Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Kitty Rambles A Lot is 1 today!

Awww so Timehop just let me know that my blog is 1 years old today! Thank you so much to everyone who reads it, has shared it, comments, follows my various social media, or who has been involved.

In the last year my blog has had over 8800 views, I've posted 128 blogs, and have had so much fun, here's to the next year!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Dreaming of Homeware

In March Stu and I rearranged and somewhat redecorated our bedroom, and since then I've been looking at so much homeware online that I want, I figured I'd post a blog of what I've been drooling over!

This would make an amazing feature wall in a smaller room, or be an amazing throw on a bed!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, this mirror is the fairest of them all!

I am always looking for new fantastic ways to store my jewellery, I have kind of a lot, and I love this!

Following on in my ever present stag them, how fantastic is this! Kind of 70's, all kinds of brilliant.

So maybe this is somewhat ridiculous, but an amazing statement piece this would be!

Antiprism's whole store is incredible. They have clothing and art prints, and they are just stunning.

It's a lamp. That is a burger. That is all I need to say really isn't it?

I am very much in lust with this. What a fantastic and unusual way to display and store jewellery.

I am always looking for new websites to ogle homeware on, what are your favourites?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Last Sugar & Vice Subscription Box

This month was the last ever Sugar & Vice subscription box for their Afternoon Tea collection. I am both super sad that it is the last one, but also totally understanding because it must be such a huge undertaking for just 2 people to do!

As ever, the box is arrives is stunning. The teal print is a lovely touch.

And upon opening, not only is there Sugar & Vice branded rock, but a tea and a candy necklace too. I love those little nuances that make their customer care so fantastic. As ever the bags containing the jewellery are black, so what is inside remains a surprise till each is opened.

The first thing I opened was this adorable purple brooch! It will be getting added to my beloved denim jacket for sure, so cute. It is not on their website currently, so I think it is the subscriber only goodie.

Biscuit Necklace £14

Available in vanilla, chocolate and pink wafer, this is so cute. A mix of wood and acrylic the detail is stunning.

Lattice Pie Necklace £16

Available in blueberry and cherry, I got the blueberry option. Again, a mix of wood and acrylic that just works so so well.

Macaron Necklace £14

That I got this necklace in lilac makes me super happy, purple is my favourite! It also comes in pink, yellow and peach. This is, quite simply, adorable! Certainly a favourite from the new collection.

Teaspoon Necklace £10

Now this is the perfect necklace for any tea fiend! It's a really cute design, the heart detail in the top of the handle is a particularly nice touch.

And now for some other favourites from the collection!

Macaron Bracelet £22

The pastel colours are so perfect for Spring, perfect to wear with your macaron necklace.

Battenburg Necklace £15

Oh my, battenburg is a favourite goodie of mine, and this necklace is just perfect.

Bunting Necklace £16

For me, this is the standout piece from the collection and my favourite. The bunting has roses etched into it and the colour combination is gorgeous. I love it!

While I am sad this is the last subscription box, I have found while I've been subscribed I didn't buy individual pieces so often from Sugar & Vice, so I'm looking forward to picking out favourites of the new collections to come instead!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Cardigan - George at Asda
Top - ASOS
Capris - New Look
Shoes - Converse
Sunglasses - Philip Normal
Necklace - Sugar & Vice

Spring has been sneaking up on us and I managed to dress cute for work again and grab photos for an outfit of the day post! I am in love with these capri jeans from New Look. They also have them in blue denim, and I think I might have to get them in that too. Really soft, very comfy, and they show off my leg tattoos. George have had so much cute stuff lately! I love a good oversized cardigan and have worn this so much. It's no longer available but I highly recommend taking a look in store or on their website. A lot of plus size bargains are to be found. The top is also a favourite of mine, it's now available in red.... which I might also need. I felt really cute this day. Casual, but the monochrome with flashes of red makes every outfit feel more dressed up.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Handbags and Gladrags

Until recently, I had to have a bulky and ungainly handbag to carry around all my medication and bits for my chronic illness, but thankfully these days I'm on less meds so can get away with a smaller, and therefore generally cuter bag! Bags can make such an awesome statement, and there are so many creative designs out there now. I've been going a bit bag crazy lately, and these are some current wish list pieces.

Forever21 Fringed Faux Leather Backpack £23

Seriously, how cute are these? I'm gonna need a sugar daddy already.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Saturday, 21 March 2015

A Lovely Mother's Day

We had a lovely Mother's Day. We spent the day at my Mum's house, with my Auntie and my Grandmothers. I think it's so important to celebrate all the matriarchs in your life, not just your Mum.

Me and my Mum! Isn't she a babe? We don't often look alike, but in this photo we really, really do.

Dress - New Look
Jacket - New Look
Boots - Demonia
Bag - ASOS
Necklace - Christmas present from Stu

My outfit! I wanted to wear something girly for my Mum's sake :) The dress is somewhat on the short side, I find New Look dresses tend to run quite short so a word of warning if you are tall like me!

We got an amazing Terry's Chocolate Orange cheesecake from Once Upon a Time. It was so delicious!

And here is what I got for gifts for my family

Sass & Belle Plaque

Sass & Belle Magnet

Sass & Belle British Birds Scarf for my Mum

Sass & Belle Bee-Autiful Plaque for my Auntie

I got my Mum, Auntie and Grandmothers each a chocolate heart :)

All of these gifts would make lovely birthday presents too, Sass & Belle is definitely a website I'll be keeping an eye on, they have so much lovely stuff, especially adorable homeware.

And another photo of me being super awkward while Stu tries to take an outfit for me. I am so bad at having my photo taken! My hair finally looks like it is getting longer at least.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Casual OOTD

It's been a little while since I posted an outfit of the day, the cold weather means I've been wrapping up like crazy rather than dressing cutely. It's finally started to warm up so I've been playing dress up!

Top - Blackcraft Cult
Skirt - ASOS Curve
Necklace - Sugar & Vice
Hi tops - Converse

I customised the shirt myself, full instructions for how I did this are in an earlier blog here. The off the shoulder look feels cuter and girlier than a regular tshirt, and I love how the slouchy fit looks.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxxx

Sunday, 15 March 2015

On being a good bride to your bridal party

In June 2016 Stu and I are getting married. The venue is booked, the photographer is booked, my hair and makeup is booked, I'm on the hunt for a florist, I know who is going to make my dress, and super importantly, I've asked all my the lovely ladies I want to be my bridesmaids, and they all said yes!

I'm having 2 bridesmaids. My best friend since school Fal, and a face that will be familiar to those who follow my photography or alt modelling generally, Roswell Ivory.

Roswell, me and Fal :)

As a kid I was a bridesmaid for my Auntie, I didn't have any responsibilities other than to show up and be cute, which I am sure I rocked. Last year, I was due to be bridesmaid for a girl I've known since university and considered a good friend, until, ultimately, she threw me out of the wedding party.

A whole bunch of stuff went wrong. I was incredibly ill in the months running up to the wedding and was in and out of hospital alot. My focus was on my health, which I consider to have been fair, rather than being a good friend. I wasn't able to go on the main hen party because between my illness, and the resulting time I had off work, a trip to Disneyland Paris wasn't affordable, or well advised. If I had become ill, I would have ruined the weekend for everyone there.

It was a really hard, stressful time, and I lost a friend, which was pretty heartbreaking. Planning a wedding is a stressful time, I totally get that, but I don't think it is fair for a bride to expect their bridal party to be at their beck and call for their every whim. Even during work hours!

So now that I am the one getting married, one of my biggest concerns is that my bridesmaids and bridal party have fun at my wedding! I've made myself some little rules to follow to help make sure it stays fun for everyone involved.

1) Your wedding might be your whole life in the run up to your wedding, but you can't expect it to be anyone else's. People have real lives, their own worries, their own work, and you can't expect them to drop everything for you.

2) A wedding is a celebration, it should be fun for everyone!

(Edited to add - I ended up with 4 awesome and beautiful bridesmaids!)

3) Comfort is key! One of the major problems I had was that the bride I was due to be bridesmaid for bought me a dress that was 3 sizes too small, and didn't want me to get it adjusted, which I had to so I could remotely fit in it. I also have size 10 feet, so I couldn't buy the same shoes the other bridesmaids were wearing, because they didn't make them in my size, and the bride was really distressed by this. I want my bridesmaids to be happy and comfortable all day. I'm planning on having my bridesmaids wear dresses with thicker shoulder straps, as they are quite busty and I want them to feel fully supported and not concerned that their boobs are about to go everywhere! If people have to wear slightly different things because they are different sizes, different heights etc, it's no biggie, I'd rather my loved ones be comfy and happy than every single detail be exactly the same. I'm also going for flat shoes, probably Converses for my bridesmaids. Comfy for a whole day of wear.

4) Keep it cheap! I felt terrible I couldn't go on a mega expensive weekend away for a hen party, but it just wasn't a realistic expense for me. My plan is to have 2 hen parties that involve the bare minimum of money for my hens. The first will be an afternoon tea party that both my grandmothers can come to, and my future Mother-in-Law, that will be something they can enjoy too. A nice relaxing afternoon! The other hen party will be the more 'me' one. At the moment, I'm thinking about going offroading, or Stu and I are considering a hens vs stags go karting do! Nothing that involves travel or big expense, but will be super fun.

5) You love your bridesmaids because of who they are, so don't try to change them. Got a best friend who is heavily tattooed? Don't make them cover up, celebrate what makes them them! I was asked to change my hair colour and lose weight (in not-subtle, but not totally direct ways either), two requests I consider entirely unreasonable. I love my bridesmaids because of what makes the unique, so I want to celebrate that with them on my wedding day. Fal rocks a girly mohawk, so I want her to rock it up! Roswell is famous for her beautiful long red hair, so I want it swishing about and showing it off!

6) Don't be afraid to ask for help. I want to do as much of my organising and planning as I can, I loooove planning stuff, but I also know I need help from my Mum and my family and Stu big time! They know about different things to what I might know, so their opinions and assistance is a huge help. Don't dump responsibilities on people, ask for help, and work together as a team! I know my bridesmaids are busy, and Roswell lives away, so I have a pinterest and have encouraged my bridesmaids to join so they can feel more involved, without feeling lots of pressure to be places in person that aren't realistic expectations.

7) Don't forget to say thank you! Your bridesmaids and bridal party are giving up time and money to be with you and a part of the most important day of your life, appreciate what they have done for you and make sure you thank them. I already have gifts in mind for my lovely ladies, and will make sure I thank them individually on the day too. These guys are your best friends, treat them like they are, and show them that you love them!

At the end of the day, everyone being happy and enjoying the day is the most important thing!

What advice do you have for brides about treating their bridesmaids well?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Friday, 13 March 2015

Gothesque Magazine Issue #22 Vol 3

This year I've been determined to get published more, and it seems to be going well so far! I have an editorial in Issue #22 Vol 3 of Gothesque Magazine available here.

This set is also available in it's entirety on Zivity!

Model - Alivya V Free
Hair and Makeup - Alivya V Free
Dress - Katmaren Designs
Photography and edit - Kitty Wood Photography (me!)

This set was something super different for me. I don't really shoot period outfits, but when I saw the Royalty theme for both Gothesque and Zivity I knew Alivya would be come up with an incredible idea for it, and she did! How amazing is that crown? Handmade by Alivya. Just wow.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Dreaming of spring, still!

So Spring still isn't quite here, and I'm still dreaming about those warmer temperatures that mean cute outfits and not having to wear so many bulky layers! Here are some of the adorable things I've spotted lately whilst window shopping online.

Forever21 Tropical Print Corset Top £14
Forever21 High Waisted Tropical Cheeky Bottoms £12

Voodoo Vixen Tilly Dress £64.99

What spring time pretties are you lusting after?

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx