Saturday, December 24, 2016

Reflecting On 2016: My Year In Review




Welcome back to Grace With Love Blog for my last post of 2016- Reflecting On 2016: My Year in Review. Firstly, it is my sincere hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and made the most of the festivities,fun and food! As we approach 2017 it is now a poignant time to reflect on the highs and lows and most importantly the valuable life lessons learned in 2016. The Socrates quote "the unexamined life is not worth living" still resonates with me from Philosophy of Education lectures of old. Self-reflection has become  a central part of my life this year and this is a skill I hope to continue to develop in 2017 with the aid of "The Happiness Planner". Those of you who have been following Grace With Love Blog from day one will know that 2016 has been a completely and utterly life-changing year for me. If you are new to this blog, make yourself a cuppa, sit back and relax as we take a nostalgic look back on a year of highs, lows and a story of new found strength.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Limerick Style Experience 2016





On  Friday 9th December twenty fashion bloggers from around Ireland descended upon The Treaty City for the first ever Limerick Style Experience. As an attendee of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick has become my second home over the past four years and it was an absolute pleasure to embrace the local boutiques, independent retailers and fabulous cuisine this thriving city has to offer alongside fellow members of the blogging community. Tourism in Limerick has been booming since 2016 with the roaring success of the City of Culture 2016 initiative and events such as the Style Experience further enhance Limerick's reputation as a shopping hot-spot and must visit destination. Read on to discover the beautiful businesses we visited on our walking tour of Limerick and for a taster of the splendid style the city has in abundance!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Winter Playlist & Sudio Sweden Wireless Earphone Review




Those of you following Grace With Love Blog on Snapchat @graciec93_x will have noticed my willingness to increase my "tech game" of late! Since starting the blog the amount of time spent online is increasing daily for me and it is important to be using quality equipment to guarantee quality content creation. A huge investment in technology and photography is coming soon (keep those eyes peeled!) but first of all to test the waters, I recently tried my hand with wireless earphones. Are Sudio Sweden's offering worth the hype? Read on to discover my thoughts and for some inspiration in terms of the music on my playlist this Winter 2016.
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Friday, November 25, 2016

The Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Discounts!



Good morning Grace With Love Blog readers! Black Friday is upon us at last and believe me the deals this year have been well worth the wait! As those of you who follow my Snapchat know I have been researching the best discounts around since early last week to share with you all. Without further adue, may the shopping BEGIN, enjoy!!!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

WIN! Jo Browne Natural Solid Perfume Review & Giveaway | CLOSED



It is with delight that Grace With Love Blog features Natural Solid Perfume, a new and innovative concept in fragrance from Carlow businesswoman Jo Browne. As a writer it is such a pleasure to support businesses near and far on their exciting entreprenurial adventures and watching them grow and flourish. Jo's idea is certainly hot property at the moment as this unique range has now landed on both British and Australian shores , so what exactly is the secret behind her success? Read on to find out my thoughts and for your chance to win a full perfume collection!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Leonard Cohen: A Tribute

Leonard Cohen 1934-2016 (source: leonardcohen.com) 

Sadly, millions around the world are today mourning the loss of Leonard Cohen, poetic genius, songwriter and musician following his untimely death yesterday. Cohen is said to have passed away peacefully aged 82 in Canada following a career spanning six decades. Personally, as an admirer of Cohen's visionary literary work Grace With Love Blog  has decided to arrange  a collection of the icon's most powerful words as an ode to his incredible work and everlasting talent, may he rest in peace. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Chokers: My Top 30*




Grace With Love Blog is back with some great news to light up your Thursday evening. As you may be aware chokers are well and truly BACK en vogue and we are absolutely delighted! They add a real quirky edge to an outfit and can make a huge statement with very little effort required. Celebrities everywhere from the Hadid and Jenner sisters to Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss have been fully embracing the 90's trend with open arms and now it's your turn! Having posted a picture wearing a black velvet choker from primpandstyle.com on my Snapchat recently (graciec93_x), a few of you have been asking for my favourite picks. Fear not, after searching the best online sites for my readers you will find my top 30 lust-worthy selection below, do any of the stunning picks catch your eye? As always, simply tap on an image to be brought to the direct link. Happy shopping ladies, enjoy ! x
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Reality of Depression: 10 Facts You Need To Know

Artwork: Ajgiel

World Mental Health Day took place last Monday October 10th as a day for "global education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma" and what an incredibly beneficial and much needed service this campaign is in our modern day climate. In writing this post the aim is to shine a light on the reality of depression. Read on to discover the truth about this debilitating illness and how you can recognise the signs and symptoms in time.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to Save Money on Printing Costs




As a college student or young professional printing is now a necessity in our modern day world. Believe me, you will spend a lot of money on ink over the duration of your college course between printing notes and depending on your area of study- lesson plans, resources, drawings (you get my drift!) So how can we curb this expense to make sure we budget wisely and keep our money for items we would much rather spend out money on..like clothes, books or food? ;) Read on for my help and your exclusive discount code! 
                                                                                              
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Thoughts on Kindness



Image via @yogainspiration


First and foremost, always try to be kind to yourself- you deserve it! 

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

5 Body Shop Must-Haves!



The Body Shop is without question one of my favourite destinations for cosmetics, hair care, skin care and fragrance and the reasons are threefold. Firstly, the company offers a holistic approach to beauty based on making people feel good- "face, body and soul". Secondly, The Body Shop cares about social justice and making an ethical and sustainable difference to our world, a huge plus for me. Thirdly, did you know The Body Shop were the first company to introduce fair trade to the cosmetics industry? Buying from The Body Shop makes a positive contribution to the lives of small-scale farmers and tackles the injustice of exploitation. Beauty with heart indeed! Their products are unbelievably lust-worthy and constantly on my wishlist! It was a challenging task but I have narrowed the list down, read on for my Top 5 Body Shop Must Haves.  Enjoy!
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dare to Wear Denim






After a long day at work I'm sure like many of you around the country there is nothing more relaxing than coming home to some "me" time. This month my me time has been spent indulging in the fashion notes of Magpie Magazine. To my delight and the joy of anyone who loves a bit of casual style in their down time, DENIM is back on trend and back with a bang with celebrities and designers flaunting the trend in jackets, dresses, shorts and jumpsuits this season. Find my best of denim collection below to get the trend this Autumn/ Winter. Happy shopping!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Wedding Style



Happy Friday!

We attended our first family wedding this week and after months of preparation a glorious day was had by all. Luckily the rain subsided and there was plenty of style on show if you are looking for some wedding fashion inspiration. The event took place in Clayton Whites Hotel in Wexford and we all thoroughly agreed that this is a state of the art establishment for a wedding reception. Read on for outfit details and a look at the beautiful bride! 
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Monday, August 29, 2016

An Introduction to Twinkl!





In my time as a student teacher we have been introduced to and experimented with numerous websites offering resources for educators to use in the modern classroom.  The site that stands out a mile and has been a genuine life-saver for me throughout my teaching practices to date has without doubt been twinkl.co.uk. As I undertake my final year school placement Twinkl have kindly gifted me a platinum subscription to sample, use and review the resources in the months ahead. Today, I would like to introduce you to the website, inform you of what it has to offer and there will be a follow-up review once my placement is complete. Stay tuned!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Perfect Autumn/ Winter Foundation!




Hello beauties!


As you know the Autumn/ Winter season is just upon us and this usually requires a slight shift in our beauty and skincare routines. Anyone following my Instagram (@gracewithloveblog) and Snapchat (@graciec93_x) will know that I am a long time devotee to the Estée Lauder Double Wear and Mac Studio Fix Fluid foundations. However, our skin is one area that truly deserves the best so it is extremely exciting to put my favourite Japanese brand Shiseido's latest offering to the test! 
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

College Survival Guide


This Monday the fate of over 81,000 prospective students will be determined as the first round of CAO offers are released. According to the Irish Times over 46,000 applicants are Leaving Certificate students who received their results last Wednesday. Isn't is fascinating to reflect on how the rest of this figure comprises mature, repeat, change of mind applicants and students from abroad? This proves that education is an exciting opportunity  available to all regardless of age or life circumstance. With three years of college experience to my name Grace With Love Blog is sharing my top tips for anyone hoping to make the most of their college experience this year! 




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Saturday, August 13, 2016

5 Amazing Websites for Self-Education*





Today Grace With Love Blog brings you a collection of websites that will broaden your mind and provide your brain with a workout when you have a few moments to spare. As a student teacher, technology has become part and parcel of the modern classroom. During my course in Education we have had the opportunity to discover and test new and exciting programmes such as Scratch and Lego Education. The advancement and rapid growth in technology in recent decades is beyond exciting and is a concept we can all use to keep our minds sharp on a daily basis. With this in mind, Grace With Love Blog has researched five amazing websites for you to try out!
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fashion Meets Irish History & Heritage




Irish history, culture and heritage have always been hugely interesting areas to me. History was one of my most adored Leaving Certificate subjects as I just found it completely fascinating to learn about our ancestry and the courageous Irish heroes who bravely fought for our freedom. The 1916 Commemerative events taking place around Ireland this year have undoubtedly proven a riveting success and a wonderful opportunity for us all to reflect on the past while looking forward to our future.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Book Review: Have a Superl!fe by Talya Lewin





As many of you may know from reading The Story Behind Grace With Love Blog well-being is a subject held close to my heart nowadays.. I have always had an interest in rummaging through shelves to uncover new books with exciting tips and information to improve my health. Books are a staple present in our household as what better gift can you give someone than the gift of knowledge and the power to improve their lives? This week Have a Superl!fe by Talya Lewin caught my eye. Superfoods have undoubtedly proved themselves as a trendy concept in the health food industry in recent years and it was truly intriguing to delve deeper into the subject to learn more. The book cover is very alluring as it states "eat healthy, lose weight and feel great". Will the offering live up to this giant claim? Let's find out!

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

WIN! Of Earth Giveaway | CLOSED


Statement necklaces are one of my most worshipped and adored fashion accessories. You may have noticed this love in recent blog posts including my Deep Statement "Adele" piece and Black and Pearl Trinkets Jewellery Necklace. Recently, scrolling through Instagram one gloomy Sunday morning (as you do) @ofearthjewelry came to my attention. Their handmade and vintage collection is so full of colour and spirit. Grace With Love Blog is delighted to announce that there is a sublime piece for one of my lovely readers to win!

Win this gorgeous necklace via Facebook '@gracewithloveblog

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Saturday Style: Vintage Inspiration




Vintage fashion is the epitome of class and elegance in my view. My mother has always had a wonderful eye for exquisite vintage pieces and thankfully I have inherited her grá for this timeless trend. We worked collectively to style this look featuring a beautiful linen dress, statement neck-piece and complimentary heels. Read on for outfit details and some vintage inspiration. 
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream Review


Those of you following my Snapchat (graciec93_x) will have heard me repeatedly raving about the Matte Me Lip Creams from Sleek over the past few months so it is high time to feature these beauties on my blog reviews! Read on for swatches, pros, cons, overall impressions and a glimpse of my favourite shades. 


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Food: Healthy Nutella Alternative



REJOICE!

If you have a chocolate and Nutella addiction that would put Bruce Bogtrotter from Matilda to shame (like myself ;)) I have fantastic news for you! I have just discovered an amazing product that proves a healthier alternative to Nutella with TWICE the protein, HALF the sugar and ZERO palm oil, refined sugars or sweeteners! 
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Get the Look: Bardot Top & Unique Adele Necklace




Can you believe THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR is upon us? Waking up this morning felt like Ireland had suddenly moved beside the Meditteranean! The sun is glorious! It is amazing how much the blessing of gorgeous weather can uplift a nation! Ireland is simply a stunning little country when the sun shines and I hope you are all enjoying soaking up those rays and that fantastic Vitamin D! I am absolutely thrilled to (finally!) open up the summer wardrobe and today gracewithloveblog is celebrating the summer trend of 2016, the bardot top paired with a statement neck-piece!
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Shiseido Event


On Wednesday "Grace With Love Blog" took to the road for my first official blogging event! My Mother and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey from Carlow to Dublin to attend an exclusive Shiseido cosmetics, skincare and fragrance information event. Shiseido is a  Japanese brand founded by Arinobu Fukuhara in 1872. Today Shiseido is a global brand with over 46,000 employees found in 80 countries worldwide. Did you know that the luxury Shiseido brand has been in Ireland since 1992?

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Style Wishlist!


Today, looking out of my window to witness a spot of stunning sunshine (that hopefully will stick around a while longer) it suddenly struck me that is MID-JULY! We are in the height of the summer and who would believe it? To be honest, with the recent weather none of us have really had much of a chance to display our summer attire!  Here is my summer style wishlist featuring looks that I've been lusting over from Pretty Little Thing! All we need is for the weather to finally pick up to flaunt these beautiful pieces,so here's hoping!


               

                                                           

                  Milla Orange Lace Bodycon Dress                 Kitana Embroidered Denim Shorts

Perfect for: summer nights out                                     Perfect for: summer strolls
Wear with: statement heels and a cute clutch                 Wear with: simple basic tops 
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Monday, July 11, 2016

Glorious Green Tea!


Health, beauty and vitality truly reflect from the inside out. Who remembers the old saying "what you put into your body can either be the slowest form of poison or the best medicine?" I've discovered over the years that this is unbelievably true! Did you know that green tea is revered as the healthiest drink in the world? Research scientist Dr. Christopher Ochner even certified that he cannot think of a healthier beverage to sip on! So is the hype around green tea really justified and just what magical benefits does this popular drink contain?



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Saturday, July 9, 2016

EOS Fun & Fruity Lip Balm Range



Lip balm is one of my absolute essential items and without doubt many other people out there couldn't live without this amazing little beauty product! Dry, cracked lips are a HUGE pet hate of mine that unfortunately plague me all year round. If like me, you are constantly losing your lip balms it can become a little annoying! Fear not! Did you know that beautyemporium.ie stock the elusive and highly-sought after EOS Lip Balm Range? They stock four fruity flavours- Strawberry Sorbet, Summerfruits, Pomegranate Raspberry and Honeysuckle/ Honeydew. Mmmm delicious!

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Ted Baker: A Timeless Piece



When it comes to fashion my mother has always had a love for exquisite timeless pieces and I am blessed that she has passed this sentiment down to me. Pardon the pun but I truly believe a quality watch is one of those timeless staples that will genuinely last you FOREVER! 
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Interview: Jade Mullett Pro MUA



Supporting and celebrating the incredible talent Irish women have to offer is one of the key messages at the very essence of Grace With Love Blog. It was therefore my pleasure to interview Enniscorthy native and all round wonder-woman Jade Mullett recently. Jade, a Profesional Make-Up Artist, juggles her time between  modelling, Xposé slots, tutoring in the LA College of Creative Arts and working in her own personal make-up studio. Without further adue, let us uncover some of Jade's top beauty tips and tricks!



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Friday, July 1, 2016

Tutorial: BPerfect Eyebrow Makeup Kit

You can imagine my excitement recently when offered the fantastic opportunity to review the BPerfect Cosmetics Semi-Permanent Eyebrow Makeup Kit as loved by So Sue Me! (you can find Sue's review here!) Read on for product details, tutorial and my overall impressions!

                                           
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Essence Make Up Ireland Giveaway Bonanza!



Good afternoon everyone!

Grace here with some very exciting news for all you lovely readers! I am absolutely delighted to announce that I am teaming up with @essencemakeupireland to announce a summer bonanza giveaway!!!
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beauty Secret: Eyes




A wise person once said that "eyes are the window to our soul", what a beautiful sentiment! The purpose of today's beauty feature is to share a secret to achieving big bright glistening eyes to dazzle the world with. Have you heard of this tip before? Let me know in the comments below. 
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Hilarious Harry!




Hey everyone!
I would like to introduce you to my beloved Bichon Frise Harry!
He is only four months old and is definitely at the cheeky pup stage as you will see from the video!
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Look of the Week: Beyonce


Beyoncé in Maria Hoffman and Sugarbird (credit: Fashion Sizzle)
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday Tan: Tantastic Review



This week it was my pleasure to test out the Tantastic Fast Drying Self Tan Lotion. Garner Summer Body (as you may have gathered from reading Summer Essentials: Beauty Products) has been my holy-grail gradual tanning lotion for what appears like centuries  However, my inner curiosity came bursting out after scrolling through Instagram one day and realising that there are so many other brands on the market, so why shouldn't I test them out? After all, variety is the spice of life!

Would Tantastic live up to my high expectations?
Let's find out!



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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Essentials: Beauty Products



Waking up this morning to witness the beautiful sun-shine it suddenly dawned on me how beauty regimes differ depending on the season. Summer trends nowadays tend to focus on re-creating that magical J-Lo glow, bronzed beauty and skincare routines with SPF to protect our bodies from the powerful rays of rhe sun (note-to-self we live in Ireland, however one can always hope!).Without further adue, you are cordially invited to take a sneak-peek into my beauty drawer to discover my stunning six beauty favourites of summer!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Autumn Beauty Release


Here at Grace With Love Blog we are more excited than a child at Christmas for the release of the Urban Decay Moondust eye-shadow pallette 😍 This will be heavenly for all you lovers of pigment & sparkle 💞 The release will be dropping in stores & online for the Fall/Autumn 2016 season
This will surely add some glitter to Autumn :)



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Must-have foundation!



Having recently purchased the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation after reading amazing reviews online and seeing the product repeatedly recommended on Beauty Box it was a pleasure to put the foundation to the test to share a review with my readers. 
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Hair Care Routine for coloured/highlighted hair



Hair is a topic that us ladies love to chat about! So why not start off my new blogging adventure addressing some frequently asked questions about colour. You may have noticed me showing products belonging to my hair care routine on Snapchat (graciec93_x) over  the last few weeks so it struck me that it would be useful to share this information in a blog post. I have a confession to make (it may not be shocking to those of you who know me) but I am  actually naturally a dark brunette!! Over the last year I have transformed into a golden blonde by gradually getting a full head of highlights and repeating the process every few months. As you may imagine frequent dyeing can leave your hair quite brittle and damaged so I needed a quality routine to get my hair back in decent condition ASAP!

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