Saturday, 31 January 2015

Two Birthday Outfits

My Mum turned 50 during January, which meant 2 fancy parties, so I made sure to get some snaps of both outfits!

Outfit number 1, we went out for dinner at a fancy restaurant and my Mum wanted us to get glammed up. I was totally up for that.

Dress - New Look (no longer available)
Boots - Doc Martens with Schwings
Leggings - New Look

I love this dress. The silver detail makes you look like you have a tiny waist! If you look at the photo properly, what appears to be my waist isn't, because my hand is actually on my waist. The fringing also creates amazing movement and I can never resist twisting about to make the fringing swing everywhere.

Case and point!

Outfit two, a gathering at my Mum's house for drinks and a buffet on her actual birthday. Cue needing a different dress and look.

Dress - Lovedrobe at New Look (no longer available)
Velvet Leggings - New Look (no longer available)
Kimono - New Look (no longer available)
Necklace - Sugar & Vice (no longer available)
Purple patent creepers - TUK (no longer available)

This dress is one of my favourite go-to outfits. I always feel cute in it. It has faux leather sections framing the bust and waist that fit the skater style really well. I wanted a cover up because right now I'm having a bad eczema break out on my arms and it makes me pretty self conscious. A cute dress never feels quite me in winter without stompy boots or something similar, and I'd forgotten I owned these patent creepers till they appeared on my timehop app recently.

Look how cute they are! And non-leather too.

Eye make up - Sugarpill and Geek Chic Cosmetics
Lipstick - Barry M

And a close up of my face. Makeup is not my strong point, but that necklace deserves a better look! While it is no longer available, Sugar & Vice have a lot of beautiful crystal and gemstone inspired jewellery that is available.

I need to try and blog more outfits that actually have clothes in them that are still for sale... sorry about that!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Thursday, 29 January 2015

50 Random Facts About Me Part 2

Continuing from Part 1....

26) I have a cactus collection! I think they are really adorable and I can't help but keep buying more.

27) My favourite food is pizza. I looooove pizza. I still with the classic margarita, or a garlic bread supreme. A garlic bread supreme seems to be a distinctly Northern thing apparently, it's a garlic bread with cheese and tomato, and is in fact totally different to a margarita. It has to have lashings of garlic sauce to dip it in too!

28) My other favourite foods are applewood smoked cheddar, spinach, Mexican food with quorn and beans instead, curries involving spinach, hassleback potatoes and garlic. I have a slight tendancy to eat lazy garlic while I cook. Sorry Stu.

29) I've had 22 piercings but only currently have 11 in, which are my nose ring, smiley, one tongue bar (I had to retire the other one) and 8 in my ears.

30) I have 3 tattoos currently, all done by Keely Rutherford, and I'm booked in for more with her soon. We are working on my left leg at the moment and then will go on from there.

31) I really love brushing my teeth. Like, I love how they feel afterwards and I don't feel like I'm really awake till I've brushed them.

32) I have a zebra print wall in my front room. It's badass.

33) My favourite TV shows ever are Oz, Sons of Anarchy, House, Supernatural, Star Trek (TNG is my favourite), The Young Ones, Criminal Minds and South Park.

34) My favourite movies are True Romance, Con Air, Natural Born Killers, Pulp Fiction, Shaun of the Dead, Jackass, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Hot Fuzz.

35) I went to a Star Trek convention and met Patrick Stewart. I think my face sums up how happy I was.

36) Polystyrene really freaks me out. It is so disgusting, the way it feels, eeeeeeew.

37) My collection of Barry M nail varnish is just obscene, I have about 50 different colours.

38) Ashen really hates my laugh. Anyone else have a dog who has an irrational hatred of their laugh? He'll do anything he can to stop me from laughing the meanie.

39) I love skull, stag and animal print motifs.

40) I have a scar on my right cheekbone from tripping over a pair of really wide skater jeans when I was 16 and smashing my face into the front of my parent's house. It was really grim. I love my scar though! This is from about 2 weeks into the healing/stitches.

41) I have a recurring nightmare about an old hotel on a hill, which I enter, go straight to the elevator, and the elevator goes up and down, but also left and right, and back and forwards. Nothing scary particularly ever happens in the nightmare, but it really scares me, and I've had it since I was a little kid.

42) I used to be scared of ceiling artex. I was convinced it moved and was going to stretch down and get me. For anyone who doesn't know what artex is, it's this stuff, and it comes in different patterns and levels of spiky scariness.

43) I had an imaginary friend when I was a kid, that was an albino ferret. I have no idea how I knew what an albino ferret looked like, but that was my imaginary friend. It didn't even have a name, it was just there and I talked to it a lot.

44) I can't tell the time on analog clocks. I've never been able to. My brain just does not compute.

45) My accent is a terrible mix of Grimsby, Norwich and Stu's sort of cockney accent. The Grimsby accent I have is really mild, so apparently I get to pick up all other accents really quickly.

46) Butterflies are really special to me. I lost a good friend when we were 17 and we both loved butterflies, and since then I've really obsessed over them.

47) I cannot resist talking to any and all cats and dogs. I just love them and want to be friends with them all and rub their bellies.

48) I hate whistling. It's the most vile noise ever.

49) I have a totally ridiculous crush on Kevin Nash, aka Diesel. He's a wrestler, and a big hunk of a man.


50) I'm starting to plan my wedding....aaaaaagh!!

And that's it! If you'd like me to see do more blogs like this let me know!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

50 Random Facts About Me Part 1

I love watching Youtube videos, my favourite youtubers being Kiera-Rose and Helen Anderson, and one of my favourite tags is the 50 random facts tag, so I thought I'd do a blog version! I often wonder about doing a Youtube channel, but I don't have a camera that can film, and I think my accent is terrible! So for now, I'll stick with this.

1) I am 5ft 11! Most people think that is pretty tall for a girl. I'm taller than Stu, and never tend to wear heels.

2) I have green eyes. My eye colour is one of my favourite things about me. The 'beauty rules' say that means I should wear purples and browns to make my green eyes pop, I love wearing purple, but I think green does the job too!

3) My feet are a massive size 10. Which is just a nightmare for buying shoes!  A lot of places make 9s now, but 10s are still so rare.

4) I only ever wear silver jewellery. I think silver is classic, and cool, and much prettier than all the other metals. Which is why I was so happy my engagement ring is silver!

5) I'm a qualified hairdresser. I do mobile hairdressing around my day job, but not much. I love it though!

6) I have a degree in English Literature. I used to want to be a teacher, but then I realised that I'm not well suited to teaching children because I don't like the way the education system teaches right now.

7) My hair has been every colour. My favourite is purple, or grey, and the colours that look terrible on me are black and red.

8) I suffer from a combination of chronic hemiplegic migraines with aura and chronic headaches. I have head/face pain 24/7, and have done for 5 years. Thankfully it is well controlled now, but it means I can't wear my hair up, anything touching my hair or face is painful, and I sleep a lot.

9) I have 3 step-children! Or at least, they will officially be my step-children when me and Stu get married. Two boys who are 9 and 10, and a girl who is 18!

10) My hair is naturally wavy, and I encourage the curl. My Mum's is ringlets, and I am so jealous!

11) We have 2 cats and a dog. Sir Stitch the Third of the House of Chubblington (Stitch for short), he's the black cat, and Lady Patches of Patchingworth (or Patches), she's the tortie, and Stitch's Auntie, and Ashen the rottweiler cross. Ashen is also known as goldfishcatdogreindeerllama. All 3 are rescues and I love them all to bits!

11) I used to collect Hello Kitty stuff. Like, I had so much it was kind of ridiculous. they needed their own room. When we bought our house two years ago I sold all but a handful of my collection off to buy furniture for the new house.

12) I've lived in Saudi Arabia, Lincoln, Norwich, Burton on Trent, and Grimsby. Saudi was when I was a little kid, Lincoln for uni, Norwich for between 2009 and 2012, Burton as a kid, and Grimsby the rest of the time. I loved Norwich, the place, the closeness to London, the friends I made, but I had to leave for me.

13) I'm partially deaf. I should wear a hearing aid, but thanks to my amazing and ridiculous allergies I can't wear it. Which is a shame, cause it's amazing to be able to hear better!

14) My musical taste is pretty diverse. My all time favourite musicians, bands and artists are The Wreckers, Dolly Parton, Skid Row, Stone Sour, Alice in Chains, Meat Loaf, Taylor Swift and P!nk. (Though I don't like Taylor Swift or P!nk's most recent albums at all *sad face*).

15) I started taking photos way back in 2007, and did all those cliche sort of photos alternative kids did back then.

A super old photo of Miki Maddison taken with my first SLR.

16) I all kinds of love Adventure Time. Stu hates it, thankfully my step-sons love it so are a great excuse to watch it! It's ridiculous but I think it's actually full of awesome life lessons for kids.

17) I am terrified of horses. I'm trying to work on it, but it's hard! They are massive and scary.

18) I totally have to admit... I am addicted to Sugar & Vice. I own sooo much of their jewellery and forever need more, more!

19) I hate peppers. I have this thing about their texture, that it kind of feels like it's... alive. I know. That sounds mental, but I hate them and can't eat them!

20) I've been vegetarian since I was 12.

21) My favourite colours are black, purple and red.

22) I really dislike even numbers. I don't know why. I can't set my alarm for 08:00 for example, it has to be 08:01.

23) I think octopuses are totally adorable. I think tentacles are amazing, and they are so intelligent and cute!

24) I'm teetotal. Because of the medication I take for my chronic pain I can't drink alcohol, as much as I love it. When I was allowed to drink I loved gin and cherry sourz. Not mixed together though, ew!

25) Because I don't drink, I drink either water with loads of ice, or Pepsi Max. I love Pepsi Max so much.

Right, I'm gonna split this into 2, cause it's way harder to do that I realised! 

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

NYE Outfit

Jacket - Boohoo Plus
Dress - New Look Inspire
Boots - Demonia
Tights - Evans (ripped by me)
Necklace - BloodyMary Metal
Bag - ASOS

My new year's eve outfit! We went to the Legion in the village we live in to see a band play. I like any excuse to glam up! I found the jacket a few days before Christmas thanks to Sugar Darling's blog. She featured it in an outfit of the day post, I fell in love and posted the jacket on my facebook page, and my Mum immediately went and bought me it for Christmas :) she is a sweetie!

The dress is one I featured on my blog a while back. I tried it on in store but wasn't sure, then just after Christmas Stu spotted it in the sale and insisted I tried it on again for him. I sized up and it made the waist sit in a much better place, and for £11 I snapped it up! Total bargain. The coloured glitter in the dress reflects the light beautifully, photos really don't do it justice.

I made it more 'me' with the ripped up tights and my beloved Demonia boots. I am still gutted Demonia have closed their doors and will no longer be making shoes. I really don't know where I am going to buy shoes and boots from now!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Friday, 23 January 2015

Dreaming of Party Dresses

In February Stu and I are having an engagement party! It's a great excuse to bring together a lot of our nearest and dearest, and celebrate our engagement with them. It also means I need a new dress! So of course I turned to all my favourite websites to ogle their new spring lines...

ASOS Curve Gothic Maxi Dress £100 reduced to £40

This dress is so lovely! It's available in black or wine, and the detailing on the neck area is gorgeous! I think it's a bit too much for our party because it is full length, but I couldn't resist sharing it.

Koko Silver Lurex Sparkle Skater Dress £50 reduced to £29.50

Totally different to anything I would normally wear, but so cute! It has a heart cut out in the back, and is also available in gold. It's just my kind of classy trashy.

I loooove bardot style dresses, and the neckline on this is gorgeous! I'm not exactly blessed in the bust department so I don't think this would quite look so awesome on me, but it gives me ideas!.

Ok, so technically this dress isn't right for the party. But whatever, I love it so much that I wanted to share it anyway! Black and white nautical goodness in an adorable shape.

I fell in love with this dress after I saw Tess Holliday wearing it on her recent trip the UK. (I wish I had been able to meet her!). It's available in black and white, black and blue, and black and pink. The pink or white are my favourites. A statement necklace and a flash of matching colour in your shoes is all you need to make this totally glam.

In the end, I didn't pick any of these dresses... but I'm not telling you which one I did so I can post an outfit of the day post of it!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

My Lucky Month

December was kind of a wild month for me. Not because of Christmas, but because I seemed to somehow become insanely lucky! A lot of my favourite brands ran competitions on their social media, I always enter competitions but have never really won anything before. In December I seemed to win everything!

So I very occasionally use twitter. Like, I have it set up to autopost my photography tumblr and bloglovin, and sometimes I remember I should post on it rather than just let the internet robots use it so that people will actually follow me. I posted on it during December and the following exchange happened....

Now, I don't follow Tesco on twitter, I've never tweeted at them, I have no idea how or why they decided to respond to my tweet. The first thing I did was check out the twitter account to make sure it was legit. It was. So I figured what the hell and I DM'd them my name and address. Two days later I got a very excited call from Stu asking me if I had ordered him anything that would come in a big box for Christmas, and if I hadn't, could he open the giant mystery box that had just been delivered to our house. I told him he could and he better ring me straight back!

Inside was a brand new 42 inch Sony Bravia HD 3D television. Stu rang me back and I said 'Holy shit' a lot and cried. I couldn't believe it. We set it up in our bedroom and just wow. The remote has a built in Netflix button! I know it's all part of a marketing campaign they did at Christmas, but seriously, it blew me away. They made our Christmas. We could never have afford a new TV, and it wasn't something we could justify saving up for when other things were more important.

BloodyMary Metal ran a daily advent calendar competition on their instagram that I eagerly entered every day. And I won! And I was lucky enough to win one of my favourite necklaces from their site. They also sent me some metallic temporary tattoos that I am totally going to play with soon. Thank you so much!

Marks and Spencer's ran a fun Pass the Parcel game on their website that I played most days, because why not! There were all sorts of prizes available from little to big. I won a voucher for some Walnut Whips. Nom. I picked mint ones. There is no photo of those because they quickly went in my belly, soz!

I figured after 3 wins I was at the end of my streak. But I wasn't! Eustratia also ran a daily advent calendar competition, and I also won a prize in that! A £20 prize was my prize, and I put a little extra in so I could buy these beautiful moth earrings. I was so tempted by the other jewellery Eustratia also do, but moths are totally my thing, so moths it was! I opted for these because they make incredible latex and these combine moths and latex together.

Aren't they fab? I plan to hook them through my stretched ears and look fabulous in them.

Of course, December also featured a proposal for me as well.... so it really was the luckiest month ever! Because the best prize was the love of my life wanting to marry me (I know, groooooan at the soppiness).

Thanks December, you rocked!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Internets

Since I started this blog I've changed a lot of my URLs, and gotten some new ones, so I thought I'd post a blog updating them all!

@kittyramblesalot is my instagram name. I update this the most! I post selfies, fur baby photos, outfits, my photography, all sorts!

My blog facebook page. I post to this most days, expect a lot more random selfies, links to companies I like and general personal-ish ramblings.

Thank you for supporting my blog and my work <3 Don't forget to also follow this blog!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Missing Christmas Photos

On Christmas day my Dad took some photos of me and Stu and I wanted to share them because well... I love them. We look so happy. We are so happy. I have definitely become one of those people who used to make single me a bit nauseous.

My Mum wanted us to pose with champagne flutes to look all extra celebratory. I'm teetotal so this made me laugh, but I played along!

Stu's beard is magnificent.

I think these two are my favourites. We are planning on getting a photo from this lot printed so we can frame it, it'll probably be the top one of these two. I think I prefer the bottom one but it's slightly out of focus.

My top is from New Look @ ASOS, and my necklace is BloodyMary Metal. Stu's amazing shark jumper is also from ASOS.

Thank Skid Row I had a good hair day!

And for a bonus, another close up of my ring. Stu picked so good!

Thanks for the photos Dad!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

A Cute Winter Outfit

Top - New Look at ASOS
Jeans - ASOS Curve
Boots - Demonia

This is the outfit I wore on Boxing Day :) We went to Stu's Mums house for a second Christmas dinner and to tell everyone we were engaged, so I wanted something cute but not too dressy! My Mum got me these red jeans for Christmas and I LOVE them. I love the colour and they are really soft. My Nanna got me the top, it was a really wide neck, and quite low, perfect for a statement necklace. My Auntie bought me the amazing Rosa Pietsch necklace. It is stunning, and the laser cutting with the lunar cycle is amazing. Be sure to check out her whole store! She has a January sale on with lots of one offs and reductions.

ASOS Curve jeans fit are super hit and miss, so take advantage of the free returns. I have pairs in multiple sizes, and pairs I have ordered I couldn't even get my feet through the foot holes at the bottom! So ladies with larger feet be warned.

Much love,
Kitty xxx

Monday, 12 January 2015

My Favourite Photos of 2014

So some of you will know I am also a photographer. I thought I'd do a photo round up of some of my favourite shoots of 2014. I am always looking for new people to shoot with, so hit me up if you want to shoot!

Alivya V Free, forever one of my favourite models to work with. She is stunning, has perfect skin, is a total sweetheart, and is an amazing hair and makeup artist too. She always trusts me to shoot whatever silly idea I come up with and is happy to experiment with new techniques.

One of those perfect lighting moments, with Alivya, was always going to lead to a photo I am proud of.

Technically, this is a test shot, but the way Bex H is pushing her hair back, with the composition, really work for me.

I don't shoot 'traditional' glamour as a rule, but this shot of Bex H is traditional glamour and I really like it!

Felis is a new model I met this year and have actually photographed twice now and plan to again. She is lovely, photographs so well, and loves cats. Awesome!

A tribute to the late Christine Kessler, that happened almost by accident. Felis posed, and I recalled a photo of Steen's that I loved, so I composed it like that shot.

I've known Jasmine Dukes for a very long time. We've shot together a lot and always have fun. Jasmine has a total heart of gold. This was shot on 35mm in a plastic toy camera.

This whole set is one of my favourites I shot this year for Zivity. It wouldn't have worked with any model but Jasmine.

Lily La Belle is a new model I met this year, technically, this was a test shot again, but it worked out wonderfully. Lily brought a great range of wardrobe and wigs with her, and these made this shot.

Madame Bink is a model who is incredible well known in the art nude modelling world. I've worked with her once before, a long time ago, and the weather totally ruined our plans. Thankfully we were much luckier this time and had a truly gorgeous day! Her long hair, hippy nature and general love of being outdoors are so inspiring.

Maja Stina is one of my favourite ever models. I worked with her regularly when I lived in Norwich, and we finally managed to organise a visit up to Grimsby to see me. I was so excited to shoot Maja breathing and performing with fire! I love shooting at night, it really challenges you. Outfit provided by Malice.

Maja also makes latex. She's super talented! And I adore her shaved head.

Another shot of Maja that I love. I just love everything about working with her! Long exposure, with motion.

Possibly my favourite headshot I took this year, any model who will draw all over themselves with lipstick in a shower is awesome.

I met Mary Burgers on tumblr, she's from Philly and is in the UK for a year, thanks to the wonders of the internet we shot together, yay! She has the most awesome doll face.

Seriously, that face. Mary is amazing and I hope we get to shoot again.

Missy Phillips has some of the best tattoos I've ever seen. She rocks!

I found Boneyard Belle randomly in a shop years ago, and asked her to work with me. She came to stay with me for a weekend and we shot so many different looks together.


No eyebrows, an amazing jacket, love!

She has the most incredible face.

I don't shoot many 'alt' models these days, I will always happily shoot with Boneyard Belle, who isn't a model, but a friend.

I had an amazing 2014 for photography, here's to an even better 2015! My aims are more diversity in models, more experimentation, and more publications.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx