Paddy's Day Inspired Looks With Pretty Little Thing

February 20, 2018
St. Patrick's Day is coming up in less than a month and it's one of my favourite days of the year. If you know me you'd know that I'd take any excuse to go out for a few drinks and going out means an excuse for a new outfit. Being an ex-student still living a student lifestyle with the bank balance to match, I know how hard it can be to step out in stunning new outfits every night so with the help of my favourite PrettyLittleThing I've put together some St. Patrick's inspired outfits that won't break the bank.


I paired these black scuba skinny trousers with this green tie front top because it's essential to wear green on St Patrick's Day. I've been really loving tie front tops recently so when I saw this I had to get it.



I also got this distressed oversized denim jacket to go with it and I'm obsessed. I've been wanting a black denim jacket so bad because it's so easy to pair with anything and I really love that this one is distressed as I think it adds an edge to my outfit.


For my second outfit I actually decided to steer away from green and instead I went for this snake print bandeau because obviously St Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. Yes, that actually was my thought process.

I paired it with these pink slim leg trousers and I think it looks really good. This is probably one of my favourite outfits I've worn. I'm obsessed with the trousers, and they're so comfy!


*Pretty Little Thing gifted me the items above however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

21 Things I've Learnt in 21 Years

January 24, 2018
Last month I turned 21 and I had been planning on writing this post for quite a while but I smashed my laptop a little while back so I ended up being MIA on here again. For Christmas I got a brand new laptop and I was dying to get back into blogging again because, although I had become quite bored and felt like I no longer had a place in this community, it wasn't until I literally couldn't write that I really missed it (nothing like a smashed laptop to realise you actually like writing). So here's yet another time that I start a blog post explaining why I've dropped off the Internet and promising that this time I'm back for good (I've come to realise that I'm probably lying to myself and you won't see me for another six months but we'll see..)



Anyway..

I turned 21 last month and I had been hoping to share this post on my actual birthday but here we are over a month later so clearly that didn't happen. I always love reading posts about things people have learned in their lives because I always like to think that I take something from them, even it's a simple lesson, so I wanted to share a few of my own simple things I've learnt in the few years I've been around.

◦  When it comes to friendship, it really is quality over quantity.

◦  No matter what is going on in your life, get up, shower and get dressed. It will make a world of difference to your mood, even if it's hard. 

◦  Spend time with your grandparents if they're still around.

◦  Try your best to forgive and forget. Grudges and anger will only hurt your own happiness.

◦  Accept every opportunity that is offered to you. It could open a whole world of possibilities. 

◦  Self care is more important than anything else. Look after yourself, inside and out. 

◦  Don't save expensive clothes for special occasions. Wear them on a Tuesday. Don't save expensive beauty products. Use them when you need some TLC. 

◦  Don't rely on your phone or laptop to keep your pictures safe. Print them out. Stick them on your walls. Put them in a photo album. Don't lose important memories.


◦  Buy a good quality eyelash curler.

◦  Don't regret anything. You wanted it at some point. Instead laugh at your silly mistakes and move on. 

◦  Don't let people take advantage of your kindness. 
''Some people will take until you have nothing left, and then hold a grudge against your hand for being empty.''
◦  Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Don't be afraid to quit something if you're unhappy. It's okay to not know what you're doing. 

◦  This next one comes courtesy of my Mam: ''Always try to look your best. You never know who's watching you.''

◦  Never forget who was there for you in the bad times and who left you when things got tough.

◦  Don't be afraid of getting hurt.

◦  Double wash your hair.

◦  Don't settle for anyone or anything less than you deserve. 

◦  Work hard at what you love. 

◦  Make your bed and open your windows every morning. 

◦  Stop worrying. Live in the moment. Don't sweat the small stuff. Tomorrow carries its own worries so stop thinking about what you can't change. Life has a funny way of always working out.

◦  Be kind to everyone you meet. You never know when your paths will cross again. 

So here's to turning 21 and starting 2018 happy, healthy and hoping to keep my blogging up once again. Until next time, 
Aileen x 


Crabtree & Evelyn 'Everyday Nature Care' Collection*

November 3, 2017
Everyone knows I'm all about self care so when Crabtree and Evelyn sent me their press release about their new collection of products for the mind and body and asked if I wanted to receive some of the collection I couldn't say yes quick enough. They asked me which products I would like to receive but everything sounded so amazing I let them decide. I mean, how could I ever choose between Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn, Goatmilk and Oat or Lavender and Espresso? It all sounded so amazing, and each range offers different benefits to the mind and body to help you be your best self.

In the end, they sent me out the Lavender and Espresso Hand Therapy* for Calming, the Pomegranate and Argan Oil Soap* and the Pomegranate and Argan Oil Body Lotion*, both for nourishing. I've been trying them out for quite some time (mainly because it's taken me so long to get around to posting this) and I have honestly been long them so much.


Lavender and Espresso Hand Therapy*
I'm a huge fan of hand cream but normally I go for Soap & Glory's Hand Food, or I use my Mam's L'Occitane Lavender hand cream, so I was excited to try this hand cream in comparison. The main thing I love about this collection is the scents. Lavender and espresso really intrigued me and it really didn't disappoint. It smells like Lavender but it's just a little more bitter, which is actually a nice change. Any time I apply this hand cream I genuinely cannot stop smelling my hands and the scent lingers for hours. I don't think I've ever smelled anything so nice in my life. The actually product is amazing as well because it is so moisturising and it dries in immediately. Drying time, for me, regarding hand creams, is one of the most important things because I hate waiting around for it to dry in, and you can't use your phone and everything feels greasy but this hand cream dries in in seconds.


Pomegranate and Argan Oil Soap*
Call me old-fashioned but I love nothing more than a bar of soap. Give me a bar of soap over a bottle of body wash any day. Also, I'm obsessed with the packaging of this soap (I literally hate that I wrote that sentence but I actually do love it so much). At first I wasn't too gone on the scent of this soap, because I prefer warm scents and this, to me, was very summery, but the more I used it, the more it grew on me (similar to Orangeasm by Soap & Glory). Unlike a lot of soap bars. this one actually tends to the skin and doesn't feel as though it is drying your skin out. It's really calming and gentle on the skin and can be used all over the body or solely for the hands.


Pomegranate and Argan Oil Body Lotion*
Like the Pomegranate and Argan Oil Soap, I wasn't initially a fan of the scent of this product but, again, it grew on me and now I actually quite like it. The product itself is brilliant, although I still would refer something a little less 'fresh' coming into the winter months, I can't deny that it is super nourishing and my tan goes on so smoothly after using this, and I can still catch the smell hours later even after applying tan, which I've never experienced with other similar products.

All in all, I'd give what I've tried from this collection a massive thumbs ups because it honestly does feel a little more luxurious than other products I've tried. I'm still not 100% convinced on the Pomegranate and Argan Oil scent but maybe I would prefer it coming into spring and  summer, but I'm a massive fan of the hand cream, not only because it's a fab product but, because it smells so amazing. I definitely want to get some more of the Lavender and Espresso range particularly coming into the winter months.

Have you tried anything from Crabtree & Evelyn yet?


Love, 
A