Sunday, 27 March 2016

Instagram Diary #10



Hola Chicas! It's been a while, so I figured it was time for a lil' life update. I am finally 18 and I really don't feel like I am yet! I had my first drink on Friday (my birthday), despite preconceived notions that I already do drink - nope. I'm pretty sure I've told a few people I already do along the way, just to try to fit in a little better - but that's another story for a whole different blog post! I've been up the wall this past week, and I'll let you guys know a little more about that this Summer, because right now I'm taking a little bit of chill time before getting stuck back into studying tomorrow *sigh*

Don't forget you guys can catch all these and more over on my Instagram account (@sadhbhers)




You guys seemed to love my latest collab with Vesper Dresses (which you can catch a few posts before this one), and I must say I loved shooting them, so make sure you check them out asap. Meanwhile I've been surviving Leaving Cert primarily thanks to Issie's Chocolate - it's what dreams are made of




I'm also making more of an effort to put my polaroid camera to good use, even if it's only for a sneaky selfie. I spent my March 17th (St Patrick's Day), in my local town with my fam to watch the parade, so I kept my look really simple with a few basic versatile colours. I was beyond delighted when my parents got me my very own Melissa Curry piece - and I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing a lot more of it in my up coming posts





Until next time,







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Saturday, 19 March 2016

VESPER pt II



Just before I begin this post can we just take a minute to acknowledge that there's only 80 days left until I sit my Leaving Cert Exams! Time has flown, and quite frankly I would not mind if it slowed down a little, just so I can catch up with all the studying I haven't done. Nonetheless, I'm back with part two of my latest collab with Vesper Dresses (vesperdresses.com), and this time I'm wearing their Clara Frill Peplum Knee-Length Dress, which you can catch right HERE

Dress, Vesper Dresses // Heels, Primark // Bracelet, H&M


I'm not going to lie - when I picked out this piece for my collab with Vesper Dresses I was super anxious about how it would fit my body, in particular my legs. I've always been a little bit self conscious about wearing tighter dresses or skirts because they rarely if ever suit my legs - but it'safe to say I have finally found a dress I can trust - and I felt great in this one!




I themed this piece with a pop of orange, really pulling it into this season and creating a cute colour blocking effect - minimal yet effective. I was devastated when I realised that I had forgotten to pop on my favourite Mac lippy, but the show must go on! 




I decided to go with a super simple hairstyle here too, and I kept my hair down mainly because the dress is so plain, and so perfect even without a neck piece











Until next time,











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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

LEAVING


OPINION


Sixth year has to be one of the most stressful years that any Irish teenager could ever experience. From endless sraithpict├║irs to a few pointless poets and a bit of dodgy French in between, it seems almost like there should be something for everyone - but there’s not. With art comes art history, construction involves very little constructing and Home Ec has got more to do with anything and everything other than the home itself. 




What an educational system we’ve got. Higher Level Maths is like a bad episode of The Cube, where everyone screams at the contestant to take more chances than they should, to risk losing it all. What are you willing to do for those bonus points? Is it worth putting your whole Leaving Cert on the line, just to scrape a bare D3, to meet the standards of a college course that will choose you based solely on one set of results? Ironically, yes it is. “Everything we do today will change where we are tomorrow.” Perhaps that is the sole principal that the Leaving Certificate is based on.





It seems to me that it takes almost the same principals to beat The Cube as it does to prosper in Sixth year;


1. Keeping Calm.
The presenter tells a contestant they have three lives left, and they know that the won't beat The Cube unless they remain totally chill, calm and collected. Unfortunately with the pre's/mocks completely over, we've ran out of lives. We have one chance left, and if we mess this one up then we mess up our whole futures, so it is vital to keep cool during these final determining months


2. Accuracy.
It is possible to beat The Cube, even if you're completely stupid. It just takes accuracy - just like the Leaving Cert. It's nearly impossible to get good grades without covering 100% of each course, and regurgitating it in a way that makes you seem like you've totally got everything under control. A little bit of confidence here really does go a long way.


3. Tactics.
Like I've already mentioned, you do not have to be smart to get 625 points. It's all about how much useless information you can fit into your head before the day of an exam, and reproducing it in a tactful way making it seem irresistible to any examiner - or so we're told


4. Practice
Every episode of The Cube usually features a man in his mid-thirties that's spend about three months practicing silly little games with his wife and children. Unfortunately the Leaving Cert does not involve any fun or silly games, however it is an area that proves the old saying that "practice makes perfect." Or rather "Sure we'll chance the pres (mocks) and we'll see how it goes," followed by a moment of "why am I so stupid," with a side of "my life is so difficult, someone please help" and maybe even a little "I'm not ready to be an adult." 



And at this moment of time it seems as though I have almost no advice to offer, until I reach the end of this vicious cycle that we like to call our educational system. A game of The Cube, that just never seems to end



Will you beat The Cube?



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Thursday, 10 March 2016

VESPER




It has been a long week, so I guess you could say a new dress was well needed - and thanks to Vesper Dresses I was not short on choice! It's safe to say I was beyond happy when the fab Laura over at Vesper Dresses, offered to collab with me - so here's the first of two dresses I was so kindly sent, the Vesper Cavalli Knee-Length Khaki Wrap Dress


Dress, Vesper Dresses // Heels, Missguided // Rings, New Look


To be honest, I was super skeptical when I picked this piece, purely because it is very daring - but when I tried it on I must say I was pleasantly surprised! It hugs my body in all the right places and the shoulder shape really gave me a little hourglass figure, which is always a bonus!




I teamed this piece with my favourite Missguided heels that I got on sale last Cyber Monday. They're super high and pretty uncomfortable, but I guess I'll take the pain in the name of fashion. I really gave this dress a bit of an alternative military style with my bespoke bracelet. My boyfriend, Eoin, made it for me out of empty bullet shells we found near a local firing range. It's definitely one of my favourite pieces - and definitely pulled this whole look together











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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

MARCH


Hola Chicas! Does anyone else feel like this year is already flying by? I can't believe it's already March! Just to give you guys a heads up, I probably won't be blogging more than twice a week for the next 90 days - exams are beyond overwhelming lately and I think it's safe to say that there just aren't enough hours in a day! Nonetheless, March is one of my favourite months of the year, and here's why;




1. Spring has Sprung!
.. Or should I say Spring would usually have sprung by now, but I'm just going to stay hopeful that it's going to happen soon. If you're following me on Snapchat (@sadhbh4), then you'll remember my story from just the other week of all that snow. Yes, snow - global warming is real


2. My Birthday
Don't forget to give me a holla on March 24, I'm turning the big 1-8, and I'm going to spend my day studying! Total excitement, am I right? I'll keep you guys updated on how the day goes over on Twitter (@sadhbhbeans) and Instagram (@sadhbhers). I'm sure it'll be a real blast


3. St Patrick's Day
I don't really know why I love St Patrick's Day so much, but I do. It's always such a chill day for me, watching the parade and over eating - what's not to love? 


4. Easter Holidays
Extra time to catch up on study, am I right? Sixth year turns two weeks of freedom into two weeks of torture, so all this study better be worth it in the end! Nonetheless, Easter is partially a time of chocolate appreciation, so it wouldn't be right not to binge on chocolate


5. Spring Summer Outfits
Hello to the bright yellow jumper stashed at the back of my wardrobe, I missed you. And everything bright and colourful, and maybe even a few prints. It's time for a little bit of wardrobe recovery, and we can finally start making that transition to bolder, brighter pieces again!



Until next time,




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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

We are what we wear

DISCUSSION:

Everyday we spend time planning what to wear, and even judging what others wear in this fast paced twenty first century, in which we can only wish to keep up with the constant yet somewhat bombarding sea of trends that engulf us on a day to day basis. As a fashion blogger, sometimes it seems as though there is no phrase that speaks more truth then "we are what we wear." It's impossible to walk down the street without judging or being judged for what we wear. We are often defined by our appearances, in a world where first impressions count




To an extent it is beyond true that we really are what we wear. We are defined by the uniform we put on in the morning, and the outfit we change into at night. The smallest of choices within the grand scheme of life somehow dictate what others think of us. In my opinion, this ability to dictate first impressions seems to be one of the most beautifully dangerous concepts that surrounds us today.




Sometimes it doesn't even come down to what we wear, but how we wear it. Louise O'Neill's novel Asking For It, seems to show just that. The controversial book deals with rape culture in Ireland today, and if you haven't read it, then you really should. I feel like some of the concepts in this book take we are what we wear to a whole new level, where women are considered to be "asking for it," when they choose to wear revealing outfits. That, on the other hand, perhaps takes the concept out of context. You wear a uniform, you are a student. You wear a suit, you are a business woman. You wear a revealing outfit, you are brave. Not asking for it.




What seems most ironic about the widely talked about concept of our expression of our personalities being made mainly through our choice of clothing is the very fact that we have a school uniform. A uniform that creates a sense of "unity," a very unity in which we are supposed to find strength. I, for one, find strength is self expression. We are what we wear, so it's ironic that in these institutions of development we are not asked, but rather forced to wear an outfit that says nothing about who we are, but rather what the world wants us to be, and who they expect us to be. We are what we are told to wear, I am what I wear.


Who are you?









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