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I am a big believer in the phrase Treat Yo Self. My bank account is certainly aware of my love of this motto.

Ever since Tom and Donna introduced me to the phrase on Parks and Recreation I’ve been treating myself to everything from over-priced notebooks to concert tickets.

Trust me, it hasn’t gotten to a dangerous level (yet) but a recent tweet reminded me of why we should splurge on luxuries every now and then.

Following the death of her mum, Twitter user Cath (@rentswrites) shared: “After she died I was tasked with clearing out her things. So much unworn and untouched. So many things kept “for best.” Don’t do that. Wear the clothes, spray the perfume and dance in the shoes. Be bold/outrageous/fancy while you have the chance.”

This tweet got me thinking about how guilty we can feel for treating ourselves which is nonsense. So, when I got a sneak peek at the new L’Occitane Christmas collection my mind screamed… TREAT. YO. SELF.

This year, the brand has teamed up with none other than French fashion house Castelbajac. Together they have created a divine collection that has left us starry-eyed.

The two brands have put together the most divine collection inspired by constellations, that instantly reminds us of the classic childhood book A Little Prince.

The new collection features the classic products we have adored for years, but they’ve been given quite the eye-catching makeover.

The Shea Butter rage is here to save your skin during those bitter, icy winter days. One thing you need to invest in is the nourishing hand cream with 20 percent Shea Butter. It will leave your hands feeling super soft in no time. Pick up the 200ml tube of this life-saver for €24.

Another heavenly product on our wish list is the hydrating Almond Milk Concetrate. The swoon-worthy product is our winter saviour. It keeps your body hydrated from dusk ‘til dawn. Treat yourself to a 200ml jar for €46.

There are so many incredible L’Occitane products we want to try, from hand creams to lip balms, and the perfect way to find your holy grail products is by purchasing one of the classic advent calendars. The advent calendar features 24 mini-products that you can look forward to opening every day of December.

The Classic Advent Calendar is worth €99 but available for €59- the ultimate bargain.  The Luxury Advent Calendar is worth €126 but is priced at €99.

The new L’Occitane Christmas collection in collaboration with Castelbajac is available in stores and online from September 20, 2018.



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I wandered into one of my favourite bookstores on Friday and within minutes I had three books in my arms. I continued to scour the shelves despite the stack of books I was ready to buy.

It’s impossible for me to leave a bookshop empty handed. I am the ultimate bookworm and can’t just browse through the shelves.

There’s always a new release that catches my eye or a classic tale that I’ve been meaning to read forever.

I easily could’ve spent a small fortune in that bookshop because there are dozens of incredible new stories out at the moment.

If you’re on the hunt for a new read then look no further. I’ll be splurging on the following books this month and you should too. They’re just too good to leave on the shelves.

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conoghan:

I think it’s important to remember that anyone can read YA books. We should never underestimate these tales just because they’re aimed at young adults. In my opinion, the genre is one of the strongest and most moving. Some of my favourite books hail from the YA section and will continue to do so for many years to come. I spotted The Weight of a Thousand Feathers in store thanks to the striking cover, but what really peaked my interest was the question the book explores- what lengths will we go to for the people we love?

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig:

I have oodles of respect for author Matt Haig and his ability to discuss mental health disorders in such an honest way. His book Reasons To Stay Alive holds a very special place in my heart, so I was thrilled to see his latest release sitting on the best-sellers shelf this week. Notes on a Nervous Planet focuses on how to be happy on a planet that makes us feel alone, anxious and nervous. Matt Haig looks into the public’s desire to constantly be connected to the digital world and the impact it is having on our mental health.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay:

My best friend purchased this book at the end of our trip to Scotland and flew through it by the time we touched down in Dublin airport. I’m a Grey’s Anatomy addict, so anything medical related fascinates me (I blame McSteamy and McDreamy) so this book soared to the top of my books to-buy list. Adam Kay gives readers a brutally honest look at life as a junior doctor and what life is really like on and off the hospital ward.



Christmas shopping can be a daunting task. Trying to find a gift for your moody teenage sister is like mission impossible.

The shops are crammed with frantic shoppers, the queues never seem to end and your arms ache from lugging so many shopping bags around. However, there is one thing you can do to make the experience better- TREAT YO SELF.

Buy yourself something that'll bring a smile to your face, whether that's a weekend away or a Polaroid camera to capture those special festive moments.

Clockwise from top left:
Alex and Ani Bracelet €75 Kilkenny 
L'Occitane Shea Butter Collection €59 L'Occitane
Personalised Diary £29 Not On The High Street
Personalised Welly Boot Family Print £17.15 Not On The High Street
Clockwise from left:
Yankee Candle Holder €22.40 Debenhams
Polaroid Camera £60 Amazon
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream €30.60 Debenhams
Teapot and Mug Set €21 Debenhams


Clockwise from left:
Turquoise Vinyl Turntable £42.99 Amazon
White Mini Hotel Robe €37 ASOS
City West Gift Card from €25 City West Hotel
Whittards of Chelsea  Luxury Hot Chocolate €9.60 Debenhams



From mindfulness to HIIT sessions, we are absolutely inundated with concepts which encourage us to treat our mind and bodies with the respect and care they deserve.

And yet despite an acute awareness of the various methods we should implement on a day to day basis in order to make the most of ourselves, how many of us actively partake?

But while you may not practice mindfulness and you might be more familiar with HIMYM than HIIT, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to feel great about yourself.

From gratitude methods to nutrition tips, there are dozens of methods which advocate self-love and self-care, and here are just eight of our favourites.

1. Be your own best friend

One of the easiest ways to reassess how you treat yourself is the ‘best friend’ approach.

Whether you’re looking in the mirror, assessing a piece of work or contemplating a change, your inner voice should adopt the same tone and kindness you hear when you’re speaking to a friend.

Being kind to yourself and treating yourself in the very same way you treat your BFF is sure-fire way to feel good about yourself.

2. Fuel your body

Not everyone is all about the kale way of life, and that is totally fine, but small changes that positively impact on your energy levels are not to be dismissed.

It’s important to remember to fuel your body and that means eating in such a way you can navigate through the day, to the best of your ability. We hear it all the time but eating a balanced diet is key. This should include protein, high-fibre carbohydrates, plenty of fruit and veg and 3 portions of dairy products a day.

3. Listen (and accept) compliments

How often do you dismiss a friend or colleague’s compliment with a self-deprecating remark? Yeah, we thought so.

As we never want to be seen as smug, self-satisfied or boastful, we go out of our way to dismiss a compliment, but not only does this response belittle your friend’s kind words, it doesn’t give your mind time to process the sentiment behind their remark.

It can be so difficult to implement, but the next time someone compliments you, take a split second to register what they’ve said to you, and thank them. It’s as simple as that.

4. Treat yourself (without feeling guilty)

We’ve been programmed to believe that treats are meant to be enjoyed sporadically, which means were often left feeling guilty when we tuck into something we enjoy.

The key to treating yourself on the regular is educating yourself on the various foods which taste great, but don’t leave you feeling bloated, drained or sluggish.

Take Danone Light & Free, for example. This snack feels utterly decadent, but  with 0% fat and 0% added sugar*, it’s a treat your body will actually thank you for.

5. Learn how to say no 

This is perhaps one of the most difficult things to master because when you’re attempting to balance work and college responsibilities with social engagements and family commitments, it can be tempting to say yes to everything that comes your way because you don’t want to be seen neglecting any particular aspect of your life.

But, as most of you will have learned the hard way, this is a sure-fire way to experience burn out and end up feeling resentful.

The world will not stop spinning if you turn down a night out, decline a family invitation or decide to speak to your boss about your workload. In fact, it will actually leave you feeling relieved, revived, reassured, and pretty damn great.

6. Face a small fear

And when we say small, we mean small…relatively-speaking, of course.

So, we’re not talking about facing your fear of heights by bungee-jumping, but instead tending to a small task which has, over time, become more and more daunting in your head.

Whether it’s making that phone call, filling out that form or scheduling that appointment, one of the easiest ways to feel great about yourself is to take a deep breath, make that leap and ultimately reap the rewards.

7. Keep a gratitude diary

Keeping a gratitude diary is an oh-so-simple way to find the positive in the day-to-day, and recognise the random acts of kindness shown by friends, family, colleagues and strangers.

Not only does it help lift your mood at the end of a long day, it works well to boost your spirits if you choose to read over past entries when you’re in need of a pick-me-up.

Feeling great about yourself shouldn’t be dictated solely by your own actions, but can also be determined by the wonderful people you have chosen to be around, and who have chosen to be around you.

8. Lend a hand

There’s a lot to be said for how good it feels to help out a friend or family member.

Whether it’s offering a lift, running an errand or simply lending an ear, being there for loved ones reminds you of your worth and how important you are to countless people.

Yes, they’re certainly benefiting, but so too are you.

And remember…

Caring for yourself inside and outside is not because society is fixated on perfection, but because you deserve it.

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Valentine's Day is fast bearing down on us, and with just a few days to go, we've been dropping hints like mad things.

While it's always the thought that counts on V-Day, we'd much rather all those hard-earned €€€ be spent on something we'll actually use and cherish than a 6ft white teddy bear holding a giant love heart.

With that in mind, here are just a few of the gifts we'd genuinely love to unwrap come February 14.

And just to be safe, we'll probably end  up self-gifting a few of these to ourselves anyways. #TreatYoSelf and all that.

1. Dolce & Gabbana L'Imperatrice #3
You can't go wrong with a fresh and classic scent, plus this gorge D&G perfume is currently available at a huge discount. Yaaaas.

Was €103.50, now €34,95, Lloyds Pharmacy


2. Swatch TENDER PRESENT Watch
Finally, a Valentine's-themed gift that doesn't make us want to run for cover. Swatch's Valentine's special features moving elements in shades of red, pink, purple and white.

€70, Swatch stores on Grafton St, Henry St or Dublin Airport


3. 'Love Who You Are' Wall Print
Love isn't just something you share with someone else – show yourself some TLC too with this sweet print. The price is for a digital download, meaning you can print it at home or in your local printing shop as many times as you like.

€4.48, GrafikShop on Etsy Ireland


4. Alex And Ani Love Expandable Wire Ring
Wear your heart on your sleeve (or your finger) with this simple and stackable Alex And Ani ring. The new range has just launched in Irish stores, so it's a perfect Valentine's gift.

€26, Alex And Ani stockists nationwide and online.


5. Pilgrim Rose Gold Plated Heart Pendant Necklace
A V-day necklace with a difference, we love this rose gold hammered heart pendant. 

€35.20, ASOS


6. Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Gift Set
Scrubs, creams, body wash, an eye mask and more… you'll be pampered to within an inch of your life with this gift set.

€29, Boots stores or online.


7. Veuve Monsigny Rosé Brut
What's better than bubbly on February 14? Pink bubbly. Just remember to share…

€24.99, Aldi