Weekend in Dublin: My Thoughts… 

I have spent the last three days in Dublin. I had absolutely no idea about the city really, and I suppose that was part of the problem. At the beginning of December, me and my friend decided we wanted a city break- and due to the overpriced nature of flights nowadays, and everywhere being cold, we opted for Dublin! 


My work life has been quite hectic the past couple of weeks so I didn’t really have time to research our trip or what we were planning to do when we arrived which is definately something that I would not recommend. 

When we arrived we went straight to our hostel (which we were very pleased with actually!) and then felt a little lost. And that kind of continued for the whole weekend. Unless we were very blind, or just didn’t go to the right places, Dublin lacks a city centre of sorts. It had the generic shops and bars but it isn’t very easy to wander around. 

On the second day, we decided to go to Kilhainham Gaol, which was a good decision to make. *Note, book ahead!* but oh my gosh we got so lost. We must have walked for about an hour before eventually bumping into a kind local who agreed to take us there! But it was located in the proper backstreets of Dublin and one thing about Dublin that drove me mad, is the signage is awful! Nothing is signed and the city maps are totally useless as the scales are totally off. 


Anyway, once we got the Gaol, we were very impressed. We went on a guided tour which was fascinating and definately worth the €5 to get in. The history was fantastic and the tour guide had so much passion – this was a huge highlight of the trip. 

We then wandered into the city to attempt to go to Trinity College. After getting more lost due to the lack of signposting, we got there and realised you had to pay €12 to go and see the library which we didn’t want to do, but the grounds were very pretty and the college itself was lovely to walk around. 


The city just had a weird vibe. It’s very quiet and had lots of backstreets that make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Maybe we didn’t go to the right places, let me know if anyone has done Dublin!! 

I had a lovely time with my friend, and it was a nice break from the hectic nature of the real world, but I wasn’t sure about Dublin. 

Probably a ⭐⭐ from me in comparison to other cities I have been to. 

Let me know your thoughts! 

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10 Interesting Facts About ME!

  1. I am short. Not like weirdly short but I am quite short. I guess I quite like it. I like being petite and I like having small feet. But I don’t like feeling stumpy. I also have big boobs so this doesn’t help the situation.
  2. I hate going out. Not hate leaving the house. But I really don’t like partying. I am 22 going on 70 but would much prefer a nice evening in.
  3. I have 2 tattoos. One is of a daisy on my back which I got when I first went o university, its huge and very dark and one that I am not so fond of. The second is a starfish on my foot which was inspired by a speech made at my graduation and something I want to always remember.
  4. I use Coco Mademoiselle as my fragrance and have done for many years. It is expensive but I love it!
  5. I am freakishly organised. I love anything colour coded. Totally obsessed with stationary and I don’t go anywhere without my filfoax.
  6. I love candles. I have a candle drawer that is growing by the day and yet I continue to buy more. I really really love candles.
  7. I achieved a 1st class degree from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts for my BA Degree in Community Drama. Noone has a clue what it is, but I quite like – adds to the mystery!
  8. I don’t like off numbers, especially on things like the volume on the TV or the radio. Especially 7’s and 9’s.
  9. I am a really rubbish cook. I really don’t enjoy it, and I wish I did because I know that some people really enjoy it but it just isn’t my thing. If it can’t be shoved in one pan and left alone then I am not interested.
  10. My boyfriend is two years younger than me and is currently studying towards a medical degree in Newcastle.

Role Models? 

I’ve never really had role models. Even when I was growing up, I never looked up to celebrities or modelled my life on anyone in particular.
However, in more recent years, I have looked at women in the public eye and applauded their bravery and determination for a lot more than what they look like. I am going to talk about 2 women here.

1. J.K Rowling – one of the most successful women in Britain, sitting on a small fortune, has been children’s bestseller for over 10 years with no chance of being knocked off, but none of that is the reason that I admire her. Before her success, Rowling was living on the breadline, not having enough money to top up her electricity meter. The only thing she did have was an idea – A good one. She got rejected by publishers 7 times before someone finally decided to give Harry Potter a chance. I bet all of those other publishers are kicking themselves! My point here is that she didn’t give up- she had sheer determination and believed in her dream, and I think this makes her a fantastic role model.

2. Michelle Obama – I don’t know an awful lot about her, but I know she, much like Rowling, came from nothing. She was thrust into a position she never asked for, and chose not to just be someone’s wife, but instead to forge her own path and do so with grace and dignity. She has repeatedly told young people that they can, and they will, and this is what makes her a fantastic role model.

I am not saying that I want to be an author or a politician, but I want to have determination, strength, integrity, bravery, and belief- all of which these two women have in their bucket loads.

Make up Must Haves: Everyday

This is a list of my everyday face and make up products. This is what I use every single day, along with brushes. 🙂

  1. Blistex Lip CrèmeThis is my all time favourite beauty product (maybe). It is meant to be an intensive moisturiser for your lips but I use it every morning before I put my make up on to keep my lips really soft and have never been able to find anything better.

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  2. Clinique Dramatically Different MoisturiserAgain, this is an all time favourite that I have been using for years and years. I first bought it in New York where it was really cheap but have continued to buy it in the UK. It is slightly on the pricier side, but last ages. I use one pump every morning and it last for around a year. I struggle with sensitive skin, and also hate sticky moisturisers. However, this moisturiser doesn’t leave a sticky residue and is kind to my skin.
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  3. No7 Stay Matte FoundationI have been searching for the perfect foundation for many years, and I am still not sure that I have found it but this one if one of the better ones that I have used. I have tried expensive brands like MAC and Bobbi Brown, but to be honest, I don’t think that they are significantly better than more high street brands and considering that they are double the price, you may as well go for the cheaper one. I tend to go for a full coverage matte base, despite not having terrible skin.

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  4. Collection ConcealerAgain, I have tried expensive concealers but always come back to this one. I cant remember the exact price but I think It is something like £2.99 which is crazy because regardless of price, this is the best concealer I have ever used, especially for under the eyes.
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  5. Benefit Hoola BronzerMy bronzer game has changed forever since discovering this product. I had seen it on loads of blogs but never wanted to fork out the money for it and I am totally aware that it is a lot of money to spend on a bronzer but it is so worth it. It is absolutely perfect for contouring and the brush that comes with it is the perfect shape. Love this!
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  6. Mac Soft ‘n’ GentleThis is a lovely product. I don’t think it is worth the price tag attached to it, but it lasts forever and gives a subtle glow. I am not a big fan of that massive glittery stripe look so this gives the perfect amount of highlight without being too overpowering.

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  7. Urban Decay Naked 2 PaletteI got this product for Christmas last year so I didn’t have to pay for it which is nice! It is a great everyday palette for someone that likes a bit of sparkle but with neutral colours. My favourites are the 2nd and 4th in from the left, which in future I will get as individual colours.
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  8. Rimmel EyelinerThis is a really nice product and is dirt cheap. It is a felt tip liner which I way prefer to the liquid eyeliner or pencil liners. It is super black which is also really nice. I have tried the posh ones but they all run out at the same speed so I may as well spend less!
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  9. Clinique MascaraI have mixed reviews about this. I have used this for years and love the fact that it has a really thin brush which means that the lashes look really long. It is also fab for bottom lashes. However, it doesn’t give a huge amount of volume or colour so I normally go over the top with a cheap one that just makes them super black.
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  10. NYX Brow GelThis is a cheap version of the Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow but it is fab. I use a slanted brush and apply this to the whole brow and it stays on all day which is fab for me. Eyebrows are a big part of my make up as I have no natural ones (I do, but very thin!)
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  11. Sephora Brow PowderThis is a product that I picked up in Athens in Greece which I absolutely love! It just fills in the brows but isn’t massively waterproof so has to accompany another product. When this runs out, I will see if I buy another one as I will have to get it from another country so if I can find a cheaper alternative I will probably try another one.

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  12. Beauty BlendersThere was so much hype around beauty blenders before I tried them and I am not the worlds biggest fan of the big ones but I use the little ones to blend the concealer under my eyes and absolutely love them! Thumbs up 🙂

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    Much Love x

Slice of Life: Passing Time…

This slice of life comes from the musings of a 22 year old who is unsure where to go next.

I have a job until July (fixed contract) which is easy but doesn’t push me and I find myself passing time everyday, counting down until home time, then counting down until something exciting etc.

I don’t want to live my life like that and I certainly do not want to wish away my years.

What happens if I never know what I want to be when I grow up?

Our Habits Make Us

This really means something.

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“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden, 1631-1700

I came across this quote the other day, and felt that joyful connection I do when somebody else has put words to my vague thoughts. That’s exactly right – we make our habits, conciously or not, and then they become automated things we just do. And those actions shape our lives a lot more than we think.

We’re all born without habits. We’re born with reflexes, but most of what we think of as “natural” things to do are learned – habits from childhood that we don’t see as habits, it’s just background. Take for instance to nod for yes and shake your head for no. I grew up thinking that was the only way to do it – I can’t remember learning it, everybody else were doing it, it felt completely natural. But then as a…

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The 18:36 #poetry

The 18:36.

A carriage full of suits and I am sat, bright red, tattooed and hair braided, amidst a sea of black and grey, pinstripes and cufflinks.

I often look around at people, wondering about their days.

Wives? Husbands? Children?

Wondering if they enjoy their job or if they have a horrendous gambling problem, but spend their days running a huge corporation, painted smile, with everyone else blissfully unaware.

But just for this moment, this 18:36, their stories don’t matter.

And neither does mine.

We are just travellers, going from A to B, and for this moment we are linked.

We are making the same journey and maybe I will never see any of these faces again and if I did, I probably wouldn’t even remember.

But then the train stops…

Fast forward!

Everyone springs into motion and remembers the mountain of work waiting for them at home, the ex boyfriend that they are desperately trying to avoid, the electric that has probably just run out.

Sometimes, the 18;36 provides short relief.

A pause.

before life presses play.

Fashion? Trying too hard…

This is an interesting one for me, and is one inspired by a blog that I have just read about what to wear for your body shape. I have spent the last 10 years everyday deciding what to wear, worrying about what I look like and desperately trying to find an image.

I have a friend who wears ridiculous things, every pattern, fabric, colour you can imagine and flings it all into one outfit totally effortlessly. I have tried this – I looked ridiculous. This picture below is a classic example. I am the one on the far right. My second year of university. I thought this denim jumpsuit and bandana looked really cool. Well, I didn’t. But I thought that everyone else would think I was super edgy and alternative: the total wrong reason to wear something!

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I have also tried the minimalist look – tapered trousers and a white blouse, well my big boobs and very short legs made this also look silly.

I have desperately tried to copy fashions and styles in order to forge my own and it has never really worked. I would absolute love to have Gok Wan come in and give me a capsule wardrobe so that I did not stare blankly into my wardrobe everyday wondering what to wear. I would also love to start completely from scratch. However, I guess all of this makes me totally normal. Sometimes I look nicer than others, most days I was not to shove on leggings and a jumper and my old trainers because hey, it’s super comfy.

But I do want to forge a bit more a style for myself. And I am calling out for advice on this one…

Help a girl out who tries excessively hard…

Any advice would be much appreciated!

xoxo

 

Handle With Care: #thedailypost

This daily post topic really connected with me because today, this is exactly how I feel.

Generally, I am an incredibly positive person, always making sure that my glass is half-full and I pride myself on being the person to cheer other people up, or make light out of a seemingly dull situation, but even we positive people can have down days and today is one of those.

The only ‘bad’ thing that has happened is that I spilt my hibiscus tea from Starbucks and then proceeded to burn my mouth on the new one, which set off my grump, but I just feel a bit lousy today, and everybody that speaks to me, I am mentally shouting at and telling them to leave me alone, even if they are being perfectly pleasant.

I do not know if this is just a female thing, or a young person thing, but I wake up some days and I am just grumpy from start to finish, irritable and grouchy and nothing can alter or affect my mood. It is actually irritating.

So today my message to anybody that comes into contact with me is: handle with care!