How To Have A Good Monday...

Mondays can be hard for all of us. Whether it's the early morning or the long day ahead, they are not an easy start to the week.Me being me, I love Mondays but this is because I learned to love them. I started making sure I was productive on a Monday so that way I would go to bed happy knowing I got loads done and it would kick start my week then. 
Okay, now I'm no expert when it comes to being a positive person (I'm the opposite of positive most of the time!) but if you following some of these steps it should get you through your day without having a break down haha! 

1. Make Plans
  If you make plans for the Monday evening you have something to look forward to after work/college and in this way the day will fly by! It's something that will constantly be on your mind and if it's something you're particularity excited about then you'll be in a good mood for the day.
But since it's the start of the week, try make those plans something low key and relaxing because a mad night out will tire you out for the rest of the week and then everyday will feel like a Monday!

 2. Early Morning Cardio
  I know asking you to get up even earlier on a Monday morning is a no no, but you should really consider just getting up a half hour earlier and doing some cardio! Whether you walk, jog or run, the tiniest bit of exercise will wake you start up and give you energy for the day! And trust me, this is a better way of getting energy rather than consuming endless cups of coffee during the day. You'll also feel better about yourself after you exercise and in this way, if you're like me you know your exercise is done for the day once you're home from work/college!

 3. Eat a Good Breakfast
  No matter what day it is you should always eat a good, healthy breakie but particularly on a Monday you should fill your tummy with plenty of goodness! I know the likes of porridge isn't the most appetizing but you can spruce it up by adding some berries or banana, maybe some honey or if you're like me I add in some vanilla extract to sweeten it. Always have fruit with breakfast as the natural sugars present will give you a fast release of energy unlike carbs ( porridge ) which is good for long term release of energy. The avocado addiction is still going strong for many people so why not try something from one of these recipes here: Healthy Food 

 4. Treat Yo' Self
 Make a list of things you want to achieve by the end of your day and if you get it all ticked off and done, treat yourself! Whether its a top you saw in the window of River Island, or you want to have a bar of chocolate with your cup of tea tonight (or glass of wine..not judging!) then you go do that! This will motivate you to have a productive Monday which leads onto having a positive day!

If you have a positive mind then positive things will come your way. This is something I'm trying to achieve this year! Have a great Monday!

Stay Stylish,

Shauna xox

Valentines Gift Guide

                  If anyone else is like me, you will struggle when it comes to buying Valentines presents. Its not like a birthday or Christmas when you have more of an idea of what to buy, how much to spend etc. but I do feel that a small gesture or gift is necessary for your other half on this occasion.
                  You both could decide to do something rather than buying each other gifts, which I think is a great thing to do, but once again if you are like me you'll probably end up doing both haha!!
So like most other blogs/bloggers, I thought a gift guide for valentines day would be very useful for my readers but I wanted to do more than just suggest what to buy so I will also be giving suggestions for things you and you're other half can do together, hotels to stay in, restaurants/bars to go to etc.

                                                         Gifts For Her....
 We are all well used to the usual presents.. Flowers & Chocolate. Now don't get me wrong, I'd never say no to a bit of chocolate but if you want to up your game here are some of my suggestions....

From the amazingly quirky accessories and stationary Hippenings has to offer, to the beautiful smelling scents of Victoria Secrets body sprays, or the delicate jewels of Alex & Ani and Thomas Sabo, you are bound to find your special someone the perfect present this Valentine's Day!
Websites such as Asos and Brown Thomas have a great selection of gifts for him and her for Valentine's Day so give them a look!

                                                                               Gifts for Him....
Men are difficult to buy for no matter what the occasion, and they definitely don't drop hints like us women! So here is some of the things I know that my other half would appreciate.

 Things to do together....
And for those of you who prefer to spend time together rather than money on material things on your other half, there is so many fun things you guys can do all around the country!! I know for a fact that I'm planning on doing some of these experiences over the next few weeks...

  Guinness Store House, Dublin.


 In the heart of Dublin City, a great experience you and your other half can take part in is a tour of the Guinness Store House! Looking out over the city in the skyline bar while sipping on a pint of Guinness, something you can only do here.

Get your tickets here: Tickets

Afternoon Tea at the G.

Afternoon Tea at the G Hotel in Galway is the perfect treat for this Valentines Day. Why not make a weekend of it and stay in this beautiful hotel and book in for a treatment in the five star spa at offer here in The G.

Book here: The G Hotel

Wild Atlantic Way.

The Wild Atlantic Way runs all along the west coast of Ireland, starting in Donegal and ending in Cork. You can do this activity in smaller sections or you can tackle the whole thing together if you like. Whether you cycle, canoe or walk, this is an experience of a lifetime! This is a great idea for those of you out there who prefer the outdoors and its the perfect way to see the natural beauty Ireland has to over.

Thanks so much for reading and keep an eye on the Pearls & Poison facebook page (Pearls & Poison )
for an exciting announcement coming soon!

Stay Stylish,
Shauna xox