Thursday, 16 May 2013

Books, Giveaway and a car boot sale

Oh dear, what a week!! So, I'm back to mobile blogging as my laptop has disappeared during our DIY adventure aka. living room.

My to do list keeps growing and hopefully after the plasterwork has dried we'll be able to finish this project quickly and end up with a new front room by the end of next week.

As you know, one of my favourite things is a good book. Always on top of my list! During my DIY related clear out I've decided to part with a chunk of my book collection to make space.

So, this coming Sunday I shall be flogging of some of my beloved printed friends at a local car boot. However, before I do so I thought I'll give you the chance to see these lovely pieces first and snatch one of them up for next to nothing before they to to the highest bidder at the booty.

I've uploaded some pictures of the ones I think are the best of the lot. Pre-loved and pre-read with care.

I figured perhaps one of you would like to read one of these books but might not be able to afford it so lets do a little giveaway.

One lucky reader will receive one of my favourite books for free !
Simply post your email address below and tell me which one you would like to win!

You can choose any of the ones pictured on this blog post by Saturday 16th of May 2pm! (UK time, UK residents only)
Winner will be chosen by and please only mention ONE book :)

Right, have fun and good luck ! :)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

A new day...

Dear readers, it has been months since I last blogged. Have you missed me?

I've had a very busy first quarter of the year. I've said in my last post ( which I've deleted today) that I was going to take a break to figure out what I wanted to blog about...

I'm still doing just that but for now I'll post about the stuff that's on my mind.. Stuff I want to share with you.. such as my new hair colour! Check it out... It's Chestnut brown...quite a bit brighter than my hair was before right? Thoughts?

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Giveaway Update: Winner Announcement

Good evening my lovely readers. What a lovely first day at my new job. I really must say, I cannot complain. Everyone was really nice and I feel right at home in my new office.

However, I can imagine some of you are eager to find out who has won my Giveaway rather than my first day at work so, I shall cut to the chase!

With a little help from I can now reveal that the fabulous winner of this super cute prize is:
Entry (comment) Number 4! Congratulations, Catherine!

I shall be emailing you shortly and arrange for the fab BarryM Glitter Polish and Original Eye Pallette by Sleek Make Up to be sent to you asap. Fingers crossed it might still arrive before Christmas. Psst... Check our her lovely blog if you haven't seen it yet: It's a great read and she's got some great photo tips on her blog too which I have already bookmarked to read over the weekend!

Right my lovelies, I'll be hosting a new Giveaway again soon in the New Year until then I'd like to say thanks to everyone who has participated this time. Also, thanks to those who have followed my blog in the process, it's nice to have new readers on board! I hope you'll enjoy reading my ramblings on life, fashion, make up and books. Feel free to comment with any feedback any time!


Monday, 17 December 2012

Christmas Lights & High Heels

I spent most of the weekend tidying up our house and getting it ready for Christmas. Every year I change the decorations of my Christmas tree. Last year it was purple/green glitter themed. The year before that it was black/gold. This year? It's all about vintage love...

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A new day & Fantasy blogger breakfast

Good evening my lovelies. It's been quite a week. I haven't been able to share this with you before but here come the big news: I quit my job the other day.

Yes, I know, I loved it there but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do and follow your heart. Well, my heart just wasn't in it anymore. In the end, start up life simply wasn't my cup of tea. Now, enough with the heavy - let me share with you, a lovely recap, of a lovely day in London last week.

On Thursday I attended the Fantasy Shopper Blogger Breakfast in London. Here are some snapshots including the extremely delicious Fantasy Shopper cupcakes...

It was lovely to meet a crowd of enthusastic, inspiring and lovely bloggers from both the London area as well as my beloved Devon. We spent time talking about Fantasy Shopper as well as playing on the site.

There was also a little raffle for all bloggers and Louie from was the lucky winner of the Fantasy Hamper filled with some very cool fashion goodies from Mint Velvet, Ted Baker, Reiss and more... Yeah, as you can tell, I was a little jealous of that one. :)

So, that's it for now. Tomorrow I'll be showing you my lovely Christmas decorations and don't forget I'll be announcing the winner of my make up giveaway on Tuesday at 9pm. There's still time to enter.

Click here to read how and good luck!


Saturday, 15 December 2012

3 Days of Christmas #style post

Not long until Christmas and I'm now really looking forward to putting my Christmas decorations up this weekend. I was up in London on Thursday and just looking at the fantastic lights and decorated shop windows in Harrods made me hum Christmas tunes for the 24 hours that followed.

So I've started planning my Christmas outfits and added some items I own and a few items to buy to my Fantasy wardrobe to experiment with. Here's what I've come up with and before I forget, my Giveaway is still open so enter today for your chance to win some fab make up treats! Good luck! xo

Christmas Eve
I usually spend Christmas Eve cooking a turkey roast dinner for James and myself. We spend the evening together watching Christmas movies, eating loads of food and relaxing before the family get together that follows. Slippers and a Christmas jumper are a must. Click here to view where the items are from.

Christmas Day
Christmas Day this year will be spent at James' family house, unwrapping presents, enjoying a feast of a meal and playing with my little nieces and nephew. I liked dressing up a little bit for Christmas Day but still remain casual. This dress is perfect for the occasion. I've got it in khaki and have just ordered this cute berry coloured version. I would probably wear leggings with this outfit for warmth. To view where the individual items are from, click here.

Boxing Day
Boxing Day pretty much is a second Christmas Day aka. food extravaganza at James' parents house. Usually we move from turkey to a little less festive food but still pretty much to eat so a dress is a good call as a food baby is definitely to be expected! This outfit definitely works for me and the dress is a bargain from New Look so will get this into my real wardrobe tomorrow. To view the entire look and where it's from, click here.

Now I just need to sort out some last minute Christmas shopping. Can't believe I haven't bought all my pressies yet! Ah well, at least I can treat myself to some new clothes in the process.


Thursday, 13 December 2012

#Giveaway Sleek Eye Shadow

Eye shadows determine how natural or dramatic you will strut through the day. This is my new fave eye shadow this season:

Now, as promised today I'm hosting my first giveaway so I'm giving you the chance to WIN one of these eye treats for yourself! That's not all, the prize comprises of a make up goodie bag containing a selection of my favourite things:

- One Sleek i-Divine original eye shadow palette

- One hot pink and black nail varnish by BarryM


To be in the chance of winning these goodies simply:
1. Follow my blog via GFC (google friend connect)
2. Follow me on twitter ( @kate_martin85 )
3. Tweet "I've just entered @kate_martin85 's giveaway at"
4. Post a comment with your Email & Twitter handle below

Note: You must be a UK or Mainland European resident.

Giveaway closes on the 18th of December at 5pm GMT.
The winner will be announced at 9pm the same day on my blog and twitter.

The winner will be selected at random via

Right, now all that remains to be said is good luck and thank you for reading and following my little blog,