Sunday, 25 December 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas!! Hope you have a wonderful break, filled with much joy, love and laughter (+ a lot of food!) and spent with your family, friends and loved ones. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my little space on the internet. Sending lots of love <3 - catherine xx

Saturday, 24 December 2016

10 ACTIVITIES + THINGS TO DO TO GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT

10 ACTIVITIES + THINGS TO DO TO GET INTO THE FESTIVE SPIRIT

We are so so close to Christmas! With all the Christmas decorations, music, shopping and gift wrapping that has been going on, particularly this last week, it has been definitely feeling a lot like Christmas. Even though it is nearly Christmas now, I thought I would compile a list of activities and things to do to get into the festive spirit:

1. Watch a whole heap of Christmas movies, but especially The Holiday (that’s my favourite).

2. Visit a Christmas tree farm.

3. Get those Christmas decorations out and go wild decorating your place. Next year, I’m going to try and coordinate more of a colour scheme so that everything looks slightly more cohesive.

4. DIY your own Christmas wreath. I’m inspired by this and this.

5. Drink a lot of hot chocolate with marshmallows <3

6. Light your favourite Christmas candle. I'm keen to try out the Diptyque Cyprès candle after reading this article.

7. Find the perfect Christmas tea. My favourite was a limited edition and I've been forever on the lookout for another favourite.

8. Listen to Christmas music or watch vlogmas whilst wrapping presents.

9. Go for a drive to find houses decked out in pretty lights. We’ve found a couple of streets where nearly every house is covered in fairylights and it is so beautiful.

10. Or just hang your own fairylights in your house. I’ve hung some over my bed and I love just looking up at the lights at night.

And that’s it for my list. What are some of your favourite things to do to get into the festive spirit? - catherine xx

Saturday, 17 December 2016

MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST

MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST
With all the Black Friday and Christmas sales that have been on, I have been doing a lot more online shopping / browsing recently. I thought I’d put together a Christmas wishlist of things that I have been eyeing and would love to have myself. I really enjoyed putting these collages together and all the full names of the products + links are below each pic.

Shop my wishlist (L-R):

1. Skinnydip Rose Gold Earbud Headphones from Urban Outfitters since I currently don’t have a good pair and the rose gold here looks lovely.

2. This watch by Cluse: La Bohème Rose Gold White/Grey looks so beautiful. You can also purchase it from here.

3. I’m in need for new short sleeve pyjamas as my current ones have ripped around the buttons and this linen short sleeve pj set by Fabrik looks like a perfect replacement.

4. Peter Alexander Penny the Wonder Dog Tee – simply because I think that dog print is SO cute. You can also find it here.

5. I have heard so many great things about Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed and when I tested it out in-store, it looked incredible so I’d love one of my own.


6. The Illume Boulangerie Jar Candle in Lavender Shortbread looks nothing short of amazing. Also the Angel Food version sounds fab and the Sweet Vanilla and Cinnamon scent seems perfect for the christmas season. Unfortunately, it's a bit tricky to get ahold of this in Australia :(

7. Pretty dinner plates by Anthropologie – Old Havana Dinner Plate.

8. Food52 Fragrant Pod Wreath would be perfect for this festive season.

9. This tea towel by Yao Cheng in the dot watercolour print would be a lovely addition to the kitchen.

10. I love all things Rifle Paper Co and how gorgeous is this 2017 everyday agenda in midnight. The gold foil accents on the cover are beautiful and I would be so happy to carry this around all year.

11. Beautiful rose swirl ring dishes with gold rims from Suite One Studio.



12. How pretty is this globe version of the Petal Multi-Use Oil from Urban Outfitters!!

13. I’ve been looking to make a photobook for the year recently and the ones from Artifact Uprising seem really well designed and beautiful especially the layflat/ hardcover books. Such a nice way to preserve those memories. Unfortunately, I ended up going with another company since Artifact Uprising was a bit expensive with Australian conversion and shipping but I’d love to try it out someday.

14. My obsession with Rifle Paper Co continues… in the form of this kitchen recipe box in citrus floral.

15. A cute art print by Ammiki (Solace print).

16. I love crossbody bags since they are SO functional. I love the shape and simplicity of this design by Sezane (Patti bag). This would be the perfect everyday bag.

17. One last pick from Rifle Paper Co – the everyday 2017 wall calendar in paradise gardens <3


Some more beauty-related items:

18/19. I’ve been on the hunt for a new cleanser and after reading reviews and blogs, I’m keen to try these two: Liz Earle Cleanse& Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel. The Liz Earle one that I’ve linked is the limited edition sweet orange and clove version which looks particularly festive.

20. Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne: I love Jo Malone for fragrances. I’ve already expressed my love for Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay here on the blog and I’ve tested out the Nectarine Blossom and Honey one, which also smells amazing so I’d love to pick one up and maybe try fragrance combining those two scents.

21. I’m not a fan of bright nail polish since although it looks great initially - the chipping can be a nightmare. But I’m totally on board with sheer nail polish and I’ve been eyeing Dior Nail Glow for some time. It gives a subtle but pretty pink sheen to the nails. Low maintenance, totally office appropriate and your nails will just glow and look super healthy.


22. These Terrain Snowflake Marshmallows are the perfect winter-y addition to any hot chocolate.

23. These All Butter Tarocco Orange Biscuits by Crabtree and Evelyn are seriously delicious and I would be so happy if anyone gifted me these. Also the tin is gorgeous - I would probably repurpose it into a tea bag tin once all the biscuits are gone!

24. I’ve been looking for a new camera so that I can take better quality pictures since I mostly use my iphone or the family’s little camera which is better than my phone but still a bit limited. I’ve got my eye on the Olympus Pen e-pl7 which seems like a good camera for me. A newer version has recently come out so hopefully I’ll be able to pick one up once they have dropped a bit in price.

Anyway, that’s it for my Christmas wishlist this year. Hope you enjoyed reading it!!

LIFE LATELY + A FEW LINKS

LIFE LATELY + A FEW LINKS

I'm finally back on this little blog!! A lot has been going on lately (despite the fact that I'm currently on holidays) and although I've had many ideas for blog posts, there really hasn't been any time to plan, execute and publish a post. With a busy christmas and summer coming up, I can't guarantee a lot of posts but I'll try to squeeze in as many as I can and stay tuned for a few christmas posts coming up soon!

Anyway, since I've been away for quite a while now, I thought I would give you a little update of a few things that I have been up to recently.


My church had a girls social where we made our own flower crowns and bouquets. Here is my little bunch I created.


Finally did Bondi to Coogee on what felt like the hottest day ever with some people from my uni biblestudy. It is a lovely walk along the coastline with lots of beaches in between and you don't need to walk through the bush at all. It took us less than 2 hours but we didn't really have too many breaks. If you haven't been, I would definitely recommend it but choose a slightly cooler day and leave a bit of time so that you can stop off by the beaches on the way for a bit and take a lot of pictures!



Currently obsessed with golden hour - the time just after sunrise or just before sunset. The light is just so pretty.


I've got this sampler pack of 10 T2 black flavoured teas and I am currently testing them all out. So far I'm loving the french earl grey and creme brulee ones.


I've been getting in to journaling recently and it has been really relaxing and nice to document memories and things that have happened which I hope to remember in the future.

Also, I picked up the new body shop body washes: frosted berries which is like a nostalgic scent for me and takes me back to yr 10 as well as vanilla chai which smells like a sweet chai latte. so good!!


I've also been away with the family on two occasions recently just for a couple of days, to Salamander Bay and Shoal Bay which are in the Port Stephens area. Planning to share a couple of photos from those trips on the blog soon.

Thanks for reading,

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