Bedroom Reveal!

***Ok so this is the post that ALMOST never was because to be honest with something like blogging as a hobby life just gets in the way and it becomes harder and harder to get back into something purely because you don’t prioritize. At one point I just assumed that this blog was dead in the water. BUT today I just woke up and decided that I was going to start blogging again because it’s just something that I really enjoy doing***

Last August I decided while cleaning my bedroom that the old look was a little outdated and decided to paint and get new floors down. However I did get a little carried away in the whole romance of the redesign and the whole thing spiralled out of control to basically a completely new room! After giving almost A MONTH of researching design elements I wanted to incorporate, shopping, redecorating & then shopping some more I have finally a space that I feel truly reflects me and where I can relax & unwind.

In my last post I highlighted the Pinterest picture that I wanted to base the design off and showed the basic colours, furniture etc. that I had settled on.

Although the initial budget of €300 has been overstretched by a ‘little bit’ I am so pleased with what resulted:

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I hope you guys love this as much as I do! I wish I had thought to take before pictures because this is such a transformation that I actually would have loved to compare.

I think I am one of those people who will never be fully satisfied with a room until everything is perfect and I have a couple of refinements left to make like getting a piece for over the bed and getting someone to finish off the bookcase (I don’t trust myself  with a drill!)

Thanks as usual for reading I really hope you love the Room,

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Grand Designs

So the other day while cleaning my bedroom I decided I was sick of the old and wanted a change. I Initially had decided that I only wanted a lick of paint and some wood flooring but then I made a massive mistake and went on Pinterest. Now anyone who has ever been on Pinterest will know that it is the place to escalate simple ideas to elaborate (and expensive) plans.

I personally have found myself on multiple occasions fall into the black hole of Pinterest and this time was no different, the only idea I was really looking for was an open storage solution as I had only ever had one rail of a wardrobe with limited other storage.

And then I found “the picture” and my heart was set, regardless of my budget or anything else I had decided what it was I wanted to do with the room.

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While this was the overall idea I did have some adjustments, my TV would go in between both clothes rails and I would put a chest of drawers in the middle also. A grey floor with some deep shade and I would be set.

NOW as anyone who has ever made any renovations will know these things sort of develop a mind of their own and elevate both the design and price point and this is exactly what happened to me.. Upon setting out a shopping list from IKEA I realised that My initial €300 budget would be long gone as my “list was over my budget for the whole room.. OOPS!

Attached below are a couple of pieces and some of the items I have already gotten for the room, will post an update when the room is complete with actual pictures (but bear with me as I may take a while to choose curtains & bedding…

Wallpaper & Paint

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I chose this paper as a backdrop to the above image to create sort of a feature wall, I decided to switch the heavy dark curtain for a white sheer curtain so the whole context isn’t so heavy and to give it a lighter feel, coupled with a metallic silver/blue paint and purple surrounds on other walls.

Flooring

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I chose this flooring purely to go with the purple and I really love the colour so I am hoping it looks nice when completed.

Furniture

For the furniture I wanted to stay true to the original photo design while also ensuring I maximised my storage solutions. I bought two of the “Rigga” clothes rails and a “Malm” chest of three drawers for the “main wall” and the matching “Malm” end table.

I wanted a centrepiece light that really drew attention and i definitely feel the “PS 2014 Pendant” does just that, so far everyone who has seen it has loved it so I am optimistic.

 

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Thanks for reading guys,

Stephen 😛

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We arrived at the airport almost 2 hours before the check in opened and in the middle of the night this makes the airport a boring place, but alas we powered through and caught our flight, finally we were on the way to Hungary!

We landed in Budapest airport around 10:30 and were very surprised by the heat already for so early in the morning, we were promptly told that it was actually cold today! Damn we were in for it..

We didn’t book a traditional hotel and opted for a private apartment instead, that was a little bit of a stroke of genius as we were staying so close to everything and had the added bonus of being away from tourist trap bars etc..

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Viktoria Apartment – Ideal for 4 people 

We sort of just milled around for the first day to get our bearings.

Monday morning first thing we headed for the Citadel which is on the top of Gellert hill boasting both jaw dropping views over Budapest and the liberty statue of Hungary which overlooks the city.

Over the next couple of days we visited I believe every possible sight in Budapest, Buda Castle, the synagogue, Heroes square and we had to visit one of Budapest’s thermal baths. The only negative I would have to award Budapest is that it was actually too hot – on one of the days we visited the baths the temperature topped 37 degrees celsius, Way too hot for sightseeing but not a bad negative eh?…

 

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Budapest really is a beautiful city but I feel after the week we had spent that I would feel much need to return for any sightseeing, perhaps only for a leisurely weekend break.

Until Then,

Stephen 😛

If we ever get there.. (Budapest 1/3)

Ahh Budapest,

I believe I had highlighted in an old post that we were heading to Budapest in Hungary on a trip this summer to attend the FINA Aquatics World Championships which were being held there.

I decided to book this because as a diving fan I was keen to attend the world championships, I convinced my long suffering family Budapest was THE place to visit and succeeded (OF COURSE!)

We booked a week which is a little bit longer than I would usually want for a city break but I figured that almost three days would be taken up by the diving so we would be fine.

Does anyone ever find that as soon as you book something people come out of the woodwork with hints, tips and tricks? Well we got everything from “Don’t get taxis you will be ripped off”, to “ooh, you can’t spend money in Budapest” and everything in between.

Our first blip was the currency – Hungary is a member of the EU but not a fully fledged member of the Eurozone yet so they accept Euro but the currency is still Hungarian forints. We tried to order €1500 worth of Forints, which is almost half a million forints! Two days after we ordered this in the bank they rang us, we had only ordered 5000 forints which is about €16! Disaster!! At least we got it sorted..

The second dilemma we faced before even leaving was a major one! As a group of four, three of us are major Game of thrones fans so we were going to be flying out around 18 hours before the SEASON PREMIERE! So it was a toss up between having to be able to see it out there or avoid all social media for the whole week! It was a no brainer in fairness.. SO I packed in my AppleTv and made sure we had a way to watch out there! Now, we were off…. At Last!!!

 

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Until Next Time,

Stephen 😛

Mens Fashion: My Favourite Websites

I am really particular about my clothes and will think about what to were to an event for weeks – rivalling even the best of my girl-friends. The only thing is that the town I’m from has a very limited range of stores so i have often found myself planning an outfit only to turn up to the event and find that some other guy has the same shirt / jeans etc.. It Is at that point when i just want to scream!

As a result, i have made the switch to buying most of my clothing online as i find that the increase in options reduces the chances of clashing with someone else. 🙂

I have been doing this for years and I have found that whenever i actually do clash with someone it is wearing something i picked up in town as opposed to ordered online.

Below I have highlighted my four favourite online sites for shopping:


1. Boohoo / BoohooMan

 

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Without a doubt my favourite website. The choice is varied and the range is vast, clothes are really great quality and the prices are relatively low. I often find myself getting lost in the variety and spending hours adding to my basket before having to be realistic and edit the basket so it is affordable. The site will often have offers such as 50% off everything & free delivery over €40.

Great for: Cheap accessories such as stylish necklaces, bracelets, plain T-shirts & High quality knits such as jumpers & cardigans .

Value for money: 4/5

Accuracy: 97% – Sizes are exact and the pictures onsite are true to form!


2. ASOS

 

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A great site for more day to day clothes, great combination of high street retailer clothing and own brand pieces make for a great site with options for all fashion senses. Mid range prices but worth the extra as the delivery & returns process are so simplified. Great discount of 10% for students through Unidays.

Great for: Printed and patterned shirts, Jeans & Suits.

Value for money: 3/5

Accuracy: 85% – Have had a couple of issues with sizes being inconsistent but the returns process is hassle free and coupled with an express delivery option means you can have your order so quickly.


3. Topman

 

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At the higher end of the price point of these websites sits Topman, while not being overly expensive they sit markedly higher than the previous two sites in terms of price. I feel the variety of Topman is more limited than the others but the quality more than makes up for this. Topman also offer a 10% discount for students

Great for: High quality jeans & high-end luxury suits

Value for money: 3.5/5

Accuracy: 99.99% – Not 100% purely because I’m sure mistakes are made but I have just not personally experienced them – sizing and accuracy are always perfect!


4. River Island

 

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River Island is without doubt my favourite high street store, however the store in my local town is small and it has limited variety so I prefer to do my River Island shopping online as I just find the variety is so much more and they have a really handy collect in-store option where your order is delivered to your local store and you call in to pick it up at your earliest convenience.

Great for: basically everything – I have gotten really nice shirts, jumpers, jeans, t-shirts shoes etc..

Value for money: 5/5

Accuracy: 95% – The sizes are usually exact and you can return online order problems to your local store.


 

There are so many great sites there and if there are ones you like let me know in the comments below, or through the contact form or my social medias linked >>

Thanks for reading,

Stephen 😀

 

The Suitcase Selection

Yesterday I officially out-organised myself!

I went to penneys (primark in the UK)  to get my dad a fathers day present and ended up treating myself to some extra holiday clothes, not that I needed them. When I got home I decided to check what clothes i had from previous years that I wanted to take with me & try to assemble some outfits.

We are going for a week so I decided that 14 outfits should be enough  – 7 daytime & 7 nighttime outfits.

For the daytime outfits I opted for all swim shorts with mixture of vests and t-shirts as is standard for poolside 😛

Nighttime outfits I have some new and some older shirts that I will be taking and I actually have some really nice shorts from previous years.

I ended up ordering more clothes on Boohoo.com as I didn’t have enough to complete the outfits I had decided upon.. Typical.

Anyway heres what I ordered and I am so glad to be basically packed despite not going for another 4 weeks!!

Just some simple tops and a nice new pair of shorts!

I cannot wait for this trip now, Make sure and subscribe so you don’t miss anymore travel related content coming up

Thanks so much for reading guys as always

Until next time,

Stephen 😀

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After a week of horror Ariana Grande bravely announced that she was organising a benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester attack outside her concert.

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Once I heard this, before I had even thought I was looking up possible flights and hotels in Manchester for that night – less than a week away. I was initially a little bitapprehensive but I was not about to let evil scare me off from doing something.

Tickets sold out in six minutes and I was unable to get them initially but thankfully more tickets became available and I was lucky enough to land a pair of those, they weren’t cheap but were an increased donation ticket so I really felt that I was having a good impact on the overall benefit fund – albeit a drop in an ocean.

I secured tickets Friday evening and then had to find a travel companion, I decided my little cousin, who missed the London date of the concert would be the perfect choice. After I got the ok from her parents and her that she was in I booked the flights and then  had around 30hrs to prepare before I travelled.

Just before I left for the airport unfortunately terror struck once again in London. This followed with a “disagreement” with my mother as to whether or not I should still go. “We” decided that I would still go as planned.

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Our view – along with one happy little girl
My journey to the concert was three legged, Initially Waterford to Dublin, fly from Dublin to London and then drive from London to up to Manchester. After leaving home at 2:30am Saturday night I arrived in Manchester at around 1:30pm.

After getting some lunch we got into the Queue and discovered our tickets were VIP tickets, SCORE! Security was tight and the police presence was amazing and honestly I had never felt so safe in my whole life – the entire thing was so well planned.

Ariana Grande – Joined by the likes of Katy Perry and Coldplay among others commanded the stage with such a humble grace that I was crying from the outset, I realised she was there for the same reason as me and probably all of the others – Defiance.

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Song after song I got more emotional and my legs and back got more and more sore – by the end of the concert I was a mess and my back was basically broken.

Upon exiting the concert we found that the exit strategy had been just as well thought out as the rest of the night – we managed to get from our seats in the arena back to the car in around 20 minutes.

I went back to London with my family and by the time I finally got to bed i had been up and basically travelling for 23 hours.

I had Planned on going into London city on the remaining days but was too tired and had decided that my poor mammy had been through enough stress for one weekend.

I was so happy to have been in attendance and would have regretted it so much had I been fearful of what if.

If you didn’t manage to see the concert check it out!

If you want to donate to the We Love Manchester Fund click here!

Until Next Time.

Stephen 😛

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