July 27, 2016

STYLING A SWIMSUIT FOR THE DAY TIME

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I often wonder what happens to the swimsuit after the summer months have passed us by,I guess they get thrown in to hiding as you pile the winter pounds on and dread the sight of yourself in the mirror. I fished mine out the other day and just thought how wasted swimwear can be, an item of clothing made just for lazing by the pool (I wish) or Swimming, although lets face it I never EVER go swimming!! so mine is hardly worn at all. Technically they are the exact same piece as the very much loved "bodysuit" that everyone has been donning this season,okay there might be a tad more lycra involved but that's a good thing right??

All of that being said,I took it upon myself to style my swimsuit for a day time look and was quite pleased with the results (minus the back fat). I know,I know,you might not wear this on your next trip to the supermarket but for a day out with the girls or even to a festival I think it could work and it gives your swimwear the revival it needs,it beats it sitting in the bottom of the wardrobe gathering dust anyway and if it's a bit chilly just throw on a leather jacket.
Just remember...Leave the swimming cap and goggles at home!!!

How would you style your cossie?


July 22, 2016

5 TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR DOG HAPPY

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A commonly asked question amongst us animal lovers is "How do I keep my pet happy?"
For obvious reasons your furry little friends can't express their feelings and you need to be able to identify when they are feeling sad,a bit under the weather or just down right bored so i've come up with a few tips to keep your fur babies 100% content.

1.BUY MORE TOYS
Yes it costs a lot and if you've got a chewer on your hands you will be buying a lot more than the average person however,I have recently found a life saver in keeping my dogs amused which is the Pawsome box,you may have seen this pop up on my blog from time to time but let me tell you,its bloody brilliant.It's a monthly subscription which you can cater to your Dog's needs (they also do one for cats) It is filled with toys,treats,gadgets and things to keep your dog healthy.I'm not saying you have to have this every month,maybe just have it as a doggy birthday present once a year but if you do subscribe you won't be disappointed,it keeps my two amused for days.
(This is what's in this months box)
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2.PLENTY OF WALKS
I know this is a given and is quite obvious but in the summer months people tend to forget about walks "oh its too hot to take them,they won't enjoy it","We are going out for the day and haven't got time" all of this is nonsense,you buy a dog you must walk it every day without fail.I agree with it being too hot in the Summer however early mornings and late nights tend to be cooler and a brilliant time to walk your dog and trust me,they always enjoy it.

3.BATH TIME
We all know that sometimes doggy bath time can be a right ol' stress,for the dog and for the person that is washing them,My two used to hate bath time but by persisting (and having no choice when covered in mud) they have slowly come round to the idea and quite enjoy it,especially when it's hot,they love a cool shower.They don't need washing every day but keeping on top of their cleanliness is a must,we usually do ours once a month.If you and your pooch are struggling them maybe try adding toys into the bath and give treats as you go,this will help calm your dog and keep him/her amused and after all, a clean dog = a happy dog.

4.PRAISE
Keeping a friendship with your dog is the most important part of owning one,call me sad but my two are like best friends to me and I am constantly praising them when they do good.Verbal and physical praise keep them happy,secure and feeling loved.

5.TRY NEW TRICKS
A simple high five,sit,stay and lie down are all achievable with persistence.Try teaching your dog these new tricks it will keep you both amused for hours and don't forget to give treats throughout the training, this will make your dog even happier and he will recognise he is doing well.

What do you do to keep your dog happy?

July 19, 2016

GOING GAGA FOR GREEN

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You may notice I have a slight obsession for everything green at the moment,I feel like it's a very underrated colour and in my opinion as far as homeware goes there is a certain lack of it in the shops.

It has been my goal in life to be able to afford a Chesterfield sofa,they are the marmite of sofas you either love them or hate them but personally I think they are beautiful,so well crafted,so lovingly made and a sure statement piece in your home. I recently stumbled upon a site called The Original Sofa Co. ,they sell stunning Chesterfield sofas and antique furniture,they stock signature collections and pre loved items,everything is crafted so beautifully with coil sprung seats,arms and backs along with hand dyed and hand tacked leather,these people have serious skills.
My jaw hit the floor when I saw this green beauty and would love to own it one day.(One can wish)

Have you spotted any green goodness on your travels? I'd love to kit out our home with more Green accents so please let me know if anything has caught your eye whilst out and about.



*This post is sponsored by The Original Sofa Co.


July 13, 2016

PHOTO DIARY || FOODIES FESTIVAL

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It can be hard to decide which food festival to attend these days,they have become so popular over the last few years that it seems every town,village and city is hosting a foodie feast.
Local businesses,top chefs and thousands of locals gather in which can only be described as one big food party and lets be honest,a day out tasting food for free is a damn sight better than a day at the office.

The past couple of years we have visited The Foodies Festival in Birmingham (They hold events in different cities across the UK check HERE to see if there is one near you). The hustle and bustle of people and the smell of assorted cuisines keep us going back each year,the variety of food is mind blowing and the amount of Gin on offer is fascinating,especially for someone who is a Gin-oholic like myself.

The sun was shining and the festival was jam packed,a wonderful atmosphere and an all round great day out,I 100% recommend this festival if you are a fellow foodie or just after a fun, family day out.


July 09, 2016

THE £5 DRESS EVERYBODY NEEDS

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Yep you heard right,this little beauty has fulfilled all of my summer dress cravings and at a mere 5 English pounds you can't complain,right?
If you have followed me for a while you will know that I hardly ever wear dresses but when I see one I love,I will wear it for days (Minging I know).This cute little number ticks all of the '16 trend boxes; Boho vibes,Florals,lace up front,bell sleeves,the list goes on.
I know some of you are thinking,Kate,we've had no summer yet? But trust me,this dress can be worn numerous ways,Shove some ripped boyfriend jeans underneath for a relaxed feel or sling over your favourite leather jacket to toughen up the florals.

Head over to Everything5pounds to get your Summer staples now.




July 06, 2016

HOW TO: STYLE A STATEMENT JUMPSUIT

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The answer to styling a statement jumpsuit? Keep everything else simple.
Seen an all in one with a crazy pattern but not sure what to wear it with? Not to worry,keep your accessories simple,your hair sleek (not that I managed this with my hair,talk about bloody flyaways!!) and most importantly NO OTHER PATTERNS.
I paired this gorgeous star jumpsuit with my fail safe Raybans,a minimal Daniel Wellington Watch,a tote and some comfy espadrilles,perfect for a day shopping or running errands however if I were to wear this Jumpsuit on a night out I would simply add Red lipstick and a pair of black heels...bobs your uncle an effortless outfit for a night on the town and a one-piece which works both ways.

How would you style this jumpsuit?

P.S Fancy some money off a Daniel Wellington watch? Use the Code "KATE-LOUISE" and save yourself some pennies,Thank me later.