Monday, 9 October 2017

Life Lately






Hola Chicas! Life has been beyond hectic lately. Between college, work and just about everything in between I feel like I haven't really had time to myself to do the things I love. Recently I decided that I should try to plan my days ahead in advance; so here I am, writing to you on a strictly limited "Sadhbh-time," penciled in just for you. Nonetheless, here's what's been going on in my life lately






1. Y E A R   T W O


If you're been following me for a while, then I guess you already know that I'm currently in second year of college; and if you haven't been, then now you know too! After a Summer of working two jobs, I feel like I assumed that this year would be a breeze, but as you can imagine I have been unpleasantly surprised. Between assignments, studying and a two hour journey home every weekend to work, things haven't quite been as easy as I expected. However, I feel like I wouldn't really be me if I didn't take on too much, so I'm sure I'll manage








2. T H E   O L D


I'm finally settling back into my old routine *wooo*, so hopefully this means I'll be able to deliver more content to you guys on a regular basis. Over the next few weeks I'll be setting a structure in place to make sure that you guys are all seeing my content weekly, if not twice a week. 








3. T H E   N E W

After a relatively overwhelming first year, as I've finally settled down into college for year two, I decided it was about time I got involved in something new. This year I've taken on a role as a staff writer for University College Cork's Motley magazine. For anyone that hasn't managed to pick up issue one, you can catch my very first article for the student magazine right HERE






4. M Y   S T Y L E

You might not have noticed, but this year I'm also making a conscious effort to wear the clothes and the trends that I love. Yes, some of my pieces may be slightly on the controversial side, but nonetheless I love experimenting with fashion. Lately I've been absolutely obsessing over designer dupes, and generally all things quirky/unusual








5. T H E  L O O K

As you can imagine, this look is an extension of my effort to wear the things I love and that I feel comfortable in. I absolutely adore oversized knits, and Zara pick has to be the most overworn one in my wardrobe to date! I love the crochet detail at the front and its just so cosy! The jeans are of course my over worn, over ripped Topshop faves. I teamed them with a pair of Penneys/Primark fishnets, just to finish off the look. I am absolutely obsessed with my ChloĆ© bag dupe here - it looks so similar to the real deal, and at a fraction of the price! I picked this up from a hidden gem of a website; YesStyle and it is so much better than I expected it to be! Delivery took the bones of a month, but I can assure you that it was worth the wait!




Featured Outfit
Jumper, Zara
Jeans, Topshop
Shoes, Dr Marten
Fishnet Tights, Penneys/Primark
Hairband, Penneys

Until next time,

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Grow



"The hardest time in your life is when you're transitioning from one version of yourself to another"

"Finding yourself" is perhaps the most relevant conversational topic of the twenty-first century. Call it cheesy, or even downright ridiculous, but nonetheless, it seems to have peaked as a key issue within our society of late. Confidence and self-love seem to be a gift that very few receive, while most people are plainly just lost in a sea of "normality". But what is normal? Who determines what normal should look and feel like? As I venture into adulthood, it seems to me that "normal" is a phenomenon that must be left behind in order to grow.




T-Shirt & Trousers, Zara // Shoes, Anya Hindmarch


I feel as though we all get a little bit too caught up with trying to follow the status quo at the best of times. From an early age we are told to wear a uniform, so that everyone looks the same, and to follow a set of rules that ensure that everyone is painted as one. With hundreds of schools across the country standing by the motto "There is Strength in Unity," it makes me question why no one ever speaks of the strength associated with individuality. 








I think that as individuals we find ultimate power in self-expression. Being unapologetically you. Life is too short to be a follower, and sometimes it's important to dictate the outcome yourself. That's something that I feel like I've really been trying my best to do ever since I finished school. We are taught how to be the same, but as you grow older you have to teach yourself how to be different, and how to be you






Over the course of the last six months I feel like I've really finally taught myself how to be me; wearing what I want, doing what makes me happy, and generally not being too pushed to follow the status quo. While a Summer of working two jobs, and meeting so many new people has ultimately forced everything to fall into place for me, there are of course a few things you can do to make the transition a little easier for you too 











1. Trust yourself
2. Step outside your comfort zone
3. Surround yourself with people that care
4. Be a listener
5. Believe in yourself
6. Find your happy place
7. Enjoy spending time alone as well as with others






Take what you wish from my list, but remember always; "When a flower doesn't bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower"




T-Shirt & Trousers, Zara // Shoes, Anya Hindmarch (as above in tan/brown)





Stay beautiful,

*Photo Credits, Eoin Coleman



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Friday, 8 September 2017

FRESHERS



First year of college can seem daunting at the best of times. Lately I have been absolutely inundated with messages on what to expect from first year of college, and while I'm 210% no expert, I have definitely picked up a few tips along the way on how to survive first year, and how to make a home away from home. So due to popular demand, here are some of my top tips on to make the most of your time as a fresher. 





If you haven't noticed, I absolutely adore quotes, and one the has really resonated with me lately is this; "The world hates change, but the only thing change has ever brought about is progress." Each word is so undeniably true. Change is never easy, and perhaps at this stage of your life heading to college is the biggest change you've been challenged by yet. As a young adult, adapting to new environments and new people can be overwhelming. What's most important right now is understanding that everything is going to be shiny and new. For some this may be refreshing, and for others maybe it's a little scary. Try to embrace this newness, and allow yourself to be open to the experiences that college life have to offer. 





Become a "yes" person, at least for a few weeks. If someone asks you to lunch, or even for a night out, just say yes. Even if you know that you'd rather be pretty much anywhere else in the entire world, give it at least one shot. Take people up on every invitation, go to every event and just be yourself along the way. Meet as many new people as you can. Making new friends in college can be a little daunting, but the more people you meet the more likely you are to find the ones you really click with.






If you ask any student that's gotten through first year of college for one golden piece of advice, I'm sure you will quickly notice one topic resurfaces every time they reminisce on their time as a fresher; going to lectures. While college is of course a place that allows you to find yourself, it's important to remember that it's primarily a place of learning. I know you're probably cringing at this, but realistically you've just paid €3,000+ to get an education. Don't waste your time or money. Go to your lectures, take notes and stay alert. 







While it's so important to go to lectures, tutorials and classes, most of the work that will determine your grade will be done at the library. I'm not implying that you should be there 24/7, or even at all during freshers week, but try to make time as the year goes on to make study a regular thing. Keep on top of all of your notes and try to get comfortable with using your library and its facilities





 This is your chance for fresh starts and new beginnings; make the most of it! 






Until next time,


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