10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

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It’s been a while since I got real personal on KatHorrocks.com 

I love sharing my goal setting tips, what I got up to last week or my positive advice on self-care, personal growth and more. However, as this community grows, it’s only fair to share a bit more about the girl behind the blog and podcast! 

So in case you were feeling nosey, here are 10 things you might not know about me…


I’m quite an intuitive person, and I trust my gut always


I was going to study Journalism or English Literature at Uni.

After being an avid reader and writer most of my life. I decided against it in favour of training to be a makeup artist and starting my own business. Best decision of my life! I also had dreams of becoming a therapist earlier in my teens. I love how blogging, podcasting, coaching and creating content online has gradually brought all my passions together. You have to trust that eventually, everything comes full circle. 

My vibes never steer me wrong, and I always, always listen to them.

I’m quite an intuitive person, and I trust my gut always. If something feels ‘off’ in a situation - personally or professionally - I can’t go ahead. Likewise, if I meet someone or receive an opportunity and feel that ‘pull’ towards it, I always pursue it, even if that means jumping head first outside my comfort zone. 

Animals make me ridiculously happy.

They’re just pure, unadulterated joy. We visited Chester Zoo recently and I think my face hurt from smiling that much. I’m a crazy cat lady and instantly connect with other people who are eager to chat with me about their cats. We have 3 at my parent’s, and when we move in, If Adam would let me I’d have five. Alas, I think I’ll have to compromise on one cat and one dog! 

I like to describe myself as an Outgoing Introvert.

I love to meet people, I love to listen to their stories and ask them 10,000 questions. However, sometimes I need my headspace. I love to go for walks alone or take a long, hot bath on a Sunday afternoon with the door locked. Being alone helps me mentally and physically recharge and gets me back into a positive mindset when things are hectic. The last thing most people would describe me as is ‘shy’, which is a common stereotype given to introverts. 

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Summer is my happy season.

As British as I sound, I really dislike the colder months and could do without the rain most of the time. A hot day, slathered in SPF, mandatory ice cream in hand, just being outside for the sake of it, soaking up that vitamin D. I feel so peaceful and at home during the Summer months. 

If you’ve not already guessed by now, I’m an out and proud feminist.

For every woman like me - benefiting from privileges, blessed with support, and options, and opportunities - there are sadly so many other women, in the UK and worldwide, who aren’t fortunate to receive that in their lives. I’m committed to using my platform to share inspiring women’s stories, raise awareness of important issues and share valuable resources and community encouragement for every woman who stumbles across KatHorrocks.com 

I’m addicted to learning.

It’s the main reason I found this part of the internet - podcasts, YouTube how-to's and more, and wanted to be a part of it myself. I strongly believe in learning something new every day and make personal growth a large part of my working week. There are so many people out there to learn from - which is one of the reasons I had to go with an interview format for Put Yourself First! 


It took me a few years to realise that anything worth having does not come easy


Sometimes I have to coach myself

A mantra of mine when it comes to sharing my work online is practice what you preach. There are times when I struggle with work-life balance, find that negative self-talk creeping in or procrastinate on a scary task instead of leaving my comfort zone. This advice is as much for myself, and how I’ve had to learn it, as it is for you guys. Sometimes, I have to take a step back, assess when things have run away with me and coach myself back to those positive habits, as I would with a client.

I’ve struggled with anxiety like many people, but not in the traditional sense.

My panic attacks come in the form of hives breakouts. So odd, right? When I was really struggling through a rough patch in my 2nd year of college, I got them on a weekly basis. I had to take prescription strength anti-histamines to help manage them. It was something so foreign to me and I struggled to find info about it online. It was only years later I could understand why it happened, and the root cause pointed to stress and anxiety. I’m happy to say I very rarely get them now, likely due to the fact I learned to manage my stress and emotions with positive self-care like exercise, talking to someone and taking time out. 

I'm not afraid to hustle

As much as self-care and taking time out is a top priority in my life, I like to work. No, I love to work. It took me a few years to realise that anything worth having does not come easy. I vowed to always give 100% of myself to anything I set out to do, and it’s never steered me wrong. Hard work, intuition (knowing what to focus on) and self-care (knowing when to stop) are the 3 things that keep me going and allow me to do what I do. 

So that’s me. What about you?!
Share something about yourself in the comments below! 

Images by Georgie Glass

Kat

Freelance Makeup Artist. Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger. Crazy Cat Lady. Animal Lover & Plant-Based Foodie. 

Empowering women across the globe to look and feel amazing, so they can live their best life!

Why Date Nights Are Necessary!


Fulfilling relationships are about experiences.


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Date night. It’s such a well-known phrase amongst couples old and new.

It’s the one thing I always hear brought up when people are discussing relationship advice. And after 8+ years, I have to agree! 

I think fulfilling relationships are about experiences. Experiencing things together as a couple, rather than as individuals, is what brings two people closer. Whether that be new places, new phases of life, new hobbies, new ideas, new conversations. Too much of the mundane can leave you feeling stagnant, and I think growth and momentum in every area of life is always necessary.

We always try and recognise when life's been a bit boring, and we’ve let 'all work and no play' creep into our schedule. Date nights are an easy solution, as long as you make the commitment to them! 

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Adam and I love food. It’s a huge part of our life. We have a running list of restaurants to visit on Adam’s Notes app. So naturally, we take date night food very seriously. The table is booked, the menu is perused, the reviews are scrutinised. I’ve usually got excited about what I’m ordering before we even arrive.

Now when it comes to pizza, the seriousness of the situation skyrockets. We actually have a pizza hierarchy, and I was keen to see if Adam agreed with my Tre Ciccio ranking...

I was lucky enough to try out Tre Ciccio in Altrincham when they launched earlier this year, and they kindly invited us back recently.

Authentic Neapolitan pizza, really fair prices and a casual relaxed atmosphere. The kinda place you can enjoy in jeans and a tee on a hot day, and not feel underdressed or out of place. I recommend you ask for a spot on their terrace at this time of year, it’s bright, comfy and perfect for a Summer evening meal.

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Okay so the pizza. As I said, I had fond memories of my first Tre Ciccio pizza slice, even though it had been a few months. They did not disappoint, and I think Adam agrees with my high ranking. 

I am a total convert to Neapolitan style pizza - the dough is fermented during the resting process, and baked in the pizza oven for very little time. This means the texture is softer and feels a lot lighter on your digestive system. They also use a lot less cheese, so all round the food is really fresh and enjoyable to eat without that stuffed feeling, even down to the last bite. 

If you’re a carnivore and like your food to have some ‘kick’ to it like me, I recommend the Diavola pizza. The ‘Nduja melts in your mouth and tastes so rich. However, I also loved their traditional chicken and potatoes dish I tried last time I was there. The courgette fries are also a must on the side - and they’re basically one of your five a day. 😉If you need something sweet like me, their gelato selection is just what you need to round off an Italian feast.

Simple, no-frills but delicious and packed with seasoning - our favourite type of food to eat and why I love Italian food so much! 

What’s your favourite cuisine for a foodie date night with your partner? 

Celebrating a Huge Achievement with a Visit to Mr Cooper's House & Garden, Manchester

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I’ve never been great at celebrating myself.

Goal Setting, organisation, planning ahead. It all comes very naturally to me! But when I actually achieve the things I set out to, I’m quick to move onto the next best thing.

This month I’ve been shortlisted for a Blogosphere Award. Yep, little ol’ me, sharing my tips on motivation, starting a business and the stories of the incredible women I get to speak to! 

So when Mr Cooper's got in touch to ask if I’d like to enjoy an evening with them - I thought it was the perfect opportunity to actually celebrate something I’ve done. And what a perfect venue for a celebration. 

For a start, their gin selection is top notch. If you know me, you know a gin and tonic is my favourite way to relax! So trying my first ever Brockmans (yum!) whilst we browsed the menu was lovely. 

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Spying someone else’s sourdough from across the restaurant, we had to order one ourselves to start. Mini loaves baked fresh in the kitchen every morning, they were so good! Alongside their chicken wings with harissa and chickpea purée, it was the best light bite to start. 

For main, we both went for the spatchcock chicken - mine with the skin on fries, Adam’s with the mash. Boring to some, but we know what we love, and this wasn’t your average chicken and potatoes.

Since eating meat again, I’m learning more and more that quality trumps quantity any day. The quality of the meat was beautiful, and of course, perfectly cooked. 

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But we can’t skip over this part without talking about the mash...

I’m not being dramatic - this is the best mash we’ve ever tasted.

Like velvet on the spoon, perfectly seasoned and tasted as if it had just a bit too much butter mixed in, in the best way possible. We could have eaten a vat of it! 

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For dessert, I highly recommend the Mr Cooper’s Caramel Tart with mascarpone ice cream (not pictured, oops!). I always judge a restaurant from its dessert selection, and this did not disappoint. Don’t worry - if you’re a chocaholic, the Dark Chocolate Delice (pictured) was perfect too. 

I know I don’t discuss food a lot on the blog, but considering I’m a massive foodie and was really in the mood to celebrate, it was such a lovely evening and big thanks to Mr Cooper’s for inviting us! 

Have you visited Mr Cooper's? It's such a unique and lovely venue for a special occasion. 

Summer Capsule Wardrobe Pieces - Casual Holiday Items!

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Hello Out of Office! 


This week has me feeling the Summer vibes.

Not only are we enjoying a gorgeous sunny bank holiday in the UK - I'm also off to Turkey with Adam on Thursday for a week in the sunshine. 

Don't get me wrong, I've still got a fair few tasks to box off the to-do list. However, it doesn't feel as bad when you're sat in the sun with your laptop. 

To celebrate the sunshine, I wanted to share the capsule wardrobe I'm taking in my suitcase. I'm a bit rubbish with Summer fashion - but really happy with the items I've got to mix and match. As always, most of it's from H&M (my all time fave store) but not sponsored. If you're watching though guys, you know where I am. 😉

So that means I'll be a bit quieter around these parts for the next couple of weeks. Hope you don't miss me too much! 

Love & Good Vibes,
Kat x 

Baby Shower Brunch at Tea Hive, Chorlton

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Today’s post is something a little different - but an event I wanted to share nonetheless. 

I’m all about celebrating friendships and life, so it seemed apt to organise my lovely friend Holly’s baby shower over the past few months. It was my first time organising anything like that, and I was so nervous to make sure Holly and everyone else enjoyed themselves. Luckily, some of the other WeBlog girls teamed up with me, as I couldn't have done it without them!  

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We went for a casual brunch setup, which is perfect for a bunch of bloggers (avo on toast anyone?) and Tea Hive in Chorlton was the ideal venue. Cosy, mismatched chairs, a relaxed atmosphere and really pretty tea room interiors. Think Alice in Wonderland with a Mancunian twist, as loads of the decor is bee themed! 

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The morning was so lovely - yummy brunch food, catching up with everyone before Holly begins her maternity leave and having a laugh! I’m really glad we went with the ‘Who knows Mummy best?’ Game - it was really quick and easy to do but hilarious - I’m not competitive, but being Holly’s work wife, I was pretty determined so glad I won. 😉 

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Hey Little Cupcake gifted us their beautiful baby cupcakes - they taste as good as they look! Pretty pastel buttercream and glitter - what more do you need for a girly brunch?! Really love how they created a gender-neutral colour palette for us as well, seeing as baby’s sex is a surprise. 🙂 They went down such a treat.

We also treated Holly to a few goodies from Acorn and Pip, and a gorgeous Spring bouquet from Blossom in Chorlton. Oh, and chocolate and Prosecco - because mama’s gonna need those once baby number 2 has arrived! 

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Huge thanks to Georgie, Ellie, Danielle and all the WeBlog girls for helping organise everything - we pulled it off I think. 😄 

Have you had a celebration with friends recently? I’d love to hear about it and see pictures! 

Love & Good Vibes
Kat x