Thursday, October 28, 2010

High Tea Anyone?

When one gets bored and tries to procrastinate from studying for exams, one high teas with their bestie. club sandwiches, scones and tarts washed down with hot chocolate and a glass of bubbles? Beats study any day!

hope everyone's having a fab day

love catherine xoxo

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ombre Hair = LOVE

Ever since I saw this trend, I've been absolutely craving to dye my hair like this. For those of you that don't know what ombre hair is, it's basically when you have darker roots which fade into a lighter hair colour at the bottom. Normally a caramel ish brown to a blonde at the bottom. Done right I think it looks absolutely gorgeous and will definitely be very on trend for spring and summer. At the same time, if not done right it can just look like super ratty regrowth. It's meant to be like end of summer beachy surfy inspired hair.

I think it's absolutely amazing and am wanting to try and DIY it myself and achieve this look. Hmmm... could be very risky although at the same time not so keen on paying a couple hundy for the hairdresser to do this for me. I also have the fear that I'll just look like a super asian with ratty regrowth since blonde hair is super abnormal on asians. What are your thoughts? Love it or hate it?

La fin,
love cafs, xoxo

Saturday, September 11, 2010

my current craves

So I'm one of those people that once they buy something, they contemplate for hours on end whether or not they actually like it and whether they should return them or not.

Today i bought these AMAZING [well in my eyes anyway!] suede wedge booties from rubi shoes. Now, it's not that I don't like them, it's more the fact that I may possibly only wear these once due to the fact they are quite the statement piece and I couldn't possibly wear them everywhere... could i? I used to HATE wedged shoes with a passion, but now i freaking love love love it! These are the shoes that I bought in the taupe colour. However, I'm also digging the black ones a lot too! Which do you think is prettier? And should I even keep them? Unfortunately I've taken in my camera to get fixed atm so my boyfriend has lent me his camera however he forgot to give me the usb cable to go along with it so I will upload photos of me in the shoes when he gives it to me. So in the mean time, I present the shoes from off the website lol.

and here they are in black:

Ever since i saw rumi from fashion toast in the dolce and gabanna slingback wedges I have been in love with them! They are simply delicious! I love wedges!

Other things I am absolutely loving at the mo are statement jewellery pieces. I love the fact that jewellery can transform any outfit and make even the most plain outfit spectacular. I am especially loving chunky rings and necklaces!

Another must for me this spring/summer will probably be head scarfs [and no i don't mean in a muslim way] i love the way they create a boho carefree vibe to them. I especially want to invest in a leopard print scarf. Which brings me onto my next point. I love leopard print! Maybe its my inner cougar coming out but I absolutely love it! Used in the right way it looks chic and elegant [they had the suede wedge booties in leopard print too! but i think thats too extreme for me -altho do slightly remind me of the christian louboutin leopard booties which are also amazing!] If my bank balance gives, I will invest in exciting leopard print =)
Nicole Richie is definitely one of my style icons and is always rocking the headscarf look which I love!

Found another picture of Ashlee Simpson who also sported the look. I used to love Ashlee Simpson but not so much anymore. However I'm glad she's gotten rid of the red ish hair she had [as seen in this pic] and am loving her new hair colour!

Spring/summer to me will be about loose baggy tops/cropped tops and cutoff shorts! Please come see me soon Spring, I'm tired of the rain!

La fin
cafs, xoxo

Friday, September 10, 2010

...You've got the love to see me through

So these past few weeks I've been feeling super down. A 'quarter life crisis' you could say. From not knowing whether I really want to be doing engineering for the rest of my life to seeing my friends being able to experience wonderful adventures or people just having super awesome goodies which I wish I had, it just kinda sucked. It was probably all these things which made me want to change my hairstyle, or 'reinvent' myself followed by extensive retail therapy which left me broke.

Now reflecting upon this, cutting my hair was a bit of a mistake [which I suppose I'm relatively over now] and shopping only temporarily filled in the void.

However, I've realised that there's no point in sulking in the things that could of been or what should have been. You can only look toward the future and ultimately YOU are in control of what happens. You make your own future and you can achieve anything you want. I've also learnt that you shouldn't be envious of others because even no matter how much you think someone has a 'perfect' life and nothing shit ever happens to them, chances are there is always something. It's a matter of learning to love yourself, knowing all those around you that matter love you, and that, is a pretty darn good reason to be happy and love your life!

Now I know I'm not a motivational speaker and am not that good at writing inspirational speeches, but I hope this helps =)

La fin
cafs, xoxo

Saturday, September 4, 2010

pissed. super pissed

so after lengthy contemplation about whether or not i should get a haircut i finally did so today.

fuck, big mistake that was.

after wasting $79 i came out of the hairdresser with very short hair and an even shorter fringe. not impressed. now, i think i would be fine with it if my fringe wasn't so screwed up! it looks like an absolute mess and am very upset with the result! had a good cry bout it after as well which is never good. -I never really understood why people would cry over their hair in shows like antm, now i do (altho their hair actually looks good, they just aren't used to the length etc!) I suppose i just expect when u pay so much to get your hair done for it to come out good! the hairdresser asked me what i wanted, and i told her i only wanted 2.5cm's of hair cut off. she repeated this to me but obviously was on drugs when she cut my hair cos she literally hacked millions off. my once pretty long hair is now a layered midlength mess with a shockingly too short retarded fringe. hopefully my fringe will grow out a bit over the next few weeks and it will look semi decent. I think i'm going to invest in some hair extensions so i can fake my long hair again =) altho it won't fix my current fringe problem. and i can't wear it pinned up as a bouffant either cos i have a mega forehead. any suggestions? also, another thing i hate about hairdressers, why do they ALWAYS straighten your hair? my old hairdresser was uber good and used to curl it and make it pretty, but then she left. boo! i absolutely hate my hair being dead straight cos i have very fine thin hair so it makes my hair look soooo flat and lame.

I also bought some prettia milk tea brown (i think that's what it is at least!) the other day and was going to dye my hair, BUT after my uber bad haircut i don't think i could live with a bad haircut AND a bad hair colour! so once my hair grows out to a presentable length i will think about colouring it i reckon.

hope everyone elses days were better than mine.

la fin
cafs, xoxo

Monday, August 30, 2010

I keep on running, keep on running and nothing works..

Hey lovely people!

YAAAAY it's the holidays!! Well for me at least =) On friday I went to one of my engineering mates 21sts -yes it feels like I have been going to a 21st every weekend for the past month now! It was a lovely 21st with lots of warm fuzzies from the fambam and quite literally an hour and a half long speeches! I was rather slack and didn't get a picture of my outfit at all! So tear =( I just wore a blue silk dress with a drawstring waist and a nautical blazer and topped with ankle boots =)

Saturday was spent just shopping with one of my best mates Heather so I just kept the outfit uber simple (I'm also rather sick of my wardrobe, but too poor to buy new clothes? oh the problems of an unemployed student!) and just wore a loose baggy shirt, leggings and teamed with a black blazer. I decided to make the outfit a bit more interesting with a pretty multicoloured head wrap =) (again, sorry about my camwhoring with my outfits, as i've said, i always forget to take pictures of my outfits when i'm out xD)

Here's another one of me making heather take photos with me while she was driving. She did look at the camera a few times but then i think she got bored... and had to concentrate of her driving of course.. haha

On Sunday I went to brunch at the langham!! YAY! this had been on my wishlist for SUCH a long time but I never had the chance to go since I worked every Sunday! However after quitting my part time job I finally had the chance to go! It was really good and I was sooo full after I couldnt even had dinner that night! haha. Unfort I didn't really get many pictures of the food and whatnot cos I didn't want to look uber asian tourist. HOWEVER, next time I go, I will definitely take more pictures of the food and what not. PROMISE!! And hopefully this Saturday I will be going to high tea at the Stamford with my lovely friend Devika who has already featured in the blog. Photos will be taken! =)

In the meantime here are the miniscule amount of photos from the langham =)
Only managed one pic of the food which was like a hazelnut choc brownie thing and a choc lamington:

Me at the langham -yes i look rather cruddy but the scenery around me makes up for it =) Am wearing a beaded chiffon tunic belted at the waist to create a bit of shape, leggings and over the knee suede booties =)

and this is just a picture of the lobby of the langham -the grandeur of it doesn't really show up in the photo, but it is really quite beautiful =)

So with that being said, I'm currently still really sick! I have the worst cough ever and everytime I cough it sounds so demonic when I'm out people look at me weirdly haha. Hopefully my sickness leaves me soon and I'll be able to enjoy my holidays!!

Here's my face of the day today when I just went out to run some errands with my mum. Kept it uber natural and fresh looking. Is it me or does my hair look uber blonde in this photo?

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend =)

La fin
cafs, xoxo

Thursday, August 26, 2010

To Dye or not to Dye?

So everyone time I dye my hair my mum throws the biggest spaz at me. She tells me that the more I dye my hair, the more frequent it will fall out (and cos i have very thin, fine hair, she thinks i'll go bald! haha), which I mean fair enough, dying your hair is rather damaging, but its also fun and plain black hair bores me!

My hair is currently an exciting [and rather gross] concoction of browns, blondes and black regrowth. All in all, it's yuck! Was thinking of maybe dying my hair this colour -

Its another japanese brand but unfortunately I have NO IDEA where to buy it from! [oh why does living in nz suck!] its called Lucido in a milk jam colour. What an odd colour to call hair dye! makes it sound very unappealing! but the colour looks so pretty on the model!

So because of the whole living in new zealand situation i may just have to opt for palty again which I'm not complaining about! This time round I think i'll use two boxes and HOPEFULLY it'll get rid of my blonde highlights! Fingers crossed! Dunno what colour to choose tho! they all are soo pretty!

So one more day until midsemester break!! Holding out for that as this half semester has been pretty pretty crappy!! Got two tests back yesterday and was just absolutely shattered. Managed to fail one of them and barely pass the other! I knew I hadnt done amazing in them but didn't realise I had done that bad either! But just one more day and then I can regroup and do better the next half of the semester. -What doesn't kill you makes you stronger right? =) [**Cue stronger by Kanye West** yeah that's the only song I can think of with that kinda theme atm! Oh wait, Britney Spears -stronger! haha **starts singing**]

On a happier note, I finished reading The Carrie Diaries last weekend! For those of you who like sex and the city this will be a great read for you! It's quite the teen fiction read but give me anything with a soppy cute love story in it and I'll enjoy it! I'm a sucker for things like that xD

So I Hope everyone has had a better week so far than me and that their weekends are very exciting too!! This sunday I'm going to brunch at the langham so that should be a lovely affair and photos will come soon for that =)

Thanks for taking the time out to read my post =)
La fin
Cafs, xoxo

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Rando Update =)

Hey pretty people! =) So these couple of weeks have been super hectic with millions of tests and my semester long project being a pain in the ass! This week tho I did go to one of my lovely friends 21st dinner so I wore my topshop hello captain coat which I'm still unsure what I think of! It's sailor meet japanese school girl. Thoughts? I also just kept it real casual and just wore a stripey top with a high waisted skirt. I know I have an uber bad habit of not really taking photos when I'm out with my friends so sorry that half the pics are just of me cam whoring in my bedroom! Anywhos i hope you like them anyways =)

This is me and my gorgeous bestest friend in the world Devika! Please note her AMAZING karen walker coat she is wearing! Fashionista that girl is! <3

alright, so the restaurant we went to was called iguacu and they served amazing food! I had the prawn risotto and Devika had the jalapeno chicken and tortilla salad [i only took photos of our food and noone elses!] -why is it whenever i look at peoples blogs they always have these amazing artsy photos of their food but whenever i try to do so i fail miserably! oh wells!

also, uploaded another video onto youtube for a braided hairdo! check it out on

so anywhos hope you all had a lovely weekend!

la fin
cafs, xoxo

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New Youtube Video!

Hello my lovelies =)

I have a large forehead and always have massive difficulty trying to find hairstyles that suit me without looking like a douchebag, so I decided to make a video about the hairstyles I like and hope that these help others with big foreheads too!

Check it out on:

So had another lovely 21st on friday night at the kingslander. May I say, sheesh, amazing food! I had the squid for an entree and a chicken and bacon burger as a main, and wow they give u soooo much! Here are just a few piccys of the food!

Hope you guys are having a fab weekend.

La fin.
cafs, xoxo

Thursday, August 12, 2010

oh ksubi's how i love you

My weekday mornings usually go like this:

6am -alarm goes off
6:09am -alarm goes off
6:18am -alarm goes off
6:27am -alarm goes off
finally get my ass outta bed (yes my snooze is in 9minute increments, I don't know why -sony ericsson phones are weird like that -or maybe I just don't know how to use my phone -tips anyone?)

so needless to say I'm not a morning person and my enthusiasm to get dressed in the freezing morning air is about as much as a blind person wants to play 'I Spy' (that's not much at all for all you kids that didnt have a childhood). This morning I was feeling less motivated than normal so opted for an uber safe and rather boring outfit. However, I do love my ksubi spray on jeans in raw rinse indigo and paid quite the bit for them even tho I got them on sale! Sorry the pic doesn't really show them in full length but I always forget to take photos when I'm out and about. I just paired them with a lace leotard and voila. Very very plain and simple [and boring!] outfit for the day.

Hope you all had a great day.

La fin
cafs, xoxo

Monday, August 9, 2010

Japanese Dariya Palty Hair Dye Review - Caramel Brown

So I finally made a video about my experience with palty hair dye review! To check it out visit:

However, cos the lighting from my video was rather bad I have decided to put up some pictures on my blog so that you can see how my hair looked when I first dyed it =)

My hair nowadays isn't quite so light however cos most of the colour has been stripped from my hair so it looks more like this now:

What are your thoughts about palty? Have you tried it? What colour did you dye it?

Hope you guys had a great day today! I finally got the arvo off from doing design work with my design group so it was fab to just be able to sit down and study! Nerd, I know! But anywhos, Stay cute

La fin
cafs, xoxo

Sunday, August 8, 2010

We Gon' Light It Up Like It's Dynamite

So finally after much deliberation I have finally decided to start up a blog!

After lengthy contemplation and my problematic addiction to trademe i decided to get the topshop hello captain jacket which was overly raved about in america last year after the lovely alexa chung was seen wearing it(hey, new zealand is technically half a year behind cos of the ol' hemisphere thingy!) Maybe its cos i'm asian, but it seems to just make me look like a japanese school girl! how does alexa pull it off so amazingly!

It was also one of my friends 21st's in the weekend. I wore a one shouldered grecian style dress from dotti. Unfort I didn't manage to get any pics showing the dress so instead I will leave you with pictures of the cake and the shots from it =)

la fin

cafs, xoxo