New Adventure

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A new adventure

The title says it all doesn’t it? lovetomtom is on a new adventure and entering the crazy world of YouTube. Rather a daunting thought and one I’ve being toying with for some time but I’ve taken the plunge and the adventure has begun. No doubt there will be bumps along the way like filming without the camera recording, something I’ve done already but what’s an adventure without bumps, hiccups, outtakes, technical difficulties and everything else that is going to come my way.

I hope you all come along for the ride and that YouTube will be an extension of all the things I love about lovetomtom.

Here’s my very first video and don’t forget to subscribe, just in case you missed that part.

xo

Question of the Day

Question of the Day

ask lovetomtom

ask lovetomtom

It’s time for me to get back into full swing and I’m delighted to resume what turned out to be one of my favourite things last year; Question of the Day. If you follow me on Snapchat you will be well used to seeing me chat away and answer all your questions. Makeup, fashion, travel, food, your questions, my questions. Anything that comes my way really, you know I love a good chat!

Snapchat, home to Question of the Day, was relatively new to me last year and initially I felt like somewhat of a dinosaur trying to figure it all out. But I’ve come to love the no-fuss, no fancy lighting, ridiculous but sometimes life-saving filters that it offers and it has grown on me. In the meantime we have seen other social media platforms offer similar (or what feels like the same) ways of chatting and while we all have a preferred platform, many of you have been in touch over the past few months to say that you don’t use Snapchat. So, in the spirit of inclusivity, I’m spreading myself out. You’ll be seeing my sometimes unmade mug on all social media platforms for Question of the Day.

Snapchat silliness

It’s time then to hit me with your questions.  You can send me your questions on Instagram or Facebook, on Snapchat or Twitter or email your questions to lovetomtom@outlook.com. You can even stop me in the street! As for my folks (and anyone else who doesn’t use social media), I will always be here to do a round-up of questions, so make sure you are signed up to lovetomtom to get posts straight to your inbox. You’ll be sick of me with all the different ways to communicate!

So it’s just me, my phone and your questions. Let the fun begin!

ask lovetomtom

xo

A lovetomtom Christmas

A lovetomtom Christmas

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is here which means catch ups, too much food and PRESENTS! You all know by now I’m not that fond of Christmas but boy do I love getting presents! And buying them for that matter.

I started this year’s gift guide by going back to my very first Christmas post and my feelings remain the same. So whether it’s a phone call or a cookbook, a toy or clothes I’m throwing a few ideas your way.

Be sure to click the photographs below for all the details, photographers, prices and why I think these would be great gifts.

#alovetomtomchristmas

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#alovetomtomchristmas

#alovetomtomchristmas

November's Beauty Bag

There are a few I haven’t included so for my family members, look away now. Everyone else click here to see what other goodies are in this year’s gift guide.

xo

 

Summer wrap up

lovetomtomSBD + Summer wrap up

Pit stop

It has been one busy  month here with visitors, travel and whatnot, so I feel I need to do a bit of a wrap up to sort out my head and get ready for what is next. Almost like a de-cluttering of my mind if you will.

As you know my mama and papa crossed the pond for a visit (if only it was a pond!) and we had a jam-packed month with lots of random holiday snaps that only we think are funny but I’m going to share a few with you anyway. We explored Dublin and Ireland, ate and drank too much, debated the style choices of my papa and of course we were lucky enough to have a little jaunt in Paris.

Paris

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Summer shopping

Exploring

Also while they were here I got news that lovetomtom was shortlisted for the Blog Awards Ireland and it was lovely to share the good news with them in person. Another fun thing that happened was I had a surprise dinner for my folks with a years worth of celebrations crammed into one night. If you follow me on Snapchat you would have seen what I was up to. Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, even our wedding was celebrated so with the house decorated (I’m sure our neighbours think we are nuts!) and me cooking dinner in my wedding outfit we had a great night celebrating all the things we normally do from afar. It really was so much fun I’m considering doing it every year, all the celebrations in one night!

Happy....

lovetomtomSBD this month was a huge help to me while I waited to go on my own holidays and even more helpful upon my return to fight those holiday blues. The real lovetomtom also contributed all the way from his holiday in Vietnam! Lucky boy! I have added so many new places to my travel wish list I don’t know how I’ll get through them all but I guess that’s a good problem to have.

the real lovetomtom

After all of that and trust me, that’s the short version, I feel I’m slowly coming out the other side, hair a bit dishevelled, mind a bit cloudy but somehow finding my way back to reality. After a holiday I think it’s so important to plan the next one so until I can do that, I’m very much looking forward to other exciting things that are coming down the track.

With all that going on, I feel I haven’t been around much so normal viewing will resume and I have to say a special thanks to everyone who got in touch to wish me and my parents a fab holiday. If you were lucky enough to have a proper summer holiday or live somewhere with more than an hour of sunshine a day, keep sending your pictures my way!

xo

Bloggers Choice Awards 2016

The Bloggers Choice Awards 2016

 

The Bloggers Choice Awards 2016 are upon us and I am so thrilled to see that lovetomtom has been nominated for two categories!

Bloggers Choice Awards 2016

lovetomtom has been nominated for Best Photography in a blog as well as being nominated in the Fashion and Lifestyle category. Such wonderful news and a huge thank you to everyone who nominated lovetomtom. Keep fingers and toes crossed.

xo

 

Book Club

A book short of a book club

 

Books

This is a strange one for me to write, as books really aren’t my thing. Don’t get me wrong; when I get a book I like, I can’t put it down but I like the idea of reading more than the activity itself. There are some things I like about reading, or the idea of reading. I actually like books, physically having them around the house, the covers, the designs and then there are book stores! Pretending I belong and the possibilities that books bring. All are so appealing.

Despite all the things I like about books, I have a few issues with reading. One, I almost feel like I want a guarantee. A guarantee that I will like the book which is not really the point of reading but it does stop me from picking up any old book to read. I often go back to books I’ve read and enjoyed before but to be honest this is not a long list! Another issue is that although my mind feels busy when I’m reading, I could pick up a book at any time and fall asleep! I’m not talking about a relaxed, nodding off kind of sleep, I’m talking deep, can’t wake me, snoring my head off kind of sleep. Reading at night is definite no-no and even if I’m interested and it’s during the day I can guarantee I will be asleep within about 2 pages. Maybe I’m being a bit unfair on myself. I do read without falling asleep; newspapers, magazines, blogs, cookbooks just to name a few but I don’t think of these the same way as I do about reading a book.

Books

The reason I’m writing this post now is because I’ve got into a bit of a reading groove the past few weeks. First up is Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano, a tale of Italy’s other mafia, the Camorra. Someone recommended this a while back and I thought why not? You may have seen this photograph on Instagram a while back, the day I  started to read this book. Boy did I struggle! I couldn’t believe how difficult I found it to concentrate. I’m almost too embarrassed to say how many times I checked my phone, thought I was hungry or decided I needed more coffee. The list goes on, trust me! I have made a dent in the book and really make an effort to set the scene (the scene to help me concentrate not a scene from the book). My phone goes away, I make sure I’m comfortable and well fed and try to think of nothing else other then the words in front of  me.

Gomorrah

The other book I was giddy to get my hands on was Lisa Eldridge’s Face Paint book. I won’t gush about this book too much but all I will say is, it is a work of art and hopefully the first of many. This book really ticks all my boxes, the content so far is interesting, I love the structure of the book and visually, well I can’t put it down.

Face Paint

So while I long to be an avid reader I’m going to work away at these two and try to minimise all possible distractions at the same time. Wish me luck!

xo