Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dear 2017...

 Follow me on Instagram @gracewithloveblog for a personal reflection and round up of 2017


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Best of the Winter Sales

Find all of the best winter sales and the discount codes you need below!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Best Black Friday & Cyber Week Deals 2017

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is here and we can barely contain ourselves! Grace With Love Blog has compiled a long list of the best deals in high street fashion (male and female), designer fashion, beauty, activewear, home decor, technology and much more! We have covered all bases and included all the codes and deals you need and promise to regularly update this page over the weekend as more deals become available. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Halloween Beauty Shopping Edit

Phoro by Mum

Halloween 2017 is just around the corner and the haunt and hype surrounding trick or treat season is surely building. Halloween is a wonderful opportunity to get creative with your beauty routine. Make up is a beautiful form of self expression which allows you to have fun, play with colour and enhance your self esteem. We have selected the best beauty products (in our opinion) that are available on the market right now to help you create some spooktacular Halloween themed looks. Remember you can shop any of our picks by clicking on the item to take you directly to the store (so handy).  Do you spot any of your favourites below?


Friday, September 29, 2017

Shop the Trend: Baker Boy Hats

Photo by Mum

Baker boy hats are one of the hottest accessory trends this AW17. There was a huge response to the baker boy hat I wore on Instagram @gracewithloveblog in a look styled during the week (see my exact hat here! Therefore here at Grace With Love Blog HQ we decided to search the shops to bring you the latest on trend baker boy hats to help you make a style statement this season. Simply click on the items below that take your fancy to be redirected to the store! Happy shopping! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

How to Tackle the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

Today September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day, the 15th day of its kind. This prompts us to ask a very serious question- how can we as individuals help to tackle the stigma that still exists regarding mental health issues today? 

Monday, August 28, 2017

5 Must Visit Destinations in Dublin City

Dublin City is steeping in vibrant culture, art, history, heritage and identity. The Irish can often take the beauty of the city for granted and can be guilty of overlooking the rich tourist attractions Dublin has in abundance. It is a very worthwhile and fulfilling experience to explore and discover some of the Capital's hidden gems. A recent visit prompted us to play tourists in Ireland's largest city. Whether you are a resident, commuter or casual visitor we have selected five must visit hot-spots covering culture, music, food, heritage and shopping for your next trip to The Fair City. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

50 Stylish College Supplies

Picture via Pinterest

Welcome back to Grace With Love Blog for a new shopping post! It is now mid August therefore back to school and college time is rapidly approaching! To save you some time to enjoy the last few weeks of Summer we have handpicked 50 stylish items from stationery to technology and everything in-between to help you start a new school year in style. To shop any of the items simply click on the box that takes your fancy to be directed to the store. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

WIN! Back to School Competition!

Grace With Love Blog is delighted to team up with Twinkl Educational Publishing, the trusted home of unique, teacher-created, planning and assessment materials and teaching resources to give one lucky reader a year long platinum membership! Back to school time is rapidly approaching and Twinkl is the perfect helping hand for both parents and teachers. To discover the wonderful services Twinkl offers you can catch up on my blog post An Introduction to Twinkl right here! Keep reading to find out how you can enter for your chance to win this fantastic prize. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Best of Boohoo Premium

Power dressing has hit the high street with a bang with the launch of the limited edition Boohoo Premium Collection. From tasselled playsuits to sizzling bodycons this range will step up your going out wear and occasion fashion to the next level. Find my top picks below which you can shop by clicking the item that catches your eye and lust over the full collection here! Enjoy x


Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Future of Education: Classroom Design & Decor Trends

How do you envision the classroom of 2050? Will technology have completed surpassed the crucial role of teacher? Will the "chalk and talk" method be as prehistoric as the dinosaurs? How will children be equipped to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world? As a newly qualified teacher the above questions spark my curiosity and challenge me on a regular basis. Classroom design and decor are realms that we as educators often tend to neglect due to our ever demanding schedules and this certainly needs to change going forward. The aim of this post is to shine a light on six trends that will shape the future of design and decor in our classrooms in years to come.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dílseacht an Rialtais i leith na Gaeilge

Is buaine dílseacht na toice an tsaoil agus toisc gurb í an Ghaeilge teanga náisiúnta na hÉireann ní mor a admháil go bhfuil dualgas suntasach ag an stát i leith an teanga (O Murchú 2008).Is léir gur cheist casta leathan atá idir lámha ag an údar anseo. É sin ráite tá trí spriocanna agam i gcomhair an taighde seo 1) anailís a dhéanamh ar pholaisithe agus straitéisí an Rialtais maidir le forbairt teanga 2) smaointeoireacht chriticiúil  a léiriú ar thorthaí na polasaithe sin agus 3) ceisteanna machnamha a  chur os comhair an leitheoir maidir le meon an Rialtais. Bíonn dha thaobh ar an mbád i gconaí  agus sular fhocal scoir a scríobh déanfaidh an taighdeoir iniúchadh ar bhuanna agus earraidí an Rialtais faoi stiúir fíanaise luachmar. Díreofar isteach ar Acht na dTeangacha, an Straitéis 20 Bliain, cursaí Gaeltacha, agus dul chun cinn na teangan sa chóras oideachais agus sna meáin chumarsáíde. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester Reflection: Maya Angelou's "When Great Trees Fall"

The whole world awoke this morning to the shattering news of the Manchester tragedy. My Mother and I were deeply saddened as we have attended concerts together in the past and they should only ever be a joyful experience, yet last night has touched the lives of so many. In times of grief, poetry can often speak to the human spirit where all else fails. This poem by Maya Angelou is dedicated to those who have died in the Manchester tragedy and their families. Rest In Peace.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Art Meets Beauty: Basquiat x Urban Decay

It was a pleasure to attend a L'Óréal Luxe Event yesterday with fellow bloggers in Limerick where we were given the opportunity to view and test out some exciting new beauty releases from brands such as Armani, Lancôme and Kiehls Skincare. If you follow my Snapchat Stories you will be aware that there was one collection in particular that absolutely blew me away for the sheer creativity and originality it exudes. The artistic collaboration between Urban Decay Cosmetics and Jean Michel Basquiat is so special that it deserves a solo article to honour this remarkable artist and imaginative beauty collection in more detail. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dear Lip Filler Trend - You Need to END!

Pardon the pun but it seems as though fillers are the cosmetic procedure on (almost) everyone's lips these days! Unless you have been living on an alien planet galaxies away you will be aware of the power of the pout and the emphasis society now places on women having full, voluptuous and desirable lips. As a disclaimer it is crystal clear to me that lip fillers are a personal preference and of course the choice is up to each woman individually whether surgery is suitable for them or not, The intention of this post is to raise some questions as to why the much hyped lip filler trend has become so popular and provide an alternative perspective to reflect upon and critique.  In my opinion this trend is dangerous to the self-esteem of the female gender and places unrealistic pressure on women to conform to unattainable beauty ideals that are now unfortunately so heavily ingrained into our everyday culture. The pressure to conform is becoming so overwhelming that women are losing their sense of originality and starting to look like carbon copies of each other. In my view, this is one trend that needs to end! 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Study Stress Relief: My Pery Square Spa Detox

Assignment and exam season is currently in full swing for many students across the country and this can often prove an extremely stressful and tense time. Being in the final year of my Bachelor of Education degree and facing into the last few weeks I completely understand how overwhelming this pressure can be. It is often when we do not have time that we really need to make time for ourselves and prioritise our self-care. It can be oh so easy to forgot about our personal well-being and put ourselves on the back-burner when we have a mountain of essays to finish and an avalanche of study prep facing us but if you take one vital message away from this piece it is to remember that it is never selfish to put your health and well-being first, in fact it is necessary! Find something that you enjoy and that helps your mind unwind completely and try your best to make this a regular part of your routine that you can look forward to when stress levels are high. Last week, a trip to No. 1 Pery Square Spa in Limerick City left me completely refreshed and reinvigorated, so much so that this post will share the ambient experience with you. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Namasté: 6 Health Benefits of Morning Yoga

Are you feeling stressed, anxious or tense? Do you suffer from aches, pains or fatigue? The rapid-paced modern world has unfortunately created a lot of triggers for stress and it is extremely important that we become aware of effective practices and techniques to help us manage and alleviate this common life dilemma. I first discovered yoga two years ago as part of a summer teaching course and fell instantly in love with it as it left me feeling so calm, fulfilled and ready to tackle the day ahead. In my view the morning is the best time of day to reap the wonderful rewards yoga has to offer so the purpose of this post is to explore how morning yoga can lead to a happier and more productive day. Namasté! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blogging Tips: How to Use RewardStyle

Welcome to a new feature on Grace With Love Blog called "Blogging Tips" where it is my intention to share a variety of useful tips and tricks along this fascinating journey with fellow bloggers. My website is still particularly new, however in a short nine months having experimented with various tools, strategies and platforms, as a teacher it is my natural desire to share this knowledge with an audience, in this case my blog readers. Firstly, the purpose of this article is to introduce the affiliate network rewardStyle and to demonstrate a variety of key features which are indispensable for fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dark Vibes Only - The River Hair Studio

Photo Credit: Caleb Purcell Photography 

Coco Chanel once noted how "a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life". If you are a long time Grace With Love Blog reader you will know that change is something I have come to fully embrace over the past year. From changing my lifestyle to a healthier one and learning strategies to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of daily life, change has become something that I am no longer fearful of and hope to inspire my readers to also tackle head on. Over the last month the idea of returning to brunette had been playing on my mind for two reasons. Firstly, the condition of my hair had become very dry and damaged due to approximately eighteen months of colouring, bleaching and highlights. Secondly (and more importantly in my view) I was born a brunette by nature and no longer feel the need to change myself or the hair colour I was given to feel happy and confident in my own skin. Returning to the dark side was a dive into the ocean of change which I finally felt ready for last week. Read on for details of the salon, stylist, treatment and result of this renewing experience with thanks to The River Hair Studio.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mental Health Awareness: How to Support the #SmileyPancake Campaign

On Pancake Tuesday Mental Health Ireland are running a significant campaign called #SmileyPancake to raise vital funds for mental health and well-being in schools and to share the crucial message that one is "never fully dressed without a smile". Read on to discover how you can support this wonderful initiative.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Raspberry White Chocolate Overnight Oats Recipe

Good evening and welcome back to Grace With Love Blog for a new post in the health and well-being category. If you follow me on Snapchat (add here) you may have noticed my passion for overnight oats of late. Why are they the best thing since sliced bread you may ask? Well, firstly, the preparation takes place the night before meaning you have a delicious and nutritious breakfast ready to go first thing in the morning. Furthermore, as a college student, eating healthily can be tricky and it is oh so tempting to jump straight for the coffee (we have all been there) or even worse to skip breakfast altogether. Read on for some fantastically easy breakfast inspiration to ensure you kick-start your day the healthy way!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Art of Illustration

"Imagination is the beginning of creation"  - George Bernard Shaw. As a creative individual with an inherent tendency to be drawn towards art and beautiful design, it has been a goal of mine to acquire a custom illustration for Grace With Love Blog for some time. Luckily Julie Stafford Designs made my aesthetic dream come true last week with a thrilling result, read on for an insight into the artistic process. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

P.S. I Love JORD

In the run up to Valentine's Day let me share my new love of JORD Watches with you! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

WIN! Silver Heart Pendant & Budding Romance Flowers

With the ultimate day of love less than a fortnight away Grace With Love Blog readers prepare to be spoiled with my Valentine's Day Competition in association with Ryans Jewellers Limerick and Bloom Magic. Read on for full details of the precious prize and your entry criteria!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Health & Fitness: A New Chapter

The quote "your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change" really struck a chord with me a few weeks ago flicking through The Happiness Planner 2017. This year, resolutions mean nothing to me, I am a much greater believer of setting goals for 2017 as a form of self development and working hard to realise them. Change is the only way we can grow, learn more about ourselves and realise our full potential. Moving back to college for my final semester of the Bachelor of Education programme this past week has inspired me to change elements of my lifestyle that need to be worked on. Read on to discover the changes made to my exercise regime and organisational routine this week. Hopefully it will give you the motivation you need to work on your own goals and remember darlings it is never too late to start setting new targets and dreaming new dreams!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

River Island Press Event - SS17 Trends & Wishlist

Hello everyone! It's Friday at last yayyy and here at Grace With Love Blog we are feeling one hundred percent ready for Spring/ Summer 2017 after viewing the new season fashion collection from River Island. Last Tuesday Irish media including journalists and bloggers received a sneak peek of the new season pieces at the Press Day Event and believe me we are all in for a treat with the looks the fashion powerhouse has in store for the upcoming SS17 season. There are four main trends in the womenswear collection so read on for details and a first look at the fabulously fashionable pieces dropping in River Island stores and online soon. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bloom Magic: Luxury Flower Delivery*

Flowers are a universally adored gift always guaranteed to put a stunning smile on your loved one's face on that special occasion. With Valentine's Day fast approaching it is now the ideal time to start focusing on present shopping! Furthermore, why not surprise your Mum or best friend with some beautiful blooms? Flowers are a wonderful present for birthdays and also a lovely way to say thank-you and to show someone that they are greatly appreciated. With my Mother's birthday coming up just before Valentines Day flowers are always on my mind at this time of year. Well Grace With Love Blog readers you are in luck today, read on to discover the latest and chicest online flower delivery service for beautiful blooms delivered to your door anywhere in Ireland. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lusty Beg Island Travel Diary & Vlog

"Travel, in the younger sort, is part of education, in the elder, a part of experience" - Francis Bacon. There is no section dedicated solely to travel on Grace With Love Blog, so the plan is to include any travel diaries and adventures in the "education" and "advice" sections of the blog. Travel, to me, is one of the ultimate forms of self-education enriching our life experiences and providing us with deeper understanding of the wide and varied societies and cultures around us. Lovely readers, are you on the lookout for some 2017 travel inspiration? This written and video diary will guide you through a hidden gem closer to home as last weekend taught me that it is not always necessary to look abroad to tropical destinations to find the perfect venue for your next adventure. Last Friday, my best friend Shannon and I journeyed to Lusty Beg Island, a 75 acre paradise nestled approximately twenty minutes north  from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Read on for travel tips and to discover the fantastic array of activities on offer in Lusty Beg that prove the perfect mix between relaxation and adventure.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

How To Find Quality Educational Resources For Children

As a student teacher, over the past four years in college we have been presented with many educational resources, websites and learning aids aimed at young children. In this vast ocean of material it is necessary to dive in and take a swim around to uncover the hidden high quality gems that will transform and enhance your child's learning. The purpose of this article is to share a selection of educational diamonds with you alongside thought-provoking  questions to consider before choosing resources for young children. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Is Rose Hip Oil Worth The Hype?

The Claim 

Grace With Love Blog recently tested out the Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil from ULTRAPURE Laboratories in collaboration with The Irish Blogger Agency. Rose Hip Oil seems to be having a moment right now, however is the hype justified? Firstly, to explain, rose hip is a cold pressed oil full of protective fatty acids and antioxidants that are renowned for cell regeneration. It can be used on dry and sensitive skin, wrinkles, scars, acne and sun damage. The oil claims "to help the overall appearance of skin and fine lines, providing intensive care to even the most demanding skin." This sounds very promising and left me full of expectation as the ten day trial began.
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