What I learned at Youtube creator connect day.

Creator Connect


On Saturday last week, I got to go to my first Youtube event. I got to go to the Google HQ in Dublin city and I went to The Foundry, an innovation centre beside the Google headquarters, to take part in a roundtable discussion group. This was kind of a big deal for me as I get really anxious at meetings and going to new places. To go somewhere that I had never met anyone and also participate in a discussion group was a big deal for me. So wanting to push my comfort zone I signed up to go to the event. 
I wanted to share what I learned at the day. I hope this post will be helpful for anyone who, like me has started a Youtube or if you are thinking of starting one. Even if you are a more experienced Youtuber you might find some of the tips refreshes what you already know. 



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Secret botanics from Chi Chi

Chi Chi Christa dress

The ladies over at Chi Chi London sent me a stunning dress from their new collection secret botanics. You might have also seen the dress I shared last week on my Instagram. I am a big fan of the Chi Chi dresses as they look really expensive but most of them are less than £100. The one I have today is only £65 but I feel it looks way more expensive. Chi Chi are my go-to brand whenever I have a fun event or occasion happening. 

Sizing?
A question I get asked a lot with these dresses is how do they fit? All of the Chi Chi dresses I own are in a size 10. The fabric is really stiff and has no stretch so if you are between sizes then get the larger. I am busty too but I find they are good on the chest and not too tight. 

The dress I am sharing today is the Christa dress. I just adore the ladylike off shoulder shape. I love this shape as the off shoulder detail covers the tops of your arms and attracts your eye to your chest. This dress also comes in yellow which would be perfect for Easter occasions. If you have a wedding coming up then this would be fab! I chose this dress because of the gorgeous floral pattern. I just love the colours, especially coming into summer. 
Now I just need an occasion to wear my dress, I am thinking of wearing mine over Easter for the races. I think it would be the perfect ladies day dress. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, 
Chat soon, 
Catherine. 



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Afternoon tea in Ladurée Dublin

Tea for two


One of my goals for this year is to visit more pretty places and take more days off. So this week Camille and I went to Ladurée in Dublin to have afternoon tea. We got one of those deals off that we had seen on Facebook. It was a €45 for two people deal which included bubbles. We were delighted with this, so we planned it before payday when we knew we wouldn't have much money left but still could have a treat. 



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Spring workwear look


Feeling pretty in a pencil dress


It can be so hard to find nice dresses for work. Thankfully I get to wear my tea dresses to work and I don't have to follow a strict formal code but I do like a good tailored dress, especially when I want to look smart. Workwear doesn't have to be a trouser suit either, a midi style dress like the one I am sharing today can be the perfect addition to your workwear wardobe. 
You might have seen me wearing this dress during the week on my Snapchat, I wore it to afternoon tea and felt ever to sophisticated and such a lady in it too. 
You can find my dress here.
I am also loving handbags that have a cross shoulder strap. I treated myself to a new one in brighter colours for Spring. I love these tote style bags as they fit my camera perfectly. Making it the perfect bag for exploring. I will be travelling to New York soon so this will be a great bag for exploring. 

Thanks so much for reading, just a short and sweet blog post today. Keep your eyes peeled this weekend as I will have a blog post sharing all the details on my afternoon tea. 

Chat soon,
Catherine. 





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Video:Mother's day DIY gifts using chalk paint and jars.


A DIY gift for mothers day


Today over on the Rust-oleum Instagram account I shared these DIY projects but If you missed my Instagram story takeover then don't worry as I have taken some pictures of what I made and I have included all of the links to the items I used. As it is Mother's day next weekend I thought it would be nice to upcycle some items that would make a gorgeous gift. 

Flower display using some old jars 



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@iclothing Snapchat takeover, Spring occasion outfits.

Spring occasion outfits from iclothing


Today I shared some occasion outfits over on iclothing's Snapchat. This time of year is jam-packed with occasions from Communions, weddings and not forgetting mothers day next week. I got to pick three looks off the iclothing website to share with you today. 
I also have a discount code for you if you want to update your wardrobe. Use the code DAINTY for 15% off from Thursday the 16th of march until midnight Sunday the 19th of March. 


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My journey towards body acceptance

Once I start to accept my body then the confidence will follow


Last week on Instagram I posted a pic of me in my jeans. No big deal I hear you say, but I am not a jean wearer. I haven't owned or worn a pair in easily three years as I always felt too self-conscious of my body to wear them. I was blown away by all of the kind comments. There was so many I couldn't reply to them all. I wanted to write this post to inspire women who are feeling the same way that they are not alone and that I feel insecure at times about my body too. Whether your slim, small, tall, curvalicious, we all need to be kinder to ourselves. 

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Small business spotlight, LoveOlli

LoveOlli haul


This week I got some happy mail from the guys over at LoveOllie. What caught my eye about this brand was the stunning vintage style patterns and old world look of the products. A lot of the items are handmade too and they are also an Irish company. LoveOllie is created by designer Olive McCaughan. I got to pick my fave pieces off their website and I am going to share them today with you. 



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Have a classy hen party


During the week I had an amazing time with the girls from thefancyhen.ie on one of their hen party activities. I got to go on the old school vintage bus and got treated to tea and cake served to me on gorgeous vintage china. 


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Full skirts and cold shoulders.


Vintage style #ootd for Spring


Today I went on a little adventure which I will share with you on the blog this Sunday, but today I just wanted to share my outfit with you and the links to each item. 
I am a lover of the full skirt so I am thrilled to see that they seem to be a key piece this Spring Summer. I just love the shape of them and feel like a proper lady in a full skirt. I am a curvy shape so I love the high waisted style to nip in at the waist and give me an hour glass shape. 


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February roundup


Nobody can start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending - Maria Robinson. 

Reflecting on the month using my happiness planner I wanted to do a round-up of the things I achieved in Feb. I can honestly say since starting my planner back in January, I have really felt enlightened and content in February. I ticked off things on my lists, I had adventures and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. 

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