Spring is here at last and I thought it was high time I said hello!
I'd been hibernating the past month and really enjoyed my time-out offline. I think we can all get a little disillusioned with social media and it can be difficult to keep all sides going. I was very busy before Christmas and really welcomed the break.
I'm finalising some new designs and hope to share all with you very soon. I took advantage of the break last month to plan for our wedding; There always seems to be some decision to make, something that keeps me awake at night or more to the point some deposit or another to pay! We're getting there I think. The countdown is on and I really hope it all comes together.
I'll share more details at a later stage, but for now, I wanted to share some products I'm enjoying and some upcoming events I'm involved in. I still write a monthly column for Galway Now Magazine where I talk about everything from fashion, design and beauty to my bid to become fitter and healthier.
I got my very first Fit Bit Alta HR for Christmas and it’s the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a great motivator for getting active as it tracks my steps, workouts, calorie burn, heart rate and sleep. Fit Bit is a lot more accurate than your smart phone for monitoring your daily activity as it’s strapped to your wrist. I’m much more conscious now of reaching my daily goals like walking 10,000 steps, increasing my heart rate during workouts and trying to get to bed a little earlier (I’m a real night owl). It’s like a game you play against yourself. I would highly recommend a Fit Bit.
SILVER LININGS FOR PIETA HOUSE
My colleague and friend Saoirse Faughnan is organising a Charity Valentine’s Ball in aid of Pieta House on Saturday 10th February at 7pm. The event takes place at McGettigan’s Hotel in Letterkenny with a champagne reception, four-course meal, guest speakers and music on the night. It's a really worthy cause and it promises to be a fantastic night. The last few tickets are available here. I will be exhibiting my designs and donating 20% of all sales of my Silver Linings Collection to Pieta House.
Gone are the days that brides splurge on bridesmaid dresses. I fell in love with the Jenny Packham No.1 range at Debenhams - one dress in particular, but in the end opted for something a little more youthful and flirty. Plus, I bagged them during the Black Friday sales! When planning a wedding, there's always something to pay out for, so it helps when you spend less than you'd anticipated on certain things.
Did you hear that leading UK stylist and TV personality Gok Wan is bringing his Fashion and Beauty Collective to Ireland? It’s all happening on Sunday 4th March at Clayton Hotel in Sligo where there will be catwalk shows and makeup demos, afternoon tea, prosecco and goodie bags, and one audience member will be picked for a Gok Wan Makeover on the day. Tickets are available on his site here. His team contacted me to be the exclusive jeweller to showcase and sell at the event. I'm looking forward to revealing my new designs for Spring/Summer 2018. If you want to be the first to know about my new work and upcoming events, you can sign up to my newsletter via www.bytriona.com.
So, there's a quick update on what I've been up to. I apologise if you've been missing my blogs. I hate to think I'm bombarding people with content and so, I sometimes just don't post at all. I know I should really be more active online to share images of my products; I'll try.
Have a lovely week!