A New York City Getaway

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At the very end of the winter holidays, my sisters, my mom and I jetted off to New York City to kickstart the new year. New York City holds a soft spot in all of our hearts I think. After years of mixing and matching on our trips there we finally all made it out together. We only spent three and a half days there, but they were – like always – jam packed. One day we walked over 25 km. That’s right, over 25 km in a city where there’s a cab on every corner – never again. Continue reading

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 GIVEAWAY

Aloha pals! I have finally (kind of) sorted out how to do this giveaway. As you may know last year I hit 1,000 followers on here (wahoo!), and I hit 500 subscribers (almost 600 now!) on my Youtube channel! I have an extra Fujifulm polaroid camera sitting in my room that I thought would be nice to giveaway as a little thank you!

Full Disclosure: I bought the camera on my 18th birthday, and I used it a few times, but then I got a white one for my 19th birthday from someone who didn’t know I already had one, and I ended up putting stickers all over that one and just generally using it waaaaay more. SO this poor old Fujifilm has been sitting in it’s box for well over a year now and I think it’s time I got around to giving it a better home. It’s in perfect condition, as I said, I still have the box and everything! If you’re not okay with the fact that it is (gently!!!) used, don’t enter.

This giveaway will include:

  • a black Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
  • one package of polaroid film (1o pictures)

How to enter: 

  • Share this blog post on one of your forms of social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc)
  • Follow me on the same form of social media that you share this on, my social media links are at the bottom of this page.
  • Post a link to where you shared it in the comments below, along with an email or twitter account that I can contact you through!

I will be picking a winner in at the end of the month, on February 28th. If whoever wins doesn’t respond to me in 3 days, I’ll pick a second winner. As the UK is one of my biggest demographics, this giveaway is open to North America and the UK. 

I’ve never done a giveaway before, so here’s hoping this all goes smoothly! If I’ve forgotten to mention something or you have any questions, just let me know in the comment section!

Good luck,

x Sabrina

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YouTube | My Favourite Books!

My latest video is a bit different than I’m used to but I really love it! I went through my top 8 favourite books of all time and chatted about what they’re about/why I love them.

Watch it here:

If you have any book recommendations or if you’ve read any of these and want to chat about them leave a comment below!! ALSO: if you’re a subscriber let me know how you feel about these types of videos/which videos you’d like to see more of!

x Sabrina

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Holy Grail Beauty Products

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I’m not one for ‘monthly favourites’ videos or posts, but I thought a review of all of my favourite ‘holy grail’ products from 2016 would be a good way to share my all-time favourite beauty products with you!! Continue reading

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Travel | Temple Bar & Downtown Dublin

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Here is the last little segment on my Irish adventures! Last October I travelled to Ireland to visit a friend for reading week. Since then, I’ve been slowly putting together little collections of photos from my visit and documenting all my adventures there for you! In case you missed it, I’ve already done posts for Phoenix Park and Dun Laoghairenow here’s what I got up to when I stayed in downtown Dublin and spent my days walking around O’Connell Street and Temple Bar. One day, I venture off a little bit to visit the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland – totally worth it! I’ve added in some of the pictures I took there too, because they’re some of my favourites.

The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

I had to walk about half an hour to get here, probably would have been way easier to get a cab or take the bus, but I really wanted to take the opportunity to see Dublin! I was not disappointed by my walk, I got outside of the central business area and got to see some cute neighborhoods and parks and residential areas and such. Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

Entry to the gardens is free (lush!) and the gardens are huge. Even though it’s a bit out of the way, if you’re a fan of botanic gardens, it’s definitely worth going to. It was a bit rainy when I got there, but there were plenty of conservatories to dip into and big trees to hide under, and I was wearing my hunter boots and raincoat, so I wasn’t too bothered. They also have art installations all over the place, I don’t think I got a picture of many but they were awesome! More places should do that, it really added to the experience!Processed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 preset

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Here’s one of the installations I mentioned!

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The rest of my days downtown were spent shopping in and around O’Connell street, and walking over to the Dublin Castle and Temple Bar area. Here are some pictures from O’Connell street and the surrounding area (aka pictures I took walking to the area from my hotel).

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Dublin Castle & Temple Bar

Okay, I never went in Dublin Castle because I was super hungry and anxious feeling, and I only really went for dinner in Temple Bar (after walking to Dublin Castle, ha!). I didn’t take too many pictures in either area, but here are a few! Processed with VSCO with g3 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 preset

Ladurée Dublin

Ladurée is just a bit beyond the Temple Bar area, and I found it completely by accident. I was walking around looking for places to shop (because I really didn’t have anything else to do) and I started having horrible indigestion and anxiety. Turn the corner – cue angels singing – and there’s a Ladurée. Blessed. I got a green tea and a pistachio macaron, sat outside and people watched. The man who helped me was beyond lovely and I felt a lot better after going, so I thought it deserved it’s own special shout out!

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A Chiara Ferragni box! I was so happy to see that. 

And that’s that! Some notes about my stay downtown – I stayed at the Belvedere Hotel, which was perfectly lovely and the location was great – not too central, but not too far from central, and it had a nice cafe on the corner! I didn’t take any buses apart from getting from UCD area to downtown, and I didn’t take any cabs apart from the one I took to the airport. The bus from downtown to the airport was only around 30 euro (I believe… it was awhile ago now). If you have any other questions just let me know!! I’ll do my best to answer!

These pictures were (mostly) edited in VSCO with the F2 preset, and taken on my iPhone 6.

Hope you enjoyed!

x Sabrina

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Travel | Dun Laoghaire, Dublin 

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I took this walking along the shorefront, with a selfie stick, while people stared. Dedication.

If you follow me on Instagram, it will come as no surprise that on my recent trip to Dublin, Dun Laoghaire was a particular favourite of mine. I traveled to Dun Laoghaire on the 46A (in the opposite direction of Phoenix Park, which I went to the day before). It was a relatively cheap and quick bus ride, and I spent the rest of the day wandering around Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove. Can I just say, if you’re going to spend a day wandering around Dublin and you want it to feel particularly magical, go to Dun Laoghaire. I felt like I was walking through the scenes of a very well written novel – probably because there’s lots of Ulyssess mentions everywhere, but still. Look at these pictures I took while there, (be warned, I took a lot, these are just my favourites!), and try and tell me that you don’t think it’s a magical place. (You’d be wrong, because it is).

Walking from the bus stop to Sandycove

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I walked along the shorefront to the beach

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One time I turned a corner and there was an old man playing fetch with his dog on these rocks. True story, and highlight from my visit.

 

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Sandycove Beach and the Forty Foot

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It was October, this is the ocean, people were swimming both at the beach and at the Forty Foot. Unreal. 

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Sandycove Beach

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I took this at the Forty Foot and I just like it a lot

Dun Laoghaire Pier

I couldn’t leave without going for a walk along the pier. It was a bit chilly so I picked up a hot chocolate from the Teddy’s food van, and drank it while I walked. Seriously one of the best hot chocolates I’ve had, but I was really cold, and it was really beautiful, so I might be a bit biased. The view of the sailboats in the harbour was idyllic, you’ll see. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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Appreciation pic of my delicious hot chocolate

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Looking out at the sea from between the rocks on the pier

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Then, before I left I did a bit of walking around in what I assume is the ‘downtown’ area of Dun Laoghaire. I went to a Starbucks, and a Penneys, and I took a picture of a church and a street corner, enjoy.

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Some of these images have been processed with various filters from VSCO, if you want to know which one just ask in the comments! These are all my favourite pictures from one of my favourite places, hope you enjoyed and please leave comment if you do! More pictures from Temple Bar and downtown Dublin coming soon 🙂

x Sabrina

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December in Instagram!

I’m on top of my game this month and am actually writing this post on the last day of the month! Only took me 12 months but here we are. If you’re new here – throughout the year I’ve been posting a review of my month as seen through my Instagram. I find it’s a nice way to show you guys what I get up to in between blog posts (and also showcase my stellar photography skills – I’m joking). Here’s December!

(The pictures run from most recent to least, top to bottom, left to right.)

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a friendly reminder for the end of the year!  ♡ layering appreciation post  ♡ journaling

wishing everyone a happy holiday!  ♡ check out my gift wrap  ♡ winter adventures!

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decorating with nutcrackers  ♡ literally wrapped all these gifts ♡ steph‘s 22nd birthday!!!

luscious hair/chubby faced selfie  ♡ christmas work party!  ♡ look at my pretty dress!

#tbt dun laoghaire  ♡ instead of an angel, we have an owl  ♡ #tbt national conservatory

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annual dying of exams selfie  ♡ i touched those antlers!!!!!!  ♡ love to my history girls

#tbt national conservatory  ♡ tbay art gallery appreciation  ♡ 20s party!!!

i want to live here. 1st pic of december!  ♡ these last two are from nov but ya know  ♡

(Pictures are generally edited with either the G3 or M5 filters on VSCO, and Ludwig on Insta!)

Any mention of a blog post or video has been made into a clickable link so please do click through and explore my month a little more if you feel so inclined. I didn’t post a ton this month, I’ve been having a bit of an Instagram inspiration block – especially recently. Comment your Instagram usernames so I can check them out!

x Sabrina

You can check out my past Instagram 2016 posts here:

January ~ February ~ March ~ April ~ May ~ June ~ July ~ August ~ September ~ November

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ps. when you’re reading this I’ll be heading to NYC! Make sure you give my instagram a follow so you catch all my street style snaps, x

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