The Uninteresting Life?

A blog about all things lovely; fashion, food, travel and life.

Exploring Paris 1

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Hello lovelies!

I've been in Paris the last couple of days with my sister and thought I'd share my trip with you. We've been to Paris twice before with the rest of our family but this time it was just us two and we were in charge of what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go. We even had a highlighted map of Paris that was going to serve as our tour guide for the trip. Would have been very handy if we hadn't forgotten it at home!

The first day we arrived we'd been up since 6am and had braved the crowds of the metro system with our suitcases. But we finally set our things down at our tiny slanty floored hotel (there was about a 2 inch incline!), stocked up on snacks and fruit for the few days and head off to Sacré Coeur.

After walking up the wrong streets in the wrong direction we managed to climb the steps to the basilica. 

After roaming about inside (which is free) the day of travelling started to catch up on us so we decided to call it a day and read back to our hotel. Turns out we definitely needed the rest because the next few days had us walked off our shaking legs!

Read With Me

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Hello lovelies!

When I was younger I was a serious book worm, I'd read through a book in a day and excitedly start onto another. I remember getting 14 books for Christmas one year! However in the past couple of years I find I just haven't been reading as much, either I'm too tired, busy with work or would rather relax and watch a movie. But that stops here. A late New Years resolution to read more.

My aim is to get through one book a month which I think is pretty achievable especially since I have my Kindle so I can pretty much read on the go without having to trek a book around with me. 

To start myself off I thought I'd get myself back into in books by looking through some of my favourite books and a few interesting 'fashiony' ones I love to flick through with lots of photographs.

Jane Austen's Persuasion is one of my all time favourite Austen books. It's about a woman named Anne Elliot who was once persuaded not to marry the love of her life Captain Wentworth. Her love for him is again rekindled when she meets him again through his sister and there are loads of events that happen through out the book that make you want to root for team Elliot-Wentworth. If you love this book then try out Emma

I'm currently reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and am so engrossed by it. I started it on my journey back home to Ireland from uni and the way the story line is mysteriously unfolding makes me so curious I can't stop reading.

If you want a heavy duty highly detailed account of fashion's life cycle Fashion since 1900 by Valerie Mendes is the one for you. I must admit it did take me a while to get through it but I found it highly interesting and if you really want to get into the knitty gritty of things give it a try.

Vogue: The Covers is a collection of all the beautiful magazine covers over 120 years and a great coffee table book to flick through.

If you want an easy read Alexa Ching's IT is short but a tells some funny/awkward story's of the 'it; girl's growing up. 

Another light but interesting read is Fashion That Changed The World by Jennifer Croll and gives a general overview of the evolution of the world of fashion through the ages accompanied by some great photos.

My 'to read' list if forever growing but I'm so excited to get my brain working again and embrace my inner book worm :) If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Obsessed with Home Decor

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Hellos lovelies!

Right so is it just me or does anyone else like to imagine they have just moved into a fabulous new house and need to redecorate? I've recently been spending a little too much time scrolling through interior design hashtags on Instagram and Pinterest and thought I'd do a post on what I've been loving.

Now my future house is going to be relatively small, open plan and decorated with a minimalist feel. Lots of natural light, grey marble, copper detailing and green ferns. Where and when I get my dream house has yet to be established but at least I'll have the decor down to a T.

Only have to wait another 3-4 years until I have my own place and can go crazy in H&M Home...

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Smooth, Soft and Silky Hair?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Hello lovelies!

So I have a good'un to share with you today to get your locks in tip top silky smooth condition.

A few months ago I ordered the TIGI S Factor Smoothing Conditioner from FeelUnique because my hair was just looking a bit lack lustre and frizzy. I can safely say this stuff rocks. Every time I use it my hair always feels so soft and smooth even when I let it dry naturally which is saying something because my hair is naturally curly and a frizzy.

I wish I had bought the shampoo and conditioner as a set but I was already pretty happy with my Aussie Mega Moist everyday shampoo but as soon as I've gone through the bottle I'll definitely try out the shampoo too. 

Back off to work now!
Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Updated Daily Skincare Routine

Monday, 12 January 2015

Hello lovelies!

Now I must confess I'm not one of those people who enjoys slathering on millions of fancy products every morning and night and has beautifully glowing, baby soft skin. And unfortunately I'm not blessed with naturally perfect skin so I can't afford to have too many lazy, go to bed without washing my face nights. But frankly I can't be bothered faffing about with products I have to read the back of to know what they do.

I tend to have red, clogged pored, dry and bumpy skin. When I say bumpy I don't mean pimply I mean little bumps that come up from under the skin. Usually I don't have many problems with my skin but when I can back from uni my skin was in a state.

So give my skin a reboot I've decided to gently exfoliate in the mornings following up with a replenishing gel and then a hydrating gel. In the evening times I just switch up my exfoliator for a gentle gel cleanser as I don't tend to wear much stubborn make-up that can be tough to remove.

Then (if I can remember/am bothered) I'll try to do a mask twice a week either to unclog my pores or to clarify my skin.

Cleaning the up the skin

I always go for a safe, gentle gel to leave my face feeling clean and refreshed without being too harsh. Simple is always a good choice if you happen to have sensitive skin.

I've recently been trying out some REN products and I'm really enjoying them. My skins noticeably softer and less bumpy after using the rosa centifolia gentle exfoliating cleanser and it isn't too drying at all.

Post wash repair

I use the REN clearcalm 3 replenishing gel cream after I wash my face for a more balanced and brighter skin tone.

I haven't been using any traditional cream moisturisers lately, instead opting for a really hydrating serum from Avène. 

Pamper night masks

If I feel my skin is a bit red and looking tired and damaged the REN clearcalm 3 clarity restoring mask does a great job of making my skin feel nourished and giving it a healthy glow.

I also use the quick fix facials exfoliating scrub mask to de-gunk those pores and give my face a good scrub.

After a term at uni my skin was suffering from stress and work and breaking out left right and centre but after switching up my skincare routine I feel there's been a big improvement and hopefully if I don't get too lazy I'll try keep it up. I think the key is to keep it simple.

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

All Saints Sale Shopping

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Hello lovelies!

For the longest time I've longed for and lusted after All Saints pieces but being the student that I am could never afford anything. That was until I was walking past the All Saints in Dublin and they were having a 20% off promotion on all stock, including the sale! 

I wanted to find something I could get a lot of wear out of and that wouldn't date so when I spotted this jumper on the rails it was only a matter of time before I was walking out the doors shopping bag in tow. How could I resist when I got it for nearly 50% off?

Jumper-All Saints (similar)
Jeans- River Island (similar)
Bracelets- Alex and Ani
Necklace- Bianca Jones

Hope your 2015 is getting off to a great start!
Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx

Smells so good you could drink it...

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Hello lovelies!

You know when you find a scent that you just can't keep taking off the lid and smelling? One that lingers behind on scarves and jumpers and you get a welcomed waft of it as you put them on? A scent so perfect you just want to drink it?

Well I think I've found my scent obsession, Midnight Rain by la prairie. Before I came across this scent I was in love with Chloé, which I still love, but as soon as I got my first spritz of Midnight Rain it's been the one for me.

I don't even know how to explain the scent but it's sweet but not too sweet, sophisticated, sensual and woodsy all at the same time. If you want the exact notes the scent is infused with white lily, orchid, plum blossom and amber flower. The base reveals patchouli, vetiver, cashmere and musk.

Not only does it smell beautiful the packaging is amazing, shaped like a water droplet of sparkly, twinkly midnight rain. 

Happy New Year to all! I hope you all celebrated the end of 2014 and welcomed the beginning of 2015 with friends and family last night. What about resolutions? I haven't even sorted mine out yet so I had better get a move on! 

Thanks for reading,
Ciara xx