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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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A New Take on Traditional

This is by far my favourite outfit post that I’ve ever done. A few months ago I (finally) booked a trip to Cuba after years of pining to go, but even before the flight was booked I picked up this dress – THE dress. It has so many hints of traditional Spanish women’s fashion that it breaths life into the outfit and just emanates an ambience of Spanish style. It’s one of those pieces that you buy because it gives you a feeling and a vision, and I just knew it would be perfect for my trip to Cuba (and future travels!!) Are you ready for it? …

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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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Travel | Spring in Grand Marais

Hi friends! Today I’m going to take you to one of my all-time favourite places – Grand Marais, Minnesota. It’s a small lakeside town about an hour and a half away from Thunder Bay and I go there as many times as a girl can over the summer. It’s the perfect place to go for a little day-long getaway, there are plenty of cute little shops and scenery = the perfect place to spend the day walking around and exploring. This past Tuesday Tyler and I went out to Grand Marais for the first time this summer, this is what we got up to!…

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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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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

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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