Saturday, 1 April 2017

Lost in Leopard

Hey strangers,
So I am VERY aware of how long it has been since I have posted on this blog, let me explain myself. I am writing this post as I'm sure we have all felt like this at some point in our lives and I hope that this connects with people.

I started this blog because I wanted to have a little corner of the Internet where I could write about what I loved whether it be fashion, beauty or travel, the problem is that I fell out of love with blogging. In such a saturated industry I felt so discouraged to post content as I was constantly comparing myself to other bloggers and just felt like I had nothing interesting to say, so I didn't say anything at all. Anyone that knows me as a person knows that kind of negative thinking is so unlike me. This feeling has been with me for months and I couldn't seem to shake it or put my finger on it but then I realised that I was just feeling lost. In my contanst comparison to those around me, I had loast sight of who I was. This is something that everyone feels at some point in their lives especially in the age of Social Media. I have gone back and forth with just deleting my blog altogether but that would just be giving in to those negative thoughts. I had lost sight of why I started this blog in the first place and it truly is just an extension of me and the lack of content recently has represented my lack of motivation for life. However, that is all about to change. I heard a quote a while ago that has really stuck with me and that is "her success is not your failure" , comparison breeds negativity and it doesn't benefit anyone. In a world filled with so much negativity it is important to support eachother and I want my little corner of the internet to be a positive place and to post content I am proud and passionate about.

I still have that feeling, but I am making it into a positive and grabbing life by the blog (excuse the pun, I had to do it). In the mean time please enjoy these BEAUTIFUL photos my talented friend Jason Aikhionbare took literally over 2 months ago that I just never shared (sorry Jason, I was lost ok) I really hope you like them. All the outfit details are below (everything is sold out but I have linked similar) and if you relate to this ramble in any way PLEASE let me know in the comments and we can chat,
Love Lisa xo

Outfit Deets:
Leopard Coat - Penneys, similar here
Dress - Zara, similar here
Boots - Miss Selfridge, similar here
Bag - Kate Spade New York, similar here

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Road Trip Photo Diary: Niagara Falls and Upstate New York

So as you may have guessed from the title, todays post is going to be another one in the series of posts from my recent trip to the US. We did a three week road trip from chicago to New York via Canada. As you may have guessed I was very snap-happy as I purchased my new Olympus Pen just before I headed on my trip. So to avoid endless rambling, I figured a series of photo diaries would be the best way to go about describing this amazing trip. First up are all the pictures from the first leg of our trip including ones from Niagara falls and this little gem of a town we stumbled accross on our journey to New York called Hammondsport and everything in between. Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think!
Love Lisa xo

 Bye bye Ireland

A few photos from an antique shop in Bay City Michigan

  I think its safe to say the photos from Niagara Falls speak for themselves but for those wondering we stayed in the Sheraton at the falls and it was 100 percent worth paying the extra for that view if you ever go yourself

Hammondsport is about 3 hours from Niagara Falls and is situated in the finger lakes region of upstate New York. This little town made me feel like I was in stars hollow (If you don't get that reference we can't be friends) and was the perfect little spot for us to relax for a few days after non-stop driving.

I mean just look at that house could you get any more american?

All the photos were taken on my olympus pen epl-7.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

USA Beauty Haul

Hello again my Internet lovelies,
So today is the start of a very exciting series of blogposts from my three week road trip around America and Canada! I have shot so much amazing content including a New York travel guide all using my new Olympus Pen EPL-7 *squeals* so stay tuned lovelies.

Onto todays subject of conversation, the all important American beauty haul. Now I feel like I should throw a little disclaimer out there, I realise this is a ridiculous amount of makeup but I like to think of it as: some people collect stamps, I collect lipstcks. Also I saved up for so long for this trip and I anticipated the damage that was going to be done.

So I have bits from Sephora (of course), the drugstore (the american boots), Rickys NYC (A Beauty supply store), and a CCO (Cosmetic company outlet) so grab yourself a cuppa and have a scroll. Also Ive linked everything so if you just click the name of the product you will be able to purchase it to save you going all the way to America for them.

First up, Sephora aka the beauty mecca of the world. I went to the Times square store and it was a moving experience. All drama aside it was very overwhelming seeing all those amazing makeup brands in one place. If you ever go to sephora I would recommend making a list and sticking to it otherwise you could seriously stray off course and your wallet will pay bigtime for the detour!

At the top of my list was the famous Kat von D everlasting liquid lipstick in the shade Lolita. This is a really unique brown toned pink shade Ive only worn it once so i cant really give you any feedback yet but look at that packaging. Just a sidenote if you want this shade It is hard to get hold of, I went to 3 different sephoras for this baby.

Next up is probably my favourite item I purchased in Sephora. I'm sure your sick of seeing this all over your social media sites because its brand new and again so hard to get hold of but I mean look it it!?! In case you didnt know the palette is the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette and it is full of warm toned shades and Im obsessed with it.

continuing the Anastasia Beverly Hills trend, I got the infamous contour kit in the shade light to medium, again I mainly purchased this for the packaging but I am excited for it to hopefully give me cheekbones.
Just to follow the trend of me buying hyped about products I got the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in the shade Blonde.

then just as I was in line to pay I got sucked in by the aisle of doom aka the aisle full of minis and I couldnt leave this pretty little nars creamy radiant concealer (which is actually amazing by the way).   

Onto a few drugstore products I picked up in CVS.
Firstly an elf concealer brush which im going to use for packing on eyeshadow to the centre of the lid.

then an eos lip balm in sweet mint (mostly because of the cool packaging). 

Then I ran out ouf foundation and I got way too stressed trying to pick a foundation at sephora I picked up the covergirl ready set gorgeous foundation in the shade 105. I mostly got this because it was oil free and the humidity in America was no joke so that sounded perfect. I have to say for the pricepoint I was very impressed P.S covergirl is the same as max factor in Ireland so you could probably find the same foundation here.

While I was browsing in CVS which is also amazing, its like boots on steroids! I came accross the l'oreal infallible eyeshadows that everyone goes on about in the shade amber rush because you cant get them here and they are absolutely beautiful.

Up next I popped into Rickys NYC the beauty supply store whilst I was in New york and I picked up some new Brushes from Morphe as ive heard such amazing things and I was seriously in need of some new brushes.

Finally I picked up a few bits from the CCO in Woodbury Commons premium outlets. Now a CCO is a Cosmetic company Outlet which esentially sells high end makeup products that are overstock or discontinued stock at a discount of 30% of more which as you can imagine excited me greatly. The first stand I headed for was MAC where to my delight I found the rose gold pigment set that was no longer in stores as it was in the object of affection collection that launched in November. This set worked out at 28 dollars for the 4 pigments which was well priced considering how little you have to use of pigments because as you guessed they are insanely pigmented.

They also do a deal whereby you buy an Estee Lauder makeup bag and fill it up with 5 samples, also 5 packet samples counted as one full sample so I took full advantage of that. The mini Bobbi Brown faceblender brush alone is worth that price!

and last but not least I thought I would get something to take care of my skin that im putting all of this makeup on. I got the clinique dramatically different moisturing gel again because this sounded refreshing during that humidity.

And thats everything, thanks for your patience if you reached the end and please let me know some more american makeup I should try next time I go stateside!

Love Lisa xo

Sunday, 29 May 2016

The New FOMO

Hello Internet Lovelies,
So we are all way too familiar with FOMO, also known as fear of missing out. Your friends go somewhere or do something that you cant make it to,the dust settles and your left scrolling through your social media wallowing in your own self- pity. In my opinion this fear is consuming us. But fear not internet lovelies...I have a solution. We need to replace the infamous FOMO with the soon-to-be famous GOMO (go out more often). We need to stop wallowing in our own self pity and get out there, make this a summer to remember. 

In order to make this GOMO thing happen the first step is planning. Not cancelling them and staying home, but rather making them yourself . Iyou need a good tool to plan your own event, check out Eventbrite's event planning software!. If you find yourself with a free weekend, spend that some of those hard earned pennies on an experience rather than something of a material nature. In the long run which one will you remember more? will that pair of shoes really compare to a night out with your nearest and dearest.

This summer I plan on going full GOMO and squashing FOMO with my fringed boots on the way to Sea sessions music festival in Bundoran. Not to mention my very exciting venture to american shores and I'm leaving FOMO behind. I intend on grabbing life by the GOMO if you will and I hope you will to!

What events are you attending this summer?

Love Lisa xo