Hello Kitty pop up fun with Tombo

London, beautiful London. I always knew you wouldn’t let me down, and this month you have given me the Joy of the Tombo x Hello Kitty collaboration at their Fitzrovia location. All the Japanese treats a Hello Kitty fan could desire, and what purrrfect timing being it’s my birthday month!

So, with my faithful and kind husband beside me we ventured to the big smoke for some Hello Kitty fun.

The great thing about Tombo Fitzrovia is it isn’t hard to find. Just get off the tube at Tottenham Court Road and head up past the Dominion theatre and you will find it a few streets up on your left.

So excited to be there!

Tombo itself is quite a small Japanese café with nice clean décor. We were greeted with traditional styled pictures of Hello Kitty in many Japanese poses and locations, my excitement was a little bit more intense than the rest of the customers, I even dressed up in my favourite HK items!

The staff were friendly and directed us to a table, we got there about 11.45am which was the perfect time, as by the time we left the place it was getting full, and I didn’t want to chance missing the HK goodies!

Let’s get to to the food and drink:

So, the menu has a section dedicated to Hello Kitty inspired dishes including, Hello Kitty curry rice (a Hello Kitty katsu curry inspiration) and a Hello Kitty poké. There is also a selection of matcha inspired drinks and a nice selection of HK desserts to choose from.

Today was a day of firsts, I have never tried poké what Tombo is famous for, or the wide range of matcha products. I have only ever had matcha in a green tea. This place you get Matcha in EVERYTHING!

I chose a Hello Kitty matcha frappuccino, the green concoction came topped with whipped cream, strawberry sauce, and grated pink chocolate. I was hoping for a Hello Kitty popped on the side of the cream like I saw on pictures of the sundae so I was a little disappointed, but it still tasted and looked good. Being that I have never had any kind of tea frappe it was an interesting taste. I feel it is a drink I could get use to the more I had it. My husband had the yuza kukicha citrus green tea, which was beautiful and fresh tasting, so much so I brought the Hello Kitty special edition pouch.

As you can see I am all decked out in Hello Kitty for this!

We chose a Hello Kitty curry rice and Hello Kitty salmon Poké. (Bonus on purchasing the Poké is you get a mini soy sauce Hello Kitty bottle to take away with you!) I have never had Poké before, so I chose to opt for this, also by doing this we both got to try a bit of each other’s.

As you can see from the pictures, the food was beautifully decorated, to the point I didn’t want to destroy her beautiful face. Poké is a really refreshing light Japanese style salad, and the HK special even had tiny HK’s out of carrot and beetroot dotted about the bowl. The curry was just as pretty with her little face poking out of a bowl of delicious katsu curry and like my poké it had little HK carrots and beetroot shapes around the bowl. The katsu curry had a nice taste, one of the best I have tried in a long time.

For dessert, I had a little Hello Kitty cupcake, once again like the Frappa this was also lacking Hello Kitty items on it. All it needed was a little icing Hello Kitty to set it off and make it a bit more special.

Overall, I really enjoyed Tombo, I would have never known about this place if it wasn’t for the Hello Kitty pop up. Would I go again without the Hello Kitty pop up? Yes! It has a nice feel and the food is fresh. The Matcha Frappuccino wasn’t really my thing, but I could easily enjoy a pot of the lovely Yuza Kukichia, and I can really see why Poké is making such a craze in London. Healthy, fresh, and delicious!

If you are a crazy Hello Kitty fan, and want to try out Tombo x Hello Kitty, it is still on till 8th October!

Tombe poke & Matcha bar

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Loving me.

The one thing I have learnt since moving into the 30’s category of life is the more things I don’t give a flying hoot about, which always surprises me and makes me laugh.

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Even in a Snapchat filter I like me.

The major mile stone must be the fact that I don’t hate the way I look in the mirror. Spending probably a good 20 years scrutinising my weight and looks, I finally have come to terms and acceptance of this. Of course, I would like to weigh less and remove those bloody bags under my eyes, but most of all I can look in the mirror and go, “You know what you don’t look half bad?”.

Though it does offer up the question, are we allowed to like ourselves, even love without coming across arrogant and smug? It isn’t a particularly British characteristic, but why shouldn’t we feel happy to stand up and say that we feel beautiful the way we are and happy with our lives.

I was discussing with a friend of mine how my mindset changed through my late 20’s to now (which you can see from older posts.). Before hitting 30 I gave it my all to get as much weight off as possible, hiring personal trainers and doing strict diets. It was all about getting as low as possible. I wanted to be in that mid heathy BMI and I knew the time was ticking. The 9 and half stone target never got reached, but I lost nearly 2 stone and felt miles better about myself. I look back on the pictures in Las Vegas for my 30th and I don’t look half bad.

This of course as discussed with my friend happened due to slow changes. I found dieting harder, but I was enjoying life more. I started to like the gym for the exercise instead of a gruelling regime to lose copious amounts of weight before a set date. I now go to the gym, do my work out which I like and just have fun with it. Also, as much as I know I need to lose weight for health and longevity, I just really like my curves. I have given up on beating myself up on trying to get into Topshop’s tiny 16 and just enjoy shopping elsewhere. There are so much more fun and interesting options to find and explore, the internet has opened a wide world of options to all shapes and sizes. Asos caters for everyone and so does Missguided too. Why not try a spot of vintage? It can be hard to find in larger sizes, and sometimes what looks a bit scary on a hanger can look amazing with the right accessories. The Stylist and the Collector can show you just that.

The truth is, I have found my groove let’s say. The way I have done this has been gradual and there are a few steps I have found.

  • Getting a good haircut and colour – ban the boxes and just dig deep and pay the extra for a good cut and colour. The older we get the more care we need to take not just to our face and body, but our hair too (covering those pesky greys). I have now had the same style for over 3 years, it is now a signature look for me. People now expect me to rock my short fringe which I love, especially with a pair of funky sunglasses.
  • Also, use a good shampoo and conditioner. If you are paying all this money for a good quality cut and colour, treat it right! Get rid of the high street and pay a bit more for deluxe shampoo and conditioners. Tigi Bedhead can be found in TK Maxx and and Justmylook does a brilliant price on the tween packs with free delivery!
  • Don’t give a hoot about what you want to wear. Half the time I feel like I am dressing like a five-year-old, and I really don’t care. I have to stop myself sometimes buying something, just because it’s “cool” and it’s not me. I am a 33-year-old woman I don’t have to be reformed into some category which I should be in. I am old enough to not care and wear what the hell I want! Yes, that does mean a pastel leather mini skirt and a Pusheen t shirt.

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Always rock Pusheen!

  • Go to the gym, Boogy bounce, spin or hot as hell bikram yoga, but do it because you like it, not because you feel you must.
  • Most of all enjoy who you are and what you have to offer. Go out there and be fabulous because I am finding the 30s life just that.

I don’t know about you… but I’m feeling 33

Last week was the celebration of my 33rd year on this planet we call Earth, and what may you ask have I accomplished over those years?

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Feeling not so like Taylor Swift at 33.

Well apart from mentally being scared at school and living in a constant daydream, I have done many things I am extremely proud of and maybe not so.

Life as always is a constant rollercoaster of highs, lows and straight lines. Though the past year I have made significant changes to my ride, with going back to school to retake my GCSE English. That alone meant opening and facing some serious demons and reminders I would like to forget. Though I made it through with an astounding A grade. (I still can’t quite get to grips with that!) I of course have always wanted to write and, I know people will scrutinise this and be like “How did she get an A in English, her writing is appalling.”  Well #HatersGonnaHate at the end of the day and I am at the latter part of the Millennial clan, hashtags all the way.

Talking about Millennials one of our main characters we all looked up to was Bridget Jones. I could really relate to the character when I was a 16-year-old chubby teenager who really didn’t feel like I fitted in anywhere. (Unlike now, you guys have so many positive role models.) Bridget gave me light and hope. I can still remember crying in the cinema when Daniel Cleaver’s skinny American girlfriend said these haunting lines “I thought you said she was thin.”. I wanted to punch through the screen, though the difference was Bridget still weighed less than me. I really thought that was how my life would turn out to be. Though of course it was far from the truth.

At 33 years old, I may weigh around 12 st 4 pounds and only be 5ft 4 inches, I can confirm I do not smoke and I am not a spinster. I am married to the most amazing man in the whole world. Though like Bridget my weight plays on my mind, and that is one thing we both have in common. The scales are my enemy and food my false friend.

So as my 33rd year begins I have taken on the challenge like every year, I will lose those pesky pounds, but the truth is, as much as I get disheartened that I can’t fit into a size 16 Topshop, I bloody love my curves. Yes, I would want them to be tighter, but you know what… my idol is Ashley Graham. She is a size 20 and is breathtakingly stunning. She has cellulite and has a belly, but oh my she carries it off with style. So I am not going for the size 8, I just want to get out of that overweight category and embrace myself, because I’m #Fabulous (Yes another hashtag #SorryNotSorry)

So here it is, I am going to give this my best shot. I can confirm to you…

  • I will be hangry
  • Hate the gym
  • Try to deal with my stupid underactive thyroid making my metabolism slower than a sloth crossing the road in Costa Rica.
  • Start another personal training session. (You can’t break me!)
  • Try some crazy diets, and keep you all informed of my hate for them.
  • Try to not bombard you with terrible before and after pictures, maybe of me attacking a Nando’s wing roulette challenge.
  • But most of all, I will be a normal woman in her 30s, I don’t have a sponsor wanting me to make some bloody DVD, so I will show you like it is… HELL.

 

So I look forward to keeping you entertained over the next few months of my struggle. Just remember guys we are all in this together.

Fifty Shades of Grey premiere

As you may have read in one of my last posts, I was unsure if I should go freeze in Leicester Square for god knows how many hours, or stay lovely and warm in my bed all day on my day off. As you probably have guessed from the title of this post, I chose to turn my body into a human Popsicle.

Let me talk you through how one crazy 31 year old dragged her lovely and truly amazing friend along for one eventful day of fun.

Firstly, it has been many years since I have done anything like this. Back when I was a teenager, I would think nothing of staying out all day in all sorts of weathers to meet 911 or 5ive to get the perfect picture with them. One time in particular, we got the first train to London and queued all day to get front row tickets for a special 5ive concert when I was just 15. How did we do this?

I chose to make my travel plans to the big smoke the night before. I got on the train listening to the Fifty Shades soundtrack. By the time I got to my friends address just outside London it took me 3 hours, and the clock was ticking. I needed sleep and I knew I wouldn’t get much knowing we had to get up early.

I got informed by some forums that we really needed to get to Leicester Square for about 8am or even stay overnight (Sorry, This is none negotiable Mr Grey, this will not be happening, please remove this from the contract). We decided to leave my friends at 8.30, which meant we would be in the Square for 9.30. To be fair I was very worried about the amount of people who would turn up. This film had many fandoms attached to it. Twihards, Jamie Dornan fans, and of course just us crazy woman. May I add at this point, I do not like Twilight, Maybe it’s my age, but Robert Patterson doesn’t do it for me. Thankfully it wasn’t as busy as we thought, and we got a wrist band easily.

After leaving the craziness of the all nighters, we were hungry and in need of some good food! We hit up The Diner just of Neal Street. I had the Lumberjacks breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs. My partner in crime had the breakfast Burrito. If you ever want a true taste of an American dinner, these bad boys are the where to go!

With food in our bellies, and a trip to the Moomin shop, and a stop off at the pub, we were ready for the fun of the premiere. We got informed to be there for 12pm, but in fact we didn’t need to be there till 3pm when the gates opened. The great thing about any event like this is the people you meet. Everyone was there for their own reasons, but we all bonded with our love for Fifty. What happens next in these crazy events is they call out your wrist band numbers (e.g. 1 – 50, 50 – 100 etc). With the rush of adrenalin we ran to the best spot possible. Sadly the first 100 got front row, but second row wasn’t too shabby.

The waiting was the hardest part, and lack of drinking water. I got cramp in my legs like nothing I have ever felt before, with this and the cold, I realised I am too old for this! When finally the show kicked off at 5.30pm I was ready for a strong drink and some hot food, but I knew I had to keep going to see Mr Grey.

When the stars finally did come out, the rush was worth it. Seeing my friends face when Aaron Taylor Johnson appeared next to her face was priceless. We got to meet most of all the cast, the only one who didn’t get close enough to us was Mr Grey himself, which I wasn’t too disappointed in the end, as Dakota Johnson stole my heart. She was so sweet and beautiful, unlike Jamie Dornan she seemed to really love every moment of it. I think anyone who was going to take this role on, should of known the hype it would attract. Don’t get me wrong, Jamie looked smoking HOT, Maybe I was just a bit sad I didn’t get to see him close up. We could have waited longer, but after some rude full time autograph hunters in front of us, it was time to get the hell out of there! It was cold, and we were in need of chicken wings and beer!

Here are my top 5 tips if you want to brave a premiere.

1. Search Google, Find out the ins and outs on what is happening that day, Facebook have some great Premiere update pages which have loads of information on them. I just Facebooked “Fifty Shades of grey Premiere” and found a page. Or like LondonFilmPremieres on Facebook
2. Screw staying overnight! There is loads of room around the barriers; I wish I had a later number now. A girl I made friends with had 190 and got front row, where I had 105 and got second row, because they opened more barriers up. She met everyone!
3. Remember your phone needs to be charged for photos. Yes I know we all want to tweet and facebook where we are, but remember you need it for the stars. Or just bring an old camera like me!
4. Keep warm/ stay cool. In the winter wear thermal EVERYTHING! My feet felt like they would drop off! Even though you don’t want to drink because you may need the toilet, you need it! Water stops cramps and keeps you hydrated. You will feel better, Trust me!
5. Have fun, but watch out for the professional Autograph hunters. They mean business.

Would I do it again? Well I would, but never in the winter! I enjoyed it up till the girls in front of me were rude, then the fun stopped. I am too old for hostility and what was worse, I was a real fan of the books and they were just autograph hunters.

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2015 just got better. MagicMikeXXL

So it’s finally here. Magic Mike XXL teaser trailer has been launched today on Ellen, and everyone went a little bit cray cray.

Woman everywhere can’t believe how good 2015 is going to be. If the excitement for the Fifty Shades of Grey film was making us all go mental, Magic Mike just pushed us over the edge.

As I write this #MagicMikeXXL is trending strongly on Twitter and the trailer is doing the rounds on Facebook.

So here it is, Just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

So what do we think? Do you even care? Comment below, or give me a tweet @Misskitty83

As comedian Eric Schwarts said on Twitter “#MagicMikeXXL and #50ShadesOfGrey…finally, women are treating men like objects. If I don’t get any action this year, it’s MY fault.”

Fifty Shades of should I?

Most people, who know me, will know I love to do a bit of celeb spotting. I have longed to be in the limelight and always wanted to be on the red carpet.

As a teenager I followed my favourite boy band, 911, around the country and would skip school to hang out with my fellow fans. Nothing excited me more than the endorphin rush of meeting your favourite star. I would be high off this for days, then the crash would come, and I would hide in my bedroom sobbing. I just felt welcomed by the band I liked and my friends I made. I never really fitted in at school and this was my place I loved.

Now 18 years later I am revisiting this old haunt of seeing the beautiful people, and this time it is for the Fifty Shades of Grey premier in London. Like many woman my age, I fell head over heels for Mr Grey, and is gagging to see this film (See what I did there?). I, of course don’t just want to see the film, but meet the cast. Therefore one must sacrifice her day off to get a god awful early train to London to get a wrist band to stand in the crowds.

I know what you are thinking, why is she doing this? Is she crazy? Well yes and no. I am doing it for fun, and enjoyment. I am going with one of my best friends, and I know very well we will laugh and get a little bit tipsy and just scream all day. Maybe it’s me reliving my youth, maybe it’s because I am working on a book which circles around this lifestyle and I want to feel it again to get inspiration. Or plainly I just love Fifty Shades and want to show my support to E L James who wrote this modern classic. (I know some of you out there disagree)

So I need to decide, Should I go and get an early train and make sure I get the wrist band or should I just risk getting a later train and just see from afar. How about not at all! I know if I don’t go I would regret it massively, so I think the latter is out of the picture.
I will of course keep you posted and up to date with my choices

The new you

Welcome to 2015, and welcome to the new and improved Tewsday.com!

I wonder how many of you out there are going through the whole New Year’s Resolutions right now? I bet what some of you have right at the top of the list, is losing weight or changing something to become the new you.

Well I have spent many of a year with this said resolution, mainly losing weight and trying to figure out my bloody life and where I should be.

Let’s tackle weight first – Suffering with Underactive Thyroid since I was 19 has always been a major struggle for me with weight loss. When I first got diagnosed and went on the medication, I noticed the weight fall off, but over the years it has become more and more increasingly harder to keep it off. Over the last two years I have changed jobs and noticed a massive change in my weight/fitness. Sitting in an office environment, where my main exercise was making the team a cup of tea, really made the pounds go on, even with going to the gym! So leaving the office and getting back into retail was a major shake up for my body and the weight started to fall off. I was walking to work, still at the gym and working my butt off before I hit the big 3.0. I have noticed so much changes in my body and fitness. I wouldn’t say I am amazingly fit or slim, but my curves are tighter and my fitness has improved. Best of all I can just about get back into Topshop clothes after 6 years!

You may wonder how I did it? Simply changing what I ate and being positive, instead of worrying too much about the scales or how my clothes fit (between you and me, I still worry what the scales say). I did save up and get a few personal training sessions before my 30th birthday which really pushed me in the right direction. Also I feel with the exercises I was doing, they helped me avoid piling on massive amounts of weight. This was needed as I went to America for my birthday!

I did find it very hard over 2014 to keep going, and found some new hope and inspiration through Kelly French, a personal trainer I have started using (thanks to a bit of work bonus, I treated myself to more PT). Kelly is an amazing woman and one of the fittest people I know. She is a true inspiration on how strong woman can be, and she is all about loving yourself and your figure. Just getting healthy and fit is her motto. I started off with my sessions wanting a body like JLo and realising recently that this may never happen. This is because a) I have an underactive thyroid which is slower than a tortoise and b) I don’t have that type of cash to have a personal trainer/chef 24-7 and c) someone to slap my hand whenever I go near something bad to eat.

So, with this in mind I have come to the conclusion of just getting fit, toning up and just loving my body a bit more. We are so lucky that there is some amazing role models out there, who just like us have curves, but are losing weight and toning up in a safe and fun way. I love Fuller Figure, she is so beautiful and works hard to get in shape but still doesn’t lose what she is, a beautiful curvaceous woman. I follow her on Facebook and i’m not afraid to say I do have a bit of a girl crush on her.

So I am kicking 2015 off with getting my arse back in the gym. Trying my hardest to get fit and not eat too badly, but also not to be too hard on myself. You know what, we are only human at the end of the day, and we all need to be a lot more easier on ourselves. So I will keep you posted on this one.

Secondly, my life – It’s not so much changing my whole life, but just living up to my potential. Too many talents and years have gone by the wayside and I believe 2015 is the time to start living. Life as we all know too well is too precious and fragile to just sit around. After many years of moping about not living to my full potential, I am finally kicking my butt in gear! I am not beating myself up on my failed attempts at going back to college in 2014. It wasn’t my fault the Access to Higher Education in Creative Writing course got cancelled. The second course available also started with a two weeks notice period, so I couldn’t change my shifts at work. At least I tried to get on these courses. I also started writing both my novels, and plan to finish these in 2015.

Not many people know that I trained as a classical singer in my teens. This is another love of mine I want to embrace this year. I always had terrible stage fright with singing and have never done anything with it. I am now 31 and really should not care so much and embrace my talent and tune the ol’ instrument up again.

We all have things we want to accomplish, why not really try this year and see how far you get. Write a letter to yourself for 2016, stating what you want to achieve and how proud you are and love yourself. You are special and shouldn’t hide any longer.

Embrace life.