Monday, 20 February 2017

SS17 Trend Report


If you've been following me on Snapchat (sadhbh4), Instagram, or Facebook then I guess you've probably already noticed that Spring is one of my favourtie Seasons, followed closely by Summer. There's something so refreshing about reaching into the back of your wardrobe for your favourite floral day dress to beat those post-Winter blues. Spring symbolises a new year, fresh starts and new beginnings. I love seeing all this feed into my wardrobe, so today is all about my fave SS17 trends


P A S T E L S

Pastels seem to reemerge from the wilderness every Spring, just to bring some light back into your life. They're so versatile and wearable. This season pastel pink is topping the charts, taking the form of anything and everything from cute suit pants to frilly dresses. I spotted this dress at the New Look SS17 press day (you might have spotted it over on my Instagram), and it seems to embody everything I love about Spring. I can't wait to get my hands on it!




E M B R O I D E R Y

Just like your favourite sheer pieces, embroidery was so in last season, and this trend is even bigger this Spring. This trend can really bring a whole look together, and lately I've been loving everything from embroidered heels to handbags. It's all about adding little details to your look to make a mega difference



G I N G H A M

I am so happy that gingham is back in the Spring/Summer. For me, nothing says it's Summer like a cute gingham dress. Although it's a really bold trend, you can incorporate it subtly with your fave gingham heels, or a cute headband




S H E E R

Sheer pieces were on everyone's list of must haves last season, and thankfully they're here to stay this season. I love this trend, it;s so flirty and fun. While this Irish weather doesn't always agree with some of your fave sheer pieces, try teaming them with longer t-shirts to beat this cold weather




F L O R A L S

Hello florals! Who doesn't love this trend, in all honesty? I am a mega fan of florals, but I feel like you have to be a little bit careful with the pieces you choose within this trend. I tend to avoid any floral pieces that are more tight-fitting because it stretches out the images and you're left wearing a deformed bunch of flowers that look a little bit like your dog may have accidentally-on-purpose sat on them. Looser pieces are always my go-to when I'm styling this trend





Until next time,











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Sunday, 5 February 2017

How to Stay Motivated



Motivation is something that can be as hard to gain as it is to let go. Everyday I get so many questions wondering where I get my drive, and how I stay on top of life, from making sure I drag myself out of bed early in the morning, to maintaining a good balance between study, exercise and taking some time out for me. Life is never easy, but it doesn't have to be all that hard either, so today I'm sharing all my tips on how I stay motivated and extra sparkly




1.  ROUTINE

Motivation doesn't just knock on your door every morning to drag you out of bed. For me, the only thing that does that is a good, solid routine. Train your body and mind to become accustomed to working hard by setting up a routine. If your goal is to motivate yourself to get up early in the morning to tackle your day, then set your alarm for the same time each morning and hop out of bed as soon as it goes off. Tricky, I know, but you can do it!



2. SUPPORT SYSTEM

I find it so important to surround myself by people that are motivated, motivate and act as a good support system. It is so important to cut out the negativity in your life, or at least keep it to a minimum. Be with people that believe in you, and people that make you happy. I guess this isn't always as easy as it seems, but it's important to put you first


3.  BELIEVE

While it's great to surround yourself with people who believe in you, no one can motivate you as much as you can yourself. I'm a strong believer that in order to achieve anything in your life, you have to believe in yourself. Take risks, and trust yourself to be strong enough to tackle anything



4. GOALS

Setting achievable goals is so important. Write out a list of all the things you want to achieve in both the short-run and the long-run, and hang it on your wall. Remind yourself of how much you want to achieve your goals, and each time you do, cross it off the list. Life seems much less daunting in a list format!


5. BREAKS

Yes, staying motivated requires consistency, but that doesn't mean that you're not allowed to take breaks too. Don't burn yourself out. Take time out for doing something you love - life is too short to spend every minute of everyday working. Mind your body and your mind. Rest.




Until next time,


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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Understanding the CAO



The CAO is more formerly known as the worst nightmare of any Irish Leaving Cert student. "How do you fill it out? How often can you make changes? How many courses should you shove in?" are just a few of the most commonly asked CAO questions, and although common, it can be pretty hard to find all the answers you need. Don't worry though - today I'm giving you guys a lowdown on how the CAO actually works, and some tips and tricks to perfecting your application before July 1



Level 7 vs Level 8

As you all (hopefully) know, when you fill out your CAO you have the option to enter Level 7 and Level 8 courses. The main difference between these is the level of the degree you'll obtain following the course. Level 7 courses present you with the opportunity to earn an ordinary degree, whilst level 8 courses are honours degree courses. Just because one course offers you a higher degree than the other doesn't necessarily mean that it's the better option for you. Level 7 courses tend to bridge the gap between second and third level education, while level 8 courses can be a bit more of a jump, and so students are often thrown into the deep end. While a level 8 degree may be preferable for some people, either way you can progress from a level 7 to a level 8 to attain this. When first round offers are made available, usually students will have to make a choice between which course they want if they have met entry requirements for both

Ordering your choices

To this day students still order their courses based on the points they predict that they'll get as opposed to the courses they actually want to do. It is so important to put your courses in order of preference on the CAO. If you reach the entry requirements of your first choice, you will not be allowed to choose your second. The only choice you can make is between your first level 8 choice and your first level 7 choice. Simples? Kind of




Know the actual deadlines and the hidden ones

Okay, so I guess this is pretty important. You can change your CAO up until the first of July. So basically you have until after the exams to figure it all out. The only catch is that the free of charge change of mind only opens on May 5th, so try waiting until then to sort it all out, unless you're opting for a restricted entry course, in which case you're going to have to suck it up and dosh out the money. And of course if you make a mistake, or if you have a sudden change of heart after the final change of mind deadline then don't worry. Up until a certain date you can still change your mind by posting back the docket with your choices written on it. You can't add a new course in but you can change the order. Just give the CAO a call and they'll let you know all the deets!




Having a Third Language for University

Okay, so this is a tricky one to avoid however Maynooth University has recently become the first university in Ireland to accept students that haven't studied a third language. The only other way around it is by taking up your Junior Cert language and giving it a go at ordinary level - but don't worry, Institutes of Technology accept students without imposing a language requirement


Until next time,




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