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Cinque Terre with Next

June 14, 2018

Hi guys,

I’m writing this in the airport after the most amazing trip to Cinque Terre with NEXT. Cinque Terre had been on my list forever, so you can imagine how excited I was when NEXT asked me to go along on a press trip with other Irish and UK bloggers. It was the nicest group, which made the experience just one of the best press trips I’ve ever been on.

One thing that I think is really important to know before you go is that Cinque Terre is the name of the region, not a particular place. There are 5 villages along the coast that are considered Cinque Terre.

The roads in this region aren’t the best so most people travel by train and by boat. We flew from London Heathrow into Pisa, from there we got a train to Pisa Central Station and then an intercity train up to Monterosso. The trains are very inexpensive I think they were about €15 per person. It took about 2 and a half/3 hours in total.

The 5 villages in the region are: Monterosso al MareVernazzaCornigliaManarola, and Riomaggiore. We stayed in Monterosso in Hotel Margherita, it was modern, clean and central which was amazing. In terms of that famous Cinque Terre view, Riomaggiore and Manarola have the most famous viewing points. Vernazza Castle (Castello Doria) also had a good view of the colourful houses below – we visited here on our last night.

Where we ate?

First of all, prepare to eat a lot of seafood if you’re visiting, as it’s beside the sea everything is super fresh and tasty!

On our first night we ate dinner in Miky in Monterosso – a fine-dining seafood restaurant. We had a 7 course tasting menu – it was supposed to be 8 courses, but we literally couldn’t eat another course because we were so full haha… always a good sign.

On the second day we cooked our own lunch at the Cinque Terre Cooking school. It was my first ever cooking class and we learned to make sweet bread, stuffed veg, pesto, gnocchi and seabass. It was such a fun, cool experience! I would definitely recommend doing this if you plan on visiting.

That evening we got the train to Vernazza for a gorgeous meal over looking the sea at Ristorante Belforte Vernazza. The views are to die for.

On our last day we finished up by having lunch in Restaurant Hotel Porto Roca which has the most amazing view overlooking Monterosso. Continue Reading…

Fashion

Summer Memories with H&M

May 17, 2018

Hey guys,

I hope your week is going well. The weather and long evenings are definitely making the weeks more fun at the moment. Every so often we even get a glimpse of the sun, and no one knows how to enjoy some sun like us Irish haha.

I’m so excited to be collaborating with H&M again, this time to show you some of my favourite pieces from their summer collection. I always love injecting some colour into my wardrobe in the summer months, and H&M had so many colourful pieces to choose from. I styled up 3 outfits from the collection and took photos in 3 locations that are special to my heart since I was a child.

The first outfit I wore in my uncles Orchards in Tipperary. I spent many a summer here growing up with my sisters and cousins. We came up for a few days every summer to stay with my aunt and uncle when we were really young – we climbed the ‘Devils Bit’ mountain, told horror stories I’ll never forget and just made the best memories. I have had so many happy, fun times here. I am wearing a blue bardot dress (product code: 0615508), with a brown belt tied around my waist (product code: 0516859) . Brown round sunnies (product code: 0657360), a gold chain from H&M (product code: 0648929)  and blue printed slip on sandals (product code: 0582462) . Continue Reading…

Fashion

VIP Style Awards 2018

May 6, 2018

Hi guys,

It’s been over a week since the 2018 VIP Magazine Style Awards – and it only crossed my mind today that I haven’t done a blog post on my outfit on the night. I absolutely loved my dress, it was everything I had imagined. When I heard I was nominated at the start of March I immediately started brainstorming for a dress – my first stop was my Pinterest board of ball gowns (I save dresses here randomly throughout the year, whenever I see nice ones). Then I went to every online shop I know that sells ballgowns – and wow! They are expensive. Anything I saw that I liked was WAY out of my budget!

I knew I was looking for ruffles, tulle, a delicate top but I didn’t know where to find it. I went to the ARC Fashion Show at the end of March with my friend Ellen, and that’s where I saw Caterina Coyne and just fell in love with her designs.

I sent her some of my inspiration dresses, Caterina drew some sketches to match this – we met and then came up with the final design together. I absolutely love it. It’s feminine, fun, edgy and has a gorgeous shape. It was also super comfortable which is important on the night as it is quite a long night. Thank you Caterina!!! Continue Reading…

Travel

LA & Coachella Travel Diary

May 2, 2018

Hi guys,

Where do I even start with this trip? It honestly was the trip of a lifetime, with what felt like the longest build up to a holiday ever! 

I’m so sorry for the delay in getting this post up. There was just so much to it, I kept putting it on the long finger haha! I know lots of you had questions about Coachella and some had questions about LA so I’ll try and cover everything. But don’t be afraid to message me if I’ve missed something and I’ll do my best to help.

First up – Coachella:

Coachella had been in the planning since November last year when we booked our hotel – it was 6 months in the works. I’ve wanted to go for years and was determined this year it was going to happen. I couldn’t hack one more year of looking at the photos and not being there haha! Continue Reading…

Fashion

Lucy Nagle Cotton Collection

May 1, 2018

Hey guys,

I hope you’re all having a good week. I can’t believe today is May – is it me or did April just FLY by? Between the cruise, Coachella and the style awards I had a busy (and really fun) month, but now I need to settle down and get back to a little bit of normality (it’s a struggle).

I am so happy to see the long, bright evenings creeping in – any signs of summer are more than welcome! I even started packing away my winter wardrobe last week and taking out my summer bits.

These new Lucy Nagle Cotton Collection T-shirts are a lovely addition to my summer wardrobe. If you follow me on social media you’ll know I live in comfy, casual t-shirts paired with jeans and skirts. These new ones that Lucy launched on her website and in Brown Thomas are so soft, flattering and versatile – you can see how differently I’ve styled these 5 different t-shirt styles below (I’ve linked each one below the photo).

This is Lucy’s first collection of t-shirts – and there is 4 styles. She has a mix of round neck, v-neck and cold shoulder tees – so she really has something for every body shape and size (sizes go from XS – L). I wore a mix of sizes XS and S and I would say they are quite generous size wise – I wouldn’t always be an XS. They are all made from natural fabrics- Bamboo, Cotton or Rayon (Wood Pulp) – which explains why they are so soft.

They’re the perfect t-shirts for work, weekends and/or working out. I personally love the length (they are that little bit longer than normal tees so a little bit more flattering and comfortable to wear). Basics like these – that can be worn in so many different ways in every season are worth investing in. As I always say, you have to consider cost per wear 😉

Also, it’s important to mention they wash well (gentle machine wash, cold wash only, inside out) – and are priced at €60.

Check out the different styles I love below and how I’ve styled them – let me know what you think,

Lou x

Light Grey Round Neck T-Shirt Continue Reading…

Fashion

Summer Savings at the Crescent Shopping Centre

April 25, 2018

Hi guys,

I’m baaack! I arrived home from LA on Sunday night – and have been playing catch up on everything since then but I promise I’ll have a blog post up soon with all the details of our trip to Coachella and everything we got up to in LA before and afterwards.

Although the weather has been pretty rainy since I’ve been back – I have summer on the brain and I just can’t help having a look at all the new summery clothes that have been arriving into shops the past few weeks.

I drove down to Limerick on Monday to check out what the shops in the Crescent Shopping Centre have on offer ahead of their Summer Saver night this Thursday from 5-9. They have discounts and offers in up to 40 shops in the centre (many are giving up to 20% off!!!) The Crescent is honestly my favourite shopping centre in Ireland. I spent all of my teenage years here – and to see it going from strength to strength with lots of new amazing shops makes me so happy.

I ran around a few of my favourite shops to see what was on offer ahead of the big night and here are a few of my favourite pieces that I found:

H&M Jumper €19.99 / Skirt € 19.99 / Jacket €34.99 / Hat €9.99 Continue Reading…