By Niamh Webb O'Rourke

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Life Update 2.0 - Faith, Opportunities & Materialistic Expectations.

My god 2018 has been a weird one so far, I mean I was beyond motivated at the start of the year, jumping on the "New Year, New Me" Bandwagon and here I am 4 months on as unmotivated as ever! I had so many plans in my head that I wanted to execute but somehow along the way I lost my drive to put them into action. Life has been an absolute rollercoaster since my last blog post (I am not even going to apologise again for the 1638346 time for the delay) but hey what can I do! I've learned a lot over the last 6 weeks and if they have thought me ANYTHING, it is that tomorrow isn't guaranteed to anyone so if an opportunity arises - take it! We got some pretty bad news a few weeks back that put absolutely everything into perspective for me and in some way I feel like I am just finding out who I really am again. Without sounding like I am away with the birds because a normal 23 year old would never talk about it really but I feel like I am finding my faith again after drifting away from my beliefs for a long time, as I don't agree with a lot of actions but I have found myself more than ever taking comfort in it and in some way finding my way back to my faith - it's weird how life throws curveballs in your direction isn't it? While materialistic aspects of my life always used to seem extremely important to me, now they just seem so small in comparison. Memories are what you can cherish forever and I really want to create ones I will always remember. 
With so many things happening in the world right now, especially here in Ireland with "Repeal the 8th" Referendum approaching - I think it is only time my generation fought for what we believe in. I normally keep quite quiet on things and I am not going to force my opinion on anyone as that is not fair because everyone has the right to make their own choice but isn't that exactly what "Repeal the 8th" is about? Giving us women the right to make our OWN CHOICE over our OWN BODIES. I'm not going to say much more but just remember to Register to Vote before May 8th. The upcoming referendum on May 25th is the most crucial one our generation could face so let your voice make a difference.
Onto slightly lighter things - this month was also the month we finally held our "The Whole Shebang" Charity Event and what a success it was! Over 10k Euro raised to donate to 4 very well deserving charities that are close to everyones heart and for that I will never be able to thank everyone for their generosity for "The Whole Shebang" from the donations, to spot prizes, to helping hands and so much more - it was a day I will never forget. 
I have some pretty big life changes over the next month or so, with a career change which I am absolutely terrified but extremely excited about, some travelling with my family and also seeing the fruits of my Dad's 9 Year Developments coming to life which I am incredibly proud of him for - there is so much to cherish at this moment in time. I tend to take my life for granted at times, not living in the present but I tell you if this year has thought me ANYTHING so far it is that I am going to thank my lucky stars every night for the life I am living. 
So if you take anything from me today, live in the present, let your voice be heard and cherish every moment you get because some day it will all become a distant memory. 
More photos over on my Instagram: @niamh_lovelife
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Friday, 6 April 2018

The Trench Life*

Yes I know I am late with this blog post but unfortunately life threw a shit stick in my direction recently so I am currently writing this from the comfort of my bed, smothered with a flu and a very anxious mind but regardless of all that, the fashion world must go on.
As you may know from the previous 1748347934 blog posts and Instagrams - that I am a BIG PENNEYS (PRIMARK) FAN. I personally think you can't get style on a budget as good anywhere else and this "Camel Trench Coat" is just the piece to prove my point. I have been on the hunt for the perfect trench coat for the longest time, one that is not too heavy or too long. One that will see me through Spring/Summer but also one that won't cost me a small fortune. Now while online browsing, I stumbled across a few I absolutely loved but they were the equivalent of a weeks wage and I ain't going to part with that kind of money for a damn trend piece - sorry now! Trench Coats are a popular trend this Spring/Summer for the simple reason they add an immediate classy look but can also be styled up quite edgy too. 
For this look I wanted to keep everything else relatively simple with some basic "Black Mom Jeans" and a "Black Polo" which are also from Penneys at an absolute steal. To finish off the look and to continue that nautical theme, these "Gingham Slingbacks" were a must. Now I have recently been told they are the ugliest shoes in the world but I adore them - simple as. A simple, understated look like this will bring you from day to night in an instant which of course is an added bonus. I personally think a Trench Coat like this is such a statement piece for everyone to have in their wardrobe and will see you through a multitude to seasons. 
Outfit Details:
Trench Coat €19 ll Jeans - €19 ll Black Polo - €6 ll Shoes - €6
Available in Primark/Penneys Stores now
This Post is Sponsored by Primark/Penneys
Photos by Adam Coleman of This Boy Knows Photography - see his Instagram here. 
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Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Photos That Never Made Instagram.

It's March 25th 2018 and it is almost 6 weeks since my last blog post and to be honest I am really disappointed in myself that I left it go that long but I kind of just fell out of the whole blogging world. I have been working a lot in my daily job so when I come home after a long day, I am too tired to try think up of a post - when did I become a 90 year old? There has been a lot going on in my personal life too (like everyone) so that takes priority of course. In all honesty I haven't just been feeling "it" this year, I have so many plans , dreams and ideas but don't have the time to execute them which can kind of put a dampener on the whole thing and pause your dreams. Of course I love curating the perfect images for Instagram (UN: @niamh_lovelife), but with that comes a lot of pressure and a lot of doubt that if the interaction isn't automatically high initially - I instantly delete it. While I absolutely adore my blog and the little world I have created, I think there is a lot of pressure nowadays to lead this "Perfect Instagram Life" as an extremely high standard is visibly set by much bigger bloggers/influencers and in reality 99.9% of us everyday people can't have or afford that life - not to mind those of us trying to make it in that industry and it automatically turns us off it because it's a world not achievable to us all. 
I am lucky in a way that I have a small circle of people in this industry that I enjoy surrounding myself with - people that I know understand the stress, struggles and joy of trying to reach it in this modern day world. People that I know will take those 1738294 photos to get the perfect shot and will be one of the first to comment a 🔥emoji on your most recent Instagram Photo, people that I know that if shit hits the fan tomorrow morning, they will be there to support me 1000%. They know who they are reading this!
I suppose what I am trying to get at, is that I want to go back to my old way - blogging because I simply love it and that it is my safe space. It is the one place that brings me immediate joy in a world full of negativity. I think I am stuck in a "quarter-life rut" - is this normal? I am beyond mature for my age which isn't a great thing at times. Although I may sound life a negative nelly at this moment in time, I know there is so many terrible things happening in the world right now that make what I worry and stress about seem small in comparison but to every different individual seem big. I am in no way a "damsel in distress" and have no desire for someone to come in and save me, I want to be my own heroine - this is my super hero story. 
Chapter 4 of my 2018 Book is about to start and I want to change my storyline! I feel a lot of changes down the line that I hope will be for the best. If life has thought me one thing lately, it is that life is too damn short and no one knows what is around the corner! I want to live life without this misty, grey cloud hanging over my head and I want the sun to start shining in Chapter 4. Life is good, bad, amazing & ugly all at once and I suppose it is what makes every single day different. It is time to remove that Instagram Filter and live the life I love, creating the fashion looks I have always dreamed of with my eyes wide opens. 
See more over on my Instagram: @niamh_lovelife
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Reason I Chose To Smile.

I cannot believe I am about to show you all a groggy photo of my teeth before and after my Invisalign treatment but hey you guys asked for it. Let me start from the beginning, for YEARS my smile bothered me & for such a smiley person - this was a big big issue! Now I know my teeth were not the worst in the world but they played havoc on my confidence for years and I wanted to change that. At the beginning of 2017 I decided enough was enough, I was just about to finish up college and start working for good so I thought it was as good a time as any to finally take the plunge. I had researched everything you needed to know about braces and I knew for certain I wanted Invisalign braces as they were completely invisible and no one would even know I had them in. I also wanted to go with Clear Braces for the simple fact of the industry that I work in. Having visible braces would just have been a big "no,no" for me so if there was the slightest chance I was able to get clear ones, I was going to get them. 

I had researched a tonne of places to get the ClearTeen Invisalign Braces done & in the end I went with "Nenagh Dental and Orthodontic Clinic" as they were the most practical for travel wise and also Dr.Romana had so many amazing reviews, I knew I would be in the best of hands. So last April I went for my initial consultation to see would Invisalign be the right course of treatment for me and thankfully they were. Dr.Romana talked me through all the steps that would need to be taken to go ahead with my ClearTeen Braces and the process started. After getting my braces fitted and moulds taken, i'd say it was the June by the time I started my treatment. With just 21 sets and 6 months later and I can say I am BRACE FREE! I honestly can't get over how a slight few changes to my teeth has had the biggest impact on my confidence - I cannot get over how great my teeth look and no one would have even have known I was getting treatment done over the last 6 months. Dr.Romana from Nenagh Dental and Orthodontic Clinic was an absolute dream, chatting me through every step of the way and reassuring me that everything was going the way it was supposed to! I have a previous blog post on my Clear Braces treatment so you can have a read of that here. I honestly could not be happier with my teeth and am so proud of my smile now. 

Now back to the outfit - pink has been a colour that has slowly been taking over my wardrobe lately so when I stumbled across these "Black & Pink Boots" from Public Desire I knew they had to be mine. I just think they are such a timeless and classy piece for anyone to own. Keeping the theme of the look simple with some "Black & White Striped Trousers", of course an "Oversized Black Jumper" and a little "Pink Baker Boy Hat" to finish off the look. Last but certainly not least - my FAVOURITE part of the entire look, my Gucci Marmont 2.0 in Nude (swoooosh!). I picked this little gem up on my recent trip to London and I am so so happy that I did. It was a piece I had been looking at for the longest time and I am so glad that it is finally mine. I know some people don't agree with me about spending certain amounts of money on materialistic things and on some level I do agree but I do believe that every once in awhile we are entitled to treat ourselves to something we have worked long and hard for & this beauty reminds me of everything I have worked for this year and for that I will forever cherish it. 
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Photos by Adam Coleman from ThisBoyKnows.com
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