Top – Hand made by Alessia, Shorts – Vintage, Sandals – River Island, Sunglasses – Chicwish.

Ah! I am so sorry I haven’t been posting on my blog as normal the last few days, with the massive thunder storm which made the power go out (see the video on my facebook page here!) Alessia coming over, and generally having such a fun time with my mama I’ve had hardly any time to blog. However, I’ve taken over 2,000 photos in the last 3 days alone so I have plenty of photos to go through!
Sadly I am flying home today.. I honestly can’t believe how fast this week has gone. Time flies when you’re having fun eh? So I need to pack and get ready now, edit the photos on the way home and I’ll have a big post ready for you guys later : )
Oh – and this awesome tree in the background is over a thousand years old! It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Mad impressive for a tree. Making all the other trees look all small.

See y’all later! x

Today I received a sweet email from a girl who didn’t do as well as she had hoped she would in the A-levels. It really got me thinking back to when I did my Leaving Cert (which is the Irish equivalent of the A-levels/SAT’s etc) and my own experience of feeling like a failure.

My goal was to attend a 4-year degree course in photography which required that I get certain grades in my exams and I also had to submit a portfolio of my work. My portfolio had been sent in before the exam results came out and I received top marks which really made me think that I had a really good chance of getting into the course I wanted. However, it wasn’t to be.. When I got my results I saw that I had failed one of the core subjects which was maths (always a weak point of mine!) which basically meant that I wouldn’t be going to university.

I was devastated. I cried for a few days and really thought that there was no hope for me ever getting to college. But there are always other options! After I got out of my slump I looked into other courses that didn’t require the same academic standard and found myself in a one-year photography course which was a huge learning experience for me both in and out of the classroom!

I decided after the course had ended that a 4-year full-time degree course just wasn’t for me, and since then I can honestly say that it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. As some of you know, I was recently ‘let-go’ from my job in retail, so it’s not like I’m writing this to you guys from my luxurious penthouse apartment at the top of the fashion industry :P . But the one thing I can say is that you will always be happy in yourself if you pursue something you love, and have a genuine passion for.