Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sophie's Bar and Restaurant Dublin

Sophie's, 33 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2

If your staying at The Dean Hotel and equally if you're not, you must try out Sophie's bar and restaurant. With a view of Dublin all around you whether you dine inside or out, you can drop in for a drink, for breakfast, lunch or dinner and for brunch on the weekends. After checking into our room and once I was finished taking countless photographs, we headed upstairs to Sophie's for a cocktail. They have a short but sweet cocktail menu with 8 delicious options. I tried out Thinking of You; Absolut Vodka, White Cacao, Raspberry, Lemon, Whites and Peychauds bitters. As the restaurant was booked up for the night we savored our cocktails and then headed out into the city for some adventure. We couldn't leave the hotel without trying some of the food they have on offer, so we dragged ourselves out of bed the next morning for breakfast. We were rewarded for our efforts with a mouthwatering breakfast menu. My boyfriend went with the classic and dependable Full Irish, while I choose a stack of buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and orange butter, not forgetting some bacon on top. I've never had orange butter but it was strangely delicious and the 100% pure Canadian maple syrup was so good I was tempted to grap the bottle and hid it in my bag. I couldn't come close to finishing my pancakes there was so much it just defeated me. I highly recommend dropping in for breakfast/brunch, the views alone are worth it. 

What's your favorite breakfast spot?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Dean Hotel Dublin

The Dean Hotel, 33 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2

To celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, my boyfriend and I spent the day trawling Dublin's record stores followed by a night in the gorgeous Dean Hotel. The flawlessly styled Dean Hotel offers a range of seriously cool rooms from Mod Pods and Punk Bunks right up to a jawdropping penthouse. We stayed in a HiFi room for the night, it's large (26sqm), with a view of Dublin city from your comfy bed. The roomy power shower boasts Grafton Barber products, there's a mountain of Irish snacks, a Nespresso machine and a packed SMEG fridge. For entertainment, you've got a record player equipped with a Marshall amp and a selection of vinyl. Not to mention a 50 inch TV with Netflix, that meant a night curled up in bed watching Good Will Hunting while eating macaroons. Honestly is there anything more they could offer with this room? This is such a unique, modern hotel, I've never stayed somewhere with such style and personality or meticulous attention to detail, I was blown away. I really love their emphasis on Irish products too from the snacks in the rooms, to the bath products, to the art by Irish artists that hangs on the walls.  A stay here comes with one word of caution, which the hotel itself is very honest about, it can be quite noisy late into the night due to it's location, it is next door to Copper's after all. To help with this noise disturbance there's earplugs right next to your bed. Luckily there's so much right with this hotel it more than makes up for the noise. Apologies for the huge amount of photos, but when a room is this pretty it deserves to be documented.

What is your favorite hotel ever?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bleach London: Dip Dye Kit & Washed Up Mermaid

After going to see The Duff on Wednesday night I spontaneously picked up Bleach London's dip dye kit (€9.49) and Washed up Mermaid (€6.69) in Boots. With a belly full of Eddie Rocket's, half falling asleep, my sister and I set about bleaching my hair. It's probably as a result of my constant scrolling through Instagram or maybe I just couldn't resist having a hair color named after mermaids. The Dip Dye Kit was so easy to follow, so there's really nothing I can add that isn't well explained. I left my bleach on for 45 minutes (which is the maximum) as it's medium brown. My favorite thing about the kit was the blending lotion that makes the bleaching look much more natural by avoiding a straight line like you dipped your hair in a bucket of bleach. The ombre effect the kit gave was pretty enough by itself but my main reason for trying it was the color so after we washed out the bleach in went the hair color, The hair color is non-permanent and lasts 2-10 washes so don't hesitate and go for any color you like there's an amazing selection and it's ridiculously easy to do. The color just involves rubbing the cream into towel dried hair and then rinsing with water, that's it!! Next up I will be trying out the violet. If you want the Kylie Jenner vibe go for the green, if your after Hilary Duff's new look do your whole head in Washed Up Mermaid. If Chloe Norgaard is your girl try every color they sell!. It's so much fun, easy to do and such a change for less than €20 I couldn't be happier with it. The perfect Wednesday night entertainment. 

Have you tried any of Bleach London's products?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter Walk In The Woods

Obligatory cute puppy outfit picture

Having a four day weekend for Easter was amazing. I filled my days with lie ins and copious amounts of chocolate.  I was spoiled with Easter eggs this year, white and milk chocolate, Lindt and Lily O'Briens, even my 90 year old Grandad gets me one every year despite me being in my 20s. It wasn't all laziness though, I also managed to built a picnic table and make a dream catcher, so productive! After wasting away hours on instagram I got the serious want for a dream catcher, so instead of splashing cash on one I just made my own, although it was surprisingly difficult I have to admit. My favorite part of visiting home at weekends is spending time with my family and with the extra two days off there was plenty of time to do just that. We ate ribs and drank tea outdoors in the sun, watched films while scoffing nachos and went on a long relaxing walk in the woods. No walk is complete without my sister's adorable chihuahua who was turning all the girl doggies heads naturally.

What did you get up to for Easter?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lounge wear

Leggings-Jack Wills

It's probably not the done thing to do blog posts of the kind of clothes you wear when you are at your laziest, chilling out at home. It's a bit more popular to post well styled, beautiful finds in exciting locations, but my favorite thing about blogs is how real they can be. It's a glimpse of someone else's life. Lately I've been spending hours on instagram looking at less glossy fashion pictures and instead being inspired by adventitious outdoorsy types, traveling the world and capturing the amazing things they see. My favorite instagram accounts are of people exploring forests, camping, hiking, authentic beautiful images. So while this post is not in some exciting location while I explore the wilderness, it is an authentic snapshot of my life when I'm at home with my family relaxing. I don't pick leather leggings and statement necklaces (though I do love them), I gravitate towards soft comfortable fabrics, throwing my hair out of my face to read a great book or go walking the dog. I've been thinking of finding my niche in blogging, something that I struggle with as I have such a diverse range of interests and tastes. There seems to be great emphasis on finding a niche or a theme to be successful in blogging, but I don't seem to be able to commit to just fashion, or beauty or travel. Maybe my niche is just documenting my life honestly, whatever kind of outfit I'm wearing or what I'm doing if I feel like blogging it then I will. Fashion is something I've always loved, but far more than that I love nature, the outdoors and exploring. This blog is to capture all of that.
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