The Importance of a Good Bra

Hey guys! 
Recently I really learned the value of getting measured for a new bra and wearing the right size bra.
I haven’t gotten measured for a bra in at least 2 years, if not more! I wanted to get measured when I was in London last year but when it came down to it I just wasn’t bothered with how busy all the shops were. I did go into La Senza with the aim of getting measured and stocking up on bras (I’ve been lost now they have pulled out of Ireland) but my friend worked there so naturally I ended up just talking to her for ages and sure then it was too late and I had to head to my concert.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I bit the bullet and went to be measured. I had spent too long struggling with bad fits, constantly falling out of my bra, pulling up straps, and wearing crop tops under see through tops to protect my modesty when something inevitably did pop out. Janet Jackson’s bra mare had nothing on me.  I really wanted to be able to go to work and be comfortable and not have to constantly fix my straps and worry about spilling out of my bra and my much loved low cut tops. I wanted to be able to wear low cut tops confidently. I think I have a pretty nice chest, so why not show that off.

When I got measured last in Ann Summers they said I was a 32DD. That was two years ago. More recently I went to Chance to get measured and they openly told me they measure different to most other labels. It was then I chose to get measured in Marks and Spencer and get a more general fitting and stock up on day to day bras rather than the fancier stuff.  In M&S I measured in at 36D.

Now I thought this was a huge jump, even though two years had passed. I had put on loads of weight as those who read my blog will know, but I had also lost quite a lot of weight. In seems to me though that as I lose the weight my boobs just are not getting smaller at all, they are HUGE in comparison to me. But I am a curvy lady so maybe it is to be expected.

One thing I will say is I was chuffed to get sorted and I feel so much more comfortable and confident. 

I really do want to commend the staff from the Marks and Spencer store in Jervis Shopping Centre for their amazing fitting service. There was a girl behind me about to get measured for the first time and bless her heart, she looked petrified. I wouldn’t blame her for it though. I remember before I got fitted for the first time I was freaking out. I would have done anything to have gotten out of it. I think my main problem, however, was that I didn’t realise I would get to keep my shirt on.  
Whilst I was getting fitted I could hear the sales lady helping the girl and she was so nice and patient and chatty with her and took the time to explain everything. I saw the girl afterwards and she just seemed so happy and relaxed, and maybe even a little bit more grown up.

If you have little sisters, cousins, kids, or are even going to get measured for the first time yourself. I would definitely check them out. You will be going back again and again. They are also my go to place for nipple covers and support undies. They definitely know what they are doing in that store when it comes to ladies delicates.

80-85% of women wear the wrong bra size and if anyone is evidence of that I am. When the lady measured me and asked what size I was wearing she was shocked by how far off I was. Most places these days do free bra fittings with no obligation to buy and it only takes a few minutes. It’s worth taking time from your day and once it’s done it’s done for the next while.
Enjoy the rest of your week guys! 
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Charity Shopping | Cousin Date

So this post has been on the list of posts to write for a while.
A few weeks ago my cousin and I went charity shopping at to be honest it was some of the best fun I have had in while.
I know some people don’t like the idea of charity shopping because they don’t like wearing other people’s clothes and stuff like that. You know there is nothing stopping you washing the already clean clothes yet again before you wear them… right? 
I am someone who has always worn hand me downs. I love them. I still do it now, when any of my cousins are throwing clothes out I tend to pilfer them. 
If you live in Dublin there are loads of charity shops around, in most areas I think, but there are loads on Capel Street in Dublin if there are none in your area. One of the reasons I love charity shopping is books. Books are like a euro. There used to be a brilliant charity shop in Offaly that I used to visit with my Nana and I would always come out with LOADS of books. Since I stupidly broke my Kindle I have been looking for ways to, cheaply, read some of the books I had on there. One of these being Eldest by Christopher Paolini, as well as the last three Sookie Stackhouse books. Guess what I got and they only cost me about €5… THAT’S RIGHT. Eragon, Eldest and Dead Reckoning, the eleventh Sookie Stackhouse book, I was happy out. 
I got loads more nice things while we were shopping, a dress, some shoes, a little jacket. Jade got books that would do for her college course. We can’t have spent more than €30 between us, with me spending a little more.
I really think everyone should try charity shopping, I mean where else will you find cheap, over sized men’s shirts, a new winter coat, and a box set of books for less than the price of a pair of shoes in Pennys. Don’t forget though, you are helping out a worthy cause when you charity shop, as well as sorting yourself out with bits you are helping a worthy cause.
Tomorrow’s post is a guest post from Gemma James who has done a little post of AMAZING facts about herself. Tomorrow a book review I did for her will go up on her page 😀
Check her out here.
Also my cousin Jade (who brought me charity shopping) has a DEADLY blog. Check her out here.
AND FINALLY.
My giveaway to win an adventure time themed Christmas jumper is still running. All the details and how to enter can be found here.
I’ll see you all on Saturday 😀
All My Love,
Lynn Jo xox

I Just Want to Buy it All Feat FOREVER 21

So it’s my birthday on Saturday and I bought a dress to wear out. There was a hole in the dress however and when I went to change it in store I bought a completely different outfit instead. I just couldn’t help myself, I wanted everything and I still do. I am literally PRAYING I get the job I am interviewing for later today just so I can go spend all my money there. The stuff is all so pretty and actually pretty affordable and I melt over it all every time I am in there.
The store in question? FOREVER 21!!
First lets take a look at my outfit for my birthday and then I will show some pieces I adored from the store, and hope I can find them online.
So even though I am turning the big 21 I am not doing much for my birthday. I am going to dinner with my family in our local GAA club, which is actually home to a very swanky restaurant, and then going to a gig and the club night that follows it. It may seem very simple or boring but it’s just the way I’d like things to be. Instead of getting really dressed up like I will be for graduation I decided to go for something semi casual that I will wear again. This is what I went for; 
I got the skirt in black and it is high waisted so there is very little space between the bottom of the top and the skirts waistband.

I needed a new black skater skirt anyway. But this outfit is perfect as it is light and airy, but I will be comfortable in it and enjoy my night out wearing it. I am going to team it with my metallic pink Doc Martens and some chunky gold jewelry.
Forever 21 have started doing loads of cute sweaters with Minnie and Mickey and other faces on them but one I saw in store and loved was a white sweater with a picture from Finding Nemo on it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find it on the website to show you all but I thought it was absolutely brilliant! It reminded me so much of a tumblr I saw ages ago, but typically couldn’t find to show you all, where they just had loads of images photoshopped onto sweaters. They were very cool.
€13.75 comes in black, grey, blue and red
I saw this dress and thought I must pick one or two up. I got a dress like this recently and have been wearing it for all my interviews with a scarf, tights, and brown brogues. They are so flattering and easy to wear. Of course black always looks smart and professional too.
This is when I started to just browse the site and look for bits to add to my wish list. I didn’t get very far before I found something I would like. It was the first thing I saw as I browsed.
€17.75
This boyfriend style blouse is absolutely divine. It seems light and airy and because it is a Love 21 item it runs a half size larger than standard. I would buy this in a size or two bigger and just wear it all the time with leggings or my trusty disco pants. I prefer this style of over sized shirt to the ones that were in fashion years ago. Remember them? We all wore them with leggings and a HUGE brown belt around the tummy. It was not a cute look.
Now I love both these pieces. They are variations of items I have already but wear constantly. I have a braided jumper quite like the one on the left but I went a bit overboard so it is a small bit TOO oversized and isn’t the best colour, so investing in a new one may be a possibility. If i went for the cream colour I would but a light black blouse underneath so the collar could be seen and vice versa. I am a big fan of the dolman cardigan too. I bought one years ago and loved it so much I bought it in a second colour. The two I own are shorter though and of a much thicker and heavier material. This one is nice because it is long and not so heavy. I love dolman cardigans because they can literally be thrown over everything. My favourite thing to wear them over is a tank top and jeans but they could be very cute over a blouse. I think blouses are slowly coming to be my newest love.
I just realised that all the items I have pointed out here are kind of things I have already, not new things. But I definitely feel they are staples every wardrobe should have, especially if you are in college or university. I’m going to wrap it up here but to finish I have mashed together photos of the pieces I did love on the site and would love to buy for myself. All the items can be found on the Forever 21 website. If there are any other stores you would like me to look at and pick my favourite pieces from do let me know.
I love you all so much!
x
All photos taken from www.forever21.com, all prices correct at time of publication.

Justin Timberlake

Hey Guys!
So good oul Justin Timberlake is playing in Dublin on the 10th of July and my friend is bringing me. I haven’t paid her back for the ticket yet so until then it’s still a treat!

I love Justin Timberlake, ever since them n*sync days, so I am particularly excited to sing Cry Me a River and all his other songs along with him. 

The gig is in the Phoenix Park, and obviously open air. The only open air gig I have ever been to was the UCD Ball in 2012. It rained. I got wet.
So for JT I am wearing wellies. I got a pair for going to the Wicklow Mountains for field work for college so it means I can use them again. Although they look a bit wrecked because I have left them out in the garden so I may jazz them up a bit first.
As for the rest of my outfit. I am going naked… nah I kid I kid. I actually got this really cute dress from Vero Moda and I am going to wear that with it. I absolutely love the dress and it looks unreal on. Vero Moda have an amazing sale on, as do Vila, and both can be found in the Inspire section on the first floor of Clerys Department Store. Like I am talking stuff under €20. But it is flying out fast. They have some of the A/W ’13 Vero Moda stuff in too and it looks AMAZING.
xo Dublin Girl

Tuesday!

Hey Guys!
So it’s my second day in a row writing on this. Yay, Somewhat getting into a trend. It only takes 21 days to make or break a habit so I am already doing well with getting into the habit.
In my last post I mentioned three things I was going to write about at a later date and I haven’t forgotten, don’t worry.
Just to recap these things were my hobbies, the end of my relationship and finishing university. The University one may take a while as I am trying to get some friends to talk about their experiences and I am really lazy and keep forgetting, but keep an eye out it will come up bit by bit as I get pieces in!
Another thing I mentioned in yesterdays post was questions. I invited you to email me with any questions on my email for the blog (dublingirlblog@gmail.com), and I was VERY pleasantly suprised to open my inbox to see an email today. In honor of that I am going to write a quick post answering the questions I got in the email. I was quite enthusiastic about answering these questions as I am on dating sites since I became single and I get alot of messages from American guys asking similar questions.
First of all I want to thank Alicia for her email. She found the blog on a post on tumblr, check hers out here. Alicia is 18 and graduating high school and is planning on coming on a working holiday to Dublin and asked me a few questions which I will now attempt to answer as best I can 😀
1. Do you have any tips for solo females traveling in Dublin?
Being honest, this was probably the hardest question for me to answer. I have never travelled anywhere on my own and I don’t really have much experience on the topic. However I do have alot of experience of being in Dublin and traversing the city alone. One thing I will say, Dublin can be a TERRIFYING city. I’ve been to other cities, example London, and I thought it was perfect and lacking the terrors the Dublin streets sometimes have. I have since been informed that London is quite as dangerous as Dublin just I had rose coloured glasses on as I was holidaying there and missed out on it. 
Obviously if you are working in Ireland you will be making friends and all your nights out will be with them so you shouldn’t have to travel alone too often but when you do all I recommend you do is maybe do as I do. I always walk as if I know where I am going. And I very rarely travel alone. But when I do I always have my phone ready just in case I need to make a quick call.
Make sure you never carry too much cash on you and have your phone insured as there has been an increase in pick pockets. And if you are getting a taxi, take their number and let someone know what taxi you are in or else use the hailo app. That app is a godsend. Believe me.
2. How’s the public transportation?

Public transport is actually not too bad. While I hate having to get it, as most people do, it’s actually not too bad a system. We have bus services running around the city, as well as the DART, which goes through the city centre but essentially brings you along the seafront, from one side of the city to the other. It’s a train essentially. We also have the LUAS, which is like a tram. This brings you from the city centre to Saggart/Tallaght and then the other line brings you way out on the southside of the city, I’m not actually sure where but the LUAS is the quickest way to Dundrum Town Centre and for travelling between the various tourist attractions/bus and train terminals in the city.
I’m not sure about the price of public transport, when compared to other cities, but the majority of one way fares seem to cost in and around €2.
One thing I will advise you invest in is a Leap Card. The leap card is a card you top up and can use on all forms of public transport. With it fares are that little bit cheaper and it means you don’t have to search for change in advance 🙂
3. Do Irish folk feel any which way about Canadians? How about black people? (I’m half black and I’m pretty sure it isn’t going to be a problem but you never know)

This was another one I wasn’t too sure about answering. I went to university and obviously there you meet all sorts of people from different countries and the likes  and I have no problems with people of any race or anything and as far as I am aware the majority of Ireland is the same. Dublin is such a diverse city, there are so many people of different races and cultures living here and I really don’t think you would experience any problems. Like I really would be very shocked if you did. We are a friendly sort of people no doubt and you will have no bother settling in and making friends. Give it a week and it will be like you have always lived here!
4. How is the cost of living?

Now this is an interesting one. The cost of living is a strange one! I currently live at home with my parents but I have moved out before so I do have some experience of having to live off my own means. The most expensive part about living in Dublin, I’d say, is the rent. It all depends on where you are living, who with, etc. I’d nearly say you could expect to pay upwards of €500 a month for your rent. After that though it gets easier. Bills are fairly manageable as most companies here let you bundle your tv/phone/broadband together and once you aren’t leaving electrical things constantly on, you should manage okay. One thing my mum does and I’d recommend nearly everyone do this, is pays something off her bills every week (my dad gets paid weekly but do it every month if possible) this way when her bills come in she is always in credit. Also make sure and always ring in any meter readings. Never let the company bill you based on the estimate. For your cell phone, all the companies are competitive and offer great deals, for example, one network gives you unlimited texts to all other networks when you top up €5 every month.
Food is fairly cheap in our super markets as well. Tesco is brilliant, with reasonably priced foods. But Aldi and Lidl are also really crucial for food that is inexpensive. Food will be the least expensive part of living here I would say!
For clothes and stuff then you won’t be stuck either. We have Forever 21 and everything or then we have Pennys where you can get clothes for next to nothing! Like overall the cost of living in Ireland isn’t too bad in my opinion. But that is from me living off very little money, If you are of more expensive tastes I don’t know how you will get on!


I hope I answered all your questions, to some extent, Alicia.
And enjoy your time here. You really will make friends for life.


And guys I’ve loads more posts coming your way, but if there is anything you want to see just drop me an email.


xo Dublin Girl

PS. Can’t for the life of me figure out why some of this is highlighted in white… eep sorry about that.

2013

Hey Guys!!
I know I know I’ve done it again. I slipped out of posting on this. I am terrible I really am. Especially as this is something I actually want to do. Don’t worry though, I am like this with everything regardless of what it is or how much I actually want to do it. No matter what it is I just can’t commit to it. I suck big time I know. 
I am the same with hobbies. I go through hobbies the way people go through pairs of shoes. My shoes last long than the hobbies I attempt to pick up! You name it I have tried it! Though I have finally zoned in on two of these many hobbies and hope to do something with them but more about that in another post, provided I commit to this enough to get to another post. 
So I suppose I best update you on what is going on in my life, especially as I haven’t posted since like, November 2012.
Well let’s start with the biggest thing I have done this year.

I FINISHED UNIVERSITY.

I know, I know. I too am shocked that I managed to stick with that for three years. Though let’s be fair, at times you couldn’t really call me committed to it. But I did it. I am going to be graduating in September with a 2:2, a second class honors degree, lower class, in Geography and Irish Studies. I am officially a Bachelor of Arts. If anyone wants to give me a job in either of those disciplines that would be nice. I definitely will do a post looking back on college over the next few days, so keep an eye out for that. Also if you want me to answer any questions or anything like that regarding to university do indeed email me (details in the side bar). I am hoping to get a few people to write guest posts about college over the next while in order to enlighten you on a number of different aspects of our university journey.

There is only one other significant thing that has happened to me this year.

I DUMPED MY BOYFRIEND.
I wish I could say it was mutual and on good terms but of course it wasn’t. This is also something I will come back to at a later time as I am sure you are all dying to hear about it. But again now is not the time for that.
As a result of the breakup though I have gotten myself in check. I have lost weight, gotten back into taking care of myself, and I am glad that I came to my senses and ended that because that relationship was just not healthy in the slightest!

Well that’s all for now. I have downloaded the blogger app and everything so I am determined to keep up with this. I’ll even start jotting down my ideas for blog posts so that I’m not relying on my brain to remember because let’s be fair. That never works on my part.

And guys I can’t stress this enough. Get in touch with me via email. I mean it. Any questions you have, advice you need, shit if there is something you want to write about let me know and it can be arranged. I want to give you, the readers, what you want 🙂
dublingirlblog@gmail.com

xo Dublin Girl