Somewhere over the rainbow…

I have a love of rainbow, pastel and sparkles, as I think you can guess from my pictures and Instagram. Though I have found the older I get, I really don’t know where I fit in, or should I even worry about fitting in?!

Anxiety has always gnawed at my life since I can remember, and as much as I know, you shouldn’t care about what other people think, even at 35 I do!

If I’m not worrying about what people think or if they like me, I’m worrying about loved ones or myself. Sometimes my brain is just a fairground of anxiety!

This is where the wonderful creatures of cats come in. Did you know that cats can reduce stress? Just 15 to 30 minutes a day with your lil fur baby can calm and help with your mood and wellbeing!

My beautiful baby Lester, sadly died this February (two days before my mum’s anniversary of her passing) and my heart was broken. We still haven’t got a new fur baby, but I know I can’t wait for my new kitty buddy to love and both help each other out.

My baby Lester.

I feel that need to just cuddle up with a cat, and tell them my problems. (I know they can’t answer back) I know the day we finally get our new lil baby I will feel a lot more calmer and happier.

On a side note, shout out to the beautiful human Sugar and Sloth, for her amazing work on fighting the stigma of mental illness with beautiful bins, bags and t-shirts and much more. I love her Narhwal rainbow anxiety pin! It sums me up to a T.

And a final note, always live a rainbow life even in the gloom, remember you are amazing and loved, let’s also remember to take care of each other. It can sometimes be the one who is the life and soul of the party, who is hiding the hurt 💖

Crazy Cat Lady Fashion.

Being a Crazy Cat Lady who loves her fashion has never been better! There are so many handmade and fashion brands out there, Including Frilly Pops (pictured), who are embracing the love of cats and Hello Kitty!

Well hello, 2019, and what a great time to embrace your Crazy Cat Person to full potential. I have never really hidden my love of felines and right now, the fashion world is helping me build on my purrrsonal style even more.

One of my favourite brands for jewellery and of course their quirky shoes is Irregular Choice. If I am short on anything quirky and cute, I know I can rely on this brilliant British brand. My most recent purchase from them comes in the form of the Lucky Cat Earrings.  These were a steal at £10, and the majority of their jewellery is around this price point, so compared to their shoes which as beautiful as they are, can be around £100, this is a great entry level price point into the brand.

Also, you can always rely on Etsy and your local makers market to fill your love of kittehs. One of my favourite local cat loving ladies is Miss Ella, whos love of cats can be found in jewellery, art and even city murals in my home town of Norwich!

The two handmade brooches I’m wearing in the picture above are what I have collected and been given over the years. There are so many amazingly creative people out there embracing their love of cats. My other favourites being Sugar and Sloth and for cute pompom cats, it must be Frilly Pop Shop.

So what are you waiting for, crazy cat gang?! Get out there and embrace your Crazy Cat styles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wonderful world of Hello Kitty X

So if you have been hiding under a rock the past year (or dare I say it, not a Hello Kitty fan) you may of missed some of the amazing Hello Kitty collabs!

Really we need to go back to just before the end of 2017 when it kicked off. This was of course ASOS’s first collection with the purrfect Miss Kitty herself!

The first array was more geared to Christmas and party wear, the prices ranging from £5 to £95. There was some amazing buys, but the downside to me was the amount of Dabbing Hello Kitty’s. I do not buy into this fad, thank you! Though I did purchase some of the jewellery and handbags. The hoop earrings were my all time favourite, and the most amazing handbags, I purchased both the white fluffy crossover and the very similar Charlotte Olympia Olympia style black backpack.

We then of course had the the big hype of PumaXHelloKitty which celebrated the more classic OG style. Red and white, classic and clean! This connection was HOT, and sold out pretty quickly. To be honest I didn’t even think I’d get a pair in the UK, but thankfully Schuh had my back and I got my precious pair! Now these were expensive to me £80 for a pair of trainers is not a lot to some people, but to me they were A LOT! Though they were worth every penny for the cuteness factor!

When Summer came it was time for ASOS to bring a new selection of goodies. This had 90s vibes and quirky girly feels. I found the collection a little bit too young for me, but the bow heels and ankle socks were my prize wear of the summer. The shoes in particular stole the show at a summer party!

Now the latest and most hyped so far has to go to ConverseXHelloKitty. This range had a huge selection of colours and styles, even including clothes. This one, I had to be held back on a bit! 3 pairs of shoes and a t shirt later, I was one happy Kitty!

The collection was so popular, styles sold out in a day and I had to wait a while to get them via Converse. Though when they came, they were stunning, so beautiful in fact I still haven’t dared wear them yet!

There have also been some extremely high end collections what have happened with the likes of Furla, Pinko and Chinti and Parker, which I have loved, but are way out of my price range!

What is next for the Hello Kitty collabs?! I would like to see more UK brands bring back the Kitty Queen, especially clothing in plus size. We miss out on lots of cool brands in the UK like Loungefly, who do some amazing Hello Kitty accessories, but don’t stock in the UK. Sanrio themselves do not have a UK site. So hopefully 2019 we may finally get all the Hello Kitty we love and deserve!

Sanrio Loot Crate Fun.

I am sure any true Hello Kitty fan out there is aware of these awesome little Loot Crates. I know I have been going crazy for them for over a year, but the price always puts me off slightly. At £39 it’s a high price for a gamble on what will be inside 🙀.

I purchased my first box due a coupon with 20% off, and as I had some birthday money I thought I’d treat myself. Being that I’m in England, this took a long time to come!

my first box was the Tasty collection, I love food so I was looking forward to what would be coming! There was a mixture of cute and colourful items including:

  • A burger apron
  • Gudetama bento box
  • A very cute Hello Kitty hot dog plushie
  • Sanrio coasters
  • Gudetama charm
  • Sanrio Lunchbox

To be honest, there was only a few things out of the box I really liked, or would use. So I did think I would cancel… The only problem was, I forgot to! So then another one came to my house, and I’m so thankful it did, as this one was perfect

Sweet Dreams was cute as a button. It ticked all the boxes! Pastel colours, more Hello Kitty and items I would use!

In the Sweet Dreams box you got:

  • A very cute pastel t shirt
  • A hello kitty squishy keyring (seen on the picture)
  • Sanrio blanket
  • Sanrio eye mask
  • Sanrio stacking dolls
  • Little twin stars charm

To conclude, I am carrying on with the Loot crates. They come only 4 times a year, and at the moment I am really enjoying them.

What do you guys think? Have you had the the Hello Kitty Loot Crate, or any other suprise box? Let me know what you think, or if there is any other cute boxes I should get.

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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OMG! Hello Kitty MAC Cosmetics Collection Out Soon!

After a quick search on Twitter for Hello Kitty tweets i was alerted to the fact that Hello Kitty is bringing out a Mac Cosmetics range!!!! I’ve signed up for the email alert at Mac Cosmetics straight away!

See a pic off the range on the right.

Hello Kitty Mac Cosmetics
Hello Kitty Mac Cosmetics

However it looks like this will released in the US first. Thankfully for me i have an Aunt in America that’s coming to my wedding this year! Time to send her an email! 🙂

According to this post the new Hello Kitty makeup will out on February 10th.

Here’s looking forward to more Hello Kitty goodness,

Tews x