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Clóda Scanlon, 22, Irish Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger, UCC Student, Rome.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Valentines/Galentines Inspo - What To Wear

Hey gals, I hope all is well! If you're reading this you're probably looking for some inspo on how to spend next Thursday, February 14th or maybe you want some outfit ideas!
There will always be people out there who have something negative to say about every occasion in the calendar. But honestly, what harm is there in celebrating love, and showing someone how special they are to you - whether its a significant other, a close relative or friend!

I love how the term 'Galentines' has really become a hit in recent years! Celebrating your love for you and your girls? What an amazing alternative to traditional Valentines.
I'm hoping you can take some inspo from this post, as I feature some ways you could spend the day and some outfits you could match to the occasion!!

Date Night

If you've planned to go out for a nice meal and drinks with your significant other for Valentines, you will want to feel and look amazing! Whether you pull out your trusty LBD from your wardrobe or you want a new outfit for your date - you want to look your best! I've been scavenging all my favourite online shops for gorgeous dresses, jumpsuits etc.

Rose Double Breasted Blazer Dress view 2
I adore this beauty from I Saw It First. The baby pink is stunning to suit the occasion! Super girly yet sophisticated! It's seriously giving me Ariana vibes too with the ponytail!  At the moment I Saw It First actually have 50% off everything so you will look gorgeous for such a bargain. 
Shop the look here.

Emerald Satin Cowl Neck Maxi Dress view main view
Going to a classy restaurant and want to really look the part? This stunning green number is a sure winner! I love everything from the cowl neck, to the slit! A fresh layer or two of tan and your hair slicked back will have you looking absolutely gorgeous for date night! 
Also from I Saw It First, shop the dress here.

Dark Nude Floral Frill Detail Pleated Skater Dress 1
Perhaps you're looking for something a little more comfortable to make room for that food baby at dinner? (That's always my priority!!) This floral, blush dress is so flattering yet still so chic for dinner! Some lovely loose waves and simple accessories complete the perfect Valentine's look! 
Shop this dress from Pretty Little Thing here.

Want to steer away from the generic pinks and reds of Valentines? This Navy mini dress is perfect to get those legs out! Personally I think navy is a colour that suits all skin tones and hair colours so its always a winner! I love that asymmetric shape too for something different! This piece is from Nasty Gal who are offering 40% off everything right now!! 
Shop the look here for less than €30!!


Black Satin Tie Front Jumpsuit view main view
Could I do a date night post if I didn't include something black? Simple, sexy and classy - always! I know the weather is chillier in Ireland right now so opting for a classic jumpsuit like this one, paired with a faux fur coat would be divine!!
This piece is from I Saw It First and you can shop the look here.

Cocktails With The Gals

So you're celebrating Feb 14th as Galentines? Amazing. You should still look your best, right?
Whether its hitting the town for cocktails with the gals or going to see a gig in your favourite bar, you will be looking and feeling your best!

Rose Satin Button Through Shirt view 2
A stunning outfit idea is a classic wide leg trouser paired with a satin shirt! You will re-wear both again and again whether its together or separately! I would finish the look with highlighter everywhere! Get that glow on your chest, cheekbones, collar bones and you will be turning heads.
Shop the shirt here from I Saw It First.


Rose Satin Eyelash Lace Detail Cami Top  1
Quick, easy fix to finding a last minute outfit for drinks with the girls? Jeans and a nice top of course!! Can you tell I'm having a moment with satin?  It's just so pretty and how flattering is the peplum style? This top also comes in navy and Pretty Little Thing are offering 20% off right now! Shop the top here.



Heading on a night out with your girls and know it's gonna be a dancing all night to ABBA kind of situation? I adore this co-ord from Nasty Gal! I have it in green and it's so comfy for a fun night! The red shade is so striking too!
 Shop the co-ord here.



Are you heading to a gig or to your local for a few G&T's? Then you probably want to keep it more dressy casual. We're all loving animal print these days and how gorgeous is this slit midi dress with ankle boots? I myself would pair it with sock boots and a black leather jacket! So effortless!
Shop this Nasty Gal dress here.



I adore this jumpsuit for the mauve shade, high neck and tie detail around the waist! It's fabulous for  a classy cocktail bar. Curl your hair or slick it back into an up-do, add some soft-glam makeup and you're ready to go!
Shop this In The Style jumpsuit here.


Lingerie

I couldn't do a Valentine's outfit inspo post if I didn't include some lingerie!! The prettiest and best lingerie is always out this time of year so of course we want to nab it up! 

Plum Floral & Stripe Lace Bodysuit view main view
I Saw It First are killing it with the Valentines pieces in their collection! I adore this one-piece! It comes in about 10 other shades too so there's definitely something to suit everyone! That classic super high-waisted look is just stunning! Plus how cute would this be as a bodysuit with jeans?
Shop the look here.



White Underwired Cage Detail Lace Body 1
White lace lingerie is something all of us should have in our wardrobe. It's just so delicate and feminine! I love the details on this piece from Pretty Little Thing. It seems really flattering too with a good tan!!
Shop the look here


Lilac Embroidered Mesh Body 1
I just thought this bodysuit was too pretty not to share! So flattering with the contrasting black panel and then the mesh floral embroidery! Slightly different to what you typically find too which is always a plus!
This piece is from Pretty Little Thing - shop  here



*Other suggestions for last minute lingerie would be Debenhams, Penneys/Primark, Victoria's Secret and Ann Summers!

Movies & Chill

Not bothered with the whole hype of getting dressed up and going out for Val/Galentines? Then maybe movie night and chill is calling your name. 
Pamper nights with your gals, mother, aunties etc. are always needed, or maybe a takeaway and movies with your significant other is your ideal way to spend the night!
Either way, I think we all love an excuse to buy some new pyjamas - you can't beat how soft they are on the first wear!

Grey Thankyou, Next Short Pyjama Set 1
This pyjamas speaks for itself... it would be so cute to get matching ones with your friends!!
It's from Pretty Little Thing by the way for only £15 - shop here.


Grey Star Print Onesie 1
We all love a onesie at this time of year, but how cute is this one for cuddles and movies? I want!
Shop the Pretty Little Thing onesie here

Red Floral Kimono
Red Floral Pyjama Cami
Red Floral Pyjama Short
We can always trust Penneys/Primark to have our back when it comes to pretty/fashionable pyjamas and robes. The Valentines collection as shown above really doesn't disappoint! You could get the whole set for a very reasonable price!!


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 I hope you can take some inspiration from the post! Whether you want to celebrate Galentines or Valentines, or not celebrate at all, make sure you at least take the day to appreciate the people in your life that bring your light, love and laughter!

Enjoy,
Clóda x


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Thursday, 24 January 2019

My 2019 Plans & Goals

Hi everyone, happy Thursday!!
Welcome back to the blog! I know we are already 24 days into 2019, but doesn't it feel like January has been dragging on for aaaages?!

Anywhooo I love the New Year - I love any excuse for new beginnings and goal setting for the year ahead. Last year I shared my goals with you all in a blog post and I'm doing it again for 2019!
I like to be pretty transparent with my plans for my blog and I also can track my goals better when they are put down in physical writing!

I have split this blog post into 4 categories that I feel are most important in my life : Personal plans, Career/Studies, Travel and Blog Goals.








Personal Plans

  • This year I want to write more. Not just here on my blog but I want a diary/planner for pretty much everything! I want to document my thoughts, note ideas and generally just put pen to paper more. We spend a lot of time looking at technology and I think writing more will help me to detox from staring at screens.
  • This year I want to get back to doing something I have always loved and that is singing and playing guitar! Whether it's only banging out tunes in my room or trying to go to open mic nights etc, I want to get back to one of my earliest passions!
  • I plan on improving my time management this year. I'm a procrastinator, too relaxed about showing up on time to things etc and always find myself rushed! I really need to plan and set times for everything from assignments, blog, sleeping patterns.
  • I want to talk to strangers more when out and about.. With our heads stuck in our phones, we have actually forgotten how to be sociable. Everyone has a story, we can learn a lot from others, share our own stories, make conversations and ask others how their day is going.
  • Look after my body & mind better: - Stretch more - Exercise for improved health - Meditate - Tone up & gain strength - Do a weekly social media detox for a few hours - Really take care of my skin.





Blog Goals

  • To do weekly or biweekly blogs (and maybe vlogs consecutively)
  • Do more fashion styling posts - blogs & video content.
  • I want to shoot more regularly so that I'm constantly bringing fresh content to you all. I'm living in Rome so I have no excuse to not have the camera with me at all times! Hense, upping my photography and quality of content game!
  • I would love to pitch myself to do more collabs with brands (Irish ones in particular) and hopefully get some paid opportunities this year.
  • I'm really hoping to continue growing my Instagram as I've put so much effort into it in the past 12 months! My goal is to reach 14-15k followers by 2020. I hit my goal of 10k in 2018, so it's time to be ambitious and work hard at what I love







Dream Travels

  • Obviously living in Rome, my main travels this year are going to be Italy based. I would love to see Milan, Lake Como, Bari, Sicily, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Bologna and Genova. (Not a long list, I know......)
  • I met an amazing friend from Munich last semester on Erasmus and now she's making me really want to go to Oktoberfest in Germany. I've always wanted to visit Germany and now it's looking like I might finally go!
  • I want to go somewhere warm on a summer holiday just before I go into final year. So far my hopes are either Croatia, Greece or Lisbon.
  • I've been to New York before and I absolutely loved it. I have such a strong feeling of wanting to go back. With the year ahead it may not be affordable but a girl can dream of returning to one of her favourite cities.
  • I also want to travel to Scotland because it's only 'across the pond' and super cheap to get there so maybe a little weekend to Edinburgh before Christmas is in the works!


Studies/Career Focus

  • In 2019, I really want to begin exploring career prospects and opportunities. Almost every week I'm asked by someone what I will do after college. I have a year and a half before that happens but it would be nice to know my options.
  • Complete Erasmus having improved Italian immensely.
  • I begin Final Year of college in September and I plan to put in a lot more preparation and work into my studies when that time comes around.






 



Outfit details:
Jacket - Zara
Jeans - Bershka
Bag - River Island
Shoes - Alcott


I hope you enjoyed reading about my plans and hopes for 2019!
Goal setting is always a great to make your year ahead a great and productive one. 
Happy New Year to you, I wish nothing but the best for you all!

Clóda :)
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Saturday, 5 January 2019

Get 2019 Ready!!

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Hey everyone, welcome to my first post of 2019!!
I first of all want to take this time to thank you so much for your continued support of my blog and social media in 2018. It means the world to me!

We are all in the 'January Blues' phase after Christmas. Everything has slowed down big time, be it our productivity and even our bodies! For me, getting back on track and getting organised for the year ahead is really important so that I don't fall into a lull. So many times in the months after Christmas, I have continued the Christmas laziness, lying around watching movies and generally not being able to get out of that holiday head-space. Before I know it then, half the year is gone and an overwhelming guiltiness hits that I "didn't do enough" in the year!!

I know it's only a simple blog post and you potentially already have your own plan of organisation in place, but I love these kind of posts and it will hopefully give you a source of inspiration!!
I've done a small bit of research, and in this post I will share things such as stationary and apps that will help you plan, organise, focus and track your goals for 2019!!

2019 Planners

Something that I feel is essential to invest in each year for tracking goals and making plans is a yearly planner!! Even though we are in the digital age, I just love to put pen to paper! I think when you physically write something down, it is engraved in your mind and in turn is more effective.. 
Here are some journals I think might be of interest:

Leanún Designs

2019 Daily Planner

2019 Daily Planner

The first journal I have decided to share is the 2019 Daily planner from Leanún Designs! Leanún Designs is ran by 3 women in Cork!! I have followed their Instagram account for over a year now and I always find myself lusting over their pretty stationary and yearly planners!!
For me as a student and someone with a busy schedule, a planner that has a full page for every day is an absolute must. Leanún feature a page-a-day and that is very attractive when choosing the perfect planner!
The layout is gorgeous, they have monthly inspirational quotes, goals & action lists and much more!
For only €35 it is hands down the nicest planner I have come across that has all of the necessary features and yet is still pretty and creative. And any chance to shop Irish is always a plus!!
Find the planner here.

Pippa Plan it Planner

Plan It - Planner

Plan It - Planner

Yet another booming Irish business, I had to share the Plan It Planner from the Pippa Collection by Pippa O'Connor. Again, another beautifully designed planner with different patterns and quotes for each month. What is unique about this specific planner is the fact that it is an undated. This is very attractive for someone who only wants to make plans at certain times of the year, like a student!
Or some months you might not have as much things happening, so dating it yourself based around your lifestyle is a really nice feature!
Right now, the planner is a steal at only €20!! Pippa is releasing another planner soon so keep an eye out for that! Shop the Plan It Planner here.


The Happiness Planner

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I couldn't do a post about planners and not mention the Kweeeen of all Planners! To be honest, I reckon The Happiness Planner is the original all-purpose pretty planner that all other companies followed suit from! I remember first hearing about THP on Pinterest and then Instagram.
THP is a one-stop planner for all things organisation in the most aesthetic way. With about 4 different colour options, a box full of lists, goal sheets, rose gold paper clips, pens etc, it really is everything in one! Although its more on the pricey side at around €50, it has everything you need including daily dates, goal trackers, and pages for you to plan the things that make you happy! Not only is it a planner but is designed to help you get on track of and do the things that bring happiness into your life! (There is also an undated version if you didn't want to be tied down to specific dates)
You can buy it here.


Organisational Apps

For someone who is tied to their technology and doesn't feel like lugging around planners and journals then there are plenty of apps you can use to get organised, planning and tracking!

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An app that comes up again and again when researching organisation is Wunderlist. It's a really cool tracker app where you can create lists, input appointments and important dates and get reminders about them all! What's really cool about this app is you can collaborate with others like workmates or teammates who can also see your lists!


Evernote

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Another really great organisational app for the more tech savvy individual, students or people who need to work from their phone is Evernote. Much like other organisational apps, it features lists, to-do's etc, but it's a fantastic app for accessing all of your info whenever you need it!
You can input typed & handwritten notes. Share audio, video, PDF, sketches and web page formats.
It seems like a really cool creative space to carve out your important thoughts on the go!

My Fitness Pal

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I decided that My Fitness Pal is a necessary app to share! I used it before and now that I'm sharing it in this post, I will have to download it again! Its definitely one of the best available free apps out there! Whether you want to lose weight, tone up or simply track your daily calories and nutrition, its such a handy little tracker app to have. It lets you input your goals, meals, exercise and offers you daily guidelines!


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Besides planners and apps, I recommend taking quick notes on your phone as well as keeping paper to-do lists nearby. You can't have enough reminders of your goals, plans and to-dos when you want to get organised!

I hope 2019 is great for you and you can take the bull by the horns early in the year to really get the most out of yourself and your productivity!


Until next time,
Clóda x
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