Saturday, 24 May 2014

A Year in the Making

Hey...

Long time no see. I don't even know if I can say that considering I only made 3 posts...

This blog has been a long time in the making. I originally got the idea of creating a blog - an outlet for me to share my thoughts, ideas and advice - about a year ago at the start of my summer holidays. However, for some reason I never plucked up the courage to sit down and click the publish button until the very end when I was starting school in a few weeks. I started the blog, wrote my first blog post and thought, hey, this is great! I wrote another, and then another. But then it came - that looming thought that everyone that goes to school gets - only one more week left of freedom and then it is back to the gates of hell. I knew that as soon as I was back, I would not have time since it was the last year at my current school, so of course I was going to be BUSY. And I was right. This has been the busiest year of my life, and I know that when I start at a new school next year, it's going to be even more challenging. But until then, I have 10 weeks of being able to lounge around all day doing nothing.

And that's the thing - I don't want to do nothing! So what better way to fill up the long, summer days than blogging?

I honestly do not know how this is going to go since I am a person that gives up. Easily. And quickly. All of the musical instruments gathering dust in the attic are proof. But I promise I will try. I am a year older and therefore have one extra year of wisdom since the last time I sat down and blogged. I don't know what I'm going to be writing about, but expect a mixture of everything. From fashion and beauty to fitness and health. I should probably make some sort of introduction, but do you really want to be hear about my boring life? Probably not. I am sure that you will find out everything you need to know over the course of this journey.

I truly am excited and can't wait to put my name out in the blogosphere. I guess we'll just have to see how this goes. I could end up doing one blog post and then you never hear from me again, but I hope that's not the way it goes. At this current moment in time, you should be expecting one post a week from me. And just know... I haven't actually finished school yet, but have three weeks left, but everything has died down so decided to get a head start.

Welcome to my blog. I can't wait to go on this journey with you.

-xoxo-

Friday, 16 August 2013

What's in this Autumn?

Hi everyone!

I have three more days of freedom until it's back to the gates of hell, and when I say that... I mean school. For me, the start of school marks the end of the summer and hence; the start of Autumn. Today when I was going through my wardrobe I realised that it is overcome with summer clothes and autumn pieces are nowhere to be found. The shopaholic that I am, I decided to grab my computer and check out what was going to be in this season and did some online browsing.

Honestly, I love it when it gets a bit colder. Winter is definitely my favourite season. I find that there is nothing cosier than sitting inside, snuggled up in front of the TV with some hot chocolate while it is dark, cold and there is snow (hopefully) on the ground. As autumn is the beginning to winter, I love it almost just as much.

What I love almost more than sitting inside while there are snowflakes falling outside, is fashion for the colder days! It's always nice to be able to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt, but when it's 30°C outside, I feel like there are some limitations to your outfit choice. But no need to fear for that anymore as colder days are fast approaching!

Like every year, sweaters are going to be big in! Who doesn't love a sweater? Whether it's a cute knitted one paired with black jeans or a graphic sweater thrown on when it's cold.

 

Going on the same theme, baggy, oversized cardigans will also be in. Paired with black skinny jeans, combat boots and a big looped scarf, it makes for a perfect outfit that you could wear anywhere.



 While browsing around the web, I noticed something that is said to be extremely in this Autumn is animal print. Animal print has had its moments. One year everyone would be clamouring to get their hands on a piece, while the next it would be loathed. But for those of you who love some spice in their wardrobe, go print crazy!


 One of the most important pieces in your wardrobe in the colder months is your jacket. Without it, you would freeze. It's a necessity, but just because you need it, doesn't mean you can't look stylish in it at the same time. In the earlier months, when it's not as cold, you can't go wrong with a classic leather jacket. Whether it's black, brown or any other colour, they top off an outfit perfectly and go with pretty much anything.


As the autumn continues and winter approaches, the air begins to get a bit chillier and you need to begin dressing heavier. How about another piece of classic clothing? A trench coat. These tend to give you a bit more heat and with a scarf and the right pair of shoes they can look amazing.


Finally it will begin to get cold. And what could be better to help keep you warm but a puffer or parka? Perhaps conveyed as the least fashionable out of these coats, if worn right they can still have you looking fabulous.


We've got all the basics, so now let's top it all off with shoes! Who doesn't love a nice pair of shoes!? Big in this year are combat boots. They would look great with a pair of skinny jeans and pretty much any upper body piece. Like every year, the knee high boot will still be in. They look great with anything, whether it's a pair of skinny jeans or a dress, so there is no way to go wrong!



What will you be wearing this autumn? Tell me in the comments!
-Cat

Thursday, 15 August 2013

You are beautiful // The Naked Face Campaign

Hi everyone!

I feel as though life is a constant struggle with am I beautiful enough, am I worthy? Everyday we see "beautiful" people everywhere we look: in magazines, on the TV, on the internet. We want to look just like them, but remember, beauty comes in all sorts of different shapes and sizes and isn't defined as one certain look.

This brings me to today's post, The Naked Face Campaign, which I was so kindly tagged by plovesfashion to do.

This post is to show everyone who follows or looks at my blog that - I'm not perfect - no one's perfect. Everyone is different and everyone has their own insecurities and things that they may not like about themselves - but there is no harm in embracing them and saying, "Yes I have these, but do you know what? I'm me and I'm beautiful," because at the end of the day, you are who you are and you look the way you look. There is no shame in not being the typical size 8 the majority of girls and women dream of being, there's nothing wrong with having freckles - 70% of men like freckles! There's nothing wrong with being pale - most people relate pale skin to purity - so embrace it!

So many girls, women, boys and men go to extreme measures because they aren't happy with how they look and the amount of pressure that is put on them is shocking! Magazines, TV shows - even through their own friends and family, and let's not forget social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

With that being said - I am in now way perfect. There are some things I like about myself and some things I don't. So what I have decided to do - which is kind of similar to the tag that was going around YouTube for a while - my perfect imperfections. 

- Here's what you do

1. I am going to list 3 things I like and don't like about myself and explain why
2. I will then post a picture of my "naked face"
3. I am then going to tag some people to do it themselves, to help spread the word!

Let's first start with the negatives...

1. My arms. I am a tennis player, so I have a lot of strength in my arms. Notice how I didn't say they were muscular. Instead of having nicely defined, toned, muscular looking arms, they just look big. What I mean is that just look "chunky." I hate wearing tank tops or any other piece of clothing where my whole arm is visible.

2. My skin. Although I have to admit that my skin has cleared up a lot over the past years and you can notice huge improvements, I'm still not completely content with it. Across my forehead I have little bumps, not spots, but bumps. I also suffer severely from blackheads. All around my nose and on my chin, there are blackheads. No matter what I try, they won't budge!

3. My face. When I say my face, I don't mean how it actually looks, but that it's really round. Round faces run on my mum's side of the family. I know I will probably love this later as people with round faces often look younger, but right now I hate it. When I smile, my face looks chubby. Another reason why I hate family photo time.

Now time for the positives... The sad thing is is that I thought of my negatives straight away, but I'm struggling to think of three things I even remotely like about myself. I guess that just shows what kind of world we live in, when we can spot our imperfections straight away but have to think over our perfections.

1. My legs. I have my mum to thank for this. My mum has always been known for her amazing legs and I guess I inherit some of that from her. I wouldn't say my legs are amazing, but they are long. They are also quite toned. Even if I do say so myself, they look pretty good with short skirts.

2. My nails. See what I mean when I say that I can't think of my perfections. I don't even know if nails count. But anyway, I am very happy with them. About a year ago I FINALLY stopped biting them and now I let them grow. You will also never seem them unpainted. I think that they have a very nice shape to them. They are wide, but not too wide. They are definitely my most complimented part of me.

3. My eyes/eyelashes. So pretty much my whole eye area. My eyes are brown, pretty much the most common colour, but I love them! I also love my eyelashes. They are naturally long, which means I can easily get away without wearing mascara and no one notices. People often ask me whether they are real and I take pride in saying yes.

Now time for my naked face. Please excuse my creepy smile...


So that's it everyone, my perfect imperfections! Sometimes it's good to not only think about the bad parts of oneself, but also the good. Therefore; I tag anyone and everyone who is reading this post to take part in The Naked Face Campaign. Share with us how perfect you are - because it's true. If you do this tag please tell me in the comments so I can check it out!

Just remember, you are beautiful.

-Cat

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Curly Hair; A blessing or a curse?

Hi everyone!

Guess what I'm going to be talking about today? Hint, it's in the title.

I am, I don't know whether I should say blessed or cursed, with curly hair. When I say curly, I don't mean spiralling out of control frizzy locks, I mean nice, loose curls, which worn right could look amazing. However, I don't think I'm wearing them right. My whole life I have had a constant battle with my "luscious locks." I would look at other people, with their curly hair floating down their backs and ask myself, why isn't my hair like that??

My whole life I have experimented with so many different products...


But I know exactly what my problem is, my hair is too short. My hair is about 10cm past my shoulders. Some would say that that is quite long, but it's not long enough. My main struggle is that it is beyond gravity defying puffy. Anyone that knows anything about the laws of physics will know that the heavier something is, the more force there is to drag it down. The same goes with curly hair. The longer it is, the heavier it is, meaning the more it will be forced down and bye bye puffiness.

Why don't you grow your hair out, you may ask? Well, I'm trying! But here's the other problem with curly hair, it's impossible to grow! When straight hair grows, it grows in one direction.. down! When curly hair grows, it grows down and then curls back up again, meaning it takes 10x longer. I have tried everything: not going to the hairdressers too often but this results in ungodly split ends, so about 10cm needs to be cut off, and going to the hairdressers all the time, but this way my hair doesn't get any time to grow at all. It's impossible to find an equilibrium!

I have come to the conclusion that I am going to give up and forget about growing my hair out and will instead try and tackle the problem of puffiness some other way. After doing a lot of research I have come to the conclusion that I need to prevent any chemicals coming near my hair as much as possible. Curly hair gets dry, and I mean DRY. This dryness contributes to the puffiness. And what's causing this dryness? Dangerous chemicals. Most shampoos contain harsh, drying sulphates that are extremely damaging for you hair. As curly hair is especially sensitive, it is even more damaging.


The solution to this problem? Stop using shampoo! When I first read this I thought it was disgusting, you're not supposed to wash your hair!? I then found out that you're supposed to substitute the shampoo with conditioner. After having read multiple blogs and what other people had to say, I decided to give it a try. After the first week, I could see major improvements to the quality of my hair. It was no longer dry and had a silky feel to it. Then the second week came. I could feel my hair starting to get a bit greasy, but they do say that it can take up to 5 weeks for your hair to adjust so just decided to keep going. I kept continuing, even though my hair felt disgusting. By the time it was the third week, I couldn't take it anymore. I needed to use shampoo!

After my first failed attempt at the no-poo method, I tried again a few weeks ago. This time I decided to use shampoo once a week. I thought that using it only once compared to four or five times a week would still be a lot better for my hair, and I was right! The dryness of my hair has disappeared and it feels great. I am still not completely content with it, but baby steps. However; I'm never going to give up on my secret dream of having looooong hair, but at least it's better than before.

For anyone else with the same problem, I would DEFINITELY recommend this. And if you have any secret tips and tricks for coping with curly hair, I would very much appreciate it if you talked about them in the comments section or we can discuss our hatred of curly hair together!

-Cat

Well hello there!

Hi everyone!

I have finally plucked up the courage to sit down and create a blog. I have been contemplating with my self all summer wether I should do this and have finally come to the conclusion that I might as well give it a go.

My name is Catriona (pronounced Katrina) and I thought I would create this blog to fill up my long, boring days. Honestly, I don't really know what I'll be posting about, but I guess it's my blog so I can talk about whatever I want. We'll see how things go...

I could give you all a long introduction about me and the things I like to do, but I figure that you'll learn all about that by reading my posts, so no need to bore you now, we can save that for later.

I am going to say goodbye for now, but if you stay on this journey I am sure to guarantee you laughs, tips and anything else that you could ever think of.

For now I am going to leave you with this adorable picture of four puppies, even if it is on the verge of animal cruelty, but I can't get over how adorable it is...



- Cat