Goodbye Week, Hello Weekend

This week was one of those weeks, you know the ones where no matter how positive you are, things keep going wrong? I find myself laughing today but it was a tough struggle to get to Friday let me tell you.

On Monday I had a rather dangerous encounter with a wasp of all things. It flew in my window as I was minding my own business driving along the road, and gave me the fright of my life. So much so, I had a complete freak out and had to try compose myself enough to pull over and get the damn thing out of my car. Now I laugh, but it’s really not a good thing to happy while you’re driving. God knows what could have happened.

Anyway, all’s well that ends well as the saying goes…
Just when I had started to recover from wasp-gate, I was home making dinner when bang. OUCH, OH MY F**KING GOD. I stubbed my toe. Yes, that. You know when out of the blue your toe catches in the corner of something and it’s literally the most painful foot experience in the world?! It wasn’t long before my poor little toe swelled up like a balloon and started to turn that blueish, black colour. Needless to say I was feeling very sorry for myself by the end of the day.

Fast forward a day and we arrive at strike three. Shopping bag-gate. There I am coming out of the supermarket, I was sent on an errand to find a very specific thing, which I couldn’t find so decided to pick up a few bits for the house. Strolling back to my car, I was beginning to plan out the rest of my day when, crash. Hello concrete, goodbye shopping! My plastic shopping bag burst at the seams and the entire contents of my grocery shop fell to their death. Why universe, WHY?!

So yeah, that was my week. Someone pass me a glass of wine quick…


Goodbye week, hello weekend. Things can only get better from here!

Sorcha x

A Different Kind of Friday Feeling

It’s Friday and today I’m experiencing a different kind of Friday Feeling as the time has now come for me to begin my next chapter.

Yesterday was my last day in my job and there were a lot of tears shed. Not because I don’t want to move forward into the next chapter but because I’m sad to be leaving such a wonderful place and wonderful people behind.

When I started working in that job almost four years ago now, I was single, I was back home living with my parents for the first time in years, I was jobless, and overall it was a pretty tough time. But when I found out I got the job I was over the moon and as clichéd as it sounds now, it literally changed my life. It gave me back confidence in myself that I had lost, it gave me security, it gave me a renewed focus, it took away worry, and above all it made me happy.

Things are very different now. Since that first day, I’ve met Dave, got engaged, got married, moved home, started writing again, and have been on some incredible adventures, but it’s now time for the next adventure to begin.

I will always be grateful for the job that I now leave behind, for the fun, the laughs, the tears, the memories, the learning curves, the experiences, but most of all the friends.

I don’t know what the future holds, and I don’t really have a plan. As with all big changes I’m feeling a little scared, a little overwhelmed, and a little sad, but mostly I feel excited. It’s a strange thing waking up this morning and not knowing what’s ahead but there are certain things I know I want to do…

I want to write, I want to blog more, I want to travel, I want to embrace life, I want to do things for me, I want to experience, I want to spend time with friends and family, and most of all, I want to life a life that I love.

Who knows what the future holds, but here’s to finding out! As the old saying goes, ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life…’ Eeek.

Happy Friday!

Sorcha x

 

Fabulous Friday

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It’s Friday, most people’s favourite day of the week, and definitely mine. As you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog, I’ve been going through a bit of a difficult patch of late but I’m happy to say that the clouds are finally lifting.

It’s been hard to stay positive, it’s never easy being cheerful and optimistic all the time when things are tough, but I got through it. I’ve no idea what the future holds, which is exciting and scary in equal measure, but I’m embracing the change and looking forward to new adventures.

The news that I haven’t been able to share up to now, is that I’m going to be finishing up my job at the end of June – giant EEEK! I’m going to take a few months off to write and blog, and dedicate more time to doing the things I love. And while I’ll be on the hunt for a new job throughout, the prospect of having a summer to myself is simply thrilling.

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It’s been years since I took some time off, it’s a rare thing in this busy world we live in, so needless to say I’m very excited. And what’s more, I’m off to Ibiza next week for a long weekend and I can’t wait to feel the sun on my face, sip cocktails by the sunset and kick off the summer and new adventures in style.

The older I get the more aware I become of time; the time we  have to live carefree, the time we have to do the things we want to do, the time we have to live. And I just want to make the best possible use of that time before Dave and I do the other things we want to do like buy a house and have a family.

So here’s to making the most of our time.

I wish you all a fabulous Friday!

Sorcha x

Fridaygram

It’s been two weeks since my last Fridaygram post, I missed last Friday’s post as things were a bit hectic last week. But, the sun came out this week meaning there were plenty of sunny photo opportunities, and as always I got lost in dreaming about life, travel and holidays.

If you follow my Fridaygram posts you’ll know I usually list my photos day-by-day with a little synopsis on each, but today I’ve decided not to do it that way anymore. As I talk about all my daily antics in my blog posts anyway, I really don’t want to start doubling up on information and risk boring all of you lovely readers!

So instead I’ve decided to put an Instagram collage together and share my photos that way. Here’s a look back over my last two weeks in photos. Some of the photos I took or made myself, and others are images I came across on Pinterest which inspire thoughts, dreams and wants…

   

I know I always say it but if you want to keep up-to-date on all my goings on then please come follow me on Instagram by clicking here! It’s my favourite of all the social media sites, and apart from the fact that I just love pretty pictures, I’m always uploading content there so please come say hi.

It’s a beautiful sunny Friday and I’m heading away for the weekend which I’m very excited about. So for now I will leave you, and wish you all a happy Friday too!

Sorcha x

Fridaygram

Happy Friday! It’s my favourite day of the week, and today is an extra special one as I am down in Castle Durrow in Ireland getting ready to watch one of my best friends walk down the aisle.

Before I do that though, here’s a look back on my week in Instagram in this week’s Fridaygram post…

Friday


I was due to be going out for dinner with a friend of mine last Friday but it got cancelled. So instead I opened a nice bottle of red and curled up on the couch for the night.

Saturday


I had a lovely long lie in on Saturday morning drinking tea and reading magazines. I hadn’t done that in so long and it was such a treat.


It was also such a lovely sunny day in Dublin so Dave and I went for a long walk on Dun Laoghaire Pier sand watched the world go by. I love nothing more than a leisurely stroll on a sunny day.

Sunday


As always there was an inspirational quote thrown into the mix. I came across this one on Pinterest and it was exactly what I needed to get me in the frame of mind for a stressful week.


I also did a long meditation session and shared a blog post on how it helps me to cope and deal with stress and anxiety. This photo I came across just epitomises the stillness and calmness that is meditation and the Pleasant Pose.

Monday


I actually took this picture on Saturday out walking on the pier, I love that old bandstand and it’s usually full of people, so when I got this opportunity to get a photo with nobody in it, I took it!

Tuesday


I took this picture for my Naked Skin concealer review and shared it on Tuesday. I just love the rose gold packaging on these products and the photograph so well too. I also love this concealer so if you haven’t yet read my review you can do so here!

Wednesday 


I painted this colour on my nails last week and love it. I don’t usually go for dark nail colours at this time of year but it’s been more like winter than spring so why not?!


I also shared this picture because it makes my mind wander and dream. Life is all about the little things really.

Thursday


I took this photo while out walking the other day. Tulips are one of my favourite flowers and I just love these bright colours. A great way to brighten up any day!


I also shared this picture of my favourite face mask by Eve Lom. This packaging is so sleek and clean, and as many of you probably know by now, I’m a sucker for good packaging.

Friday


Love, because Lucy is getting married today and I just feel like spreading the love!

Hope you all have a fab Friday and fab weekend.

Sorcha x

Fridaygram

Well I’m happy to report, this week was a much better week than last week, thankfully. And although I still have a lot going on, I think some time out and relaxation last weekend made me much better able to cope with things this week.

The sunny weather in Dublin  over the past few days, as well as Coachella last weekend, has really got me (and the whole country I think) in the mood for festivals, travel, holidays, and lots of summer fun. And this was reflected in a lot of my Instagram pictures this week too as I was dreaming of sunny days and far away places.

Here’s a look back on all my Instagram snaps from the week:

Friday

Last Friday I went to a charity for Irish Charity, First Light. It is an incredible organisation that gives support to bereaved parents and families. It was held in one of my favourite Dublin eateries, Fade Street Social, and this photo is a quick selfie I took of me and one of my best friends, Dearbhla, on the way in.

Saturday

I came across this picture of Coachella on WeHeartIt, and immediately I was transported to sunny Palm Springs. What I would give to have been there, it just looked so amazing, not to mention the incredible festival fashion that all the celebs were rocking. But I’ve added this to my bucket list so maybe next year we’ll get to make a trip over!

Sunday

On Sunday my festival vibes continued when I shared this picture of me from the hen party I was at a few weeks ago. If you read that post you’ll know it was a Club Tropicana theme, and I was loving my flower crown that I got to wear.

Monday

As I mentioned above, the weather has been incredible this week in Dublin. The sun has been shining every day, and on Monday evening I took this sunset picture while out for a walk.

I’ve also been playing around with camera shots and my makeup trying to improve my photography skills. Using some lovely Tulips I bought at the weekend, I took this photo of all my favourite MAC lipsticks.

Tuesday

I’m really trying to channel all my inner positivity at the moment, and for me, it really helps to read quotes, and look at inspiring images. This image I came across on Pinterest just gave me all the feels… summer, love, travel, adventure and positivity!

Wednesday

This photo is a photo of the outfit I wore to the charity lunch last Friday. I love this skirt but as it was a daytime event, wanted to dress it down a little. So I decided to pair it with my casual ankle boots and my favourite leather jacket.

I also shared this picture of the new Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass eyeshadow palette, because it is just so pretty.

Thursday

Oh these shoes, these beautiful shoes! These Sophia Webster Angel Wings heels are high up on my wish list, I’ve been admiring them for so long and think I’ll just have to purchase soon.

I also shared this picture of these cute sunglasses I happened upon in H&M. I’m loving circular shades this season and these were an absolute bargain at €9.99!

Friday

Yay, we made it through the week. I do love a good photo picture of a Friday and this Friday is no different. Today I went for this picture which is keeping in with this week’s summer Instagram theme.

I’m off out tonight with one of my best friends for a girly dinner and let me tell you, am seriously in need of it, and a big glass of vino! So I will be counting down the hours today.

I hope you all have a lovely Friday whatever you’re up to!

Sorcha x

 

 

 

Fridaygram

Happy Friday everyone!

We made it, we got through the week… Sing hallelujah, sing it! (Some of you may know I tend to break out in song every now and then, so feel free to join in and sing along, or feel free to ignore!). I have to say, there was a point or two this week where I really couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, it was a tough week but I got here.

What’s more, I have a day off work today to go to a charity lunch with some of my friends. So what better way to start the weekend?!

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the blog, you’ll see that I posted a couple of reviews this week, I’ve been busy testing out some products all while recovering from the madness and fun that was my dear friend Lucy’s hen party last weekend.

As usual, I’ve shared it all on my Instagram, but in case you missed it, then here’s a look back at what I got up to this week:

Friday 

One of my favourite things to do is to while away an hour or two on Pinterest looking up quotes, photos and pretty pictures, and while doing just that last week, I came across this. I feel it conveys exactly just how I feel about Fridays, wouldn’t you agree?!

Saturday 

As mentioned above, last Saturday we danced the day and night away at my friend Lucy’s hen party. Lucy is a big WHAM fan, so the theme was Club Tropicana. This is a photo of me and one of my besties, Fiona. We donned our summer outfits, and loving a good prop, did not take our Hawaiian lei or oversized sunglasses off for the entire night.

Sunday 

As I was nursing a hangover, the most I could share on Sunday was this picture of my nails because I just love this colour. It is CND Shellac in Decadence, and I got them done in my favourite salon, Mimi’s Beauty Room in Sandymount, Dublin. The girls are just the best in the business, and recently won Best Beautician’s at the IMAGE Magazine Business of Beauty (BOB) awards. If you’re a Dubliner you should definitely go check them out.

Monday
I took this snap of some of the products I’ve currently been using and putting to the test to give you all a sneak preview on what I’m up to. The palette is Catrice’s new Sand Nude palette and I’ll be posting a review on it soon so watch this space if you’re interested in seeing what it’s like.

Tuesday
This print from my friend Julie’s wedding the other week is so cute, I just love it. Great detail inspiration for anyone planning a wedding currently. 
I also shared this picture of my owl slouchy socks. I think they are so cute, and look, it was just one of those days that called for socks, the couch and some trashy TV!

Wednesday 

I had a bit of a bad day on Wednesday, well all week was a bit of a bad week. I’ve been feeling down, stressed and a bit overwhelmed. In times like this my mind tends to wander, I suppose it’s a form of escapism really. And this week my mind wandered to travel, and adventure, and wanting a little bit more out of life. This picture represents that desire.


I also shared this photo of my charcoal smokey eye which is the makeup look I created for the wedding last week. Using my current favourite eyeshadow palette, the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette, I used soft greys and browns to create the look.

Thursday
I have got the dreamers disease… Yes, yes I do. I shared this picture that I made using Word Swag, one of my favourite apps because it resonates with me on so many levels. I’ve always been a dreamer, and a romantic, and often tend to get lost in my dreaming. 
I also shared this picture of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream. My review went live yesterday morning so if you haven’t already checked it out then you can have a read here.

Today

Before I get ready to go to the Charity Lunch that I’m off to today, I have a few bits to do. These TOMS flats are so comfortable and a great casual flat option for when you’re on the go. The sun also made an appearance this morning which is always a bonus!

So on that note, I’ll leave you for the day and hope you all have a great weekend. Don’t forget to come follow me on Instagram if you’re not already.

Sorcha x

Fridaygram

I’ve had a very busy week since my last Fridaygram, I had my beautiful friend Julie’s wedding last weekend, I had a crazy week in work, and I started swatching and taking pictures of new products I want to try.

As always, I shared it all on my Instagram, so here’s a look at what’s been going on:

Friday

After getting my nails and spray tan done in prep for the wedding on Saturday, I had a cosy Friday night in with my slippers and a movie. I needed to make sure I got my beauty sleep for the fun ahead on Saturday!

Saturday

My friend Julie is a big fan of Hendrick’s Gin and Tonics, so when I saw our places names at the wedding were miniature bottles of Hendrick’s, I just had to share. Have you ever seen anything so cute?!

I also shared this picture of me and one of my good friends Pam who I hadn’t seen since my own wedding back in December.

Sunday

Julie is all about the details so on Sunday I just had to share some more wedding photos. These Baby’s Breath centrepieces were just stunning and gave the tables such a romantic vibe.

Monday

Always one for positivity, I shred this Monday Motivation picture. There’s no better way to start the week than putting yourself in the right frame of mind (even if it does all fall away after a day or two!).

Tuesday

In case you missed it, on Tuesday I blogged all about our trip to Paris and what the highlights of the trip were for me. This picture was taken of Dave and I on the River Seine and is my favourite picture of our weekend away. I love the Eiffel Tower peeking in the background!

I also shared this picture I came across on Pinterest which I just love. As mentioned above and in many of my blog posts, I love inspirational quotes and images, and this one is just brilliant. Sometimes when you’re having a bad day you think about packing it all in, but as the saying goes, we should never give up!

Wednesday

I have been obsessed with the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani eyeshadow palette for the last while as many of you might have guessed by now! So on Wednesday I posted this shot of my favourite swatches from the palette.

I also shared this picture of my new sunglasses. I’ve been coveting round style shades for a while now, so when I came across these little babies from Custom Vintage Dublin last week, I just had to order them. Perfectly on trend for this summer!

Thursday

I recently got sent some products from the lovely people over at Catrice cosmetics so I’ve been trying them out over the past few weeks. This lipstick from their Ultimate Stay range in shade ‘Don’t Worry Be Berry’ is just gorgeous, it’s my current favourite shade and I’m really impressed with it.

I also shared this Throwback Thursday post from my wedding of our table plan. My theme was an outside, inside candlelit forest kind of theme and I just love this picture. We just got our wedding video a few days ago so I’ve been watching it on repeat and it’s bringing back such incredible memories. I just want to do it all again!

Friday

I love Fridays as we all do, and a Friday meme always puts me in a happy mood. This one I came across last night made me smile.

I also love casual Fridays, and as the sun is finally starting to show its face, I can start to wear flowy blouses and summer shoes again, yay!

So there you go. I don’t know where the weeks are going at the moment, but each week that passes is a week closer to summer, which let’s face it…rocks!

As always, if you’re not following me on Instagram please come say hi here.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Sorcha x

Fridaygram

For those of you who read my Fridaygram post last week, you’ll know that I’ve decided to to do a ‘week in review’ through my Instagram photos every Friday. I got some lovely comments on last week’s post so for all of you who enjoyed it, here it is again.

I had kind of a weird week this week, work is super stressful at the moment, but I counteracted that with some makeup shopping which always cheers me up! So here’s a look at what I got up to this week:

Saturday

 

As regular readers will know, last Saturday we visited the incredible Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud for a celebratory lunch so Saturday’s Instagram posts were all around that. This is the outfit that I wore: ZARA Blazer, ZARA Dress, DVF Bag and ALDO Boots.

Sunday

 

On Sunday after my very bold day of eating and drinking, I started the day the healthy way with some fresh blueberries. I love berries and try to eat them with breakfast every morning but it’s not always easy to get good blueberries. Once they go soft they just aren’t the same!

I also shared a picture of my make up look from Saturday’s lunch which was a dark rust smokey eye, and a nude lip.

Monday

Monday was just about one thing, the Oscars. Oh how I love Oscar season! My favourite look of the night was Saoirse Ronan and her green sequin Calvin Klein gown paired with a charcoal smokey eye, a nude lip and mismatching earrings.

Tuesday

I found these shoes in ZARA and fell in love. I’m all about metallic footwear this Spring and the minute I tried these on I was excited. The pointed flat court shoe has made a comeback in a big way so these little babies are very on-trend at the moment. And if you haven’t already guessed by now, I’m a huge fan of ZARA!

Wednesday

Like I said earlier, I decided to treat myself to some new makeup this week. The first thing I treated myself to was the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani collection eye shadow palette. The shades in this palette are fab, and I’ve been dying to try this out for a while now.

I’m also loving the lipstick shades in the range. On my February wishlist I initially had the shade on the left, Red 714, but when I went to buy it, I also loved the colour on the right Rock Steady which is more of a burgundy tone. I couldn’t decide between the two so ended up walking away with neither.

Thursday 

Yesterday I shared this amazing picture our wedding photographer took of Dave and I on our wedding day. It’s one of my favourites out of all the pictures and I can’t stop looking at it. The post proved to be super popular too and I had one of my most successful viewership days on the blog so far with over 500 people viewing the post, eeek. So big thanks to everyone for stopping by to read it!

I also shared this video on my Instagram yesterday of me using my new Urban Decay eyeliner (which I also bought in my makeup haul). It’s the first video I’ve shared and I was a little nervous as I’m just learning how to navigate videos and editing, but it got over a hundred views which isn’t too bad, is it?! Please excuse how weird my face looks by the way, like I said, I’m just learning! 🙂

Friday

Now to this morning. I am currently looking at making our spare room into an office, beauty, reading, meditation room type thing, in other words a little haven where I can escape to! So I’ve been searching Pinterest for lots of inspiration. How cute is this home office that I came across?

Finally, I shared a picture of the new eyeliner I spoke about above. It’s Urban Decay’s Ink for Eyes Felt Tip Eyeliner pen and it’s so easy to use. I usually use MAC’s Penultimate Eyeliner pen but wanted to try something different. I’m loving this so far, the tip is very thin meaning you get a nice, even line.

So there you go. Don’t forget to come follow me over on Instagram if you’re not already, my handle is simplysorcha.

Oh and, happy Friday!

Sorcha x

We Survived!

  
We did it, we did it people, we survived the first week back in work for 2016! Cue cheesy 90’s song…’sing hallelujah sing it‘. Ehem. (I tend to do that by the way, go off in song tangents, you can ignore it, or join in, whatever comes naturally!).

Let me tell you, on Monday morning I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through the week. 735 emails awaited me when I logged on after my five weeks off, but I soldiered through and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier that it’s Friday. Well maybe I have, but I’m pretty freakin’ happy today!

Although I haven’t got out totally unscathed as I’m smothering with a cold/flu type thing, I’m happy with how my first week of the year has gone. I managed to write every day and tomorrow, I get to lie in for as long as I want. THAT fills me with joy!

So on that note, I wish you a Happy Friday folks. I hope it’s been a good one for you all too.

Sorcha x