Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Cure

There's nothing I love more than the sea. I guess that's one of the reasons why coming home at the weekend is so important to me. While city life can, at times, be incomparable, there's something captivating about being by the sea side. Everything about it seems so naturally breath-taking. 

"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears or the sea" (Isak Dinesen), is a quote that definitely proves itself to be true in my life. There is nothing better than escaping to the beach, going for a run, or even just having a good cry after a long, hard day (well unless you do them all at once. Maybe run to the beach and have a good cry? Anyway that's not the point). The only thing that stops us from healing is ourselves, and for me the sea heals all wounds

Jumper, H&M | Skirt, Topshop | Shoes, Office

Today's outfit is inspired by my cure. I've teamed my favourtie button up denim skirt with a cosy warm knit and a pair of superstars to create this casual, cute Spring look. Yes, I may have been a little bit optimistic without a pair of tights, but I survived! I added a pair of grey frilly socks, matching the jumper, to tie this whole look together. I love how the tiniest details - like my choice of socks - can tie a whole outfit together perfectly. I've popped some clickable links below to some similar faves

I guess the reality is that the sea has taught me how to dream without fear. Each Summer I spend everyday by the sea, or swimming in the sea. It's taught me how to deal with the cold, in more ways than one, and it's taught me that life can be cold sometimes, but that we are all strong enough to cope with that cold, if only we try hard enough

Find your cure,

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

How to Survive the Leaving Cert 2.0

Hello Exam Season! With the Leaving Cert mock exams just around the corner, and the dreaded Leaving Cert looming, I have been inundated with questions on how to study, how often to study, and, well, pretty much anthing and everything in between. Having sat my Leaving Cert last Summer, I guess you could call me a Leaving Cert expert. I know exactly how it feels to be under so much LC pressure, so I'm here to share some of my top Leaving Cert Survival strategies with you guys. If you're looking for some more pro tips, don't forget to check out my first How to Survive the Leaving Cert post right HERE

1. Don't be afraid to ask questions
Well obviously. You're a Leaving Cert student - no one expects you to have a mega master plan on what you're going to do with the rest of your life. Don't forget that right now you're probably still a teenager, and you don't have to figure everything out on your own. Ask questions, ask for help, ask for advice.

2. Be selfish
The next few months should be all about you and reaching your goals. Don't waste time trying to please anyone else. Let go of the stereotypical motto you can repeat the Leaving Cert but you can't repeat the sesh, and don't let anything get in the way of you reaching your full potential. 

3. Don't fret the small stuff
At the end of the day, your main focus is sitting the Leaving Cert. It's not passing the mocks or making sure your biology homework is handed in on time. Try not to worry so much about all the little bumps along the way. While all your exams and homework are great motivational tools leading up to the Leaving Cert, they're not always an accurate prediction of where you're at and how much you've learnt

4. Find an Escape
Everyone needs a break every now and again. During my Leaving Cert, vegging out on the couch after school for a half an hour of Say Yes to the Dress was a must. While that really helped me chill a little bit, I also found it so important to take a break from everything and everyone for a while. Try going for a walk or a run to clear your head to avoid a mega LC breakdown

5. Get Organised
Now is the perfect time to get organised. Sort out what notes you need and don't need, file all your sheets and work out a study plan. There's only a few more months to go, so it's time to give yourself one last push. Swap going out for eight hours sleep every night and ditch that bar of chocolate for a bowl of fruit. Make sure you give this everything you've got, and have no regrets

Keep calm, you've got this,


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Germany Travel Diary

If you're following me on Snapchat (sadhbh4), Instagram (@sadhbhers) or even Facebook (/sadhbhers), then I guess you've already caught up with a few of my favourite snaps from my recent trip to Germany with my boyfriend, Eoin. If you haven't, or even if you're looking for a bit more deets on my travels, then you've come to the right place. Today I'm sharing some of my favourite moments and photographs with you guys in my first ever travel diary

Day 1

We spent the first day of our trip exploring the small town of Eitorf (pronounced eye-torf, although I'm sure I never quite managed to pronounce it properly over the course of the trip), where we were staying. It was nice to take some time out to just chill, and while I had imagined that I would be so utterly lost without wifi 24/7, don't worry, I survived! It was so cold and snowy out that I decided that I had to dress up as cosy as possible - and of course, no makeup, no worries

Day 2

Day 2 consisted of a train journey to one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to - Bonn. Getting there involved two train journeys, a whole lot of confusion and, well, I guess a little bit of luck. We left early, so we arrived at about 9:30am. Pretty much everything was closed until ten, asides from a few cute bakeries, and so we explored the city, and all of it's pretty buildings until we eventually reached Beethoven-Haus (basically, Beethoven's House). Most of you probably don't know that Beethoven is my favourite composer - after all how often does classical music come up in normal conversation? I've been playing piano since I was 7 years old, so music has always been a pretty big part of my life, and so entering his home was weirdly fascinating. Although absolutely everything was written in German, Eoin speaks German, so thankfully translating everything was no big deal. Afterwards we grabbed a spot of lunch and wandered the city a little bit more, getting lost and finding our way over and over again

The first of many pretty buildings we spotted

The Beethoven Statute, Bonn

The three pictures above are from our trip to the Beethoven-Haus. The first two from the outside, and the last from the back of the house

Day 3

Our third day in Germany consisted of a whole lot of exploring. We decided to visit Blankenberg a small, medieval town/village (just like the ones that you see in the history books), so went for a little walk through the woods and eventually wound up at a train station in Merten where we managed to get a train to the village. It was such a quiet, quaint spot. We wandered around for a little bit until we decided it was about time we grabbed a bite to eat before heading back to the train station

Day 4

We made an early rise on day 4 of our trip to visit Cologne. Eoin's uncle drove us to the city, and we arrived at about ten. Here we spent the day exploring all our favourite shops, and doing a little bit of sight-seeing. It seemed as though there was so much to see, and that we just didn't have enough time to see it all! We arrived home a little later than usual, but it was definitely worth it. The lack of pictures for this day comes down to the fact that I was convinced that I had forgotten my camera.. But I found it in my handbag on the train home *sigh*

At the train station, Cologne

The Christmas lights in Eitorf

Day 5

We took a little bit of a break from all the touristing on Saturday. It was nice to just chill for a little bit. During the day we popped into town to grab a few pastries, and we walked through the park in the snow

Day 6

On our sixth and final day before travelling home, we decided to revisit Cologne. Because it was a Sunday, all the shops were closed so we spent the day visiting museums and popping in and out of cute bakeries. My favourite was the art museum, Museum Ludwig - which was full of all kinds of genres and styles of art. The museum was four stories tall, so by the time we left I think it's safe to say that we were pretty exhausted!

The trip was definitely a great way to begin 2017 - a year that I am sure will be full of lots of adventure, learning, growth and change - and it's safe to say that I couldn't have asked for a better travel buddy

Until next time,

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