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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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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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The benefit of hindsight in love

20 Apr 2017

Today, I was clearing out my bedroom and I found a diary I had written in at the beginning of 2015. In it, I wrote about how I was still 'in love' with a guy I was briefly seeing the summer previous. Seriously guys, this literally made me laugh out loud at myself! How ridiculous. 

This sent me off on a little trip down memory lane, in particular I was thinking about my history with men. Now don't get me wrong I ain't no Taylor Swift, I could only manage to make 2 men be my boyfriend in my 24 years. But there was a couple of 'encounters' in between those relationships that I really started to think about because they were the ones that have almost taught me more going forward as a newly single girl who wants to start dating again soon-ish.

I started to think about how I behaved in these little relationships in between real relationships and guys, looking back now I honestly laugh at myself because at times I was pretty pathetic hah.

My problem is I fall 'in love' so quickly. When I really liked someone I became infatuated, I lived for their texts and dreamed of us becoming official like it would fix all of my problems. And when things would go south I would be devastated and apparently still 'In love' with them six months after they gave me the boot. 

I wore rose tinted glasses and thought those people were perfect.

But now, looking back, I can see that they were not. I can see all of their flaws and traits I wouldn't like and I can finally see why they weren't right for me. So who care's if they hurt me or just ghosted on me whilst I was 'in love' with them. Because really I wasn't, the times love really developed were the times the person didn't cause so much obsession and worry in the dating stages.

I have no regrets though, because now I know how to approach dating going forward. I know not to push things, if it is meant to be it will progress naturally. I know when to let go and move on and I here-by promise myself I will never hold on to a 'love' for some douche-bag I was seeing for two months six months prior!

Sinéad
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Spring Wishlist | Pink Long Dresses

17 Apr 2017

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Hey Guys! So one of my favorite clothing websites Zaful has got in touch with me asking to create a Spring fashion wish list using products from their site. This season I am all about the dresses and Zaful have some gorgeous pink long dresses and floral wrap dresses which have really made me excited for the summer and some warmer weather.

It's funny because I've never usually been much of a dress  wearer but this year, as the evenings are getting longer and the Summer is quickly rolling in, I find myself browsing the dresses section of most websites. I'm really picturing myself in blush pink dresses with some brown sandals and a sun hat on my holidays this year and I am loving the selection Zaful have to choose from. They're all so feminine, soft with a strong summer festival vibe.

One of my absolute favourites is this loose printed dress. I adore the embroidery trend that's been huge these past few months and absolutely love the floral details on the shoulders of this piece. This is so girly and cute and I feel like it could be dressed up with a pair of heels or dressed down with a belt and some boots. You could even wear it in Autumn with some tights since it has long sleeves!

Another one of my favourites in the 'Pink long dresses' section is this stunning off the shoulder floral maxi dress This is quite a different vibe to the first as it is a real beach dress but I think it would be absolutely gorgeous for a sun holiday. I love the peachy colour, the pattern and the fact it's off the shoulder. Such a pretty flowy piece which has quite a boho vibe which I love!

If you're a lover of all things floral like me you will love their selection of floral wrap dresses. There's something about a wrap dress that I find so effortlessly pretty and sophisticated. I kind of wish I had a wedding or something coming up because I feel like they are perfect for such an occasion but I guess you could wear them more casually too, even just for a trip to the beach with a sun hat! you could even wear your bikini underneath.

Zaful has such an amazing selection of wrap dresses but the floral print wrap maxi dress is a show stopper to me. Like, damn...all I need is that models tan and I could be killing it this summer, oh and for the sun to make an appearance, that would help too (let's face it that might not happen here in Ireland!) Seriously though, I am obsessed with that gorgeous pink floral print against the white, it's just so class and summery.

If your not such a big fan of pink maybe this navy floral v-neck maxi dress is more up your street. This one is a little more risque as the slit is further up and the dark colour makes it a little sexier than the white one. I could definitely see myself wearing this one on a night out on the the town during the summer months. Once again Zaful haven't failed with another gorgeous pattern, them lilac colours are just FAB!

Browsing through Zaful's dresses has made me fall in love with floral, maxis and wrap dresses. I'm definitely going to try to work up the confident to step outside my comfort zone and wear something similar this Spring/Summer. Who says you need to be tall for long dresses?!

 If you haven't checked out Zaful before you definitely should. It's got an amazing selection of all kinds of clothing and accessories at really affordable prices and shipping is free on orders over $30! Check out their social media for updates - Instagram, Twitter & Facebook.

Sinéad x
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I'm back | I've been struggling with life

2 Apr 2017

Hello everyone! Remember me? I can't believe I haven't written a blog post since the beginning of February. Truth being told I simply haven't felt inspired to. If I'm honest I haven't been feeling too inspired in many aspects of my life over the past couple of months. Life has been pretty tough for me since we last spoke.

One thing that has been a bit shitty is that my boyfriend and I broke up at the end of January. No regrets, I know it's the right decision for me and that he isn't the one, I deserve a lot better. But knowing all this makes the fact that I still feel sad about it now, in April, even worse. I just can't seem to shift the feeling of being let down. Every day I'm seeing friends glorious relationships online and wondering why my boyfriend couldn't have treated me the way theirs treat them. It makes me wonder what is wrong with me and why wasn't I deserving of being loved that way. 

Being single also has me feeling so lonely these past few months. I'm someone who loves being in a relationship. I enjoy having that one companion to confide in, do things and go places with. I hate not having 'a person'. The past couple of weeks I've been jumping on Tinder trying to find someone to fill that emptiness. I know it's not the best idea and that I should try to be happy on my own, and that I don't need a man blah blah blah. I'm pretty angry with myself for feeling like I need a man to be happy but you can't change the way you feel! 

As if my pathetic love life wasn't enough my work life has been in the dumps too. I'm not doing what I went to university for and so I feel like a failure and like I wasted time studying. I hate talking about this because I always try to stay positive and just be glad I have a job but if I'm to be brutally honest I really don't enjoy my job. It's not that it's too hard or the people I work with aren't mostly lovely. The problem is that it tires me out so much. I have no energy what so ever after 9 hours in work. This sucks because it means I don't have the energy to do anything I enjoy when I come home. I just get up, go to work, come home and plonk on the sofa until bed time. This is the reason I haven't been blogging, I just have nothing left in me after work. It stresses me out and fatigues me so much. 

Not doing anything but working and sleeping has me feeling so empty and unfulfilled. Most days I don't have the energy to do the things I love like going for a walk, taking photos, painting or blogging and hence I don't feel like me. I just feel like a robot. 

Last Thursday in work I felt so exhausted and stressed out by the end of the day that I had a panic attack and couldn't stop crying I had to go home an hour early. The only time I feel relaxed and like 'me' is at the weekend. I got some WellWoman supplements today and I'm hoping they will help me out with my energy problem because I really don't know what to do. 

I'm just so scared and anxious at the moment about my future because I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing with my life or where it is going. 

I'm sorry for the extremely moany post, a terrible re-introduction to blogging I know but writting is my therapy and this has helped clear my thoughts for me a little bit. 

If you have any advice for me I would really appreciate it! if you don't, maybe just let me know that I'm not the only one who is struggling with life, I think I need that reminder. 

Hopefully I sort my health and energy out and I feel motivated to blog a little more because blogging really is something I love and miss in my life. And I miss chatting to you guys!
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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!


 Sinéad
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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"
 
Sinéad 
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I don't want to turn 24

31 Jan 2017

So the thing is it's my birthday Thursday February 2nd. I am turning 24 years old and this is the first birthday in my life that I kind of don't want to happen. 

Every other age, I was excited to turn. Of course, as it is for most people when they're young, every new age as a kid was very welcomed and I felt more and more grown up as the numbers increased. Above any age I remember, I was SO excited to turn 16. Partly because I was kind of addicted to 'My Super Sweet 16' at the time and it just seemed like the coolest age, I was a proper teenager then. 

Since then I have been more or less welcoming of every age I turned, they were all cool and still young, none of them really worried me. But this year is different because now I am suddenly entering my mid-twenties and that freaks me out SO F*CKING much. 

I look at famous and the most beautiful people like Kendall Jenner or Gigi Hadid and they are mostly all younger than me. This kind of makes me feel like I have passed my prime, that it's all down hill from here. 

Also, I feel a terrible sense of fear that I am not where I should be at this age. Seriously, I keep thinking that I should be engaged, have an amazing career and living in my own place by now. But I have none of those things... I am still living with my parents! Time is going by so fast and I fear I am going to be 30 and still where I am today. I feel so much pressure. Like I got to hurry on and figure my life out. It's pretty darn scary. 

Honestly, these pressures have been playing on my mind this week so much and I've been wishing I was 18 again so I could kind of 'start over' and get to where I 'should' be at 24. 

Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves because of a number? I'm trying to convince myself that it doesn't matter what age I am, I can still achieve everything I want to. I'm reminding myself that 24 is still young, I have time, time I plan to use more wisely going forward because as I get older I realise how quickly it flies by.

Have you ever felt this way on your birthday? Also, all the 'you're still young!' comments in the world would be very welcomed and reassuring, haha!

Sinéad x
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