Collective Clothing Haul!

30 May 2014

Hey Everyone!
Since I got the holidays I have been treating myself to a few bits and bobs because I deserve it ;) haha. I've only ever done one haul before and that was nearly a year ago so I thought it would be something fun and different for my blog.  I'm not trying to show off or anything I just thought some people might like to have a nose and see what my style is like and also get an idea for what's in the shops. Everything I got was from Penneys (Primark), Dunnes Stores (Irish only sorry), Born (Irish only again, my bad!), Nike and New Look.

Left: New Look / Centre: Penneys (Primark) / Right: New Look

I'm trying to collect some statement necklaces because they really can make a plain outfit amazing! So I picked up these three over the last few weeks.
Runners - Nike / Football boots - Nike

For the summer I want to get fitter so to motivate myself I got some runners (trainers, sneakers or whatever you want to call them - why are there so many names for them? haha) and some football boots because I started playing tag rugby which I am really enjoying by the way!

PlaySuit - Born / shoes - Dunnes Stores

I LOVE this playsuit. I think it will be so cute for summer. It's a lovely baby blue colour which reminds me of ice-cream, God knows why because I've never seen blue ice-cream! I have nothing this colour before so I really cannot wait to wear it. 

Dress - Penneys (Primark) / Shoes - Dunnes Stores

This dress definitely isn't my usual style but I really liked it on the mannequin and thought I would try something different. It's lovely and cool for warm days but I like how it has sleeves so it's good for when the evening gets cooler.
 Skorts - Born / Top (old) - Penneys

Finally, I got these skorts. Eeeek I love them. I don't have any other skorts but I think they're really cute. I was drawn to the pattern on these ones, I think it's unique and different, most of the other skorts I have seen are floral but this one is definitely more me! They are pretty short though. Please ignore the paleness of my legs, It's pretty clear they haven't seen the sun in at least 9 months haha! 

So that's everything! I think I'm going to go on a little shopping ban for a bit haha. 
I hope you liked this post, let me know if you think I should do more of these kind of posts. I actually had a lot of fun making it. 

I didn't know whether to do a haul or a few seperate OOTD's but I decided to combine everything. 
What do you prefer to see - a regular haul, OOTDs or a combination like this one? Please let me know, I am clueless as to what's best haha.

It's my 1st blogiversary on Sunday so expect a blog post about that then :)
Until then, Have a fantastic weekend!


Annoying things I do | Guest Post

28 May 2014

Hey Everyone! So recently myself and another lovely blogger Emma from New Zealand, who writes The Earth Through a Lens  decided to feature each other on our blogs! She interviewed me for her 'The Great Unknown' series, and I thought I would let her do a guest post on my blog! Emma's blog is amazing, definitely one of my favourites so be sure to check it out!

Now without further ado I'll hand you over to Emma's who's going to talk about some annoying things she does!

Hi everyone!

I'm Emma, and sometimes I do things that annoy other people, and myself to be perfectly honest.

Firstly, if I say something that people find funny, I will subconsciously find ways to work it into the conversation again. I'm not really that much of a funny person, so perhaps my brain thinks that I have to milk it for all it's worth, but it's never funny the second time, so that logic doesn't really follow. All it does it make me wince later and think, why did I bring that up again?!

Secondly, if I don't think that people are listening to what I'm saying, or if I get distracted, I will just drift off, mid-sentence and mid-story and stop talking. The problem is that people usually are listening, and they do want to hear the rest of my thoughts, despite what I think. Very irritating apparently.

And number 3, if I have some nice food, say some chocolate or a cupcake, I will eat it veeerrryyy slowly. To savour it, you know?! But the problem is usually it's something like me and my friends eating cupcakes, and they will be finished it ages before me, and it will just be me sitting there eating it, and them looking longingly at my cupcake and wishing I would just hurry up and eat it!

Anyway, please let me know I'm not alone and that you guys do things that annoy people too!
Thanks for having me Sinead! :)

Festival Fashion Finds

27 May 2014

If you have been reading my blog for a while you may notice that I like to do posts like these. When I am browsing online stores looking for clothes I like to create little wishlists or put together outfits and share them with you.
This time, I was looking at festival clothing. I'm not even sure if I will be going to a festival but I just LOVE festival clothes and was enjoying looking at what was in all the stores that would be suitable for festivals. 
I put together an outfit from each of the stores I browsed through. Check them out and let me know what you think!

All of these outfits are quiet different styles. If I was given the chance to get one of the outfits for free I think I would be torn between the Topshop one and the River Island one. Denim is definitely moi! I'm planning on buying those acid wash shorts! and that Topshop crop top is just beautiful. 
Looking at this, now, I wish I made another outfit with a dress, there's only the H & M one! 
Sinead, what were you thinking? dresses are a festival must!

 Which outfit would you be most likely to wear? I'd be interested to know!

Are you going to a festival this summer? Let me know in the comments!


Random Ramblings | Boys Rating Girls

25 May 2014

Something happened a couple of weeks ago which at the time, didn't affect me too much. It didn't upset me or ruin my night in any way. But as time has passed I've found myself repeatedly recalling the incident, over analyzing  it and trying to figure out how it is I feel about it.

Some of my college friends and I were going out for the night. There was three of us girls and three of our really good guy friends.

We started off the night with a few 'pre-drinks' in a house where two of the guys were staying. There was quite a few other people there who we didn't know. There was one other girl who lived in the house too and there was about three other guys. I'm presuming they were friends with our guy friends that live in the house.

We were all quickly introduced to each other and started our little house party. Our  group of friends from college stuck together, chatting, dancing, taking selfies, being silly and having lots of fun. It really was on of the best nights out with them.

Then one of my girl friends probably thought we should talk to the other three guys and get to know them a bit. Just being polite she said "ok so lets see if I remember - you're Matt, Darren and David?" (I'm just making those names up as I don't remember!)

The guys congratulated her for remembering so well and then one of them said "and you're 4, 6 and 8" followed by the cheekiest laughs you would ever hear.

Ashamedly, my first thought was - there is no way that one of us is a 4 or even a 6. We were all dressed up really nicely and if I do say so myself we looked hot! One thing I knew for sure was that even on their bad days my two friends are at least a 7.

My next thought was - I wonder which one I am. Am I the 4, 6 or the 8? I actually felt a bit sad for a moment at the thought that there was a possibility they thought I was a 4.

Then, the next thing that crossed my mind was how these guys were complete and utter douche bags. The more I think about it the more annoyed I am with myself for my initial response. Why should I care one bit what they thought of me? I didn't know them, I wasn't attracted to any of them and as if I would need approval from people so immature and disrespectful.

I didn't think about it for very long on the night, I continued to have fun with the two girls and the three other guys who were actually my friends.

Then a couple of days later I remembered the brief exchange and it's honestly been nibbling at me ever since.

I am totally aware that guys rate girls all the time. It doesn't overly bother me because at the end of the day, no matter how chauvinist and sexist it is, it is only banter. Most of them wouldn't dream of saying it in front of, or directly to a girl because they have that bit of respect.

But apparently these guys didn't. That's what gets me the most. The sheer lack of respect for the three of us. The way they viewed us as a 'thing' that could be rated on a scale of 1 to 10 based solely on our physical appearance. Whilst we were having fun, they were sitting there judging us like we were dogs in a dog show.

Has something like this ever happened to you? What are your opinions on boys rating girls, and girls rating boys?
 Do you think its OK to do it once you still show respect for the person or do you think none of it is acceptable? I would love to hear your opinions in the comments.


The Beauty On Your Doorstep

22 May 2014

                                                                                                                                                                    Yesterday I was sitting at home on the couch, browsing through the tv channels, checking my phone every 6 seconds, and eating a copious amount of biscuits. I was bored and fed up.

I started to day dream about how wonderful it would be if I lived in a big city like New York or Paris. I could just walk out my door to an abundance of life and do anything I wanted. I could have a mooch through the clothing stores, explore the museums, grab a Starbucks, or just chill out in a park and simply watch people go by, living their lives. Maybe I would talk to one of those people and they could add something to my life that I do not have. The possibilities and opportunities just seemed to be so much greater in any place other than here. 

I felt trapped. There was no place of any significance that I could get to without getting in my car. There was no people, no shops, no buildings, no life for miles around me.

But then, whilst immersed in self pity, I started to think that perhaps there is a young woman in New York City who dreams of escaping the concrete jungle, maybe she feels trapped. Maybe she has been there her entire life and the idea of the countryside, fields and space is only something she see's on TV.

The more I thought about it, the more sure I became that there are definitely many many people in the world who would give anything to come here. Perhaps the Irish countryside seems like a distant land of peace and tranquility which they could only dream of going to. 

Then the quote 'the grass is always greener on the other side came to mind' and I realized that this is very true. Places far away and different to what we are used to always seem like bliss, like the ultimate utopia.

So I decided that I was going to imagine that I was that young hypothetical women from New York. I was going to go for a walk and view every little thing, that seems so mundane and boring to me with the eyes of this tourist. I was going to breathe in the beautiful clean and unpolluted fresh air. Listen to the sound of silence and appreciate every little thing. I decided to take along my camera, to help me focus on the beauty. As they say, taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second. 

 My little walk made me realise that there is life outside my door, maybe not much human life but in a way that is kind of beautiful. I also realised that I'm certainly not trapped. I am quite the opposite for sure. On my little walk I felt incredibly free and content.

Do you ever feel sick of where you live and dream of being somewhere else? Sometimes it's really difficult to appreciate our own homes. Whether you live in the countryside like me, a bustling town or city, or the middle of a dessert. Be grateful. There is someone somewhere who wishes they were there.

I hope you like the pictures I took on my little stroll down the road and through some fields. 

Shoutout to my mother for photo bombing ;)
 I hope you enjoyed this post!
Leave me a comment and let me know how you feel about where you live and where you sometimes wish you lived!

Have a brilliant Thursday,


Summer Reading List - I need your help!

17 May 2014

Ok guys, guess what? I'm an English teacher! haha. I hope to get a job in September, it will hardly be a full time job but hopefully I will get some part time work like maternity cover or something. This means that I am planning to prepare BIG time over the summer. I have learned so much in the past year about how to teach etc, but I still need to get a thorough understanding of my subjects, both English and Geography. 

I thought I'd share with you a list of all the studied work on the Junior Cert Syllabus. I would absolutely love your recommendations. I need to do one novel, one drama and one film. Of course there's poetry on the course too but that's pretty much wide open and I doubt you could help with poetry haha.

One of the following novels:

BLACKMAN, Malorie - Noughts and Crosses
BOYNE, John - The Dare
BRONTË, Charlotte - Jane Eyre
CATHER, Willa - My Antonia
CONNOLLY, John - The Book of Lost Things
CROSSAN, Sarah - The Weight of Water
GLEITZMAN, Morris - Once
GOLDING, William - Lord of the Flies
HINTON, S, E - The Outsiders
JOHNSTON, Jennifer - Shadows on our Skin
KIERNAN, Celine - Into the Grey
LEE, Harper -To Kill a Mockingbird
MITCHELL, Jane - Chalkline
MULLIGAN, Andy - Trash
NESS, Patrick - The Knife of Never Letting Go
NICHOLSON, William - The Wind Singer
ORWELL, George - Animal Farm
PORTIS, Charles - True Grit
STEINBECK, John - Of Mice and Men
SWINDELLS, Robert - Stone Cold

One of the following dramas:

BREEN, John - Alone It Stands
FRIEL, Brian - Lovers (Winners and Losers)
GOGOL, Nikolai - The Government Inspector
HILL, Susan - The Woman in Black (adapted for stage by Stephen Mallatratt)
LAURENTS, Arthur - West Side Story
MORPURGO, Michael - War Horse (adapted for stage by Nick Stafford)
O’CASEY, Sean - The Shadow of a Gunman
ROSE, Reginald - Twelve Angry Men
RUSSELL, Willy - Blood Brothers
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Henry IV, Part 1
Much Ado About Nothing
The Merchant of Venice
Romeo and Juliet
SHAW, George Bernard - Pygmalion
WILDE, Oscar - The Importance of Being Earnes

One of the following films:

BENIGNI, Roberto - Life Is Beautiful
CARO, Niki - Whale Rider
CHADHA, Gurinder - Bend It Like Beckham
JENNINGS, Garth - Son of Rambow
LAUGHTON, Charles -The Night of the Hunter
LINKLATER, Richard - School of Rock
MIYAZAKI, Hayao - Spirited Away
SHERIDAN, Jim - In America
ZEITLIN, Benh - Beasts of the Southern Wild
I'm thinking 'To kill a mocking bird' for the novel and 'ET' for the film. Not sure which play though. Most likely not a Shakespear one though because they find the language quiet difficult at this age, however I may be swayed because I love Shakespear especially 'A Midsummer nights dream' so at least my passion would be in it. Would really love your opinions if you have read any of these? Which ones would you be interested in studying if you were 12-15?


My Life in Letters A - Z

16 May 2014

A - Art - I was so good at this as a child but am now out of practice.
B - Blogging - probably my favourite hobby.
C - Coffee - I have only recently acquired a taste for this.
D - Decor - I love interior design and decor. Dream job.
E - Elephants - I want to ride one.
F - Friends - where would I be without them?!
G - Geography - my favourite subject in school and one I chose to teach.
H - Home and Away - my favourite TV show. Sun, sea and sexy men. Perfect.
I - Ireland - the place I call home.
J - Journeys - I want to see the world!
K - Kit Kat - I love chocolate.
L - Laughing, a laugh a day is essential, eh?
M - Music - understands every emotion.
N - Nieces and Nephew - always cheer me up.
O - Ocean - what's better than going to the sea side on a sunny day?
P - Pizza - who doesn't  love pizza?
Q - Questions - inappropriate or off topic ones from students, most annoying aspect of teaching :P
R - Running - I want to get fit and start running this summer!
S - Sinead, - my name. Haha.
T - Teacher - what is turning out to be "what I will be when I grow up"
U - Umbrellas - I hate them, so awkward and unreliable.
V - Varnish (nail) - I'm kinda addicted.
W - Weekends - the thing I live for!
X - Xxx - kisses everyone loves kisses haha (couldn't think of anything good here obviously :P)
Y - Youtube - one of my favourite past times.
Z - Zonkey - a cross between a Zebra and a Donkey. My friend and I have a weird obsession with animal hybrids.

That was actually so much fun! haha. I did it weirdly quick too, the one I spent longest trying to think of was 'L' strangely. If you want me to expand on anything I've said just ask! 

You should do this too, I love these little posts to get to know each other better.

Happy Friday, have a lovely weekend!

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Random Rambling | Why is beauty so celebrated?

15 May 2014

Do you ever look at the comments on your favourite celebrities Instagram selfies? most of them will be "oh my God you are so beautiful", "how are you so perfect?", "Can I just have your hair?" I will admit, often times my first thought is also how God damn hot they look. But this got me thinking about our infatuation with beauty. When we post a 'woman crush Wednesday' often times it's solely because how beautiful they are rather than their talents, beliefs or values.

Then there are some people, who are truly amazing at what they do and their main gift is not their good looks. Take Rebecca Aldington for example, she is an Olympic Gold Medalist. I personally, can't think of a much bigger achievement than that, I can't think of something more inspirational. However, she was slated and made fun of because of her appearance so much so that she went and got a nose job. 

Rebecca Adlington after & before nose job
For some reason, appearance, something that is not a skill, something that you are just born with, was given more of an important standing than talent, dedication, ambition and hard work. When you really think about it, that is just crazy. Models are admired, adored and celebrated and what for? their physical appearance that they were just lucky enough to be born with and maybe a good make-up artist and stylist?

Lets face it, we all love to be told that we are beautiful. We want someone to recognise us. To tell us that our "eyes make the stars look like they're not shinning" or our hair "falls perfectly without us trying" (can you name the song? haha) But what I'm wondering is, do we value these compliments over "you are so smart", "you have achieved so much" or "you are so strong and brave"? Because, by the looks of it we are placing more value on appearance than anything these days.

What's your opinion on celebrating beauty so much?

I know this was an incredibly random post, it was just something I was thinking of. I do a lot of that lately now that college is over. I think you should definitely be expecting more random ramblings in the future!


Photo Diary | Inside our glasshouse

14 May 2014

I have pledged to start using my DSLR Camera some more. That's why I thought I would start this Photo Diary series. I will try and take random and hopefully creative pictures. I decided my families glass house would be a good place to start. This is our first year having a glass house. In it we have sewn tomato plants, cucumber, lettuce, strawberries and ... um ... I must ask my dad as it's his little project! Obviously everything is just sewn now. I might make another little photo diary just when they are ready to be eaten, then we can see the growth and transformation!

I'm not sure how often I'll be doing this series. It all depends if something inspires me to take photos or I do something for the day that I can document. I probably won't do it for the month of June as the 30-day-snap is kind of a month long photo diary and you would have my photos coming out your ears!

I hope you liked my pictures and enjoyed this post! do you have a glass house or would you like to have one?

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My top tips to get through University

13 May 2014

Since I have just finished uni last week I thought this post would be appropriate. I can hardly believe that I'm completely finished. I remembering being that bright eyed and bushy tailed 17 year old fresher, I had no idea what to expect whatsoever. Now, after spending 4 years there I might have some useful advice. However, I did not have the full uni experience, I lived at home the entire time so I didn't have to deal with student living - can't offer advice on that I'm afraid.

  • Join a club or society you enjoy, there are millions (slight hyperbole! haha) in most uni's and it's a great way to meet like minded people.
  • Go to your lectures! So many people I knew throughout the four years have barely gone to their lectures, just because you're not pushed like in school doesn't mean you shouldn't be responsible. If you don't you will have no idea what's going on and/or lose interest in your course. I barely missed any lectures myself, go on... call me a swat!
  • Plan your time. Remember, in uni everything is in your hands because you are meant to be mature enough now to care about your future. DO NOT leave an assignment to the night before. I have seen others do this a lot. I'd imagine it's very stressful and will make you hate your course! get started early and give yourself time.
  • Same goes for study, trust me, you cannot learn 12 weeks of information in 1 or 2 nights no matter how many coffees or high performance beroca boosts you take! If you think you can you are demented haha.
  • Take notes in lectures - write down what they say, not what's on their lecture slides - it's that what will give hints on what to expect in exams. Like when I'm teaching a class it's the important things I spend more time talking about, it's common sense :)
  • Arrange study groups with your friends. This is great because you can learn from each other! and come up with different ideas on a topic.
  • For exams, look at the past papers (probably online) you will notice that the same kind of things always come up. It makes it so much easier to know what you should be focusing on.
  • Don't forget to have fun! be social, go out with friends, do stuff! these are the best years of your life. You don't have to be a proper adult yet. Your only worries are your assignments and exams. Make the most of being a student, you learn all the big life lessons and make the most memories outside of the classroom.

I hope this helps! If you are starting uni, I am so jealous! I'm not going to lie, now that I'm finished university, no longer a student and have to be 'a proper adult' I do have some regrets about not living my student life the best way I could. You only get to be a student for a short while so do enjoy, but be smart too!

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