Thursday, 24 November 2016

Day of The Dentist

I am off to the Dentist today, I imagine you are reading this thinking, "So the fuck what?" and if you are, LANGUAGE!!!!!

But you would be right to be wondering why I feel I can get a whole blog post out of it. (I'm a blogger, JUST WATCH ME.)

I bloody hate the dentist, I hate the dentist with a passion. Ok, I say hate, I mean terrified. i am bloody terrified of the dentist. I refuse to trust anyone who covers their face whilst working on me, WHY ARE YOU HIDING YOUR IDENTITY? Is it so I cannot pick you out of a line-up? I am wise to your tricks. I FUCKING SEE YOU.

and breathe.

You may think I am slightly overreacting, you would probably be right, but I just can't help it. this fear has built up over the years until it is just a complete phobia, even the thought of the pink drink, to wash my mouth out afterwards, cannot soothe me, BUT I have a broken tooth, ok, I have two broken teeth, but one is so painful that when I visited the Emergency dentist in, cough MARCH cough, they did what they could and told me I needed to have the tooth removed asap and I should make my own appointment with my dentist to have it done.

There were two problems with this.

Firstly, I didn't have a dentist, secondly, even if I did, it is the equivalent of being on Death Row and having to phone up and book your own appointment for your execution, NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I did what any self-respecting adult does in 2016 and I ignored it.......... until the pain got so bad that it is kind of like a permanent hum and I have been forced into action.

If that isn't the story of 2016, then I don't know what is.

So I am off to the dentist this afternoon at 2.50pm, I am not happy about it but I keep telling myself it will be ok in the end, my worst fear is if they prod and poke my mouth and then tell me to come back another day to have it removed. Genuinely, if that happens I don't know if I can go back, again, they will tell me to make another appointment at reception and I will sail straight past like, LATER BITCHES.

I think I need a responsible adult. (possibly not just for a dentist appointment either)

So my question for you today, am I alone in panicking, does anyone else panic at the thought of the dentist?

And do we think, if I ask nicely, I can get a sticker to say I have been a good girl?

Let me know.


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Bon Prix, Bon Prix On The Rocks

Ever watched other people being invited to an event that you REALLY want to go to? Screw FOMO, this is full on jealousy, this is WHYYYYYYY NOTTTTTTTTTT MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE?

Just me?

Oh, ok.

So there was everyone, being invited to #BonPrixOnTheRocks and me, feeling like Cinderella mumbling, "I WANNA GO TO THE BALL"

Now, luckily, it seems that I too have a Fairy Godmother, and I got a last minute invite to the event at the beautiful Mal Maison in Leeds.

And everyone was looking FINE.

Everyone who was invited to the event was gifted a dress to wear from Bon Prix of their choosing, which is a GENIUS idea. Now I have seen so many outfits on REAL bodies, that I desperately want to own too.

Look at these QUEENS.





There were so many amazing women there, rocking their outfits, it was difficult to just pick a few to show you. Genuinely, I spent the whole evening looking at everyones dresses, imagining how they would look on me. I adore Sarah's dress above, I nearly picked it myself so it was great to see how fantastic it looked on Sarah.

We spent the evening in Mal Maison learning how to make different cocktails, the poor bar man really had his work cut out with groups of cackling women but he did a fantastic job of stopping us from drinking the spirits straight and teaching us how to mix them.

(You can just imagine Lucinda whispering, "Down it" can't you?)

We laughed, we drank, we ate and we admired each others clothing, it was a perfect, perfect evening.

Many many thanks to Bon Prix for being my Fairy Godmother and telling me, I SHALL go to the ball.

If you are going to a ball, why not check out Bon Prix's Party wear section -> PARTY WEAR
or check out Bon Prix's blog to see more of what we got up to. -> Bon Prix Cocktail Masterclass Blog

I'd love your thoughts on what you are loving from the range,

Let me know.


Monday, 21 November 2016

When is it TOO early to put up your christmas decorations?

Today is the 21st of November. N-O-V-E-M-B-E-R. You know, the month before December? and whilst I am over here getting excited about Christmas adverts, I do not think I am ready to see pictures of your tree up, on Instagram.

Why for you haz up tree and decorations up in November? 

I don't understand.

Now I don't have ROOM for a tree in my living room at the moment, so please indulge me my, sitting in the Judgement tree, being all judgey and stuff. it's is leafy and green in this judgement tree and I am STILL NOT CONSIDERING PUTTING LIGHTS IN IT YET.

Don't get me wrong, I adore christmas, it is a fabulous time of the year for some people, but I worry that if a tree goes up too early, do you not get bored of it? What happens if on December the 10th you are all like, "I AM SICK TO THE BACK TEETH OF CHRISTMAS, That is IT. The tree is coming DOWN" ?

If you have a real tree, don't you find that your carpet, IS a carpet, of needles by mid-december?

Some people have had their tree up for a week now, A WEEK? When did we start celebrating Christmas so early? I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet and some of you people are finished shopping, have wrapped all the presents and I imagine that, if I look in your oven, the turkey is already slow roasting to perfection.

But maybe I am being harsh, 2016 has been a total bitch of a year for most. Maybe you are just seeing this year out quickly, by putting up your christmas tree in November you are doing the good host equivalent of trying to shoo out unwanted guests who don't know when to leave, you have made the coffee, you have their coat in your hand and now you are fake yawning to really hammer home the point that it is TIME TO LEAVE.

Perhaps I do get that.

So come on then, is YOUR tree up? If so, WHY?

Is November too early to have up the tree? When do you put YOURS up?

Let me know


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Leave No Wo(man) behind

I read an article yesterday, about a young drunk woman being abandoned by her friends, in absolute disgust.

It was an open letter from the Cheltenham Guardians, who are absolutely amazing and volunteer to help keep people safe, regarding a young woman called Emily who was not only abandoned by her friends, but when contacted by The Guardians, gave them the run around and caused even more trouble, you can read their open letter here. ->  Open Letter From The Guardians

Now I know I am old, but RULE ONE when you are out with friends, LEAVE NO WO(MAN) BEHIND.

You go out as a group, you come home as a group. You keep each other safe and you certainly don't put anyone in danger. I have been out in the past and stopped drinking when I have seen one of my friends starting to get a bit messy. I choose to do this, I don't HAVE to do it, but to me, it is common sense, it is part of life and part of being a good friend. I love my friends and I want them to be safe. I could NEVER leave a drunk friend alone. EVER. I don't understand people who could just abandon someone they went out with.

I don't even care if they are the kind of friend who does that every time we go out. We all have that ONE friend who swears blind they aren't going to end up drunk and then ends up blazing at 9.30pm arguing with bouncers, don't we?

If you don't, you are probably THAT friend.

So what do you think of Emily's friends?

Would you leave a sloppy drunk friend behind? Or have you in the past?

Let me know.


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Ted Baker, Bringing Florals Into Autumn/Winter

You know how you have THOSE style gurus that tell you the RULES of fashion as if they are written in stone and to be obeyed at all costs? Those magazines that tell you what to wear, how to wear and WHEN to wear it?

We are throwing out the rule book. We are making our OWN rules and the rules are.

If it makes you happy, WEAR IT.

Let us bring florals into Autumn/Winter. Let us remember fondly the warmth on our skin from summer when we are cold. When everyone else is playing it safe, LET US ENJOY OUR CLOTHES/SHOES/ACCESSORIES because life is short and we deserve to be happy.

For example, take one pair of Ted Baker floral heels. (No, not these ones, these ones are MINE) here's the link, go find a glorious pair that will make you happy. put them on your feet and bring some summer into your life. YES, it may be cold and wet at the moment, you may have SNOW, I do. But everything feels just that little bit better when you can smile at your clothes, right?

and if the mood so takes you, why not match your floral shoes to your bag. Live a little.

(I am buying that bag, by the way)

Ignore the fashion 'rules'

Tear up the book and wear what makes you happy, whatever the season.

Don't you agree?

*Post contains PR samples, words are all my own.

#WildAboutLeeds with The Body Shop

I was SO upset when I was too ill to go to The Body Shop event in Leeds a couple of weeks ago. From what I saw, the event, which marked the coming of the new store on Brigate was an event that will go down in Leeds history as one of the best. DAMN FLU.

Luckily, My best girl, Lucy, won a trip to visit the VIP room at the new store and asked Faith and I (And Mr Lucy) if we would like to tag along.

Er, FUCK yeah we would.

We actually went on the day it reopened and it was PACKED, I mean REALLY PACKED. Imagine Christmas Eve packed. Luckily the VIP room, which is situated at the back of the store, was a tranquil oasis in a sea of madness.

The Leeds store is the first store to get this make over so if you get a chance to go and visit, DO IT. It is amazing. If you live outside of Leeds, then I feel sorry for you, Leeds is fabulous, move here immediately.
inside the Body Shop new store

So Lucy, Faith, Mr Lucy and I all settled ourselves in the VIP room ready to be pampered.

We all got the opportunity to have a facial and our make-up doing. I was talked through all the products that were used and had the opportunity to smell, and feel the products before they were applied to my face, I must admit, after being so ill the week before, my skin was in desperate need of some attention and it has felt much smoother and clearer ever since. 

After the facial, it was time for some make-up. Again, you get a real sense that each member of staff really loves and appreciates the Body Shop products that they use, they don't want to just sell you things, they want you to love it as much as they do. 

Another point that I have to make, we were all very pleased to see that the VIP room was very disabled accessible, there were no stairs or sharp turns, it was very easy to manoeuvre into and around. 

After lots of pampering, Lucy got to pick some products and she very kindly purchased for Faith and myself a lipstick each that we were wearing, they are the new matte liquid lipsticks and I've had lots of compliments on the colour I chose when I've worn it since. 

Body Shop Leeds

Note to self, refuse to have pictures taken with the tall birds. 

So whilst I was absolutely gutted I didn't get to go to the event, I'm so glad I got a sneak peek at everything The Body Shop has to offer. Check out Lucy's site as I am sure she will be writing about it soon and you can read about her experiences soon.

Are you a Body Shop fan? Did you go to the #WildAboutLeeds event? Was it just the best? 

Let me know. 


Monday, 7 November 2016

Christmas Markets with La Redoute

Picture the scene, we are close to winter and you are given the opportunity to win a festive trip to a beautiful Christmas Market in Paris.

What do you wear?
Can you spend less than £100 to look warm, cozy AND stylish?

That was the question posed by La Redoute.

Do you think I managed it?

Kellie Dawson wearing a hat

Hat; La Redoute, Black Marl Hat. £13 

Big Fashionista wearing a jumper dress

Big Fashionista wearing a jumper dress

Jumper Dress; La Redoute, R Edition Jumper Dress. £24

La Redoute patent leather boots

Black Riding Boots; La Redoute Patent Look Riding Boots. £41

Big Fashionista wearing a bag

Bag; La Redoute Faux Snakeskin Bag, R Edition. £19

So here is the reasoning behind my purchases.

A hat, it's a no-brainer. I refuse to have a cold head in the winter. and it means that even on a bad hair day I can still look stylish. I adore jumper dresses, they are my go to winter outfit, with thick tights and boots. Let us talk about the BOOOOOOOTS, I have fat calves, finding boots that fit is a battle that usually I don't win but these boots have elasticated sides and they are flat. Christmas markets are NO place for heels. Flat boots are comfortable and stylish. Heels have their place, but not here. The bag. Now if you do a christmas market RIGHT, you are going to have lots of bags, I like to have a small bag that can contain my cash and thats about it. Everything else will be tucked in one of my MANY other bags that I will have at the end of the day.

Do you think I made good choices? What would you wear to go to a Christmas Market?

Let me know.

* Disclosure, This post is entry into a competition held by La Redoute. It contains products I have been gifted by PR.


Friday, 4 November 2016

Because Life Is What You Make It, with Slumberdown

It is true, isn't it? Life is what you make it, and we are ALL guilty of spending time on things that can wait and not spending time with those people who mean the world to us, just making memories, having fun and enjoying life.

Slumberdown are currently running a competition to win the chance to have your housework done by professionals for a whole year, giving you more time to make memories and just HAVE SOME FUN.

What would I do, if given more time away from the housework?


Does anyone else remember being a child and grabbing all the duvets in the house, piling them on your own bed and making a nest out of them?

Let's face it, even as adults, that sounds like a superb way to spend the day, doesn't it?

I gave my ten year old daughter ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL the duvets and told her to use them however she wanted to. This was how she spent her time.

A giant nest, complete with fairy lights. What a relaxing way to read.

A duvet tent. apparently I am not allowed in.

She is a pie, she is under the crust. It was my job to cook the pie. (I think this makes me the witch)

Inside the tent. She said she is never coming out.

Later on that evening. Night night, beautiful girl.

We had a fantastic day but unfortunately I still have to do my housework, but if you want the chance to have yours done for you, giving you more time to bake your children in duvet pies, you can enter the competition here ->

You can also find out plenty more ideas on the Slumberdown website for fun games you can play with your children that will hopefully have them sleeping all night long.

Let me know which one is your favourite.

Disclaimer, post contains products sent to me by Slumberdown. Words are all my own


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Feminism Still Hasn't Found What It's Looking For

Ok, Glamour Magazine. What the FUCK are you playing at this time?

As a woman, I am fully used to men sweeping in and taking credit for work that I have done, I am used to men acting like white knights, we are ALL used to men using feminism to get THEIR own (end a) way.

I personally, do not know one woman that doesn't welcome the idea of everyone getting involved in feminism, to SUPPORT women and change the way the world looks at equality.

But then Glamour goes and names Bono as one of their Women of The Year.

Glamour, are you on crack?

It is bullshit, be it a way to get Glamour's name spread around that little bit more, (times are hard for print right now) or whether it is just one big MASSIVE joke and we haven't yet heard the punchline, I do not know but this is not a step forward for women, it is just one more slap in the face for women.

The magazine said,

"These days most women want men - no, need men in our tribe" 

Get to fuck.

I can think of many reasoned arguments why Bono should not be named one of Glamour's Women of the Year, but we all know them, we have all had these arguments used against US for why we cannot win or even be equal.

I cannot see GQ Magazine following suit and naming Taylor Swift one of their Men of the Year, can you?

Men aren't exactly short of awards now are they? Some men want a certificate and a gold star for doing the washing up.

We want men to support our fight, not step in and LEAD the fight, that kind of defeats the point, doesn't it.

What do you think about Bono being named a Woman of the Year?

Who would YOU have wanted as a Woman of the Year INSTEAD of Bono?

Let me know

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