Monday, 18 August 2014

Pyrenees an adventure i will never forget


  Welcome to my Spanish family: Sonia, Havier, Sergio & Nico.

 
Throughout this amazing experience of Au pairing I got to experience the Pyrenees.
 

I hiked 470km up the side of the mountain & discovered a green area out of nowhere. It was beautiful.


 
The water from the waterfall was ice cold from the snow melting on the top of the mountain. You know what I did I jumped right in. My body seized up but it was worth it.
 

 
 
We had a picnic & spent all day admiring the views sunbathing & meeting random strangers with intriguing life stories.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, 30 June 2014

A slice of Heaven




 
 
                        Lemon Cake
 
There is nothing more relaxing then baking. My favourite cake is Lemon.
 
Ingredients:

175g / 6oz Odlums Self Raising Flour (sieved)
2 Eggs
175g / 6oz Sugar
150g / 5oz soft Margarine
Rind of Lemon
150ml / 1/4 pint Milk
Pinch of Salt

For Lemon Syrup

150g / 5oz Icing Sugar
Juice of 1 Lemon

Method:

1.      Pre heat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Grease and base line a 900g/2lb loaf tin.

2.      Put the eggs and sugar into a food processor and process for about a minute and a half, scraping down the sides if necessary.

3.      Remove the lid and drop spoonfuls of the soft margarine onto the mixture along with the lemon rind and process again until margarine disappears (about a minute). The mixture now looks like mayonnaise!

4.      Finally, add the flour, milk and salt and give another “buzz” until mixture is smooth.

5.      Transfer to the prepared tin and bake for about 45 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and place tin on a wire tray.

6.      Meanwhile, gently heat the icing sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan stirring until a clear syrup is formed. Do not boil.

7.      Prick the warm cake with a fork, then gently pour the syrup over it, until it has been completely absorbed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

3 weddings, 4 dresses & everylasting beauty


Jacqueline Kennedy’s dress is an art form in itself. The model wife betrothed by John F. Kennedy looks every inch the princess on her wedding day. Simplicity is an understatement & she stands out for all the right reasons.
 

 
 
Olivia Palermo shocked the world by embracing the most important day in her life wearing a cashmere sweater topped with a frill skirt. In one essence, I think it is PERFECTION. Olivia known for her chic style and otter beauty does not disappoint on this occasion. In fact I believe she stuck true to her self & looks every inch the goddess & fashionata. That we all have to come to adore & admire. She radiates simplicity.
 
 Poppy Delevingne
 
 
Had one wedding, two dresses & most importantly style. Already famous for her boho chic & free loving ways. She caught my attention with an unusual yet captivating floral gown. Her icon beauty shown through with matching trails for both gowns. She graced the media with her unusual style & got a thumbs up from fans worldwide. A true beauty & individual. A girl who marches to her own tune.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Jason Derulo ......

 
 

Last night I finally got to treat my boyfriend to a concert in the name of Jason Derulo. Although, as we learned it mainly consisted of "ripped", "no tops allowed", "backing track" & "gym tips" accompanied by excessive dancing. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 
The concert ranged in ages from the wannabe cool dad behind us to the 12 year old struggling in heels. The best part of the concert was a glimpse of Steve Aoki where the place started hopping for those short few minutes. Next time I think we should go to a RAVE!!
 
The after party hosted in Savoy as you may have heard by now was *cough *cough interesting. Reports alleged sexual assault by the entourage & harrashment towards girls of all ages including minors. An invitation to the VIP section I kindly declined.
To finish up our evening we strolled to McDonalds which is standard after a night out. Dreaming of the burgers kept us going all night with a McFlurry topping the icing on the cake. There was a range of entertainment provided with couples who drank too much declaring “They & life themselves was over”. I was actually very entertaining when you were us sober as a judge watching from a far.
 
Either way was a nice night out
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Heart & Lung Fondation Fashion Show

On the 10th of April, Carrigaline Court Hotel hosted the fashion show in aid of the Mater Heart & Lung appeal. Following Sarah Jordan’s successful heart transplant at the Mater Hospital in 2012 herself & family hoped to raise vital and much needed funds for the programme which supports patients throughout the country who are suffering from debilitating and life threatening conditions. To provide vital pieces of equipment, support essential training and education and enhance patient care and support.
 
 
 
 
 
It was an amazing night with Sarah herself taking part modelling in the show. Clothes were divine, showcased from several shops around Cork. From the beloved Dress Bar who announced their moving to a new location at Penrose Wharf to the high-street shop Oasis. Whose floral High waisted pants are now amongst my “Wishlist” of desired clothes.
 
 
 

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Depop: Top picks of the week

 
Finally, my cute Lilac shorts and crop top arrived this week. Can't wait for the summer to wear this!!

This week's WISHLIST is both colourful and fun. Depop is my new obsession!!
 






 
 
Happy Shopping!!!!!
 
 

My week with my partner in crime

Every girl needs a partner in crime to help her through life. Mine comes in the name of Stephanie (Steph). She's blonde, health obsessed and in love with Irish (cough, cough..Aidan). Our adventure started from a young age (aged 3 in this photo) and let’s say it was always dramatic. But then again were Aquarians. Exactly 6days apart!! Now 19years old we ended up in the same College, same course, and hopefully (fingers crossed) same house.


To make matters even better she cooks. Though I was forced to tie 50 balloons late in the night. She made me pancakes with lemon and sugar. Best way to my heart is through food and tea. She also made me a cup of tea and let me watch "Honey Badger". If you haven't experienced it yet look it up on YouTube. It gets me every time!!


 
I received my SUAS recognition cert this week for my volunteer work with Sunday's well national school. I dedicated 6hours a week to teaching computer programmes and improving literacy skills.
Overall there is one thing I learned from this experience
"No matter how small you too can make a difference".

To conclude, this could be the picture of my new roomies and me for college next year!!
 
 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

River Island Sale : My essential bargains


Tuesday morning 9am the River Island Sale commenced. Now normally, I religiously live by their sales and would be 1st at the door ready to grab anything and everything in my size. But this time due to living life as a "skint student" and being over tired from *STUDY-MONTH*. I decided to hold off till 12pm before I strolled. Either way I couldn't help myself in purchasing what I call essential items for my wardrobe.



 
 
 
 

                                                
24euro
 

                                                                         30euro
                                                                         30euro
                                                                         18euro
                                                                        18euro
 
 
 
 
 
  Now all I need to do is find space in my wardrobe to fit them. A task I always dread.
 
 
 
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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Depop : the new ASOS


I have recently stumbled across the most amazing Online “Sell or Swap” site called Depop. It was created in association with Instagram for users to sell or swap items the showcase on their profile. Recently it has taken off and is slowly becoming a success. You can download the App onto your android or smartphone. It is easy to use and you discover amazing bargains throughout.

My latest Finds…….

 
                                                           River Island bag for £6
                                              Handmade crop top and shorts for £12
 
 
 
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