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Last August I decided while cleaning my bedroom that the old look was a little outdated and decided to paint and get new floors down.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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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 😀

Travel, without breaking the bank

As I have previously said I love travelling but I derive most of my joy for holidays in planning them. I have been the de-facto planner of family holidays since I was 12 and have found that there are multiple factors that can be applied to a search to make sure that the most enjoyable, relaxing or whatever type of holiday you might be searching for can be achieved without breaking the bank. Below are some of the best tips:

1. Plan Ahead, Way ahead

One of my favourite things to do after I come back from a trip is starting to plan the next one, what I love to do is pick four or five trips from my travel bucket list and give myself a rough estimate old-1130743_960_720of a new timeframe. Allowing at least six months between the previous trip and the next allows an opportunity to research the locations, the things to do the
best hotels etc. Of course it also allows an opportunity for you to build up the funds needed for another trip. An example of planning way ahead is the fact that i have been planning a trip to Orlando for almost 3 years now and the trip is no closer to coming to fruition, as a result I have the trip planned to perfection and know exactly where I want to visit while there, what to see and how long would be needed, I also know the cost p/p almost in my sleep and if given 6 months notice. The more time you allow for planning the cheaper the trip.

2. Last minute greatness

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Do you always find yourself running for the plane? If so then booking last minute may be your thing!

Ok so being so planned and organised this is never an option for me – I just can’t do last minute, but I do have family who have found that you can get away for just as cheap. A friend of mine actually has just packed a bag for whatever the weather, turned up to the airport booked the cheapest international flight available and worried about hotels and other arrangements when they landed. They ended up staying in a b&b in croatia which was basically just some woman spare room, the couple in question credit the holiday as the best they’ve ever had and they got a week away for under €250. Nice if you can handle the stress of not knowing.

 

3. Flexibility & Adaptability

aircraft-1362587_960_720If you want to save money on getting away you need to be flexible. Its that simple. You will need to know where and when you are and are not available to travel. Whether you are using one for two from above or a mixture of both you still need to know where you don’t want to go or when you can’t go. Example when I’m travelling with my parents i know not to look at northern Africa or turkey as once my mom sees a country on the news it becomes a no-go for about five years. So once you know where and when you can’t go then you know what you can accept and save €€€.

4. Visit – Don’t Book.

I reckon Travel agents will probably start to charge a fee for a consultation soon enough because the number one tip I have garnered while planning a holiday is that while booking online is all well and good, sometimes a professional opijapan-218615_960_720nion can just help to kickstart the ideas. Personally when i narrow a trip down to two or three places I present at a travel agency and get some advice on both places, to be honest I just like to get the brochures which they are becoming less willing to hand over, I mean personally I wouldn’t really mind paying €25 for the opinion of a travel agent. When you get the information and the price, nine times out of ten you can go home and get a cheaper price online!

5. Be Realistic.

Ok Honestly,being realistic is the pillar here. Say you set your heart on a destination, you owe it to yourself to know the price points that come attached. The last thing you want to do is travel halfway across the world and then not enjoy it to the max because you didn’t realise how expensive it was.

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Snap fliters galore in London!

Lets say you want a weekend away to London but you only want it to cost €500 total. Likelyhood, either its not going to happen or your not going t
enjoy it like you should.

Hotels in central London (tube zone 1) are expensive,  and the most reasonable room rate I can find is €150 a night! Flights from Dublin are around €50-€100 per person and when we were last there  “activities” (we did the making of harry potter and  a musical ) cost almost €200 extra. On top of all of that London is expensive and you have other costs such as travel etc to consider, a more realistic expectation would be €800-€1200 for a weekend to visit the Queen in Buckingham Palace.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the list and I really want to hear if you have any other tips or if you use any of these tips!

As always thank you so much for reading

Stephen 😀

Baskets & Budgeting

Around this time of the month every month I find myself filling baskets online of clothes, Skincare stuff and other general tat that I probably don’t need.

Getting Paid monthly is not the most fun thing but I think budgeting becomes so important when your wages only comes in once every four weeks.. sometimes a little longer depending.

Anyway I like to keep it simple by just having a little exec sheet saved with my usual expenses, phone bill and the likes things that are regular and then once i know what I’m getting paid just pop that figure in, deduct your expenses and then you know what the balance is that is left over to spend.. this is always the figure that i am watching because if it isn’t enough i need to streamline my online baskets and thats never fun.. 😦

As I’m writing this post I currently have tonnes of  holiday clothes in an ASOS basket and a nice little boots basket full to the brim of skincare/grooming essentials. On top of that i have to pay for our flight to Budapest and start putting away some spending money all mixed in to the regular expenses.

Fingers crossed that this month my wages is like a phone number so that i can afford all the expenses and still buy my baskets..  If i can, expect a couple of haul posts –  Hopefully.

Thanks for reading,

Any tips on budgeting or how does getting paid monthly vs weekly affect you? let me know in the comments

Until Next Time,

Stephen 😀

 

Back to it

I know my last post was only two weeks ago and I completely admit that the blog was put on the back burner what with exams, work stress and family stuff all piling on at the same time.. TYPICAL!

Thankfully the exams are over now and I feel like i can finally relax and enjoy the summer. I have so much to catch up on with netflix over the next week or so so that is my new first priority. Also looking forward to focusing more on the blog and developing good high quality content.

Until next time,

Stephen 😀

My Favs: YouTubers

My taste on YouTube is varied and usually I find myself going on to watch one video I have in my sub box and then three hours later panicking over only getting 5 hours sleep if I fall asleep right now! I am subscribed to loads of channels and have a couple of channels with notifications on – only a couple of my subs are THAT important! Below is a couple of the content creators that I watch ASAP!

*This list is not definitive and ranking is in no specific order*

1. Tom Daley

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Obvious choice for me! To anyone who knows me this addition will come as no surprise! Tom Daley uses his YouTube channel for a variety of reasons. Initially he used it as a platform for his coming out but has since evolved to vlogging competitions and trips that he takes. Tom also uses his channel to post life hacks and fitness videos (which I obviously use HaHa!) Definitely one of my favourite channels!

Why not Check his channel out and subscribe to him!

2. Ellen O’Keeffe – Bumps & Roundabouts

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Not only a great channel and blog but one of my favourite people ever! Ellen is my first cousin and to be honest the inspiration behind my starting this blog! El’s channel is a parenting/lifestyle/cleaning one because she is super organised and her cleaning videos are mesmerising. Mum to two (one of which is my little godson Aidan) and a blogger/ vlogger to be honest I don’t know how does it all and continues to produce such amazing content. I can’t even find time to schedule a few posts in between naps! Haha. Check It Out!

3. Calum McSwiggan

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Calum is such a unique and creative creator that his videos are always a must watch for me! Cal tackles hard-hitting and serious topics and specifically LGBTQ+ issues while also posting zany and hilarious videos. Some of my favourites are the story time type videos where cal talks about things that have happened him previously, Nuns found my gay porn is my personal favourite video but definitely worth a visit to this amazing channel

4. Riyadh K

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I love Riyadh! We Irish are known as a hilarious bunch who like our few drinks and bitta craic and thankfully Riyadh K ( like myself) doesn’t dispel those myths! Riyadh is a hugely successful YouTuber currently hosting a BBC3 TV show. On YouTube Riyadh has had a couple of viral videos from pranking the Westboro Baptists to giving his mum access to his Grindr. But aside from the virals the channel itself is pure great content and I really encourage you to check him out!

5. Dan & Jon

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OMG #RelationshipGoals! Dan&Jon give TD & DLB a run for their money cuteness wise. The love these two have for each other is palpable in every video and although I only discovered them less than a month ago they have quickly become of my favourite YouTubers! Content includes Weekend and trip vlogs and favourites videos as well as wacky YouTube challenges. 100% a Must Watch!!!

Notable mentions of other channels I LOVE!

The list was too short to mention all of my favourites and this still won’t cover it but here’s five more of my faves!!

  1. Zoella 
  2. Joe Sugg
  3. V-Squared
  4. Two Beeps
  5. Melanie Murphy

Like I said there are so many amazing content creators and I Love so many more than this list of 10 but this is just an idea for some other channels for you guys to check out!

As always thanks for reading!

Until Next Time,

Stephen 😀