Sunday, 25 March 2012

Quote of The Week #9.


"Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile" quote


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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Ramin Karimloo 'Thank You Gig'.


If you read my post Editing a Horror Film, you will know that on Monday night I went to see Ramin Karimloo in a special invite-only gig for 150 select fans who pre-ordered his album. My friend Arabella who was supposed to come with me, bailed at the last minute due to an accident at work (that's what you get for being an engineer!), but thankfully another friend of mine stepped in and took her place, so I didn't have to go alone like a loser. 

The gig was being held at 229, The Venue, Great Portland Street, and started at 9pm, with doors opening at 8. I arrived early, so strolled over to Starbucks on Great Portland Street, bought a drink and shortbread, and cheekily sat in there and ate my baguette from Pret whilst disguising this with my Starbucks drink & shortbread (sneaky huh!). As usual I humiliated myself, but not because they caught me eating my Pret baguette, oh no, this was much much worse! A hot policeman walked in and, being a policeman, smiled at me. I didn't want to be rude and not smile back, also I thought I might look suspicious if I didn't smile back...so I smiled back...with a mouth full of chocolate chunk shortbread. Nice. Attractive. Good one Catherine. Thankfully I don't think he noticed. But I guess it could have been worse - I could have had a mouth full of berries...or lettuce leaves?! 

Anyway, after my slightly embarrassing moment there, I headed to The Venue. Everyone's names were on the list, so I added my plus one to the list before heading in. The gig was fantastic! He sang a lot of folk/country stuff, and then obviously a few songs from his album. He didn't sing any musical theatre songs, which although he warned us he wouldn't be singing any, I still found slightly disappointing. It would have been nice if he had sang just one. 

All of the songs were amazing, but the song that I liked the most was his cover of Counting Crows' 'It's Raining in Baltimore' - B E A U T I F U L. I also loved his cover of Muse's 'Guiding Light', and then of course he sang some of his own songs, which were again, beautiful. The gig was a lot of fun, especially with the country numbers that just made you want to dance! 

We weren't allowed to record the gig, but we could take as many photos as we liked, and after the gig we could have photos with him, talk to him, and get things signed. I really wish I'd been more prepared. I only got a couple of photos with him, but I really wish I'd taken my albums to get signed, and actually spoken to him! I was just so worried about humiliating myself like I usually do, and I was also super nervous, which is very unlike me! So I just said hello, got a couple of photos, mentioned that I was going to his concert at the Royal Festival Hall, and then left. *sigh*

The song list for the gig was; Broken Home, Losing, Broken, Guiding Light, Just A Closer Walk With Three, Fiddler's Green, Wings, Constant Angel, Coming Home, Murder In The City, (Untitled New Song), Raining In Baltimore, and Good Riddance.

I'm so excited for the concert now!

Here's a video of Ramin singing 'Raining in Baltimore';



Aaaaand photographs!



Ramin and Steve

Ramin singing 'Raining in Baltimore'


Ramin Karimloo and I


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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation.


As many of you may know, I have been on the hunt for a new foundation since my usual one was discontinued last year. So far the Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation is the best I've found. But it still isn't as perfect as my discontinued one :( 

Here's my minature review of the Max Factor Foundation;

Good Points
- Very lightweight
- Makes your skin feels soft
- It really does adapt to your skin colour
- Good for my skin: has reduced breakouts&blemishes more than any other foundation (maybe because it's so lightweight?!)
- At just £9.99 it's super affordable! 
- Lasted over a month of wearing it almost all day every day (bad for my skin, I know! But I just feel naked without it...)
- Great coverage!

Bad Points
- Makes my skin feel oily after it's been on there a few hours


Have you tried this foundation or do you use it? What do you think?
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Carlton Club and Mahiki.


After my busy week I felt I deserved a night out. A couple of friends and I went to the restaurant at the Carlton Club for dinner, and it was absolutely delicious. I've had supper there before but not actual dinner. We had two courses and quite a few side dishes, plus wine etc, so it was pricey, but well worth the money. I had the lamb cutlets (that were almost perfect...just a little too rare for my liking), with hand cut chips, mushroom and cauliflower mornay. 

For dessert I had the apple crumble with apple crisps and cinnamon custard, it was so yummy. I am very very fussy when it comes to crumble as it's my favourite dessert (along with Eton Mess), and this one was absolutely perfect in every way. Just the right amount of crumble, and the apple wasn't too soggy. All in all a lovely dinner and if you're a reciprocal member or have a friend who's a member (obviously you would have to go with them), I would highly recommend going there to eat! (I'm guessing if you're already a full member you would already know how delish the food is :P ) 

After dinner we headed to Mahiki (a Tiki themed club in Mayfair). We had such a fun time,the cocktails were great and the music awesome. To be honest it's a bit of a dive inside and could do with a refurb, but it's a fun place to go! 






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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Glossybox.


I have just ordered a Glossybox in time for the Harrods Edition, and I am SO excited!! I've been wanting to sign up for a while now, and finally decided it would be nice to have a little 'treat' every month - something to look forward to :) 

For those of you who don't know, Glossybox is the UK's version of America's Birchbox. It is a monthly subscription whereby they send you five luxury high-end product miniatures every month in return for just £10 (+£2.95 P&P), so you can test them out in your own home. Although they advertise that they send miniatures, quite often they also send full-sized products too, which I think is pretty nice of them! You can start your own subscription or find out more from their website, here.


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Sunday, 4 March 2012

Quote of The Week #7.


This is such a brilliant quote from Mark Twain! It's so true, you'll always be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, so you may as well just go ahead and do it! 

"“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails." Mark Twain Quote
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My Best Friend's Wedding.


On Friday 2nd March it was my best friend Anna's wedding. Her and her now husband have been together for over five years, and have a beautiful 14-month-old daughter together (my god-daughter) Rosie. Anna asked me to be one of her bridesmaids as soon as she got engaged over two years ago, so we were all ecstatic that the day had finally arrived!

After my last blog post my parents picked me up from my Uni house and we all drove up to Wales. My family were staying over at my Grandma's while I stayed with Anna at hers. I won't bore you all with every little detail of the day, but it was absolutely beautiful and everyone was so happy! There were also so many funny moments - most of them the oldies getting drunk and embarrassing themselves! And the Best Man speech was H I L A R I O U S. Soooo funny, everyone was in stitches! 

Then there was the wrecking of the bride and groom's bedroom. Apparently it's a tradition. My parents trashed Anna's parents' room when they got married and so it fell upon my brother and I to trash Anna and Allan's. We didn't come very prepared, so while my parents did it in style by taking down the curtains, taking the legs off the bed, throwing confetti everywhere, taking all the light-bulbs out, and putting a balloon down the toilet; my brother and I could only throw toilet paper around the room, move/turn the furniture around, cover the bathroom in shower gel, write on the mirror, take out the light-bulbs and turn the sheet of the bed halfway back so they couldn't get into bed. 

Anyway, here are a small selection of photos from the day! (please note all photographs are Copyright by me and you may not use them in any way).

The Bouquet.
Anna about to make her entrance.
My god-daughter Rosie.

Signing the register.

Me, Anna and Tasha.

My brother and I
My Family.

The Rings.

The bridesmaids with the best man.

The Cake
Mr and Mrs Wilcock
The bedroom covered in toilet paper. For some reason my brother put the stool on there? 

It's supposed to say 'Congrats'...but my eyeliner ran out :(

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Night Before the Wedding.


I'm unbelievably excited for my best friend Anna's wedding tomorrow! I'm feeling a little emotional though. I've known her since the day I was born, we've grown up together, had baths together, run around Menorca naked together, slept together with our bums in the air, pretended we were twin sisters, argued over scrabble, sung along to 'steal my sunshine', named a Donkey 'Sadie' after the character in one of the Malory Towers books (Sadie says....Sadie says...Sadie says...), created our own band, travelled to Australia&Singapore - and back again, played the game 'trolleybus', gatecrashed carol concerts, borrowed each other's clothes, had matching t-shirts, re-created the Funky Gibbon dance, had a go at modelling together, and have generally been each other's emotional support over the past twenty-one years. And now we're all grown up!! So proud of her and can't wait to walk down that aisle with her tomorrow! 

Here are a few embarrassing photos of us through the years;

Anna and I at Eastbourne when we were about 2 years old.
(She's in the pink coat and I'm in the blue)

Me and Anna

Anna, my brother and I
(how cool are our leggings!!!)

Me, Anna and my brother at McDonalds in Singapore.
(I would just like to point out that my mother forced me into that orange top...and the Reebok trainers were my 'comfortable walking' shoes. I didn't wear them because I actually liked them.)



Me, my brother and Anna just after we crashed the
carol singing in London by the Norway Tree.


Me and Anna being seriously cool 15-year-olds in Pret

Me and Anna stuffing our faces (well...me), at Center Parcs.

Now, I must go and drive up to Wales ready for the big day tomorrow! I'll tell y'all about it on Sunday :)

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