Featured Slider

Staying Upbeat as the daylight lessens

At this time of year most people are celebrating the beginning of a new season. We are done with the heat of summer and are excited to pull out our snug knits and scarves again. However, for many people including myself the reeling in of Autumn and Winter can cause higher levels of sadness, and anxiety and  can lead to a loss of energy and motivation. I mean who doesn't find it being dark by 4pm at least a little bit depressing?! Seasonal affective disorder is very much a thing. In fact it's proven by medicine that the lack of light can cause you to feel down! 

I thought I would share a list of the things I've learned to do to help me stay upbeat as the clocks go back.

Get up when the sun gets up
Most of us have to get up early for work or school anyways but I have found it so important to not sleep in too much on my days off. There is nothing worse for the mood than staying in bed til noon and only having 4 hours of day light. If you want to catch up on your zzz's after the week, just go to bed earlier and set your alarm for around sunrise. Even if it's dull, as it usually is where I live in a/w, having as much hours of brightness in your day as possible makes all the difference. 

Spend time outdoors
For me, it is essential for my well-being to spend some time outside. Seriously, I would crack up otherwise, the worst thing in the world for me is to spend all day every day cooped up inside. I find it quiet hard to get out in winter though since Irish weather is the worst and I'm in work when it's bright out. But last year I really pushed myself to go out whenever possible, even when it was freezing and almost dark. The fresh air and the smell of nature (is that weird?) can do wonders for your mood.

Stay in your routine
When the dark days roll in it's so easy to cancel all the things you used to do throughout the summer in order to snuggle up under a duvet away from the cold but this is not a good idea! It will only make you feel useless. So whatever it is you do whether it be going to the gym, playing a sport or taking a class don't brush it off because you can't be bothered going out. The change of season will have much less of a negative affect on you if you don't change your life around it!

Enjoy indoor activities
Remember, the longer nights aren't so bad it means you can do all the things you wanted to do in the summer but felt too guilty to do. Like watch every episode of a Netflix series back to back, Play the sims for 2 hours, blog more (which I plan on doing!) play board games, knit.. what ever it is that floats your boat!

Take up a new hobby
The last point got me thinking that it would be really helpful to try something new in the A/W or spend more time rekindling an old hobby. For me, I'm going to try and draw more. I used to love art and drawing and now with the long wet evenings rolling in, what better distraction is there?!

Appreciate the positives
Despite the fact the shorter days put me in a bad mood I still see the good in this time of year and that always helps me to feel a little better. I love shopping for new A/W clothes and experimenting with different styles of make-up. I adore the cosiness of it, like getting to sit in by the fire with a hot choc watching my favourite tv-show. Plus, Halloween is one of my favourite holidays and Christmas is on the horizon. Focusing on all of the great stuff helps me come out of the blues and I guess that's why I write so many Autumn themed blog posts.

Are you like me and sometimes feel sad due to the days getting shorter and the weather getting more gloomy? If so I would love to know what you do to make yourself feel more upbeat! Let me know in the comments.

Sinead xo

A New Season Begins

Well hello there October... you have came around rather fast... it scares me how quickly time is moving, it feels like it should still be the beginning of 2016.

Like many people, I love to embrace Autumn for everything that it is and since October is basically the pinnacle of Autumn I have decided to really push myself to write lots of blog posts this month with a running theme of Autumn/Winter throughout them.  

I think every season marks a new start in a way and I am taking this fresh start to pay more attention to my blog and write more posts. I heard about blogtober, where people write a post every day of the month and I considered that for a minute but then thought 'hell no' that would be like my Everest since I have been really slack lately so don't be expecting that haha. I will be trying to do 2-3 a week though which I will be super chuffed to achieve. 

So what better way to start than with a good old list of my favourite things about Autumn..
  1. The trees are BEAUTIFUL
  2. Everywhere gets a bit more atmospheric
  3. Crunching leaves
  4. The stunning sunsets
  5. Hazy sunshine
  6. Pumpkin spiced lattes
  7. Wooly hats
  8. Climbing under the duvet
  9. Candle lit baths
  10. Clocks going back - an extra hour to sleep!
  11. Hearty soups
  12. The colours - berries, oranges and golds galore.
  13. Cosy nights in
  14. Walks in the woods
  15. The fashion - coats, boots, jumpers, scarves, layering, aghh <3
  16. Dark lips & nails
  17. Reality shows - 'I'm a Celeb' is my fav.
  18. Haloweeeeen - need I say more?!
  19. Fairy lights
  20. Fireplace weather
 Typical right? Is there one thing on there that someone hasn't said they love about Autumn? haha. Oh well, it is such a great season and I'm going to try to make the most of it! What is your favourite thing about Autumn? Let me know in the comments.

Sinéad xo

Quitting the blogging game

I remember when I first starting blogging over three years ago. Back then I had no idea about the 'blogging life' you know; the beautiful flat-lays, #ootds, owning 100 lipsticks and reviewing artsy cafes. I'm sure that blogging lifestyle was a thing back then too but I wasn't yet exposed to it. I thought a blog was simply like an online diary where I would document my thoughts and days and upload photos to keep as memories. 

I knew that other people might see my blog and comment on it and I liked the idea of that. I liked the idea of having discussions with people about my thoughts and what I love, I thought it would be cool to make some like-minded friends. 

However, as time went on I started following more and more blogs and I quickly became to realise that blogging wasn't really that simple. It's so much more than an online journal, and for me, that's not in a good way. 

Now when I think of blogging one of the main words that pops to mind is 'competition' and I hate that. I feel like everyone is trying to be better than everyone else. Everyone wants to have the sleekest blog with the most aesthetically pleasing photographs and of course the most followers and comments. But it goes beyond that, I feel like everyone is trying to show other bloggers and the world that their life is perfect, everyone wants to be the most aspirational. If you're Instagram feed doesn't have a theme your failing at that!

Instead of making friends through blogging it seems like we are supposed to make 'fans' people who think you're amazing and view you as #goals. 

Throughout my years of blogging I have found myself trying to play that 'blogging game' and in all honesty... I can't do it! It's a game I'm always going to lose. And here's why...

  1. The other day I bought a NYX lipstick that I ADORE so I thought I would review it on my blog, then I thought I need to buy at least 3 more shades from the line if I want to be taken seriously... I mean what proper blogger reviews just one shade right?! But the fact is, I don't like any other colour and I do not want to waste my money on lipsticks I don't need or particularly want for the sake of being accepted by people I've never met... so fack that! 
  2. I don't have the money to drop €300 in ASOS just so I can do lots of #ootd posts for my blog and Instagram, and I don't have the interest either! 
  3. I don't have the patience or the eye to create a beautiful Instagram feed, I just want to upload what I want when I want!
  4. I don't have gorgeous props and fake flowers for flat-lays and when I ever try to take such photos the darn lighting is never right. 
  5. I don't have the time or tbh the shits to give to put in the effort to try and grow my social media platforms.
  6. That photo above is rubbish! Those clothes hanging on the door... no no no!
  7. It would take me a minimum of 8 months to collect enough items to do a decent haul post.
  8. I'm just not cool enough. 

I wish I could go back to the innocent days when I thought blogging was so much simpler. To be honest, I feel intimidated by blogging right now and that's why I haven't gone near this site for a month, I just feel like nothing I have to write about is worthy, or that it wouldn't compare to anyone else's. I think *what is the point* when I don't have a thousand page views a day. 

This makes me so sad. I wish I could feel comfortable here, and didn't feel like I have to compete, I just wish I could be real and open but I find that so hard, because I'm not perfect and it feels like you have to be pretty close to perfect to have a good blog. 

By the way, I didn't intend for this post to offend any bloggers. I love all you girls who have amazing blogs and who present their life and style so beautifully, It's awesome and I love following you and scrolling through your gorgeous insta's. I know you are not being fake, you just have a talent for showing the best. I'm not complaining about you or saying you're not genuine, I'm just trying to say in this post that I don't think I'm a blogger who can participate in it all, I'm simply not cool enough..ha! I just want to be the raw mess that is meeee.

So I hereby pledge to do just that. I'm going to do what comes naturally to me, I'm not going to force anything or hold back a post that I think isn't good enough, If I get that perfect insta shot then great and if my followers grow that's wonderful... but I'm going to try and not worry about how good I'm doing compared to everyone else... I just want to do what makes me happy. 

I would love to know you're thoughts and opinions on this in the comment section, do you feel the same way?

Sinéad xo

A Photo an Hour

Hey everyone! So I've read so many of these 'photo an hour' posts throughout my years blogging and I've always really enjoyed them. I think it's fun to see how someone spends there day, maybe I'm just nosey! I've always wanted to join in on the fun and do one of these posts myself but being the perfectionist I am I felt like my phone camera was far to crappy to produce pictures that are blog worth and I obviously didn't want to go logging my camera around. This week when I got my new phone, the Galaxy S7 which has an amazeee camera, I thought why not! 

I was off work on Sunday and it was a gorgeous sunny day. I pledged to make the most of it and having to take a picture every hour that would be somewhat interesting also pushed me to make the most of the day... So here it goes!....
9 AM 
The morning was spent with a cup of coffee in hand, chilling in the sun room, checking social media and just taking it slow, unlike most other mornings of the week!
10 AM
About an hour later I made me some delicious omelette with ham, mushroom tomato and cheese.
11 AM
After a quick shower it was time to bring Nicky and Lily for a walk. It was such a beautiful morning. They were pulling me so hard that I definitely got my exercise in!
12 PM
When I got back I changed out of my comfy walking clothes and into something more dressy. I also slapped the above products on my face to help make me look in some way decent and cover the horrific break-out party currently underway on my chin.
1 PM
Just chilling outside in the sun. I love living in the Irish countryside, there is no place in the world I would trade it for. 
2 PM
At 2 pm I had Sunday lunch with my family. Followed by my mums home baked apple tart and ice-cream - I swear this is the best apple tart in the world guys. 
3 PM
In the afternoon my sisters family and I went to a fair in a nearby village. It's an annual event we all go to. There lots of rides and amusements, sheep competitions, a dog show, lots of fancy hens and other crazy birds on show, a vintage show, and lots more family activities. It's always a bit of a laugh. We spent most of the afternoon there as you can tell from my next two photos...
 4 PM

5 PM
6 PMHome from the fair and I was major hangry! That's what y'get for having dinner so early on a Sunday. I was craving a burger so made myself a scrummy chicken burger and proceeded to take this ridiculous selfie, I'm looking at this now wondering WHY?!
7 PM
I needed to run to the supermarket to pick up a few bits and these flowers were naturally the most photogenic thing in the shop so I had to take their picture to cover that hour of my day...
8 PM
Back home to cuddles with my doggies. this is what most of my nights consist of. I stopped taking the photos at this point because nothing happened and I barely moved from this spot. Just watched TV, had some laptop time and took an early night.

A good day was had :)

Sinéad xo

Everyone Teaches You Something...

They say that everyone comes in to your life for a reason, everyone teaches us something and helps to shape who we are. As my best friend in work left this week it got me thinking about what she added to my life, and what she taught me. Over the past 10 months I've spent almost every day with her for 8 hours a day and I can honestly say she has influenced me a lot and has shaped who I am or at least who I want to be. I feel like making a list of all the things she taught me, so here we go...
  • Beauty comes from within. I've heard this so many times but she proved it to me. She wears zero make-up, never paints her nails or wears fake tan she is just totally natural and gorgeous. She doesn't need all that because she is such a kind and positive person and that's what makes her truly beautiful. That doesn't mean I'm going to stop wearing make-up because I love it but I know that it doesn't really count towards true beauty.
  • Be you and don't care what anyone thinks. She is so confident in herself and her uniqueness, somethings she does are a bit outside the box and not typically 'cool' in society but she doesn't try to hide it from people, she is like 'This is me, this is what I like, I don't care what you think' and she makes me realise I can do what I want and be whoever I want to, without fear of judgement.
  • Smile more! She was always smiling. That had such a positive effect on me every day in work and it make me realise the power of a smile. I want to smile more so I can have a positive effect on other people too. 
  • Success does not define you. It doesn't matter if you finished uni, have a degree, or have a super good career. What really defines you as a person is your attitude and your vision of the world.
  • How you treat others is the most important thing. Before, I wouldn't have put much effort into my treatment of others. I mean, I was always nice to everyone and never rude but now I feel like going above and beyond to be extra kind towards people because I saw the effect her being like that had on me and others. Just simple things like saying 'hello name' with a friendly smile to everyone in work when you see them first. It sounds really silly but it has such a warm effect. 

They are just a handful of things she taught me. I hate goodbyes and I'm super sad I won't see her everyday any more but I'm glad I got to know her because as cheesy as this all sounds she really inspires me to be better. Yeah, this has to be my cheesiest post ever!

I would love to know if there is someone in your life that you feel has a positive influence on you! Do let me know in the comments ;) 

Sinéad xo

Sunday Morning Chats

I woke up this morning with an urge to write, not about anything in particular but just to let the words flow out on the page. I used to occasionally do these kind of random blog posts without any definite topic but it must be over a year since my last one like that! So here goes!

I am happy to report I have an extra long weekend off! I'm off Saturday to Tuesday, waheyy! I think it must be my first time having 4 days off since Christmas, apart from when I went to Prague but that's not the same as being off at home and honestly I did so much going and walking in Prague that it wasn't exactly a relaxing holiday. 

My mini break didn't get off to such a great start because I felt SO emotional Friday night, it was weird I wasn't happy or particularly sad I was just so overwhelmed with feelings about everything, I had such a big cry in bed before I went to sleep. Then the next day my time of the month came so I guess that explained everything haha and apart from a few lady cramps I've been feeling great!

I hadn't planned on doing anything exciting for the four days, but then crazy old me who loves to treat myself decided to book into a hotel my cousin manages in the coastal town of Kilkee, Co.Clare. And let me tell you, I am so excited! As a child from the ages of about 7 to 12 I went here every summer with my family sometimes for 3 nights and sometimes a week! This was my absolute favorite place as a child. It was like my paradise. I remember all the stories I used to write in school would be set in Kilkee. Some of my most memorable moments as a child were in Kilkee. So I can't wait to go back and see it with my adult eyes, it probably won't live up to how I remember haha!

Initially I wanted to stay two nights; Sunday and Monday but since I had left it to the very last minute the Sunday night was all booked out (duh Monday is a bank holiday!) So I will just be staying on the Monday with my mum. We're planning on driving around and exploring the area because the coastal landscape is absolutely stunning down there. I will bring my big camera to take some killer photos of course! I especially want to go see the Cliffs of Moher which are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Ireland and I have never seen, them. I hear they're breathtaking so I can't wait to see them. Apart from that we're just going to relax, have some dinner and a couple of drinks. Hopefully it will be fun!

Right, I am off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday! I am just chilling at home with my family. Sunday's are family days for me! We're going to have dinner together and maybe go for a walk in the park!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend! Let me know if you're doing anything fun :) 

Sinéad x

My fear of missing out on fate

I have this stupid fear, of missing out on fate which doesn't really make since considering the definition of fate is 'an event predetermined by a supernatural power', so technically you can't miss out on what's 'meant to be'. Maybe what I'm experiencing is fomo (fear of missing out!). But every time I do something or go somewhere and something amazing happens, maybe even life changing I believe that it was fate and it was laid out for me. The problem is I then find myself terrified by the fact that if I had decided not to go there/do that then it wouldn't have happened.