Sunday, 4 December 2016

Christmas Decorations Haul II

It's officially December, and from now on I am Christmas wild! I've already done a Christmas decorations haul, but can never resist cute new decorations, so here are a few I've picked up recently.

I already have this adorable little balloon animal dog in pink, and had to get him in green too. Too cute to not buy! These first few baubles are all from Adsa who have such a good Christmas range in, and all of them cost £2 each.

As a cat lady, this little cat had to come home with me! It's in the style of a traditional glass bauble, and so just precious.

My youngest step son fell totally in love with this walrus when he saw him in Asda, so I had to go back and get him for him! It's a baked style decoration, so almost has a slightly homemade feel to it that I love.

My amazing Nanna got my these from Paperchase via ASOS. These are so cool! Little felt cactuses, so very very me.

Aren't they just the sweetest? The invisible string on them isn't the best, I snapped one of them right away with my Hulk hands, but I jobbed a fix together for popping them on the Christmas tree. These were £8 for all 6 which I think is a great price.

My next Christmas decorations blog will be the actual tree, because it is up now!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Winter Party Outfit with Lady V London*

Lady V London are consistently a favourite company of mine, super inclusive sizing and always bringing out new styles and patterns. A lot of plus size babes love the vintage life, I'm not super into vintage designs, but I cannot resist a good Lady V London dress, worn my own way!

When Lady V London asked me what my faves were from the new collection, it was a hard choice, the new Lyra prints are stunning, and I haven't tried one of them yet, but the Phoebe dress* in fuchsia and black was too cute to resist. I've had a few pieces from them, but never a longer sleeved style, and this might just be my favourite yet.

It nips you in it at the waist with a faux waistband in the same fabric, has cute ruffles at the shoulders to give the sleeves a bit of something extra, and best of all in my opinion, the dress has an underskirt with it, hemmed with net! It gives the dress a really lovely fullness to it, and you could easily add a full tulle underskirt underneath it too, if you really wanted to give it some volume.

On me the dress sits just below knee length, I'm 5ft 11 so on most it would be more of a true midi style. The sleeves come to just below my elbows and it has a round neck that isn't too low. I got my usual size, and it fits perfectly on the waist, but there is room in the shoulders/bust area. If you are bustier than me you should be just fine with your usual size.

In true 'Kitty' style, I opted to pair it with my trusty pleather jacket and biker boots, a faux fur collar, and some mesh striped leggings. I also couldn't resist my Quay Australia rose gold sunglasses to hide my terrible eye bags. Which I then promptly dropped on the floor and scratched, so gutted!

Vintage dresses can be worn so many different ways, I like to make mine a bit more rock and roll, whilst still keeping the vintage silhouette. You can get the Phoebe dress in a variety of patterns and I think I am totally going to need to add more to my collection. It's the perfect style for winter parties, the longer sleeves keep you that bit warmer, whilst still looking lush.

What are your favourite styles from Lady V London?

Much love,

*denotes an item that was gifted for review purposes. In no way does this impact upon my opinions which was entirely my own.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Nerd About Town Photoshoot

Back in September at Curve Fashion Festival I bugged the beautiful Steph of Nerd About Town to let me take outfit photos for her. I had a photo project which you can check out at She Might Be, but I couldn't resist the chance to photograph Steph looking so fierce. Outdoor fashion shoots are something I don't get the chance to do much of in the autumn and winter (it's too cold to ask someone to pose outside!). It was still pretty warm when we took these, and the yellow blocks tied in perfectly with Steph's outfit.

How killer is this shirt dress from Navabi? It's soooo gorgeous, and I love Steph in yellow. Those thigh splits are so good, all thigh everything. The pom pom earrings are such a cute touch too.

Steph's style is so unlike mine, she puts together outfits and looks I wouldn't have ever thought of and always look immaculate. That her fashion taste is so different from mine makes her blog one of my faves, because I can always find some inspiration for something totally different! 

What I love most about Steph, isn't that she isn't afraid to fight for what is right, for more representation, and for diversity in the media, both as a plus size woman, and as a black woman. If you don't follow her already, you really should.

I love taking blogger outfit photos and do offer discounted rates for blog photos, so get in touch if you want to book me! It's something I want to do a lot more of in 2017.

Much love,
Kitty xxx

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

5 Songs That Make Me Happy

I've decided that I want to start doing more personal blogs as I haven't done many lately, and I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite songs to make me happy! Here are 5 songs that always bring a smile to my face and help lift my mood.

1) Whitesnake - Here I Go Again

Stu and I both adore this song so much that we had the acoustic singer at our wedding finish his set on this so we could sneak back into the ceremony room once it was empty and we could dance about to it together. It makes me want to be all dramatic and perform it and I will always sing along to this, even though I loathe for anyone to hear me sing.

2) Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead or Alive

I can't resist a cheeky bit of Jovi, but this is my fave. Ashen our dog can get a bit anxious in the car so I sing this to him and he loves it. It's that kind of sleazy country inspired cheesy rock that just gets me. I know it's not cool to admit I like Bon Jovi, but hey, I've never pretended I was cool!

3) The Eagles - Life in the Fast Lane

The opening lines alone of this song just fill me with the urge to wiggle about. They have to be some of the best opening lines to a song ever; 'He was a hard-headed man, he was brutally handsome, and she was terminally pretty'. It tells a story and it is so damn catchy.

4) Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

I am a huge Meat Loaf fan, my whole family are, so this song just takes me back to road trips with my parents and my little brother and us all singing our hearts out to this in the car. It is such an epic tune.

5) Destiny's Child - Say My Name

And the real curve ball of my list, is a bit of Destiny's Child. My tastes are very much rock, metal, punk, and a bit of country, but sometimes a song just grabs me and this is one of those. When I was a kid I had a tape with this on and I'd recorded it on the tape 5 times in a row so I didn't have to rewind it after each play. That's how much I loved it. I used to sit on my bed and pretend I was in the video, I absolutely loved it and still do. This is on my iPhone to this day and always makes me happy. I would love to do a photoshoot inspired by this video one day.

I could probably easily name another 5 songs that make me happy, there might just have to be a part two to this blog some time soon. What songs make you the happiest? I'm curious!

Much love,
Kitty xxx

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Colourpop Haul II

Last month I posted about my first ever Colourpop haul, and when I showed the women of my family the products I got, they all immediately wanted to order some for themselves. I allowed myself to be easily led and also popped a few bits on their massive order for myself too. There's free international shipping on orders over $50 through till Christmas I think, so I might end up sneaking another order in before it ends.

I couldn't resist a few more lippie stix as I really fell in love with them, and also ordered one of the limited edition Hello Kitty lippe stix, and an ultra metallic lip too. I used to be a massive Hello Kitty fan, I had so much HK stuff my collection basically needed it's own room. I even had a blog about it all back in the day!

The lippe stix are so comfortable to wear. I love a matte liquid lip, but in the winter when my lips are dryer, these are much more comfortable.

I picked up Dukes, Nevermind and Lady. My Nanna also ordered herself Lady and it was just too tempting, I had to try it.

Dukes, Nevermind, Lady

I went for all autumn/winter colours, and they are so pretty. They go on really creamy and are very matte. Dukes is a lovely deep brown toned burgundy, Nevermind is a gorgeous deep purple and Lady is a brown toned terracotta. They all have really good coverage, this is one coat of each!

I just had to try a metallic. I've tried a few metallic lip products that haven't really impressed but I had high hopes for this one. The Hello Kitty lippie stix has really adorable packaging, if you have someone in your life who loves HK and makeup these would be such a good Christmas gift.

Lippie stix in Konnichiwa and metallica liquid lip in 3-Way.

Konnichiwa is a creme finish rather than a matte finish, and it is a bit harder to work with. I used a couple of layers to get a really solid swatch, but I was taking the photos outdoors in 1 degree weather, so that won't have helped! it's a candy pink colour that I think will be great in spring and summer. 3-Way is so metallic and so lush. This photo does not do it justice at all, it has so many dimensions to it, it's truly gorgeous and I want more metallic liquid lips from Colourpop now! It's more purple than it appears in the tube, but that is right up my street. I've tried a few metallic lips and this is the first one that I've felt is truly metallic, rather than just gloopy gloss with glitter in it. It doesn't dry totally matte, but it isn't sticky at all and is very comfortable on the lips. I haven't got any photos of it on, as the one day I've worn it all day so far involved a slight incident with a sink and my forehead, leaving me with a right shiner!

Have you tried Colourpop yet, and if you have, what are your absolute must haves? They are so reasonably priced that I don't mind the customs fees, especially with them being cruelty free.

Much love,
Kitty xxx

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

A Very Oh Squirrel! Christmas

In the run up to the wedding I was lucky enough to have an amazing hen do, and my Mum bought me a sash from a fab company called Oh Squirrel. It was absolutely beautiful, and custom! I'm tall, and plus sized, so I had a longer length made and the lovely lady Katie behind the company was so easy to deal with and really sorted me out. You can see my outfit and sash at this blog post here.

I recently got a message on twitter from Oh Squirrel thanking me for posting about them on social media and sharing their sash so much, and wanted to send me a little something from their new Christmas range to say thank you. Such a lovely gesture, and I decided I just had to share what they sent me because it was all so lovely!

I opened up the parcel and this awesome card greeted me (geddit? haha). I love the font on this, it's so cute.

Inside was a variation on the 'Bloody Brilliant' Gift Box, but with some extra goodies! This little star pouch has a pink zip top, and even the inside is printed fabric too.

It's so pretty! 

This print genuinely made me laugh, and is exactly the sort of card I'd send someone. It's glittery and magical, and I want to send them to everyone I love. Please make them into a card!

In the Bloody Brilliant box you get a gold foil pencil, but Katie very kindly sent me a whole pack of them! These are a pack of her 'jolly good' pencils, and I cannot wait to take them into work. I use pencils every day and now I have some really fun ones that are all mine.

This was such a lovely surprise, and I know I'll smile every time I pick up one of my new pencils. It's so important to support small indy brands, and then for a brand you've supported to do this, it makes me all fuzzy inside. I wasn't asked to post about this thank you present, but it was so thoughtful and unexpected that I just had to.

Thank you Oh Squirrel!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

I got my photo mojo back!

After over a 6 month hiatus, I am back in the photography game! The wedding took a lot of planning, and it seems like we've had a year of big birthdays and adventures, so I've had no time for photoshoots. But I'm finally back.

I photographed the gorgeous Twig to get my mojo back. We've worked together 3 times and I just adore her. She's wonderful and creative and inspiring.

The beautiful lingerie Twig wears here is by Karolina Laskowska who is an actual lingerie genius.

This effect is entirely in camera thanks to a rather awesome plastic (really!) Holga lens.

I must have looked rather... interesting taking this photo. I was outside the house, Twig was inside, and I was throwing glasses of water at the window to get the look I wanted. The choker is another Karolina creation.

You can never go wrong with a black dress and a mega thigh split!

And our favourite set of the day, the one we planned out and bought so many flowers for. We dyed the bathwater with food colouring, which thankfully did not stain the bath.

I am so glad I kicked off my photoshoots again with someone who is artistic and wanted to make beauty portraits. I have a very set idea of what I want to do now, and how I want to do it. And I can't wait for the shoots I have coming up!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

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