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2018: A Year In Review

2018 was a big one for me. I graduated, I moved out of my family home, I travelled a ton, I started new jobs, and I met a bunch of new people. I can look back at myself a year ago and see someone who had no idea what the future held, who was unsure of what she wanted to do, and even more unsure of how to achieve the things she knew she wanted. Today I am far less afraid of the unknown, I embrace it and look forward to it and just hope to be lucky enough to get to experience more of it. This year has changed everything about me, from the hair on my head the very essence of my outlook on life. Here’s what happened, maybe after reading you’ll be able to understand why I’ve become such a different person in such a short period of time.
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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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August in Instagram!

My monthly Instagram review posts continue! For those of you who are new to my blog – every month I post a little review of my month as seen through my Instagram. It’s just an easy way of showing my blogger friends what I get up to on a daily basis throughout the month and an easy way to get to know the person behind the writing! Here’s August, hope you enjoy, x

(The captions for the photos run from most recent to least recent, top to bottom, left to right)

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saying goodbye to the beach ❤ back to school motivation ❤  Summer Lookbook 2016!

hiking up a literal creek ❤ This Is Paradise – Queen St W ❤ Cliffs of Moher

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Summer Lookbook 2016! ❤ Cordelia loving the summer sun ❤ Daniel Wellington watch

Hiking up Mt. Josephine ❤  Summer Lookbook 2016! ❤  classic summer ice cream diner

LOVIN Merla Mae ice cream ❤ Prince Arthur’s Landing ❤  Hillcrest Park Sunken Gardens

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 read my past Instagram 2016 posts here:

January ~ February ~ March ~ April ~ May ~ June ~ July 

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Explore Thunder Bay | Kakabeka Falls

Spring has SPRUNG! I think it’s about time I hit you all with another post about my hometown. I’ve been trying to slowly showcase some of my favourite places around town – you can check out my other posts & videos here. 😊

Last night Tyler and I decided to head out to Kakabeka Falls for a little date night. Kakabeka Falls is about 20-30 minutes outside of Thunder Bay driving out on Oliver Rd past Murillo. It’s an adorable little township with the absolute best waterfalls in Northern Ontario. The waterfalls are lined with really well kept trails and sight seeing spots.

There’s a little bridge – one for walking and one for driving – that goes across the waterfalls to more trails on the opposite side. Kakabeka Falls is also home to some favourite hiking spots in town. You can do a short hike to a place called “Little Falls” where there’s a very tall but low-flow waterfall (perfect for adventuring on!) Since it was already around 7pm we didn’t do any hiking but I’ll certainly be going back soon 😊…

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April in Instagram!

Aloha pals! This year I’ve been uploading a series of Instagram posts to give you guys a bit of a better idea of what I’ve been up to throughout the month outside of blogging 🙂 If you’ve been a follower for awhile I’m sure you may have noticed that I’ve been a bit uninspired lately… Exams just took a lot out of me I think. I always feel a bit strange after I finish a school year, I feel like the bit between school and summer work leaves me in a bit of limbo where I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with myself. This month I’m hoping to take advantage of my spare time and do a lot more work on my blog and YouTube channel, but more on that later 🙂

Here are my Insta posts for April from most to least recent – scroll down for descriptions.  ❤

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#tbt conservatory visits  ❤ Holland Bakery donuty goodness  ❤ Spring filming OOTD!

Anastasia Dipbrow review  ❤  Terry Fox Lookout  ❤  Sweet North Bakery brioche

hikes at the Sleeping Giant  ❤ Kylie Lip Kit video!  ❤  #tbt Mykonos

Froyo dates!!  ❤  Instagram prints   ❤  History girls getting formal

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You can read my past Instagram 2016 posts here:

January ~ February ~ March 

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Photography | A Photo Study on the North Shore

The North Shore of Lake Superior that is- these pictures were taken while I was on a little vlogging adventure with my pups. We went to a few different sites just south of Thunder Bay, Ontario, lakeside.

Let’s go!


Mackenzie Point: My personal fav spot to go star gazing in the summer months….

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Photography | A Photo Study on Winter Days

Hi guys! Last week I spent a little time out at Centennial Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario with my dogs 😊I went for a snowshoe and they went for a walk but it was so beautiful I couldn’t help but snap a few pictures.


  

  This will be my last winter appreciation post for awhile… and I as pretty as it is, I think I’m okay with that 🙂

xx Sabrina

February in Instagram!

Hi friends! Here’s last month as seen on my Instagram 😊


#tbt to Santorini ~ bath time with Big Blue bath bomb ~ overalls are a fav of mine

baking macarons ~ visits to the conservatory ~ trips to the bakery

exploring ~ #tbt summer time ~ snuggly pup

donut phone case selfie!! ~homework & cheesecake ~ ice cream date at Menchies

xx Sabrina

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Photography | A Photo Study in Italy

Hi friends! In case you’ve missed it so far, every Friday I have been revisiting one of my past travels through photos on my blog 🙂 So far we’ve been to France and Greece, today we’re going to the homeland -Italy!

Our adventure starts in Florence:

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Lifestyle | Bucket List 2016

Hellllllloah friends! Today my sister posted her own bucket list blog post and inspired me to do the same! If you want to read her’s just click here. About 3 or 4 years ago one of my friends bought me a lovely little antique teapot for my birthday. I couldn’t use it for tea and I didn’t really like that it was just sitting collecting dust in my room. So, one day I was really fed up with my boring old life and I decided to write down my bucket list and keep it in my teapot so I could pull it out and add to it and such whenever I wanted. Since then I’ve started writing down things I would like to do on bits of paper and tossing it in. Today, I have lots and lots of paper and I’ve actually accomplished a few things as well! bucket list x1

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