From Rome, with love…

To those of you wondering, we are having an incredible time in Rome, the eternal city. In fact, the sole purpose of this mini blog post is to say Arrivederci, we’re never coming home!

Never in my life has a place exceeded and gone so far beyond any expectations I had. We only have one day left and I wish we didn’t have to leave.

It’s love…


Sorcha x

Roman Holiday

This weekend Dave and I are heading off to the next stop on our Year of the Holiday, Italy. We’ve been so lucky this year to have already been to some amazing places including Paris and Ibiza, and now our next stop is Rome. I’ve never been to Italy before so I am literally bursting with excitement to get there.

Those of you who’ve been following my blog will know by now that I’m a hopeless romantic and I have hopelessly romantic ideas of Rome in my mind. I go from imagining Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday to Elizabeth Gilbert on her journey of self-discovery in Eat, Pray, Love, and I just can’t wait to get there. As clichéd as it sounds, that’s the kind of Rome I want to experience. Love, magic, art, architecture and above all, food!

I can’t wait to see all the incredible sights; The Vatican, The Colosseum, The Trevi Fountain, and to experience authentic, delicious Italian pasta and pizza for the first time, to sip prosecco and rosé in the sun and of course do some shopping. Eeek!

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We have four full days and nights there which I’m told, is plenty of time to do everything we want to do. But here’s where I need your help… Apart from all the obvious places, what else should we do? If you’ve been to Rome what was your favourite thing you did there?  Whatever your tips or suggestions I’d love to hear them so please send them on.

We plan on spending Friday in the Vatican City, visiting St. Peter’s Square and many of the museums; on Saturday we plan to discover the secrets of ancient Rome at the Colosseum and Forum while Sunday and Monday will be spent around Palazzo Navona, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. And on top of all that, I’m hoping some of my lovely readers will have a few other little gems that I can add to our list.

Although our trip is going to be busy, I also can’t wait to sit in a bar or café out on the street, whiling away the hours people watching, relaxing, doing nothing…  Il dolce far niente as the Italian’s like to call it.

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For for those of you who haven’t been to Rome before, I promise to share all our experiences, tips and suggestions with you all once I return home.

Ciao for now! Tanti baci…

Sorcha x

My Top 12 Summer Holiday Buys

I know I may have mentioned it once or twice already but, I’m off to Ibiza on Thursday, yippeee! As you can tell I’m very excited, mainly because I’ve never been to Ibiza before, but also because I can’t wait for a bit of sunshine and to spend a few days away with my siblings. It’s been forever since we’ve done something like this so I’m really looking forward to it.

Anyway, if you read my post on Boho Holiday Outfits last week, you’ll know that the theme for the weekend is Boho Chic. Why a theme I hear you ask?! Well one of my sisters is celebrating her birthday over there so we’ve got lots of great events and parties lined up which in turn means lots of great outfits have to be planned.

My outfits are slowly starting to come together, thankfully made easier by the fact that there are just such great things in the shops at the moment. From accessories, to sandals, to dresses, even to fab holiday makeup, I had to drag myself away from so many things I wanted to buy.

That’s not to say that I won’t buy them at some stage though, every girl needs a wish list in my opinion so here’s a look at what’s on my summer wish list, and my Top 12 Holiday Buys for this summer…

Rust Maxi Dress H&MDenim Jumpsuit H&M

Gold Gladiator Sandals River Island / Straw Bag H&M / Holly Sandals Michael Kors

Floral Print Jumpsuit ASOS / Printed Floral Midi ZARA

The Shore Bondi Rose Sunglasses SHEVOKE / Cosmetics Bag ASOS

Field of Dreams Sundress Seafolly / Tropical Trikini Swimsuit ZARA

So there you go, just some of the things I’m lusting after this holiday season. Now all I need is to get bikini ready so I can wear and buy them. While that’s not going to happen for my Ibiza trip given it’s only two days away, I’m keeping them on my list for a holiday coming up later in the year.

Also, if you’re a complete social media addict like me then you might be interested in this fab Ban.do back up phone charger I recently bought from one of my favourite online shops, Hippenings.com. It’s the perfect summer accessory if you plan on being snap-happy on holiday just like me!

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Sorcha x

 

Boho Holiday Inspiration & The Dreaded Bikini Body

This day next week I’m heading off to Ibiza for five days for my sisters birthday. I’ve never been to Ibiza before so naturally I’m very excited, and the fact that we’re going with my siblings, partners and friends makes it all the more exciting.

There will be lots of events going on over the weekend from sunset drinks to pool parties, to dancing the night away so I’ll need lots of nice outfits to wear but I’ve yet to decide on what they are going to be.

When I began my holiday shopping a few weeks back, summer maxi dresses, florals and Boho vibes greeted me in almost every store which was perfect as the theme for our party weekend is Boho Chic. The only problem is, I’m not exactly what you would call bikini ready. I’ve got a good bit of weight to lose, and although that’s the story of my life, I’m so tired of walking into my favourite shops and walking back out empty handed because nothing fits me properly.

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with my weight, it’s like a never-ending up hill battle, and if I’m honest, I’m dreading wearing scantly clad clothing and showing off my arms and legs. But I’m going to try put all of that to the back of my mind and embrace some of the boho vibes on trend for this summer.

As I’m not too sure where to start with my outfits, I’ve turned to Pinterest as I so often do, for some holiday inspiration. I’ve created a Boho mood board to help me decide what kind of looks I want to go with and this is what I’ve come up with…



Now I have the inspiration – if only I had their bodies too! 🙂

Sorcha x

Paris, J’Taime


If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that over the Easter weekend Dave and I headed to Paris for a city break. I hadn’t been to Paris in a very long time, we had never been together and for as long as we have been together, we’ve been planning on going. So needless to say, I was super excited about our trip.

There’s just something about the air in Paris, isn’t there? If you’ve been before you’ll know exactly what I mean. It just screams chic. The style, the architecture, the fashion, the attitude, the personality, the atmosphere. The effortlessness of it all is intoxicating and you find yourself wondering what your life would be like if you were born a Parisian.

We arrived late on Thursday evening so it was straight to bed for a good nights sleep, I had a lot planned so wanted to make sure we were both up to getting everything done. Our hotel was a small boutique hotel, and while it was fine, the location wasn’t really what we’d hoped for. We were staying in what we thought was Le Marais, but actually it was further out. So thank god for the Metro!

We did so much so I’m not going to go into everything, but rather share what the highlights of the trip were for me. And hopefully, if you’re off to Paris anytime soon, it will give you some tips on where to go and what to do!

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Moulin Rouge

 
Our first stop was the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre. I have always wanted to see the Moulin Rouge, as cheesy as it might be, I’m kind of fascinated with that period of Paris in the early 1900s; the champagne parties of the rich and famous, the artists, painters and writers who hung out there for inspiration, and the artistic movement in general around that time.

It seems like it was a great time to live. So it was great to see it in person and for a moment imagine what life would have been like back then.

Musée du Louvre

An obvious Tourist attraction, the Louvre is as much a monument as a museum.  The infamous glass pyramid is the first thing that greets you as you arrive at the Louvre Palace, and alone is worth a visit. It’s quite a spectacular site to see and the setting of the Palace grounds that it sits in, are just stunning. Unfortunately unless you arrive very early however, it’s hard to take it all in with the thousands of tourists that gather there each day, but you can still appreciate the grandeur of the buildings and architecture.

You could easily spend an entire day wandering the halls and exhibits of the Louvre, but as we were pressed for time, we made our way straight to the Italian and Greek artists. As with most people who visit the Louvre, the Mona Lisa was the top of my list and it was amazing to see it in real life. Smaller than I imagined it to be, but amazing. Next on my list was the Venus Di Milo statue, which again was incredible. So much of art history is housed in the Louvre, and while I’m certainly no art connoisseur, we really enjoyed the few hours that we spent here.

Pont Neuf

Initially Pont Neuf was not on my plan for the trip, but for as long as I can remember, I wanted to go to the Love Lock Bridge in Paris. Traditionally this was the Pont des Arts, but in 2015, the French authorities had to remove all the love locks from the Ponts des Arts due to the weight of the locks damaging the infrastructure of the bridge.

Although I had read about this last year, I didn’t realise all the locks were gone so when we arrived to nothing but empty railings, I was so disappointed. That was until, I discovered that a new place had been designated to the Love Locks, the Pont Neuf.

Once I discovered this, we made our way to the Pont Neuf, lock in hand (because I am that cheesy), and added our lock to the thousands of others that reside there. Then we sat in the sun overlooking the water taking it all in. Even if you’re not a hopeless romantic, this is still worth a visit, even just to see the thousands of locks and messages that people have left there. Not to mention the stunning views it has of the city.

You can’t help but be overcome with warm fuzzy feelings there, I even asked Dave to propose to me again, just because it was so romantic. As you can imagine, he was having none of it! Although there was no second proposal, I loved it all the same.

Le Marais

Friends who travel to Paris a lot told me that Le Marais was the place to be, hence why we booked our hotel there (well what we thought was there). It is a historic district full of gorgeous boutiques, gourmet cafes, fashion houses and hip galleries and therefore a must for any trip to Paris.

I could have spent hours (and a lot of money) wandering through the small streets shopping, eating and drinking – the fact that the weather was glorious for our visit was an added bonus too. We went for lunch, strolled around the shops then found ourselves a lovely cafe where we sat drinking wine watching the world go by. The perfect way to while away an afternoon in the city of love.

Eiffel Tower

There’s really not much to say about the Eiffel Tower as it speaks for itself. As you would imagine, it is a haven for tourists so this place is busy all the time. I read somewhere that it’s the most visited, paid monument in the world with over 20,000 visitors a day. So that might give you an idea of just how busy it is.

Because of this, we didn’t spend too much time here, but we did stroll around the Champ de Mars for a while taking it all in.  You cannot come to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower, that infamous picture so many of us have in our minds of this city is the Eiffel Tower. But if you plan on going up the tower then be prepared for a long wait and lots of queuing.

RESTAURANTS

L’Avenue

L’Avenue is a restaurant located near the upscale area of Avenue George V, off the Champs Elysees and so many people recommended us going here. Over the years I’ve read loads about it, so it’s been on my wish list for a long time and finally I got here!

The restaurant is a combination of luxury interiors, tasty food and lots of hip and trendy Parisians, and is one of the places to be seen in Paris.

We booked in advance for lunch as it’s always super busy and spent the morning strolling along the streets taking in all the fabulous stores such as Chanel, Dior and Diane von Furstenberg. After a little shopping we arrived for lunch and we were not disappointed.

Champagne flowing, I ordered a Prawn Risotto and Dave went for a Mushroom Rigatoni, and they were delicious. I ate so slowly, savouring every bite it was that good. This was then followed by dessert which for me was a Lemon Sorbet with a Pecan Tuile, and a Tarte Tatin for Dave. Again delicious.

The restaurant isn’t cheap so be prepared to pay if you decide to go here. But for the food and the experience, it’s definitely worth it in my view. We had a lovely long lunch, and it made for the perfect afternoon. I’ll definitely be going back, especially as I discovered they do the skinniest fries I’ve ever seen, and skinny fries are my fav. I will need to have these in my life at some point!

Ferdi

Again after several recommendations and lots of hype, we paid a visit to Ferdi one night for dinner. It’s not what you might expect from a Paris restaurant given that it’s actually a burger joint but my god is it the best burger I’ve ever had. This restaurant is hidden away on a small quiet street in the Opera district, and unless you know about it, you’d probably never venture in.

The décor is red, like a lot of Parisian eating spots, but the interior is super fun and quirky with teddy’s, dolls and miniature cars dotted around the place. It’s small but cosy, with a great, relaxed atmosphere and the cocktails are delicious.


Given that it’s famous for its Cheeseburger and Churros, that’s what we ordered and we literally could have eaten it all over again afterwards. Not because we weren’t full, but because it was literally the best burger we ever had. So boldly delicious!

Le Petit Marché

 
Le Petit Marché is a little French bistro situated in Le Marais and I had heard loads about it so we added this to our list of restaurants and asked our hotel to book us a table. It’s small, it’s rustic and absolutely buzzing and we were excited when we arrived.

We both decided on Steak with pepper sauce, it was a little difficult to figure out the entire menu as neither of us speak French very well. As with a lot of Parisian restaurants, the staff did not speak English and there were no English menus. So if you decide to go here make sure you bring your dictionary si vous ne pouvez pas parler Français.

Our meal was so perfectly French, and I washed my steak down with a beautiful glass of Cotes du Rhone, as I did with so many of my meals in Paris and it was a lovely last dinner to have before bidding farewell to this fabulous city.

So there you go – a snapshot of our trip away. There was so much more that we did, and so much more that we wanted to do and didn’t get done. What better excuse to have to go back another time though.

We had such an incredible weekend and I can completely understand why people fall in love with Paris when they visit, it’s an intoxicating city in the best possible way and I’m already looking forward to planning another trip.

All that’s left for me to say now is Paris, J’Taime…

Sorcha x

Paris, Oui

So this Thursday myself and the hubby are off to lovely Paris, and I’m so frickin’ excited! While up to now the Year of the Holiday has only brought us to places in Ireland, finally we are managing to get further afield.

We’ve both been to Paris before but not together, and there’s so much I want to see and do. The only thing scuppering the trip at the moment is the fact that I’m smothering with a cold, and I am unable to wear shoes as I split my ankle open. Long story but I’ve basically been living in my flip flops for the past week (resulting in said cold!).

But in keeping with my focus on being positive this year, I’m not going to let any of those obstacles stop me. It’s been many years since I was last in Paris, and I didn’t really see much at all, so I’ve got a lot on my list this time around.

We have three days and four nights so I’m calling on all my lovely readers to send me some tips on what to do, where to go, where to eat, drink etc. I have all the obvious places on my list, but I’m looking for recommendations for non-touristy, quirky, out of the ordinary type of places.

So if you’ve been to Paris over the last few years and found any little hidden gems then please let me know so I can add them to my list.

I’ll be taking you all with me via snapchat and Instagram so make sure you come follow me over there to see what we’re up to. I’ll share a full post on our trip when I’m back next week also.

For now, au revoir!

Sorcha x