For Him

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Hello everyone I hope you are well and ready for the weekend now that the week is nearly out. Todays post is my second Valentines day post and its all about gift ideas for him. As I mentioned in my previous post For Her I have happened to have always been single on Valentines Day and so never had to buy anything for a guy for it so writing this was a little bit trickier because it involved a bit more research! So I hope you find it useful and that you find some inspiration from it!
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One idea that I had in my head was a driving experience. A majority of guys have a soft spot for cars wether they know anything about them or not so I figured this was a good gift to look into. Mondello Park in Kildare is the only international track in Ireland and has a range of experiences you can look into. They have race cars, supercars, prodrifting and motorbiking. They currently have a deal where you can get two driving experiences for the price of one exclusively for Valentines Day! They have three different Porsche vehicles to use and the prices range from €119 to €149.

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Asos Pyramid Studded Watch//Topman Black and White Watch//

These two watches would make a great gift for any man because they are simple yet stylish. The first is a black watch from ASOS which has a studded detail face which you can see more in the second image on the model. It has a hard strap so it is durable and its price in €35.21 over on the website. You can see the full details by clicking the link under the images! The second watch I chose is from Topman and is such a nice piece. It has a leather strap and a simple white face which I really like. I think both of these are great for a guy because they can wear them to work and then for dressier style on a night out as well. This one is €40.00 and again can be found at the link above.

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Venchi Chocolate Cigars//Smartphone Projector//LED Teak Cube Alarm Clock//Disileria Bottega Gold Prosecco//

These are a few different gift ideas just to add a bit of variety to the post! The top left idea are Venchi Chocolate Cigars from Selfridges which are just a change from the everyday selection box or choice in most stores when you go buying chocolate. They retail on the website at €40.00. The second one I think is a really cool idea and definitely one to consider and its a Smartphone Projector. So you sit the phone in the end of it and it projects out onto a blank wall space or where you want it. I found this on Not On The Hight Street where they have a million different gift ideas for everyone and anyone so definitely have a look on there if you haven’t been on there before! This projector is €23.93 excluding delivery cost. The third item is also from Not On The High Street and is an interesting alarm clock. Theres three different ones that I spotted on there this one, a different wooden one and a grey cube one as well so if this one doesn’t interest you then have a look for the other ones on there too theres loads of choices for gifts on there! The last thing is this bottle of prosecco exclusively for Selfridges. Theres three choices on the website ranging from €34.50 to €69.00 and includes Rosé bottle and a Gold Magnum bottle.

So those are my gift ideas for him this Valentines day and I decided yesterday that on Saturday I will have another Valentines day post up dedicated to singletons and why being single on Valentines isn’t a bad thing or something to be depressed about so keep an eye out for that.

Ever Yours

Lily

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For Her

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Hello everyone I hope the week is going well for you. Todays post is a two part post this one being the first. So its that time of the year again where romance has its designated day in February and I am of course on about Valentines Day. Wether you are single, involved with someone new or still going strong with someone not so new the day is still going to involve you. This post is about a few examples what to get her this Sunday the 14th to show your affection. My next post will be all about what to get Him which I will admit is a little harder to write as I have never had to buy anything on Valentines day except fatty food for myself to eat alone! I have never spent Valentines day with a guy (a little sad but alas its true!) so I have a bit of research to do for that post!

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Max Benjamin Persian Rose//Max Benjamin White Pomegranate//Max Benjamin True Lavender//Max Benjamin French Linen Water//

First up we have these gorgeous Max Benjamin candles with some romantic scents. I have mentioned these candles only a million times and you are all well aware of how much I love them because they really are the best ones you can buy. I myself have owned the Persian Rose scent and it is absolutely gorgeous. You can see their many many other fragrances and products including body washes, soaps, diffusers, candles and gift sets on their website at www.maxbenjamin.ie and these candles and their diffusers are available in The Kilkenny Stores as well and their website is www.kilkennyshop.com. On the Max Benjamin website these candles are €22.00 and I think in Kilkenny Stores they can retail at €18.95 but they don’t always have the full Max Benjamin range.

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Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet//Giorgio Armani Si

These two perfumes are such nice fragrances and as I own the Armani scent myself I can honestly tell you how nice it is. The Miss Dior perfume is a Peony flower scent and is the perfect feminine scent. You can purchase it in Boots for €71.50 for 50ml. The Armani Sí perfume is a lovely scent. Its sweet but also dark. I feel that the product description can sum it up much better than I ever could! Its also available in Boots for €82.50

“It combines an inflection of three accords: blackcurrant nectar, modern chypre and light musky wood.The fragrance opens with notes of Sicilian Bergamot, Mandarin oil and blackcurrant liqueur which is supported by a heart which bursts with Rose May, Neroli and Egyptian Jasmine.Warm undertones caress the unique chypre base notes of Patchouli oil intertwined with Blond Woods, amber and musky undertones known as OrcanoxTM.Finished with a sweet animalic accord of Vanilla which gives this fragrance, longevity and unforgettable sillage.” – Fragrance Notes from Boots.com 

The Europe Pool"VFMLID=53052034"The Europe Hotel and Spa For HerThe Europe LobbyKillarney has two of the most stunning hotels and they are The Europe Hotel and Spa and Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa. These two are my personal favourite hotels to eat out in and they both have such stunning views and decor. These images above are from The Europe and is only a sample of what the place looks like. They have a stunning spa with loads of different treatments and offers available. You can purchase gift vouchers for the Spa which range from €80 to €1000 depending on what takes your fancy. Their treatments range from Facials, Body Massage, Hot Stone Treatment and Body Envelopments to name a few. There are vouchers available for the hotel also so if you click here you will go straight to the gift vouchers page of their website. I have mentioned The Europe a few times in previous posts so you know how much I love it there! It is definitely one to consider for a break with your hubby for Valentines day.

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So those are some of my suggestions for making Valentines a bit more special For Her so I hope you found it useful! My second Valentines day post as I said will be For Him so that will be going up before the weekend so keep an eye out for it!

Ever Yours

Lily

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Stiletto Boots and Fur Collars

IMG_8378Afternoon guys. Sorry for the slight silence I have been busy with work the last week so I had to delay this post for a few days! So this post is just to catch you up on some of my latest purchases from Newlook and Primark/Pennys and also one from Tk Maxx. This may be my last purchases post for a while and Im planning on doing some major spending in February after Christmas and some spending done in January!
Lily Atkinson SnapchatLily Atkinson PlimsolsLily Atkinson PlimsollsSo I bought these thinking that I would be returning them because I never usually wear these types of shoes as Im not mad on round to shoes and because they normally fall off me but I liked the colour and style of them so I tried them and I love them! I basically live in these now they are so comfortable and handy for work. They go really well with grey, white or black jeans as they make the colour stand out as you can see in my snapchat photo above. You can shop these here where you can see many different styles of these. Lily Atkinson Newlook TopLily Atkinson Newlook Stripe TopLily Atkinson Light Grey JeansLily Atkinson Light Grey Newlook JeansLily Atkinson Light Grey DenimThese two pieces are also from Newlook and my new favourites. These jeans I cannot live without now. They are so comfortable and fit so well. They are part of the super skinny range which are always such a good fit. They have a bit of elasticity in them so they’re not like a second skin and you’re not fighting to pull them on which is great because they are easy to move around in for work. The top is also a great fit as it too has bit of stretch in it. The polar neck on some tops can be deceiving and really tight to get over your head to the point where half your face ends up on the inside of the top but this one is easy because of the stretch in it. When its on the top is fitted to you so it doesn’t loose shape from stretching it over your head.

Lily Atkinson Primark Workout pantsLily Atkinson Primark pantsI picked up these workout pants in Primark a couple weeks ago as I only have the quarter leg ones and its definitely not the warmest outside so I wanted to find long leg ones so I could start walking on a regular basis. Normally with these types of things they would be really long on my leg as Im not the tallest person as I have mentioned a few times! These however have a really good leg length on them and they fit super well. They are really fitted to you and are really stretchy for workouts. They have a handy pocket at the back to keep your phone in or whatever while your walking or running. I like the space grey pattern on it as well and I think its a very Kylie Jenner-ish style.

Lily Atkinson Cameo RoseLily Atkinson Cameo Rose CoatLily Atkinson Cameo Rose coat collarLily Atkinson Cameo Rose coat labelAnother purchase from Newlook is this Cameo Rose Fur Collar Coat which is not gone into Sale so have a look on the website for it! These coats went really fast in the store and its not hard to see why. Its is so comfortable and really nice with everything. The white fur collar is a nice change from all the browns and blacks that were around and it is also detachable so when it gets a bit warmer in Spring you can just take it off and use it as a plain light grey coat. It goes really nicely with the grey jeans and stripe top. The actual material is really nice because its a soft material and it has about a millimetre of padding which makes it that much comfier to wear.

Lily Atkinson Bebo BootsLily Atkinson Tk Maxx BootsLily Atkinson BootsLast but definitely not least are these Bebo Pointed Boots that I bought in Tk Maxx a few weeks ago in the Sale. I never normally see anything in shoes in Tk Maxx because I’m a size three and most places wouldn’t have that much in terms of sale but I spotted these and just fell in love. I was looking at a similar leather pair on misguided for ages but when they got reduced they were only available in larger sizes! I have worn them once only for a short time but they are so nice on. They are pointy toe which you all know I have an obsession with pointed toe shoes and they are a high ankle boot. They were under €20 too!

So thats all for today and I hope that the week is treating you well. Were are having such crazy weather here in Ireland and Storm Henry is on the way tonight apparently so I hope its not too bad wherever you are in the world!

Ever Yours

Lily

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Watercolour Crush

Watercolour portrait by Reani

Watercolour by Reani at ETSY

Good afternoon everyone I hope that you are well this week. Todays post is just about some crushes I had this week and this one is watercolour fashion illustrations. I came across a few over on Pinterest while searching for some things and forgot how amazing they are. Not just watercolours but fashion illustrations in general. They are all so unique and have so much detail in them. I do a few sketches myself but nowhere near the standard that I see on Pinterest! I created a new board to share all my favourites with you guys which you can see here.

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Life In Love at ETSY

Golden Gowns by Katie Rodgers

Golden Gowns by Katie Rodgers

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Silk Bows on ETSY

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Watercolour by Carol Hannah

watercolour by Anna Hammer

Watercolour by Anna Hammer

Watercolour by Carol Hannah

Watercolour by Carol Hannah

These images are all in my new Pinterest board along with many more illustrations of all different techniques. I just love how the watercolours are simple but so beautiful! There are so many different types around from watercolour to ink pens, to pencils, to using actual materials in the images like feathers for example. I will forever be jealous of anyone who is able to draw faces though! When I’m sketching I always put sunglasses in because the faces just don’t work for me! Especially the eyes I cannot draw them for the life of me!

Thats all for today really. A short and simple post but I just wanted to share these amazing artworks with you and let you know Im still alive and well despite my slight silence!

Ever Yours

Lily

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New Do

Hair illustration PinterestAfternoon everybody I hope the week is treating you well enough. Todays post is all about my trip to Sean Taaffe Salon in Killarney yesterday to finally get my hair cut. I wouldn’t go to the hairdresser often but it was definitely an over due visit! Anyone who doesn’t know my hair is usually super long and it always has been long. I have never cut my hair short I just love having length to it. It  got to the point where it was starting to really annoy me so I decided that it was time and it had to be trimmed. So I popped into Sean Taaffe’s to see the lovely Marta along with Sandra who helped get it back into order!Lily Atkinson HairLily Atkinson HairAs you are probably all aware I use a lot of heat on my hair on a regular basis due to the hair dryer and usually the straightener. I also use the curler to make waves but in these images my hair here is in its natural curly state. So you can imagine the extra bit of length when its straightened! Due to all the heat the ends of my hair were mostly split so they really needed to go. You can probably even see it in the photos! Marta gave some great advice on what to do with it and we decided on soft layering on the side fringe and at the back because the ends were split the ends had created a V shape so they weren’t even. She also gave some great advice on some products for your hair. Basically you change your shampoo based on your hairs needs so if you have dry hair then you should use a moisturising shampoo until your hair gets greasy from it and then you change to one to control the grease etc etc which is great to know because otherwise your hair gets used to a product and it only becomes a quick fix solution to the problem you have with it. Lily Atkinson HairOnce Sandra had washed and conditioned my hair Marta started on the cut and looking at it there wasn’t that much taken off but it still makes such a difference to it! Sean Taaffe’s is such a nice salon and all the girls there are so friendly and nice. My mother has her hair done by Sean himself regularly and its not hard to see why everyone trusts him and his team to do it right. He has a few salons and barbers and also the academy where you can train in hairdressing so if your interested just click the link at the start of the post to find out more!Lily Atkinson HairLily Atkinson HairLily Atkinson HairLily Atkinson HairSo this is the finished result and I am delighted with it! It feels so much lighter and healthier and its way more manageable. Its a little bit strange not having all the length I had before but its still long and definitely nicer looking. Its so much softer as well now the split ends are gone. There is still the leftover dye in it which I am toying between re-doing or leaving to fade out but I am so glad that I decided on getting it cut. The length was at the annoying stage where it was always in the way when it was down and even when it was up it was still getting in the way at time even if it was impressive ponytail length!

So thats all from me today big thank you to Marta for helping me figure out what to do with it and thank you so Sandra for styling the waves!

Ever Yours

Lily

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Dinner Date

Dinner Date

 

Afternoon everyone! I just wanted to share my new Polyvore creation with you that I published last night over on Polyvore. I actually did some homeware sets last night for a change and this is the first of four that I will be doing over the next week! I think I will make them a weekly thing to do one homeware set a week and I already have four table display drafted.  So this is one is the first and it has some really nice pieces. I just went with some of the homeware trends that I have seen around recently and this is the result! Its a monochrome based layout with gold pieces to brighten it up. I really like the combination of the plate and the cutlery because the three colours really suit each other. I also really like the grey and white combination of the salt and pepper shakers with the napkin and combined with the gold and monochrome they all sit well together. If you want to know any information on any one of these pieces just click the icons below!
Ever Yours
Lily
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Little Details

Lily Atkinson HomeAfternoon everybody I hope the week is treating you well and that you are recovered after Christmas and New Years by now! Todays post is just a small one on some tiny new details in my room to start doing it up ever so slowly in preparation for it being completely redone in the Summer.

Basically my bedroom walls need to be redone and repainted so I am just getting the little things out of the way now so that I don’t have to bother with them later on and when the room is ready I  can set it up then and there the way I want it with all the things I have! First up I bought some small cushions for the end of the bed to go with my grey Primark throw (which many of you loved over on my Instagram when I first posted it). These two cushions are from Newlook and are at a great price!Lily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeThere are a few different ones available on the Newlook UK website which are really cute but I chose these gold sequin and gold pattern ones because I felt they would work best being more neutral tones with the grey and also because of my current wall colour. Next up I bought three of these silver frames which are so handy! They are slim enough and are definitely better than the old wooden ones I had previously! They are also available in Copper colour too. I have filled them already with photos of family and friends and one photo of the Eiffel Tower that I took when I was Paris which I have placed in a little Paris corner on one of my shelves! You can put them two ways either standing up or lying on their side too which is handy for landscape style photos.Lily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeLily Atkinson HomeSo thats about it on the home decor front for today. I have a good few new fashion purchases to post about from the last week or so and Ill will have that up soon. For now though thats my little bit of news on purchases so I will speak to you all soon!

Ever Yours

Lily

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A New Year

Pinterest QuoteGood afternoon everyone and Happy New Years Day to you. I decided that I would do a post just reviewing the last year and what I have learnt from it and what my plans are for 2016 now that its finally arrived. Its scary to think its a whole new year especially since 2015 just flew by so fast! The last year has brought a few ups and downs and some lessons to go with them and I cant wait to see what the next year brings. There is also one extra day in 2016 as its a leap year!Lily Atkinson SpainLooking back at my resolutions from last years post I said that I wanted to be more confident in my self and I think I can say that I have achieved that resolution if not the whole way but a good bit! I think my style has changed a bit more too. I feel that instead of semi mimicking some of the outfits and looks I see at work or online from other bloggers and staying a bit safe with what I wear that I am starting to widen my style a bit which helps with confidence. So I think I am starting to become my own person rather than comparing myself with other women and trying to be a bit more like them. I have realised everyone is different in every way and that we are all out own individual self and in the words of Oscar Wild “Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken”Pinterest QuoteThis sentence could not be more true. This last year has had a lot of unexpected twists and turns both good and bad and over the last year some of them feel like a dream. Like they didn’t really happen and its all just imagination. Thats the funny thing about memories is that in a moment everything is so real and you cant imagine the future and when you look back you feel like you imagined it a bit. The last couple of months had some really unexpected things both good and bad instore for me and even now I feel like theres a lot more to come of both! Its a little strange to say but its in the last two months that I feel there has been a change in me because of these experiences. A good change that is! Over the last year I have made friends and lost friends even made friends that left my life as randomly and quickly as they came into it, reconnected with old friends that I realised had been dormant in my life for so long for a reason. From every person I have met over the last year I have learnt a small lesson from each of them and Im grateful for the it. As the saying goes “Everything Happens For A Reason”Lily Atkinson SpainOne of my resolutions  is to definitely start getting up earlier. My sleeping pattern is a bit all over the place normally and I end up going to bed way too late and getting up way too late. I normally get up around 10 or half 10 but when I do manage to get up at a time like 8 I always enjoy having so much time in the morning to get a load of stuff done before work or just so I can do other things during the day. Its so easy to hit the snooze button in the morning and just carry on having an endless hug with your duvet but there is no point in getting up at 11 and by the time Im ready to go to work or go somewhere its half 1 coming up to two o clock and I have missed half the day which I cant stand!

Another resolution is to really sort out my diet. I eat so badly almost everyday! I nearly always skip breakfast or end up going to work with a cup of tea and one slice of toast and end up starving half way through my shift. Then by the time Im finished work Im going home to dinner and then eating various different sugars for dessert. If I do get hungry when Im out I nearly always buy chocolate or crisps to snack on when I know myself I need an actual food like a sandwich or a take away salad. So Im going to start getting up earlier and having an actual breakfast to get me through work and Im completely cutting down on snack foods.Lily Atkinson Outfit 6 FourAs is the thing with a New Year everyone always has at least one or two goals for the year ahead so here are mine for 2016 and what I hope to accomplish this year so far.

  1. Now that I have my car I am working on having my full license before the end of June.
  2. I want to post more on here as the last few months I am fully aware that I have been a bit too quiet
  3. To go on a city break for a long weekend with some of the girls like Aleks as we have talked about it for a good while
  4. To worry less about what people think and to take each day as it comes. I have a tendency to completely over think things and to worry about all the negatives but the last couple of months have taught me to just take each day as it comes and whatever happens happens and you cant predict or control what happens in life so its best to just take each moment as it happens. 

Pinterest Happy New YearHappy New Years Day to you all and I hope 2015 ended on a great note for you and your head is not too sore from the celebrations! Heres to a whole new year and a new chapter in life.

Ever Yours

Lily

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Christmas Time

Pinterest QuoteHello everyone I hope Christmas treated you well and that Santa was good to all of you! Todays post is just a little bit of what I got up to this Christmas with my family here in Kerry. December is normally a month of just spending as most of us have birthdays in December beside Christmas so there was a lot of shopping to be done but as long as everyones happy on the day its all worth it! So my dads birthday is on the 24th of December which is also Christmas Eve so we always have a little celebration for him with a traditional meal of beef wellington and we always dress up a bit for the occasion!Lily Atkinson SnapchatLily Atkinson SnapchatSo this was my simple but dressed up look for dinner that night. Its all Newlook old and new. The top is new in the store and you can see it here where it is also available in blue and red. The earrings I picked up a couple weeks ago for the staff christmas party and they are my new favourite dressed up earrings. They go with everything and are so simple but dressy. They are just a clouded diamond with a gold length underneath. Here are some of the decoration details from the table which I laid for the occasion! I always lay the table for Christmas because I look at it like its a Visual Merchandising project!Lily Atkinson Snapchat

With that the next day brought Christmas Day and it was time to open presents! We are pretty traditional on Christmas day in that we get up have some toast and tea and then open the presents and then have a scrambled egg and smoked salmon breakfast which is so good! I got some great gifts from family including Giorgio Armani perfume Sì, the Sex And The City boxset and a new Toni&Guy hair Straightener. All of these have been on my list for ages!Lily Atkinson SnapchatLily Atkinson SnapchatSo obviously as Christmas Dinner is a big thing in terms of dressing up and the actual amount of food I went with an old favourite dress of mine with some simple white heels and minimal jewellery. It was just the family complete with grandparents so I didn’t see the need to go all out for the occasion! This dress I bought in Tk Maxx about 4 or 5 years ago and it is one of my all time favourites. Its by Miss Behave and is a really nice powder blue chiffon dress. The shoes I bought last year on the day of my interview for my job in Newlook! It is my go to dress for occasions because its so simple. I would never wear it on a night out or anything like that because its just too nice for that!Lily Atkinson SnapchatLily Atkinson SnapchatAfter a mountain of food and chocolate I could not be in a dress anymore so I threw on my pjs instead! We all watched Gogglesprogs which if you’re a Gogglebox fan like my family and I you will know exactly what that it. If not its basically a version of Gogglebox with children aged 8-11 and it was hilarious! We also watched The Snowman and then we couldn’t stay awake anymore so we managed to get ourselves upstairs to bed which after all the food was a miracle! I definitely will not be hungry for the month anyway! Pinterest QuoteSo thats what I got up this Christmas mostly! I was back to work on St. Stephans day or Boxing day depending on where you’re from. So the sales have started and please go easy on the staff because were working as fast and hard as we can to help everyone! So thats about it for now I hope your Christmas was as nice as mine and that you’re still filled with Christmas cheer and probably food too! Ill be back in a few days with my New Years post so keep an eye out!

Ever yours

Lily

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Merry Christmas

  Morning everyone! I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas today and I hope that you are surrounded by family, friends and joy! To all the people who are home from abroad to visit family this Christmas like so many Irish here welcome home and have a wonderful day with your families! I plan on eating way too much, opening presents and watching movies with my family for the day so whatever you have planned I hope you have a great time! Remember to think about those who are less fortunate too and I would encourage you to do a little clearout of all the things you no longer use or want after Christmas to make room for new things and donate your old things to charity to help people less fortunate to feel just as special. I hope all you have a wonderful day and that Santa was good to all of you and I will speak to you all soon!
Merry Christmas! 

Lily

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