Hello Friends, It’s Been A While…

I haven’t written a personal post like this for quite some time now, between my Simply Lippy challenge and other things going on, general blogging has had to take a bit of a back seat over the past few months.

Apart from working full time and trying to fit in blogging in the evenings after work and over my weekends, for the past few months I’ve had something else going on – something that’s kept me, distracted let’s say.


I’ve been thinking about whether or not to share this online with the world, and all you lovely readers, as I’ve been a bit nervous about putting it ‘out there’. But you may have noticed that on Sunday I posted my first non-Simply Lippy related post in a long time. Until Sunday, I hadn’t done a beauty review post since back in May and I wanted to tell you all why. 

The reason I’ve been a little MIA is because… Dave and I are expecting a new little addition to the family! That’s right, I’m pregnant. Eeek!

We are very excited but it’s been a tough few months of sickness and tiredness as many of you Mum’s and pregnant ladies will know all about. So needless to say, it’s been hard trying to keep up with my lipstick challenge, let alone doing any other blogging for the past while.

I’ve somehow managed to keep Simply Lippy going, believe me there have been days where I’ve wanted to pack it all in while my head was stuck over the toilet bowl! But in the end, I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t power through and now, I am at Day 248. I don’t know how I got here, but I did, and I’m so glad I did.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

My regular followers may have noticed that my posts have been a day or two late here and there because really, I just haven’t been able to write some days – and my bed has been a lot more appealing! But, I kept it up, every day of this year so far, I’ve worn a different lipstick, photographed it and shared the journey with you all.

I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant and thankfully the dreaded sickness is starting to pass and I’m beginning to feel more like myself again. Now that I’m getting back to normal, I’m very excited to get back to my blogging especially as I have so many beautiful products that I’ve been using that I’ve dying to tell you all about.

With so much going on, I don’t know that I’ll have as much time for social media as well as writing, but I’m going to give it all my best and hope that you’ll all join me on this new adventure I’m going on. No doubt there will be lots of pregnancy related beauty posts coming too, mostly because my skin has been a mess for the last few months, and that alone has taken some adjusting too.


But it’s all a happy learning curve and I’ve lots more to learn still, so if you’re a mummy or are currently pregnant then please send all tips and advice my way!

Thanks for sticking with me, I hope you’ve been enjoying my lipstick challenge, and I promise to have lots more beauty blog posts coming again soon.

Sorcha x 

The Happiness Planner

The Happiness Planner. It may sound strange I know – how can you plan happiness? My hubbie asked me that very question when I told him about this for the first time. But the Happiness Planner does exactly what it says on the tin, it gives you a way to attract happiness into your life. When I came across the Happiness Planner in one of my favourite shops, Moss Cottage, I immediately loved the idea and ordered one straight away.
  
For those of you who read my earlier post on vision boards and the power of positive thinking, you will know that this is right up my street. Positive thinking has helped me achieve so much over the past few years and I would encourage anyone who’s sceptical to try it out for one month and see what happens.

By focussing on the good and the positive every day, you are attracting positive things into your life. If you imagine yourself having or achieving something and focus every day on having or doing it, you will get it. I’m an ordinary living, breathing example of that. And when I discovered that there was a diary to help you achieve this, I instantly began researching to find out more.

The Happiness Planner was created by Mo Seetubtim, the creator of the blog Brandmentalist. Inspired by the power of positivity and positive thinking, as well as her love of stationery, she created the Happiness Planner to give people a way to focus on what they want, what they love and what makes them happy in a diary format.

There are two versions of the Happiness Planner, a 100 Day Planner which is undated, and a full year planner dated to each specific year. I decided to go with the 100 Day Planner initially to see how I get on, and also secretly because I just love the super cute aqua blue colour! They do come in lots of different colours though if you’re not an aqua person like me.

As I try my best to practice positivity and mindfulness every day, I’m really excited to give this a go. Writing things down really helps you to think about what you want (and don’t want), and keeps your mind focussed.

I plan on starting my diary next week so I’ll keep you posted on how I’m getting on.

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

Hump Day Blues


It’s Wednesday which means it’s hump day – that middle day of the week when you begin to feel like the end is in sight. Only two more days until the weekend arrives. Usually I feel good on hump days knowing the joy that Friday will bring, but today I’m feeling ‘meh’. Maybe it’s a bout of SAD (seasonal affective disorder) or maybe it’s post-wedding blues who knows.

I just feel a bit sad, a bit down, and let’s be honest, a little fed up. Will January ever end?! I don’t even have a point to this post only to vent so please forgive my indulgence. But it’s nice to have an outlet through which I can voice my inner woes.

Don’t you just wish sometimes that you could pack it all in and live a life of freedom? I do…

As I sit here sipping on my morning tea, I’m reminded that my reality is pretty great. I have a great life, and I’m very grateful for it. And I don’t want to seem negative, I’m a very positive person in reality. But today, just for a minute, I’d love to be transported to a paradise island where my only worry is what book to read next.

It will pass, as all bad days do. Nothing a bath and some ‘me time’ won’t cure I’m sure.

I hope you’re having a good hump day. And if you’re not, I hope you’re feeling better soon.

Sorcha x

Lost In Colouring


When I first heard about the new Adult Colouring Book craze a few months back, it immediately caught my attention. As someone who has suffered with anxiety and stress a lot over the years, I try to practice meditation and mindfulness as much as possible and it has really helped me cope in times when I become overwhelmed. I’ve always been open to things a little bit out there (much to the amusement of my new hubbie!), so when I came across this, I just had to find out more.

I bought my first colouring book, ‘The Mindfulness Colouring Book’ just after Christmas. It describes itself as ‘Anti-stress art therapy for busy people’. I have never been any good at art or drawing, but that doesn’t matter when it comes to colouring, so why not give it a try I thought… A few days later as I was strolling around the bookshop as I tend to do, the fashion lover inside me spotted another two books, The Liberty Colouring Book & Vintage Colouring book and I just couldn’t resist. Three colouring books and a packet of colouring pencils – I was now ready to give this a go.



I took them out over the weekend and started colouring. At first it felt weird, I was immediately transported back in time to my childhood, but all of a sudden a half an hour had passed without me even realising. I was lost in the patterns on the pages, a world away from reality and it felt amazing. For some reason Carrie Bradshaw’s quote ‘When Big colours…he rarely stays inside the lines’ from the SACT Movie kept popping into my head at the same time too. Where did that even come from?! Isn’t it funny how the mind works? But what I then realised, was for that whole half an hour I had a big smile on my face, utterly content in my ‘lostness’.

If that’s how I felt after such a short time on a quiet Sunday afternoon, how would I feel if this became a part of my daily life I wondered? Good I reckon, maybe even great. From now on I will happily get lost colouring anytime, and I’m already thinking about sitting down this evening with my pencils and having some time-out.

Ps. When Dave came home and saw colouring books on the bed, he started laughing out loud for a good minute or two. He said he thought I was joking when I told him I had bought a colouring book! So I’m determined to get him colouring also and see what he thinks then.

I’ll keep you posted on that one… 🙂

Sorcha x

A Quote A Day

Given that today is apparently the most depressing day of the year or ‘Blue Monday’ as it has come to be known, I think we could all do with a little pick-me-up. What is it about quotes that are so uplifting? Is it that they inspire us, motivate us, make us wish, imagine, dream? Who knows. Maybe it’s because I myself am a bit of a dreamer, but I’m a sucker for quotes, sayings, song lyrics or words in general that inspire a happy or positive thought. And if that quote or saying just happens to be accompanied by a picture? Then it’s really got my attention.

What’s the point I hear you say? Well , I’m a firm believer in positive thinking and starting each day off in a positive way. Sometimes that’s hard; sometimes we’re tired, or stressed, or just simply not in a good mood – we all have those days. Through reading about the power of positive thinking however, I’ve learned that the more you focus on the positive, the more positive you become. So everyday, even if I’m in a mood, or really don’t want to get out of bed, I try my best to read quotes or sayings that will make me grateful for the day and put me into a positive mindset . And more often than not, it works.

A good quote or lyric should always get you thinking. About life, about travel and adventure, about good times and bad, about past experiences and future endeavours. If I’m feeling fed up I read quotes about being grateful. When I’m happy I read funny quotes that make me laugh. When I’m stressed, I read quotes assuring me that this too shall pass. When I dream of doing something more, I read quotes about travel and adventure and seeing the world. And when I’m sad, I read about love (which is sometimes accompanied by a good girly cry!).

Scrolling through my phone this morning, I decided to share some of my favorites with you all here. Disclaimer: *Cheese Alert* This is probably not a post for the less romantic dreamers among you.





I would happily sit and read these to while away the time on a quiet evening and even love to create my own quote pictures using my favourite word apps. Speaking of which, if haven’t yet discovered WordSwag or InstaQuote and you’re into this sort of thing, then you should definitely check them out.

There are so many more I could share but for now I will leave you with these, and hopefully inspire a happy thought or two on this dreary ‘Blue Monday’!

Sorcha x

Ps. Do you have any favourite quotes or sayings that aren’t in this post? If so, send them on people, I love adding to my collection!