My Week in Square Photos

16 Dec 2016

This week has been a lovely festive one. From spending an evening in town gawking at the gorgeous fairy lights and exploring the Christmas market, to going to Athlone to get in some last minute shopping to getting 'merry and bright' at my work Christmas party on Saturday night. Looking back it hasn't been a bad one! And of course, I shared little snippets of everything over on my instagram!
How stunning are these Christmas street lights in the Latin Quarter in Galway? I always feel so festive when I go in to the city, it is all decorated so well. I have yet to go on the ferris wheel though, the boyf doesn't seem to be too keen... I think he must be secretly scared of heights but I am dragging him up there on Sunday whether he likes it or not! Do you like how your city is looking this Christmas as much as I heart mine?
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What I am excited for this Christmas

6 Dec 2016

I don't know what it is but this year I am so much more excited for Christmas than usual. I think it's because December started off with some typically Christmas weather, freezing temperatures and white trees when you open the curtains in the morning definitely helped get me in the spirit. Now with the decorations up and the Christmas tunes playing I'm almost as hyper as I was as a child! 

There are so many things I love to do this time of year, I thought I would compile a little list of all of those things so we can swap notes and see do we celebrate the same way!
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Where's my good karma?

27 Nov 2016

My heart is so heavy right now. My head is pounding, my throat is swelled and I feel like I could burst in to tears at any moment. For some reason, when I am feeling upset I have an urge to just write. Just let it all pour out of my brain. 

Do you ever feel like all you do is be your best but you don't get anything back in return for it? Some people believe in Karma, that if you put goodness out in to the world good things will happen to you. Well why isn't that working for me?

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My Week In Square Photos & 140 Characters

10 Nov 2016

Hey Friends. So one of my all time favourite bloggers Sophie Rosie has been doing this blog series 'My Week in Square Photos & 140 Characters' and I am in love with the idea. Basically she shares some of her Instagram photos and Tweets from the past week and talks a little bit about them. I think this is a great way of encouraging you to Instagram and tweet more often and it's a pretty cool way to recap on the week on your blog. 

So I have decided to take a little inspiration from her and to start a similar series on my blog! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy Sophie's!
I was off work all week as I had holidays to take and thought why not lengthen my bank holiday weekend! This meant I had lots of time for chilling in little cafes - one of my favourite things to do! I went to visit a new cafe open in a nearby town. My friend has started working there and I had been promising to pay the place a visit. I had the yummiest chicken falafel and flat white (my coffee of choice these days!) 
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The Balm 'Meet Matt(e) Hughes' Review

7 Nov 2016

I am a huge lover of matte liquid lipsticks and I have heard great things about this line by The Balm cosmetics. I don't own any make-up by this brand but I've been dying to try something, the retro packaging and sassy theme are too cool and have definitely reeled me in. 

There are so many liquid lipsticks on the market right now and I have tried a fair few. My favourite were always the NYX soft matte lip creams but these ones are definitely competition. 

I decided to buy the Christmas gift set for myself so I could sample six of the shades and for €25 for six minis when it's €15 for one full size, I thought it was pretty good value. The tubes are pretty small but I feel like they will last a good while and I can always buy a full size of the shades I like. 

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A Weekend Exploring Coasts & Caves

1 Nov 2016

Hey Everyone! So I'm not going to start with the whole 'long time no blog' speel because that seems to be the way all my blog posts open lately! But I'm here now and I wanted to document my Halloween weekend here on the blog because I had the BEST time ever!

On Saturday morning my boyfriend and I hit the road for Co.Clare, back to his home town and we spent the weekend being tourists in the surrounding area. The weather was stunning so we were real lucky. 

The first thing we did on Saturday was visit the Cliffs of Moher. I've been here once before, this summer but the weather was horrific and we didn't get to see much of them or go for a walk around them. This time was different and I got the full experience! The cliffs are definitely awe inspiring, at 702 ft tall they really are quiet the drop. My bf walked out by the edge at one point but I stayed safely behind the wall, call me a wimp but I am terrified of heights!
After going for a spin around the County, visiting the nearby town of Lahinch and having dinner with my bf's parents we went and checked in to a gorgeous country house hotel. It was located on top of a hill with a wonderful view across the ocean. It was gorgeous inside, fully decked out in antiques. I had a lovely bath and we got ready to go out in Doolin for the night. 
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Staying Upbeat as the daylight lessens

6 Oct 2016

At this time of year most people are celebrating the beginning of a new season. We are done with the heat of summer and are excited to pull out our snug knits and scarves again. However, for many people including myself the reeling in of Autumn and Winter can cause higher levels of sadness, and anxiety and  can lead to a loss of energy and motivation. I mean who doesn't find it being dark by 4pm at least a little bit depressing?! Seasonal affective disorder is very much a thing. In fact it's proven by medicine that the lack of light can cause you to feel down! 

I thought I would share a list of the things I've learned to do to help me stay upbeat as the clocks go back.

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A New Season Begins

2 Oct 2016

Well hello there October... you have came around rather fast... it scares me how quickly time is moving, it feels like it should still be the beginning of 2016.

Like many people, I love to embrace Autumn for everything that it is and since October is basically the pinnacle of Autumn I have decided to really push myself to write lots of blog posts this month with a running theme of Autumn/Winter throughout them.  

I think every season marks a new start in a way and I am taking this fresh start to pay more attention to my blog and write more posts. I heard about blogtober, where people write a post every day of the month and I considered that for a minute but then thought 'hell no' that would be like my Everest since I have been really slack lately so don't be expecting that haha. I will be trying to do 2-3 a week though which I will be super chuffed to achieve. 

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Quitting the blogging game

23 Sep 2016

I remember when I first starting blogging over three years ago. Back then I had no idea about the 'blogging life' you know; the beautiful flat-lays, #ootds, owning 100 lipsticks and reviewing artsy cafes. I'm sure that blogging lifestyle was a thing back then too but I wasn't yet exposed to it. I thought a blog was simply like an online diary where I would document my thoughts and days and upload photos to keep as memories. 

I knew that other people might see my blog and comment on it and I liked the idea of that. I liked the idea of having discussions with people about my thoughts and what I love, I thought it would be cool to make some like-minded friends. 

However, as time went on I started following more and more blogs and I quickly became to realise that blogging wasn't really that simple. It's so much more than an online journal, and for me, that's not in a good way. 

Now when I think of blogging one of the main words that pops to mind is 'competition' and I hate that. I feel like everyone is trying to be better than everyone else. Everyone wants to have the sleekest blog with the most aesthetically pleasing photographs and of course the most followers and comments. But it goes beyond that, I feel like everyone is trying to show other bloggers and the world that their life is perfect, everyone wants to be the most aspirational. If you're Instagram feed doesn't have a theme your failing at that!

Instead of making friends through blogging it seems like we are supposed to make 'fans' people who think you're amazing and view you as #goals. 

Throughout my years of blogging I have found myself trying to play that 'blogging game' and in all honesty... I can't do it! It's a game I'm always going to lose. And here's why...

  1. The other day I bought a NYX lipstick that I ADORE so I thought I would review it on my blog, then I thought I need to buy at least 3 more shades from the line if I want to be taken seriously... I mean what proper blogger reviews just one shade right?! But the fact is, I don't like any other colour and I do not want to waste my money on lipsticks I don't need or particularly want for the sake of being accepted by people I've never met... so fack that! 
  2. I don't have the money to drop €300 in ASOS just so I can do lots of #ootd posts for my blog and Instagram, and I don't have the interest either! 
  3. I don't have the patience or the eye to create a beautiful Instagram feed, I just want to upload what I want when I want!
  4. I don't have gorgeous props and fake flowers for flat-lays and when I ever try to take such photos the darn lighting is never right. 
  5. I don't have the time or tbh the shits to give to put in the effort to try and grow my social media platforms.
  6. That photo above is rubbish! Those clothes hanging on the door... no no no!
  7. It would take me a minimum of 8 months to collect enough items to do a decent haul post.
  8. I'm just not cool enough. 

I wish I could go back to the innocent days when I thought blogging was so much simpler. To be honest, I feel intimidated by blogging right now and that's why I haven't gone near this site for a month, I just feel like nothing I have to write about is worthy, or that it wouldn't compare to anyone else's. I think *what is the point* when I don't have a thousand page views a day. 

This makes me so sad. I wish I could feel comfortable here, and didn't feel like I have to compete, I just wish I could be real and open but I find that so hard, because I'm not perfect and it feels like you have to be pretty close to perfect to have a good blog. 

By the way, I didn't intend for this post to offend any bloggers. I love all you girls who have amazing blogs and who present their life and style so beautifully, It's awesome and I love following you and scrolling through your gorgeous insta's. I know you are not being fake, you just have a talent for showing the best. I'm not complaining about you or saying you're not genuine, I'm just trying to say in this post that I don't think I'm a blogger who can participate in it all, I'm simply not cool enough..ha! I just want to be the raw mess that is meeee.

So I hereby pledge to do just that. I'm going to do what comes naturally to me, I'm not going to force anything or hold back a post that I think isn't good enough, If I get that perfect insta shot then great and if my followers grow that's wonderful... but I'm going to try and not worry about how good I'm doing compared to everyone else... I just want to do what makes me happy. 

I would love to know you're thoughts and opinions on this in the comment section, do you feel the same way?

Sinéad xo
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A Photo an Hour

29 Aug 2016

Hey everyone! So I've read so many of these 'photo an hour' posts throughout my years blogging and I've always really enjoyed them. I think it's fun to see how someone spends there day, maybe I'm just nosey! I've always wanted to join in on the fun and do one of these posts myself but being the perfectionist I am I felt like my phone camera was far to crappy to produce pictures that are blog worth and I obviously didn't want to go logging my camera around. This week when I got my new phone, the Galaxy S7 which has an amazeee camera, I thought why not! 

I was off work on Sunday and it was a gorgeous sunny day. I pledged to make the most of it and having to take a picture every hour that would be somewhat interesting also pushed me to make the most of the day... So here it goes!....
9 AM 
The morning was spent with a cup of coffee in hand, chilling in the sun room, checking social media and just taking it slow, unlike most other mornings of the week!
10 AM
About an hour later I made me some delicious omelette with ham, mushroom tomato and cheese.
11 AM
After a quick shower it was time to bring Nicky and Lily for a walk. It was such a beautiful morning. They were pulling me so hard that I definitely got my exercise in!
12 PM
When I got back I changed out of my comfy walking clothes and into something more dressy. I also slapped the above products on my face to help make me look in some way decent and cover the horrific break-out party currently underway on my chin.
1 PM
Just chilling outside in the sun. I love living in the Irish countryside, there is no place in the world I would trade it for. 
2 PM
At 2 pm I had Sunday lunch with my family. Followed by my mums home baked apple tart and ice-cream - I swear this is the best apple tart in the world guys. 
3 PM
In the afternoon my sisters family and I went to a fair in a nearby village. It's an annual event we all go to. There lots of rides and amusements, sheep competitions, a dog show, lots of fancy hens and other crazy birds on show, a vintage show, and lots more family activities. It's always a bit of a laugh. We spent most of the afternoon there as you can tell from my next two photos...
 4 PM

5 PM
6 PMHome from the fair and I was major hangry! That's what y'get for having dinner so early on a Sunday. I was craving a burger so made myself a scrummy chicken burger and proceeded to take this ridiculous selfie, I'm looking at this now wondering WHY?!
7 PM
I needed to run to the supermarket to pick up a few bits and these flowers were naturally the most photogenic thing in the shop so I had to take their picture to cover that hour of my day...
8 PM
Back home to cuddles with my doggies. this is what most of my nights consist of. I stopped taking the photos at this point because nothing happened and I barely moved from this spot. Just watched TV, had some laptop time and took an early night.

A good day was had :)

Sinéad xo
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Everyone Teaches You Something...

21 Aug 2016

They say that everyone comes in to your life for a reason, everyone teaches us something and helps to shape who we are. As my best friend in work left this week it got me thinking about what she added to my life, and what she taught me. Over the past 10 months I've spent almost every day with her for 8 hours a day and I can honestly say she has influenced me a lot and has shaped who I am or at least who I want to be. I feel like making a list of all the things she taught me, so here we go...
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Sunday Morning Chats

31 Jul 2016

I woke up this morning with an urge to write, not about anything in particular but just to let the words flow out on the page. I used to occasionally do these kind of random blog posts without any definite topic but it must be over a year since my last one like that! So here goes!

I am happy to report I have an extra long weekend off! I'm off Saturday to Tuesday, waheyy! I think it must be my first time having 4 days off since Christmas, apart from when I went to Prague but that's not the same as being off at home and honestly I did so much going and walking in Prague that it wasn't exactly a relaxing holiday. 

My mini break didn't get off to such a great start because I felt SO emotional Friday night, it was weird I wasn't happy or particularly sad I was just so overwhelmed with feelings about everything, I had such a big cry in bed before I went to sleep. Then the next day my time of the month came so I guess that explained everything haha and apart from a few lady cramps I've been feeling great!

I hadn't planned on doing anything exciting for the four days, but then crazy old me who loves to treat myself decided to book into a hotel my cousin manages in the coastal town of Kilkee, Co.Clare. And let me tell you, I am so excited! As a child from the ages of about 7 to 12 I went here every summer with my family sometimes for 3 nights and sometimes a week! This was my absolute favorite place as a child. It was like my paradise. I remember all the stories I used to write in school would be set in Kilkee. Some of my most memorable moments as a child were in Kilkee. So I can't wait to go back and see it with my adult eyes, it probably won't live up to how I remember haha!

Initially I wanted to stay two nights; Sunday and Monday but since I had left it to the very last minute the Sunday night was all booked out (duh Monday is a bank holiday!) So I will just be staying on the Monday with my mum. We're planning on driving around and exploring the area because the coastal landscape is absolutely stunning down there. I will bring my big camera to take some killer photos of course! I especially want to go see the Cliffs of Moher which are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and I have never seen, them. I hear they're breathtaking so I can't wait to see them. Apart from that we're just going to relax, have some dinner and a couple of drinks. Hopefully it will be fun!

Right, I am off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday! I am just chilling at home with my family. Sunday's are family days for me! We're going to have dinner together and maybe go for a walk in the park!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend! Let me know if you're doing anything fun :) 

Sinéad x
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My fear of missing out on fate

27 Jul 2016

I have this stupid fear, of missing out on fate which doesn't really make since considering the definition of fate is 'an event predetermined by a supernatural power', so technically you can't miss out on what's 'meant to be'. Maybe what I'm experiencing is fomo (fear of missing out!). But every time I do something or go somewhere and something amazing happens, maybe even life changing I believe that it was fate and it was laid out for me. The problem is I then find myself terrified by the fact that if I had decided not to go there/do that then it wouldn't have happened.

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Prague | A Fairytale City

10 Jun 2016

Hey everyone! So first things first this post has to come with a very strong *photo heavy* warning but you see I was in Prague last week for five nights and when you see these pictures you will realise why it was so hard for me to put my camera down. This city is beautiful beyond words, with every street and every building more breathtaking than the last. It's one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and lays claim to the largest castle in the world which sits nicely on a height over the city. This along with the magical Charles bridge made for a beautiful scene, one which I visited over and over and sat and took in for ages on the trip. We even stood on the bridge for like an hour one evening watching it get dark, and the lights come on around the city.  
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Massive Holiday Haul!

27 May 2016

Hey everyone! So today I hit the shops to buy some bits for my trip to Prague next week. I probably have way too much as I'm only staying for 5 nights but shopping for trips is half the fun if you ask me! We rarely get hot weather here in Ireland in summer, the jokes goes that we just get warm rain, so I love buying some shorts and tee's for the sunshine which I'm hoping I'm going to get! keep your fingers crossed for this poor pasty Irish girl...haha. I got everything in Penneys (Primark) and New Look I actually didn't even look anywhere else as they had all I needed for super affordable Prices! I thought I would share with you the few bits I picked up. So in true blogger style, I laid everything out and took some snaps.
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Touring The Guinness Brewery | Dublin

21 May 2016

Hey everyone!
Last week the bf and I stayed in Dublin for the night to go see the Bryan Adams concert (ah-mazing!) We thought, why not be tourists in the city whilst we were there and visit the Guinness Brewery which is kinda like a museum to Guinness. It's a 7 story building with each floor dedicated to something different, like how it's made, how it was/is transported, and how it has been advertised over the years, there were lots of fun things to do like photo booths and learning how to pull the perfect Guinness, there is a craft to it y'know! There were different cool bars and restaurants with plates containing Guinness as an ingredient!

The top  floor was definitely the best. It was a glass circle with a bar in the middle. It provided a 360 view of Dublin from above.  On the glass, it had different things written. For example, when you look out towards Phoenix park it had a little excerpt about the park. It was fun to read all the things and learn a little along the way. 

Anyways I will stop rambling on now and share the pictures with you so you can get a glimps to what it's like!

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Photo Diary | When the sun shines...

19 May 2016

Hi everyone! So I don't know about where you are but the weather has been so gorgeous here lately. This happens very rarely here in Ireland, so when the sun does make an appearance we all want to make the most of it! This leads to massive depression when you have to work on such lovely days, seriously it nearly killed me! But I did have Sunday off so I headed to the beach to chill out and soak up the gorgeous atmosphere. It was like being on holidays! I took my 'big' camera along to take some shots so I thought I would share them with you all on here.

How do I get in line to do that wind-surfing (or whatever it's called) thing! It looks like so much fun doesn't it?!
Sinéad xo
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Meet Lily

15 May 2016

Hey everyone! So if you'v been following me for awhile you may remember my 'Meet Nicky' post which I shared way back in September 2014. Looking back at this post makes my heart burst because I see how much Nicky has grown and how adorable he was as a puppy. I love that little doggy so much. I thought that I have to do the same for my new little 4 month old girl chihuahua, Lily. It was my mum and dad who made the spur of the moment decision to get her (well they've been thinking about getting one for ages) and she is honestly such a sweetie, I'm so glad they were crazy enough to want another dog! haha.

At first, Nicky was so put out as he is not used to being with other dogs, seriously he was being a little pedo and trying to hump her haha. He wouldn't eat, drink or do anything he was just following her, totally fascinated. He has definitely settled down now thank God and they have so much fun chasing each other around the garden. Lily, despite being teeny tiny is not one bit shy or scared she is well able to stand up for herself when Nicky gets on her nerves. She's so nosey, sussing the whole place out, she slept without a whimper on her first night and is so friendly and playful with us all, such a confident little thing.
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10 Things I wish I was better at

13 May 2016

1 Things Starbucks baristas should be better at - spelling names!

What's the story friendies?! Hope you're all keeping well. I feel like I used to keep in regular contact with my blogger pals but in the past few months I've been SO bad. I have pledged to start trying my best to reconnect with you all again. It basically means, I need to find a way to make more time to interact with everyone. I am so busy so it's pretty tricky. When I was thinking about how I would love to improve my time management I was inspired to do a new post in my '10 Things' series. There is probably a million things I would like to be better at, I mean have any of us perfected anything? Well, actually I seen Bryan Adams sing Tuesday night and I think he may have perfected that art, one word - FLAWLESS. Haha anyways I'm totally digressing...On to the 10 things I wish I was better at...

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10 Things That Never Live Up to Expectations

1 May 2016

What's up guys?! I've decided to start a new blog series called '10 things...' This is going to be totally casual with no regular schedule, I'll just upload one when I feel inspired too! I just thought it would be a fun little way to share my thoughts on different things and have a little chat with you guys, I'm going to be keeping it nice and light hearted. I feel like my blog is missing a little bit of fun so I'm hoping this might fill the gap. I just want my personality to come a cross a tad more on my blog!

So this weekend, I had two days off and I always have such grand plans to make the most of my time off but alas, I got super lazy and did sweet damn all apart from stay in bed until noon and watch crappy tv. This is entirely my own fault but I was disappointed and grumpy and thinking of all the things I hold high expectations for that don't quiet come true 90% of the time. 

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How I'm Getting My Blogging Mojo Back

17 Apr 2016

I have been blogging for a long time now. 2 years and 10 months to be exact. For the majority of the first 2 years I have been posting very regularly, always thinking about what to blog about next and planning upcoming posts. Blogging was at the forefront of my mind. It was something I loved oh-so much. Something that allowed me to express myself in a way that I didn't feel like I could in real life. It was awesome because people actually cared, people were listening, commenting and following me and it felt so good. I felt accepted and like I mattered and since I was in between college and working, I didn't have much else to occupy my mind so it honestly kept me sane. 

But over the past number of months blogging has been on the back burner due to a combination of reasons. Firstly, I felt like I didn't have anything to say, I felt so uninspired and like nothing I would write would be good enough or that no one would care.

 I was also looking at other blogs that were a million times better than mine and I felt like I couldn't possibly compare. I didn't have the beautiful background props, the latest high end make-up to talk about, I wasn't travelling the world, I couldn't take a good outfit post, I didn't have a rose gold iPhone and all that other stuff that it seemed like you needed in order to be a proper blogger.
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How I clean my make-up brushes

15 Apr 2016

For what feels like a life time I have been searching for a way to clean my brushes that is quick and easy and doesn't take me an hour, leave me with wrinkly hands and hating myself. I have tried so many different brush cleansers, soaps and baby shampoo but they all have been pretty rubbish in completely removing the make-up grime from my brushes, especially my foundation brush! I would rinse and rinse but the water would never run clear. It meant that I used to put off washing my brushes to avoid the frustration which is pretty unhygienic isn't it?!

Then I randomly spotted this Real Techniques deep cleansing gel in the Chemist one day. I was instantly interested because all my brushes are RT and I have yet to be disappointed by the brand so my hopes were high for this and I splashed out the €9 for it. 

Thankful Tuesday #3

12 Apr 2016

Hey everyone! I'm super sleepy right now as I write this post so excuse me if I start to ramble! I've had a long day at work, I'm usually off Mondays, but I'm off tomorrow (Tuesday) instead so that's something to look forward to! I don't have a whole lot planned for my day off. I've booked Nicky in to the vets to get micro-chipped in the morning, it's not supposed to hurt at all but he's such a sensitive soul, I've a feeling he'll be depressed for the day after it! I'll keep you posted!

So what are the little things I have been thankful for this week? 

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15 Things my bf says that shows he doesn't understand women

10 Apr 2016

My boyfriend and I have a lot in common, we have some similar interests and have good conversations. I would call him my best friend because I share so much with him. But sometimes I am reminded that he is a different species...and as they say men are from Mars, women are from Earth. 

Sometimes, he says things, or asks me things that are to me so utterly silly and I just can't understand how he doesn't get it. Things that a female bestie would never question! Some of these things make me shake my head and giggle so I thought I would share them with you all so you can have a little giggle too...
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My Go-To Healthy Breakfast

8 Apr 2016

Hey Everyone! As promised in my last blog post I am going to share with you my go-to healthy breakfast. 

For so long now I have been looking for a breakfast that is healthy, fills me up until lunch time and tastes good. I have tried various low fat cereals, containing nuts and fruits and all things that sound great but they have either contained a heap of hidden sugar, tasted like cardboard or would not satisfy my hunger at all. 

Last week I decided that I would take my hunt for the perfect breakfast a little more seriously so I went to the supermarket especially to find something I thought would be good. 
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