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Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Beautiful Wedding

Hi Dolls,

So I previously blogged about a hen party I went to for a dear friend of mine so I'm going to share the wedding day itself.

On July 28th, in a breezy but sunny Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, our dear friends Caroline and John walked down the isle and were married. The church was beautifully decorated and the little touches really made the difference.

On arrival to the church this was
on a little table inside the door

Theo, the couple's son, carried the sign down the aisle
The groom and groomsmen stood waiting nervously and excited at the top of the alter for the bridal party to arrive. Fashionably late, the bride walked down the isle after her lovely bridesmaids (wearing fuchsia pink dresses from Love Cherish), ring bearer, paige boy and flower girl, had in hand with her dad. I won't lie I got emotional seeing my friend in her stunning white dress finally walking down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams!

The ceremony was beautiful and went very smoothly. After the I Do's and signing the registry all the guests went outside to meet the happy couple and throw confetti as they exited the church.

After a few photo graphs we all headed for the Reception venue, the Bunratty Castle Hotel. The Bride, Groom, Groomsmen and Bridesmaids all went to the castle itself for photo's with the photographer

We were greeted with a lovely drinks reception and finger food on arrival to the hotel as well as a mirror reflecting the seating plan. We all grabbed a drink and got mingling!

Dress from Boohoo Plus, Kimono from New Look,
Hair by Peter Marks and Makeup by Inglot Limerick

The bell rang and all the guests made there way to the reception room which was beautifully decorated. They had a frame on the way in where you write your name on a little wooden heart and drop it inside the frame. Caroline and her sisters decorated jars with glitter and used them as candle holding centre pieces which looked lovely - a nice touch of DIY. Each table was named after a section of the Old Trafford Stadium (as John's a big Man. Utd. fan). It was definitely the little touches that added massively throughout the day.

The food was nice and in between courses came the speeches which were entertaining and heart warming.

The night went very smoothly from food into dancing. We had a great time. We stayed in the hotel that night to avoid driving home too late and too tired. We had such a lovely night dancing and chatting to other guests.

Us with the happy couple
I couldn't be happier for them. They are finally married ;)

Lots of Love

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cluck cluck... It's Hen Time!

Hi Dolls,

So mid June I had my very first Hen Party! The excitement leading up to this event was ridiculous! Lots of drama for me beforehand but it wouldn't be an event it didn't!

So the Hen was on 11th June in Cork City. The morning started off pretty lazy to be honest! I had to unpack from my holiday the prior week (by unpack I mean find the essentials - GHD, makeup) and repack for the hen. Of course in the last 30 mins before I was due to leave I packed my bag, straightened my hair and off I went (makeup free eek!). I got a snap from the bride/hen who had her hair and makeup done to the theme of the hen and with my hair like a frizz ball and no makeup on I was freaking lol! I quickly straightened my hair so I'd look some bit human and put in my red bandana (I also had Penneys red "converse" on).
Sabrina and I (and the wine!)
Some of us hen's got the train to Cork from Charleville. The Hen, Caroline, her sisters Elaine and Sabrina and myself got the train together. Elaine is the Maid of Honor and Sabrina a Bridesmaid. When on the train, annoyingly others had sat in our pre-booked seats, so we had to ask them to move! Once all seated Sabrina broke out the cutest hen party bags for us! We of course had to have an immediate nose inside! I'm raging I didn't get a pic of the contents. The bags each had a personalised tag, inside there was a small bottle of wine (yummy), a dare card, a willy stray, polo mints, tayto crisps, plaster, paracetamol, a "Hen Party"/"Bridesmaid" sash and a photo prop. These were such a thoughtful and cute idea and so easy to DIY!
Once we arrived in Cork's Kent Station we got a taxi to the hotel. We stayed in the Clarion Hotel. Once we arrived we checked in and went straight to our rooms. I had room 406 with Sarah and Danielle (the Hen's cousins), the Bride had room 405 with her sisters, and 404 was also occupied by us! We had our rooms next to each other which was super handy! And the bride's room had amazing views and big open windows). Each room was stocked with the usual teas, coffees, biscuits, shower stuff and an added bonus was bottles of water for the hangovers the next morning ;)

As the girls had their hair and makeup done, I jumped straight in to fixing my hair and makeup. Sarah and Danielle arrived and we got chatting to get to know each other better while they got ready. We all got dressed and were ready to go! While some finishing touches were added I popped out the Prosecco! I bought some plastic champagne flutes from Tesco which were super handy!
(L-R) Elaine, Danielle, Caroline and Sabrina
We had a 3 course meal in the hotel's restaurant Kudos (we were sat in the lobby of the hotel which was a bit weird lol). The food was delicious and very filling. We had a few drinks with dinner. Once that was finished we got a taxi to the Mardyke Entertainment Complex. We began with a cocktail making glass in The Porterhouse (one of four bars in the complex). Our bartender was Michelle (I think). We had some champagne to start, then Mojito's, then Cosmo's (my fave!) and then we had a shot like a baby Guinness but with different ingredients. Yum yum and yum. That was a lot of fun!
Once the shots were had it was time for Karaoke. We headed upstairs, grabbed a drink and headed up to our private karaoke pod. We set up a few songs to play and after about 15 minutes in burst a stripper! The hen was not impressed (at the beginning) because she specifically said no, but she had to have some surprise through the night ;) hehe.
Very patriotic with his Irish flag!
After the Karaoke, we headed towards to Bowery. At this point I snuck back to the hotel in a taxi to change into my flats! I couldn't enjoy the night anymore in my heels :( I met the girls back in the Bowery. The hotel arranged for a reserved area with a bottle of Champers (if we got there before 11pm). We had a dance, drinks and some dare's were carried out! I won't disclose more ;)

We then moved on Reardan's, we passed through and went straight for the que to the night club. After a bit of a dance, and making our way to the overcrowded Secret Garden, some of us headed back to the hotel! It was such a brilliant night! The next morning we all headed for breakfast in the hotel and caught up on the night before! I had an absolute brill time and I'm sure the other ladies did too!

Close up of hair and makeup
Dress: New Look (link)

Lots of Love

Birthday Wish List

Hey dolls,

I'm baaaaack! It's been a while since I blogged I just find it so hard to find time to blog and find inspiration and the energy to sit in front of a computer - I sit in front of a computer all day at work!

Another year, another birthday. So I'm 27 on Sunday, that's a scary thought! Only 3 years from 30, the mid life crisis, the panic for the future and all that! Yikes lol.

I'm mainly writing this post to show you guys and girls what my birthday wish list is, but sadly I probably won't get anything close to what's on my list!

This is my 3rd attempt at doing this post and my birthday was yesterday so a bit of a fail but I'm going to go with it anyway! :P

Avya Foundation Brush

Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads and Beautiful Body Oil

HairBurst Gummies

Mini V Nutrition Supplements

Hairfinity Hair Vitamins

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Products

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit
 (All pics from Instagram with account names in each pic)

I've been lusting after some of these products for a long time and they always pop up on my social media news feeds. Another one I really want is the Aurora Hair Night Curler, this would be so handy as a busy mom to have luscious hair so easily!

Lots of Love