Monday, 31 March 2014

I want it! - March 2014 Wishlist

Just a handful of things I'm mooning over at the moment..

I'm really into plain dresses and tops at the moment. I like basics that I can dress up and accessorise with shoes, mega jewellery or a pop of bright lippy.
This black high necked swing dress from Missguided is dreamy..not to mention it looks nice and comfy!

I am a girl of many many shoes.. but boots are my real love affair. I'm usually taken with black boots.. but these you can see aren't black. I like how different they are not just colour-wise but with the buckles and elastic so you can just pull them on and go..
I think they'd both look pretty good with the dress actually.
..and maybe with bare legs, if I was feeling brave this Spring.
The holographic ones are tempting me so much..

God I love Boohoo and Missguided. Always a sure thing for bloody stylish stuff at purse-friendly prices.
lovelovelove Catt xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

-Is Tom Fletcher the real Disney prince?

Oh Tom. Tommy Tommy Tom. We're all kinda realising now, we were fancying the wrong McFly lad back in the day (I was a Danny girl personally - that voice oouf).
But Thomas Michael Fletcher.
He's a cutie, he plays guitar, he composes love songs, he has that nerdy look going on, he writes about dinosaurs pooping, he SINGS his wedding speech (12 million Youtube views later), marrying his childhood sweetheart Giovanna and now.. now they've made a beautiful little baby boy Buzz.
[Time Lapse Video Tom Uploaded titled 'From Bump to Buzz' 
using photos taken every day of the 9month pregnancy]

Its enough to make you sick.. or cry. Or both.
Do boys like this really exist? They must do - here he is.
I'm not saying Tom's a man without faults or perfect, but I think its clear that he's pretty damn close.
Disney is forever being blasted for raising our expectations of the unfairer(?) sex - we all want our very own Prince Charming.. and he doesn't seem to be forthcoming for most of us. 
But what makes someone a prince?
Dashing good looks, royal connections, and a habit of sweeping a girl off her feet are pretty much the job requirements. 
And 'lead singer of a band' is a pretty attractive quality too, but we can't all have that unfortunately.
Tom may be exactly that, but he's many other things. Is he the real life equivalent of that desirable mystery man we all dream of? Maybe so. But he's also just a 28 year old lad from Harrow too.
Without knowing him personally in the slightest - its clear to see his creativity, his sense of humour, his talent, his kindness, his strong family values, his obvious love for Gi - and that all sounds like prince-material to me.

At the end of the day, that's all we really want. 
Saving that, I'll settle for this Prince.
love&hugs to Tom, Gi and their little one. eee.
lovelovelove Catt xx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Literature Love - Necklaces from Out of Print

Like any writer, I am many things, but foremost - I am a great reader. I can't remember ever not enjoying reading. Magazines are great, but I tend to get through them in a day or less. Getting lost in a novel, a book of poems, a biography, or even history books is my idea of heaven - and one I can relive over and over again, not just on rainy afternoons.

I am a girl of the classics. Those books newspapers claim you 'must read' in your lifetime, I've probably read them more than once. I get lost in Austen, blindsided by Bronte and I will always be in awe of Orwell. 
I recently came across the website TruffleShuffle after watching a video from one of my favourite Youtubers/bloggers and all round megababe Helen Melonlady. After browsing through the 90s TV show goodies and bloody cool band t shirts amongst other things on there, I turned to the jewellery section where I made (for me) an amazing discovery.

Label Out of Print have produced several 14 carat gold plated necklaces featuring famous lines from well-known and loved novels - and the three I found on there happen to be my actual favourite books (if I could ever narrow it down, that is).

"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart: I am, I am, I am."
taken from American writer and poet Sylvia Plath's only novel, 'The Bell Jar' (1963)
Find it here

"If you want a stronger version of "good", what sense is there in having a whole string of vague useless words like "excellent" and "splendid" and all the rest of them? "Plusgood" covers the meaning, or "doubleplusgood" if you want something stronger still."
 an example of doublespeak inspired by George Orwell's dystopian novel '1984' (1949).
Find it here

"So it goes"
 a repeated refrain, taken from Kurt Vonnegut's cult classic 'Slaughterhouse-Five' (1969)
Find it here

Priced at £26.99, Out of Print labels their pieces as 'Jewellery that really does tell a story' which I found a little kooky, but secretly liked. And for every necklace sold, a book is sent to a community in need through Books for Africa - spreading the gift of reading, something every child (and adult) should be allowed to enjoy.

I don't know if I'm just showing off how nerdy I am with this blog post - I'm the type of person with one of those "What do you mean Mr Darcy isn't real?" tote bags - but I found the discovery of these little gems really exciting. And being able to wear quotes from some of my favourite books on me at all times is a little ray of sunshine to my rainy life right now. So..yes, I've ordered all three.
 Top literary fan girl.

Check these out and all the other marvelous stuff over at TruffleShuffle - and do yourself a favour and read the books mentioned above if you haven't already!

lovelovelove Catt xx