This is a story of a girl and her hayfever....

The story of me & my hayfever goes back a long time. I'm talking over 20 years. It all began during a school sports day. Things were going great until my eyes started to swell shut and I couldn't stop sneezing  - and so began my lifelong love/ hate relationship with the Summer. 

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For non hayfever sufferers the Summer is a FAB-ULOUS time. It's all BBQ's out the back , festivals in fields, cute picnics in the park. For those of us who are hayfever ridden , the previous sentence does nothing but cause stress and anxiety. So much grass - so many flowers.
WHY must everything fun be outdoors during the Summer?! 
I made the very foolish mistake last year of trying to attend Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park. 
I did everything right. Took my anti histamine tablets , used my eye drops and tried not to get too close to the pretty gardens. I still ended up in the medical tent with my burning eyes streaming, begging them to give me something to help ( they gave me Vaseline to put up my nose. This did nothing but give me weirdly glossy nostrils. ) 
 

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So when I was invited to an event in the Westbury for the launch of Nasacort to the 'over the counter ' market I was intrigued , but ultimately thought that the product would no match for my relentless sneezing. 
The event was fab and we enjoyed learning about pollin with Dr Jean Emberlin and did some V. glam flower arranging with Appassionata flowers. 
As the product being launched was medical, we couldn't be gifted it but after hearing about all the sneeze free possibilities I had to go straight to a pharmacy and pick a bottle up. 

The reason I didn't write the blog post sooner is because I wanted to try a full bottle before giving my opinion. Full disclosure, I have been exercising 3 times a week since March and  I have heard that regular exercise can ease the symptoms - however, this Summer ( which has been one of the hottest I can remember and also one of the most pollen ridden !) I have had ZERO horrible days with runny eyes and nose. Zero. I can't confirm 100% that it's down to the Nasacort as I'm not a doctor, however I think it's a combination of regular exercise and this magical nasal spray. 

 

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I don't want to give any false hope to people who are really suffering with Hayfever as I'm sure everybody is different and reacts differently to medicine etc , what I can do is point you towards this product and say give this a go , from one runny nosed gal to another. 

You can shop it here. 

Now go run free in as many fields as you like - sniff ALL the flowers and enjoy the rest of your Summer! 
 

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Micro Trend : Hair Scarves

I've spotted some of my favourite insta-babes rocking this trend recently. A simple scarf worn on a ponytail can add just a splash of colour or print to an otherwise simple outfit. 

I've found some really cute styles online - but my faves are these ones from Free People - so clever having the scarf combined with a hair tie! Makes for easy stylin'  which is music to my ears!
 
You can  buy the styles below HERE , prices are around €5-10 

Is this a trend you'll be trying out? 

Images via Lucy Williams, Alice Catherine, The Oracle Fox , Pinterest

My top 3 rules for charity shop shopping!

Hi There!

Welcome to my first blogpost on my new website!  I've been working on this site for a little while now. I wanted to create an online space where I can share my styling portfolio & blog about life as a stylist in Dublin, so here it is! 
I'm hoping to update it twice a week with lots of outfit posts, behind the scenes, inspo posts and other similar ideas.

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So for my first post I'm gonna go back to my shopping roots. I've ALWAYS loved charity shops however with the rise of 'vintage' and the fall of people buying great quality clothing, my beloved charity shops took a serious hit over the last few years. However, recently I've noticed the quality of charity shops is returning. I think , in part , this is due to people having money and being able to donate great quality pieces again. 
The blazer that I'm wearing here is from a charity shop in Phibsborough. Since EVERYONE and their mother had a check blazer on Instagram, I obviously craved a slice of this trendy pie - so when I spotted this style for only  €10 I was V. happy .  I think it's a style that will go with loads in my wardrobe and features cute suede elbow patches which is a little detail that I don't think I'd find in a high street version. 
Anyhow, I'm going to share some tips I have for charity shop shoppin' below, and if you use them and find yourself something nice, let me know on insta @unaoboyle ! 

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Here's my top 3 rules for nabbin a charity shop bargain... 
1. It's all about location. 
OK , let's get real here. Fancy towns = fancy charity shops. So the closer you are to wealthy women , or men , who donate their threads the closer you are to finding gems. Places such as Ranelagh , Dundrum & Camden St are hotbeds of gorgeous clothes recently donated. I would suggest heading in on a Monday morning early to find the best bits ( most people donate on a Saturday, so you're more likely to get the good stuff early the next week ) 

2. Keep your fabric natural. 
Natural fabric such as silk  , cotton, 100% wool & leather never really age. It's sometimes tough to wade through a sea of pollyester primark blouses, but trust me, stick to this rule and you'll be walking away with some gorgeous clothes that will wash well & hopefully not date. 

3. Create a shopping list & stick to it. 
This is one tip I stick to religiously. Every season there are a number of items that I covet on the highstreet that I know are available in better quality and for much less in charity shops. 
At the moment I want :
1. A full length black wool coat
2. Some silk blouses
3 . Nude / Camel knitwear
So on my next Charity shop adventure, I'm going to stick to my list and I can GUARANTEE that by the end of the afternoon I'll have nabbed at least one. 


I hope these tips get you out charity shoppin' 
Thanks to Shane O'Connor Photography for the pics x 

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Jeans: ASOS Farleigh SHOP HERE
Tee: Pull & Bear via ASOS SHOP HERE
Coat : New Look SHOP HERE 
Blazer : Charity Shop
Bag : Vintage
Shades & Earrings : Penneys / Primark