17 Feb 2015

Number 31


A little last minute decision took me to possibly one of the coolest places I've ever stayed in Dublin...

My Monday was jam packed with meetings and work in the city... and you know what? Getting up at 5am to drive to Dublin didn't really appeal to me, so I hopped on to my laptop to look for a place to stay, clicked around for awhile and somehow stumbled across the quirky boutique guesthouse that is Number 31.

Honestly, I couldn't have found somewhere as cool as this with a better location (it's literally a 5 minute walk from St Stephen's Green). From the sunken lounge in the mews to the cosy bedrooms in the renovated Georgian town house, Number 31 is the perfect mixture of modern aesthetics and classic glamour. The staff are super welcoming (hello, you're offered complimentary tea and cookies on arrival to enjoy by the fire) and really can't do enough for you. To get to my room I was escorted through the courtyard (which I imagine is gorgeous in the Summer) through to the Georgian house where I was staying. Everywhere you turn there are rich textures, ambient lighting (the most fabulous chandeliers) and luxe furnishings throwing you back in time to an old style glam. My room looked out on to the other townhouses on Fitzwilliam Place - pretty cool when you throw open the curtains in the morning (which was a task and a half when I didn't want to budge from the most comfortable bed in the world - yes, I thought about trying to steal the duvet and pillows. It wasn't happening. Haha). To round off my stay, I wolfed down some cereal and a mushroom frittata at breakfast (so yummy) and went on my way.

It was a short but sweet stay and I couldn't recommend the place enough - the staff, the location, the decor and the general vibe is on point. It's definitely a hidden gem of Dublin.

Make sure to check it out: Number 31

Have you ever stayed in Number 31?
Any other cool places like this I should know about?
Let me know in the comments!

XO, G.

















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14 Feb 2015

XOXO


Happiest of Valentines Days Lovelies!

Although I won't be doing anything too spectacular today (I'm working!), I thought it'd be nice to put together a little makeup look for the day that's in it. I haven't worn winged liner or red lipstick in months, so I decided to throw them both into one makeup look - they're a match made in heaven.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration if you're stuck for something for this evening. It's pretty classic but perfect for a date or a night out with the girls! I'll pop a little product list at the bottom of the post if you're wondering what I've used.

Have a fantastic weekend whether you're celebrating with a loved one or your pals or sitting eating a box of macarons like I'll be doing with my other half. Haha.

XO, G.





BASE
Inglot YSM Foundation (50)
Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Concealer (5)
Inglot Loose Powder (11)
Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow Hightlight & Contour Duo

EYES
MAC 'Shroom' (Brow Bone), 'Cork' & 'Embark' (Crease & Lower Lash Line)
Inglot Gel Liner
MAC 'Feline' Eye Pencil
Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara
Eyelure '101' Lashes

LIPS
MAC 'Ruby Woo' & The Balm 'Mia Moore' Lipsticks
MAC 'Current' & 'Feline' Pencils



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12 Feb 2015

Gilet.


You know when people say, 'She must have got dressed in the dark.' Well funny enough, this morning I did. My old pals at the ESB decided to turn off the electricity for maintenance work which left me in a bit of a pickle when it came to pulling an outfit - thank god for the torch on iPhones. Needless to say I spent the majority of the day trying to connect to every wifi hotspot I could find.

If there's one thing I love it's having something that can automatically turn a pretty 'meh?!' outfit into something just a little more interesting. You know what that something is for me at the minute? This gorgeous ombre gilet - it practically rolls style and comfort all into one piece (yes, it's super cosy). I love the fact that it's not as structured as most gilets - for me that makes it a little extra luxe. This was one piece I knew I could rely on to give my outfit a bit of an umph this morning. I layered mine over a River Island leather-look jacket that I've literally had forever and paired it with my new laser cut white tee from VADA:K. 

I'm off to get some bits and pieces together for work this weekend! Hope you're all having a good week.

Oh, and I'd love to know your opinion on gilets - love 'em or hate 'em?
Let me know in the comments!

XO, G.














• WHAT I'M WEARING •
LEATHER JACKET | RIVER ISLAND (similar HERE in longer length)
GILET | MAX & MOI PARIS
TOP | VADA:K
JEANS | TOPSHOP
BOOTS | RIVER ISLAND
BAG | PRADA



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8 Feb 2015

Just Thinkin' Bout Things



Here's a bit of a Sunday waffle for you - I do love a good waffle (especially Belgian waffles, drool - different kind of waffle).

Anyway.

For all of you twenty-somethings out there, have you been hit with the fact that you're growing up yet? Well this happened to me this week. I don't mean the feeling of 'oh, I've got to do something with my life' when you leave University (been there, done that, bought the t-shirt), it's more of an 'I'm going through a change' feeling. What do I mean by that? I mean that, lately, my priorities have started to shift, I've become a little more sensible (which some people for sure mistake for being boring) and I'm a lot more determined. 

Just to side track for a bit (I promise, it ties in to what I'm talking about): 
At work I always find myself asking people what they've been up to at the weekend - you know, general chit chat. Of course, I'm asked in return (and this usually happens at the weekend) if I'm going out after work / where do I like to go drinking etc etc and most people are totally shocked when I say that I don't tend go out too much and I don't really drink a hell of a lot either. Why? No, it's not because I think it's a disgrace that people go out and drink - God forbid. haha. Work away 'til you're little heart's content. But to be totally honest, right now, at this minute in time, I'd take going out for a meal or going to the movies over going out any day. So many people automatically think it's because I'm in a relationship and I'm 'settled' - not so sure that's the right word to use, but it's been said to me recently - but I don't know. I feel like I've always been a little 'sensible' in my ways - I've grown up like that. In my head, I'd rather save the money I'd spend on a night out (which, after taxi's and drinks and entry fee's and the fact that you miss a whole day afterwards out of sheer exhaustion or the fact that your hungover, is just never worth it) and spend it on clothes or a break away or put it towards my future. 

You would not believe the amount of people that have told me that I'm 'missing out on my twenties by being too serious' but I wouldn't say that at all. Yes, I like to go out (even if it is once in a blue moon and it's mostly to dance until I can't feel my feet. haha.) but more than that I enjoy going for meals, traveling, trying new things, working towards building a career for myself etc. Those are the things that are important to me right now and when that happens, some things tend to take a back seat.

After watching Ingrid Nilsen's January Favourites video on YT this past week I was kinda inspired to write this (you can watch it HERE to get a feel of what I mean) - the fact that she decided to step out of the box and start talking about things that mattered to her and the changes that are happening in her life resonated with me. Throughout your life certain events or people are going to affect the way you act and the easiest thing to do is to go with what's popular or easy, but what I've been learning recently is that it's okay to be different or have different interests. You do you. At the end of the day, it's your happiness that matters most. If you like to collect stamps - awesome, that's a commitment, just because you're not doing what everyone else is doing doesn't make you any less of a badass. ;)

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
Have you went through this kind of a transitional period?
Let me know!

XO, G.



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4 Feb 2015

Waterworks


Black, black and more black - and throw in some grey for good measure. It may officially be the beginning of Spring but it's still ridiculously cold in this corner of the planet, therefore I am in no way ready to open the more colourful side of my closet (the little part of it that exists - haha) just yet.

Yesterday was all about staying warm & stylish at the same time. I'm all over statement coats at the minute and this textured coat is amazing example of my little obsession - throw it on over some great  wardrobe basics and you immediately amp up your look. I paired mine with some leather look trousers and a fab two-toned tee. While the shorter sleeve is one of my favourite features of the coat, I'm not ready just yet to bare my arms in this weather, so I threw on my favourite pair of long gloves from N. Peal. I topped the whole look off with this adorable beanie to give it a more laid back vibe.

Hope you're all having a great week! I'm currently wrapped up at home trying to get through some work. Has it snowed where you are yet?

XO, G.











WHAT I'M WEARING:
Coat | D&G
T-Shirt | Karen Millen
Jeans, Boots & Beanie | River Island
Bag | LV


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