15 November 2017

Zaful Winter Haul and Review

Zaful Winter Haul

Winter is here and although the climate in Thailand resembles a UK summer I will be visiting much colder climates soon so I thought I better get myself a few essentials because I don't even own a coat and I don't want to turn into a complete block of ice as soon as I step off the airplane! So after previously working with Zaful I had a few vouchers and Z Points to spend on the site and as I was really pleased with their quality and service last time I thought I would check them out and spend some of my own money there.

Zaful Winter Haul

I didn't actually want to invest too much into a winter wardrobe as I know I'll only really need it for the few weeks I'll be away and I'll of course be doing lots of shopping there so I mostly went for items that I knew I could layer and match with my existing wardrobe here. Every winter I seem to gravitate towards the colour red and this year it seems to be on trend and in fashion which means there's so many cute red items to chose from but I resisted the temptation and just got myself a sweater and a hoodie which were both really soft and comfy but quite thin so not really great for winter but perfect for the cooler weather in Thailand and I can always layer them with some thermal wear to make them more suitable for colder climates so I'll still get lots of wear out of them.

Zaful Winter Haul

When it comes to winter coats I can be extremely picky about them, in fact it was one of the first articles I wrote about on this blog because I think a good winter coat is essential and something you should invest in, but I decided to take a risk on getting one this time as I didn't feel the need to invest too much money into a coat I knew I would only be wearing for a short time. So I actually wasn't expecting too much from this coat but I absolutely adore it and it's everything you need for the winter it's thick, long, padded, hooded, fluffy, has lots of pockets and most importantly will keep me nice and toasty on those cold snowy days.


I wasn't asked to write this review this time, it was my own decision to shop with them and my own money that I spent but I just wanted to share the love with everyone and recommend them to anyone who's considering a purchase from them or is looking for some cute, cheap yet quality clothing. Once again I'm very pleased with everything from Zaful and it's definitely somewhere I will shop again if I need anything in the future.

What's your favourite item from my haul?
Love & Toasties
Cate
xoxo



Links to the items I got and the prices at the time of ordering:

09 November 2017

Kawaii Box Unboxing & GIVEAWAY!!

Kawaii Box

Kawaii Box got in touch with me recently to let me know they had improved their boxes to include more character themed goods and would I like one for review so of course being a lover of all things cute I said yes! I'm a huge fan of Kawaii Box and Blippo they always bring so much joy and cuteness to my life so definitely go check them out, also this box is the November month so if you like what you see be sure to check out their website and get yourself one as you'll have until then end of the month to get it!


Kawaii Box have very kindly let me host a giveaway where you can win your own Kawaii Box completely for free so be sure to check out the widget below for details on how to enter...


What is your favourite item from Kawaii Box?
Love & Bunnies
Cate
xoxo

07 November 2017

The Watcher on The Great Wall of China (Mutianyu)

The Great Wall of China - Mutianyu (2017)

It's been seven years since my first visit to Beijing, China and seven years since I made my dreams a reality, took that plunge and booked my first solo trip abroad. I never imagined I would actually go back to China one day but the opportunity came knocking and I took it without a second thought. A lot has changed in seven years and even though I had already been to most of the places we visited they had changed so much. A lot has changed within me to so even though the setting was familiar I was seeing everything with a whole new appreciation and perspective.

The Great Wall of China - Mutianyu (2017)

This was a nostalgic trip for me and also a chance to re-connect with my parents who I hadn't seen in almost 6 months. The trip was made possible thanks to my Dad's friends and work colleagues and I got to see a whole new side of him I'd never seen before and meet new people who showed us so much warmth and hospitality I couldn't help but feel humbled.

The Great Wall of China - Mutianyu (2017)

There's a photo in our house of my Dad when he was in his twenties at The Great Wall of China and next to it a photo of me at the same age standing on The Great Wall to, now several years later we made the journey there together as a family. As I had visited all the main tourist sights in Beijing before I made this trip about spending time with the family and showing them the places I had enjoyed and keeping them happy and hydrated in the Beijing summer.

The Great Wall of China - Mutianyu (2017)

Mutianyu has changed a lot in seven years, I remember travelling there down isolated roads in the mountains and being one of only a handful of people visiting but now it's much different! This is said to be one of the quieter sections of The Great Wall to visit however there were hundreds of people there that day. They had also built a brand new visitor center and a bunch of restaurants (including Burger King and Starbucks) and lots of souvenir shops. Seven years ago I remember us eating lunch in a local restaurant similar to a shed before we got to "The Wall" but on the whole journey there this time I saw so much construction, houses and new buildings it was almost like we had never left the city. It was a really interesting trip and I'm happy I got to spend it with my parents and tell them all about my solo adventures and share with them in person some of the amazing places I had been.



What places have you been to in the past that you would like to re-visit now?
Love & Adventures
Cate
xoxo

01 November 2017

Winter Wardrobe Wishlist from Twinkledeals




Twinkledeals got in touch with me recently and asked me to share a few of my favourite items from their site and as winter fashion is something I've been thinking a lot about lately with my upcoming Christmas holiday to colder climates I thought I would put together an outfit of what I'd like to be wearing this holiday season.

♥ Cold Shoulder Cropped Jumper - I know what you're thinking how is this winter it's cut out and cropped? But hear me out, this would actually be great for layering and something you can wear throughout all the seasons also during winter places blast their heaters on full heat so much you often end up sweating more than you think so this would be the perfect solution to that.

♥ Irregular Faux Leather Trim Turndown Collar Jacket - Mixing textures is one of my favourite winter trends, I love the look of shiny leather and fluffy wool together and this is a great versatile coat that should keep you warm and cosy during those cold days.

♥ Radio Shaped PU Leather Crossbody Bag - During winter you're so wrapped up in layers nobody can appreciate your cute outfit underneath so I like to jazz up my outfits with a statement bag and I thought this radio themed one would be the perfect match.

♥ Knee Length A Line Flounce Skirt - My outfits tend to be on the darker side but I love rich burgundy colours in the winter and as I hardly wear trousers I thought a thick comfy skirt would be quite festive and fun.

♥ Warm Rhinestone Crown Embellished Pom Hat - Hats are essential in winter and this one is simple yet cute and would fit the look well, the little crown embellishment even reminds me a little of those paper hats you get in Christmas crackers.

♥ Short Cylinder Anti Slip and Fleece Warm Martin Boots - It's important to get yourself a good pair of shoes in winter as it can get quite frosty and slippery out there, also cold toes are the worst feeling ever! These boots caught my eye as they're not only anti-slip but fleece lined so you have all the winter basics covered and they're such a nice simple design that you'll be able to wear them with any outfit.


What are your winter wardrobe essentials?
Love & Cranberry Cookies
Cate
xoxo




31 October 2017

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (October 2017)

- ♥ Cherie ♥ - vs dreifachzucker #19

Happy Halloween!! We're almost at the end of 2017 so it's time to start enjoying these last couple months and preparing for the new year ahead. For me this month has been about healing both body and mind and I've been making a real effort to take better care of myself especially after the little accident I had. It's always important to take good care of yourself even when you're going through a tough time so I hope you find this month's links both enjoyable and interesting...






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