By Niamh Webb O'Rourke

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Dear 2016.

I recently saw a quote on Instagram that said "Imagine if you could watch a trailer for your 2017, would you watch it?", initially I was thinking to myself I would 100% would if I got the chance but then I realised this time last year I would have said the very same but if I saw what was in store for 2016 I think I would have cried for both fear and excitement. I remember sitting down in the very same place I am in now at the end of 2015 looking forward to the New Year so much. I was turning 21, making plans and oblivious to what life actually had in store for me in the year ahead. In one way I was naive for the fact I had this feeling 2016 was going to be a walk in the park - boy was I wrong! 2016 had some incredible highs and miserable lows for me. It made me discover who I really am and what I actually want out of life, it helped me find my passion along with teaching me how to step outside my comfort zone but on the other hand it also broke me on numerous occasions and also taught me who will really be there when times get tough. I think everyone can say 2016 was a bit of a let down (I mean Donald Trump is now the President of the United States - huh?) but it's a year I certainly would not change for the world. I feel like I have grown up 10 years in 1 and have learnt so much about myself that it has helped me develop into the person I know I am supposed to be. 
When life got tough and I was battling my own demons, my blog became my safe place. I started the year with a little over 10k followers and look at what we have created in 12 months. There is now over 42k+ followers on Love Life, over 345k blog views along with numerous achievements and successes under it's belt - the difference a year can make! I never set out for my blog Love Life to become a platform for women of all ages to come for fashion and life advice, it started out as a hobby and turned into something so much more, and I wouldn't change a thing about it! I feel so blessed and grateful that I was chosen to have this platform to reach people and I plan on using it wisely. The world can be a cruel place, especially the online world where trolls sit eagerly behind a keyboard waiting to attack but I hope that in 2017 I can make that world a little bit easier. My love for fashion and individuality is so strong that I love sharing my passions with you all. Writing on Love Life helps the voices in my head disappear along with removing any anxious thoughts I may have, and I hope it helps others too! I want to thank each and every single follower, reader & subscriber for your continued support. You have made my little hobby become a strong online presence and for that I am eternally grateful. 
I am not going to write down my goals here for 2017 because you know what, I am just going to take each day as it comes! But each and everyday I am going to remind myself how lucky I am to live this life and how I should embrace every single moment because it could be taken away from me at any moment. Life is precious, celebrate it - you don't know when it will all end. 
Have a lovely Christmas everyone & an even better New Year.
Thank you for everything, 
Niamh xo

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Dare To Be Different.

In a world where everyone follows trends (me included on occasions), it is nice to see someone being themselves and spreading their individuality. I think 2016 was the year people lost who they really were. If you weren't an "eyebrow on fleek, huarache loving, slaaaaying contoured girl" well then, you didn't fit in - simple as! It doesn't even annoy me, it upsets me when I see young girls and boys hiding who they truly are for fear they won't fit in. Shouldn't we be promoting individuality rather than suppressing it? 
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Which brings me onto this look, the moment I laid my eyes on this MissGuided "Berry Faux Fur Coat", I knew I wanted it but you know what? It took me over 2 weeks to decide was I brave enough to actually get it and wear it for fear of what people would think - isn't that ridiculous! Pairing it with simple "Mom Jeans" and a "Black Polo" to keep it the key piece of this entire look. And of course to add a little quirky edge, my "Net Socks" were a must!
Shop the Look here:
Jacket - Here ll Polo - Here ll Jeans - Here ll Trainers - Here ll Socks - Here
Photos by my Mum.
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Monday Blues on a Tuesday.

How many of us dread Monday morning? It's like we are afraid of reality after a fun-filled weekend. If you work in retail like myself, you are almost glad to see Monday morning after a weekend full of 1000's of customers and a million and one questions. For me personally I enjoy Monday mornings, I feel like it is a chance of a fresh start and exciting opportunities. This Monday was a little different, I woke up extremely anxious. I've struggled with anxiety for over 2 years now but negative thoughts over the weekend set my chest into a surreal tightness that I can't seem to release. It's sad to see that a few negative thoughts can make some of us feel this way, it's like our body and mind has lost control of itself and is fighting for a way back. I suppose in a way I am lucky that I have learned a few ways to regain control of my thoughts but this weekend was a little reality check that no matter how far I have come, it's always there waiting for it's moment of attack. The point I am trying to make is that no matter how you feel or what thoughts are controlling your mind, every Monday and every morning is chance to regain control of your body and mind, it's a new beginning. 
"No amount of regret can change the past. No amount of anxiety can change the future."
Now back to the look, I am all about those Yeezy vibes lately wearing oversized sweaters with everyday basics. Today's look shows just that! This "Olive Oversized Sweater Dress" from PrettyLittleThing which has been a wardrobe staple of mine this season was a must for this look. Pairing it up with my beloved "Pleather Skinnies", it is the ideal match. While occasionally I wish I was the girl that could throw on a little frilly dress and feel comfortable, I think no matter what I will always need a little bit of edge to my looks. 
Shop the Look here:
Sweater Dress - Here ll Pants - Here ll Shoes - Here ll Choker - Here ll Jacket - Here

Photos by my Mum.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Winter Up Your Summer Wardrobe - The Irish Sun Newspaper

I have been given some amazing opportunities with my blog and the latest was writing for the Irish Sun Newspaper. Writing has always been a huge passion of mine and little did I know that my little fashion blog would present an opportunity like this to me. See the full article and more here.
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Friday, 25 November 2016

Party Season with a Twist - Xpose Magazine.

I can never just do things normally, can I? Recently I was asked by Xpose Magazine to put together my favourite "Christmas Party Season" Look and of course I had to put a twist to the look. Generally for party season people dress up in their best sparkly dresses and highest heels but that doesn't always have to be the case. You can change things up so much and that is exactly what I done with this festive look. To get all the outfit details and more, you can see them all in the latest December Issue of Xpose Magazine - Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

"10 Stylish Girls to Follow on Instagram" by Independent Style

This is something that blew my mind, the Independent Style section from The Irish Independent featured me in their "10 Stylish Girls To Follow on Instagram" and better yet they gave me the number one spot! The response has been crazy and it is an honour to be featured. Read the full article and more here.

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"Top 5 Female Influencers" By ThisBoyKnows

It is amazing to be recognised for something you love doing! A massive thank you to Adam from ThisBoyKnows for featuring me in his "Top 5 Female Influencers", it is an honour! Check out Adams blog and the entire article here.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The "IT" Coat with Marks and Spencer*

At long last it's cold - did you ever think someone would actually say that? It is finally time to pull out the faux fur coats, fluffy hats and blanket scarfs that you had hidden in your wardrobe all Summer. I have said it before but there is honestly something about this time of year that makes me extremely happy. 
Today's look is all about this AMAZING "Faux Fur Leopard Print Overcoat" from Per Una at Marks and Spencer. It is the most luxurious piece I own and screams glamour but of course with a little bit of an edge. Leopard Print Faux Fur is a massive trend again this A/W and it is one I personally love. Whether it is day or night, you can dress up the look with the right accessories. I wanted to create a simple urban edge to this look with a "Basic Black Polo" and of course my beloved "Black Ripped Skinnies". Nothing finishes off a look better than the right shoes, so of course I had to go with a pair of simple black boots and these "Sock Boots" also from Marks and Spencer were a must. 
There is honestly nothing better than investing in good quality Jackets and Shoes especially in A/W because they are key wardrobe pieces that will see you through the whole season, so if you like the pieces I picked up, you can shop them all below: 
Faux Fur Leopard Print Overcoat - Here ll Polo - Here ll Jeans - Here ll Boots - Here ll Hat - Here
Collaboration sponsored by Marks and Spencer & Shopping Links. 
Photos by the incredibly talented Morning Star Photography - See her website here
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Friday, 7 October 2016

#PLTStyle Feature.

Recently I was lucky enough to be featured on the PLT Website for their campaign #PLTStyle over on Instagram. To shop the looks and more, you can check them out below. 

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Peachy Hues.

Jacket, Top & Pants - PrettyLittleThing ll Choker - Forever21 ll Trainers - Adidas at JD Sports ll Bag - Michael Kors
There is no doubt that the colder weather has all of a sudden creeped in on us and while I do love my Winter wardrobe, I can't fully commit to completely dark outfits just yet! When I saw this gorgeous "Peach Shearling Coat" from the PLT Eastern Promise Collection, I knew it had to be mine! It's the perfect piece for layering but is still bright enough to add a bit of life to a look. Styling it up with the perfect combo of a "Vintage Inspired Rolling Stones" T-Shirt and "Leather Skinnies", it ended up being one of my favourite looks to date. 



Photos by the very talented Morning Star Photography. Check out her website here.
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