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The Results are In

French Breakfast in Auch (Hat & cardigan – Urban Outfitters, Tank & fringe handbag H&M, Denim skirt – Zara, Silver Bracelet & Necklace – Gift)

So I’m back from my whirlwind trip, from Toronto – Frankfurt – Ireland – France – Frankfurt – Toronto. My body is certainly feeling the effects of the travel, I have a new found respect for the contestants on “The Amazing Race”! Every minute of the journey was worth it & I promise to fill you all in with posts to follow, but first the results from The Carry on Challenge.

The Pros; No waiting for baggage, no extra baggage cost, all outfits are already picked so no time wasting, no lost baggage!

The Cons; Lugging the case around, sacrificing some outfits

The Key to Success; planning ahead,  using the black colour theme as a base,accessories & finally…booking a hair appointment  (my broken French & hand signals seemed to do the trick, as the very talented french hairdresser did a great job)

Overall Verdict – Success!

Lot’s of outfits to choose from & my wedding outfit arrived safely in one piece.

Me & The Girlies with the Fabulous Bride – (My dress – Whistles, Shoes – Aldo, Silver Bracelet – John Rocha)


The Carry-On Challenge

Proficient Packing – not a phrase you would normally associate with me…after all I am the girl who left for a year trip around Australia with a rucksack, which I packed under the influence of alcohol…an hour before I left for the airport!

However I like to think that over the years my wisdom of worldly travel has advanced, so much so that I now consider myself a Proficient Packer! So much so that I have undertaken the ultimate packing challenge…5 days & a wedding outfit all in a carry on! I have two days at home in Ireland & then 3 days in France for the wedding & let me tell you, I ain’t running the risk of losing my bag…na hah not gonna happen!

This project calls on all my skills & my lessons learned from previous disasters!

Obviously the wedding outfit had to go in neatly with the clutch bag, shawl & shoes I guess I saved some space by putting the jewelry into the clutch bag!

So here it goes;

1. Outfit planning – pick a colour theme & a outfit staple. Mine….no surprise is black….skinny jeans & my shoe love..knee high Boots(which have a tiny heel very practical) I’m also wearing them on the plane to save space.

2. For a brand new outfit for each day I packed some accessories Scarves, jewelry, belts & a combo of cami/tanks/long sleeve tops (rolled take up little to no space used). Also I added a pair of ballerina flats & gladiator flat scandals again light, small & add variety.

Here are the some of necklace choices…which ones to bring??

3. Necessities; Black leather bolero type jacket, light but still a jacket all the same! Charger for my phone (personal), blackberry (work), camera!

4. Cosmetics – ok so we all know they weigh the most! I always keep samples & testers, rob my hotel supply whenever I get the chance! For those special items like my leave in hair treatment I have the reusable containers all less than 100mls and they come with labels!

5. Roll clothes that you can! Put items in your shoes leave no space empty! To make more room available for point 2

6. I am also wearing a hoody and I have a woolly pair of socks in my hand-bag for the flight.

Of course I had to sacrifice some items in the name of space-saving!! But I think in the end my choices will be for every scenario…I hope!! No going back now as I’m on the way to the airport!! 🙂

Let me know your traveling tips!

Running Wild

I started running about two years ago, after years of unsuccessful attempts. Myself and my friends would meet up armed with bottles of water, The Goal to run a full lap of Punchestown racecourse (approx 5miles). Id say we would usually run for about five minutes before we had the first drop out. Then one by one we would all follow…in support of course! It was an unwritten code dont leave a girl behind. We would usually then walk the course chatting and laughing. It wasn’t the best workout but it was definitely lots of fun.

So two years ago when I moved to Toronto a friend I worked with introduced me to real running! I wont lie it took me some time to get used to it. The first few attempts I could keep up with The Pro for about my usual five minutes, then I would be trailing miles behind! After ten minutes my body usually gave up, I could be found standing on the street in downtown Toronto my entire face covered red with white blotches gasping for breath in disillusionment that she wasn’t stopping.

The early days were tough and my body would ache after. I could be seen regularly walking around the office like a John Wayne impersonator. But every run would become a little easier and every week that passed I could run a little further. I started with 1 mile twice a week and slowly ran further and further over time! Now myself & my new running buddy run about 5 to 6 miles two to three times a week.


Half way point - 3miles


The feeling of satisfaction after you finish is great and I’d be lying if I said that the weight loss and toning also didn’t help me stay motivated.

When your body is good shape you definitely feel more confident and happy.

See some of my running tips below;

  1. Buy a good pair of running shoes – I love Nike Plus. I sync up my iPod so I know exactly how far & how long I’ve run. How many calories I burned & Lance Armstrong congratulates me when I run my fastest mile.
  2. Find yourself a running buddy – you may not run side by side but you will be more likely to go if you have arranged to meet someone.
  3. Plan out your run on a route that is interesting – long straight roads can be boring & demotivating
  4. Arm yourself with some good music – design a play list. I love to listen to AC/DC
  5. Motivate yourself by setting reasonable targets – its better to build it up slowly than over-doing it & giving up.
  6. When possible run on grass – running on concrete or other hard surfaces can be tough on your shins
  7. Stretch

Want to know more or running isn’t your thing, check out Womens Health Magazine for lots more workouts & advise.

Best of luck for all you starters, you can do it!….Any experienced runners please post some of your tips.