SHO STYLE

21 Y/O | Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggger | Based in Ireland

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR LIFE WITH PAULS BOUTIQUE.






While I have been quite good at brightening up my wardrobe lately I will always steer towards black clothing and I think most of you can relate to the fact that a black outfit is always going to be a safe yet chic option. Having said that black certainly doesn't have to mean boring. I love adding a pop of colour to black outfits through bags as they are generally the only accessory I ever wear and because I tend to wear black so often I do veer towards coloured bags more often when shopping. 
This Pauls Boutique neon orange cross body certainly adds that pop of colour! I was instantly drawn to it as it's so bright and I'm having a moment for the colour orange lately so it had to be mine. I got so many compliments while wearing it simply because it catches the eye instantly. I will always love items on the way they look alone so I'm pretty easy to sell to, however, when I discover little features that make items practical then I fall that bit more in love. The practical features that this bag has is that it has an adjustable strap which is a big bonus for me as I'm only 5ft 3" so I do find a lot of cross bodies are too long for my physique and just don't look right so I have this adjusted to the second shortest length and it sits just right. It's also a lot roomier than it appears due to the very soft PU leather material used to make it so it is not a completely structured bag - I managed to fit my camera, 2 lenses, my purse (which is unnecessarily big) and some makeup bits in there so I was happy out! 

OUTFIT DETAILS
BODYSUIT - SHOP HERE
BAG - SHOP HERE
SHOES - PENNEYS(old stock)

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*Pauls Boutique gifted this bag to me, however, I chose the bag myself and all my opinions are my own
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Thursday, 1 June 2017

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE HOUSE HOTEL | GALWAY.



Yesterday evening, myself, Aimee (floralesque.com), Ciara (ciaraswalsh.com), Kerrie (bellaandvogue.blogspot.ie) and Kieran (@galwayplayer) met for some afternoon tea in The House Hotel here in Galway. It was certainly an evening of firsts for me as I had never been in The House Hotel before nor had I ever had Afternoon Tea, which is a practically seen as a sin if you're a blogger as it's guaranteed to be an Instagramable experience.


The House Hotel is located in the heart of Galway's Latin Quarter and is renowned for being Galway's unique city centre boutique hotel. I had always heard great things about the interiors of the hotel so that was certainly something I was excited to see for myself and I can tell you now that I  was not disappointed in the least. It's vibrant, modern and is oozing with quirkiness which is something I adore in interiors. The afternoon tea was hosted in the lobby which has a main colour scheme of pink and is full of comfy couches and chairs to nestle into while you indulge in all of the scrumptious treats.


There are 4 types of Afternoon Tea in which you can choose from, the first being 'The House Traditional Afternoon Tea' and that costs €19pp, then there is 'Afternoon Tea with Bubbly' and that is €25pp, there is also 'A most unusual Afternoon Tea with Hendricks Gin' and costs €28pp and finally 'Afternoon Tea with Champagne' which is €30pp. Just a little note... all Afternoon Teas must be pre-booked in case it is something you are thinking of trying out! :)

We decided to book the first option which is 'The House Traditional Afternoon Tea' and we were required to put a deposit of one person so that was €19. We booked it for 6pm so it would suit everyone that was working etc. so it's good to know it doesn't necessarily have to be in the afternoon, it can also be a lovely way to spend an evening.


So you are firstly offered your teas/coffees and if you drink neither you can opt for a hot chocolate like Aimee did so everyone is catered for! Then comes the food and my god, were our mouths watering as it approached the table. Our first thoughts were - we are never going to get through all that food, there was loads so even though we chose the least expensive option, there certainly was no shortage of food given!

The first tier consisted of savoury food so it was sandwich type food I guess you would say. My favourite from that tier would have to be the brown bread with spinach and goats cheese as that is pretty much 3 of my favourite foods all piled on top of each other. The other choices were yum also, I literally can't fault them, there was nothing I didn't enjoy. 


Next, there was a layer of scones and to my delight, there was not only fruit scones but plain ones also as I strongly agree with James Kavanagh on his comparison of raisins to the devil's droppings. Everyone else nibbled on the fruit ones but I stuck to the plain and they were delish, I just find something so comforting about a scone accompanied with a hot drink.


Lastly, but certainly not least were the sweet treats, there were mini eclairs, salted caramel squares which by the way literally just melted in my mouth, oh my god, like I couldn't believe the yuminess! There were also brownies which had the most perfect hard layer/soft centre ratio and lemony cake bits which I also enjoyed immensely as anything lemon flavoured is guaranteed to be a hit with me. Can you tell which tier was my fave?


We finished off the evening with a cocktail each and firstly I couldn't get over the massive selection of cocktails The House Hotel have available, it is by far the largest cocktail menu I have ever seen. I chose 'Summer Garden' (the clear/green one in the pic) which contained Beefeater Gin, St.Germain elderflower liquer, apple juice, fresh lime and house infused rosemary. It was definitely right up my street as it was refreshing and didn't have any nasty kick to it. Feel like I need to make a few more trips to The House Hotel and make my way through their cocktail menu! 

I have sat back and tried to think about a downfall from the evening as I always want my reviews to be as real as possible but I honestly can't fault the evening, I really enjoyed it! It was a nice relaxed environment with good food and great people, what more could a gal want.

Love Shóna xo

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

MY STAPLE IN-SHOWER PRODUCTS


I thought I'd do a bit of a different post today as I want to start exploring product reviews etc. on my blog and social media channels more so I thought I'd start with this post. Below you will find the staple products I use when showering, there's nothing very fancy in there and I do use other products from time to time but these are the products I will continue to use and repurchase time and time again because they simply work.


HIBI SCRUB - I have shown this on my snapchat before so some of you may know that I love this product. Now, this was actually recommended by my doctor to help clear up my back acne and boy, am I grateful for that suggestion. I use this everytime I shower on the areas that I wold get spots but not my face as I feel it would be too harsh and it helps so much in clearing them up! Now I do of course, still get spots on my body but not half as much as I would without this product. Most pharmacies stock this so just pop in and ask for it if you want to try it out.


MOISTURISING SHOWER CREAM - this product just makes total sense. I hate coming out of the shower and then having to moisturise - if my skin needed the extra TLC then I would but for the most part, I use these type of products, a shower gel and moisturiser in one, what's not to love? I don't always stick to the one pictured above but it is the one I'm using now but lots of these products are available and do the same job. :)


MENS RAZORS - this has been a life changer for me, may sound dramatic but it's true. Women's razors rarely left me feeling impressed with the results. For some crazy reason, women's razors are blunter than men's so you don't get that closer, smoother shave. Instead, I would get irritated skin from the blade dragging rather than gliding so eh no thank you. Also shaving with men's razors makes my shave last longer than it would have with women's. I team this with a men's non-scented shaving foam as scented products can also irritate my skin. If you struggle to get a smooth shave and haven't tried men's razors yet, you need to! The one I always get is the 'Gillette Fusion 4' and would definitely recommend it.


EXFOLIATING MITT - There are oodles of exfoliating products on the market and I do use them the odd time but I really don't see the need for body exfoliants apart from the luxury feeling perhaps. I usually just use an exfoliating mitt with my shower cream on it and it does the job better than any exfoliant I have used. I always pick mine up from Penneys for only €1.50.

Obviously, I also wash my hair in the shower, but I don't have a go-to shampoo and conditioner at the moment so I just use whatever :)

Do let me know if you try any of these products out or if you see any of your faves up there! :)

Love Shóna xo

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