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candy yum yum

Sometimes I wonder how makeup companies come up with the names for the lipsticks. “Hmm, this looks like the colour of a sickly candy sweet… And it tastes good – let’s call it Candy Yum Yum”

I went on a bit of a payday lipstick splurge at MAC last week and decided to pick up something super pink…

So as you can see, Candy Yum Yum  is a very bright matte pink shade. 



A little bit of gold…


 No idea who these shoes are by… But I love them!




I recently picked up this jumper in the Topshop sale

Goes quite well with my watch (Kate Spade)…

…. And my new shoes (size 2!) from Asos.

Did I mention I like cats?! 🐱


Resolutions for positivity 

Making resolutions this year? Buzzfeed share some great ideas for mental wellbeing and making positive changes to your life 🙌🏼 

Some as simple as taking up a hobby based purely on personal enjoyment, not CV building or to make yourself more rounded to the outside world. Doing things that make you smile and bring daily happiness 😊

Check out the article HERE 



Septum piercing 

It seems that getting a new piercing at Christmas time is a new tradition of mine. A not very successful tradition, but a tradition all the same!

Last year I got my tragus pierced (which I loved!) and after 3 months it rejected and *popped* out of my ear. It was probably the most annoying piercing I’ve had to date. Everytime someone hugged me and bumped my ear – pain, everytime I got my hair done at the hairdressers – pain, and everytime I accidentally hit it with my Tangle Teezers – PAIN! Not to mention just sleeping and rolling over onto the pierced ear. 

So all in all, a massive pain. But it looked good so I persevered hoping that it was just taking longer to heal. It didn’t, and now I have a little dent in my ear.

I’ve wanted to get my septum pierced for about 3 years now and this Christmas decided to finally get it done. Why did I put it off for so long? Mainly because every single person I mentioned it to said it was an awful piercing and I would look like a tiny bull. I happen to like bulls.


I did some research on how best to heal piercings on account of my last piercing getting rejected. I stocked up on Arnica (a homeopathic remedy for bruising), Zinc (which increases healing time in wounds) and Vitamin C (also aids healing and keeps cells healthy).

Getting a piercing done at a reputable piercers goes without saying and I looked into a few places in Dublin before deciding on Wildcat in Stephen’s Green. I called into a few places and this was my favourite, aside from good reviews online etc., Samara (my piercer) was just really helpful and nice.


So to the piercing itself: I took two ibuprofen about an hour beforehand. At Wildcat I was taken into one of the piercing studios and lay down while my septum was clamped to locate the ‘sweet spot’ – this is the soft spot in between the lower and upper sections of the septum cartilage where the piercing is done. I braced myself and took a deep breath in as the needle went through. Pain wise – it hurt momentarily (like a bee sting!) and my eyes watered like crazy. It certainly wasn’t awful or as sore as I had anticipated. I would say about a 4/5 out of 10 on the pain scale. 


Afterwards I barely noticed that I had the new piercing as there was hardly any discomfort or pain. The only time it is uncomfortable is when I whack my nose (I’m clumsy!). It’s much easier to look after than other healing piercings as it doesn’t bother me when I sleep (no rolling onto my nose!), it’s fine putting make-up on as the piercing itself is inside my nose so no hitting it with brushes or accidentally covering it in make up (this happened my tragus and nose piercing).



In terms of aftercare, I clean it twice a day with a saline solution using cotton buds.

It takes about 6 weeks to heal and at that stage you can change the jewellery. I’ve already bought my first one which is a white gold clicker from BVLA. 



Ho ho ho


Happy Christmas from me and the pooch!


Festive nails

I got some festive themed nails done at Imarni Nails at Boxpark yesterday. Just in time for my Christmas party on Monday (!)

Great little spot just by Shoreditch overground! Lots of varnishes to choose from, just go armed with some images and pictures of the designs you are looking for. Nail art starts from £20. 



Funny bunny

Oh I do love animals on tights!

Feeling the chill today, it is well and truly jumper weather. Which also means we are edging closer to CHRISTMAS.  

Now all I need is some mulled wine and to get myself over to Winter Wonderland… 🎄🎅🏻

Outfit details:

  • Jacket and jumper: Topshop
  • Shirt collar: River Island
  • Shorts and tights: ASOS



Keep inside the lines…

I bought two colouring books the other day.   

There’s just something about colouring and drawing that I find really relaxing and therapeutic. All your daily thoughts about work and life seem to float away as you decide what shade of red an owl’s plumage should be!

I picked up Tropical Wonderland, which is full of designs of leaves, flowers, plants and animals. I also got a little handbag sized book called The Mindfulness  Coluring Book.

I have seen such a vast selection of colouring books in bookstores lately – from those about nature and animals to Harry Potter colouring books and The Hipster Colouring Book.

Colouring books have featured heavily in the top 10 non fiction charts this year tapping into the ‘Peter Pan’ market for nostalgia.

Animal Kingdom, has sold more than 320,000 copies in the UK alone this year making it the fourth best-selling book of the year and No 1 for 2015 at Amazon… where four of the top 10 titles are adult colouring books!

There’s also some Christmas themed colouring books which I really want to get my mitt(en)s on. Mulled wine optional.



September’s reading list

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

I was in the airport on the way home to Ireland and decided to stock up on some non-fiction books. Having a bit of a break from novels right now in favour of biographies.
I just finished reading Born Survivors and it is, hands down, the most moving book I have read to date.

It is the story of three pregnant Jewish women, who all escaped death and the horrors of Auschwitz towards the end of the second world war by hiding their condition. It is hard to read at times and really horrifying to learn what these women went through. Their babies survived (unbelievably) so it is a story of triumph through adversity. Highly recommended. Go read it!

Currently reading Wild Swans, then on to The Crossing.

Anyone have any non-fiction recommendations?




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