I’ve been shopping…

As the title suggests, this post is about a few new purchases I’ve made recently, which I think will become staple items in my summer wardrobe. Throughout the college year I was rather low on the money front, so I guess I’m making up for it now that I’m working a bit more…

First bubble first, the fruits of a day’s shopping with my mother and sister. The summer sales are in full swing in most high street stores, and it’s certainly worth getting in there early to avoid the tat that’ll be left by next week. I adore my new Zara handbag; €19.99 reduced from €27.99. I’ve been eyeing up tan handbags for months and not only is this one the perfect shade with a good size handle, it’s large enough to hold my netbook and other bits and bobs for college. And it looks way more expensive than it was, even at full price.

The cardigan was an absolute steal from Warehouse; €55 down to €16. Lovely and cosy for winter, and it coordinates with my entire wardrobe, more or less. And I couldn’t say no to my €6 Aztec Panama hat from Penneys. I’m rocking a bit of balayage these days; that and the hat will be perfect for my holiday in Spain next month.

Then the shoes, my amazing new shoes. Colour blocking has been a big trend this summer, and I’m all for throwing as many colours at myself as possible. These purple and orange babies, €18 from Penneys, will look fabulous with black and white for a bright summer night, but I’m also mentally pairing them with the galaxy dress in the third photo, and a pinky-coral draped dress I have from River Island. So really, the more colours the better where these shoes are concerned. Sure, they even look great with my turquoise painted toenails!

Then to bubble number two, and my a-maz-ing Galaxy print dress from Awear (€35). I’ve been in love with fitted midi-length dresses for ages, and this one is perfect for summer with the mingling shades of pink, coral, orange and purple. The length is über-flattering, even for a pocket person like me. I’m wearing it with tan studded sandals in the photo (which unfortunately got cut out), but with heels it’s really sophisticated but still fun. My mum even bought herself the shape cut of dress, in a black and cream pattern. Now I’m on a hunt for a simple gold collar-style necklace to set the outfit off.

The third photo is an outfit I wore yesterday which I quite liked, so I just threw it in there. Irish summers are hit-and-miss to say the least, so more often than not I’ll find myself looking out the window in the morning and choosing jeans over shorts. The jeans are from Topshop (the Leigh style) and they’re incredibly soft and comfortable. I love the khaki colour, and I’m hoping to find a navy pair the next time I’m in Dublin. The pale blue button-down shirt from River Island is lovely and light, and goes with nearly all my jeans. My canvas shoes (only partially visible) are new; navy and cream imitation Toms by J&M footwear – a steal at €25. They’re the comfiest flats I’ve ever owned, and completely versatile. And of course, my beloved Zara handbag was the perfect finishing touch.

Lastly, I thought I’d show off my cute new rings from Miss Selfridge’s summer sale. I usually wait for their sales to snap up their accessories, cheapskate that I am. These were half price. Each ring has either a turquoise, rose quartz, pearl or opal gemstone and I love their slightly vintage feel, whether worn on their own or stacked together.

So that’s my summer staples haul,with the exception of various sun holiday essentials (hello, Penneys). I’m going to have to rake in the tips over the next few weeks to repair the damage to my debit card…

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

My first blog post is going to be one about decisions, and my inability to make them. I’m a 21 year old student, halfway through my Law with History degree. But I’m also a Libran, and although I’m not all too convinced about horoscopes, I think they’re right when it comes to my indecisiveness (and dislike for conflict, but that’s another story). My dilemma is that i haven’t the faintest notion of what I’d like to do with my life.

You’d think, doing a law degree, that I’d have ambitions for the bar, or being eyeing up the Chief Justice’s post in fifteen year’s time. But nah, not really. I could change my mind forty times between now and when I don my mortar board, but in the last few months I’ve found myself leaning towards the history aspect of the degree. Law can be very interesting, even riveting in some aspects. Irish criminal law and its various facets tell a fascinating story of a fledgling state trying to find its own judicial identity since the 1920s. However, aside from my property law module making me want to plant my face in my desk at times, the actual legal profession does not appeal to me at all. I’m not all that interested in highly traditional, hierarchical structures. Must be the tiny little anarchic hippy inside me.

My question is how people know what they do want to do in their careers. I know people who knew they wanted to be doctors, lawyers, vets, nurses, policemen or teachers since they were knee-high to nothing. If you’d ask me, aged five, what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’d have said ‘a fairy princess’. So, unless I start handing out CVs at Disneyland, it appears that the five year-old me would be disappointed with her future choices. 

I think everyone has their secret, never-ever-gonna-happen-but-I-like-to-dream-about-it-anyway dream career. Mine is to be a fashion model; I love fashion and what lady who is interested in fashion wouldn’t love to be a glamorous, beautiful model wearing the latest clothes by the world’s most talented designers? But that ambition was kind of scuppered when I stopped growing at the age of thirteen, at 5ft 1″. And I don’t exactly resemble Cara Delevingne. I could try to enter other areas of the fashion field; but apart from fashion writing and/or blogging, I have neither the creativity to get into design, nor the talent for make-up artistry or hair styling. As for the business side of things, well I probably have the commercial acumen of a six year-old. Journalism isn’t off the cards, but I guess I need to hone my skills before I go sending my samples off to British Vogue.

Journalism in any guise is, however, a career that I have considered over the last few years. What I need is a crash course in media writing, some constructive criticism and some self-motivation when it comes to starting at the bottom. I don’t think I’m a bad writer; I wouldn’t be writing a blog if I thought I was. Since school, I enjoyed writing everything from opinion pieces to short stories to essays about the theme of good and evil in King Lear. I always performed well in English, but I think I need someone to tell me, outside of the sheltered classroom, that I might have what it takes. A postgrad in journalism or media studies could well be the way to go for me. There is something rather glamorous about being a writer, in a Carrie Bradshaw kind of way – in my head anyway. But as I said before, I’m liable to change my mind more often than my underwear.

And then there is the aforementioned history route. I love history, I immersed myself in history books and historical fiction even as a child. Even today, any kind of plotline is instantly more interesting to me if it involves a world war, the Renaissance or a stately house in the nineteenth century. Being a curator in a museum sounds like the best fun ever, for a history nerd who loves organising stuff. A postgrad in history is also an option for me. I just need to get over my slight hatred for historiography…

As for my part-time job, a waitress in a busy hotel bar, I can unequivocally say that hospitality and retail will absolutely not feature among my future career aspirations. One usually comes to these conclusions whilst cleaning children’s vomit off the carpet and their mother doesn’t leave a tip.

So, there’s my first blog post. About the future. Very philosophical for someone who never could quite understand anything about Plato.