Friday, 31 July 2015

Instagram Snaps // July Highlights

July has come and gone in the blink of 
an eye and today I'm going to chat
about what I've been up to lately......

Instagram Diary

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1. A Cinema Trip: A few weeks ago I headed off to the cinema to see Magic Mike. I hadn't been to the cinema since the start of the summer so I was dying to go again. The one thing that was on my 'summer bucket list' was to go to the cinema regularly as I just don't get the time during the school year. I haven't been going as much as I'd like to but my aim for August is to see as many film as I can! Apologies to my bank balance in advance *wink wink* As for the film in question - Magic Mike - it wasn't great unfortunately. It didn't have much of a storyline but I won't say I didn't enjoy watching Channing Tatum dance with his shirt off because that would just be a lie, now wouldn't it? And also hellloo Matt Bomer ;-) Ever since watching White Collar he has become one of my favourite actors and it was interesting seeing him play a completely different role.

2. My first Mac Haul: If you read my Mac wishlist then you'll know that this month I was planning to go to Mac for the first time ever. I was so overwhelmed with all the choice - I didn't know where to begin! Overall my experience at Mac was really enjoyable but I did encounter one very rude woman. I was quite annoyed about it and I was about to head over to the Nars counter instead when I just thought I'm not gonna let one rude comment ruin my first Mac experience. So I then made my way over to the eyeshadow counter where I met a lovely man called John who went above and beyond to help me. To be continued....... in an upcoming haul post that will be headed to your computer screens very shortly.....

3. Getting Organised: Here in Ireland, at the end of the last year of secondary school we sit a state exam known as The Leaving Cert. This exam is incredibly hyped up and most people act like it's the be all and end all. Yes, it's important but at the end of the day there are other options and ways of getting your dream course. I'm trying not to get too stressed about it but one thing I want to do is get my blog organised so that I won't have to worry about it whilst trying to study. So this month I've been busy writing out lots of plans and scheduling some posts. I have all my posts planned up until the New Year but in terms of actually scheduling I have the month of September done. I just have my beauty and lifestyle posts done as I'm not sure whether or not to schedule my outfits. I might just do them as I go along so that I'm not completely away from my blog (as it is my outlet to get away from stress after all) but I think I'll just shoot a few backups just incase.

4. Bedroom Updates: As I mentioned in my dressing table tour post, my biggest goal for the summer was to add the finishing touches to my bedroom. This month it's been all about the homeware hauls, clear-outs and rearranging furniture. I picked up some new pretty bedding from Penneys along with some delicious candles, pretty fake flowers and a stunning copper lamp. I still have a few small bits to pick up but for the most part my bedroom is finished. I'm absolutely in love with it - It's so cosy! I might even do a blog post sharing the little changes I've made. Now I kinda wish I'd taken some before pictures but ah well!

Things I'm looking forward to in August: Dare I say, it's the last month of Summer and I will certainly be making the most of it. I'm not looking forward to going back to school but I have a few nice things coming up before that.....

1. Lots of cinema trips ~ Like I said before I want to make the most out of the free time I have and go to the cinema a lot more this month. The ones I'm excited to see are Ant-man, Hot Pursuit and Paper Towns. Is there anything else good coming out this month?

2. A spa visit ~ In a few weeks myself and my family are headed away to a hotel spa break for my sister's 30th. I can't wait to switch off and unwind for a few days.

3. A hair change ~ I'm thinking of going a little shorter with my hair but I keep getting cold feet. I really hate how it looks at the moment and whenever I see photos of myself I feel so down about my hair. I might just get a few extra inches cut off and see if I like it, and if not it will always grow back.

What were your July highlights?

Love,
Cliona xx



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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Are Essie Polishes Worth The Money?

Reasons why I love Essie nail polishes
 and meet my all-time favourite shade.....

Essie 'Lilacism" review

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After having a bad experience with a streaky nail polish I went back to my fail-safe nail polish brand: Essie. And as I was opening up my bottle of 'Lilacism' I asked myself are Essie polishes really worth their €10 price tag?

1. Fabulous Formulas: Essie always steals my heart with their amazing formulas. Most of the time they have a thick creamy consistency and when applied they have a beautiful high-shine, glossy finish. I also find their formulas to be non-streaky and most of them I've tried go opaque after two coats.

2. Wonderful wear-time: Essie polishes last incredibly well on me. With a good top and base coat I get five days wear out of them with minimal chipping.

3. Brilliant Brushes: Essie have the widest brushes I've ever come across which makes them a dream to apply. Their wide brushes allow for easy application with just one swipe across the nail (although I have tiny nails so you might need two or three swipes) and it also distributes the product evenly.

I've been obsessed with Essie polishes for years and I've tried my fair share of them but the one shade that has stood out to me the most is 'Lilacism'. If you follow me on Instagram then you'll be all too familiar with this bad boy. I feature it a lot as not only does it look pretty but it's my favourite Essie shade ever (yes, even beating the famous 'Mint Candy Apple'). Just like it's name would suggest it's a gorgeous light summery lilac shade with a creamy glossy finish. The formula of this one is a little thinner than than any of the other polishes I've tried and I find it applies streaky with the first coat. Normally with Essie polishes I can just apply two coats and it becomes fully opaque but with this one I like to apply three coats. Once it's on though the colour and finish is just stunning. It's the perfect Spring/Summer pastel shade and it looks exceptionally pretty paired with my pink coat. Although it's quite a summery shade I do enjoy wearing it all year round as I just love it so much! It brightens things up in the Winter ;-)

Verdict? Are they really worth the money? Yes! In my opinion they are worth every penny. I have so many different nail polishes from various brands but I rarely ever stray from my beloved Essie (with the exception of Rimmel. Best budget nail polishes!). 

Other shades I'd recommend: 'Chinchilly', 'Mint Candy Apple' & 'It's Genius'

On my wish list: 'Cute as a button' & 'Fiji'

Do you think Essie polishes are worth the money?
And what are your favourite Essie shades?

Love,
Cliona xx




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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Stripy Tee & Denim Cut-Offs

"Even when the sky is filled with clouds
the sun still shines above........"


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I find it ironic as I'm sat here writing about a t-sirt and shorts outfit, it's currently lashing rain. Mmm... not feelin' this rainy weather at all but let's rewind to our glorious heatwave a few weeks ago where I got my pins out in this stripy tee and denim shorts combination.

I picked up this basic stripy t-shirt in Zara last summer as I fell in love with the amazing quality. If you read this casual outfit post then you'll know I've become obsessed with Zara's basic range. I used to never buy my basic tops in Zara as I always thought they were quite pricey so I usually buy most of my basics in Penneys or H&M. But I've been converted and I now like the idea of investing in my basics a little bit more. Stripes will never go out of fashion so it's definitely worth paying a little bit more. I've had this top for over a year and it's been thrown in the wash more times than I can count and it still looks brand new. I usually wait for their sale and then I stock up these types of tops - that way you'll still get the good quality but for a fraction of the price!

Another wardrobe basic for the summer time is denim shorts. These ones are from Vero Moda and again I paid a little more than I'd usually pay for a pair of shorts. But just like stripes, denim shorts will never go out of style and they can be worn for many Summers to come. And just look at how beautiful that lace detailing is! I decided to embrace the stripy theme and pair the outfit with a pair of striped runners from Stadivarius. It was my first time to visit their shop but I fell in love with their stock and I wanted to buy the whole shop! Well, that would have been a haul, wouldn't it? *wink wink*


What are your 'summer wardrobe staples'?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Weekend Reading // A Few Books I've Read Recently

3 books I've read recently and what I 
thought of them ..........

book review

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: The first book was quite different from anything I had read before. I've never read a fiction book about mental health before but when I saw this in my local book shop it immediately caught my attention. I myself have anxiety and I know a few people with depression so mental health is very close to my heart and I was hoping that this book would represent it well and I felt that it did. It's about a boy and a girl, Finch and Violet, who meet on the ledge of the bell tower of school who end up saving each other (violet saves Finch in a less obvious way). The two are very different from each other but they end up falling in love after a school project brought them together.

Whilst I was reading some reviews on Good Reads I noticed that a few people were complaining that the ending didn't have a hopeful message. I personally disagree with those reviews as unfortunately in life suicide does occur and it effects families all over the world. I think if you want to read something with a happier ending then the below book is for you but for me I felt that this book raised awareness and really gave me an insight to depression. It was a very good read with love, laughter and sadness all rolled into one. I also loved Jennifer Niven's writing style and I would definitely read more of her books in the future!

My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: This next book is very similar to the story of 'All The Bright Places' but this ending has a more hopeful one. What I love most about this book is that it raises awareness about depression and suicide but it shows people that there's hope. I feel like this book has a better message than the previous one but in terms of storylines I think I enjoyed ATBP that bit better. The story of this one was about a young girl called Aysel who sets up an account to a website called 'Suicide Partners'. It's through that website she meets a boy, Roman, who is also looking to commit suicide. The two then meet and make a suicide pact- their friendship develops as they plan their deaths but will they go through with it or can they save each other? That's the question! To be honest the ending was pretty obvious throughout the whole book but that didn't really bother me too much. It was still a beautiful story with a very positive message of hope. Sorry this book wasn't pictured but I borrowed it from the library and forgot to photograph before it was due back. Oops ;-)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: This last book is a bit more light-hearted than the other two. It is your typical young adult romance novel but the storyline wasn't just about their romance - there was also a presence of domestic violence and a bit of racism as the book is set in the 80's. There was a huge contrast within Eleanor and Park's home life. Park had a nice loving family while Eleanor lived in a house of tension and walking on egg shells as her step dad was an angry, volatile man. I thought the author did a fantastic job at creating an intense atmosphere like that. Another thing I loved about this book is how she developed there relationship - they took things very slow and I also loved how she created the awkwardness and embarrassment of a first relationship. It was refreshing to read about what a first relationship is actually like. There was also lots of music references so if music is your thing then this would definitely be your cup of tea.  

I had tried to read FanGirl which is also by Rainbow Rowell before but I couldn't finish it as I found it extremely boring. I wasn't planning on reading this as I hated her other book but I was actually quite surprised. I'm not sure how I feel about her as an author but maybe it was just one bad book - authors can't write amazing books all the time I guess! I even hated one of John Green's books :-/

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed each of these books and I would highly recommend reading them! 

P.S. Did you catch my last 'weekend reading' post?


What books have you read recently?

Love,
Cliona xx


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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Blog Talk | Finding Inspiration

Today I'll be sharing my thoughts and 
tips on finding inspiration as a blogger....


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We all have creative slumps when we just hit a wall and run out of ideas. It can take days or even months for some people to find the blogging mojo once again. Last Sunday's Lbloggers chat was all about bloggers block and it inspired me to write a post on how I find inspiration and motivation for blogging {kinda fitting with point number 2. Ha! See it works ;-)} I've never really experienced bloggers block as such {rather, I've too many ideas and not enough time to get them all done :-(} but I've definitely felt down about my blog and its content. That can be really disheartening but I find these tips help to keep me inspired and in love with my blog..... 

1. Visuals: The internet is full of amazing visuals these days with the rise in popularity of social media such as Instagram and Pinterest. Bright, pretty images can spark a whole amount of ideas! I find that after spending a half an hour on Pinterest (my life story, ha!) I come away with an abundant of blog post ideas. It's quite strange how random pictures generate ideas too - for example a picture of some flowers can give me lots of ideas for beauty posts. Whatever works, ha! Another place for finding great visuals is magazines with everything from hair, beauty, fashion and home you're bound to find some inspiration hidden away in the pages of a magazine.

2. Interacting With Others: Like I said before this very post was inspired by a Twitter chat. The blogging community is full of inspirational people and my best ideas always come to me in the middle of twitter chats. It might not even be related to the topic but there's nothing like talking to like-minded people who you have tons in common with to get the creative juices flowing!

3. Reading: Reading is a great one for all-round inspiration! I find reading not only helps with blog creativity but is also beneficial for school work. Getting lost in another world through a book is the best way to unwind and it's good to get away from the internet for a while. If books aren't your thing then reading blogs and articles is another alternative. Just keep reading because it really is the best way to be inspired and it improves your writing as well! 

4. Taking a step back: If blogger's block has become an issue then it might be worth considering taking a break from your blog. It works wonders for some people but then others just don't like the thought. At the start of this year I was feeling quite stressed with all of my school work but instead of taking a complete break I just cut down on the amount of posts I was writing. I found that very helpful as when I came back to it I was bursting with ideas! If taking a long break isn't your thing then why not try turning off for a day or even a few hours. Take a break from all social media, go for a walk, take a bath or whatever works for you.


What inspires you to blog?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

An Ode To Soap & Glory

Today I'm confessing my love for a well-known
brand - Soap & Glory! Here's why I love them
and which of their products I'd recommend.....  

Soap & Glory Favourites

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Soap and Glory has been a bathroom favourite of mine for years now. I instantly fall in love with each of their products and most have become a bathroom staple that I can't live without! I just can't get enough of their amazing products from their body scrubs to the shower gels to the body butters - I've never come across one that I don't like. But Soap and Glory not only do amazing bath and body products they also have a skincare and makeup range too. I've not tried anything from either but I've heard nothing but great things! The 'Brow Archery' is next on my list to try!

But why do I love their products, I hear you ask. Well, first of all let's talk about their packaging. I know packaging isn't the be all and end all but it is a nice touch to a great product. Cute, pink, fun and girly, Soap & Glory sure do know the way to a girl's heart! And let's not forget the oh-so-clever names - 'Orangasm..... cheeky *wink wink* But the most iconic thing about the brand is the scent of their products. There's nothing else out there that could top the scent of an S&G product. They are literally good enough to eat.... they even have to write "not edible" on some of their products, ha! Big thumbs up to whoever is in charge of the scent department! I could sit here and chat about why I love them all night long but instead I've divided my favourite products into three categories and I'll be sharing my ultimate Soap and Glory favourites. Hide your wallets ladies because you won't be able to resist these beauts......

Bath & Shower: There's nothing more I love than hopping into the shower and lathering myself in a S&G shower gel. Somedays when I wake up and I'm not in the best of moods (ahem, Monday) all I want is to have a nice relaxing bath but unfortunately there's never enough time. But thankfully these shower gels feel so luxurious that it's like having a mini pamper session. My favourites are the Sugar Crush (review) and Orangasm. However, when I do get the chance to have a pamper session I go all out with not one bath product but two. My favourite bath time duo is the Calm One Calm All bubble bath paired with the Daily Soothe bath float. Both smell divine individually but when combined it's like a party for your nose! And my last shower companion is Whipped Clean Shower Butter - full review coming soon but for now all you need to know is that it's amazing for shaving with!

Body Scrubs: Soap and Glory are the only brand I turn to for body scrubs. After using an awful one from the Boots Botanics range, I haven't even looked at another brand for body scrubs. That scrub was just awful and I still have nightmares about it..... but I guess that's what I get for cheating on Soap and glory ;-) My first favourite is the Breakfast Scrub (review) and this is the most abrasive scrub I've ever used so it's perfect if you've really flaky skin or it'd be good for fake tanning prep too. Another favourite is Flake Away and I can't get over how good this scent is! With a blend of bergamot and mandarin with floral and fruity mid notes this stuff will have you drooling all over it.

Body Butters: You can't beat The Body Shop body butters but these are definitely up their with them.  My all-time favourite has to be the Daily Smooth body butter (review). It's brilliant on stubborn dry patches and it smells like blackcurrant and vanilla - Yum!

Are you a fan of Soap & Glory?
And if so, what are your favourite products?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sleeveless Blazer & A Blogger Meetup

What I wore to a blogger meetup last week....

Sleeveless Blazer
New Look Sleeveless Blazer
Sleeveless Blazer Outfit
Stripes & leopard outfit

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Last Sunday I headed to my first ever blogger meetup and I was both excited and nervous at the same time. We met at Dundrum and I had forgotten how beautiful it was out there. It was full of breathtaking fountains that shot up every now and again, pretty flowers, tiled walls and a beautiful deck area to sit and take in the gorgeous grounds. They also played rather strange classical music that resembled the music they play in Disneyland. I wasn't sure whether I found it creepy or magical ;-)

Anyway onto the meetup: we met at the cinema and after a lot of hesitating we decided to have a "cheeky" Nandos for lunch. Most of us had never been before so there were numerous moments of confusion about how to order. After our lunch we had a wander around the shops and then made our way outside for some selfie fun. The day was filled with laughter and funny conversations and I had such an amazing time! It was amazing meeting everyone and making new friends - #squadgoals ;-) Easily the best thing about blogging!  

Unfortunately the weather was quite dreary so it was a day for the jeans. I didn't want to completely give in to the Autumnal-like weather so I decided to embrace the short sleeves, although a few goosebumps did pop up throughout the day - that's what I get for trying to resist the cold weather ;-) I debuted my new sleeveless blazer from New Look. I absolutely love this blazer and it's a staple piece that will see me through many seasons. I paired it with my stripy Zara tee and I decided to mix some prints by throwing on my leopard scarf.

I'll leave the links to all the girls' blogs down below so I'd love if you could all go and show them some love!

Casual blazer outfit
White Blazer & Leopard Scarf
Casual Autumn outfit
Blazer & Jeans Outfit
Zara studded espadrilles
Irish blogger meetup

What do you think of the sleeveless blazer trend?
And have you ever been to a blogger meetup?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Dressing Table Details

In today's post I'm going to be giving you a tour
of my favourite place...... my dressing table......

Dressing table details
Ikea hemnes vanity table
Dressing table styling
White dressing table


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After years of admiring pretty dressing tables on Pinterest, last year I decided it was finally time tick one up myself. It was an investment that was worth every penny. I'm never away from it, I do absolutely everything at it from applying makeup, styling my hair to school work and blogging. I wanted to create a space that could be used for both school/blogging and beauty purposes. When it came to styling it I knew I wanted it to have a clean, chic look with hints of colour. I wanted to create a space that would make me look forward to early mornings, spark some creativity for my blog and also to make studying less of a chore. After a year of chopping and changing I finally feel that it's 100% ready and I'm just dying to show you around.......

To the left *sings Beyonce style* we have a few little trinkets which includes a pretty little compact mirror, a macaroon box and a lavender candle - such a relaxing scent for when I'm feeling stressed. I also keep some beauty essentials on a plate and I got that idea from Pinterest. I just love Pinterest for handy little tips like this one - You can follow me here. Another cute little storage idea is clear jars, I got my one in Ikea and I store my hand sanitisers in it. I normally have a lamp where the flowers are but I've decided to replace that with some faux flowers but these purple ones are real and they kept the area looking bright for a while. 

And then to the right I keep my round mirror, my everyday makeup brushes and my makeup bag. I also keep some notebooks and my Macbook on the table too to add a workspace feel to the area. And lastly I draped some heart shaped fairy lights around the mirror. I picked these up in Penneys and I just think they add a little magical cosy feel to the dressing table. The mirror and all of the drawers come with it which I love because I'm not a fan of muji style storage, I prefer my makeup to be in drawers. The drawer at the bottom isn't that large but it stores a good bit so I'm pleased with that. 

It's easily my favourite spot in our whole house! I come here to relax, to work, to get ready, to think, to be inspired, the list is endless!

Workspace details
Dressing table
Heart fairy lights

Where's your favourite spot in your house? 

Love,
Cliona xx


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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Top 5 Skincare Staples

From high end to budget here's my
top 5 skincare products........

Top 5 Skincare Staples

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You all know how much I love skincare and I use so many different products that it's pretty impossible to receive a 'staple' or 'favourite' title from me. I'm constantly trying new skincare products and if I repurchase one time after time well that's how you know it's good.....

1. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: It's safe to say that this makeup remover is a firm favourite as I've lost track at how many times I've repurchased this. I always have a backup so that I never run out because I just don't know what I'd do without this product. It instantly removes makeup with minimal effort, doesn't dry out the skin and it's suitable for my sensitive skin because it doesn't irritate it and it doesn't sting the eye area. Magic in a bottle!

2. Superfacialist by Una Brennan Rose Moisture Mask: Next up is a recent addition to my skincare routine and oh my it is good. I have the driest skin you could ever imagine and I used to always have problems with applying my foundation because of it. I used to always think that I just hadn't found the right foundation for my skin type but when I introduced this into my routine my foundation just started to glide on and there were no visible dry patches any more. This leaves my skin feeling so plump and hydrated and it just gives it a healthy glow. This will be a life saver in the winter months *insert clapping hands emoji*

3. Origins GinZing Moisturiser: Meet my all time favourite moisturiser! After years of searching for an amazing moisturiser I finally found one last summer when I tried this famous little orange tub. What I love most about the ginzing moisturiser is that it hydrates and plumps the skin without leaving a greasy residue. Normally with a good moisturiser I find it leaves a slight residue but there's zero, zilch, nada traces with this! It also sinks into the skin incredibly quickly and it smells like jaffa cakes - need I say more? 

4. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: I'm prone to quite a few breakouts every now and again and whenever my skin is in need of some TLC I reach for this. My skin is not in great condition at the moment as my current cleanser is just awful so I definitely to repurchase this. This stuff is amazing as it not only removes dirt and makeup but it also gives a deep cleanse to the skin drawing out all of the crap. It also doesn't dry out the skin which is great for me and it doesn't irritate my skin which is prone to sensitivity. 

5. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: A non-drying/stripping spot cream that not only prevents and treats spots but it also clears scarring too! This product is a life saver if I ever did see one. It's lightweight gel formula is cooling on the skin and it doesn't leave a sticky or tacky residue. Spots better watch their back with this product on the market *wink wink*


What are your favourite skincare products?

Love,
Cliona xx



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Monday, 13 July 2015

Fringed Kimono & A Stroll Around Dublin City

Fringed kimono, khaki jeans and studded
plimsolls for a quick Summer stroll around 
Dublin city ..........

Primark fringe kimono
Black fringed kimono
Fringed kimono outfit
Irish fashion blogger


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Dublin city...... There's no better place to be on a sunny day! I will never get bored of living in Dublin, there's so much beauty in this city and on a sunny day it can easily be mistaken for somewhere in Spain. Everything looks brighter and fresher and the River Liffey glistens under the sunlight. As we were having a nice relaxing stroll one Sunday afternoon we stumbled upon the most breathtaking location to shoot some outfit pictures. If a gorgeous green bridge with an amazing view of the city wasn't enough, just across the street was a path filled with boxes of palm trees and pretty flowers. What more could a blogger want? ;-)

On a recent trip to Penneys I picked up a black fringed kimono. I feel like kimonos were more on trend last year than they are now but I completely missed out on that bandwagon. But I'm hopping on it now and I'm throwing a bit of 70's into the mix with the lace and fringe details. Just call me a walking trend ;-) I think kimonos are the perfect wardrobe staple for the summer months as they're light and airy for when it's hot but they keep the breeze off you. I smell a kimono obsession brewing.....

Irish Teen fashion blog
Primark kimono outfit
casual summer outfit
summer style
summer kimono
Black & khaki outfit

What I wore:

Kimono: Penneys // Top: Vero Moda // Jeans: Zara // Shoes: Zara


Are you a fan of kimonos? 
And what's your wardrobe staple for the summer months?

Love,
Cliona xx

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Saturday, 11 July 2015

5 Favourite Tv Series On Netflix

Since the birth of Netflix I think everyones productivity 
levels have gone down. I'm no exception, I love 
getting lost in a series and watching episode after
episode until the sun rises. Awks... Anyway here
are my favourite Netflix Tv Series'.............

Favourite Netflix Shows


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1. Orphan Black: This is the most disturbing of the bunch so if that's not your thing then this is one to miss. It all starts when a girl witnesses her 'doppleganger' commit suicide and she decides to steal her identity. But little did she no that she's part of a clone experiment. She becomes friends with a few of her clones and her new life is all about getting to the bottom of this experiment and protecting her daughter. It has quite a few funny bits in it and my favourite character Helena is gas! It's quite gruesome and gory sometimes but the storyline is great - It's incredibly gripping and there's never a boring moment. 

2. Suits: This is a bit more lighthearted and easier to watch than Orphan Black. It's set in New York and is about a man who dropped out of college ends up landing himself a job at one of New York's best law firms. Gripping storylines, amusing characters (Lewis, I'm lookin' at you) and lots of laugh out loud moments. 

3. White Collar: Another lighthearted show but this one has a bit of action to it as well. It's about an ex prisoner who becomes a criminal consultant for the FBI. He works along side Agent Peter Burke and the two become pals. It's incredibly funny at times but it's the exciting storylines that keep me watching. And plus it's set in New York and you get to see all the amazing sites - that's a good enough reason to watch it in my opinion!

4. Between: This is a new release to Netflix and I haven't really heard people talking about it much. It's seriously underrated because it's a fantastic show! It's a science fiction drama about a town that gets hit with a disease that only kills people over 22 and the town is then put under quarantine. You'll be sitting at the edge of your seat with this one! Jennette McCurdy plays one of the main characters and it's such a different role for her but I must say she plays it brilliantly! The only thing that annoys me though is there's only six episodes in the first season and the second season won't be out until 2016! WHY?!  

5. Grace and Frankie: This is another new one to Netflix and this one is a comedy. It's about two women whose husbands fall in love with each other and they become friends after having been rivals for years. It's quite a quirky one but, wow, it's hilarious! And I just love Jane Fonda! I think she's a brilliant actress. Definitely worth a watch!  

Of course I also love Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars but I thought I'd just mention them at the end as I'm pretty sure everyone knows about them at this stage. Or do they?.....

What are your favourite Tv series' on Netflix?

Love,
Cliona xx



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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Bedtime Beauty

There's nothing better than hopping into bed 
and slathering yourself in luxurious beauty 
products after a long day.....

bedside beauty essentials

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The first thing I like to do after I get into my pjs is take off my makeup. By the end of the day my makeup feels heavy and gross so that's when my Garnier Micellar Water (full reviewcomes to the rescue. It instantly breaks down makeup with minimal effort. It's gentle on sensitive skin, it doesn't leave the skin feeling tight or dry and it's always on offer in Boots for around €4. Bargain! With this on the market, who even needs Bioderma? ;-) I then follow up with the rest of my night skincare routine which I'm gonna save for it's own post. The next skincare product I like to keep beside my bed is the Avene Thermal Spring Water. I love using this for my eczema and for cuts and burns which I'm always getting in the Summer. It's very cooling and soothing so it's perfect for cooling down on a hot Summer's day (although we don't get much of those in Ireland. Yo, heatwave, where you at?).

Once my skin has been pampered it's time to take care of those lips. Nobody wants dry, flaky lips, now do they? *wink wink* The Lush Bubblegum lip scrub is no stranger to my blog as I've mentioned it in my pamper essentials post and I even reviewed it in full too. This little pot of joy keeps my lips flake free and it smells good enough to eat.... no, literally, you can just lick it off your lips! Amazing! Another one I've mentioned in a different pamper post {can you tell I'm partial to the odd pamper session? ;-)} is the Forever Aloe Lips lip balm. It's extremely moisturising and isn't overly greasy. It doesn't have much of a scent but I kind of prefer that in a lip balm anyway, sometimes lip balms can have a strong sickly sweet scent which makes it impossible to apply the product to your lips.

My last bedtime beauty favourites are the Scholl Dry Skin Recovery Cream for my feet and for my hands I like to use The Body Shop Honeymania hand cream. Wearing sandals and uncomfortable shoes in the Summer can be harsh on our poor old feet but this cream is super rich which leaves them feeling soft and gets rid of those pesky dry white patches I often get on my feet. The Body Shop hand creams are one of the best on the market in my opinion and the scent of this one has Summer written all over it! 



What's your pre-bedtime beauty routine?

Sweet Dreams!

Love,
Cliona xx



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