France | Post Two

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Post 2/2 from France. Photos above are from Cannes and Nice. 
These are some of the most beautiful places in the south of France and I got to visit them at he age of 16 with all my friends, I couldn't have asked for a better week and I am so grateful to my parents and teachers allowing us to take this trip.

Being a "typical white girl" one of the best things about France was the unreal selfie lighting and I truly miss it as I'm back to the bleak grey clouded backgrounds of Ireland.
I hope you enjoyed looking a little closer into our trip with these posts and with the videos up on my channel. Click here to watch the vlogs .


France | Post One

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last week I returned from one of the best trips I've taken in my life.
Our French exchange experience was a fantastic one, Since I was smaller I've been all over France but I've never been old enough to appreciate the sheer beauty of it all. One week in Antibes, Cannes, Monaco and Nice has shown me how gorgeous it all is. 
I expect all of you to be well jell from looking at the photos above, These are from Monaco and Antibes. 
The whole week I vlogged our time in France and I am so glad I did as it's now around forever to be looked back on. The trip was peaceful, educational and enjoyable I get along great with my french correspondent, Naomi, and I'm still talking to her even after I've left France.
The best thing about the trip is that it brought me closer to new friends and also kept me close with old friends and although we were all looking forward to a hug from our mothers and a warm cup of tea, We all left France in a dull mood.
Antibes was a very busy place but easy to get around and we were never lost (for too long). 
Every morning I woke up to a stunning sunrise and a wave of heat, 17-18 degrees Celsius, Which grew to around 26 degrees Celsius everyday, that of which I'm certainly not used to here in Ireland.

Since we took so many photos I simply couldn't cram it all into one post so post two will be up soon with more France adventures.

France Vlogs Here


Hair | Extension Review

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hey Guys,

So it's no secret that I am obsessed with long lovely locks and keeping my hair (the little that I actually have grown myself) in good condition.
The set of micro bonded extensions are my second set I got my first set back in May and kept them in until the start of September I now plan to keep these second sets in until January.

I went for the 18" in length again I feel this set is more natural looking as my hair had grown and shaped itself through the last set.
I got my extensions done in the same place as last time Ebony trends in Cork.
I'll link to my other post Here

I plan to do a Youtube video on my hair care and essentials for maintaining the extended mop.
Keep an eye out on my channel Here

My extensions cost 300 euro, 50 euro cheaper than last time.
If you're planning on getting extensions put in and want my advice before getting them done I plan to film this Saturday and will include an advice on thickness, length, expense and care.

Focus on my hair. (fourth girl from the left)

Operation talk (2) | Day Of & Post OP

Sunday, June 29, 2014

This post is about the actual day of my second Operation performed on my thigh.
It was an early start at 6am for myself and my daddy dearest, We head to S.I.V.U.H in Cork city.
Like I said in my previous post the operation I was undergoing was by my own choice and I chose Excision Lesion. which was invasive and scarring but I'm already beginning to see results.

At the hospital Pre OP: 
I am naturally afraid of hospitals and doctors, Nurses etc because of upsetting memories so it was hard going walking in those doors for the second time to be invaded by foreign objects that I knew nothing about.
I was in room 3 in the children's ward sharing with another girl my age in for tonsillitis.
I left for my surgery around 9am I walked with my dad into the room I was told to lay and bed and relax at first when I walked in I began crying instantly I saw tools and needles and genuinely panicked I went into shock and had to breathe deeply for a few minutes.
They poured numbing water on the crook of my arm and inserted my IV drip. Less than a minute later they placed a mask over my mouth and I was being put under by a general anesthetic. Apparently I laughed while I was being put under and it took 3-4 seconds before I was gone.

At the Hospital Post OP:
I can remember slowly waking up from my anesthetic but soon after I began having tremors throughout my body and was given another drug to counteract this but that didn't help it sent my body into full seizing//tremors I was given several more drugs to help this but unfortunately they didn't work, I was shaking for long after my OP and scared the hell out of my doctors.

I was wheeled back to my room where my dad just sat with me for hours being unforgettably worried as my legs wouldn't stop shaking when I was asleep I was giving another drug that made this stop and I was put on an Oxygen tank mask for what I think was two hours and my blood pressure was taken every 30 minutes for 3 hours.

A few doctors and nurses that were looking after me were kind but made me feel a bit anxious they crowded around my bed and it felt like I was being ganged up on as if they were blaming me for having a bad reaction to their drugs. I was told if the drugs hadn't worn off in the next few hours I would be transferred to C.U.H as a medical patient I was "No longer" a surgical patient.
I cried for a little afterwards I was scared, felt a little rundown, drowsy and just generally sad. It was an emotional experience to go through for me and to hear my dad speaking to me telling me everything was going to be better and that I wasn't going to be transferred I'd be fine really helped.

The nurses made me feel good about my relationship with my dad telling us we seemed close as he was mocking me for most of the day too! He's away on business a lot recently and it was nice to spend the day with him. He took some "flattering" pictures of me playing on my phone after the OP when The drugs had worn off . At around 3 o' clock They were trying to force feed me toast but I had literally no appetite and was dry retching for a little bit. I was told I would be staying the night as I wasn't eating and the knees knocking hadn't quite stopped.
The drugs wore off at around 4-5pm and I attempted sitting up and going to the toilet which was a dizzy journey to be honest but I made it and came back to my bed safely. I sat up and ate at around 7pm. I regained colour and got discharged at 9pm, I was delighted to be leaving!
Post OP selfie 2014

Day after OP:
Next morning I'm happy to say I slept for a few extra hours than normal, My bandages did bleed a bit overnight ,Still drowsy I felt the pain as soon as I woke up. Took my meds and had NO APPETITE didn't eat all day just lay around bed and took some Post OP selfies. I can now refer to the bump as a thing of the past I feel the Bump is gone and I'm just so overwhelmed with the feeling of excitement and so Thankful to my doctor!

My dad spent the day with me making sure I was alright and took me for a walk up and down the stairs a couple times so I wouldn't get Cabin fever.
I just followed him around taking pictures of him off guard.
I managed to creep in some shots of what my thighs look like now and I feel like they're almost perfect! Again I cried a little and stared at myself for a few minutes 6 years of fails and it's finally gone, I'm just so happy I can't stress that feeling enough!
I just want to thank everyone of my friends and family that I have been wishing me well over the last few days and texting me telling me they're thinking of me and letting me know that they're hoping for the best!

My 6 year wait | Operation Talk (1)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hi Guys! It's that time of the year again! Operation round 2 went under-go yesterday on the 26th of June - In the pictures above it shoes the progression of the bump I had on my right thigh from top right June 2013 to bottom left June 2014 and I do notice I'm wearing the same pajama bottoms a year later, No judging! They're so comfortable. And the bandages did bleed a bit so I apologise if you're any bit squeamish. So yesterday most of the teenage girls I know were either in some glorious foreign country soaking in the sun or at The Jason Derulo concert soaking in his gorgeousness! I was sitting up in S.I.V.U.H soaking in injections and laughing gas.

The story behind my Operation begins back in 2010, I say this bump was the root of all my insecurities. I'm fortunate enough to have a dad that loves sailing so he got himself a boat and we were out on it when the accident happened, For all of you that know a thing about sailing yachts you can understand the struggle of detangling ropes when you're about to tack, I wasn't wearing shoes or socks so when the boat swerved I fell down the hatch and banged my leg on the stairs. I was inches away from my head whacking against the corner of the cooker, so in a way this step saved me from fatal injuries. Instantly I was screaming crying grabbing the side of my leg when my mom pulled me up onto her lap she was so shocked the side of my leg was purple seconds after I'd hit the step. There was deep tissue damage from what we could see.

I was hauled home for the night and propped up on the sofa with an ice pack. I was only 9 years old when it happened so at first I thought it was so cool until people started to notice I got teased a little and the insecurities surrounding it began I started eating a lot more and gained loads of weight , totally feeling sorry for myself.

We went to the doctors and I was told it would clear up after 8-10 weeks and I'd have my legs back to they're young healthy selves. Unfortunately this wasn't the case. We continued to see the doctor, Fought with insurance companies eventually my parents gave up and It got to the point where I was critically self conscious about the whole thing and I was brought to a plastics specialist and surgeon. He called it a Hematoma. It turned out that I had broken the netting between fat and muscle and fluid filled up the gap leaving me with a squishy little lump.

post OP 2013
In June of 2013 I was scheduled for my first Operation, My parents and my doctor thought it would be best if I went for a less invasive method of  fixing the bump, Liposuction. I was put under a general anesthetic and kept in the hospital for 7 hours post operation. I slept for a long time too so those hours passed quickly, After leaving the hospital I was given massive tablets to help with the pain. The lipo was tough to handle as I had to wear bandages for the rest of summer.
It took until August/September to heal fully and to remain relatively flat. I even had a few people compliment me saying they noticed my thighs had gotten smaller.

post OP bandages 2013
After summer the bump started to emerge under the skin again and this was EXTREMELY stressful having already suffered 5 years of dealing with this, Learning I had to go back to hospital sent me into shock I hate hospitals.
They surround me with bad memories and an unwanted aura.

Over the course of a year I stepped up and took
charge of what was happening with my body and what the next step was I sort of bullied my doctor into doing it my way which was to cut the side of my leg open suck out fluid repair the netting and sew me back up even knowing this would leave me a cheeky scar It didn't bother me. I was full on ready to get this out of my life.

I am surrounded by gorgeous friends and in my eyes they're all perfect and when I listen to them complaining about their thighs or their bodies in general and just think how lucky they are to actually be able to wear shorts without wanting to run the opposite way when they see other human beings.

This is a long post lads so I'm splitting operation 1&2 into different posts x


Micro Bonding

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hey guys!

So I finally fulfilled my ever lasting wish of having long hair and splurged for Micro-Bonding.
I got it done in Ebony Trends in Cork City.
They're fully qualified and might I say work MAGIC!
I had the best time there they're so welcoming and so friendly! Made a few friends might I add!
Before I got my bonding done I got my hair cut the day before in a straight cut which was a HUGE mistake, before you get extensions put in you DO NOT have to cut your hair it's actually easier if you have dry or split ends, it helps to blend.
I had to use quite alot of extensions so the price went up because of the sheer thickness of my hair so it rounded to 350 euro and my hair is now 18 inches longer than it was.

I went in at 12pm and was finished at around 3:30pm.
The bonding method is not damaging to your hair as long as you mind it carefully, if you're thinking of getting it done I would definitely recommend the process.

Maintaining the hair is meant to be easy as long as you do it right!
Wash once a week but if you have naturally greasy hair wash the top of your hair every 2-3 days and avoid extensions.
When you're using conditioner avoid the bones of the extensions, where the wax has melded the hair to your own, Same with using heat avoid bones!
If you wish to dye the extensions I'd recommend going back to where you got them done in the first place to do it, but if you insist on box dying at home try your best to avoid the bones again as the chemicals will damage them causing the extensions to not last as long as they should!
Your natural hair does grow beneath the extensions which is an added bonus and you can watch your hair growth process too!!

As you can see the bones above they can be well concealed! They look a bit all over the place but that's because I gathered up random pieces of hair to show the back but in person it looks amazing I'm so happy I chose the get this done and will definitely be going back in 5-6 months to get them done again!
I might go for a different method and get a weave!
Decisions Decisions! 

Any questions about the bonding leave a comment and I'll shed some light as best I can! x

Hairspo | FishTail Bun

Monday, May 12, 2014

We all get those crazy mornings when you show up to school feeling like you've been dragged through a bush backwards and rolled through mud. If only there was quick easy and in style ways to deal with your mess.
A fishtail bun is easy you gather half your hair on the right of left front side of your head, brush it through and tie the rest up into a pony tail, Do the fishtail braid on the gathered hair and bring back and loop up and around said ponytail. secure with a slide or bobbypin. Twist the hair and coil into a bun secure with bobbypins and a hairbobble.
If you have quite alot of hair this style is hard to pull off as it will fall out because of the sheer weight of the hair. So we went with a simple fishtail braid and sent my gorgeous model Marieke on her way.
Plenty of more Hairspo's in the future.