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My Week in Square Photos | Jan 09-15

16 Jan 2017

Week 2 of 2017 is done and dusted. It was a slow easy going one for me, as I was off work all week. I didn't do anything too exciting but it was nice to just take things at my own pace, and have a little freedom. Days off call for breakfast in bed, so the above picture was a regular scene this week. I ate this in my lovely warm bed while the snow fell outside, so much better than having to face out in to the freezing cold when it's still dark! I am so going to miss these days off next week!
I was totally in love with this new shirt I got in Dorothy Perkins so I uploaded not 1, but 2 selfies of it! #noshame. I haven't worn shirts in an age though so I felt kinda sophisticated hehe. They all seem to be so long but this one is the perfect length, I love it! 

I was also trying out my new foundation this week, the Estee Lauder Double-wear. I heard such great things about it and it really is pretty great, flawless and so long lasting!
One of the great things about being off work is having more time to plan my outfits and even take a flat-lay of it haha. Really trying to up my Instagram game as you can see. I don't usually wear pink but I'm obsessed with this knit, from Dorothy Perkins (that shop is killin' it for me!) once again.

Another selfie, what is going on?! I guess that new foundation made me a whole lot more confident haha. This is me all wrapped up for the first snow day of the season, when I say snow day - it didn't even whiten the ground, but still...it was baltic. Those layers were so necessary.
Friday evening prep for a fun weekend. This Make-Up Revolution palette is my absolute go-to because it has all the colours I would ever need! You can't get in the mood for the weekend without a little bit of highlight for #datglow and pumping out some LittleMix. Anyone else love those girls?

A little selection of some books I want to read. Well, I have just finished 'The Sky is Everywhere'  (review coming soon!) and I have read 'The Fault in Our Stars' when I got it first but the rest are on my to-read list! Have you read any of these?
On Saturday, the boyfriend and I went on a little road trip into the 'wild west' haha. Seriously though, I love taking a trip in to Connemara, I didn't get any pictures to do it justice as I was being in the moment. But it is stunning, with tall mountains looming over gorgeous lakes. Nothing but rushes and stone walls. We went for miles without seeing a house, it was the perfect escape.

On our way home we stopped off in one of the towns along the coast in Connemara called Spiddal. We went in to a hotel for dinner and I got the most delicious teriyaki salmon with vegetable noodle stir-fry. If I could have this every day I totally would.

So there we have it, my week through my Instagram photos. I am officially addicted to Instagram guys, there are so many accounts I adore (which I should do a post about!) and I honestly don't know how they do it. I'm so bad at establishing a theme, but whatever, I still love it! 

I hope you all have a fantastic week whatever it is you're up to! Catch you back here on Thursday for a new post.

Sinéad x
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Quote of the Month | January

14 Jan 2017

As we all know January is the time for new beginnings. So many of us bloggers have shared posts about all the things we want to achieve in 2017 and when it comes down to it all we want is to be a better, happier person. With a new year comes a clean slate and we tend to feel like we can let go of what has been holding us back and start over in 2017. I am all for this idea. I love the new year for exactly that reason and I myself have shared my 5 hopes for 2017 earlier this month! However, I was scrolling through Pinterest quotes the other day (who else loves them?!) and I came across the quote
"Nothing in nature blooms all year, so don't expect yourself to"
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My 'Me Time' Routine

12 Jan 2017

If like me you spend 8+ hours a day in work you will know how much you need to relax and unwind when you've come home from the daily grind. When I come home all I want to do is chill out and de-stress. 'Me time' is my favourite time of the day.. how selfish does that sound?! haha.  But I do think it is so important to take this time whenever possible. It's essential to switch off and clear your mind if you want to have a good nights sleep and be ready for the following day. 

I think so many people forget to do this, though. A lot of us come home from work and spend the evening on the go. Whether it's going out and socialising, exercising or staying home making dinner and looking after children, it can be one thing after the other until we scrounge into bed. This is pretty understandable as life can be hectic and there often isn't enough hours in the day. 

However, I have found out through experience that constant go-go-go is NOT good for you. It burns you out eventually. After a week of not taking a minute for myself I am virtually dead by Friday and waste the weekend away trying to get myself back to life so to speak... just to do it all over again! 

Now, I make sure to take at least 2 evenings every week to have time to unwind. That means no going to visit my boyfriend, no cleaning or chores, generally just no activities that involve me not being lazy! haha.

My Routine

So what does this 'Me Time' involve you may ask? Well, I'm going to share my own little routine now :)

The first thing I do to start unwinding is hop in the Shower. Not a bath? I hear you ask, I actually don't really like baths, believe it or not, they make me feel weak and I don't have anywhere to rest my head! I love to use my favourite shower products which are all Soap and Glory. I smother my body in the 'Righteous Butter' when I get out and I adore the scent and how luxurious it feels. 

I then get into the comfiest clothes I own; usually fluffy pj's or my onesie. 

Next, is skin care. There's nothing I love more than removing the remnants of make-up and get that face all clean and fresh. I use Garnier Micellar water and Simple skincare. I then like to use my Body Shop honey and oat face mask. I chillax while I let it soak into my favourite TV show (Home & Away) or Youtube playing in the background...

When I'm all cleaned up I make myself some Peppermint tea I'm obsessed with this tea, it's just relaxation in a cup if you ask me! It's actually a fact that it relaxes your body and mind. Just what I need after a long day! 
After I'm finished watching my shows or Youtube this is when I like to Read Blogs. I am a huge fan of so many blogs at the moment. There are loads of inspiring women out there, I need to do a post about them someday. If I'm not reading blogs I'm reading Books. Either one helps me to switch off and escape my own mind for a while, they really help me forget my own worries and foes of the day. I will be sharing the books I'm reading in January later on in the month so watch out for that ;)

All the time, while I am relaxing I am usually cuddling my dogs. It may sound odd to some but being with them is the ultimate destresser. I think it's because I have company (I don't like being alone too long) but I don't have to talk to them. I am such a crazy dog lady if that's a thing!

Finally, when reading my book has made me sleepy enough I get into my bed, on my warm electric blanket, feeling so zen and ready for a perfect nights sleep. 

I would love for you to let me know in the comments what it is you do to relax and unwind at the end of the day? If you're someone who rarely puts time aside for some 'me time' I hope this post inspires you, just a little bit to do so! As L'Oreal says... because you're worth it ;)  

Sinéad x
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My Week in Square Photos | Jan 02 - 08

9 Jan 2017

Hey, guys! Happy Monday, I hope you're not suffering from the Monday blues too badly or anything. I'm just working today and am off the rest of the week so I certainly am not, hehe, I'm sure that helps if you are, not! 

I hope you've all had a great first week to 2017 and are starting the year off as you mean to go on. I have promised myself to work harder on my blog this year and so far I am, and I am really enjoying it! I have all my blog posts planned for this month and I have a lot of them written and scheduled, it feels so good to be this organised! I really hope I can stick to it because I would love to see where I could talk my blog this year if I put in my best effort. If by the end of 2017 I had a nice sized and more importantly, engaged audience due to some good content I would be beyond happy. That's all I really want from blogging, a little community of friends. 
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Getting Back with an EX | Is it a good idea?

7 Jan 2017

First off I want to say that I don't have the answer to the above question, because there is no answer. Every situation is unique but I just felt like sharing my thoughts and experiences on the matter. If you've been following me on my blog and social media closely this year you might remember me being all heartbroken and glum back in June when my 1 year long relationship ended. You may have then seen the same guy back in insta selfies with me in September! Awks. Haha. 
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Simple ways to feel beautiful

5 Jan 2017

"Nothing can dim the light that shines from within"

Looking and feeling good is something that has always been important to me. I know that sounds a little vein but I'm just your typical girl who loves make-up, nice clothes and all the things that make you feel great about yourself. Being nicely 'put together' just makes me feel so much more confident in myself and there ain't nothing wrong with that! 

Living a busy life where I have to work for 9 hours most days can make it a little bit more challenging to keep myself looking and feeling great on a day to day basis. If I didn't put in the effort I would most likely feel like a tired old slob and that's never good! So I have created a list of the simple things I do to help me feel more radiant, alive, confident and beautiful on the inside and out.
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