Sunday, 30 November 2014

A Spot Of Fur

A Spot Of Fur

Katherine Penney Chic Winter Outfit Fashion Style Clothes Fur Spotty

Just another wintery outfit post that I wanted to share with you. I say wintery, but on the day that I more this it was actually pretty warm for November and I managed to get away with just a top and my fur gilet. The outfit is really casual and simple but I think it looks expensive and classy at the same time. 

Katherine Penney Chic Winter Outfit Fashion Style Clothes Fur Spotty

I chose this beautiful red berry shade for my nails and kept my makeup and lips really natural. 

Katherine Penney Chic Winter Outfit Fashion Style Clothes Fur Spotty

I dug this necklace out of my jewellery box the other day and forgot how much I loved it. I think it is more of a summery piece as that is when I bought it but it works perfectly with this top and the rest of the outfit. 

Katherine Penney Chic Winter Outfit Fashion Style Clothes Fur Spotty

Would you believe that this amazing mini satchel was £6 from Primark?! I bought this at the beginning of summer this year and I can't believe how much wear I have got out of it. 

Katherine Penney Chic Winter Outfit Fashion Style Clothes Fur Spotty

I think these are quite possibly my most worn shoes of all time! And they were less than £10 from George Asda! I don't even want to think about how many years I have had these as you can probably tell by the fact that one is now a different colour to the other! But they are just so comfy and I love the fact that they aren't patent or glittery. 

Top - Forever 21
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins
Fur gilet - Zara
Shoes - George Asda
Handbag - Primark
Necklace - Accessorize
Watch - Nixon
Nail polish - Essie Shearling Darling
Lip crayon - Collection in shade Cappuccino 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Christmas Party Wishlist

Christmas Party Wishlist

Katherine Penney Chic Christmas Party Evening Wishlist

Party season is nearly upon us which means it's time to start thinking about what to wear for all these Christmassy evenings! So above are just a few of my favourite pieces on the highstreet for this party season. It's pretty and pastel with quite a bit of glitter (no surprises there!). So I hope this gives you some inspiration or at least gets you excited about planning some glitzy evening outfits!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Essie Shearling Darling and Rimmel Glitter Bomb Top Coat

Essie Shearling Darling and Rimmel Glitter Bomb Top Coat

Katherine Penney Chic essie shearling darling rimmel glitter nail polish

Katherine Penney Chic essie shearling darling rimmel glitter nail polish

After the Christmas lights turn on and a day spent wondering around the Manchester Christmas markets I am starting to feel super festive! So when it came to painting my nails a few days ago I decided to go for something a little Christmassy!

Both the nail polishes that I chose are new to me so I really wanted to share with you what I thought of them. The first is Essie's Shearling Darling polish which is a really sophisticated dark red/maroon and perfect for this time of year. Like pretty much all of the Essie nail polishes that I have tried it is amazing quality and a lovely thick brush. For top coat I chose the Rimmel glitter bomb top coat in Disco Diva because I am a sucker for anything sparkly! Especially at this time of year! It's fine silver glitter with larger pink glitter and look just beautiful when it catches the light. And I found that over a colour one coat of this is perfect. 

I really love this combination of polishes but to be honestly I think that this glitter top coat would look great over a lot of colours and I can't wait to try it over other shades!

Hope you are all well. Exactly one month until Christmas now! :D xx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Olivia Palermo Inspired Natural Makeup

Olivia Palermo Inspired Natural Makeup

Olivia Palermo has been a huge girl crush of mine for a long time. To me she is just so classy, feminine and sophisticated and has an incredible sense of style. I've always been inspired by how she dresses but recently while scrolling through photos of her on weheartit it was her makeup that really caught my attention. I really loved her natrual look with glowing skin, a subtle brown smokey eye and a nude glossy lip.

Apart from brown hair and brown eyes I don't look anything like her and this makeup look isn't an exact copy of a photo just inspiration from several of them. All products that I am using are from the drug store. 

MaXfactor face finity all day primer
Rimmel wake me up foundation
Rimmel wake me up concealer
Collection lasting perfection concealer 
Bourjois chocolate bronzer
Sleek blusher - Suede

Eyes and eyebrows
Collection work the colour eyebrow kit
Natural collection eyeshadows - milk chocolate and crushed walnut
Loreal matte eyeshadow - 106 breaking nude
MUA undress me too eyeshadow palette - black shade used as eyeliner
Natural collection eyeliner (waterline) - Medium brown 
The Body Shop define and lengthen mascara

Deluxe lipstick - Charleston 03

Hope you liked this post. A couple of these products are new to me so look forward to some detailed reviews coming up soon :) xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

Penney Chic Manchester christmas market 2014

Last weekend Jack (my boyfriend) came to Manchester. We had a really lovely relaxing weekend and it was so nice to forget about work for a bit after handing in my coursework for my deadline last Friday. 

Last weekend also marked the first weekend of the Manchester Christmas markets. Something that I had never heard of but are a apparently a really big deal and people come from far away to wonder around them. I'm already super excited about Christmas and the amazing Manchester Christmas lights turn on a few weeks ago really got me into the Christmas spirit! I'm even started to get my Christmas playlist all ready! 

Penney Chic Manchester christmas market 2014

We had such a nice time wondering around the Christmas markets and were there for several hours and I don't think we even covered it all. It's so huge that they have about seven separate markets that they have made into a trail so you can walk from the French market to the craft market to the food areas. 

I didn't end up buying anything from the stalls (student budgeting and all that!) apart from some of food. We had a German hot dog, which I wasn't too sure about followed by an amazing Nutella crepe which are always my favourite. 

Penney Chic Manchester christmas market 2014

Really want to go back and try one of these pretzels! Was just way too full at the time. 

Penney Chic Manchester christmas market 2014

Just wanted to share with you a few of the pictures that I took and hopefully get you into the Christmas spirit. I'm getting so excited now and I can't wait to go back home to my family and just spend evenings with them chilling by the fire. I haven't been home since I left for university! And before that the longest I had ever been away from home was about a week!

Hope you are all well. Speak soon xx

Sleek True Colour Sheen Lipstick in Barely There

Sleek True Colour Sheen Lipstick in Barely There

Penney Chic Sleek Lipstick

I picked this lipstick up about a week ago when I saw it and remembered Alix from I Covet Thee talking about it a while ago. And since then I can't heard or read anything else about this lipstick so I thought I would do a little first impressions and review post. 

Penney Chic Sleek Lipstick

Firstly I love the simple matte black packaging of the lipstick and how small it is. Perfect for squeezing into a little makeup bag or clutch. The colour is a nude/coral so it is really natural and wearable and the finish is light and sheeny. I really love the colour of this lipstick and think it would look beautiful with more of a smokey eye or as part of a really natural makeup look for summer. 

Penney Chic Sleek Lipstick

Overall all I do really like this product especially the stunning colour. Sometimes I have found that this does go a little blotchy so I recommend that you make sure you lips are exfoliated and moisturised before applying - but that is probably the case for most lipsticks. Let me know if you have ever tried any other Sleek lipsticks. I'm tempted to go back and see if they have a nice dark/plum shade for winter! xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

I was so happy to find out that Lauren from The Beauty ideal had nominated me for this award. She has a really great blog that I recommend you check out with the link. Okay, so here goes :)

You must display the award logo at the top of the post.
You must thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
You must add this set of rules to the post.
You must add 7 facts about you.
You must nominate 15 other blogs and leave links to each. 
You must let your nominees know.
You must follow back the blogger who nominated you on GFC and/or Bloglovin.

Facts about me
  1. I'm studying Fashion Marketing at the University of Manchester and I absolutely love it
  2. I'm a total chocoholic and not a day goes by where I don't eat something chocolaty! Sometime I just spoon eat Nutella to get my chocolate fix
  3. My favourite flowers are white roses, although I love daisies as well and they are a little cheaper! 
  4. I love Made in Chelsea. Mostly to look at what they wear and how they do their makeup
  5. I wish I had more time to sketch and draw as art is something I love but it's so hard to find the time
  6. I hate feet! I can deal with my own but other people's gross me out! 
  7. One of my all time favourite songs is All To Well - Taylor Swift 
Blogs I nominate 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Casual Stripes And Pink Fur Coat

Casual Stripes And Pink Fur Coat

Just another outfit post as it feels like I haven't done one is forever. I'm really excited to share with one with you as it was one of those break through moments where I managed to pick a combination of clothes from my wardrobe that I have never worn before. It's so easy to just wear the same few outfits over again before you know they work and it's just easier. But sometimes it's fun to play around a bit and mix and match different things. After all, fashion should be creative and fun! 

Forever pouting as my smile is weird! :P 

Love this top that I picked up not long ago from Primark. I saw it and obviously feel in love with the stripes, but what I really like is the linen fabric on the back. It just adds a little extra detail and kind of reminds me of something you might find at J Crew. I also think this would look great in summer with any colour denim shorts. 

I picked up the black from the hat and the stripe on the top with my jeans. And then added a little bit (but very pale!) of colour with this pinkish fur jacket which I love. For jewellery I chose a statement necklace to dress up my outfit and pick up the pale pink form the jacket. 

Top - Primark
Jeans - Tesco
Jacket - River Island
Hat - Primark
Necklace - Accessorize
Watch - Nixon
Lipstick - Revlon

This is another one of the lip products that I recently picked up and am already in love with. It's like a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss and the colour is just perfect for everyday. 

Love this necklace from Accessorize. It's sort of a statement necklace but it's stil really pretty and delicate. 

So happy that I spotted this hat in Primark a while ago. They are so in fashion at the moment and this one was such a bargain. Love that it is all completely black as it so easy to wear and perfect for hiding a bad hair day. 

Hope you liked this outfit post and that maybe it inspires you to break out of you comfort zone a bit and wear a combination of clothes that you have never worn before. I'm going to try and do this more often as it's a great way of looking like you have way more clothes than you actually do! :P 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Quick Routine For A Dinner Out

Dinner Wearing Revol Colourburst Lacquer Balm in Enticing 

On Wednesday I went out for dinner with the girls to celebrate my friends birthday. I'd had got back from my tutorial pretty late and didn't have very long at all to get ready. So I thought I would write a quick post to tell you how I take my look from day to night in a short space of time. 

The first think that I did was brush my hair, spray a little bit of dry shampoo for some volume and shove my hair up into a messy ponytail. It looks so chic and effortless and takes less than a minute. The next think I did was redo my concealer, and put on a little bit more mascara to wake my eyes up again. I kept the same outfit that I was wearing during the day but swapped my handbag for a little black clutch and my converse for some heeled black boots. But the main think I wanted to talk about was the lip product that I grabbed to complete my look. 

I did a huge Boots haul earlier this week which you will know about if you follow me on instagram where I went a little crazy with the 3 for 2 on all makeup brands. One of the things that I picked up was a Revlon Colourbrust Lacquer Blam in the shade Enticing. I tried these before when they first came out and really loved to nude colour that I got. And when I saw this beautiful christmassy red I couldn't not put it in my basket! I think is a perfect red shade for me but would probably suit most people too. It's supeer moisturising and glossy and has a little bit of a gold shimmer which I think looks gorgeous. And what I was mosst impressed about was the staying power. Even though it's glossy it stains your lips as well. So even after a while when the shine starts to go the colour is still there. I managed to eat dough balls, pizza and choclate cake with it on! 

So if you are looking for an inexpensive glossing red lip colour for the coming party season then this is the one that I would really recommend. Or even just something to put on before you head out do dinner when you don't have much time to get ready. 

Hope you are all having a lovely day. I am writing this after finally handing in my university coursework. It feels so good to have finally finished it! Fingers crossed this means I will have some more time to dedicated to my blog now. Speak soon :) xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Today In Pictures - 11/11/2014

Today In Pictures - 11/11/2014

Today wasn't overly excited but I wanted to share with you what I got up to. Hope you guys have all had a good day too. And Happy Remembrance day. We shall not forget <3

On Tuesdays I don't have any university stuff on so I basically have a day off. Although I have spent most of today working on my project for Friday! But I allowed myself a really great lie in until 10am which was amazing!

I got an email today saying that I had received a parcel which I just expected to be some books that I had ordered for my course. But when I opened this I found this amazing box filled with loads of yummy food, a couple of photos and a letter from my boyfriend Jack! It was just the best surprise ever and such a sweet and thoughtful gift. 

Around midday I went to the shops to pick up some milk and ended up in Superdrug where there was 3 for 2 on everything! And this was the result! All of these products I heard quite a bit about and I really can't wait to try them. 

You can't really see in the photo but today I wore this really pretty jumper that I got a while ago from Primark. It got lots of little sequins on and it made me feel really Christmassy!

Such a great fish pie for lunch. So nice eating this when it was cold outside. 

Catching up on MiC while I eat my lunch! 

What we can learn from Blair Waldorf

What we can learn from Blair Waldorf

I know that sadly Gossip Girl finished a while ago but the other day I saw a post on Tumblr with a gif of Blair Waldorf and it just reminded me how much I loved her in Gossip Girl. She's independent, funny, smart and she dresses well and I thought it would make a great post to write about some of the things we can learn from her. And hopefully we can all relive Gossip Girl for a little bit, because honestly I really miss it!

Her Style

  • Headbands! - doesn't really need to be said. I don't wear a lot of headbands but they always look great on her and I really want to try them now. And any other cute girlie hair accessories such as clips and hair bows will also work perfectly. 
  • Her style is preppy, classy and feminine - she loves shirt, bows, shirts with bows, dresses and skirts and hardly ever wears jeans.  
  • A pop of colour - she always add a pop of colour somewhere in an outfit. Whether it's a handbag, a bright pair of tights and scarf or a headband. 
  • Don't be afraid to clash prints - Blair is definitely not scared of clashing colours or prints. Does anyone else remember that amazing skirt and top combination she wore in the episode in Paris?! But when you clash prints try to pick up a colour somewhere. 
  • Find the perfect key pieces - Like a lot of other women Blair is reliant on the classics in her wardrobe. For her this is a fitted blazer, white blouse, classic pencil skirt, pretty clutches and lots and lots of tights!
  • Keep makeup simple - Blair doesn't go overboard with makeup and always like to keep it simple and pretty. She wouldn't want people to know that she was wearing fake eyelashes!

How to act like Blair

  • Act confident even if your not feeling it 
  • Stay calm and composed - it will give you the upper hand 
  • Try and have great comebacks - Blair always has something sharp and witty to say to put people in their place
  • If someone is annoying you or your mad at them let them know - you don't want them walking all over you again. Let them know how your feeling but maybe in a more polite way than Blair does! 
  • Work hard - make a name for yourself and don't let anyone else push you around. 
And if in doubt just think "What would Blair Waldorf do?"

Top Quotes

"Destiny is for losers. It's just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen."

"Whoever said money doesn't buy happiness didn't know where to shop."

"I'm not a stop along the way. I'm a destination."

"Fashion is Art, Culture, History and everything I love combined."

"I'm not anyone. I'm me."

Finally, maybe there is something that we can learn from the other Gossip Girl characters. I love this little quote that I stumbled across a while ago.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Collars, Curls and Cable knits

Collars, Curls and Cable knits 

Another really short post today so sorry. I've been so busy this last week and have had a couple of issues regarding uni. One of them being that I didn't follow a brief properly and found out a few days ago that everything I had done for a project so far was wrong. So this weekend I have been starting my project from the beginning while trying not to panic as it is in for Friday! Silly me!

Anyway, these photos where taken a few days ago but I wanted to share them with you as I have been wearing this outfit so much lately. While I was in the Peak District with my family I found this top with this beautiful lace collar in a charity shop for £4. Sadly I don't really like the top that much on it's own as it has gone a little faded and baggy, but under a jumper, especially this grey cable knit I'm wearing I think it looks so cute. And it great to add another layer when it is suddenly starting to get a lot colder! This day I also had some loose waves in my hair (probably left over from the night before!) but this is my favourite way to wear my hair. Just wish it looked like this naturally! 

Hope you have all had a good weekend and managed to see some lovely fireworks last week :) I hope to be posting a bit more frequently after this Friday once my deadlines are all over xx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Peak District With The Family

Peak District With The Family 

Last week for my university reading week I went to stay with my family in a little cottage in the Peak District. It was so lovely to see them after 6 weeks and I can't wait to go back home for Christmas now.

Despite the weather being cold and grey we spent most days wondering around the beautiful countryside and eating lots of pizza! I took my camera for the week and got a few really good snaps so hope you like them. 

With my brother and sister :)

How beautiful is this bench in one of the gardens we went to?

The perfect Autumn view

What I wore to stay warm:

Coat - H&M
Jeans - Uniglo
Lace vest top (just seen) - Uniglo
Jumper - H&M
Handbag - Accessorize
Wellies - Hunter
Watch - Nixon
Scarf - from a boutique back home. But I have seen ones very similar in other shops before

So many sheep everywhere!

Another outfit I wore;

Coat - same as before
Jumper - Dorothy Perkins
Scarf - Ebay

Love my Hunter wellies which I was lucky enough to get last Christmas. Can wait to get back into wearing these again :) 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Nails And Necklaces

Nails And Necklaces

Penney Chic Beauty Style jewellery nails

Penney Chic Beauty Style jewellery nails

I wanted to share with you the nail polish and necklace that I am wearing this morning. This is one of my new nail polishes from Essie called Parka Perfect. As soon as I put this on my nails I just fell in love with the colour. It's like a greyish blue with a tiny bit of sparkle in. I haven't really seen anything like this before and I just think it is beautiful as perfect for this time of year. Also how cute is the name?! I also wanted to show you this beautiful necklace that my sister gave to me when I saw her last week. It's so sweet that she spent her birthday money buying me some presents and I really do miss her a lot. 

Nails - Essie Parka Perfect

Necklace - Accessorize
Watch - Nixon
Rings - H&M

Just a really quick post today as I have so much university work that I really need to get on with. I love taking beautiful pictures and writing up blog posts and honestly I would spend all my time doing it if I could. Recently I have been trying to post again everyday and while I have been managing I am starting to feel that it is at the expense of other things such as work. I am getting all my university work dome but I want to spend more time doing things such as extra reading and outside of lecture revision so I can really get the most that I can from my course. From now on I think I will try and post every other day to help me create a better balance between work, seeing friends and family, my blog and everything else. Hope you all understand :) Speak soon xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Halloween Weekend

Halloween Weekend 

This weekend after my reading week my boyfriend Jack came to stay with me. He came over early on Friday morning and we spent the day wondering around Manchester and having lunch in a little cafe that did amazing milkshakes. In the evening we got all dressed up for Halloween of course!

I'm not too sure what I dressed up as exactly but I wanted to do something that I could have fun with gothic looking makeup. I bought this mask of Ebay for £2 and I think that it is beautiful. And then the only other thing that I had to buy for this look was some black lipstick and long fake eyelashes. The dress that I am wearing is just a black lace skater dress from H&M and on my nails I am wearing Essie's Belugaria which has an incredible glittery texture. 

For my makeup I did my usual foundation and skin routine. Then I did a really smokey eye by blending black eyeshadow into my outer corners, crease and along my lower lash line. For my lips I really wanted to try out this gradient look that I had seen before and I think it turned out really well. I used my Rimmel lipstick in 128 starry-eyed all over my lips, then used a black eye-liner pencil to outline my lips and the black lipstick to blend the two together. 

This was such a simple cheap look and I had so much fun creating it!

Me with my beautiful boyfriend! 

On Saturday night Jack and I and a couple of my friends all had ticked to Vevo Halloween concert in Manchester with the theme of zombies vs survivors. On Saturday afternoon Jack and I fell asleep and woke up aft 4pm still needed to have dinner and get all of our costume ready before we left for the concert which was about 45 minutes away! We ran into town and thank god for Pizza Express as we managed to order and eat in about 30 minutes! We then had half an hour to do our zombie makeup, rip up our clothes and cover ourselves in blood! And considering the time pressure I think we did pretty well. 

For this look I did my usual skin routine again without bronzer or blusher. But I then used a reddish blusher around my eyes to make them look tired and a grey eyeshadow to create dark circles and dull skin. Plus the fake blood dripping from my forehead and my eye!

The Vevo concert was really cool and so many people had dressed up and looked so scary. There was one woman wearing a creepy pig mask and I think it was one of the scariest things I have ever seen in my life! What was really sad was that Sam Smith was ill for the concert so wasn't able to make it. I was so upset as he was the main reason we had all bought the tickets. But Rixton and Ella Eyre were still amazing and I've found loads of knew songs of theirs that I want to download!

Hope you all had a lovely Halloween. Let me know in the comments what you dressed up as :) xx