Saturday, 4 August 2018

Outfits of the day... (Shameless Selfies)

This was 1st Aug 2018 - 17th May 2018

So as you guys know, I love sales, charity shops and shopping... These are some shameless selfies which I try and do outfit of the day on my social media... Hope you don't get bored of my face! 
<< Not wet hair, tried to make it crunchy curls.. EPIC FAIL.
Whole outfit was charity/thrift shop (About €7 in total)
<< Stupid face, whole outfit was about €10, second hand and from forever21 when it was closing down
<< 5 year old shirt & little yellow number, all together about €15 I think

<< All from my charity I work for apart from necklace which was my Grannies. Brand new jeggings though. About €20ish

<< At my brother in laws surprise 30th, top was €1 and then was wearing a sheer maxi skirt with black mini with it got it for €3.25

<< All from my charity but in another location, about 2-3 years I bought it, cost about €10 I think

<< Belt bought by my now husband on our first date it's nearly 8 years old! Everything else was sale from random high street stores costs all together around €17ish

<< Hoody was €3 and t-shirt was my charity shop, my old deputies as she told me! Picked it up for €3 or something

<< Whole outfit was about €4

<< Don't remember where this is from or how old it is. Probably a charity shop.. bag is a present from my mother in law

<< This outfit was about €8 for pinafore dress and shirt from charity shop.

<< Found out this dress is completely see through near the end of my work day but glad I had my crop top on! All together was €7

<< Brand new top, was like €12.99 from new look

<< Top was €1 in forever21 closing down sale and denim waistcoat I got for a fiver in Miss Selfridge sale when I was like 14

<< Minnie mouse ears from Disneyland Paris!
The rest from my charity shop I believe.
Sunday, 15 July 2018


Thinking and thoughts.

Bit long, read if you wish.. swear I talk or type for way too long.

So it is Sunday and I have work at 1pm but it's all good as its only about 5 hours as we open only for four hours on a Sunday :)
I will be off for a few days from next Saturday for my brother in laws Surprise Birthday Party!
Can't wait to see all the in laws..
Anyway getting off subject.

When I was growing up my mum and dad had money but we didn't spend like crazy, my parents divorced and my dad went a spending splurge to make his house better than mums.. you know what parents are like sometimes.
Then when I got to half way through 13 years old, bullying started and I wouldn't want to go to school so my mum would bribe (*Well, not bribe but give me a reward.. I don't know what you'd call it*) me with if I went to school today we would go shopping on weekend or something silly like I would get a cake.
In the end I moved schools to the neighbouring area, I was constantly missing the bus and late a lot of the time, and again my mum would *bribe* me with shopping trips, treats and trips to see family or something.

Looking back yes it probably help me go to school but I was at school to have fun, skive and not bother... Never was there to learn because I'm an idiot. Looking back now, I do wish I tried harder in classes instead of just working hard at my stage-school on Friday nights with friends and drama class at school (Even if I just managed to pass).
I am willing to learn now I am a lot older and writing this blog is helping how to write properly again but also beauty and shopping they obviously don't teach in schools but that is something I am interested in and many other things too!
I did do an NVQ in volunteering and did many projects with that, met some cool people but the teacher was definitely to cool one! Bright red hair and braids.. I could never pull that off.

I applied for a paid charity job a couple of weeks ago, I actually didn't get the assistant manager role as I am not in a paid role (within the charity I volunteer but also a regular paid retail job is what I need experience in  why?!) bums me out a little as I have been with this charity nearly 2 years and I might never get anywhere. However being a team leader is great and I really am learning a lot about myself.
For a few examples - 

  • We have one wage, learning to budget is hard! I will learn to budget... promise.
  • I feel proud every bit of money we make within the charity but also makes my mental health stable. 
  • The experience I am getting I would not get anywhere and it is going to be great for my CV.

On a side note, are you one of those people that ask for discount in a charity shop??? 
IF SO, DON'T! It is a pet peeve of mine and I get asked about 20 times a day.. so please just DON'T.

But honestly I am in a really good place right now, slightly up and down but people keep telling me that is normal.
I always worry I cry about things too much or drink too much alcohol. But of course I do that on nights outs with the husband, friends or family. I will cry because crying is a release and makes you feel better. It is only if you're crying everyday and the motivation is all gone that is when there is something else going on.


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Fashion Relief

Fashion Relief on 13/5/18

Soo, first of all what fashion relief was about and what it was for.
It was all Lorraine Keane's idea and she wanted to work alongside Oxfam to raise money for the hunger crisis. To help many people in need in many countries.
She is a lovely, hard working woman and did a fabulous job promoting fashion relief and on the day. She worked incredibly hard!

My voluntary job role was doing some work in the head office, sorting through many donations from the public, boutiques and donated by celebrities! Tagging and labelling them and putting in the correct place.
So many of the people in head office workers and volunteers helped out before the big day and on the actual day of Fashion Relief.
It was such a buzz to be part of it and be able to see so many happy customers and volunteers!

Now, onto the day. I was in charge of volunteers on a stall. They worked so so hard and definitely had good banter with the customers we came across. Throughout the day I was helping with raffle sales, men's stall, kids stall and the catwalk clothes which went on sale.. that was mad! Everyone wanted everything!
My manager in my shop was there too, bless her she got me all food I needed to keep going (muffins, nuts, water)
Was a busy fabulous day and I was promoting a lot of my shop that I volunteer in. (Why not? I knew that it's good promotion)
I saw quite a few of our customers as well, weirdly they didn't recognise me until I spoke to them. That was pretty funny!

In all honesty though, I love what I do which is volunteering and I would recommend it to anyone even if it's just when you are able, retired, can't find work or fancy a change.
I do voluntary campaign work sometimes for the charity I work for too.
Right now I'm off to bloom festival for some campaigning for refugees! Wish me luck and the guys I'm campaigning for!

Another post to come soon.

Ana ☺️

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Disneyland Paris!

So I am sat here on a Saturday night, hubby is playing GTA 5 and
I am gonna tell you about Disneyland Paris.
We are also drinking some niiice wine..
Even if its a chardonnay but we did win it in a pub quiz!

So first things first, we stayed in one of the Disney hotels,
it was called Sequoia Lodge.
Was really lovely and had pictures of Bambi, Thumper and Flower.
Was cute! Nice and quiet, just what you want after long days at Disneyland.
We got everything a little cheaper than usual as it was the 25th anniversary!
Got breakfast and dinner/lunch included for 2 days too,
the Agrabah cafe was great for vegetarians so many beans and chickpeas
and yummy goodness to make you feel full (It was a buffet style restaurant)
that was what we had on our second day.
On the first night, we thought we would treat ourselves to a kinda posh dinner
with table service and really good looking menu, I had mussels to start
(Okay I am pescaetarian…)
The rest of the meal was really really nice, fresh and scrummy!
All in all the food was surprisingly nicer than I expected..
I honestly thought it was going to be like posh hot dinners.. It definitely wasn’t!  
The breakfast was just a croissant and pain au chocolat
(mini ones) hot drink and juice which worked out nicely and tasted lovely too.
I found out I actually like coffee now…
Anyone who knows me knows that I have not ever liked coffee…
Well flavoured milky milky sugary sugary coffee.

As we went in a quiet time, rides were max 20-30 minute
wait which was soooo goooooood! The weather was also really lovely
apart from a crazy 20 minute downpour of horrible rain
but you soon dried off once you got on other rides.
If I am honest, I expected a little more from the fireworks as it was the 25th anniversary..
But oh well! The Disney Parade was really good, we were right at the front and saw everything.
Just was so good to see it properly.
I also met Hook (I love the Steven Spielberg film Hook, so was pretty cool..
The character was a sarcastic bastard to me, was funny)
Me and hubby also met Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book,
we got hugs and lots of silliness. Was GREAT!

Both of us are totally exhausted from it though,
so we just chilled and didn’t do much at all today.
BUT on Sunday the Red Bull Flugtag is coming into Dublin,
in the town where we live soooo me, hubby and friends are going along to that..
Gonna be so busy but so fun! Probably end up in Wetherspoon.
Then… Back to life, back to reality on Monday,
I will be working all week! On Tuesday is hubby's Birthday
so hopefully I will have time to bake and make him a nice tea.

Anyway kinda going off topic so I’ll finish this here.

Pictures below of our little holibobs…

The Parade 

More of the parade!
 Random bits and bobs
 Lots of photo's taken...

Could stay there forever
 Just random pictures here...

 It's a small world a very small world!
Love autopia, hate it's a small world!