Recap: What I’ve learned about travelling 

It’s 3.08am and I’m wide awake, filled with all kinds of emotions thanks to my good friend, jet lag. My body and mind never seem to respond well to it – sometimes it’s just a case of sleeping for 25 hours straight and other times it’s a little more complicated. This bout seems a little tougher to shift and rightly so as I’ve just returned from a trip of a lifetime – one that has changed me for the better. I honestly had no idea that I would have experienced an adventure quite like this one or have met such genuine and life long friends that I’ll forever cherish. To be honest I’ve found it quite tough settling back in as I miss my hectic/carefree travel routine, roadtrips to the most random places in America, acting like an absolute idiot with the most amazing people I know and just never knowing what is around the corner at our next pit stop. Leaving reality behind and roadtripping across the States was by far the best decision I’ve ever made. From drinking Moonshine whiskey in Knoxville at 10am to eating Pizza on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon – it was a bucket list adventure without a doubt.

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Sunset Beach

When I was a teenager I use to watch a TV show called, Sunset Beach. It was such a cringe worthy soap and I loved every minute of it. I think it was based in California in a Laguna Beach type location. It would make your skin crawl as the acting and storylines were so bad but that’s what made it so good, very Days Of Our Lives style.

I spent Halloween up in the North Coast of Ireland in a town called, Portstewart. It’s the most idyllic seaside village with the most beautiful scenery and sunsets (hence the TV show reminiscing). Myself and my man friend made a quick stop at the beach as I couldn’t resist a quick OOTD shoot against the magnificent backdrop. The beach was pretty empty at this time of evening apart from the odd dog walker and a few surfers. The waves were amazing and the sky was turning a pretty pink and reflecting beautifully off the silky sand.

For our day out/road trip, I opted for my favourite khaki bomber jacket from Topshop and paired it with my grey embellished tee (you can see it fully here) from Warehouse and my biker jeans from Zara. I’ve been loving my Adidas Superstars so much this season and I’ve been wearing them pretty much everyday as they’re incredibly comfortable! My trusty Parfois cross body bag and Oakley sunnies made for the perfect accessories.

I hope you all had a great weekend and didn’t have to endure too much of a Halloween hangover. I guess now that it’s November the Christmas countdown has officially begun! This year is going by soooo fast!

Nx

My Week On Instagram ❤

Last week, Manhattanhenge took NYC by storm. It’s that magical time of year when the sun set
is aligned with the east–west streets of the main grid. This year I’ve been lucky enough to travel to NYC twice and I snapped some amazing shots just like my first photo. I took it when I was in Bryant Park and the sun was slowly setting, it was my Manhattanhenge moment.

Other than my New York snap, my week on Instagram has been filled with the usual style, beauty and lifestyle goodness. It’s all kinds of girly and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve also managed to get back into the swing of taking some outfit shots to share with all of you lovelies (more OOTD posts are coming soon).

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I don’t know about all of you but I’m still waiting (and hoping) for a nice little heatwave. The Irish “summer” is not working out for me, I need some Vitamin D.

Nx

Happy Bank Holiday Monday

Happy Monday, lovelies! There is no better feeling than waking up on a Monday morning and remembering you have the day off. The old faithful Bank Holiday has returned and I hope you’ll all enjoy your day and don’t wake up with too bad of a hangover.

Whether you’re spending the day brunching with friends, taking a road trip to the beach, heading to a beer garden for cocktails or in my case catching up on some blogging, have a fab one!

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I’d love to know how you all plan on spending your day so feel free to leave me a comment. See you soon.

Nx

Jet Setting Essentials

On Tuesday, I am making the much awaited journey to Boston to see my very special man friend. I cannot tell you just how excited I am. Of course, I get to see my best friend, but, I’m getting the opportunity to go on the holiday of a lifetime. While I’m in the U.S, I’m going to take a quick trip to New York for a spot of shopping! 😉

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As happy as I am to be going on holiday, I tend to find the build up a little stressful. Remembering to pack everything, converting money and buying last minute essentials. Today, I’m going to share my ‘Jet Setting Essentials’ that I take with me no matter where I go.

It may seem obvious to some, but, these little details are often the most important.

Boarding Essentials

For me, my boarding belongings and carry on essentials are just as important as what clothes I bring. Of course, the most important is my passport (you would be surprised how often this gets left behind!). If you’re going on a long haul flight like me, then a variety of good books is required. I actually enjoy flying and I could spend hours just staring out the window. However, books are great for those of you who prefer to stay occupied. With the oxygen at such a height, it can often play havoc with my skin. I always bring on a few beauty essentials (all under 100ml, of course!) to save my skin from dehydrating. To top it all off, I bring my sleepy mask, iPad and headphones with me when I wish to ‘zone out’ for a while.

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Beach Essentials

A blissful day at the beach is all about bathing and relaxing. First priority is taking care of my skin by applying plenty of sun cream. Once I’ve done that, I drift into a world of my own all while catching a tan. Another book is best suited for me when I’m in between splashing around in the sea and catching a little snooze. I prefer to create a mismatched look when it comes to wearing bikinis. A knee length kimono is perfect for wearing as a cover up. P.s… ignore the state of my beach bag, I’ve had it for years and it has been all over the world with me. (Also an essential for a day at the beach!) 😉

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Outfit Essentials

When it comes to my outfit choices, I tend to keep everything minimal. I’ll pack bold prints, vibrant colours and comfortable shoes that will carry my look throughout the holiday. With shoes, I pack two pairs of gladiator sandals (a tan and black pair), my favourite Carvela tan gladiator wedge sandals and perhaps a pair of trainers if I’m walking long distances. A delicate piece of jewellery is perfect as when you had a tan, it emphasises your skin tone quite a lot and jewellery can often clash with your tan. I’m going to give my fabulous Michael Kors clutch its first outing when I’m in New York, best place to do so. ♥

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Beauty Essentials

Whatever skin routine I use at home, I bring it with me. My try to keep things simple when I’m focusing on my skincare routine. Of course, the trusty sun cream plays a huge part. I’ll also include some after sun and aloe vera, I just haven’t got round to purchasing those yet. I always pay an SPF lip balm before I go on holiday as swollen and badly burnt lips are not a good look for anyone!

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After writing up this post, I’m started to get extremely excited! I can’t wait to touch down in Boston and start my adventure of a lifetime. Once I go to New York, I’ll never want to come home! I’ll blog if I can when I’m there. 🙂

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Have a fabulous weekend! How pretty is this gorgeous Kerrie Hess ‘Friday’ illustration?! ♥

Nx