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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Style Swoon! Goth Chic with Amy the Make-Up Artist!

It’s no huge secret at all that I am in love with Illamasqua make-up, and on my last mission there for eyeshadow and lipstick, I spied one of the amazing make-up artists who worked there sporting a perfectly chic, gothic inspired outfit!

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Amy explained that the belt was one of her favourite items. She wears it with trousers and skirts and I can see it being a great piece to have in the wardrobe to put the final touches on both smart and casual ensembles!

I adore her top too.. the metal zip-like detail is a great touch and makes a nice change from the usual girly, frilly stuff on the high street.

This is a really wonderful high end gothic look, very fashion forward yet still maintaining that ‘alternative’ vibe! 

This is one stylish lady who really knows how to put an outfit together! 

Amy’s make-up is spot on too! (well, she is a make-up artist!)… I only wish I could do my make-up so perfectly! I love the use of lipstick in ‘Kontrol’ (I think!) as an alternative to a more obvious option of black for an edgy gothic lip colour!

Thanks for posing for I Get Dressed In The Morning, Amy!

Kate x

PS: I cannot stress how highly I recommend the girls at Illamasqua Leeds for all your make-up needs. They are always happy to help with tips and quick demonstrations to help you get the most out of your make-up and learn new things!

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Lookbook: Lazy Oaf x Kickers

So hey guys, I know the only other lookbook i’ve ever posted was Lazy Oaf too but you know, they’re amazing okay?

This one is for the Lazy Oaf x Kickers collaboration! Kickers.. you know, those super 90’s shoes and boots?

Here’s a few of my favourite images from the set..

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For the full lookbook click HERE.

I love them and want them all, sadly I probably won’t be able to get any though, but if I had to choose one pair it’d probably be the black glitter ones, as I could justify them as ‘sensible’ shoes that ‘go with everything’ to the boyfriend!

What do you think of the collaboration? Which are your favourites?

Kate xx

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Style Swoon! – Jenna Isabel of ‘My Life Sofa’

Style Swoon is a section where I share super stylish lovely people with all you wonderful lovely readers! 

My first Style Swoon is the beautiful Jenna Isabel, who writes the blog ‘My Life Sofa‘. Jenna is currently committed to a challenge of wearing a different outfit every day for a year, without doubling up! How fun!

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Here’s Jenna!

Tell me a little about yourself! First about me? well im a 29 year old mother of three young children, i work very part time in my friends vintage shop in Whitehaven (Kissing Cows) Check it out on asos marketplace!

Last year we moved house and have a huge project in that, I was also lucky enough to marry my best friend Otis last September.

I’ve had a life long love affair for music and fashion in equal measures.
 
What three phrases would describe your style? British Eccentric, Playful, Time Traveling.

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What is your favourite piece of clothing in your wardrobe right now? Favourite piece??? Hmm, hard to say… I have fail safe basics which i could happily live in most days like my trusty 501 cut offs and black chelsea boots, but my favourite item of clothing has to be a nice dress. I got a lovely 60s geometric printed mini dress with a huge sailor collar for christmas this year, from etsy. Love the print, colour, collar and cuffs! either that or my 80s brownies sweat shirt!

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Jenna in her adorable vintage Brownies shirt!!

Is there anything you are lusting after to add to your clothing collection? I am absolutely desperate for a nice pair of kick flare flat fronted cords but I haven’t found anything, anywhere so the hunt continues……

What inspires you when putting together outfits? I take inspiration from lots of different places. Music is a huge influence over my style and I often take from whatever i’m listening to, also from an odd item of clothing i find that i get a vibe from, or from memories and old photos of family and even from my childhood such as 80s/90s. They remind me so much of my mum taking me shopping when i was little, stuff she’d wear and things i’d see on top of the pops, I must have soaked it all up without realising!

Do you have a favourite era in terms of style and fashion, and why? My most favourite era of all has been the same for me since I was in primary school… 60s & 70s!!!

Memories of all my gran and grandad’s left over home interiors, the love of watching Nick Berry on Heartbeat with them and the music kick-started it, then as i got older and started big school in 1994, i found indie music and brit pop!

I fell in love with Pulp and Jarvis Cocker in the same year as starting school and picked up again on their heavy influence of retro 60s/70s kitsch which remains all these years on.

My love for the era isn’t just in my wardrobe though, it’s throughout my home, music and film collections! I could happily build a time machine and live back then!

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Which designers do you adore? The designer of designers for me is Vivienne Westwood, especially her early days with Malcolm McLaren in Sex, her punk days were so British and young and powerful!

I love the whole punk era, again, it reminds of lusting over photos of my mum with green eyed envy of how carefree she was when she was a young punk, just love her!

Can we see more of your outfits and style? Yes although i’m only very very shiny new to all this, but you can creep on my ramblings and wardrobe adventures on mylifesofa.tumblr.com

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Thanks Jenna!!