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Friday, 17 April 2015

The Olivier Awards 2015.


Last Sunday I walked the red carpet alongside the likes of Brian May, Gemma Arterton, and Nicole Scherzinger at the 2015 Olivier Awards, which are the major theatre awards in the UK, covering everything from plays to musicals. It's sort of fitting that this blog post is the first one to be published since I reached 1 Million pageviews yesterday, what a celebratory blog post eh!

Olivier Awards 2015 Red Carpet



I was having major issues deciding what to wear, but decided to go for my fail-safe option, my ancient Kate Moss for Topshop black dress. It's low cut at the front and back, but is calf length so it's super classy. I did have a small wardrobe malfunction though...the bra I usually wear with it was in the wash, so I had to go bra-less...however when I took my coat off the strap went with the coat...lets just say thank goodness I have long hair to cover what could have been completely on show! I also managed to whip the strap back up pretty quickly before anyone noticed that underneath my hair was my right breast.

So anyway, before that little incident happened, I got a selfie with Brian May. Yes. Yes I did. I was at the entrance to the red carpet waiting for my friends to arrive (because who walks up a red carpet alone?!), and he and his wife Anita Dobson arrived. They were on the red carpet signing autographs so I thought 'I'm probably not going to get this opportunity again' so I ran over and asked him for a photo. He was very nice and stepped away from the crowds to take a photo with me, he looked a little confused and surprised when I whipped out my phone and put the selfie mode on, and said 'Oh...ok then...'. Welcome to Generation Y Mr May.

Brian May Selfie Olivier Awards 2015

It was quite literally a dream to meet him, I've been a huge Queen fan since I was a child, and ever since I was about 13 I've sung Bohemian Rhapsody at every possible opportunity; when drunk, when sober, karaoke, careoke, you name it and I'll find an excuse to sing it - ask all my friends, family, and work colleagues, they know all too well! However, I got slightly star struck and completely forgot to tell him this! I got into a panic and literally all I said to him was 'I'm sorry, but could I please have a photo?' and 'Thank you!'. That's. It. Good one Catherine. When Sid (who took the majority of photos in this post, btw) and the girls arrived I managed to push him to get a Brian May photo too - he was pretty pleased!

Brian May and Anita Dobson Olivier Awards 2015

We only got one group photo of us all, I have no clue why I'm standing so far away from the rest of them! I look like such a miserable bitch haha!

Olivier Awards Red Carpet 2015


As well as Brian May we also spotted David Harewood and Laura Carmichael from Downton (wasn't a massive fan of her dress...), and I got a cheeky photo with Gok Wan!

David Harewood and Laura Carmichael Olivier Awards Red Carpet

Olivier Awards 2015 Gok Wan

All of a sudden we heard screams from down the carpet, so we walked back down and spotted Nicole Scherzinger! Sadly she was doing interviews so we couldn't get a photo with her.

Nicole Scherzinger Olivier Awards

After walking back up the red carpet it was time to head inside. We were running really late so missed the champagne reception, but I was driving so couldn't have enjoyed it anyway! 

Olivier Awards 2015

The awards ceremony itself was absolutely amazing, but I was really annoyed because you weren't allowed cameras at all, not even on the red carpet! So I must apologize for the awful camera photos :(

Anyway, the awards lasted about three hours, but after every couple of awards there was a performance from various members of the cast of the shows. Nicole Scherzinger sang Memory from Cats, which absolutely blew me away - I had goosebumps!

Angela Lansbury received her very first Olivier at the age of 89, which was a huge deal for her - she started her career in theatre and the West End, so to finally receive a coveted Olivier for Blithe Spirit was a massive achievement. I've been a big fan of hers since I used to be obsessed with Murder She Wrote, and when she went up to get the award the entire audience gave her a standing ovation!



My favourite part though was definitely the end. Kevin Spacey received an award for his services to The Old Vic theatre - did you know he's been artistic director there for the past ten years!? I never knew that! He has completely transformed the theatre into what it is today, and he finished the Olivier Awards with an unannounced performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water with Beverley Knight. I never knew how amazing he was at singing! His voice really reminded me of Elvis, and I literally couldn't love him anymore, and then he started playing the Harmonica! Ugh. Love him. What a way to end the awards!

We had such a brilliant evening, and I'd definitely recommend trying to get tickets next year if you can. As Mastercard are the main sponsor of the Oliviers, all Mastercard card holders can try and order tickets when a limited number go on sale to members of the public who have a Mastercard. The seats are all up in the amphitheater of the Royal Opera House, which I didn't mind as the view is actually pretty good. The tickets were about £60, but so worth it for the red carpet experience and amount of entertainment you get throughout the evening. As it was a Sunday night we all headed home after the awards, what with having work the next day!

Check out my vlog below to see more, including a small clip of Kevin Spacey & Beverley Knight singing!



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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Naked Fig & Easter Weekend.


So this is my very last Australia post for another year *sob*. I really hope you've enjoyed them, please do let me know in the comments below! For my last post I'm gonna tell you all about one of my new favourite brunch places, as well as what I got up to on my last few days at home.

Swanbourne Beach Naked Fig

As you know from my Rottnest post my parents and brother arrived during my last week. They're staying longer than me as they can get the extra time off work/uni, so we didn't have long with all of us there together. 

We made the most of it by going to Rotto, having lunch at the Wild Fig, riding in Uncle Grey's Ferrari, going to Freo, and finally we had brunch at the Naked Fig (sister restaurant to Wild Fig). We also did lots of lovely things such as going down to the river, going to my favourite Leighton Beach, going to our old beach at City Beach, and we went to see our old school because Mum is really sentimental and a bit sad like that. I got heaps of vlogs which I'm slowly editing, so please do subscribe on Youtube and keep an eye out for them to see what we got up to! 

Anywho, so the Naked Fig on Swanbourne Beach is probably the cutest and coolest brunch place I've ever experienced in Perth. In similar fashion to Wild Fig it was suitably quirky in every way, and the food once again was just divine.

Naked Fig Australia Poached Eggs and Avocado Toast


This time though, the views were even more spectacular than Wild Fig - check them out! 

Swanbourne Beach Australia


Mum, Dad, and Chris all went for the pancakes with bacon, poached eggs, and maple syrup, while I went for the poached eggs and smashed avocado on toast with spinach, tomatoes, and balsamic. Mine was absolutely delicious, and the fam loved their pancakes - apparently they were beautifully light and fluffy!

Naked Fig Australia Pancakes Brunch

Naked Fig Australia Poached Eggs and Avocado Toast


To drink I had a Fruit Fetish juice - a gorgeous blend of orange, passionfruit, and pineapple. It was oh so refreshing on such a hot day!

The Naked Fig Cafe Fruit Fetish Juice

The cafe itself looks really stylish from the outside, and inside it has the quirky features that make the Fig Restaurants recognizable. I really have fallen in love with these restaurants, and like most Aussie restaurants, they're really decently priced, especially with the exchange rate currently being in our favour.

Naked Fig Swanbourne Australia

Naked Fig Swanbourne

After our brunch mum and dad dropped me off at my besties house, where I was staying for the weekend. They were off down south with Aunty Wyn and Uncle Grey, but I didn't want to go as I'd been down to Margs and Busso every year for the past few years. I just wanted to spend some extra time in Perth with my friends, and also it was an old friend from school's birthday party that weekend.

So without further ado, I thought I'd finish my very last post with some photos from my last week in Perth with my family.

Point Walter Western Australia
Point Walter Perth Australia

Iced Chocolate Australia

Point Walter Western Australia



Fremantle Western Australia railway

Fremantle Western Australia

City Beach Western Australia


Iced Chocolate Peppermint Grove

Mosman Park Lookout Australia





Easter Weekend was spent on the beach with friends, partying hard up at the army barracks dressed as pensioners (army boys go HARD - we played drinking games with rum, and my best friend had to look after me when I could no longer stand...nothing changes), and eating fish and chips out the back with the girls and the mozies feasting on my pale english skin. 

I think we make pretty cute pensioners! The barman was not impressed with us tryna help him.


Swanbourne Beach Western Australia

Swanbourne Beach Western Australia


Once again you out-did yourself WA, I miss you already.

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cinderella Experience at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.


I don't think I've ever been this excited to write a blog post as soon as I got home from an experience or event. I was going to post my last Australia post, and schedule this one, but what the heck, you can have this one first and then my last Australia one later in the week. So yesterday I took my god-daughter up to London to have the Cinderella Experience at Harrods in Disney's Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It's a wonderful experience for children which truly does bring the Disney magic to life, for both the children and the adults!

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience


When Disney got in touch about the experience I knew my four-year-old god-daughter Rosie would absolutely adore it. She's Disney obsessed, and every time I see her we watch Disney films together - she even got me hooked on the Princess and the Frog! So we booked a day to go along, and counted down the weeks.

We didn't tell Rosie what she was going to be doing, we just told her we were going to London. We'd previously taken her to Harrods at Christmas time for the Christmas Grotto, which she loved. We went to the Disney Cafe for lunch, and although we thought it would be a typical kids themed cafe which had 'rubbish food and a is bit cheesy', it was actually really good, and Rosie adored the free Minnie Mouse ears (given to every child), Mickey Mouse shaped pizza, and decor of the cafe. However, we weren't too impressed that it cost £5.50 for a child's orange juice. That's more expensive than a Coca-Cola in Mahiki!

But anyway, we had a wander round the toy section and then it was time to go for the experience. Rosie still knew nothing...we led her to the entrance of the Boutique, where a 'Fairy Godmother in Training' knelt down and asked if she was Princess Rosie. Rosie nodded shyly, and was given a special name-tag and a magical buzzer which would buzz when it was time for her to be transformed. 

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods

As soon as the buzzer went a few minutes later we went back and were introduced to Helen, Rosie's Fairy Godmother for the afternoon. Helen was absolutely brilliant, Rosie can be quite shy as she has problems with her speech and gets words confused, but Helen made her feel so comfortable the whole time. She led us down a hallway which resembled a castle, and towards a big screen where the Fairy Godmother was. But she didn't appear until Rosie waved a magic wand and said the magic words - Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods



Before we knew it it was time to enter the huge blue doorway into the makeover suite. The doors gently opened and it was like stepping into Cinderella's powder room. Fairy godmothers-in-training floated around the room singing sweetly along to the Disney music playing over speakers, and another little girl was already in a chair getting her hair done. Rosie's face lit up, a smile beamed across her face as she took all of this in.

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Harrods

I looked at Rosie's mummy and daddy and we all just gave that 'I'm really impressed' face adults do when they're surprised by something. Although we were excited, there was a part of us that was quite skeptical - would it be cheesy? Tacky? No. It was completely magical. All of us found ourselves being taken in with the atmosphere and drama, and imagining we were actually in a real life Disney film and a boutique full of real life fairy godmothers.

Rosie was lifted into a special chair, and given the option of which hair and face paint she'd like. She chose the bun, and the butterfly face paints. Then it was time to put her Princess dress on before getting made up. She walked out of the changing room and over to the mirror, and I think her face says it all....

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience



I have never ever seen her smile so much! She twirled her dress around excitedly, beaming into the mirror and curtsying to everyone. And that was before her hair and makeup had been done! My heart felt as though it would burst with happiness. It melted. Completely. To think that I could give Rosie such an incredible opportunity through this blog just made me want to cry. Seriously, forget the free Michelin-starred dinners, forget the free holidays and hotel stays and amazing event invites; t h i s, has been the proudest and happiest moment of my blogging life.

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods



We finally prised her away from the mirror and got her back into the seat so Helen could start on her hair, while another fairy godmother did Rosie's nails. Lilac and pink, obviously. 

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods



The Fairy Godmothers kept her entertained with items from various Disney films and questions about the characters from the films. And naturally, throughout the makeover, magic was used at every moment possible.

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience



When it was time for Rosie's Tiara to arrive, eyes were closed, pixie dust was sprinkled, and after saying those magic words 'Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!' a tiara appeared in Rosie's tiny little hands...

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience





Her face lit up and she could hardly believe her eyes! She kept saying 'it's so lovely' over and over again, as if she couldn't believe it was her very own tiara! Helen placed it gently onto her head, and then put the Veil over the back of the bun, securing it with the matching hair clip.

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cinderella Experience


Then it was time for the face paints, and with a little more pixie dust....Rosie was ready to be a fully fledged Princess!

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience


Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience



When Helen turned the chair around so Rosie could look in the mirror that smile re-appeared in full force!

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience




She got down from the chair and ran to the big mirror, twirling around in circles and just smiling and smiling in front of the mirror, telling us 'I'm so beautiful! I'm so pretty!'. For just one day, make believe had become a reality, and this little girl was a real life Princess with her own Magic Kingdom. It's almost every little girl's childhood dream come true.

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience

But the magic wasn't over just yet, oh no. After all, she couldn't be Cinderella without her glass slippers! After posing infront of her very own Royal Coach, she sat on the red velvet seat and Helen the Fairy Godmother placed her tiny glass slippers onto her teeny feet. 

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cinderella Experience

Disney Harrods Cinderella Experience shoes




Cue more curtsying to us all!

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Cinderella Experience



And then, the piece-de-resistance, the coronation!

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience

Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods Cinderella Experience

Our afternoon at the Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique was simply enchanting. It's funny, but as I've grown older, despite still adoring Disney films, it has sort of lost it's magic for me a little. But seeing it all through fresh young eyes, and seeing Rosie's innocent little face taking it all in and believing in it all, really brought the magic back for me. Fantasy and imagination is a wonderful thing.

We got home and Rosie said to me 'Anty Cafrin, I'm really happy...I'm a princess'. My heart melted just a little bit more. The past three years of this blog have been worth it just for that! I felt like a fairy godmother myself rather than a normal godmother, making all her childhood wishes come true in just one afternoon.

People say a lot of things about Disney as a brand, both good and bad, but if one brand can make children smile this much, and make them believe that anything is possible, then damn. Even if they do make a lot of money, who cares, because it has to be the happiest brand in the world. Please excuse me while I go and cry and order every Disney DVD and book a trip back to Disneyworld. Walt Disney, I love you.

"Adults are only kids grown up, anyway" - Walt Disney

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Rosie had the Disney Cinderella Wedding Experience at the Harrods Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Prices for the Cinderella experiences start from £300, and although our experience was complimentary I honestly think that if you can afford it it's 100% worth the money, but if you can't, why not ask a few family members to get together to help pay for it for a birthday? It was truly magical, and a once in a lifetime chance to make a child live out a fairy-tale dream!