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A JOYFUL JUNE

1 Jul 2018

A Joyful June
Hello everyone and happy July! I hope this month brings lots of fun your way and you're enjoying the summer so far. I thought I would write a blog post about some of the good things that have happened last month. June has flown by in the blink of an eye, as do all months it feels as I'm getting older. I'm hoping this will become a new series on my blog where at the end of every month I share some of the good things that have happened that month. I've done this before on a weekly basis but found it quite difficult to 1. make the time every week and 2. have enough things to talk about. My life isn't that exciting that I can write a decent list of fun things every week so I thought monthy would be a lot more achievable. Life is good, there is so much to be grateful for so I want to document and share all those good things. Here it goes. 
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MY TRIP TO LAKE GARDA, ITALY

19 Jun 2018

Oh dear, it's been quiet a while hasn't it?! Almost 3 months since I last blogged to be exact. I don't really have an excuse other than I just haven't felt compelled to blog, and right now I do so I thought I'd jump straight back in like I never left.

The last couple of months, with the progression in to summer, have been lovely. I have enjoyed the evenings being brighter, the weather getting warmer (we're just after having a heatwave! here's hoping it comes back) and wearing more summery clothing. 

Life hasn't been all that eventful for me. Nothing major has happened anyways. It's been pretty relaxed with the odd exciting thing happening every now and again and one of those things is going to be the focus of this blog post! - my trip to Italy!

I spent a week and a half in Italy at the end of May/beginning of June. I didn't take my big girl camera with me so all of the photos I got were taken on my phone which is fine but they're not exactly picture perfect blog photo quality. Nevertheless, I thought I would throw a few of my favourites up here. Just to keep this little trip as a memory on my blog more than anything. 

I visited Lake Garda in Northern Italy so here are some of my favourite shots! - 

I spent the duration of my time travelling around the lake, to little villages and towns (and the epic Gardaland themepark) as well as popping into Verona. I have been to this part of the world before and I loved it so much I had to come back. In fact, Lake Garda is up there with one of my favourite places on the planet. 

There's something so beautiful about it. The crystal clear lake against the mountainous backdrop is  the epitome of serene. As cheesy as it sounds, whenever I look out across the lake, I just feel totally at peace and in awe of the beauty of this world and life in general. 

When in Lake Garda, when the weather is warm, the water is turquoise, the swans are happy, the flowers are bloomin', life is good and I feel at my happiest. 

Have you ever been? Let me know! If not, you have to go, you won't regret it!

Sinéad x
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REASONS TO BE EXCITED FOR SPRING

25 Mar 2018


The Fashion  
One of the things I'm most excited for as Spring is rolling in is the change in fashion. If you know me you know the fashion is something I'm always excited for when the seasons change. I don't know about you but this has felt like the longest winter in history and as much as I love them I am so over wearing knitted jumpers and boots. I want to be wearing light flowy tops and cute little floral print flats. I have been doing a little bit of shopping for the new season and I've been really attracted to pretty pastel colours, light colourful trousers and all the cute dainty accessories.

More Daylight  
Praise the lord the clocks are going forward tonight meaning it will still be bright at 7.30pm. YASS. From now on the evenings will be getting brighter for longer meaning that when I come home from work I have the option to do more things than just sit indoors and watch tv, lets be real, I had other options but nothing really beats being able to go outside and get some fresh air, whether it is going for a walk with the dogs, a cycle or just sitting out to watch the sunset. More time outdoors is something I am massively looking forward to. 
The Flowers
Judging by these pictures I am obsessed with flowers eh?! Well, I do love the selection of flowers that start to bloom in Spring. It's great to see growth and the beginning of new life (can I mention adorable little lambs right here?) Daffodils are the first to make an appearance. They must be the most resilient flower - they grow everywhere! I also really love tulips and would I be a blogger if I didn't love some cherry blossoms? Low key cannot wait for their time to bloom.

Easter Chocolate
How anyone waits until Easter to eat the chocolate is unbelievable to me. I don't have much willpower and have already indulged in some chocolate treats that are only ever on offer in the lead up to Easter. There was a deal on of 3 easter eggs for €3 in SuperValu and I may have kinda stocked up for the year. Oops. I friggin' love Dairy Milk eggs with daim, and oreo and of course Mini-Eggs. Ok mini-eggs have got to be hands down the best thing about Easter, no?!

Looking Forward to Summer  
This one is more personal to me because I LOVE summer. I'm just really hoping for some warm weather, being able to have barbeques and eat mint ice-cream outside. Uh just being able to go outdoors in a t-shirt is something I am so looking forward to. I also have lots of events this summer that I cannot wait for such as a trip to Italy and an Ed Sheeran concert. As it comes closer and closer I get more excited!

What do you love about Spring? Do let me know in the comments down below, I would love to know!

Sinéad x
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DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP

18 Mar 2018

When you're in your mid-twenties I think it's a given that you have experienced the loss of a friendship, by simply growing apart, at some stage. This time of life is full of change. People are moving away, getting into more serious relationships, starting out in their careers and just generally adulting more. Gone are the days of having nothing but free time to hang out with your friends once your homework is done.

I gotta' say I found this transition really difficult. Suddenly my best friend lived the other side of the country and I rarely had the opportunity to see her. At first, we talked heaps on social media and made sure to keep each other updated on all the lil' highs and lows of each other's lives but as time went on the contact became less and less. I found myself feeling jealous of all the new friends she had made, who were always around her. It sounds so childish saying this now, but the idea of one of them pushing me off my perch and becoming her best friend actually made me ache a bit inside. 

As time months and years passed it became harder and harder to get hold of her, never mind organise a meetup. It wasn't until she updated her relationship status to 'in a relationship' on Facebook and I had never even heard her talk about any man she was interested in, that I knew our 18-year long friendship was over.

Isn't it weird when the person you told everything to since the age of 4 now has no idea what is going on in your life? 
I definitely miss how things used to be between us and sometimes it does upset me that we are no longer in each other's lives. I often think about how as kids we made a pinky promise to have each other as bridesmaids at each other's weddings and we used to go into detail about what it would be like. Now I'm not even sure if we will be guests at each other's weddings.

After trying so many times to reach out and re-connect but it always feeling strained and unnatural, you've got to learn to accept it and let go. I know it's SO sad but It's so important to remember that it's nothing you did, it's just something that naturally happens when you grow up. 

There are no ill feelings between us and no matter how long it's been since we last spoke, she will always hold a special place in my heart, after all, some of my best childhood memories include her. So instead of being sad for what I've lost, I'm happy with what I did have, an amazing friend to share that part of my life with, maybe I'm just not meant to share the rest of my life with her, and I've learned to be ok with that. 

Sinéad x
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CONFIDENCE | MY BATTLE

14 Mar 2018

Confidence, confidence is something I have struggled with my entire life and something I continue to struggle with. In fact, I think my lack of belief in myself is probably my fatal flaw. I think if it wasn't for that I could be doing so much more. I am envious of those people who are able to walk into a room and feel completely sure of themselves. Sure that they are smart, funny, outgoing, sure that people want to be their friend, sure that they are capable, sure that they are hirable, sure that they are worth all of the amazing things life has to offer. 

Sometimes this lack of confidence I have really eats me up, it frustrates me and makes me angry. It's one thing I really wish I could change about myself and it makes me like myself a little bit less. It's a bit of a vicious circle really. 

I am so very aware that I am not confident enough when it comes to many things in life and that it is holding me back, but at the same time, I'm not really sure how to change that. 
The only thing that reassures me a bit is reflecting on my past self and realising that I have actually improved quiet a bit since I was a teenager. There are some things that I am so much more confident in now that I was then. 

Like my appearance, I used to be so self-conscious about my looks, mostly because I had acne. Now, without sounding vain, I am happy with my look. Sure, I would like if I had a fitter body and not so many scars on my legs but that doesn't really bother me or hold me back when I go out I more often than not feel confident in my appearance. 

My 25-year-old self cares a lot less about what people think of me than my 15-year-old self. I will confidently share my thoughts and opinions with people without worrying about whether or not others will agree with that opinion or if they will hate me for it. I now know that my opinions matter and are valid. 

Reflecting on how my confidence has grown makes me realise that even though I am still not confident in so many aspects of my life now, I am better than I used to be, which means I can continue to improve. 

Maybe people in their twenties are just naturally more insecure and less sure of themselves, maybe it all comes with life experience and time. 

Going forward, I'm going to go easier on myself and try not to get mad at myself when I'm feeling unconfident. Instead I need to gently remind myself about how far I have come and encourage myself to be surer of myself. I need to stop the vicious circle of feeling unconfident and hating myself for it. 

I need to love myself first and maybe that's what will get my confidence to where I want it to be.

Chat soon,
Sinéad x
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MY FAVOURITE HIGHLIGHTERS

11 Mar 2018

Ah highlighters, probably my favourite make-up product. There's something about that healthy glow highlighters give you that makes me a bit weak in the knees and very eager to hand over my money to try out different ones. I have been through a fair few highlighters, both the drug store and high end brands. So I thought I would compile a little list of my top 4 highlighters.

1. SLEEK FACEFORM
This is the cheapest product on my list at just €13.99 from Boots plus it includes a bronzer and a blush so it definitely is the best value! When I was a little bit poorer than I am now, this palette was all I used to contour my face and it does the job pretty well! The highlight specifically is subtle, just adding a little healthy glow which is ideal when you're going for a natural look. 

2.  THE BALM HIGHLITE 'N CONTOUR 
Like the Sleek palette, this highlight is part of a larger contour kit. I love the variety of highlights in this palette, from matte to shiny, there's a colour to suit you with and without a tan. It is a lil bit pricier (€35.95 shop here) but I feel like it's such a handy palette to have in your kit, it's beautiful, especially the highlighters!
3. MAC MINERALISE SKINFINISH SOFT AND GENTLE
This is probably a bit of an old classic but it's actually my most recent purchase on the list and I absolutely adore this. It just gives the perfect sheen. I feel like this is a bit more of a 'going out' highlighter as it is quiet effective but tbh I love that look so I am currently using it on the daily (buy here).

4. BENEFIT HIGH BEAM
This liquid highlighter is what I reach for when I wanna be glowing like a disco ball. When I am doing a real glam look I usually use one of my powder highlighters then pop some of this on the top of my cheekbones patting it in with a beauty blender. It just adds that little extra kapow! and makes me feel all the more 'on fleek'

I probably don't need to buy any more highlighters but if you have any that you love and you think I will like too, let me know and sure, I might look in to it, haha. Also, if you would like me to do more blog posts about some of my favourite beauty products do let me know in the comments, I really appreciate all the feedback I can get.

Chat soon,
Sinéad x

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