My top 17 from 2017


My top 17 posts from 2017


This year I have to say I write this post with pleasure, at the start of 2017 I sat down and I took a hard look at myself and where I was going. I set myself goals, personal, spiritual and professional goals. I am looking back and reflecting on my year with a lump in my throat and a happiness in my heart. Today I am sharing my top 17 posts from 2017. I wrote over 106 blog posts this year which I am very proud of. A lot of bloggers get slack for not actually blogging but I set myself a goal to have a minimum of two posts a week and I am delighted I stuck to it. The year also came with its very own angst and heartache which was kept behind the scenes. Just know that even though I put my most positive front in the world, I do have tough times too. I choose to keep them away from the blog because I aim to be positive and inspire on my platforms. I hope you have enjoyed the videos, photos and posts that I have shared this year on the blog. Please do let me know what you have enjoyed the most and would like to see more of. 

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Setting good goals, the no bullshit way


How I set goals and create the life I want 


So, the title of this post might be a bit harsh, however, this time of year you will be bombarded with a lot of "new me, new year" bullshit. You will see it on the TV, Facebook timelines, and frankly, it will be hard to escape. I am a lover of setting goals and self-improvement. It was this time last year when I sat down and really took a hard look at my life and where I wanted it to go. I didn't want to be sitting around on new years eve reflecting on goals that I hadn't achieved from the previous twelve months. I wanted to be sitting proudly celebrating what I achieved. So, I took action and in today's post, I am going to share how I set goals for myself and how I achieve them. There is no set time for setting goals. Yes, January is great as it is a new year and a clean slate but if you only review your goals once a year then I am sorry but your chances of achieving them are slim. You need to be constantly reviewing your goals and your progress, not just on January 1st. 

What sets you on fire? 


Setting goals is not an easy foot. You first need to sit and write down all the things that you don't like in your life and that makes you feel dissatisfied. These can be in your career, home, relationships and finances. Dig deep and write down all of the things that you would love to change. Make the list as long as you can. When you are happy with your list, put them in priority order. So, the things that really tick you off first followed by the things that you can live with but would like to improve. 
I then start to look at the things I already have in my life and how I can improve on them. You can set goals for things that are going good in your life. For me, happiness means growth. If I am not growing and developing as a person then I start to feel a sense of dissatisfaction. Growth can be in different areas of your life, personally, emotionally, spiritually, financially and socially.


You must write it down


Get a journal, a fancy notebook, anything! But write it all down. Don't leave the thoughts up in your head. I have a dog-eared notebook that is full of my goals and ideas. Writing it down makes it easier to review. There is something powerful about a pen to paper. You might feel silly writing down your goals. I would probably die if someone stole my notebook and read all my ideas and goals but don't let that stop you from putting the pen to the paper. Another thing I highly recommend you do is to visualise! Visualise your goal and what it looks like, how it sounds, smells and feels. Break it down into your head and visualize what it looks like. Have you ever heard the phrase " If you can see it in your mind, You can hold it in your hand? You are a magnet, Whatever you are you draw to".  


Ask yourself why? 


So, your goal is to have a Range Rover, mansion and 2.4 kids! Why? Ask yourself why you want the things you are striving for. Are these things going to fulfil you in the end? At the end of the day when you die, all those superficial things you collected won't mean shit! It is the memories you make and the people you touch that matter. Your legacy. Now, don't get me wrong a Range Rover would be nice, but, dig deeper than superficial things. I have financial goals, my goal is to have an abundance of wealth so I don't have to worry about bills. I always want to have enough to live the life I want. It's not to be a millionaire. Once I have enough to pay for that thatch roof cottage and explore the world then that's all I want! lol

Take action and stop making excuses


This is where people slip and why goals don't get achieved. We live in an age where a lot of people are putting a front on social media and in life. Pretending their life is the shit when really they are sitting on their asses making excuses and not taking action and wondering why they feel unfulfilled. Listen and you will hear it on a daily basis. "I would love a house but there is none to buy, I would love a new job but I have no experience, I would love a new relationship but all the men are taken" etc etc. Go and take action. The moment I stopped making lame excuses is when I started to achieve. I bought a house by myself in a recession when there was also no houses to buy. I could have pulled out the same excuse as everyone else but instead, I made a plan and I took action. I got a savings advisor, I saved half my wage for a few years and I got it. 
Generally, when I am making excuses it is coming from a place of fear. Next time you notice an excuse popping into your head, why not challenge it? Sit with it and see if it is a genuine reason or an excuse to make you feel better. 

Break your goal down into actions. Your goal might be to lose 20 pounds. Write down how you are going to achieve it. Break it down into daily, weekly steps.  Half a pound a week and exercise 3 times a week and review my progress weekly. People mainly fail because they don't review their goal and get so consumed with the end result that they forget to celebrate the little successes on the way to achieving the big goal. So, you didn't lose 20 pounds but you lost 15. That is 15 more than if you gave up.
Maybe your goal is more spiritual or you want to find a relationship. The same principles apply. Write down all the steps you can take to achieving that goal. One of my goals for 2017 was to travel and explore more. So, I booked flights. No matter how scared I was the fear of not doing it was bigger than doing it. A simple step, I booked flights and I boarded planes. I could have made the excuse for not having people to travel with but instead, I went solo! See what I am getting at? Don't let fear and excuses put you off, challenge them and take action. If the regret and fear of not taking actions are far greater than doing it then take the leap. As cliche as is sounds. you only have one life, what are you waiting for?

Review


Like I said at the top of this post if you only review your goals once a year then your not gonna achieve them as best you would if you reviewed them more often. You don't want that sinking feeling come December when you think of all the things you said you would achieve back in January. Some goals might only need to be reviewed monthly. Others might need to be reviewed weekly or even daily. It is up to you to define how often you need to check in with your goals. Also, enjoy the journey to achieving your goals. One of my goals is to grow a large audience on youtube, I am enjoying the weekly grind of making videos and engaging with my audience as a step to achieving this. It's the journey, not the destination. You have to enjoy putting the work in or you won't get very far.

Surround yourself with people who are hungry


Surround yourself with people who get that fire in your belly lit. People who have achieved your goal. People who are positive and inspire you. Your family or close friends may not always get your goal or why you do certain things, that is perfectly fine. I know people find it odd that I go around with a camera strapped to my hand or paint everything in sight pink. When I am feeling a little insecure or lacking drive I reach out to my fellow creators and get fired up. I realise that I am not alone and I get the fuel off their energy. Social media makes it easier to do this. Maybe you are in business? Why not go to an enterprise breakfast in your local area and meet fellow business people. You are the company you keep. Hang around with the people who are successful in your field and watch how inspired you become.


You cant drive forward looking through your rear view mirror


This is a phrase I heard a few weeks ago whilst listening to a Youtube video whilst painting my china cabinet. It was said by Tony Robbins and it was so powerful it stopped me in my tracks. It was like a penny dropping. How can you move forward and progress when you keep looking into the past. Past behaviours, past lessons and experiences can stop you moving forward if you let them. Whatever is holding you back then take some time to reflect and let it go in order to move forward.



I hope you got some inspiration from today's post. I have also put together a chatty video on goal setting over on my Youtube if you want to check it out.
What are your goals for 2018? Have you got some tips too? Please share in the comments section below.

Happy new year.
Chat soon,
Catherine.














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Christmas Outfit Ideas

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Christmas Outfits


Are you stuck for ideas for what to wear this Christmas? Whether it is an outfit for Christmas day or if you are heading out on your days off from work, then I have a few looks today to share with you and hopefully, it will give you some ideas. I picked up these pieces this month and I decided to share them in a post for you. 

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Christmas Eve Boxes, What to put inside a Christmas Eve Box


Video | Christmas Eve Box


Hi everyone, I put together a fun Youtube video talking all Christmas Eve boxes. I first started to notice the idea of a Christmas Eve box last year. I had seen some shops selling these boxes and they would say "Christmas Eve box", I also noticed handmade crafters selling personalized boxes too. This year I worked with brands over on my Instagram and both of them offered Christmas Eve boxes, so, I thought I would share a post and chat through what I include in mine and hopefully, it will give you some inspiration. Whether you are buying one for yourself a child or a friend, there is something for everyone. Christmas is definitely a costly time, so, I made sure to include some budget-friendly options in the video. 

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DIY Soap, Easy melt and pour method


Handmade Soap DIY


Today I have a really fun and easy beauty DIY to share with you. For ages, I have been wanting to make some soaps. I had done some research online and watched some Youtube videos and decided I was going to give it a bash myself. I was surprised by how easy it was. When researching soap making I read a lot of posts and I decided to take the easier route and I used the melt and pour method. There is another way of making soaps which involves using a chemical called Lye. As I didn't trust myself handling chemicals I decided to pick up some melt and pour soap base off amazon. I also put together a Youtube video showing you guys how I made the soaps. Scroll below for my video. 


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Christmas Decor House Tour 2017 | Video


Christmas Home Styling

It is that time of year again! Time to change up the house and make it all festive. I have put together a video over on my Youtube sharing how I decorated the house this Christmas. You can also check out last years video here too. It is mad what a difference a year makes. I picked up a few new pieces for the home this year. The biggest change this year was the addition of a second Christmas tree to my bedroom. This month I have had the pleasure of working with two brands over Chrimstas, so, I had two new tree's to work with this year. As I have space in my master bedroom I decided it would be fun to add a Christmas tree to it. 

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DIY Bauble Wreath | Christmas DIY


DIY Wreath 


Today I have a really fun Christmas DIY. It is so simple that anyone can try it. It was actually my first time to attempt to make a bauble wreath and I am really pleased with how it turned out. It is a great way of reusing old baubles that you have from previous years. This year I got some new baubles, I didn't want to throw them out, so, I had a look on Pinterest for some ideas. I came across loads of people trying DIY bauble wreaths so I decided to give it a go. I reused some old baubles but I also bought some cheap ones from Primark to add to the wreath. I wanted a rose gold themed wreath so I bought some baubles in a copper/rose gold colour to add more colour to my wreath. 


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China Cabinet DIY Using Farrow & Ball


Painted Cabinet Refresh 


A few weeks ago, the guys over at Farrow & Ball got in touch to see if I wanted to have a try at styling their new range of floral wallpapers. I love a good DIY challenge. As I am already a wallpaper addict, I had no walls left to wallpaper, so, I decided to use the wallpaper to give an old cabinet a new lease of life. In my master bedroom, I have a cabinet sitting in the corner. I had originally up-cycled it a few years ago, however, it wasn't matching my room and it was looking a little tired. I was using it as a dumping ground for fabric samples and clutter. I decided to give this cabinet a makeover and I am going to share with you how I did it in today's post. It was also lovely to paint a project in Winter as I struggle with the dark evenings. I was able to spend a few hours painting my cabinet each evening this week and I had such a sense of achievement when I finished it.


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Winter Warmers

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My Winter Woollies Wishlist


It is time to wrap up as the colder weather is on the way. As the weather has been quite mild, I haven't had a chance to wrap up and get all snuggly. So, when I heard the frost was on the way and there is a chance of some snow, I jumped at the chance to pop some woolly accessories in my shopping basket. Although I am not the biggest fan of Winter, I do love wrapping up and having some fun with accessories. Whether its a pom pom hat, a chunky scarf or some fun mittens, I like to treat myself to some new accessories in Winter. As we are heading nearer December and Christmas, I like to walk to work to avoid the traffic. After working a long shift in work the last thing I want to do is sit in anxiety-inducing traffic. So, I have decided to get back walking to work and I am going to walk on the busier days and the weekends. So, I treated myself to a new set of mittens and a pom pom hat to keep my head and hands warm whilst on my walks. I also put together a list of some of my fave pieces that are in shops now that I think you ladies will love. 

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Everyday makeup routine and how I cover pigmentation | Video

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My everyday makeup routine

I finally got around to filming my everyday makeup routine. I suffer from hyperpigmentation and it is one of the reasons why it has taken me so long to do a video. Baring your face and its flaws to the internet is a little bit scary but I wanted to help people who also suffer from it and I am sharing all of the products I use to camouflage it. 

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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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