Budapest travel guide


Budapest "The Paris of the East"


I am just back from an amazing city break in Budapest. I spent three days in the picturesque city of Budapest and I can honestly say that it really is a hidden gem! Ever since last year, I have been seeing things popping up for Budapest, After returning home from Dubai earlier this year and having the post-holiday blues I decided to do some research and I booked a trip to Budapest. In this post, I am going to share everything from where I stayed to the cute places I explored. I also put together a Youtube travel Vlog too for you to check out as I think a video shows it in its full glory! I will leave the video at the end of the post. 


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How to make a Press for champagne sign

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Make your own Press for Champagne sign 


You might have seen these cute press for champagne signs all over Pinterest but did you know there is a restaurant in London that actually has these press for champagne buttons at every table? Bob Bob Ricard in trendy Soho in London has working buttons in their restaurant, I have never been to this restaurant but I think I will pencil it in for the next time I am over in London. I decided to make my very own "Press for champagne" sign for my house. As it is coming into Summer I cannot wait to have more garden parties and I thought this would look perfect on my drinks cart and in the kitchen. This DIY is so quick and easy to do. Like my other DIY's I have put together a Youtube video for you and I will leave it at the end of this post for you to check out. 


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Homeware Haul | New Kitchenware


New kitchenware


Over the past few weeks, I have been getting busy in the kitchen.  I have been learning to cook and having fun doing so. On payday, I decided to reward myself with some new pieces for the kitchen. From cooking the past few weeks I realized I needed some new posts, tea towels, and trays, so, I headed to Ikea and my local Homesense and treated myself to some new kitchenware. I will share my items below and if you scroll to the end f this post you can check out my Youtube video where I show them in more detail. 

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Spring Wreath DIY



Faux flower wreath DIY


So, it is officially Spring, the clocks have changed and Easter is upon us. I was going to do an Easter wreath DIY but I wanted to make a wreath that I could keep up all Summer long. So, I decided to do a floral wreath instead. This was so easy to make and it only took me an afternoon to do. Like my other DIY's I have put together a quick video on my Youtube for you to check out and I will make sure to leave it at the bottom of this post.

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DIY Personalised straw beach bag

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Taking a Primark bag and making it personal

Remember last Summer when everyone had those pretty personalised straw bags and hats? Well, I decided I wanted one for myself. When I was in Pennies (Primark) recently, I saw gorgeous straw shopper bags and straw hats. I decided I was going to have a go and try and personalise them. It was really easy to do and only took me an hour. If you are heading to festivals this year or headed for your Summer holidays and want a fun personalised bag without spending a fortune, then this DIY is for you. As with all my other DIY posts, I have put together a Youtube video which I will leave below and you can check it out.  



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DIY tiled tray | Ikea Klack Hack


Easy DIY Tiled Tray 


Hi everyone, Today I am turning a €5.25 Ikea Klack tray into something a little fancier. For ages, I have been wanting to use some pretty tiles in a DIY but I was unsure how to use them. I was scrolling through a magazine and I saw a tiled tray and that gave me the idea to make one for myself. This was my first time to use tiles in a project. It was also my first time to properly use grout which was messy and fun! It was nice to use new products that I have never used before and try something different. Just like my other projects on my blog, I have put together a Youtube video so you can watch to get a better idea of how I achieved the finished look. I will make sure to link it below. 


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Mother's Day easy melt and pour Rose scented soaps


Easy Mother's Day soap DIY


Hi everyone, this weekend after being snowed in for three days ( thanks, Storm Emma!) I had serious cabin fever! So, once I could get out of the house I headed straight for my local craft shop and I got topped up with some soap making supplies. You might have already seen my other soap making post from Christmas time where I used the melt and pour soaps to make some honey and Oatmeal soaps. I am using the same method today, however, I am using some Rose essential oil and some rose shaped moulds. I will list the step by step of how I make them below. 

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Upholstering and painting an old chair


Recovering an old chair


I do love a good chair makeover and those of you who have followed me know that I can't resist them I have literally pulled them out of skips and I hate to see them getting dumped. Today I have a fun chair makeover to share. What is different about this one is, I recovered the seat pad with some fabric. This was my first attempt at recovering a seat pad. This chair was rescued from a charity shop and I just loved the shape of the chair. It is solid wood and I really like the shape and style of the legs. I gave it a makeover as I wanted to style it up to match the other painted pieces in my master bedroom. 

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Easy DIY fabric noticeboards | no sew


Easy fabric noticeboard DIY



Today I have a really easy and fun DIY that anyone can do. I had some fabric in my stash that I love and I wanted to use it to make some noticeboards. I had a look online and I stumbled across some noticeboard DIYs on Pinterest. So, I decided to give it a try myself. The great thing about this DIY is that all you need is fabric and glue, you do not need to sew your fabric noticeboards. I used three different items in today's DIY to show you how to use different items for pin boards and brighten up your workspace. I also put together a Youtube video showing you how I achieved this look. 


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Exploring old Dubai and the Souks


Old Dubai


It is very easy to get caught up in the shiny skyscrapers, man-made islands and designer shopping malls in Dubai but if you head to old Dubai you will find a place full of culture and charm. I really wanted to explore different parts of Dubai and not just the Instagrammable spots you see online. I was delighted I headed down to old Dubai and I explored the souks and even rode an Abra across the creek. I wanted to share some pics of my ramble around old Dubai and I will link my Vlog below so you can have a better look at it for yourself. 


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Dubai Miracle Gardens and Butterfly Gardens


 A miracle garden in the Dubai desert


Today's post is one for the garden lovers and will make you want to run and plant Pansies on your roof! When researching places to visit in Dubai, I stumbled across a picture of a giant Emirates aeroplane on Instagram. When I delved a little deeper I discovered that this floral display was in in fact in the Dubai desert. I made sure to pop it in my itinerary for my recent trip. I have put together two Vlogs on my recent trip to Dubai where I jam-packed my trip with loads of places to explore. I will make sure to link them at the end of the post. 

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Dubai | Hot air balloon in the desert


Floating in the sky


Hi everyone, I am just back from an amazing trip in Dubai. I want to share a few posts on the things I did and places I explored whilst I was there. I also put together some Vlogs too and I will make sure to link them below. Before heading to Dubai I was looking online for things to do in the desert. I really wanted to go to the desert but I didn't want to go dune bashing for fear I would puke all over the seat of the jeep! I also didn't want to ride camels so when I stumbled across hot air balloons on Instagram I got excited. I took loads of photos too which I will share in this post. 


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What I learnt in my twenties, Turning thirty


Looking back on what I learnt in my twenties


I have spent the past month writing down and reflecting on the things I learnt over the past decade. I think it is good to pause, reflect and see how much you have grown. I don't like to live in the past, however, I always try and grow from situations as I believe there is a lesson to learn from every situation or person you meet, so it is nice to sit and reflect and bring what I have learnt to a new decade. I am currently celebrating turning thirty in the Dubai sunshine, a little treat to myself. Sitting looking out the window at the Arabian sunrise and reflecting and wondering if I am on the right path. So, here are my random life lessons that I learnt in my twenties and here is to more decades of growth, lessons and love. 


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Valentines box frame DIY | IKEA Kasseby


Floral box frame DIY


As we are getting closer to Valentine's day I decided to make a fun and quick valentines DIY, I decided to make this floral framed love sign as a gift for one of the girls. You could make it for a friend too, it would also make a fun wedding DIY too. Recently I was in Ikea getting some items for projects. You might have seen last weeks DIY where I hacked the €3.50 Marius stool. When I was rambling around Ikea I noticed that they had some new items. I stumbled across the Kasseby display box frame. This was €15, some of you might remember my Ribba frame DIY from last year. I loved the way the Kasseby frame was wider and bigger so I popped it into my basket and brought it home for a DIY. 


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Ikea Hack, DIY Fur Stool



Budget DIY Fur Stool 


For ages, I have been wanting to have a go at making a fur stool. I have seen these being made over on Youtube and Pinterest and I decided to give it a go for myself. I popped into Ikea and I picked up one of the Marius stools. I couldn't believe the value of the stool. The stool is a steal at €3.50, I had been searching on Pinterest for ideas for having the Marius stool. I decided to turn it into a fur stool for my office. Recently I was at a homeware press day, On one of the inspirational trend boards, I saw the colour pink and gold being used together. This gave me the colour inspiration for my stool. In my office, I do have a lot of gold accent colours. I was torn between copper and gold but I decided on gold. I managed to get my hands on a fantastic pink fluffy cushion too. This DIY is really easy to do. It is a perfect DIY to complete in an afternoon. 

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Vlog | Harvey Norman Homeware Spring Summer 2018


Harvey Norman Spring Summer press day 2018


On Wednesday I got to go on the vintage tea bus and head down to Mount Druid with some fellow bloggers and press to have a look at the new Harvey Norman Spring Summer collection. I never really get to go on press days, however, it was my day off and when I heard we got to go on the vintage tea tour bus I jumped at the chance. Some of you might remember last year when I got to go on the vintage bus with the fancyhen.ie. I vlogged the day and shared it on my Youtube channel to give you a behind the scenes look at the day. I will also share some pictures here.  

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Mini homeware haul and Decor update


Mini Haul 


Hi everyone, I have a few homeware and stationary pieces to share in today's post. The house was feeling a little bare after taking all of the Christmas decorations down so I wanted to get a few pieces to add a bit of colour back into the house. I have a few items today, from candles to faux flowers that are making the house feel more homely in January. Winter is long! and I find January and February can be a bit dreary, as we wait for Spring to arrive. I also have a Youtube video sharing today's pieces and a mini house tour of how the house is looking after Christmas. I will link to the video at the end of the post. 


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Ikea Duktig play kitchen makeover


Ikea Kids Kitchen Hack


I am so excited about this weeks makeover. For a long time, I have been wanting to makeover my very own Ikea Duktig kids kitchen. However, I have no kids! So, no valid reason to go out and get the  Duktig kitchen to makeover, but, when my work buddy said she had one and it was getting out in storage I jumped at the chance to take it off her hands and give it a makeover. I had been swooning over these Ikea kitchen makeovers on Pinterest and I really wanted to do one. I decided to go for a feminine style kitchen as it will be going back to a house full of little ladies so I knew they would appreciate my pink, gold and marble combo. I have put together a Youtube video also on how I transformed my mini kitchen. I will make sure to link to the video at the bottom of this post. 

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How I curl my hair, Vintage style hair tutorial using GHD


My go-to hair


I have finally gotten around to filming a hair tutorial. A few of you guys had asked me to film a video on how I achieve my vintage style curls in my hair. Just before Christmas, I got my colour done with Fiona from hairsensation.ie, I am a dreadful hair client and I only get my colour done every 12 weeks. Root spray and dry shampoo is definitely my friend. I put together a Youtube video for you guys to check out and in the video, I am answering my frequently asked hair questions. 
 I use a GHD to curl my hair and in the video, I am sharing the technique I use to achieve curls using the GHD. My best advice is to practice creating the curls with the GHD turned off and then go ahead and curl your hair once you feel a bit more confident. 
I hope you like the video. Please hit that subscribe button and give it a thumbs up! 

Chat soon, 
Catherine. 


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