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October Round-Up

31 Oct 2015

Another month has come and gone, I can hardly believe it! It only feels like yesterday I was writing my September Round-Up. The year is flying by and I am now allowing myself to say the C-word. Christmas. Ah! I'm actually planning to get all my Christmas shopping done in November so yep, I've accepted that it is pretty darn close. 

I feel like October was a pretty good month. It's one of my favourite months of the year anyways because I'm a big fan of Autumn and Halloween so I was bound to enjoy this month. Let's just say, I'm happy with the amount of pictures I've taken with my feet in some leaves, haha I've embraced the beauty of the month for sure. 

I didn't really immerse myself in the Halloween festivities though. I just really didn't feel like dressing up and going out this year. It's just SO busy on Halloween nights out and I think I must be getting too old and boring for that scene haha! I did have a night in watching a horror movie though (which I avoid like the plague) so that's something I guess, I also (badly) carved a pumpkin and ate some Halloween themed cup-cakes, so y-know, I didn't totally ignore the occasion!

Now, time for a summation of my month via Instagram (follow - dreamingagainblog) a round-up of everything I have blogged this month and a list of some of my favourite posts by other bloggers I have read throughout the month. Be sure to check them out!

OCTOBER ACCORDING TO INSTAGRAM
Top - Bottom, Left - Right
1 | Current natural make-up face of the day products, you can catch a post about that here ;)
2 | Pumpkin carving - an important life lesson on the difference between expectations and reality!
3 | Halloween date night! I went to see Everest (I'd give it a 6/10) and The Martian (8/10) this month. 
4 | The Macnas Parade in Galway city was spectacular.
5 | Be-au-tiful sunset turned the sky amazing colours.
6 | Nicky's cutest shot of the month. Such a photogenic pooch I got here.
7 | The scarves are out! Winter is on its way for sure.
8 | Pretty new nail polish. Love this colour. Sadly it doesn't last as long on my nails as I thought.
9 | Being at one with nature in Autumn is the best. I love these woods so much.
10 | Being a #basicfallgirl on our exploration of Coole Park.
11 | Pretty boats in Kinvara. I was the hungriest I'd been all month when I took this snap ha.
12 | Free pints of Guinness whilst watching Ireland in the RWC. Yes please.

WHAT I BLOGGED IN OCTOBER

POSTS I'VE ENJOYED IN OCTOBER
Zookending and a Date on 'According to Kiki'
Autumnal Woodland Walks  on 'Bethan Likes'
Houndstooth & The Hat | OOTD on 'Holly Sparkle'
Make Up Edit: Lipsticks for Fall on 'A Whole Lot Of Serendipity'

Let me know in the comments how October was for you? Do you have anything exciting coming up in November?

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Photography | Autumn Woodland Scenes

29 Oct 2015

Hey everyone! With the weather at the beginning of the week being really wet, along with the clock going back and the nights being longer, I haven't really gotten much outdoor time lately. I really think spending some time outside does wonders for my mental well-being so when Wednesday was a surprisingly beautiful day I grabbed my dog, my boyfriend and my camera to go on a little exploration of my favourite woods. 

You guys know how much I love the woods, there's something so peaceful about them and the air always feels so fresh! It must be all that oxygen the trees are emitting haha. What I love even more though are woods in Autumn time. I adoooore the golden carpets they create! 


This place is so fabulous and I hope I captured it all well enough for you to see that! I'm not sure if these posts are everyone's cup of tea but sharing my photography (even though I'm no pro!) is probably my favourite type of post to do! I just love the process of picking out my favourite, cropping/editing them a little and putting them in order.

Let me know in the comments what you think and if you would like me to share more of my photography like this. 

Watch out for an outfit post coming up some day soon!

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Autumn Look | Outfit & Make-Up

22 Oct 2015

Hey everyone! So like so many people Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. I love everything about it, especially the changing leaves, crisp air and the fashion and make-trends. I thought I would share some photos with you all capturing some of those things I love. So I headed outside with my camera and tried to encapsulate this beautiful October day and share with you my outfit and make-up look. Enjoy!

OUTFIT:
Scarf - MissSelfridge
Jumper - Pull & Bear
Leggings - Primark
Boots - Primark
Earrings - Dunnes Stores

MAKE-UP:
Foundation - Revlon Colour Stay
Complexion - Sleek Contour Kit in 'light'
Brows - L'oreal Brow Pencil
Eyeshadow - Naked 2 (bootycall and tease on crease)
Mascara - Soap and Glory Thick and Fast
Eyeliner - Soap and Glory Super Cat
Lips - Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Crush'
Nails - Barry M Sunset 'Dark Side of The 'Shroom'

This was a very quick and casual outfit that I threw together, nothing extraordinary but nice for everyday wear and perfect for when it's not too cold yet (it's still not cold enough for a big coat here!) 

You can probably guess that berry is my favourite colour to wear in Autumn. I absolutely adore a nice berry lip like this Revlon one in 'Crush' which isn't too dark or dramatic, perfect for daytime! I love the boots too which I got from Penneys (Primark) last year. They've lasted pretty well for the price, I think they were around €19. I also got the scarf last year too in MissSelfridge for around €25 but I still love it and definitely will be wearing it throughout the Autumn and Winter again this year. 

Let me know in the comments what your favourite Autumn colour is to wear and what is your go-to Autumn fashion piece?

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5 Reasons I think my dog is actually a cat

19 Oct 2015

  1. His favourite food is fish. I have a confession to make - I sometimes give Nicky bits of my dinner, I know, I know it's not good but who can resist those begging puppy eyes? Anyway, what he yelps for the most is always fish. I keeping meaning to try him on cat food.
  2. He plays with his food like a cat plays with a mouse. He carefully selects a nut before nudging it around, throwing it up in the air and trying to catch it in his paws whilst lying on his back. He does this before eating pretty much every single nut. 
  3. He's tiiiiiny. Seriously, the palm of my hand can cup his entire scull easily. He's definitely more cat sized that dog sized.
  4. He has really smooth, fluffy and soft hair, not coarse like most dogs. It's very odd. More cat like for sure. 
  5. He sits on the back of the couch. You will often find him perched up on the head rest. Mostly because he has access to peoples hair (he likes nibbling at peoples hair, yep, that's another story all together) 
Nicky has lots of more cat like tendencies but thankfully, he isn't aloof like cats are. He's quite the opposite, friendly. cuddly, needy and playful. He's bit like a baby too haha. 
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My Go-To Natural Make-Up Look

15 Oct 2015

Hey Everyone!
I thought I would mix things up on my blog a bit and do a face of the day blog post! Now, I don't know about you but I definitely prefer to keep my make-up looking natural on a day to day basis. A fresh face with a neutral lip and eye is what I go for most of the time. I save my bold lips, smoky eyes and eye-liner for when I'm going on a night out or have a special event. I don't really want to look like I'm obviously wearing make-up when I'm just going shopping or meeting friends, I just want to make the most of what I have naturally and even out my skin tone. So here is what I use to achieve this look.
THE PRODUCTS:
Maybeline Dream Fresh BB Cream
Collection Natural Perfection Concealer
Soap and Glory 'Solar Powder'
Soap and Glory 'Glow All Out' 
L'Oreal True Match Blush
Uban Decay Naked 2 - 'Bootycall' all over the lid. 'Tease' on the outer corner and I used it to fill in my brows.
Rimmel Brow This Way Gel
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Revlon Colour Burst Balm Stain in 'Honey'

Once all of the above is strategically slapped on my face the result looks a little something like this...
I really love the BB cream as it is so light and sits so well on the skin. No one would know you're wearing anything! they would just think you've got naturally glowing and even skin. It's not great for covering spots, which I have a lot of on my chin so I do use a heavier foundation when I'm feeling a little more insecure, but this with some collection concealer works well when I'm not too bothered. The little bit of 'bootycall' and 'tease' from the Naked 2 palette on my eyes are barely noticeable but they do make my eyes subtly pop. I loooove the Honey lipstick (crayon thingy?) It's just a total my lips but better colour.

Let me know what you think of this look and if you would like me to do more posts like this. I'm thinking maybe a nice Autumn face of the day might be fun?!

What are your go to products for a natural looking make-up look? Share them with me in the comments down below! 

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My High-End Beauty Wishlist

8 Oct 2015

Hey there friendies! Right, so I generally don't spend that much money on make-up. I've always been pretty satisfied with drug-store products and have prefered hitting up boots and getting more for my money. However, I reeeeeally do love make-up and lately I've been getting the urge to expand my very small high-end make-up collection. I think reading blogs has really encouraged this urge so I blame YOU haha. There are so many things I have heard about, that sound SO good and I really want to try them for myself. On to the list!
I have heard so many bloggers and vloggers such as Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter sing this mascaras praises so I'm really itching to see what the big deal is. Also, it's €23 which is much cheaper than most high-end mascaras and in a price range I might actually consider.

So my sister and my mum have both gotten the hint that I want one of them to buy me this for Christmas. JUST LOOK AT IT! A full sized 'They're Real' mascara, 'Hoola' bronzer, 'High Beam' highlighter, and 'Give me Brow' These are some of benefits most popular products that I've always lusted over but at €26 to €35 I couldn't justify it. But you can get ALL of these for just €56. Seriously, if no one buys this for me I'm treating myself, I really hope it's not sold out closer to Christmas.

I don't own a single MAC eyeshadow and that is the reason I would love to get my paws on this palette. I just really want to see what their shadows are like and I also don't own many burgundy coloured shadows so this would be perfect. I know the pans are tiny but that doesn't bother me as I don't think I've ever hit pan on an eye shadow. A lovely selection and plenty in it for just €40 if you ask me! This is going to be another splurge when I'm feeling generous to myself some time.

I never really use high-end foundations. I've tried a MAC one and a Clinique one and I didn't like either which annoyed me since I paid €35 for it so I've always stuck to my trusty and affordable healthy mix. However, the world and it's mother seems to lurve this foundation so I'm really curious. Also, I have so many blemishes on my chin right now that I'm craving something so high coverage that will make them dissapear. 

I'm seriously eyeing up this palette because I just love the colours. Plus the packaging is hilarious. I really want to invest in shadows other than Urban Decay and this seems lovely. At €35 it's pretty affordable too. I think I would get either this or the MAC one, as they have similar colours. Which one would you go for?

MAC 'Twig' and MAC 'Plumful' Lipsticks
So I'm finding this really hard to write but I only own one MAC lipstick. I know, I know, I fail at being a woman *Goes to stand in corner* and the funny thing is the one I have was gifted to me and I don't even like it. It's a Viva Glam Nikki one and is a bright pink. I really don't like pink lipsticks much! Anyways, I've decided that I need to get some MAC lipsticks in my life asap. I really can't decide which one to be my first one and I keep changing my mind. I want something Autumnal but also something I could wear on a daily basis. I'm thinking Plumful would be a good choice, but it looks kinda pinky in some pictures so I will have to try it on. I also really like how twig looks, it's just my kinda shade and I think I'd get a lot of wear out of it. Please leave your MAC lipstick selections in the comments. I'm hoping to start buying one maybe every three months (season) so I can build up a little collection. 

So there we have it, all the fancy make-up I wish were sitting on my dressing table right now *sigh*
I'm definitely going to a get a MAC lippie and one of those eye shadow palettes (or another one if you have any suggestions!)

Let me know in the comments your high-end make-up recommendations. If you have tried any of these things I would love to know how you got on!

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White to Bright Style Challenge with Chairish

5 Oct 2015

Hey everyone! Recently I received an email from the lovely people at Chairish, an exclusive curator approved online marketplace for vintage furniture. They challenged me to share my taste for colour by creating a style-board around an accent chair by taking a room from 'white to bright'! They wanted me to show them how I would make a statement through the use of bold colours and textures. 

Now, I absolutely LOVE interior design and spend ages looking at furniture and decor online even though I don't have a house of my own. I think I could have been an interior designer in another life, therefore I was totally up for the challenge. 

The people at Chairish sent me images of different accent chairs to choose from and I went for this stunning green modern chair. I absolutely love the pattern and the funky shape of this chair. I also thought the colour scheme of green would be really fun to build a theme around. Here is my styleboard of the look I came up with!
Since the challenge was to create a bright and bold look I chose bright yellow, red and green to be my colour scheme. I absolutely adore this red industrial floor lamp, it's so modern and fashionable. I can imagine reading a book on the chair with this providing the light. 

The yellow console table is probably my favourite item of the lot. Yellow is such a fun and happy colour and would be so unique compared to your standard run of the mill wooden table. 

In contrast to the console table I went for a red side table to match the lamp. I can imagine this placed the other side of the chair, stacked up with magazines and maybe some greenery. 

To tie all the colours together I opted for three vases reflecting my colour scheme. I would place the red, green, and yellow vases close together on one of the tables or maybe in front of a fireplace if there is one. I think it's a really subtle way to unite the colours of the room. 

Chairish has a fabulous selection of cushions! I went for these red and yellow ones to throw on the chair. I think the contrasting pattern of the red cushion to the chairs pattern would actually be really chic.

To tone the colours down just a tad, and to make sure the room isn't too overwhelming I went for this lovely grey and ivory printed rug. Again, adding another bold, yet modern and complementing pattern to the mix.

Finally I dotted the room with some lovely brass accent pieces with a pineapple theme. I love these pieces, I just think pineapples are so cool, that's weird I know but c'mon they gotta be the funkiest of fruits haha. I chose vintage pineapple bookends, a gold and silver leaf mirror (how amazing would this be placed over the yellow table?) and a pineapple container

Chairish has so many amazing items to choose from so this definitely wasn't an easy challenge, however, I am SO happy with the look I cam up with. I think it's just really fun and colourful. It's the kind of room that would make you happy by just being in! I definitely think people need to start being a little braver when it comes to home decor, even by just spray painting an old piece of furniture to add a pop of colour it really could make all the difference and really lift a room from drab to fab! 

Let me know in the comments what you think of the look I came up with! Would you be brave enough to decorate your room with such bold colours and patterns?

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Lifehouse Gig & Stephen's Green, Dublin

3 Oct 2015

So I felt like putting together a little photo diary of my recent trip to Dublin to see Lifehouse in the Olympia. I really want to document more days like these so I will always have them in my archive for when I want to take a trip down memory lane. Gone are the days of getting photos printed out, now we just eternalise them on our blogs haha! 

I love Lifehouse's music so I really enjoyed the gig. It was unreal! If you haven't heard them before you should check out their songs! Have a listen to 'You and Me', 'Between the raindrops' and 'Everything', I think they would be my favourites. Nothing beats live music from rock bands like these. The place was small with not too many people which suits me so much more than big arenas, it was just really chilled and intimate as we were only 3 rows from the front. 

After the gig we went for a couple of drinks but we had a pretty early night! I wanted to get up early to have a good mooch in the shops down Grafton Street, we went for breakfast in Stephens Green Shopping Centre where we had an awesome view of the city! We then took a stroll in Stephens Green park since it was such a beautiful day. I'd never been in the park before and I must say, it's so beautiful! I'd imagine it's a perfect escape from everyday city life which I think I'd definitely need if I lived in a city like this. 

I didn't buy anything except a coat from Topshop. I'd been keeping an eye out for a nice coat for ages and I fell in love with this one straight away, it was €90 which was basically my entire shopping budget so I couldn't get anything else. So worth it though!

All in all I had a lovely 2 days in Dublin, we got a really good deal in a very centrally located hotel so I think I will definitely come back again soon, maybe to do some shopping before, dare I say it... Christmas ;)

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A Blogger & Her Pets | Wooden Windowsills

1 Oct 2015

Hello Friendies! I am SO excited about this weeks edition of 'A Blogger and Her Pet' I talked to the lovely Alice from 'Wooden Windowsills' about her big family of pets. She has two deerhounds named Moth and Lark, a cat named Posy, an awesome curly horned sheep called Barnsley aswell as loads of chickens who she also has names on! I really loved hearing about all of these lovely creatures and Alice's lifelong love for animals. Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

1. You have so many animals! Have you always loved and had lots of animals throughout your childhood?
There hasn't ever been a time in my life without animals! When I was young I grew up with a whole bunch of chickens, some very naughty goats, dogs and cats, then we were steadily allowed animals of our own as we got older and I had some lovely guinea pigs and then the love of my life at the time, my rabbit Humphrey (who looked so wild rabbit-esque, I swear someone plucked him out of a field - but he lived until the ripe old age of 9 1/2! I was heartbroken when he died, but luckily had Borris, my dwarf lop eared white bunny to keep me company. 

Over many years we also had: a fat ginger guinea pig called Francois; ducks; chickens; quails (that we hatched from quail eggs bought from the Sainsbury's chiller!); a horse; fish; dogs; cats; hamsters; a rat and sheep.  Even adopted a cat when I went to uni - he used to hang around on our street and I missed having pets so I used to let him follow me into our house, which then led to almost daily visits for a few hours. He was huge and fat, grey and fluffy and was nicknamed Jamal - my housemate even had a special voice we'd do for him! I could go into so much detail about each animal I've owned or part-owned, but then this post would be never ending, but I can tell you that they were all absolutely gorgeous and I loved every single one - even all our chickens are named and have special personalities!

I also spent a lot of my childhood rescuing animals and looked after them myself - my asthmatic chicken Croaker, Lily, my chicken who was paralysed from the waist down and used to roll everywhere, Gerty, the duck with a broken leg, Poppet, the baby rabbit my cat brought in, various pheasant, pigeon and dove chicks - you name it, I've probably nursed it back to health in my airing cupboard! I also once adopted two orphaned male lambs from a farming friend who couldn't look after them. Horace and Stanley were bottle fed every morning at 5am before I went to school and were so tame they'd come when called and sit on my lap, even when they grew enormous!


2. You have two beautiful deer hounds. Do they require a lot of exercise and grooming due to their large size, how do you maintain them? 
Funnily enough bigger dogs don't actually need that much exercise. They go for a big long run around our garden about twice a day and then spend a lot of the rest of the day snoozing! They're very relaxed and gentle dogs, although they gallop like horses and fight like tigers with each other, but they're so kind and quiet with people. As for grooming, we don't take them to groomers but they do get occasional haircuts and we brush them when we can, although they really hate it!


3. How did you get to own your curly horned sheep?
As I hand reared Horace and Stanley the sheep together, when Stanley died from old age, Horace was awfully upset and was bleating all the time, so Mum put a lonely hearts ad for him on Gumtree. A guy got back to us saying his sheep Barnsley was in the same situation and would we like to take him on, so he came to live in our paddock and thoroughly enjoys running round amongst the nettles with his big wibbly bottom. Luckily he's also really tame so is very sweet to feed and cuddle.


4. Out of your two dogs and your kitten who is the one who requires your attention the most? and who is the most independent?
Posy, our kitten/cat, has quite a high temperament. I absolutely adore how feisty she is, but she's definitely not very cuddly, despite both mine and Lark's continuous attempts to make her love us back. Moth is Lark's mum, and we had puppies the day before Christmas eve a few years ago, so spent all Christmas sitting up in shifts making sure she didn't squash any of them by accident (because they're so big, they don't always realise). When they were born, I spent about 15 hours straight sat with Moth, helping calm her and delivering the puppies - some of which we had to resuscitate as they weren't breathing. Of the whole litter of 9, we only lost two - one from ingesting milk into his lungs and the other as she was always the runt of the litter and was brain damaged. We wanted to keep one of the puppies and it ended up being Lark. 

Moth is such a softie, she's getting quite old for a big dog now, but still runs and jumps around when she's outside, she's just not as needy and quite likes her own space under the piano or by the fire. Lark however is still very much a puppy (at nearly age 4!) - she always wants attention, loves being outside playing with a ball and sticks and will pretend to be a lap dog wherever you're sat - on the sofa, at the dinner table, literally everywhere. She definitely needs the most cuddles!


5. What do you like about owning chickens? Do you collect many eggs?
Chickens are so easy to look after, and they have the funniest individual personalities. We've always hatched our own which is fun as chicks are the cutest. Plus there is no tastier egg than one from a happy chicken, and ours spend all day rummaging around our walled garden so couldn't be merrier really!

6. If you could add one other exotic animal to your family what would you choose?
Ohh that's hard as we've had a lot of different animals! I'd quite like an alpaca as they're so sassy, or a donkey as they're pretty awesome too. My brother and his girlfriend have an African Pigmy Hedgehog called Timothy Pricklepin, and he's pretty cool, but I'd really really like a puppy of my own, not sure what breed yet, but I'm so dog broody at the moment! Adam and I just need to move house first!


7. Tell us a bit about your blog and share your links!
I'm actually quite new to blogging and have only being posting since April. However, I absolutely love it and I'd describe my blog as a mismatch of all the best things in life - cooking and eating delicious food, exploring beautiful new places, getting lost in a good book and discovering amazing new blogs to read with a few lifestyle and DIY posts thrown in for good measure. I live in two different places during the week as I work close to my parents so there's quite a mix of family influences from home, weekends with Adam in Plymouth and a lot of love for Cornwall too as I lived there for three years at university.

I've recently been taking part in The Bake Off Bake Along alongside The Great British Bake Off, so every week I've been posting a bake I've created from the show. This means a lot of my recent posts are quite baking heavy, but the final is in a week and normal blogging will resume!

Still, I'm always on the lookout for lovely new blogs to read, so please pop on over and say hi!

What an amazing caring girl Alice is. I think anyone who treats animals this well, and nurses so many back health is a sign of a great human! Don't you agree?

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