Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Reflection on 2014


Whenever I think about 2014 (which completely FLEW by, oh my goodness!), the major events that occurred in my life fit into four 'categories,' I guess you guess you could call them: school, music, travelling and, of course, blogging.

School

•In May and June of this year I sat my GCSE examinations. They were the most stressful two months of my life but all the work I had put in over the past two years paid off when I received my results in August. I was so happy with them and so happy that it was all over.
•In September, I began Lower Sixth and therefore preparation for my AS exams (50% of my overall A Levels) which I will sit in June. I began the year doing French, Spanish, Business and English Literature but found it very stressful. After a month and a half full of very little sleep, numerous breakdowns and everyone around me having to deal with a very unhappy version of myself, I decided enough was enough and dropped English. I am so much happier now being able to focus my attention on 3 subjects and am finding school so enjoyable. ("Yeah, just wait until exams start," my inner voice is saying)


Music

•This year I got to see two of my favourite artists live in concert. I saw One Direction on 25th May in Croke Park in Dublin and Ed Sheeran on 8th October in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Both shows were absolutely AMAZING and I would give anything to go and see them again!
•Over the summer of this year, my parents got a letter in the post informing them that the place where my sister and I had been getting our violin lessons for the past two years had stopped giving lessons due to cutbacks in their funding. At the time I was quite angry and upset because it meant losing the teacher I'd had for 6 years (I had her in primary school too). However, my mum was able to find a new teacher and she is absolutely BRILLIANT. She is passionate about music and inspires me so much to work hard.
My two best friends and I at One Direction

Travelling

•At the end of June, my family and I travelled to Berlin and stayed there for five days (which you can read more about here). I got to see the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall and Berlin Zoo, among many other things. Berlin is a beautiful city and I had such a great five days there. I would love to go back one day!


Blogging

•A couple of days before I left for Berlin, I started this blog. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing every post for it, taking every picture for it and interacting with the lovely and talented people of the blogging world. When I was writing my firstpost I never would have thought than in six months I would have over 1000 page views, 200 Bloglovin' followers and been nominated for both the One Lovely Blog Award and the Liebster Award. For that I want to thank you. Yes, you. Whether you've read all of my posts or this is the first of mine you've read, thank you for being here. I love you very very much MWAH!

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Whenever I think about 2015, quite a few things come to mind. Some things I am excited about, like my trip to Madrid in less than 2 weeks or seeing my favourite band in the whole world, The Vamps, live in concert in April. Some things I am not so excited about, like my exams in June but my main goal for 2015 is to stay positive. I want to try and look on the bright side of every bad situation and be a happier person.

I hope you all have had an amazing 2014 and that your 2015 will be even better! Thank you again for reading my blog. It really means the world to me.

I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us all!

Happy New Year!

- Caoimhe x

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

As I write this post, Christmas day is coming to an end. Everyone in my family is happy, contently full from Christmas dinner and pretty sleepy. I am so thankful that I am blessed with a healthy, happy family and such kind, selfless parents. I know how stressed out they were in the run-up to Christmas day because they wanted everything to be perfect for my two sisters, brother and I. And it was.

My dad had to go into work today which was a bit of a bummer but every cloud has a silver lining, right? Today, the silver lining was that I got to spend a small part of the day with one of my best friends whom I have known literally since I was born! His dad works with my dad and they were on duty together today so our mums decided we should get together and spend some time with each other. It was a lovely surprise when both the dads arrived at our friends' house two hours earlier than expected!

I'm so thankful that I got to spend my day with some of my loved ones and get to spend time with more family members and friends over the course of the next week. I know a lot of people aren't that lucky.

I want to share some of the photos I took today with you, especially the ones of my Christmas dinner because I know how much time and effort both of my parents put into it.

I hope you all have had a very happy Christmas and will continue to have a very happy Christmas period!

Christmas breakfast







Amazing chocolate cake made by my
dad and my brother
- Caoimhe x

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Is It Christmas Yet?

One of the things I love about Christmas time are the Christmas sweaters that can be seen everywhere. Whether they're typical "ugly" ones or cute ones, I love seeing people get into the spirit of Christmas through their fashion.

About two weeks ago I was in Dorothy Perkins and was totally drawn to their collection of not-so-ugly Christmas jumpers. They had ones featuring presents, Christmas pudding, Christmas trees, and even robins kissing! I wanted them all! 

In the end, I decided to get this pretty light blue jumper with a skating robin on it. 



 


The jumper is so thick and keeps me warm when I need it to. I like that it has quite a high neck, too, because if I have a cold neck my whole upper body gets cold. I love the cute design on it but still haven't got round to naming the adorable robin yet. Any ideas?

I really love this jumper and I'm going to try and wear it as much as I possibly can over the Christmas period!

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

- Caoimhe x


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Life Is A Rollercoaster

Life has its ups and its downs. Its highs and its lows. Its good parts and its bad parts.

Everyone experiences this and I want to say that no matter how hard a particular period of your life seems - whether it's a few days, a few weeks, a few months or even a few years - it will pass. The bad will give way to the good. At the time it may not seem like that and it may seem easier to just ignore that fact and stay wrapped up in your sorrows. But it will pass. 

As hard as it may seem, you have to try and look at the little things that make you happy everyday. Try to take time out of your day to reflect and focus solely on the things that made you happy that day. It may be something as big as seeing a friend that you haven't seen in a while or as small as getting a nice cup of tea when you get home. If you do this everyday, before you know it, your whole way of thinking will change, allowing you to become more positive without having to try very hard.

If you find yourself going through a bit of a rough patch in your life, for example, you've had an argument with your friend or you're just feeling a bit down about things, there are things you can do to take your mind off it:

1. Take a bath

Whenever I take a bath is when I'm most relaxed. It's when I feel I can take time out of my day to think about my situation and if there is anything I can do to solve it.

(This is what my bath looked like after using Lush's 'Think Pink' bath bomb. It smells so good and made my skin feel amazing!)

2. Go for a walk

Whenever I'm out for a walk I feel like I have a clear mind. It's when I'm able to make rational decisions, whilst getting close to nature at the same time.



3. Read a book

With all that thinking done in the bath or out for a walk, picking up a book may be the last thing you want to do. However, fiction books involve mostly made-up storylines, fully allowing you to take your mind off your own life and instead think about someone else's.


4. Listen to music

Songs and music hold so many messages - sometimes hidden and sometimes clear. I always like to find songs related to my problems. For example, if I had had a bad breakup I would listen to songs like Taylor Swift's songs about breakups. Listening to songs relating to my problems gives me peace of mind knowing that I'm not the only person who has gone through what I am going through.



5. Talk to a friend or family member - someone you trust

I know I said this would be a list of things to take your mind off your problems and talking about them doesn't exactly do that, but talking to someone allows you to get a second opinion. Thus, possibly making the situation clearer for you, allowing you to think about the sole problem rather than worrying about other things relating to the problem that may not be important.

It also means that you know you are not alone and that someone is there for you, looking out for you.



A way not to help yourself when you are going through a low period in your life is to take on more than you normally would, whether it be work, social outings or whatever. This can result in you becoming more stressed and feeling even worse. However, don't abandon the things you would normally do because normality is probably one of the best remedies if you are feeling down.

What do you do to take your mind off things when you are feeling down?

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Top 5 Tunesday #5

Wow, this post is long overdue - it's now closer to January than November (scary!) but better late than never, hey?
So here are my top 5 most listened-to tracks of November...



1. Stay Out - Nina Nesbitt

 Gah, I love this song. It's just so accurate - in any city that you go out in, you are likely to see the majority of the things Nina mentions.
This was actually the first song of Nina's that I heard and after hearing it once I went and bought her whole album, 'Peroxide'. It's so good. Like so so good. I love Nina's acoustic sound and the chilled-out vibe of her music. She's definitely far too underrated, so go check out her music if you haven't already!



2. Blank Space - Taylor Swift

Words can't express my love for this song. It's so catchy but well-written. I love, like Shake It Off (which I wrote about here) how Taylor addresses the critique she gets, "got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane." I love when she sings "I've got a blank space, baby," and then there's a click that's meant to sound like a pen, "and I'll write your name." I found it so funny the first time I heard it.
My favourite part, however, is the bridge starting "boy there's only one love if it's torture." The harmonies and the note at the end on "yaaa" just make me so happy (Don't ask, I'm weird okay)
I'm so happy for Taylor and the success she's had with '1989.' You can tell she's worked so hard on it and, in my opinion, it's one of the best albums released this year. I'm really loving it.



3. Night Changes - One Direction 

I really like the way One Direction are going with their music. They sound so mature in 'Four' and I think it's a bit of a coincidence that it's when the boys get to have more control over the music. Huh, management? Coincidence, yeah? I think other people are beginning to have more respect for them and are seeing them as more than just a 'cliché boyband,' which is great. It's just a pity it's taken 4 years for some people to realise it.
This is my favourite song from the new album. I think it's just so sweet and I love the music video.



4. A Drop In The Ocean - Ron Pope

Although this song has been out for nearly 10 years, I only heard it for the first time at the beginning of November when it came on the radio. I had one of those 'OMG, I need to know the name of this song so I can add it to my Spotify playlist' moments, ya feel me?!
I love the lyrics - they're so honest about the highs and lows of being in love. I think it would be such a beautiful song to have your first dance at your wedding. 



5. Care - BriBry

BriBry is an Irish singer-songwriter and YouTuber, fast becoming one of my favourites, actually. In his videos, he is honest, precise and to-the-point. There is no waffle with him, just straight and honest talk. I love that about him.
His honest personality comes through in his songwriting too, and you can hear it so well in this song, "I don't care for myself." I love honest songs like this where you can really hear how the singer feels because I feel like I can connect with the singer on a more personal level, and I really like that.



To buy 'Stay Out' by Nina Nesbitt, click here
To buy 'Blank Space' by Taylor Swift, click here
To buy 'Night Changes' by One Direction, click here
To buy 'A Drop In the Ocean' by Ron Pope, click here
To buy 'Care' by BriBry, click here

To see last month's top 5, click here

- Caoimhe x


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Oh DEAR | November Reviews

Okay, so you know the way in my first Oh DEAR post I said I was aiming to read 4 books by the end of November? Yeah...well...I kinda maybe didn't actually reach my goal. In fact I only achieved half of it ('Oh DEAR' indeed, you're probably thinking). I was just so busy with everything and I have mocks starting next week so I've been studying a lot and haven't had very much free time. And even when I did have free time, I was absolutely exhausted. But at least I do have two reviews to give you now and it just means the books I didn't get to read in October/November, I'll be reading over December and January.


'The Glimpse' by Claire Merle


Plot in a nutshell from Goodreads: In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell.

Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.

Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not intefere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society, and as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper’s abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and found it very gripping right from the start. After getting about a quarter of the way through it, I found it very difficult to put down. However I should warn you that it's not a light-hearted, happy love story. It's a book which deals with many deep themes such as mental illness, abduction, death, and deceitful families.

I really like how Merle wrote the book almost like a mystery, leaving little clues as she went along. Other parts of the book were so unpredictable that I had to read over them again to make sure my eyes weren't making things up!

I liked Ana, the protagonist. She is a strong, independent young woman and I admire how she will give up anything for what she believes in. However, she did annoy me a bit at times because of some decisions she made and I was sitting there thinking, "Why?!"

I found Ana's dad to be a really interesting character. There were times during the book when I hated him but then something happens (which I won't say because it'll spoil it for you) which made me think he really does love Ana and just has a strange way of showing it. So I still don't really know what to think of him.

In terms of the love story woven into the book, I found Jasper to be a bit bland. It was almost as if the idea of him was better than the reality. I definitely prefer the other boy, who I won't name (VOLDEMORT?!). I found it quite shocking so I don't want to give it away for anyone.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was action-packed, fast-paced and included everything that, in my opinion, makes a good book. I can't wait to read the sequel, 'The Fall'.

My Rating: 5/5 ☺


'How To Love' by Katie Cotugno


Plot in a nutshell from Goodreads
Before: 
Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. 

After: 
Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena's gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she's finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn't want anything to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said Sawyer's being back wasn't stirring something in her. After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

My thoughts: I began this book with a bit of suspicion. I thought it would be about an 18-year-old girl holding a grudge against the boy who got her pregnant 2 years earlier. Talk about judging a book by it's cover (or first few pages in this case, I guess...). A few pages in, however, I realised I was wrong and it was so much more than that.

I really love the way Cotugno took the story of Reena at 16 years old and then again 2 years later when her life had completely changed, drawing parallels between each of the time periods in her life.

I loved character of Reena and found that I had quite a lot in common with her, like her desire to travel and see the world, her timidness and I even have a friend whom Allie reminded me a lot of. I found I could relate to Reena in so many ways and I really liked that. Although, there were parts that I was thinking 'you silly girl' for some of the decisions she made because I definitely wouldn't have done the same, but I guess it's because she's so young in love and isn't thinking.

I didn't like Sawyer at the beginning because of the fact that he'd left Reena pregnant, and I wanted Reena to stay with Aaron. However, as the story progressed I grew to like Sawyer and I was happy the way the book ended.

The only thing I found about the book was there were times at the end of, for example, a 'Before' chapter and I wanted to skip right through the following 'After' chapter to find what was going to happen in the next 'Before' chapter, if you get me... I would fly through the following 'After' just for the sake of getting it read. But I guess that's just Cotugno building up the suspension.

Overall, I just loved how realistic and human this book is. I loved how the characters were portrayed and how the story progressed. I know the summary of the book gives a lot about it away but there is so much more to the book than just Reena and Sawyer - friendship and family are two other major themes in the book. It's quite a light and easy read, so if you like this type of book, I would definitely recommend it!

My Rating: 4/5 ☺


Since I only got 2 of the 4 books read that I was hoping to, I will carry the other 2 on to read throughout December and January. So the 4 books I aim (key word being aim, haha) to have read by the end of January are:

  • 'The Maze Runner' by James Dashner
  • 'Eleanor and Park' by Rainbow Rowell
  • 'Girl Online' by Zoe Sugg
  • 'Lola and the Boy Next Door' by Stephanie Perkins

If you have read any of the books mentioned in this post, I would love to know what you thought of them! Or if you have any recommendations for books to read after the four above, I would love to hear them :)

- Caoimhe x

Friday, 21 November 2014

It's a Costa Christmas

There's nothing I love more than calling into a coffee shop on a freezing cold, dark evening and picking up a hot drink to keep me alive, basically, and I think Costa Coffee is the perfect place for this! Coming up to Christmas, they release a range of winter drinks, perfect for warming up your cold hands.

There's something for everyone on this seasonal menu. If you're a coffee-drinker, you can choose from a Sticky Toffee Latte, a Praline Cappuccino or even a Gingerbread and Cream Latte, which I, personally, can't wait to try.

If you're more of a hot chocolate kind of person, you can choose from a Brownie Hot Chocolate with Cream (yummm!), an Orange Hot Chocolate with Costa Magic dusting and Belgian Chocolate, or a White Hot Chocolate, which I had last weekend.



My sister tried their White Hot Chocolate last year and went on about it all year (I'm not joking), so when my mum and dad decided to pop into Costa with my sisters and I for a drink last weekend, I knew I had to try it. And, boy, did I love it. I love white chocolate (possibly even more than milk chocolate) and hot chocolate is my favourite hot drink so put the two together and you have what is perfection in my eyes.

I love how Christmas-y the café itself looked with all their Christmas posters up and their take-out cups are the cutest things I've ever seen!

If you love hot drinks and Christmas (who doesn't?!) then I urge you to drop into your local Costa (which you can find here) and try something from their Christmas menu. If you have a sweet tooth, like me, a White Hot Chocolate or a Sticky Toffee Latte will totally satisfy it, not to mention get you into the spirit of Christmas!

- Caoimhe x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Liebster Award



I would like to say a huge thank you to the five lovely bloggers who nominated me for this award: Beth, SamanthaCarolLauren and Betty. Beth is a lifestyle blogger, Samantha and Betty are beauty and lifestyle bloggers, and Carol and Lauren are beauty bloggers. I would highly recommend all of their blogs! They write really interesting and helpful posts so definitely go check them out if you haven't already!


The rules of the award are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Post 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions provided by the person who nominated you and then create an eleven question set for the next group of nominees.
  • Choose 11 people to nominate and link them on the post. 
  • Let your nominees know they've been tagged - and no tag backs!

My 11 facts:
(I've tried to make them different from any of the facts I've posted about myself before)
  1. Pretty packaging attracts me to anything. If I see something in a shop with pretty (preferably pink) packaging, I will want it, even if I know I don't need it. It's kind of a problem...
  2. I have blue eyes.
  3. My favourite food is pasta. I will literally eat any dish containing pasta.
  4. I want to be in a girlband. I know it's totally random but I love seeing Little Mix and the Saturdays, for example, being fabulous together and living up to the words 'girl power.' (This desire might have stemmed from the fact that the first musical acts I loved were the Sugababes and Girls Aloud, haha)
  5. I did 'Additional Maths' for GCSE, which is the step in between GCSE Maths and A Level Maths (which I'm not doing). Yeah, even though I'm pretty bad at Maths, I somehow managed to get into the top class... I haven't done Maths since my GCSE exam in the middle of June and it totally shows. The other day in Marks and Spencer, my mum was buying tags for Christmas presents and asked me "what are 6 6's?" and I answered straightaway, thinking I was so smart, "24." Wow. Just wow, Caoimhe.
  6. I'm 5'1'' and haven't grown in the past year so I think it's pretty likely that I'll be this height forever, haha
  7. I have two sisters and one brother and I'm the eldest of the lot.
  8. I have an addiction to the New York Bakery Co's cinnamon and raisin bagels.
  9. I have braces and have done for nearly 10 months. Unlikely, a huge majority of people I look forward to going to the orthodontist because I love getting the colour of them changed. (Don't ask...)
  10. I have never been to America but it's somewhere that I really want to visit.
  11. I actually find myself enjoying studying sometimes (gosh, I sound like a complete weirdo in this post haha) but it's only if I'm really organised and am studying ages in advance to an exam. I find it quite relaxing when I am organised and I love the peace and quiet of being alone when I study. However, when I'm cramming for an exam a few days in advance them I don't enjoy it at all. I'll be stressed out to the max and probably crying, hahaha

Questions for me:

Beth's questions
1. What's your biggest dream in life?
I have a lot of dreams I would love to achieve but I know some of them would be very difficult. I think my biggest dream though is to be happy with my life: to be happy with what I'm doing, to be happy with the people I surround myself with and to be happy with myself.
2. Who is your secret celebrity crush and why?
I have SO MANY celebrity crushes hahaha. My biggest celebrity crush at the minute is Bradley Simpson, the lead singer of the Vamps, because he's so funny and cute and kind and an amazing singer and has amazing hair and the nicest eyes I've ever seen.
Look. Look how cute he is. Just look. Awwww.
Some of my other crushes include Josh Hutcherson, Joe Sugg, Zac Efron (who wouldn't?!), Bradley Cooper (age is just a number, okay?!).
3. What is the weirdest fact you have about yourself?
Probably either number 9 or 11 in my facts above, haha
4. What made you start blogging?
I read a lot of blogs before I started and they really inspired me. As I love writing and all things beauty and fashion related, I thought "Hey, why don't I give this a go?" and here I am.
5. What style of blogs interest you the most?
I love different types of blogs for so many reasons. I have 4 favourite types and they are beauty, fashion, lifestyle and music ones. I love reading helpful reviews and about useful techniques for applying makeup and stuff on beauty blogs. I love seeing seeing people's creativity and seeing what's in style on fashion blogs. I love reading about people's lives, what they get up to and where they go on lifestyle blogs. And I love finding out about new music and artists from music blogs.
6. If you had to live with only one possession of your choice, what would it be?
Probably my iPod. I wouldn't be able to go even a day without listening to music!
7. What is the number one on your bucketlist?
Visit Adelaide in Australia, the place I was born.
8. If you could go on the ultimate dream holiday where would it be?
Probably somewhere in America. I would love to visit my auntie and uncle in Nashville.
9. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
I'm going to have to go with autumn.
10. Would you swap places with anyone for one day?
I would love to swap places with someone like Taylor Swift just to see what it's like to be that famous and be able to play music to so many people who are willing to listen to it.
11. What is your best memory?
Some of the best memories I have are of the Spanish exchange I took part in last year. The week I spent in Spain and the week the Spanish people spent here were honestly two of the best weeks of my life. I made so many friends who I still talk to. I'm even going to Madrid in January and staying with one of the girls from the exchange. I can't wait!

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Samantha's Questions


1. Where would you like to travel?
I would like to travel everywhere. At the minute, if I can afford it, my plan is to do my undergraduate degree at university and then take a year out just to travel everywhere before coming back to do a postgrad.
2. Comfy or Classy?
When I'm going out I like to be classy and wear heels and stuff but at home, I make it my aim to wear the comfiest clothes I can find.
3. What's your favourite lipstick?
I love Clinique's Long Last Lipstick in the shade 'Sugared Maple Soft Shine'
4. Night or morning person?
I wish I was a morning person but I'm definitely a night owl.
5. What's your favourite music album?
At the minute I am loving X by Ed Sheeran and 1989 by Taylor Swift.
6. What's your favourite thing to eat?
Pasta and chocolate. Not together though...
7. What's your favourite season and why?
Autumn because I love seeing the leaves changing colour and the pretty scenery. I also love the crisp, cool feeling of autumn air.
8. Are you reading a book, if so, what one, if not, what was your last book?
I'm reading How To Love by Katie Contugno
9. What's your favourite movie?
I love so many movies and I have different favourites depending on what type of mood I'm in, but I think my all-time favourite is 30 Going On 30 (I love a good romcom!)
10. Why did you start a blog?
Like I said above, I read a lot of blogs before I started and they really inspired me. As I love writing and all things beauty and fashion related, I thought "Hey, why don't I give this a go?" and here I am.
11. What's your favourite series?
Pretty Little Liars, without a doubt.

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Carol's Questions

1. What is something about you that most people would find surprising?
I'd say probably the fact that I play golf. I don't talk about it much expect to my family and when I tell I play they're like, "You play GOLF?! :O" as shocked as if I'd told them I'd been to outer space.
2. What is at the top of your bucket list?
Visit Adelaide in Australia, the place I was born.
3. Do you believe in the supernatural?
I didn't used to and then my uncle told me about his experiences staying in two or three different haunted houses and I definitely believe in spirits remaining in places.
4. What was your last memory about relating to the circus?
I've been to a circus once in my life when I was 8. I don't remember that much about it but I do remember that I hated it. I didn't like the way the animals were treated and I didn't find it interesting to watch at all.
5. Who is someone you look up to and why?
I really look up to both of my parents. They are what I aspire to be like in the future. They are so kind and work their butts off so that they can give me and my siblings what we want. But they don't spoil us, no, they've found the happy medium. They've taught me that not everything in life comes easy and you have to work to get to where you want to be. If I have children in the future and I became even half the parent they have been to me, I would be pretty darn happy.
6. What do you like the most about blogging?
I don't know what I love the most but I love writing posts and taking pictures for them. I love reading other people's posts and leaving (nice) comments under them. And I love the blogging community and how supportive everyone is of each other :)
7. What is one item you feel "naked" without?
This may sound weird but I feel naked when I don't have my headphones with me, especially if I know I'm going on a car journey, on public transport or for a walk. When I'm on my way to school and I reach into my pocket and they're not there, I can almost hear my heart ripping in two. Horrible.
8. Do you have something you like or follow obsessively? ( Example: tv show, book, celeb, etc.)
Oh my gosh, so many things! Too many things! I could literally write a whole blog post on things I like or follow obsessively so I'll only say a few here. For TV shows, Pretty Little Liars and New Girl. For movies, the Hunger Games. For books, the Hunger Games and literally all of Sarah Dessen's books. For singers and bands, The Vamps, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Script. And also loads of Youtubers like Zoe and Joe Sugg, Alfie Deyes, and the rest of the British Crew, Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan, Weylie Hoang, Niki and Gabi, Essie Button, Fleur DeForce, Bubz and so many more.
9. What app on your phone/tablet do you use the most?
Probably Word Reference, to be honest. Pretty sad, but yeah. As I'm doing languages for A Level I'm always reading blog posts, articles, books or whatever else I can get my hands on, in French and Spanish and looking up the vocabulary I don't know.
10. What tv show can you not stop watching at the moment and why?
The Apprentice. Oh my gosh I am loving it! I find it so interesting and entertaining watching them all coming up with their business ideas. Some of the people on it are so cocky and when they get something wrong I find it pretty funny (sorry, that makes me sound like a horrible person but it's true haha). I also love the anticipation Lord Sugar builds up before he fires someone. I'm always on the edge of my seat at that part.
11. If teleportation was real, where would be the first place you would go and why?
Probably America, like I mentioned earlier. I don't know what it is about America but everyone that goes there seems to love it and I would love to see it and experience the life there.

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Lauren's Questions


1. What is your favourite clothing store?

Either H&M or New Look

2. What is your favourite sent?

Spiced apple and cinnamon

3. If you had to be a celebrity for a day who would you want to be?
Probably Taylor Swift or Jennifer Lawrence
4. What is your favourite makeup brand?
Rimmel London
6. Summer or winter? Why?
Winter because winter means Christmas, my favourite time of the year.
7. Who is your favourite celebrity?
I have so many! Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Vamps boys, Zoey Deschanel, Lucy Hale, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson…and SO many more
8. Favourite restaurant?
Pizza Express. Yummm!
9. If you have a free day what do you do?
I love to chill out and watch a movie, read for a bit, maybe take a bath and just treat myself.
10. Favourite pizza?
Pepperoni or ham and pineapple
11. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
America or Australia
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Betty's Questions

1. Favourite thing about Christmas?
The Christmas spirit! I love how happy people are around Christmas and I love seeing people embrace this spirit and showing care and concern for those who maybe can't have as good a Christmas as others.
2. If you had to only eat one food/dish forever what would it be?
Pastaaa!
3. Winter or Summer?
Winter
4. Your essential blogging tip for others?
Enjoy what you do and be interested in what you write about. If you're passionate about it, it really comes through in your writing :)
5. If you were an animal which would it be & why?
I had no idea when I first saw this question but I took this quiz and it says I would be 'graceful giraffe' because "they seek to make others feel like they’re the most important person with whom they can spend time, and always put the needs of others first" and "they live according to personal standards that are higher than any given code of conduct, and incorporate dignity, honor, and respect in extending grace to others—even when things have not gone their way." That sums me up pretty accurately, I guess.
6. Describe yourself in 3 words
Small. Independent. Friendly.
7. Dogs or Cats?
Cats
8. Celebrity male crush?
The beautiful/talented/hilarious/adorable Bradley Will Simpson of The Vamps, whom you can read more about above in the first set of questions :D
9. Why did you start blogging?
Like I said earlier, I read a lot of blogs before I started and they really inspired me. As I love writing and all things beauty and fashion related, I thought "Hey, why don't I give this a go?" and here I am.
10. What makes you smile most?
A LOT of things make me smile but the biggest one would be my family and friends :)
11. Best advice you've been given?
Nothing in life comes free - you can't get anywhere without working hard.



I nominate:
Anna (A whole lot of chitty chat) ~ http://awholelotofchittychat.blogspot.co.uk
Susan (Street Style Lifestyle) ~ http://streetstyle-lifestyle.blogspot.ie
Stacey (Twisted or Knot) ~ http://twistedorknot.blogspot.co.uk
Julianne (With Love, Julianne) ~ http://withlovejulianne.blogspot.co.uk
Eleanor (Teapots and Elephants) ~ http://teapotsandelephants.wordpress.com
The Tourist of Life ~ http://thetouristoflife.com
Victoria (Exceptional Forever) ~ http://exceptionalforever.blogspot.co.uk
Helen (Loves and Loathes) ~ http://lovesandloathes.wordpress.com
Gemma (Planet Lux) ~ http://planet-lux.blogspot.co.uk
Amanda (Made of Codes) ~ http://made-of-codes.blogspot.co.uk

My questions to you:
1. Dogs or cats?
2. What is your favourite place that you have visited?
3. What is your favourite song at the minute?
4. What is your earliest memory?
5. What has been your proudest moment so far?
6. Do you have any bad habits?
7. What is your favourite fast food restaurant?
8. What is your favourite perfume?
9. What is your idea of a perfect day?
10. What is your favourite social networking site?
11. Have you ever met a celebrity? If not, who would you like to meet?


Thanks again to Beth, Samantha, Carol, Lauren and Betty for nominating me! I had so much fun writing this post and I hope you learnt a few new things about me and sorry if I scared you a bit, some of those facts and answers were a bit weird, hahaha
I can't wait to read my nominees' facts and answers :)

- Caoimhe x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Top 5 Tunesday #4


Before I get into the actual detail of this post, I want to tell you a little story.
At the beginning of October I went to see Ed Sheeran in concert and it was absolutely phenomenal. If you ever get the opportunity to see him live, take it! I can't even put into words how amazing he was. The reason why I'm telling you this is to let you know that all of my top 5 most listened-to songs of October were by that perfect human being so I narrowed it down to my 2 favourite songs of his at the minute and the other 3 songs are my next 3 most listened-to songs of October after the 25 Ed Sheeran songs I have on my iPod.


1. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

I think this is my favourite song of Ed's of all time. The lyrics are just beautiful and the way in which he sings them are just so sweet. I want someone to love me like that!
Can we also talk about how PERFECT the music video is?! Ed looks SO good in a suit and those moves...GOSH. Apparently he had to learn the dance routine whilst on tour in America, and yet he looks like he'd been doing it for years.
Is there anything that Ed Sheeran CAN'T do?



2. Bloodstream - Ed Sheeran

I wasn't fussed on this song before the concert. It's not that I didn't like it because I did - it just wasn't one of my favourites off the album. But let me tell you, the live performance was absolutely INCREDIBLE, like mind-blowingly (is that even a word?) AMAZING. He taught everyone how to do the 'hip hop hand' which is basically when you put your arm in the air and move it forward and back along to the beat. He told us to begin doing it after the line "So tell me when it kicks in" in the chorus. It was honestly so cool to see everyone in the arena doing it at the same time.
My favourite bit, though, was it came to the repetition of the line "All the voices in my mind, calling out across the line." He used his mixer so that we were able to hear him singing at so many different pitches at the one time. The ground properly vibrating. Adding in him singing "Tell me when it kicks in" etc, you can imagine how immensely powerful it was. You could really feel the inner he was trying (and succeeding!) to portray in this song. 
I don't think I'll ever forget what a powerful moment it was.



3. Please Don't Say You Love Me - Gabrielle Aplin

I absolutely love the tone of Gabrielle's voice and I think it goes along so well with the guitar part in this song, making it so nice to listen to.
I also think the message in this song is so interesting and unique. A lot of people expect when one person says, "I love you," the other will say it back. But that's a huge thing to say, and as Gabrielle says, "under pressure precious things can break." Call me a hopeless romantic but I think in today's society we really underestimate the importance of it and I love that she's saying you should say it when you feel ready to. You shouldn't feel under pressure from other people because it's your choice. Don't underestimate the importance of those 3 seemingly simple words.



4. No Good in Goodbye - The Script

These 3 guys are producing the most amazing music right now and, like said in last month's top 5 when I wrote about 'Superheroes,' I believe the Script are one of the most underrated bands out there right now.
I think the lyrics to this song are so smart as there isn't really a "'good' in 'goodbye'" or a "'nice' in 'nice try.'" I love how they have taken commonly used words to do with breakups and played around with them like saying "there's an 'art' in 'breaking hearts' but there's no 'fair' in 'farewell.'"
Also, can we talk about when Danny goes really high at "ache from heartbreak" towards the end?! Wow.
That bit makes me so happy every time.



5. Shout About It - The Vamps

Although I have loved this song since 'Meet the Vamps' first came out, I recently stumbled across the live performance before featuring 2/4 of the Vamps singing it and I have completely and utterly fallen in love with the lyrics, the guitar part and their voices in it.
I really love how sweet and caring the lyrics are - they make me want a boyfriend (preferably Brad Simpson ;D) to listen to my fears and problems (#foreveralone). Also, regarding the live performance, I love how stripped back it is because you can see how meaningful these lyrics that they wrote are, and it allows you to really see how genuinely talented these boys are. 
I really hope they sing this song on their UK and Ireland tour next year!



To buy 'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran on iTunes, click here
To buy 'Bloodstream' by Ed Sheeran, click here
To buy 'Please Don't Say You Love Me' by Gabrielle Aplin, click here
To buy 'No Good in Goodbye' by The Script, click here
To buy 'Shout About It' by The Vamps, click here

To see last month's top 5, click here

- Caoimhe x

 

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