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Monday, 5 May 2014

Summer Essentials - Lets Talk Blog Challenge

So this week has been a bit of a nightmare. My charger stopped working for my Mac laptop. *sad face* To buy one of these in a shop they cost €80!! So I've had to order another charger online and it hasn't arrived yet. Luckily my lovely housemate has given me a lend of her laptop. I'm a little unorganised this week as I didn't think i'd be able to write the challenge, so I'm apologising in advance.

So anyway, round two is kicking off this week of our Lets Talk Blog Challenge which is being hosted by the very lovely Sarah Hammersley. You can have a little nosey at her blog page here http://atthebeautydesk.blogspot.ie/

Ok so, music is my life! There is literally no day that passes that I don't listen to it. I'll be as deaf as a post by the time I'm 50 as my earphones are a permanent fixture in my ears. So its no acception that music would most definitely be on my summer essential list. Everyone needs a playlist on hand for those summer barbeques because, lets face it, no one wants to leave their iPod on shuffle. All those embarrassing guilty pleasures on show for the world to see. Yes, a playlist is a must! My absolute favourite song out at the moment is Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars. Totally has that summery party feel. It turns out Avicii produced it, so its no surprise that I love it so much. I'm pretty excited to see what Coldplays new album has to offer.


SPF! There really is no excuse not to cover up these days when there are so many brands to choose from. But in particular, SPF for the face is so important if we want to keep our youthful looking skin and not have skin like a handbag by the time we're 40! At the moment, I always buy a face cream with SPF in it and the same for my foundation. In general i'ts around SPF 15. I usually think this is enough for the winter months but as summer is upon us, i'll be investing in a good high SPF. I've been doing my homework and Clarins do an SPF 50. I couldn't find a price for this online, so if anyone knows, can you comment below? Thanks! :)


Next up - Sunglasses! Yes, who can resist a fabulous pair of sunnys. It turns out I have a bit of an obsession  with sunglasses. My last count was seven pairs! My favourite style are the aviators and classic 80s style. Luckily Penneys stock these and they are SUPER cheap. Only €1.50 each!! Bargain buy. If you're a fan of the designer sunnys, TKMaxx is a great place to buy them for a fraction of the cost. You may have to do a little digging, but I find if you go to the shop early when the shop it's tidy, it makes life a little easier. 


My next one is flip flops or more specifically, Havaianas! Myself and my house mate developed a slight obsession with these a couple of years ago and sort of went on a spending splurg over the past two summers. These flips flops are without a doubt, the most comfiest EVER! Can you remember every summer when you break out the flip flips and after wearing them for a day, you got that really sore bit between your toes? Not with these! There's no breaking them in, they're just comfy 24/7. And so so pretty. So many designs to choose from. They are a little expensive, starting from €16 going all the way up to €40. But once you buy a pair, you'll have them for life! Highly recommend. :)

Last but by no means least - Vino! Ah yes, there really is nothing like a cold glass of wine on a hot summers day. Barbeque is on, sun glasses are out, SPF is on, music is blaring and your feet look pretty with your new Havaianas. There you have all the ingredients for a perfect summers day with friends and family. But remember, know the one that's one too many. 

Rach Xx

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20 comments:

  1. Fab choices, love your collection of flip flops! And the vino....can't believe I didn't add that in!

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    1. Thanks, ah sure how could ye forget the vino?! Haha

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    1. Ah thanks, all the 80s style ones are penneys! :)

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  3. Completely forget to include wine in mine! Cannot beat a bbq with a glass of rose in hand :) xxx

    Aisling | rosysmiles.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Absolutely!! Either that or an ice cold beer :) xx

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  4. Yay, flip flops and sunnies - some of my favourite things about summer time. I too am determined not to look like a leather handbag as well so SPF is an essential for me!

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    1. Dyin to try out the clarins. I'll do a blog and let you know what's it like xx

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  5. I love all the cheap sunglasses you can get! But I'm blind and need glasses :P Seriously considering getting contacts just so I can wear all the awesome sunglasses haha! :D

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    1. Even better, lazer eye surgery! I know a few girls who have gotten it done and swear by it. Xx

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  6. Your headphones look so cute :) I love what you did with the flip flops and sunglasses!

    Is that why people love Havaianas?! I was wondering how some people can wear flip flops all the time, when I can't manage a day before they start to hurt! May have to give Havaianas a go then :D

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    1. Yeah, they're pretty awesome. Unfortunately they don't all belong to me. The headphones have a great sound too. Like surround sound!! Xx

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  7. Your pictures are great especially your flip flop one! I've always wanted a pair of Havaianas but the price always put me off, but as you say they last a lifetime so they would be a great investment (that's what I'm going to tell myself anyway) :-) xx

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    1. Aw thanks, there was a lot of rearranging things on the balcony! haha! Exactly, totally worth the investment. Sure even start by tryin them on. Lifestyle have started selling them, but i think theyre a little more expensive there so you may be better off ordering them online! Xx

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  8. Love Penney's sunglasses! They rarely survive my handbag but the designs are amazing I don't even mind :P
    Loved the post!

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    1. Ah stop, one of mine broke the other day! :( But sure at €1.50 who cares!! Thanks a million Xx

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  9. Aw Rachel, I'm the exact same with my headphones, a permanent attachment (unless I'm working) and always turned up to the last. I love your collection of sunglasses and flip flops. TKMaxx is great for designer stuff but you definitely have to go early and be in the form for rummaging through all the stuff but you so find some great offers. And nothing beats sitting in the sun with friends, having good food, listening to music and enjoying a few drinks, one of my favourite things to do in Summer.
    Sarah
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    1. Absolutely! I just hope we get a good summer like last year! :) And sure if not, an oul sun holiday wouldn't go astray... ;) Xx

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  10. Those flip flops look great must check them out :)

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    1. Oh do!! Theyre totally worth the money. They sell them in lifestyle but i think theyre cheaper online. :) Xx

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