New Years Resolutions – 1 month on….

Hi everyone!

Sorry it has been a while since I’ve done a post. I’ve been really busy with work this month and then this week I wasn’t well! Struck down with a stomach bug! I thought I might have a bit of time to write a blog post but I really wasn’t feeling up to it. I’m coming around now and thought I would write a blog post to fill you in on my new years resolutions.

So in January everyone is great at setting goals for the year and the motivation lasts a week or two and then it gets forgotten about. Since it is the first week of February I thought it was a good time to check in and let you know how I am getting on with my new years resolutions.

The first new years resolution I made was to join a gym and go at least twice a week. I am happy to say that I have stuck to this new years resolution with the exception of this week as I haven’t been well. A part from this week though I have been going about 3 times a week so I am delighted with that. I really want to get back into shape and improve my fitness by the Summer time. I have been a member of a gym on and off for I don’t know how long so I am determined to keep going this time.

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The second resolution I made was trying to eat healthier. I would say that my diet isn’t that bad but I definitely could be sticking to this resolution a lot more than I am at the moment so this is a work in progress. I’m going to try and continue this one as I know it will take a while to get into a routine. I will check in with an update on this in a while.

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The third new years resolution I made was to get involved in some sort of charity or do something to help others. I am still in the middle of organising this but I am planning on helping with the soup runs in Dublin in the next couple of months so I will let you know how I get on with that. I think it is really important to give back if we can. Also getting involved in something like a soup run really makes you appreciate what you have and also makes you aware of the the more unfortunate people around us. It is important to remember them and help them in what ever way as we can.

charity

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it reminded you to keep up your new years resolutions or to start them back up again!

 

thanks for reading,

Sarah-Ann x

 

 

New Year Smoothie Health Kick

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice Christmas and new year. If like most of us you over indulged this Christmas season what better way to start the new year than with a healthy smoothie. Smoothies can be a really easy way of getting more fruit and vegetables into our diets.

There are many benefits from drinking smoothies such as:

Improved digestion

Detox

Strengthening your immune system

Energy

Not to be forgotten smoothies can be really tasty too. I’ve pulled a few of my favourites below.

Healthy Green smoothie:

A simple combination of fresh leafy greens, flavorful fruit, and a liquid base is all it takes to create a green smoothie.

The Green smoothie is really good for reducing bloatedness.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 large cucumber peeled, cubed
  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice

METHOD

  1. Place spinach, cucumber, and celery into blender. Blend until smooth. The cucumber should provide enough liquid, but if not, add a little water.
  2. Add the pineapple,, ginger, and lime juice. Blend again until completely smooth.

  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

    green smoothie

    Strawberry Smoothie:

    INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup strawberries/raspberries or a mixture of both if preferred.
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
  • Half a cup of orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt
  • Handful of ice cubes.

    METHOD

    1. Place strawberries, banana and yogurt into the blender. Add the yogurt, orange juice and ice. Blend until smooth.
    2. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

     

    pink smoothie

    Tropical smoothie:

    INGREDIENTS

  • cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 banana
  • Half a cup of orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons natural yogurt
  • Handful of ice cubes

    METHOD

    1. Place pineapple, mango and the banana into the blender. Then add the yogurt and orange juice. Blend until smooth.
    2. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

      yellow smoothie

Christmas Party Dresses

With the Christmas party season in full swing I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite outfits for those Christmas nights out.

 

The first outfit is a dress that I wore to my Christmas party last week.  I really liked this dress as I thought it was a bit different. I’m terrible for always wearing a black dress so I branched out a little bit and went for navy. This dress was so comfortable and I loved the way I could tie the straps around my neck. It gave the dress a unique look.

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missg navy dress

The next dress is a little black dress from Asos. I just love the sleeve detail on this dress.

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black sleeve asos dress

The next dress is another black dress this time from River Island.

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This dress is from Asos. It is from their premium range. I think this dress is really different. It would be lovely on New Year’s eve.

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blue dress

Another navy number now from Miss Guided again.

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For the season that is in it I couldn’t do this post without a red dress.

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red dress asos

Just a few of my favourite dresses for the holiday season. I hope you enjoyed this post.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah-Ann x

 

Favourite Nude Lipsticks

I’m a typical girlie girl and love lipsticks! I love nothing more than a nude lip. They definitely make up most of the lipsticks I own. I’ve pulled together a few of my favourites.

The first shade is from Mac. I just don’t think you can go wrong with a lipstick from Mac. I find their lipsticks great quality, they don’t dry your lips and are long lasting. This shade is called Blankety it is quite a pink nude.

You can shop this shade here.

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The next shade is also from Mac. This shade is called Viva la Glam II. I love this shade it is an ultra creamy shade that glides onto the lips. It’s also a pinky nude.

You can shop this shade here.

viva la glam 2

The next shade is from Mac. The shade is called Velvet teddy. This is a no shine matte lipstick. It really suits people with a darker complexion.

You can shop this shade here.

velvet teddy

The next product is actually a lip tint and its from Inglot. The shade is number 17. I really like this product. It gives a really rich colour and lasts on your lips for hours. That’s one of the benefits. This is a matte finish and I really like to pair it with the Inglot lip gloss in shade 73.

You can shop lip paint here and the lip gloss here.

Inglot Lip tint   Ing lip gloss

The next lipstick is from Kiko. Unfortunately there is no Kiko shop in Ireland but you can pick up their products online. There products are such good value too. This is one of my favourite shades. It is called 402 peachy nude.

You can shop this lipstick here.

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The next shade is from Charlotte Tilbury. It is a lovely creamy texture and it applies to the lip really well. This shade is called Bitch Perfect.

You can shop this product here.

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I could continue on and list so many more favourites but I would be here all day! I’ve really tried to narrow this down to my current favourites.

Thanks so much for taking that time to read this post.

Sarah-Ann x

Kevin Murphy Product Review

A few weeks ago I decided to splash out and treat myself to some Kevin Murphy shampoo and conditioner. The salon I go to uses it and I always like the way my hair feels after its been washed with the Kevin Murphy products. Not to mention the shampoo and conditioner smells amazing. I spoke to my hairdresser and she said that the plumping shampoo/conditioner would be the best product for my hair type. My hair isn’t thin, I have a lot of it but it would be fine. So I left the hairdressers with the plumping shampoo and conditioner from the Kevin Murphy range.

My hairdresser recommended that when I wash my hair with the shampoo that I shampoo twice using a small amount of shampoo. She said the first shampoo is to clean the hair and the second shampoo is to wash it! So that is what I have been doing the past few weeks followed by using the plumping conditioner. I have to say the shampoo is lovely and you can get a great amount of suds from a small amount of product. The conditioner leaves my hair feeling so smooth instantly. All the Kevin Murphy products are made with natural ingredients and the smell from the plumping shampoo is amazing. The products are also not tested on animals which is another great thing about this brand.

I wanted to use this product for a while before I wrote a blog post on it as I wanted to give a good review and a honest one. I have been using the shampoo and conditioner for about a month now. I try not to wash my hair everyday so I usually wash it every second day. So I feel that I have used the products enough to write the post.

At first I didn’t notice any major difference. My hair just smelt amazing afterwards and had a nice shine. It wasn’t until about 3 weeks in when I felt my hair thicker. I was tying it up in a bobbin one evening and I thought to myself ‘my hair doesn’t usually feel that thick’. It’s like that feeling when you get your hair cut and then you feel your pony tail and you instantly feel the difference. I thought it was my imagination and then I thought to myself it must be the shampoo and conditioner! I then had a good look at my hair and I think it does look a bit thicker than it was.

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I have to say I am delighted with the results. It’s great to invest in a product and the product does exactly what it says it will do! I’m going to continue to use the Kevin Murphy products and hopefully my hair will continue to get thicker!

You can purchase the Kevin Murphy products in salons nationwide or on the Kevin Murphy website which you will find if you click here.

As always thanks for taking the time to read this blog post.

I hope you enjoyed it.

Sarah-Ann x

Jumpsuits

What is it about Jumpsuits that make them so popular. Maybe it’s the fact that you can feel dressed up but you’re not actually wearing a dress. They are also so comfortable and you can wear them without tanning your legs! Whatever it is we don’t care because we love them! I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite jumpsuits for this season.

The first jumpsuit is from Missguided. This is such a lovely jumpsuit that is perfect for a night out. Who said you can’t wear white in Winter. If you aren’t a fan of white in Winter this jumpsuit comes in 10 colours so you are sure to find one that suits you.

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white jumpsuit

 

The next jump suit is from Pretty little thing. I just love the frill detail on this jumpsuit so I had to include it and for €27.00 it’s an absolute steal!

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black frill jump

 

The next piece is from Zara. I love the lace detail on the neckline. The three quarter length leg is also very flattering and you can wear a lovely pair of heels and this way you will be able to see them fully.

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zara jump

 

The next Jumpsuit is from Asos.  think the simplicity of this Jumpsuit is what attracted me to it. It’s the perfect Jumpsuit that you can dress up for a Saturday night out or dress it down with a leather jacket for a few drinks in the local on a Friday. Amazing value on this one coming in at €33.78.

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asos jump

Adding a bit of colour to your Winter wardrobe with this next piece. This is also from Asos they call this colour tomato red on their website but it looks more of an orange colour to me. A nice addition to your wardrobe and something different during this session where every girls best friend is anything black!

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asos orange jump

 

Who doesn’t love a halter neck? I don’t know what it is but I love wearing halter necks. I love the shape that it gives me. This next Jumpsuit is from Asos with its halter neck and culotte trousers it is a nice comfortable Jumpsuit that is perfect for a night out on the town.

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asos halter

 

Frills never disappoint and if you are a fan of frills you will love the next Jumpsuit. At €29.70 from Pretty Little Things this next Jumpsuit is a steal.

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black frill jump 2

I hope you like the styles I have picked. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post.

Sarah-Ann x

Winter Warmers: A style guide

Winter Warmers

 

Winter is fast approaching, it might be some peoples least favourite time of year but there are a few positives. It is time to get the Winter wardrobe out in full force and dare I mention there is Christmas to look forward to!! I know I know it’s so early but there is nothing better than being prepared.

A few staples for your wardrobe for Winter, wooley jumpers, cosy long sleeve tops, boots and of course that Winter coat.

I’ve pulled together a few nice pieces that have caught my eye and would be perfect staples for your Winter wardrobe.

 

First on the list is this fabulous sweatshirt from Zara. As soon as I saw it I fell in love. I just thought it was something really different. Kind of out there but not too much. The perfect sweatshirt to dress up a pair of jeans.

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fur jacket

 

Next on the list is this long-sleeved top from Zara with a frill sleeves. Quite plain but the sleeve just adds a little bit of detail which makes this long sleeve top a perfect top for a cosy Sunday or perfect for travelling in as it can get a bit chilly on a flight. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago in Zara and I wore it on a flight to London. It was perfect kept me nice and cosy on the trip.

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long sleeve black top

 

Below another perfect top for Winter. I thought this was a lovely casual top. A little bit heavier than a top but not quite heavy enough to be considered a jumper. Also from Zara. I have put through my online order so I’m looking forward to getting this in the next couple of days. I saw it in Zara in London at the weekend but I didn’t want to buy it as Zara is more expensive over there.

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grey jumper

 

The next piece is this stunning jacket from Penneys. It is an absolute bargain retailing for 30 euro you can’t go wrong. There are similar jackets in Zara for nearly triple the price! Penneys really go above and beyond sometimes. 

pennys jacket

 

Faur fur is a must at the moment and it is the perfect way to dress up a Winter coat. This next piece is from New Look and it is a statement piece for your wardrobe this Winter.

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grey coat with fur

Now moving on to some essential footwear. These boots caught my eye. A little bit on the expensive side but then again they are Calvin Klein so you are guaranteed good quality. These re the perfect boots that could be worn during the day but can also take you into the night.

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The next pair of boots are from Caris Closet in Malahide. I got a similar pair from them in black last year. These ones are also available in black but I said that I better include another colour before this post just becomes just black clothing and foot wear!! These boots are reduced to €30 at the moment so grab them while they are still available!

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grey cc boots

Another Cari Closet boot that I had to include and these flat over the knee boots. Also available in grey and mocha these are a perfect pair to dress up that pair of jeans and take you from day time chic to night time goddess!

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black cc boots

I hope you have enjoyed reading my first post. It took a lot for me to decide to do this. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

 

Sarah-Ann x