30 June 2011

Things that make you go Oooooo (June 2011)

by Rebecca
June has been an absolutely amazing month for me I had so many fun times in the US and although I'm a little sad to be back I've got a very exciting month ahead of me and with summer well on its way and the brighter days it's hard not to wake up with a smile everyday, so here are a few more things to make you smile this month.

Disney Dream Portraits - Love this series of photos by Annie Leibovitz, Jeff Bridges as The Beast yes please!

Books That Rocked Your World at 16 But Fall Flat Now

Famous Objects from Classic Movies - I'm a total movie addict and have spent countless hours playing this game!

by Catfordst32

Best Food for Good Healthy Skin - Summer is here so it's a good time to freshen that skin up!

Life's Too Short for The Wrong Job

5 Ways to Start Having More Fun - Definitely taking this advice and am going to take up that new hobby I've always wanted to do.


by Charlotte Rutherford

Everything You Wanted to Know About Dinosaur Sex - Don't tell me you haven't wondered about this to!

Dogs 'share their owners' emotions

Love Letter to My Body - LOVE this it makes me feel so much better about my own body and I this is something we all need to do!

by Yvette Inufio
Inspired by Up a house is lifted into the air using just balloons - I love that they made this a reality it makes me dream of having my own amazing adventures.

50 Ways to Find Inspiration: Create, Explore, Expand

Your Courageous Life - Beautiful blog full of inspiration and advice which had been added to my reading list.

by Kammie
Karl Lagerfeld Fashion Therapy - Any advice from Karl is advice that must be taken, I love his views on fashion.

James Franco interviews Frida Giannini

Rumors I've Heard About Anna Wintour - This is hilarious, I love the illustrations.

by The Cherry Blossom Girl
Create Time to Change Your Life - Great advice here it's amazing how something like cutting down on TV time can free up so much of your time to do greater things.

Finding An Apartment Of Your Dreams

The Infinite Variety of IndividualsI adore this article by Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky, we are all individuals and we are all free to express ourselves in whichever way we chose and instead of discouraging each other we should embrace and encourage each other to be who we want to be.


by wisely-chosen
Strange Summer Blues - My awesome friend Yume Ninja discusses her summer blues, gaining perspective and her ways to perk herself up, very helpful for those of us going though the same thing.


What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner


X-Ray Origami of Endangered Species - This is so beautiful and creative, origami is one of my favourite hobbies!


 

Love & Sparkly Hugs
Cate
xoxo

26 June 2011

Daily Outfit: Mini Minnie


Disneyland is quite possibly one of my favourite places on this planet, I never quite grew out of my Disney obsession as a child and if anything I think I'm more in love with Disney now than I was when I was a kid. My first visit to Disneyland in California was in 2009 so and of course when the opportunity came for me to visit there again I took it and dressed for the occasion!


I've always loved Minnie Mouse she's my original fashion inspiration with her big bows and poofy dresses she never fails to look completely adorable so clad in my Minnie inspired outfit I was on a mission to meet Miss Mouse herself

100% Minnie Approved!

Sequin ears - Disneyland
Minnie Sweater Dress - H&M Kids
Black Dress - Coast
Tights - Primark
Boots - Vivienne Westwood x Melissa
Watch - Baby G
Bag - Cambridge Satchel Company
 
Not only did Minnie love my outfit but the fairy godmother said my bow print tights were magical so you can expect them on Cinderella sometime in the near future!

Disney Love & Sparkly Mouse Ears
Cate
xoxo

23 June 2011

The Frequent Flyer: Chillin' at the Chamberlain


After 3 weeks of hard work, dirt and living in a mice infested trailer (I ain't kidding!) I thought it was about time I relax and treat myself to some luxury LA living for a few days so checked into a gorgeous West Hollywood hotel called The Chamberlain.


The Chamberlain has to be one of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed in and it didn't take me long to feel right at home. The rooms are gorgeous each have their own balcony, seating area, huge comfy bed, fireplace and well stocked fridge with snacks!

There's also a gorgeous rooftop pool with some stunning views of LA especially at night, a restaurant which makes some delicious food which you can of course order up to your room if you want to spend the day in bed, a 24hr gym and it's in a great location just a few blocks away from Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, The Farmers Market, LACMA and Melrose Avenue which is the best place to shop!


The staff there are amazing so warm and friendly and super helpful, I honestly did not want to leave and would have happily spent another few weeks there given the chance but if I'm ever in the neighbourhood again I know exactly where I'll be staying!

Love & Luxury
Cate
xoxo

20 June 2011

Courgette & Parsnip Spaghetti with Garlic Mushrooms & Tomatoes


This is something I created one night when I had a craving for spaghetti but alas had none in the cupboards. A lot of the recipes I create seem to come out of having a lack of ingredients in the house which just shows you don't need to have a well-stocked cupboard to create something healthy and delicious.
  • Courgette
  • Parsnip
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Basil
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

 Place a frying pan and a saucepan of water on a high heat to heat up/boil.

 Slice the tomatoes and mushrooms and finely dice the garlic.

 Using a peeler peel the parsnip and courgette into thin strips.

 Add the strips or parsnip and courgette to the boiled water to cook for a few minutes until slightly soft, you don't have to boil these you can also eat them raw but I chose to blanch mine just to give them a slightly softer texture.

 Add  a tablespoon of olive oil to the frying pan, the diced garlic, tomatoes and mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until the vegetables have softened, once cooked add in a few leaves of basil and season with salt and pepper.

 Serve and enjoy!

Eat & Stay Healthy
Cate
xoxo

15 June 2011

Inspirational Quotes #15

Sometimes you have to sacrifice your performance for high heels.  - Gwen Stefani

06 June 2011

The Frequent Flyer: Ultimate List of Travel Links


Travelling is my favourite thing in the world, there's nothing better than planning your next adventure and all the amazing things you'll do, see, taste, smell and experience. Life is all about experiences and there is no better way to do it than jetting to some foreign land! If you're in need of a little inspiration or just need a little push to take that vacation you've always dreamed of then here is my ultimate list of travel links.

20 Things I've Learnt From Travelling Around the World For Three Years

3floz.com - The best one-stop shop for all your travel sized needs.

Travelling with Friends: 7 Do's & Don'ts

How Travelling To Paris Alone Changed My Life -Travelling alone can be a very liberating experience and not as scary as you think it is, don't be afraid to take that leap!

Travel Beauty Tips from Dweam

  
  Why I Quit My Job to Travel Around the World

The Occasional Traveller - Some great travel themed gifts here, I really love their travel guides

How to Buy a Round-the-World Plane Ticket

The importance of having an Itinerary - Even if your the type of person who likes to go with the flow it's always a good idea to be prepared on your travels!

5 Fashion Essentials While Travelling


Mount Fuji Climb

Ultimate Amsterdam on a Budget  - Amsterdam is a beautiful place, definitely on my list of places I want to see again there's just so much to see and do there.

Nightlife and Entertainment in Singapore

Eatin' and Drinking, California Style - I had the best Mexican I ever tasted on a street corner in LA, California is a hive of great food places!

Top 10 Best Cities For Bloggers


Don't Be Sorry

Top Ten Place You Don't Want To Visit - Make sure you don't go to these, that really would be a nightmare!

Realise Your travel Dreams: How To Afford It

Love & Sequins 10: International Playgirls Unlimited - This is full of amazing helpful advice especially if you're a first time traveller or thinking of taking that adventure alone.

Postcards From Mumbai


 Stuck In Customs

 On The Importance of Gratitude - Just because you're on holiday doesn't mean you should forget your manners!

World Landmarks Reflected in Bubbles

The World We Live In - I'm always so inspired by these beautiful photos it makes me want to jump on the next flight out of here

 Gift Ideas for Travel Jet Setters


Cool Stuff in Paris

Film Earth - A niffy way to make some money and go sightseeing on your holiday

Myth Busting: Long Term Travel is Irresponsible

Hotels with A Macabre Past - I would love to spend a night in the Bate's Motel!

Packing for a Trip Abroad in a Carry-on suitcase


Packing Light... sort of.

The Armchair Traveller - Love this series that Etsy did, it's such a cute glimpse on the world of travelling and a good way to find inspiration on new places to visit.

Window Shopping in Barcelona

Hello Kitty Sweets Cafe in Taiwan - This alone makes me want to get on the first flight to Taipei!

The International Playgirls Guide To Las Vegas


Airbnb

Justin Lee Collins Turning Japanese - Hilarious series about Japan's weird and wonderful sights including an Alcatraz dining experience, the popularity of man bras, monkey waiters, snake flavoured ice cream and much more weird and wonderful sights! 


Tablet Hotels - If you're looking for luxury living on the cheap then sign up to this website, once a week they put up awesome deals on boutique hotels which save you 100's on you vacation plus you can actually earn rewards to spend on your next vacation.




Want to Move to New York City? - Gala Darling shares her story on how she moved to one to the most exciting cities in the world and shares tips on how you can do it to.


Round the World with Natalie - One of my fave YouTubers has been sharing her experiences of travelling around the world, very funny stuff!

A Beginners Guide to Paris - Paris is one of my favourite cities but to new visitors it can be a daunting place but Nubby covers some excellent points for anyone planning a visit there.



An Idiot Abroad - If you're looking for an alternative, humorous look at the world then watch this, even though some of the places they plonked Karl in looked horrific I would love to visit all the wonders one day.


Northern Lights in the UK - Proving that sometimes you don't need to leave the country to see something amazing!


Adventures & Happy Memories
Cate
xoxo

03 June 2011

Daily Outfit: LA Runaway


Hello from LA, sooo if you're reading this you must have guessed by now things did not go as expected during my time at the Gibbon Center and I ended up quitting and leaving early so have spent the last few days slumming it in a hotel Downtown LA.


LA has been just the pick me up I needed and I'm thankfully enjoying my last week here in California. I'm currently writing this from my beautiful hotel of pure luxury in West Hollywood and on Monday I'll be venturing off to the even crazier city of Las Vegas so they'll be lots of fun times ahead for me.

If you're going to runaway it's always best to do it in style!

Glasses - Givenchy
Cardigan - Warehouse
Necklaces - Handmade by moi
Dress - Macy's
Bracelets - H&M
Ring - Zentosa

I've got a fun packed weekend ahead of me including Japan LA's Kitties & Ice Cream party and the Tim Burton exhibition at LACMA so if you see me wandering about LA come up and say hi I promise I don't bite!

Love & Sparkly Hugs
Cate
xoxo
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