30 June 2013

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (June 2013)


June is over people and we're now half way through 2013 what the hell!? I've had some really fun times this month and things are about to get EPIC in July so I can't wait, this summer is going to be the best! I've definitely been feeling a more positive change within myself so here are a few links which have interested me this past month.

 Honesty & Openness in an Online World - I've been thinking about this a lot recently as I kinda feel like I've lost that personal aspect of my blog, I often write quite personal posts but end up not publishing them for fear of who might see them but it's definitely something I want to change.

 8 Keys to Making Lasting Online Connections

 How I Learned To Stop Worrying, and Love Failure - Fear of failure can be one of the biggest factors that holds you back but sometimes out of failure can come success.


 Behind The Fuchsia Curtain - I'm loving this new series of posts by Gala, I can definitely relate to what she's saying. I feel like lately I've gone a but off track but I'm determined to get back on track and make what I love my job for life.

 Why Be Healthy in the Present When the Future's Uncertain?

 Usual and Unusual Strategies for Controlling Cravings - This is really interesting and has helped me understand my cravings so much this month and helped me cut out those bad foods.


 5 Ways to Turn Simple Daily Tasks into Meaningful Rituals - Some simple ways to make each day more positive.

 How do I Make Money from my Blog

 How to do Less and Live More - Sometimes you just have to say no and give yourself a rest period in order to remind yourself what's more important in life.


 I Tried Gwyneth Paltrow's Diet - I've been a little obsessed with Gwen lately after seeing Iron Man 3, I mean her abs are... WOW! I'm not quite sure I'd go as far as taking on her diet but it's pretty interesting and this article has a great and hilarious insight into it.

 29 Things From The 90's You May Have Forgotten About

 6 Ways To Spring Clean Your Life - Definitely taking note of this one so many useful points which I need to start doing more often especial the point about food, there's so many things that I don't like in my cupboards that I should've got rid of a looong time ago!


 8 Tips to Move Beyond Envy and Start Thriving - Envy can be the worst so here are some tips to start loving what you have.

 16 Ways to Get Super Excited About Your Blog Again

 The Art of Reframing Difficult Emotions - Feeling down then take a look at this list and give yourself a different perspective.


 Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls - I've been overweight, I've been underweight but at the end of the day those numbers on a scale mean nothing it's how you view and feel about yourself that matters more than anything.

 59 Awesome FREE Things To Do To Feel Amazingly Alive

 A Day Without Headphones - It breaks my heart that street harassment still occurs so frequently and without shame in this day and age, and the worst thing is is that every single lady I know has at some point experienced it.



 8 Ways To Be A Better Person In The Digital Age - We've all be guilty of these at some point, just don't be an asshole and relax sometimes it's only the internet!

 Can You Quit The Internet?

 How Travel Can Grow Your Blog Network - Great tips not just for blog promotion but on how to meet some new people, travel has definitely widened my circle and introduced me to some new and awesome people.






Lemonade & Roses
Cate
xoxo

25 June 2013

Game of Thrones: The Exhibition


The Game of Thrones exhibition reached its climax in Belfast earlier this month and I was lucky enough to get tickets. I've never been to Belfast before and the exhibition was hosted in the new Titanic building on the site where the actual Titanic was built so I was very excited see it as its one epic building!


One of my absolute favourite things about Game of Thrones is the attention to detail that they pay to each costume and prop so I was super excited to get to see them in person especially after reading Inside: Game of Thrones.


I loved seeing those costumes up close and seeing all the tiny details in the embroidery and armour and it was interesting to see the contrast between the simple Stark outfits and the more extravagant Lannisters. There are so many little details you don't get to see and even miss on the show like bones being used as crampons on the Wildling's shoes or the Tully pin Catelyn wears.


Emilia Clarke is tiny, she has such a big presence on screen I never realised how small she was in real life, I don't think I could even fit one of my legs into her dresses! I'll always be House Stark but I do have a soft spot for those Dragons they looked absolutely amazing, I definitely need one for my Game of Thrones collection.


Speaking of my Game of Thrones collection, I love these "battle pieces" from the show and think they should definitely start making a Game of Thrones chess board with them... even though I don't play chess, but it would look pretty awesome right!? And that Stark shield is definitely next on my shopping list from Valyrian Steel


I've seen some pretty amazing Game of Thrones fan art so I loved that they included a few pieces in their exhibition as it's been a great source of inspiration for me to. The Blackwater Bay experience was also a pretty fun addition although I absolutely sucked at it and didn't sink a single ship....

But I do look pretty good on a throne!

Swords & Crowns
Cate
xoxo

More photos of the exhibition here [link]

20 June 2013

5 Awesome and Inspired Doctor Who Tees


Pretty much 80% of my closet is made up of  "geeky tees" and Day of the Shirt has become an obsession of mine as I find myself checking in everyday to see what new t-shirt designs are on offer. These daily T-shirt printing websites have introduced me to so many amazing artists who are creating such awesome, witty, nerdy T-shirt designs that I had to share just a few of my favourites starting with Doctor Who.

I love the Art Nouveau style and all the little details hidden in this design, you can tell it's been really thought out and a really unique, the Amy Pond version is just as beautiful to but we need more Clara tees in this world, just sayin'

What's this? A geeky reference towards a geeky reference in a geeky show about another geeky show it's like Whoception.... you still with me? Yeah I love Community (and Doctor Who) and when nerd worlds collide and create something super Nintendo and awesome it deserves a mention.

I want every single one of these designs they're just so clever and so beautifully done. I'm a sucker for something different and this has me wanting a Disney Doctor Who crossover so much, I just love seeing the Tardis pop up in random places.

River Song is one of my favourite characters ever and this pin up style design just fits her character perfectly, I love the attention to detail in this with the arrow sonic and the "book of spoilers" in fact all these Doctor Who designs are pretty awesome so be sure to check them out! 

How cute is this? I love the nostalgic nod to vintage Doctor Who with the logo and Pooh dressed number 4 (Tom Baker is awesome btw!) I mean seriously if Disney ever did do a random Doctor Who crossover just imagine how awesome and adorable it would be!


What are some of your favourite Doctor Who designs? Be sure to let me know in the comments!
Jammie Dodgers & Daleks
Cate
xoxo

15 June 2013

Inspirational Quotes #39

"Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all stay humble, because just when you think you've got all the answers is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't."
- Tom Hiddleston

10 June 2013

Crown and Glory Floral Crowns + Mini Giveaway


Flower crowns are my favourite accessories ever and summer is the perfect time to break out the flower power. I bought my first floral crown last year from Crown and Glory and I absolutely adore it so I thought I would treat myself to another floral wonder.


One of the reasons I love to buy handmade is the loving ways the products are always sent to you, last year when I bought my first floral crown it came prettily packaged in sugar paper and this year not only did it arrive all wrapped up in sugar paper it also came in its own Crown & Glory dust bag which I absolutely adore.


Since buying this floral crown last year it's hardly been off my head, I was even wearing it throughout the winter months! I have quite a few different floral crowns and this one is by far the sturdiest, it has kept its shape and not lost a single flower even after a trip in a very full suitcase to Thailand and back!


I've been lusting after these "Lotta Rosie" headbands for the past year and very nearly bought it in lilac but I'm glad I waited because these blue roses are my absolute favourite. I love this headband so much that I've worn it almost everyday since it arrived, it's beautifully constructed and the foam roses make it very light and durable.


Crown and Glory also included these pretty little hairclips in their package to me so I thought I would spread the love by giving them away to one of my lovely readers, all you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment telling me what's your favourite thing about summer the giveaway is open internationally and the winner will be picked at random on June 30th and contacted via email so good luck!

Love & Roses
Cate
xoxo

05 June 2013

Long Live Fashion: Recycle Your Clothes With H&M


H&M is one of my favourite high street stores and I love how over the past few years they've been making a real effort to become more eco-friendly by introducing new collections and just recently their recycling program to customers.

"Every year, tons of textiles end up in landfills. But as much as 95% of these textiles and clothes could be used again. That's why we are now collecting clothes in our stores. Clothes of any brand, in any quality and any condition."

And if you need extra incentive for every bag of clothes you bring to H&M they will give you a £5 voucher in exchange which can be used on your next £30 shop and don't worry if you're not U.K. based like me as this recycling program is global, so be sure to ask in your local store next time you visit.


One of my goals for this year was to be more considerate of my purchases and it's good to know that there is at least one shop on the high street trying to make a difference. I've already taken one bag full of my old clothes to them and I'm ready to take another!


Spring cleaning is the best and it's great to let go of all those old clothes and know that they're not going to waste. I can't wait to start planning out my new wardrobe, I'm definitely going to try and invest in some staple pieces and H&M has some really beautiful pieces in their Conscious Collection which will be perfect for the summer season to.

Be sure to let me know in the comments if you're planning to recycle with H&M

Love & Ice Cream
Cate
xoxo
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