Friday, 21 December 2012


Hello all! It's another lifestyle post today, I'm documenting my fun times now so when I look back in a few months time I can envy my past self's freedom. (Final year problems)

It's another day out- Elyse is selfishly moving back to her home in America on Saturday, inflicting a state of sadness upon Natalie and I. I suppose her family do deserve to see her over Christmas, but we'd like to have her back.

To celebrate (read: commiserate) the occasion, we went out for our last day together before Elyse leaves. In true homage to the tourist, we went to Temple Bar in search of "Mongolian Barbeque". MB is a new restaurant that all the cool kids are banging on about. Naturally, we had to investigate.

You arrive and one of the friendly staff seat you, they will then ask you if you have ever been here before, should you say "no" they will proceed to tell you the process.

You go to the self-serve buffet area, pick up a bowl, fill it with an array of veggies and noodles (and tofu- yum), choose your meat or fish (pork or chicken), add whichever spices you choose and add your sauces. You then take your bowls (you acquire an extra bowl when you get meat) to a counter where the chefs fry them for you, right in front of you. They then pop it all into a large bowl and you are free to return to your seat where a massive pitcher of water and a bowl of delicious Japanese rice await you. 

The food is absolutely delicious and it's healthy- they are very sparing in regard to the amount of oil they use to cook the food with.

We were far too full to even contemplate dessert (though the menu was appealing) so I advise to arrive hungry.

It's also incredibly cheap. If you arrive before 4.30 pm you only pay €5 for all you can eat. I believe after this it rises to €12 and €16 for the early bird and dinner menus receptively. The restaurant is tiny, lively and feels friendly. It's not at all fancy, so wearing jeans, a tracksuit or runners (trainers/sneakers) will not be an issue.
Natalie filling up on noodles.

The best part is- it's all you can eat. So if your friends are feeling particularly hungry, go in and enjoy!

My concoction- mmm.

Natalie's dinner.

Following a brilliant lunch/dinner (we only lasted two trips- stuffed!) we strolled (read: google-mapped our way) to Capitol, a gorgeous cocktail bar on Lower Stephen's Street. Captiol is a chic and lively area, normally packed out after 9 pm every night. This is largely due to the fact that they make ridiculously good (sinful) cocktails for a mere €5. On Thursday and Friday nights they do a two for €5 offer on cocktails too, so drop in if you're passing. Brace yourselves, they have a huge cocktail menu to pick your way through. It took us ten minutes alone to decide which cocktail to chose. We all tried a different cocktail each (only one, we still have exams, ain't nobody got time to study drunk) Natalie chose an "Orange Smartie", Elyse bought a "Hazeltini" and I opted for a "Killer Punch" (it appears I'm partial to Amaretto). All of them were good, but I liked mine the most, closely followed by the Hazeltini. I've ventured here once before and got a Pina Colada (I like to try a Pina Colada in every cocktail bar I go to, just to see the variation.) 


"Killer Punch"

"Orange Smartie"

 So we left, and headed out to see Christmas lights and window shop. I didn't manage to get a great photograph (it's almost like it's peak trade at Christmas or something!) of this, though I did try.

Oh, yes, canoes.

Hope you're all enjoying the run up to Christmas, love you lots.
Laura x

Monday, 10 December 2012

Surviving the Final Countdown.

Reading week. Essay week. Finals week. Thisissoimpossibleweek. For me this treacherous journey began last Friday, burdened by an impressive pile to-do's/must-do's/for-the-love-of-God-please-do's.

Monday, 3rd December: Learning journals due (worth 25% of one module)

Wednesday, 5th December: 3000 word Poetry Essay due (worth a whopping 75% of one module)

Friday, 7th December:

  • 3000 word Historical Novel essay due (75% of one module)
  • 2500 word Environmental Management essay due (60% of one module)
  • Online MCQ (worth 25% of one module) between the hours of 9am-3pm.

As you can imagine, I'm a smidgen under pressure this week. (So why are you updating your blog, Laura?)
But, I bring to you my advice for the final weeks of the semester in college/university.

  1. Be prepared. Seriously, do your essays as soon as you get them, invest love and time in to them, glow when you get that A- when you get your results back in January. Try to not leave everything to the last minute (see my schedule above for reference), even if that involves cutting out your must have installment of Made in Chelsea, New Girl, Breaking Bad or whatever the kids are watching these days. You have over a month (well, I do) of holidays when you finish your exams, that is more than adequate time to catch up on your favourite TV.
  2. See your lecturers and tutors during office hours, if they offer them. Ask them to explain a concept you don't understand. Who knows, sometimes they'll "guide" you in the right area of study.
  3. Add the "Stayfocused" extension to Google Chrome (don't have Google Chrome? For shame!) or similar programs such as "Cold Turkey". Be ruthless, block Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, The Huffington Post and any other site you spend time on which is not college related. (Except Google and Wikipedia, that's just silliness, how else will you understand that reference they're talking about in that elective..?!) Unless you've stumbled across some amazing career I haven't yet heard of, faffing around on youtube or creeping on your friend's ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend will not get you a great job (or good grades)
  4. Try to eat healthily up to this point and during, if you can. You need good nutrition for this, you're going to be on limited sleep for the next few weeks. Chocolate can only do so much, my friend.
  5. Get a highlighter and some flashcards. Highlight the mains points in your notes. Write the things you're struggling to remember on flashcards. Stick these up in places you'll see (mirror in bathroom while brushing your teeth perhaps?)
  6. Write out things you can't remember as if you were doing a cheat sheet. Do this several times. BAM, no need for cheat sheet, you know it now! I do not condone cheating, but if you do it don't get caught!
  7. Write a little study schedule for yourself. If it's study week and you have no essays due then pop a few tea breaks and walks in your schedule. If you've got a fabulous, fun filled essay week like mine above then I'd leave the walks and tea, you need to be cracking into it, missus!
  8. Don't let hygiene go out the window. So many people disregard their need to shower over the study week. Please shower, you're doing us all a favour.
  9. It's OK to be a little slacked on appearance this week. However, remember that you will be almost guaranteed to run into several people you wished to not see this week. That guy you like in your lecture? There. Bitchy ex housemate? There. Your ex's new gf? There. Your ex? Everywhere. Just please don't leave the house in your pyjamas. In your delirious state you may think this is a completely acceptable thing to do "they kind of look like a tracksuit.." I warn you now, leaving the house in pyjamas is never acceptable. Unless you're dying or something.
  10. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Pre-exams you need to be sleeping. Get a good 6-8 hours of sleep the night before your exam. You will not remember all your valuable study if you're snoozing at the desk in the exam hall.
  11. Accept the fact that you'll be on a semi-permanent caffeine buzz all week. "Red bull, let's be having ya."
  12. When you finish your last exam cartwheel out of the hall, catch up on your much needed zzzzz's and head out for a crazy night on the town, you deserve it.
Good luck everybody! I may be away for the next week or so, but I send out my love and Christmas wishes.

Love Laura

Saturday, 8 December 2012


So I got a little feedback from the Christmas in Dublin post. It appears people enjoyed it. I'm still going to keep concentrating on fashion looks and beauty reviews, but I'll be popping in a few excursions in my blog too. Now that this little abstract is done, we can move along to the more important things in life.. Cocktails!

Natalie and I went to Q-bar for some cocktails. My friend was also coming to join us. She was over an hour late, so Natalie and I got some drinks while we waited. (No complaints there)
Natalie, looking a little bored.

Natalie's Strawberry Daiquiri.

Tropical Illusion

We got a little bored while waiting for my friend, so we took pictures of our shoes..

Success! A photo of Natalie's Shoobs and my loafer-heels!

Amaretto Sour (definitely my favourite drink there)

She's here!

Someone always orders a Cosmo..

The remains of the free shots we had. (The bartender took a shine to my friend)

Qbar is a cute place, it plays good music (The Cure and The Smiths, I couldn't be happier!) and there's a night club downstairs (playing more recent chart tunes), though we were content that night with our couches by the window (people watching) and slugging cocktails. 

My top (black velvet peplum) is from Newlook.
Trousers and shoes- Penney's.
Earrings are from Topshop.
Moustache nails tutorial.

Natalie's top and bracelets are from Newlook.
Blazer, leggings and shoes are from Penney's.

My other friend's playsuit is from ASOS.
Denim jacket is from Topshop.