Life Lessons: What I’ve Learnt So Far…

A cliché post today but I just thought I would share some of my thoughts on what I’ve learnt so far in life. Yes, I’m in my (late) twenties so maybe in other people’s eyes I have still so much to learn and that is 100% true. However, I wanted to talk about a few things for some of my younger (you lucky rascals) readers and those of you who feel the same way and can relate. I love nothing more than catching up with my favourite bloggers and finding out that they go through the same emotions as I do, a simple statement but it just makes me feel that little bit more at ease. If they’re in the same industry as me or want to achieve similar goals then I feel more at peace with myself. This has turned out to be a LONG post so go grab a cup of tea or coffee and settle down for a read.

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I can be my own worst enemy at times as I give myself such a hard time about not achieving what I have wanted to at this age. Whether this is regarding my career, personal goals or just in life in general. Over the past year I have been working hard to take it easy and understand things a little better starting with myself. I try thinking things through before I jump the gun and start having a go at myself or think that the world is against me. It’s not an attractive quality to have and it certainly doesn’t do your confidence any good, it can even take a toll on your health if you’re not careful. Without getting too deep and carried away with this I’m just going to highlight some key thoughts about life so far…

1. Mind The Manners:

Working in this industry is an amazing experience and something I cherish doing everyday however it definitely has a dark side. Over the few year’s I have come across the most ignorant, belittling and horrible people. As soon as they get any sort of a name for themselves or believe they’ve been in the industry for a certain amount of time, they seem to loose all of their manners. Remembering where you came from and that feeling you had when you first started out is of massive importance. I find that industry professionals and sadly even some bloggers, are set on looking after themselves and no one else. Yes a certain amount of drive is required to go after your dreams but don’t ever knock anyone down on your way up, you may need their help when you’re coming back down. I recently had a discussion with someone regarding people’s hesitations and willingness to share their story and industry knowledge. Sadly this will never change so make sure you surround yourself with people you trust and who you can turn to about any little thing. Luckily not everyone is like this and by having that great group of people makes this journey all the more enjoyable and you can share your triumphs and fears with them knowing they’re looking out for you.

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2. Just Keep Swimming:

I can’t tell you how many times I have “freaked out” about what path I’m going down, if I could make it in the career I have always dreamt about and how long will it take to make a name for myself. Also, let’s not forget those ‘lovely’ people who like to tell you that you’ve went into a dead end career path and make you feel even better about yourself and all of your hard work. With all of this in mind, I have still continued to work very hard on building my brand and keeping up with my blog and networking. It’s all part of the game and I absolutely adore every second of it. Now, I’m not at the stage where I can blog full time as I do have a day time job, however I still have that hope in mind that I will get an opportunity to move into my desired field in a more permanent position. My point is don’t give up at the first sign of doubt, everyone’s success happens at different times. Some happen early on, other’s have to work that little bit harder for it. I’m not going to lie, during my freak out moments I have looked at others and wondered how it has worked out so well for them straight away. I just try to remind myself that my extra bit of hard work will make me appreciate it greatly when it does happen for me.

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3. Be Yourself:

A cliché point but often one that is underrated. As you see other people, bloggers and industry professionals grow, celebrate their success with them. Don’t try to copy their brand, style or path taken as it will not work out that same way for you. You can certainly have the same goals and work ethic but adjust it to your own life and work hard for achieving the life you want. Now.. I have a lot of people who I admire and turn too when it comes to their careers and advice they might have for me but never would I set out to mimic them as it is not me. I would focus on what I want to achieve in life and career and work on it in a way that is true to me. As Oscar Wilde has said: “Be yourself; everyone else is taken”.

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4: Do What You Love:

I always see this quote everywhere I turn. It is one that I constantly think about and remember when times get tough. I may only be freelancing at the moment but as I’ve previously said throughout this post, I absolutely adore what I do. Whether your foot is just in the door or you’re lucky to be working full time in your chosen career, the determination still lives on. The hope of making it more of a full time business is very much alive. I have to give up a lot of my own personal time writing, taking photographs and of course, networking. I’m not complaining as I enjoy nothing more and I’ve been able to step out of my comfort zone.  I know there are some people out there who mock what I do but I don’t see them doing what they love (settling and judgemental springs to mind). I wake up everyday excited about what opportunities may come my way or what new brand I will be working with. It gives me a great sense of determination to keep working hard and I love that this little blog is all mine. From start to finish my blog is full of my hard work, endless hours writing and sometimes tears.. something that I am very proud of. I certainly love what I do and this is incredibly important when it comes to building your brand.

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5. Friends:

My final point and probably the most important. No matter what you go through in your life, you need that best friend that will always be there for you. I’m extremely lucky to have mine for over twenty years now and I don’t know what I would do without my curly haired little rascal. She has been there for me through the hardest of times and always helps and endlessly listens to me when I’m talking her ear off. She is so supportive of everything I do. I’m even luckier to have a great group of girls who I can turn to that I’ve met through life and in particular, blogging. We share our hopes and dreams and help each other throughout our blogging journey. When I need some mentoring advice, I’m lucky to have met the most helpful people who encourage every move I make and help me succeed further. I only hope I do the same for them as I cherish all of my friends greatly. I don’t know where I would be without any of them and I enjoy nothing more than catching up with them for a good old gossip.

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I hope this wasn’t too long and you were able to get some inspiration from it (and enjoyed the many quotes!) Haha. All of the points link into one other but each topic is so important to remember. I know when I read similar blog posts regarding people and what they are going through, it always helps me to feel a little bit better knowing I’m not the only one.

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My Week On Instagram 

Happy Monday, my lovelies! Well it certainly is for me as I’m enjoying some much needed time off work thanks to a little holiday I like to call, Halloween. You all know just how much I love this time of year so I’m going to indulge in watching Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic one too many times. I’m really looking forward to some time off as it gives me the chance to catch up on the blog and concentrate on creating lots of posts for you to enjoy. You all know from the title of this feature that it involves my favourite post and my favourite app, Instagram.

I’ve been so busy the past few week’s, I’ve had some events on down in Dublin (you can read them here and here) and I’ve been focusing on those. I’m really enjoying getting back into the swing of being in ‘front of camera’.. I hope you’re liking the OOTD features too. This week I’m planning on shooting some more personal style looks for all of you.

Tonight I’m off to a private screening of the new James Bond film, Spectre. I can’t wait to see the latest instalment over some popcorn and champagne. Hope you all have a great week.

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Christmas with Pandora

Christmas in October?! I know what you’re thinking but within the world of fashion, you always need to stay that little bit ahead to keep your clientele captivated. Pandora undoubtedly have a huge following and come Christmas, they are the ultimate destination for timeless and treasured gifts. Celebrating the launch of their new flagship store on Grafton Street, Dublin and the preview of their festive jewels, it was a very merry evening.

The delicious treats were a fab starting point before making our way around the exclusive launch. I’m a real sucker for sweets ‘n’ treats at events, they add such a personalised touch and fuel us for of sugar before the grand unveiling. The iced cookies were as delicious as they look, they worked beautifully with refreshing cocktails and wine we were sampling.

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The delightful Vogue Williams was our DJ for the evening helping to set the mood with trendy tunes. Pandora really did go all out for this event with Dublin’s finest fashionista’s, socialites and media personalities and little old me! Haha.

Now.. down to business. The theme for the evening was a vibrant blue undertone against the crisp white interior making it a firm favourite for us social media addicts. A white wooden Christmas Tree was the centre piece as magnificent and delicate Pandora jewellery draped beautifully from the branches. I don’t know about any of you but that’s definitely my kind of tree, the room was perfectly sparkling giving all of us that warm festive feeling. I’ve been really into rings this season, I tend to go through phases with my jewellery. Last year I was all about delicate necklaces and now it’s rings. This beautiful trio of silver diamante’s is such a pretty combination, the layering trend is massive and this little set is the perfect gift.

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As I’ve previously said, our evening was centered around the gorgeous Christmas charms. I have a weakness for novelty jewellery, Halloween and the festive season is a popular time for my collection! The detailed charms are just so pretty, the red present was my personal favourite. I love how Pandora mix colourful piece’s with silver charms, it helps to keep things fresh and unique. I’m wanting to build my jewellery collection and I have my eye on the gorgeous circle Pandora ring. I don’t really have any silver piece’s so I think this one will look good mixed with my gold and rose gold rings.

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Before leaving, I was very kindly gifted with a voucher and purchased this rose gold feather ring. I’ve had my eye on this little beauty for a while now after first seeing it at the launch of their rose gold collection back in the summer (you can read the post here). I have the necklace and wanted the ring to match. It’s such a flattering piece and I absolutely love it. Rose gold is definitely my favourite jewellery material, it’s such a beautiful warm tone and always looks so flattering.

  

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Thank you so much to Aimee and Pandora for having me down. It was such a magical evening and the beautiful jewellery was worth the journey. I can’t wait to start building my collection, first stop… the rings!

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Next Camel Coat

In my last OOTD post (you can read it here) I mentioned how I have been going back to more neutral tones with my looks. It’s so refreshing taking my outfits back to basics and this Next Camel Coat is no exception. I’ve never owned a coat like this before; it seems to be very on trend for us bloggers! So I was very excited to style it with some of my keys pieces from my wardrobe and channel my best Autumn appropriate lady.

Along with the coat, these fab monk shoes also from Next are new additions to my A/W wardrobe. I’ve been wanting to branch out with my footwear and try a more preppy style. When it comes to shoes, I need a supportive sole as I can’t wear a completely flat pair. I have the worst feet that are extremely high maintenance so proper shoe choices are a must for me. These black patent beauties are by far thee most comfortable shoes ever. They are the perfect flats for Autumn and are easily styled. I opted for my trusty Zara bag to complete my prep based look.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the letter ‘N’ prop?! Haha. The fabulous Titanic Quarter is my new favourite location for shooting looks. The architecture is out of this world and my obsession with water based details continues. I also wore my Zara biker jeans and monochrome top to complete the look.

I paired my favourite necklaces with my simplistic look. My treasured Emozioni coin pendent and Pandora longline necklace is a classic combination and personal favourite of mine. The feather piece is from their rose gold collection, it’s my go to necklace at the moment. What I love most about this coat is the strong structure. It is beautifully chic and a popular coat during the autumn/winter months. I’m planning on bringing this beauty with me to Berlin in a few week’s. I’m excited to style it using various colors and prints, I think a dark demin shirt would look amazing under it for a more street style look.

(If you order before 12pm midnight, you can order free to your local store for collection. Visit Next online for more details… Happy Shopping!)

What do you lovelies think of the camel coat trend then?! Sometimes when piece’s are a huge favourite within the blogging scene I tend to stray away, but this one I’ve given into!

Nx

My Week On Instagram

Today’s post is going to be short but sweet with some Instagram shots. I have been so busy the past few week’s that I haven’t had proper time to schedule a post for today. I plan on shooting some looks over the weekend so I will be back on track for Monday. Truth be told I’m still in awe from meeting my idol, Olivia Palermo. Apologies if you’re sick of me talking about it but you’re going to be hearing about this one for a long time to come! Haha.

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Hope you all have a lovely weekend whatever you’re getting up to. See you all on the flip side.

Nx