Sunday, 11 December 2016

New York Photo Diary - Day Two

Happy Sunday everyone,

I'm back with another post about my trip to New York last month. You can read about Day one here. I cant believe that I was there a month ago today, where is the time going? 

Day two in New York started early, due to jet leg and excitement I was awake at 5am and decided get up and start the day over in Brooklyn. The sun was nowhere to be found and forcasted to rain but that wasn't going to stop me wandering and taking pictures. First stop was Dumbo to get a shot of Manhattan bridge, luckily the early start worked in my favour and the crowds had yet to descend. I can see now why this place it such a great spot for a picture.


Monday, 5 December 2016

The Brunch Edit: Meet Me In The Morning

I have been wanting to try Meet Me in the Morning (named after a Bob Dylan song) ever since it opened its doors back in April this year but never found myself in the area to give it a go until a friend went for brunch and raved about the place which gave me a push to finally visit. We organised to meet for brunch early one Sunday to avoid having to wait for a table. Thankfully, we had the pick of the tables and naturally grabbed the table by the window and giggled while we watched people taking walking their Christmas trees home. 


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Christmas in Copenhagen

I have to admit, Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love everything about the season whether it be the multiple hot chocolates , Christmas songs blaring from the radio on repeat or battling the crowds getting gifts there is nothing quite like it. As a recent tradition to really get in the festive spirit I vowed I would go abroad each year and visit some of the incredible Christmas markets other cities had to offer. Last year I visited Copenhagen in Denmark and had the best time exploring this beautiful city.  For those heading there in the next few weeks I have rounded up a few of my recommendations.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

My Top 5 brunch spots in New York

I'm back with another New York post all about my favourite places to have a spot of brunch. Whilst planning for the trip, I made of list of places I wanted to try that friends and fellow bloggers' had raved about. There were a few early morning starts to make sure I got a table but it's safe to say I loved every suggestion and wish I didn't need to cross the Atlantic to try their truly delicious dishes again, New Yorker's you are very lucky. Here is a little round up of a few of my faves.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

New York Photo Diary - Day One

Happy Sunday Everyone!

So I've been a little MIA around this tiny corner of the Internet the last two weeks but if you didn't know I took a trip to New York last week and had an incredible time. As I've mentioned in previous posts here this was my third time in the Big Apple and I can honestly say it was probably the best time I have ever had in the city and this was all down to going solo. I did everything i wanted to do and more, so let me take you on a visual journey of my time there.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

5 reasons I love Autumn

Last Saturday, I took advantage of the glorious sunny day and took a break from assignments and dragged the bf to the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin. I had been desperate to go for some time and heard from friends it was a beautiful place to wander and explore and it certainly didn't disappoint.


Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Brunch Edit: Juniors

I've been dying to try brunch at Juniors for some time but with every attempt I was met with failure, always being pipped to the last table. Fortunately, today was my lucky day and we walked in and grabbed the perfect table in their little heated conservatory by the window. Jackpot!


Monday, 24 October 2016

New In: A Very Mini Space NK Haul

Every time I walk into Space NK I can't help walking out with a little something. I love they whole shopping experience, I never feel pressure and the sales assistants let you ponder and peruse as you please and of course are more then happy to help if you need it. Needless to say I never leave empty handed.

On this occasion, I was lucky enough to be armed with a gift voucher I had received as a birthday present from work colleague and was determined to spend the lot. It was a pretty tricky decision but boy, do I love what I got...


Sunday, 16 October 2016

The Brunch Edit: Wanderlust

I've been wanting to try Wanderlust since it opened in the beautiful village of Dalkey earlier this year. As I don't live close by, I had to beg and plead my bf to take me in exchange for a big breakfast and of course this worked.

We went on an early on a Sunday morning and the restaurant was nice and quiet, it was nice to be able to walk in and grab a table without a reservation.


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

My Go to Autumn/Winter Lip Shades

I know it is a total cliche, but there is nothing more I love then wearing a berry lip come Autumn/Winter time. The rest of the year you'd be lucky to see me wearing lip balm but as temperatures drop and days are shortened I can't help but reach for a bolder lip to compliment my wardrobe of chunky knits, cosy jackets and blanket scarves, for me it just completes my look. Here are my top four berry shades that will see me through the coming months.


Sunday, 9 October 2016

The Brunch Edit: Fia

This morning, I finally visited Fia, which I had been dying to try out ever since they opened their doors back in March, thanks to their instagram account. I arrived just after 10am, when doors opened, and the place was already brimming. Luckily, I managed to grab the last table in the corner and I settled down to admire the decor and peruse their menu.


Saturday, 8 October 2016

5 reasons why I'm excited to visit New York...again!

After weeks of deliberation and chopping and changing I have finally booked a trip to New York in 4 weeks time! This will be the third time visiting the Big Apple and I think it has the potential to be one of the best. Don't get me wrong, my last two visits were incredible and I was able to experience what New York is like in Summer and at Christmas and visit all the major attractions but this time I hope to take a more relaxed pace and really enjoy what New York has to offer. As I mentioned in a previous post here this will be a solo trip and I can't wait to be a little selfish and take time for me.


Tuesday, 4 October 2016

My favourite coffee spots in Dublin

There's nothing more I enjoy then sitting in a café, whiling away an afternoon, people watching or catching up with a friends. As I don't drink, coffee is definitely my beverage of choice and one I guiltily indulge in, maybe a little too often. That being said, I would have not discovered these spots without my LOVE for coffee.


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Luxury Body Lotions: Would I repurchase?

Autumn is well and truly here, and this can only mean shortened days, temperatures drop and the layers come out. This has to be my favourite season, to me there is nothing better then going for a walk on a crisp Autumn's day while the sun shining and I'm all bundled up. However, the changing weather can wreak havoc on our skin and that means prepping our skin ahead of the colder months. 

From my own experiences my skin becomes extremely dehydrated, dry and dull in appearance and I love nothing more then slathering body lotion post shower or bathing. Luckily, for birthdays and Christmas' I've been gifted some luxury body lotions and I thought I would give my honest opinion whether I would repurchase again.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Brunch Edit: Farmer Browns, Bath Avenue

Autumn has truly arrived in Ireland this week, temperatures have dropped and bad weather has been non stop so the only thing that could cheer me up on a cold, rainy Saturday was the thought of brunch at Farmer Brown's. Every time I've visited it has been jam packed, with queues out of the door and this time was no exception, thankfully luck was on my side and we managed to grab a table.


Saturday, 24 September 2016

5 Things I've learnt as a Solo Traveller

I'm currently in the midst of booking a few days away on my own and I CAN NOT WAIT! When I told colleagues, I found it funny how surprised they were that I wanted to go alone. The thing is, some of the best adventures I've had have been whilst travelling alone, spending most of my twenties visiting some amazing destinations. I highly recommend doing this once in your lifetime so here are a few things I have learnt along the way.


Sunday, 18 September 2016

The Brunch Edit: Mayfield Deli & Restaurant

The Mayfield Deli & Restaurant was one of the first restaurants I visited when I arrived in Dublin three years ago. Living in Terenure at the time, it was only a 10 minute walk away and it was here where I instantly fell in love with the eating trend that is brunch. 


Thursday, 15 September 2016

Afternoon Tea: The Pudding Pantry, Nottingham

Since moving to Ireland three years ago, I make a conscious effort to head home regularly. To be honest I have no excuse as the flights are cheap and the time to get to Nottingham is probably a shorter journey then visiting some places in Ireland. As it was the weekend before my birthday (sorry to keep banging on about it) my sister wanted to take me for afternoon tea and celebrate with eating all the cake...who was I to say no!


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Birthday Dinner: House Dublin

I've been dying to try House Dublin for a while now and couldn't think of a better excuse than for my birthday to finally visit. I luckily had the day off and met my friends after work for dinner and cocktails (obviously non-alcoholic for me). 


Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Brunch Edit: Hatch & Sons

Sat nestled below the Little Museum of Dublin is Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen. I've walked past this restaurant many a time on my way to work and have always been attracted to their little courtyard and equally appealing menu, so last week on my day off, I went and finally ticked this place off my list. 


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Linda Bakes: Walnut and Banana Loaf

If you live in the UK you will know that the ‘Great British Bake Off’ is currently being aired on TV and if you have read my 10 facts about me post (here) you will know that I love to bake, I find baking relaxing and something I do when I want some down time, I love following a recipe or tweaking an existing one to make it work for me (read: substitute any missing ingredients with anything I have in the cupboard) and seeing it all come together to make something delicious.


Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Another year older: 5 things I am excited about

Where has the time gone? I blinked, and now I'm another year older, the grand age of 32 in fact. As each year passes it's easy to dread these momentus occasions, often being told about the tell-tale signs of ageing which seems to be an exhaustive list of grey hairs, aches, mood swings, hot flushes, insomnia, a slowing metabolism, tiredness and less we forget the wrinkles. 


Sunday, 4 September 2016

The Brunch Edit: Deselby's

I don't tend to walk up as far as Camden street when I am in the city centre but when my friend insisted I try Deselby's for brunch, I didn't need much convincing. Luckily, my willing friend was available one Saturday and I was looking forward to seeing what all the fuss was about and I certainly wasn't disappointed.


Thursday, 1 September 2016

My Autumn Lust List

September is finally here and it's officially my birthday month. For most, the first marks a fresh start whether it be starting a new school, course or job but I always see September as the start of my favourite season, Autumn and unashamedly an excuse to buy a few new items (well it is my birthday month after all) so here's what I have been loving so far...


Celine  CL 41090/S Catherine FU5/Z3 Sunglasses Super-Soft

Canada, Grey Melange, 900x 001

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

4 Weekend Walks, To While Away An Afternoon

I am definitely a person who finds relaxing at home for an entire weekend very difficult, I find myself feeling claustrophobic if I am cooped up for too long. One of my favourite things to do at the weekend (weather permitting obviously) is going for a long walk. There is nothing better than putting on your runners and getting some fresh air. I find it clears my mind and sets me up for the week to come, so here are a few of my favourites.


Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Brunch Edit: Angelina's

I've been wanting to try Angelina's for a while, hearing great things about their brunch and fab terrace. Trying to negotiate Irish weather can be a little tricky but this weekend was set to be a scorcher and a perfect excuse to dine al fresco. 


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Rifle Paper Co. x Puffin In Bloom

I love reading but often when I have finished a book I would pass it on to a relative/friend or onto a charity shop so someone else could enjoy them. It had never crossed my mind to keep them and build a collection until I laid my eyes on these incredible covers designed by one of my favourite illustrators Anna Bond.


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Christmas Afternoon Tea: The Westbury Hotel

I know, I know, you are thinking why the hell are you posting anything Christmas related in AUGUST! Please, please hear me out, as you won't want to miss this. 

If you are a fan of afternoon tea, then this is definitely a must, made even more special with a Christmas theme. So why am I telling you this now, I hear you ask...? Well, in the next few weeks The Westbury Hotel will start taking bookings for their Festive Afternoon Tea and spaces WILL book up quick, so quick it's even worth putting you name down on the waiting list NOW.


Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Brunch Edit: Dillinger's

Last Sunday, we decided to stay local and grab brunch in Ranelagh. I had always heard great things about brunch at Dillinger's but had never had the chance to try till now.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

My Everyday Make Up

I must admit, I have been known to switch up the contents of my make up bag on a daily basis, not ever truly happy with what I was putting on my face. But recently I've been reaching for the same products over and over again and I thought I would give you a look at some of the things I've been loving.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Getting back into Fitness

We've all been there, had good intentions to keep up an exercise routine but one missed gym session leads to another and weeks have flown by and you haven't trained at all. I hold my hands up and say I am definitely a guilty culprit. Getting back into fitness can seem daunting and intimidating so here are a few tips to get you back on track.

Sports Bra, Vest, Leggings - Primark
Trainers - Asics


Sunday, 14 August 2016

The Brunch Edit: The People's Park Co Co Market, Dún Laoghaire

On the rare occasions, when the sun comes out in Ireland, I tend to forgo brunch in a restaurant and seek a more alfresco brunch situation. One farmer's market in particular that has me returning again and again is, The People's Park Co Co Market in Dún Laoghaire.


Saturday, 13 August 2016

The Repurchase: Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

This is hands down the best cleanser I have used, a bold statement you may think but one I truly stand by, which is evident as this is the fifth time I have repurchased the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel.


Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Brunch Edit: Beckett & Bull

I've been going to Beckett & Bull ever since coming to Ireland over 3 years ago. It was within walking distance of where I used to live and a perfect spot for Sunday brunch, unfortunately I've now moved out of the neighbourhood but still make the trip for their amazing menu.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Mini Lush Haul

Up until recently, I had always been a shower kinda gal but over the last few months I've been loving a good ole bath. Maybe its old age but I can't think of a better way then to relax then taken a bath in the evening.

I made an impromptu visit to Lush one evening after work, only meaning to have a look but after several laps of the store, I ended up leaving with a bag of goodies. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Brunch Edit: The Happy Pear

Welcome to another instalment of my favourite brunch spots. 

Until a couple of months ago I didn't know this place existed, it was only on one of our weekend drives, exploring, did we discover this place and boy was it busy. There must have been a queue 50 people deep, heading down the road. I was amazed and curious to know why so many people were happy to wait but my the bf was not so patient. We headed away from The Happy Pear but I made a promise to myself I would definitely.


Thursday, 28 July 2016

Get to know me: 10 facts about me

Hey guys,

I've been in this little corner of the Internet for the last month and thought it was about high time you got to know me a bit better, as I personally love getting to know the person behind the writing and while I follow their journey. I wracked my brain and tried to think of the most interesting facts about me (bare with me now) so here goes...


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

My Summer Scent: Blackberry & Bay by Jo Malone

During the summer months, like most, I stick to lighter, more feminine notes. I wouldn't say I was a lover of the sickly sweet fragrances but I do love certain fruity scents, cue my obssession with the Blackberry & Bay Cologne by Jo Malone. This scent for me is summer in a bottle, and i find myself repurchasing this every year.

Blackberry & Bay Cologne here


Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Brunch Edit: Forno

Donnybrook, I find, lacks good brunch spots compared to close neighbours Rathmines and Ranelagh however, there are a few gems if you look hard enough. Located in The Crescent is a beautifully restored red brick building, home to Forno, an Italian restaurant which knows how to do a great brunch.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Afternoon Tea at the Hayfield Manor Hotel

I am very lucky to have a group of friends who like indulging as i do, being British, nothing beats a good cup of tea and tiers of tempting treats so when friends invited me down to Cork and mentioned they had booked afternoon tea at the Hayfield Manor Hotel, I squealed with excitement. I had heard great things about the place and of course the award winning afternoon tea, I was excited to try.

Nestled in a leafy, private walled garden, the hotel has the charm of a country house but is located only a mile from the centre of Cork. The hotel is truly beautiful and lives up to its 5* rating.


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Homemade Picnics

Ever an eternal optimist when it comes to the weather in Ireland, I hoped for a sunny weekend and for once my prayers were finally answered. It's beginning to look like summer here and with that i am able to do some of my favourite things, such as have a picnic.

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