Kitty Underhill

My Eternal Quest for Mom Jeans

Kitty Underhill
I feel like there are certain staples everyone should have in their wardrobe, so you have a solid base on which to build fabulous looks and whatnot. Although my wardrobe is an amalgamation of unorganised nonsense 99.9% of the time, I always like to make sure I have the following things in my wardrobe:

1. A nice quality plain white tshirt. Chuck it over leggings with a leather jacket and you have a transitional day to night look. Boom.

2. A good fitting pair of jeans. I usually opt for stretchy ones, as they're comfy and they make one's butt look majestic.

3. A blazer. Always good to have a smart looking jacket in tow in case of job interviews, meetings and other such things where you have to look like you have your shit together. Plus, you can throw a blazer over some jeans, add heels and a bralet and you have a nice date look too.

4. A coat. DAMNIT GET A COAT. That's actually warm and not just pretty! You will thank yourself in winter. Just be sensible and have a coat. 

5. A pair of trainers you keep in (relatively) good condition. Looks sick with a pair of peg trousers for a smart casual look. Plus, trainers are comfy and great.


So bearing in mind staple number 2, I of course should have a pair of mom jeans. Right? That's only fair? Well apparently I can't because I can't find any which fit well and are in my price range. As a pear shaped gal especially, I've found it hard to find a pair which have enough give to allow for my butt (I need a lot of give...) but aren't huge on the waist. I did have this beauteous Boohoo pair (pictured below), however I had a real life wardrobe malfunction and they ripped all the way from my knee to my very very upper thigh. I WEEP.

And so, I ask you, the reader, WHERE CAN I FIND A PAIR? I'm taking suggestions. Everyone else seems to be having a fab Mom jean experience but me. Comment below if you have any recommendations or chat to me on Twitter, @kittyunderhillx.

When I did have my mom jeans (RIP, literally), my favourite thing to wear them with was this super versatile ribbed leotard from Boohoo. If you hadn't noticed, I'm a Boohoo fiend.


What I'm Wearing:
Leotard: Boohoo
Jeans: Boohoo
Boots: Cat Footwear
Coat: Missguided (you can find more fab Missguided coats here)
Hoops: Primark






(fun fact: this photo is me trying to keep my cool even though my jeans had ripped all the way up the leg that very second)





Thank you so much to the awesome Dave Willis for this week's photos and Nikki Southwood for my makeup. 

Vintage Vibe

Kitty Underhill
So recently I have been the busiest bee in the best way possible - I'm in the process of rehearsing for a production of Sex in Shorts for the Brighton Fringe festival! I've always wanted to perform in the fringe festival and it's been such an awesome, intense process. I'm so excited to perform next week, I'm getting butterflies just thinking about it!

So, as I'm rushing from place to place at the moment, I'm not really putting much effort in to what I wear - I'm just chuck whatever I can find on and bolt out the house to rehearsal. However, this has made me realise how much I love a good old proper denim shirt. Chuck it on - BOOM. Casual but still a little sassy. I actually have two because I wear them quite a lot; they're my go-to lazy outfit staple. If I want to dress it up, I'll add a statement skirt. I love this tartan one from Beyond Retro.

What I'm Wearing:
Shirt: Rokit
Skirt: Beyond Retro
Shoes: River Island
Earrings: New Look






Thank you to my favourite photographer/rapper extraordinaire Daniel Dovi-Dotse for this week's photos!

Oh, and if you fancy coming along to watch me in Sex in Shorts, you can buy tickets here.


Should We #DropThePlus?

Kitty Underhill
If you’re in any way affiliated with the plus size fashion community, you’ll see that the #DropThePlus movement has caused, well, quite the stir. 

The movement was initiated by positive body ambassador Ajay Rochester, arguing that the segregation of women into ‘normal’ and ‘plus size’ is harmful; that we are all women, and we need to ditch this segregation of women and fight for size equality in the fashion industry. This movement calls out the fashion industry on its issues with sizing and the body standards it inflicts on women, arguing that labels such as ‘plus size’ are damaging to the self esteems of young women. On their website, droptheplus.org, they state their goals as follows:

1. The terms “plus” and  “plus size” removed from the fashion industry and removed from the media reporting on it.
2. Retail stores to follow suit by dropping the “plus size” label.
3. The fashion industry to consistently use models of all sizes, uncategorised.

I’m not going to lie - when I first saw the #DropThePlus hashtag I was all for it. I even tweeted in support of it (goodness I’m wild!! I know!!!). However after taking some time to research into and think about the topic, I knew there was more to this than meets the eye. Whilst this movement has great intentions and I admire their advocacy for body positivity, the whole thing is based on negative discourse around the word ‘plus’, which is perpetuated via mass media, such as the internet, television and magazines. ‘Plus’, in today’s world, has become a euphemism for fat. And due to the negative connotations attached to being fat, these become attached to ‘plus’. There would be no #DropThePlus movement if ‘plus’, i.e. fat, wasn’t constructed and viewed as such a dirty word. 

The reason #DropThePlus is so popular is a result of women being taught their whole life via mass media that being ‘plus’ is inherently bad. For example: tabloid publications such as Heat and others use the ‘circle of shame’ to point out weight gain, cellulite, and any other kind of ‘flaw’ they can find on a female celebrity. Look on any of their front pages and you’ll either see front page news about how one celebrity has ‘piled on the pounds post break-up’ or something equally as vapid, or you’ll see one celebrity or other telling the world how fabulous she feels now that she has lost weight, showing the before and after. The before is always an unflattering picture, exposing their fat rolls, their too tight jeans, their supposed frumpiness. The after, of course, is always glamorous - she’s in full hair and makeup, under studio lights, showing off her great new body in a bikini or bodycon dress, talking about how terrible it was to be ‘fat’. Either this, or fatness isn’t visible in media at all - just pages and pages of tiny models who don’t even look like their own pictures because they’ve been warped via photoshop. But it’s the bombardment of these kind of images everywhere that convince us from a young age that small bodies are the bodies we should have, otherwise we’re not good enough. And indeed, we end up thinking that skinny = good, and fat = disgusting/bad/unworthy.  So either, we’re told that our fat bodies are bad and something that must be changed, or we’re invisible. Either way, fat bodies are not acceptable.

And so, I somewhat understand where the #DropThePlus movement is coming from. Given this fat/thin good/bad logic we’re taught, shopping in the plus size section and being labelled as ‘plus size’ is something we ought to be ashamed of. And in turn, the models and the like at the forefront of this movement want to distance themselves from the label. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that they think that being fat is bad - they have said themselves that they are all for women feeling empowered by the term ‘plus size’, and it’s mainly about the way young girls will view themselves as not being ‘normal’ if girls who look like them are being labelled ‘plus size’. But at the end of the day, the movement is based on this very harmful notion constructed by our media that being plus is a bad thing. 

NEWS FLASH: it’s not! 

In reality these ideas of what a good and bad body is is ridiculous. Every body is beautiful and worthy. And people are slowly beginning to realise this and combat this harmful dichotomy. Whilst yes, we are still being informed that being fat is basically the worst thing ever, we’re seeing a backlash from women. We’re seeing fantastic movements such as Tess Holliday’s #EffYourBeautyStandards saying a big ‘EFF YOU’ to expectations of the female body. And it’s fantastic! Just look through the hashtag and you’ll see so many beautiful fat girls in bikinis, in bodycon dresses, crop tops and short skirts, sticking their middle fingers up to societal standards of what a fat body should look like and dress like. The reactions are varied; sometimes positive, sometimes negative - sometimes it’s almost like people are completely baffled/offended/appalled by the notion that a fat girl can love herself and be happy. This is the kind of terrible society we live in. But despite this, it’s clear to see that fat girls have no limits; they’re feeling empowered by this plus size label, not insulted by it.

As I am a size 12 model myself, this puts me on the smaller end of the plus size model category. But what is interesting is that whenever people ask me what I do and I say that I am a plus size model, the reply I get is always the same - a very upbeat ‘but you’re not plus size!’. The implication to this however, is ‘you’re not fat’. It’s almost as though I am putting myself down by saying I’m plus size, but to be honest the reality is quite the opposite. I couldn’t be more proud to be a plus size model. But I am also aware that I am not representative of many plus size women. So whilst I can contribute to the discussion, I know that it is not entirely my place; I certainly can’t change the terminology which empowers so many people.

Stefania Ferrario, a model at the forefront of this campaign, however feels the opposite, saying that she is not empowered by the ‘plus size’ label and that it’s ‘damaging for young girls’. Each to their own. But personally, I think that if the plus size movement had been this big and progressive when I was a young girl, then maybe I wouldn’t have spent all my teen years hating myself for not looking like the straight sized models I saw everywhere I looked. I became a plus size model because I want to be that person I needed when I was 14; to show women and girls alike that bodies come in different shapes and sizes, and no matter what size or shape they are, they’re beautiful too. Without the plus size label and the wonderful plus size community, I wouldn’t have been able to get my foot in the door, and I probably wouldn’t be as happy with myself and my body as I am now. 

Speaking of the plus size modelling industry, we need to get rid of this notion that the plus size label is segregating. For the modelling industry, people need to be put into categories. It’s not a positive or negative thing, it’s so that appropriate people are booked for the right jobs. For example, If I showed up to a catwalk for Chanel or a brand along those lines tomorrow ( a) lol i wish/one day, b) bearing in mind I am 5’6 and a size 12), they would not only laugh in my face but also probably call my agency and shout at them for supplying a model who was inappropriate for the job. The problem of plus size models apparently not being given the same opportunities as straight sized models is not to do with the plus label - it’s to do with the structure of the fashion industry. Yes, it is progressing in terms of diversity, but it still has a long way to go. It’s going to take a long time for the fashion industry to shift, which is why its so important that the plus size movement keeps its fantastic momentum so that it will finally get the recognition it deserves in mainstream fashion.


So to conclude, I don’t think we should drop the plus. By ditching this label, we would be ditching the fantastic progress and achievements the plus size fashion industry has accomplished thus far. By ditching this label, we would be invalidating and erasing a whole demographic of women. If we didn’t have the plus size label, we wouldn’t have such empowering pioneers in the plus size fashion industry - just look at Denise Bidot, Tess Holliday, Danielle Vanier, Callie Thorpe, Olivia Campbell, Georgia Horne...to name a few. Those names are only scratching the surface. These amazing women relish in and celebrate plus size, empowering so many who have been taught that they’re just not good enough because of their size. Ditching this label would be nothing but a detriment to not only fashion, but women everywhere. 

I think we should #KeepThePlus - but what do you think?




Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint

Kitty Underhill
I'm writing this as I sit on the floor of Heathrow Airport trying to work out what the HULK is going on with my flight. I was meant to fly out to Montreal today however due to the crash at Halifax this has become quite a kerfuffle. Fingers crossed I don't have to have an airport sleepover.

ANYWAY!

So, if you've ever been a 12-16 year old, you've probably had your share of cringeworthy looks. And now I've said that, you're probably having some terrible flashbacks to them. We've all been there. It's that period of time where we're all trying to figure out who the hell we are and trying to fit in, going from phase to phase, but to no avail. I still remember feeling so damn cool going to the school disco in my baggy pink flared corduroys...ahem.

There is however one phase I don't think I ever grew out of. My goth/emo/wannabe scene kid phase. Yes, I was the one with the stupidly backbrushed hair and the slicked down side fringe at underage gigs, dressed in all the studs, black, leather and tartan you could find. I was actually recognised at an underage gig under my scene-donym, Kitty Kapow. Yeah, I'm dying inside at that too.

I may be all grown up now (well, kind of not really at all), but studs, spikes, black, leather and tartan still basically make up my entire wardrobe. I love the grungey goth aesthetic, and probably always will. Some old habits die hard I guess!

The outfit post this week covers 4/5 of that wardrobe criteria. I love this dress' contrasting silk body/tartan skirt. Plus, this jacket, without fail, always makes me feel like a T Bird.


(Update: I'm flying out tomorrow, jubilations!)


What I'm Wearing:
Dress: Motel Rocks (you can find more Motel tartan treats here)
Jacket - Criminal Damage
Earrings + Necklace: Ebay
Boots: Irregular Choice (these have now sold out D: but this Spring/Summer version of the boot is BEAUT!)
















And thanks again to the lovely Ray James for this week's photos.

Bad to the Bone

Kitty Underhill
This is not any new information to those who know me, but to those who don't, I am a crazy dog woman.

I'm one of those people who looks at dogs the way broody women look at babies, and my life is a constant struggle of wanting to stroke every dog. My lovely housemate is pregnant at the moment, and whilst our house was discussing baby names, I realised I had picked out names for my future dogs but not my future children (Penelope for a girl, Jabba for a boy, if you were wondering).  If you've watched that crazy cat lady dating video and totally understood where she's coming from, you'll understand my struggle. 

So, of course, a t-shirt with a portrait of a majestic pug on it is the best t-shirt I could dream of.

I love a good graphic tee - I've been wearing them since I was an angsty emo 11 year old. I find it pretty hard to dress them up though, but I found pairing them with a black skater skirt can class up a good tee. This one from Boohoo has a fabulous shape.



What I'm Wearing:
T-shirt: The Hundreds (similar and equally as majestic)
Skirt: Boohoo
Necklace: New Look (more lovely statement jewellery from New Look here)
Bandana: Topman
Boots: Irregular choice (these are sold out! But Irregular Choice have lots more fab boots)



The pug ring is a particularly special accessory to me - it was made for me by the brilliant Catherine Faulkner, illustratorcraft-maker extraordinaire, one half of the dynamic The Almond Kitchen + Studio duo, and not to mention a great friend of mine. She is wonderful - check out her links!









Thank you to the awesome Ray James for this week's photos!


Queen of the New Year

Kitty Underhill
Um, since when was it March?! This year is going by way too quickly for my liking. I feel like January was 0.3 minutes ago.

This week's post is a little throwback to January - the time of year where everyone feels that it is absolutely imperative that you change yourself or, at least have the intention to. It's almost like we're not enough on our own. We live in a culture where we must always be doing something, becoming something new, working toward something, and standing still is not an option. My sociology lecturer once put this perfectly - 'we are taught that just living is not enough'. And so, when January rears its optimistic head, it's an excuse for  a fresh start for most. I've lost count of the amount of 'New Year, New Me' statuses/tweets I've seen.

It can be a lot of pressure, especially when social media has the tendency to guilt trip you into thinking that everyone else is working 10 million times harder than you. Everyone puts up their highlights, their achievements. But what we don't see is the true amount of hard work that goes into these achievements. We also don't see the times where they're sitting at home eating Ben and Jerry's in their pyjamas at 3pm, scrolling through their newsfeed feeling like they're not doing enough either. It's easy to forget that everyone has down days, when you feel like everyone around you is working non-stop. The key is to be kind to yourself. You can be a boss ass bitch and take a pause for a bubble bath too. Go at your pace, take your time, and make sure you take time to care for yourself. Bey's empire wasn't built in a day.



To go with New Year-y mentions, this is the outfit I wore on New Year's Eve. This jacket from Beyond Retro is everything I've ever wanted in a jacket, ever. Also, fluffy shoes? So much fun.



What I'm Wearing:











And a huge thank you to Lyathara for this weeks photos! 


Mr. Winter

Kitty Underhill
I hate to be that person who starts off by talking about the weather but HOW COLD IS IT RIGHT NOW? This is the kind of weather that makes me want to exist solely as a bed burrito and to never venture outside. But unfortunately, responsibilities. I'm currently thinking of my ventures outside (even if it is to the corner shop for more hot chocolate) as being training for when I got to Montreal at the end of next month. Yes, I know it's going to be much colder than this but I'm currently in denial.

This weather is also the kind that reminds me that I own nothing warm. No cardigans, no knitwear, nada. And every year I say 'I really need to get a coat this year' and every year I'm like '...naaaa'. But this year was different. Because I actually found the world's most duvet-est coat and it has answered all my warm-woes. It's also my first faux (very very faux, real fur is just no) fur coat.

I got this beaut from Beyond Retro - if you're in need of something mega warm, definitely invest! It's worth it if it makes you feel like you're in a duvet whenever you wear it. Especially in this weather.

I think a statement coat like this is a cool way to jazz up a monochrome ensemble. I love monochrome - it makes everyone look dapper as hell.



What I'm Wearing:
Shirt - ASOS
Leggings - ASOS
Shoes - Irregular Choice (these are actually sold out! but check out their website for more irregular goodies.










Thanks again to the lovely Naïke (http://www.poetryisinthestreets.co.vu/) and Sophie for this week's photos. It was worth the chilliness!

Back to Life, Back to Reality

Kitty Underhill
So after a brief departure, my blog is FINALLY back! And I am so excited for what’s to come.

Over the past few months I’ve been able to find my feet, work with some really awesome people and finally get into the swing of doing this whole ‘blogging’ thing. In hindsight (I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again), I definitely should not have decided to start up a blog in my third year. I think I’m just one of those people who (apparently) really likes putting themselves under pressure to do all of the things. But now uni is over (yes, I’m still pining), I finally have the energy and time to create some sick content.

I not only now have a slick new super-layout (thank you so much to the wonderful people at Pipdig!), but I will, from now on, be posting the links of where I get things from (where I can) or link to something similar. I don't want to be a bad influence on your bank account but...wait, actually I do. Treat yo'selves. You're all great.

So, outfit post this week! I recently went into ‘treat yo’self’ mode myself, and this outfit is an accumulation of what I treated myself with (damn you, Aziz Ansari; that phrase will be the death of me). This tee is my current fave item of clothing. I’m feeling very early-series-Rachel right now, so I think it’s particularly fitting.


What I'm Wearing:

Tshirt: Primark
 (here's something similar)

 Tights & Socks: Primark
 (because who doesn't love a snazzy pair of socks/tights?)
Choker: Topshop







A huge thank you to the brilliant Naike (http://www.poetryisinthestreets.co.vu/) for this weeks photos, and to the sweetest Sophie for this week's makeup. You guys are the best! 

One Step at a Time.

Kitty Underhill
So, graduate life is odd. I keep expecting a professor to email me with daunting messages about an upcoming deadline but instead my uni email is barren. At the moment I find myself living vicariously through my friends still at university by asking them about how their courses are going; although I'm met with groans, moans and 'oh God I think I'm going to have to do another all nighter's, I am still so envious because they are still learning - something I miss so much.

I may not be learning in lecture or seminar form anymore, but I am learning how to find my own feet. And I'm not going to lie - it has been hard. University definitely does not warn you enough about it. Creating one's own normality is difficult when a structure has been spoon fed to you since the age of 4; what makes the feeling worse is feeling like everyone else has totally got it already and feeling like you have to catch up. But really, that's not the case at all. It's a process which takes time, and that's okay. I'm getting there - things may not have been exactly perfect recently but I'm emerging out of this slump, by hook or by crook.

I've been saving these pictures because I love them so much - thank you so much to Shen Outar for such a wonderful and fun shoot (seems like forever ago now!); she was such a pleasure to work with. You can find more of her work here. You can also check out her fab vlogging channel here.

Also, this is the world's most flattering LBD, honestly if I want to feel fierce as hell I just chuck this on and BAM. 10/10 would recommend.


What I'm Wearing:
Dress - River Island
Shoes - New Look




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Been Around the World.

Kitty Underhill
So this summer I finally got to tick off a major part of my bucket list; I travelled all over Europe, (well, student-pricing-friendly side!), with two of my best buddies by my side. We did the whole interrailing thing, which basically meant popping from city to city via train. I say by train like it was a glamourous experience, but most of the time we ended up on the floor in the train corridors, which resulted in the manufacturing of many scoobidous (remember those?!).

So we explored Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Zagreb (for like 6 hours) and finished off in sunny Split. We stopped off at each destination for a few days, attempted (and often failed) to soak up the culture, and boogied the pants off of each city. Being at each place for just a few days at a time meant that we could all get taster of each. What it left me with was that terribly cliched sensation of wonderlust. I guess once you pop (to another country) you can't stop. Or something.

I'm now just trying to decide where's next - I'm hoping (and saving up for) Asia and the States. Fingers crossed!


What I'm Wearing:
Top - Primark
Skirt - Get Cutie, Brighton
Necklace - Topshop
Shoes - Nike





Graduation Day.

Kitty Underhill
I never thought the day would come, but I graduated, after what felt like a month after everyone else! Though as you may have guessed from my blog, I always seem to be doing things (fashionably) late.

It was odd that 3 years culminated in a 5 minute walk across a stage and a handshake. It is also quite weird to think that that walk and handshake was the beginning of the rest of my working life. Well, I say that, but a few days after graduating I went gallivanting around Europe and had the time of my life.

Reality can wait, right?

But anyways - here's what I wore to graduation. This dress was the best snazzy bargain dress I've found in a sale ever (only £10!). Plus the inner emo kid in me (who am I kidding, I still AM an emo kid) loves these awesome Donnie Darko-esque shoes - if you hurry you can still catch them in the sale here!

What I Wore:
Dress - Boohoo
Shoes - Irregular Choice
Hamsa Earrings - Boohoo









Settle Down.

Kitty Underhill
It's been a weird month.

I've always thrown around the term 'limbo' but I don't think it's until now that I've really experienced something like it. I've never been so 'in between' in my life. I've been going up and down from London to Brighton, working the odd shift, plus I've only just unpacked from moving in a few weeks ago as I've barely been anywhere for a long period of time. Plus, since finishing university, I've had the inevitable 'OH GOD WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE WHAT EVEN IS LIFE' feeling, so the concoction of the two has resulted in me just feeling unsettled, on all sorts of levels, leaving me in some kind of weird transitional stage where I'm neither here nor there, physically or mentally.

As much as this has put me in a weird position, on reflection it's actually okay. This whole time I've been worrying that I'm completely alone in this but it's pretty much the opposite, which is insanely reassuring. There's definitely some uncertainty in the air but at least I'm not the only one. Plus, once I tell myself to stop worrying, the uncertainty is actually pretty exciting.

For this week's blog post, I was lucky enough to shoot with my awesome friend Patrick - we just messed around in Brighton and (because Patch is brilliant) we managed to get some really cool shots. You can check out more of his stuff by clicking here.


 What I'm Wearing: 
Dress - Missguided 
Shoes - Missguided
Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters



 (These pointier sunglasses are from Topshop! xo)





Moving Too Fast.

Kitty Underhill
Once again, I find myself rushed off my feet. And as I rush off my feet, many things seem to be coming to a close.

As I write this, I'm chilling in my half empty room in what has been my home for the past two years.  I've finished university and will graduate on the 29th July (WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT). As everything draws to a close, I've realised that for the first time in my life, I have no forced structure. I've always had some kind of structure since the age of 4, and now I'm being thrust out of my comfort zone and into something I've never experienced before; freedom. From now, I could get a job. I could travel. I could emigrate to the polar ice caps. Technically, anything. And it's such a weird sensation.

But as things come to a close, other doors open. Tomorrow, I move out and into a new (grown up) house. I've just started my new job at Irregular Choice's Brighton store. Plus, now that my studies are over I'll have more time to concentrate what I'm really passionate about - modelling and acting. So yes, you could say that things are moving a little fast for my liking. But I'm catching up.

For now, I'm just going to enjoy the summer I have. I just got back from Lisbon with two of my best friends and had the best time I've had in months. I'm so desperate to go back. Though I don't need to mope around too much as I'm gallivanting around Europe in August. I can't wait.

Thanks again to my wonderful friend Toby who took these pictures for me in a uriney alleyway in the outskirts of Lisbon. You wouldn't think it was uriney from the pictures!

What I'm Wearing:
Crop Top - Pink Brighton
Skirt - New Look
Trainers - Nike
Bandana/Belt - Rokit
Earrings - Cochin, India
Sunglasses - Topshop









Pink Lady

Kitty Underhill
So, I've finally finished my degree! WHAT. I'm still in total disbelief, to the point where if I ever find myself doing nothing recently I feel guilty, even though I promised myself some 'do nothing' days. Having said that, since I've finished I've been weirdly rushed off my feet -I guess I'm not that good at doing nothing, then...

So one awesome event I found myself at since I graduated was the Blogger's Love Anniversary party at Embargo 59, which included some beaut cocktails and a showcase of the brands to watch this year, including brands such as Candy Clothing, Creations by Maggie, Tongues Will Wag, Wild Leggings London, Bikini Fling, Dark Waters Boutique, Nina Naustdal, Philly's Boutique, Rhome's Boutique and Unique Avenue. It was my first ever fashion show and it was awesome, plus, I can now confirm that these definitely are a sick selection of brands to watch out for in 2014. I've already nabbed myself a pair of Wild Leggings!

I also got the chance to go to the private viewing of Darren Johnson's photography exhibition. He's not only a photographer extraordinaire, but also an awesome friend of mine, so it was even cooler that it was his stuff all on the walls of Conway Hall. It was here that Darren premiered his most recent shoot with my friend Ali, in which Ali was in full ballerina gear dancing around Central London. Not did Ali look flawless, but Darren shot it all perfectly. If you ever find yourself near Conway Hall or have a penchant for urban photography, definitely check it out - it's free!

 (Belle, Ali, Darren and I, why must I always look so grumpy?)
Me and the man himself!

For these events I whipped out something I bought on a total whim via Facebook (thanks Wavey Garms Ladies!); this old vintage playsuit. Dat colour tho.

What I'm Wearing:
Jumpsuit - Vintage
Boots - New Look
Plug - Crazy Factory
Necklace - H&M







I'm a Boss Ass Bitch.

Kitty Underhill
Guys, I'm nearly there. I've almost finished my degree (eek!) which means I am finally able to emerge from yet another blog-hiatus. In hindsight, starting this blog up in my third year of uni was probably not the best idea!

Having said that, I have weirdly enjoyed the past couple of months - as stressful as they were, at the end of it I produced 10,000 words of my own research in a topic area I'm incredibly interested in. And it only made me cry once! 
(Isn't she a beaut?)

I also got the opportunity to present my dissertation at my university's Dissertation Conference. Although I thought I was going to pass out from nerves beforehand, it actually went really well; people were even genuinely interested in what I had been researching. Always reassuring, especially seeing as my dissertation is worth most of my degree...

So as well as finishing my dissertation and presenting it, something else pretty sweet happened. I got signed! I can officially announce that I am now signed by Capreae Models. You can even book me now! BOOK ME. How freaking sweet? If you do want to do that, just go to my contact page to find the appropriate links.

So to summarise: in the words of Nicki Minaj, I'm feeling like a Boss Ass Bitch right now. And I'm so looking forward to doing more shoots now that I'm finally free from dissertation nonsense.

To celebrate all this? Of course, I went for dinner, because food is one of the greatest things in the world (overstatement? Nahhhh...). I also wore this - I love the colour.

What I Wore:
Dress - ASOS
Boots - New Look
Necklace - H&M










India Part Two - I'm on a Boat.

Kitty Underhill
I've got to admit, looking back on photos and notes from my India trip is making writing my dissertation a lot more depressing.

The day I wore this outfit was my first full day in India. Still completely jetlagged and out of sorts, I managed to function somewhat like a human being and went on a house boat ride down the local waters. The houseboat however wasn't one with a motor or engine - it had to pushed along by the owner of the house boat with a huge oar. The owner greeted us onto his houseboat with a lovely smile and we soon after left the dock and ventured down the waters. It was probably the most serene thing I had ever experienced. The water was so still, the horizon was stunning. I actually got the opportunity to try and push the boat along - the owner made it look so easy, plus he was half my size, so I thought 'hey, why the hulk not'. I managed to get the swing of it, however after 15 minutes or so my arms gave in. I soon realised that he made it look so easy because he was pretty much all muscle, which I am not!

Whenever I was asked in meditation sessions before I went to India to think of a calm place, I usually made one up - it was usually one based on a stereotypical travel brochure with the standard 'sandy beach' picture on the front. If I'm ever asked again, I now know what the perfect location for it. Considering my impending doom dissertation deadline is looming, I should really start meditating more and get myself back to that place, at least mentally. I definitely want to go back soon.

Until next time, y'all.

xo


What I'm Wearing:
Bikini Top - Ann Summers (as an honourable member of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Ann Summers is my go to place for swimwear. 10/10 would recommend)
Dress - Asos
Sandals - Havaianas




(and here's the lovely aforementioned Houseboater! I wish you could see his face better in this photo, damn snazzy cameras and their lame manual light settings)


India, Part One (for want of a more exciting title).

Kitty Underhill
I had been looking forward to this trip for so long; it now feels so weird that I'm talking about it in the past tense. But two weeks ago, I came back from the trip of my life: India. This entire experience was completely new to me - having only been to western countries in the past, I found India to be a beautiful culture shock.

I had always been interested in and admired the Indian culture as I have roots in India. My Grandmother is Anglo-Indian, this meaning that whilst she was born and raised in India, she was brought up Roman Catholic as opposed to Hindu or Muslim. Even though her upbringing wasn't traditionally Indian, I felt little influences of Indian culture as I was growing up - for example, when I started eating solid food as a young'un, my mum would give me curried rice. To this day, it's probably one of my favourite foods. Still can't make it like my mumma can, though.

I don't think I'll ever be able to describe how it felt being there. I was practicing yoga and meditation daily, exploring when I could. I even managed to go to a Temple Festival and an elephant casually just walked across my path. It sounds so cliche, but I found myself at total peace, at one with myself. My stresses all seemed to be put into perspective; I've come to realise that things will, as much as I stress about them, be okay. If I work towards something, I can achieve it. But for right now, it's okay to not be completely secure and have a lot of questions in your life. It's okay to not have all your shit together in your early twenties.

I won't bore you all with what happened on the day I wore this outfit, as all I did was travel for 10 hours. But I will say that I am so miffed that my waistband was slightly wonky in these photos! I absolutely love these trackies, I never want to travel in anything else.

Next week will be part two of my India series, stay tuned!

xo

What I'm Wearing:
Vest Top - New Look
Kimono - Topshop
Trakkies - Abandon Ship Apparel
Shoes - Nike
Sunglasses - Next (would you believe it!)

(I was given the lei upon my arrival at the hotel, and they blessed us upon arrival too. How amazing is that?)





Oh, and here's a picture of said elephant who walked right past me:



Backstreet's Back, Alright!

Kitty Underhill
Okay that was an incredibly cool lame title, but I feel it gets my point across.

January, like May/June, is that time of year where every student wishes they had done everything earlier. I de-evolved into a hermit and hermitted (hey, let's make that a verb, why not) in my chilly flat with my housemates boiling kettle after kettle as we endured deadline after deadline. But it's finally all over and surprisingly, we all came out alive. Semester two is about to start and I'm sure that I will probably go through the exact same cycle when it comes to summer deadline season. Can't wait.

And so, after a moderately long hiatus due to deadlines and general busy-osity, I am back.

This look is from a simpler/better time - summer. I'd like to thank the gorgeous Bridie for taking these shots. On the night these photos were taken we were in the South of France, and saw a 'battle of the ports' firework display on the beach. Let me tell you, I would much rather be there right now than sitting here in my flat chillin' in my kigu.

(As a total side note, I am as happy as can be at the moment; my superwoman sister gave birth to a beautiful healthy bubbala last night, making me an aunt for the third time. Yay!)


What I'm Wearing:
Top - Urban Outfitters
Skirt - Missguided
Belt - Asos
Sandals - Oasis
Necklace - Topshop
Bag - Port Grimaud Market


My December.

Kitty Underhill
For me, December is my busiest and most exciting month - my birthday, Christmas and New Year are all in the space of a couple of weeks. This year however, my December was massive; it was my 21st!

My first party was on my actual birthday at the Islington Metal Works in Angel - if you have any kind of event that you need a venue for, I couldn't recommend this place enough. The owner, Dette, is such a pro, and caters to every single detail to make your shindig awesome. Plus, look how sick the venue itself is:

(this was before everyone arrived, I swear I'm not a loser with no friends)

It was absolutely incredible - open bar, food, and the awesome Chris Campbell of DrDr DJ'd. Such a sick night! 

My next party was a cocktail party with my family and friends; it was initially meant to be relatively smart and classy, however things soon got a little crazier when my uncle started handing out jager shots. Never thought I'd see the day where I'd have to keep up with my family members, but there you go!

I've been looking forward to my 21st for so long that now it's all over I can't help but feel a little sad. And old! I am so lucky to have such awesome friends and family who celebrated with me, I feel well special.

Two birthdays meant 2 dresses (of course). Here's what I wore:

Part 1:

Dress - Freak of Nature (hands down my favourite brand ever!)
Shoes - Nike
Earrings - ASOS



Not gonna lie, this is probably one of my favourite items of clothing I own. Wearing it made me feel like Iggy Azalea!
I also totally recommend these Nike Sky Highs if you want a snazzier pair of trainers to go clubbing in. I was literally non-stop boogying for a good 5 hours and, despite them having a bit of a heel, felt no foot pain at all. Plus they're beaut. Liberty has recently done a new range of limited edition Sky Highs with sick patterns on if you don't want just a block colour.

Part 2:

Dress - ASOS
Shoes - Iron Fist (I want every pair of Iron Fist shoes ever made)


Didn't manage to get any individual shots of me with this outfit but I love this dress/shoe combo so much that I wanted to share anyways! I love the mesh/thigh split in this dress. These shoes were bought for me by my lovely boyfriend for my birthday a few years ago. I pointed them out to him saying that they would be the shoes I would wear to my first ever film premier - he remembered and bought them for me! I'm crap at heels and yet I managed to last pretty long in these - the platform definitely helps. Plus, they have frickin' wolf teeth on them. Sick as.

I hope you all had fab Christmases/Hanukkahs/Holidays - there'll be many more posts to come in the New Year!
xo



Baby It's Cold Outside.

Kitty Underhill
So I was lucky enough to do a shoot with the lovely Katy Cummings last week. I absolutely love her style and concepts so when I saw her tweet about wanting to do some testing I seized the opportunity immediately and we organised a shoot.

It was completely different to anything I have done before - I think if I were to tell my 16 year old self that a) I would become a plus size model and b) I would do a shoot in just a jumper and heels, my 16 year old self would probably laugh in disbelief! 

Not only was this shoot awesome because of Katy's sick shooting skills, but it has also reminded me of how far I've come. I used to be so unhappy with my body and my self image when I was younger; I forever felt like I wasn't good enough. I've now finally learnt how to love myself and the skin I'm in, and even have some self confidence. 

Here are the results of the shoot - it was so difficult to choose just a couple to show you all.

Have a look at Katy's website here: www.katycummings.com

I hope you like them!
What I'm Wearing:
Jumper - Boohoo.com
Shoes - H&M
xo