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A Night Away at the Galgorm Resort and Spa

February 12, 2018

Hi there,

I’m just back from the most relaxing getaway to the Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena. I head up there this weekend for one night with Gerard and I had heard it was nice, but my god I couldn’t have expected it to be as nice as it was. From the second we arrived we were greeted by the friendliest staff, and it really has that ‘resort’ feel with everywhere being connected, warm, cosy and welcoming.

The Room

We were staying in a Deluxe River View Suite. It was modern and spacious with a seating area in the room as well as a big bed and bathroom. The room had a complimentary mini bar and snacks, which was a lovely surprise and treat. The view from our room was gorgeous, it overlooked the river and the hot pool/ jacuzzis. So you can see why we were excited to get down to the spa from the second we arrived.

The Spa

The spa in the hotel is just amazing. There is an outdoor hot pool, outdoor jacuzzis and an indoor pool/sauna that everyone can enjoy. Then there is also the Thermal Village which has private jacuzzis. Continue Reading…

Fashion, Travel

2018 Travel Plans

February 8, 2018

Hey guys,

I hope you are all having a good week. I’m in full on prep mode for the travels I have coming up in the next few months. I haven’t had a chance to tell you all yet, because it happened so fast, but I’m going to VEGAS next Saturday!!! Ahhhh! The Tourist Board contacted me and asked me to join them on a press trip. I’m so excited because three of the girls Rosie, Lauren and Niamh are going too. I just really can’t wait to get some winter sun – the past month has just been so cold and miserable in Ireland.

Of course this means I am outfit planning like a mad woman. Time to whip out the summer wardrobe 🙂 You can see a few summery bits I picked up in my most recent YouTube haul. Continue Reading…

Travel

Our Weekend Getaway to Mayo

January 9, 2018

Hi guys,

I hope January is going ok for you all. It’s never an easy month, so whatever you can do to make yourself feel better this month do it! Go easy on yourself: take a bath, treat yourself to some chocolate, and make some nice cosy plans with your friends.  January is hard enough without totally depriving yourself of all the lovely things we’re used to at Christmas.

With this in mind, Gerard and I had planned a weekend away to the Lodge at Ashford Castle. We didn’t do proper Christmas presents this year instead we set a budget of €20, so we could spend our money on doing things together instead. We booked Coachella in April (a music festival based in California) which I’m very excited for, but it’s nice to get away even for a night in Ireland as well. We often take it for granted because it’s on our doorstep, but after working in Tourism Ireland for years, if anyone knows how amazing Ireland is, its me. And I plan on taking more advantage of that this year.  Continue Reading…

Travel

Rome for New Years

January 2, 2018

Hellooooooo guys,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I always forget how magical a time it is, with everyone off work, the cold weather, the parties, the food – it really is the MOST relaxing break we get all year!

In November, myself and my friend Dearbhla decided we would organise a trip away somewhere for New Years – to take advantage of the bank holiday, and just to explore somewhere new together (with our boyfriends as well haha). We decided on Rome, because beauty and food wise Italy never lets us down (and because the weather would be a little warmer than Ireland). Continue Reading…

Lifestyle, Travel

British Champions Day

October 23, 2017

Hi guys,

As you my have seen on my Instagram and Snapchat I spent the weekend in London for QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse. When I was asked to come along I didn’t hesitate to say yes. It had been a few years since I’ve been racing properly, and I’m by no means an expert but it’s always such a fun day out and a great excuse to get dressed up.

British Champions Day in particular is just one of the best racing days in the year and in the world! It celebrates the very best in horse racing which means you’re guaranteed an entertaining day (and in my case a good opportunity to lose a lot of money on bets haha).

My first challenge was to find a dress. I, of course, went for my favourite colour this year – RED! I picked it up in Starla Boutique, its by the brand Jarlo. I then got a hat to match in Costello and Costello on Drury St. Finding a pair of dressy heels that are comfy is so important for race days – they are usually long days, with lots of walking around (possibly on grass) so avoid stilettos or anything too high. Continue Reading…

Travel

Dubrovnik Travel Guide

October 18, 2017

Hi guys,

I’m just back from one of the most amazing trips I’ve been on this year, to Dubrovnik.

I had heard so much about this place before visiting. So many people had told me it was there favourite place and I’ve heard of lots of Irish couples coming here to get married. I can totally see why now. The whole town is a UNESCO world heritage site – it’s so clean, untouched, romantic and relaxed.

How we got there?

We flew direct with Aer Lingus and got a taxi from the airport to the town (€35). We got an Uber when we were heading back to the Airport and that worked out cheaper at only €24.

What did we spend? 

In Croatia they use the kuna it worked at about 7.5 HRK

for every 1 Euro. We spent about €70/€80 each a day. This included breakfast from the supermarket, lunch and dinner in restaurants, some drinks and an activity.

Where did we stay? 

We stayed in an apartment in the Old Town, literally 2 mins from the main square. It wasn’t amazing, but it was clean, central and perfect for what we needed it for. It was handy to have a kitchen and to not have to worry about getting taxis. You can find apartments on Booking.com or Air BnB.

There are lovely hotels about 15/20 mins walk from the old town with pools and much more space than you’ll get in the Old Town. The only downside would be getting in and out of the Old Town after dinner at nighttime – although we did find Uber to be quite good over there.

The hotel Excelsior just outside the old town would probably be my top choice for a hotel – it looks amazing and the location is perfect, but I know it is pricey.

What did we do?

There’s lots to do in and around Dubrovnik, which is why I know it’s a place I’ll come back to again. Here are some suggestions for things to do based on what we did:

  • The City Walls Walk (€20 entrance fee, takes about an hour and a half, gorgeous views!) Sunset up here would be amazing!
  • Glass bottom boat out to Lokrum Island (€10 for the return boat trip, €17 entrance fee, feed rabbits and peacocks and sunbathe on the rocks)
  • Rent a scooter and explore outside the Old Town walls
  • Rent a beach bed at Banje Beach: sunbathe and enjoy good music and cocktails (beds cost between €12 and €30)
  • Watch the sunset from the Cliff Bars: Buza bar and Bard Mala Buza (Get there about 45 mins before sunset to ensure you get a spot! Drinks are reasonably priced, the views are insane!)
  • Get the Cable Car to the top of the mountain and take in the views of beautiful Dubrovnik from above (€17 return). We had dinner in the Panorama restaurant at the top, you’ll need to book this in advance (on their website). It’s a little pricey, but not that bad considering the amazing view! Continue Reading…