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REASONS TO BE EXCITED FOR SPRING

25 Mar 2018


The Fashion  
One of the things I'm most excited for as Spring is rolling in is the change in fashion. If you know me you know the fashion is something I'm always excited for when the seasons change. I don't know about you but this has felt like the longest winter in history and as much as I love them I am so over wearing knitted jumpers and boots. I want to be wearing light flowy tops and cute little floral print flats. I have been doing a little bit of shopping for the new season and I've been really attracted to pretty pastel colours, light colourful trousers and all the cute dainty accessories.

More Daylight  
Praise the lord the clocks are going forward tonight meaning it will still be bright at 7.30pm. YASS. From now on the evenings will be getting brighter for longer meaning that when I come home from work I have the option to do more things than just sit indoors and watch tv, lets be real, I had other options but nothing really beats being able to go outside and get some fresh air, whether it is going for a walk with the dogs, a cycle or just sitting out to watch the sunset. More time outdoors is something I am massively looking forward to. 
The Flowers
Judging by these pictures I am obsessed with flowers eh?! Well, I do love the selection of flowers that start to bloom in Spring. It's great to see growth and the beginning of new life (can I mention adorable little lambs right here?) Daffodils are the first to make an appearance. They must be the most resilient flower - they grow everywhere! I also really love tulips and would I be a blogger if I didn't love some cherry blossoms? Low key cannot wait for their time to bloom.

Easter Chocolate
How anyone waits until Easter to eat the chocolate is unbelievable to me. I don't have much willpower and have already indulged in some chocolate treats that are only ever on offer in the lead up to Easter. There was a deal on of 3 easter eggs for €3 in SuperValu and I may have kinda stocked up for the year. Oops. I friggin' love Dairy Milk eggs with daim, and oreo and of course Mini-Eggs. Ok mini-eggs have got to be hands down the best thing about Easter, no?!

Looking Forward to Summer  
This one is more personal to me because I LOVE summer. I'm just really hoping for some warm weather, being able to have barbeques and eat mint ice-cream outside. Uh just being able to go outdoors in a t-shirt is something I am so looking forward to. I also have lots of events this summer that I cannot wait for such as a trip to Italy and an Ed Sheeran concert. As it comes closer and closer I get more excited!

What do you love about Spring? Do let me know in the comments down below, I would love to know!

Sinéad x
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DEALING WITH THE LOSS OF FRIENDSHIP

18 Mar 2018

When you're in your mid-twenties I think it's a given that you have experienced the loss of a friendship, by simply growing apart, at some stage. This time of life is full of change. People are moving away, getting into more serious relationships, starting out in their careers and just generally adulting more. Gone are the days of having nothing but free time to hang out with your friends once your homework is done.

I gotta' say I found this transition really difficult. Suddenly my best friend lived the other side of the country and I rarely had the opportunity to see her. At first, we talked heaps on social media and made sure to keep each other updated on all the lil' highs and lows of each other's lives but as time went on the contact became less and less. I found myself feeling jealous of all the new friends she had made, who were always around her. It sounds so childish saying this now, but the idea of one of them pushing me off my perch and becoming her best friend actually made me ache a bit inside. 

As time months and years passed it became harder and harder to get hold of her, never mind organise a meetup. It wasn't until she updated her relationship status to 'in a relationship' on Facebook and I had never even heard her talk about any man she was interested in, that I knew our 18-year long friendship was over.

Isn't it weird when the person you told everything to since the age of 4 now has no idea what is going on in your life? 
I definitely miss how things used to be between us and sometimes it does upset me that we are no longer in each other's lives. I often think about how as kids we made a pinky promise to have each other as bridesmaids at each other's weddings and we used to go into detail about what it would be like. Now I'm not even sure if we will be guests at each other's weddings.

After trying so many times to reach out and re-connect but it always feeling strained and unnatural, you've got to learn to accept it and let go. I know it's SO sad but It's so important to remember that it's nothing you did, it's just something that naturally happens when you grow up. 

There are no ill feelings between us and no matter how long it's been since we last spoke, she will always hold a special place in my heart, after all, some of my best childhood memories include her. So instead of being sad for what I've lost, I'm happy with what I did have, an amazing friend to share that part of my life with, maybe I'm just not meant to share the rest of my life with her, and I've learned to be ok with that. 

Sinéad x
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CONFIDENCE | MY BATTLE

14 Mar 2018

Confidence, confidence is something I have struggled with my entire life and something I continue to struggle with. In fact, I think my lack of belief in myself is probably my fatal flaw. I think if it wasn't for that I could be doing so much more. I am envious of those people who are able to walk into a room and feel completely sure of themselves. Sure that they are smart, funny, outgoing, sure that people want to be their friend, sure that they are capable, sure that they are hirable, sure that they are worth all of the amazing things life has to offer. 

Sometimes this lack of confidence I have really eats me up, it frustrates me and makes me angry. It's one thing I really wish I could change about myself and it makes me like myself a little bit less. It's a bit of a vicious circle really. 

I am so very aware that I am not confident enough when it comes to many things in life and that it is holding me back, but at the same time, I'm not really sure how to change that. 
The only thing that reassures me a bit is reflecting on my past self and realising that I have actually improved quiet a bit since I was a teenager. There are some things that I am so much more confident in now that I was then. 

Like my appearance, I used to be so self-conscious about my looks, mostly because I had acne. Now, without sounding vain, I am happy with my look. Sure, I would like if I had a fitter body and not so many scars on my legs but that doesn't really bother me or hold me back when I go out I more often than not feel confident in my appearance. 

My 25-year-old self cares a lot less about what people think of me than my 15-year-old self. I will confidently share my thoughts and opinions with people without worrying about whether or not others will agree with that opinion or if they will hate me for it. I now know that my opinions matter and are valid. 

Reflecting on how my confidence has grown makes me realise that even though I am still not confident in so many aspects of my life now, I am better than I used to be, which means I can continue to improve. 

Maybe people in their twenties are just naturally more insecure and less sure of themselves, maybe it all comes with life experience and time. 

Going forward, I'm going to go easier on myself and try not to get mad at myself when I'm feeling unconfident. Instead I need to gently remind myself about how far I have come and encourage myself to be surer of myself. I need to stop the vicious circle of feeling unconfident and hating myself for it. 

I need to love myself first and maybe that's what will get my confidence to where I want it to be.

Chat soon,
Sinéad x
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MY FAVOURITE HIGHLIGHTERS

11 Mar 2018

Ah highlighters, probably my favourite make-up product. There's something about that healthy glow highlighters give you that makes me a bit weak in the knees and very eager to hand over my money to try out different ones. I have been through a fair few highlighters, both the drug store and high end brands. So I thought I would compile a little list of my top 4 highlighters.

1. SLEEK FACEFORM
This is the cheapest product on my list at just €13.99 from Boots plus it includes a bronzer and a blush so it definitely is the best value! When I was a little bit poorer than I am now, this palette was all I used to contour my face and it does the job pretty well! The highlight specifically is subtle, just adding a little healthy glow which is ideal when you're going for a natural look. 

2.  THE BALM HIGHLITE 'N CONTOUR 
Like the Sleek palette, this highlight is part of a larger contour kit. I love the variety of highlights in this palette, from matte to shiny, there's a colour to suit you with and without a tan. It is a lil bit pricier (€35.95 shop here) but I feel like it's such a handy palette to have in your kit, it's beautiful, especially the highlighters!
3. MAC MINERALISE SKINFINISH SOFT AND GENTLE
This is probably a bit of an old classic but it's actually my most recent purchase on the list and I absolutely adore this. It just gives the perfect sheen. I feel like this is a bit more of a 'going out' highlighter as it is quiet effective but tbh I love that look so I am currently using it on the daily (buy here).

4. BENEFIT HIGH BEAM
This liquid highlighter is what I reach for when I wanna be glowing like a disco ball. When I am doing a real glam look I usually use one of my powder highlighters then pop some of this on the top of my cheekbones patting it in with a beauty blender. It just adds that little extra kapow! and makes me feel all the more 'on fleek'

I probably don't need to buy any more highlighters but if you have any that you love and you think I will like too, let me know and sure, I might look in to it, haha. Also, if you would like me to do more blog posts about some of my favourite beauty products do let me know in the comments, I really appreciate all the feedback I can get.

Chat soon,
Sinéad x

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I STARTED A BULLET JOURNAL | TIPS & INSPO

6 Mar 2018

Bullet journaling is by no means a new phenomenon. It's been around a few years now and I have always found the idea really interesting. I loved looking at journals on Pinterest and Instagram and admiring how creative and organised they were. It took me a long time to decide to start one myself though because I had the idea that they took an awful lot of time and effort. I knew I could never create one of those Pinterest perfect journals. But that's the point I've been missing, your journal can be however you want it to be, you are creating a diary system to suit your own personal needs and wants and it doesn't have to be super beautiful and artsy.

So at the beginning of the year, I ordered my journal from Little Bird Singing on Etsy along with some micron pens and mildliners from Ebay. I started pinning loads of spread ideas on Pinterest (it really is the best place to get ideas for things to put in your journal) and I started journaling from the beginning of February. 
 
I personally want my bullet journal to be more for recording my life than planning my life. A lot of people do weekly spreads like your standard diary where you can write down what you are going to be doing each day, but I don't think this is something I would use so I'm not doing it, that's the beauty of bullet journaling! 

I am using my journal to record things like how fun each day is and what my mood is like each day. I want to write down things that make me happy as they happen throughout the year. I'm using it to track everything from my spending to my period!

One of my favourite things in my bullet journal is the habit tracker, this allows me to track simple things like how often I go for walks, eat out or get 8+ hours of sleep. I find this really interesting. It's definitely something I'm going to be doing again in March. 
I love dedicating entire pages to special events and occasions like my birthday and Valentines day. I like to use my HP Sprocket to print out pictures for these occasions, I love this way of remembering and recording things. Definitely beats photo albums!
I have lots of ideas for March. I definitely want to include a spread to help me plan my blog posts, I feel like it would be really helpful. 

I'm delighted I jumped on this particular bandwagon. I'm only a month in but I love how I already have so many memories and feelings saved forever in a compact little notebook and I have no idea why I didn't do this sooner!

Do you bullet journal? If you do I would love to hear what you like to use it for? What are your favourite spreads to use? Do let me know in the comments down below and we can swap ideas! 

Sinéad x
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SNOW DAY | PHOTO DIARY & WHAT I DID

2 Mar 2018


I woke up this morning to a phone call from my boss saying we wouldn't be opening today and to stay in bed. After spending 5hours PERISHING in work yesterday it's safe to say I was pretty delighted! I didn't stay in bed though, I jumped out excited to make the most of this rare snow day. Afterall, it is basically a right of passage to be lazy and cosy all day long. 

When I turned on the tv I couldn't quite believe the impact of the overnight blizzard. There were 12 feet snow drifts in some places of the country! The pictures were just unbelievable. If you're from Russia or Canada you're probably laughing at us for having to completely shut down the country because of some snow but you got to remember, this barely ever happens here (1982 was the last time we had a blizzard) so we don't have the resources to deal with it when it does. All we can do is close up, batten down the hatches and stay safe indoors. 

I spent most of my day drinking coffee, tidying my room and taking photos. I ventured out for a bit to get these snaps and I also took loads of photos indoors for my blog. I am so happy with how they turned out and having a nice stash of photos is really encouraging me to write up some posts for them - watch this space!

Later in the afternoon my dad and I decided to take a little drive down the road to my sisters house as the temps were no longer below freezing and I will never forget what I saw. I only wish I got some photos. On some parts of my road half of the road was entirely covered in 4-5 feet snow drifts, it was incredible. I've never seen so much snow in my life. It's all so beautiful to look at but I dread to think of the flooding when all of that thaws!

From loaves of bread selling out in supermarkets nationwide in preparation, to snowman competitions on facebook, these last few days have definitely been memorable.

Have you been given a day off work because of the snow? What have you done to stay entertained when there was nowhere to go?

Sinéad x
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