Tuesday, 22 May 2018

OMG It's An Actual Fashion Blog Post : ASOS Curve And Navabi

Today, for the first time in 6 months, I'm actually posting outfit photos on my fashion blog. I was beginning to think I needed to revoke my attempts to call myself a plus size fashion blogger when it had been so long since I had posted an outfit! So finally, here's an actual outfit post.

Dress - ASOS Curve
Denim jacket - Navabi
Shoes (no longer available) - Converses
Necklace (now only available in yellow) - Panika
Sunglasses - Quay Australia

I love a good summer dress and this has quickly become a favourite. It's light and super comfortable and a really good length on me. I'm 5ft 11 and it hits just below the knee which is perfect for summer picnics and barbecues when I want to sit on the floor and not worry about flashing my chub rub shorts. I found it fits true to size and it has thick shoulder straps so would hide most bras.

 I actually bought this necklace 2 years ago as a potential to wear for our wedding. In the end I opted to wear my great-grandmother's pearls as I felt the necklace didn't quite work, but I absolutely love it. I wear it with a necklace extender as the chain is a little short, but they can be bought for next to nothing online so I don't mind this too much. The pins on my jacket are all the Pokemon Kanto region gym badges, my husband bought me them for Christmas. I love a subtle nod to my nerdy favourites, makes it more fun when someone knows what they are!

My distressed denim jacket is a newer piece that has quickly become a staple piece for me. I wear it constantly! I was lucky enough to win it in a competition held by Hayley of Curves n Curls and I can see myself wearing it right through to autumn. The distressed sections appeal to my inner punk, but unlike other distressed denim jackets it isn't so distressed that it's basically falling apart and barely held together. I got it in my usual size but it's a little snug, I couldn't comfortably do it up, but I don't tend to wear jackets done up ever so I don't mind too much.

I'm hoping that ASOS will release more dresses in this style because I really love it. More prints and patterns please!

I've also realised that I've become totally obsessed denim jackets and I want more, more!

Here's to hoping it isn't another 6 months before I post another outfit blog post because that would be ridiculous.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

We Need To Talk About Troll 2

Dear reader, at the beginning of May I had a truly life changing experience. I watched the best worst movie ever made, Troll 2. I don't think I can accurately explain what it's like to watch Troll 2. It has absolutely nothing to do with the original Troll movie, and it's on Netflix right now should you wish to experience this magic for yourself (and you really should).

Calling it the best worst movie ever might seem like a weird way to sell it, but it truly is. The team behind Troll 2 set out to making a serious horror film and ended up with well..... Troll 2. It was never intended to be a sequel to Troll, and was originally titled Goblins. It has no trolls in it at all. Troll 2 is a true cult classic, and since I first saw it I've watched it multiple times, talked about it daily, and watched the documentary about it, aptly titled Best Worst Movie.

I feel sad that it took me to the age of 30 to finally see Troll 2, it's everything I've ever wanted in a so-bad-it's-good movie. The fact that everyone involved really committed, and thought they were making a truly scary horror film shows. The actors are mostly amateurs, in fact the Father in the film was played by a dentist called George Hardy (my new hero) who had never acted in a film before, who continued his dentistry throughout filming and is still a dentist now. The acting in it is something else. I just, I can't really describe it. There aren't the right words. But you really need to watch it. Please. Please watch it and tell me all your feelings about it. Join me in my obsession. If you've already seen it, please comment with your adoration of it so we can quote it at each other!

My best friend Fal introduced me to Troll 2, and I feel like it's my responsibility to help share it with the world. It's like nothing you've ever watched before. It has an incredible cult following, people throw Troll 2 viewing parties, with Troll 2 themed food, and I maybe have made Troll 2 inspired mint chocolate bark to take to Fal's house for a BBQ because that's how much we are obsessed with this film. Once you've seen it, I hope you'll understand.

'Nilbog? That's goblin spelled backwards!'

Troll 2 is endlessly quotable, always hilarious, and you just need to watch it. Since we watched it, we've talked about it every single day and can't stop hunting down GIFs from the film, the very scarce merch inspired by it, and more information on it. Sometimes are the stars align and true magic happens, and that happened with Troll 2. It's not the film anyone intended to make, it's so, so much better.

Also, I should probably mention that the whole reason this film even got made in the first place is because the director's wife was annoyed with her friends for becoming vegetarians, so she wanted to write an anti-vegetarian propaganda horror film. REALLY!!

Troll 2, it's not just the best worst movie ever, it's a way of life.

Much love, 
Kitty xxxx

PS. For an added bonus, here are cheeky phone photos of the mega Troll 2 inspired cake Fal made too!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Colourpop Eyes : Green and Purple

It's been a little while since I posted about my favourite cruelty free makeup brand, but it's time for another Colourpop haul! I'm going to break this up into a couple of posts as I bought a fair bit with money I was given for my birthday, so today is all about green and purple eye products.

The Super Shock Shadows are my absolute favourite eye shadow that I've ever owned. I have hooded lids so need a product that isn't going to rub and crease, and these are about the only product I've come across that just does not move once it's on. It stays bright throughout the day and doesn't shift, perfect!

This time round I opted for 3 super shock shadows, and one of the loose pigments. This is Snap Dragon and Up Shot (L-R) on the top row, and Special Delivery and Zoomship (L-R) on the bottom row.

Left to right - Snap Dragon, Special Delivery, Zoomship, Up Shot (dry) and Up Shot (Wet).

Greens are my favourite shade to wear on my eyes, I have green eyes and I think the green really makes them pop. Snap Dragon and Zoomship are mattes, they are incredibly creamy and smooth, they feel quite bizarre! Special Delivery is quite pale but full of different dimensions with the shimmer. Up Shot needed barely any shadow to make these swatches, but the wet swatch really helps show the colours and make it pop!

Purple is my other favourite colour to wear on my eyes, again I opted for a mix of super shock shadows and a single loose pigment.

Left to right - Ripple, Badlands and Daddy.

Left to right - Ripple, Badlands (wet), Badlands (dry), Daddy.

Daddy is a lovely matte tone again, it's a little paler than I was expecting but you could definitely build that colour up, these are one swipe swatches. Ripple is full of blues and silver tones, the photo really doesn't do it justice. Badlands is my favourite though, dry it goes on so pigmented, but using a wet finger or brush really amped up the shimmer in it, I'm in love!

One thing worth mentioning is that the mattes are unbelievably soft, you need to be really careful using a brush with them as you will smoosh the product straight out of the pan if you aren't careful. I recommend using your fingers to apply the super shock shadows for the most pigmentation, but it really is a must for the matte versions!

I never quite seem to get enough of these shadows and have quite a large collection now, but I never wear anything else!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Spring Favourites

Dare I say it.... it seems to finally be spring! After what feels like a winter that has gone on forever, I am so happy to be in lighter clothes and seeing the sunshine. As I haven't been blogging as much lately, I thought I'd share a few favourites that have cropped up lately that I'm loving in this nicer weather.

You know at this point that I am seriously obsessed with sunglasses, and these Quay Australia beauties my lovely friends Jamalie (Jamie and Natalie!) got me for my birthday are my new faves. I suffer from chronic hemeplegic migraines and cluster headaches, and one of my triggers is weight on my face, but these are super lightweight and comfortable. I'm a taller and larger human, and I find Quay Australia to be generous in their fit and always work well for me.

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Yes, I really am still going on about PokemonGO and how much I love it. The introduction of field research and quests has totally expanded the game in a new and exciting way. Being able to get my first mystical pokemon in the form of Mew was so cool!

If you have hooded lids, or struggle with eye shadow sitting in your crease, or just generally being a pain, Colourpop Super Shock Shadows are what you need. I have never found an eye shadow that doesn't shift with my very hooded lids, but none of the Super Shock range budge. I use them as eyeliner with a very stiff brush under my eyes, but for the actual lid I use my fingers to apply as I find it gets the best coverage and is easy to blend.

You can't see them in this photo, but an absolute spring/summer essential is my favourite Chaffree chub rub shorts. Comfortable, lightweight, high waisted, no rolling or sliding, and no chub rub in sight. I've tried other brands and found they slid down and I felt like I was constantly having to pull them back up, whereas these I don't touch. As soon as it's warm enough my legs are out but my thighs are protected with these shorts.

OK technically Creep 2 was released in 2017, but I didn't see it until 2018 so I'm including it. I'm a huge fan of found footage horror movies and Creep is one of my all time favourites, and the sequel did not disappoint. There is a part 3 coming eventually and I already can't wait!

What are your favourite things from spring so far?

Much love, 
Kitty xxxx

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Adopt Don't Shop : National Animal Advocacy Day*

April 30th is National Animal Advocacy Day, and I thought it seemed like a good time to talk about my furry children and how they came to join our family.

So first up, this is Ashen. He's a rottweiler-ish mix, roughly 9 or 10 years old, and a total dork. He's incredibly soft, his favourite things in life are his blanket, a dinosaur teddy called Clive, belly rubs, and daffodils. My husband adopted him before I knew him, from a wonderful local rescue centre called The Ark Animal Rescue. They have a donate button down at the bottom of their website to donate via PayPal if you want to donate to a small local charity that really need all the help they can get. Ashen basically loves anyone who has time for fusses, so he took to me right away, who could resist that beard?!

Next up the cats. The next two came as a pair, the black cat is Stitches, and the tortie is Patch. Patch is actually Stitches Aunt!

These two don't quite have the traditional adoption story. Stu also had these lovely creatures before I met him, and he ended up with them almost by accident. He rented his last house from a friend of his who had emigrated abroad. She had been unable to take the cats with her immediately, so asked Stu if he would take care of them for her while she got settled, until she could send for them. He happily agreed and well, she never sent for them. When we moved out of the house they came with us (with Stu's friends approval and admittance that they were happy with us and totally now our cats).

Patch is the old lady of our troupe, we think she's probably around 15 now. She has 3 teeth left, and spends most of her time curled up sleeping. Her favourite place is my knee and she always knows when there is ham in the fridge. She's a feisty thing, definitely the boss in the pack, but also the first to stick up for the other cats too. Last year Stitches was bitten by a fox and badly injured, and she came home mildly wounded too. The vet thinks she probably leapt in and saved Stitches life considering both their injuries, hero!

Now this is probably the photo that best sums Stitches up to be honest. He is the sweetest, derpiest cat I've ever met. Black cats are the actual best, and also the least adopted due to superstitions. If you are looking into adopting a cat, you can not go wrong with a black cat. Stitches loves chin scritches more than anything in the world, and loves to curl up next to you rather than on your lap. The poor mite has had it rough, he once had PVA glue dumped all over him by... idiots.... and he's been left pretty weary of strangers since then, but he sure loves me. The other thing Stitches loves, is to meow at me till I pick him up like a baby and carry him round. I'm the only one he asks to do it and I absolutely love it. He seems to know when I'm sad, and he comes and shouts at me until I hold him and it just fills my heart every time. He has a snaggle tooth and a croaky meow that make him so unique.

Last up, is Lemmy Katmister.

Now Lemmy may look sweet, but don't let him fool you. He is aptly named because he is the loudest cat I have ever met. He never shuts up! He came from another small local rescue called Cuddles Cat Rescue. They only rescue cats and do an amazing thing for our local area. Lemmy was their longest boarder when we adopted him. He came from an animal hoarders house, there were over 40 animals in the house, a mixture of cats and dogs, none of them neutered, all underfed. He'd had to fight for food every day and it's one of the big reasons he meows now, he's always worried about not having food so shouts as soon as he has eaten the top layer of his biscuits so he can have more! 

Lemmy also loves to sit on my lap, so usually shares the space with Patch. Lemmy would prefer to sit right in my face and suffocate me with his love but I worry one day he will actually kill me, so that's not happening.

We donate monthly to both of these charities, they are very near and dear to our hearts. Please do check out their websites and consider donating if you can! If you want to take the extra step to become an advocate for the cause consider hosting a nonprofit fundraiser! The combination of community donations and increased awareness for the organization will truly make a large impact, thanks to you.

Do you have any adopted pets? How did you meet yours?

Much love, 
Kitty xxxx

*not a paid or sponsored post, but written in collaboration with EventBrite who inspired this blog post!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

My New Tattoo

For my 30th birthday, there was one thing I knew I wanted when people asked, and that, was a new tattoo. I figured 30 was a pretty good milestone, and I want more tattoos, so why not? I was very lucky and my Nanny and G (what I call my Mum's parents), and my Auntie and Uncle gave me money for my birthday. I saved up too, and I knew exactly who I wanted to book in with.

A trip to Stockport was in order, to go and see the amazing Lawrence Canham. Stu has previously been tattooed by him twice, we've both fallen in love with his work, and he is a genuinely lovely bloke as well, so it was an easy decision. I had a rough idea of what I wanted, neo-traditional style (which I plan for all my tattoos to be), and inspired by my wedding bouquet. As a surprise for my parents, I also opted to get a yellow rose in the design too, which is what they had in their wedding flowers. I sent over some photos from the mega ClickClickBang Photography of my bouquet by Fleurations, told Lawrence I wanted it for my shin, and let him come up with the design.

I booked in for a full day. I don't like having unfinished tattoos so I was determined to get this done in one sitting. I made sure to bring lots of drinks and sweets with me to keep up my energy, and plenty of crisps for snacking on too. (McCoy's chip shop salt & vinegar crisps are proper mega by the way). I'd told Lawrence that my lower leg was essentially his, so he came up with a design that he could also add to in the future, and off we went!

Oh it was a lot of lines let me tell you. I highly recommend that if you decide to have your wedding flowers tattooed on you that you don't have succulents because so many lines. Much ouch. Lawrence did the tattoo in sections rather than lining the whole thing, which was much better for both of us. Meant more switching it up for him, and more of a break for me as colour is easier than line work.

By the time we got the to last bit of the tattoo that needed colour, the succulent under my knee, I was positively miserable. I sat for just over 6 hours and I absolutely will not be sitting for any longer than that ever! My leg was swollen and bruised, so ibuprofen was my friend for a few days after, as well as keeping my leg elevated whenever I could.

But the end result... so damn worth it. I absolutely love it, and my Mum (who hates tattoos by the way) got quite emotional when I revealed the surprise of my yellow rose to her), which was a total bonus!

Here it is now, fully healed and looking magic. I moisturise my tattoos twice a day, every day, and wear sunscreen on them the second the sun starts to appear.

Isn't it just lush?! I'm obsessed. And I feel much less wonky now. I already can't wait to add more to it, so I best get saving!

I cannot recommend Lawrence enough, he's such an underappreciated talent and I think we'll feel very lucky to have found him now as his profile rockets over the next few years, inevitably giving him an epic waiting list.

Much love,
Kitty xxx

PS. My other amazing butterfly and moth themed leg is by Keely Rutherford, I still have some space on this leg so need to go back and get it finished with her too!

Monday, 9 April 2018

I Had Carpal Tunnel Surgery.. Twice!

So I've mentioned it a couple of times on my blog before, but the major reason I've been MIA for the last few months is that I've had carpal tunnel surgery on both of my hands. I had the first in November last year, and the second in January this year. It was desperately needed, particularly for my right hand, but it's been a long healing process. I did a lot of googling before my operations to read about people's experiences with it and for a relatively common surgery, there doesn't seem to be much written about it online. I documented as much of the process as I could and decided to my journey here.

Before I get started, this is your TW/CW for photos of stitches/wounds post op. If you don't want to see photos of my hands containing stitches this is not the post for you so I'd recommended skipping this one!

I've written before about having carpal tunnel in this blog post, so I won't go into the details of what having it is like, instead I'm going to focus on the surgery. So, first things first, it is done under local anaesthetic, meaning you are awake for the actual operation. You can't wear any makeup or nail varnish, and all jewellery must be removed (bar a wedding ring so long as it isn't on the hand being operated on, it'll need covering with a plaster though). They are very strict on the nail varnish and makeup and I witnessed two people be made to remove it who turned up wearing it. You'll need to bring along slippers, a dressing gown, cotton pants, and make sure you wear clothes that are easy to get on and off, as you'll be one handed post op and you won't be allowed to have anyone wait with you. I was provided with a hospital gown (nurse very kindly made sure she got me a bigger one and it easily covered me appropriately so I wasn't uncomfortable in it at all). A nurse will double check all your info and pop an identifying band around whichever wrist isn't being operated on, and your opposite ankle. My nurse used two together for my ankle because she didn't want it to be really tight and it would have been.

A surgeon will come along for a chat, mark you up for surgery and then it's a waiting game. I waited around 4 hours for my first surgery, so I highly recommend taking books to read, and bottles of water/drink with you. I was allowed to eat as normal and took some food with me and I was glad I did as I was waiting for a long time. My husband Stu was allowed to stay with me for the check in bits but once I'd seen the surgeon all family members and partners were asked to leave. Under your gown they only let you wear pants, so I suggest you make sure they are both big and comfy! I wore my dressing gown over the top so I could walk around comfortably, and only took my dressing gown off for the actual operation. It was SO warm on my ward, so I'd suggest a light one.

The actual operation itself does not take long. Once I was called in I was allowed to walk down to the theatre, then I had to take my dressing gown off and lie flat on my back. Your arm goes out to your side on a panel. First thing is the anaesthetic itself which is the worst bit, it pinches and is uncomfortable, but it gets to work pretty quickly. They'll then cover you in iodine (hence the lovely orange tinge my skin has in these photos) and get you prepped. They roll a big tube down your arm to cut off your circulation which is very bizarre feeling too. Very tight and a bit awkward to get on. Once the anaesthetic is working they'll make the first incision. First time round I didn't feel it. Second time round, I did, so told the surgeon and was given more anaesthetic. It wasn't painful when I felt it, but sharp, so do vocalise it to your surgeon if you feel it. It's a weird feeling to know they are tugging round inside your hand, but also being unable to feel it, I won't deny it! The surgical team were a lovely bunch at Grimsby Hospital and nattered away to me about my hair and my smiley piercing as they operated and made it a pleasant experience. Before I knew it I was stitched up, and before they bandaged me up they asked if I wanted a peek at the wound, which I totally did. Once I was ready it was time to sit up and into a wheelchair to get pushed back to the ward. I was allowed to get redressed as soon as I felt ready, and was discharged about 45 minutes after my operation. I was advised to get Stu to wait in the car park for me rather than pay to park again and as I felt steady on my feet, that's what I opted to do. I was offered tea, coffee or a biscuit too but as I don't drink tea or coffee (I know, I know, it baffled the nurses too), I stuck to water.

The first 3 days post operation I had to keep my arm in a sling and I took all the painkillers I could. Highly recommend making sure you have a supply of strong anti-inflammatories ready because you will want them. After 3 days you can ditch the sling, as well as the massive bandaging around your hand. You'll need to keep the stitches covered till you get them out, and I found because of the location of the wound that it was tricky to keep the dressing on so ended up buying several packs of them and replacing them regularly. Sleeping is definitely tricky. I ended up building a sort of pillow fort to force me to lie still, and you will want to keep your hand raised on a couple of pillows too. I had the stitches out after 12 or so days....

So getting my stitches out was probably the worst bit of the actual operation process for me. The stitches were incredibly tight and it took 2 nurses to get them out of my hands on both occasions. After my second lot of stitches were removed about a week later I also realised that there was a stitch still in my hand. I ended up using a (brand new) needle to remove it myself because I just wanted it out and was concerned about it staying in my hand any long. I found having the stitches removed painful, my hands were still swollen and the stitches seemed to have no give in them. Not a fun experience and much cringing was done on my behalf.

I'm now going to post a bunch of photos of my hands and the healing process so you can get an idea of how they looked as they went along.

Right hand immediately after removing the bandaging. 

Right hand 2 weeks post op after stitch removal.           One day later.                            

Right hand 20 days post op.              Right hand 1 month post op.

Left hand after bandaging was removed. Note how much more bruised my palm was!

Left hand 2 weeks after op after stitches removal.      3 days after stitch removal.            

 I found my left hand took a lot longer to heal than my right hand. I expected my left hand to be easier because my left hand had less severe carpal tunnel, but for some reason, my left was much more swollen and bruised for a lot longer, and has taken a lot longer to feel better. Only in the last few weeks, 3 months after my second operation, have I been able to open a bottle on my own for example.  Gripping smaller objects proved very tricky. Your full pre-op grip doesn't return to you for around 6 weeks post-op, and then you still need to rebuild your strength to improve it. I wasn't given any physio to do but chose to make sure I kept moving my hand and flexing it and gradually building up my use of it. You aren't allowed to drive while you have stitches, but I chose not to drive for about a month after my operation, preferring to listen to my hands. I only drove short distances and built up how much I drove, starting first driving round the block, then a little further, a little further, and so on. It's absolutely key to listen to your hands, and when they hurt, stop. Don't push them.

3 months on from the final operation, 5 months on from the first, I can firmly say that I am so thrilled I had these operations. Before I had them, I was in pain all the time, and since my operation that has completely gone. I have regained all the feeling I had lost in my right hand! I couldn't feel my thumb and index finger at all, and now I can. I can cross my fingers again, I can open bottles, lift things, it's awesome! I do still have to be careful, repetitive movements do hurt my hands and can set me back, so I go steady and listen, if my hand hurts, that's enough.

And for anyone who worries about the scarring, this is my left hand, 3 months post-op. The work really hard to try to keep the scar so it blends in with the natural lines of your hand, and I think they've done a brilliant job. My right hand is even less noticeable!

If you've been offered the operation and are worried about it, please don't be. I won't lie, it does hurt afterwards, and it does have a long healing time. I had 2 weeks off work and then went back part time, building back up as I felt comfortable, and I'm very lucky to be in a job that could accommodate that. In the long run, it has been so worth it. I can do so many things I couldn't before the operation, and I'm hoping that one day, I might even be able to use my camera again.

If you have any questions, do feel free to ask away!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

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