Soul Food

 

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I was going to begin this post with “I’ve had a crazy few weeks”, then I thought for a moment, took a sip of my tea followed by a slice of reality, (I’m off cake) and decided, “I have a busy life”, would probably be more appropriate.

Having a full on job as a Brand Manager, which on any given day can see me wearing more hats than I have in my closet, (and I have a lot of hats), followed by a blog which I intend on growing, combined with planning a wedding (among other stray projects that I have a habit of adopting ) my life is only going to get busier.

While I really am happiest when I have so many things going on I feel like pulling my hair out, one of the things that grates on me about the daily grind of busy busy busy is the effect it can have on my personal appearance. Literally my nails have been doing the naked dance for the last two weeks, my skin is sick of telling me that it needs a face mask and I’m all for full brows but I’m probably giving Cara Delevingne a run for her money at this stage. I just count myself lucky that all hell could freeze over before I stop taking care of my hair – everyone has their thing, right?

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Now believe me, I know how absolutely, utterly and insanely ridiculous this sounds and I can hear the b**** please spats hurdling in sound waves towards my head, and of course in the grand scheme of things these are just mere frivolities, but I have to be honest and say that not putting the basic time I need into my appearance on any given day can have a direct impact on my mood. Ok ….I feel more eye rolling coming on but seriously I’ve had some shockers over the past few weeks including turning up to a fitting with a client with my top on inside out – cringe city – and just this Monday, arriving in Cork and realizing that there was more wool on my leggings then on my wayward woolly jumper.

Not surprisingly, these are not looks that I’m wishing to recreate any time soon, despite the fact that I am building up quite a bit of material for a bestseller on the effects of getting dressed in the dark.

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Ok back to my point, obviously I am not saying that we all need to slay it like Kylie Jenner every day of the week but making time for the little things that make you feel good about yourself are worth it. Genuinely, the days when I’m dressed to kill, my make-up is semi on fleek and my nails are actually painted, I feel like I can take over the world and all of its ruling planets.

Whether its spoiling yourself with shopping or going for a spa day with the girls or even just having the time to have a long hot soak in the tub, feeling good isn’t just about exercising and eating well, this is the kind of soul food I’m talking about!

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I shot this look on a Saturday a few weeks back and getting all dressed up and having my hair done after a crazy week, really made me feel good about being me again – we can all lose ourselves in the monotony of daily life. I could feel myself releasing endorphins just entering the doors of the hair salon – who needs Pilates – and in my book someone washing your mane has to be one of the best presents you can give yourself.

Coming out of the salon at Sean Taaffes an hour later, I felt instantly transformed and whilst it wasn’t one of the most important, productive or ground-breaking things I’ve done all week, I felt more like me again and that my friends, is most important.

So don’t forget to treat yourself, book that hair appointment, those nails you don’t really need, the shopping trip you can’t afford and for god’s sake buy those shoes!!

Happy Saturday

Laura XO

P.S Keep an eye on my facebook page over the next few days for a little competition treat that should help with one of my orders, I’m not usually this bossy I swear!

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Details 

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Up-style: Sean Taaffe Hair & Beauty, Killarney 
Jumpsuit: River Island – purchased in store
Heels: Primark
Clutch: Dunnes Stores
Tassel Earrings: H&M – purchased in store

Photos by Pawel Nowak shot on location at the Europe Hotel & Resort. 

LauraMacSweeny.com

Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blogger

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