Tuesday, 27 September 2016

I smile when I choose, not you



"Smile, babe, it might never happen"

"Oi, oi, darling, smile"

"Smile, Sweetheart, you look pretty when you smile"


Women, how many TIMES have we heard these comments? Had them thrown at us from car windows, in the street, or by work colleagues?

I have heard them so many times and yet the words still PISS ME OFF.

WHY SHOULD I SMILE? WHY SHOULD I SMILE FOR YOUR PLEASURE?

What if I am sad? What if I just don't want to smile? Perhaps the situation in Aleppo is breaking my heart and I feel helpless and sad about the situation of the world in which we live? But you know, I should REALLY be concerned about making myself look pretty for some DICK that is worried that I am spoiling the view.

Last night was the US Presidential debate and all across social media, there are comments and debates on Hillary Clinton's smile. She smiles too much, it's a fake smile, her smile doesn't reach her eyes, her smile is too wide. OH JUST STOP IT.

This is a presidential debate, not a fucking pageant or a dental convention. Hillary Clinton and ALL WOMEN are more than just an aesthetic for men to look at. MORE THAN JUST A SMILE.

When I choose to smile, it is my choice, I smile because something has made me happy, made me laugh or amused me. I, and other women like me, do NOT OWE YOU SHIT.

We own our own bodies, our own faces and our own smiles.


and that thought, makes me smile.

Wouldn't you agree?




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Friday, 23 September 2016

Nom or Vom



So, yesterday I mentioned in passing that I find THIS guy, attractive, and SO many people agreed with me that I thought, THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT NOM OR VOM,

I have to admit, I would rather watch paint dry than be forced to sit through, Now You See Me 2, again but the word on the street is, that if Trump doesn't get into The White House, he will have a nude scene in his next movie. (I may have imagined that, wishful thinking is a powerful thing)


This guy has a "look" Rumpled, not movies star handsome in the eyes of some, but his acting skills are superb and without even noticing, he has become one of my favourite actors, even though he can sometimes turn green.


Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you,


Mark Ruffalo

















What do we think? Are you a fan of Mark's work? Are you a fan of his FACE?





Leave me a comment, let me know.




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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Interview Panic



I have a job interview this morning, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek.

I have scrubbed my nails, given my hair a good talking to, (I asked it to tone down the colour a bit but it just told me to deal with it) and even shaved my legs. (Whether they will ask to see whether my legs or hairy or not, I don't know. It's been a while since my last job interview, things may have changed.

I have spent the last two hours repeating, "Do not swear, do not fucking swear, do not fucking fucking swear" I don't know whether I'm telling myself not to swear or getting it all out of my system, who fucking knows?

There has been the internal debate over an outfit, apparently this is an "informal interview" but I doubt they would be impressed with my bright green skeleton leggings. Do I wear a dress? Is that too formal? If I wear a dress, do I go for tights? I mean, I've shaved my legs for this. Do I take a handbag, even though I have nothing to carry? The job is in a school, have I ever returned any forms late, do I have a reputation as an annoying parent? WHAT IF THEY DON"T LIKE MY CHILD? Therefore do not like me?


Why do I ask myself so many questions?

Why am I writing this down?

Why am I pressing publish?



Any interview tips for me today, just in case I get a second interview?


Let me know.







UPDATE.



So I have just had a phone call, and I ONLY WENT AND GOT THE BLOODY JOB, didn't I? I am crediting myself, some awesome references and all your positive wishes for helping me get it.


Does anyone want to guess what my new job is????????????????


Have a guess in the comments below.








Ok, so lots of guesses, and some of you actually got it right!!!!!!!!    I have a new job and I am going to be a lunchtime play supervisor in a school. 




The rather lovely lady in the red tie was my Nanna, she worked in a school and many, many people still talk about the difference she made to them and their time in school. I want to be just like my nanna.

Thanks for all your best wishes today, they mean a lot.







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Monday, 19 September 2016

What Is Bake-Off Without Mel & Sue?



When the news broke that The Great British Bake-Off would be moving to Channel 4, the viewing public (Over 11 million people) let out a collective groan. Would Channel 4 be able to keep the format as it is? Would they be able to resist sticking their fingers in the pie, (Oooooh errrrrrrr, missus) and change what is intrinsically a gentle programme, into something a little more salacious.

When it was then announced that Mel & Sue would not be following across to Channel 4, I think the groans turned into swears and ripping up of TV licences.

Mel & Sue ARE Bake-Off, and yes, before you all tell me that Paul and Mary are also an integral part of GBBO, let me tell you what I heard recently that makes me sad that they won't be continuing.


One of the things I love about Bake-off is the lack of sob-stories, they have no need for back stories on GBBO or tears over a dead great-grandparent that had a dying wish for their offspring to win a cooking programme. There is no dead cat, or forcing of tears on the show and the BBC it seems, do not linger on the tears of contestants to drag out every emotion for the viewer to drink, and here's why. When a contestant cries on Bake-off, out of frustration over a flan or anger over an icing issue, Mel & Sue apparently stand near the contestant and use bad language so that the footage is unairable.

CAN YOU IMAGINE ANYONE ELSE DOING THAT? 

If Kay Burley was hosting Bake-off she would be directing the camera into the face of the contestant asking, "How does your collapsed flan make you feel now?" "How do you think your dead grandmother would feel, knowing that you have let her down in this way" "Are you crying over your dead cat"

You know she would.

Instead, Mel & Sue protect the contestants from overzealous producers who would probably want to slip in the footage with sad music overlaid with lingering shots of pictures of dead relatives.

Plus, what even is Bake-off without the innuendo?

From

"Time to reveal your cracks"

to one of my favourites,

"I've never eaten a nun before"


the humour is delivered with such a straight face that you begin to think that is YOU that has the filthy mind. (It could actually be me, my mind is a sewer)


What will any other duo bring to the tent that can surpass or even EQUAL what Mel and Sue have? I'm am pretty sure that the British Bake-off we see in 2017 (or later) on Channel 4 will be just a shadow of the original, and that makes me sad. The Great British Bake Off is such a great programme and I am extremely sad it is over in the current format at the end of this season. Not even Jason Momoa, presenting in Speedos could save it for me now (although if he wants to try...............)


How are you feeling about the whole Bake-Off saga? Are you going to be watching on C4? Who do you think would make great presenters? And WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS IF MARY AND PAUL LEAVE???????????



Let me know.



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Sunday, 18 September 2016

What are Sundays All About for you?



I find it interesting, how so many people, from so many different walks of life fill their weekends with different things. For some, the weekends is all about the relaxation, brunch with friends, nights out on the lash, and Sunday morning baths. For others, the weekend is when they get to enjoy their hobbies, be it Volley Ball, or Vintage Fairs around the country. For parents, weekends are about spending time with the crotchfruit, or hiding from them, I won't judge. But everyones weekends are different.

So what are you up to this fine Sunday, I'd love to know what YOU are doing, are you blogging? relaxing, getting over Saturday or getting ready for Monday.


I would love to see as many different answers as I can. Sometimes it is nice to know that when you are in your PJ's at 2pm and the most strenuous thing you have done all weekend is make coffee, that you are not alone.






Me? Today is all about planning for Monday, I have school uniform to wash, (Oh the glamour of my life) I have an interview this week, (eeeeeeeeeeek) and I need to get my blog on, plus it is the Singapore Grand Prix today so I will be watching that.



What will you be doing today?



Let me know.




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Saturday, 17 September 2016

Shutter Day



Today, all the pictures are taken on the iPhone 6, using different effects and filters that are all widely available, which one is your favourite?


picture of a road


pink rose in black and white picture


mist around trees

misty day in the country



Let me know.


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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Paperchase Blogger Journal



I am not the most organised blogger in the world, in fact my blogging organisation usually consists of me going, "Oh shit, I haven't blogged today, have I?" but I decided things needed to change, so I took myself to Paperchase to see if I could sort my life out a bit with the Blogger Journal that everyone is talking about.

I do understand it isn't for everyone, but for me, it is PERFECT.

Let me show you it, in all it's glory.

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This has absolutely everything I need, so I purchased it. (Like I need an excuse to buy from Paperchase, you know what I mean?) You can also buy it online, if you don't trust yourself not to spend your rent in there.  http://www.paperchase.co.uk/blogger-s-journal-lets-squawk.html and it is £15. For me, it is worth the price I paid. What do you think?

Do you have this? What are your thoughts on it? Or do you REALLY WANT IT?


Let me know






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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Shoes, but Hotter




My name is Kellie and I do not have enough shoes. In fact, I can never have enough shoes. In the summer, I do not have enough sandals, in the winter, I need boots. Autumn? Well thats just a git because I need sandals AND boots. WHO KNOWS what the weather might be that day? A girl needs to be prepared, right? Got to have options.


A year ago, I attended an opening event for Hotter shoes, (You can read the post here. Hotter Shoes Sept 2015 ) and I fell in love with a pair of Teal, pixie style boots that I absolutely adore and still wear. Since then I have purchased other shoes from Hotter and have always found the quality to be absolutely superb and the shoes EXTREMELY comfortable.


Last week I was invited back to the Leeds branch to take a look at the new Autumn/Winter styles at Hotter and see what has changed in the last year since it opened.


Sign saying shoes to fall in love with


Firstly, the staff are so helpful, I took my youngest daughter with me to the store, it is always interesting to see how staff in stores react to children in a shop that doesn't cater for them but the Hotter staff were superb, which is always great when you want to try on 700 pairs of shoes and the small child is demanding to go elsewhere as they are bored.



The Autumn/Winter collection could have been designed for me, all of them. I want them all. I love shoes and boots that make me want to touch them, stroke them and yes, lick them. and so many of these shoes were extremely lickable. (No, I didn't actually lick them, that would be bad)

pale pink brogue


Burgundy patent shoe


Detailing on shoe

Now, Hotter shoes are designed to be comfortable. It is like the best-kept secret in the world how you can wear shoes from Hotter all day and not even ache. I am not a huge fan of heels as I know I will suffer the day after wearing them in my hips and knees but I have never had a problem whilst wearing a pair of my Hotter heels, they are designed for comfort, without losing ANY style points AT ALL.

I wanted to take away a pair of shoes that really are Autumn/Winter but I was torn between these two pairs.


The County Boots which are also now available in Burgundy and are stunning. You can see them on the website if you click the link.


Autumn winter black ankle boot




And the Stevie which you can also see above in the beautiful pale colour.


Black Patent Brogue




So which ones did I choose to take away and review? The County Boots. Did I leave the Stevie behind? Nope. Dear Reader, I purchased them and took them home where I could lick them to my hearts content.



If you have never purchased a pair of Hotter Shoes before, or always walked past the shop or dismissed them online as "Old peoples shoes" then you are really missing out. These shoes are stylish, comfortable and not over priced. You can check them out online here

www.hotter.com  


and they have stores all across the country.



Why not check them out, your feet will thank you.





*I was invited by PR to visit Hotter Shoes, words, as always, are all my own.
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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Neon Cactus Leeds, (Or, How I managed to get a Three Day hangover)



I am 40 years old, I can honestly say it has been a LONG time since I have ended my evening throwing up into a washing up bowl.

How did I get here?   
Let me explain the recipe for a great hangover.


First you need a great setting.


Based on Call Lane, Neon Cactus has a great reputation for its Mexican inspired food and the setting is both vibrant and cool, making it a great place to eat.

Throw in a large helping of good friends.  Ally, Lucinda, Laura, Lizi, Ellie, Lucy, Emma, Grace and Jamie.







A dash of shots. Tequila, of course.





Marinade quickly in various cocktails,








Add a dash of delicious food.




Before adding more cocktails and time. 

Leave to develop slowly over a few hours of laughter, food and alcohol, making sure that the alcohol content does not drop below a certain level, and voila. You have created a three day hangover and I REGRET NOTHING.


This was the most fun evening I have spent with friends in a long time. I must admit I have never been to Neon Cactus before, but I definitely want to go back and experience a meal there, we tried some bits off the menu which were tasty, but I need MOREEEEEEEEEEEEFEEEE. Also, as a side note, the Espresso Martini, called I Love You Like XO, is the BEST one I have ever tasted. A great place to go in Leeds, go as a couple, go in a large group, just GO, It is at 35 Call Lane in Leeds and you won't regret it, not even a tiny bit.








*I was invited to Neon Cactus as part of an event, my words, as always, are all my own. 
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Monday, 12 September 2016

Why I don't give a DAMN if my clothes are "Man-repelling"



Shane Watson has written another article that makes me roll my eyes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/is-your-new-seasons-wardrobe-guilty-of-man-repelling/

It starts out almost being a celebration of women, talking about how women at the pointy end of fashion are not dressing to impress the opposite sex, and then swiftly nose-dives into sadness and despair.

Even the term "Man-repellers" makes me want to barf. Lady, get a grip. If headphones don't work to repel men, let's be honest, nothing will. (but I digress)

Shane wails about how hard it is to walk the tightrope between clothes our girlfriends will admire and the ones men either appreciate or don't detest.


I suggest that Shane gets a sodding grip and stops worrying what the hell people think of her and dress purely for herself and wear what the hell makes her happy.

It is a hell of a lot more freeing than standing in front of a wardrobe each day worrying about whether Susan from accounts will find your cardigan cute or not.

Plus, Shane, if you stand around in changing rooms "chatting about what will and won't fly with the average bloke" by all means, crack on, but you don't speak for me when you say we all do it.

Me in a changing room.

"Does this fit?" 

"Cool, let's go and grab lunch" 

I don't give a shit whether what I am wearing is tickling a dude's pickle or not. Do I like it? I'm GODDAMN WEARING IT SHANE AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO OR WRITE THAT WILL STOP ME.



Another thing, Shane. I can assure you now, we have NOT committed to memory universal list of clothes men find challenging.

Challenging? What the fuck does she mean by challenging. Front-loading bras, THEY are challenging. LOAFERS? HOW THE HELL ARE LOAFERS CHALLENGING?


Shane has annoyed me, can you tell?


Please, read the article, am I wrong? Is Shane just being deliberately inflammatory?


How are Loafers challenging?


Please I beg you, let me know.





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Basic Bitch



"Oh, You are SO basic"


Excuse me while I put down my Pumpkin Spice Frappe to decide whether I give a fuck.




Thought about it. Don't give a damn.

BASIC, Am I meant to be offended?  I feel sorry for you because I can see straight through you.


The Official definition of a BASIC BITCH


Someone who is unflinchingly upholding of the status quo and stereotypes of their gender without even realizing it. She engages in typical, unoriginal behaviors, modes of dress, speech, and likes. She is tragically/laughably unaware of her utter lack of specialness and intrigue. She believers herself to be unique, fly, amazing, and a complete catch, when really she is boring, painfully normal, and par. She believes her experiences to be crazy, wild, and different or somehow more special than everything that everybody else is doing, when really, almost everyone is doing or has done the exact same thing. She is typical and a dime a dozen. There are many subtypes of basicness, such as the basic ratchet, the basic sorority bitch, the basic groupie bitch, the basic I'm-so-Carrie-from-Sex-and-the-City bitch, etc, but ultimately, they all share the common thread of being expendable and unnoteworthy and, in some cases, having absolutely no redeeming qualities.


Oh, yawn, here it is, another way to judge woman and their lifestyle choices. 

Like Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Oh God, you are so BASIC. 

Lover of all things Snapchat and wearing the flower crown filter? Girl, you just scream BASIC. 

You like breathing AIR? Girl, you are the most basic bitches of all the basic bitches. How DARE YOU, you basically basic, basic air breather. 



You LIKE THINGS THAT OTHER PEOPLE LIKE? Like food, watching TV and seeing your girlfriends for lunch and other BASIC THINGS like that? Let me just take a second to try to put you into a small stereotypical box by calling you a name, borne out of my desire to make myself feel better about myself by making it seem as if I am better than you. 

So call me basic, I don't take it personally, because we as women cannot win. If we follow the crowd, we are basic, if we do something "different" we think we are Special Snowflakes and need to be taken down a peg or two. WE JUST CANNOT WIN. 

It is such a LAZY insult as well. If you are going to call someone basic, here is a tip, next time, DON'T. Instead, say what you REALLY think. Go up to that person and look them in the eyes and say what you really mean, which is, I am BETTER THAN YOU, because that is BASICALLY what you are saying. 



Basically. 

Don't you agree? 








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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

10 Blogs I love to read (and I hope you will love too)



Being a blogger, you can sometimes get so bogged down in the writing, taking photographs and editing of pictures for your own blog that you forget that there are other blogs out there. I've been guilty of it as much as the next person, we sigh that our interactions are down, but we've forgotten to interact with other blogs too.

Since being a judge for the #BloggersBlogAwards, I have fallen back in love with the whole world of blogging and I am avidly reading so many more blogs that I don't even look at magazines any more.


So I wanted to share details of ten of my favourite blogs that I love to read, some I have been reading for years, and others are new discoveries.

I hope you love them as much as I do.








http://www.getlippie.com

One of the first blogs I ever read, if you want "Beauty without fuss" you are in the right place, Louise knows her stuff and knows it WELL. From beautiful candles to fragrances which I cannot spell let alone pronounce, Get Lippie will have you covered. Get reading.









One of the newest blogs I have discovered while judging New Blogs for Blog awards, I love Ellie's blog because it is fresh, and she writes it well. No cliches here, great style, EPIC photography and if I write any more about her, I am worried she will file a restraining order against me. 







https://helenjnt.wordpress.com


Another blogger who I have followed FOREVER, is Helen. Previously of Just Nice Things, Helen resisted the blogging urge for a long time before giving into the little voice in her head that screamed, "WRITE SHIT DOWN"






http://www.vixmeldrew.com


If you don't follow Vix already, then I feel sorry for you, not only is her blog TOP NOTCH, she can make you laugh, she can make you cry. Her 30 Things I've learnt by 30 post needs to be handed out in SCHOOLS so they can learn that shit fast.








If you want a healthy dose of realism, feminism and all round fucking bad ass-ery then you need Tara's daily dose of life. She mixes up everything from periods to posts on higgle. She is empowering as fuck. You'll love her.








http://www.carolinehirons.com


One of the best skin care blogs around, Caroline is respected throughout the industry and takes no shit from anyone. Sometimes, if i am feeling sad, I just flick through her Instagram, which could be a picture of her Mother's bathroom and still someone will ask if they can use Sudocreme on spots, fun times.








http://www.xloveleahx.co.uk


Want body positivity, kick ass clothes and straight talking? Go visit Leah's blog, she will sort you out. Leah is a fabulous lady and her warmth shines through her blog. She is also supportive as hell and will stand alongside you in any battle you face.








http://www.ladywritesblog.com

If you have ever wanted to go to New York, then check out Chloe's latest series on her blog, I am drinking in her New York diaries and practically licking her pictures. NY not your thing? There is enough beautiful products on her blog to MAKE YOU POOR. Don't say I didn't warn you.






http://www.all-sweetness-and-life.com


I forgive Katy for being BFF's with Piers Morgan because she makes me laugh, I sometimes disagree with her posts but I always go back to read more. Dating is her thing and she currently has a gif on her front page of a woman deep throating a banana. What's not to love?









http://www.harmonyblaze.co.uk


Emma is my new event buddy in Leeds, she is funny, her blog is epic and I love to read her thoughts, she is into fitness, but I don't let that put me off her. All jokes aside, Emma's blog is fun and it makes me happy to read it.



I think that is ten. Quite honestly, I could share even more, there are loads of superb blogs out there that I love to read and I would love you to discover that you love these ones too.



Let me know your thoughts on the blogs that I've shared. Are you already reading them or have you found some fab new blogs to follow?





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