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26.11.16

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016


2016 is by far one of the best years yet for the selection of gifts available online. Whether you're on the hunt for books, makeup, shoes or accessories for your recipient, it's all there! There's products below available for all budgets, interests and a variety of tastes. Keep an eye out for shipping and bundle deals so you can save some extra €€€ when buying. Happy gift shopping!






















11.11.16

5 Tips On How To Find The Perfect Balance Between Work & Studies


It's been a while since I wrote a lengthy, chatty post but that's because I'm currently staying at Camp Thesis. I'm nearly halfway through the final year of my BA degree and to say I'm finding it somewhat a struggle to balance my blog and social media with everything would be an understatement.

I'm usually pretty good when it comes to stress-management. Due to anxiety, I've had to learn coping skills and they're a blessing when it comes to this. However, as you'll understand if you've been in this position, it's difficult to try and balance studies with your job - whatever that may be.

My blog means I'm self-employed so I dictate my own hours and work flow. It's a blessing and a curse. It means I'm not tied down to a job where I'm running to and from college between times but it also means it gets very easy to get overwhelmed with a pile-up. I don't have someone telling me to do X and Y and being your own boss can often make it easier to procrastinate.

I thought it'd be useful to write down 5 of my current coping tips on how to balance your work life and studies. It's essential to not let anything drown you. That leads to stress, stress and more stress. Both your work and studies will then be affected and it's difficult getting out of it, once you're knee-deep in a backlog. It becomes a cycle that's hard to leave. I hope this post helps!

1. TAKE A STEP BACK AND BREATHE 

Pretty obvious but when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with life, it's majorly important to step back and breathe. Take one big inhale and exhale, and tell yourself you're going to get through it. Having a good attitude when it comes to facing stress is so important. Heading in with a negative, tired and stressed mind will only show up in the work at hand.

Give yourself a full day (if possible) to recuperate. Sleep. Run yourself a bath. Don't open your laptop. Switch off your phone. Rest your brain and body for 24 hours and mentally prepare yourself to get stuck in to whatever's stressing you out the next day. Don't see it as laziness or procrastination - think of it as as an essential breather.

2. BREAK UP YOUR TASKS

During your breather day, organise your work load. Create timetables for both your job and studies, stick them on to your bedroom wall. Place your timetables somewhere that you look at first thing in the morning. Read over them and make a mental plan in your head for what's happening that day.

Breaking up your work is essential because if you don't, you're handing yourself unnecessary stress on a plate. Timetables work great for me; I use physical ones and I also keep note of lectures/ events/ tasks in my phone's calendar so I can always can check back on the go. Which leads me on to..

3.  WRITE IT DOWN 

I'm a big fan of notebooks and lists. It's all well and good printing things out and jotting notes down on your phone but the reality is, we often forget what we've written within minutes, by doing so. Writing things down, pen and paper, will not only enable you to release stress but it means you'll have a greater chance of remembering the information.

I have separate notebooks for college, blog work, my personal life and to-do lists. Writing everything down in the one book would make me feel overwhelmed so the physical separating of them, means I can approach it all individually.

When you're initially overwhelmed by everything, start by writing down a to-do list for both college and work in a separate notebook. List down what you need to do for both and for when. Prioritise what's stressing you out the most. Write down your timetables and see what overlaps or clashes.

Checking your notebooks every day will ensure you're on top of things and trust me, it feels great ticking things off. Start off small with one or two tasks a day (or week, depending on you) and aim to complete a list within the month (again, dependable on your situation).

4. CATCH THEM ZZZZ'S

Again, a no-brainer but this is one of my personal downfalls. When I get really stressed, my sleep gets disrupted. I can lie awake for hours overwhelming myself about the next day. When the next day arrives, I'm sleep-deprived and can't approach many of my tasks with a clear head.

Breaking up your work with the above tools will aid you in sleeping. You've already put your thoughts and tasks on to paper so you can settle your mind by knowing so. If something is keeping you awake, keep a small notepad beside your bed, write it down and look at it again in the morning.

Sleep-deprivation is my biggest killer when it comes to balancing my life, in all aspects. It makes me a weak, uncreative, jittery and unenthused person. If something is disrupting my zzzz's, I try and nip it in the bud as soon as possible.

Aiming to get at least 6-8 hours sleep is essential for many people. If you're like me and take ages to fall asleep once you get into bed, get in a little earlier. Opt to read a book or listen to a podcast instead of endlessly scrolling through Twitter before you sleep. Your brain will rest easier.

5. REEVALUATE YOUR TIME MANAGEMENT

This ties in with writing your tasks down and breaking things up. Time management is key when it comes to a successful work and college life - especially if you're struggling to balance both. As I mentioned previously, if you find college and work are clashing or are causing you stress on certain days, see if you can fix that. Speak to your employer about switching times around and be clever when selecting the likes of electives in college - be wary of the times and see if you can opt for one that'll slide into your day without hassle.

Panicking and running to and from X, to get to Y, causes you to fuss and overthink. It creates anxiety and it physically tires you out before you even arrive. Allowing yourself at least an hour break in between college and work is fundamental. You need the time to switch off from a lecture, grab some food and travel to your job/ destination with a settled mind.

I usually dedicate the mornings and afternoons to college and leave the evenings for anything blog-related. I update my social media here and there during the day but focus on work when I come home. Splitting up my day means I'm never confused or feel like anything's building up.

If I do need to 'work' during college hours - a scheduled social media post for a brand, for example - I'll set a reminder 5 minutes before the planned time for it. I give myself the time to grab my caption (usually pre-written in my notes), edit the photo and make sure the information is all correct.

If something comes up during the day/ week that screws up your plan, find a solution on how to approach it with as little stress as possible. Reminders on my phone help me a lot because my brain can rest for the day knowing I'll be reminded about whatever it is in advance.

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Your mental health is so, so, so important - particularly when it comes to major life factors such as education and employment. Allowing yourself to get stressed and overwhelmed can be dangerous and detrimental to your overall happiness. It's crucial that you allow yourself the time to find a solution to making your life as easy as possible when it comes down to it.

I hope my advice helps albeit it might seeming a little obvious to some. However, I know many a blog post has helped me when it comes to similar situations. Take the time to breathe. It is possible and you can do it. Be smart, be wise with your time and know when enough's enough.


“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."  – John Lubbock

23.10.16

HALLOWEEN WISHLIST

My favourite time of year has arrived, good 'ol Halloween! There's an incredible amount of spooky pieces available online this year; whether you're on the hunt for the perfect costume or some Morticia-inspired accessories, you're spoilt for choice. I hope you find something below!















6.10.16

OOTD feat. Bershka | WIN My Look With Jervis Shopping Centre


My second look in collaboration with Jervis Shopping Centre* is head-to-toe Bershka. I was spoilt for choice choosing the outfit; there were rails upon rails of 90's grunge perfection - heaven!

I styled this dusky pink bomber jacket with a band tee ('large' so it's oversized), a frayed grungy skirt and some classic black heeled boots. Accessories-wise, I kept it simple with hooped earrings.

You can win this ENTIRE Bershka outfit worth €100, thanks to Jervis Shopping Centre by clicking here. (All items will be in your specific size, of course.)

Students - next Tuesday from 6:30pm-10pm, Jervis Shopping Centre are holding a student night with 20% off across the centre, including Bershka. Happy shopping!


Photography - Patrick Quinn Byrne

5.10.16

October Wishlist


Autumn has arrived, my favourite season (for obvious reasons)! It's time to incorporate layers into your wardrobe, to get wear out of your last few summer bits. AW16 is full of leopard-print (YAY), velvet, faux fur and metallics. Super easy to wear pieces but still fashion-savvy. Happy shopping!