2016 In Photography

I love nothing more than to click the shutter and freeze the perfect moment or capture something beautiful. I have always been the same. However, three years of studying photography at an academic level stole my passion and left my camera gathering dust in the back of a wardrobe. I thought I would never find…

What’s in store for me in 2017?

As I write this, I hate myself a little bit for being the biggest blogging cliché around, and also because we spent part of the day in work discussing how our lives revolve around social media and the approval of others. That may seem pretty contradictory when I go ahead and blog about my goals…

Dance… it’s cheaper than therapy!

This time last year, I had written what I thought was a really cringey blog post on my first year of salsa dancing (for my sins, you can read it here). I published it, didn’t broadcast it too much and thought I’d got away scot-free without any of my dance friends seeing it. Except I…

A One-Stop Guide To Belfast’s Pure Gyms

Allow me to set the scene. I’ve been up at the crack of dawn to go to circuits, I’m taking my last few sips of water at the end of a tough, sweaty class, and somewhere from the other side of the room, I hear the instructor mutter something about “changing your membership for the…

Sunday Snapping: A Day In Dublin

Confession time – I didn’t take these photos on a Sunday. In fact, I actually took these photos in June, but I thought I would hold on to them for a slow week on the photography front, as they didn’t seem to fit anywhere else. When I went to Dublin to see Nashville In Concert,…

I Changed Career Paths… And It’s OK.

Last week, after a really good day at the office – or out of the office on work duties as it happens – I received a message on social media that rattled me a bit, and got me thinking about my career and what I’ve achieved since graduating. So this blog post is part therapy, and…

Guinness Open House Brewery Comes To Belfast

If you know me at all, this might seem like a bit of an unusual post, considering I am 100% not a beer drinker. So why, you may ask, was I frequenting a pop-up Guinness Open House Brewery event on a Wednesday evening? Part of it was all about the curiosity about an exciting new…

What I thought of the Mi Pac Rucksack*

Between being out and about trying to get my Fitbit steps up to scratch, and getting up at the crack of dawn to go the gym, there’s one thing that really comes in handy, and that’s a backpack. Since leaving school (which seems like a lifetime ago), a backpack hasn’t been something that I have…

Sunday Snapping: Rose Week 2016

For the photographer inside me,  one of the best rose gardens in the world, brimming with 45,000 roses – or so the leaflet said, I didn’t count – is pretty much heaven. Add in the fact that it was Rose Week, and the park is a hive of activity, and I’ve found the recipe to another…

Streamvale Open Farm is for big kids too!

Allow me to set the scene. It’s the weekend, you’ve got a day off work, or perhaps if you’re still a student, you have the whole summer to fill with activity. You don’t feel like going shopping, the changeable Northern Ireland weather is just about nice enough to warrant doing something outdoors, but not quite…

Four Weeks With My Fitbit

Three months after joining the gym and my health and fitness kick is still going strong. So far, I’m pleased to say that I’ve stayed pretty well on track, aside from the odd sneaky treat or take-away, but more recently, I decided to up the ante by investing in a fab piece of kit – my…

Review: Fusion Afternoon Tea at Solo Kitchen and Bar*

When you work in Belfast’s top luxury hotel, you see a LOT of afternoon tea, and sometimes even get to eat it if you play your cards right. However, one thing I hadn’t ticked off my list until this weekend was the ‘Asian Fusion’ Afternoon Tea. I love Asian food, I love cake – sounds like a…

Sunday Snapping: Belfast Castle Gardens

After two gorgeous Sundays spent snapping in the sun, I am presenting myself with a challenge that I hope I can live up to – and the clue is in the title ‘Sunday Snaps’. At least once per month, and maybe more if we get some more of this fabulous weather, I will share with you…

Review: Everybody Cut Footloose!

Some of my favourite Christmas presents are things that happen in the future, like holidays, shows and concert tickets, because you get a little unexpected treat later in the year. This was kinda the case with Footloose, except it wasn’t my Christmas present, it was my gift to mum – and a sneaky one to…

Sunday Snaps: Belfast Maritime Festival 2016

What better a way to spend a rare sunny Sunday afternoon in Belfast than at the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival? As my sporadic blogging (to put it lightly) might have indicated, life has been a little hectic of late, and blogging and photography fell by the wayside, but Belfast came to life this week and…

10,000 White Balloons, Floating in Studio Souk…

Did you sing that title to the tune of ’99 Red Balloons’? No? Oh well, I tried! After a hard day at work, where better to be than rolling around in a room brimming with 10, 000 balloons, eating pizza and sipping on alcoholic ice-cream floats? That’s precisely what I did on Friday  18th March to celebrate…

High Street Heaven: My #WCCFW Shopping List

As I write this post, the clocks have gone forward, it’s 8PM, it’s still daylight and it finally feels like the perfect time to be writing a blog post on my fashion picks for S/S16. Granted, it’s still a little cold and drizzly outside (and I might even have seen a shower of hailstones in…

An Absolut-ly Awesome Night

Nothing says mystery quite like receiving an email to your office email address, inviting you to a secret party at an undisclosed location on a Friday evening in March.  So what did I do? I turned up of course, but not before Googling the event to satisfy my curiosity. My stealthy Googling told me that…

5 Things I Realised When I Started Early Morning Gymming

When you lead a busy life, finding time to go to the gym is seriously tough. Now that I work in Belfast from 9-5 and have a 30-45 minute commute (traffic depending) each direction, my old routine of early morning swimming and tea-time gym sessions are a thing of the past. And my night time…

Sunday Snaps: Postcards from Portstewart Strand

I love Portstewart Strand. Having studied at university in Coleraine and lived in Portstewart for two years of my student life, there’s a little part of it that feels homely and makes it one of my favourite places for a weekend road trip. However, this was not my only reason for a drive up the…

Belfast Fashion Week Celebrates 21 Seasons

West Coast Cooler Belfast Fashion Week – one of the most eagerly anticipated events in any Belfast fashionista’s calendar. For me, this would be my sixth season, but on the 21st January, the event itself was very fittingly launching its 21st season, yet another milestone for founder Cathy Martin. Having found its home last year in…