Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I've Been A Very Lucky Girl...


I've Been A Very Lucky Girl...

I am so sorry for the lack of posts over the last very days. I wanted to spend Christmas with my family and I have also got a little job for the Christmas holidays so I was working on Boxing Day and the day after. And I've been having some problems with my camera although I hope that it is all sorted out now. 

I know I'm a little late as it's now New Years Eve but I really wanted to show you some of the amazing things that I got for Christmas this year. I personally love watching and reading "What I got for Christmas" posts and really wanted to do one myself. However I am going to do the quick disclaimer that I'm not trying to brag about my presents. I was incredibly lucky this year! So I hope that you like this post and I would love to hear in the comments below what you got for Christmas or what your favourite part of Christmas was. xx

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion

A very very lucky girl...

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Radio

In my family we usually have a main present at Christmas/birthdays. This was my main present from my parents. I've wanted this exact radio for years and it's just beautiful!

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Books

I asked for The Fault in Our Stars DVD and watched it with Jack (my boyfriend) the other day. Yes I still cried like a baby even though I've seen it before and knew what was going to happen. I also love getting books for Christmas as holidays are when I find the most time to sit down and read a book. I remember talking to my mum about wanting to read the book on the right ages ago and I can't believe she remembered. I actually finished We Were Liars the other day and thought it was a really good book. It's pretty short and an easy read but the story line and the twist at the end are very clever. 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Makeup

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Makeup

This eyeshadow palette was another thing that I had been talking about for ages. I used it the other night and I will be using it again tonight for New Years Eve. The colours are gorgeous and the palette itself is beautiful. 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Jewellery

I also received some beautiful jewellery from my family. I think it just shows how well they know me really! Elephants are my favourite animal and I'm just obsessed with them at the moment. And I am in love with the beautiful blue colours in the earrings and bracelet. 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Pretty Handbag

I've wanted a smaller satchel bag for ages and when I saw this beautiful 3 toned pink one I knew it was perfect. My mum for this for my and it's the only bag that I have used since. Although annoyingly I think it has now gone in to sale in Accessorize so you might be able to get your hands on it still for even cheaper!

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Pretty

Of course I got some beauty things! This Jack Wills lip balm is from my cousins and it smells amazing. And the lip balm set is a bit of an inside joke with my driving instructor! I can't start driving unless I've used some lip balm or my dry lips will distract me! It was so sweet of her to see this and think of me as I know she doesn't really get Christmas presents for her students. She is so lovely and we get on so well (and she has been trying to teach me for a while!). 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Pretty Hat

This was another surprise chosen by my mum which I am obsessed with! She knows my style so well! I've worn this so much already and I just think it is so cute!

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Pretty Clothes

The jumper from Gap and the top from Zara I picked out myself and have worn them both already. And the Hollister waterfall cardigan is from my cousins and is the most amazing thing! It's so fluffy and feels like I am actually wearing a blanket. And as it has been so cold recently this is what I have been wearing most days!

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Christmas Presents Lucky Fashion Pretty Food Chocolate

And of course I received loads and loads of chocolate!!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have a great New Years Eve tonight. Love of love
Katherine xx

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! 


Merry Christmas everyone! 

I hope you have all had a lovely day surrounded by friends and family and ate loads of yummy food. I've had such a lovely Christmas with my family and I'm so grateful to have got some really amazing presents. Feeling very blessed and lucky right now. 

Going downstairs to watch another film with my family now. Speak soon. 
Love Katherine xxx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Party Outfit - Sequins and Stars

Christmas Party Outfit - Sequins and Stars

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Beauty Outfit Makeup Christmas Party

Last night I had a Christmas party with all the people from my School. It was so lovely to see everyone again and find out what they have been getting up to at work or university. Since coming home from university I haven't really gone out so I wanted to take this opportunity to dress up a little and spend more time on my hair and makeup. 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Beauty Outfit Makeup Christmas Party

This was the outfit that I decided to wear last night, I am absolutely in love with these jeans that I picked up from Primark a couple of years ago. They fit really well and I think that they look a lot more expensive than they really were. I paired them with a white blouse, statement necklace, black heeled boots and my sequin clutch.

Jeans - Primark
White top - French Connection
Necklace - Accessorize
Clutch - Accessorize
Watch - Nixon 
Bracelet - Pandora
Nails - Revlon 570 Vixen


Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Beauty Outfit Makeup Christmas Party

For my makeup I wanted to do a little bit of a smokey eye. So I started with a silver in the inner corners then blending to a shimmery grey. I in my crease instead of black I used a navy to pick up the colour from my jeans and clutch. It doesn't look quite as harsh and it is a lot easier to work with. Then I used some black eyeliner on my waterline, a lot of mascara and a glossy natural lip to complete the look. 

Katherine Penney Chic Fashion Beauty Outfit Makeup Christmas Party

Can't believe that it is Christmas Eve already!! I'm so excited for Christmas and presents, and yummy food and Christmas films and funny family games. Hope you all have the most amazing Christmas. 


Merry Christmas! 
Love Katherine xx


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Best Day In London

Best Day In London


Yesterday I went up to London with my family and had such a lovely day. Mum, Sarah and I went up first and went to the Christmas markets by the Tate Modern. They were really lovely and made me feel even more festive. I managed to finally get Sarah a Christmas present! 


This was a stall selling really beautiful leaf jewellery made from the skeletons of real leaves. 


I also spotted a beautiful scarf at this stall which mum bought but I am determined to get back!


We then went to meet Dad and Nick in a bar in the Shard. We spent a while having a drink, eating some very yummy chips and making the most of the amazing view. 



It was just a nice treat, I just wish I had dressed up a bit more. 


Then we went back to Borough Market where they had this beautiful mistletoe Christmas display. 


I also bought the most incredible brownie from a stall in Borough Market. It was huge and rich and gooey and I had to go back to buy a couple more to take home!


After Borough Market we walked along Oxford Street for a little bit. I went to Forever 21 for the first time in ages (there isn't one very near in Manchester) and bought a beautiful dress. This is the cutest Christmas window display at Selfridges. I went a bit crazy and took at least on photo of every window as they were all so beautiful but I'll only show you this one or we will be here forever!



The lights on Oxford Street were so pretty and above the huge Boots there is a snow machine and it makes everything feel magical. 


But they didn't compare to the beautiful peacock inspired Christmas lights on Bond Street. Mum had read about these and was so desperate to see them and was so happy when we finally found them!

So we managed to get quite a lot done yesterday but it really was such a lovely day. Two days left until Christmas now (and I still have presents to wrap!). Speak soon xx

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas In My Bedroom

Christmas In My Bedroom

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake

Wanted to just share with you a few of the little Christmassy things that I have done around my bedroom. I haven't really done a lot but kept it pretty and simple so I hope you like it. 

Every year I like to have this little white tree in my bedroom. I decorate it with little silver and white ornaments and a snowflake on the top so it all goes with the rest of my bedroom. 

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake

I like to hang these little white snowflakes all over my bedroom. 

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake

This is my favourite winter candle at the moment. It smells amazing and I can't stop burning it. 

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake

In love with the beautiful sequinned snowflake. 

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake

And of course my fairy lights are a must!

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake

Pretty cuddly things on my bed. 

Katherine Penney Chic Bedroom Christmas decorations beautiful snowflake
And a little bit of Christmas Michael to complete the mood!

Hope you are all feeling super festive now! Only a few more days to go! xx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Maxfactor Face Infinity Primer

Maxfactor Face Infinity Primer

Katherine Penney Chic Maxfactor Primer SPF


I picked this up a while back in the huge Boots haul that I did. I saw it and remembered Amelia Liana saying this was a dupe for I think a Giorgio Armani primer. This one is a really decent size bottle for around £10 and it also has SPF 20 which for me is really important. 

Since I bought this I've actually been wearing it most days. I find that it really smooths out my skin and feels really luxurious and silky. It makes any makeup that I put on top feel a lot more flawless and helps it stay in place for most of the day. Overall I think that this is a really great daytime primer, especially for this time of year when skin can be feeling a little dull and dry. This just adds a nice healthy boost and glow to that face and is still protecting you from the sun. 


What I will say is that this is best worn during the day. For the evening and going out the SPF could cause flash back and you probably want something more long lasting and less silky. But for a high street everyday SPF primer Maxfactor's offering is a really good one that I definitely recommend. 

Hope you are all well and looking forward to Christmas xx

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

Katherine Penney Chic Christmas Cupcakes Baking

Katherine Penney Chic Christmas Cupcakes Baking

Jack came over yesterday and we had a really relaxing day. We did a winter walk at the park near my house and then we went into town to pick up some ingredients to do some baking. We decided to make little Christmas cupcakes as we had seen pictures on the internet and they looked really cute. These cupcakes were so easy and quick to make and they taste so good. I think I've eaten 4 since we make them!

We can so much fun decorating these and my mum and brother join in a bit too. They aren't very professional looking cakes and I think that looking on the internet before gave me false hope of what they may look like! But they taste so good and it was just such a cute thing to do and such a simple Christmas activity. 

This is the recipe that we used. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/cupcakes_93722

Then in the evening we all started to watch the new Netflix original series, Marco Polo. So far I really like it, it can be a bit confusing in places but there's action and romance and very good acting. Can't wait to sit down with my family again this evening to watch another episode.

Hope you have had a good Friday. Less than a week until Christmas now. xx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Lush Bubble Bath

Lush Bubble Bath

Katherine Penney Chic Lush Bubble Bath Evening

I know that a lot of people out there love Lush but I've never really been one of those girls. Occasionally I'll walk into the shop, have a little sniff of some of the products and then leave empty handed. It's not that I don't like it, it's just that I find a lot of the smells overpowering and more often than not the shop gives me a bit of a headache after a while. 

But having been at university for the last few month one thing that I had found I really missed was a nice long soak in a bath. So when I was in Westfield on Monday I decided to treat myself to a bath bomb to celebrate my first bath for such a long time. 

Katherine Penney Chic Lush Bubble Bath Evening

I smelt basically all of the bath bombs that Lush had to offer until they all started to smell the same and I was getting confused! But in the end the one that I chose was a really nice simple one. The smell is relaxing and slightly sweet but not so strong that it is offensive. 

And I didn't realise until after I used this (although I probably should have from the name!) that this has little pieces of their butter bar in. So when the bath bomb dissolves you are left with little pieces of the butter bar in the bath that slowly melt into the water leaving a kind of oil in the bath that then makes your skin feel amazing. My skin actually felt and looked amazing after my bath which I really didn't think was going to happen. I thought this was just going to change the colour of my water a little and make my bath smell nice, but it did so much more. 

Katherine Penney Chic Lush Bubble Bath Evening

I lit lots of candles and placed them around my bath as this helps me to relax even more. I also had some Taylor playing to sing a long to! Singing in the bath is so much better than singing in the shower as you can't get water in your mouth and the sound is so much better!! 

Katherine Penney Chic Lush Bubble Bath Evening

I really loved using this bath bomb and actually wish that I had got a few more! So I would definitely recommend this one if you haven't tried it already. Also I would love to hear in the comments below your favourite Lush products. 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Home For Christmas

Home For Christmas 

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty Christmas Decorations Jumper

Yay! So I finally arrived home on Saturday evening! It's so strange being back in my home as I haven't been here since I left for university in September. Mum had decorated the house beautifully but they had saved the tree decorating for when I got home. So I but on my christmas jumper and we watched The Snowman one of my favourite childhood Christmas films while hanging up all the decorations. 

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty Christmas Decorations Home

Some of mums beautiful decorations above the fireplace. I've missed sitting by the fire on cold evenings. 

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty Christmas Decorations Home

Christmassy colours. 

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty Christmas Decorations Home

Our little nativity scene. 

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty Christmas Decorations Home

The snowman! Such a classic Christmas film. 

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty Christmas Decorations Home

Katherine Penney Chic Pretty Christmas Decorations Home

Our finished tree! I think this one is a really good shape so I hope it doesn't drop too much before Christmas. 

Hope you are all well and are really starting to get in the Christmas spirit. Not long now! Sorry I haven't posted very recent;y. It all got very busy at the end of term and then when I got back I just wanted to spend as much time as possible with my family. Speak soon xx