Sunday, 30 December 2012

I Must Have Been Good This Year: Santa Goodies

I was totally spoilt this Christmas and was lucky enough to receive tonnes of beautiful gifts. I have enjoyed reading what everyone received for Christmas so I thought I would do my own post. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and were also spoilt rotten. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my family and friends for my lovely presents.

I received some gorgeous jumpers. The bottom two with sequins are from Next, the Grey jumper is from Exhibit and the little vest is from Dunnes Stores Savida range. I have been living in the two Next jumpers since I received them as they are so cuddly and warm. No doubt they will all feature in OOTD's soon.

Next up are some girly bits. I was so delighted to receive Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche, as it my all time favourite perfume and I haven't had in a couple of months. I also got a lovely selection of nail varnishes. I love the little OPI sets as it gives you an opportunity to try out a variety of colours. I have already taken NOTD pictures with some of these beautiful colours.

I felt I should hide this book in this picture as it is slightly vulgar but none the less makes me laugh. (You can see it in all its glory in the top picture) It is just a little note book that you can write down all your blog ideas. It is from Urban Outfitters. The purse is also from Urban Outfitters. I love the concept of this purse, as you can pop your i phone/money and cards in it and you are good to go. This had featured in one of my blog wishlists. I also got two Yankee Candles in the same scent, but this is my absolutely favourite Yankee candle scent so I am not even tempted to change one. Finally I got a book voucher for Eason which I am delighted about as I have my eye on a Sinead Moriarty book that I can not justify buying myself as I have so many other books to read, so I will pick that up.

I was super excited to receive some Origins products as I have only ever tried Vitazing and I adore it. I have read great reviews about these two products. I think I will have a pamper night soon and use all of these and my Lush bath bomb. I also received money for horse riding lessons as horse riding is a passion of mine and I recently started back to give myself an outlet from college, but it is very expensive.

These were my two main presents. Which resulted in me having a permanent grin on my face for the entire Christmas. I had an original i Pad so I was surprised to receive an i Pad 3 but I got great use out of my old one and I was no longer able to update it so it was lovely to receive a new white one. Finally I received the medium navy Longchamps bag that will be fantastic for my college. I already have it full of rubbish.

Have you done a "What I got for Christmas post"? If so feel free to leave your link below and I will check it out or if even just let me know your favourite gift in the comments.


Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Merry Christmas & A Little Update

Happy Christmas Lovelies!
 I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday and got spoilt rotten! I had a super lazy day which consisted of eating, watching movies and playing board games with my family. It was heaven. 
So where do I start... I have been neglecting my poor little blog lately due to a gruelling college schedule. As most of you probably know I am currently completing my masters in accounting and I honestly have never in my life found anything so challenging. It is constant battle to find time to myself, I don't even get the weekends off. In saying that I have learnt a lot this semester and I hope to approach things in a different manner next year as I realise a balance between work and social life is vital. 

Anyway the good news is, I am now on holidays for one entire month and I have loads of ideas to blog about as well as Christmas gifts that will require reviews. So far I have been catching up on sleep and TV and just relaxing but I am itching to get my blog back on track.

My Inglot and Lush giveaway ended on the 21st of December and I am pleased to announce the winner is Anne from fashionynails. Congratulations Anne xxx  

I had great intentions to get up for the Next sale this morning as I had seen some gorgeous items in the petite section but when my alarm went off at 5:30am I thought to myself maybe this isn't such a great idea and decided to stay snuggled up in bed, but low and behold when I eventually awoke from my slumber my fantastic mum had trekked into Next and picked up all the items I wanted. How lucky am I? Thank you Mum! Did you girls pick up anything nice in the sales? 


Thursday, 6 December 2012

Boohoo £100 Party Pose Competition

Boohoo £100 Challenge

Maya Scoop Neck Skater Dress £12.00
Mariska Black Suedette Platform Heal £25.00
Kelsey Ruched Sleeve Woven Blazer £25.00
Harper Spiker Bracelet £8.00
Mille Large Stud Earrings £4.00
Lillah Metallic Clutch £15.00
Lola 50 Denier Colour Tights £4.00
Eudora Deep Sea Nail Varnish £4.00

I recently received an email asking would I like to take part in the Boohoo £100 challenge to be in with a chance to win a £100 voucher for myself but also a £250 voucher for my readers. Well, I thought it would be foolish not to participate.

So for my challenge I picked this beautiful blue skater dress which is a steal for only £12.00 I love this royal blue colour and the skater style dress really suits my figure. Next I decided to stick to more neutral pieces as the dress is quite a striking colour, so I picked these black heals that have a hint of gold on the heel which will blend in nicely with my jewellery. I figured these heels are a good basic and you could wear them with a vast majority of outfits, so say next time my budget was £30 I could just pick a dress to match these heals and I am sorted! I had to pick tights and a blazer as part of my outfit as I am cold creature I would catch my death if I stepped out in just the skater dress. This blazer would also be fabulous paired with a simple white tank and black skinnies and the heels, but also lovely for over the dress to keep in some heat. For accessories I picked this cute clutch which has a shoulder strap attached so you can wear it both ways. I think this is also a casual enough piece to wear for a day shopping as you wouldn't end up carrying around half the house in it. For jewellery I decided to keep it simple by adding this cute spike bracelet and stud earrings. Finally I picked a deep blue nail varnish to add the finishing touches to my ensemble. Can you believe I have picked up 8 items and I managed to be under the £100 budget.

I have bought items from Boohoo in the past and have nothing but good things to say about them. I have always been happy with my purchases and their delivery has been very good in comparison to Topshop (I honestly think they send the Topshop deliveries by tortoise as they take so long to reach Ireland) Thankfully I have never had to return any items so I cant comment on that part of their service. 
What I love about Boohoo is their affordable prices. A dress for £30 how can you go wrong? Also I would like to commend them of offering student discount to Irish students! So many retailers forget about us poor little Irish students and don't allow us to avail of student discount online.

Have you picked up any nice Boohoo items recently, let me know in the comments below, also if you have complete this challenge please leave me your link below as I would love to see what outfits you girls picked. 


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Crazy Fit Machine aka Power Plates

Since starting college in Dublin I have been eating total rubbish constantly and as a result of this I have gained about 5lbs. Now 5lbs may not seem like much but considering I am only 5'2 any weight gain is very noticeable on my small frame. My goal is to lose these extra 5lbs and tone up and hopefully gain some extra energy in the process. In order to achieve this I have started horse riding and joined the gym. When I am home at the weekend I have also been using the Vibroplate aka Power Plates. 

So let me tell you a little bit about the Vibroplate, it's claims and then I will move onto my experiences with it.

It claims the following benefits can be achieved-

  • Weight Loss 
  • Blood Circulation 
  • Hormonal Benefits 
  • Skin Elasticity
  • Prevents Osteoporosis
  • Better Bone Density 
  • Body Remodelling 
  • Muscle Strengthening 
  • Cardio Circulatory System 
  • Anti Stress 

How does it work?
"The movement of the vibration plate stimulates the body's natural 'stretch reflex'. This is similar to the knee jerk reaction that occurs when the knee is tapped by a reflex hammer in a doctors office without thinking of it, your body responds with a strong involuntary muscle contraction. leading to your leg 'kicking' out. With the Vibroplate technology these strong muscle contractions can be repeated at a rapid rate. Due to the involuntary effect on muscle contraction, nearly 100% of the muscle fibers are recruited. Compare this with conventional training where there is only on average 40% muscle recruitment. This benefits the rehabilitation patient looking to add stability and strength to all muscles around their joints, to the athlete looking to maximize strength gains.

The gentle rapid contractions allow the muscles to work as a pump introducing blood to even the smallest blood vessels. This leads to the ability of the body to carry off waste products much faster, leading to increased peripheral circulation"

You simply stand on the machine for 10minutes (It claims 10minutes is equivalent to 1 hour in the gym) and you can complete the different exercises as shown in the above picture. Personally I rather stand still and put it up the highest setting as I feel it does the most work on all aspects of my body. You can feel EVERYWHERE shake. It is a very funny sensation to begin with it, but is in no way uncomfortable. I have never had any side effects such as muscle pain from it and I do suffer from a bad back. My only negative is I find it a little boring just standing doing nothing for 10 minutes.

I have used this machine before holidays during the summer and definitely found it beneficial. I noticed my mid riff was more toned after a couple of sessions and every time I stepped off the machine my thighs tingle which is a result of the increased circulation. I know this is beneficial in combating cellulite. It claims to help you lose weight and tone up but honestly I think you need to make an effort in every aspect to see real results, so this includes doing more exercise and making healthy food choices. I will keep up updated in my progress.

Have any of you girls tried power plates? Do you feel they are beneficial? 

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