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I’m in LOVE with my new Collectif dresses

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A month or so ago I saw on Facebook that Collectif was doing a 50% sale… as you can guess lots of girl squeaks happened. I was devastated to find out that it went live when I was on a research day for work so would be in bookshops instead of at my desk! Thankfully with the help of 3G I managed to get my hands on a couple of fantastic dresses!

The fabulous Georgina HorneI’ve  known of Collectif for a while as they have a great shop in the Camden market but I was always a little hesitant because I’ve found that, with some modern vintage clothes,  “plus sizes” don’t always go together well – add in the fact that I’m so tall the waists of most dresses sit under my bust –  it’s never a good look!  It wasn’t until I saw the gorgeous Georgina Horne‘s facebook page filled with photos of her in all her dresses she’s got from there (and this most recent blog post on Fuller Figure Fuller Bust  about how Collectif have taken over her wardrobe) that I decided to take advantage of the discount and add to my ever-expanding wardrobe!

The first dress I bought was already in the sale but as it’s named after one of my favourite characters I had to buy the Rizzo Dress!

Packed with style and sass, just like the lady we named this dress after, the Rizzo is a fitted pencil dress with twist detailing to the bust. Available in Green, Lilac, Red, and Plain Black, this style is full of 1950s charm, with cute ¾ sleeves, turned up and buttoned to perfection!

Rizzo Dress green

The next dress was the Sarong Blue Hibiscus Dress. I had to buy it as I love the cut, pattern and the baboo detailing – so basically everything!!!

Tiki is definitely in, and look, it’s summer again! What a perfect combination! Embody Hawaiian inspired glamour in our Sarong Dress, now available in our fantastic Blue Hibiscus print! This flattering wrap design is completed by a belt to cinch in the waist and lovely gathered detail to the front. Essential for hot summer nights!

Sarong Dress Blue Hibiscus

I’m building up to purchasing one of their circle skirt dresses but for now I’m more than happy to have these two in my wardrobe! The fit is fantastic on both and the skirt length is still a good length on me stopping just above the knee! Can’t wait to wear them somewhere soon!

I managed to finally grab The Boy to get him to take a couple of photos of me in these beauties! Bear in mind that this was after a day long of dancing so my hair is scraped back but I still love these photos! (will explain more about the dancing in the next post!)

Green Dress tiki dress


I’m already looking to see what can be the next addition… bye-bye next month’s pay check!


GLOSSYBOX May review

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GLOSSYBOX May review

I had my lovely monthly treat turn up at work this week. It’s GlossyBox’s 2 Year anniversary and I think they decided to treat us all with full-sized goodies which I’m very impressed about! They are also running competitions all month on their facebook page to win a different product each day! They’re spoiling us!

My May GlossyBox

4 full-sized products, a sample pot and a free gift of GlossyBox matchbook of nail files… a pretty good haul!

COLLECTION- Fast stroke eyeliner



Always enjoy a good eyeliner and this is definitely smooth and it drying quickly so no smudging which is always a plus!

JELLY PONG PONG – Fairy Lashes Mascara

This is not for the faint-hearted. Our first ever mascara is formulated to make eye lashes flutter & flap. Water-resistant, Fairy Lashes makes eyelashes thicker & curvier while allowing them to be spectacularly soft & light. A truly fabulous effect for the woman who wants to emphasize one deep, intense, seductive look.

A really good size and instantly made my eyelashes look thicker. Will make a fab addition to my make-up bag!



Pamper hair from the inside out with Awapuhi Wild Ginger™, with proven ingredients to restore weak, damaged hair.

Add brilliance to any style with the silicone and paraben-free Awapuhi Wild Ginger™ Shine Spray™. This clean, light mist adds luminous shine and helps protect hair from daily wear and tear making it ideal for heat styling. Natural Awapuhi extract balances moisture for a healthy-looking finish.

Smells a little like a glass of ginger beer but didn’t make my hair go heavy or greasy but there was a nice shine… think this will take a bit of experimenting!



A true hero product which compliments our range of loose minerals. When combined with mineral powders and pigments, this amazingly versatile product will allow you to create dozens of different make up finishes.
Use under your foundation as a matt finish primer or mix with loose or compact powders to create many different products.
Mix with mineral foundation powder for a long lasting airbrush finish or with mineral concealer for heavy duty coverage. You can also mix Prime & Create with eyeshadow pigments to create an intense finish or as a liquid liner. Other uses include mixing with Beautiful Movements Marble Sparkle eyeshadow to create a cream highlighter or Summer Warmth bronzer to create a bronzing cream. The possibilities are endless!

This was the most disappointing product in the GlossyBox this month. The ‘mixing media’ itself if fab but the container feels and looks cheap and nothing like their website image. Very unappealing.

HEADLINE COLOURS – Nail Polish “Poolside Party”


Designers are bringing a hint of the desert island to those who have chosen a staycation this Summer. Ripples of Aqua coloured fabric wafted down the runway at Gucci and turquoise blue eyes flashed with Swarovski crystals at Dior. There has never been a more feel-good colour at Fashion Week; against the grey skies of London models skipped down the catwalk with sunny smiles on their faces. Will this colour be the hit of the season? Just ask Chanel…]

LOVE this shade! Been really loving the SS13 nail varnish colours that have been hitting the shops and this is a great shade! Will be wearing this loads I feel!


Thank you GlossyBox team! Fab box this month!


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Another month, another fancy dress party to attend!

To celebrate two of my friends being in their house for over a year now they decided to throw a Cowboys and Indians party. Initially I was stuck… I didn’t want to go as something generic and typically my friends go ALL OUT with fancy dress (which I’m sure you have caught on by now) I hit the internet and got very distracted whilst trying to do research…

Did I want to go über vintage and go for the rodeo cowgirls get up?

Or the traditional Clint Eastwood look?

Pin-up cowgirl?

As Jane Russell in the outlaw?

Or even true grit styley?

Then it hit me… what is my favourite western… that’s set in SPACE… FIREFLY! I get to be all steampunky and have a huge space gun!

Shockingly I owned most of my outfit already so all I needed to buy was a top which thanks to Camden market was quite easy to pick up!

Think we all ended up looking pretty fantastic…!


Now I just need to get on with making a hippy outfit for next month party!

Beautiful Shoes

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Beautiful Shoes

The other week I had the awesome opportunity of being able to visit the Design Museum’s Christian Louboutin exhibition after attending a talk there – Heaven!

As the museum was shut for the talk the exhibition was nearly empty which gave the exhibition a beautiful eery quality! It was so lovely not the have to push through crowds and take my time!

 The Design Museum presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career which has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s career showcasing twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Be taken on a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.

The Design Museum had out done themselves with the exhibition!  The exhibition is arranged under the thinking that ‘every woman wants to be a show girl’. Part circus, part garden party with a huge red runway down the middle, what could be a better place to show over 200 pairs of Louboutin most outrageous shoes. The exhibitions space is designed by Household

Household, which specialises in retail, leisure and workspace projects, has previously designed the Christian Louboutin Apartment space in Selfridge’s shoe galleries, which opened last year in the London department store. It has also designed Louboutin outlets in Beirut and Paris.

Though Louboutin did have his reservations about the exhibition…

From the press conference podium Louboutin explains that one of the difficulties of the exhibition was that the shoes were necessarily seen as objects rather than being viewed worn. “When I am designing it starts from a sketch but is never complete until the moment of seeing it on someone’s foot,” he says.

Christian Louboutin at Museum of Design in London (HD)

The Design Museum have a strict no photo policy (boo) but I found this fab video above which shows off the fantastically theoretical exhibition with it’s arched entrance,  neon “Entrée” sign, the black swagged curtains, the red velvet sofas, a carousel display and the mirrored plinths surrounded by bare bulbs, which resemble backstage vanity desks, the cabaret look is hard to miss.
Split into sections showing his different stages of his career from his inspirations to his internship as an assistant at the Folies Bergère (where he sketched shoes for the dancers in his spare time) to when he turned his hand to garden design and to his custom work with specialist artisans. They also hold his collection he did in for the Fetish exhibition in Paris in 2007 showing photography by David Lynch.

The models where apparently picked from the Crazy Horse dance troupe because of the arches of their feet! These shoes where amazing… more art than shoes.

The pièce de résistance of the show does have to be the hologram at the top of the runway of one of Louboutin’s clients Dita Von Tease.

The hologram shows Von Teese’s famous hourglass figure appears from an oversized Louboutin shoe into a dancer, before changing back once more into a large stiletto.

Making of the Show Girl

The exhibition stops on the 9th of July so if you haven’t been already make sure you get over to gaze in awe of at all the sparkles, feathers, spikes, pom-poms, googly eyes, fur and even mackerel and sardine cans with their beautiful red soles.

My First Award!

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My First Award!

My very lovely friend Janene over at Ooobop has nominated me for a Blog award… The Liebster Blog!

“The rules are that the winners have to pay forward to other people whose sites are worth the recognition. If they accept the award, they should: thank the person who nominated them; nominate five other favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers, and copy/paste the Liebster Blog Icon into their post.”

It’s a very lovely way to get more traffic onto people site and introduce new people to new things! So thank you very much Ms Ooobop!!

I don’t read that many blogs that have less than 200 that I LOVE enough to nominte so here are only a few but I know you’ll enjoy them as much as i do… Written by my very talented friend KT – this is a blog for people who love fashion and design and things that are a little bit different! I love her AMAZING haloween make-up (may use the zipped face as inspiration next year!) you may remember her from my previous posts as she is the brains (and beauty) behind FISHLOCKS

About KatieLoves-

Working as a freelance stylist, make-up artist and spending any free time I have making and shopping, I do have a shed load of things I have found (and accumulated!) I so I thought I would probably be a good idea to share these things with the world!
Although fashion is a HUGE love of mine I do love anything that catches my eye and causes a reaction (be it clothing, furniture, tableware, magazines, pants! etc etc)
One of my favourite quotes to date is “A artist is somebody who creates things that you don’t need to have”
This quote I feel sums up this blog; I blog about things that have been made by artists, that we don’t need to have. But we buy them anyway simply because they are beautiful.
 That’s why we love them.  This very pretty new blog definitely lives up to it’s name… one to keep a eye on for sure!

and lastly… This blog is a showcase for the very talented Sammy’s amazing illustration skills! Stupidly talented… check it out and send her some love!

I also have another blog that has way over 200 followers but a worth mentioning in this round up… – If you haven’t already stumbled across this hilarious blog i suggest having a read and preparing yourself for a chuckle! Only be warned as the name suggests the language is pretty blue..! Set up by a couple of guys fed up with people getting away with parking like c*nts and wanting to set up a place to name and shame people in to a new world of parking within the lines! One half of this partnership of anonymous c*ntspotters for the blog is the only person I’ve ever met who is more opinionated than me! Also check out ZOO magazine as they are going to have a double page feature in soon – exciting stuff!

So there you have it a few interesting blogs for you to enjoy. Thank you again Janene!

Our Blitz NYE

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Our Blitz NYE

I know it’s almost March but it’s been the most mental 2 months (being burgled, having to move, turning 25) so only just getting round to asking you all how your NYEs went!?

Blondie, the Boy and myself decided to run to the shelters and see the New Years Eve in style by hitting the Blitz Party!

RUN FOR SHELTER to the new 1940s night that’s just brimming with community spirit!

Ladies, don your lipstick and tea-dresses and draw on those stockings. Men dust off your medals and wave your Union Jack with pride. Blitz Party is set to be London’s hottest new night, where cocktails, dancing and neighbourly spirit are the order of the evening.

Spread under two arches, the rooms will host the UK’s finest live swing bands, performers and DJs. Big band tunes play for fun-loving party girls who long to share a Gin French with a handsome man in uniform. The Spitfire Bar serves good old Kentish Ale and hearty food to hungry soldiers, and another room will project original newsreels and wartime films, accompanied by live music.

It was just the occasion to wear my new red pleated C&A dress I picked up at Judy’s vintage fair

The Boy was a bit stuck with what to wear so we hit Camden stables the day before and stumbled upon the most amazing store filled with vintage uniforms! We managed to pick up a whole outfit that was easily long enough for him (normally pretty difficult for someone 6″6) and only for £55 for trousers, jacket, shirt, tie and a hat!

In the end I think we looked pretty dapper…

I teamed my dress with my cape I got from the boy for Xmas (see a proper photo of it here)

And Blondie rocked up looking very ladylike (as usual) …

The lovely Blitz people had outdone themselves! The venue was HUGE with loads of different rooms decked out just like a wartime East End air shelter, filled with sandbags, Union Jacks, searchlights, blackout curtains, oil lamps even old movies playing on the wall. Ration books replaced bar menus and they even had a room offering swing lessons!  Blondie and I particularly enjoyed the champagne cocktails! The live music was fantastic and everyone got in the spirit dancing up a storm.

Awesome night all round! The Blitz parties are held every month so if you ever fancy doing something different for a night out this is your solution!

But act fast as tickets sell out so quickly!

Bank holidays are made for Vintage Fairs!

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Bank holidays are made for Vintage Fairs!

As I had time to kill before bank holiday drinkies I decided to go explore Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair!

It was in Old Spitalfields Market over in East London and it was fab!

So many interesting stalls from vintage clothing, handmade retro clothing and accessories, “upcycled” furniture, vintage fabrics, nic-nacks, vintage prints, accessories, handmade stationary, movie posters etc I was in heaven! and it was FREE which is always good news!


Fallen in love with this green dresser I found on Ruby Rhino‘s Stall!

Every home needs a little bit of fabulous which is exactly what we provide at Ruby Rhino with our eclectic collection of upcycled old furniture. Each piece is sourced for its unique style then lovingly restored, hand-painted and finished to give a sparkling new lease of life. We embrace imperfection by highlighting natural holes, cracks and scratches to allow the original charm to shine through.

Need a bigger place for all the bits I’ve seen on their website!

My inner typography geek was loving these signs!

I still managed to find myself sort of working as well when I stumbled upon this fab stationary stall A Pencil Full Of Lead! Loved the illustrations on their cards! Have a gander at their website here.


I was very restraint with my shopping … until I found the Latham Street Vintage stall above and came away with an army jumper! Clearly I’m feeling very autumny already but couldn’t help myself! looked very similar to this one…

Of course there where some very stylish people walking around. Loved this awesome looking couple… I’m a sucker for leopard print!

All in all I had a fab afternoon of rummaging!

Judy’s next vintage fair will be in Bethnal Green on the 10th of September. Where they are teaming up with Rag and Bow! Check it out here. Make sure you go and snap up a bargain or two!