Single Life

Suited & Booted

January 29, 2020

So I went on a date with a guy about 2 years ago that I met on Tinder. He was lovely and we got on really well over text. We decided to go on a date and it was the middle of summer and lovely weather so we decided on the zoo.

He had a job interview in town that morning so I was meeting him afterwards and we were going to head there together. So there I was waiting at the spire when he walks up to me.. in a full blue suit. We’re talking the trousers, jacket, shirt, tie AND waistcoat. And the suit was an awful fit it was way way too big and hanging off him in places. I kinda jokingly went haha nice suit hoping he was about to tell me he had brought a change of clothes. Nope. He had not. So I was in a t-shirt, jeans and sandals wandering around the zoo in 23 degree weather on a busy Saturday afternoon, with this man in a 3 piece suit!! The looks he was getting.. It was so embarrassing I still cringe thinking about it. And he didn’t even take off the jacket the whole time we were there, he must have been sweating!

Safe to say there was no date number two..

Single Life

Three Strikes & You’re Out

January 29, 2020

Here is a wonderful story from my college days of a lad from Cork that had some boundary issues cira mid 2000s.

Strike One:
We were suppose to meet to watch a football game in the new bar in UCC, he was late and arrived to my house complaining that it was now too late to watch the game comfortably in a bar!

Strike Two:
He has brought a 6 pack of cans and proceeded to down them like he was dying of dehydration in a desert. Then asked my house mate to spot him 6 more cans!

Strike Three: He is outta here
After the can he realise the liquid had to go somewhere and needed the bathroom. I told him it was upstairs (about 12 steps up). He looked shocked and with all seriousness asked me could he “not just piss out my sitting room window” as the  bathroom was “too far away”. Clearly I said no and how disgusting that was, yet he continued to argued for 10 mins to be allowed.


Needless to say he was not allowed and that while he was in the actual bathroom I got a taxi and sent his dirty arse packing. 


I mean there is taking the piss and actually a taking a piss. Put me off dating for a while!!

Single Life

The Drunken American

January 29, 2020

So my first date, after being in a 3 yr relationship, was in Limerick. It was with an American lad I met on Tinder and I thought IDEAL, Americans have been dating for yonks and this was 2014 and the Irish hadn’t a notion. So went on the date and he’d been at a works do beforehand, drinking Jameson with the Irish and turned up so gone he never arrived.

He starts off by complimenting how well I speak English for an Irish person. He then goes on to talk about his college course and how he had a module that involved Cadavers in first year. Now I try to be chatty and the likes so when we’re talking at this stage I have my hands out and he goes on to explicitly say how much he enjoyed dissecting the arm.. so naturally I take my arms off the table :/ and told him I felt like I was in the start of an episode of Criminal Minds.

He then invites me back to his and all I can do is refuse and order him a pint of water

Fashion

Winter Accessories

January 24, 2020

Hey guys.

Happy Friyay! Anyone else feel like this is the longest January ever? It’s nearly over though, we’ve got this! I’ve been looking at new winter accessories to help get over the January blues and make getting up on these cold mornings a little less painful haha! Accessories complete every outfit and they can also dress up an outfit if you’re stuck for time.

Below are a few of my top picks. Also if you haven’t checked out my latest IGTV 7 Days of Winter accessories, there are more options on there that will help you stay warm and stylish for the winter months.

Enjoy your last January weekend!

Louise xx

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New York

Travelling to New York? Best Airports & Where to Stay!

January 23, 2020

Hey guys.

A lot of people have been asking me recently for advice and tips on getting to New York and the best places to stay. In todays blog I have taken some time to tell you about about the different options out there and everything I know about visiting the Big Apple.

AIRPORTS & FLIGHTS

There are 3 airports you can fly into from New York. The 2 mains ones are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. LaGuardia Airport in Queens is another but this one is mainly domestic.

In my opinion the key to looking for flights is to start looking about 6 months in advance to get the best price. Obviously visiting in peak season aka Christmas and Summer is going to be more expensive so be prepared for that. Aer Lingus fly twice daily from Dublin to JFK and daily to Newark direct which is great because you have no layover. They also fly direct daily from Shannon to JFK.

You can also look at other cheaper options with other airlines. Some of the best places to look online are Skyscanner, Kayak or the app Hopper. You can also keep an eye when prices go up and down. Apparently Tuesday is the best day of the week to book flights but this could just be a myth.

TRANSPORT FROM THE AIRPORT

Once you land in either of these airports you have many choices on ways to get into Manhattan.

Trains

From JFK the cheapest option is to get the subway. First get the air train which costs $7.75 plus a $1 metro card fee. Once you transfer to the subway you can either buy a weekly pass which works out a good deal especially if you plan on taking the subway a lot to do tourist things or else you can top it up with how ever much money you want. A single fare costs $2.75. Visit this website to learn more.

From Newark you also get the air train first and then transfer to the NJ Transit train. AirTrain Newark costs just $5.50 as you enter or exit the system at the Airport Station. The fee is included when you purchase a ticket from NJ Transit their train stations. One ticket does it all.

Buses

Bus service is available from Newark Airport through NJ Transit Bus Lines. For schedules and information, visit the NJ TRANSIT website. An Express Bus runs between Newark Liberty International Airport & New York City. The Express Bus runs from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m./ 365 days. The cost is $18 for one way, or $30 for round trip.

The MTA (NYC transport authority) also provides regular bus services between JFK Airport, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond with subway connections. It takes between 50-75 minutes and costs $10.50.

Taxis

If you don’t want to take public transport another way to get to Manhattan is by taxi. If you’re taking a taxi to Manhattan from Newark you will be charged a metered fare (approximately $69-75) plus tolls and a $15 surcharge. 

JFK to Manhattan there is a flat fare $52.80, plus any applicable toll (about $8)

*If you take a taxi don’t forget to tip. For good service the taxi driver should be tipped approximately 20%.

Apps like Uber or Lyft can be a cheaper way to get taxis to the city and not have to worry about dragging your luggage around. Especially if you select their carpool option. Most airports have free wifi you can connect to if you want to do this – and they have special Uber pick-up points (separate to where the yellow cabs are) – if you ask in the airport or google it you should be able to find it.

HOTELS

There are sooo many hotels to choose from in the city – so many amazing ones. It actually wouldn’t be fair to say I have a favourite. I don’t, it just depends what you want.

I think for site-seeing Midtown/ Times Square is a good location, it’s also where you’ll get more reasonably priced hotels.

For eating, drinking & hanging out I love Soho. The last two times I came to the city I stayed here in the Citizen M & I loved it!

The city is so well connected by the subway that it doesn’t really matter that much where you stay as long as you have access to a train! I’ve broken some hotel options down into luxury hotels, budget hotels & centrally located hotels – hopefully this will help you narrow it down.

Treat yourself to a stay at a famous New York hotel

New York definitely has some of the nicest and most luxurious hotels in the world. Renowned for their design, service, and fabulous amenities. If you have a little more to spend and want to splash out and treat yourself on your New York experience, there are many famous fancy hotels to stay in. Below I have listed a few of my favorites in the city.

The Plaza – 5th Ave

The Standard – High Line

The NoMo SoHo Hotel – SoHo

Mandarin Oriental – Upper West Side

Ritz Carlton – Central Park

Public Hotel – Soho/LES

Budget Friendly Hotels

If you want to save your money for shopping, fancy dining experiences or maybe a Broadway show and don’t want to splash out on a hotel, there are plenty of cheaper options too. Below are some hotels that won’t blow the bank but are still really nice and in good locations too!

Citizen M – Bowery/ Soho (for solo travellers or a couple)

Pod 37 or Pod 51 – Midtown (for solo travellers)

Best Western Soho

Row NYC – Times Square

Chelsea Inn – Chelsea

The Frederick Hotel – Tribeca

Embassy Suites by Hilton – Times Square

Best Location

If location is the biggest draw to which hotel you choose, then below I have listed some for you. All are centrally located for top sights and tourist attractions. If you want to be in the heart of it all, my advice is to look in neighborhoods like Midtown or the Theatre District (West 42nd Street to 50th Street) While there’s much to see everywhere in the city, the most sights in one neighborhood by far are those in Midtown, the heart of New York shopping and theater and home to some of its most iconic buildings. Especially if its your first time.

Merrion Row Hotel – Times Square

Fitzpatricks Grand Central or Midtown East

W New York – Midtown West

The Westin – Times Square

Arlo Nomad or Arlo Soho

I hope you found this helpful guys. If you’re looking for things to do check out my last blog post here and check out the New York tab on my website which has lots of recommendations.

If you have any of your own tips you think would help others please write them in the comments below. Happy travels!

Chat soon,

Louise xx

Fashion

Current Loungewear Favourites

January 16, 2020

Hey guys.

Happy Friday! As you know I’m a huge loungewear fan – I actually call them my apartment clothes now haha I usually transition into them as soon as I’m ready to relax.

If like me you are doing dry January, having a few quiet weeks to start some New Years resolutions or just enjoying a chilled start to the year watching Netflix, these pieces could be for you.

Have a great weekend!

Chat soon,

Louise xx

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