Off The Rails

I bought my first rail!!! And I have no where to put it! Lol. Luckily the one I bought is easy enough to dismantle when I’m not using it. I had a look around a few different places online and finally settled on this one from Displaysense on Amazon. I ordered the heavy duty 5ft in white. It literally took about ten minutes to assemble, oh my days in retail come in handy, but it’s a two person job.

Now, time to go buy more pretty hangers!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0146XICI8/ref=pe_3187911_189395841_TE_3p_dp_1

If it’s good enough for Meghan Markle, it’s good enough for me

Since it’s launch in 2000, Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation has cemented a cult following. It’s a Go-To for make up artists and I can deffo see why. It’s glides onto the skin and stays put. I find it isn’t drying and has a certain dewiness to it. I’m not sure if it’s full coverage, medium for sure, but I build it up with my beauty blender and go over with concealer. My only gripe with the foundation is it’s difficult to get my exact colour match. I bought it to go with my skin with fake tan, which is perfect, but the girls found it hard to match me up with my natural coloring. I’ve visited the Armani counter a few times with no tan on and the foundation number changes. The nearest and the closet we got was number 3.5 in the light shades, so I’m keen to try it out. Other than that it’s a foundation that really is; so far so good! Oh and if you’re feeling like a splurge I highly recommend the Maestro UV primer! It’s soooooo smooth and has SPF in it:) I got both from the most helpful and patient team in Brown Thomas.

Easter Eggs

There isn’t much better than a nice little spot for brunch. That’s exactly what you get at The Lovely Food Co in Terenure. They don’t take bookings for brunch but you’re never long waiting. When it comes to the menu, I’m a creature of habit, I highly recommend the french toast with eggs and a mountain of bacon. Bon appetit mes amis!

Wardrobe Essentials

I’m finding I have the same exact problem every time I buy a white shirt. If I wear it with black, I end up looking like a waitress. If I go with a mans style shirt with a blue jean, it just looks sloppy. End of. That’s just how it is.

I long to have that put together, chic effortless look the way Mollie King or Morgan Stewart do. The classic piece always looks so flawless on them. I wasn’t sure if it was just me that couldn’t make it work, until now.

On my last day in Amsterdam I was doing some browsing in Zara. A bit of a tradition on the last day of all my trips. When I get a chance to see what damage I’ve done and what funds I have left. Well, low and behold, sitting rooked away on a rail was the perfect shirt! A steal at €39.95, yet I wasn’t immediately sold. I’m still not sure why, although it might have been because I’m an over packer and my carryon was stuffed to capacity. The cut and fabric were ideal so I decided to come back if I could not stop thinking about it.

Let’s just say I’m wearing it right now 🙂

*pic cred: Zara

Six Week Transformation Complete

Six weeks in and yet it’s only the beginning. Sinead and Colm have started me out in the right direction. My six week transformation maybe be finished, I’ve lost some pounds, lots of inches and plenty of fat but I haven’t reached my goal yet and I’m sticking with it! I’m more motivated than ever. I know exactly what I need to be eating and what I shouldn’t, although a city break and being snowed in may have knocked me off course a little, it’s time to get back on it. I’ve learned it’s not about avoiding ‘the bad stuff’ it’s about knowing if you can fit them into your daily calorie allowance or not. There’s no point in over indulging if you’ve reached your cap. I’ve learned to fill up on healthy options, leaving room for the likes of carbs if I want them and can justify them. For example, on training days, you need them. Starving yourself will get you nowhere. F*ck it attitude will get you nowhere. It’s all about that balance. I haven’t denied myself anything completely but I’ve become so mindful, it’s all about that balance!

I’m so picky when it comes to food but there are ways to make the most of your diet. My biggest tip? Track everything. My fitness pal has become literally my best pal. Sinead has supported me every step of the way, I was able to check in if I had any queries or if we needed to change my calories to see better results. What works for others may not work for you and vice versa.

One thing that really got me through was the fun we had in class. Doing it with friends really made all the difference. If you’re going to be sweating it out, you may as well be doing it with your friends beside you.

I can’t thank Sinead and Colm enough. The Six Week Transformation came at the right time for me. I wasn’t seeing good enough results hitting the treadmill maybe once or twice a week. When I was doing well in the gym I would have to cut my reps short as people often try to rush you off the machines. Now I don’t need to worry about trying to push myself because Colm and Sinead make sure I’m giving 100% in each class! Going to D12 Performance has become much more than trying to shed some pounds, it’s as social as going for a coffee with my friends. We enjoy ourselves and have a grumble together when the guys pull out the burpees!

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D12 Performance have amazing bundles to suit all budgets;

3 Week Fat Burning Bootcamp €49

– 2 classes a week, before after picture and nutritional advise

28 days of Unlimited Classes €99

-unlimited Fat Burning Bootcamp classes, Tuesday Thursday 7pm and Saturday 10am

Six Week Transformation €550

– Before and After pictures, body stats, diet plan and nutritional advise. Support the whole way through

12 Personal Training Sessions €360

– one on one training with Sinead or Colm

Single Personal Training Session €35

-One session to boost your fitness journey or an added kick to your routine

Buddy Up Personal Training for two €50

– sweat it out with a buddy and achieve your fitness goals on a more one to one basis

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Here’s to the next 6 weeks and beyond!

D12 Performance

Small Changes Lead To Big Changes

It can be so hard to get back on track after over indulging at Christmas so I’m teaming up with D12 Performance for a 6 week transformation. I know it won’t be easy but I’m willing to try my hardest to achieve my goals. After starting in an office job in February last year, free snacks and sitting at a desk caught up with me fairly quickly. I’m officially the heaviest I’ve ever been. This won’t just be a 6 week transformation but a complete overhaul, not only to get back to where I was, but be the best version of myself I’ve ever been.

It’s all well and good wanting to be skinny but I’d rather be strong. At my smallest I was a size 8. All through my teens up into my early twenties I maintained that size. I don’t know how achievable that is, now I’m in my late twenties, but I’m willing to give it a try. I’m not too bothered about what I weigh when it comes to the end of the transformation, as long as I’ve lost inches and have some definition. We all know muscle can be heavy. I know I have abs under there, they just need some encouragement to come out.

I’m under no illusion that this will be easy. It’s going to take a lot of commitment and will-power. This is the first time I’m consciously making a solid lifestyle change. I go through phases, I’ll eat healthy, go to the gym and then pack it all in when I want a pizza. The thing with me is, it’s never just a pizza. I carry on eating everything and anything i want and undo every bit of hard work I’ve put in. This time is different, i want these choices to carry over and be my new way of life. I need to stick to it!

D12 Performance is the perfect way to get me back on track. I know Sinead and Colm will push me and not take any of my bs. Their classes are a great way to get a full body workout in, really pushing yourself to the limit. They run 3 classes a week, with the tag line #dontsweatsolo. You barely notice the time fly by as you grumble about how you can’t do it with friends, until it’s over and you realize YOU DID! They also specialize in PT sessions, these can be brutal, but the results speak for them-self.

I’m a big fan of a bit of a run on the treadmill but if I’m being honest with myself, I know I’m not giving 100%. I’m not a runner, I don’t spend enough time a week on the treadmill to improve so I struggle to keep a consistent speed. With D12 Performance, you are getting your heart rate up and you are keeping it up.

I can’t deny it, I’m very picky when it comes to food. I find it hard to eat healthy because I dislike so much. With Sinead and Colms guidance I will aim to work with a calorie controlled diet.

With my measurements and stats all rotted up, there’s nothing left to do now but get stuck in and get those numbers waaaay down. Come along on my 6 week journey, who knows, I might just stop smash it!

Oil Me Up

You haven’t lived til you’ve smelled Moroccan Oil products. They have to be my favorite hair care products of all time.

I often get a boho blow-dry by the lovely girls at The Art Team, where they use all Moroccan Oil products. Now my hair can smell amazing after every single wash. Divine!

My Wishlist

Christmas is a hop skip and week away. The question is, am I on the naughty or the nice list? Either way these are the pressies I’m wishing for under my Christmas Tree…

Crème De La Mer- Moisturizing Cream from €80

Louis Vuitton- Speedy 30 €760

Olympus Pen E Pl8- from €750

Christian Louboutin- Suzanna €685

Balmain- Double Breast Wool Blazer €1357

I’m not asking for much am I? 😉

Mean Green Party Machine

The party season is pretty much upon us and everyone’s social calendars are filling up fast. The WhatsApp groups are buzzing, the hair appointments are booked, now all that’s left is what to wear?

It’s so easy to throw on a something with sequined or sparkly and call it a day. It’s my go to every year, but this year I want to try something different. GREEN. It’s not a color I wear very often but it’s jumping out at me from every shop and every online store.

I’ve picked out some of my favorite party pieces from River Island, suitable for any trip to the emerald city. Now there’s a theme someone should do for a Christmas party 😉

VELVET TURBAN €17

Satin Embellished Chain Bag €35

High Neck Tie Waist Midi Dress €65

Bow Back Midi Bodycon Dress €75

Barely There Sandals €47

Embellished Court €60

Faux Fur Puffball Coat €100

Skin deep

I’m a firm believer if it’s not broken don’t fix it. Which is why Eve Lom is still a firm favourite of mine. I have nothing but good things to say about the whole skincare range. My top products would have to be the cult classics:

  • Cleanser
  • Dynaspot
  • Rescue Mask
  • Kiss Mix

The key to radiant skin awaits!