Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Well, well, well It's been a while. The past few months I've put the blog on the back burner and lost interest. Blogging for me will never be anything other than a hobby. I commend people that forge careers off the back of Blogs, as I can only imagine how difficult and time consuming it is. For me I love my little space. I love I can leave it when I want and pick it back up when I can. I do however feel significantly bad for not posting as often as I have in the previous years, I got lazy, I lost motivation while focusing on other area's of my life and my creativity was non-existent. As you can see I have a new Blog Layout which is going to kick me into gear too. I purchased it from Pipdig and can't recommend them enough! I've thought of deleting my blog a number of times for various reasons, but that's just impulsive Sian coming through. I won't don't worry. I'm just trying to find myself again. It will 100% be a travel Blog on my few months around the world, so I do hope you're looking forward to that. I can't wait to document everything from my outfits to the local food and sights!
I was meant to be on a Flight to Phuket today, but I'm not. As a result of losing over 4 stone (A post coming on that this week) I developed Gallstones and on the 22nd of December I had me Gallbladder whipped outta me. I'm on the road to recovery now and I feel about 60% back to normal. I'm ordered to rest for the next few weeks and all going well I'll be on a Flight to Bangkok on the 16th of January. I've had to delay my Phuket trip until after New Zealand but all in all I was incredibly lucky. I was very fortunate enough to have good health insurance and an excellent Surgeon and I was in and out of the Hospital in 24 hours. It was really a blessing in disguise finding out I had Gallstones as If I got it when I was away I'd of most certainly have to come home. I'm not going to lie at the time I was a bit gutted until I looked at the bigger picture. I wasn't meant to be flying today and starting my adventure for a reason I'll probably never know, so I just accepted it and focused on getting better. Now that I'm on the mend I want to put all my energy into this little blog as I quit my job the day before my Op (Scary times!) and have a lot of free time between now and the 16th. 

I will Love you and Leave you now but I wish you all the very best for 2015. Thank you for staying with me. I will do a proper post New Years Day on what I learnt this year, so I will speak to you very soon! 
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Favourite Outfits of 2014

No introduction needed really. Here's a handful of my favourite outfits from the last 12 months. I had fun this year fashion as well as different hair colours! Fashion is always meant to be fun. If you want to wear it, wear it. Don't let stupid fashion rules stand in your way in 2015 you're fabulous so rock whatever you want! 

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Men's "Beauty" Last Minute Gift Guide

I see blogs full and full of gift idea's for women, for me that's the easy part. Women are so much easier to buy for than the men in your lives! So I've rounded up a few last minute gift idea's (if you're anything like me) to buy for all the lads in your life to make sure they're smelling lovely. D Day is so close now and I'm running around like a headless chicken, as I'm off to have my Gallbladder removed on Monday! Long story but all will be okay soon! Happy last minute shopping Lads! 
Rodger & Gallet
I'm such a huge fan of this brand. The Fig Perfume (Review Here) is what I've been wearing all Winter. It smells so good. My Dad is a big fan of this range too and I may just surprise him on Christmas Morning with this as he lost his last bottle on a family trip to Paris. He loves the stuff and I can see why. It's not too expensive, but still has that luxury feel to it, and they have it presented beautifully for Christmas. L'Homme Spore is a woody and masculine scent with top notes of spearmint and lemon, heart notes of ylang yland layered on a woody base of amber, vetyvert and patchoulli. This gift set is priced at under €43 which is a bargain and like I said comes beautifully wrapped - again if you're like me and absolutely rubbish at wrapping presents. If you're looking to get this last minute here's the link to all stockists of Rodger and Gallet in Ireland! The men in your life will only be Deliraa. 

The Body Shop
Who doesn't like the Body Shop? I for one am such a huge fan, as so is my Dad. I've opted for something different this year as I always pick him up something in the Body Shop. His Birthday is in January so I'll probably cave and get him something for that, but for Christmas this year I've vowed to get him something a bit different. The Body Shop have such a good collection of gifts and they also gift wrap beautifully, so again no fuss, no muss for you. All the products are fantastic, my Dad has been swearing by them for years and years. They have gift set's and something for every budget too, which is great. You can also make your own little gift set and have them wrap it up nice for you so your gift is that little more personal. If they're unfamiliar with the products I'd suggest a smaller gift set like the one above, so they can test it out and see what products they love the best - and the next occasion you can go for the bigger version! 
Boots No.7
I'm such a big fan of Boots, especially their No.7 range. It's affordable and the quality of the products is great. As we all know Boots do loads of 3 for 2 gifts so you can kill two birds with the one stone on this one. This Set comes with a cute wash bag, which let's be honest is always handy to have for the gym/holidays etc. It's also great for a last minute Kris Kindle present priced at €25. I love getting gift sets for Christmas, as I'm always using bits and bobs and I love testing new products. Men are notorious for not using face products so a little gift set like this could get them hooked on the beauty bug and will give them a gentle push in the right direction and if it's your fellah, you'll reap the rewards of them spelling lovely!
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Friday, 12 December 2014

The Giants Causeway - Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

On Monday I escaped up North for a relaxing night away to Belfast. Things are stressful at the moment. I will come back and I will be back with a bang, but for now I'm not making any empty promises. It's probably going to be quiet for awhile and I appreciate everyone bearing with me. I'll have a few Christmas Posts up over the weekend all things going well. Anyway, we went to the very top of Ireland to see the Giants Causeway, to get away from everything if I'm honest.  I wanted to escape even if it's for 2 days. Being by the sea calms me and with so much going on I just wanted to switch off. It was beyond freezing and we called it a day the second the Hailstones poured down on us but it was nice to see that part of Ireland. I 100% want to go back in the warmer months and really get a feel for it.

There's so many places in Ireland I want to visit and I'm making it my mission to see as much as possible while I have the chance and the freedom to just go for it. I'm a bit of a lost soul at the time being and not being tied down to anything is both a blessing and a curse so I'm trying to make the most of this freedom before I'm complaining to you all about the mundaneness of everyday working life. The Giants Causeway is so beautiful and I can only imagine how much nicer it is in the Summer! I fully plan on going back and getting even more snap happy. There's interesting Myths and Legends on how it was built if you're interested, It's approximately 3.5 hours from Dublin, more if you're like us and stop off for a bite to eat. Little Wings on the Lisburn Road in Belfast was our pitstop of choice and it get a big thumbs up from us!

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Travel Organisation Tips

So as I'm going to be a fully fledged Travel Blogger for a few months I thought I'd do some prefatory posts for you all. If you're new to the Blog I'm off for a few months around South East Asia, Australia and (hopefully) New Zealand. It's something that I've always want to do so on New Years Eve at 7pm I'll be hoping on a flight heading towards Phuket. Here's a few tips and tricks I've done to get prepped for my adventure! 

  • Book as much as much as you can in advance. The last thing you'll want to be doing is looking for a Hotel or a Hostel when it's dark and you're tired. 
  • Decide whether you're taking a Backpack or a suitcase. I'm opted for a Backpack as it's easier for me and I want the authentic "Back Packer" Experience! 
  • Check out Trip Advisor reviews for everything from restaurants to hotels. I've found great tips on there. Look through all the reviews and not just the top rated too. You'll find some gems!
  • Pay for all your flights in advance. Yes flights in and around South East Asia are cheap, but they do go up in price last minute so if you're like me and want to have a concrete itinerary book in advance. It does remove the spontaneity but I'd rather be safe than sorry! 

  • Keep track of all your flights and transfers. My Mum gave me this Travel Notebook for my Birthday and I plan on having everything written down in it, in case I don't have my phone on me and need to check a booking reference or a flight time! 
  • Make a note of places you want want to visit and try and prioritise them. Chances are you won't be able to see as much as you want to but if you make a "Must See" List for each place you visit you won't be too disappointed if you can't fit everything in. 
  • Start photocopying your documents/passport and keep them in a small folder. The sooner you do this,the better! It's imperative to have copies of everything both digital copies and real copies. Prepare for every eventuality - that includes a lost passport. *Touches Wood*
  • Organise currency before you go. I do plan on using my Debit Card as much as possible but I know that it won't be all that accessible if you're in a remote area of Laos. So just to have enough to keep you going. 
  • Highlight all your flight times and Airports. Many cities have a couple of Airports so triple check the Airport and keep a note of the Terminal too. You won't be able to rely on your iPhone to get you places, if you're battery dies or if you've no service or credit to get on to the Internet- we all know how much it costs for the Data Roaming! 
  • Research, research, research. Do as much as you can and take notes of everything that interests you and put everything you want to see in order of preference! 
  • Keep the Address of the hotels/hostels you're staying in in your Travel Diary-again you can't count on your phone! 
  • Start making lists of the medication you need/want to bring. Start putting together a small first Aid kit as well. Again prepare for everything! 
  • Research Visa's for each country you're going to and calculate the costs.
  • Get you travel Injections done and dusted as soon as possible. Talk to your Nurse. I talked to mine and it ended up only costing me €160 versus over €300 as she only gave me the injections I needed, not everything under the sun! 
  • Start planning on what clothes you want to bring. Be realistic and just be mindful of how much you'll need, versus what you want to bring! 
  • Start breaking in any new shoes you're thinking of taking. It might seem like a silly tip, but Blisters 'aint no fun! 
That's all I can think of so far. I've have more and more travel related posts in the future for you guys as it's only 43 days until I go. Eeeeek!

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Jessica London | Raspberry Coat

With Winter in full swing I've decided this year I wanted to bright coat. A Coat I can wear to perk myself up in the morning when I'm dragging myself to work in the cold! This Pea Coat is made from wool so it's extremely warm. I love the dark pink and definitely perks me up in the morning! I think every woman needs a good Pea Coat in their wardrobe. They never date and will last you at least a couple of years!

With an array of colours to choose from I had a tough choice. I didn't want boring black, although it's classic, I just wanted something a bit more fun! I didn't expect it to be as dark as it is, but I absolutely loves it- as does my Mum! I love the black buttons and although I'm not a fan of closing up jackets (unless it's absolutely baltic outside) I like the details of the black buttons and it looks gorgeous with my patent over the knee boots! In terms of sizing it's definitely generous. I'm wearing a US12 which is a UK16 and it's a little bit big on me, mainly on the sleeves, but that's grand for me as I want to be able to later it when it gets really cold. I would suggest sizing down if you like your coats to fit snuggly however. It's always good when sizing are generous though as there's nothing worse than small sizes!
  The colour is so rich and looks so expensive - I know I'll have it for years and years! It's always worth investing in a good Winter coat that will last you for a couple of years instead of a cheaper one that will only last one season!Overall this is a fab coat and for under $100 for such a well made coat, you can't go too wrong. They ship internationally so everyone can get in on the action! Sorry I've been gone so long by the way, life just got in the way. I'm not making empty promises, but I will keep trying my best. I'll be blogging loads on my trip (45 days to go or something that scary) and I'll be back in  swing of things, but for now please bare with me! 

Dress: H&M (Old Stock)
Wedges: Dunnes Stores

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Live Unlimited For Walis

I've exciting news for you lovelies! Wallis now stock a selection of Plus Sizes. They've teamed up with Live Unlimited and brought you a funky collection full of gorgeous colours, prints and my favourite black in sizes 16-24! There really isn't anything more Chic than a good fitting black top and skinny pants- in my opinion anyway. Yesterday was a busy, busy day and I wanted to loose and feel good and I knew exactly what I was going to wear.
Top*: Wallis

It's a really simple outfit. I loved the way it was styled on the website and decided to be a copycat. I'm wearing a size 16 in both the leggings and the top and they're true to size. The top is slightly oversized and the leggings are nice and stretchy but still hold you in nicely. I love the slits in the arms and would love just as nice on a night out as it does during the day. To complete the look I paired it with a statement necklace in grey tones to keep the look chic and sophisticated. I'm really loving this look at the moment and already planning on wearing it again over the weekend. Wallis wasn't a store I shopped at regularly, but whenever I did I always came out with some lovely bits and I'm delighted I've had another great experience. I've another gorgeous piece to show you later on in the week, so keep an eye out! 
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Drink Champagne Save Water

 T-shirt*:Camden Town
Jacket:River Island 

Drink Champagne, Save Water is a motto I'm going to have to live by as if you live in Ireland you'll know all about the new water charges that have recently come in! It's such a cute T-Shirt. I'm wearing the size L which would translate into a size 14/16. It's true to size and is nice and comfortable. You can tell I'm getting old when I'm mentioning how comfortable clothing is. (25 on the 8th of November, but ssssh) I paired it with my Elvi trousers which are so incredibly comfortable albeit a little long but I just roll them up! I pair it with black heels, which aren't too uncomfortable. As it's so bloody cold now I wore my new pleather Jacket the world and it's Mother seems to have at the moment. I haven't seen too many with the pink fur though, which I'm pleased about. You can take it off either which is great. I love how it matches my hair. I sized down to a size 14 in this as the 16 was swimming on me, especially in the sleeves. It's definitely a big fit if anyone is ordering one online! To complete the luck I rocked my trusty RayBans and my chain detail Fran&Jane Bag.
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Body Shop | Wild Argan Oil Range

Argan Oil is a time thrown around in the past few years. Originating from Morocco it has numerous benefits for both your skin and hair. The price can fluctuate from very cheap to very expensive, and with so many different products and brands to choose from it can be quite overwhelming for most! The Body Shop has recently brought out the Wild Argan Oil Range all of which are infused with Radiant Community Trade Fair Argan Oil. Smack bang  in the middle in terms of price I was so excited to give it a go and it was honestly love at first sniff! 
I'm all for scrubs. I love the feeling of silky smooth skin. I need a good gritty scrub, which thankfully this is, especially if you use it on dry skin instead of wet. It's my preferred method as I really feel it works so much better to scrub away all those dead skin cells! First of all this smells absolutely heavenly. I use this at night when I want a bit of a pamper as it smells so nice and comforting. You also don't have to use too much of it to cover your whole body, so it won't be gone after 3 applications. It's not too harsh on skin either which is great as as much as I like getting a good scrub, I don't want to damage my skin in the process. Definitely one of my Favourite picks from the Range! 
I love Body Oil especially luxurious ones like this one here.  I find it so much easier to apply than a body butter or a body cream. It's a multi purpose oil for both body and hair. When I use any type of oil on my hair I always apply it the night before or a few hours before and wash it out as I find it leaves my hair incredibly greasy. I do prefer to use this on my body and love how silky soft it leaves my skin as well as how nice it leaves my skin smelling! I find it so easy to use as it has a nozzle and all you do is spray, rub in and go! A pet peeve of mine is when an oil doesn't have a nozzle as I just know i'll knock it over at some point or apply far too much that I need. Overall I think this is another must have product from the range and will 100% repurchase.
I must admit this was the product I was least excited about, as I loved the spray oil and felt that this was a bit of a substitute only in solid form, but I found it great for the parts of my body that were really dry, My arms have been really dry as of late and I found this worked absolute wonders on them. It softens in your hands so it's easily worked into the skin and doesn't leave a greasy residue. I'm thinking ahead here and think it would be great for my travels as it's travel friendly and serves as a multi purpose product. Like the other oil it's for both body and hair and I found using this on my ends worked great. I applied it at night and washed it out in the morning and my ends weren't as horrid looking as they normally do! Definitely a travel essential! 

Have you guys tried the range?
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