Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 

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It's finally Halloween and I am super excited! Tonight I am going out with some of my friends from my house to an event at the Student Union. It's carnival themed which should be really cool. I am going to dress up as one of those creepy Mexican dolls from Dia de los muerte. So hopefully the face paint will look okay. I will try and take some pictures for you all if I can. 

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I thought that I would share with you some of my Halloween essentials. Firstly these super cute cat shoes! I always bring these out around this time of year. They remind me of the beautiful Charlotte Olympia ones. Another essential is my L'Oreal Elnett hairspray, the gold one. I have used this for year and I never reach for any other hairspray. I use this not only to keep my hair in place (might be doing a bit of back combing tonight!) but also once I ave finished my makeup I spray a bit of this to help everything last even longer. Like a makeup spray.

Something else that I always bring out this time of year is my Essie nail polish in the Shade Belugaria. It's a black nail polish with really big bit of black glitter in so when on the nails it gives a really textures effect. Very Halloween! 

Katherine Penney Chic Beauty Blogger Halloween Costume Makeup Feathers Inspo Essie Glitter Face Paint Lipstick

For me, dark lips on Halloween are a must! Although this time of year even during the day I love a bit of a berry lip shade. My favourite dark lip colour is Rimmel lasting finish lipstick in Starry Eyed. This is a gorgeous dark purply berry shade that lasts on the lips for ages. The other lip colour for this time of year is a black. Much bold, but it can still look amazing. The one I have here is just a cheap one but it is very black and goes almost matte which helps it to last. Another look that you can go for is a combination of the two colours in an ombre look. I did this last year for Halloween and it looked really effective. You can check out the pictures that I took here

So I hope that whatever you are doing tonight you have a lovely Halloween! Next we have Bonfire Night and then Christmas!! I can't even contain my excitement, I love this time of year! xx

Thursday, 29 October 2015

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat Foundation

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So I may have found my perfect foundation. And it is beautiful.

I had read so many blogposts raving about this product, but is is hard to know just from some pictures whether something is going to work for you. But when a close friend told me how amazing it was and I could see it in person it gave me the final push to make the purchase. Thankfully I did have some gift vouchers left over from my birthday. I am a student after all! 

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Buying a nice foundation, or any expensive makeup is not really something you want to rush into. You need to be sure that the texture and colour are right so that you don't end up wasting money on something that looks beautiful on the dressing table but serves no purpose in your makeup bag. 

Once I had decided that I wanted to try out the foundation I went to a YSL counter in House of Fraser where I was colour matched by a professional. I was then given a little sample bottle of my shade free of charge to test out over the next few days. As it turns out my summer holiday tan faded quicker that I had hoped and less than two weeks later the sample shade was slightly too dark. So I went back to the counter where I was colour matched again to my perfect shade, Beige Rose BR30. 

Being able to try the foundation out and make sure I was picking my perfect shade made finally handing over my card a whole lot easier. I knew I was buying something that I loved and would use. 

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The foundation itself is a lovely light texture that looks so natural. I love that it covers blemishes and makes my skin look clear and healthy but you can still see my little freckles on my nose! Its dewy is so easy to blend with a brush or a beauty blender. This is also the first foundation that I own that I have properly been colour matched too. Having the perfect shade for my skin really does make sure a difference in the final appearance of the foundation. 

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And I have use this a lot. Nearly everyday probably. And it is the only thing I will use for the evening or a night out. 

I don't usually wear foundations or anything too heavy on my skin during the daytime as I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible. But I have been reaching for this foundation on days where my skin is playing up a bit or I just need that extra confidence boost. It looks so light and natural, you can't really tell I am wearing anything. And for the evenings I apply a bit more and after a whole night of dancing it will still look perfect! 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Simple Layering

Simple Layering 


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This is the perfect outfit for everyday. Simple, comfy layers in a neutral colour palette. I love the pretty scoop neckline of this top and how it has the subtle flecks running though it. This cardigan I recently bought from Primark although I think it looks a lot more expensive. I saw one recently that I thought was very similar from Reiss. This has the long slouchy style but with the slim fit 3/4 sleeves. 

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I also layered with my ASOS beige coat, I love the smart tailored style of this and how it adds to the neutral colour palette of this outfit. Finally I finished the look of with my delicate elephant necklace. 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Layers Autumn Casual Cosy Neutral

Hope you liked this casual outfit. I love this simple style with all of the neutrals, and of course a pair of good skinny jeans and my beige slip ons. Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. Speak soon xx

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Autumn Daze

Autumn Daze 

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So the preppy Autumn outfits just keep coming! I'm lucky that I managed to take these photos before the weather in Manchester has gone a bit rubbish.

I feel like I am actually making more of an effort to not just wear jeans and jumpers this season. This skirt from Topshop that I bought recently is perfect for a slightly smarter everyday look. I love the fit, cut and texture and think it looks great with a pair of black tights now that it is getting colder. 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Pretty Preppy Autumn Cute Love Topshop Skirt Ootd

Today I paired this skirt with a light denim shirt and my ASOS coat. I have kept everything quite simple and tailored and love the preppy style of this outfit. 

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Of course I have my Longchamp handbag. I haven't used anything else in weeks! This bag is amazing  for carrying all my stuff around, including my huge camera that was used to take these photos. 

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I haven't worn these shoes in ages and I had forgotten how cute they looked for this time of year. They really add to the preppy style. I got these a few years ago from Primark and always bring them out for Autumn. 

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Finally I wore my sunglasses as despite the chill it was still very bright, and of course my gold watch. I love wearing sunglasses on my head, especially on days when my hair isn't really cooperating! But right now it is too dark and grey to get away with wearing sunglasses. Celebs can get away with wearing big black sunglasses all year round, but I'm not sure I can really pull that look off. So for now the sunglasses are going away and there will be an umbrella taking their place in my handbag. xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Two Tops from DressLink

Two Tops from DressLink 

When it comes to dressing I am all for affordable fashion that looks classy and expensive. So when I was recently sent a couple of pieces by DressLink I felt very lucky to be introduced to a brand that offers exactly this. Somewhere that you are able to find a whole outfit for under £20! 

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The first top that I chose what this long sleeved black jumper with a chiffon underlay. I never really used to wear a lot of black but recently I am coming to understand why it is such a popular colour. It feels so expensive and classic especially in the design of this jumper. I also love the grey and white style but I have so many grey jumpers I thought that I would try and branch out a bit! This jumper is perfect for this time of year and has the 3/4 sleeves which I find the most flattering style. The pictures in the bottom left shows how I styled this one day. Medium skinny jeans and a thin beige gilet with some gold jewellery. 

You can find this top on the DressLink website here. And it's less than £4!

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Tops Autumn Winter Jumper DressLink Ad

The second top is more classic Katherine, pretty, floaty and pastel! I love the shape and of course the gorgeous pleated detail on the back. As you can see in the last photo this top just makes me want to spin like a princess! I styled this top with some black skinny jeans and back heeled boots which I thought would be perfect for an evening out. I also put my hair in a low messy ponytail to add to the casual relaxed look. 

You can find this beautiful blouse here on the DressLink website for again less can £4!

Hope you guys like these two tops and how I have styled them. Expect to see them again soon in some more outfit posts as I can't stop wearing both of these. And go and check out all the lovely affordable clothes on the DressLink website here

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Sunday Snaps

Sunday Snaps 

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After a busy and sometimes stressful week I had a nice relaxing weekend. I woke up early on Saturday morning to go to the library and finish some work. And then after lunch I went and did a little bit of shopping. I treated myself to two things that I had wanted for a while, one clothing item and one beauty item. And I'm going to do another post sometime this week to show you what I bought so for now you will just have to keep an eye out for that!

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Something that I have really been enjoying recently is reading. It's usually something that I only find time for during the holidays. So while I miss having wifi and watching Netflix getting back into reading as a way to relax before bed is something I have really been enjoying. The book that I have started this weekend is One Step Too Far by Tine Seskis and I am already half way through!

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Yesterday I got a parcel from my mum saying that her friend (who has really lovely clothes) was having a clear out and wondered if I wanted this top. It fits perfectly and looks so beautiful just with a pair of simple jeans. And I love the unique texture and pattern of the top. 

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Another way that I have been relaxing recently is colouring! I know, it is something that you probably haven't done since you were a child. But recently adult colouring books have been having a bit of a moment. I have this beautiful Tropical Wonderland one that has some really lovely intricate designs. 

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This was just yesterday outfit. Keeping warm it lots of layers. And feeling quite preppy for my trip to the library. This navy cable knit jumper was actually Jack's until his mum shrunk it in the wash and just gave it to me. Free Jack Wills jumper! But it is probably one of the warmest things that I own and I think now it is a little smaller it does look like a girls jumper. 

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And of course lots of tea drinking this weekend! Hope everyone else has had a good weekend. It has honestly gone so quickly, and I can't believe that we are over half way through October already! But next weekend I am going to my grandparents are we are having a huge family get together for my grandpa's birthday, and I am so excited to see everyone again. 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Neutrals

Neutrals 

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This outfit is basically my style in one look. Simple classic pieces in neutral tones. The weather is getting so much colder and the evenings are getting darker sooner but I still love wearing these lighter shades. 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Winter Neutrals Trench Coat Scarf White Pastel Pretty

This coat is still my favourite. I love the classic trench coat style and how it smartens up an outfit. Zara always does really beautiful coats. 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Winter Neutrals Trench Coat Scarf White Pastel Pretty

The top that I am wearing is a really beautiful white 3/4 sleeved top from Joules. It is quite a summery piece but layered under more wintery piece like in this outfit it adds a nice texture and still works really well. I'm also wearing my H&M grey wool scarf which I am still obsessing over. It is just the warmest cosiest thing and I feel like I am wearing a huge blanket! 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Winter Neutrals Trench Coat Scarf White Pastel Pretty

For this simple classic look I kept my makeup nice and natural. A subtle brown smokey eye with a little bit of liquid liner and a natural pinky lip colour. The lip colour that I am wearing is one of the Rimmel London Kate Moss ones that also feature in my most recent favourites. 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Winter Neutrals Trench Coat Scarf White Pastel Pretty

I am writing this post while sitting in Nero with a white chocolate mocha (my favourite) and a warm muffin. Very blogger style! I even took a picture of the whole set up! It is so lovely and making me think that I should do this more often, but I'm not sure my purse will stretch that far. Although while we don't have wifi it is a nice little treat after a long day! And the perfect way to start the weekend xx

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Winter Whites

Winter Whites 

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Today was my day off yet it has gone so quickly I don't really feel like I have made the most of it. I wondered around the shops for a bit looking for a pair of shoes that I never found. I did however try on a beautiful dress in Mango. It was bottle green and in a shift dress style and would have looked perfect with some thick Winter tights for the day or black tight and heels for something dressier. But I couldn't bring myself to buy it. But if I keep thinking about it as much as I have since I tried it on then maybe I will have to go back and get it.

Today I also treated myself to a Malteasers milkshake. I made it myself with my Nutribullet, not sure milkshakes are really what is was meant for! But it tasted so good and I still have a huge bag of Malteasers left! 

The house has started to get a little chilly so I have been living in my slippers from Primark and snuggling up in lots of big jumpers and fluffy blankets. it's so lovely in the evening with my candle and fairy lights on. Winter is definitely on its way!

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Another thing that I have really been loving at the moment is my Calvin Klein sports bra. It is just the comfiest thing ever and it still looks super stylish. I have been wearing this under big jumpers and slouchy tops a lot. Although I am pretty small on top anyway so I hope i don't look too much like a teenage boy! But this also looks really cool under a sheer shirt and a leather jacket.

I am so desperate to get the matching pants too. Not really sure why! They are nearly £20 for a pair of grey cotton pants. Although then I can be matching and in my mind that would make it worth it! xx

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

September Favourites

September Favourites 


So here are the things that I was really loving in September. There aren't very many of them so you can trust that they were all very well loved this month. And is it just me or does this favourites picture look very Summery? Maybe it is just my love for pastels that means whatever time for the year it is I will always be wearing them. 

Firstly I have to mention this little gold Topshop elephant necklace that I have worn almost everyday since I bought it. It is so delicate and pretty and a slightly longer pendant. And elephants are my favourite animals so this makes me very happy.

The first thing that I have been using a lot this month is the mini They're Real mascara from Benefit. I had a pack with six little Benefit minis in and I think this has to be my favourite. I like to use this for evenings and nights out as it creates quite dramatic lashes that really do look like you could be wearing falsies! What I really love about this though is that I can put loads on and it won't go clumpy. And during the day I have just been wearing my Benefit Roller Lash mascara for a more natural look. I am so impressed by Benefit mascaras right now. 


This has been my favourite lipstick for the last month. As it is started to get a little colder I have been getting out some deep reds and berry shades, but when I think about it, this is what I was reaching for the most. It's just a beautiful pretty "your lips but better" shade. And how pretty is this packaging? I think sometime soon I am going to do a whole post of this and show you some swatches or a makeup look. 


I actually did a whole post about this Essie nail polish a couple of months ago which you can check out here. This is just a really unique greyish shade that looks really minimal and chic. And the fact that it is an Essie polish should come as no surprise!


Finally my favourite Ted Baker beauty bits. I use this lovely hand cream every night just before I go to bed and it smells devine. I just really don't want it to run out as it looks beautiful on my bedside too! And I have loved wearing this body spray on days when I am just going into uni and wearing a perfume seems a bit too much. It smells floral and fresh and again I love the packaging.

Hope you liked this little favourites. Let me know in the comments below what you have been loving this month. xx

Sunday, 11 October 2015

The Blanket Scarf

The Blanket Scarf 


I am so excited to share my new winter scarf with you. I say scarf, but I've been using it as a blanket justas much! I think it is the best purchase that I have made in a while, well since my Longchamp bag! 


I will be the first to admit that a scarf is the last thing I needed. I have way too many, but my collection was missing just a simple plain grey scarf. I have wanted the typical ACNE scarf for years, so when I spotted this one in H&M for about a quarter of the price I felt like it was made just for me! 
It's 100% wool and is honestly so warm and cosy. As a scarf or a blanket! 


I have been wearing this so often recently as the weather has started to get much colder. but this is one of my favourite ways to wear it, thin white jumper, dark jeans, my leather jacket and this big grey scarf. It is such a simple outfit, partly inspired by my favourite fashion blogger, Mariannan. I love the different textures and the monochromatic colours that make this outfit feel really classic. 


Hope you like this simple outfit post. If you are interested in the scarf then you can check it out here. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend xx

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

H&M Beauty Bits

H&M Beauty Bits 

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Last weekend I made a little trip to H&M to check out their new beauty range. They have just brought out a 700 piece collection, including lipsticks, eyeshadows, face products and lots of beauty tools, with prices starting from £1.90. So naturally, I had to go and cover the back of my hand in all the different colours.
Thankfully they provide makeup wipes!

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Firstly I actually love the packaging of the products, the white and gold is right up my street. It looks so sleek and expensive.
Eyeshadow is probably my favourite makeup to shop for, I love looking at all the different colours (even though I am always drawn to the neutral shades!). H&M had a whole stand for all the different individual eyeshadows. They have such an incredible selection of matte, shimmery and really glittery shades in a huge range of colour. And what did I go for? An almost matte light brown!

The shade that I went for is called Candied Almond, which I think is a really cute name. I love the warm tones and how this appears to be matte until you look really closely and see there is a slight shimmer. I tried this shade the other day all over my lids, blended into my crease and then a little along my lower lash line. I was so impressed by the pigmentation and how easy this was so blend. For the price of £4.99 I definitely feel that these are some of the best eyeshadows that the highstreet has to offer. And I will definitely be going back to try some of the other shades. 

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The other section that I was drawn to was the lipstick collection, again the beautiful white and gold packaging in so many different shades. I was drawn to this beautiful deep red shade as I thought it would look perfect for this time of year. The shade is called Fareham Brick and it's a matte shade but still very creamy. I wore this a couple of days ago with winged liner and lots of mascara and it looked so chic. This is beautiful to apply and lasted a good 2/3 hours before I needed to reapply. I think the deep red is a really unique shade and looks so pretty for Autumn. 

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I have needed a new makeup bag for such a long time now, my old one has lost all of its colour and actually looks pretty gross. But trying to find a pretty and practical decent sized makeup bag actually proved a lot harder than I expected. So when I spotted this one in the makeup section I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for. It's in a gorgeous taupe colour with a gold zip on the main compartment and a little front pocket. I am just in love with this and I think that it looks so much more expensive than it really was. 

I also picked up these pretty gold eyelash curlers as my ones at the moment have definitely seen better days. Even a deep clean didn't save them this time. However these H&M ones are not what I am used to. At the moment I am finding it hard to get the curlers right up to my lash line to get a really good curl. Although I am going to keep trying with these an then let you know what I think. 

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The last thing that I couldn't resit was this delicate gold layered necklace. H&M jewellery is a little hit and miss for me. I find their chunkier statement pieces a bit too much. But they also do some really delicate necklaces that look really minimal and modern. This one just had the three layers and is slightly longer than most of the pendents that I own.

Hope you liked this little haul. Overall I am so impressed by H&M makeup. The prices are good, the packaging is lovely and the quality is so lovely. I would definitely recommend you check these out if they look like they are up your street. And let me know in the comments if you have tried anything from H&M beauty range and what you thought of it. xx

Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Winter Skirt

The Winter Skirt 

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Another preppy Autumn outfit post today, featuring my new skirt from Topshop. I made a decision a couple of weeks ago that I was going to make more effort to wear skirts and dresses for the rest of this year. Don't get me wrong, I love skinny jeans and a big jumper for the colder months as much as the next person. But last year it was literally all I wore! So this year I am trying to switch it up a bit more, be a little more adventurous with my fashion choices. Maybe sometime soon I will start wearing colour, although that could be pushing it! 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Ootd Autumn Pretty Preppy Simple Classic Cute Luxury

I spotted this skirt while browsing though the Topshop website a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with it. It's in a jersey herrringbone fabric so it feels thicker and a bit more Wintery. And it has the A-line shape which I find looks the most flattering on me. I think this will look lovely with black tights, a woollen scarf and a coat. 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Ootd Autumn Pretty Preppy Simple Classic Cute Luxury

On this day I paired the skirt with my H&M jumper and my Zara fur gilet and some maroon loafers which you can't see. I also went bare legs which paid off as the weather in Manchester has been so strange recently and it was a really hot day. Almost too hot for the jumper! I also wore my everyday basic jewellery and my Longchamp handbag. 

Katherine Penney Chic Blogger Fashion Style Outfit Ootd Autumn Pretty Preppy Simple Classic Cute Luxury

Sorry that I haven't been posting quite as much recently. Now I am back at uni it is hard to find as much time and I have so many outfit posts and bits and pieces that I want to share with you! My house also doesn't have wifi yet so I have been going to the library pretty much everyday just to use the wifi! Although I am actually really enjoying taking my laptop and my books and walking to the library in the Autumn sunshine, especially if I am wearing something a little preppy like this outfit. Makes me feel like I am back at school again!

Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend. I actually cannot believe that it is October already! I need to start planning my Halloween outfit pretty soon! xx