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Winter Workwear

August 14, 2018

Hi guys,

I remember from my Tourism Ireland days how hard workwear shopping was. I would spend so much time and money trying to find pieces that were office appropriate, comfortable and still a little stylish. Not an easy task.

It’s also not the funnest thing to spend your hard earned cash on. I’ve found some really reasonable pieces online, ones that are easy to mix and match (which is SO important).

If you invest in a few pieces from each section I’ve highlighted below you should have a workwear wardrobe that will turn into about 50 different outfits. Nobody wants to be spending their early mornings outfit planning so I suggest sticking to the same colour palette (with the odd pop of colour, of course) that way it’s easy to co-ordinate no matter what you decide to put on while you are still half asleep.

I did a video with Laura from StyleSavvy.ie back in June talking all about Summer Workwear and some tips for putting your workwear wardrobe together – click here to watch, we’re hoping to do another one soon for winter workwear, let me know if you’d like to see that,

Anyway I hope you find this post helpful,

Happy shopping,

Louise xx

Blazers/ Jackets

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Travel

Maldives Round-Up

July 31, 2018

Hi guys,

As you may have seen from my social media spamming, I’m just back from an amazing trip to the Maldives. We were there for 6 days in total and it honestly felt like a dream the whole time we were there, and now that were back too. It’s literally heaven on earth – the bluest waters I’ve ever seen, the most relaxing resorts I’ve ever been to and the nicest people/food/ hotels I’ve ever come across.

We were lucky to be there during the first ever Baa Atoll Summer Festival this year which added to it even more. The first resort we stayed in, Finolhu, as well as the second resort, Amilla Fushi, were both involved in it as well as fellow Baa Atoll resorts Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons, Dusit Thani and Vakkarau Maldives. It is essentially a food festival that runs across a number of the resorts in that region from 20 July – 3 August. Transportation can be organised by the participating resorts for those wishing to repeat their experience in a specific resort – which would allow you to see even more of the beautiful Maldives.

We got to try out the menu at Kanusan in Finolhu and at Feeling Koi in Amilla Fushi and it meant we got a real taste for Maldivian food. They do a set menu with little tasters from the menu for a set price (but you actually get a lot more food than you would normally get for that price) so it’s brilliant! For more info check out the festival website here – I imagine it will be even bigger and better next year.

I thought I would do this blog post to round up my outfits on the trip and also to compile the different blogs and vlogs I did so you have all the info in one place if you need it.  Continue Reading…

Travel

The Maldives – Part Two

July 31, 2018

Hi there,

 I’m literally just landed home from the Maldives and I have to say it was genuinely the most incredible place I’ve ever been. Paradise is the only word for it.

As you saw from mylast blog we visited two different islands and resorts in the 6 days we spent there. 3 days at Finolhu and 3 days at Amilla Fushi.

Finolhu was amazing, it was fun, cool and young, and Amilla was equally amazing but it was more calm, relaxed and private. Together I think they were the perfect combination – we got to have our fun in Finolhu and then were ready to unwind and chill out by the time we got to Amilla.

Where we stayed:

As soon as we arrived on Amilla Fushi I knew we were going to love it. I had heard so many good things about it before travelling, and the photos I had screenshotted online were just stunning. Instagram heaven haha!

In our over-water villa at Amilla we had a pool, which was so exciting. Gerard and I are like two big kids, and sun worshippers the two of us. So we were both very excited to just laze by the pool, relax and take it all in. The rooms were so spacious, like literally the most spacious and well decorated rooms I’ve ever stayed in. I could have lived there for a month, if not longer. Continue Reading…

Travel

The Maldives – First Impressions

July 25, 2018

Hi guys,

I hope you’re all having a good week. As you probably know if you follow me on social media, I started mine in the Maldives which was just amazing (I still can’t believe I’m here). We are here for 6 days in total, so today marks the half way point for us and I have to say it is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been. It’s hard to believe my eyes sometimes and to take in all the beauty!

About the Maldives:

The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, and is comprised of about 1,200 seperate islands (most of the resorts have an island to themselves). There is a 4 hour time difference to the mainland of Malé and then each island can vary based on daylight hours. Where we stayed (Finolhu) was two hours ahead of the mainland – so 6 hours ahead of Ireland. The Maldives is a muslim country – so if you are staying in the mainland Muslim rules may apply however in the resorts it is the same as pretty much any resort (you can dress how you like and act how you like – within reason of course haha). Also, an important one to note is that you are not allowed bring alcohol into the country, not even duty free.  Continue Reading…

Travel

3 Days in Dubai

July 20, 2018

Hi guys,

I’m currently sitting on my flight home from Dubai after the best few days there with my mom. The 3 days flew by but that’s always a good sign. We had an absolute ball, fit so much in and still managed to have time to relax and enjoy the heat. It was my second time in Dubai, and my mom’s first (although it never really gets old!). I did 2 blogs and a vlog the last time I was here (last March) and I found myself referring to those throughout the trip for tips – if you’re interested check out my first blog here, my second blog here and my travel vlog here (still my most viewed video on YouTube).

This time we went over with Emirates Holidays – an international holiday company specialising in tailor-made, premium holiday packages to Dubai and beyond. Although the company is around since 2013, they are new to Ireland since May of this year. Emirates Holidays organised every aspect of the trip from our flights to hotel to excursions and activities, which I have to say just made the whole trip very relaxing and stress-free. From the second we arrived we had an Emirates Holidays escort on hand to help, and you can also opt in for transfers throughout your trip as well (which we did) if you want to save the hassle of getting taxis.

How we got there:

We flew direct from Dublin to Dubai International Airport with Emirates (Emirates Holidays always use Emirates Airlines for flights although they are separate companies). We left in the evening at 10.25pm and arrived at 8.50am in Dubai, it was a lovely flight as it meant we got some sleep and arrived in ready to enjoy the full day in Dubai. It’s my 3rd time flying Emirates and I always just think it’s an experience in itself – the food, the movies, the comfort and the service are just amazing. It took 7 hours in total.

Where we stayed:

We stayed at the stunning Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort and honestly it was incredible. I had lots of people message me while I was there saying they had stayed there on their honeymoon, it was their favourite resort ever, so many nice things about the resort. When booking with Emirates Holidays you will always be guaranteed a hotel standard of 4* or 5*. Anantara was so different to any hotel I’d ever seen in Dubai before, it certainly didn’t feel like you were in a city. Located on the man-made Palm you are just far enough away from the bustling city to feel like you can relax and get a proper break. Continue Reading…

Fashion

Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

July 11, 2018

Hi guys,

I have been working on compiling these wedding guest dresses the past few days now. I’ve gotten quite a few messages from people looking for advice on where to look.

I know how hard it can be to find something appropriate and something you love for such an important, fun and long/busy day. I had Rosie’s wedding in May and I have another one of good friend’s wedding at the start of Sept so I’m on the hunt for something for that now. I’ve searched my favourite online shops and found some BEAUTIFUL dresses that would be perfect for a summer/autumn wedding.

I’ve included dresses for everyone’s budget so hopefully this helps you find what you’re looking for. Revolve are also doing 20% off until tomorrow with the code ‘LOVERSFRIENDS’ so it is a great time to buy a dress from there if you’re thinking about it (customs and delivery over €80 is included as well).

Other shops to try not listed here:

Folkster
The Ivory Closet (Buy & Rentals)
Starla Dresses (Buy & Rentals)
C/MEO Collective
Farfetch (this is where I got my Self Portrait dress I wore for Rosie’s wedding)
The Outnet
Net-A-Porter

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