Monday, 17 August 2015

Moving out for the first time|| What do I need to know!?

Hey There my Friends,

So your moving out for the first time? Or maybe its not the first time but wanted to learn some tips or tricks. Well you have come to the right place!... (hopefully :D) I have had a think about it & compiled a list of some of the things I have learned from over the years.

For some of you out there it will be your first time leaving the family nest... off to college or maybe you just feel ready or have taken a job far away from your home house. Its all very exciting but can also be over whelming!! I remember!! As long ago as that was.

I first moved out of my family home for college 7 years ago (God thats crazy to even write!! 7 Years ago!!) Since then I have have lived in many places ... *Just a moment*..... 6 places and I am currently in the process of moving again. To be honest at this stage I do wish I could just pay someone to do it all for me and I could just walk into my new place all sorted and ready to rock & roll... but thats not going to happen #sadface. On the upside I did learn from every place I stayed in so I feel confident in sharing my moving experiances with you!!

Here are my Tips!!

1. Start Looking as soon as you decide to move

The renting and property market is a fickle thing and depending on the area houses can go up and be snapped up in 24 hours (and they are also usually the ones with the best location, in the best condition and going for the best price) Before you start, make a list of what you are Ideally looking for ... How many bedrooms, Price range, Location, Rent the house / apartment or house share, double or single bed, Parking and all that good stuff. After a while you will begin to realize you are going to have to negotiate and compromise with somethings. For example - The closer you are to your college or the city the higher the prices go. However if you know what you want then its easier to find the house that fits most of the requirements and it will also make you more focused. You never know you could get lucky and find you ideal place. If you are a student the colleges will generally have a list of landlords that will rent to students or have a student only accommodation on or near the college campus. Get in contact with your college and im sure that they will be happy to help!! If you are not going down that route or are not a student then make sure to check rental property websites as often as possible new properties are put up all the time!! The Ones I go to (Ireland Only) Are and

2. Organise your finances

Initial Cost

Usually Landlords will want a deposit (the cost of a months rent) and first months rent. This so that if you decide to jump ship on them then the landlord will have something while finding someone to replace you or if the house was not kept in the best condition then they would have money to fix or replace whatever was damaged. If everything is fine and you dont runaway before the end of the contract then you will recieve your security deposit back on departure. Some student accommodation will expect to be paid by the term so this can be a lot more of an expense initial cost!! they will offer discounts for early payment and sometimes cash or online payment so be sure to look into it.. and find the one that suits you best.

Bills, Bills, Bills

Another thing to look into is whether your bills will be included or just sorted out by the landlord and requsted when they arrive either monthly or bi-monthly. By this I mean Gas, Electricity, Waste or Water charges, Wifi and so on... Most student accommodation will have it built into the price but most other rental properties will have it separately and will have to be paid when they are due. Dont forget to take this into account when looking for your ideal home. More less likely the landlord will have nothing to do with the bills and you will have to sort it out yourself (Yup this has happened to me once) It is a learning curve believe me I had no idea about any of it but slowly you begin to work it out. Nothing makes you learn quicker then sitting in the dark, in the cold with no Wifi (I joke) but still you get where Im coming from. If this happens to you the best thing you can do is ask your parents or find an adult friend to help you out with it!    

Travel Expenses

One other thing to think about is travel .. to college or work. If you decide on a house / Apartment that is a little bit futher away as it is cheaper just remember that your travel expenses may increase therefore you are paying out the same money regardless. Its seems simple but can be so easily forgotten. Look into all the methods of travel available and work out how much a month it is going to cost you just get around!

Securing That Viewing

So now you have found a few places that have taken your fancy?? What next?? Most websites will have an onsite way of emailing the advertiser. This way you can express your interest on the property and also request a viewing with ease. If not there will definitely be a number available to ring the advertiser. I think ringing the advertiser is usually the best way for immediate response but what with my work schedule I have to email lately as the times are not convenient for calling and I have found that most places are quick to respond. Just make sure you either have notifications on your phone if you have your email hooked up to it or you are checking your emails regularly. I also think that you should always respond even if its not the answer you wish to receive from them. Just to say thank you for getting back to me. People appreciate being acknowledged. Not only that they may have similar properties and or remember you in the future when you are looking again for a place to live. At the very least it is always nice to be nice.

At the Viewing

Congrats you got the viewing! Nearly there. So what should you looking out for??
  • What will your new landlord be like?
  • Are there new people to meet?
  • What condition is the house in?
  • What condition is your 'new room' in?
  • How thick are the walls? double glazed windows? - This is an indication of how warm/cold the house is going to be in the winter/summer periods. Also how expensive its is going to heat the place
  • Is it clean... will it be easy to keep clean??
  • Storage space in both bedroom and kitchen (size of fridge and freezer)
  • How bright is it. Is there natural sunlight?
Now some of these are again just preference and not deal breakers but some are very important. The main thing to look for is a safe, comfortable environment where you can see yourself being happy for the next 9 months - a year.

What should you ask the Landlord/ Other tenants?
  • The money side of it... don't be afraid. You need to know when rent is due, bills are due and any other expenses so you can be fully prepared and not take on more than you can handle.
  • If you don't know the area you can ask about bus times or closest food shop
  • You ask about other tenants if you don't know them yet. Just so you can get a feel for the environment you may be living in... party house.. or .. quieter house.
  • Also you may need ask how things work if they are different to what you are used to e.g shower, washer/dryer.
Anything you wish to know now is your time to do it!

This is the time you may also be signing a contract or else it could happen on moving day. This will be decided between yourselves during this viewing. Unless the landlord has other potential tennants then you may have the horrible situation of waiting for a call to find out whether you have gotten the house or not. Etiher way there a couple of things to remember when signing a contract. First of all READ IT! Seems simple right but lots of people will gloss over it and sign it just because they are excited or are so happy to finally find a place. However not reading it could cost you, You could end up accidently breaking a rule (resulting in losing your deposit), signing to pay more than you thought you were agreeing to or not knowing important dates like maintenance calls or when you have to move out & secondly If you have any questions about it again now is the time to ask or for trying to make any sort of negotiations. Again if you have not already read it how can you do this. If unsure ask someone to do it with you like a parent. You prospective landlord wont mind and will probably be impressed that you are responsible.      

Moving Day!

Congratulations!!  Its moving day!! This can be bit of a stressful day so once again my advice... be as organised as possible. If you dont drive you may need to enlist the help of family or friends. If it is going to take more than one trip to move then make sure to take all the essentials first & if not make sure they are all packed in the same bag as you may not be able to pack everything immediately but atleast you know where the important stuff are. For example have all you bed clothes, toiletries, technology (laptop, chargers, earphones... ) Pjs and anything else you will need first. That way even if you cant unpack in one day you have everything you need to have a comfortable first night. This will also be the time to head to the shop pick up some food items and all those things you never seem to think about when you are living at home like toilet paper. Also from viewing the house you will know how furnished it is so make a list of anything else needed like teatowels, oven gloves, cups or anything like that. you can usually pick them up and you nearest pound shop or 2 euro store. Its all going to take a bit of time and usually takes about a week or two to get used to everything. 


Now all the hard work is done you can relax and enjoy your new home!! Hope everyone has a great year!!

This has been quite a long post but I hope it was helpful! I will have more posts on moving coming up for you guys so I will be there for you throughout your moving experience!! If you have any comments, questions or queries then please don't hesitate to leave them down below!!

Are you moving out for the first time? 
Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

Have you seen my previous posts?  

Also 3 months ago when I was moving into the place Im currently living in (summer lease hence moving so soon) I wrote a post on the upside to moving you can click on the link here to check it out The Upside to Moving

Have you seen my Beauty Blog?? Beauty La Linda - MUA

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Book review || #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Hello there, 

I have a very exciting book to tell you about. I have no doubt you have already seen hundreds of reviews and more than likely you have already read the book! However these are my thoughts and opinion on it!

I will admit before I heard about this book I had very little knowledge about Sophia Amoruso or indeed Nasty Gal. I know was I living under a rock!!? I had heard of the company but knew virtually nothing about it. Nonetheless I heard so many people rave about this book that I had to pick it up and give it a shot.

Boy Im glad I did! If anyone has yet to read this book then I highly highly urge you to pick it up!!


This book is autobiographical. It is written by Sophia Amoruso. It talks about her life growing up and all the events that led to creating the Nasty Gal company and brand. She talks about her experiences and lessons she has learned while also talking not only about how she built up the company from nothing but also how she continues to run it as a multi million dollar company.

What I liked about the book.

Honestly I think this is probably one of the most inspirational books I have ever read!! I love the way it is written as if she is talking directly to you the reader! Its kind of like having a one on one interview where she is telling you all her secrets to success! Everytime I put the book down I felt so motivated and refreshed!! I think because she seems so real! (I know she is real, but you know what I mean!) Like she could be a friend! There was no silver spoon involved in her success, no expensive private schools and rich connections. She was just like one of us that happened upon an idea and it took off from there. She worked hard, stayed driven, motivated & positive and quickly rose to top!! She includes anicdotes from her life, tips, tricks and also short biographic stories from other #girlbosses and people who never gave up in their quest for success. 

Anything Negative??

The only negative thing that I have heard about this book is that she can come across as a little condescending & to be completely honest I can see their point every now and then! The way this book is written, the dialog can be quiet hard & brash. It is straight to the point! But that is not a turn off for me I kind of like it. Its so direct! 

Would I recommend it?

I think you already know the answer to this..... YES 100% YES! I have already recommended it to friends and relatives! If you are in need of motivation to move your lazy ass I guarantee you, reading this book will do the trick! If it doesn't there's not much else that will!! I think its an excellent book and an absolutely fantastic achievement by Sophia Amoruso. I would definately be interested in any future books she may bring out. She has a bright future and long may the success last!! 

*I am not being sponsered in anyway for this review. I purchased this book with my own money. I have written this review of my own accord, for your information and entertainment. This is my opinion and my opinion alone. *

Have you read this book??
What did you think?? Let me know in the comments

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Midweek Motivation || Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life!!

Hello everyone, 

So today I have taken my inspiration for #midweekmotivation from this quote! I think it is a very valid one!! Now I know it is not always possible to land you dream job... must pay bills and all that but I was thinking about it, and this doesn't necessarily have to apply to work alone. 

If you have a dream however achievable it may be then go for it! Work hard and dedicate your time and energy into pursuing in. What ever free time or any time you have you can dedicate to it then do it. I'm not encouraging anyone right now to quit their jobs and only pursue their passion but for example I will use my own journey I have been on for almost 2 years now (That seems crazy to even think about) 

About 2 years ago I decided I wanted to look for a smokey bronzey eye look tutorial for a night out I had coming up. I googled it and came upon the YouTube channel of beauty queen Nicole Guerriero. I was then introduced in to the whole world of beauty YouTube. I didnt want to go on the small screen but I loved this world. I then happened upon blogging and decided this would be a perfect way for me to get involved in this beauty world! I decided to go to beauty college and I had found something by complete accident - my passion. 

Now I still have a regular job but on my days off and when I have time I blog, join twitter chats and all that jazz ... I love it! I would love for this to be something I do full-time but right now that just isnt practical but someday maybe.....

All Im saying if its something you love and truely want to do then go for it! work hard, stay strong and understand that it will take time. Do you think I had a clue what I was doing when I started?? Not a clue... not an Idea in the world. I knew what I wanted to blog and what I wanted to be apart of and achieve but I in no way knew how to get there... I didnt even know how to use Twitter for crying out loud (I am now addicted!!) 

Also if you dont ever wanted what your doing to be your job then you dont need It to be - keep its your hobby, your escape, your outlet and it will still continue to make you happy !!

Thats my little bit of motivation for the week!! 

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!!

Hope you have a great week!!

Have you seen my previous post - Midweek Motivation || Get Dressed up for your Life!!

Have you checked out my Beauty Blog Beauty La Linda - MUA

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Midweek Motivation || Dress Up For Your Life!! || Beauty La Linda - Lifestyle

Hello Everyone,

Its time for another installment of Midweek Motivation!

Today I want to talk about confidence and how it is linked into our appearance and the way we conduct ourselves. I remember in the past having this conversation with a friend and she was trying to tell me that the way we portray ourselves to world has an actual impact on our lives. At this moment in time in my life I was on the opposing side of view. This is not to say that I dressed like a complete slob, scary or completely unapproachable but my view was if people are good and worth being in your life then they will be in life whether you dress and look like a runway model or not. 

Dont get me wrong I am still of this view, for the most part anyway but I now see and understand the other side of it too. The people who are in life already should already not care what you look like as long as you are healthy & happy but its the world around you that you are speaking to with your appearance. The people you don't know that also will somehow affect you life.. possibly anyway. 

Why should we care about what strangers think about us??

To this question my answer is We shouldn't really... well not the point where we are wondering what every person who looks in our direction is thinking about our outfit choice or whether our hair is perfect.. If we did that most of us would never leave the house. However there are some legitimate arguments for why we should care... 

  • As sad as is it the first way everybody judges a person is on their appearance. Its your first impression and it forms within seconds. This is not to say that this opinion cant be changed or will even be so dramatic that it will have a massive affect on whether someone else approaches you or not but it can. It can be super important though... for example Interviews for lets say college or a job... acquiring loans or bank meetings.. or a night out... for meeting the ONE... yeah it hasnt worked for me yet but people ultimately want to meet, work with & be friends with someone approachable and looks reliable and well put together.
  • Another and probably the most important point is the confidence that the feeling you are looking good can give you. Without meaning to or even knowing you are doing it you walk taller, smiling more and you look more confident! You have a new energy that you project out into the world. I mean everybody knows that new hair feeling am I right??

I mean most people will always make more of an effort for someone else for example family dinner, night out with friends, boyfriend, work.... well I say why not just do it for YOU!! Dress up for your life! Why wait for an important night out or for a new love to walk into your life to dress up and feel good about yourself!?

Life is so short & you only get one! So dress up everyday and make it count! (Dont get me wrong everyone loves a good no make up day! but my point stop waiting for a reason to dress up nice and feel good about yourself)

Dress Up For Your Life!

Where do stand on this concept!?
Whats you opinion??

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