Dress how you want to be addressed

Hi All!

Hope everyone is well!

I have always been a firm believer in that someone’s appearance reflects their effort, approach and attitude (controversial, I know!). And when I say this, I don’t mean that everyone should look the same and that everyone should always be dressed to the nine’s but it’s important to take pride in your appearance – whether that be simply brushing your hair or applying some light mascara.


Whether at work or play, I think it’s really important to make an effort. It shows that you take pride in how you appear, that you are actually bothered to be there and that you are enthusiastic!

 

Work

Most importantly, it is essential that you portray the right image at work. This is your prime opportunity to present yourself and document how you want to be approached. Although, different work environments will reflect and dictate different dress codes, it’s still important to put your best foot forward whilst giving a sneak peak of your own personal style…


For me, I like to dress fairly smart at work. My staple pieces consist of:

  • Pencil Dress
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Slip Dress
  • Smock/Tunic Print Dress
  • Flowing Blouse
  • Blazer
  • Swing Waistcoat
  • Black Point Heels

I usually play around with some alternative casual items:

  • Leather skirt
  • Shirt dress
  • Loafers
  • Skinny Trousers
  • Wide leg culottes
  • Nude Wedges

 

However, it’s crucial to gage your work event. For example, attending a board meeting or conference wearing a leather skirt, loafers and plain t-shirt may not be the best idea but this look would be perfectly fine worn with a blazer for a day in the office.

Working the correct clothes is one thing, but it also pays to make sure you too, are looking presentable. For work, it’s important not to over-do it with drastic make-up looks with a simple black liner or bold lip but don’t go all-out girls night out glitter ball eye – or this can give off a bad impression. Keep hair simple – with a simple up-do – top knot or easy-going wave.

 

Play

At play, let yourself loose and let your style take control! If like me, your style varies from day to day – taking on many personas – then embrace it. I work around my wardrobe’s staple pieces and change it up with accessories and footwear.

Staples:

  • Skinny ripped knee jeans
  • Turtle neck jumper
  • Plaid shirt
  • Plain white tee
  • Denim pinafore dress
  • Leather jacket
  • Denim jacket
  • Black leather converse
  • Khaki western ankle boots

These are my basic pieces for casual wear and I can play around with these and mix with trend items to work with the seasons and occasions to create the right look for the right occasion!


My make-up doesn’t change too much between work and play – perhaps maybe a bolder lip and more contour with extra highlight but my make-up look more or less, stays the same. My hair again, is either up in a top knot or styled with a classic wave but if you’re feeling adventurous with your hair, then keep it in line with the occasion!

 

So, it doesn’t take much to throw that hair up in a top knot, pop on some gloss and throw together a simple but classic outfit whether at work or play – and that way, you will leave a lasting impression – and the right one at that!

Much love – This is Kirsty X

Exercise? I thought you said extra fries 🍟 

Hi my lovelies! Hope ya’ll are well! 

If you know me, you know that I love exercise. But sometimes, extra fries does sound a whole LOT better! I’m no diet follower and as a matter of fact, rarely watch what I eat (I should maybe change that for my own health) but I just love exercise, always have, always will. 

If you’re like me, you’ll know that half of your wardrobe is full of gym and workout clothes. If I’m not wearing work clothes, I’m wearing gym clothes. So it’s important that we get to keep our style and for that matter, motivation up when working out! I have been doing a lot of running recently and this has given me even more excuses to go and buy some new workout gear. 

As I start this week with an inflatable obstacle course 5K run and the Edinburgh Marathon 5K the following week, I’ve been raiding my wardrobe and outfit planning for upcoming events! 

Trousers 


Left to right: Nike, Ivy Park, H&M

If you’re gonna change up your gym wear, I’d suggest starting with trousers. There’s nothing more exciting than a new pair of gym bottoms and sometimes it’s worth investing in a good pair –

  • Nike (on the cheaps in Outlet stores)
  • Sweaty Betty
  • Fabletics
  • Stella by Adidas 
  • Ivy Park

These are my ‘luxury’ go-tos when buying trousers. You don’t want a pair of trousers rolling down, rolling up, being too baggy and ill fitting so it’s worth investing. However, it’s easier than ever to get gym-wear on the high street. 

  • H&M
  • Misguided
  • Pretty Little Thing
  • Ellessee 
  • Pink Soda

Left to right: Misguided, Adidas, Nike, Misguided

Tops

I’ve only recently starting being that bit more adventurous when it comes to my top half in the gym. I was a hoarder for dull black tshirts when I thought let’s change this up. I’ve recently been buying a lot more gym vests, funky tshirts and some bright coloured running jumpers. 

Left to right: New Look, Nike, Primark, Misguided

  • Misguided 
  • Primary
  • New Look
  • Nike

These are my ‘go-tos’ for gym tops. Whilst I think it’s really important to invest in some quality bottoms, I’ve found that most gym tops regardless of the price as equally as good! 

Karrimor @ Sports Direct



Sports Direct (I know, I can feel your stress as your read this, just as much I feel writing it) has really been producing the goods at a fraction of the price!! It has to be my least favourite shop to go into but you do pick up some gems – like this insane running jumper for only Β£15!! 

Sports Bras

Forget Shock Absorber and industrial strength support bras! I’m all over pull over bras from all over the high street at probably better than half the price! The pull over sports bras give you the exact same support without the hefty price tags. 


Left to right: H&M, Nike

I’m never brave enough to wear just a sports bra to the gym but it’s still important that they look good because I have to see them and I know what’s going on under my top. And besides, if you can love your workout gear, the more likely you are to workout! My top picks for sports bras:

  • H&M
  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Misguided
  • BoobyDoo.com (if you really do need that extra support) 


So, get your gym swag on and motivation on fleek. 

Have a great week – This is Kirsty X

What’s new?

Hi everyone! Sorry for the radio silence — between nursing a bad flu, a manic time at work and all things in between, This is Kirsty had become a little neglected. 
So what’s new? 

  • I have taken up running (like seriously, not the usual running I do in the gym which depends entirely on a treadmill and how much I can actually be bothered). 
  • I have come to realisation that Nike trainers are not my best friend and that my Asics are the new found love of my life (except my Michael obviously). 
  • I have eaten an impressive amount of avocados recently πŸ₯‘ 
  • Besides gym clothes and work clothes, all I wear is loungewear and my dressing gown of late. 
  • My tollerence of bullshiters has decreased rapidly. 
  • I have finally realised that I am actually buying a house this year and therefore, I am actually going to be an adult. 
  • I have been reading a book for over 4 weeks now and still haven’t finished it (this is not like me at all). 


Trainers – Asic

Firstly, big up to these babies because these have saw me wave goodbye to sore feet and ankles. Although they are not as pretty as my trusty Nikes, I have fallen out of love with Nike and found a new born relationship with these Asics. Anyone that runs, get yourself to Run4It and they will find you the perfect fit! I have been doing numerous 5ks and signed up for the weekly ParkRun which consists of three times round a park with one of the steepest hills I have ever seen! This means that I have signed up for an array of running days throughout the year including Rough Runner, Edinburgh Marathon 5K, Gung Ho and a swamp run (I have no idea why I agreed to this!!). But big up to these Asics for making running that bit easier. 


Due to this hideous flu, I have been binging on avocado and green tea and I now fully understand the craze!!


Jumpsuit – Boohoo           Bag – Vivienne Westwood                          Shoes – Mango

Big up to loungewear as outerwear. I bought this amazing jumpsuit from Boohoo and it’s so comfy! It’s been perfect for the way I’ve been feeling (although very very annoying that you essentially have to undress just to go to the toilet!). Other than that, my pyjamas have seen their money’s worth and my dressing gown…well, are they ever given enough credit? (I’m sure we’ve all seen the memes). 


Yeah, pretty much. There’s nothing that annoys me more than a Billy Bullshitter. Just save the effort. I don’t know if it’s an age thing or what, but ain’t nobody got time for that. 


I thought adulting was drinking coffee, doing an online Tesco food shop and making adult decisions. I find it difficult to decide what I’m having for dinner at the best of times but here I am, buying a house. It turns out that being an adult is basically just like being a child but you have to actually pay for things yourself. I’m certain I will feel the same way, even into my 30s. 


I even bought a book to help understand what adulting is!! I’m still no wiser. But this book is insane, it’s a must read and really funny! I was reading another book (I won’t name names) but I started reading it over 4 weeks ago and still haven’t finished it…(certainly not what adulting is). 
Until next time – 

This is Kirsty X 

Women’s Body Armour

Hi all! 

Hope you all are well! I’m so glad to see the Spring weather finally emerging – all be it that it has it’s moments. I love nothing more in the Spring than simple outfits (because it’s still really cold!!) that I can change up with an array of accessories. 

  1. A great pair of sunglasses


Sunglasses – Dior 

Say ‘Hello’ to my new babies bought especially for the Summer. There’s nothing that symbolises a change in the weather like a new pair of sunnies. My old trusty ray bans have been hung up after 5 years of service and have upgraded to my Dior beauties. I was swaying between these and a Chanel pair but I loved that these are a statement piece – great for Summer and Winter. 

      2. A statement timepiece


Watch – Olivia Burton

I usually wear plain silver/metal watches with quite a small face for everyday however, I got this gorgeous Olivia Burton watch as a gift and I love it! It’s such a great statement watch – especially for the Spring or Summer time because of the light colours. It looks great with a plain jumper and simple gold necklace or even dressed up in the evening as a statement piece with a black jumpsuit. 


Ring – Own

I like to mix up bold statement watches with delicate and simple jewellery items such as this gold band. This was my Nanas wedding ring so I love that I can wear it with my everyday wear. 

      3. A rodeo belt 


Belt – Next

Love love love!! I got my belt from Next however, I know there is a lot of copy cats kicking about on the high street. The reason I bought this 1 was because the leather was so soft and I love the detailing on the base of the belt along with the double buckle and it was a size XS!! This never happens — you will know my pain if you’re my size and can never get a belt to fit properly. 

        4. A great pair of sliders 


Shoes – Birkenstock 

Firstly, my boyfriend hates these! Therefore, I am determined to wear these as much as possible in his company. I on the other hand love them! I got mine on sale directly at Birkenstock for Β£45. They are so comfortable and look great with just about anything. A great alternative to all the high street versions. 

        5. 90s scrunchie 


Scrunchie – River Island

I wear my scrunchie all the time. Its my go to for hair disasters. If it needs tied up, when I’m chilling out and looks great with a sort of half up half down bun! 


If you’re ever bored of an outfit or need to change things up, accessories are the go-to and can instantly transform any style! 

“Accessories are the exclamation point of any outfit” – Michael Kors. 

This is Kirsty X

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression”


Happy April 🐰 new month, new chapter, new goals! 
Be the person you want to meet. 
First impressions always matter and it’s sometimes difficult to get rid of first impressions. So make it a lasting one. 


Whether it be personal or professional life, we are always meeting new people and people are always judging you (whether they admit it or not — and you too make judgements on people). The thing I always notice when meeting people for the first time is eye contact and how they make me feel. 

People always remember how other people make them feel — you can be left with real negative vibes or thinking they are really cool people. You will be respected much more if you treat people nicely. So think back to someone you look up to or have a lot of respect for – how did they make you feel when you first met them? 

It’s important to focus in on what you say and how you say things. You can say the same sentence with very different meanings depending upon your tone of voice. 

MAKEUP πŸ’„ – 

EYES – NYX SUPER SLIM MARKER, URBAN DECAY  “DIRTYSWEET” (worn all over eye) & “DAGGER” (worn in crease), YSL FALSE LASH EFFECT MASCARA

LIPS – CHARLOTTE TILBURY “SWEET STILETTO”

Eye contact is critical when it comes to developing a strong impression. Confidence and enthusiasm is shown through making eye contact and something that is a real bug bearer for me. By making eye contact you can build upon creating rapport with people without even realising it. 


Appearance is everything. It’s how you create your own personal brand. 

It’s key to always looks presentable whether that be making sure your hair is done, your shoes are clean or applying a little bit of lipgloss. When you feel like you’ve made an effort, you will feel much more confident in your own skin and this will beam out of you when meeting new people. But appearance is unique to you and people will respect that. 

And lastly, always always always take a mint. Nobody wants to talk to someone with bad breath – I’m sure you wouldn’t either! 


But most importantly be yourself, make friends, flatter legitimately, mean what you say, let people speak and remember nobody’s perfect! 

Have a great week ❣️ This is Kirsty X

WEARING πŸ’ƒπŸΌ

JUMPSUIT – NEW LOOK   SHOES – NEW LOOK

CHOKER – TOPSHOP  EARRINGS – H&M

DENIM – PRIMARK


Rockin’ along with Rock on Ruby

Hello darlings and a very Happy Monday! Hope you’re all well! 

It seems as though Spring has sprung! Hurrah! 

What a great weekend that was filled with the first of Scottish Spring sunshine! I spent a lovely Saturday celebrating my BFs sisters bday by eating my weight in Chinese food followed by Mothering Sunday with my lovely family at Orocco Pier in South Queenferry eating breakfast and taking in the views.

Rewinding back to the very start of my weekend. I served my first Americano of Saturday morning in my brand new ‘Rock on Ruby’ mug. I’m in love. What a way to kick some ass and get the motivation going with my ultimate idol, Anna Wintour! 


“Find your inner Anna” – my new life quote. 

These mugs are great and they have a huge range of designs — which I plan on stocking up on for our new home!! Next on my ‘wish list’ is their ‘Keep it Sassy’ mug which I’m going to dedicate as my work mug to remind everyone that my sass is on point and that I am a girl boss (I work in a team full of guys) After some pep talk with Anna, I was ready to take on — what felt like hell on earth — an early morning circuit class!

After surviving my sweat fest gym sesh, it was time for my fortnightly nail appointment. The sun was shining and my sass was rockin’ — the perfect opportunity to give my new ‘Rock on Ruby’ tshirt it’s debut! Firstly, this tshirt is so so comfortable, the material is great quality and I just love it!

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I wore it with some casual Mom jeans and my H&M suede swing coat and finished with some black skater plimsoles. It also looks great with ripped skinny jeans, a bomber and some boots or a leather pencil skirt and statement necklace for evenings.


There’s so many cool tshirts with a slogan to suit all OR you can personalise your own tee — or sweater or accessories for that matter! 

The thing that I loved most about my ‘Rock on Ruby’ goodies, was the cutest packing it came in —


A lovely little pick me up to remind everyone how fabulous they really are! 

From the quirky home accessories, sassy slogan tees and sweaters to the cutest jewelry items (great for your BFFs bday) – I love it all!

So it seemed only natural to start planning my next rockin’ purchases. 

My ‘wish list’ quickly making its way to my ‘add to cart’ —

I can’t wait to make my next purchase and you can enjoy some Rock on Ruby lovin’ too with my discount code – KYHEPBURN10 – for an exclusive 10% off! 

Keep posted for my latest ROR purchases! 

Lots of love, 

This is Kirsty X

Inhale the good shit, exhale the bullshit

Happy Friyay everyone! We made it!

What another crazy week, filled with ups and downs, high and lows. But that’s life! Everyone has bad days, bad weeks, bad years but how can we turn this around?

I think it’s so important to have a positive mindset and it’s something that I have struggled with over the years. And it’s hard not to turn a bad situation or a bad incident into a full ‘bad day’ or ‘one of those days’. But whilst everyday may not be good, it’s important to see the good in everyday and appreciate who we are and what we have.


Jacket – New Look      Mom Jeans – Topshop     Tshirt – New Look      Shoes – Next
So, focus on what is going right rather than what is going wrong. Whether it be a job, a relationship, family life or financial issues, the more you focus on the negative, the more this becomes a reality. What ever you focus your mind on it what you become — so focus on the good and the strong.

Happiness and positivity is an inside job — this can’t be solved with material things, money and titles. It comes with mindset and surrounding yourself with good people. So compliment others and magnify their strengths. Positive people attract positive minds.

If you think you can get your dream job, dream move, dream house, you will. It won’t happen over night but life is 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it. Surround yourself with people who support you — if they don’t understand your journey, that’s ok. It’s not their journey to take. But be humble. Don’t be arrogant. Support others and they will support you.

So stop standing in your own way! A positive mind is infectious — so once you change your mindset, you will see everything else begin to change.

I find that beginning and ending my day with reading positivity books is a great mood-booster. It can turn a bad 5 minutes in the morning, into a great day. It reminds me that the energy I attract,  is the energy I give out and when I change that energy, good things will happen. Some great reads for positive mindsets and positive thinking that I would recommend are:

  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  • Into the Heart of Mindfulness by Ed Halliwell
  • Make Peace with Your Mind by Mark Coleman
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

So remember, whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t – you will always be right.

Have a great weekend my lovelies! – This is Kirsty X p.s I think you’re all great!