Simple Sunday

Katy Stephenson The Rawrdrobe Blog Outfit

FEATURED: RIVER ISLAND SHIRT, PRIMARK COAT, ASOS JEANS, DEENA AND OZZY BOOTS

Was having a bit of a bad face day today (hence the shoulder shot) but I really wanted to show you this shirt that I've been in love with. It's a pretty steep price at £36 but I've worn it to death and it's a nice twist on a classic shirt design. I've thrown it on with a pair of black jeans, boots and an oversized coat - simple!

My thoughts at Christmas time

Christmas Tree Bauble

I've never been a massively festive person but I don't know what's come over me this year! I've been playing Christmas songs since October, buying presents since November and spent the whole of December looking at gift wrapping ideas! I think it's because I've been away from home for a few months so I know I'm going to appreciate Christmas that little bit more this year. 

There's only a couple of days to go now and I can't wait to see my families' faces when they open their presents and spend the evening watching Christmas films with Toby and his family. It's going to be such a lovely day and makes a change to last year when I worked a long old nine hour shift!

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I will be back in touch with you soon!

Dear Santa...

Christmas Wishlist



I think this has been the first Christmas for a while when I really haven't wanted anything for Christmas. All I've asked for is a Barbour jacket, a new mascara and a jewellery box but for the sake of this post I thought I'd add a few more things I love into the mix! What are you asking Santa for this Christmas?

The Pinny

Katy Stephenson The Rawrdrobe Blog Outfit
Katy Stephenson The Rawrdrobe Blog Outfit

FEATURED: MANGO PINAFORE, TOPSHOP TOP, RIVER ISLAND HAT, MANGO LEATHER JACKET, PRIMARK SCARF, DEENA AND OZZY BOOTS

I picked up this Mango pinny off the ASOS website over Black Friday weekend and I'm thrilled to pieces with it. Despite smelling a bit like a potato sack when I first got it, it's grown to be my current favourite item in my wardrobe. Thrown on with a black jumper and some boots, it makes any outfit look like it's been planned and it will see me right through to spring so I'll definitely get my money's worth.

My Go To Winter Outfit

Katy Stephenson Outfit The Rawrdrobe Blog

FEATURED: ASOS PARKA, NEW LOOK JUMPER, ASOS DENIM SHIRT, ASOS JEANS, DEENA AND OZZY BOOTS

When in doubt, stick on a shirt and jumper. That's the rule I live by during the winter months when I'm rushing around at 7 in the morning trying to get ready for college. These jumpers from New Look are great, I'm pretty sure they cost around £8 which is so affordable and they're essential for layering. And of course I have to throw on my big old parka jacket which I got from ASOS about three years ago! Perfect for the days when I just can't be bothered!

The Essential Student Cookbook



One of my biggest worries when flying the nest was how I was going to cook for myself. I didn't have the foggiest about anything - how to cook spagbol, roast a chicken or even boil an egg. A couple of months on and all I can say is thank god for this cookbook. My mum first discovered it when staying with a friend and thought it would be perfect for a clueless cook like myself.

It's very detailed and shows pictures of every step in a recipe which is super helpful if you have no idea. The recipes themselves look so scrumptious and make you want to eat everything in the book all at once. My favourite recipes include potato, bacon and spring onion salad, Moroccan cous cous salad and quesadillas but there are absolutely loads of mouth-watering dishes in there!

I think the best feature in this book is that at the bottom of every recipe Tiffany has written about optional extra which you can throw in with the dish, serving suggestions and also what you can do with the leftovers which I think is a brilliant idea. As a student I often find myself wasting what I haven't eaten at dinner whereas I've now learnt that you can keep pretty much anything for another meal. It's just genius really.

And another bonus.. It's only £6! It's a no brainer really, I think you definitely need to invest if you're anything like me and struggle in the kitchen. I'd say I'm pretty clued up now after having a read through this book and practising some of the recipes.

Current Favourite: L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation




After seeing LLYMLRS rave about this foundation for goodness knows how long, it was clear that I needed to try it. I've been using it for a few months now and it's 100% beaten the L'Oréal True Match Foundation to the number one spot on my favourite foundations list.

Providing a full coverage whilst not looking cakey is my favourite thing about this foundation. It doesn't feel thick on the skin and looks pretty natural, and there's no need for concealer which is such a time saver! I would definitely encourage you to moisturise or prime before using this foundation as it can cling to dry skin. As for its longevity, pretty good I'd say but it does tend to rub off on the oilier parts of my face including my nose and forehead.

At £7.99 it's so affordable, and the range of shades aren't too bad but mixing two together may be the best idea if they don't have your exact shade. I've been mixing the lightest two shades together which seems to work well for me and they blend beautifully into the skin.

Honestly this foundation is an absolute godsend for those bad skin days and congrats to L'Oréal, another amazing product.

REPURCHASE? YES.

Updated Skincare Routine


FEATURED: LIZ EARLE CLEANSE AND POLISH, GARNIER MICELLAR WATER, LA ROCHE POSAY SEROZINC*, LA ROCHE POSAY TOLERIANE ULTRA, LA ROCHE POSAY EFFLACLAR DUO [+], BENEFIT REFINED FINISH FACIAL POLISH, SUPERDRY LIPFIX

University or college means drinking a lot and eating crap, neither of which are good for the skin so I'm making sure I stay on top of a strict skincare routine. I'll complete the full routine once a week as I don't want to use too many products on my sensitive skin and it really seems to be working. My skin has been so soft and I've hardly had any blemishes which makes a change!

So on an everyday basis I'll remove my makeup with the Garnier Micellar Water (review here) twice to ensure every teeny weeny bit of makeup is off my skin and then moisturize with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra (review here) which is the perfect moisturizer for sensitive skin. I'll then use my Superdry LipFix (review here) AKA my go to lip product and then I'm done! Short and simple, that's my everyday skincare routine. I don't feel the need to overload my skin with millions of different products and this seems to work well for me!

Now onto the weekly skincare routine.. As I do with my daily routine I'll cleanse once with my Garnier Micellar Water and then once with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (review here) and muslin cloth. It just smells so clean and doesn't aggravate my skin at all, I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. After cleansing I'll exfoliate using the Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish, wow that's a mouthful, and use a muslin cloth to buff in and then take off. After patting down my face with a towel and leaving to dry for around five minutes, I use La Roche Posay's hyped up Serozinc (review here) to tone. I'll then moisturize with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra and last but not least, apply the Efflaclar Duo [+] to any blemishes.

I would genuinely recommend every single one of these products and don't forget to click on the reviews my thoughts on all of them and more details! What are your favourite skincare products?

10 things I learnt from the first month of uni/college


So I've been living up in Oxford on my own for a month now so I thought it was about time that I updated you with what I've learnt in the past four weeks.

1. Budgeting is key. As much as we all like to hit up Topshop after a long day of studying, is it really the best idea? I've converted to a Primark lover and it's my go to shop for any basics I need. I allow myself a treat now and then though, maybe a cheeky new mascara here and a new pair of trackies there.

2. Leave your door open. In my eyes there would be nothing worse than living with someone who locks themselves away in their room all day. How antisocial? Just make sure you leave your door open even if you're just doing work or listening to music, it makes it a lot easier for everyone to socialise with each other.

3. It's completely okay not to go out every night of the week. Stay in with your friends, cook some scrummy dinner, watch a film and then have an early night. I know which I prefer.

4. Writing letters is fun. Something I never thought I'd say but it's true. The excitement of getting home from college to read a letter or card from home is such an uplifting feeling and cheers you up big time. It's actually one of the things I look forward to most when I finish college everyday.

5. Budget brands are the way forward. Forget your Hellman's Mayonnaise, ASDA's own is where it's at.

6. Pint glasses are necessary. There's nothing worse than a small glass of squash or beer that disappears in five seconds. 

7. A cosy room is the key to life. Use fairy lights and photos to snazz it up! Click here to see a recent blogpost on my room!

8. You won't get on with everyone. It's a big change going from your group of friends at home to meeting a huge mix of people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Not everyone is going to get on with everyone and if you do then congrats!

9. A heated airer is the best invention ever. It was mum's idea to bring a heated airer with me to make drying clothes a breeze rather than a chore and it works. Everything dries so quickly and I hardly ever need to iron something as the creases drop out. Mine is from Amazon for around £80 but there are definitely cheaper ones out there!

10. You won't miss home as much as you think you will. I knew I wouldn't be desperate to run home every weekend but I'm surprised with how well I've coped. It's hard to completely adapt your whole lifestyle to live at uni or college and sometimes you just want to curl up in your bed at home with your Mum or someone you love but for me, it's a rare feeling. I've missed everyone at home so much; my family, Toby, friends I work with and even the regulars at the pub, but I'm normally so busy with work, blogging or just having a good time to think about it. And don't forget, we don't live in the stone ages, you can always pick up the phone or facetime!

What did you learn from living at uni?


New In: Topshop Arid Boots



I'm currently on a strict spending ban now that I have to buy absolutely everything for myself whilst I'm living up in Oxford. It's so tough, I didn't realise I how much I spend until now and I feel like I'm having withdrawal symptoms, how horrific. Despite this, I thought I'd treat myself one last time and so I swiftly bought these beauties off the Topshop website. 

I bought them in a size 5 and they fit perfectly as I'm generally a 4.5 in boots and these come up slightly smaller so bear that in mind. They're also one of the most comfy pairs of boots I own and are so versatile. I've worn them with so many different outfits but my favourite would be these boots paired with a turtle neck and leather skirt, the ultimate winter outfit. The tassles make them so unique and cowboy-esque which makes a change to wearing the same old boring biker boots. So watch out if you're wearing a checkered shirt, leather jacket and have your pistol tucked into your back pocket as you may well be mistaken for Clint Eastwood!

Only downfall with these boots is that the tassles towards the sole of the shoe are quite long so they get a bit grubby and I can't imagine them being attached for long but hey ho! They're also not the cheapest high street boots in the world, coming in at £78 but with a voucher or student discount they'll definitely be more affordable.

Eighty odd quid is a lot in my eyes for a pair of boots from Topshop but after wearing them about for a while I'm over the moon with them. Such a versatile addition to my AW wardrobe and I can't wait to get some outfits with them on the blog!

Details of my uni bedroom

Uni Bedroom Inspiration
Uni Bedroom Inspiration
Uni Bedroom Inspiration
Uni Bedroom Inspiration
Uni Bedroom Inspiration
Uni Bedroom Inspiration
Uni Bedroom Inspiration

FEATURED: OLIVER BONAS LETTER K, PAPERCHASE COPPER PHOTO FRAME, IKEA WHITE PHOTO FRAMES, UO PIGGY BANK, TK MAXX HEART JAR, ASDA BEDDING, B&Q LAMP

I've been living in my student house in Oxford for a week now and I finally feel as if my bedroom is coming together. It's been a struggle to make it as homely as my bedroom back in Kent but with some polaroids and fairy lights it's almost there.

I wasn't expecting to have so many shelves in my room so it's my mission to fill them so they don't look so bare. So far I've used photo frames, books, DVDs, cards and small decor pieces to liven up the shelves and I'm happy with how it looks so far. I'm also lucky to have a huge pin board in my room which means ample room for more photos and memories. I took a trip down to Paperchase and bought some wrapping paper to hide the hideous navy blue background and then used string and mini craft pegs to attach my polaroids onto it. It looks super cute and I've been getting so many compliments on it but it's just so easy to do. 

All that's left is to buy some more fairy lights to decorate the top of my shelves, wardrobe and pin board and then I'm done and dusted. Let me know what you think of it down in the comments. 

The Importance of Getting Your Hair Cut


I've never liked getting my haircut, ever. I can remember when I was a lot younger, having to get my fringe trimmed was like getting my whole head chopped off. I've recently had a load chopped off and I feel so much better for it. My hair looks so much healthier and suits me a hell of a lot more! If you're a bit like me and dread getting your locks chopped then read on to learn the importance of getting your hair cut!

It's a complete myth that 'getting your haircut makes it grow quicker' but it does help it to grow healthier but unfortunately it won't make it grow faster! I've also learnt that split ends rise up your hair if you don't get it trimmed. So as well as restraining the growth of your hair, they also make it brittle and weak. Not to mention making your hair look dull, dry and dead, split ends are also impossible to get rid of using hair treatments so head straight to the salon!

Top 5 Drugstore Favourites


Becoming a student means a restricted budget, and unfortunately that means no more high end makeup for the time being. However I am now able to explore the high street brands a bit more.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation
I've been using this foundation since March and I can't recommend it enough if you're after a new one. It provides a medium coverage which looks flawless and blends so beautiful into the skin, and the range of shades is very impressive for a drugstore foundation. 

Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring Palettte
Now this is a recent purchase to be fair but I love it even so. The compact features a contour shade, highlighting shade and brush underneath which I haven't actually used yet. The contour shade is subtle yet adds a lovely colour to the face and the highlighter is simply stunning. Definitely worth a buy!

L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim
I know the original Super Liner is a favourite of many beauty bloggers but I have to say this one does it for me. The colour is jet black and so pigmented with a precise felt tip nib which makes application a breeze.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
When I first tried this mascara back in February I wasn't best impressed but after using it for several months I bloody love it. The curved plastic applicator (similar to Roller Lash) helps to coat the whole of the lashes with a clump free formula that not only lengthens but volumizes. It's a winner in my eyes!

Soap and Glory Brow Archery
I put off buying this for ages and looking back I have no idea why! The only brow product I will ever need from now on and for under a tenner I really don't see any issues with it. I tend to use the pencil end just because I can make the colour slightly darker but for more HD brows I'll also use the pen end and then brush through with a spoolie. 

Getting Organised for Uni


I'm not 100% sure if I've made it a well known fact that at the end of September I begin my course at a college in Oxford. This means no more lie ins, no more 'I'll do it tomorrow' and unfortunately no more binging on Netflix. It's time to get organised, especially as I'm actually completing an Executive PA course! Below are a few ideas of how you can get organised for uni, college or sixth form.

Get a diary.
A diary for me is the most effective way of getting things done. I make sure I write everything I have to do for the week in there and it shows me how much time I roughly have to complete tasks and coursework which therefore allows me to schedule my week. Dentist appointments, trips to the post office and days dedicated to essays are all pencilled in!


Budget.
Okay so this point only really applies if you're at uni or not living at home. To be organised with your work is one thing but to be organised with your money and expenditure is another. I don't go to Oxford til the end of the month but I've already created a spreadsheet for my budget for the year so I can keep track of how much money I have to live on! Without keeping track of expenses then you're screwed, even if you're getting firsts at uni. 


Get prepared.
If you've got an early morning then prepare yourself the night before. Ensure your clothes are all ready, clean and ironed and you've got everything packed. You'd be surprised how much time this saves - especially for us girls who never have a clue what to wear!


To do lists.
Everyday for the past 8-9 months I've been writing a to do list for the day and you wouldn't believe the benefits. It adds structure and goals for each day which will gradually evolve you into a more time-effective and productive person. Also try to prioritize your list, finishing your coursework is probably more important that getting booze for a night out right? 

Let me know in the comments if you've got any organisation tips for uni, it would be great if we could all share!

Simple Makeup for Uni/College/Sixth Form


FEATURED: L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION, COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER, BOURJOIS HEALTHY BALANCE POWDER, MAC BRONZING POWDER, L'OREAL SUPER LINER PERFECT SLIM, L'OREAL INFALLIBLE EYELINER, BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA, SOAP AND GLORY ARCHERY

Wow is it September already? Autumn has crept up on us all and I'm freaking out that in a few months it'll be Christmas. Say whaaaaat?! So it's time to head back to education and I thought it would be fitting of me to post a simple makeup look for sixth form, college or whatever it may be. I always go for a light to medium coverage base with a small amount of bronzer and then go a bit bolder on my eyes with heavy-ish eyeliner and lashings of mascara. This is pretty much all I will ever wear on my face when I go to college at the end of the month!

What makeup do you tend to go for at uni/college?

Stylefruits Giveaway!


I've always been a summer girl, it's no secret. I love the warmth (even though it's rare in England), wearing dungarees and BBQs. However in recent years I've noticed myself develop a new love for autumn/winter clothing. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for it to be acceptable to start wearing my biker boots, tartan scarf and parka again! So in preparation for AW15, I've been turning to Stylefruits to draw some inspiration. I've got my eye on this textured waistcoat from Dorothy Perkins at the moment as well as this amazing trench coat from Missguided. So to celebrate the nearing of autumn I'm hosting a giveaway on behalf of Stylefruits where you could win this aztec print, blue cape and leather clutch bag with gold chain detailing!

All you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter form below by the 26th September 2015 for your chance to win! (UK only).


Hope you enjoy the giveaway and be sure to check out Stylefruits for some autumn/winter inspo!

UPDATE: THE WINNER IS HELEN ADAMS, CONGRATS HELEN!

What I Wore on Holiday: The Playsuit

Katy Stephenson Outfit The Rawrdrobe Blog
Katy Stephenson Outfit The Rawrdrobe Blog

ZARA PLAYSUIT, PULL AND BEAR CARDY, TOPSHOP SANDALS, CHANEL CLUTCH, MICHAEL KORS WATCH

And here we are at the final instalment of my holiday outfits! I wore this outfit to a fancy meal in Limenaria for one of our last nights, and of course for a few drinks after at Boomerang. My Mum actually spotted this playsuit in Zara a few days before I jetted off to Greece so all credit goes to her! It's just a really simple staple piece which can be dressed up or down for any time of the day. I'd highly recommend picking it up if you find it, for under £30 it's such a bargain!

What I Wore on Holiday: Tassle Top


FEATURED: H&M TOP, PULL AND BEAR CARDIGAN, TOPSHOP SHORTS, ASOS NECKLACE, CONVERSE, CHANEL BAG

I think this was one of my favourite outfits which I wore in Greece just because I love this simple tassle top from H&M. I don't think it was any more than a tenner and I've been wearing it non stop. It is slightly see through though so I layer it on top of a cropped cami and bob's your uncle. I also love the background in this photo (it was brighter but due to editing I lost the colour), it was such a beautiful sunset this night which reflected on the rippling water and was the perfect place to take an outfit photo! Also check out those bites all over my legs, ouch!

Greece Photo Diary Part 4












You may be thinking 'what the jeff is that first picture?' and I can tell you it's the most delicious food ever. Gyros. Thick pitta bread wrapped around pork gyros, chips, tomatoes, onion, coleslaw, mustard and ketchup. So goooood and perfect for our hungover days! There's also another beautiful sunset a few pictures under which was the perfect end to a hungover day! The rest of the pictures were from our 4x4 ride up the tallest mountain in Thassos where we reached 360 degree views of the island. It was a bit of a killer on the bum and the legs but well worth it for the barbecue we ate at a little abandoned shed!

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