Birthday Haul!

Carrying this baby weight makes shopping for clothes torturous and depressing, however still wanting something of a pick me up I recently hit the shops for some birthday treats. The two things that are sure to always fit are shoes and accessories, right? Firstly I headed to Brown Thomas as I had some vouchers burning a hole in my wallet. I got gorgeous stilettos from Carvela by Kurt Geiger. They hurt like hell on the first wear but I don’t care, I just love them. I know I will get tons of wear out of them and I love the suede/patent combo.

ash, black shoe by carvela kurt geiger - women shoes courts

Next up a pair of bright flats from Oasis. Though they are comfortable and I love the colour, I don’t know how long they are going to last in Irish weather as they are a type of suede and are already marked but I just loved the pop of colour they bring to any outfit. They also have a cute stud detail on the back!

Oasis flats

Finding a nice top to transition from post baby tum to no tum (or in my case less of a tum) is really difficult. However, the world doesn’t stop just because you have had a baby and so tops and jeans that will suit and flatter while you wait are the order of the day. Recently I have been living in jeggings from Penny’s. Not only are they cheap and cheerful, they are also very comfortable. My secret must be out because it took three visits to different stores to find a black pair in my size recently. I also got this top for 30 euro in River Island. My preference is to wear these type of tops in a size smaller so as they are a little more form fitting so I bought in a size 10, though I am far from it at the minute. As it is quite plain I dressed it up with a neckpiece for a night out.

Black oversized raglan sleeve t-shirt

So there you have it, my birthday haul! I also got some nice black lace-style earrings in Oasis and a new Chanel nail polish (more of which later). I got a few vouchers as birthday presents so I am looking forward to going shopping again when I feel like the clothes I like will actually fit me! In the meantime I am putting together a wishlist. I may have to cull it to match my budget but a girl can wish!!

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Coffee Break

In my last post I shared the blogs & websites that I love to browse in my continuing search for interiors inspiration. However, nothing beats sitting down with a cup of coffee and a good old fashioned magazine. Apart from finding great ideas I find it very relaxing to switch off from technology for half an hour to flip through actual pages – that is when there isn’t a baby to feed or a toddler to entertain! I must have spent the equivalent of a mini-break on magazines over the past couple of years but I think that it is money well spent as I do find myself returning to them again and again to earmark some colour scheme or piece of furniture that I want to remember. Also when it comes time to actually putting together mood boards, it will be clippings from magazines that I will be primarily using.

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My favourite magazine for full on never-going-to-be-able-to-afford/lottery wish-list inspiration is Livingetc. The House to Home group also has the titles: 25 Beautiful Homes, Ideal Home and Homes & Gardens, all of which I buy regularly. That said I most look forward to when Image Interiors and House and Home hits the shelves as they are Irish publications and so any of the items featured are usually available to purchase in Ireland. The homes featured are in the main Irish which I find hugely inspiring as when renovating an old Irish farmhouse I need to keep in mind the landscape that surrounds me as well as the history of the house. As much as I love Scandinavian design or American blogs I feel that I need to keep in the back of my mind a sense of place and purpose that is uniquely Irish and so I continue to seek out good Irish content.

Which magazines and or blogs do you read? Please share in the comments below!

Tip: Look out for great subscription deals if you get magazines regularly and also if you have Tesco clubcard vouchers check for subscription deals whereby you use vouchers to have your favourite magazines delivered direct to your door!

Blogs I love

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As well as using Pinterest there are a number of blogs & websites I follow, not only for interiors inspiration, but also for style, food and beauty. Here is list of those that I read most day and which through, bloglovin I get daily updates on new posts.

Decor8

Domaine

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Lonny Magazine

Thrifty Décor Chick

Style Me Pretty Living

The Glitter Guide

Try as I might I have yet to find Irish or even UK based blogs and websites that provide similar content. I am always falling in love with item featured only to find that the companies do not ship internationally or if they do, shipping costs are often more expensive than the item which is frustrating. I would like to think that someday someone might look at this blog and say, “wow like that style, where can I get that” so I endeavour to find Irish or UK equivalents of the International trends.

Please share any blogs or sites that you follow in the comments below! Aoife x

Big News!!

Champagne bottle

So a lot has happened since I last posted on here. Our little boy arrived, safe and sound though not without drama, on the 20th of May and I have been taking the time since then to recover and enjoy his first few months. I feel that I have now emerged from the fog and can begin to focus on the house and renovations.

We received notice in late July that we had been granted planning permission for our proposed extension. Since then we have been working with our Architect, Conor Hourigan (drakehourigan.com) , to tweak the design and to prepare a tender for potential builders. We have yet to get the go ahead from the bank but we are very hopeful. As we wait and before we have to make decisions I am going to be doing a LOT of research on everything from floor finishes to lighting. So, watch this space as I plan to share our progress and hopefully some of what I get up to in between devouring interiors magazines and exuberant pinning on Pinterest!

Aoife x