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What I’m Thankful For & Celebrating This Year

November 28, 2019

Hey guys,

How are you all? Happy Thanksgiving!!! Can you believe I’m nearly 3 months in New York now? Where has the time gone! So much has happened, so much has changed, I’ve already learnt so much… I feel like I’ve so much to fill you all in on! It’s been forever since I’ve had the time to sit down and write a blog post like this – I’m excited to reflect on everything I have to be thankful for after probably the craziest year of my life to date!  

There has been lots of ups and downs this year but for the day that’s in it I’m going to focus on the celebrations I’ve had the past year and the things that are worth celebrating. I’m partnering with Moet for this blog post – so I’m going to reminisce over some of the Moet Moments I’ve had this year & some that are yet to come. 

When I think about what I’m thankful for it’s quite simple for me really: Family, Friends & Work Opportunities. First of all, if you follow me on Instagram or YouTube you’ll know how important my family and friends are to me. This year has been a very tough year for my family, it’s made me appreciate them more than ever. I’m very excited to get home for Christmas to spend time with everyone & also to have my brother & sister coming back to NY with me this year for New Years. There will no doubt be lots of Moet Moments over the festive season 😉  

Friendswise – there is nothing like moving country to make you realise how good you have it. I have the best friends in the world in Ireland and it broke my heart to leave them. Especially being single the past year, it’s really just made me realise how lucky I am to have the friends I have. When I got my visa to move to New York we celebrated over a bottle of Moet, a memory & feeling of excitement I’ll never forget. Today, two of them arrive in the US where we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving together in my Aunt & Uncles in Connecticut – we will most definitely be cracking up this bottle of Moet together later on 🙂

And then I have to take a minute to appreciate all the new friends I’ve made since moving to New York, I’ve been here such a short time and I’ve already made some friends for life! How crazy is that? The difference a couple of months can make. We’ve shared many a Moet Moment together already, too many some might say haha!   

When I first moved country my sister bought me a bottle of Moet to celebrate moving into my apartment & the start of a new adventure. Me moving here was made possible by what I do, working as a blogger & content creator with the best group of followers/supporters behind me. I’m very excited for all the new opportunities that are here for me in the US. I’ve had some incredible opportunities this year – I had my own edit with Nastygal, a collection of my favourite summer pieces with H&M, I’m the face of the Adidas Sleek runners in Lifestyle Sports and I travelled to the Venice Film Festival with Armani – among many other things… I’ve had so many things happen I would never have thought possible & it really is a dream come true for me! Things that are worth celebrating, worth raising a glass to and acknowledging before the time is gone!  

Moving on from myself – my best friend bought a house with her fiancé, my other bestie got an amazing new job, my cousin just got engaged, my brother passed his driving test, my dad graduated… the list of things to celebrate is endless. There’s always a lot to be thankful for and it’s actually so therapeutic to sit back and make a list of them. I love to mark an occasion with some bubbles and to spoil my family/ friends with something special when they deserve to celebrate. The personalised Moet Chandon bottles are the perfect present – whether it’s for Christmas or otherwise. It’s the world’s most iconic champagne & it’s celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, so it’s a really special present. Who doesn’t love something personalised? It’s so thoughtful & having something personal written on it just makes it extra special!  

You can get the bottles personalised exclusively in Brown Thomas Dublin for free with the purchase of any Moet bottle (whether it’s a mini or a Magnum). Click here to learn more about it.   
 
If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving I hope you have the best day with family and/or friends, and if you’re not I hope this blog post has inspired you to take a minute to appreciate what you’re thankful for today, and what’s next on your list to celebrate 😉 

Louise xx

*This post is sponsored by Moet Chandon

Lifestyle

Mothers Day Gift Guide

March 27, 2019

Hi guys,

Just a little reminder that Mothers Day is this Sunday- the 31st! If you are looking for a present to treat your Mum I have picked out some of my favourite pieces online below. There are lots of different ideas in there so hopefully you will find something that she will love!

I hope you all have lovely weekend and spoil your Mum.

Chat soon,

Louise x

*This post contains affiliate links meaning I can make a small % commission if sales are made as a result of this post. It does not affect the price of the item

Lifestyle, Travel

A Weekend in Mallorca with Toyota

February 25, 2019

Hi guys

I’m just back from a great weekend in Mallorca with my best friend Dearbhla and Toyota. They invited us over to test drive the new Corolla Hatchback Hybrid car and to explore the island in it!

I have to say, before the trip I would have thought a Corolla was an older persons car and not the most stylish/ sleek car out there – but I have to hold my hands up and say with the new design, Toyota have definitely proved me wrong.

We arrived on Friday and picked up our car from the airport – I was instantly impressed by the gorgeous style, shape and colour of the car. This for me would be a huge factor in choosing a car. I also love a car that is a good size for getting around a city. I’m in and out of Dublin City Centre nearly every day for different meetings and events, so I need a car that’s an appropriate size & is easy to park (but I also look for a car with 5 doors, as 3 doors can just be a pain!) and I have to say the Corolla Hatchback really did tick all of these boxes. I’ve been looking at cars for a while on websites like allcarleasing.co.uk to try and find the perfect model for me, but I was really impressed by the appearance of the Toyota before I had even driven it!

I was the designated driver for the weekend which I was very excited about as it was my first time driving a hybrid car and my first time driving on the right hand side of the road.

From Palma airport, we took the scenic route to our hotel – the Park Hyatt Mallorca which was located on the other side of the island. It’s a beautiful island and You can easily buy a villa in Alcudia which we drove through. I’m pretty tempted to get a villa out here after our visit since I loved it so much. It gave me a chance to get familiar with the car and how it felt to drive. It also gave me a chance to get used to driving on the right hand side of the road and to get used to all of the roundabouts haha (there was a lot of them!) The Corolla Hybrid Hatchback is automatic so very easy to drive (I definitely would have conked a few times if it wasn’t) – it has a heads up display with a great GPS system. This was my lifeline for the weekend. If you wanted to get one, considering a PCP agreement might be a good idea. If you want to learn more about it check out Money Expert. They have some great information that’ll help you make the right decision for you.

On Saturday we head for some paddle boarding lessons in Port de Pollenca – I had been here once before 15 years ago on my first ever family holiday to Spain! It was so cool to be back. We got a gorgeous tapas style lunch in Tolo’s and then visited the old castle town of Bellver a successful day of exploring and a lot of time spent in the car.

I learnt it has lots of amazing features, some of my personal favourites are:

  • the rear view reserving camera
  • The USB for Charging your phone
  • Bluetooth

One other important thing to mention is as it’s a hybrid car it’s very quiet and smooth to drive – it has a petrol engine but an electric motor that self charges each time you slow down / stop the car which means you never have to plug it in – so handy! As it’s half electric it also means you’re not always burning petrol, like you are in regular cars, so it’s much more fuel Effecient (aka you don’t have to fill up your tank as often… aka you save money!)

Sunday we just hung out at our hotel, which I have to say was probably the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at, before heading back for the airport for our flight home.

I can’t thank Toyota enough for having me on this trip, it was amazing to get some winter sun with my best friend and also to get the opportunity to test drive the Corolla in Mallorca (at a quiet time of year, which made for a v relaxing driving experience. The roads are actually surprisingly good in Mallorca too for such a small island!)

I’m excited to see more of the Toyota hybrids on Irish roads over the coming months, they are very reasonably priced starting at €207 a month & you can learn more about ordering one here.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post & that you found it helpful if you are on the look out for a new car,

Lou xx

A big thank you to Toyota for inviting me on this trip & for partnering with me on this post 🙂

Lifestyle

My Winter Skincare Saviour

December 27, 2018

Hey guys

I hope you are all having a lovely Christmas break. I always forget how relaxing it is, how much everyone just switches off and takes time off. It’s needed at this time of the year and it’s so nice. I think every year I appreciate it a little bit more.

As much as I have been enjoying the break, my skin hasn’t really had much of one with all the nights out, the heating in the house and the cold weather, so I have been trying to treat it to a little rehydration 2/3 times a week.

The NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost skincare range is amazing for rehydrating the skin – I’ve been using a few different products from the range for over 6 months now so I wanted to share with you my experience and my thoughts on one of them.

If you have been following me for a while, you will definitely have heard me talk about or seen me use the NEUTROGENA® Hydro Boost Hydrogel Recovery Masks before. There are 4 masks in the range: Purifying Boost, Hydro Boost, Radiance Boost and Ageless Boost.

What’s great about the NEUTROGENA® Hydrogel Recovery Masks are the ingredients, the results and the price. The range is inspired by innovative technology from Korea and tested with dermatologists to give you results in just 15 minutes, so it’s a really quick but effective addition to your beauty routine.

Each mask contains the equivalent of a 30ml bottle of concentrated serum (a month’s worth), so it leaves your skin moisturised and hydrated all day long (which is so important in the wintertime).

They also come in two parts, with separate sections for the upper and lower face, the segments adhere smoothly to the contours of your face and focus on areas that really need the extra hydration. It’s the perfect addition to your wintertime skincare routine as it’s so quick and easy, but it gives your skin what it needs too.

The masks are super convenient size-wise, I find them great for travelling and they are so affordable as well (only €4 in Boots). Click here to shop or to see more about the masks online.

There is also NEUTROGENA® Instant Boost Facial Cream Masks in the range, these are small little pods with 10ml of cream masks inside. Their size makes them great for travelling and using on-the-go. For someone like me who doesn’t always have time to book in for a facial, it’s great that they give the instant benefit of a facial in 15 minutes.

I have to say my personal favourite is the NEUTROGENA® Radiance Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask (the pink one). I just find my skin to be bright and soft afterwards.

Let me know if you try them out and what you think, I know you’ll love them as much as I do.


Enjoy the rest of the break,

Back soon with more,

Lou xx

*This post was sponsored by NEUTROGENA®

Lifestyle

Gift Guide: For Him

December 13, 2018

Hi guys,

I am back with my second gift guide and this one is 50 gift gifts for him. Does anyone else find boys so much harder to buy for? Especially Dads! 

I hope this gift guide helps you find a gift for the men in your life or gives you some inspiration.

Chat soon,

Louise x 

*This post contains affiliate links meaning I can make a small % commission if sales are made as a result of this post. It does not affect the price of the item

Lifestyle

Gift Guide: For Her

December 12, 2018

Hi guys,

I am back with my first gift guide of the year! I was excited to start these as I love buying presents 🙂

This one includes 50 gifts for the special women in your life. Whether you are looking for your Mum, sister, friend or girlfriend I hope you find some inspiration here. I really enjoyed putting it together and it definitely gave me some good ideas. 

Chat soon,

Louise x 

*This post contains affiliate links meaning I can make a small % commission if sales are made as a result of this post. It does not affect the price of the item