20-year-old college student from Limerick, Sarah Hayes, is currently on Erasmus in Nantes, France as part of her third year of a Joint Honours Arts Degree in French and Media at the University of Limerick.
Not only is Sarah studying for her degree, she also runs a fashion and beauty blog by the name of PinkSars. After only setting up the blog at the start of 2016 armed with her photographer mom, Siobhán, and a killer fashion sense to boot, PinkSars has grown exponentially and Sarah has already gained over 1,000 new Instagram followers.
So far, she has collaborated with an impressive list Irish brands such as Silverwood Ireland, Lucy’s Lounge, Glitzi Bitz Ireland, GiGi Boutique, Limerick School of Art and Design, Oxfam Ireland, Lust Have App, The Milk Market Limerick and The Edge Clothing Store Limerick, to name just a few. Sarah also likes to DJ in her spare time and has played gigs in Limerick nightclubs such as Crush 87 and Charlie Chaplin’s Late Bar.
Sarah is a hard-working young woman of many talents and there is no doubt that this is just the start of a long and successful path for her.
What drew you towards choosing an Arts degree in UL?
During sixth year, I was one of the people always booking meetings with the guidance counsellors, frantically trying to decide what I’d do when I left secondary school. Two and a half years later I’m still trying to decide what I want to do, but I think an arts degree has given me an extra few years to establish myself somewhat. It spoke to me simply because it would give me a good degree which showed future employers that I could work hard, above anything else.
Have you had any exciting opportunities since starting your degree that you didn’t think you would?
100%. I knew UL was where I wanted to be when I finished secondary school because it had such a good reputation plus the fact that it’s right on my door step! I’ve also had the opportunity to live in France for 4 months as part of Erasmus and completed a work placement at I Love Limerick. Although both of these are compulsory parts of my course, I never really thought the day would come when I would accomplish them.
Being on work placement really showed me I had a passion for working with people, social media, marketing for brands, photography, video editing and presenting. It has really boosted my confidence in myself – which I think is a great thing to be able to say!
Erasmus was an interesting experience; living in a foreign country at the age of 20 was never something I’d considered before. Although I love to travel and see new places, living away for four months without friends and family was terrifying but I’m so glad to say that I’ve now accomplished a fear. If I hadn’t chosen arts in UL I don’t think I would have gotten the same opportunities anywhere else.
Arts degrees often get a bad reputation, what would you say to somebody considering choosing one?
I’ve never been put down for doing my degree but I have heard of others having dealt with such treatment. I think you just have to park what people are going to say about the path you choose because no two paths in life are ever the same. Do what you think is best for you and I can honestly say that I would never look back on the degree I chose, maybe certain subjects [laughs]… but definitely not the degree!
Do you think that doing an Arts degree influenced you in starting your blog?
I think the idea of having a blog has always been there for me. I’ve always loved fashion, writing and just being creative. I’ve been a devout YouTube follower since I was thirteen, so it was inevitable that one day I’d end up giving it a go. But to answer the question; yes, arts did play a part in it.
What kind of blog is PinkSars and what tone do you try to put out?
I set up PinkSars because I needed a positive, creative outlet so that’s what I will always want it to be. I hope that’s what people who follow PinkSars get from it too. I’m continuously changing my mind on what I want it to be and how it reflects who I am so I don’t think there’s a set tone per-say. It’s fun, it’s creative, it’s colourful and that’s the way I want people to see it!
If you weren’t blogging, what do you think you would be doing instead?
Blogging isn’t full-time for me but I really don’t know what I’d do without it! I have had a break away from it for a few months since I’ve been living in France and I honestly cannot wait to get back into it again when I get home. I just can’t sit idle!
What exactly does blogging mean to you?
Blogging is a community above all else. It brings like-minded people together and inspires people to do what they want in life! It’s great to see so many bloggers in Ireland and in Limerick making careers out of it nowadays and it’s so inspiring because it shows you don’t have to sit in an office every day, you can go out and conquer your dreams… as cliché as that sounds!
Do you have any hobbies outside of blogging?
I love music. Sitting down at the piano and just playing away is honestly a real passion of mine. I’m also a DJ, although I haven’t done it a while since I’ve been away. That’s definitely something different that I love to do! I would love to incorporate being a DJ a little bit more into my blog in the next few months, so we’ll see how that goes.
What’s next for PinkSars?
A makeover. I want to push it further. How? I don’t know yet, but I’m willing to try get as far as I can with it. Having only set up my blog in January of this year, I don’t think I gave it my all at times and having been away from it the past few months I want to create even more content when I get home!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Living in New York. Traveling the world. Blogging. Who knows!? The thoughts of what could happen in the next 10 years is really scary, but I’m excited to see where life takes me.
Finally, give us a quote that inspires you and represents what you believe in.
“When you let go, you create space for better things to enter your life” – It’s something I’m trying to live by these days, get rid of the old and just make way for the new!
Check out Sarah’s awesome blog at www.PinkSars.com
Article by: Ali Molloy
Photography by: Siobhán Gleeson-Hayes