Oscars 2016 – My Favourite Looks

It was one of the biggest night’s in fashion as well as film last night, and any fashion lover won’t have been able to resist all the style and glamour that was the Academy Awards red carpet. It’s possibly my favourite fashion night of the year (even above the Met Gala) and I managed to keep myself awake until 01.30am Irish time to catch a glimpse of all this year’s celeb looks.

The Oscars are the crème de la crème of events when it comes to beautiful gowns, and although last night’s dresses weren’t the most stand out looks of all time, I’ve picked out my top three to share with you all.

Not dissimilar to earlier award season events this year, rich sequins, golds and whites were donned by many female stars, with sultry eyes and nude lips dominating the red carpet also.

Here’s a look at my Top Three looks from the night:

Cate Blanchett

Cate’s beautiful Armani Privé Seafoam coloured gown was the last dress I saw before falling to sleep last night and my first thoughts were yes. Just yes! The seafoam colour which is like a soft aqua shade, is just gorgeous on Cate and her hair and makeup is understated and classy.

Image: EOnline (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP )

A soft grey mixed with what appears to be a hint of purple eyeshadow compliments the subtle pop of lavender that runs through Cate’s gown and her soft lip finishes the look of perfectly. This is just beautiful and elegant all round in my opinion.

Margot Robbie

Margot has been on fire this awards season and last night was no different in this ultra sexy gold Tom Ford number. This girl just screams Oscar Glam with this look and the shape of this dress is super flattering on her enviable figure.

Her soft waves, again paired with light makeup, is the perfect accompaniment to this gorgeous gown.

Saoirse Ronan

To me this is Saoirse’s best look of the year so far, without a doubt. And it was also my favourite look of the night (not just because she is Irish!). This rich green colour is just to die for on her skin tone and I’m in love with this charcoal smokey eye and soft hair combination.

Image: EOnline (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP )

I was a little thrown by the mismatched earrings at first, but hey, if you can pull it off as well as Saoirse can then why not?!

So what do you think? Who was your best dressed on the night? I do have to say that Olivia Munn and Jennifer Garner both looked pretty fab too.

I finally got my hands on the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette over the weekend so I’ll be recreating some of these makeup looks over the next few days. Make sure you keep an eye on the blog so you don’t miss out.

Unfortunately it’s now time for me to come back down to earth and get ready for a very normal Monday in work!

Hope you all have a great one.

Sorcha x


It’s Friday and that’s the best day of the week in my view. I’m very excited about the weekend ahead. My sister, who just got engaged (squeal) is coming home for the weekend and we are going to celebrate, big time! But before I close out the week, I’ve decided to share my week in review from Instagram.

I’m thinking of doing this every Friday from now on so please let me know your thoughts and whether you enjoy seeing my pictures. I am by no means the best photographer in the world, but I love pretty pictures, and am completely obsessed with Instagram. Oh, and if you want to come follow me there (please do), you can do so by clicking here.

Anyway here’s a look back over my Instagram week…


If you read my review on the new restaurant Angelina’s yesterday, you’ll know that this is where I spent a lot of my evening and night last Saturday. Chatting with the girls, eating delicious food and sipping on prosecco. What more could a girl ask for?!


Given said evening and night of alcohol on Saturday, Sunday was spent mostly in bed, in my pyjamas, blogging, reading and Pinterest pinning. This was a good day.


A little Monday Motivation goes a long way, and I came across this cute picture on Pinterest so had to share it. Coffee is definitely what we all need to get us through Monday!

It was also a freezing cold day on Monday, but dreaming of warmer days I donned my ballerina pumps with my skinny jeans.


I love playing around with makeup as you may already know, so on Tuesday I shared one of my favourite makeup looks, a golden smokey eye paired with one of my go-to lipstick shades, Dark Side from MAC. This is look I went for on my girls night out last Saturday.


My gorgeous gold Gorjana necklace, need I say more?!

I’m a big book lover, book worm, bibliophile – there are many ways to describe my love of books. When I came across this photo on Twitter I just had to share it. It encapsulates so many of my favourite things, summer, flowy dresses, and reading.


I recently shared a sneak peak of my wedding photos with you all, and yesterday I shared a Throw Back Thursday snap to one of my favourite wedding pictures. Now, I know I’ve promised you all a full wedding photography post and it’s coming, I swear! I’m just waiting on the USB to arrive from my photographer so I can share some of the images with you all.

But for now this will have to suffice. Oh how I wish I could do it all over again…

When I came home yesterday evening, I took out my happiness planner and entered my comments for the day. I love this happiness planner I got recently, if you’d like to know more about it you can read my full happiness planner post here.

My hubby and I are currently looking at redecorating some rooms so, as I so often do, I was looking up some inspiration on Houzz and Pinterest. How gorgeous is this living room? Exactly my style, soft tones, grey couch and a picture wall. I just had to share it.


My love for neck pieces is unwavering! Today I’ve opted for this spiked monochrome chunky neckpiece from Topshop. Perfect match to my knit black jumper.

So there you go! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, please let me know your thoughts.

Oh and, Happy Friday! 🙂

Sorcha x

Angelina’s – The New Kid in Town

Angelina’s, one of the newest hot spots in town, has been on my list of restaurants to try for the past few months. I’ve heard lots of good things about it, and some not so good, but when the girls and I were looking for somewhere to go for dinner and drinks, we decided this was the perfect place.

Part of the same group that owns The Dean, Angelina’s looks like you imagine it to look. The interior is very cool, think quirky lights, fifty shades of grey (the colour kind), mixed with parquet flooring and super comfy red leather booths. It’s warm and welcoming, and the kind of place you could happily sit for hours catching up with friends.

The food, of which I failed to get many photos, disaster I know, is simply delicious. To start I had the Crab Salad with fennel and cos lettuce which was fresh, light and the toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top gave it that extra crunch. The perfect starter in my view.

I followed this by opting for the Halibut which was bursting with flavour, the almonds and samphire that accompanied it were so tasty, I almost wanted to eat it over again. For our side dishes we ordered the parmesan fries and snow peas which were equally yum. My only criticism is that when my Halibut arrived it was covered in mushrooms and mushrooms were not listed on the menu. I hate mushrooms. Like I mean, I really hate them. So had I known they were served on the dish I would have most definitely ask for it without. But I just pushed them to the side of my plate and carried on.

To finish, the four of us treated ourselves to a Vanilla Honeycomb Sundae and Lemon & Vanilla Mascarpone cheesecake to share between us and they didn’t last long let me tell you. I could take or leave the cheesecake but that’s simply because I’m just not a big fan of mascarpone. But the Sundae, oh dear lordy. The honeycomb was crunchy and melt in your mouth just as it should be, and the caramel sauce was to die for. Heaven in a glass.

It was all washed down, as it so often is, with a couple of glasses of prosecco and a cocktail at the end.

But. And there is a big but here. I’m sorry to say, our waitress was incredibly rude. When I say rude, I don’t mean just stressed and busy, I mean plain old rude. Everything seemed like such a hassle for her, there was tutting, and sighing, and I’m pretty certain at one point there was eye rolling. It was bad but we were enjoying ourselves so let it pass. That was until the time came to pay the bill.

Almost afraid to, given her attitude, I asked for change of a €50 note, purely so I could leave a tip when paying my portion. The look of disdain on her face was shocking. She snapped the note out of my hand, then said what do you want? I asked for a combination of 20’s and 10’s, then she snapped again, and said tell me exactly what you want of each. Hmmm. If she had asked in a nice way, or if it was not possible to give me change, I would have understood but there was just no need for the attitude.

When we arrived for dinner at 5pm we were told they needed the table back at 8pm. Totally fine. So as 8pm approached we had asked for our bill and asked if we could then move to the bar to have our cocktail – again eye rolling. After a round of nervous laughter at her reaction amongst the girls and I, she eventually told us she would hold four seats at the bar where we could move to once we had paid.

I’m talking less than five minutes later the bill was paid (it would have probably been a lot quicker only we were waiting for her to come with the card machine), when we went to move to the bar we were told by said waitress that we didn’t move quickly enough and she couldn’t be responsible for holding us seats. She got extremely snotty with one of my friends, it was so bad that at this point, we went back to the table and removed the tip we had initially left.

We mentioned the issue to one of the bar guys, he was lovely and seemed to know immediately who we were talking about. He didn’t seem surprised either. He told us he would speak to the manager which I hope he did as I can’t imagine we’re the only people who have experienced this.

The thing about it is, I loved the atmosphere and I loved the food, we all did. It was so close to being perfect and it would have been if it wasn’t for her.

My friend who made the booking is making a formal complaint so I’m not going to name any names here, but beware if you are visiting Angelina’s anytime soon.

Having said all that I will return. I want to give it another chance because of how much I enjoyed everything else. But next time, I will request that she doesn’t come anywhere near our table.

Sorcha x

Accessory Lovin’

It’s a funny time of year, we’re stuck in that in-between time where the sun is shining and it’s technically Spring, but it’s still freezing outside. Well at least in Dublin it is.

As much as I love my chunky scarves, I’m ready to leave my winter coat behind and embrace my lighter, summer wardrobe full of brighter colours, slip on shoes, no tights, sandals and flowy dresses.

But as there’s no sign of that happening just yet, it was once again a case of skinny jeans, a jumper, and an oversize scarf for today’s outfit. To mix it up though, I added one of my favourite necklaces, this Gorjana gold bar necklace that my hubby bought me for Christmas from Loulerie in Dublin.

I absolutely love this shop, and have bought so many things from them over the years. I have rings and necklaces, I got my wedding earrings there, and even bought my lovely bridesmaids necklaces from them.

A piece of jewellery can completely lift an outfit and I’m a sucker for a good neckpiece as I may have mentioned one (or ten) times before! So until warmer weather arrives, it’s got to be all about the accessories.

Sorcha x




Calling all my fellow bloggers! Are you on Bloglovin’? I’ve just joined so come follow me there Simply Sorcha.

I’m still trying to navigate my way around it so if you have any tips, or hints, or any small nuggets of wisdom that will help me get started, I would really appreciate it guys! My first question is, how do I find you all? I can’t for the life of me seem to find blogs just by name search so if you have usernames send them on too.

I’m pretty good with social media, in fact I’m a bit of an addict so anytime I hear of something new I have to try it out. Okay so Bloglovin’ isn’t actually that new, but given that I’m only blogging a mere six weeks, it’s new to me. I’m liking the feel of it so far, it’s quite like Pinterest but specifically for bloggers, what could be better?!

So I look forward to connecting with you all there soon.

Oh! And while I’m on the subject of social media, last night I bit the bullet and also joined snapchat too. I swore I wouldn’t do it, but I’m a slave to the cause what can I say! 🙂

My username over on snapchat if you’re there too is imsimplysorcha.

Sorcha x

Going to the Dark Side

Last Saturday I went out with the girls for a late lunch / early dinner / cocktails kind of night. As we were meeting early I didn’t want to go too heavy with my makeup but I wanted it to be strong enough to last from day into night.  I love a dramatic lip so decided to pair a soft brown smokey eye with one of my favourite lip colours, Dark Side by MAC.

This lipstick is a really creamy shade of burgundy with a gloss finish, and is the perfect night time companion to help you pull off a dramatic makeup look.

Using a combination of my usual go-to products, Bobbi Brown eyeshadows and my Dark Side lippy, here’s a look at how I put it together…


After applying my brow pencil and shaping my eyebrows, I started off my covering my eye lids with Benefit’s Passion Pearl highlighter eyeshadow to give my eyes a good base. I then applied even amounts of Bobbi Brown’s Rose Gold and Fawn shimmer eyeshadows to give a soft golden brown colour. By blending these two shades together, it meant that the colour wasn’t too dark for day time.

The look was completed by applying a thin layer of eyeliner to my upper eyelid, then some kohl eyeliner pencil to the waterline of my lower eyelid for that added punch.



Once my eyes were finished, I dusted some powder over my entire face to brush away any eyeshadow residue, and applied Benefit’s Coralista Blusher to my cheekbones in upward movements, ensuring I highlighted as I went along.

To finish off the look, I took out the star of the show, my Dark Side lippy and applied onto my lips. This colour is just perfect in my view, I love rich shades and this shade of burgundy works in both winter and summer.

You can never underestimate the power that a dark or dramatic lip colour has to totally transform your makeup. I don’t tend to pair dark lips with dark eyes often as I think it’s always best to focus on one or the other. There is a happy medium however, and I hope I’ve found that here! I think I have, and hopefully you’ll all like it too!

Here’s a full list of all the products I used:

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW25)
  • MAC Studio Fix Power (C35)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer Pen (Shade 2)
  • Benefit Blush (Coralista)
  • MAC Brow Pencil (Spiked)
  • Benefit Eyeshadow Highlighter (Passion Pearl)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Rose Gold)
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow (Fawn)
  • MAC Fluidline Eyeliner Pot (Black)
  • MAC Kohl Pencil (Smoulder)
  • Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara
  • MAC Lipstick (Dark Side)

I love any excuse to play around with different makeup looks and what could be better than a girls night out. My makeup lasted well into the early hours and apart from touching up my lips after dinner, I didn’t need to touch up at all!

Do you like a dark lip? If so, then why not have a go at this look yourself?

Sorcha x

RIP Harper Lee

Like many others, I was sad to hear of the passing of Harper Lee on Friday evening. To Kill A Mockingbird is my absolute favourite book, it gave me my love of reading and opened me up to the world of literature, and the power a good book can have to completely transport you into a different world.

I think anyone who has read this book likes it and relates to it on one level or another. I read it for the first time as part of my school English curriculum, and as a young teenager, there was so much that wise Atticus (or Harper) taught me.

Since then I’ve read this book at lease ten times more. I revisit it every few years, and decided once again to revisit it on Friday evening. This copy of the book is my original copy from school, so it’s almost twenty years old now (shudder!). It also still has all my original notes for exams, highlighted paragraphs and underlined quotes!

I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes with you all this Monday morning, to honour Harper Lee’s memory, and inspire some positive thoughts for the week ahead. It’s also my way of thanking her for giving me my love of reading and writing. I, and I’m sure many others, will forever be indebted to her for this profound and life changing work of literature.

‘People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for’.

‘It was at times like these that I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived’.

‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it’.

‘I do my best to love everybody’.

‘I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks’.

‘I wanted to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what’.

Sorcha x

Alexa Lovin’

Handbags. Do I even need to go on? I don’t think there are many women out there who don’t love a pretty handbag and I’m no exception.

Depending on my mood I flit between oversize and mini, satchel and clutch, cross-body and over the shoulder, you name it – I’ve probably got a bag that fits your description!

I do, like all things, have my favourites however, and today that’s my Mulberry Alexa. It’s been a while since I’ve given my Alexa some love, but a friend of mine was recently talking about purchasing one for herself which made me realise, I hadn’t taken mine out to play in quite a while.

I bought this bag about five years ago now, and it is like my baby. I lusted after it for so long and when it finally became mine, my handbag life was complete (well for a while anyway!).

This is probably the most versatile bag I’ve ever had, as I’m sure all of you Alexa lovers out there would agree. The tan colour means it goes with pretty much everything I own, and the leather has worn incredibly well over the years, remaining as soft as it was when I first purchased it. It’s love what can I say…

And on that note, Alexa and I are off out, so Happy Friday. Hope it’s a great weekend all!

Sorcha x

Book Review: A Happy Ending in Brooklyn?

So a few weeks ago I shared my reading list for January with you. I’m working my way through my three book choices and last night finished reading one of them, Brooklyn.

Okay. Can I just say first off, I was not expecting that ending! Anyone else?! It almost angers me, don’t get me wrong I loved the book, but I’m left with so many questions, there’s so much more I want to know! But that is the power of a great book isn’t it?

I don’t know how I missed this when it was first released. I love Colm Tóibin’s writing style, he has an undeniable talent for capturing his readers the instant their eyes hit the first page. He describes things exactly as we think and feel them, and it’s hard not to become engrossed in the characters and feel like part of their lives.

Eilis is a young girl who ultimately just wants more for her life and her future. She has adventures and makes mistakes, and duty calls her in many ways meaning what she wants becomes secondary to what she must do. Isn’t that so true for many of us?

What would life be like if we all lived exactly as we wanted to – followed our hearts and not our minds, and didn’t have to worry about money, jobs, bills and responsibilities? That’s a world I’d like to see. But unfortunately things don’t work like that. That same life is hard sometimes, it throws us curve balls, and obstacles, and worries and stresses and illnesses, and we end up doing the things we feel we should do, or need to do, in order to get by. I am a free spirit in some ways, but not anywhere near as much as I’d love to be.

The big question for me in the book is whether Eilis made a huge mistake, or the perfect choice? What if Eilis hadn’t got on the boat at the end? What if Colm, what if?!

I won’t say anymore for fear of spoiling it for those of you who haven’t read the book because I’m told the movie portrays it all in a very different light. And like many Hollywood movies, has a happy ending. Another reason why I’m so glad I read the book first, as I always am.

That’s not to say that for some, the book ending is a happy one. I just didn’t interpret it that way, from my perspective Eilis was just doing her duty rather than doing what her heart told her.

Have you read Brooklyn? If so, let’s chat… I need someone to discuss this with. Stat!

Sorcha x