Living ‘Down Home’ with Mammy and
Daddy, she commutes to her good pensionable job in Dublin and stays two nights
a week with her boyfriend of seven years, John.
But Aisling wants more. She wants the
ring on her finger. She wants the hen with the willy straws. She wants the
grand big house with the utility room of her dreams.
When a week in Tenerife doesn’t
result in a proposal, Aisling decides she’s had enough. It’s time for a change.
A new start, a love triangle (well, more of a square) and some home truths force Aisling out of her comfort zone and into a life she never imagined.
I saw this
book in various bookshops and famous Irish authors saying it was “hilarious “and
“moving”. So since the character Aisling was nicknamed the Irish Bridget Jones,
I thought I’d find out for myself what all the hype was about. Needless to say,
I was very disappointed.
This was a
highly overrated book. There’s a ton of Irish phrases on nearly every page but
the thing about these Irish phrases, nobody says them anymore. Even my father
is from the country and he doesn’t say half of the stuff Aisling was on about.
It seemed like an attempt to fill up the entire 272 page book.
If you ask
me it seems like Aisling doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. She doesn’t know
what she wants in life or who she wants to be with. First she wants to get
married and then later on she doesn’t know if it’s for her or not. Aisling is
breaks up with her boyfriend of 7 years but proceeds to want to know his every
move. Who he’s with and what he’s doing at all times. (Bit stalkerish to be
repetitive mention of the GAA really made me consider closing the book there
and then. It was so annoying. Not every Irish person is involved in the GAA.
really any love triangle/square in this. It was just Aisling deciding who she
liked and then comparing that person to her ex John.
There was no
character development. Characters such as Piotr, Aisling’s brother and Donna
seemed to be thrown in for the sake of it. I didn’t really like Aisling’s
character. Aisling was overly emotional, indecisive and did I mention a low key
stalker as well? The book was full of Irish clichés. (Oh the cringe). Overall,
I’m disappointed with how the book played out.
OkCupid is an American-based, internationally operating
online dating, friendship, and social networking website that features
multiple-choice questions in order to match members. It is free to download
from google play. Signing up is easy by using either your email or Facebook.
When you first open the app you are asked a series of questions (answer as many as you can as the matches you get are based on how you answered). Enter your gender, orientation and relationship. You can also enter your height and body type. Enter details about yourself E.g. Do you drink/smoke? Enter what you are looking for e.g. looking for men, within 100 miles, ages 18-26 for long-term dating.
Example of the compatibility of you and a match based on how you both answered questions
On the bottom of the screen there are five icons, double
take, discovery, likes, conversations and profile. Like Tinder, swipe left if
you’re not interested and swipe right if you are interested. If you like
someone before you’ve matched you can also send an intro.
Double take – On this page your potential matches are shown. The percentage in the corner means compatibility (how you both answered questions). Age, name, where they are from and picture(s) are also shown. To view their profile, tap their picture.
Discovery – search potential matches
Likes – who you like. (To view who likes you, you must upgrade to premium (A – List).
Conversations – shows matches across the top and messages underneath
Profile – shows your profile
Topics – personalize matches
From your profile, you can upgrade to boost by (Get Boost
Option). On your profile you can view or update (my profile, my ideal person
and account settings)
To sign out, tap account settings, scroll down and tap sign
out. (Your name will be shown next to it).
On your profile, you have the option of writing a self-summary. You can also write about your aspirations (to choose a prompt tap the arrow at the side), talent, traits, needs, hobbies, moments, secrets and dating.
To get the most out of your Okcupid account I recommend the
Pick 2-3 photos
No group photos
Upload clear photos
Is the upgrade worth it?
I tried out A-List for about two weeks and it doesn’t make
much of a difference. You are still seeing the same amount of people. If you
are trying to increase your chances of getting a date by upgrading, it would
most likely be a waste of time. Continue scrolling left or right and keep your
money in your account.
In a month, I matched with only 8 people on OkCupid but in saying that 44 people liked me. Out of the 8 matches, 5 guys never messaged and 3 guys did message me. That’s 3 conversations in the whole month. All of the guys stated that they were looking for relationships.
OkCupid is a smart, easy to use app however it can seem
quite old- fashioned compared to other dating apps. The fact that you are only
shown very few people a day is a little frustrating. There are a few fake
profiles present but very little. OkCupid doesn’t have the whole “hook-up
culture” thing going on. In fact, it has hardly anyone on the app looking for
casual relationships or hook-ups. Many of the people on OkCupid are genuinely
looking for a relationship. All in all, OkCupid is a good app to try
considering that it’s free, easy to use and focuses on matching people for love
Annual Golden Globe Awards hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg was recently
broadcast on TV. While it was a good night for several series and movies taking
home a golden globe, the highlight was the fashion. Here are some of my
favourite outfits from this year’s Golden Globe Awards…
The actress looked fabulous in this purple beaded gown complete with silver statement earrings.
2. Regina King
The A Cinderella Story (2004) actress stunned in this pink sequin Alberta Ferretti dress.
3. Isla Fisher
The red head beauty from Confessions of a Shopaholic wore Monique Lhuillier.
4. Thandie Newton
The actress stunned in this Michael Kors dress.
5. Penelope Cruz
The Assassination of Gianni Versace actress looked beautiful in this dress designed by Ralph & Russo Couture.
6. Janet Mock
Mock wore this stylish dress designed by fashion company Off-White
7. Kiki Layne
The star of 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk wore Custom Dior.
8. Amy Poehler
The Parks and Recreation star wore Viktor and Rolf.
The activist looked amazing in this Cristina Ottaviano gown complete with Yeprem jewellery.
10. Holly Taylor
The Canadian beauty wore a red satin Ines Di Santo gown with accessories also from Ines Di Santo.
11. Jeannie Mai
Mai wore a green gown for this year’s golden globes.
12. Giuliana Rancic
The E! News Co-Anchor looked stunning in a white Gucci gown.
The golden globes 2019 Ambassador and daughter of actor Idris Elba wore this dress designed by Elie Saab.
14. Camilla Belle
The star of when a stranger calls (2006) wore a royal blue gown by Jason Wu.
15. Jamie Lee Curtis
The star of the hit horror movie Halloween looked stunning in a white dress with a glittering accent.
Let’s not forget about the suits…
16. Ryan Seacrest
Seacrest looked smart in a custom Ryan Seacrest Distinction Collection suit and Givenchy shoes.
17. John Krasinski
One half of this year’s golden globes most adorable couple, Krasinski looked charming in a blue Brunello Cucinelli tux.
18. Rami Malek
The bohemian rhapsody nominee wore a custom black Givenchy tux.
So those are my favourite looks from this year’s
Golden Globe Awards. I hope you liked
this post and thank you for reading x
Ellie thinks she’s in love. But then,
she doesn’t know Jack…
Ellie Somerset loves her career –
obsessed boyfriend Sam and she loves her job as an advertising copywriter. But
Sam is always at work and her fresh ideas keep being overlooked.
Her life gets more complicated when
new boss Jack Wolfe – Heathcliff in a suit – arrives at the agency. With his
brooding good looks, trademark scowl and plans for a change, he challenges
Ellie to smarten up and prove herself.
To Ellie’s horror, she finds herself
both repelled and attracted to the sexy and dangerous Jack. But this particular
wolf has an awful lot to hide…
Who’s afraid of Mr Wolfe? Not Ellie.
Not until it’s far too late.
this book in Dealz for about €2. This
book was originally €7.77 in stores. The cover was just so sparkly and pretty.
I read the synopsis and thought well, this sounds good.
In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Ellie Somerset. She’s coming up with an idea involving singing knickers for a campaign which is quite bizarre.
Her co-worker Lesley (also her best friend) is mentioned in the introduction along with other co-workers such as Hugo. The co-workers discover they have a new boss named Jack Wolfe who Hugo has mentioned he’s afraid of.
as an advertising copywriter and is hoping to get a promotion for her hard work.
Alongside her friend Lesley, they come up with a song for their knickers
campaign. Some of the board members think it’s absolutely ridiculous but Jack
Wolfe quite likes their idea.
Jack begins to challenge Ellie which nearly almost ends in the pair bickering and Jack being the arrogant boss with a mysterious past. We learn fairly early on that Jack likes to sleep around.
He charms women and sex is always the end goal. But this time something is different, he is very attracted to Ellie but as her boss there’s nothing he can do as his feelings grow progressively.
stand him always taking a dig at her but later on she seems to grow more and
more attracted to the enigmatic Jack. The spark between them is undeniable and
the two eventually reveal their lust for one another.
The first half of the book was very well – written. Ellie is a feisty, determined character and is not afraid to speak her mind. The chemistry between Jack and Ellie was enjoyable to read as well.
Reading how the constant bickering plays out reminded of a somewhat old married couple but in this case, the two characters would eventually need to give in to their feelings for one another.
The second half of the book was an utter disappointment. The once determined heroine was now an overly emotional, desperate woman who felt she needed Jack to love her.
Jack continued to sleep with other women and frankly, treated Ellie like shit. And the most annoying part, Ellie let him treat her badly. She was so desperate to be loved by Jack even when he continued to manipulate and insult her that it was difficult to finish the novel without skipping pages.
Overall, this book had a lot of potential but
sadly the second half of the book was disappointing.
While there are three modes in the bumble app, the one I will be reviewing in this post is bumble date. I may review the other modes at a later stage.
Wikipedia describe Bumble as a location-based social and dating application that facilitates communication between interested users but with one key difference, women message first.
Bumble is free to download from the google play store. You
can create an account using Facebook or your phone number. For the purpose of this review, I signed up
Bumble have three modes in the one app, bumble date (for
dating obvs), bumble bff (for finding new friends) and bumble Bizz (grow a
network/business with local people)
Creating a profile is easy, just add a few photos of
yourself, enter if you’re active, your star sign, if you drink, what you are
looking for etc. Your profile picture and your age will automatically be taken
from Facebook. Your location will also be used to suggest matches nearby.
On the main page, your first match will appear. Their
picture(s), name, age, and location will also be shown. Swipe left (not
interested), swipe right (interested).
The person icon in the left corner takes you to your
profile. Your picture, edit profile, contact and FAQ and bumble coins are shown
on this page. The gear icon on the left takes you to the setting page. Here you
can use snooze mode, set advanced date filters, who you are interested in, age
and edit notification settings. At the bottom of this page, you can log out.
Go back to main page. Click the message icon in the corner
and you are taken to the match and conversation page. Your matches are shown at
the top. To see who likes you in the match queue, you must upgrade to bumble
If you match with someone, you (female) have 24 hours to
message first. After you make the first move, the recipient then has 24 hours
to respond or the match disappears. In a same- sex relationship, either person
can message first and the recipient must again respond or the match disappears.
My review of
I was unable to upgrade to boost due to the fact it had an offer of €20 euro but when I went to pay they wanted to charge me nearly €80! Anyway I continued to use the free version and here is how I got on…
In a month, I had gotten approximately 15 matches. 13
answered so the other matches disappeared after 24 hours. I unmatched with two
guys due to one guy being inappropriate and the other just wanted snapchat
names. So out of 11 guys…
27% wanted my snapchat
22% conversations out of a possible 50 matches
36% were students
19% continued conversation after day 1
81% did not continue conversation after day 1
27% were looking for a relationship
27% didn’t state what they were looking for
18% wanted something casual
27% said they didn’t know what they were looking for yet
I did not meet up with anyone from this app. No dates were
The app is well – designed. It gives the
appearance of a beehive which I liked. The use of colours white and yellow in
the app was really cool.
I like how the woman has to message first. I’m
usually shy to text and in a way this app boosted my confidence in making a
move and saying hey.
It’s easy to text and you can like a message
using the heart icon in the corner.
I like how you can send gifs in the
It’s easy to set up and create a profile.
Bumble have a great support team and they get
back to you fairly quickly.
The location was a big no for me. I hated how it showed my exact town instead of the district like Cork etc. It made me feel uneasy at times. When I contacted them about it they said there was nothing they could do and it goes by your phones location.
The payment for bumble boost seriously needs to be sorted out. I was lucky I spotted the €80 at the bottom of the screen before I entered my credit card…
There should be a filter for the location. I live in Munster and it was showing me potential matches from Dundalk and Dublin.
Bumble is a well- designed app that
challenges society and it’s stereotypes. The fact that women text first is a
nice modern idea. The majority of people on the app want something casual or
they don’t know. There were very few on the app who were looking for a
For a while, I enjoyed using the app but it
soon seemed like just another dating app in the market. It seems that the app
may be headed into the hook-up culture reputation. The idea of the name bumble
and the beehive appearance is really well done. The biggest problem with the
app was the location. I think that if the location was fixed then it would much
better. For now, the location problem is bothersome.
It’s that time of year again. Gym memberships, throwing out
all the selection boxes and trying to perfect the task of writing 2019 instead
of 2018. A new year resolution is something that many people do come first of
January but what exactly is a new year resolution? According to Wikipedia, a New
Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but
also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an
undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve
I have a few things I’d like to accomplish/change in 2019 so
without further ado, here are a few of my 2019 new year resolutions:
Become healthier – During Christmas my diet just
went out the window so I plan to go back on it for the new year
Exercise – Get my fitness routine back on track
Grow and post more on Instagram
Blog – To write more blog posts and engage more
on my social media platforms
Dating – I’m going to try and wait for the right
person to come along while in the meantime being more productive and keeping
busy by focusing on college and my blog.
An essential part of the lead up to Christmas is the showing of countless Christmas movies on TV. Whether it’s a hallmark movie, a Disney film such as Frozen (who can forget kids from all over the world belting out Let it Go) or a classic such as It’s a Wonderful Life. So if you’re looking for something to watch over this festive season, have a look at my favourite Christmas movies… In no particular order
How the Grinch stole Christmas(2000)
This movie is an adaptation of the children’s tale from Dr. Seuss. The green Grinch HATES Christmas with a passion and is determined to ruin it for all the citizens of Whoville.
Will Ferrell is brilliant taking on the role of Buddy the Elf in this festive comedy. Buddy has been raised with Elfs but when feels that he no longer fits in, Buddy goes to New York City in search of his biological father.
After the family rush to the airport for a family trip to Paris, Kevin McAllister is accidentally left behind. While he enjoys having the house to himself for a while, he later discovers that two thieves plan to rob the McAllister household and Kevin must to do what he can to protect it.
With their daughter Blair in another country, Luther and Nora Krank plan to go on a Caribbean cruise for the festive season but this doesn’t sit well with the residents on the street as they are determined to win a competition. The Kranks soon become social outcasts because of their lack of Christmas spirit.
The first collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. An inventor assembles a synthetic youth named Edward but when the inventor dies Edward is fit with long , scissor like extremities. He is taken in by Peg Boggs but not long after he finds himself drawn to her daughter Kim who is unfortunately dating the neighbourhood bully.
When new resident Danny arrives in his neighbourhood his big dream is to light up his house so it can be seen from space. This idea doesn’t go well with Steve who declares a war of one – upmanship with Danny.
Let it gooooo, let it gooooo, . Ya that’s from this movie. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna’s sister, Snow Queen Elsa , and break her icy spell.
Divorced dad Scott has custody of his son Charlie on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Businessman Scott’s life is about to completely change…
Don’t get me wrong, I love getting presents for Christmas but it’s not what Christmas is all about. For me, one of the best parts about Christmas is Christmas shopping for my family, picking out the perfect gift and then waiting to see their faces shine with happiness come Christmas Day.
Christmas time is about spending time with your family and friends. It’s about laughing together when the snow falls, having a snowball fight and making snow angels. At Christmas time, pictures don’t need to be taken as the memories of Christmas are cherished for life.
When Christmas comes around, magic enters every home, lovers kiss under mistletoe and holly wreaths are placed on front doors. However, the main thing that happens when Christmas comes around is I am reminded to be grateful. Grateful for my family, my home, my health. Christmas reminds me to be good to others, to think of those less fortunate than ourselves, to embrace the moment, to put the phones away for a while and to enjoy the magic of Christmas.