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Primark, Set, Go!!!

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Hello Everyone!

So as some of you may know I was a very dedicated gym-goer in the lead up to my wedding, I reached my goal just in time and my fitness levels were better then ever.

However, as soon as the wedding was over and the honeymoon blues set in I totally stopped going to the gym and the determination just wasn't there anymore. In November I went back to the gym and have been taking it quite easy up until now but I am ready to get back to feeling strong and fit again!

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When Penneys approached me to collaborate with them on their Primark, Set, Go Campaign I jumped at the chance. It will involve a series of workouts, Motivational talks, wellbeing, mindfulness and healthy eating so I thought it might help give me the kick start that I need.

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Yesterday was the first of the events and it was very cool! It started off with an inspiring talk with Coach Kavanagh , coach to Conor Mc Gregor and as some of you may know also brother to snapchat star James kavanagh. I left the talk feeling motivated and ready for our workout with the guys from Fit Vision, the whole idea of this was to really put the Penneys workout gear to the test and we REALLY did!

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The class was intense to say the least and involved a mix of boxing and HIT. To finish off the day we had a cooking demo with Indy power better know as The Little Green Spoon. In less then an hour she showed us 4 quick and easy healthy recipes, all of which I wrote down so I will share them with you all too.

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It was a really fun day and was full of surprises which I loved and am looking forward to the next one already!

Tara x

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Disclaimer This post is sponsored in collaboration with Primark, As always all opinions are my own.  

Lust Have Gifts at Arnotts

I am so excited to be collaborating with Arnotts this Christmas as it has always been a firm favourite place to shop for me and my Mum.  Over the past few months Arnotts has undergone  some big and exciting changes especially for beauty addicts like me with the recent opening of both a MAC and Charlotte Tilbury make up counters. I have compiled a list of my  personal 'Lust Have Gifts' this Christmas. There are so many gorgeous gift ideas in Arnotts but I wanted to pick a selection of ideas that I think my readers will love. So many of you got in touch with me asking for gift advice as I think we all have someone that is particularly hard to buy for. First up are some personalised gift ideas from Mr.Men and Little Miss, the reason why I choose to feature this is because you could literally get these for anyone from your grandad to your 6 year old! You can choose from personalised mugs or phone covers at €20 or another really nice gift idea is a framed print of a personalised Mr Men family at €60. There are some more cute options like luggage tags or stationary tins too. 0-90-8 Next up is MAC Cosmetics and I found an unbelievable bargain there and after sharing it on my snapchat so many of you emailed me saying you could believe the price! MAC have carefully selected 15 wearable shades and made a pre-filled eyeshadow palette which is retailing at €59.50, this is amazing value and comes in two options warm neutrals and cool neutrals. The MAC counter in Arnotts is the biggest in  Ireland and also has a private make up room for anyone booked in for a makeover. They also have 2 play tables where customers can try on a selection of products themselves. 0-100-11 I think another gift that is always welcomed is a candle, I know I personally can never have enough!  A favourite brand of mine is definitely Yankee Candles, when I was getting married a couple of people got me gifts of The Wedding Day candle which I love and always buy for newly engaged friends. I also think the Baby Powder one is a nice idea for a new mum or mum to be. 0-12 While I am on the subject of candles there is also a nice option to have a personalised message of your choice printed on a choice of four Max Benjamin candles for €24. image-1-1 Did I mention that I love candles? Another brand that I love is Neom Organics London, I received a gift of the Sicilian lemon and fresh basil scent and it smells amazing, prices start at €19.00. neom Another gift idea that caught my attention were these cashmere scarves from Custom Vintage Dublin, you can have the initials of whoever the gift is for monogrammed on to the scarf. You just  choose the scarf colour, the font, the monogram size, thread colours and initials and they can do it for you there. The price of this is €89.95 and it is definitely a unisex option. 0-14 'Flowerbomb' by Victor and Rolf is an extremely popular fragrance choice amongst my friends and also a favourite of the brides I look after as their wedding fragrance. It is a very sweet and feminine scent so is a nice option for your friend, daughter, mum. Arnotts have a free engraving service on Victor and Rolf Perfumes at the moment so it is a nice gift idea to make the gift of a fragrance extra special. Prices start at €65 and the engraving service can be availed of on the day. 0-15 Also as part of this weekends event there is a 10% discount on fragrance gift sets. Just incase you are stuck for inspiration i will share a few favourite fragrances of mine :
  • Moltan Brown 'Tobacco Absolute' (unisex)
  • Chanel 'Eau Tendre'
  • Bleu De Chanel (for him)
  • Armani Si
  • Hugo Boss ' The Scent'
  • YSL La Nuit De L'homme (for him)
  • YSL Black Opium
  • Thiery Mugler Angel
  • Charlotte Tilbury 'Scent Of A Dream'
A lot of you said you were struggling to find gifts for the men in your lives, so I found a few things that I think are fun! Daniel loves a statement sock and always picks up a pack of Happy Socks when we are in Arnotts. They have a huge range of fun statement socks on display for €10 each and also have a nice gift set of 4 pairs of €30. 0-16 I also spotted a table of quirky gift ideas in the mens department including this Beard Oil set for €35 and Moustache Kit for €25. They are actually really handy and I love the packaging too!   0-17 Arnotts are running some amazing promotions in store over the next few days so be sure to pop in and pick up a bargain!
  • Fragrance sets: 10% off fragrance sets this weekend
  • Watches: 10% off selected watches in the Arnotts jewellery hall this weekend
  • Footwear: Up to 50% off boots, party shoes and other footwear in the Arnotts Shoe Garden from today, 15th December
  • Jewellery: 20% off Links this weekend
  • 10% off Appleby jewellery this weekend
  So that is literally just a small selection of gift ideas that i just HAD to share with you! It was so sorry to decide as there is really so much to choose from. My mum was with me when I was shopping around and we both agreed that you could literally find a gift for everyone in Arnotts they really have it all covered. happy shopping! Tara x  
Disclaimer This post is in collaboration with Arnotts, As always all opinions are my own.  

Christmas Gift Ideas – Buy Irish

Last year lots of you enjoyed my blog on buying Irish at Christmas.  A lot of small businesses struggle to keep afloat and really count on the Christmas period to make some much needed sales. I really believe in supporting irish and buying irish where possible. There is nearly always an irish alternative to choose from, Since last year I have made a conscious effort to do my weekly food shop in Dunnes Stores for example . We all spend so much money at Christmas time it would be nice to spend even some of it on irish brands and companies. There are so many amazing irish brands and companies but I have chosen a small few of my favourite Christmas gift ideas to share with you all. Enjoy!
  1. Robes4you.ie
My mum bought myself and my bridal party personalised robes for my wedding day and we absolutely loved them! I think anyone loves a personalised gift, its also nice to get one saying 'Dad' or 'Mum' for new parents or 'Bride' for a bride to be. This is the kind of gift that you could give to any age also. We even got personalised Christmas stockings for Ruby and Teddy. If you are ordering these make sure to get them in the gift boxes because they are fabulous! Prices of robes start at :€19.99 www.robes4you.ie img_6245  2. Blank Canvas Cosmetics It wouldn't be right for me to do an Irish Christmas Gift post without sharing at least one of the many amazing Irish beauty brands. If you are looking for a really nice gift for the lover of all things beauty you can't go far wrong getting her a gorgeous set of make up brushes are make up palette. Blank Canvas are the only brushes I use in my kit, not only are they extremely affordable they are also amazing quality. Prices start at €6.99 www.blankcanvascosmetics.com 15272138_1196702597082933_4039051539614449498_o 3. Support your local beauty or hair salon Getting a gift voucher for your fave salon is always a welcome gift. You are not only getting someone the gift of a nice treatment or  curly blow dry, you are giving them an excuse to have some well deserved 'me' time. For the man in your life why not get them a hot towel shave or a grooming package, they might let on that they aren't into it, but we all know they love to be pampered too. If you are looking for  good salon I highly recommend Allure Spa & Beauty in Drumcondra, I have been going there for over 5 years and have never been disappointed. allurebeautyandspa.com 4.  Chupi Jewellery Chupi Jewellery is a huge success story, its creator Chupi Sweetman has won muliple awards for her beautiful designs. Her signature piece is the I Can Fly Swan Feather Ring cast in solid sterling silver and plated in 18k gold from a delicate swan feather found along the banks of Dublin’s Royal Canal. Not forgetting about the men, she also has designed a gorgeous range of cufflinks, my personal favourite being the  Always Fly home Paper plane cufflinks. Most importantly each piece is designed, manufactured and finished in Ireland. Prices start at €89 www.chupi.com 5. The Gift or Music Or Theatre A Christmas Tradition of mine is to take a trip to see the Christmas Play at The Gate Theatre. The Gate is one of the most magical places in Dublin in my opinion. A Gift Certificate would be a really thoughtful gift for parents,grandparents or a friend. Gift certificates have no expiry date and will be honoured for all current and future performances. Another nice gift for a family would be a trip to the panto , which is something I always loved at Christmas as a child. For music lovers check out what concerts or gigs are coming up in 2017 and surprise someone with tickets. Some popular acts playing on the week after Christmas are The Coronas, Hermitage Green, Aslan and Christy Moore.   6. A Book by an Irish Author There are so many amazing irish authors that I couldn't possibly list them all. A personal favourite for me is John McGahern who wrote 'Amongst Women', thats a novel that both women and men would enjoy. Some books that I haven't read but have heard great things about recently are 'Holding' by Graham Norton and ' The Battle' by Paul O'Connell. Of course Pippa O'Connors book 'Simple Tips To Live Beautifully' is a great option for your mum, sister or best friend or for the foodies The Happy Pears cookbooks are fab.   7. Jo Browne Fragrance I recently got one of each of these 3 fragrances by Jo Browne and was so delighted to see they were created by and Irish lady because the are so lovely. They are a solid perfume handmade using beeswax and essential oils. Whats even better is that they are such a handy size that will easily fit in your handbag and they also are very lightweight. They also are travel friendly and approved to fly with. Priced at €18 www.jobrowne.com and www.meaghers.ie   8. Irish Fairy Door Company I got the fairy doors for my nieces a couple of years ago and they still talk to their fairies and leave them notes. They have now expanded their range and have lots more cute gifts for children. One that I just ordered for my niece after seeing it on The Late Late Toy Show last is the Magical Worry Plaque , it is so sweet.  The have cute fairy dolls now too and books. www.thefairydoorcompany.com   So I hope I have inspired you to try to buy Irish this Christmas! Happy Shopping.