Saturday, 24 January 2015

Frozen film will now be a theme on Disney Cruise Liners this Summer!

Land of "Frozen" Coming to Disney Cruise Line This Summer

From the deck, to the stage and beyond, "Frozen" experiences add to summertime fun for both children and adults who are fans of the hit film.
Beginning in summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line guests can immerse themselves in the animated hit "Frozen" with brand-new experiences inspired by the film, including a spectacular deck party, a three-song stage show production number, new character meet and greets, storybook adventures ashore and more.

A Day of Frozen Fun, Including New Deck Party

Debuting this summer, on select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings to Europe and Alaska, Disney Cruise Line guests are transported to the land of "Frozen" when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland and a day of frozen fun culminates with an extravagant celebration with friends from the Kingdom of Arendelle.

On one special morning, guests will awake to discover a magical freeze has overtaken the atrium lobby with sparkling icicles adorning the grand staircase, resembling the majestic mountain-top ice palace of Queen Elsa.

Icy adventures and fun for the entire family throughout the day include all-new meet and greets and themed experiences: 

Memorable moments with Anna, Elsa, and for the first time in forever, Kristoff and Olaf
"Anna's Chase for the Chocolate" scavenger hunt for those who share Anna's sense of adventure, with a special surprise for finishing the game
"Do You Want to Build a Snowman" activity where kids take on Elsa's magical powers to make snow and ice
"The Maypole Swirl and Twirl" for families to learn a traditional Scandinavian dance spinning and braiding giant ribbons
"Frozen" themed dining experience, including a menu inspired by traditional Nordic fare and special dishes inspired by the film
The evening fun kicks off with "Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends," a family-friendly interactive deck party featuring the famous royal sisters of Arendelle and their fun-loving Nordic companions. By now, the freeze has spread to the upper decks of the ship, with giant snowflakes, icicles and snow-covered rocks.

The celebration begins with a high-energy line dance, set to the movie's ice cutting scene, featuring the arrival of Kristoff, impressively twirling his ice picks, and Princess Anna.

Anna and Kristoff's beloved companions, Sven, the trolls and Olaf, make virtual appearances at the party. Sven engages the crowd in reindeer games like "Sven Says" and the "Troll Stroll," and Olaf leads a sing along to his signature song, "In Summer."

Elsa arrives with a snowy gust of wind, calling on guests to sing "Let it Go" with her as she conjures up a wintry spectacle to cool things down for Olaf. In true Disney fashion, Elsa unleashes her magic, sending a chill through everyone as the powerful Academy Award-winning song echoes from the ship.

The evening concludes with more family dancing on the pool deck, followed by fun just for adults in the nightclub featuring dance performances and frozen specialty drinks.

New Production Number in "Disney Dreams"

This summer, friends from "Frozen" are making their stage show debut at sea in the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Magic. In the Disney Cruise Line original production, "Disney Dreams ... An Enchanted Classic," Anna, Elsa and Olaf join the line up of beloved Disney characters who together teach a young girl the power of her dreams.

Brand-new scenes featuring "Frozen" characters include renditions of three popular songs: "Let it Go," "For the First Time in Forever" and "In Summer." The new show segment is a heartfelt, humorous and memorable tribute to the "Frozen" film, preserving its endearing and playful tones with an inspiring message. Special effects are magical, with a snowfall throughout the theatre and a breathtaking transformation of the young girl's room into her own ice palace.

Magical Meet and Greets

Olaf will be giving warm hugs when he joins Anna and Elsa on their royal tour of the Disney Cruise Line ships, beginning this summer. Children and families will have the opportunity to meet and take photographs with their favorite "Frozen" friends on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic.

Adventures Ashore in Norway

Disney Cruise Line guests who travel aboard the Disney Magic to Norway, the land that inspired Arendelle from "Frozen," will have the opportunity to join exciting new Port Adventures that bring this fairytale setting to life. One signature adventure ashore in Alesund, Norway, created exclusively for Disney Cruise Line, will immerse guests in the splendor and charm of Norway, with the help of Anna and Elsa, in an enchanting storybook village.

Other shore excursions take Disney Cruise Line guests to discover the breathtaking natural wonders, stunning architecture and rich Scandinavian culture depicted in the film. Seven and nine-night voyages begin June 6, 2015, sailing through Norwegian fjords and calling on ports including Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway.

Olaf's Summertime Freeze on Castaway Cay

With the help of everyone's favorite snowman, Disney Cruise Line is cooling down Castaway Cay with the addition of Olaf's Summertime Freeze bar. Serving non-alcoholic specialty frozen drinks in souvenir cups, the creative menu features refreshing beverages such as "Olaf's Flurry Freeze," "Sven's Carrot Delight" and "Warm Hugs." Olaf's Summertime Freeze opens summer 2015 near the Pelican Point tram stop by Castaway Cay Family Beach.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Lorraine Kelly announced as new face of Avon Anew

Following in the footsteps of Yasmin Le Bon and Jacqueline Bisset, Lorraine Kelly is joining one of the world's leading beauty brands, Avon, as the UK face of its pioneering skincare line ANEW.
Lorraine comments: “I'm so delighted to be working with Avon and using their fabulous products. I'm also fortunate to be working with a brand that do so much for women all over the world. I've been lucky to use a huge selection of skincare, but I'm an ANEW devotee and use ANEW Ultimate day and night cream. The full range is so comprehensive with luxurious night creams, targeted anti-wrinkle serums and regimes prescriptive to skin type, there really is something for everyone.”
Andrea Slater, Avon's UK General Manager is thrilled with Lorraine's signing, “we couldn't be more delighted to have Lorraine join the Avon family. She is one of the most distinctive and trusted women in the UK, a national treasure. Not only this but a natural beauty and we are so pleased to finally be able to share her skin secrets! She is the embodiment of confidence, we couldn't have a better spokesperson for ANEW.”
Avon revolutionised the world of skincare with the launch of its ANEW brand over 20 years ago. Consistently first to market with breakthrough technologies, ANEW has been helping women across the globe transform their skincare regimes with highly-effective anti-ageing products at great value prices. ANEW was the first mass market brand to deliver game changing skincare with ingredients such as AHAs and A-F33.
Lorraine will be featuring in brochure for the first time on 16th April 2015 and joins an impressive line of celebrities who represent the beauty giant, including actresses Megan Fox and Olivia Wilde, singer Fergie, model Irina Shayk, tennis star Maria Sharapova and UK model Abbey Clancy.

Max Factor Look at Marilyn Monroe for Inspiration

Marilyn Monroe Inspiration At Max Factor
It was Mr. Max Factor who transformed Norma Jeane into Marilyn Monroe with an iconic beauty look that captured the hearts of the world. Today Max Factor celebrates this fantastic story, with the announcement of Marilyn Monroe as Global glamour ambassador.
2015 marks 80 years since Mr. Max Factor Junior opened the doors of his Hollywood make-up studio, transforming the looks of Hollywood's elite. His most iconic client of all?  Norma Jeane. Norma Jeane entered his Blonde Room in the late 1940s as a brunette, and thanks to Mr. Max Factor emerged complete with platinum blonde hair, a beauty look fit for Marilyn Monroe. Max Factor make-up was then used to create an icon in Marilyn Monroe.
Today, as the world returns to normality after the season of glitz and glamour, Max Factor announces Marilyn Monroe as its global glamour ambassador. This exciting partnership is set to inspire women around the globe to undergo their own personal glamour transformation, one that they never imagined possible, at a time of year when they're more open than ever to new possibilities.
Max Factor Global Creative Design Director, Pat McGrath comments on the signing, “Marilyn made the sultry red lip, creamy skin and dramatically lined eyes the most famous beauty look of the 1940's and it's a look that continues to dominate the beauty and fashion industry. It is the ultimate look that defines glamour – nothing else compares. Ruby Tuesday, inspired by one of Marilyn's favourite Max Factor lipsticks, is still my go-to red today for an instant shot of glamour, and continues to be one of the most popular shades for both make-up artists and real women. It's the ultimate glamorous red.”
“Through expert diagnosis and make-up artistry, Norma Jeane's facial features were pulled out and dramatized through make-up. Her skin was creamy and flawless, the shape of her eyes was elongated through clever use of eyeliner and her lips were accentuated with a sultry red shade, becoming the key focal point of the entire look.  Through make-up artistry and the right products, Max Factor helps women today identify their best features so they can undergo their own glamour transformation.”
“Marilyn Monroe is the ultimate glamour icon and this pairing is a natural fit,” said Nick Woodhouse, President and CMO of Authentic Brands Group."We are thrilled to bring Marilyn and Max Factor together again in this exciting partnership.”
Marilyn Monroe famously said, “I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, 'There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest.” With help from Mr. Max Factor, who gave her the ultimate glamorous transformation from Norma Jeane to the stunning Marilyn Monroe, nothing could hold her back from fulfilling her dreams.
Marilyn mirrors much of what inspires Max Factor and its global network of the world's most successful make-up artists. She won the hearts of millions the world over and continues to inspire women today. She believed in glamour. She is a true glamour icon. 
Welcome to #GlamJan
January is the time of year when women are re-imagining themselves, are open to new possibilities and are embracing change into the New Year.  This is when Max Factor will launch #GlamJan, a rallying call encouraging women from around the world to glam up with make-up and undergo a personal glamour transformation they never imagined possible - inspired by the Norma to Marilyn story. The social media campaign led by make-up-artistry icon, Pat McGrath and famous faces including renowned fashion model, Candice Swanepoel, Max Factor is inviting women to post their most glamorous transformation selfie using #GlamJan and a message about how good it feels to glam up. After all – why should January be about doing without, paring down your make-up and enduring diets, #GlamJan will open new possibilities for women, just like it did for Marilyn Monroe.

Esi Eggleston Bracey, Vice President of Max Factor Cosmetics, P&G says“Max Factor have always believed that glamour matters – and that glamour itself exists beyond make-up, it's an approach to life that Marilyn embodied so perfectly. It's through this attitude to life that women are encouraged to be adventurous, to push themselves, and to ultimately have the confidence and passion to fulfil whatever it is that they want. With Marilyn as our new ambassador we're preparing for an extremely exciting 2015 – a year where we will be focusing our attention on reigniting the love and playfulness of glamour with consumers through a series of social and brand campaigns that will propel Max Factor to the front of women's mind as the brand synonymous with glamour.”
The "original blonde bombshell” is set to feature as both Norma Jeane and Marilyn Monroe in new TV, print and online campaigns, as well as PR and social, rolling out globally from 6th January 2015.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

The GlamourCat Pregnancy Diaries - Pregnancy, The Next Steps

Pregnancy: The Next Steps 

Working Out Your Due Date:
Now you have found out you are pregnant, you have probably told your partner and possibly your parents or siblings. 
The next step you will want to do is find out when you conceived so you can work out your due date. I thought it was interesting to know when we had conceived so you could remember the event and where you were etc. 
Don’t panic about the fact that you never knew you were pregnant up until now and get the guilt trip about drinking and other worries as it is highly unlikely to have affected your baby at this stage.
The due date can easily be worked out by noting when the first day of your last period was. The most accurate guide can be found here on the NHS site:
What shocked me most, was that it worked out my due date a lot closer than I thought. Pregnancy goes from the first day of your last period and the lasts 37 to 42 days until the birth. 
I don’t know why, but I always thought pregnancy was from your missed period. It took a bit of getting used to that I was already about a month and a bit pregnant! Like I said in Chapter 1, pregnancy is very much like the symptoms of a period so I had no idea.

The first thing you need to do when you get a positive pregnancy test is ring your local doctor’s surgery where they will ask you your name, date of birth and when you last had your period to make an appointment with the maternity nurse.
This is a very quick appointment and nothing to worry about, she will just work out your due date based on what I have told you above and then give you three options for your choice of hospital to have your baby. Whatever hospital you pick, you will need to go there for your scans and any other sort of tests that you may need as well as delivering your baby, so think wisely about where you will be comfortable and not just whatever is nearest. 
Do some research and perhaps ask other mums on facebook what their experiences have been like.
You will also get a baby pack with a Claire’s Dairy in it which gives you Argos and Johnson’s Baby vouchers in it- sign up for these and you will get diary alerts in your email inbox telling you what things to look at each week in pregnancy.
The next appointment after your initial GP one will be with a maternity nurse at your chosen hospital. 
Here they ask you so many questions about your medical history and quite a few about your partner, so I would try and bring him to this if you can. If they can't come then find out if they have a history of any diseases, issues or even things like Diabetes so you can answer all the questions as best as you can. 
Mainly the questions will be The Usual Suspects- do you smoke, drink and what is your weight etc… then you won't really have anything until you need your 12 week scan. 
I told them that I had a smear test with bad cells and a Cone Biopsy about 5 years ago and this is exactly the sort of information they want to hear because anything like this could affect your birth so I had to go for more tests regarding this as a precaution. 
Then it is hospital appointments with maternity nurse check ups along the way. 
 I think the NHS is a great system and I do not take it for granted at all. But I do have a rant below that is very tongue in cheek, because as Brits we do not complain about anything and just take everything as it happens. No one explains the patience and sense of humour you may need for the next 8 months of your journey so here it is: 

The Pregnancy Game- you win if you keep your cool with all of the following:

Repeating Information 

EVERY time you go to any appointment whether it’s the hospital or the doctors, you will be asked WHAT IS YOUR NAME? 
Yes even though it’s on your maternity notes and you have said it at reception, and at every given opportunity, they still keep asking your name almost as if they don't believe you. 
The name Catherine Quigley is not so hard I would have thought, but the spelling just throws them and I have had to grit my teeth over the phone phonetically spelling out my name to them because they ‘can’t find me on the system.’
Next you will get asked your birth date. Again and again- not so bad as the name game I found, as I just had to keep saying numbers instead of playing give us a clue for my name game sounds like ‘Wriggley’. 
Then thirdly you will get asked when is your baby due. The third one is a trick, because you tell them what you have been told at your first appointment and then it changes anyway when you have your first scan as yoj usually get a more accurate date so then you have to remember new numbers. 
So count to 10 and say these three things calmly. 
If you lose your patience maybe print some cards out with the information on it and pretend you can’t understand the English language because they can’t at times it seems. 
Even when you have a cervical scan if you need one, in the middle of being legs akimbo with a device up you, they are not shy yo ask you what's your last name again? I wish my last name had a swear word in it. 

Doctor's Receptionists

The computer unfortunately says no alot. The doctor’s and hospital receptionists (some of them, not all of them) are  not the most polite or helpful people you may come across.
My existence I think stopped one drinking her Starbucks coffee once and I got the actual raises eyebrow when I asked a question. Then my appointment was very late so I was doomed. Do not interrupt a magazine reading, coffee drinking receptionist. 
Again, they like to ask you the same questions, like when you have booked your appointment they organised or you have been sent a letter to attend an anti natal appointment check up, then they have the cheek to ask you who you are seeing. I don't know! I've been given this appointment, I've turned up at the right place and time and you are asking me who I should be seeing and what the nurse or doctor's name is? Sorry but do your job and look on the screen and get my name right while you're at it! 
Also new mums haven't got a clue what half of their appointments are, so asking us what we are there for is just downright ridiculous because nothing is explained. Be thankful we are there. We have baby brains and just getting to the appointment is a massive achievement. 
Then you get the receptionists that come back from lunch or answer a telephone in the middle of your waiting or checking in ( patience is mandatory, not to go beserk here, not a virtue) or you get a new receptionist- go ahead and explain everything again and maybe again if they have been distracted by someone else who is rightly asking why their appointment is running so late. 

Waiting Rooms

You will spend a lot of your time waiting about for your appointments, waiting for your baby to be a certain way so they can even take a scan, filling your bladder so they can take a urine sample and just general appointments. 
The magazines are exciting; Doctor Who from 2002, Scientist weekly and Mac Book for beginners seem to be firm favourites as well as study leaflets asking if you are giving birth in a certain month and would you like to take part in the trial- you get to keep the research for your time. No thanks, I'm very busy waiting here for my late doctor's appointment, I wouldn't do all this voluntarily AGAIN! 
You will also notice mum envy going on. Bumps of all shapes are wandering around, so you tend to look at yours and wonder why it isn't as big if they ate gling for the same scan as you or why another woman is happily sitting with her partner when yours couldn't get the time off work. 
Then there are tears from some people or some showing off their scan pictures to an audience that they have brought to the waiting room, just before you are about to go in for your scan. 
Try and ignore what is going on and everything else in the waiting room because you will work yourself up into a frenzy at all the activity. Keep your mind on drinking from the water machines (as you will need to give urine a lot and for the scan you need a full bladder) - and then nosey through the chapter on PhotoShop made easy because it's better than watching the waiting room antics and distracts you until your name is finally called. 
There is no order as well, because your appointment is at 2.30pm and you have firmly sat down on time, a couple who come in after you may well jump the queue and swan through because they have been told to walk a bit to make their baby lively for their scan, so just  take deep breaths and keep your eyes on the prize. 

Time- Keeping

Every maternity hospital appointment I have had, has never been on time. 
The record is a two hour wait so far. Bring books, mags, snacks, games on your phone on aeroplane mode (Because your not allowed phones anyway) so you can’t check in and say you are in The Hospital Wards of Waiting. 
Get used to looking around at dodgy posters and leaflets in the waiting room. Don't bother asking the doctor's receptionists when or why your appointment is running so late until you get to at east 45 mins as they will just bite your head off and tell you that it will be soon. 
I don't know why they get so annoyed, as you are the one who is worried about your parking that is so expensive in every hospital, you are the one who might be working and have booked the morning or afternoon off work and need to get back in the office and it you who has bothered to get up, drive to the appointment and be on time- if they just said 10.30am instead of 9.30am then believe me it would cause less stress in so many mothers to be! 


Hate injections? Well you better get used to them and get over your fears because you have a lot. Not every appointment, but at quite a few. It’s really not as bad as you remember from school. Look the other way take a deep breath and when they put the needle in it’s a little sharp like a thorn and then its over and you only feel a little sharp pain again when they take it out. It’s super quick. Make sure they do your right hand if you are driving as it can make your arm a little heavy so changing gears if you have a manual can be a bit tough. 

Bump Badge 

If you are unfortunate enough to have to travel on public transport while you are pregnant, then don't think that anyone will pay a blind bit of notice to your bump as there are far worse IBS sufferers and women who look like men out there with big stomachs that normal travellers won't have a clue you are pregnant or dare not insult you in case they get it wrong. 
The transport badges that say you are pregnant are now tiny but still worth getting one just in case someone might look up from their Metro paper or take their eyes of their Kindle and pity you. 
My advice is get the badge in full view on your coat and then get yourself down to the middle section and huff and puff a lot until someone notices and may then offer you a seat.
 I know there are so many peole that begrudge the pregnant woman on the tube, after all they are tired themselves and have a hard life (I was one of these people) and always offered my seat but then stood up uncomfortably, trying to stand up with a rucksack in my face.
 Just think if you are not pregnant how this poor woman has to carry a bowling ball on her belly which she doesn't want anyone to bash into, has a really sore lower back, has fankles (big fat ankles that are swollen), shoes that barely fit her, a bra that is too tight and enough gas inside her to blow up an army ship, and just think then, okay I'll let her sit down for now because I have the luck to be healthy enough to stand. 
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What Is A Trimester?:

When people talk about pregnancy all they ever talk about is weeks and trimesters. I first wondered why didn’t they just tell you what was happening month by month instead, but now I am further along I understand that weeks are more important because so much happens in such a short time that it is better to monitor it like this.

First Trimester
Weeks 1- 12
I call this section Secrets and Sleeping because you don’t tell anyone you are pregnant and you do everything in your power to try and stop laying down and shutting your eyes from sheer tiredness.

Second Trimester
Weeks 13-28
This section for me is called The Werewolf because your body starts changing rapidly and your raging hormones make your uncontrollable in your temperament. It’s not you though, like I said it’s the werewolf.  

Third Trimester
Weeks 29-40
Section Mr Blobby. Remember him being all clumsy, big, wobbly and not making any sense? Well that’s the third trimester for you and all of these will be explained in more detail as the blogs go on.

That's mainly all you need to know until the next couple of blogs. So now you have been warned about what is coming up and you can just take it in your stride because your not the only one who feels irritable about all these things.
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