Ireland Diary: 1st-11th January 2018

I haven’t posted in a little while, the last post I did right before I went over to Ireland. I know I said in previous posts how after I went to New Zealand I was going to write a big post full of my film photos, but me being me, I never got around to it. So I thought I better get onto doing one for my little Ireland trip nice and quickly before the same thing happens.

I flew out of Canberra on new years eve, which kinda sucked (I hate being alone on nye), but really was completely bearable considering I got to go to Ireland. This was the first time I’ve ever traveled overseas alone, and I’m not gonna lie, I was kind of nervous about getting around airports I didn’t know, but it was all fine. I’m the type of person that really enjoys doing things alone sometimes (I’ll often go grab a coffee and read by myself for a while), so for me it wasn’t a strange or difficult thing for me to just be by myself.

My dad had flown over a little less than a week before me, and it was definitely nice having him there, and already with a hotel room and things of that nature that you really don’t want to have to try and deal with after travelling for 30hrs already all set up.

Dublin is such a lovely city from the places I went and saw. It reminds me in a sense of Melbourne, another city which I love. There’s the few touristy things to do around (which of course we had to do a couple of), but just walking around and taking in the city is enough to fill a day. There’s pubs scattered all over the place and so much wonderful shopping.

Honestly the weather was not as bad as I’d thought it was going to be. It was definitely cold, but it was a nice break from the super hot days we’d been consistently having in Canberra. I was expecting to absolutely freeze to death, and while some nights I did get very cold, I found that with a couple of layers, a good jacket, and pair of gloves, I was more or less fine. I think my biggest piece of advice to anyone traveling to Ireland or the UK over the middle of winter would be to ALWAYS have a pair of good tights to put on under your jeans/pants (it makes such a big difference).

Trinity College and the Book of Kells exhibition was the first ‘touristy’ thing that me and dad did when we were in Dublin. I was really interested in seeing this exhibition, and to be honest it was kind of a let down. There was about a half an hour wait in line, so if you’re thinking of going to see the Book of Kells I would definitely suggest booking your ticket online so you can skip pretty much the whole line. The actual exhibition was very small, and only 2 pages from the books were on display. The standout of the college is definitely the old library, which is so beautiful, and looks like something straight out of a movie.

After our first little stay in Dublin, we headed to Galway for the next couple of days. Galway was a beautiful place. It’s quite a bit smaller than Dublin, but what it lacks in size it absolutely makes up for in charm. Like Dublin, it’s full of wonderful pubs and good food, however, it just has a completely different feel to it. I can’t exactly pinpoint what it is that makes it feel so different, but I would say that the much more intimate size of the city has absolutely got something to do with it.

There’s lots of places to go to and look at while in Galway, and something that I really loved about it was that almost everything is in short walking distance from each other. Walking was something that we did a lot of while we were in Ireland, and I really enjoyed it. It sounds kind of strange to say that, but just being able to go to almost all the places in the city that you want to get to by foot is definitely nice. Plus, once you get going in the cold it’s really not bad at all.

While we were staying in Galway, we did a day trip out to Kylemore Abbey, and the Victorian Walled Gardens that are also out there. The Abbey itself didn’t have much to offer, most of it’s roped off, so you don’t get to wander around as much as I would’ve liked to. The grounds and the history of the place however, are really interesting. The gardens are about a 10-15 minute walk from the Abbey, and have been restored and up kept well over the years. The drive out there is also really pretty, and I’d say if you don’t have much to do while in Galway, it’s definitely worth a look.

We stayed 3 nights in Galway, then we headed out to stay in Killarney for a night, and stopped by the Cliffs of Moher on the drive over. I really think that going to see the Cliffs of Moher is something that you absolutely should do while you’re in Ireland. It’s such a beautiful view, and it’s well worth the cold and intense winds that are around at this time of year. I feel like there’s not much that I can say about the Cliffs other than that they’re just beautiful, and they’re one of those landmarks that you should definitely make the effort to see.

Killarney is of course another beautiful little place, smaller once again than Galway. We only stayed there one night, so we didn’t get to see a lot while we were there, but in all honesty I don’t think there is an extensive amount of things to do while in Killarney. We got in quite late in the afternoon and left pretty early the next day so all we really did was go into the town centre, have a look around and grab some dinner. The bed & breakfast we stayed at was so cute, and the people working there were super lovely too. I think while Killarney is definitely not the most exciting place in Ireland, I think it’s still a lovely place to just relax and I’d love to go back at some point for a longer period of time.

From Killarney we drove back up to Dublin, stopping along the way in Blarney. As well as seeing the Cliffs of Moher, I think kissing the Blarney Stone is something that you just have to do while in Ireland. The Blarney Castle is now just a massive ruin essentially, but it’s still very interesting to read all the plaques about the family that had lived there and what each room had been used for. The walk up through the castle to get to the stone gets very small and thin near the top, buts it’s nothing that’s too hard to manage. Kissing the Blarney Stone was one thing that I knew I wanted to do while I was in Ireland, and I’m really glad that I did it.

We had a few days in Dublin before we had to fly home, and we spent 2 of these 3 days just around Dublin. We went down to the Guinness Storehouse and did the self guided tour through there, which was definitely very irish, and also pretty interesting. It’s very easy and enjoyable to get through, and the gravity bar at the top has a really cool 360 degree view of Dublin. Our second last day we spent doing our one organised tour of the trip. The trip we did was a one day tour up to Northern Ireland; to Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, The Giants Causeway and Belfast. I would say that doing a tour like this is a really good way to see a couple of amazing landmarks, and spend a little bit of time in Belfast too.

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge was a really beautiful place. The bridge was originally used to travel across to the small island which was used for salmon fishing. In my mind I thought it was going to be a much more hardcore and dangerous rope bridge, that we’d have to be harnessed up to in order to cross it, but it was nothing like that at all. It’s quite a short bridge, and has a wooden boarding so it’s much easier to cross than I thought it would be. If you have a fear of heights then this is not for you. Although it is a short distance across the bridge, it’s a 90 foot drop into the Atlantic Ocean below, and if it’s as windy as it was the day that I went, it could definitely be quite scary.

The Giants Causeway is only a 15 minute drive from the rope bridge, and both places have around a 15 minute walk from the car park to the actual landmarks. Neither walk is difficult, but the Giants Causeway has a couple of different walking paths you can take to get down to the causeway, as well as a bus that will take you down there. The causeway is really beautiful too, and you could easily get lost in time just walking around and taking it all in. While the walks up onto the cliffs above give you some stunning views, the causeway is absolutely better looked at from close up, so that you can actually see the shape of the rock formations.

We were only in Belfast for around an hour and a half on this tour, but for me that seemed to be enough. The most interesting thing that I think you can do while in Belfast is learn about The Troubles. If you haven’t heard of the troubles then you should definitely look up what happened in Belfast from the 1960’s-1990’s, it’s very interesting and sad, and the effects of it are still visible throughout the city today. You can take what’s called a black taxi tour through the city, which are driven by people who lived through the troubles and will give you a small history lesson on what happened. Our tour bus driver was really great and gave us a quick tour of some of the most significant locations from the troubles, and he knew a lot on the subject which was super interesting.

After our tour, we had one day left in Dublin in which we really didn’t do much other than do some last bits of shopping. We had to leave our hotel for the airport at 5am of the morning that we left, so we got dinner pretty early then headed back to the hotel to pack and then get to sleep. The shopping in Dublin was definitely the best of all the places we visited, which wasn’t surprising really considering it was by far the biggest city. Shops like H&M and Top Shop which I’ve never been overly impressed with in Australia, had a lot of great stuff over there. H&M I was especially impressed with, and of course the vintage shops I visited in both Dublin and Galway were all wonderful too.

We flew out of Ireland on the 11th of January, and already can’t wait until I can go back again. It’s a beautiful place filled with wonderful and friendly people, and if it’s somewhere you’re considering going then my advice is to absolutely do it.

december favourites 2017

I haven’t posted on here in what feels like so long. I guess I’ve just been busy leading up to christmas, and I’ve also just had some stuff going on in my personal life, so I haven’t even really thought about my little blog. Before the year ended though, I wanted to put together my december favourites.

I only have a couple of things I wanted to write about; a few beauty bits, and one piece of clothing. All three of the makeup items I’m including were part of my sephora black friday order, so I’ve had them for around a month and I’ve used at LEAST one of these every day since they arrived.

I guess I’ll start with my base first, which has been it cosmetics your skin but better cc+ colour correcting full coverage cream. A stupidly long name, but it’s also a stupidly good cc cream. I’m not really someone that’s into cc or bb creams usually, but I’d heard that this one actually had some coverage to it so I thought I’d give it a shot. This stuff is amazing. I’m definitely converted to it. The coverage is insane for a cc cream, I’d say it’s a medium coverage, and it just wears beautifully on the skin. I was especially impressed with how well it wears on my combination, sometimes kinda oily, skin.

Two other things I got in sephoras black friday sale were from Fenty Beauty, one of them being the absolutely insane killawatt freestyle highlighter duo in lightning dust/ fire crystal. For the longest time I’ve spoken about the elf baked highlighter and how it’s my favourite, but that has 100% been replaced by this one. Both of the highlights in this duo are absolutely gorgeous, lightning dust is more on the natural side but still packs a punch. The texture of these is so lovely, it seems to just melt into the skin instead of looking as though it’s just sitting on top, which is something that I really hate about certain highlighters. If anyone reading this is looking to get a  new highlight or want to pick up something from Fenty, then this is the one.

My other favourite from Fenty is the gloss bomb in fenty glow. I’ve been super into glossy lips for the last couple of months, and this is one of my favourites that I’ve tried so far. The colour is so perfect, it’s supposedly a universal nude that will look good on everyone, which I can definitely see being true. On the whole, it’s just a really good gloss, and I’ve been wearing it pretty much every single day since I got it. I’ve also received heaps of compliments from people when I’ve been wearing it, which is always a good sign.

I’m one of those people who really doesn’t care for their hair very well, but I’ve been using the scott cornwall colour restore anti-yellow toner for the past few months and it has made my hair feel so soft and I feel like it’s been looking pretty good too. I don’t know much about hair, and honestly, it’s not something I take a lot of care with, but I’ve been using this as a conditioner about every other time I wash my hair, and more than anything else it just makes my hair feel so lovely.

The last favourite that I wanted to talk about this month is a dress that I got from temt, which is somewhere that I never shop, and somewhere that really never has anything that I really like, except for this dress. Everything in there is super cheap, so this dress only set me back $20. The quality of it isn’t great, but it’s not an awful dress either. It doesn’t feel as if it cost me more than $20, but I think it looks as though it cost more.

I’ve been really into the whole cute little tea dress look, and this is one of my favourites. It’s just one of those super easy dresses to just throw on during summer, that look super cute and go with pretty much whatever you want.

what i wore this week: 4th-10th december 2017

I haven’t posted a what I wore this week in a hot minute, so I thought I should get back into it this week. I’ve just been super slack, lazy, and honestly a bit uninspired lately. Looking back this post could also be called one pair of jeans 3 ways because essentially that’s all I ended up wearing this weekend.

My friend gave me these jeans, they’re vintage and perfect. They’re super unflattering and big, but I love them. The denim is super worn-in, which means they’re insanely comfortable, and they don’t feel as hot and heavy as other jeans can in warm weather. I took a nap on saturday wearing them, which I think might just give an idea of just how comfy they are.

I bought this cardigan recently, which is a bit out of place because it’s summer now, but I’m going to Ireland in january and I realised I needed more winter clothes to layer myself up with. While we’ve had days when it’s slightly chillier though, I’ve really liked chucking this on. I especially love wearing it like I have here, with all the buttons done up and nothing on underneath. I think it can just make a cardigan; which is really a very unsexy piece, a little bit sexy.

Of course my checkered vans had to make another appearance. Most definitely one of my favourite pairs of shoes. This outfit had comfort as a number one priority, so these shoes just had to go with it. As well as being just so comfy, I absolutely love how they look.

Cardigan: asos / Jeans: vintage / Shoes: vans

This next outfit I was going to wear to a party, but then decided against because I was getting a bit cold and felt a bit dressed up for the type of party I was heading to. I ended up just wearing what I’d had on earlier (previous outfit), but I thought I’d still chuck this one in because I still do really like it.

Same jeans, but I just put on a nicer shirt and some converse. I love this top, I’ve had it for years and sometimes I forget about it but I’ll never get rid of it because I know I’ll always love wearing it. I got it at salvos for $5 or something, but it’s made by Country Road. When I first got it I would always wear a black singlet underneath it, but now I’m older and a bit more confident, I just chuck a black bra on under and I’m good to go. I just love all the detail and texture on this top, and how it’s definitely a bit see-through, but that’s not it’s main attraction.

Black hi-top converse just go with anything in my eyes. So, if I’m ever wearing an outfit like this and want to keep it casual, and also not distract from the top I’ve got on, I’ll throw on my converse. I feel like they’re just that classic trainer that you’ll have in your wardrobe which will never really go out of style. I personally can’t think of a time when I didn’t like converses. Anyway, this party I was planning on wearing this too was a very very casual type event, so converses were the perfect choice to tone down a top like the one I had on.

Top: vintage / Jeans: vintage / Shoes: converse / Belt: warehouse

Once more in the last outfit I wore, are the same jeans. I feel like I should just quickly say that you should wash your denim the least amount possible. Never wash your denim after one wear (unless you’ve spilt something on them or got them dirty or whatever), or it’ll wear out so much faster.

Anyway, the friend who gave me these jeans also gave me this top. It’s a size or two bigger than I would usually buy, but I kind of love how it looks that way. I really like how this orange shade looks next to this wash of denim, I think they compliment each other really well.

Rip off gucci loafers from Decjuba again, these are just my fail-safe shoes if I just need to slide something on and go.  They’re not really good quality, but I think that’s expected considering the price, mine are starting to look pretty scuffed up on the toes.  After owning these and seeing how often I wear them it’s only making me want a real pair of gucci loafers that much more.

I tied this silk scarf onto my Rebecca Minkoff bag a week or so ago, and I think it looks really cute. The colours on this scarf are so gorgeous, it’s just like greens, reds and oranges, and they all look so good together. I think it works with my style because even though adding a scarf like this to a bag makes it pretty girly, this bag itself is really not super dainty or feminine. So I think the juxtaposition of the two put together looks really cool.

 

Top: weekday / Jeans: vintage / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Scarf: vintage / Belt: warehouse

november favourites 2017

I haven’t posted for a little while, but I’m back again now with my favourite things from november. Obviously, my number one fav from this month was andy and I’s little New Zealand trip, but I’ll share more of that once my film gets developed. But for now, I’ll start off with the best beauty goodies from the past month.

I’ve been trying to get my hands on the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer for the longest time, but they’ve always been sold out in my shade (the lightest one). I finally snatched one up though at the end of october and I’ve used it every single day since then. I completely understand the hype around this concealer; it’s got really good coverage, blends into the skin beautifully, and has a wonderful finish that is just really smooth looking.

I am super pale, and sometimes I can have a hard time finding concealers that are actually light enough for my skin. I’ve got the shade Chantilly and it’s perfect for me. I use a little elf flat shadow packer brush to apply it from the little jar (my fingernails are too long and it’s just a hot mess if I don’t use a brush), and then blend it out with my beauty sponge. I hope I’m not speaking too soon but I think I’ve found my holy grail concealer.

The other makeup product I’ve been reaching for non-stop is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. This is one of my all-time favourite makeup bits. Hourglass powders as a general rule are all gorgeous, but this blush is my number one of all of them. It’s such a beautiful, natural mauve shade. Like all their powders, it’s so finely milled that it just blends and sits on the skin so nicely, and never looks cakey in the slightest. If I could only keep one of my blushes for some reason, this would be the one.

Lately, my skin hasn’t felt or looked it’s best, so I thought I’d try a couple of new bits from La Roche Posay and see if they’d help. I thought La Roche Posay would be a really good brand to try when my skin was acting up because their products seem very straightforward, get the job done sort of products.

This month the two products that I think have actually made a difference in my skin are both from the Effaclar range and are; the Purifying Foaming Gel and the Unclogging Purifying Sebo-Controlling Mask. They’re both made for oily sensitive skin, so they’re really gentle but still work very well on my skin. I’ve been using the face wash pretty much daily after I’ve taken off my makeup, and then the mask I’ve been using about 2-3 times a week.

Lastly, before I get on to my two fashion favourites, I want to talk about the Jo Malone fragrance that I spoke about in my what I bought in New Zealand post. This cost me a fortune. I’ve never spent close to this much on a perfume before, but honestly, in my eyes, this is worth every cent. It’s the Jo Malone Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense and it is gorgeous. I’m shit at describing scents but I feel like it’s deep and kind of masculine, but also sexy at the same time. It also lasts amazingly on the skin, which is absolutely what you want when you’ve spent a crazy amount on your perfume.

My first fashion favourite this month is a pair of swimmers I bought closer to the start of the month and took over to NZ with me. They are the most amazingly me swimmers I’ve ever seen or owned. They’re an electric blue velvet one piece with a super low back. I saw them months ago but held back from buying them because it was still way to cold to think about going swimming, but I finally got them and I’m so glad I did.

Velvet is my thing. I love velvet so much and I own so many different pieces of clothing made from velvet, so of course when I saw swimmers I had to buy them. I’m not really a bikini kind of girl, I love one pieces so much more, especially when the back is super low. I think they’re so understatedly sexy, and I always feel much more confident in pieces like this than in a bikini. I’m obsessed.

Swimsuit: Blue Ruby by Bras N Things / Jeans: Rollas / Belt: Sportsgirl

And lucky last is the bag that I’ve used more than any other one this month. This bag is from Decjuba, but it is obviously a massive rip off of the Loewe puzzle bag, which I would love to own but I’m 19 and work in retail so it’s definitely out of my price range for handbags at this point in time. Anyhow, I used this bag as my carry on, and it was the only bag I took overseas with me. It fits quite a bit more than you would think in it too. I carried my SLR camera, a book, wallet, passport, disposable cameras, plus all my random beauty products and I was impressed that it hold all of that.

It’s just a safe bet too, I feel like it’s one of those bags that you can put with any outfit and it’ll look great but also hold all the goodies you need. It’s starting to wear out a bit, but considering it’s a $70 bag and I use it majority of days out of the week, I’m really not too fussed.

Jumpsuit: Kmart / Jacket: Absent (mens) / Shoes: Nude Footwear / Bag:  Decjuba

tattoos I got & things I bought in new zealand

I just got back from my little trip to New Zealand yesterday, and I’m already sad to be back. It’s so beautiful over there, so I’m completely not ready to accept it’s over, or to get back into my daily routine and work. I have so many photos and I took two disposable cameras with me, so once they’ve been developed I really want to do a massive post including all of them. For now however, I thought I’d share just some of the things I spent my money on while I was there.

In all honesty I thought I’d bought so much stuff, but once I’d unpacked everything I realised the vast majority of what I bought were gifts for other people. I tried to be pretty practical with what I bought, and I was much more so than I first thought. But the most exciting things I got were two new tattoos.

Before I talk about the tattoos though, I wanna talk about the material things I bought. Firstly, these boots are everything. I’ve been after a pair of boots similar to this for ages, but while I’ve found ones I’ve liked, none have really caught me like these ones from Nude did.

These boots have so many details that I’ve wanted in a boot; the pointed toe, the pull tab, the elasticated sides. To top it all off they have the croc-effect on the back, and I always love a bit of croc-effect. They’re also real leather which is a bonus. The basic design elements are super reminiscent of the Acne Jensen boots I think.

Usually, when I’ve been looking at boots I definitely have swayed toward black styles, but I’m actually kind of glad these only came in tan leather. I think because of the colour they’ll be that pair of boots I’ll get to wear all year-round, whereas I feel like black boots can look and just make an outfit feel so heavy over the summer.

Dress: Re-made by Cream / Boots: Nude Footwear

The only other wearable thing I bought myself was this super sweet midi dress from Glassons. Honestly, when Andy asked if I wanted to have a look I really wasn’t convinced I’d see anything I liked but I was still curious so we went in. Really there wasn’t that much in there that interested me, the overall look the brand is going for just isn’t my style. But this dress got my attention straight away and I fell even more in love with it when I tried it on.

I’m really into wearing red at the moment (who isn’t), and I’ve been after a midi dress that looked slightly flattering on, so this really killed two birds with one stone for me.

The little slit up the front under the buttons is a detail I love, as well as the cut-out/tie-up front. I wouldn’t say this dress is sexy at all really, but I still think it’s flattering and shows enough skin to make it less grandma like.

Dress: Glassons / Shoes: Decjuba

I bought myself a few little things that I don’t really think would mesh with this kind of ‘haul’, but there’s one last thing I wanted to share. I finally took the plunge and spent a small fortune on a Jo Malone fragrance. I’m not really a huge perfume person, I’m pretty selective and I only own a couple. Jo Malone colognes are something I’ve lusted over for a while now but just had not been willing to part with that amount of money on a fragrance.

In the end, I splurged even more and got one from the cologne intense range. Although this range is almost double the price of the regular range of colognes, the scent I got is so amazing, I don’t regret the amount of money I spent on it. Oud & Bergamot is so sexy and deep, slightly masculine, and is probably my perfect fragrance.

The best thing I spent my money on though is absolutely my tattoos. Andy found Holy Skin Tattoo Wanaka on instagram and luckily for us they had time to fit us in while we were there. Nathan, who tattooed both of us, was so nice and such a great artist. If anyone reading this goes to Wanaka and wants to get inked, Holy Skin Tattoo has my stamp of approval. As for the pain, neither spot that I had done was that bad at all. Obviously they hurt a bit, it’s a needle going into your skin, but in the places I got them it was completely bearable.

The first tattoo he did on me was a snake on the back of my left arm just above my elbow. I’ve wanted a snake tattoo for ages now, and I’m so happy to have finally had it done. I showed him a picture of a snake tattoo I liked and he drew me up a design and I loved it, so that’s the one I got done.

The other one is a small quote that I really love. I get that quote tattoos are something people either like or don’t, and for me, I’m pretty selective about what ones I do like. Mine says “no rain no roses” in all capitals and a pretty blocky but simple font. This one’s also on my left arm, but on the front just below the inside of my elbow. I love both of my tattoos, I love the way the look with my other tattoos, and they both have special little meanings to me.