Hull – Expect the Unexpected!

This post is in collaboration with the University of Hull and I have been paid a fee. However, I completed both my under and postgraduate study at the University and all opinions are my own.

So, Hull! That little place in the arse end of Yorkshire. You’ve probably heard some stuff about Hull, you have possibly seen us appear on the most recent version of “Crap Towns.” I have several problems with this. First of all, we’re not a town so 🤷‍♀️ and secondly, as a “Wessie” myself (the loving East Yorkshire nickname for a person from West Yorkshire), I can tell you, Hull is special. There is a definite magnetism and once you come, you never forget your time here! I personally have lived here for 9 years, having moved here to attend Hull University and I haven’t left. Keep reading to see why…

It seems like just yesterday when I became a “mature” student – aged 22, ready to FINALLY go to university and I’ll be honest, Hull was not my first choice initially. I wanted to fly the nest and get as far away from my hometown of Bradford as possible. My choices of university reflected this and Hull was my security blanket. I was accepted onto all of my university options except Cambridge (their loss though, right?) but a visit to the University of Hull absolutely sold me.

The campus is one of the most beautiful I had visited, with lots of beautiful green spots instead of the concrete jungles I’d seen at other institutions. Knowing that the University of Hull was a ‘Red Brick’ institution was important to me as I knew my degree would be recognised and respected by employers. Visit the Uni and see for yourself!

I can’t speak for everyone but I loved my course and I took part in loads of events within the student union – I highly urge you to get involved with your union. There are so many societies, voluntary projects and sports teams you can be a part of! For me, I took part in voluntary projects and the experience I gained has led to many different job offers since I left university.

After leaving university, I stayed in Hull and I have absolutely no intention of leaving because, despite its bad rap, there are so many amazing places in and around Hull.

If you like music and culture, then you’re in the right place! Hull was the City of Culture 2017 and is home to many amazing festivals! Pride in Hull is one of the many LWBT+ Pride events in the UK and as well as attracting massive names to headline (err, hello Alaska 5000 and Adore Delano), it united over 15,000 people.

For this music aficionado, Humber Street Sesh is an annual event where all of the AMAZING local music acts get to showcase their talent. Taking place on the Marina, it’s is the perfect Summer day out and at £15 for a weekend ticket, it’s ridiculously good value for money!

Other amazing places that make Hull the place to be include Hull’s old town – steeped in history and full of traditional pubs and real ale! If you like independent shops, tasty food and stunning views, you need to visit Humber Street and Trinity Market.

I could go on and on but I’d be here all day but honestly, if you’re looking for a friendly place with traditional values but modern facilities, Hull is the place to be!

Kat x

Let’s talk about IBS…

Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post where I talk about something with a semi serious theme.

Today I’d really like to talk to you about IBS. For those of you that don’t know, IBS is the abbreviation for the condition irritable bowel syndrome. It’s not an uncommon condition with around two and 10 people having IBS. Although both men and women can have IBS, the condition tends to be more prevalent in women and I am one of those women.

Have you ever been out having a good time and felt that pang of urgency in your tummy where are you really have to use the toilet? That’s my life with IBS.

IBS is a condition that affects the gut. It can present in different ways such as urgency when needing the bathroom, nausea, severe stomachache, chronic or acute diarrhoea and in some cases, constipation.

There are different triggers that could affect this. Food and drink often have an impact especially if your diet is not great but stress and anxiety can also cause a flareup.

I have to constantly assess where the toilets are, is there a private area (because it can get embarrassing), will I be eating or drinking out because certain foods or drinks can trigger a reaction, how will I get home if things get bad, have I packed enough Imodium and finally are my friends going to understand?

I personally don’t like to use toilets for anything other than waiting unless I’m at home and I know lots of people feel this way but unfortunately due to IBS, I have no choice sometimes but to go where and when I can.

There are lots of things that you can do to stop IBS having a big impact on your life however these things aren’t always viable or healthy for instance, when I’m travelling anywhere I always take Imodium before I go. I take it even if I haven’t had a flareup because that way I’ll be bunged up as it were during our travels and won’t experience the embarrassment of urgently needing to go to the toilet and not being able to. travelling is one of the most frightening experiences for me so if I’m going any distance, I tend to get a train which seems pointless because I can drive. Taking Imodium as much as I do isn’t healthy nor is avoiding eating just in case you have a flareup.

Nights out are often a constant source of embarrassment because if I anything remotely different to normal, this can cause a flareup. Having to leave my friends to use their facilities just makes me feel embarrassed and different. My friends don’t make me feel like that it’s just me. For example, I was on a night out with friends and we had just a few drinks when suddenly I felt my tummy rumble. That familiar rumbling when I know what’s going to happen next. I left my friends for a good 20 minutes whilst I painstakingly made friends with the bathroom. In the end things got so bad, my husband had to collect me and to put this into perspective, I could’ve walked home in under five minutes but I didn’t think I would get there if I did. Night out ruined.

Granted it’s not a serious condition, it’s not life-threatening but it can be life changing because it alters the way you think about what you do. So I guess what I’m saying is be aware, and don’t take the mick out of your friends when they need to use the toilet 😂 I often joke about needing sponsorship from VIPoo! 🤓

If you’d like to know more then visit the IBS website. If you can identify with this blog post please drop me a message.

Kat xx

p.s. As far as I know, all images used are free images from Unsplash.

Lottie London x Imogenation London Masterclass

At the end of May, my husband and I were visiting family in London. During the backend of our visit I went into London, Soho specifically, to attend a Lottie London masterclass! This was in association with Imogenation, a Youtuber who had just launched a range of make up with the brand.

The masterclass itself is great. It really felt as though you got to know lots about Imogen and she talked passionately about the products she used including those that weren’t her own. However, to travel as far as I did, it was quite frustrating to do as much standing around and waiting as I did.

Lots of the problems that occurred were down to the venue and their lack of communication with the patrons. In fact before I even entered the masterclass I did an Instagram story that said how disappointed I was. Imogen and the Lottie London team definitely made up for that.

The best part of the experience was the gifted products that we were given as it meant that we could recreate the look that Imogen had done on the day. It was also amazing to meet Imogen.

My advice to you is to think carefully before you travel for master classes like this. Are you going to get value for money from it? If this instance I certainly did.

Kat xx

The Roaring Girls Present Beach Body Ready ❤️

In May, Jen Gilmour, one of my blogger buddies, invited me to come see Beach Body Ready at Hull Truck Theatre. This won’t be written like a review as the ladies are hoping to take this show to Edinburgh Fringe but I will discuss the basic premise and how it was relatable.

Beach Body Ready is a relaxed and semi improvised show dealing with body issues and the pressures that one has to look a certain way. As a plus sized lady myself, I already knew they would touch on some of my insecurities before I even saw it.

The girls discussed their flaws, opened their hearts and poured them out and basically made the audience understand how their bodies have caused them no end of grief.

In the same breath, they showed each other that they love their bodies for being their ‘vessels’ as it were, appreciating all of their perceived flaws and showing solidarity with each other! It really was an emotional rollercoaster and had tickets been available, I’d have returned to see it again that night.

I felt empowered to love my body after seeing this. I felt like I related to the characters in different ways – some of their negative experiences, such as the ‘pull a pig’ competition rang way too true for me. However, what the show really taught me is that we’re all Beach Body Ready and the problems aren’t with ourselves. It’s with society. So from now on, people can call me whatever they want because A) I love myself and B) Not only is it no one else business but it’s also their problem, not mine to correct. As Keala Settle once said, THIS IS ME!

Massive thanks to Jen for the invite ❤️ Catch the BBR girls if you can on 13th July (I think the tickets are sold out but I urge you to try!)

Kat x