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Life as a Full Time Blogger

August 15, 2017

Hi everyone,

I hope your week is off to a good start – despite the crazy bi-polar weather, but hey it gave me a good excuse to drink wine last night so I won’t complain 😉

I’m using these quiet weeks at home to get my head around my new routine that is ‘full-time blogging’, and I have to say I am loving it. I’m figuring out my new schedule between meetings, events, emails, writing and shooting blogposts, and all the other random bits and bobs I do every day 🙂 I’m also getting stuck in to some things that I haven’t had a chance to in so long, and I’m loving the new sense of calmness that has come with it too. I have time to do things I’ve been neglecting for months like seeing my family and friends, working on some new things for the blog, and most importantly I’ve just been taking a little more me time.

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Brought to you by Magnum

August 14, 2017

Hi there,

Happy Monday! I had the nicest weekend in Galway with my family – you may have seen on my Snapchat (username: lou1409) that some of my family from America were home, so we got to be tourists for the weekend and we went out to the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór. There were 27 of us in total cycling around the island on the most beautiful of Irish summer days (we got so lucky with the weather) it felt like we were kids again! It’s not often these days I get an opportunity to spend so much time with my family so it was lovely. A weekend we all will remember forever!

After spending almost 3 years working in Tourism Ireland trust me I know how amazing Ireland is; how many amazing scenic spots there are to visit, how nice the people are and how it is literally the best place to be ON EARTH when the sun comes out. After the weekend in Galway I really want to make an effort to see more and spend more time in other parts of Ireland. Donegal is at the top of my list, can you believe I’ve never been?

Anyway, I’m in Dublin for the moment haha. I managed to catch another glimse of the Irish sun last week when I shot this look, brought to you by Magnum. It made me even more excited to be at home for the rest of the summer. The last month has been amazingly packed with lots of travel but I’m very excited to have some time at home now to enjoy what I can of the Irish summer and to get used to my new routine as a full time blogger (if you follow me on Snapchat (lou1409) you’re already on that journey with me!)

The new Magnum Double Raspberry are absolutely delicious by the way – explaining my big cheesy grin in these shots!  There are two indulgent new flavours out now, Double Raspberry and Double Coconut… So Dare to Go Double

You have to try them!!!

I’ll be back later in the week with more updates – have a great Monday,

Louise x

Outfit Details:

Sunglasses: Dior
Neckscarf: Penneys
Denim Jacket: H&M
White top: Topshop
Skirt: H&M
Runners: Adidas Superstars

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My big news!

July 4, 2017

Hi there,

So if you’re reading this you may already know my big news… I have decided to leave my job and become a full time blogger. AHHH! This was huge decision for me, that I have thought about for over a year and although I know I’ll be so sad saying goodbye to everyone tomorrow, I am SO EXCITED to get started on my next chapter.

Where it all begin 

Blogging, fashion, photography and documenting everything have been passions of mine as long as I can remember: from outfit planning that began at far too young an age, to my first designer bag that was the size of a pencil case, to the boxes of diaries I’ve kept all my life and all those collages from magazines I spent hours making… blogging just seemed like a natural step to me, right from the start. Something I loved, and still love as much as day one. Continue Reading…

Lifestyle

My Skincare Program

June 20, 2017

Hi everyone,

In April I started a 12 week program with the Laser and Skin Clinic to treat sun damage and reduce the amount of sun damage that my skin is getting for the future as well. If you follow me on social media you’ll know I am a sun worshipper and I adore some warm weather. The damage the sun can do is something I’m not a fan of, however. It’s something I’ve grown more conscious of as I’ve gotten older and I really just want to make sure I am protecting my skin as much as I can.

I visited the Laser and Skin Clinic and met with Anna, who gave me a consultation and started me on the Obagi Fx Skin Program. Obagi Fx System is an option for clients who want a homecare skin program to treat sundamage (pigmentation) without the downtime of peels or lasers. The system can be used in conjunction with superficial peels to achieve a faster result. The peels take no more than 20/30 mins and I experienced light peeling on my face after them. It’s not super obvious, and can be covered with make-up.

I’m 8 weeks into the program, and although it was an adjustment to get used to this new routine at the start. I could do it with my eyes closed now, its takes only a few mins each morning and evening and I’ve seen a huge improvement already – not only in the pigmentation on my skin, but also in my complexion. My skin is blemish free and so much smoother since I started the program.

I have two different skincare routines in the morning and in the evening – you can see the detail of these below.

In the morning, I alternate between Obagi Clenziderm and Obagi C-Cleansing Gel Cleanser to wash face. Clean off with wet face cloth. Add 3 drops of Vitamin C, 2 squirts of SPF 40, and a pea size amount of the Exfoliating day cream before continuing with your make up routine.  Continue Reading…

Fashion, Lifestyle

Half Way Through

June 9, 2017

Hey there,

Happy Friday! This week was a lovely short one for me, with the bank holiday on Monday and the Benefit trip that didn’t happen on Wednesday and Thursday. I only ended up actually being in work for 2 days. If you follow me on social media you’ll know I was supposed to go on a trip with Benefit to an island off the coast of England but the weather was too bad to travel – so it was cancelled. I had two days in Dublin with no major plans, which is something that has become very unusual for me in the past 6-8 months.

I was able to organise some blog work, get some general life jobs done and I got to actually relax for the whole evening with Lauren – it was bliss. It also gave me some time to think, and to look over the past 6 months. We have hit June, the half way point for the year (where has the time gone!!!) and I thought it would be no harm to have a look at those New Year resolutions I made at the start of the year and see where I am now.

So what were my resolutions:

Smile more … 

This is one of my favourite resolutions I made last year. Just to clarify, I didn’t necessarily mean just physically smiling more, I meant just being happier in general. Paying more attention to all the things I have to be grateful for, and focusing on those. I remember coming up to Christmas last year I was feeling super tired and almost burned out. I was really busy with work and my blog and I had just moved house – so found myself getting stressed and not appreciating all the amazing things I have. No matter how crazy things get it’s important to always keep things in perspective and be happy with all things that are going right. So more smiling has definitely been happening this year 🙂  Continue Reading…

Lifestyle, Travel

Snap Happy in Toulon

May 28, 2017

Hey everyone,

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I’m just back from two days in the South of France with Princess Cruises. It was such a fun few days exploring vineyards, tasting all things French and touring the amazing Royal Princess Cruise ship (where I took these photos) I vlogged the trip and can’t wait to show you every inch of this beautiful boat on my YouTube, hopefully I’ll have that video up tomorrow.

As usual when I go away, I got a million and one photos 🙂 One of the questions I get asked most often is what camera I use to take my photos, and what apps I use to edit them. For a long time I only used my Olympus Pen EPL-7 camera when taking photos (and I have used it on this post for some of the photos). But thankfully I have found a phone with a camera just as good as my actual camera, it’s small, easy to carry and has made my life so much easier – the Samsung S8. Continue Reading…