Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 Highlights & Goals

2017 has been both wonderful and terrible. For me, it's been amazing and one of my best years so far. 2017 has been life changing and full of happiness despite all the ridiculous and rubbish things that have happened globally in this year. This year I have learned an awful lot, I have appreciated, I have loved, I have smiled and I have been happy. Genuinely and truly happy.

Friday, 29 December 2017

What I Got For Christmas

This Christmas I have been spoiled rotten. This year I made extra effort on presents and I was so happy that it paid off. Seeing everyone's reactions and how happy they were with the gifts I gave made me happy too and Christmas a total success! I got some really lovely and thoughtful gifts this year too. I know lots of people have mixed feelings about this post, but I like them, so here we go!

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Hello friends!

Merry Christmas!

Because it is Christmas Day, I just wanted to pop over here and wish you all the Merriest Christmas!
I hope you all have a truly amazing and magical day with lots of presents, food and love.

As for Blogmas... We did it! 25 consecutive posts in December during the run up to today. I've got a few posts I'd like to get up for the last few days of December, so this isn't the last of me for this year. But I really do hope you all enjoyed reading my Blogmas posts this month, whether it was all of them or just a couple.
Thank you for being such fantastic readers and followers and again Merry Christmas!



Sunday, 24 December 2017

What I Learned From Doing Blogmas

It's official! We're coming to the end of Blogmas which can only mean one thing... It's Christmas tomorrow!!! Happy Christmas Eve everyone! I can't believe that I've actually posted everyday for 24 days in a row. For me, it's a huge blogging achievement and I'm so proud of myself. I spent a lot of the last year in a blogging funk and I truly feel that Blogmas has helped me find my blogging mojo again. On top of that, I have learned a lot from doing Blogmas this year that I think will help me with my blogging in 2018.

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Wrapping Presents

It's only a couple of days until Christmas Day and I am getting VERY excited now. I've already wrapped all my presents and this year I really like how they look so I wanted to show off my wrapping skills. I've themed it a little bit for groups of people too to help me figure out who each present is for in case tags get lost! I think that's pretty smart... Anyway onto the wrapping!

Friday, 22 December 2017

My 10 Favourite Christmas Songs Right Now

All of today I have been busy wrapping Christmas presents and tidying up in what might be considered a 'winter clean'. I was so busy doing all those things that I forgot to even think about my Blogmas post for today until about 20 minutes ago. At that point, I realised I didn't charge either of my camera batteries to take photos, and the Christmas Wrapping post that I wanted for today is going to have to be postponed until tomorrow. (Insert the 'urgh' face emoji here.)
Alas, I've have back up posts, so today I'm sharing my favourite Christmas songs right now (rather than of all time ones). They aren't in any order, simply because the order changes along with how I'm feeling. I know some of my choices aren't popular opinion so let me know what your favourites and which ones you don't like too. I'm sorry that this is such an unplanned and generic post, but I hope you enjoy it anyway! 

Thursday, 21 December 2017

What I Got For My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday and what a great day I had! I was so happy all day, I got my lie in that I wanted, I spent time with my family and I spent time with my friends. I also got given some beautiful gifts that I'd love to share with you. Apologies in advance for my dodgy photography. I was in a bit of a rush today and I really wanted to take some of these things about of their packaging! I also just realised I forgot a couple of things in here whilst writing the post so I'll make sure to mention them too!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

What Cat Wore | Twenty Eight

Today is my birthday! And I'm off to Winter Wonderland later with my bestest friends and family. I can't wait to go and enjoy the evening but I've had a great day so far. I've spoken to lots of my family already and I've got some lovely gifts including some of the things I'm wearing today which I'd love to show you.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Wishlist | Christmas Morning Worthy Pyjamas

These days, I'm a huge fan of pyjamas. I have loads of them, but they all need some replacing. That's why this year I hope Santa brings me some pyjamas! But I do think I still need to treat myself to a pair for Christmas morning. There are some pretty cool designs out there for all sorts of occasions as well as Christmas morning, but also to feel good in when you sleep! Here are some of my favourites I've found online this evening...

Monday, 18 December 2017

Happy Things #14

It is unbelievably close to Christmas and I'm very excited about this. There has been so much going on and there is so much about Christmas and the winter season that makes me happy. It's a little bit overrun, but today I'd like to think about the things that are making me happy. What is making you happy right now?

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas Tree Photography

One of the things I love doing at Christmas is putting up the tree. I get to put up two trees because I have one with John and I have the family tree too. Both trees are very different but equally as beautiful. Mine and John's is quite sentimental and traditional, whereas the family one is more themed. I love photographing both my trees and today I just wanted to show off my trees with a little photography.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

What Cat Wore | Christmas Party

Christmas parties are in full swing now, and all the beautiful Christmassy party outfits are out to play. This week it was my work's Christmas party and I had a brilliant time. Christmas parties are a fantastic way to celebrate the holidays with colleagues and round up the past year before starting afresh in January. For my go-to Christmas party outfit, I usually always go for a dress. I like going for glitz, bold colours and waist accentuating silhouettes. This year I've got something a bit different to what I usually go for from Cari's Closet.

Friday, 15 December 2017

My Christmas Jumper Collection

Happy Christmas Jumper Day Everyone! It's officially Christmas Jumper Day and I am bound to be wearing one of these lovely jumpers today. I'm writing this a day in advance so I don't know which one I've picked yet. I'm still deciding between Christmas squirrel or snowy pom-poms. Anyway, today, in the spirit of Christmas Jumper Day, I want to show you what is in my Christmas jumper collection so far. I've been getting at least one new one every year for the last 4 years but I have 7 Christmas jumpers at the moment and I've almost worn every single one already this year.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Catch Up | How Christmas Prep Is Going So Far & How I'm Finding Blogmas

So here we are just over half way through Blogmas, which means we're that much closer to Christmas day. Which also means, we're running out of advent chocolate. It's been a pretty full on couple of weeks and I realised that I haven't done a catch-up, non-set-topic post for a really long time. I mean, I usually do my end of the month round up, but never anything that is as if I'm just talking to you and rolling out my thoughts into words. But, that's exactly what I'm doing tonight. I thought I could let you know how I'm doing with Christmas and how I'm finding Blogmas. How does that sound?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Pros and Cons of a December Birthday

There are so many reasons why having a December birthday is brilliant. But there are also just as many reasons why it isn't so brilliant. Being born just 5 days before Christmas Day has had it's ups and it's downs over the last few years and today I thought I'd share my pros and cons for having a December birthday. I know a few people with December birthdays too. Maybe you can relate? Let me know!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Pinspirations

For today's Blogmas post, I thought it would be nice to keep it simple and share some of my favourite Christmas pins from Pinterest. I love Pinterest. It's where I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from and I often find myself getting lost in it for hours. I don't use it as a social media platform like a lot of bloggers do (simply because I wouldn't know where to start and how to use it as a platform) but it is one of my favourite websites. Anyway, I'm not going to be chatting much more from now. I'd like you to enjoy the pins and tell me which group of pins is your favourite. I've tried to themed them. The one above I'd call 'Christmas Cosiness'.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Christmas Traditions

I have had a variety of different Christmases since I was a little kid. I've had Christmases in Portugal and here at home in England. I've had the traditional Portuguese Christmas and tradition British Christmases. I've got a lot of family traditions and over the years with John, we have made our own traditions. Today I want to share all those different traditions with you and maybe after, you can share some in the comments with me! How do you do Christmas?

Sunday, 10 December 2017

My Fresh Christmas Wreath

Last week I got to go to a Christmas Wreath Workshop where I got to make my own fresh Christmas wreath. It's so easy to buy a ready made wreath whether it's fresh or not, but I didn't realise how much fun it would be to make instead! This is one of my favourite Christmassy themed DIYs to date and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Today I thought it would be nice to share my photos from the workshop to show you how I made it. I'm not going to write about it all in detail because you get the gist of it from the pictures, but also because I can't remember the names of all the plants!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Gift guides are my favourite way to search for presents when I'm completely and utterly out of ideas.  They do just what they're designed to and I think they're brilliant. It's fun seeing how different people assemble their gift guides and what their suggestions are. I love making them too in hopes that I can help someone the way other bloggers help me.
I often make my guides quite generic and ensure that I'm not steering you just to think about gifting the things I've listed but also to find similar alternatives to the suggested gift. I really hope you like the guides and find something for that one person you're stuck on.
Now, on to the gift guides for her, for him and for the kids!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Review | Phone Loops

So a couple of weeks ago, I upgraded my iPhone 6S to an iPhone 7 simply because I needed more storage space on my phone and a my phone was slowly but surely falling apart from a cracked screen to a silence button that didn't work. Along with a new upgrade, I realised I needed some new cases and that this was a great opportunity to begin testing out these Ninja Loops from Phone Loops * that I was kindly sent. I've been testing these out since I picked up my new iPhone and now that I've been using it a while, I'm ready to give you my verdict.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Bullet Journal | December Set Up

Another month, another bullet journal theme! This month, in the spirit of cold weather and Christmas I decided my theme would be 'Winter Wonderland'. I loved the idea of a really pale but bright bullet journal look with snowflakes everywhere, so that is what I did. I did go a little overboard with this month since there were so many Christmas themed pages that I wanted to do, so there's a lot to go through... I hope you enjoy them anyway!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Wishlist | Christmas Jumpers

I have a nice collection of Christmas jumpers and even though the Christmas season isn't that long, I feel like I could do with a couple more Christmas jumpers in my collection. It's a bit like bikinis. You buy them for your holidays, but then when else are you going to wear them? I'm like that with Christmas jumpers. Today, I'm sharing my favourites with you... I'm going to get one. But which one should I get?

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

My Top 10 Christmas Films

I love a good Christmas film and I've already watched quite a few - even the new one on Netflix. It's just something you have to do around Christmas and they always have a great story which involves someone learning something about themselves or other people. Normally selflessness, belief or the true meaning of Christmas. I love that and today I want to share my top 10 favourites (in no particular order). Don't forget to tell me what yours are!

Monday, 4 December 2017

DIY 'Snowy' Pom Pom Jumper

Since about a month ago, I had the idea of making a Christmas jumper using pom poms. I was inspired by all the pom pom jumpers that are on trend at the moment and knew I could probably make one of my own for much cheaper. All it would take is a little time and the right tools. So that is what I did and it went so well I thought I'd share my DIY with you for Day 4 of Blogmas, so that maybe you could make your own too!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Pandora Christmas Market

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to and attend Pandora's Christmas Market to take a peek at their new Christmas collection and get into the Christmas spirit. Hosted in the most beautiful room, with the most amazing Christmas decor and faux snow all over the place... I was in heaven already! And even more so when I spotted all the exciting things we had to do during our evening in this winter wonderland... Let me tell you all about it.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

My Christmas/Birthday Wishlist 2017

It's time for my annual birthday/Christmas wishlist and the two being so close together it means I can just do one chunky wishlist! I've fought with myself over the idea of writing this post because I know my family come and have a look at this and I kinda feel bad writing it knowing that. But I hate to break my blogging tradition of writing this post so it's up a little later than I'd normally post it on purpose! Anyway, onto what's on my wishlist this year and why.

Dear Santa...

Friday, 1 December 2017

My 12 Favourite Things About Christmas

Hello December and hello Blogmas! I'm so excited to announce that this year I am doing Blogmas which means, there will (hopefully) be a post everyday for the next 25 days in the run up to Christmas! I've never attempted Blogmas properly before but this year I've been inspired to give it a go and I'm a little more prepared for it this time around. To kick-start Blogmas, I thought I'd share the 12 things I love most about Christmas. It is one of my most favourite times of the year and it comes with so much joy and excitement, so there's a lot to love about it.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November '17

I seriously don't know where November has gone. I feel like it's disappeared before my very eyes and here we are: about to start - sorry, attempt Blogmas and get really into the Christmas spirit. This year I'm excited but first, let's talk about November. Because though it was quick, I did a couple of things that I'd like to share with you.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wishlist | Winter Shoes

It's been a while since my last wishlist and I guess it's mainly because I wasn't really into this year's Spring/Summer trends. Now that Autumn/Winter is in full swing I've spotted a few things that I like, especially in the shoe department. I love myself a pair of boots and something that's what I would describe as a subtle statement, so I've picked some of my favourites that I've spotted online to showcase and round up what I'm looking for in my shoe collection right now.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Pinterest Crafts on My To-Do List

Something in me has inspired me more than ever to get crafting and DIYing. I don't know if it's all the craft events I've been to, my artistic and creative side calling out to me or the joy of saying, "Thanks, I made it myself", but I'm inspired to craft right now and I'm loving it. My Pinterest board of crafts & DIYs that is just getting longer and longer and I've already picked up some bits to get started on a couple of them. I thought it'd be nice to share with you some of the DIYs I think I might get up to during the run up to the Christmas holidays and during the holidays themselves.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Happy Things #13 (It's Back!)

Recently I've been having a bit of a blogger's block. But after going back to some of my older posts for some hopeful self-inspiration, I came across a series of posts I remember really enjoying writing and said I would post about half way through each month. This is my 'Happy Things' series which I did for an entire year from December 2015 to December 2016! I did it every month for a year and then I just stopped. But I can't remember why. Do you know what though? I reviving it.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

7th Heaven Charcoal Peel Off Mask

Face masks. I love them. I have them as a part of my skincare routine at least twice a week and though I have my favourites, I love trying out new ones too. This week I tried out the new Charcoal Peel Off Mask* by my favourite face mask brand, 7th Heaven.

Monday, 13 November 2017

2017 Life Goal Update

It came to my attention whilst browsing through some old post ideas that I haven't once updated how I'm getting on with my 2017 goals. This year has been an extremely busy year and I have a lot to celebrate actually. Some big milestones have been reached and yes, I know it's November but I thought instead of waiting for December to start talking about goals, I might as well use this time where I'm stumped for other blog post ideas to update you on how I've been getting on with the goals I set myself in 2017.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Bullet Journal | November Set Up

I'm really enjoying my bullet journal and even more so that I meet up every month to do it with my bestie and blogger Ana. This month, I wanted to go all out Hogwarts Houses after I bought some stickers from the Platform 9 & 3 Quarters Shop at King's Cross Station last month. This month's pages look quite different to what I've done before but I think they're my favourite pages yet!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

October '17

October had been pretty full on and it's not been full of Halloween once. In fact, I've been more concerned with Christmas coming up than Halloween. This October, I've been to London quite a few times for some events and I've had a week away up in Norfolk. In between all the travelling to places and events, I've been seeing my bestie, being a busy bee and also attending a wedding.

Monday, 30 October 2017

What Cat Wore | To Distant Worlds

It's not often I post these many outfits in a row and even more rare to post an outfit I haven't worn out yet too! But today I'm breaking all the rules to keep the 3 Tobi outfit posts together as a series! Today I have this beautiful look that I'm actually wearing this weekend to the Distant Worlds concert at The Royal Albert Hall. I've been to this concert twice before and it's always amazing. It's been 5 years since the last one so we're glad it's back in London and John said that this time we're going to dress up to go. Cue the pretty long formal dress...

Sunday, 29 October 2017

What Cat Wore | Off The Shoulder Dress

Another day, another jumper dress from Tobi. Whilst on holiday last week, I wore this outfit for a casual trip into Norwich town centre for some shopping. A super casual outfit, but a versatile one too, this time styled with denim although I could think of a couple of different ways to wear this piece.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

What Cat Wore | Terracotta Jumper Dress

These days I'm the sort of girl who lives in jeans and dresses it up and down where necessary. I've not ventured into new dresses or skirts very much, simply because I'm not very fond of what's in right now. That said, I finally found some new pieces you'll be spotting in the next few days from a cool brand called Tobi. They were super lovely and sent me 3 gorgeous new dresses, one of them being this thick, cosy, terracotta jumper dress that I might be living in a lot this autumn/winter.

Friday, 27 October 2017

What Cat Did | Tale As Old As Time Afternoon Tea with Pandora

♫ Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, beauty and the beast ... It's been a fantastic month for experiences and events but the Tale As Old As Time afternoon tea at The Kensington Hotel with Pandora is one of the best experiences I've had the chance to attend and to tick it off my bucket list. Ever since it popped up on my Facebook months and months ago, I've dreamed of booking this, so when Pandora invited me to attend alongside the launch of their new Disney collection, I just had to be their guest.... (See what I did there? Haha!)

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Pandora's Disney Collection - #DoSeeTheMagic

A couple of weeks ago, I was more than lucky to attend the launch of Pandora's New Disney Collection. It was a pretty spectacular evening starting off on the Westminster Bridge watching the promotional video projected on one of the Southbank buildings and then making our way to the Pandora flagship store to attend the launch party. I took a few pictures of the collection to share with you and borrowed a few from Pandora too, so thank you Pandora! I hope you are all as excited about the collection as I am!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Bullet Journal | October Set Up

October. We're half way through and I'm only just posting this. I am so sorry but there are some things that have just had to come first. But either way, here I am today sharing with you my second month into my bullet journal. For October, I really wanted to do an autumnal theme and after some Pinterest inspiration and learning curves from September, I decided on a very warm toned theme with autumnal leaves and quotes.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

What Cat Did | Cigala with Ana

This is the biggest smile I think I've ever been photographed with. And with food in front of me, it's pretty obvious why. A couple of weeks ago, Ana invited me to come along with her to review Cigala, a Spanish restaurant in a corner of London I'd never visited before called Bloomsbury (near Russell Square). I've never reviewed a restaurant before but was excited to try new food and share my opinion on it. I felt a little bit like the guys on Master Chef, haha!

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Wishlist | Glasses 2017

It's been a quick two years since I last got a new pair of prescription glasses. Sure, I've been lucky enough to have a couple of blog opportunities where I've acquired a couple of new glasses into my collection but you can't really beat the quality of your local high street opticians' selection. With my two years up, I'm ready to take advantage of the 2 for 1 on designer glasses offer and get myself two new pairs for the next couple of years. I have a few I'd really like to find, try and possibly buy at my local Specsavers in the next couple of weeks!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

September '17

Welcome to my new way of documenting my months. Just snapshots of life that I've taken over the months - not in the Instagram format I have stuck with for years. I've become adaptable to change and so I've pulled out of my usual ways and I'm starting something "new" (for me). In September I've been to London more times than I expected to go, I've seen friends, I started my new job officially and I ate a ton of food out. I've really enjoyed myself and it's been much busier than I expected. A lot has happened and this is probably going to be one of my wordiest monthly posts in a while!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

What Cat Wore | Florals and Khaki

I'm going to do my usual thing and apologise for my absence but it's been a busy week, but that good busy you know? Love weeks like that, where you feel like you've had a productive one you know. I'm also going to apologise for the weird colouring in my outfit photos... I did everything to correct it but I just couldn't get my head around it. ANYWAY. Today I'm sharing this outfit I wore last weekend for date night. I brought together a couple of finds from my wardrobe that I'd almost forgotten about and put them together to create this look.

Monday, 25 September 2017

What Cat Did | Chocolate Workshop

Last week, I got the wonderful opportunity to attend a chocolate making workshop with Red Letter Days. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen me post about the event and what we got up to, but if you missed that I've got it all right here. We got the chance to create some amazing chocolate creations from giant chocolate shapes to rich dark truffles, and learn a little bit about the world of chocolate.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wishlist | Can I Wear Jumpers Yet?

It somewhat feels too soon for jumpers already but with the cold setting in quite quickly and all this rain, I'm ready for jumpers and really bright ones too. I love jumpers and even more so when they're exciting colours and styles. I've been internet window shopping (again) and found some great ones I'd love to show you.

Monday, 18 September 2017

What Cat Wore | Pearly Whites

I am so feeling back to myself with my style recently. In my wardrobe I've rediscovered some much loved pieces and I've also had a couple of additions that have made a huge difference to my current style. With autumn and winter just around the corner, I'm thinking about warmer clothes, layering up and finally being able to shop things that aren't cropped or low-cut. Bring on the autumnal style because I'm here and all for it! Today I want to share with you my latest outfit from I've been lucky enough to collaborate with them on this post today and I'm living for this outfit!!!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Rose Parade Ban.Do Agenda

As you might be able to tell, I've started the academic year a fresh not only with a new bullet journal but also with a new agenda. I've been using my agenda for a year now and I loved it so much, I wanted another one to start off this year. This year I've picked the Rose Parade design and I'd like to show you what's inside this gorgeous bold, rose-printed book of beautiful for my future planning and life organising.

Monday, 11 September 2017

What Cat Wore | Monday Blues

I am in the best of moods despite the title of this post. I felt the title suits the fact I'm wearing blue today and I love a good play on words so.... Ta-da! Anyway, I've been quite liking today's outfit to work and I thought it was worth blogging about - especially as I'm in attempts to get back to my style-orientated self again. So off we go with an outfit I actually rushed on this morning...
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