Tuesday, 24 December 2013

You Are Not Alone. 2013

So this is my last post for the next couple of days as it is Christmas eve.

A time for joy, family and happiness.

Sadly, not everyone experiences this at christmas and for some, this time can be a dark and lonely time or a time when emotions such as depression can be heightened.


You may be one of those people. You may have come across this blog post by chance, or someone may have forwarded it to you to read. 

Consider it fate. 

 I don't want you to feel alone this Christmas.

I don't want you to feel depressed or lonely.

If you feel that you have hit rock bottom and you feel empty inside, If you can see the lights twinkling in other peoples windows, hear the laughter of your neighbours and yet you experience no joy, as if the world is a dark place in which you see no place for yourself any more. 

Or if you feel that you are ready to make a change.

I want you to pick up the phone......................


 MIND
www.mind.org.uk

0300 123 3393

Samaritans
www.samaritans.org


Alcoholics Anonymous
www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/newcomers

0845 769 7555

Stonewall
www.stonewall.org.uk

Info line 08000 50 20 20 


London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

0207 837 7324

SANELine

0845 767 8000

Preventing young suicide
www.papyrus-uk.org 


For people in Northern Ireland
www.lifeline.info

0808 808 8000


Childline
www.childline.org.uk 

0800 1111

Depressionalliance
www.depressionalliance.org

Refuge
www.refuge.org.uk

0808 2000 247

Eating Disorders Association
www.edauk.com 

0845 634 1414

Shelter

NHS Direct
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk 

0845 4647

No Panic
www.no-panic.co.uk

0808 808 0545



If you need someone, please call one of these numbers. You are NOT alone over Christmas, there are people out there that care, I care. 


I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Love Always

Kellie (Big Fashionista)
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Thursday, 19 December 2013

It's My Birthday

No actual post attached to this at all, 

I just wanted to write that it was my birthday.

21..... Ish.


Ok, 38. Booooooo

Have a lovely day everyone, because I intend to.


Big Fashionista x x
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Monday, 16 December 2013

Oh Christmas Tree......



Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,

Where are all your bloody needles?

For the first time EVER, I have a REAL Christmas tree. This is a big step for me, I got to pick a tree and watch a big metal thing reverse birth it into a netted bag at a garden centre, it was A-mazing.

We got it home, (after quite a few scratching of heads and a LOT of string) and placed the tree, pride of place in the living room and decorated it with loving care.



I remember that first night, looking at my beautiful tree with lights and baubles and tinsel, breathing in the soft green smell of it, thinking. WHY would anyone not have a real tree.

Two weeks later.

WHY THE HELL DID I BUY A REAL TREE?

It sheds needles worse than a dog sheds hair, there is genuinely not a room in the house where so far I have not found a needle that has fallen from the tree.

My hoover has gone on strike. it has been constipated with the needles twice and it makes a suspicious noise as if it is trying to electrocute itself rather than have to pick up any more needles.

Oh and my tree has an issue with remaining upright.

I have a base for it, but NO, it prefers the "flat out like a lizard drinking" pose. It is as if the tree is saying, YOU CANNOT CAGE ME, MAN, I AM A FREE TREE.

This tree also seems to have a nervous disposition, whenever you walk past it, it seems to jump, shed needles and spread baubles everywhere across the room. It also seems to have a pathological hatred of the 7yr old and tried to jump on her whenever she walks past it.

It also refuses to look good in pictures, it has a tilt to it that no amount of tying it to the wall can sort out. plus one side of the whole tree seems to be bald from diving head first into the floor (and the 7yr old)


Remind me again, Why did I buy a real tree?


And anyone else want to lay money on the fact that I will probably do it again next year?

ps, Anyone else want to take a guess which month in the year I will stop finding needles in the carpet?



Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x x
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Have Some Selfie Respect



Selfie's.


The word was added to the dictionary this year and as a lover of the Selfie, I get why this has happened. I for one, LOVE a selfie and when I am old and grey (checks watch, in about 2 years) I will flick through my selfies thinking, "Whooooaaaaaaaaa, you know what? you weren't half bad." (maybe, possibly)


But Selfie's at a memorial!

Show some selfie respect. 

Especially if you are the President or Prime Minister.

Does anyone truly think that the memorial of Nelson Mandela was a great place to smile and "say cheese"?

Because I bloody don't.

There is a time and a place for this sort of behaviour and a funeral or memorial is not one of them. Especially the memorial of a man such as Nelson Mandela.


What were Barack Obama, David Cameron and Helle Thorning-Schmidt THINKING? (apart from "this will look great on my instagram)

At least Michelle Obama had the grace to keep well out of it. Did anyone else think she looked as if she wanted to throttle Barack Obama at that moment? (Don't blame her) 

So what do you think about the Selfie pic taken at the memorial of Nelson Mandela?

A lack of respect or just a sign of how our standards have slipped over the last few years?


Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x x



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Monday, 9 December 2013

The Gift I Don't Want You To Keep On Giving



So Christmas is fast approaching, I mean fast, really fast. (slightly scary, maybe I need to start shopping) and it is about this time when I start to think of all the presents out there that I really don't want my children to unwrap this christmas.

Whether you are a parent or the person giving a present, please pay close attention to the following safety announcement, (I'm talking your own safety here because if you give these to my children, I will throw a bitch fit.

Felt tips. 

For the love of God, no. Just no. There is not a parent out there that will ever thank you for buying felt tip pens for a toddler.

"Why do you hate me"? WILL be the words that go through my head if my little cherubs unwrap felt tips on christmas morning. Do you think I like the thought of raising miniature Banksy's?
Why do you hate me? Just why?


A Drum Kit.

You don't just hate me, you want me to suffer, Don't you?
The same goes for any instrument, unless you have suffered recorder practice you have no idea of the hell that is a musical instrument. If you are thinking about buying a child a musical instrument, ask yourself this. Would you be prepared to have it in your house and let my child come over and play it whenever they want. You wouldn't? Don't buy it then.


Plasticine.

Oh what did I ever do to you? Did I forget your birthday or something? Plasticine is fun, for five minutes, and then you spend the next month digging it out of the carpet, sofa, cups and forks. the bottom of shoes and everywhere that plasticine is not meant to be.


Anything With Bits.

You know, bits? I like baby dolls, but then why must they come with a bottle, a dummy, a small spoon and other little crappy bits that are going to get lost after two days. A garage? Fabulous, but then it comes with three cars, a small petrol pump, a little man, and other bits that will be stuck down the side of the sofa, never to be seen again. Take the bits out if needs be, or you will see me cry, and you don't want to see me cry, do you?


Must I remind you that Glue is a no-no? Because if I do, then I don't have a clue why we are still friends.

What presents do you  not want to see your child unwrapping on christmas morning? Or what presents will you buy for the offspring of a person you hate?


Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x x


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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Adding A Link To An Old Post? Why I Just Won't Do It.



I have just received an email from a rather large beauty and bath product company that references a post I had written back in 2010 asking me to add a link to my review.

Er........

Er........

Hang on, is this a thing now?

Firstly, this is a product that I purchased myself, I liked the product and decided to share my discovery with readers of my blog.

Secondly, it was 2010. and NOW you want me to add a link? Well that is not covering yourself in Glory (cough)

Is this because the Googlebots will have trawled through those posts by now so SEO companies are now trying to get clever and outsmart Google by having links added to posts that have already been trawled by the Googlebots?

I am angry. The company involved have never worked with me before, and surely it would have been better if they had approached me trying to build a relationship with me and my blog from now, so that perhaps I would look to review their products again in the future.

Send me information of your latest releases, tempt me,.

Don't treat me like a one night stand you had a couple of years ago and now you want your dirty socks back that you left behind. Way to make a girl feel cheap and used. 

I am hearing that these approaches are on the increase (adding links, not asking for the dirty socks back) 

Frankly, it leaves a nasty taste in my mouth and I certainly will NOT be adding a link to the product like they wanted me to.


Bloggers, have you had approaches like this? What did you do in response?

Readers, What do you think I should do?


Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x x
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Gobstoppers, A Sweet Little Review

You may be mistaken for thinking that this is a review of a Kilner Jar.


um, an empty Kilner jar, (It's a good jar, make no mistake about that) but if I tell you that THIS jar once held SWEETIES, would you want to know more? 

Here's another picture of the jar. 



Want another one? 



Now I COULD show you this jar full of retro sweets, chocolates, and fudge. 

(But I ate them)

Or, instead, you could imagine this jar filled to the brim with all the sweets that YOU like. 

Why not check out http://www.thegobstopper.co.uk 

And tell me what YOU would fill your jars with. 

(In case you were interested, I had Black Jacks, Fruit Salads and Hard Gums. 

YUM.


Big Fashionista x x x
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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Homesense, How Bizarre

I have never been to a HomeSense UK before today. There were not any near where I used to live in East London so I didn't realise until today that I was missing out. 

I was invited to go and take a look around HomeSense and really get a better idea of what it is they do. When I tweeted out that it was to be my first visit, I was inundated with people telling me how much I would enjoy it. (And to look out for a feathered polar bear) 

According to their Twitter Bio, "HomeSense is different because we offer quality homeware for up to 60% less everyday, we have an eclectic range of products to suit every taste!"


Yep, they had me at different. 

I could spend weeks in HomeSense, I was told how they dont have a warehouse, they just get deliveries from across the world daily and everything goes straight on the shelves so if you see something you want, BUY it. 

(As I walked in, a lady walked out with a wooden mannequin that I would have snapped up like a shot, but unfortunately there was only of them. Although there was an actual Tailor's dummy for sale as well) 

Some of the amazing things I spotted.









As I said in the title of this post. It truly is bizarre, or more accurately, like walking round a Bizarre, looking for treasure. I could have purchased so many things in there today and will be returning ASAP. (Multi-coloured giraffe, you may be mine) 

As it is, I picked up a Baylis and Harding gift set as a gift for someone. 

Oh and some hand warmers. 


If you've never been to a HomeSense Uk before then may I suggest you remedy that immediately, you can check them out online to find your nearest store http://www.homesense.com and if you HAVE been to a HomeSense before, I want to know what strange and wonderful things you have purchased there. 

Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x 
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Fashion Advice Needed.

I have a dress, (well I have a lot, but this one is different. Well, new, oh shhhhhh) and I love this dress, I want to wear this dress to an event I have coming up soon but I am unsure how to dress it up. It is a gorgeous dress but I would call it one of those dresses you could either glam up or down. 

The dress came from Very, it's part of their Definitions range, which I am loving and may have to get my Christmas dress from there as well, take a look for yourself. http://www.very.co.uk/women/definitions/dresses/going-out-dresses/e/b/1663,4294958685.end 

And here is my dress, modelled by Tallulah so that you can get a better look at how it sits. I'm not even sure whether to wear thick black tights with it. 

HELP!!!


And the material in close up.


As you can see, the white sections are almost quilted. 


Talullah doing what she does best.


So tell me,

How would YOU style this dress for an evening event? 

Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x x
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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Let's Talk About Sex(uality) Baby



I am sure that there will be hundreds of posts like this around at the moment, but I like to think of this as my corner of the internet where I am able to discuss what I want to in a calm rational manner.

Tom Daley announcing on YouTube he has met someone who makes him happy and he just happens to be a guy, has been the talk of social media channels since it happened yesterday morning. And I am happy for him and anyone who has found love.

(What? you didn't think I would use this as an excuse to add a pic of Tom in speedos? Ha)

Everyone deserves to be in love with whoever they want to be. I for one will NEVER judge anyone's sexuality. But does it show how FAR we have come when a statement like this is made or does it show how far there is still to go in acceptance of peoples sexuality when someone like Tom has to make a public announcement AND it is one of the lead stories on news channels across the globe?


It is 2013 and I do think it is a shame that people are even asked about their sexuality. What happens next? Will people have to make a statement to the newspapers to announce that they are now 100% sure that this is the right time to share with the world that they are heterosexual? 

I know for a fact that there are people out there who struggle with their sexuality, does it help when someone like Tom Daley comes out of the closet? (personally I hate that term) or does it worry people that such a big deal is still made about it, in a time when it should just be accepted that people can love who they damn well choose and not have to feed a hungry media frenzy?

I really would love to know how people feel about this.

My opinion is, Love who you want to love, gender does not matter, if you love someone who makes you laugh, loves you back and makes you live, then hold on tight to that person and enjoy every moment. In 2013 someone's sexuality should not be an issue but I am glad that Tom Daley has the strength and support to be able to stand up and say, this is who I am with and who I am.


What do you think?

Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x x


ps, No homophobic comments will be published, peddle your hatred elsewhere.



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Hotel Chocolate Festive Wreath Review.



If I ever want to spoil myself then I treat myself to Hotel Chocolat, If I want to spoil someone else, I let them share. (What? Sharing is caring) 

Hotel Chocolat come into their own at Christmas, perfect for giving as gifts, or for spoiling yourself, their range of Christmas gifts this year are superb.

Take a look.

http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/christmas/xmas-gifts

I was asked if I would like to try one of the Festive Wreaths, (It's a bit like asking me if I would like to try oxygen) 

Er, YES, yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes. (Genuinely, that was my reply to the email sent) 

and this is the beautiful wreath.







Look at it, it is a thing of absolute beauty. and it is so heavy. it is solid chocolate, not hollow. and is covered in "nibbly cookies and handcut florentines"

Apparently, it is also,

"Perfect for slicing and sharing with friends and family"

(Does not compute)


I do recommend getting one of these, I um...... may need to get another one for christmas. whoops.


The festive wreath is available now from Hotel Chocolat and is priced £21.00





Big Fashionista x x x



*Product sent for review, my words as always, are all my own.





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