Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!!

Although it is still summer I can’t help but find myself still wearing black! The weather here in Ireland isn’t what you would find in Spain, so I can pretty much get away with it!

When transitioning into the Fall season it is the perfect time to start lightly layering, here you will see I am wearing a long chiffon top with a Karki green Kimono over it. This layering is light and definitely suitable for the mild weather!

I paired the outfit with my Topshop amo boots and my beige Kurt Geiger bag.

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These items are not available anymore, but I will link similar versions!

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Thank you for reading!

Love, Tanya

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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

 

Bath Time Essentials!

I love nothing more than a long bubble bath pamper session after a long day! There are several things I love to use during my pamper session and I thought I would share them with you!

Lush Bathbomb

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Bath time wouldn’t be the same without my favourite Lush bath bombs or bubble bars! I have so many favourites, I find it hard to choose which one to use! I have currently been loving the Lush Lava Lamp bath bomb and the Brightside Bubble Bar!

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Sometimes I like to mix two together, I will use a bath bomb and half or a third of a bubble bar, that way I’m getting the fun colours of the bath bomb and the big bubbles from the bubble bar!

Body wash

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I have tried so many different products, but none have come close to the Aveeno Daily Moisturising Yogurt Body Wash. My skin hasn’t felt this amazing in a long time! The product is packed with natural ingredients such as Oatmeal and it has a lovely creamy consistency, the scent of the product is something else, fresh and sweet! I like to use a rough surface cloth to apply this product, this way I get the benefits of using a scrub without having the bits left all over my skin! The Aveeno body wash is more pricey but is definitely worth the investment!

Face wash & Cloth

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I try not to use a lot of products on my face, because I don’t like the idea of all the chemicals on my skin! If I have make up on, I like to remove it using the Cleanse off Face Mitt and sometimes I will use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash if I am wearing heavy make up, but I am on the hunt to find a better make up remover which has less chemicals in it. If you are trying to cut down on skin care products I would highly recommend the Cleanse off mitt, it removes make up fast and effectively, and will save a lot of money on face wipes, as it can be washed and reused!

Face Mask

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Face masks are a must for bath time, I used to use a lot of drug store face masks, but again I am trying to cut down on the amount of chemicals I use on my face! I purchased the Lush mask, Mask of Magnaminty, this is my all time favourite as it can be used as a scrub also! I like to keep mine in the fridge so it is ice-cold when I apply it to the skin, this is very refreshing during the summer!

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Other face masks I like to use include, The Sanctuary Spa 5 minute detox mask and the Glam Glow Super Mud Mask. (Again I will be replacing them with a more natural product)

Entertainment

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When I am having a bubble bath pamper session I like to watch something on my laptop! Most of the time I will watch YouTube videos or some episodes of Gilmore Girls! The odd time I will bring a book with me instead.

Body Lotion

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The Aveeno Daily Moisturising Creamy Oil is definitely my new favourite, this moisturizer is so good and has really hydrated my skin! The consistency is perfect as it spreads really well and you only need a little bit! Again it is a bit more pricey than your standard drugstore moisturizer, but it is definitely worth the extra few euro!

They are my Bath Time Essentials, what are yours?? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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!

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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!

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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

Tips For Coping With Anxiety

I shared this post on my old blog a little while ago and I thought I would share it here. We are coming up to that time of the year where people are going back to school and college. This can be a very stressful time for people and can cause a lot of anxiety, when I was in college I suffered a lot, but found ways to help myself cope with it.

The following tips are things I find useful when I’m suffering with anxiety. Anxiety is different for everyone and the ways in which people deal with it are also different.

I have found many tips online and some have helped and others not so much.

I have decided to share these with you in hope, they may be of use to someone suffering with anxiety.

1. Listen to Music

Music has been a huge part of my coping mechanism when it comes to my anxiety. My anxiety tends to be at it’s worse when I travel, so I always make sure I have head phones, a full battery on my phone, and my old IPod just for back up.

When I am on the train for example, I will put on a playlist of my favourite songs and close my eyes. While listening to the music I focus as much as I can on the lyrics and try to think of them as a story. This has worked so well for me over the past 3 years and when my full attention is on the lyrics I completely forget about my anxiety.

2. Read A Book

Reading is great for the mind and has been proven to help with one’s memory. For me reading is a great way to escape my problems, and dive into a completely different world.

I try to read as much as I can, even when I’m not anxious. I always read a book on the way home from college, mainly because I have an hour long journey and it is the perfect time to get some peaceful reading done.

Sometimes if my anxiety is extremely bad I do find it difficult to focus on the book, but when this happens I take a few minutes to breath, try to relax myself and then I start reading.

3. Play a game on your phone

Playing games on my phone, like Candy Crush for example, was another great distraction for me. If I had a hospital appointment and I knew I would be waiting for a while, I would bring my book and a fully charged phone. Waiting around in one place for too long is also an anxiety trigger for me. I would play candy crush while I waited, because I would be so engrossed in the game I wouldn’t even notice the time going by. In the case that my lives run out I would have my book as a back up. Always be prepared!

4. Meditate

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When I say meditation I don’t mean sitting legs crossed and humming, this may work for others but not for me.

My form of meditation is easy, you can do it in public and no one would even notice.

I basically sit straight, feet flat on the floor and I just breath. I focus all my attention on my breathing, I don’t force a breath I just breath as normal. By doing this your body calms itself naturally. It is a very simple step and with enough practice your body will do the relaxation on its own. I do this step if I know I am going to be in a situation that will cause me anxiety. There are times where my anxiety will have already hit me and I can’t focus on my breathing because I’m so worked up. In these cases I turn to the next thing, which is almost always my music.

5. Go For A Walk

Getting out for some fresh air, whether it is going for a coffee or simply going for a walk. I find if I am stuck in doors too long I can begin to get irritable and restless. I make sure I get out of the house everyday even if it is just for an hour. Walking can also be a great form of meditation, make sure to observe your surrounds, look at that is going on, what are people doing?. This will help you focus on something else other than your anxiety.

6. Surround Yourself With Friends/Family

One of the best forms of medicine in my opinion is laughter.

Surrounding myself with my friends has definitely helped me when I was extremely down in the dumps.

I remember I decided to go out to a friends party one night, but I wasn’t drinking as I had to be up early to write my thesis. At this time I was really struggling with life and when I went out everyone had me in tears laughing, I smiled for about 3 days after, just down to the fact I was out with friends who I hadn’t seen in a long time and I was having fun.

If you are feeling in need of a friend, contact one of them. Arrange to go for a coffee, see a movie or invite them around for a sleep over. Even if they can’t do it straight away, the excitement of arranging a date will help boost your mood and it will give you something to look forward to.

7. Write it Down

Writing down what is going through your head when you are anxious, is the best way for you to actually analyse your situation. By doing this you can take a step back and really ask yourself why this makes you feel anxious, is it worth it? do I even need to be anxious?

For some people it is a great thing to do and for others it doesn’t work the same, but the best way to find out is to give it a try!

On my old blog I used to document everyday, well almost everyday. Writing down how I was feeling and what I was doing helped to get things off my chest and out of my head!

8. Have A Nap

When things get a little too much to handle taking a nap can help you to just escape for an hour or so.  I find when I get anxious and worked up I become drained and this doesn’t help the situation. When you are tired it is very hard to focus and think straight, so taking a break and having a nap is the best way to relax and rejuvenate. When you wake up you will feel better, and you will be able to look at your situation with a calmer and more energized mind.

If it is the case where you can’t have a nap, try something else, go for a walk, have some lunch or do something that will give you a break and time to refocus.

9. Remove yourself from the Situation

Sometimes walking away is the best option when the situation you are in is causing you anxiety.

I understand walking away isn’t always going to be an option. For example, in my case college caused me a lot of anxiety and I couldn’t just drop out, because that would have meant I was giving into defeat. Fighting through college was something I had to do for myself, but for others walking away may have been the best thing for them!

In situations where walking away is an option then do so. If there is a fight between friends and you are feeling anxious, walk away!

If you are in college and you are feeling anxious, go out for some fresh air, take a break and give yourself room to breath. When you feel more calm go back and face your problem with a much more clear mind.

10. Positive Thinking

No matter how big or small your problems and struggles are, always stay positive!

When I was in college, I was always doubting myself and my work, I was losing confidence in everything I was doing. Once I started thinking negative I had to tell myself to stop and stay positive!

I believe 100% that positivity can make a huge difference in one’s life. Always facing a situation or a problem with positivity will give you a much better result than facing it with negativity in mind.

When something is coming up that is going to make you anxious think to yourself, I can do this, I will survive this obstacle and I will get what I want!

Something I always do is get a positive quote from Pinterest.

Save it as your screensaver on your phone, so every time you look at your phone you will see the quote and that will remind you to stay positive!

Another idea would be to write quotes on sticky notes and place them around your house/desk/car, where ever you feel is the best place, so when you see them they will remind to breath!

I believe the only reason I managed to finish college was because of my positivity and my ambition!

I wanted that degree, I wanted to show myself I could, I wanted to prove to people who doubted me that I could do it, and I did it, even with anxiety!

If you are positive that you will over come your anxiety and its triggers, you will, even if it takes a year or 5 years, you will over come it!

No matter how many set backs I have faced or will face I will still stay positive and believe that some day I will over come my anxiety!

I hope these tips will be of use to you, remember anxiety is different for everyone, and it is all about trial and error!

Try different techniques and don’t give up until you find the best one for you!

Leave me a comment if you have any tips for coping with anxiety, I am always open to new things and I would love to hear from you.

Thank you for reading,

Love Tanya

xxx

The Design Diary: Testing Dress #2

It has been a while since I done one of these posts! Honestly I hit a wall with the collection and didn’t feel like my designs were going anywhere. I took a break but now I feel like I am starting to get somewhere!

New Samples

To get back into the design process, I went back over my research and started to do new samples, hoping they would drive new ideas!

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When I was in college I was introduced to this amazing water-soluble material! It is used as a fabric stabilizer, or to create your own motifs, which is what I had planned to do!

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Using the shape of the Titanic museum I came up with simple stitch designs. To create these I simply sewed back and forth on the machine using different colour treads.

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I haven’t rinsed the samples yet as I wanted to make a few more on the sample piece to save the material as it is not cheap! When I am dissolving the samples I will photograph the entire process and insert it in the next post!

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I planned to hand sew these onto a finished garment as a texture detail, I was thinking of a nude stretch mesh fabric, but I am keeping my options open until I have a final design for the garment!

Design Sketching

After looking over my research I began to do new sketches for the next garment.

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I had sketched up a rough idea for the collection and I really liked the 2 dresses in the middle, but I only liked elements from them. I decided to redesign them by mixing the elements together.

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I liked the idea of a straight skirt with a train at the back, and the deep v-neck bodice. I wanted to keep the drape detail from the previous designs so I decided to add them to the neckline. I do want to test out a few necklines with different weights of fabric, for example stiffening some Satin.

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Once I had picked the design I began to work on the patterns to toile the dress!

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I was very happy with the first toile attempt! The shape is exactly what I wanted and the draped bodice is perfect!

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The only change that would need to be made is the length, it is too short for a standard height model.

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I am in love with the train, but I would like to make it longer, but for this collection I think it would be best kept at a small size.

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This dress I would love to make in a stretch satin, this would give the dress some weight and give the train a better drape! I need to stiffen some satin to see if it would hold the structure on the neckline, hopefully it will work as I really like the satin fabric!

Pricing Process

Pricing is a very important part of creating a collection, this information is used if you are selling into retail or simply selling for yourself! Pricing includes a lot of things from the fabric, to tread and to your labour cost!

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To make the pricing process easier I created a pricing sheet, which will allow me to simply fill in all the information, which can then be all added up at the end to give my final cost of the garment.

Final Notes

Now that I am finally on a roll again, I am going to work hard to finalise the collection. Once everything is finalised I can then start making the garments and getting the model to try all of them on, to ensure they all fit her perfectly.

Once everything is done my most favourite part can begin, which is the photoshoot!!

Thank you for reading!

Love Tanya

xxx

A/W Trends 17/18

We are nearing the end of the summer, but we are also getting that little bit closer to the Fall season, which means, new fashion! Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, I love the change in the weather and all the comfort it brings along with it!

I thought now would be the perfect time to start looking at the fashion trends that are on their way in, so we can all get our wardrobes ready!

Sparkle

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Saint Laurent & Isabel Marant

There was a lot of sparkle on the runway for A/W this year, a lot of designers are hoping to revive the night-time antics by reintroducing sequins, chain mail, and metallic fabrics! Although I am not too excited about sequins, the chain mail will definitely interest me!

How To Style

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Dress: €69.95 Boots: €39.95

Both of these items are from ZARA, I immediately fell in love with the dress, as I love the simple A-line shape. The dress is made up of sequins, but is in no way tacky! I paired the dress with these metallic silver pointed toe boots, I think the two pair together would make a lovely outfit for a night out with a few friends! (I have had my eyes on these boots for ages!)

The Suit

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Alexander Wang & Stella McCartney

I feel like suits have been popping up a lot lately, but I don’t feel they ever go out of fashion! What I love, is that every time they come back aground, they come around with a new twist! This helps to keep them interesting and makes the suit more fun and less formal!

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Jacket: €39.95 Pants: €25.95 Boots: €49.95

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is this ZARA suit!! I have never loved a suit as much as I do this one! The pink with the black detailing is just so pretty and perfect for the modern business woman! The trousers are skinny cropped legs, which would pair really nicely with the boots above!

Seventies

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Miu Miu & Prada

It looks like That 70’s Show is going to be hitting out clothing outlets soon! 70’s fashion has been another huge inspiration for the runway this year and to be honest I can’t wait! I’m looking forward to the chunky shoes and flare jeans!

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Jeans: €60.00 Trainers: €99.95 T-Shirt: €20.00

For this outfit I wanted to go with a simple 70’s look, and when I think of that I think of wide legged jeans and trainers! The Jeans and T-shirt are both from Topshop and fit in with the 70s theme perfectly! The jeans are my favourite from this outfit, I love the high waist with the belt and the frayed hems!

Soft Leather

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Alexander McQueen & Acne Studios

I was very excited when I seen this trend! I love leather jackets and anything with that rock n roll, biker style! Again I feel like leather pops up a lot, but it is a widely used fabric and popular among everyone, whether you like faux or real!

How To Style

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Dress: €45.95 Boots: €49.95 Tights: €9.95

For this outfit I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose this faux leather dress with ruffles from ZARA, I then paired them with the sock boots and fish net tights. This would definitely be something I would wear. You could even pair the outfit with bright coloured boots to add that extra pop!

What do you think of the trends coming this Fall/Winter? Let me know in the comments 😀

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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