Sunday, 23 December 2018

Goodbye to 2018 With Primark*


First of all, a big thank you to everyone for their love and support on my last blog post - it was long overdue on the blog and featured a lot of stuff that I needed to get off my chest. I thought it might have been my last blog post of the year but I decided to be good and get another one done.
What can I say about 2018, you have been an absolute shit show at the best of times and amazing at the worst of times. I have learned a lot about myself this year, put my mental health through the ringer and realized more than ever that your health is your wealth. Turning 23 at the beginning of the year, I thought I was going to be on top of the world and couldn’t wait for the year ahead, but let me tell you, I cannot wait to see the back of 23 and learn to love myself more throughout 24.
2018 was the year I battled with myself. I secluded myself from a lot, fought my demons and struggled to see the light. I turned myself away from a 23 year olds lifestyle in the hope of finding who I was. I have learned who I want to be, what I want out of life and what impact I hope to leave once I am gone. I have depended on my parents more than ever and decided to treat myself that little bit more. Life is too damn short not to. I have learned that by giving back to your community and those less fortunate, you gain more than money could ever buy. I have learnt that no one in the world will match how much I adore my Nan and that a good laugh can really cure any pain. This year has taught me that by giving in, I was not giving up and by standing up for myself, I earned more respect than I ever thought I could. 2018 you challenged me continuously but I am forever grateful.
I write one of these types of posts every year, giving myself a list of goals for the year ahead and to be honest when I don’t reach them all, it makes me feel like a complete failure. I have decided that instead I am going to break down the year into 4 equal parts and set myself smaller goals to reach from season to season. This will be a good way for me to track what I have achieved and what I need to work on more. Also people change throughout the year and what I want in January may be completely different to what I want in September. People change just like the seasons and I think it will be the best way to continuously improve myself.
I want 2019 to be the year, that I focus on the good in me rather than always focusing on the bad. To be honest I need to learn to love myself more because if I don’t, how can anyone else learn to love me. I need to learn to have more faith in myself rather than giving up at the first hurdle. I need to learn that how I think and feel about myself is much more important than what others think of me and that even if today is bad, tomorrow has the potential to change my life. Life is short, sweet, painful and a nuisance at the best of times but isn’t that what it is all about.
I also want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the Brands, PR Companies and anyone I have worked with this year for taking a leap of faith on me. There were a lot of times where I was throwing in the towel with this entire industry but ye were the motivation that kept me going. From the Black Panther Premiere with Disney in February, to endless PLT Parties, Electric Picnic with Aussie, going to Harry Potter World with Primark and so much more, I cannot thank you all enough for asking me to be apart of these crazy experiences. Never in a million years did I ever think I would get the chance to live this crazy life, even with all the obstacles thrown in between - I am beyond grateful and count my lucky stars every single night. 
A massive thank you to every single one of you who have followed, supported, read & continuously cheered on my blog. I am so forever grateful for you all and thank you for picking me up when I kept falling down. Who knows what 2019 has in store for me, my life or my blog. All I know is that I am going to damn well make the absolute most of it, here is too 2019.
OUTFIT DETAILS:
Primark has been without a doubt my one stop shop throughout 2018 from clashing prints to sports luxe - they had my entire wardrobe covered. Their 2-Piece Suits were my weakness throughout the year and I cannot wait to continue styling them up into 2019. Honestly hand on heart cannot thank Primark enough for all their love, support & opportunities throughout 2018. Stephanie and Andrea from the Primark PR Team are the most amazing people and have without a doubt become lifelong friends. I am so excited to continue working with them in 2019!
Jacket - €35 Primark (Last Year) ll Dress €18 Primark ll Top €6 Primark ll Headband €3 Primark
This post is sponsored by Primark #IWorkWithPrimark
Photos by Owen Webb O'Rourke
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Christmas Sleep-Out with Novas

I am lucky enough to go to bed at night with a roof over my head and have food in my stomach every day like so many others but unfortunately not everyone is as lucky with homelessness being a huge crisis within Limerick and further afield. It is for this reason I have decided to take part in the Annual Limerick Sleep-Out on December 21st with Novas Charity, who do tremendous work for the homeless and more within Limerick. Limerick Senior Hurlers William O'Donoghue and Seamus Hickey are fronting the Novas Sleep-Out Campaign in the hopes of raising much needed money to help with the homeless crisis. Novas do tremendous work throughout the city and county helping numerous families at the brink of despair and when they need it most. 
Over the last few years I have helped Novas by donating clothing from past campaigns and brands, in the hope of helping someone out. This year I wanted to take it a step further and the Sleep-Out I think is an amazing way to do so. From 7:00pm December 21st to 7:00am December 22nd, I along with many others will spend the night on O'Connells Street in Limerick City, in the hope of raising as much money as possible. If there is anyway you want to help, I would hugely appreciate it. I have set up an EverydayHero Donation Page to try raise my target of €2000 for Novas to help some families out this Christmas. Whether you can donate 50 cent or €50 - every single bit helps. 

If you have 2 minutes to spare to donate the Page, I would be forever grateful. 

"A Life Of Giving, Is A Life Worth Living"

THANK YOU.

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Life Update, London with Primark & New Beginnings*

2018 has without a doubt been the year that I have been completely M.I.A here - there is no explanation for it really, I just kind of fell out of love with blogging and this entire industry. I lost my spark to put my thoughts on a page and share any ideas I had with you all. I have been posting here and there but to be honest, it has not been the year of substantial content for you all, and for that I am so incredibly sorry. 
The Blogging Industry I think personally became very toxic in 2018 with many hate pages being set up to attack Bloggers/Influencers which in my opinion was just down right awful and took a completely nasty turn. It was the year that readers, followers and more fell out of love with bloggers and to be honest I don't blame you in the slightest because I felt the very same. I am very lucky and grateful that I have the nicest bunch of people reading my blog and supporting my social pages, who send me nothing but positive messages and people I would consider friends now. I am glad I have kept my private life private here and just shared my utter love for fashion, I want to continuously inspire people, I don't want people leaving here feeling worse about themselves. If anything this year has tested me whether I would keep my blog up and running or not. Some days I just wished I never started it and other days I wish I shared more with you all, it is a constant turmoil love/hate relationship. Along with that, Instagram has been the utter bane of my existence. I wish this industry wasn't so numbers based but unfortunately it is. My Instagram has lost more numbers than it's gained and to be honest it makes you think why would you even bother with it anymore but then again that is a complete and utter first world problem and something that should not be occupying so much of my mind but hey that is the industry I am in. 
Fortunately while there has been a good chunk of negativity around the Blogging Industry this year, I have fortunately been blessed with a rainbow of amazing opportunities after every shower of rain and for that I am SO THANKFUL. 
I have had the opportunity to work with and build amazing relationships with some of the biggest brands in the world, that want to work with little old me - it is crazy just to think about. Brands such as Primark, PrettyLittleThing, Boohoo, L'Oreal, Aussie and more have been my blessings in disguise this year and kept that fire burning inside of me especially when it was pretty much extinguished. From Electric Picnic with Aussie, Harry Potter World with Primark, Parties with PrettyLittleThing and continuous events, I feel incredibly blessed to have these opportunities every single day. 
It was actually just the end of November I was lucky enough to travel to London with Primark for the new Fantastic Beasts Movie along with a trip to Harry Potter World and lets just say 12 year old Niamh was dying inside with excitement. Stephanie and Andrea from Primark PR treated us like Queens for the trip and honestly I was just in sheer and utter awe the entire time. I honestly have to pinch myself on trips like this to make sure it is actually real life. Myself & 4 other Irish Bloggers flew to London with the Primark Girls for a 48 hour world wind trip that was honestly like a dream - I couldn't have asked for anything better. I have a tonne of pictures below of the trip if you would like to have a little look. 
While my Instagram and Blog tend to show the best version of my life, making it look like I am far from fear, worries and pain - let me tell you that could not be further from the truth. Unfortunately there has been parts of my private life that have been a complete and utter shit show this year and I just don't exactly like to show that side of my life online but maybe it is something I need to start doing, who knows. I had some extremely close family members take ill which is frightening to see and the constant worry if they will pull through. I come from a family of business people so the stress of pulling them through to the next morning is always a constant battle but like I said in a previous post, things have started to look up and my parents years of hard work has started to flourish and for that I could not be prouder of them - Life really does have it's ups and downs. 
On a more personal note, 2018 has been an absolute constant battle with my head which I have just touched on with you all at times. I have battled with my thoughts and anxieties on a continuous basis for more than 4 years. There was times I tried brushing them to the side which ended up causing more harm than good for me so after years of brushing everything under the rug and putting my physical health at risk, my family under constant worry and myself in turmoil - it was time take a stand for myself. I ended up giving up my job and I was hoping to head back to College in September but it was too much of an ask for me, secluded myself from social situations, spent an huge amount time at home, worked on my mental health and mindfulness, took over 3 months off work, spent time with people who were good for my mental health and just worked on me. Writing it all down there seems like it wasn't much but it had gotten to the point where the smallest thing like going to the shop was becoming too much. I was a 23 year old girl, living an 80 year old's life but these small steps helped. I take medication for my head and while it was something I never EVER wanted to do, it has helped me leaps and bounds. 6 months later after almost reaching break point, I am in a much better place than I could have imagined. I still struggle with the smallest things and what is easy to others is like climbing a mountain to me but I am getting there. My anxieties are at bay but they will never disappear, I have just learned to work alongside them. One thing the last 6 months has thought me is that I am really blessed with the best parents, brother, family & friends - that even at my lowest points and my ugliest self, they still love and help me. It is a group of bonds and relationships I will never take for granted. 
So as you can imagine 2018 has been a roller-coaster with turbulence but I am staying on track. I am looking forward to continuously working on myself and befriending my anxieties. I have started a job I love with a future in sight. I have trips, nights out and adventures planned that used to have me running from civilization. I am excited to start creating new content and sharing my passions here and hopefully helping others along the way and I have started to plan ways to use this platform for good. Life can be a shit show at times but with the good comes the bad and every night I count my lucky stars that I am here living it.
So this might just be the last post of 2018 or who knows I may surprise you with another one soon but this is not the end of my online safe haven, it is just getting started.  
London With Primark
This post is sponsored by Primark
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