Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Festival Wear Ideas!

I'm heading to at least 2 smaller festivals this year, and am looking at some others, so I'm busily ogling all sorts of outfits and accessories that will be perfect festival wear!


A good cover up is an absolute must for festivals, you just can't trust the British weather! Fringing is a trend I am all over for this summer.


SimplyBe have a lot of beautiful clothing in that is perfect for festival season, and these shorts are one of my favourites. The palm tree print is adorable, and the turn ups are really cute. I love these! Packing for festivals needs to be light and easy, and these would be a fashionable and easy to accessorise, and perfect for travelling too.


I love how ASOS have styled this! How fab is that fringed hem going to be when it swishes about as you dance?

This top, oh this top! That extra strap across the front is a fantastic addition, and I think this would be so versatile.


I love the movement in this. The uneven hem, the patterns, great to chuck over a pair of shorts.


A good backpack is an absolute festival must have. Much easier for carrying around all your essentials and this silver piece is perfectly chic too.


Palm tree print is a favourite of mine, and this yellow vest top is perfect festival wear.


The zip totally sells this dress for me, adding a punkier feel to an otherwise girly dress. Paired with calf boots and a pleather jacket this would be an amazing look.


I want to feel like a mermaid and this is the necklace for the job! One of my favourite things about Sugar & Vice is the options available for all their pieces, this necklace can have either silver or gold chain, and all the necklaces can have 16 inch, 18 inch or 24 inch chains, so there is no worry about it not fitting around your neck, and you can even have it as a longer piece that hangs around your middle instead.

A festival always calls for a good flower crown! I can't wear them due to my chronic pain, but if I could, this is the one I'd go for, I love the wildflower look and the mix of colours.


I don't actually have the words for this one. I am in love.


What are your festival must haves? Send me links!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx








Sunday, 26 April 2015

#WeAreTheThey

You may have noticed that this week, being plus size has been in the news rather a lot. It was suggested on Loose Women by Jamelia that women below a size 6, and above a size 20, should not be able to shop in normal high street stores, but instead in specialist stores, because allowing us fashionable clothing glorifies obesity. The thing that I personally found most disheartening, was her constant referral to women above a size 20 and below a size 6 as 'they'. As though we are some faceless terrifying other.

The incredible Debz started a wonderful movement in response to this on twitter using the hashtag #WeAreTheThey. Debz aimed to allow us all to show that we aren't some monstrous faceless other, we are just regular people who happen to enjoy fashion! It was so inspiring to be a part of this hashtag, seeing all of the other beautiful women posting to it and the positive message. There was no hate, just love being shared which is incredible. We as a plus size community answered hate with love and it was amazing.



As luck would have it, I was due to have a photoshoot with the ever so fabulous Mary Burgers again days after this all occurred, and we wanted to shoot something in response to this. Both of us are plus size ladies with an intense love of all things fashion, it seemed perfectly timed.


One of the things we wanted to respond to was the idea that simply by existing while fat, and enjoying fashion, we are glorifying obesity. It's just a ridiculous suggestion. We are cute and love clothes, so why wouldn't we dress how we want? You cannot look at someone and know how healthy they are, and either way, it is none of your concern!


You cannot tell how someone eats by looking at them. You cannot tell how someone looks after themselves by looking at them. Your concern trolling for our health is unwelcome and just plain rude. 


So the obvious thing to do was have Mary eats hot dogs and doughnuts and glorify obesity, because apparently that is what we do by simply existing! 


Yummy yummy vegetarian hot dogs with lashings of ketchup.


Forcing someone who exists outside of your beauty ideals to dress in a way you don't consider to be fashionable is a bizarre idea. Shaming us, and making us feel bad about ourselves encourages unhealthy food behaviours, is damaging to mental health and will not magically force anyone to lose weight.


Lush doughnuts! Sugary, jammy goodness. 


A cake doughnut, a doughnut that is a cake, amaze!


Since I started blogging, I have become so much more confident and happy in myself. I have gone from someone who wore a 'uniform' of a black skirt with a plain top with sleeves with full length leggings, to someone who will at least try on anything and has embraced different colours and styles I never thought I would wear. 


We should be celebrating and supporting each other, not tearing each other down. I would rather know that I am at least really trying to be a good person, than focusing on trying to look a certain way. 


So here we are, 'glorifying obesity'. We aren't going anywhere. We are cute, pretty, beautiful, handsome, bad ass, ass kicking, sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, daughters, sons, trans, queer, gay, fat, thin, chubby, feminine, masculine, tall, petite, disabled, colourful, unusual, fashionable, wonderful human beings, don't hate us for simply being ourselves.

Much love,
Kitty xxxxxx

ps. Mary is the most ridiculous mega babe right?



Thursday, 23 April 2015

Sugar, Darling

Bardot Top - Asda, last summer
Pleather Skirt - H & M
Hi tops - Converse
Lilith Necklace - The Serpent's Club
Eye shadow - Sugarpill
Lipstick - Barry M

Today's outfit is inspired by one of my favourite plus size fashion bloggers, Nancy Whittington of Sugar, Darling? Hence the blog title! She posted an outfit post featuring this skirt and I just had to have it! She recommended sizing up, I did, and she was so right, you need to size up for it to fit just right. The pleather is such an awesome look, I felt like I should be in Cry Baby with this outfit. It begged to be paired with a bardot top, and I picked this one up in George last summer for about £2!

I love seeing other plus size ladies wearing clothes I like. One of my most hated things on websites is just seeing clothes on a mannequin rather than a real human! I think Nancy and I have quite a similar body shape, except that having seen a recent post of hers where she wears a maxi dress I also own, that is a midi dress on me, I'm a good 6 inches taller hehe! I had no idea H & M had a plus size range, so I'm glad she featured them.


A less grumpy looking face to finish off the blog. Wearing my hair with this crimped look has become a new favourite for me. I sleep with my hair in plaits and just undo them in the morning. Because of my chronic head pain I can't wear my hair up, so anything I can do that is different and involves my hair down is awesome by me!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

I Love My Bedroom - The Art Wall

I love my bedroom! I love having a room that is just 'ours', and that reflects our personalities. Our bedroom is the 'darkest' room in our house, with black furniture and flooring, and a black wall with skulls on, and it is so wonderfully ours. I love climbing into fresh bedding and snuggling up, watching our TV, sneaking the dog into the room for cuddles when Stu isn't looking and on weekends, getting the dog, and both the cats in the bed too for the snuggliest mornings ever!

Since we got our new wardrobes, we have redecorated our bedroom and have started the 'Art Wall'. I love the look of walls that are filled with different pieces of art in different frames and textures, so now we have the chance to fill a wall, I'm totally doing it! One of our walls is black with skulls, and the rest are white to make sure the room isn't too dark. It's monochrome, with flashes of colour thanks to the bedding and now, the Art Wall.

I am more than happy to do art trades with people for art for this wall, so if you wanted to swap prints of my photography or polaroids for your art, let me know! I particularly love moths and butterflies in art.

Sass & Belle Hanging Butterfly Ornament - no longer available

Sass & Belle Black Photo Frame £4.95

Lawrence Canham Moth Print



Anbhz 'bitchin'' Cross Stitch

Minimal Prints Pulp Fiction Print - no longer available

Minimal Prints Reservoir Dogs Print - no longer available

The Painted Skull Death Head Moth Roe Deer Skull

Fred George Cliff Burton Print

The Range Butterfly on Glass Art

Fred George James Hetfield Print

Sass & Belle Turquoise Photo Frame £4.95

And that's it so far! The photo frames from Sass & Belle just have what they came with in them right now, but I'd like to switch them out for something, they are just so small it's hard to know what to get to put in them. I have a few pieces I have my eye on so I can't wait to see it grow!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Twig

2 years ago I photographed the ever so gorgeous Twig, and I finally got the chance to again in March. Twig is so awesome. She's a proper little heavy metal chick who transforms into this glamorous and elegant creature when you point a camera at her. She specialises in lingerie modelling, and has the most amaaaaazing collection of underwear ever!


There was no way we weren't going to use these adorable kitty ears that Twig has. The cuteness!


Last time I shot with Twig the hair flip photos we shot were our favourites, so we had to go for more this time! Lingerie set is from Kiss Me Deadly. I went for something totally different with this shot, let me know what you think! This one doesn't look great on blogspot for some reason, the quality is pretty off.


Possibly my favourite shot of the day, I knew this one was going to be fab when I took it. See what I mean about Twig having the most incredible lingerie collection?! Robe and corset are from Kiss Me Deadly, the pasties, knickers and harnesses are by Karolina Laskowska, who is like, an insane lingerie genius. The Lingerie Addict liked this on instagram, made me day!


Now this is the real Twig! This is the band t-shirt she was wearing when I picked her up, She's a badass.



So I think this is Stu's favourite photo I've ever shot! I've had to link it via my tumblr as when I uploaded it directly to blogspot it haaaated the reds, so if it looks a little off, blame blogspot!

I love shooting with Twig, and I can't recommend her enough.  She's a lovely gal, and such a pleasure to work with, hopefully we'll get to shoot again later this year, no way we are letting it go 2 years this time!

Find more of Twig at the links below - 


Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Friday, 17 April 2015

Gemma Collins at Evans Dress Review

Necklace - Sugar & Vice £16

Myself and maxi dresses have a love hate relationship, I love them, they generally don't like me so much. I struggle with the length, and the fit. For a plus size gal, I'm not busty, and this often means I don't fill out dresses where I should.

This dress from Evans however, is an absolute star! It is from the Gemma Collins collection, which has a beautiful mix of figure hugging dresses and floaty tops, most with beautiful spring floral prints. For me though, this dress caught my eye and stood out. A classic black dress is a must in every girl's wardrobe, and this is a stunning piece.

I got my regular size and it fitted perfectly, I'm 5ft 11 and could wear this with flats with it almost reaching the floor, so it's a great length.


The back of the dress mirrors the 'V' in the front, which I love, and it has a tie that can be left loose as I have worn it, or tied into a bow. The back is one of my favourite parts, that shape is beautiful. The material on this dress is so soft and comfortable, I was thrilled when I opened up my parcel and felt it. It's lush!


And the front! The embellished detail under the bust is a gorgeous bronze colour, and the neck line is very flattering, it actually made me look like I had a bigger bust which is suprising, but I also think it would look amazing on a bustier gal, it'll show off cleavage so well. The shoulder coverage means you can happily wear a bra to get the support you need, or in my case, the extra padding you like.

Overall, I really love this and I cannot wait to wear it! My Auntie and Uncle are renewing their vows in September, and this is perfect for that. Yay! Also, thank you Stu for helping me with the photos for this blog <3

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

*This dress was gifted to me for review purposes. Any opinions expressed are my own and are in no way are affected by this.