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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….

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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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Explore Thunder Bay | Mission Marsh

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Fragrance | Coco Mademoiselle Review

Aloha pals, I’ve been dying to write this post but I’ve just been so busy with school I haven’t gotten around to it yet I’m SORRY! I’m going to do a fragrance collection blog post soon, but first I wanted to do a review of my newest addition- Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. It’s no secret that Chanel fragrances are a staple in most peoples’ collection, and I definitely felt it was lacking in my collection. That being said, a lot of the more popular Chanel scents are a bit heavy and musky which is really not my style, so I’ve stayed pretty well away considering they’re so expensive and not really what I’m looking for. coco-2

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September in Instagram!

You must know the drill by now – each month I post an overview of my Instagram posts, just to show you all what I get up to when I’m not blogging! You can see my actual instagram by clicking here. Here’s Septemeber:

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

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My new Hunter rainboots ♡ Cordie loving autumn hikes ♡ Fall appreciation post

4 Hairstyles video promo!! ♡ cloudy skies ♡ back to school inspo

adventuring on the lakeside ♡ Mount Josephine ♡ etsy antler ring appreciation post!!

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my first (peach) pie! ♡ What’s in my School Bag? ♡ My new glasses!

Modern Renaissance palette ♡ 4 Hairstyles video promo! ♡ i spy a deer

back to school inspo!! ♡ lily pads at Monet’s garden ♡ Daisy Dreams

rainbows in Giverny ♡ Sydney’s Frozen Custard (YUM!) ♡ who remembers the duck face???

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 ~ August

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July in Instagram!

Aloha friends! It’s that time of the month again…aka – time for my monthly lifestyle update through Instagram! In case you’re new around here: at the end of each month I post a little round up of all my Instagram posts to share a little insight on my every day life, my style, my personal taste, etc. I find it’s just a really nice way to check in with you guys and get a little more personal 🙂 Here’s July, hope you all had a great month! x

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

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summer flower garden ❤ new youtube video!! ❤ national ice cream day

strawberry picking ❤ happy birthday to me!! ❤ hometown appreciation post

OOTD ❤ how vibrant is that green?! UNREAL ❤ summer clothing haul!

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moody days at Sandy Beach ❤ new  lingerie blog post❤ cordie likes to snuggle while I film

Modern Renaissance Palette post❤ 1st Toronto vlog is up❤ Youtube filming background

new phone case! SPACE CATS ❤ Toronto appreciation post ❤ everyday is flatlay day

And that’s all for July! 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

x Sabrina

You can read my past Instagram 2016 posts here:

January ~ February ~ March ~ April ~ May ~ June

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June in Instagram!

Aloha friends, it’s been awhile! Here’s my usual “monthly instagram” post to let you know what I’ve been up to while I’ve been on my little blog/youtube hiatus (but I’m back now, yahoooooo!) I’ve been posting little monthly updates on my life as seen through instagram since January this year. I think it’s a nice, easy way for my readers to get to know me/my style/my every day lifestyle a little bit better. I’ve gone ahead and hyper linked certain captions with more content related to it so if you see something u like, give it a click! I’ve been trying extra hard this month to be posting more on my instagram and to be creating a more cohesive instagram feed, let me know how I did! 🙂 Here’s June! Happy Canada Day and Independence Day and just plain old July friends! x

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lovin me some van g ❤ modern renaissance palette!! ❤ graffiti appreciation

welcome to paradise #ootd ❤ toronto ❤ all abt the dusty rose detailing

my makeup brush set promo ❤ sweet jesus ice cream ❤ always

fika cafe ❤ tattoos and sleepy mornings ❤ royal york

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quick lil flatlay ❤ i’m a real fire sign ❤ ellie!!!!!

EG concert ❤ Ellie is a real fairy princess ❤ i missed my flight

a few of my fav things this month ❤ beach waves ❤ beach bod

some more fav things ❤ my running motto ❤ new youtube vid

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feetsies and flowers ❤ organic energy balls ❤ new vid

shark dress appreciation ❤ sometimes u gotta ask urself ❤ootd

puppy snugs ❤ ‘the stephanie‘ ❤ shameless selfie sue me

behind the scenes ❤ my makeup brush set promo ❤ xoxo

You can read my past Instagram 2016 posts here:

January ~ February ~ March ~ April ~ May 

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