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Inspirational Women – My Top Ten — March 8, 2017

Inspirational Women – My Top Ten

Hello lovelies,

Happy International Women’s Day to all the fabulous ladies out there.

For the day that is in it, I thought I would share a list of the ladies who inspire me. It is a random mix of ladies who inspire me to be a better person, reach my goals, achieve the unachievable and let nothing stand in your way!

So in no particular order here they are:

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

An iconic classic! In my opinion this woman epitomises the very definition of a lady! Remembered for her style but she was so much more than just clothes. She carried herself with so much grace and devoted much of her life to humanitarian causes. We lost her much too young at the age of 63, but to me she has left a legacy that will live forever.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Again another iconic lady. She inspires me for very similar reasons to Audrey Hepburn. Her style and her grace are huge influences on me even though she died years before I was born.

Pippa O’Connor

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This lady!! She needs no introduction at the moment. She is a super stylish force to be reckoned with and appears to be today’s version of Wonder Woman. Running 2 successful businesses, and being a Mum of 2. She is proof that if you work hard your dreams are possible.

Marissa Carter

Marissa Carter

Another of my favourite Girl bosses. What I admire so much about Marissa is how she has achieved so much  in a relatively short space of time through hard work. She is shining example of how you can reach all of your career goals and kick ass without knocking anyone down.

Ellen Kavanagh Jones

Ellen Kavanagh Jones

I have so much love for this lady! I have only had the pleasure of meeting her once, but I follow her everyday. Her sense of humour, her style and her career. She is #GirlBoss goals. Her work ethic and determination inspire me every single day!

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Every time this lady opens her mouth to speak, I listen. Her grace, her enthusiasm, her empathy, her intelligence. She is today’s Audrey Hepburn in my opinion.

I could not compile a list of ladies that inspire me and not include these ladies,

My wonderful Nana

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I was one of those lucky kids who were reared as much by their grandparents as they were by their parents. My Nana, I have so much love for this woman as she played a huge role in helping me become the person I am today.

My Fabulous Nannie

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Although my Nannie has sadly passed away, she was such a huge part of my life that everyday I notice the little things I do or say are echoes of her! She walked along side me for 27 years but I will carry her in my heart forever.

My Sister

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My best friend, we laugh and fall out like no other but the bond of sisters can never be broken. I am so proud of everything you have achieved, your sass, your intelligence, but above all else your kindness.

My Mum

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A large part of you lives in me. I know that no matter what I do or where I go, I can always come home to you! If I have even half of your caring nature and kindness, I will go far in life. Thank you for raising us with so much manners and consideration for others. We are the best people we can be because of you.

So there you have a random list of ladies who inspire me everyday to be the best version of myself I can be.

And to each and everyone of you ladies reading this, you are fabulous, you are capable, you are loved and you can achieve everything you wish if you just reach for it.

Lots of Love

Laura

Xxx

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Dirty Dancing – The Musical — February 12, 2017

Dirty Dancing – The Musical

Happy Sunday guys,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, I spent it chilling as I had a really busy week.

With having Pippa’s Fashion Factory on Sunday and then on Tuesday night my sister and I headed to the Bord Gais Theatre in Dublin to see Dirty Dancing – The Musical.

I am a massive Dirty Dancing fan, my favourite film of all time, I know it inside and out. I have watched it countless times and still never tire of it so I was really excited to see the musical.

The plot is almost exactly the same as the film, with a few extra scenes added in to change it up. The acting and dancing is brilliant. It is a little more theatrical than the film but it is theater so I had to tell myself stop comparing it to the film. Once I did that, I fell in love with the whole thing again, I got lost it. I even turned to my sister at one point and said I wish I was in my pj’s sitting watching this.

The music and the singing was superb, the cast selection is very true to the film so it doesn’t stray too far away. The dancing, ooooh! I would love someone to teach me the steps so I could dance like that too.

The audience was a complete mix, all ages, women and  men (even if the men were dragged along lol)

My stand out favourite moment from the show was that iconic line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” , I have told everyone about this. You could literally feel the anticipation just before he said it, the audience sitting on the edge of their seats holding their breath, willing Johnny to say those 6 little words. The split second that he did, the whole place erupted in cheer and applause from the crowd. It was electric.

So if like me, you are a Dirty Dancing fan, I would highly recommend going to see this show. Especially if you weren’t able to go to the cinema to see the original when it was first released.

Has anyone seen it? I would love to know what you thought!

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Lots of Love

Laura

Xxxx

 

Pippa’s Fashion Factory! <3 — February 6, 2017

Pippa’s Fashion Factory! <3

Happy Monday guys!

I hope you all had a good weekend and took Monday by storm!!

I had a lovely weekend with some of my girls! We went to dinner in Yeats Tavern Restaurant not far from here on Saturday evening! If you are ever in the Sligo area I strongly recommend you check this place out. The food is always class!

My friends, my sister and I then set off bright and early on a Sunday morning with Lough Rynn Castle in Leitrim being our destination. We were one of the lucky ones to secure tickets to one of Pippa’s Fashion Factories there this weekend. We had been wanting to go for so long we were very excited.

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We arrived around 10:45 and went up to the registration desk where we were greeted by Niamh and Susanna who gave us our goody bags. There was tea and coffee available on arrival also. My friend’s mum had been up at the crack of dawn to prepare a big fry for us all for the day ahead, so we opted not to have the tea.

The room was filled with lots of ladies of all ages, taking selfies or happily chatting away. There was a great air of excitement for the day ahead.

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First up was our host for the day, the lovely Pippa, she greeted us all and then gave us a little background to the fashion factories, a run through of the plan for the day and gave out a few little surprises to some lucky ladies.

Then on with the day, first up to join Pippa on stage was the lovely Jennifer Rock aka @theskinnerd. I could literally listen to this lady talk all day, her knowledge on skincare is incredible and she delivers it in such an easy and friendly fashion. She gave us a little presentation on skincare, her top tips and a couple of cardinal sins we are all guilty of! She then took questions from the audience on their own skin concerns.

Next up was a tanning demo by Clara from Vita Liberata. Clara explained how to achieve the best tan results with different types of tanning products. How to avoid a streaky lines and how to perfect tan on your hands, feet etc. She also took questions from the audience and gave her top tips.

Then it was time for our afternoon tea. I won’t lie, the four of us were a little concerned at the amount of food we would receive. There was 10 of us at the table and we had visions of little tiers of sandwiches to feed all of us. Thankfully there was no need for any concern, there was plenty to go around. We received plates of sandwiches, scones, buns, donuts and macaroons. There was food left over we didn’t eat. We were also offered top ups on our tea or coffees.

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After the hour lunch break, the show started again. This time is was a fashion show with looks from various shops like River Island, H & M , Zara and of course POCO! There was also a segment on new items to Penney’s. Pippa also gave us some styling tips and showed us some of her staple pieces from her own wardrobe.

The final part of the day was a makeup demo from one of Ireland’s top makeup artists, Aimee Connolly. Aimee showed us a simple makeup look with some affordable products. Pippa and Aimee again answered questions from the audience and shared their tips.

Finally there was the chance to meet with Pippa after the show and she was the lovely person you see on television. Very warm and friendly, time for a chat and a photo with everyone who wanted one.

Now the bit everyone gets excited for, the goody bag 🙂

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In each bag was

A Cleanse Off Mitt worth €5

(I already have one of these, get one, they do exactly what they say they do)

A necklace from Betty & Biddy worth €15

A lipstick, nail polish and a contour kit from Rimmel €20 approx

A Blank Canvas Cosmetics F32 Brush €8.99

A Sally Hansen Nail Corrector Pen, bottle of nail polish remover, and a nail file €20

A bottle of Mi-Wadi concentrate

A 50ml of Vita Liberata self tanning lotion

A 7 day trial sample of Perfectil

A selection of voucher codes and some Lindt chocolates (most of which didn’t survive to be photographed 🙂 )

This in my opinion was a really decent goody bag. Filled mostly with full sized or really decent sized samples. Is it worth the €100 ticket price, no I would say not but it was close enough when I totted up the contents. But was the day worth the €100? Yes, I think it was,we got afternoon tea that was lovely and more than enough for everyone. I have been to afternoon tea in other venues and paid half that with no fashion, skincare and beauty! We had a lovely girly day out, it was relaxed and informative and despite Pippa being the owner of POCO, I didn’t feel like they were being pushed on us. There was no hard sell element to the day. It was also a long day, things kicked off about 11 and didn’t wrap up until about 5 so it really is a whole day out.

Would I go again, honestly probably not but that is not because I didn’t enjoy the day it’s simply because it’s kind of a bucket list thing to do and I now have that item ticked. But if you are looking for a lovely girly day out I would 100% recommend Pippa’s Fashion Factory.

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Lots of Love

Laura

Xxx

 

2017 – It’s the significant one! — January 24, 2017

2017 – It’s the significant one!

Hello everyone,

Happy 2017!

The year that I have been dreading for the last 2 years!! This year I have a significant birthday. The next one after 21, you know that one! I’m still not comfortable with actually saying it or even writing it down!

Why am I am dreading it? I’m dreading it because I had always thought in my head that I would have my s**t together well before I reached that significant milestone. I thought I would be in a job I love (I have that box ticked to be fair), earning a fortune (Boss, we should talk :P) have met the man of my dreams, built the house of my dreams bla bla bla! All those stereotypical grown ups stuff!

What I hadn’t factored in was that I would all but complete a degree in Interior Architecture and then decide I actually want to go down the PR and Marketing route adding a further 3 years to my college life which delayed my departure into the real world. This also delayed my earning power which in my head seemed like it would be way more 😛 , I hadn’t factored in that the man of my dreams could very well be intent on staying in my dreams, hasn’t shown up yet or maybe I know him but I just don’t know it yet! And the house of my dreams well, I do plan to put those 3 years of Interior Architecture to use but I just haven’t got to it yet.

When I mention that this year is a little significant the main response I get from older people is “you are still only a baby” , “you are so young” , “your whole life is ahead of you” which may well be true but in my head all I keep thinking is what have I accomplished or achieved! Nothing! I’m nowhere near where I wanted to be when I turned that age!

But why? Because I had not ticked off all those boxes by the time I approach this milestone. I had wasted my twenties having fun, laughing and enjoying my independence! Something I hadn’t done in my teenage years the way my friends had and maybe they were a few steps ahead of me on the boxes ticked sheet but that’s ok isn’t it? I have grown up in the last 5 years more than I have in the rest of my oh so very short life. I took spontaneous trips to random cities, I did things without thinking I just did them, I have been to see most of my favourite music artists in concert, I have attended gigs in 28 of the 32 counties on this little island! I made mistakes, I learned, I started drinking (very late twenties I might add, when the peer pressure had pretty much stopped I decided I would jump on that band wagon lol, yes I have a stubborn streak :P)

I have a  family I adore more than life, friends who mean everything to me, I job I love, I’m happy and healthy so to quote a song ” I have a life that’s good!” I shouldn’t have a worry in the world!

So do you know what 2017 come at me, my life was not meant to have been lived by the time I turn 30! There I said it :O I may not have all the boxes anywhere near ticked but what I did do in my twenties is laugh and enjoy it and I’m not done yet!

Lots of Love

Laura Xxx

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Cocoa Brown – The Kind Range – Review! — January 22, 2017

Cocoa Brown – The Kind Range – Review!

Hello everybody,

I hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday evening, I sure am!

I thought I would use the time to tell you about 2 products that have become a must for me in the last while!

These are the Cocoa Brown Kind Range Shampoo and Conditioner. I will admit I was completely hoodwinked by the hype, always am. I am a marketers dream with the real irony being I work in marketing myself but when Marissa and the Cocoa Brown team launched this range I genuinely was intrigued as it was so different from the other products.

I have never really been big on my hair if I’m being honest. I would spend a fortune on skincare and makeup but I just used regular shampoo and conditioner from the regular high street brands. I never gave my hair much thought. My hair was clean so job done in my books. I tried the Cocoa Brown range and I did notice my hair was silky soft with it and had a great shine of it, which I didn’t give much thought either as people always ask me how I get my hair so shiny , its always shiny which I just put down to being a brunette!

The big WOW moment came when I switched my shampoo and conditioner back to a range I had used before, over Christmas. My hair was a little “wirey” , dry and didn’t appear as shiny and just had a ugh feeling. My hair was annoying me so much that I had to go to my nearest Penney’s and buy the Cocoa Brown range just to wash my hair and the difference was unreal. My hair was back shiny soft healthy and I would get an extra day out of it as well.

I love this range from Cocoa Brown and truthfully they are my favourite products that Marissa Carter has brought to the market above the tanning range (which are also great) but these are something special for the price point. My only qualm is the bottles are not big enough, so if your reading Marissa, I for one would love a 500ml.

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Has any of you lovely ladies tried them? What do you think?

Lots of Love

Laura

xxx

 

 

Image Skincare- My thoughts… — December 15, 2016

Image Skincare- My thoughts…

Hello lovelies!

I recently decided I wanted to get my skin analysed and get really good proper products that would really work for my skin. Also I am conscious of ageing 🙈 and I could see sun damage which I wanted to rectify if possible. 

So I booked an appointment at my local therapie clinic in Sligo. How it works is you pay a deposit of €30 for your assessment and then this is redeemable against the recommended products. 

The girl I dealt was a girl called Ciara and I have to say she was lovely! We had a little chat about my current Skincare routine (which being a self confessed Skincare junkie seemed to be pretty good) 

Then I was treated to an almost mini facial with some of the products. Ciara cleansed my skin and then examined it under a UV light! As I suspected I had a little bit of sun damage but not as much as I thought particularly given that I was just back from a week in Portugal. Thankfully it also showed my skin was still very “young”, no aging yet (phew) 

Ciara then went through a range of products she recommended for me. 

I decided to go with the Iluma cleanser, the Ageless cleanser, the Iluma serum and the Prevention+ 30+SPF mouisturiser. 

I have seen such great results with this brand. The appearance of the sun damage on my skin is significantly reduced. My skin is so much clearer and as close to flawless as it’s ever been. 

The smell of the Iluma cleanser alone is to die for! 

These products are a little more expensive then your high street brand but you use less, get visible results and age later! It’s well worth the investment in my opinion. 

So there you go, my thoughts on Image Skincare ☺️


Lots of Love

Laura 

Xxx

Loreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo & Conditioner Review — August 27, 2016

Loreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo & Conditioner Review

Hello everyone,
I hope you are keeping well! I have been the worst blogger in the world the last wee while but life and everything just got in my way and I kind of lost my mojo! 

I’m back now with a few blog posts in the pipeline of things I hope you are going to like and first up is the Loreal Extraordinary Clay shampoo & conditioner. When I heard about these first I thought they were an absolute God send! I suffer so badly from greasy hair! Within 24 of washing my hair it would need washing again. I never got more than a day out of it and even with dry shampoo two was the most I would get.


I’m not a huge fan of dry shampoo either which didn’t help matters. I found most of them make my head itchy! So I tried the new range from Loreal which is meant to dry out the excess oils leaving your hair fresher for longer.

So does it work? Yes it does, I got the 2 days out of my hair without washing! However while my hair wasn’t greasy I did found that my hair felt dry and a little hard. My hair is naturally very heavy and full but it’s super soft and so shiny you could see your reflection. When I used this shampoo and conditioner the softness and shine was good.

So does it work, yes it does, it does what it supposed to do!  I just didn’t love the feeling it left in my hair. You can’t have your cake and eat it as they say! But for me I love my soft shiny hair that I think I am just going to have to put up with washing it daily. 

I do have to say I love the dry shampoo from the range! Despite not being a dry shampoo fan, it doesn’t make my head itchy and it doesn’t have the white cast off as much as other brands. 

Have you tried it??

Lots of Love

Laura

Xxx