27.11.14

Blogger Q & A - Little Miss Katy


Tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Katy. I'm 23 and a receptionist in Central London. I grew up in lovely sunny Mallorca with my amazing family, then moved to the UK to study Musical Theatre at uni, and now I live with three fab housemates in a teeny-tiny flat.

I have a fab boyfriend (who puts up with all kinds of madness from me, bless him!), brilliant friends (ditto) and a great job where I can work on my own projects whilst earning that all-important rent money.

I like colourful socks, adventures, pens, pizza, fresh flowers, new notebooks, tapas, peanut butter, the seaside, musical theatre, fairy lights, sushi and gin. I hate olives, am petrified of amphibians and tend to trip up over my own feet. I’ve broken every mobile phone I’ve ever owned, frequently drink too much wine and tend to talk my way through films.


I’m critically untidy, sliiightly dramatic and often get told I talk too much...

What inspired you to start a blog?
To be totally honest with you: I was bored. I work pretty long hours at my job, but the actual work is super easy and not time-consuming at all. Which means that for probably 7h of my working day, I'm left to my own devices on the computer.

This was GREAT when I first started (because woohoo I can sit on Buzzfeed all day!) but got pretty boring after a couple of months. I started a long-distance creative writing course but really struggled to motivate myself to work on it (I'm hoping to finish it one day though). Then I started reading blogs and got involved with the community, and quickly I realised I wanted to start writing my own.

And so Little Miss Katy was born!

What is your favourite part about blogging?
I love pretty much everything about blogging. The writing, the photography, the social media, the testing of products, the making lists... but I know that I'd struggle to motivate myself without the amazing daily contact I have with my readers and other bloggers. 

I love that there's always someone to have a chat with on Twitter. And I've met a whole bunch of my fave bloggers in person and everyone (so far) has been utterly lovely!

So I'd say the community is my absolute favouritest bit :)

What camera do you use to take your photos? Do you have any photography tips?
I use either a Canon 1100D DSLR to take most of my photos, but I also use my iPhone 4S to take a lot of them, especially if I really can't be bothered to lug my massive camera around with me all day!

Tips: Don't feel pressured into getting a DSLR cos iPhone pics can be just as good, especially if you're a beginner.

If you're using a DSLR, take a class. Get to know your gear, how to work it and what you can get out of it (I really need to take my own advice as I haven't done this yet!!)

And learn how to edit! Even just upping the brightness and contrast slightly can make SUCH a difference to the quality of your pics.

What are a few of your holy grail products?
I'm a massive advocate of Pond's Institute Cold Cream Cleanser. I've tried tons of products before and since, and NOTHING has matched this. My skin is literally the best it's ever been since I started using it. Gentle but deep cleansing, doesn't sting the eyes and GREAT for sensitive skin. (You can read my full review on the blog!)

I've also been trialing Rodial's Stemcell moisturising range recently and am a bit in love with their facial oil. Great for locking in moisture in Winter!

Makeup-wise: I adore Makeup Revolution's eyeshadows, Collection's concealer and No.7 Exceptional Definition Mascara. Best mascara I've ever used!!!

What are your top three winter wardrobe staples?
Right now I'm loving all my knitted jumpers, my cosy black wool coat and my tartan blanket scarves.

And if I'm allowed one more: my ripped skinny jeans. Probably not a proper Winter item but I just love them!

Where is your favourite place to go for a meal?
There's a fabulous tapas restaurant in Clapham called Carmen. My boyfriend and I go so often that I'm pretty much on first name terms with all the waiters (it helps that I can talk to them in Spanish!). Their food is AMAZING, the wine is great and the service is faultless. Definitely check it out if you have the chance!

Find Katy on: BLOG - TWITTER - FACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - PINTEREST





23.11.14

My Fitness Routine


Woah, if there ever was a big rambling post this is probably it. 

For the longest time I have wanted to get fit but I have never really committed to anything for more than a week or two before getting bored or giving up. When I moved to New Zealand I knew it was time for a complete lifestyle overhaul.

Now I have never been particularly unhealthy but I was relatively inactive. Apart from a bit of sports at school and the occasional bike ride. I am a HUGE fan of blogilates so once I moved into my new house I bought Cassey's Fit Journal and her 8 week clean eating guide. I subsequently joined a gym and started attending classes.

Before I really get into this post I just want to say that I am not any kind of dietitian or fitness expert, I have only been doing the following for a few weeks myself. This kind of thing is very personal so what I write is to show my own experience and routine rather than tell you what is best, everyone is different.

Food & Drink

Clean Eating - The biggest challenge I have faced by far is trying to eat clean on the Blogilates Meal Plan for 6 days of the week. If you don't know what clean eating is it is basically just having whole, unprocessed foods (as much as will allow) that are as close to their natural source as possible. Still living at home means that meals have to be suitable for the whole family, including a 13 year old brother, so for me the term 'clean eating' is used a little loosely. 

Green Tea - In an effort to boost my metabolism I have been drinking Green Tea everyday. Generally I have one mug mid morning and then another cup after dinner whilst chilling out on the sofa. Now I'm not going to lie, I find green tea to taste pretty gross I honestly do. When I first started drinking it I was literally gagging (unpleasant but true) but now I manage to get it down rather pleasantly. After trying various brands I have settled on Twinings as my green tea of choice.

YOLO Meals - As earlier mentioned I live at home so every weekend my family like to go out for a meal and this is when I have whatever I like, my 'YOLO' meal as Cassey calls it. Sometimes this ends up being two or three breakfasts, lunches or dinners due to unexpected circumstances but I try not to beat myself up about it. I don't want eating a certain way to rule my life and what I do. That said I now find that when I do go for a restaurant I find myself getting something on the healthier side as I enjoy it more and it makes be feel so much better.

Exercise

Gym & Classes - I am currently part of my local gym which is pretty big and also offers a variety of classes. At the moment I am on a two day plan of circuit training at the gym that a personal trainer helped me with, one day for arms and one day for legs and abs. Along with this I attend two Zumba classes a week which I have really been enjoying and I have just done my 3rd kickboxing class which I am finding super fun and even bought my own baby pink boxing wraps for.

30 Day Shred - This is something I have wanted to do for a long while. If you haven't heard of it it is essentially three 25 minute fitness videos on three different levels that combine strength, cardio and abs for the most efficient workout. You are meant to do one level every day for 10 days and then move onto to the next, meaning you are exercising for 30 consecutive days. For me this has been a challenge so I only do the videos for 5 or 6 days a week. I am currently midway through level 2 but once I finish I will do a blog post to let you know how I got on. 

Blogilates - I have been aware of pilates instructor Cassey Ho's youtube channel for a long time and often do some of her pilates videos (That's what makes you bootiful and Drive by Inner Thighs are a couple of my favourites). Her videos can range from 3 to 20 minutes long but are always upbeat and super exhausting. At the moment I am focussing on other ways to exercise and only do a couple videos a week as a bit of fun but I am still a massive advocate of Blogilates and would recommend anyone to give it a go!

Now i know that this looks like a lot of exercise but I actually workout on for an average of an hour a day and I take rest days, nothing too crazy.

Other

Fit Journal 2.0 - This baby was ordered online a few weeks ago from Cassey's shop. Each day you list what you have been eating, how much water you drank, how many hours sleep you got, what workouts you did and how you felt. I find that this makes me want to stick to eating well and also I am able to see the trends in what makes me more energised and awake. It also includes shopping lists, motivational images and quotes as well as other handy things. What I really like about this is that it has a focus on how you are feeling rather than losing wight.

Sports Clothing - I love going to Rebel Sports in Albany and picking up some sporting gear. This sports bra is one of my favourites and is from Adidas, much like the rest of my workout wardrobe. Adidas is pretty affordable here in NZ and is generally also 30% off the entire range.

Music - A good playlist makes or breaks a workout for me, if I forget my ipod at the gym I feel so unmotivated and barely do anything. Check out my Dance playlist here which is one I regularly use.

With this whole lifestyle change for me I do really see it as being all in the attitude you take towards it and the mindset. I have never been so determined to get healthy and fit and the fact that I am starting college in February is a huge motivation for me. 

This is a very different kind of post for me, what do you think?

21.11.14

MAC 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick Review

MAC Please Me Matte Lipstick Swatch ReviewMAC Please Me Matte Lipstick Swatch Review
MAC 'Please Me' Matte Lipstick - £15

For the longest time MAC's Please Me has been on my wish list, I remember before I even started a blog I saw this in a post and thought it looked like the most gorgeous shade. When my mum went to the UK she picked up a few things for me (haul coming soon) and this was amongst them.

Upon first inspection it is somewhat between a mid-tone pink and a nude and when applied to the lips it does look very subtle and great for every day. Bare in mind that I a very pale so for anyone parker than me it would probably stand out much more.

It is marketed as part of the MAC matte range but to me it has a definite sheen to it and I struggle to see the matte finish. I quite like it but if you are looking a strong matte shade I would give this a miss. This does mean however that it applies with a velvety buttery texture although it is worth noting that it does slightly settle into fine lines so I make sure to exfoliate and apply lip balm before wear. 

As it is very pigmented I find that the wear time is pretty decent, around the 3-4 hour mark, but I am constantly drinking water and tea so it will vary from person to person. 

Overall this is a great everyday lipstick for me or something more subtle for when I do dramatic eye looks. Pigmentation and texture is on the money but I would recommend going into store if you are unsure of the finish or application.

The plan was going to be taking swatch photos in Wellington but I stupidly left my entire makeup bag at home, including MAC Please Me. Oh Hattie you silly girl. I have now had to settle for the photo I have of me when I first tried it out a couple weeks ago. To see more in depth swatches I thoroughly recommend taking a look at Temptalia.

As I'm forever being on the hunt for new MAC products, let me know your favourites!
p.s. I just landed in Wellington for a weekend away from Auckland and I cannot explain what the landing was like on the plane. Considering I take at least 8-10 flights a year I have never been on anything like it. We pretty much came in sideways and once landed the entire plane applauded, even the cabin crew. Cray flight huh?

17.11.14

Monochrome Bedroom Inspiration

Monochrome Black White Bedroom Dressing Room
Monochrome Black White Bedroom Dressing Room
Monochrome Black White Bedroom Dressing Room

Whether I am lying in bed after a long day, sitting on the ferry into the city or working at my desk at home there is nothing I love more than having a good ole look through Pinterest. It is one of those activities that instantly picks me up and inspires me with quotes, fitspo and beautiful pictures. My most recent boards have been my Clean Eating Receipes and inspiration for my new flat. I may still live at home but I am actually lucky enough to have my own little granny flat/annexe which consists of a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room: all very exciting for a 16 year old. 

My cute little flat at the moment is feeling a little dated so I am currently in the process planning a big redecoration with my main theme being white with some black, rose gold and a few pops of muted colour. Being my age I am having to keep costs to a minimum so in the new year once my room is painted and the wardrobes ripped out I hope to be able to share a few DIYs with you. 

These images represent somewhat how I would like my room to look. I love my clothes so I feel to have a partially open wardrobe or something similar would not only be cost effective but look really gorgeous. I also would like a blackboard somewhere to draw on and stick my polaroid photographs to. 

Have you been using Pinterest? If you do be sure to leave me your link!

12.11.14

Neon Shift

Dress (old) - Glamorous via USC, Heels - Quiz*

With the summer just peaking through the wind and rain here in New Zealand I've started to enjoy wearing my summer dresses and heels again. The dress I picked up several months ago in a USC (previously Republic) sale for under a tenner and I have had loads of compliments on it since. Having had these heels for about a month now I have worn them with this dress and also with some skinny jeans and a T-shirt. Despite being high, they are super comfy and not too hard to walk in.

I'm starting to try and have a bit more fun when taking outfit photos now that my mother aka top photographer is back - cue hair flicks, jumping and dancing. Although not many of that has ended up on here I think these photos have an easier feel compared to some of my previous outfits. I'm still learning I guess, this is only my 6th outfit post.

In other news I am currently on a big health and fitness kick. I've started the 30 day shred, Zumba, drinking heaps if green tea (yuck!) and following the Blogilates food calendar all in the hope to be a lot fitter by the time I start college in February. If you have any posts on this topic do leave a link in the comments!

What do you think of this outfit?