Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Review

My fiance James bought me the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 for my birthday, if you have seen my birthday wish list post you will know it was right on the top of that list, so as you can imagine I was pretty excited when I unwrapped my present!

Seen as this is the new version in the Instax family, I decided to do a quick review of the camera, looking at some of the new features and what I personally like and dislike about the camera!

The Packaging

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I will be honest I am a sucker for packaging, I am the type of person who will buy or not buy a product based on how the item is presented!

After unwrapping a 100 layers of pink paper, I was happy to see this gorgeous Smoky White colour box! I really liked this colour out of the line up of shades available in the mini 9 collection!

The box is clear and simple and not overloaded with unnecessary junk! It has the name, model, some features, the camera itself and some sample photo shots! I like packaging that is clean and presented well and this is definitely that!

What Is In The Box

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Inside the box is another box and beside this was a silver foil packet, this contained the 10 free Polaroid shots that comes with this kit!

I will be honest I was a little disappointed with the layout, I was expecting to open the outside box to find the camera displayed nicely in a tray mold, but I wasn’t expecting separate packaging. Obviously it is only packaging and it doesn’t take away from the camera itself, but it was just something I felt when I opened it.

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The inner box contained the camera itself, which came is a protective sleeve, which I have thrown out! As well as the camera there was 2x AA batteries, instruction manuals, an Instax sticker, a close up lens attachment and a camera strap.

The Camera Itself

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The camera looks very similar to the previous model, the mini 8, but you will see some new additions!

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The first difference you will spot on the front is the small mirror beside the lens, this is in fact a selfie mirror, to make it easier for users to take selfie shots with the camera. I think this is a great addition, because let’s be honest, we all love taking selfies! This little addition will help prevent the user from not actually being in the shot because they had the angle wrong!!

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The next addition is the close up lens attachment, this clips onto the front of the camera lens and it also has a hoop to allow it to be tied to the camera. Although it does not come with a string to tie it on. This attachment allows for close-ups of up to 35cm away. I haven’t felt the need to use the close up lens yet, so I can’t comment on how it works, but I will update later when I have tried it out!

Like the Mini 8, the Mini 9 come with 5 brightness modes, these are as follows,

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Hi-Key: Takes pictures with a softer impression

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Sunny, Slightly Cloudy

Cloudy, Shade

Indoors, Night

The Instax Mini 9 also informs the user of the best setting to use, it automatically determines the best brightness setting and lights up the right option to allow the user to change it before taking the picture!

The back of the camera is kept simple, it has the compartment for the film to go into, a small window at the bottom corner shows how many shots are remaining in the camera. In the top corner you have the view finder, I will be straight and say I found this a little awkward when I first got it. I couldn’t really see through it as it is so small, when you have long eyelashes it is also though! I am slowly getting used to it, but I would have liked it to have been a bit bigger.

One last thing I wanted to add is the weight, I was expecting the camera to be really light as it looks like it would be, but it is in fact on the heavy side, but I don’t mind that in the slightest!

I am happy to say I am delighted with the camera, and I wasn’t let down! I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cheap and cheerful instant camera! The camera is priced at €95.00 and the refill packets start at €10.00, but many places do special offers on both the camera’s and the refills, so always shop around for the best deals!

I hope you enjoyed this review!

Thank you so much for reading,

Love Tanya

xxx

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August Favourites 2017

Another month has gone by and we are now in Fall/Autumn!! To be honest I’m pretty excited for this season, I can start layering my clothes and lighting the fire!

I have a few things I have really been loving over the past month, so I thought I would do another monthly favourites post!

Evian Facial Spray

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Over the past few weeks the humidity in Ireland has been so high and I hate when I start getting really hot and sweaty! I went into Penny’s/Primark and I picked up this little beauty! I haven’t stopped using it since I bought it, it is so refreshing! I know it is just water in a spray can, but it is just so handy to have in your bag, especially for the days when the humidity is through the roof! Another plus to this product is, you can use it over make-up, I have used it several times when I had make up on and it didn’t destroy it and it didn’t make my mascara run!

Primark Demi Wispies Lashes

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I got so excited when I seen these in my local Penny’s/Primark, I love the Ardell Wispies, but paying €6 for lashes, that I usually only wear once, is a bit much. These lashes are only €1.50!!! They are so easy to apply and they are very very comfortable to wear! I got so many compliments from people, asking if they were my own! I went in to buy more and they were all out of stock, so clearly other people are loving them too!

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

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I started to get bored with my current foundation, so I went and bought the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation, I wanted to try one that was high coverage and this seemed to be just that. I am really impressed with this foundation, especially considering the price, €7.95. I don’t want to give much away because I am working on the product review at the moment, it will be posted soon!

River Island Fur Loafers

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I am seriously in love with these loafers! I’m trying to get as much wear out of them as possible, now that we are in Fall the weather is going to start getting bad, so I will barely get to wear them! They are very comfortable to wear and are true to size! They are currently on sale for €18, which is a bargain! I wanted to buy the pink ones, because I loved these so much, but I just don’t think I will get the wear out of them now with the season change. I love that I can wear a simple outfit and add these as a statement, some people don’t like them, but I just love that they are different!

Supplements

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Slippery Elm

I have only been taking this product for about two weeks, but I needed to add it to my favourites! For as long as I can remember I have suffered with IBS and it has caused me a lot of other problems including my high anxiety. This week was the first time, in a few years that I was able to go out for a meal with my friends without any pain, or panic attacks and I honestly couldn’t believe it!! So far I am seeing amazing results, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too much, just in case it doesn’t stay this way! If you suffer with IBS I would highly recommend this product!

Digestive Enzymes

I have been taking these for just over a month and they are also doing an amazing job for my digestion! The digestive enzymes give your body that extra help to break down Protein, fat and carbohydrates! I take these after my meals, and they really help to get rid of the full bloated feeling when you eat too much or eat too quickly! I have also found they have help with bloating!

Herbal Teas

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You may have noticed by now I am on a bit of a health kick! While doing research on digestion and herbal remedies I found out turmeric is a natural anti inflammatory! Straight away I thought the tea might help with the pains I get when my body is digesting food. I can’t say for sure that it does because Iv been taking the Slippery Elm at the same time, but the pains are gone, so it was either or! I added it to my list because I love the taste of it, I used to hate herbal teas, but after drinking them for a while your taste buds get used to the taste!

Supreme Matcha Green

I picked up the Matcha tea because I heard it was great for giving you energy! I was hoping it would be as good as my coffee, but let’s be honest, nothing can replace coffee! Again it is a really nice tea to drink and I love have a cup with my breakfast! I have been trying to drink more herbal teas instead of coffee, but it’s not as easy as I had hoped!

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Book

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Not only am I trying to learn more about my digestion I am also trying to learn more about my mind, I have suffered with anxiety for a long time now. Although I have found tricks to cope with it, I would also like to learn more about why I think the way I do. I am really enjoying this book, it is so easy to read and to follow, there are little activities to take part in, which help give you a better understanding of the chapters! I would highly recommend it to anyone suffering with mental health problems!

Grace & Frankie

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This show came up on my Netflix recommendations and I decided to give it a watch, myself and my Fiance have been binge watching it every weekend! It is such a funny TV show and the story is very good! We are nearly done all the episodes and it will be May before the next season comes out 😦 It is a show about two couples in their 70’s, the 2 husbands tell their wives they are leaving them, for each other, as they have decided to get married after a 20 year affair! The show follows both the lives of the wives and the husbands and how they are coping with their new life’s! It sounds quite confusing, but it is hilarious!

What is your August favourite?

Thank you for reading!

Love, Tanya

xxx

 

 

Birthday Wish List 2017

My birthday is just around the corner, well it is about 4 weeks away, but sure it’s never too early to start making a wish list!

I don’t expect to get everything off this list, because that would be greedy!😂😂 But here are the things I would love the most for my birthday!

Instax Mini 9

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Iv had my eye on one of these for a good while now, but I still haven’t bought one! I love the idea of having a little photo album or scrap-book of Polaroids. I love looking at my parents old Polaroid pictures and there is just something about the old style photograph that I like.

I have a few events coming up which I would LOVE to have one of these cameras for, so hopefully I might actually get round to buying one, instead of admiring from afar!

In a way I am kind of happy I waited until now, because Fujifilm are after releasing the new Instax mini 9, which has a bunch of new features, including a selfie mirror!

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Morphe 350M Palette

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I feel like a broken record on here, I have mention the Morphe & Jaclyn Hill palette before on my Make-up Wish List, but this is the 350M Palette, all the shades are matte finishes, which is my favourite kind of eye shadow! I have heard amazing things about these palettes and they are so affordable!

The shades in this palette are all ones I would use on a regular basis, so I don’t feel like I am buying it for one or two shades, which I have done in the past!

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Zara Water Repellent Rain Coat

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If you have read my Wardrobe Wish List, you will know I have been meaning to buy one of these rain coats from Zara! I went into the store to buy one and they didn’t have the colour I wanted, so when I went online they were on sale, but not in my size (typical).

I thought I would never be able to get one, until now, they have brought them back in stock for the Fall season, Thank god!

This time I am going to get it, it will be an essential in my wardrobe for the coming seasons!

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Zara Biker Jacket

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I am a sucker for leather jackets and I haven’t found an affordable one that is as high quality as the Zara Jackets! I bought a white jacket last year and I am still in love with it, the fit and feel is everything!

This jacket is very similar to the white one, and I do need a new black one, so this has to be on my list!!

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Topshop Milan Slogan T-Shirt

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When I seen this top in Topshop, straight away it reminded me of the Gucci T-Shirt, which I would love, but I am far from willing to spend €350 on a Cotton T-Shirt! This t-shirt on the other hand is much more affordable and just as nice! I think it would look lovely with the black leather jacket!

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Zara Fabric Boots

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Although these aren’t an essential, or even practical pair of boots, I really want them! I love the new sock style boot and I think these would be a lovely statement piece, especially for a night out!

They aren’t too expensive, so I wouldn’t feel like I am splurging on a pair of boots that I wont wear on a daily basis.

The quality of Zara products seems to be there, so I feel like they would last a while, but definitely won’t be suitable for the wet weather!

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That is my birthday wish list, and a wish list it is!😂😂 Again I don’t expect to get everything off this list, but maybe just the essentials! AKA the rain coat!!

What would you have on your birthday wish list?

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

Movie Bucket List!

I LOVE movies!!

I recently realised I haven’t seen all of the must see’s, from Psycho to Fight Club! I decided to make myself a Movie Bucket List. This way I have a list of movies, I have to watch, so when I am looking for a movie I can choose from the list, instead of just re-watching my favourites!

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*My All Time Favourite Movie Franchise!!*

I put up a post on Facebook asking my friends and family for some suggestions, it’s always good to get other people’s options because, they may suggest something you completely forgot about!

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So far I have 52 suggestions, some of which I have watched recently, and some I have seen a while ago! (Line Through Them)

I wanted to share it here in the hopes of getting a few more suggestions, and it may also be of interest to someone else!

List so far….

  1. Beach
  2. The Eye in the Sky
  3. Face Off
  4. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
  5. Pans Labrynth
  6. Stir Crazy
  7. Silver Streak
  8. Transformers
  9. Throw Momma From the Train
  10. The Abyss
  11. Children of Men
  12. 12 Angry Men
  13. The Nuns Story
  14. Wizard of Oz
  15. Gone with the Wind
  16. Psycho
  17. The Breakfast Club
  18. The Quiet Man
  19. The Prestige Beach
  20. Intersrellar
  21. Avatar
  22. Funny Face
  23. We Bought a Zoo
  24. No Name
  25. Memento
  26. Event Horizon
  27. Captain America
  28. Dark City
  29. Moon
  30. Cube
  31. Enemy Mine
  32. Deja Vu
  33. Contact
  34. Inside Man
  35. Baby Driver
  36. Stand By Me
  37. The Princess Bride
  38. Before Sunrise
  39. Twelve Monkeys
  40. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  41. Green Room
  42. Fight Club
  43. Catch Me if You Can
  44. Leon: The Professional
  45. The Dark Crystal
  46. The Devils Advocate
  47. John Wick
  48. Edge of Tomorrow
  49. Constantine
  50. ZombieLand
  51. Scream 1,2,3 & 4
  52. Titanic

I really want to add to this list, do you have any suggestions? it can be any Genre, especially Horror!

Have you seen any of the movies listed?

Leave me a comment with your suggestion!

Thank you for reading!

Love, Tanya

xxx

 

My Top 5 YouTubers!

YouTube has taken over my life, and I am sure it is the same for everyone! There are so many people on YouTube, it is hard to watch them all, or even find the half of them! I decided to share my top 5 people to watch!

Helen Anderson

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As far as I can remember Helen was the first person I watched on YouTube! I love her Rock n Roll style and her carefree attitude! I really enjoy Helen’s content, especially her V-logs! Her main channel is very much fashion based, with a mixture of beauty.

One thing I admire about her is that she tries new things with her channel, from music to style and the way she films her videos. For example, she filmed a 2016 favourites video, but it was in fact a song, which she wrote and sang herself! (Did I mention she is an awesome singer!!)

To be honest she is one of the most real and honest vlogger’s I have watched, she doesn’t sugar coat anything and she always speaks her mind!

If you haven’t seen her channel, I would highly recommend you go check her out!

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Rihannon Ashlee

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I have only been watching Rhiannon for a little while now, when I say a while I mean just over a year. I used to watch her main channel when it was called FashionRocksMySocks, but for some reason I hadn’t watched it in a while.

Rhiannon is a new mother, to a gorgeous little girl called Delilah! I started watching her vlogs around the time she found out she was pregnant, I was so excited to watch her go through this amazing journey!

She vlogs her day to day life as a mom and I have to say I find some comfort in watching her videos, I like to chill in bed or even in a bubble bath and just catch up on her channel!

Rhiannon is another honest person, she struggled a bit at the beginning of motherhood, but what new mother doesn’t, but I loved that she didn’t try to pretend everything was peachy, she was honest and showed what it is really like to have a new born!

If you like fashion and children then I think you would love her channels!

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Zoella

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I’m sure a LOT, if not all of you know who Zoe is! Iv watched Zoe for a long time, but I recently realised I much prefer to watch her vlog channel, not that I don’t like her main channel, just that I tend to head straight to channel no.2!

I think her vlogs are so good, especially her vlogmas series! I get so excited every year to watch her vlogmas videos, she really gets me into the festive mood! I love watching her everyday life, doesn’t sound creepy at all, but she seems to do a lot with her time and I like seeing her adventures, especially her shopping trips!

If you haven’t seen Zoe’s videos I recommend demand that you go and watch them!

Zoe’s Main Channel

Zoe’s Vlog Channel

Jaclyn Hill

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Another well known face, I’m sure all you beauty lovers know and love, Jaclyn Hill! I actually only got introduced to her channel about a year and a half ago, but straight away I was like Yes, this girl is amazing! Not only did I love her make up, but her personality was pure gold!

When I was in college I suffered really bad with anxiety and my mornings were so rough. The first thing I did when I got up was turned on YouTube and went straight to Jaclyn’s channel, I would put on any video, I wouldn’t even watch it, I would just have it on as background noise. Just listening to her talk about products or doing a talk through tutorial, preoccupied me and kept my mind off the fact that I was anxious!

Jaclyn is such a talented make up artist and honestly a good teacher, I have learned so much from watching her tutorials! If you would like to learn some skills I’d highly recommend her channel!

Jaclyn’s Channel

TFIL

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This channel is completely different to the other channels I have mentioned! TFIL is a channel created by Elton Castee, here he films himself and his friends going on crazy adventures, and doing all the things you would find on an adrenaline junkies bucket list!!

These guys are crazy, but absolutely hilarious! From over night stays in abandoned locations to swimming with sharks, these guys are doing it all and I honestly love to watch them do it, because I wouldn’t have the courage to do it myself, so this is the closest I will get to the real thing!

These guys are definitely worth checking out, you wont regret it!

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They are my top 5 YouTubers to watch, I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you would like me to do more posts like this, maybe a series called ‘My Top 5’??

Also if you have any channel recommendations leave them in the comments, I am always looking for new people to watch!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

Coby’s Collars

I recently set up a small shop on Etsy called Coby’s Collars, here I sell handmade 100% Cotton bandanas for dogs! These come in all different sizes, so there is one for every dog!

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My rescue dog Coby was the inspiration for this little adventure! When I adopted Coby I bought him a collar which had a cute bandana sewn onto it. I couldn’t get over how badly it was made, so I decided I would make my own! I made one which I could simply slip on and off of his collar, this way I could wash it when it got dirty and I could change the bandanas without having to buy a whole new collar!

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When I put the bandana on him for the first time he looked so cute, and it really showed off his character! Every time I made him a new one he would get so excited and would start nudging me to put it on him!

People started complimenting them and telling me I should sell them online, I thought it was a great idea, I love making them and would love for other dogs to have them too!

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Some people think it is silly adding accessories to your dog, but in my opinion if your dog feels fine with it then why not! I think it adds to their characters and I couldn’t imagine Coby without his bandana!

I started off with a few different fabrics, but I am slowly adding new fabrics and soon new styles. The business is still only new but already I have sold some bandanas and all the reviews have been very positive. I have even received pictures of the dogs wearing their bandana, and it honestly makes me feel so happy!

I have set up a Facebook page for the little shop and an Instagram account, here I can keep in touch with customers, share pictures of the happy dogs and show case new products and deals!

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I’m so excited to have started this little adventure and Coby is also very involved in the process, he helps to pick out the fabrics and tells me if he likes them, which is pretty much all the time as he thinks the bandanas are his, but its cute!

I would love if you would check out the Facebook or Instagram page and share some love😃 I have a Giveaway coming up shortly which will be open world-wide, so keep an eye out for that!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya & Coby

xxx

My Top Places To Stay In Dublin!

Taking a trip to Dublin is one my favourite things to do! My fiance and I like to take a trip down 2-3 times a year, whether it is just to get away for a few days or to do some shopping!

I have stayed in a few different hotels in the city center and thought I would share with you, my top 4 to stay in!

#1

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The Morgan Hotel is by far my favourite place to stay! It is located in Temple bar, which is one of Dublin’s most popular tourist spots!

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The Morgan is an incredible boutique hotel, it is modern and fresh! I love how creative they are with their interiors, it really adds to the overall feel of the hotel! As soon as I walked inside I felt like I was in a whole new world, I had never stayed in a hotel like this before!

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The staff is incredible, every time I have stayed they have been very welcoming and friendly! From room upgrades to complementary cocktails, they really made my stays amazing!

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The rooms are fantastic and the beds are unbelievably comfortable! I love the fresh interior of the rooms, and the few pops of colour! I have stayed in the contemporary rooms, the deluxe rooms and the apartment suite and all of them were amazing, they were all so luxurious, spacious and very comfortable! May I also not forget, the complementary apples!

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I have also eaten in the restaurant, and let me tell you, the food is just as amazing as the decor! Honestly I would recommend that everyone go and have a meal here, the food is perfection! (Also you must try the breakfast, it’s so good, they have a Pancake machine!!!!!)

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The cocktails are something else! They have a wide range to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone, from The Morgan bubbles (my favourite) to the strongest long island iced tea that you will ever have in your life! (trust me).

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This hotel will always be close to my heart as it is the place my fiance asked me to marry him! He knew how much I loved the hotel and thought it was the perfect place to ask me and it was!

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I can’t recommend this place enough, it is a very lively and fun place to be, even if you are not planning on staying, I would still recommend going in for a cocktail or two, you wont be disappointed!

www.themorgan.com

 

#2

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My fiance and I stayed here for Valentines Day a few years ago when it was still known as the Maldron Hotel. Although the ownership/name has changed much remains the same. The hotel is situated on Cardiff Lane, close to the Samuel Beckett Bridge and great if going to any events in the 3 Arena, Board Gais Energy Theater and others.

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Although the Hotel is within walking distance of town and all the major attractions I would recommend getting a taxi. For the few euros spent you will get there a hell of a lot quicker. It’s a good 15-20 minute walk from O’Connell Bridge.

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Once inside the Hotel, we were checked in by very friendly staff and informed on all the hotel has to offer including Food, Drink, Gym and Swimming Pool.

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The room we booked was great, an executive room with a balcony, As it was Valentines Day my fiance purchased a few extras I didn’t know about. When we got into the room it was stocked with Champagne on Ice, Chocolates, Strawberries and there were Bathrobes and slippers laid out on the bed for us.

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The Restaurant was very nice, we were taken to our seats and given menu’s. The room was dimly lit and quite romantic. The food was very good and was well presented.

www.claytonhotelcardifflane.com

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#3

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The Jurys Inn is located on Parnell Street, it is right around the corner from Henry’s Street, which is packed full of my favourite places to shop!

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I stayed here only recently, I traveled to Dublin for the night to do some shopping and this was the perfect spot as I didn’t have to walk far to find all my favourite places!

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The room was very nice and perfect for my short stay. The walls were very high so it made the room look huge, but I loved that. The rooms have Air Conditioning which is a big plus. The bed was very comfortable, enough that I actually struggled to get out of it the next morning!

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I had a few drinks after my shopping and the bar staff were very friendly, unfortunately they didn’t do cocktails (will be shortly).

The interior was very inviting and comfy! They had gorgeous little bowls on the tables with floating flowers inside, it is the little things!!

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I didn’t eat in the restaurant, so I can’t comment on their food, but I did peek inside and it looked very inviting! Just off the restaurant they have a hidden courtyard, which is perfect during the summer!

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I really enjoyed my stay here and I definitely want to go back again! The next time I will have to try their food, everyone in the restaurant seemed to be enjoying their meal!

If you are looking for somewhere close to the shopping centers, you should definitely consider this hotel!

www.jurysinns.com

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The Maldron Hotel is located on Parnell Street which is only a few minutes walk from O’Connell street.

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The hotel provides a luxury atmosphere on a budget. I always stay here coming up to Christmas to do my last-minute bits and pieces as its usually one of the best value hotels at this time of year. The staff is warm and friendly and are quite helpful.

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The rooms are very cosy, like any other hotel they have tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi. Another bonus, the rooms are fitted with air-con which is perfect for the summer months, nothing worse than a hotel in the summer with no cooling system!

The beds are very comfy and I always have a good night sleep when I stay here!

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Although I have not had a dinner here the breakfast is quite good, serving both continental and Irish breakfasts in a buffet style.

It is definitely one to consider, if you are on a budget!

www.maldronhotelparnellsquare.com

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They are my top hotels to stay in when I visit Dublin!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Have you stayed in any of these hotels or do you have any recommendations for me to try?

Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya

xxx

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June Obsessions 2017!

A post I used to love writing on my old blog was my monthly favourites and I miss writing them, so here they are, my obsessions from the month of June!

Fashion

Primark Fur Mules

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I found these little gems on my recent trip to Dublin and I fell in love with them straight away! As ugly as they are, I cant help but love them!

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They are so comfy and they make the perfect statement piece for a simple outfit! They are a mild dupe of the Gucci fur mules, just a little less furry!

Nike Stefan Janoski Trainers

I have been clearly loving shoes for the month of June! I bought myself new trainers as I was in desperate need of them! I found myself reaching for these for most of the month, they are so comfortable!!

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I have bad feet and walking for too long can cause me a lot of pain, but these trainers are so comfortable that I was able to walk for hours and I didn’t have as much pain as I usually would!

I love to style them with skinny black jeans and a slouchy white T, very casual!

Beauty

Glam Glow Supermud Face Mask

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I know I am a bit late on the band wagon, but better late than never! I had been dying to try this face mask for a long time, but I honestly couldn’t justify €45 on a face mask. I decided to buy the sample pot, so I could finally test out the product!

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I wasn’t disappointed! The mask was so much fun to try, I love how it showed the areas that needed the mask the most! I will say I did find it burned a little on application but once it dried it was fine. I have used it a few time over the past month and I have to say I am very happy with the results and I am considering investing in the larger tub!

Kind Natured, Body Lotion, Bath Soak & Sugar Scrub

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I never tried this brand before, but they were on offer in Boots and I thought it would be the perfect time to try them. The Coconut & Monoi is by far my favourite scent from the range, it is very sweet but I think it is perfect for the summer.

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The sugar scrub is amazing, it is super grainy, so you know you are getting a good scrub! The only thing I would have liked from the product would be if it foamed up a little better.

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The body lotion is amazing, it spreads really well and smells delightful! My skin always feels super soft for days after applying it!

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The bath soak is also a lovely product, it adds a nice generous amount of bubble to the bath and it has a very relaxing aroma!

I was very impressed with these products, especially considering they are 97% natural!! They are also affordable with starting prices from €6.79!

Lifestyle & Entertainment

Graze Salted Fudge & Peanut Cookie

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This stuff is my version of cat nip, I seriously can’t get enough if the stuff! I should be embarrassed to say I went through 3 bags of this stuff, but I’m really not!

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It is the perfect mix of sweet and salty and for €2.50 a bag!! I need to go and place a new order!!

The Gilmore Girls

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Brace yourself, I have never seen this show before it was put up on Netflix! I decided to sit down and watch it one day, and 4 seasons later I am still glued to the screen! You can blame the lack of posts on this show! I have to say I am surprised at myself for not watching this before, it is so good!! I’m still not finished, so no spoilers please!😉 If you have never seen this show, go and watch it, seriously!😘

The Weeknd – Secrets

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I LOVE the Weeknd, and this song is just 😍! I have this song on serious repeat on my phone and now that I am done writing I am going to go and listen to it on high volume 😉😂

That is what I have been loving for the month of June, leave me a comment with something you have been obsessed with over the past month!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

 

 

 

I Adopted!!

Hey Guys & Gals!

These past few weeks have been crazy and full of emotion!!

Two weeks ago I lost my precious Missy, she was a 14 and a half year old border collie! Missy was a rescue pup when we got her and she was so scared of everyone and everything. She had a horrible intro to life, but after some serious love and affection Missy became the sweetest, cutest and funnest dog around! She loved to talk to people and had a bark for everything, the bathroom, food and just plain old attention!

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To be honest it all happened so quickly, she became very sick and after testing we found out she had liver failure, it was such a hard choice to put her to sleep! The vet advised us it was the best idea, she was an old dog and her condition would have gotten worse. We decided as a family it was better for Missy to go to sleep and to be out of pain!

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After her death life was so different, our house was quite and unfamiliar, I couldn’t go into the kitchen without wanting to cry. The kitchen was Missy’s chill area and we always cuddled and played on the floor, so to walk in and not see her staring at me was so hard and it broke my heart every time!

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After a week of crying, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore, I couldn’t handle the silence. I spoke to the family and informed them I wanted to go to an animal shelter and adopt a dog. It was still very soon after Missy, but I knew it was the best thing for us all, we would never forget Missy and she would love to know we are giving a home to another rescue dog!

And so I would like to introduce Coby!

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Coby is a 9 month old Beagle cross (not sure with what unfortunately). He had been in the shelter for almost 4 months! As soon as we met him we all made a connection to him! He was so excited and so full of energy!

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We have Coby almost a week and he is still the same excited little pup he was when we met him, he loves everyone, people, children, cats and dogs!

There was no information on how his life was before he went to the shelter, all that was known was that he was found wandering around. After bringing him home, I noticed signs of abuse, he would jump at loud noises and if you moved too quickly he would flinch as if you were going to hit him! It kills me to think someone could hurt that gorgeous friendly little fella!

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He has improved so much over the week, he’s currently learning how to sit on command, he is a smart dog and a quick learner!

Already we all feel the healing of our loss, we talk about Missy all the time and it is easier now, before we couldn’t without getting upset! The house feels like home again, and the new addition is to thank for that!

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Coby will be going to see the vet for the first time next week, fingers crossed he will still be a happy little fella when he gets there!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya,

xxx

 

I’m Engaged!!

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A few weeks ago my boyfriend of 7 and a half years asked me to marry him!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already known this, but today I decided to share my engagement story with you!

I’ve been with James for 7 and a half years now and to be honest I knew for years that I would be with him for the rest of my life!

I met James when I was 16, through mutual friends. It wasn’t love at first sight, but the more we hung out, the more we got to know each other and then we ended up falling in love! ahhh

 Myself & James when we first started going out

Before I dive into the engagement story, I want to mention how I always believed my engagement wouldn’t be a surprise!

When it comes to surprises, I am like a sniffer dog, I always know when things are going on and I always find out before the surprise is revealed, Christmas, birthdays and gifts!

The weekend of our engagement James booked the Morgan hotel in Dublin. This is our favorite home away from home, we have been here several times for weekend breaks, so this didn’t set off any alarm bells!

After checking in we went into the city center to do some shopping and to get some coffee!

We went into Zara, I was running around awing over all the lovely clothes and I turned around and James was just standing staring at me with this loving smile. Usually he would be complaining that I am dragging him around different shops but he wasn’t he just stood smiling, I didn’t even think anything of it, no alarm bells here either! ha

We both wanted to get a bottle of champagne and strawberries for our little getaway weekend!

James decided he wanted to buy a bottle of Moet, but when I seen the price I was almost sick, I’m a pretty frugal person and to spend €40 on a bottle of champagne would have made me sick, so James settled for a much cheaper bottle!

Again this didn’t set of any alarm bells, even though James was so persistent that he wanted to get the Moet!

Before heading back we went into Lush and bought a few of their bath bombs and bubble bars! I don’t live near a lush so the only time I get to buy any is when I go to Dublin!

Later that night we went for a meal in the Morgan hotel restaurant, seriously it was the nicest meal I had in a while!

I ordered the Pasta Arrabiata and James had the steak with sweet potato fries….which I ate on him!

We also had some cocktails with our meal, I had the Morgan Bubbles, which I have to get every time I am there!

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I brought my camera to the meal and I barely took any photos, which I am kicking myself over now!

After the meal we went back to our room, I sat on the edge of the bed to take off my shoes. James came over to me with his hand in his back pocket, saying you know the way we have been going out for a while now and began to take his hand out of his pocket.

He got down on one knee with the box held out in front of me and asked me to marry him, by this time I was balling my eyes out, repeating, stop joking, your messing, is this really happening?!

In all the shock of everything I forgot to say yes, James was still on his knee waiting for my reply, so is that a yes?? YES!

The ring is so beautiful and it fit perfectly, I couldnt have chosen a better one myself!!

I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better moment! The feeling you get during that moment is life changing, I never felt so happy!

I honestly thought he was joking with me, I thought he was going to pull out a gift card or something!

He then informed me that my family knew all about it, for a week!! This really shocked me, my sister especially, she can’t hold water and I am so surprised she didn’t say anything!

I shook his hand and said congratulations, you managed to surprise me! we laughed for ages and then popped the champagne and called our families!

I then had a nice long bath with my lush bath bomb and my glass of champagne! We later curled up and watched the only movie that was on the TV, Never Been Kissed!

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It was the most amazing night/weekend of my life, I honestly couldn’t stop smiling and I can’t wait to start this new chapter with my Fiance!!!

Love Tanya

xxx

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