The essentials

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“TOP 10 WARDROBE ESSENTIALS”

“WARDROBE MUST HAVES”

“MY 5 FAVOURITE THINGS TO WEAR”

“HOW TO DRESS GOOD”

We’ve all clicked on and read these articles, scrolling quickly through the top ten, top five, or even top three pieces of clothing which WE MUST HAVE in our wardrobe.

We use this as a checklist. Black tee, “yep, I have one!” Skinny black jeans, “yep, I have them too!” Gucci flip flops, “ehh…”

It seems that the further you go down the list however, the more ridiculous and expensive these items become.

You must have this specific black tee with the little red face on the front, you know the one I’m talking about. It’s a must have. Alright, but it’s also €90 for a T-shirt, what about that part?

Like I said, these lists are only suggestions. We are really being sold the brand or logo, but that’s a conversation for another day.

Simply put, we need to have staple pieces in our wardrobe which we can use at all times.

Take the plain black tee for example, it’s ideal, but you can find them in Primark. €3. Treat yo’ self and buy two!

White works too, and maybe grey. Skinny black jeans, white runners, a button-down shirt… the list is endless, but TOP TEN MUST HAVES is more eye catching. Are we really going to read something called ‘My Wardrobe’ because I know that I ain’t.

Sticking to neutral colours and classic styles will always win, as these garments can be dressed up with standout pieces bought especially for the occasion. Or they can be simply styled by themselves.

Black tee and jeans is another winner, and on its own, it’s a good look. Throw on a dark blazer. It’s still a good look. Try a leather jacket, it’s still a good look. It’s what you can do with these simple pieces that matters.

The choice is yours but the key thing to remember is that these items are already in your wardrobe. And usually, they can be purchased on the cheap because everyone wants to have them.

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This is something that I have been noticing more and more recently with my own wardrobe. A lot of my go-to and most used items are block colours, simple styles, lack heavy patterns, and are easy to wear. Of course, I have the standouts, I have the frills, but they’re all in the attic.

Essentially, what I’m saying is, own less but buy better. So, what’s in your wardrobe?

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Top 10 Things To Do Before Tough Mudder

As the name suggests, Tough Mudder is going to be tough.

After initially signing up, you said that you would be in the shape of your life, don’t lie, we all said it.

I know I did.

I wanted to be able to run 10km without breaking a sweat, climb walls like a parkour kid, jump over moving vehicles… but now that the day has actually come, I have just realised that I can’t even cross the road without putting my life in danger.

However, I have bought the ticket, I want the Tough Mudder headband, and I’m already thirsty for that end of race beer.

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So, I’ve devised a 10 step plan for success… Tough Mudder, you’re going down.

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Sore Shoulders

Monday. Bloody Monday. Shoulder. Bloody shoulder.

There has been a lack of fitness related content of late because yes, you guessed it, my shoulder.

I was welcomed into the Snap City Hall of Fame almost eight weeks ago and being an honorary member hurts more than ever.

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Mr Motivation

 

“When you’re comfortable in your own skin, it does have an effect on your esteem and confidence” admits Kevin Russell. Russell is an online personal trainer, advocate of a healthy lifestyle and a Masters student at NUI Galway. He offers nutritional advice, workout plans and is a fitness enthusiast but he suffered from mental health issues when he was younger. So now, when he sees his clients’ results and the changes in them, it comes with a great deal of pride. “To be honest, that’s what I love most about it. They are so happy with how they’ve progressed physically but it’s a mental thing as well.”

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Time is Money! My money!

Being a full-time bro isn’t easy!

There’s my college lifeMy gym lifeMy work lifeMy girlfriend lifeMy family lifeMy social life.

And, still only 24 hours in the day. You may think this is enough, but I’m starting to panic…

At the start of September, I continued my studies and I’m now doing a Masters in Journalism. The course is good, I’m finding it really interesting and I knew journalists wrote a lot but yeesh… I didn’t know that they wrote this much. I literally spend most of my evenings sitting at the desk, staring into a computer screen which is starting to look more and more like the Matrix every time.

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Feeling Fresh after Freshers?

So now that college has started and the stress of timetables and finding lecture halls has died down, Fresher’s Week has finally come crashing to a halt. Most likely you’ve come crashing in behind it and already whispered those four magical words “I’m never drinking again”… it’s time to get back on the grind and pick up the pieces of a week that’s left you broken, beat and scarred. It will be hard, there’s no point on denying it but the rewards will be worthwhile.

Over the summer, you’ve put all the work in behind the scenes. You’ve done the hard part, you’ve given yourself a solid foundation and now it’s time to put some mass on that summer bod. University timetables are usually anti-gym. They have you waking early, and leaving late with huge gaps in between for no apparent reason. Study? Maybe? But it’s only Week One?

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Super-Size Me, College Gains and 3 Important Lessons

How to avoid gaining weight in college while trying to gain knowledge!

With September only around the corner, students across the country will be accepting their college places, struggling to find accommodation, packing their whole lives into suitcases and preparing to leave home… only to return at the weekend. I can already smell the Sunday roast! Although many will be returning for their second or third years, or fifth if you’re me, Fresher’s Week always has something new in store and is an opportunity that cannot be missed.

With college comes temptation. And lots of it. There’s late-night movies with casual drinking, even-later-night parties with cocktails, DMC’s with bar drinking and loud music, power naps, the lads and the social scene in general is not something that many new students anticipate when they arrive in their new city. It’s a whole new world. It’s looking out over Pride Rock, pretending you’re the Lion King and then actually becoming him as the year progresses.

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All your hard work during the exams, all those extra hours in work, all the stress that you didn’t need has led to this moment. You’re now officially a student, CONGRATUWELLDONE!

However, with more temptations comes more disruptions and is losing your summer bod really an option?

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