Thursday, 12 September 2013

Life lately

First proper curry – Cockpit with Anna – Meerkats at Tropical World in Leeds – Comparing my weight loss with a ‘before and after’ photo – Pizza catch up – Pretty fit band with an even fitter drummer – York is so pretty! – Chocolate Twist in Scarborough – Robin Hood’s Bay – Twins – Dip dyed my hair! – Pint cocktail (Hooch and Cherry Sourz, yum!)

I haven’t posted regularly since April which makes me feel sad because I’ve neglected my blog for so long! I’ve been plodding along with life then it got extra good and then I just lost interest in blogging. Sucks but then that’s life sometimes!

In the past 6 months or so I’ve been on holiday, accepted my chosen offer for uni (Leeds Trinity fyi!) and had a pretty good summer! Every year I always think I’ll make it the best summer yet by doing loads of different things and making the most of the sunny weather. This summer has definitely been better than last years; I’ve had some pretty fun times over the past few months!

I start uni in just under a week which is really, really scary. What if no one likes me? What if I hate my course? I’m far too nervous at the moment but hopefully I’ll be ok!

My brother also moved out last week which sucks, but I’ll survive!  It’s made me realise how much I really want to move out and get a bit more freedom but I’ll have to wait until next year before I can really think about moving out.

I feel like so much has happened in the past 6 months and I haven’t really spoken about a lot but all I can say is that life’s good!
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Monday, 29 July 2013

Grizzly Joes Apparel

My blog is predominantly lifestyle stuff but I am known to throw a bit of fashion and beauty stuff in here and there! I like to keep up to date with the newest clothing brands and I was recently contacted by Grizzly Joes; a fresh new label with a sweet American vibe to do an interview. Hope you all enjoy reading the interview, don’t forget to check out their website and they’re also running a competition on Facebook to win a vest or t-shirt of your choice, sweet!

Hi guys! Grizzly Joes is an awesome new label – how did Grizzly Joes come about?

Hey Katie! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!

Grizzly Joes started back in 2012. Like most creative projects the idea came from a lack of entertainment, major boredom and a large amount of doodling! After I finished Uni I was stuck paying off my debt, a lot of people I knew had started to move back home and I was stuck working night shifts in a hotel! It was sooooo boring!

As you may have guessed, there's not a great amount to do in a hotel.. in the middle of nowhere.. at night! So I started doodling to make the time pass by and before I knew it I had pieces of scrap paper everywhere, I couldn't put a hand in my pocket without finding a quick sketch I had drawn the night before. So I started picking out the good ones and drawing them up on Photoshop.

It's around this time that I decided to spend what little money I had on creating my own clothing line. Admittedly it was off to a slow start, with a lack of funding and no knowledge of creating a clothing line. I began with just one design and various pins, wristbands and stickers.

One year and a billion night shifts later, Grizzly Joes has started taking over my social life! There's just so much to do! I have a load of new designs out and a lot more to release this year! I am also currently working on joining a few alternative shops throughout the UK, whilst arranging a few collaboration tees with other UK designers! I have my fingers crossed that one day Grizzly Joes will save me from working night shifts too!

How many people are part of the team at Grizzly Joes?

Well... I'll let you in on a secret... There's actually only one person running Grizzly Joes and that's me! Up until this point I have managed to work by myself, sometimes this can be a handful! I create the designs, tag the tees, do the photos, run the website and sort the advertisement! Luckily I have @HannahkateGJ  who volunteers to model my clothing for me! Which I'm very grateful for!

Up until this point, it has been just about manageable. However in the next few months I may be looking into getting a main partner to help me with the work before I go completely mad! I am also looking to expand and integrate more projects into Grizzly Joes, I would like to work more with musicians and I will definitely be gathering a few select people to add to my grizzly team to help me with this.

I am also currently on the lookout for a male model to wear my clothing for photo shoots and be featured on the main webpage. Preferably I would like an alternative musician, but if there's anyone out there that thinks they could be the right person feel free to tweet me!

(Modeled by @HannahKateGJ) 
What makes Grizzly Joes unique from other smaller, independent clothing brands?

There are so many independent clothing lines out there these days that it's hard to make your own line stand out and be unique!

Each tee I release has a fresh detailed design based around the world of Grizzly's! I have also managed to incorporate two styles of design into my brand making sure that there is something for everyone. First off there is our 'Bigjoe' tees, these designs have a more colourful 'cartoony' style to them. I have also created my 'TM' range for those of you out there that prefer more simplistic designs.

To keep my products unique, every design I release is a limited print, once a design has sold out I bring out a completely fresh tee! If there is high demand for a certain design, then I will consider reprinting but altering the details slightly to keep each design fresh. By doing this, my brands following will always get a unique quality product!

Grizzly Joes has an American vibe from the designs; are you all fans of the American clothing scene?

I absolutely love the American scene; I'd love to go live out there! If anyone generous is reading this and has a bit of spare cash, take me to Disneyland please?! Haha! There are so many amazing clothing lines out there; I'm a big fan of the 'Candy Effect' range! I have to admit, I'm totally jealous of their store!

My brand would do great over in America, there's already a similar trend going down over there and I think I'd fit right in! I am already working on expanding my brand to different areas and getting more Americans to jump on-board 'Teamrangers'.

You’ve mentioned that you’re welcome to bands wearing Grizzly Joes on stage; do any bands influence your brand when it comes to designs etc?

I love to see bands wearing my brand on stage; I'm always on the lookout for snaps of musicians wearing my threads! If you're in a band and you have an up-coming tour, then always feel free to drop me a message! Chances are that I'd be more than happy to sort you some Grizzly threads out!

This year I managed to head down to 'Leeds Slam Dunk Festival', I dropped some threads to 'Handguns' and 'Heroes for Hire', that was awesome! It was a right mission trying to get the clothing to 'Heroes for Hire'! I decided to plan ahead and sent their parcel out to the venue they were playing the day before. The next day they couldn't make it to the venue due to traffic! The band 'Allister' ended up taking their package all the way back to Leeds for them! Haha!
I have to admit I've loved the pop-punk/punk-rock scene ever since I was a kid! I love upbeat, happy tunes!  So I am more biased towards that genre! Plus I can't imagine any death metal guys wearing my brand anytime soon!

Currently I am looking into endorsing a couple of bands later this year; it's so hard to choose though! There are so many good bands out there! I'm also a big fan of Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) and I'm constantly looking for an upcoming band with a similar style to work with, but I've not managed to come across any yet!

I am also working on a collaboration t-shirt at the moment with a UK band called 'The Call Back Academy', I'm a big fan of their music so I'm pretty stoked about this! Their current EP is up for free download so go check them out!
 (Modeled by @HannahKateGJ) 
How often are new designs brought out?
When I first started Grizzly Joes, the designs came out when I had the money, which wasn't often! Now Grizzly Joes has grown I am in a better position, I try to bring out one or two designs out every couple of months. I have already ordered in my new 'Growlers' Vests for mid-July! There is a sneak peek up on my Instagram.
I also like to bring out new accessories every now and then, at the minute I am looking into ordering in some new limited pins and stickers which come free with all orders!

(Modeled by @HannahKateGJ) 
What advice would you give to people who are thinking of starting up their own clothing brand?
If you're looking to start your own chain, I'd recommend you have lots of designs to start with, get some feedback from people on which designs they prefer. Make sure you have a unique name/style of design and take it from me, it's better to be financially stable before you give this one a shot! You will have to lose money to make it work!
If you have a slow start, don't let this get to you, most new labels will have a slow start, even if their statuses say different! Always make the most of social sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and be on the lookout for nice people like Katie who are willing to interview and feature your products on their page!
Always be ahead of yourself, fresh designs and new concepts keep your feed looking fresh and stops people losing interest in your brand. Keep a photographer or even just a camera on standby so you can deliver new imagery for your social sites and show more people wearing your products, this way you’re also prepared for last minute advertisements as well!
There is a lot of advice I could give you for starting your own clothing line and a lot of people who own clothing lines would most likely give you the same advice. However this is one piece of advice that I think will help you out he most.
There are so many competitive clothing lines out there and each one is trying to make it big in their own unique way. Some of these clothing lines will not be looking to help you out with anything, it's harsh to say but it's true. Some people are in it for themselves and you will find that in any industry. Never be disheartened if you receive an unnecessary reply to a simple question or even no reply at all, don't let this be the reason that you give in!
There are still plenty of starting brands out there that are in the same boat and are more than willing to help you out; you've just got to find the right ones! It is always worth getting to know other brands, just remember that they helped you when they need help themselves! I myself am always willing to help, so feel free to drop me a tweet! Shout out to @Peakedapparel and @Fullbeam for the support they've given me and my brand!
Thanks again Katie for taking the time to chat with me!

Look out for our 'Growlers' Tees released this month!
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Thursday, 18 July 2013

I used to waste my time dreaming of being alive, now I only waste it dreaming of you

Dress / New Look
Shoes / Vans

Woah, hello there stranger! It’s been over two months since I last post which is such a long time! The absence has been a mixture of writer’s block and life being pretty damn good at the minute. So good that I got really lazy and the odd day I’d have completely free from work or going out, I’d usually spend doing anything but thinking of stuff to post. Oh dear!
I went to a gig on Sunday in Leeds and my Dad happened to be playing about with his DLSR so I asked him to take some super posey photos for me. He agreed (cheers Dad!) and these are the half decent ones out of the bunch. I bought the dress for the gig because buying new dresses for an occasion always feels good right? I hate my arms so I always prefer tops and dresses with short sleeves over sleeveless so this one fits the bill for me. I also didn’t wear tights with a dress for the first time since I was probably like 11 too! It felt really weird but I think I may have crossed another clothing conscious bridge!
Over the next week/two weeks, I’m going to be tweaking my blog around a bit. Nothing major because I really like the header, but just a few changes to the about me, navigation and things like that!

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Title:  Fall Out Boy - Off All The Gin Joints In All The World 

Monday, 13 May 2013

Trends that I love but I'm way too chicken to try

I’ve been M.I.A recently because of two reasons. Firstly life is too good at the moment and my social life is pretty ok at the moment *smug face* and secondly I’ve had major writer’s block. I’ve had no idea what to post and I’ve been stuck staring at a blank Word document attempting to think of something to write, then eventually giving up after a while and hoping I’ll find some inspiration when I least expect it. That inspiration came randomly when I woke up this morning after sleeping in till 11am (I KNOW, LAZY!).

I’m not a massive fan of trends and I try not to follow them, although the odd one does creep in to my wardrobe *cough Topshop Geek t-shirt rip offs cough*. I’m definitely a believer in ‘wear what the hell you want’, so if you want to dress head to toe in one particular trend, go for it! But if you’d much prefer to dip in to a trend here and there, then it’s up to you. Below are the trends that I actually love but I’m way too chicken to really try out.

Crop tops

Now I say I’m too chicken to try crop tops, yet I have a few hanging in my wardrobe as I type… To be fair, they’re not as cropped as the ones pictured. I’m fine if I wear them with high waisted skirts or jeans and I can maybe get away with wearing them with stuff that fits on the hips if I want a tiny bit of tummy showing. Crop tops are so cute for summer, when you can wear them with shorts or jeans but I really can’t get away with mega cropped crop tops. My relationship with carbs is far too complicated!


Dungarees (both shorts and the dresses) are so cute and summery but I’d feel like I’m 10 again if i wear them! I’m already blessed cursed with a baby face which still leaves me getting asked for I.D five years after I’m legally allowed to drink so donning a pair of dungarees will more than likely make me look like a 14 year old bunking off school for the afternoon. I will probably buy some, River Island currently have some cute ones in at the moment and just hope that I don’t look like a child in them!

Super short shorts

Another trend I can’t be a part of because of my rather complicated relationship with carbs. If you have a figure to be able to wear hotpants then you are one lucky girl. Although ones that basically show your bum cheeks isn’t really the best look unless you’re on a beach in Miami. I do have a pair of shorts that I bought and then when I got home I realised they’re a bit shorter than expected. How hard is it to tell how short shorts are just by looking at them on the hanger?! As I’ve found, it’s very hard. I should really learn to start trying stuff on in the shops! I would probably wear them but pull them a bit lower down so they’re not resembling pants and with super thick tights.

What trends do you love but too scared to try out? Let me know in the comments section!
*All images are from ASOS*
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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Next Insider Exclusive

I was contacted a while ago about submitting some S/S'13 related questions to Next for them to answer. They answered one of my questions on how to dress for a wedding, which is always tricky because you wouldn't want to upstage the bride would you? I hope you enjoy the feature they put together!

I’m going to a summer wedding – what should I wear?
“So the beautifully made, handwritten invite lands on your doormat and you begin daydreaming… a July wedding… will her dress be modern or traditional…  horse and carriage or vintage car… what will their first dance be…? Come to think of it… what should I wear? It’s a tricky one when you want to bring your favourite trends of the season into a formal outfit - but hopefully these tips for dressing for a summer wedding will help you out.”

Add a splash of your personality
“So first and foremost, play around with your own personal style to find a look for you. If you love pastels – go with a gorgeous mint green midi dress. Similarly, if you don’t feel like you suit hats, don’t go with a fascinator just because you think others might. With creams, pinks and minks an ever popular summer palette, there are some stunning dresses and outfit ideas out there - especially in Next’s Dress to Impress and Modern Boutique collections. However, if you aren’t sure about shades of pink, you’re in luck because monochromes, electric blues and neons are in this season. A feminine take on the fluro trend is this Neon Lace Dress.”

                              Something different?
“Perhaps you’re looking for something a little different to wear. A striking alternative to an occasion dress could be a peplum top with coordinating skirt or a flattering jumpsuit. With other trends including abstract prints, spots and stripes, we think this printed jumpsuit ticks all the right boxes for a summer wedding this year.

Go glam with subtle sparkle
“If you’re going to the ceremony as well as the evening event, you might want to think about your day to night look. Perhaps invest in a lace blazer or embroidered bolero which you can cover up with in the day and still have your much loved dress to show off in the evening. The key is to be subtly glam so it is comfortable and versatile throughout the day. Introduce a bit of luxury to your look with lace detailing or textured jacquard. Remember, it’s either striking dress and classic footwear, or simple dress and statement shoes!”

Love your feet
“It may not be the case with every wedding - but it could be that you’re on your feet for a lot of the day. If you’re a total heel fanatic, don’t let super high heels ruin your day and take a look at the stylish low to mid shapes in the shops lately. At Next there are mid heels with metallic cuffs, sixties inspired kitten heels and patent peep toe wedges. Block heels are also really in vogue at the moment and are easier on your beloved feet than stilettos.”

“Now all that’s left to do is think about your requests for the DJ…”

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

When you fall I’ll be the only one who looks away

View of Liverpool from the corridor in our hotel – Coke tastes much better in a glass bottle! – Primark I loveee you! – The nicest pizza on the entire planet – Being cultural – Starbucks is a given really – The most random and also slightly strange thing I’ve ever seen anyone for money – Goodiesss!

I’ve rarely posted about anything relating to life recently, my weeks have been pretty much the same and I haven’t done anything that exciting to post! I did make a little last minute trip to Liverpool at the beginning of the week which was lovely! Liverpool is one of my favourite places to go and I haven’t been since last September so another trip had to be made!

We stayed overnight so it was only a short stay but we managed to squeeze in lots of shopping, a standard trip to Starbucks, sightseeing around Albert Dock and a visit to the Museum of Liverpool. We’ve been before but it’s free to get in and it freed some spare time before we had to get the train back home. I didn’t take hardly any photos, the trip was far too short and the main aim was just to shop! 
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Title:  A Day To Remember  - Better Off This Way 

Friday, 19 April 2013

Truffle chelsea boots

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of black boots for ages but the other day I finally found them. The Topshop ‘Allegra’ are the nicest boots I’ve ever seen but rather large price tag put me off a little. I forgot about looking for a cheaper alternative until I found the perfect copy on Shoebou.

They are so cheap at £16.99 and are basically the exact same pair compared to the allegras only so much cheaper. The allegras aren’t available online anymore, I’m sure you might be able to get a pair on eBay but if you’re after a pair I’d definitely recommended buying these.

I bought a 5 since my feet have gone down from a 6 because of losing weight. They don’t have zips on the side so I did panic a little thinking I wouldn’t be able to get them on but they are pretty easy to both get on and off.  Despite having a big(ish) heel with a platform they are really easy to walk in, I never wore them shopping with my grandparents and they were fine.

I was really pleased with the delivery too. Shoebou promise to dispatch your order the same day if you order before 3pm and I bought mine around 11.30am on a Friday and I received an email at around 1.30pm saying they’d been dispatched. I didn’t really expect them to come the next day (being a Saturday after all) but they did and I’m super happy with them!
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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Benefit World Famous Neutrals - 'Easiest Nudes Ever'

I mentioned last month that I bought some Benefit goodies after my birthday as a little treat. A £70+ treat nonetheless. The new World Famous Neutrals palettes had just come out and the girl working at the Benefit counter let me pick which one I preferred before testing it out on me. I’m not really sure why this one stood out to me but you can create really simple looks, both for day and night.

I don’t think it’s that bad value for what you get; two of their Creaseless Cream Shadows and four of the Longwear Powder Shadows. It also has two tips in the box, one look for day time and a look for night time, using the shadows in the kit. I’ve been using this a lot since it’s really easy to build up a day time and night time look. I persoallaly think the price is a little steep for what it is, but Benefit do charge around £13-£25 for most of their stuff so it's understandble

Which one is your favourite out of the three?
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