Favorite Things Friday – Week 18 – Costumes for Reign

I’ve recently started watching Reign again starting at the beginning of Series 1 because I missed quite a bit and wanted to catch up properly. It’s a great historical drama, with lots of intrigue and action as well as plenty of romance.


And the costumes are AMAZING!!!!

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See what I mean…

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So much detail is put into each costume, giving the ladies each their own style, but still looking cohesive!

Even the cloaks for the outdoor scenes are fabulous… Can someone buy/make me the blue one? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I loved the costumes soooo much, I decided to start creating my own versions on Polyvore. It’s a great site with access to images of loads of clothes, shoes, jewellery, etc that you can put together to create outfits. With many styles and colour options available, the number of combinations you can put together is astronomical!

I’ve been a member on Polyvore for about 6 years now, and I still love going on every now and then and creating different outfits. Recently I started creating outfits based on different films/music videos, and now Reign.

Here are the costumes I’ve put together so far:

Queen of Scots

I started off with Mary, Queen of Scotland, played by Adelaide Kane.

Long May She Reign

Creating looks I thought were fit for a young Queen.

Born To Wear A Crown

And of course, I had to include a tiara!

Then I went on to her Ladies in Waiting…

Lady In Waiting

Firstly Lola played by Anna Popplewell…

Lady Lola

Trying to stay close to what could appear on the show.

Lady In Waiting 2

Then I did a couple for Lady Kenna, played by Caitlin Stacey…

Lady Kenna

She always wears things that are a bit floaty and very girly.

I haven’t made any for Lady Greer, Celina Sinden, yet but I’m sure I will in the next few days.

If you want to see these outfits in more detail (including where to find the items in each) as well as the other outfits I have created over the past six years, you can find them on my Polyvore profile – Cathtantya.

I thought I would leave you with one last look at the actual costumes from Reign, so here you go….

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See, even the fella’s look great!


Favorite Things Friday – Week 16 – My Mum’s Garden

We are back with a new installment of Favorite Things Friday.

This week I am sharing some photos of flowers in my mum’s garden.

I have collected these pics over the last few visits to see my family. Even though they have a fairly small garden, my mum is still able to cram a lot of flora in there!

Check out some of the lovely flowers she has…

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Technically this one isn’t in my mum’s garden, its her neighbour’s, but the colour of the flowers is so vibrant I couldn’t leave it out!Mum's flowers

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As you can tell, I kinda love taking photos of flowers!

And there will be plenty more gorgeous pics like these once I finally get through editing all the shots from my trip to Paris!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Favorite Things Friday – Travel Tips – Week 15


I thought this week’s Fave Things Friday would be best served covering some travel tips. I am on a trip to Paris after all. So, here are some of the tips and trips that I flagged on Pinterest in the run up to my holiday…

First up I found this great 50 Things infographic ( I had to chop it down a bit into separate pics so it was visible):

50 things a traveller should know 150 things a traveller should know 250 things a traveller should know 350 things a traveller should know 450 things a traveller should know 550 things a traveller should know 650 things a traveller should know 750 things a traveller should know 850 things a traveller should know 950 things a traveller should know 1050 things a traveller should know 1150 things a traveller should know 12

Leave us a comment below with your score! I only got 11, so definitely room to improve! Can’t wait to travel some more!

Tourist vs Traveller

Are you a typical tourist, or do you try to be more like a traveler? Let us know in the comments below!

Some Fun Travel Facts…

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A few safety tips to remember…

Ten Solo Female Travel Safety TipsThis link is especially useful for female travellers, but is also good for couples, families and groups. Worth at least a cursory read over!

Healthy plane travelFollow the link in this pic to a great infographic on things to remember for your health when you travel.

24 tips for nervous flyersSome or all of these tips might come in handy if you don’t feel at ease in the air! Not sure I will need any of these (haven’t flown in over 7 years and can’t really remember whether or not I got worked up), but I will be taking some form of gum/chewy sweet with me to munch on during takeoff as my ears tend to pop.

My destination for this trip is Paris. So I thought I would include some links to a few of the guides I looked at beforehand to get an idea of what to do while there…

Map of Paris

First off, a quick map of all the BIG things, just so I know roughly where they are!

50 Cool Things to Do in ParisOf course, you have to cover all the BIG attractions, but then what? This link was really helpful and has given me a HUGE list of places to search out while I am here!

Paris - Part 1This post has also given me a few places to try and get to over my long weekend away!

Best Streets in Paris for walksAnd hopefully this will prove useful as well! Not that I will be getting bored in 4 days, but will be a good list to have on hand for future trips when I have more time to explore properly.

25 most useful french phrasesAnd they aren’t just useful when you are studying. I am pretty sure I will be using a few of these phrases on my trip!

There are soooooo many more itineraries and lists of things to do online, not only for Paris, but just about every other major destination you can think of. If you have an upcoming trip, I am sure you can find some new places to go once you get there!

ย Lastly, some packing tips. as it got closer to the date I was due to fly out I started looking up what I should think of packing, not only in my suitcase, but my carry-on as well. Take a look at some of the pictures and links below to see what I found…

Packing - 2 weeks in 1 carry-on

Even though I’m not going away for 2 full weeks, this pic helped a lot. It gave me an idea of exactly how much I could pack into a small suitcase if needed.

Pack Lighter - 5-4-3-2-1

This was great. Exactly what I needed! And I think I pretty much stuck to it.

What not to packOkay, so maybe not a necessary link for a long weekend in Paris, but still a worthwhile post to look at. And, there were plenty more tips and ideas on The Travel Hack blog. (I will be sharing more on this blog soon!)

what's in my carry-onThis was another great link that I am glad I found. I tend to be over-prepared when it comes to travelling (not that I have done much, other than back and forth to my parents). It was great to see each item laid out as well, instead of just a written list.

Carry on Essentials

And just to be thorough, another quick guide to carry-on essentials!

Now, I had everything packed and ready to go the night before so I didn’t have a last-minute panic (inevitably I did anyway). I had sooooo many lists of things that I can do while I am away (don’t know how much I will get through, but I am crossing them off as I go). Pretty prepared, if not overly so. I even cleaned my flat before leaving as my landlord needed to do some work while I was away.

I hope this helps you. I know looking up all these pics & links shook up a few tips I had forgotten about.

I hope your next holiday goes smoothly and you get to have fun, relax and explore!


Favorite Things Friday – Spring Has Sprung – Week 14

Back into a Fave Things Friday with a burst of Spring!!!


Spring is when the flowers start to bloom again…


New life appears…


And we make a fresh start after Winter…

New beginnings

The sun really begins to shine…

First light of springSunriseHere comes the sun

Our wardrobe changes…

Style for springSpring Style

We even put flowers in our hair…

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Birds Singing

Anne Bradstreet Quote

A flower does not think

Pantone even has a new list of cool colours for Spring 2015…

Pantone Spring 2015

It’s time to get back into the garden for parties and I am loving this idea…

Floating flowers and candles

Floating flowers and candles

So it is definitely time to say…

Hello Spring

Favorite Things Friday – Week 13 – Awards Season

Now, Awards Season is over. But as a quick flash back of some of the great dresses, I wanted to take you all through my favorites from the Red Carpets and Afterparties.

Take a look below….

Academy Awards

America Ferrera - Academy Awards

America Ferrera looked gorgeous in this green gown!

Anna Kendrick - Academy Awards

Anna Kendrick looking pretty in pink!

Cate Blanchett - Academy Awards

A classic black dress with statement necklace for Cate Blanchett!

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum - Academy Awards

Not my favorite dress, but Channing and Jenna certainly look the perfect pair!

Jessica Chastain - Academy Awards

This midnight blue dress worn by Jessica Chastain is fab, especially with that tantalising split up the side!

Meryl Streep - Academy Awards

Meryl went for a very cool mix here, with the tux jacket, simple white shirt and elegant black skirt!

Rosamund Pike - Academy Awards

Rosamund looks stunning in this gorgeous red dress!

Golden Globes

Catherine Zeta-Jones - Golden Globes

Another stunning red dress, this time worn by Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Golden Globes!

Felicity Jones - Golden Globes

This is the first of Felicity’s dresses that I loved, simple yet elegant!

Kate Beckinsale - Golden Globes

Kate looks breathtaking in this beautiful glittery number!

Katherine Heigl - Golden Globes

Katherine Heigl is definitely showing off her fantastic figure in this midnight blue dress!

Lupita Nyong'o - Golden Globes

This flowery dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o is exquisite!


Anna Kendrick - Grammy Awards

Not too many picks from the Grammy’s, but I did like Anna Kendrick’s edgy choice of a feminine tux!

Taylor Swift - Grammy Awards

Taylor Swift rocked a sensational dress here, but I’m not so sure about the shoes!


Amy Adams - Oscars Afterparty

Amy Adams wore this dazzling blue dress to one of the many afterparties!

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe - Oscars

Eddie Redmayne cut a fine figure in this navy suit next to an equally gorgeous Hannah Bagshawe on the Red Carpet at the Oscars!

Gina Rodriguez - Oscars

I am definitely loving this blue dressย Gina Rodriguez wore!

Jamie Chung - Oscars

I have seen Jamie Chung in a few things now and she is a great actress. This sparkling dress is gorgeous!

Kelly Osbourne - Oscars

Kelly Osbourne’s LBD is ravishing, especially with the lace! Not so sure about her hair colour though; I certainly couldn’t rock it!

Michelle Monaghan - Oscars Afterparty

Another afterparty dress, and Michelle Monaghan looks elegant & statuesque!

Nina Dobrev - Oscars Afterparty

Nina Dobrev looks ravishing in this simple red gown with lace edging!

Scarlett Johansson - Oscars

Scarlett Johansson looks effortlessly stylish in this beautiful dress and statement necklace!

Zoe Saldana - Oscars

I love this Grecian style faux wrap dress worn by Zoe Saldana!

SAG Awards

Joanne Froggat - SAG Awards

A far cry from her ladies’ maid uniform in Downton Abbey, Joanne Froggat looks breath-taking in this sumptuous black gown! Lady Mary would be jealous!

Julianne Moore - SAG Awards

Julianne Moore wore this sensational green dress with plenty of glitter!

Keira Knightley - SAG Awards

Keira managed to look effortlessly stylish in this purple, lacy dress, even in the late stages of her pregnancy!

And a few ladies who stood out from some of the other awards ceremonies…

Ellen Pompeo - People's Choice Awards

This choice of a pastel jumpsuit by Ellen Pompeo at the People’s Choice Awards was on point! Loving the lacy cut-outs!

Emily Blunt - Critics Choice Awards

Emily Blunt wore this stunning red dress at the Critics Choice Awards!

Emma Stone - Independent Spirit Awards

Emma Stone wore this gorgeous LBD, especially with the lacy top to the Independent Spirit Awards!

Felicity Jones - Baftas

Another fabulous dress worn by Felicity Jones, this time to the Baftas!

Taylor Swift - Brit Awards

And finally, Taylor Swift again, in this classy black number, looking statuesque and elegant with her statement red lip!

So, those are my fave’s from the red carpet.

Which was your favorite from the season? Let us know in the comments below!

Favorite Things Friday – Week 12 – Fashion Week

These are some of my favorite looks from Fashion Week – on the runway as well as street style!

Alice + Olivia RTW Spring 2015 PFW

Some fresh spring colours from Alice + Olivia. I really like the flare trousers! And the floral clutch is cute too!

David Koma Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear London Fashion Week

A slick, business-like look from David Koma – the mix of blues here is lovely (and yes it is blue and black!).

Elie Saab womenswear, spring-summer 2015, Paris Fashion Week

Some glitz and glamour in this dress from Ellie Saab – loving the ombre!

Emilio Pucci womenswear, spring-summer 2015, Milan Fashion Week

This trouser look is great from Emilio Pucci, a refreshing change from all the dresses!

Etro womenswear, spring-summer 2015, Milan Fashion Week

Etro went a bit boho with this look and I am digging the hankie hem on this dress!

Giovanna Battaglia at Milan Fashion Week during the Spring 2015

This great use of pattern and colour is one of the fab street styles I have seen photographed this fashion week!

Girl on the Street  NYFW

Again, great pattern, simply put together with the white shirt, nude shoes and the funky bag to bring it all together!

Jessica Alba channelled Audrey Hepburn at New York Fashion Week

I love the Audrey Hepburn look, and Jessica Alba certainly kills it during New York Fashion Week!

Julien Macdonald womenswear, spring-summer 2015, London Fashion Week

This white and blue pattern is gorgeous! Wish I could buy this Julien Macdonald dress!

London Fashion Week - Street Style

Fringed skirt with a simple black roll-neck top & some major bling. This girl has some serious street style!

Monique Lhuillier Resort 2015

A simple & fresh but glam look from Monique Lhuillier – gorgeous!

Naeem Khan - Pre Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear New York Fashion Week

I am not really one for shorts, but this combo in that pattern from Naeem Khan is something I could definitely wear!

New York Fashion Week Michael Kors Spring-Summer 2015

Loving this belted full skirt with simple white top from Michael Kors. I have just the shoes to complete this look!

NYFW Street Style

I don’t usually go in for white skirts (hard to keep clean), but this is a great outfit, especially with the bright crop top!

NYFW Street Style 2

Another full-skirt style, this time on the streets of NYC. Loving how it is put together with the blue button down!

NYFW Street Style 3

More great style on the streets of NYC during fashion week. The mix here of stylish bling with the pattern of that skirt is brilliant!

SpringSummer 2015 - Ralph Lauren

Back to the catwalk with this one – Ralph Lauren’s glam use of khaki here is fab!

street style. Stella McCartney skirt at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Paris has some amazing street styles as well – more fabulously patterned skirts!

Supima New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 September 2014

This Supima dress is gorgeous, great use of colour enhancing the silhouette!

Valentino Spring 2015

I love me some dip-dye, and this maxi from Valentino is stunning!

Zac Posen at New York Fashion Week Fall 2015

Can this Zac Posen dress be in my wardrobe the next time I look please? I love everything about this classic dress and the colour is UHmazing!

Zac Posen at New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 2

Another Zac Posen creation – and I definitely need this dress for a ball I am going to later this year!

New York Fashion Week Spring 2015. The Braided Faux Hawk

To round off this post, a quick tutorial to get one of the hairstyles from NY Fashion Week! Falling in love with the Faux Hawk!

Disheveled braids at Baja East Spring 2015 NYFW

This messy braid is also another great hairstyle from NYFW that I really liked. No tutorial this time, but it should be pretty easy to replicate!

And finally, what is a post on fashion without some design sketches?!

NYFW Designer Sketches


Let us know your favorite styles from this years fashion weeks around the world. Were you there? Send us some pics – we would love to see them!

Favorite Things Friday – Week 11 – Dance Films

Continuing on with the theme of Dance here on PoppyRoseBlog, I have put together a list of my favorite dance films for Favorite Things Friday!

Take The Lead is an absolute favorite of mine – a group of kids learning ballroom dancing with Antonio Banderas? Sign me up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Step Up is the first film in the ever-growing franchise – and it is the perfect excuse to see Channing Tatum in tights doing ballet!

Second in the series, Step Up 2: The Streets sees Andy & Chase start a crew and compete – this has a GREAT final dance scene! Go check it out!

Step Up 3D is where Moose moves to NYC, joins The Pirates and competes in World Jam – some great dance scenes throughout! The Pirates house = AMAZING! Also, are you BFAB? Check out this great film to find out!

Flash Mobs abound in Step Up Revolution! It isn’t just about performance art anymore – it’s protest art! (And Moose makes a guest appearance towards the end!)


Things come to a head in Step Up: All In! Some familiar faces are back again, picking up some new friends along the way. Can this new crew make it in LA to win the Vegas contract?

StreetDance is the UK’s version of Step Up – but can they blend ballet with hip-hop in London?

The second film in the StreetDance series sees George Sampson travelling across Europe to find the best dancers – can they mix latin & street to win in Rome?

Centre Stage: Turn It Up is the 2nd film in the series, and certainly my favorite. I am pretty sure I am a Ballet-rhino, are you?

Now Bomont might be a small town with some strict rules about music and dancing – but you can still get Footloose!

Jessica Alba might be gorgeous, but I prefer Honey 2 with Katerina Graham! Let the battle commence!

Again, I prefer the second film, and this time it is Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights! And for those who are sentimental about the first film – we do get a few scenes with Patrick Swayze!

Now Strictly Ballroom isn’t exactly a recent release, but it is a great film. Just give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised!

This is a film I found recently – Make Your Move – and boy did it get my feet tapping! Featuring Derek Hough and BoA, this is definitely a film you wanna watch.

This is a film I haven’t watched in a while, but every time I do I am reminded of why I love it. Keep dancing with Make It Happen.

And to finish off my list…

Battle Of The Year! This is another great film about bringing a group of dancers together to become a team and follow their dreams.

So, what did you think? Are there any films we missed that you think should be included?

Let us know in the comments!

Come back next week for some more Favorite Things Friday!

Updated Tuesday 20th January 2015!

Week 10 – Favorite Things Friday

Hi everyone, this is GF (the younger sister), I am new to posting here on PoppyRoseBlog.

I will be taking over Favorite Things Friday this week and continuing the dance theme!

Below is a selection of my favorite pins about ballet found on Pinterest over the past week.


Real High Heels

In my ballet classes I am currently working towards dancing on Pointe. Not quite on my toes yet, but getting there.


I love all the colours of these Pointe shoes!!!

Dance on Pointe

This is what I am working towards – being able to dance on Pointe like that.

Perfect turn set

This is a VERY accurate representation of how it feels! ๐Ÿ™‚


I love the effect the photographer captured in this pic!

Dance is

This is so true. All of these words perfectly describe dancing!


I think this picture is really cute. I can’t wait until I am able to dance on point and take a picture like this with my little sister or niece who dance as well.

As you can tell from the above selection of pictures, I am a big fan of ballet! I love to dance and attend several different classes a week; ballet, tap, jazz & performance.

What kind of dancing do you love? Let us know in the comments below!

Workout Wednesday – Week 15

Hi all and welcome back to Workout Wednesday!

This week we have a bit of a theme starting here at PoppyRoseBlog.

And that theme is………..


Kinda follows from the previous Workout Wednesday, but this week we are going to explore all kinds of dance, not just Zumba.

We like to move it and shake it with the best of them, but the guys and gals in the videos below really are the best of them!!!

First up we have these guys from Japan dancing in the dark in suits that light up! This is not only a great show, but an amazing demonstration of how dancers have to be in perfect sync with each other & how timing each step has to be exact. Without discipline, these dancers would end up being booed off the stage. Instead, they dance the night away!


I love this dance from SYTYCD choreographed by Nappytabs. It is such a lovely, fun dance – and I sincerely wish I could dance like this!

This dance from the new Fame film is really great, putting some great moves to a fun song!

There are plenty of dance films out there, but I think this dance from Step Up 4 is really great! Showing that dance, even contemporary and hip hop, can be an art form!

This commercial shows the differences between Ballet and Hip Hop, but also highlights how both can blend together to create a great dance piece. And the tag line at 1:10 – “Dance is …” – all those things that scroll past truly describe what it is like to dance!


This is a clip from the film Take The Lead with Antonio Banderas. It is a fantastic film with some great ballroom dancing. In the film there Banderas who plays Pierre Dulaine says this to one of the students:

Pierre Dulaine: Do you love to dance?
Caitlin: Yeah
Pierre Dulaine: Then you’re meant to dance.

The quote has stuck with me ever since I first watched the film – because I do love to dance.

I think flash mob’s are great and this Irish Dancing one in Dublin Airport is fabulous – showing us the next generation of Riverdance! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is another flash mob – this time, Chicago take’s over Oprah Winfrey’s Kick Off Party! It is truly amazing how so many people can get together, have fun and dance! Oprah was so taken aback by what was happening – it is just great to watch. Especially how it just starts with the one girl at the front of the audience!

And of course, we have to have the Evolution of Dance!

Classic video here – but a wonderful demonstration of ALL the big styles over the past few decades!

ย And last but not least we have the very lovely Ed Sheeran…

A beautiful mix of contemporary and ballroom dance – and a fab song as well!

So, thanks for popping by to see us this week.

Come back on Friday to see our Favorite Things. This week we have a guest poster showing us their favorite pins.

Until then…

Keep Dancing

Favorite Things Friday – Week 9

Sorry for the delay this week – I have been constantly on the go and when I got home from work last night I made a quick call and then went straight to sleep. And then I have been busy again today.

So here is my Fave Things from this past week, inspired by one of the things on my Big Bucket List…..

Host a Masquuerade Ball

And I got to thinking – what would I wear to a ball if I hosted or went to one?

Thankfully, I have a whole host of ideas for dresses should this happen……

Ball 1

But would it be a figure hugging dress like these gorgeous Ziad Nakad Haute Couture from the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection…..

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Or maybe a full-skirted dress like these fabulous gowns….

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And then of course you need a mask….

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Ladies, what would you wear to the ball?