April Non-Beauty Favourites + My New Blog Design!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Hi all! I hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend. I know I enjoyed having an extra day to have a lie in ;-). My weekend consisted of buying the last bits for our holiday in a weeks time and a lot of relaxing (after all, that's what bank holiday weekends are for! Haha!). For today's post (And it's a long one! I'd grab a cup of tea if I were you. Haha!) I wanted to share the second half of my April favourites.  I loved way too many things to fit them all into one post and I didn't want to leave anything out so, I decided to do two separate posts.

But before I get started, I need to tell you about my little blog makeover! Ever since I set up my blog I've hated the layout. I'd spent so much time faffing about with it and I just wasn't happy with it. So I asked my brother-in-law to help me out because I'm not that good when it comes to computers and I just couldn't for the life of me figure out all the 'techie' stuff! Haha! I think he did an incredible job! It looks great - it's much more organised and neat looking. I liked the grey background but I didn't feel it truly represented my personality. I'm a true girly girl so naturally, I love anything pink and I thought having a pink background would be more suited to my blog. However, the pink backgrounds on blogger aren't that nice but I found a really pretty peach colour and I fell in love with it so, I decided to go for that. I also wanted to add a touch of mint green as I've been loving that colour lately (you can probably tell from the banner on the picture above ;-). That was actually a complete coincidence that it matches my social buttons as I edited these pictures before my blog makeover. Haha!).

Overall I'm really pleased with it although I don't think it will ever be perfect (I'm sure all bloggers can relate to this feeling!). Huge thanks to my brother-in-law, Andy for putting up with my un-decisiveness and fussiness ;-) and making my blog look beautiful! Let me know what you guys think of it! I hope you like it too! :-)


I'd never seen either of these movies before would you believe? I'd wanted to see Frozen for ages but I just never got a chance to. But this month I got my act together and finally sat down to watch it. And all I can say is, that it's amaaazing! It's without a doubt the best children's film I've seen in ages and it's my new favourite Disney film! It's such a feel-good movie, the music is amazing and it's also really funny. Seriously, Olaf has to be the funniest character ever! "I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs" ;-) (I couldn't resist quoting that! Haha!)
 I wasn't actually that pushed to see Silver Linings Playbook if I'm honest. I'm not sure why but I guess, again I just didn't get a chance to see it and then all the hype died down so I wasn't that bothered to watch it. But boy was I missing out big time! I don't really want to say too much about it in case anyone hasn't seen it but I will say that it's an excellent movie! It's an incredible story, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper were phenomenal and Robert De Niro's character was hilarious!
They're both definitely worth a watch! I'm actually sick of missing out on great movies so I'm making a promise to myself that the next time an amazing, award-winning movie comes out I will NOT be late to the party! You can hold me to that ;-).

Tv Show!

At the start of April, I finished watching Gossip Girl and I actually didn't know what to do with myself! I was honestly lost without it!! Haha! After a while of trying to find a good replacement I came across Suits on Netflix and it looked decent so I gave it a go. It's a funny drama about two lawyers working in a firm in New York City. They are literally like two peas in a pod! ;-) Of course, it's nothing compared to Gossip Girl (I don't think I'll ever find anything as good :-( ) but I'd recommend giving it a watch. It's really funny!


If you read my latest outfit post, then you will recognise these beauties ;-). They were my go to accessories of the month! Statement necklaces and round sunglasses are my current obsession in general at the moment and I have a feeling that they're going to be my summer staple! Recently I've been reaching for this necklace a lot. I love it - It's so versatile and I can wear it with nearly anything because the colours are quite neutral (apart from the hint of red). I've been wearing it on a daily basis with a plain t-shirt and jeans. I love this look - the necklace really spruces up an otherwise boring outfit but it still remains casual. These sunglasses were my best purchase I think. ;-) First of all they were only €2! Bargain!! And second they look gorgeous on and they're very trendy. By the end of the summer I'll probably have a drawer full of round sunglasses! Ha ha!

 Yummy treats!

Because it was Easter last month, I couldn't NOT include an easter egg in this post! So here it is, my gorgeous cadbury's flake egg. Cadbury's eggs are definitely the best! My all time favourite is the flake one of course! ;-) I get it every year! As you can probably see I devoured the egg but I still have some flake bars left because I'm savouring them because once they're gone then it means Easter is truly over for another year! (Even though technically easter is over whether I finish my egg or not but for me it doesn't feel like it's over until all of my eggs are gone. Ha ha!). Have any of you still got some of your Easter eggs stashed away? ;-)


And last but not least I read two books in April. The first one I read was a self help book called When Panic Attacks. This was a very different reading experience for me as I normally stick to fiction or beauty/fashion books. I wasn't really sure if I would like it but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It really opened up my eyes and helped me learn more about anxiety. It also asks you to take part in exercises and activities which I found to be really helpful. There was also stories about people's experiences which I found quite comforting as it's good to know that I'm not the only one suffering from anxiety.
I went back to my comfort zone with a really good fiction book called Looking For Alaska by John Green. I have one word to describe this book - Wow! It was captivating, funny, emotional and very relatable. It obviously isn't as good as TFIOS but it's not too far from it. I actually only started reading John Green's books recently and I just keep thinking to myself "why hasn't his books been in my life before?!". They're just so good! Will Grayson, Will Grayson is next on my list to read. Have you got any book recommendations? I'm always on the look out for a good book!

I hope you enjoyed my April non-beauty favourites. What were your non-beauty favourites for the month of April?

As always, thanks for reading!

Cliona xx

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  1. Love the new layout. :) Been meaning to do mine up for ages. Love Looking For Alaska, John Green can do no wrong. :) x

  2. I still need to see Frozen, might have to get the DVD! Love that necklace too, great post!


  3. I love Frozen! I also really want to see Silver Linings Playbook. My parents bought it, but I just haven't found the time to watch it. I'll have to try watching Suits as well. Right now I'm watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix and it's really funny! I read Looking for Alaska recently too! My friends and I actually had to make a book trailer for it for school. I agree, it isn't as good as the Fault in Our Stars, but I still enjoyed it!



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