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Last August I decided while cleaning my bedroom that the old look was a little outdated and decided to paint and get new floors down.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

 

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 😀

 

Boots Haul – April 2017

 

A Little Brown box with pink tape can only mean one thing in my house! – A NEW BOOTS ORDER!

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I think I have mentioned before but I am one of Boots’ best customers. Im paid monthly (which is a terrible idea BTW) and I find myself on all online shopping sites filling baskets and then having to wait until payday.

On Payday my Boots basket is the first one to be ordered and when I woke up Tuesday morning I checked my balance and had my boots order enroute before I had even gotten out of bed! Also: best delivery time ever – the order was deliv20170426_170746_resizedered just over 24 hours later.

Anyway I went a little bit overboard to try and avoid paying delivery on this order and ended up with more items than I actually needed..OOPS 😛

So without further adieu my first Boots Haul:


 

Úna Brennan Superfacialist – Rose Hydrate Radiance Day Cream SPF15

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For the longest time I have been searching for a really good moisturiser that has a SPF.
And I have heard a lot about Úna Brennan Superfacialist products so when this on came up on the site I decided to go for it. It smells amazing and despite being €20.99 I think it will prove to be worth it! Also it smells so amazing..

€20.99 for 75ml – Available at Boots

 

Botanics Relaxing Lavender Body, Space and Pillow Spray

To be blatantly honest, the only reason this went in the basket was to get me over the threshold for free delivery, but somehow I don’t think I will regret adding it. The 20170426_171254_resizedamazing lavender scent from this makes me feel completely relaxed and the past two nights I have slept so well since spraying it over my bedclothes in the morning when
making the bed!

€6.49 for 100ml – Available at Boots

Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Blemish Stick

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Im not sure how I feel about this and I will be sure to let you guys know once I actually start using it. The basis of this is that it comes in a lipstick type casing and you dab it onto blemishes and spots. I have had great experiences with the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel range previously so I have high hopes!

€3.49 for 3g – Available at Boots

NIVEA MEN Sensitive Cooling Shave Gel

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I hate facial hair. But the shaving cream I usually use is making my skin flare up so I

decided to try giving this a shot. Hopefully it will help in keeping my skin at bay.

€6.49 – Available at Boots

Oral B 3D White Luxe Perfection Toothpaste – 75ml

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Always need to keep those whites pearly. I love Oral B 3D toothpaste and it really makes my teeth feel so clean and fresh all day. This toothpaste is one I would really recommend paired with the luster tooth whitening kit also available from boots.

Toothpaste €6.49 Available from Boots

 

3 for 2 on Simple skincare

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Simple Kind To Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream

I wanted to couple my new day cream with a good night cream and who could resist the boots 3 for 2?  I know the 3 for 2 offer is one of the pillars of boots range and I even know people who only shop in boots for the 3 for 2. Im hoping this cream will add to my skincare routine and help clear my face up.

€6.99 for 50ml – Available at Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Pore Minimising Toning Cleanser

When don’t you need a good reliable cleanser! And when in doubt simple is the “simple” choice.

€5.99 for 200ml – Available at Boots

Simple Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion

3 for 2 means you need 3 items so I read that this lotion should be applied before using the cleanser and then I had my basket over the threshold for free delivery – €50. OOPs.

Usually €5.49 – Available at Boots – Free under 3 for 2

 


 

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And that was my boots order for this month, even though I’ve only been using them for a few days I already love all of these products!

Thanks so much for reading, Until Next time,

Stephen 🙂