Summer 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

I'm at a constant battle over whether to keep this blog up and running or not. Over the past few months I've been struggling to find motivation to keep posting. Maybe it's a lack of exciting things to blog about, maybe it's pure laziness. Whatever it is, it's annoying.

I've always been an indecisive person (just as G what it's like when we go to the shop and I have to pick what ice cream I want to buy.... It's not pretty) and, as I'm sure you're aware, I've been rather on and off with my blog lately. I did, however, start this blog as an online diary of sorts.. a way for me to look back in years to come and say "wow, I forgot I did that/went there/liked that product". So, that's what I'm going to do. Motivation be damned. Much like my memory box I stash under my dressing table, I want to fill this blog with lovely memories to look back on.

Let's start with what I got up to this summer, shall we? (warning: photo heavy post)

June 2014











































June kicked off the summer right with a trip down the country for the June Bank Holiday weekend. There's nothing like escaping down the country to put me in a good mood (and make me equally as depressed when it's time to drive home at the end of the weekend!). Either way, weekend breaks in Ireland have quickly become a favourite of mine and something I've been doing a lot more often as of late! June also marked the month that I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a new wardrobe. It had been so long since I'd updated my wardrobe and found myself wearing the same, boring, dated pieces day in and day out. After a shopping trip with a friend (the amount I spent in Zara alone was heart attack inducing!) I was feeling super confident and happy with myself. A much-needed haircut and a Little Mix concert rounded up my June quite nicely!

July 2014







July brought even more shopping (I developed a sickness at this point) and our holiday to Turkey!!! G and I jetted off to Marmaris for a week with our two friends! Our week was full of sun, food, food and more food. The fact that Coldstone exists in Turkey was way too exciting for me to handle! We also experienced Fly Fishing for the first time. And, no, I'm not talking about actually fishing... this is the 'water sports' equivalent (is it a water sport if you're just lying on a raft getting pulled by a speedboat?!). Definitely give it a shot if you get the chance. It's seriously fun! After a week of relaxation, we left Turkey with our skin a little browner and our belt buckles a little looser!

August 2014




August was a pretty awesome month, now that I think about it! The weekend after I got home from Turkey, G and I completely revamped my bedroom (I mentioned I would be doing this in a previous post) and it's absolutely perfect! More details/pictures to come, but it's seriously turned into my happy place! Other highlights include my childhood best friend visiting from New Jersey who I hadn't seen in 11 years! It was so great to catch up and show her around the little city that is Dublin.

The following weekend, G and I took my doggies down to Wexford for the weekend. I'm not sure if I've ever introduced you to the balls of fur in my life, but the big black one is Sam and the ginger one is Maggie. Watching them run in and out of the sea fetching sticks was hilarious and adorable!

Next up was my cousins wedding! I had been looking forward to this day for quite some time now and it definitely didn't disappoint. Not only did G wear a suit *swoon*, but I got to dress up and pretend to be classy for a few hours!

We're off down the country again today for the last weekend of Summer.

I'm actually really looking forward to Autumn: This week has been a constant battle of whether to save money or buy all of the jumpers in Topshop!

Recipe // Homemade Pitta Chips

Thursday, July 31, 2014
























Pitta chips and guacamole are by far my ultimate weakness. I could easily eat an entire bag of Marks and Spencer pitta chips whilst watching an episode of Embarrassing Bodies: Fat Edition (ironic, I know, but that show is another weakness of mine!).

Annnnyway.....

I normally make pitta chips at home using store bought pitta bread, but, last week, I got to thinking. There are so many articles out there that claim the healthy food being thrust in our faces isn't, in fact, as healthy as they seem. So, I got adventurous and decided to make pitta bread from scratch.

I don't know why I  never thought about it before really. Pitta bread to me always seems so foreign like Naan bread and I never thought i could actually recreate it in my own kitchen! I will admit, it's not as enjoyable as the store bought kind, but the taste is there and at least I know what's in them!

You can find the recipe I used to make the pitta bread here. It was surprisingly easy and I definitely recommenced you give it a try!

Once the pitta bread was done, I broke it up into pieces, laid them out on a baking sheet and drizzled some olive oil on top. Top it off with some salt, pop them in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes and you've got yourself some (relatively) guilt free pitta chips!

While they were in the oven I also whipped up a bit of my 'famous' (If two people are obsessed with it it counts as famous, right?) guacamole. This recipe couldn't be any simpler: 2 Avocados, 1 red onion, 2 cloves of garlic, the juice of 1 lime and some salt all mushed up in a bowl.

Done in less the 5 minutes and incredibly delicious!

Let me know if you try out this recipe! What's your ultimate snacking guilty pleasure?

The One Week Technology Break

Monday, July 28, 2014

As you're reading this post I'll be flying 30,000 feet up in the air on my way to Turkey for my summer holiday.

The sun, sand and relaxation possibilities weren't the only things counting down the hours until take-off: I've decided to leave my phone, iPad and laptop at home, giving myself a complete technology and social media break (bar the use of my Kindle and digital camera, of course).

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like their phone is an ever too present accessory in their lives and, I don't know about you, but my mobile phone literally consumes my life. It's the first thing I look at in the morning and the last thing I put down before I go to sleep. What has me so preoccupied? Who knows! Constantly streaming through my Instagram feed, keeping up to date with my favourite people on Twitter and mindlessly scrolling through Facebook are just a few things that keep me glued to my iPhone.

Will I die if I don't know what Kourtney Kardashian posts on Instagram this week?

No.

Will I crumble if I don't know what my friends ate for lunch on Tuesday?

I don't think so.

Will I benefit from a break from technology to focus on being present on my holiday and spending time with people I love?

Absolutely.

I've literally been looking forward to this almost as much as I've been looking forward to slipping my feet into the sand.

So, it's elveda (goodbye in Turkish, who knew!?) for now! I'll see you in a week with a refreshed mind and lots of holiday snaps to share!

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