Cats and rainbows

Drinking beer and wearing my favourite Ottolangs earrings and my beautiful new JBLoveCraft Dolly Parton t shirt

So if you haven’t guessed by now, my two favourite things in the world are cats and rainbows, and it is always my mission to find items with them on.

Recently I have managed to find some great buys, and I’m going to share with you where you too can enjoy the cat and rainbow life 😻🌈💖

Firstly if you like beer (or even if you don’t, just get this for your collection!) I found some great cans with cats on at a stall in my local market in Norwich! Sir Toby’s beers is not only a great place to pick up some fine cat inspired beer cans, but also a great spot to chill, drink and watch the world go by.

Now to rainbow land, and we are keeping it local still. In the picture above I am wearing my favourite earrings of all time by the very talented Ottolangs if you like rainbows, hearts and sparkles this is the shop for you!

Also on the sparkle front, is another very talented local artist who introduced me to my new mantra… “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!” Dolly Parton spoke straight to my heart on this one, and I’m so thankful JBLoveCraft showed me this. I am so glad she made this quote into t shirts, she also does tote bags too! That’s not all, she makes loads of other beautiful and cute items, go check her out!

What fun Cat and Rainbow items have you found lately? I’d love to know, why not drop me a message or follow me on instagram @TewsdayKitty

Loving my hometown.

In my beautiful Collectif shirt from Lady B Love.

As some of you may know, I come from Norwich, and I love my hometown!

The great thing about Norwich, bar the beauty, history and amazing people, is our love for independent shops. From quirky gift and clothing stores to the brilliant and innovative coffee and food scene.

One of my all time favourite shops for clothing is Lady B Loves which sells some of the best vintage inspired brands, and is in the stunning setting of the Royal Arcade. Also they stock their own chub rub shorties! Go check them out, as they are a summer lifesaver for us curvy girls! This is also where I got my favourite Collectif rainbow skirt from 🌈.

Quirky handmade jewellery and cute plants from Littlesmiths Norfolk.

We also have some of the most amazing independent stores celebrating the handmade talents from not just our hometown, but all around our country. Littlesmiths which is situated in Norwich and Fakenham, introduces you to some beautiful and individual items, and I fell in love with these Peony Vintage earrings and also purchased a little plant for my husband.

Kofra on Onley Street is a great little stop off point, on a walk into the city.

Coffee shops, oh we have so many independents for you to try! Strangers Coffee (which has a rostery too!), Kofra, Fika, and Unknown coffee are just a few and are all experts in their craft.

If you prefer tea, then Biddy’s tea Room (which I’m pictured swinging from their pole on my opening picture) has a wide variety of different teas, oh and their cakes and saviours are amazing too!

Cupcake and Co made my husband a special birthday cake of our beloved cat Lester (this was after we lit the cake, so unikitty has a bit of a burnt horn!)

To end on a sweet note, we also have some fabulous and talented bakers in Norwich. One lady I have loved for many years is Cupcake and Co on Upper At Giles. From her cute cupcakes to her spectacular cakes, this lady makes everything delicious. Also she has so scrummy vegan options too!

Also another talent to watch out is the beautiful Maggie. From authentic delicious Danish pastries, to ridiculously good Rye bread. You can get her goodies from Rainbow whole foods just of Guildhall, and lots of good cafes around Norwich too. Check out her website for where she will be!

These are just a few little place I know and love. What is your favourite in Norwich or your hometown? Let me what where I should visit and try!

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 💖

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!

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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.

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.”