Saturday, March 21, 2015

March Favorites

My favorites post is a little early this month, but it's definitely an improvement on my forgetting to do it last month! The theme of my March favorites is very bright, pink and girly, a reflection of how much I'm loving the brighter, sunny weather we're starting to have. March has been a very busy, productive month. There's been lots of work and a return to fitting in regular workouts. Also come spring and summer I get to spend alot of my working week outdoors, which is always welcome when the sun is out even if it's still cold. So basically I'm feeling some love for March right now! Anyway on to my favorites for March; there's a mix of beauty and books this month. I've been spending alot less time looking at the Daily Mail side bar of shame and instead reading more books. My bf treated me to Tanya Burr's book Love Tanya for Valentines, it's such a pretty coffee table book. The book chronicles Tanya's story and where her blog all started, mixed in with beauty and hair tips alongside recipes. A very different book I recently added to my bookshelf and am right in the middle of reading is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Following the death of her beloved mother Cheryl Strayed spent three moths hiking the 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring and emotional story. I will definitely review this must read once I completely finish it. When I'm getting all zen, reading a book in my PJs, I need to have a candle burning obviously. My mammy is obsessed with Max Benjamin candles and they scent practically every room in our home. The 3 Floral Favorites Candle Set is gorgeous, my favorite being White Pomegranate. Max Benjamin candles are the perfect present, I buy my mammy different scents for every birthday/Christmas/Mother's day and she's always thrilled with them. 

When it came to beauty products this month, my favorite products are distinctly springy. Despite the bright pastel shades of the Ciaté minis I like to decorate my nails with, they're actually from the Ciaté Advent Calender I blogged about here. It was such a bargain in TKMaxx, technically I bought it for my sister but she doesn't mind me borrowing a few! When your nails are decked out in pretty shades the cheeks need to step up their game too. Smashbox is up there on my list of favorite makeup brands ever alongside Bareminerals, I would buy everything from these brands if I had the money (alot of money). Their Halo Long Wear Blush is no exception. I've used Blissful which is a berry shade and Peachy Dream which is coral. These blushes are stunning and really pigmented, you just turn the wheel and take a small amount of blush as you really don't need much. It's always great for the wallet when a little goes a long way.

What are you favorites this month?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Weekend: Tree buying & Dog Walking

I constantly take pictures. All day everyday. I take pictures with my camera. I take pictures with my phone. I take pictures of my food, my outfit, my favorite things, my favorite people, my favorite places. I try to capture my memories, everything that makes me happy. Even though moments are fleeting, I try to capture their essence in a photo that I can look back on when I need a smile or a little inspiration. This blog is my visual scrapbook of memories, there's times when I've gone off blogging and taken long long breaks from it, but I always come back to it eventually, because I love that it gives me a free creative platform. This collection of pictures from my weekend definitely encapsulates some of my favorite things; nature, the outdoors and my home. This weekend I jumped in the car with my parents to go tree shopping at Cappagh Nurseries in Aughrim in Wicklow. Ever since I was little I've being going on excursions with my parents all over Ireland and further, it instilled in me my great love for nature and art. I've countless amazing memories of visiting forests, beeches, caves, art galleries and museums as a child. So even though I'm in my 20's I will still happily tag along with them wherever their going. After a weekend full of fresh air and running around, it's time for a Sunday night on the couch reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Mother's Day today.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Friday Dinner Date

Satchel-River Island

I picked this simple black jumper up in the January New Look sale for €11, it's relatively basic, but the lace detail along the bottom makes it feel much more special. Paired with a light blouse underneath it makes a pretty little combo for work. I like how the white collar peaking out from under the black jumper reminds me somewhat of Wednesday Adams. Keeping with the monochrome look I threw on my go to leather Converse and my new River Island satchel. The only break in the palette is my seriously comfy H&M skinny jeans, the comfiest jeans I've ever owned. My work wear blended nicely into a relaxed Friday night dinner with my bf to start the weekend perfectly. We headed straight out for the early bird menu and I ate to my hearts content. For starter I had flat bread and hummus (so much love for hummus), followed by fish and chips which had amazing light batter and finished off with a helping of hot chocolate brownie. Food heaven.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What's In My Bag: New Handbag Edition

My lovely sister got me a very generous River Island voucher for my birthday as I love their handbags and always buy mine there. Normally I go for large slouchy black handbags, that I can throw everything under the sun into and never have to empty. This time I went for a very different choice, with a structured leather look satchel bag. It's so cute and although it fits plenty it's neat look makes me want to keep it neat inside too. The bag was €45 so I had enough left over on my voucher to get a matching purse too (€22).  Instead of just sharing new bag I thought I'd do a what's in my bag post. I love these kind of posts, like home tour posts, it's fun to be a little nosy. As it's a new bag I currently only have what I actually need in it so I didn't need to hide loads of wrappers and receipts for a change.

Hair Care: I always always have my Tangle Teaser (€15.99 in Boots) in my bag, I truly don't know how I managed my unruly hair before I had one of these, it's a knotty hair girls essential. After my hair is tangle free I keep a cute bow hair tie from Peaches & Cream to throw my hair up out of my face. 

Beauty: I normally don't wear makeup for work, but if I do it's a simple look with just 3 products that fit easily into my bag: Smashbox BB cream (€34 in Boots), a dab of cream blusher robbed from my sister) and some mascara (this one is from No7). This BB cream is amazing, I find the coverage good while still looking very natural, it feels lightweight and has SPF 35 which is always a bonus. Perfume is important to have in my bag because I like to smell nice even after a long day, at the moment I have a sample of Jimmy Choo Blossom (much handier than dragging around a full bottle). 

Stationary: As I'm still in college I often need something for taking notes and this glittery notebook from Primark (€2.50) is so much cuter than a plain old refill pad. The pink pen I picked up in Tiger for a euro. Lastly and not at all stationary related is my phone with my amazing chocolate bar cover (€2) from Tiger, 

So that's what I drag around in my bag on a daily basis, if you've done one of these posts let me know I love reading them!
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