Is wearing all designer ever cool, or always too much?
Carrying on from PART 1 here, I wanted to share some more images from this shoot. My conclusion was, that if done right, and by not being too heavy with logos, sometimes lots of high-end brands can work together. BUT it’s all about mixing them up, and adding the odd indie / high street piece in order to make it your ‘own.’
Layers really help add a personal element to a look like this.
And by mixing smart and casual, feminine and masculine pieces – it creates a very personal identity in the way I wear this dress for example.
My inspirations in style come from both men and women, so I try to illustrate that in the way I style outfits.
Find what inspires you and add a touch of it to the way you dress.
Get the look:
My long slevved jacket is by Uniqlo.
My vest jacket is by UK brand Habits.
My socks are by Happy Socks Hysteria (gifted). Shop here.
I went to try out the new Punch Studio in Virgin Active’s Wallbrook gym.
It is very plush and fancy!
I’m a fan of boxing classes because I really think they are great for stress/anxiety.
You can just punch all of that stress right out of you. And the great thing about these classes are; they’re a mixture of boxing and HIIT: High Intensity, Interval Training.
So although Boxing mainly focusses on arms and upper body. The HIIT workouts are a mixture of weight training, lunges and burpee style exercises which focus on the rest of your body. So you get a full body work out.
I like classes that mix up the exercises because for one it is just more fun, and two – I don’t need to go to two classes to get the full work out! AND THAT SOUNDS LIKE A WIN FOR ME! Haha.
This was a gifted gym class experience. I’ve done similar classes in other gyms, and I am definitely going back to do this class more often now, I really enjoyed it. I can’t lie it was hard, but at the same time, you can totally go at your own pace.
Punch studios are available in Walbrook, Kensington, Mayfair, Wandsworth and Barbican
Melissa make fruity smelling shoes and accessories out of recycled plastic.
So for starters – that’s rad.
Secondly, their products all smell like fruits…! Oh yeah, I already said that, but it’s pretty ace.
They have just launched a collaboration with everyone’s favourite Cat; Hello Kitty. (Rumour has it I am IRL Kitty but that’s hear say…).
I’m here to show you guys how I wear the collaboration, which was kindly gifted to me.
I decided to style this with another Hello Kitty item; their new MiPac collaboration. Then a dress and hat from Sacred Hawk, and a vintage Givenchy necklace for a fun, girly look.
Sometimes I like to go girly, but it has to be with a fun edge. I can’t be full on barbie or I just feel odd. By adding the cross body bum bag and the fact that the shoes are flat, but platformed gives me that edge that balances it out for me.
What do you think, would you rock this look?
Location: Genesis, Shoreditch – which does amazing Organic, Vegan food.
I was recently invited by EMP to talk to the lovely Buckcherry and New Years Day about their new albums, style and more…
It’s been a pleasure to have been asked to present a lot recently. I guess people have realised I can talk for England, and I’m not complaining!
Music and fashion are two of my passions which have led to my styling career, I studied both music and fashion design to get to this point. Which in turn has led me to style music videos and artists for magazines etc…
In a fun turn of events over the past few years, I’ve been asked to present and feature on camera quite a bit which has led me to a new career; presenting. If you check out my other blog posts on here you can see more examples.
Below are two new videos I’ve worked on for merchandise giant EMP recently where they invited me to interview the amazing New Years Day and Buckcherry.
I hope you like them!
Kitty talks fashion, make up and music with Ash Costello and Nikki Misery of New Years Day. - YouTube
Buckcherry talk Fashion, Warpaint and Tour with Kitty Cowell for EMP. - YouTube
Could the shoes of my 1998 Nu Metal, Skater Chic era be coming back?!
In this shoot, I’m wearing the new DC Legacy OG, Japan Exclusive trainers.
The original model from the late ’90s was heavily inspired by the Nike Air Max 95, can you tell?
This updated version with a snakeskin looking print and aqua/white colourway hits some key trends from 2019. It’s also chunky, again another key trend right now. But will it be accepted in the same way models like the Fila Disruptor have?
The nostalgia made me want to get on board and style this pair for you all to see. DC shoes were a staple when I was 12-14 years old. Along with Vans and Etnies. I’m still that same kid, and I’ve been 100% dining out on the research of late 90’s / early 2000’s style that’s come around lately.
I still listen to Korn and dye my hair mad colours. But now it’s about how I can mix that style in with a girly, on-trend look to get the perfect balance of tomboy ready to skate, meets manicured barbie doll ready for brunch. Did I give you that vibe here? Because that’s what I was going for…
Although instead of a cocktail brunch, we decided to go more ‘London’ with this shoot and hone into our delicacy, which is of course… chunky chips. I had mushy peas too, which you can see further down in the shoot. You can’t go wrong really. And I like you know, the juxtaposition between fashion and a good old take away. So editorial darling!
So in regards to fashion, I’m wearing a suit from MONKI (gifted).
My bag is (dare I say it) Vintage Fendi. I say that because I’ve had it for 15 years… am I vintage now babes?! DAMN!
And the clips… I think they were from ASOS?
*Affiliate links have been used.
It appears below I either spotted a cute boy or a dessert I wanted after the chips. Both would result in this face to be honest.
You can be the judge of which you think it was… like a comic book with two endings. You choose my destiny! Desert or Love? Frankly, I would really just like both… and usually I would always go on dates that involve dessert so… maybe I’m asking for too much in life?
That god deep quick…
Continue for sunglasses…
THE SUNGLASSES OG MY 2019 DREAMS are also in this shoot…
They are the Oakley ‘Radar’ and they are cool as ice, and yes probably meant for wearing skiing, but also now very much for everyday use. I don’t ski either, I snowboard. And not very well but you know at least I could put these to multi-purpose use if I wanted to.
I’ve always been into tech-based fashion, and these sunnies are great for running in the sun, as well as stunting in the street.
Either way, these look great on and are very much ‘on trend’ right now if you care about that stuff.
Buy them here at Sunglasses Hut (gifted and affiliate link).
JW Anderson x Uniqlo, Supreme, Versace, Givenchy, Fendi, Stussy all in one look?
Kids are always going overboard these days with brand names and logos. I’m not one for only wearing designer or hype gear at all. But I do like some key items and usually spread them out across outfits.
Today’s look, although it’s FULL of brand names, is it overboard? It’s still quite a casual look and for me, the designer jewellery and glasses dress it up- so, in that case, are necessary.
Of course, my Supreme jacket is heavily logo’d and very obvious, and my Givenchy necklace is also quite bold. Besides that, the rest is quite subtle. The small Stussy logo on my tote bag is also obvious but it’s small and frankly, a black tote bag would be fine, but for me I have to say I do like making some kind of statement with the clothes I’m wearing. It doesn’t have to be a bold logo as such, but a reference to a style or the way you pair items means a lot to me. And sometimes the easiest way is with brand or band references.
I collect sneakers, and the pairs I wear each day represent who I am. When I wear a shoe – it makes the statement that I’m the kind of person who likes that silhouette. The same goes for any logo, shape or style of clothing. I’m not just wearing it to look ‘nice’ aesthetically. I’m wearing it to say this is who I am; this is me! So essentially taking something like this JW Anderson x Uniqlo dress and pairing it with chunky Reebok Insta Pump Fury’s and a Supreme jacket and designer jewellery and sunglasses should tell you who I am. Not just the fact I like Supreme or Versace.
I’m not dressed head to toe in Supreme and Versace. I’m taking elements of different styles and making them my own. And that’s the kind of fashion that inspires me.
I think it’s obvious when a person wears a Supreme outfit with Versace jewellery. To me you are saying; I only care about brand names. Whereas my under jacket is Uniqlo and my vest jacket is by a small London based Streetwear brand called Habbits. You probably haven’t heard of them?
I wonder if you guys agree, or if you think no Kitty you scream logos at me!
My personal opinion is that if you mix in lots of different things to make your own style, logos and brands are irrelevant. They become part of your look, as opposed to you becoming part of them… You wear it, or it wears you!
My socks are by Happy Socks Hysteria (gifted). Shop here.
So as streetwear and sneakers have become more mainstream, I’ve found myself thinking am I basic now?
Well hell no, because the reason I dress the way I do or like the brands I do; is because of the history and culture behind them.
And it’s fair to anyone to like what they like; I’m not bitching out every basic girl. Do your thing boo!
But I studied, learned, grew up caring about and feeding my knowledge about design and I like to share that vision through the way I look/dress/present myself in some way.
SO – Chunky trainers – let’s address those for a second. They are cool, they are en-vogue right now as it were… And I’m not mad at all. I was a Buffalo wearing Spice Girl fan as a child.
The Ugly sneaker trend is here, and it meets the chunky trainer trend on par. But what I think we are missing sometimes is some of the silhouettes that were already doing this before the trend hit it’s peak (right now). And one of those is the Reebok Insta Pump Fury. ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SILHOUETTES. It’s so weird, and kind of ugly, but so space age and cool.
According to Steven Smith, the shoe’s designer back in the ’90s, the inspiration came from a ski boot and New Balance’s ‘Super Comp.’ I love reading and learning about the history of design and the idea that this crazy looking, chunky trainer, came from an even chunkier ski boot is not only cool but makes total sense.
I also love floaty, girly items mixed with chunky, masculine items. Juxtaposition is my favourite word and my favourite thing to do aesthetically.
So here I am in a pair of Reebok Insta Pump Fury x Offspring from my collection. Paired with this amazing new dress and necklace by Sacred Hawk Clothing.
I can’t eat gluten, some beans and I’m vegan! So what can I eat?
And how do I make sure to stay fit, with a balanced diet and a healthy gut?
Let’s start with what I DON’T eat:
I’m highly intolerant to all the above. Meaning I get cramps, dodgy tummy, gass etc and generally don’t have loads of energy after eating them.
I did an intolerance test from Life Lab and found out I couldn’t have the above. Prior to this I already knew I couldn’t have gluten and some dairy. But I hadn’t cut out eggs as I felt they were necessary. Little did I know they were part of the problem!
Instead of eggs, I have foods like organic tofu (you can get this in almost all supermarkets now, even CoOp), Tempeh and Ackee.
Instead of cooking the above with vegan butter I would often use an oil like Canola or Avocado. These have a higher burn point than Olive Oil and less saturated fat than Coconut Oil.
The substitutes for yoghurt and cheese are SO good now! Again most supermarkets have some great options but Wholefoods and Planet Organic etc have some amazing options now. ALWAYS look out for added sugar. Get a plain vegan yoghurt, nut yoghurts are good and plain ones are even better. Then add what you want that way you can control the amount of sugar. Plus all good vegan yoghurts have probiotic cultures in meaning they are good for your gut health.
Anyone looking to improve their diet is usually suffering from some kind of gut issue. I think most of us are as we eat so many processed foods. The gut is literally the root of many health problems and can often be the trigger of autoimmune issues. Read this article about the link, and you can find many others too.
Both my parents have long-term autoimmune issues and by changing their diet they have seen a huge improvement in their health.
Another tip is Rennie, which I’m sure you have all heard of. If you do get some bloating and feeling uncomfortable from food they really help. They also have this really useful blog post about bloating here. I really like their idea of these little changes you can make to help combat that bloated feeling. They are really simple and useful.
This year I added fermented foods to my diet and it’s really improved my energy levels and my ability to fight off colds.
Tempeh – a form of fermented soybeans that are compacted. It’s firmer than tofu and has a nuttier taste.
Sauerkraut – an acquired taste but I love putting it on everything!
Kombucha – again not to everyone’s taste but for me it’s in replacement of a fizzy drink that would otherwise be bad for me.
Vegan Kefir – I put this in smoothies and it’s so easy to drink that way. You can also buy fruit ones or even chocolate ones, but be aware of the sugar. To be honest, a little sugar is fine, it’s just good to know!
My biggest downfall is carbs, it’s quick and easy on the go to grab a cereal bar or biscuit. (Hack – Sainsburys and Tescos both do Vegan, Gluten Free choc chip biscuits and they are my downfall haha). When I have time to plan to have fresh fruit and veg and eating veg sticks and dips like humous or quick tofu with tomatoes, black beans, avocado etc can be great.
It’s just so easy to eat some pasta and mix it with some vegetables. There’s nothing wrong with that but it may be better to have carbs like quinoa, brown rice etc.
Yoghurt topped with gluten-free oats or low sugar cereals, and fruit, nuts and seeds. Maybe add a little natural jam or agave syrup.
Toast such as Schar Wholesome Vitality Loaf with Quinoa, Chesnut and Sunflower Seeds is a healthy option. I top this with natural nut butter, dates and banana.
Lunch and dinner options:
Ackee with avocado and tomatoes on toast (see toast above).
Bowls: Lettuce leaves, Brown Rice or Quinoa topped with nuts, seeds, spinach, various vegetables and black beans, lentils or chickpeas (full of protein). Tofu, Tempeh etc too…
Also Sweet Potato filled with vegan cream cheese, topped with sauerkraut is one of my favourite easy dishes to make.
My skin has hugely improved since totally cutting out eggs and dairy. I hardly ever get any spots now and I’m often told how great and clear it looks. Before this, I had been having lots of issues with mild adult acne and trying every cream etc under the sun.
I do use Elemis products and swear by them. But I think the real improvement has come from within. Often your skin is showing you what your gut is feeling. I’ve seen this with both my parents who have suffered from psoriasis until cutting out dairy. It’s crazy, but always listen to your body is my advice. If it’s showing you something odd, it’s trying to tell you something odd is happening inside.
I hope this post has been useful. I’m just sharing my personal insights, so thank you for reading them.
I’m forever being complimented on my hair colour – and I like it!
[Gifted hair colouring]
It’s so nice when strangers just say nice things to you.
But the best thing about my hair these days is the quality of it thanks to ‘Anti-Bleach.’
That’s right, even though my hair is super bright, I don’t get it bleached to achieve this anymore.
Here’s a description of the process from Sophia, the owner of Not Another Salon, where I get my hair done:
“Instead of using bleach, we have been using the lightest blonde colours to lift the hair, experimenting and testing to discover exactly which bright shade specifically will lay over the top each lightness and then trained all our staff in this technique. This is not always simple and it’s certainly not suitable for all clients or all shades but when it’s right – boy it’s amazing.”
So that’s how it all started, and how it works.
She then goes on to say:
“New clients were coming to us with such extreme damage that we would refuse to bleach them anymore, and after seeing so many brought to tears, we had to look at other options. Now, two years on we have clients with all sorts of colours like pink, green, purple and yellow but with the added bonus of having healthy hair for the first time in their life.”
So basically if you want white hair or pastels, it won’t work. If your hair is very dark, it’s just not going to lift enough either.
However, if you do need to use bleach that’s also OK as they have a product called Innolux which helps reduce the damage. So don’t be too worried if you can’t have Anti-Bleach.
But if you can then I would highly recommend it! And also get an Innolux treatment too, which helps put the protein back into your hair after it’s been dyed.
Below is a video of one of the first times we used the Anti-Bleach process on my hair. And the images below that, are the most recent colour I’ve gone using the process.
Anti-Bleach Bright Hair at Not Another Salon. No Bleach! - YouTube
I have FAR fewer breakages in my hair in comparison to when I used to bleach it. It’s so glossy and feels so soft and healthy.
I used to get really embarrassed by the short broken hairs I would get on the top of my head but they have finally started to grow out nicely and it looks classy as well as fun!
The cost is around this:
Anti Bleach: £100
Creative Colour: £35
Innolux Treatment: £30
Short Cut: £40
Obviously, prices will differ due to length and the kind of colour you want to get / what colour your hair already has in it.