When I Don't Have a Bee in my Bonnet

Thursday, 16 March 2017

When I Don't Have a Bee in my Bonnet

For a while there, I really was on a roll with blogging. I constantly had something to say, a new opinion to share and a topic that I just felt needed to be discussed. For me, that's not all the time though and that's ok.

About two weeks ago, I sat at my laptop to write a blog post and I just had nothing. A list of ideas but none that truly inspired me at that time. Why I'm so sporadic with my blog posts, is because I can't assign myself a time to write. Words just come to me at the most random times and I'll have a full post written in five minutes flat. Sometimes I'll wake up at 3am full of inspiration and ideas or I'll be sitting on the train and so many thoughts fill my brain.. I just can't control it.

I have started writing posts that you may not even see until June, I just get a spurt of inspiration and just have to write it all down, at this stage I probably won't even come back to that post until June!

Sometimes it doesn't even come down to inspiration, sometimes I just don't have a bee in my bonnet and I'm content with what I'm doing with nothing to share, which is ok too. Over the last few months I have made some hard hitting posts, when I wrote Let's Talk About Consent, it was a huge issue around that time, similarly to my opinion on Valentines Day and What I'm Doing with my Life. All very current topics in my life at the time but sometimes I'm happy out, pottering around taking blog pictures and heading in and out of college, spending time with my friends just enjoying my life.

In the past I have tried to force out some blog posts, but they just aren't the same. I have just learned the hard way over the last few weeks to have a few photos pre taken and just whip out the laptop when the ideas hit. In fairness there are so many bloggers who I turn to for inspiration who help so much but when the words aren't flowing, there is not much I can do.

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Aside from all of that, lets talk about this outfit! The top and trousers are both Topshop (linked above), so is the bag but it is very old stock. I never thought the trousers would suit me but I tried them on on a whim one day and was pleasantly surprised, plus it feels like you're just wearing pyjama bottoms so they are ideal! The boots are Topshop too would you believe, and they are on sale so get your hands on them while you can. I got them when they first went on sale because my ASOS black boots (aka the loves of my life) eventually became a bit too worn and just a bit too scaldy.. This coat is H&M old stock however the one I've linked above looks the exact same. Sunglasses are Penney's, unreal for €3!

I really hope you enjoyed this post! Don't forget to follow me on my social media which I linked below. I'm having a real Instagram moment lately and loving every minute of it so make sure to head on over and follow me there. I hope you have a wonderful Paddy's Day and enjoy the long weekend.

Reasons to Smile with PD Dental

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Reasons to Smile with PD Dental
Smiling is one of them amazing things that can just light up a room, it is true- its infectious. Sometimes we can get distracted by the woes that life throws at us but it is important to bring it all back and appreciate the little things that brighten up the everyday.
YES finally a bit of sun. This week the sun came out and it was one of the first days this year that it actually felt like Spring. There is something about it makes it being sunny that lifts everyones spirits and puts everyone in a good mood.. Plus, there is nothing better than Ireland when it's sunny.

Kate LaVie got a new kitten and all of her photos of him on her Instagram stories are to die for (insert all of the eye heart emojis). 

This week, a professor's children walked in on him doing an interview with the BBC and it's hilarious.. You have probably seen the video but if not, you're welcome! 
If you know me in person, or you may have noticed in my blog photos- I never smile with my teeth. I have always got passing comments about it and it has been noted so many times but it just feels weird. I am far more comfortable smiling without my teeth for some reason, I know I don't have the worst teeth but they are far from perfect being not the straightest and not the whitest. When PD Dental got in touch to offer a teeth whitening session I jumped at the chance.

On arrival I had a consultation with the lovely ladies in the office and then was given a full scale and polish followed by laser teeth whitening which was all done in the space of an hour and a half.

I would recommend PD Dental for whitening if you're looking for a few shades lighter and a good clean- the staff are so kind in there and they left my teeth looking brand new.

Laser teeth whitening is €150 and the scale and polish is €50 and you can find out more about them on their website here.

Happy Sunday everyone and I hope you have a great week.

Algorithms & Why Bloggers Hate Them

Monday, 6 March 2017

Algorithms & Why Bloggers Hate Them
Algorithm, one of those words that give me slight PTSD (thanks to first year computer Science) and needless to say it is one that bloggers just don't get on with.

You may hear us all go on about sharing our content on various platforms and asking everyone to like their pictures.. Why is that you may ask? Yep it's thanks to algorithms that social media platforms put into play in order to get the most meaningful and best personally tailored content for each user.. 

The first major change that came about was Instagram's change from showing posts in chronological order to showing the posts that you interact with the most, first. This caused outrage within the blogger community, understandably, as the old way allowed us to be shown to a wider audience and not just the one Instagram has chosen for us..

It's not just Instagram, it happens on Facebook too and it can be very frustrating at times.

When you have put so much work into a blog post and say have 500 odd likes on Facebook, sometimes the reach can be as bad as 15 people despite it being the prime time when my audience is active. The higher your number of followers, the less likely you're content will be seen in proportion generally.. It can be a little disheartening to say the least.

Any blogger will know, that blogging can be difficult, it is a 24/7 job that has gotten quite a bad rep in the past. That said however I fecking love it and wouldn't have it any other way and by staying true to yourself, and not trying to do shady things to get followers, it can be the most rewarding and enjoyable hobby out there.

Let's just talk about this outfit for a moment. Topshop was once my one true love in life but in recent months, I have just moved on. Don't get me wrong, it still is probably one of my favourite shops to wander around and have a browse but the trend pieces are just wildly out of budget for this broke little student. That being said, I couldn't resist this white jumper that I saw, the sleeves are just to die for. I paired them with my ripped Joni jeans and these new black boots (you just can't have enough right?) that are actually on sale at the moment! I threw on these new Penney's sunnies (absolute favs) and my Penney's belt which is looking very worse for wear these days haha.

Well I hope you enjoyed this little post and got a better insight to the little world of blogging! Make sure to check out my social media below and give them a follow if you are any way interested. Have a fab day.

So what are you doing with your life?

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

So what are you doing with your life?

 A question I'm posed with all too often these days..

With my final weeks of University snapping up fast, it is the first time in my life where I haven't had a plan. The education system is all I know, it's a system that I have been in for as long as I can remember and the idea of being out on my own it very damn overwhelming. 

I touched on this in my previous post, Final Year Stress & How I Stay Organised and its true, it's SO stressful. On top of the mountain of work we have to do, we have the added pressure of trying to figure out what we have to do with ourselves and the rest of our lives and being questioned by everyone else about it. Not that I am giving out about people asking, to be honest I'd be asking the same question myself!

The reality of it all is, I don't need to know what I'm doing. There are so many options and even though I don't know what one to take right now, it'll all fall into place eventually. For God's sake I'm 20 years old, I'll be 21 when I graduate, I can do anything I want. 

I recently got offered a place to do a masters, in a subject that I'm not fully invested in and I don't really know if it is what I want to do. This is the first time in my life that I don't have a plan and it is terrifying me.

I have so many options, too many options.
Do I travel?
Work towards a graduate visa in the US?
Do the masters?
Try find a proper job?

That's why I'm not really a fan of the question 'so what's next for you?' Although it looks like everyone has their shit together, they really don't, for the most part, we are all in the same boat. My friend Emer recently wrote a post that really made me realise this, as she discussed her 'Quarter Life Crisis' and the doubt she feels in herself and her future. I don't think we're expected to know what to do next, we're just so young. When you think about it, even putting down a course on your CAO when you're just 17 or 18 is ridiculous! 

So whatever situation you're in, whatever age you are, just know.. Nobody knows what their doing so just work hard and wing it, everything will fall into place.

Let me know your thoughts on my social media channels, linked below!

Jeans / Bag / Coat (similar) / Top (similar) / Cami (similar) / Boots (similar)

Final Year Stress & How I Stay Organised

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Final Year Stress & How I Stay Organised
 Do you ever just sit down and think- when was the last time I just sat down and did nothing all by myself?

Up until my final year in university I can safely say that it was probably last night while watching Netflix and eating way too many custard creams, but since September I feel like I haven't had many of them moments.

I go on as if this is a negative thing- it really isn't. I love being productive and my life, although at times hectic, is probably the best it has ever been.

This year in university, is the only one where my grades actually count towards my final grade, which impacts my next steps after I graduate. On top of that, I decided to do a 12 week diploma course in digital marketing because it is something I have been really looking into after I graduate. So with managing the two courses, a part time job, a long distance relationship, a social life and a blog- things can get a bit mental around here. I thought I'd share what I do to to get by.
A classic lesson I learned last semester. College 5 days a week and working 3 just burned me out. I found myself taking weekends off at a time because I just had no time to get anything done. I had money but I was so stressed towards Christmas. This semester I have whittled it down to two, maybe even working one day as it gets closer to exams because even though I'll have less money, there won't be as much pressure and I actually might be able to balance my life a little better haha.

If I'm at home all by myself, I'm working on assignments, blogging or sleeping.. I don't treat that as relaxation time. I have a Netflix account, but I hardly ever use it when I'm by myself (except around exam time when I watched the whole series of A Series of Unfortunate Events in two days.. oops). I tend to relax mainly when I'm with my friends or when I'm with my boyfriend, even though I do force him to come with me to blog shoots or even take pictures for me haha. Although it won't work for everyone, I find overlapping downtime with my social life works the best for me.

A little strange but all I do is plan. In my notes on my phone I write a weekly outfit plan which saves me time in the morning and every night I write down everything I need to get done the following day. Assignments and blog events get noted in my planner. My monthly blog plan is organised on Google Documents as well as my weekly Instagram and Snapchat plans (Wow I sound crazy haha).  It's just how I stay on top of everything I guess!

My commute to college is when I get shit done.. Them 25 minutes on the train up and back to college is where I do a solid amount of laptop time, and my makeup for the day (more time in bed? I'll take that!)
Even though I'm a people pleaser and I'm still working on this, learning to say no is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Learning to prioritise what you need to do and saying no to others when you need to do them enables you to actually manage your time better.

Shoes: Primark
Jeans: Primark
Bag: Topshop (sold out)

The other day I actually had the thought- why don't I go out and buy The Sims?! After writing this post, it's safe to say that that idea has been quickly swept under the carpet haha.

How do you stay organised? Let me know on my social media below!

Shoutout to Ailbhe for the pics 😘