Everyone talks about the really good stuff and the really bad things. No one talks about the in between. You hear stories about panicking and not being able to breathe. And the ones where people become obsessed and make diving their new go-to hobby. But what actually happens on your first dive? What is scuba…Details
Why does everything always run out at the same time? Shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, cleanser, the lot! Replacing them all in one go makes such a massive dent that sometimes I end up picking lesser quality stuff just because it’s cheap. I’ll want to try a fancy professional conditioner but can’t commit to spending that much on something I’m not sure if I’ll like. I’d like to treat myself to fragranced body lotion to match my perfume, but the price tag puts me off. That’s why I like shopping in TK Maxx to pick up big beauty brands for less. I always have a rummage in the beauty department when I’m in buying travel or workout bits and the range has at least doubled during their ‘big brand beauty fortnight’ that’s on in store at the moment.Details
We’ve been threatening to have a 5th Floor Collective BBQ in Vicki’s garden (of truth as we renamed it, or #GOT which can get a bit confusing) since probably summer of 2015. So we set a date and commit to making it happen come rain or shine. It was a great excuse to welcome back…Details
I’m a big fan of feeling like you’re a long way from home without having to drive hours to get there. I suppose that’s one of the great things about Dublin, the beach, the city and the country are all on our doorstep, so we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to weekends away. The other Elf’s (that mam and sis) and I all have pretty busy schedules with work, babies and travel so when we realised Killashee was only 45 minutes from home we booked in quick sharp.Details
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, to have a bikini body you must have a body and wear a bikini. Simples. The more time I spend in one, the more I want to be comfy and confident wearing a bikini though. Much like someone who wears jeans a lot wants to be comfy and confident in their favourite skinnies. That’s where Underdog Boxing came in.Details
I joined the donation based ‘Short and Sweet’ (there’s tea and homemade cake at the end) two hour long walk from Isla Blanca in the north of the island on an overcast Wednesday morning. I caught up with tour leader Sheila from Walking Ibiza, who is founder Toby’s mother, at the meeting point and she introduced me to some of the other walkers, some new and some regulars. Toby started organising tours after walking the entire coast of the island in 11 days with just €1 relying on generous donations of food and drink from locals and now runs tours around the island and shorter trips on a regular basis.Details
Wow, there’s something magical about watching this footage of Ibiza by air by videographer Michael Vanarey. He manages to show us a totally different perspective to the white isle.
Have a look at this montage of aerial footage Michael filmed on our press trip with Essential Ibiza in May 2016 and some of the stunning locations they brought us too.
I spy Surf Lounge, Hostal la Torre, Babylon Beach Bar, Tropicana Beach Club, Atzaro Hotel and a vineyard near Pikes Hotel.
We used the Kaiser Baas Delta Drone with GoPro gimbal from Harvey Norman in Ireland to capture these images, enjoy!Details
For Sunday fun day, we decided to potter on down to Sluiz which is a really cool interiors and clothing shop on the outskirts of Santa Gertrudis. The real draw for me though, was their outdoor space with cute little food stalls and bar out the back on the Sunday we went.Details
I get massive wardrobe envy everywhere I travel, but especially in Ibiza when the style rating is off the charts. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m just not the kind of person who will ever be “fashionable”, so I’m focusing more on style and staples to make dressing and more importantly for me, packing easier. I’ve created a bit of a capsule summer wardrobe that allows me to mix and match and look as pulled together as possible with minimal effort.Details
Right, let’s just talk about Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes Hotel for a second. It’s where the infamous Wham! Club Tropicana music video was filmed at the pool and the walls are adorned with pictures of famous faces who’ve stayed there.
Arriving, it might seem underwhelming, but just give it a minute. Checking in was enough to convince me of the rock n roll ways of this long lived establishment. Apparently the venue fell out of fashion for a few years, but with the Ibiza Rocks brand taking hold they’re well and truly back on the scene.Details
I don’t know how I’ve made it this far in Ibiza without having a little splash about. Well actually, the jellyfish hampered our efforts when we went over to Formentera and any other chance we’ve had I’ve chosen to hit up the wifi instead and get some work done, freelance life yo! Trust me, I’m not complaining.
But you simply cannot come to Ibiza and not go for a swim, so we got up early and did a no-phone power hour of jumping in the pool and a lazy breakfast with no technology. Bliss.Details