Monday, 31 August 2015

Songs to send you back to school

So August is over and so that means school and university are coming up fast. Personally, I have two weeks before I move into my new house in Brighton ready to start my second year at Sussex University. With this change comes stress, studying and socialising. Therefore I've sort of tailored my August playlist to have a few songs for each of these situations. There are some beautiful and calm songs including ones by Tallest Man On Earth and Michael Moffit (of AsapScience fame), a 25+ minute track for every mood and some more upbeat songs for getting the party started.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Autumn wardrobe wants

fall wants

Here in the UK it appears that summer may be fading into Autumn very soon because the warm days are becoming increasingly rare (they were limited to begin with though). It's OK though because for the first time ever I'm actually embracing the shorter days with open arms. Maybe it is because I'm longing to get back to Brighton and all it's charm (and university I guess) or that I'm really into jumpers and sweatshirts at the moment so this weather change will give me an excuse to buy a huge pile of them. Whatever it is that is making me long Autumn cosiness, I am starting to compile a fashion wish list for the F/W season. I mean a few of the items in this list are way out of my student budget price range but a girl can dream can't she. I've been absolutely head over heels for Acne Studios and Helmut Lang at the moment so they have both made an appearance here (as of course has my favourite Topshop). I hope I can give you inspiration for the next few months or, and I apologise for this, make you want designer clothes you can't afford.



Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Loungin'

wearing: shirt from new look, jeans from topshop, socks from market.

Working full time, this summer, has led me to cherish days off: lazy mornings where I can take a long shower, drink a lot of green tea and just lie on the sofa listening to gentle piano music. These photos document the feeling of happy aimlessness that accompanies such a morning. I am generally the laziest kind of person so having a regular routine where I can only lay around once in a while is actually a blessing. It means I actually appreciate wrapping a blanket around myself several hours longer than is probably deemed appropriate (especially by my parents who tease me constantly for always looking like a walking duvet).




Monday, 27 July 2015

Sounds of July


My mind has been in one hell of a muddle at the moment (thank you fruitless job hunting and terrible weather) so blogging has consistently slipped my mind. However music, as always, has somewhat tamed the crazy this month and so yet again I thought I would put together a playlist of some tracks that I'm dancing round my room to at the moment. This set of tracks features a brilliant song by the bird and the bee who have just released an incredible new album (I highly recommend you go listen to it all), some of the usual dance tracks and a couple of tracks from Jaden and Willow Smith because I managed to see them at Wireless Festival earlier in the month. This of course has led to obsessive listening even if I don't understand the flower of life or the complexity of chemtrails (both topics that they talk about in their songs).


Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol.13


Time to amalgamate the best of the last seven days...

Reading: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This novel is set in a Hunger Games-esque dystopian future except there are two classes of people, red bloods who are normal humans and silver bloods who have powers (like water or mind controlling). This combination makes for  brilliant read and I finished the book in only a couple of days. It takes a little while to get into the story but the characters are well written and interesting. The only thing I'm upset about is having to wait until 2016 for the sequel.

Listening: Last week the new album of the duo the bird and the bee, Recreational Love, came out. The album as a whole is a wonderfully light and airy indie-pop (somewhat tropicalia too) style album. Whilst I recommend listening to the entirety of the album in order because it has a interesting cohesiveness, the standout songs for me are Lovey Dovey, Young and Dumb and Los Angeles.

Eating: Even though I have mentioned them before Ed's Easy Diner deserves another mention this week because while shopping for my sister's birthday present I stopped off to get one of their famous milkshakes (believe me I have said for years they are worth the hype). I drank an Oreo and malt shake but I also love the mint chocolate shake (add malt though).

Doing: This past week I finally took the plunge, after months of build up, and got my septum pierced. I don't know why I waited so long to get it done because I was never scared that it would hurt, which it didn't really, but now I have it done I absolutely love how it looks (despite my dad telling me I reminded him of a bull).

Loving: Tumblr. I run a high fashion/designer/model based blog on tumblr and despite using it regularly this week I have spent every spare moment I have searching new blogs and posts to reblog. I have also spent time this week recoding my theme so it is minimalist and maybe actually quite beautiful (I have too much free time obviously).

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Sunday Files: Vol. 12

Time to amalgamate the best of the last seven days...

Reading: All the bright places by Jennifer Niven. This book is about two teenagers who meet on the bell tower of their school both thinking about jumping off. While this book is a little bit contrived and some of the situations written into the story are totally ridiculous it was an interesting read and I really enjoyed some of the imagery created by the author.

Listening: I've been really into a whole different selection at the moment so I couldn't just pick one song or artist (although I have been loving Florence & the Machine's new album) so I created a new Spotify playlist called Los Angeles which I cannot stop listening to. It is a mix of everything so there should be something you like in it.

Eating: I have been trying to eat more healthily at the moment because my training for my half marathon in October starts this month and the better I eat the better I run obviously. For this reason the other night I made an amazing prawn, ginger and chilli stir fry by just chucking random ingredients in a wok.

Doing: This past weekend I went to Wireless festival (see last post) which was an amazing experience and I got to see Nicki Minaj rap Feeling Myself (I rapped the entire thing along with her, I am that person). It was a great moment because that song requires some talent to sing and the lyrics are so clever, she really is a talented woman whatever people might say.

Loving:  My skin has been having a freak out moment recently for many reasons and so I am collecting spots like they are going out of fashion. To calm my skin down a bit I have been loving using the Mask of Magnaminty from Lush which is a really soothing peppermint mask that helps to reduce inflammation of your spots. I try to use it every other day at the moment but mostly I use it once a week just to keep everything in check.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Katy Goes Outside: Wireless Festival 2015




Last weekend my sister (pictured about getting very excited about cider) and I travelled to London to attend the Saturday and Sunday of Wireless festival in Finsbury Park. I've been to music festivals before but those were of the camp in a tent and not care what you look like as everything is covered in mud style festival (Reading 2013 I'm looking at you) so to be able to back to a comfy bed in an AirBnB every night was a blessing. It also meant that everyone looked amazing in their outfit ensembles as they had time in the morning to carefully construct it rather than just pulling random clothes out of their backpack.
The music was a really interesting array but mostly centered around urban and pop/dance music. We managed to see Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and an awesome performance by Jaydn and Willow Smith (they are way too cool for their age) amongst others. I think my favourite performance of the weekend may have been Avicii though because dancing with thousands of other people around as the sunset was an incredible experience. There was fireworks, insane light displays (see below) and so much confetti projected into the crowd which just added to the experience.