5 Autumn Essentials

It has arrived. The leaves are turning yellow and drifting to the floor, the evenings are drawing in, the mornings are cooler, and the coats are being dusted off. Yep, that’s right, Autumn is here. Here at Catalink, we’ve got the jumpers at the ready, blown the dust off our favourite pumpkin candles and pulled the tights out from the bottom drawer. We’re ready. That’s why we thought we’d help those of you that aren’t so ready, get ready.

Here are our 5 must have Autumn essentials:

CANDLES

We’re talking pumpkin spice, crushed leaves, woodland and fresh breeze type candles. No Autumn is complete without a new, delicious smelling candle – preferably in a beautiful jar, with those burnt woodland colours laced throughout. If you’re not a candle person, well, what is wrong with you. How can you not be a candle person?! Check out Garden Trading’s Orange & Cinnamon Candle for a little bit of something delicious.

SCARVES

Shall we call them scarves or little miniature blankets that wrap you in a feeling of warmth, comfort and happiness. You may think we’re being overdramatic, but we’re not. Come on in and join the world of pure happiness when you envelope yourself in an incredible scarf from Johnstons of Elgin. Their cashmere scarves are not only cosy and super soft, but they’re also elegant and incredibly beautiful – they are the perfect addition to a cosy Autumn outfit.

COSY THROWS

Picture this: you’ve arrived home from work, you’re tired and looking forward to a wind-down evening in front of the TV. You eat a deliciously warming bowl of chilli, get into your comfies and take off your makeup. You’ve already selected the viewing material for the night and the kettle has just been whacked on – the choccy digestives are at the ready. Everything is perfect, but you feel a slight chill! You’re not cold enough to grab the duvet from upstairs but you’re cold enough to need a little something over those legs. Yep! You guessed it; it’s throw time. Imagine a cosy, autumnal throw placed oh so beautifully over your lap whilst you sit and enjoy your relaxing, evening in front of the TV.

Have we sold it to you yet? If so, check out the beautiful range of throws AHF Furniture has to offer!

WARM DRINKS

If you’re a real Brit, we’re talking about a perfectly brewed cup of tea! If your perfect Autumnal evening in doesn’t include a cup of tea, coffee or a hot chocolate (what a naughty little treat) then are you even having a cosy night in? Whether you’re at work, back home for the evening or have just woken up with a sleepy head; Autumn is the perfect time to re-introduce your favourite winter drinks into your diet. Head over to Nothing But Tea to have a browse of a huge range of delicious teas!

THE COAT

Well, well, well, it’s that time of the year again. If you’re like us, we like to invest in a new coat every single year. We’re not saying it’s a necessity… oh okay, we are. It’s a necessity. There is nothing that can transition you more perfectly into Autumn than a shopping session for a new coat. Select Fashion have an incredible – and we mean it when we say incredible – range of coats for the AW18 season. Not only that, but their prices are super affordable!

So, there you have it – are you more excited for those leaves to fall than you were before you began reading this? If so, our job here is done. If not, well, we’re not sure anyone can help you, but the rest of our website may. Head over to Catalink.com to explore a whole bunch of free catalogues, brochure and newsletters – we’re sure you’ll find something to make you happy!

 

How to Give Your Man a Makeover

Do you often look at your man and think that a makeover would be revolutionary? It’s not that you think they’re unattractive – duh! It’s simply the thought that a few simple nips and tucks would really transform him.

If you ever find yourself thinking this, but just don’t know where to start, we’re here to give you a little helping hand. These top tips are the best way to get that makeover ball rolling.

The face

Whether your man sports a thick and straggly beard, a little dash of stubble or thinks he is clean shaved, he probably can improve what he thinks is already pretty good. You know that saying: you don’t want it until you’ve had, well this is exactly that.

Take him to the barbers – choose one that is actually decent and has friendly, helpful staff. Get him in for a beard trim (we’ll talk hair later) and let the barber work his magic. With the help of some trained professionals, his beard will transform into a neat, sexy and tidy masterpiece.

If he’s ‘clean shaven’, get the barber to really clean shave him – they’ll be a difference.

It’s all about creating a canvas so that he can follow on and continue to make masterpieces. Once you’ve made that canvas, it’s time to get him the tools to turn it into a masterpiece everyday.

The Executive Shaving Company offers a range of high-quality male grooming products that will be truly revolutionary for your man. Once he has the tools, they’ll be no stopping him!

The hair

Hair products are not just for women. It’s important that every guy has their own, personal hair products that they can use every day – designed for their hair type and their needs. This is a must for any man’s bathroom essentials.

Get your man the products that he needs to tame his mane! Head over to The Beauty Store and order those important products today. If he has dry hair – find something made for that, if he has dandruff – find him something that will solve this.

All you have to do is give him the tools to work his mane and get it in shape.

The clothes

Oh, the clothes. If you love shopping (for yourself), you’ll probably love shopping for your guy just as much – okay, probably not as much, but you’ll still enjoy it.

Start simple – choose plain T’s, paired with rolled up shorts, slim fitted jeans and a classic pair of everyday shoes. Vans are a safe option – they’ll look good with everything and are super comfy and stylish. Walktall have a range of Vans, Nikes, Adidas and Converse shoes. Head on over to explore their range that will for sure fit your man’s large feet.

A refresh of their wardrobe can be simple, super easy and doable – if he’s resistant to change, starting with simple changes is perfect. However, if you’re all about going in all or nothing, head over to Moss Bros for an affordable range of shirts, suits and occasion wear – they do have casual wear, but we’ll keep quiet about that.

Now you have the tools, there’s nothing to stop you – enjoy every minute of it and share your transformations with us on our socials. Use the hashtag #catalinkstyle so we can find your images!

 

5 Ways to make your office space happier

So, you’re working hard, in the office and when you’ve finally taken a break, you realise that your desk (or office, if you’re that lucky) is super boring. Whether you work from home, have a small desk in the corner or have your own entire office (again, you’re lucky), it’s so important to make sure your working space makes you feel good.

Here are a few tips and tricks on how to spruce up your office space!

Get a plant

Now, we’re not talking about the biggest plant of all time – don’t go bringing a massive palm tree into the office, unless of course you’re up for explaining it to your boss. Find yourself a pretty little succulent and place it on your desk for a perfect bit of happiness. Trust us, you’re going to look at that plant and smile every time!

If you’re not sure a live plant is the best option, you can always get yourself a perfectly beautiful fake one – some of those really do look real. Décor-Us has an incredible selection of office plants that have us feeling all kinds of happiness.

Motivational Posters

Everyone loves a motivational quote – “work hard, dream big….” – yeah, we know, cheesy. But guess what? They really do make you feel better. Plus, most of them are colourful, artsy and actually help to motivate you.

We say, save yourself some cash and print off your favourite from Pinterest, blu-tack it to the wall and you’re done.

Artwork

Art is so broad, it’s easy to find a little something that suits your needs and taste. Figure out what kind of things you really like and what kind of art you’d love to look at every day and hang it up. If you can’t hang it in your office, just lean it against your cubby-wall. Whether it’s a poster, a framed painting or a little postcard with a pretty scene on it – it’s bound to cheer you up. Check out Bureau Direct for a range of office art.

Calendars

Um blog sobre coisas lindas e bem mulherzinha.It’s needed on a day to day basis, so why not get yourself a fancy one? Now, we know that most of your work life consists of a computer and everything can be found online – including a calendar, but if there is still space on your wall or desk, why not get yourself a pretty little calendar. You can find all kinds these days!

Knick Knacks


We are not condoning desk clutter, but we do think there is a little something special about having cute ornaments or trinkets on your desk. Culture Vulture has some unique desk trinkets, lighting and all kids of fun things to spice up your office space with. If you’re into lions, why not get a little mini lion, find yourself a trinket box that can hold your rings when you fancy freeing up your fingers or get yourself a Buddha, so you can have a little chuckle at his chubby, happy face, every morning.

You spend so much time at work, at your desk or in your office, so why wouldn’t you want to make it your own space?! Don’t wait any longer, get searching for your new office accessories today!

5 Places to travel before you turn 30

Turning 30 is always a big deal – to most at least. Whether it’s your mates winding you up about being old or yourself panicking about not having achieved much; there’s always some sort of impending doom vibe that goes along with the big three zero. Here at Catalink, we wanted to add a little brightness to the dreaded 30th birthday. Why not make something good about turning 30; whether it’s a couple of years away or a couple of months.

So, we’ve put together a list of places you must travel before you turn 30. Now, we’re not saying you have to manage them all (especially if you turn 30 in the next couple of months) but try to tick off at least one – you won’t regret it.

Travel through Europe

Europe is far beyond what you expect – there is so much more than meets the eye and I’m sure you haven’t even scratched the surface of it yet. With such a diverse and broad offering, what better way to get through it quickly and affordably then Interrailing? If you’re more into flying, you can still manage to explore incredible sights on a budget. Check out our range of travel holiday brochures here or have a look at Shore2Shore Europe Holidays for a great range of holidays throughout Europe!

Scale a Height

Whether you’re into your fitness or not, scaling one of the worlds most famous heights is something that we all should tick off our bucket list. Plan the most perfect travel holiday with an end result of hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. With sights that will take your breath away, culture like no other and stories that will keep your imagination running wild, Machu Pichu is a must for everyone. If you’re more into mountains, head over to our site to see what Scottish Mountain Holidays can do for you.

Travel through South East Asia

Back packing through South East Asia either alone or with friends is the first trip for many travellers for many reasons – it’s not only easy to travel around, but incredibly beautiful. Head to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and make the most incredible memories. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Wendy Wu has the brochure just for you.

Road trip the Americas

If you’ve been to America before, you’ll know that it’s full of great food, interesting landscapes and endless fun – and that’s only in Disney World. Seriously though, pick your most desired region, hire a car and get road-tripping. We have endless brochures like America as You Like it, that can help you figure out exactly where you want to go.

Live in a Campervan

Whether you’re in Australia, New Zealand or Asia, the idea of living in a campervan and traveling to the most beautiful and remote parts of a country is appealing to many – including us here at Catalink. Before you hit 30 and realise that you enjoy duck down pillows, travelling through a country in a campervan is a must. Anzcro Australia has a variety of cool alternative holidays that you’re sure to love!

So, there we have it, 5 great ways to spend the last few years of your 20s. If you’re more into relaxing holiday with beds, you can still do all of the above – simply, in style. Head over to our website and have a look at the huge variety of free holiday brochures we offer and start planning before the impending 30s hit hard.

 

 

5 Things to do when it’s sunny!

We’re going to continue the theme of sunshine, because, well, this is an event us Brits never thought we’d see – more than three days of summer. As it’s due to get very hot and sunny again, we thought we’d give you some great tips on things to do whilst the sun is around.

Head to the beach

There aren’t many occasions in England where we can lay on a British beach in our swimwear and not shiver and hide under a damp towel. So as this heatwave continues, we think this is the best opportunity to head the beach – windbreaks, picnic basket and kids in tow. Plus, there are always loads of things to do at the seaside; place such as Great Yarmouth have a little something for the whole family.

Make a night of it!

We tend to forget that throughout the UK, we have some incredible places to visit, so why not make the most of the sunshine and plan a staycation! Obviously, here at Catalink, we love a staycation, and that’s why we have so many options on offer for you to explore. Why not take a drive over to Nottingham and explore Sherwood forest – did you know, it’s the home of Robin Hood?  There are some great spots for summer walks. Or pop over to Southport and explore their beautiful coastline – fish and chips for sure!

BBQ

Come one! It’s a tried and tested classic! If you’re yet to have a BBQ this year, then firstly, what are you doing and secondly, it’s time. Dust off the grills or peel the plastic off that disposable BBQ and cook (possibly burn) some sausages. BBQs are the best opportunity to invite some friends and family over, chill out over a burger and drink copious amount of beer and Pimm’s. Nothing says British summer like a chargrilled sausage with lashings of tomato sauce and mustard.

Dining al fresco

Find a park, or if you’re lucky enough to have a beautifully size back garden, choose that. Grab yourself a picnic blanket, rustle up some scrummy picnic food – we’re talking, triangle sandwiches, sausage rolls and pork pies – grab some bevvies and enjoy the most chilled, simple picnic around. It’s a must. Check out Garden Trading’s incredible garden décor if you’re planning a garden dinner.

Head to the pool

If you’re lucky enough like us here in Cambridge, slide into your fave bikini or swimsuit (we love Fantasie’s swimwear collection), find an outdoor pool, throw your towel down and soak up the rays – after all, we don’t know how much time we have with the sunshine. If you get too hot, it’s no worry, just take a dip in the pool. We know, It’s such a brill idea!

Top 3 Summer essentials

Hello Summer! Over here in the UK, we’re currently experiencing the mother of all heatwaves. If you’re from the UK, then you will know how exciting and unexpected this is for us. Here at Catalink, whilst we blast ourselves with fans, open all the doors and guzzle endless water, we thought it would be a great time for this blog post.

Whether you’re in the UK, enjoying this beautiful weather, going on holiday or just lucky enough to live in the tropics, here are three Summer essentials according to Catalink!

Sun Care

Now, this is obviously an essential and over here at Catalink, we’ve been sun creaming up in our lunch breaks so that we can lay lazily outside and enjoy every morsel of the sunshine – because let’s be honest; it will leave us.

Sun cream can be such a chore – so much so, that many people just leave it behind and risk damaging their skin. That’s a no no from us! We know that if you choose the right product, sun cream will become a part of your daily routine.

Head over to The Beauty Store to explore their incredible sun care range – and yes, they all smell delicious.

Flip flops

Keep your feet feeling and looking cool because, honestly, no one wants sweaty feet. We say; avoid the sweats and just throw on some cute sandals! If you work in a smart office and can’t get away with flip-flops, sandals are the perfect alternative.

For the guys that fancy a refresh, Walktall has a massive selection of sandals, slides and flip-flops and, they cater for those that have larger feet. Don’t worry if your feet aren’t bigger than average, Lands’ End have the best summer shoes around – plus they’re super comfy and stylish.

Sunglasses

Avoid those frown lines and grab your favourite pair of sunnies. There isn’t ample time in the UK to throw on some sunglasses, so we think you should make the most of the sunshine and treat yourself. Although designer shades are a good choice, they can be quite pricey and if you’re wanting a selection of sunglasses, not the best way to go. Our advice is to shop around in the high street shops and you’ll bag yourself a bargain pair of sunglasses that look just like the designer pair!

Here at Catalink, we like to think we have everything you could possibly need so of course we’re going to give you a great place to pick up your next fave pair – Glasses2you have a huge selection of sunglasses (prescription and non-prescription) at super low prices. You can get your favourite designer pair at half the price!

We’re so excited about our mini summer here in the UK and hope this blog lends you some great advice so you can be prepared and enjoy every single minute of the beautiful sunshine – we know we will.

Let us know your Summer essentials – we’d love to hear what you couldn’t live without this Summer.

 

 

Ski and Snowboard in Beautiful Switzerland

SKI & SNOWBOARD

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World-famous resorts with high altitude slopes and traditional villages offering the best skiing in the Alps. Whether you are experienced or just beginning, we cater for all skiers and snowboarders. Click here to get the brochure today!

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Start your journey today by requesting the brochure here.

You may also be interested in our Winter Dreams 2017/18 brochure featuring Winter Holidays, Christmas, Scenic Rail Journeys and Winter Spa.

Your Dream Holiday in Switzerland

WINTER DREAMS

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Experience Switzerland Winter Dreams Brochure

Enjoy winter and the enchanting Alpine landscapes without skis. Snow sparkling in the sun, crisp mountain air, cosy Alpine villages and fairy-tale scenery – discover the magic of winter in Switzerland by requesting the brochure here.

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  • Winter Spa Packages
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You may also be interested in our Ski & Snowboard 2017/18 brochure featuring world-famous resorts and traditional villages with high altitude skiing for all levels.

Start your adventure and Request your Winter Dreams Brochure today!

2018 Time for Wiltshire Visitor Guide

It’s time for Wiltshire

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Time for Wiltshire Visitor Guide

These days, it seems, you’re always on the go. Someone’s always on your case. Always wants your time. Wiltshire is the perfect antidote to busy lives and overcrowded cities. Here you can breathe more easily. Feel unhurried. Relax and unwind. So make time for yourself in 2018 and let Wiltshire put back what the rest of the week takes out. Request the 2018 Visitor Guide here.

Instead of living life in the fast lane, why not take things at a gentler pace. Step off the world for a while. On a narrowboat trip along Wiltshire’s Kennet & Avon Canal, for example, you’ll find just three speeds: slow, very slow and stop. No need for speed cameras (although the more conventional kind could come in handy).

Download a digital copy of the Wiltshire 2018 Visitor Guide to find all the inspiration you need for an unforgettable visit.

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Sign up to the JTA Travel Flexi newsletter today to explore their selection of flights, hotels, holiday packages and cruises. Choose all-inclusive to keep the family entertained or get that great last minute deal and surprise the whole family!

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