these looks into my current wardrobe. I have a pastel yellow vintage dress and a flower crown I made out of a children’s headband, some artificial flowers and some ‘No More Nails’ (there is a good tutorial here from Rookie!). I think that’s a good start! Now all we need is warmer weather!

What do you think of this collection? Does it inspire you?

Etsy Cute 1/12/12 – Party Time

Here’s my selection of items to inject cute into the festive party season!!

Click the pictures to view the items on Etsy!

Mini Mouse Dress!! ^_^

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Become a fully fledged member of the Disney Club!

I discovered Devowevo a while ago, but back then I think they had a different name. They do all kinds of adorable dresses with ponies, owls, rainbows and all sorts on them! This dress with Minnie’s grinning face is perfect for a night out! I would wear it with nice thick black tights and maybe some crazy sculptural heels like these.

Pastel Bow Goodness!

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Sugar sweeten your hair!

For all you pastel lovers out there! (me!) I’ve found this amazing crochet hairbow complete with sugary sweet inspired heart decorations! It’s from a seller I have just discovered, Sugar Junkie Shop, and their name doesn’t disappoint . If you want all things candified you’ll want to check them out! I would wear this with a pastel dress and white tights! 

Rainbow Tights! ❤

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Wear the rainbow!

Okay, I’m obsessed with tights… just think of all the possibilities! Like these wonderful pastel rainbow tights by Virivee. Hand dyed and 50 Dernier means they are truly unique and will last for a fair while. These would be perfect for anyone keen to pop a little bit of subtle cute into an outfit. Why not whip out a cute black dress and doll it up with these? How about this one?!

Yum Yum Nails! 🙂

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Kawaii Claws! 

One thing that might not be obvious to buy from Etsy are nails… But they ARE essential in looking adorable over the festive season! These Yum Yums nails are handpainted by nail artist Mkittynails in Japan! So you will be buying genuine kawaii goodness from the land that invented cute! There are more than just these to choose from, and jazzing up your nails will last longer than just one night, why not treat yourself to this sugar sweet manicure for Christmas day and get out of doing the washing up! ^_^

Sweet Snuggly Sweater!

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Boys need some ‘cute’ too this Christmas!

Who said that lovely things were just for girls? Any fun loving fella would appreciate this sweet sweater from Rogue Retro! On the other hand, any gorgeous girly could wear this too in a casual big-n-baggy sort of way with leggings and heels for cosy drinks with friends. Everyone needs a Christmas jumper so why not make it a wonderfully adorable one?! I would wear this with a big red bow, like this one!

 

If you have any suggestions for Etsy sellers you think I would like, please don’t hesitate to email me.. katykamikaze@gmail.com