Flowers Upon Flowers

Hello Gang,

Happy Hump Day! Today’s post is all about one of the most amazing parks I have ever been to whilst we were in Dubai, a place called The Miracle Gardens. This park, perhaps you could call it a theme park is truly a sight-seeing extraordinaire! It is hard to describe but think being in these garden feels a little like being in Disney Land (replace the rides with flowers).

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There are beautiful, quirky details wherever you look and there is so much greenery surrounding you – something that is lacking a little in Dubai. So if you are looking to escape the concrete and skyscrapers, you’ll love spending a few hours here. It’s great for visiting on your own, or with friends and family (I can only imagine how magical children must find the garden as I found it so enchanting!). It’s an unusual attraction for the region, where you’re often faced with so many flashing lights, noise and buildings – something that doesn’t bother what so ever but this was a nice change of pace to be surrounded by nature and pretty natural sights.

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As you can imagine I tried to capture our experience by way of pictures, but they do not do it justice, The Miracle Gardens is a place unlike any other and definitely fits within the theme that ran strong and true in Dubai, basically that theme being, “why not?’ Like, why not build amazing structures and figures out of millions of beautiful flowers?!

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The sky was cloudless and blue and the flowers looked even more beautiful against it. As it is summer time and the temperatures soar to the mid 40’s we were a little silly and visited the gardens around 11am which in Dubai is a fundamental error as you just cannot stick the sunshine coming up to midday and as there is very little shade I would highly recommend that the best time to visit would be very early in the morning as soon as it opens or maybe around 5 pm to sunset. Otherwise, you might want to bring umbrellas. However speaking of umbrellas…

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It’s truly a “miracle” these flowers are actually real and thriving in extreme weather conditions. Open during both summer and winter months you can only imagine maintaining to keep the flowers alive at Dubai Miracle Garden is one tough and expensive task – but that could be the main reason of the AED30 (US$8) per person entrance fee but it is a small price to pay to visit such a beautiful and breathtaking park! It was a great day trip. I would have loved to stay longer but it was really too hot for the time of day. However, Ii you are in Dubai and haven’t visited, it is definitely worth the trip, just pick the best time. And take a lot of photos!

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

Dubai Desert

Hello Lovelies,

How has everyone been? Talk about being back to reality with a bang! Oh to be back in Dubai soaking up the sunshine and playing tourist again. Anyone that has travelled to Dubai knows that a trip is not complete without a Desert Safari venture. It is the perfect way to leave Dubai’s skyscrapers for the empty desert and dunes for a 4 hour desert cultural experience. We travelled with a company called Dubai Hummer Safari and I couldn’t recommend them enough!

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This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert of Dubai with several photo-stops during an exciting dune drive to the first destination a camel farm. The drive continued across the desert. Our final stop was to watch the beautiful sunset in the middle of the desert perched on the top of a sand dune.

I had fantasised about riding a camel in a caftan or long flowing dress in the desert and we got to do just that and here’s how it went.

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We were picked up from our hotel — Atana Hotel  — at 4pm and driven out to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, in the heart of the desert. First up, the camel ride. Upon arrival, we had the option to enjoy a short camel ride. These were our camels and we had such fun getting up on them never mind the actually camel ride. We were greeted by our guide to “Madam, your camel awaits” shortly followed by ”hold on tight”. After a short ride, it was time to then head onto our adventure of dune bashing.

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We’d previously been on one of these trips and you will always be warned that if we had bad backs or prone to car sickness dune bashing can be quite a bumpy experience. Now I hate any kind of turbulence but I found dune bashing mostly fine, with just a few hairy moments. So I think most people should be OK with it. I tried to take photos but you will quickly realise that you will be in danger of breaking your camera. So here’s a photo taken on my Iphone.

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I’m a traveller by passion and I like to try and spend most of my free time in travelling. As I said previously, this was my second visit to Dubai and I can safely say that I will be taking back some amazing memories, our Desert Safari being the peak of my trip! An Exhilarating source of adventure, true to its word!

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The obligatory ‘here I am in the desert’ shot.

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Pink Lady

Hello Lovelies,

Happy Saturday! How has everyones week been? Did you enjoy all the sunshine? Isn’t it so typical that the weather decides to take a turn for the worst when the weekend is about to arrive. I am just in the process of doing some last minute packing as we are getting ready to go to Dubai later on tonight. To say we are excited is an under statement!

But before we jet off I wanted to show you all one of my latest looks that we shot when the weather was a little bit sunnier than it is today. This dress is another Primark buy and its ideal for those warm summer days. I wanted to dress it up with some heels so my heels from Public Desire were my first choice and then my Ray-Bans (which I should wear more often) and voila outfit complete. The great thing about this dress is that you could as easy dress it down with some sandals as dress it up with some heels.

Well I best be off and finish my packing before it is to late but I will keep you all updated on our travels.

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

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Mellow Yellow

Hi Lovelies,

So only two more sleeps until Dubai! How exciting! If you guys have ever been to Dubai, please do send me on any of your suggestions. I have been to Dubai before but we want to try out different places so all recommendations are totally welcome.

I am a little stuck for time this morning so this post will be a little short but I hope you enjoy it all the same. Yellow isn’t usually a very flattering colour on me however as you have probably gathered I am trying to break out of my fashion rut and try new colours and trends and this is another experiment which I think has paid off. This jacket is from Primark along with the suit pants, my top is Mango and my shoes are from River Island. The yellow really makes the outfit pop in all the right ways so it will definitely be something that I will wear again.

That is all for now as I have to dash but I will be back again before we jet off.

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

(Outfit Details: Jacket: Primark, Trousers – Primark, Top – Mango, Shoes – River Island)

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Baby Pink

Hello Everyone,

Happy Hump Day! How is your Wednesday going? The countdown is on, only three more sleeps until we are off on our holidays! To say I am excited would be an understated. However, I still have so much to do before we go including packing…Its on my to-do list to get it done by the end of the day so here is hoping.

Now onto my latest look, which is hopefully the start of my summer wardrobe! With the weather so good here at the moment, its so great to pull out my summer clothes and get ready for sunshine on my bones. This particular dress is from Primark, is anyone else loving there latest collection? My shoes are from Public Desire, not a pair that I would usually purchase but there actually nicer in person than they were online and I can’t to wear them again.

Have a great day lovelies, we are off to have some brunch and perhaps a little bit of shopping but I will be back tomorrow with some more updates.

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

(Outfit Details: Dress – Primark, Shoes – Public Desire, Sunglasses – Ray-Bans)

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Polka Dots

Good Morning Lovelies,

I hope your week has been off to a good start! Its only Tuesday and I feel like this week should be already over. We had a tough day yesterday as Baby May was back in the hospital for some more tests and it was painful to say the least, I won’t get it to details but  do you ever dread something and it turns out to be worse than you ever anticipated! But we are over the worst of it so here is hoping the rest of the week is off to a better start.

I wanted to show you one of my latest purchases from Zara. Now it is not very summery but it can be dressed up or down for any occasion so you could say its pretty versitile. Paired with some black jeans and black scrappy sandals (all from Primark) and voila outfit complete.

Now thats all from me but I will be back tomorrow with some new outfit details.

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

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Gingham

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! How amazing is this sunshine, Ireland is such a beautiful place when the sun shines! I am currently sitting in the garden, enjoying a little beverage whilst writing this post.

Today’s post is my outfit that I wore last night when I went for some Tapas with my sister. As you are probably already aware, culottes are my new favourite go-to outfit. I picked this pair up in Primark during the week, now I was a little hesitant as the gingham trend is something that I have tried to avoid but its literally impossible to stay away from as it is everywhere. I’m not to sure why I am not the biggest fan of the trend but after last night I might just be converted. Paired with my trust worthy River Island blouse and black heels, the outfit came together pretty well.

Hopefully the sunshine is here to stay! But just in case it isn’t we are off for a walk to the park with little Miss May.

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

(Outfit Details: Culottes: Primark, Top – River Island, Shoes – River Island)

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Casually Grey

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday!  I hope that you are all having a wonderful morning and this posts finds you happy and well!

This outfit has so many different pieces that I have worn over and over again. You can never have too many go-to pairs of shorts and basic tops. I find myself wearing more black and grey’s lately and I am loving this little change up. This bag is an oldie but a goodie it’s the perfect crossbody and fits just about anything without getting too heavy.

Have a wonderful day guys!

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

(Outfit Details: Top – Primark, Shorts – Primark, Shoes – Primark, Bag – DKNY, Sunglasses – Quay Australia)

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Beauty Belle For A Beautiful You

Hello Everyone,

Beauty Belle is a brand that I recently discovered as I was in search of a mask that would help rejuvenate my skin as it has been pretty washed out and dull looking for the past couple of weeks (the joys of motherhood). Offering innovative beauty products that are both personally tested and selected from leading brands across the world, allowing you to access these products in your own home without needing to pay salon or spa prices.

One of my favourite masks that I have tried out is the Under Eye Mask With Collagen & Green Tea Extract which is an intensive under eye treatment to nourish and minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, under eye shadow and dryness while increasing elasticity and firmness for a youthful appearance. There are three in each pack and they are suitable for all skin types, these under eye patches are infused with collagen and energising ingredients, cut to the shape of the under eye and ready to use.

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Instructions: Gently cleanse the area, remove mask from packaging, peel of patch from clear sheet, apply under the eye and wear for 15-20 minutes.

As a new mom, early starts and late nights are part of my daily routine so come the end of the week I am not always looking my best. However this particular was great at cooling and reducing puffiness and managed to brightened my eye area, making both my eyes look renewed. Whats more after each use I looked as though I have had 10 hours sleep.

I was a little skeptical when it said it would reduce puffiness, but it actually did! The results didn’t last long, but it was great to have fresh-looking skin in the morning. Not forgetting to mention the packaging is pretty easy to open, the mask itself feels a little slimy but that’s typical for masks. Also, the mask itself does look a little creepy on your face but what mask isn’t!

Here is the link if you would like to have a little sneak peek. Happy Shopping Lovelies!

As Always Love,

Glam Meets Girl x

My Best Baby Buys

Hello Gang,

Pip & Leo – If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will know that I am a huge fan of a brand called Pip & Leo who provide a quality multi-use cover that makes life that little bit easier for moms everywhere. All of the covers are made from organic cotton that is both soft and stretchy which makes for the perfect car seat, nursing and stroller cover. They are created in order to help shield your baby from the elements with a 360 coverage that can be used for year round use. All moms know that your time is precious so this cover is pretty easy to care for. You can just place it in with your regular laundry, wash and dry as you wish! Best of all – One size fits all! You can check out all the styles here http://pipandleo.com.

Stokke Xplory Stroller – Up next is my pram. It took us the longest time to choose the right pram. Who knew it would be such a hard decision but we are so happy with the one we picked. The Xplory’s seat sits high, so you’re closer to your baby not to mention it doubles at a highchair. The Xplory can face inwards or can be turned to face outwards when your baby gets a little bigger. The Stokke is easily put together and the seat clicks into whichever position in a matter of seconds. You can shop the Stokke here.

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Fisher Price Kick & Play Gym – This gym includes a piano and five hanging toys: an infant mirror, an elephant with a clacker, a frog with a rolling ball, a tiger and a hippo teether, each with different textures and colours. Your babies kicks will initiate the piano notes, and you can have it play either short or long-form music, up to 15 minutes continuously. The colours, characters, mirror and piano are great for stimulating your child’s physical and sensorial development. The piano encourages stretching and kicking, while the activity toys overhead encourage reaching, neck strength and attention. While the mat is great for tummy time, it can also be used as a plain mat for laying or sitting around. We picked our up in Smyths Toy Store and here is the link.

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KiKi Moon – Is an Irish owned baby boutique label that specialises in super soft pure cotton knit blankets. The range is made from 100% pure organic cotton in vibrant colours. This reversible blanket is super soft and ideal for prams, cots, playtime and car journeys. We have had so much use out of our KiKi Moon, it is May’s favourite blanket and is perfect to keep her snug in both the winter and summer months. The full range is available online https://www.lovekikimoon.com and is highly worth checking out.

Babytiful – Babytiful is a family business based in Dublin specialising in teething pendants, necklaces, bracelets and pacifies clips. May has the Mint Faceted Bracelet which is suitable from birth and is made from soft and flexible silicone making it both pretty and practical. This bracelet is great to give her to hold whilst feeding. Whats more is that the silicone rubber will not support the growth of fungus, told or bacteria and they are easy to clean, you simply wash in warm soapy water and hang to dry.

I hope you found this post helpful. They are just some of our favourite products that we have bought for Baby May.

Love,

Glam Meets Girl x