Absolutely Fabulous Dahling!


Last night I went to the Dublin Premier of the new Absolutely Fabulous movie hosted by Irish beauty and fashion magazine, Image. Image events are always so much fun so I knew it was going to be a great night and when I found out I had tickets, I decided to take my Mum along for the ultimate girly night out!

On arrival we were greeted by the most fabulous watermelon vodka cocktails, pink of course, and the room was decorated in what can only be described as Ab Fab! Patsy and Eddie face masks, feather boas, glasses, hats and props galore, a manicure and blow dry station, as well as a host of delicious treats. What more could you want for a girls night?!


I have always been a fan of Ab Fab, for years I watched the series giggling away at Patsy and Eddie’s adventures, and the movie was no different. It’s about parties, it’s about adventures, it’s about champagne, but above all it’s about friendship. And that wonderful connection that us girls have, that only us girls can understand.

We’ve all had those moments with our girl friends – got too drunk at a party, made a show of ourselves, danced until the early hours, wore crazy outfits, drank too much bubbly, laughed until we cried, done something stupid… I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there at one point or another. But what always gets us through? Our best friends of course!

They understand you like nobody else, they get your weirdness and love you for it still, you do anything for each other, even if it means embarrassing yourself in the process, you’re their right arm and they are yours. And that’s what makes this movie so fun, we’ve all been there! Maybe not as dramatically as Patsy and Eddie, but on one level or another.

If you’re a fan of Ab Fab you’ll really love this. It’s by no means an Oscar winning movie, of course it’s not, but it’s not meant to be either. It’s a bit silly, it’s a bit ridiculous, but that’s what what you expect it to be.

All in all, it was a perfect girly night out, with lots of giggles and great goody bags thrown into the mix so big thanks to Image for having us.

Cheers dahhling…drink up sweetie!

Sorcha x

My Faves Part 9: Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm

It’s been two weeks since I last shared a My Faves post with you all, but this week I’m back with one of my favourite lip products, Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm.

As many of you will know by now, when it comes to beauty and makeup I’m a sucker for lipsticks, lip balms, lip oils, anything lip related really, and that is particularly true of these Rimmel lip balms.

So many brands have balms similar to this, Clinique’s chubby sticks are high on my list, as are MAC’s PatentPolish lip pencils, but for me Rimmel ever so slightly has the edge on them, particularly given their great price point.

The balm is similar in size to other market alternatives, it is a chubby pencil and has a swivel applicator at the bottom. The rich vanilla scent that you get as soon as you open it is just to die for, but thankfully you don’t get a strange taste from it once on your lips. Because as I’m sure many of you will agree, there really is nothing worse than a lipstick or lip balm that tastes horrible!

On application, the balm is super moisturising and has a light, smooth texture meaning it is very easy to apply. Not only that, but the pigment on these is just brilliant, and their smoothness allows you to build colour very well without having to use too much product.


There are fifteen shades in the range but my favourite is 710 Drive Me Nude, a kind of nude brown which I’ve been wearing for about two years now. I love applying this on my lips for light makeup days, particularly as it is so long lasting. I wouldn’t go so far as to say these have a lip stain element, but the colour does last very well whilst being hydrating too.

I never leave the house without lip balm, in fact I always have one to hand no matter where I am, but when you want a subtle pop of colour, these are the perfect alternative to a clear balm.


While I’m not a fan of all Rimmel products, I do love these balms and am also a fan of their Kate Moss lipstick range. So as far as the lippy business goes, they get a big thumbs up from me – they really do know their lips!

Have you tried these balms before? If so then let me know which one is your favourite by commenting below. Or if you haven’t tried them and you’re a lippy fanatic like me, then next time you’re on the search for a good balm why not give them a try.

At €7.99 they are an absolute bargain and I really don’t think you’ll regret it. Oh and if you do try them out, be sure to let me know how you get on as I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sorcha x

 

 

Rome In Oufits

So those of you who’ve read any of my travel posts on our trip to Rome last week, will already know how much I loved it. It’s definitely become one of my favourite places and I’m already excited for the day that I can return, whenever that may be.

I love a good city break and usually tend to do city breaks in the Autumn or Spring so that the weather isn’t too hot and uncomfortable for sightseeing in the midday heat. But this time we decided to shake things up a bit, and booked our trip to Rome for Summer.

For those of you who don’t know, Rome in summer is scorching hot. We arrived to 29 degree heat and it was just gorgeous. Don’t you just love that feeling of heat on your face as you look up to the sky when you’re away somewhere warm?! I do. But with hot, sunny days also comes the obstacle of what outfits to wear that can allow you be tourists without sweating ridiculously and losing any sense of style you might otherwise have had.

Now while I’m not the world’s most stylish fashionista, I love clothes, I love shoes and I love accessories, like most girls do. I know what I like, I think I have fairly okay taste, and I’m a sucker for a mix of high street and designer pieces that can lift an outfit to another level. But let’s be real here, I’m no Kate Moss!

But getting back to Rome… I wanted to make sure I could do everything I wanted to do in the heat, while keeping a little bit of style in the mix too so I deliberated long and hard about what to bring with me to wear. I planned each outfit meticulously, and I’m happy to say although it was roasting, I think my outfits worked out pretty well…

Day to night look – This look was the perfect day to night outfit for a big city like Rome where you spend the day sightseeing but stop off in cafes along the way for a glass of wine and bite to eat. In the evenings it got a bit chilly so my trusty denim shirt was the perfect accompaniment to this maxi dress.

Dress: ZARA, Shirt: H&M Denim Shirt, Bag: DVF Mini, Shoes: ALDO

Ancient Adventures – I got this dress last Summer and it’s just so comfortable to wear. It’s cotton and very lightweight so was just what I needed for a day wandering around the Colosseum and Roman Forum in 28 degree heat.

Dress: H&M, Bag: DVF, Shoes: ALDO

Strapless Sundays – The Sunday of our trip was the hottest by far, the sun was splitting the stones and it was a roasting 30 degrees. To avoid getting tan lines I opted for this old strapless black top and paired it with these super baggy, printed hareem pants.

Top: H&M, Trousers: M&S Printed Hareem Pants, Bag: DVF, Shoes: ALDO

Dinner Date – I opted for casual dinner outfits, I would usually dress up more and at least put on a pair of heels when going out for dinner on holiday, but as you walk everywhere in Rome I decided to go for comfort over height! I got this stripy skirt in New York a few years ago and it’s become one of my favourite travel accessories. It’s so easy to wear and works both dressed up and dressed down.

Top: H&M, Skirt: Cotton On

Maxi Monday – For our last day I opted for this cute maxi skirt which some of you may have seen me wear in Ibiza. For this look, I paired it with a casual t-shirt, making it very lightweight and perfect for wandering the beautiful cobble streets while slurping a gelato!

Top: ZARA Basic Tee, Skirt: Penneys (Primark)

Gladiators in the home of the Gladiators – I don’t think any Summer trip to Rome would be complete without a pair of Gladiator sandals. The one thing I definitely recommend for sightseeing in the heat is to wear very light, but comfortable shoes. On the first day I wore leather runners and it was so warm that I ended up getting blisters on my feet. So for the rest of the trip it was sandals all the way.

Shoes: ZARA Silver Gladiators

If you’re going off adventuring anywhere warm this summer and you won’t be spending your time lying by a beach or pool, then maybe these outfits will give you a little inspiration on what to wear for your adventures…

My next trip away for our Year of the Holiday is to Spain with some of our close friends next month. So I better go start planning those outfits now!

Sorcha x

Monday Musings: Taking Time for You

Well, apologies everyone, I haven’t posted since Friday and was meant to have my Rome In Outfits post live on Saturday but I’ve had a very hectic few days, and apart from that am still fighting off a wretched cold/flu thing and even managed to lose my voice on Friday. It still hasn’t properly come back, but I think I’m finally starting to get on the mend now.

Isn’t it funny how when you stop, your body sometimes stops too? As you know, I’ve had a lot of big things happen recently, what with finishing up in my job and taking some time out for myself. We’ve been travelling a lot which has been incredible, I’ve loved every single second of it, but the travelling has come to an end now for a few weeks and I think my body has had a reaction to all the non-stop running around and excitement.

Last week once we arrived home, my body started to tell me that I needed a break. I started to feel sick, and what do you know, woke up the next day feeling awful. Headaches, shivers, hot, cold, all the usual symptoms of the flu.

I am that kind of person who just tends to keep going, keep going, keep going until one day I literally can’t go anymore. I physically feel everything I do, when I’m excited I get so excited that I feel sick, when I’m worried I get so worried that I suffer from anxiety, when I’m stressed my psoriasis rears its ugly head, and when I’m really stressed and worried at the same time, well that’s when panic sets in.


I’ve always been this way, my family joke with me that when I was younger I would get so excited about things that I literally would be up all night the day before nearly getting sick. Does anyone else feel things as physically as I do?

So getting back to my cold/flu, I guess that’s why I’ve come down with something now. It’s been a rollercoaster of a few months with some very high, highs and some lows too. And I suppose getting sick is the body’s way of telling us that we need to have a balance.


So I’ve taken a few days out, today I am resting, taking things a bit easier and using some of my free time to de-stress, relax and just stop for a minute. It’s only a cold, I’ll be back to myself in no time, but for now I hope you’ll forgive my absence. 

Many of us like to start off a new week with Monday Motivation, and if ever there was a day for Monday Motivation today is the day. But motivation doesn’t have to mean being busy all the time, sometimes you need the motivation to rest and take some time out too, knowing that in the end you’ll be much better for it.


So on that note, make some time for yourself today, and maybe let today’s Monday Motivation be about you, not being busy, but being still, being at one with yourself, and taking some time out for you.

Sorcha x

Rome, Arrivederci…

Well our trip to Rome is over and all I can say is, when can I go back?! For those of you who read my posts while I was away, you’ll know that I instantly fell in love with the eternal city and enjoyed every second of our time there.

From the moment we arrived, I was sucked in completely. Everything was just so fantastic, the atmosphere, the culture, the history, the food, the energy, the passion, the friendliness of the Italian people, the whole experience.

We were staying in a cute little boutique hotel just off Piazza Navona called the Palazzo Navona hotel. It was a simple, basic but clean hotel, the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the location could not have been better. Everything was so close to us, we could walk everywhere from there, and we did.

We did and saw so much that I’m not going to go into every detail, but here are some of the highlights of our trip:

The Vatican


Whether or not you’re religious, its hard not to be impressed by the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square. The buildings are so beautiful and the architecture is both intricate and grand at the same time.

We started our tour of the Vatican by walking through the various Vatican museums, taking in all the beautiful art and sculpture that it has to offer. But if I’m honest, I don’t think we fully appreciated all the incredible art there because we were just so excited to get to the Sistine Chapel, something that has been on my bucket list for many years now.

When you enter the Sistine Chapel, the artwork literally takes your breath away. I stood for ten, maybe fifteen minutes just staring up at the ceiling like so many others, amazed at the detail, the beauty and the colour. It took Michelangelo four years to paint what he did, and I can’t even begin to imagine how much dedication and concentration went into each day of that four years.

Unfortunately you are not allowed take photographs in the Sistine Chapel, but actually, I think it’s just one of those places that you have to see in real life to really understand just how incredible it is. No matter how many pictures you see, it’s just not the same as standing there and experiencing it in person.

Pantheon


The Pantheon unbeknownst to me, is a temple. I don’t know how I didn’t know this before as I’m usually good with history and famous buildings, but this one took me by surprise. Like many of the wonderful sights in Italy, the Pantheon is located in a beautiful square, surrounded by restaurants, gelateri and bars, not to mention the many tourists.

From the front of the building you’d be forgiven for thinking it was square in shape, but once inside, you are greeted by a massive circular space.  A concrete dome towers over the top with a centre opening looking up into the sky.

The structure of the dome is beautifully made up of a series of stone arches, and is still the worlds largest unreinforced concrete dome. Now used as a Catholic Church, the building is still very much in use and is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Rome.

Piazza Navona 


As mentioned above, we were staying right off Piazza Navona which is such a beautiful area. Apart from the Piazza itself, the streets are small and narrow, with cobble stone roads and flower boxes hanging from apartment windows, exactly what you imagine when you think of Italy.

As you walk up the tiny streets, vespas passing by you, you can’t help but smile. There is so much character and charm in these streets, you just want to sit and watch the world go by as you sip on a nice Chianti. And that is exactly what we did on so many occasions. A midday aperitif, a long lunch, an after dinner drink on our walk home… We just couldn’t help but revisit it every day of our trip.

The Colosseum

As much as I was in awe of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square, the Colosseum was the place that had the most impact on me. I was literally starstruck as I stood and gazed at this wondrous structure. As you walk up the street towards the Colosseum, you feel as though you are entering a different world with ancient ruins surrounding you on either side. Everywhere you look there is a little piece of history there beside you.

I knew Rome had ruins, I knew it had history, but nothing can quite prepare you for the grandeur and scale of what has been left behind. The pillars, the stone, the structures – it is really quite incredible.

When entering the Colosseum I almost became emotional, there were hundreds, maybe even thousands of other tourists there, yet when standing within its walls overlooking the old cells and ground below us, there was a quiet stillness all around us. I can’t explain it. The atmosphere was almost peaceful, and profound in its silence. People just looking, and I imagine doing exactly what I was doing, wondering what on earth it must have been like to have stood in that very place thousands of years ago.


We spent several hours wandering around the different levels in the midday sun, taking it all in, because it’s just the kind of place where you have to do that. A quick visit won’t work for you here, you need to breath it, smell it, experience it, look at it. You have to give yourself time to take it all in because it is just that breathtaking.

Of course we saw so much more too, the Spanish Steps were unfortunately undergoing some restoration works while we were there so we had to admire from a distance, and the Trevi Fountain, although stunning, was swarmed by so many tourists we could hardly take it all in. But nevertheless, it was still a sight to behold. I think next time I’ll go back at night to get a different experience, and maybe sit for a while in admiration.


We went sightseeing, we drank prosecco, we ate antipasti, we walked, we laughed, we admired, we people-watched, we drank wine, we ate pizza, we adventured, we devoured ice cream, we ate pasta, we drank beer, we took many photographs, we travelled, we experienced, we loved.


We loved every single second of our trip, I’ve been to many places all over the world, and only once before has a place exceeded my expectations in such a massive, massive way.

For now, Rome, it’s Arrivederci, but I know I’ll see you again soon…

Sorcha x

Thursday Thoughts

I hope you’re all having a nice Thursday and enjoying this balmy sunny weather. As you know I’ve been away in Rome and I just had the most incredible time. I’m working on lots of Rome posts for you, the first post on the highlights of our trip, will be going live tomorrow morning, and the second post on my outfits and looks for the trip, will be going live on Saturday morning.

I had hoped to get these up for you on Tuesday as soon as I got home, but unfortunately all the excitement of the trip left me smothering with a cold or flu of some sort, so I’ve been tucked up in my bed for the past few days trying to shake it off.

So you’ll have to forgive my lack of blogging this week, and my lateness in getting these live, but as of tomorrow it will be back to business as usual.

I hope you all had a good week. It’s Friday tomorrow, yippee!

Sorcha x

50 Things That Make Me Happy (Part 3)

About two months ago I wrote a post on 50 Things That Make Me Happy and it got such an amazing response from all my lovely readers that I decided to make it a monthly blog feature. When I did a second post last month, it had the same great response and really gave me such an uplifting, positive feeling.

It’s amazing how listing out all the things that make you happy can change your whole frame of mind. I’ve had a stressful few months, but rather than let it get me down, I’m looking at it all as a chance to do new things, to experience new things, to go to new places, and discover what it is I actually want to do, and in the words of one of my idols, Diane Von Furstenberg, become the woman I want to be.

In order to help me do all that, I’m focusing on all the things that make me happy. The things that make me feel great about life, and grateful for everyone and everything in it. Sometimes that means even being grateful for the bad things because they can be the things that put you on the path your meant to walk.

So in the spirit of being grateful, here is my list of 50 things that are making me happy this month…

  • Sunglasses
  • My new Prada trainers (eeek!)
  • ‘Raging’ by Kodaline
  • Time to myself
  • Snapchat
  • Bright mornings
  • Tulips
  • Photographs
  • Dave
  • Beaches

  • Smell of freshly cut grass
  • Walks on Dun Laoghaire pier
  • Car jamming
  • Bright nail polish
  • Coffee with friends
  • Weight loss
  • Jo Malone candles
  • Maxi skirts
  • Reading
  • The summer sales

  • Travel
  • Face primers
  • Family time in London
  • New lipsticks
  • Cocktails
  • Sunbathing
  • Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes
  • Spotify
  • Meditation
  • Celebrations

  • Peppermint tea
  • My Dad
  • Penneys sandals
  • Chatting with my friends
  • Instagram
  • Long boozy lunches
  • My camera
  • Summer
  • Pampering
  • Writing



  • Scrumdiddly’s Ice Cream
  • Sunshine
  • My nieces and nephews
  • New adventures
  • Denim shirts
  • Cuddles
  • Lavender
  • Singing
  • Baths
  • Rome

There are so many things I’m grateful for, far too many to mention, I’m grateful for my health, for my family, for my friends, for my freedom, for love, for adventure, for the ability to be able to do all the things I want to do.

What 50 things are making you happy right now?!

Sorcha x