How To Stop Making Excuses

Hello everyone! I know it has been a while since I posted… I have no excuse.

I have realised in the last few weeks that I had left the blog to the side and focused on my other Social Media – which is not acceptable! This blog is the only place I can truly say how I feel in (many) words. I don’t ever want my attention to stray from where this has all started. No excuses. Focus Rachel!

Although I have been doing a lot of behind the scenes work on the blog, this time has also made me realise that I make excuses for so many other things in my life! Gym, healthy eating, socialising, and work! And I am definitely not alone on this one, as this blog post has been requested over on Snapchat: @basicchic17

Often people say ‘stop making excuses’, ‘get up and go’, ‘work hard, play hard’ ….. but we are all still left there thinking – but HOW? Well, here it is:

  1. Make a List

Sit at a desk or table, not a couch or bed because this way you’ll be more focused. Compile a list of all the goals you have for yourself, beit work, friends, hobbies or health related. You can go as far as categorising if you’re as weird as me, haha!

2. Be hard on yourself

For this moment in time, you want to be as harsh as possible, be your worst critic. It is cruel, but strip your life apart for ten minutes and be realistic – what do I want to achieve? What in my life is not to the standard that it should be? Am I doing enough exercise? Spending enough time with family? Working in the right job?

3. Strategize

Ask yourself – how EXACTLY will I achieve this? Not a brief ‘I’ll spend more time with mum’. No. That will NOT motivate you to do anything, it won’t happen and then you’ll be upset with yourself. The only reason I say you can be harsh on yourself is because when you achieve these goals, the rewards will be invaluable. For example instead you say: Every Friday I will bring Mum, dDad, my brother or sister to do something together – it could be as simple as watching a movie or visiting their house, to having afternoon tea with them as a day out. Make your strategies as descriptive and realistic as possible. The more descriptive they are, the more likely you are to understand, and apply them to your life.

4. Reward Yourself

It may be an inevitable reward, such as the time you spend with your family is irreplaceable. However it could be a different type of reward – such as having a long bath after you worked harder than you ever have before. Or having a glass of wine after leaving that miserable job that you were never passionate about anyway, and jumping into a new, more fulfilling journey ahead.

My point is, stop making excuses and instead – make a list! Be realistic, harsh and work towards your goals – step by step each day. If you’re anything like me making excuses comes as second nature to you – but you and I together, can build ourselves up to the standard that WE want. For us. Because no one else will. No excuses. Focus people!



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Hey guys! Today I wanted to do a bit of a different post. I absolutely love reading these kinds of posts (mainly because I am nosey) so I thought I’d write one myself.

1) Visit an exotic island

So this one is a bit of a random one. I would just love to visit a really cool island like Bora Bora, or Hawaii. I’d love to know if all those instas are realistic or just edited for hours… I really want to stay in one of those huts in the middle of the sea like on an episode of the Kardashians (wouldn’t we all??)


2) Swim with dolphins

I think dolphins are probably the cutest things in the world! My brother has done it before and I was so jealous. I actually have an obsession with cute fish, I think I have watched Finding Dory over 10 times already… I couldn’t count the amount of times I have seen Finding Nemo. (I also have a Nemo teddy) Anyway… what better way to swim with dolphins than on an exotic island (two in one!)


3) Become REALLY organised.

This is a pretty boring one… But also the most unrealistic one. I love buying notepads, and organising my makeup… but when it comes to my wardrobe and room I’m a disaster. I would love for just a while, to be on top of things. I’d also love to be less forgetful… That would be great. Don’t be fooled by pictures, its not all pretty all the time.


4) Visit/work in Warner Bros. Studio

This is one of the things I am most passionate about achieving. I absolutely love all the things that have been filmed in these studios. I write – a lot. Books, scripts, songs etc… so working here would be an absolute DREAM. However, I would definitely settle for just sitting in Central Perk and drinking a coffee. I visited Universal Studios in L.A a couple of years ago, and it is the buzz of creativity and ‘making’ that really makes me want to return. I absolutely love being creative and never want to be stuck at a job in an office. It just wouldn’t suit me. I always have to be creating. So yes, definitely on my bucket list.

5) Stay in a house in Long Island

No matter how long it takes me to save up for this one, I really want to stay for a week in a house by the beach in Long Island. I love the idea of staying somewhere close to a city like New York, but far enough away that there is fresh air and silence. The blissfulness of having it all. (is that a word?)


I have a serious obsession with going to Coachella. I don’t have much to say about this… but yeah. It has everything – perfect location, the sun, music – perfection.

7) Go Camping under the stars.

I may regret it once I get there, but I really want to go camping – properly. I want to camp under the stars, in a really cool place. I love the simplicity of it – the silence, packed lunches and a fire. Pure bliss. The dream. I would love to do it overlooking a city. Being in silence overlooking a city is a juxtaposing situation, but one that really appeals to me for some reason.

8) Drive Across America

This one has been a dream of mine since I first went to America with my Dad. I have been to the east and west coast, but everything in between is a mystery to me. There is so much history that goes with these states and I would just love to experience the culture of it. I think there is something special about driving through somewhere, instead of landing on a plane.  Often if you fly somewhere I find that all the attractions are concentrated in a specific area. I want to drive because seeing the outskirts of a state or city really tells you the real story. You get to see the state, from corner to corner, uncensored.

9) Go to see a ice-hockey match in Canada

I know, you are probably thinking ‘What? That is so random!’ Not really… My brother lived in Canada for two years and adopted a new found love for the sport. He supported the Canucks, and still watches them now. Well, my whole family got to visit him while he was over there, but unfortunately I was in an exam year and didn’t get the chance. I would love to go to one of these matches, because even if I never get to see his apartment or how he lived, I think the atmosphere in the stadium would be a taste of his life there. Plus – how cool would it be to watch someone playing a sport on ice, I can’t even do it on grass.

10) Live in New York for a year

Lastly but DEFINITELY not least. I would love to live here for even a year. I won’t babble on too long with this one because you know I have spoken about New York enough on the blog! I want to experience it, it in all its glory – on the bad and the good days! I can’t say that the life of New York is a mystery to me, but I would love to spend some time in Brooklyn or Dumbo.

I realise that the title of this blog post sounds a bit far-fetched, or even impossible to achieve. However, the secret to being confident isn’t about how you appear, it is about how you think.

I honestly believe that everyone is capable of being confident, no matter what their circumstances are. Our perception of confidence is often frayed by movies or TV shows – where you should be pretty, tall and slick to be confident. Type casting should be a thing of the past. The truth is, being confident is about realising why you are here.

Am I here to adhere to the norms? Am I here to please everyone? Am I here to put everyone’s happiness ahead of my own? NO! You are here to figure out what makes you happy and do it. You are here to speak your mind, to follow your dreams, to change the norms. I know, I know this post may be a bit melodramatic, but please believe me when I say confidence is a mindset that you will not regret adopting. It comes with deepening your understanding of yourself and your meaning.

Have you ever been self-conscious about your weight? Have you every wondered if those girls are whispering about you? Have you ever been afraid to do something in fear of judgement or rejection? Same. We are all human and I am not saying that there is some magic potion to make you the most outgoing person on the planet. However, I do think that each and every person reading this blog, should take a step back and ask themselves: Am I here, to do what I’m doing?

If not, then change that. The past year for me has been such a turning point in who I am as a person. I have mentioned it before on the blog, but being who I want to be is so freeing. In the grand scheme of things our struggles and insecurities will do nothing but hold us back from what we should be doing. Speaking our mind, following our dreams and changing the norms.

Disregard all ‘advice’ along the way, such as: ‘Nobody likes a show off’ or ‘don’t get ahead of yourself there now’ I promise that once you start listening to yourself, confidence will ooze from all aspects of your personality. Remember, it is not a certain appearance, it is a mindset. Only you can control it.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Hey guys! I hope you all have that Friday feeling because today’s post is a good one. Eyeshadows are one of the beauty products that I am super particular about, for so many reasons. I am sure we have all experienced a time when you set out to do a particular eye look and it just isn’t turning out right. It either is too patchy, or not blending correctly or simply not how you expected.

Well today I wanted to share with you guys a few single eyeshadows that I can always depend on, because they just never disappoint! With these eyeshadows you are almost guaranteed the look you are going for. All of these eyeshadows are from Makeup Geek. It is not sponsored, I use these products for two reasons: 1. They are very affordable and I am all for that life. 2. Their formula is second to none for the price. They are bendable, creamy and pigmented.

1. Desert Sands

This is honestly my DREAM transition shade. It is warm, pigmented and very bendable (as are all of the shades, I’m just not a cool coloured type of girl). I will say that out of all the shades, this one has the most kick-back, which is weird to me because none of the others do. Having said that, I can manage a bit of kick-back for the dream colour.


2. Cocoa Bear

This colour is just a perfect deep brown, to darken up the outer crease. It also give the eye so much more depth because it has a slight red undertone in it. It is perfect for almost any skin tone and is such a versatile shade. This is actually the only one I hit pan with, so I am on my second in two months!


3. Bitten

This, along with Desert Sands would be the two I would bring to a desert island with me (I’m so punny). This one is GORGEOUS especially on people with green eyes, like me. I could actually write a book about this shade. It does have some kick-back, but when you’re developing a shade that has some red in it, that is expected. It is almost impossible to develop a red without kick-back. This one – you NEED. It is so creamy and easy to blend, so you don’t get that chalky, patchy look like with a lot of other eyeshadows on the market.


4. Frappe

This colour is a very neutral shade. Not too much grey, not too warm either. It is perfect for every eye colour and skin tone. It is probably the most universal shade in the collection. This is gorgeous even by itself all over the lid. I use it mainly as a transition shade, and because it is so neutral you can pop on any colour over top.


5. Grandstand

Does this colour not just give you the feeeeels? I genuinely smile every time I see this colour (yes, I am aware, I am a loser). It is so metallic even by itself, but if you pop some Fix+ from M.A.C it takes it to the next level. It is such a gorgeous champagny, pinky foiled eyeshadow. It is a foiled eyeshadow so fallout is expected – but it doesn’t have any. Music to any girl’s ears. No fall out from a foiled eyeshadow?!?!? – Makeup Geek have some magic potion in their labs, I’m convinced.


6. Poppy

This colour, I have used the least out of the six – but it is in the list for good reason. If you are like me and keep to your neutrals, having a colour like this in your palette is a great idea, because it inspires me to get out of my comfort zone!  I absolutely love this shade, because it is the one pink that doesn’t make me look crazy. I find that if you use a pink, and especially if you bring it up too high in the crease you can start looking like a clown. Not with this one, and it will be used and abused as we come into the summer months.


If you are from Ireland these shades can be purchased from Beauty Bay. I think these pictures are much more ‘true to colour’ than the pictures on the site.

I hoped you liked this post. Eyeshadows are something I am very passionate about so I would love to do more of these.

Let me know if you liked it!

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Happy Monday everyone! Lets get the week off to a good start and share some honest opinions on my experience while studying in New York.

1) Remembering The Basics

Isn’t this what we have parents for?! I for one found it so strange having to walk into a shop and buy, well… adult things! Soap, toilet paper, bread… The list goes on. I would get home some days and remember that toothpaste doesn’t magically appear on my sink, but I have to buy it… myself..

2) You work hard to eat in New York

The streets of New York are lined with Thai, Chinese, Indian, pizza, basically any kind of food a girl could ask for. HOWEVER, getting a cab to these places was difficult to say the least. I am so short, so seeing my tiny hand at the side of a busy New York street is next to impossible. This lead to me walking almost everywhere to get food, so by the time I had walk there in 30 degree weather, ate and walked all the way back… The food was definitely earned.

3) Age is just a number

In my experience, New Yorkers treat all ages the same. Not once did anyone question me, a 16 year old walking around New York on my own. But don’t be fooled, this also comes with a consequence. New York shows no mercy! You have to work hard to live in this city, and I only spent 2 weeks there.

4)New York Wont Wait for You

From my experience, New York will not wait around for you. If you don’t move quickly, don’t move at all. You have to work harder, think faster, move quicker, or you simply won’t survive – and it IS that simple. I studied Musical Theatre in New York, and it applied here too. I am not nor will I ever be a dancer, so I had to work ten times harder than some of the girls in there. However, I am a singer and I still had to work harder than I ever worked before to achieve New York’s standard of work ethic. Energy will flow out of you that you never knew you had when you come to this city.

5) From Ireland to Madison

Coming from a very quiet street in an even more quiet town, to Madison Avenue, New York was quite a switch. I remember trying to drown out the noise with Beats headphones in my apartment, but I have to give it to you New York, you are VERY persistent. Falling asleep wasn’t difficult for me because I’m like a log when I sleep – but my housemates were driven insane by the constant beeping and sirens right outside our window. (its not all glamour, even on Madison)

6) Being Irish is like being famous

EVERYONE wants to know your story if you’re Irish in New York. Where do you come from? Did you know St. Patrick? Have you climbed Croagh Patrick? (the answer to that was a solid no, but I did attempt) It is very fun though, having a New Yorker find an Irish girl’s life so interesting, when I know so many of us long to have their lifestyle. Little did they know all I did back then was go from school to home with very little in between.

7) You don’t have to travel far to find adventure

New York is a hub for all things glamour, so a trip to The Plaza was a must of course. My friend Lia and I snook up to the ballroom to see if we could get a peek in at the infamous room, starred in so many movies (one of my favs being Bride Wars). We were caught by a security guard, but this actually ended up being the best trouble we ever got into… He offered us a tour of one of the suites! The picture in my previous post was actually taken in that suite, by the security guard lol. My point is, go sneak in somewhere and see where it takes you, haha! (Just kidding)

8)Money means manners

New York is so expensive, so naturally if you are there people presume you have money. However I was 16, so there was only so much I could buy. It was very entertaining and scary having someone in Macy’s show me an 8000 dollar watch, when the next purchase on my mind was soap. People in retail will sell grass to the Irish, and promise you the world because they think you have money. But in the end, I went to buy soap.

9) Being Yourself is easier

New York is such a diverse place and 16, such a vulnerable age. I honestly think that New York taught me so much about who I am as a person, and also who I want to be. Of course the majority of the people I met were lovely, but the other few reminded me of who I do not want to be. New York is a tough place, but because of the diverse culture it allowed me to find who I was express it and ship it back to Ireland in 2 weeks, haha. No, I’m not saying I came back to Ireland a different person, but I did appreciate how much New York allowed me to grow as a person and I will forever love it for that. Being yourself is far easier in a big city. Nobody knows you, so nobody judges you.

10) Meeting People is magical

Regardless of the strangers I met along the way, I also met an amazing group of people in my time studying here. I honestly think that out of all of the things I experienced in New York, making friends for life is what took my heart. I know it sounds cliché, but the people I met with, laughed with, danced (terribly) with, and sang with are what makes New York a warm, homely place for me.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I loved writing it!

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3 Ways to ACTUALLY relax

Hey guys, I hope you’ve all got that Friday feeling – I definitely do!! So I wanted to give you guys some tips on how to actually relax, because I definitely struggled with this up to recently.

So we all have certain things we do when we want to relax. It may be scrolling through Instagram, watching T.V or listening to music etc…

Do you ever find yourself anxious, stressed or uptight even when you haven’t had a tough day at work or college? Maybe this is because the things we do to relax, aren’t truly allowing us to totally let go and take a moment to ourselves. I know, I am guilty of it myself, we all are! Scrolling through Instagram or binge-watching Gilmore Girls always sounds appealing – but afterwards I have found that I am more tense than I was before… It is because instead of giving our brains a second to digest the day, we are filling it with other people, other information, more ‘stuff’. So here are a few tips to ACTUALLY relax:

1) Leave your phone outside your bedroom

I know, this one i actually laughed at myself the first time I heard it, but I PROMISE it works. We all get into bed with the intention of falling fast asleep – but most of us end up on our phones for the next hour or so. Studies have shown that this means it takes us ten minutes longer to go to sleep. Now that I have applied this tip to my life I can honestly say I feel SO much more relaxed and I get an overall better sleep.

2) Go for a walk

Now this is one that is always told to you, and if you’re anything like me, I never took the advice until the last couple of months. Things can get so hectic in life that getting out of the situation to gain perspective is often as easy as taking a stroll down the road. Not only do walks allow you to relax and take a moment but they are also a great time to re-evaluate situations or even just your day. The silence, fresh air (and lack of social media!!) really makes it that much easier to let go of everything and simply be.

IMG_7760.jpgBarna Woods, Galway – featuring my dog Riley 

3) Meditation

Meditation is often misunderstood because of the barbaric portrayals of it in movies or social media. I think it is only recently that people have realised how useful it is in our daily lives. We all get so caught up in comparing ourselves to others, but meditation allows us to focus on ME. I was introduced to Meditation while I studied in New York, where we did it every class (three classes per day). At first I found it a bit bazaar, but after a couple of days I felt my body fall into the ground, totally relax and for those 45 minutes I was totally at ease. It sets you up for a good day, which is half the work.

IMG_0677.jpgThe Plaza, New York, 2015

I really hope you found this helpful! Please comment and let me know what you thought.

Yours calmly,