30 Dec 2017

Previous years I have tried the whole 'new year, new me' approach. I would begin the year excited and full of optimism, sure that the following year I would improve myself in all aspects of my life. Turns out that's pretty darn difficult to do. I would wake up on New Year's day with a raging hangover and feel so disappointed in myself for sleeping in 'til noon even though I made a promise to myself that I would get up every day before 9am.

As January would slip away I became more and more angry with myself for still being the same old me. Still not a morning person, still a serial procrastinator, still hate reading and still so flaky with my blog.

 I have well and truly learned my lesson so this year I am not making any 'resolutions' I know neither my life nor I am going to change in 2018 unless I win the lotto or something which would be very much welcomed!  

There are however some small things I want to aim to achieve in 2018. I think it's always good to have some small goals to aim for to keep you focused so here are a few of mine.

1. Save more money 

I wouldn't say I'm a big spender but I do want to start saving more for my future and important things, spending less on frivolous things like makeup and shoes. I'm not saying I won't be buying any make-up or shoes in 2018 because let's face it, I definitely will. But maybe I don't need another red lipstick exactly like one I already have, Y'know what I mean?

2. Be more grateful

I want to be more consciously grateful. I want to really think about it or even write it down, whether that's here on my blog or in a diary, I am not too sure yet. It's no secret that life can be a b*tch sometimes and we can easily get bogged down by the daily grind so I think it's important to take note of all the good stuff in life and take a moment to be grateful.

3. Travel more

I don't necessarily mean travel abroad more, although that would be amazing if I could! I just mean to venture further afield at weekends than my local city or park. I want to go on more road trips, go on different walks, visit new beaches and just see more of Ireland. Even if I could just spend one day a month outside my county that would be great. 

4. Spend less time on my phone

I am definitely guilty of coming home from work and spending ages scrolling aimlessly through my phone. Sometimes I can hop in to bed only to spend up to an hour looking at my phone before going to sleep. I see this as one of my worst habits so I would really love if I could gradually cut it down in 2018.

5. Do more meaningful things

On Christmas day this year, I spent 5 hours making a 3d puzzle of the Eiffel Tower, I found this to be a much better way to spend my time than watching TV or looking at my phone like I've already talked about because when it was done I felt like I had accomplished something. I know this is a very small example but that feeling of accomplishment was so good and I really want to feel it more in 2018. So instead of being passive and doing nothing, I'm going to try and do something more often. Whether it be to create content for my blog, bake, take up a new hobby or sport, create something, help out somewhere, I want to be doing things that result in me feeling proud.

6. Go for more walks

Not only do I want to go on more walks for my own sake as a form of exercise I want to do it for my dogs sakes. Nicky and Lily love nothing more than to see me rattling their leads and I love them so much that I want to make sure they are living happy lives and getting all the exercise they need so I really want to up the amount I bring them for walks and not let a little drizzle stop me. 

7. Take better care of myself 

In 2018 I want to take better care of myself in general. I want to be good with my skincare, invest in things that work. I'm also really concerned with my dental care, I need to floss every day but I'm so bad at doing this. I want to eat as healthy as possible and try to avoid takeaway food altogether. If I can continue to avoid the doctor in 2018, as I have done most of my life so far, I will be pretty happy.

8. Drink more water

So this should probably have been put in with the last point really but '7' felt like a weird number for a list! I am terrible for forgetting to drink water. I find myself with a headache and feeling tired and it's usually because I have drunk barely any water that day so I'm going to try to change this in 2018. 

So there we have it, some small things I would like to do in 2018. Wish me luck in achieving them! 

Finally, I just want to wish anyone who reads this a wonderful 2018. I hope it's filled with love, happiness and good health. Happy New Year my loves. 

Sinéad x

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12 Dec 2017

After the snow this morning I am well and truly in the Christmas spirit. I'm even finding myself singing along to Christmas songs around the house! Some years I'm not too bothered but It's safe to say I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. I thought I would write a little list of all the things I am looking forward to this Christmas season. 

Christmas Parties

My work Christmas party is next Saturday night and I am so looking forward to getting all dressed up and going out for a lovely meal, drinks and dancing with my colleagues and friends. It's always such a fun and festive night complete with singing chefs, Christmas dinner, mince pies, prosecco and dancing the night away to 'Fairytale of New York'. I could share my outfit and make-up details on here if you guys are interested? Let me know in the comments!

Food, Food & More Food

Where do I start when it comes to food?! Christmas is a right of passage to eat all the food and not feel guilty. From the tubs of roses to the Christmas dinner itself everything is so delicious and I am really looking forward to indulging. Lucky for me I don't have to make the dinner, thank God as that seems like far too much pressure. I would like to contribute a bit more this year though and maybe make a starter. Let me know in the comments of some good Christmas starters.

Time off to Relax

I think anyone who is working really appreciates the Christmas break. I'm hopefully going to have the whole week off so I am really looking forward to spending time at home with my family relaxing and not having to worry about any responsibilities. I feel like Christmas time is the only time of the year you can switch off and do nothing because that's what it is for!

Giving Gifts

This is so cliche I know but I really do prefer giving gifts than receiving them. I can just buy myself whatever I want so getting gifts doesn't excite me that much (I am appreciative none the less though!) I just love the feeling of seeing a smile on someones face when you get them something. I have pretty much all my presents bought and wrapped now waiting to be opened!

Playing Games

Christmas is literally the only time of the year that I get together with my whole family, we enjoy each others company and play games. From making jigsaws and playing board games with my nieces and nephew to having a midnight game of cards and a glass of wine with my parents and siblings. It's so nice to sit down together, put our phones away and do something fun.

Eeeep writing this has made me even more excited for Christmas. Less than two weeks to go now! I can hardly believe it.

I would love to know how you spend your Christmas holidays? What is it that you are really looking forward to? Let me know in the comments down below.

Sinéad x
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5 Dec 2017

Happy December my loves! I can't quite believe we're in the final month of 2017, seriously, was this not the fastest year of your life?

Every year it feels like the Christmas festivities start earlier and earlier, I mean this year they were talking about Christmas on November 1st! I have to say, I don't agree with this. I think it makes Christmas drag on too long and I honestly get bored of it. So I try not to even think about Christmas until December and then I dive right in to full-on Christmas mode because let's face it - it is the most wonderful time of the year!

I thought I would share with you some of the ways I get into the festive spirit and make myself feel all 'Christmassy' 

Play Christmas music

One of the first things I do is play Christmas music. This doesn't take much effort on my part because work has changed the radio station to Christmas FM on December 1st. Therefore I spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week listening to festive tunes. I'm loving it so far as it's really making me get in the spirit but I sure won't be playing it at home or in the car too as I think that might be a little overkill!

Wear a Christmas jumper

Something else I do to mark the beginning of Christmas is wear my Christmas jumper. I adore Christmas/wintery jumpers and you will probably catch me wearing one most days in December. When I wear one or see someone wear one I just feel like 'yup it's officially Christmas' I also got myself some new Christmas earring in Penneys today complete with snowflakes, candy canes, reindeers, Christmas trees and more! they're adorbs.

Burn festive candles

I love a good scented candle anytime of the year but there is something about Christmas scents that give me the warm fuzzies. I feel like they give a much more festive atmosphere to the house. My all-time favourite would have to be cinnamon. To be honest I start burning them at Halloween!

Put up decorations

Speaking of making the house more festive, putting up decorations is an obvious one! We don't have our tree up just yet, will probably put it up at the weekend. I have got some small decorations up though, like mantle garlands and little ornaments. They help to remind me that Christmas is well and truly on its way!

Visit the Christmas Market

If there is a Christmas market in a city near you, you should definitely visit it! The one in Galway isn't the biggest or most exciting in the world. But the gorgeous lights, delicious food and the smell of mulled wine are enough to put anyone in the spirit. It really is so magical, almost makes me feel like a kid again!

Take a kid to see Santa

I know this may not be doable for everyone, y'know, if you're not close to any kids I wouldn't recommend stealing one to do it. But I'm lucky enough to have 3 nieces and 1 nephew. They are a big part of my Christmas as their excitement for it makes it so much more special. There is nothing quite like taking a kid to visit Santa or even see just to see some lights being turned on. Their excitement really is infectious. 
I hope this list inspires you if you're finding it a little bit difficult to get in the festive spirit.

Do let me know in the comments what it is you like to do during the lead up to Christmas that makes you feel all Christmassy!

I hope you are all having the most wonderful December so far and it's going as magically as possible for you!
Sinéad x
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30 Nov 2017

It is kind of a tradition here in Ireland that you give something up for the month of November. Sorta like lent I guess. One of my friends was giving up alcohol and my mum was giving up sugar, she only lasted a couple of days, which didn't surprise me! But I decided to give up social media, or spend less time on it at least. 

I did pretty well and didn't really miss it if I am honest. I did scroll through twitter every now and again and I posted the odd insta-story but I wasn't consumed by it. I wasn't wondering what to post on Instagram that day or thinking 'I need too interact more on twitter' and blogging barely crossed my mind. 

Let me tell you, it was so nice to get away. Don't get me wrong, I love blogging but lately I feel like the blogging world has all gotten a bit too much. Too competitive and too narcissistic.
Sometimes I wish it was the way it used to be when I first started out 4 years ago because back then I never felt like I wasn't good enough for someone to want follow along with my life. As much as I love following other people on social media, it was so nice to take a month away because continuously looking at someones life on a screen can get really exhausting.

It was nice not comparing myself to people online and just focusing on people in my real life. It was nice to be doing something awesome and not feel like I had to record it for Instagram for the approval. It was nice to just get away from my life online and just live my life privately without feeling the need to document things or share my thoughts. 

Hopefully my little break away will allow me to continue with my blog with fresh eyes. Honestly, to me, your online popularity is futile. I just want to take photos, write and share things with you because I enjoy doing it! not because I need any validation about my life. The whole online world can be a bit overwhelming at times, and sometimes I don't want to be apart of it. I still want to blog though, like the old times and that's what I'm going to do. 

Sinéad x
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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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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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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!
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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!

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.

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!

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.

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?'

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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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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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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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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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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!


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.


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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Why I enjoy spending time alone

15 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sinéad x
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Escaping to the Mountains | Slieve Aughty

9 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sinéad x
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Ways to show your love

8 Feb 2017

In my last post I talked about the importance of appreciating and celebrating love and I encouraged you all to do just that this month. I also spurred you on to put in a little extra effort into showing your loved ones your feelings this month. So in this post I thought I would share some simple ways to show your love without having to make too grand of a gesture. Remember, I'm not focusing solely on romantic love, I'm thinking about all kinds off love!

Engage in activities they like

Even if you absolutely hate the activities. Be selfless and think about their enjoyment. Some personal examples of this for me would be going to watch soccer games with my boyfiend. I find watching paint dry more exciting but he is a Man U super fan and when he wants to go to the pub to watch a match I oblige because I know how happy it makes him, and that makes me happy. Another example is going to Bingo with my mother, I find this even more of a snooze fest than soccer but when my auntie can't go with her, I provide her the company because I know how much she enjoys it.

Be present with them

I don't know about you but I am terrible for being in another world when I am with people, that world usually being Instagram! So I am trying really hard to put my phone down, or not bring it with me when I'm going to visit my sister and her family. I want to be there to play with my nieces and nephew, to talk to, and to listen, properly listen.

Surprise them

Most people love surprises, so why not do something nice for them? This can be anything from cooking them their favourite food. Buying them something thoughtful or even just bringing home their favourite magazine from the shop. It's the little things that really show people you love them. 

Do chores for them

Every now and again, do things for them that they hate doing. Sometimes when I'm at my boyfriends house I clean the kitchen because it isn't his favourite job, also because I can't bear to see it get any grosser sometimes ha! Help your mum with the ironing, or cut the grass for your dad. Just doing little things when you can shows them you care.

Be generous with compliments

It is so easy to get in to a habit of complaining about irritating things your loved ones do or point out their flaws every now and again. We often forget to give them compliments, presuming they already know. Well, they don't! Tell your friend  just how much you love their new haircut, thank your mum for being so caring and tell your boyfriend how proud of him you are. 

So they are just 5 simple ways to show your love. 5 things I am definitely trying to do more. There are of course a million other ways to show your love and I would love to hear your favourite ways in the comments section below. Sending love to you!

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Celebrate Love in February

5 Feb 2017

Happy February everyone! So it is officially the month of 'love', when the card company's make a mint and we either feel the pressure to show our significant other how much we love them or feel kinda shitty for being single for the 3rd Valentines day in a row. There are definitely a lot of negatives to this time of year if you let it affect you but at the same time, I can't help but love it. 

In today's world there is so much hate. You can't turn on the news or even open Facebook without hearing about the hate one human has committed to another in some form. Whether it be war, abuse, or neglect, hate gets so much air time. 

So why not take this one month of the year to focus on love? I'm not talking solely about love for a partner, which V-day seems to focus on. That is only one kind of love. There are SO many kinds of loves to be celebrated. 

This month I challenge you to look out for love everyday. 

When you're walking down the street look at the way a mother protectively holds their child's hand as they cross the road.
Watch the way a grown man helps his elderly mother do her grocery shopping.
Notice the teenage girls in hysterics laughing with each other over silly things.
See the way lovers link their arms.
Watch how the guys order their 'too drunk friend' a taxi home on a night out.
In the park, notice the way the man embraces his Labrador when he brings him back the stick.

Look at it, take it in and let it fill you with faith in humanity.

Love is everywhere. It so often goes ignored. Rarely making the news or given much attention, love is seen as the mundane. 

I think otherwise though. To me, love is far from mundane. Love is the least mundane of all emotions. Love is like a raging fire in your heart that sets your soul alight. To me, love is what makes life worth living. Without it, their would be little meaning. Love is the only thing that has the power to fix all pain and all hate. 

So whatever you think about Valentine's day, try to celebrate love this month. Look for it around you and appreciate its beauty. Think about the people in your life you love and put a little extra effort into showing them, because as a wise man named John Lennon once said...
 "Love, love, love. All you need is love. Love is all you need"
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January Favourites

28 Jan 2017

Hey everyone! Can you believe we have come to the end of the first month of 2017? Christmas only feels like yesterday. This month I have been loving so many things. I had Christmas presents and vouchers to buy things with so I had no shortage of favourites to choose from! I have been enjoying so many new things this month and I'm dying to share with you all, so let's get crackin'

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze

I'm not a massive fake tan user but when I seen a Cocoa Brown gift set on sale for just €10 in my local pharmacy I couldn't let it pass. I thought it would definitely come in handy at some stage when I'm feeling a little pasty. I started applying this body moisturiser/gradual tanner after my shower in the morning and I was pleasantly surprised! These is super light and moisturising, soaks in quickly, smells lovely and develops a lovely natural glow. After just my first day using it the 'blue' (don't laugh, I'm Irish!) out of my skin was gone and I had a lovely natural streak free glow. It's just so fab. Easy to use and mess free! Now I can look sun-kissed with minimum effort, yay!

Make-Up Revolution Ultra 32 Shade Eye Shadow Palette

I got this palette as part of a Christmas pressie from my cousins and I was super chuffed with it! I've never tried this brand before but was often curious about it. This palette has such a great range of colours from browns to burgundies, all so wearable. This are pretty inexpensive but for the price they have great pigmentation and staying power, especially if using a primer. Would totally recommend if you're on the look out for a good all-round budget palette.  

Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion

Oh god, I didn't realise how much of a difference eye shadow primers could make until I bought this little beauty (just look at the packaging!) This has been around a long time and is a best-seller so I'm sure most of you know how great it is! I could never justify spending €21 on something that you can't really see but man was I wrong, this makes all my eye shadows look and last so much better. Plus it will last ages so it's definitely worth it I reckon. 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Another little gem that's been around for a long time and that so many people seem to be a fan of is Estée Lauders Double Wear Foundation. I had heard so many great things about this foundations coverage and longevity so when I had a Debenhams voucher it was the perfect opportunity to give it a go. I haven't used this all that much yet as I prefer a lighter foundation for every day and I am saving this for nights out and special occasions. But from what I have used of it, I love it! It literally makes you look airbrushed and flawless. It's so great to have this to whip out when I'm really feeling I need the extra coverage or I want glam myself right up for a night out.

Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life

I have been using this body scrub in the shower all month and I am loving it. I have really dry skin on my legs which are so sensitive and get cut really easily (tmi soz!) but since I started using this they have improved so much. I think it's scrubbing off all that pesky dry skin and revealing some nice smooth pins! Happy days!

Jimmy Choo Eau De Parfum

Ohhh god, probably my most favourite favourite of the month, I am IN LOVE with this scent. I received this for Christmas in a set with a body lotion. I've been wearing it all month and have been feeling like such a girl boss with it. I'm terrible at describing smells but to me this is kind of floral. very sophisticated and womanly (not girly) I've gotten so many compliments from people saying I smell nice so I think that says it all!

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadow 

So I bought this little cream eye shadow on a total whim as I was looking for something sparkly to spice up my work Christmas party make-up look. I've never heard of these before or anything but I really love this. I got the shade 'crystal' which is a white shimmer. It's perfect for the inner corner of the eyes to brighten them up and add a little sparkle. The creamy formation means they're easily applied and blended with your finger. I've been popping this on so much this month, no matter what eye shadow I have on this always gives it a little something extra!

I would love to hear in the comments what you have discovered and have been loving throughout January. Is there something I should check out in February? Also, let me know if you have tried any of these products too and what your experiences with them have been. Hope you all have an amazing weekend! I'll be chattin' to ye real soon!

Sinéad x

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Being Lonely Together

19 Jan 2017

Loneliness is a peculiar emotion. It can creep in at anytime. It doesn't matter if you have been feeling fine 10 minutes ago or that you are surrounded by people and definitely not alone. 

It's an emotion I have experienced a lot of in the past. When I reflect on my days in university the most prominent feeling I remember is loneliness. But there was a reason for it, I was terribly isolated, spending most of my days alone and God I am so happy my life has moved on from there.

Since then, the feeling has definitely lessened. Nowadays, I rarely feel lonely. I'm constantly surrounded by people in work and there is nearly always someone to talk to there. At home, I have my mum, dad and my brother, plus my nieces and nephew who add a lot of welcomed noise and company to my life when they come 'round. 

But these last couple of days, I have been feeling incredibly lonely again, but this time I don't know why. I feel alone in my body, like I wish someone could come inside my head and hug me from the inside. That sounds very weird, but y'know what I'm saying? Like, no ones company is enough, no one can connect with me enough, no one can truly see things from my point of view or feel what I can feel. Like no one is else is me, or in my shoes and no one ever will be. 
What is perhaps worse than the loneliness is not understanding the reason for it. I have no reason to feel this way. I have a great mum who is always full of chat, I am surrounded by people and friends every day, and I have my boyfriend who is my 'person' who is always there for me. So why do I feel this emptiness inside?

I cannot work it out, but I am trying to take comfort in the fact that this is just a feeling, probably caused by chemicals in my body - there doesn't need to be a reason for it. Also there's a quote from a movie that I find so helpful whenever I feel this way. It's from 'P.S I Love You' and it goes a little something like this...
"The thing to remember is if we're all alone, then we're all together in that too"
I love this quote because it reminds me that I'm never truly alone. There are 7 billion people in the world, out there living their lives. Each and every one of them has most likely felt lonely at some point. People are feeling the way I feel right now, and I take comfort in that fact. The knowledge of that is like that hug from the inside that I need. 

So whenever you feel lonely and isolated and like you don't have anyone who can ever truly know what it feels like to be you. Just remember that sometimes, I feel like that too. And we are together in that. 

Sinéad x
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