Thursday Thoughts: Accepting My Body

I like my body. I like the way my waist goes in. I like the way my bum curves round. I like my legs. In fact, I love my legs. They carry me and take me places. My calves look slender when I wear heels. My stomach may not be toned but I like it. I check myself out when I walk past a window and give the woman looking back at me a grin and a high five. And it's about bloody time!

#STUDENTLIFE: Summer Struggles

It has been waaay too long since I did one of these. And yes I know, you're thinking, what, but Katie, Uni is over for the summer! It's time to relax and celebrate! Uh-hu. I'm sure it is. Except one thing...we're still broke.
And even more student loan until September.

Summer for a student can either be the best time or the not so best time. I am staying in Stirling while everyone else has gone home and my holiday away has been and gone. What now? I'm skinto and uni isn't even there to give me something to do!My heart sunk when I got my last SAAS payment this month. If you're smart (like me-don't mean to boast) you should have kept some money back from the big chunk we get at the start of the year, that could cover at least another month's rent. You only have to worry about another 4 months of rent to find (ahahhaha *dies inside*). But if you got carried away with seeing the pennies in you're bank, like we all do, this summer might be a little concerning. Especially if you're not one of the students who goes back home.
I had a little panic about what I would do do recently, but after a few deep breaths, cups of tea and plenty of biscuits, I have come up with solutions to put minds at ease.

Catch Up With a Cuppa

I don't often do these sort of 'catch up/life lately' posts but I feel like after a week away and blogging about events, I have become sort of disconnected from my blog. It happens! So how about a catch up? Grab a cuppa and I've got the biscuits.

Ultimo Styling. Ultimo Fun

It has taken me a few years to appreciate my smaller assets...or should I say boobettes. I'm not a chesty girl and underwear has proven to be a tricky one to master. Like, why are bra straps so long? #shortandsmallproblems. Yet, I have learnt to appreciate the smaller things in life and they still deserve to be dressed in something pretty, right? Luckily me, my two little friends and a few of the Edinburgh Blogger gang were invited to House of Frasers, Jenners to have a look at the new Ultimo lingerie range and style one of their new lines as part of the trend 'underwear and outerwear'.

I Dream Of Shapes and Scottish Bloggers

I formally invite you to gaze upon the magic that is I Dream Of Shapes. Created by Samantha Bowie and Lorna Mackie, this new independent clothing label combines inspirations from both Edinburgh and Berlin to create unique sillouetes with unique tailoring. A group of Scottish Bloggers were invited to the studio at Flamingosauraus Rex to check out the new lines and show them off.  And the most exciting part? They will be sold at the new Flamingosaurus Rex art and design studio opening in Bruntsfield which is having a launch night on Friday 13th May.
A new season, a new brand, new shop all calls for you to invest in something completely new and fresh.

Nandos' New Summer Scran

As the sun made an appearance across Scotland this week, we got very excited about the prospect of sun tans and open toe shoes. But what made us more excited? Nando's is releasing their new Spring/Summer menu and me and Sophie from  were given the chance to try it out. How can I turn down a cheeky Nandos? (That's the last time I'll use that phrase, I promise).

The Power Of Perseverance

As my first year of University is drawing to an end, I find myself reflecting over the past 10 months. I feel a change within myself, a shift in perspective and wants.

Hunted Vintage: For The Rebels and The Rogues

"Inspired by the rogues, the rebels and the Underground Kings. Hunted SS16 is a collation defining self-expression". 

For many, a wardrobe is not just a random collection of clothes. Each piece is carefully inspected and selected to act as a representation of its owner. If you're a vintage shopper, you wont pick 'any old hat', you will choose one to suit that will be your treasure from the junk.  Nicole Perry has taken this

Spring and Stripes

In true Scottish style, as soon as there is an essence of sun, the summer wardrobe and bright tones quickly come out the wardrobe. It has got me all excited for spring. Finally I can start ditching my black and burgundy clothes and what way to start Spring off with a bright orange, off the shoulder top, from Nobody's Child. I have been wanting to show it off for ages and then while I waited for the snow and hail stones to stop I accidentally bought a whole new outfit with jeans and boots. Whoops. 

I met up with photographer Jasmine from A Couple Of Photos and we had a stroll around Edinburgh and took some photos in between the wintery showers-yes it hail stoning and snowing in between shots-thanks Scotland. Despite the weather, It was so much fun! Jasmine has been in Edinburgh for 6 years with her partner and other half of 'A Couple of Photos' and like me, fell in the love city. I love hearing how other people have come to live in Edinburgh. It is the city that brings people together and quickly, through the help of twitter, brought me and Jasmine together.

The orange stripes just scream 70's to me and is bang on trend with the bardot neckline. Teamed with my faux suede jacket thing (cardigan maybe?) I think I've added that bohemian twist that I just love. With an off the shoulder neckline, the detail is from your own collar bone and does not need to be pulled away with any necklaces. I like to add my jewels in the form or rings and bracelets when I'm leaving out a necklace. Besides, they only get caught in my hair anyway. #hairyproblems.

 I thought maybe it was all a bit too bright, but that's because in Scotland, we've been stuck in the dark months, dark clothes and snow for too long. Anything out of the colour spectrum between black and grey is all a bit scary for us. So with the sun peaking out, it is the perfect time to splash the lighter tones with light denim jeans and nude boots. Lighter denim offers a perfect vintage vibe and gives a little nod to the 70's and even 90's depending on how you wear them. 

With short legs comes high heels and these boots from Public Desire are the perfect pair for spring. Nude shoes will go with everything and I was surprised at how comfortable they were. I'm forever planning outfits to go around these boots and were one of the reasons why I bought these jeans. I definitely needed another pair of jeans, okay? Just like I needed another pair shoes.

I have to thank Jasmine so much for these photos. There are more here and you will probably see more pop up on instagram and throughout future blog posts. She is Edinburgh based and she is just fabulous! She makes me look like a proper blogger, right?

Good Brands And Good Blogging

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on my bad experiences with some brands through blogging and I'm seeing more bloggers sticking up for themselves when brands try to take advantage of us (Yay!). As respect is a two way thing, I wanted to shine some glittery light onto the brands that I have had a pleasure of working with because I didn't want to discourage anyone from working with brands. When brands respect you, and you respect them, it can be a beautiful thing and can make very good blog content.

My latest collaboration has been with (notice the little box on the right hand side). Not only do they sell sassy products, they ask our advice. I am one of the many 'Brand Ambassadors" or Coconut Queens, as they call it. I like that. I love being a Queen.

 They offer a discount and update us with newsletters to show us their new products. They also are super speedy at replying to any email and there is always a personal tone to their replies. Makes a difference to some of the automated robotic emails I have come across. We get a chance to raise any ideas or if we want to collab with them, the Coconut Lane HQ are very open to it.

Another brand was which gave me a free phone cover to blog about. They were really polite when asking and made sure I had received the product and was happy with it before I blogged about it. They were so nice that I felt bad that my photos came out with such low quality. But hey ho, I didn't have my camera and had to make do with what I had and the folk at Go Customized were happy with my post and shared it. Thanks!

I also have to praise the people at Ted and Muffy. They held an event for us, Edinburgh Bloggers-you can read the post here and the ladies there were so helpful and welcoming. We got given a pair of boots and then I included them in an outfit post here .

photo by Ingvild
 Despite it being a while since I posted it, whenever I share it on social media, Ted and Muffy on twitter always like it and share it. I feel like they really appreciate anyone who blogs and they have replied to the post too, thanking me and referring to the post specifically. It's nice to see that companies actually read what you have spent so much time writing. They appreciate me and I appreciate them. Muchos love to the Ted and Muffy gang!

It really doesn't take much to show a bit of politeness when working with brands and bloggers. Both parties work hard and I always want to make a good effort on a post if I feel like the company actually values me as a blogger and a person. When you find a positive brand to work with, it's important to keep the relationship sweet, you never know when they might want to work with you again, or you might want to continue to work with them too.
These are just a few that I have worked with and over the past two years I've reviewed restaurants, shop launches and new designers. The majority of it has been very positive and I value anyone who is happy to work with me. Like I've said, it's a two way street and I would happily continue to work with brands who suit Little Kaatie. 

So to all the brands and companies I've had the pleasure of working with, I thank you! And here's to another 2 years!