Sunday, 19 April 2015

Rose of Donegal: What I Wore

Recently I popped up to my home county to support Sorcha at the Donegal heat of the Rose of Tralee. For those of you that don't know, the Rose of Tralee is a festival where Irish women complete a series of interviews in the hope that they are chosen to win the title. Sorcha had the balls to go for it, and you can see how she did in my vlog of the day below (spoiler: she was incredible!).

What does one wear to such a fancy, but quite random, event? In all honesty, I turned by wardrobe upside-down looking for a suitable outfit! In the end I decided on a combination of vintage and high street... And I'm rather pleased with the final look!

Top: Vintage // Skirt: Topshop // Tights: SockShop // Shoes: Topshop // Bag: Penneys

I like how the checkered top clashes with the patterned tights. I bagged the top at a charity shop - it's amazing the gems you can find when you wander out of the retail chains and delve into the cluttered universe of the charity shop. The tights, by the way, happen to be the first PR sample I've ever received. Thrilled that the SockShop found me, because the tights were the perfect way to complete the outfit!

Outfit chosen, there was nothing left to do but set off! Michelle and I had a 3 and a half hour journey ahead of us, but it was rather fun to turn up the music and cruise down the motorway.

The trek up was definitely worth it! Sorcha did such an amazing job in the face of some truly tough questions. Ultimately she didn't win, but she did herself proud. Plus, the whole night was such a laugh! Before Sorcha told me that she had entered the competition I couldn't have imagined that I'd have been in Ballybofey with a rip-off Daniel O'Donnell singing as the judges decided on a Rose. Bizarre... But fun! Here's to many more random nights out in the future!

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

One Happy Change: Handwritten Hello Edition

Every month this year I'll be improving my lifestyle in one simple way, whether it's breaking a bad habit or creating a positive change. Through doing this I'm hoping to revamp my life, one month at a time. February's edition saw me take up meditation. For March, I've sent a few letters to rediscover the joy of the handwritten hello. Read on to see how I did...

The happy addition to my schedule over March? The handwritten hello. By this I mean: taking time out of a hectic schedule to write and send little notes for loved ones. I've been rediscovering the joys of the handwritten note.

Of course, it's not hard to see why I wanted to try this out. Every day, without fail, I sit behind a laptop and type, type, type. As for putting pen to paper? That's reserved for notetaking in college. I can't remember the last time I wrote a handwritten letter and sent it in the post. So, in a bid to slow down and break away from screens, I took up letter writing.

How did I get on? Well, I'll admit, I didn't spend as much time on this challenge as I had planned. I found myself writing a note here and there, rather than settling down with a cup of tea and dedicating a solid half an hour to the activity. I think in April I'll make sure to do just that... Make more an effort to focus on the activity at hand. Sure there's a letter I still haven't sent that is well overdue (Liz from Counting Magpies sent me the most magnificent print in the post ages ago, and I have yet to reply).

The little time I spent letter writing felt like time well spent. And when popping the letters in the postbox, I got a little kick out of the fact that in the next few days a loved one would get a little handwritten surprise. Plus, it gave me an excuse to use these adorable postcards I picked up from Paperchase.

So that's what I was up to in the month of March! What about you: have you written to a pen pal recently? Or received something lovely in the post? Let me know, I'd love to hear!