Saturday, September 27, 2014

In love with the Two Piece

Two Piece-Catch Clothing
Bag-Limited Edition Primark

I bought this beautifully patterned two piece in Catch Clothing, I went in for a little look around not really intending on buying anything. That was until I saw the bright happy colors of this two piece, it was priced at €20 for the top and €20 for the shorts. I made up some recent work achievement to justify the unplanned spend and left with a cheery smile on my face. Now you would think that a cropped top and shorts with splashes of neon wouldn't be incredibly versatile, but that's where you'd be mistaken. I have worn this two piece ALL summer, at first it was designated as a going out outfit to be worn with heels, but gradually it became a go too day outfit. It's made appearances on nights out, shopping in Liverpool, basking in the sun in Italy. I've worn it together and separately, pairing the top with a black maxi skirt and the shorts with white blouses. In this particular incidence I've paired it with Primark accessories; a beaded Limited Edition Primark bag, sparkly sandals and simple sunglasses. I wore this to have a relaxing drink by the water at La Terrazza in Sant'Agnello, one of my favorite places we ate at while in Italy. It's the perfect place to grab something to eat and spent ages people watching by the sea.  
Rewearing my two piece in Ireland, Liverpool & Italy!

I have so so many posts planned from our trip to Italy; Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento and loads of outfit and food posts. Can't wait to share all my adventures! What was your go to wardrobe pieces this summer? Did you love the summery two piece like me?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

My Newest Wardrobe Addition: Zara Biker

Kimono-Borrowed from my sister
Flip flops & flats-Primark
DKNY handbag-Kildare Village

I've always been a jacket/coat person, mainly because I'm a winter person. I love ice, snow, fires, hot chocolate and bundling up in woolly scarfs and coats. I have more jackets than I need but that didn't stop me picking up this beauty from Zara. It was priced at €80 but I still had to have it the minute I tried it on. I have worn it non-stop since buying it, so much is my love for it that I get teased in work for my inability to take it off when it's quite warm inside! My wardrobe doesn't really break up seasonally though, this outfit is a perfect example of that. I've got my summer kimono being worn shopping for the day in Kildare Village and then later on when it's colder the new winter jacket makes an appearance. This one big year long wardrobe, rather than seasonal, is probably because I can't put away my favorite clothes no matter how impractical they might be! No matter how summery the dress there's always a pair of tights and cardigan to make it winter ready. 
What winter staples have you guys been buying to get ready for winter?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What I bought in York

Even though York was more work trip than holiday I still had time to pick up a few bits, and of course a few pressies. I always bring home a few presents wherever I go, I love sharing a little bit of my adventures with the people I love.  For presents I picked up a really cute Flopsy bunny for my sister at the Peter Rabbit shop, we both loved Peter Rabbit when we were little. I also bought a print of the flopsy bunnies for my home. I got a cute Boo teddy and the most hilarious waving Queen figurine for my boyfriend, she's solar paneled so she can wave away forever and ever! At the York Chocolate Story I bought my parents some of their favorite chocolate flavors and I treated myself to some delicious dark chocolate truffles. H&M in York had some adorable jewelry for cheap as chips so I picked out this little Love bracelet for €1 and necklace for €3.  When we headed to Leeds to fly home the weather took a serious turn for the worse and our maxi skirts and flip flops no longer cut it. We dropped into Primark and I got some seriously comfy clothes and moccasins for super cheap in the sales. I left York a very happy girl, full of chocolate and in my comfy trackie.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chocolate and Ghosts in York

Looking a little scared in the haunted house

Despite being in York primarily for work we managed to fit in a little tourist time. York is a beautiful historical city with much to see and do. Famous historical sites include York Minster, York Castle and the cities medieval walls. All very popular with tourists and we gave each a little visit. There's other highly recommended attractions that we didn't get to visit like the dungeons and York maze, but maybe next time. We started our visit to York with a stroll along The Shambles, an ancient street once full of the butchers of York. If your looking for a few old pubs to nib into for a drink, York has loads and we tried out a good few drawn in by their promises of ghosts and haunting. The Golden Fleece is said to be the most haunted pub in York, so be sure to visit there, although I didn't find it creepy at all. Speaking of things that are meant to be haunted, we also visited a Haunted house that sadly closed a few days after we left, it's over 700 years old and was pretty damn scary to walk around. As a huge chocolate addict, I had to, had to, had to visit York's Chocolate Story where we learnt about the origins of chocolate, how to taste it and how York fits into the story of chocolate. There was plenty of samples along the way and we even got to make our own chocolate bar, I'm sure this is really meant for children but I proudly took my bar home with me. I learnt so many chocolate facts to bore everyone I know with whenever I get the chance. So this is just a little taste of what York has to offer, it's a very picturesque city that I would gladly return to and explore more. I've you've visiting York I'd love to know what you got up to there!

Next Up: What I bought in York

Monday, September 22, 2014

Clearly Apartments Bootham York

Clearly Apartments, 50 Bootham Crescent, York, YO30 7AH

When planning a 5 day work trip/holiday to York last month, I went to my favorite place for organizing trips and came across this absolute gem. I booked Clearly Apartments Bootham York for 5 days at a price of €706. As this was divided by 3 people it was very affordable, the apartment fits 4 people.  I booked a standard two bedroom apartment but there is also a luxury option. When I walked into the apartment I thought it was very luxurious anyway. It is a perfect location for exploring York as it's a short walk to the center of York. The apartment itself was modern and incredibly clean and fresh. It had two double rooms, two bathrooms, a spacious kitchen/living area and a cute little garden. There was lots of really sweet touches that impressed me like milk and cookies and washing up liquid provided to make your arrival easier. There's a laundry room upstairs if needed. I booked an apartment rather than a hotel because we wanted to save money on eating out. This worked out perfectly and we happily spent our evenings cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, then curling up on the sofas to watch Come Dine With Me on the flat screen TV. So if you're looking for somewhere to stay in York I highly recommend these apartments, they're a great option for groups.  
Next Up: What I did in York

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What I did in Liverpool: Day 3

Our third and final in Liverpool started with standing among thousands of people to catch a glimpse of The Giants. Memories of August 1914 is a commemorative event to mark this August being 100 years since World War I began. It was a spectacular street performance with gigantic models making their way around Liverpool, for more about their story read here. After the buzz, crowds and heat of the parade we went somewhere a little cooler and relaxed to learn about the Beatles. The Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition about the band. It tells their fascinating story from the very beginning, has audio to tell the story throughout and is simply an explosion of color, sound and information. After all that information we were just plain starving, so we headed to The Slug and Lettuce for some lunch. We both had burgers, I had the Swiss, and they were just what we needed, tasty and filling. Before we left Liverpool we visited a few landmarks central to The Beatles; The Grapes pub where the Beatles used to drink before playing at The Cavern, as it didn't serve alcohol back then. I love visiting museums to learn about new places but there is nothing quite like visiting the real landmarks where history was made. After that all there was left to do was grab our suitcases and bid farewell to Liverpool a great city that I can't recommend enough for a girly trip. 

Next up in my travel posts is my trip to York and then in a few days I'm off to Sorrento so I guess I better get packing!
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