Monday, 29 December 2014

Rant Of The Week: Where Does My Willpower Go At Christmas?

Right so its been three days since Christmas Day. Great company, great presents, not a penny to my name and excess weight on my hips. My jeans probably don't fit anymore, all because my willpower disappeared just like the mince pies. What is it about Christmas time that causes this over powering hunger and why does the turkey seem to never end? It's lasted three days feeding a family of five, two dogs and six cats and yet, I still think it's going to be around for a while longer. Does somebody restock the fridge overnight then stop when January comes? I have cheese going straight to my thighs and ham coming out of my ears. However, I still live without a single regret.

"Ah yeah but its Christmas isn't it" is always everybody's reason for over indulging at Christmas (including mine) but why is this? What causes the world to go into a frenzy of eating everything in sight when Santa is coming? Standing at 5'4" where do I manage to store all these boxes of Quality Street? and why won't any of this weight go to my boobs?

This really has been the struggle of my life for the past week and I'm sure everybody else can relate to this too!

Sure look, a bit of chocolate never hurt anyone! (apart from Augustus Gloop)

Saturday, 27 December 2014

What I Wore Stephens Night

I went out Stephens Night and wanted an outfit that was dressy and elegant. I had wanted a black midi dress in River Island for ages and was delighted when I realised that it was reduced from fifty euro to fourteen! I couldn't leave it there, you can't go wrong with a little black dress anyway, never mind a little black dress thats only fourteen euro!

I decided to give it an edge by wearing it with a black choker and a black coat with a faux fur hood.
The material was really flattering and I felt so confident in it because it wasn't overly fitted which was great considering all the food I have eaten over Christmas!

What a bargain! Delighted :)

Fe xx

Monday, 22 December 2014

Back In My Day...

With all the Christmas excitement in the air lately I started thinking back to the best presents Santa ever got me! I actually feel quite old talking to children about what they're hoping to get for Christmas because it seems like things have definitely changed since I was little! Even though I still love Christmas now, I do miss the excitement of getting toys which were advertised on tv all year. Can't wait until I have my own children and for Santa to visit :)

Password Journal
We all remember the hype with this thing. I was lucky enough to finally get one and guess didn't bloody work. Whenever I tried to say my password it wouldn't recognise my voice and after three attempts an alarm would go off with the words "INTRUDER! INTRUDER!". I'm not a bloody intruder, let me in! I still have it hidden in my bedroom to this day and still cannot open it. I have to force it open whilst the alarm goes crazy. The times that I have finally opened it I regret it anyway..."Fe <3's SVS xox Luv my frends x"

Bratz Ski Lodge 
Being a dedicated Bratz fan I have never experienced excitement like opening this on Christmas Day. Of course it would be just my luck that my dad would accidentally throw out the snow so the snow machine didn't work, but nevertheless I still loved it! Speaking to my boyfriends little sister recently it seems like Monster High are the new cool dolls on the market? Does anybody know if Chloe, Yasmin, Jade and Sasha are still around?

Barbie Cash Register
My sister and I loved this! Definitely one of our favourites! Until my sister would get bored of playing shop and leave the room. Ah, memories...

Diva Starz 
Whenever I ask anybody about these they have no idea what I'm talking about, but I looked into it and they definitely did exist. I wasn't imagining it! Did anybody else have one of these? Pretty sure mine was called Nikki! They had like really big heads, feet and eyes? They're actually pretty creepy looking at them now, definitely came alive at night.

I was living in England at the time so I'm not sure about their popularity in Ireland but they were huge in England! Just remembered these today when dad mentioned it, what a blast from the past!

Baby Annabell
I never had a Baby Born but I had Baby Annabell. Whenever I watch videos of Christmas 1999 I just walk past every so often rocking this baby. Bit creepy seeings as I never spoke so I just go past the camera every so often holding this doll....

Happy Christmas everybody! Hope Santy brings you all some happy memories and lots of chocolate!
If I don't post for a few days its because I'm busy with Christmas (recovering from 12 pubs) but I will try to post as often as I can :)

Have a good one!

Fe xx

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Rant Of The Week: You're A Fox, You're Not Afraid Of Anything

There is nothing that annoys me more than ignorant people. Well, apart from putting on fake eyelashes, but lets save that for another day! It takes two seconds to say hello to somebody, you aren't more important than anybody, nor are they more important than you. Whether you're eighteen or thirty two, the queen of England or the person who cleans Kim Kardashians Louboutins, we're all the same.  Nothing ruins a persons positive vibes for the day as much as an ignored 'good morning' does. Did you hear me? Would you like me to shout it? Chances are I never actually say these things, I just think them, but I really need to work on actually saying them because when I go home upset about people being mean to me my dad will always tell me the same thing "You're a fox, you're not afraid of anything" and as much as I would like this to be true, it turns out I am in fact afraid of many things...rats, collarbones, the big window at the bottom of our stairs, and my dad chasing me pretending to be Urko from Planet of the Apes...but I suppose I get where he's coming from!

I suppose the best thing to do is to free yourself from negativity. Remove them as a negative influence on your life. You are forever going to meet spiteful, unfriendly people, whether it's in school or out in the big bad world, but it's just learning how to cope with these things in life which I think all comes with life experience and a positive frame of mind! Sometimes I feel intimidated by older people but when I take a step back I realise I am in fact eighteen years old, I know what I want and I know what I need to do to get there. I have managed to survive eighteen years without you and your attitude and I plan on surviving many more the same way. It's your life, you can live it as positively or negatively as you want, nobody else can stop you.

I know I have taken rant of the week to new extremes this week, but after a long and slightly stressful week I think it needed to be said. Its nice to be nice, simples :)

Friday, 19 December 2014

Sequin Season And Fluffy Heel Heaven

I know it is quite impossible to shop around for clothes for nights out around the party season because you could have quite easily gone up a few dress sizes after over indulging on quality street and cheese over Christmas, but it has to be done! Never fear, I am here to help you with everything fashionable for winter! Here are some things that I am LOVING :)

Sequins. Glitter. Sparkle.
These three things never let me down. For me, Christmas always has been and always will be sequin season and in my opinion, it's the perfect time to wear outfits that are a bit more glitzy than usual! Some people tend to be afraid of this trend, but you don't need to overdo it. Sparkle can be simple too :)

I was always a fan of velvet during my Britney Spears days and luckily for me it has made a comeback! This time maybe a little bit more stylish though...
I have spent the past few days on the hunt for a gorgeous velvet dress for New Years Eve and my favourite website so far has been Boohoo. Many of them are on sale and there are so many to choose from. Whether you're a fan of skater, bodycon, midi or shorter dresses you will be sure to find one! Go quickly though, the one I wanted sold out in my size very quickly!

Both casual and dressy. Tartan is definitely a winter wardrobe must have! Whether its a skirt or scarf you're looking for, you're bound to find it on your next shopping trip! If it's more affordable you're looking for, I'd head straight to your nearest Penney's!

Fluffy Heels
I feel like I have been introduced to shoe heaven recently after the arrival of these! They are most definitely on my list of things to treat myself to! I have seen them on both Missguided and Boohoo. I'm a size 3 and my birthday is January 4th if any of you are wondering, no pressure...

Blanket Capes
I loooove this trend. On my list with the fluffy heels! Perfect for keeping cosy while on your stroll to McDonalds after a night out, a casual look by day, or just to snuggle up in on a lazy Sunday! River Island have a fab range in a variety of prints and colours.

Now that you're no longer stuck for fresh wardrobe ideas, you better get shopping! January 4th, don't forget about me after I've given you all of this fabulous advice...

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Rant Of The Week: A Lack Of Tea And Tay Tay

I literally just got the laptop ready to write this weeks Rant Of The Week and then went to boil the kettle to make myself a nice cup of tea before I start, then what happens...the kettle will not boil. I repeat, the kettle will NOT boil. The kettle is broken. No tea for Fe. No happiness for Fe. Life is grim and tea-less.

The thoughts of tomorrow aren't exactly making the situation any better, Taylor Swift added a Dublin date to her tour, but of course I have about ten euro to my name. No big deal, shes only my favourite female music artist and dream best friend. To many people, the arrival of Tay Tay to Ireland may not be a big deal, but for me, the realisation that I will not get to see her breaks my heart into a million tiny pieces and the only thing that can kind of begin to lift my spirits is a nice cup of tea. Oh no wait. Ha. Good one Universe xx

No need to worry about me though people (I know you were all devo for me) because it's not all doom and gloom. Santa Clause is coming to townnnnnn. You know what this means, endless supplies of mince pies and gaining weight without carrying the same amount of guilt as usual! It's Christmas sure, losing weight will be my New Years Resolution (at least that's what I've been telling myself since 2010). Also, the last episode of Friends is on as I'm writing this. Yay! 

I actually didn't have that much to rant about this week, which is a good thing I suppose! So you all had a lucky escape until next Sunday!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

My Exciting Week

Tomorrow is Friday and I cannot wait for the weekend but I must say I have had a great week! I'm a huge fan of So Sue Me so was delighted to find a copy of the new book which I bought for myself and absolutely love :)

Then a few days later my friend text me and told me that Suzanne would be in Clonmel Thursday for the opening of a new Blush store. Needless to say, there was not a chance that I would be missing that, she is such an inspiration! I popped along and was lucky enough to meet her and have a chat with her about my blog and get much needed advice and tips from an expert :) She was absolutely lovely and just as gorgeous in person as she is in her pictures! 

What an exciting week this has been. Unfortunately, the tiredness is beginning to hit me now, all the excitement has worn me out! Think I might be sleeping until Santas arrival at this stage..only two weeks away! 

Night everyone! X 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Rant Of The Week

Okay so I was chatting to my mum today about my blog and she came up with the idea of rant of the week! Mainly because whenever I start ranting about things it lasts about four days, ask anybody! I think my blog is a good place to share these rants rather than annoying the life out of my boyfriend with them on a daily basis as I usually do! Anyway, I am going to start doing this every Sunday, unless for some reason I am not able to that week due to my hectic schedule (unexpected death of goldfish, emotional breakdown about running out of teabags etc)

An example of this rant would include things such as how I saw a man openly littering in the middle of town the other day (Oh dear, I sound like my mother, don't I?) and my reaction to seeing somewhere that NADIA FORDE had been branded a plus size model. Yes, that really happened...

In other news, I treated myself to SoSueMe's second book today, feeling super motivated and more ready than ever to take on the world of blogging! (I started choking on popcorn just after I had typed that, well that could have been awkward and a short lived blogging career...)

Anywho, off I go to chill out in bed with a cup of tea! :)
Night everyone! xx

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Fearing Santa And Throwing Christmas Trees

Christmas is my favourite time of year without a doubt, and er, no it's not because I finally have an excuse as to why I'm skipping around the house singing All I Want For Christmas Is You, or an excuse as to how I somehow managed to gain two stone within a period of two days. However, that is another advantage of the season! I think I love Christmas because it has always been a big deal in our house, there are so many family memories that I will always look back on and wonder what I did in my past life to deserve to be stuck involuntarily with this bunch of idiots.

The Fear Of The Mysterious Bearded Man In The Red Coat
Of course, me being the paranoid, easily freaked out individual that I am means I did used to be afraid of Santa. Instead of leaving my stocking at the end of my own bed on Christmas Eve I would have to leave it at the end of my sisters instead. Sure I was afraid of the guy, but no way was I missing out on presents when I had been on my best behaviour for the past week! Anyway, there would be a note on my bedroom door written by my mum which read "Santa, I love you but I am a bit afraid of you so can you please leave my presents in my stocking which is at the end of my sisters bed instead of my own." Classic Fe...

The Annual Christmas Tree Family Argument
Okay, maybe this is just my family, but do you guys also have arguments every year when the decorations are going up? This is usually started by dads frustration while trying to get the massive Christmas tree into our teeny tiny hobbit house and my sisters desperate need for tree organisation and intensely boring colours (clearly the christmas decorations that I made in senior infants mean nothing to her). Spending three hours untangling lights which then turn out to be broken doesn't exactly help the situation either, and this was once followed by mum chucking the whole tree out of the front door after my dad. My brother and I didn't let this affect us, we were unable to move due to the over consumption of candy canes from the previous hour...

My Sister The Happiness Crusher
I know I always write negative things about my sister when we were both little, but don't get the wrong idea...we're still bestie, k? Anywho, back to the negativity, she once filled my stocking with toys that we already had and woke me up like ten minutes after I had FINALLY fallen asleep by announcing "Fe, wake up! Santa has been!!" No. No he had not.

The Old "When We Were Little All We Got For Christmas Was Fruit"
No matter what family member is saying it, it's the Christmas special edition of "We all had to walk to school barefoot" and it makes a comeback every single year. It always comes at a bad time, like when you're playing on your new phone with a mouthful of leftover turkey and you want to feel sorry for them but all of your senses are just too happy to sympathise in that particular moment. Obviously you can't tell them that, so you just smile and wave boys, smile and wave.

Dad: Mr Unfortunate
Not only did he once get coal for Christmas but he also missed the Christmas Eve when Santa was in the field next door feeding his reindeers. His whereabouts that night are a mystery to me and he was rather devo that he missed it when we told him the story. Lousy on ya Steve.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Start Of My Winter Wardrobe

Winter is most definitely here and by the looks of it, it seems like its here to stay for a while! I'm a huge lover of faux fur and decided to make this a part of my winter wardrobe this year. Here are two coats that I have at the ready to be all cosy but still stylish :)

The first coat I bought was from Penneys in Dublin. I fell in love with it straight away and just had to have it! I love wearing it with warmer winter tones and leopard print. The colour is simple so there are so many things to wear it with. This will stay in my wardrobe forever. 30 euro well spent! 

The second coat I bought was a light pink faux fur collar biker jacket from River Island. I think this can create a really edgy look but still look classy and sophisticated because of the faux fur and soft colour. If you're not like me and aren't a huge lover of pink then don't worry because there are other colours available and the fur collar can be taken off. Why on earth would anyone do that though? Perfect for a night out or just a casual daytime look! 

I have to admit I have never developed romantic feelings for jackets until now! So worth it though... 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Why I Won't Be Keeping Up With This Kardashian

At this stage, I know everybody is sick to death of hearing about Kim Kardashians bits and pieces, but what sort of blogger would I be if I didn't have my say on the matter? To be honest, seeing the pictures didn't really surprise me, nor was I impressed by the ridiculous use of photoshop and complete and utter waste of baby oil. All I could think was, is this really the world we're living in? Attempting to break the internet by showing off how great it must be to have a personal trainer and someone to photoshop your bum cellulite? Well done Kim, you have a bum and a pair of breasts just like the rest of the worlds female population! Thanks for showing us, our lives have changed dramatically as a result of this. I'm not against women in the public eye getting naked if they wish, but what was the purpose of this? At least do it Keira Knightley style and strip off for the purpose of showing women the true and frightening power of photoshop.

So while all of this is going on can we take a moment to remember the people who truly deserve to break the internet? People who leave their families and risk their lives to fight for the good of their country? People struggling everyday to feed their families because they're unemployed? People who rescue animals that are living in the most horrendous of conditions? People who visit a local elderly person so that they don't go through each day in complete loneliness? Seems simple doesn't it? So what was so fantastic about Kim Kardashians recent publicity hungry stunt that makes it deserve more attention than all of these things? It only takes a few seconds to take off all your clothes, hardly a life changing series of events.

 Lets take a moment to think about Bob Geldof for example. A man who is no doubt facing a devastating Christmas due to the tragic death of his daughter earlier this year. Yet, somehow he managed to selflessly raise up to £1 million in five minutes to help Ebola victims in West Africa by gathering a group of the worlds most talented and well loved music artists and releasing Band Aid 30- "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Its people like this that should be breaking the internet.

Open your eyes people, there are bigger things in the world than Kim Kardashians behind...

Thursday, 6 November 2014

It's Not You, It's Your Hair Straighteners

I have decided to dedicate a whole blog post to hair straighteners because I have recently got new ones after having problems with my old one. I am going to highlight the problems that I had with my own one, describe how I tried to fix them and then tell you about the new ones that I bought.

My Previous Hair Straighteners: Genie.
I had my hair straighteners for years. They were Genie ones which I was told were basically as good as Ghd's, but more affordable. They were cute and pink and did exactly what I needed them to. They were genuinely a great pair of hair straighteners but the last few months they stopped working as well as they had before. My hair was still going straight enough but not perfectly straight because it looked and felt very frizzy. I pretty much gave up on straightening my hair because the hassle became too much and they didn't do what I needed them to, especially if I needed to get the job done quickly!

Cleaning Your Hair Straighteners
However, I was chatting to my mum about it and she told me that it was possible that the plates of my straighteners were just clogged up with hair products e.g hairspray because I use it so much! Then I gave them a good clean and they started to work better again.
So, if your hair straighteners stop working properly don't go into a panic and throw them out straight away, they might just need a good clean and then they will be back to new!

If Cleaning Them Doesn't Work
After some time I realised that cleaning them didn't fix the problem fully, I tried cleaning them again but they still weren't making my hair as straight as I wanted. I realised that the plates were so old they probably were just worn down so I needed to invest in a new pair of straighteners altogether!

My New Straighteners: Corioliss
I was planning on getting a new pair for Christmas or my birthday but my mum ended up giving them to me earlier because I needed my hair straight for a job interview. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a dramatic change to the result that my other straighteners had always given but as soon as I started using them I realised how broken my other ones were! My hair went dead straight and completely frizz free! These new straighteners are Corioliss ones. They are not only amazing straighteners but also look cool because of the pretty designs. Mine are black with red leopard print on them. They also come with their own case! I was later talking to a friend who said that her mum had them and she found them better than Ghd's!

I would recommend Corioliss to anybody looking for a new pair of hair straighteners! Definitely a must on your list for Santa!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Some Of My Guilty Pleasures

I decided that writing a blog post about some of my guilty pleasures would be an interesting one because, er, well I have so many of here goes! 

1) Occasionally Suffering From A Mild Case Of Bieber Fever #AwkyMomo
Even though Justin Bieber is the most annoying individual in the music industry at the moment, I must admit my heart does melt whenever I listen to 'That Should Be Me' or the acoustic version of 'One Time'. I regret nothing...

2) Singing My Heart Out In The Car
Listening to 'Whole Again' by Atomic Kitten on repeat in the car with my mum and singing it out to the world is one of my favourite pastimes. I also do this with my sister when we listen to Frozen's 'Let It Go' or 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' by Paloma Faith...

3) I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here
Even though so many people dislike it, it is literally the highlight of my year, I look forward to it every November. It's starting again soon and I could not be any more excited if I tried! "Please ring me, its urgent" "Can't soz, the Bushtucker trial will be on any minute now!". 
Lets face it, where would we all be without medic Bob...

                                                                            Oh Bob...

4) Cuddling At Any Chance I Get...
I am such a cuddler, I can't help it. Well not cuddling anyone, I just mean more in a romantic sense (including my favourite teddy when I go to bed and my cats always). I think wrapping myself around my boyfriend when he tries to get away from me is a completely acceptable thing to do. I just want to be loved as you can see in the picture below where I look happy being all cuddled up and my bae's not so much...

                                          One of the creatures above is my cat, the other is my boyfriend...

5) Zac Efron's Parents
 I don't know what it is about him but ever since High School Musical came out in like 2006 I have never gotten over the obsession with this boy. Taking the "Which HSM boy is your perfect match?" quiz and getting Chad instead of Troy as an answer only made my hatred for Vanessa Hudgen's stronger, but I still have undying love for his parents who simply created a masterpiece.

Ori yeah no big deal xx

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Learning To Cope With Jelly Belly's and Not Being Able To Say Sizzling Sausages #Confidence

Just like any eighteen year old girl, there are things about myself that I'm not 100% happy with. A few years ago I would have done anything in my power to draw attention away from these areas, but I think as you get older you become more comfortable in your own skin and realise that if other people aren't happy about or judge these aspects of yourself that you are already self conscious about then that is their own problem. I strongly believe that when you find the right friends group and that special person that you are supposed to be with you won't need to hide these things about yourself away. Nobody's perfect!

There have been many times in my life where I have had that feeling of needing to burst into tears at the worst times because you can feel that lump in your throat due to hurtful comments from somebody else. An example of this being when I was standing in a group of boys a few years back and one of them decided to point out the hair on my arms. I can still remember the feeling of humiliation and the desire for the ground to swallow me up. I have always been self conscious about my arms, but now it doesn't bother me as much because I have realised it isn't exactly a major problem in the world! The only person who really cared about them was me, and what girl doesn't have hair on her body? My surname is Fox, what else did I expect!

My tummy is also an area that I wasted years of my life worrying about, of course I would still like to improve it if I put the work in, but you are the only person who really sees these "flaws" in yourself. People aren't going to see my tummy and the ones who do are the ones who deserve to be in that situation because they won't care whether you have a so called "perfect" body or not!

It is not only my looks that I am talking about, my lisp is also a part of myself that I am aware of because of how many people point it out, but I have learned to laugh at myself as I have gotten older! I can remember having a conversation with a random lady when I was little who kept asking me to say 'sizzling sausages'. I am now aware that she was in fact not a random lady but a speech therapist, and I still cannot say sizzling sausages!

You can buy all the beauty products or wax strips in the world and of course they will help, I am not saying they won't, they make you feel attractive and happy in yourself...but the only true way to build that confidence long term is finding the ability to laugh things off and not take things to heart. If people don't like these parts of you, why are they a part of your life to begin with? You can conceal minor outer flaws, but you can't conceal a bad personality!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

French Maids And Monkey Nuts: The Pros And Cons Of Halloween


  • Convincing your mum to get loads of sweets incase you get trick or treaters, even though you know very well that you live in the middle of nowhere and the only people that are going to be visiting your house are the postman and your grandmother.
  • Spending the day watching Halloweentown in your pyjamas.
  • Local Halloween discos (Ardfinnan in my case) when you were younger because they were classsss (many downsides however which I will explain in a moment...)
  • You can get away with looking rough because you're going for that washed out, greasy haired, hairy legged zombie look....Just me?
  • The endless supply of monkey nuts around the house, yum!
  • When the odd trick or treaters do decide to turn up in the middle of your Halloweentown marathon and they just presume you're going to give them your sweets. Uh nu-uh, do you expect me to starve for the day?
  • When you go trick or treating and they give you an apple. Not even a toffee apple, just your average, everyday apple. Wow can't wait for my midnight feast later....
  • When you want to look all cool going to the Ardfinnan Halloween disco and your mum does your makeup fully green with warts all over your face and your dad gives your sister a beard to the point where she is completely unrecognisable. You can see this unfortunate childhood experience in the picture below...
  • When you're at the Ardfinnan Halloween disco and you're not sure if the masked person that just approached you is the love of your life or the weird kid so you just kinda stand there, nodding along and laughing uncomfortably.
  • The queue and bright lighting in the chipper after the Ardfinnan Halloween disco. Hungry and ugly, not my greatest combination.
  • Your whole town becomes taken over by floods of french maids and not so classy Disney Princesses (However, I'm guilty of this too I must admit...)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Cute Homemade Gift Ideas #Gifts #Homemade

So I don't know about you, but I personally love homemade gifts! They are just so thoughtful (and handy if you're on a budget like I am!). With Christmas quickly approaching I have decided to give you three examples of gifts that I have received and love! Whether it is for a boyfriend, girlfriend friend, or family member, nothing says "I'm fair sound" like a gift you made yourself (with the help of a CD, jam jar and little notebook!)

1) Songs That Remind Me Of You. 
So for my sixteenth birthday in 2012 my friend Muireann made me a CD of songs that remind her of me. She then designed the cover with photo of us and explained the reasons for her song choices on the inside of the case. These included a complete random mixture of meaningful songs for us, such as "My Heart Will Go On" and "Learning The C Major Scale On Piano". Just don't ask...

2) A Jar Filled With Quotes And Memories.
This was another gift I received from a friend. This time it was from my friend Shauna near the end of the summer as she headed off to college. This was an emotional time for us both, we would no longer spend our days dreading double maths together and we would spend less Saturday nights crying in the bathroom cubicles of pubs (mainly me though I have to admit). I love choosing a random one of these to read when I'm having a bit of a bad day because I'm always guaranteed a bit of a giggle reading a random memory or it gives my mood a boost with the cute and positive quotes! Just don't let anyone else near the jar, especially any past love interests/kisses you regret/that girl who stole your potential soulmate!

3) A Memory Notebook
This was another gift that I received for my sixteenth birthday. My sister made it for me and it is basically a little book filled with embarrassing moments from the moment I was born on the 4th of January 1996 onwards, and trust me there are a lot of those moments! She then designed the cover with a collage of random family photos. Super cute, but hidden from the world in my underwear drawer!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Five Fashion and Beauty Must Haves

1) A denim jacket.
I stole my mums one which she had in like the Eighties or something. Okay, not really, she had it like 10 years ago. However, I claimed it as my own and now live in it. It just goes with everything. Thanks momma!

2) Hairspray.
Slowly killing all of my organs and I could easily be set on fire because of the amount I use, but its an addiction and makes my hair look so pretty....

3) Tweezers.
Oh my god I have like 7 pairs of tweezers but somehow they always manage to disappear? When I can't find them it literally turns into a criminal investigation about my families whereabouts and possible tweezer usage in the last few days. Not only are they completely necessary for keeping my wild eyebrows from growing into a complete unibrow when I don't have time to wax them but they are also super handy to have in my handbag when you're in the car on your way into town and that one unfortunate chin hair decides to be like "I believe she really likes this guy and would like this date to work out, what a perfect time to make a reappearance mwahaha". I know, I know, it's not a feature of my face that I'm particularly proud of....

4) Emergency tan and a tanning mitt.
I'm speaking from experience here. My sister literally had 7 bottles of Cocoa Brown in her room and decided to bring ALL of them to college with her and leave me about a third of an older bottle. If that wasn't bad enough I then realised I didn't have a tanning mitt and had to use...A SOCK. The tan covered about one leg and shoulder, it was all uneven because of the lack of mitt and now I can't even wear that sock again. Life is grim.

5) Sudocrem.
My self esteems best friend and my teenage skins worst enemy. Few spots (Just kidding, cover your whole face) on your skin before you go to sleep and wake up flawless! Just remember that you have it on before answering the door to visitors and make sure you're pretty comfortable in your relationship before admitting that this is a part of your bedtime beauty routine. It can really kill the vibe that you've worked so hard on creating with your sexy pyjamas...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The World Is Your Runway

Fashion has been my way of expressing myself ever since I was little. My mum has told me that by the age of 3 I was choosing my own outfits, completely mismatched and my aunt felt sorry for me because she thought I didn't have any nice clothes and wanted to bring me shopping. My mum proceeded to tell her "Fe has loads of clothes, she just chooses her own outfits and refuses to let anyone else choose them for her". This belief has stayed with me ever since and will always be my main comfort zone because, if you don't have the confidence to wear something that you want to wear, how will you find the confidence to face the worlds bigger issues?
I can't describe my style, its simply impossible to put a description on something that is changing every single day. I can't plan in advance the person I am going to be tomorrow, I will just have to wait and see. When I talk about fashion, I don't just mean all of the expensive designer stuff, anybody can walk into a shop pick up a dress and be called fashionable. Of course it is great to look and feel pretty and the majority of these clothes are beautiful, but I don't dress to impress others or show off famous brand names, I want to dress for myself. If I feel confident in the way that I am dressed, my day is already off to a great start! 
When I was in Secondary School I was in trouble several times for dying my hair, this in my opinion is completely ridiculous! I was the most safe, unrebellious girl you could ever come across, but one day I was asked "What will you look like going downtown with your hair that colour?" Well, Katy Perry or Rihanna would be nice but I'm pretty sure just a normal teenage girl who happens to have dyed her hair. What else would I look like? My constantly changing hair represents my constantly changing life because sometimes I just feel like starting over, and what better way to do that than a vibrant new colour or completely different style. It's upsetting to think that nowadays people are still expected to go with the crowd and feel like they can't express themselves in the way they may wish to. Don't be a sheep. If people question what you're wearing, good. You've had an effect on them and you won't be forgotten. Don't let anybody try to take the confidence you have in your own personal style away from you because without that, how will you ever know who you truly are? 

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Signs That Your Childhood Is Well And Truly Behind You

I'm 18 and not getting any younger, and this is how I know how...

1) You can no longer be bothered with the effort of tan or shaving your legs so you head out looking like a gorilla caught in a blizzard.

2) You've come to the realisation that the glory days of your boobs are over and there's no point trying to perk them up anymore because every 15 year old girl today looks like Pamela Anderson, so your pair don't even stand a chance at trying to attract some attention like they used to back in the good old 2012 days!

3) You realise a job actually is necessary for living after all...

4) You realise that instead of dealing with pointless drama its easier to just tell the people you don't like that you don't like them. Simples!

5) Your Nan was right, a coat really is the most important thing to bring on a night out after all!

6) Its hit you that the girl you hated so much and used to spend your days creeping on actually probably isn't the spawn of the devil after all and more than likely just liked that guy as much as you did (apart from Vanessa Hudgens, the hatred will never die).

7) You also go into a severe state of mortification when you look back on your list of past love interests. In reality, owning a guitar did not make him a musician...

8) When the time has come to bin your High School Musical magazines because they just take up too much space under your bed.

9) When you are struck by the realisation that your jeans don't have the ability to shrink by themselves and your body does actually have the ability to gain weight unlike it used to so its all downhill from here unless you cut down on kebabs.. Yep, life's a bitch.

10) When you realise that you actually have to decide what you want to do with your life and pop star/actress/princess/member of Totally Spies isn't really a logical option anymore because jobs aren't easy to come by during the Recession and your father isn't heir to any throne apart from the living room armchair when the cat finally moves!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Smiling Isn't Just For Selfies!

I know I don't usually write on a very serious note but I recently had an experience that made me appreciate the little things in life.

Walking by myself on the outskirts of town a few days ago I passed an elderly lady who was walking her dog, I smiled at her and said hello, thinking nothing of it. To my surprise she stopped me and her face was filled with joy. She thanked me for smiling at her because she said "I have passed so many people on my walk today and you are only the second person to smile at me". She then went on to tell me how all the evil is lifted from the world when we smile and told me to keep smiling because she thinks its beautiful. As we parted I told her to have a nice day and she said "Thanks love, you too."

This five minute chat with a complete stranger somehow had the power to put me in a fantastic mood all day. I think the fact that it was such a short conversation was the reason why I felt so moved by it. This conversation which some people may find silly made me realise how something as simple as a smile can be enough to lift someones day. I don't know where that lady was from, I don't know where she was going and I don't know if she has any family, but I do know that by taking two seconds out of my day to make an effort conversing with her, it ended up having a longer lasting positive effect on me and I hope it did the same for her.

No matter what you're going through or who you meet, always smile! Its the prettiest thing you can wear and will never go out of fashion!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Escaping The Friendzone And Getting Skittles Put Up My Nose

Boys are weird. I have had this belief since I was about eight and will continue to have this belief for the rest of my days. This was proven when I was little and the love of my life at the time told me I was having a bad hair day. Naturally I was upset but my mum told me when boys are mean it means they like you. Well, that told me everything that I need to know about men! He was the type of boy to bully you in the playground at lunch and tell you that you resemble a gremlin. I used to love that kind of thing.

10 years later when that eight year old crush had long gone, I decided to let a different boy I know make his way out of the Friendzone and become my boyfriend. Turns out my mum was right about them being mean to you, he does bully me and probably thinks I resemble a gremlin. That's how I knew he was into me to begin with. We had known each other and been best friends for over two years and then overtime it developed into something more. Over the past six months I have become incredibly comfortable around this guy, perhaps a little bit too comfortable. Does he even find me attractive anymore? How has he lasted this long without breaking up with me?
Here are some of the ways that I know we have become very comfortable in our relationship...

1) We tell each other everything, whether its about the giant spot on my chin that I need to squeeze or detailed descriptions about my period pains.

2) "Are you falling asleep?" is a frequently asked question when we're lying in bed watching football because I don't mind using this time to have a quick nap (not actually quick though when match of the day seems to go on for four days).

3) He's seen me at my worst and still loves me. This involves vomiting, double (or triple etc) chin snapchats and the ability to eat a kebab with my eyes half closed after a night of drinking. It's not just me though, the way he kills romantic moments by farting isn't exactly his most attractive feature either...

4) We pass time not being able to breathe because we're laughing so much at stupid things, such as him putting skittles up my nose or my attempt at trying to squeeze into a suitcase.

5) Shaving my legs is a thing of the past...

6) He remembers how I like my tea. If that's not love, what is?

7) We both have our own side of each others bed and our own sleeping routines. He stops cuddling me in the middle of the night and turns around because he gets uncomfortable, and I wrap my whole body around him when I realise what he's doing so that he can't escape again. I'm so evil...

8) He tickles me to the point of violence where the only choice I have is to kick and scream. Wrestling is a common occurrence, but he rarely wins...

Now do you see why boys are weird? Despite this, I'm not going anywhere. Andy K made his way out of the Friendzone, he must be Superman, right?

First YouTube Video...Do I Really Sound Like This?

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My Favourite Foundation For Night-time: Estee Lauder- Double Wear

When I am getting ready to go out at night one of the main things that I worry about is making sure my skin looks flawless and blemish free. For this full coverage I use Estee Lauder Double Wear. It literally covers every imperfection and stays on so well that if you forget to take your makeup off afterwards (or conk out in the middle of eating your kebab in bed like I do), when you wake up the next morning it looks like you're ready to hit the town again! I would usually buy this in a darker shade than my own skin tone so that I can blend it in with my tan. The shade that I use is Desert Beige. Double Wear is between the 30 and 40 euro price range but the bottle will last you a very long time. The best foundation you can buy if you're in the mood to be looking and feeling your best!

Monday, 15 September 2014

My Favourite Foundation For Everyday Use: Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Foundation.

My favourite foundation for during the day is 'Ideal Flawless, Invisible Coverage Foundation' by Avon. Since I am so pale (look like a ghost 95% of the time), I used to find it difficult to find a foundation to match my skin tone. Luckily, I found this foundation which is perfect for my own skin tone because it is available in a light pink shade. This is so close to my own skin tone but gives me an even complexion and covers blemishes. Definitely my favourite foundation for everyday use because it looks so natural. Unfortunately, Avon are no longer in Ireland so you'll need to purchase it online.  However, it is definitely worth it and is very affordable, unlike many other foundations on the market these days. I would recommend this if you like a natural, non caked daytime makeup look!

Friday, 12 September 2014

If There's One Direction You're Taking It Should Be Back Out The Door...

Now before I get any hate from One Direction obsessed teenage girls I would just like to point out that I do in fact love One Direction, I have seen them in concert and well lets face it, I wouldn't say no to any of them!

On the other hand, am I the only person who has realised that they aren't exactly an ideal group of guys judging by their lyrics? Now don't worry, I know they told you you're insecure and they don't know what for and you light up their world like nobody else blah blah blah and I'm sure you do, but I just have to mention a few reasons why you will probably end up heartbroken and very bitter if you get involved with one of these beautiful creatures. Men would have your head wrecked...

1- C'mon Cmon- 
"The one that I came with, she had to go, but you look amazing standing alone"

Look girls, lets not be foolish here we can all picture the scenario, you don't get into the nightclub and end up going home, next thing you know all of his Snapchat stories are vidoes with random girls or loads of pictures of them kissing his cheek. Yes, we know, you want to kill them both, but don't dwell on your unhappiness, that cheek was yours before it was hers. Get writing that hit list and get your friends that are still out to keep you updated by some subtle creeping..

2- Still The One- 
"You say, you say to everybody that you hate me, couldn't blame you cause I know I left you all alone"

So basically he's woken up the next morning slightly more sober, realises who he was shifting while you were at home crying by yourself and saying to all your friends "Nah I hate him, like I actually hate him this time". At this point we like to hope he's absolutely kicking himself because lets face it, you looked hot in that dress. You even shaved your legs for him, how rude...

"Yeah now I'm back at your door, you're looking at me unsure"

Too right I'm looking at you unsure, stink of yer wan off ya.

3- Nobody Compares-
"You're so pretty when you cry"

Okay now they're just lying to your face, who looks pretty when they cry? You have a face covered in snot and your eyes are all puffy with makeup smudged everywhere? No offence but you look like Ronald Mcdonald after he's been caught in torrential rain. At this point you probably can't speak properly either because you're blubbering but are trying your best to get angry at him for being mean to you. Sexy xx

4- Gotta Be You- 
"I'm the foolish one that you anointed with your heart, I tore it apart and girl what a mess I made upon your innocence and no woman in the world deserves this"

This is my favourite 1D song and I loooove it. At first I felt sorry for them but then I took a moment and realised that they are admitting it was their own fault and they broke her heart. No woman in the world deserves this but yet you decided it would be a good idea to put me through it and now you've decided to come crawling back to me? Men...

5- She's Not Afraid
"Maybe all her friends have told her don't get closer he'll just break your heart"
And why would they be telling her this lads? Holding onto a bit of a player reputation? Not the most reliable? God I never would have guessed that from your other songs. Shes probably well aware of what you're like and trying to dodge all the arrows that Cupid is firing at her. Damn you Cupid, you seriously need to improve your aim.

To conclude, I still love One Direction but I just think Ed Sheeran would be a more suitable match. He seems much more mature and willing to commit to you. Remember he did write Little Things, and who can resist a ginger that likes cats! Aww <3

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Best Moisturiser That You Will Ever Have. Ever.

One of the most annoying things for many girls is the issue of dry skin. It can make us really self conscious and we try to cover it up with makeup, but of course, that only worsens the problem by making it even more noticeable. I have been struggling with this for the majority of my teenage years and no moisturisers were helping, until now. Luckily, some weeks ago a miracle happened. As I was shopping I was drawn in by a pink tube on one of the shelves of Penneys makeup section. It was "Moisture Match- Dry To Very Dry Skin" by Garnier. Was I really going to leave it there? It's pink and helps with dry skin, it's like I had found my soulmate. Well, that was in fact the case because it is the best moisturiser that I have ever had. My skin is no longer dry and feels great. Goodbye worries and hello silky smooth!
If you don't suffer with dry skin, not to worry because the Moisture Match range is tailor-made to suit all skin types. There are five of them available- One for normal skin, one for normal/dry, one for very dry (the one I bought), one for dull skin and one for combination/oily skin (which my sister has and loves!). Can we all take a moment to thank Garnier for giving us our confidence back please?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

My Five Simple Steps To Big Hair

When it comes to my hair, volume is my favourite word! I cannot go on a night out when my hair looks flat, it just kills my mood and my outfit. Somebody once said to me that I looked like I had been dragged through a bush backwards. Mission accomplished!
So, if you're like me and love hair that is full of volume here are the 5 simple steps that I take...

1) Blowdrying. After I have washed my hair I tend to blowdry it quite straight until the end when I flip my head over and dry it upside down for a while to add some bounce.

2) Backcombing. I have a backcombing brush which works wonders! Its a pink Opia one from Penneys, so very affordable. If you don't have one of these then a normal comb will work too. Makesure you're backcombing at the root to get the height in the correct place.

3) Batiste Dry Styling XXL Plumping Powder. If you are the type of person that fears backcombing (don't worry, I used to be too!) then a different method is Plumping Powder. My mum is a hairdresser and uses it all the time. Its a powder that you lightly sprinkle onto your roots and use your fingers to style as you wish. It works so well that I'm actually convinced it's fairy dust. Pop into Penneys to pick one up for only 4 euro and carry it around in your handbag for any flat hair emergencies!

4) Shockwaves Ultra Strong Rock And Hold Gel Styler by Wella. This is my favourite part of my hair styling routine and I bring it everywhere! A spray on gel that you can then style with your fingers. Non sticky and holds really well. I love it because it works so well, especially on my short layers! Can be bought in any of your usual shops for hair care and beauty and should last you ages unless you are like me and spray the entire bottle in one go...

5) Hairspray. An obvious one but of course a necessity for big, bouncy hair. I use Schwarzkopf Silhouette because A) Its really good. B) The bottle is pink!. And C) It lasts for ages! However, any hairspray will do to put that final finish and hold on the volume. If you don't have any hairspray, get shopping! I use it on a daily basis and even use it to hold my eyebrows in place. Yes, you may laugh, my boyfriend finds it hilarious too but at least I have eyebrows that are kept under control! Yay for hairspray!