Sunday, 9 July 2017

How to Get Out of a Rut



There are two times every year when I find myself falling into a rut; January and July. Summer is a time that's (naturally) supposed to be full of Summer dresses, smiles and far too many trips to the beach, and while all of the above are usually easily accomplished, it is all too easy to get stuck in a pattern of eat, work, sleep, repeat. Routines completely change, you don't see your friends as often as you normally would, and most of us head back home from the city, to some of the most rural places imaginable. Naturally, I have quite a lot of experience when it comes to getting stuck in a rut, so today I'm sharing some of my top tips on how to get back out of it!





Time flies when you're having fun, and time flies when you're not having fun. Time just flies, and it's so important to set aside some time just for you, to do things you love (other than working or sleeping). Meet up with your friends, go for a run, find a new hobby - try to do more of what works for you, and what make you happy, and try to find happiness in everyday life. 


Dress, Topshop // Scarf, River Island // Sunglasses, H&M // Bag, Penneys // Shoes, Penneys




Try to explore new things, new foods and new places. Everything and anything that allows you to explore allows you to learn and grow. Try to remember that Travel is not the only thing that allows you to adventure, and just because you're stuck at home working nearly seven days a week doesn't mean that you don't have time to try something new. Allow yourself to wander, and try to become a "Yes" person.







Stop wasting time. If you blink your eyes three times Summer will pretty much already be over, so stop wasting all of it binge watching Netflix, or binge drinking so much that you don't remember what happened the night before. Just stop binging in general. Invest your time into something valuable. The world has so much to offer, but we don't really have that much time to experience it all. Choose how you spend your time wisely.







Finally, don't be afraid to be yourself, and take time to find who you are rather than trying to fit into what society tells you to be. You are worth more than what anyone will ever think of you for being who you are. Do what you love, the world is your oyster.




Summer is a time full of Summer dresses, smiles and far too many trips to the beach. I feel like I've successfully ticked all the above off my list, and thankfully I've mastered beating those initial Summer blues too. I guess this outfit celebrates that. This Topshop dress is the most comfortable Summer dress I ever did own, and of course the Penneys shoes are everything. My friend picked up a pair before we finished college, and when I saw them I couldn't help but pick myself up a pair too! I've left a few links to what I'm wearing and similar pieces below 





Until next time,

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

How to Pick the Perfect Debs Dress




Hola Chicas! If you're reading this, then I'm guessing your're on the hunt for the perfect Debs/Occasion dress. Some of you may be a lil' bit on the last minute side, and some of you might even be a tad early for a mega purchase, but nonetheless, you've come to the right place - the same rules apply regardless of the date! I've left some links to my current fave online steals below




1. Choose Something Re-Wearable 

If you're going to your Debs, then I'm guessing you're somewhere between the age of 17-20, so there's no point in splashing all your cash on a dress you'll never even wear again. If spending a little bit extra means that you'll find something that's likely to fit well into your wardrobe, then just go for it! My Debs dress was actually a two piece, which meant it was really easy to find new ways to rework it



2. Think Outside the Box

Your Debs is probably one of the few times that you'll be able to get mega dressed up in your favourite outfit. There's only one thing that can really ruin that moment - and that's if someone else turns up in the same dress as you. Try to avoid the generic Cari's Closet and Fran & Jane (because trust me on this one - everyone can tell exactly where you got it and pretty much exactly how much you paid for it). Every city has it's own hidden gems when it comes to dress shopping, so do some research and find yours!






3. Dress as You


My pet peeve is when people complain about girls who wear something different to their Debs. As young adults, it's time to realise that you've all reached the age where you should begin to respect self expression through clothing choices. If you want to wear a short dress, or even a suit, then go for it. After all, those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.



4. Don't be Afraid to DIY

If you feel like you've almost found the perfect dress but it's just missing a lil' something then don't be afraid to add something in yourself to spruce it up! A belt is always a good call, but don't forget that accessories are everything, and a classy pair of earrings are usually a game changer.


5. Get a Second Opinion
Shopping is always better when you've got someone else to dish out some real advice. For me, that someone has got to be my mom, but you can rope in pretty much anyone that you know will give you an honest opinion!

Happy Shopping!

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Trending



Following trends: the age old controversial topic. Everyday it seems like every other blogger, fashionista and millennial are posting all about their newfound will to stop following trends, claiming that they will finally "find themselves" (because they were somehow lost before). But are trends really that bad? Do they make you lose yourself? As an avid fashionista, sitting here flicking through the pages of my latest issue of Vogue , the obvious answer has to be no.




I don't mean to be rude in saying that. If you feel like you need to wear something that totally distances yourself from all trends imaginable, then that's okay too. Fashion means something different to everyone. For me it's all about appreciation. I think it's important to appreciate the "trendsetters," the designers and individuals that keep the industry moving forward. Their concepts and ability to innovate in the fashion world is beautiful, and I'm sure that they all deserve far more recognition then we're giving them








They deserve more recognition because they make us feel something. They make us feel different or the same, confident or quiet and everything in between. Life is all about doing you, but who says wearing the latest trends is going to cause a mega identity crisis? So if you haven't already guessed, today's look is all about appreciating the "trendsetters." After all, who knows where I'd be without growing up with a fashion mom who introduced me to the greatest fashion icons in the world, and who constantly inspires both what I wear and who I am. 








Where would I be without studying the pages of Vogue or watching The Devil Wears Prada for the first time? Who would I be if someone took away all the layers of knowledge of the fashion industry that I've built up during my life? It's a funny question, and not one that many people ask, but look at it like this; where would an avid athlete be if their favourite sport had never been introduced to them?






So this is the question I pose; why are so many people so against following trends? I guess I'll never fully understand the answer, if I'm honest. I'll never understand the public statements that people make vowing to never again wear a trend, because quite frankly it's a bit ridiculous. "Be who you are, and wear whatever makes you happy" is my life motto, and I refuse to stop wearing something just because everyone else is too


Shirt, Forever 21 | Fishnets, Penneys/Primark | Jeans, Topshop | Shoes, Dr Martens | Sunglasses, H&M

I've teamed some of my current favourite fashion and makeup trends together to create this look. Fishnet tights, ripped mom jeans, my fave docs, a couple of Penneys (primark) chokers and an overdrawn lip. Basic? I'd prefer to think that I'm just appreciating some of my favourite fashion icons. I've popped clickable links to pieces similar to the ones I'm wearing below


 






Until next time,

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Running: My Journey & Beginning Yours



If you've been following me on any of my social media accounts (my handle is "Sadhbhers" for pretty much everything), then I guess you probably already know that my favourite way to keep fit, mentally and physically, is to run. I'm living really rurally so I'm not a gym bunny, nor do I know where I can find a great gym nearby, so ever since I began running it just seemed like the best way for me to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I started running back in January of 2015, with the support of my mom, and of course my wonderful community, and today I'm here to share some of my top tips on how to get started, and where it all began for me

  


I'm just going to assume that most of you guys have heard of RTE's "Operation Transformation." If you haven't then you can catch all the deets over on their website OT.RTE.IE. Believe it or not, but my journey began with Operation Transformation's running plan. No, I was not overweight in anyway, but I can openly say that I wasn't very happy, and I needed something positive to channel my energy into. The plan that I followed was a "couch to 5K" kind of thing, which set out basic guidelines as to how much I should run/walk during each session. You can catch the link to all those deets over HERE

While Operation Transformation was the best kickstarter for me, bringing me from non-runner to regular 5K runner, when I reached the end of this programme I needed something that would keep me going; here's where Parkrun came in. Parkrun is a weekly timed 5K walk/run that takes place in a variety of locations across the world. Our local parkrun is a really valuable asset within our community, and I guess you could say that this was one of the forces I needed to become more comfortable with keeping training consistent at the time. I would aim to run 5K on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

Parkrun Cork locations

While the parkrun was great for me for a little while, it wasn't long until our local route became a little bit boring for me, after all I was running the exact same route 3 times a week! This is where my Nike+ Run Club app came in. The Nike app is amazing for tracking your distance and pace, so I found it really useful when I was trying out new routes, and especially when I moved out and had to switch up my whole routine.




When I made the decision to increase the distance of my run, I hit a wall, and I didn't really know where to go for advice. After a little bit of searching I found the UnderArmour Map My Run Trainer. This let me put in the distance I wanted to be able to run, my current ability and the date I wanted to be able to run the new distance by. I'm pretty sure the Nike app is capable of doing this too - but I just wanted to keep everything separate. Upping the distance was probably one of the best decisions I've made to date. Yes, it means a lot more stretching and a little bit more pain, but I feel like I'm finally beginning to believe in the no pain, no gain slogan. 




In short, that's my story. There have been bad days and good days, bad weeks and good weeks - but that's the same with any sport. If I could give my younger self any running advice, it would be this;

  1. Find someone who believes in you, and share the experience with them
  2. Push yourself out of your comfort zone
  3. Don't give up, even when it feels like it's your only option
  4. Find apps/articles/music that enhance your running experience
  5. Buy a good pair of runners
So if you want to get fit, physically and mentally, then there is no time like the present to begin your own story!




Until next time,

*DISCLAIMER: I'm no expert in any way, I'm just speaking from experience

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

5 Products Your Makeup Bag NEEDS



Guess who's back.. Back Again.. Welcome back to SADHBHERS.IE! It's been a while, but exam season has finally come to an end and I am so ready to get stuck into everything from blogging to working and all the adventures in between. Today's post is (obviously) makeup related. I've put together five of my favourite products that I think everyone should own. Beginners take note - these pieces and super easy to use, so thankfully it's difficult to go wrong! I've popped some clickable links to all my faves down at the bottom of this post




1. A Good Mascara

The keyword here is "good." We all have good makeup days and bad makeup days, and while these can't be totally avoided, a good mascara can definitely minimise the extent of the tragedy. For me, no mascara can trump the Benefit They're Real Mascara. I am so due a new one (hence the battered tube). While there's obviously loads of duped for this one, I haven't found any other mascara that can live up to it!




2. Eye Shadow Primer

Ever since I bought this MAC eye shadow primer back in March, my life has completely changed (well, that's a bit dramatic, but there has been a relative change). Eye shadow primer has definitely become a must in my makeup bag. If your eye shadow, or even your mascara tends to smudge during the day then this is 10/10 what you need in your makeup bag




3. Setting Spray

I feel like there is an undying myth that you will inevitably break the bank if you set foot into any MAC store, and while this is true, I think so many people don't realise that a lot of their products have miniature versions too. I picked up a mini Prep & Prime Fix+ Spray a couple of months ago, just to test it out before committing to buy the full bottle. This set me back €10, but it was definitely worth a try. It's so difficult to figure out what products suit your skin best, but after testing this out I'm pretty sure I'll be making a repurchase




4. Concealer

When I look for a concealer I generally tend to aim to buy one that will suit all areas I need it for. I'm so not up for splashing out on multiple concealers, so when I popped into MAC a couple of months ago, I had a chat with one of the sales assistants and he helped me pick out the one that would suit my skin best, from problem areas to under-eyes and everything in between. While this was a little pricey, the tiniest bit of this product goes such a long way, so in the long run I'm pretty confident that spending a little more now will ultimately save money in the future, or at least that's what I'm telling myself..




5. A Neutral Lip Shade that Suits your Skin Tone

Finding the perfect lippy is definitely all about trial and error. I always tend to buy products that are too light for my complexion, so when I picked out this shade I decided to go a little bit darker. Everyone's ideal lipstick and shades are going to be different, but I think it really helps if you have a chat with a sales assistant, after all, they're only there to help! My current favourite is from Kiko, in shade 105





Until next time,


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