Dominique Nugent

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

My new Huawei mate 20 pro

Hi Everyone,

If you have been following my instagram you may have noticed I swapped phones recently to the new hauwei mate 20 pro. I was lucky enough to get to go to the Huawei tech conference in London a few weeks ago where we learnt about all the new features and were gifted the phone.

I have always been an iphone gal but once I saw the camera and new features on the Huawei I knew I was gonna make the swap. If you are thinking of getting a new phone for Christmas and you are into photography then I think this phone could be the one for you.

I am gonna leave a little list of my favourite features on the phone below. Bear in mind I am 100% no tech expert and this post is not being sponsored but I got so many messages about the phone since I swapped over that I thought it would be good to just write a post and have it all here for anyone interested in reading. I'm going to keep this short and sweet because for any real details on the phone you can google some in depth reviews by tech experts.

So the phone has an in display fingerprint scanning system, 3d facial recognition, three cameras and it can charge other phones wirelessly. You can charge someone else's phone by turning on the reverse charge feature and laying a phone on the back of the Huawei mate 20 pro. It is seriously cool and I'm sure in years to come this will be standard on every phone, its the future!! It also has the longest battery life as it has a 4,200mAh battery. Battery is a huge thing for me and I haven't had to reach for my charger during the day at all since I start using the phone over a month ago and believe me when I say my phone is literally never out of my hand. The phone comes with a 40w super charger which will charge the phone up to 70 per cent in just 30 minutes. Its amazing!

The internal storage is 128gb and you will shortly be able to buy a nano memory card for the mate which will get you and extra 256gb of storage also.

The phone is made from glass and is available online in multiple colours. Unfortunately the black is the only colour being released in Ireland first and then they might introduce others after. I have the dark forest green colour and its so nice. The screen on the phone curves around the sides of the phone and is unbelievably clear.

Now for the main feature, the camera. As I said the phone houses 3 cameras. Set out in a square on the back of the phone with the flash ( its all about the symmetry), the mate has a 40 mega pixel main camera, a 8 mega pixel telephoto for zooming and a 20 mega pixel ultra-wide angle camera. The ultra wide angle lens makes for the coolest shots. I met with one of the Huawei trainers Ros and he thought me how to use all the features on the camera. I'm so excited to get artsy with my shots in New York. The night mode on the mate is insane too and it captures the best night shots!

The camera has a master AI setting which basically means it can identify whats its shooting and choose the best mode for you itself. So if you don't know much about photography the camera will capture the best shots for you and make you look like a pro photographer. If you are taking a picture of a blue sky the phone will recognise this and enable the blue skies scene and hike up the colour saturation making the photo as a whole a lot more vibrant. With my last phone I noticed if I focused on the sky to get the vibrancy of colour it would in turn make the person in the shot lose colour. I could only focus on the person in my shot or the sky and with the mate camera it doesn't compromise on either.

Another cool feature is that you can add filters to your video whilst filming. One of the filming features is the camera will detect the skin tone of a person in the frame and will keep the person including their clothes in full colour whilst making the background black and white. Its amazing!

The mate 20 is also water resistant up to 2m for 30 minutes and has a new underwater camera mode. I have yet to try this out but I can't wait for the summer so I can use it.

As you can see the phone is jam packed with cool new features and you could actually read pages on it. Before I go and just leave some shots below I can't forget to mention that the AI in the camera will allow you to scan food and will bring up calories and grams in the food, it can translate full menus into different languages, it can take a picture of say a watch and it will bring up where you can buy said watch. It so futuristic and I was honestly in awe when I say these features at work. The food scanner can be a bit temperamental but the more you use it the quicker it will get at recognising what you are scanning because of the AI. 

There is only one or two things I don't like about the phone. One being it has software on it that has an inbuilt beauty filter in the front facing camera so it softens and smoothens the skin and at the moment you can lower this down but you can't completely turn it off. Most people will probably like this feature but I would like to have the option to be able to turn it off. And the last thing is when shooting on the camera it takes a couple of seconds to take the shot as its trying to get the clearest possible one so if I was trying to take pictures of my niece its hard and I have to just use burst photos because you need to stay still for the normal camera to get the shot.

I hope my basic review helped if you are thinking of getting a new phone. I will leave some photos I shot on the camera below.

Thanks for reading.

Dominique Xx

Photo cred for the first four photos goes to Ros_huawei. Follow him on instagram to take a look at his shots, he is the Huawei trainer I met last week and his shots are unreal!!


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Galway Girl

Hi everyone,

I recently took a little trip to Galway city and I honestly loved it so thought I would leave a little travel guide for anybody thinking of going for a few days or a weekend away.

Stay at... 

The Forster court hotel

We spent two days here mid-week and it was so nice. Its bang in the centre so literally just around the corner from Eyre square so everything is within walking distance. The hotel was renovated last year and the interiors are fab. We stayed in Galway a few years ago and the hotel was a little bit outside the centre. In saying that it was probably not even 10 minutes by car but we didn't venture in to the city for a night out. The hotel was lovely too (the G hotel) so we just stayed and enjoyed that in the evenings and had our meals and drinks there, but I preferred it so much being in walking distance to bars and restaurants this time around.

The Forster is also attached to the most beautiful hyde bar which houses the biggest gin bar in Ireland. The interiors in Hyde are amazing as you can see in some of my photos. We had dinner and drinks there our first night and the bar was so nice we went back the second evening just for one aswell.
Breakfast is also served in hyde when you stay in the hotel, the portions are massive and exactly what you need after a few too many drinks the night before.

Where to eat...

Hyde bar- steak was divine here! 

The front door pub - I got the nicest caesar salad here.

Dough bro's - So many people recommended here but we actually didn't go. I am a major chips lover and they didn't do chips! Silly I know but you don't wanna see me when I get hangry.

Cupan tae - If you are going to Galway with the girls or just a couple this is a place that is not to be missed. I went here about 3 years ago and honestly its the first place I think of when I think of Galway. It is a little cafe that does so many different types of teas,coffees, cakes & treats and the decor is just adorable. It has the cutest china tea pots and 1920's music playing in the background. I just loved it!

Jungle cafe - We just stopped by for coffee. Its jungle themed hence the name and perfect for those insta shots.

Last but not least 
 Caprice cafe - We went here for breakfast before heading back to Dublin and I was raging that we hadn't got dinner here during our stay, its such a cute spot.

Where to grab a drink...

I feel like a bit of a gin connoisseur since being down in Galway. Every drink I had was a different gin and do you think I can remember any of them now a week later 😢 Would it be weird to take notes in a bar of what drinks you like? probably! Anyway I liked them all and learnt that I like a fruity gin. 
Galway is known for great night out and it didn't disappoint. So much so that as soon as we were on the road home I was talking about organizing my work Christmas party down there.We were there a Tuesday and Wednesday and the place was still lively and buzzing, there was no empty bars but just a nice atmosphere in all of them. I will leave a list below of some of the ones we ventured to.

Hyde bar - you simply cant go to Galway and not go to this bar!

An pucan- the live music was brill here.

The front door pub & Tigh Nora - we got talking to a really nice bar tender here who really knows his drinks. His name was Fiachra, so if you are heading grab a drink upon his recommendations.

The kings head

The quays bar - this bar is really touristy and was actually jammer's the Tuesday we went. Its another branch of the quays bar in temple bar where myself and Damien met so we went in for a couple. Great for a trad session.

Tig Choili- the tiniest pub but one to experience.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great time if you are heading to Galway.



Tuesday, 11 September 2018

AW 18 is upon us!!

Autumn Winter 18 is upon us and I have your knitwear sorted!!

Hi everyone,

It has been so long since I sat down to write a blogpost. I have been off work the past few weeks with my injury so I thought what better time to do some online shopping and share some of my favourite pieces for winter.

I actually haven't picked up anything at all for AW and obviously still cannot hit the shops so I will be doing the majority of my shopping online over the next few weeks and should have a nice wardrobe built up in time for when the cast comes off. I am going to break my blogposts into separate categories to make them easier for people to search. I can already feel the cold starting to creep in so I have put together a nice selection of pieces to keep you warm yet stylish for the coming season.

First up, Knitwear!!

If you have been following me since last year you might remember I got a bit of an obsession with knitwear. I had so many jumpers at one stage that I couldn't open the wardrobe without being attacked by falling knitwear and I fear that this year is going to be no different. So here is a couple of my favourite knits that I will be living in soon enough.

Tip: I always tend to buy my knitwear at least 2 sizes too big as I like to wear them oversized and cozy.

zara knit

 Polka Knit

As you can see AW for me doesn't mean I swop all my colourful summer outfits for all black. I love to have colour and prints in my wardrobe especially on the gloomy winter mornings. Thats all I have for now but I will be adding pieces to this blogpost over the coming weeks as I find them online so be sure to check back.

Some of the links I have added are affiliate links. This means I can earn a small commission for anybody who uses these links when purchasing but it doesn't change the item of the piece for you at all.

Hope you liked this post. I will have my next one up in a couple of days.


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Spring time look

Hey Girls,

Looking forward to the arrival of Spring I decided to shoot some spring time looks for the blog. Spring/ Summer is my favourite time of the year and I love adding some colourful pieces to my wardrobe.

I picked this full outfit from River island and think all the pieces work well together but I know they will also work as individual statement pieces too. I actually fell in love with the shoes, the colour will give a pop to the plainest of outfits. I'm also all about these new cropped jeans, the fit is really flattering and I feel like they will work if you are short or tall. 

This is a look that can work well for lots of occasions I'm thinking Communions, Confirmations or afternoon tea or drinks with the girls.

The blazer and jeans trend is something that I really like as its not as formal as a full suit that you might feel like you need a wedding or proper engagement to wear it to.

I will include some links for outfit below.

Blazer Shop here
T shirt shop here
Jeans shop here
Shoes shop here
Bag shop here


P.S If you like these type of posts please let me know and I can do more.

(this post includes affiliate links which just mean I will earn a small commission if you use them but they wont affect the price of the item)


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Budapest Christmas markets

Hey Everyone,

Happy Sunday, hope you all had a lovely weekend.

So I arrived back from Budapest last night and had lots of requests for a blog post on it so thought I would get it done as soon as possible while its still fresh in my mind. I got the trip for Damien as a birthday present so I booked our flights with Aer Lingus back in August. We take a trip around this time every year as I love the Christmas markets and we like to get a little time to ourselves before the mad Christmas rush begins here. Last year we visited Prague which I also have a post on if anybody is looking for some information on there. We went for 5 nights and 6 days which was plenty of time, 3 - 4 days would definitely be enough if you wanted to do it in a shorter time.

Where to stay...

I booked us an apartment in the 7seasons central suites on the pest side of Budapest.
This is the area you want to stay in, its where all the bars and restaurants are and a couple of the tourist attractions. We have never stayed in an apartment on a city break before but seen as this one was going to be a bit longer than usual I wanted a bigger space for us. The location was ideal, we were within walking distance of nearly everywhere we went. Our apartment was spacious and beautifully decorated and they were cleaned every day. I booked on as I always find they give the best deals.

How to get around..

On our first day we bought hop on hop off bus tour tickets which included a boat cruise down the river Danube. We were within walking distance of nearly every where we went but was nice to see the landmarks from the open top bus ( even though it was utterly baltic). If you are central I would probably skip the bus and just walk around or use their tram system instead.

Where to go...

First stop has to be the christmas markets. There are two different locations for the markets, one at the end of fashion street and the other in front of St. Stephens Basilica. These markets are one of the main reasons we chose to visit Budapest. They go all out with stalls of food, drink and christmas decorations. In the evenings at the St Stephens Basilica they project a short Christmas video onto the building on the hour. Try the mulled wine and chimney cakes!!

Castle Hill
Take the Cable car ride up for some beautiful views of the river Danube and opposite side of the city. This is where Buda castle is located and is definitely a must see. For most of these places you can do guided walking tours to talk you through the history but we just strolled around ourselves. I had done a lot of research on the landmarks before I left and I like to take my time and take photos so thats why we didn't do one.

Fishermans Bastian
It is one of Budapests top attractions and once you visit it you will see why. With its panoramic views of Budapest and pretty architecture this is a must see and my favourite spot. From the foot of the steps it looks like the castle from the opening of all of the Walt Disney movies.
Don't forget your camera to capture the most amazing photos.

The Széchenyi Chain bridge

It connects Buda and Pest and spans the width of the River Danube. It was the first permanent bridge to run across the river and you can see breathtaking views from it.

The Széchenyi thermal bath
You cant visit Budapest and not take a trip to the thermal baths. There is a couple of different ones to choose from but we went to these because they were along the route that our hop on hop off bus drove through. It was bloody freezing the day we went but the place was still packed. Most people spend the full day here but we only stayed for about an hour as I hate sitting around when we could be visiting other places. You have to pay for a full day unless you go between the hours of 7-9am but you might like to stay here or use the spa facilities for a couple of hours anyway.

The hospital in the rock
We also done a guided tour around the Hospital in the rock nuclear bunker museum. A girl recommended it to me through snapchat and I'm really glad we did this one because it was really interesting even though it was quite sombre. It was a hospital created in the tunnels under Buda castle in preperation for the second world war and then repurposed to be a nuclear bunker. We learned a lot about the history of Budapest in general on this tour.

Shoes on the Danube
The shoes on the danube are a memorial along the the pest side of the riverbank to honor the people that were killed by fascist military men during the second world war. They were told to take their shoes off were shot at the edge of the water so they bodies would fall into the water and be swept away by the river. Its so sad to imagine this happening but its definitely another place you have to go. I would have liked to know more about this so maybe get a walking tour where this is one of the stops along the way if you have the time.

Where to eat...

The food in Budapest is amazing, I couldn't fault any place we ate at they were all lovely but the service and hospitality of waiters etc is definitely not like the Irish or other countries I have visited. It was probably the only thing I didn't like about Budapest.

The Vintage Garden ( lunch or dinner)
This was my favourite spot to eat at in Budapest. The decor is amazing and the food was lovely too. We ate here for lunch and dinner a number of times mainly because the place was so gorgeous. You might have noticed from my many snapchats and insta stories about it.

The blue bird cafe ( brunch)
Another very cute cafe. The decor is so pretty and the food comes out like masterpieces so its very insta worthy of a snap.

New york cafe (afternoon tea or dinner)
This is one of the most famous places in Budapest. Its very fancy so we went for our anniversary meal there. It was really nice and if you go walk through the hotel for a look too, its gorge!!

Attaboy (burger heaven)
This place does the best burgers!

A la maison (brunch)
Waffles, pancakes and full english breakfasts it has it all in a cute little parisian cafe.

Mr Funk ( for the sweet tooth)
If you were following my instagram posts you will see the donut milkshake. Word one "unreal".

We also ate at the market stalls one evening and at an Italian restaurant in Godza Udvar too which was lovely.

Where to drink..

Aria hotel sky bar is fab. There are two sky bars but this is definitely the better one. Cocktails are expensive here though so might be a stop just for one or two.

The ruin bars are definitely a must see as they are an experience like no other. They are basically old buildings which have been abandoned or ruined and have been turned into bars. We went to both of the ruin bars in the jewish quarter so we got the full experience.

Rumpus Tiki is amazing for cocktails and they come out in really cute little chests and cool glasses.

Grab a mulled wine at the market stalls too!!

I hope this covers most of your questions and you liked the post. If theres anything you think I left out you can message me on instagram or snapchat I will leave my handles below. Oh and enjoy Budapest if you are going or planning on taking a trip there.

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Dominique xx


Friday, 16 June 2017

Mermaid vibing in Primark & my tips on organising a hen party abroad

Hi Girls,
Happy Friday!! Its been a week since I headed off on my sisters hen party to Vilamoura and I already have the holiday blues :(
I got so many questions whilst away that I thought it would be easier to put all my hen party tips together in one post that I could refer people too.

If its that time in your life where all your friends are getting engaged, then it must seem like there is a hen party every week!!
Like me if your lucky enough to be a bridesmaid, its hen party planning time :)

A wedding in Ireland means its the perfect excuse to plan a getaway. Any excuse for a mini holiday, right?

When you are planning a foreign hens there is no such thing as too much notice. Create a facebook group, invite the gals and let them know where you are thinking of going. Planning a hens can be stressful to say the least, so if there is a couple of bridesmaids let them take charge of one thing each. For example, one person sort accommodation another sorts activities etc.

My sister Sarah is having 4 bridesmaids, myself, my little sister Victoria and her two best friends Ingrid and Ciara. A hen party whatsapp for the bridesmaids is perfect for bouncing ideas off each other and getting creative!

We initially decided on Marbella as its somewhere Sarah always said she would have her hen party. We gave everybody 10 months notice which was more than enough time. We nearly spent every year in Marbs as kids and loved it. Before finalising anything we had another look at different destinations and it was actually our dad who suggested Vilamoura in  Portugal!! We had a closer look and decided to change the location and I'm so happy we did.

Vilamoura was beautiful and I couldn't fault it. I booked our accommodation on I always book through this website as they do some great deals. I booked 2 villas as I felt having everyone together instead of separate apartments would be more fun. We stayed at Laguna Golf resort, Vilamoura and it was gorgeous. It was a taxi ride of approx 3 minutes to the marina where we spent all of our evenings. It was also only 25 minutes in a taxi from Albufeira. I was in Albufeira 2 years ago and loved it. We didn't venture there at all this time though as I knew my sister wouldn't like it as much as the Marina but its definitely a place to check out if you are looking for a wild party night out.
Doing what the bride wants is key, as after all its her last hurrah :)

Sarah is quite easy going so we knew she wouldn't want any fuss and would want to sunbathe and enjoy the sun during the day. This was the perfect reason to source the perfect sunbathing spot and where better than a beach club!!  A word of warning, a lot of the beach clubs need to be booked in advance. We had a lovely chill out day at Purobeach and although the service wasn't great it was exactly what we needed for topping up our tans :) 

Most hen partys choose to book restaurants and organise set menus which can keep the price of meals down. Again we decided not to do this as we didnt want to be tied to times etc and we had a few fussy eaters going including myself! Having the choice of the full menu was ideal. All the restaurants we went to around the marina were fab and nobody had any complaints about any of the meals. 
Summer season was really only kicking off when we arrived so late June to Sept would be the busiest time to go.

 Our last stop every evening was a bar called the Irish pub. It had live music every evening and was basically the best atmosphere around the marina. If you are lucky enough to get a night "the Bandits" are playing you are in for a good time!

Last but not least, the finishing touches: 
1. The t shirts... We got t shirts printed by robes4you. These are a nice idea for the airport.
2. Hen party survival kits...Ciara done up these bags which we gave out on the first night when we had a little party in the villa. She put in 2 painkillers, a facemask, chewing gums, a bobbin basically what you need to survive the madness of a hen party.
3. A keepsake...Lovethemugs kindly gave us personalised mugs for everyone. These were a lovely surprise for the girls as they all had a little keepsake to take home with them.
4. A reminder.. Ciara also done up a gorgeous memory book for Sarah. It was totes emosh and is such a lovely idea for the bride. Include some old pictures, along with new ones and definitely a few cringe ones thrown in for fun.

Hope this guide helped anyone thinking of planning a hens abroad.


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