Katia Byrne | British Style Blogger

Friday, 29 April 2016

Practical and cute


Practical and cute

Practical needn't spell plain! This summer backpacks enjoy a stylish upgrade, no longer are they synonymous with school kids or adventurer hikers. This seasons featherlight dresses need a stylish component and it happens the backpack is one of them. Solid block colours and numerous compartments enable this bag to be highly practical but relish in the factor that it still looks cute!

The backpack that I am styling is pure pink  and is of good quality, it is adaptable for different styles of outfit whether you want to be head to toe pastel alike to myself or more subtle in your styling making the bag your focal feature. It has two adjustable straps and various compartments despite it being quite small compare to some backpacks it fits the essentials and a number of my smaller textbooks in. 

I styled the look with this floaty pink bird print dress and beige hat. Keeping the colours soft created a spring/summer feel to the outfit. Keeping the print on the dress and block colours on the accessories emphasises the outfits stylish look and resembles someone who knows fashion well.









                                                             Dress: (Sold out but similar) x
                                                             Bag: Jollychic (Use code lovejolly for 20% off)
                                                             Hat: Asos

                                                              Until the next time,
                                                                         Katia 


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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Perfecting casual chic



Perfecting casual chic! 

Casual chic is actually a harder look to pull off than the name actually entails. I have the tendency to overdress for every occasion and lately I've been trying to find that happy medium. Wanting to go out (look kind of dressy) but pull off an effortless look at the same time.

Today I received this beautiful patterned blouse from Jollychic - I'm a sucker for anything patterned. But this. My goodness I had to attempt to style it straight away - originally I attempted to pair the blouse with a mini skirt but the ruffles at the bottom made the look a little too heavy. My tip for ruffles is to always go more tightfitting around the bottom half of your body it will bring in your waist and hips.

I hardly ever wear jeans but I think it really makes the outfit look that little bit more effortless. The light grey background contrasted against the orange and black, complement the outfit nicely. Creating a bold but elegant feel. The blouse is actually quite interchangeable as well generating various different looks wouldn't be difficult at all. You could possibly wear the blouse with leather pants and stilettos producing an evening look, or go with a Cami underneath and use for the day time.








Blouse: Jollychic  
Jeans: Topshop 
 
 You can use the code Lovejolly to enjoy 20% off 

Until the next time,
Katia 

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Hindsight vintage sunglasses


Hindsight Vintage sunglasses 

I am a big vintage fanatic! I'm sure I didn't need to tell you that of course. In previous posts I have eluded to where I buy vintage clothing and how to get good finds at great prices. But now I think I have possibly an even better solution. These round gamble sunglasses are from Hindsight Vintage a lovely store on Asos - which one makes them easily accessible (no trawling round vintage shops) and two they are actual vintage sunglasses not replicas. Genuine vintage! The sunglasses are however limited edition so if you would like a pair act fast to snag the ones you want.


There are a various designs  to fit all shaped faces if you're round or oval faced I'd suggest the round gamble glasses I'm wearing here. For square shaped faces the Boyce and Hume glasses would be a fantastic fit.
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Sunglasses: (Gamble) Hindsight glasses
Top: H&M
Skirt : Boohoo
Cardigan: Miss Selfrige 

Until the next time,

Katia 
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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Coachella style steals


So you're not at coachella - presumably. Well neither am I, I am however away for the weekend and on holiday. But still not at 'the' festival everyone is talking about and I just can't seem to avoid on social media! 

I posted this picture (x) on Insta the other day blissfully unaware of the star studded style event happening on the other side of the Atlantic. Here showcasing my what could be classified as festival-ish outfit.. the amount of likes I gained surprised me until I realised everyone (and now I) was liking a mass of images relating to the  music fest. Whether it be girls in over dressy outfits that would be considered bizarre at such British festivals as Glastonbury. Or that Ferris wheel every Insta crazy photographer has been sure to snap. That got me thinking and kind of wishing I was anywhere but here. (I'm a student at exam season) feel my pain. 

So how does one replicate the look?  And where can you steal the must have items to create your own cochella style steal?

Print 

Any type of print! Which makes endless possibilities and endless combinations - Aztec and floral prints are by far the most popular however you could definitely change it up!

http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Mini-Skirt-With-Aztec-Embellishment/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6125153&cid=7662&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Multi&totalstyles=928&gridsize=3http://www.revolve.com/free-people-minis-for-you-dress-in-ivory/dp/FREE-WD1031/?d=Womens

Cut

Off the shoulder - the bardot blouse or dress, is key to any festival keeping you cool and looking festival ready. 
http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Crochet-Bralet/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6117723&cid=7662&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=White&totalstyles=928&gridsize=3http://www.asos.com/Lira/Lira-Off-Shoulder-Festival-Crop-Top-In-Lace/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6133168&cid=7662&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Rust&totalstyles=928&gridsize=3

Layers 

Layering lighter fabrics on top of another creates the perfectly styled outfit - a cute Cami top with kimono or light dress with crochet waistcoat gives off effortless chic!
http://www.revolve.com/steele-maya-maxi-dress-in-scarlet-rosita/dp/STLE-WD9/?d=Womens

Accessories 

http://www.asos.com/Monki/Monki-70s-Tortise-Shell-Round-Retro-Sunglasses/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6338293&cid=7662&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Black&totalstyles=928&gridsize=3
From what I've seen a good hat will stand you in good stead! Sure a straw boater hats nice but sticking with minimal colours such as browner shades you can experiment with more busier patterns below. Sunglasses and over the body bag will of course be essentials

Footwear

http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-FOLEY-Knee-High-Plaited-Suede-Sandals/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5862377&cid=7662&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Beige++suede&totalstyles=928&gridsize=3To get the coachellla festival look not any footwear is out of place ( a no wellington zone in LA) Opting for a more glamorous heel or Greek sandal shape. A smaller heel or wedge fits perfectly with a short combo.

So whether you're a miserable Brit who needs some style inspiration for these bleak rainy days or someone who is dying to copy the much loved and documented style this April! I wish you luck and trust me just because were not there we can still dress to impress!

          My dress: Vero Moda x Very.co.uk
 Hat: H&M
    Belt: Asos 
                    Shoes: Call it spring 
                      Until the next time,
                    Katia

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Spring/summer outfit - Bardot blouse

Spring/summer outfit - Bardot blouse

The good weather is here! First week of the holidays for me and I can finally begin to dress summery again in the UK! I'm absolutely loving this bardot blouse from First & I  right now as well, in a baby pastel blue! It's light weight and the perfect summer essential, I really love bardot tops because they are so interchangeable with any outfit from day to night. Also looks perfect for on holiday or just a summery day like to day. Comfortable and cute is my philosophy. I think it would look equally as good with jeans or shorts, defiantly more than one way to wear this style. The pastel colour makes it easy to pair with darker shades for an impactful look.

First & I is a new brand that is coming soon online to Dorothy Perkins so I recommend checking out and keeping updated with their website to get the latest style essentials, like this blouse.

 



                         Bardot blouse - First & I - Dorothy Perkins
Skirt: Closet London
Boots: River Island 
Sunglasses: Guess 

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Until the next time,
Katia
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