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Sasta Oíche Shamhna 2016!

Sasta Oíche Shamhna everybody! That means “Happy Halloween” in Irish by the way. I hope you’ve all had a great time, dressing up and celebrating. I had a blast this year, my family hosted a Halloween party in our home and we had loads of family and friends over to celebrate this ancient Celtic harvest festival.  On Saturday night, dressed up as Carrie and have also created a Purge outfit for tonight, on All Hallow’s Eve. (Keep a eye on my instagram later for photo updates!)

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Needless to say, most people had no clue who Carrie was, but I had a great time putting this together. Honestly, I used things from around the house and did it all in one day practically. So, I think it turned out well overall! Carrie is one of my favourite films of all time (the recent remake is awful by the way, don’t watch it!) and I love dressing up as scary characters for Halloween. It just makes it a lot more festive and fun! I was terrified that the fake blood wouldn’t come off my skin later that night, but thankfully some washing-up liquid and water did the trick. *Phew!*

Here are some photos from the party!

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Me & My Dad (He looks so proud! Bahaha)

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Some photobooth fun with my Aunt!

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We we’re the only two people dressed up in full costume haha!

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A traumatized prom queen & two devils walk into a bar..

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So much socializing going on in this photo!

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Happy Halloween 2016!

Until next year, stay spooky!

XO

Check your thin privilege!

FOUR DAYS IN THE BALLYHOURA MOUNTAINS, CO.LIMERICK!

I don’t often seek to witness what my own country has to offer. To be honest, I don’t think many of us do. We often overlook the beauty that is right outside of our own front doors. I have always known that Ireland is a place of vast beauty and breath-taking landscapes but I have to be real, I never really thought that much about it.

Today, I arrived home from a four day getaway to Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges in Co.Limerick.

The cosy homes are located in south-east Limerick and are north-east of Cork. To be frank, they are essentially in the middle of nowhere! It’s a very secluded area, there is no wifi or phone signal. You can’t send texts or make any phone calls, it’s quite jaring at first. The idea our tech being of no use, was quite daunting for me and my two brothers, all self confessed internet connoisseurs. But, it was so refreshing! I was glad to be away from my phone and out enjoying the beautiful woodland area.

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Day One:

Honestly, we did nothing! We just took our dog Alfie out on a long walk in the woods (he was delighted with himself!) and then chilled out on the couch, for a long evening of Saturday night telly. I began reading a book I had been procrastinating about reading for ages, and it felt really good to be away from all the chaos of everyday life back home.

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Day Two:

The next day we chilled out some more! I spent some time outside, exploring the area. I realised that there was literally nothing around us, only a few small houses and a few cows. It was so quite at Ballyhoura mountain lodges, I kept thinking about how they would be the perfect place to write a novel. It was so quite there you could hear a pin drop. That evening I took a nice long bath and read the latest issue of ELLE Magazine and read more of my book.

Day Three:

By day three we had started to get a little antsy and decided to explore the area outside of Ballyhoura. Also, it was my brothers birthday and we wanted to do something fun to celebrate, so we decided to drive to Mitchelstown Cave. We discovered that it was a family owned cave. It’s essentially in someones back yard! Our tour guide was the sweetest girl ever and gave us a brief history of the cave and all of the wonders it possesses within it’s dark walls. At one point, she turned off all of the lights within the cave, to give us perspective of what it would have been like for the local men who discovered it all those years ago. It was a pretty fun experience and it got me thinking about the amount of caves must still be undiscovered across Ireland.

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I asked our lovely tour guide was there any local sights she recommended we visit during our time here and she suggest we check out Cahir Castle and the Swiss Cottage. She told us it was only 15 minutes journey from the cave and was well worth a look. So off we went, to Cahir, Co. Tipperary!

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Once we arrived at Cahir Castle, we decided to take a walk around the area, as there was a beautiful memorial garden situated across from the castle. We thought that the Swiss Cottage would be a good place to start and thinking it was near by (oh boy, were we wrong!) and we began walking in it’s general direction. After what felt like over half an hour, we had reached our destination and paid €10 for a family ticket, to look around the grounds of the Swiss Cottage.

We knew nothing about the cottage, only that it apparently looked very beautiful! Upon entering the cottage grounds, it was apparent why people liked to visit this old house. It was visually stunning, like something straight out of a fairy tale! The cottage was owned by a very wealthy Irish family, named the Butlers. It was built in the early 1800’s and is known as a ‘cottage orné’. It was used by the Butler family as a “humble” getaway from their daily, luxurious lives.

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It’s a stunning cottage, we were told by our tour guide that it is a rarity in today’s modern world. We were taken around the four rooms within the house and told about the history of the Butler family and their exquisite cottage. Although it was a beautiful place, my Dad and my brothers were absolutely bored off their heads looking at the interiors of this historical home! Typical :p

That night when we arrived home, we watched the film Wild, featuring Resse Witherspoon. The film is based off one of my favourite books of the same name. Once the film was over, I hopped into bed to read more of my book and had a really good nights rest.

Day Four:

Our last day in Limerick was really relaxed and quite memorable. We went to a Bike Trail up in the mountains, my Dad and my two brothers rented some mountain bikes, while my Mam & I took our dog on a 6k hike. There was many different routes and trails to choose from and the scenery surrounding us was stunning. Being out in nature and getting fresh air really soothes my soul.

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Staying in Ballyhoura was a much needed getaway for me and my family. It was really chilled and we just decided to go with the flow every day. Not planning anything, just doing whatever seemed enjoyable in the moment. Being just four days without any access to social media, was really relaxing and felt natural, as it should. It’s the perfect place to go if you just want to get away from city life or need a break from social media/modern day life. I must say that I really enjoyed it!

If you would like to see more travel blogs like this let me know on twitter or facebook!

XO

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A little update.

Hello lovely reader,

It’s been a while. The last written blog I posted on here was published in July and I wanted to write this post, to explain to you where I have been and why I have been neglecting my blog over the past few months. Honestly, a lot has been going on. I have had a lot of setbacks and a some little victories, but most of all I have been trying to find my footing in the blogging world.

As some of you know, I have recently changed the direction of my YouTube channel. I started making videos where I give my social commentary on issues that are going on in the world. I have always been a very opinionated person and for a long time, I was feeling unhappy with the content that I posted on YouTube. If I am being totally candid here, I can admit to you that my channel wasn’t doing so well and I was no longer enjoying the content I was creating. It wasn’t enough for me. Don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love fashion and beauty but they are not the only topics I want to talk about anymore.

I needed to shake things up and I did. I’m glad I did.

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My channel is doing much better now and I feel excited to make videos again. That is not to say that I won’t be posting beauty, hair or story-time related videos ever again. I will! I still do. My channel is going to be a mixed bag, it is going to be a mishmash of my interests, personality and life. I have also been thinking a lot about how I can keep my old and new audience happy, and I think I have discovered a way to do just that! I’m going to use my blog to house a large majority of my beauty reviews, hair posts and fashion blogs, etc.

In fact all of my content will be posted here on this site, my videos and my blogs. There are different categories on my blog (check the top, right-hand corner of my site) to choose from and it’ll be a one-stop-shop for all of my content to be viewed and (hopefully) enjoyed.

So if you only enjoy my social commentary or geeky related content you can find it easily. Or, you are a fan of my beauty, hair & fashion content, you can find all of it on one page, at the click of a button. It will be a fully fledged lifestyle blog and I really hope you enjoy it.

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I hope that EllieJayden.com can become something different for everyone. A hub of advice, opinions and information. I’m currently working on some new blog posts and hope to get back on track with everything as soon as possible. I’m excited about it and I hope you will be too!

Stay tuned for new content and thanks for sticking around 🙂

XO

 

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