Recently I’ve noticed a lot of heavy photoshopping to curate this ‘ideal’ image with bloggers and even just Instagram users in general. I can identify where an image was altered quite often and I do think some people take it way too far honestly. Hear me out, I’ve nothing wrong with perfecting your art and I know for some people, they want this very perfect, colour-coded and filtered shot that matches their Instagram aesthetic! That’s cool if to you, it’s your art and you’re not doing it to present yourself in a different way. We all may be guilty of cropping to exclude and include what we desire but when it comes to editing myself, I don’t. All I do to my photos is enhance them with one VSCO filter, mostly always from the ‘A’ row selection on the app.
Today, I’m wrecked. I didn’t sleep as much as I should’ve because I was out last night with friends and that’s probably apparent in these photos. I didn’t put a lot of effort into makeup today and just wanted a comfy but cute casual outfit so I threw this together! I like how the outfit turned out and I don’t mind that I look exhausted in these photos. It’s real, it’s me and I don’t feel a need to change that. I felt good, despite looking hangry haha!
This top is in New Look now and it’s so cute! Of course I’m wearing florals, it’s summer! And the not so summery shade of black which I can be found wearing A LOT…the jeans are the ‘Tall Moto’ jeans from Topshop, which is brilliant for tall gals. I’m about 5’9 and they’re a great length for me. Love ’em! Annnnnd Topshop do a student discount, so bring those student cards and show them at the till. I finished uni last week and don’t graduate until September so I think I can still make use of the discounts haha. I paired them with a pair of low top converse!
I personally love seeing natural photos that show imperfections! It’s so real. And often times on social media it’s easy to get carried away into thinking everyone looks so perfect. I’m staying loyal to my beliefs by not editing my photos to bits or altering how I look in my images. Being genuine is valuable. I have always said this and always will!
Do you like seeing more natural photos in your social media feeds too?
The big 21…on the side of the ocean where I can already legally drink. A party was had up north with some rooftop cocktails at The Perch, followed by some dancing at Filthy’s not too far down the road…but the girls got a cab because of our high heels. If you know the distance between The Perch and Filthy’s you’ll think we’re insane, haha. The night somehow flew by but I was so happy with how it went!
I had a ball getting my hair and makeup done by the lovely and funny Maria Gorman (Click her name to see her post about the ‘soft glam’ look on me and follow her for more) at Blue Hairdressing. Everyone at the salon was so nice and they kindly gave me a glass of wine to celebrate turning 21. I must be a light weight because it went straight to my head…after one glass. I’m so lame!
As a student I tried to budget what I was spending on a special birthday outfit but still wanted to feel fab on my big night. I did a lot of searching online and in stores and eventually was pretty happy with how my outfit turned out. I went for a simple all black outfit with pearl details (you can’t see unfortunately but there’s pearls all down the back of my heels – I’d snap a quick pic but I left them in Belfast, whoops!). My heels have been broken in for awhile now, thank goodness, and I can’t find a direct link but they’re from Pretty Little Thing I believe. All in all, it was an affordable outfit for a birthday! I’ve provided links for all items I could find down below.
Tan – the local NI brand Bellamianta (I love this stuff – great for even the palest of the pale!)
On my actual birthday (Monday) my two best uni friends and I got dinner and some unreal cocktails at Sophie’s in Dublin. Yes, that’s the place you see on Instagram that has the swings! Check out our swing pic below. Did you even go to Sophie’s if you didn’t get a signature swing snap? It’s fab and was such a good shout from my friend Caoimhe. I ordered a ‘Thinking of You’ so yummy.
I don’t know where the weekend went but it was awesome. I’m such a lucky gal to have such great friends and a wonderful boyfriend who made it all so special for me! We celebrated all weekend long, Friday-Monday, and I think I need to sleep for awhile haha. Here’s to 21! I have a feeling it will be a good one.
I’m sitting in Cafe Nero and I just met an old family friend for coffee. We both agreed we miss Dunkin Donuts coffee wholeheartedly. After a strong Americano and a good catch up, I’m bracing myself for a rainy walk back to the flat. I thought it could be a good day to capture some shots of my outfit but alas, lighting is poor. A very typical rainy Irish day!
I’ve really taken a shining to Belfast this past while. My days here have been really laid back and quite fun. It’s a great walkable, small city with a lot of character. There is a lot of brick used in the buildings here which reminds me of some of the houses on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston.
Like Dublin, it’s not built up. There is a restriction with height for the buildings. Honestly, this used to irk me about Dublin. If I wanted a day in the city, I could only get a big town vibe. Seeing no skyscrapers bothered me. But with Belfast, I really don’t mind. There is some fabulous architecture in the city center and I find what it lacks in height it makes up for with a fun, quirky sense of art. City hall is a gorgeous spot to visit if you’re in town center.
OUTFIT (But not really and I’ll explain why)
Here’s a peek at what I wore out and about today. Again, lighting was poor due to rain, sorry! I do want to invest in a proper camera once I save up enough. Little old me was my own photographer. And after some slight consideration, it would definitely be awkward if I began taking iPhone pictures of myself on the street.
I put my sheer Bershka black top (love the frill detailing at the shoulder and how it goes in at the sleeve just past the elbow) over a cheap Forever 21 cami tank top and tucked them into these grey plaid Bershka trousers, pairing them with black two strap sandals from Dunnes Stores and a H&M black handbag I picked up in a sale last week for an interview.
I typically buy things on sale except for staple pieces or shoes/accessories that I definitely know I’ll wear often and for a long period of time. Clothes are very replaceable and unless you’re in love with the piece, you’ll only wear it so much. Because I’m always up and down from Dublin to Belfast, you’ll notice I used different currencies under the photos. Overall, this outfit is pretty affordable.
Yes, I took this last picture on the street – our sidewalks are so clean..It was outside the apartment so no one saw, shhhh. So, that’s what I went around in today! Thankfully, the rain wasn’t too heavy. Because most of these pieces were on sale I’m not sure they’re still available but it’s worth checking your local store if you like them. They’re all quite comfy and are easy to pair with dark colors.
Visiting Belfast? Check out VisitBelfast.com for touristy ideas.