Marble & Copper DIY


Using contact paper and Copper spray paint


I have a little guilty pleasure and it is marble and copper. Now, I know this is a bit cliche, another blogger loving a marble table top but, it is my guilty pleasure. I love the combination of the two together. It was also my first time to use contact paper. I have to say it was a really easy and fun DIY to do. I had an old breakfast tray table that I got in Dunnes Stores earlier in the year and I had a pet feeding table that I picked up in Tk Maxx and I was able to make matching tables for myself and Blondie.

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Feeling burnt out? How I get my energy back


My tips for getting your spark back


Do you ever just feel zonked? no matter how much sleep you get you just want more? yawning throughout the day and just feeling plain MEH? Sound familiar? The past two weeks I have been feeling a little low on energy. This time of year I find I can get like this, the dark evenings, lack of sunshine and the colder days do get me down. Sometimes life just drains your energy and your left feeling zapped, whether it is work, family or relationships, life can just sometimes take its toll on you and you have to stop and listen to your body. I wanted to write this post today to share my tips on what I do when I am just running on empty and the tips I have for filling myself back up. A wise person once told me that if you have a glass of water that is full and you let everyone drink from it, soon your glass will be empty and nothing left for you. That is how I feel when it comes to my energy. I feel if I give and give and don't stop and take time for me then I do feel like I am running on empty. 

Now, before I get into sharing my tips for getting your energy back I have to say that if you are exhausted all of the time and not feeling great after a few days rest then you should see your doctor and get a check-up to make sure your general health and your mental health is in good order and there is nothing underlying that is causing you to feel low, the tips I am sharing today are what I do when life has just gotten on top of me and I need some rest and TLC. Always head to your doctor for a checkup first if you aren't feeling great, even if there is nothing wrong with you then it will put your mind at ease. I also have no experience when it comes to taking supplements or vitamins either, so, I have left out any mentions of vitamins on purpose.


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Primark homeware haul | Video


Winter bedroom refresh

This week I had the pleasure of popping along to the Pennies ( Primark in the UK ) press day. This was my first time to go to the press day and we got a sneak peek into what is coming into stores for Spring Summer 2018. I was delighted when I got a gift card when I was leaving, so, I decided to head to my local Pennies in Blanchardstown and I got some homeware items to refresh my guest bedroom. I wanted to make my guest bedroom more inviting and cosy for Winter. I also put together a video on my Youtube channel so you can see how I styled it up in my bedroom and have a better look at the items I got. 

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Video | Homeware haul, early festive shopping


Homeware Haul

On Sunday myself and my blogging bestie Karen from lovelygirliebits.com headed out on a little ramble for some new Christmas ornaments. Now, I know what your thinking! Isn't it a bit early? Yes, but all of the good decorations come out early!
 I put together a video to share my haul and what I bought with you. I think it is easier to see in a video. I also vlogged and shared the shops we visited too, but, you can skip to the 9 mins in the video to see the haul. Each Christmas time I like to treat myself to a few new ornaments to add to my collection. Instead of buying loads of crap each Christmas I prefer to spend my money and buy pieces that I can have year after year. 
We started our shopping trip in TKmaxx and Homesense in Blanchardstown, then we headed over to Liffey Valley and popped into The Range. This was my second time to visit the range and I wasn't disappointed. We headed to the garden centres next as these are great for finding decorations that you wouldn't see in the high street shops.  We popped into Newlands garden centre, Johnstown garden centre and then to The Orchard in Celbridge. So, I hope you enjoy today's video, don't forget to subscribe and you can head over to Karens Youtube to see what she bought whilst we were out. 

Let me know which piece was your fave. 
Chat soon, 
Catherine. 



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Video| We Won! Amara Interior blog awards 2017

Amara Interior blog awards 2017


Hi everyone, I have to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who reads, watches and comments on my blog as last week in London we won best interior lifestyle category at the Amara Interior Blog Awards. I am still pinching myself as those of you who follow me on Snapchat would know that I am always the nominee never the winner, I have perfected my losing face, so, to hear my name called as the winner was really emotional! I put together a Vlog of my trip to London which you can watch below. I had a brilliant time at the awards and I met so many lovely people, lots of new friends were made. 
I also want to say a big well done to the ladies in my category, these women have amazing blogs and are really talented and hard-working, to even be in the same category as the was amazing. You can catch the full list of finalists and the winners by clicking here. The best thing about the awards night was the sense of support and the friendly atmosphere. The awards were hosted by Sophie and Daniel from the great British interior design show and it was held in the swanky design museum just of Kensington high st. 
The next day I had a little bit of a sore head! The awards were sponsored by Sipsmith gin so lots of celebratory gins were had. To clear my hangover I went on a ramble around Kensington and Chelsea. I really wanted to see the red Ivy at Kynance Mews and I also wanted to get a picture of the gorgeous pink house that is 14 Trevor Square. So, have a look at the video below and see what pretty houses I stumbled across. 

Thanks so much for reading, don't forget to hit the subscribe button when watching the video and I hope you enjoy it. 
Thank you again, 
Catherine. 

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Ikea hack | DIY blanket ladder


Ikea Satsumas Hack


For ages, I have been wanting to get one of them gorgeous shabby chic style ladders to hold my blankets and scarfs. However, this old farmhouse, shabby chic style wooden ladders are really expensive to buy! I was having a scroll through Pinterest on how to make one for myself and I found loads of helpful DIY posts, the only thing about them was I would have to get wood, measure, cut, saw and hammer. I was willing to give this a go but when I was scrolling through the new Ikea catalogue I stumbled across the Satsumas ladder flower pot stand.  I went to Ikea to have a look at it and it was exactly what I was looking for, it was a nice size, not too small and not too big or clunky so I decided to buy it and use it for my project. 


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DIY noticeboard from a baking tray

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Turn a wire baking tray into a noticeboard


Today I have a really fun DIY, it is so simple to do that anyone can try it. I was recently at a filming of Showhouse Showdown and in one of the office rooms, there was a gorgeous wire noticeboard with quotes clipped on it. I wondered where they got it from but when I googled I stumbled across a DIY on Pinterest where they sprayed some wire baking trays and hung them as noticeboards. So, I decided to give it a go myself. 

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Dainty's day off style

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My casual day off denim look


I know what you are thinking, "Dainty? Your wearing jeans!" I know! lol, This is my second pair of jeans to wear. You might remember back in Summer I bought my first pair in years! Well, I decided to treat myself to a second pair for Autumn. I only really wear them on my day off and still prefer my dresses but I am liking being able to throw on a pair of jeans if I need to pop out on my day off. 



I thought I would share my fave pieces with you in today's post that are perfect for a cosy Autumn day off. I am liking the cosy jumper, skinny jeans and scarf combo on my days off. 
My Jeans are the Petite Bailey high waist from Dorothy Perkins. They also come in the normal and tall range also. I still struggle to find a pair of jeans that flatter my figure and have a nice fit. I decided to get the Bailey as they have a high waist and I feel like they hold my tummy in. I also got them in a darker wash for Autumn. I think they will look fab with tan ankle boots coming into Winter. 






Knitted Jumpers

I normally avoid knitted jumpers as I feel they add bulk to my small frame. However, lately, I have been trying more of them on when I am out shopping. I noticed that if I stick to lightweight options over bulky ones that they aren't that bad. Also tucking the front of them into your high waist jeans shows off your waist and gives you a nice silhouette. The jumper I am wearing above is a Petite jumper from Dorothy Perkins.






A chunky scarf


 The weather so far this Autumn has been quite mild. I love throwing on a chunky scarf to keep me warm when running to the car. Some days it is mild and I don't bother with a jacket but the mornings and evenings are chilly so I like to keep a warm scarf in the car or office. I also am loving that there are lots of lighter shades of scarves this season, I am not a fan of dark colours and love the brighter pastel colours and checks. 









I hope you liked today's post, Please let me know if you have any denim recommendations for me as I am always on the lookout for new jeans to wear. 
What is your fave look for your day off? 

Chat soon, 
Catherine. 



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Video| My trip to Bruges


Bruges travel guide


A few days ago I spent three days in the magical town of Bruges. Bruges is in Belgium and is around 1 hour 30 mins from Brussels by train. I wanted to share a detailed post and share everything from Where I stayed, how I got to it and all of the touristy things I did. I really fell in love with this town, it has cobbled streets, medieval buildings and it is a town full of charm. 


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I made a dress, Dressmaking with Angeline Murphy


I made a dress


Those of you who have followed me for a while will know that one of my goals for this year was to make a dress from scratch and improve on sewing. The gorgeous Angeline Murphy from the great British sewing bee was so kind and offered to teach me. I put together a video of the day which you can watch below to see how we constructed the dress. 

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Autumn occasion dresses

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Autumn occasionwear


The evenings may be getting darker but what better way to brighten them up than with some gorgeous occasionwear. In October I have two events that I needed to pick up some cocktail style dresses for, I thought I would put together a post and share what I found out there when looking for occasion dresses this week. 

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Painting Pumpkins and making mouldings


Autumn DIY


This week I went down to Ursula in Nook in Trim to get some paint for a pumpkin DIY that I had been wanting to try for ages. I was on the hunt to get some fake pumpkins from the likes of Dealz and the Halloween sections of the shops. I got two lantern style pumpkins from The range and two plastic ones from the Halloween shop in Liffey Valley. It is still a little early but you will be able to get more fake pumpkins in the next few weeks as it gets closer to Halloween. 
I painted some fake pumpkins, however, when I got down to Nook Ursula was painting some real ones for her Halloween shop window display. She gave me some fab tips for getting longer out of painting real ones and also gave me a demo on making your own clay mouldings. I put together a Youtube video for you to have a look at. 


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Video | Tips for buying teacups and China

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My china collection

This week I made a fun video over on my Youtube channel sharing my tea set and trinket collection, I  have such fun collecting tea cups and growing my china collection. We all have our vices and mine is most definitely being addicted to buying too many tea sets and trinkets! There could be worse habits? Right?. I wanted to share a few tips for buying china, growing your collection and saving a few pennies whilst doing it too. Collecting china can be costly, especially if you are like me and a fan of collecting Royal Albert, but I have been able to save a few pennies. 

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Comparison is the thief of joy




Why you should only compete with yourself


As Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Comparison is the thief of all joy", and he was most certainly right. Nowadays we have more access to peoples private lives through social media. We consume so much content in a day. We scroll through our news feeds and are bombarded with images, audio and videos. It is no wonder that we start to reflect and look at ourselves and possibly feel a little left behind, envious, sad and maybe even empty too. I too have and still do compare myself to others, It is hard not to, but, I have learned a few ways in which you can get some perspective and stop this bad habit. 



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Cute collar dresses

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Everything is cuter with a collar


I have a little soft spot for a dress or blouse that has an adorable collar. There is just something so smart and fun about a collar. I recently stumbled across a brand called Miss Patina, I had seen one of my fave bloggers wearing one of their dresses so I had a look on their website and fell in love with their dresses. With all brands, I am a little nervous with sizing when ordering for the first time from their website. I decided to get this adorable cat collar dress from their website. I loved the collar as it reminded me of my Blondie but I also loved how fun the cat print was in the dress too. 


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Painting rusty metal garden furniture


Painting my metal bistro set




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Video | Radio behind the scenes and a Homeware haul

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On the air

HI, everyone, This week over on my Youtube I have a Vlog to share with you. I am sharing a behind the scenes of my radio interview with Debbie on 92.5 Phoenix FM. I also popped to the shops after and treated myself to some new Autumn homeware pieces for the house. 

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What I learnt at Youtube creator connect day


Creator connect

I love attending the Youtube creator days, If you have a Youtube channel,  make videos and have over 1k subscribers then you can apply to attend a creator day. This time they did allow creators under 1k to attend by competing in a competition that allowed them to attend. A common question I get asked when I go to these days is how do you get to go? Keep an eye in the creator studio of your youtube page and a notification will pop up and you apply to attend. Then after a few days, you will get an email back confirming if you are allowed to attend. I highly recommend going to them if you can. They cost you nothing, you learn loads, meet like-minded people and of course the free food! 



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Radio interview with Debbie from 92.5 Phoenix FM



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Mirrored spray paint, Mercury glass effect DIY


Mirror spray paint DIY

I have a really fun DIY for you today, I am testing out some Rust-oleum mirror effect spray paint and I am turning some cheap drinking glasses into expensive looking vases. I was sent a sample of the mirror effect spray earlier in the year and it has been sitting in my paint stash for ages. Whilst scrolling through Pinterest for ideas on what to use it on I Stumbled across a technique to get a Mercury effect on the glass. I noticed lately that these mercury effect pieces are really popular in peoples home decor and I have seen some in my fave homeware shops. 


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DIY tyre planter


Garden DIY

This week I have been pottering in the garden and I made some DIY garden planters that I want to share with you today. I put together a video on my Youtube channel too and if you watch it to the end you will get to see a mini garden tour. I can see signs of Autumn starting to sneak into the garden, I have spotted some leaves turning orange and the last of the Summer blooms are opening. What better time to get out into the garden and brighten it up with some new planters. 


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Video | Guest bedroom tour

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Room tour

Over on my Youtube channel this week I am sharing my guest bedroom decor. I know you guys are eager for a Master bedroom tour but I am waiting to get some work done in my bedroom but I am hoping for a tour in August. So, I decided to give you a decor fix and I gave a tour of my guest bedroom. I say guest but it is mainly where the cats like to sleep. This is my fave room downstairs, I just love the wallpaper. I kind of want this wallpaper in my room I just love it! My guest bedroom is in the same style of decor as the rest of my home. I have it really girly and as it is a small room I have it painted in bright colours to make it look bigger. 

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Sunny Sundresses


MidSummer Print Dresses


Today I have two looks to share with you from Joanie Clothing, You might remember last month I featured them on my Instagram and blog as one of my new fave brands. Well, they have just released some new dresses and the prints are just to die for. As always with the dresses from Joanie, they are timeless. With only a few weeks left of Summer and Autumn peeping its head around the corner, you want to spend your money wisely and get your wear out of the items you buy. The two dresses I have today are perfect for now and you can pack them away for next year as they are both a classic shape and print and never go out of style.


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Top tips for getting creative


Igniting that creative spark

Recently I was out on a ramble and I got to thinking about creativity and how to get some inspiration and motivation when you are stuck in a funk. Maybe you are not in a funk but you have ideas that you just need some clarity on. Today I am sharing my tips on what I do to get the creative juices flowing. Whether it is ideas for a piece I am painting or inspiration for a blog post these are some things I like to do to kickstart my brain.


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Avoca Woollen Mills & Mount Usher gardens


Exploring Wicklow

Hi everyone, On bank holiday Sunday I decided to go on a ramble. I am a lover of pretty places, gardens and all things nature. I decided to ditch the drink and hangover for the bank holiday weekend and do some exploring to feed my soul. For a long time, I have wanted to go down to the Avoca woollen mills in the town of Avoca in Wicklow. The drive down wasn't as long as I expected. It took me about 50 minutes from Dublin and thankfully I didn't get lost either. It is a gorgeous drive when you exit the motor way. They don't call Wicklow the garden of Ireland for nothing, there really are some stunning views. 



When you arrive at the Avoca woollen mill you will see the gorgeous white brick buildings with the little red doors and window frames. There are a shop and a cafe but you can also wander into the Mill itself and have a walk around and see everything being made. 
I got to see a man weaving a throw, it was fascinating to see inside and all of the machinery. If you are into your crafts and weaving you will love this place. I captured as much as I could in my Youtube video of the day. My biggest tip, however, is to go during the week. During the week you can see the whole place in action. As it was a Sunday there was only one guy working but going during the week you get to see more. 










I pit stopped in the cafe and had a delicious slice of apple tart and a Mocha to keep me going. I also had a look in the shop where you can buy the pieces being made in the mill. I was tempted by a throw but I couldn't decide on a colour so I left empty handed. You would only spend roughly an hour - two hours here so plan to see other attractions on your trip too I decided to go to Mount Usher gardens on the way back to Dublin. It is only 25 mins from the Avoca woollen mills and really easy to find. 





I rely on my good aul google maps to get me everywhere. I adored Mount Usher gardens but my best tip is to get there early or during the week and I got arrived at a busy time and had to circle a bit for a parking space. Once in, it is an amazing place to explore. You have to pay into see the gardens but it is definitely worth it. I spend over an hour walking around. There is really pretty woodland trails and my favourite was walking along the river. There are lots of bridges too so you can cross over each side.  This time of year I saw loads of colourful Hydrangeas, the last of the Lupins and some beautiful roses. Unfortunately, I had a rainy day but the gardens were still stunning. I will definitely be back on a sunny day. you could spend all afternoon exploring. 








There is also some cafes and shops on the ground and another Avoca. I popped into the gorgeous Strawbridge shop. I wanted to buy everything! Shabby chic heaven but I resisted temptation and came out with a table runner. 



There are so many more places I want to explore sound here, Glendalough is near too so why not plan out your own day. Please let me know if you know of any hidden gems or gardens near me as I love to explore new ones. Leave your suggestions in the comments below. 
Thanks so much for reading, Let me know if you visit any of the places and don't forget to tag me on Instagram. 

Chat soon, 
Catherine. 
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