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I’m Alexandra. An American girl living in Dublin, Ireland. I honestly document my adventures in travel, food, beauty, and expat life on a budget.

April 2019 Favourties

April 2019 Favourties

Happy May friends!! I hope y’all had a great April and can’t wait to see what May has in store for everyone. Hopefully April showers do bring May flowers because April was not the best month for me. Let’s be real, this year hasn’t been the best but that’s life – it ain’t always sunshine and rainbows. Enough of the negativity though! Let’s move onto some of the good things April brought in the form of shows, movies, music, clothes, food, and more!

WHAT I WATCHED:

DERRY GIRLS – I will admit, I slept on this purely because I hate Northern Irish accents. I had attempted to watch it once before, but the Northern Irish accent makes me want to pull my ears off. I kept seeing everyone go on and one even more about the show, so I gave it another chance. This show is so funny and so smart. Of course, I love the historical elements to the show and admire how the history is shown in a real context next to a group of teenagers growing up in a difficult time in their country. All the 90s fashion also made me want to rock my scrunchie and jean jacket even harder!

Derry Girls Written & Created by Lisa McGee

HOMECOMING – Y’all, if you haven’t watched this please stop reading this post, open Netflix, and watch it immediately. When Beyoncé performed at Coachella I was on holiday in Spain and I watched the livestream from our room in Madrid. I still remember that first watch because it was SO good. Homecoming makes you appreciate the whole show on another level when you see just how hard, and for how long, Beyoncé worked on the show. The attention to detail in the show is like nothing I have ever seen. Essential viewing for all Beyoncé fans.

Source: Time.com

Source: Time.com

WHAT I LISTENED TO:

I have been listening to this for months but just in case, for some reason you have been living under a block and are not aware of the album that is Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves let me introduce you. I saw this described as “yee-haw but make it sad” and that has been my favorite/the best description I have read of the album. My top 3 songs from the album are Butterflies, Golden Hour, and High Horse.

Source: SoundCloud

Source: SoundCloud

BUY THIS:

My coworker kindly brought this ‘snuggle top’ and a set of pajamas to me while I was in the hospital. I love the pajamas (Penney’s, hun!) but the top is the absolute softest piece of clothing I have ever owned. It is unbelievably comfy, and it is currently on sale for half off!

Source: ASOS

Source: ASOS

I had been wanting a pair of white sneakers for the summer for so long so when these ones popped up, I grabbed them. The price was right, and I just want some sneakers to go with dresses over the summer so these will do the trick. Cheap and cheerful.

Source: ASOS

Source: ASOS

When I had my ovarian cyst out, I was down nearly 10 pounds immediately and my stomach dramatically decreased in size. I had told myself I could get a new dress once the cyst was out. I nearly cried when I put it on because it was the first time I put ‘real’ clothes on after my surgery and the difference I could see in the mirror was unreal. The dress immediately came off so I could back to my pjs, but I cannot wait to wear this with my new sneakers all summer. Now, if the summer weather could find its way to Dublin, that would be great.

CHECK THESE OUT:

AMBR - Something you may not know about me is that I wear glasses for reading and the computer. I started wearing them in 2013 and have an extremely low prescription because while my sight is fine, the constant strain was beginning to physically hurt my eyes. Well, as far as I am aware, blue light blocking glasses were not a thing in 2013 so I headed to the optometrist and got my glasses. The prescription glasses have helped so much over the last 6 years, but my prescription was increased slightly. I don’ want to become dependent on glasses if I can avoid it so I am hoping these blue light blocking ones will do the trick. I purchased mine from an Irish company, Ambr, because I try to buy Irish as much as I can. They have cute shapes to choose from and loads of colors. I ended up choosing the Zenith in the tortoise color. I could tell such a difference using the glasses after only a few days. I will be reaching for these for screen time over my prescription glasses from now on.

Zenith glasses in tortoise from AMBR Eyewear
Zenith glasses in tortoise from AMBR Eyewear

WHAT I READ:

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

I was surprised that I could not put this down. This is by no means a challenging or intellectually stimulating read but after my surgery that wasn’t really what I was in the mood for. I had seen this book making the rounds and a friend from college recommended it, so I gave it a chance. I’m not going to say it was the best book I had ever read because it was not, but it was a light read and would be a perfect holiday book. I finished the book over the course of the day which served as a nice reminder to get a library card to borrow books instead of buying one for €8 that I’ll only read one time.

 RECIPES:

I wasn’t too adventurous this month trying new recipes because I was not in the mood when I was recovering. The only new recipe I did try was super easy and full of veggies! Like basically every recipe I make, I did tweak the Simple Tomato and Mushroom Pasta from Deliciously Ella. Instead of using brown miso paste I substituted soy sauce since I already had that in the kitchen. This was quick and easy but even better was all the goodness I knew we were getting from eating it. If you’re trying to add more meatless meals to your life this is a good one to start with.

 

Find anything new you loved this month? Let us know in the comments!

 xx,

Alexandra

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