Crazy Beauty Expectations and Procedures

Hey Cats,

We live in a world of medical advances that just blow my mind every day but with the good comes the down right crazy. People put way too many expectations and pressure on how their bodies should look and be to be accepted by society, Especially as a woman these things are thrown in our face every day. So lets explore procedures and I want to know your thoughts on them?

I think it is amazing that doctors can reconstruct and create the human body. I am a strong believer in anyone right to change their bodies or not if they wish, after all it is their body. However I am also a body positive advocate and a believer that you should always strive to love the body you're in and step away from the constant need for acceptance from others.

Plastic Surgery  was once something only the stars could afford and mainly used for vanity reasons. Boobs must be bigger, waist must be smaller and face perfect. So many people get addicted to adjusting their looks and even more recently with the decrease in price this enables people to take the ability to change themselves too far such as to look like their favourite celebrity. There are countless Micheal Jackson impersonators who have gone under the knife but more recently in the media was a man who had got himself deeper into debt in the attempt to look like David Beckham purely because he is idolised as looking like the 'perfect' man in the media. Sadly he he was only 19 years older and  he maybe needs to look deeper and discover the amazing body positive community but then he says he is happy and who am I to judge.

There are so many amazing positive points to plastic surgery too though like the ability to reconstruct someones body after an accident, or help someone who genuinely is happier after having a nose job. For some people making a drastic change will be the only hurdle they can consider to help them reach that happiness within them.

On a similar line would be labiaplasty in which women alter the look of their labia, How many times have you actually took a good look at your vagina in the mirror and really appreciated it? How many other vaginas have you seen? I'm not talking about in glamorised porn where every inch of a body is reviewed and even adapted before being presented on screen. If you must take porn as your way to see what other women look like then look at unedited less mass produced porn instead. Most importantly though understand that everyone looks different. Some labia are small and concealed and some are pronounced and chubby. Before considering something this extreme learn more about your own body. Again there are also positive sides to a procedure like this being available meaning that women who were born into a different biological gender can now make the transition of gender reassignment and have the choice of having labia if they so wish.

Then of course there is Anal Bleaching another unrealistic beauty standard that has come from mass produced porn. Women and men desire the pinkest bumholes in the illusion or belief that it means it is cleaner and more acceptable, If your bottom has a pigmentation different to that of nude or even pink it doesn't mean that you're not clean or that your partner will be repulsed. However if you do choose that anal bleaching is for you do it safely.  Make sure you do your research and make sure you know what you are doing before jumping in bum first.

Most of all no matter what your choices just make sure you do them for you and love yourself first. 

What are your opinions? Have you ever anal bleached? 

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Saving Money This Christmas

Hey Cats,

That dreaded almost last pay day before Christmas looms and we all want to treat the ones we love to lots of amazing things but life still throws bills at us. You can still get lots of amazing presents with a few money saving tips that I like to use.

Charity Shops

Charity shops have really upped their game and people have become so much more generous. If you go into quality Charity shops now you can find lost of either brand new with tags items or barely used. I know I am bias because of my job but I see so many bargains every day and you can really stretch that money a little further. Not only that but you are also doing a good deed and helping out those who need support. So next time you are out shopping don't forget to support your favourite cause by popping in and seeing what they have on offer,

Voucher Codes

There are lots of websites just dedicated to helping you get a cheaper deal with anything from a few pennies off to a huge 50% off. Voucheroo has some amazing deals on at the moment from well known retailers like Curry;s, Asos and more. So before you click for that big purchase or even a little treat for yourself have a look. The thing I love most about using Voucheroo over other voucher websites is that they have an easy list of all the retailers they currently have offers with so you can just browse quickly and then have a look. It is also a great way to find presents you may not even have thought of. A great way to discover new brands too! While I was browsing I found some awesome discounts for Debenhams, Boots and Simply be. All places I was going to shop anyway so I wasn't complaining at that saving.

Make Something

You don't even have to be super creative to make presents for people. I have had my fair share of pinterest fails but you have to fail a few times to get good at anything in life, I have a huge folder full of great little gifts you can put together and even better when its bulk presents, Check out my Pinterest.

Do you have any money saving tips?

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Lush Northern Lights Bath Bomb Review

Hey Cats,

Recently I did a huge lush haul and granted most of it was Halloween goodies but I just couldn't resist a few other goodies. I had seen the northern lights bath bomb a billion times but never tried it so that just had to change. Slowly I am working my way through all the Lush products I can and am yet to find one I am disappointed with.

Northern lights is such a big and colourful bath bomb that it is hard to miss it. Full of vibrant purples, yellow and blue. Enough to cheer up any miserable winter day and after a long day at work I was so excited to see what colours this would create in the bath. I even took the time to film it for you all. You may have caught it over on Instagram but you can check it out here too.

I loved watching the bath bomb whizz around like a firework but at first was a little disappointed there wasn't even more colour. The bath water had colourful bubbles but had turned a murky colour. Almost a dark green but when I swished it about it changed to purple and as soon as I jumped into the bath I could instantly feel the ylang ylang oil soothing and working magic on my skin. Although this bath bomb does smell lovely it is more of a subtle floral scent that relaxes and calms. I had the longest bath I have had in a long time and really kicked back with some music. There were lots of lovely bubbles too which you don't always get with a bath bomb which is why I favour the bubble bars but I loved the pretty bubbles this one created.

After I got out the bath my skin felt so smooth and lovely but there wasn't a major lasting scent that I expect of lush bath bombs. If I am using a whole bath bomb I prefer to be drenched in the smell of it so I can bask in the lovely scent for the rest of the evening. It was worth the money though and if I wanted a relaxing soothing bath again I would reach for this one,

Have you tried northern lights yet?

Finding Photographers through Bidvine (review)

Hey Cats,

As you know me and the Mr got engaged. Which means now we are frantically saving our money up for a wedding...one we haven't really thought about other than browsing rock'n'roll bride and staring at my gorgeous engagement ring. So I decided it was time to start getting some quotes so I knew just how much I needed to budget for. Now we aren't looking to have a huge wedding so watch this space for lots of ideas and diy attempts. I want to take you on the journey with us.

One of the most important things about a wedding day (other than marrying the person you love duh) is capturing the moment beautifully so you can share your beautiful memories for life. So to me a photographer is so important to have on the big day. I wanted to get together some quotes that were no obligation as we haven't even booked the big day yet and just wanted to get some ideas. Then I found out about Bidvine

Bidvine allows you to hire local professionals and easily get quotes. So I gave it a go. It was easy to join using an existing social media account. I signed up using my google id so there were no boring forms and I could jump straight in to exploring the site. It doesn't just stop at photographers there are all kinds of services available, All you have to do is put in the service you're looking for (which for me was a wedding photographer) then add your postcode and bidvine will do the rest for you. Bidvine then reviews your area and the contractors and professionals available and they can get in touch through the site to give you a quote. If you prefer to be contacted by phone you can choose that option also.

I had a response within the hour even though Bidvine advised me it could take a few days. I was really impressed at how quick the service was and you are able to read about the professional and any reviews they already have from people who have already used their services, For me this is a fantastic service as I have just moved to the area so it is vital to find trusted and respectable local professionals.

We still have a lot of saving to go yet but I think this is an excellent service that I will definitely be using again,

Have you heard of Bidvine?

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Superdrug Haul

A-Z Of Inspirational Women P is for....

Hey Grrrls,

If you re new to the blog this is the part where we celebrate amazing women and their achievements. These are all women who have inspired me in one way or another and I always want to find out who inspires you too! When it came to thinking of ladies that begin with P that inspire me I suddenly realised there are loads. Maybe that's a sign to name your daughters with a name beginning with P. As always I am most influenced by musicians and artists.

Patti Smith the one and only, Patti to me is the ultimate in punk rock star. Crowd surfing with her big back combed hair and men's suit with a big finger up at all those who said women need to be feminine. Patti Smith is beauty in its rawest form and man can she write songs and make music. I remember being a teenage girl lying on my bedroom floor and being taken  away to another place by this magical woman. To this day a book of her lyrics is still one of my favourite books, A woman full of wisdom in a guardian interview recently she was quoted saying "You decide your own fate. Are you going to fall apart or own it?".

Next up is a lady you will all probably know very well and that is the every beautiful and talented Paloma Faith.

I bow down to all that is Paloma. Her voice is like stepping back to the blues it is beyond beautiful and when I went ti see her live and she covered Billie Holiday I just died on the spot. She gives her all on stage and just blew me away. Sadly I haven't got to see her since but would go again in a heartbeat. Ti still feel like that 5 years on is a rare mainstream gig experience for me, She is quirky, firey and boy does she have a voice. She can act too catch her playing a goth in st trins.

I told you women in music had my heart and the next one is no different to that.Another woman that oozes glamour and writes beautiful music is the one and only miss PJ Harvey. Her dark hair and red lips caught my heart in down by the water,

Never afraid to rock body hair or get half naked with the world watching. Dare I say she is the female Nick Cave she did an amazing cover with him  in which she sounds just amazing. I am utterly swooning over Pj for life she is so chilled and relaxed and always my bubble bath music, she is a true poet. Her lyrics are beautifully dark and alluring.

Last but not least for today's inspirational women is the every amazing Patricia Day from horrorpops.

Not only is she my ultimate style icon but she plays a mean upright bass, She is also the lead singer and has the most beautiful voice singing about horrific beauty like zombies, being a rebel and the band even have psychobilly gogo dancers. She is a psychobilly queen who makes me want to have bangs so badly. She has been both curvy and small and rocked them with utter class and body confidence.

Who do you think is an inspirational woman? check out the rest of the series .

Must-Have Autumn/Winter Trends with a Punk Edge

Hey Cats

With all the offerings of the seasonal fashion scene, it can be a bit tricky to sift through them all and find the ones that are the perfect fit for your seasonal collection. Luckily, the Autumn/Winter 2016 catwalks were dotted with pieces that combined retro details, feminine silhouettes, and edgy finishes all in one go. Add these cold-weather trends to your wardrobe to infuse your ensembles with just the right amount of glam-punk style.

Shearling Bomber Jackets

When it comes to timeless outerwear, there’s no denying that the bomber jacket is at the top of the list of styles that seem to reappear season after season. This time around, the classic silhouette is joined by another vintage-inspired detail: shearling. Seen lining nearly every bomber jacket that floated down the runways this fall, shearling is equal parts warm and cool.The Huffington Post notes that this outerwear staple comes in an array of colours, from neutral shades to wildly vibrant hues, and can be oversized or fitted with the shearling trim hugging the neck and edges of the coat. Thanks to these modern updates, the bomber is once again the must-have statement maker of the season.

Combat Boots

It goes without saying that boots are an essential wardrobe item during the chilly fall and winter seasons. But when it comes to which boots to wear, the decision isn’t always as much of a no-brainer. Luckily, designers all seem to agree that there is one style worth investing in this season: the combat boot. Combining comfort with military-inspired details, the combat boot is reflective of the punk and grunge fashion movement that is once again at the forefront of style. You simply can’t go wrong with this trend, whether you opt for a flat, lace-up style in classic black leather or a chunky heel in a bold hue. And there's much more than just Dr. Martens. Many major designers are offering their own military inspired shoes as seen in Lyst's assortment of boots from Ferragamo. Not sure what to pair them with? Try wearing yours with a collarless wool jacket and skinny cut-off jeans to create the perfect weekend ensemble with a no d to punk style.

Dramatic Black

If the majority of your outfits generally consist of black, black, and more black, this season’s goth-inspired trend is right up your alley. Who What Wear says that this is no gentle foray into lightweight goth garb either. Designers have opted for full-on dramatic, theatrical ensembles that match the steampunk Victorian era with modern twists like denim jackets or tweed skirt suits. Of course, as with any fashion trend, there’s always a little bit of wiggle room in the interpretation, whether that means rocking your favourite head-to-toe black ensembles with no shame or mixing in more metallic hardware-embellished pieces. With this trend, there’s no such thing as too much drama.

what are your winter trend tips?

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Would you take amenities for granted?

Hey Cats,

With moving to the countryside recently I have become more in touch with all the things I took for granted whilst living in the city. So when I got asked what it would be like to live in an even more remote area I really got to thinking, Being a farm girl I am no stranger to hard work but wonder how many people realise the efforts that goes into day to day tasks when you don't have the amenities we have become so used to.

Look at those views they are beautiful right? I grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales which wasn't so different from this stunning view. We had our own stream and well but even there we had neighbours close by and energy like electric and gas to give us that little helping hand every day. For me Gas and electric are the biggest things we take for granted all the time. We come home from work to our perfectly timed heating that allows us to just jump straight into a warm shower and settle down to our electronic devices. I already think we need to step away from devices and talk to each other now and again which is why I don't blog as often anymore it isn't because I don't love you grrrls and guys but quality family time is so important and just being able to go out or even stay in and chat is the best.

Round by me lots of people have log burners but with log burners it means you have to source economical and environmentally sustainable and friendly wood. You can't just walk up to your nearest tree and chop it down which is why I think gas is so valuable, It has a way of heating you to the core and really warming up those bitter cold days. Trust me after years of only electric heaters I take my central heating seriously it just keeps the house warmer for longer. In the sticks though you wouldn't be able to have central heating because the demand for gas pipes and lines wouldn't be there so it wouldn't be so readily available. However Flogas seem to have some great alternatives. You can get a gas cylinder to use in a fire or as a water heating source to give you more time to kick back with a book. I know if I lived in such a beautiful place I would love to read and explore all day long.

What would you miss if you moved to a beautiful but isolated region?

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Degustabox October unboxing

Hey Cats,

It is that time again to discuss Degustabox and what goodies were in it this month. Here is the unboxing.

Now what did I think of all the items.

Beloved date heart snacks were super cute and a tasty alternative to chocolate...although the chocolate flavour was my favourite. I will be picking these up and have already seen them in my local supermarkets. They cost the same as a chocolate bar at around 70p and are totally worth it. In the box there were several flavours.

Pitch Choco Barre individually wrapped chocolate brioche are handy for lunch boxes and were nice enough but not very exciting. They were fresh and tasty though so if this is your kind of lunch box filler try them out.

Souper soups - There were two of these which we took for lunches we had to flip a coin for who got which and I took the pork and jalapeno. It smelt delicious but was more a bowl of beans then a soup. Mr K took the super green soup and said he felt like it was nice just bland. We wont be in a hurry to grab these ones but if you are looking for a way to get more protein into your diet then this is a great way.

Snapea rice snacks were my favourite product in the box. I love snap peas and these were like crisps only made from rice and with a snap pea flavour. We really enjoyed these and I will be keeping an eye out for them,

 Levi roots coat and cook - We already use Levi roots products in our house and love them and this one was just as good. Both working full time we are always on the look out for quick but tasty dinners and this was simple to use but giving the meal that extra kick,

Fusian noodles were nice enough on their own but I think they would be tastier used within a stir fry. Not a huge fan of the curry flavour but would check out some others if I see them.

Minion Pasta and pasta sauce - We saved this especially for the little one and he loved it. It was just like buying thsoe small pots of pasta but not in a can and being able to add a healthier edge.

Hersheys cookies and cream- grrrrl be serious its chocolate that I already love but in bigger packaging hell yes please!

Jim jams choco spread- this had a smooth consistency which is much nicer and much more chocolatey than any other chocolate spread I have ever had and I can get on board with that. We loved this.

You can grab your own Degustabox they are mega value for money and a great way to try new products and by using the code LP9OX you can get a huge £7.00 off your first box. 

Let me know if you try it! 

Got Your Number

Hey Cats,

Have you ever been stuck for the best way to contact a company. You get on their website and suddenly there are million phone numbers listed and you just don't know which one is the one you need to get your problem solved quickly without worry.

There have been many a time when my internet has gone down, i have needed to sort taxes or I just need a taxi number and instea dof hitting google there is a site where you can get all that info in just one stop. Contact number Uk  are a new service who can get you numbers for any UK service you can think of. I used them to look up Sky and EE, They are a new company and the best thing is they are there for our needs. So if you go direct to the Sky website or your bank for example you will be given the premium number to call where as contact number Uk are looking at getting the most cost effective numbers for the companies we all know and use because lord knows when something gies wrong the last thing you want is to be stuck on the phone for ages when it is costing a fortune,

Have you heard of contact number uk?

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