Step into Spring in Style – The Luxury Edition!

I’ve been going through my blog posts recently and realized I have not done a nice fashion post in forever, so today I am bring you my top pics for comfortable sneakers to Step into Spring in Style – The Luxury Edition!

You will find number of affordable sneakers here too, however a girl can dream right? And isn’t the tax back due in January? 😉

Here are some of my favorite picks for Spring/Summer 2018 – As you can see, a pattern is created as I love all things pastel (creams/whites/pinks) but I’ve also included some staple dark/black pieces.

Valentino
Valentino

 

Nike - Classic Cortez
Nike – Classic Cortez
Common Projects White Sneakers
Common Projects
Burberry
Burberry
Ace - Leather Sneakers
Gucci
Gucci
Gucci
Jimmy Choo
Jimmy Choo
Nike Air Max
Nike Air Max
Adidas Originals
Adidas Originals
Adidas - Grey
Adidas
Nike Pink Suede
Nike

 

Personally, the pink suede Nikes are my favorite pair out of the lot. OF COURSE I’d love to be able to afford a pair of Gucci Sneakers, however for now this just has to be a distant dream. In the next section, I share my favorite dark pairs. What I love about dark sneakers is that you can barely notice any dirt and they go well with any pair of jeans and a nice tee!

 

Burberry - Cream
Burberry
Burberry
Burberry
Givenchy
Givenchy
Kate Spade
Kate Spade
Lanvin
Lanvin
Nike Air Max
Nike Air Max
Reebok
Reebok
Reebok
Reebok

 

I’m fully aware that Kate Spade Glitter pumps aren’t exactly sneakers but I just couldn’t resist adding them in! They are so pretty; you can also buy them in the Kate Spade Kildare Village Shop if you’re not a big fan of online shopping. I also found the Lanvin Silk Runners a dream, they look elegant for a sporty shoe.

Lastly, I realize the Reebok Green Suede sneakers don’t look great in a photograph, however I actually seen a girl the other day wearing them and they look amazing in person.

I hope you will find something suitable to Step into Spring in! Would love to know what your top preference would be?

Joanna x

 

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How I Managed to Pass My Full Licence Test

After an unexpectedly hectic November I am finally back to write another wonderful post & this time I am back with AHHH Mazing News!! So if you have guessed from the title of today’s post, I’ve passed my full drivers licence!! Drivers Be Aware….!

Little bit of background story…

I passed my Theory Test on Friday the 13th of September 2013. I got a job that required me to drive to, so my licence, job & new car all happened within one week. Whirlwind isn’t even the word.

My first time alone going down the N7 reminded me of Cameron Diaz driving a car in the movie “The Holiday” – an utter sheer and panic.

Cameron Diaz in The Holiday

Once I got over the initial fear of rolling backwards and the embarrassment of cutting out while trying to do an uphill start, I got the hang of the road. (Mind you, prior to this I drove in the US for almost a year in an automatic transmission – this allowed me to get the sense of space and size of the car)

I continued to drive on Provisional Licence for the next 4 years in Ireland on manual transmission until I decided I won’t let the insurance company rip me off once more & I decided to apply for my full licence.

How To Apply

You can apply for your Full Licence Test on http://www.rsa.ie – Their website is full of valuable information with regards to what you will need before & after you apply. The test costs €80.00. During the booking process it will allow you to put in any dates you are unavailable to take the test i.e. for example I work Monday – Friday therefore I could only do my test on a Saturday. You will not receive a test date until all 12 lessons are completed & logged online by your instructor.

Learner Permit

If you recently got your Provisional Licence you must wait minimum of 6 months before you can apply to do your full licence, as this is the guideline time to let you get comfortable on the road.

In order to receive a test date you must also complete a 12 driving lessons, it’s called Essential Driver Training (EDT) by Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). You can find your nearby ADI on the RSA Website also.

After each lesson the ADI will fill out your logbook (you will receive this book during your first lesson) sign it and then proceed to log it into the online database. Once the 12th lesson has been logged by the ADI online your Test Date will be emailed to you.

The Test

The test is very straight forward. It lasts for approximately 40 minutes – between the verbal & driving part. At the beginning of the test the Instructor will ask you about some rules of the road and road signs; He will then proceed to bring you outside and ask you to show him under the bonnet of the car and the signal lights in your car as well as secondary signals inside the car (such as how to de-fog your back window, your hazard lights etc.).

You will then proceed with the test, apart from your regular driving you will be required to do a 3 point turn & reverse the car around the corner.

Whatever you do stay calm, collected and do your thing. What they are actually looking for is not perfection, it is to simply follow the rules of the road they have set out. Concentrate on the road, not on the examiner and whatever you do is think safety – i.e. if I do this maneuver will this be a safe road practice? Can I stop here? Will I have enough time to stop etc. It is really that simple.

Clane Driving Academy

Clane Driving Academy - James Malone

I found my driving instructor James via the ADI section on RSA Website. Turns out James is a good family friend and gave my husband few lessons back in the day so it was a perfect match! I have previously done 3 lessons with another instructor when I first started driving in Ireland, so I only needed 9 to complete the training and be able to do the exam.

James was super friendly and patient, even when I asked stupid questions. I’m not going to lie, there were few blonde moments! Before each lesson James discussed what area we will cover and what’s expected of me as a driver. For someone who doesn’t use indicators very much and has a major road range (I’m talking about myself here) James was able to tame me and calm me down a little haha.

Clane Driving Academy - James MaloneClane Driving Academy - James Malone 2

Once my lessons were completed & logged online I got my test date – 25th of November! I thought I was going to vomit with the nerves. Something you should know about me – I have never ever failed any test or exam in my life, nor have I had to sit a repeat therefore my “good name” was at stake here and cheating wasn’t an option. (And the fact that I HAD to prove to my husband I was a good driver haha!)

I rang James and he immediately booked me in for an hour before my test to go through everything one last time.

I won’t dwell on it much more, safe to say I have passed the test and I am 100% sure I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for James. He was friendly, we had the chats – he treated me as a friend not as a client and that really put me at ease of asking questions and making mistakes. James also recently got an award for a Driving Instructor of the Year which really proves he’s the best at what he does.

I’d highly recommend his services – for a one man show he has an amazing reputation. You can find out more on his Facebook Page.

Clane Driving Academy - James Malone 3

Thinking about it now, I have no idea as to why I waited so long to do my full test. I guess some people are mentally “ready” before, however I was happy with the way things were. If I can give one final piece of advise is not to wait too long to do your test, otherwise you will inherit a lot of bad driving habits like me and it will make it that much harder to pass your test.

Happy Motoring!

Joanna

This is not a sponsored post, I’m very happy to simply recommend James’ services for other learner drivers out there. 

 

 

Energy Bites: How To Cheat Your Brain into Thinking You’re Having a Sweet Treat

When I went onto the “healthy buzz” before my wedding I REALLY cut out all the bad things: sweets, fizzy drinks, carbs, sauces you name it – I didn’t eat it. Basically everything that was not in my meal plan and everything that contained sugar. I have then substituted all my sugar cravings with this healthy recipe I came across and somehow I managed to “cheat” my body into thinking it’s the sugar I was craving all along. It’s really simple to make, the preparation is approximately 10 minutes; the mixture then will need to cool in the fridge for 1.5 hours.

Ingredients:
  • 100g Flaked Almonds
  • 50g Brazil Nuts
  • 50g Cashew Nuts
  • 3 Table Spoons of Pumpkin Seeds
  • 50g Goji Berries
  • 100g Coconut Seeds
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 4 Table Spoons of Coconut Oil
  • 4 Table Spoons of Honey
  • 4 Table Spoons of Peanut Butter
  • Vanilla Extract

I am aware it’s quite a lot of ingredients involved, however they are quite affordable and you can get them all in Lidls/Aldis. You will then have all of these ingredients for at least 2 batches of the energy bites.

Method:

Take the almonds; Brazil & cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds and put them into the food processor until finely chopped. Once they have been chopped place them into a large mixing bowl, then add goji berries, sea salt & half of the coconut seeds and mix all together.

Melt the coconut oil in a pan, once melted remove from the heat & stir in the honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Mix well and pour over the seed mixture in the bowl. Stir until the consistency is smooth.

Leave in the fridge for 1.5 – 2 hours maximum.

Shape the mixture into individual balls and roll them in the second half of coconut seeds. Once they are all done, leave the balls in the fridge for further 2 hours to harden.

Energy Bites

I personally use Organic Peanut Butter as it makes it a really healthy snack then. I find that peanut butter makes your brain think you are getting all the sugar your body is craving.

Let me know how you get on if you decide to make them yourself. Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions with regards to the above; I’ll be happy to help.

Bon Appetit!

Joanna