17 December 2016

Contrast


As I type this post I'm currently shivering under two layers of jumpers because it's not nearly as warm as it was when these photos were taken in the Dominican Republic! But how I wish it was and I was back in the sun with my toes in the sand. It's funny because when these photos were taken I remember thinking how hot and humid it was and how much I wished it wasn't quite that uncomfortable. It's quite the contrast from how I feel today!

The other contrast, for which this post is named after, is that of the top and shorts. I love mixing feminine and delicate pieces with more rugged elements of my outfit, like these distressed shorts. The juxtaposition of fabrics and texture brings an element of casualness and effortless whim I quite like in my outfits because if there's one thing I hate is being too done up.

Top: H&M / Shorts: Primark / Sandals: Primark

11 December 2016

Postcards from the Dominican Republic


In November C and I headed to the Dominican Republic for our friends' wedding. It was both of our first time in the south and we couldn't wait to get out of grey Dublin and see the sun. The heat, the sand, the sun and the ocean is just what the doctor had ordered and it was amazing. We spent our days on the beach or by the pool. We tried the activities provided by our resort like sea kayaking and walked along the shore. It was so nice to get away, pause life and hit refresh as we relaxed reading books and magazines. 

Dress: H&M (old) / Sunglasses: Ray-Bans

10 December 2016

My favourite DIY Lip Scrub


If you're anything like me, winter means dry skin and my lips are no exceptions. Recently with the increased talk of banning microbeads in scrubs and beauty products, I realised I could be making my own lip scrub that would help the environment and my wallet. So I set about trying a few recipes and settled on my favourite below. It's very simple and can be made with ingredients most likely already in the house and can be adapted to your preferences. I like mine slightly softer so I can use it more often, but if you like your scrub rougher, just add less honey or more sugar.

What you'll need

2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of oil
5 - 10 drops of your preferred essential oil

Mix it all together to your preferred consistency and voila - it's that easy!

24 November 2016

The Rope Bridge


Ever since I saw Julia's post on Gal Meets Glam's where she went to Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge I knew I had to go there. Given that it's just 15 minutes drive from the Giant's Causeway we thought it would make a great addition to our trip to Northern Ireland. I've said it before, I love the Irish coast and this picturesque walk didn't disappoint.

Part of the reason I was so keen on going to the rope bridge was to see if my fear of heights had dissipated over the years. It was an extremely windy the day and the bridge was pretty shaky but it's extremely well secured to the rock with large iron chains. At no point did I feel unsafe and I even took a moment to look down and look at the beautiful turquoise water.  After this experience, I think it's safe to say I no longer have a fear of heights.


Sweater: Dunnes / Coat: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Blondo / 
Hat: Hudson's Bay / Bag: Longchamp / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

28 October 2016

The Giant's Causeway


When my sister said she was coming to visit C and me in Dublin I knew I wanted to take her somewhere completely different to anything that she had ever seen before. C suggested we take her up to Northern Ireland to see the Coast and Belfast. We hadn't been in a few years and this was the perfect opportunity to go back. With the Giant's Causeway being so far up North and on the coast, I wasn't quite sure what kind of weather to expect so we packed warm clothes. I remember going to the Giant's Causeway for the first time in the winter and it being so cold, wet and misty. I knew it would be windy no matter if it was rain or shine so I wanted extra warm clothes. This turtleneck sweater was ideal. The turtleneck provided warmth around my neck, it was long enough that the air didn't go up my body and the boots kept my feet dry and my jeans clean from the mud and water.

We got really lucky with the weather. It wasn't too windy or cold and actually warm when the sun occasionally made an appearance. We visited the site in the late morning planning to avoid the larger afternoon crowds and it didn't disappoint. We were able to take plenty of photos without people in our landscape shots. The scenery is so beautiful and you can really see how it inspired so many mythical stories. 


Sweater: Dunnes / Coat: Zara / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: Blondo / 
Hat: Hudson's Bay / Bag: Longchamp / Sunglasses: Ray Ban