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WHAT'S IN MY BAG? FT. ZAFUL

24 May 2017

 
Hey everyone! Hope your week is going well so far! Today I am coming to you with a good old classic. I don't think I've ever done a 'What's in my bag' in the entire 4 years I've been blogging - crazy! But when Zaful sent me this gorgeous backpack to review I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.
I'm completely in love with this bag and have been using it non-stop since it arrived in the post. My favourite thing about it is it can be used as a bag pack and a shoulder bag, and it looks great both ways. It's got plenty of room in it and would be perfect for going traveling.  I however, like to use it on my-day to day, going shopping etc and it's not too big or awkward for that either. I also love the colour because it goes with everything! The leather is super good quality and I would definitely order from Zaful again in the future. I literally want all of their bags. 

Anyway, lets dive right in and see what I've got when I empty the contents out on my bed...

Cath Kidson Notebook 

I always like to keep this notebook in my bag even though, if I am honest I never really write anything in it when I'm out - I mean, how could I? I'm just noticing I don't even have a pen in there haha silly me. I write little reminders in here and I use it for some blog post planning. I like to keep it for a little read through when I'm going out for a coffee or to jot down some ideas that pop to mind - need to sort out the pen situation!

Purse

Mum got me this purse from Debenhams for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It's not too big, not too small, nice and sturdy and, the real winner - it's rose gold! It also gives off some serious Ted Baker vibes but without the €90 price point.

Phone 

Ohh how exciting, I carry a phone in my handbag! I think this is probably why I never did one of these posts before - they're a bit predictable! Anyways, Android girl over here! I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 and I love it. It's the best phone I've ever owned. The camera is unreal!

River Island Sun Glasses

I am one of those people who can't go anywhere without my sunglasses. If it's even a little bit bright out my eyes are watering. I love these ones from River Island. They're nothing too crazy - just your standard cat-eye sunnies. I'm surprised I have them this long without breaking them.

Zara Mauve Twilight Perfume

I like to keep one of my cheaper perfumes in my handbag for when I feel like I need a little spritz and this one from Zara is simply lovely. It's right up my streak. Seriously, next time you're in Zara check out their perfumes, they have a great selection and they come in a lot of different sizes which are all under €12.

MAC Modesty Lipstick

I got this lipstick the other day and as with all new MAC lipsticks I am obsessed. Why has it taken me so long to buy this one?! It's a fabulous nude shade. Literally my lips but better  perfect! What MAC lipstick should I buy next? C'mon, feed my addiction!

Lasting Perfection Concealer 

Absolute survival essential. When my make-up wears off and my pesky chin spots make an appearance it's great to know I can reach for my trusty concealer and all will be well in the world once again. Narcissistic much?

Miscellaneous Shit

So the stuff that really don't deserve a paragraph - Tampon, because who wants to be stuck without a tampon? That's every girls worst nightmare!  Vaseline, I don't know what's wrong with me but I have such dry lips lately and I literally could not leave the house without some vaseline. Mints, these 'Doublemints' are new to me and they are so yummy! I hate to be without a mint or a chewing gum for after eating. Gogo, hair tye (whatever you like to call it) this doesn't really need explaining does it?!

And there we have it, I've finally got a 'What's in my bag' post up on my blog. Does this mean I'm a real 'blogger' now? haha, never!

I'd like to thank Zaful for sending me this bag for review. If you haven't checked out their online store you can do so here.

 Sinéad x
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IS INSTAGRAM FAKE? HELL NO!

20 May 2017

Every day there seems to be someone complaining about Instagram. A couple of weeks ago there was the whole 'bot' scandal which I'm sure you all know about but I'm not here to talk about that! I'm here to talk about one of the other controversies about Instagram - how people, especially in the media, are always saying that Instagram does not portray real life, that it is completely fake. 

This annoys me SO much.

Once you are taking all of your own pictures and are not lying about where you are / what you're doing then yes, Instagram does 100% portray real life. It just happens to be, for most people, the absolute best parts of real life and what's so wrong about that? 

What's the problem with only sharing the best parts of life? Why not share the selfies you look your best in? Snap your new outfit? the flowers your boyfriend bought you? Your newly decorated bedroom? your holiday away? the wonderfully presented dinner out you had? and the gorgeous blue skies? Why the feck not?!

All of these things happened. They're all real. Just because you don't put up pictures of yourself with a hun-bun and mascara running down your face at 12am or share your dogs dinner of a pot noodle on there doesn't mean that what you do put on there isn't real. 

I get it, life isn't perfect and most people's Instagrams (especially bloggers) appear to show that it is. But I think everyone who uses the app should be old enough and wise enough to look at someones amazing life on Instagram and know that this isn't their whole life, this is just the best bits, this person has problems and flaws just like me. 

The thing I actually love most about Instagram is how I can use it as a place to store all my best moments and memories. I can create a gallery of my life that reminds me of the good stuff. When I'm having a shitty day I can go through my feed, look at all those happy moments and remember how lucky I am. When I'm not feeling too confident in my appearance I can see those selfies where my skin is glowing or I'm wearing a flattering outfit and be reminded that I'm actually not that bad, I ain't an ugly b**** after all! When my rooms a mess I can look at the pictures in which it is immaculate and be inspired to tidy it. Y'know what I mean? 

I just think that we as humans tend to focus a lot on the negatives in life. The reasons we are not happy, the things that suck in life. Why should we have to put these things on Instagram to remind us even more? We should be focusing on our blessings and I think Instagram really helps with that.

Why not create a gallery for yourself that reminds you of your favorite parts of your life because those things matter too, they should be at the forefront of your mind more than the bad stuff. Those things are REAL GOD DAMNIT. 

HA It feels so good to get that off my chest! Phew! After all that, if you would like to connect with me on Instagram you can do so right here!

Let me know in the comments what your thoughts on this topic are :)

Sinéad x
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Why I enjoy spending time alone

15 May 2017

Every now and again I like to spend a day with my own company and no one else's.

Does anyone else feel the same? Because it seems like going out on your own is seen as something that no one really enjoys doing. They only do it if they have to and that if we were all given the choice we would have a friend with us. Whenever I tell someone I'm going somewhere alone they ask if I want them to come to keep me company as if I should always need and want company. 

I guess this does make sense, humans are a social animal after all and of course having a chat and a laugh with a friend is something we all love doing. But is anyone else with me on loving going out and spending time on your own sometimes?

I find I have to have these days at least once a month, for my own sanity. They usually fall on a Sunday. 

My favourite thing to do is take myself into the city, Galway city that is. I like to wander around at my own pace, have a mooch 'round the shops, people watch and take myself for a coffee and some cake. 

My favourite thing about spending this time alone is that I'm not distracted by anyone. I get this time with myself and my own thoughts with no one to bother me. This sounds a bit creepy but I love how it allows me to really take in my surroundings. I notice things more when I'm alone. I notice how pretty a building is, I can watch people interact with each other and I see things I wouldn't normally see if I had to focus on having a conversation with someone. 
Also, I find having a day by myself incredibly freeing

If you think about it, most of us have commitments and we spend the week with others depending on us. I have to go to work Monday to Friday and all that time is given to other people. I obviously can't just do what I want during that time. 

That's why I think these days to myself are so important for my mind. They are the days I get to be completely free.

I get to drive in the car with the music as loud as I like and sing at the top of my lungs (which I admit to doing!) I get to go wherever I want. Walk the streets at my own pace and go into the same store like 3 times without someone getting impatient. I can sit in a coffee shop watching the world go by for as long as I want. I can go places for no reason and take as many pictures as I want.

I can do anything I like without having someone to answer to and to me, that is bliss. 
Why not dedicate some time just to you and no one else? after all, you are the only person you have to spend the rest of your life with so you may as well get to know yourself and enjoy your own company.

I would love to know what your thoughts on going out alone are. Do you prefer to have a friend with you or are you like me and find spending some time solo a necessity? Let me know in the comments. 

Sinéad x
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Escaping to the Mountains | Slieve Aughty

9 May 2017

Hey everyone! Last weekend I visited Slieve Auchty adventure centre and it was oh so beautiful and unique. Me being me took a tonne of photos of everything. I didn't have my big camera with me so these were all taken on my phone. I thought I would share them here with you as I haven't done a photo diary/adventure type post in the longest time. 

The adventure centre is located in East Co.Galway but the wooden houses, balconys and glorious blue skys made me feel like I was in Australia or somewhere cool like that. It is sorta in the middle of nowhere up a narrow road on a wooded mountain. Exactly my kinda place. I love getting away from everything and switching off from the world. It is such a peaceful place, all you could hear were the birds happily singing. 

The place has such a laidback hippy vibe. There's a camping site with fire pits, or you can stay in one of the gorgeous little houses. There are also rooms upstairs in the main building.

It's an eco-friendly resort so the entire menu in the restaurant uses food grown in their garden or locally sourced. Nearly everything in the place is handmade. We even watched some people making chairs outside. 

It was a bit like stepping back in time as everything was so rustic and old. Sure shiny modern furnishings are great and all but grungy old things have a certain charm about them too... I mean just look at the shop...
Throwing in a quick little OOTD! Top - Penneys (Primark), Jeans - River Island, Shoes - Marco Tozzi.
There are some lovely nature trails on the grounds of Slieve Aughty, a perfect way to pass an hour or two on a sunny afternoon. 

There is also an 'Enchanted Forest' which is kinda for the kiddies, or adults too if you believe in fairies! The little forest in inhabited by fairies, goblins and all things magical. There are little doors in the trees in to the different fairies houses. 

The forest was so cute. The attention to detail was pretty impressive. There was even a witches fort with a cauldron and everything. I didn't take a picture of that though - incase I would be cursed ;)
One of my favourite things in the forest was the wishing tree. Here you could write a little wish and attach it to the tree. I spent a good ten minutes reading some of the innocent wishes from little kids. 
All in all, it was such a lovely little getaway, without even getting away, I mean, I didn't even leave Galway! It didn't feel like that though. It felt like somewhere far away for so many reasons. 1. the weather was fabulous. 2. All the old rustic buildings made it feel like a different time and 3. the enchanted forest felt a bit like another world, It was kinda like I stepped in to Narnia for a little bit! In a good way!

Sinéad x
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The benefit of hindsight in love

20 Apr 2017

Today, I was clearing out my bedroom and I found a diary I had written in at the beginning of 2015. In it, I wrote about how I was still 'in love' with a guy I was briefly seeing the summer previous. Seriously guys, this literally made me laugh out loud at myself! How ridiculous. 

This sent me off on a little trip down memory lane, in particular I was thinking about my history with men. Now don't get me wrong I ain't no Taylor Swift, I could only manage to make 2 men be my boyfriend in my 24 years. But there was a couple of 'encounters' in between those relationships that I really started to think about because they were the ones that have almost taught me more going forward as a newly single girl who wants to start dating again soon-ish.

I started to think about how I behaved in these little relationships in between real relationships and guys, looking back now I honestly laugh at myself because at times I was pretty pathetic hah.

My problem is I fall 'in love' so quickly. When I really liked someone I became infatuated, I lived for their texts and dreamed of us becoming official like it would fix all of my problems. And when things would go south I would be devastated and apparently still 'In love' with them six months after they gave me the boot. 

I wore rose tinted glasses and thought those people were perfect.

But now, looking back, I can see that they were not. I can see all of their flaws and traits I wouldn't like and I can finally see why they weren't right for me. So who care's if they hurt me or just ghosted on me whilst I was 'in love' with them. Because really I wasn't, the times love really developed were the times the person didn't cause so much obsession and worry in the dating stages.

I have no regrets though, because now I know how to approach dating going forward. I know not to push things, if it is meant to be it will progress naturally. I know when to let go and move on and I here-by promise myself I will never hold on to a 'love' for some douche-bag I was seeing for two months six months prior!

Sinéad
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Spring Wishlist | Pink Long Dresses

17 Apr 2017

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Hey Guys! So one of my favorite clothing websites Zaful has got in touch with me asking to create a Spring fashion wish list using products from their site. This season I am all about the dresses and Zaful have some gorgeous pink long dresses and floral wrap dresses which have really made me excited for the summer and some warmer weather.

It's funny because I've never usually been much of a dress  wearer but this year, as the evenings are getting longer and the Summer is quickly rolling in, I find myself browsing the dresses section of most websites. I'm really picturing myself in blush pink dresses with some brown sandals and a sun hat on my holidays this year and I am loving the selection Zaful have to choose from. They're all so feminine, soft with a strong summer festival vibe.

One of my absolute favourites is this loose printed dress. I adore the embroidery trend that's been huge these past few months and absolutely love the floral details on the shoulders of this piece. This is so girly and cute and I feel like it could be dressed up with a pair of heels or dressed down with a belt and some boots. You could even wear it in Autumn with some tights since it has long sleeves!

Another one of my favourites in the 'Pink long dresses' section is this stunning off the shoulder floral maxi dress This is quite a different vibe to the first as it is a real beach dress but I think it would be absolutely gorgeous for a sun holiday. I love the peachy colour, the pattern and the fact it's off the shoulder. Such a pretty flowy piece which has quite a boho vibe which I love!

If you're a lover of all things floral like me you will love their selection of floral wrap dresses. There's something about a wrap dress that I find so effortlessly pretty and sophisticated. I kind of wish I had a wedding or something coming up because I feel like they are perfect for such an occasion but I guess you could wear them more casually too, even just for a trip to the beach with a sun hat! you could even wear your bikini underneath.

Zaful has such an amazing selection of wrap dresses but the floral print wrap maxi dress is a show stopper to me. Like, damn...all I need is that models tan and I could be killing it this summer, oh and for the sun to make an appearance, that would help too (let's face it that might not happen here in Ireland!) Seriously though, I am obsessed with that gorgeous pink floral print against the white, it's just so class and summery.

If your not such a big fan of pink maybe this navy floral v-neck maxi dress is more up your street. This one is a little more risque as the slit is further up and the dark colour makes it a little sexier than the white one. I could definitely see myself wearing this one on a night out on the the town during the summer months. Once again Zaful haven't failed with another gorgeous pattern, them lilac colours are just FAB!

Browsing through Zaful's dresses has made me fall in love with floral, maxis and wrap dresses. I'm definitely going to try to work up the confident to step outside my comfort zone and wear something similar this Spring/Summer. Who says you need to be tall for long dresses?!

 If you haven't checked out Zaful before you definitely should. It's got an amazing selection of all kinds of clothing and accessories at really affordable prices and shipping is free on orders over $30! Check out their social media for updates - Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

Sinéad x
 *this is a sponsored post which has been compensated*


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