That One Time In ~ Dublin ūüćÄ

Ireland is one of those countries everyone should visit at some point in their life. For me that opportunity presented itself in my final year of my undergraduate degree when my best friend and I decided that there is more to life than coursework. We booked tickets and before we knew it we were driving to Edinburgh and boarding a flight to Dublin.

The flight was extremely short, highlighting the fact that we weren’t actually travelling a great amount of distance away from home yet were about to experience a completely different country.

Once arriving at the airport it was very easy to catch a bus which took us directly to O’Connell Street. I usually take pride in the fact that I can usually understand many different accents coming from an international background, but I struggled with understanding the Irish accent. I think this was mostly due to the fact that they speak really, really fast, and¬†embarrassingly¬†often couldn’t understand people with strong Irish accents. This also could be down to the fact I was simply over excited about hearing Irish accents everywhere we went and perhaps wasn’t paying all that much attention to the words which were being spoken.

¬†Once we wandered around for a while we learnt it wasn’t too¬†difficult to get around¬†the city itself, many of the main attractions were within walking distance¬†of the main street and¬†there were regular busses to and from our hotel in Ballsbridge. The first thing I noticed about Dublin was the fact it was very international,¬†with lots of tourists, everywhere! We had a look around the Temple Bar area in the evening and I don’t think I heard one¬†person speaking with an Irish accent anywhere for a while, and it was very much a “party zone” with lots of stag and hen parties¬†in almost every bar.


The next day we woke up early as we were about to embark upon a trip across Ireland to the west coast. There are lots of companies which do day trips across Ireland, we went with Wild Rover Tours since we got to spend quite a bit of time at each stop. We got on our bus in the city centre and started our trip across the country. Our tour guide was quick to tell us something that made a lot of sense, Dublin is VERY different from the rest of Ireland, and it became clear that this trip was going to allow us to explore the Ireland that we originally wanted to visit. Our first top, strangely enough, was at a petrol station in Moneygall where there was what seemed to be a Barack Obama museum. Apparently Obamas roots have been traced back to Moneygall and he came to visit once and this was the result. There were doughnuts, which was the best part. That or the Obama mugs and key chains.


The next stop was the Cliffs of Moher, the main reason we wanted to go on this day trip. Before getting to the cliffs we drove through a few small traditional villages, which I would some day like to go back and explore.

The weather is known to be very dull and gloomy on the west coast of Ireland, which was exactly the opposite of what we experienced. Our tour guide told us we were extremely lucky to have such good weather, and it resulted in the best possible views we could ask for. I simply can’t express how breath-taking the view was, and pictures can’t capture the¬†full beauty of this scene. We¬†walked along the cliffs for two hours,¬†spending most of our time on the northern path which I believe¬†gave us the best views. We were in awe the whole time of the spectacular scene, it doesn’t hurt that a scene from Harry Potter was filmed here to, making it extra magical.


Luckily I’m not afraid of heights which meant I could take this truly awesome photo right on the edge. Also, as geologists, Becky and I spent a good amount of time talking about the cliff features and the limestone the cliffs are composed of, like the cool kids we are!


The next part of the journey was probably one of my favourite memories as I was surprised to learn that we were entering the landscape that inspired Tolkien’s Middle Earth. For some strange reason I had no idea that Tolkien drew inspiration from Irelands west coast, and I couldn’t contain my excitement. When we stopped in the Burren I could tell instantly why this was such an inspirational landscape. The¬†vastness and extent of the unusually bare and¬†craggy features¬†would definitely¬†allow someone to feel like they¬†were in a totally different world. We didn’t get to explore the forests and the caves which I deeply regret, but you can’t do everything. I’m definitely coming back here in the future.


Our next stop was Galway, which started in Galway Bay which was absolutely beautiful. We passed a fair number of fairy rings and trees. Our tour guide used our time on the bus to tell us about Irelands history and traditions, which complemented the scenery nicely.


Galway was a much bigger destination than I expected, and we spent our time wandering around Eyre Square¬†and Quay Street, overwhelmed by the amount of shops and places to eat and drink. We ended up having afternoon tea at the end of Quay Lane which was indeed very cute. Unfortunately this was the last stop on our Ireland west coast adventure, Becky and I have agreed that on our inevitable return trip to Ireland we’d want to stay in Galway and explore the¬†West Coast and¬†the¬†more traditional side of Ireland. Alas we returned to Dublin.


The next day was spent exploring the city of Dublin more, visiting museums and shops, and my favourite thing to do on holiday: find places to eat! That evening we went on a pub crawl which started at The Temple Bar, where we had our first round of drinks. Dublin is a very expensive place to drink, which we learnt that evening, which ended up with me running out of money… funnily enough. On the pub tour we were taken to some traditional Irish pubs by two musicians who taught us about¬†traditional Irish music and played us¬†folk songs.


They were extremely lovey guides and taught us a lot about Irish music culture, I wish I could recall everything they told us, but there was a lot of drinking and my memory suffered as the night went on. all I know is that I was extremely happy and the pub tour was everything I hoped our last night in Dublin would be.

And yes, I tried Guinness. Yes it’s better in Ireland which made it drinkable for me, but no, I still don’t like it.


We did end up going back to The Temple Bar at the end of the night but the scene is definitely not as traditional there as the other pubs we had been to with the tour. It was at this point I ran out of money and Becky and I returned to the hotel and I collapsed into bed. Dublin and the Guinness definitely defeated me.

The next day, after reluctantly packing our bags and leaving the hotel, we spend our final hours in Ireland exploring the parks and overall recovering from the night before. We went on a Viking Duck Tour which took us round the city, with the best tour guide ever with the funniest stories, though I’m not sure all of¬†them were true thinking back on it now.

It was one of those trips where I feel we only got a taste of what Ireland had to offer, but there’s only so much you can do in 3 days! Becky and I left Ireland with some wonderful memories¬†knowing that we need to return in the future.

Until next time,

Sl√°inte!

That One Time in ~ Paris (Disney Edition) 

Part 2

My family and take Disney very seriously, which is why we knew we had to dedicate a whole day to visit Disneyland Paris. I will admit though, waking up to this view made me never want to leave the city itself. We were so lucky to have a breath-taking view from the Bristol hotel, and the view in one word: perfection.

Macaroons are a must, naturally, and so is taking pictures of macaroons. They wouldn’t make them in such pretty colours if they weren’t meant to be documented.
 I obviously centred my outfit around the days activities, and this dress just embodied everything I love. It’s colourful, artistic, stained glass patterned and Disney themed. It definitely wasn’t practical though, I expected warmer weather (or hopeful for warmer weather) but it was definitely cold, and I had to purchase a waterproof jacket at Disneyland, it’s bright pink, and I regret nothing. I fit in very well with all the other little girls in the park, you’d never guess I’m in my early twenties.
 Disneyland Paris is quite far out of the city centre, and a whole different world. I mentioned before that not many Parisians speak English, but in Disneyland you won’t have a problem conversing with people, the park is very Americanised. Because of this fact, I think Disneyland is a trip in itself, and staying out there and spending time in the parks should be considered a separate holiday from a cultural Paris holiday. It was a lot of fun spending the day there, just the statues and scenery is enough to make you happy. We tried going on most of the rides, which is always fun. The staff there are wonderful, they do a great job making everyone feel welcomed and special.
 I enjoyed every second of the parks, and the weather behaved for the most part.

 A very important addition to Disneyland is the fact that Star Wars attractions are now part of the park, definitely made my day.

I can’t think of the words to use to describe the day, it was simply magical, and as a massive Disney fan I had the best time.

We finished off the day in the park and once we arrived back in Paris we had hot chocolate at the Angelina Caf√© which is a must in Paris. I wish I’d spent more time there, I definitely fell in love with the city.

That One Time in ~ Paris

Part 1

Last October I was lucky enough to find myself in the beautiful city of Paris. It was short and sweet, definitely a magical place. Just FYI it is also a very expensive place, so be prepared to sped lots of money in terms of accommodation and food. I arrived at Charles de Gaulle hours before my family so I had some time to dot about the airport while waiting for their plane to land. The first this I noticed, while getting coffee, is that you definitely shouldn’t expect everyone to speak English. I was told about this in advance but I didn’t expect to hit language barriers at the international airport of all places. It’s perfectly understandable though, because why would the French ever want to be forced into speaking English when their own language is so beautiful and poetic. I don’t know much French (ironic, considering¬†the fact that my last name is indeed French)¬†but I got by, just be prepared to have lots of conversations using hand gestures (or invest in a phrase book). Also, the airport¬†is very out of the way, my family and I took a taxi from the airport (definitely not economical) and it took¬†the better part of an hour to get to our hotel in the¬†city centre. Next time I go I intend on taking the train,¬†the traffic is just terrible but also a part of the experience.

IMG_5407.JPG In the short time that I was there I tried to squeeze in as many landmarks as possible. Arriving in the late evening, our first stop was the Eiffel Tower, to see the city at night.

IMG_6714.JPG It took about two hours and three terrifying elevator rides to reach the top, and it was worth every second. Standing at the top of the Eiffel Tower at midnight was one of those moments I’ll never forget. The view was breathtaking, and the thought of exploring the city below was exciting.

Side note, there’s a restaurant at the foot of the tower which looks incredible, but very expensive. There is also a caf√© in the tower its self, but I wouldn’t recommend it as it’s simply there for convenience and to make money off tourists so the food isn’t great.

IMG_6134.JPG One of my favourite things about this city is the amount of culture there is to explore. The Louvre was amazing, I could have spent days there. The Orsay museum was a close second. Though walking around the city itself not unlike walking around a museum. I currently live in a city where the buildings are mostly grey and uninteresting, so one of the most notable features (simple as it may be) is that everything looks brighter and more cheerful. Most of the buildings are built from limestone so the city has a very antique look to it, with the worn and weathered white buildings yellowing slightly with age.

IMG_5723.JPG The love locks all over the city were beautiful and in the thousands they made up a beautiful, expressive and passionate art piece. I do believe, however, that many of the locks get taken down due to the masses of people jumping on the “endless love” symbol bandwagon, which defeats the purpose and is a little sad. We left one in any case, not this one shown above though.

IMG_6711.JPG A simple walk along the Seine leads you to so many recognisable landmarks as well as some hidden treasures. I regret not going into Notre Dame, but the wait time was just far too long.

Gone Rogue

I fell victim to yet another purchase for myself while Christmas shopping… My will power is nonexistent.

I’m not usually one for “celebrity scents” however this one caught me by surprise.

IMG_6709.JPG

The scent is very sweet, however with woody hints to it. I’m drawn more to sweet smelling perfumes naturally, though I’ve been trying to find “grown up” signature scents recently, and this is one to add to the collection. The packaging is quite literally edgy, playing on “rogue” theme, yet the scent doesn’t reflect this.

The professional description: The top notes of the fragrance include lemon blossom, cyclamen, bergamot and pink peppercorn. The middle notes consist of Jasmine, rose, muget, plum and suede while the base notes are sandalwood, patchouli, golden amber and vanilla.

I wasn’t aware of this perfume before however it has been around for a while, and I think she’s a keeper.

Let’s face it, it’s Autumn.

IMG_5175.JPG
Even though I don’t feel like I had much of a summer at all, it’s time to accept it and move on, the leaves are changing and autumn is here. I must admit, Aberdeen doesn’t have the prettiest autumn scenery, most trees seem to skip the colour changing part and just lose their leaves overnight it seems. Being back at university means I have somewhat of a routine again, and something I love about this season is the bright colours incorporated into my makeup routine. Autumn for me is all about the purple and berry colours, also rosy shades are always a good call.

IMG_5282.JPG
Lips: M.A.C Lipstick in Plumful is an excellent autumn colour. The product itself is great as you can wear it full on resulting in a bold berry lip or apply a little and shear it out and wear as a stain. It’s dark but you can pull it off during the day if you wear it right, I pair it with a neutral eyes usually.

IMG_5285.JPG
Eyes: The l’oreal smokey eyeshadow quad in Eau de Rose can definitely spice up your everyday look, using the burgundy and dusty rose shades to deepen your look is a nice alternative to the plane browns that usually reach for. My wardrobe during the autumn season tends to be quite neutral as I’m reaching for my winter clothes but am reluctant to bring out the bright jumpers and patterns (which I save more for the winter and Christmas season); so using more colourful products is a must otherwise I can fall into the boring “reach for the neutral” rut.

IMG_5297.JPG
Sticking with the purple theme, I’ve been loving purple eyeliner this season. I’m a massive fan of the winged eyeliner look, and have changed it up a bit by stepping away from the jet black felt liner and begun using the Collection Extreme felt tip liner in purple. It’s a small change but it makes all the difference. The purple especially makes your eye colour pop and results in a subtle change that will become a staple in your autumn look. I’ve been wanting to try dark green eyeliner however haven’t gotten around to picking one up yet, though I expect I would love that colour just as much. This product I mush mention, does not come off easily, and will leave a faint stamp on your eyelid for a few hours after removing your makeup, though it’s also totally smudge proof.

IMG_5296.JPG
Cheeks: A rosy look is one of my favourite parts about the colder seasons. L’oreal’s blush in Rosewood is a nice way to achieve a pretty flushed cheek for the slight chill in the air. There is a subtle shimmer which makes your cheeks glow, however I do need to build up this product in order to get to my preferred colour.

IMG_5298.JPG
Nails: this is where I stray from the deep autumn shades. I love dark nails, however I think I like to keep my nails quite simple during autumn as I don’t feel quite ready to give up the paler summer colours yet, so to keep that summer feeling at my fingertips (shameless pun) I keep my nails natural and pale. Models Own in utopia does the trick, pure and simple.

IMG_5281.JPG
It’s safe to say that the cute colours make the dwindling sun and chilly breezes bearable, and you’re never too old to kick the leaves around! Let’s face facts and enjoy the autumn colours before all the leaves have fallen.

Fabric of the Land – Aberdeen 2014

IMG_5233.JPG
Fabric of the land is a fascinating and beautiful exhibition where modern art and science collide. The idea behind this is to investigate the inspiration given to art by examination of the characteristics of the physical landscape using real materials or imitating their structure and complex beauty. In doing so capturing natural art that many of us would otherwise overlook.

IMG_5234.JPG
The primary aim of the exhibition is to link two realms which rarely are associated together. When entering the exhibition you are presented with a very scientific set up of glass cases filled with various rock samples in their raw form accompanied by information about the geology of Scotland.

IMG_5235.JPG

IMG_5236.JPG
After having a look at the inspiration, the room opens up into the collection of art pieces which were inspired by the designs already created in nature.

IMG_5240.JPG

IMG_5239.JPG

IMG_5238.JPG
Some art pieces are made from actual rocks and minerals to recreate scenes while others are drawings, paintings or collages of synthetic materials which imitate the rock and mineral structures which some may not even realise exist in nature.

IMG_5242.JPG

IMG_5244.JPG

IMG_5243.JPG

IMG_5241.JPG
This exhibition expresses geology in all it’s visual beauty which many may not even realise is right in front of them, and will hopefully open minds to all the wonderful stories science had opened up to us. Allowing everyone to see the world through a scientists eyes, and in turn allowing men and women of science to appreciate the beauty of man made masterpieces.

IMG_5246.JPG

IMG_5247.JPG

IMG_5248.JPG

IMG_5245.JPG
As a geology student I can fully appreciate this exhibition and how this displays nature and both the creativity and intelligence of mankind as one. Definitely a hidden gem of Aberdeen, pun intended.