Thursday, 23 October 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

Blog award

I'm so happy to say that I was recently nominated for the 'One Lovely Blog Award' by a lovely blogger called Lauren. I love her blog, LittleLo16, so much! She writes amazing posts which are not only enjoyable to read but are also very informative and useful. Two of my favourite posts of hers are 'Cosy, Comfy Clothing' (because I love, love, love cosy, comfy clothes) and 'So Socially Awkward...' (because I am, and I've been trying so hard to get out of it - this post helped me so much!). Make sure to go and check out her blog!

The rules of the award are:
  • Display the award logo at the top of the post
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Add the set of rules so your nominees will know what to do
  • Add 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other blogs and leave a link to them in your post
  • Let your chosen 15 know that you have nominated them!
  • Follow the person that nominated you on wordpress, google friend connect and/or Bloglovin’ (whatever applies for their blog)
My 7 facts are:
  • I am currently in sixth year studying for my A Levels. I am taking French, Spanish and Business.
  • I don't know what I want to do in terms of a career but I do know that I really want to travel. I don't know if it'll be as part of my job or before I go to university, all I know is that I love travelling and really want to pursue it in the future.
  • I love going to concerts - so far I have seen Girls Aloud, One Direction (twice!), The Script, and Ed Sheeran, and I'm going to see The Vamps in April next year (I'M SO EXCITED) I just love the atmosphere at them and obviously the music :)
  • I love cats and I have one called Angel, who I've had for 6 years now.
  • Autumn is my favourite season of the year but Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I love autumn because of the leaves changing colour and the pretty scenery and I love Christmas because, even though I'm not a kid anymore, I still find something so magical about it. I love Christmas carols, decorations, food - I love it all and I think the lead-up to it is just so exciting!
  • I play the violin and have done since I was 7 years old and I absolutely love it
  • I'm absolutely hopeless at arts and crafts! I have no problem coming up with ideas of things I want to make - it's when it comes to making them that the problems begin! It just never turns out the way I have it planned in my head... I really wish I was arty and I have tried really hard to improve my skills but I think I was born with the inability to develop any art skills hahaha :D
The 15 blogs I would like to nominate for this award are:
Thanks again to Lauren for nominating me! I can't wait to read everyone else's 7 facts :)

- Caoimhe x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Oh DEAR

Drop Everything And Read, or DEAR, is a national national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. It's basically where, for a set amount of time during each day of the month, you drop everything you are doing and just read. It normally takes place during the month of April, but there is nothing to say it can't be celebrated at any other time of the year!

Autumn is a time when, during my free time, I would love nothing more than to curl up in a warm sweater and read a book with a cup of tea or hot chocolate nearby. Unfortunately, I don't have the chance to let this happen very often as I, like so many other people, am busy and don't actually get very much free time during the week. As a student, I spend so much time reading textbooks and notes for my classes and when I do get a spare hour or whatever, sometimes the idea of reading even more is a bit exhausting for the old brain and it's easier to sit down and watch a movie or a TV programme.

However, I have decided that I am going to try to change my ways. I have a list of three books that I am going to aim to get read by the end of November, which is, in the UK, the official end of autumn. At the end of November I will write reviews on the books, telling you what I think of them and so on. The books I am going to be reading are:

  • 'The Maze Runner' by James Dashner
  • 'The Glance' by Claire Merle
  • 'Eleanor and Park' by Rainbow Rowell
  • 'How To Love' by Katie Contugno

I urge any of you reading this who maybe don't read as much as you would like to join me and pick a few books to read, and aim to have them read by the end of November. If you want to do this and are stuck on what to read I have decided to write a little bit on 3 of my favourite books.

~


'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' by J.K. Rowling

"Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy - until he is rescued by a beetle-eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. The Reason: HARRY POTTER IS A WIZARD!"

I don't think much of an explanation is required for this book - is there anyone on this earth who doesn't know what the Harry Potter books are about?! (Apart from newborn babies and young children maybe...)
The Harry Potter books and films are basically my childhood but in no way are they childish! If you haven't read the books but have watched the movies, I would still advise you to read them. The way in which they're written is just so amazing and when you've finished the series you'll feel like you've been to Hogwarts for 7 years and you've actually been through everything that Harry, Ron and Hermione have been through.

~


'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri

"Five year-old Heidi goes to live with her grandfather in his lonely hut high in the Alps. She quickly learns to love her new life with him. But her strict aunt decides that Heidi must be sent away again, to live in town. Heidi cannot bear being away from the mountains and is determined to return to the happiness of life with her grandfather."

A Puffin Classic, 'Heidi' is one of the best-selling books ever written and I completely understand why. I think the main thing I love about this book, is the way in which the characters are presented. For example, at the beginning of the book, Heidi's grandfather is presented as a cold-hearted, bitter old man, but as we learn more about him and as he gets more comfortable with Heidi, we begin to love him the way she does.
I think that the blurb of this book doesn't do it enough justice: along with the main plot, which is Heidi being taken away from her grandfather, there is also a subplot involving Peter, a goatherd on the mountain, and his mother and blind grandmother.
It's a heart-warming story and is hard to put down.

~


'Here Lies Bridget' by Paige Harbison

"They say that before you die your life flashes before your eyes. You think it's going to be the good stuff - every kiss, every party. 
Don't count on it.
I was Bridget Duke - the uncontested ruler of the school. If keeping the wannabes in their places meant being a mean girl, then so be it! I never thought there'd be a price to pay.
Until the accident.
Now, trapped between life and death, I'm seeing my world in a new light: through the eyes of five people whose existence I've made hell. And I've got one chance to make things right. If I don't, I may never wake up again..."

If you're looking for a light, girly read then 'Here Lies Bridget' is the perfect book for you! It's a funny, interesting book showing the importance of friendships and being careful about how you treat others - everything you say and do can have an impact on other people and that impact be either positive or negative. Almost everything Bridget did had a negative impact and those around her, making her a selfish and despicable character. If you are looking for a book where you properly connect and empathise with the main characters, then this book mightn't be the one for you. There were parts in the book I wanted to reach through the pages of book and slap Bridget silly! 
I do love this book, though, due to the message that everything you love can be gone in the blink of an eye and that you should treasure those you love and treat everyone you meet with respect.

~  

Have you read any of the books I've mentioned in this post? If so, what did you think of them?

- Velvet Lilies x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Top 5 Tunesday #3



1. All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

I know this song has received a lot of criticism from people saying Meghan is "skinny shaming," but I don't think these people have listened to the lyrics properly. Although she does refer to "skinny bitches," the following lines are "No I'm just playing. I know you think you're fat / But I'm here to tell ya / Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top." She is saying that 'skinny' girls have insecurities too, but everyone is beautiful, regardless of they look.
I love not only the inspirational message being conveyed but the catchy tune of the song and quirky music video, which is why it has been my most played song of September.



2. Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) - The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes

The Vamps have taken the chorus of a well-known Simon and Garfunkel song, rewritten the verses and turned it into a catchy modern masterpiece. It appeals to The Vamps' fanbase of teenagers and young adults but also the older generation who remember the original Simon and Garfunkel version. I always catch my mum and dad singing along to the chorus when they hear this song!
I also love Shawn Mendes' vocals on the track. He brings something different to it as his voice has a totally different tone to Brad's (the lead singer of The Vamps).
Be aware if you haven't heard this song before and are about to click play below, you will struggle to get it out of your head! There was rarely a time this month that I didn't have it stuck in my head!



3. Superheroes - The Script

In my opinion, The Script are one of the most underrated bands out there at the minute. They write all of their songs from personal experience and you can hear it from the depth and passion of their lyrics.
This song focuses on the pain life puts you through and tells us that heroes don't glide to victory easily. True heroes are those who know what pain really feels like.
This song is so motivational to anyone going through a hard time. It reminds us that if you are going through a tough time, don't give up - that pain can be turned into something good in the end.



4. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood

Although this song was out in March of last year, I've been listening to it a lot throughout September. I think it's because it makes me want to go and throw on a cosy sweater!
I love the rock feel but hip-hop beat to this love song. The lyrics are quite poetic and I especially love the second verse when they start to get a bit faster.



5. Happy Little Pill - Troye Sivan

Troye is one of my favourite youtubers and I'm so glad to see him taking the music scene by storm. This song, his first official single, was released on the 25th of July of this year and since gone gold in Australia, where he is from, which is amazing!
He wrote this song about "a friend who was going through a tough time," and you can hear this from the deep, melancholy lyrics. The slow, electronic beat goes along well with Troye's voice. I really like this song, along with the whole Trxye EP and can't wait for the full album to come out.



To buy 'All About That Bass' on iTunes click here
To buy 'Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart)' by The Vamps and Shawn Mendes, click here
To buy 'Superheroes' by The Script, click here
To buy 'Sweater Weather' by The Neighbourhood, click here
To buy 'Happy Little Pill' by Troye Sivan, click here

To see last month's top 5, click here

- Velvet Lilies x


PS. I just want to say I know in my first 'Top 5 Tunesday' post, I said I'd be writing these every Tuesday. Unfortunately, however, this is unrealistically impossible. I am still in sixth form so I have a lot of school work to do. This blog isn't my job, it's just something I really love to do. Because I'm still in school and so busy with my studies, I normally only get to post once a week during the school term. I wish I could post more but I just don't have the time: A Levels are awfully hard work! I took the decision to only post Top 5 Tunesday posts on the first Tuesday of every month, I hope you guys understand. It's annoying for me only getting to write these posts once a month because I really enjoy writing them!



 

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