Sunday, 15 November 2015

Dining Dublin #1: Fire Restaurant

Isn't it lovely when a special occasion calls for a fancy evening out? In celebration of my graduation, my family and I dined in Dublin's Fire Restaurant. It first caught my eye when I spotted its gorgeous garden and fountain lit up at night. It's been on my Dublin to do list ever since.

Fire looks seriously swanky from the outside, and inside doesn't disappoint. Its extravagant chandlers and faux fires gave us high expectations for the food.

But before food, let's talk drinks. Considering that this was a celebratory meal, cocktails were in order. I went for the Raspberry and Honey Smash. Sweet and delicious, it's everything you want a cocktail to be. Fresh raspberries lie on the top of the ice and liquid - I must of got one of my five a day from that alone, right?

As for the meal, I went all out with a starter, main and dessert. Fish cakes, steak and a chocolate framboise, to be exact. It was all delicious. I know it sounds like I'm gushing, but I can't really fault it, I'm ridiculously easy to please when it comes to food. And this was good grub!

We went for the pre-theatre menu, so the food was that little bit cheaper. Still fairly expensive, but nothing crazy for City Centre Dublin. All in all, I'd recommend trying out Fire Restaurant if you're in Dublin and you're looking for a sophisticated night out with your family.

As you can see from the title, this is the first of a few restaurant reviews I'll be doing over the next few months. It gives me an excuse to try new places (cough, eat more, ahem) so I'm looking forward to it!

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The Blogger's Rite of Passage: The Lush Haul

Could I even call myself a lifestyle blogger before doing a Lush haul? Probably not. But not to worry, today I secure my lifestyle blogger status with the most cliché of hauls. Here's a few bits and bobs I picked up with the gift card my mum gave me for my birthday...

Cranberry Face Mask
As with most Lush products, this smelt so good that I wasn't sure if I should apply it to my face or spoon it into my mouth. Luckily I chose the former and have had a few relaxing evenings watching Youtube whilst wearing this festive face mask.

Sakura Bath Bomb
I defy you to set foot in Lush and leave without a bath bomb. I don't even have a working bath but I still had to get one. I'm now counting down the days until I get back to the bath at my parents' house to test out this sweet smelling bath bomb.

Tea Tree Toner Water
I suffer from acne so I'm always on the look out for products that will help me manage my problem skin. This tea tree water caught my eye, since tea tree is a well known as acne fighter. Plus, I needed a new toner. First impressions? It smells lovely, and not overwhelmingly of tea tree oil. I haven't noticed a huge change in my skin condition but it's refreshing to spritz the product over the face before applying a spot cream. I'll keep on spritzing until it runs out, and hopefully it will help my skin with long term use.

Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub
Where Lush products are concerned, most of their magic is in the ritual of using them. It's no different with the Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, I loved the process of rubbing it onto my skin. That's not to say that it didn't work. Stepping out of the shower my skin felt much softer than usual, having scrubbed away any dead skin.

So there you have it, my first Lush haul. Have you tried any of these products or do you have a favourite I haven't mentioned here? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

You Can Call Me Ms MSc BA

Well would ya look: I've donned the graduation robes again, a year on from my undergrad ceremony. Completing the MSc in Management (Digital Marketing) was hands down the hardest part of my academic career thus far. Sometimes I failed, other times I achieved, but either way it was a struggle. But I persevered and I have three extra letters at the end of my title to show for it. Claire Petersen, MSc. Worth it.

Despite the stress it caused me, I could not be more thrilled that I did this digital marketing masters. Everyday I use the skills I learnt at DCU, be it in my personal projects or in my job as a Content Coordinator at Web Summit. I've developed an analytical and strategic mind, both vital to excel in marketing. I could go on, but instead of rambling here, I'll answer any questions on digital marketing and studying it in the comments.

Dress: Shubette // Heels: Topshop

As for what I wore? It was quite the last-minute ensemble. With a hectic week at work (Web Summit's flagship event was in full swing) I'd forgotten about my graduation until a couple of days before. One unsuccessful ASOS purchase and two hours in Dundrum shopping centre later I finally bagged a dress. Not too short nor long. Not too fancy nor bland. In sheer desperation, on the night before the day itself, I had stumbled upon the perfect graduation outfit.

If I'd had more time I would have bought some accessories to complement the look, but oh well - I still think it works. What do you think? Let me know in the comments, which are now powered by Disqus and therefore open to everyone (not just blogger users). Hooray for little blogging steps forward!