Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sequin Cinderella Boutique's First Birthday

This day last year I fulfilled my lifelong dream of opening my very own boutique. It was many years in the planning but it was always my destiny and I can't believe that I am sitting here today with a one year old thriving business, just like I had always dreamt of.
It has been the quickest but most fulfilling year of my life and whilst some days it feels like I have been here forever, it has also passed in the blink of an eye.
I have learned so much over the past 12 months and continue to learn every single day but there is not one second that I spend in my shop that I do not smile and realise how very lucky that I am to have achieved a lifelong dream.
My Mum had 3 boutiques before I was born and I would always listen to her amazing stories about how she loved every minute of it and I knew that was what I was meant to do. I inherited my love of fashion from her and it was absolutely in my blood from the day that I was born.
Sequin Cinderella Boutique finally came to life on the 16th April 2016 and it has been the most amazing roller coaster ride ever since.
I have dressed some fabulous ladies for the most amazing events, from weddings to parties and all thats in between. I have been with brides from engagements to honeymoons, I have watched pregnant ladies go from dressing bumps to babies christenings, I have seen beautiful ladies celebrate big birthdays from sweet 16ths to 70ths and all of the while, watched the clothing from my shop make each and every one of them feel beautiful and to me that is a privilege in itself. 
You guys have grown with me, from starting this blog in 2012, to studying fashion and graduating with distinctions and from showing my collection at fashion weeks all over the country to the opening of my boutique, you have been the most amazing supporters and of course customers that a girl could ask for.
So now, a year later, 365 days after the best day of my life, my business continues to grow and with your support I so look forward to watching where the next few years will take it.
I have gathered together some pictures of the journey of the shop from the moment I took over the building to my opening day. I cannot believe the transformation and it makes me a little emotional to look back over the step by step process of creating my baby. 

So to celebrate the big first birthday there will be a big sale on in store as a thank you to all of you! It will run until Wed 19th so call in and hopefully you will find something that you love. You can also call the boutique to order on 0749322584. We offer free shipping within Ireland and also International shipping.
Don't forget to enter the competition over on Facebook to win a €100 voucher to spend in the boutique which you can check out here ->

Happy Birthday Sequin Cinderella Boutique!!
Heres to many many more!

Making it official!
The first day I got the keys 
Bye ugly wooden window!
Starting to look like a clothes shop!
The final look - nothing a bit of paint and a sign couldn't fix

This was the "beautiful" decor that I was met with on the inside. I debated keeping the colour scheme (just kidding lol)  and the wall with the door on it was knocked through to lengthen the shop making more room for lots of clothes.

When the demolition work began! This was a scary day haha
Plastered and starting to take shape
Testing glitter paints (which were crap btw)
My glitter wall! Still love it to this day
And a little neon to finish it off
Getting the rails and shop fittings installed
And then the clothes arrived... by the box load!!!
Finally the finishing touches were put in place and we were ready to rock!

Proud as punch on opening day

Friday, April 14, 2017

Roaccutane Diary - Month 2

So I have finished my second month on roaccutane and its time to give you guys an update.
First things first, I am still so glad that I made the decision to start taking them. My skin is a million times better than it was before and I am so happy with the results already. I am a little nervous about the next four months and how they will pan out but in the meantime all is good. The picture above is probably the first picture I ever took of my skin with no make up and no filters etc and was actually happy with the result so that is definitely a step in the right direction.
As far as side effects are concerned, they have definitely got a little worse this month but are 100% liveable. Nothing has become unbearable as of yet.
My lips are super dry and if I don't apply carmex about 100 times a day then they do start to get a little sore. I still can't wear lipstick which is so annoying but I am surviving with lipliners and gloss which are better than nothing.
This month the inside of my nose has become very raw and sore, even to the point were it is bleeding which is such a pain but at least it is hidden and it will hopefully ease off soon.
The skin on my body is becoming quite dry too, with little discoloured patches appearing on my shoulder, but this is 100% my own fault as I got lazy with moisturising this past week or two, so I need to get back on it every day.
Perhaps the most annoying side effect for me has been the muscle aches. I was doing so well with exercise classes and working on my fitness since January but I have found that recently, the classes are becoming more and more difficult, I am extra tired at the end and even on the days that I am not exercising, I find myself aching and sore. After researching online, I did get some glucosamine and magnesium tablets to help with this but I haven't been taking them long enough to let you know if they are helping yet.
If you are a serious sportsperson then I would seriously consider all options before planning to take roaccutane as it definitely makes it a lot more difficult. 
Apart from those few things and having a brain like a sieve and forgetting to take the tablets from time to time, the journey has been relatively smooth.
I have not noticed any side effects to my mental health or my mood which is fantastic as that was my biggest fear before taking the tablets and hopefully that will continue for the rest of my roaccutane journey.
Through a lot of research online, I realise that every single case is different. Even after I posted my first months diary, so many of your contacted me to tell me your story and I was blown away by how much each case differed.
So basically what I would say to you, is not to judge your journey on anyone else's, I did that for so long before taking the plunge to try it for myself and mine has been completely different to any that I had heard of. Assess your own case and work out if it is right for you. And don't forget, that if you start it, you aren't under any threat to keep it up for the suggested time, if your side effects are so severe that you can't stick them then you can stop. Just know your own body and pay attention to any changes.
If you have any questions then PM me on my Facebook here, instagram here or on snapchat - (sequincinders) and I will do my best to answer but don't be afraid to talk to your doctor or your dermatologist about the right path for you!
Also if you are useless at remembering to take tablets, like me, I know you can get little "days of the week" tablet holders in all of the pharmacies but I did find a cool little holder in TK Maxx (pictured below), it is rose gold and is so easy to throw in your handbag and that way you remember to take them each day!
Nicola x

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

10 things you should NOT say to an ALMOST 30yr old

So this week marked the beginning of April - and with April fools day, I was really hoping that the fact that I will be 30 by the end of the week is just one big joke!
Yea - thought not!

I think you all could take a good stab in the dark and guess that I am not taking it very well... not even a bit, not even slightly - not one fraction of my soul wants this to happen. 
I wanna be in my 20's forever - please and thank you!
I'd almost go as far as saying that I am having a bit of a mid life crisis or a total breakdown if you will...
Did you not notice? 
Personal training, teeth whitening, dieting, new hair, new car... All I need now is a boob job and botox and I will have ticked all of the boxes.

So over the course of the last month or so, any time the subject of this ''special'' birthday has arisen, I have found myself becoming increasingly irritated with the reactions of people upon hearing of my impending leap into my fourth (yes FOURTH) decade.
I decided to document the top ten things that have tipped me over the edge to give you all a  heads up...
 Lets call this post a "forewarning" to those that will be in my company over the next week
(and possibly the next 10 years...) approach with caution - if you say one of these, I cannot be held responsible for my actions, you have been warned!

Disclaimer: I won't actually injure you physically, but just know that I will be mentally planning your death... 

10 things you should NOT say to an 'almost' 30 year old

1. "I can't believe you are coming 30, I thought you were only 24"
Thanks for that Shiela! I have only spent the last 6 years dreaming of being 24 again but thank you for pointing out that I am now considerably older but possibly AS immature!

2. "Oh my god I didn't think you were THAT age"
Well what age did you fricking think I was? 9??

3. "Aw but you look great for it"
I'm sorry... what now??? How exactly am I supposed to look at 30? I'm guessing that by your logic, I should be grey haired and wrinkled by now. Thanks hun!

4. "You're half way to 60"
Yea and a quarter way to 120... A+ for the maths genius over here in the corner! 

5. "Time to settle down"
Says who? Your prehistoric stereotypical calendar of life?

6. "Your biological clock is ticking"
Nah love, mine ran out of batteries!

7. "When are you getting married"
Whats it to you? You won't be invited!

8. "If you take turning thirty badly then you will be fine at 40"
Aye cause thats helpful... Im just here freaking out about turning thirty and you are making me think about turning 40???? Perfect solution to my problem! Cheers!

9. "30 is still young!"
Yea to a 90 year old... 

10. "I wish I was 30 again"
Well I wish I was a millionaire lying on a beach in the Bahamas but we can't always get what we want can we?

So yea... all you philosophisers - maybe, just maybe you should keep your opinions to yourself for the next month or so or at least give me time to mourn my 20's - I think a three month grieving period should suffice... And if you are looking for me in the mean time, I will be the one in the black veil, hiding in the corner crying over a tub of Ben and Jerrys! 
Nicola x

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Dark Hedges

How many of you are Game of Thrones fans?
To be honest, I have never seen an episode of it before but I had most definitely heard of the Dark Hedges, which is a place in Northern Ireland where the TV show was filmed on numerous occasions.
After a little research and realising it wasn't too far of a drive from home, my boyfriend and I decided to go and see it in real life.
I was quite disappointed to see that a number of the trees had fallen down so  it was a little underwhelming in comparison to some pictures I had seen online but it was still a spectacular sight.
The trees are situated just outside of Ballymoney and I would say are definitely worth a visit, but if you are driving far then combine it with another trip such as the Giants Causeway or Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which are both quite close.

For the road trip I went almost head to toe in pieces from Sequin Cinderella Boutique. 
The cape and the studded bodysuit are new stock this week and are both priced at €49.95.
The jeans are Dr Denim and are n stock in a variety of colours and styles for €55.
My boots were an absolute bargain from River Island's sale and cost just £20stg. They are so comfy and I wear them with everything. As you can proabably tell, I am obsessed with black clothes and would wear them every single day if I could, but the studded detail really lifts this look and gives it a bit of an edge.
Nicola x


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Black, White and Browns

On Saturday night my boyfriend and I decided to go to our favourite restaurant - 
Browns in Derry/Londonderry. Browns is a multi award winning restaurant group, with several different venues, but our favourite is by far, the restaurant & champagne lounge in Bonds Hill.
The food in Browns is second to none and there is such a lovely, friendly atmosphere when you arrive. The staff are lovely and the service can never be faulted.
When we arrived we had drinks in the lounge before being taken to our seats and presented with some appetisers of seaweed crackers and gin & tonic marshmallows, which was then followed by the most delicious bacon and parmesan infused bread with an olive oil dip.
Our starters consisted of scallops and pork belly and to follow we had steak with black garlic chips - the most amazing side order I have ever tasted.
Browns is the perfect place to go if you are a real food lover or a wine connoisseur - it is a little on the expensive side so it would be more of a treat night as opposed to a weekly visit but it is definitely worth it and you will not be disappointed. 

For the evening, I decided to go for a monochrome look, wearing black crinkle palazzo pants from Topshop, A lace trimmed crop top from River Island and finished the look with a cream cape blazer which just arrived into my boutique this week - Sequin Cinderella
It is so chic and perfect to dress up an otherwise plain outfit. I can't wait to wear it over a pair of blue jeans as I love that elegant casual style. The jacket retails at €69.95 and is available in sizes 8-14.
I didn't want my shoes to over power the look so I went for a nude pair of sandals from River Island which have a perspex heel. Quite simple with just the right amount of a modern vibe.
Nicola x



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