For most people, this time of year is pretty hectic in the run-up to Christmas. For students, however, there's the added pressure of the ever-looming Christmas exams.


Limerick's Giant Granny

If you are living in Ireland, you've probably heard about the giant grandmother who took over the streets of Limerick last weekend.


The 21 Selfies of Rome

Anyone who follows me on Instagram might have realised that when Nik and I get together, we are partial to taking a few selfies. Here's one of us loving life in France.


Rome Photo Diary, Pt. 2

 Wandering through the little streets of Rome as it got dark was magical...


Rome Photo Diary, Pt. 1

Some of you might know that I recently visited Rome for three whole weeks.


Proms in the Park

As part of Limerick City of Culture, the Defence Forces delivered Proms in the Park to the people of the city; an open-air concert in Limerick's People's Park.


Sitting by the Seine

I could tell you what there is to see and do in Paris, but this isn't going to be one of those posts. Rather, I have one other kind of recommendation for you to do when you are there.


The Erasmus Experience

I stepped off the plane on the first day in January, feeling groggy and totally indifferent about what was to come.


Believe the hype - Adidas Stan Smith 2014

The hype surrounding those Adidas shoes has been phenomenal since the announcement of their return last year.


Ladies who Lunch

This week saw Derve and I going to town for a day - we decided to do a spot of shopping and wandering and we would see where the day would take us.


What does 'DRESS SIZE' even mean??

The other day while shopping, I visited the changing rooms with two very pretty dresses; one, a breton-striped drop-waist dress in a wonderfully thick material, the other, a bright yellow sixties-style shift dress. Both dresses were beautiful - the striped was an effortlessly cool piece, something I would have worn day or night, trainers or heels. The yellow was a sumptuous garment, silky-but-not, designed to hang straight down to mid-thigh.

When I tried the breton stripe offering, it seemed a little short (to say the least). When I reached up to grab the hanger, still wearing the dress, it rose with me. I stood there in the changing rooms with my arms up, wearing something that more closely resembled a peplum top than a drop-waist dress.

The yellow dress wasn't as short, and at first held promise. Trying it on, it was clear that although this dress had just enough length, it was too snug on my hips, and didn't flow from shoulder to thigh as it should have. A bigger size swamped my upper half, so I gave up on the dresses.

These dresses weren't designed for me. I have broad shoulders, a long torso and wide hips, while the rest of me is rather small. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with my bodily proportions, but I want to demonstrate the reality for most gals out there; that we are not a standard size all over. While choices in clothing can be rather limited in sizing, it is important to remember that you are not a single number. Should you need to size up in a dress/jumpsuit/playsuit/onesie to accommodate your hips, stomach or shoulders, do not take the size's deductive number at face value.

Plenty of emphasis is placed on 'dress size', as if a woman is actually a size 12 from her neck to her toes. Please. The 'drop a dress size' fad needs to stop, and we need to take different body types into account - I may diet all I like but my natural shape will still remain; I will still have far wider hips than my waist, no matter my weight. So...why are we all measuring ourselves on the same yardstick?