Monday, 29 April 2013

My Music Muses

Gosh, I love music. I used to play the violin and I currently play the guitar, and I also do voice lessons outside of school. I pretty much love the acoustic version to any song, Youtube is convenient for satisfying that need. My favourite band at the moment is Bastille, you'll have heard their song Pompeii maybe. They're from London and were only formed about three years ago. There's something about the lead singer's voice, Dan Smith, that makes me feel like I'm falling into melting chocolate.. Mmm..

                                            Flaws - Bastille

Another band that was recently introduced to me was Wake Owl. They're so hipster they don't even have a Wikipedia page.

                                         Gold - Wake Owl

Heathers. These are another favourite of mine. They're twins from Dublin, Ireland (yes they're irish, partly why I love them so). Seriously though, if harmonizing was an Olympic sport they would win gold every time.

                                          Lions, Tigers, Bears - Heathers

I could go on for a while, but I don't want to bombard you with songs, so I'll leave you with these. I hope you enjoyed them!


Sunday, 28 April 2013

Interior Design

I have been attending some Interior Design classes in school these past few weeks and it got me thinking about how I would like to design my future home one day. I never really thought about what my style was when it came to furniture and curtains and windows, I just know when something appeals to me, and I know when I see something like this I just want to vomit:

Anyway, I wanted to be an Interior Designer when I was about 7 years old and there was this show on TV called "ShowHouse" (anyone watch it? No? Ok.) where two designers would each be given the same house to design and the public would then vote on their favourite house. I used to love it. Although that dream has faded, I still acquire a keen interest for the job.

I've had a lot of fun scouring the internet for a while and here are my favourite pictures from houses I've seen. I like old country houses, with beams and grand fireplaces and soft, comfy couches that are perfect for crawling into with a good book. But I also love the modern twist, with a flashy exterior and blue swimming pools and a conservatory. Oh, I don't know, let me know what you think:


See all these nice, light colours, I love them. Paired with candles, flowers and fairy lights, you'd never be stressed out in my home ever.                          

And then we get into the Country House section:

 Closely followed by Flashy Exterior:


Have you ever thought about your dream home? Where is it and what does it look like?


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

School Trip

Today was a fun day. I went on a shopping trip with my school! (I'm in fourth year so our teachers are not really sure what to do with us most of the time) It was actually meant to be a sort of educational trip to a silverware factory in Newbridge. That part was pretty cool, looking at spoons and stuff. There was even a really cute tea set I'm going to show you.

 I love this!
 Cute Candle
Lovely but very expensive cutlery

Anyway, the part that we were all most excited for was (surprise surprise!) the shopping in White Water Shopping Centre! I'm going to Italy in three weeks with my school, so my friends and I were shopping with the image of a white, sandy beach painted firmly in our minds.


I don't much like this picture, but nevertheless I said I'd put it up as the dress was so gorg! It's a real beachy-throw-over-your-bikini type of dress, but you can also cover yourself up with a cute lil denim jacket.

These are a really cute pair of shorts, from Bershka I think, anyway I love them and they'd be perfect for my holiday! They're just the cool print I've been looking for and would look great when paired with just a plain top. Oh yeah and that's my lovely school shirt peaking through there..

I wish I could say this was me but, alas no, this is my beautiful friend Aisling! Isn't she gorgeous? I love these body crop tops and this one is especially cool. It's from Bershka also (love that shop!) and just looks cool with anything. I've been trying to diet to look good in one of these but my Mam bought Oreo Icecream today so there goes that idea. Still, with a pair of high waisted shorts I might be able to pull them off.
My first Starbucks!
After a hard day of shopping, I had my very first Starbucks. I ordered a Mocha Frappuccino and it was the most delicious thing ever - I still prefer tea but this was still amazing.

We got back a few minutes before school ended, so we took a very long-winded route walk back to school so we'd miss Irish class. Oh teenage rebellion!


Funky Chair

Saturday, 13 April 2013


You know what I love? Letters. I love them. I love the old fashioned feel of them, I love how individual the curves are on the writing depending on the person. I love imagining someone writing to you, scribbling ideas across a page. I love reading someones thoughts minus emoticons and initialisations. I love the effort required for writing a letter, it's not like just sending a text. Writing letters is expensive; think of the ink, the paper, the envelope and of course the biggest rip-off - the stamp. Think of the work required to think up of paragraphs to write a whole letter.


I love keeping letters in a box, to be taken out at times for reminiscing. I love giggling over the silly things I used to write and I love realising how much I've progressed through life from reading past letters. I love receiving letters in the post and ripping the envelope open as soon as I can. I love purchasing coloured paper and stickers and glittery gel pens to add personality to my writing. I love drawing little designs on my letter in reference to what is written.

I used to write letters to all my friends, but I don't think they were as keen on the activity as me, and also I guess it was a lot more convenient to just message the goss over facebook or other such social networking sites.

 I used to write letters to my Auntie Margaret in America too. I remember I used to use a different coloured marker for every paragraph when I was younger. But then my Auntie got a new job and had three kids and so we stopped writing letters and I settled for a phone call every few weeks instead.

What I'm trying to say is, I miss writing letters to people. I sometimes wish I lived in the old fashioned days where teenagers communicated via words written on paper. I guess I'm a sucker for those days gone by! I know some people have pen pals, that seems like a lot of fun! Communicating with someone you've never met, receiving mail that has been written hundreds of miles away from where you live. It's so.. romantic, in the olden sense of the word.

Do you write letters, or would you like to? How do you feel about writing to a pen pal?


Monday, 8 April 2013

Garnier Moisturisers Review

Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Match Protect and Glow Illuminating Light Lotion.. Phew!
I'm surprised they can even fit the name on that little tube! I'm going to do a review on this new product because I do think it has made a huge advantage to my skin. 

Soap & Glory usually dominate the Skin Care Corner of my bedside table so I was pretty excited to try out something new. There are five different types of this product:

                                   Moisture Match | Protect & Glow Illuminating Light Lotion | Normal Skin 
Moisture Match | Start Afresh Light Softening Cream | Normal to Dry Skin 
Moisture Match | Goodbye Dry Ultra Hydrating Cream | Dry to Very Dry Skin 
Moisture Match | Wake Me Up Revitalising Hydrating Gel | Dull Skin 
Moisture Match | Shine Be Gone Mattifying Fresh Cream | Combination to Oily Skin

I chose the "Normal Skin" (Yellow) one because it said it smells like lemons and that's always a plus. Also it's the only one that contains 20 SPF and on those rare times the sun emerges in Ireland I always worry about how it damages my skin - Gotta think about the future state of my face!

On application, the texture was actually not unlike sun cream, and it did smell lemony fresh! It went on smoothly and didn't look oily on my skin at all - the opposite of sun cream in this case. It took only a few minutes to completely dry into my skin and I instantly noticed the radiant glow my skin had. I've been using it for a week now and can honestly say my skin has never looked or felt clearer or smoother.
Sometimes I feel that Garnier moisturisers can be too oily so if you have oily skin, head straight to the mattifying lotion (green).
Overall, I really enjoyed using this product. I think sometimes High Street brands miss the mark when it comes to what product suit what skin types, so I was impressed with the range of choice I was given in this case.

5 stars for Garnier! For only €9.50/£5.99 it's a shteal buy and I got this on sale for €6.13 too!