Thursday, 31 January 2013

TMRW magazine

This post will be ever so slightly promotional, hope you don't mind ;)
I contribute to an independent new music and indie fashion magazine 'tmrwmag' (pronounced tomorrow). Whilst currently only in the process of putting together its 3rd issue, the quarterly publication has already included interviews with Aiden Grimshaw, Ben Leftwich, Jake Bugg, Bastille, Tyler James and many other artists. Featuring articles on personalities such as Oliver Proudlock, Jamie Laing and Will Best plus new up and coming designers and brands. The magazine aims to be your must have accessory.

Put together by contributing writers, like myself, and photographers - the mag is made by and for young creative people. 
If this sounds like your cup of tea (and why would it not?) then check out tmrw on their website here and also on their Facebook and Twitter where you can keep up to date with the latest. 

Issue #3 aims to be out late Feb/early March, featuring the gorgeous miss Ellie Goulding on the cover, and including a couple of my scribblings too (interviews with Irish band Kodaline and music journalist Cat Dal of Cats Band Crushes.)
Check it outtt :)

{tmrw mag is currently available to purchase for £3.00 on their website (including previous issues #1 and #2) and soon available in various stockists - click here for a full list.}
Contact the editor : @joebrine or email

lovelovelove Catt xx

[Images courtesy of tmrwmag]

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

OOTD - feeling floral

Just a quick simple one today - off shopping!

[ Floral Jeans - American Eagle Outfitters, Black Scoopneck Jumper - H&M, Flatforms - RiverIsland, 
Grey Speckled Blazer - New Look ]

lovelovelove Catt xx

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Books on My Bedside Table..

Like any writer, I'm a great reader. Ever since I was young, curling up with a good book could provide me hours of entertainment and comfort. As cliché as it may sound, to me there's nothing better than getting lost in a novel. I get so into the story that I end up finishing a book easily in a day.

I could've easily chosen English Literature at degree, but I felt that amount of reading and excessive analysis of books would have turned my love of reading into a chore.
A book can save me from a lengthy train journey, when insomnia strikes or those many awkward tube journeys from one side of London to the other.

Here are selection of the books currently on my bedside table. Some are new reads, some are titles I come back to again and again, and some are just classics that everyone should give a read.
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
Atonement - Ian McEwan

The Lonely Londoners - Sam Selvon
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

In particular, 'Perks' has been a favourite for a long time, and I absolutely adored the movie. No one else could've done it better than Stephen Chbosky himself and Ezra and Logan were perfect in their roles. A coming-of-age story, the book deals with friendship, first love, the loneliness of high school, the taboo of mental illness and the need to feel accepted.

I picked up 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?' at Boston airport on my way home from America recently. I know Mindy Kaling from the American version of The Office, in which she stars as Kelly Kapoor whilst also writing, producing and directing episodes.
This book is a collection of worries, rants, essays, lists and general thinking aloud by Mindy on her childhood, growing up, friends, jobs and the reality of living in both New York and LA. A New York Times Bestseller, one review from the Washington Post reads;
"Like listening to a likably gabby friend chatter happily over generously poured glasses of wine"
And that's exactly how I'd put it. Its like a girly chat in book-form and I absolutely adore it.

My last word is on the Brontë classic 'Wuthering Heights'. Its one of my all-time favourite books and one my mam read to me as a child. Its such a sad and, at times, scary love story. A perfect read for a rainy afternoon.

Do you have any favourite books? Or have you discovered a brilliant new read?
lovelovelove Catt xx

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Review : Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

In this post I will be reviewing the 'Wake Me Up' foundation from Rimmel (1fl oz 30ml). The shade I used was 100-Ivory.

For a few years now, with regards to foundation, I've religiously been a Mac girl. My skin tone is really pale, and I always found that drugstore foundations (even in the palest shades) made my skin appear slightly orangey, or clearly a different colour from the rest of my body (neck, hands etc). 
For a while, I used Max Factor 'Colour Adapt' foundation which was good, but I found as I grew older, the skin on my face changed and this no longer felt or appeared right on my skin.
So when I finally turned to Mac, I had a much better experience. The makeup artist on the desk matched my skin to a shade (Studio Fix Fluid - NC15) perfectly. And since I'd had such good recommendations from friends, I didn't mind the more expensive price tag. I still stand by this product, as I feel the shade and coverage are faultless. However, using this all year round was becoming an issue. I found Mac to be a bit too heavy on my face during Summer or warmer days in general, I needed something lighter - I haven't ever really dabbled in tinted moisturisers, maybe in the future - so I was looking for another foundation - and I found it, back on the drugstore shelves!
Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' foundation has been a hit with many this past year. I'd seen the adverts, but hadn't really paid much attention as Rimmel was a brand I wasn't too familiar with. Then I saw one of Zoella's videos where she recommended it highly. She praised how light it was, the coverage it gave, the smell and texture - I was won over, as I always find her reviews trustworthy.

In drugstore's such as Boots and Superdrug, the product was retailing at £8.99, but I saw it on offer randomly in Wilkinson's for £4.99, so snapped it up there.

Firstly, the bottle was really quite pretty. I love orange so the bright lid attracted me loads. And the fact it was in a glass bottle was a plus too - it didn't look like a drugstore product. 
 The smell was also very pleasing - kind of fruity, but not. The bottle reads 'Anti-Fatigue Effect + Radiant Glow' - Once on my face, the texture was so light, it left a dewy appearance on my skin - making me look refreshed and not washed out (a worry for me being pale). I'm so used to matte foundations, that this was a pleasant surprise. It really did make me feel more awake. 
The coverage, true to Zoella's word, was pretty impressive for such a light product. I suffer from minor breakouts now and then, but I tend to have quite dark circles under my eyes and this really did cover them. It doesn't wear off throughout the day either.

I would really recommend this product to others. It has restored my faith in cheaper foundations. When wearing, I find it suitable to wear on its own as it just makes my skin feel and look great - alternatively, I sometimes finish it with some light powder (usually MUA Pressed Powder).

This is a product I'll definitely be repurchasing.

lovelovelove Catt xx

Monday, 14 January 2013

My Favourite Stocking-fillers -Look How Cute!

A short but sweet post..
So as I was away over Christmas, I haven't mentioned any presents (birthday or christmas) that I received. I actually ended up opening most of my stuff when I returned recently..and I got lots of nice things which I'm very grateful for. Some made me laugh - like the fairy cake mix and One Direction cake toppers I got (yes, I love them, and yes, I will do a future post on the cakes ha)

ANYWAY, check out these really cute makeup/cosmetics bags my mam got me!
I've been using the floral one for my toiletries as its quite big. It's also waxed too so is easily wiped clean. I've started using the retro Vaseline one for makeup, mostly the stuff I use daily so it's at hand.
 I just love them both, as they're quirky but really girly too. Two very simple, but gorgeous stocking-fillers.

lovelovelove Catt xx

New York, I love you.

{Warning : Picture-heavy post}

Me and my sister spent four days in New York over the new year. It was the first time I'd been, and as cliched as it sounds, it was everything I'd dreamt it'd be. The yellow cabs, the busy streets, the skyscrapers. Its so strange to see all these iconic things and places close-up, things you see on films and SATC growing up.
 We stayed in a hotel of Lexington Avenue and E 51st street, just along from Madison Avenue, 5th Avenue and all the swanky shops.
It was more of a sight-seeing trip, than a shopping trip (..maybe next time). We packed a lot into our 4 days; we took a horse and carriage ride round Central Park, we went on an evening cruise from Chelsea Piers with seeing the glorious Manhattan skyline lit up. The 9/11 memorial garden was incredible too - the pools that they've placed where each tower stood are breathtaking and a beautiful tribute.

 We spent New Years Eve at the Empire Hotel where we had VIP tickets to the party held on the rooftop over-looking Central Park. And due to an initial mixup with our reserved table - the management gave us 5 complementary bottles of champagne as well as access to an open bar!! - cue rather large hangover the next morning(!!) I really did enjoy getting all dressed up though, feel like I haven't done that in a while.
To blow away the cobwebs on New Years Day morning, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, which was really nice, the views were amazing. We also managed a trip to the 'top of the rock' (Rockefeller Center) too - again with the views, New York is full of them!

As a writer and fashion lover, there's no surprise in me being a Carrie-wannabe. I'm sure NYC will be my home.. one day.

Here's a few photos from the trip..

Absolute cringe! Who do I think I am?! HA

lovelovelove Catt xx