Monday, 17 April 2017

YOUTUBE || Edinburgh Vlog

As you may have seen from my previous Travel blog post and the 17367284 Instagrams I posted but I went a quick little city break to Edinburgh a few weeks back and ended up vlogging the whole trip. To see what we got up to in Edinburgh and more you can see my latest Vlog below. 

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Growing Up x Primark*

Don't we all miss our childhood days? When we didn't have a care in the world, not a worry on our shoulders and we were simply carefree. I miss those days, I miss waking up with a clear head and a fun-filled day of adventure ahead. I guess that is what happens when your growing up, you forget how simple life was when you were younger. Things that seemed like the end of the world back then, aren't even a blip in your daily life now. A day off work doing nothing seems like a dream and getting a proper nights sleep seems beyond unrealistic. But isn't constantly chasing your tail worth it in the end? The feeling of pride you get when you finish a project you have been working tirelessly on, the joy you feel when you get that promotion in work and finally owning that designer bag you once dreamed of because you worked for it! I am at that stage in my life right now, nearing the end of my final year in college about to jump head on into the real world of full-time work. While at times I get overwhelmed by the thoughts of finally being "an adult", it also makes me very excited to see where my career will take me, how will I progress, will I love it or will I hate it? It is without a doubt a daunting but very exciting time in my life and I promise to cherish every moment of it, good or bad!
I think all these thoughts are the reason why I was instantly drawn to these "Pink Dungarees" new in to Primark. A little touch of your childhood in a grown up outfit - bonus! I just love the fun vibe they give a look and they are such a fun piece to style up! Keeping everything young yet edgy with a "Slogan Cut-Out Tee" (that you can't really see here) and a simple "Denim Jacket". I am loving double denim this Spring/Summer so adding it to this look with the contrasting colours was the perfect addition! Then finally to add one more piece of colour to the look, I added this a "Emerald Green Hoodie" which I actually picked up in Primark Man for €11, along with every other colour it came in! I just think the green colouring plays off the pink so well that it really gives it a fun, childish look. 
Primark are literally KILLIN'IT this Spring/Summer with their latest lines! Every time I go in for a pair of socks I come out €17368204 poorer - typical, but I just can't help it! 
All the pieces from this look are in store in Primarks nationwide now. 
This post is sponsored by Primark.
Photos by my Mum. 
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Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Next Chapter!

I've kind of been MIA on the blog recently and that is mainly because everyday life has become insanely busy. I am in the last few weeks of my final year in College so due dates and exams are quickly approaching so I am up to my eyes in assignments. Along with normal work, exciting blog projects and the daily life of a 22 year old, but I am not complaining! For once in my life I can honestly say I am happy with how things are going, I am working on myself every single day, powering towards my goals and having fun along the way. I never thought I would enjoy growing up and leaving the adolescent stage of my life behind but I think that is exactly what I needed to do. I have always had an old head on me which made me v.sensible throughout my teenage years but now it is finally paying off. I never had a grĂ¡ for nights out and endless drinks, I am more of a "in bed by 10pm" kind of girl. I enjoy working towards my goals than the endless college nights out and an evening at home with my family is much more enjoyable than a night out in a club. In this day and age I think it is very rare you hear young people say that, but for me it is true! 
My latest exciting step into adulthood was buying my own car! I've had my license for nearly 4 years now and was lucky enough to have an old car under my arse for the last few years but I felt it was the right time to upgrade and get myself a much safer and sensible car. I know for 22 it is such a big commitment to take on but if anything it has pushed me to work harder than ever. Thankfully I have a great family who supported my decision and helped me make the best choice along with Cavanaghs of Charleville who were honestly the biggest gems in this monumental step, they made the whole process a breeze and made sure I was at ease every step of the way - I couldn't recommend them enough! I know some people were asking me on social media what car I ended up getting and it is the Ford Ka+ in white, I know absolutely ZERO about cars so along as one had 4 wheels and would drive, I was happy! 
It's moments like these that make me appreciate every step and path I have taken so far. I never made the traditional decision leaving school and while so many people doubted me at the time, 4 years later I can finally say I have proved them wrong and not even that I can say I proved myself right! Life is an actual rollercoaster with incredible highs and disastrous lows but how we handle the ride is what makes us who we are! I am very excited for what is to come and even more excited to work my little bum off and turn my little corner of the internet into something huge. I have so many goals in life that nothing or no one will stop me from reaching them. Here is too the next chapter!
Outfit Details:
Jumper - Here ll Jeans - Here ll Belt - Here ll Trainers - Here ll Glasses - Here




Photos by Dervila Kelly.
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Sunday, 2 April 2017

#LoveLifeTravels - Edinburgh

I am only home 48 hours and I would give anything to be back in Edinburgh. It was a trip I was so excited for and it certainly lived up to it's expectations. At the end of last year I decided to book flights for myself & my friend Emma for her 21st birthday which is later this month as a present. It was a short 3 Day-City break but it was an amazing one. Thankfully we had great weather for the 3 days which is unexpected for Edinburgh seeing as we had packed as if we were going to the Antartica. If you are following me on Instagram: @niamh_lovelife you would have seen my daily updates of our trip while we were over there but I actually managed to Vlog the whole trip too so I should have that up over the next week or so. I have gotten quite a few messages asking where we stayed and what we did while we were over there so I thought it would be best to share all that information with you here.
Where We Stayed: We stayed in the Apex City Hotel in Grassmarket which was ideal. It was a 5 minute walk from Princess Street, Edinburgh Castle, everything really. We actually booked it on booking.com and snapped it up for a bargain so if your looking for a really swanky hotel but don't want to pay extremely high prices then definitely check that out. 
What We Did: Thankfully I have amazing followers so when I popped it up on social media that I was going to Edinburgh for a few days I got so many recommendations on what to see & do over there that we didn't even know where to start. Cocktail bars were definitely the must recommended things for us to do but we aren't really going out people and are generally in bed before 11pm no matter where we go on holidays! We also didn't want to waste any of our days hungover so we kind of gave the nights out a miss. Instead we actually did a lot of touristy things and of course a spot of shopping too. I will have everything we did in my upcoming Vlog but mainly we went to see Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura, National Scottish Gallery, The Dungeons, The Zoo and so much more. 
Where We Ate: Food was a big thing for us and I am pretty sure I ate for 90% of our trip but I wouldn't have it any other way. Every morning we went to The Huxley for breakfast. It was such a gorgeous restaurant/cafe and literally had the nicest pancakes imaginable - I had to be rolled out of there every day. For dinner then we went to Byron Burger and TGI Fridays of course, the perfect places for tasty burgers along with so much more!
All my outfit details and more are over on my Instagram (@niamh_lovelife) if you want to have a look but I will also have my Vlog up sometime this week which will give you a better insight into the whole trip. Edinburgh - YOU ARE AMAZING!

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Back On Track.

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love my food! I will go straight to McDonalds before the thought of eating something healthy even crosses my mind! That being said though, being so indulgent with my food means I need to keep on track with my exercise. Lately I have been very lazy because the thoughts of the gym actually frightens me but once I get back into a routine I know I will be flying it. Instead I have been taking the more health conscious route when it comes to my daily routine, taking the stairs instead of a lift, making sure I drink at least 2 litres of water a day along with staying on my feet in work and the odd evening walk here and there. Nothing strenuous trust me, I love to laze about but just enough to keep my metabolism up and to make sure I remain comfortable in what I wear and how I feel! That being said, i've decided to kick things up a notch with the longer evenings and remotely better weather! I have a lot of plans for this Summer with a lot of festivals and trips with my friends so I want to make sure I feel the best I can feel. I guess what I am trying to say is you don't have to cut out the things you love to tone up a little bit, there is enough pressure on us with other things that watching every single thing you eat should not be one of them. If you feel like having a McDonalds, have it. If you want that 99 with sprinkles, get it! Life is too god damn short to be worrying how many calories you are having, you are entitled to treat yourself to nice things every once in awhile just get active in some shape or form to balance out the bad with the good. We aren't rabbits, we're not supposed to live on lettuce and salads!!
 Outfit Details:
All pieces are from JD Sports, check out their website here.
Jumper - Here ll Leggings - Here ll Runners - Here
Photos by Dervila Kelly - Instagram: @dervilak
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Monday, 20 March 2017

Stuck In A Rut!

I think everyone gets stuck in a rut every once in a while and this weekend I was certainly right in the middle of one. I managed to get the whole weekend off work and had so many plans to get stuff done but what did I end up doing - NOTHING! Don't get me wrong, it was nice to take a step back and laze around and do nothing but it has also made me feel anxious because I was really unproductive, quite down because I have been sick for the last few weeks and I think I have just let it all get on top of me a little - it was bound to happen eventually! I've been doing so well this year by helping others out, pushing myself outside my comfort zone along with working harder than ever before! Sometimes I am a little hard myself, I keep taking things on thinking I can manage them all, I try to listen and help everyone out as much as possible forgetting that I also need a little help myself and I end up getting buried underneath it all. To make matters worse I know how lucky I am, I am so blessed because in reality I am healthy, I have an amazing family, a great group of friends and I never want for anything but because sometimes I still feel a little down at times, the guilt comes creeping in! I start giving out to myself for feeling this way when I have a million and one things to be thankful for but I suppose that is the vicious circle of anxiety. Some days are great and some are terrible but it's finding a balance between the good and the bad that makes it all worth while. I have a lot of exciting plans for the next few weeks with a trip to Edinburgh next week which I am very excited about so I don't want to have this dark cloud around me. I am going to stop putting so much pressure on myself to have an "Instagram Perfect" life and just be ME! It's a new week, a new day and another chance to for a fresh start!
Outfit Details:
Jumper (Similar) - Here ll Jeans - Here ll Runners - Here ll Bomber - Here

Photos by my Mum.
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Monday, 13 March 2017

Power Suit x Primark*

Pink Two Piece - Primark
Did you ever find a piece of clothing that you love so much you'd happily wear it everyday? That is exactly how I feel about this Pink Primark Two Piece Suit, I mean - I AM OBSESSED! Pink is a majooooor trend this Spring/Summer and who would of thought that a girl who loves black hoodies and leather pants would fall in love with a bright pink suit? Me either! I honestly feel like it is my power suit. You could wear it for a night out with the girls or for a day shopping like I did here and it will look AMAZING! I decided to keep the look very casual of course, adding an edge to this tailored look. A slogan tee and some simple trainers were a must but I think the suit speaks for itself! Now I am off to buy 10 more of these so I am never without one!
Outfit Details:
Jacket - €23 ll Pants - €15
Photos by Owen Webb O'Rourke: Instagram: @owenwebborourke
This post is Sponsored by Primark.
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