MIAMI BEACHY VIBES

Finally getting to blog about my amazing work trip! These photos don’t even do the trip any justice! The Cabana show was amazing! It reminded me why I love fashion so much and just love knowing current and upcoming trends and how I plan to play these trends into my own personal style! 

I loved just being in South Beach as well obviously- staying at 1 Hotel was unreal and I appreciated getting the amazing opportunity! I would recommend it to anyone planning on traveling to South Beach! An ideal beachy fun holiday- calls for some beach essentials! So, I’ve summed up my favorite beachy essentials!


My beach vacation essentials:

1. A super beachy cover up.

2. The classic black one piece 

3. A sturdy beach bag

4. Straw hat or a classic cap

5. A camera

6. Skin saviours (major must have!)

7. My swell bottle

8. My planner

9. Super cute Sunnies (major essential)

10. My BDA Asha card case for some cocktails and munchies- Yes!



ONE VACATION ESSENTIAL YOU’LL LOVE!

Good afternoon lovelies! So I barely slept at all last night, I’m far too excited about heading to Miami for the Cabana Show this weekend as well as Swim Week happening this weekend in Miami Beach! Just jumped off the plane and I’m here- ready for an exciting weekend ahead of me! Prepared for the day with my daily caffeine dose and then grabbed my luggage of fun beachy clothes ready for Miami’s heat- you’ll be seeing more outfit details very soon, I’m sure, during my trip here! 

So this is a long awaited blog post from when we took pictures last weekend but I couldn’t not share this beachy staple with you! So, we shot these pictures at Coco Reef and Elbow Beach Clubs while having a drink and a delicious date night meal down at Mickey’s restaurant right on the beach- one of my favorites! (I really can’t complain about my paradise living!) My go to summer drink, if I’m not have my typical vodka-water-roses, is any berry flavored mojito- and this was my first one down at the beach this summer! (But I’m sure there is many more to come!)

I’m so excited to rock my salty waves look, and some beachy vibes down here at The Cabana Show this weekend! I’ve been anticipating this work trip for ages and I’m so excited to finally be here and see what a buying trip is all about! – I’m feeling so lucky to be offered this experience, THANK YOU ATELERIE! 
Knowing what to pack sometimes can be very difficult. You want to look classy yet laid back, especially on a work related summery trip, and sometimes you never know what traveling will throw at you. Will you be going out for evening meals, what’s sensible work entire for days at Cabana or strolling through the local beach scene more often then anything else? Well, I think a button down shirt dress is one versatile piece you should add to your suitcase if you are hitting a warmer destination this summer! What I like about this Rails one in particular is how you can wear it so many ways to mix up your style and make it location/ event specific. Whether you’re wearing it, as I did, belted for a date night on the beach or if you leave it unbuttoned completely and over your new favorite bikini as a cover up- I think it’s great you have so many options to play around with, making it a no brainer! It’s easy and, what I believe, is a summer essential and your outfit is basically done all in one with out needing to stress too much about pairing it with bottoms or anything- ideal really! I’m looking forward to even wearing it knotted in the front and long at the back for that high low vibe and this current knot trend right now. Not necessarily does it need to be a striped pattern either, but I am a sucker for a good striped shirt and you know stripes will be timeless at least- which is exactly why I love it so much! 

Now – time to get ready and head down to the show and then maybe the beach or have a dip in the pool later (hopefully, cocktail in hand)- so stay posted this weekend for sneak peaks of upcoming trends, designer’s collections, items that could be in store soon/ next season, my outfits of the day and so much more in a Ci Ci goes M.I.A edition! Most importantly- a massive thank you to my amazing bosses for bringing me on this trip with them and to have this amazing opportunity! Stay posted!!! 

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CAMBRIDGE OOTD PHOTO DIARY

OOTD Number One

So just thought I’d finally post a few photos of two of my favourite OOTD from being in Cambridge. Such a delay, I know, between starting my new job which I can not wait to show off the amazing things Atelerie (Womens Clothering Store Bermuda) has to offer on my blog, so definitely stay posted for that! The weather was so amazing, the best fall weather I could ask for! Was a little taste of fall before I had to head back home to the heat. Of course since it was going to be my last time being in Cambridge until ages, I thought I just had to be such a tourist and have a last few pictures out and about around Cambridge Uni campus. The buildings are beautiful and I was loving the bit of sunshine!

JDPGFJDPSShirt: Bank Fashion

Skirt: River Island

Boots: Forever 21

Jacket: H & M

Sunnies: Ray Ban Oversized Club Masters

OOTD Number two

I loved getting a little taste of fall and taking out some bits from my fall wardrobe! I literally can’t wait for Bermuda to start getting a little bit cooler, I’m so ready for a colder and cosier wardrobe and to start layering up! I can’t wait to start posting some more wintery OOTDs. Say bye to summer brights and pastels, as I always say you can’t really go wrong with some winter black and white staples so stock up on the classics for stunning fall and winter looks. It seams like I’m buying more and more  creams, whites and blacks for all my autumn/ winter essentials.

Jumper: Topshop

Fur Scarf: New Look

Jacket: H & M

Jeans: Topshop

Boots: Forever 21

 I’m literally loving everything faux fur for this winter as well! It’s not just scarfs, there’s bobble beanie hats, vest, jackets, jumpers and even some really cute side shoulder bags. But a faux fur scarf, I would definitely list as a winter essential, pieces like this are timeless! I can’t deny the furrier it is the cosier it is for this winter, just have my fingers crossed Bermuda’s winter lets me wear them as much as possible! I’ll be loving life in my furry things through all of winter!

TUESDAY TEN: AROUND CAMBRIDGE

Feels like way too long since my last post, but I’ve been loving my last few days being in Cambridge for my graduation! Spending the past four years in Cambridge, I have really fallen in love with everything about this city! It was a bitter sweet trip but I was enjoying every minute of it between being with my friends, eating at amazing restaurants and of course a bit of shopping was a must! The city has so much to offer and the most beautiful sights to see. Of course you have the highly known and beautiful Cambridge University, a highlight of the city and only a few steps near by a daily market, one of my favourite weekend stops to grab some beautiful flowers. I thought it would be perfect to recap my week in cambridge with a Tuesday Ten with ten of some of my favourite pictures and sights and things from my trip.

1. New Look: Shoe Heaven

I guess they really chose the perfect name for New Look’s shoe section, it literally is any girls ‘shoe heaven’! I know I’m guilty for taking a selfie in the shoe heaven mirror but it was so tempting I just had to. New look has crazy amounts of different shoes and I doubt you wouldn’t be able to find exactly what you’re looking for between heels, pumps, boots, sneakers or any other shoe you might need. They are great shoes that really give you value for your money at amazingly affordable cost! It doesn’t help they make the shoe section so cute too that its almost irresistible not to get at least one pair!

Blazer: Bershka

Top: H & M

Jeans: Topshop

Shoes: Nike

2. Next Home Accessories

If your looking for the cutest little room accessories, take a look in Next home section and I’m sure you will find something you might have not thought you needed but realise is a perfect find! I sometimes forget how cute the Next home accessories are and how perfect they are for adding that extra little touch to a room. Cute signs and beautiful frames or even lighting or bedding, there are so many homey accessories that actually melt my heart!

3. Patisserie Valerie

I feel like my pictures say it all but if you haven’t been to Patisserie Valerie yet I can’t stress enough how much of a must it is! My friends and I are always meeting up for tea and catch up dates here. With such a great atmosphere and amazing cakes, food and drinks it’s a perfect place just to relax with some friends and enjoy a yummy treat or two! This strawberry gelato cake has to be one of my top picks, pair it with a latte and  some girly chats for a perfect tea time with the girls!

4. ZiZi’s

So it was my first time while in Cambridge to have dinner at Zi Zi’s Restaurant and there is no better word to describe it then absolutely delicious! So many of my friends ranted and raved about how good it was so I had to try it myself and I’m pretty sure I could have ordered any thing on the menu and it would have all been too good! It would definitely be dangerous if I lived close to one of these all year round! Although I was so stuffed from all the amazing main course, I couldn’t resist trying their lemon meringue sorbet dessert, to die for, nuff said!

5. Wildwood

I think I was far too distracted by the food at Wildwood to even think about taking more pictures but I had a great meal at Cambridge’s Wildwood restaurant for my graduation dinner. Although pasta isn’t the smartest idea before trying to squeeze into a bodycon dress for a night out some how it seemed like the best idea at the time and I was loving it with not a care in the world, so good! The best thing about Wildwood is their amazing variety in starters, I could easily order loads and just have some wine and share the many starter options with friends or family.
6. Starbucks: Pumpkin Spice Latte

So October is of course many of our favourite time of year, fall clothes, halloween costumes and warm cozy drinks! Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte or the ‘PSL’ was defiantly the perfect pick for one of the colder nights while I was in Cambridge. I love sweet things and this one was just so good! Starbucks always seem to come up with the best seasonally drinks and I always love being able to try each one and I would say this is definitely a favourite!

7. Grand Arcade

If you’re ever visiting Cambridge it would be hard to miss the Grand Arcade. Okay yes it might have been a horrible place for my bank account, but at least I could look good while my bank account cried! It has just the right amount of stores and is never too overly packed like you would get in London, and at Christmas time its always decorated so beautifully. A very clean and classy shopping centre and you wouldn’t expect any less from Cambridge of course!

8. Flower Market

The market has always been my perfect Sunday relaxation walk about. Although its open every day, Sundays always seemed like the perfect day to visit the market, grab some flowers, a snack and just see what it has to new offer. The market is always a great place to find some thing admirable that you might have not actually been looking for. I love taking a look at home accessories that might be around or even random pieces for a great weekend DIY project.

9. Fossil: Bracelets

I was definitely a newbie to these gorgeous bracelets till my friend showed me last year at the Fossil store in Cambridge. Every bracelet stunning and unique in its own individual way and perfect for layering and mix-matching. Although they look pretty pricey they are actually really affordable and make the perfect gift!

10. Best Friends

Most definitely my favourite part about being in Cambridge is the time spent with my two amazing best friends! It’s always good times with these girls and although we are all from totally different parts of the world, from Ireland, England and Bermuda, I think it’s what joins us closer together all the time! Between the three of us going our separate ways, we all know that it will never push us apart or stop us from our crazy conversations and never leaving each others sides even though we are miles apart. “Some people make your laugh a little louder, your smile a little bigger and your life a little better.” Always find the friends that make you do the craziest things and never leave your side. We know this is a chapter that has not ended but just begun and can’t wait to see each other again where every our lives take us.

(P.S Love you girls, Becca and Niamh -xo)