5 mistakes you're making that are damaging your confidence

5 mistakes you’re making that are damaging your confidence

Self esteem is a hugely talked about topic nowadays, and I hear people suffering with it all the time. I myself used to really struggle with a lack of confidence and low self esteem as well, but over the last couple of years I have managed to improve it drastically by doing the following five steps. Just to be realistic though, you have to be patient and work on these things day in and day out for them to actually make a difference to you.

1. Listening and caring about what others think of you

Let it go. Stop worrying about how people portray you and just carry on being true to yourself. This is something that I’ve had to focus on the most over the last couple of years and I honestly feel like I’ve grown so much as a person, just from not worrying about other people’s thoughts.

2. Following people on social media that give you a negative feeling when you see their posts

Why would you want someone to make you feel down? If they aren’t your friend or someone you look up to, simply unfollow them.

3. Comparing yourself to others

This is completely normal, and everyone does it at some point in their lives, but please stop doing this and start taking care of yourself instead. Reflect on your own achievements or strengths and find something to feel proud about, everyone is good at something- even if it’s a personality trait like loyalty.

4. Not doing more of what makes you happy and less of what makes you sad

This can totally have an affect on your confidence and even applies to wearing the things that you love to wear rather than the things you dislike. Being happy will certainly transform your mindset.

5. Not being grateful for the little things in life

OK, I’ve actually always been good at this one, but I wanted to share it with you guys anyway. I’m always so grateful and appreciative of the little things. Probably over the top grateful actually, but I find that it helps with my own confidence and can make a difference to yours too.

 

Set yourself a challenge to start letting go of the negativity around you. Unfollow it. Stop wearing it. Start ignoring it.

Let me know how you get on in the comments below or join my Facebook group for some more tips.

 

Katie x

What New Year’s Resolutions are you Going to Set?

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe how fast 2017 has gone. Seriously. I say it every year, but it must be true when they say the older you get, the faster the years go.

I’ve had a nice little break over Christmas– spending quality time with my partner, friends & family. Eating and drinking lots. I am, however, so happy to be back to my business and getting ready to focus hard on hitting my goals for the year.

I don’t know about you, but every year I always set myself a resolution or something I’d like to achieve by the end of the new year. I refer to them as my goals rather than resolutions. The year before last I done dry January (I needed it after a very overindulged Christmas) and last year I launched this brand. Yay! Whether they be personal or work-related though, I think it’s really important to set yourself goals for the year, because otherwise what are you working towards? What do you want? How are you going to get it?

When you manage to find a spare few minutes in your day, grab a pen and piece of paper and jot down some things you’d like to happen this year. Trust me, it feels great to actually think about it and get it written out in front of you. You don’t have to share these with anyone, but if they’re not particularly private then it can be quite nice to discuss them with people that you are close to.

No one’s going to hunt you down if you don’t achieve what you wrote down. I mean, hey, they may not even be relevant to you after a few months! It’s just nice to go into a new year with a clear vision of how you’d like it to look at the end, so what resolutions are you going to set this year? Let me know in the comments.

 

Katie x

Declutter your wardrobe & find your style

Hello you lovely ladies!

Oh my gosh, I am so excited to finally share some news with you all that I have been working on for the past month or so. As you may have seen or heard, I have a new styling tab here on this website, because I am rolling out some styling services starting in January.

This isn’t totally random, I have a degree in Fashion Styling, and I then went on to work for an amazing Celebrity stylist in London after graduating in 2014. So I had been thinking for a little while of how I could merge my love for styling people with my already existing brand of bags, but then I realised that I am the brand and it’s all fashion related anyway, so of course they can work together!

To kick things off in the new year, I am in the process of putting together a 5-module online course covering:

  • mindset & confidence
  • shopping on a budget
  • de-cluttering your wardrobe
  • personalised colour & style analysis
  • and key trends for 2018

The course is going to be available from mid-January, so I will keep you updated with it’s progress and let you know how to sign up.

In the mean time, I have decided to put on a FREE STYLE CHALLENGE in my Facebook group to give people an idea of what they can expect on the course. I’m super excited for the challenge, as it’s going to be really laid back and fun, with lots of useful tips! If you would like to join the challenge starting on the 3rd of January click here, and please get in touch if you have any questions.

 

Katie x

P.S this will probably be my last post until after Christmas now, so have a fab one if you don’t hear from me before!

Inspirational Film: Joy

Inspirational Film: Joy

 

This week, I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite inspirational films, which actually only came out a couple of years ago. It features the amazing Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro and is from the Director of American Hustle. I‘m not sure whether you’ll know it, but it’s called Joy and you need to watch it asap. Seriously!

Based on a true story, Joy, is a strong & independent woman who has battled through a divorce of her own as well as her parents. She lives with her children, ex-husband and parents (who can’t stand each other) in working-class New York. After cutting her hand on some glass whilst wringing out a mop, she comes up with the idea of a self-wringing mop and makes her own prototype.

I won’t give too much away, but through shear determination and bloody hard work she becomes a wealthy, successful businesswoman who certainly doesn’t take any shit.

Quote from Joy (Lawrence) in the film:

“Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything. Because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing”.

It’s heartbreaking, and painful to watch at times, but so so motivating and inspiring. It made me want to get up off the sofa and start a business brainstorming session!

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Jennifer Lawrence with the real Joy and Bradley Cooper at the 2015 Film Premiere

How to dress from DAY to NIGHT

How to dress from DAY to NIGHT

I’m going to show you how to style yourself from day to night using the same bag (one of our Hollycroft Clutches).

From day…

Firstly, for a comfortable and casual look during the day you can pull this off by running your fingers through your hair- leaving it lovely and natural but not too much of a mess. I never worry about styling mine with heat during the day, partly because it takes too long and partly because it damages the ends of my hair. Anyway, next you’ll need to attach the strap to your clutch bag and wear it over the shoulder of a slouchy top. Maria is pictured wearing a slouchy checked shirt, but a t-shirt is cool too. Pair the top with your go-to pair of jeans and ankle boots, and away you go!

To night…

OK, so first things first- remove the bag’s strap and just carry it in your hands for the evening. Next, apply a little lippy to make those lips of yours pop and be sure to pack the lippy in your bag in case you need to re-apply later. Finally, wear something that shows off your best features (Maria here for example is displaying her pins), put on a pair of heels if they’re comfortable enough for you, if not a pair of flat thigh high boots is a great alternative. And one more thing- have a fab night!

Katie x

My Top 3 Tips on Dressing for the Party Season

My Top 3 Tips on Dressing for the Party Season

As if it’s the 1st of December today!? I know we say it every year, but seriously- where has the year gone?

Anyway, as tonight is my first Christmas Party of the year, I have put together a little guide on what my top 3 trends are for this years party season. I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear what you’re planning on wearing for your parties! Just comment below 🙂

 

Metallic Dresses: My favourite trend for this season in particular has to be metallic dresses. The more glitz and sparkle- the better. It doesn’t have to be a certain colour but I think a soft gold works well, and so does red! Don’t go too over the top with your jewellery though, otherwise it could be a bit much. I’m actually sticking with this trend this evening and wearing my own soft gold shimmery dress.

Suits: Suits are so in at the minute, and I think this time of year is the perfect chance to try them out if you aren’t used to wearing them. Don’t think of every-day office suits though, think eye-catching power suits that can really make you stand out from the crowd at your works do. I know a good suit can be quite costly, but trust me when I say you can pick one up from a charity shop if you’re willing to search (mine cost me £2)!

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Leathers: leather is the perfect material for the cold weather we are about to be faced with, so go out and get yourself a mid-length leather or faux leather skirt and pair it with a simple T-shirt for a more relaxed occasion this Christmas.

I have a little video that I done where you can see this in more detail, just click here.

Enjoy your parties and do let me know if this was useful!

Katie x

BLACK FRIDAY, YAY!

BLACK FRIDAY, YAY!

OK, so this weekend is definitely one of my faves for the entire year. And yes, I know that many people absolutely despise Black Friday and everything that it stands for, but I love to shop and I especially love to shop the sales. Black Friday is traditionally the day that follows the USA’s thanksgiving, but year after year it seems to be happening much earlier and goes right up until cyber Monday- which is the Monday following thanksgiving.

I’ve always been known to find a good bargain, so I wanted to share with you all the places that I’m going to be spending my pennies with over the weekend (online only of course, because who wants to be out in all this sales shopping madness)?! This is just the start of my Christmas shopping as I always wait until Black Friday to start, but hopefully I’ll be able to get the majority of gifts sorted.

For myself:

I’m in desperate need of some new shoes for a Christmas party next weekend, and I’ve already checked out Lamoda for some fab ones. You can get 40% off with code ‘TAKE40’. Warning: there’s too much choice!

For my best friend:

Slay my print have the most beautiful and perfectly thought out prints that I know my bestie will love (and I just hope she doesn’t read this). For 40% off use code ’40OFF’- I’ve already purchased a few this morning! I’ll also be shopping on Missfiga for her as they emailed me with a 20% off code, which just happens to be ‘SLAY’.

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For my boyfriend:

You won’t need a code for Amazon, you will just see the offers that they have on each day, and they have a lot of great ones! I’m getting my foodie mad boyfriend a waffle maker for just £20 instead of £34.99 🙂

For my brothers:

There’s no chance of either of my brothers reading this so I can actually say what I am getting them, well I’m not actually 100% which exact product yet, but I’m going to get them a designer fragrance from Groupon –they have a wide range to choose from for under £20!

For my parents:

OK, so I wish I could do all of my shopping online and over this weekend, but for my parents I want to get them something specific for their new house and it just isn’t something that you can buy online, so I’ll be going out to a local store to buy it nearer to Christmas. I can’t say what it is in case they are reading, sorry!

I am thinking of getting my mum a little extra something from Elizabeth Arden though, they have 25% off with no need for a code… it is very tempting!

*One last thing… If you want to purchase any of my bags then this is the time to do it as you can get a whopping 30% OFF & FREE DELIVERY!!! Just use code blackfriday! at the checkout and remember to click the Free Shipping option for it to apply.

 

Katie x

 

 

 

A day in London

A day in London

Earlier this month, my best friend and I got the train to London for a day of both work and fun. We absolutely love London and often have days in the city together (I didn’t enjoy living there but that’s not to say I don’t still love the place). I had a meeting arranged at midday and my friend had an event to go to in the evening, so we spent the afternoon wandering around Covent Garden whilst being photographed. It was very strange for me because I am so used to being behind the camera! I really enjoyed it though actually, and I think the photos look great!

I’m thinking of having one of the images of the two of us framed and hung up in my room- organising a photoshoot like this would also be a perfect present for your best friend, or maybe even a mother-daughter shoot! I shall put the photographer’s details at the end of this post, so if you do feel like booking one for yourself you can get in touch with her 🙂

 

Rocking our matching Katherena rucksacks of course 😉

^ This one is my favourite shot, I love it!

A huge thank you to Nadia Ivanova of Truly Natural Photography for these stunning images that she took and edited for me.

You can find her website here- https://trulynaturalphotography.wordpress.com/ or go & like her Facebook Page.

Katie x

Back to College

Back to College

This week I went back to college… not to study, but to give a talk to the current fashion students on the course that I was on from 2009-11. It was so strange being back there, as it was the first time in over six years!

I set up a table and split it into 3 sections: one for my old sketchbooks from college and University, one with magazines that I had worked on from my time as a stylist in London, and another with my Katherena products. The students and both of my old (and their current) tutors sat and listened while I spoke about these three times in my life. I explained how I adjusted my work style to suit my strengths, for example I am really bad at drawing and anything arty really, so I started to do my sketchbooks on the computer instead of by hand. This helped my confidence with my work when I was at University.

I also highlighted the importance of gaining experience after finishing college, whether going off to University or looking for a job. My internships got me to where I am today! I wanted the students to understand that the industry is very competitive and without reaching out to people or companies asking for experience, it would be very difficult to go on and get the job they desire. They were probably very shocked to hear of my working hours and pay as a stylist in London as well, but hopefully it was useful to them.

Finally, I spoke about Katherena and the work involved to get it up and running. Again, they were probably quite shocked to hear how long and hard the process was, but I think they all seemed interested. At the end of the session I let them come over and take a look at my old sketchbooks, magazines and the Katherena bags, which was really nice to interact with them and hear their thoughts. I was nervous at the very beginning, but I’m so glad I done it!

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Caprice @ The London Business Show

Caprice @ The London Business Show

Earlier this year I had the absolute pleasure of listening to Caprice Bourret at London’s Business Show, and with the event taking place again today and tomorrow, I thought I would share what I took away from her truly inspiring talk.

First of all, she spoke about how at aged 30 she decided she needed a plan-b for her career (she was modelling still at the time and realised that her time in the industry may be coming to an end). The company that she set up as her plan-b had millions invested in it by Debenhams’ Terry Green and she was one of the first people to do a licencing agreement. Six years later she went it alone, buying the licence back and using Debenhams as her first stockist for her brand ‘By Caprice Products’.

She said she actually lost a quarter of a million on her first collection because the designs were what she wanted and not what her customers wanted. She had a lot of knock backs but kept on going and finally had Asos on board! Her stock was coming in from China and so in 2008 when the sterling dropped she lost a whopping £1.7 million! Ouch!

According to Caprice it can take 3 to 5 years to see a return… so I have a few years yet! But she says once you do make it you should give back- whether it’s to young entrepreneurs or charities it’s really important. I totally agree and have always aimed to give back when I can afford to. Some quotes that I jotted down from her talk are:

“Don’t comprise, its tough out there”.

“You pay more, you make more”.

“Look after your team, they make the magic happen”.

After the talk had finished there was an opportunity to have your photo with the lovely Caprice, so I got in the queue (I was right at the end of it), and waited to see her. I was afraid she wasn’t going to wait to speak to all of us but she did, and not only did I get my photo with her, she also said ‘get the damn bag in’ so now I have this fab photo of me and my friend Maria with Caprice and one of my Katherena bags!