September has been a busy one. It was the first full month at my new job which comes with its own challenges itself but also the first full month of me actively trying to find balance in my life. There were some ups and some downs (literally… I fell down the stairs) but I feel much better about things than I did one month ago.

Here are the four things this month that kept me busy:

Gilmore Girls

Dear Amy Sherman-Palladino,

I am so sorry I ever called this show boring.

I managed to binge watch the entire first season of Gilmore Girls in a week, which is impressive for me given that I was never one for Netflix binge watching and that the episodes are approx 40mins long.

But God, I am so sorry for ever calling this TV show boring.

I was only eleven when I first saw it and I guess I just didn’t get it. Why was there such a big deal over Lorelai being so young? Why on earth would you call your daughter Rory? I had pretty much judged it before I could actually mature and appreciate it.

BUT OH MY GOD, this show is phenomenal. From the scenery, to the clothes, to the early 2000s pop culture references, everything about this show is heartwarming and revitalising – like a good cup of coffee. I adore the relationship between Lorelai and Rory, the tight-knit community of Stars Hollow, the array of characters that float in and out of their lives, the struggles they face, how I want to be both Lorelai and Rory at the same time. How insane was Alexis Bledel at portraying Rory as her first ever major role? She was a pro then and a pro now.

So whilst I’ll probably do a long-winded narrative on why I love this show so much in the future, I’ll wrap it up here by saying that this is the perfect show to settle down with for the Autumn/Winter seasons.


Water Intake

September was my ‘I should definitely start drinking water’ month and it’s quite honestly the best thing I’ve every forced myself to do. Yes, it was something I had to force myself to do for quite a while before the habit kicked in.

A month ago, I was the worst at getting my daily intake of anything but when I started my new job and working longer hours, I thought that increasing my water intake wouldn’t hurt. Now, I can’t imagine life without it. My skin has cleared, I don’t get headaches, I rarely, if ever, feel dehydrated. I’ve lost weight (yes!), I feel more more energetic, and it’s the perfect alternative to sugar when I find myself falling asleep at the office. I’ve even noticed being sluggish at the weekends when I find myself slacking on the intake (because it’s so easy to drink water whilst sitting at a desk). I drink a 2l bottle a day, I usually just grab the off-brand ones from Spar, and I’m all set.

HOWEVER, I’m not ignoring that the taste of water can become boring after a while, so I’ve been mixing my water with a little of the no added sugar Robinsons Squash’d bottles to it has changed the way I view my daily water needs. The Summer Fruits one is the best by far – usually made up of raspberry, apple and blackberry. Anything citrusy and it tastes like you’re drinking a Vitamin C drink all day and that’s not as nice as it sounds

Try it for a month and tell me you’re not impressed.



I quit Twitter (for a little while)

I have a bad addiction to Twitter – not in a “omg I’m so addicted haha” way but more like, “I can’t concentrate on other things for more than 2 minutes” kind of way.

So I decided to quit it (for a little while) and after that little while, I began to realise that none of it mattered. For someone who based so much of their validation on what strangers said on the internet, on how many likes, RTs, follows I got; taking that step outside of that world helped me understand that outside of Twitter, no one really cared.

Sure, there were things that are legitimate issues worth caring about, like Donald Trump and Puerto Rico, Repeal the 8th, or other tragic events around the world but the little numbers soon stopped being something I based my sole worth on.

The bottom line is that you can be happy with yourself without the validation of others. You could have 250k followers online with plenty of people to hang on your every word but unless you’re a genuinely nice and caring person to the real world, does it matter? Or rather, is the only way to show people how hilarious/pretty/opinionated/revolutionary/innovative/talented you are through the means of a Tweet or Instagram? No way. You just be.

Sorry not sorry for being preachy but it’s something close to my heart.



I’ve become much better at organising myself lately, partly thanks to my job forcing me to improve my organisational skills and also of this new “write everything down” approach I’ve been taking. I got a new 18 month agenda (this one – I got mine in Brown Thomas but it appears to be out of stock now) in which I write absolutely e v e r y t h i n g down in – from work to personal life and everything in between. Here, I keep all my ideas, wish lists, to do lists, list of friends I should get in touch with, so that when I open it up, everything is there. It’s become like a little life bible and I’m so grateful to past Sinead for doing it.

I now even dedicate time to sitting down and reviewing my agenda, adding in things that have popped up during the week, making daily to-do lists, and sussing out free evenings and picking a friend to hang out with. It’s so simple, I know but the simplicity of having everything in one place has really made my life so much easier.





We were scouting out old photos in the attic last week and found these polaroids gems from 1997/1998 when I ran away with the circus and became a snake handler. My dreams were crushed when my mother found me proudly wearing a Boa Constrictor at age 3.


Check out those curls though!

Bonus picture:

“It’s called fashion, sweaty, look it up”

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I think baby photos are the best when you’re at your most hilarious.

The Best of Kate Spade

The Best of Kate Spade

I’m a self professed Kate Spade lover. She could release a handbag made from a bin liner, make it fashionable, and I would consider buying it. That’s the wonderful talent the brand has.

What’s even more wonderful is that their products never go out of fashion. Classic leather looks in muted colours to loud ones to quirky bags with a sense of humour, nothing is ever past its sell by date. It’s a brand that will probably still be a major player in the bag industry in decades to come.

But I’m not ignoring that Kate Spade is pretty pricey in Ireland.

The KS outlet store in Kildare Village though is incredible – plenty of in season delights at a much, much lower price. And it’s not just the “rejects” or out of style designs. My current bag, just a standard black leather tote that fits all my stuff plus laptop (and is perfect all year round), originally retailed at €500 but I got it for €135. Don’t be put off by the prices in Brown Thomas, you can always get a bargain in Kildare.

Kate Spade is also fantastic for channelling their quirkier side in their designs and below are a few examples of some of the ones I found whilst searching for my next buy.


PS: doesn’t ship to Ireland so it’s going to be an AddressPal or ParcelMotel situation though after this incident, I think I’ll stick with AddressPal.

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Top Left: Ooh La La Dollface

Top Middle: Haute Stuff Takeout Bag (c wat dey did der)

Top Right: Scenic Route Cactus Bag

Mid Left: Scenic Route Cactus Sima

Mid Right: Ma Cherie Antoine Sima

Bottom Left: Baja Bound Porcupine Bag

Bottom Right:  Penny the Pinata  (my favourite!)


What should Kate do next?

The Humble Loafer

The Humble Loafer

Loafers are in. Well, they’ve never been not in but this season, they’re definitely in. And I’ve never owned a pair. I wore boat shoes in school, polished black to match the school’s requirements of black, flat shoes but they were flimsy and definitely not as high quality as the classic Dubarrys that everyone wore.

In Autumn, I am glued to boots. The minute it begins to feel cold, I have my boots on. Riding boots, ankle boots, Chelsea boots – I have them all, in a range of colours (black AND brown) and once on, they don’t come off until March. I could own seven pairs of Chelsea boots, every single one black, and not get tired. But this year, I found myself wanting something different.

Working in an office has given me a new eye, and appreciation, for the smart-casual work aesthetic. You know, what’s now Normcore after Normcore became a little less boring. I’ve begun to come around to the idea of a pair of smart shoes that I can wear to the office that aren’t heels, boots, or worse – heeled boots.

So I’ve been scouring online to see what’s out there and here’s what I’ve found. Now, I know Office dominate this list. Many places have got the classic loafer but I wanted colour and Office had them. Hail Office for they truly are the kings of colourful, practical shoes.


Ice Cream Party

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Year Update

Year Update

Note: this may be a tad bit boring but it keeps my goals for this site in check!

It’s been a full year since I started writing here and here are a few things I’ve learned:

  1. I enjoy it more than I thought. Even just getting words out onto a page has done wonders for my thinking process and decision-making abilities.
  2. The response has been second to none. I’ve had many people come forward and thank me for something I wrote. Many others have stuck their head around the door to see if I was alright. It’s brought me closer to my friends and has opened up discussion on topics we are still too afraid to talk about, like feeling lost/lonely, financial problems, and extreme anxiety.
  3. I’ve met/spoken to some incredible people. I’ve had total strangers reach out to me who have since become friends. I’ve reached out to people whom I have looked up to for their writing for years. I’ve been inspired by the incredible and diverse community that’s out there and they have been there through the writers’ block, the frustration, and the tears.
  4. I want to keep doing this. I haven’t fallen out of love with it like I have with other blogs and I think that’s purely because I’m writing about what I know and what I feel. And I want to be more open about what I write about. After all, I am writing for myself, not for money, sponsorship, or affiliates.

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8 Simple Lessons for 8 Difficult Months

8 Simple Lessons for 8 Difficult Months

I’m keeping this very short and sweet – probably the ninth lesson I’ve learned this year if I were to count it. Life is short, time is short, talk less, convey more.

Eight Simple Lessons for Eight Difficult Months:

1. The only thing that matters in life are the people

We can plug all our money into material things, into things that give us temporary happiness, into our social identity and social media following but when the novelty wears off, what is left? We just crave the feeling more and more.

I don’t know about anyone else but I feel most happy and grateful when I am surrounded by people. And this is something I’m going to invest my time in more. Less online chat, online shopping, virtual reality, and more real life.

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Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block

These two words can mean different things to different people. I mean, there are days when I’m sending a text or an email and blame ‘writer’s block’ on my inability to voice my thoughts and then there are days, weeks, months even, that I have such pent up energy inside me that turns to frustration because I simply cannot get the words onto the page. The latter is where I am right now.

I think writer’s block is one of the most infuriating things that can happen to a writer. To me, it’s like having a knee injury and not being able to play sports, no matter how much you want to, knowing that if you force it, it could damage you.

Because writing is considered a hobby more than a way of life, it’s easy for people to put down writer’s block as a silly thing that you’ll eventually get over. And to be fair, some people do, but when an absence of inspiration or blank creative mind is hanging over you for months, you begin to think, will I ever feel inspired again?

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