Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Kate Katch Up No.2

July has been an extremely eventful month and now that it is coming to a close, I am getting ready to pack up and head out on vacation. While I am so excited to get on a plane, I will definitely miss the spontaneous sunny days I've had at home. 
At the beginning of July, our city was hit with one of the worst storms it has ever seen - Hurricane Arthur. Most homes lost power, some for over a week! While my lights came back on after six days, the neighbourhood I live in was quite devastated and we are still picking up pieces. It was definitely a shock to everyone, but made for some very interesting photos! 
Since the storm, I've been spending most of my days continuing school work and spending my nights on adventures with my friends. This month has definitely been anything but interesting...so here is a look back at what I've been up to in July!

roots from a tree after the hurricane ♡ the view from the front door of Lissy's new house ♡ more trees fallen down

at the wedding of my best friend's sister ♡ taking advantage of photo time with my friend while she is home for a few weeks ♡ starbucks date night with some girls

a mother - daughter sunday afternoon ♡ playing in the pool with my favourite boy ♡ trying out the flower crown

It has been a month full of memories! ...but now it's time to start packing!
What has been your favourite part of July?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Crunch Time

(H&M skirt, Aldo shoes, Aldo necklace)

It's officially hot outside.
...and when I say hot, I don't mean warm sun and a lovely breeze.
I mean muggy, sticky, gross heat that makes me wish for September.
Still, I love summer.

This summer break has been really different for me. Between working two jobs and getting ready for an entire month of travel, I'm also trying to finish a whole semester of University. That said, I didn't get as much done as I had originally hoped by this point ...so it's crunch time.

Of course, even though I'm sitting in a coffee shop for hours on end doing school work, I still want to look nice. This H&M skirt is so comfortable and makes me feel pretty and summery when staring at marketing numbers with a very confused look on my face.

Hopefully, by the time August comes, I'll be exactly on target!

What's your most comfortable summer outfit?

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Story Dress

(Boohoo dress, Topshop flats)

Believe it or not, this dress has been sitting in the back of my closet for two years.

Why? You may wonder.
The truth is - this was supposed to be my engagement dress.

In the spring of 2012, I bought this dress and when my boyfriend (at the time) saw it, he loved it. We both knew that at some point in the next few months we were going to be getting engaged, so I decided to save it and wear it when we finally announced the news.

So, I put it in the back of my closet...

...and there it stayed for two years.

After I made the incredibly difficult decision to end the relationship, that dress only reminded me of what I had done. It took a long time for me to not only move on from my first love, but it took me years to forgive myself for breaking my own heart. 

It's been two years of love, loss and learning, but when I put the dress on this morning the pain and emptiness were gone. Instead, I felt proud of how far I've come and happy that I can feel beautiful in this dress without a ring on my finger.

It was a simple decision really. 

The rain has made the air chilly and this was the only dress hanging in my closet that would provide me enough warmth. So, without a second thought, I pulled it off the hanger and put it on.

Yet, it was a decision that I've waited two years to make.
And today was the day.