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Snag Tights Halloween Review

Monday, 19 October 2020

 As a 5ft 11 plus size gal, tights have always been one of my ultimate items that it is just impossible to buy that fit. I remember years ago when I worked in a shop having to wear them every day and I had to do the whole knickers over the tights trick to attempt to keep them up, they never fit properly, they seemed to ladder when I looked at that, and they managed to simultaneously droop whilst also being too small. That is, until I discovered Snag Tights. I saw people talk about them on social media a lot before I tried them, all saying they were the best most comfortable tights ever, that they fit even though they were short/tall/fat etc, and that they didn't budge once you had them on. And I didn't believe them. Surely tights like that can't actually exist? Well, it turned out they really did, and you can find my first pair review here. Funnily enough the first pair I bought were from their Halloween range, so I was really excited to see what they came up with this year!



First up, these are the 80 denier tights in 'Witch'. When I was a teenager I was a little greebo, and all I ever wanted was a good pair of stripy tights, but because I was tall it never happened. I'd buy footless tights and they'd always be too short and uncomfortable, and they always seemed to be made of scratchy horrible material. When I saw these black and white beauties I had to order them, teenage me would have been obsessed!


They are so soft, you can just about see my darker shin tattoo through them but not in a way that is really obvious, they fit beautifully and once on, they do not budge! I'm still not sure what sort of sorcery Snag Tights do to make their tights, or what sort of demon they made a deal with, but I will take it! They way Snag works their sizing is that they take into consideration both your dress size and your height, I need a G because I'm 5ft 11, and a G should fit people up to a dress size 36, up to a height of 6ft 5. They have really amazing amounts of stretch, whilst also not stretching too far and ever ending up saggy. I've never had to adjust a pair of Snags whilst wearing them, magic I tell you! (also yes, that really is my wallpaper in my front room!)



I also couldn't resist grabbing myself these very Halloweeny 80 denier tights in style 'Jack'. These are a become quite sheer on my thighs, unlike the other designs I've had from Snag, but it's cold, so I'll probably mostly wear knee length skirts or dresses rather than have my thighs out. I'm not quite sure these would fit right up to the size 36/6ft 5 top end of the size range to be honest, because as sheer as they are on my thighs, I can't see them stretching much further. They are totally solid on my calves, but the design does get more warped and thin with my chunky thighs. These are also a little less soft than the 'Witch' style which are velvety soft, but still comfortable and stay in place when you are moving around in them.

I really hope we see more of the stripes in the future in their range, I'd love to see black and red, purple and red, basically all the things teenage goth Kitty would have loved to have worn! I also picked up another Halloween design that has cobwebs on it, but they are completely sold out at the time of writing and have been removed from their website. I haven't worn those yet, but I suspect they will fit like the 'Jack' tights rather than the 'Witch' tights with them having a pattern and being a black based 80 denier again. Snag have also introduced a more 'sexy times' range recently, with mock garter belts and fishnets in more colours, and I really want to try those mock garter belts! Being tall, stockings and hold ups have always been far too short on me, so when I have some spare pennies, I might just have to give them a go.

One of the things I really liked about Snag it that their tights come in paper packaging, in a paper envelope, so it's all completely recyclable. They also have a permanent offer on that when you buy 3 items you have get 10% off, 5 items 15% off, and 10 items 25% off, so it's well worth buying a few pairs at a time, or seeing if you know anyone else you can combine orders with. All in all, I'm happy with this order and know I will wear the 'Witch' tights long after Halloween has gone because of how soft they are!

Much love,
Kitty xxx



Snag Tights Halloween Review

Monday, 19 October 2020

 As a 5ft 11 plus size gal, tights have always been one of my ultimate items that it is just impossible to buy that fit. I remember years ago when I worked in a shop having to wear them every day and I had to do the whole knickers over the tights trick to attempt to keep them up, they never fit properly, they seemed to ladder when I looked at that, and they managed to simultaneously droop whilst also being too small. That is, until I discovered Snag Tights. I saw people talk about them on social media a lot before I tried them, all saying they were the best most comfortable tights ever, that they fit even though they were short/tall/fat etc, and that they didn't budge once you had them on. And I didn't believe them. Surely tights like that can't actually exist? Well, it turned out they really did, and you can find my first pair review here. Funnily enough the first pair I bought were from their Halloween range, so I was really excited to see what they came up with this year!



First up, these are the 80 denier tights in 'Witch'. When I was a teenager I was a little greebo, and all I ever wanted was a good pair of stripy tights, but because I was tall it never happened. I'd buy footless tights and they'd always be too short and uncomfortable, and they always seemed to be made of scratchy horrible material. When I saw these black and white beauties I had to order them, teenage me would have been obsessed!


They are so soft, you can just about see my darker shin tattoo through them but not in a way that is really obvious, they fit beautifully and once on, they do not budge! I'm still not sure what sort of sorcery Snag Tights do to make their tights, or what sort of demon they made a deal with, but I will take it! They way Snag works their sizing is that they take into consideration both your dress size and your height, I need a G because I'm 5ft 11, and a G should fit people up to a dress size 36, up to a height of 6ft 5. They have really amazing amounts of stretch, whilst also not stretching too far and ever ending up saggy. I've never had to adjust a pair of Snags whilst wearing them, magic I tell you! (also yes, that really is my wallpaper in my front room!)



I also couldn't resist grabbing myself these very Halloweeny 80 denier tights in style 'Jack'. These are a become quite sheer on my thighs, unlike the other designs I've had from Snag, but it's cold, so I'll probably mostly wear knee length skirts or dresses rather than have my thighs out. I'm not quite sure these would fit right up to the size 36/6ft 5 top end of the size range to be honest, because as sheer as they are on my thighs, I can't see them stretching much further. They are totally solid on my calves, but the design does get more warped and thin with my chunky thighs. These are also a little less soft than the 'Witch' style which are velvety soft, but still comfortable and stay in place when you are moving around in them.

I really hope we see more of the stripes in the future in their range, I'd love to see black and red, purple and red, basically all the things teenage goth Kitty would have loved to have worn! I also picked up another Halloween design that has cobwebs on it, but they are completely sold out at the time of writing and have been removed from their website. I haven't worn those yet, but I suspect they will fit like the 'Jack' tights rather than the 'Witch' tights with them having a pattern and being a black based 80 denier again. Snag have also introduced a more 'sexy times' range recently, with mock garter belts and fishnets in more colours, and I really want to try those mock garter belts! Being tall, stockings and hold ups have always been far too short on me, so when I have some spare pennies, I might just have to give them a go.

One of the things I really liked about Snag it that their tights come in paper packaging, in a paper envelope, so it's all completely recyclable. They also have a permanent offer on that when you buy 3 items you have get 10% off, 5 items 15% off, and 10 items 25% off, so it's well worth buying a few pairs at a time, or seeing if you know anyone else you can combine orders with. All in all, I'm happy with this order and know I will wear the 'Witch' tights long after Halloween has gone because of how soft they are!

Much love,
Kitty xxx



Saying Goodbye to Patches

Monday, 7 September 2020

 On Saturday, we very suddenly and unexpectedly lost our little old lady cat Patches. She lived to the amazing age of 22, and it was an honour to be on of her humans. I really thought when the apocalypse came, all that would be left once the smoke cleared would be cockroaches, Nokia 3310s, and Patches.



Patches had been sat on my knee, then went charging off to attack my handbag, and went into the kitchen. She meowed in a way I had never heard her before, so I went to look for her assuming she was playing with something else. As I went into the kitchen she turned to look at me, but by spinning on her hip, which she had never done before. I asked her to come to me, and she tried to get up to come to me but it was clear her back legs weren't working. I called for Stu to get her cat carrier whilst ringing the emergency vets immediately. She didn't mind me touching her legs or hips, but we knew something was very wrong.


I was at the vets with her within 15 minutes, and sadly quite quickly the vet knew what was wrong and that there was nothing we could do. A blood clot had travelled to her lower half, destroying all circulation to her back legs and tail, and the lack of circulation was slowly spreading up her body. Her paws were freezing cold to touch, and the only option to stop her from having a very painful death, was to put her to sleep immediately. I cried as I held her in my arms as she fell asleep for the last time. I couldn't believe it was happening.


Patch was like my shadow. Always under my feet, always trying to have a cuddle, always with me. In the mornings we played the 'Getting Dressed Game', in which she sat on all the clothes I wanted to put on, and inbetween each item of clothing I had to barter with her for forehead kisses before I could have the next thing. She had 3 teeth and despite that, when Ashen was alive, she would try to steal his dog biscuits just to prove she was the boss in our house.

I had trained her to give boops, so if you leant towards her and made a kissy noise, she would rub her face on yours. I asked her for one last boop before she passed, and she happily obliged.


Once we ordered pizza and I was sat on the floor in our old front room, and I had saved the best slice for last. You know the good one, with the extra cheese on it, and as I moved it towards my mouth to take a bite, Patch leapt through the air and snatched the entire slice from my hand, running off outside with it so I couldn't take it off her. After that we had an agreement that I could give her a bit of cheese off every other slice so she wouldn't steal anymore pizza from me. Though if you left a pizza for even a second or didn't keep an eye on her, a little paw would suddenly appear over the edge of your pizza box to try nick slice before you knew what was happening.


Three years ago when Patch was 19, her nephew Stitch was bitten by a fox on the head, badly. They came home to us him with his bite wounds, and her missing fur and covered in scratches. The vet was baffled, foxes don't typically scratch, only bite, which meant that when Stitch was bitten, Patches had jumped in to attack the fox and save her nephew. All he has is a scar above his eyebrow to commemorate the time a 19 year old cat kicked a foxes arse to save him.

Going from 4 pets to 1 in the space of 9 months has been brutal. We lost Ashen in late 2019, and Lemmy earlier in lockdown to cancer. Can you even call yourself a cat lady if you only have 1 cat? I'm just glad I was able to be with Patch till the end, so she could be by my side, like she always was.

She was a bad ass old lady, fearsome and kitten like right to the end. Everyone who saw her assumed she was a kitten because she was so small and playful, but she was so mighty and loving. She had cuddles for everyone who asked, and I feel so lucky that she lived such a long life. I just wish it could have been longer.

My Lady Patchingdon of Adorables. My tiny lady. My Patch. God I'm going to miss you.

Love,
Kitty xxxx


Saying Goodbye to Patches

Monday, 7 September 2020

 On Saturday, we very suddenly and unexpectedly lost our little old lady cat Patches. She lived to the amazing age of 22, and it was an honour to be on of her humans. I really thought when the apocalypse came, all that would be left once the smoke cleared would be cockroaches, Nokia 3310s, and Patches.



Patches had been sat on my knee, then went charging off to attack my handbag, and went into the kitchen. She meowed in a way I had never heard her before, so I went to look for her assuming she was playing with something else. As I went into the kitchen she turned to look at me, but by spinning on her hip, which she had never done before. I asked her to come to me, and she tried to get up to come to me but it was clear her back legs weren't working. I called for Stu to get her cat carrier whilst ringing the emergency vets immediately. She didn't mind me touching her legs or hips, but we knew something was very wrong.


I was at the vets with her within 15 minutes, and sadly quite quickly the vet knew what was wrong and that there was nothing we could do. A blood clot had travelled to her lower half, destroying all circulation to her back legs and tail, and the lack of circulation was slowly spreading up her body. Her paws were freezing cold to touch, and the only option to stop her from having a very painful death, was to put her to sleep immediately. I cried as I held her in my arms as she fell asleep for the last time. I couldn't believe it was happening.


Patch was like my shadow. Always under my feet, always trying to have a cuddle, always with me. In the mornings we played the 'Getting Dressed Game', in which she sat on all the clothes I wanted to put on, and inbetween each item of clothing I had to barter with her for forehead kisses before I could have the next thing. She had 3 teeth and despite that, when Ashen was alive, she would try to steal his dog biscuits just to prove she was the boss in our house.

I had trained her to give boops, so if you leant towards her and made a kissy noise, she would rub her face on yours. I asked her for one last boop before she passed, and she happily obliged.


Once we ordered pizza and I was sat on the floor in our old front room, and I had saved the best slice for last. You know the good one, with the extra cheese on it, and as I moved it towards my mouth to take a bite, Patch leapt through the air and snatched the entire slice from my hand, running off outside with it so I couldn't take it off her. After that we had an agreement that I could give her a bit of cheese off every other slice so she wouldn't steal anymore pizza from me. Though if you left a pizza for even a second or didn't keep an eye on her, a little paw would suddenly appear over the edge of your pizza box to try nick slice before you knew what was happening.


Three years ago when Patch was 19, her nephew Stitch was bitten by a fox on the head, badly. They came home to us him with his bite wounds, and her missing fur and covered in scratches. The vet was baffled, foxes don't typically scratch, only bite, which meant that when Stitch was bitten, Patches had jumped in to attack the fox and save her nephew. All he has is a scar above his eyebrow to commemorate the time a 19 year old cat kicked a foxes arse to save him.

Going from 4 pets to 1 in the space of 9 months has been brutal. We lost Ashen in late 2019, and Lemmy earlier in lockdown to cancer. Can you even call yourself a cat lady if you only have 1 cat? I'm just glad I was able to be with Patch till the end, so she could be by my side, like she always was.

She was a bad ass old lady, fearsome and kitten like right to the end. Everyone who saw her assumed she was a kitten because she was so small and playful, but she was so mighty and loving. She had cuddles for everyone who asked, and I feel so lucky that she lived such a long life. I just wish it could have been longer.

My Lady Patchingdon of Adorables. My tiny lady. My Patch. God I'm going to miss you.

Love,
Kitty xxxx


Betty's Beasties Colouring Book

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

 When my lovely friend Betty Brown announced their new colouring book I was super hyped! Her last colouring book was an absolute delight, super diverse and full of a bunch of bad ass babes, so I had no doubt this one would be equally as cool. This book is NSFW, so warning ahead for previews!



This time around, we have Betty's Beasties, all drawn in Betty's signature pin up style, but focusing on mermaids, aliens, and other spooky creatures! As with all of Betty's work, the body types are diverse and gorgeous, so expect plus size beauties, stretch marked lovelies, tattooed cuties, scarred babes and disabled dolls, all ready to be coloured in.


Colouring is just the perfect lockdown activity, it provides great stress relief, as well as a total distraction from reality, so could there be a better time to get your hands on this? Betty is also running a giveaway on her instagram where she is getting so close to 10k followers, so go give her a follow and enter! She often does what she calls 'Butt Portrait' giveaways which are so cool, because who wouldn't want their arse immortalised forever in amazing art?! (Side note, Betty's insta is very NSFW but so so awesome so just be careful!)



With these uncertain times, support the arts is so important, and especially supporting those who are out there doing work with Betty's, with a focus on black women and inclusivity. Got a spooky babe in your life? This would make a super cute Halloween present for them! I can just see myself curled up in the autumn in a blanket working on this.

You can find Betty on Patreon too if you want to support their work on a more regular basis!


This book is currently available for pre-order, and will be with you late September time, just in time for spooky season!


Much love,
Kitty
xxx

ps. This isn't a sponsored post, I just really love what Betty does!


Betty's Beasties Colouring Book

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

 When my lovely friend Betty Brown announced their new colouring book I was super hyped! Her last colouring book was an absolute delight, super diverse and full of a bunch of bad ass babes, so I had no doubt this one would be equally as cool. This book is NSFW, so warning ahead for previews!



This time around, we have Betty's Beasties, all drawn in Betty's signature pin up style, but focusing on mermaids, aliens, and other spooky creatures! As with all of Betty's work, the body types are diverse and gorgeous, so expect plus size beauties, stretch marked lovelies, tattooed cuties, scarred babes and disabled dolls, all ready to be coloured in.


Colouring is just the perfect lockdown activity, it provides great stress relief, as well as a total distraction from reality, so could there be a better time to get your hands on this? Betty is also running a giveaway on her instagram where she is getting so close to 10k followers, so go give her a follow and enter! She often does what she calls 'Butt Portrait' giveaways which are so cool, because who wouldn't want their arse immortalised forever in amazing art?! (Side note, Betty's insta is very NSFW but so so awesome so just be careful!)



With these uncertain times, support the arts is so important, and especially supporting those who are out there doing work with Betty's, with a focus on black women and inclusivity. Got a spooky babe in your life? This would make a super cute Halloween present for them! I can just see myself curled up in the autumn in a blanket working on this.

You can find Betty on Patreon too if you want to support their work on a more regular basis!


This book is currently available for pre-order, and will be with you late September time, just in time for spooky season!


Much love,
Kitty
xxx

ps. This isn't a sponsored post, I just really love what Betty does!


AD Gifted : FoodHub

Saturday, 8 August 2020

AD - full disclosure, FoodHub kindly sent me a voucher for their app to write a blog post about them, I was more than happy to write about them because I already use their app!


 It's a Saturday night, so who can really be bothered to cook dinner? It's the weekend and it's time for a treat, so FoodHub is the answer! I've been using the FoodHub app for a few months now after my favourite local Indian (Paprika Tandoori for anyone in Grimsby!) asked if I wouldn't mind ordering via FoodHub rather than JustEat. I agreed, but I was really curious why he preferred one app over another. He then revealed that JustEat charge a massive % commission, often over 15% of each order, and that it really hit them hard to have orders placed through JE over FoodHub. They in fact offered a 10% discount on FoodHub, because they don't take commission. I was instantly sold! Most takeaways are small, family businesses in many cases, and I didn't like that a huge company was charging them so heavily.



What I also discovered when I downloaded FoodHub, was that there were also a TON more places that would deliver to my address! With other apps I had maybe 5 or 6 options, with FoodHub, I had well over 20. I found a delicious Chinese that makes everything with a tofu option (Sizzling Wok for you GY veggies), an amazing pizza place (Tuscany in Laceby, that's where I ordered from tonight), and I got to support my fave Indian. So much better!

You get a notification when your order is accepted and a rough idea on how long it'll take to get to you, and the estimates are always pretty accurate. Unlike other apps, I've not had a single order cancelled or late. New restaurants and takeaways are being added all the time, so whenever we fancy a takeaway I am always sure to scroll through and see what new options we have.


We've had a few takeaways during lockdown and were impressed by FoodHub's new contact free delivery option. They pop the food on your doorstep, knock, step back and wait for you to come to the door before they go anywhere. The drivers tend to be in masks and gloves which is always a welcome sight.


  

And now a treat for you guys, you can use the code FOOD65300 to get a discount of your own to enjoy!

Details for this code are: £3 off with minimum order spend of £10 and its only for new users on their first order. Expires 31 August. Full terms at Foodhub.co.uk 


This isn't an affiliate code, so there's nothing in it for me, just money off for you! You can find out more following @FoodHubUK on twitter and downloading the app from your app store.


If you are also based in Grimsby, let me know your fave takeaways so I can give them a try too.


Much love,

Kitty

xxxxx

AD Gifted : FoodHub

Saturday, 8 August 2020

AD - full disclosure, FoodHub kindly sent me a voucher for their app to write a blog post about them, I was more than happy to write about them because I already use their app!


 It's a Saturday night, so who can really be bothered to cook dinner? It's the weekend and it's time for a treat, so FoodHub is the answer! I've been using the FoodHub app for a few months now after my favourite local Indian (Paprika Tandoori for anyone in Grimsby!) asked if I wouldn't mind ordering via FoodHub rather than JustEat. I agreed, but I was really curious why he preferred one app over another. He then revealed that JustEat charge a massive % commission, often over 15% of each order, and that it really hit them hard to have orders placed through JE over FoodHub. They in fact offered a 10% discount on FoodHub, because they don't take commission. I was instantly sold! Most takeaways are small, family businesses in many cases, and I didn't like that a huge company was charging them so heavily.



What I also discovered when I downloaded FoodHub, was that there were also a TON more places that would deliver to my address! With other apps I had maybe 5 or 6 options, with FoodHub, I had well over 20. I found a delicious Chinese that makes everything with a tofu option (Sizzling Wok for you GY veggies), an amazing pizza place (Tuscany in Laceby, that's where I ordered from tonight), and I got to support my fave Indian. So much better!

You get a notification when your order is accepted and a rough idea on how long it'll take to get to you, and the estimates are always pretty accurate. Unlike other apps, I've not had a single order cancelled or late. New restaurants and takeaways are being added all the time, so whenever we fancy a takeaway I am always sure to scroll through and see what new options we have.


We've had a few takeaways during lockdown and were impressed by FoodHub's new contact free delivery option. They pop the food on your doorstep, knock, step back and wait for you to come to the door before they go anywhere. The drivers tend to be in masks and gloves which is always a welcome sight.


  

And now a treat for you guys, you can use the code FOOD65300 to get a discount of your own to enjoy!

Details for this code are: £3 off with minimum order spend of £10 and its only for new users on their first order. Expires 31 August. Full terms at Foodhub.co.uk 


This isn't an affiliate code, so there's nothing in it for me, just money off for you! You can find out more following @FoodHubUK on twitter and downloading the app from your app store.


If you are also based in Grimsby, let me know your fave takeaways so I can give them a try too.


Much love,

Kitty

xxxxx

A Curly Girl Method Update : 3 Years+ On

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Consistently one of the things I get asked about most, and have searched for on my blog, is the Curly Girl Method, so I figured as I last did an update in September 2017 after 6 months, I should probably do another update!

So to say my hair has changed drastically is an understatement. I used to think I had curly hair. As these before photo will show you, what I thought was a good hair day, was mostly a bit of a wave, a lot of frizz and wishful thinking. Back then I shampooed and conditioned my hair with any old shampoo and conditioner, maybe chucked some mousse in my hair, diffused my hair upside down, and maybe put a bit of argan oil in the ends. As you can see, it was not in good condition due to the bleaching.


After that photo, I started the Curly Girl Method (popularised by Lorraine Massey, but most of the principles and ideas in this method are taken from things black women have been doing for hair care forever!). The basic principles are to avoid sulfates, silicones, drying alcohols, parabens, waxes, and shampoo entirely. You use conditioner to both wash and condition your hair, hence the term 'cowash', conditioner only washing. You don't use brushes or detangle your hair unless it's full of conditioner, and all your products should be 'CG safe'.

I cut a lot of dead ends off my hair taking it up to my shoulders 3 years ago, and then kept it around collar bone length for a long time while I bleached and coloured it, until the last year or so when I stopped colouring it and started growing it.

In the below photo is my shorter hair, you can see how drastically it changed, more defined ringlets, it looks thicker, much less frizz and damage, actual curls!


So how is my hair now and what is my routine? Well, I always thought my hair's terminal length was above bra strap length. Despite my best efforts my hair has never really grown any longer so I figured that was all it could do, oh well. Except... that's really not true. Despite regular trims (even through lockdown, I cut my own hair, I qualified as a hairdresser when I was younger but never worked in salons), my hair is now the longest it has ever been. I even cut 6 inches off it in April and my hair is now at my waist when wet. I always joked that I wanted to be like a mermaid and be able to use my hair to cover my boobs and well, I can now! Having not seen a lot of my family for months because of lockdown, when people have finally seen me they've been blown away by how much my hair has grown. My own Mum didn't recognise me when I was stood in my front garden the other week before I had my back to her and she hadn't realised my hair was so long now, win!


Here's some very filtered selfies of my hair now with no product or anything in, just left to do it's own thing. This leaves me with relaxed curls or strong waves, I like being able to have the option of this when I just CBA!


And here it is with products, but still left to dry naturally, the day after I've washed it and slept on it. Despite the length, it still forms spirally curls right through the length, there's very little frizz and it's so smooth and shiny looking. It helps that my hair now is almost entirely my natural colour bar the the odd end that is bleached from a very old ombre I had.

So my routine! Some people's routines are super complicated and involve a whole ton of products. I like to keep it as simple as I can because I'm washing my hair, why would I want to dedicate a ton of time to it?!

1) Smother my hair with Superdrug Fruity Cherry & Almond Conditioner, use my fingers to comb my hair from the ends working my way to up to detangle it first. Once detangled, give my scalp a good scrub with my fingers to cowash my hair making sure all my hair feels like it's covered in conditioner and my roots feel like they've been washed. Rinse out thoroughly. When my carpal tunnel was bad I used a scalp brush to do the scrubbing so if you have problems with your hands, give one a go!

2) Condition my hair like I normally would using the same conditioner, and rinse it all out. Make sure my parting is where I want it while I've got conditioner in my hair as if I don't make my parting, my hair really will part whenever the heck it feels like.

3) Squeeze out some of the excess water from the ends of my hair with my hands and wrap up in a microfibre towel while I get dried.

4) Put a tiny, and I do mean tiny, like, a blob that is 3mm at best, amount of Cantu Curl Activator Cream onto my hands, and rub them together to cover my hands. The tiny amount goes really far and you'll soon find your hairs covered. Fill my hair over to one side sort of upside down and scrunch in, repeat for the other side and the back, make sure I've gotten all my hair. That tiny amount of product really makes a lot of different.

5) Next is leave in conditioner. I use either the same Superdrug conditioner, or the XHC Conditioners, usually easy to find in Poundstretcher and Savers for a quid a bottle, perfect for anyone on a budget. My favourite scents are the tea tree which is lush, and the banana because it smells like those foam banana sweets you used to get in pick and mix as a kid. The strawberry one smells like calpol to me, and I don't like ginger so I haven't tried that one. The XHC conditioners contain protein, hair that is over moisturised as mine can be as I don't use heat or colour etc on it can start to drop, so adding some protein into your routine can perk it back up again. I put a good blob of conditioner onto my hands and rub them together, and again scrunch it up into my hair, working my hair round my whole head. Lots of scrunching!

6) Last step is the product. I like the Eco Gel range and usually opt for the Black Castor & Flax Seed Eco Gel. Again, another blob, rub hands together, more scrunching into my hair. Lots of scrunching. Scrunch scrunch scrunch. I find the more I encourage my hair the better it is.

I then usually leave it to dry naturally, and once it is dry, I scrunch out the crunch (SOTC) with my bare, dry hands to get rid of the crunchy look the gel leaves. Sometimes I don't bother with any product and just scrunch in a bit of conditioner for a more relaxed curl.

About once a month I do what we call an 'AVC Rinse' to clarify my hair and get rid of any potential product build up. I take a plastic cup in the shower with me, and put a small amount of apple cider vinegar in it, fill the rest of the cup with water, and carefully pour over my hair making sure I've covered all my scalp and hair. Yes, it does smell strongly of conditioner when I do this, but once I've rinsed it out it really doesn't! The vinegar smell doesn't linger I promise.

At night I sleep in a 'pineapple', I flip my head upside down and form a very loose ponytail on top of my head and use an invisibobble to keep it in place. I also have a satin pillowcase as it doesn't create frizz. In the morning I will usually use some of the XHC Conditioner and scrunch it into my hair to refresh it a little, if I've thrashed about in my sleep or it's looking particularly flat, I'll also use some of the Eco Gel and scrunch that in too, both on totally dry hair, and when that has 'dried' or is crunchy looking, scrunch out again with my bare dry hands. Scrunching is key to my routine!

If my hair has any frizz or fly aways I want to tame, I use lube, yes, that lube! It needs to be a water based lube for the ingredients to be suitable, but a small amount of lube can really help smooth out curls. You can also use it on your hands when you SOTC. I've used the Tesco own brand gentle and unflavoured lube and tend to find it helps when I'm pushing day 3 or 4 hair when I tend to have a bit more frizz.


So, my words of warning. Technically, I break a lot of the super strict Curly Girl Method rules with my routine. They don't like lots of scrunching (you shouldn't touch your hair! you'll make frizz!), and very recently they decided that the Superdry conditioner I use isn't CG friendly. All because it has a teeny amount of one ingredient that Lorraine Massey has added to her banned list that a lot of other people are arguing is water soluble and not damaging. So I've opted to keep using it because clearly it's working for my hair, as well as being vegan and cruelty free. I try wherever possible to use cruelty free products, but getting information about some brands and companies is nearly impossible.

Some of the Facebook groups can be REALLY intimidating to a newbie, everything looks really really complicated and the rules seem to constantly change. Me and my Mum both do our own versions of the method but don't follow it 100% because what works for one person's hair, might not work for someone else's. My Mum's hair loves a lo-poo (a gentle type of shampoo), whereas mine loves to be totally shampoo free. Even all my scalp eczema has totally cleared up! I know a lot of people seem blunt in their answers to questions and I'm so sorry, and I am happy to do my best to help you here!

The method is also very focused on Caucasian hair in these groups, despite all the concepts coming from black women. You'll see people with wavy hair tell people with Afro hair that they shouldn't use oil for example, or shout about no combs ever, and I don't like that. What works for 4C Afro hair is going to be totally different to what works for my 3A Caucasian hair, and the focus on Caucasian hair makes me really uncomfortable. It feels like a lot of the Curly Girl language and ideas has been co-opted from the Natural Hair movement with none of the credit and a sudden focus on Caucasian hair. So while yes it works, this method is problematic and I wish more people were more thoughtful in their words and use of hair terms. I am forever seeing white women say their hair 'dreads up' when they are describing matting, and are using dreadlocks as a negative descriptor, or saying their hair is an unruly Afro when it's not gone to their tastes and it's really frustrating. In the UK in particular, hairdressers are often trained with no thought at all for Afro hair, and I can say this because the hairdressing school I attended had NO courses for Afro hair, and when I asked about getting one, none of their tutors were qualified in any Afro hair cutting or care either!

So ultimately, what works for one person's hair, doesn't work for all hair. I 100% think that this method has helped me recover my hair and allowed it to grow, but I don't think being perfectly CG 24/7 is necessary, or productive to insist on. If you want to straighten your hair for a night out a couple of times a year, it is going to cause some damage, but it's not going to destroy all your hard work in one fell swoop now that your products and conditioners aren't damaging your hair.

Hair should be fun, and the method shouldn't be a super serious almost cult like rule book with one woman being heralded as the rule creator. So while I do describe myself as doing the CG method, it's a loose thing, and it's just not that serious!

Much love,
Kitty
xxxxxxx


A Curly Girl Method Update : 3 Years+ On

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Consistently one of the things I get asked about most, and have searched for on my blog, is the Curly Girl Method, so I figured as I last did an update in September 2017 after 6 months, I should probably do another update!

So to say my hair has changed drastically is an understatement. I used to think I had curly hair. As these before photo will show you, what I thought was a good hair day, was mostly a bit of a wave, a lot of frizz and wishful thinking. Back then I shampooed and conditioned my hair with any old shampoo and conditioner, maybe chucked some mousse in my hair, diffused my hair upside down, and maybe put a bit of argan oil in the ends. As you can see, it was not in good condition due to the bleaching.


After that photo, I started the Curly Girl Method (popularised by Lorraine Massey, but most of the principles and ideas in this method are taken from things black women have been doing for hair care forever!). The basic principles are to avoid sulfates, silicones, drying alcohols, parabens, waxes, and shampoo entirely. You use conditioner to both wash and condition your hair, hence the term 'cowash', conditioner only washing. You don't use brushes or detangle your hair unless it's full of conditioner, and all your products should be 'CG safe'.

I cut a lot of dead ends off my hair taking it up to my shoulders 3 years ago, and then kept it around collar bone length for a long time while I bleached and coloured it, until the last year or so when I stopped colouring it and started growing it.

In the below photo is my shorter hair, you can see how drastically it changed, more defined ringlets, it looks thicker, much less frizz and damage, actual curls!


So how is my hair now and what is my routine? Well, I always thought my hair's terminal length was above bra strap length. Despite my best efforts my hair has never really grown any longer so I figured that was all it could do, oh well. Except... that's really not true. Despite regular trims (even through lockdown, I cut my own hair, I qualified as a hairdresser when I was younger but never worked in salons), my hair is now the longest it has ever been. I even cut 6 inches off it in April and my hair is now at my waist when wet. I always joked that I wanted to be like a mermaid and be able to use my hair to cover my boobs and well, I can now! Having not seen a lot of my family for months because of lockdown, when people have finally seen me they've been blown away by how much my hair has grown. My own Mum didn't recognise me when I was stood in my front garden the other week before I had my back to her and she hadn't realised my hair was so long now, win!


Here's some very filtered selfies of my hair now with no product or anything in, just left to do it's own thing. This leaves me with relaxed curls or strong waves, I like being able to have the option of this when I just CBA!


And here it is with products, but still left to dry naturally, the day after I've washed it and slept on it. Despite the length, it still forms spirally curls right through the length, there's very little frizz and it's so smooth and shiny looking. It helps that my hair now is almost entirely my natural colour bar the the odd end that is bleached from a very old ombre I had.

So my routine! Some people's routines are super complicated and involve a whole ton of products. I like to keep it as simple as I can because I'm washing my hair, why would I want to dedicate a ton of time to it?!

1) Smother my hair with Superdrug Fruity Cherry & Almond Conditioner, use my fingers to comb my hair from the ends working my way to up to detangle it first. Once detangled, give my scalp a good scrub with my fingers to cowash my hair making sure all my hair feels like it's covered in conditioner and my roots feel like they've been washed. Rinse out thoroughly. When my carpal tunnel was bad I used a scalp brush to do the scrubbing so if you have problems with your hands, give one a go!

2) Condition my hair like I normally would using the same conditioner, and rinse it all out. Make sure my parting is where I want it while I've got conditioner in my hair as if I don't make my parting, my hair really will part whenever the heck it feels like.

3) Squeeze out some of the excess water from the ends of my hair with my hands and wrap up in a microfibre towel while I get dried.

4) Put a tiny, and I do mean tiny, like, a blob that is 3mm at best, amount of Cantu Curl Activator Cream onto my hands, and rub them together to cover my hands. The tiny amount goes really far and you'll soon find your hairs covered. Fill my hair over to one side sort of upside down and scrunch in, repeat for the other side and the back, make sure I've gotten all my hair. That tiny amount of product really makes a lot of different.

5) Next is leave in conditioner. I use either the same Superdrug conditioner, or the XHC Conditioners, usually easy to find in Poundstretcher and Savers for a quid a bottle, perfect for anyone on a budget. My favourite scents are the tea tree which is lush, and the banana because it smells like those foam banana sweets you used to get in pick and mix as a kid. The strawberry one smells like calpol to me, and I don't like ginger so I haven't tried that one. The XHC conditioners contain protein, hair that is over moisturised as mine can be as I don't use heat or colour etc on it can start to drop, so adding some protein into your routine can perk it back up again. I put a good blob of conditioner onto my hands and rub them together, and again scrunch it up into my hair, working my hair round my whole head. Lots of scrunching!

6) Last step is the product. I like the Eco Gel range and usually opt for the Black Castor & Flax Seed Eco Gel. Again, another blob, rub hands together, more scrunching into my hair. Lots of scrunching. Scrunch scrunch scrunch. I find the more I encourage my hair the better it is.

I then usually leave it to dry naturally, and once it is dry, I scrunch out the crunch (SOTC) with my bare, dry hands to get rid of the crunchy look the gel leaves. Sometimes I don't bother with any product and just scrunch in a bit of conditioner for a more relaxed curl.

About once a month I do what we call an 'AVC Rinse' to clarify my hair and get rid of any potential product build up. I take a plastic cup in the shower with me, and put a small amount of apple cider vinegar in it, fill the rest of the cup with water, and carefully pour over my hair making sure I've covered all my scalp and hair. Yes, it does smell strongly of conditioner when I do this, but once I've rinsed it out it really doesn't! The vinegar smell doesn't linger I promise.

At night I sleep in a 'pineapple', I flip my head upside down and form a very loose ponytail on top of my head and use an invisibobble to keep it in place. I also have a satin pillowcase as it doesn't create frizz. In the morning I will usually use some of the XHC Conditioner and scrunch it into my hair to refresh it a little, if I've thrashed about in my sleep or it's looking particularly flat, I'll also use some of the Eco Gel and scrunch that in too, both on totally dry hair, and when that has 'dried' or is crunchy looking, scrunch out again with my bare dry hands. Scrunching is key to my routine!

If my hair has any frizz or fly aways I want to tame, I use lube, yes, that lube! It needs to be a water based lube for the ingredients to be suitable, but a small amount of lube can really help smooth out curls. You can also use it on your hands when you SOTC. I've used the Tesco own brand gentle and unflavoured lube and tend to find it helps when I'm pushing day 3 or 4 hair when I tend to have a bit more frizz.


So, my words of warning. Technically, I break a lot of the super strict Curly Girl Method rules with my routine. They don't like lots of scrunching (you shouldn't touch your hair! you'll make frizz!), and very recently they decided that the Superdry conditioner I use isn't CG friendly. All because it has a teeny amount of one ingredient that Lorraine Massey has added to her banned list that a lot of other people are arguing is water soluble and not damaging. So I've opted to keep using it because clearly it's working for my hair, as well as being vegan and cruelty free. I try wherever possible to use cruelty free products, but getting information about some brands and companies is nearly impossible.

Some of the Facebook groups can be REALLY intimidating to a newbie, everything looks really really complicated and the rules seem to constantly change. Me and my Mum both do our own versions of the method but don't follow it 100% because what works for one person's hair, might not work for someone else's. My Mum's hair loves a lo-poo (a gentle type of shampoo), whereas mine loves to be totally shampoo free. Even all my scalp eczema has totally cleared up! I know a lot of people seem blunt in their answers to questions and I'm so sorry, and I am happy to do my best to help you here!

The method is also very focused on Caucasian hair in these groups, despite all the concepts coming from black women. You'll see people with wavy hair tell people with Afro hair that they shouldn't use oil for example, or shout about no combs ever, and I don't like that. What works for 4C Afro hair is going to be totally different to what works for my 3A Caucasian hair, and the focus on Caucasian hair makes me really uncomfortable. It feels like a lot of the Curly Girl language and ideas has been co-opted from the Natural Hair movement with none of the credit and a sudden focus on Caucasian hair. So while yes it works, this method is problematic and I wish more people were more thoughtful in their words and use of hair terms. I am forever seeing white women say their hair 'dreads up' when they are describing matting, and are using dreadlocks as a negative descriptor, or saying their hair is an unruly Afro when it's not gone to their tastes and it's really frustrating. In the UK in particular, hairdressers are often trained with no thought at all for Afro hair, and I can say this because the hairdressing school I attended had NO courses for Afro hair, and when I asked about getting one, none of their tutors were qualified in any Afro hair cutting or care either!

So ultimately, what works for one person's hair, doesn't work for all hair. I 100% think that this method has helped me recover my hair and allowed it to grow, but I don't think being perfectly CG 24/7 is necessary, or productive to insist on. If you want to straighten your hair for a night out a couple of times a year, it is going to cause some damage, but it's not going to destroy all your hard work in one fell swoop now that your products and conditioners aren't damaging your hair.

Hair should be fun, and the method shouldn't be a super serious almost cult like rule book with one woman being heralded as the rule creator. So while I do describe myself as doing the CG method, it's a loose thing, and it's just not that serious!

Much love,
Kitty
xxxxxxx


The Enchanted Garden

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Supporting local small business is more important than ever with the pandemic and economic downturn, so I wanted to share my favourite Grimsby based florist, The Enchanted Garden.



We've used The Enchanted Garden as a company several times, in both sad times and for their fun workshops, and every time we've used them they've been fantastic. The photos above are photos they took of the flowers they made for me and Stu for my Grandma's funeral tribute. Gina from The Enchanted Garden really has a way of understanding what you want, even when it isn't the most typical of requests. Asking for a star shape, and for succulents to be involved, as well as hot pink, is certainly not your standard funeral arrangement, but Gina listens and really takes care to try to understand who the flowers are for so she can create you something beautiful. She also did the funeral flowers for my Grandad G and did a stunning job with them. Using succulents in them also means we were able to take small parts of their flowers with us, and my parents have propogated dozens of succulents from their funeral flowers that we all have in our homes and gardens, which I think is such a lovely touch. Gina even managed to make us an arrangement for our friend Andie who passed away recently during lockdown, with only 2 days notice, and make it so fitting for who he was as a person. To do that on such short notice was amazing and meant a lot to us.

     

     

They do wedding flowers, and any other occasion flower you might want, as well as gorgeous bunches of flowers, and also host workshops. I've done their Christmas centrepiece workshop and a Spring Wreath workshop and both were so much fun. I'm usually the youngest one who attends these as they are really popular with the older generation, but I love flowers and floristry and highly recommend giving one a go!

If you are based in the Grimsby area I can't recommend The Enchanted Garden enough. I decided to write this blog not because I was paid to or sent products or anything like that, but because I think the company deserves the small amount of promotion I can give them. When you see someone take such care and put so much love into what they do, it should be shared.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

The Enchanted Garden

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Supporting local small business is more important than ever with the pandemic and economic downturn, so I wanted to share my favourite Grimsby based florist, The Enchanted Garden.



We've used The Enchanted Garden as a company several times, in both sad times and for their fun workshops, and every time we've used them they've been fantastic. The photos above are photos they took of the flowers they made for me and Stu for my Grandma's funeral tribute. Gina from The Enchanted Garden really has a way of understanding what you want, even when it isn't the most typical of requests. Asking for a star shape, and for succulents to be involved, as well as hot pink, is certainly not your standard funeral arrangement, but Gina listens and really takes care to try to understand who the flowers are for so she can create you something beautiful. She also did the funeral flowers for my Grandad G and did a stunning job with them. Using succulents in them also means we were able to take small parts of their flowers with us, and my parents have propogated dozens of succulents from their funeral flowers that we all have in our homes and gardens, which I think is such a lovely touch. Gina even managed to make us an arrangement for our friend Andie who passed away recently during lockdown, with only 2 days notice, and make it so fitting for who he was as a person. To do that on such short notice was amazing and meant a lot to us.

     

     

They do wedding flowers, and any other occasion flower you might want, as well as gorgeous bunches of flowers, and also host workshops. I've done their Christmas centrepiece workshop and a Spring Wreath workshop and both were so much fun. I'm usually the youngest one who attends these as they are really popular with the older generation, but I love flowers and floristry and highly recommend giving one a go!

If you are based in the Grimsby area I can't recommend The Enchanted Garden enough. I decided to write this blog not because I was paid to or sent products or anything like that, but because I think the company deserves the small amount of promotion I can give them. When you see someone take such care and put so much love into what they do, it should be shared.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Lockdown Favourites

Monday, 13 July 2020

In the spirit of maybe sort of getting back into blogging, I figured I'd share some of my favourite things I've been enjoying during lockdown.


The Mountain Range

We ordered my Mum and Stu's Mum Mother's Day gifts from Crafty Glass London, and I've previously bought gifts for my Nanny and Grandad from them as well. Their products are always beautiful, arrive so safely packaged, and I think offer a really unusual gift. I really need to get us something from their range for our house because I love it all and keep buying it for everyone else, except me! Who knew I'd need a stained glass ghost, or a shrimp, or a Snorlax? It's stained glass made modern and quirky and so much fun. I could happily buy myself half their shop if I had the funds! Shopping independently and supporting small businesses is more important than ever because of lockdown.

The Mini Monstera Leaf

PokémonGO


For a game that requires you to go outside and play, they've totally overhauled the game to make it so you can play it from home while it hasn't been safe to go outside. I've particularly been loving the AR photography aspect of the game. I was a photographer before carpal tunnel took that from me, so AR photography using my phone has been a fun way to feel creative without the pain my real camera causes me over time.


They've made Community Day an event we could still enjoy, even though it has to be from your home on your own, and added so many quality of life updates. Shout out to Niantic for working incredibly hard to make a game that is designed to be played out walking so playable at home!

I actually have a whole instagram dedicated just to Pokémon, so if you are also a fan come follow me and the awesome AR community over at https://www.instagram.com/kittypokemonsalot/

Our New Wooden Floor

We got a new floor fitted in our front room about a week before lockdown started. Huge thanks to my Dad, Stu and Cameron for their hardwork getting it done! It meant we overhauled our front room, getting rid of a few pieces of furniture and making it a lot more minimal, and I love it so much more now.

The old carpet was a gross sort of beige sort of gray sort of pinkish colour with some bad staining in some parts I just couldn't get out no matter how I tried. It came with the house so was well overdue replacing. Now we have an ashy wooden floor and it has totally transformed the whole room.


The best and more unexpected part of our new floor is Patches complete obsession with it. She is 22 years old (yes really!) and like a kitten with it. She loves to slide on it chase her toys or anything else she can find that looks fun. Sometimes we catch her charging about on it and she isn't even playing with anything, she just loves to slide on it! It's made her so playful that I think most people would be really shocked to hear her age. She makes this little chirrupy meow when she's playing that I firmly maintain is the cutest noise ever.


What are you recent lockdown faves? I might share my TV show favourites soon.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Lockdown Favourites

Monday, 13 July 2020

In the spirit of maybe sort of getting back into blogging, I figured I'd share some of my favourite things I've been enjoying during lockdown.


The Mountain Range

We ordered my Mum and Stu's Mum Mother's Day gifts from Crafty Glass London, and I've previously bought gifts for my Nanny and Grandad from them as well. Their products are always beautiful, arrive so safely packaged, and I think offer a really unusual gift. I really need to get us something from their range for our house because I love it all and keep buying it for everyone else, except me! Who knew I'd need a stained glass ghost, or a shrimp, or a Snorlax? It's stained glass made modern and quirky and so much fun. I could happily buy myself half their shop if I had the funds! Shopping independently and supporting small businesses is more important than ever because of lockdown.

The Mini Monstera Leaf

PokémonGO


For a game that requires you to go outside and play, they've totally overhauled the game to make it so you can play it from home while it hasn't been safe to go outside. I've particularly been loving the AR photography aspect of the game. I was a photographer before carpal tunnel took that from me, so AR photography using my phone has been a fun way to feel creative without the pain my real camera causes me over time.


They've made Community Day an event we could still enjoy, even though it has to be from your home on your own, and added so many quality of life updates. Shout out to Niantic for working incredibly hard to make a game that is designed to be played out walking so playable at home!

I actually have a whole instagram dedicated just to Pokémon, so if you are also a fan come follow me and the awesome AR community over at https://www.instagram.com/kittypokemonsalot/

Our New Wooden Floor

We got a new floor fitted in our front room about a week before lockdown started. Huge thanks to my Dad, Stu and Cameron for their hardwork getting it done! It meant we overhauled our front room, getting rid of a few pieces of furniture and making it a lot more minimal, and I love it so much more now.

The old carpet was a gross sort of beige sort of gray sort of pinkish colour with some bad staining in some parts I just couldn't get out no matter how I tried. It came with the house so was well overdue replacing. Now we have an ashy wooden floor and it has totally transformed the whole room.


The best and more unexpected part of our new floor is Patches complete obsession with it. She is 22 years old (yes really!) and like a kitten with it. She loves to slide on it chase her toys or anything else she can find that looks fun. Sometimes we catch her charging about on it and she isn't even playing with anything, she just loves to slide on it! It's made her so playful that I think most people would be really shocked to hear her age. She makes this little chirrupy meow when she's playing that I firmly maintain is the cutest noise ever.


What are you recent lockdown faves? I might share my TV show favourites soon.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx