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Wedding Season: How to be the Standout Guest

We’re halfway through the month of May, and I’m seeing a handful of Facebook friends countdown to their weddings (or best friends weddings), as well as all the talk of this weekend’s highly anticipated royal wedding which means that we are officially in wedding season. Yay, I do love a good wedding!

There are always so many questions around what to wear as a guest at someone’s wedding. What colours are acceptable? How much skin should I have on show? And most importantly, how can I standout as one of the guests? Well, I want to take this opportunity to promote my signature product, because honestly I just don’t talk about it enough. And now is the perfect time!

Catch the Bouquet Clutch

Most of you will know that my clutch bags are called ‘Hollycroft Trunk Clutch’. Well, I’m changing it up this season and calling them the ‘Catch the Bouquet Clutch’- because they will absolutely get you all the attention you deserve when you wear one at your cousins wedding next month.

You know how it goes- the bride throws her bouquet of flowers into the crowd of guests (traditionally just single women) and whoever manages to catch it is supposed to be the next person to get married. For a few minutes out of the entire day, the center of attention is totally switched from the bride and groom to the lucky guest with the great catch.

This attention is exactly what you’ll be getting with wearing my clutch bag to the wedding. It’s not like anything else anyone will have seen. And certainly no one else will be wearing one. The other female guests will be totally envious of you for sure!

The bags come in four different colours as well so you don’t have to worry about it not going well with the outfit you’ve picked out. You can check them out here, and I’d love to hear what colour you would go for so just let me know in the comments.

Katie x

It’s all in the bag…

What bags will be worn by the Royal Family at the wedding of the year next month?

With it being exactly one month today until Prince Harry marries American beauty Meghan Markle, I wanted to do a post on the bags that are likely to make an appearance based on what’s hot right now, and what some of the Royal’s are often seen sporting.

Going off what’s ‘in’ for Spring:

– Satchels are back on trend as a popular shape for bags

– In terms of colour, tan is supposed to be huge for bags and shoes this season

– Branded logos will likely be seen printed onto the fabric- (see the Louis Vuitton bag below)!

Image source: Louis Vuitton US

 

Going off what they’re usually spotted wearing:

– Her Majesty the Queen will no doubt wear her go-to classic brand, Launer (see image below)

– Kate Middleton usually opts for a sophisticated clutch bag, and is a fan of LK Bennett

– Princess Beatrice also favours a clutch bag, but hers are a bit more jazzy than the ones Kate wears!

Image source: Hello Fashion

It will be interesting to see what bags do actually appear on the guests next month, so I’ll try and remember to do a post after the wedding to talk about it.

As for the bride herself, I think Meghan is going to be wearing two dresses for the big day. One traditional dress for the ceremony, and a glam number for the evening celebrations. I must admit, I think I’d opt for two different dresses for the day as well, it must be so hard wearing a wedding dress all day and all night. How are you supposed to dance in it?!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the bags you think they’ll be wearing, just leave a comment below.

Katie x

Colour Combos To Try This Year

When it comes to designing a fashion collection, whether it be dresses or bags, colour is a super important factor in the process. It’s not just thinking about the colour of the product itself, but it’s also useful to think about other colours that will go well with the product, and colours that won’t go so well.

With my Pink Romola Rucksack being the bestseller at the minute, it got me thinking about colour combinations. Obviously this means that people are loving the pale pink and grey combo, so I want to share with you some other great combos that are worth giving a go this year to spruce up your style.

Khaki & Tan 

Image: Youngjun Koo

So, even though this is kind of a classic colour combo, you don’t actually see it very often. I love the colour khaki, and it always looks so good paired with white, but I can’t say I’ve ever worn it with anything brown. I’ll be giving this one a go myself and hope to see more of it!

 

Red & Pink (did I actually just type that)?! 

Image: Getty

OK, OK, just bear with me on this. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably cringing right now. I don’t have many rules when it comes to fashion and style, but wearing pink and red together has honestly always been a true crime in my eyes. Until now. I’m actually loving this combo! Anyone else?

Metallic Silver & Orange 

Image: Emily Malan

How great is this one? I’m obsessed with metallics! They’re usually seen as a winter trend, but I’m feeling it for Spring as well (especially with the showers here in the UK at the minute). Who’s brave enough to rock this silver and orange trend?

 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments please.

Much love,

Katie x

Milan Fashion Week: Best Bits

Milan Fashion Week: Best Bits

So, this is my final post for Fashion Weeks, and this week it’s been Milan’s turn to host the collections. Again, I’m sharing my top three bits from it. Please do let me know your thoughts or if you have any of your own favourite bits to share then let me know in the comments below.

  1. Replacing models with drones

At the Dolce & Gabbana show, they made a massive impact by replacing models with flying drones to display their latest handbags. I can imagine the audience were pretty amazed! I’ll be surprised if we don’t see this more often now in fashion shows. Oh and obviously the bags were beyond beautiful as always!

Image taken by Tony Gentile

 

2. Philosophy’s luxe femininity

I’m not usually one for overly feminine outfits, but seriously after putting together these last few blog posts on New York, London and Milan fashion weeks, I’m thinking I might have to add a touch of lace and pink to my wardrobe! Philosophy was another collection that screamed ‘pretty’ and ‘girly’. And I simply love it!

Image taken by Getty Images

 

3. Gigi Hadid & the bulldog puppy

OK, so not only am I a massive fan of the Hadid sisters (Gigi and Bella are in the World’s top ranked models right now- for those wondering who I’m on about), but to make things even better Gigi was carrying a super cute bulldog puppy down the Tod’s runway. The outfit she was wearing was a massive seller too because the shearling jacket looked so cosy and warm! Just what we need here in the UK this week.

Image taken by Getty Images
London Fashion Week: Best Bits

London Fashion Week: Best Bits

Last week I posted about my favourite collections at New York Fashion Week (you can check it out here), so this week it’s London’s time. London Fashion Week took place from last Friday until this Tuesday and it was absolutely fab! Here are my top three highlights from the shows:

  1. The Queen’s Front Row Appearance

This was my absolute fave moment from this season’s London Fashion Week. How surprised was everyone to see Queen Elizabeth II turn up and sit front row at Richard Quinn’s show? I know I was! She was sat next to Vogue’s Anna Wintour and had her own cushion to sit on, how cute?! And of course, she looked super stylish wearing a pale blue skirt suit with black gloves and a black handbag.

Picture courtesy of The Evening Standard

 

   2. Isa Arfen, Check Mate!

I loved this casual, but well-presented collection featuring an array of check patterns, including the lining on jean turn-ups. There were a few oversized berets worn by the models too which were pretty cool!

Picture courtesy of Vogue

 

   3. Emilia Wickstead, Classic

Inspired by the 70’s and 80’s it’s no wonder I’m in love with every outfit in this collection! Emilia Wickstead presented an incredibly smart and pristine collection here, with jumpsuits, high-waisted trousers and long coats taking center stage.

Picture courtesy of Vogue

 

Next week I’ll be posting about Milan Fashion Week, which is taking place right now. Let me know what you think so far of the Autumn/Winter 2018 collections by posting a comment below.

Katie x

New York Fashion Week: Best Bits

New York Fashion Week: Best Bits

Being in the fashion industry, fashion week is an extremely busy, exciting and important time of the year. It comes around twice a year for the women’s collections: February for the Autumn / Winter collections and September for the Spring / Summer collections. Men’s fashion weeks usually take place in January and again in June, but aren’t as much of a big deal as the women’s shows.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with fashion weeks, they are influential industry events that take place in the four major fashion capitals of the world: New York, London, Paris and Milan. Other cities around the world do host fashion weeks as well, but they aren’t as publicised.

Anyway, enough of the facts, I’m here to show you my favourite bits so far from New York Fashion Week which is currently taking place as I type this.

  1. Zimmerman: Victorian Beauty

 

I love everything about this collection! How beautiful are those materials? And the colour palette is just perfect! I’m going to be on the hunt for a high street version of these looks later on in the year.

2. 3.1 Phillip Lim: Feminine & Layered 

   

Even though I can’t see myself wearing these overly feminine pieces, I really love what the designer has done here with the use of fabrics and layering. It’s very bohemian.

3. Derek Lam: 

 

Out of all the shows I’ve seen so far this is definitely my fave. I wouldn’t usually go to Derek Lam for style inspiration, but this collection is so me! I love the formal but comfy feel to it and the graphic lines throughout.

 

Let me know what you think to the collections in the comments below.

Katie x

Do you have your date night outfit sorted?

Do you have your date night outfit sorted?

Whatever you’re doing this Valentines, here are three outfit options I have put together for some inspiration to have you looking & feeling fab on any occasion next Wednesday!

 

  1. Date night with your lover

OK, so for Valentines day there is only one rule that applies to those going out on a date (in my opinion). WEAR RED! Red symbolises love and lust, so make it count for this one particular day of the year. It is also a great colour for those with dark hair and warm skin tones, so bear that in mind for the future. I’ve paired this red playsuit with none other than my white Hollycroft Trunk bag and the most comfortable block heeled shoes from Zara.

 

2. Movie night with the girls

Hanging out with the girls on the 14th? Fab! Think casual, but confident. I’ve chosen this amazing pair of culottes from Zara, oversized jumper from H&M and strappy heels from New Look. You want to look great but it’s also important to keep warm out there, well- if you live in the UK like I do anyway. Swap the shoes for a basic white trainer if you aren’t feeling heels.

 

3. Night in with your pet (hey, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that)!

Just be comfy, and happy! A simple slogan t-shirt like my fave queen bee one, leggings (mine are flared and from H&M) and of course you have to wear your snugly slippers for a night in! Oh, and don’t forget to order a take away and stock up on chocolate!

 

Let me know what you’re up to for Valentines in the comments. I’ll be going to a cosy local restaurant with my partner and ordering a roast dinner, can’t wait!

8 Signs You Need a Personal Stylist

8 Signs You Need a Personal Stylist

  1. You’re crazy busy and just have no time whatsoever to think about what to wear or buy for your next event
  2. You have no clue on what the latest trends and colours for the season are
  3. You wouldn’t know what brands are out there for you
  4. You’re not sure what your body shape is
  5. You know your body shape, but don’t know how to dress for it
  6. You’re pregnant, or recently had a baby and have a new body to feel confident in
  7. Speaking of confidence, you lack it, and need help finding it!
  8. You would just LOVE to have a shopping buddy with an honest opinion!

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A lot of people see personal stylists as being only available for working with celebrities. It certainly isn’t though! It’s my mission to help you women with all of the reasons above, and have you feeling like a celebrity yourself. After all, you deserve it!

As well as my face to face services, I have created a super easy-to-follow online course that covers a lot of these issues above: from confidence to trends for this spring. The course will be launching next month and I’m super excited to hear people’s thoughts on it. If you have any questions about it please comment below or contact me here.

How to go from Cluttered to Organised in 3 Easy Steps

How to go from Cluttered to Organised in 3 Easy Steps

I’m talking about your wardrobe here, and there are three super simple steps that you can start doing now to make yours lovely and organised!

  1. Take all the empty hangers and put them to one end of your wardrobe (or in a basket underneath to be even more organised), do this any time you take a piece of clothing off it’s hanger and they’ll be ready for when the ironing session commences. Plus, it will look so much neater!
  2. Group your clothing: have your dresses at one end, followed by trousers, then skirts and shorts, and finally shirts on the opposite end. I never put coats or jackets in my wardrobe because they take up so much room, so another tip I want to share is to have an over the door coat hook for them. I couldn’t be without mine!
  3. Whether you have non-hanging items in a chest of drawers or in your wardrobe, keep them in grouped piles like number two. For example- your t-shirts, skirts/shorts and leggings/joggers all neatly piled with the items you wear most on the top.

 

 

I recommend doing this every couple of months to keep on top of it, you’ll honestly feel great afterwards though. An organised wardrobe= an organised life, and an organised life= an organised mind.

 

Katie x

Declutter your wardrobe & find your style

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!