I had quite a eventful day yesterday, after work I decided to pop into town to meet Paddy. The weather wasn't the worst out, it was still freezing but with Winter upon us it's best not to let the bright days slip by. Last Sunday we were going to go to the Dublin which I haven't been to in years! They've opened up alot of new enclosures and made it bigger since my last time there so I've heard. Unfortunately the weather was horrendous on Sunday so we just didn't bother going in the end. After the long trek out to the Zoo yesterday, we found out the last entry was at 3pm and the whole place closed at 4pm. We arrived in Phoenix Park at 3.02pm so let's be honest I was a bit disappointed to say the least. I was kinda glad in the end though as we would of been rushing around the place with only an hour to see everything I guess. Of course we didn't want to leave right away after dragging all the way out there, so we took a stroll around the park.
The Phoenix Park is massive, it's one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. If your ever in Dublin, I'd definitely recommend you visit! There's so much to see and the park is just full of history, I seriously don't think you'd get around it in day. I remember going on many a trip to this park when I was younger, I loved the forts and seeing the deers. Over the past couple of years they've also held concerts in the Phoenix Park and big International acts have played there. I personally haven't gone to any of the gigs but my brother went to see The Stone Roses last Summer and he said it was a great gig and they couldn't of chosen a better venue.
When we eventually got back into town I headed into some shops of course. Being a Thursday it meant late night shopping YAY! I headed to Easons were I picked up a couple of books as you can see. When I first saw that Lauren Conrad was coming out with a Beauty book I added it to my Wish List. I love her, not just because she was the star of The Hills but because she's made a name for herself since then. After flicking through this book once, I was sold and snapped it up. It contains step by step guides on how to create certain looks which I always find super helpful. The book itself is split in two halves, Prep and Play. Prep focuses on Skincare, Haircare, Finding Your Beauty etc, while the latter delves into Party Makeup, Nails, Everyday Hair and the like. I'm sure there's plenty of tips and tricks in this book so I can't wait to start reading it. The other books I picked up were on 3 for 2 which is always a good offer. I don't need to go into the reasoning behind buying Lauren Conrad's Starstruck. I've read the other books in her series so after buying her big Beauty Book I couldn't possibly leave this behind. What's Left Of Me was featured on alot of blogs lately so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about it. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into it soon. The Silver Linings Playbook just made up my 3for2, I was lost on what other book to get so I went for this in the end. I think is Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence signed up for the film adaption of this book it's bound to be good, isn't it? After a good browse in Easons we went into Arnott for a bit. The Ojon Shampoo/Conditioner Trade In Day was on, I brought in a empty Herbal Essence shampoo (Hello Hydration) and was given a free full size set of their Damage Reverse Restorative Shampoo and Conditioner. I haven't tried anything from this brand yet so I'm excited to give these a go. Of course I'll a review up in due course. My boyfriend treated me to this gorgeous Philsophy Christmas Gift Set. It contains a showergel and a lipgloss in the scent Sugar Plum Fairy which smells amazing, I love it. The box the products come in is so pretty aswell and very festive indeed. Maybe a little early but I don't care, I love Christmas!
After what seemed like such a long day already, I rushed home to change out of my work clothes before heading back into town to see The Cribs gig in The Academy. I'm so glad I did as it was such a good night. I wouldn't know the bands stuff too much. my boyfriend is definitely the bigger fan out of the two of us. I do know a few songs though from mix tapes Paddy has made for me in the past so it was great when they played them. The Academy is a small intimate venue so it's always nice to go to concerts there now and again. The gig was all standing, which some people hate but I love as I find you get a much better view. After an hour & a half, dancing in the packed out Academy it was time to finally go home and go to sleep after such a long day. I'd definitely go to see The Cribs again the next time they play here as I had such an amazing time. Florence & the Machine is a little more than a month away so I can't wait to go and see her perform next. It's a fancy dress concert which is definitely something different so I dunno what to expect from it. I need to start thinking of costume ideas so if you guys have any good ones let me know in the comments.