Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sunday Catch up #4

 Health & Fitness
 Delicious Food

It's been 4 weeks since I blogged about deciding to give up being my own worst enemy and I have made so many changes since then. What started off as a little challenge has really began to blossom into a lifestyle overhaul. 2014 began as a very stressful year for me but it's starting to change for the better, I'm working on improving my lifestyle and it feels great. Lately I've embraced lots of changes that I thought I didn't have time for or where too cliched to actually work. I've gotten into fitness in a big way for me; I've started boxfit, running, youtube workouts and yoga. I'm improving my diet, spending more time in nature and treating myself. I've also taken up doing a good deed everyday, gratitude diary and the #100happyday challenge. 2014 will be a year of getting fitter and healthier, having fun and adventures, and surrounding myself with pretty things and positivity. Today I worked out for half an hour, did yoga, spent time with family and sketched for the first time in at least a year. In the next few months I'll be doing a series of posts on how I'm working on getting: Fitter, Healthier, Happier and Less Stressed to share my progress and what's working for me. Starting a new project like this is surprisingly fun and I'm pinteresting ideas like crazy! Anyways, I thought I'd share some instagram pics of my month since I began my little project hope you like them.

Happy Sunday xox   

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dinner Date

For my boyfriends birthday we went out for a fancy pancy meal.  I threw on my cheery red Primark jacket, a huge Zara scarf to keep warm on the way and my new Alex and Ani bangles. We headed out to a new Mediterranean restaurant Bistro53 and we ate to our hearts content. When I set down I gobbled up the tasty bread they give you while you pursue the menu, not a great idea for me as I can never eat my dinner after that! I started with the Crostini with tomatoes, rocket and Parmesan, he had tiger prawns.

For mains he had Surf'n'Turf which was delicious and I helped myself to chicken wrapped in bacon with some sneaky garlic bread as an extra side. For desert we shared my favorite desert; a cheese plate, how I love cheese plates... It wasn't exactly the best cheese plate I ever came across in my life but it looked so pretty I can forgive that! Also honey goes strangely well with cheese and crackers, that's a new one for me but I definitely like it. Eating out is one of my favorite treats in life and probably one of the things I spend too much money on but it's nice to treat yourself on occasion. 

I'm already on day 10 of my #100happydays, I've a long way to go but I'm very determined to succeed and hopefully learn alot from it. I'm going to do a progress post when I reach 2 weeks to see what affect it's having for me. If you want to keep track you can on my twitter and also my instagram. Let me know if your giving it a go!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Brunch Time

My favorite thing to do when I have a day off work is to have a lazy lie in and then head out for a tasty brunch. My bf and I did this lately and indulged by getting two different things each from the menu, while your having brunch you might as well go all out. I ordered a cream cheese and bacon bagel alongside my favorite breakfast in the world; pancakes with maple syrup, I could eat it everyday for eternity. He got poached eggs and french toast. Needless to say we left happy food campers. As part of my giving up being my own worst enemy which you can read about here I've decided to take up the #100 happy days challenge  starting tomorrow, which you'll be able to follow on my twitter and instagram. I really hope I succeed, let me know if your taking part and how your getting on.  

bizarre excited for pancakes face
Boots-River Island
Laptop cover-Cath Kidson


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mint Jeans & Love Pink

Jumper-Victoria Secret
Vest-Borrowed from sister

The St. Patrick's bank holiday weekend is upon us, which means a 3 day weekend and no work tomorrow, rejoice. I'm going to sleep so much more soundly knowing tomorrow is still the weekend. Also that means next week will only be a 4 day working week, why can't we get more of those? So today was spent rambling in the woods with family among the daffodils and fallen trees from our recent storms. Obviously I didn't wear studded red shoes in the woods, I threw on some hiking boots and a snugly fleece to be more appropriately dressed for exercise. If the weather is nice tomorrow I'm thinking forest with a little picnic of rolls and tea, I just can't get enough of the outdoors. Whenever I'm stressed or under the weather nothing improves how I'm feeling better than being out in the open air away from crowds and noise.  

Anyway, on to my outfit for Sunday. As the daffodils are out and things are looking decidedly springy, I decided to wear my mint H&M jeans I got last summer for €15, they always make me smile with their bright color. Although it's sunny it definitely isn't warm so I threw on my Love Pink Victoria Secret jumper on top that I got while in Pittsburgh last year, I would buy everything from that label if I had the money so comfy and girly.  
Anyone any plans for Paddy's Day tomorrow?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Alex and Ani + energy

This week my boyfriend treated me to some beautiful Alex and Ani bangles; a feather bangle, lotus peace petals and the perfect pair bangles. The bangles are expandable so it's easy to get the perfect fit. They make unique meaningful jewlery that is artisan crafted in the US with sustainable materials. Their jewlery feautures a huge variety of symbols that have different meanings, be they spirtiual, related to intentions or of sentimental meaning. Mixing and matching the symbols and styles means you can create a collection all your own with a unique meaning. It's a different twist on the jewlery worlds love of stacking and I am a huge fan, can't wait to collect more!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy International Women's Day

Jacket: Zara
Boots: River Island
Statement necklace: Primark
Dress: Borrowed from my sister

I planned to do an outfit post today after taking these pics this morning but I also remembered it was International Women's Day today and I want to highlight that. If you follow my twitter I'm sharing topics that are important to Women's rights today. After reading Grazia's article on 'What it's really like to be a woman in 2014' I was shocked and horrified. Some of the facts included in the article are almost unbelievable for instance: In Calcutta 12,000 girls under 18 are involved in the sex trade. In South Africa every 4 minutes a woman is raped, women are 3 times more likely to be raped then get an education. In Saudi Arabia woman are not allowed to drive.  It got me thinking, I am a very privileged woman to have a college degree, have the opportunity to study for my PhD and drive my own car when and where I want. To be in this position and not actively do something to make these things a reality for more women would be criminal. So this is something I will be setting my mind to for the future and if you have any ideas I'd love you to share them with me.  To start I will be sharing these important issues on my twitter and blog, I love sharing fashion and travel topics and I won't stop doing that but I also want to do more than that with my voice. For more info about women's day click here.
"We cannot succeed when half of us are held back"-Malala Yousafzai

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Giving up being your own worst enemy

Taking part in lent is still popular here in Ireland whether or not you are religious. The idea of Lent is that you commit to fasting or giving up luxuries as a penance for 40 days starting the Ash Wednesday (today) the day after pancake Tuesday (mmm pancakes). I never really partake in Lent for a number of reasons, I'm not very religious, I have very little willpower and I have NO interest in giving up sweets ever. However, today in work while people discussed what they might try and probably fail to give up, I got to thinking. I don't give up sweets because they make me happy but perhaps I could give up something that makes me unhappy. So for the next 40 days I am going to actively try less to be my own worst enemy. I have lots of pressures in my job but that's nothing compared to the pressure I can put myself under. Does anyone else do this to themselves on a daily basis: stress yourself out about how you look, how much work your doing, how good your work is, what others think about you and on and on and on.  The world and the internet in particular has plenty of cruel people ready to be mean to others; I wouldn't be that kind of person to others so why would I be like that to myself? Now I know I don't normally write this kind of personal feeling stuff on my blog because I use it as a relaxing distraction but I wanted to encourage other people to give this a try too. So here are a list of guidelines I'm going to try and follow, if you decide to give them a try let me know how you get on. And I'm going to write them in color, just 'cause it's fun and happy and stuffs!

How to be nicer to yourself
1. Stop saying mean things about yourself. Would you say to your friend you hair looks shit, or you work was bad today? Then don't say it to or about yourself.
2. Be your own cheerleader. Replace the negative words with positive ones. Write nice notes to yourself, put one on your mirror, one in your wallet, wherever you will see them alot.
3. Treat yourself. Buy yourself little presents like your favorite sweets, magazine, lunch or flowers. 
4. Organize down time. After work and dinner/cleaning allocate some me time before sleep. Spend it having a bath, watching your favorite programs or pampering yourself.
5. Do a little exercise. It's good for your health and your stress levels, try a brisk walk or a youtube workout.
6. Laugh more. Fill your free time with laugh out loud films, books or comedy nights.

I'm no expert so these are not cure-alls or magic rules, there just some guidelines I'll be following for the next 40 days to help me be nicer to myself. Also if you follow me on thriftylilpixie I'll be sharing be nice to yourself tips and good deeds to do as I do them. 

Life can be hard don't make it harder by being hard on yourself
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