Monday 28 August 2017

The Fashion Post | The 'I'm on me 'olidays' Dress

Scrolling through instagram, it is easy to become inundated with the same picture. You know the one i'm talking about, the one of a girl, on her holidays in an exotic country, posing in the street wearing a flowy summer dress, usually captioned 'feel like the dancing emoji lol'. No hate girls, because clearly I am one of you. 

The original title of this post was 'The Perfect Summer Dress' however, before hitting the publish button I thought, how fucking cliche am I?? Those second thoughts drove me to rewrite the post, and furthermore second guess my entire blog. Do I really want to carry on creating posts that are mildly interesting, but not that much really, because there are millions of others who have been there and done that before me, and done it better.  

The answer is no, I don't want to. But I did spend sixty quid on this dress, so I am definitely sharing this one. Let's scrap the whole 'Oh I love this dress, it is just so perfect for Summer!!' and get to the point. 

I bought this dress because I was going on a weeks holiday and I wanted to look decent at least one out of the seven nights. I opted for a wrap dress because A: it is stylish, and B: because it allows for maximum carb consumption, without running the risk of exploding from your outfit. Aaand I went with red because I envisioned exactly how these outfit pictures would look, and I knew the colour red against an old Italian door would look superb. Job done. 

Someone please tell me, why does every girl feel the need to spend fifty or so euro, on a dress that we know will only wear once, because the weather at home would rarely allow for us to don something as pretty. Only to repeat the same process the following year, nearing the time of our next holiday. 

Eventually we accumulate a shit load of summer dresses, that are worthless in the baltic conditions that we spend all of our time in. Sense. Please?

Dress: Topshop | Sandals: Forever21 (Similar) | Bag: Vintage 

So there you have it, the dress and post that will become just another drop in the blogger's 'summer dress' ocean, that I will probably never wear again. Don't judge me, I was on me 'olidays. 

Adele x

Sunday 20 August 2017

The Life Post | The Sorrento Photo Diary

Hello, and welcome to a depressing post about a sunny country that you are not in, not just you, me also. I was there, but right now I am not and this makes me just as sad as you are reading this on a rainy Monday. 

We arrived in Sorrento (that's in Southern Italy, just in case you didn't know) early on Saturday the 5th of August, and spent a week exploring this beautiful town. Well, less exploring more sitting by the pool eating pringles, but you catch my drift.
Without going into too much mundane information, we arrived in Naples Airport at around 11am and took a shuttle bus from Naples to Sorrento, which took about an hour. And if you are familiar with the Italian landscape, was absolutely terrifying as I was certain we were about to plummet to our death, recklessly whipping around Amalfi mountains. 

Having survived the journey from Naples we soon found our hotel in the blistering heat and quickly checked in. We stayed in Hotel Dania which I was particularly excited about having seen pictures of it, however I would NOT recommend staying there.  Although our time spent in Sorrento was wonderful, our choice of hotel put a real dampener on the trip. Much of the staff were rude, our room was basic, the website lied about a 'complimentary shuttle bus' and the chlorine from the swimming pool turned our swimsuits, hair and skin green. So yeah, not exactly the best. 

However, following putting in a complaint to the hotel staff and determined not to allow any of the above to ruin our stay, we booked a boat trip to the Island of Capri. This quirky little island seemed like a hidden gem, somewhere that is almost never spoken about. With the perfect pebble beach and colourful buildings, we were sad to say goodbye to it after just a few short hours.  

The remainder of our days were spent relaxing by the pool (and turning green) during the day and exploring the beautiful town of Sorrento and everything it has to offer, by night. While in the town we also did what any true Irishman does, and found the nearest Irish bar to drink our money. 

The town of Sorrento is charming with it's rustic architecture, and is full with the hustle and bustle of tourists from all parts of the world. We visited a number of restaurants in the town over the week and being totally honest, I was disappointed by the food Italy had to offer. Maybe my expectations were too high, or maybe the food from home is so good that I am now spoiled, but I failed to find a restaurant that did not serve oven chips and frozen bolognese, no matter the price.

But the tan I got on the trip was so worth the soggy chips, just sayin'. 

Coming near to the end of our trip, both myself and my boyfriend were sad to say goodbye to this scenic town, but simultaneously we were looking forward to eating some Irish potatoes. 


Adele x


Wednesday 16 August 2017

The Beauty Post | Lush's Brazened Honey Face Mak Review

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may or may not know that I am a sucker for a good face mask. I have pretty much tried and tested every mask available under the sun. And so it is only fair that Lush's 'Brazened Honey' now gets it's 15 minutes of fame. 

I picked up the product while on the hunt for a mask that would be both gentle on my skin, while giving me a moisturising glow. My skin has been going through a phase where it has been oily and congested one day, and dry and flaky the next (absolute first world problems, I know). So I took to Lush to try and find a solution to this. Advised by the slightly overly friendly workers that this was the one for me, I took their word and made my way to the counter. 

The exfoliating formula, is a blend of fresh fruits, warming spices and moisturisng honey. With a very distinct smell and texture, the mask is easily spreadable and does not have to be left on your face for long for it to work it's magic. Claiming to lightly exfoliate and moisturise your skin while simultaneously leaving you with a fresh glow, the mask appears to be perfect for both dry, oily and combination skin. 

So, on to the good stuff. Does it work? Yes. it leaves my skin feeling softer, while brightening it up just a tiny bit. Of course, as with most Lush products, I find that it does not work miracles. But hey, maybe sometimes I expect just a little too much from skincare products. The whole it's good, but not that good seems to be a regular ending to most of my Lush review posts. 

Overall Brazened Honey gives my face just that little bit of a boost it needs during this dull Irish Summer. I can most definitely see this product becoming a go to of mine as we approach the cooler months also, giving me a little pick me up whenever I need it. 

Have you tried this mask before? What are your thoughts on it?

Adele x 

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