Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Satisfy your Cravings with 'graze'

Hello lovelies,

So if you're like me and seems to be constantly hungry no matter what time of the day or suffer from eleven-sies nibbles you'll like what have in store for you today.

I found a voucher for a free 'graze goody box' in my monthly magazine and decided to give it a try. Whenever I get a bit peckish or hungry midmorning or in the evenings I try to snack on healthy foods, a handful of almonds/walnuts or apple pieces with some peanut butter (sometimes followed by another cheeky spoonful of peanut goodness..). However it's good to switch it up every now and again to get some variety into the diet, that's why I was seriously excited to get my graze box in the post.

Made from healthy, nutritious ingredients and none of those nasty additives, you can choose from 100s of snacks, they even send you a leaflet with the nutritional info of each snack you choose. Luckily for me they even have a breakfast box option!

Delicious banana dippers with toffee sauce.....

Dried fruit and chocolate chips!

I haven't tried the rest of my snacks yet but those flapjacks are calling to me...

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xxx

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Dinner, Student Style

Hello lovelies!

Next week my flatmates and I are all splitting up for the Christmas holidays which meant only one thing, we had to have our own flat Christmas dinner. A lot of planning and timetabling was involved ( a kitchen table ma or may not have been rolled down 2 flights of stairs) but I think it was quite successful. I am proud to say I seasoned and basted my own chicken which turned out delicious. 

Of course all the girls were in the kitchen ( I made my Slutty Chocolate Brownies) while the boys did nothing but that wasn't too bad because they were the ones who were stuck with the washing up.

Not too shabby for just £5 a head from good old ASDA ;)

Then to settle our bursting bellies a few of us took a stroll around campus through the Christmas fairy lights.

Who else is ready for it to be Christmas Eve already?

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

iPhone Diary: A Festive Weekend in London

Hello lovelies!

As it is officially the 1st of December I feel it's sociably acceptable to start getting excited for Christmas and all the festivities that come with the holidays.

I'm now going to uni near Manchester and my best friend is down in London so this weekend I jumped on a train and headed down to her for a weekend getaway.

It was a wonderful weekend with lots of late night trips for frozen yogurt (there are no good froyo places up here so I had to stock up), brilliant ice skating at Somerset House and of course, shopping....

Prepare yourself for the money shot....

Such a good weekend but now that I'm back at uni it's time for me to hit the books :(

Ciara xxx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Co Co Markets at Marlay Park

Hello lovelies!

It's a beautiful sunny Saturday here in Ireland also one of my last weekends before I move away for college. To make the most of the nice weather we headed to Marlay Park to have a mooch about the Sunday markets.

I opted for a breakfast cr epe with egg, ham and cheese which was quickly followed up with a lovely white chocolate cookie.

We spotted these snack balls made of peanut butter, fruit and oats which seemed like tasty little treats to nibble on and I'm sure you can even make them at home.

I love going to markets and trying out new foods made by locals and it's a great way to spend a sunny morning. 

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

NYFW Spring Ready-to-Wear '15 Part 1

Hello lovelies,

So it's that time of year again where the leaves start to change colour, there's a fresh chill in the air and you find yourself reaching for your favourite snuggly jumper. Not only are the first drops of morning dew falling all around us but it seems some of us might have caught a touch fashion week hysteria as Spring Ready-to-Wear '15 collections start to parade down catwalks in super power cities all around the world.

It's only just when we've gotten rid of the long summer days and are rejoicing in the darkening evenings that we are teased as to what is to come next springtime, watching pretty little sun dresses float down the runway as the FROW sport woolie pullovers and coats.

Not that I'm complaining obviously because now I've a pretty little blog post on some of my tops picks to share with the internet.

Sachin & Babi, the husband and wife duo, are new team to to me and their young and slightly athletic vibe caught my attentions. Similar to what you might spot on next season's ZARA rail this collection was made up of relaxed and minimalistic lines intermixed with an energetic pop of colour.

Timeless classics and stylish basics were the running theme at Chadwick Bell with clean simple and beautifully cut pieces that can be worn over and over again in various different styles. What I loved about this collection is that rather than spending a whole lot of money on a stand out piece you'll only ever get a few wears out of you can invest in a garment that will come along with you from season to season.

I adored Gary Graham's edgy urban leather looks contrasted with romantic laces and Asian fusion prints and balance. Light and free flowing silk dresses were paired with tailored blazers or clean leather jackets and biker boots.

Over at Whit things got very playful and colourful with tropical prints, popping colours and a real beach vibe. Anyone going on holidays next spring?

Joie was as feminine and classic as ever but this time with a twist. Taking inspiration from the 60's summer models walked in light tailored suits and tennis inspired looks.

So that's part 1 of NYFW and from the outside it seems that the minimalist look will be the trend to look out for next year. What do you think?

Thanks for reading,

Ciara xx