Saturday, 29 December 2012

New Year, New...

It's that time of year again, Christmas has just emptied my bank balance and filled out my favourite dresses, and now the dreaded New Year is upon us!

Why do people put so much emphasis on one night which quite frankly in my opinion is a whole lot of pressure to have the best night of the year when generally we spend it FREEZING, queueing up outside scummy little bars and pubs who charge five pounds to get in and once you get in there it stinks of sweat, is so crowded you can hardly turn around and can't even get served at the bar anyway because it's at least 10 people deep!

You spend about £40 on a taxi and wake up the next day feeling bruised, tired and wondering where all your money went when you only managed to buy two drinks all night!

You also spend the next day eating crap, laying on the sofa watching Mary Poppins declaring that "The diet starts tomorrow!" every time you pop another Christmas chocolate in your mouth.

I'd much rather get it all over with as quickly as possible, like pulling off a plaster, just grit your teeth get through New Years eve and day and then we can all go back to normal and get through the next 11 months until December creeps back up on us and we have to go through it all again!

So I don't have for you a list of New Year resolutions, (I don't make any so I won't break any!) but I will try to write posts for you more often, take more photographs with Nicky Nikon and show you more of my new southern life!

Happy New Year!

Kayl X

Friday, 6 July 2012

Introducing Joan...

I mentioned last time that i'd just bought myself a dutch bike, well I thought i'd formally introduce her to you, so here she is, my beautiful Joan...

She's a Viking Westwood and was named by my friend Kristen, I think she suits it very well!

Monday, 2 July 2012

From Couch Potato to Lean Mean Exercising Machine!

For the longest time i've been super lazy, probably since secondary school when it wasn't 'cool' to ride bikes all weekend anymore and I started to hear the call of the high street. Now don't get me wrong, I used to walk about three miles everyday but this was more due to the fact that I don't drive and am too much of a tightwad to pay £1.50 for the bus to town when I can walk it, and maybe more importantly, remember when the same bus used to charge 42p! But I am a bit of a slob, I like pyjama days and sitting on my bum all day watching The Big Bang Theory with a constant stream of crappy foods to keep me amused, apart from the almost daily walks to town and back I was a complete exercise phobe.

However, that's all (almost) changed. Two months ago I moved to Dorset, and i'm now living with family until my job starts in September and I can finally rent my own place.

My sister asked me when I moved here if I wanted to go swimming with her, I don't think i've ever properly swam since primary school swimming lessons but I said yes, it would give me something to look forward to every week as until I start work i've got a LOT of free time on my hands and not a lot to fill it. So off I went to the pool, and in 45 minutes i'd swam EIGHT lengths! I had to rest between each length, got cramp in my foot and felt like i'd gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson the next day.

But I didn't give up, every week I swim more and more lengths, the rests got shorter and I can now swim six lengths without stopping and most importantly, i'm pain free the next day which is a big achievement for me.

Anyway, the swimming seems to have set off some kind of exercise bomb inside my brain, not only do we swim once a week but we also got an amazing deal through Groupon for 10 gym day passes for £16 (Usually £15 each!) we've been doing half an hour in the gym, Body Combat and Aqua Aerobics every Monday, I also plan on getting a gym membership when I start work, and i've bought dumbbells and a bike! She's a beautiful cream dutch bike, currently in my sisters shed, waiting for the rain to stop so that I can go over and fetch her.

But most importantly I now look forward to exercise, it makes me feel better and although it's early days and i'm not yet seeing any changes to my body I can feel them, my resistance is slowly building up and it's only going to get better. I would recommend to anyone to try to exercise more, as once I got over the initial hump, it's the best thing i've ever done!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Hey! Small Boobs Count Too!

I came to terms with the fact that I wasn't going to be blessed in the breast department a long time ago. After I spent my school days stuffing my bra, buying padded bras, covering myself up, making jokes before anyone else did so that I could laugh too and then going home, throwing myself on my bed and sobbing my heart out.

I am honestly fine about it now. I don't mind that there isn't a great deal there, I stopped stuffing my bra a long time ago, I don't buy bra's with inches and inches of padding, I don't even cry anymore. In fact I thank my lucky stars that I don't have backache like some big boobed women do, people look at my face rather than stare at my chest (because really there isn't anything to stare at!) and I can run for the bus without fear of knocking myself out. What I don't like about being a small chested woman is that we're not really catered for, and no-one seems to care!

There are so many websites designed for women with quite frankly more than their fair share, but I have just spent two days scouring the internet for some kind of swimwear that will make me feel like a fully grown woman rather than an over grown girl and have got nowhere.

Let me tell you my issues with swimwear (and not just swimwear, this also applies to bra's)

  1. I do not want to walk around with three inches of padding strapped to my chest, it's not attractive, it's not comfortable and you feel 10X worse when you take it off.
  2. I don't want ruffles or frills or tassels to give the illusion of a fuller bust, I'm not five years old, nor am I a can-can or salsa dancer. (Plus it doesn't work anyway)
  3. Tiny little triangles of brightly coloured material makes small boobs look smaller.
  4. Full swimsuits make you feel like you're 10 years old again in school swimming lessons.
  5. Molded cups are useless if you haven't got anything to go in them in the first place, they gape and everyone sees your nipples.
  6.  And Finally... Bandeau tops FLATTEN and SLIDE OFF rendering them utterly useless!
All i'm looking for is something that's comfortable, fashionable, makes me look and feel like a woman, something that I won't have to worry about floating off  in the pool, and most of all something that fits without the risk of everyone seeing a bit of nip when you bend down!

I shouldn't have to shove a load of gel filled, delightfully named "chicken fillets" into my bra to feel like a woman, I shouldn't have to hide under water so that people can't see my chest or lack of. I should be able to walk proud on a beach or at the swimming pool and not have to worry if people think i'm a tall, tattoo'd 12 year old.

Small busts are just as much of a problem to women as big busts are, someone needs to fix this and not just shove some kind of implant or insert at it. Where's the research into what our needs are?!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

All done in the room... SOLD!

Just to let you know i've added more items to sell on Ebay, you can see them HERE, also some items finish TONIGHT, to be sure you take a look so as to not miss out on a bargain. I've put my Swedish Hasbeens on there now, along with other items both vintage and new, some you might have even seen here on Cameos and Espadrilles.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Spring is in the Air!

Spring has well and truly sprung! While the south are having a wonderful sunny Saturday by all accounts, we here in the north east are experiencing a lovely fresh, but misty day, which promises to clear into a glorious Sunday.

I spent my morning kneading dough and thought i'd write a little something while it's on it's second prove, getting ready to go into the oven where the heat will magically turn it into some kind of delicious, sticky fruit loaf. (You can see this over on my brand new baking blog The Bake Away)

Has everyone sorted out their wardrobes yet or are you, like me, still clinging on to those Winter warmers. I don't think i've been out of a hoodie since October! But I still like to look at lovely Spring/Summer clothes in anticipation, here are my favourite six from Topshop's Spring Equinox collection....

And just one last reminder that it's finally Spring...

Aren't they the most beautiful, delicate blue? Perfect Spring colour, i'm sure you'll agree...

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Bid bid bid... Sob sob sob...

Long story short, i'm moving and selling some stuff including some vintage pieces, you can find and bid for them on Ebay HERE

Also, and you don't understand how much it pains me to say this but i'm selling my beautiful, much loved Swedish Hasbeens, you can see them below, they are a size 6 and i've only ever worn them outside once. They come with the original box and are like new. If anyone would like them, I want £90 for them, with £5.00 postage. (They cost £165 brand new)

I'm only selling them because we're seriously downsizing and like I said i've only worn them outside once so if you'd like them comment below with your Paypal e-mail address.

Monday, 12 March 2012

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

I've been a fully fledged member of the nail art gang for a while now, changing my nails at least twice a week, but this is the first time i'm showing off my nails.

I'm getting bored waiting for my acrylic nail kit to arrive from Hong Kong (I'm expecting it any day now!) and have been spending a lot of time looking through nail art blogs for inspiration, which is where I saw beautiful tiny roses and decided to turn them into Cath Kidston inspired nails.

They're super cute and will keep me satisfied for a couple of days before i'm itching to change them yet again! By which time I hope my acrylic kit will have arrived and i'll be roping everyone in for practice!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Stand Out From the Crowd

Stand Out From the Crowd

Be bold and bright, express yourself through colour and texture. Fashion is something that happens twice a year, style is what we make of it. Don't be fashionable, be stylish!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Blossom - WOAH!

There's always that one TV programme you remember from being young, one you remember so fondly you wish it could have carried on forever.

For me that was definitely Blossom. My best friend has never seen Blossom, I always forget this fact and everytime we see something to do with Beaches, for example the music video to Wind Beneath my Wings, I always shout "Oh, did you used to watch Blossom?!" The answer is always "No Kayleigh, how many times!!" I must explain for all of you not in the know, Mayim Bialik, the actress who played Blossom also played the young CC Bloom (Bette Midler) in Beaches.

Only recently, after watching her for a whole series did I realise that the actress playing Amy Farrah Fowler in my new favourite TV programme - The Big Bang Theory - who I always thought looked just like Blossom actually IS Blossom, well actually is Mayim Bialik.

After realising this I decided to see if I could watch episodes of Blossom on the internet, boy can I! Some lovely person has uploaded every single episode onto YouTube for my viewing pleasure. I have 12 episodes left of the whole five series that were made, and i'm even more in love with Blossom than I ever was.
For those of you who never watched Blossom, it was quite unique, and way ahead of its time. It was filmed and aired in the early 1990's, and featured a single parent family, only the single parent was the dad, Nick - a musician, the mum, Maddie had ran off to Paris to sing in clubs leaving her husband to look after their three children; Anthony - a recovering addict, Joey - a lovable, yet incredibly stupid jock, and Blossom - the star of the show, smart and funny, and growing up in a house full of men with only her fast talking best friend Six to talk to about 'girl stuff'

It was funny and sweet like an American sitcom should be but it covered real issues like divorce, drink and drug problems, sex, first loves and getting your first period!!

But what really stood out for me was the fashion! Costume Designer Sherry Thompson was also way ahead of her time, dressing the characters, Mainly Blossom and Six in vintage clothes, which now is something growing more common every day but 20 years ago, teenage girls wearing vintage clothing was almost unheard of!

As I said, i'm almost finished re-watching every single episode of Blossom and I have to admit I would wear 90% of the outfits the girls wore on this show today. From Blossom's skirt made from ties to Six's purple cowboy boots. The fashion was amazing on Blossom, but don't take my word for it, see for yourselves!

 And ok, ok it wasn't just the fashion we watched it for, Joey Lawrence (Joey) and Michael Stoyanov (Anthony) were part of the attraction!