Thursday, March 17, 2016

Splurge or Save: Jesy Nelson

Splurge: Bra ~ Tank ~ Leggings ~ Runners

My first Splurge or Save post in almost two years - crazy, I know! It's also my first ever fitness/activewear SOS post. Last Wednesday was the one year anniversary of the day I started at Heatons head office in the Sportsworld buying department, so it's only natural that sports/fitnesswear would influence my (sporadic) posts. I do enjoy compiling SOS posts though, so I'm going to try to keep these up.

Jesy Nelson, along with her Little Mix bandmates, is one of the faces of Sports Direct's own brand, USA Pro, which is also available in Sportsworld departments in a number of Heatons stores throughout Ireland, as well as online at But if you are loyal to the pioneer premium sports brands, similar items are available from Nike, adidas, Puma and New Balance (these brands are also stocked in Sportsworld stores and on

Have a look at Little Mix's campaign for USA Pro below.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

10 things that are 10 years old this year

10. Lily Allen's debut album, “Alright, Still?”
The summer of 2006 was when a fresh-faced Lily Allen, then aged 20, bounced onto the scene in her trademark dress-and-trainers combo, decorating the charts with her cheerful Cockney ditties about lying exes, lazy little brothers, and living in London.

9. The Devil Wears Prada
Based on a novel written by a former Vogue intern, 2006 saw the release of one of Meryl Streep’s finest performances as the icy magazine editor Miranda Priestley to Anne Hathaway’s Andie Sachs, a small-town girl with dreams of “serious” journalism who takes a PA job at a fashion magazine. Thus one of the defining fashion films of the 21st century was born, and the epic one-liner “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking” was coined.

8. The Nintendo Wii
Yes, it’s really 10 years since Nintendo released the Wii in November 2006, just in time for the capitalist Christmas race against the PlayStation 3 which was also released that year.

7. Fallout on RTE
2006 saw the airing of a two-part mockumentary on RTE, investigating how a nuclear explosion at the Sellafield plant in the UK would hypothetically impact upon Ireland, environmentally, socially and economically. Realistic dramatised news bulletins and plausible grainy mobile phone footage resulted in a War of the Worlds effect – wherein some viewers believed it to be actually happening.

6. Big Brother 7
Also known as, in my opinion, the best series of Big Brother to have ever been aired. Who can forget Nikki’s Diary Room rants (“Who is she?!”), Grace’s water-throwing antics and winner Pete’s lovability. I have yet to watch a series to match it.

5. Ugly Betty
Yes, 2006 was the year this brilliant show about the invincible Betty Suarez, who took a job at a fashion magazine to pursue her dreams of serious journalism, first aired. Starring America Ferrera, the show ran for four successful seasons and ended in 2010.

4. Muse – “Black Holes and Revelations”
Muse’s fourth album, but the first to make me fall in love with them, was released in June of 2006. Containing anthems like Starlight, Knights of Cydonia and Supermassive Black Hole, the album reached number one in five countries and went platinum in six.

3. Long hot summer
The summer of 2006 brought with it a heatwave, making it, at the time, the hottest summer ever recorded and the hottest year of the decade. 2006 was also the year I did the Junior Cert. Great timing(!)

2. Suri Cruise
I know, they grow up so fast don’t they?! It seems no length since Tom Cruise was lepping around on Oprah’s couch out of sheer adoration for his then-girlfriend, Katie Holmes. Well it’s now ten years since their daughter, Suri, was born, and they have since divorced. Suri has morphed into a mini-me of her mother and has a wardrobe that Anna Wintour would be proud of.

1.  These songs
Just let it sink in that these three songs, listed in the top 10 singles of that year, are TEN YEARS OLD.

Enjoy feeling old. xoxo

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

These Boots

It's September, the temperature's dramatically dropped, and it's well and truly autumn. Which only means one thing for me ... ankle boot season!*

*Technically I wore them during the summer too, but now I can fully embrace the trend again. :)

I've collated my favourites below...

Before I wrap up this very short and sweet post, here's a little about why I haven't posted all summer, and why my posts have been extremely infrequent this year.

I have decided to let blogging take a back seat. This year I began my career in buying when I started at Heatons six months ago (the time has FLOWN!), and I've never known myself to be so busy. Now I like being kept busy, so this suits me down to the ground, but I'm so busy that I don't have the time to invest in blogging. I like to switch off in the evenings when I come home.

Also, I feel that the fun has gone out of blogging a little, because what once began as a hobby, and a community of sorts, has morphed into a massive industry. Which is great, don't get me wrong, it's amazing that people can build careers out of doing what they love, but, many bloggers have achieved notoriety or fame through it and now it seems that the world and its mother wants to be a blogger, and not for the right reasons. People are starting blogs thinking they're going to get sent loads of freebies and invited everywhere, and not because they love to write or because they have a genuine interest in it. As a result, I feel that the community spirit that was such a big part of blogging a couple of years ago has disappeared. 

However, don't think this is an "I'm quitting" message, I still like having this platform here when I feel the need to post about something, it's just posts from here on in are most likely going to be very sporadic.

Thank you if you have been reading Walking Primrose for some time. 
Much appreciated.

Aisling. X

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

No question. #VoteYES

Friday next, May 22, is a major date for every Irish citizen who is registered to vote. It is the date of the Marriage Referendum, in which we as citizens will vote on whether or not to legalise same-sex marriage in Ireland.

This is something I feel REALLY strongly about - personally I see it as a matter of civil rights and I think that the fact that there is even a referendum at all is ridiculous. For a long time, I happily assumed that a Yes vote would be ubiquitous - I, and everyone I surround myself with, would all be unified in our support for the Yes campaign - but in recent weeks, a No campaign (led by such 'wonderful' organisations like the infamous Iona Institute, and Mothers & Fathers Matter) has sprung up, with horrible ignorant posters like the below appearing on signposts around the country.

(Side note: I was cheered up to read that the couple used in these images [which were taken from a stock photo website] have denounced the use of their family photo in this campaign)

First of all, the main argument that the No side are using is that of the above - that every child deserves a mother and a father. Aside from this being a completely ridiculous and insulting argument towards not only same-sex parents, but one-parent families, children raised by grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, etc - it is actually a completely invalid argument. Same-sex couples can actually already legally adopt in Ireland, and the referendum is in relation to marriage and marriage only, so pipe down hun, you haven't got a leg to stand on.

This is an issue that I feel so strongly about that I don't feel I can put it into words, especially when there has been so many amazing blog posts, articles and videos compiled in the last couple of weeks. Instead of writing a long-winded post, I'll share a couple of tweets I've posted, as well as media from various other sources that state the facts, that have moved me, and that I whole-heartedly agree with.

This video is from 2009!

Letter to the editor in the Irish Times, 12/5/15

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I also want to quickly mention that, back when I was in transition year of school, I was part of the school magazine committee, and one of the pages contained a Vox Pop, in which one of the questions asked was, "Should gay couples be allowed to marry/adopt in Ireland?" I was one of the respondents, and I can't remember exactly how I worded it (because I have no idea where that magazine is now), but I know my answer went something like "Absolutely, they deserve the same rights as everyone else".

Now bear in mind that this was 2007, in a rural Irish Catholic-ethos school, so unfortunately some of the other responses didn't echo mine. Sadly, those that answered that question negatively did so because they had grown up in a society that saw gay people as outcasts by not allowing them all of the same civil rights as straight people. That's why a yes vote is crucial, so that future generations will grow up, never imagining or comprehending why LGBT people were ever ostracised.

Rural Ireland has always been generally conservative and backward in its views towards progression, hence why I'm sad to be from a rural area at times like this. But progression is key, and change is good, so lets just hope that equality wins out next Friday.

Any No voters reading this (I really hope you are few and far between!!) - please bear in mind that if this referendum passes, all that will happen is same-sex couples will be able to simply celebrate their love for each other - legally. That's all. No ifs, no buts.

No question. Vote YES.

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I'm alive!

I can't believe I'm writing this post on May 16th, having not written a blog post since the start of March. The last two months have whizzed by to say the least, and as a result I have lots of news!

So as you know, I finished my postgrad in Fashion Buying back in January, and graduated in February.

On graduation day at St. Patrick's Cathedral with girls from my class. L-R: Rebecca, Elaine, myself, Marina, Lynda & Katie

As soon as exams finished, the job search began and I moved back home because, well, for one, I couldn't stay in Dublin without a valid reason (i.e. working or studying), and also, I was applying to jobs throughout both here and the UK and so I didn't know where I would be going, or how soon it would be before I got something. I'm sure any graduate will agree with me here when I say that launching into a job hunt just after exams is so draining. Tailoring your CV and cover letters, researching different companies, and attending interview after interview, well it's all a bit soul-destroying to be honest. I had six interviews throughout January, February and early March (flying to the UK for one), and was starting to get seriously fed up when I finally landed a position, back in Dublin... with the Irish department store group Heatons. Anyone who is familiar with Heatons will know that most of their branches have an additional sports/fitness floor called SportsWorld; this is the division in which I am now working as a buying office administrator. It's busy and fast-paced but I like it; it's exactly two months to the date since I started working there now, and the time has absolutely flown.

My new job is partially to blame for my lack of blog posts - when I come home in the evenings I just want to switch off, my head is buzzing from purchase orders and margins all day, and honestly, the last thing I want to do is launch into writing a post. I suppose you could say that that's no excuse, that I still have the weekends, but to be honest I've been squeezing a lot into my weekends for the past while as well! Such as...

Celebrating birthdays and going-away parties...

...Secretly flying over to beautiful Bath to surprise my friend Cairistine for her birthday...

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...and celebrating my cousin Claire's Gatsby-themed 30th in Birmingham!

So this weekend is the first in a looong time that I haven't had to rush around for something or other, or get up at 3am for a flight, and needless to say, I've barely moved all day and I'm loving doing nothing! 

However, next weekend is going to be a big one, and this I will elaborate on in my next blog post. Click 'Newer post' below to read it!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

March Favourites

Listening... Maroon 5's latest earworm, Sugar.

...Kim K's new hair CUT. Loving the bob - still in two minds about the colour. It might be growing on me...

...after this Rebecca Minkoff mini crossbody...perfect for spring summer!

,,,at the hundreds of hilarious memes about #TheDress. I f*cking love the internet sometimes!

...reruns of Downton Abbey with my mamaw. Hurry up series six!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

LFW Street Style - Favourites

Here are some of my favourite #streetstyle looks from London Fashion Week!

So I think it's pretty evident from this post that I'm partial to a midi skirt and a pair of black skinnies!

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