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Welcome to Penneys To Prada, a Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle blog written by Emer, an aspiring Web Designer and shopaholic. Enjoy!


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A Relaxing Step Back In Time - Barnabrow House Review

22 February 2018

Hello hello! I'm back with another travel post and I'm very excited about this one. Allow me to introduce you to Barnabrow House, a stunning country house located just outside of Cork city that is so full of charm you'll never want to leave. Myself and Dara were invited down to stay and to experience their Gourmet Evening and it honestly surpassed all of my expectations.

Disneyland Paris - My Top Tips

31 January 2018

Disneyland really is the most magical place on earth. It doesn't matter what age you are, or where you come from, or what language you speak, everyone can sense the magic in the air in Disneyland and the excitement is contagious.

Back in November I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris with Primark and had the best weekend ever (just watch the vlog linked below and count how many times I say "I'm so excited"). Lots of you have messaged me since that trip asking if I have any tips for visiting Disneyland and since I've been to both Disneyland Paris, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, I do have a fair few tips to impart on you.

Has The Blogging Bubble Burst?

21 January 2018

Unless you've been living under a rock, or are just sensible enough not to live your life on social media (something I need to learn to do), you'll probably have seen all of the blogger/influencer drama that's exploded over the past few weeks. I have quite a few opinions on all of this and I wanted to take some time to think about it all instead of writing a post on the day it all started in the hope of getting as many clicks as possible.

The Best Of Beauty In 2017

18 January 2018

As well as looking back on my highlights from 2017, I thought I'd also round up my best beauty products from the past year. I got into beauty in a big way last year, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and actually made an effort (for the most part) with my make-up, I took a real interest in skincare and the ingredients I was putting on my face and I loved trying out lots of new products. You could also call this post my 'All Time Favourite Beauty Products' because I reach for each product that I'll be sharing at least once a week, if not more!

A Look Back On 2017 & My Hopes For 2018

7 January 2018

Hello hello hello! It feels like years since I last sat down to write a blog post, didn't that Christmas break seem to go on forever (in the best way possible of course)?! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years, spent with the people you love the most because that's really what it's all about isn't it?

Today I thought I'd kick 2018 off with a look back on the year just gone and what I hope this coming year has in store. It wasn't until I was planning this post that I realised at the start of 2017 I'd actually written a post called 'What I Want Achieve This Year', and I'm happy to say I achieved just about everything I wanted to, so let's look back on 2017 shall we?


Travel

One of my main goals for 2017 was to travel as much as I could and I ended up visiting Amsterdam, Bruges, Murcia, Disneyland Paris and Belfast as well as lots of other staycation type breaks here in Ireland! My boyfriend and I decided that instead of getting birthday and Christmas presents, we'd go on trips instead because memories and experiences are much more valuable and it's worked out really well. If you'd like to see more of my travels, hotel reviews and places to eat in the cities we've been to, check out my travel section here.


Finding My Footing With Blogging

Even though I've been 'properly' blogging since September 2014, I'd always struggled to find my place with the whole thing. A lot of the time in the past I'd write blog posts that I knew would be popular rather than posts that I had a genuine interest and love for. I changed that in 2017 and started writing think pieces that I'm very proud of on topics like feminism, education and fast fashion (which you can find here). I've always had a love for writing and doing this has really helped me to fall back in love with blogging and remember why I started.


Stepping Outside Of My Comfort Zone

I was given some incredible opportunities in 2017, one of them being a trip to Disneyland Paris with Penneys. Whilst it was the trip of a lifetime, I have to admit that I was very very nervous the few weeks leading up to that weekend. I was worried that I wouldn't get the content I needed, or the content I would get wouldn't be good enough etc. Just silly worries that were totally irrational but we all have our comfort zone and that trip was definitely outside of mine. If you've read my post on the trip, or seen all of my Instagram posts, you'll know I had the best weekend of my life and so in 2018 I'm going to keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone because it's always worth it.
  

Juggling Blogging & College

I don't want to sound like a moan, but blogging takes up a lot more time than people realise. In 2017 I found it a little harder to juggle blogging and college, especially since I'm now in my final year of college. It was hard to prioritise sometimes, especially since I was trying to give blogging as much attention as I could. I was very lucky to work with some of my favourite brands last year and also graduate from my ordinary degree and continue onto my honours degree, so here's to the juggling act continuing in 2018!


All in all, 2017 was a great year for me and it's one I'll always look back on fondly. With that being said, I don't think anyone can say 2017 was easy. There were so many unthinkable tragedies and innocent lives lost over the past year that while 2017 was a great year for me personally, it was definitely bittersweet. One of the strongest memories that I'll probably always keep with me about 2017 was waking up on so many mornings to terrible, stomach dropping news. My main hope for the coming year is that there won't be half as much mindless violence and acts of terror, because I think the world has had more than it's fair share.


The Year Ahead

So what are my hopes for 2018? Well I'd obviously like to be as happy and as healthy as I was in 2017, but there are a few specific goals I want to achieve and hopes I have for the new year.

1. Keep creating content that I'm proud of.

I want to keep up what I started in 2017 and continue writing posts about topics that I love and want to share with people. 2018 might also be the year I give the whole Youtube thing a go, and I'm very excited for all of the ideas I have to come to life.


2. See even more of the world. 

I think travel is always going to be my favourite thing in life. I absolutely love exploring new places and learning all about different cultures. We've already booked a trip to Prague in March and I have a whole list of other countries and cities I'd love to go to, so I can't wait! I'm also going to be working on creating more travel themed blog posts since you all loved my packing tips and travel recommendations last year.

3. Work with brands I love. 

Just like the list I've written of all the places I want to travel to this year, I've also got a list of brands I'd love to work with. I'm very fortunate that my blog has allowed me to collaborate with some of my favourite brands/companies and in 2018 I want to continue creating the same authentic content. It's very important to me that I only ever work with brands that I genuinely love and that I don't take on irrelevant collaborations purely for the financial gain. Of course I don't expect to work with every single brand on my list, but it's good to have dreams to aim for right?


4. Develop healthy habits that will stick. 

In 2017 I developed a real love for going to the gym regularly. It helped keep me sane during very stressful weeks in college and I loved seeing my body getting stronger. This year I want to keep that regular exercise up, but also develop healthy eating habits to match. Right now I don't eat the healthiest diet, and I'm also not the best at cooking, so this year I want to work on that and finally be the complete picture of health.

5. Graduate college and (finally) get out into the big bad world.

I have just one semester left in college and to say I'm excited to be finished would be an understatement. I've had so many people say to me that college is way easier than having a job and to be honest I don't know what they studied but I definitely won't miss the 60+ hours a week that I put into my college work. I'm very much ready to be done and dusted with it all and while at the moment I haven't a clue what my exact plan is for after I graduate, I'm still very excited to get stuck into whatever comes my way.


Here's to the year ahead. I have to say I'm very excited for it all, even though I haven't a clue what it may hold! I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you've got any hopes or goals for 2018, I'd love to hear them.

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How Many Coats Is Too Many Coats?

18 December 2017


I am a coat addict. There, I said it. I just can't help myself. All I want to do is buy coats, I mean can you blame me when it's so cold at the moment?! I'm sure a lot of you are the same. You go into a shop and instantly you're drawn to the rails of coats and jackets even though you've got enough at home to open your own shop...

There are so many gorgeous styles on the high street at the moment, from the teddy bear coats, to the aviator jackets, is it any wonder we love them? In the winter I love to wear a statement coat or jacket with a comfy/casual outfit underneath. It's simple and practical because thanks to all of these faux fur coats that are so on trend right now, you'll be kept as snug as a bug.

Since I love coats and jackets so much, I've obviously compiled quite a long wish-list so today I thought I'd share them with you, just in case you're on the hunt for the perfect winter warmer!




I think my particular favourites from this post have to be the jackets featured below. I especially love the red aviator jacket from River Island which is currently on sale (like I needed any convincing)! The studded biker jacket from Pretty Little Thing is another steal at just €21 and of course that gorgeous aviator jacket from Missguided with the deep green faux fur lining is just too fab.


Are you a fellow coat addict? What's your favourite style of coat or jacket? I hope you enjoyed this post and if you were on the lookout for some shopping inspiration, I hope it helped!
Thanks so much for reading.
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My Top Picks From Penneys Beauty

27 November 2017

It's no secret that Penneys beauty products are not only cheap as chips, but also amazing quality and in the last few months especially they've brought out some products and ranges that rival lots of our favourite make-up brands. Some of my favourite beauty products that I use on a day to day basis are from Penneys and today I wanted to share with you the products from Penneys that we all need in our make-up bags.