Friday, 30 January 2015

Charity Shopping with a Twist.

Last night I headed to my first event of 2015 and it didn't disappoint. The event was held at Goodstock in Manchester, which was celebrating the launch of it's new, and first ever, store opening. To give a brief description of the store, it's a charity shop that has done all the sifting through for you and only display pretty and good condition stock. The shop is set over three floors in the heart of Manchester's University district on Oxford Road, which in my opinion couldn't have been placed better. The layout of the store is super quirky, sort of warehouse style and is the opposite of any charity shop I've been in before.

The event was super busy and I really enjoyed myself and looking through the stock. Bloggers were given a 'bloggers challenge' in which we had to pick some pieces to style from the range for under £20. It was a pretty hard decision but I ended up coming home with a super chunky grey jumper originally from Zara (£9) and a burnt orange cardigan originally from Cos (£11). 

If you love the idea of charity shops but hate rummaging through all the stock, Goodstock is the place to go - they've done all the hard work for you. And best of all, not only do you get a unique shopping experience, you're also helping out a great charity - Vinspired. Vinspried helps young people get into work by offering them experience, training and volunteering opportunities, a fantastic cause if you ask me.

Katie xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette.

You all know I'm a sucker for a bargain, so when I was browsing Fragrance Direct last week and stumbled across this amazing palette, I knew it needed to be mine. I've heard a few things about Cargo cosmetics, but I know they are not readily available in the UK so I was very excited to snap this baby up.

I ordered the Vintage Escape Eye Palette which comes in this gorgeous faux leather packaging which makes it feel super luxurious. As soon as I opened the palette I knew this was an absolute steal for under £20 (this is still sold on Debenhams website for £35). The palette comes with 12 different shades ranging from subtle nudes to midnight black. I quickly swatched a few shades from, the palette for the sake of this post and I am so, so impressed. The formula is buttery and almost velvety and has incredible pay off. I can see me getting a huge amount of use out of this.

I'm pretty sure there was another palette of slightly darker shades, if that's what you;re into. This is just the perfect palette for me and I can't see me reaching for my Naked 2 anytime soon.

Katie xx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

OOTD: On Saturday's We Wear Grey.

Yesterday I dragged the hubby into Manchester for a wander round. We popped into John Rylands Library which was the perfect spot for a few outfit photos.

 I wore my new ASOS jumper which is super comfy and quite flattering considering it's oversized. I teamed it with some dark green jeans from New Look* which are the perfect fit. I didn't realise NL did a 28" leg which is perfect for my petite frame. I finished the look off with my BOOM boots from Topshop via Next2Nowt (seriously, if you've never browsed Next2Nowt before stop what you're doing and go..).

So just a super casual, simple outfit that is perfect for those chilled days walking around the city.

Katie xx