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

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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