September 22, 2014

VSCO LONDON

I'm kind of a bad blogger to be posting this almost a month after going to London, but I wanted to share some of the photos with you anyway, so BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. I love London. Everytime I'm there I don't want to come home. From the variety of cultures, to amazing food, to fantastic public transport it just ticks all the boxes. There is an abundance of things to do and see and, even if the weather isn't great, I don't think I could ever be bored in London. 
I rediscovered VSCOcam's amazing editing tools, which is what I used on all the photos I've posted here. In case you don't know already, VSCOcam is an app, kind of like Instagram, but even better - it can make your iPhone pictures look like they're straight off the roll of a film camera. The romantic in me loves the way they turned out and I highly recommend trying VSCO out, it's FREE. And now we can be even more arty and pretentious on social media. yay.
Brunch at Jackson & Rye // The View from Paramount // Tubular // The Diner
I went over with a friend who was so excited to bring me to the Notting Hill Carnival so we went on the second day, bought a few beers, and danced through the downpours. I have never been so soaked, I had to wring out my bra! But I had such an amazing time! Carnival is a bit mental, and a massive celebration - just like a huge street party. I think it's the largest street part in Europe! I'm so glad I got to go, despite the rain.
Obligatory Tate visit // Fruit at Borough Market // Rides at Wonderground // Selfridges Balloons // Succulents // A Mexican Shrine displayed at the Textiles and Fashion museum // The Shard
I know I've been home for a good while now, but putting this post together has given me the holiday blues all over again. Don't you worry London, I will be back!
Now do tell me, what's your favorite city that you've visited? 
Speak soon. <3


I'm still not 100% sure how the VSCO grid works... but here's mine

September 12, 2014

SHAMPOO THAT MAKES YOUR HAIR GROW!! !!!?! !! MIRACLE SHAMPOO

To be honest, there was no way I could talk about this shampoo without sounding like one of those pop up scams. This shampoo has DEFINITELY made my hair grow faster. I've had countless conversations with new and old friends about how shiny and long and healthy my hair has gotten. And all I've done is change my shampoo. It's not even THAT expensive - I bought the shampoo and conditioner in boots for about €20, so compared to some designer ranges out there, this set won't break the bank. And it truly does work. My hair is longer. I'd recommend this to anyone. 
I think the brand is Ogx, and it's their 'Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco' range, which claims to soften, strengthen and add shine to your locks. I can't rave enough about it. I've never been this please with a shampoo, and I feel so lame for loving a product a much as I love this. They're not even paying me to write this - although, Ogx, if you're reading this and want to pay me, that's totally fine. 

I don't do that many beauty posts on here anymore, so I thought instead of doing a totally professional and educated hair product review (or, not) I'd add in another little shout out to my favourite mascara of the moment. The Maybelline Falsies Volume Express mascara is fantastic. You can see below how my tiny, basically non-existent eyelashes (on the right on) are transformed into something else entirely. To be fair, that was a couple of layers of the mascara, but as another drugstore/highstreet/read: not expensive product, it's not bad at all. I won't be splashing out for that YSL one everyone likes so much when this one is so great!
To sum up: these two products are good, use them if you want to. Apologies for the creepy eye photo. My eyebrows look dreadful - need to fix that. 
I'll have that delayed London travel post for you soon (maybe). 
Hope you're all well! And do tell me about all the beauty products you use that WOW ACTUALLY WORK!!! MIRACLE CREAMS! BERRIES THAT MAKE YOU LOSE A STONE IN A WEEK!! Comment below with all your recommendations for me! :)

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September 5, 2014

Galway and Excuses

I've had this post about my little trip to Galway in my drafts for weeks now. I haven't properly had a chance, with work and travelling to London to sit down and edit it till now. I'm sick. This is what it's come to. Me at home, tissues and lemsip at the ready, the only spare time I have to write blog posts. I need to figure out time management and where I'm going SO WRONG. I'm also pretty sure days are shorter than we think, has anyone actually looked into this 24 hour thing? So anyway, here's my extremely delayed Galway post. APOLS. 

I have been to Galway as a child a couple of times, but had very little memories of the place so I was excited to rediscover the city!
Galway is full of life and it was buzzing with street performers, tourists and locals. The atmosphere was great, something I hadn't really felt was missing from Dublin, but now acknowledge on a daily basis. It feels like you've been there before and like every person on the street is your friend.
While wandering the streets, checking out the university and cathedral we happened upon Charlie Byrnes bookshop; one of the best shops I have ever set foot in! The somewhat organised chaos of shelves and shelves full of every book imaginable makes this place an experience! I could have spent hours getting lost amongst the new and old books here! 
We went out that night to Roisin Dubh - one of Galways well known bars! They were having a silent disco on and with tequila lining the stomachs we danced to our hearts content and ended the night in Supermacs, famous for their RAG week crowds.
When I first arrived I was a bit annoyed that we had just missed the arts festival but there is so much to see and do that I wasn't disappointed! I know the word 'vibe' is thrown about a lot these days with little to no meaning associated with it, but if good vibes are a thing, Galway sure has them. 
I don't know if I could live in the city, it is very small - we had seen basically all of it walking around in half an day, but I'm dying to go back again now! I loved it! And I'm jealous of everyone going to university there, the campus is very hogwarts-esque! 
I've also now been SHORTLISTED for the Irish Blog Awards, which is AMAZING. Shout out to any judges who may be reading this, hiya! Now I feel even guiltier for not having posted in a while!
So apologies for my absence again, there really isn't much that I've been doing to make up for it. I'll do another post on London too - so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Hope you're all well. 

August 15, 2014

Blog Love #02: Handful of Fashion

Erika Bowes is one of my favourite bloggers out there. Her wardrobe is perfect., her face is even better and I love her smart, blunt personality too. She comes across as strongly opinionated answering questions on Tumblr but seems so much sweeter and maybe even shy in person. This 'Cyberstar' video is a great introduction to her and her Tumblr blog, (but this is from a good while ago.) - I just love her accent!
Her style is really versatile and  in her blog posts she rocks looks from layered grunge outfits, in an over-sized vintage coat to simplistic minimalism. I love that you never know what to expect with her - she recently dyed her hair a stunning grey colour! Who knew that granny-chic could look that cool?
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She is currently studying fashion at university and it really has been so interesting to follow the development of her style over the past year or so since I've discovered her. She has matured a lot and it's clear that she knows what suits her, and what's on trend and how to take both into consideration. 
Both her Blogspot and her Tumblr are so inspiring! I love her food and lifestyle posts too, her healthy meals and strong opinions are great too - she seems like such a great individual, and someone who really knows who she is. If you don't know who she is already I highly recommend checking out her various social media accounts, her Instagram is also one of my favorites! And keep your eyes peeled for that face, Erika is going places. 

Hope you're all keeping well! I'll be back with a post about my little trip to Galway soon. But check out my Instagram if you want to see what I got up to before then!
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