Italy

Italy

With a six month old

It feels like a lifetime ago that I was in Italy especially because this piece has been sitting in my draft folder for six months and even more so because Lucille has changed so much since our trip. And of course we have since travelled to the other side of the world so a three-hour flight to Italy seems like a piece of cake. Looking back now it was the perfect time for us to have that adventure and what an adventure it was! Continue reading

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2019

2019

Can I still  say Happy New Year? 

I realise we are at the beginning of February but Happy New Year! I’m slightly late to the party but better late than never. I feel like I’ve actually been in hiding all of December. I was preparing for my surprise visit home to Australia and it was best for me to avoid being on social media as much as possible as no doubt I would be the one to let it slip. I’ve always wanted to do a surprise like that and it was everything I imagined. And I imagined that moment a lot! It really was a special Christmas; Lucille’s first surrounded by her entire family both from Australia and Ireland. She won’t remember any of it of course but it was very special for me to be able to share a hot, noisy Christmas with her just as I did growing up. The flight from Dublin to Melbourne was a whole other story and one that caused me a lot of stress both in the lead up and in the sky but she did surprisingly well and a dear friend reminded me before I left; the flight is temporary and I reminded myself of that every minute she was awake. Continue reading

Grief, sunshine and no wifi

Summer

Grief, sunshine and no wifi

You probably saw that I had taken a few days off and hit the hills for some much-needed sunshine.  Sorry Dublin, summer has been ok but let’s be honest we could all use more sunshine! A bit of a last-minute trip, mostly because Mr B and I couldn’t decide where to go but we finally got organised, packed our carry-on luggage (Ryanair weren’t getting another cent out of me!) and off we went to sunny Fuerteventura. Continue reading

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the season

As much as I try to avoid it, I think it’s fair to say summer is no more. Everywhere I look there are signs of autumn with all of those dark blues and plum autumnal colours that are supposed to fill our wardrobes. Can you tell I’m not on board yet? Before I’m head to toe in black, I’m going to wear my summer clothes for as long as I don’t freeze while thinking of ways to transport them to autumn. This is nothing new; remember my summer clothes in winter strategy?

I’ve decided I’m applying this strategy all year round! I had so much fun this summer, playing with shapes, patterns, taking risks and relying on old favourites so why would I give that up just because the seasons are changing?! It was too hard to pick just one favourite outfit of the summer so I’m declaring all of them Outfit of the Season!

There were a number of keys pieces that really stood out and as you probably saw I wore them over and over again. I certainly got my money’s worth out of my selections of skirts. Polka dots, patterns, block colours, pencil, midi; not a day went by when I didn’t wear one of them. I found they catered for my every mood, every event and required zero effort.

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

T-shirts accompanied all of my skirts but if it wasn’t that combination, I replaced it with some fabulous dresses. It really was a good summer, outfit wise. You can tell I take these selfies in the morning, phone in one hand, coffee in the other, generally running from the brown carpet and running out the door!

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

Heels were also another main attraction but more importantly, it was a very sad day when I had to say goodbye to my beloved Penneys red sandals (I still haven’t been able to throw them out!) but thankfully they were replaced with possibly my best investment of the season. Say hello to my new red Saltwater sandals. I’m in love!

Outfit of the Season

Not to be a complete creature of comfort, I did take a few risks over the summer. The great thing about taking a risk is that there is the chance it will pay off and this one sure did. I got great wear out of my navy blue midi jumpsuit and feeling inspired I bought another. This time a little more risque. Comfortable, on sale, short but not too short. This one is staying!

Outfit of the Season

Outfit of the Season

I made such an effort this summer to wear all the things that usually get left in the wardrobe after one outing, never to be seen in public again. Screw that! I wore everything I wanted and loved every minute of them.

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

lovetomtomSBD

lovetomtomSBD

Almost time for holidays

August is here and I’m still counting down to my holidays. Fret not:  While I’ve been counting down to my own holidays, as part of lovetomtomSBD  I’ve had the pleasure of looking through your eyes and seeing all your holiday snaps and adding to my travel wish list. Plus my parents arrived and I’ve been in holiday mode with them so really it’s been a great summer so far and I haven’t even gone on holidays yet!

Here are a few photographs that caught my eye. Take a look at this beautiful view of Lake Como by Amelia at la femme éclectique. A place definitely on my travel wish list.

 

I couldn’t pass a look at Paris through Marie in May’s eyes.

 

Then there was this building in Tokyo to entice me thanks to Kristy Who.

 

And of course I couldn’t resist reminiscing and looking back at one of my own snaps from New York, a place so dear to my heart.

lovetomtom loves NY

 

Once again the reason I started lovetomtomSBD has really paid off this month. Instead of being envious of all the places I haven’t gone, I look at your holidays with hope of all the places I will go. Same time of year, different approach and oh boy is it helping me get through the fact that I’m not on holidays. Yet!

Don’t forget to check out all the links I’ve included of  these fabulous pictures and the people that took them and keep sending yours through. I never tire of looking at them!

xo

 

Find of the Week

Find of the Week

It’s not very often I buy an item of clothing that is out of season. I have a tendency to want to wear any new purchase immediately so buying something for winter while I’m in the middle of summer is not really my style. Can you guess what’s coming? This week I found myself in my local charity store ready for a good old hunt and boy did I find a winter treasure!

This stunning, textured peachy coral zip up COS jumper stood out like a pot of gold at the end of the fashion rainbow. I saw it, I felt it, I didn’t even try it on and yet I knew it had to be mine. I’m finding it hard to fight the urge to wear it immediately but don’t worry I would never wish for cooler weather. Mind you, I live in Dublin so you might get to see a full view sooner rather than later!

Find of the week

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Find of the week

COS is a brand that fulfils the minimalist in me. Their clean, sharp lines are so aesthetically pleasing so to find this jumper at only €6 with the element on top of my wish list, texture, is an absolute fashion miracle!

I know it is only June but this has the potential to be find of the year!

xo

 

Summer wrap up

Summer wrap up

Bum cheeks, fake tan & lipstick

The season is starting to change here and before autumn officially takes over I have a few thoughts I want to share. You’ve probably gathered with all my talk of summer that it never really arrived this year in Dublin. But whether you are on this side of the world, longing for a season that never was or on the other side of the world dreaming of what’s to come I thought this would be a good time to have a bit of a chat and share a few things that stood out for me this summer.

As you know I was fortunate enough to have a break in Lisbon and I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t travelled in summer for quite some time, my age, or the fact that I love people watching, but there were a few things that really stood out while I was on holidays. Before I get going can I just say I hate selfie sticks! I actually get rather sad when I see people using them as isn’t the fun part of taking a selfie trying to squish everyone in, laughing so hard and knowing that even though the picture is not quite right it is one you will frame?!

Old school selfie

Selfie old school style

Anyway now that I have that off my chest let’s talk fashion. I think I’ve mentioned this before but as much as I love summer, dressing for it can cause me a bit of stress. This year I was actually looking forward to it as I had purchased some pieces that were comfortable, that suited my body shape and made me feel good. If you haven’t seen them take a peek here. With my summer wardrobe sorted, I unfortunately felt somewhat over dressed. I clearly missed the memo declaring ‘bum cheeks are in’ or should I say out. Yes you heard me right – bum cheeks! I’m personally not a fan of shorts but what I saw were barely shorts! I don’t know how many times a day I said in shock, ‘would you leave the house like that?!’ and although I would never walk out of the house wearing what can only be described as denim underwear, it did make me think. At first I wondered how these came to be ‘fashionable’? Then I thought, maybe people wear them because they like them and they don’t care what anyone else thinks. Having considered both sides of the crack, unfortunately I saw many cracks, all I was left thinking was, where is the mystery? At just that moment I saw an interview by Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller) with Carolina Herrera. This interview is great on so many levels and I watched it shouting at the screen ‘yes!’ and ‘exactly!’. It was like Carolina Herrera had been inside my head, took my words and stylishly and eloquently put them altogether! Take a look. 

Moving further south, lets talk legs. You know I don’t like shorts, actually anything above the knee can cause my heart to race but because I had some outfits I was comfortable with, I was not going to let my legs go to waste. Let’s be clear, I personally don’t like showing my legs but if you’ve got them, as the saying goes, flaunt them! Ok so back to my legs. Earlier in the year I discovered TanOrganic. We all know fake tan can go horribly wrong and having tried so few, I’m happy to say this self-tanning oil is perfect for me. I put this on before I left for Lisbon and to tell you the truth, it was exactly what I needed to make me less self-conscious. I didn’t think about my legs once while I was away and I was actually happy to have a bit of flesh on display. 

Before I finish up do you remember earlier in the year I went to Paris? Do you remember how well I packed for my mini break? My trip to Lisbon was the complete opposite. My bag was overweight, I packed far too many beauty products and I hardly wore any makeup I brought with me. The latter wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I actually enjoyed keeping it simple with some mascara and lipstick. I ended up wearing one lipstick the whole trip, Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution in the shade Sexy Sienna. It went with everything I wore, was comfortable to wear in the heat and complimented the stunning blues skies that engulfed me. When I looked around me though, I saw quite a distinct style when it came to makeup. Clean, fresh bases and bold lips! My natural instinct is to go for brighter shades in the warmer months but it was great to see people wearing deep, rich colours without it looking heavy or out-of-place. It was a good reminder to wear whatever the hell shade you like, come rain or shine! 

Lisbon motd

Lisbon makeup. Sometimes less is actually best!

xo

 

 

 

 

Lisbon

lovetomtom went to Lisbon

Part II

Lisbon

It’s amazing what you discover when you explore a city on foot, even when there are hills! Street art, tiles, colours, patterns and people. Lisbon really was a feast for the eyes.

Just some of the wall tiles I captured.

 

 And a few more tiles.

 

Don’t forget the floor designs.

 

lovetomtom loves lisbon!

Lisbon

xo