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2016: The Best Lessons I Learnt

December 30, 2016

2016 is coming to an end and I really can’t believe how fast that year went. Time just seems to be going faster and faster as I get older. That’s why I wanted to write this post. to make sure I’m making the most of and taking as much as I can from each year.

2016 was a really good year in many ways with lots of amazing travel, adventures with friends and enjoyable work – but at times it was definitely hard too – loved ones passed away, there were make-ups and break-ups and times when trying to manage two jobs wasn’t that easy. I think it’s safe to say I learnt a few things from this year. Here are 8 of the most valuable lessons I learnt:

1. Be kind to yourself

It’s a crazy, busy, hard world we live in and we’re all doing our best – I’m sure I’m not the only one who is their own worst critic but I’m gonna try and be a little kinder to myself next year. I’m going to give myself more pats on the back when I do things I’m proud of, I want to feel less guilty for doing things I want to do and I’m going to make being really happy a priority.

2. Work hard

At the start of 2016 I made a list of goals I wanted to reach at the end of the year. Currently sitting in the last week of the year I can happily say I more than met all of my goals over the past year, which tells me that 1. I should aim higher next year and 2. all my hard work paid off. It’s definitely not always easy to keep working, but now I can see the value of keeping at it even when I didn’t always feel like it. Continue Reading…

Lifestyle

New Years Resolution: Smile More!

December 22, 2016

Hey guys,

You might remember last month I posted about a blog telling you all about the ‘Ultra Thin’ Veneers I was going to be getting from My Dental on 6 of my teeth, well.. I got them! And I love them. In total from consultation to application there was about 4/5 appointments and actually applying the veneers wasn’t painful at all.

I was a little nervous but more excited before getting them, the dentists totally put me at ease, and even allowed me to try on the veneers before applying to ensure I was happy with the colour and shape.

They are the exact same shape my teeth were before – so look very natural. I didn’t and don’t want the perfect ‘Hollywood Smile’ – I just wanted to fix the fluorosis (chalky appearance), something I’ve been self-conscious about all my life.  It’s the perfect time of the year to show off my improved smile and my new years resolution is to smile more 🙂

These should last me 10 -15 years at which point they will have to be replaced – that brings me to 35/40 years of age! Ahh!  Continue Reading…

Lifestyle

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

November 29, 2016

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Hi everyone,

It’s hard to believe but by the end of the week Decemeber will have come around so the time to start planning Christmas presents is now. I personally love present shopping but I know sometimes coming up with ideas can be difficult. I have put together a gift guide from one of my favourite Irish websites My Shining Armour – they carry the most beautiful stationary, jewellery and interior pieces that would leave anyone unwrapping happy 🙂

See my picks below 🙂 I hope it helps with the beginning of shopping season,

Lou x

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Marble Selotape Dispenser / Marble Stapler / Marble Pencil Holder / Marble Desk Tray

These marble desk pieces speak for themselves – how PRETTY are they?!

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An essential purchase at the beginning of any year. A pretty diary with stickers is the ultimate treat at the start of a new year. I know my sisters would love a diary as pretty as this.

Personalised anything is always extra special at Christmas. Here you can see my ‘L’ mug and ‘L’ candle which are both available from MyShiningArmour.com  – these would be the perfect gift for a friend or colleague. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Lifestyle

The Ultimate List of Black Friday Deals

November 24, 2016

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Hi everyone,

It’s hard to believe it’s that time again! The best shopping weekend of the year has arrived and I thought I would make your lives easier (and mine a lot harder) by compiling all of the sale codes in one place. As well as some of my top picks from the sales. Just incase we needed another reason to shop on these cold winter nights 😉

Happy Shopping!

ACCESSORIZE 

ALL SAINTS

  • 30% off with code: CYBER
  • Shop here

ARNOTTS

  • 20% off almost everything
  • Shop here

ASOS

  • 20% off with code GOGOGO
  • Shop here

BOOHOO.COM

  • Up to 50% off (no code)
  • Shop here

BROWN THOMAS

  • 20% off almost everything
  • Shop here

Continue Reading…

Fashion, Lifestyle

5 Reasons I’m Smiling This Friday

November 18, 2016

Hey guys,

Happy Friday!!! My favourite day of the week 🙂 I thought I’d do some a little different today on the blog and tell you 5 reasons why I’m smiling today!

1. Friday Feeling
I dunno if it’s just me but the Friday feeling is particularly good these days. In the winter the weeks definitely feel longer, the dark mornings and evenings make the week days pretty grim. On the plus side that makes the weekend all the better.

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2. The Festive Season is here
With all the Christmas lights up and on it’s hard not to feel a little bit of excitement for the month ahead. It’s finally time to get brainstorming for your Secret Santa person, watch all of the new Christmas ads and get your Christmas playlist up and running on Spotify (YES, finally!) Continue Reading…

Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel

My Trip to Disneyland with Primark

November 9, 2016

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‘Where laughter is timeless, imagination has no age & dreams are forever’ – Walt Disney

Hey guys,

I don’t even know where to start with this post. This trip was just the coolest, funnest, most amazing trip I’ve ever been on. I’m so glad I can finally share the pics on my blog and tell you all about it. At the end of September for 3 days I went with Primark, my gal Lauren, and two UK YouTubers Maddie and Corrie to Disneyland Paris to shoot for their Primark x Disney collection.

The whole experience was just unreal. We stayed in the beautiful Disneyland Hotel, we ate in the Disneyland restaurants, we got to go around on the carousel like 10 times in a row and we got Mickey and Minnie all to ourselves for photos. We shot 3 main looks – 1 outside the castle with Mickey and Minnie, 1 on the Carousel and one PJ look in the Castle room. The smiles on our faces are real smiles, we laughed the whole way through each day.

Disney was such a huge part of my childhood, every line in every movie I know by heart. It was a dream come true to be there ‘working’ and with my blog. If I had known this time a year ago all the opportunities that would come my way because of my blog, I wouldn’t have believed it. In September last year I moved back from New York, with a small, new blog and I remember being terrified. It was something I loved and really didn’t want to give up, so I worked really hard and just feel so grateful that it’s all worked out. I got to go to Disneyland for work with my best friend, that’s pretty unbelievable. Continue Reading…