Saturday, 20 December 2014

Adventures with Mary Burgers

When Mary Burgers posted on her tumblr that she was moving to England for a year, to Sheffield no less, I was thrilled. I had previously messaged her and we had chatted about how much I wanted to photograph her and how awesome I think she was. I fan-girled quite a lot actually. So I figured I may as well message her again and hopefully I hadn't creeped her out too much! Luckily for me, Mary was super eager to shoot, yay!

We set a date for a cold December Saturday and as soon as I met Mary I knew I was totally right, she was indeed awesome and we had so much fun! Mary and I have quite a similar body shape, so shared the woes of plus size girls with bellies and no boobs, nattered about all sorts, and got to eat the most amazing brownies too.

First off, while it was still light out, I took Mary to my favourite woodland location and she looked all adorable. You would never have known it was barely above 1°c! She is a right trooper.

And of course, I got Mary in her pants.

My Mum's cat Rokki couldn't resist getting in on the posing action!

Dat face!

I also broke out my old favourite prop, Minnie Mouse ears.

I want to photograph more plus size babes so bad! Get in touch if you want to collaborate <3

I had the most awesome day with Mary, and I hope we get to shoot again before she runs off back to the US. She is a total sweetheart and we spent the whole day laughing, which is just the best sort of day!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

ps. If you want to see more of my photography, check it out here, Kitty Wood Photography

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Pretty in Pink

Dress - Simply Be (bought second hand from eBay)
Denim jacket - New Look (modified by me)
Tights - Evans (modified by me)
Boots - Demonia

I went to a friend of Stu's engagement party recently and this was my outfit! The dress was a big risk for me, it's a lot shorter than I usually feel comfortable in, but the dress was so cute I couldn't resist, and I felt fab wearing it! I feel really bad ass when I wear my ripped up tights and boots, and thought it helped keep the outfit on the smart casual side as we were going to a local pub, not anywhere fancy. And I always feel the need to wear my denim jacket. I bloody adore it.

It makes me happy that I'm feeling braver and wearing things out of my comfort zone. I try to encourage people to do it but struggle so much to do it myself. Yay for a little success! It is so close to Christmas now, I'm hoping to get a few more cute outfit photos to post through till the new year!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Dreaming of jewellery....

I love shiny jewellery and pretty things. I'm hoping Santa might bring me one or two because I think I've been at least a little bit well behaved this year.

HLSK Fenella II $155 AUD

Everything HLSK is just truly stunning. The stones they use are always incredible and unusual, and the settings are so different and wonderful.

Sugar & Vice do two versions of this necklace, but I love the red and black combination in this one, and the black skulls. Perfect with a LBD.

I love the almost pentagram-like mix with the moon. BMM create stunning jewellery that doesn't  tarnish and is so hardwearing whilst being beautiful.

The print on this necklace is just gorgeous, I love galaxy print, and it works so well with the moon shape of this necklace. I have a few pieces from Bete Noire and love them.

Continuing on my apparent accidental moon theme, another gorgeous piece from BMM. I love the shapes in this, the mix of curves and angles.

Oh BloodMilk. How you do torment thee. Such beautiful designs. Such lust. I love everything they do!

I am in dire lust for midi rings, and this silver wishbone ring from BMM is begging to adorn quite possibly several of my fingers constantly.

This necklace comes in either semi-translucent acrylic, or mirrored acrylic. I love the translucent look, it's really different! But then the mirrored would reflect the light amazingly..... aaah! How could I possibly decide?

What shinies are you hoping Santa will bring you?

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas is here!

This year Stu and I decided we wanted to get a real Christmas tree for the front room. That lovely smell, they are just so much prettier, and it could be a new Christmas tradition for us. We got our tree from a local farm, Town Gate Farm. We picked out a Nordman Fir, a variety that is supposed to hold it's needles better. It was the most expensive type, but I still think a bargain at £42!

You may notice there is a key part of our Christmas tree missing.... the star at the top. As it turns out, we don't have one! Last year we had a butterfly on the top but the clip on it has broken, so we are hoping to find a star for it I think. I hate tinsel, so it's a tinsel-free tree, sorry if you like it, but it really doesn't do it for me. We have two trees in our house, this one that I decorate, and then what we like to call the 'Christmas vomit tree' which Stu's two youngest kids do. And that will have aaaaall the tinsel on it anyone could possibly fit on a tree.

Two of my favourite baubles, two custom Sugar & Vice baubles. One with a True Romance quote, which is mine and Stu's favourite film, and one with our names on :) The Kitty and Stu one is from last year, which is why it has little marks on it, it's covered in glitter from being stored with all the glittery baubles!

Sugar & Vice Heart Bauble (no longer available)

Sugar & Vice skull bauble (no longer available)

Merry Effing Christmas Bauble £3.50 or 4 for £10.50

When we saw these, Stu had to have them! Wooden laser cut baubles with a naughty twist.

Crystal Skull Bauble £3.50 or 4 for £10.50

New this year to Sugar & Vice, these reflect the light from our lights so beautifully!

An awesome set of 6 different shape and colour gemstones, these look great with the lights behind them.

A robin bauble from Asda last year to represent Stu's daughter.... guess what her name is?

An owl, cause Stu has a total obsession with owls. He is so funny looking I couldn't not get him. Also from Asda last year.

I really like how the clear baubles with stuff inside look. There is probably a technical name for these but I have no idea what it is. Also from Asda last year.

A new one for Stu this year, he's a postie and I could not resist! It's really solid and heavy duty. £2 from Asda.

I maaaaybe have a little thing for stags as Christmas decorations. Our tree is covered in them. Most of them are from Brigg Garden Centre, and cost at the most £3 each, and some of them are massive. If you have kids, Brigg Garden Centre is a total must. Their Santa is wonderful and so so funny, and they have some gorgeous Christmas decorations. I could have spent a fortune.

I am so excited for Christmas this year!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Spooky Winter Goodness

Jumper - ASOS Curve
Dress - ASOS Curve
Leggings - ASOS Curve
Boots - Demonia

Nope, I am not ever, ever getting over Halloween, sorry guys. It might be winter now but I am still grabbing Halloween themed bargains whenever I can and this ASOS Curve jumper is my fave! My whole outfit is ASOS other than for my beloved boots which are sadly from the no longer with us Demonia :( I could cry! I don't know what I will do when these boots eventually fall apart and I have to replace them.

Alternative Footwear have the last of Demonia's stock and it is all on sale. Here is what I am lusting after and hoping Santa might bring me....

I have the other pair of UV creepers that Demonia did, and this leopard print have totally sold me too. The club I tend to go to a lot has UV areas and I want to wear these to it so bad!

These are so stompy and ridiculously bad ass and amazing. I love how chunky that platform is!

When I was a kid, my first pair of Doc Martens were a calf high pair, and I totally adored them. Since then I stopped wearing leather, and my feet grew, so they are no good for me. These however are pleather and perfect!

Please Santa?

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Last minute gift ideas!

I am all about supporting independent businesses. I work for my family who started their company 20 years ago in my Grandparents house, and we now have 30 employees and an amazing business, so supporting small business is something that is really personal for me!

Little Miss Delicious is a favourite company of mine. I've known Maxine for a long time, I photographed her several years ago, and we have bonded over both suffering with chronic illnesses. She is a total sweetheart, and she puts her heart and soul into her jewellery, and it really shows. I have necklaces from her that I have owned for years and worn so much, that are just as gorgeous as they were the day they were delivered to me! LMD make everything from necklaces, to ring, earrings,hair accessories, cushions and plushies. They also stock a variety of other small businesses, so you can support them too!

Janine Basil makes the most amazing head pieces and hair accessories! Whether you adore all that glitters, are a rockabilly pinup, or dream of the dark ones in your best goth get up, Janine has something for you. I own several reversal wire headbands from Janine and love them. Because of my chronic head pain I can't wear most hair accessories, but I can wear Janine's wire headbands and velcro hair adornments because they are so light and comfortable. Yay!

Anyone who follows well, any of my social media, may well realise that I might just be somewhat of a fan of Sugar & Vice. Sarah & Matt are two of the most awesome people to start a company ever, and just when I think they couldn't possibly make anything more awesome, they do, and it's just ridiculously awesome. I own literally dozens of their designs. I've actually run out of space in my jewellery box because I have so much Sugar & Vice that I need new ways to store my Sugar & Vice. Seriously, just go look and buy from them already.

I may also happen to own a fair few pieces of BloodyMary Metal. Their pieces are so sturdy, and lovingly finished that I can't resist. I wear 4 rings by them every single day, I never take them off to sleep, or shower, and they are perfect, still. And I am so clumsy! The folks at BMM are really lovely as an added bonus, and seeing their business grow is a pleasure. They now also do designs in gold, so if that's more your thing you can do that too.

VelvetVolcano is another small business run by a fellow spoonie, Tamsyn. I have several hats by VV, and have bought jewellery from them for friends, and the attention to detail is wonderful. Supporting someone who is chronically ill is an amazing thing to be able to do, and it makes me really happy when they also make amazing lovely goodies!

I came across Malice Lingerie completely by accident. I photographed a model who had been leant some pieces by them, and I totally fell in love. In fact, I immediately went on their website and bought myself a pentagram harness. And later another. And I have my eyes on more now. I love how different they can make an outfit look, and have so much fun styling them. Run by one fabulous lady, I love Malice!

So I might be a little biased when it comes to Enchanted Silva, my incredible Auntie Rachel runs the company, but her designs are so inspiring and wonderful! I love the nature inspired pieces, and that they are all silver. I love silver. You can commission all sorts of different jewellery from ESD, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Buy independent this Christmas, and help others have the best Christmas they can have too!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

November Favourites

November was a crazy month for Christmas shopping, but I snagged a few little bits and pieces for myself too, whoops! Here are my favourites....

My collaboration with endlessleather. It was so much fun to be able to make something, and with such beautiful beads as well!

My Blurred Rose Print Oversized Tshirt from ASOS. I have worn this top soooo much! I love that the roses almost look like a skull on the front. It's very soft and has washed very well.

I saw Ajenda support I AM I in November and they were awesome. Bluesy rock with bad ass female vocals. My favourite! I bought their album at the gig and it hasn't moved out of my car stereo since. I'm hoping they come back to Yardbirds again soon!

I literally just got this at the end of November on sale, this beautiful Ghost Jumper from ASOS. I had been eyeing this up since it got released in October for the Halloween collection, and it finally went on sale for a few days and I snatched it up! The ghosts and the text are actually fluffy and it made me love it even more.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

This film was so fantastic. I've read the books and adore them, and I think they have done a pretty good job of following the books. My only gripe is that we have to wait a whole year for the next one!

Oh these jeans. These jeans are lucky I love them. These are the Ridley Jeans in Smoked Black from ASOS. I ordered these in the same size as the other Ridley jeans I also have, and when they arrived they were so much smaller! I ended up sizing up, when realistically, in the pair I have, I could have sized down easily. Thank goodness ASOS do free returns.

Stu and I both spotted this top in Primark at the same time and ran to it. It's so perfectly me! I am a huge Dolly Parton fan, and it was reduced to £3. I had to have it!

Another Primark bargain, this ridiculous jumper was only £10. It is so fluffy! So soft!! So warm!! And ridiculous.

Everything else I've bought that has been a favourite has been for someone else for Christmas, so I will share them after Christmas!

Much love,
Kitty xxxxx