A Blonde In Barcelona.

Barcelona is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and after being fortunate enough to visit it last week, I can most definitely agree with that statement! Best known for being the home to Gaudí’s incredible creations, Barcelona is an architectural enthusiasts dream and definitely worthy of the term aesthetically pleasing!

Personally, if I’m lucky enough to be able to visit a new City or Country, I like to make the most of each day and see as much as I possibly can. I think it’s safe to say I am the definition of a sight seeing lover of all things tourist related. Europe is probably my favourite place to visit and explore, so discovering Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter was an absolute dream!

The first day of my visit was spent seeing the beautiful city itself and what is the best way to do that? A Sight Seeing Tour Bus! I honestly think this is such a wonderful invention and whoever came up with this idea – thank you. This is a great way to discover all the wonders of any place you’re visiting and learning which are the best spots to experience. Plus, as I was only there for four nights, it was wonderful to be able to see places I sadly wouldn’t have the time to visit, such as the incredible Park Güell. A week has gone by and I’m still upset that I missed out on visiting this masterpiece! After familiarizing ourselves with the wonders that Barcelona has to offer, we stopped for some lunch in Barcelona’s Hard Rock Cafe, a restaurant truly like no other!

Continuing my adventures in Barcelona, Saturday was spent visiting without doubt, the main attraction and one of the most famous buildings on Earth; La Sagrada Familia. Gaudí’s most famous work began development in 1882 and encase you’re not aware, (I wasn’t..) is still being built! Funnily enough, as soon as I spotted the towers through the trees, I noticed the construction scaffolding and thought to myself, “Great, the one time I get to see one of the most amazing buildings on earth, it’s being renovated.” Little did I know construction is not going to be complete until 2026 – one hundred years after Gaudí’s passing.

Just being able to view this masterpiece in reality was without doubt an experience like no other, the intricate details and unique design leaves you in absolute awe. Gaudí devoted 43 years of his life to creating La Sagrada Familia, he even went so far as moving into the building! Now that is what I call dedication. Each piece of the Minor Basilica has a story to tell, with the front depicting the Crucifixion of Christ and the back showing the Birth of Christ, with each part of the monument displaying the moments which lead to these life changing moments.

The interior of La Sagrada Familia was inspired by nature, with each of the columns representing trees and branches. The ceiling is designed with geometric shapes and the four evangelists are pictured on the columns in the centre of the Church. Each detail has been intricately thought out and designed by Gaudí and the time and effort put in to creating this masterpiece is truly incredible. It’s poignant to think by the time of Gaudí’s death less than a quarter of his creation had been constructed.

Ultimately, it’s wonderful to see Gaudí’s incredible work all around Barcelona, my favourite building of his being the absolutely beautiful Caso Batlló. It’s something truly unique and the pastel colours which dominate the overall detail is just spectacular! If I’m ever fortunate enough to return to Barcelona, I hope to go inside the building and spend some quality time viewing it.

Barcelona is filled with so much incredible aestheticism, even the simplest building look like works of art, it has to be one of the most photo worthy places on earth and in all honesty, my photos don’t do it justice!

Where are your special places to visit? Do you have a favourite Gaudí creation?

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Time Spent With Cats Is Never Wasted.

As I’ve been a huge cat lover my whole life, what better words by Sigmund Freud could be used to start this post?

I had the lovely opportunity of visiting my girl Jasmine in Manchester on Thursday and not only was it my first time seeing the city, it was also my first experience visiting a, (wait for it) Cat Cafe! As you can probably guess, this is pretty much every cat lovers dream and finally it is reality!

I first heard about Manchester opening a Cat Cafe a few months ago and Thursday was finally the day Jasmine and I would venture in and see what all the hype was about. Was it everything we hoped for and more? I think I can safely say a huge yes from the both of us!

The cafe itself is not like any one I’ve ever been to before as it is truly ruled by the cats, after all, not only is it where they spend their afternoons – they also live there! Each cat is full of individual quirks, have amazing personalities and they are all pedigrees, making them even more majestic than your every day cat. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore all species of cats but some of the ones in the cafe are truly stunning! Before I visited I did a bit of reading on the website and read that pedigree cats adapt to living inside and are well suited to a cafe environment.

When you first arrive in the cafe you enter the building from the back, so you can’t actually see any of the cats or the room itself which makes it even more exciting. Once you enter the room itself it is truly every cat lovers dream! The cafe is specifically designed for the cats and there are many things for them to play with and sleep in, including a huge large ceiling sky run where you’ll happily see multiple felines roaming and sleeping up there! They even have their own bunk beds attached to the walls with each name printed on each bed – could this be anymore adorable?

What’s great about the cafe is not only do the cats have the option of being in the human environment, but if they want their own space they have a room just for themselves. If you can distract yourself from the cats for a few seconds, (trust me – it’s not an easy task), then you’re allowed free drinks for as long as you’re there and there’s also lots of yummy cakes and cookies to buy. 

Not only is The Cat Cafe full of amazing felines that live there, lots of others are up for adoption and roam around also! It is so wonderful to see all of the cats happy and content, they are treated like the royalty and are absolutely adored by visitors and staff members. If they want to sleep, they sleep and if they want to play, they play – it’s all their choice and that’s how it should be.

I can’t recommend this place enough and I will definitely be visiting again, the more cat cafes the better!

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It Started In Naples.

For the last week, I have had the privilege of spending my time in the beautiful Sorrento, which is located in the south of Italy. I haven’t been abroad since 2012 so it was very surreal when May the 4th (be with you) arrived and my family and I were off to the airport! As someone who adores Italian food and a certain brunette bombshell I was full of anticipation and excitement when we landed in Naples. Therefore, I thought what could be a more fitting title for this blog post then a Sophia film which was exactly how my Italian adventure was to begin?

As we were only there for seven days, there was definitely no time for resting, which is fine by me as when I go on holiday I want to visit the country and see all of the beautiful places.  However, that meant getting up as early as five in the morning and as late a six thirty – what a lovely lie in!

After spending the Wednesday walking around Sorrento and booking the tours, we traveled to the wonderful Naples the next day. I was extremely excited to visit Napoli, of course because it is the birth place of my favourite food – Pizza, but Sophia Loren also spent a lot of her childhood here. From Sorrento is takes about one hours drive which is completely fine by me as the scenery in Italy is absolutely incredible!

As soon as we arrived in Naples we visited the Cathedral and I was in absolute awe of it’s beauty. I adore Italy’s architecture and it was even more outstanding in this stunning building, it was incredible to think about the amount of time and effort that went into producing such a beautiful place. I was also amazed to hear from our lovely tour guide Florentina that there are over 400 churches in Naples – each one we walked past was so lovely! We visited the famous market stalls where the Christmas markets are held, the streets in Italy are so narrow compared to England yet so full of traffic, it’s incredible. I saw some beautiful tambourines with Sophia painted on them and when looking in the store I noticed an actual photo of her visiting the store! It’s so wonderful how proud of her country she is and the feeling is definitely mutual.

After walking around the heart of Naples we finished the morning with a pizza, after all, where best to have my favourite food then where it was invented? I’m not ashamed to say that I had Pizza every night in Italy and it was absolutely wonderful! I also have to say that the dessert I had in Italy was truly out of this world, I looked forward to meal time every day!

The next day we visited the absolutely beautiful Anacapri and Capri. I was extremely looking forward to this day after my mum told me that Brigitte Bardot’s Contempt  (1963) was filmed there. To get to Capri we had to take a twenty minute boat drive as it is a small island. It was such a beautiful way to travel and such wonderful scenery, I’ve truly never seen such stunning sea water, it was almost a turquoise colour. Once we arrived in Capri we drove up to Anacapri, which is the smaller village and the one above.

We walked through both villages and it was truly paradise. The views were absolutely incredible and I even saw three beautiful cats, one was casually watching a lizard, an amazing animal I couldn’t believe I was seeing. Capri is famous for it’s beautiful perfumes and I could definitely tell why! Sadly I didn’t buy any but when leaving Italy I visited a perfume store in the airport an saw the island wasn’t just popular with tourists, Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin had also visited!

On Saturday we travelled through the Amalfi Coast and it truly was a journey like no other! With only one road in and one road out you can imagine how busy the traffic can get but as the tourist season has just started it didn’t really affect us. We first stopped in a small village called Positano and visited a large store that sold hand made ceramics, in Italy this item is very popular and I could definitely see why. There were so many different items and all we’re so intricate and beautiful! Outside the store there was a sign placed opposite that showed a Roberto Rossellini film, La Macchina Ammazzacattiv (1952) was shot entirely on the Amalfi Coast!

Once we arrived in Amalfi we took a boat trip along the sea and our lovely tour guide Melanie pointed out to us two very important houses owned by Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida! I was completely overwhelmed with excitement and that truly made my whole day. I also found out on the Tuesday I arrived home that Sophia was actually in Italy when I was visiting! She was in Rome, which was too far from Sorrento but it made me very happy to see after all these years Italy will always have a special place in her heart.

Our last stop in Amalfi was visiting Ravello and the gardens in Villa Rufolo which were incredibly beautiful. I was in at awe seeing such stunning historical scenery. Driving up to Ravello was quite scary, our driver was wonderful thankfully but I couldn’t believe how high up we were going! In Southern Italy the land is filled with mountains and it truly is amazing to see all of these houses and buildings built on there.

On Sunday we visited the incredible Pompeii and Herculaneum and our wonderful tour guide Sonia shared so much information on the history of these villages. Although Pompeii is a lot bigger and arguably more famous than Herculaneum, it is definitely not as aesthetically pleasing as the latter. It was fascinating to learn how the people in Pompeii lived, we learnt about their shockingly lack of hygiene and what kind of foods they ate – thankfully we are a lot more fortunate now.

The village of Herculaneum is a lot closer so it was incredible to be able to see Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that caused all of the tragedies to these two places. I was also fascinated by how low down the in the ground the village was, we had to go down a lot of steps through  tunnel to visit the actual village. As soon as we arrived there you could tell that Herculaneum was the wealthy village, they even had their own private beach. Although what I found very upsetting was seeing all the skeletons of the people that had obviously been going down there when the Vesuvius erupted and were instantly killed. Some of the other tourists were actually taking pictures of the skeletons which I personally found incredibly disrespectful and morbid.

What was incredible about Herculaneum was the amount of architecture that was still intact, some of the expensive houses still had colour on the walls and portraits. There were also bath and changing rooms. Our tour guide informed us that it is unknown how much land there is that has still yet to be uncovered of Herculaneum which is absolutely fascinating. Archaeologists are constantly researching both villages and finding new artifacts and information, who knows what will be discovered in the many years to come?

Visiting both of these villages was an absolutely fascinating experience but I couldn’t help find the tourism very ironic and poignant, although both are filled with incredible history, so many people tragically lost their lives there.

On our finally day we visited the Volcano that caused so much tragedy in Italy, Mount Vesuvius. Although I was looking forward to seeing this incredible volcano, I was pretty apprehensive as it’s still active! Knowing that it could erupt any time was quite intimidating but I knew that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Once we had driven to Vesuvius we had to walk all the way up to get to the top – which was definitely not an easy task! The paths were so uneven and my poor feet were absolutely throbbing, so I’ll admit, I wasn’t the quickest walker – but I got there in the end. It was hard to comprehend how incredibly high we were when at the top of the volcano, but the views up there were so worth it. Looking into the volcano it was fascinating but very uncomfortable to think that this volcanic rock had created so much damage to such a beautiful country. What amazed me was that you could actually go the whole way around Vesuvius, I don’t know how or where the tourists got the energy but you  could actually see some people on the opposite side.

I can definitely say that my week in Italy was an incredible experience and one of my favourite vacations I have ever been fortunate to go on. It still feels pretty surreal to be back home and no longer hearing the beautiful language or seeing the incredible scenery. I feel so lucky to have been able to see so many incredible places in such a short time and the memories I have will truly be treasured.

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Happy 1st Birthday MEGANMONROES!

On the 12th April 2016, my little blog meganmonroes officially turned a year old! I can’t believe that it’s been a whole 365 days since I wrote my first post which started my blog, well credit to my amazing friends Laura and Paul for setting it all up! I’ve been blogging on Tumblr for almost five years and I’d always wanted to take the plunge and become a Blogger and thanks to lovely Laura inspiring me, I finally had the courage! 

It’s amazing to look back and see how much has changed in one whole year, I wouldn’t say it’s been all that pleasant but I’ve definitely learnt and grown from the changes that have happened. Of course, it’s not all been that bad, but as I’m my worst critic I can sadly make things a lot harder for myself – I really need to work on that.

I know I’ve been an awful Blogger lately, I just sadly haven’t had much inspiration, but I really hope I can continue to be creative and have an even more successful year with meganmonroes! There’s a few products I’m dreaming of reviewing and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on them as soon as possible:

If anyone has tried these products before than please let me know what you thought of them, I’d love to hear your opinions!

I also thought I’d write about things I’m especially loving at the moment, it’s important to remember the things that can put a smile on your face:

  • Rewatching Game of Thrones – I’m currently on Season 3 Episode 3, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh my memory before Season 6 arrives! Daenerys and Tyrion are still my favourite characters, that hasn’t changed.
  • A Cup of tea – sometimes that’s all you need to cheer you up.
  • Reality TV – yes I know a lot of it’s trashy but it’s so addictive! Plus it’s nice to forget about your own troubles and switch off every now and then.
  • Em aka mypaleskinblog – It’s safe to say I look forward to Em’s videos every Wednesday, she’s so beautiful inside and out and is truly an inspiration to me as a Blogger and more importantly as a person. Love you Em!
  • Reading – I absolutely adore a good book, there’s something so satisfying about completing a book and starting a new one.
  • Margot Robbie – Although I’m a Vintage Girl at heart, Margot is my favourite actress of today, I’m so excited for Suicide Squad and before then we have Whiskey Tango Foxtrot and The Legend of Tarzan to look forward to!
  • Ebay – I’m absolutely obsessed with doing my regular searches each day, (Marilyn is my main one of course) and finding a bargain, (anything under £5) is my current way of controlling the spending and being frugal.
  • Snapchat – You can find me there by meganmonroes, I look forward to seeing the new filters each day and will never get tired of face swapping with Marilyn or today, Grace Kelly!

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Albert Dock.

Since Wednesday evening, I’ve been lucky to get to spend time with my beautiful best friend, Laura – even though she’s been full of cold, we haven’t let that spoil our time together! She’s been travelling pretty much for the majority of the year, so I’ve been looking forward to these few days since June, which was the last time I saw her!

Today we ventured out through the heart of Liverpool to The Albert Docks, the last time Laura was here we took some photos there and we thought we would give it another go. Laura is without doubt my blogging inspiration, she’s so creative, productive and professional – and has an amazing camera, what could be better?


The photos I took of Laura today are for Maison de Choup, a wonderful company which donate 25% of all their proceeds to Young Minds, a UK based charity which aim to improve the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people. As someone who has suffered with various mental illnesses, including anxiety, this is an incredibly important cause that is very close to my heart.



To help Laura choose the best lighting, we took some test shots of myself – and surprisingly, a few turned out quite nice! I love good quality photos but, I’m very aware that the better the quality the more noticeable my flaws are. However, if you can’t embrace your own flaws, who can?

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

I want to apologize again for my of posts, I’ve had a very hectic week emotionally so I’ve been pretty drained. However, I’ve finally recovered from my Chicken Pox and I  actually put make up on for the first time in about nine days on Wednesday, yay!

On Thursday, my beautiful friend Laura aka livingforthenow, came to stay for a few days, sadly she left today. However, we had a lovely time together though and had a nice big catch up, I know Laura thanks to my favourite person, Marilyn, and we have been best friends since we finally met one another the day before Laura’s Wedding, two years ago! Marilyn always draws me to such beautiful people, inside and out and I am forever thankful to what she has done to help me, but that’s another story! Since meeting face to face at Laura’s Wedding, we have seen each other on three other occasions, (I think!) and she has helped me so much with my anxiety and depression, she’s basically Marilyn reincarnated. Even though we don’t get to see each other every day, we talk all the time and no matter the distance between us, that will never break our friendship.

Therefore, I wanted to do a post on our time together the past couple of days, being blog obsessed, we took quite a few photos and the highlight includes seeing Terminator Genisys with our girl, Emilia Clarke, *swoons*, did I mention we’re obsessed with Game of Thrones? I’m a bit embarrassed to say, but I think I’m the only person that hasn’t seen any of The Terminator films, so apart from needing an update on the first two from Laura, I thought it was great! I’m not a huge Sci-Fi person but I do like to try other genres and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Arnie looked great too, who said ageing is a bad thing?

My present from France from Laura and Paul! I am so in love with it, I almost cried with happiness!
My present from France of Brigitte Bardot from Laura and Paul! I am so in love with it, I almost cried with happiness!

As you can see it has lots of Brigitte references, Saint Tropez, which is one of her favourite places, Initiales BB, which is the name of her Autobiography and Et Dieu Crea La Femme, the name of her breakthrough iconic film – And God Created Woman (1956). Laura said that they had Marilyn ceramic photos too, but of course being in France she thought Brigitte would have more meaning.

Friday was such a lovely day, although the weather was great, that didn’t stop us from going to the pictures and seeing Terminator! After we watched the film, we decided to get something to eat, and where else would I suggest other than Pizza Hut? You really can’t go wrong with Pizza. It was so nice to be able to get these photos on my new/old phone, Laura very kindly brought her old iPhone 5C for me to have, my iPhone 5 is two years old and likes to lose battery constantly.

Of course I had to get a picture with Emilia and Arnie, well it may only be a poster but that’s fine by me as I’d be way too anxious if they were the real people! Talk about Star Struck!

When we got home I asked Laura if I could practice my hair and make up skills on her and she willfully obliged, which was very nerve racking but exciting at the same time! After Laura washed her hair, I let it dry naturally and then I spent almost two hours pin curling Laura’s hair, she was so patient and put up with me poking and prodding her hair! Here are photos of Laura’s Pin Curls and her full make up which I did the next morning, before I took her hair out of the curls. I was so nervous doing Laura’s make up, it can be hard enough doing your own let alone someone else! But thankfully she loved it, phew!

After finishing Laura’s make up, it was time to take the curls out, I was really excited but also nervous, as I didn’t know what Laura would think of her bombshell look! I knew she would look stunning though and I definitely wasn’t wrong! I felt quite proud of my work, although it’s really not that hard when you have such a beautiful friend to practice on!

Here’s how Laura’s hair looked when I first took it out, she couldn’t get over how short and curling it was as she didn’t think her hair would turn out the way mine does, how wrong was she?! She wanted her hair to be longer and the curls less tight, so I brushed each one individually and Laura thankfully approved. I couldn’t get over how much her hair looked like Marilyn’s, she looked just like she had stepped out from the 1950s – a gorgeous blonde bombshell!

Laura wore her new dress she bought yesterday from Primark, it was the perfect figure hugging pin up style and I couldn’t stop complimenting her! What gave me such a wonderful feeling was her reaction, she hugged me and told me how good she felt about herself, I could have cried!

I had such a lovely time with beautiful Laura and I’m so thankful to have someone who’s so supportive and understanding in my life. I can’t wait for October!

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LLandudno.

Yesterday, my family and myself decided to have a day out in LLandudno, my Grandad had mentioned visiting here and Happy Valley to my mum and me last week and we thought it would be a lovely place to go. 

Such a beautiful day.

The weather was perfect, not too hot but very sunny with a sea air breeze, it was the best day to choose to visit lovely Wales. I’ve been to LLandudno before when I was a little girl, but I haven’t been back for years so I was really looking forward to it. The journey was just under a couple of hours and went pretty quickly as I, as usual, fell asleep.

Happy Valley.
Happy Valley.

When we arrived in Llandudno I couldn’t believe how picturesque it was, I’ve always thought Wales was really pretty but it is absolutely stunning, almost magical really. There are so many hills and mountains and I was shocked to see cable cars! There was also an adorable vintage looking Tram which takes you all the way up the hills, I think when I visited Llandudno as a little girl with my school we actually went on the Trams! 

Alice In Wonderland Mania!
Alice In Wonderland Mania!

To get into Happy Valley we had to walk up a large hill, which was fine for us but my Dad was pushing my Grandad in his wheelchair, so I stayed next to him spotting just encase, I like to think of myself as his Bodyguard, even though I’m only little but I try! Once we got to the top of Happy Valley, I noticed that the park actually continued even further up, sadly we could only stay at the bottom as it would have been too hard to push the chair all the way. 

I noticed some lovely sculptures in the park, first, a beautiful veranda with cards that looked suspiciously like the famous red and black ones in Alice In Wonderland. I decided to go over and take a picture of it and noticed small sculptures on the top of the veranda; The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit and The Smoking Caterpillar! I then remembered that a few days ago my mum had told me that there was an Alice In Wonderland theme in Happy Valley, needless to say I was very excited! 

Within our distance was a sculpture of Mushrooms and and Alice In Wonderland Book and Chair to sit on, The White Rabbit and The Cheshire Cat – which was of course, my favourite! It turns out all of the Sculptures were spread out over Llandudno, when walking along the front I also saw The Mad Hatter and I saw The Queen of Hearts when we were driving to Happy Valley. I went over to the map and read that Llandudno has a link to Alice In Wonderland and it turns out, that in 1861 the real Alice, aged eight years old visited! Therefore, the theme of Alice was created in 2002 from real trees that had fallen down and were carved into these iconic characters! Sadly I couldn’t find Alice or some of the other characters, but I’m sure if I go back I will definitely make a point of seeing them.




After we had eaten Lunch we decided to walk across The Pier Front and you had such an amazing view the further you walked. I noticed that just below where we had our lunch, Llandudno was carved into the grass in huge letters, it was so pretty, I didn’t have time to take a picture though. The Pier was filled with carnival rides and shops, I even found a beautiful magnet with Marilyn on it! I always feel so much happiness when I see anything Marilyn on my travels, it makes me feel like she’s always looking out for me and just puts a huge smile on my face. I also saw some gorgeous ornaments of Elsa and other Disney characters but sadly they were too expensive and I was more than happy with my Marilyn magnet.

We all had such a lovely day out in LLandudno and Happy Valley, thanks to my Grandad’s recommendation, but more importantly, my Grandad did and that’s what matters to me the most. Wales is so wonderful, it just has such a lovely feel and brings warmth to my heart, I’m very proud of my Welsh Heritage! 

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Liebster Award.

So I was nominated for a Liebster Award by the beautiful Marieta from aheadofroses and this is my first Blog Nomination too, so I’m very honoured. As I’ve only recently started blogging I’m pretty much a newbie to all of this!

Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

To fulfill my nomination I will now answer the questions provided by the lovely Marieta.

1.) What made you start a blog?

I’ve been blogging on Tumblr since August 2011 and for quite a while now, I’ve wanted to start a  professional blog about my interests in Vintage Style and Fashion. So a month ago, with the help of my lovely friends Laura and Paul – meganmonroes was born!

2.) What is your favourite animal and why?

Since I was a little girl I have always adored Cats and at twenty one years old, nothing has changed! I also really love Pigeons too, that probably sounds pretty strange to most people, but I just find them so inspiring, I’m always rooting for the underdog!

3.) Do you have any guilty pleasure songs?

With music and myself, it’s pretty simple – I like what I like and if others don’t agree, that’s their choice! The only guilty pleasure songs I can think of really are from Grease 2 (1982), no one likes the film and ever since I watched it with my friend years ago, it’s always had a special place in my heart!

4.) A film that you never get tired of watching?

I am such a film lover, so I’ve seen a lot of films multiple times but, my all time favourite films has to be Gone With The Wind (1939), I can practically quote the film and every so often I will casually pretend to be Scarlett and Rhett and talk to myself. If you’ve seen the film, I’m sure you’ve all done that once or twice, it’s just so damn quotable!

5.) What is something that is on your Bucket List?

I don’t actually have a Bucket List, but if I did visiting Rome and Paris would definitely be on there. Ultimately I just want to have a fulfilling life and help others as much as I can along my journey.

6.) Given the choice of anyone in the world, (living or dead) whom would you want to have dinner with?

It would have to be Marilyn of course, the light of my life and the person I owe so much to.

7.) Who is your Style Icon?

I have a few, Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, Sharon Tate and Brigitte Bardot.

8.) If you could live in a certain time period, which would you live and why?

Although I adore the fashion and style from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, I think I’m very fortunate to be living in the 21st Century, the world is forever developing and it is wonderful to be able to witness all of the changes and improvements on equality and understanding.

9.) Are you a Collector of anything?

Yes, I collect all things Marilyn, my room is basically a Shrine to her and I also collect Vintage Magazines. I have other small collections of Veronica Lake, Sharon Tate, Jayne Mansfield and Brigitte Bardot too. Basically, anything Old Hollywood! I also love buying books, I have so many I need to read but I can only read one at a time sadly. I love Biographies on Old Hollywood Stars.

10.) Have you ever had a, “Now or Never” moment?

I found this question pretty hard to answer, as I can’t think of anything drastically life changing where I thought it’s now or never. I can think of one traumatic incident that happened to me, but I think that comes under, “Fight or Flight” so I shall say no, although they are very similar sayings so I don’t know.

Now I have to nominate five lovely Bloggers to receive The Liebster Award and here are my Nominations;

Here are my ten questions for you guys, please leave a comment with a link to your post!

1.) Where did your blog name come from?
2.) What inspired you to start your blog?
3.) Who is your Role Model and why?
4.) Have you ever watched a movie and felt like it changed your life, if so, which one?
5.) Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
6.) Do you believe in love at first sight?
7.) Were Ross and Rachel really “On A Break”?
8.) Name your favourite blog?
9.) Dresses or Trousers?
10.) Are you a morning or evening person?

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Wales.

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been in North Wales since Monday and I only got back today, but I took quite a few photos and made sure I brought some Old Hollywood Style to Trearddur Bay.

My family and I decided to go on a little holiday and take my Grandad with us, he hasn’t been away since 2008 so he deserved a nice break! On my Dads side I have a lot of Welsh Roots, which I’m very proud of! Both my Nain and Taid (Welsh for Grandad and Grandma) had Welsh parents and were brought up speaking Welsh and going to a Welsh Church. My Grandad only lived in Wales until he was two years old, but he’s been back so many times and still speaks fluent Welsh as well as English to this day! 

We set off early on Monday morning, the car journey was only two hours long so it wasn’t too bad and I like to sleep on longish journeys anyways. When we arrived there I was shocked by how cold and windy it was, our bungalow was right next to the sea and perfectly named, “Pedwar Gwynt” which means Four Winds in English and it couldn’t have been more right! 

Four Winds.

I’ve been to Wales quite a few times, but I’ve not been to Anglesey before, at least not that I can remember. But, the first thing I noticed about it was how aesthetically pleasing this Country was! It was so beautiful, quaint and peaceful – minus the wind. As I live in a City, it was so refreshing to see so many beautiful animals, I even saw a wild rabbit! I’m a huge animal lover, so it definitely was heart warming to be in such a different climate.

The first day there we had a little look around, went out for a meal at a lovely restaurant called The Sea Croft, which was basically a couple of minutes away and planned the next few days. During the evening I took a few pictures of the sky, purely because it looked, pink! I’d never seen anything like it and thought it was absolutely beautiful. I tried to get a few pictures outside but it was so windy that I had to settle for the window.

The next day we drove to South Stack, it was even more windy on the Tuesday and as there are so many hills to drive up in Wales, the wind could not be tamed! The main attraction there is a beautiful Light House, which you walk down too and it’s right on the sea, however, it was incredibly cold and windy, so we just walked half way onto the cliff which looked down upon The Light House. I actually thought it had started to rain because the wind was so powerful, it was blowing the seawater onto the cliff!

The main mistake I made was not bringing a hair scrunchie! My hair was literally out of control, so much so that I couldn’t see when walking back up to the car park and had to hold onto my Dad for safety. I was highly amused when I got back into the car and looked at my appearance – here’s a before an after! 

When leaving South Stack, I saw an adorable Shetland Pony (!) but sadly I didn’t get the chance to take a picture, I still had to share with you how cute it was though.  We then decided to visit Holyhead and walk across the pedestrian path overlooking the sea, it was a beautiful afternoon.

Naturally, I love capturing photos of my Taid and me, so here’s  a couple of selfies I took during our stay. He’s so sweet putting up with my technology!

On our last full day we went to Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve, my Dad had known about this place for quite a while, so we decided it would be nice to visit. We stayed for about and hour and went as far as we could with my Grandad’s Wheelchair. The reserve trail was right next to the beach, I noticed that the sand was so fresh, I didn’t see any animals sadly, apart from other visitors dogs which was lovely. However, I saw the most beautiful tiny lilac flowers, I picked one and placed it in my braid, but sadly I lost it. 

Later on in the day we drove to Benllech, where my Grandad’s cousin and her daughter live. Sadly, my Grandad’s cousin has been in hospital for a week, she’s 90 years old and not in very good health. But it was still lovely for my Grandad to see Liz, she used to work in one of his Pharmacies when she was a student, so they go way back! We drove to a pub called The Ship Inn and had a meal there. I had Sticky Toffee Pudding, for the first time, shocking I know and I loved it, so I’ll definitely be having that sometime soon. Last year, a bunch of cats adopted one of Liz’s cars as a place to give birth, so she now has four cats, three of them are outside cats and the girl is an indoors cat. I have no idea how to spell her name as it’s Welsh, but it sounds like, “Mot Lan” and means Madam. I fell in love with her straight away! I’ve never seen a cat like her, she had such a thick fluffy tail. She reminded me of my beautiful Belle and I couldn’t wait to see her! Cats are my absolute favourite.

Such a beauty!

We got home pretty late at around half ten, it’s so strange being in the country as for most of the journeys I had no signal! It was pretty tough to  get used to being so obsessed with my phone, but a nice break.  Here’s a couple of photos of myself with my Dad and Grandad, I love them both so much.

During my time in Wales, I made sure to continue my Old Hollywood Inspired Style of course and here are a photos of my looks for each day. My favourite lipsticks of this week would be MAC’S Costa Chic, it’s very understated and has that Brigitte Bardot 1960s feel. My other favourite was Loreal’s Blake, it’s such a classic dark red and so 1950s.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I had such a lovely time in Wales and it will always have a special place in my heart. More importantly, my Grandad had a really nice time and after all he’s been through the last six months, if anyone deserves a good holiday, it’s him! 

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Favourite Films Of The Sixties.

Here is the third post in my, “Favourite Films” series and this will be on the last of my most loved decades, The Sixties! This era of film was the time for flower power, twisting the night away, big hair, winged eyeliner and the end of the Hays Code in motion pictures. The fashion and films from the Swingin’ Sixties could be considered the most iconic of the century; Bond, Go Go Boots, Mini Skirts, Clint Eastwood and Brigitte Bardot automatically spring to mind.

Like my previous posts, I will list my favourite films from this era in categories, choose my most loved stars and their movies and bold my favourites.

Alfred Hitchock's Psycho was something audience's had never seen before and the Box Office Receipts show it.
Alfred Hitchock’s Psycho was something audience’s had never seen before and the Box Office Receipts show it.

Brigitte Bardot

  • The Truth (1960)
  • Love On A Pillow (1962)
  • Contempt (1963)
  • Shalako (1968)
Brigitte Bardot in Contempt (1963)
Brigitte Bardot in Contempt (1963)

Sharon Tate

  • Eye of the Devil (1966)
  • Don’t Make Waves (1967)
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
  • Valley of the Dolls (1967)
  • The Wrecking Crew (1968)
  • 12 + 1 (1969)
Sharon Tate in a publicity still for MGM in 1965.
Sharon Tate in a publicity still for MGM in 1966.

Audrey Hepburn

  • The Unforgiven (1960)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • The Children’s Hour (1961)
  • Charade (1963)
  • Paris When It Sizzles (1964)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • How to Steal a Million (1966)
  • Two for the Road (1967)
Audrey Hepburn in Charade (1963)
Audrey Hepburn in Charade (1963)

Musicals/Comedies

  • Let’s Make Love (1960)
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • Something’s Got to Give (1962)
  • The Notorious Landlady (1962)
  • Irma la Douce (1963)
  • Promises! Promises! (1963)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Barbarella (1968)
  • Olivier! (1968)

Drama

  • La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • Too Hot to Handle (1960)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Misfits (1961)
  • One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
  • Splendor in the Grass (1961)
  • Cape Fear (1962)
  • Dr. No (1962)
  • Lolita (1962)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • The Birds (1963)
  • Marnie (1964)
  • The Night of the Iguana (1964)
  • Repulsion (1965)
  • The Sandpiper (1965)
  • Arabesque (1966)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  • Belle de Jour (1967)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Misfits (1961)
The Misfits (1961)

I hope you enjoyed this post and watch some of the films I’ve recommended. If you’ve watched any good ones that I’ve not listed then please tell me, I’d love to watch more from this amazing decade!

Here’s the few 1960s movies I have on DVD that I’ve yet to watch;

  • The Loves of Hercules (1960)
  • Gyspy (1962)
  • It Happened at the World’s Fair (1962)
  • It Happened in Athens (1962)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • Viva Las Vegas (1963)
  • Harum Scarum (1965)
  • Morituri (1965)
  • Spinout (1966)
  • Speedway (1968)

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