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Who Cares About Age? NOT ME!

19 October 2017

Age is a weird thing isn't it? Every year your age goes up, this number that's supposed to define where you are in life. When you're 15 you're in school, in the middle of all the teenage drama. When you're 25 you're out in the adult world, probably at the start of your career.

When I was younger I used to always want to be older. I remember being 16 and counting down the days until I turned 18 and now I'd kind of like if time could slow down just a little. The idea for this blog post was brought on by my 22nd birthday a few weeks ago. For some reason 22 sounds really old to me, and I was stressing out because I have all of these things I want to accomplish by 25 until I realised I was being completely ridiculous. 

Our age shouldn't set any limitations on what we can and can't do and there shouldn't be certain goals we have to hit by the time we reach 25, 30, or 50. All the time I hear women who are older than me saying they can't do this, or wear that because they're "too old" and I say there's no such bloody thing. Your age is simply just a number and you shouldn't let it define you. A brilliant example of this would be my Mum, who has definitely inspired the way I think about age. She's got just as much "get up and go" as I do and when we went surfing recently she wasn't the one who gave up after 45 minutes, I was!

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On the flip side, when I turned 22 I had so many people telling me that I'm "so young" and that I've "done so much for someone who's only 22" which of course is a lovely thing to hear, but just because I'm 22 doesn't mean I can't work as hard as a 30 year old and achieve whatever I set my mind to. 

I came across a brilliant quote the other day that perfectly describes how I feel about age, so I thought I'd share it with you:

"I hope you aren't held back because of a number and that you don't rush into things because it feels like time is slipping by. I hope you do what's right for you. Hold on, slow down and breathe in. Your age is your age but more importantly your life is your life. Don't change your journey so that it matches someone else's. We need to walk different paths so the whole world can be explored. Revel in the differences and enjoy where you are in this moment."

If you don't want kids by 25 and to be married by 30 like your cousin Sarah, don't stress it, you don't have to! Like I mentioned above, I had this list of things I wanted to have done by the time I'm 25, like starting my career, moving to a city etc but I've realised now that if I get to 25 and I'm back in college studying a completely different degree, that's fine. That's just how my life is supposed to go.

If there's one thing I've learnt, it's that the Abraham Lincoln quote "it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years" isn't as cheesy as it sounds. I may only be 22 but I've had more than a few hard life lessons thrown at me and I guess that's probably why I find myself having to put on a fake smile when people say I'm "so young" and why I'm such a cynical old git at times!

This quote also rings true when you look at really successful young people. I always think it's so funny to see headlines like "You'll Never Believe How Young This Tech Millionaire Is", as if a 21 year old almost shouldn't be able to be successful purely because he's "only" 21. A brilliant example of this is Nick D'Aloisio who sold his app Summly to Yahoo for a reported 30 million dollars back in 2013 when he was 17. If you google him, all of the articles will refer to him as a 'schoolboy', which of course he was, but how is that relevant? Surely he's a 'computer genius' above anything else, no?

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T-shirt - River Island (currently on sale) / Checked Trousers - Penneys (similar here) / Jacket - Mango (similar here) / Bag - Penneys / Watch - Daniel Wellington / Sunglasses - RayBan / Stan Smiths - ASOS

I guess the main point I'm trying to get at with all this rambling is that you can do whatever the hell you want, and the age you are can't control that. Your life is your life, it's up to you, not your age to decide what you do with it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on age and if you feel the same way about it as I do, or if you disagree completely, I'd love to hear that too! Feel free to leave a comment here, on Facebook or on Instagram and we can have a chat.

Thanks so much for reading!

The Best of Beauty Under €10

Beauty products have always been a vice for me. I can never resist a bargain and the 3 for 2 offers in Boots would always pull me in and I'd find myself heading home with a big bag full of nail polishes I definitely didn't need. 

While it'd be lovely to be able to afford €40 foundations, and skincare that costs an arm and a leg, I find some of the cheaper beauty products work just as well, so today I want to share with you my 10 best beauty products that all cost under €10!

Chocolates, Waffles & Beer - Where To Eat In Bruges

28 September 2017

If you caught my post last week called 'The Ultimate Guide To Bruges' you'll know that we pretty much ate our way through the city, so I thought I'd share some of the places we ate and really loved, but be warned, there was a lot of them!

Chocolatier Dumon

We visited many chocolate shops whilst in Bruges but Chocolatier Dumon was by far my favourite. There are three shops in the city, but the one picture above is the original and still run by the founding family. They have every single kind of chocolate you could imagine so of course I ended up spending a fortune because I definitely couldn't come home empty handed!

Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Bruges

This is one of the fanciest pâtisseries I've ever been in. There's a huge chandelier hanging from the ceiling, gorgeous marble tables and my favourite part was that you can see the bakers making all sorts of amazing creations right in front of you. It was a little pricey, I paid €4.50 for quite a small (but amazing quality) cappuccino but if you're heading to Bruges it's definitely a place I'd recommend. The experience and the little meringue cakes called 'Aux Merveilleux' are well worth the price.

De Stoepa 

Whilst in Bruges we stayed with our lovely (and very welcoming) friend Tammy and her boyfriend Tom, so on one of the evenings of our trip we visited De Stoepa which is one of their favourite restaurants and just a short walk from their house. De Stoepa has a very wide range of dishes on their menu, with everything from Italian pasta, to Indian curries. I ordered the spaghetti bolognese which isn't something I'd usually go for but it had come highly recommended and I wasn't disappointed. It was ridiculously tasty and such a big portion for just €10.


Hear me out on this one okay? I love trying out McDonald's in different countries. Every country has something different and they're such a handy option if you're hungry and haven't a clue where to eat. It may not be the most 'cultured' option, but let me tell you, the McDonald's in Bruges was pretty impressive! One of the chicken burgers we tried had avocado in it and even came with it's own slice of lime, I mean how fancy is that? They also do this incredible 'frite sauce' which tastes like a pickle flavour mayo and honestly I'd go back to Bruges just for that sauce alone...

Belgian Fries

All over Bruges there are frites shops, which are basically just your classic chip shop but the fries in Belgium are double/triple fried so they're much crunchier. They also have a ridiculous sauce menu for your fries and I love the Flemish stew sauce (seen in the picture above). We also tried out the fries outside the Belfry Tower and loved those too. Again like McDonald's they're not a healthy option but I mean when in Bruges right?!

Beer & Waffles

I haven't singled out any particular places to get Belgian beer and waffles whilst in Bruges because there are so many places and they're pretty much all the same. We tried out a few different places for each and I was quite shocked that I wasn't mad about the waffles, even though I have such a sweet tooth! As for the beer, you can't really go wrong with any of them and there are so many to choose from. My personal favourite were Jupiler and Blonde Leffe, whereas Dara loved Duvel and Brugse Zot.

Are any of you heading to Bruges soon? I hope this food guide helped and don't forget to check out my other post, 'The Ultimate Guide To Bruges' for what to see and do in the city.

Thanks so much for reading!

Putting Education Into Perspective

25 September 2017

Before we get into this post I just want to make one thing clear. Education is important, there's no doubt about that and this post isn't meant to detract from just how important education is. There are many children around the world who could only dream of having the access that most of us have to education so it's something I never take for granted. 

The Ultimate Guide To Bruges

21 September 2017

It's been a few weeks since our trip to Bruges and I am missing all of those beautiful buildings something terrible! It was my first time ever in Belgium and it definitely lived up to all of the amazing things I'd heard from people. I promised you all (on both Snapchat and Instagram) a blog post all about our time in Bruges, so today I thought I share 'The Ultimate Guide To Bruges' and give you lots of ideas of what to do and see if you ever take a trip there.