Wednesday, 25 March 2015

10 instagram accounts that I folllow.

Courtney Adamo



Greetings earthlings, 
Many of us humans use the app instagram, about 100 million of us. 
Persoanlly I love instagram, it's my favourite app on my phone. If I had to pick just one app to keep it would be instagram witout a doubt. I love trying to discover new accounts to follow to keep it interesting and see different people's experiences of life through photos. I have complied a list below of 10 instagram accounts that I love to follow, hopefully some of them will interest you. Enjoy ;) 
Stay classy,
L xx


Some of Courtney's photos. 

Vadim Makhorov 
  • Courtney Adamo
  •  Chelsea Peretti
  • Giovanna Fletcher
  •  Vadim Makhorov
  • Tal Peleg
  •   Samantha Lee
  • Rachel Ryle
  • NationalGeographic
  • Donal Skehan
  •  Irish Healthy Gal




                                                      



                                                 Who What Where Why When    

Courtney Adamo:  Courtney Adamo, an American based in London , is the co-founder of babyccinokids.com. Courtney's instagram is currently my favourite instagram account. A Mother of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls Courtney shares her life through pictures of her beautiful children, their knitted clothes and mini adventures. She has a simplistic parenting approach that I really admire and can only hope I can somewhat emulate it when I'm a Mother. I really recommend this account for someone that wants a fresh view of parenting as well of beautiful pictures of London and gorgeous home decor posts.
Username: courtneyadamo
View instagram here

Chelseas Peretti: For those of you who watch the comedy tv series Brooklyn 99 you may be more familiar with Chelsea as her character Gina. Chelsea is by far my favourite comedian at the moment and appears to be just like her on screen character in real life. Her  instagram posts never fail to make me laugh.
Username:  chelsanity
View instagram here


3. Giovanna Fletcher:

 Giovanna is an author and also the wife of McFly/McBusted's Tom Fletcher. Giovanna strikes me as very down to earth despite her surroundings. She posts gorgeous photos of her beautiful baby son Buzz, her enviable relationship with Tom(Relationship Goals.com) She's honest about Motherhood and also gives great book recommendations.
Username: mrsgifletcher
View instagram here


4. Vadim Makhorov

#Ontheroofs.
Vadim takes photo's on the roof. The photos are fantastic. He has a unique way of viewing the world and it's fascinating to see the world's biggest landmarks from a different perspective.
Username: makhorov
View instagram here.


5. Tal Peleg
Tal tell's different stories using eye makeup. I love how creative these are, it's something anyone with a few eyeshadows and eyeliner's can try out. Disclaimer: Your results may very from those on Tal's account!
Username: tal_peleg
View instagram here.


6. Samantha Lee
Samantha Lee is a food artist that makes designs out of her meals, enjoy,

7. Rachel Ryle
Rachel Ryle is an animator & illustrator whose work I really admire, she's super talented and her stop motions animation posts are great pick me ups.
Username: rachelryle
View instagram here

8. National Geographic
This is one is pretty self explanitory. National Geographic are known for publishing amazing photos and their instagram account does just this. Their stunning photos of both people and animals in nature put small stresses into perspective.
Username: natgeo
View instagram here

9. Donal Skehan
Donal is a young Irish chef. A former member of the band Streetwize he has managed to launch an extremely successful career as a tv cook and has many best-selling books. He's basically Ireland's answer to Jamie Oliver. I'm not going to lie he irritaed me slightly at first(probably because I'm jealous of his success.) Donal has to be one of the most cheerful people I have ever seen. I can't help  but smile when I see his big cheesy grin on my Instagram homepage. Aswell as sharing delicious food pictures of his creations Donal also takes his followers along with him on his ever increasing travels. He is doing extremely well at the moment, he recently apperared on The Today Show with Martha Stewart.
Username: donalskehan
View instagram here

10.  Niamh (Irishhealthygal) 
Niamh is an Irish instagrammer I recently discovered on my quest for inspiration. Since beginning my diet coke detox I have tried to adapt a more healthy lifesyle by 'eating clean' and introducing more exercise into my life. Niamh's instagram shares pictures of her diet and exercise routine. What I really like about it is her realistic approach. She isn't a bodybuilder she's just a normal girl trying to tone up and eat well. It can be easy to aim straight for the top when undergoing a lifestyle over haul but I think it is so important to be realistic and make small gradual changes that will last a life time, you are far more likely to stick to your plan.
Username: irishhealthygal
View instagram here


Samantha Lee 

Tal Peleg
Rachel Ryle

Giovanna Fletcher

Irish Healthy Gal 




*I do not own the rights to any of the photos included in this posts. All rights remain with the instagram accounts in question.* 





Friday, 20 March 2015

Diet Coke Detox Update...shackle free me.


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Greetings, earthlings,

They say it takes 21 days to break a habit,
I have discovered the truth in this, I am currently 30 days free of the black stuff.
I have finally gotten to the stage where I no longer crave it! Happy days, my shackles are gone and I run free. I'm now addicted to sparkling water but this is an addiction I'm willing to live with!

It's been interesting to challenge myself in this way. There have been days when I would love nothing more than an ice cold bottle of  the black stuff, especially during study sessions. Thankfully I managed to push these thoughts aside, with a bit of help from a large coffee...

I've also been eating a lot better because of this detox. The black stuff definitely  made me crave sugar a lot more, I feel much less inclined to eat junk food these days which is fantastic.

Here's a photo of me displaying my excitement at my new found freedom? 

All in all, it's been a success! My next challenge is to make sure I don't relapse like last time.

[Also, small update: I have a new series coming soon, just 40 days left of University and then I'm all yours.] 

Stay classy,

L xx

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The (diet coke) relapse.

Greetings earthlings, 




For those of you that have been reading these posts for a while now you may remember my post 'Diet Coke Detox.' from February 2013. You can read it here if you don't.

That post did exactly what it said on the tin, it documented my detox from my addiction to Diet Coke. I was doing well, I had given up Diet Coke for two weeks, the cravings had subsided and the future looked bright. However, all good things must come to end.

Nearly two years later I have unfortunately returned with a similar post.
I relapsed. Before I knew it I was guzzling back the black stuff like it was going out of fashion.

My main reason for drinking it is for the caffeine. I don't drink tea or coffee so it's my primary source of caffeine, without which I would not make it through the day. Although caffeine is brilliant for perking you up midday or mid study session when you really need it, it's extremely addictive. How was I supposed to survive final year college whilst working most weekends without caffeine? Well it seems I couldn't. As I said, I was knocking it back without a care in the world.

I went to stay with family in Dublin a few months back and found myself in their Diet Coke free house gasping for some of the black stuff, it was then I realized I had to stop. If I couldn't enjoy a weekend away without it then it clearly had too much control over me. This sounds very dramatic but its the truth!
Unfortunately soft drinks are extremely bad for you, God knows if it was good for you my life would be a lot easier! Yes there are only 3 calories in a 500ml bottle of many of them which is appealing of course but the bad out ways the good. They are full of artificial sweeteners, including aspartame whose excessive consumption can lead to kidney cancer. among other horrific things. Needless to say, I do not fancy kidney cancer. As well as all that fun stuff the artificial sweeteners make you crave sweet things, which I definitely found to be true in my case. Thankfully I'm one of those oddballs that doesn't really like cake or pastries but I still found myself snacking on too many dairymilk ritz bars, a direct result of what my addiction to soft drinks was doing to me.
 I'm lucky enough to be flying out to New York City on my 21st birthday at the end of May for my cousin's wedding. I don't fancy the thought of a 6 hour withdrawal flight before visiting America for the first time. (apart from Disneyland Florida when I was 16 months old but let's face it, I do not remember it, at all.) Nor do I enjoy  the thought of trying to find my next fix of the black stuff instead of enjoying the view from the top of the Empire State building.

This my friends, is why I am currently halfway through my first week without diet coke. As I'm sure many of you are aware, lent began last Wednesday. I decided it was the perfect time to kick this habit once and for all. It has not been easy, at all. I have had very bad headaches as a result of the caffeine withdrawals which make it very tempting to reach for a bottle of the black stuff! I've been cranky and just generally, in a heap.  However, this is where the willpower comes into it, I've had to whip out willpower I didn't know I had. I've been guzzling sparkling water to combat the fizz cravings which really helps and have also started drinking one cup of black coffee a day to get my caffeine fix.

Although this may seem very OTT for something like Diet Coke but an addiction is an addiction. I'm not out of the woods yet, I know from past experience that I still have a few more days to go before my body finally excepts the fact it's not getting anymore black stuff.
For those of you that have an addiction of any kind, be it soft drinks, cigarettes, alcohol or chips, giving them up is hard, but it can be done! (I hope.)
I'm currently sipping on a homemade smoothie looking forward to the day where I can drink it and enjoy it for what it is without being plagued by cravings. Hopefully that day is just around the corner! I'll keep ye updated on my progress, hopefully the thought of having to write another relapse post will be enough to stop me from guzzling!

Stay classy, and if you currently don't drink soft drinks..do not start!!

Lxx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Thursday Tunes(on a Monday) = Music Mondays.


   


Greetings earthlings



Long time no see! It seems that final year college has taken up more time than I intially anticipated, that and Christmas celebrations! 

I listened to a lot of music over the Christmas weeks and suddenly found myself obsessed with Biggie Smalls.
 I don't know how this happened but I'm not going to fight it! I understand that I'm about 20 years late on the Biggie Bandwagon but I'm hopping on none the less!
Needless to say, Biggie is included in this week's Thursday Tunes. 

Aswell as Biggie I've recently discovered an artist called Chlöe Howl, I'm excited to see what the future holds for this oh so chouette 19 year old. 









Here's this week's playlist, enjoy x


1.Chlöe Howl- Rumour. Listen here
2. Biggie Smalls Ja Rule Remix- Old Thing Back Listen here
3. Marina and The Diamonds Froot
4. Nick Jonas ft Tinashe- Jealous Remix Listen here
5.Jamie Lynn Spears-How Could I Want More Listen here
6.Tom Misch- Soulection White Label:008 Listen here
7.Annie(Cameron Diaz)- Little Girls Listen here 
8.Marina and The Diamonds Happy Listen here
9.Chloe Howl Disappointed (acoustic) Listen here
10. James Bay Hole Back The River Listen here


                     Who What Where Why When

Chloe Howl: Obsessed. I've been listening to this girl non stop for the past month. She has a gorgeous distinctive voice that seems to fit any style of music. She tells it like it is with her honest lyrics documenting teenage life. This girl is going to be huge, trust me.
Her Twitter page is also well worth the follow, hilarious. Really want to go drinking with her.

Biggie: What can I say? The Notorius B.I.G got me.

Nick Jonas ft Tinashe: The Disney Chanel sweetheart we all fell for way back when is back. I love his new style and have been playing this remix non stop.

Jamie Lynn Spears: I have to say I really admire this girl. She had a baby young and left a life in the spotlight to raise her. Now six years later, shes back with an amazing Country style EP. This song was out a year ago, I have no idea why I didn't write about it sooner but hey, better late than never! I think this style of music fits her voice perfectly. Also, I pulled a sickie from school to watch the very first episode of Zoey 101 when I was about 10 so I may just be her biggest fan ever.

Tom Misch: I've been trying to listen to soundcloud more to listen to a broader range of music. It was there that I discovered Tom Misch, I find his remixes very relaxing and love listening to them when I'm out on walks.

Cameron Diaz(as Mrs Hannigan): I brought my cousin's young daughter to see the new Annie remake and I have to say it was one of the highlights of my Christmas. Listening to a little one tell you how  excited they are to see a film always adds to it regardless but I have to say I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

Marina and The Diamonds: I've been a fan of this Goddess since the start and her newest album FROOT does not disappoint.

James Bay: Another young artist making me feel like a massive underachiever. His soothing voice and long locks are enough to make anyone swoon. He is without a doubt another one to watch.



I hope you enjoyed this week's long overdue post.
May 2015 be the year I finally commit to this blog!

Stay classy, 

L xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Thursday Tunes.(On a Friday)


                             
                                                               



Greetings earthlings, 

Apologises for not having a post last week I was away and had no internet, also had been so busy with college I hadnt been listening to much new music.(apologises also that this is a day late...may or may not have been socializing Wednesday night....)
Have had more time this past week so without further a due here are ten tunes I've been enjoying this past week, hope you find something that tickles your fancy!

Have a great week :)



1. Allman Brown & Liz Lawrence- Sons and Daughters -here
2. Galantis- Runaway (U& I) Listen here
3. Jesse Glynn- Real Love Listen here
4.Cat Power- From The Juno Soundtrack- Sea Of Love here
5.Majestic Bears- This Town Listen here
6.Regina Spektor- You've Got Time Listen here
7. Ellie Goulding & Erik Hassle- Be Mine. Listen here
8. We The Wild- Body Electric (Blue) Listen here
9.Miles Elkington- Hey Ya- Outcast cover. Listen here
10. Kaeligh Rose- Die Young, here

Stay classy,

L xx

*Foreign language song of the week*
Les trois copains- Constance Verluca. Listen here



WHO WHAT WHERE WHY 

       Allman Brown & Liz Lawrence     - Love the sound of these two together. Liz Lawrence is my latest obsession. I'm currently searching for a link to the full version of one of her songs to share with you, stay tuned!

                Galatica     - My friend Kitty introduced me to this tune that I.can't.stop.playing.

Clean Bandit & Jesse Glynn- Everything she touches turns to gold. She makes me want to be ginger.

              Juno   - By far one of my favourite movie soundtracks. It reminds me of being 15,orange tic tacs and blue slushies.

             Majestic Bears- A Galway based band that I am lucky enough to be friends with and to have helped out in the design of their debut EP. If you haven't listened to them yet, you need to. You can check out their facebook page here

          Regina Spektor- OITNB.

         Ellie Goulding & Erik Hassle- I like the simplicity of this one,
Ellie Goulding, is of course, Ellie Goulding. Erik Hassle is the Swedish success story my friend Ash introduced me too. Haven't heard much from him since 2010.

          We The Wild- I discovered this London based duo today and am seriously impressed. Really excited to see where the go. You can check out their facebook page here

               Miles Elkington- Ok so this may be an Australia's Got Talent audition as opposed to a released single but it is by far my favourite cover of this song. This guy has a big future.

                      Kaeligh  Rose- At only 16 this girl is definitely one to watch.



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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday Tunes


Greetings earthlings,

Due to various factors including work, laziness and illness I have not blogged since May.(shocking I'm sure..)
For those of you that are still here, thank you! I thought I'd ease myself back into blogging with a new edition of Thursday Tunes, so without further edue, here are 10 songs I've been loving this week. :)

Stay classy, 
Lxx













1. Wet- I Don't Wanna Be Your Girl (Branchez Remix) Listen here
    2. Marina And The Diamonds- Obsessions (The Aspirin For My       Children Remix)   Listen here
   3. Josh Record- Wide Awake. Listen here
   4. Sinéad O'Connor- Take Me To Church. Listen here
   5. Marina And The Diamonds Boyfriend Cover. Listen here
   6. Paramore Ain't It Fun Listen here
   7. Thin Lizzy- Sarah Listen here
   8..The Riptide Movement- All works out. Listen here
   9.Thomas Cohen- Honeymoon. Listen here
   10. Hozier-Eden.  Listen here.

*Foreign Language song of the week*(Does that sound racist? Should I refer to it as 'Non-English song of the week? The struggle is real.)
Indila- Derniére Danse. Listen here


Who What Where Why When

Wet-   This Brookylyn based trio know what they're at.

Marina And The Diamonds- The Grecian Goddess that can do no wrong(in my eyes anyway.)

Josh Record- An upcoming superstar this guy is one to watch. I was lucky enough to see him perform live at Longitude festival last Summer and he was just as good, if not better, live.

Sinéad O'Connor- My spirit animal. The outspoken Irish music Queen herself is back with her new album 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss.'

Paramore- The song is good, the music video even better. A Guinness World Record in itself.

Thin Lizzy- I discovered Thin Lizzy a few years ago and haven't looked back since. This song is one of the sweetest out there, Phil Lynott's ode to his baby daughter Sarah. Phil Lynott is another spirit animal of mine. Thin Lizzy are easily the best Irish rock band to date(in my opinion) enjoy!

The Riptide Movement- This song has become very  well known in Ireland but I thought it would be a good one to include for those of you outside Ireland, one of Ireland's next biggest bands!

Thomas Cohen- You may need the Kleenex for this one. Thomas Cohen is the husband of the late Peaches Geldof. He wrote this song Honeymoon about/for her last year. I, like many of you I'm sure, was one of Peaches' many followers on instagram. Here I discovered Tom and his music. He was formerly in the band S.C.U.M before going solo. This song is mesmerizing, his voice could sooth the angriest soul.

Hozier- The Irish artist from Bray Co.Wicklow that is smashing it at the moment. Doing the Irish proud! His songs Take Me To Church(listen here) and Cherry Wine (listen here.) are also well worth a listen.


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Thursday Tunes

Greetings Earthlings,

Welcome to the first installment of Thursday Tunes. Here are some of the songs I've been listening to this week. You'll probably already be familiar with most of them, but either way I hope you enjoy them :)






   Billy Idol- Dancing with myself- Click here to listen

             George Ezra- Budapest Click  here to listen

        Daithí Have to go ft Jesse Boykins III Click here to listen 

                                          Foxes -Let go for tonight Click  here to listen

       Janelle & Miguel Primetime Remix Click  here to listen

                                                    Lana Del ReyWest Coast Click here to listen

                     Aaron Smith-Dancin Krono Remix Click here to listen

                                              Lena Sateillete Click here to listen

            Destiny's Child Say my Name Cyril Hahn Remix(Majestic) Click here to listen

                                 Coldplay Magic Click here to listen 




                     Who What Where Why                     
Billy Idol-An 80's classic that I recently discovered.
George Ezra- An English 21 year old that's one to watch. 
Daithí- A talented fiddle playing dude who was a few years ahead of me in college, he's a sound lad and is also one to watch(one of his songs is now on a Bulmers ad) 
Foxes- I'm late to the game on this one but loving it. 
Janelle & Miguel- A decent remix, love their voices together. 
Lana Del Rey- Refer to my post on this Goddess here
Aaron Smith - Another decent remix. 
Lena-My ultimate guilty pleasure, a eurovision winner. I regret nothing. 
Destiny's Child Majestic Remix- Love this one for night's out, the perfect blend of the old and the new. Majestic remix's are the way to go.
Coldplay- Consciously loving it. 


That's all for today folks. 

Stay classy, 

Lxx