It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog, and although I do want to return to regularly scheduled programming soon, I felt the need to address my absence. Not because I think anyone cares or noticed, but because it would have felt weird for me to continue on as though everything was normal, as though everything was the same as before.

    Normal is an odd concept.

    Society thinks that it’s common sense, that’s it’s fact. That it’s always been and will be always be. But the truth is it changes constantly. It’s relative. It depends on the year, the location, the country, the culture, the family. Everything changes. Society changes. Normal changes. In the personal sphere, normal is what’s known, what’s comfortable. What we do everyday. Normal life. But normal changes. Sometimes it’s expected, it’s slow, it’s predictable. But sometimes it’s none of those things. Sometimes things change so quickly it causes whiplash. Suddenly you’re plunged into the unknown, the new. Abnormal life.

    But that’s the funny thing, it may seem abnormal at first. It may seem so foreign and strange. But soon it simply stops. It stops being foreign and strange. Soon it becomes everyday life. And it’ll surprise you how fast that happens, how quickly it all becomes normal: going in and out of hospitals to visit, talking about insurance, joking with the guy in the opposite bed about cancer after finding out that he had the same type several years ago. It’s now the new normal. Things have changed, and not the slow gradual change that most of us experience throughout our entire lives. This had been sudden. A sudden new normal.

    That is not necessarily a bad thing. You learn things; you learn about yourself, about life, about the people around you. You figure out what this new normal looks like; what you look like in this new normal. And thankfully in this situation, things may eventually go back to being, for the most part, like they were before. We may need to make a few adjusts, but at the end of the day we’ll have the same laughs, watch the same quiz shows together, argue the same petty things. No matter what happens, it’ll become normal. It always does.

    I’m sorry this post has been vague, but it’s not my story to tell. I just wanted to get this off my chest before starting to post again. As I said, regularly scheduled programming will resume soon.

    Jane x


    I recently spent the weekend in Amsterdam and one of the favourite things about the city was the amazing food we found. There were a few places that weren’t the best for vegetarians, or even meat-eaters, but the places listed below were seriously amazing and I would highly recommend them to everyone. They even gave me ideas for dishes I could make at home!

    TISFRIS CAFE(Pictured above)

    When we arrived in Amsterdam and checked into our hostel, our first mission was to find food. I was so hungry and we basically just stopped at the first place we found, which was probably tourist central. None the less, I was pleasantly surprised that they had multiple vegetarian options. I went for the avocado, beetroot hummus & olives sandwich, and I’m probably a little biased because I was starving but it was delicious. Other people in the group got the nachos, which looked really good, and they have plenty of options for meat-eaters too.



    I stopped in this airy cafe for a snack since the group I was with wasn’t meeting up to eat for a while but I was already pretty hungry and didn’t think I would last. I got the crostini with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella and my two friends got the tuna crostini and we were all very impressed. This was the perfect little meal, enough to fill me up but not too much to where I couldn’t eat dinner a couple of hours later. Honestly this was so tasty and delicious and I wish I had an unlimited supply of it in my house at all times.



    This is a really cool cafe/restaurant that my friend found online. 100% of Dignita profits go towards supporting the work of Not For Sale, an international organization that launches social enterprises in order to fight human trafficking. They have a few vegetarian options and some for the meat eaters too. I got the zucchini and chickpea fritters, which came with minted yoghurt, grilled haloumi, free range poached egg, cashew nut dukkah, lime and a wedge of fresh avocado, and it was delicious! I also tasted the pancakes and they were unbelievably amazing and they have a vegan option that sounded really good. The cafe itself has a great vibe and there’s nice green areas to sit around in after you eat.



    Okay, I know this doesn’t look like much, but I promise you, it was amazing. This restaurant has options of vegan and vegetarian options, but my friends and I went for the vegan dish of the day which was basically a sample plate of multiple different dishes. There was lemon rice, creamy coconut tofu, cauliflower with peanut sauce, sweet potato and lentil curry and an aubergine with hummus. I’m sure I’m forgetting something but it was all so so good. 10/10, would recommend.

    I hope this helps if you’re looking for recommendations of places to eat while in Amsterdam.

    Jane x


    First and foremost, please excuse my chubby fingers. They swell when it’s warm and it’s not fun but whatcha ya gonna do? Secondly, this is one of those ‘YouTube made me to it’ moments. I saw the Solar Plexus Chakra bracelet on Estee Lalonde and fell in love. It was a Sunday, and Daisy London were doing a promotion where all of the profits from this bracelet for the week would go to charities that help people struggling with mental illness since it was Mental Health Awareness week. So I bought it. And a few other things that had nothing to do with helping charities, I just wanted them…. opppsss…

    When the box arrived, I was so excited. First off, the packaging was great! Everything was wrapped in this pretty tissue paper. The bracelet was in a little bag and the earrings came in boxes. They also included a little Daisy London shopping bag, which was unnecessary and a bit wasteful, but it made me feel fancy! They also included information about the two Chakras that corresponded with my earrings and necklace I chose.



    To be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure how I would feel about the bracelet when I saw it in person because I like to keep things quite simple. But the silver is delicate and thin so it’s not too much. It doesn’t feel fragile though, it is nice quality. I like having the little semi-precious light citrine stone at the back but it does flop over very easily so it’s not always on show. That doesn’t bother me but it is something to keep in mind. My only complaint is the sizing. The smallest size is too small, but the middle one is a little loose. I think that’s probably why the citrine stone flips over so much. But I still love this bracelet and have been wearing it daily.

    I also like the idea of the Solar Plexus Chakra that goes along with the bracelet. I don’t know a lot about the Seven Chakras but my mum has always talked about them, and I would like to explore and learn more about the theory behind it. The solar plexus chakra is all about sensing your personal power and being confident, which is something I need to connect with.



    I bought the Brow Chakra earrings because I want to start wearing dangly earrings. I’ve always felt like they don’t suit me but I love them on other people, so I think I just need to get used to them on me. I though this pair was cute and versatile. They’re subtle, but they add a little something to an outfit. One of the closures was a little loose when I got them, to the point where it wasn’t staying closed, but I just squeezed the clasp a little but and now it works great.

    The Brow Chakra is emotionally connected with insight, self-realization and releasing negative thoughts; it was another chakra I felt I needed help with. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think the jewellery is necessary going to have a physical impact on me, but they’re little reminders. Reminders to myself to focus on myself and finding balance within me.



    I also bought a little ‘B’ earring, and while I do wish it as a little bigger, it is really cute and fun. Again, it’s simple and  is great to mix and match with other earrings. The bit that you put through your ear isn’t too long and it’s sterling silver, so I’ve found it comfortable to wear all the time.


    I hope you enjoyed!

    Jane x


    As I stated in my last blog post, I’ve been trying to find brands that are more aware of the environment and working conditions along the supply chain, and while in general this search has felt a bit futile, I’ve found a few gems along the way that I wanted to share. So below are just some new things I’ve discovered recently that I’ve currently lusting after. I think these things seem pretty cool, whether you’re worried about the ethical stuff or not!

    MeUndies underwear and lounge pants (pictured above)

    These just look so comfortable! Since I started working from home I’ve realised I need to step up my lounge wear game. I just need more clothes that are comfy that I can wear around the house. I’m also loving this company. They’re clothes are made from Lenzing MicroModal, a sustainably sourced fabric that is supposed to be unbelievably soft! They support charities such as the Amber Rose Foundation, the LA LGBT Center, and Make-A-Wis and they state on their website that they’re committed to treating all workers in their supply chain fairly. They say that the factories they use to make their clothing offer their employees “more than just a pay check”, with opportunities such as free English classes and free transportation, as well as programs focusing on women in business and personal finance. My only complaint is that I wish they offered more sizes. I think I would be ordering the biggest size so that kind of sucks since they are a lot of people who are bigger than me out there. None the less, I definitely hope to order their Bikini undies and Lounge pant soon!

    Organic Bamboo Facial Rounds


    I have always felt wasteful using cotton pads so when I heard about these I was really intrigued. They’re literally just re-use cotton pads that you can hand wash or throw in the washing machine (the Etsy shop also sells a mesh bag to put them in). The listing states that bamboo is a naturally antimicrobial and hypo-allergenic, which is great for sensitive skin. So win win all round. They also have a cotton version, but they say that bamboo requires less energy, water and space to grow than cotton (I should probably research this more before I purchase but it sounds good!). I’m always looking for ways to reduce my waste, but I also think that these will save me money in the long run, as I won’t have to continuously re-buy cotton pads.

    The Bare Micro by NAE

    002566_4_3 I’ve been looking for a pair of casual shoes that come somewhere between my Chelsea boots and my runners, and I think these might be it.  They’re  chic but laid back. The website states that they’re made from ecological microfibre, and a hypoallergenic, breathable microfibre inner lining. They were also made under fair working conditions in Portugal. So that’s all pretty cool. I don’t know what it is, but they just look comfortable, no? I bought a similar pair off ASOS a while back but I returned them because they were really uncomfortable and made my feet look weird. Hopefully I’ve have more luck with these.

    Charlotte Tilbury Kim K.W. Lipstick 

    Charlotte_Tilbury_Hot_Lips_List_Kim_K_W_3_5g_1489676560I don’t know how I never knew that Charlotte Tilbury was cruelty free! I’ve been only using cruelty-free products for 2 years now and for some reason, I just assumed they tested on animals. But apparently I was wrong. A bunch of their products are vegan too (I found a list on Logical Harmony). This Kim K.W. lipstick looks to be a great pinky nude so I’m excited to try it. I also found out the Pillow Talk lipliner is vegan so that’s something I also want to try since I’ve wanted to use it before but again, I didn’t think it was cruelty-free.

    I hope you enjoyed!

    Jane x



    I’ve been lusting after this little bag since I first spotted it on the Stella McCartney website a while back. I held back because it’s cheaper to buy from the Irish online store than the American one but now that I’m back in Ireland, I couldn’t resist. When I ordered it, I was so afraid that my iPhone 6 plus wouldn’t fit. I genuinely thought I would have to return it.  Thankfully, it just fits, because I love this little bag so much. And I mean it just fits, a millimetre or two more and I probably wouldn’t get it in (that’s what she said…..yeah.)

    So this bag is not cheap. It’s the most I’ve ever paid for a hand-bag. But I was tired of my bags falling apart. When I love something, I wear it to death. Literally. I’ve had so many handbags fall apart on me and it’s so annoying because then I have to go look for another one that’s just going to fall apart on me as well. This is my second Stella McCartney bag; the first one I got last July and I have used it pretty much daily. It shows basically no sign of wear. It’s not falling apart, the lining doesn’t have any holes, the stitching isn’t coming undone. Apart from the white details on it looking a little bit dirty, it’s like new. Now I’m not saying you can’t get a cheaper bag that wears well, but in my experience, it’s hard to find one that has longevity when buying from the high street. I can literally feel how well made this bag is.


    But beyond this, I love Stella McCartney. Not just for the designs, but because they’re probably the most famous brand that is focused on improving ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry. I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called The True Cost and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s very educational about sweat shops and how people in the supply chain are treated, as well as the environmental impact the fast fashion industry has on nature and villages. To summarise, the fast fashion industry treats people like shit and is ruining the planet in many different ways. It is not sustainable. These are things everyone should know about. But the trouble is, even when you know about and want to change you’re buying habits, there aren’t many great alternatives.

    Firstly, you can buy from ethical companies that use sustainable practices. But these are far and few between. Even online it’s hard to find shops with a lot of variety; I’ve been trying to find companies for a while now and I still only have a limit selection. They also tend to have limited sizing and can be a bit expensive. Then there’s designer clothing. And while I’m okay with buying a few handbags from Stella McCartney, so many designer items are over-priced. You might be paying for the fact that is wasn’t made in a sweat shop but you’re also paying for the name. Not only do I not like that, I don’t have the money for it. Again, limited sizing is also an issue. I’m not saying I’ll never buy a designer clothing item but they’re never going to fill my entire wardrobe.


    Then there’s second hand clothing shops. This is something I want to explore more but honestly, our second hand stores in Ireland are not great. In the U.S., they are big and have a lot of options. The ones in Dublin are small and cramped. It’s hard to find anything good, and it’s hard to find things that fit. Altering clothes or just making your own is something else one can do, and I do want to experiment with this, but again, right now that isn’t going to work for my whole wardrobe.

    These issues seems to be gaining more and more attention in regards to the fashion industry but change is happening very very slowly. There are tons of people talking about it online, but the Ted Talks on the issue date back years and are unfortunately still extremely relevant. It’s hard for me because clothes are my thing. I love clothes. But I also want to be a responsible and compassionate member of the human race. I think the answer is keep doing research but ultimately, don’t be too hard on yourself. Am I never going to buy anything from a fast fashion brand again? No. It’s not feasible for me. But am I going to think twice about it? Yes. Am I going to continue to look for alternatives and buy from them when I can? Yes. Doing their best with what they’ve got is all anyone can do but I really would love to see some bigger shifts in the industry starting to happen.


    Dress – ASOS (old)
    Cardigan – ZARA (old)
    Boots – Vegan Doc Martins
    Bag – Stella McCartney

    Jane x


    It’s been nearly 2 years since I switched to only buying cruelty free makeup and beauty products. It was an interesting transition, some days it was fun researching and finding new products that I could use. Other days it was frustrating and I just wanted to buy my long term easy-to-find favourite products. I didn’t throw anything out when I decided to make the change, I just decided that when things ran out or went off, I would only purchase cruelty free when replacing them. By now, I think everything I use has been replaced, except for a couple of MAC eye shadows that are still have knocking around my makeup drawer.

    However, there has always been one dark shadow lurking in my cupboard. One shameful secret product that I couldn’t let go off. Antiperspirant. And I’m talking about the strong stuff. Despite committing to using only cruelty-free items and attempting to use more natural products, I just couldn’t image not use antiperspirant. But at the same time, it didn’t feel right to me. I know that a lot people have discredited the idea that it’s linked to breast cancer, but I can see how applying chemicals everyday that block your sweat glands probably isn’t the best idea. I don’t have an issue using chemicals if they’re necessary, but if there’s an alternative, I am definitely going to use it.

    But still, moving away from antiperspirant seemed like a difficult task because I sweat. A lot. And I felt like I needed antiperspirant. I just didn’t see how natural deodorant was ever going to be enough for me. But the more I read and thought about it, I realised I at least had to give it a go. The trouble is, people report less perspiration and body odor after using natural deodorants for an extended period of time. They say it took a few weeks to get the antiperspirant out of their systems to begin with before the natural deodorant really started working for them. Hmmm. If I was going to try it, I was going to have to commit.

    So that’s what I’ve been doing for the last few weeks. I did a bit of research and decided to try crystal deodorants. I’m usually into alternative things like this, but even this idea seemed a bit crazy. But the reviews were good and I was intrigued so I figured, why not? I started with the basic plain crystal from Thai crystals. It’s literally just a smooth crystal that you wet and rub over your armpits. I do like the crystal but it is a little annoying to have to wet it everytime. I decided that while I was liking the basic crystal, I was still getting a bit smelly by the afternoon and needed something I could top up with more easily than having to wash my armpits and reapply the crystal.

    So I found the Lavender and White Tea Crystal Towelettes. While I wasn’t trilled about the fact that they created more waste, I liked that they had a scent, which would make me feel less self-conscious about my B.O. I also liked that I could throw them into my handbag and take them with me. I actually loved the scent so much that I also bought the roll-on version of it at Walgreens. This feels like a more traditional deodorant, just a bit more watery than a regular roll-on. Though I have found that while it smells great when you first put it on, if you use it throughout the day to top up and try to cover up the smell of B.O., it creeps back in after a short period of time.

    Still so far I haven’t found the experience as difficult as I thought I would. I definitely feel more sweaty sometimes and I’m very self-conscious that I smell. I also have to wash my tops more often. But honestly I haven’t missed antiperspirant that much. I’ve found that I’m adjusting to it. It’s still a journey but I haven’t quit yet, and when I started I really wasn’t sure how long I would last. Let’s see if I can make it through the summer….



    I’ve been back in Ireland for 2 weeks now and it’s been a bit of an adjustment. Honestly I wasn’t prepared for that. I was just so excited to get home, having been in America for 14 months. And I really am happy to be back. But it still feels a little strange and almost disorientating to be here. Everything is familiar but different at the same time. It’s a hard feeling to describe.

    This has definitely affected my commitment to my blog. I still want to do it, but I’ve been feeling quite lethargic and just generally not enthusicicatic about things. I think that comes from feeling a bit lost and anxious. In hindsight, it makes sense that I would feel this way but it was so jarring to not feel completely at home right away. Still, I want to get back into a routine with my blog and keep it going. Unfortunately my photographer (aka my boyfriend) is back in the U.S. so I have to rope in other people to take my pictures now. But I will get back in the swing of things. I just need to give myself some time.

    I am definitely more inspired by the style in Dublin, which has been nice. I’ve always loved people watching but since coming back, I feel like I could sit and watch people for hours. I think there’s more variety and experimentation here and I love looking at people who don’t dress like I do, just for inspiration. It’s also fun to get back to the things I left behind when I moved to the US. I did go a bit crazy getting rid of stuff when I got back though and now I feel like I have no clothes ha! Well no clothes for the kind of weather we’ve been having, where it’s not super hot but not super cold. I need in-between clothes.

    While I work on that, I’ve been enjoying the stuff that survived the culling, like my creepers. I love my creepers. I like the contrast between them and this pink flow pyjama-style shirt from ASOS that honestly makes me so happy. It’s the piping, I’m a sucker for the red piping against the pink. It just works so well. I’ve worn this shirt to work, but on this particular occasion, I was going to a pub quiz and I think it’s was perfect for that too.


    Top – Reclaimed Vintage on ASOS
    Jeans – Topshop Jamie jeans
    Creepers – Truffle Collection (via ASOS)

    Jane x




    Okay, I know everyone loves summer. The longer days, the sunshine, the heat. But I’m not convinced… For starters, I’m Irish. Do you see how pale I am? I was not made for the hot weather. I can only last about 10 minutes in the sun before it really starts to affect me. I actually don’t burn burn as quickly as you would think, unless I’m around water, but I get headaches and sunstroke symptoms pretty quickly. My eyes are also super light sensitive which doesn’t help anything. And my hands swell up pretty bad in the heat and that can get painful. I told ya, clearly not made for the hot weather.

    All of this gives me a lot of anxiety around summer. I want to love the nice weather, experience it the way other people do, but my body just doesn’t process the heat well so it’s harder for me to enjoy it. I get nervous about doing things outdoors because I know I’m going to over-heat and feel sick. But there’s another reason that summer gives me anxiety. I’m just not happy with my body. I want to be. I’m working on it. But I struggle with how to dress for the heat and feel comfortable. I spent all of last summer trying to figure it out but honestly I just feel so gross all the time. I get sweaty so easily and my thighs rub together which is one of the most painful things to experience.  There’s so many cute summer clothes our there but I know I would just feel horrible in them.

    But I’m trying to be optimistic about it, focus on what I know I like. For example, I love wearing my Birkenstocks. I like wearing flowy dresses with compression shorts underneath to prevent “chub rub”, so that’s what I’m going to look for. Hopefully by focusing on the positives, I can find ways to make myself more comfortable and relieve  some of my anxiety, while also working on how I feel about my body. Sounds easy, right? Urrrggghhhh…. Wish me luck!



    Jane x


    Men’s clothing is often a much high quality than women’s clothing. Fact. Sure, they have less options but what they get is so much more functional and better wearing. Women need pockets too god damn it!! Seriously, it’s sad how excited I get when my clothing has good pockets. I recently read a blog post written by the mother of young kids about the differences she’s found between genders in children’s clothing. Obviously there’s a difference in colouring and symbolism, which is annoying but to be expected in our current society, but there’s so much more than that. She said that the quality of the fabric and the sizing of the clothing is dramatically different. These are all things that I’ve noticed in adult clothing but it’s crazy, and kinda sad, that it starts so young.

    Historically, woman’s clothing has always been made to be visual, and restrictive, while men’s clothing had to be functional. While modern clothing no longer needs to adhere to these cultural rules, the legacy of these concepts are still present today. It’s so frustrating. Recently, I just didn’t want to wear anything in my wardrobe so I turned to my boyfriend’s t-shirt drawer. Before living with my him I never really got the whole “boyfriend tee” appeal but I understand now; boys t-shirts are just more comfy and flattering. For starts, they don’t cling to every little extra bit of you. Seriously, why do they make women’s t-shirts to be so form fitting and unflattering? Probably because they’re designed by men….

    I tend to throw on my boyfriend’s tees when hanging out at home or sleeping, but I actually wore this one to dinner and the bar. Throw on a faux leather jacket and some fun shoes and no one’s going to notice. This jacket is a recent purchase from H&M and I’m so excited about it. I’ve found it really difficult to find a faux one that felt nice and butterly, like real leather, and that wasn’t cropped. But this one from H & M fits great and feels so nice; almost like the leather on my Stella McCartney bag. See, boy’s t-shirts can work for all occasions with the right accessories!



    Faux leather jacket – H & M
    Jeans – Topshop
    T-shirt – Boyfriend’s closet
    Shoes – Public Desire
    Necklace – Anna SacconeJoly

    Jane x



    What to you do when your hair is greasy but you need to look professional for work? Channel your inner Blair Wardolf and put on a sparkly hair band of course! Okay but seriously, my hair needs to be washed (as per usual) so don’t judge me. I never normally wear hairbands, this is the only one I own, but for some reason I love it so much. I pull it out every so often and tell myself I should try wear it more often and then proceed to not wear it again for 8 months. But today, I just needed a little extra sparkle.

    I’ve been working in an office for a little over a year now and I have to admit I’ve really struggled with ‘work-wear’. My office is pretty casual but you still have to look professional. Thankfully I can get away with nice jeans, especially since I haven’t found suit trousers that look good on me! I usually wear them with a shirt or blouse and my chelsea boots. I mix it up with a couple of dresses I found that I like, but that’s pretty much my uniform. I feel like I’m still trying to figure it out and I’ve been doing it for 13 months. I just don’t like a lot of traditional workwear and I haven’t found my groove with it yet.

    I think working in another country makes it even more challenging. The style is different so they have different ideas of what classifies as casual, dressy, normal etc. Not that I care what people think, but I do have to meet what they classify as acceptable for work *rolls eyes*. I never realised how short my dresses were until I thought about wearing them to work.  It’s incredibly stupid but I would feel so uncomfortable wearing them to the office, and I’m sure I would be told I couldn’t wear them by my boss. It’s a fairly male-dominated conservative workforce. Fun times. I don’t even think I dress that provocatively normally (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but like I said, how clothing is classified isn’t the same everywhere.

    Some day in the future, when I have my own company, people will be able to wear whatever the hell they want on a daily basis! But working in a computer software company in middle America, things don’t work like that. Ya know, I might distract the men from their important work or tempt them into sin! We project such ridiculous ideas onto women that always revolve around shame. It is not my fault if you can’t control yourself around me. That is on you, not me. But I would also still like to keep my job. So for now, the struggle is real.

    I’ll be moving back to Ireland in 3 weeks though, where I’m going to work from home again so my uniform will consist of leggings, pjs and as much skin as I want to show! (it is Ireland though so chances are I’ll actually end up wearing about 5 layers but you get my point…)



    Shirt – Zara
    Jeans – Topshop (Jamie)
    Chelsea boots – Topshop
    Hairband – ASOS

    Jane x