Sunday, 29 September 2013

September Hate

'Monthly Favourites' is a long-established go to for many bloggers and youtubers. But to be honest, as the moany bugger that I am, there's generally more things I'm not loving throughout the month.. 

Saturday, 21 September 2013

New Hair - Back to Brunette!

So I recently blogged about my hair short-attention span here - and how I really wanted to go darker, and hopefully leave my poor tresses alone for a while (as per my 25 Things.. list). 
Well, on Thursday afternoon, I went to the hairdressers.
And after THREE long hours, this was the outcome..

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

OOTD - by the bookcase

[Black Vest - H&M, Printed Maxi - Staring at Stars @ Urban Outfitters, Chelsea Boots - Miss Selfridge, Rose Gold Cross Necklace - Primark]

Check this look out on my Lookbook
lovelovelove Catt xx

Monday, 16 September 2013

Make-Up Wishlist.. I went and spent.

I'm not the biggest beauty junkie, but I do enjoy reading beauty blogs and spending an hour or two on youtube watching beauty gurus do their thing. I've recently penned a wish list for different beauty items (all drugstore) I've spied on blogs and decided I need in my life.. and make-up bag.

Friday, 13 September 2013

That September Feeling..

Its September and for a lot of us that means back to school (or college or university). But for the first time in 18 years, that's not the case for me this time round. That's 18 years in solid education and now nothing.A lot of bloggers and youtubers have done 'back to school' themed posts recently, and this has brought it into my mind even more.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Autumn Outfit Wishlist!

The nights are drawing in, its starting to feel a little chillier - and if I'm honest, I'm rather pleased. I bloody love layers. Its no secret that Autumn seems to be a popular season among bloggers. I've seen a few autumnal wishlists already this week, so I decided to add my two pence worth and post my own!

A mix of high street and online - this is something you'd definitely see me in these days. I love these baggy fit Levi's and the oversized ASOS blazer. Comfort is one of the most important things for me, whatever the season. Pink is also meant to be a big colour for Autumn so I thought this knitted cropped jumper from Topshop was perfect. I really like the contrast between that and the riveted Doc Marten's boots which add a bit of edge to the outfit. The black crop top is a definite staple of my wardrobe basics, ideal to layer up with the jumper. Statement necklaces are also a favourite accessory of mine - with this River Island crosses and coins detailed piece . Plus the cat bag and cat ears hat add a little twist to the look - because, well, I love cats!

Hat | Necklace | Bag | 
Jeans | Crop TopBoots | Jumper | Blazer

What do you think of this look?
What are you looking forward to wearing this season?
lovelovelove Catt xx

The Liebster Award #2!

So, I've been nominated once again for The Liebster Award by the lovely Sian from MadeInAscotThe Liebster award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers, giving them a chance to introduce themselves and for other bloggers to find them. Once nominated you have to do the following tasks...

- Post 11 facts about yourself -
- Answer the questions set by the person who nominated you -
- Nominate 3-4 bloggers and link them to your blog -
- Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer -
- Go to their blog and let them know they've been nominated -
- No tag backs -

11 Facts About Me
I'm a tiny 5"3 in height.
My first celebrity crush was Philip Schofield (really).
I've lived in both London and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
My birthday is christmas eve eve (23rd).
I'm siiiiiingle.
My favourite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Yellow roses are my favourite flower.
Buy me a Bueno, I'll love you for life.
I studied English Language Studies at university.
I always disagree with people on colours.

 Sian's questions
Why did you start blogging?
I've always kept a diary of some sort, and have blogged before - but I started cattface with a new frame of mind, I'd just left university and felt like a fresh start so I can write about what really interested me and things I love.

What is your starbucks usual?
I love a Mocha.

What is your favorite lip color?
Reds are my all time favourite lipstick shade, right now I'm loving my 'Old Hollywood' Bobbi Brown one.

What is your ideal holiday destination?
For a beachy type summer-holiday, I really love Greece. I grew up going there every year as some of my family lived on Crete. Gorgeous place. Gorgeous people. Beauuutiful food.

What was your first pet?
When I was 4months old, we got a rescue dog. A sheepdog called Sammy. She was the best dog ever. She passed away about 6 years ago. Still miss her!

What is your number 1 magazine?
I really like Company magazine. But you're more likely to find me reading Kerrang!

What is your favorite TV trash show?
I used to watch BigBrother religiously. Nowadays, I love all the Real Housewives shows. Total guilty pleasure.

What is your favorite perfume?
Paul Smith Women's.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
I have a heart-shaped floral ring from Accessorize that I loveeee.

Which is your favorite highstreet shop?
I'm actually really loving New Look right now.

What is your favorite summer song?
I loved (still do) Rudimental - Feel the Love (ft. John Newman) this year. Reminds me of my holiday to Tenerife this year with the girls :)

My nominees

My 11 Questions
Describe your blog in 3 words?
A beauty product you swear by?
Who's your ultimate style-crush?
Name somewhere in the world you'd love to visit?
What's your favourite movie?
Describe your idea of a perfect first date?
Your most bargain-ous purchase (beauty or clothes) in the last 12 months?
What's your dream career?
Name a song that is guaranteed to cheer you up?
Who is your favourite blogger? Link them.
Why did you start blogging?


Thanks for reading and please check out the blogs I nominated in this post :)
lovelovelove Catt xx

Monday, 9 September 2013

OOTD - chipped nail varnish

Its definitely feeling more autumnal.. the tights are out!
[Cosmic Print Blouse - Boutique in Australia, Bleached Denim Shorts - H&M, Black Tights - M&S, Black Belt with Gold Buckle - H&M, Black Quilted Flatforms with Gold Studs - New Look]

Check this look out on my Lookbook
lovelovelove Catt xx

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Hello Bridget?

[I won't lie, this is a word-heavy, ranty, flow of consciousness post - feel free to tune out]

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to write. And I've always been an independent career-orientated kinda girl. I wanted to move to London and live the high-life writing for some glossy magazine or a column in a great newspaper. An English Carrie Bradshaw, one might say. Marriage, kids and settling down could wait until later, as far as I was concerned my 20s were for living, working and partying.

Up to October last year, this was still very much my plan. I was free, single, living in London studying for my masters degree in Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism. I was living the dream. Funnily enough, my brain (and heart) soon decided I wasn't. 

It took me a while to realise I was ill. I wasn't myself. I dropped out. I've never dropped out of anything in my entire life. It was humiliating. Or so it felt that way. I kinda felt like everyone knew I was making this big move to London, I'd got on a fantastic course.. and now I was pulling out of it. I've never really been too arsed about what people think, but this did bother me. I felt stupid, and like I'd let a lot of people down. Its not a brilliant line of thinking.

Months later (and many doctor's prescriptions later), I'm back up north to my hometown and living with my parents. This wasn't exactly what I had in mind for 22nd year on this planet. 
I'm kinda directionless, no steady day job or routine. I'm doing my writing which is a plus. There's lots of freelance work out there if you look for it.. that and the blogging are just about keeping me sane. But I need to be somewhere else. My hometown is home, but its not where I see myself living for the rest of my life.. I really need to get out of here. But its the balance of trying to feed my ambitions, whilst also making sure I'm fully fit and healthy to do so. I won't go into mental health and anxiety in this post, as that's another story - but safe to say, its so much more complexed than I'd ever imagined.

It doesn't help that any medication I've taken in the past 12 months seems to have added a good stone onto my weight. Body confidence is not something I want to add to my list of self-depreciating faults. 

I guess I feel like I haven't even got one part of my life going for me. That sounds terribly moan-worthy. I'm very lucky to have a supportive family and some beauuuutiful friends, but being the only single one in my friendship group can take its toll. I won't say I'm jealous.. but, well I am jealous. Not to state the utterly obvious, but being single is bloody lonely. No date nights or day trips. Its just me, my stupid worrying mind and I.. far too often. And I don't want it to seem like I'm complaining too much - my singledom is, in part, much of my own making. My last serious relationship ended around 2 years ago, and there's been people around since.. but I always find that I talk myself out of them. I pick faults very easily. In myself too. Don't get me wrong, I'd love a boyfriend.. but until Oliver Sykes et al become available, I'll probably leave it. Daydreamy celebrity crushes are always better.. that's what my 15 year old self tells me anyhow.

I just don't want to turn into Bridget Jones like a decade too early. Lacking in direction, in a job I enjoy, in a boyfriend.. and spending my nights sat in in my pyjamas with only a bottle of wine and a packet of fags for company. It makes a good film, but I don't want that to be my life.. and its increasingly feeling like its turning out that way.

I recently wrote a short-term bucket-list of sorts - '25 Things To Do Before I Turn 25' - in which I set out goals and achievements I'd like to get round to in these next couple of years. I think mixing the serious with the silly and enjoyable might just make me change my view on life for the better. 
I have an Oscar Wilde quote tattooed on the inside of my right arm, it reads;
'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars'

Everyone goes through tough times and challenges, its all relative - but looking ahead and thinking positive really is the way to go. I think I just need to start believing it more.

Rant over, for now.
lovelovelove Catt xx

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Rewatch : Undeclared

I'm a huge fan of Judd Apatow. He's a bloody legend in my book, with his hilarious films including Anchorman, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, Pineapple Express.. the list is endless. If you're a fan like me, you'll know of his earlier stuff like the short-lived cult series' Freaks and Geeks, and Undeclared from the early 2000s.

I've watched both these series many times over the years. The amount of actors in them that have gone on to become massive stars is crazy..(Jason Segel, James Franco, Busy Phillips, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen etc)..many being familiar faces from Apatow's other works. Its even crazier that they only ran for like one series before being cancelled!
So anyhow, after seeing the news that a certain Mr. Charlie Hunnam  is due to play the infamous Christian Grey in upcoming 50 Shades.. (I'm not the slightest bit interested really, haven't read any of the 'novels'), it reminded me that he played Lloyd - the hot British guy - in Undeclared, and I suddenly craved an episode-marathon (well as much as you can with like 17 episodes or whatever).
So that's exactly what I've been doing.
The series also stars a young Jay Baruchel - who I loveee - along with Seth Rogen too. Its basically about a group of freshmen and their experiences during their first year of college.
So so good. And addictive to watch. And annoying that there's only one series, but there we are. 

Give it (and F&G) a watch if you've never seen.. or a rewatch like me.
lovelovelove Catt xx

Monday, 2 September 2013

Ebay-related headache

So, after absolutely gutting my room - letting go of my hoarding habits and chucking a shed-load out.. like more than I ever thought possible - I decided I would turn to my wardrobe and give that a spring (or autumn) clean. 
Its a truth universally acknowledged that I have far too many clothes.. and I could definitely do with some extra pocket money so I thought - EBAY.

I managed to select a decent pile of clothes, shoes and bags that I felt fine letting go of - I'd either not worn/used them for years or they didn't the slightest. One problem though.. I've never used Ebay other than to buy things. I didn't have a clue about listing and selling anything on there..

I didn't understand any of the fees crap or whether or not I should list things as a auction or buy it now.. and don't get me started on the postage. I'm pretty internet-savvy, but I didn't really find the ebay site that informative either. Jesus. I actually spent most of the time texting my bestie Steph who's an ebay expert.
 I've finally listed one thing. I'll leave the rest 'til tomorrow. It's given me a right headache if I'm honest.

Hopefully any moolah I get will be worth it.
[p.s. I have an upcoming room-tour type post to show off my finally uncluttered bedroom! yey!]
lovelovelove Catt xx
My ebay link : cattlove90