A Bit About Me

Hey Guys,

Happy Friday the 13th (cue the dramatic undertones) I know it’s supposed to be unlucky but it’s Friday so I’m focusing on that aspect. For today’s post, I’ve done a little ‘get to know me’ feature. I’ve been blogging for almost 8 months now and I felt that I should give a little insight into who I am and what makes me tick.

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Favourite Colour: Black I can’t really say black can I? I’ll go for Blue. I love cobalt blue, it looks great with a tan!

Biggest Fear: Losing someone I love. I’ve always had an irrational fear of losing the people that mean the most to me. I was one of those nightmare kids who panics over everything! Sharks and flying are a close joint second!

My Most Irrational Fear: Cows. Yes I know it’s an odd thing to be afraid of, hence me acknowledging that it is an irrational fear. They freak me out with their staring and mooing.

My Pet Hate: People looking down on others and being disrespectful. I just don’t think anyone has the right to portray that kind of behaviour, no matter who they are.

I also cannot tolerate cruelty, whether it’s towards people or animals. It is not so much a ‘pet hate’ but actually something that really bothers me.

My Favourite Animal: My dog Belle is my favourite little person in the world. She has such a funny little personality. Aside from Dogs, elephants are my favourite ‘wild’ animal. They are so gentle and wise.

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My Education: I have an honours degree in Marketing. I graduated in 2014 and although it was stressful, I loved what I was studying and have some amazing memories from the four years I studied. It is true what they say you can make some life long friends in college.

Marketing Ball

Marketing Ball

After our last final year exam

After our last final year exam

Three Things I believe cannot be bought:

  1. Style
  2. Manners
  3. Kindness

My Favourite Singer: I’m a huge music fan and I like a wide variety of different artists from Pink Flyod to Eminem to Beyonce, but Emeli Sande is the probably the voice that I could listen to all day. Her album ‘Our Version of Events’ is timeless.

My Most Annoying Habit: Being late! I wouldn’t mind I am never late to work, I am however always late to meet my friends and my boyfriend. One of my best friend’s pet hates is when people are late, it’s a wonder she hasn’t killed me. My poor boyfriend is used to it.

My Star Sign: Pisces, I’m a water baby. I was always swimming as a child and find it so therapeutic. Not sure where they got some of the characteristics below, but ‘has the last word’ is me for sure! 😛

The Only Movie to Make Me Cry: There have only ever been two movies that have made me cry; The Lion King and I am Sam. I’m not really a crier when it comes to movies and I don’t like soppy films at all, but these two got me!

Favourite Actress: I’d say Sandra Bullock. I just feel like we would get a long if we met. Realistically it would just be me hugging her while she tries to get away, but l’d like to think we would get along 😉

Favourite Actor: This is a predictable one but it has to be Robert Downey Jr. I just love everything about him. I’m also a huge Johnny Depp fan. I love him for all his weirdness.

The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received: Persistence is key. My parents always told me that if I commit to something I must be persistent as that is the only way I will succeed. They have their moments.

Eating Habits: I could pretty much out eat anyone I’ve ever met, if I allow myself to, I love all types of food and am never full!

My Favourite Hobbies: Aside from eating, I love to shop and travel. I am fashion obsessed and I am a danger to my bank account when I enter a store!

 

I also love to travel, particularly city breaks. I love experiencing different cultures and believe it makes you a more rounded person over all. I am fortunate enough to have seen some amazing cities such as Prague, Edinburgh Amsterdam, New York, Bratislava and I plan to see many more.

Prague 2014

Prague 2014

Random Fact: I really dislike Valentine’s Day, I think it has become all about money and about popularity. I’ve never had a bad Valentine’s Day but I’m just not a fan. Love should be shown all year round and not confined to one day.

My Family: I am an only child. I am extremely lucky however that I have a very close family and so was never a ‘lonely’ child. I consider my first cousins my siblings and I honestly would be lost without my amazing family.

Beliefs: I don’t believe in luck. I do believe in faith (I think) but when it comes to luck, I think we make our own.

What I’m worst at: I hate saying goodbye to people, if it is only for a few weeks, it makes me really sad. I really can’t deal with long term good byes 😦

My Life: My Family, Close Friends and my Boyfriend are amazing people and I am truly lucky that they make up my life. It’s the little things they do that make me love them all the more.

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I need to take more pictures of the people I love as the above doesn’t reflect even nearly everyone!

So that’s a little insight into my life, I was unsure whether to do this post initially but I personally like to know about the author of blogs I read. I hope you enjoyed and are making plans for a wonderful weekend!

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Not Just Puppy Love

Hey Guys,

As you will know from my previous posts I am an avid animal lover. This combined with the fact that I am a dog owner, I’ve decided to base this post around the big issue of dogs at Christmas. Unfortunately there are many problems associated with puppies being bought as Christmas presents and also with older dogs not being cared for efficiently over the festive period.

First off I would like to kick off with the issue of the weather. There’s no denying how cold it is in the run up to Christmas. I completely understand that some people don’t like their dogs being inside (my dog personally has run of the house!) but look each to their own. However when the weather is in the minus degrees and it is literally freezing, dogs should not be left outside. The coldness can put pressure on their organs and it’s just in general cruel to allow your pet to suffer. No fur coat can protect an animal when the temperature drops so low during the night.

I also can’t believe that it also still needs to be said, but unfortunately it does. A puppy is not a novelty gift. It is a new member in your family and if you cannot see that then do not ‘buy’ one for Christmas with the fake promise of a loving home. I know many people may not intend this to be the case but it is an issue that is increasing. Last year on the 5th of January, the DSPCA received 55 phone calls from people who wanted to ‘return’ or ‘surrender’ the dogs they had gotten for Christmas. That is a 110% increase on the previous year. That is less than two weeks after receiving the dog. This is simply not fair on a puppy as they need to get used to their surroundings, not be passed from place to place.

If you are unsure about a dog ask yourself some questions about what your plans are for the future. Can you dedicate time to your pet? They do need to be walked but they also need love and affection, throughout their entire life not just when they are small and fluffy. Your love for your pet should not decline the older they get, it should increase! Dogs are also not the cheapest to own. In my mind they are worth every penny, but you need to consider whether you can afford to or are willing to spend money on your pet. Between food, vaccines and the vet fees, there is a budget that needs to be allocated to ensure sufficient care for your dog. It is cruel to leave them without any of the above.

At the end of the day, a dog is an amazing gift at any time of the year. If it is only considered for Christmas then perhaps you need to re-evaluate. Looking after your dog, is like looking after a child. If you can’t do this then do not get one. It really is as simple as that. If however you make an informed decision and get a dog and fall in love with it, then welcome to the club! It is great 🙂

Just some food for thought guys!

Until next time My Loves

Z x

Ps. Just because I’m one of those dog owners who loves to show people pictures of my baby / dog, here’s some pics of my wonderful, troublesome ‘puppy’

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SeaWorld Animal Welfare

I read an article today about a SeaWorld worker who claimed he was ‘hurt’ by the allegations that they don’t care for the animals and inflict cruelty on them. My initial reaction was one of insincere sarcasm where I thought to myself ‘what about how hurt the poor animals are?!’ I decided to read the article out of curiosity as I generally don’t see much of a rebuttle from individual SeaWorld employees. After reading the article in which the employee claims he has dedicated his life to working with these animals and insists he would never do anything to harm said creatures, one part of me started to think; can we tar all employees with the same brush? Is the trouble more involved at top line level as opposed to front line? Now this is not to say that there is any justification for what happens behind the scenes at SeaWorld, it is completely unacceptable for the poor treatment of any animal. It just got me wondering if my perception of SeaWorld workers is in fact reasonable.

One fact I will not budge on however is the proof PETA has found on the premises. These to me do not sound like allegations or claims, they have proof. This means that it is acceptable to believe that the animals are treated poorly. Having read the side of the employee who stated how much he cared, I couldn’t help but wonder if you knew the facilities and treatment (in general) was so bad, why would you remain in their employment? Yes I know the point can be argued that a job is a job, but for someone who claims to love these animals, why would you remain in a place that does not care for them in the correct manner? Is money that important that some people are willing to be a part of this organisation instead of helping the organisations fighting for the animal’s welfare?

I don’t know why I’m even asking that question to be honest, it’s a sad fact that money is the main driver behind many people’s actions and life choices. This is often regardless of who is hurt by these decisions. Animals are often seen as insignificant and therefore it doesn’t matter what happens to them. I can’t even comprehend why this is anyone’s mindset.

PETA have undergone numerous battles with SeaWorld over the poor treatment of ‘their’ animals. I say ‘their’ as it has been stated some of the Orca whales have been effectively poached and stolen from their natural habitat, forced to live in an environment which insists they learn unnatural routines and results in them being left in tanks that are far too small for comfort. PETA have found sunburn on some of the animals there as they cannot escape the sun. Their tanks are too shallow. This goes against their natural instincts to avoid the sun in the shadows of the ocean. This is only the tip of the ice-burg realistically. Wounds and marks have been found on the animals being used in SeaWorld. Proof of what they go through in order to be taught these ‘tricks’ and ‘shows’ I just can’t understand how anyone in this organisation can justify this treatment.

SeaWorld has been cited by the USDA for the poor treatment of the animals in their care. PETA will continue their battle against this cruel and intolerant organisation. SeaWorld makes millions of dollars based on the horrific treatment of these animals. I can’t understand why they are able to get away with it. It just proves that money is one of the most powerful things in the world; such a worrying fact for the future.

 

Z x

“When the Buying Stops, the Killing can too”

Nobody needs an elephant’s tusk, except for an elephant

A growing tradition among China’s elite is now to provide lavish gifts of Ivory. These carved pieces are utilised as a method of concealing business deals and to also act as a sign of wealth. What does this also equal? Over 100,000  African elephants being poached in the past three years to create these ‘gifts’ and signals of wealth. Africa’s ‘gentle giants’ are being continuously hunted in order to obtain their tusks. These poor animals are facing mutulation in order to act as the suppliers of these ‘gifts’ which is simply horrific. There are no excuses for this, nor are these poachers offering any excuses. They simply want the money. It’s a sad fact that money appears to conquer conscious around the world.

Surely there are alternatives to showcasing ones wealth. ‘Closing the deal’ can be done using different gifts and practices. Animals should not be the ones to suffer. I personally don’t see how a gift that involves an Elephant being brutally murdered and sacrificed, can act as signal of generosity or superiority. To me it radiates ignorance and cruelty.

There are numerous organisation fighting to stop these horrific events. WildAid have worked extremely hard to cease the hunting of animals. The organisation’s slogan which gave inspiration for the name of this post, is dedicated to helping animals in the wild. However most organisations will unfortunately struggle to go head to head with a practice now becoming so deeply rooted in Chinese tradition. Those paying for these ‘gifts’ do not show signs of stopping, nor do they signify any sign of guilt. That is what is most worrying; they don’t feel they have done anything wrong and will therefore continue this practice until they are stopped. This is being portrayed onto the next generation, which is a cycle hard to break. Making it illegal, will not stop this. People need to see what they are doing is immoral. They need to face sanctions to represent the crime they are committing. Not simply the poachers, those paying the poachers. They are the driving force behind it.

I know the saying goes ‘that every little helps’ but as this is a cause so close to my heart, I often feel dwarfed by how big of a challenge it is. I just cannot understand how there are so many people around the world who are willing to allow animals suffer so that they can benefit. I have to wonder what has made them so disrespectful, ignorant and just plain cruel. I wonder if they simply don’t think about the cruelty they are causing or if they simply think they are justified.

I don’t want this post to sound like a rant. I just want to communicate that animals are not an inferior species. How many studies and videos do people need to see which show animals are capable of feeling love and compassion. It is unfortunate they cannot always receive the same from humans.

If you want to find out more about this cause and others like it, then check out http://www.wildaid.org for more info.

 

 

 

Love Animals, Not Their Coats

Hey Guys,

Today I am veering away from my usual fashion and beauty posts and discussing something that is really close to my heart. Anyone who has read my previous posts regarding animals, will know how much of an avid animal lover I am. Any sort of animal cruelty really gets to me. I think it’s the way I was raised. I know hate is a strong word but I genuinely hate anything that results in the poor treatment of animals.

The main purpose of this article is to discuss the issue of real fur. As I do one day wish to become a journalist, I have conducted prior research on this subject in order to gain other perspectives before writing this post. I feel that despite my own personal opinions and feelings on the matter, at the end of the day everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I do believe real fur is wrong however this post is not about lecturing those who do not feel the same.

I have previously discussed the topic of real fur with my family members, some of which are from Siberia. From this conversation I was informed that when the winter temperature drops to -40 degrees in Russia, real fur is one of the only things that will insulate your body enough to keep you alive. As I have not experienced this I cannot really argue for or against this point. I just thought it was an important factor to consider. I have also worked with a vintage store operating in Dublin, which is one of the few locations in Ireland which still sells real fur. From probing further into this matter, I was informed by the owner, who is also an avid animal lover, that the fur which is sold in store is genuine vintage. It has been farmed ‘correctly’ for want of a better phrase. She stated that she would never purchase fur which is obtained in the same way we read about today. Being a true vintage store, she sells the items which truely represent the styles from the appropriate eras. These two conversations do showcase the other side to wearing fur, however I will let you make up your own opinions on their points of view.

Despite the fact I believe everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, I cannot comprehend why people choose to wear real fur as a fashion statement. Do they realize how this fur is obtained? I wonder would they be as eager to carry around a picture of the poor animals who have been skinned alive to create the coat they believe makes them look so glamorous? With fake fur that looks so good now available, I don’t understand why someone would choose to promote and encourage the horrific treatment of animals hunted for their fur. By wearing real fur as a fashion statement, that is effectively what they are doing. Thanks to the internet and animal rights organisations, no argument of ignorance can be deemed believable. The sad fact is, the majority of these people probably do know how their precious fur coat was created, they simply don’t care. Has society become so preoccupied with image that they are willing to ignore the reality of what makes up their image?

I have not included any pictures of how real fur is obtained in my post, as I previously mentioned it is not difficult to find these images online if you so wish. One thing I will leave you with this quote which perfectly sums up that we should love animals not just their coats.

“Let your compassion define your Fashion”

(also cute pictures of bunnies never hurt anyone!) 😉