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IF YOU CAN'T SEE THE SUNSHINE, BE THE SUNSHINE

22 Oct 2017

"If you can't see the sunshine, be the sunshine"

This is one of my all time favourite quotes, one I try to live by and remind myself of every day. I think spreading happiness, positivity and kindness is so so important. I know what it feels like to be around someone every day who is always moody and sends out such bad vibes with just a single look. We all have our bad days but I believe they shouldn't have any influence on how we treat others. 

The other day in work someone told me I was 'a breath of fresh air' and honestly, this was the best compliment ever. I would die happy if I left the legacy of being a breath of fresh air. 

I don't think I would always have been called this. Definitely not back in my secondary school days. It's not that I was a grump or anything, I just kept myself to myself. I didn't make any real effort to be kind to others and I honestly didn't worry too much about how others were feeling, or care about cheering them up. I guess that's just teenagers for you - self obsessed! 

But as I've grown older, spreading positivity and kindness has become more of a priority to me. I empathise with others more, I am more conscious about how others are feeling and I genuinely want to make them smile and make their day a bit brighter, even just for a minute. I thought I would write a little list on how I try to 'be the sunshine'

SMILE AND SAY 'HELLO'

This is a very cliché one but it's probably the most important. Smiling is key. I know when someone smiles at me and says hello, it makes me smile and makes me that little bit happier. It definitely beats pretending not to even see them. I make sure to greet and smile at everyone in work when I see them first in the mornings. Also, just try be more smiley in general. This can be hard, especially when you're having a bad day but if you try to smile and have a happy vibe you usually end up feeling a bit happier too. 

HELP PEOPLE

If you see someone struggling offer them a hand, they will really appreciate it, I know I do when others help me and when I see people helping each other, it gives me the warm fuzzies - sounds so cheesy I know. I just love when people are selfless and thoughtful.

SHARE STORIES AND EXPERIENCES

Be a little personal. Open up about your own life. Let a collegue know about that embarrassing thing that happened to you at the weekend. Go on, it will give them a laugh. Be fun and witty, be carefree, don't hold back, crack a joke and have a laugh even if it's at your own expense. 

COMPLIMENT AND ASK QUESTIONS

Showing an interest in other peoples lives is so important. If they tell you about something they are going to be doing at the weekend, show you remember and ask them about it on Monday. Notice the good things in people and let them know - like that girl who told me I was a breath of fresh air, or another woman in work who told me I had a lovely smile. Those compliments were so touching and they didn't need to tell me. 

There are a million other things you can do to spread some positivity but they are the main ones that spring to mind for me. Be sure to let me know in the comments what you think are good ways to make others smile.

Sinéad x
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"YOUR WORST BATTLE IS BETWEEN WHAT YOU KNOW & WHAT YOU FEEL"

18 Oct 2017

"Your worst battle is between what you know and what you feel"

Oh Pinterest, you have an amazing ability to verbalise my thoughts. This quote pretty much sums up my life these past couple of weeks. I have been so indecisive, constantly torn between my heart and my head and finding myself doing something I've never done before - writing pros and cons lists, numerous times and they haven't really helped any time. There is annoyingly an even number of pros and cons. Every time I think of a pro I immediately think of a con, and vice versa. 

How does one make decisions when the mind is so muddled?

One of the main cons is 'What would everyone think?' This is the main thing holding me back and I am so angry with myself for worrying about this because I was really getting over having a mindframe that worries about what people think, which I mentioned in this post. I just know that so many people would judge me and think I am crazy because I already know their thoughts on it.
But the heart wants what the heart wants, that's what they say right? and I can't help but feel in my gut that if I did go somewhere with this it could be amazing and I could be really happy. But then there are so many reasons why it wouldn't work. Ugh.

I know I'm being very cryptic but I hope you guys know what I mean and can empatise with my dilemma and what is going on in my mind/heart.  I'm not entirely sure why I am writing this blog post, it's not very beneficial to anyone, I have no lesson or advice. These are just some feelings and I do love to write about my feelings on here.

Please do let me know if you understand what I am talking about. Do you have any advice for me? Should I go with my gut or listen to logic?

Sinéad x
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NO ONE GIVES A FECK ABOUT YOU

15 Oct 2017

This sounds like a very harsh title but bear with me - it's not! What I mean is no one apart from your family and very close friends really care about what you're doing. 

For the longest time I have been so worried about what other people think about me. Sometimes, people I rarely speak to or random Facebook 'friends'. I would think carefully about everything I post to Facebook in fear of what others might think. 

I used to be so worried about what old school friends might think about what I've been doing with my life since we left school, what I'm working at, who I'm dating etc. 

Nearly every decision I made in life was somewhat influenced by how it would look to other people, would they judge me for it? Would they be talking about me and my decisions? I cared far too much about what these people, people I didn't even really care about, would think. 

Then on one faithful day I was watching Doireann Garrihy's snapchats (add her @doireanngarrihy) she's a radio host and literally the funniest gal I know, such a down to earth babe. She was talking about a piece of advice that her father gave to her when she was worried about what people would think about her. He said, I'm paraphrasing - 'Love, no one gives a feck about ya, they're too busy thinking about themselves'

That clicked with me - it's so true! No one really does care about what you are doing, yeah maybe they will think about it for a fraction of a second and pass their judgement, but then they will carry on with their own life and their own business and probably worry about what people are thinking of them. It's silly really.

So here's to doing whatever the hell we like and being confident in our own decisions and situations because once you're happy and not hurting anyone, then what else matters really?

Sinéad x
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REASONS WHY I'M SOCIALLY AWKWARD

11 Oct 2017

For as long as I can remember, which is back to the beginning of primary school I have always been really socially awkward. I think I was probably born quiet and shy but also my experiences in primary school definitely did not help. So to this day I get social anxiety. I thought I would share a list of what being socially awkward means to me...

I'm terrible at making new friends

This is probably one of the things I am worst at in life, which sucks because I believe it's one of the most important skills to have. For as long as I remember, I have been so bad at making new friends. I had one friend through the whole of primary school and I'm not really sure how I got her, we just kinda clung to each other on our first day of school and never let go. Into secondary school and university and nothing changed. This sounds so sad but I honestly had very few (if any at times) friends throughout. I have no idea why, but I find it so hard to get passed the chit chat stage and into the friendship, going out and doing things together stage. 

I hate small talk

I'm glad to say that I've gotten better at this since I starting working. I actually don't mind making small talk in the canteen with my work colleagues now but back in my school days I just could not do it. I would panic over what to say and feel like whatever I did say would sound really stupid, I usually just succumbed to awkward silences. Even though I have got better at this, there are certain situations I still hate doing small talk. Y'know, like that chit chat with your hair dresser or your taxi driver, ugh even thinking of it now breaks me out in a sweat.

I hate large groups of people

Being in a large social group is my worst nightmare. For example, whenever I've been on a night out with like 6+ people around a table all socialising together, I become a dummy. I cannot speak. No seriously, I physically cannot contribute to the conversation. On nights out, I need to have a partner. One friend to stick with. One I can turn to and chat to when I'm feeling awkward. I hate going 'on my own' and just talking to everyone as a group or mixing around with different people.

I don't like attention being on me

I feel like this is very closely related to my last point because the reason I don't like talking to large groups of people is because I don't like so many peoples attention to be on me. I will try to avoid it at all costs. I'm the person who sits in the corner chatting to the person next to her. I'm not the girl who's the life of the party and sharing stories and jokes with 10+ people, I  just can't deal. 

So there we have it, 4 reasons why I'm socially awkward. You might have guessed I'm a bit of an introvert! If you ever feel like this too I would love to hear from you because sometimes I am convinced that I am just really odd and everyone else is outgoing and cool. Please reassure me that I'm not a loser! 

Sinéad x
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MY EVERYDAY RADIANT 'NO MAKE-UP' LOOK

8 Oct 2017

Hey everyone! I am back at ya with another beauty post. Today I thought I would share with you the make-up look I wear pretty much every single day. At work I like to keep things very simple, I don't want to look like I am wearing a tonne of make-up. Radiant and natural is what I am aiming for. I think I have that look down if I do say so myself. Here's what I use to achieve the above look...
Firstly, I start with skincare. Right now I am loving the Boots Organics brightening range. I might do another blog post talking about it but I find it really is giving my skin a nice dewy glow, which is an excellent base for natural make-up.
Then I go in with my trusty Bourjois City Radiance foundaion which is so light weight and has a gorgeous brightening effect that makes you look super healthy. I use a little Collection Concealer of course to conceal my dark circles and any blemishes. I adore, the Sleek Contour Kit to add a little dimension and colour to my face. I have a couple more high-end contour kits but this one is so handy to pop in the make-up bag and it really is fab for the price - the highlight is top notch!
Brows. Brows are literally the most important step for me, I don't feel right until I have them done. I've mentioned the Brow Zings kit in a previous post so you know how much I worship it already. I would repurchase this a million times. 

I keep the eyes very simple and natural. I just sweep a little NYX Jumbo eye pencil in the shade 'yoghurt' over my lids. This adds a little bit of a glow to the lids giving the eyes more life and is so quick and easy. I follow this with some Benefit Roller Lash which is one of my favourite mascaras. Finally, a little bit of a nude NYX Lip Butter and violá, my natural radiant 'no make-up', make-up look is complete..

What are some of your go to products that help you achieve the natural radiant look? Do let me know in the comments down below because I would love to try them out!

Sinéad x
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WHY I DON'T SHOW MY BLOG TO EVERYONE

4 Oct 2017

Isn't it funny how I put my blog out there for potentially the whole world to see yet there's only a select few people in my life who I will go out of my way to show it to. 99% of the people who know me personally know nothing about my blog. Only a handful of my very close friends do and I don't think any of them even read it, I have just mentioned it to them in conversation. 

I know so many bloggers share their posts on their personal Facebook pages and recruit their friends and family to help out taking pictures. I really admire them for that but it's not for me. There's something I love about keeping my blog mostly to myself. It allows it to be an escape from everyday life, somewhere I can go where I can let loose and share my thoughts freely. 

I enjoy being anonymous on my blog and I like my readers not knowing me personally, I think it makes the interactions more interesting as strangers are a lot more objective than people who know me. 

Some of my posts are very personal and I have got to admit, I would probably cringe if some people I know read some of the things I write on here. Y'know? Like that acquaintance I see every day in work but have never actually spoken too, it would be a little weird if they got to know some of my deepest thoughts while I remain knowing nothing about them. But for some reason, I'm totally okay with a complete stranger reading those thoughts, it doesn't make sense to me either!

You see, I think the thing is we all act differently with different people. There are different things we talk about with different groups of people depending on how you know them and how long you know them. We put on different 'filters'. But when I'm blogging to a group of strangers and online friends, there doesn't need to be any filter, I can just talk about whatever I want and be completely honest. 

I don't think I will ever be one to share my blog with everyone and anyone. I won't be sending the link to a guy I'm going on a first date with and I'm never going to be talking about it in too much depth with my friends and family - only if it comes up. It's not a secret but I do kind of want to keep it between myself and those I really trust, oh and the rest of the world of strangers (who often become friends) too of course. 

I would love to know what your situation is like if you blog too? Do you share your blog openly with everyone you know or are you more careful with who you let in to your online life? Do let me know in the comments below!

Sinéad x
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HOW THE PAST IS CUTTING ME UP

1 Oct 2017

Lately I have realised that I have been thinking about the past far too much. To be honest, during the week I found myself crying myself to sleep over something that happened over a year ago. It's funny because at the time, I wasn't half as upset. It's only lately it's really hitting me how wrongly I was treated and even though it's over now and I'm out of that situation, it still really upsets me and makes me angry for kind of accepting it at the time. It's like I'm having some kind of delayed reaction. The time and space has given me the perspective to realise just how bad it was.

I keep going over and over it in my head. All the little things that happened, all the cruel words and actions, all the mean and horrible things and sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve to be treated that way. It made me feel worthless, like I wasn't worthy of anything else, of anything better. A series of questions are swirling around in my brain, they go a little something like this... 'am I not worthy of what everyone else seems to be getting so easily?' 'Why did this have to happen to me?' 'Why am I so unlucky?' and 'Why am I so hard to love?'

I know that these thoughts are all wrong. That the problem wasn't with me, it was with them. But it's so hard to really make yourself believe that. Every single day I have to tell myself that I am good enough, and that I am worthy and honestly, I can't wait for the day where I wake up feeling like that and don't have to remind myself. I cant wait for the day that I can truly let go of the past. 

Sorry about how depressing this post is and how cryptic it is. Maybe I will talk about it in more detail sometime, I doubt it, but who knows. 

Sinéad x
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MY FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT AUTUMN

27 Sep 2017

It's that time of year again, Autumn! I can't believe how fast this year has gone, literally it feels like we've just had Easter, what's happening?! I'm not complaining about summer being over. It's usually a bit of a let down in Ireland anyways. Warm rain is generally as good as it gets. Autumn on the other hand can be pretty beautiful in this country and I think that's why it's my favourite season. Here's why I fricken' love Autumn.

In Style

Ooooh boy, Autumn fashion is just the best. I love the colour palette. Burgundys, Khaki greens, mustards, forsest green, burnt orange - it's all just so lovely. Ankle boots and knitted scarves are just the epitome of cosiness. I'm in the midst of updating my wardrobe with some A/W bits. Maybe I will do a little haul/look book on what I got. Don't even get me started on autumn make-up. Two words - berry lips.

In the home

There's nothing I love more than coming home on a dark and cold autumn evening. Especially now that we got a new stove to snuggle in by. Uhhh I'm thinking about candles and fairy lights, cuddling my pups, slipper socks, burning fires, and hot chocolates in my favourite mug. Cosy nights in are so much better in Autumn.

In Nature

Autumn is probably my favourite time to go on walks, especially woodland walks. Conkers and fallen leaves weirdly remind me of my childhood and simpler times. I love going outside and trying to capture some pretty nature shots with my big camera at this time of year. There is nothing quiet like a sunny Autumn day when the air is cold and there's a beautiful early sunset. 

In The Blogosphere

Blog content is my favourite at this time of the year. I feel like it's the most photogenic time so everyone's photos are so stunning. I love all the topics people talk about during Autumn. Fashion and beauty blogs are killing it with amazing style and trends and lifestyle blogs are all so cosy and inspiring that they make me love Autumn even more!

Do you all agree that Autumn is awesome? What's your favourite thing about this season? Let me know down below my loves!

Sinéad x
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WHY ARE WE OUR OWN WORST CRITICS?

24 Sep 2017

A couple of days ago I was browsing through my bloglovin' feed and clicked into a new blog post by one of my favourite bloggers. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful picture that accompanied the post. It was a photo of her, which in my eyes she looked amazing in. Then, when I started to read the post the first thing she did was apologise for how 'bad' she looked in the photo, she said her hair was an unbrushed mess, but to me, it was natural and effortlessly gorgeous. 

This got me thinking about how we criticise ourselves so much, more than anyone else ever does. I do it too. I'm the first to admit that I have to take at least 20 selfies before I find one I think I look ok in, when in reality, most people would probably have thought the first one was perfectly fine. 

Why do we look at ourselves in the mirror and in photos and focus on the things we don't like? Yeah, that girl's hair was kinda messy but her outfit was on point. And maybe my forehead looks huge but what about how nice my smile looks? Chances are, when other people look at you they see all the lovely things about you, I know I see them in others. 

Lets try being a little less critical of ourselves, lets stop looking for the flaws in ourselves and recognise all the beautiful things about ourselves. I know it's a lot easier said than done but now that I'm aware of doing it I'm really going to make an effort. Think of all the time you will save trying to get the perfect selfie for Instagram if you use one of the first ones!

Do you struggle with critisizing your own looks too or have you learned to be a little easier on yourself? Do share your thoughts with me in the comments. 

Sinéad x
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THE FOUR BEAUTY PRODUCTS I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT

13 Sep 2017

Hey ho everyone! Happy hump day! I Hope your week is going swimmingly. So we all know that beauty posts are definitely not my forté I just don't purchase enough make-up to feature it regularly. That's not to say I don't love it though, I just stick to things I love and don't see the point in buying a million and one different contour kits to try, if I already have one I love, y'know? So I thought I would write a little post about some of those favourite staple products. 

Benefit Brow Zings 

No word of a lie, this thing is as important to me in my day to day life as like, water and oxygen. No seriously, as sad as this may be, I don't think I could leave the house without some of this on, even if I have no other make-up on. You may be wondering why so because if you've seen a photo of me you will know that I have a decent set of eyebrows naturally but they have so many bald spots, are uneven and the shape just isn't great. Brow Zing to the rescue! I use the wax side to make an outline of my brows and to fill in the gaps, I then go through my brows with the powder side for a natural finish. This is no doubt my most cherished item of make-up. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Not someone talking about this God damn concealer again...yup! What can I say, this has just got to make the list of products I couldn't live without. There's not too much to say about this because I'm sure most of you have tried it out but my under eye dark circles are one of my biggest insecurities so I could marry whoever created this magic potion for sorting me out!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Over the years I have tried so many mascaras both drugstore and high street, I liked a lot of them but there was none I could say 'you're the one for life' to. There was something lacking in all of them. Then I met 'Better than sex' and I haven't wasted any money on a shitty mascara since. This does everything I want a mascara to do, lengthens, thickens and doesn't clump! It feels so sturdy and luxurious too which is a plus. 

The Balm Highlite n' ConTour palette

I have been keeping my eyes out for a good contour palette ever since it first became a trend, but for some reason I kept avoiding buying a good one. I'm not sure why. Then when I was in Debenhams one day this one by The Balm really caught my eye. The packaging is so cute and creative, it's a concert theme with all the shades named after hertz and decibels. I hadn't heard this being raved about before but my heart said to chance it, even though it was almost €40. Boy am I glad I took the risk. I use the bottom left shade to contour and it's perfect for me, super natural and not orange or dirty looking. I sweep the top right matte highlighter over my cheek bones and forehead and follow with a little bit of the top left (which is a stunning sparkly highlighter) I also use the blush every single day. So basically this covers all my face powders and it's got a great big mirror which is always a bonus.  

There we have it! My top 4 holy grail / could not live without beauty products. If you were thinking about buying any of these products before - do it! *no pressure*

What are you most coveted beauty products? Do you prefer to keep trying different things or are you like me and stick to what you like? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Sinéad x
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FIFTY REASONS TO SMILE

25 Aug 2017

I've seen these kinds of posts doing the rounds in the blogging community lately and I've really enjoyed reading them. They always made me feel so positive as I realised all the little things we should be grateful for. It's so easy to get bogged down on what we're not happy with, it's so important to remember all the good things, so I thought I would create my own list of 50 every day things that make me super happy, here they are in no particular order!
  1. Coffee in the morning
  2. My dogs Nicky and Lily
  3. My new baby niece Leah
  4. My other 3 niblings 
  5. My car, I love it
  6. I'm saving lots of money
  7. Getting new make-up
  8. I'm in love with my city - Galway
  9. My room, newly decorated
  10. Food, where would I begin.
  11. Interiors, I could look at them forever
  12. Empowering quotes
  13. The internet
  14. True and loyal friends
  15. The sky, in all it's beautiful forms
  16. The green countryside surrounding me
  17. Eating home grown potatoes everyday
  18. Ed Sheerans music
  19. blogging
  20. Cute and funny phone cases
  21. New pjs
  22. Lovely perfumes
  23. Boys who make you swoon
  24. Candles and diffusers
  25. Taking photos and saving memories
  26. My bed
  27. Hot showers
  28. Face masks
  29. Work banter
  30. Warm days in summer
  31. Rain against the window
  32. Penneys! 
  33. Hot water bottles during your period
  34. Buying handbags
  35. Visitors to your house
  36. Ice cream
  37. Road trips
  38. Being healthy
  39. Going to the seaside
  40. The best moments of my life are still to come
  41. Cuddles and kisses
  42. Kind and mannerly people
  43. Being young
  44. Hurling and Galway being in the All-Ireland final
  45. Uplifting movies
  46. Feeling loved
  47. Being free
  48. The smell of cut grass
  49. Discovering new places
  50. Long walks with the doggies

What makes you smile? Why not make a list of everything in a blog post too!
Sinéad
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HOW I THINK IT HELPS TO BE AN INTROVERT WHEN BLOGGING

10 Aug 2017

Blogging seems like a very 'out-there' thing to do. You are literally presenting yourself and your life on the internet for all to see. One might think that you would have to be an extremely outgoing, chatty and extroverted person to take up such a hobby/career. In fact, it might be a little difficult for some people to understand why those who are more reserved would ever enjoy such a thing.

I have found that being an introvert actually has many benefits when blogging.

If there is one thing I have noticed about the blogging community is that the vast majority of bloggers seem to be more introverted than extroverted. Which kinda makes sense, its creative nature and its focus on 'the self' means it's a hobby that suits us introverts. Blogging means spending a lot of time alone and I sure do love a little alone time to unwind.

There's nothing to say that introverts don't have loads of friends and a gleaming social life but sometimes we don't open up as easily as our more extroverted friends, I know I definitely don't. So I enjoy having an outlet to let out my thoughts and feelings when in the real world, I would just rather stay quiet. 

On that note, introverts tend to be more in touch with their emotions. We reflect until we can understand our feelings and figure out what we can learn from them. Blogging is such a useful tool to help me do this. 

I've heard that introverts don't really enjoy small-talk, this would definitely be the case for me - I'm so awkward making small talk. It's when I get into a more in-depth conversation about real subjects, that I become a little more interesting and talkative. So getting to be all deep and meaningful and get into those juicy topics on the blog is something I really enjoy doing. 

Another good quality that comes along with being introverted is we are pretty self-sufficient, we know that we can manage things on our own which is fairly important if one wants to set up their own self-run online blog and hopes for it to be semi-successful!

Introverts are also meant to be really observant. We notice changes in the world around us, we take it all in. Even if it's just a new fashion trend or some phenomenon emerging in modern culture, this means we may have fresh and interesting things to write about.

So yeah, in theory, blogging does seem like a very extroverted activity. But I, a proud introvert can vouch for the fact that our characteristics are actually really beneficial for what it requires to be a blogger!

What are your thoughts on this topic? Are you intorverted or extroverted and how to you think that affects you when blogging? Would you agree that blogging is a surprisingly perfect hobby for introverts?

Sinéad x
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MY SUNDAY MORNING BEAUTY ROUTINE

30 Jul 2017

Why specifically Sunday I hear you ask? Well, every Sunday morning I dedicate to looking after myself 'beauty' wise and I do all my weekly routines. This is probably my favourite time of the week; A nice slow morning where I don't have to rush and can just pamper myself while sipping on a cuppa, ah lovely. I thought I would share with you my little weekly routine. 
EXFOLIATE MY BODY 
I don't exfoliate my body every day. I usually do it around twice a week. Always on a Sunday morning while in the shower. I really love to us the Soap and Glory 'Scrub of your life' this leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft especially my legs which can tend to get a little rough. This prepares them for shaving as well.

USE A HAIR MASK
Every Sunday morning I like to indulge in a hair mask whilst in the shower. This is a relatively new addition to my routine so I haven't tried very many hair treatments, if you know any good ones - let me know! I'm currently using Vo5 'give me moisture' which does make my hair feel so silky and shiny.

USE A FACE MASK
I definitely enjoy this more than once a week but I always do it on a Sunday morning. I'm currently in love with the Boots Tea tree and witch hazel peel off mask. It's so refreshing to use, leaves your skin so soft and I definitely am not getting as many breakouts as I used to since I started using this. It's super affordable too. 

SHAVE LEGS
I'm not sure how often is the norm for this and maybe it's gross I only do it once a week? I don't know! But my legs are rarely out so there's no need for me to do it more often. I also find it such a chore. The skin on my legs are so sensitive so I use an aloe vera shaving gel which helps a bit. I still get cuts though so let me know if there is anything you would recommend to combat this!
APPLY FAKE TAN 
This is something I only bother with in the summer and not necessarily every Sunday, only if I'm feelin' it really and lately I have been loving being a little browner. Cocoa Brown all the way for me! I use the 1hr tan mouse on a Sunday morning and usually apply the Gentle Bronze throughout the week to top it up.

WASH MAKE UP BRUSHES 
It's gotta be done! So I make sure to never forget to do this on a Sunday morning. I scrub them with some Real Techniques brush cleanser and it does the job fairly well. Sorry they look so grubby in the pic, I really should have taken it after I cleaned them! haha.

FILE NAILS AND APPLY NAIL HARDENER
On a Sunday morning I also try to set aside some time to sort out my nails. My nails are a nightmare and I usually ignore them throughout the week. So on Sundays I try to 'fix' them up a bit. Whether that be paint them or just file them and apply some nail hardener as my nails are so brittle!

So there we have it, my Sunday morning beauty routine. I'm clearly at my freshest on a Sunday afternoon and it's all downhill from there throughout the week then haha!

Do you like to set aside some time on any day to focus on your 'upkeep' let me know what your routine is in the comments!

Sinéad x
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10 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE CLOTHES SHOPPING

22 Jul 2017

So y'know me, I love a bit of clothes shopping. I'm almost a bit scared to admit that I go shopping almost every weekend, now don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily buy something every weekend! haha. I do have a process that helps me make the right decisions when I'm shopping because lets face it - money doesn't grow on trees! I thought I'd create a little list of my 10 tips for effective clothes shopping - things that will help you make good decisons and not waste money. I hope you find this helpful!

SHOP WHEN YOU LOOK YOUR BEST 
It's always a good idea to go shopping when you're having a good hair day and you're not feeling bloated or sluggish. This way, when you're trying on items in the dressing room you won't be distracted by your not so pleasant reflection in the mirror and the clothes will look their best.

TAKE YOUR TIME, DON'T RUSH
Give yourself plenty of time for your shopping trips. Browse around and make sure you're getting the best of what's on offer. If you're in a rush you're more likely to pick up any old rubbish and never wear it!

TAKE A FRIEND
Sometimes it's so hard to decide whether you like something or not, we've all been there, humming and hawing in the dressing room not feeling too sure. This is where a second opinion can come in very handy.

THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR WARDROBE
This is a very important one in my opinion. Whenever I'm shopping I always keep in mind what I already own when I'm considering buying something. I ask myself - 'Does this suit my current style?' and 'Will this match with other items in my wardrobe?'

IS IT A SEASONAL PIECE?
When I'm buying something in summer I always consider whether or not it can be worn in winter too and how I could layer it. If it's something really expensive it definitely helps if it can be worn any time of the year so it's something to consider.

FORGET THE SIZE ON THE TAG 
Try not to get too bogged down by the number on the tag, just focus on how the clothes fit you. So what if you have to buy something 2 sizes bigger than your usual size. Sizing is all over the place anyway and they totally depend on the shop and fit of the clothes. 

THINK ABOUT THE PRICE/WEAR RATIO
This will help you see if you will be getting value for money. If you're getting jeans that cost €150 but you know you will wear them like 2 times a week then they are probably worth it. But if you're going for a top that you can probably only wear a couple of hot days in the summer and it's €40, maybe it's not quite worth it. 

DON'T GO SHOPPING WHEN YOUR EMOTIONAL
I have made this mistake before - going shopping when you're feeling a bit sad. It feels like retail therapy and you end up buying a load of crap you don't need just to make you feel a bit better. 

BUY PIECES YOU REALLY LOVE EVEN IF YOU DON'T NEED THEM RIGHT NOW
If you see a gorgeous fancy dress that you're totally in love with but you have no occasion for - buy it! chances are an occasion will come up and you won't be able to find anything you like. 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF 2 FOR 1 OFFERS
Especially for basics. A lot of stores do offers on basic tees etc. So why not take advantage of them even if you did only want one white tee, that khaki one will no doubt come in handy at some stage.

Are you a careful shopper like me or are you someone who goes with the flow more? Let me know in the comments! Also, Is there anything else that would be helpful to consider whilst clothes shopping?

Sinéad x
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DON'T LET THE GHOSTERS BRING YOU DOWN

19 Jul 2017

Ah Ghosting. Ghosting, if you have no idea what it means, is a modern term for the phenomenon of a guy/girl completely disappearing on you at the early stages of dating despite seeming interested. The fact that they had to make a term for this tells me it's not all that uncommon. Chances are you or someone you know has been ghosted. I sure have and let me tell ya, it is HORRIBLE. 

Here's my story - I met a guy on Tinder. He was such a lovely lad (seemingly) and we stayed up until all hours Whats App-ing each other. The conversations were great and deep and we got on so well over text. We told each other we were into each other and he was SO keen, like dying to see me in real life kinda keen. He was gorgeous so I was over the moon and so excited to meet him. 

After a week of texting, we went on a date. We went to a creperie where we got some tea and some pancakes to share. When we first met he was quiet, seemed kinda nervous. He soon came out of himself though and he was so lovely and charismatic. We sat in the creperie for 2hrs talking about everything and anything. I was so lost in the conversation I didn't notice anything going on around me or even know what time it was. It was without a doubt a great date and he seemed like he enjoyed it too. 

When it was over he walked me to the car, told me he enjoyed our chats and we parted ways.  My heart was bursting for this man. I was smitten. He was perfect and he was Gemini which is harmonious with Aquarius. This could be the one I secretly thought to myself!

I never heard from him again.

 I texted him two days later. That God damn read receipt haunts me. It's just a horrific feeling to think a guy really liked you until he met you and then got turned off. For a couple of days I felt so down about myself. I wondered what I did wrong. What is wrong with me? Do I not look as good as my pictures. Am I really boring to talk to? All of these destructive thoughts kept going around in my head and it hurt so much, it still kinda does which is ridiculous because I didn't even get to know this guy very well, we were only on one date.  I feel like I was a disappointment to him because he was so clearly excited to meet me. 

The fact that not everyone can like you is one that is really hard to face. No matter how lovely you are I guess sometimes people don't feel a spark for you, even if you do for them. I'm starting to realise that it doesn't mean there is anything wrong with me and it doesn't mean I won't find a guy who does like me. I'm trying hard not to take it personally. If I think about it for too long it drives me a bit crazy. I'm trying to stay positive and not let it hurt my self-esteem. Onwards and upwards!

Guys and gals out there, don't ghost people! Just tell them how you feel. I would much rather if this guy straight out told me he didn't want to take things any further instead of tormenting myself waiting for a reply for days on end and checking if he's online or not. I know, I know, I'm pathetic! hahaha.

Have you experienced being ghosted? it sucks right?!

Sinéad 
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COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

16 Jul 2017

Lately, I have found myself comparing myself to others a lot. There is nothing worse than that feeling of other people doing better than you, or being at a stage in their life where you want to be but are so far from. As unattractive as it may be it can make jealousy rage within you and I honestly believe jealousy is one of the worst emotions. It can destroy your self-esteem. This is something I hate to admit I've been really struggling. 

You see, I look at the people I grew up with doing amazingly in their careers. Moving into lovely places with their boyfriends and going on lush holidays and I feel so far behind. I'm not even sure what I want my career to be, I can't hold on to any man and I don't remember what it feels like to be on holiday. It just makes me feel so bad about myself. Like I am not good enough and also angry at myself for not achieving the things everyone else seems to have. 

I know my feelings are senseless, I've read hundreds of quotes along the lines of  'comparison is the thief of all joy' on Pinterest and they all make me feel momentarily better but I just can't seem to shake this feeling. 

I even deleted my Snapchat in a bid to stop exposing myself to other peoples lives. That seemed to be a very triggering app. But I hate how I had to do that. I don't want to cut myself off from people, I don't want to be a horrible jealous person. I try not to be, I tell everyone how happy I am for them, because I genuinely am but deep down I'm wondering why nothing is happening for me. I don't know what I will be like when my friends are getting married and having babies (my dream!) and I'm still probably single with my biological clock ticking away.

Wow what a negative post from me, but hey, I thought I would share these feelings as it kinda helps to write them down and maybe some of you guys feel the same and can empathise with me. 

Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions on how to focus on your own life without worrying about where everyone else is at!

Sinéad
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WHY I STILL LOVE BLOGGING AFTER 4 YEARS

11 Jun 2017

June marks 4 years since I created 'Dreaming Again' It was 2013 and I was 20 years old. I thought it would be something fun to do, I wanted to document this new decade I had entered, here on my blog. Now here I am, almost mid-twenties and I'm still going strong. 

The blogging world has changed so much since I started. Now it seems to be all about the following, the sponsorship and actually trying to make a career out of it. I had no idea that that was even possible when I began and it's not something I've ever cared about or sought after. I was never interested in becoming a well known blogger and after four years I'm obviously no where near one. 

This began as a hobby and to this day it still is just that. Blogging is one of my favourite things in the world. I may not always be consistent, I don't have a schedule or planner, I don't have a clue how to use google anylitics and I don't really set blogging 'goals'. All of these things have become so important since I began blogging but I'm happy to keep this space as what I had intended it to be when I first started - a little escape where I can write out my thoughts, share my photography and hopefully strike up a conversation with some like-minded people.

After 4 years I love blogging as much as when I first began, there has been times when I have gone months without a post but blogging has always been on mind, something I knew I would get back to and never forget.  

I would describe myself as a very creative person and I love how blogging gives me the perfect creative outlet. I feel like all my life before blogging I have been trying different things like art, painting and photography just trying to find the best way to express myself creatively and I thing blogging is the thing for me. 

Blogging is the perfect escape from the real world. I love nothing more than scrolling through bloglovin' and diving into other peoples lives through their blogs. I love connecting with people like me, chatting on twitter and creating an Instagram I love.  

I know it's crazy but I honestly think I would be so empty without blogging. There would be something missing in my life. I am so glad I found this hobby and I hope I never stop!

So happy blog anniversary to me!!!

How long have you been blogging? Has your attitude to it changed since you first started?

Sinéad x
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I'LL BE HAPPY WHEN...

5 Jun 2017

I will be happy when I finish my exams.
I will be happy when it's summer break.
I'll be happy when school is over.
I'll be happy when I go to university.
I'll be happy when I finish uni and have some money.
I'll be happy when I get a job.
I'll be happy when I get a job I like.
I'll be happy when my shift is finished.
I'll be happy at the weekend.
I'll be happy when I get a boyfriend.
I'll be happy when we move in together.
I'll be happy when I am married.
I'll be happy when we have a baby.
I'll be happy when we have another and our family is complete.
I'll be happy when the kids get a bit older.
I'll be happy when they go to uni and we have time to ourselves.
I'll be happy when I retire.
...
I was happier when
...
For as long as I remember it has always felt that life, real life was about to begin. There would just be one obstacle in the way, a challenge that needed to be gotten through first, then I could be happy. With every obstacle I've gotten through there has always been one more thing in the way, one thing that wasn't perfect, one thing that meant I couldn't be happy right now.

Often times, when I got through that obstacle and got what I 'needed' to be happy I found myself looking back with nostalgia and missing old times despite wishing them away before. 

Lately I have come to the realization that the perfect time to be happy is right now. Life will always be full of challenges, maybe it's better to admit that to ourselves and try to be happy anyway?

I have always felt like I will not be truly happy until I find 'the one' to share my life with, then my life would really begin. But now I'm starting to realise that I shouldn't wish for that to happen as soon as possible. I should enjoy this time on my own because when I do find 'the one' (if there is such a thing) my time will never be my own again and maybe then I'll look back nostalgically at the time I was 24, single and completely free.  

I'm starting to realise that I need to stop waiting for my life to start because it's already started, this is it, all of these obstacles and challenges are my life. 

So here's to living for the present because the future isn't guaranteed. 

"There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way" is going to be my words of inspiration going forward.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you like me and always been one to feel like you can't be happy until ____.?

Sinéad x
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THE BEST FRIEND I HAVE NEVER MET

1 Jun 2017

Hey everyone! Today, I wanted to talk to you about someone very dear to me - Olivia, the best friend I have never met.

It all started way back in October 2009. I was just starting my final year of secondary school. Probably the most important academic year of my life. My Leaving Certificate exams were a mere 8 months away. And I, like a lot of 16 years olds, found the internet to be a perfect escape from the pressures of reality.
On one, I'm guessing lonely evening I randomly joined a site called 'Interpals' as the name suggests, it was a place to find pen pals from around the world. Don't let that fool you though, I feel like Olivia and I were a rare case. It was mostly just full of creepy old Turkish guys looking for your Kik (still no clue what that even is!)

Some how, through the dozens of sleazy messages from men or desperate pleads for friendship from crazy cat ladies wanting to improve their English I came across one from a girl, the same age as me from New Zealand and the winner - she seemed normal! so I replied and the rest, as they say, is history (Even though she is still a bit of a crazy cat lady too hehe)

These were my teenage years. When everyone in school had created an idea in their mind about you without even talking to you. You were judged on your popularity, who you hung out with and what other people thought of you. 

But Olivia didn't have any preconceptions of me and I had none of her. We lived a world apart (literally) we had no mutual friends, we couldn't judge each other on our mannerisms or our appearance or on things we had heard about the other. This gave us the opportunity to properly connect.

I was not afraid to be completely myself when I was talking to her and at 16 when you're sort of trying to be someone you're not, someone better, that was so freeing. 

Looking back now our friendship was pretty instant. We hit it off right away and talked about everything and anything into the wee hours of the morning, well, it was only the afternoon for her! Unlike my 'real life' friends, there was absolutely nothing I felt uncomfortable talking to her about. I knew she would never judge me. She has helped me through so many problems in my life, providing an objective eye, she has always given me amazing advice and really showed how much she cares. I don't know how I would have gotten through some things without her.

We have both changed and grown up so much since 2009 but somehow we have managed to never grow apart. We have seen each other through leaving school, going through college, many different boyfriends and friendships, getting jobs, and learning how to be adults.

Even though she is quiet possibly the furthest human away from me on this planet physically, she is the one who is always closest when I feel like a chat. For almost 8-years she's only ever been a Facebook message or Whats App away and even though we don't always talk every single day and sometimes we have gone for months without talking, I always know she is there and because of her, I never ever feel alone. 

It is true, the internet can be a scary and dangerous place but I think Olivia and I are proof that it can also be the most amazing thing. We are like minded souls on opposite sides of the planet and without the internet we would never know of the others existences. The idea of that makes me very sad because I know for a fact that these past 8 years of my life would have been far less colourful without her in it.  

Olivia, I know you're reading this - I love you and I can't wait for the day I get to squish you with hugs! <3 

On a little side not, one of the difficult things about being online friends is not being able to experience things together. So we thought one way of getting around this would be to read the same book at the same time. This way I guess we are both experiencing the same world a little bit. We had the idea of making this into a little blog series here. I would review each book and she would also contribute to my blog with her thoughts on the book. The first book we are doing is 'The Girl on The Train' I would love to know what you think of this idea! Let me know in the comments.

 Sinéad x
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG? FT. ZAFUL

24 May 2017

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

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

Cath Kidson Notebook 

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

Purse

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

Phone 

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

River Island Sun Glasses

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

Zara Mauve Twilight Perfume

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

MAC Modesty Lipstick

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

Lasting Perfection Concealer 

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

Miscellaneous Shit

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

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

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

 Sinéad x
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IS INSTAGRAM FAKE? HELL NO!

20 May 2017

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

This annoys me SO much.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sinéad x
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Why I enjoy spending time alone

15 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sinéad x
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