Prom 2015

Prepare yourselves, this is a long 'un...

As part of our end of year celebrations, we had a Year 11 leavers prom last week and it was an incredible night, so much fun and spent with my favourite people.
After planning to spend a good few hours get ready, we ended up being slightly flustered after a few minor crisis' so planned to take more 'getting ready' photos but we didn't have time, plus it was rather rainy outside which upset me because a) the lighting was horrendous and b) I really wanted to take some picturesque photos in the garden, but oh well.
We did go to my friends before hand however to take group photos and also to all meet before the taxi picked us up.

The night was filled with an extreme amount of dancing in rather uncomfortable shoes, a lot of singing, hugging and photo taking but it was all so much fun. It was both so odd and lovely to see everyone dressed up and it just felt so warm and loving that everyone was complimenting each other and hugging and taking photos and it felt like such a special way to end the year and say farewell to some incredible friends.

Dress: Miss Guided
Shoes: Next
Clutch: Accessorize
Earrings: Accessorize
Ring: Accessorize

Makeup inc.: Bourjois healthy Mix, Rimmel Wakeup concealer, Benefit highbeam highlighter, Urban Decay primer potion, Urban decay Naked 1, Urban Decay Naked Basics, Rimmel Brown eyeliner, Maybelline lash sensational mascara, Mac Peach Blossom

I decided to do my hair myself (partly due to my lack of organisation) but I did get it cut on the day and then just plaited it myself-I actually recieved a lot of compliments on it which I was very happy about. It was the same with my make up (I did it myself) as I don't really like others doing my makeup and I can get the desired look. While initially having reservations about my Miss Guided dress, I was so pleased with it. I was worried it would look plain/cheap but I thought it looked neither and, after getting it altered, it fitted perfectly. I did have to go bra-less as my dress is completely backless (with just two simple ties-a little risque) which felt a little weird at first but was fine when I got used to it.

For my recollection; Favourite parts:
♥ seeing everyone dressed up for the first time
♥ taking photos before hand with my absolute closest friends
♥ receiving and giving compliments
♥ talking to the teachers
♥ hugging old friends
♥ dancing with my friends, especially Stella (if you're reading this-I had so much bladdy fun)
♥ when we requested our group song for one of our friends and all sang together
♥ watching a dance off between teachers
♥ taking photos in the photobooth

I wish I could go back and do it again but at least I have some lovely photos to look through.
If you have a prom coming up, enjoy it and remember to take lots of photos!

Sorry this post is very picture and text heavy.
Katie x

Currents: Listening: James Bay-Let it go & if you ever want to be in love//Reading:Brave New World-Adolous Huxley//Loving: Freedom//Lusting: a halter neck (before they go out of fashion)

Summer//Bucket List

AHH SUMMER YOU WONDERFUL THING, full of long evenings, parties, friends, food, tan and happiness. I have 12 weeks off and I want to make the absolute most of them.

1. Go to London (1 maybe 2 trips are already planned and I can't wait-it is one of my favourite places)
2. Beach morning and evening
3. Camping (also already planned)
4. Get henna
5. Take photos
6. Make a summer scrapbook
7. Buy a disposable camera and get it developed
8. Make cocktails
9. Garden fires/BBQ
10. Countryside picnic
11. Get the bus out to the countryside
12. Make a notebook/scrapbook (make the actual book)
13. Buy metallic tattoos
14. Write (a lot)
15. Stargaze
16. Capture sunrises
17. Teach myself to draw something
18. Make a pair of trousers
19. Reorgansie/decorate room
20. Explore my city
21. Movie night
22. Learn more about how to use my camera
23. Put more effort into my blog
24. Park BBQ
25. Make ice-lollies
26. Colour
27. Work out
28. Begin yoga
29. Make friendship bracelets
30. Visit new cafes
31. Read (a lot)
32. Pick Your Own (strawberries, raspberries etc)
33. Make jam (with the collected fruit)
34. Have a garden party
35. Get lost
36. Stay up until the late hours of the morning talking
37. Make a clay jewellry bowl (see here)

Summer arrives and I become a completely different person, I will be using these first few weeks to simply recuperate from the constant stress and anxiety that has engulfed me for the past several months.
Have a fabulous summer, what plans do you have? Do you have any more suggestions of things I can do?
Katie x
Currents: Reading: One day-David Nicholls//Loving: Granola//Lusting: some warmer weather and a new skirt

Summer Newbies

Can we call it summer yet-I suppose officially it is but if we went off the weather, we would still be trapped in the dark realms of March.
In order to brighten up the days I have ended up parting with a fair about of money over the past few months-I called it 'revision treats', when we all know it was simply an excuse to buy some items I had been lusting over! I thought I would show a few of my new favourites from the beauty sector or some products that I am simply dying to have a good play around with, like a capsule of the unnecessary things I have been splashing my money on.

 Urban Decay Naked Palette

If I had to say one cult beauty product that almost everyone (who cares for expensive eyeshadow palettes) owns or uses or even knows of, it would be this. It does seem a little extortionate and greedy when you hand over your £40 (£38) however it does work out at around £3.16 for each shadow, a bloody good price if you saw them singularly (from a different brand) in say Boots?
Of course each shadow is beautifully creamy and pigmented with a mix of pinks, golden browns and more cooler grey shades that I probably will not get as much use out of but it is always nice to have the option.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 1
It ended up as a slight coincidence that I ended up with two Naked palettes in such a short space of time however I won this one in a giveaway hosted by AsiaJade. While potentially not a product I would buy myself (as I am simply not as attracted to matte shadows) I have got a surprisingly large amount of use out of it, especially the darker crease shades and also using 'faint' to fill in my brows. The shadows, as you would expect from Urban Decay, are buttery and super blendable, a dream to work with.

Real Techniques Setting Brush
I also received this as part of the giveaway and have thoroughly enjoyed using it as a highlight brush. It is very gentle on the skin, not loading too much product but of course making a noticeable difference. I am a real fan of RT brushes however I must admit I prefer the style of the Zoeva ones.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
With my prom coming up in a few days and several summer parties, I wanted a base to apply to feel more 'complete' but it could not be heavy. I went for this as, while not being the cheapest of the drugstore lighter foundations, I had heard really great things and I must say I do really like it. The shade is a little too dark for me and isnt quite as glowy as I expected but it applies really nicely and smells heavenly.

What have you been picking up recently?
Katie x
Currents: Eating: Chocolate chip cookies//Reading: One Day-David Nicholls//Loving: sentiment//Lusting: a little more zen

And its over...

As of 11:15 today summer officially began and I am free for 12 weeks.
The grueling process of exams ended on a some what sour note with further maths (which I don't even know why I was entered in for as it is basically a A-level course). After paper 1, we all came out laughing at how impossible it was and I had a slight twinge of fear that, despite it not even being a GCSE, I will have bad grade on my results but honestly, I COULDNT CARE LESS BECAUSE I AM ON HOLIDAY.
GCSEs were horrible but not as bad as I thought they were-there were no exams that I completely messed up (except futher maths but hey that doesnt really count) or didnt know anything for and felt all round relatively prepared. For me, it was the on going trudge of 5 weeks filled with 22 exams that made me cry more nights than I care to admit to and almost fall asleep on the floor in the science central area.
I am pleased and relieved but also a little lost that they are over, okay they aren't the biggest deal but after working for them for 2 years and to now forget everything I previously needed to know (I'm looking at you random history dates that end up popping into my head) it all just feels a bit empty with a lack of purpose.
No doubt when I really get into the swing of the holidays, I shall not miss school/exams at all but I do aim this summer to loosen up, allow myself to have fun and to learn to just 'be'. The chances of that happening are rather slim but I have already pushed myself to be more outgoing and not care so much about pointless things so its a head in the right direction.
I will soon have to mull over my final A-level choices but, until then I want to simply enjoy the lack of responsibility.
I shall be back probably tomorrow maybe sunday for a proper post (maybe featuring some new makeup?)
Katie x
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currents: Listening: Jeremy Loops-Skinny Blues--The Frattelis-Henrietta//Reading: One Day- David Nicholls//Loving: FREEDOM (and playsuits)//Lusting: some nice weather