Recent Fashion & Beauty Buys

31 Aug 2014

Hey Everyone!
I thought I would share with you some of the things I bought the last week or two. I love reading these kind of posts and I want to feature them more on my blog! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Printed Trousers - €14 Penneys (Primark)
These type of printed pants have clearly been very 'in' lately. I always thought they were a bit strange, slightly pyjamas like but I also always thought they look so good and cool on so I was like heck I'll give them a go and try to make them work. I really like this pattern, I don't have anything this colour and they were so cheap so it won't matter too much if I only wear them once. I'm going to wear them to a house party this weekend, I think they will be very comfy for that and should look less pj like with some heels. 

Wine Crop Top - €6 Penneys (UK - Primark)
I got this crop top to go over the printed trousers. I think crop tops look great with these kind of trousers to make them look dressy and to show a little bit of skin for nights out. This isn't too revealing with the trousers as the waist is pretty high so you can only see a little bit of my tummy which suits me because I've never worn a crop top before!
Ah this is my first proper crop top! 

Black and White Houndstooth Plimsolls - €14.99 New Look
I love these casual slip on plimsolls for everyday use. They go with most things and are oh so comfy! Would highly recommend New Look shoes in general. They are really good quality, last ages, to me they are more comfy that some 'branded' shoes and are less than half the price.

Cream Converse Dupes - €11.99 (reduced to €6)  New Look (link to similar)
I am huge fan of New Looks converse dupes. These are amazing quality! I would say they are just as good as the real converse, they last just as long as them and I find them 1 million times more comfortable. My feet don't agree with real converse at all for some reason, hate them. But these are great, I have two other pairs in different colours.

Revlon Colourbust Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Crush' - €10.99 Boots
I thought this was a really nice dark plum colour for coming in to Autumn. I think it will go really well with the outfit I bought. I love these products as they last on me for ages! note to self, do not put this on late at night on a night off when you will be too lazy to remove it before bed - still on me in the morning!

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butter in 'Tutti Fruti' - €11.20  Boots
It was 2 for €12 on Revlon lip products in boots so you would have to be very very silly not to avail of such an offer considering most of the products are almost that price on their own! I went for this lovely orange shade. This is my first lip butter and I really like them! 'Candy Apple' you're next on my list!
Let me know if you would like a review on any of these lip products. 


Currently I Am...

29 Aug 2014

I did one of these 'Currently I Am...' posts back at the beginning of April (see here) and I recently read over it. It was so nice to have a moment in my life captured forever so I thought I would do another one, so I can look back on this months from now and remember what was going on in my life and notice how things have changed without me realising it. So here it goes...

Currently I am...

So many new blogs lately. Reading them is one of my favourite pastimes, I no longer ever buy magazines!
I still suck at watching TV shows but one of my friends introduced me to 'Girls' and I think I'm going to start watching it from the beginning. Anyone have any opinions on it?
Not playing any games at the moment!
To find a job. Wish me luck, I need all I can get!
Nothing at the moment but I did just have a lovely homemade burger with coleslaw and cheese. Sounds gross but it's actually really nice!
Cadet Orange :P
Still, I am useless at cooking. I really want to try some recipes though and do blog posts about them. The Trusper app has me inspired!
My last call was to my Mum...
The last text on my phone is from my sister. Clearly I am very popular haha not. 
Lots of inspiring words and bedroom decor ideas. 
Random thoughts throughout my day. Follow me @dreamingagain_
I have really gotten in to making word art frames like the one in this blog post. Need to get on to making one for my best friend. 
I am sitting on my bed cuddled up in blankets with the laptop on my lap writing up this post. Happiness. 
To Thurles tomorrow to pick up a new puppy! I am very excited. Still can't think of a name though. Maybe Noah or Theo?
The Ice Bucket challenge. It is so much fun seeing so many people do it. It's all for a great cause. Of course there are the people who complain about it but seriously? it's all a bit of fun and a laugh and it's bringing us all together. We need more things like that.
Feeling like I wasn't good enough for someone, and feeling like I have just been used.
My little nephew beginning to talk more and more as he is getting more words. It's so much fun to watch him develop and hear what he comes out with. 
Is my friend EVER going to text me back? it's been almost a week!
Despite there being some things in my life lately or things to come in my life that are making me unhappy I am overall feeling positive, hopeful, and content with life. 
That I start being more productive soon and get a part time teaching job.
Listening (to)
I just made a playlist for my friends house party so I have been listening to so many different things. I wanted something for everyone so I've been listening to everything from pop to rock to house to trance!
Not celebrating anything in particular. But I found out when my graduation is going to be held so that should be a good celebration to come in October!
My family, especially my dad for being so great and supportive with everything I do. I feel very lucky that they care so much, even if it does wreck my head sometimes it's nice to know they want the best for me!
Clearing out my wardrobe. It badly needs to be done as I don't wear most of the stuff in it. I am generally trying to make my bedroom nicer and want to decorate my desk space. 
The summer. My best friend is moving a way in a week and that makes me pretty damn sad!
The Autumn. Who knows what new experiences and opportunities this season will bring. Many, I hope. 

This post was completed at 01.14 on 28/08/14

A Lesson Learned - Life Always Goes On

27 Aug 2014

It's 1am and I am wide awake. I'm sitting in my bed skimming trough some of my favourite blogs and  I am in one of those reflective moods where I am thinking about everything that has happened to me this past year. A lot has happened, I have done so much, I have had so many new experiences. So many people have came in to my life and some of them have left it again. Through all of these changes, events and experiences I honestly believe I have grown up so much. Everything they say is true "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger", "the older you get the wiser you get", now I am still only 21 so I am sure I have a lot to learn but I am 10 times wiser now than when I was 20. 

Rewind back to August 28th 2013. Something big happened in my life. At least, I thought it was big at the time. Someone left my life, someone who had been there for three and a half years, someone who was my best friend and my everything and in one day, one moment, one conversation we cut each other off from our lives. I didn't know how I was going to cope. I couldn't imagine a life without him, it was incomprehensible to me. People told me "you will be fine", "you will move on", "there will be others" but I honestly did not believe them. I couldn't imagine ever moving on, or there ever being anyone else, I believed I would never be truly fine again. I cried myself to sleep every night for a week, feeling like my life was over.

It was not over. In fact, this past year has been probably the best year of my life, and I never expected that. I never thought I could live such a great life and have so much fun without him. I have met so many wonderful people through college, teaching, and tag rugby some of whom will remain friends for life. Some of whom I had brisk but meaningful or at least memorable encounters with.  I have met other boys. I have liked other boys an awful lot. I never thought I would. I have kissed others (and didn't think of him while doing it). I actually did move on. I thought it would be impossible but it wasn't.

I know my example of a relationship isn't very important, and worse things happen, but it was important to me at the time because I couldn't see the bigger picture then. Whatever it is, going through something tough, something you think is the end of your world can truly make you a stronger, wiser person. It is only ever the end of the world as you know it, there is always better to come.

So now, this summer, when my current, what I thought was 'love of my life' packed up his things and moved away making it very clear he had no desire to stay in contact, I didn't cry. Because now I know that life always goes on. It is not the most important thing in my life. I can still have an amazing time and be very happy. I will be OK, I will move on, there will be others and others after them and yes it's hard to believe that they will be better than him at the moment, but they will be, I am sure of it. How do I know this? Because I have taken this ride already.

I know a lot of you are younger than me, so I wanted to share this little life lesson I have learned this past year - life always goes on. Whatever it is, it won't last forever. The future is uncertain but it is always full of endless possibilities and you never know what amazing things lay around the corner. So don't assume that because your life sucks now, it will not get better. There is life beyond everything. 

Is there anything you have learned about life lately that you would like to share in the comments? Sharing these more personal posts scares me a little bit but it helps me so much to consolidate my thoughts and understand this little brain and these feelings of mine! So I hope you don't mind my perhaps disjointed or ambiguous musings.

Snaps | A Woodland Walk

23 Aug 2014

Isn't it nice to escape the rest of humanity and take a walk in to the wilderness? Ok, not going to lie, these photos weren't exactly taken in the winderness. In fact these woods are right beside a little village and have designated walkways so I did bump in to a few more humans on my walk, haha. But for the majority of the time it was just me, my camera and utter silence. I don't think anything can put things in to perspective more than escaping everything, even just for half an hour. Just being with yourself, not checking your phone, and your own thoughts your only company.

The little underground stone hut you see is called the Ice House. I'm not really sure what it was used for, I could have looked in through that hole which is a window, but lets face it, I was far too chicken and scared of what I might see in there!

The small castle you see is actually a mausoleum which holds the bodies of 2 or 3 important people in the area who lived hundreds of years ago. I think they were land lords or something. I didn't want to get too close to it, because being there alone kind of freaked me out and you have to admit, it does look like a place that would be haunted, in the middle of the woods and all. The keys for it are actually available if you want to have a look inside, sounds like the stuff of nightmares to me though!

So my woodland walk was nice, peaceful and refreshing but it did have moments (that damn ice house and mausoleum) of me being a wimp and wanting to run rather than walk! haha.


'Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary'

21 Aug 2014

After the tragic death of Robin Williams I decided to watch one of his classic movies that I hadn't seen before. It was between 'Good Will Hunting' and 'Dead Poets Society' and after a little research in to what each of them was about I decided to watch 'Dead Poets Society' first. I thought it would be the perfect movie for me as it follows John Keating (Robin Williams) who plays a liberal English teacher in a very conservative boarding school who inspires his class to make the most of their lives, cease the day and follow their dreams as unique individuals. 

As a newly qualified English teacher myself, this movie left me absolutely speechless and very touched. I am sure it is inspiring for everyone to watch but as a teacher, I can't even describe how inspirational this was to me. It nearly reduced me to tears at points where I think the average person wouldn't cry. 

For example, when one of the students did not complete the homework of writing a piece of poetry. John Keating did not get mad or punish him. Instead he brought him to the front of the class and got him to scream, as a way to loosen up and come out of himself. He made him close his eyes and asked him what he saw and he amazingly managed to drag poetry out of him which left the whole class speechless. The look on that students face when he realised he could do it was touching  for me, because it's something I dream of seeing continuously throughout my career.
I'll add a clip of this scene at the end because me talking about it doesn't do it justice.

John Keating's thoughtfulness and care for his students was extraordinary. He took them out of the textbook (even ripping out pages) and out of the classroom. He helped them find themselves and encouraged them to be who they really are.

This movie made me realise just how important having a passion for your subject is. Keating adored poetry, he adored teaching.  

     "We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion .And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be? "

 It showed that such passion can rub off on students. Students who were used to route learning in every other class, fell in love with English and Keating because of his teaching methods and even set up their own Dead Poets Society.

Every aspect of this movie amazed me. Just seeing John Keating in situations like I have been in. Such as a cheeky reply or lack of interest on the part of students and seeing how he dealt with them amazingly and in a way that managed to not be mean, but humorous and sensible.

Some may remember him as Mrs Doubtfire or the Genie but for me Robin Williams will always be John Keating. In this movie he motivates me to be the best teacher I can be. I hope I can touch the life of even just one child in my class like he does. If I see the look on his students faces, and their sense of achievement and self worth in my own students, even just once, because of me, it will all be worth it. And I will feel like I have touched someones life and maybe made their future brighter. 

I long for the respect and love that his students have for him, maybe even someday they will stand on their desks and call me 'o captain, my captain' in an act of reverence. I would be totally cool with that.

What is your favourite Robin Williams movie? Do you have a movie that really inspires you? Let me know in the comments. 

Blogger Love Tag

19 Aug 2014

Hey Everyone!
The lovely Tasmin over at RazMaTaz - Girl recently tagged me in the blogger love tag. Thanks Tasmin! I'm a sucker for a good tag so here goeees.

What was the first blog you ever came across?
I think that would probably be Fleur De Force as she was the first blogger / Youtuber I came across. There was a time I didn't know they existed, crazy!

Favourite beauty blog reads
My favourite beauty blogs would be Rosy Chic, the blog design is SO beautiful, her pictures are excellent and her reviews are really informative. Another favourite of mine is Mash Elle this is another perfect and gorgeous blog Michelle is gorgeous and her photography is stunning! Giggles and Make-Up is another top class beauty blog.

Best blogging friend
I have never met any bloggers in real life but I have talked to quiet a few lovely girls throughout my time blogging. I would have to say that Anna and Kayla (links in my tags) would be my best friends because we talk about life outside blogging.

Label a blog that enables your purchases
I don't really have one blog that makes me want to buy things, it would usually be a combination of different ones that would make me more interested in a product but I can't say I have purchased that much based solely on seeing a blog post about them!

5 blogs that everyone should be reading
They are all top class blogs which you should definitely check out!

You're favourite way to read blogs
At night time, snuggled up in bed on my laptop. Perfect. 

Bloggers that inspire you
Honestly every blog I read inspires me in a way. I couldn't name just one that inspires me over the other. I love how they're all different and unique and admire peoples personal styles.

Favourite blog design / look
 I really like simple, clean and fresh blogs that have just one or two main colours and not much going on like Casetti's

What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Having a place to be creative with both writing and photography. To share opinions and have discussions and most of all meet loads of lovely people. Everyone in the blogging community is SO nice, no one ever has a bad word to say, it's great to be a part of it!

Name a blogger that you would most like to see write a book in the future
 This would without a doubt be Katie from Scarphelia. She is such a talented and creative writer. All of her posts are stories in a way and they are all so well thought out with amazing morals and ideas behind them. She definitely has what it takes to write a book. I would definitely buy it.

I tag:

My Top 3 Summer Lipsticks

18 Aug 2014

Hey Everyone,
I can't believe it's August already. That makes me so sad. It's like the Sunday of summer. Noooo... I don't want summer to end!
As this lovely season is coming to a close I thought I would share with you my 3 most worn lipsticks throughout the summer.

First up is this lovely Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in the shade 'lovesick'. Let me tell ya, these things are ah-mazing, they last for ages on the lips. Don't dry them out. They are all round perfect. They come in so many other colours that I need to get my hands on asap! this one is a lovely deep fuschia colour which is fantastic for bright summer days.

 Next up, and definitely my all time favourite and most worn of the three is Rimmels 210 'coral in gold' lipstick. Isn't it beautiful? God I just love it. Orange lipstick really suits my skin tone and eyes more than any other colour. What are some other good orange lipsticks you know of? This one is quiet subtle with gold shimmers. Beaut.

Lastly, a summer lipstick list would not be complete without a classic pink and this Rimmel Kate '28' one is gorgeous. This is pretty new but I have been wearing it consistently since I got it. I feel so girly when I wear this. I love Rimmel lipsticks in general, they're great quality, cheap and cheerful.

And there we have it! What do you think of these colours? Boy do I love lipsticks...I need to expand my collection so if there is any lipsticks you would recommend, especially for the upcoming Autumn be sure to let me know in the comments!


DIY Word Art Frame

17 Aug 2014

What you will need:
  • Photo Frame
  • White card
  • Felt tip pens (markers)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Rubber (eraser)
  • Black Pen
  • Scissors
  • Pinterest for inspiration!

 Step 1 
Pick an image on Pinterest, We Heart it etc. They all have lovely word art images so chose one to base yours on!
Step 2
The first thing you will need to do is measure the card in relation to the photo frame. Using a pencil draw on the card a border which will show you what will be seen in the frame. You will have to work inside this border 
Step 3 
You could print out the image you have chosen or you could just copy it from the screen. Make sure to use a pencil to draw a sketch of what you want. You will be using the rubber A LOT. Remember it doesn't have to be exactly like the image from Pinterest, it will be impossible to get it identical.
Step 4
Once you are completely happy with your sketch use a good black pen to draw over the pencil. When the ink is completely dry use your rubber to rub out all of the the pencil marks. You will be left with a black outline of your image.
Step 5
This is the fun part! colour it in using markers with what ever colours you like. You could also add  glitter or other crafty bits to top it off. I'm going to try find some bits for future pieces!
Step 6 
Place the card in the frame, make sure it is centred and TADA. You have your own handmade inspirational picture.

 I really enjoyed making this, mine definitely didn't turn out perfect but I think that is part of the charm! I'm planning on making one with a friendship quote for my friend who lives in New Zealand and posting it to her. I think something like this, with a suitable quote, whether it be for a friend or a family member would make a lovely thoughtful gift!

Here are some other quick drawings I did just on paper.

I was thinking of maybe making another one of these. Getting more creative with coloured  card and maybe glitter and doing a giveaway when I reach 300 followers? Would that be a good idea? Let me know in the comments if you would like one I will definitely consider doing one for a giveaway.

My tips for getting sh*t done!

15 Aug 2014

Do you ever feel like you have so many stresses and worries in your life that you just don't have the motivation to be productive or work any of it out. Like everything is all over the place and you don't even know where to start to get things in order? I have been feeling like this a lot lately. For the first time in my life ( well, since I was 4) I won't be returning to school or university in September and that terrifies me. I like having something to focus on and dedicate myself to. Now I feel like I have no direction. The thought of even doing up my CV and doing an interview terrifies me, never mind the certain rejection, and when I do got a job, it will only be temporary and I don't know how far I will have to travel. Everything is so scary and uncertain. Sometimes I would just love to hide in my bed, put it all off and never have to face the real world. 

So lately I have been doing some small things to try and help myself feel more organised, and motivated to face the future. I thought I would share them with you here and hopefully they will help you too if you're feeling the same. Whether it is getting school work done, searching for a job like me or even just facing household chores.

Tidying your room
This can be great to make you feel like a fresh start. Having a nice tidy and organised room will motivate you to organise the rest of your life! I recently de-cluttered my whole desk area. It was a corner of my room that seemed to have collected so many pages and books that I really did not need any more. So I threw all the pages out and put the books in the attic along with boxes of phones that I had years ago! I organised everything I needed on to the shelves and made the surface nice and clear. I bought a little yankee candle and I want to get some more nice decorations for the space. Having cleared this I now feel like I have a nice little work place where I am happy and it motivates me to be more productive.

Using a journal 
Using a journal to write down everything you need to do that day or that week can be a great way to make things clear and it can make you realise that actually, it's not so bad, it is doable. It allows you to prioritise what you have to do and plan your time effectively. Also you can't beat that feeling of ticking off the things you have done!

Taking time out
For me, this has been going for nice longs walks through some local woods. It is so quiet and peaceful I automatically feel better. It helps me clear my head and realise that things aren't so bad. Other people might prefer playing a sport, going to the gym, or even doing yoga to be beneficial. Either way I definitely believe physical exercise is good for the mind and reduces stress.

Believing in yourself
This is probably the most difficult thing for me. I am absolutely terrified of doing job interviews. I really don't believe they will think I am good enough to handle a class in their schools as I come across as very quiet and timid. Sometimes I wish I could get a personality transplant as I don't think mine is great for the job I am in. However, I have really been trying to boost my confidence lately by just saying to myself every day that I am good enough and I can do it. I try to eliminate any negative thoughts of my capabilities as soon as they come in to my head. 

Talk to people
If you are overwhelmed by things you have to do it's always a good idea to share your feelings with someone who can empathise and make you feel better, they may even motivate and encourage you. Never be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes we thing we are the only ones who can't cope with certain situations but that's not true. I have asked my neighbour to help me out with the whole looking for and securing a job process as he has experience of interviewing teachers. It is always great to have support to lighten the load a little bit.

I hope these tips help you a little bit. I am definitely not an expert and I struggle to stay motivated every single day. 

Do let me know in the comments if there is anything else you like to do to help keep you motivated and focused in doing what you have to do. I would especially like to hear any tips for believing in yourself as this is definitely the biggest issue for me that I still need to overcome.


Random Ramblings | Boys & Dating

12 Aug 2014

 Hey Everyone!

I thought I would get back in to my 'Random Ramblings' series which I've done once or twice a couple of months ago. I'm just going to use this to 'ramble' and share my thoughts, opinions and experiences on topics and issues that are relevant to all of us. I thought it would be a cool sort of girly chat series. I hope you like it!

So this month I thought I would talk about boys and the whole dating scene! I'm not going to talk about my current 'love life' because obviously it's personal, I would probably die if someone who knows me read it and also, it's very complicated...I wouldn't want to bore you haha!

I am definitely a relationship person, it suits my personality. I like to have one person in my life who I'm really close to and do everything with. For the last 8 months or so I have definitely been up for getting in to a new relationship and have been playing the dating game for a few months, but my God would anyone else agree that it is stressful, awkward and sometimes heartbreaking? "The heart was made to be broken" Thanks Oscar Wilde.

Over the past year I have noticed that in most cases you either really like the guy but he doesn't like you or a guy really likes you but you don't like him. Then when you find a guy you like who likes you back and you start seeing each other, you enter a weird pre-relationship stage where you have no idea where you stand with each other. Is he with other girls too? Does he see a future with you? Does he just want a friends with benefit type hook up? Why isn't he texting me anymore, has he lost interest? should I play hard to get? What are these mixed signals? Should I ask to hang out or wait for him to ask? So many questions that will literally make you want to pull your hair out and become a nun.

 I am useless at figuring out what's going on in boy's heads. I get attached so easily. When I like someone I literally think of them all the time. I stress out if they don't contact me. I cannot play it cool or hard to get, I make my feelings clear and probably come across as needy or desperate sometimes.

I also have really high standards and don't even consider most of the guys I meet so all in all I suck at the whole 'dating' thing haha. It shocks me how easily some people get in to new relationships! Sometimes it even makes me ask myself if there is something wrong with me, but that's usually a brief thought because I know there is nothing, I'm a pretty good catch haha.

I guess the best thing to do is get on with your life and not go searching for love after all the saying goes "love strikes when you least expect it"

What are you thoughts on dating? do you find it as stressful as I do or do you think it's fun? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments and at least agree with some of the things I said so we can have a little moan about boys together :)


Simple Sunday

10 Aug 2014

Ahh it's 20 minutes to midnight on Sunday so I literally am leaving this post to the last minute, oops! I'll make it a quick round up of the little things and events that happened this week that made me happy.

Nearly every day this week I have been car hunting for my first car! I am so excited to be getting my own car. I use my dads one at the moment but it's going to be amazing to be able to go whenever I like and not have to ask for permission! It's been a bit stressful trying to find the perfect one and I still haven't decided yet. I'm off on a two hour drive to Sligo in the morning to look at one that sounds really good. I'll keep you posted ;)

My mum made apple tarts this week with apples from our own trees. Ya gotta love this time of year when the apples are out and the tarts just keep popping out of the oven. Yum Yum. (not so great from my waist line though eh? haha)

I had a lovely girls night out on Friday night. We went to an awesome bar that I hadn't been to before. There was a brilliant band playing and I met one of my favourite people so it was an all round great night! I want to relive it now! Does anyone else ever feel kind of sad after a really good time because you're sad it's over? haha.

Family Time this Sunday has been so lovely and I really feel so lucky to have the family I have. My sister and her 3 kids were here all day and we went to a little family fun day. There was a kids disco. Don't tell anyone but I had a great time with the little ones. I love being an auntie!

There we have it, the simple things that made my week! (at 23.51) ahh.
I would love to hear about what made your week this week in the comments!
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Future Blog Plans!

7 Aug 2014

Hello Friends!

A back to base kind of blog post today. I've spent the last hour thinking about my blog and jotting down exactly what it is I want to do on here in the future. I've never used a note pad or wrote down any of my ideas before but I am so shocked how much putting pen to paper has helped me clarify everything! I think I've put a nice plan together for my blog with lots and lots of post ideas that will cover the next few months! It's making me very excited. I am feeling very motivated to putting some more time and effort in to this little haven of mine.
I thought, rather than just getting on with it I would write a blog post sharing my plans with you and letting you know whats in store! (fingers crossed I'll stay motivated and committed)

I have decided to do 4 monthly series. These will be -

Monthly Favourites

This is going to include a variation of the following: favourite beauty product, favourite fashion piece, song, movie/tv show, food/treat, blog, blog post, app, activity.
This is going to be a pretty big and long post each month, but I am very excited about it! I plan to put these up on the first week of each month.

My Month According to Instagram

This will be the traditional sharing of instagram pictures taken throughout the month and maybe a little explanation of   each picture. I think this will be a fun way to summarise the highlights of my month. This will go up on the last week of each month.

Monthly Tag

I love doing tags and I think most people enjoy reading them so I have decided to do at least one Tag post a month. This should be fun!

Random Ramblings

This is definitely the series I am most excited for. I've done some Random Ramblings in the past and I loved them so I am going to try do some more. In these posts I will pick a topic, it can be anything (I have a list of 10 already) from motivation to relationships to being confident. I will share my opinions and experiences on the chosen topic. I think this will be good for discussions with you guys! I'm going to try put these up in the middle of the month so around the week of the 15th of each month.
Along with these series I might continue my Simple Sunday series. But maybe I will do it every second sunday rather than every Sunday because I feel like the week goes so fast and I get bored of doing the same kind o post too often!

Along with all of these regular posts there will of course be some random sporadic ones thrown in too to try and keep it interesting. I have a list of them jotted down and they range from hauls to recipes, to photography posts and lists.

I feel like I have a nice clear work plan for my blog now and I really really hope I stick to it. I'm not going to be too hard on myself if I don't do every series every month. I'll only do them if I really want to otherwise they would probably turn out rubbish anyways!

Let me know what you think of my plans or if you have any further suggestions. 
Do you like to plan out your blog in a journal or do you prefer to just wing it and write what pops in to your head? I would love to know how you all work :)

Big Hugs,
Sinead x


'The Fault in our Stars' | My thoughts on the book

6 Aug 2014

Hey Friends!

A couple of weeks ago curiosity got the better of me and I decided to buy in to the hype that surrounds 'The fault in our stars' by popping in to Easons and purchasing the book.

 I was really excited to read it because it sounded like it was the best and most heart-breaking romance since 'The Titanic'. I had high hopes for this to be absolutely amazing. Such great hopes led to disappointment though.

I mean, it was good. I got through the whole book in three days which is fast for me so it was clearly a page turner and I was interested in the plot and what was going to happen. 

However, in my opinion it is not as good as people made it out to be (sorry if you're a huge fan!) 
I just found some of it to not be believable, to be too far fetched. 

I found the whole 'let's go to Amsterdam to find out what happened to fictional characters in a fictional book after it ended' a little bit silly and difficult to believe that a 16 year old girl would get so worked up about it that she would risk flying to the other side of the world under ill health, for answers that anyone could answer by using their imagination. 

I also found the first kiss scene a tad bit disturbing. Anne Franks house is not a typically romantic location, it's actually a bit morbid and disrespectful to her and the victims of the holocaust in my opinion. Why couldn't it have happen at night time along the river, or after dinner? 

In general, I never felt excited about the love between Hazel and Augustus, I don't know why but the chemistry never jumped through the page to me. I feel like a lot of people might hate me for saying all this but I honestly did not care much for the characters of Hazel and Augustus. They both came across as very similar characters. They seemed quite know-it-all and annoying in the book. Eeeek I can feel the hate but I am being honest!

Ok time for some positivity! One thing I did like about the book was its underlying message which was portrayed through Augustus. He is someone who wants to control everything he can. He wants to be remembered, to be a hero and to live an extraordinary life. He fears being unremarkable and ponders on oblivion. But Hazel shows him the 'legacy' he has with the ones he loves is more important than glory and fame among strangers. I like the message that we sometimes should drop the idea of 'greatness' and accept what God / the 'stars' have given you.

Although I wasn't hugely impressed by this book, I don't regret reading it because it did have a lot of messages like that one which I think are helpful to remember in life. 
I have a strange feeling that this would be so much better in movie form. The characters would probably be more relatable and the love between the two protagonists more apparent and electrifying. I am definitely going to try and catch the movie at some stage.

If you have read the book or seen the movie let me know what you thought of them in the comments. I am sure a lot of people will disagree with my opinions, be sure to say if you do! 

Talk to you in the next post!

Sinead x

River Island Steals

4 Aug 2014

Hello Friends!
Recently there was a BIG sale on in River Island with up to 75% off. This really excited me and I was like a child in a sweet shop. I ended up staying sensible and not going too OTT and buying the whole store, and man did I want to! I love River Island so much and it was the first day of the sale so there was a lot of decent stuff up for grabs. I ended up getting four things so I thought I would share what I got with you guys!

                 The first thing I got was this simple black and white top. It is white with black sides. I thought this was pretty cute and versatile - there is lots of things it could be worn with. I think this would be perfect for a dinner out and definitely ideal for a job interview or work. Very sophisticated, eh? The bf said I looked like a little penguin in it though which I don't know whether to take as a compliment of not. It does kind of remind me or a white shirt with a black waist coat though but I love it! This was reduced from €40 down to €18 - whata steal!

This next top, I was a bit meh when I saw it because it was really baggy but I liked the pattern and the kinda sporty style to it so I tried it on only to fall in love with it on me. I think this is the coolest top I own now. I really love it. It's got slits each side right up to the arms which is awesome in my opinion. You can only see any skin if you stretch and it looks good with a white top underneath. I love to wear it with black leggings. In love. This was €35 down to €15.

I don't know if you know this about me but I am a major shorts person. I've been wearing them every day this summer that is in anyway warm. I think these ones are probably an aquired taste and a lot of people wouldn't like them but I love them. I think they're very uniqie and kind of boho? I have worn these so much already. I'm not really sure what price these were but they were originally €25 down to around €12 ish. If there was other patterns I would have bought them all!

I also love these shorts I picked up. They are quite different to the previous ones with heavier material and a more squared, less flowy shape. I like to wear these ones on more formal / dressy uppy occasions and I think they look super cute. Definitely my style. I believe these were around €35 down to €17. Bargaaaain.

I hope you enjoyed this River Island haul. Let me know what you think of the things I got and how you might style them.

Sinead x

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